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Samsung Unpacked 2023
Unpacked as it happened: everything Samsung announced
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Z Fold 5, new watches and more (Future)
Samsung has unveiled its new foldable phones, along with new watches and tablets, at its Unpacked event in Seoul. We covered every announcement as it happened in our live blog, as well as providing reaction and analysis – click through to get caught up.
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Galaxy Z Fold 5 review: the gap is gone
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 (Future)
The star of Unpacked was the Galaxy Z Fold 5, the latest version of Samsung's senior foldable handset. It brings one major, and welcome, design change along with a host of smaller upgrades – so is it a compelling response to Google's new rival, the Pixel Fold?
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Galaxy Z Flip 5 hands-on: it's all about the cover screen
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 (Future)
Samsung's latest clamshell foldable, the Z Flip 5, arrives with a potentially game-changing larger and more useful cover screen, and the promise of improved performance. We've spent some quality time with the phone, and our early impressions are mostly good.
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Watch 6 Classic hands-on: the rotating bezel is back
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic (Future)
The Galaxy Watch 6 Classic is Samsung's biggest wearable yet, and it's also notable for the return of the rotating bezel as an additional navigation option. We think it looks fabulous on the wrist – however we do have some concerns about the battery life.
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Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra hands-on: a new, supersized slate
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra (Future)
Samsung has also gone large – and we mean seriously large – with its new top-of-the-range tablet, the Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra. We think it could be the ultimate slate for Android-using creatives – that is, if they can stretch to its appropriately massive price tag.
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    Kotaku Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:50 AM

    Good news, everyone! Futurama is back (again), with new episodes currently airing on Hulu every Monday. I'm very happy to have more Zoidberg in my life. And the other characters, too, I guess. But as we find ourselves in this strange new world of "More Futurama Episodes," let's figure out the best episodes of the…


    Kotaku Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:45 AM

    Final Fantasy XVI is the latest game to spark an intense discourse, from debates around difficulty to whether it's even a true Final Fantasy game. And producer Naoki Yoshida has grown absolutely tired of the negativity.


    Kotaku Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:15 AM

    Good news, everyone! We've got our first look at what Futurama characters actually look like in Fortnite now that the collab has gone live in the battle royale shooter. Fry, Bender, and Leela are now available in the Item Shop as playable outfits. There are also some neat variants on these outfits, a new gun, and…


    Kotaku Wednesday, July 26, 2023 10:17 AM

    If you're jumping into Diablo IV for the very first time, you may not know which class to start with. And since each season in Diablo IV requires you to make a new character, if this isn't your first rodeo you might want to check out a class you haven't played before.


    Kotaku Wednesday, July 26, 2023 10:02 AM

    Despite a booming job market overall, 2023 kicked off with the biggest tech companies laying off thousands of employees. Cuts at Microsoft hit Halo Infinite devs at 343 Industries and other game teams across the company, including at Bethesda. Months later, layoffs are continuing across other pockets of the video game…


    Kotaku Wednesday, July 26, 2023 9:52 AM

    The 2020 action-adventure game Immortals Fenyx Rising won't be getting a sequel after all. Drawing clear inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the game seemed like the start of a fresh new franchise for Ubisoft, a company that's struggled to ship new original hits. But a sequel has now been…


    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:46 AM
         All Counter-Strike 2 maps confirmed so far

    What are the Counter-Strike 2 maps? The arenas in which you battle in CS2 have been truly transformed with the implementation of the Source 2 engine, resulting in a variety of visually stunning environments. Valve has finally peeled back the curtain on its hotly anticipated FPS that has been under development for three years.

    Counter-Strike 2 is a free upgrade to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, reusing a number of important elements that fans know and love such as CSGO console commands and the CSGO ranks system. While the free PC game retains the same competitive energy, Valve has put a fresh coat of paint on maps and visuals. Here are the confirmed Counter-Strike 2 maps we know about so far.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Counter-Strike 2 release date, Counter-Strike 2 beta access, Counter-Strike 2 maps

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:41 AM
         AMD driver update gives Radeon RX 7000 GPUs a huge performance boost

    You might want to download the new AMD GPU driver version at the double, as the latest update has gives your graphics card a major performance boost. Manufacturers like AMD and Nvidia are constantly upgrading and improving drivers to fix issues and ensure each pixel pusher is the best graphics card it can be. Some updates are trivial, but some turn out to bring noticeable gains, as is the case with AMD Adrenalin 23.7.1.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Ryzen 7000 CPUs - everything we know, RDNA 3 GPUs - everything we know, Best gaming CPU

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:37 AM
         How to use the Steam Deck keyboard in desktop mode

    How do you use the Steam Deck keyboard in desktop mode? The Steam Deck is a formidable handheld, capable of playing games and acting as a portable desktop. Naturally, as with any PC, you're bound to need to use a keyboard.

    Whether you're searching for the best Steam Deck games or need to quickly enter a password, being able to use a keyboard is incredibly helpful for a multitude of situations. Not to leave you in the dark, Valve has integrated a virtual keyboard into the Steam Deck, and you can pull it up with just the press of a couple of buttons.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best graphics card, Best gaming PC, Best SSD for gaming

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:02 AM
         Iconic Half-Life character isn't who we think he is, Valve dev says

    Half-Life characters are still, to this day, hiding a lot of secrets. We know very little about Gordon Freeman. G-Man is a total mystery. And even with the latest entry in the Valve FPS game series, we're still learning a lot about Alyx and her background before the events of Half-Life 2. One recent fan theory, however, involving Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer and one of the iconic scientist NPCs from Black Mesa, has led us to an unexpected revelation. It turns out one of the most recognizable faces from Half-Life doesn't belong to who we thought.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Whatever happened to Half-Life 3?, Best old games, Best FPS games

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:01 AM
         DBD Scorching Summer BBQ dates, gameplay, and rewards

    When is the Dead by Daylight Summer BBQ event? The much-loved summer event is coming back to DBD since its last outing in August 2018. The event consisted of unique challenges where players could collect special tokens and unlock cosmetic rewards.

    Though we're not sure how much of the event will remain the same in Dead by Daylight, we can confirm that Margarita Generators and Grill Hooks are coming back to the map, as well as outfits and charms. Whether that means the return of the Pro-Pain hammer and Free Songbird slip dress, we'll just have to wait and see.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: DBD killer tier list, Best horror games, DBD codes

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:00 AM
         You can play as Maria from Silent Hill 2 in DBD, kind of

    Dead By Daylight Tome 16 Existence is here, bringing with it Nic Cage, improvements to Onyro, a new Silent Hill 2 outfit, and a whole host of changes to the asymmetrical multiplayer game. So if you're excited about Cage's addition strap in, because there's a lot of new stuff in Dead By Daylight right now.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: DBD killer tier list, Best horror games, DBD codes

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 10:55 AM
         Genshin Impact Eula banner sales are below average despite her absence

    The Genshin Impact version 3.8 first-half banners did far worse than expected when it comes to sales, according to recent estimates. Eula made her grand return after an 18-month absence from the anime game, but it seems that many players simply didn't pull for her or Klee - especially when compared to Genshin Impact's wildly successful banners for the likes of Hu Tao and Yelan.

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

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 10:18 AM
         Baldur's Gate 3 Dragonborn race overview

    Who are the Baldur's Gate 3 Dragonborn? As one of the more customizable playable races of the 11 available in Baldur's Gate 3, there's a lot to think about when it comes to choosing your Dragonborn's ancestry. You can choose to opt for any ancestry, such as one that protects you from the cold while giving you icy cool breath, or perhaps you wish to lean into the stereotype and give them the ability to spit out draconic hellfire.

    If you can't decide, don't worry. We're here to walk you through everything there is to know about Dragonborn in Baldur's Gate 3. While we won't be able to play as this race until the Baldur's Gate 3 release date, there's plenty of info out there about how to make them using DnD 5th edition rules. Your choice of ancestry shouldn't have much effect on your BG3 companions, but if you choose the Dark Urge origin, that could throw several spanners in the works, no matter which of the classes you choose to play as.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 release date, Baldur's Gate 3 races, Baldur's Gate 3 classes

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 9:54 AM
         All Baldur's Gate 3 races

    What are the Baldur's Gate 3 races? No matter which one you choose, the opening cinematic shows them becoming an unwilling host to a toothy little eyeball tadpole. It threatens to transform us into a Mind Flayer - an evil Eldrich creature with powerful magical abilities. Of course, you won't have any control over the presence of your parasite pal wriggling around your insides, but you can at least customize your character's appearance.

    Baldur's Gate 3 has a wide variety of races to choose from, with some divided into unique subraces that come with their own perks. If you create your character, you can additionally select your class and character background, perhaps even taking on the Dark Urge origin. Now that we're so close to the Baldur's Gate 3 release date, it's time to take a closer look at the character archetypes to explore the Forgotten Realms.

    Continue reading All Baldur's Gate 3 races
    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 release date, Baldur's Gate 3 races, Baldur's Gate 3 classes

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 9:12 AM
         Intel CPU price hike incoming amid major restructure

    Intel is planning a widespread price hike for its processors, according to German wholesalers. Reportedly, Intel needs to raise funds to finance new factories and restructure the company, and increasing its CPU prices will give it the capital it needs to push through major changes. This will affect team blue's existing lineup, as well as upcoming releases like the Raptor Lake Refresh.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Arc Alchemist GPUs - everything we know, Raptor Lake CPUs - everything we know, Best gaming CPU

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 8:07 AM
         How to unlock the Remnant 2 Archon – latest rumors and speculation

    How do I unlock the Remnant 2 Archon? This question is currently plaguing the Remnant 2 community, and it's a big one. While Gunfire Games has stuffed its sequel with plenty of secrets to keep fans busy, all but one of the secret archetypes has been found so far. The Archon is rumored to be a dedicated caster class, making it as popular as it is elusive.

    If you're eager to join the community hunt to unlock the Archon in Remnant 2, we've compiled absolutely everything that's been discovered so far to get you up to speed. It's important to note that the information presented in this guide is formed from PCGamesN's own speculation, alongside the community's ongoing efforts on the action-adventure game's dedicated subreddit. We also recommend unlocking the other secret classes - such as the Summoner and Explorer - as you go.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Remnant 2 archetypes, Remnant 2 review, Remnant 2 bosses

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 7:54 AM
         Former Riot Games execs show off their Minecraft and Valheim rival

    Multiple former Riot Games executives have finally shown off their new game, Project: Islands, which wants to enter the co-op survival game space and rival the likes of Minecraft and Valheim. With both pre-alpha images and a teaser trailer, you can see what the ex-Riot staffers have got coking.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Minecraft seeds, Minecraft skins, Minecraft mods

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 7:54 AM
         Coal Miner Tycoon 2 codes July 2023

    July 26, 2023: Checked for any new and active Coal Miner Tycoon 2 codes.

    What are the new Coal Miner Tycoon 2 codes? Becoming an industry giant in Roblox sometimes requires a bit more than hard work. You'll likely need a little helping hand to get your business off the ground. In that case, we're here to help as we've gathered every code for the Roblox game here.

    The free PC game tasks you with building a base of operations and mining the nearby caves for precious coal. The more coal you gather, the more your Roblox operation can expand - but how do you get your start in the earth-moving business? Utilize the Coal Miner Tycoon 2 codes below to build your base and begin your dominance.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes, Roblox music codes

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 7:22 AM
         Best gaming headset in 2023

    What is the best gaming headset? Our ears are ringing with glee after having spent countless hours listening out for the perfect pair of gaming headphones paired with a magnificent microphone. It's important that your games sound as good as they look, and our guide and reviews will help you find the right cans to clamp to your head.

    After hours of testing, playing, and listening (you're welcome) we've come up with this list of gaming headsets - whether you want an affordable option or a headset with the best battery and serious style, we've got you covered on a range of budgets. Trust our expert advice to help you find the best gaming headset for your needs, from all the big brands including Razer, Corsair, Asus, and Sony.

    You don't need to break the bank to bag a brilliant gaming headset for your gaming PC. However, spending that little bit extra can open the door to extra features like wireless connectivity, active noise-canceling, and virtual surround sound. We've got a separate guide dedicated to the best wireless gaming headset, but if you're looking to fill a room with sweet sounds, we've also tested the best computer speakers and soundbars that'll make your desk rumble.

    Continue reading Best gaming headset in 2023
    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best graphics card, Best gaming PC, Best SSD for gaming

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 6:50 AM
         New Overwatch 2 plush will steal your heart, and Kiriko's too

    Overwatch 2 is one of the biggest multiplayer games around, thanks to its diverse cast of heroes, unique gameplay, and its committed development team. Blizzard has poured its heart into the shooter, from the character creation to mechanics, making the sheer size of the Overwatch 2 fanbase come as no surprise. If you're anything like me, then one of the first things you do when you find a new game you love is look up its merch, especially anything cute like a plush toy. Overwatch fans with similar tastes rise up, as Blizzard has just dropped the merch of our dreams.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Overwatch patch notes, Overwatch characters, Overwatch new heroes

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 6:51 AM
         Remnant 2 GPU performance isn't great, even with an Nvidia RTX 4090

    It appears that Remnant 2 is yet another PC port to release this year with subpar optimization, with budget and flagship graphics cards alike pushing out surprisingly low frame rates. Even the mighty Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 appears to struggle with the game for no readily apparent reason.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: RTX 4070 review, DLSS explained, Best graphics cards

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 6:43 AM
         Cities Skylines player makes billionaire's island, drops meteor on it

    Cities Skylines lets you make more or less anything you might imagine, from sprawling commercial districts to towering skyscrapers and idyllic suburban neighborhoods. But as we await the arrival of the Cities Skylines 2 release date, and the next generation of Paradox and Colossal Order's terrific city-building game, one player has made an emphatic statement by building an ultra-rich, ultra-private billionaire island and then destroying it with a meteor. This is Cities Skylines as social commentary.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Cities Skylines mods, Cities Skylines 2 release date, The best city-building games

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:34 AM
         Warhammer Age of Sigmar Realms of Ruin's biggest flaw is getting fixed

    If you've tried out Warhammer: Age of Sigmar - Realms of Ruin, you'll probably have spotted that, well, the retreat and advance keys are the exact same. Given the RTS game's focus on fast-paced action, the current system is a little clunky, but following the Age of Sigmar - Realms of Ruin beta, Frontier is on the case.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best strategy games, Best RTS games, Best Warhammer games

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 7:00 AM
         Baldur's Gate 3 Shadowheart location, build, and romance

    Who is Baldur's Gate 3's Shadowheart? Shadowheart is one of the first Baldur's Gate 3 companions you'll come across, and although she's immediately happy to cooperate with you in order to find a solution to the wiggly little problem you've both got festering in your ocular region, you'll soon find her to be sassy, condescending, and frequently disagreeable.

    For those of you who need a helping hand gaining her favor in the fantasy game, we've got everything you need to know about gaining approval with Shadowheart. Now that the Baldur's Gate 3 release date is arriving soon, you're probably wondering how she can be best used in your party, we've got some tips for you - warning; there will be extensive Baldur's Gate 3 spoilers ahead. Don't forget to check out our other companion guides for Minsc, Halsin, and Wyll if you want to try something different.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 release date, Baldur's Gate 3 races, Baldur's Gate 3 classes

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 7:36 AM
         GPO codes July 2023

    July 26, 2023: We have checked out our sources for new GPO codes. Currently, there are none available, but check back soon!

    What are the new GPO codes? We've got the lot! Often topping the charts when it comes to anime-inspired Roblox adventures, Grand Piece Online codes are becoming increasingly rare, making them all the more valuable with each new update. They're a great way to keep ahead of the competition or, if you're new, make an immediate dent in the world. They're also good for getting secondary characters over the starting hurdles. But they expire fast.

    Released all the way back in 2021, Grand Piece Online still sees hundreds of thousands of eager pirates and marines flock to its shores every day. And although there's certainly no shortage of Roblox adventures inspired by the One Piece anime and manga, this one still closely competes with the biggest and best. For those, you'll want to check out Blox Fruits codes and King Legacy codes. For the latest competitors to the throne, Pixel Piece codes are proving popular, with Anime Souls Simulator codes and Anime Dimensions codes there for anyone looking for a more varied anime experience. Now, let's run through all the Grand Piece Online codes and how to redeem them.

    Continue reading GPO codes July 2023
    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes, Roblox music codes

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 6:07 AM
         Declutter your inventory with this Diablo 4 money tool

    How much gold do you currently have in Diablo 4? In fact, how many items do you have that you're holding onto in the hopes you might use them in the RPG game? If you answered "not a lot of gold and a whole lot of items," do I have the Diablo 4 tool for you, helping ensure your inventory isn't blocked up with items you don't need in your OP Diablo 4 builds.

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

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 6:02 AM
         The best Roblox games in 2023

    What are the best Roblox games? Games aren't just better than ever for kids; the means of creating them are, too. The best example of that is Roblox: a massively multiplayer online game creation platform, and since it is so easy to make something fun, there are millions of Roblox games to enjoy. User-generated creations allow you to weather the existential threat of a natural disaster, try your hand as a pizza maker, and take a break away from it all with a spot of peaceful scuba diving.

    From sims to RPGs and adventure titles, we've highlighted the best Roblox games to enjoy, with over 100 million other pals in online games. Think of it like Minecraft and LittleBigPlanet smooshed together and forged into an entire platform to create one of the best free PC games available. Below you can find the best Roblox games and more about this exciting platform. If you're looking for some Roblox freebies, you can check these guides for working, new Shinobi life 2 codes, and Project Mugetsu codes to gain an advantage in your games.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes, Roblox music codes

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 9:03 AM
         Dark and Darker release date window, playtest, trailers, and gameplay

    When is the Dark and Darker release date? Following an incredibly hot start in early playtests, the game and its release date are both now shrouded in mystery due to copyright accusations. While Ironmace deals with the situation, the early access release date has been pulled, and there has been no update since May 2023.

    Whether you have played any of the Dark and Darker playtests or not, you might be intrigued to find out more about the multiplayer game, and when it might be arriving in its full form. If you like challenging PvPvE, Dark and Darker is definitely for you, as you and your friends trawl through terrifyingly dark dungeons searching for treasure, battling monsters, and surviving against - or taking out - other teams. Survive long enough, and you'll be able to extract with your loot. Die, and you lose it all. Having dabbled in the beta ourselves, here's everything you need to know about this unique fantasy RPG, including the Dark and Darker release date, trailers, classes, perks, and more.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Dark and Darker release date, Dark and Darker system requirements, Dark and Darker classes guide

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 5:50 AM
         The new World of of Warcraft pets will help support Ukraine

    Two new WoW pets, including our personal favorite, the murloc, are now available with all proceeds going to BlueCheck, a charity co-founded by X-Men actor Liev Schreiber which helps deliver medical and humanitarian resources to Ukraine. Presented by Black Swan and Bad Moms actor Mila Kunis, the new World of Warcraft initiative lets you adopt two time-limited pets to accompany you through the mainline Blizzard MMORPG, or World of Warcraft Classic.

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

    PCGamesN Wednesday, July 26, 2023 5:48 AM
         Street Fighter 6 tier list – best characters July 2023

    Who is on the Street Fighter 6 tier list? If you want to win, you need to pick a top-tier fighter. Character loyalty is cute, but it won't get you anywhere. The fact of the matter is that if your goal is to win games of Street Fighter 6, you should pick an S-tier character.

    We've spent dozens of hours with Street Fighter 6  - something you can read more about in our review - putting every member of the Street Fighter 6 roster to the test to bring you the definitive list of the best SF6 characters to grace Capcom's fighting game. Naturally, this will be an ever-evolving SF6 tier list as any potential updates arrive.

    MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Street Fighter 6 review, Street Fighter 6 tier list, Street Fighter 6 roster

    Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:57 AM

    Under the new rights holders Studio 2.21, cult classic series Little Big Adventure was set to make a comeback after three decades off-grid, with original creator Didier Chanfray attached to the projects. The comeback plans included an all-new reboot, plus remasters for the two 1990s action-adventure games. But today, the studio announced that they were "unsuccessful in securing a publisher," which has led to the reboot's cancellation and layoffs at the developer.

    "Despite our earnest efforts," CEO Ben Limare wrote in a blog post, "we were unsuccessful in securing a publisher for the reboot of Twinsen's Little Big Adventure." According to Limare, the reasons for this are threefold: genre appeal, the series' limited recognition, and the planned costs. "Despite a passionate, albeit small, community of fans, Twinsen's Little Big Adventure isn't globally recognized, which added to the hesitations of potential publishers," wrote Limare.

    "While indie game studios can often deliver remarkable games with lean teams (as we've seen with Death's Door and Tunic), our vision for this project involved a team of 15 to 20 people, echoing the original game's size," he continued. "This considerable investment, juxtaposed with the risk inherent to the genre and IP, was a factor in the decision."

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    Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:15 AM

    In writing about games like A Little To The Left or current RPS Game Club pick Unpacking, I often have to point out that I am a weird little gremlin who loves puzzles and putting things in the right place in games, but not actually in real life. In real life, I write to you today from a desk covered in a weird detritus of work and life that wouldn't quite see me on an exploitative reality TV show with the word hoarder somewhere in the title, but, you know... maybe give it 15 years.

    But I bloody love tidying things in games. Getting everything in the right place. And something that makes it extra enjoyable in Unpacking is the sound design. The house itself is quiet, but everything in the game makes a little noise when you put it away or hang it up or slide it in a shelf, and it's all stuff you recognise from home. It makes the whole experience feel domestic and familiar.

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    Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:14 AM

    I'm guessing there's an unwritten and unbreakable commandment that states every 2023 game must release next month. As evidence, the action RPG slasher Wayfinder is entering early access on August 15th. The game has some faint MMO flavours and comes from developers Airship Syndicate (the studio behind Darksiders: Genesis and Battle Chaser: Nightwar) and publisher Digital Extremes (responsible for the long-running Warframe.) The game previously held various closed playtests, but now the metaphorical doors are being opened for more players.

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    Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:00 AM

    We begin this episode with a little bit of sad news: the Indiescovery podcast is going on hiatus, due to the fact that Rachel and I are both leaving Rock Paper Shotgun for pastures new. However, there's no need to be too downhearted, as your favourite indie-loving trio has every intention of continuing to collaborate on a few silly bits and bobs here and there.

    Listen on RSS feed, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Amazon Music, TuneIn, Deezer, YouTube, or — if you prefer — right here:

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    Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, July 26, 2023 9:26 AM

    Following the fast and psychedelic fingertip shooting of Into The Pit, developer Nullpointer Games are now slowing things down with their next project. The team shook together turn-based tactics, tower-defence elements, and a graphic novel style, and the resulting cocktail is Void Warden. See how it sort of works in the teaser below.

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    Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, July 26, 2023 8:30 AM

    Now that Diablo 4's new season has arrived, I thought I'd give the game another shot. So, in an evening spare of stuff to do, I booted the game up and created a druid called ANIMALS. After a few hours of pressing 1,3,2,4, in either the same pattern or different patterns, I've come to realise the game doesn't make me feel anything. I bash some skeletons, I equip a staff, I exit to Windows, I couldn't care less. Maybe, though, it's not such a bad thing?

    I know I said I'd like Diablo 4 to channel Vampire Survivors and give me an auto-attack switch, so I could just steer my character through encounters without having to think at all. I still stand by my stubbornness! But having obliterated more packs of rabid wolves and legions of demons, I've come to develop what I think is ARPG muscle memory.

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    Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, July 26, 2023 7:30 AM

    CD Projekt Red have announced another batch of layoffs, this time affecting "around 100" employees, or roughly 9% of the company's total headcount. The redundancies won't take place immediately, according to CDPR, as some employees won't lose their jobs until early next year at the latest.

    "There's no easy way to say this, but today we are overstaffed," said CEO Adam Kiciński in an 'organisational update' posted to the company's website. "We have talented people on board who are finishing their tasks and — based on current and expected project needs — we already know we don't have other opportunities for them in the next year," he continued.

    "To meet our own high expectations and ambitions to create the best role-playing games, we not only want to have the best people but also the right teams," says Kiciński. "What we mean by that is having teams that are built around our projects' needs; teams that are more agile and more effective… After reshaping our development process and incorporating Agile methodologies, we're now focusing on refining the shape of our teams." Those projects in question include another Witcher trilogy, a Cyberpunk 2077 sequel, and an all-new IP codenamed Project Hadar. That's in addition to the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 expansion called Phantom Liberty.

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    Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, July 26, 2023 6:04 AM

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    Siliconera Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:30 AM

    Hatsune Miku Seiko watch

    Watch manufacturer Seiko announced the release of a new Hatsune Miku collaboration watch. The watch costs 58,080 JPY (or about $413), and its expected release date is December 2023. The new Hatsune Miku watch is now available for purchase from the Premico online store. [Thanks, Dengeki Hobby!]

    The new watch is called the "Happy 16th Birthday" watch, and it celebrates the anniversary of the creation of the character back in 2007. The watch will be limited to only 3,900 units available worldwide, and it will include a serial number in the back.

    Additionally, an acrylic stand for the watch will be included with its purchase. The illustration for the stand is designed by artist Rella. (You can find Rella's work at Pixiv.)

    You can check out the new Hatsune Miku x Seiko Happy 16th Birthday watch and the acrylic stand in the gallery below.

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    As a reminder, Seiko revealed another collaboration watch back in June 2023. It featured Denji and Pochita from Chainsaw Man.

    The Hatsune Miku x Seiko Happy 16th Birthday watch costs 58,080 JPY (~$413 USD,) and it is now available for purchase from the Premico online store. There watch will be limited to 3,900 units worldwide, and it is expected to come out on December 2023.

    The post Hatsune Miku x Seiko Happy 16th Birthday Watch Announced appeared first on Siliconera.

    Siliconera Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:00 AM

    Producer Katsuhiro Harada said this next Tekken 8 Closed Network Test is focusing on cross-play and asked people not not cancel matches

    Ahead of the Tekken 8 Closed Network Test part 2 on July 28, 2023, Producer Katsuhiro Harada requested people to not cancel cross-play matching. This is because the team is specifically looking to test how fights work between people on different platforms. He also already brought up two issues people might expect to encounter during this PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC test.

    Ahead of the Tekken 8 Closed Network Test part 2 on July 28, 2023, Producer Katsuhiro Harada requested people to not cancel cross-play matching. This is because the team is specifically looking to test how fights work between people on different platforms. He also already brought up two issues people might expect to encounter during this PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC test.

    Both of the possible issues Bandai Namco is aware of for the next Tekken 8 Closed Network Test have to do with cross-play. One is that it could take more time to load a match. The game could also crash during a fight because of this. There could also be "synchronization discrepancies."

    Previously, Harada discussed other plans for the game following the first Closed Network Test on the PS5. He responded to positive feedback for it, but noted that there could still be times when it would take a while for matches to load.

    Tekken 8 will come to the PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC, and the next Closed Network Test will be held July 28-31, 2023.

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    Siliconera Wednesday, July 26, 2023 10:30 AM

    Final Fantasy XIV Eorzea Cafe events

    Square Enix announced that the Final Fantasy XIV themed Eorzea Cafe will be holding two new limited time events between August and October 2023. The events will be held at the Eorzea Cafe stores located in Akihabara (Tokyo,) Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya, and Kyoto. Lunch table mats with special art drawn exclusively for the event will be available as part of the collaboration.

    The new Eorzea Cafe events will be named after two Final Fantasy XIV in-game seasonal yearly events, to coincide with the dates these are usually held around. The first one is named after the Moonfire Faire event, and it will be held throughout August 8-28, 2023. Meanwhile, the second event is named after The Rising event, and it will be held between August 29 and October 30, 2023.

    There will not be an event menu for the Moonfire Faire Eorzea Cafe event, whereas the event menu will be limited to only a selection of items for The Rising. Additionally, The Rising event will be limited until October 1, 2023 for the the Yokohama, Nagoya, and Kyoto Eorzea Cafe stores.

    While the FFXIV in-game dates for the Moonfire Fair event have not been revealed yet, The Rising will start on August 27, 2023.

    Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PS4, PS5, and PC. The FFXIV Fan Festival 2023 will take place in Las Vegas throughout July 28-29, 2023.

    The post Final Fantasy XIV Eorzea Cafe Stores Get 2 New Events appeared first on Siliconera.

    Siliconera Wednesday, July 26, 2023 10:00 AM

    People can't hop into tournaments in the Street Fighter 6 Battle Hub at the moment due to an issue, and Capcom's working on it.

    Due to an issue in Street Fighter 6's Battle Hub, Capcom "temporarily" stopped its tournaments. It noted that prior to taking that action, people attempting to get into one would find it wouldn't start. It didn't offer a timeline as to when the issue would be fixed, and only noted that it is aware of the issue and looking for a remedy.

    Here's the announcement explaining the temporary Street Fighter 6 tournaments suspension while Capcom looks for a solution to the problem.

    It isn't uncommon for such problems to pop up in Street Fighter 6, and typically they're identified and a brief maintenance period occurs to remedy the issues. For example, we saw a cross-play situation solved swiftly in June 2023. There were also recently issues with Rental Fighter tickets not working and Rashid with Ysaar on July 24, 2023, and a brief maintenance period on July 25, 2023 fixed it. So we could see Street Fighter 6 Battle Hub tournaments returning just as swiftly.

    Street Fighter 6 is available for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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    Siliconera Wednesday, July 26, 2023 9:30 AM

    Persona 5 Tactica Toshiro Kasukabe

    Toshiro Kasukabe is the focus of the latest Persona 5 Tactica character spotlight trailer shared by Atlus. Toshiro is a young up-and-coming politician and Diet member rumored to become the next Prime Minister of Japan. As it befits a politician, Toshiro always acts serious and he is logical to a fault.

    Toshiro is also a skilled tactician and strategist. However, he acts extremely frightful when it comes down to anything regarding physical conflict, and will always act with a safety-first attitude.

    You can check out the new Persona 5 Tactica character spotlight trailer here:

    Tomoaki Maeno voices Toshiro Kasukabe in the Japanese dub of Persona 5 Tactica. He is known as the voice of Luke in the Street Fighter series, Zhongli in Genshin Impact, and will be voicing Zheng Chenggong in the upcoming video game Fate/Samurai Remnant.

    The previous batch of Persona 5 Tactica character trailers included individual videos for Panther and Skull, as well as a group trailer for both Phantom Thieves and Toshiro. As it happened previously with the Joker, Morgana, and Erina trailer, the next trailer might be another video showcasing three characters in the game.

    Persona 5 Tactica will come out for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC on November 17, 2023.

    The post Toshiro Kasukabe Lays Down the Law in Persona 5 Tactica appeared first on Siliconera.

    Siliconera Wednesday, July 26, 2023 9:00 AM

    Hololive English Advent

    COVER Corporation announced the debut dates for Hololive English Advent, the new generation of English-speaking Hololive Vtubers. Advent is a group of five criminals that escaped from an underground prison known as The Cell. Their debut streams are scheduled to appear on July 29, 2024 and July 30, 2023. However, it seems two of the performers are "twins" who will stream as a duo.

    Hololive English Advent consists of five new members: Shiori Novella, Koseki Bijou, Nerissa Ravencroft, and Fuwawa Abyssgard and Mococo Abyssgard. The group escaped The Cell in order to rebel against the world and their monotone lives.

    Shiori is an archivist and she staged the Advent prison break, Koseki is a jewel embodying all human emotions, Nerissa is a singer that has the power to drive the world mad with song, and Fuwawa and Mococo Abyssgard are twin sisters, and are also known as FUWAMOCO.

    Below is the debut schedule for the members of Hololive Advent:

    • Shiori Novella – 8pm PT/11pm ET on July 29, 2023, (12pm JST/5am CET on July 30, 2023)
    • Koseki Bijou – 8:45pm PT/11:45pm ET on July 29, 2023 (12:45pm JST/5:45am CET on July 30, 2023)
    • Nerissa Ravencroft – 8pm PT/11pm ET on July 30, 2023 (12pm JST/5am CET on July 31, 2023)
    • FUWAMOCO (Fuwawa Abyssgard and Mococo Abyssgard) – 8:45pm PT/11:45pm ET on July 30, 2023, (12:45pm JST/5:45am CET on July 31, 2023)

    After the members debut streams, a shared collaboration stream will be held at 9:30pm PT on July 30, 2023 (12:30am ET/6:30AM CET/3:30PM JST on July 31, 2023). There will be extra announcements during the course of the collab stream.

    Additionally, Cover released a new promotional trailer for the third generation. You can check out the Hololive English Advent promotional video here:

    The new Hololive English Advent Vtubers will debut starting on July 29, 2023.

    The post Hololive English Advent New Vtuber Generation Debuts This Week appeared first on Siliconera.

    PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:54 AM
         Where To Find Opal In Dave The DiverThroughout this diving adventure and restaurant simulator, you'll not only be catching fish, but collecting crafting materials. Anything from wood, rope, and glass can become useful in Dave the Diver once you unlock weapon upgrades. In the Blue Hole, you'll also find plenty of ore veins, some of them containing Opal. We'll explain where you can find Opal in Dave the Diver. Dave the Diver: Opal ore locations Not only is Opal used for certain weapon upgrades, but it's also needed for specific side quests. A Blacksmith in the Sea People Village asked me to find him three pieces of Opal, which I hadn't found yet at the time. Where you can find Opal in Dave the Diver is around 200 meters below surface in the Blue Hole Depths. To get this deep into the Depths, make sure you grab a UV Light from one of the yellow boxes. This will allow you to pass through the Tube Coral and get deeper underwater. Screenshot by PC Invasion You'll know Opal when ...

    PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:26 AM
         Nightfall is an incredibly good Long Gun, in fact, people are saying it's the best weapon in Remnant 2. While the Long Gun is really strong, what makes Nightfall amazing is its Weapon Mod, Dreadwalker, which gives you infinite ammo for 10 seconds, 10% Lifesteal, a 35% increase in fire rate, and the weapon becomes fully automatic. If you want to make Remnant 2 a bit easier, you need to get Nightfall — here's how. Note: While Nightfall might be the best Long Gun in Remnant 2, you can find the MP60-R SMG which is the best Hand Gun in the game to have the ultimate combo. How to unlock Nightfall in Remnant 2 The only way to get Nightfall in Remnant 2 is to get to Losomn, which is an area you can't start out in, so rerolling you campaign to get Losomn is out of the question. Find the final area in Losomn and encounter the final boss, the Nightweaver. After defeating the Nightweaver, which may take a few tries, you'll complete the Losomn questline an...

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         Where to get Bender's Shiny Metal Raygun in FortniteA Fortnite x Futurama collab is something we never knew we needed. The collaboration has shaken up the weapon pool and made some fun changes to the map. The Planet Express ship (Old Bessie) has crash landed in Mega City, but most importantly, there's a powerful new toy to play with. If you want to try it out yourself, let me show you where the get Bender's Shiny Metal Raygun in Fortnite. Where to get Bender's Shiny Metal Raygun in Fortnite According to the official patch notes, Bender's Shiny Metal Raygun can " be found from the ground." In my testing, the Raygun appears to be extremely rare as ground loot, but it does exist. I got my first one by killing a bot, so there are multiple ways to obtain your own. Much like the Cybertron Cannon, Bender's Shiny Metal Raygun can appear anywhere, but it's much rarer than the traditional weapons. If you can handle the heat of Mega City, Bender always spawns on the Pier. You can purchas...

    PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, July 26, 2023 10:24 AM
         Remnant 2 Engineer GuideRemnant 2 gives you a lot of Archetypes to choose from when you start the game. With each Archetype having its own pros and cons, it can be hard to choose which one you want to go with. Making matters more complicated is the secret Archetypes hidden throughout the game. The Engineer is one such Archetype, and here's how you get it in Remnant 2. Remnant 2: How to get the Engineer Archetype In order to find the Engineer Archetype in Remnant 2, you first need to get to the second overworld area of N'Erud. If N'Erud was the first world you went to, this should be easy to reach. However, if you've yet to enter N'Erud, just keep playing the game until you finally reach this point. Screenshot by PC Invasion Once you're in N'Erud's second overworld area there's a tedious job we have to do. We're looking for a small area hidden behind the fog. You know the fog that starts to kill the player as soon as you step into it. Tha...

    PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, July 26, 2023 9:00 AM
         Diablo 4 Rogue Imbuement Should You Pick Shadow Poison Or Cold Featured ImageOne area in which Diablo 4 certainly isn't lacking is in the mechanical diversity of its classes. All five have several mechanics that are completely unique to them, with plenty of depth to dive into should the urge strike. Necromancers, for example, get to tweak what kind of skeletons they summon in battle, while Druids get a choice of Spirit Boons which each provide a different passive buff. For Rogue, that unique mechanic is Imbuements: a series of buffs that add a special status effect to certain key skills in your arsenal. Imbuements come in three flavors, and choosing the right one for the right scenario can make all the difference in the world. Should you pick Shadow, Poison, or Cold for your Rogue Imbuement in Diablo 4? Read on to find out. Which Imbuement should you pick for Rogue in Diablo 4 Season 1? What are Imbuements? Imbuements are skills that grant a special status effect to the next two Imbueable skills you use. There are three Imbuements to choose from:...

    Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, July 26, 2023 11:06 AM

    In the world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), clutch plays are exhilarating moments that can turn the tide of a match and leave fans on the edge of their seats. Clutch plays occur when a player finds themselves in a disadvantaged situation and manages to overcome the odds by outplaying their opponents. These moments not […]

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    Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, July 26, 2023 10:19 AM

    Video games have been around for many generations. Many people play video games for fun, relaxation, and many other reasons. The fun part of playing video games is that they offer many types of gameplay that can entertain a variety of people. Whether it's a fast-paced action game, a slow-paced puzzle game, or a story-driven […]

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    Pivotal Gamers Wednesday, July 26, 2023 4:20 AM
         Hello folks. Giveaway Of The Day holds a new giveaway for Fruit Basket. Let's hear them out. Fruit Basket is available as a Giveaway of the day!You have limited time to download, install and register it. A few words about Fruit Basket Fruit Basket is an arcade game that makes your brain work to the maximum. Jump over the fruits, getting further and further to the basket. Pepper flying on its...