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Welcome to the Week in Review
We’re usually content to report on the big developments in the tech world here on TechRadar, but this week we made some news ourselves, relaunching the website with the biggest design and navigation overhaul in our 15-year history. You can read all about it here, and along with the new look we’ve also rolled out some new features and regular articles.

And what a day we chose for our big relaunch: just hours after we flicked the switch to put the new website live, Meta unveiled Threads, its hotly anticipated new social media platform and Twitter challenger. The TechRadar team has been scrambling to sign up and bag their handles, and below you’ll find a raft of articles explaining how you too can get up and running on Threads, along with reaction and analysis – it looks like an almighty battle for the future of social media is brewing.

Until next week,

Marc McLaren, UK Editor-in-Chief
The week in social media
7 things to know about Threads, the new Twitter killer
Threads is now open for business (Meta)
Facebook owner Meta has Twitter in its sights, having just launched a similar microblogging social network spun out of Instagram. We've got 7 essential nuggets of Threads knowledge that you'll want to know if you're thinking of diving in.
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The week in phones
Samsung's new foldables are landing on July 26
Looks like a Z Flip to us... (Samsung)
Samsung has set the date for its much-anticipated next Unpacked launch: July 26. The invite shows a device that looks like it could well be the Galaxy Z Flip 5, and we're expecting to see the Galaxy Z Fold 5, the Galaxy Tab S9, and the Galaxy Watch 6 too.
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    The week in computing
    MacBooks in 2023: the best launches and what's next
    It's been an exciting year for Apple laptops (Apple)
    To coincide with our relaunch we've been taking an in-depth look at the biggest releases of the year so far, and what's still to come, across a range of device categories, and it's been an exciting year for MacBooks thanks to new Pro models and a 15-inch Air.
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    The week in streaming
    MI 7 star would be 'honored' to land Fantastic Four role
    Vanessa Kirkby could be playing Sue Storm (Paramount Pictures)
    The latest from the movie rumor mill is that Mission Impossible 7 star Vanessa Kirby is set to play Sue Storm in the next Fantastic Four movie – and it's a rumor that Kirby herself seemed happy to encourage in an exclusive interview with TechRadar.
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    The week in TVs
    The best OLED TVs we've seen in 2023, and what's next
    Sony's flagship A95L OLED is set to be one of the best TVs of 2023 (Future)
    We've also been rounding up the state of the OLED TV market in 2023, and the year started promisingly, with Samsung unveiling its S95C series at CES in January. We've also been impressed by what we've seen of LG’s G3, and there's lots more to come.  
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    Kotaku Friday, July 7, 2023 11:52 AM

    Two PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) players could face several years in prison for illegally crossing some South Asian borders to live together, according to a recent New York Times report.


    Kotaku Friday, July 7, 2023 11:47 AM

    If you've never tried Game Pass Ultimate before, now's a good time. The Netflix-like subscription service's $1 deal is back, letting first-time players sign up for basically nothing.


    Kotaku Friday, July 7, 2023 11:30 AM

    The Genshin Impact community is no stranger to navigating choppy waters, whether it's discussions about farming, characters and their voice actors, or even the genre of game itself. If you want to survive out there, you'll want to avoid some sore subjects to avoid facing wrath or disappointment.


    Kotaku Friday, July 7, 2023 11:10 AM

    Well. What a week it's been, huh? I don't know about you, but I could definitely go for some good times mashing buttons to a moving image—especially since I basically threw out my neck and destroyed my voice at that Cynic concert last night; I ain't goin' anywhere for a couple of days, so I need some games to play,…


    Kotaku Friday, July 7, 2023 10:10 AM

    Diablo IV has six Uber Uniques that are the rarest and some of the most powerful items in the game. Players have spent hundreds of hours without ever coming across them—until now. A trick for easily earning them was recently discovered and Blizzard has now removed the items from the game entirely to try and stop the…


    Kotaku Friday, July 7, 2023 9:45 AM

    There's a lot to love in Street Fighter 6, one of the best games I've played in the last couple of years. I love the new characters. (Marisa, the jacked up pankratiast, is my main, and Manon, the supermodel ballerina, is my secondary.) I love the new Drive Impact attack, which lets you reverse the momentum of the…


    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 11:52 AM
         The best skateboard games 2023

    Looking for the best skateboard games to play in 2023? In the past, it was tough to find a skateboarding game on PC, with the genre having its heyday during the PS2 and Xbox 360 console generations. Recently, however, the skateboarding gaming scene has seen a resurgence, with realistic skate sims making the most of the PC platform to deliver the most accurate skateboarding games yet.

    Nothing quite captures a moment in time like the years when skateboarding was at its mainstream peak. A mixture of creativity and aggression, skateboarding can be a true expression of style, and the best skateboarding games all manage to capture that in some form. For a niche few, these are some of the best PC games ever. All that, naturally, backed by an energetic soundtrack that seamlessly switches from thrash metal belters and pop punk fare to classic West Coast hip hop - the best skateboarding games often ooze effortless style.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best skateboard games, Best simulation games, Best open-world games

    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 11:47 AM
         The best co-op games on PC 2023

    Co-op games can reward you like no other genre. Games offer up magic in lots of different guises, but working with a friend to achieve a goal is, arguably, where they really shine. So what are the titles that will really pull friends together and offer the best co-operative group-based thrills?

    The great thing about the best PC games involving co-op play is that you're not restricted to a genre - as long as there's room for two controllers on a split screen or some perfectly coordinated play over a headset, co-op games can be found among the best sandbox games, relaxing games, or even horror games. These are some of the very best co-op games for you to share with your favourite people.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Borderlands 3 Shift codes, Borderlands 3 legendary weapons, Play Borderlands 3

    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 11:43 AM
         Best battle royale games on PC 2023

    Looking for the best battle royale games? Each one of these multiplayer games revolves around one core idea: lots of players go in, and only one leaves. Battle royale is a violent, unpredictable, and frenzied multiplayer mode where the only goal is to endure until you're the sole survivor. All tactics and styles of play are equally viable in the best battle royale games. You can win by hiding in bushes and waiting for the herd to thin out, or scavenge a weapon and start reducing the numbers yourself.

    With the explosion of free PC games like Fortnite, Warzone 2, and Apex Legends, you would be forgiven for thinking there are only three battle royales out there, but there are now numerous other contenders to challenge them, each with its own spin on the established formula. Whether you're after a battle royale FPS game like Warzone 2 or an inventive new twist on the formula, there's something out there for everyone. So, to help you broaden your horizons, we have assembled this handy guide to the best battle royale games on PC.

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    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 11:35 AM
         Best multiplayer games on PC 2023

    What are the best multiplayer games on PC? Intricate gameplay and glistening visuals only go so far; humans often provide the biggest surprises with schemes that transform even the most average game into an unforgettable experience you'll be talking about until the end of time.

    Fast and frantic or tense and calculated, the best multiplayer games come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it's vying for control of the payload in an FPS game or fighting for survival in a co-op game with your friends, these experiences wouldn't be the same without a bunch of real people running around killing, maiming, or, occasionally, helping each other out in some of the best PC games.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Apex Legends characters guide, Apex Legends skins, Apex Legends season 17 release date

    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 11:27 AM
         If Genshin Impact leaks are real, Fontaine isn't where you think it is

    The Genshin Impact 3.8 update has just gone live but we're looking past it into version 4.0 with this map leak. There was plenty of speculation in the anime game's community as to where the Hydro nation would pop up for its introduction, and, if this recent leak is correct, Fontaine will show up in the northwest corner of the current Genshin Impact map.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Genshin Impact codes, Genshin Impact character tier list, Genshin Impact leveling guide

    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 11:27 AM
         Genshin Impact events – all current and upcoming events

    Want to know more about the upcoming Genshin Impact events? A new version of Genshin Impact arrives every six weeks, complete with new characters, quests, and events. It's difficult to keep track of which events are currently running and if there are any new ones coming soon, so here's a schedule for all current and upcoming Genshin Impact events.

    There are usually a number of Genshin Impact events running simultaneously, and they aren't just in-game events. When a new Genshin Impact character joins the game, the devs launch a web event at the same time - players learn about the latest characters through an interactive story told through a web browser. Similar to some of the best RPG games, the rewards for completing different events range from in-game items like primogems and mora, to real life prizes like mouse mats and plushies.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Genshin Impact codes, Genshin Impact character tier list, Genshin Impact leveling guide

    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 11:17 AM
         WoW might get more support classes, but only if you ask

    As a healer main in World of Warcraft, I've been looking for a new support-style character for some time - it's no secret Holy Priest isn't the MMORPG's premier class right now. With the new Augmentation Evoker dropping with WoW Dragonflight 10.1.5, it looks like Blizzard is open to releasing more support specs - but only if we're interested.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: WoW Dragonflight tier list, The best WoW addons, WoW Dragonflight review

    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 11:12 AM
         Life by You release date, early access, trailers, gameplay, and news

    What is the Life by You release date? If you're a fan of The Sims, Second Life, and all things simulation, the recent Life by You reveal should be music to your ears.

    Unveiled during Paradox Interactive 2023, Life by You appears to feature several life game hallmarks, including a variety of locations to explore, emotes, and intricate character interactions, as well as some interesting home-building and design tools to play with. Here's everything you need to know about the potential Life by You release date, trailers, gameplay, news, and more for what could potentially be one of the best PC games if it lives up to the hype.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Life by You release date, Games like The Sims, Best life games

    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 11:00 AM
         Diablo 4 season 2 release date speculation

    When does Diablo 4 season 2 begin? We're fast approaching the start of the first season, and now we know when it begins, we can speculate when the second one will begin. In previous Diablo games, seasons last longer than most conventional live service games but always have a similar timeframe.

    From that data, we can determine how long you have to complete each of the Diablo 4 seasons, which is quite handy to know as you'll want to nab all those Unique items and Legendary Aspects that will be seasonal exclusives. It also determines exactly when your Diablo 4 characters will transfer to the Eternal Realm at the end of Season 1.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Diablo 4 builds, Diablo 4 review, Diablo 4 classes

    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 11:00 AM
         LoL tier list 13.13 – the best League of Legends champions 2023

    Looking for a League of Legends tier list? Metas change, the LoL tier list will fluctuate, and it could be that your favorite champion might not be in a great place right now. While you can absolutely win games and climb the ranked ladder with nearly anyone in the lower ranks, the changes that come via champion and item balancing can tip the scales enough that some picks are almost mandatory, regardless of which rank you play in.

    We've put together a few picks for each lane that have become especially overpowered recently in League of Legends. Whether it's due to a buff, kit change, or item change, these are safe picks if you're looking to climb the solo queue ranks in the free PC game. If you do want to play something other than what's on this list, keep these champions in mind for your ban, as they all have the potential to go on and dominate Summoner's Rift in one of the best MOBAs you can play right now.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: League of Legends Mythic shop sales, League of Legends patch 13.12, League of Legends tier list

    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 10:54 AM
         Get the Samsung 990 Pro NVMe SSD at its lowest ever price on Amazon

    The Samsung 990 Pro is the speediest PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD on the market today, with blisteringly fast read and write speeds that make your PC feel new again in both games and general use. While this driven normally costs a pretty penny, you can pick it up for your own setup for its lowest ever price on Amazon.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Samsung 970 EVO 1TB review, Best SSD for gaming, Best gaming monitor

    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 10:54 AM
         DBD codes July 2023

    July 7, 2023: New DBD code added to our list.

    What are the new DBD codes? These freebie-granting DBD rewards can actually be quite hard to keep up with since they arrive pretty regularly, which is no bad thing. We're never going to complain about in-game giveaways, and Dead by Daylight codes can give you anything from outfits to charms, and even Bloodpoints and Iridescent Shards.

    Whether you want your favorite DBD killers to get a stylish new look, or you want to add to your survivors' wardrobes, be sure to redeem the codes below before it's too late. There may also be codes for Dead by Daylight Bloodpoints, Rift Fragments, and charms, so there are plenty of goodies to be had. Some of these Dead by Daylight codes are ongoing though, so you may have snapped them up already.

    Continue reading DBD codes July 2023
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    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 10:50 AM
         The best PC Game Pass deal is back, just ahead of Starfield

    Microsoft's PC Game Pass $1 deal is back, giving you a great chance to try out some of the best PC games for next to nothing. As we prepare for the Starfield release date, with Bethesda's space epic coming to the subscription service on day one, now is a great time to catch up on all manner of great games you might otherwise have missed.

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    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 10:49 AM
         The best games like Stardew Valley 2023

    Looking for PC games like Stardew Valley? We can't think of much more enticing than the idea of simply leaving the world of work and offices behind and moving out to the country to do something simpler and more rewarding. This escapism is one of the things that makes Stardew Valley such an extraordinarily enjoyable game, so we've found some alternatives that are equally as indulgent.

    Possibly one of the best PC games of recent years for it's cute combination of romance, relaxation, and retail, you'd be forgiven for wanting more games like Stardew Valley. There are different aspects to the games below, so none are direct clones: some are among the best management games, while others might be more focused on farming. They all have something in common with Stardew Valley, though, so you'll enjoy at least one or two.

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    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 10:40 AM
         The best DayZ servers 2023

    What are the best DayZ servers to join in 2023? We've scoured the internet looking for the top DayZ servers and server clusters to cater to all experiences. Whether you're looking for some intense PvP, a relaxed PvE sandbox, a modded server that offers something totally fresh, or even a place to roleplay like DayZ Underground, where a creative community has really lived out years' worth of stories, creating authentic in-universe lore. We'll also talk about what awaits you on the official servers.

    Dean Hall, perhaps the leading figure in the survival game sandbox revolution of the early 2010s, first created the zombie game as a mod within ARMA 2, and then joined Bohemia Interactive to work on a standalone release. While Hall has since moved on, Bohemia has continued to update the game, and it has come a long way from its first form as a zombie-survival sim. Dozens of additional systems have almost turned it into a life sim, and endless mod-ability means that if you can't do something in the vanilla release, you can probably do it on a modded server somewhere. But all this flexibility has produced a varied range of online experiences, and navigating that landscape can be confusing. That's where we come in. Read on for our list of some of the best and most populated official and community servers, and a breakdown of exactly what they offer to the discerning DayZ player.

    Continue reading The best DayZ servers 2023
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    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 10:36 AM
         Kage Tycoon codes July 2023

    July 7, 2023: We have added new Kage Tycoon codes to our list and removed expired codes!

    What are the active Kage Tycoon codes? A lot of the most popular Roblox games are inspired by anime, and Kage Tycoon is no different, openly inspired by Naruto. The developer, BladeMinds, has tapped into this love and even offers loads of great in-game redemption codes to keep players coming back for more, so we wanted to find out the very latest codes.

    Whether you're new to the anime-inspired game or a seasoned Kage Tycoon veteran, we'd still recommend keeping up on the latest Roblox promo codes for extra cash, XP, and even luck - lord knows we can always use some of that. We can also help you find more codes for one of the best Roblox games, and we show you how to redeem them in-game. With a new update coming to Kage Tycoon soon, Roblox developer BladeMinds has released some new codes this week to get you hyped up, so perfect your Naruto run and redeem these Kage Tycoon codes in preparation.

    Continue reading Kage Tycoon codes July 2023
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    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 11:35 AM
         Party Animals release date, trailers, gameplay, and news

    What is the Party Animals release date? If you've ever wondered what Gang Beasts would look like if it replaced its gelatinous beings with cute, cuddly animals, wonder no more.

    Party Animals is a physics-based brawler that shot to the top of the Steam wishlist when it was first revealed in 2021. Since then it has hovered around the top spot, only losing out to games like Starfield and Hogwarts Legacy. Despite long waits for news and lengthy delays, interest in the game, which looks set to become one of the best PC games, has never wavered.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Party Animals release date, Best multiplayer games, Best indie games

    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 10:19 AM
         Diablo 4 Scroll of Amnesia explained

    What is the Diablo 4 Scroll of Amnesia? A new item announced ahead of the release of the the Season of Malignance, the Scroll of Amnesia will allow player to respec even high-level character easier than ever before, which is sure to be music to the ears of veteran any D4 players who know the vast expense of resetting your skill points. We delved into the latest D4 livestream to get all the details for the updated process.

    When Diablo 4 Season 1 arrives, there is plenty of new content for players to enjoy. As you explore a post-campaign Sanctuary, you might pick up new D4 Malignant Hearts, or even come across the latest boss, Varshan the Consumed. Whatever you do during the first Diablo 4 season though, progress through the D4 Battle Pass to earn the new Scroll of Amnesia.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Diablo 4 builds, Diablo 4 review, Diablo 4 classes

    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 10:39 AM
         Two of the best Warhammer 40k games are on sale, praise the Emperor

    Of all the various Warhammer 40k games, it's no secret that Warhammer 40k Dawn of War remains supreme. If you're looking to get in the tactical mindset ahead of Age of Sigmar - Realms of Ruin's new beta, then you'll be happy to hear that both Warhammer 40k Dawn of War and its sequel are on sale at a discount that would make even the Emperor smile - if he could.

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    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 10:09 AM
         Diablo 4 Varshan the Consumed explained

    Who is Varshan the Consumed in Diablo 4? The theme for the first season is now in the open, spreading like an infectious plague. The Season of the Malignant will see Sanctuary covered in corruption, turning enemy demons into their corrupted forms. From what we

    As one of the new bosses of Diablo 4 Season 1, you must overcome the challenges ahead, making a desperate stand against the spreading corruption and getting the new and exclusive Unique items and legendary Aspects. You will need to complete the Diablo 4 campaign before accessing seasonal content, but once you do, you'll have a limited time to face off against Varshan the Consumed, as they'll only stick around for Season of the Malignant.

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    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 10:04 AM
         Best Terraria servers 2023

    What are the best Terraria servers to join in 2023? We've scoured the internet looking for the top Terraria servers and server clusters to cater for all experiences, whether you're looking for a relaxed place to come up with some amazing builds with access to all items, an intense survival or PvP experience, or a bunch of mini games as devised by a server like Penguin Gaming that takes Terraria and makes it into something totally new. We'll also explain how to join a Terraria server, with IP and port information for every entry on our list.

    Terraria is features block-based gathering and crafting systems against a 2D backdrop that you might, at a glance, mistake for a classic '80s or '90s platformer. One might reductively call it a 2D Minecraft, and just like Mojang's masterpiece, Terraria has near-endless scope for modification and expansion. With so many ways to play the vanilla game, let alone via the best Terraria mods, it's understandable that the online multiplayer experience can be overwhelming in its variety. That's where we come in. Read on for our list of some of the best and most populated Terraria servers, with a breakdown of exactly what they offer to the discerning player.

    Continue reading Best Terraria servers 2023
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    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 9:45 AM
         The best Valheim servers 2023

    What are the best Valheim servers to join in 2023? We've scoured the internet looking for the top Valheim servers and server groups to cater for all experiences, whether you're looking for a stable and supported vanilla experience like the excellent and populous Jotunheim, some modded PvE, dedicated PvP duelling arenas, or just a place to build peacefully.

    Valheim is one of the best sandbox games and survival games on PC. After an unusually full-featured early access launch in February 2021 it became an almost overnight success, offering the compelling premise of a deadly quest through a new realm of the Norse afterlife rendered in a uniquely beautiful art style, plus survival and building mechanics with great Valheim mods options. It's the perfect game to play in a persistent online community, but in all such games, everyone's preferences are a little different. Navigating the resulting landscape can be confusing, and that's where we come in. Read on for our list of some of the best and most populated Valheim community servers, and a breakdown of exactly what they offer to the discerning player.

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    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 8:24 AM
         Diablo 4 Malignant Hearts explained

    What are Diablo 4 Malignant Hearts? Following the events of the Diablo 4 story, a new curse known as Malignance has started to spread to every living creature in Sanctuary. This curse turns its host into a bloodthirsty being, making enemies more powerful than ever before.

    The first Diablo 4 season is almost upon us, introducing Malignant mechanics, a brand-new storyline, and access to the battle pass. In the new season, any elite enemy has a chance of being Malignant. If you happen to take one of these enemies down in Diablo 4, you gain access to a powerful Malignant Heart that has the potential to create stronger Diablo 4 endgame builds to tackle the Malignant army.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Diablo 4 builds, Diablo 4 review, Diablo 4 classes

    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 7:54 AM
         Intel Core i7 14700K specs leak could blow AMD's high end CPUs away

    Intel on Intel is coming thick and fast, with a fresh leak dishing the deets on another upcoming team blue CPU. The processor in the firing line this time is the Intel Core i7 14700K, another high end piece of hardware that's due to arrive in the second half of 2023 as part of Intel's Raptor Lake refresh. According to the new leak, the 14700K could receive a significant bump to the number of its cores, which should lead to a substantial performance upgrade.

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    PCGamesN Friday, July 7, 2023 7:47 AM
         Baldur's Gate 3 lore – story, setting, timeline

    What is the story of Baldur's Gate 3? Few series have as deep and complicated lore as the Baldur's Gate games. It's no wonder, as the original two were developed by the Mass Effect and Dragon Age creators, BioWare. Based on Dungeons and Dragons, the original games were packed full of hundreds of hours of role-playing fun. This means that, if you're heading into Baldur's Gate 3 as your entry point to the series or returning after decades, it might be quite intimidating to jump into a game with lore developed over hundreds of hours of gameplay. In this refresher, we've got you covered no matter your experience level with the series.

    The lore isn't the only intimidating aspect of Baldur's Gate 3. As building your character is of utmost importance and can take forever with so many options pulled from D&D 5th Edition rules, read our Baldur's Gate 3 classes guide to check out the many different roles you can assume in the game and their subclasses. An equally important choice is to choose your race, and we've of course got you covered: our Baldur's Gate 3 races overview details all the different benefits of each, from Drow to demon-like Tiefling.

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    Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, July 7, 2023 11:00 AM

    I was gone but now am here again to join my co-hosts on this week's Electronic Wireless Show podcast, much like the hundreds and hundreds of of hours of interviews, press briefings and old presentations salvaged by Noclip and heaved onto YouTube. We were going to talk about children's games this week, but given the game for children I was going to talk about was once Stadia exclusive Gylt it seemed a time to talk about the precariousness of digital media a bit (and also make James explain Stadia).

    We've all been playing a few games here and there, and most of them are current, with Nate still very enthusiastic about being a dinosaur. James comes with more beans to the hardware altar, and we all have some slightly weird suggestions for your recommendations. Plus, because Liam is actually away this week, I made a special effort to pay attention to audio levels and reduce background noise because I've seen ye all complaining about when I have to edit the podcast and I'm sick of it.

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    Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, July 7, 2023 8:00 AM

    Ever since played the Gunbrella demo at the Devolver Digital booth at PAX West last year, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it again. I don't usually go for nails Metriodvanias, but there's something about Gunbrella's slick, parkour platforming and scrappy world that made me wanna give it a chance. Oh, and the deadly brolly, of course. I mean, it's a gunbrella. What else is there to say?

    The demo I played at PAX is now available to download and play on Steam, and I highly recommend it. Even if you're a bit like me and Metriodvanias aren't really your thing, the hour-long demo is entirely linear, and messing around with the gunbrella's many, many abilities is more than a good enough reason to have a play, even if you're just mucking around.

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    Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, July 7, 2023 7:34 AM

    Two years ago, a team made up of former Silent Hill developers announced a horror game of their own called Slitterhead. The debut trailer was full of creepy shape-shifting monsters and evocative cityscapes, but relatively light on concrete details. We now have a clearer picture thanks to a recent dev diary that shows a few pre-alpha clips. Slitterhead seems to have a heavier focus on combat and a cute playable dog. Genuine shocker there.

    In-game footage is scattered throughout the video, but the good stuff starts to show up at the 3-minute mark. Take a quick peek:

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    Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, July 7, 2023 6:38 AM

    Diablo 4's permanently dark and dour world is doing the impossible in Season 1: getting even worse, somehow. The first seasonal update called Season Of The Malignant is coming on July 20th, developer Blizzard announced in last night's livestream. The game's first season brings another hellish threat from everyone's nemesis/crush Lilith, a new questline, characters, powers, the first season journey, and yup, the first battle pass.

    Check out the announcement trailer here:

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    Siliconera Friday, July 7, 2023 11:30 AM

    Naruto to Boruto Shinobi Striker Ultimate Edition Announced

    Bandai Namco announced a Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Ultimate Edition via the official Naruto Video Games Twitter account. This is a nearly complete version of the game, as it will contain the first four season passes. While there was a link to "order today," it leads to a 404 page. However, the option is already live on storefronts like Steam. It's $79.99 normally, but a sale on until July 13, 2023 drops the price to $59.99.

    Here's the official announcement, which also included some older screenshots from the game.

    Here's the full list of everything you get in the Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker Ultimate Edition due to it including the first four Season Passes.

    • Master Character Training Pack #1 - Jiraiya
    • Master Character Training Pack #2 - Hiruzen Sarutobi
    • Master Character Training Pack #3 - Orochimaru
    • Master Character Training Pack #4 - Tobirama Senju
    • Master Character Training Pack #5 - Minato Namikaze
    • Master Character Training Pack #6 - Hashirama Senju
    • Master Character Training Pack #7 - Tsunade
    • Master Character Training Pack #8 - Obito Uchiha
    • Master Character Training Pack #9 - Madara Uchiha
    • Master Character Training Pack #10 - Zabuza Momochi
    • Master Character Training Pack #11 - Haku
    • Master Character Training Pack #12 - Ohnoki
    • Master Character Training Pack #13 - Eight Tails Jinchuriki
    • Master Character Training Pack #14 - Sasuke Uchiha (Boruto)
    • Master Character Training Pack #15 - Ino Yamanaka
    • Master Character Training Pack #16 - Might Guy
    • Master Character Training Pack #17 - Mei Terumi
    • Master Character Training Pack #18 - Naruto Uzumaki (BORUTO)
    • Master Character Training Pack #19 - Kakashi Hatake (Double Sharingan)
    • Master Character Training Pack #20 - Neji Hyuga
    • Master Character Training Pack #21 - Shisui Uchiha
    • Master Character Training Pack #22 - Naruto Uzumaki (Last Battle)
    • Master Character Training Pack #23 - Boruto Uzumaki (Karma)
    • Jiraiya Costume with Shima & Fukasaku Replica
    • Master Character Training Pack #24 - Sakura Haruno (Great Ninja War)
    • Master Character Training Pack #25 - Nagato (Reanimation)
    • Master Character Training Pack #26 - Itachi Uchiha (Reanimation)
    • Master Character Training Pack #27 - Sasuke Uchiha (Last Battle)
    • Master Character Training Pack #28 - Kawaki
    • Lobby Action - Lightning Blade
    • Secret Technique: Super Uzumaki Rasengan (Attack Type)
    • Top-Secret Training Zabuza Momochi

    As a reminder, Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker is up to Season Pass 6 now. The latest character to appear is Obito Uchiha (Ten Tails Jinchuriki).

    Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker and its Ultimate Edition are available for the PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

    The post Naruto to Boruto Shinobi Striker Ultimate Edition Announced appeared first on Siliconera.

    Siliconera Friday, July 7, 2023 11:00 AM

    nier automata masterline 2b figure header

    A 1/3 Masterline figure of 2B from NieR Automata is available to pre-order from the Square Enix store. There is a standard version and a DX one, and they're both only on the Japanese version of the store. The normal version costs 253,000 JPY ($1755.65) and the DX version costs 275,000 JPY ($1908.30).

    The 2B figure is around 95 centimeters tall (including the base) and weighs around 21 kilograms. Even if you can manage to find a proxy service to send it over from Japan, the shipping fee would be quite high. The base is a machine lifeform and the Heavy Armor is behind her as well. Pod 042 is floating alongside her. If you get the DX version, you can remove her skirt and visor.

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    Here is a trailer for the Masterline 2B figure:


    Though the North America Square Enix store doesn't have this particular 1/3 Masterline 2B figure, it does sell the 1/4 scale figure of 2B in her 2P color. She has a flipped color palette than usual, so she has black hair and a white dress. She is also standing on a machine lifeform while Pod 042 floats beside her.

    NieR Automata is readily available on the PS4, Xbox One, Windows PC, and Nintendo Switch. The 1/3 Masterline figure of 2B is available for pre-order from the Japanese Square Enix store and it'll come out on March 31, 2024.

    The post 1/3 Masterline NieR Automata 2B Figure Costs Almost $2,000 appeared first on Siliconera.

    Siliconera Friday, July 7, 2023 10:30 AM

    FFVII Ever Crisis Closed Beta Has Co-op Limitations, Sharing Guidelines Final Fantasy VII

    People can get a sample of the next Final Fantasy VII game, as the FFVII Ever Crisis closed beta is now live. Until July 13, 2023, people who got in can sample the RPG. Now that it launched, Square Enix revealed the guidelines for sharing and streaming content from it, details about its first two weapon banners, and the limitations for the co-op battle feature.

    People can get a sample of the next Final Fantasy VII game, as the FFVII Ever Crisis closed beta is now live. Until July 13, 2023, people who got in can sample the RPG. Now that it launched, Square Enix revealed the guidelines for sharing and streaming content from it, details about its first two weapon banners, and the limitations for the co-op battle feature.

    When it comes to posting about FFVII Ever Crisis online, the restrictions are fairly typical. It asks for the "© Square Enix" copyright notice to be shared, to only use original Square Enix content, to not use it commercially, and to not use leaked, unreleased, or unofficial content. It also asks people to avoid spoilers. It requests people to not be offensive and use language that could be hateful. But otherwise, sharing is allowed.

    With the weapon banner Stamp Draws for the FFVII Ever Crisis closed beta, there are two options. One features equipment for the new characters Glenn and Matt. People who pull on it can get the five-star Crewkicker for Glenn or Killer Hornet for Matt. The Stamp Reward for that banner is the Killer Attire for Matt. The Cloud and Barret banner features Murasame for Cloud and Microlaser for Barret. These are also both five-star weapons. The reward for that banner is the Murasame Armor for Cloud.

    Here's a closer look at them both:
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    As for the co-op battles in the closed beta, the Scorpion Sentinel from FFVII and Wu & Tai from Crisis Core will appear. However, you can't always participate in them.

    The Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis closed beta runs until July 13, 2023. The full game's release will follow sometime after on Android and Apple iOS devices.

    The post FFVII Ever Crisis Closed Beta Has Co-op Limitations, Sharing Guidelines appeared first on Siliconera.

    Siliconera Friday, July 7, 2023 10:00 AM

    usj biohazard the extreme

    Universal Studios Japan will bring back its Resident Evil Halloween event called the "Biohazard: The Extreme" under the new name "Biohazard: The Extreme+." It will introduce new creatures and characters. You will have to defeat enemies and protect Raccoon City for a high score.

    "Biohazard: The Extreme+" is a maze that will let you feel the fear of the Resident Evil series but in real life. There will be two routes that you can take, the "Leon" route and the "Claire" one. Just like in Resident Evil 2, you'll encounter different monsters and characters depending on what room you take. There will also be Mr. Raccoon toys hidden in both the maze and around the park itself.

    In 2022, USJ also introduced a lot of new limited menu items based on Resident Evil as part of its "Biohazard: The Extreme" campaign. Though there are no pictures of what the attraction is like actually inside of it, it appears to be a real maze that you walk through. Monsters and characters you see will likely be projected onto a screen rather than actors in a costume.

    Resident Evil 2 Remake is available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC. You'll be able to find the "Biohazard: The Extreme" maze in New York Area of USJ. It'll be available from September 8 to November 15, 2023. To access this attraction, you'll need to buy a pass beforehand via the USJ website.

    The post Resident Evil Biohazard: The Extreme Event Will Return to USJ appeared first on Siliconera.

    Siliconera Friday, July 7, 2023 9:30 AM

    game re:set pc version

    Sega opened up pre-registrations for the PC version of 404 Game Re:Set. You'll be able to pre-register from DMM Games and you'll be able to link your mobile account as well. So if you've already started to play the game on mobile and want to move to PC in the future, you won't lose any of the progress you've made or characters you've collected. [Thanks, Gamer!]

    Another benefit to playing on the DMM Games server is that Sega will hand out 20 pulls' of gems to PC players. So there are benefits for mobile players who did not plan to move to the PC version. In order to pre-register, you will need to have a DMM account. There is no release window as of yet for the PC version.

    404 Game Re:Set has Yoko Taro (Drakengard, NieR) at the helm as the writer. The story of the game centers around purifying corrupted retro Sega games, who all appear as anime girls. Games that you can get in the gacha include Crazy  Taxi, The House of the Dead, and Virtua Racing. It is quite popular in Japan, reaching a million downloads about a week after it came out. However, there is still no news as of yet in regards to an international or localized release.

    404 Game Re:Set is available on mobile devices in Japan. There's no release window just yet for the PC version. We don't know when or if it could appear worldwide as well.

    The post Pre-Registration For PC Version of 404 Game Re:Set Opens appeared first on Siliconera.

    Siliconera Friday, July 7, 2023 9:00 AM

    Fate/Samurai Remnant Preview PS5

    The standout game I played during my time at Anime Expo 2023 was none other than Koei Tecmo and Omega Force's upcoming hack-and-slash crossover title, Fate/Samurai Remnant. I will admit that I have played and reviewed many Musou games in the past, despite not being a huge fan of the sub-genre. I feel the best Musou games are the ones that take the idea of massive battles and add a unique licensed wrinkle into the manner, such as Dragon Quest Heroes II and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. It's safe to say that Fate/Samurai Remnant continues this welcome trend after my time playing a preview build on PS5.

    As an already existing Fate fan, this is the way to get me to jump back into a Musou game. Taking place in a historical version of Asakusa, Japan during a previous Holy Grail War, players get to take the role of Miyamoto Iori and his servant, Saber.

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    Fate/Samurai Remnant Seamlessly Integrates Combat

    These Fate/Samurai Remnant characters are a bit different than the Saber and other Servants you might know from the more chronologically recent entries in the series. Though my demo was timed, I tried to take some time to explore Asakusa, which was beautifully recreated with NPCs to talk to and little side activities.

    The main goal of the preview, seemingly set early in the game, was to collect money for a debtor. I got to run around the surprisingly stunning town, getting money from cats and shut-ins, while also unlocking new abilities to use in the intriguing take on Musou combat.

    Instead of the usual battlefield scenarios where you have a mission to win, the combat seems more cleanly included in the story. At one point, I encountered a debtor I had to take down and he had dozens of cronies that he brought along with him.

    This short combat segment felt like a mostly typical Musou fight. I had the dozens of smaller nameless enemies I could ignore while I focus on the larger foe. There are combos you can use featuring the light and heavy attack, which generally deal massive cinematic damage to all nearby enemies.

    In addition, there are four skills you can use to deal even more damage, but you can only use them occasionally. Initially, I played as Miyamoto Iori, the Master in this game. He has two special forms, one for Earth and another for Water, that changes his skills and style.

    [caption id="attachment_971713" align="aligncenter" width="1200"]Fate/Samurai Remnant Preview PS5 Image via Koei Tecmo[/caption]

    It Captures the Cinematic Feel of the Anime Series

    I like the variance the gameplay offers, with its fast and fun gameplay. Movement and dodging is seamless, letting me zip in and out of attacks with ease. Eventually, the tight demo included a flashy climactic moment where I got to play as this game's Saber.

    The young hero had their own set of skills that I could use. I appreciated how each of Saber's attacks and skills are unbelievably over-the-top, giving off some of anime studio Ufotable's style in a way. There was also a fantastic team attack I could use that saw Master and Servant join together.

    The finale of the demo concluded with meeting the first of six other Servants in the game. This massive hulking foe was my singular enemy in the drawn out fight. Interestingly enough, the mysterious Servant had a break bar unlike previous foes. This break bar decreased the more hits I used on the enemy. My attacks were pretty underwhelming until I broke the Servant, leading to me decimating the foe nearly instantly with how much more powerful attacks became.

    [caption id="attachment_971712" align="aligncenter" width="1200"]Fate/Samurai Remnant Preview PS5 Image via Koei Tecmo[/caption]

    The demo only lasted about 10 minutes for me, but I appreciated that Fate/Samurai Remnant doesn't seem to have the typical mission-based structure of Musou games. It appears to have a more natural and bombastic structure similar to the anime itself. With the bits of story content it teased regarding this particular Holy Grail War, this game just shot up to be one of my most anticipated titles this year.

    Fate/Samurai Remnant will release on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC on September 29, 2023.

    The post Preview: Fate/Samurai Remnant Is an Incredible Blend of Musou and Servants appeared first on Siliconera.

    Siliconera Friday, July 7, 2023 8:30 AM

    yuji naka prison

    The Tokyo District Court served Yuji Naka (co-creator of the Sonic the Hedgehog series and former director of Balan Wonderworld) a two-and-a-half year prison sentence, as well as a four year suspended one. Basically, he is on probation and risks going to jail for two-and-a-half years if he breaks the rules that the court imposed upon him. He has also received a fine of 2.5 million JPY, with a surcharge of 170 million JPY. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

    The Yuji Naka case started in November 2022 when the authorities arrested in for inside trading. He was arrested again in a second scandal involving insider trading a month later in December 2022. Insider trading is using non-public information to give yourself an edge when trading in a public company's stock.

    For reference, during his first scandal, Yuji Naka bought approximately 10,000 shares (2.8 million JPY) of Aiming stock. This is because he knew about the development of Dragon Quest Tact. His second one involved 120,000 shares of Ateam stocks (about 144.7 million JPY) prior to the release of Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier.

    During the trial, his defense argued that Naka did not actively go out of his way to seek out this information. Instead, someone sent it to him by accident. It's clear that this argument did not convince the court.

    The Tokyo District Court has sentenced Yuji Naka to 2 years and 6 months of prison, a suspended sentence of 4 years, and a total fine of around 172.5 million JPY.

    The post Yuji Naka Given 4 Year Suspended Prison Sentence appeared first on Siliconera.

    PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, July 7, 2023 11:37 AM
         How to farm Tube Coral in Dave the DiverWho knew the depths held so many treasures? Dave the Diver by Mintrocket really lets you discover all the hidden wonders of the sea with the hardworking protagonist in this charming 8-bit game. Many quests, sidequests, side subquests, and all the rest will have you combing every inch of the blue hole for everything you need. Running a sushi restaurant and being a deep-sea negotiator isn't as easy as all that. At some point, you're going to need to grab Tube Coral in Dave the Diver, and it can be a little hard to find unless you know how. How to farm Tube Coral in Dave the Diver Screenshot by PC Invasion Initially, you will need to grab Tube Coral in order to please the Sea People and win them over to your side. This is only in aid of helping them further, but Dave the Diver is a selfless creature. When you are first given the task of finding the Tube Coral, it will be located in one particular place, and after that, you will regularly find it at certain depths. When yo...

    PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, July 7, 2023 11:11 AM
         How To Get Sailwind Shadow Kaeya Outfit In Genshin ImpactWith the new Genshin Impact 3.8 update comes a plethora of new activities and features. One of the things you can get is a new outfit for Kaeya. The best part about this outfit, compared to the other outfits in Genshin Impact, is the fact that it's completely free! If you're wondering how to get the Sailwind Shadow Kaeya outfit in Genshin Impact, we'll answer that below. Where to find Sailwind Shadow Kaeya outfit in Genshin Impact For Genshin Impact's 2023 summer event, you can obtain a free outfit for Kaeya. Instead of his usual Mondstadt attire, the outfit resembles more what the populace of Sumeru wear, with a pirate twist. During the 'Secret Summer Paradise' event which began on July 5, all you must do is collect 150 Joyeux Vouchers. You can do this by engaging in this event's activities in the Veluriyam Mirage area. Screenshot via HoYoverse This new area is limited to this event only, so grab enough Vouchers while you can. But...

    PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, July 7, 2023 11:06 AM
         Delphox weaknesses and best counters in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet7-Star raids took a backseat through June 2023 while GameFreak worked on Pokemon Home integration. The hardest content in the game has come back in a big way, with a new dangerous foe for Trainers to challenge. This time, it's Delphox from Gen 6, and wow, this is a tough one. Let me show you Delphox's weaknesses and best counters in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Delphox weaknesses and best counters in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Delphox is imbued with the Fairy Tera Type and has access to many devastating attacks. Raid Pokemon have a larger move pool than normal, but this is what you're up against. Delphox's Movelist Psychic Will-O-Wisp Dazzling Gleam Fire Blast Nasty Plot Magic Room In my testing, Delphox likes to spam Psychic and Will-O-Wisp. Both hit hard, thanks to STAB, and destroy most typical Raid contenders. Train a Ceruledge or Armarouge! Image by PC Invasion Charcadet evolves into Ceruledge or Armarouge, depending on what Armor...