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GamersHeroes Wednesday, November 1, 2023 3:29 PM

The 30th season of the acclaimed Star Trek MMORPG, Gearbox Publishing and Cryptic Studios' Star Trek Online: Incursion is now available for both PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

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GamersHeroes Wednesday, November 1, 2023 2:03 PM

The team at Gaijin Entertainment announced that the Kings of Battle update for their online military action game War Thunder is now available.

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GamersHeroes Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:37 PM

The newly released "We Still" by KANKAKU PIERO will make an appearance as the theme song for Bandai Namco's Tales of Arise - Beyond the Dawn.

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GamersHeroes Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:13 PM

See what the future has in store for Neowiz Games and Round8 Studio's Lies of P with the latest developer video for the game.

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GamersHeroes Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12:55 PM

Developed by Tequila Works and published by Riot Forge, the world of Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story is now available for the Nintendo Switch and PC.

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GamersHeroes Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12:31 PM

Gearbox Publishing and Gunfire Games announced that The Awakened King DLC for Remnant II will launch for PC and consoles November 14.

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Kotaku Wednesday, November 1, 2023 3:30 PM

Last year, the creators of Bloodborne PSX, a popular fan-made demake of From Software's beloved 2015 action role-playing game, Bloodborne (see on Amazon), made headlines announcing their next project: Bloodborne Kart. At the time, developer Lillith Walther told Kotaku that the racing game would be released "when it's…


Kotaku Wednesday, November 1, 2023 3:00 PM

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a weird place right now. Between shake-ups in upper management, Jonathan Majors' legal trouble following domestic violence charges in March, animators unionizing, and a complete restructuring in how Marvel makes Disney+ shows, the interconnected superhero story has been collapsing…


Kotaku Wednesday, November 1, 2023 2:31 PM

Gran Turismo 7's upcoming 1.40 update is adding new cars, a snowy racetrack, and four-player splitscreen support, letting folks race each other on the couch like it's the '90s all over again.


Kotaku Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:50 PM

The Max Payne remake project has entered "production readiness," according to developer Remedy Entertainment in a message to investors.


Kotaku Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:30 PM

One of the year's best Soulslikes, Lies of P, is getting new content in the form of a DLC expansion, as well as (eventually) a full-fledged sequel.


Kotaku Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:15 PM

We've seen Square Enix port a lot of beloved RPGs from the original PlayStation to modern platforms in recent years. Some have been fine. A few have been disappointing. None of them seemed quite worthy of the source material they were working with…until Star Ocean The Second Story R. The Final Fantasy maker's latest…


Kotaku Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:00 PM

Konami's Silent Hill franchise has been dormant for over 10 years. The last mainline game, 2012's Silent Hill: Downpour, received mixed reviews, with most players put off by its messy combat and scares. It was up to Silent Hill: Ascension, the first new installment in a decade to help nudge the series back to the…


Kotaku Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12:30 PM

President Joe Biden signed an executive order designed to create the first real US regulations and suggestions about artificial intelligence on October 30. The order came after months of meetings about AI tech, though the White House also confirmed that, strangely, the new Mission: Impossible film played a part in its…


Kotaku Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12:15 PM

Ever since Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was released in 2015, its eagle-eyed sniper, Quiet, has been at the epicenter of online debates over her revealing default outfit, and the backstory that supported it. Now, Quiet's actress has finally weighed in on the discourse over her character's getup.


Kotaku Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12:00 PM

About five hours into Persona 5 Tactica, the tactical RPG spin-off of the Phantom Thieves' supernatural adventures through corrupted Tokyo, I find myself thinking about Persona 5 Royal more than what's going on in this group's latest adventure. This is less a condemnation of Tactica than it is the broader handling of P…


Kotaku Wednesday, November 1, 2023 11:15 AM

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nintendo's beloved Switch racer, is finally getting its last major expansion on November 9. And it's one for the Rosalina and Wii fans.


Kotaku Wednesday, November 1, 2023 10:45 AM

While it does have a handful of consumption apps like YouTube, Hulu, and Crunchyroll in the eShop, the Nintendo Switch is typically used for gaming and little else. That became a bit more true today, as the official Twitch app is getting tossed from Nintendo's hybrid console.


Kotaku Wednesday, November 1, 2023 10:30 AM

Badges are one of the best new additions that Super Mario Bros. Wonder brings to Nintendo's perennial platforming series. This new piece of equipment lets Mario and his friends take on new abilities, which in turn lets you customize your play style to accommodate your own strengths and weaknesses. But not all Badges…


Kotaku Wednesday, November 1, 2023 10:15 AM

There are only two months left in what is quite likely one of the most epic years in gaming. We've already had some incredible games this year, and hopefully there are still a few more to come.


Kotaku Wednesday, November 1, 2023 9:15 AM

It's hard to say no to more Symbiote. Insomniac's Spider-Man 2 explores a totally new story about the iconic alien parasite, and while many of the game's plot threads get resolved by the end of the story, there's still plenty of room for future DLC or a sequel to bring Spider-Man's beloved foil Venom back for more…


PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 2:36 PM
     The best retro games on PC

What are the best retro games on PC? The gaming industry has come a long way over the last decade or two, but sometimes it's soothing to go back to the basics. Games-as-a-service titles like Fortnite and Overwatch have set the benchmark over the last few years by adding new content and cosmetics over an annual plan - something that has been adapted or originated by plenty of other studios, too.

It's not all sunshine, battle passes, and dabbing, though. There's still space for games in the modern day that buck these trends by putting on a pair of rose-tinted pair specs, from Doom-like FPS games shooters to love letters to the early days of the World Wide Web. These retro games are, believe it or not, new, but bring back fond memories of the past. If you're after the real deal instead, don't worry, we've got you covered with a list of our favorite old games, too.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 2:56 PM
     Disney Dreamlight Valley finally gets multiplayer, and I can't wait

Disney Dreamlight Valley stans, rise up. The moment we've all been waiting for since early access first dropped is finally coming. Gameloft just revealed that some massive new multiplayer features are coming to Dreamlight Valley, making it an experience akin to the likes of other cozy icons such as Animal Crossing. From visiting your friend's unique valley to perusing their version of Scrooge McDuck's store, there is no shortage of multiplayer fun coming to the ever-wholesome DDV.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 2:22 PM
     The best horror games on PC 2023

What are the best horror games on PC? Scary games tend to turn traditional action concepts on their heads, forcing you to run and hide from your enemies. They leave you feeling vulnerable rather than empowered, and more than most, they are the gaming experiences that haunt you long after you play.

Of course, there is much more to the best horror games than jump scares and gore. So while we have included a few obvious picks like some of the best PC games, Outlast and Amnesia, you can also expect to find games that use different tactics to raise your heartbeat and get your palms sweating, whether that's a dread-inducing atmosphere and careful pacing, or unpredictable multiplayer antics like you'll find in Phasmophobia.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:24 PM
     The FFXIV Fall Guys event is just what the Gold Saucer needs

The FFXIV Fall Guys event is here, and it's surprisingly robust. What could have been a simple throwaway feature to act as a collaboration project between the two games has become one of the most robust Gold Saucer updates we've seen in Final Fantasy 14 for some time, and is offering more casual players a look into some raid-style mechanics, and all of us a surprisingly good time.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:24 PM
     The Day Before release date, beta, trailers, gameplay, and news

What is The Day Before release date? When its first trailer dropped back in 2021, The Day Before blew people away with its gritty open-world set in the United States following a deadly pandemic. A survival MMO, the game will see players exploring the world, scavenging for resources in the abandoned metropolis of New York City and the lush countryside outside it, all while taking down (or hiding from) infected, zombie-like enemies, and other players alike.

The Day Before was then met with a series of delays due to claims of copyright infringement and faked footage, leading some to believe the game was a scam all along. We're assured that the zombie game is still on its way, so here's what we know about the post-apocalyptic MMORPG game - and if The Day Before release date brings gameplay remotely like we saw in that original trailer footage, it could join our list as one of the best PC games this year.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best PC survival games, Best PC zombie games, The Day Before release date

PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:12 PM
     The Day Before is coming back to Steam, but early access is delayed

Controversial survival game The Day Before has once again reared its head, just days ahead of its previouslt planned release date on Steam. Just over a week before the planned launch date for the zombie multiplayer game, developer Fntastic has unveiled details of the return of The Day Before to Steam. While it's good news for those of you who have been curious about when it would return to the Valve platform, the release date has been pushed back into December.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:23 PM
     Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree release date speculation

What is the Elden Ring DLC release date? Fans have been anticipating the Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree release date ever since they sat upon the throne and became the Elden Lord. While you could spend hundreds of hours playing Elden Ring, the most hardcore players have spent several months clamoring for an expansion.

As one of the best PC games, the Elden Ring community has been waiting for this eventful day for some time. FromSoftware, the developers behind the RPG game, had an opportunity to reveal the DLC at The Game Awards 2022 when they won the coveted Game of the Year award. Elden Ring also celebrated its first birthday recently, but the devs waited a few days until they revealed they were working on the Elden Ring expansion. Here's everything you need to know about the Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree release date, including what it might be about, and when you can expect to play it.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:08 PM
     Before Bloodlines 2 sink your teeth into the Steam original, 50% off

Wondering what made the original Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines so special, so much so that the sequel persisted through development hell? Now's your chance to find out, with the first Bloodlines 50% off on Steam.


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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:07 PM
     Sims 5 release date estimate, Project Rene, gameplay, and wishlist

When is the Sims 5 release date? After years of waiting, EA has officially unveiled the working title for its next-gen Sims game: Project Rene. Details surrounding the new Sims game are emerging from Electronic Arts creator summits and community news, so here's everything we know so far.

We've been playing The Sims 5's predecessor for eight years now, and while the life sim is kept fresh by Sims 4 cheats, CC packs and even sex mods, we're desperate to see a sequel to one of the best PC games to date. Consequently, we've got all the latest on the prospective Sims 5 release date following the reveal of Project Rene - which is effectively a super early access version of its next Sims experience.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12:46 PM
     How to play Minecraft snapshots – test new blocks in snapshot 23w43b

November 1, 2023 Snapshot 23w44a is now available, but simply fixes some issues, there are no new features this week.

How do you install and play a Minecraft snapshot? These snapshots are the very first iteration of Minecraft updates, and are a way for Mojang to test out bug fixes, technical changes, and new mechanics before officially rolling them out. Anyone with the Java edition of the creative game can try these features without any risk to your current world, so let's find out how to be the first to try the next big Minecraft update.

During Minecraft Live each year, the next big Minecraft update is revealed to the community. In past years, we've had the likes of the Caves and Cliffs update, The Wild Update, and the Trails and Tales update - each of them overhauling the base game with new Minecraft biomes, blocks, and mobs. Since these updates come with so much new content, they need to be tested out first, and that's where Minecraft snapshots come in. Use them to test out new experimental features before anyone else, and feedback to Mojang if you have any issues. It's a win-win situation.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12:46 PM
     Life Is Strange's devs have another hit with Jusant

Jusant is Don't Nod's new climbing-focused "meditative" experience. Characterized by a unique, colorful cartoon art style and a gentle, rolling soundtrack, it's a far cry from my usual haunt, League of Legends. Yet, I've found my experience oh-so intriguing, and I can't quite remember ever playing a game like Jusant.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:16 PM
     Best Black Friday PC gaming deals 2023 – what to expect

Black Friday has morphed from a US-only sales day to become one of the biggest retail events around the world. Every year, the best Black Friday PC gaming deals get better, but with so many retailers now clambering for your attention and your money, it's hard to tell what's a genuinely good deal. We've been covering Black Friday for years, and we'll help you find the PC gaming offers that are really worth it.

When it comes to the best Black Friday gaming deals and discounts, PC hardware and games make up a large chunk of those discounts. So, how do you track down the biggest deals and tick those dream items off your wishlist?

Stick with us, and we'll give you the key dates, details of early deals, the best places to shop, and top tips for avoiding the pitfalls of online shopping this Black Friday. We're here to sniff out the biggest and best Black Friday gaming deals on the web to help you get everything you want for the best price possible. 

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12:34 PM
     The 55 best Starfield mods

What are the best Starfield mods? Mod support is an important part of many PC games, especially RPG games. Skyrim has endured all these years partly because it's a great game, partly because Bethesda keeps releasing it on hitherto unknown gaming platforms, but also because it's powered by a vibrant and creative modding community.

Thankfully, Starfield mod support has technically been available since before the Starfield release date rolled around thanks to early access. If you're playing Starfield Game Pass, you may experience some difficulty installing all of the mods we've listed below. For maximum compatibility, you're going to want the Steam version of the game.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12:39 PM
     Best FM24 challenge saves

What are the best FM24 challenges? Whether you're new to the series or a seasoned fan, sometimes you need a bit of a project, or a long-term save, to get stuck into the intricacies of the original (and best) sports management simulator. These challenges are guaranteed to keep you playing 'just one more game' again and again.

Adding self-imposed rules and restrictions should throw some extra drama into your Football Manager 2024 save, giving you more satisfaction when results start going your way. Once you've picked a challenge, you can choose one of the best FM24 tactics and formations for the task ahead and get on the road to glory. So if you've read our best FM24 bargains and want to get started, check out our compilation of the best Football Manager 2024 challenge saves to put your management skills to the test.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12:37 PM
     Dragon's Dogma 2 release date speculation, trailers, gameplay, story

When is the Dragon's Dogma 2 release date? If you thought Dragon's Dogma 2 was never going to happen, you were wrong. Not only has Dragon's Dogma 2 been officially confirmed, but there's already a trailer out there showing off the pawn system, a new Beastren race, new vocations, and a good old heart-stealing dragon.

Dragon's Dogma 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the original RPG game Dragon's Dogma released in 2012. Despite strong sales of the expansion pack, Dark Arisen, and several rereleases, it took Capcom ten years to confirm a follow-up sequel. Hideaki Itsuno, the original game's director, makes his return to the series after working as the director on Devil May Cry 5. Here's all the information on the Dragon's Dogma 2 release date, gameplay, and the story we've got so far.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12:21 PM
     Best VR games on PC 2023

What are the best VR games? We have tested several of them across the major headsets, ranging from the good, the bad, and the downright nausea-inducing – and we will endeavor to seek out new, strange, and challenging content for this burgeoning platform in the name of science... or something.

While there are a lot of experiences out there, we're going to be more choosy, handpicking the top ones to play using the best VR headset options. After all, we only have room for the best VR games, and there've been some fantastic ones in the past year alone. If you'd rather keep your face in front of a traditional monitor, we'd point you towards the best PC games, which need just a simple old PC and none of this fancy goggles business.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 11:58 AM
     This Fallout 2 style CRPG lets you play as an Aussie gunslinger

Broken Roads, an Australian CRPG in the spirit of Fallout 2, is arriving later this month. To give players a taste of what awaits them in this dusty, post-apocalyptic outback, developer Drop Bear Bytes is putting out videos detailing the game's four character origins, beginning with the hired gun.

PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 11:46 AM
     The best zombie games on PC 2023

What are the best zombie games on PC? You can hardly take a step on Steam without these clutching at your ankle, so it's a valid question. Popular culture's fascination with the undead has given us many gifts - and many memes - so you must get your bearings and know where to find the best zombie games out there on PC.

Luckily, our list of dead-good hits has everything a zombie enthusiast could ask for, ranging from free PC games to co-op games that are more Lovecraftian period pieces. If you like, you can take a shambling detour through tower defense games and post-apocalypse parkour. Come with us now to find the ones worth playing right now as we wade through the hordes of shambling corpses.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12:12 PM
     Best CS2 binds – create a Counter-Strike 2 jump throw bind

What are the best CS2 binds? With all of the changes made from CSGO to CS2, we suspect there are plenty of configs that will need to be rebuilt for the first time in years. Don't worry, we've created a list of the most helpful CS2 keybinds you could use to improve aspects of your game.

When you start up Counter-Strike 2 for the first time following the Counter-Strike 2 release date, you may notice that some of your old key binds don't work anymore in the FPS game like they used to. Some console commands have been tweaked or removed entirely, so you may need to recreate your config to match your old game. Here's everything you need to know about Counter-Strike 2 binds.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 11:28 AM
     Tragic Cities Skylines 2 bug is causing

Following its rocky launch, Cities Skylines 2 developer Colossal Order is working on bringing patches out faster to other platforms alongside Steam, improving the performance for those playing via Microsoft's PC Game Pass service. CEO Mariina Hallikainen shares the first CO 'word of the week' for CS2, discussing technical issues, the hot topic of teeth rendering, and bugs causing "huge dog packs" to form in the city in the Paradox-published strategy game.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 11:27 AM
     The best Palia mods 2023

What are the best Palia mods? Mods for MMO games tend to be few and far between, as there is the inherent risk of being banned from servers for using them. However, in games where collecting resources is encouraged, some mods can help you save time in the long run from flitting between screens or glancing at a phone to triangulate exactly where you are in relation to the object you seek.

Since Palia hasn't been out all that long, and the MMO made its Epic Games Store debut, there aren't a ton of mods out there right now, but as we expected, the ones you can find are those that are helpful in navigation or make Palia's already vivid art style look more colorful than ever before. So, if you wish to enhance the farming game further, then look at the best Palia mods below.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 11:22 AM
     Vampire Survivors weapon evolution guide

What are all the Vampire Survivors weapon evolution combinations? With the roguelike indie game releasing on yet another platform, it's still going strong with new updates as players discover the sheer joy of walking around a forest or library, slaying an ever-growing encroaching horde of monsters that just want to be very close to you.

It's a relatively simple yet viral indie game. It's also one of the best PC games of the past year. However, mastering it and unlocking Vampire Survivors characters can get tricky if you don't spec into the correct build. Unfortunately, you only have a few slots for weapons and items, so choose carefully. With the introduction of a co-op mode, it's worth reminding yourself how Vampire Survivors weapon evolutions work and what you need to do to discover the new ones.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:31 PM
     The best relaxing games 2023

What are the best relaxing games? Sometimes we don't always want to end a long, busy day being taken out by sweaty teenagers in Warzone 2 or being scared silly by the jump scare horrors of Amnesia: The Bunker. Instead, there are times when all we want to do is nestle into our cozy gaming thrones with a cup of tea and a nice chill game to help us forget our stresses and strains.

If you fancy a break from the more anxiety-inducing games in your library and on our list of the best PC games right now, then melt into one of the calming games on this list. With our selection of puzzle games, adventure games, and more, you'll dive into the deep blue ocean of Abzu, experience the therapeutic satisfaction of really cleaning something in Powerwash Simulator, or even relax with friends in Tetris Effect. Let's just say, when it comes to the kind of relaxing games you should try, we've got all bases covered.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 11:18 AM
     MW3 release time – campaign early access start time

What is the MW3 release time? It's been a medium wait, as it always is with Call of Duty games, but players are still clawing at the door for more FPS antics. The best of the best want to be battling it out as soon as they possibly can - ranking their guns before everyone else and potentially gaining an advantage over the competition. Here is the Modern Warfare 3 release time so you can be one of the first in the fight.

The MW3 release date is right around the corner, with the early access period starting soon, and dedicated players are wondering exactly when they can begin this year's grind. Grab your best MW3 guns, tweak those MW3 loadouts, and prepare yourself for absolute carnage. Here is the MW3 start time in your region.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 1, 2023 11:10 AM
     Best gaming keyboard 2023: Full size, TKL or mini?

Arming your gaming PC setup with the best gaming keyboard will make a difference, whether you're into first-person shooters or epic RPG adventures. Sure, you can technically get by using WASD keys on any old keyboard, but your fingers will thank you if you arm them with high-quality mechanical switches and gorgeous keycaps.

PCGamesN's peripherals experts have tested a wide range of wireless keyboardsmechanical keyboardswired keyboards, and optical mechanical keyboards to bring you a list of the very best. No matter what your budget or preference is, you will find the right gaming keyboard to meet your needs.

Great gaming keyboards will pair well with the best gaming mouse, and will ultimately help bolster your desktop experience. If you're specifically looking for the best wireless mechanical keyboard, rather than wireless or membrane ones, then check out that guide for a full range of options.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 1, 2023 3:30 PM

Pinocchio Soulslike Lies of P - aka Bloodborne for PC players - will be getting a sequel in the future, the game's director has revealed. In the meantime, the well-received action-RPG has plenty on the way in the form of a patch out this month including gameplay tweaks, free cosmetics, a soundtrack release, and DLC.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 1, 2023 2:42 PM

(Formerly) indie developers System Era, known for planet-exploring space sandbox Astroneer, have been acquired by Devolver Digital, known for putting out that offbeat indie game you like, probably.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 1, 2023 2:08 PM

Will it ever be The Day Of for much-delayed and gossip-laden zombie MMO The Day Before? We'll apparently find out in just over a month, as The Day Before's release date has now been announced as December 5th following yet another slide back from its previous date of November 10th. That's after developers Fntastic previously promised that there wouldn't be any more delays - something its latest 'Final Trailer' presumably vows once again.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:41 PM

Logitech's G305 wireless gaming mouse is an incredible budget option, combining the firm's bulletproof Lightspeed 2.4GHz wireless with a small, comfortable shape and six programmable buttons. This model's full price is £60, but today you can pick up the G305 for just £30 at Currys as part of their early Black Friday deals.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:36 PM

Large gaming monitors can reach some crazy-high prices - so what's to stop you from getting a smaller 4K TV instead? You get a much bigger screen for the money plus TV functionality, and if you choose carefully you won't give up PC niceties like 4K 120Hz support or FreeSync and G-Sync compatibility.

This leads us neatly on to the 42-inch LG C3 OLED, which has dropped to £949 at Currys in the UK for Black Friday (it's normally £1399). This tasty £450 discount brings the monitor down to a price that it actually offers better value than many large-format gaming monitors, while offering far superior HDR, incredible motion clarity and of course full compatibility with PS5 and Series X consoles.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:13 PM

Dell's Black Friday deals have begun, and one nicety is that 5% off codes still work to knock a little extra off of their asking prices. Today we're looking at a 27-inch monitor that hits the current price/performance sweet spot of 1440p and 165Hz, the Dell S2722DGM. It's available for £175 when you use code TELEGRAPH5MON, with discounts to £165 possible if you're a part of the NHS.

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

Last week on the Electronic Wireless Show podcast, Alice and James use the Frasier-inspired browser RPG as a springboard to talk about The Simpsons a lot. And also fan-made video games, like a weird SpongeBob SquarePants fever dream that James experienced while full of milk and chili, and the Waterworld arcade game (as imagined in The Simpsons). Plus, we talk about games we've been playing recently, which includes Alan Wake 2. Alice does an unhinged rant while unaware she is once again ravaged by Covid.

This is why episode 35 is coming out a week after it was supposed to: yes, I had coronavirus the entire time! Apologies for the delay. But, you know, not like loads, I was pretty sick.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:02 PM

The first Black Friday deals are starting to appear now that we've poked our collective heads into November. The first one we'll look at is this £400 reduction on a current-gen Acer Nitro 16 gaming laptop from Acer's own UK store.

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

It is perhaps ironic that in attempting to crystalise my thoughts about Alan Wake 2 - a game about a novelist with such crippling writer's block that they end up spawning an entire evil doppelganger of themselves to sabotage their own work - I, too, have been hopelessly staring at a blank screen for the better part of 24 hours. I have not, thank goodness, reached the stage where my psyche's split in two (yet), but this spiral of self-doubt has now got to the point where I simply have put words, any words, in front of one another to write my way out of this hellish pit of despair.

Alan himself goes through a similar ordeal of writing to escape as he tries to find a way out of the prison-like dimension known as The Dark Place, where he's been trapped since the events of the first game - and I take heart from the fact that it's clearly well-worn territory for the folks at Remedy as well, such is the forensic precision in the way it's portrayed onscreen: a chaotic, supernatural tornado that not only threatens to unravel Alan's own identity, but also the wider world as we know it. It's imposter syndrome writ large, and honestly, Remedy are pretty on the money with this one. Horace is not a pretty taskmaster when the words stop coming.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12:00 PM

Thirsty Suitors is a dazzling new entry in a genre that is always badly in need of bolstering: turn-based RPGs without anime aesthetics and a story about something other than killing God. The game sees you play as Jala, who returns to her dilapidated hometown after getting dumped by the older woman for whom she abandoned college and her high school sweetheart. Waiting for her is a disappointed mother, a soon-to-be-wed sister who refuses to even speak to her, and a shadowy cabal formed of her spurned exes from the time in her life when rampant, unrelenting teen horniness nearly ripped the town apart. Jala's journey to redemption and genuine adulthood will take her to the psychic plane to do cathartic (if overly simplistic) battle with her wronged exes, to the local skatepark to pull off some janky grinds, and to grounded emotional revelations that are rarely written this well in videogames.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 1, 2023 9:00 AM
     Beware major plot spoilers for the entire Amnesia series, together with descriptions of fictional torturing techniques.

The most ghoulish of Amnesia's many ghoulish ideas is "vitae". It's a luminous, blue-green fluid that can be used as an energy source, a chemical catalyst and a supernatural healing agent. Each Amnesia game is broadly a story about the production of vitae, with some levels consisting of huge distillation and refining apparata, and major plot developments tied to what you do with it. In the original Amnesia: The Dark Descent, you'll brew potions using vitae in order to keep a decapitated head alive. In 2020's Amnesia: Rebirth, you'll use ornate metal cannisters of the stuff like batteries to power otherworldly machines. Vitae is the blood and breath of Amnesia, the grease upon the narrative axels, the fuel in its boiler, the miracle McGuffin that sustains its nastier flights of fantasy. But what is vitae, exactly? Agony.

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A whole new world!

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The best game in the WarioWare series since Smooth Moves.

Siliconera Wednesday, November 1, 2023 4:00 PM

Nintendo Offers Games in Senior Centers in Japan

Nintendo began an initiative to offer its video games to senior citizens in senior centers in Japan. Specifically, only Nintendo Switch titles will be provided.

The staff members of these senior centers will provide the elderly residing there with a Nintendo Switch console, as well as various Nintendo Switch titles to enjoy, including games like Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Sports, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

The response to the launch events for the initiative from the seniors who participated was apparenlt positive overall. As a result, from November 2023, Nintendo aims to expand the initiative to 200 senior centers. The company hopes to pursue further possibilities for the Nintendo Switch after reaching this goal.

Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training for Nintendo Switch released in 2020 and is a modern take on the classic Nintendo DS series Brain Age. It is filled with exercises and puzzles that test the strength of your memory, logical thinking and problem-solving skills. You can also find out your "brain age," and set a daily alarm with your Nintendo Switch so you won't miss an exercise.

The Nintendo initiative to provide senior citizens in Japanese senior centers with the Switch and its games will continue into the future.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 1, 2023 3:30 PM

My Hero Academia Ochaco Toga video

The official Shonen Jump YouTube channel shared an hour long music video featuring Himiko Toga and Ochaco Uraraka from the My Hero Academia manga and anime series. The video is a "what if?" scenario showing both characters growing up together as childhood friends.

The video shows four scenes featuring Ochaco and Himiko spending time together. The scenes are rendered and animated in a pixel art style, accompanied by piano music, with corresponding sound effects playing in the background.

You can take a look at the My Hero Academia Ochaco Uraraka and Himiko Toga pixel art video here:

The first scene includes both characters as children playing in a park during Spring. The second scene continues into Summer and involves the characters playing with a cat and picking flowers near a shrine. The third scene changes things to show the characters grown into middle school students, taking cute pictures together at a purikura photo booth.

The final scene shows Ochaco and Himiko grown into high schoolers, spending time during winter in the park from the first scene. At certain points in the video, a memory of them as children will appear where they were playing during the same scene. In addition, snow starts falling near the end of the fourth scene.

The My Hero Academia anime series is available on Crunchyroll. Viz Media handles the localization of the manga outside of Japan.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 1, 2023 3:00 PM

PlayStation Plus November 2023 Games Include Dragon Ball: The Breakers

Sony announced its three PlayStation Plus November 2023 games are Dragon Ball: The Breakers (PS4), Mafia II: Definitive Edition (PS4), and Aliens Fireteam Elite (PS4, PS5). They'll be available to subscribers starting November 7, 2023.

Aliens Fireteam Elite is a third-person shooter where either three people or a player and two AIs face off against Xenomorphs. There are four campaigns to go through and seven classes to choose from. It debuted in August 2021 and normally costs $29.99 in the PlayStation Store, though Best Buy is selling it for $10.99 at time of writing.

Dragon Ball: The Breakers is an asymmetric game where one person controls an iconic villain and the other seven try to survive. Its fourth season and first anniversary arrived on November 1, 2023. It is normally $19.99 in the PlayStation Store, but GameStop is selling it for $9.99 at time of writing.

Mafia II: Definitive Edition is the latest remaster of the action game set in the late 1940s. In it, players follow Vito as he climbs the rank of the mafia in the campaign. It debuted in May 2020 and normally costs $29.99 in the PlayStation Store. 

The update also included a detail about Silent Hill: Ascension, the interactive streaming series where the audience makes decisions about how the story goes. People who subscribe to the Premium or Deluxe tiers of PlayStation Plus can see the "episodes" of it based on choices made during the live streams, as well as see them a day before those are released to everyone. So while everyone sees the first installment on November 9, 2023, PlayStation Plus Premium and Deluxe members get to watch it on November 8, 2023.

As a reminder, the October 2023 PlayStation Plus games were The Callisto Protocol (PS4, PS5), Farming Simulator 22 (PS4, PS5), and Weird West (PS4, PS5). Those can be claimed until November 6, 2023. 

PlayStation Plus now costs $79.99/€71.99/£59.99/¥6,800 per year for its Essential tier. 

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 1, 2023 2:30 PM

Lies of P Balance Update

A sequel to Neowiz Games' Lies of P was confirmed in a video from director Ji Won Choi, along with plans for an upcoming balance patch, sequel, and DLC. While no specific dates were confirmed, the balance update is said to be planned for November, 2023, and will arrive along with several in-game gifts from the developers.

In the video, Choi stated that the development team's main priorities are working on both the Lies of P DLC and sequel. Though no concrete details were revealed, Choi did show two pieces of teaser art for the DLC towards the end of the video. One of the two features what appears to be a large water turbine, while the other shows Pinocchio exploring two crashed sailing ships.

You can see the pieces in the gallery below:

For the balance path, Neowiz plans to update several areas in response to player feedback. The first listed is the tweaking of several blades and handles that were "underperforming" as part of the Weapon Assemble system. Choi also addressed concerns over the initial difficulty of the game, in particular an enemy located in the Venigni Works that was able to stunlock players who had not unlocked a certain skill. To combat these frustrations, the developers are planning to have the Rising Dodge ability unlocked from the start instead of later on, allowing players to roll out of a knocked-down state, as well as adding two more skill-unlocking items to an early vendor's inventory.

Choi also described plans to provide players with several in-game gifts to express the gratitude of him and the team. These gifts include a wearable outfit resembling special weapon merchant Alidoro's, which was apparantly hotly requested, as well as a hat and pair of glasses to use with the new facial accessory slot. The slot will allow players to wear both hats and accessories where before they were limited to one or the other.

You can watch the full Director's Letter below:

Lies of P released back in September, 2023, selling around 1 milllion copies in a month and appearing on Xbox Game Pass.

Lies of P is available now on the PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Series X, with a sequel and DLC in development. A balance patch is planned for release in November, 2023.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 1, 2023 2:00 PM

The HoYoVerse Honkai: Star Rail Lineup Assistant Tool appeared with Forgotten Hall Memory of Chaos teams insights. People can report on the lineup and provide data about it.

Two screenshots offered a better look at what to expect when using the tool. It will show progress in Memory of Chaos stages. People can check and see how many objectives they fulfilled in the Forgotten Hall challenges. The two four-member teams' characters and their levels can be shown. It will also note dates and how many cycles it took. People can also provide a 10,000 character summary of the team, a 200 word title describing them, and offer a HoYoLAB link. 

Here's a closer look at the two Honkai: Star Rail Lineup Assistant Tool Forgotten Hall Memory of Chaos teams screenshots. One shows what it looks like when you expand the team view, so you can see details about cycles and characters. The other shows what it looks like when you're entering data and preparing to publish a lineup.

We'll learn more about the future of the game this week. Ahead of the 1.5 update arriving later in November 2023, HoYoVerse is sharing a Special Program. That airs on November 3, 2023, and will go over new characters like Argenti and Huohuo, as well as new missions.

Honkai: Star Rail is available for the PS5, PC, and mobile devices. 

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:30 PM

Chara-Ani FFXIV Emet Selch, Hythlodaeus, and Venat Figures Appear

Three new Chara-Ani figures of Emet-Selch, Hythlodaeus, and Venat from FFXIV are now available to pre-order until November 15, 2023 from the company's online store. Each of them costs 8,580 yen (~$57).

The three new Final Fantasy XIV figures are produced in collaboration with Square Enix. They are expected to release officially relatively soon in Japan. The date is currently set for December 2023. However, it appears Chara-Ani does not ship outside of Japan.

There is a limit to how many of each Final Fantasy XIV character one can purchase. A shopper could only buy 10 of each one. Although they are small, each of the figures' facial expressions and gestures are rendered and designed to replicate their appearances in-game.

Each figure comes with a black pedestal-style base for them to stand on. Including the base, the FFXIV Venat figure is approximately 170mm in height, Hythlodaeus is 175mm tall, and Emet-Selch stands at 185mm. Each figure is made up of PVC and ABS materials.

Get a closer look at the new Final Fantasy XIV figures in the gallery below:

And here are the direct links to each one:

Final Fantasy XIV is available to play on the PS4, PS5, and PC. The new Chara-Ani FFXIV Emet-Selch, Hythlodaeus, and Venat figures will begin shipping in Japan in December 2023.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 1, 2023 1:00 PM

Every month, Square Enix releases mobile and desktop Final Fantasy VII calendar images. The four November 2023 FFVII calendar images feature Rebirth character art ahead of the new game's debut.

This time, the FFVII Rebirth versions of Cloud and Barret appear on both versions of the images. Each one appears in both a mobile and desktop style wallpaper. In each case, we get a better look at the outfits and equipment they'll be wearing in the new installment, with some imagery from locations in part two showing up in the background. 

All four calendar images also point out the November Final Fantasy VII character birthday. Yuffie's falls on November 20th, and it is marked on every version with a circle and her name noted somewhere.

Here are the November 2023 FFVII Rebirth calendar images featuring Cloud and Barret:

As a reminder, this is the second time in a row FFVII Rebirth ended up honored. The October 2023 calendar featured the game's cover art.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will come to the PS5 on February 29, 2024, with the platform exclusivity arrangement ending on May 29, 2024. FFVII Remake is available for the PS4, PS5, and PC. You can also find FFVII Ever Crisis on mobile devices.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12:00 PM

Preview: Persona 5 Tactica Doesn't Skimp on the Strategy

I still can be wary about Persona and Shin Megami Tensei spin-offs. Persona 5 Tactica is a cover-focused, turn-based strategy game not unlike XCOM and Mario + Rabbids and, in my first hours with it on the Switch, I found the gameplay paired well with the series concepts.

Persona 5 Tactica begins with a bit of mystery. The Phantom Thieves are gathering at LeBlanc after the events of the main game, socializing and escaping inclement weather. While there, they see news about Diet member Kasukabe disappearing. Not long after they do, something happens, causing weird imagery to appear at the door. The group ventures out, finding themselves transformed into their Phantom Thief attire when they do. It's then that they also encounter a dreaded figure known as Marie and her minions, and eventually need to fall back alongside resistance member Erina to regroup and better prepare to retaliate. 

Persona 5 Tactica
Image via Atlus

Basically, from what I saw in my first missions, you want to get the Phantom Thieves into cover while also evicting opponents from their secure spaces in Persona 5 Tactica. Sometimes, you may even find spots that offer a degree of recovery while standing there. But for the most part, you want to position your party members behind "large" pieces of cover, rather than waist-high ones, to ensure a complete block from damage. At the same time, you want to use Persona skills like Morgana's Zorro's Garu or less risky melee attacks to knock enemies out of their safe spots. (In the case of a well-times and arranged physical attack, your unit will then occupy that foe's former spot and immediately be in cover after the attack.) 

Aside from the aforementioned Persona skills and ability to use guns for ranged attacks, other sorts of Persona series staples exist. If you manage to knock down an enemy with the strength of an attack or defeat it, then that character gets to take action one more time. It's incredibly handy and, even in the early missions I played, encouraged smart gameplay. The Triple Threat mechanic, which sees someone knocking down an enemy, then positioning two other allies in a triangle surrounding them to deal AOE damage to all foes within those lines, is also an "All Out Attack" sort of major assault that could easily deal significant damage and help clear out enemies. Not to mention I found it often helped with getting through the three Awards challenges that might involve getting through a stage in X number of turns. 

Image via Atlus
Image via Atlus

At times between these missions, players get a chance to retreat to Erina's resistance's headquarters. There, they can invest in the different character's skill trees to unlock active and passive abilities, talk to the people there, visit the Velvet Room to manage Personas, buy new guns, and go through replays. I found it a handy break between major missions. Though I also did find it a relief to know that I could save at the start of a fight and there was an autosave option so progress never ended up being lost.

All of these early hours of Persona 5 Tactica left me feeling rather optimistic about the adventure. The gameplay seems solid enough, with some opportunities to strategically find a safe spot while also ensuring there was no security for opponents. I'm curious to see how it shapes up as I get further into it, replay some fights, and get more into fusions.

Persona 5 Tactica will appear on the Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam on November 17, 2023. There will also be Repaint Your Heart DLC with Goro Akechi and Kasumi Yoshizawa released on launch day.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 1, 2023 12:00 PM

Hear the Tales of Arise Beyond the Dawn DLC Theme Song

Bandai Namco released the Tales of Arise Beyond the Dawn DLC theme song, "We Still." It may sound a little familiar as it is performed by Kankaku Piero, the same group that performed the original game's track "Hibana."

To go along with the release, there's a music video to watch. Bandai Namco shared the full version of Kankaku Piero's "We Still" on top of footage from the game and its expansion. People can see both the existing cast members reuniting and experiencing important moments, while also seeing the new character Nazamil. During the event scenes, we see Nazamil meeting and connecting with the party, as well as people like Alphen, Shionne, and Rinwell using their abilities to attack.

There will be a way to hear the Tales of Arise Beyond the Dawn DLC theme song outside of the game. Bandai Namco confirmed it will be streaming online starting on November 9, 2023. It didn't note which services will offer it. However, Bandai Namco did recently release the Armored Core 6 soundtrack on Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music, so those could be contenders.

Tales of Arise is available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC, and the Before the Dawn DLC will arrive on November 9, 2023. 

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 1, 2023 11:30 AM

Granblue Fantasy Versus Rising Release Date Delayed

There's a new Granblue Fantasy Versus Rising release date, due to the game being delayed. Cygames said it will now release on December 14, 2023, and the Granblue Showcase: Part 2 - GBVSR will be held on December 2, 2023. 

Cygames originally said the game would debut on November 30, 2023 during Evo 2023. However, due to a desire to ensure the overall quality of the final product, it's been pushed back a few weeks. While feedback from tests was positive, the major adjustments announced in October 2023 will take more time to complete. People who get standard versions can play on December 14, 2023. If someone buys the Digital Deluxe Edition, they get early access to the title on December 11, 2023 now.

As for the Granblue Showcase: Part 2 - GBVSR, there's no exact release time yet. The team only noted that instead of appearing in November 2023, it will air on December 2, 2023. 

Here's part of the statement from Creative Director Tetsuya Fukuhara about the delay:

After our first online beta was held in July, the development team pulled out all the stops to rework the game's mechanics and battle design in time for the initially scheduled release date. Despite our best efforts, however, it has become clear to me that additional time will be needed to put the finishing touches on the game.

Upon completing our adjustments to the game's battle mechanics, we revealed the changes during our Balance and System Adjustments stream on October 20 and the first public playtest at the "GBVS Official Tournament, vol. 7" last weekend, where they were met with an overwhelmingly positive reception.

However, due to the number of modes that were affected by these changes, we found the overall impact to be much larger than anticipated, and decided that, in order to meet player expectations, we would need two more weeks of polish and debugging to put out a truly high-quality product. We regret announcing this as the second beta is just around the corner, but please rest assured that the beta schedule itself has not changed.

The new Granblue Fantasy Versus Rising release date is December 14, 2023. Those who get the Deluxe Edition can begin playing on December 11, 2023. It will appear on the PS4, PS5, and PC.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 1, 2023 11:00 AM

Bloodborne Kart Release Date Falls in January 2024

Soon Bloodborne Kart will be real, as the PC fan game has a release date. People will be able to race around Yharnam on January 31, 2024. 

To go along with the release date announcement, the team behind the project confirmed some of the features people will see in the full game. As a reminder and as the title suggests, Bloodborne Kart is a racing game. It features a demake look, as well as both single and multiplayer modes. The single-player involves a campaign with bosses, while people can play in split-screen or VS Battle multiplayer. There are also 12 playable characters and 16 maps, with one of the more recent reveals being Eileen the Crow.

Here's the new Bloodborne Kart release date trailer. It features narration from The Doll, before revealing that her monologue is due to her placing first in a race. From there, gameplay footage of various racers and their cars are shown as they go through various courses.

If the team's work looks familiar, you might recall them from Bloodborne PSX. That allows people to go through a few hours of the game on PCs.

Bloodborne Kart will appear on PCs on January 31, 2024. The original Bloodborne is available on the PlayStation 4.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 1, 2023 10:30 AM

Bridget Named Most Popular Guilty Gear Strive Character in Survey

Arc System Works' latest update for Guilty Gear Strive revealed Bridget ended up most popular character worldwide in the Season 3 Survey. The team also went over the upcoming roadmap for updates for the game.

The Season 3 Survey happened in September 2023, with over 37,000 offering thoughts on Guilty Gear Strive, the most popular character, and the person people most want to see as DLC. Worldwide, Bridget came in first, followed by Sol in second, Ramlethal in third, Baiken in fourth, and Ky Kiske in fifth. As for characters who people most want to see return as a playable character, A.B.A. topped the list in North America, South America, and Africa, Elphelt Valentine was first in Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia, and Slayer is most wanted in Europe and the Middle East. 

The popularity of Bridget in Guilty Gear Strive seems to have influenced merchandise for the series as of late. In September and October 2023, we saw shirts based on her, Dizzy, and Ramlethal, her outfit in VRChat, and a variant of her Pop Up Parade figure.

The Developer's Backyard also confirmed some other upcoming additions. In Season 3, the 15 launch characters are getting new attacks, and Anji, Faust, Giovanna, May, I-No, and Ramlethal already "learned" theirs. The Wild Assault and Deflect Shield mechanics are new. There will also be new DLC characters in December 2023, followed by additional ones and stages in 2024.

Guilty Gear Strive is available for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC, and the next DLC character will appear in December 2023.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 1, 2023 10:01 AM

Review: WarioWare: Move It! is a fun party game with some motion control drawbacks

Although WarioWare: Move It is one of the strangest gaming experiences I've had in a long time, its addicting gameplay also made it one of the most enjoyable games I've played all year.

Screenshot of nose game in WarioWare: Move It!
Image via Nintendo

Originally launching on the GameBoy Advance over two decades ago, the minigame franchise returns for its twelfth major title on the Nintendo Switch. However, like 2006's WarioWare: Smooth Moves for the Nintendo Wii, WarioWare: Move It asks a lot from players as the game heavily leans on the motion controls of the Joy-Con controllers, which is sometimes to its detriment.

To get things out of the way, WarioWare: Move It requires players to detach their Joy-Cons from their system at all times to play the game. For those that run their console through their TV, this isn't a problem. However, this isn't exactly ideal for players who prefer the portability of the Nintendo Switch. If you fall into the latter category, you will have to get used to setting your tiny Switch screen down on a table or desk while playing the minigame collection. It's not the worst thing ever, but this could be a big caveat for some fans.

Additionally, WarioWare: Move It also has some rather unique requirements that players must fulfill to get through certain minigames in the collection. In the "Trust Tether Sign" pose, you must have the wristband cable attached to your Joy-Con. This is because the microgame has you dropping your Joy-Con in the air and dangling it. If you don't have the strap, you can theoretically get around this by dropping your controllers on a chair or couch. But from my experience, the game often doesn't register these movements correctly using this method, so you really need to have the accessory.

Screenshot of toilet unclog in WarioWare: Move It!
Image via Nintendo

Once you get past those hurdles, WarioWare: Move It is an absolute blast! After winning an all-expenses paid trip to Caresaway Island, Wario begrudgingly invites all of his friends from previous games to a vacation resort. In many ways, WarioWare: Move It plays like a love letter to the niche franchise. Fans of the series will feel right at home as beloved characters such as Mona, Ashley, Crygor, and Penny are all here and incorporated into the story in a really neat way.

For its core gameplay loop, WarioWare: Move It has you navigating around the Caresaway Island map as you unlock new chapters in the story. However, each level is centered around a specific character's point of view as we get to see how they are spending their time at the vacation resort. In every chapter, you are thrown into a series of quick minigames that you must complete to reach the final Boss Stage.

For example, the first level has you taking on Wario, who is being chased through the jungle. As you watch the Nintendo mascot sprint for his life, the game quickly cuts to minigames that range from chopping carrots in a kitchen to playing whack-a-mole with a giant octopus. Because I am a clumsy person, I accidentally threw orange juice into a character's face instead of gently clinking their wine glass in one of the challenges. Oops! If you use up your lives and fail the game, no worries, as WarioWare: Move It! gives you an infinite amount of continues, as long as you are willing to swallow your pride and re-create a goofy "sacred pose" with your Joy-Cons.

Screenshot of the love game in WarioWare: Move It!
Image via Nintendo

Another stage had me joining Mona, who was on a Mermaid Meet and Greet adventure. In each level, the game introduces you to new poses you have to mimic with your Joy-Cons to progress the story. For Mona's segment, I had to hit a baseball, keep my character dry with an umbrella, and use a plunger to get a turtle out of a clogged toilet. Yes, the game gets weird quickly. In the opening stages alone, I had to "de-stock" a character by pulling the stretched garment off her face. Why? Who knows! But it's these bizarre moments that make WarioWare: Move It a joy to play. While it lacks the strategic elements of board games like Mario Party, its frantic and unexpected gameplay is constantly stimulating. I couldn't stop laughing when one of the challenges literally had me creating a Snowman with my butt. Yeah, don't ask.

WarioWare: Move It has two core modes: Story and Party. In Story Mode, you and another player move up and down Caresaway Island, tackling each level's minigame-filled story segment. The campaign can also be played solo. Party Mode, in comparison, gets straight to the action and is just a collection of minigames that up to 4 players can jump into. In this mode, you will not have to watch lengthy cutscenes or deal with the resort story.

While it's to be expected from the series by this point, I was surprised at how tired I got while playing WarioWare: Move It. The game lives up to its name, as it really expects you to use your entire body while utilizing your full surroundings. In one minigame, I almost fell down on the ground after bending backward so my on-screen character would fit under the game's limbo bar. Players with mobility issues may struggle with certain aspects of WarioWare: Move It!, as there are almost no compromises regarding the physical requirements of each minigame.

Screenshot of the wipe game in WarioWare: Move It!
Image via Nintendo

WarioWare: Move It is an absolute blast to play and is the perfect mix of chaotic gameplay and bizarre humor. However, the game's heavy reliance on motion controls and strict minigame requirements may be a dealbreaker for some players. Ultimately, Nintendo's decision to go all in on the Joy-Con mostly pays off as WarioWare: Move It has some of the series' most innovative and bizarre minigames to date. If you can get past the hurdles, this is one of the best party titles on the Nintendo Switch and is a perfect love letter to the long-running franchise.

WarioWare: Move It will appear on the Nintendo Switch on November 3, 2023.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 1, 2023 9:30 AM

Pokemon anime vinyl record

A 7-inch vinyl record including the Japanese first opening and ending song of the Pokemon anime series will release on December 27, 2023. The record costs 2,970 yen (or about $20) and is now available for pre-order from various retail stores in Japan.

Side A of the record includes the original Japanese opening theme song of the 1997 Pokemon anime series, "Mezase Pokemon Master." It is performed by the Japanese voice actor for Ash (Satoshi in Japan), Rica Matsumoto. Meanwhile, Side B includes the Japanese ending song, "One Hundred Fifty-One," performed by Professor Oak Japanese voice actor Unsho Ishizuka.

The record includes two bonus items, a removable transparent sticker featuring Ash and Pikachu, and a Pokedex Style Foldable Card. The record comes with a yellow jacket cover. You can take a better look at the new Pokemon 7-inch vinyl record and its contents here:

Pokemon anime vinyl record
Image via The Pokemon Company

The Pokemon opening and ending songs were originally released as a CD single back in 1997. This new release marks the first time that the songs have appeared as a vinyl record.

The new Pokemon opening and ending vinyl record costs 2,970 yen (~$20). It will release in Japan on December 27, 2023, and pre-orders are now open from various retail stores in Japan.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 1, 2023 9:00 AM

Persona 5 Tactica Taiyaki

GiGO will sell Persona 5 Tactica taiyaki and drinks in Japan to celebrate the release of the game. The taiyaki and drinks will be available between November 17, 2023 and December 15, 2023. [Thanks, PR Times!]

The Persona 5 Tactica taiyaki and drinks will be sold separately, and each one costs 500 yen (or about $3). The taiyaki is modeled after Morgana, and it will be available at the GiGO Taiyaki Akihabara store in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, novelty drinks will be offered at 19 GiGO cafés throughout the country. The locations the drinks will be available at are the following:

  • GiGO Collaboration Cafe Sapporo Norbesa
  • Dinos Bowling Sapporo Teine
  • Dinos Bowling Obihiro
  • GiGO Sendai
  • GiGO Headquarters Store
  • GiGO Ikebukuro No.1
  • GiGO Collaboration Cafe Ikebukuro
  • GiGO Ikebukuro No.3
  • GiGO Akihabara 2
  • GiGO Shibuya
  • GiGO Market Square Sasashima
  • GiGO Kanayama
  • GiGO Namba-Avion
  • GiGO Collaboration Cafe Nanba Sennichimae
  • GiGO Collaboration Cafe Okayama
  • GiGO Hiroshima Hondori
  • GiGO Fukuoka Tenjin
  • GiGO Yodobashi Hakata
  • GiGO Collaboration Cafe Stand Kumamoto

In addition, a random special novelty coaster will be offered as a gift for the purchase of each Persona 5 Tactica taiyaki or drink. There are 13 coasters available, each one featuring a different character. These include Joker, Erina, Morgana, Ryuji, Ann, Yusuke, Makoto, Futaba, Haru, Toshiro, Akechi, Kasumi, and Lavenza.

You can take a better look at the coasters here:

Persona 5 Tactica Taiyaki
Image via Atlus and GiGO

Persona 5 Tactica will come out for the Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam on November 17, 2023. Goro Akechi and Kasumi Yoshizawa will appear as part of the day one Repaint Your Heart DLC.

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