May 10, 22:00

Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 5:25 PM

The market for high-end collectibles like rare Pokémon cards has exploded in recent years, and GameStop seems to want a piece of it. The gaming retailer told some store managers this week that it would begin testing buying Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) graded trading cards later this month as it flails…


Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 5:15 PM

Bungie has made it abundantly clear that Destiny 2's upcoming expansion, The Final Shape, is a pretty big deal. It's not only ending the 10-year story that began with Destiny in 2014, but it's ushering in a new era of the game, dramatically changing how classes and perks will work, introducing a new content model, reve…


Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 4:45 PM

Whether you have a bunch of free time or hardly any at all, whether you're playing on console or PC, there are plenty of great games to obsess over right now. Our recommendations for what to play this weekend include everything from sci-fi thrillers and loot-driven action-RPGs to esoteric puzzle games and action…


Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 4:05 PM

Amazon's Fallout TV show, which premiered last month, was a big success and has already been greenlit for a second season. However, new data reveals that it is likely Amazon's biggest show ever and was also one of the most watched things in April, beating out shows like Bluey, Grey's Anatomy, and NCIS.


Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 3:55 PM

Helldivers 2's major orders are supposed to be objectives that unite the community to work toward a common goal, one that often paves the way for momentous beats in its ongoing galactic war. Past major orders have led to incredible player-led stories like the liberation of Malevelon Creek and the securing of mechs on…


Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 3:47 PM

It has been a very bad week for Xbox Game Studios. On Tuesday, May 7, Microsoft announced it would shut down three studios: Redfall developer Arkane Austin, Hi-Fi Rush creators Tango Gameworks, and Mighty Doom studio Alpha Dog Games. On top of this, Roadhouse Games is being absorbed into Elder Scrolls Online developer…


Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 3:05 PM

Marathon is now available on Steam! But wait, I don't mean the Marathon revival that Bungie is currently working on. I mean the original Marathon from 1994. The studio announced the shadow drop on X (formerly Twitter) on May 10 with one extra bit of good news—It's free!


PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 6:42 PM
     Viral horror game boasting 1.5 billion views gets surprise sequel

Sometimes, a horror game blows up on Twitch and YouTube and reaches a massive audience. In the past, we've seen this happen with Five Nights At Freddy's, Poppy Playtime, Slender, and, most recently, Content Warning. Alongside these hits is Amanda the Adventurer, which came out on Steam last year and has managed to rack up an astounding 1.5 billion views on YouTube related to it thanks to the fervent attention fans of the horror game have provided. Now, the small studio behind the first game is looking to continue its success with the announcement of a sequel, Amanda the Adventurer 2, slated to come out this year.

PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 3:58 PM
     Stellaris meets Two Point Hospital in new sci fi tycoon game, out soon

Management and tycoon games, from Tropico 6 to Planet Zoo, are a good time. As entries to the genre like Jurassic World Evolution 2 show, they can be an even better time when part of the player's management duties involves taking care of strange creatures. Galacticare is a game that understands this, offering a combination of the healthcare simulation aspects of Two Point Hospital and the sci fi creativity of Stellaris. It's looked like a smart idea since we first saw it announced last year, and now we're happy to see it's just received a launch date that's much closer than we anticipated.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best management games on PC, Best space games, Best simulation games

PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 2:47 PM
     Phoenix Wright style cyberpunk adventure launches on Steam

Just after he worked on the first Metal Gear, writer and director Hideo Kojima put out a cyberpunk adventure game called Snatcher. Heavily inspired by movies like Blade Runner and The Terminator, Snatcher never made a big splash outside of Japan — mostly because its English version hasn't been ported to modern videogame platforms — but its influence is felt in experimental, tech focused entries to the science fiction adventure game genre like Eliza, Orwell, République, and, notably, today's launch of Cyber Manhunt 2: New World.

PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 2:01 PM
     Grab the most recent entry to a beloved open world series for under $5

Just Cause 4 may not be as well regarded as Just Cause 2 and Just Cause 3, but it's still a fantastic option for anyone looking to spend a while flinging themselves across a sandbox world and blowing up nearly everything they see. Though it has a story and curated mission design not unlike Grand Theft Auto 5 or Saints Row 4, Just Cause 4 is also, like the similarly anarchic Red Faction: Guerilla, at its best when players let those aspects of the game take a back seat and revel in the chaotic potential of its more free form design instead. Anyone looking to do just that is in luck as the game is currently on a massive discount on Steam.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Just Cause 4 release date, Just Cause 4 system requirements, Just Cause 4 review

Siliconera Friday, May 10, 2024 8:00 PM

Persona 5: The Phantom X Global Release Being Considered

Sega Sammy Holdings announced that the company is considering a global release of Persona 5: The Phantom X. The company's intention to prepare for a Japanese and worldwide release became public after the release of the latest Sega financial results in the fiscal year ending in March 2024. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

Persona 5: The Phantom X started its open beta test in China on April 12, 2024, and officially released in South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau on April 18. In addition, the latest financial results for Sega confirmed that the release of Persona 5: The Phantom X met the company's expectations.

Regarding the company's financial results, Sega announced an increase in sales and a decrease in profits year-over-year. The release of titles like Persona 3 Reload, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, Vanillaware's Unicorn Overlord, and Football Manager 2024 (the first title in the series to release outside of Japan) contributed to the increase in sales. However, the decrease in profits came from the weak performance of the European market, and the according structural changes.

Developer Perfect World Games originally teased P5X in April 2021, as a mobile game titled Code Name: X. Persona 5: The Phantom X was later officially revealed in March 16, 2023.

Persona 5: The Phantom X is now available in China and South Korea for mobile devices and PC, and Sega is currently considering a global release of the game.

The post Persona 5: The Phantom X Global Release Being Considered appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, May 10, 2024 4:00 PM

Hololive Kazama Iroha figure by Claynel

Claynel revealed its new figure will feature the Hololive Vtuber Iroha Kazama. Pre-orders for the figure have also opened on multiple web stores with an MSRP of 27,500 yen (~$176.50). The figure will be available in Japan and other select countries in 2025.

The 1/7 scale figure will have a total height of around 270 mm (~10.63 inches), from the pedestal's base to Iroha's ponytail ribbon. The figure set will also include Iroha's mascot tanuki Pokobee and the Chakimaru sword.

Here are some of the sample images for the figure:

The regional availability of this figure will be limited. While most Japan-based stores will only ship the figure domestically, there are some stores that can bring the figure outside Japan, although not all countries are covered. People residing in the U.S. or Canada can place orders on Good Smile Online Shop U.S. Meanwhile, Amiami supports a wider range that covers most countries in the Americas and the Caribbean, as well as the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Hololive Vtubers have had numerous figures modeled after themselves. Good Smile Company has particularly revealed a large variety of figures ranging from the Pop Up Parade figure of Amane Kanata to the figma action figure of Kiara Takanashi.

The 1/7 scale figure of the Hololive Vtuber Iroha Kazama will be available in 2025.

The post Hololive Iroha Kazama Figure Will Appear in 2025 appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, May 10, 2024 3:00 PM

Animal Well review

When Metroidvanias and platformers place players into hostile environments, we often also get means to defend ourselves or fight back. Animal Well involves a different approach. We're dumped into a dark, atmospheric space with occasionally hostile or foreboding elements with no means of attack, which makes for an interesting, thoughtful approach to exploration.

Animal Well begins in a foreign environment. Players begin their life as a small, blobby sort of creature with teeny legs. They hatch in a series of darkened caverns with water, animal, animal spirits, and the remains of statues, structures, and switches. An ethereal squirrel marks the first encounter. Is it a friend? A guide? Just a resident who happens to inhabit this space? You're left to your own conclusions. (If you recognize the name Nifflas or Knytt, expect a similar sort of adventure.)

In this situation, it works. Our avatar is a baby and newcomer to this world, just like we are. It knows as much as we do. The first few rooms act as a tutorial, minus actual tutorial elements. We learn our limitations. We can walk, jump, and climb. Find a phone? It can be used to save. We may happen upon an item like a match, which can later be used at a designated space to provide light for a darkened area. Firecrackers seem to grow like plants, and can be used to illuminate areas or distract more hostile entities. That squirrel from earlier? It might appear in a room as a hint that you're wandering into a series of spaces that could lead to a notable encounter or acquisition.

Said acquisitions end up being keys to new abilities or opportunities in Animal Well, much like in Metroidvanias or platformers. After a few aquatic encounters in one region that also helped me understand how bubbles could be used to access otherwise unreachable spaces, I found a chest with a bubble wand. This meant I could backtrack to a past place, which previously was off limits, and use the wand to finally jump up.

In one space, there were two switches that would need to be flipped one after the other to eventually allow me to jump my way up to a higher place by causing blocks to disappear and reappear. It was impossible to do so alone and with my current equipment. After I got the disc, it could ricochet between the two switches to allow me to platform my way to a new room. Because we're left to our own devices, you need to experiment with these remnants left behind to understand what we're now able to do.

The thing about it is, while the atmosphere is interesting and there are moments when I felt a bit challenged, there were times when I felt a bit bored when walking through the Animal Well caverns. Some light backtracking can come into play, say when you find certain items you didn't have access to before. A few situations might feel threatening. But only a handful really tested me, and in one of those cases it was more because of the layout of the space and platforming ask than the being in front of me. 

Admittedly, what I liked best about Animal Well were the renditions of animals. I appreciated encounters with each one. Were they peaceful? Could I make use of them somehow to advance? Would one be my enemy and require some sort of technique, platforming skill, or item to surpass?  It made running through places I'd already been or spaces that were otherwise a bit bland more interesting.

Animal Well is a minimalistic experience that is about taking in the things you see around you. Yes, there's platforming. You definitely need to keep roaming around and experimenting to find out which way you should go and where helpful items to progress may be. If the idea of being plopped in a foreign place that is ominous with no explanation and residents that may or may not want you there sounds appealing, Animal Well will prove an interesting trip and reward you with secrets to uncover.

Animal Well is available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and PC. 

The post Review: Animal Well Involves Thoughtful Platforming appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, May 10, 2024 2:30 PM

2B NieR: Automata Noodle Stopper Figure Arrives Next Year

Good Smile Company announced it will sell the FuRyu NieR: Automata 2B noodle stopper figure outside of Japan. It will appear in Q1 2025 and cost $33.99.

2B is wearing her standard dress from both the NieR: Automata game and anime adaptations for the figure. She's sitting with her hands bracing her. One leg is up, so it could also be perched on the edge of a cup or shelf, while the other is dangling down. She will be about five inches tall in total. 

Here's a closer look at how this new 2B noodle stopper figure will look.

For those unfamiliar, a noodle stopper figure is designed to be used with instant ramen like Nissin Cup Noodle. The idea is you perch the toy on top of your food. It will then hold the lid in place and balance to help keep it warm. However, this is an optional use, and the position means they can also be displayed on top of shelves, books, boxes, or other items. 

The NieR: Automata 2B noodle stopper figure will launch in Q1 2025. The anime is streaming on Crunchyroll. The game is available on the PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and Windows PC. 

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, May 10, 2024 9:21 PM
     Little Kitty Big City Banana HatWhat's possibly better than a cat? A cat in an adorable little hat! This guide details the exact locations of all 42 hats in Little Kitty, Big City. Collect them all to earn Capped Crusader achievement. Table of ContentsAll Capped Crusader hat locations in Little Kitty, Big CityApple HatLadybug HatBanana HatEggplant HatCrab HatCactus HatSatsuma HatCorn HoodHard HatAxolotl Hat, Rabbit Hat, Panda Hat, and Shark HatOnigiri HatGrapes Hat, Tangelo Hat, Pear Hat, and Watermelon HatButterfly HatTurtle HatTraffic Cone Hat, Cowboy Hat, Space Helmet, and Witch HatTiger HatSunflower HatBao HatLittle Devil HatMushroom HatGinkgo Hat, Salmon Nigiri Hat, Taiyaki Hat, and Daikon HatFish HatHedgehog Hat, Seal Hat, Frog Hat, and Mouse HatDuck HatShiba HatTop HatPersonalized Collar All Capped Crusader hat locations in Little Kitty, Big City In Little Kitty, Big City, most hats are rewards from gachapon capsules hidden throughout the game or purchased at m...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, May 10, 2024 6:27 PM
     Arena Breakout Infinite Co OpMuch like Escape From Tarkov, Arena Breakout: Infinite has missions that require you to collect specific items from various points on the map and successfully extract with them. One of the first quests that you'll encounter in Arena Breakout is Personal Package. One of your contacts, Evita, needs you to collect a special envelope from the Artificial Lake on the Farm map. Thankfully, you get a quest marker on the map for this one, but it's still hard to find where the envelope is hidden. Arena Breakout Infinite Envelope Location Screenshot: PC Invasion To start this quest, load into the Farm map. Your destination is the Artificial Lake, a POI located in the northwestern corner of the map. Sometimes you'll spawn right next to the Artificial Lake, but you might get unlucky and end up starting your raid on the eastern edge of the Farm. It's a small map anyway, though, so it shouldn't take too long to get there. Once you reach the Artificial Lake...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, May 10, 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 Friday, May 10, 2024 4:54 PM
     Pausing Is Impossible In This Grueling Hades 2 Boss FightIf you thought that you could take a break during one of the toughest boss fights in Hades 2, you're wrong. Hades 2 players began to realize that pausing is impossible in the grueling Chronos boss fight. Chronos won't let you pause his boss fight in Hades 2 In a viral video on Youtube from "VideoGameNews," it was revealed that pausing is simply impossible while facing the grueling Chronos boss fight in Hades 2. Chronos is the final boss of the Underworld section of Hades 2, just after the Infernal Beast and a few encounters through Tartarus. Image: "Video Game News"/YouTube As seen in the video, if you attempt to press the "Esc" key and pause your game, the Titan of Time doesn't like the fact that you're trying to control time yourself. Instead of seeing your normal pause menu, the screen goes dark and Chronos speaks to you directly. It's almost like a fourth wall break when Chronos says the line "You d...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, May 10, 2024 4:27 PM
     How To Get Unstuck Outside The Map In Little Kitty, Big City Featured Image(1)Thankfully, Little Kitty, Big City is not a massive, complex triple-A game that can technologically crumble at any moment. That said, it still has its share of lower-stakes tech issues. One of those issues is breaking the game. Luckily, you can easily fix it yourself. If you somehow landed on the outside of the map and have a hard time getting unstuck in Little Kitty, Big City, this guide might come in handy.   Little Kitty, Big City: How to get unstuck outside the map This problem seems to happen at any moment. If you're searching for the 42 hats, you can go through the level and get stuck and not move. This happened to me when I was finding the Shinies. I climbed up a pipe and was taken into a space that I couldn't move around in. A Reddit user has also found out it happens when you walk out of the game world's boundaries. However, you might think that closing the game and restarting might fix the problem. Some players have found that even if they load back into the game...

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, May 10, 2024 5:11 PM

According to its recent financial report.

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, May 10, 2024 4:47 PM

According to prominent leaker billbil-kun

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, May 10, 2024 4:19 PM

A new specific release date will be revealed.

The post The Rogue Prince of Persia Delayed Because of Hades 2 appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, May 10, 2024 3:37 PM

May 10, 14:00

Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 1:40 PM

Fans have been waiting for Nintendo to launch a Switch 2 for years now. It was reportedly due out sometime in 2024 before getting delayed to next year. And while the company recently hinted that the Switch successor will be revealed later this year, it could still be a longtime before it actually comes out. What games…


Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 12:45 PM

Last month's disastrous Fallout 4 update was intended to fix and improve the old RPG, but instead broke a lot of stuff and angered fans. Now Bethesda is patching the patch with a just-announced upcoming update to Fallout 4.


Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 12:35 PM

It's that time of year again, LudoNarraCon! The annual Steam festival organized by indie publisher Fellow Traveller (known for games like Citizen Sleeper) is back as of May 9 and will run until May 13. Like previous years, the festival brings with it sales, panels with interesting developers, and exciting demos for…


Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 12:25 PM

After stealthily sneaking past a series of guards in the cold, digital halls of endless data, I'm brought to a new environment, now with a gun in hand and a series of explosive gems floating before me. I have to take all of these objects out as fast as I possibly can. And then, once I'm done, I'll do it over again,…


Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 12:05 PM

Critical Role is going independent-er. After splitting from Geek & Sundry (and its parent company, Legendary Entertainment) some years ago, the wildly popular actual-play webseries has grown significantly from a singular show into its own network and company. Now it is taking the logical next step and launching its…


Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 11:20 AM

WB Games and Player First Games (PFG) are set to relaunch MultiVersus (MVS) soon, bringing back one of the most exciting "platform fighters" in recent memory. The situation around the Open Beta period was fraught with some confusing messaging and technical issues leading to frustration from the fans, to say the least.…


Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 10:19 AM

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has found its Galactus. The planet-eating villain will make his MCU debut in the upcoming Fantastic Four film, premiering next year. Final Fantasy XVI fans will immediately recognize his voice, because Ralph Ineson, the actor behind Cidolfus "Cid" Telamon, has officially secured the role.


Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 9:45 AM

While a follow-up to the Switch is as inevitable as night following day, its existence was only finally made officially official earlier this week. At the same time, we've seen dribs and drabs of leaks about screen sizes, controller changes, and other minutiae for months, if not years. But today, Android Authority is collating


Kotaku Friday, May 10, 2024 9:15 AM

Following the release of Amazon's live-action Fallout TV show, it seems everyone is playing a Fallout game again. From newer titles like Fallout 76 to older games like Fallout 3, Bethesda's post-apocalyptic franchise is arguably bigger than ever thanks to the recently released hit series.


PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 1:24 PM
     Delve into seven dungeon crawlers and save over $100 with this bundle

Dungeon crawlers and PC gaming go hand in hand like strategy games and PC gaming. From the very earliest days of IBM Compatibles and the like, many games revolved around heading under ground to slay enemies, cast spells, and delve mysterious depths. That's still the case today and a brand new Humble Bundle has emerged from the gloom to let you try some of the best modern dungeon crawlers like Lunacid or Going Under, for less.

PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 1:52 PM
     When is Homeworld 3 coming out? PC release times

When is Homeworld 3 coming out? The latest installment of the beloved sci fi strategy series, Homeworld 3, is just on the horizon, providing the first full sequel since Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak launched in 2016 and the first numbered entry since Homeworld 2 from 2003. The long wait for its arrival is about to pay off, as what looks to be one of the most involved and feature rich takes on the RTS series to date is out in a very short time.

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

PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 1:53 PM
     Solo Leveling Arise codes May 2024

May 10, 2024: We added new Solo Leveling Arise codes to our list and checked for expired codes.

What are the new Solo Leveling Arise codes? We've got all that and more. Beyond just a handy, updated, and tested list of new and working codes for the Netmarble RPG, we'll also go over how to redeem them in-game, how to get more, and when new codes are likely to drop.

And for even more on this new cross-platform action game, check out our Solo Leveling Arise tier list. Alongside the Solo Leveling Arise reroll guide, it's everything you'll need to get started, scout out the best characters in the game from the get-go, and do it all over again if luck isn't on your side. Why waste time grinding for characters in Solo Leveling Arise when you can just restart until you get them?

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

PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 12:53 PM
     Classic '90s Halo precursor FPS launches on Steam for free

There are some names in the FPS genre that have shaken the foundations of the gaming world. Half-Life, Halo, Doom, Quake, and a few more have become legends that still reverberate today. Halo in particular became a colossal cultural phenomenon but long before Master Chief set foot on a space circle, its developer Bungie made a fascinating shooter called Marathon, and it has just launched on Steam for free.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best FPS games , Marathon release date speculation, All Destiny 2 news

PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 12:20 PM
     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.

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

PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 12:20 PM
     Duck Game

It might not be quite the size of Fortnite, CS2, or Helldivers 2, but Duck Game is nevertheless a multiplayer game with a very well-earned reputation. Boasting an 'overwhelmingly positive' 97% user score on Steam from almost 25,000 reviews, the indie game about ducks blasting each other with big guns has long been a fan favorite party game to play with friends. Now, after fears that it could disappear from sale amid publisher changes, solo developer Landon Podbielski confirms that Duck Game is "not going anywhere."

PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 12:19 PM
     The best V Rising base locations

What are the best V Rising base locations? When talking about V Rising base locations or castle locations, we mean the flat, elevated plains that can be used for building. You can claim one of these spots by placing a castle heart, as explained in our V Rising beginner's guide. Although there are many castle locations in V Rising, it's difficult to determine which one is the best, especially as a new player.

Generally speaking, the best base locations in this multiplayer game are spacious, close to other regions, close to important resources, close to points of interest such as merchant camps, and (especially when playing on a PvP server), easy to defend. Although a base location with multiple exits is often preferred on PvE servers, as this will save you some walking time, players on PvP servers typically prefer base locations with a single entrance point and a large, secondary plateau, as this is easier to protect against raiders.

In this list of V Rising base locations, we'll show you some of the best locations to build your castle in V Rising version 1.0.

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

PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 12:08 PM
     Cities Skylines mods – the 19 best mods and maps

What are the best Cities Skylines mods? Colossal Order's city builder is a prospective civil engineer's dream come true. It's been a staple of the genre for many years, and the modding community has flourished in that time. Today, thousands of Cities Skylines mods are available on the game's Steam Workshop page, making it understandably daunting to find the best ones.

Luckily, you have us. We've handpicked a suite of the best Cities Skylines mods that are guaranteed to breathe new life into the building game. Whether you're a casual builder or a hardcore city planner, you're sure to find something to tickle your fancy, so without further ado, here are the best mods for Cities Skylines.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Cities Skylines mods, Cities Skylines 2 release date, The best city-building games

PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 12:26 PM
     The best Elden Ring mods

Are you looking for the best Elden Ring mods? The beauty of mods is that they're highly versatile tools that allow players to tweak their experience. In the case of Elden Ring, you might wonder why anyone would want to mod a game that's so well-received. Well, if you find Soulslikes difficult, the Easy Mode mod is a surefire way to tone things down a notch. Some players might consider this goes too far, so why not remove the death mechanic, which stops you from losing your Runes instead?

What makes the best Elden Ring mods stand out is that they have the power to drastically improve someone's experience of the open-world game. Whether you want to change the way ranged weapons work, or you want the option to pause Elden Ring, we've got the mods for you. Here's everything you need to try out the best Elden Ring mods, including the PlayStation controller UI fix, the pause button mod, and more.

Continue reading The best Elden Ring mods
MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best Elden Ring builds, Elden Ring bosses, The best Elden Ring classes

PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 11:50 AM
     Asus' ROG Ally X is going to struggle against the Steam Deck OLED

The ROG Ally X sounds like it will be an admirable gaming handheld, but I have some big issues with how the initial reveal has been handled, and what it means for the market overall. Asus is releasing its third ROG Ally model in under a year, and rather than focusing its resources on a true next-generation model, it's instead chasing the instant gratification of a shiny new release.

The existing ROG Ally is already among the best handheld gaming PCs, and the ROG Ally X may very well surpass it once we have all the details and can put it to the test. That being said, I'm struggling to understand why it exists, and whether Asus has a plan to tackle Valve's current market dominance with the Steam Deck.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ review, Asus ROG Raikiri review, Best gaming motherboard

PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 12:05 PM
     The best MMO and MMORPGs to play in 2024

What is the best MMORPG on PC? If you're wondering, those oft-used letters represent the words Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game and refer to games where thousands of players come together in the same world. Is it one with spells to sling and demons to slay? Working your way through the stars as a miner or a corporate bigwig? Solving ancient conspiracies and fighting Lovecraftian horrors? Maybe it's all of them.

Ultimately, the deciding factor for the best MMORPGs on PC largely comes down to personal preference, so with that in mind, here's our list of the top MMOs currently alive and kicking. You're sure to find something that will swallow up entire days at a time, and many of these entries can also be considered some of the best PC games around. While there are plenty of recently updated and new MMOs to consider, the golden oldies on this list have withstood the test of time.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best MMORPG – top MMOs you should play, Lost Ark class tier list, All Lost Ark Mokoko Seeds locations

PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 11:36 AM
     How to play Minecraft snapshots – snapshot 24w19a

How do you install and play a Minecraft snapshot? These snapshots are the very first iteration of Minecraft updates, and are a way for Mojang to test out bug fixes, technical changes, and new mechanics before officially rolling them out. Anyone with the Java edition of the creative game can try these features without any risk to your current world, so let's find out how to be the first to try the next big Minecraft update.

During Minecraft Live each year, the next big Minecraft update is revealed to the community. In past years, we've had the likes of the Caves and Cliffs update, The Wild Update, and the Trails and Tales update - each of them overhauling the base game with new Minecraft biomes, blocks, and mobs. Since these updates come with so much new content, they need to be tested out first, and that's where Minecraft snapshots come in. Use them to test out new experimental features before anyone else, and feedback to Mojang if you have any issues. It's a win-win situation.

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PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 11:36 AM
     Nvidia RTX 5090 and 5080 will be announced at same time, says leaker

The new Nvidia RTX 5090 and 5080 are reportedly going to be announced at the same time, according to the latest word on the tech grapevine. The release date of the new GPUs isn't yet known, but if this rumor is true, we should know the basic details about the top two graphics cards in the new Nvidia Blackwell lineup on the same day.

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PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 11:29 AM
     The 46 best Minecraft mods May 2024

What are the best Minecraft mods in 2024? Every game of vanilla Minecraft can vary quite dramatically, and the best Minecraft mods go one step further to provide an entirely new experience. Whether you love creative building, terrifying survival, or speedrunning the story, we've got the mod for you below. We've included interface mods and tools to make things easier, too.

All the Minecraft mods below are divided into sections, depending on what you want to do with the sandbox game – from simple utility changes to deep world mods you can get lost in for months. If you like to browse, the CurseForge Minecraft game mods hub has a whole section dedicated to the best Minecraft mods and add-ons - as well as equivalents for many of the other best PC games right now.

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PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 11:26 AM
     Experimental new Manor Lords update introduces big trade changes

A new Manor Lords update makes a wealth of changes to the recently released medieval strategy game, including several notable tweaks to trade and a new annual tax. The latest patch from developer Slavic Magic is full of dramatic changes, and has been made available to play now on Steam via the game's experimental beta branch for testing.

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PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 11:09 AM
     Save $250 on this stunning Asus OLED gaming laptop with an RTX 4060

Here's a fantastic opportunity to bag yourself one of the loveliest gaming laptops we've ever tested, and save a huge $250 on the usual asking price. Best Buy is currently offering the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (2024) for just $1,349.99 in this gaming laptop deal, which is a fantastic price for the build quality on offer, and it comes with one of the latest AMD Ryzen 9 CPUs as well.

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PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 11:56 AM
     These new Secretlab Skins are a must-have for Minecraft fans

Secretlab has revealed two new Minecraft-themed additions to its lineup in the Enderman Edition chair skin and Wolf pillow. These join the Creeper Edition Titan Evo, which is currently only available in three sizes. The addition of these customization options now opens up more opportunities for fans to show off their love for Minecraft.

Made for the Titan Evo, a design we consider among the best gaming chairs that money can buy, Secretlab Skins offer a great way to customize your existing chair without having to pay for a whole new chair.

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PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 10:56 AM
     All 2XKO characters and movesets

Which characters are in 2XKO? Unlike most fighters in the past year or so, predicting the final roster isn't as straightforward with this League of Legends spinoff. After all, there are over 140 potential candidates, and that's just the Champions that are in LoL. New faces previously unseen are already part of 2XKO's final character list, so it's anybody's guess who we'll see in this 2v2 fighter.

It may be quite some time before we see more on 2XKO, including which of the many, many Champions from the League of Legends series will make it to the fighting game spinoff. The 2XKO release date is quite far away, but that's not stopping us from discussing the currently revealed 2XKO characters and movesets.

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PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 10:32 AM
     The Avengers assemble in this glowing gaming PC build

This Avengers gaming PC shows how you can transform the look of your setup simply by adding some glow-in-the-dark vinyl stickers and RGB lighting, as well as some action figures. Avengers fan Eric Montalvo built this simple but effective tribute to his favorite superheroes, which is based on the Segotep Phoenix PC case.

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. Here we talk to Eric about his Avengers PC build.

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PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 10:41 AM
     Logitech Litra Glow review: Small streaming light, big impact

Not everyone can fit a full-sized ring light in their home. When I'm not using my large, 18-inch ring light, it gets broken down and stored in our spare bedroom. This means that when I want to use it, I have to go through the entire process of setting it up and positioning it just right. And although this isn't a huge issue, I'd rather use a smaller light for quick projects or everyday use.

Cue Logitech's Litra Glow, which is square rather than circular, and one of the best lights for streaming for a compact setup as it clips straight onto a screen. Released in early 2022, this dinky light is part of Logitech's growing product lineup for creators – most similar in size to the Elgato Key light panel, but sharing the Logitech G customization of larger lights like the Logitech G Litra Beam LX

Since purchasing the Litra Glow, its minimal yet effective design has amazed me. With just a few easy and quick steps, anyone can add the Litra Glow to their workspace to be used in up-close videos, Zoom meetings, streaming, and more. To give you a better idea of its capabilities, let me share with you my experience with the Litra Glow and what I've learned.

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PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 10:13 AM
     The 11 best Cities Skylines 2 mods

What are the best Cities Skylines 2 mods? With bigger maps, signature buildings, and even new weather cycles, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Cities Skylines 2 has everything you could possibly need. However, with the immense mod support that the first city builder received, it would be a shame if this entry missed out on the community creativity that made Cities Skylines so engaging for so long.

While we've explored every aspect of the game in our Cities Skylines 2 review, fans of the series are dreaming up their ideal mods - it could be recreating real-life locations, adding fantastical elements to their own settlements, and everything in between. Now that official mod support has reached Cities Skylines 2, the quantity and quality of these mods is ramping up, so we've scoured through them for very best of the best.

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PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 10:11 AM
     The best building games on PC 2024

What are the best building games on PC? Building games are a great way to indulge architectural creativity, but there are many great building games on PC to choose from. Thankfully, we have the brick-and-mortar necessary to assemble a list of the best building games on PC with the strongest foundations.

From compulsive free PC games to fully-fledged triple-A titles, the best PC games incorporating free-range building allow us to stake our claim on another world and bend it to our will. Whether you need a base to defend against oncoming dinosaurs in Ark: Survival Evolved or are scrabbling together rusted scrap in post-apocalypse games like Fallout 4, there are nearly as many reasons to build as there are building games. Whatever kind of building game you're after, we've got the right blueprints for you here.

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PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 9:30 AM
     Anime Fantasy codes May 2024

What are the new Anime Fantasy codes? Anime and tower defense are a popular combination of genres in Roblox, and it's not difficult to see why. The thrill of pulling your favorite characters from One Piece, Naruto, Dragon Ball, and many other hit manga is incredibly tempting, especially if you get strong ones to keep your tower standing tall.

However, this Roblox experience has a rather steep learning curve if you don't have many units, and this is where these Anime Fantasy codes come in handy. If you're partial to anime games with tower defense mechanics, we've also got the latest Anime Last Stand codes and Anime Champions codes to help you stay one step ahead of the invading enemy.

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PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 10:09 AM
     The best games like Fallout on PC 2024

What are the best games like Fallout on PC? Since its creation by Interplay Entertainment way back in 1997, all the way through to the ever-changing West Virginia wasteland of Fallout 76, the Fallout series has emitted a nuclear-bright glow at the forefront of RPGs. Tracking their history is like a lesson in the evolution of the computer RPG itself, from the tabletop-inspired originals to Bethesda's live-service, always-online latest.

Players are drawn to the series for different reasons; Some fans love role-playing. Others crave the experience of exploring a post-apocalyptic landscape. Whatever the reason you first fell in love with Fallout, we've put together a list of games we think you'll love while you're waiting patiently for a Fallout 5 release date. From the classic RPG game revival of Divinity Original Sin 2 to the gloomy post-apocalypse of the Metro series, here are the best games like Fallout for PC.

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PCGamesN Friday, May 10, 2024 9:17 AM
     Hi-Fi Rush is getting review bombed on Steam, sort of

Following Xbox's surprise closure of Tango Gameworks, the creator of Hi-Fi Rush, players are positively review bombing the action game to show their support and, in some cases, demonstrate their disapproval of Xbox's decision.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 10, 2024 2:00 PM

Spacefaring RTS Homeworld 3 is good sci-fi. Monolithic structures scorched with plasma burns. Sleek spacecraft. Alien sunrises. It's also good sci-fi because its characters converse through reams of inscrutable but cool-sounding space science, and at no point does a grinning quipster tell a scientist: "Whoa there, professor. Why don't you try saying that again... but in English!" Basically, if your wishlist for Homeworld 3 has tone and atmosphere at the top, rest easy. At no point did I get the sense that Blackbird ever took making the first proper Homeworld in eight years lightly.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 10, 2024 1:46 PM

What is it Wendy Cope wrote? "Bloody Fallout 4 patches are like bloody buses. You wait half a decade for one, and as soon as that one breaks everything, Bethesda releases another just days later." Yeah, pretty sure that's it. Anyway, Fallout 4 will get another patch for the near decade-old game next week, presumably to help fix a lot of the problems its long-awaited "next-gen update" introduced two weeks ago.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 10, 2024 1:20 PM

The Rogue Prince of Persia, a game that is pleasingly candid in choosing its name for a roguelite Prince of Persia spin-off, has been delayed. It turns out that developers Evil Empire - they of very good roguelite platformer Dead Cells - saw the Hades 2 train steaming down the tracks, and decided to sensibly dodge-roll out of its way.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 10, 2024 12:50 PM

Having brought the likes of Resident Evil's Nemesis, Silent Hill's Pyramid Head, Stranger Things' Demogorgon and Alien's Xenomorph to its one-versus-many game of deadly hide-and-seek, Dead by Daylight is digging back into the vaults for its next classic killer. This time, it's not horror video games or scary movies serving as inspiration for DBD's next chapter, but 50-year-old tabletop fantasy RPG Dungeons & Dragons.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 10, 2024 12:28 PM

Halo and Destiny developers Bungie have released their classic shooter Marathon for free on Steam, with sequels Marathon 2 and Marathon Infinity to follow. The Steam ports are the work of the celebrated Aleph One community developers, who've kept Bungie's old Marathon 2 game engine going as an open source project - and who still have PC ports of all three games available on their own site, if you'd rather not truck with Steam.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 10, 2024 12:22 PM

The director of Paradox's grand sci-fi strategy game Stellaris has insisted that the studio's use of any AI-generated assets will be "ethical", after revealing that latest expansion The Machine Age features AI voices for characters and used AI-generated art and text during its development.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 10, 2024 11:38 AM

Harken to me, serfs! There's a big new patch for Manor Lords now available in beta testing for all players. Developer Greg Styczeń has blogged about it in depth. Yes, this is one of those update changelogs, the ones that keep on scrolling with hypnotic insistence till at last you tear your eyes away and look around and oh hell, it's night and why am I standing over this altar, holding a skewered doll?

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

Regular Nic Reuben enjoyers, should such people exist, will remember I wrote a supporter post a few weeks back about wanting to spread my personal gaming fun time out among new and exciting games. And by 'spread it out' I mean maybe play 15% less Total Warhammer. As is often the way of things, I followed what I thought was prudent advice, and now there are bugs everywhere. Big bugs. Also, robots. Helldivers 2, it turns out, is really quite excellent. Who woulda thunk! Everyone else. Everyone else woulda thunk.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 10, 2024 9:38 AM

As I have now casually mentioned in about 400 news posts, I'm moving flat soon. During the quest for a new flat - a quest I would slot somewhere between return to Ravenholm in Half-Life 2 and the Shalebridge Cradle in Thief: Deadly Shadows in terms of overall hopefulness and unpleasant surprises - I toyed briefly with the idea of living in a mobile home.

You can find all kinds of weirdo moving property on Gumtree - houseboats, caravans, yurts, large coats, coffins - but they all share the disadvantage of being cramped and more expensive than described and inadequate to the power and internet needs of a Maxed-Out Videogame Journalist. If I'd seen a house with chicken legs, though? It'd have been worth the sacrifice. Just think, whenever James Archer gives me grief about my performance in Lethal Company I could send my house to step on him.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 10, 2024 7:02 AM

Open world fantasy RPG Runes emits a deeply powerful aura. I can tell it's deeply powerful because MSI Afterburner's fan control immediately went mental after I loaded up its free Steam combat demo. What do you mean 'unoptimised'? That alarming sound is simply my computer shaking with awe at the fearless flippancy required to leave enemies fully untextured so they resemble Metal Gear Solid's cyborg ninja. The promise of an indie fantasy RPG drew me in, but I must admit, I almost didn't bother writing about this upon learning the demo is just a pre-Kickstarter combat slice. But something about it entrances me. What it lacks in textures, it makes up for in sheer moxy. You can't optimise moxy! You can either make MSI shudder in terror or you can't.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 10, 2024 6:47 AM

Pteranodon-fanciers and Stegosaur-whisperers, please throw your velociraptor-skin hats skyward in adulation. Frontier have partnered with Universal to make a third Jurassic World videogame. It's one of three new management games inbound from the Elite Dangereux developer over the next few years, including a game based on one of Frontier's own intellectual properties.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 10, 2024 6:20 AM

Good news DayZ fans, there's a new map inbound that'll make survival even tougher than it already is! That's right, the upcoming Frostline DLC adds the Sakhal archipelago, home to a rugged environment where you'll battle against the cold and attempt to shoot nasty players at the same time. Oh, there are also volcanoes that prove an extra threat, too. And new diseases. Wonderful.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 10, 2024 6:02 AM

Former Microsoft senior PR manager Brad Hilderbrand has blogged about the recent closure of Tango Gameworks and Arkane Austin, making a familiar case that Microsoft's gaming division are now expected "to cut expenses to the bone" in the wake of the wildly expensive acquisition of Activision Blizzard and amid slowing growth of the Game Pass subscription business. In Hilderbrand's view, Game Pass will likely never be sustainable or profitable. Microsoft's only chance on this front, he says, is "to put all the world's biggest games on the service" – namely, Call of Duty, which still earns hundreds of millions annually in direct sales, or GTA 6, which, hahahaha.

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Siliconera Friday, May 10, 2024 2:00 PM

Knightmare Frame Zi-Apollo in Code Geass Roze of the Recapture

The new Code Geass entry appeared in Japan. The title was originally known as Z of the Recapture, but Sunrise has since renamed it to Roze of the Recapture. The new title appears as a movie series, and the first chapter launched in Japanese theaters on May 10, 2024.

Roze of the Recapture takes place five years after the Lelouch of the Re;surrection movie. It features an all-new cast of characters. The title's eponymous protagonist, Roze, is a strategy genius who is voiced in Japanese by Kohei Amasaki. He has an elder brother named Ash, who is also an expert Knightmare Frame pilot. The two are collectively known as the Nameless Mercenaries, and they take on a request to liberate Hokkaido from the oppression of the Neo Britannian Empire.

The new title comprises four movie chapters. The remaining chapters will appear in theaters on a monthly basis, with the fourth and final chapter launching on August 2, 2024. The movies will also be gradually available to stream via Disney Plus starting from late June 2024.

Sunrise has also published a new character trailer featuring Roze on the Code Geass series' YouTube channel:

At the same time, Bandai Spirits has opened the pre-order window for the Metal Robot Spirits <Side KMF> action figure of Ash's Knightmare Frame Zi-Apollo. The product is also available on the USA Premium Bandai store at $175. The company will release the action figure in Japan in January 2025 and in the USA in February 2025.

The first chapter of Code Geass: Roze of the Recapture is available to watch in Japanese theaters. The pre-order window for the Metal Robot Spirits <Side KMF> Zi-Apollo action figure, which is set to release in early 2025, has also opened.

The post Code Geass: Roze of the Recapture Appears With New Figure appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, May 10, 2024 1:40 PM

7.5 Honkai Impact 3rd Test Server Recruitment Starts

The 7.4 update for Honkai Impact 3rd just appeared at the end of April 2024, and now HoYoVerse opened recruitment for test server testers for the 7.5 update. People can only find the survey to sign up in-game right now.

Here's how you can register to potentially take part. To gain access to the Honkai Impact 3rd Test Server for 7.5, you need to go to the information section where you can see details about Events, Announcements, and News. There will be a headline that reads, "v7.5 Test Server & New Battlesuit First Access." Clicking that brings up the message about the team recruiting testers. It then includes a link to complete a survey to be considered as a tester for it.

Here's the official announcement showing how that message will look in-game. The announcement also confirms that the featured 7.5 battlesuit in Honkai Impact 3rd will be Lone Destruction: Shadowchaser for the Shu of Destruction, who is named Lantern.

Previously, the 7.4 updated added a playable version of another member of the Seven Shus. Thelema's Mad Pleasure: Shadowbringer is available now. 

Honkai Impact 3rd is available on PCs and mobile devices, and players can sign up in-game for the Test Server tester recruitment until May 15, 2024.

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Siliconera Friday, May 10, 2024 1:00 PM

Fate Grand Order Altria Caster figure

Good Smile Company opened global pre-orders for the upcoming figure of Altria Caster from Fate/Grand Order. The figure is available to order worldwide via the company's international website at ¥27,800 (~$178.45). People residing in the U.S. and Canada can also place orders on Good Smile Online Shop U.S. for $164.99. The figure will appear worldwide in 2025.

This figure will depict the character in her Third Ascension appearance. It will also include the Mythological Mystic Code weapon Marmyadose. The 1/7 scale figure will have a total height of approximately 310 mm (~12.2 inches).

Here are the sample images of the figure:

Altria Caster is an alternate version of the Heroic Spirit Altria Pendragon (also known as Artoria Pendragon) when she is summoned as a Caster-class Servant. As the series' most defining character following her appearance as Saber in Fate/Stay Night, there have been many other figures based on her appearances. Some of the examples include the Ruler-class Stage 2 swimsuit, the party attire from the Fate/Grand Order 4th anniversary art, and the PE uniform from Fate/Extella Link.

Good Smile Company will close pre-orders for the Fate/Grand Order Altria Caster figure on August 7, 2024. It will ship the finished products from Japan in May 2025 and the U.S. in Q4 2025.

The post Fate/Grand Order Altria Caster Figure Will Appear in 2025 appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, May 10, 2024 12:00 PM

Street Fighter 6 Akuma Gameplay

A new Street Fighter 6 character gameplay guide appeared ahead of the release of returning character Akuma later in May 2024. The guide goes over Akuma's moveset and some of the tricks and mix-ups you can use to come out victorious.

The video goes through Akuma's moveset and highlights his strengths, like his reach and ease of use, as well as his weaknesses, such as his low health pool. Also detailed are the several variations on his moves that can change the speed of his Hadoken projectiles or the behaviour of his Tatsumaki Zanku-Kyaku. It also suggests some ways to counterplay moves that are usually strong against him, like using Demon Swoop to dodge certain Drive moves and leave your opponent open for a counterattack.

You can watch the full Street Fighter 6 Akuma Character Guide via Youtube below:

Akuma will arrive alongside a new Fighting Pass themed around him, containing twenty rewards including avatar gear and music tracks. Capcom also recently announced a merchandise collaboration with Grapht, which includes reversible eye masks and embroidery badges.

Akuma is set to arrive in Street Fighter 6 as a DLC character on May 22, 2024, while the game itself is immediately available on PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X.

The post Street Fighter 6 Akuma Character Guide Shows Off Gameplay appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, May 10, 2024 11:30 AM

Latest Wuthering Waves Characters Are Chixia and Yinlin

Kuro Game is introducing more of the Wuthering Waves characters on social media, and the latest two in the spotlight are Chixia and Yinlin. The voice actress for Chixia spoke about her and the game in one post, and the other involved a profile for Yinlin. 

Chixia is a Jinzhou Patroller that is a four-star unit in Wuthering Waves. She wields a pistols and deals Fusion damage. Her voice actress is Harriet Carmichael In the past, she played Lukaon in Bayonetta Origins and Vanea in Xenoblade Chronicles.

Meanwhile, Yinlin is one of the Wuthering Waves five-star characters. She deals Electro damage when she attacks with her Rectifier. Like Chixia, she used to be a Jinzhou Patroller. However, certain events mean she isn't working in a official capacity.

Earlier in May 2024, we got to meet two other characters. One was Jiyan, another five-star, and the other was the four-star Taoqi. They are also tied to Jinzhou in the game.

Wuthering Waves will come to mobile devices and the PC on May 22, 2024. Pre-registration is open on the official site. While many of the pre-registration reward tiers have been met, the one tied to five million haven't been hit.

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Siliconera Friday, May 10, 2024 11:30 AM

New SMT V Vengeance Demons Include Anansi, Nyami Nyami, and Onyankopon

As part of the latest SMT V Vengeance announcements, Atlus revealed that Anansi, Nyami Nyami, and Onyankopon will be three new demons based on African deities. It also shared a full video showcase highlighting new features in action. 

Both Enigma Onyankopon and Genma Anansi are based on West African gods. Meanwhile, Nyami Nyami  hails from southern Africa. All three are entirely new to Shin Megami Tensei games and making their debut in this definitive edition. Official Masayuki Doi art, as well as screenshots, were shared of all three.

Here is how Anansi will look in SMT V Vengeance

This is the design for Nyami Nyami in SMT V Vengeance. 

Finally, here is the SMT V Vengeance art and screenshot for Onyankopon. 

Here's the full SMT V Vengeance Complete Guide showcase, which looks at new features, such as the demon that only appears if there is a Fusion accident, the new Shinjuku Ward, and the Shakan dungeon.

Atlus has been going over this new version of SMT V over the last few weeks, with a regular stream of announcements about Vengeance demons appearing. Some of the ones highlighted include Haunt Kudlak, Genma Kresnik. Tyrant Mephisto, and Kunitsu Konohanasakuya. 

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will come to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC on June 14, 2024. 

The post SMT V Vengeance Gets Anansi, Nyami Nyami, and Onyankopon appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, May 10, 2024 11:00 AM

Zenless Zone Zero Belobog Pamphlet Highlights Characters

Part of the way HoYoVerse introduces Zenless Zone Zero characters is with in-game ads and flyers, and the latest looks at the Belobog Heavy Industries faction. It's set up as a "project log" for the construction company.

The leaflet begins by explaining the mission of the Belobog faction in Zenless Zone Zero. It notes that it constructs buildings and works on infrastructure for the city. There's an image of heavy machinery on the front. It also confirms there are four active employees. 

The second page focuses on the Zenless Zone Zero Belobog characters and discusses their roles in the company. Koleda Belobog is the president, who is mature, but also impulsive. Ben Bigger is the asset management director. Grace Howard is the crew's technology specialist. Finally, Anton Ivanov is a regular employee. 

The final page goes over a current project they are working on. It is a reconstruction project, and the log at the bottom of the page features commentary from all four characters to offer an idea of each person's personality.

Here's the full Zenless Zone Zero Belobog Heavy Industries pamphlet looking at the group's characters: 

Zenless Zone Zero will come out in 2024 for the PS5, Windows PC, and mobile devices. The 2024 Amplifying Test and Technical Test are running now. 

The post Zenless Zone Zero Belobog Pamphlet Highlights Characters appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, May 10, 2024 10:00 AM

Pokemon TCG Twilight Masquerade review

As we head into the warmer months of the year, many places around the world are preparing for lots of festivals, celebrating community and culture with food, games and entertainment. It's perhaps fitting, then, that the new Pokemon Trading Card Game set uses this setting as its focus. Scarlet & Violet: Twilight Masquerade is about masks, feasts and teamwork. Like bright colors? Or maybe just a fan of downloadable content as a concept? This set might have something for you.

The heart of this set — which you may have predicted — is Ogerpon, the masked Pokemon that serves as the center of the story in The Teal Mask. All four mask variants are here, as are basic and ex forms. The big version can even swap masks into its other forms, though we'll have to see if that ends up being worth it as a cornerstone of a deck build.

Its foes, on the other hand? Yeah, we can see them making an impact. Okidogi, Munkidori and Fezandipiti are all high-HP, one-prize basics with abilities that power them up if you attach darkness energy. If the energy types line up with a strong strategy, they'll make an appearance as utility or sidekick fighters, for sure. In particular, a lineup of Munkidori on the bench, each moving three damage counters to the other side of the board every turn? Yikes. You better be ready to one-hit KO.

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The Future and Ancient subtypes, introduced in Paradox Rift, get a few reinforcements too. Iron Leaves can help Future decks retrieve fallen fighters from the discard pile. Iron Bundle lets you hit-and-run, swapping the opponent's active when you do. But the real catch here is Iron Thorns ex, with an ability that shuts down the abilities of non-Future heavy hitters.

On the Ancient side, Walking Wake's double-edged attack won't make many waves in competitive play, and Scream Tail ex's opponent-delaying niche is extremely narrow. Brute Bonnet may be the most viable, with guaranteed poison and an attack that adds more injury to injury.

In terms of gameplay, Twilight Masquerade is more of a supplemental release than one that introduces new ideas. There are more ACE SPEC options now! New and reprinted Trainers fill in the gaps in recent sets' possibility spaces! We're seeing a much higher quantity of sidekicks to add to an existing deck than we are centerpieces worth building around. We're sure one of these cards will break out in a way we're not anticipating, of course. But nothing about this expansion is meant to stand alone, and that makes sense, because it doesn't.

Pokemon TCG Twilight Masquerade review
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While this is nothing new, this set in particular had us thinking about the timing of The Pokemon Company's TCG pipeline. It's honestly impressive how quickly the turnaround is from cards' release in Japan to their international one — it varies, but this one's about a month — and that's nice for some consistency between regions' metagames.

But what about aligning with the video games? This set's built around The Teal Mask, an add-on that launched last September, and we do have to wonder whether this regional focus would have landed a bit more effectively while eager players were still working through this mini-adventure. This may have resonated particularly strongly with us this time, given the setting itself is built around a festival.

Still, there's a lot to like about the set's aesthetics, regardless of timing. The look of all the packaging is built around Ogerpon's signature teal, which is striking. New Pokemon like Sinistcha and Dipplin reinforce the food and fun theme. And hey, Thwackey's here to keep the beat! It's a fundamentally fun and pleasant set, a good fit for these warmer months of the year.

The latest Pokemon Trading Card Game expansion, Scarlet & Violet: Twilight Masquerade, launches May 24, 2024. For more information on the TCG, check out our Pokemon TCG archive.

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Siliconera Friday, May 10, 2024 9:30 AM

Paradox Pokemon Iron Bundle Chogokin action figure

The Pokemon Company and Bandai Spirits announced a collaboration in which the latter will produce Chogokin die-cast action figures based on the Paradox Pokemon Iron Bundle and Iron Moth. Pre-orders for both items opened on the Japanese Pokemon Center Online website.

Both figures will have multiple swappable parts to change their facial expressions. The sets will also include a Booster Energy-shaped magnet with a pair of LR44 batteries that will make the eyes glow when attached. Each figure will also have adjustable parts, such as Iron Moth's wings and Iron Bundle's head and tail bag.

Iron Bundle's Chogokin figure will be available at 13,200 yen (~$85), while Iron Moth will cost more at 16,500 yen (~$106). These Pokemon collaboration action figures also appear as part of celebrations for the Chogokin line's 50th anniversary.

A trailer showcasing the action figures and their gimmicks has also appeared on the Japanese official Pokemon YouTube channel:

The Future Paradox Pokemon Iron Bundle resembles Delibird, while Iron Moth looks similar to the Pokemon Black and White debutant Volcarona. Both Paradox Pokemon first appeared in the ninth-generation Nintendo Switch entries Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

The Paradox Pokemon Chogokin die-cast action figures of Iron Bundle and Iron Moth will be available in late November 2024.

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Siliconera Friday, May 10, 2024 9:00 AM

The Legend of Zelda Master Sword Proplica

Bandai Spirits has opened pre-orders for the new Proplica of the Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda series. Japanese online storefronts have the new item listed with a tax-inclusive price tag of 22,000 yen (~$141). The company added that the replica sword toy will also be available for U.S. residents to order at the Tamashii Nations Amazon store.

The life-sized replica will have an overall length of around 105 cm (~41.34 inches). The set will also come with the sword's sheath and a stand to display both items.

The Legend of Zelda Master Sword Proplica with sheath and stand
Image courtesy of Bandai Spirits and Nintendo

The replica toy will notably have audio gimmicks. It can play special sound effects when the user presses one of the three buttons on the grip and swings the sword. The item will also include eight tracks from the following entries:

  • The Legend of Zelda (NES) - Ground BGM
  • A Link to the Past - Ground BGM
  • Link's Awakening (Game Boy) - First Field BGM
  • Ocarina of Time - Hyrule Field Main Theme
  • The Wind Waker - The Great Sea
  • Skyward Sword - Main Theme
  • Breath of the Wild - Main Theme
  • Tears of the Kingdom - Main Theme

The Proplica of Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda series will be available in September 2024.

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