Kotaku Monday, August 21, 2023 9:15 AM
Like most people who play and love games, I've got so many memories of moments with them that have stuck with me over the years. Watching my sister beat Final Fantasy VII for the first time on the TV in the living room of the house we grew up in. Begging my grandma for the Xbox 360 she finally, inevitably got me.…
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 9:37 AM
What are Starfield traits? Touted by Todd Howard as "the most flexible yet", Bethesda's latest suite of creation tools allows you to select unique character traits that apply positive and negative modifiers to your spacefarer. There's a wide variety of options on offer, so we've collected them all into one handy list to help you decide your favorites ahead of time.
Traits can offer additional choices when completing Starfield missions, such as granting access to additional dialogue options and determining faction allegiances. They also supplement your Starfield background and Starfield skills when shaping the character you've created in Starfield. Are you an introverted homebody that prefers to stay planetside, or a wanted street rat with alien DNA? Either is possible with Starfield traits - just take a look.
Continue reading All Starfield traits and their effectsMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Starfield release date, Starfield companions, Starfield traits
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 9:26 AM
The Ghostrunner 2 release date has finally been announced, as the sequel to the cyberpunk parkour FPS game comes to all platforms in just a couple of months. With a presence at Gamescom 2023 and a whole host of new mechanics, Ghostrunner 2 is shaping up to be a great movement FPS-style game.
Continue reading The Ghostrunner 2 release date unleashes ninjas and Akira bikes soonMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best FPS games, Best cyberpunk games, Best RPG games
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 8:10 AM
Who are the Starfield companions? It's easy to get lonely in the vast reaches of space, but it wouldn't be a Bethesda RPG without a companion to tag along with you on your adventure. Beyond running through a full list of confirmed companions and crew members, we'll also explain some of the ways you can recruit them and include info on their abilities.
You don't have to find a Starfield companion, but there are Starfield traits that offer additional bonuses for having a companion and staying in their good books. Companions often provide an alternate point of view during Starfield missions, and they aren't shy about commenting on the decisions you've chosen – so prepare to be judged for any morally questionable actions. It also goes without saying that they're also a prerequisite for a Starfield romance. Here's the scoop on companions in Starfield, along with their character backgrounds and skills.
Continue reading All Starfield companions and their skillsMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Starfield release date, Starfield companions, Starfield traits
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 8:01 AM
If you wish the alien threats of XCOM were a little more darkly ominous, Menace might be just the tactical RPG you're looking for. Coming from indie strategy publisher Hooded Horse and developer Overhype Studios, the team behind medieval tactics game Battle Brothers, Menace takes those concepts into space for a grounded, interstellar sci-fi adventure against a mysterious and terrifying foe.
Continue reading XCOM meets Aliens in new horror themed tactical RPG on SteamMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best space games, Best turn-based RPG games, Best horror games
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 7:51 AM
It's April 1973, blown-out hair and colorful fashions are all the rage and, appropriately, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, a song about murder in the American South, is the biggest hit on the radio. Just months before the events of the 1974 movie, another group of young victims goes missing in Muerto County, Texas, and this is where our The Texas Chain Saw Massacre review first finds us.
Sure, here we have another asymmetrical horror game based on a scary movie, but that's no bad thing - especially not when Gun Interactive is involved. The Friday the 13th: The Game publisher knows what makes a killer multiplayer game, and the Jason Vorhees-led 4v1 was one of the best before its untimely demise. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre takes what was great about F13, adds the grit and beauty of the 1974 Tobe Hooper classic, and chucks in a couple of extra killers for good measure.
Continue reading The Texas Chain Saw Massacre review – A thrilling horror homageMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best horror games, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre review, Best survival games
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 7:32 AM
Payday 2 is still an iconic co-op game, and with the Payday 3 release date looming, you can dive into the FPS heist shooter for less than a dollar in a Steam sale, or choose between a myriad of expansions and DLCs with massive discounts, too. So if your friends have been asking you to jump into Payday 2 for years to get ready for the sequel, now's your time.
Continue reading Steam's premiere co-op shooter is just $1 ahead of the sequel
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 7:20 AM
What is the best Starfield melee build? Sometimes, the best solution is the most basic, and with our best Starfield melee build you'll be able to punch, slash, and stab your way out of nearly any situation. When the enemy has run out of ammunition, you'll be right there, ready for round two.
The Starfield release date is tantalizingly close, so much so in fact that you might want to start thinking about what kind of space adventurer you're going to be. Will you try to talk yourself out of a situation, or jump head-first into every conflict? Who you are in Starfield might also depend on the companions you bring along - you can't pick fights with an engineer at your side unless you want to carry the fight solo.
Continue reading Best Starfield melee buildMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Starfield release date, Starfield companions, Starfield traits
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 6:53 AM
What is the Starfield Shattered Space DLC? Despite Starfield being one of the biggest Bethesda games ever made - if not the biggest - the developer isn't content with leaving it as it is, revealing that there's at least one expansion already planned.
We've not even reached the Starfield release date yet, but Bethesda has already confirmed the space game's first DLC: Shattered Space. Whether or not there will ever be a Starfield sequel, we can probably assume that the world will be broadened with expansions, perhaps in a similar fashion to Skyrim or Fallout 4. So what do we know about Shattered Space, the first Starfield DLC?
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PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 7:08 AM
GTA 6 is presumably on its way, and hopefully soon. Though Rockstar Games has recently been busy with the Red Dead Redemption remaster, and continuing to update GTA 5, we're all waiting for news on the GTA 6 release date. One Grand Theft Auto fan is perhaps more eager than the rest of us, however, storming a live TV show to ask about sandbox game sequel GTA 6 and the apparent return to Vice City.
Continue reading GTA 6 fan storms live TV demanding to know about Vice CityMORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best GTA 5 RP servers, GTA 6 release date speculation, GTA 5 system requirements
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 6:28 AM
Armored Core 6 comes off the back of FromSoftware's Elden Ring, and naturally, questions of how the mecha robot game runs on PC and handhelds like Steam Deck are coming up. With the Armored Core 6 release date almost upon us, we seem to have an answer, as a content creator who recently participated in the massive Armored Core 6 PvP stream has answered some questions.
Continue reading Armored Core 6 apparently runs "infinitely better" than Elden RingMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Armored Core 6 bosses, Armored Core 6 release date, Games like Dark Souls
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 9:36 AM
Want to know about the Starfield cities? Neon, Akila, and New Atlantis are three locations that have all been given 'location insight' developer videos. These short vignettes are light on in-game footage but do feature Starfield design director Emil Pagliarulo giving viewers some insight into each city, what the settlement's primary purpose is, along with some backstory.
Traveling to each Starfield city will introduce you to a different Starfield faction, one of the big organizations that seemingly run the RPG game. With only a few months to go until the Starfield release date, you can take a closer look at some of the major cities in the space game to see what each city offers. Here's everything we know about Starfield cities so far.
Continue reading Starfield cities – all known locationsMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Starfield release date, Starfield companions, Starfield traits
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 5:57 AM
Does The Texas Chain Saw Massacre have crossplay? The legendary horror has its own terrifying multiplayer game, and with multiplayer comes the desire to play with all your friends, whether they're on PC or console.
While there are a few nice ones, asymmetrical games go hand in hand with horror, and there is no more legendary horror story than that of Leatherface and the Slaughter family in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. As you go up against the terrifyingly unbalanced killers, you'll need all the help you can get - after all, there's even more reason to recruit your mates when it's quite literally a life or death situation, so here's the details on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre crossplay compatibility.
Continue reading The Texas Chain Saw Massacre crossplay explainedMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best horror games, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre review, Best survival games
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 5:33 AM
Starfield is finally almost upon us, but as the Bethesda RPG game nears launch and we get ever closer to the Starfield release date, one Fallout, Skyrim, and Elder Scrolls developer warns about "conjecture" and "fabrication" that is swirling online. Starfield reviews are naturally what we're all waiting for, but with the game already in the hands of some people, the space sim's design director warns of leaked screenshots and "guesswork."
Continue reading Starfield dev claps back at "conjecture" and "fabrication"MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Starfield release date, Starfield companions, Starfield traits
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 4:31 AM
Can you choose your character in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre? The multiplayer game, based on the 1974 movie of the same name, brings seven players together in one iconic location: three killers versus four victims. In a unique twist to the genre, you can't have multiple of the same character in a match, so can you choose who to play as?
As we highlight in our Texas Chain Saw Massacre review, there is a range of characters to choose from in the horror game, including familiar faces and brand-new friends. Since the game is based before the events of the 1974 movie, there's plenty of room for developer Sumo Nottingham to release more new characters and maps. All survivors so far are original characters, while the new killers are already among the fan favorites and the top of our tier list - but what if you do have a preferred character? Can you choose to play them in every Texas Chain Saw Massacre match?
Continue reading The Texas Chain Saw Massacre character selection explainedMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best horror games, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre review, Best survival games
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 4:19 AM
Who are the best Texas Chain Saw Massacre family members and victims? Obviously we don't condone becoming a terrifying killer, but behind the safety of a screen and a terrifying multiplayer horror game, by all means go for it. Our Texas Chain Saw Massacre tier list will help you to do just that, as three family members team up to hunt down the opposing team of four teenage victims.
Each killer and survivor in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has their own unique ability, as well as a range of changeable perks that are shared across the killer or victim category in the multiplayer game. It's those abilities that set the characters apart from one another, so here's our TCM tier list for the best family members and victims to choose from. If you need more advice, we've got some TCM tips we wish we knew when we first got started - and you might want to know how to select your chosen Texas Chain Saw Massacre character in the lobby screen.
Continue reading The Texas Chain Saw Massacre tier list – best killers and survivorsMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best horror games, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre review, Best survival games
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 3:00 AM
While it is common knowledge that the Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Volume 1 will feature straight-up ports of the MGS HD Collection from back in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 era, we now know that Metal Gear Solid is the PlayStation version, which, as it turns out could have had unintended consequences in one of the stealth game's boss fights.
Continue reading Psycho Mantis is different in Metal Gear Solid Master Collection
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 3:00 AM
News that the first volume of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid Master Collection wouldn't support gaming keyboard and mouse inputs understandably dampened hopes of a proper PC port of the Kojima classics. Thankfully, however, feedback from fans about the Metal Gear Solid Master Collection has prompted Konami to partly rethink its peripheral plans.
During a recent Konami press event, we got to play the Switch version of the entire collection and speak to Céline Combelles, senior brand manager for Metal Gear Solid at Konami, about the PC version specifically. During our conversation, she mentioned that due to fan requests following the previous announcement of no MGS keyboard support, the team is now trying to integrate mouse and keyboard controls in some way for all games in the collection.
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PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 5:16 AM
Max Payne, Just Cause, and a splash of open-world single-player game action are all crossing over for the Killer Bean videogame - which looks about as absurd and entertaining as the name "Killer Bean" suggests. So if you've been waiting for your next favorite game with an open mind, this might just be it.Best single-player games, Best open-world games, Best roguelike games
PCGamesN Monday, August 21, 2023 6:14 AM
WoW Classic is set to bring one of the most requested features to smooth out its dungeon leveling experience. Intentionally excluded from the throwback MMORPG at launch by Blizzard, Random Dungeon Finder is now set to arrive in an upcoming WoW Wrath of the Lich King Classic update, along with a quest tracker.
Continue reading WoW Classic RDF is finally confirmed, making dungeons much betterMORE FROM PCGAMESN: WoW Dragonflight tier list, The best WoW addons, WoW Dragonflight review
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, August 21, 2023 9:17 AM
Developer Cardboard Computer sporadically released their poetic adventure game, Kentucky Route Zero, in acts spread across multiple years. It was a teasing release schedule that only aided the game's surreal mystery, so it's no surprise that the studio have dropped the game's first major update three years after the fifth and final chapter wrapped things up. The aptly named Postmodern Update overhauls the game's user interface with a new Modern mode, alongside a host of bug fixes and more language options.
"The new 'Modern' interface is designed to be more flexible and readable on a wider variety of devices, including tablets and the Steam Deck," the studio wrote in a recent Steam blog. Kentucky Route Zero's smaller acts and text-based nature make it almost perfect for on-the-go devices, although I'm more interested in using the game as bedtime reading instead, as someone who regrettably bounced off of it in the early acts. "We've also overhauled and improved the 'Classic' interface from the original release, and its lo-fi companion, 'Retro,'" the studio also wrote.
The update also lets you "zoom in on details in the scene," which sounds handy for smaller screens. New translations now support Arabic, Chinese, Polish, Thai, Swedish, Turkish, and Brazilian Portuguese, too.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, August 21, 2023 9:13 AM
It's hard to know where to start with Six Ages 2 Colon Lights Going Out. The initial uncertainty and esoteric nature of its world has always been the series' biggest problem, as it appears to demand a lot of foreknowledge to play. But rather than memorising facts and (ugh) "lore", it's a series that encourages a different mindset to pretty much any other game. These games are about culture and myth, and how both interact and change over time.
It's harder, though, to write about this entry without just repeating myself. It is a Part Two of a planned three, thus much the same as before, yet different in some interesting, but esoteric ways. Do I try to convince the unfamiliar, detail those differences for fans, or try to cover both and succeed in neither?
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, August 21, 2023 7:14 AM
Explaining the concept of Fight Crab feels redundant because, well, it's all right there in the name. It's a fighting game… with crabs. The kaiju crustaceans left such a good impression that developer Calappa Games went fishing for more maybe-not-voluntary battlers and announced a follow-up: Fight Crab 2. Just in case you're uncomfortable with imposing a combat sport on sea creatures, the sequel adds humans to the mix, so you can enjoy the zany announcement trailer with a clear conscience.
Twinfinite Monday, August 21, 2023 10:00 AM
Siliconera Monday, August 21, 2023 10:00 AM
Netflix shared a new One Piece live-action teaser showing the actors discussing the show. It's a brief behind-the-scenes look at the episodes with Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, and Sanji's actors, as well as Matt Owens and Steven Maeda, the showrunners and executive producers, offering their thoughts. Stunt Coordinator Franz Spilhaus also discussed the stunts, and brought up how Zoro actor Mackenyu already had experience with katanas.
The Netflix video begins with the One Piece live-action actors Inaki Godoy, Mackenyu, Emily Rudd, and Jacob Romero, who play Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Usopp, discussing the story and series. Then, Owens and Taz "Sanji" Skylar talked about how good Eiichiro Oda's original manga is. Maeda then explained how Godoy fit so well for the role, and Godoy himself discussed taking the role.
The One Piece live-action show will launch on Netflix on August 31, 2023. The anime is streaming on places like Crunchyroll and Netflix, and Viz Media is handling the manga outside Japan.
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Siliconera Monday, August 21, 2023 9:30 AM
Sword Art Online: Variant Showdown maintenance will begin starting on September 28, 2023 until Summer 2024. This is to fix a large number of bugs and other issues that are currently in the game. The development team will also take the chance to come up with and implement new content, as well as adjust existing rules and characters.
Takeuchi, the producer for Sword Art Online: Variant Showdown, posted on the game's official X (formerly known as Twitter) account to explain and apologize for the maintenance. He noted that there have been multiple issues with the game since launch, and that every time the team fixes them, new problems will pop up. In light of this, he has decided to pause service to fix major bugs in the code. This is so that players can enjoy the game for many years to come.
Currently, Bandai Namco predicts that it will take until Summer 2024 for the overhaul to complete. It will not undergo any updates that will delete user data. So players will be able to pick up from where they left off. However, Bandai Namco still recommends that players backup their login data and in-game information. The team plans on reporting what it fixed and where it's at with the maintenance once every month. Because of the upcoming maintenance, the in-game shop will close on August 31, 2023.
Sword Art Online: Variant Showdown is available on mobile devices. Maintenance will start from September 28, 2023 and end in Summer 2024. Another Sword Art Online game, Sword Art Online: Last Recollection, will launch on October 6, 2023 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC via Steam.
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Siliconera Monday, August 21, 2023 9:01 AM
Back in 2018, Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind brought the concepts and gameplay of King of Dragon Pass to a wider audience. It offered us scenarios where our choices actually mattered, with supernatural and otherworldly elements peppered throughout. It took us back to adventure game roots, so to speak. Six Ages 2: Lights Going Out acts as yet another complex gamebook. However, this time with a world about to meet its end, it makes for much more harrowing circumstances.
The world is ending. Following the a war between gods, chaos is slowly seeking to take over and infect everything. Spirits might not listen. Ancestors might abandon you. Gods are either sleeping or dead. Your Orlanthi clan needs to survive an uncertain age, one where forces of all sorts will attack your city, allies will turn on you swiftly if you don't keep in touch, there are different sorts of political factions within your own tribe, and it feels like magic gets increasingly scarce.
However, at the same time, this is a surprisingly massive experience. While you are managing the clan by looking at menus and reading tons of menus, it will take at least two or three playthroughs until you'll find yourself really handling the Rituals' stories "well" enough to say, tame a raging river, successfully handle diplomatic relations, or even figure out how many allies you need to lure in a major foe so you can beat him so badly he'll never bother any of you again. For example, I didn't even touch any activities in the War tab like raiding for my first two runs, because ensuring trade, peaceful relations with people around the clan, and food supplies were sound.
Put simply, it is a lot! It can be overwhelming the first run or two, even though A Sharp very clearly organized all of the information. You'll start learning to check the tribe's well being and health after each season's events, so you know exactly how many goods and herds should be offered as gifts or sacrifices during certain circumstances. Not to mention the nature of it all, knowing that this is a dying world about to potentially make way for something new, adds an extra level of pressure surrounding decisions.
As with past games, there are a massive number of these scenarios. I did see a few repeat during the five runs I went through. However, each time the choices I made varied when ones did return. For example, one member of the circle named Reda had an option to go into the area "beyond" in two games. I also saw people call for Sereden to be promoted to a position on the council in multiple runs, Hanth had the option to lure more game to our forests with a possibly controversial blessing, and Kerenna often had a chance to become a hero. Still, on the occasions these did happen, it was a great opportunity to do something different or see how it would play out for my new clan.
However, I found that Six Ages 2 didn't really feel all that different from Six Ages. The UI is basically the same. Battle still involve pulling from selections like Advance, Charge, Maneuver, Parley, Reserve One in Seven Fighters, and so on. This means if you didn't enjoy the original game or King of Dragon Pass, it won't suddenly transform into something entirely different. It's billed as a new adventure in the same world with more to do, and it does that very well.
Six Ages 2: Lights Going Out is a game designed to make you root for your new community and do what you feel is necessary to protect them. This means making tough choices, being vigilant when monitoring your current status, and immersing yourself in the situation. The right thing to do could end up having grave repercussions in one situation. In another, you may need to weigh your options and choose the one that will make the least people made and save the most lives. It can be quite engrossing as you put hours into new adventures.
Six Ages 2: Lights Going Out is available for PCs and iOS devices.
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Gamer Empire Monday, August 21, 2023 7:01 AM
Robin is one of the most important villagers in Stardew Valley. She is the only person that can provide you with buildings and upgrades for your farm and resources to craft a lot of important items. Though you won't get any discounts if you befriend her, you should still give her a gift here and […]
Gamer Empire Monday, August 21, 2023 5:15 AM
The only way you can romance a character in Stardew Valley is by giving them gifts. The more gifts you give someone, the more friendship points you will get with them. Relationships in Stardew Valley are defined by hearts, which visually show your total friendship points. You can have any number of hearts from 0 […]
Gamer Empire Monday, August 21, 2023 5:03 AM
Paladin is a fan-favorite FFXIV job. From D&D to WoW, Paladins are a common tank class that is difficult to beat. Unlocking the Paladin opens up the door for people who don't have a tank, as Paladin is one of the easiest to learn. Learning to master this tank is another story. Recommended Read: How […]
Gamer Empire Monday, August 21, 2023 4:04 AM
Besides the official updates, modding is crucial to keep a game alive. With more than 15,000 mods on the Steam workshop, the modding community of Don't Starve Together contributes more content and gameplay to the game, keeping it fresh and engaging throughout the years. Recommended Read: What to Do With Monster Meat in DST In […]
Gamer Empire Monday, August 21, 2023 3:53 AM
One of the first things that players might notice right in the middle of Pelican Town in Stardew Valley is the big, locked Sewer cover next to the Graveyard. If you also explore the southern part of Cindersap Forest, south of your farm, you can find a big sewage drain pipe that you could enter […]
Gamer Empire Monday, August 21, 2023 3:42 AM
Project Zomboid offers millions of electrical devices that can be used or customized with only one requirement – Electrical skill. As a result, having a high Electrical skill level brings several benefits that may surprise you. Recommended Read: How to Build a Base in Project Zomboid This guide will show you how to level up […]
Gamer Empire Monday, August 21, 2023 3:34 AM
In Stardew Valley, players do their best to revive their grandfather's farm in the quirky village of Pelican Town. As you spend time trying to plant and grow crops, you can end up making a lot of mistakes at the start. The plans you have for your farm in the first few days are very […]
WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Monday, August 21, 2023 6:38 AM
Back when I was but a lad there was a rather short-lived FPS series by the name Delta Force which was based around the special forces of the same name. The first game was published in 1998 and Novalogic would follow-up on its success with multiple other games and expansion packs, though the franchise came to an end in 2009. Novalogic themselves closed their doors in 2016 and all their assets were snapped up by THQ Nordic, which was then bought up by Embracer Group.
MonsterVine Monday, August 21, 2023 9:00 AM
"You find yourself on a dirt path in a lush forest. Ahead the road forks, one way leads to the goblin stronghold, the other to a dark swamp. Shouting can be heard from both. Which way do you want to go? Do you want to roll for perception?" Baldur's Gate 3 Developer: Larian Studios Price: […]