RimWorld: Console Edition comes to PS4 and Xbox One in July

12 hours 1 minute ago

RimWorld, developer Ludeon Studios' widely acclaimed sci-fi colony sim, will finally be making the jump to consoles - some three and a half years after its full PC release - on 29th July.

RimWorld has, of course, made quite the mark on PC since its early access arrival all the way back in 2013 - partly for its wonderfully rich blend of management sim action and procedural storytelling, but equally for the way its complex systems can quickly tumble into outright debauchery, ranging from drug-fuelled cannibalism to non-consensual body harvesting.

Word that a console version of RimWorld was finally on the way arrived in March, although notably not through official channels. Instead, the port - being handled by Double Eleven Limited, which has previously helped port the likes of Minecraft Dungeons and Rust to consoles - hit headlines when it was listed as having been refused classification in Australia.

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Matt Wales

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Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 1 Recap

12 hours 16 minutes ago

Need a recap of Stranger Things 4 Season Volume 1 before the second installment releases? We’ve got you covered with this guide on everything you need to know about the current adventures of the legendary Hawkin’s group. Furthermore, we’ll explain the characters’ whereabouts and the events that could transpire in the season finale.

***Before we go any further, it’s worth noting that the details of these events are significant spoilers for Season 4So if you’d like to enjoy the newest season spoiler-free, we recommend you turn back now.***

Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 1 Recap

Keeping track of the multiple storylines within Stranger Things can be challenging. But, fret not; we’ll break down each of the character’s missions and crucial moments that are essential to remember for the finale.

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Kristina Ebanez

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Find Out Which Red Dead Redemption 2 Character You’re Most Like With This Quiz

12 hours 27 minutes ago

The Van Der Linde Gang in Red Dead Redemption 2 is full of members with their own personalities and quirks, and as such it’s no surprise many players have seen elements of themselves in them.

From Micah’s terrifying drive to survive to Dutch’s unwavering faith in his intelligence to Arthur’s unwavering support for his fellow gang members, there are plenty of character traits that stand out and keep players invested until the very end.

At the same time though, it can be difficult to decide which member most reminds you of yourself. After all, each and every one of them has something to admire, and as such, you can’t go wrong comparing yourself to most any member.

That’s why we’re here to help with a list of carefully crafted questions to help you find out which Van Der Linde gang member you’re most like.

Now then, let’s get started.

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Keenan McCall

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The Next Monster Rancher Game Is All About Kaiju

12 hours 32 minutes ago

Monster Rancher was revived late last year with the release of the Monster Ranger 1&2 DX collection, and Bandai Namco isn't going to stop there. In fact, the series is going bigger. Much bigger!

The first trailer for Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher asks a crucial question, "How would you like to raise your very own Ultra Kaiju?" To which I responded, "Yes, please. I'd very much like that. Give it to me now." Foregoing the dull, average-sized creatures you used to raise in Monster Rancher, Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher lets you take care of some colossal sweet boys. You'll raise the likes of Zettan, Gomora, and Alien Baltan – all licensed Kaiju from the Ultraman franchise. Many other existing Kaiju appear in the game, and you'll take them to help townsfolk in ways only a giant monster could. You can also participate in massive monster battles or watch the colossal beings waddle like big clumsy babies. As a fun bonus, the Kaiju can be bred, making wild combinations of their attributes appear in their children. It all seems like a lot of goofy fun.

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John Carson

Spellbreak Developer to be Acquired By Blizzard to Work on World of Warcraft, Spellbreak to Shut Down

12 hours 49 minutes ago

Spellbreak developer Proletariat will seemingly be acquired by Blizzard to work on World of Warcraft, with a major consequence being that the wizard-based Battle Royale be shut down.

Proletariat announced the closure of Spellbreak yesterday (June 28) before VentureBeat later reported that there was plans for the studio and its 100 members of staff to be purchased by Blizzard. The team, which has reportedly been working with Blizzard since May, will focus on World of Warcraft and its upcoming Dragonflight expansion.

Specific terms of the acquisition — which will allow Blizzard to hit its quality and timing targets for the long-running MMO — have not yet been disclosed.

In its statement released yesterday, Proletariat thanked the millions of people who played Spellbreak since it launched in Early Access. "We are grateful to everyone in the game’s community for exploring the magical worlds and experiences we created together," it said.

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Ryan Dinsdale

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The Best Board Games for Couples

12 hours 55 minutes ago

Two-player board games occupy a special niche in the wider canon of the best board games. As soon as you rise above that number, you create various design problems around balance and turn order that need to be considered. In a fighting game, for example, it allows two players to gang up on a third. Two-player board games thus have a particular purity of purpose that can make them particularly fun to play: there’s a reason so many classic board games like Chess and Go are designed for two. It also makes them a particular joy to share with that special someone, whoever they might be.

Fog of Love

We have to start a list like this with a game designed specifically to tell the story of a couple in a relationship. However, it isn’t your relationship but one that you’ll create between a pair of fictitious characters and then go on to explore its nuances and ups and downs. Although there’s a certain amount of blue and pink in the visuals it’s also open to same-sex relationships, too. Your couple each get a brew of secret traits and destinies and then go on to play through a number of scenes, making choices based on traits that affect the outcome. As an experimental game, there is no winner here in the strict sense, but you’ll win by enjoying a fascinating journey through an imagined relationship instead.

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Justin Davis

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Review: Pocky & Rocky Reshrined Keeps Running and Gunning

12 hours 55 minutes ago

Pocky & Rocky Reshrined pays tribute to the original SNES game while slightly expanding on the adventure, but there are a few missteps

Pocky & Rocky is back and, well, it is a slightly different take on a game people might be familiar with. It is all about playing with a familiar formula and adding to it. However, while this is definitely the run-and-gun game people remember, there are also some elements that feel like they’re holding the overall experience back.

Pocky & Rocky Reshrined involves shrine maiden Pocky and Rocky the tanuki dealing with Black Mantle and his yokai minions. The duo are responsible for figuring out how to save the day over the course of eight stages. Though really, the plot is awkward and feels unnecessary. It can also come across as a bit stilted, due to the storytelling decisions and localization. But given the nature of the series and this installment, you don’t really need to pay attention to the backstory. It all serves as an excuse to keep fighting through various levels.

Pocky & Rocky Reshrined pays tribute to the original SNES game while slightly expanding on the adventure, but there are a few missteps

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Jenni Lada

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Star Ocean: The Divine Force gets October release date

13 hours 5 minutes ago

Star Ocean: The Divine Force, the latest entry in publisher Square Enix's long-running action-RPG series, now has a release date and will be launching for PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Steam on 27th October.

Tri-Ace, the studio that's been at the helm of the Star Ocean series since its debut in 1996, is once again handling development duties on The Divine Force, which this time follows the stories of dual protagonists Raymond, the captain of the space trading ship Ydas, and Laeticia, the princess-knight of a kingdom on the underdeveloped planet of Aster IV.

Each character offers its own story perspectives and gameplay experiences, and there's a taste of Star Ocean: The Divine Force's ensuing action in the new trailer accompanying today's news.

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Matt Wales

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PlayStation Plus Monthly Games for July 2022 Announced

13 hours 6 minutes ago

Sony has revealed that PlayStation Plus games for July 2022 are Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (PS5 & PS4), The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan (PS4) , and Arcadegeddon (PS5 & PS4).

Revealed on the PlayStation Blog, all three game will be made available at no extra cost to all PlayStation Plus subscribers from July 5.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the long awaited sequel (thus the name) to the classic and chaotic platforming trilogy that featured on the original PlayStation. The game is incredibly bright and colourful but, despite the cartoony graphics, the platforming is still tough as nails.

In our 8/10 review, we said: "Crash Bandicoot 4 is a great return to form, with some new ideas that add a fresh spin to Crash's classic gameplay."

The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan is the first in Supermassive Games' anthology. Though it's not as extensive as the studio's bigger cinematic horror games like Until Dawn and The Quarry, Man of Medan has a similar set-up as the player takes control of (and makes the choices for) a plethora of different characters as they try and survive the night.

IGN gave it a 7/10, saying: "It's not easy to keep everyone alive in Man of Medan, and you won't necessarily want to, especially in 2-player co-op."

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Ryan Dinsdale

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Niantic Undergoes Layoffs, Cancels Four Games as it Struggles to Move Beyond Pokémon Go

13 hours 15 minutes ago

It appears that Niantic is materially reckoning with the fact that nothing will ever be quite as big Pokémon Go once was. Unfortunately, that means a number of canceled projects and, much worse, layoffs.

According to a new Bloomberg report, Niantic CEO John Hanke informed the company that 8% of the staff was being laid off — so around 85-90 people — as the company faces "a time of economic turmoil" during which it has been "reducing costs in a variety of areas."

In addition, four projects have been canceled. One is the mobile AR partnership with Hasbro and TOMY it announced last year, called Transformers: Heavy Metal. Another was announced a year prior, as a collaboration between Niantic and the New York-based immersive theatre company behind promenade theatre production Sleep No More, Punchdrunk. Two additional projects canceled were reportedly codenamed Blue Sky and Snowball.

Niantic has existed since 2010, and was initially known for its location-based community game Ingress. But it gained fame when it took the same location-based mechanics it had developed for Ingress and partnered with The Pokémon Company for Pokémon Go, which has proven a consistent revenue driver for the company since its 2016 launch. At last estimate from mobile analytics group Sensor Tower, it has brought in $6 billion in lifetime revenue, averaging $1 billion in revenue per year and maintaining consistent popularity over that time.

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Rebekah Valentine

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Hololive Showcase, Jujutsu Kaisen & Odd Taxi Meet & Greet Revealed for Crunchyroll Expo

13 hours 18 minutes ago

Today, Crunchyroll has announced that a never-before-seen edition of the hololive Meet (holoMeet) experience will be coming to Crunchyroll Expo. The event is set to take place from Aug. 5 -7 in San Jose, California, and will be showcasing the best and brightest in Japanese anime for 2022.

Alongside the holoMeet, voice actors from both the Odd Taxi and Jujutsu Kaisen series will also be present for meet and greets. The exact slate of in-person guests, including: 

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Andrew McMahon

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Pokemon GO: All Buddy Souvenir List, How to Get Them & What They Do

13 hours 47 minutes ago

Want to know about all buddy souvenir lists, how to get them, and what they do in Pokemon Go? Well, simply put, Buddies are mostly a way to get candies for extremely rare or legendary mons. However, the upgrade to the buddy mechanic has given your closest Poke-partner more useful features. Here’s everything you need to know about this.

Buddy Souvenirs in Pokemon GO

First, let’s lay down the basics of how your buddy Pokemon can find souvenirs. To unlock the souvenir finding ability you need to reach the Ultra Buddy level with one of your mons. This is done by getting earning 150 hearts with a single creature.

How to Get Buddy Souvenirs in Pokemon GO

This will take a while, but you can get seven hearts easily as long as you walk enough, feed it until it’s full three times per day, and pet it once a day. Once it reaches the Ultra Buddy level, then you’ll just need to keep it on the map with you by feeding it and the Pokemon will occasionally find souvenirs.

Pokemon GO Buddy Souvenir List

As long as your Ultra Buddy level ‘mon is on the map in Pokemon GO, then it will be able to grab some souvenirs and bring them back to you. Here’s a full list of all 15 items your buddy can collect:

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Omar Banat

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PlayStation Plus July 2022 Update Include Crash Bandicoot 4

13 hours 54 minutes ago

PlayStation Plus July 2022 Update Include Crash Bandicoot 4

Sony revealed the July 2022 PlayStation Plus games, and Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is leading the pack. The PS4 and PS5 versions of it will be available. It will be joined by The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan (PS4) and Arcadegeddon (PS4, PS5).

Arcadegeddon showed up on the PS4 and PS5 in July 2021. It normally costs $19.99 for a digital copy. It is a PVP and PVE, third-person shooter for up to four people. You can play it alone and without friends, however.

Crash Bandicoot 4 appeared on the PS4 in October 2020 and on the PS5 in March 2021. It normally costs $59.99 via the PlayStation Store. It’s a platformer starring characters like Crash, Coco, Tawna, Dingodile, and Dr. Cortex.

Man of Medan is a PS4 horror adventure game that debuted back in August 2018. It can be played alone or with another person. It normally costs $29.99 to download it.

PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to claim Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time (PS4, PS5), The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan (PS4), and Arcadegeddon (PS4, PS5) on July 5, 2022. Until then, people can still claim the June 2022 games God of War (PS4), Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker (PS4), and Nickelodeon: All-Star Brawl (PS4, PS5) until July 4, 2022.

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Jenni Lada

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The Sonic Frontiers Digital Issue Is Now Live

14 hours 4 minutes ago

If you subscribe to the digital edition of Game Informer, you can now learn all about Sonic Frontiers. Following the cover reveal, our digital issue is now live to subscribers on web browsersiPad/iPhone, and Android devices. Individual issues will be available for purchase later today. You can download the apps to view the issue by following this link. All of these digital options are included in a standard subscription.

Not a digital subscriber yet? Convert your existing print subscription or start a new subscription here.

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Jill Grodt

How to Get All Fortnite Cosmetics From Fall Guys Challenges

14 hours 17 minutes ago

To celebrate the free-to-play release of Fall Guys, there is currently an event going on that can earn you Fortnite cosmetics. Here is how to get all Fortnite cosmetics from the Fall Guys challenges.

Fall Guys Challenges

First, you will want to make sure the account you are playing Fall Guys on is linked to the same Epic Games account as the one you use to play Fortnite.

From now up until Monday, July 11, 2022, Fall Guys players will be able to progress the Crown Clash challenges that will unlock items in Fortnite as you progress. There are five challenges and five items to earn.

The Crown Clash challenges are:

  • Play 10 Rounds in Any Show
  • Play 20 Rounds in Any Show
  • Play 40 Rounds in Any Show
  • Play 70 Rounds in Any Show
  • Play 100 Rounds in Any Show

It doesn’t matter what placement you get, you just need to finish a match. It is important to keep in mind that you must be eliminated, you cannot quit the show prematurely.

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Cameron Waldrop

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RimWorld Will Finally Hit Consoles in July

14 hours 41 minutes ago

Thanks to a partnership between publisher Double Fine (Broken Age, Grim Fandango Remastered) and RimWorld developer Ludeon Studios, the game will finally be headed to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on July 29. It will be called the RimWorld Console Edition.

There is an announcement trailer for the console launch you can see below:

The standard edition will be $39.99 with a deluxe edition at $54.99 that includes the Royalty DLC. The Royalty DLC will also be available as a separate purchase when the game launches. You can currently pre-order the game on the PlayStation or Microsoft store.

RimWorld first arrived on Steam in 2018 and currently sits at an Overwhelmingly Positive rating, which means 95-99% of the 111,722 (at time of writing) reviews are positive.

For those who might not be familiar with RimWorld, Steam describes it as “a sci-fi colony sim driven by an intelligent AI storyteller.”

More detail is given on on the storyteller as:

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Cameron Waldrop

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Top 10 Fastest-Selling Games in Their First Week

14 hours 47 minutes ago

The first week of any game’s release is crucial for its long-term success and overall popularity. However, after analyzing many major titles, some outshine the rest because of their ground-breaking sales and recorded hours of gameplay. So, here are the top 10 fastest-selling games in their first week.

Halo 3

Top 10 Fastest-Selling Games in Their First Week

Halo 3
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To start this list, we’re going back to 2007, when Microsoft first launched Halo 3. Within the game’s first week, it earned more than $300 million in sales, making it one of the fastest-selling video games of its time. Additionally, the hit major title reached a significant milestone of having over 40 million hours of online gameplay.

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Kristina Ebanez

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Why Stranger Things Season 4 Is Split Into 2 Parts

14 hours 51 minutes ago

If you’re wondering why Stranger Things Season 4 is split into 2 parts, then you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ll discuss why the Duffer Brothers’ ’80s-inspired sci-fi horror series was chopped into two separate volumes. So, without further delay, let’s dive in, shall we?

Why Was Stranger Things Season 4 Split Into 2 Volumes? Explained

Unlike many other TV series which usually focus on one or two storylines, Stranger Things Season 4 features four major storylines that are intricately interwoven into the overarching narrative. The sheer breadth and length of all these different plot threads needed a lengthier runtime than usual to help serve the story at the heart of Season 4.

In a recent interview with Variety, Matt and Ross Duffer — the creators of the popular show — discussed the writing process and why the runtime ended up being longer:

We knew they were going to be longer but not long like they ended up being, and that was something we didn’t really figure out until we were in editorial, because I don’t know what happened. Something changed with the way we write scripts. […]

We look back at season one, because those were scripts for, you know, 55/60 pages and [they] ended up being like 48 [minutes long] whereas these [Season 4] scripts were like 70/75 pages and they ended up being at least 75 minutes if not over. […]

As you can see, the script for Season 4 featured many more pages than in previous seasons, which had a knock-on effect that ultimately impacted the show’s overall runtime.

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Dylan Chaundy

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Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher English Version Will Appear

14 hours 54 minutes ago

Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher English Version Will Appear

There will be an official English translation for Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher. After being announced during the Japanese Nintendo Direct Mini on June 28, 2022, Bandai Namco’s Southeast Asia branch released an additional trailer. It confirmed an Asia English version will appear. There’s no exact release date offered in that video, but it does mention a 2022 debut. [Thanks, HDKirin!]

As a reminder, Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher is a Monster Rancher game that involves characters from the tokusatsu series Ultraman. Both kaiju from the series and new characters will appear in the game. Folks will get to raise them and send them to fight other kaiju.

Here’s the English Ultra Kaiju Monster Rancher trailer. It shows some of the translated menus, UI, and text. It also goes over a few of the notable kaiju people will be able to get, raise, battle, adventure with, and fuse over the course of the game.

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Jenni Lada

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Chunks Of Half-Life 2 Are Hidden Inside Portal on Switch ⁠— And Hackers Are Getting Them Working

15 hours 17 minutes ago

After yesterday’s Nintendo Direct Mini, Valve released Portal: Companion Collection, a bundle of Portal and Portal 2 for the Nintendo Switch. Within 24 hours, hackers have already found out that this bundle essentially contains a hidden game within its code, and it’s none other than Half-Life 2.

Yesterday, Twitter user @OatmealDome shared that they had found Half-Life 2 in its entirety (save for a few things like maps and music) within the game’s files.

@OatmealDome pointed out that Portal having bits and pieces of Half-Life 2 is expected because “Portal 1 is just a fancy mod of Half-Life 2.” However, they also found larger chunks like NPCs and voice clips that don’t have any correlation to Portal.

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Amelia Zollner

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New Legend of Mana Anime Trailer Shows Off Its Characters

15 hours 25 minutes ago

New Legend of Mana Anime Video Shows Off Its Characters

There’s a new Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal anime trailer, and this video shows off its cast of characters and pins down a release window. While it previously had a tentative 2022 window, it is now confirmed to appear in October 2022. The new footage also shows off many familiar faces. Even though this story will follow the male version of the avatar, named Shiloh, and its Jumi arc, other people will appear too.

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Jenni Lada

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What's better: boss battles as skill checks, or secrets behind waterfalls?

15 hours 27 minutes ago

Last time, you decided that an AI-controlled friend just running about helping me fight is better than air control. We're blowing up entire genres of video game, but at least we won't be alone. This week, we continue to whittle down all of the things with a question of intrinsic or extrinsic rewards. What's better: boss battles as skill checks, or secrets behind waterfalls?

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Alice O'Connor

Street Fighter 6's modern control scheme is an absolute game-changer

15 hours 30 minutes ago

Aside from the many indies and Sonic Frontiers and this breakfast sandwich I got from Birdies, I must say that Street Fighter 6 was a major highlight of my time in LA for Summer Geoff Fest. Honestly, I went into my hands-on slot expecting to plaster a big "meh" on the game in my notepad. But the inclusion of a "modern" control scheme flipped this on its head. I'm telling you, it's an absolute game changer.

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Ed Thorn

How to Add Friends in Clash Royale

15 hours 34 minutes ago

Not sure how to add friends in Clash Royale? Then, we have your back. Clash Royale lets you jump in with your friends for some 2v2 battles, which adds to the overall fun and thrill and a social component to the game. Teaming up with friends is a great way to practice strategies or simply have some chill time in the arena. So, here’s how you can add friends in Clash Royale.

How to Add Friends in Clash Royale

There are multiple ways (3 exactly) to add friends in Clash Royale. These include: using the in-game invite feature, via Facebook, or via Supercell ID. So, no matter which method you prefer here’s a step-by-step guide, explaining every method.

Adding Friends via In-Game Invite

Adding Friends via In-Game Invite

  1. Press the blue person icon in the top right corner of the main menu. This will take you to your friends list.

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Shubhendu Vatsa

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Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope’s Score Combines the Powers of a Rockstar Trio of Composers

15 hours 35 minutes ago

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle had a lot of aspects worth celebrating, including its soundtrack by Grant Kirkhope of Donkey Kong, Banjo-Kazooie, and Perfect Dark fame. We already knew he was returning for Sparks of Hope, but today we learned he’s being joined by two other incredibly talented game composers: Gareth Coker and Yoko Shimomura.

If you don’t recognize those names, you’ve definitely heard their work. Coker has won numerous awards for his work on Ori and the Blind Forest and later for its sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps. He also composed the music for Ark: Survival Evolved and Immortals Fenyx Rising, and a number of tracks in multiple Minecraft expansion packs, Dota 2, and Halo Infinite.

As for Shimomura, she’s best known for her work on all the Kingdom Hearts games, but has racked up numerous credits going back to the 1980s. She composed music for Street Fighter 2, Breath of Fire, Live a Live, Super Mario RPG, Legend of Mana, multiple Mario & Luigi games, Xenoblade Chronicles, Radiant Historia, and Final Fantasy 15, among many other games. With her joining Coker and Kirkhope, it’s truly a music power trio.

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Rebekah Valentine

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope levels up with a dash of Mario Galaxy

15 hours 35 minutes ago

Ubisoft has today unveiled a feast of fresh Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope gameplay footage, showcasing its intriguing new settings, characters and chaos.

This sequel to the excellent Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle takes place in a "whimsical" and gorgeous new galaxy, that's a curious blend of both Mario Galaxy and Rabbids universes. Within its orbit float worlds of autumnal colour, frozen snow and sandy beaches, like a Mario Galaxy game in miniature.

The story here revolves around Cursa, a dark entity that wants to absorb this hybrid galaxy's energy and capture the Sparks - cute creations that are a mix of Galaxy's Lumas and the Rabbids. It's up to Mario and his Kingdom Battle crew to save the day, now aided by Rabbid Rosalina, the punky-looking rabbid Edge, and - as we found out yesterday during the latest Nintendo Direct - Bowser himself.

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Tom Phillips

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Preview – Unpacking The New Heroes, Revamped Battles, And More

15 hours 35 minutes ago

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Platform: Switch
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
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2017's Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle pleasantly surprised players by deftly combining two very different universes and utilizing the unexpected template of a turn-based tactics game. Five years later, a sequel, Sparks of Hope, launches on October 20 and builds upon the winning formula while also shaking up the foundation to make it more than a retread.

Speaking to the game's associate producer Christina Nava, Ubisoft was pleased as punch at Kingdom Battle's success and how it entertained turn-based strategy fans and non-fans alike. 

"We were particularly happy by the fact that we saw many players who were not too used to the tactical genre tackling the genre and enjoying it, even if at first they wouldn't have believed that," says Nava. 

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Marcus Stewart

What Does ‘MIT’ Mean in Overwatch 2 (OW2)? Scoreboard Changes Explained

15 hours 35 minutes ago

As the arrival of Overwatch 2 creeps nearer each and every day, eager fans have been testing out some of the new features and additions through the latest beta, which lasts until July 18. While the general gameplay may still be the same, the way Overwatch 2 monitors your contributions has changed in some ways. If you are wondering about the changes to the scoreboard in Overwatch 2 and what does MIT mean, read on to find out.

What Does ‘MIT’ Mean in Overwatch 2

If you are looking at the MIT portion of the scoreboard and scratching your head, the answer is actually quite simple. MIT stands for mitigated damage, essentially damage that has been prevented by a skill. As per the patch notes for the Overwatch 2 beta, this statistic “encompasses the previous Damage Blocked, but also keeps track of damage prevented by effects such as Ana’s Nano Boost or Orisa’s Fortify.”

As of right now, not all skills are counting towards your MIT score, but Blizzard will continue to make tweaks in the coming days.

Overwatch 2 Scoreboard Changes Explained

Other than the addition of the MIT portion, the Overwatch 2 scoreboard has also made some changes to the Assist statistic. Now, all the Defensive and Offensive Assists are collated under this singular stat.

So, the columns marked E, A, D, DMG, H, and MIT represent Eliminations, Assists, Deaths, Hero Damage dealt, Healing Done, and Damage Mitigated respectively.

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Jake Su

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Gameplay Showcases New Worlds, Open Exploration, Combat, & More

15 hours 43 minutes ago

Just off the backs of the recent release date announcement for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope during the Nintendo Direct Mini, Ubisoft has unveiled some brand new tactical gameplay for the sequel. The news came about during a follow-up showcase event earlier today, which was entirely focused on showing off the game’s combat, as well as a few other surprises.

In the videos below, Ubisoft displayed some of the exciting new worlds that players will be able to explore, which include new side stories, full exploration, and a gaggle of interesting new playable characters and enemy Cursa.

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Andrew McMahon

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When Does Star Ocean: The Divine Force Come Out? Answered

15 hours 53 minutes ago

It’s been six years since the last Star Ocean game hit shelves and fans are heavily anticipating the next title. Luckily enough, there’s been new information announced. Here’s what is currently known about when Star Ocean: The Divine Force will be coming out.

Star Ocean: The Divine Force Release Date

Star Ocean: The Divine Force will be released for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, and PC on Oct. 27, 2022. This is the worldwide release date, meaning there won’t be any long wait for localization after a released Japanese version, gamers everywhere will be able to pick this up at the same time.

All Star Ocean Series Games

Star Ocean: The Divine Force was first announced last October, during the PlayStation State of Play event. This title will be the sixth main game in the Star Ocean series.

The other games are:

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Cameron Waldrop

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PlayStation Plus Games for July 2022 Announced: Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time & More

15 hours 55 minutes ago

Today Sony Interactive Entertainment announced the monthly games that will be granted to PlayStation Plus subscribers in July 2022 at no additional cost.

We’re getting Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time for PS5 and PS4, The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan for PS4, and Arcadegeddon for PS5 and PS4.

The new games will be made available on July 5 to PlayStation Plus Essential subscribers. Of course, PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium get access to their respective libraries as well.

If you’re unfamiliar with any of the games, here’s an official description for each.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time | PS4/PS5
An all-new Crash adventure awaits! Dr. Neo Cortex and N. Tropy are back at it again and launching an all-out assault on not just this universe, but the entire multiverse. Wield four powerful guardians of space and time that give Crash and Coco the power to bend the rules of reality and conquer dangerous obstacles in exciting new ways. And you’ll not only play as the wumping, jumping, marsupial duo: experience things from different perspectives with the one and only Dr. Neo Cortex. Play as Crash, Coco, Tawna, Dingodile, or Dr. Neo Cortex and battle bosses such as N. Gin, Louise, Nitrus Brio, and Nefarious Tropy.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Fire Emblem Heroes Legendary Xander Arrives Tomorrow

15 hours 55 minutes ago

Fire Emblem Heroes Legendary Xander Arrives Tomorrow

Another Xander alt is heading to Fire Emblem Heroes, and this time he’s Legendary. The June 30, 2022 banner will feature Xander: Gallant King. He’ll appear alongside some returning Legendary and Mythic-type heroes.

Xander: Gallant King is a cavalry unit that wields an axe. His Ebon Bolverk axe can let him use his special trigger quicker and, if allies are around, increase the number of hits an enemy needs to deal to use theirs. He also can inflict Null Follow-Up if allies are nearby due to it. His new passive is Chivalry. It enables Canto for him and also inflicts Atk/Spd/Def-5 on enemies whose health is over 50%. The standard version of Xander appeared as a Grand Hero Battle unit.

Xander isn’t the only focus unit for this banner. Here are the other characters who will appear.

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Jenni Lada

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Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2 Runtime

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When we last left Hawkins, things are on a knife’s edge as everyone’s favorite group of 80’s kids prepare themselves for a showdown with the villainous Vecna in Season 4 of Stranger Things. With every episode seemingly longer with every subsequent chapter, the Duffer Brothers have been delivering some excellent television. As we prepare ourselves for the second part of the adventure, you might be wondering about the runtime of Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2, and we have the answer.

The Runtime of Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 2

There will be two more episodes when Volume 2 hit Netflix on July 1 at the stroke of midnight, making for a total of nine. Each will be substantially longer than what we have consumed thus far, with Episode 8 running for 1 hour and 25 minutes and the finale, episode 9, clocking at 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Compared to Volume 1 of Stranger Things Season 4, these final two episodes are certainly on the longer side. Here are the runtimes for all the episodes this season:

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Jake Su

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