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GamersHeroes Tuesday, July 9, 2024 5:57 PM

The cataclysmic world of NetEase Games and Starry Studios' Once Human is now available for PC.

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GamersHeroes Tuesday, July 9, 2024 4:54 PM

A one-of-a-kind party-based Soulslike, Trialforge Studio and Tate Multimedia's Deathbound will launch for PC and consoles August 8.

The post Party-Based Soulslike Deathbound Launching August 8 appeared first on GamersHeroes.

GamersHeroes Tuesday, July 9, 2024 3:36 PM

The team at Serenity Forge, together with Lifeless Worlds, have announced that their mysterious adventure Lifeless Moon has landed on Xbox and PlayStation consoles.

The post Space Exploration Title Lifeless Moon Now Available on PlayStation and Xbox Consoles appeared first on GamersHeroes.

GamersHeroes Tuesday, July 9, 2024 3:13 PM

The life of a rookie paramedic awaits when BancyCo's Neo Harbor Rescue Squad hits the PC and consoles later this year.

The post Neo Harbor Rescue Squad Coming Later This Year appeared first on GamersHeroes.

Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 6:55 PM

Microsoft is making some big changes to Xbox Game Pass, including raising the price on some tiers while discontinuing others and adding whole new options, turning the once easy-to-understand service—and arguably the best deal in gaming—into a confusing and pricey mess.


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 5:05 PM

Bungie recently shifted away from Destiny 2's seasonal model for something the developer is calling episodes. These episodes are supposed to differ from seasons—which delivered weekly narrative beats via a mixture of cutscenes and repeatable activities— in a number of ways, such as the ability to tell more exciting…


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 4:55 PM

There is a lot to do in Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix's critically acclaimed MMORPG. Sure the latest expansion, Dawntrail, just added a ton of new locations and quests to explore in its continuation of the game's sprawling main story, but wait until you hear about all the other things you can get up to! There are…


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 4:45 PM

Have you finished Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth's 50-hour story? What about its 100 hours of side content? Every Remnawave tower, combat assignment, and summon shrine? Even the Odin one? Well, you're in luck! It sounds like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is coming to PS Plus this month so you can dive into the…


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 4:35 PM

A Steam user left a negative review after playing Coin Pusher Casino on Steam. In response, a developer behind the game left a comment telling the player to "Kill Yoursells." This has led to a backlash via a viral Reddit post, and an apology from the studio.


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 4:03 PM

Highly anticipated RPG Dragon Age: The Veilguard is coming to PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S this fall. BioWare has been focusing a lot of its marketing for the sequel on the game's party of seven heroes, each of whom embodies a different faction within the universe and will be a romance option. But where will…


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 3:45 PM

Korean mega publisher Nexon recently released its own take on the free-to-play looter shooter with The First Descendant. Since the birth of the genre over a decade ago, many titles have come and gone, but two of them have stood near the top pretty consistently: Digital Extremes' Warframe and Bungie's Destiny


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 3:15 PM

Star Wars Outlaws is nearly here and a lot of players are likely excited to hop into this open-world Star Wars game featuring five large planets. And according to Ubisoft, three of these worlds will take about five minutes to travel across using a speeder bike.


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 3:00 PM

In the first major zone of Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance, you'll encounter your first sidequest with a branching outcome. You'll (most likely) first see Apsaras, surrounded by demons kneeling before her. According to her, she wants to protect these demons by forcing them to acknowledge their weaknesses and seek…


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 2:17 PM

The Rakshasa Armor set is a full four-piece set of armor that can only be found in Elden Ring's Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. This armor set increases your damage output by up to eight percent, so it's very much worth tracking down and wearing if your total equip load can make it work without forcing you to heavy…


PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 7:31 PM
     Demonfall codes July 2024

Are there Demonfall codes? There is no shortage of anime games on Roblox, but Demonfall looks to fully embrace its Demon Slayer inspirations by letting you fight for survival in the name of humanity or to become a demon with unholy powers. No matter which way, keeping up to date on the availability of codes that may offer important boosts in the game is essential.

Like those for other anime titles on Roblox, such as  Attack on Titan Revolution codes or Haze Piece codes, Demonfall can have codes redeemed in this game for bonuses. Those in the past for example have been used like extra items which gave players an edge in battle. So, let's get into whether there are currently any Demonfall codes available.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 6:39 PM
     New survival game Once Human shoots up Steam charts despite reviews

If there were a game that sums up having a mixed launch, it would be Once Human. On one hand you have a player count that's shooting ever upwards, with every refresh of the number showing a new high. On the other, you have its Steam reviews which are continuing to drop, heading nowhere positive. This really is the epitome of having both bad and good news all at once, a true mixed bag for the game.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 5:05 PM
     Once Human has one big problem, but a fix is coming

Once Human is due to launch later today, Tuesday, July 9. It's a new survival game that looks like it could take on the juggernaut that is Rust. Unfortunately, there's one big problem which may throw a spanner in the works, but the good news is that it's only temporary.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 4:54 PM
     Valve's abandoned card game suddenly experiences a surge in players

Here's a news story I didn't expect to be writing today, or to be honest - any day. Artifact appears to be back. Valve's forgotten card game was last updated in 2021 and despite being free to play like Hearthstone, its player numbers have sunk well below triple digits. That's all just changed with a huge player surge putting the game in a far healthier state, but it may not be entirely real.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Artifact release date, How to play Artifact, Artifact cards

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 4:48 PM
     Age of Mythology: Retold set to launch limited time beta very soon

Age of Mythology: Retold was recently announced and will launch before long, coming out on September 4. A remade version of a classic RTS, the new version looks to be a fairly definitive take on the 2002 original, packing in expansions and updating the aesthetics of a game that stands alongside its original creator's Age of Empires series, Civilization 6, Company of Heroes 2, XCOM 2, and Crusader Kings 3 as one of the best entries to the strategy genre ever made. Now, good news has come for those looking forward to the remaster's quickly approaching launch as the updated Age of Mythology will be available to try out through a closed beta starting this Friday.

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 4:07 PM
     WoW The War Within test realm hints at pre-expansion patch launch date

After 20 years of World of Warcraft, it's understandable that fans would be looking for something new - or at least, a return to the game's glory days. While you can never really go home again, it does feel like the next expansion for the MMO offers more of a chance to recapture what made WoW a phenomenon than we've had in a while. Some of the changes coming to the game may be here very soon indeed, with a test realm update hinting that the pre-expansion patch will be launching soon.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: WoW The War Within beta sign up, WoW The War Within release date, The best WoW addons

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 3:55 PM
     Diablo 4 competitor Last Epoch is surging after massive update

Over the last decade or so, smaller studios have often been able to create takes on styles of games originated by bigger, better funded teams. We've seen Stardew Valley take over where Harvest Moon left off, Palworld introducing fresh ideas to the Pokemon formula, and Shovel Knight, Celeste, and Hollow Knight compete with Metroid and Mario. This is also true with the action RPG formula established by Diablo, with even Blizzard's own Diablo 4 facing stiff competition from the likes of Path of Exile and, most recently, Last Epoch. As its player count shows, the latter game continues to find a huge audience, its numbers of active players surging now that its latest update has launched.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Last Epoch review, Last Epoch builds, Last Epoch tier list

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 3:40 PM
     New multiplayer comedy horror game is shooting up steam player charts

I don't know about you, but playing Among Us at the height of its popularity was the last time I felt like everyone in the world was truly connected. What's important to remember is that the game didn't blow up until a couple years after it had launched. Can you imagine how smug the people who played it before it was cool would have felt? Well, if Oh Deer, a new game with hints of Among Us and Dead By Daylight, continues on its current Steam trajectory, it could be the next hit multiplayer title.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 6:51 PM
     Twitch streamer proves that the Elden Ring DLC isn't that hard at all

The twin keys to every Elden Ring victory seem to be patience and not losing your cool. Every boss fight is designed to make you panic, hitting you with giant blasts of energy or screen-shaking attacks. Simply not panicking and remembering to use the tools available to you should see you through nearly every battle. One streamer has proven this to be true, even for the tougher Shadow of the Erdtree DLC fights.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Elden Ring builds, Elden Ring bosses, Elden Ring weapons

Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 8:30 PM

genshin impact fragrant fantasy

The new web event for Genshin Impact, Fragrant Fantasy, is now live on the HoYoVerse website. You can access it from here.

As you may imagine, the web event focuses on Emilie, who will be a new playable character in the game. The web event lets you create your own perfumes by combining different flowers and scents. You can collect more cards when you complete daily quests. Once you finish making your perfume, you can gift it to either Navia, Sigewinne, or Furina. You can also color in your own perfume box, though it doesn't seem to affect anything. Prizes you can get include Primogems, Mora, and experience books.

Emilie is an upcoming 5-star Dendro Polearm character who hails from Fontaine. In lore, she is a self-employed perfumer whose work is popular among the more fashionable ladies in Fontaine. So far, there is no official information on her kit, so it's unknown what kind of niche she'll fill in your party.

Aside from Emilie appearing as a new playable character, Version 4.8 will also introduce new summer skins for Nilou and Kirara. You'll need to pay real money for Nilou's skin whereas Kirara's will be for free through the event. As well, 4.8 will introduce the new region Simulanka, which will, like the Golden Apple Archipelago, only be available for a limited time.

Genshin Impact is readily available on the PS4, PS5, Windows PC, and mobile devices. Version 4.8 of Genshin Impact, which is when Emilie will make her playable debut, will come out on July 17, 2024.

The post Genshin Impact Fragrant Fantasy Web Event is Now Live appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 7:30 PM

new cho aniki

A new Cho Aniki project is in development, with more information on it coming soon. You can keep up with updates by following the official social media account for the series.

There's virtually no information on the new Cho Aniki game on the website. It shows two identical characters locked up behind bars, with the words "A new project coming son" at the bottom of the screen. As the URL of the website is "Cho Aniki Collection," that's likely the name of the game. It's unknown if it'll be a compilation of the previous games in the series (albeit remastered), or if it will be an entirely new game altogether.

Cho Aniki is a series of baka-ge, which literally means "idiot game" and usually refers to very silly games with over-the-top humor. The games tend to be side-scrolling shoot 'em ups and the first one came out in 1995 for the PC. The most recent game came out in 2021 for mobile devices. It is a rhythm game and is exclusive to Japan. Most of the more recent titles are all mobile titles.

A new Cho Aniki project is in the works, with more information on it to appear in the future.

The post New Cho Aniki Project in Development appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 6:00 PM

Monster Hunter 20th Anniversary Exhibition Merchandise Appears

Capcom detailed the merchandise items that will be available at the Monster Hunter 20th Anniversary: The Great Hunting Exhibition. As a reminder, the exhibition will be held July 19, 2024 through September 8, 2024 at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo.

First, here is the full lineup of merchandise items available at the Monster Hunter 20th Anniversary exhibition:

  • MH Rise: Sunbreak Character Acrylic Stand (20 available) – 1,700 yen (~$10.54)
  • Monster Acrylic Stand Collection Mini (20 available) – 900 yen (~$5.58)
  • Monster Pin Collection (10 available) – 900 yen (~$5.58)
  • Yama Tsukami Cushion – 4,400 yen (~$27.28)
  • 20th Anniversary Monster Choice Hand Towel – 1,800 yen (~$11.16)
  • Felyne Data T-shirt – 3,900 yen (~$24.18)
  • Hunter's Choice Top 3 Monster T-shirt – 4,400 yen (~$27.28)
  • Khezu Zipper T-shirt – 6,600 yen (~$40.92)
  • Great Hunting Exhibition Cookies – 1,300 yen (~$8.06)
  • Item Chest-style Poach – 1,800 yen (~$11.16)
  • Potion/Cool Drink Ice Pack – 750 yen (~$4.65)
  • Exhibition Official Illustration Book – 3,850 yen (~$23.87)

And here you can check out the items in more detail:

In early June 2024, Capcom teased that a replica of the Mizutsune monster long sword will be on display as part of one of the attractions available during the anniversary exhibition. Other attractions include the Black Dragon Attack, a sculpture recreating the emblematic Fatalis Elder Dragon, and a collaboration cafe featuring foods and drinks inspired by various monsters from the series.

The Monster Hunter 20th Anniversary exhibition will be held between July 19 and September 8, 2024 at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. Monster Hunter Wilds is the next title in the series and it will appear in 2025 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 5:00 PM

FFXI July 2024 Version Update Includes Records of Eminence, Ambuscade

The Final Fantasy XI July 2024 version update is about to appear on July 10, 2024, and the major changes are to the regular FFXI Ambuscade and Records of Eminence activities. However, there is also a new login campaign starting that day and the Celestial Nights event will return again soon too.

With the Ambuscade, the July 2024 FFXI changes mean two types of Notorious Monster challenges. People will be able to fight the Qiqirn or the Lizards and Tarichuk. The Qiqirn is a fairly recurring opponent, as it appeared in the Ambuscade in 2017, 2019, and 2020 before. Likewise, the announcement pointed out the Lizards and Tarichuk are another returning fight. As for the Records of Eminence, there are new and updated objectives. Completing them will get people +2 job-specific earrings.

Both the Celestial Nights and login campaign in the FFXI July 2024 version update mean opportunities to earn new items. The actual reward for helping "Prince Yahiko" and "Princess Amdina" wasn't revealed yet. However, the Login Campaign rewards were all revealed, and the highlighted reward was a 500 point Kupon A-AHM. However, other notable items include the 1,500 point Red Pondweed, Savory Shank, or Sweet Tea and the 1,000 point Facility Ring, Caliber Ring, or Mog Patio Plans.

This comes following the end of the Sunshine Seeker event. That added a chance to earn new furniture in June 2024. 

Final Fantasy XI is available for PCs, and the July 2024 version update arrives on July 10, 2024. 

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Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 4:30 PM

Hideki Kamiya Talked to Ikumi Nakamura About Why He Blocks People

In a recent video interview with Unseen's Ikumi Nakamura, game developer Hideki Kamiya talked about his reasons for blocking people on X (formerly Twitter). An active social media user, Kamiya has garnered the reputation of being trigger happy when it comes to blocking people online.

When addressing his social media presence, Nakamura didn't take long to ask about why Kamiya deems users that pester him as "insects." Kamiya said that he prefers to use that word instead of outright insulting people. The developers also discussed that people online can often be unsavory to Kamiya, tossing offensive or tasteless comments at him as well as repeating themselves and asking the same questions. Kamiya and Nakamura speculated that what people online want is a reaction from him, and are not as interested in knowing the answer to the question they are posing.

In addition, Kamiya also insisted that when he is interacting with people online his intention is not to be xenophobic. Since the developer tweets in Japanese, he expects his audience to be native Japanese speakers. There are also non-Japanese people who are interested in his tweets and interact with him, which he reiterated is totally fine.

When tackling the topic of Hideki Kamiya's use of the blocking function on X (Twitter,) the developer said that he does it "light-heartedly," and said that he will often unblock people if they ask through alternate accounts. He then went on to say in English "I like blocking, but I also like unblocking." Kamiya explained that since the beginning he has treated Twitter (now X) to an izakaya, or a Japanese bar, where he can have light-hearted and casual conversations with people.

The new video interview with Hideki Kamiya appeared on game studio Unseen's YouTube channel, where head of studio Ikumi Nakamura asked a variety of questions to Kamiya and talked about their friendship and past work relationship. The video is over 42 minutes long, and is available in Japanese with English subtitles and closed captions.

You can check out the video interview here:


Unseen is currently developing Kemuri, which was revealed during TGA 2023 ceremony.

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Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 4:00 PM

Hatsuboshi Gakuen The Idolmaster performance in launch month May-June 2024

Hatsuboshi Gakuen: The Idolmaster performed very well for Bandai Namco within a month after it launched on May 16, 2024. Sensor Tower Japan published a report noting the new mobile game's performance in its launch month. it topped the domestic download and revenue rankings within the period.

Sensor Tower uploaded a download ranking sourced only from the Japanese official Google Play Store and Apple App Store from May 16, 2024, until June 15, 2024. It showed that with over 1.5 million downloads, Gakuen Idolmaster topped the ranking by surpassing even Supercell's Squad Busters and Kuro Games' Wuthering Waves. The latter recorded 30 million downloads worldwide from both the PC and mobile versions from its launch on May 22, 2024, until June 11, 2024. However, it could only reach fourth place with less than a million downloads when the scope was limited to Japanese mobile players.

In addition, Gakuen Idolmaster also topped the Share of Voice ranking for mobile games with the Simulation genre on the Japanese YouTube scene in May 2024.

Sensor Tower also shared charts that show the game's sales performance made through microtransactions. While the iOS version maintained a top-three ranking for eight days since launch, the Android version stayed in first place for nine consecutive days on May 20-28, 2024.

The company also compared Bandai Namco's mobile game revenues from the same period in 2023. While titles like One Piece: Bounty Rush, One Piece: Treasure Cruise, and Dragon Ball: Dokkan Battle still remain intact, Gakuen Idolmaster dominated the share with 41% in the month following its launch.

Hatsuboshi Gakuen: The Idolmaster is readily available on Android and iOS mobile devices in Japan.

The post Gakuen Idolmaster Topped Japanese Downloads in Launch Month appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 3:30 PM

Genshin Impact Amazon Store Sale Begins

HoYoVerse announced its first major sale on merchandise in its Genshin Impact Amazon storefront. Until July 14, 2024, a number of items are on sale, with the highest discount being up to 20%. However, since these involve coupon codes, the discounted price doesn't show up until you add items to your cart and checkout.

The company regularly adds new Genshin Impact merchandise to its Amazon store, and some of the items from this sale are ones added in the March 2024 and May 2024 drops. For example, both the Kaveh Teyvat Nature Discovery Tour items and the ones featuring Albedo, Beidou, Candace, Kokomi, and Tighnari are 15% off. Also, the Statue of Her Excellency, The Almighty Narukami Ogosho, God of Thunder figure is a part of the sale, though its discount only drops the $59.99 price by 10%. In the case of every item in the storefront's sections, there will be a green highlighted segment noting the discount available when the coupon is applied.

Here are some of the more notable items that are discounted as part of the sale. Some of them are incredibly recent, like the Fontaine Masquerade of the Guilty acrylic stand with Furina and Neuvillette. 

Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices, and the Amazon storefront merchandise sale runs until July 14, 2024. 

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Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 3:00 PM

Review: The Exit 8 VR Hits Different

When I first played The Exit 8, it was on the Nintendo Switch. I loved it. The idea of going through, picking out what is obviously or not-so-blatantly wrong was a lot of fun, and sometimes fascinating. After playing The Exit 8 VR on the Meta Quest 3, it felt like a natural, comfortable fit and really made me feel even more pulled into the experience. 

You are in a subway tunnel. To get out, you must reach Exit 8. However, this isn't as simple as walking down a hallway and making the right turns as you follow a map. The only way to get to the exit you need is to successfully pass through a repeating space enough times leading up to it, starting and 0. If the hallway, its layout, and its occurrences are all identical to your first walk through it, you are safe to go through and continue, and the next time you pass the Exit sign it will say 1, 2, 3, and so on. If you go through and something seems awry, you need to turn back.

Screenshot by Siliconera

Those anomalies are what makes The Exit 8 fascinating in all of its incarnations. This is essentially an observation game. You need to pay attention to your surroundings. Are the posters the same? The lights? The tiles? Is the other person who keeps walking down the hall behaving normally? Do you not hear any unusual sounds? If even one thing is awry, you need to turn around. When you do, you'll find yourself passing another Exit sign, only with the number increasing to show you're on the right path.

It's simplistic, but that's the what makes The Exit 8 VR, and the game in all its forms, work. You can't actually interact with anything. You can walk or run forward, but that's it. Since the space is focusing on a single hallway, it can feel fairly realistic. Though admittedly, I did encounter anomaly that seemed a bit sillier in VR than it did on the Switch. 

It's because of that simplicity and execution here that worked favor of The Exit 8 VR. The nature of the Meta Quest 3 headset and playing it in a quiet room really made the sound design stand out. Every audio cue was easier to hear and made me felt even more like I was walking down the hallway. This also helped with anomaly spotting. It also made certain visual anomalies a little more fun to experience. Being able to see them so closely in front of me made them feel more real or even unsettling. It's immersive in a way that was impossible on the Switch, and I enjoyed it so much more as a result.

Screenshot by Siliconera

There are a few elements that might make it a little more difficult to get into The Exit 8 VR on the Meta Quest headsets like the 3. At least, perhaps initially. It's very easy to get accustomed to moving forward down the hall and sprinting. However, if you use the left joystick to move the camera to look, it's a bit halting and might keep you from actually seeing something when the position snaps into place. It's helpful at reducing VR motion-sickness, but takes getting used to. Also, when I encountered an anomaly like ones that involved an incredibly speeding retreat, I noticed it took me about an hour of playing and getting adjusted to the controls and atmosphere to recognize and extricate myself from the situation.

MyDearest and Kotake Create really did a fantastic job of pulling off The Exit 8 VR on the Meta Quest 2, 3, and Pro. I mean, I'm sure it helps that the base game isn't the most complex title. Even so, I felt no VR sickness or discomfort. It's so easy find yourself immersed in it. It's even easier to spot and experience the anomalies, thanks to the sound design and execution. Going through The Exit 8 in VR is now my favorite way to play.

The Exit 8 VR will be playable in VR on the Meta Quest 2, 3, and Pro on July 11, 2024. 

The post Review: The Exit 8 VR Hits Different appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 2:30 PM

Sawako and Kazehaya Get Closer in Kimi ni Todoke Season 3

There's finally a release date for season 3 of the Kimi ni Todoke anime, as well as a trailer showing what's happening between Sawako Kuronuma and Shouta Kazehaya. The show will return on Netflix on August 1, 2024

For those unfamiliar, Kimi ni Todoke is a shojo romance series with slice of life elements to it. Sawako is a high school student who is constantly alone and even bullied due to her looking so much like Sadako from The Ring. After a chance meeting with Kazehaya, Sawako begins to find friends, be accepted by people around her, and even find love. As highlighted in the new trailer for the third season, this season picks up with Sawako and Kazehaya finally dating and brings up the new challenges that brings for her.


The first season of the Kimi ni Todoke anime appeared in 2009, with the second showing up in 2011, but it'd been a while with no news about a season 3. Both of those appeared on Crunchyroll and Netflix. The live-action adaptation, which appeared in 2023, is also on Netflix

Kimi ni Todoke season 3 will appear on Netflix on August 1, 2024, and the previous seasons are on Netflix and Crunchyroll. The manga is handled by Viz Media outside of Japan. 

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WGB Tuesday, July 9, 2024 7:19 PM
     Xbox is increasing the price of Game Pass and adding a new Tier. Find out what you need to know here.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, July 9, 2024 5:04 PM

The First Descendant is available now

The post The First Descendant Will Receive Hard Mode Matchmaking appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, July 9, 2024 3:51 PM

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, July 9, 2024 3:28 PM

Jeff Spoonhower took to LinkedIn to announce it.

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, July 9, 2024 2:35 PM

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GamersHeroes Tuesday, July 9, 2024 1:46 PM

Channeling the halcyon days of gory classics, publisher Torture Star Video is bringing Lakeview Cabin Collection to consoles on July 25.

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Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 1:30 PM

How does a developer follow up a game like 2023's Alan Wake 2? How do you follow a survival horror game steeped in meta-textual commentary on art and its own troubled road to release, with incredibly bold themes and genre-bending moments that earned it several major game awards? If you are developer Remedy, then you…


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 1:20 PM

Developer The Chinese Room's Still Wakes the Deep is a short, six-hour game that puts you up against the horrors of Lovecraftian nightmares and decaying fossil-fuel infrastructure. Now you can add a third to that list: achievement hunting.


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 1:00 PM

After weeks of teases, a comic, and an animated trailer, Overwatch 2's Transformers crossover is live today, July 9. While all of the above has told us which of Blizzard's heroes would be donning looks based on Hasbro's robots in disguise, we hadn't seen the skins in-game yet. Now Blizzard has released some in-game…


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:30 PM

Microsoft's free and simple text editor, Notepad, is finally getting a feature that many users have requested for years: Spell check. Finally, when you copy and paste random URLs or passwords into Notepad real fast, you'll be notified of any spelling errors.


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:13 PM

Yesterday, Apex Legends announced the free-to-play battle royale would be embracing shrinkflation, splitting seasonal battle passes in half while still charging players roughly the same amount for them. Today, some long-time fans are calling it the last straw after months of other issues, and threatening to never come…


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 11:29 AM

An incredible new ad from Xbox makes it very clear that you no longer need an actual console to access its huge library of games. In fact, all you really need is Amazon Fire Stick and you're set.


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 10:55 AM

HBO is shooting The Last of Us' second season, and while we've gotten an official look at Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as Joel and Ellie, most of what we've seen of the Last of Us Part II adaptation has been from since-deleted unofficial set photos. More such pictures from the Vancouver set have surfaced, and some…


Kotaku Tuesday, July 9, 2024 9:20 AM

Co-op third-person shooter Helldivers 2 has a new bug discovered this week (thanks PC Gamer), as the game's latest big story beat reached its dramatic conclusion: offering mid-air hugs saves lives. Various emotes, when performed while plummeting, will reduce fall damage. And today, the developer's CEO, Shams Jorjani,…


PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 1:54 PM
     Binary Domain is the best game you haven't played, and now's the time

Before the Yakuza or Like a Dragon series truly blew up in English speaking countries with 2017's Yakuza 0, its creators at Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio branched out into a different style of game. The result, 2012's Binary Domain, is an excellent venture into science fiction that swaps out the fist fights of Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth for the third person shooting of a Gears of War, presented with the same knack for storytelling that Rya Ga Gotoku's known for. And if you, like too many, have missed out on playing it for yourself, the good news is that it's on a steep discount right now through Steam.

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 1:46 PM
     League of Legends autobattler Teamfight Tactics teases next big update

Riot Games is having a bumper year in 2024, with League of Legends receiving some big updates, Valorant going from strength to strength, and even releasing a fighting game by way of 2XKO. Not one to be left out, Teamfight Tactics has just celebrated five years of autobattling joy and the next update has just been teased and it's positively filled with magical whimsy.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 1:37 PM
     You can get Arma 3, the most realistic military shooter, for just $3

Lots of shooters like to say they're realistic but few are. Battlefield offers intense destruction and bullet drop but even it doesn't come close to the levels of realism on offer in Arma 3, the military simulation sandbox by
Bohemia Interactive. Thanks to the Steam Summer Sale, you can drive, fly, and run across an expansive Mediterranean island map in this game for just $2.99, its lowest price ever.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 1:28 PM
     Veritus is a nostalgic Zelda style RPG game, and you can try it now

It's been a good time lately to be a fan of throwback RPG games. Over the last few years alone, we've seen nostalgia focused launches like Sea of Stars, Chained Echoes, Octopath Traveler, and Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes hit PC. This trend doesn't appear to be winding down anytime soon, with a new, retro themed, Zelda and Golden Sun style RPG game called Veritus announcing a launch date for later this month and offering up a free demo to try out right now.

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:57 PM
     Twitch streamer proves that the Elden Ring DLC isn't that hard at all

The twin keys to every Elden Ring victory seem to be patience and not losing your cool. Every boss fight is designed to make you panic, hitting you with giant blasts of energy or screen-shaking attacks. Simply not panicking and remembering to use the tools available to you should see you through nearly every battle. One streamer has proven this to be true, even for the tougher Shadow of the Erdtree DLC fights.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:38 PM
     Does Once Human support private servers?

Does Once Human support private servers? While the idea of playing through constantly changing seasonal content sounds appealing to some, other players would rather relax in the confines of their own private world.

Now that the Once Human release date is finally here, players have been looking forward to getting into the survival game since the close beta tests ended. With Once Human seasons lasting around six weeks before the inevitable server wipe resets everyone's progress, some players are worried that all the hard work they've put in will be wasted. This is the main reason why a large portion of the community wants Once Human private servers. Here's what we know about private servers in Once Human so far and whether they'll be available any time soon.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:33 PM
     This cult classic mind bending puzzle series is coming back to PC

I spent hours on Flash game website Miniclip when I was a kid. When I was growing up my family only had one computer between the three of us and it was rubbish so I wasn't able to play games like Mass Effect or Call of Duty with my friends. I was never much of an Armor Games child, however, so a lot of the titles on there passed me by. Luckily for me, and all you Armor kiddos out there, Shift Legacy Collection is bringing a cult classic series of puzzle games back onto PC.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:31 PM
     WWE 2K24 codes July 2024 - all locker codes

July 9, 2024: We added a new WWE 2K24 code.

What are the new WWE 2K24 locker codes? One of the many modes in WWE's latest wrestling game is the returning MyFaction mode. For those who don't know, this is a variant on the premium mode from other 2K sports games, where the aim is to build a faction of wrestlers to take on online challenges against AI or matches against other player-controlled teams.

These WWE 2K24 locker codes are specifically for the MyFaction mode, so if you're looking for other WWE 2K24 unlockables, then we have a separate guide to help you get all the Wrestlemania arenas and MyRise unlockables, as well as the ability to play as all the WWE Legends. Instead, these WWE 2K24 codes work similarly to the NBA 2K24 locker codes, which tend to come and go quickly. If you don't want to miss out, particularly if you have read our WWE 2K24 review, you can check out the newest ones below.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:31 PM
     The best Once Human Deviations - All Deviant companions

What are the best Once Human Deviations? In the post-apocalyptic world of Once Human, an alien substance called Stardust has caused deviations across the land to both wild animals and human beings. Then, there's the cute little Deviants we call friends.

Once Human Deviants are sentient toys, critters, or objects that you can capture in the survival game and team up with, with each offering their own buffs and abilities. Some Once Human Deviations might help you cook a little faster, while others can stand alongside you in combat, helping you defeat even the toughest Once Human bosses. To decide who you should team up with, we've compiled this list of the best Deviants and all of their abilities.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:16 PM
     Deathbound is a soulslike with a twist, and it's finally coming soon

While there are many good soulslikes out there - Lies of P, Lords of the Fallen - many of them fail to bring anything new to the genre. Deathbound is a soulslike where you can seamlessly combine magic, sword fighting, and even capoiera together during combat. How? Because multiple characters are hosted within the body of one. It's an interesting take on both soulslikes and party RPG combat, one I'm excited to try for myself. It turns out I won't have to wait too long, as the game's release date just got announced.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:15 PM
     Alien Isolation meets Frostpunk in grim strategy game Anoxia Station

When Frostpunk came out back in 2018, it offered a uniquely grim take on the usual strategy game formula. Similar to the pulpier They Are Billions, Frostpunk brings a level of horror to the genre, lending a sense of desperation to its building and management systems. While we wait for its sequel, Frostpunk 2, to launch later this year, another game that leans into its potent mix of fear and strategy has just been announced: Anoxia Station.

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:15 PM
     Hold your fire, this Alienware gaming PC deal is too good to be true

If you've been waiting for the prime opportunity to get the Alienware Aurora R16, now could be the perfect chance to buy. This premium gaming PC is discounted at Dell, with an incredible $800 off the top-spec desktop.

If you're looking for the best gaming PC with all the power to play the top AAA games (for years to come), the R16 is just what you need. Its price point is way too high to be classed as a 'budget' gaming PC, but with Alienware's current sale, the price is incredibly competitive, giving you a lot of PC performance for your money. And I mean a lot.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:10 PM
     Rust Commands - most useful console admin list 2024

What are the most useful Rust console commands? When toiling in the wastelands of Rust, the game's developer console provides a quick way to change settings, manage your server, and access all sorts of in-game tools. As a multiplayer game with strict rules against cheating, you're not going to find anything exploitative in the Rust commands list, but if you're finding the game is running a bit iffy you can easily tweak a variety of graphics options for that extra few FPS.

We've pulled together all of the best Rust console commands for you to study, so you can become a real master of the wasteland. Whether you're running your own server, or are duking it out in one of the best Rust servers, these codes will help you navigate one of the best survival games out there that much easier.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Rust requirements, Rust commands, Rust servers

PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 11:08 AM
     Does Once Human have PvP?

Does Once Human have PvP? Yes, the upcoming survival game does feature both PvP and PvE servers, and seeing as you won't be able to transfer your data between servers, it's worth understanding the difference between the game modes before you jump in.

Though there are two types of servers in Once Human, within each server there are Worlds which you can switch between without losing your character progression, unlike servers. These Worlds do let you carry over your gear and items, and you can even use the Move Territory function to transfer over entire buildings. If you're concerned about the servers at launch, keep up to date with the Once Human server status, and whether you'll be able to play with mates across platforms with our Once Human crossplay guide.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 11:13 AM
     Ark of Charon is perfect if you want a challenge, but needs polish

In Ark of Charon, the tree of life has been consumed by darkness, and as it died, so too did the world around it. Golems, little goblin-like beings, tend to a newly emerged ray of hope; a seedling mounted on the back of a giant, walking tree creature. But the darkness that killed the tree is still out there, hunting the sprout, so the creature can only rest a while before it needs to move on, outrunning the dark storm. Tranquil base building and intense tower defense combine like the crests and troughs of an ocean wave. In the longer, calmer sections, Ark of Charon is a competent but uninspiring base building game. In the shorter, chaotic combat phases, it's fiendishly difficult, adding a layer of challenge that drives the game forward but soon proves overwhelming.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 11:05 AM
     When is the next Once Human server wipe?

When is the next Once Human server wipe? Losing all your in-game progress can be a difficult pill to swallow, but in a seasonal live-service survival game like Once Human, it's a necessary evil to make way for new content. The best way to ahead of a server wipe is to be prepared and keep an eye on the calendar so it doesn't come as a nasty shock when the season rolls over.

Thankfully, we can tell you exactly when to expect the next Once Human server wipe, and offer some handy tips on how to save some of your hard-won items in the free PC game. Given Once Human is a live service, we expect developer Starry Studio to remain receptive to player feedback following the Once Human release time, so the server wipe frequency may be subject to change in the future. Keep up to date with all the latest news about Once Human server wipes right here on PCGamesN.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 11:00 AM
     Logitech reveals new G309 gaming mouse built

Logitech has just revealed a new gaming mouse that it says it believes is built "for all players." The new Logitech G309 Lightspeed not only has a light design, but also comes with a 25K Hero sensor, and Logitech claims it has a 300-hour battery life as well.

Logitech is no stranger to this market, having released contenders for the best gaming mouse as recently as last year. In our G Pro X Superlight 2 review, we called it a "clear evolution" over its predecessor and praised its ultralight 60g weight. Logitech states the G309 is "for all players", and this moniker is earned thanks to a set of features that take leading gaming mouse specs but brings them into a shell that willingly compromises on weight to keep the price affordable.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 10:36 AM
     The best new PC games 2024

What are the best new PC games in 2024? Perhaps you've just been paid, your bank account is filled with virtual dosh, or you simply want to get caught up with the latest PC games because they're, well, new and shiny.

As much as we love firing up our old favorites, there are loads of new PC games that deserve some attention, too. To keep you in the know, we've got the definitive list of the best PC games that have been released recently, from big-budget RPG games to indie strategy games. Whatever you're into, stay up to date with all the latest and greatest releases right here on PCGamesN.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 10:05 AM
     Big new Total War Pharaoh update is coming way sooner than we thought

Total War Pharaoh had a rough start. Released back in October, Creative Assembly's Egyptian strategy game was originally met with criticism owing to its perceived similarity to other games in the series and absence of fresh ideas. Gradually, though, its developers have turned things around. The upcoming Dynasties update revolutionizes battles with the new lethality system and improved maps - and out of nowhere, Creative Assembly has just dropped the release date.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 10:02 AM
     All Once Human bosses - how to beat The Great Ones

How do you beat the Once Human Great Ones? These terrifying behemoths are only some of the mutations, or deviations, you come across in Once Human, but they're by far the most powerful and the most difficult to defeat.

Thanks to Stardust deviation, Once Human is filled with weird, wonderful, and horrifying creatures. Some Deviants are cute companions that aid in combat, farming, and crafting. Others, though, have deviated for the worst, becoming huge, destructive bosses. The worst of these, The Great Ones, take a team to defeat, so find out about Once Human crossplay before you get your team together. Then, make sure you and your companions in the survival game are correctly prepared and defeat The Great Ones together with this information on all Once Human bosses.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 9:53 AM
     Free Monopoly Go dice links July 2024

July 9, 2024: We've added new Monopoly Go dice links for free dice rolls.

How can I get Monopoly Go free dice links? The household favorite board game has been reimagined as a free-to-play app on smartphones, allowing everyone to experience the thrills of Monopoly on practically any device. Everything that makes the board game special is here in Monopoly Go, so you'll be collecting properties and building hotels as you go around the board, and there are a variety of multiplayer minigames to get through along the way.

You're going to need to get your hands on Monopoly dice rolls, but they are difficult to come by no matter how far you are into the board game. There are ways to earn additional dice rolls, including logging into the game every day to collect daily bonuses, progressing further in the game, and inviting friends to try Monopoly Go. While you can also spend real money to unlock more dice rolls, you may want to give our list of Monopoly Go dice links a try instead, especially if you're waiting for the next Monopoly Go Golden Blitz event. Take a look at all the currently active Monopoly Go free dice links for today.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 10:59 AM
     Pokemon games for PC - here are our favorite alternatives

What are the best games like Pokemon on PC? Can you play the original Pocket Monsters games on PC? Err, probably, but we wouldn't know anything about illegal activities like that. What you want instead are some excellent, seemingly legal alternatives. Nintendo's world-changing Pokemon series is much beloved, and we PC players certainly deserve a slice of that battle-flavored pie. Let's face it: who doesn't enjoy a spell of kidnapping cute animals and forcing them to scrap, tooth and claw, now and again? Exactly.

Despite our beloved format being the spiritual home of the turn-based combat that RPG games are known for, no official main series Pokemon game has yet made the jump to PC. We can't exactly blame Nintendo for wanting to sell more Switch consoles, but we also can't help but feel a small pang of jealousy every time we catch a glimpse of anything yellow and electric out of the corner of our eyes, especially when we know a PC can run Pokemon Scarlet and Violet far better than Nintendo's aging console. Though we still have a long way to go before we can catch 'em all on the best platform there ever was, this is a list of some alternatives available on PC.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 9:33 AM
     Diablo 4 Season 4 end and Season 5 release date

When does Diablo 4 Season 5 start? A much-loved feature from Diablo 3 makes its return in D4 with the (re)introduction of seasons, adding everything from new questlines to items, gameplay mechanics, and more. Expanding on the rich, gothic world of Sanctuary, Blizzard makes sure players have plenty to sink their teeth into, whether you're a fresh-faced player taking their first steps into Sanctuary or a grizzled veteran of the Burning Hells.

Just like every other seasonal event, expect Season 5 to add a whole bunch of new content to explore in Blizzard's action RPG game, no matter whether you're a level 100 player who's been around since the Diablo 4 release date or someone who is considering jumping into the game now it's on Game Pass.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 10:57 AM
     4th of July sales 2024: top gaming deals over for another year

We saw some fantastic 4th of July sales this year at our favorite gaming retailers. While many celebrated Independence Day with fireworks and food, the holiday was also a chance to treat yourself and bag big savings on new gear and hardware.

We hadn't covered the best 4th of July deals at PCGamesN before, but the sales were too big this year to ignore. Unlike Amazon Prime Day deals coming later in July, discounts were seen across a huge range of US stores and available to all shoppers rather than exclusive to paid members.

Every retailer marked up its sales differently - Best Buy dedicated a whole hub to 4th of Jule sales, while Lenovo didn't offer specific Independence Day deals but leaned into its "Black Friday in July event". The 4th of July sales are over for 2024, but we'll be back with all the hottest gaming sales next year.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 8:03 AM
     Death Stranding 2 release date estimate, cast, trailer, and story

When is the Death Stranding 2 release date? Hideo Kojima himself confirmed that it is on the way, after all. Not a whole lot of official information has been revealed at all about Death Stranding 2, but there are some things we know about the next Kojima Productions release, including speculation on the release date, cast details, and more.

So, what's next for Sam, Fragile, and Lou, the stars of one of the best PC games in recent years? Here's everything we know about the Death Stranding 2 release date so far, including where we might expect the story to take us in the open-world game. If you haven't played the first Death Stranding, beware that there are some minor spoilers ahead.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:02 PM

Prolific fantasy author and number one Ranni stan ("I'll pick the ending where my character gets a waifu") Brandon Sanderson has been thinking a lot about how to apply Elden Ring and the Souls games' signature storytelling approach to novels. During a recent playthrough on his YouTube channel, he was asked if he thinks there's a way to replicate Souls-like descriptions in books. "I've wondered that. I really have," Sanderson replies.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, July 9, 2024 11:50 AM

Creative Assembly and Sega have slapped a release date on Total War: Pharaoh's free Dynasties expansion, which outfits the historical strategy colossus with new Aegean and Mesopotamian regions and maps, new factions such as Troy and Babylon, and a glittering, bellowing host of new or reworked units, new mechanics, and new quality-of-life updates. That release date is 25th July 2024. Come stamp your feet and brandish your shields vigorously at the overview trailer below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, July 9, 2024 11:29 AM

Read enough of our hardware articles and you'll eventually come across someone, probably me or Katharine (RPS in peace), banging on about the Logitech G915 Lightspeed Wireless. After half a decade on shelves, it's still the best low-profile mechanical gaming keyboard going, and quite possibly the best wireless keyboard to boot – while the tenkeyless version, the G915 TKL Lightspeed, is just as lovely to use.

Between their nimble performance, crisp mech switches, and impeccable build quality, the only way in which the G915 duo underwhelms is their high pricing – very much the kind you'd want to wait for a Prime Day or Black Friday to dull the pain of. Now, though, there's an alternative: the new Logitech G515 Lightspeed TKL. I've been using it. It's good!

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, July 9, 2024 10:11 AM

That was…slightly cheeky of me. The Tomoe you play in parry-ful action adventure Bloodless is not the same Tomoe that was conspicuously absent from undeniable influence Sekiro. They might be based on the same historical figure, but that's simply Sek-ulation. However! You can make your mind up yourself for zero money, since Bloodless has a free demo on Steam. Trazzer below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, July 9, 2024 8:37 AM

According to the wikihow page "how to fall safely", the best way to minimise injury while falling is to stay loose, keep your arms and legs bent, and roll on impact. According to ragdoll-prone shooter Helldivers 2, however, it's better to stand to attention in mid-air and perform a crisp salute. It's long been known that the game's emotes confer unexpected defensive advantages, with emergency hugs sometimes shielding you against artillery fire, but now, one redditor has proven via careful scientific experimentation that they also protect you against the force of gravity.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, July 9, 2024 7:43 AM

From Zenless Zone Zero to The First Descendant, we seem to be experiencing a free-to-play explosion. Despair, ye time-constrained adults, for your carefully engineered shortage of pocket money offers no bulwark against the onslaught of games that want a slice of your evening or weekend. Today's big release, Once Human, at least features a giant schoolbus on monster legs, together with a less exciting but customisable van that just has wheels. In this open world survival shooter, you are a "Meta-Human" making your way around a landscape corrupted by Stardust, which has warped the scenery and will slowly drive you nuts.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, July 9, 2024 7:03 AM

Ever since the hat was invented by Valve Corporation in 2009, mankind has grappled with questions of fairness, worthiness, and pride – at least as they pertain to microtransations in free-to-play games. Shooty battle royale Apex Legends is the latest to posit an answer, that being "the Battle Pass should cost more money".

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Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 1:30 PM

Shin Megami Tensei SMT V Vengeance drinks by Chimney

Chimney Group revealed that it will produce and sell new drinks inspired by characters and demons from Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance. The drinks will be available for a limited time from late July 2024 and throughout August 2024.

The list of characters and demons featured in this lineup will be the same as the ones picked earlier by RED° Tokyo Tower. However, the drinks offered will be different.

Nahobino's non-alcoholic fusion drink will see a combination of clear soda marking the protagonist and blue jelly representing Aogami. Meanwhile, the Qadistu-themed red drink will contain alcohol and come with separate bamboo charcoal powder that can turn the drink black to depict the group's vengeance.

Both of the above drinks will be available at the same tax-inclusive price of 759 yen. A parfait dessert themed after Jack Frost's Bufula spell and priced at 803 yen will complete the lineup.

In addition, people who purchase all three drinks simultaneously will be able to receive a bonus holographic sticker for free while stocks last. Atlus and Chimney Group have yet to reveal the sticker's design as of this announcement.

The new Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance-themed drinks will be available at Chimney Group outlets across Japan from July 23, 2024, until September 1, 2024. Sales in each outlet may end earlier if it has run out of stock.

The post Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance Chimney Drinks Will Appear appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 1:00 PM

oshi no ko escape room

The first escape room based on Oshi no Ko will appear in Japan from July 19, 2024. You can pre-order your tickets and kits now. [Thanks, Denfaminico!]

The normal kit costs 3,800 JPY ($23.60) and the bonus kit costs 6,800 JPY ($42.80). Aside from the normal kit that you'll need for the game, the bonus kit will come with exclusive goods. In order to play the game, you'll need to have an app on your smartphone device or PC, as well as the kid.

The story of the escape room is that you're a professional idol with Ichigo Production. One day, you're involved with a scandal that you know nothing about. Since you're forced to stay inside, you can communicate with the members of B-Komachi, as well as Gotanda and Aqua, through calls and texts. Aside from talking to them to gather clues, you can also read various interviews and notes to try and figure out what's going on.

As part of this escape room, SCRAP will release some collaboration Oshi no Ko merchandise. Aside from scenes in the show, these goods show the characters dressed up like detectives. The prices for everything are:

  • Acrylic keyholders: 800 JPY each
  • Acrylic stand: 1700 JPY each
  • Clear folder: 1000 JPY each
  • Clear folder set: 2500 JPY
  • Star-shaped can badges: 600 JPY each
  • Successful escape sticker set: 700 JPY

The Oshi no Ko escape room will start from July 19, 2024. You can watch the show, which started its second season, on HIDIVE. YenPress handles the manga outside Japan.

The post Oshi no Ko Escape Room Lets You Talk With Characters appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:30 PM

The Ring Sadako Bishoujo Figure Won't Haunt You Until 2025

At Anime Expo 2024, Kotobukiya announced a The Ring Sadako Bishoujo figure. Now pre-orders are open at stores like Sideshow for the $160/18,000円 collectible ahead of her March 2025 debut in Japan and estimated April to June 2025 release worldwide. 

This is a static figure, though there are optional parts. In each case, Sadako is displayed floating above VHS tapes. It comes with extra tape, so you can adjust the level of film around her. No matter where you purchase her, she comes with the replacement part that shows her eye peeking through her hair instead of only hair obscuring her features. Select, official retailers, such as Kotobukiya direct or Sideshow, also include the "horror face part" that again reveals a single eye peeking through her hair. However, that expression looks more shocked.

Here's the array of official photos shared by Kotobukiya of the figure:

There's also a trailer highlighting different parts of the Sadako The Ring Bishoujo figure. Namely, it calls attention to the three difference face parts. She can be displayed with her hair completely covering her entire head, with one option that shows a single relaxed eye, or with a third option that is described as the horror face part.


The Ring Sadako Bishoujo figure will appear in Japan in March 2025. A worldwide release will follow, with the earliest possible appearance apparently being April 2025.

The post The Ring Sadako Bishoujo Figure Won't Haunt You Until 2025 appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:00 PM

Atelier Ryza 2 Reisalin Stout figure by Koei Tecmo KTmodel Plus

Koei Tecmo revealed a new KTmodel+ figure based on Reisalin "Ryza" Stout from Gust's Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy. The company has also opened pre-orders for the figure worldwide with help from AmiAmi. This figure will formally appear in May 2025.

The company is accepting pre-orders for the figure in Japan via the KTmodel+ and AmiAmi web stores with a price tag of 32,000 yen. People residing outside Japan can also place pre-orders on AmiAmi's international web store, where the figure is available worldwide at around $199.

The 1/6 scale figure depicting Ryza sitting on a box while eating apples will have a total height of around 185 mm (~7.28 inches). The figure will be mostly static with no movable body parts, but the owner will be able to remove the apples from the set.

Here is how the figure prototype compares to the original illustration:

And here are some of the figure's sample images taken from different sides:

Ryza has been getting more merchandise and figures revealed as one of the most popular characters from Gust's Atelier series. Good Smile Company had previously revealed a Ryza figure in Chinese dress that can be paired with Klaudia Valentz. It also announced that Max Factory will produce a Plamatea model kit of Ryza.

Koei Tecmo will close the pre-order window for the 1/6 scale KTmodel+ figure of Reisalin "Ryza" Stout from Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy on October 6, 2024. It will release the finished figures in May 2025. The company will also showcase the figure's prototype at Wonder Festival 2024 Summer in Makuhari Messe on July 28, 2024.

The post Atelier Ryza 2 KTmodel+ Figure Pre-Orders Open Worldwide appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 11:30 AM

Next Wuthering Waves Characters Are Zhezhi and Xiangli Yao

Like HoYoVerse, Kuro Game teases new Wuthering Waves characters ahead of their release on social media, and it did that to show Zhezhi and Xiangli Yao ahead of 1.2. Both are expected to debut as the featured characters in the next version, which should appear in August 2024.

First, here's the Zhezhi Wuthering Waves reveal. She's going to be an artist, which will likely influence her moveset as a Resonator. No details about her weapon or element were shared. 


Meanwhile, Xiangli Yao seems like a character more accustomed to fighting in Wuthering Waves, as he's described as the Principal Investigator for Huaxu Academy. However, this is because he's also a researcher, which could involve heading into the field for explorations.


Before Zhezhi and Xiangli Yao join Wuthering Waves as its newest characters, there's still one more unit about to appear. Changli will join the game on July 22, 2024. She's a five-star Fusion character who wields a sword. She's also tied to Jinhsi, whose banner is live now in-game. Jinhsi is also a five-star character. She wields a broadblade in the game. Her element is Spectro.

Wuthering Waves is available for the PC and mobile devices, and the new characters are expected in the 1.2 update.

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Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 11:00 AM

nintendo kyoto ties

Nintendo Kyoto started to sell some Nintendo-themed ties that look fashionable and formal, while letting you proclaim your love for certain games. The ties come in a bright red and a dark navy blue (with red accents) and are only available at the one location.

These ties are exclusive to Nintendo Kyoto, which means they're not available in the Tokyo or Osaka stores. They're part of a collaboration with Nekado, a tie company in Kyoto that was established in 1940. Ties from Nekado use nishijin-ori silk, as well as produce a rather unique feel and shine. Nekado does offer international shipping. However, it's unclear if it will deliver these Nintendo ties outside of Japan, as Nekado does not feature these products on its webpage.

The Nintendo Kyoto website does not have any information on the ties. Nekado ties can get pretty pricey, such as 13,200 JPY ($82.10) for a traditional design. Since these are collaboration ties, they might be more expensive than that. The red tie features silhouettes of recognizable Nintendo characters, such as Pikmin, Mario, Link, and Isabelle. Meanwhile, the blue tie features symbols like the Triforce, the Pikmin logo, and the Animal Crossing logo.

The Nintendo ties are exclusive to Nintendo Kyoto and are not available online.

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Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 10:35 AM

Walmart July Deals Sale Has Switch Systems and Games

As part of the regular July sale events, Walmart kicked off its July Deals and included systems like the Switch, the Meta Quest 3 VR headset, and games. All sales are now temporarily live, with discounts available for people who shop online, following a brief period on July 8, 2024 when Walmart+ members had early access.

Two of the bigger and most substantial deals involve the aforementioned Switch and Meta Quest 3 VR ones. The Switch Lite Timmy and Tommy's Aloha Edition model that includes a copy of Animal Crossing: New Horizons costs $159, instead of $200. The Meta Quest 3 128GB model is also $429, rather than the standard $500. There's also a PS5 Digital Slim system with DualSense Charging Station for $456.99, though the system alone is normally $429.99 and the station is typically $9.99. 

As for the game sales in the Walmart July Deals sale, here are some of the more notable discounts during the event:

  • Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon (Xbox One/Series X, PS5) - $39.99 on Xbox, $44.95 on PS5
  • Demon's Souls (PS5) - $42.89
  • Diablo IV (PS5) - $20
  • Fire Emblem Engage (Switch) - $49.94
  • God of War Ragnarok (PS5) - $39.99
  • The Last of Us, Part 1 (PS5) - $45.99
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Switch) - $39.99
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Switch) - $54.85
  • Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth (PS5) - $39.95
  • The Nioh Collection (PS5) - $37.99
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) - $48
  • Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope (Switch) - $19.93
  • Nintendo Switch Sports (Switch) - $34.99
  • Persona 3 Reload (PS5) - $39.88
  • Red Dead Redemption (PS4) - $39.99
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (PS5) - $29.83
  • Super Mario Bros Wonder (Switch) - $44.99
  • Super Mario Party with Red and Blue Joy-Cons (Switch) - $69
  • Super Mario RPG (Switch) - $39.75
  • Unicorn Overlord (PS5, Switch) - $49.95 on PS5, $43.99 on Switch

This also comes ahead of the Amazon Prime sale. That runs July 16-17, 2024. Ahead of that, the retailer kicked off its early Prime Day deals

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Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 10:00 AM

star rail jade

A new Honkai: Star Rail trailer focuses on Jade and her method of discipline when it comes to her underlings in the IPC. This is likely the last trailer for her before she debuts as a playable character on July 10, 2024.

The trailer starts with Jade interrogating and attacking a spy within the IPC ranks. It shows off the animations for Jade's skills, including her ability to form a contract with her team. Near the end of the trailer, it shows her working in tandem with her pet snake to defeat the mooks around her.

You can watch the trailer here:


It's also available in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Jade will be a 5-star Quantum Erudition character who can also support party members with her Skill. She can form a contract with an ally and grant them the Debt Collector status, which gives them a SPD bonus, as well as deal additional Quantum DMG based on Jade's ATK. This will consume a percentage of their HP though. Jade can also become a Debt Collector and she won't lose HP, though she won't gain the SPD bonus. Like her fellow IPC Stonehearts Topaz and Aventurine, Jade also focuses on follow-up attacks with her Talent, gaining stacks when she or her Debt Collector attack. Once she gains enough stacks, she'll unleash a Quantum follow-up atack.

Honkai: Star Rail is readily available on the PS5, Windows PC, and mobile devices. Jade will make her playable debut in Honkai: Star Rail on July 10, 2024.

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Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 9:30 AM

Armored Core VI 6 pop-up shop will include AC panel exhibition

MeeToMa has revealed that it will set up multiple Pop Up Shops that sell Armored Core 6 merchandise to help celebrate the game's first anniversary.

Even though the shops will feature Armored Core 6, the lineup will not include model kits or action figures. People can instead expect to see acrylic-based goods featuring the AC units in both normal and chibi/deformed proportions.

The list will also include a 60-page visual book. Although it will be smaller than Kadokawa's art book, this book will still contain illustrations and descriptions of the 36 AC units that appeared in the game.

Here is the full list of merchandise in the pop up shops, with prices in Japanese yen:

  • AC part keychain - ¥400 for a random gashapon pull
  • Keyring - ¥880
  • Visual book - ¥2,200
  • T-shirt - ¥3,300
  • Baseball cap - ¥4,400
  • Acrylic stand - ¥2,200
  • Stage for acrylic stands - ¥5,500
  • Acrylic keychain - ¥770
  • Chibi AC acrylic keychain - ¥880
  • Chibi AC tin badge - ¥550
  • Briefing screen desk mat - ¥2,640
  • Hanging tapestry - ¥3,300
  • Dog tag - ¥1,650
  • Logo-printed towel - ¥2,200
  • Clear file - ¥440
  • Mini leather pouch - ¥1,320
  • Tote bag - ¥1,980
  • Ice cream spoon - ¥990
  • Drink bottle with holder - ¥990
  • Stainless mug - ¥2,860
  • Sticker sheet - ¥550
  • Drive Recorder sticker - ¥440

And here are the upcoming physical locations and times for the pop up shops to appear:

  • Aeon Mall Makuhari New City in Chiba - August 2-7, 2024
  • Aeon Mall Kyoto - September 13-17, 2024
  • Namba Marui in Osaka - October 19-27, 2024
  • Shinjuku Marui Annex in Tokyo - November 8-17, 2024

MeeToMa will also put up the items for online pre-orders on its web store, with two windows set to open from July 10, 2024, until August 31, 2024, and October 19, 2024, until November 17, 2024. However, it is highly likely that these items will only be available for shipping domestically inside Japan. Even though the web store has a Buyee widget, it still does not support international shipments for items from other notable franchises like Guilty Gear.

The new Armored Core 6 Pop Up Shops will appear to mark the first anniversary of the game's release. Bandai Namco launched Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC simultaneously worldwide on August 25, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, July 9, 2024 9:00 AM

zenless zone zero seth

The official Zenless Zone Zero X (Twitter) account has posted information on an upcoming playable Agent, Seth Lowell. He'll be a member of the New Eridu Public Security, along with future characters Zhu Yuan and Qingyi.

There's little information on Seth as a playable character so far. According to his introduction, as well as voice lines from other characters, Seth is a relatively new member of the Criminal Investigation Special Response Team. He likes to play innocent and pretend that he's a lot more harmless than he actually is. While we don't know what role he'll play on a team just yet, we can see that he fights with what looks like a baton.


Nazeeh Tarsha voices Seth in English. Tarsha's previous roles include Alhaitham in Genshin Impact, Lauda in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury, and Kafka in Kaiju No. 8. As for Japanese, Kengo Takanashi will play him. Some of Takanashi's previous roles include Yamanbagiri Chougi in Touken Ranbu, Haruto in Seven Senses of the Reunion, and Kazuki in The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic.

Zenless Zone Zero is readily available on the PS5, Windows PC, and mobile devices. Seth will likely appear in the Zenless Zone Zero gacha in Version 1.1.

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