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Fire Emblem Engage - How To Get Gold, Iron, Steel, And Silver

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 08:09

In Fire Emblem Engage you must lead an army as the Divine Dragon to defeat the mysterious and evil Fell Dragon. In order to accomplish this goal, you're going to need to equip your units with the best possible weapons, which means you're going to need to upgrade them. In order to upgrade them you will need an abundance of four things, Iron, Steel, Silver, and Gold. Here's the best way to get more of each of these resources.

Money, money, money

Gold serves as the currency in Fire Emblem Engage and you are going to find yourself lacking it most of the time. There are a few points in the game, specifically once you complete a mission at each nation's capital building, where the game gives you a large influx of cash, but that seems to be given to you so you can level up your Nation Donation levels, which are necessary for obtaining the other crafting materials you need.

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Fire Emblem Engage - Nation Donation Explained

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 08:06

Fire Emblem Engage has finally arrived, letting you take on the role of the Divine Dragon in your quest to defeat the Fell Dragon and save the continent of Elyos. As you explore the different nations of Elyos, you will have the opportunity to donate some of your hard earned gold in exchange for better rewards on the battlefield when in that nation's territory. While the cost might be steep, the rewards are necessary if you want to be successful in battle. Here's everything you need to know about the Nation Donations system in Fire Emblem Engage.

Big spending for increased rewardsWhile the Nation Donation upgrades are expensive, they drastically increase the amount of materials found in the region.

The Nation Donations menu can be found at the bulletin board in the Café Terrace at your home base of Somniel. Once you have access to a battle that takes place within a country's territory, you gain the ability to donate to their country. These donations are quite expensive, starting at 5,000 Gold, but quickly reaching 10,000, 25,000, and even 50,000 before you will reach the next level. Considering there are four nations you can donate to, this can become costly very quickly, requiring you to grind for Gold, but the rewards are necessary.

The rewards you receive come in two parts. The first are the instant rewards, which change from level to level. These rewards consist of a collection of ingredients and materials specific to that nation, along with clothing options, occasionally weapons, but these aren't the important rewards.

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Kevin Feige Doesn't Think People Will Get Tired Of Comic Book Movies

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 07:59

Marvel boss Kevin Feige said in a recent interview that with a catalog dating back to 1939 and franchise adaptation plans for movies through to the end of 2026, interest isn't likely to wane. Speaking to Jason E. Squire on The Movie Business Podcast, Feige says the superhero movies based on comics are in many ways just getting started, noting that the decades of Marvel history gives the studio a broad well to draw from.

"I've been at Marvel Studios for over 22 years, and most of us here at Marvel Studios have been around a decade or longer together," Feige said (via Variety). "From probably my second year at Marvel, people were asking, 'Well, how long is this going to last? Is this fad of comic book movies going to end?'"

Feige continued, "I didn't really understand the question. Because to me, it was akin to saying after Gone With The Wind, 'Well, how many more movies can be made off of novels? Do you think the audience will sour on movies being adapted from books?' You would never ask that because there's an inherent understanding among most people that a book can be anything. A novel can have any type of story whatsoever. So it all depends on what story you're translating. Non-comic readers don't understand that it’s the same thing in comics." Feige added that Marvel Studios is in a position where it can make "any type of movie that shares two things: the Marvel Studios logo above the title and a seed of an idea from our publishing history."

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Diablo 2 Resurrected Patch 2.6 Will Add Eight New Rune Words

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 07:49

Diablo 2 Resurrected is introducing eight new Rune Words in patch 2.6, which is going to have a public test session starting on January 24. Players who want to participate will have time until January 31 to do so. Developer Blizzard also mentions that new Rune Words are "only a portion of the content" arriving in the patch, teasing that there'll be more news closer to release.

Blizzard adds that the inclusion of new Rune Words comes from a desire of "spicing up the Ladder meta and giving players additional tools to bring new builds to life". This seems like a follow-up to the balance changes done to all Diablo 2 Resurrected classes early last year with patch 2.4.

The PTR for patch 2.6 starts on January 24 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET and lasts until January 31 at the same times. Players who want to take part in it must have the game on PC, and then select the PTR: Diablo 2 Resurrected branch in the desktop app, using the left-hand menu above the Play button.

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Snag 10 Steam Games For $5 With This New Bundle

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 07:21

Fanatical’s new build-your-own Lunar Bundle deal is here to celebrate the Lunar New Year with up to 10 PC games for just $5.

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Like other Fanatical DIY bundles, customers can select how many games they want to purchase: either one game for $1, five games for $3, or--for the best value--10 games for $5. Then you select which games you want from a list of 16 possible titles.

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Sonic Was Originally A Human Boy With Blue Spiky Hair

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 07:19

According to Sonic the Hedgehog's original designer, Sonic's look derived from an earlier design of a young boy with spiky blue hair who could, of course, run very quickly.

On Twitter, Sonic artist and designer Naoto Ohshima shared concept art for a never-released game called Twin Stars, alongside some early Sonic art. He described the game as "an action game about twin brothers who protect the dream world from Nightmare World's boss 'Thirteen.'"

I made a draft of the game. An action game about twin brothers who protect the dream world from Nightmare World's boss "Thirteen". It evolved into Sonic.
私はゲーム原案書を作った。 ナイトメア世界のボス「サーティーン」から夢の世界を守る双子のアクションゲーム。 ソニックに進化した

— Naoto Ohshima (@NaotoOhshima) January 21, 2023

The concept art features two young boys, one with spiky blue hair and the other with... spiky red hair. The background shows one of the boys running through a proto-Green Hill Zone, complete with a loop de loop. In the sky, there's a menacing cartoon face with a big nose and sharp teeth. Another sheet of concept art shows various enemy types, like a cannon with legs and eyes and a little goomba- or goblin-like creature with fancy gloves, alongside the two boys running fast.

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The Last Of Us Almost Had DLC About Ellie's Mom

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 07:10

2013's acclaimed The Last of Us nearly had DLC that would have introduced Ellie's mom. This never happened, and game director Neil Druckmann discussed this in an interview that also includes spoilers about the HBO TV series.

Ellie in The Last of Us

Speaking to Variety, Druckmann said Ellie's mother, Anna, will appear in the HBO series late in the first season. Ashley Johnson, who played Ellie in the video game, will portray Anna.

"I had written a short story after we had shipped the game already. It was supposed to be an animated short, but it fell apart and didn't come to be," Druckmann said. "There was a moment where we almost made it as DLC, but it fell apart."

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Water From Disney's Splash Mountain Ride Hits Ebay For $150 After It Closes Down For Rebrand

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 05:43

It's the end of an era at Disney World and Disneyland, as the popular Splash Mountain ride is now closed for good ahead of its rebrand based on Princess and the Frog. With the ride shutting down, people are collecting water from the ride and selling it online to capitalize on the nostalgia.

eBay is full of listings for Splash Mountain water, with prices running as high as $150. The water for Splash Mountain presumably gets changed from time to time, but some of the listings mention that the water was collected on January 22, the last day of operation for the ride. Anyone buying this water should be aware that it could be totally bogus.

One person is selling intentionally fake Splash Mountain water poured from a kitchen sink for $25,000 to make fun of other people for selling the water. "I'm a Disney fan but come one people has the world gotten so doomed that people would buy water from a ride," the person said.

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Sonic Frontiers Director Would Like To Make An Adventure-Style Game

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 05:07

The Sonic the Hedgehog games have come in many forms over the years, from the momentum-based platforming of 2D Sonic to the boost and homing attack-fuelled mayhem of 3D Sonic. In two recent tweets, Sonic Frontiers director Morio Kishimoto indicated that he would like to revisit the formula of the Sonic Adventure series.

Responding to a tweet from a fan who asked about the boost gameplay of 3D Sonic games, Kishimoto stated that he debated whether or not to use boosts in Frontiers. He further stated that he is thinking of making a 3D Sonic game that doesn't use boosts, and that he would like to make a game in the style of the Adventure series.

While it's unclear how exactly this desire might (or might not) be reflected in the next few Sonic games, the series has tried several different approaches to 3D gameplay over the years. While each have achieved their own levels of success, Sonic Frontiers is one of the most acclaimed 3D Sonic games in many years, arguably since 2010's Sonic Colors. The last game in the Adventure series, Sonic Adventure 2, came out in 2001, though fans often argue that the infamous Sonic 2006 is essentially an unofficial Sonic Adventure 3 that sunk the formula, forcing Sega to try something new with the next entry, Sonic Unleashed.

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SteamWorld Build Announced For 2023 Release, Demo Available Now

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 05:00

The next game in the SteamWorld series is another radical departure from what came before: a frontier city-builder-called SteamWorld Build. You'll make a bustling wild west city above ground, while mining and dealing with monsters who lurk just below the surface. SteamWorld Build is coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch in 2023, and a demo is available on Steam now.

As the mastermind of a SteamWorld mining town, you'll create housing and provide food for your citizens and make sure they stay entertained. Meanwhile, you'll need to venture underground to explore an old abandoned mine, in search of ancient technology that could save your fledgling community from certain doom. Gather ores and other resources from below ground, and use them to build up your town on the surface--with the ultimate goal of getting off-planet entirely.

Publisher Thunderful notes that the game was built on PC and consoles simultaneously to make sure that it all works as well with a mouse and keyboard as it does with a controller. You can also pick from three difficulty levels to make it inviting to sim-builder newbies as well as veterans.

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CoD: Modern Warfare 2 Will Bring Back Hardcore Mode With Season 2 Update, Devs Confirm

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 04:56

Infinity Ward has confirmed that Call of Duty's Hardcore multiplayer mode will be returning with Modern Warfare 2's Season 2 update, which is set to arrive on February 15.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 launched without the game's typical Hardcore playlist for multiplayer. Season 1 added a similar mode called Tier 1, but the mode plays more like Modern Warfare 2019's Realism mode, with the lack of hit markers and a kill feed. There's also a change to health, as Tier 1 seemingly provides more health than a standard Hardcore mode.

No HUD? No problem. Hardcore is back!

Follow Season 02’s Multiplayer updates in our studio blog later this week.

— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) January 22, 2023

While the tweet from the developer doesn't confirm if the health and HUD will be exactly the same as previous years, players should likely expect a more classic experience than Tier 1. Infinity Ward also confirmed that more information about Season 2 and Hardcore mode will be revealed in a blog post later this week.

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Mysterious Sega Countdown Site Looks Like A Dreamcast VMU, Might Tease New Cosmic Smash

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 04:52

Sega has launched a mysterious countdown website centered around something called "C-SMASH VRS," with the countdown set to expire on February 13 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET.

The site features a grid of gray dots on a white background, with a few dots turning orange into the triangular "Play" symbol. Once clicked, the dots create multiple shapes, sound waves, and display the countdown clock within them.

An eye will sometimes appear on the countdown site.

The dots--and the animations within--bear a resemblance to the animation motif of the Sega Dreamcast's Virtual Memory Unit memory cards, though there's no evidence to suggest any relation. "C-SMASH," however, does resemble Cosmic Smash, a puzzle game made by Sega for arcades in 2001, which was then ported to the Sega Dreamcast in 2003. Cosmic Smash also featured a similar color scheme to the teaser site.

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Fortnite The Kid LAROI Event -- Start Date, Rewards, And More

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 04:47

Epic has revealed more information about its upcoming Fortnite concert featuring the Australian rapper The Kid LAROI. We now know details on how to participate in the event, how long it'll stay, all the items players can unlock, and more.

The Kid LAROI's Wild Dream island event will start on January 27, 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT and will feature his upcoming song "Love Again" alongside three unreleased songs for Wild Dreams island and Afterparty island.

Players can load into both The Kid LAROI Wild Dreams and Afterparty island via the main menu, or they can input the following island code to join them:

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Life Is Strange 2 Hits Nintendo Switch Next Month

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 04:33

Square Enix announced that Life is Strange 2 will launch on February 2, 2023, for Nintendo Switch.

The game doesn't have the many updated features as the Life is Strange Remastered Collection, such as improved graphical textures and character animations. However, all five chapters will be available from the very start instead of being released episodically.

Life is Strange 2 was the last entry in the franchise that developer Dont Nod Entertainment created. The franchise was then handed over to Deck Nine Games, which developed Life is Strange: True Colors. Life is Strange's first episode was released in September 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The last episode concluded its story in December 19.

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Dead Space Unlock Times And Preloading Details

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 04:27

With just a few days left until launch, Dead Space Remake developer EA Motive has shared details on when pre-load times for the game will be available, global launch timing, and what you'll need to experience sci-fi horror at its optimum best in case you're planning to play on PC.

Pre-Load Times

If you want to begin playing as early as possible, preordering will allow you to download the game in advance of launch. Preloading is already available on Xbox Series X|S, while both PS5 and PC players will have to wait until January 25 to do so.

Xbox Series X|S

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Get 2 Months Of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate For A Great Price

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 04:10

Xbox Game Pass is one of the best deals in gaming--and right now it’s even better. For the next few days, you can snag two months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for just $15, down from $30. There are a few caveats to the incredible offer, but since this is one of the best prices we’ve seen for the service in months, it’s definitely worth a closer look.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (2-Month Subscription) $15 (was $30)

With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you’ll gain access to more than 1,000 games, an EA Play membership, Xbox Live Gold membership, and the ability to play games remotely with Xbox Cloud Gaming. Membership is typically sold in one-month, three-month, or 12-month increments, but this two-month deal is simply too good to pass up.

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Before picking it up, however, it’s important to note that these codes are not stackable and can’t be combined with an active/existing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. It can, however, be used once your current membership expires. Keep in mind that you’ll only have 30 days after purchase to redeem your code, so you might need to time your purchase carefully in order to cash in on the savings.

Unused codes can also be returned for store credit within 30 days of purchase.

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How To Get Pedro Pascal's Sweet Jacket From The Last Of Us

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 03:59

HBO's The Last of Us TV series is out now and people are generally enjoying the show, while the network is reaping the benefits, too, with strong viewership numbers. One part of the show that has fans buzzing is the rugged jacket worn by Pedro Pascal's character, Joel. People are wondering where they can get the jacket, too, and we now have the answer.

The jacket is made by Flint and Tinder and is sold through Huckberry. It's a $300 jacket, so it's not cheap, but it has excellent reviews. The flannel-lined trucker jacket, which is made in the USA, is made of weather-resistant waxed cloth, featuring metal buttons and an "antique"-looking finish.

The jacket comes in sizes ranging from XS to XXL, and colors including black, coal, dark navy, field tan, forest, havana, light grey, and moss. Click the link below to find your size and color.

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The Last Of Us Part 1 Sees Sales Spike After HBO Premiere

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 03:34

HBO's TV adaptation of The Last Of Us has been remarkably successful so far, garnering both rave reviews and high marks from viewers. As spotted by, it seems that the hit show has juiced interest in the games as well, with The Last Of Us Part 1 sales jumping more than 200% on PS5 and The Last of Us: Remastered (the PS4 version of the game) increasing by more than 300% on the boxed UK sales charts.

These increased numbers pushed the PS5 version of the game to number 20 on that UK chart, and the PS4 version to number 32. Neither were on the charts at all the previous week. If you're curious, the top five games on the chart were Fire Emblem Engage, FIFA 23, God of War Ragnarok, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Besides The Last Of Us, the biggest risers in the charts were Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Battlefield 2042.

In GameSpot's The Last Of Us TV show review, critic Mark Delaney praised its presentation, writing, and faithfulness to the original game. In a recent interview, Anna Torv discussed the climax of episode 2, and how it moved many viewers. One of the original game's co-creators, Bruce Straley, is not credited on the show at all, a fact he noted in an interview.

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Dragon Age Dreadwolf Loses Production Director As 19-Year Veteran Mac Walters Is Leaving BioWare

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 03:29

BioWare is undergoing a change in leadership, as 19-year veteran Mac Walters has left the company. Walters left BioWare at the end of 2022, but his departure went largely unnoticed until recent times. In a post on LinkedIn, Walters confirmed his departure from BioWare.

"With a new year comes new adventures," he wrote. "As some of you already know, at the end of last year I decided to leave BioWare. These past 19 years have been a life-changing experience to say the least, and it made the choice to go very difficult. I've worked with so many wonderful people and had the privilege to be a part of the most amazing teams and projects. It's hard to fathom it all, and I know I'll be reflecting on it for years to come."

Walters thanked his past colleagues and said he wishes "everyone at BioWare the very best in everything you do."

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The Last Of Us Fans Convinced HBO Has Cast Abby For Season 2

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 02:51

Some The Last of Us fans are convinced that HBO has already cast the character of Abby Anderson for season 2 of the show.

Following the premiere of HBO's The Last of Us last week, a post shared on The Last of Us News fan account--via Kotaku--showed that the director, co-writer, and executive producer Neil Druckmann is following the actor Shannon Berry on Instagram.

The tweet shows various photos of Berry in comparison to Abby and fans believe that given the likeness between the two, the fact that Berry is now 22--roughly the age for the character--and the fact that Druckmann follows the actor, HBO has already cast the character for season 2.

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