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Kotaku Thursday, January 4, 2024 5:30 PM

City of Heroes was a beloved MMORPG that launched in April 2004 and lasted just over eight years. In that time it won a dedicated community of players who, even after the game died, kept playing the MMO via private servers that existed in a weird legal gray area. But now, the developers behind City of Heroes have…


Kotaku Thursday, January 4, 2024 4:45 PM

Forever-in-development space sim Star Citizen might not be finished after over a decade of dev work and announcements, but it does already contain a lot of expensive ships you can buy and fly around in. And if you want all of those ships in one big DLC pack, Star Citizen has an option for you. Just be prepared to…


Kotaku Thursday, January 4, 2024 4:15 PM

If you tried to venture to your local Target for some groceries or perhaps a discounted appliance this past Wednesday, January 3, you might have noticed a massive line snaking around its brick edifice. Based on historical reasons why a huge congregation of people would wait outside a retailer in the wee hours of the…


Kotaku Thursday, January 4, 2024 3:15 PM

In October 2021, developer Eidos-Montréal, the team behind the basically-dead live-service title Marvel's Avengers, launched Guardians of the Galaxy. The single-player, third-person shooter was excellent, offering great combat, likable characters, solid puzzles, and gorgeous environments. It received generally…


Kotaku Thursday, January 4, 2024 2:45 PM

Massive Entertainment's upcoming open-world Star Wars game, Outlaws, is coming to PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S sometime in 2024. The game doesn't follow Jedi and deal with The Force, but instead will give us a look into the seedier side of life in the Star Wars universe as it follows the exploits of a…


Kotaku Thursday, January 4, 2024 2:30 PM

It's nearly three in the morning. I've been sitting in front of my TV playing a new Lego game for almost six hours. My wife is in the same room and playing the same game with me. We've completely lost track of time. When I finally realize how late it is and that we probably should go to bed, I'm somewhat surprised to…


Kotaku Thursday, January 4, 2024 11:45 AM

I wasn't sure this day would ever come: Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the once wildly popular mobile RPG in which players had to climb the Tinseltown ranks from the E-list to A-list, is shutting down. 10 years ago, this Android and iOS title dominated each store's download charts, made gamers out of regular ol' people,…


Kotaku Thursday, January 4, 2024 11:31 AM

Here's something unironically wonderful. Via a post by Larian Studios writer Rachel Quirke, we've just learned of a deeply moving tribute to a player's father that appears in the studios' award-winning RPG Baldur's Gate 3. In October 2020, a member of the Larian forums posted to thank the developer for releasing the…


Kotaku Thursday, January 4, 2024 11:15 AM

Normally, when you do something amazing like winning a tournament or beating an impossible game, you celebrate and get congratulated for your accomplishment. That was definitely true for 13-year-old Tetris master Willis "Blue Scuti" Gibson, who became the first known human to "beat" the classic NES game over the…


PCGamesN Thursday, January 4, 2024 5:20 PM
     Surreal 9/10 soulslike gets a definitive edition and free expansion

Grime isn't the kind of game I'd usually pay much attention to, but it's becoming impossible for me to ignore its unique aesthetic, boss design, challenging combat, and wicked weaponry. Clover Bite has crafted an unforgettably horrifying experience with Grime and continues to work on the Metroidvania with updates and a coming sequel. If it caught my soulslike-averse eye, it may just catch yours with the new Definitive Edition and free expansion.

PCGamesN Thursday, January 4, 2024 4:21 PM
     You can get the best MMORPG ever for 50% off now, if you're quick

Final Fantasy 14 is one of my all-time favorite games, and it's my duty to try and recruit as many new sprouts to Eorzea's whimsical world as I possibly can. If you haven't yet delved deep within the lore-driven MMO from Square Enix, there's no better time to give it a go than now as you can snag the game and all of its expansion packs for half the price. The deal won't last forever, and I genuinely believe it to be one you shouldn't miss.

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PCGamesN Thursday, January 4, 2024 3:13 PM
     Monopoly Go – All Monopoly Origins rewards

What are the Monopoly Go Monopoly Origins rewards? With a brand-new season launching with brand-new stickers, another event has begun in the online board game. As ever, the premise of the event remains the same as last, with the rewards seeing a slight shakeup to keep the grind from wearing thin. This time around, Mr Monopoly is being a little stingy with only a 10-minute High Roller event trigger, though!

Struggling to keep up with all things Monopoly Go? With multiple events kicking off every day, our dedicated Monopoly Go events page can help you to keep on top of what's going on right now and what might be coming up next. Of course, you can't complete the events without those precious dice, so our daily-updated list of the latest Monopoly Go dice links can get you there.

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PCGamesN Thursday, January 4, 2024 2:31 PM
     Silent Hill 2 and MGS 3 remake almost here, according to new teaser

Silent Hill 2 isn't here just yet, but we all want it to be. Konami's huge remake has been on our minds since we first caught its reveal back in 2022, but it isn't the only exciting re-release coming from the behemoth developer. Metal Gear Solid 3 is also underway, and both remakes have just received a possible release window thanks to Sony's teaser trailer featuring games launching in 2024.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Silent Hill 2 system requirements, The best horror games, Silent Hill 2 release date

PCGamesN Thursday, January 4, 2024 1:57 PM
     Microsoft CoPilot key brings AI to your keyboard and Windows 11 PCs

Microsoft has just announced the addition of a new key to its official keyboard designs, in the shape of the Microsoft CoPilot key. The new key will, just like the Windows key before it, bring a new range of functionality to Windows devices via a dedicated new button.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Microsoft DirectX Raytracing, Microsoft Hololens hands-on, Windows Game Mode preview

PCGamesN Thursday, January 4, 2024 1:25 PM
     Phantom Liberty resurrected Cyberpunk 2077, and the stats prove it

Cyberpunk 2077 saw a strong resurgence of interest following its DLC release in 2023. CD Projekt Red's well-crafted new expansion, Phantom Liberty, caught the eye of both longtime fans of the base game and fresh faces alike with its impressive cast featuring the likes of Idris Elba and a seriously fleshed-out story offering hours of additional content. Now that 2024 is here, the developer looks back at Cyberpunk 2077 and its success last year with some mind-boggling Phantom Liberty stats.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty review, Best Cyberpunk 2077 mods, Buy Cyberpunk 2077

PCGamesN Thursday, January 4, 2024 1:05 PM
     This Dell XPS laptop might be a dark horse for gaming on the go

Dell's XPS lineup of laptops is quite synonymous with being a reliable workhorse, but not much else. Well, 2024 looks the change this perception as the new Dell XPS lineup has been revealed just in time for CES.

We'll be heading to CES 2024 in Las Vegas to take a close look at all the exciting new tech that's on the horizon, and Dell's new XPS lineup is a sign of things to come.

PCGamesN Thursday, January 4, 2024 1:04 PM
     The most underrated action game of the decade is suddenly free

The MCU has closed the door on its gang of space superheroes, but thanks to the Epic Game Store's daily giveaway you can get Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy absolutely free. You'll have to be fast, though, as you've got just one week to claim this galactic gem.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Guardians of the Galaxy review, Upcoming PC Games, The best adventure games on PC

PCGamesN Thursday, January 4, 2024 1:18 PM
     Starfield's colossal Class M ships are now yours to build and command

Starfield ships come in many shapes and sizes, but we all know that having the biggest starship in the Settled Systems makes for great bragging rights. Typically, the gargantuan Class M ships, and the parts used to make them in Bethesda's space RPG, are kept disappointingly outside of your reach as a player unless you turn to using console commands to get your hands on them. But not any more, thanks to a helpful new Starfield ship building mod designed specifically for the giant craft.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Starfield mods, Starfield outposts, Starfield traits

PCGamesN Thursday, January 4, 2024 12:32 PM
     Path of Exile 2's skill tree has a great way to help Diablo 4 converts

Path of Exile 2 game director Jonathan Rogers says there are aspects of the game he wants to make clearer to players, including more useful tooltips to help quickly judge how new gear will affect your builds. But as the long-awaited sequel to one of the best free PC games ever shapes up to go head-to-head with Blizzard's Diablo 4 and new ARPG challenger Last Epoch, Rogers says "it's important that the game doesn't take the mystery out too early."

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best games like Diablo, Path of Exile 2 preview, Best free games

PCGamesN Thursday, January 4, 2024 12:19 PM
     Star Citizen's new ship bundle costs 800 Starfields

Star Citizen has a new ship bundle and it's eye-wateringly expensive, even by this in-development space sim's standards. How much? The Legatus 2954 pack, which contains nearly every ship in the game, will set you back a not-inconsiderable $48,000 (or 800 Starfields).

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best simulation games, Best multiplayer games, Best space games

PCGamesN Thursday, January 4, 2024 12:05 PM
     Palworld release date window, trailers, gameplay, and latest news

When is the Palworld release date? The monster-taming genre might have been popularized on Nintendo handhelds and retro home consoles, but it's enjoyed growing popularity on PC in recent years thanks to the likes of Temtem, Coromon, and Cassette Beasts. Palworld is the latest addition to this beloved niche, and it might be the strangest one yet.

Palworld is, in short, Pokémon with guns. Sure, you can be the very best, like no one ever was – but in this iteration of the creature collector, you can enforce that title with an assault rifle. If that sounds bizarre, wait until you see the assembly lines. If you're ready to get stuck into an RPG that embraces surrealism and satire with all the staple hallmarks of quintessential Pokémon PC games, then be sure to mark the Palworld release date on your calendar.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Pokémon games for PC, Best open-world games, Upcoming PC games

PCGamesN Thursday, January 4, 2024 11:41 AM
     Riot just dropped a new League of Legends champion, and he's adorable

Riot has just unveiled what appears to be a new League of Legends champion called Smolder. Tiny and scaly, but with huge ambitions, he's channeling the adorableness of Spyro, and is just as sassy.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: League of Legends Season 14, League of Legends patch 13.23, League of Legends tier list

PCGamesN Thursday, January 4, 2024 11:42 AM
     Best puzzle games on PC 2024

What are the best puzzle games on PC? Puzzle games can contain a variety of brainteasers, from classic head-scratchers to frustration-fueled problems. Whether you're looking for clever dialogue, moving narratives from rich stories, or a healthy dose of laughter with your conundrums, puzzle games are versatile enough to find a way to do it all.

This vast genre covers everything from pirate point-and-clicks to tetromino trickery and quantum physics capers. These games are so good they were even considered for our list of the best PC games. Our comprehensive list outlines the best puzzle games, including a few very familiar faces.

Continue reading Best puzzle games on PC 2024
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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, January 4, 2024 4:36 PM

Here are some specs for you: 1000W of power. 80+ Gold efficiency. Native 12VHPWR support for PCIe 5.0 graphics cards. £140. That's the spec sheet and deal price for MSI's excellent MPG A1000G power supply after a £40 discount at Amazon UK.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, January 4, 2024 4:15 PM

Lexar's NM790 is one of the best NVMe SSDs we've tested, offering excellent performance whilst keeping prices down lower than rivals like the Samsung 990 Pro or WD SN850x. Data hoarders are particularly fond of the 4TB model, which is now discounted at Scan in the UK - it's down to £204 and comes with a free NVMe heatsink, making it an awesome fit for a range of gaming PCs as well as Sony's PlayStation 5.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, January 4, 2024 3:54 PM

Super-powered MMO City Of Heroes closed down in November 2012, but in recent years it has been revived by industrious fans via privately-hosted servers. While those servers allowed caped crusaders to continue roleplaying, the caveat was that they could be shut down at any moment by the most dastardly supervillains of all: lawyers.

That should be less of an issue in future. One of those community-hosted servers, Homecoming, has been granted an official license to operate by City Of Heroes' IP owners NCSoft.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, January 4, 2024 3:04 PM

Every game is Who Framed Roger Rabbit now - or, less charitably, a metaversal hellscape where canonical integrity matters far less than providing a platform through which to sell cosmetics.

Apex Legends is the latest live service game to take the plunge with its first crossover event. It's with Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and it'll bring the Buster Sword, Aerith, and other elements from the JRPG to the battle royale on January 9th.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, January 4, 2024 2:17 PM

Over 14,000 games were released on Steam in 2023, according to according to data tracked by SteamDB. The number is nearly 2000 games more than in 2022, and continues a steady trend of growth on the digital storefront.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, January 4, 2024 1:37 PM

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy was one of 2021's biggest surprises, succeeding where Square Enix's Avengers game failed by finding an identity beyond its movie counterpart thanks to strong writing. Alas, it didn't meet Square Enix's sales expectations.

Now it's free via the Epic Games Store.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, January 4, 2024 12:58 PM

I have been bouncing off Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, partly because the new protagonist design leaves me cold, and partly because it being a 2D affair has me yearning for something closer to the 1989 Apple II original, with its finicky platforming and sword-fighting. Katharine says it's decent, however, and the latest trailers are intriguing. One is an overview of the new metroidvania's locations, of which you can read much more in Katharine's last preview. The other is a quick dive into the game's approach to accessibility, which appears to be a lot more holistic than you'll find in many games.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, January 4, 2024 11:18 AM

Korean publisher Nexon have been fined 11.6 billion won - around $8.9 million - for secretly altering the drop rates of coveted items in free-to-play MMO gacha game MapleStory. The fine, issued by the Korea Fair Trade Commission, is the largest penalty ever doled out for violation of South Korea's Act on Consumer Protection in Electronic Commerce.

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Twinfinite Thursday, January 4, 2024 5:00 PM
This year's best games are remakes (probably).

Siliconera Thursday, January 4, 2024 4:10 PM

Keiji Inafune Commits to Fantasy Life i Releasing Summer 2024

As part of the Famitsu 2024 New Year Greetings column, Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time Producer Keiji Inafune said that he will "do [his] best to improve the quality of the game" for its Summer 2024 release. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

Famitsu also revealed that Inafune's 2024 keyword is "explosion," and his aspirations for the new year involve "endless evolution and growth as a person." Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time was originally revealed on February 2023. The game will appear on the Nintendo Switch, and it was initially scheduled for a 2023 release.

However, Level-5 revealed the 2024 delay of the game on November 2023. The company later confirmed Summer 2024 as the new release window during the Level-5 Vision 2023 II Showcase. The same showcase showed some of the quality of life changes that the game will introduce compared to its predecessor, such as improvements in mobility, flexibility when changing jobs, and room customization options.

Beyond his participation in the upcoming Fantasy Life i, Keiji Inafune is a household name in the games industry, and he is well known for his involvement in the Mega Man series, the Resident Evil series, and most recently the Azure Striker Gunvolt series.

Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time will release worldwide on the Nintendo Switch in Summer 2024.

The post Keiji Inafune Commits to Fantasy Life i Releasing Summer 2024 appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, January 4, 2024 3:00 PM

Solo Leveling Anime Review isekai

If there is one major take I have about anime these days, it's the isekai genre has few fresh and intriguing ideas. Even the more unique ones either offer little enjoyment or don't seem to be worth watching. However, the Solo Leveling anime adaptation proves there is still just a bit left in the genre's tank, if the first two episodes are anything to go off of.

Solo Leveling takes place in an alternate Earth where gates open up and supernatural beasts attack. Hunters enter these gates to defeat the dungeon bosses. They have a short time limit of seven days to close the gate before the beasts will pour out and attack modern society. It feels like an interesting enough premise, if not a bit old given past isekai anime series like Gate.

The focus of the series is the main character Sung, who is an E-rank hunter. Many consider him the worst hunter in existence, but he does the job to get money for his sister and sick mother. Since everyone is stuck with their initial rank and power, it seems as though he has no hope of tackling and surviving higher-rank dungeons.


The story begins with Sung's latest mission into an E-rank dungeon alongside a dozen other hunters, including the B-rank healer Joohee and the leader Song. It doesn't take long until the premiere makes it clear how powerless Sung is against even the most basic goblins, which makes eventual developments and the things to come even more interesting.

The animation looks solid enough and the series seems to have decent action in these first two episodes, but it didn't strike me as anything too special. I noticed some inconsistencies between some of the characters' designs, but nothing is too wild. That said, it benefits from its fascinating characters and intense drama. The first episode starts a bit slow, as it introduces various characters and hints at presumably later storylines. However, the second episode is where the story truly begins to shine.


It feels like a nice mix of some of the best and most influential isekai anime series. It has the action and some of the gore from series like Goblin Slayer. On the other hand, it has some of the high stakes intensity of the early episodes of Sword Art Online. On top of that, it has a much more likable protagonist than some other entries in the genre in Sung.

Altogether, this makes for a solid watch. Of course, there are some neat surprises and twists along the way even in these first two episodes, which I feel nicely lay the foundation for what's to come. Solo Leveling's first two episodes end on a pretty high note as well, leaving the door open for what's to come later in the season.

I will admit I hadn't checked out the source material yet, but these first two episodes instantly changed that. I now understand the hype behind this Solo Leveling anime adaptation. If the first two episodes are anything to go off of, I can't wait to see where it goes from here. Hopefully, these first two episodes are just a sign of what's to come. After all, this is already one of my most anticipated anime of 2024.

Solo Leveling will begin streaming on Crunchyroll starting on January 6, 2024. Yen Press handles the light novel and manhwa.

The post Solo Leveling Kicks Off With a Riveting Isekai Start appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, January 4, 2024 2:00 PM

Xbox Series S Style Toaster Joins Xbox Series X Mini Fridge

Microsoft is continuing to run with the jokes that its consoles look like appliances by releasing an Xbox Series S toaster. It is being sold via Walmart's website for $39.99, with an estimated January 12, 2024 delivery date if someone orders on January 4, 2024. 

The toaster is designed to resemble the console exactly, as though the system was placed horizontally. It is over seven inches tall and fifteen inches wide. It contains two slots that are extra wide, so it can handle standard bread slices, waffles, pop tarts, bagels, or larger pieces like Texas toast. When used, it prints the Xbox circular logo on the toast. 

The side of the toaster features special defrost and bagel settings, for waffles or naturally bagels. There are also six settings for browning, to allow someone to determine how long something cooks. There is a handle to eject and it features a removable crumb tray for cleaning. 

Here's a closer look at it, which also features bread with the logo toasted onto it.

Note that if you get one, it must be shipped. The product page at Walmart notes that both delivery and pick up aren't available for the Xbox Series S toaster.

This comes years after the Xbox Series X fridge and mini fridge. The full-size fridge was part of a promotion. However, the mini fridge started appearing at the end of 2021.

The post Xbox Series S Style Toaster Joins Xbox Series X Mini Fridge appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, January 4, 2024 1:30 PM

Yu Suzuki Thinks Stories Like Spy x Family Could Be Good for Games

As part of the Famitsu 2024 New Year Greetings column talking to important members of the game industry, head of Ys Net Yu Suzuki said that stories like Spy x Family or The Apothecary Diaries could be good for making games. The developer also talked about his goals for the coming year. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

Yu Suzuki didn't specify or give any details on how stories like Spy x Family could help in making new games. He only suggested they could have potential.

The developer's keyphrase for 2024 is "create the type of games you want to play yourself." The developer's aspirations for the new year consist of forming a project with scriptwriters and musicians from different industries.

In 2023, Suzuki and YS Net released the previously Apple Arcade exclusive rail shooter Air Twister on home consoles and PC. Air Twister is one example of Suzuki collaborating with artists from outside the game industry, as renowned Dutch composer and multi-instrumentalist Valensia created the soundtrack of the game.

Many important names in the games industry talked to Famitsu about their intentions for the new year alongside Suzuki, including PlatinumGames co-founder Hideki Kamiya, NieR series creator Yoko Taro, Sony Head of PlayStation Indies Shuhei Yoshida, and current Silent Hill lead producer Motoi Okamoto.

The post Yu Suzuki Thinks Stories Like Spy x Family Could Be Good for Games appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, January 4, 2024 1:00 PM

Metal Gear Solid Delta First In-Game Footage Look Sony PS5 upcoming 2024 games

2024 just started, and Sony is already hyping up people for the upcoming year of PS5 games. A new trailer dropped today, showcasing the slate of 2024 games and snippets of each of them.

There are around 18 different games shown off during the trailer with a few seconds dedicated to each of them. It appears all of these games are set to release in 2024, even though a few of them like Silent Hill 2, don't have release dates quite yet. The majority of these games are set to come out during the first quarter of 2024 between January to March 2024. This means we won't have to wait too long to play most of these titles.

Here's the full "Upcoming Games in 2024" PS5 trailer:


Here is the full list of titles shown off during the brief two-minute video and their respective release dates or windows:

  • Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown: January 18, 2024
  • The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered: January 19, 2024
  • Like a Dragon Infinite Wealth: January 26, 2024
  • Tekken 8: January 26, 2024
  • Suicide Squad Kill the Justice League: February 2, 2024
  • Helldivers 2: February 8, 2024
  • Pacific Drive: February 22, 2024
  • Final Fantasy VII Rebirth: February 29, 2024
  • Dragon's Dogma 2: March 22, 2024
  • Rise of the Ronin: March 22, 2024
  • Foamstars: Early 2024
  • Concord: 2024 (no release date yet)
  • Forever Skies: 2024 (no release date yet)
  • Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater: 2024
  • The Casting of Frank Stone: 2024
  • The Plucky Squire: 2024
  • Silent Hill 2: 2024 (no release date yet)
  • Stellar Blade: 2024 (release date currently unknown)

The post PS5 Upcoming 2024 Games Trailer Shows Off Stellar Blade, Silent Hill 2, and MGS appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, January 4, 2024 12:30 PM

McDonald's Getting Sonic the Hedgehog Happy Meal Toys

McDonald's restaurants in the UK are now offering Sonic the Hedgehog Happy Meal toys. They will be available in meals until February 6, 2024.

There are 12 stories total in this collection of toys. Not all of them appear in the initial images and site. Some toys involve building Sonic on a hoverboard, there are sticker sheets, jigsaw puzzles will be available, and other items will show up. 

Here's an official image showing that item, as well as some of the flags people can pick up in-store with characters on them.

Here's the McDonald's ad for the Sonic the Hedgehog Happy Meal promotion:


McDonald's also offered a step-by-step infographic showing how to take part in the interactive element tied to this Happy Meal promotion. People can pick a character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series and go through levels to collect rings for high scores on mobile devices.

Image via McDonald's

The McDonald's Sonic the Hedgehog Happy Meal is available in the UK now until February 6, 2024. In the United States, the current toy selection involves Squishmallows. Hello Kitty Happy Meal toys recently appeared to celebrate the character's 50th anniversary in Japan.

The post McDonald's UK Getting Sonic the Hedgehog Happy Meal Toys appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, January 4, 2024 12:00 PM

Final Fantasy VII Apex Legends Trailer Shows Materia, Buster Sword, Skins

Apex Legends is getting a Final Fantasy VII Rebirth crossover event, and a new gameplay trailer shows how costume skins, Materia, and the Buster Sword will look in the game. This also means we get a better idea of how things will work and be acquired when things begin on January 9, 2024.

The trailer begins with a look at the Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, before some characters in the new skins drop in. It then shows how players can approach Hop-Ups to get different Materia. Purple Materia is shown off first in the gameplay footage, followed by Blue Materia and Red Materia. 

After that, it shows the Buster Sword R2R5. This is a Mythic cosmetic for all characters that will apparently be a part of the Event packs people can buy. It, like the Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Apex Legends costume skins, was mentioned as being available via Apex Coins in the official press release. 

As for those costumes, here are the Final Fantasy VII Rebirth skins shown in the Apex Legends trailer.

  • Crypto as Cloud
  • Horizon as Aerith
  • Newcastle as Barret
  • Valkyrie as Yuffie
  • Wattson in a Moogle hat and pink coat
  • Wraith as Tifa

Here is the full trailer for the Apex Legends event. It offers a closer look at all the cosmetics and new game elements during matches. It also ends with Wattson approaching a SOLDIER Nessie with a Buster Sword on its back.


Apex Legends is  available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC, and mobile devices. Its Final Fantasy VII Rebirth crossover event begins on January 9, 2024 and will run in-game for a limited time. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will come to the PS5 on February 29, 2024, with the exclusivity arrangement ending on May 29, 2024.

The post Final Fantasy VII Apex Legends Trailer Shows Materia, Buster Sword, Skins appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, January 4, 2024 11:30 AM

Nexon Fined for Manipulating Drop Rates

Korean game publisher Nexon is being fined 11.6 billion won, or approximately $8.85 million, for manipulating the drop rates of randomized items and loot boxes in games without informing players. This practice has apparently been affecting games like MapleStory and Bubble Fighter since 2010. [Thanks, @Citrussalt!]

According to the Korean Fair Trade Commission, Nexon had been changing the item drop rates for loot boxes and other gacha mechanics in its games, including reducing some items to a 0% chance of appearing, without disclosing these changes to players. Nexon also apparantly released a statement claiming no changes had been made, aiming to "lure customers by giving them false information". 28% of MapleStory's 560 billion won in sales came from in-game purchases in 2020.

Nexon itself has accepted the decision and apologised to it's customers, but has said it may seek to challenge the decision claiming the company was not required to reveal probability information at the time.

You can find the Korean Fair Trade Commission's official statement below, or read an English summary via the Korea Times here.


Nexon may be best known in the West for publishing games like Blue Archive, Dave the Diver and MapleStory, which had a string of anniversary events announced back in September, 2023. Nexon also publishes the mobile game Dynasty Warriors M, which launched worldwide late last year.

Nexon is being fined 11.6 billion won by the Korean Fair Trade Commission for deceptive business practices and violation of the Electronic Commerce Consumer Protection Act.

The post Nexon Fined Over $8 Million for Manipulating Item Drop Rates in Games appeared first on Siliconera.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, January 4, 2024 5:28 PM
     Destiny 2 Hierarchy Of Needs Featured ImageWhile there are energy weapons and even traditional bullet-based rifles, there is nothing like using a futuristic bow to throw arrows at your alien enemies. Here is how to get the Hierarchy of Needs Exotic combat bow in Destiny 2. Destiny 2: How to get Hierarchy of Needs The Hierarchy of Needs is an Exotic solar combat bow that arrived in Destiny 2 during Season 19, the Season of the Seraph. It is regarded as one of the best primary weapons in the game, making it a very sought-after weapon for both new and veteran Destiny 2 Guardians. Getting this weapon carries both good news and bad news. The bad news is that you will need to complete a dungeon to get it. The good news is that said dungeon is the Spire of the Watcher, considered by many one of if not the easiest dungeons to complete in the game. Image: Bungie Completing the dungeon will reward you with the Hierarchy of Needs, but if you want to collect its catalyst you will need to complete Spire...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, January 4, 2024 5:12 PM
     Destiny 2 Subjuntive Featured ImageSeasonal content for the Season of the Wish has also revitalized some weapons from the past. Here is how to get the Subjunctive submachine gun in Destiny 2. Destiny 2: How to get Subjunctive The Subjunctive legendary Arc submachine gun is one of the many weapons introduced during the Season of the Wish. It is, in fact, a seasonal weapon, meaning that to get it, you will need to complete Season of the Wish activities such as Riven's Lair or The Coil. This means that its actual drop will be randomized, but you get it through random drops, you can focus it at the Spirit of Riven on H.E.L.M., which will cost you a total of four Wish Engrams and 3000 Glimmer. You can get Wish Engrams by leveling up Spirit of Riven ranks by completing the seasonal story as well as completing daily and weekly bounties. Image: Bungie Subjunctive PVE and PVP God Roll PVEDescriptionPVPDescriptionCorkscrew RifleBalanced barrel.• Slightly increases range and stabili...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, January 4, 2024 4:26 PM
     Artifice Armor Destiny 2 Featured ImageThe armor you wear will protect and grant you several in-game bonuses. That's cute, but let's take it to the next level, shall we? Here is how to get Artifice Armor in Destiny 2. Destiny 2: How to get Artifice Armor If you're willing to engage in endgame activities, then you know that Artifice Armor pieces are one of the many rewards you will be able to collect. These pieces of armor have an extra mod skit that will provide a seasonal boost for your Guardian's stats. So, if you want to get that extra customization, you will need to complete Master Dungeons in Destiny 2. While there are several dungeons available, only four of them have a Master difficulty available for you to choose: Duality Grasp of Avarice Spire of the Watcher Warlord's Ruin Image: Bungie Each week, a different dungeon will be made fully farmable, meaning that you will need to wait for that dungeon to go into the dungeon rotation so tha...

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     Monopoly Go Origins Rewards (1)Now that the Heartfelt Holidays album has come to a close in Monopoly GO, the new album, Monopoly Origins, can begin, with a swathe of new rewards for those who fill up the sticker collections. How does the Monopoly Origins Album work in Monopoly GO? Monopoly Origins is a Sticker Album in Monopoly GO. For the next dozen weeks, you'll have to collect stickers to fill up all the sets to earn rewards. There are many sets to fill, and you'll get well-rewarded for each one, with a grand prize for completing them all! Duplicate stickers can be traded with other players for their duplicates that you don't have, so being connected to Facebook can really help with completing your album. There are 21 albums, each with nine stickers. That makes for 189 stickers to find! These stickers are sorted into rarities, from one-star to five-star, with five-star stickers being the rarest. There are also special Golden Stickers that seem to be a little...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, January 4, 2024 3:05 PM
     Monopoly Go Origins Milestone (1)The first Monopoly GO milestone event of the new season, Monopoly Origins, is out now! Let's kick this season off with a bang and get as many rewards as possible. The Monopoly Origins milestone event started at 7 pm ET on January 4, alongside the launch of the new album with the same name. it makes sense that the name-sake milestone event kicks us off, and we're off to a good start. Let's fill those collections as early as we can, shall we? Full list of Milestones and Rewards for Monopoly Origins in Monopoly GO Below is a complete list of all the rewards for the Monopoly Origins Milestone Event in Monopoly GO. Note that cash rewards vary from player to player, so I can't give any values. Milestone LevelPoints RequiredReward125Green Sticker Pack24020 Free Rolls350Cash412575 Free Rolls555Cash650Green Sticker Pack76010 minutes of Rent Frenzy8350200 Free Rolls975Cash1090Green Sticker Pack11100Cash12800400 Free Rolls13125Orange S...

Gamer Empire Thursday, January 4, 2024 1:34 PM
     Materia is an enchantment in FFXIV that allows you to increase the stats of gear pieces. This is very useful later on when you max out the level. To gain the ability to meld this materia, you first have to learn how to extract it from your items. You must complete a certain quest to […]

Gamer Empire Thursday, January 4, 2024 1:11 PM
     In Raft, a raft is your only friend in the flooded apocalyptic world. It keeps you safe from the hungry shark and provides a place to survive on the vast sea. But what if you somehow lose your raft? Is there any way to build a new raft, then? Recommended Read: What Happens When You Lose […]

WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Thursday, January 4, 2024 12:07 PM
     One of the best games of the year has found massive success, it seems. As posted on the game's official X (Twitter) page, Dave the Diver has sold 3 million copies since it launched in June of this year.

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Cyberpunk 2077 sales surpassed 25 million units sold worldwide.

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An accessibility deep dive trailer was also recently released.

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Pivotal Gamers Thursday, January 4, 2024 12:27 PM
     What's up all? We have another remarkable offer from GrabTheGames for Lords and Villeins. Their message follows. Get Lords and Villeins for FREE! A few words about Lords and Villeins Build a prosperous settlement in a unique simulation of a feudal economy – each family runs their shop, owns their goods, and trades with other villagers in a free market. You will manage the land, build h...

Pivotal Gamers Thursday, January 4, 2024 12:26 PM
     What's up folks? Giveaway Of The Day holds a new giveaway for Falco Ball Collector. Let's hear them out. Falco Ball Collector is available as a Giveaway of the day!You have limited time to download, install and register it. A few words about Falco Ball Collector Brave Hercules carries out a dangerous task given to him by Zeus. The task is to collect all the magic balls in the clouds. H...