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Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 3:55 PM

Fort Solis feels like running into a barely-remembered ex at the grocery store—nice to look at and unbearably boring. Through its sprightly voice actors' sheer will, the third-person adventure game sometimes succeeds in its aim to shock you, to do Mars à la Denis Villeneuve, but its story is overall too bovine and…


Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 3:41 PM

I have been throwing tomatoes at Baldur's Gate 3's vague journal for the past month, and that's because I spent a lot of time trying to figure out ways to complete active quests not realizing that the solution wasn't going to show its face until I reached a different map entirely. One of the most prominent examples of…


Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 3:18 PM

Years after its PlayStation release and its eventual PC port, Final Fantasy VII Remake still isn't on Xbox. Final Fantasy XVI ended up being a PlayStation 5 console exclusive as well. When will Xbox fans finally get to play these hit RPGs on their game system of choice? That's what IGN aske…


Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 2:55 PM

Disney's new Ahsoka TV series is, essentially, a Star Wars: Rebels sequel, so you'd expect the new live-action show to be jam-packed with references and Easter eggs. While some of these are so obvious they're not even worth mentioning (characters like Ahsoka Tano, Sabine Wren, and Hera Syndulla are not references,…


Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 2:20 PM

Blasphemous 2 takes the "2" in its name quite seriously. Everything in this sequel to The Game Kitchen's 2019 Metroidvania platformer is expanded: the map and world, the equipment and spells, the puzzling and platforming…even the already-excellent boss encounters are bigger and better. Despite some minor repetition in…


Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 2:16 PM

Storied RPG developer BioWare is downsizing. The studio announced on August 23 that it will cut 50 roles as it continues production on both Dragon Age: Dreadwolf and Mass Effect 4, telling fans it needed to take a more "agile and focused" approach to game development.


Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 2:15 PM

Today, Call Of Duty ramped up its recent trend of Fortnite-eque pop culture crossovers by announcing that Tomb Raider's Lara Croft will be coming to the game. She joins the Terminator as one of the few characters to appear in both Epic's popular battle royale and Activision's military shooter series.


Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 1:30 PM

Baldur's Gate 3 has been out on PC for a few weeks now, and the mod community has been creating a feast of tweaks and new features for the RPG alongside the already expansive experience Larian Studios has put out. If you're looking for some cool ways to augment or improve your experience with the game, we've rounded…


Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 1:10 PM

Today, in the Year of our Lord 2023, you can pre-order an Atari 2600 replica that Atari calls the Atari 2600+. Slightly smaller than Atari's original 1977 console, and using modern connections like HDMI and USB-C, the Atari 2600+ will accept many original and recently released cartridges. And yes, it sports the same…


Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 12:12 PM

You could certainly accuse creators within the Star Wars franchise of needlessly injecting their media with heavy doses of fan service, and Ahsoka series creator Dave Filoni might be the guiltiest of them all. There's a reason a tweet from April 2023 sharing a fake page from a Filoni script that follows the famous…


Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 12:08 PM

If you had told me back when the Switch came out that Nintendo would release a major Mario motion picture five years later starring Christopher Pratt, I might have believed you, but I wouldn't have ever guessed it would go on to be one of the biggest box office hits of 2023. I also would never have guessed that it…


Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:15 AM

If you're a fan of retro shooters, today is a good day. Nightdive Studios has released two trailers for remasters of 2000's N64 shooter Turok 3 Shadow of Oblivion and the classic 1995 computer FPS, Star Wars: Dark Forces.


Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:09 AM

Today, Sony delivered some news that's sure to get PS Vita fans mildly interested: Sony is back in the handheld game (kind of) via a dedicated remote play streaming device that'll beam pixels from your PS5 straight to your hands. It's called the PlayStation Portal remote player and it will cost you $200.


Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:00 AM

IIt's 3:30 a.m., my palms are sweaty, my heart is pounding, and a small mech riding on a tank blows me up for the 11th time. The rubber nubs on my controller's thumbsticks had started rubbing off long ago, but now they're completely decimated. The PS5 DualSense was not built for this. Armored Core VI's demanding…


Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 10:35 AM

If you're like me, eyes—and the thought of violence against them—are your greatest fear. How did I get through the eye needle scene in Dead Space 2? By screaming and crying into the phone at my friend who told me to play it. As such, when Volo, the bard who can hang around your camp in Baldur's Gate 3, offered to try…


Kotaku Wednesday, August 23, 2023 9:15 AM

I got some hands-on time with Samba de Amigo: Party Central, and playing Sega's long-awaited rhythm game sequel on the Switch was fun enough that I'm sure it will satisfy anyone who likes swinging their arms to the rhythm. Waving the joy-con controllers in time with popular songs like "I Really Like You" by Carly Rae…


PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 3:53 PM
     Starfield's intro starts like Fallout, ends like Star Wars

Starfield is almost upon us, and it's one of my most highly anticipated RPG games ever. From its expansive space setting to its sheer amount of build choices, Starfield looks like it's going to be downright massive. Ahead of its upcoming launch, we got the chance to take an exclusive first look at the Starfield introduction at Gamescom. If you enjoyed Fallout or consider yourself a Star Wars fan, then we've got good news for you as the upcoming Bethesda game blends both.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 3:50 PM
     Riot doesn't want to

It's no secret that the League of Legends roster is pretty damn huge. With over 164 playable characters available in the MOBA right now, narrowing down which one should get its own spinoff game is surely no easy task. So, we asked Tequila Works' creative director on the upcoming Song of Nunu, Raúl Rubio Munárriz, and Riot Forge's creative director, Rowan Parker, how you make that very, very hard choice.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 3:18 PM
     Unleash 18th Century Hell in this dark fantasy tactical RPG on Steam

Hexxen Hunters unleashes Hell upon 18th-Century Europe in an all-new tactical RPG on Steam. Bringing German tabletop game Hexxen 1733 to digital life, Hexxen Hunters delivers squad-based strategy from developer Ulisses Spiele Digital and indie publisher Hooded Horse that adopts the dark fantasy stylings and expedition structure of games like Darkest Dungeon alongside XCOM-style tactical combat. Assembling a party from a crew of eight unique hunters, you'll have to survive and explore in a world overrun by evil.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 3:02 PM
     Best Armored Core 6 weapons and guns

What are the best Armored Core 6 weapon parts? There are a ton of weapons to pick from and your choice depends on how much weight your build can withstand and the amount of firepower you can cook up.

The best AC6 weapon goes a long way toward making short work of enemies during your Armored Core 6 missions as you play through the story to reach all possible Armored Core 6 endings. As playstyles vary, so do our recommended weapon parts, but as your goal in most fights is going to be to stagger your enemies, we've picked out some weapons that are perfect for not only doing a lot of regular damage, but impact damage as well. These are core considerations when creating the best Armored Core 6 builds for the early and late game.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 1:42 PM
     Total War Pharaoh director encourages you to save scum

Total War Pharaoh is one of the most highly anticipated upcoming strategy games, as prospective players ready themselves for its epic real-time battles and unique Egyptian setting. If the exciting Bronze Age period and intricate combat system aren't enough to win you over about Total War Pharaoh, then its accessibility may be. In an exclusive Gamescom interview with the creative director, Todor Nikolov, we learned more about its implementation and how the developers have improved upon familiar Total War features.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 1:04 PM
     Point-and-click adventure game royalty Broken Sword is back

Broken Sword Parzival's Stone will be the first new entry for the iconic point-and-click adventure games in a decade, and it'll be preceded by the arrival of a 4K reinvention of the beloved first game in the series. Alongside the new Broken Sword Parzival's Stone, Broken Sword Shadow of the Templars Reforged is set to arrive in early 2024, and developer Revolution Software says it's aimed to be a perfect introduction for newcomers and a nostalgia trip for long-time fans alike.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 12:35 PM
     Armored Core 6 length – how long to beat

What is the Armored Core 6 length? That's the question stirring inside the minds of both new and old fans alike. While we're learning more about Rubicon's blessings, something that hasn't been made clear yet is the mission structure and how long you can expect to be playing Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon.

Finally, the Armored Core 6 release date is here. We've learned about From Software's unique take on the game's multiplayer mode, and we've also had the chance to take a glimpse into the story with all its grizzly details. Here's how long you can expect to play Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 12:26 PM
     Armored Core 6 difficulty settings

Can you change the Armored Core 6 difficulty settings? FromSoftware games are hard. The creators of Dark Souls appear to take pleasure in just how difficult their games can get, giving players full autonomy over whether to take on a fight or come back when they're much stronger. Will Armored Core 6 be the same, or can you turn it way down to easy from the beginning?

Now that the Armored Core 6 release date is here, some of the more timid ones (us) are wondering whether we'll be able to get out of the starting area. There's no shame in being a little afraid of the Armored Core 6 bosses we'll face on the way - we're just hoping that every other game like Dark Souls prepped us for what we're going to come up against.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 12:02 PM
     Baldur's Gate 3 lets you disguise yourself from the dead

One of the joys of Baldur's Gate 3 is that if you can think of something, chances are you'll be able to do it. And even if you haven't thought of it, Larian Studios (developer of this fantasy RPG game) probably has. Larian's recent tweet is a case in point, revealing that you can disguise yourself in Baldur's Gate 3 when speaking to corpses.


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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 12:00 PM
     Is Armored Core 6 Steam Deck compatible?

Is Armored Core 6 Steam Deck compatible? Whether you're a hardened fan of the series or brand new to the world of Armored Core 6, you shouldn't have any issues when this FromSoftware title blasts its way on the Steam Deck.

As stated in the Amored Core 6 system requirements, you'll only need 60GB of storage, which shouldn't make you blow a circuit. However, check out the best microSD cards for the Steam Deck if you're sporting the 64GB model and require that extra bit of space ahead of the game's release.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:43 AM
     Genshin Impact is giving away free merch to celebrate a huge milestone

To say that Genshin Impact is popular would be an understatement, as the anime game has just passed yet another huge milestone on social media. Genshin Impact has surpassed ten million followers across its global accounts on Twitter (or X), and to celebrate, HoYoverse is giving away free merch to a number of fans who choose to interact and participate in their giveaway.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 12:28 PM
     All Armored Core 6 bosses and how to beat them

What are the Armored Core 6 bosses? While it may not be a soulslike, AC6 still features the long, complex boss fights that FromSoftware has become known for. The emphasis of the game is still on your highly-customizable mech, but the combat plays an integral part in your journey.

There aren't a huge amount of AC6 bosses, as we covered in our AC6 review, and most of them are far from tough.  To gear up to take on any of these behemoths, check out all of the AC6 leg types available for the best AC6 build. If you're wondering whether Armored Core 6 Game Pass is a thing, we've got you covered there, too.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:41 AM
     Alan Wake 2

As we get our latest look at Alan Wake 2 during Gamescom 2023, Remedy creative director Sam Lake says the team "could not have made this game earlier." In an interview attended by PCGamesN at the event, Lake and Alan Wake 2 director Kyle Rowley tell us how the survival horror game plays on the history of Remedy itself.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:12 AM
     All Starfield factions and groups

What are all the Starfield factions? Many Starfield factions live in the Settled Systems, all with wildly different ideologies, areas of expertise, and fashion sense. While this upcoming space game will likely play into the fear of the unknown that's synonymous with the inky black expanse of the cosmos, it's still your fellow humans who pose the greatest threat to your survival.

When you begin your voyage in the space game, you do so on behalf of Constellation, one of at least seven different Starfield factions. As a new Constellation recruit, it's your mission in potentially one of the best PC games to seek out and expose the secrets of the known galaxy. As we edge nearer to the Starfield release date, you may come face-to-face with one of the other factions during your travels, and first impressions are vitally important if you want certain Starfield companions to join your cause.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:30 AM
     Best Armored Core 6 inner parts

Want to know what the best Armored Core 6 inner parts are? There are a lot to choose from and they all have their strengths and weaknesses, but we've tried and tested them all, to bring the best booster parts, FCS parts, and generators.

While AC6 inner parts don't dictate how much damage you take or deal, they handle how lock-on works, how fast your boost speed is, and how much energy you have. All three are quite important in regard to your efficacy on the battlefield, and paired with the best Armored Core 6 weapon parts, and Armored Core 6 frame parts, make up the best Armored Core 6 builds to play.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:02 AM
     Best Armored Core 6 frame parts

What are the best Armored Core 6 frame parts? The best parts are balanced, offering both good defense and speed, finding a middle ground between mitigating and inflicting damage. They contribute to your loadout and can be collected as you progress through the game.

When thinking about the best AC6 frame parts, it's worth looking into what you want from your Armored Core 6 builds, as well as Armored Core 6 weapon parts and AC6 inner parts. Let's take a look at our picks of the best Armored Core head, core, arm, and leg parts in the mech game and how you can use them.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:07 AM
     All Armored Core 6 missions

What are the Armored Core 6 missions? We've got each and every one listed here for your reading pleasure, as well as info on alternative missions, which are mostly similar to the regular versions but have important differences, such as story divergences and new enemies to fight.

Whether you're trying to see which AC6 missions are available in specific Armored Core 6 endings or get an idea of where certain Armored Core 6 bosses might be, this list has all of the missions broken down by chapter, including standard and alternate missions. Now, let's have a look through every Armored Core 6 quest in the explosive robot game adventure.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:01 AM
     All Armored Core 6 endings and how to unlock

How many Armored Core 6 endings are there? If you need an in-depth explainer on all the AC6 endings and the steps you'll need to take to get them, we've got your back. They're not difficult to unlock, thankfully, but it can take a good chunk of time to enjoy everything there is to see all the same.

To make things go smoothly while you're on your way, it'll help to have some idea of the best Armored Core 6 builds, which of the Armored Core 6 OS Upgrades you should focus on, and how to get past some of the tougher Armored Core 6 bosses. For the most part, the first two Armored Core 6 endings are achievable on your first playthrough and come down to a binary choice that makes the story diverge. However, there are multiple similar mission divergences throughout the game that don't affect the ending, so let's run through the choices that do matter.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:01 AM
     Armored Core 6 new game plus explained

Does Armored Core 6 have a new game plus mode? From Software games usually feature post-ending modes and Armored Core 6 is no exception. New game plus in most games grants players an increasingly difficult adventure with each playthrough.

Fortunately, there are tons of parts list to create the Armored Core 6 best builds as you make your way to unlock every ending. But this probably isn't what you were expecting if you've never played an Armored Core game before. As our Armored Core 6 review points out, this isn't your typical From Software new game plus experience. Regardless, there's still a lot of work to be done, so let's take a hard look at just what exactly Armored Core 6 has in store.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:00 AM
     All Armored Core 6 OS upgrades

What are Armored Core 6 OS Upgrades? Parts and weapons can't be upgraded in Armored Core 6, however, there are ways to upgrade your mech. OS Upgrades are used for a lot of different things and you'll be able to utilize them fairly early on. There are a good number of OS Upgrades, so we've gone ahead and put them all in one place to make it easy to see what upgrades are available.

OS Upgrades can help give you the edge when using the Armored Core 6 best builds and they're also where you'll find the Armored Core 6 core expansions. With the right OS Upgrades, you'll even find yourself doing a lot of additional damage with different Armored Core 6 weapon parts, so it's important that you remember to utilize upgrades that work best with your playstyle.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:38 AM
     Armored Core 6 review – the ultimate mech game

I wasn't sure that we'd ever see the return of Armored Core. The announcement of Armored Core 6 left me thrilled, even if I was worried that series developer FromSoftware would feel compelled to draw heavily from its Dark Souls games and last year's Elden Ring to reenergize the long-dormant mech series. Thankfully, our Armored Core 6 review will show that this latest entry is almost entirely faithful to its roots, even if that might be bad news for players that aren't open to some serious repetition and a surprisingly low level of difficulty.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:00 AM
     All Armored Core 6 parts

Looking for a list of all the parts in Armored Core 6? There are dozens of parts to sort through, unlocking new ways to assemble different mechs. These parts are typically purchased from the in-game's shop, some can be found in chests during missions, and others will be given to you automatically. There's a lot to keep track of, so we've collected all of them for you in one place.

These parts can be used to put together Armored Core 6 best builds. You can check out the Armored Core 6 frame parts and our Armored Core 6 weapons parts guides to see what you need to assemble the greatest mechs. Regardless of whether you prefer to hoard your collection of parts or sell them in Armored Core 6, you'll build up quite the arsenal when all is said and done. Just remember that you can sell any parts back for what you paid for them, so don't be afraid to buy just to try.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:04 AM
     Best Armored Core 6 settings and PC options

What are the best Armored Core 6 settings? The FromSoftware mech series has always lent itself to tinkering minds, making it a perfect fit for the configurability the PC offers. To help you get started with finding the right Armored Core 6 options for your rig, we've spent hours analyzing, optimizing, and tuning our settings recommendations.

As our Armored Core 6 review notes, combat is "ridiculously fast-paced", making a consistently high frame rate an absolute must. However, before we dive into the best Armored Core 6 settings, you'll need to check your PC meets the Armored Core 6 system requirements before turning to tweaks to boost performance.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:37 AM
     Best Armored Core 6 core expansions

What are the best Armored Core 6 core expansions? The new mech game has a lot of choice when it comes to giving players the machine of their dreams. There are only four core expansions, but using them properly can easily save you in battle, depending on which one you've equipped and if you use them at the correct time.

Not all AC6 core expansions are created equal and, as far as we're concerned, one is much more useful than the others. Core expansions in Armored Core 6 are part of the game's core upgrades, so you'll need to make use of your OS Tuning chips to be able to purchase them. Once you do, the expansion needs to be equipped into your mech's expansion slot, so it also pays to have said expansion make up the best Armored Core 6 builds to pick.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:46 AM
     Best Armored Core 6 builds

What are the best Armored Core 6 builds? We've put together a list of four of the best builds to get the job done no matter the encounter. Whether you want to tank enemies, or you'd rather a lightweight build that deals maximum damage.

We'll be showcasing which Armored Core 6 parts we recommend using, including Armored Core 6 frame parts, AC6 weapon parts, and AC6 inner parts. Granted, you won't have the exact parts to build these right away, so you'll need to cut some corners. Regardless, these should give you the right idea to get you started on tweaking your own AC6 builds for the early and late game. Now, let's run through the ultimate Armored Core 6 loadouts.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, August 23, 2023 4:00 PM

Existing in the intersection of puzzle game, platformer and level editor, It's A Wrap! casts you as the director of a low-budget, probably bad Hollywood flick that's surely about to be sued for workplace injury claims. Essentially, you rejig platforms and background props and obstacles in the level (as the director) and then you zoom in for some dangerous side-scrolling goodness (as the actor). Oh, and did I mention that it's out now? Shadow-drop!

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, August 23, 2023 2:32 PM

The third Turok game will join its predecessors in escaping the Nintendo 64 (and a weird Game Boy Color spin-off) for the first time as a 4K remaster of 2000's Shadow of Oblivion heads to PC later this year.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, August 23, 2023 2:08 PM

Last time, you narrowly ruled that mimics are better than tactically sealing doors. Why would anyone want to lock away a beautiful pearwood chest that surely contains oodles of treasure and absolutely no consequences? This week, I ask you to choose between stress and pressure and panic and mistakes, and simply having a nice time helping a friend without a care in the world. What's better: timed dialogue choices, or a stress-free co-op helper?

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, August 23, 2023 1:59 PM

Endless devs Amplitude Studios have announced a closed beta for their long-in-the-works, not-quite-a-sequel to Dungeon of the Endless, the not-at-all confusingly titled Endless Dungeon, and it's happening next month.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, August 23, 2023 1:33 PM

Epic is taking the fight to Steam by rolling out a new revenue sharing model in the form of Epic First Run, an initiative that will offer developers up to 100% of revenue for six months if their PC game remains exclusive to the Epic Games Store.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, August 23, 2023 1:05 PM

Star Wars' nineties first-person shooter Dark Forces is returning in a 4K-ified remaster from Nightdive Studios, the folks behind the recent System Shock remake. The upcoming Dark Forces Remaster will see its visuals bumped up to a crisp 4K, running at 120 frames per second, along with a number of quality-of-life improvements.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, August 23, 2023 1:00 PM

Classic point 'n clicker series Broken Sword is planning a big comeback starting next year with a remaster of the original adventure game, followed by a new sixth entry sometime after. Snooping tourist George and snooping professional (investigative journalist) Nico will reunite in the all-new Broken Sword: Parzival's Stone, but first, over two decades after it launched, Broken Sword - Shadow Of The Templars: Reforged revamps the first outing of the nosy duo. As you can see from the reveal trailer, it's enjoying quite a dramatic makeover.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, August 23, 2023 12:08 PM

Lexar's NM790 PCIe 4.0 SSD is our 'best cheap PCIe 4.0 SSD for gaming' pick, offering extremely rapid speeds. It maxes out at 7400MB/s reads and 6500MB/s writes, near the boundary of the PCIe 4.0 standard, and random read/write figures are impressive too despite lacking a DRAM cache, using HMB instead. So I thought it worth mentioning that you can now pick up this 2TB high-end drive for £85, following a price drop from £93 at Amazon UK.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, August 23, 2023 12:04 PM

Space games are basically ready built for the grand reveal. All you need to do is open a shutter and you can reveal unto the player all the wonders of the universe you have built, be that a giant, misty blue planet with a neon green dust ring, or purple nebula sweeping accross the sky like a bruise and crackling with lightning. Starfield's opening (shown off at Gamescom this week, and leaking all over the internet like a collander used for SMG target practice) does not forgo this moment, but it does say "okay but what if the grand reveal was entirely in shades of grey, though"?

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, August 23, 2023 12:00 PM

Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened got a remake back in April, the first game in Frogwares' long-running series to receive a second pass. And you'd better believe that it was like Eldritch Christmas for me, because the 2007 original is quite possibly one of my favourite PC games of all time.

I have a lot of love for Frogwares' Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series in general, but The Awakened is particularly special to me. Most obviously, it's a Sherlock Holmes/Cthulhu Mythos mash-up, which I consider to be the highest form of art in any medium.

It's also part of what I consider to be the most glorious era in Frogwares' history. I love the loosely-formed trilogy made up of this game, Sherlock Holmes vs Arsène Lupin, and Sherlock Holmes vs Jack the Ripper — not just because all three games pit Holmes against an interesting variety of nemeses, but because they came at the peak of Frogwares' decision to play to their strengths and embrace the jank that they couldn't iron out. This teaser (which is actually for one of the later games in the series, but revisits an infamous glitch from The Awakened) demonstrates what I'm talking about:

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:51 AM

In the market for a pre-built gaming PC? Right now you can pick up a refurbished MSI model with an RTX 3080 Ti graphics card, a water-cooled Intel Core i9 12900KF processor, 64GB of DDR5 memory and a 2TB NVMe SSD for just $1249.99 at Woot. This PC uses standard parts for upgradeability and comes with a 180-day MSI warranty. All in all, it's a ton of computer for the money, and the best-specced gaming PC we can find at this price point.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:50 AM

Persona 3 Reload gives the classic 2006 RPG the remake treatment, hopefully making it seem as effortlessly stylish as the fantastic Persona 5 Royal. Developer Atlus dropped another gorgeous trailer that gives us a wee peek at its new anime cutscenes, fan favourite cast, and… wait a second. There aren't any cool menus in this trailer and my day is ruined. But the trailer also confirms that the game is due to launch on February 2nd, 2024, so we can gawk at the level-up screens soon.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:00 AM

How do you like your missiles? Do you prefer ones that fire straight up and then swoop down like birds of prey, or the kind that jet off to the sides, trapping the target in a pincer formation? How about a single missile that splits into a swarm of smaller missiles? Perhaps a zig-zagger that leaves a trail of explosive charges in its wake, detonating them like dynamite dominoes once it impacts? Well, whatever your fancy, Armored Core VI has a loadout for every occasion. With as many combinations as Dolly Parton's wardrobe, it's almost a scandal to equip the same gear twice.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, August 23, 2023 10:32 AM

Aperture Desk Job is full of unexplained details. Right at the start, as the camera pans down from the retrofuturist reception area to your lowly desk-based workstation, we see all manner of orange tubes, future Grady cores being trained to fool captcha image tests, a giant chicken, and what appears to be the origin point of Half-Life's ammo boxes being constructed. But there's also a pointed shot between the floorboards, showing us a pair of green praying mantises fumbling around over some electrical wiring and a rogue lightbulb.

On its own, this mantis scene is no stranger than anything else we've witnessed in the last 30 seconds. But as your journey through Aperture goes on, things start getting really weird, really fast. Over the course of the next half hour, we'll see these mantises discover electricity, evolve into a society of tiny house-dwelling insects with their own carriages and courtship dances, and eventually a futuristic civilization who have mastered flying saucers and created an eternally self-sustaining power source. All in the same time it takes your supervisor core Grady to come up with a rudimentary prototype for what will eventually go on to become Portal's creepy turret. But you, yes you, CHARLIE, had to go and ruin it all by dropping the giant metal head of corporate mega-bastard Cave Johnson through the floorboards. What might those mantises have become, if they hadn't been so rudely crushed by your rampant disregard for their wellbeing?

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, August 23, 2023 8:06 AM

Action-horror sequel Alan Wake 2 showed up to last night's Gamescom festivities with a cryptic trailer (below) that showed the studio's signature Lynchian mystery, an upside-down New York, and some interesting live-action scenes. But references to Remedy's past games have been the big conversation driver, especially since the studio is building up a "Remedy Connected Universe." Creative director Sam Lake has now clarified that time-bending shooter Quantum Break and the Max Payne games aren't cool enough to join the Remedy-verse, while also breaking down their approach to these shared-world games.

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Starfield is grav jumping to... TVs?

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It can only go up from here!

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Siliconera Wednesday, August 23, 2023 3:30 PM

Granblue Fantasy: Relink Collector's, Digital Deluxe, and Special Editions Detailed

Granblue Fantasy: Relink Collector's, Deluxe, Digital Deluxe, and Special Editions were revealed alongside the release date at gamescom 2023. The PS4 and PS5 are the only physical editions on the way. However, there will also be PS4 and PS5 Special and Digital Deluxe Editions, as well as a PC Special Edition.

Regardless of platform, the Granblue Fantasy: Relink Special Edition is $79.99. It nets people the game and an in-game item set with the False Sword of the Apocalypse, Color Packs 2 and 3 for characters, and Starter Item Pack with 30 Glittercrystals, 50 Fortitude Crystals, and 500 MSP. The PlayStation version fo this one also includes Stamina III and Enmity III sigils and early access on January 28, 2023. There will also be a Relink Pack to use in Granblue Fantasy on mobile devices if you get a PS4 or PS5 Special Edition that gives you Rebelwear for your avatar and either Eternals' Transcendence Set or Evokers' Domain Set.

If you get the PS4 or PS5 Digital Deluxe Edition of Granblue Fantasy: Relink, that costs $99.99. It has everything from the Special Edition, as well as a digital art book and soundtrack.

With the Granblue Fantasy: Relink Deluxe PS4 or PS5 Edition, you pay $99.99 for the game with physical and digital items. The False Sword of the Apocalypse DLC and Starter Item Pack join Color Packs 1-3. There's a 12-track CD soundtrack. Five post cards with character art appear. Finally, it's rounded out with a 100 page art book.
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Finally, there's the $179.99 Granblue Fantasy: Relink Collector's Edition for the PS4 and PS5. This includes everything from the Deluxe version, then adds a few more physical items. There will be a Proto Bahamut figure, though its scale wasn't mentioned. A Sword of Eos replica keychain will also appear.
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Granblue Fantasy: Relink will come out worldwide for the PS4, PS5, and PC on February 1, 2024.

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Siliconera Wednesday, August 23, 2023 3:00 PM

Shangri-La Frontier

The Shangri-La Frontier anime adaptation will premiere in Japan on October 1, 2023. The Japanese official website for the show announced the release date. A second key visual image was also shared, alongside the opening and ending theme song artists and some additional cast members. Crunchyroll also confirmed a simulcast of it worldwide.

The new cast members revealed include Yumiri Hanamori as Psyger-100, Sayaka Senbongi as Animalia, and Seiichiro Yamashita as Orcelott. "Broken Games" is the opening theme song for the anime, and the band FZMZ (pronounced "Fathoms") will be performing it. Meanwhile, artist CHiCO will perform the ending song, "Ace."

You can take a better look at the new key visual art here:

[caption id="attachment_979701" align="alignnone" width="731"]Shangri-La Frontier Image via Kodansha[/caption]

The story of Shangri-La Frontier is set in a near future where full-dive VR games are commonplace. Protagonist Rakuro Hizutome, known by the alias Sunraku, is a "trash game hunter" that likes to find and master rushed games full of glitches. After experiencing burnout from beating all kinds of trash games, Rakuro is recommended the best-selling Shangri-La Frontier game, where his skills as a trash game hunter will come in handy.

Shangri-La Frontier is a Japanese web novel series written by Katarina. It began serialization in May 2017, and a manga adaptation illustrated by Ryosuke Fuji appeared on July 2020. The anime adaptation was revealed on July 7, 2022. Toshiyuki Kubooka will be in charge of directing the anime series. Kobooka has previously directed the Berserk: The Golden Age movies.

The Shangri-La Frontier anime series will release in Japan on October 1, 2023. The manga is handled by Kodansha worldwide.

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Siliconera Wednesday, August 23, 2023 2:30 PM

Persona 5 Tactica Trailer Shows Akechi and Kasumi

Not one, but two Persona 5 Tactica trailers debuted on August 23, 2023. While one was the more focused Makoto "Queen" Niijima one, the other is more focused on gameplay. The gamescom 2023 video looks at footage from the game to offer a better idea of what to expect. It also offers a peek at Akechi and Kasumi in Persona 5 Tactica.

This marks the second time we've a clip of both Akechi and Kasumi in Persona 5 Tactica, though its the first English one. A Nyahoo News announcement at the beginning of August 2023 appeared in Japan and revealed them. Both are DLC and in a Repaint Your Heart scenario. That brief segment showed Japanese footage of both characters in their civilian clothing when talking to Joker, then short peeks at them using attacks as Phantom Thieves. This latest clip also offers a look at Guernica's enemies that will appear in that scenario.

You can see it start at the 2:13 mark of the new Persona 5 Tactica trailer below. The footage before it focuses on explaining and showcasing the tactical gameplay.

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

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Siliconera Wednesday, August 23, 2023 2:00 PM

Honkai: Star Rail Figure Set Includes Trash Can Secret Figure

HoYoVerse announced a new Honkai: Star Rail chibi figure set which includes a trash can. However, the can isn't a a given. The six main figures in the set are Caelus, Stelle, Seele, Jing Yuan, Bronya, and Luocha. People only get the trash bonus one if they get the full ¥17,820 (~$123) set. The set is expected to ship in February 2024. Tokyo Figure is taking orders and ships worldwide with WorldShipping.

All of the figures in this Honkai: Star Rail set are static ones. There are no additional face plates or posing options. A size and set of scale weren't announced, though they are diminuative ones that are only a few inches tall. Each one is of a five-star character immediately playable in the game.

Their bases also have various accents. For example, the male Trailblazer avatar Caelus has planets on his base. The one for the female Trailblazer avatar Stelle also has Pom-Pom on it. Seele and Bronya's have Belobog's snow on theirs. Jing Yuan is sitting in his chair with a bird by his side. Luocha, an Abundance character, has plants growing on the tiles on his base.

Here's a closer look at them:

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The Honkai: Star Rail trash can figure does not have any base. However, instead of typical handles on the side, it has two metallic arms, with one giving a "thumbs up" sign.

Here's a closer look at the trash can.

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For those unaware, the Trailblazer avatar's obsession over trash cans is a running joke in-game. On the planet Jarilo-VI, for example, examining each one prompts special text, can net rewards, and eventually unlocks an achievement.

While there aren't a lot of figures based on the game yet, we've seen some. For example, Good Smile Company confirmed a Dan Heng Nendoroid is in development. HoYoVerse also already confirmed other Caelus and Stelle chibi figures.

Honkai: Star Rail is available for PCs and mobile devices. A PS5 version will arrive in 2023. The Honkai: Star Rail chibi figure set will arrive in February 2024, but it only includes the seventh trash can one if you buy the full set.

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Siliconera Wednesday, August 23, 2023 1:30 PM

CEDEC2023 Pokemon Conference

A session at Computer Entertainment Developers Conference (CEDEC) on August 23, 2023 displayed various technologies that used on Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. The presentation was hosted by Keiichi Maezawa, the director of CG technology at Game Freak. In order to differentiate these entries from previous titles visually, subsurface scattering, gel shading, highlights, a "damaged/dirty" system, and light dispersion technology was used. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

Subsurface scattering was mostly used on Pokemon skin. Basically, it's a visual technique used to simulate scattered light bleeding in through a shadowed area. Larger Pokemon with dense bodies would be darker with more shadows, while smaller Pokemon with thin body parts used more light. These textures were also applied to the gel shading. In Quaxly's case, a soap bubble effect appeared.

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Miraidon, the legendary from Pokemon Violet, had a model that utilized a system in which shimmering particles were made to look as if they were moving three-dimensionally. To do this, the CG designers had to use a texture that specified a sense of depth while using a 4 x 4 pattern animation.

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Highlights were applied to the eyes of the Pokemon in the game. These were designed to move depending on the direction the camera was pointed in. The overworld lighting was also adjusted so that no matter what time of day it was in-game, the highlights would always show.

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The new Terastal phenomenon that occurs when Terastallizing Pokemon in the Paldea region visually reflects the cut of a jewel and the dispersion of light. For the "terastal" effect, the original models of the Pokemon went unchanged. Instead, a mesh was applied over the body that gave the effect.

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In addition, a system in which Pokemon become dirty over time was introduced. As players journeyed with characters, eventually they would get covered in dirt after taking damage. They would also visually show snow covering them in areas like the Glaseado Mountains. This visual effect was achieved by overlaying a pre-made render of the elements on the original models.

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are available worldwide on the Nintendo Switch.

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Siliconera Wednesday, August 23, 2023 1:00 PM

McDonald's Japan Spy x Family Collaboration

McDonald's in Japan teased a collaboration with the popular Spy x Family manga and anime series. A post shared by the company's official social media account included an image of Anya Forger's hair. The Japanese caption "odekeke surumasu" (which roughly translates to "going on an ooting") is included, referencing Anya's bad grammar in the series.

At the time of writing, there are no details on what food items or goods will be included with the new crossover. More information will appear at a later date.

You can check out the McDonald's Japan post teasing the upcoming Spy x Family collaboration here:

This is not the first collaboration with a fast food restaurant chain involving the Spy x Family series. On November 2022, Burger King Japan opened a store inspired by the fictional city of Berlint in Shibuya, Tokyo. The store was furnished with Spy x Family decoration, and food items inspired by the series were offered.

McDonald's Japan often holds collaborations featuring popular anime and manga series. Some of which include the first ever McDonald's collaboration with the One Piece series, a Nijisanji collaboration held on June 2023, and the most recent being an August 2023 collaboration with the Pokemon franchise that included Pokemon themed summer festival Happy Meal toys.

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Siliconera Wednesday, August 23, 2023 12:30 PM

genshin impact concert 2023

HoYoVerse announced the Genshin Impact concert, Melodies of an Endless Journey, will come back for yet another year during 2023 and 2024. You can purchase tickets via the official website. However, when they become available differs depending on which city you want to see the concert in. In total, the Genshin Impact concert will be held in twelve different cities.

The dates and locations for the Genshin Impact concert are as follows:

  • Singapore
    October 2 - 3, 2023
  • Kuala Lumpur
    October 7, 2023
  • Guadalajara
    October 13, 2023
  • Boston
    October 28, 2023
  • Osaka
    November 4, 2023
  • Seoul
    November 11 - 12, 2023
  • Los Angeles
    November 19, 2023
  • Yokohama
    November 25, 2023
  • Chicago
    January 7, 2024
  • London
    January 11, 2024
  • Dusseldorf
    January 20, 2024

HoYoVerse also uploaded a trailer for the concert. You can also watch the promotional video for the Genshin Impact concert here:

This year, the characters who appear in it are: Zhongli, Xiao, Eula, Albedo, Ganyu, Diona, and Tartaglia. Since streams of the previous concerts appeared on YouTube after they came out, it's likely that you will be able to watch it online even if you can't physically go to one of the cities above. As Fontaine only just came out, it's unclear if any of the tracks from the new region will play during the concert.

Genshin Impact is readily available on the PS4, PS5, Windows PC, and mobile devices.

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Siliconera Wednesday, August 23, 2023 12:00 PM

Tears of the Kingdom Patch 1.2.1

Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom patch 1.2.1 on August 22, 2023. It fixes a number of issues including visual glitches, treasure chests disappearing, and event progression issues.

Players who reported they would lose access to treasure chests when they would get destroyed by Flux Construct attacks can now obtain the contents of those chests. This patch will restore the chest or automatically place the contents of the chest into the player's pouch. Also, players who were blocked out of triggering Koltin's event after collecting all of the Bubbul Gems can now progress further and collect the reward he gives.

The full 1.2.1 patch notes for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom can be viewed below:

  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the screen to flicker intensely when large amounts of stamps were placed on the Map.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from obtaining the contents of treasure chests attached to Flux Constructs when the treasure chests vanished as a result of the Flux Construct's attacks.
    • If the treasure chest vanished, reloading the save data will either restore the treasure chest or cause the chest's contents to automatically appear in your Pouch.
  • If a certain event does not trigger when talking to Koltin after collecting all of the Bubbul Gems, downloading this update data will fix it so that the event triggers.
  • Several other issues have been addressed to improve the gameplay experience.

Back on July 4, 2023, Nintendo released a substantial patch for Tears of the Kingdom that fixed quest progression for eight main story and side quests.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available for the Nintendo Switch.

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Siliconera Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:30 AM

Persona 3 Reload editions

Atlus revealed the different editions that will be available for the upcoming Persona 3 Reload. The limited Aegis Edition includes a figure of Aigis based on her new appearance in the game. All digital editions will be available for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Steam, with the physical editions being available for PS4, PS5, and Xbox consoles.

Both the physical and Digital Standard Editions include the base game, and the Persona 4 Golden BGM Set as a pre-order bonus. The Digital Deluxe Edition adds a digital artbook and digital soundtrack. The Digital Premium Edition includes all of the above and a Persona 3 Reload DLC Pack containing all DLC in the game. Meanwhile, the Persona 3 Reload physical limited Aigis Edition includes an artbook, soundtrack, and DLC Pack, alongside a figure of Aigis in her new P3R design.

The Japanese limited editions of the game include some different goods like a SEES bracelet and a limited box. Other editions include a Paulownia Mall tote bag, tapestry of the P3R protagonist, a mug, and a calendar.

You can take a better look at the different Persona 3 Reload editions here:

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You can check out the Aigis figure in the gallery below.

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Persona 3 Reload is currently in development, and it will come out for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, and Windows PC via Steam on February 2, 2024.

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Siliconera Wednesday, August 23, 2023 11:01 AM

Review: Armored Core VI is a Testament to FromSoftware's Craft

Fire ravages a planet far flung at the edge of the universe, roiling over its surface and casting everything in a thick layer of ash. What many would consider to be a desolate hunk of rock, not capable of human life, is the center of conflict in a universe embroiled in an endless war thanks to corporate entities that feed on this perpetual strife. This planet, Rubicon, is where Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon is set, and where you assume the role of a mercenary unfit for a callsign. While the game begins with a fair enough amount of exposition to throw you into the thick of things, it serves as a perfect introduction to the series for newcomers, and is almost like a familiar, welcome embrace for those returning to the long dormant series. But what it is above all else is a triumphant show of finesse for FromSoftware in more ways than one.

You hit the ground running and begin your first mission, a general tutorial on the hunt for the remains of a Core, to take the identity of its dead pilot. After shooting your way through a dilapidated tower and defeating an extremely well-armed helicopter, you find what you're looking and assume the role of Raven. Though while the world at large may call you Raven, Handler Walter continues to refer to you as 621. It is the callsign you bore at the beginning of the game, when you were nothing but nameless hunk of flesh strapped into your first Armored Core.

This is who you remain at your core, regardless of what faction you choose to side with, giving the player some illusion of autonomy in the struggle for Rubicon. Because while you can ultimately decide the fate of the planet as it is effectively torn to pieces and mined for Coral, an invaluable resource to the dominating military corporations of the universe, you are a mercenary at the end of the day. You're beholden to your own whims and those of your employer, be they part of the military industrial complex or not. You're just a cog in the system, ground to dust in the military industrial complex that's stretched outward into the very depths of space.

What this means for Rubicon is entirely up to you, as Armored Core VI is spread across five chapters. The total length of the game will vary vastly between players, mostly because boss fights can be particularly arduous if you're like me and refuse to adapt to the way Armored Core VI wants to be played.
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Each chapter consists of more than a handful of missions. Missions can last anywhere from a handful of minutes to potentially hours, depending how effective you are at them, and are constrained to small individual zones. Armored Core VI doesn't boast an open world and is probably better for it. Some missions require you to take out enemy Armored Cores or deal with turrets that prevent the faction you are currently aligned with from strengthening their individual hold on Rubicon. These missions, while sometimes challenging, make you feel especially powerful. I tore my way through swaths of enemies to locate my objective with HI-32: BU-TT/A Pulse Blade — which I feel is the best weapon in the game due to its high stagger damage and general output. Others are boss fights that will no doubt test any seasoned FromSoftware veteran and those unfamiliar with the rhythmic combat of Sekiro or aggressive playstyle of Bloodborne. Both of those games are my favorite FromSoftware titles, and I still struggled even until the later hours of my playthrough.

I will say that Armored Core VI left my hands hurting after some fights, and I did need to put my controller down to take breaks. Despite this, the game still felt fair, even during its most trying moments. I understood why I was dying, even if my resources were relatively limited in terms of healing (which can be upgraded, but only to some degree). Armored Core VI always gave me the options to change my weapons and modify my Armored Core before missions or before checkpoints if I had died. Additionally, you can sell parts for the same price you purchased them, which means less grinding to acquire new parts of your Core or even Arms, which is in-universe slang for your weapons. So you can experiment at a whim, with little to no repercussions, as the game wants you to play around with different builds. At times, it even demands it. Especially since Armored Core VI has three different types of damage you can experiment with through various Arms, with some more effective than others. There is one constant players should keep in mind, however, and that's stagger damage. Fights are a delicate balance between dealing damage and building your enemies stagger bar, and managing your own alongside your stamina.

Since fights take place in a 3D environment, with you able to boost in the air, combat is incredibly dynamic. This is something you'll need to keep in mind when avoiding attacks that will build your stagger bar, effectively stunning you long enough to possibly kill you in a single hit. Staggering also opens up windows to deal massive damage to enemies, which is what you want to focus your own combos around, be it swiping at them with your pulse blade, shooting a flurry of rockets at them, or using high powered canons.

That said, you can brute force fights. It's what I did, but left me slamming my head against a proverbial brick wall for upwards of three hours. Specifically, this happened in one fight that happened roughly halfway through, since I was determined to use the pulse blade and shotgun with no shield in combination with a light Frame. This meant I was extremely vulnerable and would die from almost every missile barrage shot my way. But once I was able to find my tempo and got some vague idea of what was killing me — even if it was my own hubris — I was able to overcome the challenge and continue my job as a hand for hire.
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In relation to accessibility options, players can fully customize keybinds for keyboard and for controllers. I wasn't sure if this would be available, but was pleasantly surprised to see that FromSoftware not only allows for multiple control schemes, but also custom ones you can set up yourself. There aren't any available difficulty modes, however, or even Arms and Frames that potentially make the game easier. This may prove daunting to some who want to get in the robot, or turn them off entirely due to Armored Core VI's steep difficulty curve that ramps up as early as chapter one.

On the more technical side of things, Armored Core VI's performance is incredible. I ran the game on a high-end machine touting a 3070Ti, and a gaming laptop with the minimum specs required. Naturally, the game looked phenomenal on the higher-end machine, with each spray of bullets from the muzzle of my rifle punctuated with pops of yellow light, but it looked just as good on my laptop. The UI was a little hard to read, admittedly, though I ended up hooking my laptop up to a 60 inch screen to see how it'd look. Again, I wasn't disappointed. The game ran perfectly with no frame drops, no lag of any kind, and no screen tearing. The only issue was that it was a bit slow to load at first on my laptop, but after that initial boot it was fine. There were also only one instance of crashing, but that was mostly because my machine is a bit old and my fans have given up the ghost.

It's hard to find a single thing wrong with Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon. Its narrative, while more or less passively told through data logs you can find on missions and spoken at you through your Handler and by those under employ by various corporate and non-corporate factions, is spectacular. It takes a page out of some of the best anti-war sentiments found in the Gundam series, for example. The game isn't exactly subtle about it either, as resistance members on Rubicon call you a corporate dog and Core pilots from other military organizations hiss insults at you with their dying breath. The music is incredible, and I actually found myself turning down the in-game effects just to hear the hypnotic and sometimes oppressive electronic score. I can't wait for it to be available through streaming services, just so I can have it on repeat. And the game is gorgeous, even if time spent in areas are relatively limited due to the game's mission based structure.

Armored Core VI may be the best game FromSoftware has made to date, building upon already solid foundations from Sekiro and Dark Souls and further innovating on the punishing combat the developer is known for. It's a complete product, with very little hitches in terms of performance even on lower end machines that meet its minimum requirements. With its interesting narrative and anti-war sentiment, it's a game that I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys the mecha genre or is a die-hard FromSoftware fan.

Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon will come to the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC on August 25, 2023.

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Siliconera Wednesday, August 23, 2023 10:30 AM

inumaki jujutsu kaisen cursed clash

The official social media account for Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash posted screenshots introducing Toge Inumaki. He will be one of the playable characters in the upcoming console fighting game. Koki Uchiyama will reprise his role as the character.

Inumaki uses fast martial arts and powerful Cursed Speech. His Cursed Speech techniques will attack a large area at once, much like in the show itself. There aren't any videos or trailers showcasing his moves yet. However, we've seen bits and pieces of how Inumaki fights in both the Jujutsu Kaisen show and Jujutsu Kaisen 0 movie.

Here's a closer look at Inumaki in JuJutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash.
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Previous characters that Bandai Namco confirmed for Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash include Yuji, Megumi, Gojo, and Maki. Unlike his peers in the anime, Inumaki appears in fewer scenes showing him engaging in direct combat. This is due to how powerful his Cursed Speech is, and Inumaki has not had many scenes where he fights directly against curses.

Koki Uchiyama voices Inumaki in the show and in Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash. Uchiyama's previous roles include Meruem in Hunter x Hunter 2011, Roxas in the Kingdom Hearts series, and Idia in Twisted Wonderland.

Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash is in development for the PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Windows PC. You can watch the show on Crunchyroll, and Viz Media has licensed the manga.

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Siliconera Wednesday, August 23, 2023 10:30 AM

urusei yatsura season 2

Season 2 of Urusei Yatsura will start airing in January 2024, and ahead of that a new key visual appeared on the internet. It features characters both new and old surrounding Lum, who is smiling and winking in the middle. There is no new trailer for the second season yet. [Thanks, Comic Natalie!]

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Though we knew that season 2 would come out in 2024, it was unclear which anime season it would start in. However, so far, there is no specific release date as of yet. The first season aired on Fridays, so there's the chance that the second season will follow suit. David Production will likely give more details about that, as well as release a trailer, closer to January 2024.

Urusei Yatsura originally ran from 1978 to 1978 in Weekly Shonen Sunday. An anime series for it aired in 1981, starring Toshio Furukawa as Ataru and Fumi Hirano as Lum. In 2022, David Production released a reboot of it, with Hiroshi Kamiya as Ataru and Sumire Uesaka as Lum. It is a romantic comedy in which Ataru (a human) accidentally proposes to Lum (an oni) and she ends up moving into his house upon falling in love with him.

The first season of Urusei Yatsura (the 2022 reboot) is available on HIDIVE. Season 2 of Urusei Yatsura will likely appear on the streaming service as well when it starts airing in January 2024.

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Siliconera Wednesday, August 23, 2023 10:00 AM

persona 5 tactica queen

A new trailer for Persona 5 Tactica focuses on Queen, or Makoto Niijima. Players of the previous Persona 5 games should be more than familiar with her. Makoto is the student council president of Shujin High School, and is sort of the "older sister" figure for the rest of the Phantom Thieves. However, her honors student personality changes when she's in the Metaverse.

While still much more responsible and mature than some of the other members of the Phantom Thieves (such as Ryuji or Ann), Makoto as Queen is a force to be reckoned with. Her Fist of the North Star-like Phantom Thief outfit even garners a slightly fearful reaction from Kusakabe. She fights with her fists, and even Ryuji's scared of her. In the short trailer that focuses on her, she shows both her violent and cute side, such as her fear of horror movies and situations.

Persona 5 Tactica is an upcoming spin-off of Persona 5. It will be a TRPG in the same vein as the Fire Emblem series, while keeping some of the mechanics from the original game. For instance, you can hide in the shadows and ambush enemies much like in the actual Persona 5.

Persona 5 Tactica will come out on November 17, 2023 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC via Steam. You can read our preview of the game here.

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Siliconera Wednesday, August 23, 2023 9:25 AM

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Sony announced that Project Q, its PS5 remote play device, is officially called PlayStation Portal and will cost $199.99/€219.99/£199.99/¥29,980. It will also release a Pulse Elite headset and Pulse Explore earbuds alongside the device that are compatible with it and the PS5. The earbuds are the more expensive of the two at $199.99/€149.99/£129.99/¥18,980. The new headset will be $149.99/€219.99/£199.99/¥29,980.

With the PlayStation Portal, that price only covers the cost of the PS5 remote play device. It doesn't include any additional peripherals. This gets people a device with an 8" LCD screen. Sony confirmed it is a 1080p handheld that is capable of 60fps on supported games. It also reminded people it will use WiFi to remote play games from your PS5 that either you own. However, it will not play PlayStation Plus Premium streaming games. It also doesn't work with PSVR or PSVR 2 games.

There's a teaser trailer for both Sony's new headset and earbuds. Both of them use AI to reduce background noises. These will work with the console and handheld, as well as PCs and Bluetooth devices. The Pulse Explore lets people answer calls while using them with a device like a PlayStation Portal. The Pulse Elite has a charging hanger, while the Pulse Explore includes a charging case.

The PlayStation Portal PS5 remote play device, formerly known as Project Q, will appear in 2023. The Pulse Explore earbuds and Pulse Elite headset are also on the way.

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Siliconera Wednesday, August 23, 2023 9:00 AM

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In an interview with Famitsu, Atlus has confirmed that the Aeon Social Link will be present in Persona 3 Reload. This was the new Aigis Social Link that appeared in Persona 3 FES. Previously, it was unsure if content from FES would make an appearance in Reload. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

During initial interviews with Atlus, the development team stated that Persona 3 Reload would remake the original game. While it would keep QoL updates from FES and Portable, it would not have any content from them. At the time, this statement seemed to encompass the Aigis Social Link, which only appeared from FES. However, Atlus had made is abundantly clear that The Answer and the female protagonist would not appear in the game at this point in time.

In the same interview, Atlus stated that it wanted players to focus on Aigis in battle. This is because she is the only artificial human in the party, and her inhuman nature stands out in her combat animations. It also wants players to pay attention to her in-game model. Though fans might be familiar with how she looks like with her model to scale (as opposed to the slightly chibified models from the original game), the team wanted her to look special even when she is just standing there.

Persona 3 Reload will come out on February 2, 2024 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, and Windows PC via Steam. You can read our preview of the game here.

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     How To Move Genshin Impact To Another Drive Featured ImageGenshin Impact has a huge list of items you can find and farm for in the overworld. These items are often required to ascend your characters and make them stronger, so it's important to know the locations of these items and establish a farming route. The Lumidouce Bell in Genshin Impact is a special flower found only in the region of Fontaine, introduced in Version 4.0. This item is used as an ascension item for some characters in Genshin Impact, so you'll need to know where to find this item. Here's where to find Lumidouce Bell in Genshin Impact. Lumidouce Bell locations in Genshin Impact You can find Lumidouce Bell in numerous different sections of Fontaine. Lumidouce Bells come in batches of three, and there are 25 different Lumidouce Bell spawns in the game. This means in any given farming session, you can get a maximum of 75 Lumidouce Bells. Most of the Lumidouce Bells are concentrated in the bottom half of Fontaine, but you can find a decent amount above the Court of Fontai...

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     Baldur's Gate 3 Lava ElementalIn the Underdark area of Baldur's Gate 3 lie many enemies awaiting your demise. Some of them are hulking monsters, some are exploding mushrooms, and some are living blobs of lava. It is the latter we will be looking at defeating in the Underdark. The Lava Elemental in Baldur's Gate 3 is a formidable enemy that takes some skill to beat. It has a range of attacks some serious resistance, and can bring pain if it gets the chance. How to beat Lava Elementals in Baldur's Gate 3 There are two ways to beat the Lava Elemental in Baldur's Gate 3. The first method is the straightforward way that a basic playthrough expects. The second method is the thinking person's way. Learn and adapt The Laval Elemental has resistance to Piercing and Poison. Unsurprisingly, it is completely resistant to Fire due to it being made almost entirely of burning rock… However, due to its flamy nature, it is vulnerable to cold. If you're going to make a dent on this guy, whip ou...

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     Previously called Project Q, Sony has revealed that their new handheld streaming device is called the PlayStation Portal and will retail for a hefty $199.

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     PlayStation <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">revealed its take on wireless earbuds</a> earlier this summer, but didn't…

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     Earlier this summer, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">PlayStation revealed a dedicated handheld remote play device</a> that…