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GamersHeroes Saturday, March 23, 2024 4:46 PM

Square Enix's Final Fantasy XVI will receive its final DLC chapter The Rising Tide on April 18.

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PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 2:58 PM
     XCOM and Tie Fighter collide in this new space sim and strategy game

Tie Fighter remains one of those real pinnacle moments, often talked about not only as one of the best Star Wars games but indeed one of the best PC games ever. Capturing those intense space battles and combining them with an XCOM style management layer putting you in charge of the galactic rebellion is a new space strategy game coming to Steam in 2024. At GDC, PCGamesN spoke to Scott McCallum, CEO of Progenitor Game Studios, the three-person team working on Remnant Protocol, about its new project.

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PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 1:22 PM
     FF14 Dawntrail gets a launch date, pre-order, and collector's edition

Final Fantasy 14 Dawntrail finally has a date. Speaking at PAX East 2024, FF14 game director and producer Naoki Yoshida, best known as 'Yoshi-P,' took to the stage alongside translator Aimi Tokutake to speak about the journey over the past decade of the critically acclaimed MMORPG, along with details about some new ideas the team has for the future and the long-awaited date we'll finally get to head off on our next adventure - which you can thank Elden Ring for.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best MMOs, FF14 Dawntrail release date, FF14 Island Sanctuary guide

PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 12:50 PM
     Move over Balatro, one of the most moreish roguelikes just hit Steam

The roguelike genre of games is constantly evolving and developing new subgenres within its premise. With dozens of addicting new releases each year, there have been many that have caught our eye over the last few months, including Balatro, which has become the premiere roguelike game of the year so far. However, there is a new contender on Steam that's just released that might be gambling its way to the top of the charts soon enough.

PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 12:47 PM
     FF14 Dawntrail release date, trailers, story, and more

When is the FF14 Dawntrail release date? FF14 7.0 will be the fifth major expansion for Final Fantasy 14 since its relaunch as A Realm Reborn. The critically acclaimed MMORPG delivers one of the most richly designed worlds to explore, telling finely crafted, character-led stories that can bring you to joy or devastation. While it's great with friends or other players online, FF14 can be played entirely solo as well, letting you enjoy it however you like.

FFXIV Dawntrail is the upcoming expansion for this hugely successful MMORPG. Unlike most of the other entries in Square Enix's Final Fantasy series, which are predominantly single-player RPG gamesFF14 is an online multiplayer world frequented by millions of players and has been growing since its relaunch in 2013. Here's a first look at Dawntrail, including everything we know about the setting and story, the new jobs, the graphics update, and the FF14 Dawntrail release date.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best MMOs, FF14 Dawntrail release date, FF14 Island Sanctuary guide

PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 1:33 PM
     Dragon's Dogma 2 is Capcom's most popular single-player Steam launch

Dragon's Dogma 2 was slated to become one of Capcom's biggest game releases on Steam well before the game officially launched. The latest RPG from the esteemed Japanese gaming giant was expected to both carry over fans from the original title, which was released way back in 2012, as well as add hordes of new players who were entering the world of Dragon's Dogma for the very first time. Now, merely a day after the game launched, it's already broken single-player Steam records for the company.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Dragon's Dogma 2 review, Dragon's Dogma 2 vocations, Dragon's Dogma 2 map

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, March 23, 2024 5:50 PM

Final Fantasy 14's next expansion, Dawntrail, will launch in early access on June 28th and then release in full on July 2nd. Producer Yoshi P announced the date onstage at PAX East, while acknowledging the release date's proximity to another RPG: Elden Ring's Shadow Of The Erdtree expansion, which releases on June 21st.

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Siliconera Saturday, March 23, 2024 3:00 PM

hyper mega tech super pocket review evercade

We've covered Blaze Entertainment's efforts to build a licensed retrogame platform with physical cartridges in the Evercade, but for some players, even that cost of entry was a bit too steep. It's possible, then, that the company's latest device could be of interest. Released under the "Hyper Mega Tech!" branding instead of Evercade, the Super Pocket brings the price tag down below $60, and it packs its own built-in lineups of Capcom or Taito games to serve as a standalone release. But that Evercade cartridge slot? That makes it a lot more intriguing than most low-end games machines.

We were expecting perhaps for the Super Pocket to take a few design cues from the original Evercade, itself a cheaper device than the EXP with similar components. Instead, it goes for the more durable and modern look of the EXP, a choice that makes a lot of sense and is better. Returning briefly to the original Evercade to compare for this piece showed us just how far manufacturer Blaze has come in the design of its devices, learning a lot about materials and ergonomics along the way.

The color schemes, chosen to go with the built-in game collections, are a lot of fun. The Capcom edition uses the signature royal blue and yellow. The Taito model runs with a teal and black scheme. And already, we're seeing it's not a rote template; Blaze used teal buttons on the black faceplate for Taito and kept the whole front blue for Capcom. If they keep iterating for potential future models, that could be pleasant to see.

hyper mega tech super pocket review evercade

What we also expected? Tech spec downgrades. And it doesn't seem like they're here in a significant enough way to notice! We tested the full gamut of Evercade cartridges on the device, including some that the other hardware doesn't run the best. The Super Pocket didn't flinch. Some of the original PlayStation titles in the library frankly don't run well through their own technical failings, but our experience was indistinguishable between hardware. We'll have to return to this when we're able to try out the upcoming Nintendo 64 emulation, but for now? We're impressed.

Each Super Pocket has a built-in library of arcade games. Capcom titles return after their appearance on the Evercade EXP, making clear that this sort of licensing is apparently a lot easier for Blaze than a cartridge. The standouts in this collection are Street Fighter II': Hyper Fighting, Ghouls 'n Ghosts and the 1942 trilogy. Capcom dominated arcades in the late '80s and '90s, and for good reason: these games stand the test of time.

There's also Final Fight, which we like a lot but more for its co-op play which isn't possible on the Super Pocket. Strider and Bionic Commando are here, too, along with Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS and Forgotten Worlds. Our favorite of the bunch is Captain Commando, a criminally overlooked beat-'em-up that lets you play as a baby in a mech.

The Taito model has all the usual suspects from the company's arcade heyday. The front of the box shouts about Space Invaders and Bubble Bobble, which makes sense, as no other Taito properties have nearly as much global popularity. Puzzle Bobble (also known as Bust A Move) is here too. The Taito collection skews a bit older, with more '80s games joining 1978's Space Invaders in the bunch. This means a different sort of sensibility than the Capcom set.

hyper mega tech super pocket review evercade

The remaining arcade inclusions have less consistent player awareness, but we know some people who love them. They are: Operation Wolf, Rastan, The NewZealand Story, Cadash, Chack'n Pop, Don Doko Don, Elevator Action, The Fairyland Story, Football Champ, Growl, Volfied, Kiki Kaikai, The Legend of Kage and Liquid Kids. As you can see, the Taito collection makes up for its less-known lineup with a larger selection of releases.

Both collections feature almost all arcade games, with one console cameo tacked on. Capcom adds NES Mega Man, while Taito includes Genesis release Space Invaders '91. We imagine Mega Man is the most affordable way Blaze could put the Mega Man logo on the box, which makes sense at retail, but Space Invaders '91 is a harder inclusion to explain.

So where are the cost reductions in the Super Pocket, then? The answer appears to be build quality. It's durable, in a Nintendo 2DS sort of way, made so that kids can't break it. But adults will notice a few things! The tinny speaker emits noises accurately, but not really with a robust sound you'd want to experience it if you have other choices. The shoulder buttons are… there, if you need them for cartridge compatibility, but they're in the one awkward position available to put them and need a peculiar amount of leverage to press.

The main concern is likely the buttons. They're functional, but a bit stiff and unresponsive at times. It's the sort of setup that would be totally fine with games that are more about decisions than reflexes! Unfortunately, that remains the weakness of the Evercade game library, with its focus on arcade action. And the built-in Super Pocket games exclusively fall into this category. When testing a game we know well, Taito classic Puzzle Bobble, the cursor would blow past our target with a simple light touch.

hyper mega tech super pocket review evercade

The Super Pocket supports an "Easy Mode" option, which is a streamlined setting to turn all the arcade games' dip switches down to their most forgiving settings. This is, we presume, to make the device more approachable to young children, so it can be something of an entry point to retro games. We can confirm that it does what it says, letting us feel for once in our lives like we're good at Street Fighter II. Combined with a form factor that's definitely made for smaller hands, it could make for an intriguing kid gift.

(It should be noted, though: both devices carry a PEGI 12 rating for the included games. Nothing here is really egregious, but there's fighting and guns and explosions in some titles, so keep that in mind if you're handing one to a toddler or something.)

We don't mind the 4-by-3 screen of the Super Pocket. In many ways, this makes more sense for most games! It's nice to see Blaze find a supplier for them! And while the separate Hyper Mega Tech! branding is a bit strange, the idea that they're reserving the Evercade name for higher-quality builds at least shows they're sensitive to that stuff.

The Hyper Mega Tech! Super Pocket is available now for $59, in Capcom and Taito models. It's compatible with the Evercade cartridge library. For more Evercade coverage, including recommendations for which carts to pick up first, check out our archive.

The post Hyper Mega Tech! Super Pocket Is an Evercade on a Budget appeared first on Siliconera.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, March 23, 2024 5:16 PM
     Dragon's Dogma 2 Free Change AppearanceAfter the communal backlash targeting Dragon's Dogma 2's microtransactions, it's a welcomed surprise to see a modder create a mod that gives players as much free in-game Art of Metamorphosis, the item you need to change your appearance, as they want. Here's how it works. How to change your appearance for free in Dragon's Dogma 2 The only way to fully change your Arisen's and Pawn's appearance in Dragon's Dogma 2 is to use Art of Metamorphosis. You can spend USD $1.99 to buy one Art of Metamorphosis or spend 500 RC in-game to get an Art of Metamorphosis. Honestly, both methods are costly — one costs time and the other costs actual money. There's a third option for PC Dragon's Dogma 2 players and it's to download the Early n' Cheap Art of Metamorphosis mod. Screenshot: PC Invasion The Early n' Cheap Art of Metamorphosis mod is the way to go, especially because it allows you to avoid deleting your ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, March 23, 2024 4:19 PM
     Dragon's Dogma 2 Buy Weapons And Armor Early GameAfter clocking 40+ hours in Dragon's Dogma 2 and beating the game, I'm equipped to inform you whether you should buy and enhance weapons and armor at the start of Dragon's Dogma 2 or find them while exploring. Let's dive into it. Dragon's Dogma 2 weapons and armor: Buy and enhance or find? In my experience playing Dragon's Dogma 2, finding weapons and armor while exploring, especially weapons and armor that match your Vocation, is rare. Also, I've come to realize that the vast majority of weapons and armor you find are the items you can buy at shops throughout the game. Screenshot: PC Invasion My answer is to buy armor and weapons at the beginning of the game and enhance them a bit. Naturally, you'll find (or buy) better armor and weapons as you progress through the game, so you don't want to waste all your resources on enhancing gear you'll soon replace. That said, it's best to buy good weapons and armor at ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, March 23, 2024 4:04 PM
     Dragon's Dogma 2 The BrineOne of the funniest moments I've had so far in Dragon's Dogma 2 was when I heard a Griffin scream, looked around, and saw a pile of feathers and folded wings getting swallowed by the red tendrils of the sea. Apparently, I'm not the only one who has discovered that The Brine is the best weapon in Dragon's Dogma 2. How to use The Brine to get kills in Dragon's Dogma 2 While my example with the Griffin was a random encounter where the Griffin died immediately before a fight could even begin, Ataniphor on Reddit found out that you can walk your enemies into deep water to allow The Brine to immediately defeat them. Ataniphor was able to do this with a Drake which is one of the hardest enemies in the game. The best part is, it doesn't matter if you have the best Fighter build or if you're any other Vocation. Drake trips into river and fucking drowns byu/Ataniphor inDragonsDogma As you can see in the video, if you do The Brine technique ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, March 23, 2024 3:39 PM
     Dragons Dogma 2 Should You Side With Simon Or RaghnallWhen taking on the Tensions on the Highroad quest in Dragon's Dogma 2, you must decide whether you should side with Simon or Raghnall. It's tough to know who to trust in this instance, but we'll tell you the truth behind this quest. Dragon's Dogma 2: Tensions on the Highroad – Should you side with Simon or Raghnall? As soon as you see Simon and Raghnall fighting in the Tensions on the Highroad quest, you may not know who you should side with. Raghnall tells you they're not to be trusted, but is he telling the truth? You should side with Raghnall over Simon in this Dragon's Dogma 2 side quest since Raghnall is speaking the truth about the treachery within this quest. This quest is also a good way to gain Affinity with Raghnall. Screenshot: PC Invasion After taking Raghnall's side, he'll lead you somewhere if you want to learn the truth. Pursue Raghnall, and you'll soon make it to a cave where you'll be separa...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, March 23, 2024 3:23 PM
     Visit melve from time to time quest Dragon's Dogma 2During the Readvent of Calamity quest in Dragon's Dogma 2, you are asked to "visit Melve from time to time." That is very vague, so I'm sure you're wondering how to complete this. We have you covered with this guide. Read further for a complete, in-depth walkthrough on how to visit Melve from time to time so you can progress the Readvent of Calamity quest in Dragon's Dogma 2. Dragon's Dogma 2: Visit Melve from time to time After reaching Melve and fending off the dragon during the Readvent of Calamity quest in Dragon's Dogma 2, the community will thank you for your help. The next objective in the quest becomes "visit Melve from time to time." So how do you know when to come back? The answer is to listen to your pawns. When I was focusing on another quest, my pawn randomly mentioned, "We haven't visited Melve in quite some time; maybe we should see how they're getting on." This was my cue to ...

WGB Saturday, March 23, 2024 1:05 PM
     VR can open the door to so many cool and interesting gaming experiences, and one of those was Swarm VR, an arena-based arcade shooter with an awesome way of getting around its environments. Swarm 2 VR seeks to build on that success by adding roguelike elements, a brave choice since that particular genre has arguably become over-saturated. So, is Swarm 2 VR a kickass sequel or does it need to do a few more runs to level up?

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Saturday, March 23, 2024 6:00 PM

The expansion will feature a slew of new content.

The post Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail Expansion Launches in July appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Saturday, March 23, 2024 5:19 PM

According to recent statements from prominent leaker Dusk Golem.

The post Resident Evil 9 May be An Open World Game appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Saturday, March 23, 2024 4:43 PM

MonsterVine Saturday, March 23, 2024 3:00 PM
     Grounded's 1.4 update will be released simultaneously on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch on April 16th. The Fully Yoked update is the final for Grounded and brings new cosmetic items, a crafting station, and New Game Plus. Obsidian has partnered with UK-based studio, Double Eleven to port Grounded over to PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch. […]

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Kotaku Saturday, March 23, 2024 9:00 AM

This week, one of the biggest stories in gaming involved updates to an eight-year-old game. Yes, Stardew Valley developer ConcernedApe trickled out a series of details about the game's latest patch that had fans hanging on every word in anticipation. We've got all the facts for you about this game-changing update, as…


PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 11:51 AM
     Sequel to popular 9/10 open-world sandbox survival game lands on Steam

Terratech Worlds has finally hit Steam in early access form. The long-awaited open-world survival game is finally available for fans of similar games like Minecraft, Rust, and Valheim to jump into, but unlike its contemporaries, Terratech Worlds offers its own interesting twist on the previously mentioned titles. Terratech focuses on exploring a colorful alien planet in a customizable vehicle with gameplay focused on crafting, base building, and cooperative gameplay.

PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 11:00 AM
     League of Legends Olaf changes to force viking back into the jungle

League of Legends is a game that is ever-evolving, with a new massive patch dropping big gameplay balancing updates and new skins to buy every two weeks. Players who have stuck around all these years, still dedicated to the long-running competitive game, are used to keeping up with their favorite champions' best builds and gameplay styles. While many champions receive consistent updates, the latest champion to receive massive changes is Olaf. Players of the beloved viking are in store for some massive adjustments, as Riot Games will finally attempt to push him out of the top lane for good.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: League of Legends ranks explained, League of Legends patch 14.2, League of Legends tier list

PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 10:40 AM
     One of the best roguelike strategy games is back and better than ever

Among all the roguelike deckbuilders on Steam, 2021's Fights in Tight Spaces is one of my favorites, and certainly one of the coolest. Using your deck of cards to overcome overwhelming odds and deliver brutal takedowns to your assailants, it perfectly captures the essence of the most iconic close-quarters fight scenes - John Wick, the Oldboy corridor scene, and that bus fight from Nobody. Now, it's back with a medieval twist and better than ever in Knights in Tight Spaces. PCGamesN got a hands-on demo of the new game at GDC, speaking to game director James Parker of developer Ground Shatter about the new additions.

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PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 10:20 AM
     Grab 7 of the best boomer shooters on PC for just $18 right now

'Boomer shooters' is a new moniker for a retro style of first-person shooter game, one that harkens back to the '90s, typically with vintage graphics and stylization from that era, or just straight up an FPS from that period. While this genre wasn't formally recognized until recently, digital gaming storefronts are now acknowledging the genre for the first time, and offering big deals for those looking for a blast from the past. Now, we have one of the best, and first, boomer shooter sales that won't break the bank.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best FPS games, Best old games, Best multiplayer games

PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 8:47 AM
     Dragon's Dogma 2 is Capcom's most popular single-player Steam launch

Dragon's Dogma 2 was slated to become one of Capcom's biggest game releases on Steam well before the game officially launched. The latest RPG from the esteemed Japanese gaming giant was expected to both carry over fans from the original title, which was released way back in 2012, as well as add hordes of new players who were entering the world of Dragon's Dogma for the very first time. Now, merely a day after the game launched, it's already broken single-player Steam records for the company.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Dragon's Dogma 2 review, Dragon's Dogma 2 vocations, Dragon's Dogma 2 map

PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 8:06 AM
     New King Arthur roguelike is basically a co-op Hades set in Camelot

The influence of Hades has been felt across the spectrum of roguelike games, and new challenger Sworn is certainly no exception. Taking the tried and tested format to the land of Arthurian legend, Sworn is a co-op action game that sees you fighting through a fallen Camelot to reclaim the kingdom from a corrupted King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Coming to Steam in 2024, you can sign up right now for a chance to join the game's closed playtest.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best roguelike games, Best fantasy games, Best co-op games

PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 7:10 AM
     Baldur's Gate 3 dev praises Wizards of the Coast as they part ways

As Baldur's Gate 3 developer Larian Studios announces it will be moving on from both Baldur's Gate and the Dungeons and Dragons franchise for its next project after BG3, studio founder and CEO Swen Vincke takes to social media to "clear up" any misconceptions that the split was caused by a falling out with DnD publisher Wizards of the Coast. Vincke reaffirms that the decision is purely "what's best for Larian" and says he was very happy with the relationship between his team and WOTC.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Baldur's Gate 3 builds, BG3 mods, Baldur's Gate 3 classes

PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 7:04 AM
     The best Dragon's Dogma 2 mods

What are the best Dragon's Dogma 2 mods? It's early days for Dragon's Dogma 2, but the character creator demo released by Capcom weeks before the official launch has already sparked some interest from the modding community. If the other RE Engine games are anything to go by, there's going to be a lot to look forward to over the next few months.

Though we're disappointed to find that Dragon's Dogma 2 multiplayer isn't a thing, the RPG game being single-player only means it has plenty of modding potential. We've found the best so far from Dragon's Dogma 2 modders, and just for fun, we're also including a list of mods we'd like to see in the future.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Dragon's Dogma 2 review, Dragon's Dogma 2 vocations, Dragon's Dogma 2 map

PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 6:31 AM
     Best Dragon's Dogma 2 Warfarer skills and weapon combinations

What are the best skills for a Dragon's Dogma 2 Warfarer? As a Warfarer can use every weapon skill in the game, this is a difficult question to answer and depends entirely on what kind of playstyle you'd like to adopt. Enjoy casting spells? Well, you're likely to take the best Mage and Sorcerer weapon skills with a dash of Magick Archer. More into raw melee damage? Focus on Warrior skills with a Thief's high-damage output when speed is required. Truly, the options are near limitless, but we've put together what we think is the best set of weapon skills for Warfarer.

Does the Warfarer seem like a bit too much for you in Dragon's Dogma 2? Check out our Dragon's Dogma 2 Magick Archer skills guide to learn all about our personal favorite class. Our runner up is the Mystic Spearhand, which combines magic-based maneuverability with powerful melee strikes. Luckily, we also have a Dragon's Dogma 2 Mystc Spearhand skills guide for your viewing pleasure. Otherwise, read on to find out the best Warfarer build.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Dragon's Dogma 2 review, Dragon's Dogma 2 vocations, Dragon's Dogma 2 map

PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 6:09 AM
     Free Monopoly Go dice links March 2024

March 23, 2024: We've added a huge seven new free dice links to our list of Monopoly Go dice links.

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

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

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PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 5:56 AM
     All Dragon's Dogma 2 Trickster skills and which to unlock

Which Dragon's Dogma 2 Trickster skills should you use? One of the most unique vocations we've ever seen in a role-playing game of any sort, the Trickster focuses primarily on confusing foes, drawing their aggression or forcing them to fight one another. With the right group of Pawns, Tricksters can absolutely obliterate just about any enemy without dealing a lick of damage themselves – or just lure them into walking off a cliff.

The Trickster is in the running against another vocation in Dragon's Dogma 2 for most unique – the Magick Archer. If slinging elemental arrows while keeping your Pawns in tip-top shape sounds more like your kind of playstyle, head on over to our Dragon's Dogma 2 Magick Archer skills guide. Otherwise, reading up on how to find Dragon's Dogma 2 Seeker's Tokens is a good bet if you're planning on putting together the best Trickster build, as the vocation has a lot of utility for finding hidden items.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Dragon's Dogma 2 review, Dragon's Dogma 2 vocations, Dragon's Dogma 2 map

PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 5:46 AM
     Dragon's Dogma 2 Claw Them Into Shape quest guide

How do you find a motivated soldier for Beren in Dragon's Dogma 2's Claw Them Into Shape quest? This optional mission is found relatively early in Dragon's Dogma 2 if you're looking in the right places, and talking to the right NPCs.

You'll want to have the Dragon's Dogma 2 map open for this one, as Beren's quest isn't prompted and you'll need to seek him out manually. This Dragon's Dogma 2 Beastren has a job for you, and when you know where to look, it's easy enough to do. You'll be rewarded with a powerful Warrior skill, so this one's certainly worth your time. Here's how to complete Claw Them Into Shape.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Dragon's Dogma 2 review, Dragon's Dogma 2 vocations, Dragon's Dogma 2 map

PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 6:05 AM
     All Dragon's Dogma 2 quests and side missions

How many quests are there in Dragon's Dogma 2? The answer is, well, a fair few. We've spent tens of hours in the long-awaited sequel to Capcom's 2012 fantasy epic, and completed all manner of missions for a huge variety of interesting characters. We might have already had one playthrough as the Arisen, but if you're just getting started we can help you to gauge just how much there is to do in this behemoth of a game.

With Dragon's Dogma 2 finally in our hands, take some time to pore over the Dragon's Dogma 2 vocations and learn what sets them apart from each other. Only then will you know which of these missions you want to make your priority - will you try to tackle as many Dragon's Dogma 2 enemies as possible, or do you want to venture across the Dragon's Dogma 2 map to see as much as you can?

This guide contains spoilers for the names of Dragon's Dogma 2 missions, but not the story content within them.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Dragon's Dogma 2 review, Dragon's Dogma 2 vocations, Dragon's Dogma 2 map

PCGamesN Saturday, March 23, 2024 5:16 AM
     Dragon's Dogma 2 guide – beginner tips and tricks

What are some beginner tips for playing Dragon's Dogma 2? The expansive RPG has landed on our shores, and players are getting to grips with the rather unique way that Dragon's Dogma 2 handles adventure. It can be brutal at times, with the game taking a decidedly hands-off approach, so we've compiled a list of essential tips for you to get the most out of your time in DD2.

In Dragon's Dogma 2, you play as the Arisen; a powerful 'chosen one' type of deal that initially sees a dragon performing open heart surgery on you (bad) but then you gain powers and the ability to control beings known as Pawns (good). Adventure ensues. Choose your Dragon's Dogma 2 vocation, befriend some Dragon's Dogma 2 characters, and get on your way.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Dragon's Dogma 2 review, Dragon's Dogma 2 vocations, Dragon's Dogma 2 map

Siliconera Saturday, March 23, 2024 9:00 AM

PlayStation Portal Promo

The PlayStation Portal has been out for a few months now, and it's a fascinating device. It's a clear attempt by Sony to produce a new handheld system, but it's clear that it's lacking compared to other devices on the market.

The PlayStation Portal has an odd concept. It's a handheld device for playing PS5 games using Remote Play, streaming from the console itself. To Sony's credit, there is something worthwhile in this concept. The failure of the Vita suggests Sony don't want to simply release a standard handheld in the same vein. Meanwhile, shifts in the handheld market show that change is required anyway.

Take a look at the Nintendo Switch, for example. After decades of supporting a separate home console and handheld, Nintendo combined the two, shifting their development strategy significantly. This strategy has proven successful though, with the Switch going on to become the third best-selling console of all time.

The Steam Deck has followed suit, with its promise of letting players take their entire Steam library anywhere they go. Valve's offer isn't exactly the same as Nintendo's, but the principle remains the same. The most successful handheld systems are complimentary to the home experience now, allowing easy access to the same library wherever you are.

Image via Sony

The PlayStation Portal is Sony's attempt to replicate this. On paper, it's the same idea. Take your entire PS5 library on the go. Simply load up the device, connect to your PS5 and play anything over wi-fi. But that's also the central problem with the device: it requires you to be tethered to a PS5.

The Switch and the Steam Deck both have the advantage of being truly portable. The Switch is a self-contained device. Once you remove it from the dock, it is now a handheld system you can walk out the house with. You can play Super Mario Bros Wonder on the train and nothing can stop you. While the Steam Deck requires some additional setup, ie. downloading your Steam games to it, it also can be taken anywhere without issue. You don't even need to own a gaming PC to make use of it.

The PlayStation Portal cannot truly be considered a portable device. The requirement to have your PS5 running the games in the background prevents that. You can't grab the Portal before you head out for the bus, you have to make sure you've turned the console on at home before you leave. Most importantly, you need to have a PS5 in the first place, which may not be the case for everyone looking to buy the Portal.

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Admittedly, I had some misconceptions about how the Portal worked when it was first announced. With the requirement of the PS5, I thought it would only connect within a certain radius of your home. Thankfully, this is not the case, as it uses wi-fi that can be accessed from anywhere, but this also raises its own issues.

For example, I'm someone who's likely to take a handheld system any time I plan to take a long trip. When I took a long-haul flight last year, it lacked wi-fi. While this did not stop my trusty Switch, it would have rendered the PlayStation Portal functionally useless. The key benefit of a handheld falls apart when you're at the mercy of public wi-fi access.

The problems with the Portal could have been mitigated with two extra options. While cloud streaming of games through PlayStation Plus won't solve the issue of spotty wi-fi, it would remove the need for your PS5 to be sitting in rest mode for weeks on end while you travel. After all, simply forgetting to turn the console on at home can halt the Portal's use even if you can find reliable public wi-fi access. Especially if you're like me and hate leaving it in Rest Mode.

Even more useful would be the ability to download games directly to the Portal. Sure, this may be a problem for some of the beefier PS5 games out there, but there could be an allowance for games that meet a certain performance standard. Or a rating system similar to the Steam Deck Verified check. It would be perfect for smaller scale games, especially indies. It's baffling that this was never considered as a design consideration during development.

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In its current state, the PlayStation Portal's main use is a device to keep playing PS5 games while someone else uses the TV. However, buying an entire device just to do this is pointless. Remote Play can be done just as easily through your phone, with the ability to connect a DualSense. Buying a whole device for this is unnecessary.

It's a real shame that the PlayStation Portal is so limited. There is a clear market here. The success of the Switch and Steam Deck both show that people want the convenience of taking their game library wherever they go. The PlayStation Portal could be the perfect way to do the same thing with PS5 games. But tying it so closely to a home system makes it fall short of that dream.

The PlayStation Portal is available now.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, March 23, 2024 11:46 AM
     Dragon's Dogma 2 Remove ScarsScars are an optional cosmetic feature in many RPGs, including Dragon's Dogma 2, but some scars in this game are special. If you want to remove either your Arisen's or Pawn's scars in Dragon's Dogma 2, here's what you need to know. Dragon's Dogma 2: How to remove scars Screenshot: PC Invasion If, after finishing your character creations for your Arisen and Pawn, you don't like your scars, you can remove them at any barberie. These are the only areas in the game where you can change your appearance. The first one you come across in Dragon's Dogma 2 is Clovis's Barberie in Vernworth. It costs 10,000 Gold to "Give Markings" which is how you edit or remove your scars. You can also buy the Art of Metamorphosis, which is used to change everything about your Pawn or Arisen, from Neomith in the Vernworth Pawn Guild, but it costs 500 RC. Either way, you'll need to know how to farm Gold and RC fast. How to rem...

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     Dragon's Dogma 2 Locked Farmhouse Outside VernworthThere is a farmhouse north of Vernworth that is locked and very difficult to get in to. I've gotten into the locked Farmhouse outside of Vernworth in Dragon's Dogma 2 so I'm equipped to help you do the same. Dragon's Dogma 2 locked farmhouse: How to get in Screenshot: PC Invasion The locked farmhouse I'm referring to is north of Vernworth in the farm fields right before the bridge. Use the image above to confirm the location. The problem we're facing is the door is locked — it's actually blocked by a piece of wood — and it's difficult to know how to break the wood to get in. I tried levitating as a Mage to get in from the roof and I tried using a Steady Shot as an Archer to shoot the wood, but neither of those techniques work. Screenshot: PC Invasion There is only one way to get into this farmhouse and it's through the sewer which is found directly under the bridge to the north of the farmhouse. Again, this is ...

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     Dragon's Dogma 2 Phantom CartThe Phantom Oxcart quest in Dragon's Dogma 2 has multiple choices and can be hard to complete. In this guide, you'll see what each choice gets you and how to finish The Phantom Oxcart quest in Dragon's Dogma 2. How to start The Phantom Oxcart in Dragon's Dogma 2 You only get The Phantom Oxcart quest after returning to Vernworth after experiencing Bakbattahl. More quests open up after going back and forth between cities; for The Phantom Oxcart, you get from overhearing any citizen, particularly those by the Oxcart stations, talk about The Phantom Oxcart in Vernworth. Once you have The Phantom Oxcart quest active, it'll show you on the map where to find it. I recommend Dozing Off on a bench to pass the time until it is night. Then, make your way north to the speculated Phantom Oxcart location. Dragon's Dogma 2 The Phantom Oxcart: Should you let him go or escort him to Vermund Screenshot: PC Invasion Once you arrive, you'll see t...

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Spring has sprung, reader dear, and may our spirits soar with it. I'll not pretend it's warm yet in Scotland (evidence: not seen a single lad going taps aff) but we've had a few nice days and you can feel hope, you can feel hope in the air, it's coming. Winter has been too long. So, uh, enjoy hunkering down inside playing Dragon's Dogma 2? Tell me, what are you playing this weekend? Here's what we're clicking on!

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Siliconera Friday, March 22, 2024 8:30 PM

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In a conversation between Nasu Kinoko (of Type-Moon and Fate fame) and David Jiang (of Honkai: Star Rail), the two discuss what they like about each other's works and how Type-Moon has influenced Jiang's creative process. This entire conversation can be read in Japanese on Denfaminico.

To start with, David Jiang states that he grew up with Type Moon's works, and cites Unlimited Blade Works in particular as an inspiration. He really likes Archer and Lancer. He also cannot deny that Clara and Svarog in Honkai: Star Rail aren't homages of Illya and Berserker from the Fate series. Their similarities was the subject of many jokes when Honkai: Star Rail first went live.

As for Nasu, he has also stated that he played and enjoyed HoYoVerse games. In the beginning, he approached it from a place of "superiority and arrogance," as he wanted to see what kind of content could be built using a foundation of Japanese otaku culture. However, as he continued playing, he realized that HoYoVerse games are an otaku's dreams come true. He recognizes the passion and skills that HoYoVerse's developers and programmers put into the game and thanks them. He also realized that HoYoVerse was serious with its "Tech Otakus Save the World" slogan.

Nasu also notes that HoYoVerse created Honkai: Star Rail with the idea that this is going to be a game that'll go on for a very long time. This was something that he also tried to keep in mind when he initially created Fate/Grand Order. He wants players to be able to play it without any worries about it ending service. An RPG should feature a vast world, but the developers also need to spend time creating a background that'll allow for an infinity of stories. In that sense, he immediately felt that HoYoVerse did a lot of preparation when it came to Honkai: Star Rail's setting and lore.

Jiang confirms that he and the Star Rail team did a lot of work in advance and that a lot of characters and factions debuting in Version 2.0's Penacony were actually teased way back in Version 1.0. Both creators have a high level of appreciation and respect for each other's work, and they genuinely enjoy games for the other company. At the beginning of the interview, Nasu says that his friend wants to know if Klee will get a buff soon. Jiang replied that he couldn't promise anything, but he'd pass the message along to the Genshin Impact team. Time will tell if this mutual respect and appreciation will lead to an official crossover or collaboration event down the line.

Honkai: Star Rail is readily available on the PS5, Windows PC, and mobile devices, and Fate/Grand Order is also readily available on mobile devices.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, March 22, 2024 9:55 PM
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