Dell's Black Friday weekend continues

1 day 19 hours ago

Dell is an absolutely solid brand in the world of PC gaming, with a huge range of high-spec gaming PCs, laptops and monitors for the discerning keyboard and mouse warrior.

This year, Dell's Black Friday event does thrifty shoppers proud once again, with heavy discounts of up to 52% slashed off their Alienware range.

Even though it isn't the cheapest name around, Dell's latest machines boast phenomenal power for churning out those sublime ray tracing effects and millions of polygons. Their Alienware boxes feature either AMD Ryzen or 10th gen Intel Core processors, with graphics courtesy of NVIDIA GeForce GPUs.

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Is Flying in Star Citizen Actually Fun and Exciting?

1 day 19 hours ago

As someone who has followed Stat Citizen since its inception, I’m often asked a very relevant question: is it actually fun and exciting to fly in the game?

After all, as a space sim based on spaceships, flying is certainly a large part of the experience.

As with anything that has to do with personal feelings like “fun,” the answer isn’t entirely cut and dry. It depends on what you’re flying, where, and even how.

The shortest (personal, of course) answer is certainly yes, flying in Star Citizen can be very fun and exciting, as you can see in the quick and dirty video below.

There aren’t many frills here, no cuts, and no fancy camera work. What you see is literally what you get in an Anvil Arrow fighter.

Now, for the longer answer.

Flying in Star Citizen can be exciting depending on a series of parameters. As I mentioned above.

Light fighters and racing ships can be very exciting to fly, especially if you’re into pushing the envelope. The flight model has gone through several iterations and lately, I find it has become really gratifying. I could go for even faster atmospheric flight, but that’d likely increase the challenge considerably, so it’s more a matter of personal taste.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Marvel's Avengers Sold Below Expectations, Square Enix Confirms

1 day 19 hours ago

Over the past few days, rumors have circulated around the gaming industry that Marvel's Avengers sold well below Square Enix's expectations, which led to a disappointing financial quarter for the publisher. Now, an official transcript of a Square Enix investor briefing confirms that the game underperformed, which resulted in the publisher's HD Games division posting an overall loss.

"The HD Games sub-segment posted an operating loss as initial sales of Marvel’s Avengers were lower than we had expected and unable to completely offset the amortization of the game’s development costs," a portion of the briefing reads. "In the second half of the fiscal year, we hope to make up for slow initial sales by offering ample additional content to grow our sales."

In a Q&A, one investor estimated the operating loss of the HD Games division in Q2 of this year as around 7 billion yen, which is roughly $67 million. The company attributed the game's slow sales in part to marketing delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. When asked about the volatility of the HD Games division, Square Enix replied that it considers the totality of its Digital Entertainment segment rather than the HD Games division in isolation by using stable income from MMOs and mobile games to offset potential losses of big-budget games like Avengers.

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Steven T. Wright

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Snag This Black Friday Deal Before You Shop The Switch eShop Sale

1 day 19 hours ago

The Black Friday deals keep rolling in as the weekend progresses, and the latest deal available at Amazon should be of interest to those browsing the Black Friday Nintendo eShop or Xbox Live sales. Though those sales are offering steep discounts on some great digital games, you can save even more money if you take advantage of a Black Friday deal on gift cards. Right now, Nintendo eShop gift cards and Xbox gift cards are available for 10% off at Amazon. (For those who prefer to shop at Best Buy, the deal is available there as well.) Combine that with a Black Friday game deal, and you're looking at some very nice savings. Your wallet will thank you.

While 10% off doesn't sound like very much, the savings definitely add up, especially if you mostly buy games digitally. The gift cards are available at multiple values, so you can select the right amount for you. The deal means you can essentially get $99 of eShop store credit for $89 or $50 of Xbox credit for $45. These are digital codes, so you'll be able to redeem them right away.

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Alessandro Barbosa

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SoulCalibur VI Brings Back Hwang as New DLC Character Alongside New Tekken Costume Parts & More

1 day 20 hours ago

During the Western European open tournament of the SoulCalibur VI Online Challenge, Bandai Namco revealed the next DLC character.

This time around the character is an old friend coming back from the shadows of SoulCalibur III, Hwang Seong-gyeong.

Interestingly, he appears masked and his identity is revealed only later in the announcement trailer, even if I doubt most fans had much doubts since the first few frames.

You can check him out in action in the trailer below.

Together with Hwang, who will be featured in DLC 13, DLC 14 will also release on the same date, December 2.

DLC 14 will be the Character Creation Set F, including new costume parts from Tekken.

A free content update coming at the same time will include the new Motien Pass Ruins stage, Seong Mi-na’s classic costume, and new episodes for Mitsurugi and Nightmare.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Final Fantasy 14's next major patch comes out 8th December

1 day 20 hours ago

Final Fantasy 14's next major patch comes out 8th December, Square Enix has announced.

Patch 5.4, titled Futures Rewritten, starts a new chapter in the story following the finale of the Shadowbringers main scenario questline.

Of note: the patch introduces the PC and PlayStation MMO's own take on the Emerald Weapon from Final Fantasy 7. Fans of that game will remember Emerald Weapon as a superboss who roamed around the bottom of the sea in the legendary JRPG. Hands-up if you couldn't resist the temptation to pilot the submarine into the thing the first time you saw it, triggering a fight, and then died? Just me?

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Star Citizen Reveals New RSI Perseus Ship & Its Big Guns as Crowdfunding Passes $329 Million

1 day 20 hours ago

Today Cloud Imperium Games opened the RSI hall in Star Citizen’s Intergalactic Aerospace Expo and revealed a new ship.

The newcomer to the Star Citizen universe is a rather massive 100 meters-long gunship armed with four massive size-seven guns in two turrets above and below its rather sleek hull that feels pretty much designed to ram through enemy ships. It even comes with additional gatlings for self-defense against smaller ships and torpedoes for helping with the ripping through those bigger ones.

As all big ships, it isn’t cheap, with its cost starting at $600. That being said, it’s worth mentioning that all Star Citizen ships will be available to purchase in-game with credits you earn by playing and this isn’t flyable just yet, so no one should feel particularly compelled to spend real money on this unless their primary goal is to support the game’s development.

Below you can check out a new trailer about the reveal and a few images of the Perseus.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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PS5 Users May Be Getting Banned for Selling PS Plus Collection to PS4 Owners

1 day 20 hours ago
The PlayStation Plus Collection is a perk for PS5 owners that gives them access to 20 of the best PS4 games. However, some are exploiting a loophole that allows them sell and unlock these games for PS4 owners. As reported by VGC, auction sites like eBay have multiple listings of people offering the chance for them to log on to a buyer's PSN account, unlock the PlayStation Plus Collection games on PS4, and then logging out. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/09/16/playstation-plus-collection-trailer"] There are certain users that have sold this service to over 20 people, but it appears that Sony may be banning them for doing so. As VGC points out, it also may be because Sony has been known to ban people who log into a high number of users accounts in one day as a protection against fraud, but it's pretty safe to say Sony didn't intend for this to be an option. According to users on A9VG, certain user's bans are said to be for two months and the PS5 consoles involved are permanently being blocked from network services. The PlayStation Plus Collection includes such first-party games as God of War, Bloodborne, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, as well as some from third-party partners like Monster Hunter: World, Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition, and Persona 5. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-best-ps4-games-summer-2020-update&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN.
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SaGa Frontier Remastered announced

1 day 21 hours ago

Square Enix has announced a remaster of SaGa Frontier.

SaGa Frontier is a Squaresoft role-playing game that came out for the PSone in Japan in 1997 and then in North America in 1998, but was never released in Europe.

Square Enix said the remaster has updated graphics, events, cutscenes and a new protagonist called Fuse.

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RIP, Disney Infinity, And Thank You

1 day 21 hours ago

Disney Infinity was, in 2013 at least, trying to be the biggest thing in both games and toys. Yet only three years after launching, in 2016 it was gone, its servers closed down, its playsets discounted then removed from stores entirely.

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Luke Plunkett

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Final Fantasy 14's Patch 5.4 Release Date, Raid, Trailer, and More Revealed

1 day 21 hours ago
Final Fantasy XIV's Patch 5.4 - Futures Rewritten - will be released on December 8, 2020, and brings with it new story content, a new raid, and so much more. Futures Rewritten's Raid is called Eden's Promise and sees players being invited by Ryne and her mysterious counterpart Gaia to the Empty to see "whether life continues to flourish in the once-barren desert."
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Adam Bankhurst

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's new map hides a vaporwave secret

1 day 21 hours ago

Between hidden arcade machines and Ronald Reagan’s war crimes, Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War quite badly wants to evoke the 80s. But it doesn’t look like the 80s, so much as it looks like a high-budget videogame made in the late 2010s. Fortunately, you can fix that with an easter egg hidden in the newest iteration of Nuketown, with old-school colour filters hidden inside this year’s synth-coloured remix of Treyarch’s arena fixture.

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Natalie Clayton

Hwang will vanquish the evils of the ages next month in Soulcalibur VI

1 day 21 hours ago

The second season pass for Soulcalibur VI is about to wrap up, and it's going out in a good way. Hwang, one of the characters who first appeared in franchise precursor Soul Edge, will finally be made playable when he's added next month as the 13th piece of DLC for the game.

But that's not all. Because on December 2, the game will be getting its 14th DLC pack as well that adds some paid and free goodies to the game. If you love customizing characters, get ready for more options that include new bits from the Tekken universe, as well as a new stage and new episodes with Nightmare and Mitsurugi.

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CJ Andriessen

PS5 Players Who Sell PS Plus Collection Access Could Get Banned

1 day 22 hours ago

The PlayStation Plus Collection gives PS5 owners access to some of the biggest PS4 games as part of their standard PS Plus subscription, but you cannot claim the games via PS4. That led to a market of PS5 owners offering to sell access to these games via temporary guest logins on their console, but it appears this practice is resulting in bans.

Here's how it works in a nutshell:

  1. PS5 owner offers to claim PS Plus Collection games for a PS4 owner.
  2. PS4 owner gives them their login details so the PS5 owner can claim the games.
  3. PS5 owner signs back out of the account after claiming games.
  4. PS4 owner changes their password.

As it turns out, Sony isn't a big fan of players doing this. According to VGC, Hong Kong PlayStation 5 players who have sold access to the games--as well as the PS4 players who purchased them--are having their accounts banned. The bans on the accounts don't appear to be permanent, but the PS5 consoles themselves can no longer connect to PSN. Given that online access is required for nearly everything in modern gaming, including finishing installations of disc-based games, in many cases, this essentially renders the PS5 systems useless.

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Gabe Gurwin

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Fallout 76 grants player request to add wheelchairs to the wasteland

1 day 22 hours ago

The Brotherhood Of Steel brought a lot of metal with them when they arrived in Fallout 76. Power Armour, weapons, you name it. But in a more quietly pleasant addition to the wasteland, it looks like Bethesda also added wheelchairs with last week’s update, following one fan’s request to see their own real-life mobility aid represented in the post-apocalyptic sandbox.

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Natalie Clayton

SaGa Frontier Remastered Announced for Summer 2021

1 day 22 hours ago
Square Enix has announced that SaGa Frontier Remastered will bring an updated version of the 1998 PS1 JRPG classic to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam, iOS, and Android in Summer 2021. SaGa Frontier will bring "updated graphics, events, cutscenes, enhancements," and even a new protagonist named Fuse that also may be known as Detective Roster. As with many remastered RPGs, it also includes a high speed function to help with the many battles players will undoubtedly face.
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Adam Bankhurst

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Cyber Monday 2020 gaming laptop deals

1 day 23 hours ago

A photo of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop.A photo of the Acer Triton 500 gaming laptop.A photo of the Lenovo Legion 7i gaming laptop.A photo of the Asus ROG Zephyrus S gaming laptop.

[cms-block] and Cyber Monday is a great time to take the plunge on a new gaming laptop, and we’ve rounded up the very best gaming laptop deals in our curated list below. Whether you want to take your games on the go or simply want to play games in a different part of your house, we’re here to help. Every Black Friday and Cyber Monday gaming laptop deal on this list is one we’d be happy buying ourselves, so you can be sure you’ll only see the very best gaming laptop deals here. Without further ado, let’s get to it.

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Katharine Castle

PlayStation classic SaGa Frontier getting the remastered treatment next summer

1 day 23 hours ago

One of the great things about being Square Enix is it has such a rich and diverse history of RPGs from the NES, SNES, and PlayStation eras it can pull from when it wants to remaster a classic. Case in point, SaGa Frontier. Originally released for the PlayStation back in 1997, the seventh game in the SaGa franchise will have a chance to find a brand new audience when SaGa Frontier Remastered hits Switch, PlayStation 4, Steam, iOS, and Android next summer. 

Not only will this remaster bring the original game into the HD era, but it's also adding some features, like new cutscenes and events and a new protagonist named Fuse. It's nice to see Square Enix really giving the SaGa series a second chance. As a reminder, the first three games in the series, Collection of SaGa Final Fantasy Legend, come to Nintendo Switch next month.

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CJ Andriessen

Demon's Souls player discovers the PS5 records mic audio as it captures Trophy gameplay via their own rousing boss kill clip

2 days ago

Did you know the PlayStation 5 records your microphone audio as it captures your Trophy gameplay? One first-time Demon's Souls player didn't - and only found out via a wonderful video that includes a rousing cheer.

Redditor helloiamjack uploaded the moment they defeated the rock hard Tower Knight boss in the Demon's Souls remake as captured by their PS5 - and the clip includes a fantastic "yes!" followed by the kind of chuckle anyone who's finally defeated a boss after multiple attempts will relate to.

"I was getting so frustrated haha," helloiamjack said. "The last attempt I actually realised how much easier it was if I just charged basically through his legs rather than trying to run a wide berth around him and then get behind. So much satisfaction when finished though!"

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Sokpop's Pipo Park offers up one last cosy autumn afternoon

2 days 1 hour ago

We finally did it, folks. 2020 is almost over. And while it felt like spring and summer were interminably long, autumn seems to have passed in the blink of an eye. But we can still enjoy the best season a little while longer with Dutch indie boyband Sokpop, who are taking us all out on a cosy trip to Pipo Park‘s tiny sandbox. Wrap up warm, though. It’s rather nippy out.

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Natalie Clayton

The Continuingly Confusing Case of the UK's Missing PS5s

2 days 1 hour ago

There’s nothing more exciting than opening a brand new console on launch day.

Unless of course, yours turns out to be a bag of cat litter. Or a George Foreman grill, or tins of dog food, or bed sheets, or fitness equipment, or a Himalayan Salt Lamp.

For me, it was an air fryer that sat in my Amazon package, in place of the PS5 I’d ordered from Amazon months previously.

On launch day, excited my PS5 package had finally arrived after an unexpected delay, I hit record on my phone to capture its unboxing. But, after giving the driver the special password from Amazon to ensure a secure delivery, I discovered I had been sent a kitchen appliance instead. The anticlimax was captured on film.

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An autopsy of Epic Mickey

2 days ago

Have you ever heard an idea that you knew just couldn’t fail? Something so spectacular and creative, and yet so blatantly obvious, that there would be no way it could possibly end up as anything other than an absolute triumph? Back in 2009, I was sure that Disney and Junction Point Studios had come up with a flawless formula as that was the year the world got its first substantial look at Disney Epic Mickey.

It was everything somebody like me could want at the time: a Wii exclusive from a third-party developer lead by an accomplished game producer that would offer us a new look at the classic cartoon character. Heading toward its 2010 debut, all signs pointed to this being, perhaps, one of the biggest new franchises in the industry. I pre-ordered the collector’s edition, fully expecting some sort of religious experience from the game.

Instead, what I got was a lesson in hype and how easy it is to set oneself up for eventual disappointment. I tore into Epic Mickey like a doctor had just given me a week to live, but by the time I reached Lonesome Manor, I had to put the controller down. The idea that I'd fall madly in love with this game gradually thinned away like many of the walls of the Wasteland. I was bewildered by the lot of it. After a year of buzz and excitation for a Mickey Mouse game that wasn’t aimed at the Elementary School crowd, I sat there staring at my television asking how could this have gone so wrong.

Ten years later, I’m still asking that question. How could the surefire idea of “Mickey Mouse in a world of forgotten Disney characters” result in two different studios ceasing to make video games? I wanted to find out what killed this franchise, and to do so, I dove back into the thinner-soaked Wasteland to see exactly what went wrong.

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CJ Andriessen

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Players Are Making Easy Opals By Killing Dummies

2 days 1 hour ago

Assassin's Creed Valhalla features a dynamic world to explore, filled with all manner of danger and mystery. If you're looking to start a fight and make some coin in the process, the Thousand Eyes merchants are happy to hand out contracts that will reward players with Opals that can be used to buy rare gear and exotic cosmetics.

Many of these contracts revolve around a simple formula of being sent to assassinate an unlucky target: one who is usually near your location. A new bug around these contracts has risen up though, and it's allowing players to easily bank some Opals in the process. In the Ravensthorpe settlement that Eivor calls home, you're able to grab contracts from the head of the Thousand Eyes, Reda.

The bug that players are encountering is that the nearby training dummies being marked as the guilty culprits that Eivor needs to kill, each one having committed a particular crime that needs to be punished with a lethal injection of steel to the neck.

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Darryn Bonthuys

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eBay issues warning to scammers selling photos of PS5s

2 days 1 hour ago

eBay has issued a warning to scammers who are selling photos of a PlayStation 5.

Since the PS5 went on sale, people have flooded auction sites such as eBay with misleading listings - and one of the more prominent of these involves the sale of a photo of the console masquerading as the console itself.

One eBay user contacted Eurogamer to say they had talked to eBay customer support to flag the issue of people bidding on photos of a PS5 thinking they were bidding on the console, after nearly falling for the scam themselves.

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11 years later, this gobsmacking Line Rider track is finally complete

2 days ago

You remember Line Rider, right? That Flash game with the wee man on a sled who slides down whatever track you’ve sketched? Great little time-killer, that. Only, it seems one artist has wiled away more than a few hours on the slip ‘n’ slider. Having spent hundreds of hours over the past decade putting it all together, David Lu is finally ready to show us Omniverse 2 – an exhaustive showcase of high-velocity puppetry that turns the web toy into a mind-bending work of art in its own right.

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Natalie Clayton

We could get a new Final Fantasy XIV expansion announcement as soon as February 2021

2 days 2 hours ago

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has somehow managed to basically get better with every expansion: I don't know how Naoki "Yoshi P" Yoshida and his team do it.

While many MMOs are content with braving severe ups and downs, XIV has remained consistently mesmerizing through its lengthy (seven years running) lifetime as A Realm Reborn. It'll probably stay that way as long as Yoshida is in charge. That includes the next expansion, which could be announced on February 5, 2021 at 5:30PM PT, according to a new tweet from Square Enix.

There's a lot to unpack here.

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Chris Carter

PS5 owners are exploiting a loophole to sell the PS Plus Collection to PS4 owners

2 days 2 hours ago

PlayStation 5 owners are exploiting a loophole to sell the PlayStation Plus Collection to PlayStation 4 owners, it has emerged.

PS Plus subscribers who own a PS5 get the eye-catching PS Plus Collection as a bonus. It's a new curated series of 20 PS4 games that are available for digital download. The list includes some big hitters, such as Bloodborne, Days Gone, God of War and Uncharted 4.

As VGC reports, it didn't take long for PS5 owners to discover and exploit a loophole that lets them log into a PS4 owner's account on their PS5, which in turn unlocks the Collection games for use on the PS4.

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Review: Until You Fall

2 days 2 hours ago

It's a shame that VR didn't catch on: it really is.

Although I perfectly understand that it doesn't demo well, and the buy-in, especially early on, was ludicrous; we've reached a point where the PSVR and the Oculus Quest have allowed a great deal of accessibility to the once-restrictive platform.

I've been fortunate enough to have tested every major device since the release of the original consumer version of the Oculus Rift, and so many games have redefined the medium it's hard to even keep track at this point. The recently released Until You Fall is one of those projects.

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Chris Carter

What are we all playing this weekend?

2 days 4 hours ago

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Alright, here it is, we’re coming up on the most important day of the year: Cyber Monday. As far as I know or care, Cyber Monday is a day to dress in tattered leathers, gather round an open SMTP relay with your IRC kith and kin, drink mulled Jolt Cola, roast AOL CDs on an open fire, and sing Front Line Assembly anthems to celebrate freeing Kevin. Rest well this weekend, reader dear, for on Monday we HACK THE PLANET.

On Tuesday we’ll start opening the RPS Advent Calendar to reveal our favourite games of the year. Do you think you have a handle on what we’ve liked? Join the Advent Calendar Guessing Game on the forums.

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

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Alice O'Connor

Yakuza: Like a Dragon proves big franchises shouldn't be afraid of taking big risks

2 days 4 hours ago

With so many popular video game franchises staying true to course, it's refreshing to see when a publisher lets a developer go wild with their ideas. The Yakuza series is long known for its brawler gameplay, but in Like a Dragon, it shifts things up with an RPG formula that really works well for the series.

That's just one of the topics on this episode of Podtoid. Chris, CJ, Dan and Occams gather around the proverbial fire to talk Yakuza, Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, the Game Award nominations, and IOI's 007 game. All that, plus a comedy of errors for one street racer, on Podtoid Episode 468.

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CJ Andriessen