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GamersHeroes Friday, October 13, 2023 2:46 PM

A trio of trailers for 11 bit studio's story-driven RPG The Thaumaturge have been released, serving as a spotlight for the mysterious Salutors.

The post The Thaumaturge's Salutors Detailed in New Videos appeared first on GamersHeroes.

Kotaku Friday, October 13, 2023 6:30 PM

As Final Fantasy VII Rebirth's February 29 release date grows ever closer folks are getting antsy about seeing beloved characters like Cait Sith (pronounced "Kate Sihth," apparently) Vincent Valentine, and Cid party up with Cloud. Although creative director Tetsuya Nomura has already confirmed that the aforementioned…


Kotaku Friday, October 13, 2023 5:55 PM

Grand Theft Auto Online's latest update unleashes ghosts across the world of Los Santos, letting players track down and photograph them for rewards. And one of these ghosts might look kinda familiar if you've played GTA IV's Lost and the Damned DLC


Kotaku Friday, October 13, 2023 4:22 PM

The Wii U was certainly not the most successful console Nintendo's ever released, and while some may fondly remember it in 2023, at least one person actually bought a brand new Wii U from a store as if it was 2013 all over again.


Kotaku Friday, October 13, 2023 4:00 PM

At New York Comic Con on October 13, Crunchyroll announced Kaiju No. 8, a popular Shonen Jump sci-fi monster fighter series, will come to the anime streaming service exclusively next spring.


Kotaku Friday, October 13, 2023 3:35 PM

Earlier this week, Sony officially revealed the smaller and sleeker PlayStation 5 "slim." Sure, the console looks a hell of a lot thinner than its gargantuan predecessor, but the PS5 slim's white void-ass production shot doesn't do gamers any favors in guesstimating exactly how much space they'd save by purchasing the…


Kotaku Friday, October 13, 2023 3:30 PM

Update 10/13/2023 3:25 p.m. ET: The speculation surrounding who voices Mario has been brought to an end. Kevin Afghani, who also voices Arnold in Genshin Impact, confirmed on X (formerly Twitter) that he had stepped into the plumber's boots.


Kotaku Friday, October 13, 2023 2:15 PM

On October 13, Microsoft completed its nearly two-year-long process of consuming Activision Blizzard King. And while it will take months and years for Xbox and all the parties involved to sort everything out and start bringing past Activision Blizzard games to Game Pass, for now, we can tally up everything Microsoft…


PCGamesN Friday, October 13, 2023 7:03 PM
     Dark and Darker update adds new score system and nerfs Bard, again

Dark and Darker had one of the most surprising releases this year, but it was much to the delight of excited fans. Following the dark fantasy RPG's launch, Ironmace Games has regularly released hotfix updates to patch the game, add features, and ensure a smooth player experience. The latest update is here, and it includes a variety of fixes, class changes, and new gameplay features. Bard players will also notice that the patch brings even more nerfs to the ranged class.

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

PCGamesN Friday, October 13, 2023 6:18 PM
     Lords of the Fallen performance issues lead to

Lords of the Fallen has just released into the thrilling wild that is the soulslike genre, with many fans chomping at the bit to finally hop in. Now that the highly anticipated Dark Souls-esque game is here though, a lot of players are reporting issues with the game's performance. This has left many excited fans unable to access much of the game, or even any of it in some cases. With people struggling to get into Lords of the Fallen, Steam reviews are mixed.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Lords of the Fallen bosses, Lords of the Fallen review, Lords of the Fallen classes

PCGamesN Friday, October 13, 2023 3:41 PM
     League of Legends animated series Arcane is canon, Riot confirms

League of Legends has drawn countless players to its diverse fanbase over the years. Not all of them are there for its competitive play or even Riot's flagship game itself, as the Runeterra canon encompasses various forms of media.  Fans can now officially consider Arcane, the League of Legends-inspired animated series on Netflix, a part of that canon too, as a developer from Riot Games has confirmed this to be the case.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: League of Legends Arena tier list, League of Legends patch 13.20, League of Legends tier list

PCGamesN Friday, October 13, 2023 2:58 PM
     Best Lords of the Fallen classes

What are the best Lords of the Fallen classes? As soon as you begin this soulslike adventure, you're presented with a rather familiar choice. As you begin to build your avatar, one of the key choices you need to make is your starting class. Do you go with the best of the best, or do you seek a real challenge?

With some of the starting stats for characters in Lords of the Fallen, you may be close to wielding some of the best Lords of the Fallen weapons or casting some of the most powerful magic spells to create the best Lords of the Fallen builds. You can check out our Lords of the Fallen review if you're unsure if this soulslike is worth your time, but for those just starting out, here's our expert rundown of the best Lords of the Fallen class for you.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Lords of the Fallen bosses, Lords of the Fallen review, Lords of the Fallen classes

PCGamesN Friday, October 13, 2023 2:55 PM
     Lords of the Fallen New Game Plus guide

Does Lords of the Fallen have New Game Plus? Hexworks soulslike takes you to the ravaged world of Mournstead, where nefarious creatures, both living and undead, await. At the end of this harrowing journey, you'll get your just rewards, and you might even be tempted to kickstart another adventure.

Our Lords of the Fallen New Game Plus guide discusses what you can expect when you finish the campaign and begin another playthrough. Bear in mind that things will get tougher from here on out, so you might want to know about the Lords of the Fallen multiplayer options and Lords of the Fallen crossplay features.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Lords of the Fallen bosses, Lords of the Fallen review, Lords of the Fallen classes

PCGamesN Friday, October 13, 2023 2:34 PM
     CS2 players beware, new AMD feature

Counter-Strike 2 has finally arrived after years of fan anticipation, replacing Valve's previous entry, the ever-beloved Counter-Strike Global Offensive. Since CS2 launched, Valve has worked hard to release steady updates addressing any in-game bugs and issues. While most problems are minor or easily resolved, some can prove more difficult to address and may even result in permanent VAC  bans.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: CS2 crosshair, CS2 ranks, CS2 skins

Twinfinite Friday, October 13, 2023 7:35 PM
Say goodbye to the blinding flash... if you're good enough.

Twinfinite Friday, October 13, 2023 6:55 PM
2009 was 14 years ago...

Twinfinite Friday, October 13, 2023 5:00 PM
A stubbornly divisive debate amongst Destiny 2's PvP community.

Twinfinite Friday, October 13, 2023 4:00 PM
The kind of horror games that make you flip on every light, close every curtain, and lock all the doors.

Siliconera Friday, October 13, 2023 3:30 PM

pikachu van gogh pokemon card

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam will no longer offer its Pokemon x Van Gogh Museum promo card featuring Pikachu. This card depicted Pikachu in the style of Van Gogh's infamous Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat painting. According to the museum's FAQ page, it's pulling the card due to safety concerns.

You can see the full announcement below:

Screenshot of Van Gogh Pikachu Pokemon Card cancellation announcement
Image via Van Gogh Museum

In late September 2023, posts on social media showed hordes of people swarming the Van Gogh Museum. The attendees were there to grab limited-edition Pokemon goods such as postcards, plushes, and the special Pikachu promo card. For the Van Gogh Museum's collaboration with The Pokemon Company, it released several pieces of merchandise, as well as displayed exhibits, that depicted Pokemon in Van Gogh's art style. However, not everyone went to the museum to appreciate the art on display and instead went to claim a nice memento for themselves. Many resellers were among the crowd. Items like the Pikachu card appeared for hundreds of dollars on websites like eBay.

Previously, the museum did not limit how many items customers could buy. Following the chaotic first day, the museum started to limit purchases to one piece per person. However, as of October 13, 2023, the Pikachu promo card is no longer going to be available at the exhibit. On the museum's official website an announcement was posted that read: "Recently, a small group of individuals has created an undesirable situation that has led us to take the difficult decision to remove the Pikachu with Grey Felt Hat promo card." It also explains that this decision is to ensure that visitors can enjoy the exhibits in a safe environment.

However, all is not lost. If you're in the United Kingdom, United States, or Canada, The Pokemon Company will release the Van Gogh Pikachu card in Pokemon Centers. More updates on when to expect this will appear on social media in the future. You'll be able to get it as a free gift when you order $30 worth of Pokemon TCG items. There is a limit of one promo card per order.

The Pokemon event at the Van Gogh Museum will end on January 7, 2024. There is no exact date yet for when to expect the promo card to re-appear in the Pokemon Center.

The post Van Gogh Museum Cancels Pikachu Card For Safety Reasons appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, October 13, 2023 3:00 PM

Sigil of the Magi Battle Screen

There's something to be said for keeping things simple when it comes to numbers. While games like Disgaea or any given MMO have taken their "number go up" mechanic and pumped it into the stratosphere, Sigil of the Magi keeps its math far simpler and more readable without sacrificing any of the strategic possibility that tactical RPG's allow for.

Developed by solo Singaporean developer Yongjustyong, the Sigil of the Magi is a turn-based tactics RPG with an overarching roguelite element. You start with a team of three characters you can use to fight with, but can eventually unlock a pool of up to nine. Each character has a small deck of attacks and buffs as well as a passive effect, which are simple bonuses that inform the character's role. For example, your starting team's passives place a premium on positioning, especially standing next to allies, and you'll have to choose whether to prioritise placing your heroes next to your Knight so he gains additional armour, or near the Wizard to increase your team's power. Later teams also give bonuses for things like the first card played each turn or on storing cards on the 'card rack' to play later, but the emphasis on positioning remains throughout.

Sigil of the Magi Character Select
Screenshot via Siliconera

You're then placed at the start of a branching map with all the usual monsters, shops, treasures, and choice events leading you up to a boss encounter. As you traverse these encounters you'll gain new cards, upgrade old ones, or obtain relics that can grant various bonuses. Some of these can be as simple as gaining an extra mana each turn or as complicated as buffing a character when you play five of their cards in a row during the same turn. A lot of these can have really fun or interesting synergies but the random nature means you may never find the particular one you need to make a particular build click. But then, such is the nature of roguelikes.

The passives and cards of a character will encourage playing them a particular way but, as they say, no plan survives contact with the enemy. Though you're able to see their next planned action, turn order and even their target priority, dealing with them while also keeping your formation together is where the challenge comes in. Add on to that all the new strategies opened up by unlocked cards and relics, not to mention terrain effects, and battles quickly become calculations of what you stand to gain versus what you can afford to lose. It's reminiscent of Subset Games' Into the Breach, albeit much less intense and with less of a focus on knockback attacks.

Sigil of the Magi Map Screen
Screenshot via Siliconera

It's here that Sigil of the Magi's simple presentation and low-numbers systems shine. I can't imagine trying to wrangle these bonuses with several unnecessary zeroes tacked on to the end. And while the art style isn't the most distinctive, it does keep fights from spiralling into unreadability as they escalate. The music however, does tend to go from unremarkable background filler to strangely distinct. The shop has a lovely, but oddly Animal Crossing-like theme, while being defeated plays a sudden and unexpected horn sting. It's nothing big enough to really detract, it's just that when the rest of the game is fairly spartan these flourishes stand out in an odd way.

But that hardly matters when you finish a run, only to unlock a new card that gels with a mechanic you'd previously overlooked. When I started unlocking cards that utilised Burn, which removes a card from your deck to power up another, it changed how I saw the Junk and Wound cards that you could find clogging your hand. They were no longer just chaff, they were fuel for my better cards that I could use instead of something more useful. Similarly, the second set of heroes you unlock have several cards that require discarding, but also cards that have effects on discard or the ability to reshuffle discarded cards into your deck. Suddenly I was theorizing card combos and starting to vaguely understand the appeal of competitive Yu-Gi-Oh!.

But Sigil of the Magi never gets overwhelming, even with all the numbers and strategies flying around. With battles being a good length to be engaging but not so long as to become a slog, and thanks to the roguelite set up you are rarely far from a new upgrade or unlock. In fact, while the game is currently only available on PC, the methodical pace and bite-sized battles would make this a perfect addition to the Switch Library.

Sigil of the Magi Dilemma Screen
Screenshot via Siliconera

It's an unassuming little title, but one that rewards patience and paid attention with some really solid strategy gameplay. So if you're looking for something that can scratch the dual itches of tactical RPG's and roguelike progression, Sigil of the Magi is a hearty recommendation.

Sigil of the Magi is available on the PC via Steam.

The post Review: Sigil of the Magi Trades Complexity for Depth appeared first on Siliconera.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, October 13, 2023 5:29 PM
     Starfield Schrodinger 3 Hunting Peaceful CrittersAs you roam the Starfield galaxy, you'll find many planets. Some of them have hostile life, especially as you explore abandoned research outposts now swarming with pirates or mercenaries. You can face these challenges more confidently with the right gear, and with a character who has gained some levels. Unfortunately, sometimes it is difficult to acquire the XP necessary to build a powerful character. To that end, here is our guide telling you how to farm XP on Schrodinger III in Starfield. Tips on farming XP on Schrodinger III in Starfield With so many planets available throughout the galaxy, it's easy to overlook some of the ones that provide the best opportunities for quick growth. You might already have a favorite place in mind, or one that works best for your character at their current level. However, farming XP works especially well on Schrodinger III, provided your character has the right gear and skills. Related: PSA: The Strix System is the pe...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, October 13, 2023 5:18 PM
     Starfield Charybdis Featured ImageThe further you travel into the galaxy, the stranger things get. Be ready, this trip will have you stop through several systems. Will it be worth it? Well, only time will tell, and maybe an aviation pioneer. Here is how to get to Charybdis in Starfield. Starfield: How to get to Charybdis Image: PC Invasion Charybdis is one of the many star systems you can visit in Starfield. Contrary to other star systems that are located quite far away from the center of the galaxy, Charybdis is located to the east of the Kryx system and the southeast of the Ixyll system. However, you will probably have to purchase a better grav drive and rank up your Astrodynamics skill. While it isn't far away, you will have to travel across several star systems to get there. While many star systems seem to be close to each other, you need to take into account the depth that is not very well appreciated in the star map. For that reason, you will have to do a couple of jumps starting from ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, October 13, 2023 4:41 PM
     Can you play CS2 with a controller? AnsweredIn CS2, you can do a lot of funny and interesting things that make the game a content house. Things such as dance moves like twerking or any other hip TikTok dancing trends can easily add a new layer to the game. But what if I told you that you've been hit by, you've struck by smooth criminal? If you don't get my bad joke, it means you can do a Michael Jackson peek in the shooter. It's a little unconventional, but it seems to doing the trick to help win matches — and give your team a laugh. If you want to know how to enable and use the Michael Jackson peek move in CS2, we'll show you how below. CS2: How to enable and use the Michael Jackson peek move Doing this requires some file manipulation, but if you already know how to do commands, you'll understand these methods. However, if you don't, you should still try it. The steps below will be easy enough to follow.  See how you can customize the commands of CS2 to your liking. How to...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, October 13, 2023 4:26 PM
     How to perform a slide cancel in MW3You may not notice many differences between MW2 and MW3 without playing it for yourself, but after a couple of games, you'll quickly realize two things. People take more shots to kill, and movement feels very different. The latter is a contentious topic, and the ability to 'slide cancel' is a big part of that. In this guide, I'll show you how to perform a slide cancel in MW3. I'll also explain what slide canceling is and why you should learn how to do it. Related: Best Rival-9 build in MW3 beta: Attachments, loadout, and perks How to perform a slide cancel in MW3 For newcomers — and so we're all on the same page — let me explain what Slide Canceling is. At the time of writing, several changes have gone live, which make Slide Canceling feel even better than it did on the first weekend of the beta. What is Slide Canceling? Slide Canceling is a movement technique that allows players to disengage from ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, October 13, 2023 4:11 PM
     Baldurs Gate 3 Karlach Approval GuideAt first meeting, Karlach is an extremely likable companion who's charismatic and powerful. Despite her normally being easy to get along with, you may find yourself saying the wrong things. The Barbarian will disapprove or approve of many different dialogue choices you make, so choose wisely. If you're unsure of how to get on Karlach's good side, here's a Karlach approval guide for Baldur's Gate 3. How to gain Karlach's approval in Baldur's Gate 3 If you've decided to play a more heroic and kind character, you may not have many issues wooing Karlach. She too likes to play the hero, and typically cares about doing the right thing. You need to know the things that Karlach likes and dislikes to get on her good side, so continue reading this Karlach approval guide for Baldur's Gate 3 to gain her utmost approval. Screenshot: Larian Studios Play the hero when it's necessary While sometimes Ka...

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, October 13, 2023 3:15 PM

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, October 13, 2023 2:37 PM

A new trailer showcasing the suits was also released.

The post Spider-Man 2 Gets New Suits, Now Available for Pre-Loading appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, October 13, 2023 2:02 PM

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Google Pixel 8 Pro, Meta Quest 3, and Apple Watch Ultra 2 reviews
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Another week, another big phone review. Or rather, two big phone reviews, in the form of our full and considered verdicts on the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. The latter is the bigger of the two phones – both physically and figuratively – and we liked it enough that we've called it “the best Pixel Google has ever made”. Check out the review linked below to find out why.
We also found time to put the Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Meta Quest 3 through their paces; this time of year really is so exciting for new releases. But we never stop looking forward either, and you’ll also find intriguing snippets of info about the next flagship phones from Samsung and Apple.
If tech that you can drive interests you more, you’ll want to check out our story on Kia’s new EV3 and EV4 concepts – the electric vehicle space is another area where new models really are coming thick and fast.
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Google Pixel 8 Pro review: the best Pixel phone yet
The Google Pixel 8 Pro (Future)
Our in-depth Pixel 8 Pro review is here, and you can click through to read our verdict on Google's latest flagship after a thorough round of testing: find out all about its design, its camera system, the new built-in AI features, and everything else it's packing.
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Meta Quest 3 review: the best VR headset for most people
The Meta Quest 3 is a lot of fun (Meta)
Our resident VR specialist Hamish Hector has been immersing himself – literally – in the Meta Quest 3 for the past couple of weeks, and he thinks it's the best VR headset for most people right now. To find out why, check out his comprehensive review.
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Apple Watch Ultra 2 review: the best smartwatch screen yet
The Ultra 2 is the latest Apple Watch for the adventure-minded (Future)
Rounding out our major reviews this week, we've been seeing what the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is capable of – and though it's a relatively incremental upgrade compared with last year's original, we think it boasts the best screen we've seen on a smartwatch yet.
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The week in EVs
Kia bets all on electric and unveils EV3 and EV4 concepts
Kia has some new EVs to show off (Kia)
Not everyone is convinced by electric vehicles, but Kia definitely is: at the inaugural (and aptly named) EV Day, the car maker announced that it plans to sell at least 1.6 million EVs by 2030, and showed off two new concepts in the form of the EV3 and EV4.
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Loki season 2 is a huge hit for Disney Plus
Loki is a hit with viewers (Marvel Studios / Disney Plus)
Disney has announced that the opening episode of Loki season 2 pulled in 10.9 million viewers in its first three days on Disney Plus. It's a huge hit then, although it didn't quite do enough to grab the top spot as the streamer's biggest premiere of 2023.
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