Kotaku Tuesday, September 12, 2023 1:35 PM
Kotaku Tuesday, September 12, 2023 1:30 PM
Previews for Assassin's Creed Mirage, the thirteenth game in the Assassin's Creed series and first since 2020's Valhalla, released early on September 12, and they suggest a long-awaited return to the historical fiction series' roots. That could come as good news—in the 16 years since the first Assassin's Creed came…
Kotaku Tuesday, September 12, 2023 12:42 PM
It's rare that a video game map will make me excited. Hell, it's rare that I even notice them, as most maps are serviceable and little more. So before playing a few hours of Ubisoft's open-world racing game, The Crew Motorfest, I didn't expect to be blown away by its in-game map. And yet, I was. It might be the best…
Kotaku Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:23 AM
Recent Forza games have been trailblazers for upping the ante when it comes to accessibility. 2021's Forza Horizon 5 came with in-game sign language for cinematics, and a time-slowing option for those with slower reaction times. Incredible stuff. This October's Forza Motorsport is aiming to push the boundaries even…
Kotaku Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:56 AM
Steam has proclaimed Blizzard's Overwatch 2 and 2K Sports' NBA 2K24 the first and second worst games of the year, respectively. As of September 12, 165,573 of Overwatch's 183,780 total Steam reviews are negative, and 3,135 of 3,523 reviews for NBA 2K24 are also negative. Since 2K24 only released on September 8, it's…
Kotaku Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:53 AM
Scrolls are some of the most useful items you can find in your Baldur's Gate 3 adventure, letting your characters expend them to cast spells they may not otherwise know. Because of this, they can really come in handy in a pinch, when you realize you have a scroll for a fire-based spell and your enemies are…
Kotaku Tuesday, September 12, 2023 9:15 AM
A random bartender on a small back-world planet led to one of my favorite side-quests in Starfield, Bethesda's latest and biggest open-world RPG. Just be prepared for some gravity issues.
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 1:19 PM
Dark and Darker is one of those smash-hit RPG games that seemingly drops out of nowhere. While Ironmace Games' debut entry in the genre was recently released out of the blue, it was nonetheless met with great excitement. If you've been enjoying Dark and Darker yourself, then you're likely familiar with Ironmace's steady release of hotfix patches for the game. The most recent update sees fan-favorite classes such as the Bard and Wizard nerfed, alongside some other changes and more general bug fixes.Dark and Darker release date, Dark and Darker system requirements, Dark and Darker classes guide
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 1:16 PM
How do you get Mortal Kombat 1 early access? Some of the bigger games of 2023 offer as an incentive the chance to play the full game a few days early. Mortal Kombat 1 has this feature, too, and some are keen to get to grips with the next installment in the long-running fighting game series.
So, if you're one of those keen fighters who can get a bit of a head start with Mortal Kombat 1, we will tell you how. Once in, you can help establish which of the many Mortal Kombat 1 characters make up the Mortal Kombat 1 tier list, both main roster and Kameo fighters. So, if you want to play before the Mortal Kombat 1 release date, here's how to get into the MK1 early access and when it is.
Continue reading How to get Mortal Kombat 1 early access – start timeMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Mortal Kombat 1 characters, Mortal Kombat 1 release date, Mortal Kombat 1 system requirements
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 1:00 PM
At last, we have the Broken Roads release date confirmed. A seamless blend of Fallout 2's isometric style and the high-brow, philosophical choices of Disco Elysium, the CRPG from Drop Bear Bytes has been on our radar for a while now. Set in a post-apocalyptic version of Australia, Broken Roads is an RPG game with a twist - rather than traditional character classes, you choose from four foundational philosophies, and let those shape your play style and your decisions. With an authentic landscape, a complex morality system, and a commitment to characterization and drama, Broken Roads could be one of the underground hits of 2023, and we finally know for sure when it's set to launch.
Continue reading Fallout 2 and Disco Elysium combine in gorgeous new CRPG coming soon
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 12:23 PM
Baldur's Gate 3 is still booming, baby. Even after a month, the Larian and DnD single-player game's Steam performance is a sight to behold, as it quickly dethrones Starfield and still has concurrent player numbers that make even the biggest multiplayer offerings do a double take. People still adore playing single-player, and Baldur's Gate 3 continues to prove it.
Continue reading Baldur's Gate 3 is still booming on Steam, 40 days laterMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 quests, Baldur's Gate 3 review, Baldur's Gate 3 class
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 12:41 PM
What's the best Acer gaming laptop? Acer has most bases covered, with models across the full range of gaming machines from budget-focused to premium and powerful.
Acer's gaming involvement began in 2008 with the introduction of the Predator line of desktop gaming PCs. The first machine looked like a bright orange Transformer but did, at least, deliver on the promise of gaming-focused componentry, whereas others were hoodwinking unsuspecting buyers with sub-par hardware.
The Predator line-up was joined by the Nitro range, offering models like the Nitro 5 that brought thoughtful component choices and clever tech to the budget end of the market. At this point in time, they have options spanning from the best budget gaming laptops, through to the best gaming laptops overall.
Whichever one of the best Acer gaming laptops you choose, you'll need to consider whether it will spend its life on the move or plugged in on a desk. Equally, if it's not going to be used purely for gaming, you should think about what connectivity and features you need to make your non-gaming endeavors fruitful.
Whichever route you take, you'll find the best Acer gaming laptops give you a host of component and feature options with a fine balance between price and performance at both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between. Which one is right for you? Well, we've rounded up the best of the best to give you a wide selection of machines to choose from.
Continue reading Best Acer gaming laptops in 2023MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best gaming monitor
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 12:02 PM
Is there Modern Warfare 3 crossplay? The biggest FPS game this year is available, as always, across Steam, Battle.net, Xbox, and PlayStation, and given that you want your best squad dropping into battle with you, it's worth getting to know how crossplay works in Modern Warfare 3, as well as MW3 cross-progression.
Aside from the best guns, you need to gather the best team in MW3 multiplayer, and having good comms can be crucial to success in Modern Warfare 3. We all know, though, that you can't guarantee all your mates are playing on the same PC platform, or even on PC at all, so here's the intel on Modern Warfare 3 crossplay across consoles, Steam, and Battle.net as the MW3 release date creeps ever closer.
Continue reading Call of Duty MW3 crossplay and cross progression explainedMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best FPS games, CoD Modern Warfare 3 release date, Best war games
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 12:01 PM
When is the Modern Warfare 3 beta weekend and early access? We've become accustomed to Call of Duty beta periods and early access by now, so it's one of the first questions we all have as we count down to Modern Warfare 3. Now we know that Sledgehammer takes charge of the series for this year's sequel, we're as eager as you to jump in as soon as we can.
Modern Warfare 3 is the direct sequel to 2022's MWII, and follows on immediately after the events of that campaign. It might be less than a year since the release of the last game, but that doesn't mean we're any less eager to see where the MW3 story goes when the Modern Warfare 3 release date rolls around. Early access won't help with that, as it only provides a sneak peek of multiplayer modes, but it does mean we get to dive into those classic CoD maps making their return.
Continue reading Call of Duty MW3 beta and how to get early accessMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best FPS games, CoD Modern Warfare 3 release date, Best war games
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:41 AM
Lies of P developer Neowiz says that it has cut some content from the upcoming soulslike owing to the fact that it was "a little risky." Inspired by Pinocchio, the Dark-Souls-style RPG game originally made reference to the 'ACAB' slogan that has featured as part of protests against police violence. As we approach the Lies of P release date, however, this has been removed, and the final version of Lies of P appears to have a different message in its place.
Continue reading Lies of P developer has cut content because it was "a little risky"MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Upcoming PC Games, Best PC RPGs, Best games like Dark Souls
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:57 AM
What are the best FPS games on PC? From the classic physics chaos of Half-Life 2 to Halo Infinite's beautifully rendered worlds, these are the finest FPS games. For more than two decades, FPS games have been the driving force of the PC games industry. They've let us travel from the depths of Hell in Doom to the outer reaches of space in Titanfall 2. Others have taken us on a detour through the likes of Half-Life 2's zombie-infested Ravenholm, while some have embraced futuristic cities.
Some of these games are old, others are new, and all are great. Wolfenstein 2's amazing campaign; Rainbow Six Siege's tight tactical multiplayer; Overwatch 2 and its vast array of amazing heroes. No matter what sort of virtual gunplay you're after, the following titles will satisfy your itchy trigger finger. So crack those knuckles, and get ready to make every shot count. These aren't only the best FPS games, some of these entries are included in our best PC games too.
Continue reading The best FPS games on PC 2023MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Titanfall 2 class guide, Titanfall 2 PC port review, Titanfall 2 campaign review
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:33 AM
September 12, 2023: Added details about Reiko, the final officially revealed character.
Who are the Mortal Kombat 1 characters? NetherRealm Studios is once again rebooting the MK timeline, only this time, we have Liu Kang as the Fire God guiding the mortals of EarthRealm instead of the Thunder God Raiden, as history repeats itself once more. However, instead of being a traditional fighter, Mortal Kombat 1 introduces assist characters called Kameos, who you can call to help get out of sticky situations.
We've seen a mix of Mortal Kombat 1 characters, from long-established combatants who appear frequently throughout the series to several long-forgotten fighters reintroduced in the new timeline. That said, even some of the fighting game's classic characters have had tweaks to their origin story, with Scorpion seemingly alive and siding with the Lin Kuei, while Kitana now genuinely cares for her sister Mileena as her mother is the ruler of Outworld rather than Shao Kahn. With the Mortal Kombat 1 release date just days away, we're listing all of the fighters that have been confirmed so far.
Continue reading All Mortal Kombat 1 charactersMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Mortal Kombat 1 characters, Mortal Kombat 1 release date, Mortal Kombat 1 system requirements
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:23 AM
The best Steam Deck skins let you customize your handheld gaming machine and keep it safe from scuffs and scratches. Skins can often improve how the Deck feels in the hand, too, as they add texture. Unlike the best Steam Deck cases, a skin fits snugly around your handheld gaming PC to offer protection and extra grip. There are endless Steam Deck accessories on the market, but we think that the best skins for Steam Deck are an affordable addition worth having.
We've tried and tested the best skins for Steam Deck out there. Here, you'll find the top designs, prices, features, and materials to help you narrow down the Skin that's perfect for your needs.
Continue reading Best Steam Deck skins in 2023MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best graphics card, Best gaming mouse, Best gaming monitor
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:41 AM
What are all the Baldur's Gate 3 spells? While the RPG game is based on Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition, not every 5e spell is available in BG3 - and not every class can use every spell. Therefore, knowing which spells are at your disposal comes in handy.
Sure, you might be able to hurl a Fireball at your enemies - it's a classic move, after all - but there are hundreds of other spells that might take your Baldur's Gate 3 foes by surprise, with a variety of positive, negative, and even hilarious results. Whichever of the Baldur's Gate 3 classes or races you choose to play, you can have the option to cast spells thanks to multiclassing, so knowing which complements your other skills and abilities is essential. That said, here are all the BG3 spells available to magic users.
Continue reading The best Baldur's Gate 3 spellsMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 quests, Baldur's Gate 3 review, Baldur's Gate 3 class
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:13 AM
With the ever-demanding storage space requirements of today's biggest PC games, ensuring you have a fast solid state drive with plenty of space is essential for not just your desktop PC, but also your PC gaming handheld, whether it's a Steam Deck or ASUS ROG Ally. Thankfully, Western Digital has just unveiled a brand-new SSD, the WD Black SN770M, to expand the storage capacity of your handheld by up to a massive 2TB, so you can take more of your game library with you wherever you go.
Continue reading WD unveils massive 2TB SSD for Steam Deck and PC handheld ownersMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best graphics card, Best gaming PC, Best SSD for gaming
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:15 AM
What can be found in Starfield's Neon City? In Starfield, Neon is the man-made, spacefaring equivalent of Vegas, except it's surrounded by a sea full of psychedelic fish rather than an arid desert. Still, it's full of bright lights and a melting pot of interesting characters.
Among the many Starfield planets you can encounter on your journey through the galaxy, one was bound to be a psychedelic drug-fueled city of pleasure. That's where Neon City comes in. Neon is one of four major Starfield cities you can visit in Bethesda's RPG game, so here's everything we know about Neon City, including the locations, factions, and companions you can find while exploring its streets.
Continue reading Starfield Neon City guideMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Starfield review, Starfield companions, Starfield traits
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:54 AM
Who is on the Mortal Kombat 1 tier list? As willing participants of the Mortal Kombat reboot wade into the guts and gore of the early access period, some will perhaps wonder how the first batch of fighters fared during previous tests. To answer that question, we've devised our own MK1 tier list to see how these fighters did against each other.
PC gamers sadly missed out on the Mortal Kombat 1 beta, as it was only available on Xbox and PlayStation consoles. If this affected you, you can still get ahead of the competition by looking at feedback from the fighting game community so far. While we won't know how the rest of the MK1 characters fare until after the MK1 release date, we've kept a close eye on the playable roster to at least get an idea of the ones to watch.
Continue reading Mortal Kombat 1 tier list – best charactersMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Mortal Kombat 1 characters, Mortal Kombat 1 release date, Mortal Kombat 1 system requirements
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:00 AM
Who is Wyll in Baldur's Gate 3? More so than Sorcerers and Wizards, the Warlock class is a bit complicated. BG3 Wyll is no different, as he, too, has a demonic patron that he draws his power from. For Wyll, a fiery Fiend makes him a powerful ally.
Wyll fits into just about any party makeup in Baldur's Gate 3 and is one of those companions who, according to our Baldur's Gate 3 review, makes part of a thoroughly memorable experience. Other handy guides that'll give you an edge in the dangerous land of Faerun include our skills overview and in-depth look at all the BG 3 classes in the game.
Continue reading Baldur's Gate 3 Wyll companion guideMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 quests, Baldur's Gate 3 review, Baldur's Gate 3 class
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:38 AM
When is the Football Manager 2024 release date? It's fair to say that Football Manager 2023 wasn't exactly what fans wanted from Sports Interactive. While FM23 has been touted by the devs as their most played game of all time, the Football Manager community was disappointed by the lack of communication from the developers. In a surprising turn of events, SI has announced its plans for FM24 and FM25 to keep the game's biggest fans in the loop.
While we're still months away from the Football Manager 2024 release date, SI has revealed important information regarding the upcoming game. FM24 is said to be the "last of its kind", with the studio manager of SI referring to the strategy game as "the most complete version of Football Manager to date". The developer was careful not to give too many details ahead of time, but here's what we need to know about the Football Manager 2024 release date, including early access, transferable saves, and more.
Continue reading Football Manager 2024 release date, early access, and moreMORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best management games, Best strategy games, The best football games
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:35 AM
Yes, you read that right, we now know exactly when to expect Total War Pharaoh, Creative Assembly newest strategy game, to be out in the world . The Total War Pharaoh release date is also really close, which is always a nice surprise. If you're excited about Total War Pharaoh, read on.
Continue reading Total War Pharaoh launch date and early access confirmedMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Total War Pharaoh release date, Best Total War games, Best strategy games
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:34 AM
How do you get early access to EA Sports FC 24? It really doesn't matter that we get to play EA Sports FC (or, you know, FIFA) every single year around the same time, as soon as we get wind of those player ratings, the new features, and whatever Ultimate Team is doing this time around, we can't wait to get stuck in. Good, then, that there is a way to play EA FC 24 early, isn't it?
The EA Sports FC 24 release date isn't too far off, but if you ask us, it's still too far away. There is a way to play it early, however, so you and your EAFC 24 crossplay buddies can get together to get an advantage over the competition with a few extra days of grinding. Here's how to get EA Sports FC 24 a few days before everyone else.
Continue reading How to get EA Sports FC 24 early access
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:49 AM
Who is the Starfield Constellation faction? Compared to all the other groups in the galaxy, Constellation is the most secretive of the established organizations. They have an almost mythical status among the people of the settled systems and consider themselves the last of the true explorers.
Constellation is the main one of the many Starfield factions that you'll become a member of during the campaign. Joining this faction doesn't mean that you can't also join one of the others, including the pirates of the Crimson Fleet, the megacorp of Ryujin Industries, and the space western members of Freestar Collective. Here we have all the information on Constellation; if any Starfield traits can help, and info about significant members and what the faction stands for.
Continue reading Starfield Constellation guideMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Starfield review, Starfield companions, Starfield traits
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:33 AM
Is Roblox shutting down? There always seems to be a rumor that Roblox is going to shut down. Let's get one thing clear early on: this is a hoax. Roblox Corporation has Tweeted confirmation that the game isn't going anywhere, so you can relax and get back to playing your favorite games.
However, if you are curious to know where this rumor sprang up from and how it got so big then we've done a little digging to uncover one of the sources of the speculation. With Roblox achieving a lifetime revenue of over $1b, and over $70m in payouts to creators it would seem utterly ludicrous for the game to shut down. While the game is still up and running, why not snag yourself some freebies in the best Roblox games with our Project Slayers codes, Striker Odyssey codes, and Motorcycle Mayhem codes?
Continue reading Is Roblox shutting down in 2023?MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes, Roblox music codes
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:18 AM
Is Baldur's Gate 3 Steam Deck compatible? Those of us wanting to take our Baldur's Gate 3 adventures on the go for a portable DnD experience will be pleased to hear the RPG plays well on the Steam Deck. However, Larian Studios has rolled just shy of a natural 20 in managing the handheld experience, and there are a few things that hold it back from being a critical hit.
Players with a high passive perception will note that the Baldur's Gate 3 system requirements demand 150GB of your storage before you can start exploring the Forgotten Realms. With how expansive the Dungeons and Dragons universe is, that hefty storage demand should come to no surprise. Nevertheless, you can always check out our guide to the best microSD card for Steam Deck if you find yourself struggling to make space.
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PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:11 AM
What is the Total War: Pharaoh release date? The upcoming historical strategy game is the latest in Creative Assembly's long-running Total War series. The developer recently revealed Total War: Pharaoh with a cinematic trailer, which opens with a chance encounter between two scarab beetles on an ancient Egyptian battlefield, with the glittering pyramids in the distance. Set around the year 1200 BCE, it's by far the farthest Total War has ever gone back in history, almost to the time of the first pitched battle ever recorded.
We've assembled everything you need to know about Total War: Pharaoh right here, including the strategy game's release date. You can learn even more about it in our in-depth Total War: Pharaoh preview, featuring an interview with creative director Maya Georgieva.
Continue reading Total War Pharaoh release date, trailer, and settingMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Total War Pharaoh release date, Best Total War games, Best strategy games
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:07 AM
Which heroes have been confirmed in EA Sports FC 24? Ultimate Team allows players to get their hands on some of the best footballers in history with Hero cards. Though Hero cards are not as legendary as Icon cards, they're still incredibly useful and will be an asset to any team.
The number of EA Sports FC 24 Heroes has been expanded this year thanks to the introduction of women players to Ultimate Team, adding five new leagues to the game mode. As we approach the EA Sports FC 24 release date, it's worth checking out which heroes are available to start piecing together who you want on your team.
Continue reading All EA Sports FC 24 Heroes list
PCGamesN Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:07 AM
Titanfall 2 may be a fading memory, a classic shooter that somehow never got all the love and attention it deserved, but that doesn't mean its spirit has faded. On the contrary, Titanfall 2's wall-running, platform-leaping gunplay lives on, combined with the lightning-fast pace of Doom Eternal, the arena-shooter style of classic Quake, and the frenzied score-attack modes from Neon White. I'm talking about all these great FPS games, blended into a brand-new run-and-gunner that's already hit 'very positive' Steam user reviews. This is Warstride Challenges, and you can try it right now with a free Steam download.
Continue reading Titanfall 2 meets Doom Eternal in ultra-fast FPS going wild on SteamMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best FPS games, Best old games, Best roguelikes
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, September 12, 2023 12:53 PM
While Starfield is the big sci-fi shooter on Game Pass right now, folks fancying shootier shooting should see another FPS owned by Bethesda: Quake 2. Id Software's 1997 shooter was fancied up with a remaster released as a free update in August, complete with all the old stuff and one notable new addition. MachineGames, the studio behind the modern Wolfenstein games, have created a whole new story campaign for the remaster. I've really enjoyed playing it. It's the old Quake 2 you know and have complicated feelings about, filtered through modern design sensibilities. I think both veterans and newcomers could enjoy blasting these biomechanical alien horrors.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:35 AM
Logitech's G305 Lightspeed mouse is one of my favourites, combining bullet-proof Lightspeed 2.4GHz wireless with a small, light and eminently moddable design. It normally retails for around $40, but today it's down to $33.99 at Amazon US. That's not the best price we've ever seen, but it's still great value for a mouse that remains in my personal rotation a few years after it first debuted.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:32 AM
Alan Wake 2 outfit Remedy Entertainment have "always" felt pressured to make their games longer, creative director Sam Lake has observed in a new interview which also picks apart the differences between the forthcoming midwestern spookalot, out this October, and the 2010 original. Lake added that, Remedy's sense of audience expectations notwithstanding, he himself has difficulty setting aside hours for longer games. "[It's] just struggling with finding time and you know, being interested in a story, wanting to see it through," he said. "So it can even be daunting at times to start playing a game that you know is really, really long."
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:23 AM
The Creative Assembly and SEGA's Total War: PHARAOH has a release date, 11th October 2023. There's also a physical limited edition coming to Europe on 23rd October, for those of you who revel in such things as portraits of faction leaders, packs of cosmetics and posters of the game's campaign map, which you can also check out in the new campaign flyover video below.
In case you're wondering, I've checked with the authorities and yes, PHARAOH should be written in all capitals, making a laughing stock of all previous RPS reporting. If it feels unnatural, try to imagine that you're bellowing the game's title from the summit of a pyramid, so as to remind your embattled subjects of your magnificence. RPS boss Katharine behaves similarly in morning meetings. "EDITOR-IN-CHIEF," she roars at us repeatedly, until somebody rushes her the daily traffic reports, a steaming goblet of sphinx eggs and a gif of a crafty kill in Shadow Gambit.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:00 AM
"Usually, when a player is going through a strategy game, they figure out how things work by trial and error," Total War: Pharaoh's game director Todor Nikolov tells me at this year's Gamescom. "And once they do, they feel the urge to start a brand-new campaign because they've already figured out that portion of the gameplay."
Sitting across the table, these words ring frighteningly true for me. Unbeknownst to Nikolov, he has just described the exact experience I had playing the 50-turn campaign preview for Pharaoh a week earlier to an absolute tee. Unlike the far more knowledgeable brain of frequent RPS contributor Nic Reuben, I am a complete babe in arms when it comes to the Total War juggernaut machine, and it took me attempting to play two other games in the series (Three Kingdoms and Troy) and several restarts in Pharaoh itself before I felt just about confident that I (very vaguely) knew what I was doing. At the time, I thought, 'Man alive, how is Total War still so rubbish at teaching players how it works?' But when I speak to Nikolov a week later, he has some very welcome news for me: there's going to be a dedicated tutorial campaign where players can (hopefully) find their feet. Music to my ears.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, September 12, 2023 9:00 AM
The opening theme of Mythforce is a wonderfully observed 1980s positivity ballad in the style of Jayce and The Wheeled Warriors. This song believes in you, aggressively so. "MythForce! MythForce! Everyday people become heroes! / MythForce! MythForce! You and me, we can defeat evil!" The roguelike dungeon dallying that follows doesn't take that "you can do it!" Saturday morning cartoon flavour to its comedic conclusion in the same way an Adult Swim animation might, or a Devolver game would. Instead the real focus seems to be function over flavour, resulting in a skeleton-battering jaunt that is competent and comfortable, yet never fully embracing the silliness promised by the sick guitar riffs of the theme.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, September 12, 2023 8:23 AM
Being a dedicated spacer I've never had much interest in the base construction aspect of Starfield, but that was before I learned that you can spacewalk by means of console commands, aka cheats. Reddit user WeirdConcern4666 made history on this front yesterday. Here's how you do it: 1) get up from the cockpit controls, 2) hit the tilde key to open the command console at the bottom of the screen, 3) type "player.setpos x 10" to teleport your character outside the ship, then hit return and 4) type "setgravityscale 0" to engage zero gravity and stop your character plummeting endlessly. Then hit the tilde key again to close the command console, and well, there you go.
Space sure is bigger outside a spaceship, isn't it? Just as well you brought that jetpack. If your vessel of choice is on the bulky side, like mine, you might need to increase the number on the end of "player.setpos" to escape the invisible barriers around your craft's exterior. Witness my character Mary Read's first attempts at a spacewalk below. If you've somehow discarded your jetpack, you can always punt yourself about with the recoil from an appropriately chunky firearm.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, September 12, 2023 8:00 AM
I don't know about you, but after spending 100+ hours in both Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Assassin's Creed Valhalla, I'm well up for an AC game that reins its open world in a bit and goes back to the sort-of single city stab-athon the series used to be. The ones where stealth actually mattered, and you felt like a proper assassin working from the shadows. Assassin's Creed Mirage is all this to a tee - as Ubisoft have taken great pains to remind us over the last year as they gear up to celebrate the series' 15th anniversary.
And after spending three hours playing some of its early mission sequences, I can confirm this is very much a game whose sole purpose is to scratch that nostalgic itch good and proper (before we inevitably hurl ourselves into the still very ambiguous void of whatever the heck Assassin's Creed Infinity is). If, however, you don't have much fondness for those older games, and prefer the more action-oriented RPG-ing of recent Creeds, Mirage is probably going to feel like a step backward from all the things you know and like - and you may be better off waiting until the next big open world entry set in feudal Japan pitches up instead.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, September 12, 2023 7:05 AM
Earlier this week we saw a great £209 price on a 1440p 165Hz monitor from lesser-known brand X=, and now there's another deal with similar specs from Dell at the very same price. The Dell G2724D is a well-reviewed 27-inch monitor that sports a better Fast IPS screen, a DisplayHDR 400 certification, FreeSync/G-Sync compatibility and even works with consoles at 1440p 120Hz. What's not to like?
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, September 12, 2023 6:55 AM
The first time I heard of Steam it was, as you might expect, in conjunction with the release of a little FPS called Half-Life 2 back in 2004. You needed Steam to access it, whether you bought the digital version or a retail copy. Given relative unfamiliarity with digital distribution, the nascent status of broadband internet in the UK and US, and the much greater importance of physical game sales at the time, this caused quite a stir. I remember being alarmed by an op-ed over on GameRevolution.com that held forth at length about the risk of conflicts between Steam and other software, if players were outright required to leave it running. How quaint those anxieties seem today - the day of Steam's 20th anniversary. And yet, there's nothing quaint about Steam's ability to shape the field in which it operates.
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Siliconera Tuesday, September 12, 2023 1:30 PM
Cygames announced the date for Granblue Fantasy Showcase, a broadcast with information on the upcoming Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising and Granblue Fantasy: Relink games. The broadcast will premiere on the Granblue Fantasy official YouTube channel on September 16, 2023 at 5am ET/2am PT/6pm JST/11am CET.
Aside from a summary of the information that has already been revealed on the two titles, the broadcast will reveal new information. Additionally, new recorded gameplay will be featured as well. Furthermore, the new Granblue Fantasy Showcase has been advertised as Part 1. This means that more showcases might appear in the near future.
Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising is a sequel to the 2020 2.5D fighting game developed by Arc System Works and published by Cygames. It will appear on the PS4, PS5, and PC on November 30, 2023. Meanwhile, Granblue Fantasy: Relink is an action RPG developed by Cygames, that was originally announced in August 2016. The game will come out on PS4, PS5, and PC on February 1, 2024.
Cygames recently revealed that Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising will have rollback netcode, as well as crossplay between PlayStation and Steam, and it revealed Grimnir as a new playable character. Cygames also detailed the different Collector's and Special Editions that Granblue Fantasy: Relink will have.
The Granblue Fantasy Showcase broadcast will premiere at 5am ET/2am PT on September 16, 2023 (6pm JST/11am CEST).
Siliconera Tuesday, September 12, 2023 1:00 PM
In Honkai: Star Rail, all characters have their own phone cases. You see them when they are set as your avatar as you explore the world, then choose to bring up the menu on your (virtual) phone. We already knew how some folks' phones looked due to them being available. However, ahead of the playable debut of Fu Xuan and Lynx Landau in Honkai: Star Rail, HoYoVerse offered looks at what their devices look like.
Both Fu Xuan and Lynx will be available in Honkai: Star Rail on September 20, 2023. Fu Xuan's phone case features the same color scheme as her outfit. In the center is the same purple orb as the one she's wearing.
With Lynx, her case shows how she feels about her family. It features her with both of her siblings. It is a stylized take on their faces, with Lynx on top, Serval in the middle, and Gepard on the bottom.
This reveal was part of a batch of Honkai: Star Rail characters' phone cases photos. The other three characters are all available in-game. Dan Heng Imbibitor Lunae has a stark, undecorated, black case. Luka's has stickers on the back. Yukong's appears to have a kite on the back.
Honkai: Star Rail is available for PCs and mobile devices. It will come to the PS5 in 2023. The Fu Xuan and Lynx banner will begin in Honkai: Star Rail on September 20, 2023.
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Siliconera Tuesday, September 12, 2023 12:30 PM
Square Enix announced what to expect from the FFVII Ever Crisis September Campaign Schedule. There are three different events going on to help players improve characters and their equipment. The first event is already running and involves Weapon Enhancement. The other two will focus on characters and materials.
Here is the FFVII Ever Crisis September 2023 campaign schedule
Here's the full list of what you can expect. The first campaign affects weapon enhancements. The second focuses on Character Growth. Finally, the month ends with material boosts.
Keep in mind that these events are different than the one currently running in the game. There's a Beach Festival Fun one going on that lets you earn Zack in a swimsuit and pull on a new banner for Tifa and Red XIII gear.
Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is available for Android and Apple iOS devices.
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Siliconera Tuesday, September 12, 2023 12:00 PM
Bandai Namco launched the Bandai Namco Game Music portal site that curates its franchise soundtracks on platforms like Spotify and YouTube Music. At the same time, the company also published the original soundtracks for both Baten Kaitos entries on the aforementioned platforms.
The Bandai Namco Game Music site lists soundtracks from the company's franchises that are formally available in digital formats. People can search the available soundtracks from a list of series. Clicking on a title's soundtrack will lead to a page that contains a Spotify widget and links to the YouTube playlist and other platforms. As of September 12, 2023, the company has included Elden Ring, Code Vein, Ace Combat, God Eater, Klonoa, Taiko no Tatsujin, and the Tales of series in the list.
The same also applies to the newly released Baten Kaitos soundtracks. The pages for both Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean and Baten Kaitos Origins contain links that let people listen to Motoi Sakuraba's tracks digitally on Spotify, YouTube Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Line Music, and Awa. They can also alternatively opt to purchase the soundtracks on iTunes Store, Amazon Music, Mora, and Recochoku.
Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean and its sequel Baten Kaitos Origins originally appeared on the GameCube in the 2000s. Bandai Namco is compiling both titles into Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster. The company will release it for Nintendo Switch on September 14, 2023.
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Siliconera Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:30 AM
Epic Games announced its next My Hero Academia crossover is live in Fortnite and adds the characters Shoto Todoroki, Eijiro "Sturdy Hero: Red Riot" Kirishima, and Mina "Pinky" Ashido. All three characters are in the Item Shop. There will also be All Might Supply Drops and opportunities to get access to one of Shoto's quirks by using Ice Walls when you play. There will be Deku's Quests and Todoroki's Quests available too, in order to get XP and level up.
First, here's a closer look at the three costumes. You can get the Shoto costume for 1,500 V-Bucks. There's also a bundle for him that is 2,400 V-Bucks and has Cold Heat Wings, Cold-Hot Hitters Pickaxe, a Half-Cold Half-Hot Emote, a Coldburn Flier Glider, and a U.A. Uniform wrap. The My Hero Academia characters Mina and Eijiro are available alone for 1,500 V-Bucks each or in a 2,800 V-Buck bundle. That bundle includes the outfits, the Pinky Pack backpack, the Acid Axe pickaxe, the Culture Festival Dance emote, and Red Riot Thrashers pickaxe.
As for the supply drops, Shoto's Ice Wall and Deku's Smash will be available. Both will be in the All Might Supply Drop. Epic also noted the Ice Wall will be in chests.
Here's the My Hero Academia trailer for the Fortnite crossover:
Fortnite is available on the PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and mobile devices. My Hero Academia's localized manga is available through Viz Media, and the anime is streaming on Crunchyroll.
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Siliconera Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:00 AM
Capcom announced a new line of glass beer mugs based on the Super Tyrant from Resident Evil, Lan Hikari and MegaMan from Mega Man Battle Network, and the Guild Manager from Monster Hunter Rise. Each mug costs ¥3,300 yen (or about $22), and they are expected to release in Japan on October 26, 2023. The new Capcom glass beer mugs are now available for pre-order from the e-Capcom online store.
The mugs have a capacity of 360 milliliters each. Each mug is decorated with different motifs from their respective games, and engraved with English text imitating the promotional beer mugs of popular Japanese beer brands.
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The RE Super Tyrant mug is engraved with Umbrella logos, and the quote "The ultimate power and ultimate evil in one gruesome package". Meanwhile, the MHR mug celebrates Gokoku, the Wise Elder of Kamura Village that manages the Gathering Hub. The MMBN mug celebrates the series, with the engraving "Since 2001" referencing the release date of the first game for the Game Boy Advance.
Back in July 2023, Capcom collaborated with tech accessory brand tomtoc to release a variety of protective carry bags based on Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak.
The expected release date for the new Capcom glass beer mugs is October 26, 2023, and they are now available for pre-order from the Japanese e-Capcom online store in Japan.
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Siliconera Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:30 AM
The Pokemon Company announced a new collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It will be coming on September 28, 2023. More information about the collaboration will release at a later date.
The teaser trailer for the Pokemon x Van Gogh Museum collaboration shows Pikachu and Eevee running through a field of sunflowers and passing by windmills. The two Pokemon look up at the sky as the clouds begin to transform into brushstrokes. When Pikachu and Eevee look down, they see the field of sunflowers have transformed into Sunflora. The trailer also revealed a painting of a Sunflora in the iconic style of Van Gogh's art that helped define the post-impressionist art movement in the 1880s.
The teaser trailer for the Pokemon x Van Gogh Museum collaboration can be viewed below:
Pokemon is no stranger to museum collaborations. In 2021, the Pokemon Fossil Museum went on tour across Japan to teach attendees about the world of paleontology by utilizing real fossils of dinosaurs and other real-life animals and man-made fossils based on Pokemon. At the beginning of 2023, Japan House in Los Angeles opened the Pokemon X Kogei – Playful Encounters of Pokemon and Japanese Craft exhibit which will run through to 2024. Pokemon was also featured at the Cup Noodle Museum with a 3D-printed Pikachu in Yokohama in August 2023.
The Pokemon x Van Gogh Museum collaboration is set to begin on September 28, 2023.
Siliconera Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:00 AM
The FFXIV London Fan Fest schedule for 2023 includes a keynote and Naoki Yoshida presentations with Hironobu Sakaguchi. Square Enix revealed these are two of 11 announced activities from this year's event. While most of them will be streamed, the Keiko piano performance and The Primals concerts will not be broadcast on YouTube or Twitch.
What does the FFXIV London Fan Fest 2023 schedule look like?
First, here's the schedule for October 21, 2023. This is the first day of the two day event. It's when there will be the keynote, which will include Letter from the Producer Live degrees of information from Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida, and the Welcome to Naoki's Room conversation and Q&A with Yoshida and Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.
Next, here's the schedule for October 22, 2023. Yoshida and Sakaguchi will again host a talk during the A Stroll with Yoshi-P segment.
Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PS4, PS5, and PC. The London Fan Festival event will be held October 21-22, 2023 in London, England. Square Enix already opened pre-orders for some of the merchandise that will be sold there.
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Siliconera Tuesday, September 12, 2023 9:30 AM
Koei Tecmo and Gust released a new trailer showcasing Totori in Atelier Resleriana. Totori is the protagonist of the eponymous Atelier Totori. Her full nama is Totooria Helmold, and she is an Alchemist from the fishing village of Alanya. In Atelier Totori, Totori embarks on an adventure to search for her long-lost mother.
You can take a better look at the new Atelier Resleriana trailer showcasing Totori here:
Totori will be voiced by her original voice actor, Kaori Nazuka. She has also voiced Eureka in the Eureka Seven anime series, Shino in the .hack//G.U. series, and Charlotta in the Granblue Fantasy franchise.
Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland is the second title in the Arland Series. It initially launched for the PS3 on June 2010 in Japan, and September-October 2011 worldwide. The game would also receive a PS Vita port on November 2012 in Japan, and March 2013 overseas. The game can currently be found on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PC via Steam where it launched on December 4, 2018 under the title Atelier Totori DX.
Atelier Resleriana: Forgotten Alchemy and the Polar Night Liberator is currently in development, and will launch on mobile devices and PC via Steam on 2023. Additionally, Koei Tecmo and Gust confirmed the return of various Atelier Ryza characters to the new title.
Siliconera Tuesday, September 12, 2023 9:00 AM
Capcom revealed new Capcorom plushes modeled after Mizutsune, Rajang, and Khezu from the Monster Hunter series. The large monsters that players hunt in the original games will turn into small stackable beanbag plushes that draw a resemblance to Disney's Tsum Tsums.
The new Capcorom plushes will be available for sale in Japan on September 14, 2023 — the same day the new mobile game Monster Hunter Now launches worldwide. People will be able to find them at Capcom Store Tokyo, Capcom Store Osaka, and Capcom Store & Cafe Umeda in northern Osaka. Those who reside in other parts of Japan can play the online crane game Capcom Net Catcher that will add these plushes on September 15, 2023.
Mizutsune, Rajang, and Khezu are some of the popular monsters in the Monster Hunter series. Earlier in August 2023, Capcom revealed larger Fuwatama plushes of the same monsters. But while the Fuwatama line features Furious Rajang, this Capcorom plush will have its regular version.
Capcom previously made Capcorom plushes of Rathalos and Rathian. Besides Monster Hunter, the company also released plushes based on other franchises like Street Fighter, Mega Man, Devil May Cry, Ace Attorney, and Sengoku Basara in the same collection.
The latest Monster Hunter console entry is Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, which is available on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. Capcom is also working with Niantic to release Monster Hunter Now for Android and iOS mobile devices on September 14, 2023.
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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, September 12, 2023 1:57 PM
As you roam the stars in Starfield, you needn't adventure alone. Starting early in your adventure, you can bring along a companion. As you spend more time with them, their concerns become your own. Andreja is one of the more conflicted of those characters, largely because of the influence a man named Tomisar has had on her life. When you finally meet him, you have good reason to wonder: should you kill or spare Tomisar in Starfield? Starfield – should you kill or spare Tomisar? You finally meet Tomisar near the end of the Divided Loyalties mission, which you access while you get to know Andreja more intimately. She is deeply religious, and her faith owes a lot to Tomisar. However, the man has clearly done her wrong. When the two finally reunite, Andreja is still reeling from the knowledge of what her one-time mentor has done. It's up to you to decide whether you should kill or spare Tomisar. Screenshot by PC Invasion When you confront Tomisar at the end o...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, September 12, 2023 1:34 PM
Starfield is an endless RPG thanks to mission boards and a fun RPG thanks to bounty clearance kiosks. You'll often find mission boards and bounty clearance kiosks next to each other, but there are a few mission boards that are unique. Here is where you can easily find mission and bounty boards in Starfield. Note: If you're on the hunt to find all the workbenches and research labs in Starfield, check out our guide. How to find mission and bounty boards in Starfield There are several locations where mission boards and bounty clearance kiosks are found in Starfield. In this guide, I'll help you find the three main mission and bounty board locations in New Atlantis, Akila City, and Neon. I'll also point out a few other key locations to find mission and bounty boards and I highly recommend building your own at your outposts. Here are all the locations of mission boards and bounty clearance kiosks that we know of in Starfield: Mission boar...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, September 12, 2023 1:27 PM
Starfield lets you spend a lot of time roaming space in beautiful starships. The solitude can be beautiful, but sometimes it is important to spend time with the galaxy's human element. Frequently, these times force you to make difficult decisions, as happens when you learn about the darker side of a character named Ron Hope. Faced with new information, you may well find yourself wondering: given everything the man has done, should you spare or kill Ron Hope in Starfield? Starfield – should you spare or kill Ron Hope? When you first hear the name 'Ron Hope,' the man is lauded as a hero. Virtually all by himself, he brought about the economic vitality of a city. The ships his HopeTech plant produces are known and loved throughout the galaxy. But sometimes, he makes difficult decisions that don't benefit everyone. When you find the true cost for his continued economic success, you will have to decide: Should you spare or kill Ron Hope? Screenshot...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, September 12, 2023 1:21 PM
One of the best features in Baldur's Gate 3, both in and out of combat, is turn-based mode. While in combat, each character rolls for initiative and goes in a certain order. Out of combat, it can be useful for performing strategic and stealthy maneuvers. But once you find yourself in turn-based mode, you may not realize how you get out of it. This can happen if there's an environmental turn happening, like traps activating or other hazards. Let me explain how you can switch off turn-based mode in Baldur's Gate 3. How to exit turn-based mode Whether you're playing on PC or PS5, leaving turn-based mode is quite easy. Sometimes, once you're caught in this mode with an environmental turn, you may not know how to leave it. You can turn off turn-based mode in Baldur's Gate 3 by pressing the 'Shift' + 'Space' keys on your keyboard. If you're on PlayStation 5, simply hold RT and scroll on your wheel to find the turn-based mode ...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, September 12, 2023 12:50 PM
The release date for Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty is exactly two weeks away now, so it's about time for another Night City Wire episode. Tune in on Thursday, September 14 at 11 AM ET for the next Night City Wire and see the most in-depth look yet for the Phantom Liberty expansion as well as what's new in the base game of Cyberpunk 2077 with the 2.0 update. CD Projekt RED released a series of these Night City Wire promotional videos for the original game release, so it's no surprise that more are on the way for Cyberpunk 2077's only expansion. Based on prior Night City Wires, we can expect an overview on the new content along with developer commentary on specific aspects of the game that have been improved for the new release. The final cut, AKA Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 There's a lot in the pipeline for the coming expansion in addition to a free update that overhauls the base game to address criticisms of the base game. Phantom Liberty involves a ...
Gamer Empire Tuesday, September 12, 2023 8:22 AM
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Gamer Empire Tuesday, September 12, 2023 7:04 AM
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Gamer Empire Tuesday, September 12, 2023 6:52 AM
The Firmament is a crafter and gatherer paradise. It allows you to level these disciples and get unique prizes, such as some of the best glam in the game. Recommended Read: How to Get White and Purple Scrips in Final Fantasy XIV To get to the Firmament for the first time in FFXIV, complete Litany […]
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Just a few years after purchasing the company, the Embracer Group may be planning on selling Gearbox Software, the makers of Borderlands.
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