October 2022

What are we all playing this weekend?

2 months ago

It's been a while since I could do this: pinch and a pinch for the first of the month, and no returns! You've been... Octobered. Hey, don't sweat it. You can keep that bloody nose all month to get a jump on Halloween. You're welcome, by the way.

What are you playing this weekend? Here's what we're clicking on!

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Alice O'Connor

Dome Keeper review - not quite digging it

2 months ago

Dome Keeper divides me. There's a part of me, each time I play, that's really happy to return, to feel the ground give under my drill, to hoist my mined resources triumphantly to my command centre and turn them into upgrades to improve my base. This time, I tell myself, I will build better and survive longer and make my dome's defences impenetrable. This run will be the one.

Then, inevitably, it isn't. Just as I get some real momentum going, a particularly savage wave of shadowy monsters overwhelms me, from both the air and ground, and my precious dome cracks and breaks and I am done for. Game over, try again. And the other part of me is peeved it failed. But I know this is how it goes, that these games are about trial and error and experimentation, and feeling your way to winning combinations of upgrades, so I grit my teeth and excavate the ground beneath my dome again.

But each time I repeat the cycle, some of the sheen fades, because the core activity in the game, digging, doesn't really change. Every time I face it anew, it feels more like the laborious work it is, and I know it will be a while before I unlock the upgrades that make light of it. And just as I do, just as I build up that sense of momentum again, the inevitable overwhelming wave of enemies comes and I am dead again, and my willingness to start over wanes.

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Robert Purchese

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Super Robot Wars’ Huckebein Mk-II HG Plamodel Will Launch in 2023

2 months ago

Super Robot Wars OG Huckebein Mk-II HG Plamodel

Bandai announced at the 2022 All Japan Model & Hobby Show that it will release an HG plamodel of the Huckebein Mk-II from the Super Robot Wars: Original Generation series in March 2023. The set will include the mech's notable armaments, such as the Photon Rifle, Chakram Shooter, and G-Impact Cannon.

Huckebein Mk-II will be the fourth SRW OG mech to receive an HG plamodel adaptation. Masaki Andoh's Cybaster was the first unit to have a plamodel released in 2021. Kyosuke Nanbu's Alteisen and the Gespenst followed suit afterward.

Super Robot Wars OG HG Plamodels - Cybuster Gespenst Alteisen HuckebeinMkII

The return of Huckebein has been a huge topic in the SRW user base. There was an alleged copyright issue involving the Huckebeins due to their similarities in designs with Gundams. The issue started when anime adaptations of Original Generation began appearing in the late 2000s.

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Kite Stenbuck

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Dorfromantik's on Switch and I love it more than ever

2 months ago

In a weird way, I feel ever so slightly sorry for the team of students who made Dorfromantik. Call it Joseph Heller Syndrome: first time out and they've made a classic. Does that leave them confused? Fearful? I suspect not, and this is why I only feel ever so slightly sorry for the team. The bad news is they've made something that will be hard to top, but the good news is that they have made something that will be hard to top. They have brought happiness to hundreds of thousands of us around the world. That kind of feeling sticks around, I think.

I play Dorfromantik an awful lot. It's a hex-based tile game about making landscapes. You get a stack of tiles with little rivers, train tracks, forests, villages, grass or farmland on, and you plonk them down. Quests appear to connect certain amounts of a certain type of landscape, and these quests, once fulfilled, give you more tiles. Eventually, though, you run out. Game over. Defeat? Not really, because you've been making a landscape all this time, worrying about the details, and once you're out, the landscape is finished. You get to see the whole thing as if for the first time. You made that!

Dorfromantik has just landed on Switch, which explains why I'm doing what I'm doing at the moment. I'm trying to unlock the Midwinter biome. Biomes are unlockable prizes that give the landscape a certain colour scheme or vibe. Midwinter does what you'd expect it to: it makes it look like winter. But more than that it transports me to Christmas, and to the bookshelves where the Christmasest book of all time lives, John Masefield's The Box of Delights. Christmas in the countryside! Dorfromantik is the most Masefield game of all time when you're playing with Midwinter. You hover above the landscape, above the woods and fields and little copses. I feel a bit like Santa.

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Christian Donlan

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JAM Project Will Perform Muv-Luv Alternative Anime Season 2 Opening

2 months ago

Muv-Luv Alternative season 2 anime will have opening song by JAM Project and Minami Kuribayashi

JAM Project will perform the opening theme song for the second season of the Muv-Luv Alternative anime. The five-singer group will collaborate with Minami Kuribayashi to perform "Akatsuki wo Ute" (Shoot the Dawn). The group first made the announcement on its official website.

The announcement also revealed a single CD for "Akatsuki wo Ute" that will go on sale on November 2, 2022. The disc will include another song by JAM Project titled "Can never go home," as well as instrumental versions of both songs.

Meanwhile, V.W.P (Virtual Witch Phenomenon), the group behind the first season's opening theme, "Rinne" (Reincarnation), will also return to perform the second season's ending theme, "Saikai" (Reunion).

Avex Pictures has also uploaded the second trailer for the Muv-Luv Alternative anime's season 2. People can listen to a sneak peek of both "Akatsuki wo Ute" and "Saikai" by watching the trailer.

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

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Kite Stenbuck

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Half-Life 2’s Excellent VR Mod Is Almost Too Good To Be True

2 months ago

As of last week, a long-held dream of playing Valve’s landmark 2004 shooter Half-Life 2 in virtual reality has finally come to fruition. The journey began nearly 10 years ago, when a man named Nathan Andrews managed to hack together a functioning version of the all-time classic in VR. This was before any Vives,…

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Claire Jackson

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Sackboy: A Big Adventure Will Visit PC in Late October 2022

2 months ago

Sackboy A Big Adventure is coming to PC

Sackboy, one of the mascots for the PlayStation, will soon appear on PC. Sony Interactive Entertainment announced via PlayStation.Blog that it will release the PC version of Sackboy: A Big Adventure on October 27, 2022. The PC game will be available on Steam and the Epic Games Store.

The PC version of the Sackboy game will support the PS5's DualSense controller by default, but it will also support mouse and keyboard controls. Additionally, it will support variable refresh rate and wide screens up to 21:9, as well as Nvidia DLSS2 for GeForce RTX GPUs.

Sony also shared the PC spec requirements needed to run Sackboy: A Big Adventure. The minimum requirements will generate a 720p 30fps gameplay with 8 GB RAM, an Intel Core i5-6400 or AMD FX-6300 for CPU, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon R7 265 for GPU. The highest ultra settings, which can generate 4K and 60fps, will require 16 GB RAM, a Core i9-9900k or Ryzen 9 3950X for CPU, and RTX 3080 or RX 6800 XT for GPU. The game can also go up to 120fps if the user's PC display supports HDMI 2.1 or DisplayPort 1.4.

Furthermore, the company announced that people who pre-purchase the game on either PC platform will be able to obtain costumes and emotes modeled after Ghost of Tsushima's Jin, Detroit: Become Human's Connor, Days Gone's Deacon St. John, and Death Stranding's Sam Porter Bridges.

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Kite Stenbuck

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Cyberpunk 2077's revival continues as it becomes one of the most popular games on Steam Deck

2 months ago

Cyberpunk 2077's recent revival includes an uptick in players jumping into Night City on Steam Deck.

According to stats shared by Valve, Cyberpunk 2077 is the fourth most popular game on Steam Deck by total hours played, topped only by Stardew Valley, Elden Ring, and Vampire Survivors - in that order.

We've already told you about Cyberpunk 2077's second life. Cyberpunk 2077 initially shifted 13m copies when it arrived for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in December 2020, but interest in the game dropped when word of its technical issues spread.

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Vikki Blake

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Who Is Garaki Kyudai in My Hero Academia? Explained

2 months ago

The latter portion of My Hero Academia sees some major shifts in its story structure and stakes compared to its earlier arcs, and for good reason. The idyllic days of making friends and growing stronger make way for times of turmoil, and the villains of the series’ world rear their heads in quick succession. One such villain is the doctor responsible for Shigaraki’s transformation into the final big bad, but if you’re like many fans, his appearance left you wondering: Who is Garaki Kyudai in My Hero Academia?

Fortunately, we’re here to explain everything you need to know about the character.

Who Is Garaki Kyudai in My Hero Academia? Answered

From what has been revealed in the series thus far, Garaki Kyudai is an established doctor and medical researcher in the world of My Hero Academia who deals in shadier businesses under the surface.

Incredibly skilled in medicine and a fervent examiner of the development of Quirks in the population, Ryudai is an authority on helping people understand how their powers work. He’s noted as being involved with and working at several hospitals throughout the country and penned a thesis on the possibility of Quirks eventually becoming so powerful and destructive that they could destroy the world if not controlled properly.

This is, in turn, is why he ended up allying himself with All for One. Convinced by the Big Bad of the world that he was the only one capable of controlling the ever-growing number of quirks, Kyudai decided to help All for One achieve a longer life span and gain the influence needed to absorb any quirk he wished. He began experimenting on human test subjects to better understand how Quirks can be blended into a single body and devised ways for All for One to be able to harness as many quirks as possible.

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Keenan McCall

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Immortals: Muv-Luv Alternative Will Re-Launch in Spring 2023

2 months ago

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Good news to the players who played the now-defunct Immortals: Muv-Luv Alternative – the game will re-launch in Spring 2023. It originally came out in March 2022 before shutting down almost immediately due to bugs that made the game unplayable. The re-launched version of the game will be one that improves on the base of the original. [Thanks, KaroshiMyriad!]

According to the announcement on the Immortals: Muv-Luv Alternative website, the development team will work with NextNinja to publish the title. NextNinja has worked on mobile titles such as Grand Summoners, Touhou LostWord, and and Warau Arsnotoria. As the new game will essentially be an upgraded version of the original, it'll count as a new release.

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Stephanie Liu

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War Games: Real Conflicts is a UK exhibition exploring "what video games tell us about conflict"

2 months ago

Imperial War Museum London's new exhibition wants to challenge "perceptions of how video games interpret stories about war and conflict".

Entitled War Games: Real Conflicts | Virtual Worlds | Extreme Entertainment, the exhibition is running from now until May 2023 and seeks to "delve into one of today’s most popular storytelling mediums and ask how the reality of war is represented in the virtual world of a video game".

"Featuring 12 diverse case studies, War Games invites visitors to interrogate the tension that exists between the thrill and tragedy of warfare in a game and its repercussions in the real world," a press release says.

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Vikki Blake

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Watch Dogs creator joins NetEase Montreal

2 months ago

Watch Dogs creator Jonathan Morin has joined NetEase Games.

Morin – who will "help lead NetEase Games Montreal to create a new IP, powering NetEase's mission to become one of the biggest video game publishers in the world" – brings 24 years of "AAA" experience after having "played a key role in shaping the critically acclaimed Watch Dogs franchise at Ubisoft and vastly contributed to the Far Cry series".

NetEase stopped short of revealing what new project Morin will be working on but says he joins other "major talent hires" including some from Quantic Dream, Jackalope, and Nagoshi Studio.

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Vikki Blake

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New Players Would Need to Pay Around $12,000 to Purchase Every Original Overwatch 1 Cosmetic

2 months ago

Overwatch has been a staple in the gaming community since its launch in 2016. After winning Game of the Year months after release, Blizzard Entertainment stuck by the live-service multiplayer shooter for the long run with years of content updates. As with any multiplayer live-service title, content updates bring fresh cosmetics for the playable characters. Overwatch is no different as players had plenty of skins, victory poses, voice lines, and a bevy of unlockable content to purchase during each new content update.

Overwatch has been an active title for six years, and with Overwatch 2 on the horizon, players have had concerns on how the switch will impact the cosmetics they’ve earned over the years. Leading up to release, Blizzard has done addressed a ton of those concerns, reaffirming that cosmetics will carry over between both games, although the unlocking of heroes and other features are locked behind a First Time User Experience.

However, it seems like the first-time player experience maybe a rough one for newer users especially when it comes to the cosmetic side of the game. One clever Reddit user in the Overwatch community took the time to divulge how much it would cost to unlock every cosmetic in the game and to no surprise, or it may surprise some, the numbers are very high.

If a first-time user were interested in purchasing all of the cosmetics for Overwatch 1’s hero pool in Overwatch 2, it would roughly cost them around $12,000.

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John Esposito

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What Is the Quirk Singularity Doomsday Theory in My Hero Academia? Explained

2 months ago

If you’re nearing the latter portion of the My Hero Academia series, then a question has probably started to worm its way into your head with each passing episode and chapter: What is the Quirk Singularity Doomsday Theory in My Hero Academia, and why are so many characters bringing it up with increasing regularity? Fortunately for you, we were left wondering the same thing. After doing some research, these are the key facts we found that we think every fan should know about.

My Hero Academia Quirk Singularity Doomsday Theory Explained

At its core, the Quirk Singularity Doomsday Theory in My Hero Academia is a sort of looming threat that is being caused by the constant evolution of Quirks.

First hypothesized by the doctor Garaki Kyudai, this theory posits that each successive generation of Quirks will lead to new mutations that make Quirks more powerful and harder to control. This, in turn, will lead to a snowball effect, wherein Quirks will eventually become too powerful and complex for people to successfully manage, leading to widespread destruction and the potential end of the world.

As the series has gone on, this theory has proven valid and largely accurate. By the point in the series where Deku and his classmates are in their prime, Quirks are already seeing dangerous mutations that have the potential to cause widespread devastation if not properly controlled. Shigaraki’s Quirks is an especially potent example, with it being hard to control and capable of widespread destruction.

Can the Quirk Singularity Doomsday Be Stopped?

As for whether or not anything can be done to stop the Quirk Singularity Doomsday in My Hero Academia, it’s still yet to be seen.

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Keenan McCall

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Ed Sheeran Song Will Appear in Pokemon Scarlet, Violet

2 months ago

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Ed Sheeran’s “Celestial” will appear in Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet. You can watch the entire music video and listen to the full version of the song on services such as YouTube. The music video is interspersed with stylized cartoons of Pokemon. As he goes about his day, they appear to either help him or wreak havoc.

You can watch “Celestial” with Japanese subtitles from Ed Sheeran’s YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23g5HBOg3Ic

It is unknown in what context this song will play in Scarlet and Violet. It is also unclear if the full song will be available in game. As of the time of writing, “Celestial” is #7 on YouTube’s trending list for music. It has already accumulated over 2.1 million views on September 30, 2022, though the video came out on September 29.

Aside from stylized cartoony version of the Pokemon (courtesy of artist Yu Nagaba) appearing in the music video, there is also a sequence that references Pokemon: The First Movie. Ed, instead of Ash, leaps between Mew and Mewtwo’s fight while Pokemon from the first generation cheer him on. The starters from the Galar region also make cameo appearances as Ed’s Pokemon.

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Stephanie Liu

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Ubisoft Announces Playtests for a New Co-Op Shooter, Project U

2 months ago

Ubisoft has just announced a new co-op shooter, Project U.

Almost nothing is known about the upcoming game, which was announced today, but Ubisoft has already opened registration for its upcoming playtests.

“Codename ‘Project U’ explores a new concept of session-based co-op shooter, where many players unite to prevail against an overwhelming threat!” says the game’s official announcement.

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The game is currently in early development, with the first PC-only closed playtest taking place in western Europe.

Although the game will be entirely in English, the company is encouraging players from across Europe to get involved and will be available in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.

“We'd love to play with you and gather your valuable feedback in order to improve the game experience and steer production in the right direction!” said Ubisoft.

If you’re interested in taking part in Project U playtesting, you can register here.

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Ryan Leston

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Gundam Evolution’s Team Shooter Soul is Weighed Down by Monetization’s Gravity

2 months ago

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It's still the early days of Bandai Namco's new team shooter Gundam Evolution - the game came out for PC about ten days ago as of this writing - but things are already looking up. The time it spent in testing wasn't wasted, either: Already quite refined, the play experience is smooth almost to the point of feeling frictionless. Bandai Namco has learned, and learned well from the example of Overwatch and its many copycats, and landed the essentials with aplomb.

For those uninitiated, Gundam Evolution is Bandai Namco's attempt to adapt one of the most iconic anime franchises of all time to the rigors of a free-to-play, team-based "hero shooter". Rather than secret agents, superheroes, or elite soldiers, Evolution plumbs the decades of Gundam history for inspiration. As of launch, 17 mobile suit mecha from a wide range of Gundam series form the playable roster. Twelve are playable from the beginning, with five more unlockable by various means (more on that later).

Gundam Evolution

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Josh Tolentino

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Imagine any console having a launch line-up as good as Steam Deck's most played games in September

2 months ago

I've no idea how many Steam Decks Valve have sold, but cor: it sure seems to be a success in terms of the diversity of games people are enjoying on it.

Yesterday, the official Steam Deck Twitter account shared a list of the most played games on the handheld PC gaming machine in September. The list includes Vampire Survivors, Elden Ring, Stardew Valley, Cyberpunk 2077, Hades and No Man's Sky.

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Graham Smith

Skyrim is now available DRM-free from GOG

2 months ago

Skyrim has been released and re-released several times and is available for almost anything that plays games at this point. As of two days ago, it's even now available DRM-free from digital retailer GOG.com. The GOG release is "entirely playable offline" and includes all the Anniversary Edition content "without the need for Creation Club access."

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Graham Smith

The Community Spotlight 2022.10.01

2 months ago

Welcome to the latest edition of the Giant Bomb Community Spotlight! I, @zombiepie, am once again honored to be your host as we look back at the best community-created works from the previous week. With the site's staff girding their loins for the first in-person live studio event in over two and a half years, sentiment is at an all-time high. Speaking of which, if you still are confused, the Great Giant Bombathon: LIVE will be an all-day stream of in-person content starting at 12 PM EDT on Wednesday, October 5th. Nonetheless, we are getting ahead of ourselves! Without further ado, let's get into the site-related news and wonderful things the community has been up to recently.

News

It's time to review a new batch of news and information about the pull t-shirt designs. First, and foremost, Giant Bomb is not going to reprint the recent shirts until they find a new merch partner. The store has been shut down and is on "hiatus" until further notice. An email about shirt refunds should've gone out to everyone who tried to buy one. If your order has been cancelled and you did not get a refund, please drop a comment in the previous thread. If you are wondering what the end-goal might be, Rorie believes that the site will reprint the new designs and its previous merchandise in a few months but it will involve a whole different billing/shipping situation.

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Marino - Brad Lynch

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Lots of Muv-Luv Alternative Models Presented by Kotobukiya at All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2022

2 months ago

The All Japan Model & Hobby Show 2022 is being hosted at the Tokyo Big Sight venue un the Japanese capital, and Kotobukiya came armed with goodies for Muv-Luv Alternative fans.

First of all, we get to see the first unpainted prototype of the Type-77 Gekishin plastic model kit, which was previously shown only in illustration form.

On top of that, the company showcased the first painted prototype of the Type-97 Fubuki. Both of these are entirely new models created to celebrate the Muv-Luv Alternative anime.

Neither has a release window for the moment.

We also get plenty more plastic model kit reprints from the old series, all of which are going up for pre-orders.

  • 1/144 Scale Type-00F Takemikazuchi Mana Tsukuyomi Version
  •  Non-Scale Type-00R Takemikazuchi Imperial Royal Guard 16th Batallion Commander Version
  • 1/144 Type-94 Shiranui Isumi Valkyries Version
  • Non-Scale Type-94 Shiranui Full-Option Version
  • 1/144 Grapper Class BETA
  • 1/144 Tank Class Beta

We also get to see a Non-Scale F-14 Tomcat that doesn’t have a release window just yet.

You can see plenty of images below shot by yours truly at the booth.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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New Warhammer 40,000: Darktide Trailer Shows Preacher Class & Zealot Archetype

2 months ago

Today Fatshark released a new trailer of its upcoming FPS Warhammer 40,000: Darktide.

This one is interesting as it showcases how the class system works in the game.

You can choose between four archetypes: Zealot, Veteran, Psyker, and Ogryn. You can the n specialize further with a class, and today we take a look specifically at the Preacher class within the Zealot archetype,

As you can imagine, flamers and hammers are commonly seen in their hand, because that’s how you best purge the heretics, albeit their basic weapons are much more humble combat axes and autopistols.

You can check out the trailer below, which shows plenty of gameplay.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will launch on PC and Xbox Series X|S on November 30, 2022. It was supposed to be already out, but it was recently delayed.

If you’d like to see more, you can enjoy a previous trailer from Gamescom and another from Summer Game Fest, showing more gameplay and features.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Official Berserk Website Teases Mysterious Countdown for 70 Days Away

2 months ago

We have no idea what this means, but a countdown has appeared on the official Berserk website. Considering the current remaining time is not that far under 70 days, it doesn’t connect to Berserk: The Golden Age Arc – Memorial Edition which was released onto Crunchyroll today.

When slipped through Google translate, the heading text of the countdown reads as: “another thing”, but otherwise doesn’t give anything away.

This Berserk countdown will likely lead to an announcement for either a separate anime series or a third season of the 2016 revival that already covered both the Conviction and Falcon of the Millennium Empire arcs in the two seasons that aired. Regardless of what form it takes, it can be expected that this new series/season will be a continuation and cover the Fantasia Arc that started in chapter 308 of the Berserk manga. For reference, 369 chapters have been produced.

All that we have at this time is speculation, as we are just as in the dark about this as you are, and we love it. This has been a packed couple of months for anime releases, and it is also the perfect time for a crazy countdown to appear related to one of the most important manga series of all time.

Any work on new anime materials would be the first to be produced since the death of the influential Berserker mangaka Kentaro Miura.

We will be sure to keep you informed when we know more about what this countdown could be leading us towards.

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Cameron Waldrop

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How To Get the Frosted Glass Custom in Cod Vanguard & Warzone

2 months ago

Weapons aren’t just for killing in COD Vanguard and Warzone, but also an opportunity to show off your drip in the form of blueprints. Obtaining one can drastically, or subtly, alter the way your favorite firearm looks as well as the stats. They also come in a variety of rarities as well, like the beautiful and legendary Frosted Glass custom for the PPSH-41. Interested in getting it yourself? Here’s how to get the Frosted Glass custom in COD Vanguard and Warzone.

Getting the Frosted Glass Custom in Cod Vanguard & Warzone

Unfortunately, in order to obtain the Frosted Glass custom in CoD Vanguard and Warzone, you have to have played during Season 1. The custom, among many other rewards, were limited to the Battle Pass from that season; once a season is over, most rewards are locked off for good.

The Frosted Glass custom blueprint was obtainable through the Bone Chiller bundle, which also included the Frozen Ghost custom with a similar snow white color scheme.

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Brady Klinger-Meyers

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How To Earn Money Quickly in Phasmophobia

2 months ago

Equipment in Phasmophobia can make or break your effectiveness and performance in your paranormal investigations, but the tech doesn’t come cheap. You’ll be able to earn money by starting (and surviving) investigations if you hope to ever use the more advanced equipment in the game. It takes time though, so here’s how to earn money quickly in Phasmophobia.

Get Money Quickly in Phasmophobia

If you’re hoping to leave with a big payday in Phasmophobia, it’ll take a bit of legwork before you can start raking in cash at a good pace. To earn money quickly, you’ll have to take advantage of Phasmophobia’s difficulty settings: the higher the difficulty, the more money you’ll earn during an investigation, even if you don’t photograph a ghost.

  1. Unlock ‘Nightmare’ difficulty in Phasmophobia.

    To do this, you’ll need to reach level 14. By setting the difficulty to Nightmare, the money you earn will be multiplied exponentially. Up until then, it’s a great opportunity to get acquainted with the smaller maps in Phasmophobia.

  2. After choosing a small map, don’t worry about bringing equipment.

    All you need is a camera. Small maps include: Bleasdale Farmhouse, Camp Woodwind, Edgefield Street House, Grafton Farmhouse, Ridgeview Road House, Tangleweed Street House, Willow Street House, and the restricted version of Sunny Meadow’s Mental Institution.

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Brady Klinger-Meyers

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Star Citizen Gets New Videos on Alpha 3.18’s New Features & AI as Crowdfunding Passes $501 Million

2 months ago

Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games revealed new videos about its growing space simulator.

The first video showcases the state of new features coming soon in Alpha 3.18, which includes rivers, hull scraping (which is the first tier of salvaging), the Arena Race Track (IE: Star Citizen Kart), Sand Caves, changes to the prison System, the Daymar Crash site, Siege Islands on Orison, and more.

The second video is an extensive interview with AI director Francesco Roccucci, as he talks all things AI-related.

You can check out both videos below.

In other Star Citizen news, the crowdfunding total just passed $501 million and it’s currently sitting on $501,008,579.

The number of registered accounts has also just passed 4.1 million, having reached 4,104,883 at the moment of this writing.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Key Disco Elysium Developers Have 'Involuntarily' Left the Company [Update: ZA/UM Responds]

2 months ago

Developer ZA/UM has responded to the news that key members of the Disco Elysium team have departed the studio involuntarily.

In a statement to IGN, a ZA/UM spokesperson put emphasis on Disco Elysium being a team effort, and said development continues on the studio's next game:

"Like any video game, the development of Disco Elysium was and still is a collective effort, with every team member’s contribution essential and valued as part of a greater whole. At this time, we have no further comment to make other than the ZA/UM creative team’s focus remains on the development of our next project, and we are excited to share more news on this with you all soon."

Following Martin Luiga's message, Robert Kurvitz, Helen Hindpere and Aleksander Rostov confirmed that they were no longer with the studio. No further information has been offered about the circumstances of the departures.

According to Martin Luiga, an editor on ZA/UM's Disco Elysium, key members of the company, including lead writer and designer Robert Kurvitz, writer Helen Hindpere, and lead of art and design Aleksander Rostov, have left the company in an "involuntary" manner.

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Adam Bankhurst

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Phasmophobia devs accused of "housing a sex pest" on its Discord server

2 months ago

Kinetic Games - the indie team behind massive ghost hunting sim Phasmophobia - has been accused of "housing a sex pest" on its official Discord server.

In a series of messages shared on Twitter, Dandy @ 6.2 – who clarifies that they are "not a victim in this" but is "speaking out for a friend who IS a victim who otherwise felt like she had no voice" – posts a number of incriminating messages that intimate that despite reporting him, the alleged "sex pest" known as Charcoal Salamander had yet to be stripped of his "admin" role on the server.

"So who else knew that the Phasmophobia devs are housing a sex pest in their official discord by keeping him admin and refusing to take any claims against him seriously because I sure do now," tweeted Dandy @ 6.2.

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Vikki Blake

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Disco Elysium dev reveals some team members left "involuntarily"

2 months ago

UPDATE 3/10/22: Disco Elysium developer ZA/UM has issued a statement today saying that the remaining team remains focused on the development of their next project, as those who departed the company confirm they are no longer working at the studio.

"Like any video game, the development of Disco Elysium was and still is a collective effort, with every team member's contribution essential and valued as part of a greater whole," a spokesperson for the developer said.

"At this time, we have no further comment to make other than the ZA/UM creative team's focus remains on the development of our next project, and we are excited to share more news on this with you all soon."

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Vikki Blake

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Tencent is "aggressively seeking" majority stakes in more gaming companies

2 months ago

Chinese megacorp Tencent is reportedly "resetting its mergers and acquisitions (M&A) strategy" by focussing on "buying majority stakes mainly in overseas gaming companies".

According to Reuters, Tencent traditionally acquired minority stakes and was content with being a "passive financial investor", but it is now "aggressively seeking to own majority or even controlling stakes in overseas targets", chiefly in the "core gaming sector". Metaverse assets are also reportedly of interest to Tencent.

Citing "four people with direct knowledge of the matter", Reuters adds that the shift in Tencent's M&A strategy "comes as the world's number one gaming firm by revenue is counting on global markets for its future growth, which requires a strong portfolio of chart-topping games" and follows regulatory issues in its home country.

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Vikki Blake

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Ubisoft "working" to bring Stadia players to PC through Ubisoft Connect

2 months ago

Ubisoft says it's working to "bring the games you own on Stadia to PC".

In a statement posted over the weekend, Ubisoft said it didn't have "specific details" on the proposal but would share them - along with more information for Ubisoft+ subscribers on Stadia - "at a later date".

"While Stadia will shut down on January 18, 2023, we're happy to share that we're working to bring the games you own on Stadia to PC through Ubisoft Connect," Ubisoft tweeted.

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Vikki Blake

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In Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume, A Cat and A Chair Play Key Roles

2 months ago

Suzume

Your Name. Director Makoto Shinkai's new movie, Suzume no Tojimari (a.k.a. Suzume's Door-Locking), has an official international name, and it's just Suzume. Toho Films also uploaded the film's second trailer on Thursday. Along with the trailer, an update to the official website also revealed its key visual and more casting information. The film opens in Japan on November 11, 2022.

Check out the film's poster visual below.

Suzume trailer

Here's the second Suzume trailer. English subtitles are available in the closed captions.

Note: The trailer reveals scenes and dialog that may be considered spoilers. If you want a look at the movie that's a little less explicit about plot details, try watching the first trailer instead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVU0zESXS5c

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Josh Tolentino

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GTA 5 player wants your help getting around Los Santos legally after failing their in-game driving test

2 months ago

A GTA 5 player who failed their in-game driving test is only using public transport to get around Los Santos.

After failing their San Andreas driving test, redditor MotorDesigner reached out to the GTA subreddit for advice on the best way to get around the city without a car - legally, in other words, even though the concept is comically novel in any GTA game, of course.

Admittedly, the in-game driving test doesn't look too troublesome - questions include when it's permissible to run a red light, what the correct driving position is, and how best to drive when "getting serviced orally by a girl while driving" - MotorDesigner failed to meet the San Andreas Department of Motor Vehicles' low, low standards, and therefore cannot drive legally in the city.

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Vikki Blake

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