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GamersHeroes Wednesday, November 15, 2023 9:50 PM

Take a deeper look into Rocksteady Studios' Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League with the first episode of WB Games and DC's video series. Called "Suicide Squad Insider," the first episode of this series focuses on its core gameplay mechanics, narrative elements, and open-world Metropolis, among other topics. Insight and commentary are provided by the …

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GamersHeroes Wednesday, November 15, 2023 3:16 PM

Yakuza games are becoming yearly releases, and Like a Dragon Gaiden is another cog in that machine. Is going back to Kiryu yet again worth the time, or should you play something else? Check out or review and find out.

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Kotaku Wednesday, November 15, 2023 6:25 PM

Workers at Sega of America say the publisher behind Persona, Yakuza, and more beloved gaming franchises is trying to lay them off as retaliation for unionizing. A new unfair labor practice filed by the Communications Workers of America accuses Sega of forcing employees into a meeting where they were told their jobs…


Kotaku Wednesday, November 15, 2023 5:30 PM

Developer-publisher Atlus is reportedly raising the annual salaries of its Japanese staff by 15 percent, a move that is the total opposite of what's been happening across the U.S. labor market (and the games industry specifically) for months now.


Kotaku Wednesday, November 15, 2023 5:00 PM

On November 16, Valve will let folks purchase a new Steam Deck OLED Limited Edition model, which features all the upgrades of the base OLED version of the portable PC, but with some extra cosmetic details, too. And to help folks actually get a chance to buy this thing, Valve is implementing some safeguards to slow or…


Kotaku Wednesday, November 15, 2023 4:00 PM


Kotaku Wednesday, November 15, 2023 3:15 PM

After running into some certification issues bringing Baldur's Gate 3 to Microsoft's ecosystem, developer Larian Studios has announced that the popular Dungeons & Dragons-based role-playing game is "on track" for a December release on Xbox consoles a couple months after its August 3 launch. What's more, the specific…


PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 6:29 PM
     Remnant 2 update adds participation medal for Apocalypse mode players

Remnant 2 is one of the most intriguing soulslike releases, thanks to the original game's stellar reputation and now the sequel's high rating. Gunfire Games has crafted a worthy follow-up to its 2019 RPG and then some. Players have awaited the game's recent DLC, The Awakened King, and its subsequent update, but they never would've expected one of the additions accompanying the new content. If you play Remnant 2 on its Apocalypse difficulty, this patch is for you.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Remnant 2 archetypes, Remnant 2 review, Remnant 2 bosses

PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 5:03 PM
     The best ATS mods 2023 – the 11 best American Truck Simulator mods

What are the best ATS mods in 2023? The cult -favorite trucking game is still going strong since its release all the way back in 2016. Luckily, there's a fervent modding community behind ATS to this day, meaning you can update the base game with everything from dynamic weather effects to new truck companies and brands. Given how long the game has been out at this point, finding the very best ATS mods can be a little bit tricky in 2023. But that's where we come in.

Here's our picks for the best American Truck Simulator mods to download in 2023. We've tried to include a good variety of mod types, from visual improvements, to mods that will change aspects of the popular simulation game like navigation and in-game economy/prices.

PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 4:58 PM
     Is Kingdom Hearts on Steam?

Is Kingdom Hearts on Steam? The epic series that follows iconic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy Dog was finally ported to PC back in 2021, but the Kingdom Hearts games can't be found anywhere on Steam.

Starting life as a PlayStation 2 exclusive over two decades ago, the Disney games are beloved by both children and adults raised on a mix of cartoons and turn-based RPGs. Trying to play all of these games in release order used to be a pain as the spin-offs were on different platforms, but the 2021 PC release comes with the 1.5, 2.5, and 2.8 Remix editions to bring players up to speed with any missing story elements.

Continue reading Is Kingdom Hearts on Steam?
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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 4:25 PM
     Minecraft adds challenging new mob and spawner, try them now

Minecraft is only getting bigger and better as time goes on, with frequent updates and new content dropping from Mojang. One of the most exciting patches is coming up, the 1.21 update, adding a variety of content from new mobs to blocks. One of the cutest additions, a stormy hostile mob known as the Breeze, is now here alongside the game's new Trial Chambers and the Trial Spawner in the latest playable Minecraft preview, version

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 15, 2023 3:34 PM

Mystical dark-fantasy RPG The Thaumaturge has been delayed into next year, as its developers say they'll need until February to polish up the story-driven game to the standards they're aiming for.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 15, 2023 7:00 PM

Full Metal Panic Family

The first volume of Full Metal Panic Family will come out on January 19, 2024. This is a light novel series that takes place twenty years after the original series, focusing on Sousuke and Kaname raising their kids. [Thanks, KaroshiMyriad!]

Fantasia Bunko, the publisher, has described this as a "shocking" new series. The book will cost 748 JPY ($4.95) and will contain 256 pages. You can pre-order it via Kadokawa. Here is the full plot summary as it appears on Kadokawa's website:

Full Metal Panic is back! Here is the start of a shocking new series! About twenty years after its emotional climax, Sousuke Sagara and Kaname Chidori have turned from high schoolers to proper adults. Not only that...but they're also a loving couple raising kids together?! This is the start of a new Full Metal Panic series, focusing on Sousuke and Kaname now that they're a family.

Shoji Gatoh, who originally wrote Full Metal Panic, is the author. Full Metal Panic originally ran from 1998 to 2011, and during that time, it spawned various adaptations such as several anime and manga series, as well as games.

The plot of Full Metal Panic follows Sousuke Sagara, who is secretly a member of an anti-terrorist private military organization. His job is to protect Kaname Chidori, who is targeted by a number of different organizations. Because of Sousuke's unique past, he was unable to fit in at school, but he eventually grows close with Chidori.

The sequel to Full Metal Panic, Full Metal Panic Family, will come out on January 19, 2024, in Japanese bookstores such as Kadokawa.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 15, 2023 6:30 PM

Blue Protocol Version 1.02.100 limit breaks

Bandai Namco has listed all of the updates that will arrive in Blue Protocol as part of its Version 1.02.100 patch. You will also be able to see the updates via the #13 livestream, which is available on YouTube.

For starters, there will be three new significant updates. The first is the addition of Limit Breaks. This is when you change an equipment's parameters by feeding it dupes of itself. You'll only be able to Limit Break weapons, Battle Echoes, and Equipment Echoes. Limit Breaking a Battle Echo in particular, will change the effect of the Summon Skill.

There will also be an increase in how many Tactical Skills you can set on a character. Prior to the update, you could only have four. Afterward, you can have eight as long as you level up your Class Level past 8. Thanks to this change to the Tactical Skills, key bindings will be changed.

You will need to go into your settings and adjust the key configuration if you had it set in a particular way. Another change to the class system is that you will now get experience even after you max out a class. Once you reach a certain level, you'll get an Exceed From item that you can exchange for items.

Finally, there will be some changes to rewards and penalties. You'll take less time to revive (10 seconds instead of 20 seconds) and respawn with more HP than before (50% from 10%). You also will no longer suffer debuffs for a minute if you die after taking fall damage or if you respawn after no one helps you within the time limit.

As for rewards, there will be a higher chance of getting treasure chests, as well as more enemies you can get it from. You'll also be able to get Equipment Echoes as drops. You can check out the new costumes for Christmas that you'll be able to get in the game in the gallery below:

You can also get emotes as rewards depending on how many times you spin a specific gacha. 10 times on a Costume Gacha will earn you a Cool Blow Kiss Emote. 20 will get you a Cute Blow Kiss emote. 10 times on a Mount Gacha will get you a Funky Blow Kiss Emote, and 20 times will get you a Sexy Blow Kiss.

Blue Protocol Christmas emotes
Image via Bandai Namco

Another addition that will go live next month is the inclusion of Defense Line. In this mode, you'll play with seventeen other players to defend a blue wall, fighting monsters that spawn from crystals on the map. You can destroy the crystals to slow down the monsters' advance as well. More details on this mode will come out closer to its release date.

Blue Protocol is readily available on the Windows PC in Japan, and the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions will come out later in Winter 2023. The worldwide release for the PS5, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC will be sometime in 2024.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 15, 2023 6:00 PM

holo indie

Cover has listed its guidelines for derivative games revolving around its talents, as well as set up the brand "Holo Indie." The announced guidelines are aiming to support creators in the long run.

Under Holo Indie, independent or solo developers who create their own games based on Hololive's existing IPs will be able to earn money from them. They will also appear on Steam. This will create a positive feedback loop in which indie Hololive games generate discussion and interest in Hololive, and indie developers feel encouraged to make games because there is a monetary reward.

Holo Parade will be the very first game from Holo Indie, which will serve as an example for future developers. User "Roboqlo" developed this project. It's a simple tower defense game in which you can gather and raise sixty-five characters from the various Hololive branches. It'll come out on December 1, 2023, via Steam.

If you want to make games under Holo Indie, there are terms and guidelines to follow. You can read the complete list via Hololive's general terms of usage. The main request for games specifically is to not infringe on a third party's copyrights. For example, if you want to include music in the game, you have to compose it yourself or find non-copyright tracks.

You must also register your game via this Google Document to be a part of Holo Indie, especially if you plan on releasing your project for profit.

Holo Parade, the first Holo Indie game, will come out on December 1, 2023, for the Windows PC via Steam. Some other existing fan games based on Hololive include Idol Showdown and Holocure.

The post Holo Indie Will Let Developers Make Money From Hololive Games appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, November 15, 2023 4:56 PM

Tales of Arise Figuarts Mini figures

Tamashii Web will open up pre-orders of Figuarts Mini figures of Alphen, Shionne, and Dohalim from Tales of Arise. Pre-orders will start on November 21, 2023, and the collectibles will be released in April 2024.

There's no information as of yet in regards to where you'll be able to buy the Alphen, Shionne, and Dohalim Tales of Arise figures. Usually, you can get Tamashii Web items via its physical stores or online shop. Whether it offers international delivery or not depends on your region and the item.

More details on delivery for these figures, in particular, will be available via the Tamashii website once pre-orders open. You can get a closer look at the Tales of Arise collectibles in the gallery below:

Figuarts Mini figures can fit in the palm of your hand and come with ball joints so that you can adjust the pose somewhat. The Alphen figure is wearing his Gahm Arthalys costume, while the Shionne one is wearing her L'Aze Phiarquis outfit.

In Tales of Arise, you could get these outfits automatically by simply progressing through the main story. Each figure costs 2970 JPY (this number includes the tax), which would be approximately $19.60.

The Tales of Arise Alphen, Shionne, and Dohalim Figuarts Mini figures will open up for pre-order from November 21, 2023. Tales of Arise and the Beyond the Dawn DLC are now available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC.

The post Mini Tales of Arise Figures to Appear in April 2024 appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, November 15, 2023 3:45 PM

It's that time of year when you may start making your gift wish list or searching for games and consoles to add to your Nintendo Switch holiday shopping list, and we're once again here to guide you. As usual, we have an array of recommendations for things you or people you love might want this year.

Which Switch Bundles are available for the 2023 Black Friday holiday shopping season?

There are two specific bundles released this year, but only one involves a system. The console this year is a $349.99 Super Smash Bros Ultimate Nintendo Switch OLED Black Friday bundle. That gives you a console with a special design based on the game, a code to download the fighting game, and three months of Nintendo Switch Online. 

The other bundle offers a way to get Joy-Cons with a game. For $99.99, you can get a digital copy of Super Mario Party and a pair of red and blue controllers. As the controllers are normally $79.99 and Nintendo sells the title for $59.99, it's a bit of a savings.

As a reminder, there are also still some ever-present options. One is the $299.99 standard Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle. There are also the $199.99 Switch Lite systems, though those don't have removable Joy-Cons.  

Image via Nintendo
Image via Nintendo

Guide to Nintendo Switch games that make a great holiday gift for anyone

So some games are just generally great! They're fun for folks regardless of their skill level. Anyone can jump in and find something to enjoy about them. 

Siliconera's 2023 Nintendo Switch Games Holiday Gift Guide
Image via Nintendo

Nintendo Switch games that make a great holiday gift for more advanced or niche players

These games are a bit more off the beaten path. Yes, anyone could theoretically get one and absolutely love them! However, due to their genres or certain elements, they may require a familiarity with certain mechanics, series, or gameplay elements.

Image via The Pokemon Center
Image via The Pokemon Center

Fun novelties that are Switch-adjacent

If someone already has a Switch and enjoys playing in handheld mode, a Nitro Deck could be a good option. It's $59.99 and acts as a controller for standard and OLED models. It features snappier controls, some buttons you can remap, and a comfortable grip. You can also use it as a controller if you are using the system docked, or have it display your system.

It might also be fun to pick up some soundtracks for folks, especially if they like vinyl. For example, iam8bit sells Johto Legends. It is a two-record set of Pokemon Silver and Gold music for $42.99. Procyon Studio also recently released the Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition Original Soundtrack. That's ¥5,500 (~$36).

There have also been a lot of Pokemon plush released lately. For example, there's a whole line of Squishmallows ranging from about $20-40 in price, depending on their size. Pikachu, Gengar, Togepi, Snorlax, Piplup, Winking Pikachu, and Santa Hat Pikachu are all available. The Pokemon Center is selling holiday ones again too, which include the $39.99 Pikachu with Santa hat and cape, $27.99 Piplup with Mantype with red and green accessories, $24.99 Psyduck with Santa hat and gift bag, and $24.99 holiday Pawmi. There are also $14.99 stocking keychain plush with Fuecoco, Pikachu, Quaxly, and Sprigatito.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, November 15, 2023 6:44 PM
     Like A Dragon Gaiden Cafe CloseupYou'll take a number of photos as you play through Like a Dragon Gaiden, including several of them on behalf of a woman you meet in a bar. Here is our guide telling you where to find and photograph the cafe in South Shofukucho in Like a Dragon Gaiden. Like a Dragon Gaiden – where to find and photograph the cafe in South Shofukucho In Stijl Bar, you find a woman standing against the wall along the room's back side. When you talk to her the first time, she offers the first of several missions wherein you must photograph certain objects around Sotenbori. The final mission she offers asks you to photograph a cafe. You'll find the cafe in South Shofukucho, near Akame's Hideout. Screenshot: PC Invasion The above screenshot indicates the precise location of the cafe. As you leave Akame's Hideout and start forward, there's an outdoor cafe directly ahead of you called Cafe Ground. This is the cafe the woman means, wh...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, November 15, 2023 6:10 PM
     Like A Dragon Pocket Cars Photo Inside CourstarYou will need to photograph a lot of different objects in Like a Dragon Gaiden, and in one case you need to photograph some kids. Here is our guide telling you where to find and photograph the kids playing Pocket Circuit in Like a Dragon Gaiden. Like a Dragon Gaiden – where to find and photograph kids playing Pocket Circuit Pocket Cars can be a big part of the Like a Dragon Gaiden experience, if you'll let them. The game introduces them fairly early in the campaign, and you'll find a few related activities during your time in Sotenbori. One woman is unsure whether the popular hobby is healthy for her child, and wants proof to ease her fears. To find and photograph the kids playing Pocket Circuit, you need to head to CourStar. Screenshot: PC Invasion You can check your map to find the CourStar business if you like, but that's not necessary. If you're talking to the woman who wants the picture, just look to her right (you...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, November 15, 2023 6:09 PM
     Lethal Company Turrets Featured ImageWho would have thought that the deadliest thing in the game would be man-made? Huh. Here is how to disable Turrets in Lethal Company. Lethal Company: How to disable Turrets While facing Bracken, Forest Keepers, and even the Ghost Girl in Lethal Company can be horrifying and extremely difficult, there is nothing worse than opening a door and finding Turrets that will blast you to oblivion. Getting lighted by the orange lights of death is no joke, and despite your efforts, the Turrets will shoot you before you can get behind them most of the time. So, how can you disable them? Well, by turning them off, of course! You see, Lethal Company is a game that, while you can certainly attempt to play by yourself, is a game for player parties that communicate with each other. This will not only result in hilarious situations involving ridiculous deaths and the occasional jump scares but also enable team coordination and increase survivability if the team is in sync and not p...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, November 15, 2023 5:15 PM
     Hogwarts Legacy Alohomora Unlock Doors Unlock Chests Demiguise Statue Demiguise MoonAlohomora is a spell in Hogwarts Legacy that allows you to pick locks and access hidden areas. Unlike other skills that you need to equip and swap, it's a built-in function and a core mechanic, though it comes mid-way through the campaign. I wish there was an easier way to unlock Alohomora in Hogwarts Legacy, but alas, this is the only way. Whether you want to unlock Alohomora level one, two, or three, here's our Hogwarts Legacy guide to help you get Alohomora to unlock doors in the game. Hogwarts Legacy guide – How to get Alohomora to unlock doors and chests First, I'll teach you when you learn the basic Alohomora spell. After that, I'll tell you how to get Alohomora level three and I'll even point you to our guide to help make the process easy. Learning the Alohomora spell The Hogwarts Legacy Alohomora spell can unlock doors and chests, but you do need to progress further in the campaign. Basically, you'll...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, November 15, 2023 5:04 PM
     Roblox Promotional ImageRoblox over the years has been getting more expansive such as going on console. More people are getting their hands on the game, which results in making it even more popular. One of the new things you can do is talk. But that's not all, you can also call people on Roblox, and we'll show you how to do it. Roblox: How to call people Right now, it's only available through a demo version. But with the friend tab being called Connect, expect the feature to roll to the entire game soon. The first thing you want to do is go through the Roblox Connect Demo.  Related: How to sign up for the Meta Quest Roblox VR Open Beta Once you've downloaded the program, open it up and navigate to your friend panel. It should pop on the left-hand side of the screen. Note: You can only call people, you're friends with. It's a way to not get random calls from strangers and for your safety. When that panel opens up, select whichever friend you want to call, an...

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, November 15, 2023 3:56 PM

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Nov 15, 14:00

GamersHeroes Wednesday, November 15, 2023 1:59 PM

Developed by Fool's Theory and published by 11 bit studios, The Thaumaturge is now scheduled to release on February 20.

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Kotaku Wednesday, November 15, 2023 1:40 PM

After some intense backlash following Mortal Kombat 1's horrifyingly expensive Halloween microtransactions, which include a pumpkin-headed, maggot-filled finisher known as a Fatality, developer NetherRealm Studios has announced that folks who bought the pricey execution will get two other ones for free.


Kotaku Wednesday, November 15, 2023 12:45 PM

One of the coolest parts of the newly released survival horror game Alan Wake II is now available to watch for free on YouTube, and you definitely should watch it.


Kotaku Wednesday, November 15, 2023 12:00 PM

On November 14, the man accused of a 2022 hammer attack on former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband pleaded not guilty, apologized in court for his actions, and explained that Gamergate first exposed him to right-wing conspiracies.


Kotaku Wednesday, November 15, 2023 11:15 AM

Like game director Ji Won Choi promised in early November, duo-developers Neowiz Games and Round8 Studio have dropped a new update for their gothic, Belle Époque-era Soulslike RPG, Lies of P. And just as expected, this update makes some significant changes to the game so that you have an actual fighting chance at…


Kotaku Wednesday, November 15, 2023 10:47 AM

Super Mario RPG was a revelation when it came to the SNES in 1996. A mashup of everyone's favorite platforming plumber and the turn-based, stat-driven combat of a Final Fantasy game proved to be an enduring mix that spawned multiple spiritual successors. Does Nintendo's remake of the retro gem on Switch do it justice?…


Kotaku Wednesday, November 15, 2023 10:02 AM

Nine months after its initial announcement during February's Pokémon Presents, we finally have a trailer for Pokémon Concierge, the upcoming stop-motion Netflix series set in the Pokémon world. The four-episode series is set to premiere on the streaming service on December 28, and y'all, it looks like a vibe and a…


Kotaku Wednesday, November 15, 2023 9:15 AM

This week, creator and host of The Game Awards, Geoff Keighley, revealed which games are in the running for prizes at his showcase in December. Dozens of games were named across over 30 categories. What was missing?


PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 12:59 PM
     Nvidia GeForce RTX 5090 set for VRAM upgrade according to new leak

The GeForce RTX 5090 is expected to push graphics card specs further than ever before in a myriad of ways, with hopes especially high on addressing VRAM problems present on the current generation of Nvidia GPUs. While there's no word on what kind of capacity it'll carry, a new leak indicates that the pixel pusher will possess a welcome memory upgrade.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 11:24 AM
     Beloved League of Legends dev quits social media after

League of Legends game designer and former LCS caster David 'Phreak' Turley has announced that he is quitting social media following a rise in "toxicity" and "death threats."

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: LoL Champions, League of Legends patch 13.22, League of Legends tier list

PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 11:02 AM
     Intel has

Intel has given a sneak preview of what its Application Optimization - or APO - can do for games when using a 14th gen CPU. However, it has triggered disappointment in some as it confirmed there are "no plans" to roll APO out to 12th or 13th gen chips.

We looked at the results of what Intel APO can do for games when one round of testing done by Talon's Tech pushed Rainbow Six: Siege to over 1,100 fps. This was cause for excitement, given that many expected Intel to eventually roll this technology back as far as its 12th gen CPUs.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 11:13 AM
     Corsair MP700 Pro review

The Corsair MP700 Pro provides a few upgrades versus the vanilla MP700, namely increases to sequential read and write speeds, as well as the inclusion of an optional heatsink. Both of these changes place the SSD among the speediest you can buy today, but it only really flexes its muscles during large file transfers rather than gaming.

In terms of raw speed, the MP700 Pro is one of two drives that can lay claim to the title of best SSD, with the Crucial T700 serving as the only other option to provide the same specs. However, the MP700 Pro aims to maximize its performance through the application of an active cooling solution, giving it an edge if you don't mind an additional cable and a small amount of extra noise in your PC.

Continue reading Corsair MP700 Pro review
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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 11:01 AM
     Max Payne, Hotline Miami, and Superhot unite in wild new roguelike FPS

Max Payne is the pillar of slow-motion gunplay, one of the founding ancestors of the entire bullet time genre. Mix that with vibrant, minimalistic visuals of Superhot and the steep, die-and-retry difficulty of the superlative Hotline Miami. You want pace, style, and death by the barrel load? Welcome to Death Elevator, an ultra-slick new roguelike FPS game that's just landed on Steam.

PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 11:00 AM
     Remnant 2's One True King boss fight makes up for Annihilation's sins

My appointment with the One True King of Losomn has been a long time coming. I've encountered all manner of would-be royalty in Remnant 2's main campaign, from red-robed princes to imposter kings – but pervasive whispers of the one king to rule them all break through the rabble, and it turns out that news of his death has been greatly exaggerated. PCGamesN caught up with mid-level combat designer Maurice Edwards for an exclusive interview to discuss what we can expect from our final showdown against the eponymous king himself.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 11:56 AM
     Is Minecraft on Steam?

Is Minecraft on Steam? Over a decade on from its original release, you'd be forgiven for wondering if Minecraft has ever been added to the Steam store. But at this point, does it even need to? Being on Steam can limit what creators are able to do with their games, and Minecraft is all about creativity, freedom, and the community, after all.

Here, we answer the question of whether Minecraft is on Steam and if there's a way of opening your existing Minecraft Launcher through the Valve platform. Either way, there are only a few steps between you and the most important sandbox game of a generation.

Continue reading Is Minecraft on Steam?
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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 10:23 AM
     CDPR's free The Witcher 3 mod editor will overhaul fan creations

The Witcher 3 is getting an official mod editor as CD Projekt Red announces that in 2024 the tool will be released and allow almost anyone to make mods for the RPG, completely opening the door to fan creations that could range from small cosmetic changes to entirely original quests. Mods for The Witcher 3 are already massive, but this will change the game.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The Witcher 3 mods, The Witcher 4 news, Witcher 3 system requirements

PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 10:17 AM
     Ex Half-Life and Valve dev says CoD MW3 is

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is having a tougher time than the average CoD. The MW3 campaign has drawn some serious criticism, in our own review especially, while recent player numbers suggest the multiplayer is struggling to hold players in line with Modern Warfare 2, despite the changes to zombies and Warzone. As Activision's annual shooter rolls on, Chet Faliszek, the legendary ex-Valve writer behind the Half-Life 2 episodes, Left 4 Dead, Portal, Portal 2, and Left 4 Dead 2, tells the Call of Duty team that one particular aspect of the latest CoD is "exploitative" and "gross."

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 10:05 AM
     Anime Ball codes November 2023 – Free spins and yen boosts

November 15, 2023: We added a bunch of new Anime Ball codes in anticipation of today's early update.

What are the new Anime Ball codes? The latest contender to the throne of one of Roblox's best performing titles of 2023 is here, and it's putting up a fight. With multiple codes dropping almost every day and weekly updates still on the cards, now's the time to jump into a fresh new take on the genre if you're looking for a second chance.

Think you've missed the boat on the new and emerging Roblox genre of reflex-based sports games? The latest Blade Ball codes might have you thinking it's not too late. If you're looking for a more relaxed time, however, Fruit Battlegrounds codes or Shinobi Life 2 codes might be more up your alley.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 10:31 AM
     Honkai Star Rail tier list – best characters November 2023

Who is on the Honkai Star Rail tier list? Judging the best Star Rail characters is tricky. Not only is your roster subject to the whims of Hoyoverse's infamous gacha mechanics, but each character's abilities are also so varied that it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Lucky for you, we've put each character through their paces to provide you with the definitive Honkai Star Rail tier list.

When choosing the best Honkai Star Rail characters for our tier list, we've taken great care to evaluate how each character excels in a variety of situations, including battling through story quests, boss challenges, and game modes. It should also go without saying that this tier list goes hand in hand with our Honkai Star Rail builds. Of course, with more Honkai Star Rail banners on the horizon, you might want to check out the latest Honkai Star Rail codes to net some free Warps while you're here. That said, here are our expert tier list rankings for the best Honkai Star Rail characters in the free PC game following the 1.5 update.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Honkai Star Rail review, Honkai Star Rail codes, Honkai Star Rail tier list

PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 9:51 AM
     New Fortnite OG update adds planes and a fan-favorite location

Fortnite OG is set to trigger its weekly update tomorrow (November 16). It'll add planes in the form of the X-4 Stormwing, as well as the Pirate Cannon that lets you launch your teammates. The map will updated as well, with the arrival of the fan-favorite location Frosty Flights, in all its snowy glory.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 9:46 AM
     Is Rocket League on Steam?

Is Rocket League on Steam? Now Rocket League is free-to-play, just where you play it has changed since its launch back in 2015. Rocket League was removed from the Steam store in 2020, but there are still various ways to play it through Steam depending on when you purchased or downloaded the game.

Rocket League is now a Epic Games exclusive and you can only download it for free through the Epic Games Store by either visiting the store directly or via the Rocket League website, which directs you to the Epic Games Store. Here's how and whether you can still play it on Steam.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 8:03 AM
     Intel Meteor Lake laptops are nearly here, with big graphics boosts

The on-again off-again story of the arrival of Intel Meteor Lake processors has been an at times confusing one to follow but the short version is that the company's new CPU architecture is only being used in laptops and other mobile devices, not desktops. To that end, we're finally close to the stage where you can buy the company's latest silicon - with its new chiplet manufacturing process - via a new range of Intel Meteor Lake laptops.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 8:03 AM
     How to unlock the Remnant 2 Ritualist Scythe

How do you unlock the Remnant 2 Ritualist Scythe? The Forgotten Commune is likely the first side dungeon you explore in The Awakened King DLC, so the odds are high that you've picked up a quest item or two while defeating the optional bosses that lurk within. The Scythe Blade and Scythe Hilt seem like a natural fit – in fact, their item descriptions even hint that "if you can reunite them, you'll have a brutal new weapon to add to your collection." But how do you actually do that?

Well, it's more straightforward than you might think – you don't even have to return to Ward 13. When reunited in the action-adventure game, these two quest items form the best melee weapon for the Remnant 2 Ritualist thanks to its unique Remnant 2 mod, which allows you to inflict more damage to enemies suffering from negative status effects. So, if you want to expand your Remnant 2 arsenal with weapons unique to the Remnant 2 Awakened King DLC, here's how to unlock the Ritualist Scythe.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 9:05 AM
     The best Honkai Star Rail light cones

What are the best Honkai Star Rail light cones? Unlike traditional weapons, HoYoverse's epic intergalactic adventure dispenses with swords and bows in favor of abstract memory cards you can equip for passive benefits to your characters.

As a result, wishing for the best Honkai Star Rail characters at the top of our Honkai Star Rail tier list will only get you so far in the free PC game. For characters to perform at their best, it's essential that you equip them with the best Honkai Star Rail light cones relevant to their kit. That's easier said than done, so here are the best light cones available in Honkai Star Rail, as well as how to find and upgrade them.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 7:58 AM
     All Starfield console commands and cheats

What are the Starfield console commands and cheats? We've all been guilty of it. You get to the shop and see the perfect piece of kit for your spacefarer; an absurdly large rifle that runs on the power of friendship. But what's that? You're short on credits. Typical. Nothing a quick console command can't solve, though.

As mentioned in our Starfield review, this is one huge game. While it's always advised to play games like Starfield without these advantages the first time around, we won't judge if you want to use these console commands to instantly get the best Starfield weapons or shower your Starfield companions with your ill-gotten riches. Before you venture too far ahead, be warned that one of these commands reveals some late-game story information. Now, here's everything you need to know about Starfield cheats, every Starfield console command, and what they do.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 10:08 AM
     The best survival games on PC 2023

Survival games have exploded over the past few years. The Steam charts are filled with all kinds of examples, including classic survival horror games and new hardcore survival sims. To help any bewildered adventurers, we've gathered together the best survival games to help you pick and choose which emergent stories and unexpected adventures to undertake.

If you've got the grit to outlast the likes of the terrifying The Long Dark or the underwater wonder of Subnautica, our picks will help steer you towards the (not so) safe pastures of the best PC games that call for you to fight for you life. Whether you like surviving the horrors of war or you're into the new breed of hunger and disease management games, get ready to endure agony and plenty of pain in these scintillating survival games.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 7:40 AM
     This promising Portal 2 mod wants to give it the expansion it deserves

This upcoming Portal 2 mod is already showing some promise, and I can't wait to see what the team involved has planned. Taking place 15 years after Valve's game and aiming to expand on the world it built, just this snippet of voice acting gets me all excited.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 7:38 AM
     The best game of the past ten years is now less than $5

What do you want from a videogame? As I look back across 2023, and all the big releases like Starfield, Diablo 4, and Baldur's Gate 3, it seems like exploration, freedom, and choice are the defining characteristics of today's popular PC hits. But there is another type of game - or rather, another approach to game-making - whereby your freedom might be limited in the literal sense, but the richness and depth of what you experience is just as great, or perhaps greater, than the most expansive RPG. Personally, I like shorter games where every single moment feels written, pored over, and choreographed. You might have played Amnesia The Bunker, or other entries in the superlative horror game series. Frictional's best work, however - and the best game of the last decade - is something different, and you can get it now for less than $5.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 9:29 AM
     Is Genshin Impact on Steam?

Is Genshin Impact on Steam? Most PC gamers are pretty keen on avoiding adding yet another launcher, so it's no surprise that a huge number of people are looking for a Genshin Impact Steam download.

However, if you search for Genshin Impact on Steam you'll find there's no dedicated page for the game. At the time of writing, Genshin Impact isn't officially available on Steam. In addition to this, there's absolutely no word on whether Genshin Impact will ever get a Steam release date - so holding out for one is perhaps not the best use of your time. On PC, the only place you can grab the game's launcher is directly via Mihoyo's website or the Epic Games Store, although the anime game is also available on Android, iOS, and PS4. There are ways to get Genshin Impact into your Steam client, however, so read on.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 11:06 AM
     Razer Viper V3 Hyperspeed review – a world class clicker

So many gaming mice currently ask you to pick just one feature that you really want to be perfected and then offer little attention to everything else. The Razer Viper V3 Hyperspeed is not like other mice. It doesn't want to just be light, responsive, comfortable, or quick, it wants to give you all of that and much more.

The Razer Viper line of mice has long been regarded among the best gaming mouse options, but the V3 Hyperspeed takes the lineage of this mouse and cranks everything up to eleven. An iconic shell design is pushed to its limits and Razer has no business pushing this much quality into a gaming mouse while still charging well under $100.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 7:04 AM
     Tower Defense Simulator codes November 2023

November 15, 2023: We added one new Tower Defense Simulator code to the list.

What are the new Tower Defense Simulator codes? And oldie but a goodie, this particular Roblox experience has been kicking around for years now. A mix of two very popular genres, even in the face of fierce competition, it keeps us coming back with big new updates, features, units, and seasonal events. And it's showing no signs of slowing down.

Assuming you're not sticking to just one Roblox game, you can find more freebies on our Blade Ball codes page. That's the latest experience to make it big on the platform. For more classics, Blox Fruits codes and Legends of Speed codes  are both worth checking out, too. It's like taking a crash course in the history of the platform's greatest hits.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 8:03 AM
     Honkai Star Rail codes November 2023

November 9, 2023: We added the latest Honkai Star Rail codes released for the 1.5 update.

What are the new Honkai Star Rail codes? If you're just starting your adventure through developer Hoyoverse's anime epic, you might be wondering if there are any codes for freebies to give you a headstart. Thankfully, Hoyoverse has delivered, and we've got the complete list of active Honkai Star Rail codes right here to prove it.

Honkai Star Rail codes are released periodically and typically appear in promotional livestreams ahead of major updates. These codes can net you some high-value currency, including Honkai Star Rail Stellar Jade, which you can use to pull the best characters from Honkai Star Rail banners. To save you time, we've collated all the latest HSR codes and how to redeem them in Honkai Star Rail, so be sure to check back regularly before they expire.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, November 15, 2023 7:07 AM
     Best PC controller 2023

What is the best PC controller? These gamepads really push our buttons - in a good way - as they each offer a great alternative to the classic clicking and clacking of the mouse and keyboard. We at PCGamesN spent hours testing all these buttons, triggers, pedals, and more, to ensure we're giving you the best advice possible on which controller you need to be using for your PC games.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 15, 2023 1:29 PM

Humble Games, the Humble Bundle-owned label responsible for publishing indie hits including Slay the Spire, Signalis, Unpacking, Temtem and this year's recently Grammy-nominated RPG musical Stray Gods, have confirmed a number of layoffs.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 15, 2023 1:14 PM

It's a good time to be a strategy game developer, according to Oxide Games, developers of Ara: History Untold, which happens to be a strategy game. Speaking to me during a showing of Ara - which is notable among turn-based 4X games for playing out every player's turn simultaneously - the creators offered a rousing characterisation of the genre, suggesting that strategy games have somewhat shucked off their association with stifling complexity and elitism, thanks not least to the recent influence of board gaming.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 15, 2023 12:49 PM

If you haven't heard by now, Metal Gear Solid's Master Collection - which includes the first proper outing for MGS3: Snake Eater on PC - is a bit of a mess. Lacking graphics options, suffering from visual limitations and crashes, and generally barebones as a package, the catalogue of the first three Metal Gear Solid titles and their two Metal Gear prequels hasn't exactly gone down well with players.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 15, 2023 11:43 AM

Naheulbeuk's Dungeon Master is a staff management game disguised as a dungeon management game. At the start of each week, your minions might choose to go on strike, demanding everything from more cells in the prison to fewer dwarves in the workplace. If that second example elicited a startled little "yikes", then good, you're paying attention. Your minions are also occasional racists – which at least makes some of the more brutal options at hand for dealing with striking workers more palatable.

You can sacrifice the entire picket line to your in-house demon lord, or terminate their employment without tribunal. You can also lock them up in those prisons they repeatedly claim are so lacking in cells. Or you can agree to their terms to expand the canteen and sack all of their shortest colleagues. But no matter which option you choose, minion strikes are inconsequential, only ever amounting to a comedy aside. Just as the turn-based Dungeon Of Naheulbeuk set out to skewer D&D, Naheulbeuk's Dungeon Master is a brave and self-aware parody of dungeon management games. But it's far too barebones to invest in seriously.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 15, 2023 11:30 AM

505 Games parent company Digital Bros have announced - you guessed it - a round of mass layoffs. Following in the wake of Microsoft, Epic, CD Projekt, Sony and, well, take your pick, the company aim to cut roughly 30% of their workforce to shore up profits. The specific reasoning here is that Digital Bros think that people aren't interested in playing original new games; they'd rather get to grips with fictions and franchises they know and love already. As such, the company plan to "limit" their big budget projects in future, though no specific cancellations have been announced.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 15, 2023 10:45 AM

Recent GPUs, glisteningly muscled as they are, remain expensive. Enter the best early Black Friday graphics cards deals, offering up some rare opportunities to upgrade your PC's most gaming-focused component without the usual financial devastation.

I'm exaggerating – for effect! – but there genuinely are some chunky savings to be had here, even on the very latest graphics cards with enhanced ray tracing and DLSS 3 support. It's not just super-duper-high-end cards like the RTX 4080 that are getting cuts, either – the early deals I've found so far cover more affordable and/or mid-range far as well, like the Intel Arc A750 and RTX 4060 Ti. And there could be more to come, with Black Friday itself not rolling around until November 24th.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 15, 2023 10:29 AM

CD Projekt have announced that they're working on a free mod editor for The Witcher 3, allowing you to write entire new quests for grizzly Geralt, or just make him walk around with no trousers on, which he spends every other cutscene doing anyway. There are already many mods for the venerable fantasy RPG, of course - the options range from mods that give you Henry Cavill's face to mods that simulate the effects of long Covid to raise awareness - but the editor should make life easier for the internet's Geralt-whisperers. Better late than never.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 15, 2023 10:00 AM

Have you ever watched critically acclaimed 1998 comedy drama The Truman Show and thought "What if the whole city was people who didn't know they were in a TV show?". That's kind of the deal with American Arcadia, a puzzle-platformer about a dude who lives in an ultra advanced dome city that is for some reason 70s-themed, and is also a huge reality show for the Twitch generation.

I actually love the 70s theme. This combined with story-within-a-story-within-a-story framing, bits of lovely, almost Wes Anderson-esque art design, and some extreme multi-tasking combining 2.5D and 3D makes American Arcadia an interesting little treat. Do the twists upon twists get a bit over cooked? Maybe. But you can live with it.

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Twinfinite Wednesday, November 15, 2023 9:00 AM
Star Riders assemble!

Twinfinite Wednesday, November 15, 2023 9:00 AM
I just want a new map pack.

Twinfinite Wednesday, November 15, 2023 9:00 AM
Tears of the Dragon.

Siliconera Wednesday, November 15, 2023 2:00 PM

Honkai: Star Rail Pelicana Chicken Heading to United States

HoYoVerse announced that Pelicana Chicken restaurants will host the Honkai: Star Rail Time to Feast! Astral Express Pit Stop Galactic Delicacies event. It involves a special stand, pin, and Collaboration Holographic Ticket.

The event will run at Pelicana between December 1-31, 2023. The Honkai: Star Rail Set Meal for the event involves fried chicken, two cheeseballs, and fries. Purchasing one of these gets you one of two Collaboration Holographic Ticket designs. One has Dan Heng in casual clothes, while the other has March 7th. Both include a code for in-game items. 

However, there will also be six locations that will have additional collaboration merchandise. If people buy two of the sets at once and have their game UID ready, plus sign the boards at the location, they also get a pin that features Pom Pom with a knife and fork and an acrylic stand of Dan Heng and March 7th in their casual clothes while supplies last.

Here are the six Pelicana Chicken places with the extra Honkai: Star Rail event merchandise:

  • Atlanta, Georgia: 420 14th St NW #100A
  • Buena Park, California: 6930 Beach Blvd Unit-L130 location
  • Carrollton, Texas: 1012 Mac Arthur Dr
  • Palisades Park, New Jersey: 280 Broad Ave
  • Queens, New York: 47-08 Greenpoint Ave location
  • Seattle, Washington: 725 E. Pine St.

The Buena Park and Queens locations will also hold off a kick-off event on December 2, 2023. Each one of those begins at 12pm local time. People who attend in cosplay will get gifts, and there will be people cosplaying as Dan Heng and March 7th.

While this event is new to the US, it's been going on worldwide for a while. For example, Wendy's in Japan and Domino's in France both took part.

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

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 15, 2023 1:30 PM

Hololive Teasing a 'Corruption Beast Outbreak' for Vtubers

Cover shared an announcement referencing a "corruption beast outbreak" regarding Hololive or Holostars Vtubers. The reveal showed up on both the Japanese and English social media accounts, suggesting it applies to all regions and could apply to a new generation and group.

The imagery shows a dark type of guild hall that isn't dissimilar from the Holostars Tempus one. There are tables with overturned chairs beside them and glasses and bottles on top of them. There are also some strange machines, skeletal architecture, and swords around. At the back of the room is a table with four chairs at it. 

Here's the official announcement, which could suggest a new generation of Hololive or Holostars Vtubers. The Japanese one is identical. It didn't offer an exact date for a reveal.

It is also important to note that at the table, there are some informational boxes, with six showing up. These could represent the six current members of Tempus, which are Regis Altare, Axel Syrios, Gavis Bettel, Banzoin Hakka, Josuiji Shinri, and Machina x Flayon.

This comes after a major release for the Holostars Tempus Vtubers. Cover announced a Doppelganger visual novel starring the six of them. It is available on PCs worldwide. This is the second recent game release involving the company's performers, as Minato Aqua's AQUARIUM recently appeared on PCs worldwide.

There's some sort of Hololive or Holostars announcement coming soon involving the Japanese and English branches, with more news on the way.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 15, 2023 1:00 PM

Walmart Black Friday Switch Lite

Walmart released its 2023 Black Friday Deals ad, which includes a notable selection of video games and accessories. The Black Friday event begins on November 22, 2023 at 3pm ET.

The highlight of the 2023 Black Friday deals is the Nintendo Switch Lite Animal Crossing: New Horizons Bundle, which Walmart will be selling for $199. The bundle contains an Aloha Edition of the Switch Lite plus a digital download of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Additionally, some accessories are part of the sale. A Midnight Black PS5 controller will be available for $49, while a Carbon Black Xbox controller will be $45. There are also deals on the Backbone One mobile controller accessory, all of which will be available for $69 during the Black Friday event.

There are also a few video games listed as part of the Black Friday Deals, including:

  • God of War: Ragnarok (PS4, PS5) - $40 on PS5, $30 on PS4
  • Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (Switch) - $30
  • The Last of Us Part I (PS5) - $40
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) - $30
  • Mario & Rabbids: Sparks of Hope (Switch) - $20
  • Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5) - $20
  • Mortal Kombat 1 (PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch) - $40
  • Resident Evil 4 (PS5, Xbox Series X) - $30
  • Sonic Superstars (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox Series X) - $40
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (PS5, Xbox Series X) - $30
  • Street Fighter 6 (PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X) - $30
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) - $30

The deals listed in the new ad are only part of the Walmart Black Friday sales. A selection of other deals are live now, including a selection of console bundles.

The Black Friday deals revealed at Walmart will begin on November 22, 2023.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 15, 2023 12:30 PM

The Baldur's Gate 3 Xbox Series X and S release date will be Larian Studio's The Game Awards 2023 announcement.

It's looking like the Baldur's Gate 3 Xbox Series X release date could still fall in 2023. Larian Studios just teased a December release window and The Game Awards announcement.

Here's the social media post noting that it will reveal the Baldur's Gate 3 Xbox Series X release date on December 7, 2023. It doesn't specify an exact time for the reveal. Typically, this sort of news could come up as an announcement during presentations or during commercial trailers at the event. However, that does start at 4:30pm PT/7:30pm ET, so anytime after that could be fair game.

As a reminder, Baldur's Gate 3 first entered early access in October 2020. At that time, people could play through the initial build of the game via PCs and the now defunct Google Stadia. The full PC release fell on August 3, 2023. The PlayStation 5 version then showed up a little over a month later on September 6, 2023. Toward the end of August 2023, Larian noted that an Xbox Series X version of the game was in development and should be out in 2023. However, no exact time was mentioned.

Baldur's Gate 3 is available for the PlayStation 5 and PC. The Xbox Series X version is going to appear in December 2023, with the exact release date coming up at The Game Awards on December 7, 2023.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 15, 2023 12:00 PM

The Kingdoms of Ruin Voice Actor Junya Ikeda Replaced

After the revelation of the arrest of Japanese voice actor Junya Ikeda for special fraud in October 2023, the company behind the Fall 2023 anime series The Kingdoms of Ruin announced it would replace the performer. Now, Anri Katsu will replace Ikeda's role as Oz Gorgeous in the show.

In addition to Ikeda's termination and replacement for his role being confirmed, it has been decided that a new version of the third episode would be produced and released. This is the episode in which people hear Gorgeous' voice for the first time.

You can view the statement from the official The Kingdoms of Ruin social media account in the post below:

It has been about two weeks since the confirmation of Junya Ikeda's arrest. Since then, he has lost many of his notable roles. For example, he will no longer provide the voice for Mitsuru Tenma in Ensemble Stars.

The new voice actor for Oz Gorgeous has had many major roles in anime and games in his career. You may have heard Anri Katsu's voice from his roles as Ghirahim in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, as well as the Japanese dub of Miles Morales in Marvel's Spider-Man 2.

Anri Katsu will replace Junya Ikeda as the Oz Gorgeous voice actor in The Kingdoms of Ruin. The Kingdoms of Ruin is available to stream on Crunchyroll, and Seven Seas Entertainment handled the manga.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 15, 2023 11:30 AM

Xbox Black Friday Sale

Microsoft announced the Black Friday 2023 deals on Xbox Series X and S consoles and games for both the console and PCs. Games will go on sale from November 17, 2023, while the console deals start a day later.

Both the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles will be getting a $50 discount during the Black Friday sale. This deal will see the Xbox Series X fall to $449, including the Diablo 4 bundle. Meanwhile, the Series S Starter Bundle, which includes three months of Game Pass Ultimate membership, falls to $249. These deals apply at all participating retailers.

For games, here is a selection of Xbox console games that will be part of the Black Friday sale (prices estimated):

  • Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII: Reunion - $29.99
  • Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition - $15.99
  • Ghostwire Tokyo - $19.99 (also on PC)
  • Hi-Fi Rush Deluxe Edition - $27.99 (also on PC)
  • Like a Dragon: Ishin! - $29.99 (also on PC)
  • Monster Hunter Rise + Sunbreak - $29.99 (also on PC)
  • One Piece Odyssey Deluxe Edition - $34.99 (60%)
  • Persona 3 Portable & Persona 4 Golden Bundle - $26.49
  • Persona 5 Royal - $35.99 (also on PC)
  • Resident Evil 4 Deluxe Edition - $45.49
  • Sonic Superstars Deluxe Edition - $49.99
  • Street Fighter 6 - $35.99
  • We Love Katamari Reroll + Royal Reverie Special Edition - $23.99
  • Wild Hearts Karakuri Edition - $44.99
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon Hero Edition - $13.99 (also on PC)

The Xbox Black Friday sale begins with game discounts on November 17, 2023. Console deals start on November 18, 2023. These deals join the Nintendo Switch bundles that are being released for Black Friday.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 15, 2023 11:00 AM

Now that Huohuo, the lates Honkai: Star Rail healer and supporter, is live in game, HoYoVerse shared new introduction and gameplay trailers for her. Each one offers insight into her background and what you can expect if she joins your team.

The trailer going over Huohuo's background and story is called, "H-Hello, I'm Huohuo." It is a brief , 37 second animated teaser. It shows how she ended up with Tail connected to her. It also shows how she tries to hide that the heliobus "ghost" is connected to her. It is essentially a brief sample from an earlier video.

The Owlbert "Keeping Up with Star Rail" episode focuses on her Attack, Skill, Ultimate, Talent, and Technique. Her Technique causes enemies to run from her and, if you do enter battle, lowers their attack. Her standard attack deals Wind damage based on her max HP. Her Skill is a group heal and debuff dispel, which heals one character and cleanses them, while also healing the one or two allies near them. Her Ultimate restores every other ally's energy and increases their attack.

Honkai: Star Rail is available on the PS5, PC, and mobile devices, and the Huohuo banner is live now until December 6, 2023.

The post Honkai: Star Rail Huohuo Trailer Covers Her Gameplay appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, November 15, 2023 10:30 AM

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Mod Editor Announced

CD Projekt Red announced that there will be an official The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Mod Editor to assist people with creating and using mods in the game. However, it won't appear until 2024.

The company brought up the new tool on social media. The announcement didn't offer too many details about what to expect from it. However, it did note it can be used for altering existing content or implementing entirely new things. Note that the game first came out on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC in May 2015, so this mod support is coming about nine years after the game's official release.

Here's the official The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Mod Editor reveal, which also discussed some hints about possibilities for mods. It also pointed out that this will be a free feature for people to use.

While there's no official mod tool yet, there are plenty of mods still present in the game. For example, going to the official Nexus Mods page for the game shows that new ones are still appearing on a weekly basis.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. The official PC Mod Editor is in development, with a 2024 release window.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 15, 2023 10:00 AM

FFVII Remake Composer Talks About 'Jessie's Theme' Song

Square Enix officially releases official interviews with folks who worked on their games. The latest involved FFVII Remake and Rebirth composer Masashi Hamauzu who discussed his work on the game and, in particular, creating "Jessie's Theme" song. 

Hamauzu noted that "Jessie's Theme" is a song that was originally new to FFVII Remake, due to the character's increased role in the remake. When he first discussed the track and taking charge of creating the piece, he noted, "Many composers took part in Final Fantasy VII Remake, but there was a distinction of roles, such as me being in charge of basically the new characters and themes. It wasn't an absolute rule, but I was put in charge of the newer parts."

After that, Hamauzu went over what he was trying to "say" about Jessie when composing her theme. He noted it was more about implying who she was, then connecting with the listener. Here's his full statement from the interview:

Actually, when I'm composing a piece, I don't think about what I want to communicate to fans at all. The priority for me is the scene or how to portray a character, so I think about what kind of song I personally would want to hear if I was a viewer or player.

I feel you really need to pursue that point, otherwise the music won't come across to players in a good way.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will come out for the PS5 on February 29, 2024. The exclusivity deal with Sony ends on May 29, 2024. FFVII Remake is currently available to play on the PS4, PS5, and PC.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 15, 2023 9:01 AM

Review: Super Mario RPG gives an underrated classic a second chance to shine

Nearly three decades after its release in 1996, the Super Mario RPG remake gives the classic a much-deserved second chance on the Nintendo Switch. The off-beat project from Square and Nintendo not only holds up with its witty humor and quirky level design, but I think people will find it's better than they remember.

Screenshot of Mario jumping in Super Mario RPG
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When Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars originally launched on the SNES, the game's risky genre mashup was pretty mind-blowing for many players. However, some may consider it something of a hidden gem, despite being responsible for spawning other beloved role-playing series' such as Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi. The Super Mario RPG remake on the Nintendo Switch is a faithful adaptation of the cult classic while reimagining the entire game from the ground up with gorgeous high-definition graphics that breathe new life into this creative take on the side-scrolling plumber.

I first encountered Super Mario RPG when I was eight years old. While visiting my uncle's house in 1996, I accidentally stumbled across the SNES cartridge while rummaging through his room and was completely perplexed by its strange artwork. Decades later, I am shocked by how well the game's story still holds up. In particular, Super Mario RPG has a hilarious script that had me constantly bursting into laughter. One of the game's opening scenes perfectly sums this up. Mario celebrates his swift victory after defeating Bowser in battle. However, King Koopa decides that if he's going to go down, he's going to take his rival with him and cuts down his chandelier too. Both characters then burst into tears as they plummet to their peril. Super Mario RPG's snappy humor is rapid-fire at every turn in the plot, and this is the funniest the franchise has been in years.

In the game, players get to control the Nintendo mascot in turn-based combat. On the surface, the battle mechanic has the standard physical attacks, magic spells, and items. However, what surprised me is how engaging the battle system is, despite being 26 years old. Whenever you use a move against an enemy, you can double your damage if you press the attack button at the right time. However, every attack and magical spell has a unique animation, so it's not as easy as it sounds to work out the timing. You can also block all incoming damage from enemies if you press the defense button a second before your foe lands a hit on you. This system kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat throughout the game's campaign. Also, because enemy types constantly change, Super Mario RPG keeps you on your toes with the mechanics.

Screenshot of the battle system in Super Mario RPG
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Combat in Super Mario RPG is incredibly fun. If you successfully time your attacks, you damage all enemies simultaneously while having a random chance of filling up your health or magic meter. Certain battles can even end with a random minigame, during which you can double your experience points or coins. In an adorable shuffle game, you must guess which egg baby Yoshi hides in as an example. These battle gimmicks create a fresh take on the traditional RPG formula, which results in combat never feeling tedious. The quirky systems also extend to the game's overworld, as hidden chests and various secret interactions are a joy to engage with. For a game made in 1996, you can tell how much love Square put into creating a unique fleshed-out world for their crossover project with Nintendo.

Super Mario RPG also strikes an interesting balance in that it's deep enough for veteran RPG players to enjoy, while not being too complicated for casual fans new to the genre. For example, the game has a pretty straightforward level-up system. After reaching enough points, you only have to choose between Physical, HP, and Magic stats. You power up your characters primarily by unlocking new armor and weapons. This split system allows you to fix your characters at any time if they become underpowered because of their stats. I also think the equipment system is more rewarding, as I was always looking forward to finding a new city or hidden chest to improve my character.

In Super Mario RPG, the Mushroom Kingdom is thrown into despair when the monstrous sword Exor crashes into Bowser's Castle. In an exciting twist, Mario is not going on another adventure to rescue Princess Peach for the millionth time. Instead, he gets to team up with Bowser, Peach, and newcomers Mallow and Geno to repair Star Road and defeat the nefarious Smithy Gang.

Screenshot of Tadpole pond in Super Mario RPG
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While the plot is not deep, its vibrant cast of characters and quirky story make it one of the best Super Mario campaigns in the franchise's history. Super Mario RPG also features some of the most diverse level designs since the release of Super Mario World in 1990. Whether it is a rocky mountain town run by mole miners or a tropical pond inhabited by dancing tadpoles, every section of the campaign is packed with quirky locations.

Speaking of quirky, Super Mario RPG is also one of the weirdest games in the long-running franchise. You can feel the influence of Square on this project, as the iconic Japanese studio was not afraid to create bizarre enemy designs. While playing the remake on the Switch, I was in awe of how weird the game was willing to get. Seriously, you get to take on a top-hat-wearing dinosaur and a four-eyed cat with a long tongue. This game often feels more like a Final Fantasy game, and it's all the more interesting because of it.

Regarding accessibility, Super Mario RPG has a Breezy or Normal difficulty setting. Breezy is the game's Easy Mode, which substantially scales back its challenging battles. Players not used to RPGs can comfortably jump into the campaign with this mode without any issues. On the other hand, Normal Mode offers a pretty decent challenge, as the game has various difficulty spikes throughout the story. During my playthrough, I had to spend a few hours grinding because I hadn't leveled enough and was getting easily defeated by late-game bosses.

Image via Nintendo
Image via Nintendo

The only thing I would caution some players against is relying too much on the game's Easy mode. I think it's an excellent accessibility option and will allow players of all ages to engage with the role-playing game. However, I found the mode to be a bit too simple when I tried it. Thankfully, Nintendo allows you to toggle the mode on or off anytime. So, if you find yourself getting stuck on a boss or feel like the game is becoming too challenging, you can easily switch it on. But I just found that leaving Easy mode on for too long can be detrimental, as your characters become overpowered quickly and you will start to snowball enemies. So, if you specifically want a challenge, just be mindful not to leave the more accessible setting on for too long.

Super Mario RPG is also gorgeous. Although the remake carefully re-creates every pixel of the original game, Square's offbeat designs and use of vibrant colors stand out in the HD reimagining. Super Mario RPG specifically looks lovely on the Switch OLED, as its colors jump from the screen. This is particularly true during the Triple Move group attack segments in combat, which trigger a beautiful cutscene of Mario and his party members coming together to create a devastating attack. Because the game meticulously re-creates the game faithfully, I feel this is a rare case where the remake is better than the original. Instead of overhauling everything to modern standards,it keeps the game's original art direction intact and is more of a restoration showcasing what the game was always meant to look like.

Image via Nintendo
Image via Nintendo

Super Mario RPG breathes new life into an SNES classic, allowing players to re-experience one of Mario's most unique and adventurous titles on the Switch. The remake is an accessible entry point for newcomers to the role-playing genre while offering a challenge for veteran players. Despite being decades old, Super Mario RPG still holds up today with its witty humor and hilarious story. The game's engaging combat and quirky battle systems also make this one of the best games in the Mario franchise.

Super Mario RPG will be available on the Nintendo Switch on November 17, 2023.

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