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PCGamesN Sunday, March 24, 2024 3:09 PM
     Path of Exile 2 devs are excited to compete with Diablo and Last Epoch

While Path of Exile 2 might now be a little further out than before, that's only as a result of developer Grinding Gear Games' pursuit to make the best RPG it can. Alongside the announcement of the PoE2 beta delay, PCGamesN speaks to game directors Jonathan Rogers and Mark 'Neon' Roberts about the resurgence of ARPGs in recent years and how it's approaching competition from the likes of Diablo 4 and Last Epoch.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best games like Diablo, Path of Exile 2 preview, Best free games

PCGamesN Sunday, March 24, 2024 1:26 PM
     Upcoming Tarkov and Warzone rival is

New tactical open-world extraction shooter Exoborne is developer Sharkmob's answer to the likes of Escape From Tarkov and Call of Duty Warzone DMZ. Set in an apocalyptic United States where extreme forces of nature run rampant, you'll have to head out and scavenge for supplies and resources, bringing back what you can find to craft more powerful gear including the signature Exo-Rigs worn by your squad. At GDC, we spoke to narrative director Martin Hultberg and executive producer Brynley Gibson about its plans for the game and why players should be interested.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best FPS games, Upcoming PC games, Best multiplayer games

PCGamesN Sunday, March 24, 2024 12:16 PM
     New Valorant Agent Clove is the best bits of Sage and Astra in one

I have always said that Valorant needed a Scottish agent. It largely comes from the fact that I am, in fact, Scottish, and was hoping that, one day, Riot Games would approach me to borrow my unique Glaswegian accent for one of its characters. While I'm vaguely offended not to be the FPS game's next VA, I am absolutely obsessed with new Valorant agent Clove, whose Northern charm, colorful design, and interesting kit make them one to watch.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Valorant Night Market dates, Valorant ranks, Valorant crosshair codes

PCGamesN Sunday, March 24, 2024 1:10 PM
     Thief and System Shock dev leads new roguelite mixing FPS and strategy

Wild Bastards has quite the elevator pitch. It's a roguelike strategy FPS game with bitesize immersive sim shootouts punctuated by broader long-term strategy planning, underpinned by a bold prism of colors and a sci-fi setting. We had the chance to talk with the game's audio director Ryan Roth at GDC all about the project, and how it channels its immersive sim pedigree from Thief, BioShock, and System Shock 2 into something totally new.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: New PC games, Upcoming PC games, Best PC games

PCGamesN Sunday, March 24, 2024 1:09 PM
     This retro sci-fi inspired Metroidvania game is co-op even by yourself

Bringing together influences of Hollow Knight, Ori, Dead Cells, and Salt and Sanctuary, Anima Flux is a new co-op focused Metroidvania game set to make its way to Steam later this year. At GDC, PCGamesN spoke to game designer Andrei Ivancioglo from developer Anima Flux and manager Andrei Grecico of publisher JollyCo about their influences and design.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: New PC games, Upcoming PC games, Best PC games

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How to Unlock Magick Archer Vocation in Dragon's Dogma 2

While many are getting into Dragon's Dogma 2 right now, others could be heading into the original game before experiencing the sequel. The experience can be different for everyone. After all, you get the freedom to do what you want, when you want. Plus, you choose the sort of role you want to play. So, when heading into Dragon's Dogma or Dragon's Dogma 2, which vocation do you think is best?

I really liked the Mystic Knight in the original game. I loved having that nice big shield, the ability to magically imbue your parries or weapons, and the Magick Cannon ability is a really cool way to add in some ranged threat. I'm even more excited to try out the Mystic Spearhand in Dragon's Dogma 2, since I'm a long time advocate for spears and other pole-based weaponry. That said, the new additions to the greatsword wielding Warrior and arrow-slinging Archer are doing their darned'est to make me reconsider which Dragon's Dogma or Dragon's Dogma 2 vocation is best. -- Elliot

I am also an appreciator of magick classes in Dragon's Dogma, but for me it was the Magick Archer. Being able to get up close and personal with daggers, and sneak away from the front lines to shoot down powerful enemies with magick arrows from a distance is an incredible payoff to what could be a slow and tough beginning hours. For Dragon's Dogma 2 I will no doubt be playing another Magick Vocation, but I am still unsure on whether I'll go for the Mystic Spearhand or the mischievous Trickster. -- Daniel

Which Dragon's Dogma or Dragon's Dogma 2 vocation do you think is the best? Let us know in the comments!

The post Which Dragon's Dogma Vocation Is Best? appeared first on Siliconera.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Sunday, March 24, 2024 3:08 PM
     Dragon's Dogma 2 MyrrdinA good old book-hunting quest can get overly complicated. That is if you don't know where to look. Here is where to find all grimoire locations in Dragon's Dogma 2 The Sorcerer's Appraisal quest. Dragon's Dogma 2: The Sorcerer's Appraisal Grimoire Locations The Sorcerer's Appraisal quest is the first quest given by Myrddin, the Sorcerer Maistro. If you are wondering where to find him, you will have to travel to Checkpoint Rest Town – yes, that's its name – and visit the house at the very top of the hill. Entering Myrddin's house to get the quest is a bit tricky because you will need Courtly Tunic and Courtly Breeches to give the impression that you belong to the nobility, convincing Myrddin to open up his doors to you. You can find these during the Stolen Throne quest or look for them at Comptroller's Home, located in Vernworth's south district. Screenshot: PC Invasion Myrddin will instruct you to fi...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Sunday, March 24, 2024 2:35 PM
     How to get Astracite in Dragon's Dogma 2Astracite is a material that players can use to enhance weapons and armor in Dragon's Dogma 2. If you are having trouble finding this rare material, this guide has you covered. Dragon's Dogma 2: Where to find Astracite Players who want to collect Astracite can do so while exploring the world at night. Astracite is dropped by mysterious ghost-like enemies called Phantoms, who only come out during nighttime and are usually found traveling in packs. I had the best luck finding Phantoms north of Vernworth. Below shows a close up of what these enemies look like: Screenshot: PC Invasion Keep in mind that defeating a Phantom doesn't guarantee that Astracite will drop. Considering it's a rare material in the game, it may take a few trips through the night and defeating multiple Phantoms to get just one Astracite. To put this into perspective, it took me about 20 Phantoms kills to receive one Astracite. Most of the time, you will receive Miasmite. In other...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Sunday, March 24, 2024 2:10 PM
     Dragons Dogma 2 Off The Pilfered Path How To Offer Hugo GuidanceAfter you make it to Battahl, you'll probably run into Hugo through the Coral Snakes quest before he's taken into gaol. This will lead to the "Off the Pilfered Path" quest in Dragon's Dogma 2 where you'll need to figure out how to offer Hugo guidance. Dragon's Dogma 2: How to offer Hugo guidance in Off the Pilfered Path When you first arrive at the scene in the gaol, Hugo won't want to speak a word of anything. Like most quests in Dragon's Dogma 2, figuring out what to do can be tough without any quest hints. You'll first want to start by walking into the Bakbattahl Gaol Guardhouse which is a small room near Hugo's cell. Screenshot: PC Invasion You'll find a Makeshift Gaol Key (I used this to open the cell containing a Seeker Token inside), and a book that you can read. Read the page, then speak with Hugo again. This time he'll have more to say, and if you speak to Dietrich after, he'll tel...

Gamer Empire Sunday, March 24, 2024 4:11 PM
     To the far East of Morytania is Port Phasmatys, a ghostly town full of shops, a bank, a few crafting resources, and Charter Ships to other locations. Just North of the main gate is the Ectofuntus, an altar used by the citizens living there. The town itself (and a few other things) requires using Ecto-Tokens […]

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Sunday, March 24, 2024 5:21 PM

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PCGamesN Sunday, March 24, 2024 11:57 AM
     This retro sci-fi inspired Metroidvania game is co-op even by yourself

Bringing together influences of Hollow Knight, Ori, Dead Cells, and Salt and Sanctuary, Anima Flux is a new co-op focused Metroidvania game set to make its way to Steam later this year. At GDC, PCGamesN spoke to game designer Andrei Ivancioglo from developer Anima Flux and manager Andrei Grecico of publisher JollyCo about their influences and design.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best co-op games, Best metroidvania games, Best indie games

PCGamesN Sunday, March 24, 2024 11:38 AM
     Dragon's Dogma 2 frustrates and annoys you for all the right reasons

In Dragon's Dogma 2, the player is introduced as someone special. They're not only a figure called the Arisen, marked by destiny as the rightful heir to a kingdom, but they also travel with companions called Pawns, who refer to the player as 'master' and obey their directions in battle and exploration.

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

PCGamesN Sunday, March 24, 2024 10:17 AM
     Stardew Valley 1.6 now has two of its most beloved community upgrades

With Stardew Valley 1.6 finally here, you'll want to brush up on some of the best mods for the massive farming game. Luckily for you then, two overhauled mods perfectly complement the design of Eric 'ConcernedApe' Barone's vanilla game while expanding all the crop, tree, and flower options across your farm, and there's even more on the way.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Stardew Valley multiplayer, Stardew Valley realism, The best Stardew Valley mods

PCGamesN Sunday, March 24, 2024 8:50 AM
     Promising sci-fi Diablo style roguelike adds a splash of Helldivers

Blending the top-down action RPG combat of Diablo with a futuristic sci-fi setting, upcoming Steam roguelike game Gatekeeper is one I've had my eye on for a while. While its melee focused classes lean more towards the Blizzard ARPG in how they play, however, its newest addition feels much more akin to Helldivers - especially Arrowhead's first, also top-down outing for that series - with a satisfying shotgun and the ability to call down satellite bombardments.

PCGamesN Sunday, March 24, 2024 8:06 AM
     This Diablo like is a free game, but you've only got 24 hours

As of writing this, you've got around 24 hours left to claim Book of Demons as a free game over on GOG. A hack-and-slash dungeon crawler in the vein of Diablo, Path of Exile, and Last Epoch, Book of Demons also adds some light card deck elements to its paper-inspired visuals, while a unique system lets you set the size of your quests as well.

PCGamesN Sunday, March 24, 2024 7:55 AM
     FF14 Dawntrail will make content less

With FF14 Dawntrail now firmly set in our calendars, game director and producer Naoki Yoshida, best known as 'Yoshi-P' by the community, has taken some time to talk about how he feels about the current state of the various content players have on offer in the critically acclaimed MMORPG. Echoing some community complaints that content and mechanics can feel repetitive at times, Yoshida says he hopes to "spice it up a little" in Dawntrail and beyond.

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

PCGamesN Sunday, March 24, 2024 6:48 AM
     Dragon's Dogma 2 mod gives you all the consumables you'll ever need

If you've been struggling to find valuable resources in Dragon's Dogma 2 and don't want to fork over extra cash to stock back up, or grind for them, there's already an incredibly popular DD2 mod that puts hundreds of these items into one of the in-game stores. Camp kits, Wakestones, Beetles, Ferrystones, and Rift Crystals are now all at your fingertips.

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

PCGamesN Sunday, March 24, 2024 5:43 AM
     Free Monopoly Go dice links March 2024

March 24, 2024: We've added the latest new free dice 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.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best board games, Free PC games, Monopoly Go dice

PCGamesN Sunday, March 24, 2024 10:44 AM
     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.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: New PC games, Upcoming PC games, Best PC games

PCGamesN Sunday, March 24, 2024 6:06 AM
     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

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Sunday, March 24, 2024 7:00 AM

Sundays are for buying easter eggs for the week after. Let's prepare to crack as we read the week's best writing about games and game-related things.

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Blaze Entertainment's Evercade platform keeps on going, holding true (so far) to its promise to support its hardware releases with a library of cross-compatible cartridges. We're taking a look at the most recent suite of carts, giving you the lowdown on what they offer and who should consider them.

Indie Heroes Collection 3

Always a highlight of the library, the Indie Heroes Collection installments batch together recently-developed retro games that cameo as a downloaded Game of the Month on the systems in the preceding year. A weird inclusion this time: Bubble Seahorse Adventures, which runs natively and sets off all sorts of uncanny valley signals in our brains when we see it running on a platform for retro games. Native ports can work well on the platform, when done right (like Cathedral), but this one feels off.

One of our favorites is Bone Marrow, which takes a very mobile-like slide puzzle and puts a fantasy dungeon-crawling skin atop it. Also a joy is Big2Small. In that game, you use the D-pad to slide animals until they hit an obstacle, using them as aids for each other to guide them each to particular squares. Generally, this cartridge works to mitigate the Evercade's biggest weakness, which is slower-paced, thoughtful games. And we approve wholeheartedly.

Fans of the single-player puzzles of ChuChu Rocket! should check out the similarly-named Chew Chew Mimic, and VS owners can have some fun with friends in Chibi Monster Br4wl. For a full list of inclusions, you can check out the official Evercade page.

The C64 Collection 3

We'll admit to having less of a nostalgia for the Commodore 64, as American console-heads, but the love and attention that Blaze is giving to the platform is enviable. This third collection adds 13 more games, including ones as well-known as Boulder Dash and as obscure as… Break Dance? The latter's a strange inclusion on the surface, but it's one of the first attempts at rhythm gaming and has a Space Channel 5-like repeat-after-me structure.

The Commodore 64 doesn't make for the most natural fit here — you'll have to use a virtual keyboard sometimes — but it definitely could be worse. If you're new to a game, though, we strongly recommend a thorough reading of its section of the manual to explain what's going on and how to control it. More than consoles, these computer games assume you'll do that and don't bother explaining things on-screen.

Duke Nukem Collections 1 & 2

If you paid any attention at all to the Evercade platform before this article, you probably know about these two Duke Nukem compilations. Launched alongside a commemorative version of the VS, they pull together titles from the franchise's long history. Collection 1 is built around Duke Nukem 1+2 Remastered, a native port for Evercade of the original side-scrollers, and also adds Duke Nukem 3D: Total Meltdown, the FPS' PS1 port, for variety.

The second collection has some deeper cuts. Time to Kill and Land of the Babes are PlayStation games with a third-person perspective and a lot of nods to Tomb Raider. Duke Nukem Advance is more of a technological marvel than anything else, getting the full 3D FPS experience up and running on the Game Boy Advance. It remixes a lot of Duke 3D assets to do its own thing, and… just don't play this one on the VS. Your fun with this in 2024 is inversely proportional to the screen size you play it on.

Demons of Asteborg / Astebros

We think the Evercade is at its best when it's showcasing labors of love that wouldn't usually otherwise carve out a spot on your shelf, and these indie two-packs do that well. Demons of Asteborg is a modern Sega Genesis action-adventure game, with exploration and platforming elements along the way. The animation is smooth and impressive, making for a game that makes you double-check whether it can actually run on original hardware. (Yep, it can!) Along with the gorgeous visuals comes a level of difficulty that is no joke. Perhaps understandably, it's built for an audience that's loved action games for decades and played the old ones so much that they needed something new.

Astebros, the included semi-sequel, ratchets down the barrier of entry a few notches, thankfully. It also brings in co-op and roguelike elements, and polishes some of the controls to feel more like its new-retro brethren. You can choose from three characters with different styles, and it's an especially good time with an Evercade VS, a friend and some snacks. More than anything else in this lineup, this could lure in a pal who usually isn't down to play older releases.

Goodboy Galaxy / Witch 'n Wiz

Witch 'n Wiz is an NES block-pushing puzzle game in the vein of Lolo or Sokoban. Your goal is to defeat all the monsters by moving to the same square. There's lots of failure states, so there are two previous buttons dedicated to undoing and resetting the board. It's very much a game about gravity; pushing blocks off platforms and destroying temporary supports is part of every solution, but you have to collect things in the right order.

Goodboy Galaxy, a newly-developed GBA platformer, stars a space-pup wandering about and retrieving gadgets and apps to unlock new abilities. The animation in the game nails a very GBA-specific brand of adorable. The environments are bright and colorful, if a bit utilitarian at the expense of world-building; you'll find gameplay challenge, if not a believable biome. Also the dog is very good!

One cool thing about this release: it includes physical goodies! There are Goodboy Galaxy stickers and a hand-drawn guide map for Witch 'n Wiz. We imagine this is the sort of thing that comes and goes based on Blaze's profit margins for a given release, but we like seeing 'em.

Evercade cartridges work on the Evercade EXP handheld, Evercade VS home system and even the budget-line Hyper Mega Tech! Super Pocket models. For more coverage of the platform, check out our archive.

The post Latest Evercade Cartridges Span Decades of Nostalgia appeared first on Siliconera.

Gamer Empire Sunday, March 24, 2024 6:13 AM
     Canada was one of the most impactful colonies of the United Kingdom in the Second World War. They have helped the Allies more than most countries and have participated from start till end. However, Paradox Interactive have decided to make this important North American country one of the most boring options you can choose. Though […]

Gamer Empire Sunday, March 24, 2024 4:51 AM
     In Raft, you play as a scout who ventures through the endless ocean to find resources and habitable land for human beings. By going through the different story islands and doing quests, you're one step closer to reaching Utopia and unveiling the story behind Raft. Recommended Read: How to Unlock New Characters in Raft Unlike […]

Pivotal Gamers Sunday, March 24, 2024 4:22 AM
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