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GamersHeroes Friday, January 5, 2024 4:49 PM

Featuring the new track "Full Moon Full Life!", get a taste of Atlus West and SEGA's Persona 3 Reload with the opening movie of the game.

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GamersHeroes Friday, January 5, 2024 1:14 PM

Ubisoft Montpellier's Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is almost here - see what is coming with the Deluxe Edition of the title with the latest trailer from the studio.

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Kotaku Friday, January 5, 2024 5:20 PM

The newest Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III and Warzone bundle includes an SMG that features a silly animation that references the annoying "Update Requires Restart" message players commonly encounter when trying to boot up either game. Just be prepared to spend $20 to get this new gun.


Kotaku Friday, January 5, 2024 4:00 PM

Have y'all seen Saltburn yet? If you haven't, Emerald Fennell's black comedy which stars Barry Keoghan and Jacob Elordi as two Oxford University students spending a summer at the titular mansion, is pretty okay to great depending on whichever scene you're talking about. Though it's not as "weird" and unsettling as you…


Kotaku Friday, January 5, 2024 3:15 PM

You might have watched the new Grand Theft Auto VI trailer a few times since it was released in December 2023. Maybe you even paused it once or twice to spot a detail. But I bet most of you haven't sat down and spent a few hours researching and writing a 1500-word report on the sunscreen seen in a one-second bit of…


Kotaku Friday, January 5, 2024 3:00 PM

Nothing is true; everything is permitted... but you can trust this list ranking Assassin's Creed games from worst to best.


Kotaku Friday, January 5, 2024 2:45 PM

Trigger warning: This post talks about child predation and sexual abuse.


Kotaku Friday, January 5, 2024 2:30 PM

If you've been eyeing (or playing) Alan Wake II lately but haven't yet played any of the other titles in Remedy Games' growing "Remedyverse" of connected stories, then you might want to take a look at the Epic Games Store right now. During its "Developer Spotlight" sale, Alan Wake Remastered, Alan Wake American…


Kotaku Friday, January 5, 2024 2:20 PM

It may be 2024, but we haven't forgotten about 2023's Anime NYC, the three-day anime convention that takes place in the same hallowed halls as New York Comic Con. Anime NYC 2023 took place in mid-November, and drew 60,000 people to the Javits Center on the west side of Manhattan. As you might expect, many of the…


Kotaku Friday, January 5, 2024 2:17 PM

Last week, Baldur's Gate 3 players on Xbox found their accounts banned when their clips of the RPG's spicy scenes were automatically uploaded publicly, as per the Xbox Series X/S' default settings. It seems developer Larian Studios has had a chat with Microsoft to get these bans lifted, but is advising that players be…


Kotaku Friday, January 5, 2024 12:30 PM

The upcoming 2D Prince of Persia reboot from Ubisoft not only looks good, but it also has excellent performance. According to Ubisoft, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown will run at 60fps on all platforms, including the Switch, and will also support 4K/120fps on some consoles, too. After a string of ugly, bad, and…


Kotaku Friday, January 5, 2024 11:45 AM

In case you forgot, controversial YouTuber Logan Paul promised to pay back millions of dollars to folks who fell victim to his NFT "game," CryptoZoo. The game—a sort of Pokémon-like where you collect, sell, and trade exotic animals on the blockchain—never really existed, though, which left the embattled content…


PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 4:12 PM
     Stunning Warcraft 2 fan remake finally launches first part of campaign

Modding team LoreCraft Designs has finally pulled off launching the first part of the campaign in its reimagined fanmade Warcraft 2 game, titled Warcraft: Chronicles of the Second War. The new part will focus on the Horde, going through the "Tides of Darkness" campaign, and can be downloaded for free by anyone who owns Warcraft 3 Reforged on PC.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 3:00 PM
     Finished Baldur's Gate 3? This 10/10 CRPG just got a surprise update

Unexpectedly, Pillars of Eternity developer Obsidian Entertainment has rolled out a patch for the classic 2015 CRPG, fixing plenty of bugs and issues plaguing the game. Longtime fans are stunned by the sudden update since it has been literal years since Pillars of Eternity received a substantial patch, and potentially, there may be more on the horizon from the developer.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 2:05 PM
     World of Warcraft to add Follower Dungeons in Seeds of Renewal patch

Follower Dungeons are finally coming to World of Warcraft, allowing players who like to go at their own pace or skip waiting for others to party up with NPCs for dungeons. Developer Activision Blizzard has recently shared details about this feature and confirmed it would be coming in the Seeds of Renewal patch on Tuesday, January 16.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 1:05 PM
     Grab 2023's best city builder and much more cheap in this big PC sale

Missed the Steam Winter Sale and its GOG counterpart? Or simply yet to quench your insatiable lust for great PC games at discount prices? In that case, I bring good news - a new PC gaming sale is a great chance to get plenty of fantastic games and snag some big savings along the way. Among the discounts up for grabs is an underrated RPG that's finally getting a sequel in 2024, the return of a beloved adventure game series, and some games to fill the gap in your heart once you've finished our 2023 Game of the Year, Baldur's Gate 3.

PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 12:56 PM
     Surgeon Simulator developer lays off one-third of staff

Following a rough year of games industry cuts, UK developer Bossa Studios is, unfortunately, next to go through the wringer. Known for developing Surgeon Simulator, the studio has laid off one-third of its staff, which affects mostly its QA and production teams.

PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 1:03 PM
     The canceled TimeSplitters reboot keeps looking better and better

With the TimeSplitters reboot all but canceled, the team behind it have been sharing its art and it's impressive to say the least. Every week brings a new TimeSplitters art dump, showcasing all the work that went into recreating this classic multiplayer FPS.

PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 12:33 PM
     Steam Deck now has thousands more games than the Nintendo Switch

The Steam Deck just hit over 13,000 playable or verified games and you can never again complain that there's nothing to play if you already own one of Valve's handheld heroes. Better still, this now outshines the Nintendo Switch library which sits at just under 11,000 games.

All of the best Steam Deck games have passed through the Valve certification process and received a rating that lets you know how it's likely to perform. As this process continues, there's no limit on how many games can be playable, infinitely boosting the value the console offers.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 12:33 PM
     Dragon's Dogma 2 release date, trailers, gameplay, story

When is the Dragon's Dogma 2 release date? If you thought Dragon's Dogma 2 was never going to happen, you were wrong. Not only has Dragon's Dogma 2 been officially confirmed, but there's already a trailer out there showing off the pawn system, a new Beastren race, new vocations, and a good old heart-stealing dragon.

Dragon's Dogma 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the original RPG game Dragon's Dogma released in 2012. Despite strong sales of the expansion pack, Dark Arisen, and several rereleases, it took Capcom ten years to confirm a follow-up sequel. Hideaki Itsuno, the original game's director, makes his return to the series after working as the director on Devil May Cry 5. Here's all the information on the Dragon's Dogma 2 release date, gameplay, and the story we've got so far.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 12:29 PM
     Viral Diablo 4 streamer calls for Blizzard to

It can take but a moment for a clip to go from zero views to millions on the internet. As the repost counter starts to whir and the likes begin to flow, the comments start to roll in. For every few positives, there's a negative, then another one, and another one. That's exactly what happened with Diablo 4 and World of Warcraft streamer Ashlyn 'Actually Arcane,' whose commentary on the game's Druid model went viral for all the right - and wrong - reasons.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 12:46 PM
     Ghostrunner meets Indiana Jones as 9/10 roguelike gets 1.0 Steam date

Phantom Abyss, a Ghostrunner-like indie where players channel their inner Indiana Jones and sprint through procedurally-generated temples with booby traps, is finally launching out of early access. It's been over two years since the game went live in early access, seeing various deep shakeups to its gameplay loop by developer Team WIBY, and it looks like Phantom Abyss is almost ready to pass the finish line.

PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 12:24 PM
     Razer Blade laptops go OLED, but these aren't the screens I want

You can expect to see a lot of world firsts at CES, such as the specifications of the new Razer Blade 16 and 18 displays. Inside the soon-to-be-refreshed gaming laptops, you can expect to find never before seen OLED panels. While this would normally be cause for excitement in my life, as a lover of all things self-emissive, I'm more concerned that the company may have axed one of the best things about last year's models.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 12:18 PM
     Best Warhammer 40K games on PC 2024

What are the best Warhammer 40K games? While Games Workshop's licensing history has been pretty sporadic on the fantasy front, the grim darkness of the far future is one place the company has consistently experimented with regarding digital adaptations.

It should be no surprise to fans that the best Warhammer 40K games ever made are from eons ago. Still, after a brief wobbly spell in the middle, we're finally getting some decent digital grimdark adaptations of the physical tabletop game that come close to the quality of those classics. Genre variety is a big thing here as we're also being treated to space games and even action-adventure RPGs. We're not here to highlight our ancient battle brothers of 40K games of yore - they've had their time in the sun. Instead, we want to highlight the best Warhammer 40K games that have been released in more recent times.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 12:02 PM
     Best Warhammer games 2024

What are the best Warhammer games in 2024? Games Workshop has a complicated history with licensing its tabletop worlds. There were some great Warhammer Fantasy strategy games back in the '90s, but the pickings have since been slim.

Thankfully, Warhammer games are getting better, and while there are more Warhammer 40K games, Warhammer Fantasy titles from the Old World and Age of Sigmar settings are improving in quality. From action-packed, turn-based RPGs to the grandest of grand strategy games, there's a modest selection worth checking out. So join us as we round up the best Warhammer fantasy games on PC.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 11:56 AM
     Minecraft ideas – inspiration for your next Minecraft build

What are some cool Minecraft build ideas? The sandbox game remains one of the best of all time over a decade on from its release, but such a long time in one game means you might be running out of ideas. We've been there: you've already built a city, a castle, or even a Wild West outpost, so what's next?

Luckily, there are plenty of unique builds, farms, and creations out there to inspire your next Minecraft project. Unlike our favorite Minecraft house ideas or Minecraft castles, for example, this list is more varied, and contains plenty of inspiration. From a stylish Minecraft Nether Portal to automated farms, from massive decorative builds to homely aquariums, these ideas can be copied directly or simply used to inspire your next Minecraft build.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 12:19 PM
     Warhammer 40k Space Marine 2 release date, story, latest news

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

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

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 11:47 AM
     Steam officially recognizes boomer shooters, so here are 6 of the best

Like it or not, 'boomer shooters' are here to stay. Steam now officially recognizes the moniker as the go-to description for the throwback FPS games, with Valve adding the term as a Steam category that developers and users can tag games with. It's a term that signifies a throwback to the heady days of classic, fast-paced shooters such as Doom, Quake, Hexen, and Heretic, typically matched with retro graphics reminiscent of the '90s and early '00s.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 11:39 AM
     The new Asus Zenbook Duo laptop is a multitasker's dream

Asus has taken to X and YouTube to tease a new laptop that it's set to reveal next week at the CES 2024 trade show and which incorporates two huge 14-inch OLED displays and a detachable keyboard. The new Asus Zenbook Duo 2024 variant will provide a load of screen real estate in the area where you'd normally expect the keyboard to sit while the keyboard is seemingly removable and can be attached to the front of the second screen.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 11:35 AM
     Forget Suicide Squad, this long-dead superhero MMORPG lives again

Remember City of Heroes? You won't find it on Steam, since this superhero MMO was shut down in 2012. But the fans (and fan servers) have been keeping it alive, and one server, City of Heroes: Homecoming has been given the nod by publisher NCSoft.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 11:32 AM
     Best Diablo 4 classes ranked

What are the best Diablo 4 classes? We've played the game for dozens of hours to bring you the ultimate guide to each Diablo 4 class and which one you should pick for your intended playstyle. We'll run through an expert analysis of the Necromancer, Rogue, Sorcerer, Barbarian, and Druid following extensive testing.

Every D4 class has a unique skill tree, allowing you to pick which abilities to use. Unlike Diablo 3, which featured set character designs, you can customize the appearance of each Diablo 4 class. As we prepare for the D4 Season 3 release date, and with hours upon hours of hands-on experience with the game - detailed in our Diablo 4 review - we share everything you need to know about the best of the five Diablo 4 classes.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 11:18 AM
     Cooler Master just revealed a PC that literally no one asked for

Of all the stories I expected to cover in 2024, the release of a giant, sneaker-shaped gaming PC that also looks like a rabbit wasn't one of them. Granted, gaming PCs designed like sneakers aren't anything new, but there is yet to be a design quite so unique as the Sneaker X Bounce from Cooler Master.

Before I get into my opinions on the Sneaker X Bounce, major credit has to be given to both Cooler Master and graffiti artist Bounce, for the originality of this design. While it won't be to everyone's tastes, it takes a lot of bravery to bring a PC like this to the market and it no doubt has an audience.

PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 12:27 PM
     Zenless Zone Zero release date estimate, trailers, and latest news

When is the Zenless Zone Zero release date? HoYoverse, the developers behind anime game juggernaut Genshin Impact, has a new gacha game to add to their stable. Described as an urban fantasy action RPG, Zenless Zone Zero follows the events and citizens of New Eridu, "the last shelter for urban civilization."

In typical HoYoverse fashion, Zenless Zone Zero boasts an extensive character roster that's in service to both its story and Zenless Zone Zero banners. ZZZ's cyberpunk city imbues the RPG with a sci-fi tone, though its fast-paced combat is more in line with Genshin Impact than Honkai Star Rail. There's already plenty to chew through ahead of the Zenless Zone Zero release date - not only do we have gameplay trailers, but our time in the Zenless Zone Zero beta can give you an early preview of what to expect at launch and beyond.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 11:12 AM
     LG's speedy OLED gaming monitors just got two times faster

The refresh rate ceiling continues to be pushed ever higher by the latest and greatest gaming monitors, and in that spirit, LG has now unveiled the world's first 27-inch 480Hz OLED panel at CES 2024. While this presents an already impressive doubling of the previously top tier 240Hz options, the company has plenty more self-emissive displays to share.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 11:06 AM
     All of new League of Legends champion Smolder's abilities

There's a new League of Legends champion in town, and he's small, but he's mighty - or, as Riot puts it, "kind of a big deal." Smolder's kit looks like it'll be pretty powerful (that Q looks especially deadly), so we've got a full rundown of what to expect when he arrives in-game.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 11:32 AM
     One of League of Legends Arcane's best characters is joining the Rift

League of Legends Arcane. There are very few things I get actively excited about in life, but Arcane is one of them. With Season 1 remaining one of my favorite TV shows of all time, Season 2 feels like it's right there, ripe for the picking. As if November couldn't come soon enough, Riot has confirmed that, to celebrate Season 2's release, we'll see one of the show's best characters debut onto Summoner's Rift - and a visual rework for an Arcane champion, too.

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PCGamesN Friday, January 5, 2024 11:02 AM
     All Project L characters and movesets

Which characters are in Project L? Unlike most fighters in the past year or so, predicting the final roster isn't as straightforward with this League of Legends spinoff. After all, there are over 140 potential candidates, and that's just the Champions that are in LoL. New faces previously unseen are already part of Project L's final character list, so it's anybody's guess who we'll see in this 2v2 fighter.

It may be quite some time before we see more on Project L, including which of the many, many Champions from the League of Legends series will make it to the fighting game spinoff. The Project L release date is quite far away, with the official name not even revealed yet, but that's not stopping us from discussing the currently revealed Project L characters and movesets.

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, January 5, 2024 3:20 PM

Baldur's Gate 3 is crammed full of memorable, moving stories. At least one of those stories extends far beyond the Forgotten Realms into the real world too, as a fan has revealed the heartfelt tribute that developers Larian included to their father - a long-time CRPG player - diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, January 5, 2024 2:01 PM

Having marked its 10 year anniversary last year, survival shooter Rust is seeing in its second decade by adding the long-awaited ability to boost your inventory with a backpack. The update will continue what developers Facepunch Studios say will be even more updates and improvements throughout 2024, even as other long-requested additions slide back to 2025 or later.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, January 5, 2024 1:46 PM

Over the Christmas holidays, I had very good intentions to finally tackle some of the big games from 2023. I still haven't played Resident Evil 4, System Shock, very much of Baldur's Gate 3 or Assassin's Creed Mirage, and I really wanted to play a bit of Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora. You know, just for a little look after the quite interesting preview I did back in October. Admittedly, I wasn't anywhere near my PC for at least one of the two weeks I had off, as I was away doing the inevitable family roulette of Christmas visiting. I also knew that, even if I had spent the whole time at home, there would be no way I'd finish or get through all of them. I knew I was sort of setting myself up to fail, but as I said. Good intentions. I did have my Steam Deck with me, after all, and even went to the trouble of loading it up with around 50 games, including some of those biggies that I have on Steam.

What did I actually end up playing though? Teeny games. Six of 'em, which were all four to six hours long. And some of them I didn't even enjoy very much! Why? Why do I do this? In some respects I'm pleased I managed to clear a bit more of my backlog, but man alive, I always fall into exactly the same trap. I play the shorties, and always leave the biggies, like I'm allergic to anything over four hours - and I don't like it.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, January 5, 2024 1:25 PM

Seemingly not content with having raised over $650 million for a game in development for over a decade without a full release date in sight, Star Citizen is now offering a new way for those with too much money to spend it: a bundle of digital ships costing £46,000.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, January 5, 2024 1:00 PM

This past Christmas marked the anniversary of me playing Overwatch 2. 7 years of my partner and I swearing at seemingly impenetrable enemy teams, then whooping in victory when we finally pull together a plan that cracks them apart - or just as our chill W+M1 game while we chat about our days.

For the uninitiated, Overwatch is a bright, colorful, and very funny team v team FPS that ditches the dour gunmen for a cast that doesn't all require raw aim skill. Spider-themed snipers and six-gun slinging cowboys share space with winged angelic healers and a talking gorilla with a Tesla cannon - characters who reward positioning and timely ability usage just as much as one's ability to click on heads. When the game went free to play and slapped a 2 on the end in 2022, it got a more muted reception, but the dev team have displayed a great willingness to experiment. In fact, there's never been a better time to give Overwatch 2 a go.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, January 5, 2024 12:53 PM

Get ready to infuriate yourself in a whole new way as you swap mistakenly opening the Windows Start Menu with an accidental keystroke for summoning an AI determined to paint you a picture. Microsoft have announced their plans to introduce a dedicated AI button to keyboards for Windows PCs, the first major change to their keyboards since the Windows key was added nearly 30 years ago.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, January 5, 2024 12:13 PM

Did we put the Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Silent Hill 2 remakes on that list of our most anticipated games of 2024? The article is so voluminous I'm not sure I have the energy to check. I get halfway down the page and feel like I need to pitch camp below one of the paragraph breaks, like a mountaineer sleeping beneath a crag in one of those dangling tents. Assuming we didn't, both have been slated for 2024 release by the PlayStation blog.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, January 5, 2024 12:08 PM

The first week of January is always one of my favourite times of the year. It's a time for making plans, setting goals, thinking about all the cool new games I'll be playing over the next 12 months (while also looking nervously at the pile of games I missed over the last 12 months and placing them very, very gingerly on the teetering and totteringly tall pile of my backlog). And, of course, making some new year's resolutions. Traditionally, I don't often set myself too many resolutions - I always give myself a reading goal (35 books is what I'm aiming for this year), for example, but the rest I usually play pretty fast and loose with - more 'nice to haves' rather than 'musts', I'd say.

This year, though, I do have a few gaming-related resolutions on my list, and in discussing them with the rest of the RPS Treehouse, it turns out we all have some games-themed goals this year. So I thought it would be fun to share them with you all below. And if you've also made some gaming resolutions for 2024, tell us about them in the comments. We can hold ourselves accountable together, like that big curtain of eldritch eyeballs up there in the header from good game Norco.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, January 5, 2024 12:00 PM

Much as I enjoyed Spellcaster University, I was surprised it was so successful. Its dependency on randomly assigning you buildings differentiated it from the kind of full management game I'd expected, and which I assumed most people would want.

Happily, I was wrong: it did fine. Happilyer still, Mind Over Magic is here (though in early access) to provide a somewhat more traditional design, and it's already compelling enough to turn my quick test into a seven hour delve.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, January 5, 2024 11:40 AM

I watched Studio Ghibli's latest film The Boy And The Heron the other day, having gone in basically blind. I knew it would be the case, but I left the cinema and said to my mate, "I don't really know what just happened but what happened was great". It was a lot of things! A visual feast. Surprisingly goofy. Unsettling. But above all, a challenge. We walked back to our cars and tried - my mate was thrilled to have identified who Dave Bautista likely voiced in the dub (we watched sub) - to unpack what we saw.

Since then, we've listened to podcasts, read interviews, and engaged in some back and forth. It's all brought me back to my uni days, where Dark Souls made me get my shovel out for the first time and mine the internet for meaning. Much like Souls, Ghibli's latest only expands as you reflect on it.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, January 5, 2024 11:29 AM

Surgeon Simulator and I Am Bread creators Bossa Studios have laid off around a third of their staff, with 19 people departing the London, UK-based independent in December due to what co-founder Henrique Olifiers has called "a perfect storm of events" - heavy competition from blockbuster games at the backend of last year, increased operating costs, and delayed funding decisions across the industry.

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Twinfinite Friday, January 5, 2024 5:00 PM
Doom and gloom be gone!

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All work by the prolific pop princess.

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Jack Frost is nipping at everyone's nose.

Siliconera Friday, January 5, 2024 4:00 PM

Yen Press Picks Up Sword Art Online: Kiss & Fly and Other Manga

Yen Press announced its first batch of new manga, light novel, and art book announcements, and among them is Sword Art Online: Kiss & Fly. This is a manga of side-stories set during the series.

The name might sound familiar. That's because this is based on Sword Art Online 22. That light novel consisted of four short stories following different characters. The two primary ones involved one with Kirito and Asuna after they just get married and Asuna after she heads into ALfheim Online.

For people who don't want to wait, Yen Press did already release the light novel that included these stories outside of Japan. That appeared in English back in June 2021

As for all of the January 2024 Yen Press manga, art book, and light novel announcements, here's what people can expect to see from the company this year.

  • Apocalypse Bringer Mynoghra by Fehu Kazuno and Yasaiko Midorihana(Manga)
  • Demons' Crest by Reki Kawahara (Light Novel)
  • Penguin Highway by Tomihiko Morimi and Keito Yano (Manga)
  • Senpai, This Can't Be Love! by Shinta Harekawa(Manga)
  • A Sinner of the Deep Sea by Akihito Tomi (Manga)
  • Sister and Giant: A Young Lady Is Reborn in Another World by Be-con (Manga)
  • Sword Art Online: Kiss & Fly by Reki Kawahara, Rico Bekko, and abec(Manga)
  • This Monster Wants to Eat Me by Sai Naekawa (Manga)
  • Visions 2023__Illustrators Book by Various Artists and compiled by Pixiv (Art Book)

There is no worldwide release window yet for Sword Art Online: Kiss & Fly or the other Yen Press acquisitions. 

The post Yen Press Picks Up Sword Art Online: Kiss & Fly and Other Manga appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, January 5, 2024 3:00 PM

Review- 8-Colors Star Guardians + Feels More Like a Puzzle than an RPG 1 (1)

8-Colors Star Guardians + is one of those games that makes you think you know what it is and how to approach it at a glance. However, this relatively short game from Andrea Demetrio and Flynns Arcade instead is more about strategy and picking the right moves even before you head into its turn-based battles.


Like any super sentai sort of series, 8-Colors Star Guardians + begins with the world in danger. Taking healthy doses of inspiration from both Sailor Moon and Power Rangers, players pick and choose characters to form a three-person squad to fight bosses while the remainder "hold down the fort." All eight monsters are attacking at once, providing an excuse for why you can choose the order in which you fight foes, and your goal is to eventually wipe them all out.

While 8-Colors Star Guardians + does rely on turn-based battles like ones plucked from party-based JRPGs, the most immediate inspiration is the Mega Man series. In this boss gauntlet, you get new abilities for characters by defeating bosses. So, for example, you need Bree's Bubble Shield ability to beat the Becue boss fight, due to the flames. So that means Bramba always needs to be beaten before that other opponent. This means that in both the first and second chapters of the campaigns, you need to pay attention to elemental weaknesses, who you can tackle, and dialogue between characters if you retreat or fall in a fight to plan.

Image via Andrea Demetrio

Speaking of which, that flavor text is how any insight about the game's world appears. 8-Colors Star Guardians + is a simplistic sort of affair that only offers hints at character dynamics in these brief segments. It's at its best when it comes to hinting at how you should proceed, I found. While some of the other quips can be funny or offer insight into how the team and Earth are surviving due to the assistance of the alien princess V'iri, some of it doesn't land well because it comes across so briefly. For example, after defeating Bramba, there are some lines bringing up Rhea's feelings toward V'iri. But because we don't really know these people, I felt it (and some other lines) did more to paint characters in a poor light due to the brevity of things, rather than feel funny or quirky.

All this means that while each battle consists of choosing attacks and abilities to survive and take down foes, it really becomes about knowing exactly what to do and when. Both the Story and Arcade modes focus on doing things in the smartest, most efficient, and fastest method. That means keeping track of the turn order, knowing what each attack does, and being certain you picked one of the correct orders to tackle each enemy. A part of me really appreciated it, because it is a challenge I know I can win if I pick wisely. However, I will admit being frustrated a few times in Story Mode when first working things out and failing when one more strong attack would have done the boss in. 

Image via Andrea Demetrio

Especially since I generally love the aesthetic. There's a minimal color scheme in play, as indicated by the title. It's also clearly inspired by NES-era games. This means character designs need to be as effective as possible while working within strict limitations, and I really appreciated that when it came to the bosses. 

8-Colors Star Guardians + is a novel indie approach to the boss-rush concept that makes players experiment and think about every move. While the humor and flavor text might not always land, the concept is an interesting approach to offering a grind-free take on RPG fights. Those who enjoy plotting out battles who have an afternoon free might want to check this budget challenge out.

8-Colors Star Guardians + will come to the Nintendo Switch on January 11, 2024. It is immediately available for PCs via Steam

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Siliconera Friday, January 5, 2024 2:30 PM

Baldur's Gate 3 Xbox Bans capture clips

Larian Studios announced that bans related to Baldur's Gate 3 capture clips on the Xbox Series X and S will be lifted. The team made an announcement through the official social media channels confirming the developer is in discussions with Microsoft to address the issue.

The bans are related to capture clips of Baldur's Gate 3 made directly through the Xbox game sharing feature. Reports began to come in of users recording explicit scenes from the game to share with friends. However, because all clips recorded through the share functions are automatically uploaded to the Xbox servers, they clashed with Microsoft's policies.

Microsoft's policies state that players must avoid harm or disruption through their profiles. This includes sharing inappropriate imagery. Because clips are uploaded automatically, any Baldur's Gate 3 scene featuring nudity or other explicit imagery is immediately shown on that user's profile. This has led to bans and suspensions from the service. Larian Director of Publishing Michael Douse previously confirmed that he'd heard about these bans. He stated that it was "annoying and uncool" and stated that the studio would be addressing the issue with Microsoft.

Based on the latest announcement, it seems these discussions were successful and players who had received bans were now seeing them lifted. A more permanent solution is on the way, with Larian and Microsoft continuing their work to address this. Until this work is complete, Larian has advised that players turn off mature content if they intend to save any clips.

As this issue is related to Xbox policies, Baldur's Gate 3 players using PS5 share functions or Steam's community features appear to be unaffected. It's the latest issue facing Xbox players of the game alongside a save game bug that Larian has provided a workaround for.

Baldur's Gate 3 is out now for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

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Siliconera Friday, January 5, 2024 2:00 PM

MSI Monster Hunter Laptop

Capcom and hardware company MSI announced a new collaboration collection of limited edition Monster Hunter themed laptops, controllers, and gaming PCs. While it is currently unknown when the products will become available, MSI promised a preview at the upcoming CES trade event starting on January 9, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The MSI collaboration range is being produced as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Monster Hunter franchise. The anniversary itself is not until March 2024, but Capcom starting building up to it with promotional art and monster popularity polls.

The items include a Crosshair 16 HX gaming notebook, an nVidia GeForce RTX 4060 graphics card, a MPG Z790 motherboard, a MAG 274QRF QD E2 monitor, a MAG E360 liquid cooling system, an MPG Gungnir 300 PC case, and a Force GC30 controller. Each item in the MSI and Monster Hunter range will be limited and decorated with the image of the iconic Rathalos.

You can see the official announcement tweet below:


And here is our first look at the Monster Hunter laptops and products for PCs:

The next installment in the Monster Hunter franchise will be Monster Hunter Wilds, which was revealed during The Game Awards 2023 ceremony. Meanwhile, MSI previously produced a Neon Genesis Evangelion PC which was the prize in a global sweepstake back in 2022.

There is currently no availability date for the MSI and Monster Hunter collaboration products, but a preview will be shown at CES 2024 in Las Vegas, beginning January 9, 2024.

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Siliconera Friday, January 5, 2024 1:30 PM

Granblue Fantasy Anime Episodes Free on YouTube Ahead of Relink

Ahead of the February 2024 debut of Granblue Fantasy Relink, Cygames made some of the Granblue Fantasy: The Animation anime episodes free to watch on YouTube. People can find them on the English and Japanese channels. 

There were two seasons of this show. The first one ran in 2017, and second followed in 2019. While there were 12 main episodes and two EX ones in the first season, only the first seven are available on YouTube for free during this promotion. The ones on the English YouTube channel feature the Japanese dub. By turning on the closed captions option, people can pick English, French, German, Portuguese, or Spanish subtitles. The Japanese channel only offers the Japanese dub and subtitle options.

Here's the full list of all seven Granblue Fantasy season 1 anime episodes temporarily available on YouTube, with direct links to each one:

  1. "Girl in Blue"
  2. "Departure"
  3. "Meet the Wind"
  4. "A Helmsman's Resolve"
  5. "The Storm Guardian"
  6. "The Veil is Lifted"
  7. "The Iron Giant"

Granblue Fantasy Relink will come to the PS4, PS5, and PC on February 1, 2024. The first seven Granblue Fantasy: The Animation episodes will be free on YouTube until February 4, 2024. The second season series is also streaming on Crunchyroll.

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Siliconera Friday, January 5, 2024 1:00 PM

Kaiju No 8: B-Side Manga Begins in Shonen Jump

The Kaiju No 8: B-Side spin-off manga series is now running in Shonen Jump. Both MangaPlus and Viz Media have the first chapter available online in English for people to read for free.

The original Kaiju No 8 series follows Kafka Hibino, a man who gains the ability to turn into the kaiju he formerly would clean up after for the government. As a result, he gains the ability to transform into one and ends up the official Defense Force alongside a coworker named Reno Ichikawa that he met cleaning up after monsters. In that storyline, Soshiro Hoshina is a supporting cast member who is also a part of the government division fighting kaiju. This new B-Side manga focuses on his swordsmanship and work with the Third Division. 

This story begins with Hoshina training with swords. After that, we see him take part in an interview about the new rookies in his division, during which he discusses Hibino. Later in the chapter, we also get to seeIchikawa, Hibino, and Hakua Igarashi in a training session with Hoshina. But once that segment is done, the first chapter seems to suggest that the rest of the series will focus on him when he first joined Third Division and started working under Mina Ashiro.

This is one of two major updates for the series Kaiju no 8 in 2024. In addition to this new spin-off manga, there's also a Production IG anime adaptation about to begin airing. It will appear on Crunchyroll in April 2024. In the series, Masaya Fukunishi will play Hibino and Kengo Kawanishi will be Soshiro Hoshina.

The first chapter of the Kaiju no 8: B-Side manga is available now, with chapter two set to appear on January 11, 2024. The original manga series is handled by Viz Media outside Japan. The anime will stream on Crunchyroll in April 2024.

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Siliconera Friday, January 5, 2024 12:00 PM

Final Fantasy XIV PC Gaming Rigs Now Available for Pre-Order

Elsa Japan in collaboration with Square Enix opened pre-orders for a series of Final Fantasy XIV PC units. The computer units include designs and motifs inspired by the popular MMORPG.

There are three different options available for purchase with high end, standard, and entry level specs. The high end computer specifications include an Intel Core i9-13900F, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080, and 64GB of DDR5 RAM. Meanwhile, the standard computer has an Intel Core i7-13700F, RTX 4070, and 32GB of DDR5 RAM. The entry level rig includes a Intel Core i5-13400F, RTX 4060, and 32GB of DDR5 RAM again.

The high end version costs 554,800 yen (or approximately $3,845,) while the standard version costs 354,800 yen (~$2,460,) and the entry level version costs 264,800 yen (~$1,835.) For orders placed during January 2024, the computers will release around early March 2024. For orders made after February 1, 2024 more information, about the release window will arrive at a later date

The new PC rigs are called the Elsa Galuda-D Final Fantasy XIV Edition. Illustrations of Hydaelyn and Zodiark are included on the sides of the PC case alongside the FFXIV logo, and Hydaelyn's line "Follow your Light" appears at the front of the PC. Additionally, the sides are transparent and show the inside of the computer, which is equipped with LED color fans. The computers are available in both white and black models.

You can take a better look at the designs here:

Elsa Japan previously released MSI Evangelion collaboration PCs, as well as PC models inspired by Hololive Vtuber Houshou Marine.

The new Final Fantasy XIV x Elsa Japan computers are available for pre-order from the Elsa Japan online store.

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Siliconera Friday, January 5, 2024 11:25 AM

Pomu Rainpuff Graduation

Vtuber Pomu Rainpuff from Nijisanji EN announced her graduation from the agency, which will hapen on January 20, 2024. She thanked her fans in the initial and discussed the announcement during her January 5, 2024 stream, which is live at the time of writing.

Nijisanji said that after her graduation, her Twitter, Youtube, and other social media accounts will be made private and the sale of her various merchandise will be ended gradually, although the company will still collect fan letters until February 20, 2024. However, during Pomu's January 5, 2024 stream, she said her videos will remain available.

Pomu debuted in 2021 as part of Nijisanji EN's first unit, LazuLight, alongside Finana Ryugu and Elira Pendragon. She is known for her streams of the Metal Gear Solid series and frequent collaborations. She will continue streaming until her graduation date and shared a schedule on her Twitter account.

You can find the official Nijisanji Announcement, as well as Pomu's comment, below:


Here is the Pomu stream which discusses her graduation from Nijisanji.


Fellow Nijisanji EN member and frequent collaborator Selen Tatsuki was also recently released from hospital following an accident. In more positive news, Nijisanji announced a new collaboration with Phantasy Star Online: New Genesis, which will feature Amamiya Kokoro, Nagao Kei, Matsukai Mao, and Yorumi Rena from the Japanese branch.

Pomu Rainpuff will graduate from the Nijisanji Vtuber agency on January 20, 2024. You can catch her remaining streams and VOD's on her Youtube channel here.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, January 5, 2024 4:16 PM
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     Best Gun Mods In Baldur's Gate 3Yep, Baldur's Gate 3 has gun mods. If you want guns in your Baldur's Gate 3 game, this guide will show you the best ones and how to install them. Top 6 gun mods in Baldur's Gate 3 I found three mod creators who have made gun mods in BG3. Palmaman33 has created four different gun mods, Anxiety the Ork has created a gunblade mod, and, my personal favorite, KiderionLykon has created a full Artificer class that features three guns. Related: Can you romance Mizora and add her as a companion in Baldur's Gate 3 (BG3)? M1911 Image: Palmaman33 via Nexus Mods The M1911 is a standard pistol that anyone proficient in crossbows can use. The legendary version deals 1d20+8 piercing damage and 1d4 Force damage. It has Improved Critical, Prey Decelerator, and Exploit Weakness buffs. Glock 19 Image: Palmaman33 via Nexus Mods The Glock 19 mod from Palmaman33 deals 1d6+5 piercing damage. It comes with a regular, uncommon...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, January 5, 2024 3:47 PM
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, January 5, 2024 5:15 PM

Dragon's Dogma II will launch on March 22, 2024

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, January 5, 2024 4:13 PM

A remake for Silent Hill 2 officially announced on October 20.

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, January 5, 2024 3:43 PM