‘It’s not better than CS:GO yet, not even close’—What Counter-Strike pros think of CS2

Today is that once-in-a-decade moment when Counter-Strike’s soul is transferred to a new body.  Counter-Strike 2 will replace CS:GO at some point later today (Valve hasn’t specified a launch time). Plenty of Counter-Strike’s most devoted pros have been playing a pre-release version of the game for months, preparing for changes that, though quite miniscule on…

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Genshin Impact Leak Reveals Three Re-Runs for Version 4.3

Highlights According to leaks, version 4.3 of Genshin Impact will feature a rerun banner with Raiden Shogun, Arataki Itto, and Albedo. The Fontaine region in Genshin Impact’s newly released update will offer a wide selection of playable characters for players to choose from. Players can unlock valuable rewards by participating in events or collecting specific…

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Horizon Forbidden West becomes a lot less forbidden to PC users next year

Another Sony blockbuster is coming to PC. The latest entry in the PS5 catalogue to make the leap is Horizon Forbidden West, which will be arriving on our shores—says Sony—in “early 2024” in its Complete Edition form. That’s the one with the Burning Shores DLC, bonus in-game items, and your standard digital knick-knacks like soundtracks…

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Lies of P Update Makes Controversial Changes to Some Bosses

Highlights Lies of P has received a major update to address the difficulty concerns within the game. The update includes balance changes such as increasing the staggerable window time and decreasing the HP of field enemies and three boss fights. The update also includes adjustments to drop rates and weight of certain items, as well…

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Cyberpunk 2077 has a new Doom easter egg loaded with hints for the game’s oldest mystery, like a QR code repaired using real-world maths from 1960

If you drive to the outskirts of Night City in Cyberpunk 2077, you can find an abandoned dusty church wedged between industrial warehouses. It’s quiet, save for the whine of drones flying overhead. I’d heard there was a Doom easter egg in here (thanks Kotaku) and sure enough, there is. As a new player, however,…

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Genshin Impact Leak Reveals Complete Model for Version 4.2 World Boss

Highlights Genshin Impact version 4.2 will introduce a new world boss, the Ptakhur, with a design reminiscent of creatures from the Spiral Abyss. The current version 4.1 update of Genshin Impact includes new characters Neuvillette and Wriothesley, as well as a rerun for Hu Tao. An upcoming weekly boss for version 4.2 will be Childe’s…

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Use schemes, intrigue, and even civil war to master Total War: Pharaoh’s Royal Court

A certain chain-smoking grizzled video game hero once said “War’s always changing,” and rarely is that more evident than in the strategy games of Creative Assembly. Where Total War campaigns used to be defined by your exploits on the battlefield, the developer has been adding systems over the years to reflect how power can be…

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Xbox Reveals New Design Lab Controller Colors

Highlights Xbox Design Lab offers gamers the ability to customize their controllers with unique color schemes, including new color-shifting options. The Aqua, Lunar, Stellar Shift, and new Cosmic Shift colors are now available for the body of the controller, costing an additional $9.99 over the base price. Customizing Xbox controllers allows gamers to showcase their…

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Cyberpunk 2077’s redemption arc leads to the highest Steam player count since its disastrous launch

If at first you don’t succeed, patch, patch, and patch again. You might already have noticed, but Cyberpunk 2077 is having a bit of a renaissance this month, on the back of its sweeping 2.0 update and yesterday’s release of its (really rather good) Phantom Liberty expansion. In No Man’s Sky-like fashion, Cyberpunk seems like…

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Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Makes Street Vendors Much More Useful

Highlights Street vendors in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty carry valuable consumables that permanently buff V’s stats, making them more useful than base game vendors. Dogtown vendors in Night City carry items that bestow permanent stat boosts upon V, including increased RAM and stamina recovery rates. Phantom Liberty adds the ability to purchase missed Iconic armaments…

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