Jason Faulkner

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How many chapters in Xenoblade Chronicles 1? | How long to beat?

Xenoblade Chronicles is divided into chapters, though the game doesn’t make a big deal out of this. However, knowing what chapter you’re on and how many there are is a decent way to track your progress through the game without delving into any material with potential spoilers. However, I wouldn’t worry too much about how long it takes to beat Xenoblade Chronicles. If you’re worried the story is going too fast, just rest assured you’re likely not as far through the game as you think. How many ch

Xenoblade Chronicles Steel Silk Location

You’ll need to gather Steel Silk in Xenoblade Chronicles as part of the Colony 6 reconstruction side quest. The game will task you with donating items and money to one of four categories. As you level these categories up, you’ll get access to rewards and perks that will strengthen your party. Steel Silk is needed to unlock Housing Level 1 in Colony 6, which will allow you to recruit more NPCs to your cause. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition thankfully adds some much-needed convenience to

Xenoblade Chronicles Dark Grape Location

You’ll be tasked with helping Colony 6 Reconstruction in Xenoblade Chronicles, which requires you to donate money and items to level up four categories. One of the first items you’ll need to track down is the Dark Grape. You need two Dark Grapes in Xenoblade Chronicles as part of the contributions to unlock Nature Level 1. While Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition adds some conveniences that make the Colony 6 reconstruction less of a pain, it can still be challenging to find the items you

Xenoblade Chronicles Overworked and Underpaid | Should I convince Giorgio or consult a relative?

The Xenoblade Chronicles Overworked and Underpaid quest can be found in Chapter 2 in the Commercial District in Colony 9. Overworked and Underpaid gives you two options to complete it. You can either convince Giorgio to continue working or consult a relative, his daughter, Paola, to solve the issue. The choice you make during Overworked and Underpaid in Xenoblade Chronicles determines which one of two side quests will become available for you next. Just remember, if you choose one route, the si

Randy Pitchford uses George Floyd tragedy to sell Duke Nukem 3D, doesn't even discount game

Randy Pitchford is no stranger to controversy, and this evening he generated a little more with an inappropriate sales pitch. Pitchford took to Twitter to cash in on the tragic murder of George Floyd by advertising Duke Nukem 3D Anniversary World Tour. Though the tweets have been deleted, we managed to pull them from Google Cache and archive them for posterity’s sake. “If you want to kill some pig cops this weekend, here’s the Duke Nukem 3D 20th Anniversary World Tour (Steam link),” Pitchford s

Best Flash Carts on Amazon | Can you buy Everdrive on Amazon?

If you’re into retro gaming, you’ve likely heard of flash carts. These devices allow you to backup your game collection to an SD card and play it on real hardware. Not only are they convenient, but they can also save your original cartridges and hardware from unwanted wear and tear. There are a ton of different flash carts available for a myriad of systems, but sourcing them can be tough. Fortunately, we’ve rounded up the best flash carts on Amazon so that you can get one fast with reliable shi

Report: Possible Star Wars: Project Maverick reveal next week

It looks like we may finally getting a Star Wars: Project Maverick reveal next week. The game’s existence leaked in March when a bot picked up the game being added to PSN. So far, the image from PSN is all we’ve had to go on, but it looks like the lid may finally come off Project Maverick next week. Industry insiders Jeff Grubb and Jason Schreier have been hinting about Project Maverick dropping. Yesterday the cat was all but let out of the bag when the Motive Montreal official twitter sent out

Mafia 2: Definitive Edition Review | Decentfellas

The Mafia series is critically underrated, overshadowed by the bombastic Grand Theft Auto. Whereas the GTA games’ plots are driven by humor and social commentary, Mafia takes a more historically grounded approach to open-world gangster gameplay. When Mafia 3 launched to lukewarm reviews, I feared that the series would be forgotten, but 2K Games is giving it another shot with Mafia Trilogy. I played through Mafia 2: Definitive Edition on PC, and I was surprised at how well the game holds up. It’

Best Floppy Drive Emulators and Upgrades

If you’re into retro gaming or collecting old computers, you’ll eventually run into a situation where you vitally need a particular floppy disk. You could use a real floppy drive and media, both of which can be finicky and unreliable, or you can use a more modern solution. Floppy drive emulators can connect to older computers through the standard floppy-disk controller cable and read floppy disk images (which come in a staggering array of formats) from a thumb drive as if they were the real thin

Hardspace: Shipbreaker releases on Steam Early Access in June

Blackbird Interactive, the maker of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, is bringing Hardspace: Shipbreaker to Steam Early Access next month. Hardspace takes a unique approach to sci-fi gaming by putting you in the spacesuit of an indentured servant, forced to scrap ships in exchange for the promise of a better life. In the trailer announcing Hardspace: Shipbreaker‘s Steam Early Access release date, we get a brief overview of what we can expect out of a life of space salvaging. Lynx Corporation, the c

Dead By Daylight Silent Hill crossover brings Pyramid Head and Heather Mason to the game in Chapter 16 update

Silent Hill returns in the Dead by Daylight Chapter 16 update. Behaviour Interactive and Konami have joined forces to bring Pyramid Head, Heather Mason, and Midwich Elementary School to the asymmetric 4-v-1 horror multiplayer hit. This crossover kicks off the 4th anniversary of Dead by Daylight and marks the return of the Silent Hill franchise after a six-year hiatus. The last confirmed Silent Hill project to see the light was the fantastic P.T. demo, which served as a teaser for the now-cancel

How to build a PfSense router and connect it to Wi-Fi

If you’re tired of buying hardware that keeps giving out after a year or two, you might want to build your own pfSense router. Routers that run pfSense (official website) are more robust and reliable than standard consumer-grade hardware, and you can make one using the same parts you would use to construct a regular PC. In fact, since pfSense is relatively lightweight, you can put together a powerful router for around the same price as a mid-high Netgear, Asus, or Linksys. The only caveat that

Ion Fury Switch Review | Another FPS port with compromise

Ion Fury debuted on PC late last year to acclaim; now it’s finally come to consoles. This throwback title channels the best of 1990s FPS design and was built using EDuke32, a modern fork of the Build engine that powered iconic titles like Duke Nukem 3D, Blood, and Shadow Warrior. It’s a love letter to the first-person shooters that made the genre a gaming staple, featuring fast-paced retro action paired with modern convenience. It seems like Ion Fury would a perfect fit for the Nintendo Switch.

EA will release Command & Conquer Remastered source code alongside the game

As part of the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection, EA will release the source code to the original Command & Conquer (also known as Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn) and Red Alert. The source code for these two games will be available under the GPL 3.0 license. The release of this code is meant to make it easier for modders to add content to the game, and the licensing ensures the TiberianDawn.dll and RedAlert.dll files from the Remastered Collection will be legally compatible with communi

Fortnite Update 12.60 Patch Notes | May 20 Downtime

Fortnite update 12.60 releases today, and with it comes a few hours of maintenance downtime. Beginning at 2 am ET, the Fortnite servers will be down as the game is updated to patch 12.60. This Fortnite patch doesn’t bring any significant additions to the game, but it does have a few bugfixes for Battle Royale, Creative Mode, and Save the World that are welcome. Fortnite Downtime May 20 | How long will the servers be down? The Fortnite servers are scheduled to go down on May 20 at 2 am ET. Typi

Games to Help Give Back | How to support charities through video games

Join Evolve Media’s #WeSayThanks campaign to show support to essential workers and thank them for their selfless acts of kindness and heroism. To learn how to get involved, please visit here for more information. The video game industry has been doing its part to help fight COVID-19, and you can also play a role. The charity events below highlight what you can do to participate in Coronavirus relief while maintaining social distancing guidelines. We’ve also gathered a list of what the industry

Wait, are the Vikings the protagonists of Assassin's Creed Valhalla?

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla puts players in the shoes of a Viking in the mid-late 800s AD. We don’t know a lot about how the tone of the game will be, but placing Vikings as the protagonists of the game already raises some concerns. I had hoped last week’s “first look gameplay trailer” would clarify what we could expect from the plot, but as it didn’t give us much in the way of deals, all we have to go on for now regarding the story is the reveal trailer. Vikings weren’t exactly the kindest folk

Resident Evil 3 remake devs tie Nemesis origins to RE4 in new interview

It was hoped that Resident Evil 3 remake would reveal more about the origins of Nemesis and the NE-a parasite that provides its mutative powers. Unfortunately, the game didn’t do much to expand the lore, but we do know that the devs gave Umbrella’s creation of Nemesis quite a bit of thought. Previously, concept art showed us some of the process behind the manufacturing of the iconic enemy, and now the devs have given some backstory in an interview on PlayStation Blog about the NE-a parasite that

Crusader Kings 3 release date | Is it coming to Xbox and PS4 consoles?

The release date for Crusader Kings 3 has been announced, and it’s coming sooner than you think. The latest game in the medieval grand strategy series is coming to PC this fall. However, a big question in fan’s minds is whether or not Crusader Kings 3 will come to Xbox or PS4. Stardock announced that Crusader Kings 3 will release for PC on September 1, 2020. The game is up for pre-order now for $49.99 on Steam and the Stardock website. If you happen to be an Xbox Game Pass for PC user, the game

Ghost of Tsushima launches with photo mode, Japanese audio, and Samurai Cinema mode

During today’s State of Play stream, we got confirmation of several bonuses that’ll be available in Ghost of Tsushima upon launch. Photo Mode, Samurai Cinema Mode, and a Japanese dub option will be included when the game releases in July. The photo mode in Ghost of Tsushima will allow a standard array of options found in other games. Depth of field, color grading, orbit, pan, tilt, roll, and zoom are all available here. ALSO: Ghost of Tsushima customization lets you specialize your playstyle a
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