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GamersHeroes Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:00 AM

Silver is something you need a ton of in Hades 2. Check out this guide to find How To Get Silver In Hades 2.

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GamersHeroes Wednesday, May 8, 2024 10:41 AM

Racers can get ready to hit the road when Pixel Perfect Dude's #DRIVE Rally comes to both PC and Mac in Early Access this year.

The post #DRIVE Rally Launching in Early Access This Year appeared first on GamersHeroes.

Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 5:00 PM

After shutting down multiple Bethesda studios, Xbox and Bethesda leadership held a town hall meeting with staff to discuss the closures, explaining that the company's studios had been spread too thin and that it wanted to focus on fewer projects moving forward.


Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 4:30 PM

Hades 2 arrived via Early Access on Steam and the Epic Games Store on May 6 and already it's been stirring up a ton of excitement. If you're looking to take its Greek-mythos-inspired roguelike action-RPG gameplay on the go with the Steam Deck, there are a few settings you may wish to tweak.


Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 3:36 PM

Earlier this week, Xbox announced that it would be shuttering several studios it had attained as part of its $7.5 billion purchase of Bethesda, including Arkane Austin, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog Games, and Roundhouse Studios, the last of which is being absorbed into another team. Collectively, the studios' produced…


Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 2:55 PM

WB's multi-franchise fighting game, MultiVersus,returns later this month and it's adding Batman's archnemesis, The Joker, to the game's large roster of characters. And the iconic character is once again being voiced by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.


Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 2:40 PM

On May 7, Microsoft closed down four first-party development studios it had acquired from Zenimax Media in 2021 including Tango Gameworks, developer of The Evil Within series and 2023's surprise hit Hi-Fi Rush. It's the latest round of layoffs and closures that the gaming industry, and Xbox specifically, has seen in…


Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 1:25 PM

There's really no gentle way to ease you into this situation so I'll just be blunt: Yoda got removed from Fortnite because an emote inspired by Zoidberg from Futurama was turning the little Jedi master into a nasty monster that crashed people's games. What a world we live in?


Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 1:10 PM

Electronic Arts, the publisher of most sports games on the market, Battlefield, Mass Effect, and plenty of other huge franchises, is considering putting ads inside its video games as another source of revenue. This isn't the first time the company has done this, but given how poorly it's gone in the past, I'm…


Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 12:20 PM

One of Metal Gear Solid's ultimate bosses is the massive walking battle tank known as Metal Gear Rex. Rex is one of the tougher boss fights of the game, and little else is more frustrating than repeatedly dying to a late-game boss when you're so, so close to wrapping up.


Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 12:00 PM


Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:55 AM

Hades 2 tasks you an array of bite-sized crafting mechanics. As we mentioned in our tips guide, these tasks don't demand as much busywork as you might think. That said, you're bound to find certain materials, like Fate Fabric, to be frustratingly elusive if you don't know where to look. We know where to look!


Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:45 AM

The first step to a video game becoming a success is finding the right audience. And while that's easier for AAA games backed by big companies with equally big marketing budgets, indie games have a harder time getting the word out to the right players. This is why a new trend on X (formerly Twitter) is already being…


Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:35 AM

Sometimes, you get blatant reminders of how much disregard big tech has for, well, everything. Whether that's exorbitant spending on acquisitions, layoffs of hundreds to thousands of people, and refusing to release or delist its employees' hard work for a tax write-off. But now and then, you get all that callousness…


Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:15 AM

An original prototype of Nintendo's Super Famicom, Japan's (superior) version of the SNES, was up for auction with recent bids pushing the grey piece of gaming history north of $3.2 million. Then, earlier today, the auction was abruptly pulled offline, potentially over fraudulent bids.


Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:10 AM

Hades 2 has an array of additions to discover, from incantations to new bosses to take down. Tarot Arcana cards are part of this wave of features, basically repurposing the Mirror of Night from the first game into an entirely new system.


Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:00 AM

Harvey Smith, the now-former studio director at Arkane Austin, has taken to X/Twitter to express his feelings about Microsoft's sudden and shocking closure of the beloved developer, alongside three other Bethesda-adjacent studios, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog Games, and Roundhouse Games. The team that brought us Dishonor…


Kotaku Wednesday, May 8, 2024 10:10 AM

In 2011, Warner Bros. and WaterTower Music put together a compilation album for Rocksteady's open-world superhero game Batman: Arkham City. The album featured some pretty big names like Panic! at the Disco, Blaqk Audio, and Serj Tankian, all contributing original songs meant to pay tribute to the caped crusader. Among…


PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 5:32 PM
     Helldivers 2 CEO asks community to vote on next warbond release

After the week that nearly ended all weeks for Helldivers 2, things appear to be settling back to normal. Well, as normal as possible in a game where humanity takes the fight to the stars to destroy bugs and bots in huge numbers. Things may be returning to a more normal state of being but there are still some concerns, especially as the release of a new premium warbond is right around the corner.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 4:56 PM
     Stardew Valley gets co-op rival in exciting new farming game sequel

The only thing better than spending an evening lost in the pleasant busywork of a farming game like Stardew Valley, Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, or Farming Simulator 22, is teaming up with a friend to do the same thing. That's the main hook of Farm Together, which came out in 2018 to positive reviews on Steam, and looks to continue being the case in Farm Together 2, its newly launched Early Access sequel.

PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 4:54 PM
     Most underrated Silent Hill game gets live action fan film recreation

Don't you just hate it when your door gets locked from the inside, causing you to live out your days in a parallel world inside your apartment, haunted by ghosts? I certainly do, and in Silent Hill 4: The Room I'm sure Henry Townshend isn't a fan of it either. Overlooked by many but capable of turning fans into fanatics, the fourth entry in the series contains some of the best moments in any of the Silent Hill games, especially its tense, terrifying opening.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 4:06 PM
     Build your own Zelda dungeons in this indie RPG with a free demo

In gaming we're often found delving inside dungeons, slaying monsters, solving puzzles, and coming back to the surface with prodigious amounts of loot. But what about the other side of things? In the upcoming Quest Master you'll be both dungeon crafter and dungeoneer, as you build your own Legend of Zelda style areas and challenge yourself and friends to work your way through them.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 3:07 PM
     Beautiful new Frostpunk style city builder gets huge free update

2024 might not look like it's been a good year for the city builder genre, especially considering the many difficulties faced by anyone trying to enjoy themselves playing Cities Skylines 2 despite its technical issues. But that doesn't mean that there aren't other worthwhile entries to the genre, like Frostpunk 2, on the horizon or, in the case of Bulwark: Falconeer Chronicles, out right now and being given ongoing attention with post launch updates, the first of which is out now.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 2:25 PM
     IQUNIX Little Prince ZX75 review – pretty as a picture

There is an undeniable charm that radiates from the IQUNIX Little Prince ZX75, and this shine doesn't wear too quickly, but it does serve as a distraction for some of the shortcomings of the keyboard if you want to use it as a gaming peripheral.

With some adjustments, the IQUNIX Little Prince ZX75 could be among the best gaming keyboards thanks to its incredible visual design, but the fact you would need to rip it apart and spend extra cash on new switches is somewhat disappointing. That being said, if you have an attachment to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, and are in need of a keyboard with a fantastic typing feel, IQUNIX has created the perfect product for you.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 2:05 PM
     Upcoming spaceship RTS Homeworld 3 has modding tools delayed

There are few games that can inspire profound awe mixed with a sense of peace, wrapped up in some of the hardest RTS combat known to humanity. Thankfully the upcoming Homeworld 3 looks to join the rock hard path laid out by its predecessors to give us a spaceship-filled strategy game that lets you ooh and ahh at colossal ships hanging like jewels in the dark of space, all the time fending off attacks and blowing stuff up.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Homeworld 3 release date, Best strategy games, Homeworld 3 system requirements

PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 1:54 PM
     Where to get Wheat in Hades 2

Where can you find Wheat in Hades 2? Wheat is a fairly common resource you can harvest in Hades 2. You can find it in the open area, the Mourning Fields, but there are a few steps to follow to grow the seeds and produce Wheat.

Wheat in Hades 2 has a few uses; it comes in handy to upgrade your gardening plot by adding two new slots to your garden. It's main use, however, is to buff your Animal Familiars using an incantation, so when they've rested in the Training Grounds, so you can harvest more ingredients, to craft further Hades 2 incantations!

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 1:45 PM
     All V Rising bosses, locations, and rewards

What are all of the V Rising bosses? As V Rising rises out of early access, there have been some changes to its bosses. A few new additions, changes in their rewards, and level adjustments. For the sake of completion, we have the list of every single boss in V Rising including Simon Belmont who joins the lineup of bosses as part of a crossover with Castlevania.

One of the major changes coming with V Rising 1.0 is the way you obtain spells. Instead of bosses dropping specific spells, you now earn Spell Points within their respective element and tier which the player can spend freely. Later on, you also have the option to reset your spend Spell Points so there is no reason to fuss over which ones to pick. For more on that check out our ultimate V Rising beginner guide here.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: V Rising system requirements, V Rising tips, The best V Rising base locations

PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 1:14 PM
     V Rising, now out in its final version, is blowing up on Steam

V Rising quickly became one of the top RPG games when it first came out on Steam in Early Access back in 2022. Thanks to a grim horror fantasy aesthetic similar to Diablo 4 and survival and base building elements like those found in Valheim and Rust, creator Stunlock Studios' vampire game garnered a lot of attention as soon as it became available. As of today, though, it's out in its finished form and, as a result, has shot up Steam's charts as audiences start digging into the full version.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: V Rising system requirements, V Rising tips, The best V Rising base locations

PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 1:05 PM
     DBD teases big anniversary broadcast showing off new chapter

It seems like just yesterday that a fledgling little multiplayer horror game was getting released. Time does certainly fly when you're running away from some killer intent on turning you from living meat to hooked meat. With almost eight years under its belt, Dead by Daylight is nearing its next anniversary and developer Behaviour Interactive has released a teaser about what we can expect to land in the game over the next year.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: DBD killer tier list, Best horror games, DBD codes

PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 1:15 PM
     Solo Leveling Arise tier list – best characters for launch

How is the Solo Leveling Arise tier list stacking up for launch? When it comes time to spend hard-earned tickets on the new characters, it makes sense to know which are the best units available at the time. If the current rotation doesn't feature the strongest units around, you're better off pooling your resources into the next banner.

If you're ready to make waves in the new Netmarble action-RPG, check out the latest Solo Leveling Arise codes. They can give you the resources to obtain and upgrade the Solo Leveling Arise characters you'll find high on this list. And if you're open to the idea of resetting your short-term progress for long-term gains, the Solo Leveling Arise reroll guide is something you'll want to see.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Solo Leveling Arise codes, Solo Leveling Arise tier list, Solo Leveling Arise review

PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 12:31 PM
     One of Paradox's most beloved games launches massive new expansion

Europa Universalis 4 has, in the nearly 11 years since it came out, established itself as a titan of the grand strategy genre. Created by Paradox Development Studio, the company behind other strategy hits like Stellaris, Crusader Kings 3, Victoria 3, and Imperator: Rome, EU4 has maintained a strong fan base not just for the quality of the original game itself, but also because of the ongoing work Paradox has devoted to it for more than a decade. The latest example of this dedication is its new expansion, Winds of Change, which has just launched.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 12:19 PM
     Vibrant '90s Steam rally racer coming soon, has a demo to test drive

Strap in and hold on to your roll bars racing fans, because a new game has just come skidding around the horizon. Drive Rally is the spiritual successor to Pixel Perfect Dude's endless vehicle game Drive, and aims to capture the essence of the '90s golden era of racing. It even has "helpful but sassy co-pilots" like Hans, who sounds an awful lot like Arnold Schwarzenegger.

PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 12:12 PM
     The 48 best GTA 5 mods

What are the best GTA 5 mods? There's no need to trundle through mod databases for dodgy links and unclear mod descriptions as we've done the legwork for you, hunting down the most popular GTA 5 mods for your enjoyment.

After a decade as one of the best PC games, the Grand Theft Auto 5 mod scene is more than just a few cheats and trainers - it's rife with incredible additions, useful tweaks, and big transformations. GTA 5 mods are guaranteed to keep you entertained during the long wait for the GTA 6 release date, but there's almost too many to choose from. If you're stuck on which ones to install, take your pick from our list of the best mods, scripts, and addons for Rockstar's landmark sandbox game.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 12:05 PM
     Intel's core Arrow Lake CPU specs just leaked

More details about the forthcoming Intel Arrow Lake CPU launch have appeared, with the latest leak purportedly telling us how many cores will be found in six of the new chips in the desktop Core Ultra lineup. These newly leaked Intel Arrow Lake specs also tell us the base power levels, and they're thankfully all well below that of the Intel Core i9 14900KS.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:23 AM
     Best gacha games on PC 2024

What are the best gacha games? A spiritual successor to the traditional Japanese coin-operated gachapon machines, gacha games take the joy of capsule toys and translate them into a live-service videogame format, as players wish on limited-time banners with a chance to pull their favorite characters. Whether you love to hate them or hate to love them, gacha games are here to stay, and we've got the top picks for you.

The best gacha games balance the low barrier to entry that comes from a free PC game with reasonable odds when pulling for premium characters, so that you can still have fun without being pushed into opening your wallet. We've also endeavored to include gacha games on this list that deliver engaging stories and gameplay alongside the built-in gambling mechanics. From massive open-world games to time-travelling card games, you might find a gacha game on this list that's perfect for you.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:23 AM
     Conquer the ages with Total War's massive Steam sale, but act fast

There's a certain itch that only the Total War games can scratch. Their blend of history, military strategy, diplomacy, and city building is a strong combination, and now you can get loads of them for as much as 80% off in a brand-new Steam sale. Covering the historical side of the iconic series, these are some of the best large-scale strategy games your PC needs to have, so don't leave your Steam library hanging. The sale is also about to end, so you've got to act fast.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:14 AM
     How to dodge in Solo Leveling Arise

How do you dodge and extreme evade in Solo Leveling Arise? Netmarble Neo's first video game installment in one of the hottest new animes on the block is all about the action, letting players control not only the main character, Sung Jinwoo, but also a handful of his Solo Leveling supporting cast. In order to survive the treacherous dungeons home to this demon-filled world, you'll need to have your head on a swivel.

One of the most important actions to master early on is dodging, which is also known as extreme evasion in Solo Leveling Arise. While dodging might sound like a simple enough move to execute, there's actually a bit more nuance and timing to it in the RPG game than you might think.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:08 AM
     Solo Leveling Arise Igris boss fight guide

How do you defeat Igris in Solo Leveling: Arise? For the first six or so chapters of Solo Leveling: Arise, you're going to feel pretty OP. There are very few characters that can stand in the way of Sung Jinwoo and the colorful cast of supporting characters that make up the many missions and side chapters throughout the first half of the game.

As soon as you reach Kang Taeshik, the true difficulty of Solo Leveling Arise begins. Bosses are more powerful, featuring more move variations and stun attacks, and time seems to creep by a lot faster. Chapter eight is where the real fun begins, as you're faced with arguably the hardest boss in the game, Igris. You might want to check our list of Solo Leveling Arise codes to see if there are any freebies that might help take him down.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:30 AM
     Solo Leveling Arise review – far from a Genshin killer

Adapting anime into a videogame always feels like it should be a cakewalk. So many shows use power systems and storylines that go hand-in-hand with gamification, yet too few anime games ever live up to the potential of their source material, often feeling like fleeting diversions at best or empty cash grabs at worst. So does Solo Leveling Arise - based on an anime whose entire plot revolves around the protagonist's new videogame powers - buck the trend? Well, that depends.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:05 AM
     Solo Leveling Arise Cutting Ties guide

How do you defeat the Remnants in Solo Leveling Arise? Netmarble has created a whole new world for Solo Leveling fans to explore with its latest action game, letting fans jump into their favorite new anime world and clear dungeons as their favorite hunters.

Some of the missions that take place in Solo Leveling Arise are a bit more straightforward to complete than others, though. Regardless of what difficulty you're playing on, fully completing the Cutting Ties mission takes some patience and cunning. You might want to check out our Solo Leveling Arise tier list for the best characters to use here.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:51 AM
     Best office chairs in 2024

The best office chairs can save your posture and make life more comfortable when working or playing for long periods. If, like me, you sit down for a larger part of the day and need the right chair to help your health, we've been trying and testing the top options to help you find the right one.

The best gaming chairs often have a specific look, and this list is home to more subtle designs that look at home in a more professional setting. I've chosen the chairs in this guide for their comfort levels, support, and design. Herman Miller is a well-known name and the go-to for premium seating, but I've been very impressed by newer brands like Boulies and Flexispot. If you're on a budget, affordable options like the Vertagear PL1000 will serve your spine well, too.

When choosing the best office chair, I'd suggest considering how much you want to spend, your physical dimensions (there's no benefit to being too small or big in an office chair), and the look you're after in your office space. Then, take a seat and look through my top picks...

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:54 AM
     The best WoW addons 2024

What are the best WoW addons? Blizzard's critically acclaimed MMORPG has a habit of hiding a lot of useful data it collects, and picking up a mod that offers a peek behind the curtain can be a literal game-changer when going up against deadly bosses. Of course, the best World of Warcraft addons aren't just aimed at avid raiders. Some are more focused on utility and freshening up MMO's geriatric UI, while others help track material nodes for those all-important professions.

With so many options, it's tough to know which WoW addons are worth your time as we gear up for the WoW The War Within release date. We've dug deep and tracked down the best of the bunch for general, all-purpose use in one of the best PC games of all time. Each addon will make your World of Warcraft experience far more pleasant, whether you're a raider, tradesman, or simply keen to level up fast. For installing and tracking these addons, we recommend the CurseForge app to help manage all your WoW addons and track whether updates to them are available.

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PCGamesN Wednesday, May 8, 2024 10:53 AM
     Where to get G-Rock in Hades 2

Where do you find Glassrock in Hades 2? With so many incantations and requirements for new equipment, finding rare resources on any given run can be the difference between progress and a wasted effort. As the items become rarer, the chances of reaching their location become slimmer as you have more obstacles to overcome.

Glassrock, or G-Rock in some menus, is an important item in Hades 2, as it's one of the two key items you need to make the last of the Hades 2 weapons: the Argent Skull. It won't be easy to get this material in the roguelike game because you need to defeat two Hades 2 bosses before reaching this valuable resource's potential location.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, May 8, 2024 2:05 PM

A recent update for procgen whodunnit sim Shadows of Doubt added "Sharpshooter Assassins" with high-powered rifles to the game's glowering alternate-1980s cities, with players having to work out the killer's vantage point by deducing a bullet's trajectory, before proceeding to a secondary crime scene to search for a murder weapon and witnesses. The prospect of snipers certainly adds menace to the game's forensic sandboxing. The trouble is, the shooters aren't always as sharp as they could be.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, May 8, 2024 1:40 PM

It's coming up on three years since the sequel to Darkest Dungeon hit early access, and over a year since it exited early access into 1.0. That means, however you count the days, it's been a long time coming for one of the original game's features to find its way into Darkest Dungeon 2: mod support.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, May 8, 2024 1:21 PM

The next Battlefield game after the underwhelming Battlefield 2042 will continue to lean on the series' evolution into a live service offering, the CEO of EA has said, while revealing that the largest development team in the series' history is currently working on the upcoming shooter.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, May 8, 2024 12:46 PM

Ready for a sentence that could only apply to the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink pop-culture smorgasbord of modern-day Fortnite? Here we go! A rucksack containing Star Wars' Yoda has been temporarily banned from the battle royale game, after crashing games when players wearing the green Jedi master on their back do the Zoidberg Scuttle emote from Futurama.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, May 8, 2024 12:15 PM

Despite being hugely allergic to horses - my eyes once swelled up so severely at a local fair my wife had to guide me home - I continue to be absolutely spellbound by the animals. I've been rewatching The Lord of the Rings this week and I've been genuinely gripped by watching professionally trained horses galloping across the vistas of New Zealand, rearing up against tennis balls representing CGI orcs and charging down the incredibly steep slope next to Helm's Deep. Not to mention my love of just riding endlessly in a direction on horseback in Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey (helped by Kassandra's wonderful command of "Phobos!" to summon her mount).

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:00 AM

Confident design is one thing, but there is confidence, and then there's the almost reckless certainty required in both your game's sturdiness and the player's curiosity to trust a feckless, glitch-hungry, poking-and-prodding player with Prey (2017)'s GLOO Cannon. Here is a first-person game set in a sprawling, multi-tiered, metroidvania-esque space station - one boasting multiple-bathroom verisimilitude - which then immediately gives the player a gun that lets them bypass the level gating by letting them make their own ladders up keycard-locked grav-elevators.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, May 8, 2024 10:59 AM

Dragon Age: Dreadwolf, the next entry in the series of beloved dating sims with rpgs crudely affixed with Blu Tack to their walls, is set to arrive by the end of March next year. That's according to an updated product slate released as part of a recent quarterly earnings report, as spotted by VGC and given the Jeff Grubb seal of approval.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, May 8, 2024 10:30 AM

It's not, strictly speaking, a goo. From Glory To Goo's enemy isn't a sinister gunge, but that minor disappointment didn't last long.

Its monsters are individual, blobby little (mostly) purple nasties, but they act as a flood anyway, taking great exception to your base and the resources it pipes back and forth (much like in Creeper World), but coming mostly in waves like They Are Billions. But the thing with FGTG is that there's always a little bit more to deal with than you think.

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Twinfinite Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:00 AM
Solo Leveling: ARISE is finally here!

Siliconera Wednesday, May 8, 2024 6:00 PM

nintendo switch 2 account

In an online investors' Q&A with Nintendo, representatives have confirmed that the Switch 2 successor will continue to use the Nintendo account system. The entire Q&A is available in Japanese on the Nintendo website.

In total there were nine questions asked, all of which focused on Nintendo's current plans for the Switch 2. One of the questions brought up the Nintendo account system, which is how Nintendo intends on maintaining communications with consumers. The Nintendo account system was in development even before the Switch's release, and Nintendo plans on using it for the long-term. This implies that the Nintendo account system will be around even after the Nintendo Switch 2 becomes obsolete.

Nintendo also gives insight on its current and future development plans in other questions. While Nintendo will announce more games in the June direct, it has been diverting its resources on training new employees and working on the Switch 2. This may be why it feels like some of the recent Nintendo announcements seem a lot less exciting than before. Most of the questions focus on how Nintendo plans to continue selling the Nintendo Switch, as well as whether or not the Nintendo Switch 2 will affect sales of the current generation.

More information on the Nintendo Switch 2 will come out in the future. 

The post Nintendo Switch 2 Will Still Use Nintendo Account System appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, May 8, 2024 5:00 PM

Honkai: Star Rail Harmony Trailblazer Gameplay Detailed

With 2.2 of Honkai: Star Rail, we now have a Harmony Trailblazer path for our avatar alongside Destruction and Preservation and a "Keeping Up with Star Rail" trailer introducing it. The video features Misha discussing the character with Owlbert and going over the new kit.

Editor's Note: While the Harmony Trailblazer is discussed, there are no spoilers for the Honkai: Star Rail 2.2 Trailblaze Missions in the article or video below.

The video begins by showing both Caelus and Stelle, the female and male versions of our player avatar, in the Harmony path attire. The major change here is a new hat that is used as a weapon. From there, the video looks at Harmony Trailblazer Honkai: Star Rail gameplay footage. It begins with the Swing Dance Etiquette basic attack, which deals Imaginary damage to one enemy. The Halftime to Make It Rain Skill also deals Imaginary damage to one enemy, as well as a second enemy. Finally, the All-Out Footlight Parade Ultimate adds Backup Dancer Effect to everyone in the party to increase break effect. People with Backup Dancer also hit broken enemies a second time.

Here's the full "Keeping Up with Star Rail" Harmony Trailblazer gameplay video:

In addition to the new Harmony Trailblazer character, Robin is now available as a five-star in-game. She's also a Harmony character, though she is a Physical type that primarily focuses on buffing the party.

Honkai: Star Rail is available for the PS5, PC, and mobile devices. The Harmony Trailblazer is permanently available in-game for those who clear the 2.2 Penacony Trailblaze Missions. 

The post Honkai: Star Rail Harmony Trailblazer Gameplay Detailed appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, May 8, 2024 4:30 PM

Aura Battler Dunbine new video appears with the opening of Sunrise Robot Laboratory

Sunrise and Bandai Namco Filmworks opened a new website titled Sunrise Robot Laboratory. The studio will use this site to promote its classic robot anime titles outside the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise.

The site's opening also has a specific focus on Aura Battler Dunbine. Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino also worked on this title, and Sunrise first aired the show on Japanese television channels in 1983. The title has also been frequently featured in the crossover game series Super Robot Wars.

Sunrise has also uploaded a new experimental video titled "Aura Battler Dunbine Side L" on its YouTube channel. This video includes remakes of the show's opening and ending animations, along with one of its renowned scenes.

According to the Japanese press release, the "L" in "Side L" can refer to "Legacy" or "Legend." Sunrise will later publish a "Side R" video based on the same show. With meanings like "Respect," "Refine," and "Revolution," the upcoming "Side R" video will showcase new weapons designed by Sunrise and new music from contemporary artists.

The Sunrise Robot Laboratory website is available in Japanese language. The first two titles that have appeared on the site are Aura Battler Dunbine and Invincible Super Man Zambot 3. Sunrise and Bandai Namco Filmworks will gradually add more titles in the near future.

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Siliconera Wednesday, May 8, 2024 4:00 PM

VShojo Vtuber Goddess of Victory: NIKKE Music Videos Released

Back on May 4, 2024, multiple VShojo Vtubers performed Goddess of Victory: NIKKE song covers as part of an Anniversary Music Special, and now music videos for each one are live. People can also catch the full stream on various performers' channels, like GEEGA, Hime Hajime, Ironmouse, Matara Kan, Projekt Melody, and Zentreya.

First, here is Hime's take on thetrack "Hold You Tight." In the case of her, and really every one of the music videos for the NIKKE songs, the VShojo Vtubers are shown in art wearing costumes inspired by characters from the game.

Next, this is Ironmouse performing "Headless Angel."

This is Matara's version of "We Rise."

Melody tackled "Booms Day" from NIKKE.

Finally, this is Zentreya's version of "We're Never Giving Up."

The 1.5 anniversary events are still running in NIKKE, for those who play. Among them is a Free Daily Recruit event. Each day when you log into the game, you get to pull a character. (No specific rarities or units are guaranteed.)

Goddess of Victory: NIKKE is available on PCs and mobile devices. GEEGA, Hime Hajime, Ironmouse, Matara Kan, Projekt Melody, and Zentreya are all regularly streaming on services like Twitch as usual.

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Siliconera Wednesday, May 8, 2024 3:30 PM

Hatsuboshi Gakuen The Idolmaster release date announced with opening animation

Bandai Namco confirmed the release date for Hatsuboshi Gakuen: The Idolmaster. The new mobile game, which also forms the sixth "brand" in The Idolmaster franchise, will be available on May 16, 2024.

The company made the announcement during a live stream where it also goes more in-depth into the title's gameplay features. The player will generally have to do multiple playthroughs of the Produce Mode to gradually improve the idol's performance stats and pass the checkpoint exams. Vocal, Dance, and Visual lessons will be the primary methods to raise each stat.

The lessons will have a similar gameplay to The Idolmaster Shiny Colors: Song for Prism, in which the player must release cards to gain points while keeping the energy costs in mind. But while Song for Prism has the player race against time, the gameplay in Gakuen Idolmaster will be turn-based. It will task the player to pass rating thresholds within the allotted number of cards and turns.

Being a free-to-play game, Gakuen Idolmaster will also have gacha elements. Players who are just starting the game will be able to pick an SSR-grade Produce Card based on one of the nine launch characters. The rest will have to be acquired via gacha or gameplay tasks. The game will also provide enough jewels for players to do a 10-pull gacha at the beginning.

An archived version of the Japanese live stream is also available to watch right below:

Hatsuboshi Gakuen: The Idolmaster will be available for iOS and Android mobile devices in Japan, and the release date will be May 16, 2024.

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Siliconera Wednesday, May 8, 2024 3:00 PM

Umurangi Generation Feels More Poignant in VR

When we get a traditional game being prepared for a VR adaptation, I always wonder if it is the right decision. Would it work in VR? Does it need to make that leap? Umurangi Generation is a captivating experience about gradually getting involved in a country and its situation, which means Umurangi Generation VR on the Meta Quest headsets feels like a greater opportunity to witness life in this version of Tauranga Aotearoa. 

You're a photographer for Tauranga Express. Rather than delivering packages, you take pictures of certain situations for the company. New Zealand, and the world, is going through some things while you do. As a result, your assignments and purpose gradually change. While initial stages might feel like you're gathering photos for perhaps promotional materials or to accompany more lighthearted scenes, you'll gradually reach a point where who you are and what you are doing may feel like it carries a greater weight.

This means that Umurangi Generation VR handled storytelling and exploration in a very immersive way. You aren't talking with certain figures to learn about tasks. Nobody is holding your hands on your assignments. You happen to live in a world that is gradually going to hell, and your role in chronicling that changes the longer you play. It's a brilliant way of handling things. You're left to your own conclusions and devices. As a result, I felt like I was able to judge what was going on, have my own feelings about them, and really live through the experience.

Of course, the way Umurangi Generation VR plays is also part of the reason why this photography sim feels so at home on the Meta Quest line of headsets. I appreciated how many of the actual actions in the game are tied to the same motions you'd make in real life. Lifting the camera to your face, for example. Checking things on lists. Spray painting to leave your mark on the world. There are some very common sense motions here, with help with the immersion.

I was also a little concerned when I came to the VR adaptation, since some light platforming is required to reach certain objectives in the original Umurangi Generation. While there were some bounties in certain stages that felt more challenging in the VR version, with that starting in Stage 5, it generally works pretty well. I was especially impressed that I never felt motion sick while going through areas as well.

While Umurangi Generation VR is good about handling the VR experience, there is some awkwardness involved. I found it impossible to take screenshots on a Meta Quest 3, which is sad considering it is a photography game. Some of the controls aren't as intuitive as you may expect. Taking a photo is incredibly easy. Others really require you to learn how to play, and the tutorial should really be mandatory instead of optional.

There were a handful of odd situations in which Umurangi Generation VR didn't register I'd gotten the shot correctly. This required me to repeatedly rearrange and attempt to get the image for the quest. It happened in one stage involving feathers. In another it wouldn't recognize the word "mix" on a tape. Given some stages only have one instance of a particular request occurring, it was a little frustrating. Especially since I didn't encounter those sorts of issues in the original release.

Umurangi Generation is a game that was never subtle about its message and always conveyed information via the experience well, but playing it in VR on a Meta Quest 3 makes everything more effective. Firsthand exploring the world and encountering both its beauty and horrors is incredible. Especially since the transition from the original game to VR worked so well and came without downsides like motion sickness. I loved the approach and feel like it's a necessary Meta Quest experience.

Umurangi Generation VR is available on the Meta Quest 2, 3, and Pro and PlayStation VR 2 headsets

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Siliconera Wednesday, May 8, 2024 2:30 PM

Nefertari Vivi Becomes a Child for One Piece RunRunRun Figure

Megahouse transformed another One Piece character into a child for its RunRunRun figure line, as Nefertari Vivi is dashing this way. Pre-orders for the 7,920 yen (~$51) statue open in Japan on May 9, 2024, ahead of her October 2024 debut.

The goal of the RunRunRun Megahouse One Piece figure collection is to show each character as a child, happily running somewhere. The one for Vivi features her in a pink dress with white accents. Her blue hair is pulled back into a ponytail. It's designed to look like she's furiously running through the streets of Arabasta, with buildings and a road on the base. Unlike other items in this line, she isn't carrying anything.

Here's a closer look at some photos of Nefertari Vivi, including a picture of her alongside the past One Piece characters who also appeared in the collection so far.

Here's a list of other people from the series we've seen in the RunRunRun line so far:

 There are no hints about who could join the collection next. However, there is a video that shows us all the characters that appeared so far.

The Nefertari Vivi figure will become a part of the One Piece RunRunRun line in October 2024. The anime is streaming on Crunchyroll, and Viz Media handles the manga outside Japan.

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Siliconera Wednesday, May 8, 2024 2:00 PM

Next FFXIV Moogle Treasure Trove Has Ufitu Mount, Domakin Minion

Square Enix announced a new Final Fantasy XIV Moogle Treasure Trove event with an Ufiti mount and Domakin minion will come to the game ahead of FFXIV Dawntrail. Things start on May 14, 2024, then end ahead of 7.0 patch.

As usual, people will be collecting Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II to trade in for various items. The Duty Finder will feature a Moogle head next to activities like Raids that award the items. GATEs, ocean fishing, the once each week Weekly Objectives, once each week Minimog Challenges, and once each event Ultimog Challenge will also each offer irregular tomestones too. The Mogpendium will list all Standard, Weekly, Minimog, and Ultimog objectives and challenges, as well as show the quantity held.

The Final Fantasy XIV Moogle Treasure Trove Itinerant Moogles will appear at three FFXIV cities to trade in Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II for things like the Ufiti mount and Domakin minion. In Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks, one is at X:9.4, Y:11.6. The New Gridania Moogle is at X:12.4, Y:12.1. Those in Ul'dah, Steps of Nald can head to X:9.6, Y:9.1.

As for the exchangeable items, here are the most expensive rewards you can work toward during the event:

  • Emerald Carbuncle Earring - 100 Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II 
  • "Blinding Indigo" Orchestrion Roll - 50 Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II 
  • Domakin Minion - 50 Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II 
  • Gabriel Alpha Identification Key -  - 50 Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II 
  • Ufiti Horn - 50 Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II 
  • Ala Mhigan Barding - 30 Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II 
  • Auspicious Kamuy Fife - 30 Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II 
  • Cheerful Checkered Parason - 30 Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II 
  • Direwolf Whistle - 30 Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II 
  • Gullfaxi Whistle - 30 Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II 
  • MGP Platinum Card - 30 Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II 
  • "On Windy Meadows" Orchestrion Roll - 30 Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II 
  • Potentially Special Timeworn Map x 2 - 30 Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II 
  • Round Lanner Whistle - 30 Irregular Tomestones of Genesis II 

Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC, and the Moogle Treasure Trove: The Second Hunt for Genesis FFXIV event begins on May 14, 2024, then ends on June 24, 2024. The upcoming Dawntrail expansion will arrive on July 2, 2024

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Siliconera Wednesday, May 8, 2024 1:30 PM

Mega Man X Axl model kit by Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya shared more prototype images for its upcoming Mega Man X, Axl, Sigma, and Bass model kits from Capcom's Mega Man metaseries. All of them appeared at the 62nd Shizuoka Hobby Show held in May 2024.

The first two kits revealed are the Mega Man X7 debutant Axl and an enhanced version of Mega Man X. Axl will appear in his default attire, while X will don the Max Armor from Mega Man X3 while using the Triad Thunder special weapon.

The prototypes for both kits have been fully painted, and Kotobukiya will gradually open pre-orders for each of them in the coming days.

At the same time, Kotobukiya also published unpainted prototypes of Sigma and the Battle Network character Bass.EXE. The company has made progress on both characters' model kits ever since it made the initial announcements in February 2024. However, these kits will take more time until release since their prototypes have not been painted yet.

The Reploids X, Axl, and Sigma appear in the Mega Man X series, while Bass.EXE is a NetNavi who appeared in the Mega Man Battle Network series. Capcom has released Legacy Collections for both series on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC worldwide. The Mega Man X Legacy Collection is also available on Xbox One.

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Siliconera Wednesday, May 8, 2024 1:00 PM

Yu-Gi-Oh Hello Kitty Happy Meal Toys at McDonald's in the UK

McDonald's UK announced the latest Happy Meal plush toys involves Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty dressed as Yu-Gi-Oh monsters and characters. The items are available now, and five of the items we could get were confirmed. 

Here are the five Hello Kitty Yu-Gi-Oh plush toys that are a part of the collection:

  • Badtz-Maru as Red-Eyes Black Dragon
  • Cinnamoroll as Blue-Eyes White Dragon
  • Hello Kitty as Dark Magician
  • Kuromi as Slifer the Sky Dragon
  • My Melody as Dark Magician Girl
  • Pompompurin as Exodia

An image on the official site offered a better look at them and the Happy Meal box. 

The official McDonald's UK site also features a number of activities related to the crossover. These allow us to print out pages for different tasks. One involves matching Sanrio characters. Another is a puzzle. There is a Tic-Tac-Toe sheet. People can also go through a maze or draw different characters in their costumes.

In Japan, a 2023 McDonald's promotion involved 50 Hello Kitty toys showing up for the character's anniversary. People were able to collect different plush toys of the iconic cat in various outfits.

The Yu-Gi-Oh Hello Kitty Happy Meal toys are now at McDonald's UK locations.

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Siliconera Wednesday, May 8, 2024 12:30 PM

Gundam Breaker 4 Release Date Set Worldwide

Bandai Namco announced the Gundam Breaker 4 release date first in Japan during a showcase, then worldwide. It will appear in every region on August 29, 2024, and a physical launch edition and digital deluxe versions will appear.

There will be two Digital Deluxe Editions for Gundam Breaker 4. Each one features early unlocks and additional parts. The Digital Deluxe includes five story mission packs with Gundams, the Gundam Breaker version of Gunbarrel Strike Gundam, and the Gundam Breaker 4 hero mobile suit. 15 suits from seven series, including Gundam Wing, Gundam SEED, and Gundam: The Witch from Mercury will be among the early unlocks. The Digital Ultimate Edition adds a Diorama Pack and its bonus easels and posters.

Here's the official trailer that highlights the release date for Gundam Breaker 4. It starts with a little bit of battling, before getting into the customization elements. There are 11 areas that we can customize. The footage showed how areas like the Gunpla head, body, right arm, left arm, legs, and backpack can be changed around with base model kit parts. At the 34 mark, some of the Gundams that will appear show up. Aerial, from Gundam: The Witch from Mercury, will be among them.

Gundam Breaker 4 will come to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam in North America, Japan, and Europe on August 29, 2024. 

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Siliconera Wednesday, May 8, 2024 12:00 PM

I've played a lot of mobile games in my time, but few carry the level of presentation and style that Solo Leveling: Arise possesses outside of the HoYoVerse games. This 3D action-RPG adapts the original series quite well, capturing the feel of the world in the process.

Solo Leveling Arise is a mobile and PC adaptation of the original Korean web novel series from creator Chugong. It takes place in an alternate version of Earth, where gates appear from another dimension and monsters pour out into the world. Hunters fight back against these abominations, venture into dungeons, and keep the world safe. The series focuses on the worst hunter in the world and the surprising events that happen to him. This action-RPG picks up immediately from the beginning of the series, as the main character Sung Jiwoo ventures into a tragic double dungeon.

Screenshot by Siliconera

Though admittedly, the tutorial of this game is by far the most disappointing and annoying part, as it holds the player's hand through every little thing. If you've played a mobile game before, you know what to expect in Solo Leveling: Arise. The game forces you to play several missions in a row, upgrade equipment, draw some characters, and the like. However, this particular tutorial felt like it went on quite a lot longer than others like it. If you get past this issue though, the game opens up quite a bit.

Much of Solo Leveling: Arise takes place in with third-person, behind-the-shoulders perspective. Some missions involve a little bit of exploration, but the bulk of the game centers around its exceptional combat. The speedy gameplay, which has 60 frames per second for those who want it on certain devices, has the usual attacks you'd find in this type of title. In addition, there are extra skills, such as a dodge and various AOEs. These additional abilities involve cooldowns, much like you'd expect. Wait a few seconds after using a skill, then you can use it again. The swift nature of the combat means the player always has something to do. You could be using your skills up one moment, dodging AOEs the next, then following that by charging up for your ultimate move. There are even timed attacks that have a small window of opportunity to activate, but deal tons of damage if you carry them out.

Solo Leveling Arise Review
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Needless to say, Solo Leveling Arise offers by far the best action-RPG combat out of any mobile game I've played outside of perhaps Genshin Impact. There is plenty of challenge involved in assignments and demands for skillful play there for those who like that aspect. This is especially true if you want to get all three side objectives complete for each mission. Some of these are tough, such as getting two perfect evasions (dodges) in the same fight.

However, not everything about the gameplay is perfect. Unless a patch releases in the future, I highly recommend using a controller when playing on a mobile device or PC. The camera controls are pretty poor in this game for some odd reason. It moves awkwardly, and the lock-on feature doesn't work well at all. I had a huge issue trying to target enemies and keep them in my view for fights with the touchscreen. The game works much better, in my experience, on PC or with a controller.

Screenshot by Siliconera

Outside of the missions, there is a hub for players to hang out in. This hunter base is home to connecting with other players, drawing new support characters, upgrading weapons, and the like. One of the most surprising features in Solo Leveling: Arise is the ability to change job classes a la Final Fantasy XIV. There are various classes tied to the weapon the main character uses.

Each class comes with their own skills, ultimate moves, and the like. I enjoyed experimenting with the various weapon types and classes to find the one that worked best for me in between missions. These missions generally follow the standard progression of the actual Solo Leveling storyline. It has a nice mix of in-engine-style cutscenes and comic book Webtoon-like panels. The animations and art look fantastic, so it is a shame the story moves a bit too fast. It lacks much of the character development of the actual web novel or anime versions. As such, this should act mainly as a supplement for the series, not a full-on replacement.

Overall, I would say Solo Leveling: Arise is one of the most impressive mobile games I've ever played. Unlike most anime mobile games, it adapts the series smartly in a welcome way. The action RPG combat is lightning fast, requires immense skill, and, most importantly, feels fun to use. Though the story moves a little too fast and it plays awkwardly with a touchscreen, the stellar presentation is leaps and bounds above most mobile games these days. Any fan of the series needs to give this a shot on mobile or PC.

Solo Leveling: Arise will release for Android and iOS devices and PC on May 8, 2024.

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Siliconera Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:30 AM

It looks like Glenn, Lucia, and Matt may end up encountering Rosen again in a FFVII Ever Crisis The First Soldier chapter update

While we know how the FFVII Ever Crisis Crisis Core and original stories will go, The First Soldier parts are shrouded in a bit more mystery, however a new chapter with Rosen appears to be teased for the next update. Square Enix and Applibot teased an update for 7pm PT/10pm ET on May 15, 2024.

The reason this seems to be related to a new FFVII Ever Crisis The First Soldier chapter is that the image shared appears to be a 3D version of the original character Rosen who only appeared in 2D. It seems as though we are looking at him in front of his furnace.

Glenn, Lucia, and Matt met Rosen in chapter two of that storyline. When they did, he was in front of a large furnace he was tending on an island to alert people of danger based on the smoke. The young man's hair was also in a similar ponytail.

While we don't know how The First Soldier story will go in FFVII Ever Crisis yet, FFVII Rebirth hinted at some of the events. The game was referenced there.

As for what's happening recently, the FFVII Ever Crisis update for 1.10.0 went out on May 7, 2024. That added the Summon Leviathan. A Golden Week Spring Break campaign just ended as well.

FFVII Ever Crisis is available for PCs and mobile devices.

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Siliconera Wednesday, May 8, 2024 11:00 AM

Moonstone Island Free Update and Magic Man DLC Arrives in May

Studio Supersoft announced a Moonstone Island May 2024 update that will include paid DLC involving the Magic Man and free content for everyone. The add-on and patch will arrive on May 21, 2024, and apparently a Magic Man plush will also follow. 

The announcement for the free content included a trailer highlighting some of the things that will appear in Moonstone Island after the update. The 24 new cards were discussed first, with the Black Ice, Booster Pack, Conduit, and Summon ones shown. The post-game content person showed a player character talking to the Magic Man, with relationship hearts below the NPC's name. It looks like the tavern will hold a party event. The Spirits Chiminea, Darclock, Pombomb, and Shrubbin will appear, with Pombomb being a crossover character from Cassette Beasts. Some of the new pieces of furniture also appeared.

As for the paid DLC, it includes Magic Man cosmetics and decorations for Moonstone Island. You can make your home look like a Magic Hat House. You can then place a matching rug, Candelabrum, Lectern, Summoning Circle, and Tattered Curtain inside. 

As for the plush Magic Man, there are no details about it yet. Studio Supersoft only shared an initial photo of the prototype. It will follow the Fishbo plush that appeared in 2023 on Makeship.

It isn't uncommon for Studio Supersoft to announce a new Moonstone Island update every once in a while. For example, a Winter Update appeared in December 2023. The developer also teased it is working on Fishbo evolutions after April Fools' Day 2024. We will also learn more about the game at the Wholesome Direct on June 8, 2024, which could involve an announcement related to the Switch release.

Moonstone Island is available for the PC via Steam and will come to the Nintendo Switch. 

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Siliconera Wednesday, May 8, 2024 10:30 AM

The Music of Mother - Earthbound 30th anniversary live concert

Hobonichi announced that it will hold a "The Music of Mother" concert on June 22, 2024, as part of celebrations for the 30th anniversary of Earthbound. The company will hold the concert exclusively online via streaming, but people in select countries and territories outside Japan will also be able to watch it.

The concert will run for approximately two hours from 8 PM to 10 PM JST (7 AM - 9 AM ET). The first part will have Hirokazu "Chip" Tanaka play remixes of tracks from the Earthbound/Mother series. In the middle part, Shigesato Itoi will discuss the series' music with Tanaka and Keiichi Suzuki on a Japanese talk show. Suzuki will return in the third and last part to perform with the Tonzura Mother Band.

The regular streaming tickets will be available for 3,300 yen (~$21). The sales period will open on Stagecrowd from June 4, 2024, until July 7, 2024—before Stagecrowd takes down the stream archive at midnight JST on July 8, 2024.

Hobonichi will also sell a bonus set that comes with a paper ticket, a satin backstage pass, and a ticket holder. The bundle will cost 4,950 yen (~$32), and its sales will end earlier on June 17, 2024. People residing outside Japan will also be able to purchase this bundle, but Hobonichi will apply a separate shipping fee.

The stream is technically watchable worldwide as long as users can access the viewing test page without any issues. However, Stagecrowd will only legally support payments from the following countries and territories:

  • Americas: United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Peru
  • Europe: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain
  • Asia: Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore
  • Oceania: Australia, New Zealand

The Earthbound 30th anniversary live concert "The Music of Mother" will run on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at 8 PM JST (7 AM ET). Sales for the streaming tickets will be available from June 4, 2024.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, May 8, 2024 5:13 PM
     Call Of Duty Endowment U Assist Veterans Featured ImagePinpoint your enemies and defeat them. Here are all Call of Duty Endowment: U Assist Veterans event challenges and rewards in Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone. Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone: All Call of Duty Endowment: U Assist Veterans challenges and rewards To kick off Military Appreciation Month, Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone bring us the Call of Duty Endowment: U Assist Veterans event – say it three times in a row. I dare you. This event houses seven challenges you can complete to gain rewards such as emblems, calling cards, consumables, and more. Screenshot: PC Invasion Contrary to recent events, each challenge has three different objective alternatives you can complete across Multiplayer, Zombies, and Warzone. You only need to complete one per challenge, so pick the objective that better suits your playing preferences. Check out all of these alternatives in the table below: ChallengeMultiplayerZombiesWarzoneEyes in the Sky (Calling Card)Deploy 5 UAV Killstreaks.De...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, May 8, 2024 4:58 PM
     Arena Breakout Infinite GameplayArena Breakout: Infinite is pretty well optimized and runs smoothly on most machines, but PC players are still encountering issues with poor performance and stuttering even with powerful rigs. Even if you lower all of the settings to the minimum in Arena Breakout: Infinite, you might still encounter some performance issues and stutters because of some frustrating bugs that are affecting the game. Some players have found solutions that remedy these issues, however, so there are thankfully some things that you can try if Arena Breakout isn't running great on your PC. How to Improve Performance in Arena Breakout Infinite Before trying any strange homebrew remedies, though, you should head to the settings menu and make sure that you're running graphics options that match your rig's capabilities. Enable an upscaler like DLSS or FSR if you haven't already, and make sure you've set your FPS limit to something stable so your performance isn't all ov...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, May 8, 2024 4:56 PM
     Solo Leveling Arise Gate Types ExplainedOne of the key features of Solo Leveling: Arise is the Gate dungeons, and it's important to know about all the types available. Gates are dungeons you can complete in short amounts of time, but there's more than just one type. All Gate types in Solo Leveling Arise, explained Once you complete the tutorial for Solo Leveling: Arise, you'll get the chance to see all the Gates available for yourself. At first, you'll only spot blue-colored Gates, but eventually, you'll unlock further Gate types denoted by specific colors. Let's go over all Gate types and how they work in Solo Leveling: Arise. Gate typeHow it worksRewardsNormal GatesCommon Gates that you can play by creating a party of Hunters or a party with Jinwoo.Weapon enhancement materials, Artifacts.Dungeon BreaksUnlocks at Difficulty 5 or higher. Only a party with Jinwoo can enter Dungeon Breaks.Weapon Limit Break materials.Red GatesUnlocks after completing Chapter 7. If you switch to Hard...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, May 8, 2024 4:36 PM
     Arena Breakout Infinite ExtractionThe closed beta for Arena Breakout: Infinite is here and Tarkov-refugees are clamoring to get their hands on keys for beta access. It's a very limited beta, though. However, if you didn't get an invitation in your email inbox, not all hope is lost. There are multiple ways to get access to the Arena Breakout: Infinite PC beta and Level Infinite will continue to add new slots throughout the testing period. If you're itching for a chance to try out Arena Breakout: Infinite, then keep reading to figure out the best ways to get a beta key. How to download and play the Arena Breakout: Infinite Beta The main way to get a beta key for Arena Breakout: Infinite is to sign up with your email address and hope you get lucky. Through the end of the testing period, new players will be invited in batches. Keep checking your email if you weren't part of the first few waves. Screenshot: PC Invasion If you're not having much luck with the invitation emails, th...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, May 8, 2024 4:17 PM
     Best Ways To Farm Essence Stones In Solo Leveling AriseEssence Stones are the main method to getting Draws and earning rewards in this gacha game. Here are the best ways to farm Essence Stones in Solo Leveling: Arise so you can get the most Draws possible. Solo Leveling Arise: Best ways to farm Essence Stones Screenshot: PC Invasion Story missions Unlike Gates, the most efficient way to earn yourself more Essence Stones in Solo Leveling: Arise is by completing story missions and chapters. Within each chapter are numerous missions you can complete, and apart from the main story chapters are the side stories. The majority of the missions you complete reward you with around 50 Essence Stones. Since there are plenty of missions per chapter, you should be able to earn yourself a plethora of Essence Stones just by playing the main campaign. Screenshot: PC Invasion Daily Missions Every day that you log into Solo Leveling: Arise you can complete Daily Missions. While these missions themselves don't earn you Essence St...

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, May 8, 2024 3:38 PM

A launch trailer was also released.

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, May 8, 2024 2:40 PM

Bandai Namco has announced a competition in anticipation for the release of the Shadow of Erdtree DLC launching next month. The contest, dubbed the "Return to Grace Video Contest", tasks participants to submit a video under 5 minutes to the website "that commemorates" their experience in Elden Ring. The video will need to be uploaded […]

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