Half-Life 2 and Portal 2 beta files found in Portal Companion Collection

15 hours 49 minutes ago

In the time it has taken for Earth to complete a single spin on its axis, the gaming community has been out in full force and picked apart the newly launched Portal: Companion Collection for the Nintendo Switch.

The first discovery came from self-proclaimed "Switch tinkerer" OatmealDome. In this case, the modder managed to unearth some Half-Life 2 content tucked away in the Portal: Companion Collection's files.

"The entirety of Half-Life 2 (minus maps and music) is present in the ROM," they wrote via Twitter. "Likely based on the NVIDIA Shield port, with a little Xbox 360 sprinkled in."

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Victoria Kennedy

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Dead By Daylight devs are plotting to end the game’s grind, permanently

15 hours 50 minutes ago

Survival horror slash ‘em up Dead By Daylight’s progression and perks systems are being overhauled to dramatically reduce the amount of grind, developers Behaviour Interactive have announced. The changes to Dead By Daylight’s progression and perks were first touted during the grindhouse game’s sixth anniversary broadcast back in May, but are finally arriving in the mid-chapter update for the current ‘Roots Of Dread’ storyline in July.

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CJ Wheeler

What Is a Musou Game?

15 hours 57 minutes ago

This once niche type of game has been gaining some steam and it’s possible those unaware of the meaning might now hear a specific type of game referred to as a “Musou game”. We’re here to explain to you just what exactly a Musou game actually is.

Definition of Musou

The word Musou refers to the special attack of a character in any one of the games developed by Omega Force. Typically in one of their games, there is a special attack that must be charged through combat that when unleashed plays out through a short cinematic and decimates all the foes around them.

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Cameron Waldrop

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Genshin Impact July 2022 Calendar Features Barbara

15 hours 58 minutes ago

Genshin Impact July 2022 Calendar Features Barbara Birthday

As usual, HoYoVerse is preparing for the start of a new month with a new free Genshin Impact calendar. Each month, it prepares an image folks can use on mobile devices. The July 2022 Genshin Impact calendar features the four-star Hydro catalyst user Barbara. This is because each one features a picture of the first Genshin Impact character with a birthday appearing that month.

First, here's the Genshin Impact July 2022 calendar people can use.

Here’s a list of all the Genshin Impact characters with a birthday in July 2022. If you log into the game on the person's special day, you'll get a "gift" that consists of food and materials.

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Jenni Lada

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The 10 Best Legend of Zelda Games

15 hours 58 minutes ago

For 36 years, Link has been traversing the fields and ruins of Hyrule in a seemingly never-ending quest to save Princess Zelda. His journey has spanned many consoles, redefining the franchise again and again. From its humble beginnings on the NES to the groundbreaking 3D action-adventure in Ocarina of Time, we decided to take a look back at The Legend of Zelda’s impressive history in gaming, bringing you the very best mainline Zelda games, ranked.

10. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Twilight Princess gets an unfairly bad rap among Zelda fans. As the darker and edgier Zelda, it often receives unfavorable comparisons to Wind Waker, which has arguably held up better in comparison. But buried under all the cruft is a quality Zelda adventure, with a large world to explore, many enjoyable sidequests, and some great dungeons, the Snowpeak Ruins being a highlight. But the strongest element of Twilight Princess by far is Midna, a snarky imp who rides around on Wolf Link's back and basically trolls him for the duration of the game.

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Adam Bankhurst

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When Does Disney Dreamlight Valley Early Access Start?

16 hours ago

Want to know when Disney Dreamlight Valley comes out in early access? The new life-sim adventure game was announced a few months back, and today, an update regarding when you’ll be able to get your hands on it early was also revealed. Here is everything you need to know.

Disney Dreamlight Valley Release Date

Disney Dreamlight Valley is coming out for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC for early access on Sept. 6, 2022. However, the full game will be released sometime in 2023.

It’s unfortunate that players will have to wait a while longer in order to experience the game in its entirety. However, we do have some information on how to access and what players can expect from participating in the early access.

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Joel Tapia

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Star Ocean: The Divine Force Gorgeous Intro Video & Screenshots; Digital Deluxe Edition & More Announced

16 hours 4 minutes ago

Following the announcement of the release date of the upcoming Star Ocean game Star Ocean: The Divine Force, the Square Enix released an additional video and plenty of images, on top of details.

First of all, we get to see the first 8 minutes of the game, featuring beautiful cutscenes and introducing some of the characters we’ll meet in the game. This is available with both English and Japanese voiceovers.

Secondly, we hear more of the story.

The Galactic Federation which originated from the Solar System has maintained peace and tranquillity for the people living in the galaxy and has expanded gradually over time, with many heroes who saved world after world in its name.

Yet in stardate 583, the Federation has grown so large that it has at times swallowed even planets that did not wish to join, tainting the hand wielding the concept of justice.

Captain Raymond Lawrence of the transport ship Ydas departs from the advanced planet Beguard, which is not part of the Galactic Federation, and while on a cargo mission on a familiar route, he is attacked by the battle cruiser Astoria, owned by the Kenny family, one of the most prominent families in the Galactic Federation.

Raymond and his crewmate Chloe are forced to evacuate to the remote and uncharted fourth planet of the Aster system.

Just before they land, however, their escape pod is downed by what appears to be an EMP from the surface. Raymond is separated from his friends on a foreign planet.

He manages to land but is immediately attacked by protozoa. In the nick of time, he is rescued by Laeticia Aucerius, the first princess of the Kingdom of Osidius.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Star Ocean The Divine Force Story And Gameplay Trailers Reveal October Launch Date

16 hours 11 minutes ago

Star Ocean The Divine Force

Tri-Ace and Square Enix have largely kept quiet about Star Ocean The Divine Force since its reveal last fall, but that changed in a big way today. In addition to dropping not one, not two, but three videos fleshing out the game's narrative, characters, and combat, we now know the JRPG launches in October. 

The Divine Force arrives on October 27, exactly one year after it was first announced. The first trailer showcases the plot with a montage of out-of-context story clips that sets the tone for what's to come in the sci-fi action RPG. 

The second video provides a more thorough walkthrough of Star Ocean's characters and combat. Players assume the role of one of two protagonists: Raymond Lawrence, a hot-headed merchant ship captain searching for his lost crew, and Laeticia Aucerius, a princess fighting to save her kingdom from destruction. The story unfolds differently depending on your chosen hero, and a ragtag party of allies accompanies each. The action-focused combat utilizes four party members players can swap between on the fly. You can battle in real-time or pause the action using Stop Mode to allow time to change tactics.  

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Marcus Stewart

Star Ocean: The Divine Force Launches in October

16 hours 17 minutes ago

Square Enix and Tri-Ace have announced that Star Ocean: The Divine Force will launch on October 27 globally for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. We also got two new trailers for the game.

Star Ocean: The Divine Force follows two protagonists, Raymond Lawrence and Laeticia Aucerius Raymond’s merchant transport vessel, the Ydas, gets gunned down by a Federation battleship and he crashlands on an underdeveloped planet. Laeticia is the crown princess of the Kingdom of Aucerius on the planet.

Players will have the choice to pick between the two characters and gain unique perspectives from both. Raymond is on the search for his lost crew while Laeticia is trying to save her homeland from an unknown threat.

The battle system seems to have gone through an overhaul. Instead of the long-range and short-range attack assignments seen in the previous three Star Ocean games, characters now expend AP to perform special attacks. The transition from the field into a battle is seamless. Four characters can participate in battle at any time, which is actually a decrease from seven in the previous entry, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness.

The game now utilizes a Chain Combo system where players can assign different battle skills in any specific order to the controller’s face buttons. Certain actions during battle can temporarily increase max AP in order to execute more battle skills in a row.

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George Yang

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FFXIV Kiwanda Socks and Tights Announced

16 hours 27 minutes ago

FFXIV Kiwanda Socks and Tights Announced

People in Japan will be able to get FFXIV socks and tights inspired by in-game designs and looks. Square Enix announced a Kiwanda collaboration. The tights will be available in one size described as cover people who wear medium-to-large sizes. They cost 6,600円 ($48). The socks are available in men’s and women’s sizes, are available in three colors, and cost 3,080円 (~$23). All of the items will appear in the country on July 16, 2022.

First, here's a close at the FFXIV Kiwanda tights. They are designed to look like the Valentione Rose Tights. Those are the red variants. In-game, folks can earn them as a Valentione's Day reward. Photos show them both off and on a model.
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As for the FFXIV socks, their designs are based on Allagan Empire’s defense systems. The men’s versions fit a foot about 25-27.5cm. The women’s are 22-24.5cm. Both types are available in red, purple, and yellow.
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Jenni Lada

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Hero Fiona Revealed

16 hours 57 minutes ago

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Hero Fiona Revealed

Nintendo's latest Xenoblade Chronicles 3 details look at the Hero character Fiona. Heroes are people who can join Noah, Mio, Eunie, Lanz, Sena, and Taion's party. In the case of Fiona, also known as Fifi, she fills a healer-type role when she aids the group. In the Japanese version, her name is Mashiro.

First, here's a closer look at her official art and reveal. It notes that Fiona's class is known as Signifier. Like Eunie and Taion, she'll offer back-up. She's also from Agnus, like Mio, Sena, and Taion. She's also described as a kind person.

Next, here’s a story scene featuring Fiona coming to aid some allies.

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Jenni Lada

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Action RPG Fallen Angel Launches On Switch Next Month

16 hours 58 minutes ago

Fallen Angel Switch Release Date

Matrioshka Games and V Publishing’s fast-paced action RPG, Fallen Angel, hits Switch next month after a successful launch on Steam in 2020. 

More specifically, Fallen Angel will hit Switch on July 19, meaning there’s already less than a month left until you can take the archangel experience with you on the go. If you aren’t familiar with Fallen Angel, you can get a look at what awaits you in it in the special Switch announcement trailer below: 

As you can see in the trailer above, there are a lot of hellacious things going on, which makes sense considering you control Lucifer as he attempts to ascend from hell to get revenge on those who banished him from heaven. 

“With no god in place, heaven is up for grabs, and it’s up to Lucifer to reclaim his birthright and battle fearsome archangels,” a press release reads. “The pearly gates aren’t what they seem, as Lucifer must venture through a variety of 2D locations from cyberpunk nightclubs to crumbling ruins. Utilize a vast arsenal of weapons in fast-paced combat from chain claws, blades, and guns.” 

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Wesley LeBlanc

Zelda: Breath of the Wild streamer beats every shrine without using runes

17 hours 11 minutes ago

I have said it before, and I will more than likely say it again, but The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Despite being out for several years, the Zelda community is still finding countless weird and wonderful ways to approach the game - the most recent of which being a completion of every shrine within the game without using any of the runes on the Sheikah Slate.

Content creator Limcube took on this challenge as part of an incredible 28-hour stream and used a variety of techniques to get to their final goal of 120/120 shrines completed.

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Victoria Kennedy

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Hell Is Us wants to make its action-adventuring even more "old school" than Elden Ring

17 hours 13 minutes ago

When action-adventure game Hell Is Us was first announced a couple of months ago, we thought it had Annihilation vibes and appreciated the team's attempts to invoke Annihilation... and its vibes. Developers Rogue Factor didn't provide many other details, besides a few buzz words: "semi-open world", "true adventure", "third person".

So, I sat down with the game's creative director Jonathan Jacques-Belletête in the hopes he could shed some light on the aforementioned vibes, perhaps even turning them from ethereal gusts of Annihilation-ness to concrete info on just how the game aims to be a "true adventure". Lo and behold, I think it worked!

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Ed Thorn

Star Ocean: The Divine Force Gets Release Date & New Trailers Focusing on Characters, Combat, & Cutscenes

17 hours 15 minutes ago

Today Square Enix announced the release date of the next chapter of the Star Ocean series, Star Ocean: The Divine Force.

The game will launch on October 27, 2022, worldwide for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.

Together with the announcement we also get two trailers, one focusing on cutscenes and the story, while the second is an overview of the main characters and the combat. You can watch both below.

Incidentally, we also added the version of the trailers in Japanese, in case you prefer the original voice-overs.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Homer or Michael Scott? Test Your Simpsons and The Office Quote Knowledge in This Quiz

17 hours 20 minutes ago

It’d be tough trying to find two more dunderheaded yet loveable characters in the entirety of popular culture than The Simpson’s Homer Simpson and The Office’s Michael Scott.

Yes, the donut-munching nuclear power plant operator and the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin are essentially two sides of the same coin. So, with that in mind, we thought that a quiz testing your quote knowledge on both of these iconic characters was in order.

All you have to do is identify who said what in Twinfinite’s latest trivia quiz, which may be a little harder than you first thought. Was it the hare-brained cartoon dad, Homer Simpson? Or was it the hare-brained paper salesman, Michael Scott? You’re the boss.

So, without further ado, grab that crate of Duff beer, avoid those George Foreman grills and come join us for Twinfinite’s latest trivia quiz. Can you identify who said what in all of these Homer Simpson and Michael Scott quotes? Good luck and don’t forget… that’s what she said!

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Dylan Chaundy

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Star Ocean: The Divine Force Release Date Revealed

17 hours 28 minutes ago

Star Ocean: The Divine Force Release Date Revealed

As part of theJune 2022 Japanese special program, a Star Ocean: The Divine Force release date appeared. It will show up in the region on October 27, 2022. While Square Enix didn’t officially bring up a worldwide launch day, the PlayStation Store also shows that as the release date for the game. It suggests it will unlock at 12 a.m. ET/6 a.m. CET on October 27, 2022. The Japanese limited edition and a new trailer appeared too. Update: The official Twitter account confirmed this is a worldwide release date.

First, here’s the new Star Ocean: The Divine Force release date trailer. It shows off both story segments and gameplay.

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Jenni Lada

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5 Reasons Obi-Wan Kenobi Is the Greatest Jedi of All Time

17 hours 58 minutes ago

Obi-Wan Kenobi is often credited as one of the greatest Jedi, if not the greatest Jedi of all time. But what is it about him that makes this the case? What has Obi-Wan done to make him such a great Jedi?

Jedi can be explained as people who follow and practice the force and belong to the light side. They are guardians of peace for the galaxy, vowing to only use the force and their lightsabers to accomplish this goal of peace.

While there are many Jedi who fit this criteria, there are specific reasons why Obi-Wan, in particular, is the best of them all.

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Joel Tapia

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10 Games to Play if You Love Westworld or Questioning Your Humanity

17 hours 58 minutes ago

Across its now four seasons, HBO’s Westworld has consistently discussed themes of artificial intelligence, what it means to be alive, and the nature of humanity through a critical, philosophical lens.

Concepts like these have been explored by numerous works of science fiction, and video games are certainly no exception. If you’re looking for games to play that feel like Westworld, read on.

SOMA

Games To Play if You Love Westworld

SOMA
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From the word go, Frictional Game’s SOMA sees the player working their way through a derelict, subaquatic research station packed to the brim with artificial intelligence that refuse to acknowledge the fact that they aren’t human. As the plot unfolds, the game deepens its themes in kind and frequently turns established plot developments on their heads, opening the door for the player to ask their own questions.

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Justin Mercer

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Pride Week: Arcade Spirits: The New Challengers and exploring the joy in my bisexuality

17 hours 58 minutes ago

Hello! Once again Eurogamer is marking Pride Month with a week of features celebrating the intersection of queer culture and gaming. This afternoon, Alex Meehan shares her experiences playing visual novel Arcade Spirits: The New Challengers and how it helped her explore the joy in her bisexuality.

I didn't know I was bisexual until my early twenties, but I did always know that there was something different about me. I remember being called a lesbian by another student at secondary school because she caught me sketching cute women in my notebooks during class - a memory that remains crystal clear in my mind to this day. It was a traumatic moment for me because - at that point in my life, when I was already being horrendously bullied - being labelled queer simply felt like I was getting yet another target painted on my back.

I only realised I might not be straight when I learned about bisexuality. I knew I was attracted to men, but I'd never toyed with the notion I could be also attracted to women until I began meeting queer people who were out. Being around queer people gave me the courage and the clarification I needed to put all the puzzle pieces together and accept I was bisexual.

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Alex Meehan

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Blizzard Acquires Spellbreak Developer Proletariat To Work On World Of Warcraft

18 hours 16 minutes ago

Spellbreak Battle Royale Shutdown Blizzard Acquisition

Yesterday, Spellbreak developer Proletariat released a blog post detailing the future of its spell-based battle royale that launched years ago. In it, the studio revealed that the servers for Spellbreak will shut down in early 2023, effectively ending the run of this battle royale. 

This shutdown likely had to do with the game’s low player count. Still, there might be more to it than that: Blizzard Entertainment, the studio behind franchises like Overwatch and Warcraft, is acquiring Proletariat and using its force of roughly 100 employees to staff up its World of Warcraft team, according to a new report from GamesBeat

“We are putting players at the forefront of everything we do, and we are working hard to both meet and exceed their expectations,” Blizzard president Mike Ybarra told the publication in a statement. “A big part of caring for our teams is making sure we have the resources to produce experiences our communities will love while giving our teams space to explore even more creative opportunities within their projects. Proletariat is a perfect fit for supporting Blizzard’s mission in bringing high-quality content to our players more often.” 

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Wesley LeBlanc

When Does Fall Guys Season 1 Free-to-Play End & When Does Season 2 Start? Answered

18 hours 33 minutes ago

With the TV game show-style battle royale game finally going free-to-play on PlayStation, PC, Xbox and Nintendo Switch, many players are wondering when the first free-to-play Fall Guys season end, so they know how long they’ve got to grind out those levels on their Season Pass. Equally, you might also just be looking forward to some fresh minigames and cosmetics, and so a Fall Guys Season 2 start date may be on your mind.

Fall Guys Season 1 End Date

Fall Guys Season 1 will end on August 29, 2022.

This gives you a couple of months to try and level up your Season Pass as much as you can so you can add as many cosmetics from it as possible. After this date, you’ll no longer be able to unlock any cosmetics you didn’t reach, so if you’re desperate to get that Mecha Godzilla costume, you better start grinding out those levels and reach Tier 100 before it’s too late.

When Does Fall Guys Free-to-Play Season 2 Start?

Fall Guys Season 2 will start on August 30, 2022, the day after Season 1 ends. There will likely be a short amount of server downtime on this day, too, while the developers roll out the new content and make any balance changes or adjustments to usher in the new season.

What to Expect in Fall Guys Season 2

Fall Guys Season 2 will introduce a brand-new Season Pass, complete with a fresh set of cosmetics. There’s also the possibility that we’ll get some new ’rounds’ or minigames to help sift out the best from the rest.

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Chris Jecks

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Fall Guys Sum Fruit: How to Play Count the Fruit Round

18 hours 52 minutes ago

Wondering how to play Count the Fruit in Fall Guys? Also known as ‘Sum Fruit,’ this round has been throwing a ton of players off because of how vague the in-game description is, and how difficult it can be to actually see what fruit you’re supposed to be hopping on. In this Fall Guys Sum Fruit guide, we’re going to explain absolutely everything you need to know about the minigame, so it never gets in your way of securing a Crown again.

Fall Guys Sum Fruit Explained

The in-game description of Sum Fruit reads: “Count the fruit. When the screens show the quantity, stand on the tile of a fruit matching that number.”

The easiest way to explain how this works is to break the round down into its different segments, and that all starts with counting the fruit.

1. Count the Fruit that Drops Into the Arena

At the very beginning of each round of Sum Fruit, a bunch of different types of fruit will land in the arena that you and your fellow Bean players are standing in. There will be about three or four different types of fruit, and a random number of pieces of each type.

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Chris Jecks

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Fallout TV adaptation adds three new cast members, including Twin Peaks' Kyle MacLachlan

18 hours 53 minutes ago

A new trio of actors has been announced for Amazon's upcoming Fallout TV adaptation - Kyle MacLachlan, Xelia Mendes-Jones and Aaron Moten.

However, at the time of writing, no further details have been given about what role any of the actors will play on the show's release (via Variety).

MacLachlan is probably best known for his role of Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks, as well as Trey MacDougal in Sex and the City and Orson Hodge in Desperate Housewives. For the fellow parents among us, he is also the voice of Riley's father in the very good (and more than just a little bit emotional) Inside Out.

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Victoria Kennedy

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Devs behind Steam wishlist hit The Day Before defend use of unpaid volunteers

18 hours 57 minutes ago

Fntastic, the studio developing Steam’s most wishlisted game The Day Before, have issued a statement to RPS explaining their policy of using paid and unpaid volunteers to make up their dev team. Metaphorical alarm bells began ringing earlier this week when it emerged that Fntastic are composed entirely of “volunteers” – although full-time volunteers, kindly dubbed "employees" in the statement, do receive salaries.

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CJ Wheeler

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Review

18 hours 58 minutes ago

Alright, let’s do this one more time: you are a hunter, and monsters are threatening your adorable little town. You’re given a quest list full of creatures to track down and turn into funny hats, and you’ll do just that until the townsfolk are safe, your build is optimized, and your outfit is as fly as your wirebugs. If you played Monster Hunter World’s Iceborne expansion, or pretty much any of Monster Hunter’s major re-releases before it, then Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is going to be a very familiar Palamute ride through the park. It’s a formulaic DLC full of exciting new foes and a couple cool new locales – and even though it doesn’t really have a ton of interesting surprises of its own, the quality of those additions reinforces just how fun that formula can be.

Sunbreak is essentially structured like a brand new game, introducing the functionally identical hub town of Elgado to operate out of and a fresh storyline to follow there. That story is, once again, a largely ignorable and entirely predictable tale about how something is making the local monsters all hot and bothered, this time set in the European-themed Kingdom rather than the Japanese-inspired Kamura. Its characters are at least slightly more interesting this time around, but plot has never been the draw of Monster Hunter and that certainly doesn’t change here.

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Tom Marks

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Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Review – Everything Old Is New Again

18 hours 58 minutes ago

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak on PC

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak achieves what should be the intention of any expansion: it expands upon the foundations laid down by the base of Monster Hunter Rise, by adding new areas, story content, and most importantly, adding epic new monsters to hunt. But that is only the baseline expectation; where Sunbreak rises up above is in its recontextualization of that original title.

The new areas and monsters are fantastic, but what really blew me away was the mix-ups. Seeing the insane new monsters invade the locations I knew so well from the base game, in configurations that pushed my skills to the limit, never stopped surprising me.

It’s worth noting up-front that accessing Sunbreak is no easy feat if you are starting fresh from the beginning. For the purpose of this review, I played the Steam version of the game and expected to blast through the game on PC in order to get to Sunbreak. I had played Rise on Switch when it launched, and so knew exactly what I needed to do, but it still took me around 30 hours to depart Kamura for Elgado, and begin Sunbreak proper. It helps that Monster Hunter Rise is a phenomenal video game in its own right, but this is a pretty big ask for players not familiar with the series.

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Khayl Adam

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Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak review: A delightfully difficult expansion that doesn't disappoint

18 hours 58 minutes ago

I loved Monster Hunter: Rise when I first played it on Switch last year, but I’ll admit that I sort of sleep-walked through its entirety, dreamily kicking the tails off a couple of raptors before making them into a fashionable pair of hot pants. This wasn’t a bad thing, mind. Far from it. I found Rise to be a substantially better-paced MonHunt entry compared to its predecessors, the series’ steep barrier to entry readjusted to a gentle incline that was more palatable for newcomers like me. Monster Hunter’s particular flavour of RPG design has always felt like trying to find a fork in a friend’s kitchen while they’re in another room. Nothing is where you expect it to be and there are a lot of things here you just don’t understand. Admittedly Rise wasn’t much better, stuffed as it was with endless text-based tutorials, but at the very least it pointed out the right drawer this time around.

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Liam Richardson

Exclusive First Look At Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration

18 hours 58 minutes ago

With Atari's 50th anniversary happening this week, the company has revealed Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration. This classic compilation of games stretches beyond the standard game-collection bundles we've seen in the past, with aspirations of serving as a virtual, interactive museum to paint a picture of just how influential and important Atari was, particularly through the nascent years of the video game industry. I went hands-on with Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration to see how well it accomplishes that lofty goal.

At its core, Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration delivers more than 90 playable games in one $40 package. Players can expect classic and retro titles from six hardware platforms (Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, ST, Jaguar, and Lynx), all with emulation created by renowned retro revivalists Digital Eclipse; this is the first time Jaguar and Lynx games will be playable on modern consoles. The team at Digital Eclipse, best known recently for its work on Mega Man Legacy Collection, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, The Disney Afternoon Collection, and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, has plenty of experience bringing forward the classics of yesteryear.

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Brian Shea

Return to Monkey Island Will Be the 'Conclusion' for the Series as a Whole

19 hours 6 minutes ago

Return to Monkey Island will be the "conclusion" to the entire series, according to the game's charming new website.

The website is presented as its own point 'n' click experience, full of interactivity drawn from the Monkey Island series. Click through to the Overview section, however and (as spotted by Eurogamer) you'll find out that Return to Monkey Island will be "the exciting conclusion to the Monkey Island series."

After a very long wait – the last game in the series was Tales of Monkey Island in 2009 – fans might be dismayed to hear that this could be the final outing for the classic adventure games. It is possible that it may be designed as the end of the story, of course, and that prequels could be a future way for it to continue.

It's also possible that developer Terrible Toybox is referring to this is as the conclusion of a trilogy, rather than ruling out any more Monkey Island games. Return to Monkey Island will be a direct sequel to the first two games, The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, from original writer-director Ron Gilbert. It will ignore the events of Monkey Island games created after that point (although does reintroduce Monkey Island 3 fan-favourite, Murray the Talking Skull).

We've contacted the developer for comment.

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Ryan Dinsdale

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Cyberpunk 2077 external QA team brushes off claim it misled CD Projekt

19 hours 21 minutes ago

Quantic Lab, a company which provides quality assurance (QA) support, has responded to a claim it misled Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red over its work on the game.

The allegation surfaced this week via a YouTube video from a channel named Upper Echelon Gamers. Titled "What Made Cyberpunk 2077 Fail - Quantic Lab?", the 14-minute video claimed the QA studio had placed junior members of its team on the project instead of seasoned veterans, and flagged too many minor bugs.

These issues, the video claimed, impacted Quantic Lab's work and therefore the overall game.

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Tom Phillips

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Do You Need PS Plus & Xbox Live for Fall Guys? Answered

19 hours 27 minutes ago

Are you wondering if you need PS Plus to play Fall Guys on the PS4 and PS5? Or maybe you’re an Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S player and you’re wondering if Fall Guys requires Xbox Live. Well, this guide will talk you through everything you need to know.

Recently, Mediatonic’s popular online-centric battle royale went free-to-play. As a result, it’s left a bit of a gray area as to whether or not you can play the game completely free of charge, or whether you’ll need an online subscription.

Do You Need PS Plus for Fall Guys on PS4 and PS5?

The good news is no, you don’t need PlayStation Plus in order to enjoy Fall Guys on PS4 and PS5. The game is completely free-to-play on Sony’s consoles, meaning that you won’t have to spend a cent to get yourself into the TV game show battle royale antics. Unless, of course, you want to spend some of your hard-earned cash on Show Bucks, Fall Guys’ microtransaction premium currency.

Does Fall Guys Need Xbox Live Gold to Play on Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S?

It’s the same over on the Xbox consoles, too. You don’t need Xbox Live Gold to play on Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. Similarly, you don’t need an Xbox Game Pass subscription to download the game. Because Fall Guys is now completely free-to-play, you can just go ahead and download it from the Xbox Store without having to pay a thing.

If you do have an Xbox Game Pass subscription, though, and you’re playing Fall Guys, you can get some free bonus cosmetics and rewards for three months. These are accessed via the ‘Perks’ section of the Game Pass app on your console, or via the Xbox Game Pass app on your smart device.

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Chris Jecks

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The Fallout TV show has cast David Lynch's muse Kyle MacLachlan as a regular

19 hours 28 minutes ago

Amazon’s upcoming TV adaptation of post-apocalyptic RPG series Fallout has cast veteran sci-fi actor Kyle MacLachlan in an undisclosed role as a series regular. You may remember him from such roles as future emperor of the universe Paul Atriedes in David Lynch’s Dune, cafficionado Special Agent Dale Cooper in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, and for his turn in David Lynch's Oscar-nominated Blue Velvet. Please tell me David Lynch will at least direct the pilot.

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CJ Wheeler

Sony unveils PC gaming gear brand Inzone

19 hours 33 minutes ago

Sony has lifted the lid on its new PC gaming gear brand, Inzone.

The company says Inzone is part of its reach for a broader demographic, and will offer "an immersive experience to help lead gamers to victory".

Included in this new line up of Inzone tech are monitors and headsets, with the monitors starting at £999. Meanwhile, headsets will cost between £89 and £269.

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Victoria Kennedy

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Skull & Bones Appears to Be Arriving in November

19 hours 44 minutes ago

Ubisoft's open world pirate game Skull & Bones will reportedly be released on November 8, after years of troubled development.

As reported by Eurogamer, industry insider @ALumia_Italia shared on Twitter (below) that a release date had been found amid an apparent Xbox Store entry, also listing a plethora of DLC packs for the game. These include a preorder bonus, Bloody Bones' Legacy Mission, the Ashen Corsair Mission, the Smuggler Pass Token, digital soundtrack and artbook, and Premium Bonus Pack.

While it's unclear exactly what these are individually, their placement on the Xbox Store certainly implies that Ubisoft is nearing an official announcement of Skull & Bones' release date, from which point players will be able to preorder it. Repeated leaker Tom Henderson subsequently followed up to add weight to the November 8 release date (also in the tweet above),

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Ryan Dinsdale

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The Best Games to Play on Xbox Series X|S Right Now

19 hours 56 minutes ago

Despite Starfield and Redfall slipping into 2023, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S owners still have a variety of promising games to look forward to this year, as evidenced during the recent Xbox and Bethesda Showcase. Regardless of what's to come, Microsoft's latest consoles have already built up a strong catalog of games over the last year and a half, and so we've put together this list of the best Xbox Series X|S games you can play right now.

This list only includes games with dedicated Xbox Series X|S enhancements — Xbox One backward-compatible games are no longer eligible.

Whether you're diving into an all-new adventure, getting the most out of your gaming TV with 4K 120Hz gameplay, or revisiting an old favorite through backwards compatibility on Xbox, these are the IGN staff's picks for the 15 best Xbox Series X|S games.

Most recent game updates were made on May 12, 2022.

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Creators Behind Star Wars: Galaxy Of Heroes Announce New Combat RPG, Legions & Legends

19 hours 57 minutes ago

You’ve probably heard of or played Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, the character-collecting adventure set in a galaxy far, far away. The mobile game launched in 2015 and, in the years that followed, amassed a substantial fanbase that continues to get support from sizeable roster updates. The creators behind Galaxy of Heroes recently formed Azra Games. And the studios’ debut title will appropriately be a collectible and combat RPG called Legions & Legends. 

Azra Games CEO and co-founder Mark Otero excitedly spoke about the announcement of the new game:

“This will be my ninth collectible and combat RPG, one that builds upon and perfects the genre I’ve spent my entire career developing. I truly believe that we’ve cracked the code for a captivating gameplay experience built around the joys of collecting toys and taking them to battle against each other, just as we used to do when we were kids. At Azra, we’re looking to bring back that excitement of the toy box and playing with friends – remastered for a new generation of players.”

Azra Games is a blockchain games company. Legions & Legends launches this summer (an exact date wasn’t specified) with the release of the “Genesis Collection” NFTs which generate in-game resources through Ethereum. But what exactly is Legions & Legends? A press release/blog post penned by Otero gives us a brief look into the Legions & Legends’ “uncharted galaxy where magic and technology collide.”

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Jason Guisao

Eternal Threads review - a spooky time-travelling mystery that's a joy to explore

19 hours 58 minutes ago

I've long thought that urban exploration - the peculiar pastime of rummaging through abandoned houses - is the best video game genre that doesn't exist yet.

It's a common thread in some of my personal favourites - think Dishonored, The Last of Us, Gone Home - because of the many uninhabited homes we get to explore in those worlds. Am I a platonic voyeur? Maybe. But I'm endlessly delighted by environmental storytelling. Games that show me a kitchen littered with mouldy takeaway containers and scattered Vodka bottles are infinitely more satisfying than those that would instead give me an in-game diary page from an alcoholic.

This is undoubtedly where Eternal Threads' puzzling magic lies. Despite the melodramatic opener that informs us that "we broke the world" by time-travelling all willy-nilly and releasing radiation into the time stream that changed "countless seemingly insignificant decisions throughout history", an elegant layer of melancholy lies over Eternal Threads. The ordinariness of its people - their rooms, their shared spaces, their conversations, the letters they screw up and toss into the bin - is captured with ease. Both our world and cast are small. We explore only a single deserted home once inhabited by a handful of ordinary folks, but getting to know them isn't just a pleasure; it's a matter of life or death.

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Vikki Blake

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Pop-punk coming-of-age rhythm game Loud looks cute

20 hours 9 minutes ago

Pop-punk is not my musical (brand new) bag but I can't resist a coming-of-age story about a teenager who finds their place in the world by picking up a guitar. Give me Pugwall, give me Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains, give me Loud. Announced yesterday, the rhythm game will tell the tale of teen girl who goes from playing air guitar on a broom to wailing on the world stage. Loud looks cute, somewhere between Life Is Strange and Guitar Hero, and you can see a bit in the trailer below.

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Alice O'Connor