Sweatness and light: The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya review

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Sweatness and light: The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya review

Join Ella McConnell for Waifu Material, a new monthly column in which she navigates the murky, cherry-blossom-strewn waters of visual novels, dating sims, and everything in between (reader masochism not required but strongly recommended). [Content warning: sketchy consent stuff.] With one of my most recent visual novel excursions having been the cat-fucking creepiness of NEKOPARA, […]

Wisdom of Nym: Actual mechanical issues for jobs in Final Fantasy XIV, part one

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Wisdom of Nym: Actual mechanical issues for jobs in Final Fantasy XIV, part one

There are a lot of people who are quick to complain about issues with their personal favorite jobs in Final Fantasy XIV. No matter what job you’re playing, there are people that will eagerly point out all of the screamingly wrong things with the job whilst completely ignoring how well the jobs actually do work together. When you can seriously...

Why Total War: Warhammer 2 is the greatest strategy game of all time

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Why Total War: Warhammer 2 is the greatest strategy game of all time

Total War: Warhammer II is the greatest strategy game of all time. That is a bold claim, sure, but one that gets easier to make with every subsequent piece of DLC that bolsters Creative Assembly’s masterpiece.

That is not to say the core game isn’t strong by itself. It manages to preserve what is special about the Total War series: the masterful blend of intense real-time battles with a complex and interesting meta layer of strategy and logistics. Layer in a tremendous helping of fantasy and lore from one of tabletop gaming’s most beloved series and you have a winner.

Find out how Total War: Warhammer became a story-driven series on the sly.

EVE Online balances ships and adds the Monitor to its March patch

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EVE Online balances ships and adds the Monitor to its March patch

Even if you’re not familiar with how battles work in EVE Online you can probably still guess at what “headshotting” means for the game’s large-scale battles. Command ships offer major benefits for fleets working with them, and trying to take out that command ship can often end the fight right then and there. The next patch is adding a new...

Automaton lifts the lid on Mavericks: Proving Grounds' impressive tech

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Automaton lifts the lid on Mavericks: Proving Grounds' impressive tech

Announced at the PC Gamer Weekender a couple of days ago, Mavericks: Proving Grounds is a massively ambitious 1000-player MMO that will also find the time to cram in a 400-player Battle Royale mode, which will launch first. There's no real footage yet, but in the first of two highlight videos from the PCG Weekender, Automaton Games' James Thompson offers a glimpse of the enormous 16km map we'll be able to explore, while going into detail on some of the technical wizardry that's making it all possible.

Identity gameplay video demos your Breaking Bad fantasy

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Identity gameplay video demos your Breaking Bad fantasy

The central tenant of Identity’s concept is that this isn’t going to be your run-of-the-mill combat MMO, but a life simulator that will let you live out fantasies of all sorts of exciting lifestyles, such as being a cop or a drug dealer. The team released a short but interesting gameplay video last week that showed one law enforcement scenario....