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Kotaku Friday, September 15, 2023 5:20 PM

Lies of P is a tough game. Everything can kill you, from the hardest of bosses to the most predictable of trash mobs, which is to be expected of a Soulslike game. Although there's no difficulty setting to make the Bloodborne-inspired RPG any easier, there are some tips you can take with you as you skirmish with the…


Kotaku Friday, September 15, 2023 5:06 PM

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is just about a month away, as the PlayStation 5 sequel is set to launch on October 20. While both the original 2018 game and its 2020 spin-off sequel Miles Morales were also on PlayStation 4, Spider-Man 2 is being made exclusively for the PS5's beefier tech. As such, developer Insomniac claims…


Kotaku Friday, September 15, 2023 5:00 PM

Oh, hey there. It's weekend time once more and that means we're taking a look at what's been keeping us busy on our gaming machines. It's been a pretty busy time of year for game releases, so there's the usual new stuff in the pages ahead but also one stone-cold classic and even one game that's somehow old and new…


Kotaku Friday, September 15, 2023 3:50 PM

Friends, the Final Fantasy VII Rebirth hype train has left Midgar station and is barreling toward us at a fever pitch in the run-up to the RPG's PlayStation 5 release date of February 29, 2024. Y'all see that new trailer? If you haven't, you've probably at least heard fans squealing about the first look at Vincent…


Kotaku Friday, September 15, 2023 3:46 PM

Fighting game reboot Mortal Kombat 1, which got a paid Early Access release September 14, introduces a completely new, single-player board game mode called Invasion. According to a PlayStation blog explaining the mode, the expansive Invasion mode serves as a kind of pinnacle to the 31-year-old series' history of…


Kotaku Friday, September 15, 2023 2:50 PM

Nexus Mods, one of the largest online repositories of fan-made video game modifications, recently deleted a Starfield mod that removed the game's built-in option to choose a pronoun for your created character. As you might expect, this removal angered a very toxic portion of players who yelled at Nexus Mods over its…


Kotaku Friday, September 15, 2023 2:48 PM

Cyberpunk 2077's lone expansion, Phantom Liberty, is coming to PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S on September 26, and it brings some new characters to the game's gritty world. These include Idris Elba's Solomon Reed, a spy who's been in Night City for years under direct order from the President. However, he…


Kotaku Friday, September 15, 2023 2:26 PM

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth's new trailer was undoubtedly the star of the show in Sony's September 14 PlayStation State of Play presentation. The highly anticipated second installment of the Final Fantasy VII remake looks better than ever and damn, that trailer was packed full of fascinating morsels.


PCGamesN Friday, September 15, 2023 6:33 PM
     Destiny 2 exploit lets players craft overpowered weapons

Destiny 2 is one of the most unique space games around, offering a multiplayer experience among the stars. With steady content updates and expansions, Bungie has kept its interstellar experience alive over the years with a dedicated community always in search of new gameplay and lore. With a game as popular as Destiny 2, bugs and exploits are sure to pop up here and there. The most recent one is a weapon exploit allowing you to absolutely demolish bosses with overpowered perks.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 Lightfall review, Destiny 2 builds

PCGamesN Friday, September 15, 2023 5:20 PM
     Payday 3 decides to launch without Denuvo right before release

Payday 3 is one of the most highly anticipated FPS games, and it'll be here soon. Ahead of its upcoming launch, Starbreeze Studios has been revealing more information about what players can expect to see in-game. Now, they've revealed what we can expect to not see. In an interesting last-minute change, the developer has announced that Payday 3 will no longer be releasing with Denuvo, a controversial anti-cheat and anti-tampering system.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best co-op games on PC, The best crime games on PC, The best FPS games

PCGamesN Friday, September 15, 2023 3:49 PM
     Paralives reveals its first instrument, and it's a Sims 4 classic

Paralives never ceases to amaze me as an indie simulation game, with its vibrant art style and immersive gameplay. You'd never know that it all initially came from the mind of one solo developer. Paralives just keeps getting more impressive, with the dev now showing off some of the activities our Parafolks will be able to enjoy. If you've enjoyed playing with musicians in The Sims 4, get excited because you'll be able to keep creating tunes in Paralives. That's right, piano is the latest revealed skill and it's music to my ears.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best simulation games, Best sandbox games, Best indie games

PCGamesN Friday, September 15, 2023 2:41 PM
     Father of all party-based RPGs gets a remake, early access is out now

Wizardry may not ring a bell instantly in younger gamers' minds, but it's one of the most iconic RPG games of all time. Way back in the 80s, this bad boy stood as the first party-based RPG ever, and as one of the first Dungeons & Dragons-inspired video games. Digital Eclipse set out to remake the masterpiece, recreating Wizardry over the original game's code. As if the developer's reveal of the remastered version isn't enough to get us excited, the studio also just released the new game in its early access state.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best fantasy games, Best RPG games, Best turn-based RPGs

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, September 15, 2023 6:10 PM

The Logitech G502 is one of the most popular gaming mice in the world - and also the reigning champion of the last RPS Readers' Peripheral of Choice Awards or whatever we called it at the time. There are both wired and wireless versions available across multiple generations, with the wireless models normally holding a steep premium - but that's not true at the moment.

Today, the G502 Lightspeed wireless model is down to $75 at Amazon US when you use the $20 coupon on the product page, making it 50% off MSRP. Note that this deal is only for, not Amazon UK or other Amazon regions.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, September 15, 2023 5:44 PM

Samsung's 980 Pro NVMe SSD may not be quite as fast as the later 990 Pro, but it's still an incredibly rapid option that's often available at a more reasonable price. Samsung is currently running a money-back promotion that brings this high-end PCIe 4.0 drive down to an attractively low price in both 1TB and 2TB varieties.

You can get £30 back on the 2TB size, bringing the price to £94, while the 1TB size offers £20 back, resulting in a final price of £52. (This cashback offer runs until 9th October 2023, for the record; see their site for more info.) These are great deals and well worth considering if you want to upgrade your PC (or even PS5) with one of the fastest SSDs on the market.

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Twinfinite Friday, September 15, 2023 5:34 PM
The sky is the limit.

Siliconera Friday, September 15, 2023 5:00 PM

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth TGS 2023

Square Enix confirmed that Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will appear at TGS 2023. The Square Enix booth at the venue will feature the world's first 100 FFVII Rebirth test-play units. Additionally, the game will be featured at the main stage of Tokyo Game Show, featuring the developers and various other guests. TGS will be held between September 21-24, 2023.

The Final Fantasy VII Rebirth TGS stage event will be held at 1pm JST on September 23, 2023 (6am CEST/12am ET, or September 22 at 9pm PT). Square Enix previously announced the stream schedule for TGS 2023, and the lineup of games that will be available during the event.

Other games that will be available at the event include Star Ocean The Second Story R and Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince, both of which received a demo after the recent Nintendo Direct presentation.

FFVII Rebirth is the second entry in the FFVII Remake trilogy. A new gameplay and story trailer appeared at the September 2023 State of Play, and Square Enix revealed the release date for the game during the event as well. The trailer showed off new playable characters and areas of the game.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will release on February 29, 2024 for the PlayStation 5. After May 29, 2024, the game might appear on other platforms.

The post Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Will Appear at TGS 2023 appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, September 15, 2023 4:00 PM

Street Fighter 6 Baki Hanma Character Recipe

As part of a new collaboration with Baki the Grappler, Capcom has shared two new Street Fighter 6 character recipes to recreate Baki Hanma and Kaoru Hanayama. The new collaboration comes as part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Baki anime and manga franchise. Players can then use the formula to "add" both fighters to the game.

The two new recipes don't include a User Code to download the character template. Instead, Capcom shared the values used in the character creator so that players can replicate the characters. While the text for the recipes is only available in Japanese, the images shared correspond to a general character sheet that can be easily compared with other versions of the game.

You can take a look at the Street Fighter 6 character recipes for Baki Hanma and Kaoru Hanayama on the gallery below.

These two character recipes are inspired by the design of the characters in the second Baki anime series, released by Netflix in two seasons between 2018 and 2020. As a reminder, the second season of Baki Hanma, the third anime series, premiered on Netflix on July 26, 2023.

Street Fighter 6 is immediately available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC. AKI is the next character coming to the game, and it will appear on September 27, 2023.

The post Street Fighter 6 Baki Hanma Character Recipes Released appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, September 15, 2023 3:00 PM

Carmine and Kieran Act Like Real Rivals in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet DLC

If there's something I felt in the main campaigns in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, it was that characters like Arven, Nemona, and Penny all felt like our friends. Even if we were in competition, it also still felt like we were working together. The way paths tied in together, I came away feeling like we all sort of grew as people as we went on our "treasure hunts." After going through the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Teal Mask DLC, Game Freak left me with the impression that Carmine and Kieran felt more like traditional rivals due to their actions and personalities.

Editor's Note: There will be spoilers for some story events involving Carmine and Kieran and their character progression, though exact events will not be mentioned.

[caption id="attachment_984607" align="alignnone" width="1200"]Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Teal Mask's Carmine and Kieran Act Like Real Rivals Screenshot by Siliconera[/caption]
When we first meet Carmine and Kieran in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet The Teal Mask, they come across as surprisingly antagonistic. After Professor Briar sends us to Mossui Town to get help for one of our classmates who felt ill after traveling, Carmine blocks our way. Kieran cowers behind her as she forces us into a fight with her, and she's dismissive and arrogant the entire time. Even after we beat her, she suggests we can't get in unless we become her grunt, and it takes an interruption from an adult to get her to back off.

It's interesting, as it's more in line with some of the older rivals we encountered in past games. The initial attitude is perhaps more reminiscent of Gary Oak, which I found a little refreshing and interesting given how many friendly rivals we've encountered in recent years. It also makes the gradual progression as she we see Carmine begin to open up, accept us, and even acknowledge the player fun to watch. Granted, given the speed with which it happens in the DLC storyline makes it seem a bit less believable than the growth of the friendship with main campaign characters. However, the fact that we're also connecting with her beloved little brother "Kiki" on our trip in Kitakami does help make that seem a little more understandable.
[caption id="attachment_984608" align="alignnone" width="1200"]Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Teal Mask's Carmine and Kieran Act Like Real Rivals Screenshot by Siliconera[/caption]
Speaking of Kieran, his attitude and reactions end up being an interesting contrast to Carmine's in the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Teal Mask DLC. Part of that is because he starts out as being friendlier toward the player. Yes, he's initially hiding behind his sister and isn't as forward with speaking up and getting to know the player. However, his immediate reaction isn't antagonistic, and instead it seems more curiously wary. As we spend time going through Kitakami and taking pictures of signboards, we're learning about the ogre's history as well as his own. We get a better idea of why he is the person he is and the connection he's developed.

It also means that as we go through the adventure, Kieran's behavior at the end becomes both understandable and shocking. When we hit the very end of the Teal Mask DLC, we see this outburst. It doesn't exactly come across as mean, but it represents how childish Kieran still is. He's felt and wanted something for years. Now knowing that he had a chance at something, but someone else is getting that chance… it's fascinating to see his reaction. I found it very human.

I appreciated how the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Teal Mask add-on handled Carmine and Kieran. It offered a contrast to the characters we met and adventured alongside in the main game. So, even though our time on this journey was much more brief, it still helped them stand out and it feel like there was a sense of progression and character development.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet and The Teal Mask DLC are available now on the Nintendo Switch. The Indigo Disk add-on will appear in Winter 2023.

The post Carmine and Kieran Act Like Real Rivals in the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet DLC appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, September 15, 2023 2:30 PM

When the 4.1 update arrives, people who pay for Genesis Crystal currency in Genshin Impact will see the Initial Top-Up Bonus again

HoYoVerse revealed people who pay for the Genshin Impact Genesis Crystal will see the Initial Top-Up Bonus reset in 4.1. This will happen once the update is applied on September 27, 2023. This means that when people use real cash to purchase Genesis Crystal bundles for the first time, they are once again eligible to get bonus currency for doing so.

These sorts of resets aren't uncommon in gacha games such as this. They also tend to appear on a yearly basis. In the case of Genshin Impact, the Initial Top-Up Bonus reset for Genesis Crystals always tends to happen on the .1 update. So in September 2021, there was a similar reset when 2.1 arrived. It also happened again for 3.1 in September 2022. Essentially, someone could consider it part of the anniversary endeavors.

However, HoYoVerse also reminded people that this type of Genshin Impact Initial Top-Up Bonus does not carry over if you didn't buy Genesis Crystals between 3.1 and 4.1. So someone who wants the double bonus now should buy before 4.0.

We already know about a number of the other 4.1 elements that will arrive after the Genshin Impact update. For example, we know Neuvilette and Wriothesley will be the two new characters in this update. Both use catalysts. However, the former is a five-star and the latter only a four-star. Some of the new events also came up in the Special Program for this new version.

Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices. The 4.1 update is set to arrive on September 27, 2023. 

The post Genshin Impact Initial Top-Up Bonus Genesis Crystal Reset Arrives in 4.1 appeared first on Siliconera.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, September 15, 2023 5:57 PM
     Starfield Frigid Palm In Search Of High Tensile SpidroinSurviving life in the galaxy can prove difficult in Starfield, but you can make it easier by crafting yourself all sorts of tools and equipment. You just need to find the right resources, including the High-Tensile Spidroin. To help with that effort, here is our guide letting you know where to get the High-Tensile Spidroin in Starfield. Starfield – where to get the High-Tensile Spidroin You'll need to use High-Tensile Spidroin to add the Heavy Shielding mod to eligible spacesuits, among other purposes. Unfortunately, it's one of the rarer materials in the game, particularly during the early going. To get the High-Tensile Spidroin, you must harvest it or purchase it from certain vendors. Screenshot: PC Invasion To harvest High-Tensile Spidroin, find a planet with organics and the Frozen Mountains biome. With both conditions met, you can look around to find the Frigid Palm, from which you can harvest the desired resource. One planet that meets those require...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, September 15, 2023 5:53 PM
     Where To Find Tungsten In Starfield Featured ImageCrafting plays a large role in Starfield, it can help you get stronger gear.  If you are out in deep space, this allows you to craft ammo and medicine. It helps you survive better, so you should invest in this aspect as early as you can. Not all resources in the game that are used to craft are as common as Iron or Aluminum, so you'll need to spend time searching. But when you stumble on the rarer resources, you can create better items. One of the more elusive resources in Starfield which is Tungsten is extremely uncommon. If you're just starting the game, it can be nearly impossible to find. However, thanks to some Redditors, it seems like we can narrow down our search better. So, if you're in the market for Tungsten, this guide will show where to find it in Starfield.  Starfield: Where to find Tungsten There are a few ways to get Tungsten, you can go through the Shopkeeps if you have the money. But, be warned, because the material is rare, many vendors might not hold a lot of ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, September 15, 2023 5:52 PM
     Mortal Kombat 1 Jean Claude Van Damme Featured ImageThings in life oftentimes take a very funny turn at the most unexpected times. One day you are creating a game based on a celebrity martial artist, and then you are creating one of the most successful fighting games of all time. Finally, both things collide in your new game and the internet explodes in the process. Here is how to get the Jean-Claude Van Damme skin in Mortal Kombat 1. How to play as Jean-Claude Van Damme in Mortal Kombat 1 Image: NetherRealm Studios To get the Jean-Claude Van Damme skin in Mortal Kombat 1, you will first have to purchase the Premium Edition of MK1. Otherwise, you won't be able to use his skin and miss out on his voice-acting chops. However, if you purchase the MK1 Kombat Pack 1, you will receive the skin. You will also get Homelander, Omni-Man, Peacemaker, Takeda, Ermac, and Quan-Chi. Nice. Let's remember that Jean-Claude Van Damme was the first step toward what became the gory and violent Mortal Kombat franchise we know and lov...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, September 15, 2023 5:24 PM
     Starfield Earth LandmarksWhile Earth has long since been inhabited in Starfield, you can visit Earth and see the remains of some famous landmarks. However, you can't just land where those landmarks should be and expect to see them. Instead, you need to unlock the famous Earth landmarks in Starfield. Here is exactly how to do that with all the Earth landmarks we know of so far. Note: If you're interested in finding rare Starfield stuff, check out our guide on how to find the sea shanty singing pirate. How to unlock all Earth landmarks in Starfield As far as we know, there are 10 Earth landmarks that you can discover in Starfield. You can't just visit the spots on Earth you'd think the landmarks are — instead, you need to find and read books to unlock Earth landmarks. Landmark Book Where to find the book London (The Shard) Oliver Twist Sinclair's Books in Akila City. Cairo (The Pyramids) The Ancient civilizations of Egypt Sinclair's Books in Akila City. ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, September 15, 2023 5:08 PM
     How To Swap Companions In Starfield Featured ImageThe more I play Starfield, the more I'm discovering that there's a lot under the hood. Most of which isn't explained that well in the space epic. One of the things that's making Starfield feel both immersive and a honed-in experience is the companions. Unlike most games that have sidekicks who are just a character, Starfield takes it deeper. Each companion offers something different in terms of gameplay, combat, dialogue, and how efficient they are in the outposts. They add another element for gameplay that emphasizes the choose-your-own-adventure aspect of Starfield. However, you don't have to play the entire game with one companion, you can swap them in and out as you wish. Like most things in Starfield, this is done more realistically and not explained the best. To learn how to swap companions in Starfield, check out this guide.  Starfield: How to swap companions Changing companions is simple to do, you just need to talk to the character you want as a companion. First...

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, September 15, 2023 5:29 PM

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An announcement trailer was also released.

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The game will receive a technical test sometime in Q2 2024.

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, September 15, 2023 3:23 PM

How Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Improves It's Open World

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Week in Review: The top stories in phones, computing, and more

iPhone 15 launch recap: hands-on reviews, opinion, and analysis from Apple's Wonderlust event
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Welcome to the Week in Review
We're about 72 hours out from Apple's huge 'Wonderlust' event (did Apple ever explain what it meant by that?), and I'm still buzzing from the experience. It's not just the breakneck pace of product and technology reveals; it's being on the sprawling and beautiful Apple Campus, and inside the wonder that is the Steve Jobs Theater, and then the mad scrum of media and analysts in the demo room, where I was able to get up close with all the new products Apple had unveiled just moments before.

This year Apple split the difference between an almost static refresh and wholesale redesign, making noticeable changes inside and out that still left the iPhone 15 (as well as 15 Pro, 15 Pro Max, and 15 Plus) utterly recognizable.

For my consumer friends, the biggest change, and one I think they're still adjusting to, is Apple's retiring of the venerable Lightning port (and cable) and adoption of USB-C across the board. Change is hard, but this is a net positive, I promise.

While I was on the ground running around like a tech-obsessed madman, Team TechRadar was covering the heck out of the event, and has masses of insightful and useful takes on all the new phones, how you should think about them, and how to choose your next phone – even if it's not the iPhone 15.

This week was not all about phones, though. Apple also launched updates to its wearable line with the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Apple Watch Ultra 2: they both feature a new S9 processor, and a really cool 'double-tap' feature (I kind of loved it). Apple also made a very big deal about the watch going "carbon neutral" (although we're not convinced that's the case), and all the other efforts it's making in the eco-friendly space.

Believe it or not, Apple was not the only game in town this week. Al Griffin checked in on CEDIA to give us a glimpse of our microLED-TV future, Tim Coleman went shooting with Fujifilm's powerful new medium-format camera, and Tom Power reported on a potentially seismic shift in the streaming world.

I know I say this a lot, but this was a seriously busy week. Let's look back on the biggest stories.

Lance Ulanoff, US Editor-in-Chief    
The week in Apple
iPhone 15 Pro Max hands-on: a subtle shift into the future
It's the iPhone 15 Pro Max (Future)
The iPhone 15 Pro Max is Apple's new top-of-the-line iPhone, and we got to spend some quality time with it backstage at Apple's Wonderlust event. Click through for our first impressions of the Action button, 5x optical zoom, and other new features and upgrades.
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The iPhone 15 Pro Max benchmark scores are frightening
The iPhone 15 Pro (Future)
The benchmark scores for the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max are in, and they might just convince you to splash out on one of the more expensive models: Geekbench listings suggest that these two phones are the most powerful on the planet.
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I tried Apple Watch 9 double tap and I was blown away
The double-tap gesture in action (Future)
At first blush, the Apple Watch 9 doesn't look like much of an upgrade, but it does come with a new double-tap 'air gesture' that's supported on the Apple Watch Ultra 2 as well, and we're seriously impressed by how well it works in practice.
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The week in cameras
Hands-on with the versatile Fujifilm GFX100 II
The new Fujifilm GFX100 II (Future)
Away from Apple, the TechRadar team has also spent some hands-on time with the Fujifilm GFX100 II. While it might not look like a huge upgrade on paper, there's lots to like about it – and it might just be the most versatile medium-format camera yet.
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