PCGamesN Saturday, July 22, 2023 11:36 AM
The SimFest Steam sale is underway, bringing you plenty of the most relaxing games on PC at a hefty discount. With all manner of satisfying ways to while away the hours on Steam, there's everything from life sims like Disney Dreamlight Valley to strategy games like Xenonauts 2 on offer for cheap. If you're looking to spend some lazy summer afternoons playing some chill games, you won't want to miss out on this Steam sale, so move fast to grab these bargains.
Continue reading Get cozy for cheap with huge Steam sale on the most relaxing gamesMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Steam FAQ, Steam family sharing, Steam in-home streaming
PCGamesN Saturday, July 22, 2023 10:06 AM
An Exoprimal update from the development team at Capcom outlines some of the new features on the way to its dinosaur-demolishing multiplayer game in the coming weeks. Following the game's launch, the team is already planning to roll out a new dedicated endgame PvE mode soon, and also shows off one of the Alpha Variant Exosuits coming in a free Exoprimal update in August.
Continue reading Exoprimal details new PvE endgame mode and Alpha Variant ExosuitsMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Exoprimal review, Exoprimal system requirements, Best dinosaur games
PCGamesN Saturday, July 22, 2023 9:22 AM
The Morrowind project that aims to restore the entire province's mainland in the third Elder Scrolls RPG game from Bethesda has just uploaded a colossal update, as five more expansions, hundreds of quests, NPCs, and thousands of interior and exterior spaces are still coming to the mod. So if the wait for the Elder Scrolls 6 release date is too much, this Morrowind project will keep you busy for ages.Elder Scrolls 6 release date, Best Skyrim mods, Best games like Skyrim
PCGamesN Saturday, July 22, 2023 6:51 AM
A new Barbenheimer Fortnite map sees the most unlikely pairing of the summer collide, as the nuclear trauma of Oppenheimer and the pink-tinged glitz and glamor of Barbie meet in Fortnite. This Fortnite map capitalizes on the internet's current favorite trend, bringing the bizarre movie duo together in Epic's world-topping battle royale game.
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PCGamesN Saturday, July 22, 2023 6:48 AM
Sega Bass Fishing is a free game on Steam right now, as it joins the likes of Dredge and Dave the Diver as a pretty chill experience. A highlight of the Dreamcast era, here's how to snag Sega Bass Fishing for free right now.
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PCGamesN Saturday, July 22, 2023 5:44 AM
The Elden Ring Turtle Pope is the perfect example of how FromSoftware's RPG games have mastered the art of taking over the internet. By putting a pope hat on a giant turtle, Miyazaki and crew have made an iconic character in Elden Ring, and you can actually snag your very own Turtle Pope right now - with a catch.
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PCGamesN Saturday, July 22, 2023 5:39 AM
Diablo 4 patch 1.1.0 hotfix 3 has just rolled out to the RPG game, and it'll make your journey through Diablo 4 Nightmare Dungeons smoother than ever. Following its Campfire Chat addressing the response to its nerf-heavy Season 1 patch, the Diablo 4 team at Blizzard releases its first planned hotfix, which makes the most popular endgame content a little smoother to encourage players to tackle higher-level Dungeons.
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Siliconera Saturday, July 22, 2023 12:00 PM
Lakeburg Legacies is an unusual approach to the concept of a city builder. You're building up a specific city. However, the most critical element here involves people. Yes, you're still going to collect other resources necessary to keep a kingdom afloat. However, it all depends on getting right people, helping them fall in love with the best suited partners, and then hopefully using their skills to ensure the success of the city.
Each run of Lakeburg Legacies can run a bit differently, as it all varies based on who shows up and how their relationships go. You start with a single villager who will be tasks with becoming a lumberjack. You then need to get wood, the initial most critical resource, to build a home for them and begin to build other resource-generating facilities. You then marry this person off, which brings in another resident, gives you a chance for the new couple to raise a family, and gets the village population growing. This cycle increases on a growing scale, with opportunities for relationship-related events coming up as people spend more time together and Lakeburg grows, until the period of time set at the outset of the game appears.
During early days, I'd want my families to succeed! In the first run, it was because I wanted to be certain I was doing things right. I wanted Albrecht and his husband Roland, who Tindra said was a "good" match due to how many commonalities they shared, to be happy together with a big family. They only ended up adopting one child, but they were one of my happiest couples and worked together peacefully as lumberjacks. However, my farmer Wolfgang and his "excellent" match wife and huntress Calanthe broke up shortly after they had their first child. However, a random event after did lead to them getting back together after she kissed a sentient frog, passed out, and woke up in his house again after he found her unconscious on the side of the road.
This also means balancing who works where throughout town. A rating of up to five stars shows how well-suited someone is for a role. If it is a higher mark and it's their aspiration, then you might get bonuses like faster or increased outputs of resources. However, you also need to watch the ambiance levels once two or more employees are there. Neutral and good vibes are fine, as people will work well, and you may even see greater gains. But if there are conflicting personalities or people have negative connotations, perhaps because a woman is forced to work with her former spouse's affair partner, then it just ruins everything. You can also expend hearts to "force" things like greetings, breakups, and larger families, if you have enough resources, but I found it was more fun to go with the flow.
While I could see the relationship and social elements of Lakeburg Legacies being different each time you play, I feel like the city building and societal management will always feel the same. As such, it might get a bit tedious. For example, you're always going to see the town begin to grow in the same way, with things like the lumber mill, farm, hunting tent, mine, and such showing up first. You'll need to prioritize diversification of resources, ensuring the farm is also giving you wheat and the hunters are bringing in both hides and meat, for a while. This isn't bad. A lot of civilization management games proceed in this fashion. But it isn't going to be like an actual game of Civilization, during which you can start to diversify and prioritize different paths of development each time you hop into a new game. With Lakeburg Legacies, growing the town itself will tend to follow the same general paths each time.
Lakeburg Legacies is an unconventional approach to a city management simulation, and it's one that works quite well if you're the sort who can get invested in virtual characters' lives. What matters here is keeping an eye on characters, pairing them up, finding the perfect jobs for them, and essentially being an incredibly nosy neighbor. The actual simulation element isn't as taxing, unless you choose high difficulty modifiers, with resources arriving at a steady pace. Instead, the fun comes from seeing how these people interact with each other and watching how the matches you make and townsfolk you select for certain relationships or responsibilities end up.
Lakeburg Legacies will come to the PC on July 20, 2023.
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Siliconera Saturday, July 22, 2023 9:00 AM
It's easy to look down on yourself. Likewise, we all have periods of time when we all get depressed to various degrees. In the case of A Reincarnated Witch Spells Doom, the first volume of one of Yen Press' latest manga series, the heroine Sena finds herself facing crippling issues that result in her locking herself away not only in her original life, but her reincarnated, fantasy world one. What makes this first volume of the series so satisfying is seeing how she deals with the situations and then seizes opportunities to step outside her comfort zone.
Things begin with a peek at Sena's new life in the fantasy world, which essentially explains the whole title "A Reincarnated Witch Spells Doom. This new world is filled with people who can and can't use magic. It seems like Sena can! However, she doesn't cast spells in the traditional way and is more spitting out curses. She only knows two specifically: Explode and Perish. As a result, she's isolated in a cabin in the forest following some incidents in her youth when said skills were used with good intentions, but caused Situations. Now that her mother died, she's all alone.
To juxtapose this, we see how Sena went through something similar. In her real-world life, before she met Truck-kun, she couldn't bring herself to go to school. There was essentially this mental block. When she did muster the strength to do so, she got hit by a truck because her guardian angel didn't expect her to ever leave the house. (This, in turn, led to her second chance.) She talked about the school exploding, so she wouldn't need to go or have that anxiety surrounding it, and being okay with things perishing.
I also appreciate how Sora shows what Sena's first steps into the outside world go in these early chapters. Yes, there's a bit of a push to move along the plot. But the execution from there allows us to see the situations from different sides. It also shows opportunities for Sena to still set new goals and grow.
In general, A Reincarnated Witch Spells Doom's start to the manga is fantastic at making sure we can see elements of ourselves in Sena. We can get feeling so overwhelmed and bogged down that we'd want to stay inside. Her situation ensures we understand why she isolated herself in her new life. More importantly, it provides ample reasons why we should root for her to grow as a person and find happiness.
Volume 1 of A Reincarnated Witch Spells Doom is available now, and volume 2 of the manga will launch on September 19, 2023.
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Siliconera Saturday, July 22, 2023 9:00 AM
The Higurashi When They Cry experience is a powerful one. From its sound novel roots and anime adaptation to now the Higurashi When They Cry: Gou manga localization, it forces people to reconcile cute characters and quiet country life with the mysteries and events before them. The first volume essentially offers its takes on the Onidamashi and Watanagashi "question" arcs, and it doesn't hold back in its retelling of the events.
Editor's Note: There will be mild spoilers for volume 1 of the Higurashi When They Cry: Gou manga below.
Volume 1 of the Higurashi When They Cry: Gou manga sets the tone with three color pages that allude back to the original Onikakushi ending. So even though someone could maybe go into the game or anime blind and have no idea about the nature of the story, there's no ambiguity here. The fact that Yen Press also used color pages for this portion hammers it home. No matter how cute the characters may be in the ensuing pages and how calm rural Hinamizawa may be, it isn't. Something's coming.
But initially, this setup seems great! Keiichi is happy with small town life. It seems like there's a chance for love with the girl-next-door Rena. There's a small community of people in Hinamizawa, but they get along well with their friends Mion, Satoko, and Rika. All of the Higurashi When They Cry: Gou characters look adorable, and it practically feels like a slice of life comedy with Satoko's pranks, the group picnic, and Rena's excitement of finding the Colonel Sanders KFC mascot statue at the dump. (Kenta-kun!)
In the second part of volume 1 of the Higurashi When They Cry: Gou manga, the story shifts to Mion. We get to see another side of her, following a chapter dedicated to Rika and her perspective on current events. What's fascinating is that this one focuses on how well Keiichi and her also fit together. However, we're also abruptly introduced to Mion's twin, Shion. But due to the nature of the story and the execution of the art, it leaves us with a whole other sort of mystery. Who is Keiichi spending time with? How are they connected? What is going on with Mion and Shion?
It's intriguing in that it's presented as an entirely different type of horror. We're still seeing how unsettling things are. The situation in Hinamizawa is still uncomfortable, even as much of the story is focusing on Keiichi's growing relationship with the twins. Again, it not only offers a fascinating comparison in terms of art, but when juxtaposed against what we just experienced in the Onidamashi storyline.
With the Higurashi When They Cry: Gou manga, we get a whole new retelling of the story. It's one that captures what matters about the story, and all of the situations and mysteries they face. It maintains an atmosphere that can sometimes feel so normal, then drastically shift in tone. It does so in such a way that the artistic direction feels perfect either way. As a result, no punches are pulled and the story remains as powerful as ever.
Volume 1 of the Higurashi When They Cry: Gou manga is available now, and volume 2 will be out on October 17, 2023.
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Gamer Empire Saturday, July 22, 2023 10:50 AM
If you are new to Stellaris, I wouldn't blame you for thinking that games have no end. While that is technically true, it is also possible to "win" a game of Stellaris. It is unfortunate that the game fails to teach this to new players effectively. You and every other empire in the galaxy are […]
WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Saturday, July 22, 2023 9:08 AM
The GSD has released a huge bunch of data covering the last six months of game and hardware sales. The data covers all the big European countries and most of the major publishers, and includes both physical and digital sales with Nintendo and 505 Games being the exceptions.
WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Saturday, July 22, 2023 8:23 AM
Netherealm has dropped a brand new trailer for the upcoming Mortal Kombat 1 and it confirms three classic characters are returning: Baraka, Tanya and Li Mei.
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