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GamersHeroes Monday, February 5, 2024 1:20 PM

A free demo for Gearbox Publishing and Blackbird Interactive's Homeworld 3: War Games will be available on both Steam and the Epic Games Store starting today.

The post Homeworld 3: War Games Free Demo Available Starting Today appeared first on GamersHeroes.

GamersHeroes Monday, February 5, 2024 11:21 AM

As part of Steam Next Fest, the world of Artefacts Studio and Nacon's Crown Wars: The Black Prince will be available in the form of a demo version.

The post Crown Wars: The Black Prince Getting Steam Next Fest Demo appeared first on GamersHeroes.

Kotaku Monday, February 5, 2024 5:00 PM

The Supreme Court of Korea has ruled that a South Korean man must serve one year and six months in prison after he refused the country's mandatory military service. He had argued he was a conscientious objector, but a lower court dismissed this partially because he loves playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.


Kotaku Monday, February 5, 2024 4:30 PM

Sonic the Hedgehog 3, the third movie in the live-action adaptations, recently announced a slew of casting updates from confirming Jim Carrey's return as villain Dr. Robotnik, to Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter joining the cast. I simply cannot die before seeing the blue blur's angsty rival, Shadow the Hedgehog, on…


Kotaku Monday, February 5, 2024 4:15 PM

Apple Vision Pro, the massive tech company's foray into the VR headset space that hit stores just a few days ago, is very expensive. It's an impressive piece of tech (hence the price tag) that you can use for working from home (by virtually pinning windows all over your house—take that, return-to-office mandates!),…


Kotaku Monday, February 5, 2024 4:00 PM

As of 2013's PS4, Sony has included dedicated capture buttons on its DualShock/Dual Sense controllers to aid with saving your best clips and screenshots whenever you want. The PS5 has the same feature, which is great whether you're a content creator or just want to archive your gaming history. If you're looking to set…


Kotaku Monday, February 5, 2024 3:48 PM

After a number of high-profile leaks suggesting Xbox is looking into porting a number of first-party titles to other platforms, Phil Spencer has taken to Twitter to clear the air. The head of Xbox tells fans that they should look forward to a "business update event" next week, though he did not provide details on…


Kotaku Monday, February 5, 2024 3:30 PM
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Kotaku Monday, February 5, 2024 3:15 PM

It's taken over a decade, but Final Fantasy XIV is finally coming to Xbox in 2024. Square Enix announced on February 2 that a beta test for the Xbox Series version of the game will start on February 21 and can be accessed by players who are new to the MMO. However, the blog post announcing the beta test also contained…


Kotaku Monday, February 5, 2024 2:30 PM

Daisy Ridley is back in the Star Wars business, with Lucasfilm announcing a new movie about Rey set 15 years after Rise Of Skywalker at the Star Wars Celebration event in London over the summer, and that means she once again must take on the thankless task of being an ambassador for a franchise with some of the most…


Kotaku Monday, February 5, 2024 1:15 PM

Modern Warfare III and Warzone Season 2 drops on February 7, and with it a chunk of new content and a new battle pass. With four brand new 6v6 maps, a new War map, new guns, and much more, things ought to feel quite fresh come Wednesday. So if you're itching for some more team deathmatch action or are looking for a…


Kotaku Monday, February 5, 2024 1:00 PM

Apex Legends is celebrating its fifth anniversary in style, with major changes coming to the battle royale across the loot pool, armor system, and Legend abilities later this month. During a two-day presentation and hands-on media preview, developer Respawn also outlined extensive plans to rework Apex Legends Ranked…


Kotaku Monday, February 5, 2024 12:45 PM

Persona 3 Reload is by no means a definitive remake of the 2006 original. It's missing the Portable release's female protagonist as well as FES's epilogue The Answer (although maybe not for long). That said, Reload has a lot going for it. A graphical update, new social link content that fleshes out characters, and…


Kotaku Monday, February 5, 2024 12:15 PM

Recent reports suggest that Xbox Studios games like Starfield, Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, and Hi-Fi Rush are coming to PlayStation 5 (and Switch, in Hi-Fi Rush's case). Though some old quotes from Xbox's big boss Phil Spencer made it clear this was always a possibility, the notion that Xbox's in-house games…


Kotaku Monday, February 5, 2024 12:00 PM

On paper, Lifmunk Effigies, those green glowy statues you can find around Palworld's map, are supposed to increase your odds of capturing a Pal. The problem, however, is that multiple users are reporting not only that these don't seem to be working as advertised, but they actually seem to be making one's capture rate…


Kotaku Monday, February 5, 2024 11:15 AM

It seems like the crew of the Astral Express has been loitering around the streets of the Xianzhou Luofu forever now. To be fair, there hasn't been a new planet for Trailblazers to explore since Honkai: Star Rail's launch back in April of 2023. But after a number of updates that added new characters and side quests to…


PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 5:09 PM
     Stardew Valley becomes Cookie Clicker in relaxing new farming sim

Growing a farm and living the quiet life is great, but it's a lot of work. Even in Stardew Valley, where it's all part of a gorgeous, pixel-art tapestry, agriculture can feel daunting. Enter: Rusty's Retirement, an idle Stardew-like that automates a lot of the growing while you tap away elsewhere.

PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 4:16 PM
     Baldur's Gate 3 mod introduces new class inspired by World of Warcraft

If you enjoying being a healer but Clerics and Paladins didn't offer enough power in Baldur's Gate 3, this mod might do the trick. It introduces a Priest class, based on the spiritual healers from World of Warcraft, allowing players a more robust experience for keeping their group healthy.

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PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 3:17 PM
     Highly anticipated Diablo 4 Season 3 feature delayed,

Diablo 4 season 3 started just over a week ago, and one of the most promising features won't be arriving after all. Season of the Construct kicked off on January 23, offering lots of additions like a new boss battle, new creature, a seasonal dungeon and more. Sadly, though, the Gauntlet won't be joining this lineup as planned.

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PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 1:51 PM
     90s Resident Evil-inspired horror game has a terrifying new free demo

If you're a horror fan and Crow Country isn't on your radar, it should be. The project from SFB Games combines the atmosphere of classic Resident Evil with the aesthetics of Final Fantasy 7, and it's a match made in hell (in a good way, of course). Some months ago, a demo caught our attention, and an updated teaser has only upped the anticipation.

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PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 1:00 PM
     Enormous new 4X game from Stellaris dev is available to play now

Strategy games and historical accuracy seem to go hand in hand. Europa Universalis is perhaps the best example, or maybe Age of Empires or Crusader Kings. But what if there was a middle ground, a hybrid game that blends realism and history with the more fantastical and imaginative elements of a Stellaris or a Frostpunk? Developed by Paradox, the renowned strategy studio known for EU4, Hearts of Iron, and for publishing Cities Skylines 2, a new 4X game blends fact and fiction into something totally inventive. A possible rival to the gargantuan Civilization 6, Paradox's latest is finally playable for the first time thanks to a demo at Steam Next Fest.

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PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 12:54 PM
     All Persona 3 Reload class answers

What are the Persona 3 Reload class answers? If you're hoping the questions are the same as the ones in previous versions, then I have some bad news: they're entirely different. Don't worry; you don't need to revise too hard to get them right.

You see, we've already snuck into the faculty office in Persona 3 Reload, and would you believe it, there the class answers were, lying in one of the drawers. So, if you want to maximize your Charm social skill quickly and do well in your exams in the updated RPG game, here are all our Persona 3 Reload quiz answers so far.

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PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 12:39 PM
     MSI Claw release date leaked, and it's further away than we thought

The MSI Claw looks set to be another admirable PC gaming handheld, but whether or not it dethrones the Steam Deck OLED remains to be seen. As the first major Intel handheld, it feels as though there is more riding on the success of the Claw A1M.

On paper, the MSI Claw has the makings of one of the best PC gaming handhelds, even if it may struggle to catch up to the Steam Deck right away. Now, following a release date leak, we think we may know when we'll be getting our hands on a retail unit, but that comes with a caveat.

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PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 12:37 PM
     VR gaming continues to boom on Steam, but it's bad news for Valve

Every month there's an exciting wait to see what trends emerge in the PC gaming market via the Steam hardware survey. This month, there is very little to talk about from a traditional component aspect, but an undeniable trend has emerged within VR gaming, and Valve is on the wrong end of the outcome.

While the Valve Index is among the best VR headsets you can buy right now, there is a concerning trend within the VR share on Steam that shows players are far more interested in both the Meta Quest 3 and its predecessor.

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PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 12:38 PM
     The best survival games on PC 2024

What are the best survival games? The Steam charts are filled with all kinds of examples, including classic survival horror games and new hardcore survival sims. To help any bewildered adventurers, we've gathered together the best survival games to help you pick and choose which emergent stories and unexpected adventures to undertake.

If you've got the grit to outlast the likes of the terrifying The Long Dark or the underwater wonder of Subnautica, our picks will help steer you toward the (not so) safe pastures of the best PC games that call for you to fight for your life. Whether you like surviving the horrors of war or you're into the new breed of hunger and disease management games, get ready to endure agony and plenty of pain in these scintillating survival games.

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PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 12:34 PM
     Samsung Odyssey G9 G95SC review – OLED done right

2024 is set to be the year when the OLED gaming monitor really takes off, with dozens of new models having been announced compared to just a handful of options last year. This Samsung Odyssey G9 G95SC is one of last year's models, but it's still an astonishingly capable display.

This 49-inch Samsung OLED panel drops straight onto our best gaming monitor list as the best super wide gaming monitor we've yet tested. It's not just a pretty 5,120 x 1,440-pixel face either, as this panel can trot along at 240Hz and delivers the sort of super-fast response time we've come to expect from an OLED display, making it very capable for competitive gaming, although there are a few caveats to consider.

Note: this monitor is known by a few different model names in different regions, with the specific model reviewed being called the S49CG95S, but the generic name is the G95SC.

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PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 12:28 PM
     New Call of Duty campaign might be more Far Cry, less CoD

We're patiently waiting for more information on the next Call of Duty game, expected to arrive at some point later this year. Currently, it's believed the latest entry will be another installment in the Black Ops series developed by Raven Software and Treyarch Games, and reports are circulating about some ambitious changes.

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PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 12:26 PM
     Spine release date estimate, trailers, gameplay, and latest news

When is the Spine release date? If you're a fan of John Woo films that mix kung fu with pistols, then it's likely that Spine is on your wishlist. In the cyberpunk dystopian streets, the Tensor AI has taken over the city and is behind the authority's power via drones to suppress rebellions. Spine puts us in the role of Redline, who has a vendetta against the AI and its ruling elite and will stop at nothing to make them pay.

Gun Fu fans will likely have to wait a long time to play Spine, which is a shame since it has an appealing cyberpunk game aesthetic. This story-based action-adventure game promises a tense "movie-like experience," that takes advantage of choreography and camera techniques. That said, this is the first non-mobile project from Cypriot developer Nekki, and it's far from the only game it has revealed in recent months. With that in mind, here's everything we know about the Spine release date, trailers, and more.

PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 11:53 AM
     This awesome mini PC case was 3D printed

Armed with a modified 3D printer, PC builder Jean Roberto De lacovo created all the parts he needed to make the chassis for this stunning 3D printed PC case. It's called Piñasphere, and it features a liquid-cooled 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 APU.

Thanks to our rapidly growing PC building Facebook page, we've seen many custom gaming PCs, from mods based on existing case designs to scratch builds. You can even submit yours for consideration right here. For now though, let's find out how Jean made this stunning 3D-printed PC case.

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PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 11:52 AM
     How to access the Skull and Bones open beta

How do you play the Skull and Bones open beta? After more than a few delays, Skull and Bones has nearly arrived on our shores. Before the actual release, Skull and Bones will have an open beta where players can drift around the ocean without time restrictions, and even earn themselves some tasty loot, usable in the full game.

The Skull and Bones release date is almost here, and you don't have much time left to decide whether life on the open seas is for you. Take advantage of the Skull and Bones open beta, test out some of the most powerful Skull and Bones ships, and get some exclusive rewards to boot. Here's how to gain access to the Skull and Bones open beta.

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PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 11:00 AM
     9 of the best Steam Next Fest demos to try before it's too late

Ah, Steam Next Fest, the only recurring event throughout the year where you can kick back with a nice, cozy, relaxing simulation game and then immediately be thrust into a chaotic FPS with a twist. All of the genre skipping does emulate feelings of whiplash, but I wouldn't have it any other way. 

PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 11:22 AM
     Honkai Star Rail codes February 2024

February 1, 2024: We added the Honkai Star Rail codes from the 'It's Always Night in Penacony' livestream and removed any expired.

What are the new Honkai Star Rail codes? If you're just starting your adventure through developer HoYoverse's anime epic, you might be wondering if there are any freebies to give you a headstart. Thankfully, HoYoverse has delivered, and we've got the complete list of active Honkai Star Rail codes for you to redeem.

Honkai Star Rail codes are released periodically and typically appear in promotional livestreams ahead of major updates. These codes can net you some high-value currency, including Honkai Star Rail Stellar Jade, which you can use to pull the best characters from Honkai Star Rail banners. To save you time, we've collated all the latest HSR codes and how to redeem them in Honkai Star Rail, so be sure to check back regularly before they expire.

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PCGamesN Monday, February 5, 2024 12:45 PM
     Alone in the Dark release date, trailers, story, and gameplay

When is the Alone in the Dark release date? Survival horror has been going through a bit of a renaissance in recent years, so it's high time that we bring back the one that started it all. After a 16-year hiatus (no, we're not counting Illumination), Alone in the Dark has emerged from the shadows in the form of a rebooted reimagining, and we've got all the details on the release date, news, and story to get you up to speed.

2024's Alone in the Dark is a love letter to Frédérick Raynal's original game of the same name, which rose to critical acclaim following its release back in 1992. It's often hailed as the grandfather of survival horror, having inspired the development of Resident Evil – and, by proxy, all the survival horror games thereafter. However, the days of MS-DOS are long gone, and developer Pieces Interactive has breathed new life into this classic experience with modern-day graphical fidelity and Hollywood A-listers. Here's everything we know ahead of the Alone in the Dark release date.

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 5, 2024 4:25 PM

I don't expect anyone to buy this monitor - but I'm absolutely entranced by a $700 discount on a gaming monitor that brings it down to "just" $1800. To be fair, this is essentially two 32-inch 4K 240Hz monitors without the gap in the middle, with a Mini LED backlight that delivers 1000-nit HDR highlights, an absolute beast of a monitor... but I'm guessing that most people that can drop nearly $2000 on a monitor aren't waiting for a deals post on Rock Paper Shotgun to do so.

Still, I can dream, and this monitor is pretty cool, so let's take a closer look at this absolute bargain.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 5, 2024 4:00 PM

One of Intel's best value CPUs for gaming is even better value than usual this week, as the Core i5 12400F is down to just £125 at Amazon. That's more than £75 cheaper than the 13th and 14th-gen equivalents, which add on only meagre levels of performance, and a great price for a CPU that can use the same DDR4 or DDR5 motherboards with PCIe 5.0 support. If you're building an Intel-based gaming PC, I'd argue that this is the best budget option going!

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 5, 2024 2:07 PM

Mix the side-on colony management of Fallout Shelter with the trap-laying tower defence of Orcs Must Die, stir both together in a wizard's cauldron, and you'll end up with something not far from Artificer's Tower.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 5, 2024 1:45 PM

Moonbreaker, the unexpected collaboration between Subnautica developers Unknown Worlds and seemingly tireless human book machine Brandon Sanderson, has hit 1.0 after spending the last year in early access.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 5, 2024 1:10 PM

Apologies if I'm starting to sound like a broken record these days, but here I am, back with another edition of "Have you heard about this cool new roguelike deckbuilder?" I swear I'll find a new/another niche one of these days, but listen, Pyrene is very cool indeed, and I lost a good hour to its free demo last week on Steam. On the surface, this might look like your typical fantasy dungeon crawler, but Pyrene has some neat tricks of its own, combining its own blend of resource gathering and roguelike citybuilding with Inscryption's number-crunching battles and a dash of Foretales' card-based exploration. And it has a lovely piano soundtrack to boot, too.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 5, 2024 1:04 PM

Immensely popular sandbox game Roblox has added real-time text translation to its in-game chat, powered by AI. Its developers are already looking at applying the tech to other multilingual elements in the game, including voice chat that mimics the speaker's tone and expression.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 5, 2024 1:00 PM

The first Steam Next Fest of 2024 is officially upon us, though this year there have been so many demos going live early that you may well have played a bunch of them already without even knowing it. Still, in case you need a helping hand cutting through the many hundreds, if not thousands of free demos that are currently jostling for your eyeballs on Steam, we've put together this shortlist of recommendations to get your started.

There are 15 picks here, covering everything from citybuilders to horror games - and a lot of these are games we've never written about before, either. But, in case you are looking for demos of more well-known PC games, we've also listed some of the big obvious choices you might want to check out as well (and all the other demos we've written about over the last couple of weeks). You know, because we're nice like that. So come and join us for 15 (plus!) Next Fest demos to get you going.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 5, 2024 12:28 PM

Veteran trading card game and master of the heavily-kerned, overly-long monster name Yu-Gi-Oh! turns 25 this year. Among the card game's quarter-century celebrations during an event in the Tokyo Dome this past weekend were a number of announcements, including the reveal of a collection of classic Yu-Gi-Oh! video games headed to Steam.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 5, 2024 12:24 PM

If you'd told me back in 1999 that a rudimentary grasp of sound editing software would stand me in surprisingly good stead as a strategy game player, I'd have asked you who the hell you are and what you're doing in my house. But in the years that followed, after you'd been sent to the slammer for crashing through my window bellowing about cheap Audible subscriptions, I might have checked out games like Ghost Trick and Phantom Brigade - each sort of an exercise in placing actions on a timeline like audio layers to produce a winning composition - and thought "hey, that hysterical burglar was onto something".

I wouldn't say there's an abundance of games in which you place actions on timelines, mind you. But those that do exist are neat, as Marge Simpson would say. Take Tarnished Blood.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 5, 2024 11:27 AM

I've never been a true "Football Enjoyer". I'll weirdly get into it at certain times, like when the World Cup is on and I get suckered into the belief that, "It's actually coming home this time". But maybe I could be a football enjoyer, now that there's a roguelike out there that combines football skills with room-clearing. I'd give Footgun Underground's demo at least 90 minutes of your time.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 5, 2024 11:17 AM

Johnsto's Law states: if a game has a level editor, someone will recreate de_dust2. The iconic Counter-Strike map is, I have argued, "one of the fundamental shapes of video games". Recreating levels from other games is a mapping tradition as old as creating your house (not to be confused with MyHouse). I am delighted to see this done en masse, with a twist. A new player-made map pack for Quake offers 30 new singleplayer levels based on multiplayer levels from other games including Unreal Tournament, Valorant, Perfect Dark, and Mario Kart 64. Yes, of course it has a de_dust2.

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Siliconera Monday, February 5, 2024 5:00 PM

Unicorn Overlord Relationships

Atlus and Vanillaware shared another Unicorn Overlord trailer, this time detailing how to build relationships in the game and what sort of benefits they bring on the battlefield. This is one of several videos released ahead of the game's launch on March 8, 2024.

The rapport system will be familiar to anyone who has played the Fire Emblem games, consisting of a relationship meter that fills when characters fight together or receive gifts from Alain. Multiple characters can gain rapport at the same time by sharing a meal at a tavern, with bonus rapport earned if they like the dish. Upon reaching certain thresholds, characters will receive stat bonuses when fighting in the same unit, as well as unlock conversation scenes for you to view. The trailer rounds out by stating that the next video will focus on character growth and training.

You can watch the full Unicorn Overlord Relationships trailer via Youtube below:


As well as rapport, previous Unicorn Overlord trailers have given overviews of features like exploration, or classes and enemy types in the game. Atlus and Vanillaware have also previously mentioned the rapport system, highlighting the Rite of Covenant event that can be performed when the meter is high enough.

Unicorn Overlord is available to pre-order now, and it will release on March 8, 2024, for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch.

The post Unicorn Overlord Trailer Explains How Relationships Affect Gameplay appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, February 5, 2024 4:30 PM

FFVII Rebirth Cloud Voice Actor Discusses the Challenges of Playing Him

Square Enix shared a FFVII Rebirth interview with the Cloud voice actor Cody Christian. In some of the more notable segments, Christian brought up how challenging the recording process can be, especially as he played Cloud at different ages in this installment. He also noted, "The best thing about playing Cloud Strife… is being able to play Cloud Strife, man."

First, here's Christian's official statement on voicing Cloud at different ages throughout FFVII Rebirth and how that affected his performance.

Honestly, I had to do some actual physical changes, kind of lightening up the tone, trying to reach a higher octave. Naturally, my voice sits a little lower, so that was fun to explore.

There were two different age brackets. There was like a younger, younger cloud and then a slightly older version of that. And then the current state that I voice them in.

But outside of physically changing the voice, it was just also changing the mindset depending on where it was in the story. What had happened, what had occurred, what was his life really like, what was his relationships like? Because again, there's such a duality to the character. And as an actor, something that has excited me the most about portraying him is there's just so many sides, there's so many things acting all at once.

We see young Cloud in the village, we see Cloud beginning SOLDIER training… there's all different phases of his life. So, it's really just about understanding the context of where he's at and letting it all come from there.

As for the challenges of playing Cloud in FFVII Rebirth, Christian cited how recording means he isn't going through the script chronologically. So he needs to anticipate reactions and emotions accordingly. Here's his comment on that.

We don't record anything chronologically, so it's difficult to kind of figure out where you are in that exact moment, what has happened previously, what's about to happen next. There's a lot of like questioning, and really making sure you know where you're at.

And quite honestly, I'd say that was the most difficult process. Because, again, having had the first game come out and people not go on a rampage to try to get me out, I was like: "okay" (laughs). It was so much easier and so much more comfortable.

This is the second such interview released by Square Enix. It previously conducted a similar sort of one with Britt Baron, the voice actress behind Tifa in FFVII Remake and Rebirth.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth will come to the PS5 on February 29, 2024, with the exclusivity arrangement ending on May 29, 2024. FFVII Remake is available for the PS4, PS5, and PC, and FFVII Ever Crisis is available on the PC and mobile devices. 

The post FFVII Rebirth Cloud Voice Actor Discusses the Challenges of Playing Him  appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, February 5, 2024 4:00 PM

Honkai Impact 3rd Part 2 Release Date Set for February 2024

HoYoVerse announced a February 29, 2024 release date for Honkai Impact 3rd Part 2 7.3. It also previewed some of the things people can expect in a new trailer and opened pre-registration at the official site

As a reminder, when this new launch of Honkai Impact 3rd occurs, it will take players to Mars for Mars Crisis. The new stars and playable characters will be Senadina, from the Sea of Data, Earth's Erdos Helia, and a young woman from Earth with ears and a tail named Coralie 6626 Planck. Pre-registering gets people a Warm-Up Bundle with an Anchoring the Past and Present Memorial Ribbon, a bundle of Growth Materials for characters, a Voyage to the Future Memorial Emblem, and entries into raffles for an Apple Vision Pro, Nintendo Switch, and other electronics. 

Once 7.3 arrives, there are also a handful of celebratory bonuses to get. Everyone can get a Coralie character card, recommended weapon, stigma set, and 10 Focused Supply Cards. You also get to choose one S-rank Battlesuit as a bonus gift. Three of the ones shown as option sare Dea Anchora, Fallen Rosemary, and Herrscher of Thunder. 

Here's the preview for 7.3. It first shows the new area and some of the new characters we'll see in the game. After that, it shows the three of them in battle. 


Honkai Impact 3rd is available for the PC and mobile devices, and the Part 2 version 7.3 release date is February 29, 2024. 7.2 debuted back in January 2024.

The post Version 7. 3 Honkai Impact 3rd Part 2 Release Date Set appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, February 5, 2024 3:30 PM

Vtuber Dokibird Returning to Celebrate Lunar New Year With Fans

Independent Vtuber Dokibird announced that she will return to streaming on February 7, 2024 to celebrate the Lunar New Year with fans. She also issued a number of statements on social media explaining her absence and expressing her thanks to people. 

Ahead of Dokibird's return, she shared an announcement explaining her absence. In the first written statement, she discussed her hospitalization and announced her return.


Following that, she also released two voice tweets further going into the situation. Here's the first one, which explained how she learned about the situation. During it, she also thanked her community and fans. 


The second of the two messages is a shorter one, urging her followers to be happy going into the new year.


The placeholder is already live for the Dokibird February 7, 2024 return stream for Lunar New Year. That will begin at 5pm PT/8pm ET. She didn't explain how she intends to celebrate the holiday and what her return stream will involve. 


Dokibird previously was an independent Vtuber known for her gaming and art. She graduated back in May 2021. Back in January 2024, she started to become more active again and started taking emote commissions. Now she'll properly return to streaming this week.

The post Vtuber Dokibird Returning to Celebrate Lunar New Year With Fans appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, February 5, 2024 3:00 PM

Square Enix 2023 Financial Results Show Continued Sales Increase, Profit Decline

Square Enix has released their Consolidated Financial Results for the nine-month period of April 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023 of the 2024 financial year. As seen in their previous 1st quarter and half year reports, Square Enix has continued to see an increase in sales but a decline in profits due to an increase in development and advertisement costs. [Thanks, gamebiz!]

The report states that Square Enix is continuing to make efforts to "strengthen the competitiveness and profitability" of the various arms of the company including Digital Entertainment, Amusement, Publication, and Merchandising. The company reported ¥257,612 million in net sales during the nine-month period ending December 31, 2023. This is an increase of 0.8% from the company's prior fiscal year during the same period of time. Square Enix also reported a 15.5% decrease in its operating income which totaled ¥34,918 million.

Square Enix's Digital Entertainment segment reported an increase in sales over the previous fiscal year during the same nine-month period due to the release of Final Fantasy XVI, Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster, and Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince. The MMO segment saw a decrease in net sales compared to last year. Games for Smart Devices/PC Browser saw a decrease in net sales as new games like Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis and Dragon Quest Champions were unable to compensate for the decrease in performance for existing titles. Overall, the Digital Entertainment segment of Square Enix totaled ¥179,654 million in net sales, which is a 2.6% decrease from the prior fiscal year. The Digital Entertainment segment had an operating income of ¥30,715 million, which is a 20.7% decrease from the prior fiscal year.

The Amusement, Publication, and Merchandising segments of Square Enix all saw an increase in net sales and operating income during the nine-month period. Amusement totaled ¥44,858 million in net sales, which is an increase of 9.7% from last year, and ¥5,488 million in operating income, marking a 33.8% increase from last year. Publication saw a net sales increase of ¥22,745 million, which is a 7.9% increase from the last fiscal year, and ¥8,929 million in operating income which is a 6.8% from last year. Square Enix attributes this increase to the growth of print and digital sales of their comic books, and also due to the success of the anime adaption of The Apothecary Diaries. Merchandising saw a net sales increase of 4.4%, which totaled ¥12,429 million. The Merchandising segment also had an increase of 10.7% for its operating income totaling ¥3,210 million. This is in part due to a rise in sales of new merchandise from popular key franchises from Square Enix.

Square Enix has multiple mobile launches planned for the future, and also highlighted their upcoming releases including Foamstars, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail, and the new expansion for Dragon Quest X.

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Siliconera Monday, February 5, 2024 2:30 PM

Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis Flower Girl Aerith Gets Floral Wand

Square Enix announced a new Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis wand weapon and piece of gear for Aerith. Rather than continuing the Valentine's Day initiative, this is a more fantasy-themed set.

The highlighted weapon this time is the Floral Wand. It's a five-star piece of equipment. It both deals damage and debuffs a single enemy with its C. Ability Floral Flare. That deals 420% non-elemental physical damage, while also reducing physical defense. If Aerith's health is above half, she'll also lower the enemy's resistance to wind-based attacks. 

As for the new gear, that's the Floral Gown. Square Enix didn't detail what its specific abilities are. However, if people get these kinds of pieces of gear via the Stamp Card, they tend to boost stats and provide other bonuses.

The last new items added to Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis were for Tifa and Yuffie. The former's was a pair of Oven Mitts that could be earned from the event and are a weapon. The latter got a Diner Tray weapon and Sparkling Skater gear from a themed banner.

Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is available for the PC and mobile devices, and the Floral Wand and Gown for Aerith are available via the new banner until February 18, 2024. 

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Siliconera Monday, February 5, 2024 2:00 PM

Fate/Samurai Remnant Gilgamesh DLC

The first DLC for Koei Tecmo and Omega Force's Fate/Samurai Remnant is set to launch on February 9, 2024, unleashing Gilgamesh and his Keian Command Championship on the masters of Edo. The DLC was originally announced back in late December 2023.

Gilgamesh is a staple in the Fate franchise and shows up as a supporting character in Fate/Samurai Remnant, though he first appeared all the way back in the original Fate/Stay Night. Details are light on the new DLC, but what we do know is that the King of Heroes is holding a tournament of his own and will be compelling the masters and servants of the Waxing Moon ritual to take part. A certain amount of story progress will be required to play the DLC, but how much exactly is unknown.

The DLC is the first of 3 included with the game's season pass, with the other two expected in July and September 2024. The season pass is also included with the game's deluxe edition, although Koei Tecmo stated that the DLC episodes will be available for purchase individually at a later date, minus the season pass bonuses.

Back in January 2024, Koei Tecmo released a Fate/Samurai Remnant demo version allowing players to try the introductory segment before buying. Around the same time, mobile game Fate/Grand Order made Samurai Remnant's playable Saber available to pull for in its servant gacha.

The Record's Fragment: Keian Command Championship DLC pack for Fate/Samurai Remnant featuring Gilgamesh, will launch on February 9, 2024. The game itself is readily available on the PC, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch.

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Siliconera Monday, February 5, 2024 1:00 PM

Konosuba: Love for These Clothes of Desire is Humorous and Raunchy

Imagine you are reborn into a world as an adventurer and end up forming a party with a dumb goddess who drinks too much, an explosion-happy wizard who complains about being flat-chested, and a noble warrior who gets turned on by the idea of being eaten by monsters. What sort of hijinks would you think you'd end up stumbling into while adventuring with an eccentric party like that? Konosuba: Love for These Clothes of Desire answers that question by giving Konosuba fans a wacky dress-up visual novel filled with sexy, salacious outfits to dress the Konosuba women in, producing some interesting storylines that range from humorous to straight up raunchy. 

Konosuba: Love for These Clothes of Desire is technically a loose sequel to the Japan-only game titled Konosuba: Judgment on this Greedy Game released in 2017, but works just fine as a standalone game that can be enjoyed by fans. While on the road, Kazuma, Megumin, Aqua, and Darkness—the main characters of Konosuba—happen to stumble across a strange black slab that has some sort of illegible text on it. The party discovers that the black slab can create clothing by using ingredients and materials. They also, unfortunately, discover it is cursed to awaken the opposite desire within a person, and the curse can only be lifted by fulfilling the physical and mental components of their new desire. The longer the curse remains on its unassuming target, the more permanent the change becomes until their original desire is replaced with the new one. To add fuel to the fire, the party also discovers that the slab was stolen from a nobleman who accuses them of its theft, leaving Kazuma, Megumin, Aqua, and Darkness to be forced to fulfill the nobleman's demands for strange outfits as they try to prove their innocence and save each party members from the curse of the black slab.

People who have engaged with the anime, manga, or light novels within the Konosuba series will be familiar with the cast present in the game and their personality types. The first person to be affected by the curse is Darkness who goes from being a masochist seeking humiliation from others around her to a sadist who thrives on the humiliation of others. The second person affected is Megumin, who goes from being envious of women with large boobs to embracing her existence as a flat-chested lolita. Aqua finds herself the third victim of the black slab's curse, making her go from being selfish and hedonistic to selfless like a proper goddess, although she still loves her bubbly. 

In order to cure the party from their curse and save them from death by order of the nobleman, they all must go out on quests to collect items in order to craft a variety of sexy and suggestive outfits. There are also bonus outfits that can be made which unlocks additional storylines and increases the relationships between Kazuma and the three woman in his party as well and familiar supporting characters from the Konosuba series including Sena, Chris, Wiz, and Yunyun.

The game combines visual novel storytelling and task management in order to create clothing so players can progress through the wacky story of Konosuba: Love for These Clothes of Desire. Players are given a certain amount of days to go on quests or complete part-time jobs in order to fulfill the nobleman's outfit request. Every five days operates a bit like this: three days are blocked off for players to select tasks in order to collect materials. Sometimes certain tasks will trigger story scenes that range from being extremely humorous to just plain uncomfortable depending on your tolerance for sexual innuendos and content.

After the schedule is run for this three days, players will get the chance to watch a scene in different locations that gives them the chance to increase Kazuma's relationship with one of the seven women. The fifth day is when players can shop for additional materials to use in outfit crafting and actually craft the outfits. The cycle continues until the player creates the main story outfits or runs out of days to create the outfits. 

It requires some good time management to make sure the necessary materials are being collected from part-time jobs and quests, not to mention the fact there are so many additional outfits that can be crafted that aren't a part of the main storyline but can influence which ending the player gets for Kazuma. Thankfully, Konosuba: Love for These Clothes of Desire is pretty fast so players can play through many different endings without feeling pressured to complete them on their first playthrough. Somehow I managed to make outfits for mainly Yunyun, which gave me her ending when I completed my first playthrough, although I had been mainly aiming for an ending with Aqua.

I found the time management aspect of this game to be rather creative and a nice way to make the game more interactive since players will need to actively manage their items and prioritize certain outfits before running out of time in each chapter to complete the main story outfits. Also, the game actively rewards mediocrity by showing unique events if you have Megumin, Aqua, and Darkness complete part-time jobs they dislike. 

While not being the exact demographic for this game as I've never watched more than a handful of episodes of Konosuba, I did find some moments where I laughed at the ridiculous situations Kazuma, Megumin, Aqua, and Darkness would end up in—many of which were almost always a consequence of their own foolish actions. Konosuba: Love for These Clothes of Desire is also extremely suggestive and is unashamed about it, which is in line with series as a whole, although I found the anime to be a bit more ironic about its sexual innuendos and raunchiness. The game still features the self-awareness present in the series, but some of the scenes that occur after a bonus outfit is given to one of the seven women feels like it is played pretty straight. For example, dressing Yunyun in a school girl uniform during a rainy day allows Kazuma to see through her clothes, and there is honestly nothing funny about it nor does it provide any meta commentary that I would expect from Konosuba. Of course, this game is filled to the brim with titilating outfits and moments, but even as somebody who has little experience with the anime, I expected these sorts of moments to at least have some kind of humorous payoff while still being provocative in the way Konosuba is known to be. 

For people who love the raunchiness of the Konosuba series, there is plenty of that to find in Konosuba: Love for These Clothes of Desire, but if players were looking for something that attempts to subvert the genre when Megumin, Aqua, or Darkness are dressed in a swimsuit or maid outfit, then they probably won't find that here. This game is fanservice through and through, but it does have plenty of funny moments that will make fans want to see the game through to the end, especially if they can unlock an ending featuring their favorite character. 

Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Love for These Clothes of Desire will release for the PC via Steam, PS4 and Nintendo Switch on February 8, 2024.

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Siliconera Monday, February 5, 2024 12:00 PM

New Honkai: Star Rail Black Swan Trailer and Fan Art Contest Arrive

Ahead of the 2.0 Honkai: Star Rail launch, HoYoVerse shared a new Black Swan trailer and announced a fan art contest. The trailer shows her alongside the Trailblazer Stelle and in battle, while the fan art contest runs until February 29, 2024 and offers a chance to earn money and Stellar Jades.

First, here's the new Black Swan Honkai: Star Rail trailer. It features Stelle being chased by an enemy in the Dreamscape. It is there that she runs into Black Swan and hears her discussion of memories.


As for the Honkai: Star Rail fan art contest for Black Swan, that runs until February 29, 2024, with people able to enter on social media with the #BlackSwan and #FanArtContest tags and on HoYoLab via posts. You need to include your name, your art, a description, and in-progress pictures to show you did it. They will be judged between March 1-13, 2024, and then the winners will be announced between March 13-20, 2024. The lone first prize winner gets $500 and 3,000 Stellar Jades. The three second place winners get 1,000 Stellar Jades and $200. Five folks in third place get $100 and 500 Stellar Jades. Finally, 10 people will be Lucky Prize Winners and get an acrylic character stand, keychain, and pin of Black Swan.

There's one more showcase for the game ahead of the 2.0 launch on February 6, 2024. The "It's Always Night in Penacony" presentation will appear at 5pm PT/8pm ET on February 5, 2024. That will offer more insight into new characters like Black Swan. 

Honkai: Star Rail is available for the PS5, PC, and mobile devices, and the 2.0 update arrives on February 6, 2024. 

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, February 5, 2024 5:30 PM
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