Kotaku Sunday, July 16, 2023 11:14 AM
PCGamesN Sunday, July 16, 2023 12:44 PM
Honkai Star Rail is going offline to prepare for the Honkai Star Rail 1.2 release date, so you can look forward to free Stellar Jade as compensation for the downtime. The next major Honkai Star Rail update is almost here, but with the servers set to be down for an estimated five hours, you won't be able to play the turn-based anime game during this time, so make sure you plan ahead.
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PCGamesN Sunday, July 16, 2023 12:05 PM
Wish you were playing Starfield already? So do we, but there are a few people who've already got that privilege. While we count down the days to the Starfield release date, some fortunate people are already in the position to get their hands on the most anticipated space game of the year. As the months become weeks, the wait is almost over - but that doesn't mean we're not a little jealous of those playing Starfield right now.
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PCGamesN Sunday, July 16, 2023 12:01 PM
What's the best Asus gaming laptop? That depends on your budget and needs, but we've tested the best Asus laptops for gamers – read on to find the best model for you. Asus has built a formidable reputation for creating bleeding-edge gaming laptops. From humble beginnings, the brand began boosting its cachet with collaborations, such as 2006's Lamborghini VX range. That same year, the company released its first dedicated gaming laptops, creating the Republic of Gamers (ROG) sub-brand that's become familiar to gamers worldwide.
Asus has quietly overhauled some of the big names in gaming to become one of the world's best gaming laptop vendors. Given the competitive nature of the market and the quality of competition from Alienware laptops, and brands like Acer, Dell, MSI, and Lenovo, that's impressive.
Asus gaming laptops are sleek, well-designed, high-performance devices offering a wide selection of options. From its high-end ROG (Republic of Gamers) devices that boast the latest gaming CPU and screen technology to the more keenly priced TUF (The Ultimate Force) machines that focus on quality internals rather than style, there's something for everyone within the Asus gaming range.
The key to choosing the right gaming laptop is understanding how you'll use it daily. Do you need killer battery life, or will you be plugged in most of the time? Will you be using external peripherals, like a gaming mouse, keyboard, or monitor? How important is sound to your experience?
So which of the latest Asus gaming laptop crop do we rate, and which are worthy of your consideration? We've rounded up our pick of the bunch below to help you get to grips with the wide range of options.
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PCGamesN Sunday, July 16, 2023 11:00 AM
Alienware has been a staple in the gaming laptop space since its first Area 51m released in 2002. Made by Dell, the best Alienware laptops are dedicated, high-end machines for gaming enthusiasts. They're not cheap by any means, but they are some of the best gaming laptops out there.
Alienware gaming laptops offer a massive amount of power and performance, cutting-edge tech and excellent designs. We've rounded up some of the best buys on the market today, from the 18-inch Alienware M18 to the compact Alienware X14 R1. Most machines can be specced to your liking, which allows you to tailor your purchase to your budget and needs.
When shopping for an Alienware laptop, it's best to avoid the very top-end specs if your budget is tight. Older Alienware laptops offer better value; the Alienware M17 certainly holds its own with its Ryzen 7 6800H CPU and RTX 3070 Ti CPU.
Of course, if you have deeper pockets then Alienware's latest and greatest generation of gaming laptops are sure to please. The M16 and M16 both feature RTX 4080s paired high-refresh 16:10 displays, while the Alienware X16 offers a premium experience and is predictably our most expensive option on show today.
Whether you want a laptop for esports, a graphic powerhouse or a light and thin laptop you can take with you when traveling, you'll find the best Alienware gaming laptops below.
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PCGamesN Sunday, July 16, 2023 10:46 AM
Baldur's Gate 3 is a phenomenally deep, rich RPG game that promises a huge amount of player freedom and creativity in how you approach encounters. But listening to the Baldur's Gate 3 lead developers at Larian Studios talk about it, you'd be forgiven for thinking they just want to bodily toss everyone around at the earliest opportunity. Discussing the various Baldur's Gate 3 playable races, the Larian team talk about what each brings to the table.
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Siliconera Sunday, July 16, 2023 3:00 PM
A lot of otome games end up dealing with outlandish situations, but then attempt to play it off as ordinary and approaching things seriously. With Love Spell: Written in the Stars, Great Gretuski Studios knows how silly the premise is. It embraces it by having an outspoken heroine who is a character all on her own, imperfect love interests, and a script that ends up filled with quick quips. Now that the Starlight update that brings it all to a new game engine is here, it makes for something of a definitive edition of an often entertaining story. However, since it can go so over-the-top, that might mean it isn't for everyone.
Luna's all alone during the most romantic time of the year, and she's had one of the worst days of her life. Her childhood best friend and first love, who she didn't end up with, is back home with his put together life and steady girlfriend. Her college professor keeps picking at her and singling her out, especially in front of the whole class. The new barista at her favorite coffee shop is so gorgeous and alluring, she can't get any work done there. Also, some rich jerk ran into her, blamed her for ruining his expensive suit, and seems to want her to pay for it. The one highlight was helping an old woman, who gave her an unusual notebook and pen as a gift to thank her.
The base Love Spell: Written in the Stars game includes four love interests. All of them are takes on various familiar character tropes in otome games. So Enix is the childhood friend, except he ended up with Luna's frenemy instead of her. Florian is the gorgeous teacher, but he's demanding and sadistic. Jamie is that guy who just looks so familiar and is fawned over, only with multiple secrets. Marcello is the mysterious and suspicious bad boy, except he's a jerk.
It's also reassuring to see the additional work that went into the game. I came to Great Gretuski Studios' title following its Starlight update. This meant I could see the full vision of the game. The character designs are all great and distinct, and the new expression work serves them well. The UI is clear and easy to read, and it is also easy to save before important moments. I especially enjoyed the Extra Stories in the gallery, as it felt a little like the sort of content you'd get in a follow-up fan disc for an Otomate release.
My only criticism is that sometimes Love Spell: Written in the Stars seems to include references and asides that might leave it feeling a bit dated or exclude some readers. It is absolutely a funny game with a humorous script and silly situations sometimes, but it can go overboard in the pursuit of that. Luna very much features a very outspoken and independent personality, rather than having some nuances left more vague to allow for self-insertion. She's a fun, outspoken character, but some of her interjections and responses made me cringe a bit despite being the target audience. The use of some memetic references and phrases in dialogue can come up so much that it may be off-putting to some. The fact that there are some wild and off-putting sound effects also lean into that. When unusual text effects and sound effects are happening regularly in routes, it can detract from the experience and make it less novel and entertaining for some readers.
Love Spell: Written in the Stars is available for PCs.
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Siliconera Sunday, July 16, 2023 12:00 PM
I keep coming back to Sticky Business. I want to experiment with the restrictions to see what designs I can create. It's like one of those virtual paper doll creators I enjoyed in high school, only with a little bit of a simulation surrounding it. It is a little light on the actual "game" elements, but it's very good at establishing a cozy, creative vibe.
In Sticky Business, you start with a blank slate. After naming your storefront, something that really doesn't come up after that, you are plopped into a creator. You can use the "parts," divided into categories, to make a sticker. There are a handful of sizing options, occasionally you'll be able to change the color (if you paid for the extra color), you name it, and then you choose if it is a plain one or printed on a special kind of paper. This takes up a certain amount of the "day," if you are playing on a timed mode. Once you have stickers, you pay coins to print them after placing them on sheets. Orders come in, you fill them, and you ship them out. The downside is, it also doesn't really explain what some "game" like elements mean. Parts used in the stickers you sell earn experience, but I didn't really see how that influenced anything.
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There isn't any real "to-do" list. Once you come to the shop for the day, the first order of business is to basically pack any orders that came in. You can add extras like shredded paper grass, decorative tissue paper, or candy, with candy adding a percent increase to the money you earn from that order. You need to head to the mailbox after the whole lot is done. It might be worth printing more of certain stickers you are selling, if your stock is low. Maybe then you upgrade your offerings by increasing space for sticker designs, getting new sticker options, getting new colors, or picking up more sticker backings for the printer. If you run out of things to do or the day ends, you head to bed and wait for it all to start again. You never have any obligation.
There are some optional requests, if you pay attention. Some customers will tell you about their lives and situations when you place orders, but you don't have to listen. However, even though sometimes some would request I make stickers with a particular subject like rats, they would then… go on to not buy ones with those designs. (To be fair, one who requested a boba tea sticker and another with a "derpy face" did go on to buy that and advance their "storylines.") But this is largely a situation where there's no risk and all reward. In Sticky Business you will always earn hearts to acquire new sticker elements or money to expand your options and print more stickers. People will buy your stickers, regardless of the designs.
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Now, I realize that might sound a bit harsh. However, this in no way means Sticky Business is bad. I feel it's more like an outlet than anything. The number of available designs is rather limited. (For example, there are no humans to use in your sticker designs at all, with a lil' goblin being the only real humanoid figure.) I'd have loved if I could have changed the primary color in all stickers, rather than only some offering the ability to select a different one. But what is there is still pretty ample, and it affords a lit of creativity if you're willing to play around with elements and styles.
For example, because the color palette is a bit limited, you can work with that to adjust the way elements flow together. As such, I was able to give the goblin the frog part as a face, put a bowl in its hands, and make a lil' soup gremlin. (It is a very popular design.) The green of the potion liquid, tentacle, and frog head are all so similar that I made an iguana lounging. It's an incredibly delightful game to play when you feel inspired and like you need to take a minute to breathe, play around with the limited selection, and perhaps come up with something special.
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Likewise, the freedom also means you can turn this into a profitable "factory." The smaller the sticker, the more on the page. Which means the more money you can make from a single sheet. In turn, that means lower costs and more orders. Including a lot of different elements means if someone is keeping track of elements like animals or magic, those are represented.
As such, Sticky Business is genuinely a perfect outlet. While the sticker part options are a bit restricted and I hope DLC or updates add to the library, it's such a relaxing time sink. I had so much fun setting things up just so, knowing that no matter how it looked my virtual customers would love it. It's quite a relaxing and validating experience.
Anyways, look at my stickers!
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Sticky Business will come to the PC via Steam on July 17, 2023.
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Sunday, July 16, 2023 5:23 PM
Microsoft previously offered Microsoft and Nintendo a 10-year deal to keep the high selling series on PlayStation
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Several fans of the series have reacted negatively to the news
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Sunday, July 16, 2023 4:13 PM
This means that he will currently no longer be subjected to a guilty or not guilty verdict