Heading to PAX East? Come to our panel – VG247 presents: How to write an RPG

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Heading to PAX East? Come to our panel – VG247 presents: How to write an RPG

If you’re heading to PAX East on the Saturday of the show, you can listen to loads of talented people talk about writing an RPG as myself and Matt stare on in awe.

We’ve got a great lineup of guests, including talent from Bethesda, Obsidian, and Larian. Here are all the details you need to know.

Where: Condor Theatre at PAX East

Left Alive gameplay video shows different strategies for the main characters

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Check out this new video showing off 14 minutes of Left Alive gameplay.

Square Enix has released a new video for Left Alive, showing off plenty of stealth-action gameplay.

In it, you’re given a look at how “every step and decision” you make as one of the three main characters can “make or break” your way through the dangerous warzone of Novo Slava.

Pokemon Go Clamperl event: how to evolve into Huntail and Gorebyss during the limited research day

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Pokemon Go Clamperl event: how to evolve into Huntail and Gorebyss during the limited research day

Pokemon Go just announced a surprise event, a limited research day, for February 23. Here’s everything you need to know.

While we have the regular monthly Pokemon Go community day events and Pokemon Go Field Research Missions, every now and then a special limited-time event pops up that combines the two – and that’s what Pokemon Go trainers can expect this weekend, when a Limited Research Day focuses on the addition of new gen 3 Pokemon Clamperl and its evolutions Huntail and Gorebyss.

The Limited Research Day event works a lot like the other monthly spawn-impacting events. It runs on one day over the course of a weekend during a specific three-hour slot that varies depending on your location. During that time, Clamperl will appear in Pokemon Go for the first time as part of a field research quest encounter reward – thus giving you your very first chance to catch one.

Pokemon Go Field Research quests: February missions and rewards, Special Research and Breakthroughs including Hoenn Celebration

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One of the best ways to progress in Pokemon Go is to stay on top of the Pokemon Go Research Quests – constantly changing missions and activities that players can pick up and complete for bonuses and rewards.

Pokemon Go’s research quests are split into two categories: Field Research and Research Breakthroughs.

Field Research items are picked up from Pokestops and are essentially random, though the given quests and rewards change from month to month. Completing these can lead to Research Breakthroughs which provide further unique rewards that also rotate over time. Special Research is less random – it’s a series of missions set for you by Professor Willow which push towards giving you access to potential catch especially rare, mythical Pokemon. Let’s go over how each works in detail…

Pokemon Go Eevee Evolution: how to evolve Eevee into Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon or Umbreon

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With so many evolutions to choose from, you want to make sure that you get your favorite – so let’s talk about how to evolve Eevee in Pokemon Go.

For our money, Eevee is one of the coolest Pokemon. It’s one of the cutest of the original Red/Blue/Green generation of Pokemon games, yes, and it’s just been promoted to starter status for Pokemon Let’s Go – but the coolest thing about Eevee is how it evolves. Eevee can evolve into more different Pokemon than any other species discovered so far – and of course that carries over to Pokemon Go.

In the original Pokemon games, Eevee evolves based on factors like using special items (like the evolutionary stones in Pokemon Sun and Moon), its happiness level, moves or the time of day. Over in Pokemon Quest, stats influence your evolution. In Pokemon Go, Eevee Evolution is handled in an entirely different way still.

Pokemon Go Egg Chart: all Pokemon that hatch from 2km, 5km, 7km and 10km eggs

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Pokemon Go Egg Chart: all Pokemon that hatch from 2km, 5km, 7km and 10km eggs

One of the most reliable ways to get your hands on new Pokemon in Pokemon Go is through egg hatching. But what Pokemon can you expect from each type of eggs?

Unlike over in the main Nintendo console based Pokemon games, you don’t have to breed Pokemon to get your hands on Pokemon eggs. In fact, there’s no breeding mechanic at all. Instead, you’ll be rewarded eggs through visiting Pokestops throughout the world or through being given gifts by your friends. Hatching eggs is a great way to farm candy and actually has a good chance of providing better Pokemon with better stats than you might find out in the wild. Some of the rarer, best Pokemon in Pokemon Go are most easily obtained through hatching eggs, which is handy. If a Pokemon shiny form is in the game, there’s a chance for shiny when an egg hatches, too.

Pokemon Eggs are basically a mystery draw: you have no idea what you’re going to hatch until it hatches, though there are four different types of egg in the game and that’ll give you a broad idea of what to expect in terms of both hatch time and the potential Pokemon inside. Listing off a chart of the Pokemon that can hatch from each egg is one of the key purposes of this page, in fact – but we’ll get to that in a moment.

Kingdom Hearts 3: where to get Adamantite and Wellspring Crystal for Keyblade upgrades

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Kingdom Hearts 3: where to get Adamantite and Wellspring Crystal for Keyblade upgrades

As you get later into Kingdom Hearts 3, keyblade upgrades require rarer items to perform – including these materials.

As you get deeper into Kingdom Hearts 3, one major way to make your life a little easier coping with more powerful heartless is to power up your keyblade at the Moogle Shops. There’s a lot of different keyblades in the game each with unique stats and abilities, and you’ll want to pick one that makes sense for your play style, finding a few others that fit it to create an all-around solid setup. We talk about this in our Kingdom Hearts 3 tips guide, but once you have your chosen gear you’ll want to set about getting some upgrades.

Early upgrade materials you’ll need to gather are the much less rare Fluorite and Damascus, but as you get deeper into KH3 you’ll need to track down rarer, more powerful crafting materials – including Adamantite and Wellspring Crystal, which are vital to keyblade upgrades. On this page, we detail how to get your hands on both and farm them.

Kingdom Hearts 3: where to get Fluorite and Damascus for Keyblade upgrades

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Kingdom Hearts 3: where to get Fluorite and Damascus for Keyblade upgrades

If you want to upgrade your favorite keyblade to its most powerful form, you’ll need to farm some key materials. Here’s where (and how).

It wouldn’t really be a proper large-scale Japanese RPG without some good old weapon management, and Kingdom Hearts 3 has plenty of that. Protagonist Sora can now equip not just one of his iconic keyblade weapons, but three – and that means three times the options in any given battle but also three times the management in the back-end. Every keyblade is different, and as we suggest in our KH3 tips and tricks you’ll want to pick keyblades that match up to your style of play in their stats and abilities. Once that’s done, you’ll want to set about upgrading them as you head on your journey towards the end of Sora’s journey (and hopefully also the secret ending movie that teases an all-new journey) – and that requires certain materials.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Secret Ending: how to unlock the secret movie with hidden mickey lucky emblems

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Secret Ending: how to unlock the secret movie with hidden mickey lucky emblems

Kingdom Hearts 3 might be the end of the main KH trilogy, but that doesn’t mean the story is over – and a new secret movie after the ending teases what might come next – if you can unlock it.

Kingdom Hearts 3 does fully wrap up the story of Sora, Donald and Goofy… or, well, it sort of does. These games always have loose ends, and long-time fans will remember all the fuss over the secret movies in both the first Kingdom Hearts and its sequel, which both teased elements of the next games. Even the spin-offs get in on this action – and this latest entry is no different, with the Kingdom Hearts 3 Secret Ending Movie teasing the future of the Disney cross-over franchise.

In order to get access to the secret ending movie, you’ll have to unlock it – and doing so is all built around those Lucky Emblems (or Hidden Mickeys – they look like King Mickey’s head) scattered throughout the worlds of Kingdom Hearts 3.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Battlegates: battlegate locations for every combat challenge

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Kingdom Hearts 3 Battlegates: battlegate locations for every combat challenge

Once you’ve finished the main story of Kingdom Hearts 3, the challenge of the game isn’t over. Next up, you’ll want to tackle the battlegates – high-end raid-style combat encounters.

Battlegates in Kingdom Hearts 3 don’t unlock until you’ve visited the last of the game’s worlds and seen through the finale of the journey of Sora, Donald and Goofy, but once you have, you can consider this one of KH3’s ultimate challenges. Each battlegate is hidden away in a world – there’s 14 total – and each contains a custom-made battle against a set of heartless designed to test your abilities in combat.

Each battlegate is rated between one and three stars, and the single three-star one of the battlegates in KH3 is a real killer. These are worth attempting, however – each you complete will net you two rewards. One reward is consistent across the vast majority of the battlegate challenges – the Secret Reports, special pieces of lore that fill in extra background on the Kingdom Hearts story. Aside from this, you’ll also get a more play-focused reward for the RPG elements of KH3 – either an accessory or some crafting materials that, like Adamantite, Wellspring Crystal, Fluorite and Damascus are important for synthesis and keyblade upgrades.