Dec 02, 20:00

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, December 2, 2023 5:51 PM

Perhaps the Last Of Us TV show on HBO getting it right was the dawn of a new era of good TV based on video games, but I still approach each adaptation with trepidation. That includes Amazon's Fallout series from Westworld and Person Of Interest writer/director Jonathan Nolan, which just got its first trailer.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, December 2, 2023 5:11 PM

Stardew Valley developer Eric Barone, also known as ConcernedApe, says he is currently in "(self-imposed) extreme crunch mode" while working on the pastoral life sim's 1.6 update. When asked what motivates him to keep working on the already-beloved game, Barone called Stardew his "life's work."

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, December 2, 2023 4:28 PM

Cyberpunk 2077 is finally getting the feature I most crave from every open world game: public transport. Update 2.1, due for release next week, is adding a fully-functioning metro system of the sort seen in Cyberpunk 2077's 2018 cinematic trailer - as well as new hangouts with your romantic pals, repeatable car races, and new accessibility settings.

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Siliconera Saturday, December 2, 2023 3:00 PM

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stone Ocean Manga Offers More Insights into Characters

I was so excited coming into the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stone Ocean manga. I loved the anime when it aired on Netflix, and there always tend to be more details and depth in the original source. The first volume doesn't disappoint, and I feel like that's especially true concerning Stone Ocean characters. 

If you did happen to see the anime adaptation, then a lot of the first volume of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stone Ocean manga will feel quite familiar. It's a very faithful adaptation. If it is new to someone, Stone Ocean is yet another fantastic example of Hirohiko Araki's intricate designs for characters and storytelling. 

Things start off a bit fast-paced, to help swiftly introduce the reader to Jolyne Cujoh and her situation. After taking the fall for a deadly hit-and-run her boyfriend committed, she's on the way to trial and prison. However, before going before the judge, her lawyer presents her with a locket her mother was holding for her from her absentee father, Jotaro Kujo. It contains a fragment of the arrow from Diamond is Unbreakable and, upon handling the item, unlocks her ability to use the Stand Stone Free. 

While much of this first volume does deal with her coming to terms with using her Stand and somehow encountering an array of other Stand users, as well as the encounter with Jotaro as he comes to help her break out of prison, it's also an even more detailed introduction to her, Ermes Costello, and the other inmates at the prison. Especially since, due to the natural constraints of the anime adaptation, it means more opportunities for interactions. 

The initial interactions between Jolyne and Ermes are a great example. When we first meet them in holding, when Jolyne talks about being caught by the guards and we see the initial flashback to what happened with Romeo, we get an immediate and perfect introduction to the kind of person she is. She's still a bit childish. However, she's also strong and can be assertive. There's also a bit of a dramatic nature and goofiness there. Yet, we also see her compassion and inability to ignore the potential pain of someone else. 

Likewise, we get a similar read on Ermes right away. She's more knowledgeable and has a sense of experience with both prison life and the world in general. She's okay with friendly teasing, but is quick to step in for Jolyne when others get involved and shows genuine concern for someone she just met. There's an immediate intelligence. And again, we get all this in the anime adaptation as well. However, I feel that Araki's original material offers an additional sense of nuance. 

It even comes through with Jolyne's later encounters with other characters in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stone Ocean manga. The whole encounter with Gwess feels far more pressing here. Especially as we're getting even a better idea directly from Araki how Jolyne handles this first encounter with another Stand user and, in turn, begins to really properly use and experiment with Stone Free to deal with the situation. Then with her father Jotaro, we get this initial moment of them reuniting. The art direction and storytelling really helps convey their positions.

It's a wonderfully detailed experience, especially if someone is coming to the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stone Ocean manga after watching the anime. You can see how well the major beats and people's personalities were handled. Yet, at the same time, I feel like somehow Stone Ocean's characters are even richer when you have the book open in front of you.

Volume 1 of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stone Ocean manga is available now via Viz Media, and volume 2 will be released on January 23, 2024. The anime adaptation is available on Netflix.

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Siliconera Saturday, December 2, 2023 1:30 PM

symphogear movie

A movie adaptation of the anime series Symphogear is in production. The name of the new project that Satelight announced back in 2022 is "Project Symphogear Next." [Thanks, Dengeki Online!]

On November 30, 2023, Bushiroad announced that it would end service for Senki Zesshou Symphogear XD Unlimited in Japan at the end of January 2024. However, it will also provide an offline archive app so that mobile players will be able to look back on their journey. At the end of this announcement, Bushiroad teased a new project for Symphogear, which is Project Symphogear Next.

There's not a lot of information yet in regards to the movie. The trailer for it, which bears the hashtag #Symphogear10thAnniversary and came out in November 2022, mostly focuses on the past entries for the franchise. As production continues, we will most likely get some more information on the plot and release window.

Symphogear is an anime franchise that started airing in 2012. It ran for five seasons, with the fifth and final season concluding in 2019. There was also a manga adaptation, as well as the aforementioned mobile game. The show focuses on Symphogear users, who fight against injustice using the power of song. They can also create an armor around their bodies to aid them.

The Symphogear movie is in production. More information on it will come out in the future.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, December 2, 2023 4:25 PM
     Toy Soldiers In Monopoly Go (1)Monopoly GO has come out with the Toy Soldiers' Tournament, now that the Snowy Creations event has finished. Here are all the rewards! How does Toy Soldiers' work in Monopoly GO? Toy Soldiers' is a tournament in Monopoly GO. Once you've got 5 points, you'll be enlisted into a free-for-all with 49 other players who all want the same thing you do: the top spot. To advance, you'll need to employ smart strategies and hold no quarter. To get points in this battle, you'll need to land on Railway Tiles and perform strikes upon your former moguls-in-arms: Blocked Shutdown = 2 points. Successful Shutdown = 4 points. Small Heist = 4 points. Large Heist = 6 points. Bankrupt! = 8 points. Additionally, these points are multiplied by your dice multiplier, so if you're rolling high, you'll be winning high. Alongside your position in the tournament, you will be rewarded for hitt...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, December 2, 2023 1:33 PM
     Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline Exotic SidearmBuried Bloodline is the insanely good Exotic Sidearm only received from the Destiny 2 Warlord's Ruin Dungeon. Getting the Catalyst is tough, but it's worth it to make Buried Bloodline even better. What is the Buried Bloodline Catalyst in Destiny 2? Unlike other Catalysts, the Buried Bloodline Catalyst in Destiny 2 is 100% worth it. The weapon's perks give you health on kills and multiple final blows give you Devour. The Catalyst makes every single round fired from Buried Bloodline while you have Devour Weaken enemies. It's really good. First, you need to get Buried Bloodline which isn't easy. We have a guide to help you get Buried Bloodline, but it unfortunately comes down to weekly RNG. Second, you need to complete the In the Shadow of the Mountain quest which requires you to farm Dark Ether Tincture, acquire Blighted Wishing Glass from bosses and chests, and collect all Hefnd's Bones. Once you have Buried Bloo...

WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Saturday, December 2, 2023 4:10 PM
     Hundreds of Discovery TV shows will disappear from PlayStation and become unwatchable even if you paid for them. It's the exact scenario proponents of physical media have worried about - digital content simply vanishing, and sadly it seems many people don't yet understand how digital rights work.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Saturday, December 2, 2023 2:37 PM

An early access trailer was also released. 

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Saturday, December 2, 2023 2:06 PM

WWE 2K23 launched on March 17

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Dec 02, 12:00

Kotaku Saturday, December 2, 2023 10:00 AM

Video games make the world a better place. We've got honkin' deals on Xbox Series X, a new genocide-free romance option in Baldur's Gate 3, and wicked-strong Marvel Snap decks for your perusing pleasure.


Kotaku Saturday, December 2, 2023 9:00 AM

Amouranth bought an orchard for a cool $17 mill, Bethesda's attempting to win the hearts and minds of disaffected Starfield players on Steam, and Dan Houser is back! In podcast form!


PCGamesN Saturday, December 2, 2023 11:35 AM

December 2, 2023: Two new Pls Donate codes are in for the biggest update yet.

What are the new PLS Donate codes? This donation simulator is a big hit on the Roblox platform, chiefly because it's one of the few games where you're in with a real chance to earn free Robux. Setting up a donation stand is simple enough, but standing out from the crowd is essential if you want to entice big donors. That's where PLS Donate codes come in handy.

Our up-to-date list of PLS Donate codes includes the Giftbux you need to customize your donation stand and a few items to trade in return for a donation. PLS Donate is one of the best Roblox games if you're looking to stock up on Robux, so be sure to get ahead of the economic curve and redeem these PLS Donate codes. We've also got a collection of Roblox promo codes, as well as the best Roblox music codes if you fancy firing up some tunes while working your stand.

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PCGamesN Saturday, December 2, 2023 11:29 AM

December 2, 2023: New Car Dealership Tycoon codes are in for Season 8.

What are the new Car Dealership Tycoon codes? Alongside the obbies, murder mysteries, and shooters, Roblox is filled to the brim with any life simulator you could imagine, allowing you to live out your wildest dreams. If you've always wanted to run your own car dealership, test drive the fastest sports cars, and rake in that cash, then Foxzie's Car Dealership Tycoon lets you do just that.

As with any new business, you need money to get off the ground. Sure, Car Dealership Tycoon hands out easy money, as you can earn it by simply driving around the Roblox experience, but you'll be driving for a while before you can add that new floor to the showroom. That's where these codes come in, granting you bucket loads of instant cash. If you're a little light on customers, why not take a break from running your business, as we've also got regularly updated lists for Anime Champions Simulator codes, Southwest Florida codes, and Blox Fruits codes in November 2023.

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PCGamesN Saturday, December 2, 2023 11:25 AM

December 2, 2023: We've had another look for new Pet Simulator 99 codes and added notes on how to carry progress over from the old game.

What are the new Pet Simulator 99 codes? If you're extremely lucky (and timely), getting a bunch of free gems in Big Games' latest pet collecting game can be as easy as typing a few letters into a box. As time goes on, though, we expect PS99 codes to become increasingly rare, perhaps even being tied solely to physical merch like plushies, lucky bags, and playsets. We've seen it happen before.

Pet Simulator 99 is the third Pet Simulator Roblox game Preston and his team have put out. Though it isn't out to replace Pet Simulator X codes directly, it will be the one getting the big updates from now on. If leaving your old collection behind doesn't sound fun to you, consider checking out Blade Ball codes or Blox Fruits codes instead.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes, Roblox music codes

PCGamesN Saturday, December 2, 2023 11:04 AM

Stardew Valley 1.6 is coming, but we're still going to have to wait a little longer. While Eric 'ConcernedApe' Barone is putting their spooky chocolate-making game Haunted Chocolatier on hold to get the phenomenal farming game's next update out, they've also highlighted why they still love developing the game all these years later. It shows a lot of heartwarming dedication, and I'm here for it.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Stardew Valley multiplayer, Stardew Valley realism, The best Stardew Valley mods

PCGamesN Saturday, December 2, 2023 10:46 AM

Fortnite OG has been a real throwback revolution for the world-crushing, franchise-hopping social toy box and battle royale game. Taking us all the way back to the Fortnite Chapter 1 map and loot pool with some modern twists, Fortnite Chapter 4 Season OG has clearly proven popular with players, and developer Epic Games confirms it will return next year as it prepares to kick off Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Fortnite map - key locations, Fortnite skins, All Fortnite Chapter 4 weapons

PCGamesN Saturday, December 2, 2023 10:08 AM

Satisfactory Ficsmas has begun. The temperature is plummeting, the first flakes of snow have fallen past my window, Mariah Carey has unleashed her power on shopping centers across the globe, and a big seasonal event is now underway in one of Steam's best open-world base building games. It's truly the holiday season, and the maker of Goat Simulator and publisher of Valheim and Deep Rock Galactic has returned to its magnum opus once more to spread festive cheer and free gifts across the land.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best building games, Best indie games, Best open-world games

PCGamesN Saturday, December 2, 2023 9:36 AM

Cities Skylines 2 developer Colossal Order continues to improve the city building game since its launch, all while the CEO addresses player feedback directly in the Paradox forums. This time the talk is about winning back trust, and how CO aims to do that with CS2.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Cities Skylines 2 review, Cities Skylines 2 roads, Cities Skylines 2 maps

PCGamesN Saturday, December 2, 2023 9:10 AM

December 2, 2023: We added two new Monopoly Go dice links to our list.

How can I get free Monopoly Go dice links? The classic board game has made its way to a free-to-play format, and you'll be doing laps of the board collecting houses and hotels and completing a variety of multiplayer minigames along the way.

You can't get far in Monopoly Go without dice rolls, which you'll have a limited amount of to begin with. To earn more dice rolls you'll need to log in daily to collect bonuses, invite your friends to the game, or progress further. If you don't want to spend your hard-earned money on more dice, you can use dice links for the board game instead.

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PCGamesN Saturday, December 2, 2023 7:30 AM

Cyberpunk 2077 already has some great accessibility features, a constantly growing part of game development that's a Sisyphean task we can all get involved in, but with the upcoming free update 2.1 CD Projekt Red is going to blow what it's already done out of the water.

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PCGamesN Saturday, December 2, 2023 7:26 AM

Baldur's Gate 3 patch 5 is absolutely massive, so it's no surprise that we're still discovering secrets. But along with its new ultra-hardcore difficulty setting, increased customization options, and the canonization of a beloved fan character, Larian Studios has included a sneaky, X-rated update for its award-winning Dungeons and Dragons RPG in BG3 patch 5 that has changed my game forever, and perhaps not in a way I'd have asked for.

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

PCGamesN Saturday, December 2, 2023 6:27 AM

Diablo 4 patch notes 1.2.3 have arrived, and the big update coming on Tuesday, December 5 keeps things relatively brief while the new Abattoir of Zir endgame challenge arrives in the Blizzard RPG. However, there are still two very big, and very welcome, changes included - the first is a huge buff to Nightmare Dungeon Glyph XP encouraging you to climb to higher tiers, and the second is the long-awaited arrival of affix reroll previews.

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PCGamesN Saturday, December 2, 2023 6:23 AM

December 2, 2023: We added new Anime Champions Simulator codes to our list.

What are the latest Anime Champions Simulator codes? If you're new to this Roblox experience, you will want some bonus resources to give you a head start. This includes diamonds, tokens, medals, and boosts to bolster your team and get them fighting more formidable opponents sooner.

So, if you want some up-to-date Anime Champions codes, we have a list of all the free stuff you can get right now. Alternatively, there are plenty of other anime Roblox games worthy of your attention that have their own set of codes, such as Blox Fruits codesFruit Battlegrounds codes, and Blade Ball codes which is currently the hottest game on the platform.

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PCGamesN Saturday, December 2, 2023 6:05 AM

The Starfield Adoring Fan asteroid issue (yes, I'm serious) has now been fixed by Bethesda, as you can opt-in for the beta version of update 1.8.87, which comes with multiple fixes on PC. While the fixes are small and something I luckily didn't come across in my travel across the Settled Systems I've now got fresh nightmare fuel, and you do too.

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PCGamesN Saturday, December 2, 2023 5:12 AM

Are the Diablo 4 servers down? The latest iteration of Blizzard's critically acclaimed dungeon crawler is always online, which can often cause its own set of problems. Between unreliable internet connections, scheduled maintenance, and malicious attacks, it can be tough to troubleshoot exactly what's keeping you from logging in. With our help, you should be back in Sanctuary and tearing through demons in no time.

Blizzard has confirmed that a Diablo 4 offline mode won't be arriving in the ARPG any time soon – if ever. Consequently, knowing how to check the Diablo 4 server status is of vital importance if you ever find yourself unable to log in, and we recommend keeping our list of Diablo 4 error codes on hand for some quick troubleshooting whenever connectivity issues strike. Here are your next steps when Diablo 4 is down.

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PCGamesN Saturday, December 2, 2023 5:06 AM

Is Battlenet down? If you're settling in to play a few rounds of Hearthstone, but are unable to launch the game, or even the client, there's a decent chance that Battlenet itself is experiencing an issue. With the majority of games being 'always online' these days, we are at the mercy of the game client, and if they're having issues, we are too.

It doesn't matter whether you want to hunt for loot in a Diablo 4 dungeon, or you want to group up with your friends and take down an entire Warzone 2 server, if Bnet is down, you're out of luck. Turns out that our greatest foe was technical issues all along. If you can gain access to Battlenet, but things are moving very slowly, it's worth checking out how to speed up your Battlenet downloads, so you can get back into the action as quickly as possible.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, December 2, 2023 8:00 AM

Time to open the second door on our advent calendar. No doubt some of you will argue this entry is some kind of cheat, but this is our treehouse and you're wrong.

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Twinfinite Saturday, December 2, 2023 10:00 AM
A testament to ambient soundtracks.

Siliconera Saturday, December 2, 2023 12:00 PM

Lord Hades's Ruthless Marriage Manga Reinterprets Greek Gods

Anyone familiar with Greek myths know the relationships between the gods were complicated and all of them were characters, so that should already offer something of a hint of what potential Ueji Yuho's Lord Hades's Ruthless Marriage manga might have. Now that the first volume is available via Yen Press, it's easy to see how various traits and myths are adapted for this comedy.

Hades is a strong, serious, stable leader and god of the Underworld. He's beloved by his forces, like Hypnos and Thanatos. However, moments after dealing with an escapee from Tartaros, we see the majestic god… blindfolded and with an arrow sticking out of his forehead.

Said arrow is one of Eros' When Hades removes the blindfold, the first person he sees is the one he'll fall in love with. And, while he's very put off by this, his minions like Hypnos and Thanatos are delighted. Everyone's been worried because he is single and alone, and they want him to be happy.

However, after saying he won't get married and retreating to his palace, the goddess of spring Kore drops into his lap when the blindfold is gone. The arrow disappears, his guards come in to arrest her, but… it seems he doesn't feel as though he's in love with her. He suggests it must have been a dud.

Yet, this ends up being the impetus for hijinks! The whole pantheon (and adjacent beings) are essentially determined to marry Hades off. As such, deities like Zeus, Hera, Athena, Demeter, and Poseidon all show up. 

Here's the thing though. Lord Hades's Ruthless Marriage feels like a very telegraphed manga. It's one where you can see where things are leading. Especially upon hitting the chapter when Demeter appears. However, the fun of it comes from the situation. Yuho's take on these gods is incredibly fun. Hades is a real stoic standout, especially as the foil to the more outlandish and larger personalities around him. Kore is surprisingly relatable and, despite seeming like a super energetic, "genki" girl, has some depth and practicality to her. 

This means someone can appreciate the absurdity of the situations. God X appears. They want to marry or see Hades get married. We get to read about these interactions, while continuing to see the development of stars Hades and Kore. Situations resolve and it starts all over again with another god.

Honestly, I loved the way Yuho adapted various Greek gods for the Lord Hades's Ruthless Marriage manga. These are larger than life characters. Many of the circumstances and past stories dealing with them were over-the-top and silly. So to have a comedic story with a little hint of romance waiting of the wings really works. Especially given how we know in the myths gods would hook up and date around. The first volume is a lot of fun and feels like it offers a bit of potential to go places in the second.

Volume 1 of the Lord Hades's Ruthless Marriage manga is available now, and Yen Press will publish the second volume on April 16, 2024.

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Siliconera Saturday, December 2, 2023 11:30 AM

Big Chest Coming to Stardew Valley in Update 1.6

As part of the many teases about the 1.6 update for Stardew Valley, Eric "Concerned Ape" Barone introduced the Big Chest for people who need a bigger one. It is a new type of item that people can build and place in the game.

In Stardew Valley, the standard Chest is one of the earliest things people can build, and it be built with 50 pieces of wood. Once created and placed somewhere, it can hold 36. As such, someone who has been playing for a substantial amount of time might have multiple ones placed around their farm or in other areas. 

The new screenshot Concerned Ape shared showed that the new, bigger Big Chest in Stardew Valley will hold "almost twice as much as a regular chest." Double the space would mean 72 items. However, since the description says "almost," we don't know the exact amount of storage. Barone did confirm it will be useable with the workbench.

Here's the latest announcement. In it, Barone also mentioned being in a state of "(self-imposed) extreme crunch" and accomplishing a "ton."

We already knew this update would bring with it a new festival and more dialogue.

Stardew Valley is available for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PCs, mobile devices, and the PlayStation Vita, and the 1.6 update is in development. 

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Siliconera Saturday, December 2, 2023 11:00 AM

code geass z of the recapture

Sunrise will hold an event on December 18, 2023 to announce the development of Z of the Recapture, which will be a new entry in the Code Geass franchise. Guests who will be present include Jun Fukuyama, who voices Lelouch, and Yoshimitsu Oohashi, who will be the director. [Thanks, Comic Natalie!]

During the event, Sunrise will reveal the main cast, as well as an exclusive teaser. Since it also happens to be Lelouch's birthday, there will be special airings of episode 6 of the first season and episode 5 of the second season. For reference, S1E06 was the episode when Arthur, Suzaku's cat, stole Lelouch's iconic Zero mask. S2E05 was the one when Ashford Academy threw a giant party to commemorate Suzaku returning. Both episodes are fairly lighthearted, focusing more on shenanigans than the rebellion. There will also be a stream of the event, though it will not be free.

Code Geass: Z of the Recapture is a direct sequel to Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection, which was a movie that came out in 2019. It's a new story unlike the previous compilation ones, and it takes place about a year after Zero Requiem. There's a single key visual for it right now and it shows a completely new cast of characters. Despite how popular he remains, it's highly unlikely that Lelouch will make an appearance considering the timeline of Z of the Recapture.

Code Geass is readily available for streaming via services like Crunchyroll. More information on Z of the Recapture will come out on December 18, 2023.

The post Code Geass: Z of the Recapture Information to Come Out Soon appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, December 2, 2023 9:00 AM

Takopi's Original Sin Is a Manga Where Multiple Characters Seem to Be 'Heroes'

There's the idea that you're always the hero in your own story, and that feels exceptionally true for the Taizan 5 manga Takopi's Original Sin. There are these layers and depths here as we gradually grow to know each character, and that insight keeps changing the reader's perspective.

Editor's Note: There will be no spoilers for the Takopi's Origin Sin manga below.

Takopi's Original Sin revolves around the relationship between three characters. One is a Happian alien who comes to Earth. Upon landing, he meets a school girl named Shizuka. You get the idea that something is off upon this initial meeting. At best, she's depressed and bullied by a classmate named Marina and her friends. But as Takopi and Shizuka meet more often, we get a better idea of her exact situation. We see the relationship that develops. 

It's then that Takopi decides upon a mission. He decides he is going to make her smile. He'll use every gadget and item he has. Even though he's suffering from an odd case of amnesia, he's determined to make things right. And in so doing, he's sort of deciding he's the hero who, in a way, is going to attempt to save Shizuka. But maybe it's also a bit selfish? After all, he's deciding this on his own. He isn't consulting Shizuka and her feelings.

From there, we have Shizuka herself. She's this bullied, put upon child. We get to walk in her shoes, thanks to the perspective and Takopi's gadgets. We see her kindness toward this strange little alien. We watch the love she has for her dog. But we also have to consider the effect these experiences had on her. This trauma affected her in ways that cause her to make certain decisions over the course of the story that also make someone wonder. She's clearly set up to be the heroine, but is there something more?

And then there's Marina. This is the bully herself. When we're introduced to her and first encountering the young woman, she's displaying such hatred and cruelty. We see her abusing Shizuka and showing no remorse. She shows off rage, cunning, and behavior I'd even consider sociopathic. But then throughout the course of the volume, we see the motivations and factors driving and influencing her. We get a chance to understand her. It might even show how in her mind, she'd consider herself to be the heroine.

I feel like this all shows what an exceptional story Takopi's Original Sin is, and the depths the manga explores. The nature of the characterizations and their evolving roles ensures the story remains fascinating. There's a complexity I didn't expect and greatly appreciate from this one-volume story.

People can find the Takopi's Original Sin manga via Viz Media now.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, December 2, 2023 6:55 AM
     Ark Survival Ascended Review BombArk Survival Ascended has been giving players lots of grief as their single player games aren't saving, erasing hours of progress. Is there a fix for this awful issue? Single Player Games aren't saving in Ark Survival Ascended Since a recent patch, lots of players are saying that their single player games aren't saving, and that their progress keeps getting deleted. This has really shaken the Ark Survival Ascended community, who are already sick of the bugs and problems that were even present in Ark Survival Evolved. Players encountering this issue have been vehemently looking for a fix, as the game is unplayable until it gets solved. Screenshot: PC Invasion This bug seems to be the last straw for some players who are fed up of Studio Wildcard's poor performance with Ark Survival Ascended. Such players are only hanging on as Ark Survival Evolved was one of their favorite games, and they don't want to give up just ye...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, December 2, 2023 6:07 AM
     How To Fly In Ark Survival AscendedArk Survival Ascended allows you to flit between first person and third person as you wish to accomodate for your playing style. However, this process isn't the most obvious thing to figure out. Switching between first and third person in Ark Survival Ascended Having the option to switch between first and third person in Ark Survival Ascended is a real boon, as it orients the camera to more preferably positions and allows you to see your incredible character in action. For a more authentic experience, players may prefer playing 'through the eyes' of their character. However, for a better camera angle, or to observe yourself riding atop the backs of dinos, the third person may be preferable. Whatever your reasons are, being able to switch is important. It's different for each platform, so let me tell you how to switch between camera angles in Ark Survival Ascended. Related: Why is Ark Survival Ascended getting review-bombed? ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, December 2, 2023 5:36 AM
     Singles Day In Monopoly GoIn Monopoly GO, the sticker albums are certainly the most rewarding event of the game, and is the longest-lasting. You'll need to get all of the stickers to fill it up, so here are the best practices. Stickers in Monopoly GO Stickers in Monopoly GO are found from Sticker Packs. These packs work like any other booster pack: upon opening them, you'll get a certain number of random stickers. There are different rarities as well, denoted by the number of stars they're worth. There are different tiers of Sticker Packs that deliver you different numbers of stickers, with guarantees on rarities. As you open these packs, you'll surely get duplicates. These duplicate stickers can be traded with other players in exchange for stickers you don't have, so working with the community is needed to fill up your album. There are also golden stickers, which cannot be traded, but earned through Sticker Packs. The only time you can trade ...

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, December 2, 2023 4:00 AM

At long last, it is winter. All this week there's been a definite chill in the air that wasn't there before. No matter how many blankets I pile on top of my knees, it hangs there lurking, breathing down my neck, extending its icy mitts down my fingers until they're too frosty to carry on typing. I sometimes worry the cold will penetrate my very soul, a harbinger of something more sinister and oppressive. Oh wait. False alarm. It's just the cat giving me the evils out the corner of my eye because I've stolen their favourite woolen nap pillow. Nothing to worry about. Anyway! What are you playing this weekend? Here's what we're clicking on from beneath our duvets.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 1, 2023 10:07 PM

It's rare to see gaming monitors available for under $100, but that's exactly what Best Buy are offering at the moment. You can pick up an LG 24-inch IPS monitor with a 1080p resolution and 100Hz refresh rate for just $80 after a $90 reduction.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 1, 2023 9:57 PM

The NZXT H1 is a brilliant small form factor PC case that vaguely resembles the Xbox Series X, a portrait orientation design that minimises its footprint. This case originally retailed for $400, but today it's available for $200 from Best Buy. That's an excellent deal for a well-reviewed SFF PC case that also includes a 140mm AiO, a 92mm fan, a PCIe 4.0 riser cable and a 750W SFX power supply.

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Siliconera Friday, December 1, 2023 11:30 PM

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In an interview with Square Enix during the PlayStation Partner Awards 2023, the director and writer for Final Fantasy XVI teased details about the DLC on the horizon. Both add-ons will focus on expanding the world of Valisthea. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

Square Enix first announced that there will be two pieces of paid add-ons for Final Fantasy XVI in September 2023. At the time of this announcement, Square Enix also talked about Windows PC port, as well as an update that already went live in the game. As for the two piece of DLC, they'll both give more details about the world of Final Fantasy XVI, as well as allow players to experience the mystery and darkness of Clive's story.

Aside from deepening the lore of the game, the DLC will also have new battles and powerful enemies to defeat. However, there's not much details beyond that. Square Enix will release more information on the DLC at a later date.

Despite online rumors prior to Final Fantasy XVI's release, the game was a PS5 exclusive after its Summer 2023 launch. The exclusivity only lasted for six months, and in May 2023, Naoki Yoshida confirmed that Square Enix would start working on the PC port after the PS5 version's release. Since it's unclear where they are in the development cycle, it's difficult to guess when this port will come out.

Final Fantasy XVI is readily available on the PS5.

The post Final Fantasy XVI DLC Details Teased in Interview appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, December 1, 2023 10:00 PM

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Avail stores in Japan will start selling Hunter x Hunter apparel and home items starting December 9, 2023. You'll be able to find them in both physical and online storefronts.

As of the time of writing, clicking on the link in the announcement Tweet will take you to the main Shimamura store for Avail. The online store will not have the Hunter x Hunter items until December 9, 2023. Avail does not offer international shipping. So those who don't plan on being in Japan at the time will need to use a proxy service if they wish to purchase these items.

The full list of items and prices that are part of the Hunter x Hunter collection from Avail are:

  • Back cushion: 1500 JPY
  • Backpack charm: 790 JPY
  • Card case: 1200 JPY
  • Clip: 790 JPY
  • Fastener charm: 790 JPY
  • Half-sleeved t-shirts: 1800 JPY
  • Key case: 1200 JPY
  • Long-sleeved shirt: 2300 JPY
  • Miniature shoulder bag: 2300 JPY
  • Pins: 780 JPY
  • Smartphone stand: 900 JPY
  • Storage box: 1500 JPY
  • Tissue case: 900 JPY

The shirts use images from the openings and endings and key moments from the show. For example, you can get a shirt with the iconic and memetic Hisoka schwing (from his fight against Gon in Heaven's Tower).

You can also get a smartphone stand that looks like Gon, Killua, and Hisoka are doing their utmost best to hold onto it (from the dodgeball game in Greed Island). Finally, there is also a card game that looks like a Hunter's license.

Hunter x Hunter (2011) is readily available on streaming services such as Crunchyroll and Netflix. Those in the US can also watch it via Viz Media's YouTube channel. The Hunter x Hunter collection at Avail will appear in stores starting December 9, 2023.

The post Hunter x Hunter Items Will Appear in Avail appeared first on Siliconera.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, December 1, 2023 11:01 PM
     Modern Warfare 3 Bone Collector Skin Featured ImageGot to be honest with you, this is one of my favorite skins in the game. Too bad I'm very far from obtaining it. Here is how to get the Bone Collector skin in Modern Warfare 3. Modern Warfare 3: How to Get the Bone Collector Zombie Skin Image: Sledgehammer Games One of the most good looking skins in the game is obtainable to all players that are willing to walk the distance. This is because the Bone Collector Zombie skin – that is appropriately an alternate skin for Ripper, an otherwise normal Operator – is one of the rewards you get for completing all Acts in Zombies mode. You might say "oh, that's lovely, there is only three!", and you would be right. Sort of. You see, while there are three acts in MWZ, the truth is that each of them have at least for Tiers that at the same time are oftentimes comprised of numerous missions. Each of them missions will test your skill even harder that the ones before, so you mig...

Gamer Empire Saturday, December 2, 2023 3:28 AM
     When Old School RuneScape players want to take a break from a skilling grind or maybe try and get a useful, untradeable item, minigames are a way to break the monotony of things. There are dozens of minigames in Old School RuneScape, almost all of which offer plenty of valuable rewards that even high-level players […]

Gamer Empire Saturday, December 2, 2023 3:13 AM
     Explosive Personality is a weapon that many players are looking to get their hands on. While it may not be as easy to get as it was upon release, there is still hope. Find out how to get Explosive Personality as well as what rolls are worth crafting in this guide. Recommended Read: How to […]

Gamer Empire Saturday, December 2, 2023 2:54 AM
     The world of Stardew Valley is full of hidden items and resources that you might want to find and collect to unlock all sorts of weapons and tools. There is nothing more satisfying than getting an incredibly rare resource, such as Prismatic Shards, and using them to get legendary equipment. Recommended Read: What Gifts Does […]

Gamer Empire Friday, December 1, 2023 10:50 PM
     Each Data Center in FFXIV has a unique set of servers. These servers have a local community of gamers, each with different goals. Are you not sure what server to play on in the game? Find the best servers below. Recommended Read: How to Walk in Final Fantasy XIV The best server to choose in […]

Gamer Empire Friday, December 1, 2023 10:26 PM
     Walking is the ultimate RP move in FFXIV, but not everyone knows how to walk in the game. To do so, you must use a toggle button, which isn't easy to find. But worry not, we will help you. Recommended Read: How to Hide UI in Final Fantasy XIV To walk in FFXIV, press the […]