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GamersHeroes Thursday, November 16, 2023 3:40 PM

In collaboration with G2 Esports and Riot Games, the Mastercard Gamer Academy is now open for submissions.

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GamersHeroes Thursday, November 16, 2023 2:27 PM

Developer Ascendant Studios and EA Originals have released a free trial for Immortals of Aveum.

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Kotaku Thursday, November 16, 2023 4:15 PM

Baldur's Gate 3 already has one special edition, in the form of its Collector's Edition. We even unboxed it here at Kotaku, and it's got a lot of cool knickknacks that pay tribute to its tabletop roots. Of course that was expensive, solely for PC and PlayStation 5 players, and didn't include a physical copy of the…


Kotaku Thursday, November 16, 2023 3:45 PM

Blizzard is hoping you'll break away from stuffing your face full of turkey and yams for a bit next week to grind its action RPG Diablo IV. To sweeten the deal, it's offering all players across all realms an increase to gold and XP earn rates during the Thanksgiving holiday.


Kotaku Thursday, November 16, 2023 3:30 PM

When going back through the Twitter (or X) archive of a now-famous, once-unknown celebrity, there's always a risk. You could unearth things like model Chrissy Teigen bullying media personality Courtney Stodden or rapper Iggy Azalea's racist and homophobic remarks, and kick-off an apology tour. But in the case of NFL…


Kotaku Thursday, November 16, 2023 3:15 PM

Overwatch 2 let players take Mauga, the hero shooter's new tank character, out for a test drive during BlizzCon earlier in November. I didn't really care for him then, and I found him somehow, despite his giant frame and powerful abilities, to be a bit of a pushover. That's not what you want in an Overwatch tank, and…


Kotaku Thursday, November 16, 2023 3:00 PM

This is Lars Wingefors, the CEO of Embracer, a Swedish holding company that owns multiple video game publishers, dozens of studios, and employs over 16,500 people. Or at least it used to. Embracer has been laying off hundreds, canceling projects, and closing studios as it reckons with deals that fell through,…


Kotaku Thursday, November 16, 2023 1:30 PM

Despite ongoing rumors and even leaked data from potential suitors, Sega isn't currently looking for a buyer, according to the company's COO. In fact, Sega is expanding and looking at possible acquisitions itself. Even so, Sega is "honored" that so many other companies want to acquire the Sonic the Hedgehog publisher.


PCGamesN Thursday, November 16, 2023 7:04 PM
     Diablo 4 and World of Warcraft respond to Snoop Dogg giving up

World of Warcraft is on our minds along with Diablo 4 following the recent BlizzCon event where we saw Blizzard's upcoming content for both of its behemoth games. With WoW's massive new story arc and Diablo 4's expansion, there's no shortage of exciting Blizzard-related news. What about silly news, though? Well, the beloved studio just responded to rapper Snoop Dogg via its official Diablo 4 and World of Warcraft accounts on Twitter.

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PCGamesN Thursday, November 16, 2023 5:55 PM
     New Sims 4 expansion takes City Living's apartments to the next level

The Sims 4 is my most-played game of all time. I've been playing EA's iconic simulation series since I first got my grabby toddler hands on The Sims. My library contains every expansion for every game, including the surreal celebrity crossover ones like Katy Perry's in The Sims 3. I grow my collection with each Sims 4 drop, and the upcoming For Rent expansion pack is no exception. The DLC's gameplay trailer has me more excited than any other prior pack, with good reason.

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PCGamesN Thursday, November 16, 2023 4:19 PM
     Half-Life is a free game on Steam, for now

NB: Half-Life's page on Steam is reportedly crashing for some users, and the game is no longer showing as free to download.

Half-Life is arguably one of the greatest PC games of all time, if not the greatest. Valve's 1998 game reaches brand-new audiences more than two decades on, proving how it continues to stand the test of time. The sci-fi shooter combines its action with puzzles and an intriguing story, making for the ultimate addictive gaming experience. If you haven't yet seen why the Half-Life hype never seems to die out, you can grab Valve's ground-breaking game for free on Steam right now.

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PCGamesN Thursday, November 16, 2023 2:31 PM
     New Diablo 4 event gives bonus XP and gold, only for a limited time

Diablo 4 has us all excited about its upcoming content, including next year's massive new Vessel of Hatred expansion and the game's season changes. There are more immediate drops in store from Blizzard though, including its upcoming Mother's Blessing Week event which boosts the XP and gold you earn. The event won't be on forever, which means you'll have a limited time to snag all of the bonus money and levels in Sanctuary.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Diablo 4 builds, Diablo 4 review, Diablo 4 classes

PCGamesN Thursday, November 16, 2023 2:04 PM
     Noblechairs reveal Resident Evil Umbrella edition gaming chair

Noblechairs has just dropped huge news with the reveal of the Resident Evil Umbrella Edition gaming chair. Show off your love for this sinister corporation in the most comfortable way possible. Utilizing the quality we expect from a brand like Noblechairs, the design is simple but oh-so effective.

We already listed the Noblechairs Legend as one of the best gaming chairs on the market right now for its versatility, but the Hero line shouldn't be overlooked.

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PCGamesN Thursday, November 16, 2023 6:52 PM
     Baldur's Gate 3 gets new physical release, preorders open now

Baldur's Gate 3 is my all-time favorite game, and it looks like I can finally get my hands on a physical edition. Larian Studios just revealed that a new Deluxe Edition is available for preorder, and it comes with much more than just the base game itself. If you're like me and missed the previous Collector's Edition preorder with all of the fun goodies, this is the perfect opportunity to get some cool BG3-related extras as well as a shiny physical copy to show off.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 builds, BG3 mods, Baldur's Gate 3 classes

PCGamesN Thursday, November 16, 2023 1:01 PM
     9/10 dark fantasy ARPG gets a massive update to rival Diablo 4

Grim Dawn, one of the best Diablo 2 spiritual successors alongside the likes of Path of Exile and Titan Quest, gets a huge update today ahead of its next expansion, Fangs of Asterkarn. The beloved Steam ARPG, which boasts a resounding 'very positive' Steam rating of 93% across more than 72,000 reviews, is getting a ton of balance changes, quality-of-life features, and reworks to its loot tables for a smoother, more fun experience. If you're looking to take a break from Diablo 4 and fancy something different, Grim Dawn update 1.2 is a great time to jump in.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, November 16, 2023 4:07 PM

It's a good day for small form factor PC case deals, apparently, as you can now pick up Fractal Design's gorgeous wood-adorned Terra case in Jade or Silver for $150 after a rare $30 discount for Black Friday.

This case has attracted rave reviews from hardware journalists and users alike, and just looks completely unlike almost everything else on the market which is awesome.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, November 16, 2023 3:54 PM

Hyte, the PC case manufacturer spun out from PC builder iBuyPower, has quickly made a name for itself with well-designed, stylish and performant creations available at relatively premium prices. The Revolt 3 is their latest small form factor PC case, ideally suited for Mini ITX systems, and it's been cut down sharply in price over at Adorama in the US. You can now pick up the Revolt 3 case and a pre-installed 700W SFX power supply for $110, the lowest price we've ever recorded for this case and a great value overall given its initial $200 asking price.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, November 16, 2023 3:31 PM

Rocket Arena, the third-person hero shooter published in 2020 by EA, has been removed from sale without much warning. So far neither EA or developers Final Strike Games have given a reason for the delisting, but you can no longer buy it from its Steam or EA store pages.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, November 16, 2023 2:40 PM

Many grand strategy games let you hop from a map down to a battle layer where you can control a real-time scrap. Kaiserpunk is the first time I've seen a grand strategy game that lets you hop down instead to a citybuilding layer, where the construction of alternate history early-20th century industrial towns will determine whether you have the economic power to win the war.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, November 16, 2023 1:48 PM

If my calculations are correct, all the buildings in PowerWash Simulator's Back To The Future DLC are covered in some serious shit. It's your job to clean it off, of course - off the Hill Valley clocktower, Doc Brown's van, and of course the Delorean. It's out now.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, November 16, 2023 1:15 PM

Arma Reforger, the latest game in the long-running milsim series, has been in Early Access since May last year. No longer. It's 1.0 update arrived today, adding helicopters, a totally revised supply system, and as close to fast travel as the relentlessly realistic shooter will allow.

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Twinfinite Thursday, November 16, 2023 3:15 PM
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Siliconera Thursday, November 16, 2023 6:30 PM

Yu-Gi-Oh Red Eyes Black Dragon S H MonsterArts

Bandai Namco's Tamashii Nations has announced that the next figure in its SH MonsterArts line is the Red-Eyes Black Dragon from Yu-Gi-Oh. There is no date for pre-orders or release, though Tamashii Nations plans to release more details at Jump Festa 2024, to be held in December of this year.

While not as iconic as the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, the Red-Eyes Black Dragon will be familiar to fans of the original Yu-Gi-Oh anime as the trump card of Joey Wheeler/Katsuya Jonouchi. Details for the SH MonsterArts model are scarce, but from the promo photos, it is likely that some parts, like the neck and arms, may be articulated.

You can find the announcement tweet below:

Other Yu-Gi-Oh figures announced recently include a Nendoroid of Jaden Yuki from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and several new statues from Megahobby, including the Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon. Tamashii Nations has recently scheduled pre-orders for its Tales of Arise Figuarts Mini Figures and revealed new versions of the SH Figuarts Ryu and Chun Li figures.

There is currently no release date for the SH MonsterArts Yu-Gi-Oh Red-Eyes Black Dragon. More details are expected to be released at Jump Festa 2024 which will begin on December 16, 2023.

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Siliconera Thursday, November 16, 2023 6:00 PM

cinnamoroll christmas cake

For a limited time, 7-11 in Japan will offer a Christmas cake that looks like Cinnamoroll. The confectionery cost 3996 JPY ($26.51) and will come with a little piece of cloth.

The Cinnamoroll cake looks like the mascot character but with a Santa hat on his head. As for the cake itself, it uses strawberry cream and crumbled almond biscuits on the inside, and there's a milk chocolate coating on the outside. Aside from the aforementioned piece of cloth that you can use in your daily life (like a handkerchief), it also comes in a special, exclusive box.

While the Cinnamoroll Christmas cake is not available in 7-11 stores just yet, you can pre-order it either from the stores directly or via the online service, 7-Meal. The Sanrio website does not mention when you'll be able to expect the Cinnamoroll cake to appear in stores.

Though Hello Kitty is the mascot for Sanrio, Cinnamoroll has been an extremely popular character as well. He beat Hello Kitty in multiple popularity polls, as well as served as the motif for some recent pieces of jewelry, such as this Seiko watch. Cinnamoroll is a chubby dog who lives in a cloud, and his name comes from his curly tail, which looks like a cinnamon roll.

7-11 in Japan will offer an exclusive Cinnamoroll Christmas cake for a limited time. It'll likely appear in stores closer to December 2023.

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Siliconera Thursday, November 16, 2023 5:00 PM

Baldur's Gate 3 Physical Deluxe Edition Includes a Map and Soundtrack

A physical Baldur's Gate 3 Deluxe Edition is heading to the PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC in Q1 2024. It will include a number of digital and physical bonuses, among them a map of the world in Baldur's Gate 3 and a CD soundtrack.

The limited edition will appear sometime in the first few months of 2024. The expected price is €79.99/£79.99. The PS5 and Xbox Series X version of the Baldur's Gate 3 physical edition will include the game on discs. The PS5 one will take two, while the Xbox version is three. The PC version includes a Steam key and DVD with installer. 

There are five kinds of physical items in this edition. For example, you get a 600x180mm Baldur's Gate 3 world map and 570x690mm Mind Flayer poster. There are also two patches with imagery from the game, as well as 32 stickers with icons, characters, and logos. There is also a physical copy of the soundtrack, and that is three CDs long.

This version also includes the following digital in-game items that are already available, as well as a digital copy of the art book, character sheets, and soundtrack.

  • Adventurer's Pouch
  • Bard Song Pack
  • Divinity Item Pack
  • Exclusive Dice Skin
  • Paintings from Rivellon

Baldur's Gate 3 is available digitally for the PS5 and PC. The release date for the Xbox Series X version will fall in December 2023 and be announced at The Game Awards 2023. The Baldur's Gate 3 Deluxe Edition will appear as a retail copy in Q1 2024.

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Siliconera Thursday, November 16, 2023 4:30 PM

Persona Yakuza Movie Adaptations

Sega may be looking to take franchises such as Persona or Yakuza into other media such as movies. This was revealed in a CNBC interview with the company's COO Shuji Utsumi, as he discussed the success of the Sonic the Hedgehog movies. [Thanks, CNBC!]

During the interview, Utsumi talked about how Sega "revived" Sonic the Hedgehog through multiple new avenues, referencing movies and TV shows, along with collaborations with Roblox and Lego. He stated that this strategy could be applied to their other biggest franchises, Persona and Yakuza, suggesting that movies could be on the cards.

It's not surprising that Sega would be interested in taking IPs such as Yakuza or Persona into movie adaptations, after the success of the Sonic movies. Of course, both franchises have been adapted into other mediums in the past. Both Persona 4 and Persona 5 have been adapted into anime and manga, while Yakuza gained a movie adaptation in 2007, directed by Takashi Miike. It's unclear what form any new adaptations might take.

Elsewhere in the interview, Utsumi discussed some of Sega's other strategies. With their purchase of Angry Birds developer Rovio, he hinted at a greater push towards the mobile space. He also hinted at Sega's willingness to revive other classic IPs, although he didn't name anything specific. He also stated that despite a few offers, Sega is not currently interested in being acquired by companies such as Microsoft any time soon.

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Siliconera Thursday, November 16, 2023 4:27 PM

final fantasy vii jigsaw puzzles

Square Enix has opened up pre-orders for jigsaw puzzles that, when put together, will form a picture from a Final Fantasy VII spin-off. Each puzzle costs 3850 JPY ($25.55) and will come out on February 10, 2024.

As a note, these Final Fantasy VII puzzles are not available from the North American Square Enix online store as of the time of writing. While the North American store does offer 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles, they're of other games or the mainline Final Fantasy series.

The first jigsaw puzzle is based on Advent Children, which was an animated film that came out in 2005. This puzzle resembles the Japanese theatrical release poster, which shows Tifa posing on a stained glass window while flower petals surround her. The poster itself uses the scene from Tifa's fight against Loz in Aerith's church. 

The second puzzle uses a key visual of Crisis Core, which Nomura drew. Finally, the third puzzle is from Dirge of Cerberus and shows Vincent posing before a full moon. Dirge of Cerberus was a 2006 third-person shooter RPG that focused on Vincent.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is available worldwide on PS4, PS5, and Windows PC. The sequel, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, will be released on February 29, 2024, on the PS5.

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Siliconera Thursday, November 16, 2023 4:00 PM

Armored Core 6 Ayre IB-07 Sol 664 Robot Spirits action figure

Bandai Spirits will put a Robot Spirits <Side AC> action figure of Ayre's IB-07: Sol 644 from Armored Core 6 on display at Tamashii Nation 2023. [Thanks, Hobby Watch!]

Robot Spirits is a line of action figures featuring units from various mecha titles. Unlike plastic model kits that require the owner to build the units from scratch, these figures will come with the main unit body already assembled. It will be similar to Kotobukiya's Decoction Models action figure released in June 2023. But while Kotobukiya priced its action figure at a whopping 52,800 yen, Bandai Spirits has been selling most of its figures for less than 20,000 yen.

Ayre's IB-07: Sol 664 will be the first unit from Armored Core 6 to have its merchandise revealed. Kotobukiya and Bandai Spirits have also confirmed plans to produce model kits from the series' latest entry available on the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. While Kotobukiya has not announced a release window for its kits, Bandai Spirits will start rolling out its kits in 2024.

The Robot Spirits <Side AC> action figure of Ayre's IB-07: Sol 644 from Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon will be available for display at Tamashii Nation 2023. The event will take place in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan on November 17-19, 2023. Bandai Spirits has still yet to announce the action figure's pre-order and release windows.

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Siliconera Thursday, November 16, 2023 3:30 PM

Switch Otome Tengoku Struggle- Strayside Arrives in Spring 2024

Back at All Aksys Fall 2022, the company announced it would release the Switch otome Tengoku Struggle: Strayside in 2024. Now it finally pinned down the window to Spring 2024 and offered more details about the visual novel.

The announcement offered a refresher on the game. The heroine here is Rin, a Hell Guardian who is also the "princess" of Hell due to being King Enma's daughter. In this world, Asakusa is no longer a normal human city. It's a tourist trap where humans and dead from Heaven and Hell can all get together. The game begins when Heaven's Spider's Thread drops to Hell, folks from Hell escape into Asakusa, and someone named Shinobikuni is trying to offer sinners forgiveness for instant access to Heaven. Rin needs to go to Asakusa to deal with the prisoners and rectify the situation. As this is a romantic comedy Switch otome, it means there's love and the whole prison escape situation is handled in a silly manner.

There's also a new trailer to go along with this confirmation. It offers more details and a bit of the theme song.

Aksys also confirmed that it will directly sell a special edition of the game. Should someone buy that, they will get a physical copy of the soundtrack.

Tengoku Struggle: Strayside will come to the Nintendo Switch outside Japan in Spring 2024. The game appeared on the system in Japan back in July 2022.

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Siliconera Thursday, November 16, 2023 3:15 PM

PS5 Holiday Gift Guide Console

As we head deeper into the holiday season, one of the more highly requested gifts is likely to be a PS5. Here is a guide to the best PS5 games and other possible gift ideas for the PlayStation fan in your life.

Which PS5 bundles are available for the 2023 Black Friday holiday shopping season?

First, let's talk bundles. The major PS5 bundle this year is the Marvel's Spider-Man 2 bundle, which is available from most major retailers. You can also get it direct from Sony themselves through PlayStation Direct. It's normally $559, but keep an eye out for Black Friday sales that might knock a few dollars off that price.

Image via Sony

Guide to PS4 and PS5 games that make a great holiday gift for everyone

This is a small selection of notable games released this year that will appeal to players of all skill levels. The price for each of these is its standard price, but there's a chance many of these will see sales reductions. Note that all games listed here have physical releases, as you can't gift a digital release.

Image via Studio Sai

PS5 games that make a great holiday gift for more advanced or niche players

These games are likely to be skipped over by total beginners, but there are plenty of gems for those willing to invest a little more time into their games.

Image via Fangamer

Fun novelties that are PS5-adjacent

One of the simplest places to find PlayStation related merchandise with a lot of appeal is via Sony's own PlayStation Gear store. One particular highlight that's likely to win over many PS5 owners is an adorable plush of Astro from PS5 pack-in game, Astro's Playroom. You can pick it up from either Sony's own site or through Fangamer for $32.

The Good Smile Company is usually a good place to look for figures of beloved video game characters. In terms of PlayStation characters, there is currently a Nendoroid of Horizon Zero Dawn protagonist Aloy. It's available from their US store and costs $59.99.

For more culinary PlayStation fans, there is always the official God of War Cookbook. This book contains 60 recipes based on the game's brand of Norse mythology. Each recipe is accompanied by commentary from Tyr along with original illustrations of the cast. It's available from most bookstores for around £39.99.

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Siliconera Thursday, November 16, 2023 3:00 PM

Furina May Be the Most Compelling Archon in Genshin Impact

Throughout theFontaine storyline, Furina seemed a fascinating figure not only due to being the Hydro Archon, but due to her personality. Now that the "Masquerade of the Guilty" Genshin Impact Archon Quests appeared, it is clear that Furina may be the most compelling Archon in the game, as well as one of the best characters HoYoVerse created.

Editor's Note: There will be spoilers for the Fontaine storyline and Furina in Genshin Impact below.

As a refresher, when we're introduced to Furina in Fontaine, the Hydro Archon came across as haughty and dramatic. She might have even been considered a bit of a brat. There was an arrogance that set her apart from the friendly Venti, the dignified Zhongli, the detached Raiden Shogun, and the warm Nahida. She seemed like, well, a typical god. Someone who considered her above ordinary humans and perhaps a bit self serving.

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Screenshot by Siliconera

It's only as the fifth act begins that we realize it's a performance and persona maintained throughout the first four acts of the chapter four Archon Quests. We're constantly see her playing the part. She's doing her job as an Archon, of course. We're seeing her brand of justice. She seems appropriately concerned about the prophecy facing Fontaine and threatening to raise the waters and raze its people. But there's a detachment there. I even felt like maybe she seemed to be purposely pushing people away or putting them on edge after the initial encounters. 

But it's because of this side of her that we get to witness how fascinating and strong she is. Furina kept up her performance for 500 years. Even when the end approached and the trial she'd been waiting for was being prepared and started, she was keeping her guard up. When Neuvillette started to pick at her affairs and investigations, she didn't unravel. It's only when the Traveler came to Fontaine, the time Focalors needed came up, and that trial with everyone began that the truth was exposed. Not to mention when she was going through that, the people she was connected to and relied upon did all turn against her, but she didn't immediately crumble and falter.

This meant once we got to "The Opera of Noirceur and Blancheur," it was especially heartbreaking and we really got to understand Furina for the first time in Genshin Impact. After Focalors explained how she divided herself up into her divine part and the human Furina, we saw how Furina took on the challenge of playing this incredibly lonely, trapped, suffering role willingly for 500 years. She even said herself, "If there were scales, with all the people of Fontaine on one side, and my pain on the other... Is it not obvious where the scales should tilt?" We watched as she had to develop her persona and become the flippant and arrogant Archon people expected. How she still snuck in moments of kindness, such as visiting Deoteria to check on her son and pushing for hydrological research.

In these sections we also see how she needs to push herself. Going one more day. Constantly wondering if people see through her mask. Especially when we see she's reached "scene 182376" by the time the Traveler comes to Fontaine. To hit these moments and realize the person who seemed like she could have been careless perhaps cared more than anyone and was breaking down daily when trying to stay strong was an exceptional moment. 

This woman who seemed so put together, so sure of herself, all the while wasn't. But instead of giving in or letting any of that show, she pushed onward. Knowing the stakes of the situation, she allowed herself to continue to suffer and endear unimaginable mental pain, because she considered it the right thing to do for the people and the country. Considering the approach of other Archons throughout the story, I feel HoYoVerse really did offer an unexpected and touching approach. Especially if we recall what the situation with Makoto and Ei in Inazuma, which was another two Archon situation.

Which makes the "Finale" of the "Masquerade of the Guilty" even more satisfying. Focalors, with the help of Furina's hard work, Neuvillette, and the Traveler, saves Fontaine! All is well! But more importantly, Furina gets to rest. For the first time in all of these Archon Quests, she doesn't have to be on-screen playing a part. She got to leave and move out of the lonely opera house that acted as her cage. Neuvillette is taking care of her needs, so she finally has the freedom she was denied, and is stepping up as the Hydro Sovereign going forward. 

Furina gets to be herself, and that could mean the Hydro Archon could prove to be even more interesting going forward since she's no longer tied to that role in Genshin Impact. She could go anywhere and do anything now that her life is her own. HoYoVerse created a fascinating character who is now full of potential, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices. The Furina banner runs in-game until November 28, 2023.

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Siliconera Thursday, November 16, 2023 2:30 PM

Hojo Final Fantasy VII Remake Concept Art

The official Final Fantasy VII Remake Twitter account gave us a sneak peek at some of the concept art for Professor Hojo, an antagonist from the game. Additionally, the post details his apathetic attitude towards Aerith during their conversation.

As Professor Hojo's personal goals stray from the core of Shinra's ideology, his lab attire does not boast any badges or uniform other than a name tag for the sake of identification. It is a practical outfit; he wears only what he needs to when properly conducting experiments. Furthermore, he keeps his hair tied back so as to not distract from his work. He also wears small, round glasses that he can be seen adjusting in his character artwork.

Professor Hojo's side profile and front view are pictured. Both a lineart version of the outfit as well as a full color version are shown in the post. The concept art of Hojo is credited to the character designers Tetsuya Nomura and Roberto Ferrari. A voice recording script for Aerith and Hojo's conversation is also included.

View the post detailing Professor Hojo in Final Fantasy VII Remake below:

Final Fantasy VII Remake is available worldwide on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. The sequel, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, is set to release worldwide in early 2024.

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Siliconera Thursday, November 16, 2023 2:00 PM

Armored Core Nineball Seraph model kit

Kotobukiya confirmed that it will restock its Nineball Seraph Armored Core model kit. Originally released in the 2000s, the kit modeled after the famous boss will be available again in May 2024.

The 1/72 scale model kit will stand at around 210mm (~8.27 inches) tall when completed. The owner will also be able to transform the unit to its flight mode.

The model kit will be available at 9,240 yen (~$61.45). People residing outside Japan can also place orders on Japanese web stores that support international shipping, such as AmiAmi, Hobby Search, and Hobby Link Japan.

Nineball Seraph is an enhanced version of Nine-Ball, one of the most famous boss enemies in the Armored Core series. It originally appeared in the 1999 PlayStation entry Armored Core: Master of Arena. The Nineball Seraph also appeared as an extra boss in the 2001 PS2 game Armored Core 2: Another Age and the 2010 PS3 crossover title Another Century's Episode: R.

Kotobukiya has been gradually restocking its Armored Core model kits. In October 2023, it announced the restocks for Armored Core: For Answer's BFF 063AN Ambient and CR-HOGIRE Noblesse Oblige.

New stocks for the Armored Core Variable Infinity model kit of the Nineball Seraph will be available in May 2024.

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Siliconera Thursday, November 16, 2023 1:30 PM

Target 2023 Black Friday Sale

Target released its Black Friday video games sales ad preview on its site for 2023. Many video games and accessories will be available at stores and online from November 19-25, 2023.

By way of console sales, Target will have many available and include an added bonus of free gift cards. The Xbox Series X will be available at $50 less than its usual price during the promotion, costing $449.99. You can also snag the Diablo IV bundle for the same price. That will save you $110. As an added bonus, you will receive a $75 Target gift card when purchasing either of those. If you're looking for an Xbox Series S Holiday Starter Bundle, it will be on sale for $249.99.

The Meta Quest 2: Advanced All-in-One Virtual Reality 128GB Headset will also be available for $249.99, which is $50 less than its regular price. Plus, you'll receive a free $50 Target gift card when you make the purchase.

Additionally, a new Nintendo Switch Lite Isabelle's Aloha Edition with Animal Crossing New Horizons included will be available exclusively at Target. That'll cost $199.99.

As for other gaming-adjacent sales, Target will offer 10% off select gaming gift cards, excluding Fortnite V-bucks.

Here's a list of other accessories that will be on sale at Target:

  • Astro A50 Wireless Gaming Headset for PlayStation 4/5: $249.99
  • Backbone One Mobile Gaming Controller for iPhone: $69.99
  • HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset for PlayStation 4/5/PC (only at Target): $59.99
  • HyperX QuadCast USB Condenser Gaming Microphone for PC: $69.99
  • Logitech G29 Driving Force Racing Wheel for PlayStation 4/5/PC: $199.99
  • Logitech Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse for PC: $79.99
  • Marvel Super Heroes 2-Player Countercade: $99.99
  • PlayStation DualSense controllers: $49.99
  • Razer Kaira Pro Wireless Multi-Platform Gaming Headset: $69.99
  • Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 Wired Gaming Headset: $34.99
  • Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX Wireless Gaming Headset (only at Target): $59.99
  • Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX Wireless Gaming Headset: $129.99
  • Xbox controllers: $49.99

Here's a list of the video games shown as being on sale at Target in its Black Friday 2023 ad:

  • Assassin's Creed Mirage (Xbox Series X/Xbox One): $39.99
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Xbox Series X/Xbox One): $19.99
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard (Xbox Series X/Xbox One): $9.99
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo Switch): $29.99
  • EA Sports FC 24 (PS5): $29.99
  • Final Fantasy XVI (PS5): $39.99
  • Hogwarts Legacy (PS5): $29.99
  • Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe (Nintendo Switch): $29.99
  • Luigi's Mansion 3 (Nintendo Switch): $39.99
  • Madden NFL 24 (Xbox Series X/Xbox One): $29.99
  • Mario Strikers: Battle League (Nintendo Switch): $29.99
  • Mortal Kombat 1 (PS5): $39.99
  • Sonic Superstars (Nintendo Switch): $34.99
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (PS5): $34.99
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch): $39.99
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo Switch): $39.99
  • WWE 2K23 (PS5): $19.99

Target Black Friday deals will be available from November 19-25, 2023.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, November 16, 2023 6:17 PM
     Dead By Daylight Best Chucky Build – Perks And Skills Featured ImageFor a small game, Dead by Daylight seems to have the legs of a big triple-A production. The game over the years has been getting more expansive and scarier. Each season, a new killer or survivor seems to change the meta. The latest killer to join the Dead by Daylight roster is Chucky, and we'll show you the best build including perks and skills. Dead by Daylight: Best perks and skills for Chucky – Build guide Chucky is very unique from the other killers in the game. He's small and you can use him in the third person if you don't know, most if not all killers only do first-person, whereas the survivors have third-person views. This build leans into that and helps use that perspective against the players trying to escape the nightmare.  Perks for Chucky Let's start with his main perks, these things will activate and be much more helpful than your skills.  Friends 'Til The End: This causes Chucky to become Obsessed w...

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     Best Lae Zel Build In Baldurs Gate 3Battle Master is arguably the best Fighter subclass you can choose for BG3, but what are the best Maneuvers in Baldur's Gate 3? Since you're only able to choose a limited amount of Maneuvers, you should know which ones are superior than the rest. Here are the Maneuvers you should pick as a Battle Master Fighter. Baldur's Gate 3: Best Battle Master Fighter Maneuvers (BG3) It can be difficult deciding which Maneuvers will be more useful than others, since there are 14 to choose from as you level up your Battle Master Fighter. Although you may prefer other Maneuvers, these are simply my choices and opinions. Here are what I believe to be the best Maneuvers for Battle Master Fighters. Screenshots by PC Invasion Disarming Attack This Maneuver allows you to disarm your opponent, as well as deal an extra 1d8 Physical damage. Although the enemy has a chance to not drop the weapon, if they end up dropping it, you gain a huge advantag...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, November 16, 2023 5:06 PM
     Coral Island Gift Guide For All VillagersWith nearly 30 romance options and even more NPCs to befriend in Coral Island, you'll want to read this Gift guide for all the villagers on the island. Gift giving will enhance your relationship with the characters you meet, but you need to know which gifts they actually like. Here's a list of all villagers and what type of gifts they prefer. All villagers favorite gifts in Coral Island Universal Gifts In Coral Island, these are gifts that anyone will like, no matter who they are. This makes it easy to befriend someone if you don't really know them yet. But this gift guide is for all villagers in Coral Island, and after the universal gifts I'll detail all NPC's most loved gifts. Screenshot: Stairway Games LoveGolden Pearls, Pink Diamonds, Rainbow Wool.LikeAll artisan products, consumables, meals, flowers, fruit, gems, grains, milk, forgeables, vegetables.NeutralAll Artifacts, mushrooms, herbs, minerals. Almonds, ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, November 16, 2023 4:50 PM
     Destiny 2 Season Of The WishPersonally, Dungeons are my favorite content in Destiny 2. If you can't wait for the Destiny 2 Season of the Wish Dungeon, you've come to the right place. What date and time does Destiny 2 Season 23 Dungeon release? It has been confirmed in the latest TWID that the Destiny 2 Season of the Wish Dungeon releases on December 1, 2023, at 9 am PT. That's a Friday which is great because I'm going to want to grind the new Dungeon all weekend long. Related: Best Destiny 2 Armor Mods: PvP and PvE Dungeons in Destiny 2 are three-person PvE activities that feature some of the hardest content the game has to offer. Though Raids are much harder, I think Dungeons are more fun because they feature similar tough bosses and encounters but you only need to find two friends instead of five. All Destiny 2 Season of the Wish Dungeon rumors While we don't know what the Destiny 2 Season 23 Dungeon is called yet, we do know that the ent...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, November 16, 2023 4:31 PM
     Hogwarts Legacy: How to find all Gobstones - 'Gobs of Gobstones' Quest featuredThere are few things more "open world" and "RPG" than fetch side quests, and Hogwarts Legacy is no exception. The very first fetch quest of the game is Gobs of Gobstones, which takes you on a journey around high places in the castle to find several different items and unlock a cosmetic feature in the game. As much as I like collectathons in video games, finding all the Gobstones can quickly turn from fun to frustrating if you don't know where to look. If you're not a fan of hunting objects down, fret not — there are easy ways to do it. Here's how to find all Gobstones and complete the Gobs of Gobstones side quest in Hogwarts Legacy. Related: All Demiguise Moon Statues locations in Hogwarts Legacy Hogwarts Legacy: How to find all Gobstones – Gobs of Gobstones quest starting location Fast travel with Floo Powder to the Defense Against The Dark Arts Classroom. Go down the staircase and you'll find Ze...

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, November 16, 2023 3:55 PM

The launch version also adds several new assets

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, November 16, 2023 3:09 PM

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will launch on February 2

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, November 16, 2023 2:37 PM

Baldur's Gate III is available now digitally

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, November 16, 2023 2:08 PM

Pivotal Gamers Thursday, November 16, 2023 2:16 PM
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