SNL Lampoons Prestige Drama With The Last of Us-Style Mario Kart Skit

1 hour 15 minutes ago

Saturday Night Live wasn’t shy about leaning on the success of HBO’s The Last of Us while Pedro Pascal hosted, with their Mario Kart skit acting as proof.

Shown during the Feb. 4 episode, the skit plays out via a pre-produced trailer for a fake Mario Kart prestige drama. It pulls elements almost one for one from HOB’s The Last of Us, giving everything a grittier, grungier feel to make things appear as bleak and hopeless as possible in the name of a prestige feel.

The skit kicks off with a monologue about how the Mushroom Kingdom has fallen to ruin due to an unexplained catastrophe, and the only means of getting from one place to another is Karts. Mario, played by Pedro Pascal, must transport Princess Peach from one point to another via his Kart, and must enlist the help of characters like Luigi and Toad to assist him.

There are references to both the Mario Kart series and The Last of Us throughout, either through sound effects from the games or characters’ famous catch phrases. at the same time though, there are moments which combine the two franchises and their most famous elements into a new, more dramatic amalgamation. Luigi and Toad are decked out in post-apocalyptic versions of their usual clothes, while Mario is addicted to Mushrooms because they make him “feel big.”

It’s incredibly silly and cringey, but also pretty funny all things considered. It also manages to poke fun at elements of prestige television that would never be applicable to the light-hearted side of video games should they ever get The Last of Us-style HBO adaptations.

It’s well worth giving the skit a look via the official video down below.

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Goldeneye 007 is out for Series X/S and Switch - but how do the ports compare to the N64 version?

2 hours 39 minutes ago

Since its original release on Nintendo 64, GoldenEye 007 has become an almost mythical game, the subject of countless stories about its four-player split-screen deathmatches or objective-driven single-player missions. That mythos has led to remasters and re-releases over the years, but the recent releases for Xbox consoles and Nintendo Switch still came as a shock.

While their arrival is certainly a cause for celebration, it didn't take long before the complaints started rolling in too - over the quality of the emulation, the controls and even the music. Given the response, I had to find out just what exactly is going on with these re-releases and that's what we're here to do today.

Despite its impact, GoldenEye's never had a perfect remaster. The closest we got was an Xbox 360 title that featured a ton of promise - updated visuals with a toggle for the original look, 60fps gameplay, perfect image quality and smooth controls - but it all fell apart at the last minute and was only leaked in playable form in 2021. The game changed the face of FPS and defined the N64, but for a long time it seemed like rights issues would prevent any remaster from coming to market, despite the efforts of countless developers pitching reboot plans.

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John Linneman

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A second Wo Long Fallen Dynasty demo drops later this month

2 hours 41 minutes ago

A second Wo Long Fallen Dynasty demo will be available from 24th February.

The bite-sized snippet of Team Ninja's dark Soulslike fantasy will be playable on PC via Steam, PS5, Xbox Series X, and last-gen consoles, too, which is good news for anyone who missed out on the PS5/XSX-only demo last time.

As is usually the case, save data from your time with the demo will "transfer to the final game", and if you complete it, you'll unlock the "Crouching Dragon Helmet" DLC in the full game, too.

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Vikki Blake

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SNL brings The Last of Us' treatment to a fake Mario Kart adaptation, and the trailer is brilliant

3 hours 13 minutes ago

Pedro Pascal has taken his gruff portrayal of The Last of Us' Joel and applied it to an entirely different kind of video game character: Mario.

In a spoof teaser for a completely made-up TV adaptation of Mario Kart on Saturday Night Live last night (4th February), Pascal and the SNL team showed what could happen if HBO applied the same kind of treatment to a Mario adaptation. And it's brilliant.

“HBO’s The Last of Us is a hit, proving that a video game can become a prestige dystopian drama. In Spring, HBO is doing it again with another iconic game," claims the profound - if overdramatic - voiceover.

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Vikki Blake

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My Hero Academia Himiko Toga Nendoroid Will Return in 2023

3 hours 39 minutes ago

My Hero Academia Himiko Toga Nendoroid Will Return in 2023

One again, the My Hero Academia Himiko Toga Nendoroid will appear. Good Smile Company announced a second rerelease for the figure. This marks the third time she's appeared since her November 2020 debut. She's expected to return to Japan in August 2023. She'll cost ¥6,600 when she does.

However, if someone is in North America, they don't need to wait until the rerelease to get Himiko. The Nendoroid is in-stock and immediately available in the Good Smile Company US storefront. It costs $52.99 there.

Here’s a closer look at the Himiko Toga Nendoroid. She can be displayed with or without her equipment and mask. She also comes with three face plates. One is her smiling broadly, another features a more subdued smile, and the third features her sticking her tongue out. She also comes with a sound effect.
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Many My Hero Academia characters, heroes and villains alike, are available as Nendoroids. There are also some with Nendoroid Swacchao variants.

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Jenni Lada

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This new Steam Workshop mod lets you play classic PS1 Resident Evil 2 in VR

3 hours 39 minutes ago

Flatscreen to VR mods for Resident Evil games are no strangers to Ian's VR Corner. Thanks to the sterling work of modder Praydog, I've been able to play my way through both the Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 Remakes and I've had the pleasure of getting up close and personal with Lady D in Resident Evil Village VR way before the PSVR 2 version of the game was even announced.

However, on this week's episode of Ian's VR Corner (or should that be Leon's VR Corner?), you can watch me time travel back to the 90s as I dive face first into an incredibly detailed VR recreation of the classic PS1 version of Resident Evil 2!

Resident Evil 2: Source was originally made for the flat version of Half-Life 2. After Steam Workshop support was added to the free Half-Life 2 VR Mod recently, the mod's creator gave permission for it to be ported to VR and that's exactly what someone has done! To play the mod for yourself, all you'll need are a copy of the original Half-Life 2 and of course the free Half-Life 2 VR mod. Then you just have to subscribe to Resident Evil 2: Source VR mod in Steam Workshop and, next time you load up the Half-Live 2 VR mod, you'll find all the RE2: Source maps in the 'Workshop' menu on the main title screen.

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Ian Higton

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Saturday Night Live Casts The Last of Us' Pedro Pascal in HBO's Mario Kart in This Hilarious Trailer

3 hours 48 minutes ago

In a hilarious fake trailer, Saturday Night Live has cast The Last of Us' Pedro Pascal in HBO's Mario Kart and tasks him with taking Princess Peach to Rainbow Road.

The trailer, which you can check out below, is roughly three minutes long and also features appearances by Bowser, Yoshi, Toad, and Luigi.

In this world, it's been 10 years since Mushroom Kingdom fell and the only thing left is "hope." Pascal's Mario, who introduces himself with the iconic line, "It's a-me, Mario," is asked to take Princess Peach to Rainbow Road in an attempt to save humanity, and he's given a kart to do so.

Instead of Clickers, our heroes have to face off against Goombas, but luckily they have shotguns with red shell ammo to keep them safe. We even see Mario eating a mushroom and, when Princess Peach asks why he's eating poision, he responds with, "It makes me feel big, okay?! I need to feel big, because Bowser is out there, and he's the main bad guy."

The trailer is full of other Easter Eggs, the death of a major character we won't spoil here, and even more.

One of the funniest bits also notes that this new series is from the "master storytellers behind Mario Kart 1-8." As everyone knows, we all flock to the Mario Kart franchise because of its riveting tales.

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Adam Bankhurst

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New Valorant Oni 2.0 Weapon Skin Bundle Concept Just Shot Straight to the Top of Our Wishlist [UPDATE]

4 hours 39 minutes ago

Some of the most popular Valorant weapon skin bundles of all time have been sequels to already popular designs. There was the Prime 2.0, RGX 2.0, Reaver 2.0, and most recently the awesome Ion 2.0 bundle that saw players throwing money at their screens to get hold of. It’s only a matter of time until we get another one; the question is which. Well, talented VFX artist Vegod is making a pretty damn strong case for the Oni 2.0.

UPDATE 02/05/2023: An Oni 2.0 skin bundle is now reportedly in development, according to dataminer ValorLeaks. There’s no word yet on a release date, but presumably, it’s on the way fairly soon. We’ll keep you posted. Until then, remind yourself how good it might look with Vegod’s mockup featured in this article.

Just check out this kickass trailer, introducing a concept of what the Oni 2.0 might look like and with the vandal as its centerpiece. It’s a design Yoru himself would be proud of, and one we’re keeping our fingers crossed Riot Games takes notice of:

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Alex Gibson

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American judge dismisses Switch Joy-Con drift lawsuit

5 hours 46 minutes ago

An American judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Nintendo for its Joy-Con drift issues, saying the case cannot proceed because the owners agreed to Nintendo's End User License Agreement (EULA) that "disallows lawsuits".

Despite attempts to argue that underaged children - who used the handheld system - cannot enter into the agreement, the federal judge ultimately ruled that the agreement was with the "de facto owners", the parents, and not the children who actually used the console.

Consequently, the judge dismissed the action, stating that the parents should have entered legal arbitration rather than a lawsuit, as instructed by the EULA (thanks, NE).

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Vikki Blake

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Persona 25th Fes Will Re-Run in Osaka

7 hours 39 minutes ago

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From March 11, 2023 to May 7, 2023, the Persona 25th Fes will take place at the ATC Gallery in Osaka. This is a re-run of the same event that was in Saitama in 2022. Tickets will be available from February 4, 2023 and start from 1,800 JPY (~$13.72). During the Persona 25th Fes, you can see standees of the Personas, as well as look at art prints. There will also be exclusive limited goods for purchase. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

The key visual for the Persona 25th Fes has all of the protagonists standing in a line. This includes Kotone, who is the female protagonist in P3P. The graffiti behind them shows all of the image colors from the games, as well as symbols and styles from each one. For example, you can see the jagged lines from Persona 5’s post-battle screen, as well as rainbows prevalent in Persona 4’s user interface.

Some pictures of the exhibition include school uniforms on mannequins, as well as giant statues of the protagonists’ Personae. There is also a timeline depicting the mainline games, along with displays. As for goods you can purchase, you can get items like a coaster, a mug, and T-shirts. There is also Leblanc’s special coffee blend, which you can get as drip coffee.

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Stephanie Liu

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Garry Schyman on composing the fantasy score of Forspoken and finding a voice for Frey

7 hours 39 minutes ago

"It's quite a stunning world that [the developers] created, so it gave me an opportunity to write some very beautiful music," says Forspoken co-composer Garry Schyman. "It really was an opportunity to write something that's not just combat and not just dark; it was an opportunity to write melodies."

Forspoken is the latest fantasy epic from Square Enix, following a young woman named Frey who finds herself transported from modern day New York to the strange world of Athia. Composers Garry Schyman (the BioShock series, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and more) and Bear McCreary (God of War Ragnarök, and Amazon's Rings of Power series) took on the job together of writing music for Frey's adventure.

But how do you create the sound of a fantasy world through music? And what is the musical voice of Frey?

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Ed Nightingale

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John Carpenter's latest gift to gaming

7 hours 39 minutes ago

I love John Carpenter. How can you not, after all he's given us? There might not be a game that carries his name, but the entire medium is in debt to the tension of all-time horror classic The Thing, to the deliriously over-the-top spectacle of Escape from LA (and of course to Snake Plissken, who from his first appearance in 1981's Escape from New York laid down an early archetype of the digital hero).

Video games are enamoured with John Carpenter, and he loves them back in turn; his passion for playing anything from Sonic Mania to Assassin's Creed has been well chronicled, and it's a small shame he's not going to be directing the adaptation of his beloved Dead Space he recently inadvertently revealed.

Carpenter has recently given the world of videogames another small gift, and it might be one of the finest yet. In one of his regular short appraisals of whatever he's playing at any particular time, Carpenter recently delivered his verdict on the recent Dead Space remake. 'E.A.'s refurbished DEAD SPACE is exciting and scary,' he wrote. "Great game!'

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Martin Robinson

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Crunchyroll to Delay Several English Dub Anime Episodes

18 hours 38 minutes ago

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There will be a delay for several upcoming English dub episodes on Crunchyroll. This is due to weather issues in the Dallas area in the United States. Crunchyroll posted a new upload schedule. It also advises users to keep a watch on future updates regarding the English dub, as the weather could influence further episodes down the line.

Here is the new release schedule for English dubbed anime on Crunchyroll:

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Stephanie Liu

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The Last Of Us: Part 1 has been delayed by a few weeks on PC

20 hours 37 minutes ago

HBO's The Last Of Us television series has reportedly increased the player count for The Last Of Us on console, years after its original release. It stands to reason that there might be increased interest in the looming PC release, too, but you'll have to wait a few extra weeks. Naughty Dog announced yesterday that their shroomy shooter has been delayed.

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Graham Smith

The Community Spotlight 2023.02.04

20 hours 39 minutes ago

Welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host as we look back at the best community-created works from the past week. This week seemed to be the week when everyone announced the shuttering of their multiplayer battle royale and/or live service games, but there's plenty to discuss about the site and its incredibly active community.

The site recently debuted a new video player and the site would like your help in ironing out any bugs or site issues! Get the details on what this means, and feel free to share your input in the thread. Some features, such as the Embiggen™ option, are still being reworked, so don't assume that the loss of certain features or options are permanently gone.

Likewise, if you are experiencing issues with the site API, we have a new bug reporting thread for that as well.

The debut of this new video player coincided with other production issues and hiccups throughout the week. Video and audio versions of the latest Power Bombcast should be fixed. Titling and description issues with Game Mess Mornings as well as GMM being broken in the RSS feed should no longer be an issue. With all of this in mind, send some good feelings and thanks to Jan.

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Marino - Brad Lynch

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7 Days to End with You Cultivates an Unsettling Atmosphere on the Switch

21 hours 39 minutes ago

7 Days to End with You Cultivates an Unsettling Atmosphere on the Switch

Being unable to understand a language, while being around people only speak it, is a powerless feeling. To be so lost and unable to comprehend what’s going on, and not even be able to voice that and properly ask for assistance, can be terrifying. Compound that with being an amnesiac and trapped in a small home with a stranger, and you’re left in a haunting and intimidating situation. That’s 7 Days to End with You, an indie from Lizardry newly available on the Nintendo Switch. And yes, it’s as unsettling as you might imagine.

Initially, it maybe doesn’t seem that bad. The person here with you isn’t hostile. She seems willing to talk to you. She’ll follow you around the home as you explore together. If you use the point-and-click interface to call attention to objects, she’ll say some words you can use to help figure out what she calls them. You can cobble together a rudimentary understanding of sorts. It’s even possible to assist with chores each day, by helping to cook meals or tend flowers. Cooking is a bit more difficult, since you need to first figure out the words for colors and certain sorts of items and liquids. But gardening involves pictures and words, which helps with figuring out actions.

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Jenni Lada

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Otsutsuki Isshiki is the Next Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker DLC Character

22 hours 39 minutes ago

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Otsutsuki Isshiki will be the next DLC character to join the roster of Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker. He is part of Season Pass 5, which focuses on Legacy characters. Other shinobi who are part of this Season Pass include Madara Uchiha (Six Paths) and Naruto Uzumaki (Baryon Mode). Those two are already available in the game.

In the trailer for Isshiki in Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker, he shows off his repertoire of techniques. Aside from Vast Dark Heavens and Karma, he can also use Sukunahikona. You can also let your original ninja learn these techniques if you set Isshiki as your master. Training Points you get from training with him can also net you his outfits, face paint, and the Husk Honorary Title.

Here is the trailer for Otsutsuki Isshiki:

https://twitter.com/Narutovideogame/status/1621573241763516421

Sukunahikona is a defense ninjutsu that will let the user nullify enemy projectives. It also activates Transportation Ninjutsu in response to a close-range attack, and you can also deal damage if you press a button at the right time. Karma deals damage to a single target that it marks, and you can also teleport behind them. Finally, Vast Dark Heavens rains boulders down from the skies. The ensuing shockwave can disable lock-on, status checks, and Chakra detection.

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Stephanie Liu

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Dying Light franchise has sold more than 30 million copies combined

23 hours ago

Dying Light 2 will shortly turn one year old, and to mark the upcoming anniversary, developer Techland has confirmed the zombie game franchise has collectively shifted more than 30 million units.

As part of the first anniversary celebrations, Techland also revealed that it has a "plethora of celebrations and updates for the community", including a 50 per cent off sale and hints that the franchise has plans to branch out to "other medias".

There'll be a week-long celebration wherein players can win goodies by completing community goals in the Bloody Anniversary event and Dropkick Weekend, where premium bundles can be won. And if you watch or participate in Dying Light 2 livestreams between now and 7th February, there'll be more "nostalgic swag via Twitch Drops", too.

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Vikki Blake

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How to Get the Lisa Skin in Genshin Impact

23 hours 39 minutes ago

How to Get the Lisa Skin in Genshin Impact

The Second Blooming event is now live in Genshin Impact, adding the Lisa outfit A Sobriquet Under Shade to the game. It’s free! But also, it’s only free for a limited time. Which might leave someone wondering, “How do I get this Lisa skin in Genshin Impact before time runs out?” Fortunately, now that February kicked off, it’s easy to get it in a single gameplay session.

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How to Get the Lisa A Sobriquet Under Shade Skin in Genshin Impact

First, you need to have gotten to Sumeru. Have you been? Lovely place. You need to have gotten to Adventure Rank 20, finished the Prologue Archon Quest “Song of the Dragon and Freedom” in Mondstadt, gone through Lisa’s Tempus Fugit Chapter: Act 1 story quest, and completed Effendi’s “Corps of Thirty Recruitment” in Sumeru. Of those, Effendi’s quest is the easiest. (It’s just a quick chat to open up the Sumeru Reputation system.

Once you’ve done all that, you can start A Librarian’s Long and Carefree Vacation. This will involve working for the Akademiya to investigate a Ley Line issue in Sumeru’s Domain of Buried Roots. When you go to speak to Gafoor about it, you’ll also see Lisa in the A Sobriquet Under Shade Genshin Impact skin, which makes her look like a scholar from the Akademiya.

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SAO Progressive Movie 2 Shows Quieter Moments Between Characters

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SAO Progressive Movie 2 Shows Quieter Moments Between Characters

Sword Art Online Progressive: Scherzo of Deep Night is the latest retelling of the SAO story focusing on not only the Aincrad arc, but Asuna’s experiences in the game. However, while the first one was more of an introductory experience, this sequel has the luxury of doing something different. That means the SAO Progressive movie 2 has a far different feel to it, one that at time can almost feel leisurely, as we get to see characters reacting to new challenges as they prepare to reach a new floor ahead of new year’s.

This sequel begins in the midst of a floor boss fight. The Aincrad Liberation Squad and Dragon Knights Brigade teamed up to take down the fourth floor boss, alongside players like Asuna, Kirito, and Argo. After a rough battle, the characters of SAO Progressive movie 2 succeed. Everyone heads to the fifth floor, and it seems there’s a chance for a faster rate of progression, but more chances to “enjoy” life in Aincrad. There’s even a New Year’s party planned in a few days. However, it isn’t long before Asuna and Kirito realize there’s another danger ahead, and they’ll need to take action.

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Jenni Lada

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Here's 12 minutes of all-new footage from Resident Evil 4 Remake

1 day ago

Capcom has released 12 whole minutes of new Resident Evil 4 Remake footage.

Capcom partnered with Game Informer to share the new teaser, sharing "an extended gameplay walkthrough of the game’s fifth chapter", set right after Leon meets Ashley. You can check it out below (thanks, Resetera):

As well as showing off the church and cemetery sequences - and lots of meaty combat, of course, including a battle with Luis Serra - the video also reveals a sneaky QTE (you'll find it at 6.38 mins in) which is interesting given Resident Evil 4 Remake reportedly has "barely any" QTEs at all.

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Vikki Blake

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Evil Dead: The Game's battle royale mode, Splatter Royale, is free and out now

1 day 1 hour ago

Evil Dead: The Game's new - and free - Splatter Royale mode is now live.

The 40-player battle royale mode introduces two new weapons - the long-range Grenade Launcher and the Scythe - as well as new premium character Ruby Knowby, voiced by Lucy Lawless. There's also a new free Kandarian Facelift outfit for Pablo, too.

Alongside the free battle royale mode, players can also get hold of the Immortal Power DLC Bundle, which includes Ruby Knowby, who - as a dark one - can regenerate health, increase her possession resistance, and boost the damage of her weapons. She can also "consume souls to make her aura stronger and charger her unique ability, triggering a deadly blast that damages evil units within range and heals nearby Survivors".

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Vikki Blake

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Top 10 Best Anime of February 2023 You Should Watch

1 day 1 hour ago

The first month of the Winter 2023 anime season has ended, and we now have a clearer look at which series are worth our time. Some have proven to be standouts that flew under the radar before their premieres. Others have failed to impress and fallen victim to the Three Episode rule, while others still have been forced to bow out due to unexpected delays. As a result, our picks for the top 10 best anime of February 2023 you should watch may surprise you.

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Keenan McCall

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Deliver Us The Moon sequel Deliver Us Mars is out now

1 day 2 hours ago

Frontier Foundry's sequel to Deliver Us The Moon, Deliver Us Mars, is out now.

The sequel enables players to explore "a multitude of environments", all of which will reportedly offer different gameplay challenges, puzzles, vehicular traversal, and secrets.

You can see it in action in the teaser below:

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Vikki Blake

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Elden Ring's upcoming anniversary "live show" will feature "giveaways, contests, cosplay, and PvP"

1 day 3 hours ago

Elden Ring publisher Bandai Namco has revealed plans to host an "event" on the critically-acclaimed game's first anniversary.

Bandai Namco invited fans to "save the date" of an anniversary event set to take place on 25th February in Stockholm, Sweden. Fans who can't be there in person can join in via a livestream on Twitch.

The "live show" will host "giveaways, contests, exclusive prizes, pub quiz, drinks, cosplay, and PvP". And whilst there's no formal word about the eagerly-anticipated DLC, I doubt it'll surprise you to hear that fans are desperately hoping that this may be when From Software finally drops more information. Watch this space, I guess.

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Vikki Blake

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Destiny 2 Extends Day One Raid for the Second Year in a Row

1 day 3 hours ago

Destiny 2’s next raid is a little over a month away now, and players have been anxiously waiting and preparing for its arrival alongside the Lightfall DLC itself. However, Bungie has just announced that the contest modifier, which is normally on for 24 hours, will now be extended by an additional 24 hours.

This is the second time in Destiny history that a Day One Raid has been extended in some way, shape, or form. Last year, the Vow of the Disciple Raid was extended by an additional 24 hours due to several bugs that arose when the Raid was released. This time around, Bungie is adding an extra 24 hours to contest mode to allow for teams to complete the raid while the mode is active. Completing the raid while the mode is active will reward players with a very exclusive 24-hour emblem that cannot be obtained by other means.

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Where is Setekh Wenut in Genshin Impact?

1 day 3 hours ago

When the Desert of Hadramaveth debuted in Genshin Impact Version 3.4, it brought with it a new location to explore and a new World Boss: Setekh Wenut. The Setekh Wenut is vital for players who have Alhaitham, as he is the only character as of the time of writing who needs the Setekh Wenut’s Pseudo-Stamens. So where can you find Setekh Wenut in Genshin Impact?

It’s actually quite easy. One of the main difficulties in exploring the Sumeru desert region is that a lot of teleport points and important locales are underground. The Setekh Wenut location is technically underground too, but like the Regisvines in Mondstadt, there is an easy way to access it. The Teleport Waypoint to the right of the Passage of Ghouls is where you can find Setekh Wenut.

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“Pick a God and Pray!” Celebrating a Decade of Fire Emblem Awakening

1 day 3 hours ago

It may be hard to believe, but today marks 10 years since Fire Emblem Awakening was released in the U.S. The legend behind its development has been told ad nauseam, to the point where details have become somewhat muddied and embellished. To oversimplify a complex situation, the series had historically underperformed commercially, leading to an expectation that this entry on the 3DS would serve as a swan song.

During a 2015 Iwata Asks interview, then-Nintendo president Satoru Iwata spoke with staff who had worked on the game, including producer Hitoshi Yamagami.

“To be honest, when we made Awakening, we intended it to be the last in the series,” Yamagami explained. “[Shinji] Hatano-san, who was working as the head of the sales department, he said ‘The Emblem series isn’t making the numbers, so this is going to be the last one.'”

Such a foreboding creed might discourage some, while the team behind Awakening saw it as an opportunity to implement as many mechanics and features as they could possibly fit on the cartridge.

“…the members said ‘This is going to be the last one, so let’s put in everything we want so we don’t have any regrets,'” Yamagami continued. “Then we had a big list of different things, ‘I want to do this’ and ‘I wanna do this,’ and the result was Awakening.”

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Riot Says Valorant’s Stinger Is “Over-Performing” & Will Nerf in Patch 6.02

1 day 4 hours ago

Valorant’s cheap SMG has once again begun to dominate the meta, but the Stinger’s strength isn’t long for either Alpha or Omega worlds. Riot Games has confirmed the weapon will be nerfed in Patch 6.02 following its performance tracking over the past few weeks. The development team has concluded it’s “over-performing” and has plans in place to reduce its impact.

The news comes by way of a Tweet late on Friday afternoon:

The following changes will be made to the Stinger for Patch 6.02:

  • Cost increased 950 >>> 1100
  • Damage Fall-off Change: 27 damage per bullet (0 – 15m) 23 damage per bullet (15m+)
  • Previously: 27 damage per bullet (0 – 20m) 25 damage per bullet (20m+)

The changes will mean that force-buying the Stinger, which had become commonplace in professional and ranked play recently, will be less viable. The damage fall-off changes will also make the gun generally less powerful against more expensive weapons, such as the Spectre, Bulldog, Phantom, and Vandal.

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G2 ShahZam Says Valorant’s OP Stinger “Is Busted” [UPDATED]

1 day 4 hours ago

Valorant’s cheapest SMG is back in the meta following updates toward the end of last year that not only improved its accuracy but also nerfed the accuracy of the Spectre. The shift in power between these two weapons wasn’t immediately obvious, but it’s now becoming apparent across both professional and ranked play that the Stinger might be a little too powerful. It’s something that pro player and popular streamer ShahZam thinks might need to be looked at by Riot Games.

UPDATE 02/04/2023: Riot Games has announced plans to nerf the Stinger for Patch 6.02. A Tweet from the development team explains that its cost will increase by 150 Credits, and that the Damage Fall Off would increase so that the weapon is less powerful at range.

Original story continues below.

Speaking to his stream following G2’s win over Faze during the opening match of North America’s Challengers, ShahZam said “the Stinger is busted. I don’t care what anybody says, that shit is so ******* bad,” clarifying that he meant it was not a good thing that the Stinger was so absurdly strong.

Video Source: ShahZaM on Twitch

He later explained that after a headshot “you can melt people and they stand no chance,” which he believes thinks that “the Stinger needs a change,” though admitted that he wasn’t sure exactly what that would look like.

The Stinger was buffed back in Patch 5.06 of September last year with the following changes:

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Alex Gibson

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Tim Schafer joins the AIAS Hall of Fame at the upcoming DICE awards

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Double Fine Productions founder Tim Schafer will be inducted into The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' (AIAS) Hall of Fame.

Schafer - best known for games like Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, and Broken Age - will be honoured at the 26th annual DICE event later this month (not to be confused with EA's Stockholm studio of the same name).

"Tim's creative impact on the industry cannot be understated," said Meggan Scavio, president of the AIAS. "For over 30 years, he has heralded imaginative games that have inspired countless others with his humour and originality. We are thrilled for Tim to be inducted into our Hall of Fame."

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Vikki Blake

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Chaos;Head Noah Overhaul Patch Restores Censored Scenes

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chaos;head noah overhaul patch

The Committee of Zero uploaded an uncensored overhaul patch for Chaos;Head Noah, and you can find it on its website. The page also leads to a spoiler-free guide if you wish to follow it and get every ending. This patch is available in both English and Japanese, and you can get it for Steam, Steam Deck, GOG, and Nintendo Switch.

The Chaos;Head Noah overhaul patch is not only uncensored, but it also fixes bugs and is an entirely original translation of the story. There are over 150 translated CGs, as well as additional subtitles and songs. The censorship mostly deals with content that Mages had to cut to lower the age rating for the PSP release. This patch will restore all eleven scenes (which are vital for a full experience) and the Lingerie Conversion Patch DLC.

There is a note from the translators explaining why they chose to re-translate Chaos;Head Noah. They strongly state that they support the translators who worked on the official release but they likely had little time or funds to get the translation to the level they wanted. There were so many mistranslations and inconsistencies, as well as out-of-character writing, that that the Committee of Zero had to re-translate it.

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Stephanie Liu

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There's no Game Pass game quite so cruel as Darkest Dungeon

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It's astonishing how, eight years on and now freshly added to Game Pass, Darkest Dungeon still manages to feel unlike anything else. Blown up on my telly, this could easily be something new. That horror-movie voice over still shakes my bones, that paper-drawn art still oozes style. But it's not that which really stands the game apart.

What stands Darkest Dungeon apart is an invisible line, drawn in the ground somewhere, that determines how far developers go - how far they're prepared to go - to challenge their audiences. Cross that line and a game becomes unfair. Cross it, and you risk turning an audience away. Few do. But Darkest Dungeon doesn't care; Darkest Dungeon delights in it.

The entire premise of the game is cruelty. Cruelty towards the heroes you send into the depths and cruelty towards you, the player directing them. Whereas in other games, you're invisibly looked after until the game feels you're comfortable with it and attached to it, here, you're eternally, mercilessly, dragged down. In many ways, Darkest Dungeon doesn't want you to win. Why else would it pit so much against you?

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Robert Purchese

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What are we all playing this weekend?

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The snowdrops are out! This is still a sign of winter, but it's a sign of winter progressing, and the progress of winter inevitably leads towards spring. Then we'll have the crocus, and iris, and bluebell, and oh spring! I'm overwhelmingly excited by the realisation that come Thursday, sunset in Edinburgh will no longer fall during working hours. Ah, light! Life! But until then, what are you playing this weekend? Here's what we're clicking on!

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Alice O'Connor