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GamersHeroes Thursday, May 9, 2024 2:03 PM

The sixth (and final) premium DLC for Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous in Season Pass 2, Owlcat Games announced that A Dance of Masks will release June 13.

The post Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous "A Dance of Masks" Launching June 13 appeared first on GamersHeroes.

GamersHeroes Thursday, May 9, 2024 1:37 PM

Set to release May 30 with the title's current Inkborn Fables set, Teamfight Tactics will feature Rotating Shop that will enhance the overall experience.

The post Teamfight Tactics Rotating Shop Feature Detailed appeared first on GamersHeroes.

GamersHeroes Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:16 PM

Setting out to be the most authentic F1 experience to date, the team at Codemasters and EA Sports have released a new video that looks at the tracks and drivers of F1 24.

The post F1 24 Track and Driver Update Released appeared first on GamersHeroes.

GamersHeroes Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:11 AM

All those that dive into Rockstar Games' GTA Online this week will be able to get for themselves a cool Double GTA$ and RP on A Superyacht Life missions and Hidden Caches.

The post A Superyacht Life Bonuses This Week in GTA Online appeared first on GamersHeroes.

Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 3:35 PM

The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise has seen significantly more television and film adaptations than most video game series can claim. While it's having its most widespread moment ever with its current live-action movie franchise, the blue blur has been starring in animated series for over 30 years. Each of these…


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 3:25 PM

Grand Theft Auto fans are some of the most dedicated and wild around. So it shouldn't be surprising that when GTA fans noticed a small update to Rockstar's official Grand Theft Auto VI website, the community exploded and people started losing it.


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 3:17 PM

Before there was Baldur's Gate 3, there was Divinity: Original Sin 2,the critically acclaimed 2017 tactical RPG that proved Larian Studios were masters of the formula. Now you can grab it for just $13 on Steam.


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 2:37 PM

Helldivers 2's terrible, no-good, very bad week was meant to be over by now, but instead the game and its developer are taking yet another hard knock. First there was the debacle last week that saw Helldivers 2 a) pulled from Steam in various countries over a PSN login requirement, b) get review-bombed by its own fans,…


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 2:20 PM

From the second the mysterious swordswoman Acheron was revealed in Honkai: Star Rail, fans had an inkling that there was more to her than developer HoYoverse was letting on. The release of version 2.0 in February confirmed they were correct, showing her to be a semi-amnesiac who barely knows herself. But with the…


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 1:25 PM

Anyone can punch trees long enough to build a house, but can you also take down a teleporting necromancer and eat an entire bear in one sitting? These questions and more will be answered in your time with V Rising, Stunlock Studios' survival/crafting/action-RPG hybrid that's finally out of Early Access. I've been…


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:55 PM

Nigel Lowrie, the co-founder of indie publisher Devolver Digital (Hotline Miami, Cult of the Lamb), says that indie games do much better on Switch than on other consoles because Nintendo has cultivated a playerbase that is more "open to interesting concepts" and smaller games.


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:35 PM

Hades 2, Supergiant Games' highly anticipated sequel, has several gameplay features that are new to the franchise. One of these new features has you chasing materials in the Underworld and elsewhere, from Psyche to Fate Fabric. Some resources appear as requirements to unlock important tools and upgrades early on,…


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:25 PM

Nintendo, founded in 1889, is perhaps the longest running gaming company around and, perhaps due to this fact, it has largely remained a boys' club. This began to change for the better in 2020, when it nominated its first woman to the board of directors. Since then, the company has vowed to hire more women, who make…


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:15 PM

Hades 2 is jam-packed with places to discover, and not all of them start at Erebus. If you've already unlocked the ward at the Crossroads, you'll know that the surface is available as an alternative path to take, filled with its own vistas, rewards, and challenges. Sadly, protagonist Melinoë won't be able to stay…


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:05 PM

One of my biggest gaming regrets was not playing Vanillaware's time-travel narrative adventure 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim when it was released in 2019. Everybody around me kept telling me to just pick up the damn game and give it a try because they knew I would like it. I didn't play it until 2023, at which point I…


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:46 AM

With the release of the Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection in 2023, games like 2004's Metal Gear Solid 3 are more freely available (albeit in a very compromised and feature-lacking collection) than they have been before. But as MGS3in the Master Collection is secretly a repackaged version of its follow-up expansion, S…


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 10:56 AM

Hades 2, even in its current Early Access state, has plenty to offer. So much, in fact, that there are alternate paths you can take before starting a run. The first path on the opposite side of the entrance to Erebus is one you'll notice right away, but won't be able to open. You need to complete some some tasks…


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 10:45 AM

Before you can begin your adventure in Final Fantasy XIV, you'll need to create your own player character (which is fun) and decide which server you're going to play on (which is less fun). For those totally new to MMORPGs, your server (also known as a "world") dictates who you'll interact with when you play the game.…


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 10:35 AM

A new Lord of the Rings film is officially in the works, and it will feature some key personnel from both the original trilogy and the Hobbit trilogy. However, it won't be original director Peter Jackson in the chair, but rather Gollum actor Andy Serkis.


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 10:25 AM

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer is taking a lot of heat online for recent decisions to close beloved studios like Arkane Austin and Tango Gameworks. Last night the long-time gaming exec was apparently exploring the wasteland in Fallout 76 when another player nuked his entire campsite.


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 10:10 AM

Elon Musk continues to run X (formerly Twitter) in a variety of questionable ways, and surely one of the oddest is the decision to charge vast amounts of money for access to the site's API. As such, major firms are dropping integration with the hellsite, the latest being Nintendo. From June 10, you will no longer be…


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 9:35 AM

It doesn't take long for Hades 2 to introduce Tarot Arcana cards to you, a new mechanic that allows protagonist Melinoë to become stronger in many ways. Each card requires a specific amount of Grasp, a resource unique to this system, which can fill up pretty fast.


Kotaku Thursday, May 9, 2024 9:00 AM

I can't tell you about Animal Well's best moments. That's because doing so would spoil the magic of discovering them for yourself, and because I still haven't uncovered all of them yet either. I went into Animal Well hoping for a fun, evocative trip through a beautiful, lo-fi underground labyrinth. What I got was so…


PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 3:44 PM
     Vampire Survivors weapon evolution guide

What are the Vampire Survivors weapon evolution combos? Though things are slowing down, the roguelike indie game has had plenty of updates as players discover the joy of walking around forests, caves, libraries, or castle corridors. Along the way, you'll slay an ever-growing encroaching horde of monsters wanting to nibble on your flesh.

Vampire Suirvivors is a relatively simple yet viral indie game to understand, but it was also one of the best PC games of 2022. However, mastering it and unlocking Vampire Survivors characters can get tricky if you don't specify the correct build. Unfortunately, you only have a few slots for weapons and items, so choose carefully. With the introduction of adventures and the debut of the Among Us beans in the Emergency Meeting DLC, it's worth reminding yourself how Vampire Survivors weapon evolutions work and what you need to do to discover the new ones.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 3:33 PM
     New indie co-op roguelike recreates MMO raids with rabbits

Raiding in an MMO can be an incredibly fulfilling affair but also comes with a host of problems. You've got to get many people all together all at the same time, get them all using the right roles, learning boss fights, and then have it execute together. In Rabbit and Steel the troubles with raiding melt away into something more manageable and easy to dive into.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 2:15 PM
     Outlast style paranormal horror game launches on Steam to 82% rating

Students at Taiwan's Tunghai University have created one of the creepier campus legends. Dubbed 'The Bridge Curse,' Tunghai attendees claim that the ghost of a young woman haunts a bridge, waiting for an extra step on the staircase leading up to it to appear at midnight and asking those who pass by her for the time. Naturally, given how widespread this story has become, it's gone on to inspire viral stunts, a movie, and a spin off videogame based on that film called The Bridge Curse Road to Salvation. Now, two years after the first game's launch, its creators have returned to the ghostly legend for a sequel, putting out The Bridge Curse 2: The Extrication today on Steam.

PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 1:18 PM
     One of the best strategy games ever is heavily discounted right now

Paradox Interactive is responsible for some of the best strategy games ever made. Over the decades, the publisher has put out or created beloved entries to the genre ranging from Crusaders Kings 3 and Victoria 3 to Europa Universalis 4 and Hearts of Iron 4. Back in 2016, it also put out Stellaris, a science fiction take on 4X games that saw Paradox shift its focus from placing its work in historical settings and move into the realm of science fiction. That experiment paid off, and you can check out the results for yourself right now by picking up a copy of Stellaris on Steam for a sizable discount.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:39 PM
     Save $30 on the Logitech G502 X Plus in this gaming mouse deal

If you're looking for a great gaming mouse deal, you've found it. Best Buy has slashed the price of the Logitech G502 X Plus Wireless, the latest in the long line of G502 mice. The catch? It's only the white version that benefits from the full $30 saving.

Whether you think the Logitech G502 is one of the best gaming mouse models to hit the market or one of the worst, you have to admire the commitment to innovation and dedication to a single design that's rarely seen in the peripheral space. Now, you can save $30 off the MSRP when you buy the Logitech G502 X Plus Wireless from Best Buy.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:19 PM
     Total War Pharaoh maps are about to get much, much bigger

Total War: Pharaoh, the latest in a long running strategy series that includes Total War: Three Kingdoms, Total War: Warhammer 3, and Total War Saga: Troy, is a strong entry but one that was criticized when it launched last autumn by players wishing it branched out a bit further from its predecessors. The team at Creative Assembly Sofia recently announced that it's looking to tackle these complaints head on through a massive update that looks to add in new factions — Babylon, Assyria, Troy, and Mycenae — a new 'Dynasty' system, unit reworks, and, as detailed today, a big change to the game's map.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:17 PM
     Red Dead Redemption 2 mod completely changes the ending

Red Dead Redemption 2 stunned us all with its rich, emotional story about Arthur Morgan, an aging cowboy in the dying years of the Wild West. The game has what is, to many, the perfect ending, but a new mod has come out that changes it, giving us more time with the beloved gunslinger. Spoilers for Red Dead Redemption 2's ending and epilogue follow.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:08 PM
     Corsair's new gaming SSD is yours if you have a spare $640

Corsair has just revealed the MP700 Pro SE, its latest PCIe 5.0 M.2 SSD, and the speeds it advertises are very impressive if not quite the fastest we've seen to date. In addition to the high advertised sequential read and write speeds of the Corsair MP700 Pro SE, which are quoted at 14,000MB/s and 12,000MB/s respectively, Corsair also boasts that the MP700 Pro SE has great random access speeds, meaning it should offer fast performance beyond just massive file transfers.

On paper, the Corsair MP700 Pro SE quite simply looks like one of the best SSDs for gaming, but this may change once we have the chance to put it to the test. It's also worth noting that, despite the impressive numbers, the Crucial T705 advertises higher sequential speeds and is readily available with a heatsink in the box already.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:05 PM
     DBD reveals hotly anticipated DnD chapter and it's coming soon

The speculation over which characters or properties will enter the fog in Dead by Daylight has always been fertile ground for fans of the game. With recent chapters unveiling killers previously thought impossible to integrate like Chucky from Child's Play or the Alien from, well, Alien, the doors have been flung open to new possibilities. Now, a new chapter has been teased, and it's one fans have been requesting for a long time.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:53 AM
     Best Valorant crosshairs used by streamers and pros May 2024

What are the Valorant crosshair codes? Valorant Crosshairs became more complex and customizable then ever with changes made in March 2022. With a complex-looking string of numbers, letters, and symbols, you can change your in-game sights to match players from your favorite esports teams such as DRX, Fnatic, or Team Liquid, or make your own entirely.

Many of the best PC games with pro teams like to come up with ways for FPS game players to show allegiance to their favorite players. For example, Rainbow Six Siege has charms and Valorant has gun buddies. Custom crosshairs take things to another level though, and can even help you achieve a similar level of accuracy as the pros, too. Different colors or sizes can make your crosshair stand out more, potentially affecting your accuracy. We've collected Valorant crosshair codes for all of the big teams in one place, so you don't have to go hunting around too much to equip your favorite Valorant characters with your chosen sight. Jump to the bottom if you need to know how to import Valorant crosshairs.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:47 AM
     Helldivers 2 meets League of Legends in flashy new Steam MOBA

While 2024 is a slightly quieter year in our virtual world - there are no Diablo 4s or Starfields - I've already played (and completed) more games in the space of five months than I did last year. While League of Legends will forever remain at the top my most played list, Helldivers 2 remains high in second place, despite my natural preference for fantasy over sci-fi. It's no surprise, then, that Wardens Rising looks right up my alley. Blending the frenetic co-op combat of Helldivers, the base defense mechanics of League of Legends, and a splash of Warcraft, we caught up with Big Moxi Games' founder Damon Alberts to find out more.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:44 AM
     New Ghost of Tsushima driver is essential for Nvidia GPUs

Ahead of the Ghost of Tsushima PC launch, Nvidia has published a new Game Ready Driver to further enhance the performance and stability of GeForce graphics cards playing the former PlayStation 5 exclusive. Combined with previously announced features, including DLSS 3, DLAA, and Reflex, players are now primed for the best possible experience on Nvidia GPUs.

If you own one of the best graphics cards from Nvidia, getting great performance out of Ghost of Tsushima should be simple as its system requirements set a reasonable bar to clear. 

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:42 AM
     All Monopoly Go events, tournaments, dates, and rewards

What is the next Monopoly Go event? With so many limited-time events in Monopoly Go, it can be hard to keep track of the rewards you can get your hands on. Monopoly Go events can last anywhere from a few hours to a week, so bookmark this page as we'll keep it regularly updated with the next events and their start and end dates.

Monopoly Go is the latest online board game sweeping the globe, but completing all of these events won't be easy without some Monopoly Go free dice links, so check out our daily updated guide for some freebies and rewards before you get started on the next Monopoly Go tournament.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:43 AM
     The best Elden Ring builds

What are the best Elden Ring builds? The first 20 levels shape your entire class, so selecting your stats carefully is essential. While placing some stat points into faith as an Astrologer may be tempting, you're probably better off committing to the full sorcery build to maximize your damage in the late game.

But what are the best Elden Ring builds? Well, some loadouts - such as the Hoarfrost Stomp build - aren't as powerful as they used to be, but new ones rose to take their place, such as Swarm of Flies. If you've found that your build has been nerfed, never fear - grab a specific Elden Ring Great Rune, and you'll be able to unlock character respec, and you can simply create a new one!

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:37 AM
     The ultimate Blox Fruits guide

Should you pick pirates or marines in Blox Fruits? If you want to get stuck into one of the biggest Roblox games around, even if you're not necessarily a One Piece fan, our ultimate Blox Fruits guide can help. Centered around power-imbuing snacks known as devil fruits, the core gameplay loop revolves around grinding levels via various quests, earning cash for your efforts, and using your spoils and expertise to venture further across the sea, fighting more challenging targets to power up even further.

Before we get into the weeds of Blox Fruits 101, there's no better time to draw attention to other top-tier Roblox games worthy of your attention. If you're getting a kick out of Blox Fruits, we can only assume you'll like other anime-inspired Roblox adventures, too. And to get you firing on all cylinders with those, we have the latest lists of Anime Champions Simulator codesAnime Adventures codes, and Project Slayers codes for you to use. We also have an in-depth Blox Fruits tier list for the current meta.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:29 AM
     Warhammer 40k Space Marine 2 release date, story, latest news

When is the Warhammer 40k Space Marine 2 release date? The game is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2011 third-person shooter hack-n-slasher of the same name, only instead of the Orkz, it's the Tyrannids who will be meeting the sharp end of a Chainsword's rotating blades. With the excitement around the sequel growing, what do we know about Space Marine 2?

Using a combination of trailers, press releases, and developer interviews, we have collated and refined this article to provide you with a concentrated view of everything there's to know about Warhammer 40k Space Marine 2. We will continue to update this guide as we learn more about what will hopefully be one of the best action-adventure games this year.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:22 AM
     Cities Skylines 2 performance is basically better now, dev poll says

Cities Skylines 2 performance problems are still holding back Colossal Order's city building sequel. At launch, frame rate drops, crashes, missing assets, and slow loading times afflicted CS2, and have remained a running sore for the past seven months. Nevertheless, a series of patches and fixes have helped bring Cities Skylines 2 back up to scratch, and the spiritual successor to SimCity still has a long life ahead. A new poll from CO now suggests that a small majority of players think Cities Skylines 2's performance is gradually getting better.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:20 AM
     This silent open-air gaming PC has four 360mm radiators

If you think the 240mm AIO cooler strapped to your CPU is pretty good, then prepare for your rig to be humbled by the monstrous cooling power on show here. This open-air water-cooled gaming PC has four (yes, four!) 360mm radiators, meaning it can happily cool its high-end components while making barely a whisper of noise.

Thanks to our rapidly growing PC building Facebook page, we've seen many custom gaming PCs, from mods based on existing case designs to scratch PC builds. You can even submit yours for consideration right here.  Now let's chat to Oliver about how he built this glorious open-air PC build.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:45 AM
     Blight Survival release date estimate, trailers, and latest news

When is the Blight Survival release date? In this medieval adventure, you play a knight who fights against the forces of a rival kingdom and the bloodthirsty, infected monsters that plague the land in between. The people are counting on you to extinguish the blight in what the developer describes as a "cooperative extraction-lite" game.

Given that we've only seen a single pre-alpha trailer and a handful of development videos so far, it may be a while until we see more of Blight Survival, let alone a release date. This co-op game already has some rather brutal-sounding mechanics and fascinating ideas, which make the already tantalizing premise even more appealing. Here's everything we currently know about Blight Survival.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:57 AM
     The 69 best Minecraft maps May 2024

What are the best Minecraft maps? Minecraft is the inventor's paradise, but, of course, it is also the connoisseur's nightmare. Thanks to the huge number of user-created Minecraft maps out there, it's almost impossible to find the finest creations around. Who has time these days to sift through hundreds of Minecraft maps, devour them with their digital senses, and come to a conclusion on which ones are worth your time?

Well, us. We have the time. We have scoured forums, binge-watched YouTube videos, and sampled more of the best Minecraft maps than we can count on to bring you the definitive list. To find the very best, we have whittled down the finest user-created environments and placed them into their very own category. Whether you fancy plunging to the depths of a Minecraft dropper or living out your Minecraft life game fantasies in a city map, we have everything you need to get the most out of Minecraft maps.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:03 AM
     One of the most brutal survival games ever is about to get even bigger

DayZ, one of the most difficult survival games out there, is about to become even tougher. Its upcoming Frostline expansion will force players to manage their warmth, hunt for food, and fight off players and other dangers. DayZ has come a long way from being just an Arma 2 mod.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:26 AM
     Project Mugen release date speculation, gameplay, and latest news

When is the Project Mugen release date? Hoyoverse's influence is still going strong, as studios continue to capture the studio's unique blend of open-world exploration, quickfire action, and ability to get its hooks into you. The next developer dipping into the genre is NetEase Games, who are developing Project Mugen at their internal studio Naked Rain.

Described as an "urban open-world RPG", Project Mugen can be summed up as a mix of Genshin Impact, Persona, Spider-Man, and Grand Theft Auto. If that sounds like an eclectic mix of big-budget titles, you'd be right. Not only is NetEase Games looking to build a highly intractable city for PC, there is a lot more going on under the hood that sets Project Mugen apart from its various influences. If you can't wait to hit those mean streets, we've got all the latest news surrounding the Project Mugen release date.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 10:55 AM
     All Hades 2 familiars

What are the Hades 2 familiars? Taking down Time itself is a grueling task. Chronos has wronged you, your family, and pretty much everyone you know, and it's up to you to take him down. A helping hand never goes amiss, however, and while you get your fair share of boons from the gods, having someone by your side in your battles can be the difference between life and death.

The Hades 2 early access release is here, and it's superb. We have a Hades 2 review here if you want to know our in-depth thoughts, but if you had even a passing interest in the first roguelike game, you'll love this one. Melinoë can partner with a host of familiars in Hades 2 as she attempts to save the afterlife and bring back what was taken from her. Here's what those familiars are, and how to get them.

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PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 10:51 AM
     The Rogue Prince of Persia release date estimate and latest news

When is The Rogue Prince of Persia release date? Two Prince of Persia games in one year, yes, that's the world we're currently living in. After years of silence, the legendary side-scrolling series appears to be back in a big way. Unlike Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown which is a traditional Metroidvania, this game has been designed as a roguelike.

Developed by Evil Empire, one of the studios responsible for the critically acclaimed Dead Cells DLC, The Rogue Prince of Persia utilizes the series' key elements, while tying in roguelike game mechanics to make the game infinitely replayable. Here's everything you need to know about The Rogue Prince of Persia, including its release date, the early date, and more.

PCGamesN Thursday, May 9, 2024 1:31 PM
     Spooky Stardew Valley sim gets new demo, playable now

Moonlight Peaks has got a fresh new demo for you to try, alongside a launch year and new publisher. While this supernatural life simulator will look familiar to fans of Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley, this game features a vampire protagonist who can turn into a bat to fly around town to better water crops and romance mystical villagers. In those other games you just play as a regular old human.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:57 PM

Ah, it feels like only yesterday that Microsoft shut down Tango Gameworks, creators of Hi-Fi Rush, and now here's Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios, telling Microsoft staff at an internal townhall meeting that "we need smaller games that give us prestige and awards" - a sentence we might plausibly lengthen to " Hi-Fi Rush".

See, these are the kinds of glacial changes of focus and ponderous shifts of strategy you often get at very large videogame publishers such as Microsoft. Trends are cyclical and corporations are sort of just these massive, sleepy hamsters, trundling around the wheel to rediscover practices and projects they once deemed bad for business. Hang on, let me go look up "yesterday" in the dictionary and fetch some sellotape - my brain appears to have exploded.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:16 AM

I spent this morning being pseudo-profound about Animal Well and pseudo-elegaic about Tango Gameworks, so now it's time to get back to the Real Business - being a pseud on the subject of videogame gun balancing.

The game in question is cheery co-op shooter Helldivers 2, over which Aunty Sony recently upended a can of furious worms by abruptly insisting that Steam players have a PSN account for security reasons and so, blocking players in regions where PSN isn't available. Sony have subsequently walked back the requirement following a backlash of truly hellish proportions, though I understand that the game remains unavailable on Steam in certain regions. By comparison, Arrowhead CEO Johan Pilestedt's remarks overnight that the developers might have been "removing the fun" with their gun balancing seem pretty innocuous.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:00 AM

In the grand tradition established by one (1) prior release, Supergiant dropped Hades 2 over the weekend and we at the Electronic Wireless show podcast have all been playing and enjoying it bunches! So we wanted to talk about the game, why we're enjoying it, some of the new aspects over Hades the first, and just generally go 'Ooh, this game is fun, innit?'. Not a complex podcast this week.

James isn't here, so Nate makes up some hardware news that's very exciting and yet disturbing, while he does have a mythology-themed mini game in the tower of jocularity. Plus: the games we've been playing this week, including a cute survival horror and RimWorld, still. Also, Nate asks me to explain what the hap was heckening with Helldivers 2, and if Joel remains safe.

You can listen above, or on on Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher, or Pocket Casts. You can find the RSS feed here, and you can discuss the episode on our Discord channel, which has a dedicated room for podcast chat.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, May 9, 2024 10:08 AM

When I asked Tango Gameworks creative director John Johanas whom he'd give Hi-Fi Rush's Best Audio trophy away to at this year's GDC Awards, he said he'd split it between the game's audio team and "the person who taught me everything I know" - Shinji Mikami, Tango's founder and one of the erstwhile Capcom and Platinum big brains behind Resident Evil, Vanquish and much more besides. I confess, I found this response annoying - partly because I was hoping Johanas would bring up some obscure indie composer I could then namecheck at parties, and partly, because I have spent years waiting for Tango to escape Mikami's shadow after essentially announcing themselves as a Mikami fan project back in 2010.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, May 9, 2024 9:00 AM

My older brother (as opposed to "big"; my younger brother is my big brother, because he's built like the kind of hearty giant in a JRPG who laughs a lot and carries an anchor as a weapon, while my older brother is a loathsome scribbling wizard like myself) is a gamer in a very normal sense. He was way more online when he was younger, and is the one who got me into the games of Lucasfilm, Troika and Blizzard, but these days he plays the games he likes a lot and does not read specialist websites that tell him why he shouldn't like them. He used to play loads of League Of Legends, but the game he was most into more recently was Hades. This is because he studied Classics.

I won't tell you how many years its been since he was at university, but for many years - and still sort of now, to be honest - "liking Apollo" was a key part of his personality. It's interesting, therefore, to text him about Hades 2. Partly because he wasn't even aware it was happening.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, May 9, 2024 9:00 AM

Computers have always been animal wells, in a sense. They're havens for creatures of many shapes and degrees of literalness, all the way down to the metal. As in ecologies at large, the most abundant and widespread are probably the bugs, beginning with the moth that flew into that Harvard Mark II in 1947 and ending with the teeming contents of the average free-to-play changelog. A little further up the food chain we find "worms", like the Creeper that once invaded the ARPANET, and "gophers", a directory/client system written in 1991 for the University of Minnesota. There are computer animals spawned by branding - foxes of fire and twittering birds and the anonymous beasts that haunt the margins of Google documents. There are computer animals that are implied by the verbs we use in computing - take "browser", derived from the old French word for nibbling at buds and sprouts, which suggests that all modern internet searches are innately herbivorous.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, May 9, 2024 8:20 AM

How to best describe strategy game Be the Ruler: Britannia when its alchemic reduction of traditionally full-on genres is what drew me to its free Steam prologue in the first place? A less demanding Manor Lords? A more casual Crusader Kings III? Total War with training wheels? It's got shades of all these games, but thrown together with a wonderfully vibrant wood craft art style. It ends up as something I feel is going to be a lot more approachable for players who like the idea of massive medieval simulations but don't care to spend time reading a Magna Carta-fat wiki to learn exactly what pop growth percentage is. I know what it is, and most days I wish I'd saved that brain space to e.g learn how to keep house plants alive instead.

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Twinfinite Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:00 PM
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Siliconera Thursday, May 9, 2024 4:00 PM

KLab working on hybrid casual mobile game based on Bleach Thousand Year Blood War anime

KLab announced that it acquired consent from the Bleach production committee to develop a new hybrid casual mobile game based on the series' Thousand-Year Blood War anime. The new game will support Japanese and English, and it will be available in almost all countries and regions worldwide, except for Mainland China.

In its press release, KLab described "hybrid casual game" as a model that combines the simplicity of casual games and the long-term playability of online games. The game will also generate profits from both microtransactions and advertisements.

KLab did not specify the platforms for the new game. However, it placed its press release on PRTimes under the "Smartphone Game" category. Therefore, this new title will appear on mobile devices.

KLab has previously released a Bleach live service game, and it is still ongoing as of May 2024. Bleach: Brave Souls originally came out for Android and iOS mobile devices. The company gradually added PC (Steam) and PlayStation 4 to its platform lineup. Brave Souls had recorded over 70 million downloads as of November 2022; that number has since been updated to 90 million in late April 2024.

The new Bleach hybrid casual game will be available worldwide on mobile devices.

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Siliconera Thursday, May 9, 2024 3:30 PM

Dragon Ball Super Divers - new arcade card game

Bandai has revealed a new arcade card game titled Dragon Ball Super Divers. The new game will be available in arcade centers across Japan.

The newly set up official website barely has any details. However, Bandai did provide more explanations about the new title in the Japanese press release. Players will be able to place character cards on the provided slots to scan the featured characters into the game. They can then press buttons on the cabinet to control the flow of the battles.

Bandai has set up a new YouTube channel dedicated to the new arcade game. It has also published a new teaser trailer:

Super Divers will completely replace Super Dragon Ball Heroes once it goes live. Bandai also published a new announcement page to assure players of the ongoing game. It promised that the new game will have a Super Dragon Ball Heroes Mode. Players who have cards from the previous title will be able to use them in this mode, although there will be no new mission updates.

Dragon Ball Super Divers will be available for arcades. Bandai Namco will reveal more details about the new arcade game at Jump Victory Carnival 2024 on July 21, 2024.

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Siliconera Thursday, May 9, 2024 3:00 PM

Review: Crow Country Celebrates the Survival Horror Genre

In recent years, the unstoppable craving for an old-school survival horror revival has been growing within me. It seems I'm not the only one feeling that way, as various indie developers expanded on some of my favorite aspects of the genre, with excellent games like developers Jasper Byrne's Lone Survivor and rose-engine's Signalis. Now Crow Country joins the list by offering a true-to-form classic survival horror adventure that draws inspiration from and pays tribute to PS1-era titles, all while doing its own original thing.

The game takes players back to 1990 Atlanta, Georgia, and it starts when protagonist Mara Forest breaks into the eponymous Crow Country abandoned theme park. Her job is to find the owner Edward Crow, due to his daughter filing a missing persons report. As Mara delves deeper into the creepy locale, she discovers a plethora of terrible monsters roaming the park, putting anyone that approaches the place in danger. Determined to discover the secret hiding behind these creatures and Edward's disappearance, she pushes forward. Throughout the game, she meets a variety of characters that found themselves drawn to the place. While their reasons for being there differ, their motivations are the same: investigating the monsters that roam the park and the cause and consequences of their appearance.

I really enjoyed the story in Crow Country. The central mystery is engaging and unique, and it keeps things simple and easy to follow. The environmental storytelling is also very effective, with the park having plenty of files that go into the history and creation of the place. One of the things I appreciated the most about the story is how the narrative is confident enough to not overexplain how and why everything happens, leaving just enough unanswered and ambiguous. After all, desperately trying to seek answers for things we don't understand can lead to unforeseen consequences.

The setting of a theme park is ideal for a horror game, and I thought that Crow Country effectively uses this concept to its full potential. Using a creepy theme park as the setting for a horror game allows the layout to feel like the Spencer Mansion in the original Resident Evil without the puzzles feeling out of place. Furthermore, Crow Country expands on the concept of a location like the Lakeside Amusement Park in Silent Hill 3, showing different flavors of horror with the contrast between the run-down public facing areas and the fenced-off staff rooms and corridors. While its main fairytale area is supposed to be charming, the decay and abandonment has rendered it eerie and unwelcoming. Its tacky haunted mansion-style zone wouldn't really scare anyone under normal circumstances, but given the situation I felt like I was being effectively gaslit into doubting whether what was threatening me was a part of the fictional spectacle or if I was truly in danger.

The gameplay loop in Crow Country will be very familiar to those that have played any early Silent Hill and Resident Evil entries. The park is divided in different sized "rooms" and areas, similar to Resident Evil, while the inventory system veers closer to Silent Hill. Mara carries all her weapons and items all the time, reducing frustration and making puzzles more about the experience than backtracking to safe rooms. The game uses a limited camera angle that players can freely rotate. Not being able to see clearly made the game pretty frightening in my experience. This coupled with some weird things that start happen as the plot moves forward, I found myself always on edge. Even after I cleared up a room full of enemies, I felt like I couldn't trust myself.

As with all PS1 survival horror games, combat is de-emphasized in Crow Country. Aiming weapons is slow and locks you in place, while shooting enemies from up close deals more damage but puts you at risk of being hit. Mara starts with a pistol and can find a shotgun, a magnum, and a flamethrower, as well as being able to use grenades to deal with various enemies at once. While the guns only offer different damage values, I really enjoyed the flamethrower as an AoE weapon, as well as how the pistol also serves as a tool for solving some puzzles or interacting with boxes and bottles, creating an interesting item economy.

The visual direction for Crow Country is one of the strongest suits of the game. It captures that low-fi feel that games like the original Resident Evil had, while keeping things modern and crisp. Mara is very well animated, and the chunky 3D character models mesh very well with the environments. The enemies are extremely freaky looking and uncanny. Finding a new unspeakable horror in Crow Country is always awfully refreshing. In fact, I would often leave rooms as fast as possible when finding new enemies to try and gather myself before counting my bullets and healing items, deciding if I wanted to tackle whatever I just saw. (Often opting to just bail.) The soundtrack of the game was composed by Ockeroid, and it is equally as fantastic as the visuals. One of the reasons I was so tense while playing is thanks to the oppressive and chilling soundtrack, which also gets a chance to be playful and breathe at times.

It took me approximately 6-7 hours to beat the game. And, even though it felt like the right length, I still wanted to spend more time in the park. After completing it, I spent a few hours trying to find as many secrets as I could and completing some of the optional content that unlocks after seeing the ending. The only blemish I found in an otherwise spotless experience was being unable to unlock one of the weapon upgrades available in the game after completing the required challenge. Fortunately, this is something that a patch would easily fix.

Crow Country is one of those games that answer all of my needs for an old-school survival horror title. The game isn't shy about its inspirations and it is a clear homage to PS1 survival horror games. While it is a somewhat short experience, Crow Country shows that sometimes less is more. And I want more of this.

Crow Country comes out on May 10, 2024 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC via Steam.

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Siliconera Thursday, May 9, 2024 2:30 PM

Wuthering Waves Characters Jiyan and Taoqi Detailed

Leading up to the launch of Wuthering Waves, we are learning more about its characters, and new details appeared for Jiyan and Taoqi. From past tests, we know he is a five-star unit, while Taoqi is a four-star one.

The Jiyan latest reveal noted he is an Aero element character in the game. He'll use a broadblade sword in battle. He leads the Jinzhou Midnight Rangers. He's voiced by Alex Jordan in English. Most recently, Jordan also played Jaro in FFXVI, Lanzo in Dragon's Dogma and Mr. Hands in Cyberpunk 2077

As for Taoqi, her latest reveal involved another one of the entries in the Wuthering Waves series of brief videos where voice actors introduce their characters. She's a Havoc element unit who also wields a broadblade. Clare Louise Connolly, her voice actress, talked about the character being a "role model." She also talked about the Echoes people can find to use skills. Connolly also played Rockrock in Arknights and both Cider and Colm in Bayonetta Origins

Wuthering Waves will come to mobile devices and the PC on May 22, 2024. Pre-registration is open, with a number of rewards promised to those who start playing the free-to-play title at launch.

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Siliconera Thursday, May 9, 2024 2:00 PM

Persona 5 Royal Futaba Sakura Navi Oracle Lucrea figure

Megahouse revealed that it will release the Lucrea figure of Persona 5 Royal's Futaba "Oracle" Sakura in October 2024. The company will open the first pre-order session for the figure on the Japanese Premium Bandai website on May 10, 2024. The figure will have a tax-inclusive price tag of 26,400 yen (~$170). [Thanks, Hobby Watch!]

The figure will have an overall height of approximately 175 mm (~6.89 inches). Al Azif, Futaba's final Persona in Persona 5 Royal, will also appear as the figure's base. The package will include swappable parts for Futaba's head. Other than glasses and goggles, the owner will also be able to choose between a grinning face and a winking face.

Here are some of the sample images for Futaba's new figure:

Futaba's figure has been teased for a long time. Megahouse initially announced its plan to develop the figure in late December 2022. However, it took over a year until the company displayed a painted prototype of the figure in March 2024.

Futaba will be the seventh character to get a Lucrea figure. Megahouse has previously released figures of the protagonist "Joker," Yusuke "Fox" Kitagawa, Kasumi "Violet" Yoshizawa, Makoto "Queen" Niijima, Goro "Crow" Akechi, and Haru "Noir" Okumura. If the Morgana Car in Noir's figure is also counted, Ryuji "Skull" Sakamoto and Ann "Panther" Takamaki are the remaining two Phantom Thieves yet to join this figure line.

Persona 5 Royal Lucrea figures of Joker Fox Violet Queen Crow and Noir have appeared before Oracle
Image courtesy of Megahouse and Atlus

The pre-order window for the Lucrea figure of Persona 5 Royal's Futaba "Navi / Oracle" Sakura will open on May 10, 2024. Megahouse will release the figure in late October 2024.

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Siliconera Thursday, May 9, 2024 1:30 PM

FFVII Ever Crisis The First Soldier Rosen and Hero Sephiroth Chapters Coming

Two Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier chapters 7 and 8 are coming to FFVII Ever Crisis, and they will focus both on Rosen and "the hero" Sephiroth. Those will debut on May 15, 2024. 

Square Enix and Applibot first teased the new update with a screenshot. It was taken from a CG movie and featured Rosen in front of a furnace. As a reminder, in one of the first FFVII Ever Crisis chapters in the Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier storyline, Glenn, Matt, and Lucia first meet Rosen. His role is to monitor for possible dangers to the island and tend a furnace that can send a warning. The trailer for the new chapters begins with that chimney now sending out red smoke.

Here's the official announcement. While we see young Sephiroth with short hair at the start of the "The Boy and the Hero" and "The Hero Sephiroth" FFVII Ever Crisis The First Soldier trailer, the video ends with him with long hair.

In addition to the new chapters, a new banner is live in the game. Its new five-star weapons are Hawkeye for Yuffie and Syringe Rapier for Matt. People can get those until May 26, 2024.

Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is available for the PC and mobile devices, and the FFVII The First Soldier new chapters appear on May 15, 2024.

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Siliconera Thursday, May 9, 2024 1:00 PM

Kingdom Hearts Sora Roxas Figures Ichiban Kuji

Bandai showed off the items that will be available in the upcoming Kingdom Hearts Ichiban Kuji lottery titled Linking Hearts, and prizes include figures of Sora and Roxas. The new Ichiban Kuji lottery will be released May 31, 2024 and tickets for the lottery will retail for ¥790 Japanese yen. (Roughly $5).

There are eight prizes in this Ichiban Kuji lottery, excluding the double up prize, which is an additional A Prize Sora Statue. This lottery will be hosted by retailers across Japan, including but not limited to 7-Eleven stores, Ito-Yokado stores, and Yume Town stores, just like past ones.

The prizes for the Kingdom Hearts: Linking Hearts lottery that appear alongside the Sora and Roxas figures are as follows:

  • A Prize: Sora statue
  • B Prize: Visual Bath Towel
  • C Prize: Cushion
  • D Prize: Glass Plate
  • E Prize: Towels
  • F Prize: Design Tumbler
  • G Prize: Keyblade Charm collection
  • Last Prize: Roxas statue

The Sora statue depicts Kingdom Hearts 2's Station of Awakening. Meanwhile, the Roxas statue references the climactic end to his Kingdom Hearts 2 story line.

The full line-up of prizes can be viewed below:

Kingdom Hearts: Missing-Link is currently in development for iOS and Android, and is set to release in 2024. Kingdom Hearts 4 is also in development.

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Siliconera Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:30 PM

star rail if i can stop one heart from breaking

HoYoVerse uploaded the EP of "If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking" from Honkai: Star Rail. The video itself features some spoilers from the Penacony story quests.

You can watch the EP here:

It features the full version of "If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking" from Honkai: Star Rail, with singer Chevy providing the vocals. You can hear the entire song in-game if you have the track for the Phonograph and you set your parlor car's coach music as it. No matter which YouTube account you watch it from, the song will be in English and with multiple subtitle tracks. Because 2.2 came out only a day or so ago (as of the time of writing), the EP does not feature any scenes from there. But if you're behind on the 2.0 and 2.1 story quests, you might not want to watch the video, as it includes key scenes from those patches.

Chevy sang all of the songs Robin sings in Honkai: Star Rail. You can hear her singing in all versions of the game. She performs all of Robin's songs, including "Sway to My Beat," which what she performs in-game when you use her Ultimate. You could also hear this song in one of the trailers HoYoVerse released prior to the official playable debut of Robin.

Honkai: Star Rail is readily available on the PS5, Windows PC, and mobile devices.

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Siliconera Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:00 PM

Evangelion Misato and Pen Pen GALS figure set 2

Megahouse revealed a new set of figures depicting Misato Katsuragi and Pen Pen from the first half of the Rebuild of Evangelion series. The Ver.2 GALS Series figures will be available in October 2024. Megahouse will open the first pre-order session for these figures on the Japanese Premium Bandai website at 19,580 yen (~$125). [Thanks, Hobby Watch!]

This set will depict Misato in her home attire and ponytail. The sitting Misato figure will have an approximate height of 110 mm (~4.33 inches). Meanwhile, Pen Pen's figure will be around 80 mm (~3.15 inches) tall.

Here are some of the sample images for the new figures:

This will be the second time Megahouse releases figures of Misato and Pen Pen under the GALS series lineup. It revealed the first version in late 2021 and released the set in June 2022.

Megahouse is not the only company that produces figures of the characters. Good Smile Company is also working on a chibi Nendoroid action figure of Misato that includes a miniature Pen Pen. The Nendoroid set will be available in Japan in October 2024 and North America in Q1 2025.

Megahouse will open pre-orders for the Ver.2 GALS figures of Misato Katsuragi and Pen Pen from Rebuild of Evangelion on May 10, 2024. It will start shipping the finished figures in late October 2024.

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Siliconera Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:30 AM

nintendo switch twitter

Nintendo of America announced that as of June 10, 2024, you will no longer be able to post to X (Twitter) or send friend requests to social media users from the Friend Suggestions feature on the Switch. While Nintendo will still support Facebook, there is a chance that it will remove this in the future as well.

This also came up on the official Nintendo website. As mentioned earlier, this will only affect X (Twitter). You will no longer be able to post screenshots and videos from the Album. This will also affect things like Smash World for Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Splatoon 3. Nintendo will also remove the ability to send friend requests to people you know via social media. However, this is only on the Switch. You'll still be able to do so on smart devices, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U.

It's unclear why Nintendo of America will be removing this feature. Some note that it likely has to do with how the price of API access is more expensive compared to in the past. Back in 2023, Sony removed X (Twitter) integration on the PS4 and the PS5. When Elon Musk introduced the price hike in 2023, companies would need to pay $42,000 a month at minimum in order to have X (Twitter) API integration.

The Nintendo Switch will no longer support sending photos or videos from the Album to X (Twitter) on June 10, 2024.

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Siliconera Thursday, May 9, 2024 11:00 AM

nijisanji soju asap club

As a result of a Nijisanji Japanese Vtuber stream in which staff and streamers suggested mixing energy drinks with soju, the Japanese government released a reminder about the dangers of caffeine and alcohol. It noted that not only is overconsumption of caffeine drink like this dangerous, but you risk taking too much of both it and alcohol if you mix the drinks together.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in Japan posted a reminder on X (Twitter) regarding the dangers of mixing energy drinks with alcohol. This is a direct response to the stream, as apparently some people had to go to the hospital for heart arrhythmia after they tried Nijisanji JP's soju and energy drink concoction. As a note, we could not find any news stories or tweets confirming the hospital trips. However, it is dangerous to drink a cocktail that's 1:1 energy drink and soju.

The stream took place on May 7, 2024 and featured Kanae and Kuzuha. They are two of the biggest Nijisanji VTubers on the JP side. During the stream, the two of them introduced some of Anycolor staff's recommendations for how to mix ASAP Club with other drinks . The first method involved a cocktail with equal amounts of Chamisul soju and ASAP Club. This is, according to the government, not safe.

ASAP Club, which is the energy drink company that sponsored the drink, also posted a Tweet about the controversy. It claimed that it confirmed with various experts that a mixture of ASAP Club and Chamisul is safe, though you shouldn't drink too much of it. It brought up oolong-hai (shochu with oolong tea, which has caffeine) as a comparison. As a note, most oolong-hai cocktails do not have a 1:1 ratio of oolong tea and shochu. It is hard to compare the caffeine or alcohol content of these two drinks.

The Nijisanji, Kuzuha, and Kanae X (Twitter) accounts have made no mention of the incident.

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Siliconera Thursday, May 9, 2024 10:30 AM

Genshin Impact PS4 Visual Performance Will Drop Soon

HoYoVerse announced that the 5.0 update for Genshin Impact will make it look prettier on some platforms, however that will also mean a visual performance hit for ones like the PS4. It didn't offer examples or details, but said all PS4 models will be affected.

HoYoVerse specifically said Genshin Impact will look different on the PS4 and select Android and iOS devices after the update. While the overall improvements being made for 5.0 mean all PS4 versions are affected, only people with Android and iOS phones and tablets with certain processors will notice any negative changes. So A12 iOS devices like some iPads, iPad Airs, and iPad Minis, the iPhone XR, and the iPhone XS models will all be included. If someone has an Android device and it uses a Dimensity 1200 (8050), a Kirin 9000SL, a Samsung Exynos 1080, or a Snapdragon 865, the game won't look as good there. 

The announcement also noted specific examples of how it could look different. Here is what HoYoVerse said to expect:

When playing the game on the devices mentioned above, the resolution of some image details and smaller objects will decrease, the effect range of some special effects will decrease, etc.

Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices. There's no release date for the 5.0 Genshin Impact update just yet. The 4.6 update appeared on April 24, 2024, and HoYoVerse already started teasing the 4.7 characters like Sigewinne the Melusine

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Siliconera Thursday, May 9, 2024 10:00 AM

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Mio figure by Good Smile Company

Good Smile Company opened global pre-orders for its upcoming figure of Mio from the Nintendo Switch-exclusive game Xenoblade Chronicles 3. The figure will formally appear worldwide in 2025.

People in the United States and Canada can head to Good Smile Online Shop U.S. and place an order for $93.99. Those residing elsewhere can instead order from the Japanese international website at ¥15,800.

Good Smile Company will attempt to reproduce Mio's illustration by Xenoblade Chronicles 3's character designer Masatsugu Saito with this figure. The 1/7 scale figure will have an approximate total height of 225mm (8.86in). The base pedestal will also feature the icon of Mio's starting Zephyr class.

Here are some of the sample images for Mio's upcoming figure:

Good Smile Company first revealed an unpainted prototype of Mio's figure at WonHobby 37 in late July 2023. It then published a painted version of the prototype at the following WonHobby 38 in February 2024. It thus took around three more months for the company to open public pre-orders.

The pre-order window for the 1/7 scale figure of Mio from Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will close on June 19, 2024. Good Smile Company will ship the finished figures from Japan in May 2025 and the U.S. in Q4 2025.

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Siliconera Thursday, May 9, 2024 9:30 AM

Reynatis Release Date and NEO TWEWY Crossover Announced

NIS America and FuRyu announced the Reynatis release date and confirmed there will be a TWEWY crossover with NEO The World Ends with You. We will see it on September 27, 2024 outside Japan, following its July 25, 2024 Japanese debut.

The Reynatis NEO TWEWY comes following an April Fools' Day 2024 joke that suggested the The World Ends with You series would end up tied to the new RPG. At the time, it just made the official website feature the other title's key art. This is because both are set in the "real world." The actual game will apparently bring in characters and enemies from the Square Enix title as possible encounters.

Here's the key art for that announcement, which shows Rindo alongside Marin.

NIS America also confirmed everything in the Reynatis Limited Edition again. For $99.99, people get a copy of the game, an art book, a mini soundtrack CD, a multi-panel art print with characters from the game shown, and an acrylic art panel. 

The Reynatis globalrelease date is September 27, 2024. It will launch in Japan on July 25, 2024. People will be able to play it on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC. 

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Siliconera Thursday, May 9, 2024 9:00 AM

Review: Little Kitty, Big City Makes Every Day Caturday

Did you play Untitled Goose Game and love it, but also wish that maybe you didn't have to be so mean? Well, Little Kitty, Big City offers the same sort of animal antics, only with more innocent mischief and an array of additional critters that make a city feel like a welcoming, living community.

Little Kitty, Big City begins with a comedy of errors. A small cat living in a penthouse apartment is lounging outside the window, sleeping. During this nap, they slip. A series of outside interference, such as a dog barking and a crow flying by, result in the animal landing on the street below. Too sapped of strength to commit to the arduous climb back to their home, it's up to the cat to find fish to build up stamina and return home. Eventually.

Like Untitled Goose Game, Little Kitty, Big City is a game that involves a small animal exploring a town and interacting with the individuals who love there. However, while the goose was an antagonistic force determined to disrupt the peaceful village, the cat is an innocent, well-intentioned sweetheart who wants the best for the creatures around them as they also attempt to find some fish to eat. However, in the process of doing things for others and themselves, they… basically can also end up ruining a human's day. Think of it as this being a hero of one story is the villain of another sort of situation.

Given the kitty is just, well, a cat, there are a handful of options for interacting with and exploring the world. When you first land in the city, you can swat with your paws. This can be an effective way of batting balls places or knocking down people. You can get the zoomies, which lets the kitty run around. It's a faster way to move around or barrel into people or objects. Items can be picked up in your mouth to take them places. You can pull certain boxes. It is also possible to jump, which can allow you to reach higher places or pounce on birds. Eventually, you gain access to a Petwork, which lets you fast travel via manholes, and eating your first fish grants the ability to climb up ivy-covered areas as long as your stamina allows. Also, as this is a world where apparently all animals, birds, and bugs speak the same language, you can converse with creatures you come across to get quests.

Which often leads to the parts of Little Kitty, Big City that bring a player the most joy. Not only the kitty, but every critter you encounter is a delight. The script is absolutely fantastic. It's adorable, clever, and hilarious. Each animal, bird, or bug has their own personality, making it a delight whenever someone new enters your virtual life. The animations for animals, especially the cat's emotes, are fun. While I appreciate what is there, it made me wish there were double or triple the number of supporting characters, given they are handled so well. Not to mention, every single one of them looks amazing. I love them all.

The activities are also a ball. I relished undertaking each quest. Even if it ended up being something of a fetch quest, the actions needed to accomplish it usually made it feel more special and entertaining than it would in a normal game. Especially since in some cases, you do need to think, "Okay, how can I, as a cat, get this done?" Working out how to find and eat fish, get the shinies needed for new hats, or reach a place for a reward was never boring or tedious. 

There's only one thing that got to me and keep me from considering Little Kitty, Big City a perfect game. The platforming elements can be awkward. Some challenges involve quick moves with a human in pursuit and either small spaces or water hazards. Getting the jumping or zoomies timing just right in these moments can be a bit tricky. I also encountered some issues while scaling a certain apartment building and moving between platforms. One jump involving some scaffolding led to a major drop and lost progress, and my quickly loading a past save to ensure I didn't end up with a save that lost a lot of work. One conversation involving some NPCs in that same building also displayed awkwardly, not showing the kitty or any NPCs and cutting off the text boxes a bit due to the positioning. Still, these are minor issues, and a patch came in after that event segment that makes me suspect that one issue could have already been fixed.

Little Kitty, Big City makes me happy. It isn't the most addictive game I played in 2024. (That's Balatro.) It isn't the one I spent the most time exploring. (FFVII Rebirthtakes that title.) What it did do is bring me a sense of solace and joy as I savored the antics of an extremely personable cat and their friends. So much so that my greatest wish is an expansion that opens up even more of the city to explore and additional animal encounters.

Little Kitty, Big City is available for the Nintendo Switch and PC. 

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, May 9, 2024 3:57 PM
     How To Meet All 15 Animals In Little Kitty Big CityIn Little Kitty, Big City, the "Hello Everyone!" Achievement asks you to meet all 15 animals, but how can you find them? As the title suggests, it's a large city, and you have to look far and wide for friends. Little Kitty Big City: How to meet all 15 animals While there are plenty of animals you'll come across on the street, others are much more hidden than you may realize. To earn this Achievement in Little Kitty, Big City, you need to follow this guide on where to spot each animal. Here's where to find them all. AnimalLocationCrowClimb up the kitchen counter and out the window of the house, then parkour along the fencing over the water puddle to find the Crow sitting at the end of the fence.Orange catSitting on top of a mailbox near the purple soccer goal.TanukiTo the right of the orange cat is a construction site. Head inside and find an open pipe to walk through, then free the Tanuki stuck in the pipe in the next room.Black cat (Mayor)Laying...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, May 9, 2024 3:55 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 Thursday, May 9, 2024 3:53 PM
     Destiny 2 The Final Shape ArmorBungie told us to break the game, and believe us, we will. Here are all the new Exotic Class Item first and second column perks for Hunters, Warlocks, and Titans in Destiny 2: The Final Shape. Destiny 2: Exotic Class Item Perks, explained The ability to combine Exotic perks – albeit in a limited way – will become chaotic but fun during The Final Shape. For Hunters, Warlocks, and Titans, each of the new Exotic Class items will feature two different columns you will be able to use and combine different armor perks that resemble the effect of a specific Exotic Armor piece – which are named after them. You will be able to get these new Prismatic Exotic Class items after the Raid World First, dropping during Week 2 of The Final Shape. At the same time, you will only get to use them if you equip the new Prismatic class. Let's take a look at all the different perks you will be able to equip: Hunter Exotic Cloak Perks Image: Bungie First Column Perks ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, May 9, 2024 3:48 PM
     Honkai Star Rail SundayDuring the main storyline of Honkai Star Rail version 2.2, you'll be forced to make some difficult decisions when you reach the Beauty and Destruction Trailblaze Mission. In an attempt to make you see things from his perspective, Sunday presents you with a trio of moral quandaries with no right answers. You can talk with your crew and hear what they think, but ultimately, the fate of the Charmony Dove, Dreamseeker, and Robin are up to you. Remember, there are no wrong answers and nothing will change depending on your answers. Build a Bird Nest or a Cage for the Charmony Dove? Screenshot: PC Invasion The first scenario that Sunday presents you with concerns the fate of the Charmony Dove that he and Robin took care of as children. You can either build a cage for the Charmony Dove or build a bird nest on the spot. If you choose to build a cage for the little Charmony Dove, Sunday will explain that the bird gets nursed back to health and eventually released so it can ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, May 9, 2024 3:45 PM
     BigmodeBetter than Basketball, like Halo 2 meets Halo 3—these are some of the phrases Dunkey used to describe BigMode's debut release, Animal Well. After playing through their exciting venture into the world of gaming, all I can say is that it's exactly what the game market needs and it's precisely the type of Indie title I would expect from Dunkey's new studio. A charming 2D Metroidvania Anyone who has been following Dunkey and his many varied and hilarious videos will know that he is very particular about what he likes. Japanese turn-based RPGs are out, and side-scrolling platformers are in. Super Mario Brothers 2 has won his Game of the Year award more times than anything else, and while this is, in part, a running joke, there is some truth to it. Animal Well combines a few of the elements Dunkey loves to see in gaming, and it does them very well. Visually, Animal Well is very beautiful, with its gentle neon glows, detailed and carefully built maps, and a...

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Thursday, May 9, 2024 1:50 PM
     Ancient secrets are no longer confined to dusty tomes. The upcoming "Marginal Worlds: Magic Item Expansion Pack" promises to transform your tabletop RPG sessions with a touch of medieval mystique. Set to launch on Kickstarter this June, the deck offers a rare blend of historical enchantment and modern gameplay. Developed by the team behind the …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Thursday, May 9, 2024 1:23 PM
     Pelgrane Press has initiated a Kickstarter campaign for the second edition of 13th Age, a tabletop RPG recognized for merging d20-rolling mechanics with a strong narrative focus. The new edition aims to refine the gameplay experience, boasting overhauled class powers and enhanced combat dynamics. The update emphasizes a more strategic approach to character abilities, ensuring …

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     Manor Lords is another one of those games that suddenly explodes onto the Steam charts without the benefits of a carefully planned hype campaign, trailer drops, placement on major sites, or preview campaign. Suddenly, everyone is playing it and it's outranking major games you've heard of from major publishers. And what I learned from D.A.R.E. […]

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