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GamersHeroes Tuesday, December 5, 2023 3:07 PM

Players will be able to hit the jackpot and earn casino-themed rewards during today's Atlantic City - Boardwalk Paradise release for Fallout 76.

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Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 5:30 PM

Cyberpunk 2077 just received a final hurrah via an update that added a number of fixes and new features, such as a working metro system. The new transit system lets V experience a bit more of pedestrian life in Night City, including a few random events on the train. One such event is a recreation of a well-known meme…


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Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 4:54 PM

"As world builders, our greatest responsibility is to inspire and invite joy," Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said at the New York Game Awards in January. "It feels like today, seeking joy is an act of defiance." In February, Microsoft lived up to that ideal with the stealth release of Hi-Fi Rush, a beautiful…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 4:45 PM

Ever since it was announced, it's been hard to fathom what a live action Zelda movie might look like or what it will be about. Will it follow the archetypal events of the games or chart a completely new story? Will Link still have pointy ears and a green tunic? Well, today the upcoming Nintendo movie's director, Wes…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 4:30 PM

The first trailer for Rockstar's massive open-world sequel, Grant Theft Auto VI, has already surpassed 85 million views and become the publisher's second-biggest video on YouTube in record time, less than 24 hours after its debut.


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 4:20 PM

After years and years of players speculating and fantasizing about what the next Grand Theft Auto game might look like, our first official glimpse is finally here. And less than a day after being published, it's already nearing 90 million views on Rockstar Games' YouTube channel. It's safe to say this is a cultural…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 4:15 PM

Overwatch 2's eighth season begins today, and Mauga, the hero shooter's latest tank, isn't the only major addition in season eight's accompanying patch.


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 4:00 PM

Grand Theft Auto VI's big first-look trailer is hitting me with some deja vu. Back when Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes dropped its first trailer, my brain had to do a double take as the animations and lighting made me think I was looking at live action for a split second. GTA 6 is doing the same thing for me, and it's…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 3:45 PM

One of Larian's smartest marketing beats while promoting Baldur's Gate 3 was showing the world that the game lets you biff a bear. Halsin the druid can transform into a bear (the animal, not the other kind), and if you so choose, he can maintain this form while you consummate their relationship. The ensuing scene…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 3:30 PM

The Batman: Arkham Trilogy packages together three incredible games spanning two console generations and six years of evolving metroidvania sandbox design. Since we're not getting a new one any time soon, it was great to hear they were finally coming to the Switch, but the end result is apparently a huge…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 3:15 PM

A redditor who received their PS5 copy of Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora before launch has claimed the game will not work without an online connection.


PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 9:34 PM

Hop into your group chats and assemble your teams, as the Squad Boost feature is back in Valorant through the rest of December and into January. If you've still got weapon skins, titles, and sprays to earn, Riot Games' early Christmas present will help you wrap up the Evolution: Act 3 battle pass when playing with friends or strangers you group up with.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 5:06 PM

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 5, 2023 6:27 PM

Hitman 3 at 60% off. No Man's Sky at 50% off. Tetris Effect: Connected at 50% off. These are great games whether you play them in VR or not, so even if you don't own a headset you might want to check out Steam's VR Fest, which is live now until December 11th.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 5, 2023 6:09 PM

It's me, I'm back. Rock Paper Shotgun's dedicated Cyberpunk 2077 reporter. CD Projekt Red continue to pay my rent by releasing regular patches for the once-borked, now-brill open world so I can write news about them. The latest, Update 2.1, is out now and adds new races, car chases, romantic smooches, and a working metro system.

It also marks the release of Cyberpunk 2077: Ultimate Edition, a new digital bundle which includes both the base game and wonderful expansion Phantom Liberty.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 5, 2023 5:47 PM

A new update for Skyrim Special Edition has introduced "Creations", a method through which community modders can sign up to the "Bethesda Game Studios Verified Creator Program" and then sell their work through the platform to receive royalties.

It's "paid mods", in other words, and a revival of an idea Bethesda launched and abandoned in 2015. The same update also broke existing mods dependent on Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE), a commonly used community-made modding toolkit.

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Twinfinite Tuesday, December 5, 2023 8:02 PM
Bye bye Chavez.

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 5, 2023 6:30 PM
Anime and chill.

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 5, 2023 5:00 PM
Never a dull moment.

Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 8:30 PM

Cardcaptor Sakura 25th Anniversary Anime Exhibition Announced

A new exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Cardcaptor Sakura anime series will be held in Tokyo between January 8 and February 4, 2024. A social media account for the 25th-anniversary exhibition is also available now.

The anniversary exhibition will appear in Osaka and Fukuoka at a later date. The first venue will be in the Tokyo Solamachi building, Floor 5, Space 634, near the Tokyo Skytree. Various merchandise goods will be available for purchase at the venue. More information about these items will appear in the future.

You can check out the new poster and announcement for the exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the anime series here:

The 25th-anniversary project for the Cardcaptor Sakura anime series was originally announced back in April 2022, alongside the release of various Sanrio collaboration figures that are now available for pre-order. Additionally, CLAMP recently announced that an original painting exhibition will appear in Japan in mid-2024.

The Cardcaptor Sakura anime 25th-anniversary exhibition will be held in Tokyo between January 8 and February 4, 2024. The final chapter of the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga will appear on December 2023 in the Nakayoshi magazine.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 6:00 PM

Octopath Traveler Characters Are Coming to Another Eden

A new Octopath Traveler collaboration event, Octolight Conductors: The Prisoner's Odyssey, will appear in Another Eden on December 7, 2023. In addition, developer WFS shared a new trailer and key visual for the upcoming event.

The new playable crossover characters that will appear in Another Eden are Cyrus from the first Octopath Traveler, Partitio from Octopath Traveler II, and Tithi from the Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent mobile game.

Other characters in the collaboration include H'aanit and Olberic from Octopath Traveler, Nicola from Champions of the Continent, and Temenos and Castti from Octopath Traveler II.

You can check out the new Another Eden x Octopath Traveler collaboration event trailer below. The video is available in Japanese, and it includes English captions:

And here is the new key visual art:

Another Eden has had a variety of collaboration events with popular RPG franchises, such as a Chrono Cross event in December 2021 and a double collaboration event with Tales of Arise and Tales of Symphonia in December 2022.

The Octolight Conductors: The Prisoner's Odyssey crossover event will be available on Another Eden worldwide from December 7, 2023. Another Eden is immediately available for PCs via Steam and mobile devices.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 5:00 PM

Shadowheart Most Popular Baldur's Gate 3 Player Romance

Larian Studios shared some Baldur's Gate 3 player stats, which included the most popular romance (Shadowheart), how many beat the game, and how many people already started or beat the new Honor Mode.

When it comes to romance, Shadowheart was the most popular. Larian noted that 51.3% of all Baldur's Gate 3 players finished her route. The studio also noted that Karlach and Lae'zel were in the top three most popular romances. However, it didn't offer percentage details for either of them.

As for actual gameplay data, so far 1.3 million people beat Baldur's Gate 3 in general, though only 464 finished it in the new Honor Mode. Also, 94% of the people playing made a custom character instead of going with an Origin character. However, Gale was the most popular Origin option, followed by Astarion and Karlach.

Here's a gallery showing all the infographics Larian Studios shared about the Baldur's Gate 3 data. It goes over things like most popular romance, most popular subclass, how many beat the game, how many became cheese, how often Scratch was petted, and how many made a custom character.

Baldur's Gate 3 is available for the PS5 and PC. Patch 5 is out now. The Xbox Series X version will arrive in December 2023, with the release date being announced during The Game Awards on December 7, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 4:30 PM

Higround Pokemon Keyboards, Mousepads, and Jelly Bag Announced

Higround announced that it will sell Pokemon keyboards, mousepads, and a jelly bag. The new collection will appear on December 8, 2023, though going to the official site notes someone can get "early access" by joining the email and text newsletters.

The initial announcement noted there are 19 items in the collection. Five of them will be Basecamp 65 keyboards, four will be Performance Basecamp 65 keyboards, four of them will be Summit 65 keyboards, five will be mousepads, and one will be a jelly bag. Some of the early images from the lookbook and announcements showed the Blastoise, Charizard, and Venusaur Summit 65 keyboards. 

You can get a better look at those three teaser images below.

All three also appeared in a trailer for the collection. That also showed off the jelly bag you could use to carry a keyboard, which is purple with white Poke Ball outlines on it.

No prices were mentioned. However, Basecamp 65 keyboards tend to start at $120, Performance Basecamp 65 ones start at $165, past crossover Summit 65 keyboards tend to start around $260, and mousepads tend to start at $30, and jelly bags seem to start at $35.

The Pokemon Higround keyboards and other items will appear on the storefront on December 8, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 4:00 PM

McDonald's Japan X Hello Kitty

McDonald's Japan revealed an image on its official social media account teasing a Happy Meal collaboration with the Sanrio mascot Hello Kitty to celebrate the character's 50th anniversary. It hasn't been confirmed when this promotion will begin or if it will spread outside of Japan.

We can assume this image is teasing a Hello Kitty promotion due to the classic red bow being present on the number 50. Additionally, a Happy Meal symbol is circled in the top left of the image. So, this event is likely to feature limited Happy Meal toys.

See the teaser image from the official post from McDonald's Japan below:

A Paw Patrol image was also teased, suggesting people will have an option of choosing between two types of Happy Meal toys. Since that image appeared on the same day, odds are the two promotions will run at the same time.

Recently, a previous Sanrio collaboration with McDonald's that involved Hello Kitty shaped baskets appeared on TikTok. Though it recently started trending, it was actually launched at Singapore locations in 2019. It hasn't been confirmed if McDonald's Japan will take its plans in a similar direction.

The Hello Kitty McDonald's Japan 50th anniversary Happy Meal will appear in the future.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 3:30 PM

Fire Emblem Heroes Book 8 and Awakening Characters on the Way

The next major Fire Emblem Heroes update adds Book 8 and characters from Awakening on December 7, 2023. There will also be a new Affinity Auto-Battle feature, which will start on December 17, 2023.

The new Fire Emblem Heroes Book 8 story will involve Yggdrasil, the new ally Ratatoskr, and the new enemies Nidhoggr and Hraesvelgr. Ratatoskr appears escaping to warn Alfonse in the opening movie. Meanwhile, Nidhoggr is targeting Veronica, while Hraesvelgr is going after Alfonse.

Here's the opening movie for the new storyline.

As for the Fire Emblem Awakening characters joining Fire Emblem Heroes, Laurent is appearing alongside new versions of Inigo, Lucina, and Severa. Of those, Lucina is a new Rearmed character. She will be on a banner with Laurent, Severa, and Ratatoskr, which will run December 6-24, 2023. People will be able to get two of the new five-star Inigo units for going through quests between December 6-20, 2023. 

Image via Intelligent Systems and Nintendo

As for the Affinity Auto-Battles, this allows people to put together teams of four characters to build affinity between them. Adding heroes from bonus titles will get you extra points. By stopping by for up to six days in a row, you'll get an additional reward. Once you start, you choose a partner from another player to start. So your characters will build affinity with your team members and the new ally teams. You also earn more rewards for hitting certain point tiers.

Here's the full Feh Channel from December 4, 2023 going over everything:

Prior to this update, one of the newest features added to the game were Attuned characters. These have a special X skill, which can be passed down to other units.

Fire Emblem Heroes is available for mobile devices. Book 8 and the new Awakening characters will arrive on December 7, 2023.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 5, 2023 7:28 PM
     Diablo 4 Abattoir Of ZirIf there is an article that encompasses the meaning of the phrase "easier said than done" is this one. Here is how to get the Bloodforged Sigil in Diablo 4. Diablo 4: How to Get the Bloodforged Sigil The Bloodforged Sigil in Diablo 4 is one special item that works similarly to other Nightmare Sigils. In this case, it will grant you access to the Abattoir of Zir event, which is an extremely difficult dungeon with increasing tiers and rewards, such as the Tears of Blood Glyph. However, before you rejoice in a new challenge and the possible treats you can collect, there are some things you need to take into account. First of all, to craft the Bloodforged Sigil at the Occultist in Kyovashad you will need 60,000 gold and 800 Sigil Powder. To get the Sigil Powder you will have to salvage Nightmare Sigils, which means that you will have to farm a lot of these Sigils to get to 800 Sigil Powder. Image: Blizzard Entertainment Not only that, but y...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 5, 2023 6:28 PM
     Modern Warfare 3 Golden River Camo Featured ImageWeapon uniqueness is not only in the way one pulls the trigger but also in how you paint it with ridiculous but aesthetic colors. Here is how to unlock the Golden River camo in Modern Warfare 3. Modern Warfare 3: How to Unlock the Golden River Camo While you might think that you will need to do some crazy challenges like getting 50 360 no-scope sniper kills while blinded to get the infamous Golden River camo, you would be wrong from the get-go. No, you don't need to complete a challenge to unlock this camo, you need to complete a series of challenges. For those that have been enjoying what has been called Season 0 of Modern Warfare 3, the Weekly challenges tab has had a camo across all of its 4-week duration, the Golden River camo. To unlock it, you'll need to complete all 4 Weekly Challenges. Again, you might think this refers to any Weekly Challenge, and again you would be wrong. Every week a specific weapon or Aftermarket Part like the JAK Raven Kit...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 5, 2023 5:33 PM
     Diablo 4 Tears Of Blood Glyph Featured ImageMany are called, but few are chosen. And out of those, only a couple will get this Glyph. Here is how to get the Tears of Blood Glyph in Diablo 4. Diablo 4: How to Get Tears of Blood Glyph The Season of the Blood is the season that keeps on giving, and the Diablo 4 fanbase has felt its effect. While we are still waiting for any news about what Season 3 will bring to the table, Blizzard brings forward a new challenge for all dungeon-crawling aficionados. The Abattoir of Zir – which houses the Tears of Blood Glyph – event features a new challenging dungeon that features a lot of increasingly difficult enemies. Before you do so, however, you must first collect 60,000 gold and 800 Sigil Powder. Moreover, you will have to complete the Season of the Blood journey and be level 100 to be able to access the Abbattoir of Zir event. Use the gold and the Sigil Powder to enter the Blood Portal located in the city of Ked Bardu. Image: Blizzard Entert...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 5, 2023 4:30 PM
     Diablo 4 Sigil Powder Featured ImageThose Nightmare Sigils can become unforgiving. Time to change that, shall we? Here is how to get the Sigil Powder in Diablo 4. Diablo 4: How to Get Sigil Powder If you're familiar with endgame content in Diablo 4, then you know what Nightmare Sigils are. Well, if you don't, Nightmare Sigils are Whispers of the Dead rewards that take place at World Tier 3: Nightmare. These will open up specific Nightmare Dungeons, which are significantly more difficult than regular dungeons, but provide substantially better rewards, which may include other Nightmare Sigils. While you can use these Sigils to continue opening up dungeons, you can also visit the Occultist in Kyovashad to salvage them. In turn, you will gather Sigil Powder which you can use to purchase other Nightmare Sigils. Image: Blizzard Entertainment Now, why would you want to salvage Nightmare Sigils? After all, aren't the rewards that you get from those great enough for you to j...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 5, 2023 4:28 PM
     How To Get Fury Kills In Modern Warfare 3 (mw3) Featured ImageOne of the things I like about Modern Warfare 3 is that you can get stylish kills – and the game rewards you quite well for them. It's just a great way for me to get immersed because it encourages me to experiment. Fury Kills are one of the coolest-looking ways to take out enemies, and we'll show you how to get them in Modern Warfare 3 (MW3). Modern Warfare 3 (MW3): How to get Fury Kills Fury Kills are some of my favorite ways to down an enemy. To do a kill like this, you must get four or more kills in quick succession of another. By getting Fury Kills, you'll complete the TAQ Eradicator challenge. You can also speed up your progression to get the snazzy Bioluminsecent skin.  From experience, Fury Kills can be hard to do depending on how you're playing. I didn't master these kills till I began playing on smaller maps like Rust, or concentrated modes like Kill Confrimed. The reason is that maps like Rust will have you running into ene...

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 3:23 PM
     A New Gaming Adventure from the Creators of Dodos Riding Dinos Detestable Games has launched its latest family-friendly board game, "Party Panda Pirates," on Kickstarter. Inspired by the joyous spirit of Mario Party, this game has already captured the hearts of backers, surpassing its initial goal of US$ 10,000 with an impressive US$ 23,770 pledged …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 3:15 PM
     Chaosium has announced the release of "Alone Against the Static" in hardcover, an engaging solo adventure set in the unnerving universe of Call of Cthulhu. This modern-era scenario, initially set in the early 1990s, promises a unique solo gaming experience that delves deep into the heart of the Cthulhu Mythos. A Troubled Getaway Turns into …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 3:07 PM
     The Kickstarter campaign for Pactum Aeternum, a collection of 3D printable bits for RPG and tabletop wargaming miniatures, has successfully surpassed its initial funding goal. The project, which set out to raise US$ 10,000, has received over US$ 23,266 in pledges from 457 backers. With 16 days remaining until its conclusion on December 22, the …

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, December 5, 2023 3:56 PM

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GamersHeroes Tuesday, December 5, 2023 1:57 PM

Weird West legends meet eldritch horror with today's full release of Hyperstrange's immersive stealth FPS Blood West.

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GamersHeroes Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:42 AM

Ahead of its full release later this month, get ready for JetDogs Oy and VRKiwi's VR tower defense game Towers & Powers with the latest trailer for the game.

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GamersHeroes Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:28 AM

From now through December 11, players will be able to take part in a playtest for Action Square's Soulslike RPG Kingdom: The Blood.

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GamersHeroes Tuesday, December 5, 2023 10:59 AM

An officially licensed free-to-play mobile game, Level Infinite and Lightspeed Studios' NBA Infinite will launch next year.

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GamersHeroes Tuesday, December 5, 2023 10:50 AM

Players will be able to experience the cataclysmic world of NetEase Games and Starry Studios' Once Human with tomorrow's beta for the game.

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GamersHeroes Tuesday, December 5, 2023 10:33 AM

Voiced by Justice Slocum, The Lone Wolf Shinjiro Aragaki is featured in the latest trailer for P-Studio and Atlus West's Persona 3 Reload.

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Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:45 PM

GTA VI's bombastic trailer may have only been a minute and a half long, but for that brief period of time I felt like I was in Florida, sweating in a sun-soaked swamp, interacting with its daft denizens, slapping mosquitos off my ankles with a paper fan. GTA VI is set in the fictional state of Leonida (Florida) and…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:30 PM

Grand Theft Auto VI's long-awaited first trailer has arrived and in the process confirmed that previous leaks and reports about the game co-starring a playable woman were accurate. However, this isn't the franchise's first playable female character. Technically, there have been a few playable women in GTA games…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:15 PM

Grand Theft Auto 6 looks gorgeous. Unless its debut trailer this week was faked, it might end up being one of the best-looking games of this console generation when it comes out in 2025. By that time, my Xbox Series S will be five years old. I shudder to think of that sleek little white box trying to play Rockstar…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:00 PM

On December 2, rock legends Kiss played a final live show as part of their farewell tour. But before they called it a day, the make-up-wearing rockers made one final, vague announcement: They said they would live on forever as digital avatars…somewhere. Probably.


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:45 AM

Historically, TV and film adaptations of video games don't have the greatest track record. The last few years, however, have started turning that around. Pikachu, Sonic, and Mario have all starred in successful movies, and earlier this year The Last of Us got a proper prestige adaptation that certainly left a mark on…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:30 AM

December 4 was Dragon Age Day, BioWare's officially unofficial celebration of the studio's fantasy RPG series that has been missing in action for almost an entire decade at this point. But at least, on this most recent Dragon Age Day, BioWare announced Dragon Age: Dreadwolf, the long-anticipated follow-up to 2014's Inq…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 10:30 AM

The Last of Us Part II Remastered will add a fair bit of new features to Naughty Dog's PlayStation 4 swan song when it comes to PlayStation 5. This includes cut levels, a guitar free-play mode, and commentary from the development team. But the big headliner of the re-release is a roguelike mode akin to Resident Evil's…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 9:30 AM

After a long and tumultuous road, Cyberpunk 2077 appears to be getting its final major update today. The sprawling patch includes a new ridable metro system and more romance options, as well as a host of other tweaks, changes, and additions. Unless it ends up breaking something big in the game, consider patch 2.1…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 5, 2023 9:15 AM

Final Fantasy Tactics is one of the best games Square Enix ever produced, and it's not available anywhere on modern consoles or PC. A remaster is an obvious way to fix that problem, and it seemed like all signs were pointing to one getting announced any day now. So it's an especially cruel twist of fate that the…


PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 1:20 PM

What are the best upcoming games this year? If you're anything like us, you're time is already stretched trying to play all the great games out right now... but it's not slowing down any time soon. Hope, anticipation, agony, and elation (plus exhaustion) - the endless cycle of emotions we go through during the annual PC release schedule.

Year in, year out, games are produced in such varying degrees of quality that not a single one of them is destined for certain success. Some of the best PC games of all time are released alongside utter disasters, series are born while others dwindle, and occasionally a game actually lives up to our expectations. Below you'll find all the upcoming PC games you should keep on your radar, and it's wildly varied. There's horror games, racing games, story games, a sequel for one of the most popular fighting games series of all time, and all of their expected release dates.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:39 PM

What are the best roguelike games? To retain their popularity for years after release, they must sport gameplay loops so enthralling that it's easy to keep coming back for more. The genre's popularity has erupted in recent years, offering varied and increasingly approachable experiences to the point where a new, promising, and often hard-as-nails game now seems to land every other week.

As there's such a deep well of the best roguelite and roguelike games to choose from, we're making it easier for you to find your next favorite with this list. You should expect to see a healthy mix of classics and newcomers among our picks - and given that we continue to see developers marry the genre up with new audiences to create novel hybrids, you're guaranteed to see some of the best PC games in multiple genres. We're also not splitting hairs over what's a roguelike and what's a roguelite here, so here's our pick of the best roguelike games on PC.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:31 PM

What are the best skateboard games? In the past, it was tough to find a skateboarding game on PC, with the genre having its heyday during the PS2 and Xbox 360 console generations. Recently, however, the skateboarding gaming scene has seen a resurgence, with realistic skate sims making the most of the PC platform to deliver the most accurate skateboarding games yet.

Nothing quite captures a moment in time like the years when skateboarding was at its mainstream peak. A mixture of creativity and aggression, skateboarding can be a true expression of style, and the best skateboarding games all manage to capture that in some form. For a niche few, these are some of the best PC games ever. All that, naturally, backed by an energetic soundtrack that seamlessly switches from thrash metal belters and pop punk fare to classic West Coast hip hop - the best skateboarding games often ooze effortless style.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:26 PM

What are Valorant ranks? We've taken a deep dive into the Valorant ranking system, to show you how they work, and what the current distribution is. Looking at these figures, we can glean all kinds of information, like where you sit against the average player, as well as time and energy is being put into the FPS at the moment.

Like all competitive FPS games, Valorant has a couple of different ways it measures ranking progress and the overall rating of players against each other. Each player has an overall Valorant rank, but there's also a dedicated 'Act rank' for each act. On top of that, there's also a concept called 'rank rating', which is connected to MMR. Here's everything you need to know about Valorant ranks, the current rank distribution, and competitive play.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:24 PM

What are the best cross platform games? Crossplay games really are the holy grail of gaming, and they weren't particularly all that common until a few years ago. Nowadays, there are plenty of online experiences you can jump into with friends, regardless of what platform you're playing on. As far as PC and console are concerned, you've got a lot of options, from battle royales, to racing games and more.

The great thing about the best PC games featuring crossplay is that there's a lot less organization involved. We've all experienced how difficult it can be to wrangle a group of friends together to try out a new game, so this way, you won't have to worry about who's playing on what platform. Here's our picks for the best crossplay games on PC in 2023. We've included horror games and FPS games, and other genres for the definitive list of the very best games that you can play with your friends on other platforms.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:22 PM

If there's one thing I won't shut up about, it's K-dramas. As someone who spent far too much time watching Running Man at university with her best friend (hi Janice!) K-dramas and, of course, K-pop, have come to define so much of my adulthood. So, imagine my face when I heard that the Kingdom spinoff game, Kingdom: The Blood, has an open beta playtest this week. Sorry, The Day Before, this is the zombie game I've been desperate to sink my teeth into.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:34 PM

What are the best new PC games in 2023? Perhaps you have just been paid, your bank account is filled with virtual dosh, or you simply want to get caught up with the latest PC games because they are, well, new and shiny.

It's all well and good starting another daring round of multiplayer game PUBG, taking on a new 100-hour Football Manager save, or yet another The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim adventure but, as much as we love setting mammoths ablaze, there are plenty of new PC games that will more than supply your gaming fix. You don't want to be the person who isn't 'in the know' now, do you? Whatever you're into, this list includes the best PC games from the last few months, including RPG games, that space game, and more.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:26 PM

What are the best sniper rifles in Warzone? There are few things more satisfying in Warzone than a long-range headshot. Or a short-range headshot, really, but watching your bullet arch as it travels hundreds of meters before embedding itself in your mortal enemy elicits a primal satisfaction that nothing else can match. With that, you're going to need the best kit if you want to perform to your maximum potential, so we've built a list of the best sniper rifles in Warzone.

With Warzone Season 1 about to begin, you don't have long to nail down which sniper rifles you're going to take into the battle royale game. There were few sniper additions with the MW3 release, but the ones we did get are extremely potent, with another deadly option unlocking in the Season 1 battle pass. Here are the best sniper rifles to use in Warzone.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:14 PM

What are the best free MMOs on PC? There's been an explosion of free-to-play options in recent years, especially in the massively multiplayer online space. Whether you want sprawling warzones or story-driven RPGs, there's something for everyone out there.

Even if your bank account is best friends with the number zero, our list of the best free MMORPGs currently available on PC promises endless hours of gameplay at absolutely no cost. From space games to anime games, let's take a look at some of the best free PC games that are available to play without breaking the bank.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:09 PM

Want to know what Genshin Impact outfits are available? The outfits system was introduced in the Genshin Impact 1.6 update, following months of pleading from the community. These outfits give you the chance to dress your favourite characters in brand-new clothes.

As Genshin Impact characters are locked behind gacha mechanics in the free PC game, players were initially worried that skins may be sold using the same system. However, there are actually two methods to unlock skins: purchase the skin for 1,680 Genesis Crystals, or complete specific Genshin Impact events to unlock the skin for free. If you're unlucky enough to miss the event, free skins will make their way to the Character Outfit Shop in the future. Here's a list of every outfit available in Genshin Impact right now and how to get them all for yourself.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:03 PM

What are the best Western games on PC that you should be playing? It's not an easy decision to make. The Wild West is a time of lawlessness, striking gold, and perilous shootouts - no wonder it's the subject of many top cowboy games. We've donned our stetson and cowboy boots, and set out on horseback to find you the best of the Wild West.

The best PC games based in the Wild West are inspired heavily by the cowboy media that has come before them, and it's fair to say that the humble Western is a cornerstone of American culture. The game studios that decide to take on the challenge of bringing the American Frontier into our lives have a lot of pressure to get it right. Luckily, a number of them have absolutely nailed what being a cowboy is all about, and we've done the hard work of corralling the varmints right here, from open-world games, to strategy games and even vampire games, so here's our pick of the best Western games.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:01 PM

Following the recent ban of certain chips from the US to China, namely those that could be used to further the latter's proficiency with AI, Nvidia has sought to mitigate its losses by various means. This has previously included redesigns for some of its GPUs, but these efforts, as well as those from other companies, have seemingly not gone unnoticed by the federal government of the United States.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:08 PM

Whether it's Resident Evil 9, a remake of Code Veronica, or something else entirely, you can be certain that a new RE game is on its way in the not-too-distant future. The RE4 remake and Separate Ways teased a possible coming direction for Capcom's beloved survival horror. Likewise, we're waiting to see more from Chris Redfield and the Winters dynasty in a potential RE9. In the meantime, however, one of the most talented and dedicated Resident Evil modders in the world brings us another custom-built reimagining of the fixed-camera classics. Based on the original RE2, and available to play right now, this is Resident Medieval - imagine the classic version of Leon Kennedy, but wearing a full suit or armor and killing zombies with a sword.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:52 AM

Is Fortnite shutting down? The long-running battle royale shooter has been going through some changes as of late. Price increases to V-Bucks, internal layoffs at Epic, and reports of unmet financial expectations and projections seem to paint a rather volatile picture for Fortnite. Of course, it's still one of the biggest games in the world, and is now in its fourth chapter and fifth season: Fortnite OG.

Fortnite still receives regular updates, and thanks to the recent launch of new creative mode tools, the community appears to be thriving. Nevertheless, recent news does have industry experts questioning whether the battle royale game has the legs to continue as a top dog in the online multiplayer space. Here's what you need to know about whether Fortnite is shutting down, based on up-to-date information.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:00 PM

What is the best AR in Warzone? Assault Rifles are perhaps the most versatile guns in Warzone, able to fire at a fast rate while also dealing significant damage at almost any range. If you aren't sure what to have in your loadout, a good assault rifle as your primary is always a safe bet.

With Urzikstan, the new iteration of Warzone, now here, there are more guns to choose from than ever, with existing Warzone guns carried over, plus all-new Warzone and Modern Warfare 3 guns to boot. Each season's Warzone and MW3 Battle Pass brings new weapons, too, so there will be even more to consider as time passes. Right now though, these are the best Warzone assault rifles to keep an eye out for across the Urzikstan map and add to your loadout before you drop in.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:40 AM

What are the best Ark Survival Ascended mods? While the reimagined version of the dino survival game is still in its infancy, it promises much of the same core gameplay. Build a tribe from scratch, either on your own or with your friends, and tame dinosaurs across the eras, from the Triassic to the Jurassic, and many more.

When you've had your fill of what the developer had in mind with Ark Survival Ascended, mods can include all sorts of new stuff. Some make mundane chores a breeze, while others add completely new beasts or different colored variants to the dinosaur game. You may wish to ensure that your PC can handle mods on top of its otherwise hefty minimum specs, so check out our Ark Survival Ascended system requirements to compare for yourself.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:36 AM

Steam Link was recently announced as coming to the Meta Quest 3, supporting a fully wireless connection between your gaming PC and Quest 3 headset. This is a huge win for VR gaming because it shuts down a big, wired barrier that was stopping people from enjoying everything that VR has to offer.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:35 AM

When is the Project L release date? If you ever wondered what an all-out League of Legends champion brawl would look like, you're about to find out. Project L is the work-in-progress title of an upcoming 2D fighting game featuring the likes of Ahri, Darius, and Jinx. In the developer's words, you'll be able to "walk, run, dash, chain dash, jump, long jump, and super jump," your way to victory. Lots of jumping.

If you can't wait to learn more about this League of Legends fighting game, here's everything we know about the Project L release date so far, from trailers and gameplay to the champion roster, assist and tag system, netcode, and more.

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:07 PM

Do you love finding the best deals on PC gaming hardware? How about saving on all your online shopping? Here at PCGamesN, we know how important it is to find the best price on everything - especially when the holidays come around. And we love a good bargain as much as you do.

That's why we've launched a free money-saving tool to help you find deals and discounts from over 40,000 online retailers. Whether you're buying gifts, treating yourself, or just doing your everyday shopping, using the PCGamesN Deal Finder is an easy way to save more. And when you save more, you can do the things you love (like gaming) for less.

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:29 AM

When is The First Descendant release date? A new looter shooter from Nexon is on its way, and if its popularity during the first hours of its crossplay open beta test is anything to go by, it appears Nexon has struck gold once again.

In The First Descendant, you pick one of a range of futuristic Descendants to tackle a series of brutal enemies. Even though The First Descendant characters do have abilities of their own, this is a looter shooter, so there are randomly generated weapons to level the playing field as well. Read on for more news of the action game and its speculative full release date.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:24 AM

We now know what GTA 6 looks like, based on what was presented in the recent trailer, at least. It got me thinking: will my gaming rig even be able to handle the heat? Well, short of having no official line on a release window for the PC version, I'm refraining from any panic buys at this time, and you should too.

GTA 6 will eventually be released on PC, just like its predecessor, which was one of the best games on PC. Although we hope not to have to wait as long after the console releases this time. But given how great the game already looks, it would be easy to get drawn into a panic and upgrading hardware well in advance.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:17 AM

What are the best Zenless Zone Zero team comps? You won't get very far surfing the Inter-Knot on your lonesome, so it's important to take a team of hard-hitting agents with you on your commissions. However, you might find that you're spoiled for choice when it comes to team comps, and there are only so many level-up materials to go around. We've tested a variety of team comps during the ZZZ beta period to bring you the best options ahead of launch.

Our selection of the best ZZZ team comps includes free-to-play 'starter' units, as well as premium characters exclusive to Zenless Zone Zero banners. We've tested these team comps in the Zenless Zone Zero beta, so it's worth bearing in mind that the action-adventure game could be subject to rebalancing between now and the Zenless Zone Zero release date. We'll be sure to update according to any changes, but don't forget to check out our Zenless Zone Zero tier list to keep up to date with the best agents.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:02 AM

Who are the GTA 6 voice actors? The GTA series has seen many iconic voices over the years. Who could forget that time that Goodfellas star Ray Liotta was cast as the protagonist Tommy Vercetti in GTA Vice City or when Samuel L. Jackson's booming voice brought down the law as Officer Tenpenny in GTA San Andreas? More recent GTA games have up-and-comers voicing the main cast, paving the way for successful careers. So, with its debut trailer now available to watch, it's time to work out who the voice cast is for GTA 6.

While none of the voice actors have been confirmed by Rockstar or the talent themselves, the first GTA 6 trailer for the new open-world game has several voices throughout and fans have been making their own educated guesses. While we wait for a long time between now and the GTA 6 release date, if you want to know who is in contention to be a major part of GTA 6, then here's everything we know so far about the cast.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:23 AM

What is the current Reverse 1999 tier list? Here, we've got the best Reverse 1999 characters available as you get to grips with another chart-topping fantasy mobile RPG you can play on PC. As more are added, we'll gauge any new characters and re-evaluate older ones against the latest fighter, so keeping up with the meta couldn't be easier.

Reverse 1999 is a gacha game, so you need gems to unlock most of these characters. If you need more, make sure you've redeemed all the latest Reverse 1999 codes. If this isn't the only gacha you've got on the go, you might find our up-to-date Genshin Impact tier list handy. Our Genshin Impact builds page can even help you spec out and upgrade the top tier picks, with our character banner calendar here to help you decide whether to save or hold all those precious Primogems you'll gather with Genshin Impact codes. And if you like Chainsaw Man and Nier, you might be surprised to hear they're in the PC-compatible x-rated gacha game Nikke right now.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 5, 2023 10:57 AM

One thing we can confidently say about the games released in 2023 is that there were some true graphical showcases added to our collections. Some of these gorgeous gems included Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty's neon goodness, Forza Motorsport's flashy photorealism, and the deep, moody hues of Alan Wake 2. We've truly been spoiled for visual feasts this year, but for those wanting to treat their eyes to even more retina-based revelry, OLED gaming is a surefire way to make every one of these games look even better.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 5, 2023 1:19 PM

Samsung's Pro Plus Micro SD card is our top memory card recommendation for PC gaming handhelds like the Steam Deck, ROG Ally and Legion Go, and today you can pick up the 512GB version for just $29 at Best Buy. That's a pretty steep reduction from its previous price of $48 and even beats the best Black Friday price we saw this year of $31.

Note: the photo above shows the 256GB model we tested, but I can confirm this price is for the 512GB size.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:43 PM

The Xbox Wireless Controller is my top recommendation when it comes to to the best PC gamepads over at Eurogamer, so I hope you don't mind me mentioning you can now pick up Microsoft's latest Xbox Series-era controller for just $35 instead of the usual $60 in the US. To get this incredibly low price, you need to use the code MXBOXWH in your shopping cart at Lenovo's US online store.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:09 PM

Insurgency developer New World Interactive are the latest Embracer Group-owned studio to lay off staff, as part of the Swedish conglomerate's efforts to reduce their debts after a series of reckless studio acquisitions. It's not clear how many people have been affected, but New World Interactive's direct corporate parent Saber Interactive have revealed that one unannounced project has been cancelled.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:05 PM

By Nvidia's count, there are now 500 games and applications that employ DLSS upscaling and ray tracing visual effects – or "RTX technologies," in GPU superpower speak. While there's arguably some cheekiness behind that count, as ray tracing in particular is not an RTX-exclusive feature, it is nonetheless quite the feat for a set of tools that launched in subjectively auspicious circumstances back in 2018.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:44 AM

Doom scrolling social media looks to have replaced the age-old pasttime of watching TV in GTA 6, which has prompted feelings of alternating despair and increasing irrelevance in me this morning. I barely understand how TikTok works in real-life, let alone a video game pastiche of it, and oh god, how did I get so old and craggy? I'm just here for the nice-looking flamingos, Rockstar, not a 24/7 twerk stream I can access from the palm of my hand. Of course, TV watching may yet have been preserved beyond what we've seen so far in the first trailer for GTA 6, but even if it's been consigned to the bin of modern history, there might yet be one light in the TikTok-esque darkness to make GTA 6's in-game social media network worthwhile.

Upon closer inspection of the account names seen in the trailer, it's "PlanetLeonidaMan" that gives me hope, because if this isn't a riff on the Florida Man meme, I'll take a dump on a dead possum during rush hour traffic, hurl Oreos at Matthew as we argue over our empty coffee maker (teapot, come on), and try to cross the Atlantic in a hamster wheel vessel to demand some answers.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:05 AM

The GTA 6 trailer is finally here. Check out what Rockstar Games has been creating in this debut look at Grand Theft Auto 6, confirmed to be releasing for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S – let's assume a PC version is coming later on.

GTA 6 isn't currently announced for PC, but it's due for release on consoles in 2025.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 5, 2023 9:35 AM

Spare a thought for any game attempting to compete with GTA 6 today. It can't be easy when big hitters like that inevitably suck all the air out the room, but bless the folks at Hollow Ponds for poking their heads above the 4K flamingo parapet anyway by releasing a lovely new demo for their upcoming critter collect 'em up Flock today. I've just been giving it a go over lunch, and it is truly a very relaxing way to decompress after a morning of poring over GTA gubbins.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 5, 2023 9:10 AM

When first I learned of Born Of Bread, it was getting towards lunchtime - yes, 10.30am absolutely counts as "getting toward lunchtime" - and my brain was immediately filled with savoursome thoughts of simulated baking. Born of Bread isn't actually a baking sim. Even better than that: it's some kind of spin on vintage Ninty RPG Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, except that instead of being made of paper, the main character Loaf is made of living dough... but kind of looks like he's made of paper, this being a 2.5D game with flat character art. Look, just watch the trailer while I make myself a sandwich.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 5, 2023 8:00 AM

The fifth game in our 2023 Advent Calendar is "future-proof" in a different kind of way.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 2:00 PM

More Free Beat Saber Songs Arrive in OST 6

There is a new pack of free Beat Saber songs, with players able to access Original Soundtrack 6 (OST 6) now. There are five songs total in it, though one is a "surprise" and unavailable yet.

Here's the full list of four known songs being added to the game. The developer only noted that the fifth one is "coming soon" and offered no hints as to its identity.

  • "Heavy Weight" by Lindsey Stirling
  • "Lift Off" by Far Out
  • "Power of the Saber Blade" by DragonForce
  • "Tempo-Katana" by Camellia

There's also a trailer for the new, free Beat Saber songs. It only focuses on showing under a minute of the Expert-level difficulty version of the song "Heavy Weight." It shows some of the note patterns people can expect from that track.

Beat Saber OST 6 arrives over a year after OST 5, which showed up in March 2022. As a reminder, that update added "1.78," "Curtains," "Final-Boss-Chan," "Firestarter," "I Wanna Be a Machine," and "Magic." This update arrives after a Black Friday 2023 sale on the game and DLC.

Beat Saber is on the PSVR and PSVR2, Meta Quest 2 and 3, and other VR headsets via Steam. Four of the Original Soundtrack 6 songs are available now.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 1:54 PM

Disney Dreamlight Valley may largely be a single-player experience, but there are a few systems in the game that require you to have an online connection. At times, then, you may be hit with an 'Online Request' that states 'This action requires you to be connected to online services. Do you want to connect.' The problem is, you might already have an online connection when this arises, so what gives?

What the Disney Dreamlight Valley Online Request Means?

As noted, the online request will appear when you're performing an action that requires you to be connected to the internet. The example, I've stumbled upon when playing through the game is when trying to open specific chests that will contain Moonstones, such as the blue chests scattered throughout the magical world. These aren't your ordinary chests that contain Star Coins though, so don't stress too much. Your money-making methods can continue, uninterrupted from connection woes.

Can You Fix 'Action Requires You to Be Connected to Online Services' Error?

If you're connected to the internet then chances are that there's nothing you can do to fix error from popping up. Especially if there's a major update or expansion dropping, there's a good chance that the DDV servers are just being overloaded and struggling to handle the strain.

You'll also want to try restarting the game and your console, PC or device to ensure that there's not just a bug in the system somewhere.

If your internet connection has a tendency to be a little bit unreliable, then try restarting your router and ensuring that your console or PC is connected. It might even be worth trying to play another online game and making sure that runs correctly. If that's working fine, then you'll at least know that the issue is on the server side and your internet connection is all good.

Last but by no means least, make sure that Disney Dreamlight Valley's servers aren't down. Any server status reporting is done through the official Disney Dreamlight Valley X (formerly known as Twitter) account page.

At least one of these things should be the answer to your online request woes in Disney Dreamlight Valley. Should you still be having issues, let us know down in the comments below.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 1:30 PM

FFVII Ever Crisis Christmas Tifa and Lucia Live Wallpapers Shown

Square Enix and Applibot shared FFVII Ever Crisis Christmas Tifa and Lucia live wallpapers and gameplay trailers. This is a common way of showing off in-game content even if people aren't playing the game.

The Lucia Lin wallpaper and gameplay video showed up most recently. Both show her with the new Holiday Revolver weapon and Holiday Coat gear. First, here's her using the gun's Rock Blast C. Ability attack.

As for her live wallpaper, it shows her alongside a gift while looking as snow falls outside her window.

The latest FFVII Ever Crisis Tifa videos are part of many trailers live wallpapers and weapons. First, here's the gameplay teaser of her using the Holy Flame Gloves' Freezing Blow C. Ability.

Next, here's the live wallpaper of her. This one features her in Seventh Heaven by its Christmas Tree. She's wearing the Fairy of the Holy Flame Santa-themed outfit and offering the player a present.

In the last live wallpaper for her, she was wearing her FFIX Amarant outfit. Another one showed her in a lifeguard outfit.

Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is immediately available for mobile devices. The game will also it soon come to PCs on December 7, 2023. 

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 1:00 PM

Mobile Suit Gundam Bonds of the Battlefield II going offline

Bandai Namco will cease online services for Mobile Suit Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield II on March 28, 2024. The arcade first-person shooter game will still be playable as long as arcade centers have not removed it, but it will no longer receive new content updates and gain access to online-exclusive modes after the date.

When the game enters Offline mode, players will still be able to access the single-player Score Attack mode and the 4v4 local versus. However, they will no longer be able to make payments with electronic money sources or record their progress into IC cards.

This end-of-service announcement comes in a different way that brings the arcade game series' continuity into question. Bandai Namco first revealed the title in early 2020 and eventually launched it in July 2021; all while the original Bonds of the Battlefield was still actively ongoing. The company ensured a smooth transition to the sequel by shutting down the original game later in November 2021.

Bandai Namco did not reveal a new sequel for the series when it announced the online shutdown for Bonds of the Battlefield II. It has two other Gundam arcade games with ongoing online services, which are the Extreme Vs. series of 2v2 arena fighters and the card-based real-time strategy game Mobile Suit Gundam: Arsenal Base.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Bonds of the Battlefield II is still available to play in Japanese arcades.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:30 PM

Hololive Vtuber Nanashi Mumei Taking a Break

On December 4, 2023, Hololive EN Vtuber Nanashi Mumei announced on social media that she is taking a brief break. She noted that she will offer an update "soon."

Mumei's announcement was a very brief one. She didn't offer any update on what the break will entail or how long it will last. However, it seems that it will be a short one, as she did mention it will only last for "a bit" and that she will offer more information "soon."

It isn't uncommon for a Hololive Vtuber to take a brief break due to things like health or personal reasons. For example, Holostars EN member Gavis Bettel took a brief break in November 2023. He's since returned and uploaded a new schedule on December 4, 2023 going over upcoming activities.

Nanashi Mumei has been a Hololive EN Vtuber since August 2021. She started out as a Hololive EN Council member alongside Ceres Fauna, Hakos Baelz, Ouro Kronii, and Tsukumo Sana. However, following Sana's graduation, Cover eventually created the new unit Hololive EN Promise in October 2023 with IRyS. She streams on YouTube. As of writing, she's hit 978,000 subscribers. Her original songs and covers can be found there as well, like "Mumei" and "Ant Observation."

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:00 PM

Korone Inugami Sonic COmic

The official Sonic the Hedgehog social media account posted a comic created by Hololive Vtuber Inugami Korone. Korone was announced as an official Sonic ambassador back in 2022 and has since been involved with several collaborations with Sega.

The comic appears as part of the "Fast Friends Forever" segment, which presents comics drawn by notable Sonic fans followed by short segments where they talk about their relation to the franchise. The segment has previously featured voice actress Yuuki Aoi (Shuten Douji in Fate, Madoka Kaname in Puella Magi Madoka Magica), and VOFAN (Illustrator for the Monogatari light novels).

In her question segment following the comic, Inugami Korone stated that her first experience with Sonic the Hedgehog was in 2021, when she played the original game on Mega Drive/Genesis. She also noted that her favorite character is Knuckles, citing his cool name and gloves as reasons.

You can find Korone's comic, as well as the Q&A segment, in the tweets below:

As well as the comic, other Sonic and Korone collaborations included her appearance at the 2023 Sonic Square Event and her Sonic-inspired outfit revealed back in 2022. Meanwhile, film director Jeff Fowler teased the appearance of Shadow the Hedgehog in the upcoming movie Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

Inugami Korone streams on Youtube as part of the Hololive agency, and you can find her channel here and her Twitter account here.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:30 AM

Armored Core 6 VI Fires of Rubicon physical original soundtrack

A physical release of the Armored Core 6 soundtrack will be available in March 2024. FromSoftware opened pre-orders for the Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon Original Soundtrack.

The physical album will cost 4,400 yen (~$30). Its pre-orders are also available on Amazon Japan, which supports international shipping for the item.

The digital version of the soundtrack is already available on platforms like Spotify and YouTube Music. People can immediately listen to the game's 47 tracks, which will be split into two discs in the upcoming physical album.

The physical Armored Core 6 soundtrack will contain more exclusive bonuses. The additional third disc will contain 16 arranged tracks from the entire Armored Core series, including the latest entry Fires of Rubicon. The album will include a 48-page Visual Archive book that shows some of the notable AC units, such as "Honest" Brute's Milk Tooth and Raven's Nightfall. It will also have liner notes that include the tracklist, composer comments, and lyrics for songs with vocals.

The Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon video game is immediately available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. FromSoftware will release the title's physical original soundtrack on March 20, 2024.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 11:00 AM

Shinjiro Aragaki Persona 3 Reload Trailer

The latest character trailer for Persona 3 Reload features Shinjiro "Shinji" Aragaki. He's considered the "lone wolf" party member for a number of reasons. This was uploaded to the official Atlus English and Japanese YouTube channel.

In this new trailer, we can see how Shinjiro tries to save face with the other S.E.E.S members save for Koromaru, with whom he lets his guard down. His Persona, Castor, was also briefly previewed. With its help, Shinjiro can cast "Bloody Charge." That's an ability that increases his critical rate and physical strength.

Justice Slocum is Shinjiro's new voice actor in Persona 3 Reload. You can hear his new performance for the character in the English trailer. This is one of his major breakout roles, as he has not voiced too many video game characters just yet. He did provide the voice of Tetsuro Kuromazaki in Lost Judgement in 2021.

Watch the new Persona 3 Reload character trailer featuring Shinjiro Aragaki below:

Here's the Japanese trailer:

Atlus has been dropping trailers featuring the major characters of Persona 3 Reload each week. Last week, the trailer for Ken Amada was released.

Persona 3 Reload will be released on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC worldwide on February 2, 2024.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 10:30 AM

Physical copies Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Apparently Needs a Day-One Patch to Play a

While Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora launches on December 7, 2023, some people already got physical copies and are reporting they allegedly need a patch to play. On both Reddit and Resetera, reports about being unable to play the PS5 version and its box art appeared bringing up the issue. [Thanks, Reddit and Resetera!]

The reports first came in on Reddit, with user Interesting-Squash81 showing a photo of the PS5 version. It showed that there would be a black screen with the game's logo in white and the December 7, 2023 release date. That user reported their physical copy arrived early and was apparently unplayable. That person also noted that changing the console date and playing offline didn't work.

The following Resetera thread by RedbullCola included an apparent photo of the PS5 physical game box for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, which included a note suggesting a patch would be needed. It says on the front, "Internet required to install the game."  To compare, the preliminary box art showing up on retailers like Amazon doesn't include this note on the cover between the ESRB rating and note about the Aranahe Warrior Pack.

Here's the RedbullCola photo of the game box next to the Amazon preliminary image.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will come to the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC on December 7, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 10:00 AM

Astral Chain easter egg in Bayonetta 3

Nintendo published a new Bayonetta 3 blog post detailing some of the game's hidden trivia, such as rare combat techniques. One of the segments in this post focused on easter eggs from Astral Chain, which just like Bayonetta 3, was developed by PlatinumGames.

The newer game's Shibuya stage features an indestructible statue of Lappy, the mascot dog of Astral Chain's police force, which can drop Halos when attacked. However, the stage also has more easter eggs from the same title other than just that.

One of the advertisements that appear in the Shibuya 101 building features the fictional jewelry brand Ilyndho. The same brand and items also appeared in Astral Chain, as shown on the right side screenshot.

The Bayonetta 3 Shibuya stage also features a branch of the Larger Burger restaurant chain, although it is closed and inaccessible.

Nintendo also shared footage from the office battle cutscene. It briefly shows the vending machine's smiley face on a monitor blown away by the enemy attack.

At the end of the segment, Nintendo's blog writer reminded readers that Bayonetta 3 features a Multiverse where multiple worlds run in the same time axis. They even wondered whether the Astral Chain world could also be part of the Multiverse.

Astral Chain and Bayonetta 3 share a good number of similarities. PlatinumGames developed both games, and Nintendo published them exclusively on the Switch. Astral Chain came out first in August 2019. Bayonetta 3 followed suit later in October 2022.

Bayonetta 3 and Astral Chain are both available worldwide on Nintendo Switch.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 9:30 AM

Donkey Kong Country Mine Cart Madness in Universal Studios Japan USJ Super Nintendo World

Universal Studios Japan will open a new Donkey Kong-themed zone in 2024. Situated inside Super Nintendo World in the USJ theme park, the zone will be known as Donkey Kong Country. The Japanese press release provided a more detailed launch window in Spring 2024. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

The Donkey Kong expansion zone has been teased since September 2021—half a year after Super Nintendo World officially opened in March 2021. The new announcement suggests that the new zone's launch will stay on track with the initial 2024 release window.

Donkey Kong Country will feature the Mine Cart Madness attraction, where people can get on a literal mine cart in a roller coaster ride that includes a leap over a collapsed track. Universal Studios Japan will also start selling Donkey Kong-themed merchandise at shops inside the theme park on December 6, 2023.

Once opened, the Donkey Kong zone will remain available at USJ and Super Nintendo World for the foreseeable future. Universal Studios Japan will also set up collaboration themes with My Hero Academia, Detective Conan (Case Closed), and Monster Hunter in March 2024. However, the latter titles will only appear temporarily. The Detective Conan and Monster Hunter themes will disappear at the end of June 2024, while My Hero Academia will stay for a bit longer until August 14, 2024.

The Donkey Kong Country zone will be available at Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan in Spring 2024.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 5, 2023 9:00 AM

Square Enix Restocks Kingdom Hearts Photo Albums

Square Enix has restocked the Kingdom Hearts Photo Albums based on the Memory Archive from Kingdom Hearts 3 on their official e-Store. The albums originally released in 2019 to commemorate the release of KH3.

The Kingdom Hearts Photo Albums are a book-shaped case with 20 pockets that can hold photos and postcards. The photo albums cost ¥3,300 (~$22 USD) and are available to purchase right now from the Square Enix e-Store.

Each photo album also comes with its own postcard depicting an iconic moment from the series. The "Memories" photo album is a white album with a star motif and comes with a postcard that features Sora during the events of Chain of Memories. The "Dawn" photo album is a deep royal blue color and features Riku's Keyblade, the Way to the Dawn, on the front. It comes with a postcard featuring Riku as he is shown in the "Another Side, Another Story [deep dive]" secret ending from the first Kingdom Hearts game. The "Darkness" photo album is a black album with Xehanort's Keyblade, No Name, emblazoned on the front and it comes with a postcard which depicts the Keyblade Graveyard as shown in Birth By Sleep.

Images of each Kingdom Hearts Photo Album can be viewed below:

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Square Enix recently released light-up Keyblades that emulate unlocking worlds in the series, a vinyl boxset with 36 songs from the games, two music boxes, a $2,000 chair, stylish jewelry, and Jacquard bags and backpacks.

KH3 is available to play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and the Nintendo Switch via cloud gaming. Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link is currently in development for iOS and Android, and is set to release in 2024. The iOS beta test will run until December 8, 2023. The Android beta test will begin in January 2024.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 5, 2023 1:54 PM
     Matryoshka Dolls Disney Dreamlight ValleyThese special Matryoshka Dolls spawn in various locations in Disney Dreamlight Valley, but how can you find them? They're required for unlocking Jack Skellington from the Pumpkin King Returns update. If you're struggling to spot these dolls, we can help you out. Disney Dreamlight Valley: Where to find the Matryoshka Dolls Unfortuntely, finding these dolls can get precarious due to where they appear. But since Jack Skellington is such a popular character, you should definitely go after these dolls. How you can find the Matryoshka Dolls in Disney Dreamlight Valley is quite random, due to the fact that their spawns are different for each player. Screenshot: PC Invasion Although, they aren't entirely randomized to the point where we can't point to their general directions. Most players online are explaining how they usually find these dolls in similar areas. The four Matryoshka Dolls will most likely spawn in these locations:...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 5, 2023 1:37 PM
     How to get Borealis Camo as fast as possible in Modern Warfare ZombiesBorealis is one of the most sought-after Camos in MW3 and is exclusive to Modern Warfare Zombies. It's a stunning decal, but make no mistake, you'll have to work for it. If you're struggling, let me show you how to get Borealis Camo as fast as possible in Modern Warfare Zombies. Related: Best guns to use in Modern Warfare Zombies How to get Borealis Camo in Modern Warfare Zombies Before we dive into tips, let me explain how the grind to Borealis works so we're all on the same page. Borealis is unlocked by completing every Zombies mode Camo challenge for 36 MW3 weapons.  You can view your Camo progression through the Gunsmith menu under the 'Customize' Tab. Every gun has four unique Camos that are typically unlocked by leveling the weapon up (through use) and completing menial challenges. Most challenges are simple, like killing 250 Zombies when the gun has full attachments, but they all take time. With the fo...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 5, 2023 1:31 PM
     Snowman In Monopoly Go (1)Monopoly GO has re-released Snowy Creations as a tournament, with the same rewards as before. What will you get this time? How does Snowy Creations Work in Monopoly GO? Snowy Creations is a tournament in Monopoly GO. For those joining us just in time for the festive season, tournaments are a tough competition that pits you against other active players. You'll need to earn 5 points to enter, and you'll be put in a group with 49 other active players. Snowy Creations will last until the 6th of December, so you'll have precious little time to get as high a score as you can. Your rewards are dependent on your position when the tournament ends. To get points, land on a Railway Tile and perform the following actions: Blocked Shutdown = 2 points. Successful Shutdown = 4 points. Small Heist = 4 points. Large Heist = 6 points. Bankrupt! = 8 points. Mega Heist = 12 points. Your current dice multiplier will also multipl...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 5, 2023 1:13 PM
     How To Remove Villagers In Disney Dreamlight ValleyWhile you probably know how to bring villagers into the valley in Disney Dreamlight Valley, do you know how to remove them? One of the latest updates brought the ability to get rid of unwanted villagers. If you're not happy with one of your residents, here's how to kick them out. Disney Dreamlight Valley: How to remove villagers Sometimes the valley can get quite crowded, so why not remove a villager or two? It's super easy to do and undo if you feel like reverting it. How you can remove villagers in Disney Dreamlight Valley is by selecting the character list on your map, then selecting a character to remove. Screenshot: PC Invasion Pull up your map, and look to the left side of the screen. See that purple icon showing a book with a Mickey icon? Select that, and you'll see a list of all your active villagers. Simply select any villager you wish to remove, and there it is! Related: How to unlock Valley Visi...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 5, 2023 12:59 PM
     Reckless RailwaysA new Fortnite season has begun. For as cool as all the shiny new stuff is, Vaults will be a familiar sight for players. We've got all you need to know about accessing Reckless Railway's vault in Fortnite. Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 1: How to unlock Reckless Railways Vault With these vaults, there are a bountiful number of rewards for players to unlock, and there are going to be some pre-requisite tasks you'll need to accomplish beforehand. POIs such as Reckless Railway come with a boss; in this case, it's Valeria, who can be found on the right side of the house, along with numerous guards. Players will need to eliminate Valeria, loot her Society Medallion, and then head downstairs. One here, you're just going to need to stand in front of the vault scanner, and if you have the Medallion in your inventory, the scanner should open the vault. Related: How to get the Lamborghini vehicle skin in Fortnite Credit: Epic Ga...

WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Tuesday, December 5, 2023 8:36 AM
     According to Nick Calandra of Second Wind, the company made up of former The Escapist employees, he has heard from sources that Embracer has shut down New World Interactive, the studio perhaps best known for Insurgency: Sandstorm.

WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Tuesday, December 5, 2023 8:03 AM
     Rockstar has confirmed that GTA 6 will launch on 2025 on Xbox Series S/X and PS5, confirming in the process that the next entry in their iconic series will not squeezed onto last-gen hardware.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, December 5, 2023 1:39 PM

GTA 6 Trailer: Everything We Liked

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