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GamersHeroes Monday, November 27, 2023 3:48 PM

American viral rock band Ghoultown has released an original song and music video for HYPERSTRANGE's immersive Wild West FPS Blood West.

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GamersHeroes Monday, November 27, 2023 3:26 PM

VoodooDuck and Assemble Entertainment are assembling once more to release their cozy soft-strategy Growth on the Nintendo Switch December 21.

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GamersHeroes Monday, November 27, 2023 3:02 PM

The world of Easy Day Studios' Skater XL will provide a chill grind when it comes to the Nintendo Switch on December 5 in North America.

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GamersHeroes Monday, November 27, 2023 10:19 AM

Picking out the perfect Christmas gift for your gaming loved ones is no easy feat, made near impossible with 2023's fantastic launch calendar. In this Best Christmas Gifts For Gamers 2023 breakdown we cover the best Xbox Series X|S games for the platform.

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GamersHeroes Monday, November 27, 2023 10:19 AM

Picking out the perfect Christmas gift for your gaming loved ones is no easy feat, made near impossible with 2023's fantastic launch calendar. In this Best Christmas Gifts For Gamers 2023 breakdown we cover the best PlayStation 5 games for the platform.

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Kotaku Monday, November 27, 2023 3:45 PM

Wish, the 62nd film released by Walt Disney Animation Studios, is a bad movie. The film is meant to celebrate the studio's 100th anniversary, but instead, its incoherent story and reliance on millennial cliches for cheap jokes come off like it was fed into an AI generator and spat out onto the big screen. And the…


Kotaku Monday, November 27, 2023 2:30 PM

In 2001's genre-defining PlayStation 2 smash Grand Theft Auto III, if you pulled out a sniper rifle and shot at the moon, it would change size. For years, fans tried to explain why this funny little secret was included in the game. Was it a reference to something? A smaller part of a larger secret? Now, in 2023,…


Kotaku Monday, November 27, 2023 1:15 PM

An intense debate ignited November 13, when The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley announced the nominees for this year's trophy ceremony. While some folks were surprised Pikachu face by Starfield's absence, most people were shook by one particular title offered up for the "Best Independent Game" category. Now, after a…


Kotaku Monday, November 27, 2023 1:00 PM

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has revealed new data showing kids want video game-related gifts more than anything else this holiday season. But if you dig into the data a little bit more, you'll discover that most kids don't want a new physical game. Instead, what they're really looking for in their…


Kotaku Monday, November 27, 2023 12:45 PM

Bungie has finally confirmed that The Final Shape, Destiny 2's major expansion 10 years in the making, has been delayed, and will now arrive June 4 instead of on its previously planned release date of February 27. More importantly, the studio explained what players will be doing in the meantime.


Kotaku Monday, November 27, 2023 12:00 PM

One of my favorite Black Friday traditions is scrolling through GameStop on my phone and getting a bunch of cool games for cheap. Usually it works out just fine. Last weekend it was a nightmare. It's hard to convey just how terrible navigating the experience of trying to buy something from GameStop has become in 2023,…


Kotaku Monday, November 27, 2023 11:45 AM

Award ceremonies aren't important, and if we all stopped looking at them, they'd stop existing. Anyway, The Game Awards are coming up next week, December 7, and we're hearing news about some planned changes for this year's outing. Will they let women on stage? Ha ha, no one's mentioned that. But we have heard they'll…


Kotaku Monday, November 27, 2023 11:15 AM

About one month on from Marvel's Spider-Man 2's launch, we're learning some new details about Insomniac Games' open-world robber-stopper RPG. According to a report by YouTuber Evan Filarca, the game had a ton of content cut before releasing on October 20, particularly relating to the big-bad Venom.


Kotaku Monday, November 27, 2023 10:45 AM

Larian Studios' hit RPG Baldur's Gate 3 is expansive and consuming, but its map isn't quite the size of something you'd expect in open-world games like The Witcher 3 or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. So it shouldn't be surprising that a fan was able to pretty much mark exactly where in the Dungeons & Dragons universe…


Kotaku Monday, November 27, 2023 10:00 AM

Assassin's Creed Syndicate, the Ubisoft stealth adventure series' 2015 entry featuring dual protagonists that's set in 19th century London, is currently free on PC until December 6. There's just one twist: You'll need to get it from Ubisoft Connect launcher (insert horror emoji). Don't hate the messenger.


Kotaku Monday, November 27, 2023 9:50 AM


PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 3:48 PM
     The best Counter-Strike 2 alternative comes with a catch

Finding a solid alternative to Counter-Strike 2 wasn't easy. Perseverance, however, has led me to discover a game that just gets the mechanics, action, and competitive spirit of Valve's FPS - and, for me, eclipses CS2's current version in some ways. That game is Pavlov Shack, which is first and foremost a team-based multiplayer shooter with realistic weapon handling and a decently high skill ceiling. The caveat? It's a VR game.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 3:15 PM
     Here are the best Steam Autumn Sale deals, get them now

The Steam Autumn Sale is sadly coming to an end in less than a day, but the deals are still on for now. If you've been waiting for a roundup of the best deals before diving into your wallet and perusing Valve's store yourself, then look no further. We've compiled all of the biggest, most eye-catching discounts in one handy spot for you to browse through, wishlist, and purchase as you please.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 2:16 PM
     Destiny 2 announces The Final Shape delay, reveals other

Destiny 2 is nearing its final chapter, and fans are chomping at the bit to see the decade-long lore reach its pinnacle. Bungie has been working on The Final Shape, the shooter's upcoming expansion, for a while now, and initially aimed to release the concluding content in February of 2024. Bungie now says that The Final Shape will drop a bit later so as to ensure the conclusion is top-notch.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 12:32 PM
     The best Rimworld mods 2023

What are the best Rimworld mods? There are plenty of Rimworld mods out there to add extras and quality-of-life tweaks to your playthroughs, ranging from basic improvements to brand-new mechanics. With such a vibrant modding community at your fingertips, you might be a little lost on where to start – so we've picked out the very best of the bunch just for you. What's more, the vast majority of these Rimworld mods are available from the Steam Workshop, so they can be installed with the simple click of a button.

Rimworld is a colony management game with a very simple premise: you must ensure the survival of a ragtag bunch of colonists, each with their own randomly generated skills, backstories, and idiosyncrasies. Depending on the AI storyteller settings, your experience might fall anywhere between a 'wholesome farming game' and a 'relentless cascade of disaster'. If you're ready to move on from the horrors that have befallen your colonies during the mod-free experience of Rimworld, then our collection of the best Rimworld mods is for you.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 12:29 PM
     Best CS2 crosshair codes list used by Counter-Strike 2 pros

What are the best CS2 crosshairs? Choosing the perfect crosshair to suit your playstyle is no easy task. If you pick a large crosshair, you could end up blocking potential targets from your sightline. Too small and you might not be able to hit your targets from a distance.

The main thing to remember is that you're going to want to spend some time testing out each type of crosshair. Fortunately, Deathmatch has been revamped in Counter-Strike 2 to give you another batch of targets to gun down. Picking the best crosshair and using the best CS2 binds should help you on your quest to earn the highest CS2 ranks and rating. Here are all the best CS2 crosshair codes in 2023.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 12:16 PM
     Zenless Zone Zero just got a little less X-rated

While Genshin Impact was never really for me, the sci-fi setting of Zenless Zone Zero and Honkai Star Rail had me intrigued from the get-go. As someone who plowed hours into Hotta Studio's competitor anime RPG, Tower of Fantasy, ZZZ is set to be the cyberpunk adventure for me. I had noticed, however, that plenty of the female playable characters are rather well-endowed, if you catch my drift, but the recent tweaks to the queen of the Cunning Hares, Nicole Demars, aren't exactly what I thought I'd be writing about on a Monday afternoon.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 12:13 PM
     Starfield mods just got way better thanks to huge Bethesda fan project

Starfield mods are now a lot easier and swifter to install and use, as a huge, long-running project from Bethesda fans gets a new update. Already tried and tested with Fallout 4, The Elder Scrolls Skyrim, Fallout New Vegas, and others, the essential mod organizer tool is now available for Starfield, vastly enhancing the space-based RPG and helping you to use mods without altering the vanilla game's base files. If you want to keep the Settled Systems feeling alive, fresh, and customized exactly how you like, without any fussy management, the new Starfield mods tool is perfect.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 12:04 PM
     Zenless Zone Zero banners – next, current, and 1.0 banners

What are the Zenless Zone Zero banners? If you're looking to expand your roster of playable agents, then wishing on banners should be your first port of call. These gacha machines form the basis of developer HoYoverse's monetization strategy, and they should be instantly familiar to anyone who's dipped into Genshin Impact or Honkai Star Rail.

Zenless Zone Zero includes an event banner and a standard banner which offer you the chance to pull Zenless Zone Zero characters, W-Engines, and Bangboos. These banners rotate regularly, so it's important to think strategically about whether to spend your currency on the current banner, or hold off until the next one. The current ZZZ banners are sourced from our own experience in the Zenless Zone Zero beta, and given what we know about HoYoverse's gacha-driven RPGs, we expect that these will continue into the Zenless Zone Zero release date. Here's all the latest on Zenless Zone Zero banners.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 12:32 PM
     Destiny 2 The Final Shape release date, trailer, and story

When is the Destiny 2 The Final Shape release date? It might still be a fair wait, but Bungie has held a showcase about the final instalment in the Light and Dark saga - and boy, is it a banger. Note that you absolutely, definitely, 100% should not read much further down the page if you're trying to avoid massive spoilers around the story of Destiny 2 so far.

With the release now being delayed into the summer, Destiny 2 players have plenty of time to seek out any missing Lightfall Exotics and explore everything the most recent expansion and seasonal content have to offer while you seek to assemble the best Destiny 2 build around. Without further ado, here's everything you need to know about Bungie's most exciting expansion yet.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 12:00 PM
     Zenless Zone Zero events – all current and upcoming events

What are the Zenless Zone Zero events? HoYoverse's latest live service gacha game has plenty of content to keep you occupied, whether that's charging through the twists and turns of the main storyline or picking up side commissions. If you're looking for a change of pace that can net you additional rewards, then look no further than the latest events.

The current ZZZ events are running for the duration of the Zenless Zone Zero beta, though we're almost certain that these events will also run as part of the 1.0 update. Just like Zenless Zone Zero banners, events are only available for a limited time, so be sure to complete them in a timely manner and reap their rewards in the free PC game. Here are the latest events in Zenless Zone Zero to sink your teeth, sword, or whatever else into.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 11:51 AM
     The best MMO and MMORPGs to play in 2023

What is the best MMORPG on PC? If you're wondering, those oft-used letters represent the words Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game and refer to games where thousands of players come together in the same world. Is it one with spells to sling and demons to slay? Working your way through the stars as a miner or a corporate bigwig? Solving ancient conspiracies and fighting Lovecraftian horrors? Maybe it's all of them.

Ultimately, the deciding factor for the best MMORPGs on PC largely comes down to personal preference, so with that in mind, here's our list of the top MMOs currently alive and kicking. You're sure to find something that will swallow up entire days at a time, and many of these entries can also be considered some of the best PC games around. While there are plenty of recently updated and new MMOs to consider, the golden oldies on this list have withstood the test of time.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 11:28 AM
     Warhammer 40k Space Marine 2 release date window, story, latest news

What is the Warhammer 40k Space Marine 2 release date? The game is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2011 third-person shooter hack-n-slasher of the same name. With the excitement around the sequel growing, what do we know about Warhammer 40k Space Marine 2?

Using a combination of trailers, press releases, and developer interviews, we have collated and refined this article to provide you with a concentrated view of everything there is to know about Warhammer 40k Space Marine 2. As we learn more about what will hopefully be one of the best action-adventure games coming next year, we will continue to update this guide.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 11:15 AM
     Assassin's Creed Syndicate is a free game, forever, if you get it now

Assassin's Creed Syndicate has one of the best settings in the entire AC series. That murky, rainy, Industrial Revolution London forms the perfect backdrop for the ongoing battle between the Order and the Templars - a grimy, smoke-and-soot-filled metropolis where something sinister lurks down every alley. Assassin's Creed Mirage takes AC back to its more stealth-driven roots, with Infinity, Assassin's Creed Red, and the still-enigmatic Hexe also booked to push the series in various new directions. Syndicate, meanwhile, remains the closest AC has come to the modern world. One of the real curios of the series, Assassin's Creed Syndicate is now free via Ubisoft Connect, to keep forever. But you need to get it quick.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 11:05 AM
     This Razer Blade 15 laptop is almost half price this Cyber Monday

You more or less can't go wrong when it comes to Razer hardware, with its iconic green triple-headed snake logo, is a surefire indication of quality and reliability. The Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop is no exception, and now you can pick up the gaming laptop this Cyber Monday for almost half-price on Amazon.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 10:37 AM
     Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 release date window, trailers, and story

What is the Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 release date? Chapter 2: Fly in a Web was the last instalment of Poppy Playtime, and left us both relieved to have avoided Mommy Long Legs and excited for what might come next.

The Poppy Playtime games are an interesting mix of horror micro-scenarios, with the overall narrative being punctuated by several terrifying mini-games. The second chapter of Poppy Playtime tasked the player with a few rounds of whack-a-mole, red light green light, and a really twisted game of Simon Says. What will the next chapter of the indie game involve, and more importantly, what is the Poppy Playtime Chapter 3 release date?

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 10:56 AM
     Best Starfield skills and full skill list

What are the best Starfield skills? According to Todd Howard, Starfield's skill system "combines the best" from Bethesda's previous games, and we're inclined to agree. These skills are split into five separate paths: Physical, Social, Combat, Science, and Tech, and are unlocked through a combination of spending skill points and completing challenges.

As mentioned in our Starfield review, it's vital to customize your character to your playstyle to power through Bethesda's interstellar RPG gameAfter choosing your spacefarer's Starfield background and Starfield traits, the best Starfield skills are your next step to shape how you'll navigate combat, diplomacy, and survival in the long term.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 10:21 AM
     Haunted Chocolatier release date speculation, trailers, and news

When is the Haunted Chocolatier release date? The upcoming 2D role-playing adventure is being developed by Eric Barone, also known as ConcernedApe, who previously created Stardew Valley. That means that we should expect some lovely pixel art, a picturesque town, and an awesome soundtrack - but with less farming and more chocolate, of course.

If Haunted Chocolatier reaches the heights of Stardew Valley, we'll have one of the best indie games of all time on our hands, and possibly one of the best PC games overall. From the first gameplay trailer and boss teaser to the latest news, here's everything we know about the Haunted Chocolatier release date so far.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 10:16 AM
     Cities Skylines 2 editor lands early 2024, early access sign ups open

The official Cities Skylines 2 editor will arrive in "early" 2024, Colossal Order says, as the developer also warns that current CS2 mods could break when the new suite arrives. Early access sign up is now available for the new Cities Skylines 2 editing tool, with Paradox and CO inviting players to test its functionality ahead of the full launch. The city building sim's developer also says it will potentially launch one final "bigger" patch before the end of 2023.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 10:13 AM
     Best Minecraft tower designs in 1.20

What are the best Minecraft tower designs? While houses may seem like the ideal way to showcase your Minecraft skills, and a Minecraft treehouse is a wonderful accomplishment, there's something to be said about putting together a tower that reaches into the heavens. It's going to take a lot of time and energy, but boy, are the results worth it when you're quite literally towering over your world.

The freedom to make whatever you want makes Minecraft one of the best PC games. These juggernauts are intricately detailed, fully climbable, and sure to keep you safe from the most dangerous Minecraft mobs - unless, of course, they start chipping away at the base. Between massive gothic spires, fantasy turrets, and everything in between, we've put together a list of some of our favorite Minecraft towers - which should be just enough to send your imagination sky-high in the survival game.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 10:41 AM
     Fallout 5 release date speculation, news, and latest details

What is the Fallout 5 release date? Following the reveal and subsequent release of the multiplayer spin-off Fallout 76, news and rumors about a proper Fallout 5 have been scarce. It has been a while since we witnessed the bombs drop and enjoyed our single-player sojourn through Fallout 4's Boston, and it's fair to say that few were left satisfied by Bethesda's foray into multiplayer with Fallout 76, which was devoid of human NPCs, traditional questing, and basically, all the things we've come to love about the series on its release.

Naturally, then, we're already itching for news of the Fallout 5 release date. Numbered releases in the Fallout series can be half a decade apart, so we could be waiting a long time before we can pick at the remains of a new Fallout location. But if the game's heritage is anything to go by, a new entry in the series could very well be one of the best PC games ever. With Starfield now checked off the list, and Elder Scrolls 6 on the way, hopefully, we won't have to wait much longer for some official Fallout 5 news, but here's everything we do know so far about the Fallout 5 release date, along with our own Fallout 5 wishlist.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 10:02 AM
     Zenless Zone Zero codes

What are the new Zenless Zone Zero codes? We love a freebie. Free characters, free outfits, free in-game currency. It's tough out there, so we've got to do what we can. With that in mind, we're always looking out for the latest in-game redemption codes.

Zenless Zone Zero is one of the most hotly anticipated upcoming games right now, especially based on the success of other Hoyoverse games Genshin Impact and Honkai Star Rail. Given the regular redemption codes offered by those games, and the fact that there's a Zenless Zone Zero beta taking place right now, you might be wondering like us if there are any ZZZ codes, and how to redeem them.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 9:58 AM
     Best Stardew Valley mods 2023

Looking for the best Stardew Valley mods? The mod scene has been thriving on PC despite having no official Steam Workshop support. Dedicated modders have been working to alter almost everything available in the game, from adding game-breaking cheats like god mode to texture overhauls that turn Stardew Valley into a pixelated fairytale.

Despite thousands of daily concurrent players enjoying the base indie game, Stardew Valley is getting on a bit, so we can't blame you for wanting to shake things up. Thankfully, and predictably, the modding community is here to help bring other IPs to the valley, along with new maps and improvements to married life. We've compiled our favorite Stardew Valley mods that celebrate the creativity of the modding scene. Here are our top picks that provide visual overhauls, gameplay changes, and, yes, even some cheats, making one of the best PC games even better.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 9:32 AM
     Marvel Snap isn't about to die, dev promises, as Nuverse faces closure

Marvel Snap publisher Nuverse is potentially facing closure, according to reports that its owner, ByteDance, is planning to withdraw from the gaming market altogether. Naturally, this may make people concerned about the superhero card game's future, but developer Second Dinner says that Marvel Snap will continue and "flourish" even if Nuverse disappears.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 9:37 AM
     Skull and Bones release date speculation, gameplay, and news

When is the Skull and Bones release date? We've lost count of how many times the pirate game has been pushed back, but we're not worried - despite a fairly cynical opinion across the board, what we've seen of Skull and Bones so far has given us more than a few reasons to be optimistic.

With Skull and Bones now years in the making, surely we can hope for a more fine-tuned adventure and a worthy contender among the best pirate games. While the game has been delayed multiple times, Skull and Bones is one of the few Ubisoft games that hasn't been canceled, so we're hoping that progress is still being made. While the development team (hopefully) works away, we've plundered the murky depths of Davy Jones's locker to bring you the latest Skull and Bones release date, gameplay news, ship customization, and everything else you need to know about this upcoming nautical adventure.

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PCGamesN Monday, November 27, 2023 9:00 AM
     Steamworld Build review – city building and dungeon crawling collide

The Steamworld series is back to explore yet another new genre. After putting out a pair of Metroidvania games, a turn-based tactical game, and an RPG adventure, the newest entry is a city builder. However, this one doesn't hail from series creator Image & Form but from The Station, best known for the 2018 narrative adventure of the same name. In our Steamworld Build review, I found a mostly enjoyable mix of city building and dungeon crawling, even if some design troubles and the sense that two disparate games have been bolted together keep it from reaching the greatness of the series' earlier entries.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, November 27, 2023 3:50 PM

The core premise of manga-turned-anime series Attack on Titan has always been fantastic: humans armed with swords and equipped with mechanical grapple guns that basically turn them into Spider-Man take on enormous naked giants who are trying to eat them. With the series' action built around the incredible manoeuvrability and momentum of the Omni-Directional Mobility gear, the genuine unnerving threat of the titans, and the relatively fragility of its human heroes, it's just primed to be mined for video game inspiration.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, November 27, 2023 2:47 PM

Marvel Snap developers Second Dinner have reassured players of the digital card game that it will continue to "operate and flourish in the future", in the wake of reports that publishers Nuverse are set to step away from the mainstream games space.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, November 27, 2023 2:07 PM

Destiny 2's endcap to its first 10 years of story will now land next June, as The Final Shape slips back by over three months. In its place will be an extension of the multiplayer shooter's next season, plus some new features and content inbound to help tide players over.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, November 27, 2023 12:01 PM

Extra-large news for aspiring ultrawide enjoyers: the Lenovo Legion R45w-30, a titantic 45in, 31:9 gaming monitor, is £100 off in the Cyber Monday sales. With its 5120x1440 resolution, overclocked 170Hz refresh rate, and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro support, that's £699 for specs that can very easily set you back over a grand. And, unlike buying the combined labours and livelihoods of the entire RPS team, there's no months-long bidding process for this curved screen – you can just order it off Currys.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, November 27, 2023 12:00 PM

Dredge was pretty weird to begin with. The indie hit somehow melded fishing with cosmic horror - seamlessly - to create an enthralling adventure where you can never be sure if what you're about to haul out of the depths will have a normal amount of eyes or tentacles. The new Pale Reach DLC gets even weirder, a masterpiece of show-don't-tell horror that manages to evoke some of the more inspired Bloodborne monsters as well as some of icy, supernatural scares from The Terror. And it's all centred on a big whale.

Spoilers ahead, friends, but in The Pale Reach, a massive icy landscape has suddenly appeared in the southern, well, reaches of Dredge's world, so naturally we're off to see what that's all about, ploughing along in our faithful fishing boat to the hostile new climate. Every path into the landmass is barricaded by imposing ice walls. It's a slog.

It's also a great setup. We're made to instantly wonder what the hell hides in this treacherous ice field, and the answer is equally great: a massive corrupted narwhal with bulbous glowing eyes. The huge beast dwarfs your tiny ship, but mercifully it's frozen solid in an even bigger chunk of ice, with only those very angry eyes poking out at us. Four angry eyes on one side of its head, to be very precise.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, November 27, 2023 11:33 AM

There's a new Tribes FPS in development, eight years since the last Tribes game, Tribes: Ascend, went skeeting off into the no-further-updates hereafter. It's the work of former Hi-Rez subsidiary and nowadays independent studio Prophecy Games, and going by SteamDB listings, it's called Tribes 3: Rivals.

New to the Tribes series? It once went by the unofficial title of "the world's fastest shooter". On the one hand, I'm not sure that claim holds as true in the era of Titanfall 2 or DOOM Eternal or Hyper Demon or heck, even latter-day Fortnite with its rocket-powered rams. On the other hand, and to pick up the tune from Matt Cox's (RPS in peace) 2019 retrospective - WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Here's a compilation of footage from a recent playtest.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, November 27, 2023 11:24 AM

32 inch gaming monitors have emerged as something of a power-user favourite as of late, with the size offering a 4K resolution without the strict need for Windows scaling. One of the most impressive 32-inch 4K models I've seen has been Innocn's 32M2V, a Mini LED backlit 4K gaming screen with a 144Hz refresh rate, HDR highlights up to 1000 nits and HDMI 2.1 for PS5 or Series X support. This model normally costs $700, but you can get it for $600 using a coupon at Amazon US for Cyber Monday.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, November 27, 2023 11:15 AM

It's hard to know where to begin with this, but let's just rip the plaster off and get it over with. Reedpop have today announced that they're "investigating the potential sale" of RPS owners Gamer Network. This also includes our friends at Eurogamer, VG247, Dicebreaker, and Not included in the sale are UK events EGX or MCM, or the website Popverse. There's not a lot more I can say at this stage - we ourselves still have lots of questions that need answering first - but I'll endeavour to share more with you, our readers, as soon as I can. For now, here's the broad strokes of what's happening.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, November 27, 2023 11:13 AM

I know this doesn't have the clickity-clack, heavyweight mechanical-ness of the gaming keyboards I'd normally be highlighting this time of year, but the Logitech K400 Plus looks like it could be a sweet little Cyber Monday deal. Amazon UK has it down from £45 to £24, a tasty 47% saving.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, November 27, 2023 10:48 AM

The Elgato Stream Deck MK.2 is a nice revision over the original lots-of-buttons-with-screens concept, giving you an easy control centre to fire off macros, adjust the volume, launch programs, bleep yourself, adjust Corsair and Elgato components and peripherals and generally do things quickly and easily no matter what you're doing on your PC at the time. We spotted a deal on the latest full-size Stream Deck over at Currys, where you can pick it up for £119 versus the original £149.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, November 27, 2023 10:05 AM

Fewer games than I'd like have captured that feeling of everything getting really out of hand. Not just getting harder, but putting you in a situation that's truly deteriorating all around you.

Last Train Home has an intriguing premise: taking the Czechoslovak Legion home from the Eastern front via an armoured train directly through the chaos of the Russian Civil War. Its unusual mixture of survival sim, RPG, tactical skirmishes, and narrative history holds together, I think, precisely because your efforts to make it all work provide such a contrast to what an incredible mess the world around you is becoming.

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Twinfinite Monday, November 27, 2023 3:34 PM
Some enjoyable games and trophy lists.

Siliconera Monday, November 27, 2023 4:00 PM

Holo no Suika Now Includes Hololive EN and ID Vtubers

There's a new update for the Holo no Suika take on the Watermelon game, and it adds Hololive EN and ID Vtubers. It is immediately accessible online now, provided someone chooses the correct mode.

Once someone starts the game, the new update notice appears. It states that Holo no Suika has a Type C mode that makes its chibis into Hololive EN and ID Vtubers. Gawr Gura is the smallest one here. Combining two Guras gets you a Kureiji Ollie. Two Ollies turn into a Mococo Abyssgard. Two Mococos become an Anya Melfissa. Two Anyas turn into a Vestia Zeta. Two Vestias can combine into a a Hakos Baelz. Two Baelz turn into an Amelia Watson. Two Amelias become a Fuwawa Abyssgard. Two Fuwawas become a Calliope Mori. 

This follows an earlier November 2023 update that made Holo no Suika more accessible to people worldwide. Previously, this fan game was only available in Japanese. However, it now also supports English. Once you open the game, it automatically detects your preferred language.

There is also a limited time event still running in that game. It involves Amane Kanata. One of her is essentially a wild-card orb that can be gradually increased in size and combined with other Vtubers.

Holo no Suika is available on PCs and mobile devices via browsers. The original Suika Game is available worldwide on the Nintendo Switch.

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Siliconera Monday, November 27, 2023 3:30 PM

cardcaptor sakura clear card manga

The Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga will be ending, with its final chapter, Episode 80 releasing in the January issue of Nakayoshi. Nakayoshi's January issue will release on December 1, 2023.

To celebrate the final chapter of the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga releasing, all chapters of the manga are available to read for free on Comic Days and Palcy until December 1, 2023. Following its publication in Nakayoshi, Episode 80 will eventually be available to read on YouTube in Japanese, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Chinese.

The announcement post for the final chapter on social media can be viewed below:

Cardcaptor Sakura was originally serialized in Kodansha's girls' manga magazine Nakayoshi from 1996 to 2000. It then later returned with the Clear Card arc in 2016 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Cardcaptor Sakura series. The Clear Card arc will end its run after seven years in publication. CLAMP is currently celebrating their 30th anniversary under Kodansha as their publisher, which includes series like xxxHolic, Magic Knight Rayearth, Clover, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, and Chobits.

Clear Card is the sequel to the original series and involves Sakura's magical cards suddenly turning blank. She has to go and capture new transparent cards—the Clear Cards—with the help of her boyfriend Syaoran and all of her friends before they can cause problems and wreak havoc due to their enhanced power.

The manga is published by Kodansha globally. The anime adaption of Clear Card is available for streaming on Crunchyroll. The sequel is currently in development by Madhouse.

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Siliconera Monday, November 27, 2023 3:00 PM

Build-a-Bear Pokemon Plush Cyber Monday Sale Starts

The Cyber Monday 2023 Build-a-Bear sale kicked off, and this time there are Pokemon plush bundles reduced. The discount supposedly takes 50% off bundles, though in many cases there are only about $10 discounts on certain characters.

Here's the full list of Build-a-Bear Pokemon Cyber Monday sale bundles currently available. Note that in each case you are getting a plush toy, at least one outfit, and in some cases a sound chip. These deals are all online-only as well.

  • Build-a-Bear 25th Anniversary Pikachu (Female) Bundle - $53.20
  • Build-a-Bear 25th Anniversary Pikachu (Male) Bundle - $53.20
  • Eevee Bundle - $63
  • Grookey Bundle - $45.50
  • Growlithe Bundle - $63
  • Mimikyu Bundle - $47.25
  • Mudkip Bundle - $64.80
  • Pikachu Hoodie Bundle - $56.70
  • Scorbunny Bundle - $39.60
  • Snorlax Bundle - $53.10
  • Sobble Bundle - $57.60
  • Squirtle Bundle - $50.62
  • Sprigatito Bundle - $51.30 
  • Teddiursa Bundle - $45.50
  • Umbreon Bundle - $60.30
  • Vulpix Bundle - $57.79

There was also a Bulbasaur bundle, but it sold out.

As a reminder, for Black Friday 2023 all of the retailer's Animal Crossing plush were on sale. There is currently a 50% off sale on them for Cyber Monday 2023, but they are more expensive than they were last week.

The Cyber Monday sale will run at the site on November 27, 2023. The deals are only available through the Build-a-Bear online storefront.

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Siliconera Monday, November 27, 2023 2:30 PM

Sanrio and ClaN Entertainment finally revealed the designs and debut dates for three new Vtubers that will be part of the Nyantasia group. Auditions for the roles were held earlier in 2023, and we now know Nyamamugi Tart, Nyamashiro Soda, and Nyamafuji Anzu will debut on December 1, 2023.

Here are the debut times for the three new members in the order each one will appear. All the streams will be in Japanese.

  • Nyamamugi Tart: December 1, 2023 at 6am ET/3am PT on YouTube
  • Nyamashiro Soda: December 1, 2023 at 6:30am ET/3:30am PT on YouTube
  • Nyamafuji Anzu: December 1, 2023 at 7am ET/4am PT on YouTube

As noted above, each individual debut stream will be held on the Vtuber's respective YouTube channel. After each of the three new performers complete their initial debut streams, a collaborative stream will be held with all of them on December 1, 2023 from 7:30am ET/4:30am PT on the official Nyantasia YouTube channel.

As announced previously, Nyantasia's concept is that these new Sanrio VTubers were once originally pet cats of a witch before being transformed. Given that they were once cats, each of them have a feline form designed by Sanrio. The artist reekaruru illustrated a key visual featuring the girls in their humanoid forms, which you can see below.

A promotional video introducing the bios and designs for each VTuber has also been released. You can also get a sneak peek at how they move around and express themselves. Additionally, full-body images and character design sheets are available to view.

You can watch the promotional video below:

Sanrio also shared introductions for each of the three new VTubers.

Nyamafuji Anzu

Nyamafuji Anzu is a calico cat with a pink and purple color scheme. She strives to be cute everyday, and wishes to one day become the cutest in the world. She currently has no interest in self-improvement, but she does want to master both fashion and games. She's not very good with scary things. She also has an X, YouTube, and a TikTok account. Her human-form character was designed by Done Kanda.

View Anzu's character design below:

Sanrio VTubers Nyantasia Debut
Image via Sanrio and ClaN Entertainment

Nyamashiro Soda

Nyamashiro Soda is a Khao Manee cat with a great sense of style. She's not very honest about it, but she really wants to be spoiled. Her absolute favorite dish is ramen. Her most charming point is her sparkling heterochromatic eyes. You can check her out on X, YouTube, and TikTok. Her humanoid self was designed by Nana Kagura.

View Soda's character design below:

Sanrio VTubers Nyantasia Debut
Image via Sanrio and ClaN Entertainment

Nyamamugi Tart

Nyamamugi Tart is a Maine Coon tabby cat who loves mischief. She's the type to grow with praise. She hopes that she will also grow in height someday, in turn. Besides that, she's excited to talk with the others a lot, and her most charming point is her fluffy tail. She also has an X, YouTube, and TikTok account. Her VTuber form was designed by Misumi.

View Tart's character design below:

Sanrio VTubers Nyantasia Debut
Image via Sanrio and ClaN Entertainment

The Nyantasia Sanrio VTubers will make their official debut on December 1, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, November 27, 2023 2:00 PM

LINE Monster Rancher - Code Geass crossover

Koei Tecmo and LINE revealed that they will add new crossover content from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion to LINE: Monster Rancher in late November 2023. Key characters from the anime series will appear as breeders of unique monsters inspired by their Knightmare Frames.

Lelouch and Kallen are the two characters confirmed so far to have Breeder Assist Cards. Lelouch's Gawain will appear as a Joker sub-breed, while Kallen will have the Guren—in both regular Type-02 form and Flight-Enabled Version—as a Dragon sub-breed. The story synopsis hints that Suzaku will also appear with a monster version of the Lancelot.

A teaser trailer for the Code Geass crossover in LINE: Monster Rancher is available to watch on LINE's YouTube channel:

LINE: Monster Rancher is a monster-breeding mobile game that utilizes data from registered friends in the LINE app to generate monsters. While Koei Tecmo and LINE initially planned to launch the game in Spring 2023, they eventually released it earlier in late Winter on February 28, 2023.

Code Geass will be the first anime IP to have crossover content for LINE: Monster Rancher, but it won't be the first-ever crossover for the latter. In late March 2023, LINE and Koei Tecmo added a collaboration monster modeled after Otosan, the mascot dog of the Japanese company SoftBank.

LINE: Monster Rancher is available immediately on iOS and Android mobile devices in Japan. The Code Geass crossover content will be available in the mobile game from November 30, 2023, to December 28, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, November 27, 2023 1:30 PM

FFVII Rebirth Square Enix e-STORE Pre-orders Come With Cloud Keychain

As the release of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth draws closer, Square Enix revealed that those who pre-order the Japanese version of FFVII Rebirth on the Square Enix e-STORE will receive a bonus Cloud keychain made of rubber. All physical versions of the game, which are the Regular edition, Deluxe edition, and Collector's edition, are eligible to receive the Cloud rubber keychain when purchased directly through Square Enix's online store in Japan.

The design of the rubber keychain features a small, cute, chibi Cloud standing with his back facing forward as he grips his massively large Buster sword and looks over his shoulder. Stock of the FFVII Rebirth Cloud keychain is limited, so once all available keychains are gone, Square Enix will not be making any more. Pre-orders also come with the Midgar Bangle Mk. II accessory, an in-game item that can be worn by any playable character to increase their stats.

Other retailers have their own pre-order bonuses, including Lawson @ Loppi HMV having a Tetsuya Nomura-drawn acrylic stand featuring Tifa, Aerith, Barret, and Red XIII and Amazon having a Cloud and Sephiroth controller skin. Best Buy will also be offering a steelbook case, and GameStop will be giving a hat away as its FFVII Rebirth pre-order bonus.

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 Monday, November 27, 2023 1:00 PM

New Green Green Greens Golf Manga Debuts in Shonen Jump

There's a new golf manga in Shonen Jump called Green Green Greens. The Kento Terasaka series started its run on November 26, 2023, with the first chapter available to read for free via MangaPlus and Viz Media

As part of the kick-off, the first chapter of the series is 52 pages long. The first three pages of that are in color. However, two of those are introductory title pages, so there are only three panels in color.

The series follows a golfer named Haku Yaesaki. While the introduction shows him competing in the masters, the story actually begins with him back in high school. When it starts, he's thinking about a way to make money and seems envious of his classmates like Takato Sera and Nadeshiko Oga, who have dreams and ambitions. When Haku steps in to assist Nadeshiko with a situation involving a scammer, he follows her and watches her at a driving range. It's this interaction that leads to him pursuing his own golfing dreams.

It's been a while since a new Shonen Jump manga appeared. One of the last ones was Two on Ice. That is another sports series, though that manga focuses on figure skating. It launched in September 2023, as did the recent hit Kagurabachi

The first chapter of Green Green Greens is available to read now, and the next chapter of the golf manga will appear on December 3, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, November 27, 2023 12:30 PM

Usada Pekora First Album

Hololive's third generation rabbit VTuber Usada Pekora just released her first album with nine songs. "Usagi the Megami." It is available to stream digitally on Spotify, YouTube Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, and the iTunes Store.

The physical version of the album is available to pre-order from the Hololive official online shop for $21. That version comes with a special CD bonus track that is not available to listen to via digital streaming. According to the listing, the extra song is another version of "Saikyo Megami†Usa Pekora." It features cameos by a few other Hololive VTubers, including Shiranui Flare, Shirogane Noel, and Houshou Marine. International shipping is available.

The nine Usada Pekora songs that are featured on the album are the following:

  2. "Saikyo Megami†Usa Pekora"
  4. "Alibi Bunny"
  5. "RaRaRa Rabbit"
  6. "ZenjinruiUsagikakeikaku!"
  7. "Shoten Chokuzen Love it LIVE"
  8. "KimitoMitaiKeshiki"
  9. "Saikyo Megami†Usa Pekora" (3rd Generation "Mashi Mashi" mix) (CD Bonus Track)

The album art features a new illustration of Pekora in an extravagant, goddess-like ensemble. She appears to be holding a microphone, ready to sing in front of a glowing light. Her hair is down, and her outfit has intricate gold detailing. The official announcement also included a look at the album's cover.

Usada Pekora's first album is available to purchase and stream now.

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Siliconera Monday, November 27, 2023 12:00 PM

Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis Sephiroth Kuja FFIX Trailers Appear

Now that the Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis FFIX crossover includes young Sephiroth with a Kuja costume and sword, there are two new trailers. One shows him in action, while the other shows off the live wallpaper.

First, here's the young Sephiroth wallpaper. If you pull on the banner for him, you can earn this background for the main screen. It shows him wearing Kuja's Attire. He also holds Kuja's Spirit Blade in his left hand. Like the other live wallpapers for the Final Fantasy IX crossover, it shows him sitting on an airship.

Next, here's the Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis FFIX young Sephiroth gameplay trailer showing him use the Kuja equipment. He's wearing the costume in it. When he attacks the Black Waltz, he uses the Kuja's Spirit Blade Flare Star C. Ability. This is a non-elemental magical damage attack based on attacks Kuja used in Final Fantasy IX.

As a reminder, the other confirmed character costumes for this crossover include Cloud dressed as Zidane, Aerith as Garnet, Tifa as Amarant, and Lucia as Vivi.

Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is available for mobile devices. It is coming soon to PCs. The Final Fantasy IX young Sephiroth Kuja banner is available until December 7, 2023

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Siliconera Monday, November 27, 2023 11:30 AM

One Piece Luffy Bounty Video Ahead of Egghead Arc Anime Adaptation

There's a new One Piece promotional video tracking what the bounty for Luffy is throughout the series ahead of the Egghead Arc anime appearance. It begins with his first one, which was 30,000,000 Berries, and ends with his current bounty of 3,000,000,000 Berries.

Things start off in the video with the first bounty. This was the 30,000,000 Berries one. Nezumi is the one who assigned that one during the East Blue Arc. During the Arabasta Arc, that went up to 100,000,000 Berries. We then see it jump to 300,000,000, 500,000,000, 1,500,000,000, and finally 3,000,000,000 Berries.

Here's the full video, which features scenes from the manga and anime adaptations. As the bounty for Luffy increases, we see scenes in One Piece that led up to it.

The video ends with a teaser of things to come. The Egghead Arc is about to start in the anime. Things close out by reminding folks that begins on January 7, 2024.

This isn't the only recent video. Toei Animation also shared one teasing the Egghead Arc and the One Piece characters and their designs. For example, we get a look at folks like Ginny.

The One Piece anime is available to stream on Netflix and Crunchyroll. The live-action adaptation's first season is on Netflix. Viz Media handles the manga outside Japan. There will also be a One Piece Day at during a Los Angeles Rams game in December 2023. 

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Siliconera Monday, November 27, 2023 11:00 AM

Mega Man 11 model kit

Kotobukiya released its Mega Man plastic model kit that lets people make a figure based on his Mega Man 11 appearance. The kit is available at a tax-inclusive price of 8,580 yen (~$58), and people who have previously placed pre-orders can now expect their kits to start shipping. [Thanks, Hobby Watch!]

The non-scaled kit will stand at around 135mm (~5.3 inches) tall when completed. The set comes with four facial expression parts and an alternate head part showing Mega Man's hair without the helmet. The iconic Mega Buster weapon is available to attach on either hand with its shooting effects also included.

The Japan-exclusive Kotobukiya Online Shop is also offering a mini acrylic stand of Mega Man as a limited bonus while stocks last.

Kotobukiya previously revealed sample images of the Mega Man 11 figure and opened pre-orders in mid-May 2023. The company originally planned to release the kit in October 2023. However, it later announced a month-long delay to the kit's release due to "unforeseen circumstances" in September 2023. Kotobukiya is also producing more model kits from the Mega Man franchise, including one modeled after Roll.EXE from the Battle Network series.

This Mega Man plastic model kit takes on his appearance in Mega Man 11, the classic series' latest game which Capcom released in 2018 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC.

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Siliconera Monday, November 27, 2023 10:30 AM

Oshi no Ko Season 2

During the Oshi no Ko Ichigo Production Fan Festival 2023 event, Doga Kobo announced season 2 of the anime will begin broadcasting in 2024. On November 26, 2023, a teaser visual and video were uploaded to official Oshi no Ko social media accounts.

Currently, we do not know of a more specific release window for Oshi no Ko season 2. We can only confirm that the anime is scheduled to be released sometime next year.

The new key visual and trailer features three major characters in Oshi no Ko: Aqua, Kana Arima, and Akane Kurokawa. These three characters are in a love triangle following the events of the first season. Both young women might also help Aqua find answers to help him achieve his goal.

You can check out the key visual for Oshi no Ko season 2 below:

And you can watch the trailer here:

No further information on the second season of Oshi no Ko has been shared just yet. We aren't sure if YOASOBI will be returning for the opening theme song. The last time they did, the opening theme song "Idol" became quite popular and broke the Oricon Weekly Streaming Record in May 2023.

The first season of Oshi no Ko can be streamed on HIDIVE. Manga Plus distributes the English version of the manga.

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Siliconera Monday, November 27, 2023 10:00 AM

Virtua Fighter 3tb Online

Sega revealed a new arcade game called Virtua Fighter 3tb Online at the Amusement Expo in Tokyo Big Sight, and it shared direct feed screenshots of it in a new press release. It will release the arcade game on November 28, 2023. A Premium Music Collection album containing new arrangements with vocals from Takenobu Mitsuyoshi will also appear on the same day.

The new arcade release will retain the gameplay balance from the latest version of Virtua Fighter 3tb while adding the online matching features built for Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown and support for player names with Aime cards.

The main game will retain the 4:3 aspect ratio, but Sega will also add more information columns to fill the now-standard 16:9 screen. Each side will show the respective player's titles, win rates, and comments. If the player is in a single-player mode, the other side will instead show a command list for their current character.

Virtua Fighter 3tb (with tb being short for "team battle") is an upgraded version of the 1996 entry Virtua Fighter 3 that Sega released in 1997. As the title suggests, it added a Team Battle mode where each player can choose three characters.

When Sega launched its Dreamcast console in Japan in November 1998, Virtua Fighter 3tb was a launch game. Other than the new online arcade release, Sega will also include the title in Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, which is slated for release on the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC on January 26, 2024.

Virtua Fighter 3tb Online will be available on arcades in Japan on November 28, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, November 27, 2023 9:30 AM

identity v sanrio

NetEase teased what'll be available in the first Sanrio collaboration for Identity V. You'll be able to get skins and pets based on Hello Kitty and Cinnamoroll.

From December 28, 2023, you'll be able to get skins for the Gardener and Photographer characters. The Gardener will have a Hello Kitty-themed skin, and her Toolbox looks like a Hello Kitty purse. As for Photographer, he'll have a Cinnamoroll skin. He's holding a blue star-shaped rod and the photographs he holds when using his skill have a Cinnamoroll design on it. Aside from the skins, you can also get pets that look like Hello Kitty and Cinnamoroll.

Currently, Identity V is collaborating with xxxHolic on skins, accessories, and pets. During the event, you can get skins that resemble characters like Kimihiro Watanuki and Yuko Ichihara. The xxxHolic skins are available in the gacha. However, in the case of the Sanrio collaboration, you'll only be able to buy them in the in-game Identity V stores.

Identity V is NetEase's asymmetrical multiplayer horror game in which four Survivors try to escape a map while a Hunter chases after them. Collaborations in the game usually give players exclusive skins and accessories. However, collaborations do not tend to re-run, which means that there will only be limited chances to get these Sanrio items.

Identity V is readily available on mobile devices and Window PCs.

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Siliconera Monday, November 27, 2023 9:01 AM

SteamWorld Build

SteamWorld Build is the latest in a series of charming, bot-focused games that run the gamut from mining platformers to turn-based RPGs. This time around, Swedish developer The Station retooled the setting into a city-builder along the lines of Anno or perhaps The Settlers, with the twist being that you also control the mine excavation business underneath the town..

The setup follows homesteader Jack Clutchsprocket and his daughter Astrid, steam-powered robots on a mission to found a mining town in the desert at the behest of a suspicious machine of unknown origin. The machine explains that the planet is unstable, and they must delve deep into the earth to uncover lost technology before they can escape to the stars. But to support all that, they're going to need to found, then expand, their little frontier town. It takes a village to escape a dying planet, after all.

SteamWorld Build
Screenshot via Siliconera

From there, it's your usual city-building fare. You put down houses connected by roads to amenities to keep residents happy. You then build industries to gather the natural resources of the area and processors to turn them into more advanced goods that will, in turn, let you support more advanced workers and larger economies. It's simple and perhaps a little uninspiring on its own, but it's clean, competent, and looks very pretty.

The trademark SteamWorld charm is on full display here. Houses and workers have that ramshackle look so typical of the series, while the more industrial buildings include absurd, cartoonish contraptions like over-sized woodcutting axes or giant cactus presses for extracting water. Some of the characters, especially Astrid and Jack, can come off a little bit twee, but it's tolerable and plays a good foil to the ancient machine who can't quite contain his contemptuous superiority over the less advanced bots.

SteamWorld Build
Screenshot via Siliconera

Once you're set up, it's time to start delving deeply and greedily. Repairing the mineshaft allows you to access the underworld. It's then that the game switches to more of a Dungeon Keeper style of play. You mark rock for mining, and your minions scramble to obey, exploiting deposits for minerals that can be sent topside for processing, before being used to add more quarters and tools for different types of miners. Having to develop these two sides in tandem is a fun twist and goes some way to making up for some of the lack of challenge in each half on its own. However, it still rarely manages to provide any interesting strategic problems beyond "place Y building to solve X problem."

As you descend down the mine tiers, you'll find new resources, treasures, ancient rocket parts to assemble, and eventually stumble upon subterranean enemies. I had hoped the introduction of an active threat might shake things up a bit, requiring some crafty room and trap placement á la Evil Genius, but it was not to be. The nasty critters only really attack when you decide to breach the area they're locked in, and even a handful of Guards can handle most of them. Especially if you can scrounge up some firearms. Even if you do happen to dig into a wave-spawning hive, there are not many options offered or needed to deal with them. Just put some turrets and have a guard house nearby, and that's the extent of the defensive preparations.

SteamWorld Build
Screenshot via Siliconera

There are a few other rusty patches in the otherwise quite clean clock-workings, too. For one, getting new citizens of a particular tier requires upgrading fully satisfied houses from the previous tier. The upgrade itself is satisfying, and being able to move things around for free means you can then move your new engineers or aristobots into their own area. But, having to do that for each new house in a tier, then having to repeat it for each previous tier to top up your workforce, becomes tedious busy work very quickly.

While the ability to move buildings for free should make rearranging your layouts for optimization or incorporating new buildings, you rarely need to for anything other than residential areas. You don't get much in the way of real upgrades that change the way you want to design your city. No big logistics hubs to plan around like you might get in Cities: Skylines for example, just better roads that extend how far amenities stretch and a few items you can equip to individual buildings to boost production.

SteamWorld Build
Screenshot via Siliconera

There's also just this feeling of detachment from your settlement, not to mention your citizens. When playing something like Cities: Skylines for example (I know, a very different style of city-builder, but bear with me), you're compelled to make a big sprawling city with a choice of how to fulfill all your power and transport needs, then ways to optimize them. But SteamWorld Build feels like it lacks that sense of choice or personalization or of making a home, perhaps not helped by the narrative framing of just building a town to get stuff so you can leave again. It's especially odd, because the whole aesthetic is so incredibly idiosyncratic, so individual in the way all the bots and buildings are built of mismatched industrial parts. The world feels lived in and warm, cozy even, but the gameplay fails to capture that feeling.

It's a shame, because SteamWorld Build has such a solid foundation, but it ends up not feeling that compelling to play. I'm usually the type to spend hours in any kind of base-building game trying to make a perfect, aesthetically pleasing layout, but this is one of the few games where I haven't felt that urge past the first few hours. That said, there's still a lot to love from the designs to the concept, so if you like the SteamWorld setting at all it's likely worth checking out on Game Pass.

SteamWorld Build will launch on December 1, 2023, for PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Series X/S. The game will also be available on Xbox Game Pass.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, November 27, 2023 3:55 PM
     Best Pets In Coral Island RankedNot only can you care for farm animals in this farming sim, but you can adopt pets as well. This is a ranked list of the best pets to go for in Coral Island. While no one pet is better than another, I think some of these are more unique than others. If you're getting a limited amount of pets, you should take a look at these one. Coral Island: Best pets, ranked Pets in Coral Island don't have different personalities, or likes and dislikes, so I can't really rank them depending on how good of a pet they are. What I will do though is rank the ones I think are the most interesting and ones that would seem fun to own. Screenshots: PC Invasion Lindi Hippeastrum Luna Malcolm Spike Bonkers In Coral Island there are dogs, cats, bunnies, and even a lizard! I put Lindi the lizard at the top because you rarely see lizards adoptable in games, and Lindi's smile just gets me every time. Then there's H...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, November 27, 2023 3:49 PM
     Modern Warfare Zombies Mule Kick SodaThrough leaks and data mining, we know that Mule Kick Soda, a Call of Duty Zombies perk for the past, is coming to Modern Warfare Zombies. Here's what Mule Kick does in MWZ and how to get it. Related: How to Get Crossbow in MW3 Zombies (MWZ) How to get Mule Kick Soda in Modern Warfare Zombies (MWZ) According to MWIIINTEL on Twitter (or X), Mule Kick Soda, a Perk-a-Cola introduced in the Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies Moon map, is coming to Modern Warfare Zombies. Though the official release date hasn't been revealed, I bet Mule Kick Soda is coming to Modern Warfare Zombies when Season 1 launches on December 6, 2023. Mule Kick will be returning in Modern Warfare Zombies, the perk description just reads "3 Primary Weapons".#MWIII #ModernWarfareIII #MW3 #ModernWarfare3— MWIIINTEL (@MWIIINTEL) November 24, 2023 Honestly though, myself and a lot of other players are upset by Mule Kick Soda bec...

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     Star Ocean The Second Story R Featured 4Star Ocean has always been a franchise I've looked in from the outside thinking to myself how seemingly cool it is. From various mechanics that allow you to essentially say goodbye to the game's balancing, to absolutely incredible soundtracks and fun combat. I played a bit of Star Ocean First Departure R before the release of Star Ocean The Second Story R, and knowing it was, as far as I know, a remake of the first game in the Star Ocean 2 engine, made me incredibly excited for The Second Story R. I was right to be excited because after playing Star Ocean The Second Story R early and finishing it to completion, it's a fantastic game with only a thing or two holding it back from being one of my favorite games in recent memory. The most mechanically dense video game in existence Star Ocean has a reputation for its specialty and item creation systems, and having played this game, I can easily see why. It's pretty much the main focus of the game outside of th...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, November 27, 2023 3:28 PM
     Modern Warfare Zombies (MWZ) players break the world record by beating the Act 3 final boss Orcus in 36 secondsZombies in Modern Warfare 3 is full of crazy beings that can make life hard in every way. Such as Megabomb, these bosses act like end goal, or something to work towards. On top of that, most will be hard and take a lot of time to beat. However, it seems like that statement is kind of untrue as some players have challenged that. Some players have done the unimaginable and beaten the final boss in less than a minute That's right, you read that headline right. Twitch Streamer and MWZ God Jexeo has defeated the final boss Ocrus in 36 mind-blowing seconds. While he didn't do it alone, it's still a feat to be proud of. Orcus appears in Act 3 and is the final boss of MWZ. If you managed to go up against the giant worm, you can probably imagine how much ammo and ducking and dodging it can take. Related: All Glyph Gates and glyph codes for Zero-Point Interdimensional Portal in Modern Warfare Zombies (MWZ), explained Jexeo can be seen just putting in s...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, November 27, 2023 3:24 PM
     Best Strategies For Lethal Company Featured Image(1)Lethal Company features a lot of items for the players to use, and each one is effective in its own way. Buying items in Lethal Company is a major part of the gameplay. After reaching the more difficult moons, you will need to rely heavily on purchased items. So, before facing any kind of confusion, it'd be wise to learn how each and every item in Lethal Company works. In this guide, we will provide you with a list of all items in Lethal Company and how to use them. Related: How to get a Flashlight in Lethal Company All items in Lethal Company and how to use them Screenshot: PC Invasion Here is a list of all the equipment that you can use in Lethal Company. Apart from these, there are also ship upgrades and ship decor, which can be found in the shop on the basis of rotation. Here are all the equipable items in Lethal Company. Walkie-talkie (12 credits): You can communicate with your crewmates using the in-game mic. How...

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     Nearly 4 years after its release, Red Dead Redemption 2 just hit its highest-ever concurrent peak player count on Steam, managing to get a whopping 77,655 living out their cowboy fantasies. At the time I'm writing this, 13:15 in the UK on a Monday, there are 63,094 people riding around.

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     Bloober Team has unexpectedly provided a light update on its upcoming remake of Silent Hill…