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GamersHeroes Sunday, January 28, 2024 12:48 PM

Set to release in just a few short days, get ready for Cygames and XSEED Games' Granblue Fantasy: Relink with the launch trailer for the title.

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Kotaku Sunday, January 28, 2024 9:15 AM

It's already been eight whole years since Final Fantasy XV, and its ending still gets us all choked up just thinking about it. Read on for all things Palworldand the highly unusual tale of mobile gameLove Live! School Idol Festival 2 Miracle Live.


PCGamesN Sunday, January 28, 2024 12:22 PM
     Get seven of the best PC games ever for the price of one

You can grab up to seven of the best PC Games ever for the price of one for a few days, with options including Control, Disco Elysium, Death Stranding, and a whole lot more.

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PCGamesN Sunday, January 28, 2024 12:18 PM
     Blade Ball codes January 2024 – free skins and spins

January 28, 2024: There's another new Blade Ball code in.

What are the new Blade Ball codes? Those who want to stand out while playing this dodgeball game can splash out on new weapons, skills, and even explosive effects. To get them, though, you need coins, and there are ways to instantly get a small amount of coins to roll the dice while getting a chance to open crates and maybe pull a rare sword skin. 

There are other similar games on the Roblox platform, so be sure to get all the latest Arm Wrestle Simulator codes to get yourself ripped or learn the secret of Berry Avenue codes if you'd rather live a calmer virtual life. Here are all the latest Blade Ball codes, how to enter them, and where to find more.

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PCGamesN Sunday, January 28, 2024 11:01 AM
     Ultra stylish Steam FPS gets massive update, on sale for $4

It's not often that a game just slaps you in the face with its sounds, style, and speed, but this is exactly what the trailer for Dimensional Slaughter's new update did to me today. The fast-paced roguelike FPS looks stunning, and it's just had a massive update alongside a Steam sale that makes the already cheap game cheaper.

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PCGamesN Sunday, January 28, 2024 10:02 AM
     Gun-building Vampire Survivors style roguelike gets free Steam demo

Vampire Survivors certainly isn't short on build combinations, but new roguelike survival game Nimrods: Guncraft Survivor hopes to outgun, in a quite literal fashion, even the likes of Enter the Gungeon and Borderlands. Boasting near-limitless gun-building potential with combinations that "run into the trillions," Nimrods is set to offer a Binding of Isaac level of weird and wonderful synergies. With a free demo out now ahead of Steam Next Fest, you can play a few rounds for yourself and get a feel for what it has to offer.

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Siliconera Sunday, January 28, 2024 3:00 PM

Best Yakuza and Like a Dragon Character

The Like a Dragon (or as it was formerly known, Yakuza) series is roughly two decades old, spanning a total of nine mainline entries and several spin-offs. As the series has gained popularity internationally, players worldwide have had a chance to experience some of the most interesting characters the games have to offer. Below, we've provided a list of who we feel is the best character in the Like a Dragon (Yakuza) series!

Oh, it absolutely has to be Goro Majima. He's just such a hilarious figure, and it's amazing the range he has. The Mad Dog can be incredibly serious at times, but then we also have him popping out of garbage cans to ambush Kiryu-chan. I also will never forget his Yakuza: Dead Souls "Get to the Top" performance. — Jenni

The most obvious choice here is Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima. After all, there wouldn't be a Yakuza series without these two. However, despite playing the Yakuza franchise for over a decade now, I am going to pick Ichiban Kasuga from Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Infinite Wealth. When Like a Dragon was first announced, I was extremely skeptical about the series taking on a new protagonist. Plus Ichiban just looked goofy in that run-down suit that looked like it had been a holdover from the 80s.

What I didn't expect from Yakuza: Like a Dragon was to cry. But when I reached the final moments of that game, I bawled my eyes out. Not only was it one of the most emotional stories I've ever experienced in gaming, but the developers made me truly care about Ichiban. What can I say, as a protagonist he's just so damn likable. He wears his heart on his sleeve, and he has this aura that makes everyone want to be better - including those playing the game. And in a world that has become cruel and cynical, I find Ichiban Kasuga to be a shining light in the darkness. Okay, that might be a bit dramatic, but I genuinely think he's not only one of the best characters in Yakuza but possibly one of the best gaming characters to be created in the last twenty years. — Brent

There are so many amazing characters in the Yakuza and Like a Dragon games that it's really hard to choose the best! So I'm going to be a bit controversial here and pick a personal favorite: Tanimura. Now, I mean specifically the original version of Tanimura because I got into the series through his actor, Hiroki Narimiya. As a character, too, I thought his arc in Yakuza 4 was the best, even if it may feel closer to something from Judgment than Yakuza.

His battle style was so fun once you unlocked more Heat Actions, too! It's a shame that Tanimura will probably never return to the series, even with a new face and voice actor, because they wrapped up his whole deal so neatly in his game. On the flip side, though, he can't overstay his welcome or be shoved into another installment. — Stephanie

Despite my plethora of Yakuza merchandise featuring series protagonist Kiryu, exclusives from the SEGA Store in Japan included, my favorite character in the series is Yoshitaka Mine. Perhaps one of the most devoted and loyal characters in the franchise, he is honestly one of the best foils and mirrors of Kiryu, which makes him one of the best antagonists of the series.

Yeah, Majima is great, and Ryuji Goda from Yakuza 2 is immediately memorable due to his imposing figure and absolutely stellar design. But Mine was striking in everything he did, taking everything to an extreme that often crossed the line in a way that was truly shocking for the series at the time. (Also, you gotta love a man who loves another man so intensely that he'd do anything to keep him safe.) — Kazuma

Goro Majima used to be my favorite from Yakuza 0 through 3 (and he's still incredible), but I've recently come to love two other characters a bit more: Shun Akiyama and Kasuga Ichiban. Akiyama is such a likable guy, and I adored his character arc and weird romance in Yakuza 4 and 5. And then there's Ichiban. This guy turned me into a passionate fan of the series Yakuza: Like a Dragon with his lovable and charming personality and goofy moments. I haven't seen a video game protagonist carry their entire story better than him. — Cody

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Siliconera Sunday, January 28, 2024 12:00 PM

Volume 2 of the Tokyo Babylon Manga Tactfully Handles Violence Against Women

The first volume of the Tokyo Babylon manga involved CLAMP setting the stage with shorter stories involving Subaru and Hokuto Sumeragi and Seishiro Sakurazuka. However, it's in the second installment of Yen Press' CLAMP Premium Collection edition that even more serious situations are addressed when each of the twins deals with their own, sometimes longer than usual, tales of how they deal with violence against women.

Editor's Note: There are no spoilers for the events of the two stories in Tokyo Babylon volume 2, but it does discuss some of the nature of the violent acts against two women in the manga.

The bulk of the volume involves a case on Subaru's docket in a chapter called "Dream." A young woman was sexually assaulted by a group of young men. We see her deal with the trauma and after effects of the incident in the opening manga, then watch as she falls into an endless sleep. After four months, the Sumeragi family — meaning Subaru — is tasked with investigating the incident. Once in the hospital, he begins his analysis and ends up reaching out by heading into her dreams.

I immediately felt for Mitsuki. The fact that this happened to her, she's dealing with it on her own, these men are still lurking around her home, and she's too afraid to come forward because she's hearing about the "rumors" going around about the attack is horrifying. She's completely alone and going through something unimaginable. 

Enter Subaru. While Mitsuki doesn't explicitly give consent to him to enter, a certain supernatural situation leading up to it — which Seishiro rightfully identifies as being connected — and the fact that she is about to die if he doesn't take such drastic makes the situation understandable. Seeing the continuing pain she's going through, and the way the story plays out, hits so hard even after all these years since its original publication. And I appreciate that CLAMP's execution at the end of this first story in volume 2 of the Tokyo Babylon manga offers a glimmer of hope. 

Meanwhile, "Smile" is a shorter story that deals with another kind of violence against women that also gives us our first chance to see Hokuto on her own without being a supporting character pushing Subaru. She's out one evening having fun, gets hit on by some guys, and sees another woman being harassed and grabbed by other men. She immediately jumps in to assist the stranger, helping her get away. 

What works so well about this story, so much so that I even would say it is the stronger of the two in this volume, is because we're seeing three types of strength from Hokuto. There's her physical strength, absolutely. She isn't afraid to fight back against a group of strange men to help someone innocent and in danger. There's her mental strength. While we're constantly seeing Subaru's onmyoji abilities, this chapter allows us to see her cast a spell to protect her and her newfound friend. 

But most importantly is her emotional strength. After the woman explains her situation, both in coming to this country and the reason for the actions against her, Hokuto is open, welcoming, and genuinely cares for her. She stands by her side and offers her friendship, wanting to be close, help her, and maybe even be that lifeline this woman needs. And, once again, we get this sense of hope on CLAMP's part.

Covering violence against women in stories is difficult, and CLAMP didn't shy away from addressing the sorts of things that happen in the Tokyo Babylon manga. I feel that in doing so, it's encouraging people to talk about it, not look away when they see it happen, and encourage them to speak up and follow the examples of the Sumeragi twins to offer help and support when they can.

Volume 2 of CLAMP Premium Collection Tokyo Babylon is available now, and volume 3 of the manga will be out on May 21, 2024.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Sunday, January 28, 2024 2:24 PM
     Alo Happy Tours Yokohama Front DeskIn Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, you encounter a number of recurring events that offer big rewards. One such event is the Photo Rally, which has you snap pictures in weird locations. Here is our guide listing all Bar District Photo Rally locations in Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth. Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth – All Bar District Photo Rally locations You meet the proprietors at Alo-Happy Tours early in the campaign. The main branch, at the Waikiki location, is part of the Worldwide Market Village in Hawaii. When you get to Yokohama, there is a separate branch to visit each time you complete a tour. You can claim exciting new rewards. There are 10 locations to document in the Bar District. Related: All Honk-Honk locations in Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth Below, we're listing all 10 locations. For each location, we'll provide some brief written directions. We're also including map screenshots, plus screenshots showing you...

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Sunday, January 28, 2024 3:11 PM

iDev Games Feed Sunday, January 28, 2024 12:17 PM
     Embark on an adventure in 'Hungry Lion's Feast,' where you must master the art of rope cutting to feed a hungry lion....

Jan 28, 10:00

Kotaku Sunday, January 28, 2024 9:15 AM

It's already been eight whole years since Final Fantasy XV, and its ending still gets us all choked up just thinking about it. Read on for all things Palworldand the highly unusual tale of mobile gameLove Live! School Idol Festival 2 Miracle Live.


PCGamesN Sunday, January 28, 2024 8:04 AM
     Suicide Squad Kill The Justice League adds Denuvo DRM before launch

Anti-tamper technology Denuvo has been added to Suicide Squad Kill The Justice League according to its Steam store page. The DRM (digital rights management) technology has come under fire over the years for how it impacts a player's ability to engage with what they purchase, and now it looks like it'll be in the Suicide Squad game.

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PCGamesN Sunday, January 28, 2024 7:43 AM
     Vibrant new Metroidvania mixes Hollow Knight, Axiom Verge, and science

From Hollow Knight, Ori, and Rain World to Blasphemous 2, Grime, and Bloodstained, we're spoiled for choice when it comes to top-notch Metroidvania games on PC. Now, as we await news on the much-anticipated Silksong, another new contender gives you the chance to play its opening areas with a special prologue out now as a free game, and I'm already in love with BioGun: Clinical Trial and its distinctive concept and vibrant visuals.

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PCGamesN Sunday, January 28, 2024 7:26 AM
     New Palworld mod adds essential feature, and it's already blasting off

While Palworld's early access launch on Steam means we've got an entire roadmap of expected features on the way, there's one thing missing at launch that I didn't even realize the game needed until I saw someone make a mod for it. That mod's already started flying too, and it's an easy way to get a simple, but effective, Palworld minimap.

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PCGamesN Sunday, January 28, 2024 6:34 AM
     Imminent Diablo 4 rival Last Epoch reveals its curse-wielding Warlock

With Diablo 4 Season 3 on the ropes following an underwhelming start, rival ARPG Last Epoch probably couldn't have asked for a better opening to make the most of its imminent 1.0 launch on Steam. With Path of Exile 2 and Titan Quest 2 still some way off, the Wednesday February 21 release date seems like a perfect spot for the loot-grinding RPG to make its mark, and developer Eleventh Hour continues to build hype with the reveal of its penultimate class mastery, the Warlock, and it's a perfect fit for Necromancer fans.

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PCGamesN Sunday, January 28, 2024 5:54 AM
     Gears of War creator says Xbox would enlist him

Original Gears of War designer Cliff 'CliffyB' Bleszinski has seemingly thrown his hat in the ring to return as a consultant on the series for the last time, saying Microsoft would take him up on the offer "if they were smart." Bleszinski has been vocal about wanting to return to GoW in some capacity for quite some time, although it looks like Microsoft has left him on read.

PCGamesN Sunday, January 28, 2024 4:36 AM
     Free Monopoly Go dice links January 2024

January 28, 2024: We've added new entries to our list of free dice links.

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

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

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Sunday, January 28, 2024 5:00 AM

Sundays are for strutting around the place in your bathrobe. Let's waltz as we read the week's best writing about games and game-related things.

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Siliconera Sunday, January 28, 2024 9:00 AM

Persona 3 Theodore and Persona 5 Morgana Beanies Are Surprisingly Practical

Perhaps it's because I grew up during a time before higher-end fan merchandise and companies like Loungefly capitalizing on fandom, but I sometimes end up surprised when I'm using something tied to a series and it's genuinely good and useful. The official Atlus Persona 3 Portable Theodore and Persona 5 Morgana beanies both fall into that sort of category, as each one is well made and definitely references the games well, but they're also great go-to hats.

Both of the hats are one-size fits most items, and they're both made of acrylic. The Morgana one has a little more "to" it, due to the embroidered facial features and multiple colors stitched together. However, both are basically durable, warm beanies designed to throw on before you leave the house. The colors are right, the designs are accurate, and they're everything you'd expect from Atlus merchandise.

What I like most about these two options is how they cater to different sorts of needs. The Persona 3 Portable Theodore beanie is a more subtle way to show affinity for the series. People unfamiliar with the series and character might think it is just a blue hat with a patch. Even people who know the series might not recognize the patch, since the emblem on the character's hat in his in-game portrait is so small. 

Meanwhile, the Morgana Persona 5 beanie has more personality to it. It's immediately recognizable as the mascot from the game. Given the popularity of that particular installment, people who haven't even played but consider gaming a hobby will know it's from some title, even if they can't pick out the exact one. It's definitely a way of making a statement while staying warm or accessorizing.

Speaking of warmth, the recent weather in Illinois during this month meant I got quite a bit of practical use out of both hats while running errands or shoveling snow from the driveways of some family members. The only "downside" to the two hats is that the Morgana beanie is much warmer than the Theodore one. This means if you're picking one out to get or wear for practical purposes, you have to go with the more obvious reference. However, I will say that the Morgana one held up very well in extreme conditions (there were single digit temperatures that felt like below-zero ones here), and it also maintained its same level of quality after a washing. All of the pictures here on the "models" were taken after it'd gone through the wash twice. 

Generally speaking, both the Persona 3 Portable Theodore and Persona 5 Morgana beanies are pretty good hats. They might be more expensive than you may pay for such things, but the nods to the series will probably more than make it worth it for some people. I would say the Theodore one is better as a general-use item. The Morgana one is great for a fun, silly look, but it is so insulated and warm that I'd recommend using it during actual winter months.

The Persona 3 Portable Theodore and Persona 5 Morgana beanies are available at Shop Atlus for $29.99 and $27.99, respectively. Persona 3 Portable is available on the PS4, PS5, PSP, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. Persona 5 is on the PS3 and PS4, while its Royal version is on the PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. 

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Siliconera Sunday, January 28, 2024 5:00 AM

persona 3 reload stationery

Sun Star Stationery in Japan will release Persona 3 Reload merchandise. You'll be able to find them from late January 2024 in anime shops across Japan.

Here is the list of Persona 3 Reload stationery items you'll be able to purchase:

  • Chidori's sketchbook: 1320 JPY
  • Clear folders: 440 JPY
  • Deskmat: 3300 JPY
  • Flat case: 1870 JPY
  • Square memo pad: 660 JPY each

All of the products with the exception of Chidori's sketchbook use art from the key visuals, character cut-ins, or the Arcana designs. While you'll be able to use Chidori's sketchbook for yourself, it'll also contain an Easter egg. Inside, you'll find certain pictures that she drew throughout the story. Obviously, since this is a spoiler, those who purchase the sketchbook without any prior knowledge of Persona 3's story may want to be mindful when opening it up.

Persona 3 Reload is the remake of the base Persona 3 game, though it will contain QoL elements and additional content from FES. The story follows the unnamed protagonist who transfer to Gekkoukan High School. During his time on Tatsumi Port Island, he experiences a bizarre phenomenon called the Dark Hour, which takes place after midnight and causes people to enter coffins. Shadows appear during this time as well, which only people who can materialize their Personas can defeat. He becomes a Persona user and joins SEES, a group that investigates the Dark Hour and combats Shadows.

Persona 3 Reload will come out on February 2, 2024 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, and Windows PC via Steam. The Persona 3 Reload stationery will appear in anime stores across Japan from late January 2024.

The post Persona 3 Reload Stationery Includes Chidori's Sketchbook appeared first on Siliconera.

Pivotal Gamers Sunday, January 28, 2024 3:22 AM
     Hello all. Giveaway Of The Day is giving everyone the chance to win on Detective of Spirit World. Read on for their offering. Detective of Spirit World is available as a Giveaway of the day!You have limited time to download, install and register it. A few words about Detective of Spirit World Exclusive offer from Giveaway of the Day and ToomkyGames! No third-party advertising and browser add-ons! ...

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