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Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass Revealed

Pocket Tactics - 9 hours 26 min ago
Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass Revealed

During the latest Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed that the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service will be receiving a sizable expansion. This update will be bringing classic Nintendo 64 games, as well as Sega Genesis games, to the platform, alongside a price increase.

The new consoles make up the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass, so current users can either carry on as they are, or sign up for the new, higher-priced tier, and receive a slew of classic titles from these recently added titles.

Among the initial Nintendo 64 titles will be Super Mario 64, The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time, Mario Kart 64, Star Fox 64, Sin & Punishment, Dr Mario 64, Mario Tennis 64, and Yoshi’s Story. The Sega Mega Drive games expected at launch include Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Streets Of Rage 2, Ecco The Dolphin, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Contra: Hard Corps, Golden Axe, Gunstar Heroes, Phantasy Star IV, Ristar, Shining Force, Shinobi III: Return Of The Ninja Master, and Strider.

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Nintendo Direct September 2021 Highlights

Pocket Tactics - 9 hours 34 min ago
Nintendo Direct September 2021 Highlights

The latest Nintendo Direct has been and gone, and this one had a whole heap of reveals that have changed the upcoming release landscape dramatically. Not only did we get the return of long-lost titles such as Bayonetta 3, but we got more information on previously announced titles such as Splatoon 3 and the now renamed Triangle Strategy.

Nintendo also revealed new information on several existing and upcoming titles. Hyrule Warriors will be receiving a substantial DLC, as will Monster Hunter Rise. Animal Crossing New Horizons has been revealed to be getting it's own direct, as well as an announcement of the final Super Smash Brothers Ultimate DLC fighter, with a special Direct announced for later next month.

Not to mention some brand new reveals, as Kirby finally returns to the realm of 3D platformers, Voice Of Cards in a brand new RPG heading to the Switch next year, and we even got confirmation that Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic will be gracing the Switch this winter.

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Fuga: Memories Of Steel is a strategy RPG with a giant child-powered tank

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 23:05

Fuga: Melodies Of Steel is set during an anthropomorphic animal anime World War 2 in which your parents have been taken by the dog Nazis. Still with me? You and your fellow cat children find Howl's Moving Tank in a cave and set about getting your families back, with turn-based, RPG battles.

You also discover at the end of the tutorial that your giant angry house has a "Soul Cannon", which is a gun that only fires if you feed it the soul - and permanently kill - one of the children.

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Halo Infinite's multiplayer test will go ahead as planned

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 21:58

Breaking news: everything is normal and fine. Yesterday Halo Infinite developers 343 Industries mentioned during a livestream that they might need to delay this weekend's beta. Today they confirmed that's not the case, and posted an overview of what to expect.

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CS:GO's Operation Riptide revives the riot shield

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 20:52

The riot shield was probably the most divisive item ever added to Counter-Strike - and now it's back. New update Operation Riptide, out now, introduces the defensive item to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's casual mode, alongside major tweaks to Dust2, new missions, shorter matches, and private matchmaking queues.

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Diablo 2: Resurrected characters keep disappearing, among many launch issues

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 19:24

Diablo 2: Resurrected launched earlier today, offering players the chance to relive the classic hack-and-slasher. But why recreate the experience of one Diablo game when you could recreate the experience of two? Resurrected is also experiencing a bunch of launch issues related to its online mode, just like Diablo 3 before it.

Those issues include players being unable to see their existing characters, create new characters, or launch the game. Some might say essential features.

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How to revisit classic The Lord of the Rings battles in Rise to War

Pocket Tactics - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 16:37
How to revisit classic The Lord of the Rings battles in Rise to War

If creating your own tales of victory in The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War isn't enough, you can also relive some of the truly epic battles that The Lord of the Rings is known for. You can't jump straight in and start taking down Sauron from the very beginning however - here's how to unlock these classic battles in The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War.

The key to playing classic battles lies in the Red Book of Westmarch, an item that becomes available in the Tavern once you've reached Chapter 7 of the game. When you've completed enough tasks and unlocked this chapter, a certain character will arrive and leave the book in the Tavern, which you can access at any time.

You'll only have one campaign available when you first open it, War of the Last Alliance, and you'll unlock new chapters of the book as you beat each one. You can only complete one chapter a day, and each one is made up of several levels that need to be cleared in order.


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Diablo 2: Resurrected's hotkeys are still a goddamn mess

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 16:30

Terrible news continues to pour out of Blizzard like pus from of a festering wound around a splinter you forgot about and left for way too long. You should really get that looked at. Still, they must be drawing some comfort from the fact that Diablo II: Resurrected is out today, one of Blizz's most beloved games of all time.

Naturally, a lot of people will be excited for the remastered version. But if my tone is more immediately aggro than the last time I wrote about Diablerrected, that's because I was previously playing the beta through the rose-tinted haze of this game being very important to me and a big part of my childhood, and bonding with my older brother, and so on. This time, I have been playing the final version for several hours, and am cross.

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The Rally Point: Putting Mech Engineer on trial (and error)

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 16:05

When you've played a lot of games, or seen a lot of films, or probably eaten at a lot of restaurants or generally oversaturated your life with one subject, it's easy to start making rules and codes for How It Should Be. I given a lot of games a hard time for being opaque and failing to explain themselves. And yet here I am, finally writing about Mech Engineer after watching and playing it for nine months, waiting for it to hit the point where I can almost, sort of, not exactly recommend it... but share my fascination with it.

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Call Of Duty: Vanguard will, sadly, fix dognados

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 15:50

The primary function of ragdoll physics in video games, everyone knows, is to freak out and make people laugh. Everyone knows this. The technology was created explicitly to bring a subversive touch of merry mayhem to po-faced murdergames. Everyone knows this. But developers are wary of overdoing it or openly acknowledging this fact which everyone knows. This is why, sadly, Call Of Duty: Vanguard will indeed 'fix' the 'bug' which could make attack dogs turn into a giant maelstrom of limbs, teeth, and mashing meat noises, a phenomenom known as the 'dognado'. Tragic.

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Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls review – just grim, no oire

Pocket Tactics - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 15:40
 Grimoire of Souls review – just grim, no oire

Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls is finally available on Apple Arcade, and to say that I’ve been keen to play it is an understatement. Of course, there was a time when I thought playing the mobile title was impossible, with Konami choosing to shutter the game after a less than stellar reception during its soft-launch period in Canada.

Having finally tried the game myself, I can confirm that it doesn’t hit the heights that one would hope for from a Castlevania title. The entire franchise is beloved, with many fans worldwide, meaning anytime there’s a new title on the horizon, it gets plenty of attention. Though given its premature end after less than a year of release, it shouldn’t be too surprising that it doesn’t wow me.

I wouldn’t necessarily call Grimoire of Souls a bad game. It’s enjoyable to an extent - it’s just not a good Castlevania game. The gameplay is simple, making it very easy to pick up and play, it has a simple control scheme, and you can even play the game semi-automatically. You still control the movement of your character, but he can attack at will, though you can toggle this on and off at the press of a button that has a permanent place on the screen.

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Switch review – its power level is over 9,000

Pocket Tactics - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 15:30
 Kakarot Switch review – its power level is over 9,000

As a massive Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super fan, the chance to play as Goku, Vegeta, Trunks, and more in a game that focuses less on combat, and more on exploring the areas I know and love, and completing humorous side quests, was a very exciting thought. As soon as Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot came out on PS4 in 2020, I picked the game up and earned the platinum trophy not long after, which should give you an idea of how much I enjoyed this title.

If you love Dragon Ball Z, I have no doubt that you’ll enjoy Kakarot. Each of the sagas allows you to take part in satisfying combat against familiar bad guys, such as Frieza, Majin Buu, and Cell. But before you take them on, you can also meet up with Master Roshi to track down his adult magazines and head on over to Korin Tower to pick up senzu beans, among other fun side quests.

These quests are definitely worth giving a go, and there are just enough of them to break up gameplay between each epic battle you take part in. The only fault I can mention about them, is that they can feel a bit samey. Go there and pick up an item, defeat a group of Red Ribbon Army robots, cook me some rice. However, despite this, I still recommend you finish them all to see everything the game has to offer.

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How to set up two monitors

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 15:23

It’s funny to think how different the use cases are for setting up two monitors for your gaming PC, compared to setting up three. A trio of displays lets you play in ultrawide with a wraparound effect that even most purpose-built ultrawide monitors can’t match, but while you can configure a dual-monitor setup to run games across displays, it doesn’t make nearly as much sense. With the borders of each screen running straight down the middle, most of the best ultrawide PC games would be nigh-unplayable. Still! If you can budget for it, two remains better than one. It’s an expanded but focused setup for when you’re playing a full-screen game but also want a browser tab, video, or streaming controls visible at the same time.

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Best Diablo 2: Resurrected classes and builds

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 15:20

Looking for the best classes and builds in Diablo 2: Resurrected? The shiny new remaster is finally here, but the gameplay of Diablo 2: Resurrected will be very familiar to veterans. If you’re playing for the first time, however, the game’s complex character progression can seem overwhelming. The foundations of your experience are your choice of class, and the skill(s) you build around on that class. Each of Diablo 2’s seven classes features multiple talent trees that grant you new abilities and define how you approach the game.

If you’re planning to play on Hardcore mode or push deep into Hell difficulty, you will want a quality build. Blizzard has not made balance adjustments to Diablo 2: Resurrected, so the long-established meta still holds in the remaster. Prepare for Hell with our guide to the best classes and builds in Diablo 2: Resurrected.

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Diablo 2: Resurrected Runes and Runewords

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 15:20

Trying to wrap your head around Runes in Diablo 2: Resurrected? Runes are the cornerstone of Diablo 2’s gear system. As there are no balance changes in Diablo 2: Resurrected, longtime players will be familiar. If you’re new, however, this system will look entirely unfamiliar, even if you’ve played Diablo 3 or Path of Exile. There’s nothing quite like Diablo 2’s Rune system in the ARPG genre. If you’re having trouble wrapping your head around the quirks of Runes and Runewords, we’re here to help.

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Diablo 2: Resurrected farming spots

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 15:20

Looking for the best farming spots in Diablo 2? An ARPG would be nothing without a grind. The grind in Diablo 2 is the foundation of the genre’s last 20 years. The genre-defining classic has seen very few changes for the remastered version, Diablo 2: Resurrected, so veterans of the original will have their strategies in place. If you’re a new player looking to optimize your character after beating the game though, you’ll need to know where to farm your gear.

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EWS podcast episode 157: the best animal companions special

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 15:00

This week on The Electronic Wireless Show podcast I was inspired by the extremely cute little monsters the Rot, who are you besties in Kena: Bridge Of Spirits, to ask Matthew and Nate about their favourite animal companions in video games. You will probably be able to predict some of their answers. Others, not so much.

A big digression about trains and commuter rage this week, as well as a shocking update from Matthew re. the farewell fizzy drink tour. But most exciting is that the Cavern Of Lies is replaced this week by a Cavern Of Announcements! Yes, we have very special news indeed, and you have to listen to at least two thirds of the podcast to find out what it is. But it is genuinely incredible.

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Ikemen Vampire characters and walkthrough – answers for every route

Pocket Tactics - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 14:44
Ikemen Vampire characters and walkthrough – answers for every route

Ikemen literally means ‘cool man’, and there are plenty of cool men here. Ikemen Vampire is a game in the massively popular Ikemen otome game series, where you find yourself whisked off to a mansion full of some of the greatest figures from history - who all happen to be sexy vampires. Lose yourself to a mystical and thrilling love story, where you find yourself wooed by William Shakespeare, Napoleon Bonaparte, Arthur Conan Doyle, and more.

In this Ikemen Vampire characters guide, you’ll find walkthroughs and answers for every route, to make sure you know exactly what to say to those handsome vampy boys. Each character has their own storyline with two possible endings; romantic and dramatic. Of course, we know you probably want the romantic ending, so we’ve put down all of the dialogue options to get you there.

If you’re otome-obsessed and want more Ikemen goodness, you should check out our Ikemen Prince character guide. We also have an introduction to all of the Obey Me characters, so you can get to know some handsome demons alongside your new vampire boyf.

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Valheim Tar: how to find Tar Pits

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 14:42

Where can you find Tar Pits in Valheim? Tar is a new resource introduced in Valheim's Hearth & Home update. It's a versatile crafting resource that you'll need before you can make many of the update's new items, including Darkwood furniture and building materials, Raven and Wolf Adornments, and — last but never least — the hot tub.

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Death Stranding Director's Cut Review – The Limits Of The Dead

Gamespot Reviews - Thu, 09/23/2021 - 14:41

Just like learning how to bake bread or mastering a language, going back to Death Stranding was one of those things I had always intended to do during lockdown, but never did. Returning to a gray, hazy, hostile world of death and human misery just seemed like the worst possible choice for living through a real-world pandemic. I should never have hesitated. In the face of all of Death Stranding's violence, its dead things, its surreal horror, and the bleakest, salted-earth portrayal of the post-apocalypse, there has always been this strong mote of hope and love and bonding and connection that's never been more necessary. If nothing else, Death Stranding: Director's Cut is the best excuse to return to the valley of the shadow of death, and find the grim beauty waiting there. What the new features and content bring to the table is simply making that return easier and more welcoming than ever.

Death Stranding was originally released for the PlayStation 4 in November 2019. In our original review, which you can read here in full, Kallie Plagge awarded it a 9/10, saying that "Death Stranding is a hard game to absorb. There are many intertwining threads to its plot, and silly names, corny moments, and heavy exposition belie an otherwise very simple message. That comes through much more clearly in the game's more mundane moments, when you find a desperately-needed ladder left behind by another player or receive a letter from an NPC thanking you for your efforts. It's positive without ignoring pain; in fact, it argues in both its story and its gameplay that adversity itself is what makes things worth doing and life worth living. It's a game that requires patience, compassion, and love, and it's also one we really need right now."

More to the point, however, Director's Cut is a bit of a misnomer. Despite the appeal of an auteur like Kojima taking a more proactive approach, tweaking dialogue and text files or adding scenes, nothing terribly germane to the plot, story, character development, or the way the world is presented has been messed with here. This is still largely the same game it was in 2019: a post-apocalyptic odyssey to reconnect the disparate cities of America at all costs, with our taciturn, faithless hero, Sam Porter-Bridges, facing the literal and metaphorical ghosts of America along the way. That's just the very tip of an expansive iceberg of a plot that toys around with metaphysics, the role of politics in our lives, the inherent nihilism of fundamentalist thinking, the social contract deteriorating, and lots more. All this is held up by a primary gameplay loop that has you playing postman to the entire country--mostly on foot--and across varied, melancholy-inducing terrain. Still, all of that was in the game we got two years ago, and by and large, the Director's Cut is the same kind of enhanced experience Ghost of Tsushima's Director's Cut was.

That's not a bad thing, it's just not a big thing. Newcomers and those starting from scratch will benefit the most. The Director's Cut features a much more elegant set of introductory challenges, clearer explanations of core mechanics, and some helpful bits of gear like the Support Skeleton and the new debilitating Maser Gun are available early on, taking a lot of the aggravation out of the game's first few episodes. There is an AR firing range allowing you to test out any new weaponry you get against static targets or on bots who function like the MULE enemies, which was especially helpful in letting me finally get the timing down for parrying using the Strand rope.

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