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

21 hours 2 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

21 hours 13 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

Magic-based battle royale Spellbreak shutting down

21 hours 19 minutes ago

UPDATE 1.30pm UK: Spellbreak developer Proletariat is being acquired by Blizzard, it has just been announced (thanks, Venturebeat).

All of Proletariat's 100-person staff will be enveloped into Blizzard's World of Warcraft team, including work on its upcoming Dragonflight expansion.

Blizzard previously absorbed Vicarious Visions, the talented studio behind various Activision titles including the recent Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2. That studio ultimately ended up working on Diablo franchise and has now been renamed Blizzard Albany.

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Tom Phillips

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The Hardest Friends Trivia Quiz You’ll Ever Take

21 hours 23 minutes ago

Friends is one of, if not, the most iconic television sitcoms of all time. If you’re a fan of the series, which you should be if you’re here to take this quiz, then you probably think that you know everything there is to know about Monica, Rachel, Chandler, Joey, Rachel, and Ross, but do you really?

This 26-question trivia quiz will test your Friends knowledge and we apologize in advance but it’s really hard… like super hard. It’ll be difficult to answer all of these questions correctly but we have faith that you all can do pretty well!

Let’s begin, shall we?

We’ll see who’s a true fan and who’s a fake fan.

(All images via Warner Bros.)

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Greysun Morales

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Pac-Man World remake replaces Ms Pac-Man with Pac-Mom

21 hours 43 minutes ago

Pac-Man World Re-Pac, the newly-announced remake of Pac-Man World, will feature Bandai Namco's Pac-Mom character instead of the original Ms Pac-Man.

This is the second time the switch has now occured, after Pac-Mom previously took Ms Pac-Man's place in Bandai Namco's Arcade Archives: Pac-Land earlier this year.

Again, the reason for the swap seems to be the messy legal issues surrounding ownership of Ms Pac-Man, which are the subject of a 2019 lawsuit.

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Tom Phillips

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It looks like Return to Monkey Island will be the last in the series

21 hours 50 minutes ago

The return of the Monkey Island series with the aptly named Return to Monkey Island was a welcome surprise when it was announced earlier this year (on April Fool's Day no less). After all, we had not seen a new game with Guybrush Threepwood at the fore since 2009.

However, while we are getting a return, this may not be the start of a new wave of games based in the sun-soaked Caribbean islands. Rather, this appears to be the last one of its kind.

Following its new gameplay trailer yesterday (see above) and the news it will be coming to the Nintendo Switch as a console first, the Return to Monkey Island developers unveiled a new website for the game. It is a great site, with playful interactive options for fans of the series, including the chance to 'chat' with series regular Stan.

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Victoria Kennedy

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How To Pre-Register For NBA All-World

21 hours 54 minutes ago

Niantic is all set to expand its mobile game portfolio with NBA All-World, a newly announced game that lets you “step into the sneakers of today’s NBA stars & go 1v1 against the best players in the world.” The basketball-based mobile game was announced on June 28 and even though it has no release date as of writing, interested players can sign up to check out the court early. Here’s how to pre-register for NBA All-World.

Pre-Registering For NBA All-World

The announcement of NBA All-World was paired with a brief trailer which even though is devoid of any gameplay or details, does a great job of setting up the mood. Niantic also opened up the pre-registration for the game, allowing everyone to sign up and be among the first ones to try the title out. The steps of doing so are pretty straightforward. To pre-register for NBA All-World, all you need to do is:

How To Pre-Register For NBA All-World?

  1. Head over to the pre-registration form on the game’s website.

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Shubhendu Vatsa

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Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak to Add Shagaru Magala, Furious Rajang

22 hours 1 minute ago

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Capcom has revealed the last remaining monsters for the upcoming Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak expansion, including Shagaru Magala. The announcement also revealed several new and returning monster variants, such as the Furious Rajang and Scorned Magnamalo. This gives fans a better idea of what to expect in terms of content for the next few months, once Sunbreak releases later this week.

One key reveal of the announcement is the Shagaru Magala. As the name suggests, the six-limbed, winged Elder dragon is the adult form of the Gore Magala. The monster has appeared in earlier Monster Hunter titles, making its debut in Monster Hunter 4. The trailer gives a brief glimpse of the monster's movements and attacks.

Furthermore, new and returning monster variants are set to appear both on Sunbreak's launch, as well as in the coming months. On launch, Capcom is bringing back the Furious Rajang, as well as adding a new Scorned Magnamalo variant. While Furious Rajang has been a staple in the Monster Hunter series for some time, the Scorned Magnamalo is new. Unlike its normal form, the Scorned Magnamalo is equipped with larger arm blades and is constantly covered in hellfire.

In August, the Seething Bazelgeuse will join the roster. The Bazelgeuse variant will join alongside the previously announced Lucent Nargacuga.

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Andrew Kiya

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Skull and Bones launch details appear online

22 hours 3 minutes ago

Another day, another Ubisoft release date leak. This time, it's details of Skull and Bones' long-awaited launch which have surfaced.

Details dug up from an Xbox store listing point to Skull and Bones having the usual array of pre-order bonuses, as well as premium items for an edition including a soundtrack and artbook.

A release date - 8th November 2022 - was also spied, thanks to regular store watcher Aggiornamenti Lumia, and subsequently verified by serial leaker Tom Henderson.

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Tom Phillips

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How to Get Prime Gaming Rewards in Fall Guys

23 hours ago

Looking for how to get Prime Gaming rewards in Fall Guys? Then, look no further as we have just the guide for you. Fall Guys has gone free-to-play, opening up its doors to millions of new players. Newcomers can also get their hands on some free cosmetics just by linking their Fall Guys and Amazon accountsas long as they have an Amazon Prime subscription.

Prime Gaming is a great source for free in-game bonus items and cosmetics for a variety of titles every month. Currently, Prime Gaming rewards for Fall Guys are available, so here’s how you can claim them.

How to Get Prime Gaming Rewards in Fall Guys

You can easily claim your free Prime Gaming Rewards by linking your Amazon account to Fall Guys. Once your account gets linked, you will get to claim a complete costume, and other perks, each month. However, you will need an active Amazon Prime membership for this.

The Fall Guys Prime Gaming rewards for June 2022 are:

  • The Amazing Falldazzler upper and lower costume
  • 6500 Kudos

For those wondering how they can link their Amazon account to Fall Guys, here’s a step-by-step approach:

How to Get Prime Gaming Rewards in Fall Guys

  1. Fire up Fall Guys and from the main menu bring up the options screen and select ‘Settings.’

    This can be accessed by pressing Esc on PC, Menu button on Xbox, or the touchpad on PS4/PS5.

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Shubhendu Vatsa

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NieR: Automata Sales Exceed 6.5 Million Copies

23 hours 1 minute ago

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The Japanese Twitter account for NieR revealed that sales for NieR: Automata have exceeded 6.5 million copies. This news comes five years after the game’s original release in February 2017. The number includes worldwide sales of both digital and physical copies. It also takes into account all three platforms the game is on.

NieR: Automata serves as a sequel to NieR, which is itself a spin-off of the Drakengard series. However, one can understand the story without needing to play other games in the franchise.  The game has won several awards over the years, as well as received nominations in various categories. These awards include Game of the Year, Best Storytelling, and Best Narrative. Within its first two months, sales for NieR: Automata exceeded one million units. In 2021, on the game's fourth anniversary, Square Enix announced that it had sold 5.5 million units worldwide.

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Stephanie Liu

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Pride Week: On Difficult Queer Games

23 hours 2 minutes ago

Hello! Once again Eurogamer is marking Pride Month with a week of features celebrating the intersection of queer culture and gaming. Today, Eli Cugini revisits Christine Love's Ladykiller in a Bind and argues for more tricky games about bad gays.

When I changed my name to Elia in 2021, the first game I ever played using my new name was Christine Love's visual novel Ladykiller in a Bind. Knowing very little about the game, and given my lifelong affinity for my fellow effeminate brunettes, I gave my new name to this character:

I assumed he'd be a sweet, queer character and I'd be able to relate to his storyline. As it turns out, minimising spoilers, The Boy is actually a manipulative, pathetic object of contempt with precious few humanising moments. So, now that's my guy. Go figure.

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Eli Cugini

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Heardle Song of the Day: Daily Clues and Answer (June 29, 2022)

23 hours 2 minutes ago

Heardle is one daily puzzle-solving game that has exploded in popularity over the past few months. Released two or so months ago, it tasks players with guessing the name of the song along with its artist by listening to a short music clip. Since you only have six guesses to nail today’s track, here are a few hints and the answer for Heardle’s song of the day for June 23, 2022.

Heardle June 29 Daily Song Clues

Each Heardle is randomly plucked from a huge list of popularly streamed artists. Therefore, users may face challenges while guessing the song in the first place. But, here are a few clues so that you can easily recognize the music yourself:

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Alex Gibson

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Today’s Byrdle Clue & Answer (June 29, 2022)

23 hours 2 minutes ago

Wordle has spawned a wave of new word puzzle games, some of them targetting various hobbies or interests. Byrdile, for example, challenges enjoyers of choral music to identify words related to that particular pursuit, and it’s proving hugely popular with enthusiasts of the musical genre. If that includes yourself and you’re struggling to decipher today’s Byrdle answer for June 29, Number 169, we’re here to lend a helping hand.

What’s the Best Word to Start With in Byrdle?

If you have played Byrdle for any length of time then you’ll be familiar with the fact that its answers include “proper nouns, plurals, and musical terms in other languages.” Occasionally, and unlike Worlde and many other similar games, the answers are not always English words but sometimes in other languages, such as Latin and Italian. You have six attempts to decipher the word before entering your final guess.

Just as in other word puzzle challenges, it’s always worth having a solid bunch of starting words that will help you get off on the right note. These often include at least two vowels and will not repeat letters. These include words like Audio and Raise.

While Byrdle doesn’t feature clues to help, you can check out the daily Tweet from the game’s developer, Robert Brignall, who offers insight into why each word has been chosen and what it means. There are no spoilers, but it should help put you on the right path with your guesses moving forward.

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Alex Gibson

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Today’s Jumble Answer (June 29, 2022)

23 hours 42 minutes ago

Wordle might be the internet’s big new obsession but comic book artist Martin Naydel’s Jumble has been stumping puzzle game enthusiasts since 1954. Once known as Scramble, the goal is straightforward: unscramble four words, then use selected letters from those words to complete a bonus challenge. There is an illustration that goes with each puzzle that offers a clue as to what the bonus challenge will be when unscrambled. If you’re into the game yourself but are now stuck on today’s Jumble answer for June 29, 2022, here’s what you need to know to keep your winning streak going.

Best Ways to Solve Jumble Word Puzzles

If you’re new to Jumble then you might like to know a few tips that we use to put us on the right path when it comes to unscrambling a bunch of random letters. While it’s often tempting to just stare at the letters in front of you and try to create words out of the image before you, there are actually a few protocols you can take to make decoding the jargon much faster. These include:

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Alex Gibson

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Cyberpunk 2077: Best HDR Settings

1 day ago

Cyberpunk 2077 somehow manages to look beautiful in some aspects and then fuzzy and unclear in others. We’ve already covered the blurry issue that many players have noticed in a separate article, but here we’ll be going over the best Cyberpunk 2077 HDR settings.

Probably just like you, the very first time I switched the game’s HDR from off to on it seemed to suddenly have a rather washed-out look. It was only after a whole bunch of fiddling with both the HDR settings and my TV settings that it appeared more vibrant and along the lines of what one would expect HDR to do. It’s still not perfect, and quite honestly some will actually find the game to look better on SDR, but it’s at least a whole lot better than before.

Before we continue, do note that settings like Film Grain, Motion Blur, and Chromatic Aberration should be turned off for maximum visual clarity. Make sure you’ve done this before messing with HDR.

Best HDR Settings in Cyberpunk 2077

There are only three HDR slider options available to you in Cyberpunk 2077: Maximum Brightness, Paper White, and Tone-Mapping Midpoint. Annoyingly, they only go up in increments of 10, too, so get ready for some button mashing to get them where they need to be.

By default, the standard settings seem to give the whole aesthetic a washed-out look as we mentioned above, but you can solve this by increasing and decreasing their values.

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Alex Gibson

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Who Havi Is in Norse Mythology

1 day ago

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla not only takes players to the shores of England, Norway, and North America, but also to an entirely different universe. Just as was the case in Origins and Odyssey before it, Ubisoft’s latest RPG features a mythological questline, too. This time, players travel to Asgard and Jotunheim, two iconic locations in Norse mythology. But when they arrive they aren’t playing as Eivor. So, if you’re playing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and wondering who Havi is in Norse mythology, here’s what you need to know.

Who Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Havi Is in Norse Mythology

According to a quick web search and referring to my trusty The Penguin Book of Norse Myths: Gods of the Vikings (Kevin Crossley-Holland, 1982), Havi is an alternative name for Odin. It roughly means “High One.”

This may not actually come as a huge surprise if you’ve played through even a short amount of the Asgard quest arc in Valhalla since many of the other gods refer to Eivor as Odin. But why the Havi name in the first place?

Well, it seems to be somewhat similar to calling a Roman Emporer “Ceaser” or an English King “Lord.”

As it happens, Odin actually has many names in Norse mythology, including Bróðr Vilis / Bróðr Vilja – “Brother of Vili,” which should mean something to you if you have played through the Snotinghamscire questline.

Of course, the name Odin is far more recognizable. Although, one reference to Havi that you might be familiar with is within the word “Hávamál.” This fairly well-known collection of Old Norse poems reads almost like a philosophical code of conduct, and the stories are supposed to be based on the words of Odin himself. The word Hávamál literally means “words of The High One.”

Minor story spoilers follow.

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Alex Gibson

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Can You Read My Hero Academia Manga Online for Free? Answered

1 day 3 hours ago

Given the immense popularity of My Hero Academia has found since the first release of its anime adaptation in 2016, you may be wanting to read its source material: the original manga by author Kohei Horikoshi. If you’re wondering if My Hero Academia is available to be read for free online, we have you covered with all the information you need below.

Can You Read My Hero Academia Manga Online for Free?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the straightforward answer here is no, the My Hero Academia manga is not available for free online. That being said, the silver lining is that My Hero Academia is readily available to purchase digitally from multiple storefronts and ViZ Media provides the most recent three chapters for free on their website.

The website for ViZ Media, My Hero Academia’s official English publisher, is the easiest recommendation to make for purchasing the manga, but it’s also available for the same cost on Google Play, Apple Books, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

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Justin Mercer

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Top 5 Places to Level Up Foraging in Lost Ark

1 day 6 hours ago

If there’s anything Lost Ark isn’t short on, it’s various activities and events that you can hop in and out of when you feel the need. You can even scour the landscape for plants to pick; it’s called Foraging. And yes, it’s a useful skill. Foraging is great for crafting potions (that could save your life), so you’ll need to know the top 5 places to level up foraging in Lost Ark.

Delphi Forest

Top 5 Places to Level Up Foraging in Lost Ark

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Early on, you’ll need the most optimal zone to level up your Foraging skill. In that case, you’ll want to visit Delphi Forest. For starters, tier 1 flowers will spawn in abundance. And, if you’re lucky, you might come across tier 2 flowers, too. The higher the tier, the more experience you’ll earn for picking them.

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Brady Klinger-Meyers

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5 Letter Words With WK as the Third and Fourth Letters – Wordle Game Help

1 day 7 hours ago

Looking for some help when it comes to figuring out the right answer in Wordle? You are in the right spot. After all, with six guesses, you will have plenty of room to pin down the right combination of letters, before reaching the final answer. In this guide, we’ll go through all of the 5-letter words with WK as the third and fourth letters to give you some options in your quest to maintain your streak.

Note that the following list of words has been tested and will work in Wordle. However, if you spot any missing or incorrect words, please inform us via the comments below so we can take a look at the list and update it if necessary.

All 5 Letter Words With WK as the Third and Fourth Letters

  • bawks
  • cawks
  • cowks
  • dawks
  • gawks
  • gawky
  • gowks
  • hawks
  • howks
  • lawks
  • mawks
  • mawky
  • pawks
  • pawky

Now that you are aware of the potential answers, it is time to put them to the test. Choose a word from the list and see what pops up. If you see green, you have the right letter in the correct spot, while yellow will mean positions need to be changed. As for grey, you can rule that letter out completely.

By methodically picking apart the potential answers, it won’t be long before you achieve success. For those in a hurry, here is the answer to today’s puzzle instead.

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Jake Su

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5 Letter Words Starting With G and Ending With Y – Wordle Game Help

1 day 7 hours ago

Wasting your guesses is a surefire way of having a bad time in Wordle, so instead of doing that, why not start things off by making educated guesses instead? Narrowing down the possibilities for the answer will set you up for success with fewer guesses. In this guide, we’ll go through all of the 5-letter words starting with G and ending with Y to give you a good idea of where to start and aid you on the quest to maintain your streak.

Note that the following list of words has been tested and will work in Wordle. However, if you spot any missing or incorrect words, please inform us via the comments below so we can take a look at the list and update it if necessary.

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Jake Su

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Tornado GR1 Announced; Fresno Yosemite Airport Released; London Biggin Hill Gets New Screenshots

1 day 7 hours ago

Today third-party developers had a release and reveals to share about add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

We start with Just Flight, which announced another work-in-progress rendition of the famous Panavia Tornado GR1 multirole aircraft.

According to the developer, it’ll feature 8K exterior and cockpit textures, and study-level systems functionality.

At the moment, no release date has been announced, but we get a few screenshots which you can enjoy below.

It’s worth mentioning that this is a completely separate project from the Tornado previously announced by IndiaFoxtEcho.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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5 Letter Words Starting With GA – Wordle Game Help

1 day 7 hours ago

Playing Wordle need not be a guessing affair, especially when you know that certain letters will make up the right answer. In this guide, we’ll go through all of the 5-letter words starting with GA to give you a good idea of where to start and aid you on the quest to maintain your streak.

Note that the following list of words has been tested and will work in Wordle. However, if you spot any missing or incorrect words, please inform us via the comments below so we can take a look at the list and update it if necessary.

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Jake Su

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5 Letter Words Ending With KY – Wordle Game Help

1 day 7 hours ago

Before you start guessing in Wordle, why not prepare yourself in the right way by knowing just what words will fit for the day’s puzzle? Once you know that certain letters are required, you will have a much easier time for your other guesses. In this guide, we’ll go through all of the 5-letter words ending with KY to give you a good idea of where to start and aid you on the quest to maintain your streak.

Note that the following list of words has been tested and will work in Wordle. However, if you spot any missing or incorrect words, please inform us via the comments below so we can take a look at the list and update it if necessary.

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Jake Su

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How to Launch the Overwatch 2 Beta on PC, Xbox, & PlayStation

1 day 7 hours ago

Overwatch 2 Beta is now available to play across multiple platforms for a limited time. Through this early access period, you’ll be able to participate in new gameplay modes and see the updated reworks of popular heroes like Doomfist and Bastion. So, if you are wondering how to launch the Overwatch 2 Beta, here’s what you must do to start this heroic journey.

How to Launch the Overwatch 2 Beta

PC, PlayStation, and Xbox users will gain instant access to Overwatch 2 Beta once they purchase the Overwatch 2 Watchpoint Pack.

After buying the exclusive add-on, you must complete the download and launch the game. Unfortunately, gamers that have acquired the pack through the Nintendo Store will not be able to play the Beta at this time.

Those who have signed up during the web opt-in may use the Beta code sent by email. However, if you haven’t received the code yet, Blizzard Entertainment has stated that they will try to provide access for all players no later than July 14.

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Kristina Ebanez

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Sonic Frontiers shows off "traditional, fast-paced" Cyber Space levels in new trailer

1 day 7 hours ago

First impressions of Sonic Frontiers have, it's fair to say, been mixed - but Sega is forging ahead regardless, now offering a look at the game's rendition of Cyber Space, where more "traditional, fast-paced" Sonic stages can be found.

Revealed during today's busy Nintendo Direct, Cyber Space is a mysterious digital realm that can be reached by uncovering ancient entrances around Starfall Islands - a cluster of landmasses incorporating Kronos Island, the lush area seen in Sonic Frontiers' divisive first trailers.

In order to unlock the Cyber Space entrances, players will first need to earn Portal Gears by solving puzzles and completing challenges around the "open zone" map. Once in Cyber Space, they can try their hand at "traditional, fast-paced, speed running action platforming" - linear stages more in line with classic Sonic action - earning Vault Keys required to progress further.

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Matt Wales

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5 Best Minecraft Fabric Mods

1 day 8 hours ago

There comes a time in every Minecrafter’s journey where the vanilla game gets a little samey, so why not spice up your gameplay with some exciting mods? As Fabric is a lightweight version of Minecraft allowing mods to be run on the client and server side, it is an excellent alternative to the well-known Forge mod loader. With several Fabric mods to choose from, we narrowed it down to 5 top Minecraft Fabric mods that fulfill performance, challenges and creativity.

Disclaimer: Using mods can corrupt files if they're not installed correctly!

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See our shortlist below and let us know what Minecraft Mods for Fabric are your favorite right now.

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Lindsey Salzer

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Top 10 Fastest Cars in Forza Horizon 5

1 day 8 hours ago

Forza Horizon 5 is full of high-powered cars that push the limits in terms of performance, from real-world vehicles to concept cars. Some are fantastic on off-road tracks; others thrive on long stretches of highway. But if it’s speed you’re after, to see how high the speedometer goes, here are the 10 fastest cars in Forza Horizon 5.

McLaren P1

10 Fastest Cars in Forza Horizon 5

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Despite being at the bottom of the list, the McLaren P1 is no stranger to speed. If you hopped into its real-life counterpart and maxed out the speedometer, the force would still hold you in the seat. And for good reason: the McLaren P1’s twin-turbocharged 3.8L V8+ electric motor and 903 horsepower.

In addition to its 7-speed dual-clutch and 664 lb-fs of torque, the McLaren P1 can reach a maximum speed of 253 MPH. In 2.8 seconds, the McLaren P1 reaches 60 MPH, so its acceleration is good, but only above average.

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Brady Klinger-Meyers

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Movie Heading to Theaters

1 day 9 hours ago

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Crunchyroll will handle the global theatrical release of the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime The Movie: Scarlet Bond Movie in early 2023. The film will first appear in theaters in Japan in November 2022. It will air in international territories in the next year. In terms of the movie’s plot, it will take place after the end of the second season.

According to a Crunchyroll press release, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime The Movie: Scarlet Bond will focus on a power called “Queen,” as well as a conspiracy surrounding it. Rimuru will partner up with an original movie character named Hiiro, who is a survivor of the Ogre race. There is no news as of yet regarding Hiiro’s voice actor in English or in Japanese.

As a reminder, this movie takes place after the second season, and thus may contain spoilers for those who have not finished. Here is the trailer for the movie. It features English subtitles:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4EPHOfgOdc

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is an isekai anime about Satoru Mikami, an office worker in Japan. One day, someone murders him. However, he finds that he was somehow reincarnated in a fantasy world. The catch is that he is now a Slime. The show is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.

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Stephanie Liu

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Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord for PS5, PS4, & Switch Features Gameplay & Dramatic Resonance in New Trailers

1 day 9 hours ago

Compile Heart revealed new trailers of its upcoming JRPG Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord.

The trailers show glimpses of gameplay, introduce the characters, and retain the musical themes of previous reveals showing a “dramatic resonance.”

The second video features the song “Story of Eternity” performed by Luna Haruna, one of the singing voices of the diva Fleur, intermingled with “Curse of Thousand Nights” performed by Aira Yuhki, one of the voices of the rival diva Glace.

Dramatic resonances are an interesting key concept implemented in the game, with songs that can be mashed up when they are performed at the same time on the battlefield.

This creates a “Dramatic Resonance” area, a positional element in which both the buffs created by the friendly diva and the debuffs created by the enemy diva are doubled in effect. Basically, you can step into that area for some high-risk, high-reward plays and you can check out more of how it sounds in previous videos.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Soul Hackers 2 for PS5, PS4, Xbox, & PC Gets New Trailer Showing Sabbath With Dakini, Lemon Frost, & More

1 day 9 hours ago

Today Atlus released one of its daily trailers of the upcoming JRPG Soul Hackers 2, focusing on some of the demons that will be featured in the game.

Today’s video showcases another Sabbath, a feature of the game that lets you unleash a bunch of demons at the same time for a bonus attack.

It includes Dakini, Seiryu, Take-Minakata, Chironnupu, Lemon Frost, Archangel, Bicorn, Pazuzu, and Thunderbird

The trailer also includes the daily horoscope, but this one features eight lucky signs for today instead of the usual ranking. If you’re Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, Pisces, Scorpio, Taurus, Gemini, Leo, or Virgo, June 29 is going to be a good day (if you believe i this kind of stuff).

You can check the video out below.

Soul Hackers 2 releases for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC (Steam and Windows Store) on August 26, just one day after the Japanese launch on August 25.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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New Quebec French Language Law Has Game Devs Fearful Of The Future

1 day 10 hours ago

A new law recently passed in Quebec, Canada designed to force immigrants to learn and use French in a short amount of time has many game developers in the area worried. The new bill could make it harder for studios to recruit and keep talent in a part of Canada that contains numerous big game studios and companies.

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Hell Freezes Over: Xbox Outsells PS5 in Japan – Unlocked 550

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Yes, you're reading that right: Xbox Series X and S outsold the PS5 in Japan, of all places, both individually and combined. We discuss this small victory for Xbox in Japan as well as the bigger picture. Plus: we debate the proposed inclusion of microtransactions in Halo: The Master Chief Collection and their effect on the industry at large (including the upcoming Diablo 4), our reaction to Overwatch 2 overwriting the original game, and more!

Subscribe on any of your favorite podcast feeds, to our YouTube channel, or grab an MP3 download of this week's episode. For more awesome content, check out our recent interview with Todd Howard, who answered all of our Starfield questions after the big reveal at the Xbox Showcase:

For more next-gen coverage, make sure to check out our Xbox Series X review, our Xbox Series S review, and our PS5 review.

Ryan McCaffrey is IGN's executive editor of previews and host of both IGN's weekly Xbox show, Podcast Unlocked, as well as our monthly(-ish) interview show, IGN Unfiltered. He's a North Jersey guy, so it's "Taylor ham," not "pork roll." Debate it with him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan.

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Ryan McCaffrey

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Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis Reveals New “Waker” Class & PSO2 10th-Anniversary Event

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Today Sega had a few reveals to share about upcoming content for its MMORPG Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis.

First of all, we get the reveal of the “Waker” class which will be introduced in August.

It’s somehow similar to the Summoner of Phantasy Star Online 2, but it features relevant differences. For instance, a waker can fight with three different types of familiars that don’t need to be raised or fed, unlike pets.

They also use the Harmonizer in melee combat, which is very different from the summoner.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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The Mighty Thor Jane Foster Joins Marvel’s Avengers Today Alongside A Pair Of Gameplay Videos

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The Mighty Thor, Jane Foster’s godly alter ego, swoops into Marvel’s Avengers today. Crystal Dynamics released a pair of videos showcasing her thunder-based abilities, giving fans a look at how she compares to her original male counterpart.

Jane arrives as a free character in all versions of Marvel’s Avengers. The narrative explains that Jane was torn from an alternate reality in which she is the one and only Thor. Odinson renounced Mjolnir following A-Day, and though Jane developed cancer, her transformation into the Goddess of Thunder halted the disease as she battled to protect Inhumans from persecution. One day, a Tachyon Strom caused by AIM opened a portal that dropped Jane into the game’s universe. She joins up with the Avengers to uncover the cause of the rifts and figure out how to return home. 

The Mighty Thor wields Mjolnir with more precision than Odinson and sports new abilities that highlight her increased finesse. You can watch the War Table video below for a complete breakdown of her skills or watch the video below for a non-commentary gameplay demonstration.

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Marcus Stewart

Get a 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD for $185 with this discount code

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Adata's Premium SSD for PS5 might be the most misleadingly titled storage device on the market. Okay, it is a high-spec SSD suitable for the PS5, but it's also a really good value PCIe 4.0 SSD for PCs too. Today, it's down to $185 at Adata's official Ebay store when you use the code FREEDOM15 - an unbelievable price for the level of performance on offer.

That's some $145 below MSRP and way cheaper than similarly-specced 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSDs like the Samsung 980 Pro ($260) or Crucial P5 Plus ($244).

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Will Judd