August 2023

Bandai Namco asks Tekken 8 players to please stop playing the cracked beta

11 months 3 weeks ago

Bandai Namco has issued a warning to Tekken 8 players still playing the now-concluded closed network test (or, CNT) through nefarious means.

Tekken 8's latest network test ran over the weekend, and provided those taking part with a taster of what's in store. But, of course, the beta's files were cracked, allowing some players to continue beyond the test period.

Perhaps understandably, Bandai Namco does not want this to continue and has now issued a warning to anyone playing a cracked version - saying that anyone continuing to play breaches both the game's terms of service and the Tekken World Tour code of conduct.

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Victoria Kennedy

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PSA: Baldur's Gate 3 weighs in at 122GB and there's no preload

11 months 3 weeks ago

A public service announcement here for anyone taking this Thursday off work to play Baldur's Gate 3 on its PC launch - beware that the game is a hefty download, and there's no pre-loading available.

On PC, at least, Baldur's Gate 3 weighs in at 122GB. It's global launch time is 4pm UK on the 3rd August - that's 5pm CET, 11am Eastern or 8am Pacific.

If you've been playing via Early Access, your saves won't carry over - but "so much has changed that it's really worth it to start afresh", developer Larian has said.

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Tom Phillips

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What to Play This August

11 months 3 weeks ago

Hello, happy August, and welcome back to our new recurring series, What to Play This Month, a roundup of the best games from the last one and the things we're most excited to play from the month ahead - plus our other suggestions for what might complement it.

As a reminder, the goal for us with this series is simple enough: there are more games releasing than ever, so we're aiming to narrow things down and help you cut through the noise.

Let's dive in! Here's What To Play This August.

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Chris Tapsell

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Make Way offers fishtailing horror across a race track that you build as you go

11 months 3 weeks ago

Make Way reminds me of the time a friend fell down a flight of stairs while trying to show me a card trick. He was fine, I should say: fine at the start of it and mostly fine at the end of it. Merely flustered, mildly askew, as if he had encountered a bug he could not replicate.

He had just fanned the cards - I don't know why we were standing at the top of a flight of stairs - and then his ankle wobbled. Down he went - still, somehow, mostly standing upright. My sense was of a polite, reserved person, a magician, steadily receding from view, and the air was suddenly alive with these tiny flickering shards of light. They were his cards, I guess, rapidly unfanned, glinting in the sun as they twisted to earth.

Not that Make Way is a game about cards or magicians. But it is a game about gravity and chaos and - in a manner of speaking - falling downstairs. It's a top-down racer, a genre which is pretty much chaos already. Like Mashed, a bunch of you each choose a separate car, and try to race to the end of a treacherous track. Fall off the track or fall out of view of the camera and you're out until the next checkpoint. The difference? The difference is in Make Way you also make the track that you drive on.

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Christian Donlan

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Remnant 2 Sells 1 Million Copies in First Week

11 months 3 weeks ago

Gearbox Publishing has announced that Remnant 2 has sold more than one million units in its first week across PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC.

The three-person cooperative shooter launched on July 25 to high praise from players and critics, with the excitement around the long-awaited sequel clearly converting to sales too.

"To everyone who helped us achieve this amazing milestone, thank you for your unwavering support," said Gunfire Games CEO David Adams. "This was a multi-year journey for us and we couldn’t be happier to see fans having such a great time with a game we put our heart and soul into."

Gearbox Publishing San Francisco president Yoon Im added: "Remnant 2 exceeded our expectations. As a commercial and critical hit, we’re incredibly proud of the Gunfire team and everyone here at Gearbox Publishing who brought this title to life.

"As excited as we are, we’re incredibly thankful to the Remnant community who supported us and the Gunfire team during development. To the new Remnant fans who joined our community in the past week, we’re thrilled you joined us on this journey."

The sales milestone perhaps isn't too surprising as Remnant 2 shot to the top of Steam's best-sellers list ahead of its launch. Gunfire Games said it was "humbled" and "grateful" for the overwhelmingly positive response from the community and vowed to improve the game's performance, with bugs and other issues like a PS5 invite error causing problems for some players.

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Ryan Dinsdale

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Target Confirms PS5 Consoles Will Drop to Just $450 This Weekend

11 months 3 weeks ago

Update: Target has reinvigorated the PlayStation 5 deal and confirmed that it will have PS5 consoles for just $449.99 on August 6. Target also confirmed we'll see a slew of other discounts including DualSense controllers for $49.99, The Last of Us Part 1 for $49.99, and Spider-Man Miles Morales Ultimate Edition for $39.99. We are also expecting other retailers to follow suit and also have these discounts available. Stay tuned for more news or follow @IGNDeals on Twitter for instant updates. The original story continues below.

PS5 consoles have seen a first-time discount, dropping to at least $449.99 in the US, £399.99 in the UK, and €459.99 in Germany. This new sale even offers a standalone discount, unlike the bundle deals we've seen before, making it an even more appealing opportunity for any gamers looking to pick up the console before Spider-Man 2 comes out. Plus, if you're interested, Dell also has the Xbox Series X down to $449.99 right now as well.

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Robert Anderson

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Xbox Series X Has Dropped in Price for a Limited Time

11 months 3 weeks ago

While the Xbox Series X is set to get a price increase elsewhere in the world, in the US it's actually getting discounts. As part of its Black Friday in July sale, Dell is offering the Xbox Series X console for just $449.99. That's 10% off the MSRP of $499.99 and $50 in savings for anyone who hasn't picked up the console just yet. With Starfield right around the corner, this could be the perfect opportunity to score the console while it's at a discount.

We've also seen some discounts on the PS5 over the past few days, in the UK that is, but we might just see the rumoured sale come to the US this week as well. Monoprice has now got the console down to its rumored $450 sale price ($50 off), matching the Xbox Series X deal, and signaling that we might be getting the same standalone PS5 sale that those in the UK and Europe are already enjoying.

For more gaming deals, check out our full best video game deals roundup, or if you're after something a little more focused, we've also got all the best Xbox deals available right now as well. You can also find more Dell Black Friday in July deals here.

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Robert Anderson

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The Expanse: A Telltale Series episode one veers dangerously close to a slightly boring Dead Space

11 months 3 weeks ago

The Expanse is one of those TV shows that I've started to watch about three times now. Matthew (RPS in peace) and I keep hearing great things about it, but every attempt we make has always ended the same way. We get a couple of episodes in, determined to make it a little bit further than we did before, but there's just something about it that can't quite hold our interest long enough to properly stick with it. One day, though, I do hope to finish the first season of The Expanse, and my ideal scenario is for the episodic prequel game from Telltale and current Life Is Stange custodians Deck Nine to be just the kick up the bum I need to get through it.

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Katharine Castle

Baldur's Gate 3's "hidden" mind flayer skill tree sounds equally cool and gross

11 months 3 weeks ago

Four years ago, Baldur's Gate 3 was announced with a trailer that showed how a human could succumb to the small illithid tadpole stuck inside his noggin, thus becoming a mind flayer. The process begins with excruciating headaches, escalates to fingers twisting by themselves, and culminates with an octopus head spouting out of the body. That gross transformation is what you’re (maybe) trying to avoid at the start of Baldur’s Gate 3, but developer Larian Studios have now explained how the parasites "tie into" its RPG systems. Yep, you can choose to either embrace or resist the tempting corruption, with the former giving you some pretty cool party tricks, while the latter means you won’t be subjected to David Cronenberg-esque body horror. Tough decision, I think.

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Kaan Serin

Zelda Tears of the Kingdom players use quantum linking to make impressive builds

11 months 3 weeks ago

If you thought there wasn't anything else left to discover in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, you'd be sorely mistaken. Zelda engineers have now discovered a way to use what they're calling "quantum entanglement" to connect objects together over large distances, without a visible connection between them.

This process, which has been dubbed "q-linking" by the community, has a brief yet rich history - a previous q-linking method was found in an earlier version of the game but has since been patched out by Nintendo as of version 1.2.0.

Nevertheless, that hasn't stopped Zelda players from experimenting with the game's physics and figuring out the boundaries of what can and cannot be achieved.

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Liv Ngan

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Patapon creator's Ratatan Kickstarter funded within an hour

11 months 3 weeks ago

UPDATE 3/8/23: Ratatan has smashed through even more of its Kickstarter goals.

After getting funded in less than an hour, the team has now passed stretch goals for a console version of the rhythm strategy game, as well as a chiptunes version, a secret ending and more.

At the time of writing, the funding is sitting at £781,979 pledged, with 5,627 backers supporting the project.

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Victoria Kennedy

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Pikmin 4 does some truly weird things with the series' story

11 months 3 weeks ago

On its surface, Pikmin is a cute strategy game about growing little plant people and gathering treasure. Delve deeper into its lore, however, and you'll find fans debating the series' apparent commentary on human extinction, and all sorts of timey-wimey shenanigans going on to make its many story elements match up.

Spoiler warning: the following article discusses endgame details for Pikmin 4.

Before Pikmin 4, I'd never spent much time trying to make Pikmin's setting make sense. It's based on Earth, obviously, though a version with different animals and no humans in sight. And yet, you can still run around and find evidence of human existence - and seemingly very recent human existence at that, with freshly-baked food and other objects simply lying about. Are humans extinct, or have we all simply popped out for tea? It doesn't really matter to the simple stories Pikmin games tell.

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Tom Phillips

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PS5 Consoles Are Already Back On Sale Again in the UK

11 months ago

You read that right, PlayStation 5 consoles are back on sale in the UK, only a week or so after the discount first expired. The majority of retailers are once again offering the PS5 at a minimum of £399, but plenty are extras alongside to entice you even further. ShopTo, for example, is currently offering the PS5 for £399.95, and to sweeten the deal, they're throwing in a complimentary PS5 game of your choice. This deal is back at all your favourite UK retailers until September 7 (unless Sony decides to extend it... again).

The PS5 games you can choose from include Death Stranding Director's Cut, Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut, Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart, Sackboy A Big Adventure, and Demon's Souls. This really is the pick of the bunch when it comes to the recent PS5 discounts.

This really is the pick of the bunch when it comes to the recent PS5 discounts. ShopTo is a trusted UK seller and will even offer 24-hour free delivery. This is a limited-time sale, that will likely sell out as well, so we'd highly recommend securing your purchase ASAP to avoid disappointment.

In other PlayStation deal news, we've managed to find some great discounts on Spider-Man 2 preorders. For starters, Amazon has significantly trimmed down the preorder of the game to £62.99, complemented by a preorder price guarantee to safeguard against potential further reductions. That's not the only deal available either, so check out the full range of options below as well.

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Robert Anderson

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Dishonored 2's ingenious A Crack In The Slab mission shows Arkane at their best

11 months 3 weeks ago

Dishonored 2 is an immersive sim stealth 'em up by Arkane and it's been in my brain a lot more than usual. Partly due to this year's RPS 100, but also because of the mess that was Redfall. Arkane swung at the live service hero shooter and missed, with some comments writing off my sadness in the review as an inevitability. Sure, there's definitely truth to Arkane having changed over the years, of course it has. But I don't think there's anything wrong with being hopeful.

I think of Dishonored 2's A Crack In The Slab mission as both a beacon of Arkane's past pedigree and a symbol of their situation in the present. While I can't look into the future, I still think there's worth in turning to an all-time classic of a stealth level.

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Ed Thorn

Suzerain's 2.0 update is a "massive overhaul" to the already-excellent political RPG

11 months 3 weeks ago

Text-based RPG Suzerain was already great to begin with, but today’s 2.0 'Amendment' update makes the game's political spider web even stickier. Developers Torpor Games describe the update as a “massive overhaul” that adds much-requested features, tidies up the presentation, and expands on the base game’s corrupt scheming/diplomacy. I’m tempted to lead my country to ruin all over again.

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Kaan Serin

Skyrim modded with path-traced lighting - and all DX9+ games could follow

11 months 3 weeks ago

Enterprising developer Pascal Gilcher, best known for creating a ReShade add-on for ray-traced global illumination (RTGI), has unveiled his work on a path-traced version of Skyrim Special Edition. Even more excitingly, this new ReShade add-on operates on similar principles to Nvidia's RTX Remix, with the potential to add world-space (rather than screen-space) path-traced lighting to thousands of games based on DirectX 9 or later.

This new PTGI upgrade is significantly easier to implement than RTX Remix, which requires a good amount of coding to implement. Pascal, in contrast, promises "a little bit of clicking around in the [interface]" that works in pretty much any DX9+ game that the ReShade plugin can operate in.

Behind the scenes, Pascal says that the add-on works by grabbing pretty much all calls to the graphics card no matter their parameters, in a similar manner to debugging tools like NSight or RenderDoc. From here, you can pass the data to the shaders and do your own things with it; getting the special world-space path tracing shader to work just requires sending it the appropriate input data for the game it's running in, a process that can take anywhere from 10 minutes to two hours.

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Alex Battaglia

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Dark Souls-style shooter Remnant 2 passes 1m units sold in a week

11 months 3 weeks ago

Remnant 2 has sold 1m copies since its release last week, across PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.

"To everyone who helped us achieve this amazing milestone, thank you for your unwavering support," developer Gunfire Games' boss David Adams said.

"This was a multi-year journey for us and we couldn't be happier to see fans having such a great time with a game we put our heart and soul into."

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Victoria Kennedy

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Koei Tecmo and Gust Will Reveal New Atelier Game Next Week

11 months 3 weeks ago

Next Atelier game

Koei Tecmo and developer Gust will be announcing the next entry in the Atelier video game series soon. The companies will deliver new information about the latest works in the series on August 8, 2023. A broadcast will be held at 9pm JST / 8am ET / 5am PT.

The guests and cast of the broadcast will be revealed on the same day of its release. The broadcast will only be available in Japanese, but people will be able to watch it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsyitgd5UpE

Additionally, to celebrate the announcement Koei Tecmo and Gust are holding a campaign in Japan where 25 people will be able to win Atelier goods and merchandise. People will have to follow the official Atelier Twitter account and retweet the announcement.

The new immediately available games in the Atelier series are Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key, the third and last entry in the in the Secret series, and Atelier Marie Remake: The Alchemist of Salburg, which just released on July 13, 2023. On late June 2023, Koei Tecmo revealed that the Atelier Ryza trilogy surpassed 2 million copies sold worldwide.

As a reminder, the first game in the Atelier Ryza trilogy just received an anime adaptation in Japan, and it premiered on July 1, 2023.

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Daniel Bueno

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Koei Tecmo and Gust Will Reveal New Atelier Game Next Week

11 months 3 weeks ago

Next Atelier game

Koei Tecmo and developer Gust will be announcing the next entry in the Atelier video game series soon. The companies will deliver new information about the latest works in the series on August 8, 2023. A broadcast will be held at 9pm JST / 8am ET / 5am PT.

The guests and cast of the broadcast will be revealed on the same day of its release. The broadcast will only be available in Japanese, but people will be able to watch it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsyitgd5UpE

Additionally, to celebrate the announcement Koei Tecmo and Gust are holding a campaign in Japan where 25 people will be able to win Atelier goods and merchandise. People will have to follow the official Atelier Twitter account and retweet the announcement.

The new immediately available games in the Atelier series are Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key, the third and last entry in the in the Secret series, and Atelier Marie Remake: The Alchemist of Salburg, which just released on July 13, 2023. On late June 2023, Koei Tecmo revealed that the Atelier Ryza trilogy surpassed 2 million copies sold worldwide.

As a reminder, the first game in the Atelier Ryza trilogy just received an anime adaptation in Japan, and it premiered on July 1, 2023.

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Daniel Bueno

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Street Fighter Is the Next Series Featured in 404 Game Re:Set

11 months 3 weeks ago

404 Game Re:Set Street Fighter

Sega revealed that the next characters to join mobile game 404 Game Re:Set will be representatives from Street Fighter 2. The Anode form is inspired by Ryu, while the Cathode form is based on M. Bison. A new playable scenario for the Street Fighter 2 characters is also available now.

The Anode version is on a never-ending mission seeking strength. The character wears a white coat with the Japanese character for “truth” written on its back.

You can take a better look at her design here:

https://twitter.com/404gamereset/status/1685943381942493184

In a similar way, the Cathode version of the Street Fighter 2 representative has transformed the “Sega World” of 404 Game Re:Set into a world where strength is everything. She enjoys seeing street fights happening all over the place, but something else seems to be going on in her head.

You can check out the Cathode version of the 404 Game Re:Set character here:

https://twitter.com/404gamereset/status/1685940865297272832

Both versions of the Street Fighter 2 characters are voiced by Maaya Uchida. She is known as the Japanese voice actor for Zero in Drakengard 3, Veronica in Dragon Quest XI, and Rikka Takanashi in the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions anime.

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Daniel Bueno

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Street Fighter Is the Next Series Featured in 404 Game Re:Set

11 months 3 weeks ago

404 Game Re:Set Street Fighter

Sega revealed that the next characters to join mobile game 404 Game Re:Set will be representatives from Street Fighter 2. The Anode form is inspired by Ryu, while the Cathode form is based on M. Bison. A new playable scenario for the Street Fighter 2 characters is also available now.

The Anode version is on a never-ending mission seeking strength. The character wears a white coat with the Japanese character for “truth” written on its back.

You can take a better look at her design here:

https://twitter.com/404gamereset/status/1685943381942493184

In a similar way, the Cathode version of the Street Fighter 2 representative has transformed the “Sega World” of 404 Game Re:Set into a world where strength is everything. She enjoys seeing street fights happening all over the place, but something else seems to be going on in her head.

You can check out the Cathode version of the 404 Game Re:Set character here:

https://twitter.com/404gamereset/status/1685940865297272832

Both versions of the Street Fighter 2 characters are voiced by Maaya Uchida. She is known as the Japanese voice actor for Zero in Drakengard 3, Veronica in Dragon Quest XI, and Rikka Takanashi in the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions anime.

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Daniel Bueno

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Microsoft Just Made It Much Easier to Repair Your Xbox Controllers

11 months 3 weeks ago

If you have a broken Xbox Wireless controller or an Elite Series 2 controller and feel bold enough to repair it yourself, Microsoft has just made buying genuine parts a lot easier.

As reported by The Verge, Microsoft now sells replacement parts on the official Microsoft store including thumbsticks, buttons, and top case covers. Previously, if you broke a button or your thumbstick suffered from drift, you had to either rely on parts made from third-party retailers or just outright buy a new controller. The latter, of course, was more costly.

Prices for replacement parts vary depending on the part itself and which controller you are trying to fix. A top case for the Elite Series 2 controller is $6 more than the standard Xbox wireless controller, for example. There's also an added caveat for the top case as only black and white are available.

Despite this, Microsoft's variety of replacement parts is more robust compared to its competitor Sony, which only sells first-party replacement thumbsticks for its high-end controller, the DualSense Edge.

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Taylor Lyles

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Baldur’s Gate 3’s 122GB Download Cannot Be Preloaded

11 months 3 weeks ago

Larian Studios has revealed Baldur’s Gate 3 has an install size of 122 GB and that players can't preload any of it before the game's August 3 launch.

“Baldur’s Gate 3 will launch on August 3 at 5pm Ghent time, or your non-Belgian time zone equivalent as shown above," read a community update posted to the RPG's Steam page. "There will be no pre-loading of the game before then.”

The post also noted that early access save files would not be compatible with the full version of the game at launch, while reasoning that "so much has changed that it’s really worth it to start afresh.”

As reported by PC Gamer, Larian Studios’ Swen Vincke said in July it would not be advantageous to have the early access version of the game installed, as while “there might be a few bytes that are the same”, the launch game was essentially going to require "a full reinstall”.

Vincke declined to outline how much of the game could be preloaded ahead of launch. “I actually don’t know what they’ve planned for it, but I imagine they are going to do something, but I actually don’t know,” he said.

Back in June Larian Studios revealed that it was bringing Baldur’s Gate 3’s PC release date forward by a month while indicating the move was done to avoid clashing with the launch of Bethesda’s upcoming sci-fi RPG Starfield.

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Anthony Wood

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Battle Shapers Preview: Chasing the Perfect Run

11 months 3 weeks ago

The first time I walked into Volt Colosus’s boss room, I knew, I knew, I was gonna wipe the floor with him. It was only my first run in Battle Shapers, but I’d been going through his robotic minions like I was the IRS and they owed me money. I’d found a good weapon, my health and shields were near maximum, and I felt like a had a pretty good feel for the core I was rolling with. Volt Colossus would be tougher, sure, but this fight was gonna be over fast. Well, I was right about one thing: the fight was over fast. About five seconds after the fight started, I was respawning in my hideout with no idea how to avoid the attacks that killed me, but like the character I was playing, I was raring to go again. The second run would be different. I hoped.

Battle Shapers is the first game from Metric Empire, and it’s best described like this: “what if you crossed the gameplay of Doom Eternal with the boss-stealing powers and general vibe of Mega Man and added a little bit of Roguelite structure for flavoring?” Mix in an absolutely gorgeous art style that reminded me an awful lot of Overwatch in the best possible way and a soundtrack so good that I sometimes stopped playing just to listen to it, and Battle Shapers is a unique, fast-paced FPS that had me saying “just one more run” way, way past the time I should have been going to bed. The perfect run was out there; I just had to find it.

Battle Shapers slotted me into the stylish, robo-boots of Ada, a Battle Shaper who’s been revived for one last mission: save the city of New Elysium from the nasty Overloards who have taken the place over. Along with her adorable sidekick, Meemo, who serves as the voice in Ada’s ear and the bot in charge of managing their hideout, Ada has to seek out each one of the Overlords in their Tower, take them down in single combat, and claim their cores - and their powers.

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Michael Peyton

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Remnant 2’s Wild Data Mining Puzzle Was Solved by Someone with No Coding Experience, a Fridge Full of Red Bull, and ChatGPT

11 months 3 weeks ago

The people at Gunfire Games, makers of the recent looter-shooter soulslike Remnant 2, will be the first to tell you they’ve got a love for secrets.

Rich Vorodi, one of the team’s principal game designers who focuses on quests, levels, and puzzles, gushed to IGN about the team’s obsession with hiding things in all their games.

“We just love to put secrets in everything,” he said. “It allows us to stir up conversations amongst people we’ve never even met and just provide a little awe and mystery.”

In some of their past projects, like 2019’s Remnant: From The Ashes, data mining sucked some of the mystery out of their game a little earlier than they’d have liked. It’s certainly not a new problem, but while Gunfire Games processed their disappointment at spoiled surprises, they also began thinking of ways to use the existence of data mining to their advantage that would reach fruition some three years later.

“We’re always going to have data miners,” Ben Cureton, Remnant 2’s principal game designer on progression and gear, told IGN. [Disclosure: Cureton and I routinely play co-op games such as Diablo 4 together.] “That was the initial catalyst of going, ‘Hey, let's come up with something really interesting where [data miners] look into the files and they go, ‘Hey, what's this?’ And we were gonna have like a puzzle on it, or a math equation, or some kind of weird stuff. We had a lot of theories.

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Rebekah Valentine

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The joy of spending five hours cleaning out Dishonored 2's Clockwork Mansion

11 months 3 weeks ago

I can almost remember the moment in the original Dishonored when I realised, "Crap. Chaos is coming, and there's nothing I can do to stop it." It was around the halfway point of the game that the world of Dunwall was visibly starting to sour before me, and it was all because I hadn't quite taken the time to truly understand how its chaos system worked. I'd let too many of my mistakes get away from me, killed one too many people in the process, and now its Low Chaos ending seemed permanently out of reach. I thought in vain that if I behaved really nicely for the rest of the game, it might balance out my former transgressions. But alas, it was not to be. I ended the game in High Chaos, and I was furious. For whatever reason, getting a game's 'good' ending really mattered to me back then.

It was this personal failing that drove me to some extreme lengths when Dishonored 2 came out a couple of years later. Not only did I resolve to do a Clean Hands run this time, guaranteeing a Low Chaos ending by refusing to kill anyone, but as I cast my eye down its list of Steam achievements, I also got it into my head that, 'You know what? If we're going no-kill, let's Shadow run it as well and do it completely unseen at the same time.' A great idea at the time, I thought, if a little unusual for me. Cut to my fifth hour trying to clean out Kirin Jindosh's Clockwork Mansion on a review deadline, however, and you might think that decision would have worn a little thin. But you'd also be totally and utterly wrong.

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Katharine Castle

Puzzle box 'em up The Room celebrates its 10th anniversary with a series-wide sale next month

11 months 3 weeks ago

Puzzlebox solve ‘em up The Room entered the scene ten years ago, so developers Fireproof Games are celebrating the milestone anniversary with deep discounts across the entire slightly spooky series. From September 1st to September 14th, every single game in the puzzler series will enjoy a discount of up to 90% on Steam. Similarly big sales are taking place across the Nintendo eShop (until September 22nd) and the Google Play Store (until September 8th), if you wanted to take the lovely headscratchers on the go. Or to the comfort of your own bed.

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Kaan Serin

Persona and Like a Dragon (Yakuza) Games Sales for April to June 2023 Shared

11 months 3 weeks ago

Sega Sammy's latest fiscal year report showed how games in the Persona and Like a Dragon series sold between April and June 2023

Sega Sammy shared its Q1 for the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2024 Results Presentation, detailing how things are going for Atlus and Sega games. As such, we now know how sales of games in the Persona and Like a Dragon (Yakuza) series are doing so far this year. Persona is currently performing better, as it passed 630,000 copies sold worldwide between April 1, 2023 and June 30, 2023. Like a Dragon, which includes the Judgment spin-offs, is at 510,000.

For context, the diagram on page 16 of the report also went over how both sales of games in the Persona and Like a Dragon (Yakuza) series did during the same quarter the previous year, as well as how they did by the end of that period. In Q1 of the previous fiscal year, Persona was at 270,000. This is likely due to the ports of the third, fourth, and fifth entries not appearing on other platforms until later in 2022. Meanwhile, Like a Dragon entries were at 470,000. By the end of that fiscal year, which closed out in March 2023, Persona was at 3.27 million and Like a Dragon was at 2.83 million.

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Jenni Lada

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Here Are the Hololive Advent Schedules for Their First Week

11 months 3 weeks ago

Here Are the Hololive Advent Schedules for Their First Week

The Hololive Advent first week schedules for Shiori Novella, Koseki Bijou, Nerissa Ravencroft, and Fuwawa and Mococo Abyssguard are live following their debuts. Almost every one of of the Vtubers is going to be active every day of their first week in action. There is also a first collab stream planned for the group. All five performers will be playing Left 4 Dead 2 on August 4, 2023. It is also possible the some of them are doing something together on August 6, 2023 together, as many of the schedules have an unspecified activity that day. Also, the way they are staggered means unless there is a collab, everyone tends to be streaming at different times.

First, here’s the Shiori Novella schedule for the week of July 31, 2023.

  • August 1, 2023 at 7pm PT/10pm ET: Microscope Slides: Parasites
  • August 2, 2023 at 7pm PT/10pm ET: Open VC Pajama Party
  • August 3, 2023 at 7pm PT/10pm ET: First Unarchived Karaoke
  • August 4, 2023 at 6pm PT/9pm ET: Left 4 Dead 2 Hololive Advent collab
  • August 5, 2023 at 7pm PT/10pm ET: Offline Archiving Mission
  • August 6, 2023 at 7pm PT/10pm ET: ???

Next, here’s what Koseki Bijou has planned for July 31, 2023 through August 6, 2023.

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Jenni Lada

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Death Stranding Leaving Xbox Game Pass for PC

11 months 3 weeks ago

Death Stranding Leaving Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft announced the latest additions to and departures from Xbox Game Pass. Death Stranding is among the games on the way out, with the PC version leaving the service on August 15, 2023. Hideo Kojima’s experimental game starring Norman Reedus as a courier in a post-apocalyptic landscape was a surprise addition to the PC Game Pass library in 2022 due to Sony’s involvement in its development.

Here are the new additions to Xbox Game Pass for August 2023. Two games are technically day-one additions. Everspace 2 is making its console debut (it’s already on PC Game Pass), and Broforce coming complete with its new expansion Broforce Forever.

  • August 3, 2023: A Short Hike (cloud, console, PC)
  • August 8, 2023: Broforce (cloud, console, PC)
  • August 9, 2023: Limbo (cloud, console, PC)
  • August 9, 2023: Airborne Kingdom (cloud, console, PC)
  • August 15, 2023: Everspace 2 (cloud, Xbox Series X/S)

As well as Death Stranding, here are the other games leaving Game Pass on August 15, 2023.

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Leigh Price

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You can unlock a new Xbox dynamic background for £65

11 months 3 weeks ago

Microsoft is offering a snazzy dynamic dashboard background to Xbox owners who pick up the new Stormcloud Vapor controller.

The purple-ish pad costs £65 ($70) and launches in the UK, US and other countries next week, on Tuesday 8th August.

Unlocking the accompanying Stormcloud Vapor dynamic dashboard background is as simple as connecting your controller to the Xbox. So, presumably, you can buy one and pass it around your friends if they fancy nabbing the background for themselves.

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Tom Phillips

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The Last of Us knock off removed from Nintendo eShop as Sony stakes copyright claim

11 months 3 weeks ago

The Last Hope: Dead Zone Survival - the The Last of Us rip-off that turned up on the Nintendo eShop last month - has been removed from sale.

Additionally, trailers for the game have been taken down, due to a copyright claim made by Sony.

If you head to The Last Hope's Nintendo eShop store page now, you will instead be greeted by a 404 message, and a generic image of Star Fox's Peppy Hare (which is actually more pleasing on the eye than what was there previously).

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Victoria Kennedy

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Here's the first wave of Xbox Game Pass games for August

11 months 3 weeks ago

Xbox has announced the games which'll be joining the Game Pass library in the first half of August.

Platformer Celeste is already available on cloud, console, and PC, and its return to the service was announced a couple of weeks ago alongside Venba, Toem, and Maquette.

Next to join will be A Short Hike, with Broforce Forever, Limbo, Airborne Kingdom, and Everspace 2 to follow in a steady drip of drops.

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Liv Ngan

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Hitman gets first new Elusive Target for several years, and it's DJ Dimitri Vegas

11 months 3 weeks ago

DJ Dimitri Vegas will be joining Hitman World of Assassination, as the first Elusive Target created for the game in two years.

Agent 47 will be tasked with taking out Vegas - aka "The Drop" - sometime this autumn.

In a short clip promoting the upcoming mission, 47 apologises to the DJ, assuring him it is "nothing personal". All the while, the renowned Greek-Belgian's music blasts away in the background.

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Victoria Kennedy

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Call of Duty Bans More Than 14,000 Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone Cheaters in One Day

11 months 3 weeks ago

Activision banned more than 14,000 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone cheaters in one day thanks to new exploit-checking techniques.

As reported by VG247, a tweet from Call of Duty Updates on Twitter (below) revealed that Activison is using an anti-cheat technique that targets exploit developers at the source. This seemingly means that Activision can now trace a cheat from the top to everyone who's used it.

"In the last 24 hours, new detections directly targeting cheat developers at the source has led to over 14,000 account bans for cheating and hacking in Modern Warfare II and Warzone," the tweet said.

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Ryan Dinsdale

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