Xbox Head Defends Bethesda In Wake Of Crunch Allegations

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At an all-hands meeting on Thursday, Xbox addressed the growing employee concerns about labor conditions at Bethesda Game Studios and its parent company, ZeniMax. Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios, said he was “confident” that the studio was not crunching, and that it was “unfair” to attribute crunch culture to…

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How Do You Download Overwatch 2 Beta? Answered

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Want to know how to download the Overwatch 2 beta? In this second test, players can finally get their hands on the brand new hero, Junker Queen, and a new map Paraíso. Luckily, both console and PC players are eligible to download the Overwatch 2 beta, and here’s a comprehensive guide for the same.

How to Download Overwatch 2 Beta?

How to Download Overwatch 2 Beta?

Before moving forward, it’s worth noting that players who have registered for the second early access can participate in the latest Overwatch 2 beta. Here are the steps to download Overwatch 2 Beta on PC:

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Tarun Sayal

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Islands & Trains looks like Townscaper but with trains - and that's perfect

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It's been a good few years for relaxing, sandbox building games, and Islands & Trains looks to fit right in. Its name also does most of my job for me: this is a game about constructing islands, right? And then you build trains on them, yeah? It's "coming soon" and it looks delightful in GIFs the developer has been posting on Twitter.

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Graham Smith

DNF Duel Review

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It’s hard not to see the similarities between DNF Duel and 2020’s Granblue Fantasy Versus: they’re both 2D fighters developed by Arc System Works; they’re both based on a franchise that’s wildly popular abroad but not as well-known in North America (in this case, Dungeon Fighter Online); and most notably, they’re both deceptively complex. Simplified controls and a guard button can easily be the death knell for a true competitive fighting game, but ArcSys and 8ing (the team behind Marvel vs. Capcom 3) haven’t added them at the cost of skill. Instead DNF Duel is a game of resource management, patience, and creative problem solving wrapped up in a beautiful package, although it may not be as friendly to newcomers as intended.

DNF Duel joins the growing number of fighting games using simplified inputs to help ease you into its control scheme. Special moves can be performed with only a button press, or a button combined with a direction, but those who go the extra length of using the more traditional quarter-circle motions are rewarded with better resource recharge. It’s nice to have the quick option while still being given a boost for putting in the extra effort, and the simplified inputs mean fights are about understanding what each character’s moveset can really do.

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Ronny Barrier

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All the Confirmed Characters in Disney Dreamlight Valley So Far

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Disney Dreamlight Valley, a life-sim adventure game, was recently featured in the latest Nintendo Direct, after having been announced a few months back. At the Nintendo Direct, it was announced that early access for Disney Dreamlight Valley will be available on Sept. 6, 2022. This gives us a perfect opportunity to look at who are all the confirmed characters in Disney Dreamlight Valley so far.

In Disney Dreamlight Valley, players will have the opportunity to explore the mysterious new Dreamlight Valley, getting the chance to explore various locations and complete a variety of tasks. More importantly, though, players will get the opportunity to interact with many characters from both Disney and Pixar films. With many more to be announced and seen, these are the characters that have so far been seen inhabiting this intriguing new valley:

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Joel Tapia

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How to Get All Secret Planets in Solar Smash

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Aren’t sure about how to get all secret planets in Solar Smash? Then, we have you covered. Solar Smash is a planet destruction simulator, where players can destroy entire planets with the help of weapons like nuclear missiles, lasers, and more. 

Apart from all the regular planets, there are some secret planets in Solar Smash, and if you aren’t sure what they are, here’s a look at every secret planet along with how to unlock it in Solar Smash.

How to Get All Secret Planets in Solar Smash

There are a total of eight secret planets and here’s how to get all secret planets in Solar Smash.

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Shubhendu Vatsa

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Sayonara Wild Hearts devs are making a similarly stylish murder mystery

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Simogo are perhaps best known now for power pop rhythm game Sayonara Wild Hearts, but their next game, Lorelei And The Laser Eyes, looks like something of a return to their roots. It's a mystery game, a puzzle game, set in a baroque manor and - as per everything they make - dripping with style. Check out the announcement trailer below.

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Graham Smith

Harley Quinn Season 3 Arrives on HBO Max This July

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Today HBO Max and DC Comics revealed the release date for season 3 of their hit HBO Max series, Harley Quinn. The wildly inappropriate yet laugh-out-loud hilarious series will be premiering on July 28 on HBO Max.

Season 3 looks to pick up a few weeks after season 2, exploring Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, Harlivy as the couple is referred to, on their “Eat, Bang, Kill Tour.”

It’s important to note that there was a comic book adaptation of the Harley Quinn series that was recently released, called “Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour” which fills in the gaps between season 2 and season 3.

Harley Quinn Season 3 will also see the return of staple characters such as Clayface, King Shark, and Batman while bringing in new characters like Firefly, the Court of Owls, and James Gunn. Yes, director and writer James Gunn will be making an appearance this season.

The teaser showcases these characters, along with some of the bonkers things audiences can expect to see. For example, there looks to be a certain scene between Catwoman and Batman that references a popular meme of the two on Twitter.

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Joel Tapia

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Review: Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Asks ‘What If’

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Review: Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Asks What If Three Houses Musou

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is a Musou game that asks a lot of “what ifs.” What if Byleth didn’t come to Garreg Mach as a teacher? What if someone else ended up aiding Claude, Dimitri, and Edelgard when the three encountered bandits? What if, instead of a traditional tactical game like Three Houses, Three Hopes was a more active one? The answers to all of them, perhaps not shockingly, are rather fascinating.

Shez is a mercenary. Who were they working for? It doesn’t really matter. What does is that they face the Ashen Demon Byleth and Jeralt’s mercenary company on a battlefield, and things go awry. Everyone Shez worked with is killed, and they nearly fall. However, a being named Arval’s fate ends up intertwined with theirs. This grants them extraordinary power. It also leaves the two with a mission. That is, get revenge on Byleth. However, as they go about finding Jeralt’s group again, they end up in the same position as Byleth did in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. That is, they wind up at Garreg Mach and tied to one of the three houses. However, in this case Shez is a student alongside the other characters, and their fate intertwines with Claude’s, Dimitri’s, or Edelgard’s.

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Jenni Lada

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How to Preload Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak on Nintendo Switch

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Want to know how to preload Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak on your Nintendo Switch? We’ve got you covered in this guide, where we’ll explain the steps you need to take in order to start your epic journey. Moreover, we’ll also answer any preload questions for PC users of the game and provide information about exclusive content. So, here’s everything you need to know about this Expansion Pack.

How to Preload Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak on Nintendo Switch

The only way you can preload Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is by pre-ordering the game. If you go to the Nintendo Store, you should see a sentence right below the ‘Pre-Order’ button stating, “This lets you pre-load the game, so you’ll be able to play as soon as the game is released.” According to the latest information, the preload contains the DLC 13GB update data, which will be released on June 30.

Because this game requires a hefty amount of memory from your Nintendo Switch, it is recommended to clear out unwanted games from your device or use a microSD card. After the download is complete, you can expect to see new features of the Monster Hunter Rise universe, including unique monsters, weapons, locales, and characters.

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Kristina Ebanez

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How to Fix the Overwatch 2 Watchpoint Pack Not Working

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Need to know how to fix the Overwatch 2 Watchpoint Pack Not Working error? This can be an extremely frustrating issue for players, as having an item and all of the perks you just purchased not show up just straight up sucks. Don’t worry, though, as we’ve got everything you need to know about troubleshooting this issue.

How to Fix Watchpoint Pack Not Working in Overwatch 2

Since the download of the Overwatch 2 beta, and thus its Watchpoint Pack, starts on Tuesday, June 28 at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET, many are wondering where all their stuff is, as we’ve now passed that time in the day. The answer is that the access to the beta and its content are being rolled out in waves currently.

This is set to take about an hour or so at most to get through, so you’ll just have to be patient. Alongside this, it is also worth double checking that you’ve gotten the addition of Overwatch 2 that has the Waypoint pack, as there are two separate ones that can be purchased.

And that’ll just about do it for everything you need to know on how to fix the Overwatch 2 Watchpoint Pack Not Working error. If you’re still looking for more info on the game, be sure to check out the rest of Twinfinite to see the rest of our guides, which have plenty of tips, tricks, and FAQs.

There should also be some more Overwatch 2-related content down below that you may find helpful, as well as some other news for the game. For any questions you have about the game that you can’t seem to find the answer to, always feel free to reach out to us in the comment section and we’ll do our best to help.

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Andrew McMahon

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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion Is Up for Preorder

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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is set to release for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC sometime this winter, before the end of the year. It’s a remaster of a game that originally came out for PlayStation Portable in 2007, and it acts as a prequel to the original Final Fantasy VII. Retailer listings are starting to go up, so you can preorder the console versions now on Amazon.

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Note that the March 31, 2023 date is a placeholder. The game’s official announcement says it’ll be out this year. We'll add more links above as the listing goes up at other retailers and on other platforms.

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Chris Reed

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Spy x Family Getting Yor Forger Nendoroid Figure and She’s Absolutely Adorable

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Today Good Smile Company made a new Spy x Family Nendoroid figure portraying heroine Yor Forger available for pre-order.

You can currently reserve her on God Smile’s own American and Japanese stores, priced at respectively $55.99 and ¥ 6,100.

The release window is December 2022 for Japan, while American customers will have to wait until February 2023.

She’s sculpted by Nendoroid superstar Shichibee of Matsuda Model and she’s the usual 100mm tall approximately.

The figure comes with optional daggers and three face plates with different expressions.

You can check out what she looks like in the gallery below. Incidentally, Nendoroids for both Loid and Anya have been revealed earlier this month and will release respectively in November and December in Japan.

They’re still available for pre-order, so you’re still in time to grab the whole trio.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Senran Kagura 2 3DS LRG Pre-orders Open

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Senran Kagura 2 3DS LRG Pre-orders Open

LRG 3DS Physical copies of Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson are on the way. The company opened up pre-orders for it on June 28, 2022. It will cost $39.99. While there’s no exact figure regarding how many will be available, there will only be a limited number made. Once sold out, people will not be able to get a copy of the Double D Edition.

The Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson Double D Edition doesn’t just give folks a copy of the game. They also get an extra bonus. A two-disc soundtrack is included. It features songs taken directly from the beat'em up.

Here's a closer look at the 3DS game and CDs that will come with it.
Senran Kagura 2 3DS LRG Pre-orders Open

This is essentially a reproduction of the original September 2015 release. At the time, XSEED Games offered a $49.99 special edition that also gave people a copy of the game and the soundtrack.

LRG is now accepting pre-orders for physical copies of Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson for the Nintendo 3DS. It is in pre-production, and there's no exact release date for it yet. Digital copies are immediately available.

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Jenni Lada

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Everything Shown At Today's Nintendo Direct Mini

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Switch-owning JRPG fans are feasting today. The biggest standouts from today’s Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase include Persona 5 Royal and Nier: Automata ports for the Nintendo Switch, but there were also neat-looking indie titles like the beautifully handcrafted RPG Time: The Legend of Wright and visually…

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Sisi Jiang

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Battle Royale Game Spellbreak Shutting Down Servers in 2023

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Spellbreak, the free-to-play magic-based battle royale game, will be shutting down its servers in early 2023, developer Proletariat announced today.

“Our vision was to create a fresh, multiplayer action-spellcasting game with exceptional movement and class customization that would give players the chance to unleash their inner battlemage,” the studio said in a statement from the announcement. “We are grateful to everyone in the game’s community for exploring the magical worlds and experiences we created together. Spellbreak was an ambitious project that saw our team push new boundaries in design and development and we are excited to continue to innovate as we create new titles in the future.”

Spellbreak first launched into early access on PC in 2018, then officially released for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in 2020. The battle royale game differentiated from others as the genre became more popular at the time by replacing guns with magical abilities. Up to 42 players could equip and upgrade their spells every match until one person or team survived.

It did very well when it officially launched, racking up five million players in its first month, but its interest has seemingly waned as more battle royale type games have flooded the market since then.

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Tom Meyer

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The Witcher DLC is Coming to Lost Ark This Winter

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Lost Ark is receiving The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt-themed DLC that's expected to be released this winter.

The DLC was revealed during Lost Ark's summer showcase (that focuses on the South Korean version of the game) and spotted by PCGamesN, it's currently unclear if the DLC will be released for just this version or if it'll hit the western version of Lost Ark too.

Details are still hazy, but CD Projekt Red told IGN that it's "working with Smilegate RPG to bring the most authentic Witcher experience to Lost Ark. The collaboration is expected to be added to Lost Ark this winter."

Fans are already speculating what the DLC will be - with some hoping for a brand new Witcher class and others expecting skins based on The Witcher and perhaps a quest to go alongside.

Lost Ark was first released in South Korea in 2019 but only launched in the west earlier this year. Updates to the western version have followed the South Korean one pretty accurately, but updates still trail behind the South Korean version.

It won't be the first time Geralt of Rivia has appeared in another game franchise as he was made a fighter in Soul Calibur 6 when it was released in 2018.

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Ryan Dinsdale

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R Trailer Reveals New Character Pet Shop

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Bandai Namco released another character trailer of its upcoming fighting game JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R.

The video showcases one more of the new characters that have been added with the “R” version, Pet Shop.

He’s one of the most unique antagonists of the third arc of the series, and we see him in action alongside his stand Horus.

As a bonus, we also see him fighting against Iggy in a recreation of their fight in Dio Brando’s mansion.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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July's Xbox Games with Gold include Torchlight and Thrillville: Off the Rails

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As we ready to catapult with full enthusiasm into summer, Microsoft has announced July's Xbox Games with Gold, this time giving subscribers on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S access to Torchlight, Thrillville: Off the Rails, Beast of Maravilla Island, and Relicta.

It's not exactly a blockbuster line-up then, but there's certainly some fun to be had. Developer Runic Games' Torchlight, for instance, is an enjoyable Diablo-esque dungeon-crawler from 2009. This isn't the first time it's appeared as part of Xbox Games with Gold though (it was last available in July 2019), so it's entirely possible this one is already hanging around your library.

Thrillville: Off the Rails, meanwhile, is the 2007 sequel to Frontier Developments' Thrillville, an attempt at creating a more accessible spin on the classic theme park sim genre. "It's not complex, it's not challenging, but it's not trying to be," said Eurogamer in its review. "It's an enjoyable family game which also has appeal for retro gaming fans and drunk people."

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Matt Wales

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NieR: Automata Fan Festival Coming in November

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NieR Automata Fan Festival

Square Enix announced a NieR: Automata fan festival will be held in November 2022. The event will take place at the Tokyo Garden Theater in Japan. It will commemorate the five year anniversary of NieR: Automata. It will be held from November 25-26, 2022. Square Enix is selling tickets through a lottery system through its Square Enix e-Store digital storefront from June 28, 2022 to July 18, 2022. Winners will be contacted on July 26, 2022. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

A total of six seating options for the NieR: Automata fan festival are available. These include a series of standard tickets, which range in price from 12,000 yen (or $88) to 10,000 yen (or roughly $73), depending on their location. The S seat tickets will cost 12,000 yen (or $88), with the A seat tickets costing 11,000 yen (or approximately $80), and the B seat tickets costing 10,000 yen (again, about $73).

A second tier of tickets, which also range from S to B seats, will come with exclusive merchandise which is a black penlight that features Emil's head. S seat tickets, with the mentioned penlight, will cost 15,400 yen (or $113), the A seat tickets will cost 14,400 yen (which is roughly $105), and the B seat tickets will cost 13,400 yen (or approximately $98)

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Kazuma Hashimoto

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Harvestella Combines Action-Packed Role-Playing With Laid-Back Farm Life This November

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Harvestella is Square Enix’s new RPG meets farming sim announced during today’s Nintendo Direct Mini. 

The game takes place in a world where the four seasons are dictated by four giant crystals called Seaslight. But the cycle is interrupted due to an abnormal event that creates a “season of death” called the Quietus, which causes crops to wither and threatens all life.

Harvestella’s gameplay splits time between action-focused dungeon crawling and laid-back farm management. Players globetrot to areas representing the four seasons to battle monsters and explore dungeons. You can even hop in a submarine to traverse the oceans. Combat involves executing team maneuvers with party members, and each character can be outfitted with different jobs that grant unique characteristics, skills, and combat styles. 

When you’re not fighting for the world’s survival, you’ll return to your village to tend to your farm. Raising crops and livestock lets you harvest ingredients for crafting. When the work is done, socializing with townsfolk is another key diversion. Along the way, you’ll meet a cast of characters such as a time traveler from the future, and completing tasks for them grants rewards and improves your bonds with them. 

Harvestella looks intriguing and we can’t wait to see more of it. It’s also not terribly far away, launching November 4 for Switch and PC via Steam.

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Marcus Stewart

A Fortnite x Fall Guys Event Might Be Coming Later This Week

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Seeing as Fall Guys has just become free-to-play isn’t the only reason to celebrate. According to data miner @_FireMonkey on twitter, Fall Guys is set to have a collaboration event with Fortnite starting tomorrow and lasting until July 11. Participants will be able to earn Fortnite items as well as 3,500 Kudos in Fall Guys.

Here is the original tweet giving details for the event:

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Cameron Waldrop

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Cheapest iPhone 2022

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The latest lineup of iPhone 13 models packs the most value we’ve seen from the iPhone ever. Featuring a sleek design, gorgeous screens, and fantastic cameras, there’s almost nothing to like about Apple’s latest smartphones. The only caveat to the newest iPhone is its price, but the good news for you is there are other iOS devices you can get to save yourself a bit of cash. If you’ve been looking for the cheapest iPhone to play Apple Arcade games or to not be the odd one out with green texts, this is the guide for you.

iPhone SE

The iPhone SE is the absolutely cheapest iPhone you can buy new at $429. Despite rocking an old design that’s been around since the iPhone 6, this handset features Apple’s latest A15 Bionic chip. That means this phone is lightning-fast, can play every Apple Arcade game with ease, and will connect to 5G networks. The only things that hold back the cheapest iPhone are its small 4.7-inch screen, singular 12MP wide-angle camera and it doesn’t feature MagSafe, though you can still wireless charge this device.

iPhone 13 Mini

If you want the latest and greatest from Apple’s newest iPhone 13, just get yourself the mini version for $599. The iPhone 13 Mini is a bit smaller than Apple’s other handsets with only a 5.4-inch screen, but if you have smaller hands you might find having a more compact handset to be beneficial. It still packs Apple’s latest A15 Bionic chip, 5GB, plus a 12MP wide and 12MP ultrawide camera for the best iPhonegraphy.

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Kevin Lee

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Spy x Family Yor Forger Nendoroid is in Her Thorn Princess Outfit

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The Yor Forger Spy x Family Nendoroid is on the way, and the Thorn Princess will appear alongside the other members of her family

Good Smile Company opened up pre-orders for the Spy x Family Yor Forger Nendoroid. Even though those are starting about two weeks after the Anya and Loid pre-orders, all of the figures will appear at about the same time. First, Yor will show up in Japan in December 2022. After that, she’ll come to North America in February 2023. She will cost ¥6,100/$55.99.

Rather than her casual look, the Yor Forger Nendoroid is based on her Thorn Princess alter ego. While she's an ordinary office worker by day, she's an assassin by night. As such, she'll include a set of blades she can wield. She also has three face plates. One is a serious expression. She's smiling gently in another. In the third, she's blushing and smiling.

Here's a closer look at the Nendoroid.

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Jenni Lada

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Robin's Gotham Knights Toolkit Includes Teleportation And Slingshots

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Robin Gotham Knights Preview Trailer Breakdown

With Gotham Knights exploring what life is like in a post-Bruce Wayne world, his iconic sidekick is wondering what a Robin is without a Batman. Apparently, he's unleashing his full potential and hacking advanced superhero bases to level up his vigilanteism.

In a new character trailer, Robin shows off how he disposes of Gotham's thugs. His standard melee combat is centered around quick attacks and the use of his quarterstaff for leverage and mid-range beatdowns. Robin also has a stealthy element, enabling active camouflage to mask his presence and sneak up on unsuspecting suspects. The most surprising reveal in the trailer is that the Boy Wonder has tapped into the Justice League satellite to enable short-range teleportation to zip around Gotham to get the drop on enemies or make impossible leaps a reality. He's also using holograms to deploy decoys to deceive dummies in combat.

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John Carson

Cover Reveal – Sonic Frontiers

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Over the last 31 years, the Sonic the Hedgehog fan base has dashed through several distinct eras. The Classic Era let fans platform through brilliantly designed 2D stages, while the Modern Era gave us the Adventure games and Boost games, and that's not even counting the Sonic Boom titles. Now, with the movies setting box office records and reinserting everyone's favorite blue hedgehog back into the mainstream consciousness, a new era for Sonic the Hedgehog games could very well be upon us. With Sonic Frontiers, Sega and Sonic Team could hope to welcome fans to the Open-Zone Era of the franchise.

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Brian Shea

Xbox Games With Gold for July 2022 Revealed

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Microsoft has announced that July 2022's Games with Gold are Beasts of Maravilla Island, Relicta, Thrillville: Off the Rails, and Torchlight.

As revealed on Xbox Wire, the four Games with Gold offerings will be available to anyone with Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, with Beasts of Maravilla Island and Thrillville: Off the Rails available starting on June 1.

Beasts of Maravilla Island is a Pokémon Snap-esque game where players take on the role of a wildlife photographer exploring a mysterious island. Players will solve puzzles and interact with the wild and wacky creatures of Maravilla island in the two to three hour adventure.

Also available on July 1 but only until July 15 is Thrillville: Off the Rails, an Xbox 360 game from 2007 that lets players manage their own theme park and build their own rollercoasters. Though it's relatively simple overall, the myriad mini-games sprinkled in led IGN to call it "a fun little package" in our 7/10 review.

Available later in the month, on July 16, is Relicta, a first-person, physics-based puzzle game where players must creatively combine magnetism and gravity in order to proceed. Taking on the role of a physicist stranded on a derelict moon base, solving puzzles is the only way to save your daughter and perhaps all of humanity in these eerie sci-fi adventure.

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Ryan Dinsdale

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Xbox Games With Gold for July 2022 Announced

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Xbox has announced the free games you will get to pick up with your Xbox Live or Game Pass Ultimate subscription in July 2022. Once again, there will be four games on offer at both halves of the month.

All of the below games will be available to play on your Xbox console of choice, whether that be an Xbox One or a Series X|S. If you want to boot up an Xbox 360, you will still be able to play the latter two titles.

  • Beasts of Maravilla Island ($9.99 ERP): Available July 1 to 31
  • Relicta ($19.99 ERP): Available July 16 to August 15
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails ($9.99 ERP): Available July 1 to 15
  • Torchlight ($14.99 ERP): Available July 16 to 31

If any of these titles aren’t games you are aware of, we have more information to share with you.

Beasts of Maravilla Island

Unlock the wonder by taking pictures of the elusive and beautiful creatures on a mysterious, dreamlike island. Explore a 3D jungle teeming with unusual and playful life. Climb, explore, and solve puzzles. Use your grandfather’s journals and his trusty old camera to snap pics of otter-crocodiles, birds disguised as bananas, and much more. It’s up to you and your photographer’s eye to help share Maravilla’s magic with the world.

Relicta

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Cameron Waldrop

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Sonic Origins tech review: glitches and a steep price make for a tough sell

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Sonic the Hedgehog's original 16-bit adventures are considered some of the best games in Sonic history and - for my money - some of the best games ever made. Since their original appearance, they've been re-released many times over, most often as little more than emulators paired with original ROMs. Sonic Origins is different though: a fully rebuilt suite of the original 16-bit games using the Retro Engine, the same tech that powered the brilliant Sonic Mania. This release even includes Sonic 3 and Knuckles, a rarity whose inclusion makes this one of the most exciting Sonic releases in a long time. Sonic Origins has a lot to offer then but there's always the potential for issues too - and sadly Origins does have a few.

Sonic Origins reminds me of Sonic Jam for the Sega Saturn - the first complete collection porting each of the original Mega Drive games to a new platform, with a huge selection of bonus material including videos, music and illustrations. So this is effectively Sonic Jam 2 - all the 16-bit games, plus Sonic CD, surrounded by a wide range of bonus material and alternative gameplay modes designed to expand upon the formula.

To explore that material, you traverse six islands: four represent key games in the package while the others offer bonus features including a movie gallery, illustrations and a comprehensive jukebox. The entire front-end was created using Sonic Team's proprietary Hedgehog Engine, the very same engine powering many of its games including Sonic Forces and Sonic Generations. When you launch one of the games, the Retro Engine powered games are displayed as a surface within the game's user interface. It's an approach we've seen in numerous other retro collections but, in this case, there are drawbacks.

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John Linneman

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Little Noah: Scion of Paradise Announced & Released for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC

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Today, during the Nintendo Direct Mini broadcasted by the house of Mario and Zelda, Cygames revealed Little Noah: Scion of Paradise.

The game is for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC, and it’s one of these cases in which the reveal matches the release. It’s already available for all three platforms.

The game is a roguelite action game available exclusively in digital form and priced at a rather affordable $14.99.

Yet, DLCs are also coming, crossing over with Cygames’ popular franchise Princess Connect! Re: Dive and Uma Musume: Pretty Derby.

They will include Avatars, Lilliputs, and Accessories inspired by the two popular mobile games respectively in August and September. A bundle with both DLC will also be available.

In the meanwhile, you can check out the trailer below.

Little Noah: Scion of Paradise prompts the player to explore dangerous dungeons, battle mighty enemies, and collect mana to repair Noah’s airship and strengthen her powers.

A special combo system lets you unleash devastating damage culminating with powerful “avatar bursts” based on several jobs including Alchemist, Flameaxe, Frostblade, Windspear, and more.

You can recruit over 40 allies named Lilliputs, borne of advanced alchemy, they will fight by your side throughout the dungeons.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Railgrade Railroad Management Sim Heading to the Switch and PC

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Railgrade Railroad Management Sim Heading to the Switch and PC

An Epic Games railroad management sim showed up during the June 28, 2022 Nintendo Direct Mini. Railgrade is on the way. It will show up in Fall 2022. It also won’t be a Switch exclusive. People will also be able to find it on the Epic Games Store for PCs.

In Railgrade, people will go through 50 missions and additional side missions. Your goal in each one will be to ensure materials and power get where they need to go on space colonies. You’ll need to ensure the right trains are used for the correct supply chains and tracks run in such a way that everything arrives in a timely fashion.

Here's the new trailer for the game.

Minakata Dynamics is the developer behind this railroad management sim. While it also worked on Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble, this has been its focus since 2020.

Railgrade will come to the Nintendo Switch and PC in Fall 2022.

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Jenni Lada

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When Does Lorelei and the Laser Eyes Come Out?

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It’s no secret that the Nintendo Switch is home to some absolutely bizarre games. Lorelei and the Laser Eyes came out of nowhere in the latest Nintendo Direct and brought an unsettling atmosphere. This game will be for those who like weirdly abstract puzzle games. Here’s when Lorelei and the Laser Eyes will be coming out.

When Lorelei and the Laser Eyes Will Come Out

Lorelei and the Laser Eyes will be coming to PC and Switch in 2023, that is all we know for a release date thus far. It makes sense that a mysterious game would have a mysterious release date.

For those who maybe don’t understand what the Lorelei and the Laser Eyes reveal trailer during the Nintendo Direct was trying to show you, we have more details. The Steam page still plays into the enigma, but at the very least it describes the game as “a non-linear adventure.” Though, going by the trailer, that doesn’t mean too much.

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Cameron Waldrop

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Minecraft Legends new gameplay trailer has big Dragon Quest Builders energy

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Mojang Studios announced Minecraft Legends during this month's Summer Geoff Fest, dubbing it an "action strategy" Minecraft spin-off that's being made in collaboration with Blackbird Interactive, the folks behind Homeworld 3 and Hardspace Shipbreaker. And that was the extent of our knowledge at the time. Well, thanks to Nintendo's latest Direct Mini, we got the briefest slice of new gameplay which expands our knowledge just a smidge further. Seems fun? I think?

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Ed Thorn

Pac-Man World Remake Launches August 26

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During Nintendo’s Direct Mini, Pac-Man made a surprise appearance with the announcement that Pac-Man World will be getting a full remake. The news was announced via a trailer that showcased the Pac-Man World Re-Pac, which is set to launch on Aug. 26, 2022.

Check out the announcement trailer for yourself down below.

Originally released in 1999 for the PlayStation, Pac-Man World was the titular characters switch to a full 3D platforming title. The premise follows Pac-Man setting off to Ghost Island to rescue his family after they’ve been kidnapped, and Re-Pac will be following the same premise.

Throughout six mysterious worlds, you’ll butt-bounce, throw Pac-Dots, rev-roll, and super-size Pac-Man in order to save your family. As shown in the trailer, the game will also boast updated visuals, better performance, and an updated UI.

Outside of the main story, there will be additional modes for you to partake in such as a collection of 3D mazes called Maze Mode while beating the Quest Mode will unlock the classic Pac-Man experience. The upcoming remake is set to launch for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on August 26, 2022, with pre-orders up for grabs now.

If you’re still on the hunt for more news from the Nintendo Direct Mini event, be sure to check out all of the other news that was revealed during the showcase by searching Twinfinite.

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John Esposito

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