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GamersHeroes Wednesday, March 6, 2024 5:32 PM

Submissions for the Enshrouded Architects of Wonder Building Contest will close tomorrow, March 7.

The post Enshrouded Architects of Wonder Building Contest Ending Tomorrow appeared first on GamersHeroes.

GamersHeroes Wednesday, March 6, 2024 1:42 PM

Previously released for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, the world of Sucker Punch and PlayStation Studios' Ghost of Tsushima will make its way to the PC on May 16, courtesy of Nixxes Software.

The post Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut Coming to PC May 16 appeared first on GamersHeroes.

GamersHeroes Wednesday, March 6, 2024 1:24 PM

The latest update to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Zombies introduces a brand new rift that requires three relics to activate: the Drum, a mirror, and a hand or fist icon. In this guide we'll tell you how to find the first relic, the Drum.

The post Where To Find The Drum Relic In COD MW Zombies appeared first on GamersHeroes.

Kotaku Wednesday, March 6, 2024 5:15 PM

Balatro was recently in the news after some versions of the game were removed from digital stores due to a ratings kerfuffle that is still ongoing. However, that setback hasn't stopped the popular roguelike deck-builder from selling more than 500,000 copies across all platforms in under two weeks.


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Kotaku Wednesday, March 6, 2024 4:40 PM

Updated: 3/6/2024, 4:40 p.m. ET:Washington Post reporter Gene Park has amended his interview with FF7 Rebirth producer Yoshinori Kitase to state that only the first two games in the trilogy are confirmed to be PlayStation console exclusives. "It was a mistake on my part to write the sentence like that. The entire…


Kotaku Wednesday, March 6, 2024 4:30 PM

Dragon's Dogma 2, Capcom's upcoming open-world fantasy RPG, is looking like it's gonna be something special. And while you might expect a game with swords, mages, dragons, and other high-fantasy concepts to be inspired by something like Dungeons and Dragons or Lord of the Rings, the game's director cited a very…


Kotaku Wednesday, March 6, 2024 4:00 PM

Today is March 6, 2024, and that means it is the 12th anniversary of the release of BioWare's epic RPG, Mass Effect 3. The finale in the blockbuster trilogy is still, to this day, considered one of the most important in video games—not because it was beloved, but because it was incredibly divisive. Fans claimed the…


Kotaku Wednesday, March 6, 2024 3:30 PM

It turns out that Persona 3 Reload, a remake of the original game released earlier this year, will be getting its much-requested DLC "The Answer" after all. As part of today's Xbox Partner Preview, Atlus announced that the DLC, called "Episode Aigis," is releasing in September as part of Persona 3 Reload's expansion…


Kotaku Wednesday, March 6, 2024 2:45 PM

Everyone's favorite out-of-pocket basketball uncle, Stephen A. Smith, knows Fortnite better than you might think. At least, that's what can be gleaned from a breakout clip of his YouTube program, The Stephen A. Smith Show, that's making the rounds today.


Kotaku Wednesday, March 6, 2024 2:00 PM

Rooster Teeth, a Warner Bros. Discovery Global Streaming & Interactive Entertainment subsidiary, is ending operations after 20+ years. The news was announced on March 6 in a company memo and blog post on the digital content creator's site.


Kotaku Wednesday, March 6, 2024 1:45 PM

Xbox held a Partner Preview showcase today, which put spotlight on a handful of third-party games coming to Xbox Series X|S. If you missed the show and want to watch the 30-minute presentation, you can check out the full video below. If you just want to know the highlights, click through to see them all.


Kotaku Wednesday, March 6, 2024 1:30 PM

A new way to play 2020's fantastic roguelike Hades is coming soon, but it might not be exactly what you were expecting. Streaming giant Netflix announced on March 5 that Supergiant Games' Greek action adventure will hit iOS devices on March 19. However, you'll need an active Netflix subscription to escape these gates…


Kotaku Wednesday, March 6, 2024 1:15 PM

The internet is obsessed with South American beer ads that were sneakily edited into Star Wars movies in the early 2000s, and has started sticking the beverage's infectious jingle into other famous films. If you've been wondering why your timeline is covered in Cerveza Cristal jokes, here's why.


Kotaku Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:45 PM

Sweet Baby Inc. is not the largest narrative design company in the games industry. Nor is it solely responsible for the characters and stories in recent high-profile releases like Alan Wake 2, God of War Ragnarok, and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. But good luck telling some gamers that.


Kotaku Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:15 PM

On Saturday, Formula 1 will race in Saudi Arabia on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit for the fourth time. It's officially the longest track in the calendar and boasts the most corners of any circuit in F1, but it's not the only ridiculous location that F1 could race in the kingdom. Now, race promoters in the region have…


Kotaku Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:00 PM

On a snowy Christmas Eve, rookie cop Aya Brea attends the opera at Carnegie Hall. In the middle of the performance, while the star performs a haunting aria, the theater and people within it burst into flames. Screams and crackling wood form a symphony with the still-singing star. This is how Parasite Eve opens. It's…


Kotaku Wednesday, March 6, 2024 11:30 AM

FromSoftware's award-winning 2022 RPG Elden Ring is full of secrets. Its most evocative ones are hidden in environmental details and item descriptions, and when they're discovered they offer information about The Lands Between's characters and lore. Apparently, one of those secrets may have been alluding to the game's…


Kotaku Wednesday, March 6, 2024 11:15 AM

While the experience of seeing Dune: Part Two in theaters has been compared to the release of The Two Towers or even TheReturn Of The King, Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi epic differs from its predecessors in a major way. (It's not just all that sand.) Don't expect your post-home-release, five-hour Part One and Part Two ma…


PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 5:57 PM
     The best free PC games

What are the best free PC games? Whether you're broke or just frugal, free is a price point that appeals to everybody's purse. No matter your genre of choice, it turns out that zero can buy you quite a lot in the F2P game world, and even beloved classics are available at the steepest possible discount.

We've collated the top free games on PC that are guaranteed to deliver a near-endless stream of complementary entertainment. All you need to spend is your time. From cultural landmarks like Fortnite to all-time greats like Team Fortress 2, some entries on this list can easily make our list of the best PC games of all time. In no particular order, here are the best free games on PC.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 3:41 PM
     9/10 survival horror game trends on Steam after major 1.0 update

The Outlast Trials is drawing in vast numbers of sickos (we say that endearingly) on PC after the release of its 1.0 update; publisher and developer Red Barrels' psychological horror game that takes inspiration from torture porn mainstays like the Saw franchise is trending on Steam Charts.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 2:30 PM
     New Baldur's Gate 3 mod lets you play as an X-Men Mutant class

One of the best parts of playing Baldur's Gate 3 on PC is all the mods. Whether you want to add classes, play an undead race, or add new hairstyles, there's a thriving online community devoted to Larian's ambitious Dungeons and Dragons game. And one of the latest mods is a creative one that'll be a hit with Marvel fans. Thanks to somd3v on Nexus Mods, you can now play as a Mutant class from the X-Men franchise.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 2:00 PM
     One of the most wanted strategy games of 2024 now has a release date

2024 is going to be the year of road building. It's the year of wood chopping, war-making, and new legislation passing. Between Millennia, Ara History Untold, Manor Lords, and a slew of others, there are so many fantastic new strategy games coming that it's hard to imagine a moment away from the PC. Even when I'm not actively playing, I'm going to be thinking about how to maximize production, or which ocean it's best to launch an attack from next. Solium Infernum already blew me away. Now, Frostpunk 2 is officially imminently inbound, with a full release date finally set and a vital update on Steam. A sequel to the brutal, snowbound original, and headed to Game Pass on day one, this is set to become one of 2024's must-plays.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 2:00 PM
     Surreal space game The Alters shows off body doubles in first gameplay

March 6's Xbox Partner Preview delivered release dates, announcements, and gameplay trailers for many exciting titles, but The Alters, a science-fiction survival game set in space drew focus with its gameplay reveal.

PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 1:55 PM
     Metal Gear Solid meets LA Noire in stunning new detective RPG

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: LA Noire is the best game ever made. Perfectly blending everyday detective work with a rousing narrative and authentic 1940s setting, I've written a dissertation on it, recommended it to friends in 2024, and quoted Rusty far too many times. So, imagine my face when I saw Sleight of Hand, a stealth game from the creators of Hideo Kojima's puzzler, Framed. My two favorite genres colliding in a stylish, magical noir world: for this writer, it's an instant wishlist.

PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 1:33 PM
     Cult Lovecraftian horror game The Sinking City is getting a sequel

The Sinking City 2 will see the return of the cult Lovecraftian horror game in 2025. While the first game in the series placed a primary focus on detective work, developer Frogwares is taking the sequel in a new direction, pushing more into the survival horror genre with a reveal trailer reminiscent of The Evil Within and the recent Resident Evil 4 remake. Built in Unreal Engine 5, The Sinking City 2 is set to take us to one of the most famous settings created by writer H.P. Lovecraft.

PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 1:18 PM
     Save 30% on these SteelSeries gaming speakers for your PC setup

Immersive as headsets can be, the experience of playing your favorite games and listening to music on a set of gaming speakers is tough to match. Even the convenience of forgoing the need to don a set of cans is not one to sniff at. Now, you can enjoy all these advantages and more with this computer speaker deal courtesy of SteelSeries and Amazon.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 1:01 PM
     Mega Man's best spiritual sequel to date is finally on Steam

Berserk Boy could very well be one of the best platform games of 2024. There's a lot of year left to go, but the frenetic and fantastic platformer takes what made Mega Man so great and expands upon it, making it a worthy contender. I played the demo at Steam Next Fest and loved it, so if you're a fan of the likes of Sonic Mania, Shovel Knight, and other platformers that revitalize the classic genre, Berserk Boy should be on your radar.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:58 PM
     One of the best Resident Evil games is 25% off in Steam sale

There's something incredible about experiencing one of your favorite games from the past with better graphics, smoother gameplay, and more immersion. For that reason, and many more, we're compelled to tell you that Capcom's 2023 Resident Evil 4 remake is currently 25% off on Steam.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:39 PM
     The last Intel Core i9 CPU arrives next week according to new leak

It's almost time to bid the Intel Core i branding a final farewell, as the Core i9 14900KS release date draws near. Now, we have firm confirmation of when we can expect to see this last hurrah for Intel's Core ix names on store shelves.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:33 PM
     Beloved card game Balatro hits massive milestone after delisting drama

Balatro had a rough go of it lately, with short-lived delistings from game marketplaces following a disagreement over the game's gambling content. Publisher Playstack bounced back quickly, though, thanks to the game's unique system and devoted player base. As of March 6, 2024, it has sold 500,000 units across consoles and PC following its February 20 release.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:26 PM
     Thermaltake Tower 500 case review

Despite looking like a vivarium for exotic pets, and being huge for a mini-ITX case, the Thermaltake Tower 100 proved to be popular with air and water-cooling enthusiasts. People appreciated its unique design, ample working space and reasonable price. The Thermaltake Tower 500 here, though, is very different.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:24 PM
     Starfield Shattered Space DLC release date estimate and latest news

When is the Starfield Shattered Space DLC release date? Despite being one of the biggest Bethesda games ever made, the developer isn't content with leaving it as it is, revealing that at least one expansion is already planned.

Bethesda has already confirmed the space game's first DLC: Shattered Space. While we don't know if there will ever be a Starfield sequel, we at least know the world will be broadened with expansions, perhaps in a similar fashion to Skyrim or Fallout 4. So, what do we know about Shattered Space, the first Starfield DLC?

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:22 PM
     Diablo 4 Season 3 Gauntlet falls flat as Steam players drop lower

The much-touted new mode for Diablo 4 Season 3 has finally arrived, and it seems to have arrived to a bit of a damp reception. The new Diablo 4 Gauntlet is a fixed weekly dungeon that allows players to prove that they've got the best build in town and the skills to match, competing for a place on a ranked leaderboard against one another. Unfortunately, with little more than prestige to compete for, it appears the Gauntlet hasn't enticed many people to come back amid the big launch of rival game Last Epoch.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:16 PM
     GPU memory just got a whole lot faster

Next generation Nvidia and AMD GPUs have just been given a big shot in the arm, thanks to a new memory standard that enables faster speeds and larger capacities. Memory standards body JEDEC has just published the standard for GDDR7, promising a massive increase in bandwidth and capacity over the memory used in today's graphics cards.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 11:58 AM
     How to play Minecraft snapshots – snapshot 24w10a

How do you install and play a Minecraft snapshot? These snapshots are the very first iteration of Minecraft updates, and are a way for Mojang to test out bug fixes, technical changes, and new mechanics before officially rolling them out. Anyone with the Java edition of the creative game can try these features without any risk to your current world, so let's find out how to be the first to try the next big Minecraft update.

During Minecraft Live each year, the next big Minecraft update is revealed to the community. In past years, we've had the likes of the Caves and Cliffs update, The Wild Update, and the Trails and Tales update - each of them overhauling the base game with new Minecraft biomes, blocks, and mobs. Since these updates come with so much new content, they need to be tested out first, and that's where Minecraft snapshots come in. Use them to test out new experimental features before anyone else, and feedback to Mojang if you have any issues. It's a win-win situation.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 11:57 AM
     Elder Scrolls 6 release date estimate, trailers, and latest news

When is the Elder Scrolls 6 release date? The next installment of Bethesda's critically acclaimed RPG series has been a long time coming. Over half a decade ago, we had our first official look at the game courtesy of a short teaser trailer, and we've been keeping a close eye on the latest developments at Bethesda ever since.

We might have been spoilt by the likes of Skyrim and Oblivion already, but we're more than ready to get stuck into a new iteration of the Elder Scrolls universe. The series has produced some of the best PC games ever made, and we hope Elder Scrolls 6 will follow suit. Bethesda director Todd Howard says we'll be sinking our teeth in the Elder Scrolls 6's gameplay "for a decade at least." Here's everything we know about when Elder Scrolls 6 is coming out, including its potential setting, gameplay features, and expectations for when it'll arrive.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 11:36 AM
     OSRS devs will make choices players won't like, but for

If there's one thing I've learned about Old School Runescape, it's that it's very much a community-driven project. For me, it feels akin to Final Fantasy 14 or World of Warcraft Classic: the players are at the core of the experience. But, when I ask senior narrative designer Ed Pilkington how the team balances enacting feedback with safeguarding the game's health, he says that, sometimes, "tough" choices need to be made.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 11:23 AM
     Nvidia's RTX 4090 is now more popular than any AMD graphics card

AMD has managed to craft some genuinely competitive components with its latest graphics cards, with the RX 7800 XT in particular offering terrific value. However, despite the company's best efforts, Nvidia's offerings continue to be the preferred choice among Steam users, with the RTX 4090 now proving more popular on the platform than any Radeon card.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 11:22 AM
     Ghost of Tsushima PC release date confirmed for Steam and Epic

Ghost of Tsushima is finally coming to PC, as the Sucker Punch Productions and Sony open-world samurai epic appears on Steam. Coming to the platform in just a couple of months, PlayStation's PC porting powerhouse Nixxes is set to bring the game across with plenty of specific extra details and features, similar to the Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart port.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 11:08 AM
     Genshin Impact tier list March 2024: the best characters in 4.4

Looking for a Genshin Impact tier list? There are currently 81 Genshin Impact characters available, providing you with a wide variety of candidates to construct your dream team. But with so many weapons, elementals, talents, ascension bonuses, and constellation upgrades, finding your favorites can be challenging.

Don't let the placement of the characters on our Genshin Impact tier list deter you from pulling on the next character banner. While base stats and elemental abilities are important, the value of a character also depends on personal playstyle, available weapons and artifacts, and team composition. It doesn't matter if your favorite Genshin Impact character is on one of the lower tiers; you can still make it work with our recommended Genshin Impact builds. Being on a lower tier in the free PC game means that there are better alternatives, or the character needs a very specific build or team to shine. We've spent hundreds of hours trying different variations of teams in Spiral Abyss to establish who the best characters are in Genshin Impact.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 11:00 AM
     This incredible Pochita gaming PC is a work of art

Chainsaw Man might only have seen its popularity boom thanks to its 2022 anime adaptation, but this Pochita gaming PC is a labor of love like no other. This cute dog with a chainsaw sticking out of its head is one of the best PC builds we've seen, and also one with many layers for fans to dig through. It just goes to show that we're only ever limited by our own creativity when it comes to building a PC. 

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 PC builds. You can even submit yours for consideration right here. Here we chat to Bry Aliado about how they assembled and designed this anime PC build.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, March 6, 2024 3:37 PM

We first - and last - saw Unknown 9: Awakening nearly four years ago, when the original action-adventure game from developers Reflector was revealed with a flashy cinematic trailer at Gamescom 2020. Since then, main character Haroona has aged from a young girl in India to an adult with the power to possess people and make them murder each other, if our first look at gameplay ahead of a release this summer is anything to go by.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, March 6, 2024 3:01 PM

It turns out that Persona 3 Reload will get previously missing expansion The Answer after all, as Atlus announce that the epilogue chapter included in past re-release Persona 3 FES will be added as DLC this September.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, March 6, 2024 2:33 PM

It's been coming up on three years since Frostpunk 2 was revealed as a full-blown sequel to the frosty survival city-management game, which itself turns six years old (!!) next month. After we finally got a proper look at 11 bit Studios' beautifully brutal follow-up last year, we now know when we'll be able to brave the unforgiving tundra and the nightmarish climate of, uh, July?

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, March 6, 2024 2:08 PM

Last time, you decided that removing a card from your deck is better than enemies stopping respawning after you kill them loads. The result wasn't close but was closer than I expected, which shows why it's important to ask. We're doing important work here, you and I. This week, it's a question of mitts. What's better: left-handed FPS options or a little hand for a cursor?

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, March 6, 2024 2:05 PM

Sleight of Hand is an upcoming stealth-action game in which your sneaky detective uses cards to sneak around enemies while on the hunt for your former cult. It's from the co-creator of acclaimed mobile game Framed, and has more than one connection to Metal Gear Solid going for it.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, March 6, 2024 2:00 PM

11 bit studios are best known for grim games like colony sim Frostpunk, which is all about trying to survive in a world battered by relentless blizzards. But their latest venture - created in partnership with developers Chibig and Inverge Studios, and co-written by Rhianna Pratchett - is drastically different. Titled Creatures Of Ava, it's a fantasy game about saving Pokémon-like creatures, as opposed to, well, imprisoning them and using them for labour (Palworld, I'm looking at you).

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, March 6, 2024 1:30 PM

Frogwares finally regained sole control of The Sinking City in January, after years of dispute, and have wasted no time in now revealing a sequel, with an upcoming Kickstarter campaign for a "safety net", coming in 2025. The new and extremely damp survival horror game, set in a heavily flooded New England city in the 1920s, is pivoting the studio to a "'horror-first' focus with gameplay primarily built around combat, exploration and its Lovecraftian setting and story". This is a step away from the studio's mainstay, the Sherlock Holmes detective games, and I am uncertain about the choice. But let's peer through the weeds a bit further.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, March 6, 2024 11:53 AM

Fans of curly wind FX and striking from a sheathed stance rejoice - open world samurai action game Ghost of Tsushima is coming to PC on May 16th via Steam and Epic Games Store. This is the Director's Cut edition of the game, which includes the Iki Island story expansion and the co-op multiplayer Legends mode. It's being developed by PC port specialists Nixxes, the studio behind the PC version of Horizon Forbidden West - Complete Edition, and features customisable mouse and keyboard controls plus unlocked frame rates and assorted graphical whizbangs. I've got a trailer for you below.

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Twinfinite Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:04 PM
There's a lot of Dune content to go around in Call of Duty.

Siliconera Wednesday, March 6, 2024 4:00 PM

Evangelion merchandise

Re-Ment revealed a new set of Evangelion merchandise featuring five characters from the main cast catching some well deserved rest. The items are available to order in packs of 5 blind boxes from AmiAmi with shipping expected in late June 2024.

Available in packs of five, each box contains one figure of Shinji, Kaworu, Asuka, Rei or Mari sealed within an egg-like pot. Each egg is also designed to look like the character's plugsuit. For example, Asuka's is red and orange, while Mari's is pink and blue. Each five pack will cost ¥6,325 normally, but they are currently reduced to ¥4,490 (roughly $30) at AmiAmi, with a limit of 12 sets per shipping address.

You can get a look at the figures of Evangelion characters below:

Back in February, 2024, a PLAMAX model kit of the AAA Wunder battleship appeared at Good Smile Company's WonHobby 38 event. Meanwhile, Tower of Fantasy is also set to have an Evangelion crossover update starting on March 12, 2024.

The Evangelion Dreaming Pot 5pack merchandise box is available to pre-order from AmiAmi with shipping expected in late June, 2024. The Evangelion anime is available to watch on Netflix while the Rebuild movies are available via Amazon.

The post Evangelion Characters Are Sleeping in New Re-Ment Merchandise appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, March 6, 2024 3:00 PM

Review Balatro Will Improve (or Ruin) Your Life 1

I slept on Balatro. I had an awareness of the game ahead of launch, but was too preoccupied with some of the heavy hitters debuting around the same time. I have to say, I'm glad I did. Why? Because Balatro is my new obsession and is both giving me a new reason to live (while tanking my productivity).

The concept behind Balatro is relatively simple. You start with a standard deck of 52 playing cards. Playing different Poker hands gets you chips. You have a goal of what your "score" must be to pass each round. You can only play so many hands and discard groups of cards from your hands so many times, depending on the deck color selected. As the number needed to keep playing constantly goes up, you eventually need an edge to keep meeting those scores.

That edge comes in the form of Jokers, Planet cards, Spectral cards, Tarot cards, Vouchers, and card packs. Jokers apply certain conditions and multipliers for your scores. Planet cards level up different Poker hands, ensuring you'll earn more points if you manage to play them. Spectral and Tarot cards allow you to customize cards by adding special states to them or choosing if their nature changes. Vouchers can add new conditions to the game to give you an edge. Card packs can let you add more standard playing cards to your deck or get a chance at additional planet and tarot cards. 

If it's difficult to visualize that, don't worry. I didn't really grasp the beauty of it until I went through the tutorial and played my first hand. Here, the launch trailer helps a bit.

Basically, the magic of Balatro is that it is taking something you are likely quite familiar with and adds all these new conditions that make it so satisfying to gain more points and tackle boss blinds. Since you can discard, it's fairly easy to get higher value hands like a flush, straight, or full house. Getting certain Jokers and teaming them up can mean more points or special combos. Like pairing the Pareidolia that makes all cards face cards and a Business Card that means you have a 50% chance of getting $2 when a face card scores can be an income generator! While a hand like two pair may be lower value, if you build your deck around capitalizing on it, it can help carry you through. 

There's also needing to balance if you take on a small or big blind when it comes up, or skip it for a Tag that could help you out. You could get free card packs, guaranteed Joker type or state appearances, or other bonuses that could help you out in exchange for not playing. But then, you also have to wonder if you will have the money or means of properly taking advantage of that effect. 

Of course, what also makes Balatro wonderful is how the game will absolutely screw up any plans you start to prepare. This is because the third boss blind will eventually get you. The Hook is one I honestly appreciate, because I'm typically fine with two random cards I didn't play being discarded. The Manacle isn't too bad either, since it just means your hand's size is down by one. However, The Needle is a boss blind that only lets you play one hand, and it can ruin you if you face that one at the wrong time. 

However, because runs are relatively short, Poker is pervasive enough in society to be aware of hands, and it follows the roguelike tradition of unlocking new decks vouchers, and items as you keep playing, Balatro becomes even more captivating. I'd keep thinking about the boss blinds I hadn't seen, the Jokers I hadn't uncovered, and how close I'd come to upping the Ante and facing greater challenges. I might be playing for five minutes. I could be playing for 20 or even 30. It didn't matter. Each moment was valuable, precious, and savored. I loved how it looked. I loved how it felt. I loved how good it made me feel to see the Jokers I'd collected, playing cards I'd found, and special cards I'd played made my deck—for a brief moment—feel unstoppable.

Balatro is a stunning game. It sticks with you. It never gets old. It's the sort of title that maybe you even pick up on multiple devices, so you can have it on a Switch or Steam Deck when you're on the go or a PS5 when you're at home. Everything comes together beautifully and seamlessly in Balatro, and it is now one of my favorite deck-building games ever.

Balatrois available for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

The post Review: Balatro Will Improve (or Ruin) Your Life  appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, March 6, 2024 2:10 PM

Xbox Partner Showcase March 2024

Microsoft held the Xbox Partner Showcase for March 2024. The 30-minute presentation detailed a variety of third-party projects coming to Xbox and PC in 2024 and beyond.

Here is a list of every game that got announced or discussed at the showcase:

  • The Alters* - TBC
  • Creatures of Ava* - 2024
  • Final Fantasy XIV* (Xbox release) - 21 March 2024
  • The First Berserker: Khazan - TBC
  • Frostpunk 2* - 25 July, 2024
  • Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess* - 2024
  • Monster Jam Showdown - 2024
  • Persona 3 Reload DLC: Episode Aigis "The Answer" - September 2024
  • Roblox Expansion: Griefville x Chucky - out now
  • The Sinking City 2 - 2025
  • Sleight of Hand* - TBC
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Legends of the Zone Trilogy - out now
  • Tales of Kenzera: Zau - April 23, 2024
  • Unknown 9: Awakening - Summer 2024

Every game marked with an asterisk was confirmed to be coming to Xbox Game Pass during the Partner Showcase.

And here is the full presentation, in case you missed it:

Additional information on multiple games is also available on Xbox Wire. Unknown 9: Awakening, Creatures of Ava, The Sinking City 2, Kunitsu-Gami, the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. trilogy and Persona 3 Reload DLC are all featured in blogs on the site. In addition, more news on Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess is set to be included in a stream from Capcom on March 7, 2024.

The March 2024 Xbox Partner Showcase is a follow-up to the Developer Direct, a similar Xbox presentation from January 2024. This mainly focused on first-party projects, including Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, Avowed, Ara: History Untold, Hellblade 2 and Visions of Mana.

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Siliconera Wednesday, March 6, 2024 1:50 PM

Final Fantasy XIV Xbox Full Release Set for March

During the Xbox Parner Preview program broadcasted on March 7, 2024, Square Enix announced that the full release date for Final Fantasy XIV on Xbox Series X and S is March 21, 2024.

It was also announced that the FFXIV Starter Edition will be available to claim through Game Pass Ultimate Perks. Players will be able to claim it between March 21, 2024 and April 19, 2024. You can check out the announcement trailer for the Xbox Series X and S release date of Final Fantasy XIV here:

Square Enix announced that FFXIV would come to Xbox Series X/S on July 28, 2023, during the Fan Festival 2023 held in Las Vegas. An open beta for the game is currently available in Xbox Series X/S. The beta started on February 21, 2024 and will be available until the official full release of the game.

Final Fantasy XIV is immediately available for PS4, PS5, and PC. The release date for the Xbox Series X version is March 21, 2024.

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Siliconera Wednesday, March 6, 2024 1:27 PM

Persona 3 Reload Episode Aegis DLC Revealed

At the Xbox Partner Preview in March 2024, Atlus announced a Persona 3 Reload DLC Expansion Pass that includes the FES inspired Episode Aigis. A roadmap showed that additional story content will arrive in September 2024.

The storyline will be the third of three packs of DLC in the Persona 3 Reload Expansion Pass. The first piece to arrive is the March 12, 2024 background music set. Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Reload BGM Sets will appear that day. In May 2024, the Velvet Room Costume and BGM Set will appear. This lets party members dress as attendants. Finally, Persona 3 Reload Episode Aigis: The Answer will show up in September 2024. 

Here's the full roadmap image for the add-ons for the game.

Here's the first trailer for the Expansion Pass. Note that it begins right away by showing Metis and highlighting how Aigis' experiences will be integrated into this version of the game.

Persona 3 Reload is available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. The Episode Aigis: The Answer DLC based on Persona 3 FES content will launch in September 2024. The original game appeared on the PS2, while Persona 3 Portable appeared on the PSP, PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.

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Siliconera Wednesday, March 6, 2024 1:15 PM

Stardew Valley Saves Will Be Safe After Update 1.6

Eric "Concerned Ape" Barone took to social media to assure people that their Stardew Valley saves will be safe, as the files won't be affected by update 1.6. This means people will still be able to maintain their longstanding farms without issue, though there is a new type of farm that will require a fresh save starting on March 19, 2024.

Here's the announcement, which confirmed a save wipe won't accompany 1.6.

In a follow-up reply, Concerned Ape noted that the new kind of farm does require someone to restart. That announcement didn't note what type of farm it will be.

As a reminder, right now someone can choose a standard, beach, forest, four corners, hill-top, riverland, or wilderness farm as of 1.5.

The farm type confirmation is just one kind of new content that will appear. So will eight-player multiplayer, a new festival, and a new type of storage chest that is larger than ones we'd seen previously in the game.

Stardew Valley is available for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PCs, mobile devices, and the PlayStation Vita. The 1.6 update will launch for PCs on March 19, 2024, and it won't affect Stardew Valley saves when it does.

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Siliconera Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:45 PM

Red vs. Blue and RWBY Creator Rooster Teeth Being Shut Down

Warner Bros Discovery announced it will shut down Rooster Teeth. General Manager Jordan Levin, who became head of the studio in September 2019 following layoffs, announced the closure on March 6, 2024. [Thanks, Variety!] 

The announcement came with some details about what will happen next for some of the company's properties and projects. The Roost Podcast Network will continue. Season 19 of the Halo series Red vs Blue, called Restoration, will apparently still roll out in 2024 as planned. 

As for the Rooster Teeth currently running projects, Warner Bros is looking to sell the IPs for RWBY and Gen:Lock from the creator. Only two seasons of Gen:Lock appeared. The last season of RWBY was volume 9, which showed up on Crunchyroll in February 2023. Licensing Manager Geoff Yetter did note in January 2023 that planning started for volume 10, but it wasn't greenlit at the time.

Rooster Teeth was also known for making games, in addition to media projects. Many of these involved RWBY, like RWBY: Grimm Eclipse. A Switch version of that appeared in 2021. However, one of the most recent titles based on the series was RWBY: Arrowfell.

There's no official announcement on the official company site yet. It launched back in April 2023. The company was about to turn 21 on April 1, 2024.

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Siliconera Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:20 PM

Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut Heading to PC on May

Sucker Punch and Nixxes announced that Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut will come to the PC via Steam and Epic Games Store on May 16, 2024. The Director's Cut version of the game includes the Iki Island expansion, as well as the Legends co-op multiplayer mode.

The PC version of the game will offer customizable mouse and keyboard controls, as well as controller support. Resolution upscaling and frame generation options like NVIDIA DLSS 3 and AMD FSR 3 will be supported as well.

Sony also shared a trailer for the PC version of Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut showcasing some of the features that the new release will offer, and you can check it out here:

Additionally, players who pre-purchase the game either Steam or the Epic Games Store will receive a New Game+ Horse, the Traveler's Attire armor set, and Broken Armor dyes from Baku's shop as a bonus.

Nixxes is the studio behind other PlayStation console exclusives being ported to PC, like the Horizon Forbidden West Complete Edition coming out on March 22, 2024, Spider-Man Remastered, and Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut is immediately available for the PS4 and PS5, and it will come to PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store on May 16, 2024.

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Siliconera Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:00 PM

Hololive 5th Fes 'Capture the Moment' Song Released

Ahead of Hololive Super Expo 2024 and 5th Fes, the Idol Project song "Capture the Moment" appeared. The title is also the slogan for the concert being held March 16-17, 2024.

There's no official music or lyric video for the new Hololive Idol Project song just yet. At the moment, the track is only live on a number of streaming services like Deezer, Line Music, Spotify, and YouTube Music. The standard and instrumental versions are a part of the single. The initial reveal does include images of the new idol outfits for Hololive 5th fes and features Vtubers like Tokino Sora, Usada Pekora, Ookami Mio, IRyS, Amane Kanata, Momosuzu Nene, Kazama Iroha, and Kobo Kanaeru. 

Here's the Hololive Idol Project "Capture the Moment" song:

The announcement also noted the same people who composed this song made the first Hololive Idol Project song "Shiny Smily Story" in 2019.

As a reminder, the subtitle for each Hololive fes concert usually ends up being a new song performed at the event by the company's performers. The Hololive 4th Fes one was "Our Bright Parade." That one ended up having members from every branch singing. "Capture the Moment" is continuing that tradition.

Hololive Super Expo 2024 and 5th Fes will be held March 16-17, 2024. People can attend virtually and stream the performances.

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Siliconera Wednesday, March 6, 2024 11:30 AM

Capcom Salary Increases Zangief

Capcom announced salary increases for all incoming staff for financial year 2025. In addition, smaller salary increases will be applied to all existing staff within the next financial year.

Graduates joining Capcom in the 2025/2026 financial year will be seeing salary increases of nearly 30%, raising the figure from ¥235,000 per month to ¥300,000 per month. In addition, all existing employees within Capcom will be seeing their salaries increased by 5% within the next financial year for 2024/2025. Employees will also receive an additional bonus payment which Capcom describe as an investment in their people. The figure of this special payment has not been disclosed.

These increases are part of a wider investment in staff across Capcom. Since 2022, the company has restructured its human resources department and introduced additional compensation for employees. A bonus system based on company performance had previously been introduced, and employees are also being offered stock options. The latest salary increases are also part of a wider 30% increase since 2022. It's also a reflection of Capcom's wider financial successes in recent years, with net sales up 33% as of their most recent financial report.

This announcement marks a rare bit of good news in an industry rocked by layoffs at companies including Sega and Activision Blizzard.

The Capcom salary increases will come into effect during financial year 2024/2025.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, March 6, 2024 5:38 PM
     Stalker Title Promo Pic1All of the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games have finally made their console debut nearly two decades after the series began on PC, and with three titles to choose from, many newcomers are wondering which order to play them in. Thankfully, there's a super simple answer for that. With STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobyl hitting Xbox consoles and PC later this year, now is the perfect time to catch up on the STALKER series to see what all the fuss is about. These are some of the most atmospheric shooters on the market, and the closest thing that console players have had until now is the excellent Metro series. The games can be a bit hard to get into because of their difficulty and learning curve, but a highly rewarding experience awaits anyone willing to brave the Zone. Recommended STALKER Playing Order The best way to play the STALKER games is in release order. You should start with Shadow of Chernobyl, then move on to Clear Sky, and then end with Call of Pripyat. This is the i...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, March 6, 2024 5:15 PM
     Modern Warfare 3 SoulrenderCall of Duty has a new melee weapon called the Soulrender, but if you want to unlock it for use in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer and Warzone battle royale, you'll need to complete some tricky challenges. Thankfully, Soulrender is free for all players so you don't even need to purchase the Battle Pass to obtain it. Added to Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone in the Season 2 Reloaded update, Soulrender is a deadly sword that can defeat enemies in a single strike. It's already one of the most popular melee weapons in the game, and given how often sweaty players like to use melee weapons like the Kali Sticks, you're going to see a lot of this thing in your multiplayer matches and Warzone lobbies. How to Get Soulrender in MW3 and Warzone Screenshot: PC Invasion To unlock Soulrender in Call of Duty, you need to activate Sector B21 of the Battle Pass and then unlock every reward within that sector to claim the blade as your own. Each item in this Sector requires y...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, March 6, 2024 5:10 PM
     Modern Warfare 3 Melee Backstab Kills Featured ImageBeing a backstabber will now be rewarded by the higher-ups. Hooray. Here is how to get melee backstab kills in Modern Warfare 3. Modern Warfare 3: How to get Melee Backstab Kills Shooting each other in the face has never been as fun as with the Call of Duty franchise. But whether it is with an extremely annoying build from Modern Warfare 2 that I refuse to acknowledge or a certain someone who really doesn't want you to go up the Gun Game ladder, using your melee attacks can also be a viable way to reach CoD stardom. But why limit yourself to regular knifing? What about some surprise attacks? Well, that's what Week 5 of Season 2 of Modern Warfare 3 is asking from us: to backstab our enemies and unalive them to get the SOA Subverter. Let's get things clear: to get these kills you need to position yourself perfectly behind an enemy Operator and use your melee capabilities. Now, I know that in a game as chaotic as Modern Warfare 3 expecting to land backstab kills...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, March 6, 2024 5:03 PM
     15 best turn based RPGsRPGs come in countless flavors, from Sci-Fi to fantasy and live combat to turn-based. Today, we're checking out the latter. Some may find turn-based combat archaic, while others adore its tactical aspect. If you want to flex your brains instead of your brawn, here are my picks for the 15 best turn-based RPGs. The top 15 best turn-based RPGs Before we dive in, I want to establish a few rules so the list isn't flooded with Final Fantasy games. I'm limiting the list to a single title per franchise. Every game on the list also has a Metacritic score of at least 75, so I can't bombard you with nostalgia picks from my childhood. These are turn-based RPGs that are nearly universally beloved. #15 South Park: The Stick of Truth Image: South Park Digital Studios/Obsidian Entertainment South Park games are a mixed bag, and some older titles are awful. Fortunately, South Park Digital Studios and Obsidian Entertainment struck Gold with The Stick of Truth, ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, March 6, 2024 4:38 PM
     Mission Rewards Mwz CountermeasuresMuch like the Dark Aether Zone associated with the Bad Signla mission, there is a complicated, easter egg-filled way to permanently open the Coutermeasures Dark Aether Zone in Modern Warfare Zombies. It involves the Drum you get from completing the Countermeasures mission and a few other special items. To permanently unlock the Countermeasures Dark Aether Rift, you need to collect a series of items similar to the Sigils with the Bad Signal Dark Aether Zone. You need the Drum, Tattered MMA Gloves, Perforated Target, and Instead of finding the items in Urzikstan, you'll find the easter egg items within the Countermeasure mission Dark Aether Zone. How to get and use the Drum in MWZ The Drum is one part of four items you need to permanently open the Countermeasures Dark Aether Zone Gate. For now, you can keep your Drum in the stash because it is Gold. You now need to first collect the three purple items, which are the Tattered MMA Gloves, Perforated Target, and … wh...

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 4:30 PM
     Chaosium Inc., the publisher renowned for the Call of Cthulhu tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG), has introduced the Basic Roleplaying: Universal Game Engine Design Challenge. This competition is open to TTRPG designers worldwide, offering cash prizes to ten participants. The initiative aims to support and promote innovation within the TTRPG community. The competition centers around Chaosium's …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 4:23 PM
     Japanime Games is excited to announce their latest addition to the tactical card game scene, "Heiki Strike Alternative." This innovative two-player game merges strategic depth with high-intensity action, set against a backdrop that combines World War 2 themes with an anime aesthetic. In "Heiki Strike Alternative," players are transported to an alternate reality where the …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Wednesday, March 6, 2024 4:17 PM
     Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced that preorders are now open for "DC Deck-Building Game: Justice League Dark" and its expansion, both set to be released in June 2024. The base game is priced at $49.99, offering players the chance to delve into the mystical side of the DC Universe, taking on the roles of the Justice …

WGB Wednesday, March 6, 2024 11:34 AM
     The next PlayStation exclusive to come to PC will be Ghost of Tsushima, the absolutely gorgeous open-world stealth/action game from Sucker Punch.

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     Here's a nice little piece of news bound to defrost your icy heart: Remedy has officially lowered the system requirements for Alan Wake 2 on PC.

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A PC announcement trailer was also released.

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Princess Peach: Showtime! will launch on March 22

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iDev Games Feed Wednesday, March 6, 2024 2:28 PM
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Level Up Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:26 PM
     Ghost of Tsushima is finally riding to PC. The game's Director's Cut is making its…