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GamersHeroes Wednesday, November 29, 2023 4:30 PM

The team at Mehuman Games and Toplitz Productions have announced their new title Vampire Dynasty, a new entry in the Dynasty franchise.

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GamersHeroes Wednesday, November 29, 2023 2:52 PM

The first title from 10:10 Games, Funko Pops meet video games with the release of Funko Fusion next year for PC and consoles.

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GamersHeroes Wednesday, November 29, 2023 1:53 PM

Horrific mutations and bloodthirsty monsters await with IndieGala's open world survival game Vorax on Steam.

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GamersHeroes Wednesday, November 29, 2023 1:20 PM

Ahead of its Early Access release, all players are invited for a stress test around Inflexion Games' Nightingale, slated for early next year.

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GamersHeroes Wednesday, November 29, 2023 1:02 PM

See what type of rig you'll need to run Gearbox Publishing and Blackbird Interactive's Homeworld 3 with the official PC specs for the game.

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Kotaku Wednesday, November 29, 2023 6:13 PM

The hardest thing about Destiny 2 is getting any of your friends to play it. Fans of Bungie's ambitious and imaginative sci-fi shooter have long hoped for a simple on-ramp that would make it easier to get lapsed players and newcomers back into its universe. Destiny 2's new "Starter Pack" might sound like exactly that.…


Kotaku Wednesday, November 29, 2023 4:15 PM

Thanksgiving is over, which means Christmas will be here soon. To get you ready for the snowy season, Sony's December update offers a selection of lowkey games via PlayStation Plus.


Kotaku Wednesday, November 29, 2023 4:00 PM

Ahead of next month's Grand Theft Auto VI trailer, three classic GTA games from the PlayStation 2 era are coming to Netflix's mobile library in December. These might not be the versions fans actually want ported to more platforms, though, even if some visual improvements seem to have been made.


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Kotaku Wednesday, November 29, 2023 2:30 PM

The live-service video game economy runs on microtransactions, and Xsolla is one of the companies that helps process them. The payment platform works with Epic Games, Unity, Roblox, and others to collect money from players all over the world. Now a new lawsuit alleges that Xsolla has mishandled $40 million and fired…


Kotaku Wednesday, November 29, 2023 2:15 PM

Dan Houser, who co-founded Rockstar Games and was the lead writer on multiple Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption games, has finally revealed what his new studio is working on. If you were expecting a video game…well, you'll have to keep waiting.


Kotaku Wednesday, November 29, 2023 1:45 PM

It's hard to completely scrub something off the internet, and Ubisoft is finding that out the hard way after accidentally leaking a remaster of its 2003 action-adventure game Beyond Good & Evil to some lucky Ubisoft+ subscribers.


Kotaku Wednesday, November 29, 2023 1:05 PM

Reader, if you don't mind a quick look into my personal neurosis, let me tell you that when I'm really looking forward to something, I get a great deal of anxiety about possibly dying before I get to experience it. I've felt this about video games, movies, albums, concerts, and pretty much anything else worth being…


PCGamesN Wednesday, November 29, 2023 6:58 PM

The Sims 4 is still going strong with no end in sight, as EA produces new expansions and free updates for its base game regularly. For Rent, the team's latest pack, has all of us Simmers excited to finally play as a true tenant and even a landlord. While City Living lets us live in high-rise apartments and attend regular festivals, For Rent is changing the game with a much more communal living-focused experience. It also comes with challenges, including every apartment dweller's worst nightmare, mold.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Sims 4 mods, Best Sims 4 sex mods, The Sims 4 cheats

PCGamesN Wednesday, November 29, 2023 6:17 PM

Dead by Daylight is always improving as Behaviour Interactive listens to the community and takes all feedback into consideration. The game has forever been a cozy haven for us LGBT+ players, with the developer's outspoken support for Pride and fans that fit under the diverse umbrella of identities. While rainbow cosmetics are fun, we've all waited for more representation among DBD's roster of killers and survivors. Thanks to a new collaboration with Rainbow Six Siege, we now have it as the game introduces its first transgender character.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: DBD killer tier list, Best horror games, DBD codes

PCGamesN Wednesday, November 29, 2023 4:07 PM

Sons of the Forest is back with some exciting news, as Endnight says the 1.0 release is just on the horizon. The indie developer first dropped its highly anticipated sequel to The Forest in early access in February, with regular content updates since. The full release sounds like it'll be pretty big too, with Endnight revealing the addition of an iconic actor and new story content. If you've been searching for more Timmy lore since the first game, 1.0 has a lot in store for you.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Sons of the Forest system requirements, Sons of the Forest early access review, Best Sons of the Forest base locations

PCGamesN Wednesday, November 29, 2023 2:45 PM

Ark Survival Ascended has had its fair share of controversy, from players concerned about its poor performance to others wondering why the remaster wasn't simply a free upgrade for those of us who already own the original, Survival Evolved. Despite its mixed reviews, the early-access game still harbors a dedicated community that looks forward to updates. Studio Wildcard's most recent change has the fanbase divided again though, this time over anti-cheating measures and PC crossplay.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best survival games, Best dinosaur games, Best co-op games

PCGamesN Wednesday, November 29, 2023 1:30 PM

November 29, 2023: We added new Peroxide codes to our list.

What are the new Peroxide codes? If you're trying to get ahead of the competition in Peroxide, we've collated all the latest codes for free product essences. We'll also run you through how to redeem the active Peroxide codes and where you can expect to find more for the Bleach-inspired anime fighter.

Peroxide is an established Roblox game that's erupted in popularity recently following an update. If you're searching for further Roblox freebies, we've also got regularly updated lists of Blox Fruits codes, Project Slayers codes, and AUT codes. Let's run through the Peroxide codes and the rewards they'll get you.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 29, 2023 2:43 PM

TimeSplitters studio Free Radical could be closed before Christmas, megacorp owner Embracer has reportedly told staff, as dozens of staff at the UK studio are said to be looking for new roles.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 29, 2023 1:55 PM

Cult of the Lamb devs Massive Monster seem to be staying true to their promise to bring a 'sex update' to the cutesy cultist roguelite next year, after their promise to satisfy thirsty fans ended up exploding more quickly than expected.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 29, 2023 1:23 PM

Troubled developers Creative Assembly will double-down on their strength in making offline real-time strategy games, following their failed attempt to break into the competitive shooter market with extraction FPS Hyenas.

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Twinfinite Wednesday, November 29, 2023 5:00 PM
It's high time we let a series be great without comparing it to something else.

Siliconera Wednesday, November 29, 2023 8:00 PM

Persona 3 Reload Tokyo Tower

Atlus has announced a collaboration between it and RED° Tokyo Tower commemorating Persona 3 Reload. The event will take place on December 22, 2023, and run through January 28, 2024.

A new key visual for the event is available on Atlus's Personal Channel website. It shows Minato and Aigis posing next to the Tokyo Tower. The Tokyo Tower has a pale green illumination thanks to it being the Dark Hour, and you can also see the UI design for the Dark Hour in the top right. A clock motif and butterflies appear next to Minato and Aigis.

As a note, Red Tokyo Tower is also holding a collaboration event with Persona 5 Tactica. This will end on December 21, 2023, so the Persona 3 Reload event at RED° Tokyo Tower will occur immediately after. During the event, you have the chance to purchase collaboration tickets, which will not only let you enter RED° Tokyo Tower but will also get you exclusive items such as postcards. 

There will be a digital tapestry you can look at and original and official goods. You'll also be able to order drinks from a collaboration menu and get limited coasters. Finally, if you visit Club 333, you can watch clips from Persona 3 Reload.

Persona 3 Reload is in development and will come out on February 2, 2024, for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC. The Persona 3 Reload event at RED° Tokyo Tower will start on December 22, 2023, and end on January 28, 2024.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 29, 2023 7:30 PM

hello kitty 50th anniversary calendar plush

Sanrio has released a limited plush calendar to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hello Kitty. It's readily available in stores around Japan and costs 2530 JPY ($17.20).

The Hello Kitty plush calendar will start from January 2024 and it is fairly small. At 90 mm x 150 mm x 80 mm, it fits perfectly on a desk or a table. As for what it looks like, it's a Hello Kitty doll holding a yellow sleeve that you can use to hold the calendar cards.

Each card has the month and dates, as well as Sanrio characters. Every month, you swap out the monthly card in the plush, and even after 2024, you can likely use the calendar to hold other pieces of paper or cards.

This is not the only piece of merchandise that Sanrio has released for the 50th anniversary of Hello Kitty. In early November 2023, Sanrio revealed its special design for Hello Kitty's birthday. Her eyes have a golden shine, representing her hopes and dreams for the future. Items that use this Hello Kitty design include a birthday doll, a pouch, and a snow globe.

The Hello Kitty 50th anniversary calendar is readily available in stores in Japan.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 29, 2023 7:00 PM

isekai suicide squad

Warner Bros Japan and Wit Studio will announce some more information on the upcoming Suicide Squad Isekai anime. The companies plan on holding a reveal stream on December 1, 2023, and you can watch it via Warner Bros Anime Japan's YouTube channel. [Thanks, Dengeki Online!]

The reveal stream will only last about ten minutes and will start at 7:00 PM in Japan. That means it would be 2:00 AM PT/5:00 AM ET on December 1, 2023. Takehito Koyasu will narrate the stream. Koyasu is a prominent voice actor in the industry. Some famous roles include Toji from Jujutsu Kaisen, Jade from Tales of the Abyss, and Dio Brando/DIO from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

About four months ago, Warner Bros uploaded a teaser trailer for Suicide Squad Isekai. In it, you could see how the anime versions of Joker, Harley Quinn, and Amanda Waller look. It's unknown if the anime version of Suicide Squad will use the same cast of characters from DC's live-action movies or if it will integrate some characters from other mediums. For example, Killer Frost was not in the live-action films. However, two different characters who operated as Killer Frost were Suicide Squad members.

A reveal stream for Suicide Squad Isekai will be available on December 1, 2023. That will likely be when we learn where it'll be streaming, release date, and cast.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 29, 2023 6:30 PM

fate/grand order mcdonald's

McDonald's has revealed the full key visuals for its collaboration with Fate/Grand Order. For the holiday season in Japan, you'll have the chance to win exclusive Fate/Grand Order prizes if you put your receipt into the lottery.

There are three key visuals in total. The first one, which McDonald's teased on November 28, 2023, shows the Santa versions of Artoria Alter and Nightingale in front of a table full of food. The next one shows Karna and Quetzacoatl, with Karna holding two bags of McDonald's and Quetzacoatl holding a fountain drink.

Finally, the last key visual shows Altera, Jeanne d'Arc Lily, and Martha looking excited around some food. Contrary to fan expectations, McDonald's uploaded teaser image did not reveal a new Santa Servant for 2023. In total, 10,030 customers will be able to obtain prizes. McDonald's has prepared 30 framed prints and 10,000 McDonald's gift cards.

You'll get the chance to get either a printed frame or a McDonald's gift card for one of the key visuals. Those who win the McDonald's gift cards will get two, making a total of 1000 JPY they can spend at McDonald's. To participate in the lottery, you must purchase a value meal and use either a physical or digital receipt.

Fate/Grand Order is readily available on mobile devices. The Fate/Grand Order collaboration campaign at McDonald's will run until December 25, 2023.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 29, 2023 6:00 PM

Genshin Impact Making Furina

HoYoVerse has released a new Genshin Impact behind-the-scenes video, this time covering the making of the La Vaguelette story teaser as well as the general design of Furina herself. Previous behind-the-scenes videos have covered the music of the Fontaine region or the design of the character Yun Jin.

Furina is a 5-star Hydro Sword user in Genshin Impact who was featured in La Vaguelette, a story teaser released shortly after she became available in the game. The "Making of" video begins with HoYoVerse explaining their initial design influences for Furina and how the team wanted to represent the two sides of her personality.

Design elements such as her formal coat and frills are meant to emphasize the noble airs she puts on, while her shorts allow for mobility and show her more playful side. The video also describes HoYoVerse's choice to shift from a more operatic singing style to something more musical-esque when designing the songs for Furina.

You can watch the full video below, but beware of spoilers for the Fontaine storyline:

Following the debut of Furina, Genshin Impact recently re-ran banners featuring 5-star characters, Cyno and Ayato as part of the second phase of Version 4.2.

Genshin Impact is readily available on PC, PS4, PS5, and mobile devices.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 29, 2023 5:30 PM

Honkai: Star Rail Stellar Shadowseeker

HoYoverse has announced that the next new event coming to Honkai: Star Rail will be called Stellar Shadowseeker, and it will feature Tracks of Destiny as a possible reward. The event will begin on December 1, 2023, and end on December 11, 2023.

Stellar Shadowseeker will be another photography event featuring March 7th, who has found several of her photos obscured by shadows. Players will need to work out what the shadow is obscuring the image and then take a new photo of the subject.

There will be a total of 14 photos to decode, with two being pictures released each day of the event until they are all available. Players will need a Trailblaze level of at least 21 to participate but can earn rewards, including Tracks of Destiny, which is used to level up skills, as well as Stellar Jades, Credits, and Exp materials.

You can find the official announcement on the HoYolab page or in the tweet below:

Honkai: Star Rail recently collaborated with Japanese flower shop Karendo ahead of the release of the 5-star character Argenti. Google Play also announced an event where both Honkai: Star Rail and Genshin Impact merchandise would be available to earn.

Honkai: Star Rail is available on PC, PS5, and mobile devices. The Stellar Shadowseeker event is expected to run from December 1 through December 11, 2023.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 29, 2023 5:00 PM

Persona 3 Reload Hermit Arcana Social Link

Atlus shared new details of the Hermit Social Link in the upcoming Persona 3 Reload. The Social Link received an updated character portrait inspired by early titles in the Shin Megami Tensei series.

In the original Persona 3, the Hermit Arcana Social Link is established with a fellow player of an MMORPG that the main character can play during his free time. The online handle of the character is Maya in the English version of Persona 3, and she give the main character the handle of Tatsuya.

Both names are a reference to the protagonists of the Persona 2 duology, Maya Amano and Tatsuya Suou. The new P3R character portrait for the Social Link is reminiscent of the official art of the Heroine from the first Shin Megami Tensei, albeit in a stylized green and blocky fashion.

You can check out the new Persona 3 Reload character portrait for the Hermit Social Link in the clip below.

Atlus has been sharing various trailers focused on the main characters of P3R, and the most recent ones focus on S.E.E.S. members Ken Amada and Aigis.

Persona 3 Reload will come out for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on February 2, 2024.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 29, 2023 4:30 PM

Switch Otome Fan Disc Cupid Parasite: Sweet & Spicy Darling Being Localized

Idea Factory International announced it picked up the Switch otome fan disc Cupid Parasite: Sweet & Spicy Darling and will release the visual novel in 2024. Physical and digital copies will be available, with IFI directly selling a limited edition.

As a reminder, the original Cupid Parasitefollows Cupid as she descends to earth to work as a matchmaker and bridal advisor. She's tasked with somehow getting the most unsalvageable and marry-able men, nicknamed the Parasite 5, partners. Naturally, said men are actually the romance options for her. In addition to returning character stories for Allan, Gill, Peter, Raul, Ryuki, and Shelby, it introduces a new one for an original character named Merenice Levin. This follow-up continues the story started in original routes for returning cast members.

There are few details about the limited edition of the Switch otome follow-up to Cupid Parasite. The price and contents weren't revealed. All we know is the US and European IFI storefronts will carry it and include a trading card with it.

Here's the first trailer for the game, which shows some of the characters' new looks.

Cupid Parasite: Sweet & Spicy Darling fan disc will come to the Nintendo Switch in 2024. The first game is immediately available on the system.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 29, 2023 4:00 PM

Final Fantasy VII Remake Cloud Dress Concept Art

Square Enix shared new Final Fantasy VII Remake concept art of Cloud wearing a dress for the Wall Market infiltration mission. This time, the concept art shared focuses on designs drawn during the early stages of development.

The post shared on the FFVII Remake social media account also mentioned that various other designs for the dresses were considered as well. One of them included a pure-white dress with a ribbon on the neck, and another option was described as a chic black dress.

The dresses shown in the new concept art are reminiscent of the original purple dress and red waist ribbon that Cloud wears in the original Final Fantasy VII.

You can take a better look at the Final Fantasy VII Remake early development concept art of Cloud wearing a dress here:

Square Enix previously shared the concept art for two dresses that Cloud can wear in FFVII Remake, those being the most basic option, and the intermediate option. Concept art of one of Tifa's dresses and two of Aerith's dresses were also shared a while back.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is immediately available on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Windows PC. FFVII Rebirth will come out on the PlayStation 5 on February 29, 2024 and its exclusivity arrangement will end on May 29, 2024.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 29, 2023 3:30 PM

Tekken 8 Steve

Steve Fox is the latest character to appear in a character reveal trailer for Tekken 8. The British boxer's showcase is the latest of Bandai Namco's weekly trailer releases ahead of the game's launch on January 26, 2024.

The new trailer gives Steve the title of Counter-Punching Paragon. He faces off against King before a fight against Hwoarang follows a special intro between the two of them. His new Rage Art features him throwing a flurry of punches and ending on a powerful knockout punch. Steve has been a staple of the Tekken series since Tekken 4 and is notable due to his exclusive focus on punch moves.

Steve Fox was previously confirmed for Tekken 8 during the Gamescom 2023 conference. He featured in a general trailer alongside characters such as Yoshimitsu, Dragunov, Kuma and Shaheen. Leo, who also featured, was the previous character to be revealed.

Here is the full list of Tekken 8 characters with full trailers to date:

Tekken 8 will be released on January 26, 2024 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 29, 2023 3:00 PM

Naruto X Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections - Naruto descending on a transformed Gaara

Naruto X Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections is a wild, frantic fighter with an absurd amount of playable characters to try out. If you're just looking to be a ninja and smack some folks around with neat powers, this game will keep you busy for ages. As a more nuanced, thoughtful fighter, it feels more lacking, though. Combining that with a story mode that seems to gloss over a ton of good fights and you have a game that makes for a great diversion when you want to goof off, but that's it.

As someone who's never interacted with Naruto in any way before, this game is a bit of a strange experience. Suddenly being given access to 130 different fighters from across years of manga and anime was utterly overwhelming, and unfortunately, the game does not do a good job of paring that down into anything comprehensible. Flipping through the characters is the first thing I do with any fighter, trying them all to see who sticks. With so many characters to try, I found myself flitting aimlessly through the characters. I never realized that having too many characters could be a problem until now.

The other issue I found was that it didn't feel like the character's basic moves really mattered all that much in combat in Naruto X Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections. That's because your main form of attack is to hit a single button a whole bunch of times. This button controls your close-up attack, and it's your main form of offense. You also have Ninjutsu abilities that you can work into your combos, but as for basic moves, your combos all look like you're just slamming the attack button as fast as you can while occasionally hitting a directional input. While the characters would all do different things and hit at different ranges, it just felt like brainlessly playing an action game.

The Nijutsu moves are where you see a difference between the characters in Naruto X Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections, and it really feels that some characters have good ones and others have bad ones. It doesn't feel terribly balanced in this regard, so some characters just seem to have terrible specials they can do, making me wonder why someone would even use that character. I guess I'm not surprised that it is difficult to balance a game with this many characters, but it's annoying to see that there are clear best characters.

Naruto and another ninja exchange blows
Image via CyberConnect2

Now, your enemies aren't going to let you slam them with impunity, so it's not without challenge. You and your foes can block and throw, naturally. You can also do a Chakra dash to close the distance to an enemy very quickly to catch them off-guard. If you're about to get slapped around, you can do a Substitution Jutsu that lets you slip out of danger (but your enemy can do that, too). You also have access to support characters that you can call into combos to get more damage, as well as have them swap in for you so you can use different people in a fight.

This results in some scrambly matches in Naruto X Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections. You can find yourself rushing toward an enemy, only to have them close the distance to you in an instant with a Chakra Dash. Before they can start attacking, you use a Substitution Jutsu to slip behind them and start your attack. It's easy enough to press that advantage since you're mainly using one attack button, but you have to factor in the various speedy ways someone can get out of trouble. Given the array of ninja attacks you'll see going off as players use hundreds of possible team combinations and attacks, the fights look pretty sharp and are really wild.

It's mechanically where it feels a bit strange. You're constantly reacting to what your opponent is doing with your array of powers, always seeing who can get the drop on the other person. It looks pretty great, and it feels pretty good to surprise your foe and get your combo started (and it's not too difficult to execute, as the inputs are very easy). The inputs felt just a bit too easy for me, though, and that I would often find myself mashing attack once I got an opportunity. It's simultaneously cool and exciting, but also just a bit thoughtless in execution since I really just wanted to mash one attack button all the time with some special attacks sprinkled throughout.

This is where I started to find myself disengaging from Naruto X Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections. I tried a bunch of characters, and while their special moves often behaved differently, it felt like my plan of attack was largely the same. Rely on the universal mechanics, then slam the attack button a lot. Maybe do a special move if I was in range. For a game with so many characters, they all felt the same to play as far as inputs go. I know a lot of fighting games use similar inputs across characters and that those moves do different things, and that is also the case here, but it just ends up feeling like your plan of attack and the inputs are always EXACTLY the same. Which made the characters, despite their variety, feel exactly the same.

Naruto X Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections - Dozens of Naruto clones descend upon Sasuke
Image via CyberConnect2

That might not necessarily be a bad thing for people who just want to mash buttons and slap people around. In fact, the game features a Simple control style where your character will do a ton of things if you just slam that attack button. Your character will Chakra Dash, do combos, and complete them with powerful finishers if you just keep tapping the button. You can also customize which of these steps get tied to the button if you don't want the game to handle everything. So, you have lots of options to just screw around with the game and mangle foes if that's all you're looking for from Naruto X Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections.

I had hoped that the game's History mode would help me better connect with the characters. Maybe getting to know them would make me appreciate their differences a bit more. I was excited to use this game to dip my toes into this years-long story, too, finally figuring out what all of the fuss has been about. Unfortunately, what I got felt like a paraphrased take on the Wikipedia entries for the story of Naruto and Naruto Shippuden.

History mode is supposed to get players to relive some of the most important battles and plot points of the entire story. However, distilling years of storyline into a handful of brief chapters and fights just seems like it was too hard to pull off in Naruto X Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections. The story is laid out in extremely brief text and still images, covering whole story arcs in a few brief sentences with very little context or explanation. For a player who knows nothing about the story, it borders on incoherent nonsense and did little to convince me that I should try out the manga or anime.

Arguably, it's probably not even that good for someone who knows the story inside and out, too. There were many moments throughout the brief story where the game would talk about something that sounded like it would be a neat fight or moment. Then it would dart right on past that to something else. Don't get me wrong, the fights are still fun. There just feels like there are many missed opportunities for other exciting battles that could have helped the game feel more fleshed out. Although I feel like the developers just bit off a bit too much in trying to take this much story into the game at all. It feels like it was an endeavor that was doomed to fail, and as far as History mode goes, it did.

Boruto flying towards the screen, energy collecting in his hand
Image Via CyberConnect2

This leaves us with Special Story, an original story about Boruto in Naruto X Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections. This is where much of the game's focus seemed to have gone, as you have full cutscenes and a storyline happening involving a mysterious group and a ninja video game made with ulterior motives. The story doesn't get particularly interesting for a while, and even when it does, the pacing is plodding. There are a ton of cutscenes in between fights, so it feels like you really lose momentum between matches. Where the story is largely dull for so long, it makes this mode a real slog to go through for a while. Unless you skip the plot, which you can do, but then this mode feels like yet more disconnected fights.

You'll likely have to skip some of the plot, too. For whatever reason, cutscenes froze constantly throughout this mode on the Switch version. They just kind of get stuck at certain points, but thankfully, the chapters are divided up fairly frequently so you won't lose much if you restart the cutscene. You can also just skip over them, which I found myself really wanting to do after the fifth time it happened in an hour long play session.

When I finally got in some fights, I also noticed that a lot of your enemies will make you chase them for long periods of time. Perhaps it's due to Naruto X Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections going easy on players at the start of this mode, but it is excruciating to have to constantly Chakra Dash and run to catch up with foes just to have them dart away immediately. I ran out of time in a few fights simply because the opponent refused to engage and just stayed away. More aggressive foes don't come with this issue, but every few matches for the first while feel like you're just chasing characters constantly. This makes the fights terribly annoying and dull when you get into these types of matches.

As a mindless game about beating folks up with cool ninja powers, Naruto X Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections is pretty solid. I can also see someone enjoying this game if they're interested in just messing around with the massive roster. However, as a fighter with depth, a compelling story, or a snapshot of years of Naruto history, it's weak and struggled to hold my interest. If I want to turn my brain off and mash buttons, it's something I can see myself playing again, but that's about it.

Naruto X Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections is available now on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 29, 2023 2:30 PM

Splatoon 3 Frosty Fest

Nintendo revealed initial details on a special Frosty Fest Splatfest event for Splatoon 3. The announcement confirmed a winter-themed competition, new gear and festive looks for the cast.

The Splatoon 3 Frosty Fest will feature both Splatsville and Inkpolis covered in Christmas and winter decorations during a new Splatfest event. The theme and date of the Splatfest have yet to be revealed. However, the previous Frosty Fest that took place in Splatoon 2 was based on the theme of family or friends, so the theme this time around could end up being similar.

New gear for Frosty Fest was also shown off by Nintendo. It involves all new headgear with a masquerade theme. These include the Golden Gala Masque, Octopearl Crown, Coral Wreath and Dapperdasher Hat. These will be available in the same way the Splatoween outfits were released. Players will need to access the News section of their Switch and launch the game from there, then retrieve their gear from the Lobby terminal.

It's not just the players getting dressed up for the event. Both Deep Cut and the Squid Sisters will be changing their looks during the weekend. Deep Cut will be following the new gear's masquerade theme, with all three sporting masks, gowns and top hats. In the Inkopolis DLC expansion, Callie and Marie will be wearing more subdued snow themed outfits.

The previous Splatfest in Splatoon 3 was based around greetings. The winner was Shiver's team, Handshake.

Here's a gallery showing all the Frosty Fest 2023 screenshots:

Splatoon 3 is out now for Nintendo Switch.

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 29, 2023 2:00 PM

Riro Ron Past Life Account kyOresu Comments on Her Termination

Back when Idol Corp announced Riro Ron would debut as a Vtuber as part of Project Star, it was very made very clear the person behind the character was the singer kyOresu. Now following the performer's termination, a statement appeared on her past life's social media account

In the announcement, kyOresu did not confirm or deny any of the allegations. The performer cited an NDA preventing the discussion of points in the announcement. The statement also did note that the singer would not apologize and teased a return under that identity.

Riro Ron only worked for Idol Corp for about eight months starting in February 2023. The company and Vtuber agreed she would take a break on November 4, 2023. On November 28, 2023, it listed the following reasons for her contract to be terminated. 

  • Misuse of controlled substances during live stream performances.
  • Soliciting fans during live streamed members content for private offline meetings.
  • Meeting with a fan in person and accepting gifts from said fan in the total value of thousands of dollars.
  • Conducting a secretive relationship with a member of the idol Management Team who has also been terminated upon confirmation of these details.

As for kyOresu, the performer has been active since 2020. Songs have been released via Apple Music and Spotify. 

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Siliconera Wednesday, November 29, 2023 1:30 PM

Baldur's Gate 3 Patch 5 Epilogue

Larian Studios announced that Patch 5 for Baldur's Gate 3 will contain an epilogue. It's the latest of many announced features coming with the next patch, which also aims to address some major issues with the game's third act.

While Larian has not provided a lot of details on the epilogue, we do know that it will be coming as part of Patch 5 for Baldur's Gate 3. Based on the announcement image, it's likely that it will feature new scenes of the party reminiscing on their adventures at camp following the end of the game. While Withers is pictured wearing a party hat, it's unknown if the scenes will involve an actual party.

It's not the only thing confirmed for the next Baldur's Gate 3 update. One major addition will be a fix for a serious bug that's been causing slowdowns for players in Act 3. A statement released to IGN detailed the exact problem. Following a fix in Patch 4 that prevented Scrying Eyes in Moonrise Towers from instantly calling guards on you when stealing, all acts of theft or vandalism remained in limbo in the game's memory. As the player reaches Act 3, these acts become so stacked that it causes slowdown issues. This glitch and a problem with "Astarion's little kisses" are among the issues addressed in the new patch.

Baldur's Gate 3 Patch 5 currently doesn't have a release date, but Larian has confirmed that it will be including with the retail edition of the Xbox release. The release date of the Xbox version will be announced at The Game Awards 2023.

Baldur's Gate 3 is out now for PC and PS5. An Xbox version is on its way soon.

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Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Wednesday, November 29, 2023 4:28 PM
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A similar trailer for the character Leo was recently released.

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The Xbox version was also recently delayed.

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