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iPhone 15 launch latest, Galaxy reviews, Disney Plus joins the password purge
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August 11, 2023
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Welcome to the Week in Review
This liminal space between Samsung’s Unpacked event and Apple’s hugely anticipated iPhone launch is typically a quieter time in the tech announcement space – but that apparent.  silence can be misleading.

This week, Apple’s iPhone 15 plans and a potential launch date are coming into focus, and we’ve been digging deeper into some of the big changes coming with iOS 17 (would you like the phone to speak with your voice?). Plus, the other shoe (or shoes) has dropped since Samsung’s South Korea event, and we've published our full and in-depth reviews of virtually all the new products, including foldables, tablets and a watch that can see deep inside you.

Even as people dash off for a late summer holiday, there were developments in Windows 11, and Intel’s next big AI move, while more streamers are planning to stop you sharing passwords. Before you pack your bags and take off, let’s walk through this surprisingly busy week in tech.

Until next week,

Lance Ulanoff, US Editor-in-Chief
The week in phones
A top Apple tipster weighs in on the iPhone 15 launch date
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro, launched in 2022 (Apple)
In recent days there's been a lot of speculation about when the iPhone 15 handsets might get their grand unveiling, and according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman – one of the most reliable Apple tipsters – the date we can look forward to is September 12.
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The week in Samsung
TechRadar's full verdict on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
We've had our hands on the Galaxy Z Fold 5 (Future)
Does the recently unveiled Galaxy Z Fold 5 represent the future of folding phones, or has Samsung fallen into a foldable rut? Our full and in-depth review tells you everything you need to know about the handset, which is now available to buy worldwide.
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The week in computing
M3 MacBooks could be coming this year after all
M3 chips are on the way (Apple)
To produce its next-gen M3 processors, Apple needs access to scarce 3nm silicon – and according to one industry watcher it's managed to nab a year's worth of these chips, which might mean that we'll get M3-powered MacBooks by the end of 2023.
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The Week in Entertainment
Disney Plus will join Netflix in cracking down on passwords
You might have to soon get your own Disney Plus account (Ivan Marc / Shutterstock)
Make the most of that shared Disney Plus account while you can, because Disney CEO Bob Iger has said that executives are "actively exploring" ways to clamp down on users sharing their passwords around – something Netflix has already started doing.
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The week in TVs
I saw a 3D TV and it almost made me believe again
3D TVs couldn't make a comeback... could they? (Future)
Remember 3D TVs? You don't see them around any more, but TechRadar US Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff has been checking out brand-new, glasses-free 3D televisions from Magnetic3D – and they might just be impressive enough to catch on.
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Kotaku Friday, August 11, 2023 11:50 AM

Blizzard added first-person shooter Overwatch 2 to Steam on August 10 alongside its stacked Invasion chapter, and the game is already getting review-bombed to the lowest circles of Hell.


Kotaku Friday, August 11, 2023 11:32 AM

WipeOut was Sony's initial first-party exclusive for the original PlayStation when it launched back in 1995. The anti-gravity racing game was phenomenal. Now it's abandoned. So one dedicated programmer took it upon himself to excavate the game's leaked source code and make it playable for free in any web browser.


Kotaku Friday, August 11, 2023 9:40 AM

The team behind the biggest Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2 role-playing communities, Cfx.re, is officially becoming part of Rockstar Games. The new partnership comes ahead of the possible launch of GTA VI in 2024, and will lead to an updated policy that officially allows the addition of mods created in…


Kotaku Friday, August 11, 2023 9:15 AM

No one likes death threats or otherwise intimidating remarks that threaten violence. Such comments are callous, dehumanizing, pointless, unproductive, and do nothing for anyone. Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada made that expressly clear, telling folks to not ask him for shit if all they're going to do is send warning…


PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 11:58 AM
     The 27 best Minecraft seeds for 1.20 2023

What are the best Minecraft seeds for 1.20? If you're new to seeds, you can skip to the bottom of the guide to find out more about them, but in essence, seeds are codes that Minecraft uses to generate worlds for you - if you know the right seeds, you'll be able to live your every fantasy in this amazing game, like easy-access strongholds for speedrunning, beautiful landscapes for building, or rare structures for looting. To help you do just that we've scoured the internet to find the coolest and most demanded seeds, and put them all together in this easily navigable guide.

You can leave your world generation completely up to fate, but if you're unlucky, you could spend hours looking for a Minecraft village, an ancient city, desert temples, or whatever else you want to experience in the sandbox game. So that you don't waste time exploring a bad seed, keep reading our comprehensive list of 27 cool Minecraft seeds, or use the handy jumplinks to find the specific experience you're looking for. Unless otherwise stated, these seeds should work for Minecraft Java version 1.20, the latest version of the game, so make sure your Minecraft launcher is set up for version 1.20 before heading into the game, or you may get different results.

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

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 11:55 AM
     Genshin Impact's Fontaine characters have special advantages in combat

The Genshin Impact version 4.0 update goes live next week and, just like in previous regions, Fontaine will add a whole bunch of new gameplay mechanics to the anime game. One of the most interesting features coming in Genshin Impact 4.0 has to do with Fontaine's unique energy sources -- pneuma and ousia. They power the city's machinery and can be utilized to gain advantages in combat, as long as you're using one of the upcoming Fontainian characters.

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

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 11:56 AM
     Best gaming laptop 2023

The best gaming laptop can give desktops a run for their money, with the added conveniences of better portability and a built-in display. However, for all the similarities these clamshell computers share with tower PCs, they have a number of unique quirks you need to be aware of before buying on. So, whether you're in the market for a desktop replacement or a mighty micro machine, we're here to help.

The latest laptops pack Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 or AMD Radeon RX 7000 series graphics, alongside AMD Ryzen 7000 and 13th Gen Intel Core processors, all of which will handily run the latest games. Just note that higher-spec models will typically run hot and loud under full load, as the components inside them pull the most power and so require more active cooling.

While battery life is understandably an important consideration when buying a gaming laptop, you'll get the most performance out of one by having it plugged in. This is true at every price point, from the best budget laptops to the most expensive. Generally, the most critical specs will be your GPU and CPU, as the majority of models feature upgradeable RAM and SSD storage.

There are other factors like a laptop's screen that also greatly impact the experience of using it, with resolution, refresh rate, and panel type all affecting usability in their own ways. Some even feature dual-mode displays, as seen in our Razer Blade 16 (2023) review. We're constantly testing the latest models and adjusting our list here accordingly, so be sure to read our reviews for each entry.

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PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 11:37 AM
     Half-Life novel is 600 pages long and coming soon

Half-Life remains one of the great FPS game stories. From the dank, claustrophobic mystique of Black Mesa, to the expansive, sci-fi road trip of City 17 and Half-Life 2, Valve's shooter is a masterclass in packing narrative and character into the smallest visual details. Half-Life Alyx marked the first time in some 13 years that Valve officially expanded on the HL canon, but now, with Half-Life 3 possibly (hopefully) still on its way, PCGamesN has an exclusive interview with the author of a new Half-Life novel. A companion to Half-Life A Place in the West, the fan-made comic that launched on Steam back in 2016, Half-Life Phase Transition is a huge work of some 600 pages, and it's scheduled to arrive before the end of 2023.

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

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 11:03 AM
     Eternal Return devs don't want to

500,000 concurrent players on Steam is nothing to smirk at, but Nimble Neuron has managed all of that and more with Eternal Return, a multiplayer adventure that fuses League of Legends with Genshin Impact and Fortnite. Unfortunately, the MOBA's solo and duo modes were removed Eternal Return at launch, leading to backlash from some within the community. Speaking exclusively to PCGamesN, Nimble Neuron CEO Seunghoo Kim has explained why.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best MOBAs, Best battle royale games, Best anime games

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 11:00 AM
     How to beat Auntie Ethel in Baldur's Gate 3

Want to beat Auntie Ethel in Baldur's Gate 3? You might meet Auntie Ethel during your adventures early on during the first act. However, she's far more dangerous than you'd initially think despite her elderly appearance. That said, we definitely do not recommend avoiding her during your playthrough because she's linked to fun, and important, quests.

You can make sure you aren't missing out on any important Baldur's Gate 3 missions by checking out our quest guide for an ever-expanding list of all the errands you can take on, both big and small. Unless you really want a challenge where you plan on playing as a lone wolf, we recommend reading up on the best companions to help you take on Auntie Ethel and more. With that out of the way, read on to find all there is to know about Faerun's dangerous old lady.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 quests, Baldur's Gate 3 review in progress, Baldur's Gate 3 class

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 11:56 AM
     Best Baldur's Gate 3 feats

What are the best Baldur's Gate 3 feats? Crafting your own unique brand of adventure is all part of the Baldur's Gate 3 experience; creating a character that can best their foes and solves problems in a way that sings to you is very satisfying. Baldur's Gate 3 feats are a way to add some flavor to your build and create power spikes that will help you in your journey.

You'll naturally grow in power as you explore the world of Baldur's Gate 3, and gaining levels will reward you with stat increases, occasionally allowing you to choose a feat to add to your character. Feats are special additions that can either give you a big boost to your core Baldur's Gate 3 abilities, let you learn new spells, or grant you a passive skill. Here is every BG3 feat so you know exactly what to expect as you level up in Baldur's Gate 3.

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MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 quests, Baldur's Gate 3 review in progress, Baldur's Gate 3 class

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 11:18 AM
     Is Dead by Daylight Steam Deck compatible?

Is Dead by Daylight Steam Deck compatible? When it comes to playing Dead by Daylight on the Steam Deck, you have nothing to fear. Whether you decide to take on the role of a killer, or help fellow survivors repair generators and escape, this asymmetrical team-based horror plays great on the Steam Deck.

As per the Dead by Daylight system requirements, you'll need a 50GB worth of storage space before you face off with The Entity. Pick up one of the best microSD cards for Steam Deck, especially if you're rocking that 64BG model of the handheld, and you'll be good to go to start getting your spooky on.

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

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 10:46 AM
     All Baldur's Gate 3 instruments

What are all the Baldur's Gate 3 instruments? While a lot of the Bard's personality comes from the ability to charm the pants off nearly anyone, they're perhaps best known for the music they play. Not only can their musical proficiency raise the spirits of your party, but if performed well enough, they can create opportunities where none lay before.

If you want to make the most of Baldur's Gate 3 instruments, you'll have to be careful when choosing your BG3 class, as you'll need musical proficiency to use these items. So while you read our Baldur's Gate 3 review, you can warm up your picking hand or get your drumsticks out before delving into our list of every single Baldur's Gate 3 instrument.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 quests, Baldur's Gate 3 review in progress, Baldur's Gate 3 class

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 10:36 AM
     Baldur's Gate 3 camp explained

What is the Baldur's Gate 3 camp? Everyone needs a place they can call home, even a band of mismatched adventurers, heroes for hire, and a bald man with a pet mouse. In BG3 you have the ability to set up your own camp, so you and yours can recuperate from the last near-death experience and forge a plan of attack for what's ahead.

While it can be easy to get lost in crafting the best Baldur's Gate 3 builds for your favorite classes, you need to find a place for your party to rest their head. Whether it's to pursue a blossoming romance or respec and revive characters via the ever-present Withers, it's time to get yourself up to speed with how to set up a BG3 camp. Let's go.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 quests, Baldur's Gate 3 review in progress, Baldur's Gate 3 class

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 10:29 AM
     Grab the Razer Orochi V2 gaming mouse at its lowest price on Amazon

The Razer Orochi V2 is a proper, small but mighty mouse, worthy of being pitted against higher-end competitors. So, if you're after a great wireless gaming mouse that's cute enough for any cozy PC gaming setup to boot, this Razer mouse has never been cheaper.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Razer Viper V2 Pro review, Razer Barracuda Pro review, Razer Enki Pro review

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 10:19 AM
     Doom Eternal meets Cyberpunk in stunning new FPS blowing up on Steam

Doom Eternal is like the fastest, most blood-soaked puzzle game ever made, as you dash through the environment, hot-swap weapons to take out different demons, and juggle between your chainsaw and your super shotty. Cyberpunk 2077 is a lot more thoughtful, but its sharp-color, neon-drenched aesthetic lends itself perfectly to all kinds of wild action. So let's say we smash these both together, then chuck in some other boomer shooter classics like Quake and Half-Life. And let's say we call it this new FPS game Turbo Overkill, and launch it on Steam where it's already picked up the coveted 'overwhelmingly positive' reviews.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best FPS games, Best old games, Best cyberpunk games

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 9:52 AM
     Lollipop Chainsaw remake delayed, but gets a new name

Lollipop Chainsaw RePOP is the new name for the Lollipop Chainsaw remake, although you'll be waiting a while longer before you can get hands-on with Juliet Starling, her bodiless boyfriend Nick, and her bizarre family of eccentric zombie hunters once again. The hack and slash zombie game from the minds of Suda51 and James Gunn became a cult classic after its release in 2012 for its X-rated, tongue-in-cheek humor, eccentric silliness, and outstanding soundtrack, but its reimagining now won't be arriving until 2024.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best zombie games on PC, Best action games on PC

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 9:47 AM
     Is Armored Core 6 on Game Pass?

Is Armored Core 6 on Game Pass? With Microsoft's gargantuan subscription service seemingly going from strength to strength, it's worth finding whether your most anticipated release will end up on there, because, well, it might save you a bit of money. And we like money. Money's great.

FromSoft's little holiday away from Dark Souls, Armored Core 6, has its release date pretty soon, and it's probably time that you think about where you'll be purchasing the game, because those mechs won't blow themselves up. Or maybe they will, who's to know what these pilots get up to? So, to the crux of the issue: is Armored Core 6 coming to Game Pass?

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PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 10:23 AM
     LoL Arena tier list – best team comps according to Riot and us

11/08/2023 Updated the LoL Arena tier list to show the current top ten team comps.

What are the best team comps in the League of Legends Arena mode? Arena is a 2v2v2v2 competition, pitting four teams of two champions against each other in increasingly deadly rounds until only one remains. It's all-action, and frankly, a ton of fun, but it can be extremely tough if you don't know what team compositions work well, as what works on the Rift doesn't necessarily work in the Arena.

The free PC game doesn't add new game modes very often, and what they did have (Twisted Treeline) was removed a long time ago to consolidate the playlists. Arena mode, however, has gained huge support while on the PBE, with peons like us, creators, and even pros testing their combat prowess in League of Legends' frenetic new mode. If you plan on stepping into the Arena, you're going to want to know what kind of team composition works best, as choosing ineffectual champions will mean an early exit for you and your partner. Here's our opinion on what League of Legends team comps work best in Arena, as well as an exclusive from the devs at Riot.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: League of Legends Arena tier list, League of Legends patch 13.15, League of Legends tier list

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 9:31 AM
     How to level up fast in Dark and Darker

What's the fastest way to level up in Dark and Darker? With a sudden and exciting early access launch already underway, Dark and Darker is finally back after a brief legal hiatus, with plenty of new and returning players ready to delve deep into the PvPvE experience. Whether you participated in the previous alpha playtests or you're a fresh face to Ironmace's smash hit, everyone will be starting afresh together and looking to level up to 15 quickly, with many of the original methods of XP garnering still intact.

Given that there are now eight classes available in Dark and Darker with one more yet to come, it's only natural that you'll want to lock down the fastest route to gaining levels as fast as you can. Not only that but once you've locked down your main class, you'll want to have the handiest XP-gathering tools at your disposal so you can start off the right way.

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

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 9:04 AM
     AMD is giving away 500 limited edition Starfield GPUs and CPUs

The ongoing partnership between AMD and Bethesda on all things Starfield just got us starry-eyed, with the announcement of a limited edition graphics card and processors. Rather than sell these Starfield components, AMD is opting to give them away instead, but there's only 500 units to go around.

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PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 9:00 AM
     Buy an Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 GPU and get Overwatch 2: Invasion free

The Overwatch 2 PvE mode has finally arrived, and Nvidia has just announced a new GeForce RTX 40 series bundle to coincide with the launch. Now, for a limited time, Nvidia laptops and graphics cards come with the DLC and a bunch of other Overwatch 2 goodies.

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

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 10:00 AM
     GTA and RDR2's biggest roleplay communities have joined Rockstar Games

The development team behind the leading Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 roleplaying communities are now officially part of Rockstar Games, the GTA 5 developer announces. FiveM and RedM are the primary multiplayer modification tools used by the best RDR2 and GTA RP servers, and the developers behind it have now joined Rockstar, as we await fresh news of the GTA 6 release date.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best GTA 5 RP servers, GTA 6 release date speculation, GTA 5 system requirements

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 8:03 AM
     Free MMOs, RPGs, and other massively multiplayer games

What are the best free MMOs on PC? There's been an explosion of free-to-play options in recent years, especially in the massively multiplayer online space. From sprawling warzones to story-driven RPGs, there's something for everyone out there.

Even if your bank account is best friends with the number zero, our list of the best single-player MMOs currently available on PC promises endless hours of gameplay at absolutely no cost. So without further ado, let's take a look at some of the best free PC games that are available to play without breaking the bank.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Play RIFT for free, Free MMO list, New MMOs

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 7:49 AM
     The Texas Chainsaw Massacre slashes price ahead of launch

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is about to go up against other multiplayer horror games including Dead by Daylight, Back 4 Blood, and Evil Dead, delivering asymmetrical online play based on the classic 1974 movie of the same name. With The Texas Chainsaw Massacre release date almost upon us, if you want to try out the latest frightfest from Friday the 13th publisher Gun, you're in luck - with all the gore and grime of Tobe Hooper's film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is available in a new Steam sale right now.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best horror games, Best multiplayer games, Best survival games

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 8:12 AM
     Grab a 9/10 AMD Ryzen CPU for cheap and get Starfield free

The AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D has received an unexpected price cut, alongside the rest of the 7000X3D series, including the 7900X3D and 7950X3D. These are the best gaming CPUs that AMD has to offer, and even come with a free copy of Starfield too.

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

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 7:35 AM
     How to complete the Baldur's Gate 3 Gauntlet of Shar trials

How do you pass the Baldur's Gate 3 Gauntlet of Shar trials? Deep in the Grand Mausoleum, past a few dodgy-looking portraits, you'll find the Gauntlet of Shar. Home to a portly necromancer with a troubling family situation and a small army of heavily-armed skeletons, this dungeon is a key location, not just for your overall objective, but for Shadowheart's companion story too.

There are plenty of dungeons to explore in Baldur's Gate 3 as we explain in our review, but the Gauntlet of Shar is one of the trickiest to get to grips with as there is a fairly deadly enemy presence, as well as several puzzles you have to solve in order to get where you need to go. These puzzles are named the Gauntlet of Shar trials and will test every aspect of your class. Assuming you've spoken to Balthazar, met his brother, and been surprised by Yurgir, there are only the trials left to beat - here's how they work, and how to complete them.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 quests, Baldur's Gate 3 review in progress, Baldur's Gate 3 class

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 7:35 AM
     Diablo 4 update makes Nightmare Dungeons incredible, and one rules all

The latest Diablo 4 update has massively improved the XP potential of the best Diablo 4 Nightmare Dungeons, and there's one that rules far above the rest. A recent increase to the monster density across various locations in Diablo 4 has made XP farming dramatically faster than before, and certain Nightmare Dungeons appear to be real winners in the RPG game, with one particular location standing clear at the top.

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

PCGamesN Friday, August 11, 2023 7:34 AM
     Beware, this Dark and Darker gold exploit will net you a ban

Dark and Darker is out in the world once more, albeit not on Steam. Ironmace's RPG game is now being distributed on Chaf Games, and is available in early access form to play right now. It's worth noting, however, that a new bug allows players to amass vast quantities of cash dollar in-game, and Dark and Darker developer 'Graysun' confirms that abusing it will net you a ban.

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

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, August 11, 2023 10:52 AM

This AMD Radeon RX 7600 review will explain, I'd hope, a fair bit about the red team's newest 1080p graphics card. It will tell you how fast it runs games, how hot it gets, how it compares to Nvidia's RTX 4060 and suchlike. What I can't explain with it, admittedly, is why the RX 7600 exists.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, August 11, 2023 10:30 AM

Rangers aren't everyone's favourite Dungeons & Dragons class, especially in the current 5th Edition ruleset, which is the one that smash hit RPG Baldur's Gate 3 is based on. I met another player who likes rolling rangers at a D&D table earlier this week, and I actually high-fived her because I was so excited at my one-woman ranger defense squad doubling its membership. Making your character a ranger in BG3 (which has some very slight differences) is even better; you can essentially brew a rogue that is better at taking damage, but can still do most other things you traditionally use a rogue for. Let me explain.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, August 11, 2023 10:19 AM

One thing I never tire of ranting about is the brilliance of the original Homeworld Mothership - both for its elegant crescent-moon design, and for its more practical function as a giant compass needle shoved into Homeworld's then-unprecedented 3D volumes, so that players can orient themselves and strategise. I admit, I was a little piqued by Homeworld 3's redesigned Mothership, which lies flat as a doormat - an act of blasphemy akin to flipping a crucifix upside down, or wearing a baseball cap backwards in your 50s. But I've come round to the new Mothership after reading Blackbird Interactive art director Karl Gryc's thoughts on its creation.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, August 11, 2023 10:11 AM

I've not written about Murdle because I figured we had probably already written about Murdle, back when loads of Wordle-likes were popping up. Imagine my shock when searching for Murdle on the site this morning returned no results. This is the RPS dep ed version of saying you can't find the big scissors without looking in the kitchen drawer first.

Murdle is a free daily logic puzzle game that you can play in-browser at murdle.com. They're like luxury versions of those ones you'd get in thick, half-sized paperbacks from WH Smiths, next to the books of sudoku, where you have to figure out who lives in which house and what colour their car is with clues like 'Peter does not not have a four-wheeled drive. Murdle is better, though, because the puzzles are themed around being a detective - or, technically, a Deductive - called Logico solving a murder. You get a new one every day, and it's neat-o.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, August 11, 2023 6:44 AM

AMD and Bethesda have unveiled a limited-edition Starfield-themed Radeon RX 7900 XTX GPU and Ryzen 7 7800X3D CPU at Quakecon 2023. Both are decorated according to the forthcoming open world space-me-do's "NASApunk" aesthetic, a blend of cool whites, blues and yellows which I will admit to finding rather attractive, as somebody who generally finds gaming hardware aesthetics an absolute turn-off. It's certainly better-looking than Nvidia's lurid Cyberpunk 2077 GPU from 2020, but if you're similarly beguiled, there's an unfortunate catch: only 500 of these GPU/CPU sets are being made, and they're exclusively available as part of a Quakecon giveaway.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, August 11, 2023 5:40 AM

Overwatch 2 has launched on Steam and well, Activision Blizzard are probably regretting that right now. At the time of writing, the game has attracted 22,619 reviews, many written by people who've already been playing for a while on Battle.net, of which just 15% give the game a thumbs-up, making for an "Overwhelmingly Negative" rating. Tucked in amongst the usual troll reviews, cheeky links to Team Fortress 2 and dubious ASCII jokes there are some rather extensive essays on the game's direction and faults.

Many players still have axes to grind about Overwatch 2's switch to a free-to-play battle pass model - check out our launch-day Overwatch 2 review for the nitty gritty - which introduced levelling for new characters and cosmetics to a game that once handed you its entire roster almost without caveats, and encouraged you to experiment freely. Others are angry about Overwatch 2's story-driven PVE modes, the supposed focus of the sequel - announced as a full-blown Hero Missions mode with skill trees and levelling, then dramatically stripped back to a series of separately sold seasonal co-op missions, much as with Halloween events in the first Overwatch. There are complaints about Blizzard's recent handling of the Overwatch League, and more subjective quibbles about the switch to a 5v5 team format and the precise ratio of DPS to Support heroes. A few reviews touch on Activision-Blizzard's alleged culture of sexual harassment and claims of unfair labour practices, which make Overwatch's emphasis on team spirit ring rather hollow.

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Twinfinite Friday, August 11, 2023 9:00 AM
These creations are Kenough.

Twinfinite Friday, August 11, 2023 8:00 AM
We're gonna need a bigger truck!

Siliconera Friday, August 11, 2023 11:30 AM

McDonald's Japan Pokemon Summer Festival

McDonald's Japan revealed the new theme for its August 2023 Pokemon Summer Festival Happy Meal toys. For about a three-week period, these Happy Meals will be available for purchase starting at 490 yen ($3.44) from August 11, 2023. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

You can see the promotional advertisement from McDonald's Japan below:


A total of eight different toys will be a part of the lineup of toys customers receive when purchasing a Happy Meal, including "Yo-Yo Fishing," a ring toss game, and "Festival Pokemon Scooping," a game that allows players to fish for Pokemon in water rather than the traditional goldfish. The lineup features Pikachu, Sprigatito, Fuecoco, Quaxly, and other Pokemon starring in the latest anime series that launched in April 2023, Pokemon Horizons: The Series.

Here's a list of the lineup of toys:

  • Festival Pikachu Collecting Game
  • Festival Pikachu Fireworks Fan
  • Festival Pikachu Taiko Drum
  • Festival Pokemon Scooping
  • Glowing Pokeball Lantern
  • Pokemon Ring Toss Game
  • Pokemon Yo-Yo Fishing
  • Summer Festival Pinball Game

You can view images of each toy in the gallery below:

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As an added bonus, from August 11-13, 2023 each Happy Meal purchase will come with a McDonald's Japan Original Special Tag that can be used while playing the Pokemon Mezastar arcade machine. There are a total of six different tags to collect featuring characters like Koraidon, Miraidon, Pikachu, Meowscarada, Skeledirge, and Quaquaval.

You can check out the different tags in the gallery below:

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August's Pokemon Summer Festival Happy Meals will be available for a limited time starting at 490 yen ($3.44) at McDonald's Japan.

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Siliconera Friday, August 11, 2023 11:00 AM

Honkai: Star Rail Auto Battle AI and Trailblaze Power Limit Increasing

There's a new update on things to come in Honkai: Star Rail, and an auto battle AI update and increased Trailblaze Power limit are coming. HoYoVerse shared some details about things arriving in 1.3 and beyond. The Trailblaze Power changes and a Herta Store inventory update will be in the next version of the game. The auto battle fine tuning is coming in the future.

First, here's the full list of changes appearing in Honkai: Star Rail alongside the Trailblaze Power increase in 1.3.

  • Birthday mails can be claimed even after your birthday, in case you couldn't play that day.
  • Chat stickers can be used in messages.
  • Herta Store inventory will be updated, with a five-star Nihility Light Cone joining the stock.
  • Navigation bar can be hidden on PC
  • Reserved Trailblaze Power will be added when someone hits and passes 240.
  • Trailblaze Power limit will be 240.

As for the other updates, those will focus on the Honkai: Star Rail auto battle, story dialogue reviews, and Consumables. With auto battle, the logic behind Skill and Ultimate usage will be improved. For the script for events, there will be a way to review the text in case you tapped too quickly or used auto-advance and missed it. As for Consumables, it will be easier to find and use them.

Honkai: Star Rail is available for PCs and mobile devices, and a PS5 version will arrive in 2023. We'll see Honkai: Star Rail 1.3 at the end of August 2023 following the end of the Kakfa banner on August 29, 2023.

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Siliconera Friday, August 11, 2023 10:30 AM

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Gastrodon Mystery Gift Code Shared

During Pokemon-related special events, we often see The Pokemon Company International release codes for games. This time, in during VG Day 1 of the 2023 Pokémon World Championships, there was a Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Mystery Gift code for a Gastrodon. In addition, there's also a code for a Pokemon GO Worlds Tee for your avatar.

First, the Pokemon GO Worlds Tee code is 4DSJTSPX4B9AH. You can only use it until August 20, 2023. It gives you a yellow version of the white shirt that's already available to claim and use in-game. You can see the official announcement for that below.

With the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Mystery Gift code for Gastrodon, it's inspired by one used at a past competition. If you use 23WCSGASTR0D0N before August 14, 2023, you can get one that is a replica of Eduardo Cunha's from the 2022 event. It is at level 50 when it arrives and knows Earth power, Icy Wind, Protect, and Yawn. It also comes with Leftovers.

Pokenmon Scarlet and Violet are available for the Nintendo Switch, and its Teal Mask DLC arrives on September 13, 2023. Pokemon GO is on Android and Apple iOS devices.

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Siliconera Friday, August 11, 2023 10:00 AM

Drifters manga Volume 7

Volume 7 of the Drifters manga released in Japan on August 10, 2023. This is the first time in almost five years that a new volume of the manga appeared. Volume 6 released in Japan on November 30, 2018. The English localization of the series is being handled by Dark Horse Comics. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

Drifters is a historical action and fantasy manga written and illustrated by Hellsing author Kouta Hirano. The manga started serialization on April 30, 2009 in the Japanese manga magazine Young King OURs.

The series follows historical figure Shimazu Toyohisa after he is wounded in the Battle of Sekigahara. Toyohisa, along with other renowned historical figures and warriors, is transported to a different world inhabited by native humans, as well as a number of fantastical races, including elves, dwarves, and hobbits.

In this world, magical and dangerous creatures also exist, and they are being commanded by the organization known as "Ends." This group is waging war against humans and "Drifters," the displaced characters faring from earth. The native human magician group known as the Octobrist Organization is trying to gather individual Drifters to try and to save their world from the Ends.

Volume 7 of the Drifters manga is now available in Japan. The manga is being published in English by Dark Horse Comics. The company announced that an Omnibus version of the manga series will appear on January 2, 2024. An anime adaptation of the series also exists.

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Siliconera Friday, August 11, 2023 9:30 AM

Demon Slayer Nanoblock figures

Aniplex Plus has announced the release of a new line of Demon Slayer Nanoblock figures. Only a limited number of figures will be available. This new collection of figures features eight Demon Slayer characters in the midst of fighting. Each figure costs ¥1,980 yen (or about $13), and they are scheduled to release on late October 2023. Pre-orders are now available from the Aniplex Plus online store.

The characters included in the new lineup are the Tanjiro Kamado, Nezuko Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, Inosuke Hashibira, Kyojuro Rengoku, Tengen Uzui, Muichiro Tokito, and Mitsuri Kanroji.

Each figure stands at approximately 5mm tall and 4mm wide and long. Despite their small size, the figures depict each character performing one of their signature techniques from the anime and manga series.

You can check out the new Demon Slayer Nanoblock figures in more detail here:

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Back in November 2022, Nanoblock released a different line of figures featuring characters from the Jujutsu Kaisen anime series. Other recent Demon Slayer merchandise includes a figure of Nezuko Kamado from the Mugen Train movie, as well as a Nendoroid of Tanjiro that includes kimono and pants made out of real fabric.

The new Demon Slayer Nanoblock figures is now available for pre-order from the Aniplex Plus online store. Each figure costs ¥1,980 yen (~$13,) and they are expected to come out on late October 2023.

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Siliconera Friday, August 11, 2023 9:00 AM

Lollipop Chainsaw remake delayed

Dragami Games announced that the release date of the Lollipop Chainsaw remake has been delayed until Summer 2024. Additionally, the official title of the remake will be Lollipop Chainsaw RePOP. Producer Yoshimi Yasuda delivered the news through his Twitter account. The game was originally slated for a 2023 release.

The original announcement message by Yasuda is written in Japanese and it included an English version. You can read it here:


Meanwhile, the Dragami Games official Twitter account specified the new release window for the game. The message is also available in Japanese and English.


The Lollipop Chainsaw remake was originally teased as a revival project back in June 2022, and it was officially confirmed shortly after, on July 2022. The original game was developed by Grasshopper Manufacture and published by Kadokawa Games.

Dragami Games was founded on May 13, 2022 and absorved several of Kadokawa Games IPs, including the Demon Gaze series, Natural Doctrine, God Wars, Relayerand the Root Letter (√Letter) games.

The Lollipop Chainsaw remake is officially titled Lollipop Chainsaw RePOP, and the release date has been delayed to Summer 2024. There is no information on what consoles it will come out for. The original game appeared on 2012 for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, August 11, 2023 11:46 AM
     Baldurs Gate 3 Cleric Class And Skills GuideThe Cleric plays a predominantly support-based role in Baldur's Gate 3, at least at a glance. You've got several abilities and skills that can help buff and heal your allies, but you can also play more aggressively as a melee combatant. Here's our Cleric class guide to help you out. Baldur's Gate 3: Cleric class and skills guide Clerics in Dungeons & Dragons are most notably recognized as the party support and healer who also worships one of the many gods. Not only do they have spells that help the party, but ones that can greatly harm enemies. Regardless of any chosen subclass, Baldur's Gate 3's Cleric class has the following features: Spell Slots Unlocked: Gain two level 1 spell slots; restored on Long Rests Skill Proficiencies: Choose any two – History, Medicine, Persuasion, Insight, Religion Saving Throw Proficiency: Wisdom, Charisma Armor Proficiency: Light, Medium Shield Proficiency Simple Weapon Proficiency Note: Each ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, August 11, 2023 11:07 AM
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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, August 11, 2023 11:00 AM
     Best Legendary Weapons Armor And Items In Baldur's Gate 3Baldur's Gate 3 is different than other RPGs because the legendary items you find usually give you a unique mechanic or spell. Your AC usually doesn't increase too much with legendary armor and items and your direct damage dealt doesn't increase too much with legendary weapons either. Nonetheless, legendary weapons are really powerful in Baldur's Gate 3 and you'll want to know where to find the best legendary items early. Here are the best legendary items in Baldur's Gate 3 and where to find them. Note: In this guide, I'll direct you to where you can get some amazing blue and pink rarity items, weapons, and armor in Baldur's Gate 3. However, you're going to have to pick whether you should continue through the Underdark or the Mountain Pass. Our guide can help with that. How to get the best armor in Baldur's Gate 3? Every class and race is different in Baldur's Gate 3 which means the best armor isn't be...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, August 11, 2023 10:50 AM
     Baldur's Gate 3 Find The Nightsong Quest GuideOne major quest in Baldur's Gate 3 is "Find the Nightsong." It leads you all the way to the Goblin Camp where you need to eliminate High Priestess Gut and then solve the Defiled Temple's Moon Puzzle. This quest in Baldur's Gate 3 will eventually lead you to the Underdark and the lair of the Myconids and Duergar. Note: Along your way to complete the Find the Nightsong mission, you can brush up on how to romance every companion in Baldur's Gate 3. Baldur's Gate 3: The Underdark – "Find the Nightsong" quest guide Solving Baldur's Gate 3's Moon Puzzle opens a path to the Underdark. There are many ways to get the Underdark, including an entrance in the Noxious Fumes section of the Saving Mayrina sidequest, an entrance through the Gut Priestess' backroom through the backdoor by pulling the lever on the wall, or an entrance in the spider cave under Blighted Village that you can access by using Featherf...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, August 11, 2023 10:30 AM
     Baldur's Gate 3 Shar Umbral Gem Puzzle SolutionAfter solving the Mausoleum puzzle and continuing forward, you'll need to solve the Gauntlet of Shar Umbral Gem puzzle in Baldur's Gate 3. This puzzle refers specifically to the first room within the Mausoleum with Shar's statue and an Umbral Gem in the middle, but it's guarded by an invisible force field. Here's how to solve this puzzle in BG3. Note: If you haven't done it yet, you should learn how to rescue the tieflings and Wulbren stuck in Moonrise Towers before it's too late. Force Field Umbral Gem puzzle solution in Baldur's Gate 3 When I first came across this Shar Umbral Gem puzzle in Baldur's Gate 3, I was lost and confused. I spend a long time trying to figure out how to penetrate the force field and obtain the Umbral Gem in the middle. Luckily, I found the solution so you don't need to waste any more time. If you defeated the three Throm bosses with just correct dialogue options, you'll remembe...

Gamer Empire Friday, August 11, 2023 11:05 AM
     If you are interested in farming Empire Hunts in Destiny 2 for some great gear, you'll need to unlock them first. The path to unlocking Empire Hunts can be a little confusing. We'll be going over all of the necessary steps to get you started. Recommended Read: What Is Iron Banner in Destiny 2? Empire […]

Gamer Empire Friday, August 11, 2023 11:03 AM
     Whether you are relatively new to Destiny 2 or have been preoccupied with the abundance of PVE content it has to offer, you may have noticed a certain game mode named Iron Banner on rotation every month. Iron Banner can be a great source of new gear and Pinnacle drops for power leveling. We will […]

Gamer Empire Friday, August 11, 2023 9:24 AM
     Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom was one of the most influential monarchs of our time. As many people around the world loved and appreciated her, it would be a waste for Paradox Interactive not to let you play as her in Hearts of Iron 4. Considering that she got on the throne of the […]

Gamer Empire Friday, August 11, 2023 5:32 AM
     In Hearts of Iron 4, you will often gain new puppets and vassals that you will want to slowly integrate into your country. To do this, you will need to lower their Autonomy. Autonomy represents how close your puppet is to either becoming independent or annexing them. To annex all of your puppets, you will […]

Gamer Empire Friday, August 11, 2023 4:40 AM
     In Project Zomboid, walls are special structures to fortify and protect your base from zombies. However, is it actually safe to say inside the walls? This guide will discuss whether zombies can break walls and garage doors in Project Zomboid. Recommended Read: What Are the Best Crops to Grow in Project Zomboid? The answer is […]

WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Friday, August 11, 2023 7:07 AM
     The latest issue of Edge magazine has begun arriving at subscriber's doors and contains the usual excellent assortment of articles, previews and reviews. Highlights of this issue are in in-depth look at Alan Wake 2 and a fantastic feature by Jeremy Peel that delves into the role of the mute protagonist in games.