The many seas of a week in videogames

6 hours 42 minutes ago

Lots of seas this week - well, two, but they're very different.

Down to the seas in Dredge and the things you haul up might take your arm off. No wonder, since this mournful oddity seeks to blend fishing games with Lovecraftian horror. That's not so much of a reach, as Edwin points out in his review, but Dredge sadly can't draw much out of the idea. What emerges from the depths is a neat spin on fishing with a lovely coating of grimness, but the genuine terror is hard to come by, and before long the RPG systems have kicked in and you've powered yourself past the point of being scared.

Okay, maybe three seas, or three billion, because we also covered No Man's Sky on PSVR 2, and you never know whether the next planet you land on in Hello Games' procedurally scrambled universe is going to give you a nice big ocean to get into trouble in. Vikki was intermittently delighted by what she found, and there's something undeniably thrilling about combining the endless panoramic promises of No Man's Sky and VR. I can't wait to try it out, and it's always the ocean worlds here that call to me the strongest.

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Honkai: Star Rail pulls into the station next month, also in development for PlayStation

6 hours 43 minutes ago

Genshin Impact developer HoYoverse has announced its upcoming free RPG game, Honkai: Star Rail, will arrive next month. Yes, it will be pulling into the station on 26th April, across PC, Epic Games Store, iOS, and Android.

In addition to this, HoYoverse revealed the game is also in development for PlayStation, although we don't have a release date for this platform (as in console platform) as yet.

For those currently unfamiliar with Honkai: Star Rail, it is an upcoming space fantasy RPG that promises players a journey through "immense worlds of the unknown".

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Victoria Kennedy

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LEGO Horizon Forbidden West Tallneck Is on Sale for a New All-Time Low Price

6 hours 46 minutes ago

Here's some good news for fans of LEGO who also enjoy the PlayStation exclusive Horizon Forbidden West. The excellent Horizon Forbidden West Tallneck LEGO set is on sale for a new all-time low price (see it at Amazon). It normally retails for $89.99, but you can grab it now for $73. Not bad, considering this is a great-looking rendition of an iconic robot dinosaur.

LEGO Horizon Tallneck Set Deal

What makes the LEGO Tallneck building kit so great? For starters, it’s a big set, comprised of 1,222 pieces. Fittingly for the giant mechanical dinosaur creatures from Horizon Forbidden West, it’s taller than you might expect. Once built, this set stands over a foot tall. It also comes with an adorable Aloy minifigure (complete with a bow and a buildable spear), plus a Watcher mini-build as well. You can give the Watcher blue, yellow, or red eyes, depending on how dangerous you’re feeling.

This Horizon Tallneck set is part of LEGO’s line of builds intended for adults. It comes in a black box, with a big 18+ label on it. To that end, it’s intended more for display than for play. It comes with a display stand that includes a properly sized birch tree and a rusty apocalyptic stoplight.

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Chris Reed

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Resident Evil 4 Remake's merchant is hardier than he used to be

6 hours 56 minutes ago

If you had been hoping to jump into the Resident Evil 4 Remake later today and lay siege on the game's merchant, well, you can't.

Yes, that's right. Unlike in the original Resi 4 release, the remake's merchant is an indestructible force, and just cannot be killed.

Back in the day, some players (naming no names) would shoot and slice at Resi 4's cloaked salesman. However, this time around, I guess Capcom didn't want the same fate to befall its enigmatic character any more.

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Victoria Kennedy

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Resident Evil 4 Remake's merchant can't be killed

6 hours 56 minutes ago

If you had been hoping to jump into the Resident Evil 4 Remake later today and lay siege on the game's merchant, well, you can't.

Yes, that's right. Unlike in the original Resi 4 release, the remake's merchant is an indestructible force, and just cannot be killed.

Back in the day, some players (naming no names) would shoot and slice at Resi 4's cloaked salesman. However, this time around, I guess Capcom didn't want the same fate to befall its enigmatic character any more.

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Victoria Kennedy

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Sons Of The Forest’s newest update adds a demon boss and nerfs cat food

6 hours 59 minutes ago

How are you surviving in Sons Of The Forest? Perhaps you’ve become a self-sufficient blueberry empire, surviving off handfuls of fruit while cannibals knock at your door. Or maybe you’ve gone full Charlie Kelly, consuming tins of cat food found around the island. If so, it’s time for a diet cleanse. Sons Of The Forest’s newest patch adds a demon boss, a new cave system, and tons of other improvements. It’s also nerfing cat food, since it was overpowered and, well, are there actually any cats in the game?

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Kaan Serin

Resident Evil 4 Remake's Mercenaries Mode Launches As Free DLC Next Month

6 hours 59 minutes ago

Resident Evil 4 remake DLC trailer mercenaries

Capcom's remake of Resident Evil 4 is finally out and to celebrate the day, the company has released a special launch trailer teasing what to expect in the game. This launch trailer also features some exciting news for fans of the original game. That's because at the end of it, the trailer cuts to a screen revealing that The Mercenaries, a mode from the original 2005 release, will be released as free DLC next month. 

More specifically, The Mercenaries will hit Resident Evil 4 on April 7. If it's like the original game's mode, you'll need to complete the story of Resident Evil 4 remake before unlocking The Mercenaries. In this mode, you select a Resident Evil 4 character and attempt to kill as many enemies as possible in a given time limit. There's rankings associated with how well you do, weapons to unlock and more. 

Check out the Resident Evil 4 remake launch trailer for yourself below

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Wesley LeBlanc

First Honkai: Star Rail Character Banners are Seele, Jing Yuan

7 hours 1 minute ago

First Honkai: Star Rail Character Banners are Seele, Jing Yuan

During the March 2023, Honkai: Star Rail Special Program, it was revealed the first two event banners will feature the characters Seele and Jing Yuan. Seele will be available during the first half of the update. Jing Yuan will follow. In addition, there will be a Departure Warp banner at launch with multiple five-star characters and a guarantee one focus one will be gotten in 50 pulls.

Seele is a five-star Quantum element character on The Hunt Path. She’s from Belobog, residing in its Underworld. While her Event Warp is running, the Light Core Event Warp with the focus In the Night (The Hunt) five-star Light Core will appear.

Likewise, Jing Yuan is also a five-star character. He’s from the Xianzhou Alliance and is a Lightning element character on The Erudition Path. The Light Cone Event Warp focus item during that banner phase will be Before Dawn (The Erudition).

As for the Departure Warp, the first 10 Warps are 20% off. You can pull up to 50 times. If you do, you’re guaranteed at least one five-star character.

The featured five-stars characters on this Honkai: Star Rail banner are:

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Microsoft's Activision Blizzard takeover "will not result in a substantial lessening of competition", says provisional CMA findings

7 hours 1 minute ago

UPDATE 2: The CMA's provisional conclusion "swings the pendulum back in favour of the deal completing", a leading game industry analyst has told Eurogamer.

"My long-term view of this deal has always been that it would complete but with further concessions from Microsoft to smooth the process," Ampere Analysis' Piers Harding-Rolls said.

"However, the provisional Phase 2 findings of the CMA did give me pause for thought considering the structural remedies proposed. Today's updated findings swings the pendulum back in favour of the deal completing.

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Ed Nightingale

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Sludge Life 2 is bringing back open world vandalism

7 hours 6 minutes ago

Sludge Life is skidding back into our grimy little lives with a sequel, Sludge Life 2. Just like the first, Sludge Life 2 is a sticky graffiti vandalism sim set inside a funky lo-fi open world. You’ll be running about, snapping pics of chain-smoking crabs, tagging graffiti spots around the city, and just generally having a super chill time, yo. Developer Terri Vellman and music producer Doseone are back behind the scenes, and if you want a taste of the slime (ew), Sludge Life 1 is free to keep until March 31st. On Steam, that is.

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Kaan Serin

New Pokémon Horizons: The Series trailer shows Captain Pikachu and more

7 hours 18 minutes ago

A new trailer for the officially titled Pokémon Horizons: The Series has been released, offering a glimpse of its storyline, new characters, and of course Captain Pikachu.

That also means the finale episode of the Pokémon anime has now aired in Japan, showing the end of Ash's journey after over 25 years. The anime has been winding down with a nostalgic final few episodes.

But it's not over, as Pokémon Horizons: The Series will take over with new protagonists and a new storyline. Check out the full-length trailer below.

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Ed Nightingale

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and the Link Amiibo Are Up for Preorder

7 hours 21 minutes ago

The sequel to Breath of the Wild is called The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. It's set to release exclusively for Nintendo Switch on May 12, 2023. While it was initially available for preorder at numerous retailers for $59.99, it now costs $69.99 everywhere, both in physical and digital form (see it at Amazon). There's also a new Link amiibo available for preorder (see it at Best Buy).

In addition to the standard edition, a collector's edition will also be available, featuring an art book, pins, and more. We have all the details you need below.

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Chris Reed

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Honkai: Star Rail Release Date Falls in April, Heading to PlayStation

7 hours 29 minutes ago

Honkai: Star Rail Release Date Falls in April PlayStation

During the first Honkai: Star Rail Special Program, HoYoVerse revealed the release date. As many expected, it is coming soon. People will be able to start playing through the turn-based RPG on April 26, 2023. Pre-installation starts April 23, 2023. There will also be a PlayStation version of Honkai: Star Rail, though it wasn't specified it will be for both the PS4 and PS5. It's in development, and there's no release date for it yet.

We already had some idea this news would be coming. There had been rumors of an April 2023 release window ahead of this presentation. Not to mention HoYoVerse also recently held a final closed beta for people. Pre-registrations for the game also opened up in February 2023.

Due to said pre-registrations hitting all goals, new players will get a number of rewards when they start. As 5,000,000 people pre-registered and 2,500,000 followed the game on social media, people get a number of items like free currency and a character. The free character is Serval, a four-star Lightning-element unit. Newcomers will also get 100,000 Credits to spend on items and 20 Star Rail Passes to use to pull for characters in the game's gacha. There is also a free avatar cosmetic. Players' profiles can equip a Avatar Trailblazer – Welcome icon.

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Epic allows recreations of Fortnite's original map in new Creative mode

7 hours 40 minutes ago

Epic has updated its terms and conditions to allow players to recreate Fortnite's original map in the newly launched Fortnite Creative 2.0.

The new mode launched this week alongside an unveiling of the advancements in Unreal Engine 5 that power it. Of course, the first thing fans did with all that power and creativity was recreate old Fortnite maps.

That, however, is technically against Epic's terms and conditions, as recreating copyrighted intellectual property is forbidden.

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Ed Nightingale

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Urusei Yatsura Season 2 Will Air in 2024

7 hours 46 minutes ago

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Season 2 of the new Urusei Yatsura anime will start airing in 2024. The announcement tweet featured Lum winking at the viewer while she’s wearing a school uniform. There are sakura blossoms floating around her as well. It is unclear if this is just an innocuous key visual or if this is meant to be a hint that viewers can expect to see Urusei Yatsura season 2 in Spring 2024. [Thanks, ryokutya2089!]

Urusei Yatsura was originally a manga series by Rumiko Takahashi (the creator of works such as Ranma ½ and Inuyasha). It ran from 1978 to 1987. The original anime series for it stated in 1981 and the reboot for it debuted in 2022. In it, Ataru is a human and Lum is part of an alien race of Oni. In order to protect Earth from the Oni’s invasion, Ataru must touch Lum’s horns before the week is up, which he succeeds at. However, due to some misunderstandings, Lum believes that Ataru proposed to her at the end of the competition and moved into his house.

Like some of Takahashi’s other works, Urusei Yatsura is a romantic comedy with slapstick elements. The 2022 remake of the anime keeps her signature art style but with more modern colors and shading. Though some of the original actors are still in the industry, the new show has more or less replaced the entire cast as well.

Urusei Yatsura season 2 will start airing some time in 2024.

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Honkai: Star Rail Special Program Noted English Voice Actors

7 hours 46 minutes ago

Honkai: Star Rail Special Program Noted English Voice Actors

While much of the Honkai: Star Rail Special Program acted as a refresher going over the characters, story, and worlds for those new to the show, it also mentioned English voice actors appearing in the cast. Six major players from from the Astral Express and Herta Space Station appeared. It also brought up how Belobog is home to this world’s version of Bronya, who people might recognize from Honkai Impact 3rd.

First, here is the cast of English Honkai: Star Rail voice actors who were revealed during the presentation. Those who played one of the betas might have already seen some of them in character profiles and heard them. As each one was introduced, they also introduced themselves.

  • Bailu - Su Ling Chan
  • Bronya - Madeline Reiter
  • Dan Heng - Nicholas Leung
  • Herta - PJ Mattson
  • Himeko - Cia Court
  • Jing Yuan - Alejandro Saab
  • Kafka - Cheryl Texiera
  • March 7th - Skyler Davenport
  • Seele - Molly Zhang
  • Welt - Corey Landis
  • Yanqing - Amber May

All six of these characters from the cast whose English voice actors were mentioned are playable in Honkai: Star Rail. As people who played one of the betas may recall, both Dan Heng and March 7th joined the player’s avatar, known as the Trailblazer, as part of the story.

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Jenni Lada

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IGN UK Podcast 689: The Big Resident Evil 4 Chat

7 hours 47 minutes ago

Dale and Jesse have played a ton of Resident Evil 4 and they're here to tell you all about it and how it compares to the original. Matt P also joins the pod to share his thoughts on Redfall and the bizarre game creator/social space, Everywhere. We also have an extra long feedback section this week due to all your awesome submissions.

Got a game for us to play, or just want to tell us the weirdest thing you've eaten for breakfast? Drop us an email: ign_ukfeedback@ign.com.

IGN UK Podcast 689: The Big Resident Evil 4 Chat

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Dale Driver

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Bungie pays tribute to Lance Reddick, more Destiny 2 performances still to come

7 hours 48 minutes ago

Destiny 2 players can expect more performances from Lance Reddick in the future, Bungie has confirmed in a tribute to the late actor.

Reddick, who portrays Commander Zavala in Destiny, tragically passed away at the age of 60 last Friday. Since then, many Destiny players have chosen to pay their respects to Reddick by gathering alongside Zavala at the Tower.

Now, in a new This Week at Bungie blog post, the game's developer has shared a touching tribute to Reddick, thanking the actor for his work on the series, while also confirming more "performances yet to come".

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Victoria Kennedy

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What we've been playing

8 hours 2 minutes ago

Hello! Welcome back to our regular feature where we write a little bit about some of the games we've found ourselves playing over the last few days. This time: demons, dice and bats.

If you fancy catching up on some of the older editions of What We've Been Playing, here's our archive.

Gosh, Diablo 4 is lush isn't it? I hadn't seen any preview coverage of the game before booting it up for the pre-order/chicken beta last weekend, so I was shocked by how much better it looked than Diablo 3, which I'd last played on Switch. The game starts strong, with a dark, suspiciously-high-budget intro cinematic, but really kicks into high gear when you're dropped into the game proper. Snow swirls around you as you navigate a blizzard at night, the camera zoomed in close to make it hard to see into the distance, wolves coming out of the darkness to be met by the crunch of your club.

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Microsoft hasn't "pulled any games from PlayStation" following Redfall PS5 reports

8 hours 16 minutes ago

Microsoft has responded to claims it pulled games from PlayStation, following reports it didn't want Bethesda's Redfall on PS5.

Redfall game designer Harvey Smith told IGN France that after Bethesda's acquisition by Microsoft, its stance was "no PlayStation 5". There's no indication if a PS5 version was in development or just a suggestion.

Now Microsoft has responded, stating "we haven't pulled any games from PlayStation" and that it has in fact "expanded our footprint of games" after releasing PS5 exclusives Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo on Xbox.

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Ed Nightingale

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Fort Solis is heading to PlayStation 5 this summer, stars Red Dead Redemption 2's Roger Clark

8 hours 38 minutes ago

Psychological thriller Fort Solis is heading to PlayStation 5, as well as PC, this summer. In addition to this news, we also have a brand-new trailer for Fallen Leaf's upcoming space horror, which stars Red Dead Redemption 2's Roger Clark and The Last of Us' Troy Baker.

Clark plays Jack Leary, an engineer who responds to a maintenance request on an isolated mining base on Mars.

"With storm warnings imminent [Leary] heads inside to make contact. As the night grows longer, events escalate, spiral out of control and the mystery of what happened to the crew begins to reveal itself. The storms arrive, limiting Jack's escape as he looks to hold out until morning arrives," reads Fort Solis' game description on Steam. You can check out its latest trailer below.

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Victoria Kennedy

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Final Fantasy 11 is scaling back support with dev team downsize

8 hours 42 minutes ago

Square Enix is downsizing the development team of Final Fantasy 11, with updates on the game continuing in a limited capacity.

The news arrives with a change of producer, as Akihiko Matsui will be succeeded by Yoji Fujito.

In a blog post on Play Online from both producers, Matsui thanked fans and colleagues alike for their support. He's worked on the game from the start and was promoted to producer in 2012.

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Ed Nightingale

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Valve warns of Counter-Strike 2 scams offering Limited Test access

9 hours 17 minutes ago

Valve has warned players of Counter-Strike 2 scams with fake access to its Limited Test.

After plenty of speculation, Counter-Strike 2 was officially announced on Wednesday and will arrive this summer. Before then, a Limited Test is now available for some CS:GO players through an in-game invite.

However, reports have arisen of fake login pages, as shared on reddit, which harvest data and allow scammers to steal Steam account details.

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Ed Nightingale

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Deep Rock Galactic Legacy Edition is staying forever now

9 hours 22 minutes ago

To celebrate Deep Rock Galactic’s fifth anniversary, developer Ghost Ship took us back in time to the mystical land of 2018 and let us play Deep Rock Galactic Legacy, a version of the co-op shooter as it was back in 2018, before all of the updates. It was a fun, nostalgic way to let fans reminisce on the game’s infantile days. Ghost Ship had planned to remove Legacy today - March 23rd - but after fan feedback, they’ve decided to keep Legacy edition around indefinitely.

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Kaan Serin

An hour with Sludge Life 2: more jokes, more graffiti, more cynicism, more brilliance

9 hours 43 minutes ago

One of the purest videogame ideas is a room whose interior you can see but not access. Not yet, anyway. This is games' four four beat, its Alberti bass and its cadmium yellow. Sludge Life, which exploded into my life a few years back, a two-hour long game that has kept me happy for days on end, knows about the power of a room you can't get to. Not yet.

Why is it so good? Because that room festers. You try the handle, nothing. You can maybe see through a window but you can't fit. So you have to think, regroup, return to your core skills and see how you might use them differently. You have to try things that otherwise would never have occurred to you, and when you find new items and new skills, that room you can't get to yet is always there in your mind: hey, how about me? Is it my time yet? In short, you improvise, you test the boundaries of the rules, and you explore. And that, I hope, is videogames.

If you never played Sludge Life, you should play it now because it's free on Steam, and it's also everything I hope you will love: it's brisk, colourful, inventive, defeated, disgusting, exhilarating, curious in every sense. It's funny and burned out and gymnastic and cynical. It's a bottle-sized open-world with parkour and spraypainting spots and people to talk to and puzzles to solve. And it's free right now because there's a sequel on the way, freshly announced.

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Christian Donlan

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Fist of the North Star Anniversary Exhibition Held in Fall 2023

9 hours 46 minutes ago

Fist of the North Star anniversary exhibition

An exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the serialization of the Fist of the North Star manga will be held in Japan sometime in Fall 2023. The venue is located at the Mori Arts Center Gallery located in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. More than 400 original artworks, including new drawings created by Fist of the North Star Artist Tetsuo Hara, will be available to the public. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

The new Fist of the North Star exhibition recounts the story of conflict and love between the inhabitants of a turbulent post-apocalyptic world set in the late 19th century. The structure of the exhibition will highlight the most popular episodes of the series. Taking pictures of the exhibition and the original artwork will be allowed. Additionally, the venue will offer many photo spots specially designed to share on social media.

You can check out the key visual promoting the exhibition in the following tweet:

https://twitter.com/40thHokutoNoTen/status/1638709269049806850

In more Fist of the North Star news, Fitness Boxing Fist of the North Star is available North America and Europe as of March 2023 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. A demo of the game is available now as well.

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Daniel Bueno

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How to Play Resident Evil 5 Online Co-op with Steam Friends

10 hours 16 minutes ago

Resident Evil 5 Steam Co-Op Online Multiplayer

With a new patch appearing for Resident Evil 5 on Steam, Capcom made it significantly easier to play the multiplayer part of the game in online co-op on Steam with friends. This is due to the removal of the Games for Windows Live service. Previously, joining a co-op game with Steam friends was a bit of a headache. The most reliable way before this patch was to search for your friend's session through the "Join Game" menu and by inputting the right parameters for their game.

However, with the new patch it is as simple as navigating to your Steam friends list and right clicking your friend's user name to jump into their game. Players will no longer have to navigate through the in-game menus in Resident Evil 5 in order to play online co-op with their Steam friends. That said, you will need to make sure that your game is at that the very least on the start screen before you attempt to join them.

From there, once your friend has accepted your request you can pop into their game. For the person hosting the game, if you are in the middle of a chapter you will need to navigate to the pause menu and select "Restart" in order for your friend to jump in. You will have to restart that chapter from your most recent checkpoint, but you'll have your friend with you at the very least!

Resident Evil 5 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and on PC through Steam.

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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Blizzard warns of "unprecedented traffic and queue times" ahead of Diablo 4 open beta

10 hours 33 minutes ago

Blizzard has warned of "unprecedented traffic and queue times" ahead of the Diablo 4 open beta, which kicks off this afternoon at 4pm.

"Best to set some expectations early but any issues this weekend are better found now than at launch," Diablo boss Rod Fergusson tweeted.

"Please be patient with us as we expect a lot of players joining to help test our game and infrastructure. Thank you for helping us make Diablo 4 the best it can be!"

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Wesley Yin-Poole

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Best Weapons and Items to Buy in Resident Evil 4 Remake

10 hours 46 minutes ago

Resident Evil 4 Remake Best Weapons Items

Resident Evil 4 remake offers more than a handful of weapons and item options, but only a few could be considered the best. While a majority of the guns from the original game do appear, there are a few new additions that serve more interesting utility roles. Additionally, there is one item in particular that can make the game significantly easier if the player chooses to invest in it.

Editor's Note: Please keep in mind that the weapons and items in the "best of" list below may contain spoilers for the later hours of Resident Evil 4 remake.

Combat Knife

The Combat Knife is an invaluable weapon. It will allow you parry attacks and perform finishers on enemies. Since Resident Evil 4 remake becomes significantly easier once you get the parry mechanic down, upgrading your Combat Knife is a must. Especially when it comes to close quarters combat.

Once fully upgraded, you will be able to take down most normal enemies with just a few slashes on Standard. This also goes for the Fighting Knife, which is a better version of the Combat Knife and is obtained later in the game. Both of these knives have durability. But keeping both in your inventory will more than pay off.

Bolt Thrower and Attachable Mines

With ammunition you can pick up from enemies you kill or from any missed shot, the Bolt Thrower is a great item for those wanting to conserve on ammo. But what makes the Bolt Thrower really stick out is the Attachable Mines you can craft.

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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How to Solve the Sword Puzzle in Resident Evil 4 Remake

11 hours 1 minute ago

Resident Evil 4 Remake Sword Room Puzzle

The Resident Evil 4 remake will take players through familiar locations, one of which being the Castle. While some might remember a very specific sword puzzle, which was relatively easy and involved just swapping a pair of swords, the one that appears in this game is a little different. Instead, the Resident Evil 4 remake sword puzzle will have players moving around a total of four swords, and obtaining one by shooting specific medallions found through the room itself.

The first two medallions to unlock the door to obtain the Bloody Sword are found within the room that features the statue impaled by said sword. However, the final is actually directly to your left. Swing your camera left and up, and you will see the final emblem you need to shoot in order to open the door. From there, grab the sword and get ready to solve the puzzle. The solution is fairly simple, which you can find below, including a picture of said solution.

The solution to the Resident Evil 4 remake sword puzzle is as follows:

  • Iron Sword - Gold Sword - Bloody Sword - Rusted Sword

Resident Evil 4 Sword Puzzle Solution

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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Resident Evil 4 remake: Steam Deck performance and best settings

11 hours 12 minutes ago

The Resident Evil 4 remake is a mostly cool runner on desktops, and good news if you’re recently picked up a certain handheld PC in the sales: its Steam Deck performance is alright too. Maybe not to the battery-sipping, framerate-abundant extent of the very best Steam Deck games, but with the right settings, nu-Resi 4 can keep its burlap sacked head well above 30fps even in its most visually demanding scenes.

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James Archer

Resident Evil 4 remake: PC performance, system requirements and the best settings to use

11 hours 12 minutes ago

Unlike Liam, I started on the Resident Evil 4 remake without the roundhousing know-how of someone that repeatedly beat the 2005 original. Still, twelve maulings, three beheadings, and one chainsaw disembowelment later, I’ve got enough of a handle on Leon S. Kennedy’s disappointing Spanish holiday to help you get the most out of the new model’s PC performance. Including a guide to its best settings, which can especially help on lower-end rigs.

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James Archer

Resident Evil 4 remake's The Mercenaries mode release date set for early April

11 hours 23 minutes ago

Resident Evil 4 remake's The Mercenaries mode launches 7th April, Capcom has announced.

The release date for the free DLC was revealed as part of the Resident Evil 4 remake launch trailer, below.

The Mercenaries is a long-running Resident Evil challenge mode that sees players attempt to defeat as many enemies as they can before the timer runs out - or you die. In the original Resident Evil 4, Mercenaries mode was unlocked upon completing the main game.

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Wesley Yin-Poole

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Resident Evil 4 Remake Los Illuminados Church Puzzle Solution

11 hours ago

Resident Evil 4 Remake Los Illuminados Church Puzzle

One of the more iconic side locations in Resident Evil 4 is making a return. In the Resident Evil 4 remake, players will make their way to the church of the Los Illuminados to locate Ashley Graham, and there is a puzzle there that may be familiar to those who played the original game. However, like a lot of things in the remake, this puzzle has changed somewhat. That doesn't mean the solution is any more complicated. You'll just be solving it in a different way.

The first thing you need to do to complete the puzzle is find the Blue Dial. This item is found on the righthand side of the church in a cabinet. From there, head to left side of the podium and pull down the switch. This will open up the interface where players can use the Blue Dial to begin the Los Illuminados puzzle. Instead of trying to create the Los Illuminados symbol, you want to make sure all of the respective blue, green, and red fragments align properly outside of the logo itself.

You can view the solution to the Resident Evil 4 remake Los Illuminados Church puzzle below.

Resident Evil 4 Remake Church Puzzle

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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How to Get Attache Case Charms in Resident Evil 4 Remake

11 hours 46 minutes ago

Resident Evil 4 Attach Case Charms

To mix things up, Capcom added a few extra gameplay mechanics and gimmicks to Residenh Evil 4 in 2023. This includes the inclusion of Attache Case charms in the Resident Evil 4 remake. While not necessary to obtain, they do provide some interesting bonuses and benefits when attached to your case. The option to attach Attache Case charms appears in the early hours of the game, and this can be done at any save point. However, the opportunity to obtain them happens a little further on into the game.

The first time you will be able to obtain Attache Case charms in the Resident Evil 4 remake is when you get access to the shooting gallery. Progressing through the game will have you stumbling upon one of these shooting ranges sooner, rather than later. The shooting gallery is an optional series of challenges players can participate in that will test your accuracy and reflexes. Each challenge will have a specific weapon assigned to it. The higher you score, the more Silver or Gold Coins you are given. Additional challenges will be unlocked as you get through Resident Evil 4 remake. You can see an example of some of the challenges and rewards below.

Resident Evil 4 Remake Attache Case Charms

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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How to Easily Defeat the Garrador in Resident Evil 4 Remake

12 hours 1 minute ago

Resident Evil 4 Garrador How to Beat

The formidable Garrador makes a return in Resident Evil 4 remake. Just like in the original, this enemy will pursue the player based on sound cues. However, there is one very simple way to defeat this dangerous enemy. This guide will break down one of the more efficient strategies on how to defeat the Garrador in Resident Evil 4 remake.

The first time the player will encounter the Garrador, chains will be hanging from the ceiling. These can be avoided, and it's highly suggested that the player crouch to avoid making too much noise. You can, of course, strafe the enemy by running around and shooting at it once its claws get stuck in the wall. Both strategies are totally viable and work just fine. I happened to do the second one, since it took the least amount of time.

However, the most important thing in this fight is using a Flash Grenade once the parasite on the Garrador's back becomes exposed. Flash Grenades will instantly kill any exposed parasite on an enemy, which will kill them in a flash. This is the best strategy to kill this enemy quickly, and efficiently.

If you can't manage to find a Flash Grenade in any boxes, you can always craft one after you've bought the recipe from the Merchant. Flash Grenades are invaluable tools in disposing of enemies in the mid to late game, so it's advised you always have a few on hand.

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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Best Herb Combinations in Resident Evil 4 Remake

12 hours 16 minutes ago

Best Herbs Resident Evil 4 Remake

Like all Resident Evil games, the Resident Evil 4 remake will allow for players to put together combinations of herbs to heal their wounds. However, a few adjustments have been made to this system, which may come as a surprise to some series veterans. While First Aid Sprays will always 100% heal your health bar, the standard Green and Red Herb combination will no longer fully top you up. There are also a total of three different types of herbs you can obtain in the game. These are the Green, Red, and Yellow types.

Green and Red can be combined to heal you with varying effectiveness. Whereas combining a Yellow herb in it will increase Leon's total health pool. This will be vital in making certain combat encounters more manageable. It isn't necessary, and you can absolutely play the game without upgrading your health at all. Thankfully, in the remake you can actually combine a both Red and Yellow without need a Green in order to use the mixture. This will up Leon's health, but won't heal him. So it's best to conserve the use of Yellow Herbs for when you can either combine it with a Green and Red or two Greens.

You can find all of the herb combinations in Resident Evil 4 Remake below.

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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How Long is Resident Evil 4 Remake?

12 hours ago

How Long Does It Take to Beat Resident Evil 4 Remake

The original Resident Evil 4 was more or less fairly linear in its design, which leant itself well to the title. However, the Resident Evil 4 remake deviates from this truly linear style of gameplay and provides players a lot of options to retrace their steps to engage in "extra" activities and beat it. For this reason, the time you spend in the remake may be longer than you initially expect or anticipate.

How Long Does It Take to Beat Resident Evil 4 Remake?

The Resident Evil 4 remake spans a total of 16 chapters and naturally, each player's mileage will vary concerning how long the amount of time is that they will spend in the game. This is due to the additional side quests you can choose to tackle for Spinels to get upgrades for your arsenal, treasure maps, and more. You can also backtrack during certain segments of the game to pick up treasure that may have not initially been obtainable when you first crossed them. This is due to needing keys to unlock specific chests, often located at very visibly distinct shrines.

That said, having played through the game twice, the average length of Resident Evil 4 remake without incorporating more efficient movement or combat strategy will run you roughly 15-20 hours. This includes completing some side quests to obtain the mentioned weapon upgrades and other such items, like Attache Case charms. Excluding side activities, your playthrough could potentially be less than 10 hours once you memorize map layouts and optimize movement and weapon choice. This can be shaved down even further when the New Game+ option becomes available after beating the game.

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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How to Parry in Resident Evil 4 Remake

12 hours 46 minutes ago

Parrying in Resident Evil 4 is an entirely new gameplay mechanic, and an essential one. Knowing how to parry in Resident Evil 4 remake will not only make your time in the game significantly easier, but also help you conserve ammunition and health. While the game does explain how to parry through a tutorial within the first hour of the game, there are a few important things that should be mentioned. Specifically, how to change the button to parry.

While parrying in Resident Evil 4 remake is relegated to pressing the L1 button, players can also assign it to R2. This can be done through the options menu. After opening the options menu, navigate down through the controls tab to the "Parry with R2" selection. From there, you can turn the option to parry with R2 on or off. I suggest playing around with these settings and seeing what feels more comfortable to you.

Also note that turning it on does not mean that players can no longer parry with L1. You will still be able to perform parries with L1, but you can also do them with R2 once this is selected. You can see where you can change the control scheme for parrying below. Please note that button names may vary depending on what platform you are playing Resident Evil 4 remake on.

How to Parry Resident Evil 4 Remake

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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Resident Evil 4 Remake Mercenaries Mode Arrives Early Next Month

13 hours ago

Resident Evil 4 Remake’s horde-style mode The Mercenaries will arrive on April 7, meaning folks will only have to tolerate a short, two-week wait for the fan favourite mode to arrive in-game. Capcom revealed the date at the conclusion of the fresh Resident Evil 4 Remake launch trailer it published today, which you can watch below.

At Sony’s first 2023 State of Play last month, Capcom confirmed that The Mercenaries would be coming as a free, post-release update – though April 7 may be pleasantly closer than some were expecting.

Resident Evil 4 Remake is available today and earned a 10 out of 10 in IGN’s review as “the series’ most relentlessly exciting adventure rebuilt, refined, and realised to the full extent of its enormous potential.”

For much, much more on Resident Evil 4 Remake be sure to check out our look back on how the original completely revolutionised the survival horror genre, plus our top 10 beginner tips for tackling this superb remake and why the iconic custom chainsaw controller Capcom crafted for the original is sadly not making a comeback this time around.

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Luke Reilly

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