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Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 3:47 PM

Players are currently having a tough time logging into Final Fantasy XIV after the MMORPG was hit with DDoS attacks on May 6. Square Enix has acknowledged the issue but hasn't yet updated fans on when the outages will be fixed.


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 3:10 PM

Late Sunday evening, I logged onto Fortnite to enjoy all the newly added Star Wars content, solo-queuing up for a No Build quads match right away. As I waited for the battle bus to pick me up, I could hear one of my teammates loudly playing Canadian actor-turned-rapper Aubrey "Drake" Graham's song, "The Heart Part 6,"…


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 3:04 PM

Last week, Arrowhead Studios announced that an upcoming update to its hit co-op shooter Helldivers 2 would require existing PC players on Steam to make a PlayStation Network account to continue playing. If they didn't, they'd lose access to their Helldivers accounts, and that news did not land well. The move was bad…


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 1:50 PM

After online rumors (and a cameo in a teaser video), it's official: Later this year Cal Kestis, the main character from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and its sequel Jedi: Survivor, is getting his very own Lego miniature character figure, aka a minifig.


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 1:40 PM

FromSoftware's 2022 epic Elden Ring is a near-perfect video game in the eyes of many. It won several Game of the Year awards, and defined the year in gaming. However, that doesn't mean the game can't be improved. That's what mods are for after all! Fans with enough technical know-how can tweak, improve, or add any…


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 1:20 PM

If you never tried out BioWare's highly influential and still (mostly) incredible science fiction trilogy Mass Effect, there is no better time than the present. The whole package is available on Steam for dirt cheap, so as long as you've got a PC that can run the Legendary Edition remasters, it's well worth the entry…


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 1:10 PM

The silly and popular online Star Wars fan theory that Jar Jar Binks was actually a secret Sith manipulating the events of the prequel trilogy is officially...still not canon. But a newly announced (and non-canonical) Lego mini-series will feature the evil version of Jar Jar, complete with red lightsaber and evil…


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 12:55 PM

After a brief technical test that whooped so much ass, acclaimed developer Supergiant Games has announced that Hades 2 is in Early Access, which is expected to last until the end of the year. What does this mean? Simple: You can head over to the Epic Games Store or Steam and purchase it right now for $30.


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 12:00 PM

Action RPG No Rest for the Wicked might be a Soulslike at heart, but there's more than meets the eye with Moon Studios' newly released title—especially around its main city, Sacrament. The city serves as a hub for most quests and merchant needs, which means you'll be visiting it often. One NPC in particular has an…


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 11:50 AM

Newly released action RPG No Rest for the Wicked is a punishing ride, especially if you don't invest time


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 11:40 AM

If you've been playing the Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection, then you know 1998's MGS1 is all about staying hidden. The game gives you a number of tactics to remain out of sight, but one of the most signature of techniques in Snake's arsenal is simply hiding in a cardboard box. But boxes don't just let you stay…


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 11:32 AM

In 2010, a group of Halo 2 diehards called "Noble 14" stayed logged into the multiplayer shooter for weeks after Microsoft turned off the online servers for the original Xbox on April 14. The service's last player was Apache N4SIR who finally got booted just after midnight on May 11. Fourteen years later, a group of…


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 11:15 AM

YouTube's biggest creator, Jimmy "MrBeast" Donaldson, is going through some changes. A year ago, he said that the pacing of his videos would slow down as he tried out a new editing style. That hasn't exactly come to fruition just yet, but a new Semafor story indicates that MrBeast's desire to shake up his production…


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 11:00 AM

Moon Studio's No Rest for the Wicked is a tough-as-nails Soulslike, but there are moments of respite to be found. Alongside the array of weapons and armor found in chests or offered as rewards for quests, there's a set of more rudimentary tools that you shouldn't ignore. They include a pickaxe and a fishing rod, which…


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 10:50 AM

It won't be too long until fans of Capcom's survival horror franchise will be able to play the next entry in the franchise. That's if the latest rumors about the inevitable Resident Evil 9 are to be believed. The new update comes from Dusk Golem, a prominent horror game leaker who previously revealed details on Silent…


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 10:40 AM

Sucker Punch's open-world samurai game Ghost of Tsushima is getting a Steam port this month that will require a PlayStation Network account to access its multiplayer mode. If this sounds familiar, it's because Sony recently announced that the "grace period" for the beloved multiplayer game Helldivers 2 was over, and…


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 9:45 AM

If you're a regular Pokémon GO player, there's a good chance in recent days that you've wondered if something's wrong with your phone or your fingers. As you spin the Poké ball ready for a curveball, it suddenly pops back to the bottom of the screen right as you attempt to throw. I'm relieved to tell you, it's not…


Kotaku Monday, May 6, 2024 8:10 AM

PlayStation has announced that, after about three days of online yelling and reviewing bombing, it will no longer require Helldivers 2 players on PC to link their Steam account to a PlayStation Network account in order to continue accessing the popular sci-fi co-op shooter.


PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 3:50 PM
     Newly launched anime style RPG deckbuilder nets 90% rating on Steam

Chrono Ark was bound to grab an audience's attention. Its visuals, which feature colorful Persona 5 style character portraits, do a good job of catching the eye on their own. But it's the game's design concept that really helps it stick out. In an era where PC players can't seem to get enough of card games (see: Balatro and Slay the Spire 2) and roguelikes (see: Hades 2), Chrono Ark combines both of those genres with RPG game party building and storytelling in order to offer players something they seem to be very excited to dig into.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 2:59 PM
     Abiotic Factor will helpfully put your corpse in the cafeteria

The "corpse run" can be among the tensest experiences in gaming: Having just lost all your precious gear, you need to get back to the spot where you died in order to retrieve it, or else you'll lose it forever. In Abiotic Factor, that's sometimes been an impossible task due to the presence of extreme hazards or weird level geometry. Fortunately, the latest hotfix addresses this - and will sometimes resort to shipping your body back to the office cafeteria.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 2:10 PM
     Best Hades 2 settings for max fps

What are the best Hades 2 settings for PC? It should be no surprise that Hades 2 is a simple game to run on just about any gaming PC, but don't underestimate the value of a well-optimized game regardless of whether it's indie or triple-A.

Hades 2 runs great on Steam Deck, and its system requirements are a very low bar to clear. We're enamored with this highly anticipated sequel so far, calling it "a near-perfect roguelike" in our review. So let us show you how to get the best out of this vibrant roguelike across its video and gameplay settings.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 2:01 PM
     New tactical FPS blows past Arma and Ready or Not's Steam records

Gray Zone Warfare has been doing very well. The tactical FPS, reminiscent of sim style shooters like Arma 3, Ready or Not, Hell Let Loose, and Insurgency: Sandstorm, came out in Early Access on Steam last week and sold a ton of copies in a very short period of time. The success it's enjoyed so far doesn't seem to be slowing down, with the game's player count on Steam rising to the point that it's far outpacing some of the biggest games in its genre.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 1:57 PM
     Is Hades 2 Steam Deck compatible?

Is Hades 2 Steam Deck compatible? Given the history that developer Supergiant has with Valve's handheld, it's no surprise to see that Hades 2 also runs incredibly well on the portable console.

In what is shaping up to be one of the best Steam Deck games you can play, much like the original, Hades 2 asks nothing of players other than to boot and play.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 2:20 PM
     All Hades 2 Gods and characters

Who are the Hades 2 Gods and characters? As you explore the underworld, a compelling cast of colorful characters are waiting to help you on your journey. Some NPCs are there to test you, aid you in mastering your skills, and sell you useful items. Gods, on the other hand, appear at random to give you special items to aid you in combat.

Whenever you start a new crawl through the dungeons of Hades 2, or pass through a gate into the next, you can interact with a randomly allocated Sigil that is usually associated with one of the Greek gods. These Hades 2 Boons grant you a choice of buff to your attack or defense, themed around the God offering their help. But which Hades 2 Gods do you have the chance to meet in the roguelike game, and just how does their Greek mythology relate to the Hades 2 story? Read on to find out.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 1:21 PM
     Hades 2 Scylla and the Sirens boss guide

How do you beat the Hades 2 Scylla and the Sirens boss? As you descend a level in the hunt for Chronos you'll find that things get a little damp and a lot groovy. Oceanus is home to the most famous band you've never heard of: Scylla and the Sirens, and they're here to ensure you have a wonderful - and painful - time.

The Scylla and the Sirens boss fight can be an overwhelming affair, with multiple targets to aim for and a host of area attacks to avoid - not to mention the multiple schools of deadly fish. The bosses in Hades 2 always find a way to be memorable, and this trio of musicians is no different; the song that plays over the fight in the roguelike game has been stuck in our heads for days now.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 1:20 PM
     Is Zagreus in Hades 2?

Is Zagreus in Hades 2? The first-born son of Hades was the main character in the previous game, but in the sequel, we play as his sister Melinoe, a witch with an all-new set of powers. Many fans will appreciate the new protagonist, but it does raise the question of what happened to Zagreus.

With Hades 2 going into early access, it doesn't look like we're getting any answers to this riddle anytime soon. We do know, however, that some of the Hades 2 gods have been swapped around, with the likes of Dionysis and Ares seemingly absent, while new faces Hestia and Hephaestus make their debut. We've scoured every corner of the roguelike game so far to see if there are any clues about Zagreus' whereabouts.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 1:25 PM
     All Hades 2 keepsakes and effects

What are the best Hades 2 keepsakes? Erebus is a tricky environment to navigate, and as early access looms you might be wondering how to optimize your run. Luckily, gifting Nectar comes with great rewards which could turn your fate around.

While you're seeking out all of the Hades 2 gods and characters to grant them your gifts, you're likely to run into some formidable opponents. Check out our Hades 2 Hecate boss guide if you're struggling to beat the first major obstacle in the game. That aside, we've got all of the Hades 2 keepsakes and their effects right here.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 1:20 PM
     Best Hades 2 weapons

What are the best Hades 2 weapons? As you progress through Hades 2 in a bid to find and defeat Chronos, you can unlock new weapons at the Crossroads, provided you have the raw materials to do so.

All Hades 2 weapons are worthwhile in one way or another, and we've given them all a try against the Hades 2 bosses and lesser foes and have ranked them from best to worst. Of course, a variety of Hades 2 Gods are also waiting to support you, but choosing the best weapon in the roguelike game makes all the difference. We've listed the best weapons to prioritize in our Hades 2 weapons tier list below.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 1:17 PM
     All Hades 2 bosses

What are the Hades 2 bosses? Melinoe has quite the task ahead of her. Insurmountable to most, she must delve deeper than anyone dares, and climb higher than people thought possible to help her godlike family and put Chronos in the ground. There's a war going on, you know; aboveground, armies clash in an endless struggle for supremacy, and below, a solitary warrior cuts swathes to reach the heart of the matter.

The Hades 2 release date is upon us, which is excellent news for roguelike game fans everywhere. Check out our Hades 2 weapons guide, and our Hades 2 Boons guide to get as powerful as possible, as quickly as possible. As you begin your journey, you have a lot on your plate, so prepare yourself with our list of all the Hades 2 bosses and a brief description of what they're about.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 1:23 PM
     Hades 2 Hecate boss guide

How do you beat the Hades 2 Hecate boss? As the saying goes, it's time for the student to become the master as Melinoë faces her mentor, Headmistress Hecate. Using the daughter of Zeus' witchy powers and quick reflexes, you should be able to overcome this challenge with enough persistence.

However, Hecate isn't going to make this easy for you. She has some rather devious tricks that make even the first Hades 2 boss fight one to remember. With more bosses being added when the Hades 2 release date rolls around, you'll soon be flying past Hecate without much trouble, to face new foes.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 1:18 PM
     Hades 2 release date estimate, early access window, and trailers

When is the Hades 2 release date? After the runaway success of Hades, fans are excited to see what Supergiant Games has in store for the follow-up to the huge indie hit. When will you be able to get your hands on it, though?

The mythological roguelike game was revealed during The Game Awards 2022. Despite receiving critical praise for their previous titles, Hades 2 is the first sequel Supergiant Games has ever made. We're expecting big things from the devs - the original Hades was so good that it made our best PC games list. So with all of the fluff out of the way, it's time to take a look at everything we know so far about Hades 2, including its release date estimate, story, trailers, and gameplay.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 1:09 PM
     Best Hades 2 builds

What are the best Hades 2 builds? With a different skillset, it'll take some time to get used to how Melinoe plays compared to Zagreus. Some weapons you unlock along the way work extremely well with the witch's playstyle and the new abilities along the way.

With so many new weapons and techniques in Hades 2 during its early access, there's a lot to think about when preparing for your next run. This roguelike game has plenty of Hades 2 gods you can meet in every run that each dish out the Hades 2 boons like candy. As we progress deeper into the labyrinthine dungeons, we're finding success with very specific builds which you can find below.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 1:04 PM
     Hades 2 features a surprise Hollywood star in a new role

The Hades 2 cast is stacked. With many actors returning from the first game, there are a lot of characters from Greek myth with astounding interpretations to see realized in new ways. There are plenty of new characters too, with one revealed in the game's credits as being voiced by a big-name Hollywood actor, no less.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 2:43 PM
     All Hades 2 incantations and effects

What are all of the Hades 2 incantations? You've just got back from a run having fallen to a pesky boss guarding your ascent - or descent - and there are yet more new incantations waiting to be brewed at Hecate's cauldron in The Crossroads. How many could there be?!

We've progressed through Hades 2 early access far enough to seemingly find the limit to these witch's brews. Check out what we thought of the rest of the game in our Hades 2 review, or if she's giving you a little trouble, find out how to best the headmistress in our Hades 2 Hecate boss guide, for some extra tips.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 1:01 PM
     The first big Hades 2 update is already being lined up

The Hades 2 early access release means developer Supergiant Games still has a lot planned for the Greek mythology roguelike. Features like characters, weapons, zones, and even story details will be added over time, so what can we expect to see and when? Luckily for us, a detailed in-game message spells out what's next, so I've broken it down and outlined what it means for the future of one of Steam's most wishlisted games.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 1:01 PM
     Hades 2, sequel to one of the best roguelikes ever made, is out now

Back in 2018, indie studio Supergiant Games put its latest project out on the Epic Games Store. While Supergiant had established a reputation by then for creating games with snappy action design, gorgeous cartoon visuals, and evocative writing, the launch of Hades, which would spend two years in early access before coming out in its final form in 2020, was a bit of a surprise. Hades took all of the action and RPG game elements that Supergiant had already so successfully displayed in Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre, and channeled them into a roguelike format that was both a departure from its past work and another showcase of its existing strengths. The result was a massive hit that's been cemented as one of the best roguelikes ever made, and a game that's created a ton of excitement for its sequel. Now, Hades 2, the sequel in question, has launched in Early Access.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 1:00 PM
     May 4 sale has players checking out this Star Wars multiplayer game

The annual May the Fourth sale on Star Wars games is always a chance to fill out your library with some of the classics. This year, thanks in part to a steep discount putting it at its lowest price ever, Star Wars Battlefront 2 has gotten some renewed attention, with concurrent player counts jumping up to levels the game hasn't seen in almost four years.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 12:58 PM
     Hades 2 review – a flawless expansion of a near-perfect roguelike

Ah, Hades. My game of the year for 2018 even in its early access form, and the closest thing to a perfect roguelike that's ever existed. With its deep narrative entrenched in Greek mythology, tales of familial struggles, and LGBTQ+ representation that feels organic and inclusive, it's easy to see why Hades struck a chord with a vastly diverse audience. Hades 2 enters early access seven years after its predecessor, and the time and love that Supergiant Games has put into it is evident from the off.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 10:06 AM
     Helldivers 2 receives influx of positive reviews after PSN backtrack

Helldivers 2 has had, to put it one way, a hell of a week. It quickly went from one of the biggest hits of 2024 so far—a game whose success this year is only rivalled by the likes of Palworld, Balatro, and Manor Lords—to one that was widely condemned when, recently, players were told that they'd need to link their Steam accounts to a PlayStation Network (PSN) account, even if they only planned to play on PC. As a result, Helldivers 2 ended up delisted in 177 countries that don't support PSN accounts and review bombed to the point that the once beloved game sank to a 'Mostly Negative' rating on Steam. Now, however, the account linking requirement has been dropped and Helldivers 2's Steam rating is beginning to recover.

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PCGamesN Monday, May 6, 2024 10:00 AM
     This symmetrical dual-reservoir water-cooled gaming PC is amazing

There are few sights more pleasing for us than a well-designed custom water-cooling system, and this gaming PC is one of the finest we've seen. Built inside a huge Thermaltake Tower 900 case that gives amazing views of the front and sides of the system, Heiko Erhard, has crafted an astonishing symmetrical, dual-reservoir water-cooled PC build.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, May 6, 2024 1:02 PM

I've been sampling Hades 2's early access build on the Steam Deck, and my only complaint – besides the smooching frog having eluded me for hours – is that it's giving me very little to write about, performance analysis-wise. Honestly, it fits the dinky PC so well you'd have thought Supergiant had decided to make this roguelike sequel a Steam Deck game that just happened to run on desktops by accident.

Hades the first was much the same, taking to the Deck like Hercules to Augean shit, but Hades 2 barely even gives away that fact that it's unfinished. It doesn't crash, stutter, or hang, and there's no point in talking about settings when it runs at a practically perfect 60fps on max quality. Make that 90fps on the Steam Deck OLED, too. It's just a fabulous game for handhelds, even in its earliest of early access days.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, May 6, 2024 1:02 PM

After the backlash and subsequent U-turn on Helldivers 2 requiring players to link their Steam account to a PlayStation Network account, the next PlayStation flagship headed to PC has sought to reassure players that you won't need a PSN account to play its single-player campaign. Multiplayer's a different case, though.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, May 6, 2024 1:00 PM

Scylla and the Sirens are a rock band of mythical boat wreckers who insist they have tons of fans. (They do not.) As a boss battle in Hades 2 they are a deadly trio that has bested me more times in the last few hours than I care to admit. But as a sign of things to come for this early access roguelike sequel, they are an encouraging bunch of characterful malcontents. The harbingers of a confident, slash-happy action game, and another poppy adaptation of classic Greek japes.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, May 6, 2024 12:37 PM

After a bit of a bumpy landing on PC, it looks like No Rest for the Wicked is finally finding its feet. The early access action-RPG launched with notable performance problems that developers Moon Studios promised they'd address, starting with several hotfixes over the last few weeks that managed to claw back some frames. The game's first big patch goes a step further, seemingly boosting the game's performance to a degree that its minimum and recommended hardware specs have been lowered as a result.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, May 6, 2024 12:13 PM

Gears of Warhammer sequel Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 will feature some kind of PvP multiplayer mode, similar to the first Warhammer 40k game, going by an early look at an art book for the upcoming third-person shooter.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, May 6, 2024 11:49 AM

It's been a tumultuous few days for Helldivers 2, as one of this year's most beloved runaway hits managed to seemingly undo all of its goodwill and earn the ire of thousands of players in the blink of an eye.

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Twinfinite Monday, May 6, 2024 2:51 PM
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Dive into the depths of Tartarus or climb to the height of Olympus!

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Siliconera Monday, May 6, 2024 4:00 PM

Hades II Preview

Although Hades II is largely the same game as its predecessor, Supergiant Games delivered some interesting mechanical changes that make the sequel a much stronger experience. After spending over 50 hours with the rogue-lite, I feel it's already better than the first title.

The first thing I noticed when diving into Hades II is its emotional story, which pulls you in right away. In Hades, you spent most of the game's first 20 hours trying to unravel the mystery of Tartarus. While likable, Zagreus at first feels like a spoiled child rebelling against his family without a real cause. Of course, the game's excellent storytelling eventually reveals a lot more about his family and his yearning to discover what happened to his mother Persephone. In fact, what set Hades apart from other games in its genre was its extensive lore and how Supergiant Games cleverly used the rogue-lite formula to slowly reveal the larger narrative.

A screenshot of Hades II Early Access
Image via Supergiant Games

This incredible narrative style returns in Hades II, except you immediately connect with the series' new protagonist Melinoe. From the very start, you feel her desperation to rescue her family, which consists of Zagreus, Hades, and Persephone. The emotional plot had me instantly hooked as I tore through every enemy and level to desperately try to reunite her with her brother and parents. Just like the first game, Supergiant Games does a great job of teasing out new lore and information every time you die and start a new run.

Another improvement is the way Hades II implements magick in the game. Whenever you use a charged "Special" attack or "Cast" ability, you use up energy in this second meter. Although the bar refills after entering a new room, it really forces you to be strategic with every attack. You can find a perfect run completely going up in flames if you spam your abilities too quickly and find your Magick drained. While this may seem like an unnecessary hurdle on the surface, it also forces you to pick and choose wisely with the game's other mechanics.

A screenshot of Hades II Early Access
Image via Supergiant Games

One of Hades II's best features is Arcana cards. Unlocking each one allows you to add unique buffs to Melinoe. For example, "The Unseen" cards allow you to recover 2 Magick energy every second. As you can imagine, this is a game changer. With it, you don't have to worry about running out of energy and the bar will slowly fill back up. However, when you pair that with certain Keepsakes, you can actually triple the speed at which your Magick recovers. So, Hades II gives you a lot of room to mix and match to customize your gameplay experience. There is also not a single power that feels broken, and everything has a trade-off, so the game constantly challenges you to change your build, even in the middle of a run.

Weapon evolutions also make their return and are just as interesting as they were in Hades. A weapon that was once a slash attack can be completely transformed with different properties as you progress through the game. If I had any gripe about Hades II, it is that I didn't entirely connect to the weapons as much as I did in Hades. At least with Zagreus, I was constantly struggling to decide which weapon to pick up. But with Melinoe, I found myself mostly sticking with a single weapon, and it felt a lot better than the rest.

A screenshot of Hades II Early Access
Image via Supergiant Games

But I also want to put it out there that I'm by no means a pro at rogue-lites. So, it could just be a skill-level issue. I know that, at least with Hades, I felt the overall weapon selection to be a bit better. However, it should be pointed out the game is still in early access, and there are going to be updates on the weapons. I also haven't unlocked all the evolutions yet, so my favorite weapon might actually be waiting to be discovered.

Unlike the first title, though, I think Hades II offers up a more complex gameplay system that doesn't rely solely on weapons. As I mentioned earlier, Magick plays a big part in combat. As you progress through the story, you also unlock "Hex" spells, which drastically change the way you tackle battle. From a supercharged beam of light that dishes out thousands of damage to healing, the Hexy system adds another layer to the game's battle system, which makes it a lot more interesting.

Lastly, I found the side characters in Hades II to be a lot more interesting. One of my favorite relationships out of the gate is between Melinoe and Nemesis. Their competitive relationship had my blood boiling at first, which is what any good rivalry should do. But like anything in the Hades universe, there is a lot more to the characters and lore than meets the eye.

A screenshot of Hades II Early Access
Image via Supergiant Games

Fans who loved Hades will essentially get more of the same with the sequel. However, I really do think Supergiant Games has added enough changes to the game's core mechanics to make it an overall improved experience. And that's with the game still in Early Access, which has me excited to see where the game goes from here.

Most importantly, though, the story of Hades II is already excellent. So, if you are someone who fell in love with the game's first lore, there is a lot to love here. The game already does an amazing job connecting the two titles and revealing how the two stories are connected. So, if you were worried about the sequel taking on a new protagonist, don't. It's very much a story about Zagerus, and it takes an even deeper dive into the lore behind Tartarus and the family of Hades. Hades II is already off to a great start and is already an improvement over the original.

Hades II Early Access is available now on PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.

The post Preview: Hades II Is Already An Improvement Over the Original appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, May 6, 2024 4:00 PM

SMT V: Vengeance Nahobeeho Credit Card Stickers

Atlus is offering Nahobeeho credit card stickers to fans who sign up for the Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance newsletter. The offer is available until May 20, 2024 or while supplies last.

Ordering the stickers requires signing up to Atlus's newsletter for SMT V: Vengeance, called the "Godhood Guild". This will require you to input your name, email address, date of birth and country, after which a further email will be sent to you by the sticker supplier. The offer is only valid while stocks last, however, and are limited to a single order per household. Two stickers are to be provided, decorated with the logos for Atlus and the game itself, as well as featuring Nahobeeho prominently.

Nahobeeho is demon set to feature in the upcoming SMT V: Vengeance, who is apparantly one of the series' iconic Jack Frost fairies that has chosen to emulate the main character, called a Nahobino.

You can see the Nahobeeho Credit Card stickers sign-up announcement below:

Back in April, 2024, artist Masayuki Doi commented on some of the details behind the Nahobeeho demon, who was revealed to be playable in a previous trailer for SMT V: Vengeance. Atlus has also been releasing several trailers showcasing new and returning demons ahead of the games release.

The Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance Nahobeeho Credit Card stickers are available to those who sign up for the game's newsletter before May 20, 2024, or while supplies last. The game itself is set to release on June 14, 2024, for PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

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Siliconera Monday, May 6, 2024 3:00 PM

Hololive Dreamhack

I confess that I've never really bought in to the whole "Vtubers as idols" thing. I've always thought of them as streamers first and musicians or performers second, despite liking a good amount of the music they've produced. But after sitting down to watch the Hololive x DreamHack: Down Under concert, I'm starting to see the appeal, especially after only six Vtubers covered so many styles and songs.

Taking place on the April 27, 2024 during DreamHack Melbourne 2024, the concert was a return to old stomping grounds for Hololive EN's Hakos Baelz. Performing alongside her was fellow EN member Calliope Mori, with Pavolia Reine and Kureiji Ollie from the Indonesian branch and Houshou Marine and Tokoyami Towa representing the Japanese side. The concert was a much smaller and more manageable affair than the multi-day behemoth that was the Hololive 5th Fes back in March 2024, but there was still a good spread of powerful singers and natural entertainers. Plus, it's always nice to see representation from all the branches together.

Even before the show itself started, the crowd led a touching moment. As the camera lingered on an audience member's plushie of Hololive alumnus and fellow Aussie Tsukumo Sana, a chant went up for the streamer who is clearly sorely missed almost two years after her graduation. It's always fun to see members of the audience displaying their merchandise or handmade signs, and like in their streams the talents had a few moments of interaction. For example, during an intermission, Mori Calliope disproved the idea of the show being recorded by calling out another audience member who had mimed a kiss between a plushie of her and gen-mate Takanashi Kiara.

When the concert truly began, it was with Towa, Calli, and Bae singing "Journey Like A Thousand Years," which was the first original group song produced for Hololive English Myth. It was a rousing introduction to be sure, and yet the follow-up would only intensify the atmosphere as Kureiji Ollie brought her signature frenetic energy to the stage. Performing her original song "Jollie Jollie," she somehow managed to to match the stage presence of the previous three all by herself.

The first segment of the show, which is available to watch for free on Youtube, was rounded out with Hololive mainstay Houshou Marine and her song "Bishoujo Muzai Pirates." Marine's music runs the gamut from hypnotic rhythms to piratical anthems and raunchy swing tunes, so this medley of different styles allowed her to show off her range. But one thing I really appreciated was seeing parts of the music video shown on the stage backing. It's a nice simple way to fill some space, sure, but a lot of Marine's MV's in particular have some charming visuals and it's nice to seem them shown off again.

About a third of the way through the Hololive x DreamHack concert, an intermission MC'ed by Calli and Bae saw the return of the notorious "EN Curse," as some technical troubles ensued with one of their mics. Swiftly sorted out, the moment and the intermission as a whole served as a palette cleanser before the next part of the show. Kicked off, fittingly, by Towa performing "Palette." A significant shift in tone, this act was a more crooning and mellow affair with the audience's attention held not by active choreography but simply Towa's powerful voice. Afterwards, she was joined on stage by Pavolia Reine for a duet cover of Moona Hoshinova's "High Tide," prompting a big cheer from the crowd.

Moona is known as a bit of a songstress herself, but if there were any members to keep up with her it was these two. I don't think I'd heard the two Hololive talents sing together before so I was surprised by how their voices worked so well at DreamHack, with Towa's deeper voice providing a nice contrast to Reine's as they each switched who took the lead on vocals.

The next set was an EN branch double bill with Calliope's "Wanted, Wasted" and Bae's "Mess," and while both were very well performed I was drawn again to the choreography and specifically, how it was affected by model and design of the Vtuber in question. I couldn't help but feel like Mori's model, with the long hair, skirt and veil, felt a bit stiff compared to her more active movements. Meanwhile, Baelz' design (which I admit took a while to grow on me after I first saw it) felt much better suited to the stage as her baggy sleeves and ribbons accentuated her movements like a cheerleader's pom-poms.

The next few songs wound down the tone with Reine's "Illusion Night," followed by Calli performing her One Piece-themed song "Future Island" alongside Marine. Bae and Ollie followed up with a cover of "Q." It was a particular treat to see how the difference in singers affect those last two, like how Bae and Ollie's twinned energy and attitude gelled excellently with the tone of the song.

The final two songs were both total crowdpleasers. One was "Blue Clapper" with Marine, Ollie, and Reine, with an ensemble finale of "Shiny Smiley Story", complete with a wardrobe change into their proper 'Idol' outfits. As something of a Hololive theme song, "SSS" is at this point slick and well practiced for a lot of the talents but it remains novel since who exactly performs it and how many there are changes with each show. It's always entertaining trying to pick out different voices in the harmonies and hear how the song is split up between each of them.

It's hard not to marvel at not just the multitude of different singers Hololive has gathered together over the years, but also at the range of styles they can perform. Even with only 6 performers, the Hololive x DreamHack concert covered a multitude of genres, from powerful ballads and frenetic rap to Idol anthems. I've said before I'm not much for idols, but I'm still looking forward to seeing what future concerts and other talents can bring to the table.

VOD's for the Hololive x DreamHack Melbourne concert will be available to view on SPWN until May 27, 2024.

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Siliconera Monday, May 6, 2024 2:30 PM

Enter the Elden Ring Shadow of Erdtree Return to Grace Video Contest

Bandai Namco and FromSoftware announced a Elden Ring Shadow of Erdtree DLC  video contest called Return to Grace. People who enter have a chance to win items like a ten foot tall Messemer the Impaler statue. 

Here's how it works. People need to make a 1080p or higher video with no mods and no third-party elements, either with footage they take while playing or supplied assets. Those who are over 18 and in the US can then submit their under-five-minute video at the official site. Ones that are on Vimeo, X, or YouTube and have Elden Ring in the title can qualify. 

As for the rewards, here's a photo showing all three of the major items people can get. In addition to the life-size Messemer, people can also get a Helmet of Messmer the Impaler. Four of those will be given away, with the winners of Best Armor Design, Best Comedy, Best Use of Sound, and Most Original Use of Elden Ring getting them. A life-size Arm of Malenia replica will go to the people who win Best Action, Best Direction, and Best Narrative. Only the overall Best Trailer winner will get the Messmer the Impaler statue.

Elden Ring is available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC, and the Shadow of Erdtree DLC appears on June 21, 2024. People can enter the Elden Ring Return to Grace contest until June 2, 2024. 

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Siliconera Monday, May 6, 2024 2:00 PM

Enya Ignis and 2 Other Vtubers Join Idol Corp as Encore

On May 5, 2024, Idol Corp teased on social media that an existing Vtuber would join the company, sharing a silhouette of the person who would be joining the company. Its May 6, 2024 Idol Alert showcase confirmed the performer is Enya Ignis with a rebrand, and she'll appear alongside two other Vtubers for the music-focused group Encore.

Here's the official Idol Corp reveal for Enya. It features a brief animation of the performer, while also teasing two other reveals.

And here is the full Idol Alert announcement from Idol Corp bringing up the Enya Ignis and Encore Vtubers reveal. Enya's debut will happen first on May 11, 2024. People can tune in at 2pm PT/5pm ET. That will be followed by the second member of the group at 3:30pm PT/6:30pm ET that same day. The third member's reveal is set for 5pm PT/8pm ET on May 11, 2024.

As Enya's social media and YouTube channels are already live, people can check in on her. She also shared a "Fire Music" playlist, with the showcase teasing that there may be hints at the identities of the other Encore members in it. Enya's debut stream placeholder is live on YouTube as well.

This follows another Idol Corp group's debut. The EternalS Spanish Vtuber group was announced at the end of April 2024. Its members are Akugaki Koa, Lalabell Lullaby, Meica05, Ruby Runeheart, and Taiga Toragami.

Enya Ignis and two other Vtubers will join Idol Corp as Encore on May 11, 2024, with things kicking off with an Enya debut at 2pm PT/5pm ET.

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Siliconera Monday, May 6, 2024 1:30 PM

Hades 2 Early Access Begins on Steam, Epic Games Store

Supergiant Games announced Hades 2 is now in early access on both Steam and the Epic Games Store storefronts. The company announced it will remain in this phase until "at least through the end of 2024."

It now costs $29.99 to get into Hades 2 and play during Early Access. It is only available for Windows PCs. However, someone with a Steam Deck will be able to play, as it is verified for Valve's handheld. It will also be "some months following our initial launch" before the first major update arrives. However, the developer plans to release patches every few months. 

Supergiant also stressed in the announcement and early product pages that Hades 2 is a work in progress. As such, there will be some not-final assets present in the build people are getting. However, as time passes, more finalized pieces of content and  additional elements will be added. The company also noted people can leave feedback on Steam forums, in the official Discord, and just by playing as we can opt in to send data from sessions to the developer. 

Here's the latest trailer for it:

In addition to the game being in early access, the Hades 2 soundtrack is also available. People can buy it for $9.99 on Steam. It is composed by Darren Korb, just like the original Hades and other Supergiant games like Transistor. The soundtrack consists of 30 songs at the moment.

Hades 2 is available in Early Access for the Windows PC via Steam and Epic Games Store.

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Siliconera Monday, May 6, 2024 1:00 PM

Honkai: Star Rail Dreamjoy Memoir

A new event preview appeared on HoYolab, detailing the rewards and activities coming to Honkai: Star Rail in the Dreamjoy Memoir event. The event is set to go live alongside the Version 2.2 update, with its bonus rewards available until June 17, 2024.

Participation in the event will require players to complete the Trailblaze mission "On the Eight Day," which will likely arrive as part of the story update in Version 2.2. Luckily for those who aren't fully caught up with the story, the event will remain accessible after the end date just without the bonus rewards. Those rewards include 1,000 Stellar Jades, some Formless Resin, Tracks of Destiny, and a four-star Harmony light cone called "For Tomorrow's Journey." That Light Cone boosts the wearer's attack, as well as their damage after using an ultimate. The regular rewards include the Tracks of Destiny trace material and a chatbox skin, along with a few more Stellar Jades.

The event itself will involve editing several Clockie scenes by dictating the length of story snippets. Each snippet effects the overall emotional score of the scene in a different way, and by making snippets longer or shorter players will attempt to reach the targeted amount. There will also be sections where the player controls Hanu, a photography activity, and a puzzle area that utilizes the Dream Bubble mechanics similar to those already found around Penacony.

HoYoverse also noted that after the conclusion of the version 2.2 storyline certain characters won't visit the Astral Express anymore, though why exactly is yet to be revealed. Before that, a Myriad Celestia trailer appeared showing some more backstory for upcoming character Robin and her brother Sunday.

The Dreamjoy Memoir event will launch in Honkai: Star Rail on the same day as the Version 2.2. update on May 8, 2024. Honkai: Star Rail is immediately available on PC, PS5, and mobile devices.

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Siliconera Monday, May 6, 2024 12:30 PM

Genshin Impact Iridescent Arataki Rockin' for Life Tour Event Starts

The new Genshin Impact Arataki Itto event Iridescent Arataki Rockin' for Life Tour de Force of Awesomeness rhythm game event is now live in the game until May 27, 2024. To go along with it, HoYoVerse detailed the event and opened an Interaction Platform site where people can share custom tracks and see others' performances.

This is one of those rhythm game events in Genshin Impact that involves playing through various songs from the game. The requirements to participate aren't too strict. You need to be at Adventure Rank 30 and have gotten through some of the Inazuma Archon Quests. As long as you reached "Ritou Escape Plan," which involves Yoimiya, you're set. The announcement also said going through Arataki Itto's first story quest chapter and the first two Raiden Shogun ones help in terms of recognizing characters. 

There are three parts to the event. Xtreme Carnival Ensemble involves playing through new and old songs from this and past events. The Trillion Trinket Trawl is the fighting portion of the event. Finally, the A Meeting of Melodies part involves heading to places in Mondstadt, Liyue, and Inazuma to play with people and get them to attend the event. If you go trough things and earn Iridescence Tour Tickets, you can get things like a free Gorou, a Nightwind Horn, a Crown of Insight, and Primogems. 

As for the official Genshin Impact site, it's mainly a way to keep up with what people are doing during the Iridescent Arataki Rockin' for Life Tour de Force of Awesomeness event outside of the game. First visiting it will let us watch people's performances of people's tracks. You can see all of the popular ones, as well as specifically look at "Any Last Words," "Lustrous Trick," "Rex Incognito," "Parousia Diluvi, "Se Mettre Sur son Trente-et-Un," and "Surasthana Fantasia." You can search via codes and keywords, as well set your favorites.

Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices. The Iridescent Arataki Rockin' for Life Tour de Force of Awesomeness event runs until May 27, 2024.

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Siliconera Monday, May 6, 2024 11:55 AM

FFXIV Servers Hit by DDoS Attacks Worldwide Final Fantasy XIV

Square Enix announced that DDoS attacks hit the Final Fantasy XIV servers worldwide, with FFXIV social media accounts in North America, Japan, and other regions alerting us to the situation. The company is currently working to address the issue. 

There's no explanation for why the DDoS attacks hit the FFXIV servers. Square Enix only noted the issues began on May 6, 2024. It said that people in all data centers will be affected by the issue. This means that people who try to log in won't be able to. Those who do manage to get into the game could find themselves having trouble playing or abruptly booted from it. 

There's no timeline yet for when the DDoS attack issues will resolve. The Lodestone in every region did alert people to the issue, however.

This comes ahead of multiple developments for the game. For example, the Letter from the Producer Live LXXXI will be held on May 16, 2024. That will go over the 7.0 new jobs and job adjustments. An updated Dawntrail Benchmark Tool is expected to launch at or after May 23, 2024. Not to mention the Dawntrail expansion itself is coming on July 2, 2024. 

Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC, and Square Enix is working on the FFXIV servers following the DDoS attack on May 6, 2024. The Dawntrail expansion will arrive on July 2, 2024

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Siliconera Monday, May 6, 2024 11:00 AM

1.5 Anniversary NIKKE Free Recruit Event Gives People a Character a Day

As part of the 1.5 anniversary event, Shift Up announced that Goddess of Victory: NIKKE players will get one free character per day via a Free Daily Recruit Event. This announcement appeared alongside a "Last Kingdom Special Animation" video and matching wallpapers from that NIKKE event.

The 1.5 Anniversary Free Daily Recruit Event in NIKKE is a fairly straightforward way to get a new character each day. All you need to do is log in. After you do, head to the recruit section. There will be a special recruit banner that will have no cost associated with it. Pull on it, and you get a character. No rarities are guaranteed. Also, it also ends on May 16, 2024, so people have about ten more days as of time of writing to take part.

As for the free NIKKE wallpapers, there are two designs total. First, the Last Kingdom ones are based on the event. People can also get it as an in-game wallpaper for their lobby. They have until the event ends on May 16, 2024 to complete the 24 missions to earn it.

Next, here's the other Last Kingdom event wallpaper. This one is not available as a lobby wallpaper.

Finally, here is the "Last Kingdom Special Animation" video.

Goddess of Victory: NIKKE is available for the PC and mobile devices. 

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Siliconera Monday, May 6, 2024 10:00 AM

New Honkai: Star Rail Echo of War Boss Rewards Shared

During the 2.2 Honkai: Star Rail Special Program, we learned about the upcoming Harmonious Choir: The Great Septimus Echo of War boss Salutations of Ashen Dreams, and now we know the rewards it drops. HoYoVerse took to HoYoLab to reveal what we will earn from it and the new Bud of the Hunt and Stagnant Shadow. 

The two new challenges will be in the new locations unlocked after 2.2 launches. Bud of The Hunt: SoulGlad Scorchsand Audition Venue will give Credits to those who clear it, as usual It also will provide the new Trace Materials for Boothill, which are Meteoric Bullet, Destined Expiration, and Countertemporal Shot. These will be used for not only his Traces, but future The Hunt characters. The Stagnant Shadow: Shape of Duty also provides Credits, as well as the IPC Work Permit Ascension Material. The IPC Work Permit is for Physical type characters, which both Robin and Boothill are. 

As for the Honkai: Star Rail Echo of War: Salutations of Ashen Dreams boss, Harmonious Choir: The Great Septimus will give people the chance to get six Light Cones, as well as Relic set items and a new Trace Material. The Trace Material is Lost Echo of the Shared Wish, which we can probably expect Boothill and Robin to both use. The two Relic sets that will also be available through the fight are The Ashblazing Grand Duke and Watchmaker, Master of Dream Machinations. People will also be able to pick up Lucent Afterglow. The two new Light Cones showing up here are Dreamville Adventure and What Is Real?

Honkai: Star Rail is available on the PS5, PC, and mobile devices, and the 2.2 update arrives on May 8, 2024.

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Siliconera Monday, May 6, 2024 9:30 AM

Beat Saber Meta Quest 1 Support Ends This Year

Beat Games and Oculus VR announced that Beat Saber will not be supported on the Meta Quest 1 starting on November 2, 2024, with no new updates, customer support, and other elements being cut or phased out at that point. People will still be able to use that headset with the not updated version or with Meta Quest Steam Link to play the updated PC version on Valve's storefront.

The official FAQs offered more details about how this will work. People who own Beat Saber on the Meta Quest 1 will be able to still play it. They just won't be able to get any updates that add free or paid DLC. If there's a problem, people can't get support for it. They also won't be able to see their scores on leaderboards or play with others. 

It will, however, be possible to transfer progress and the game to other Meta Quest headsets like the 2, 3, or Pro, for example. There are cloud save backups, and this is a cross-play title tied to someone's account. So the copy of Beat Saber and its DLC a Meta Quest 1 player owns will also work on the Meta Quest 2, 3, Pro, or Rift devices. The support page also offered details on how to transfer data from a Meta Quest 1 to a PC Steam copy. 

The developer explained support is ending so it can focus on the game on other devices. It didn't note if PlayStation owners could expect something like this to eventually happen with the PS VR and PS VR2. 

Beat Saber is available for the Meta Quest 1, 2, 3, and Pro, the PS VR and PS VR2, and PC headsets via Steam. Meta Quest 1 support ends on November 2, 2024.

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Siliconera Monday, May 6, 2024 9:00 AM

The main characters of Delicious in Dungeon floundering as they prepare a meal.

Delicious in Dungeon, also known as Dungeon Meshi, premiered on Netflix on January 4, 2024. A rare weekly release for the streaming platform, the anime about adventurers eating monsters as they explored a dungeon became a quiet hit in the winter season. This season being a double cour, we're now firmly in the second batch of episodes for Delicious in Dungeon's first season, and the show is already going from good to great! 

Though already a beautifully produced and hilariously written show, DinD's seventeenth episode "Harpy; Chimera" lays the show's themes bare and dial's up that worked in the show's opening episodes. 

To back up a little, Delicious in Dungeon followed the adventures Laios, Marcille, Chilchuk, and Senshi as they ventured into the dungeon to save Laios' sister, Falin.This lost member of the party was eaten by a Dragon on a previous trip into the dungeon, because the party failed eat and rest properly before fighting it. This made the opening episodes themes on the importance of physical and mental wellness abundantly clear. Even if our heroes were in a race against the clock to save Falin, taking time to nourish their minds and bodies through cooking allowed them to remain healthy and capable while on their mission. 

However, the opening batch of episodes persistently hinted at larger issues going on with this world and its characters. Why would the Mad Mage who created the dungeon make it so easy to revive the adventures who parish inside of it? Why are the differences between fantasy races, and especially their lifespans, mentioned so often? Why are Laios' usual shonen protagonist earnestness and hyper fixation on monsters so off putting to other characters?

While I won't spoil the rest of the series here, the answers lie in Delicious in Dungeon being so much more than an anime about people eating monsters while on an adventure. We've reached a turning point in the anime, and the themes it tackles are about to become much more compelling and varied. Learning how to accept death, how to balance your ambition with the needs of others, and how to fit into a community as a neurotypical person are all prominent themes in the rest of Delicious in Dungeon's run. 

Of course, that original focus on wellness will still be present and is going to ramp up too! There's about to be an entire, fan favorite, character who takes the importance of self and communal care to the extreme. All the while, we'll get some of the most novel and interesting worldbuilding we've seen in a fantasy anime in a long time. 

If the shocking developments of "Harpy; Chimera'' felt like a turning point in the show to you, that's because they were. Delicious in Dungeon is about to explore ideas and subjects not commonly seen in anime, and become even more charming in the process. In short, the anime just reached the part of the manga that elevates the series to something unforgettable, and anime fans should get ready for this show to become the best anime airing in any given week.

The Delicious in Dungeon anime is streaming on Netflix, and the manga is handled by Yen Press outside Japan.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, May 6, 2024 3:55 PM
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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, May 6, 2024 3:10 PM
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