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ASRock X670E Taichi Motherboard Review

ASRock X670E Taichi Motherboard Review

Our second AMD AM5 motherboard review focuses on the ASRock X670E Taichi, a flagship board at a mid-range price. Is there a better board for the money?

Jedi Survivor gets the best upgrades possible for maximum Jedi carnage

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 9, 2022 12:33 AM CST

Jedi Survivor will have lots of nifty upgrades and new equipment to use in Cal's journey against the Dark Side of the Force.

Respawn just dropped official gameplay footage for Jedi Survivor, showing slick and fluid combat, some distressing narrative beats, and awesome adventure-based exploration with PS5 and Series X-quality visuals. The best part of the trailer is the new tricks that Cal Kestis learns and picks up along the way.

Survivor will bring some of the best upgrades that any action-adventure game can offer, including a grappling hook that lets Cal fling himself across gaps (it's actually called an "ascension cable"), and some new combat stances. This time around the Jedi can wield two lightsabers for quick and nimble strikes, or go with Kylo Ren's claymore-style lightsaber with a crossguard for more heavy and powerful attacks.

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Miyazaki teases Elden Ring DLC or sequel: 'We want to do several more things'

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 8, 2022 11:12 PM CST

Elden Ring is FromSoftware's most successful game ever, and the studio wants to do a lot more things with the landmark RPG series.

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FromSoftware's macabre mastermind Hidetaka Miyazaki confirms that more Elden Ring content is on the way. At The Game Awards 2022, Miyzaki said that he and his team wants to create new content in the bizarre universe...which could range from an expansion to a completely new sequel.

"As for Elden Ring, we have several more things we want to do," Hidetaka Miyazaki said on stage after Elden Ring won the Game of the Year award.

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FromSoftware reveals Armored Core VI with dazzlingly epic sci-fi mech trailer

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 8, 2022 10:04 PM CST

Armored Core VI is officially happening, and FromSoftware is developing the new sci-fi mech battler.

After years of speculation, FromSoftware finally broke the news: It's developing a new Armored Core game, and the project is coming in 2023 to last-gen and current-gen consoles and PC.

This new Armored Core sequel is called Fires of Rubicon and will feature the series' distinct penchant for massive customization with next-gen graphics and a real dystopian look and feel. The reveal trailer looks like an epic anime series that hearkens back to the old-school Gundam days of yore with an incredible cinematic flourish.

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Beloved Batman actor Kevin Conroy to play Dark Knight in new Suicide Squad game

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 8, 2022 9:37 PM CST

Kevin Conroy will return for one last performance as the Caped Crusader in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League in 2023.

Just last month, the world lost one of the most talented performers of all time. Kevin Conroy had passed away at 66, leaving behind an immortal legacy as the most renowned Batman voice actor of all time and an established theater actor. Now Rocksteady Studios pays tribute to Kevin Conroy by confirming he will return as Batman in the new Suicide Squad live game.

At The Game Awards, the developer announced that Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League would release on May 26, 2023 on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. The game pits players as one of four anti-hero members of the Suicide Squad that have to fight corrupted versions of Justice League superheroes, including Superman, and the Dark Knight Batman, who are deranged and hellbent on annihilating the human race in creative ways.

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Death Stranding 2 announced, stars Norman Reedus, Lea Seydoux, Elle Fanning

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 8, 2022 8:34 PM CST

Death Stranding 2 is Hideo Kojima's next game, and it will feature an all-star cast with a completely re-written script.

Tonight at The Game Awards, Hideo Kojima announced Dead Stranding 2 with a truly bizarre new trailer (to be expected...it's Kojima after all). Kojima Productions had been releasing cryptic new teasers for DS2 (a working title) for a while, and now we know that the strange adverts were for DS2.

The sequel will star actors like Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Lea Seydoux (No Time to Die), Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Shioli Kutsuna (Deadpool 2) and video game voice actor Troy Baker.

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BioShock creator Ken Levine announces Judas, a stylish new shooter

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 8, 2022 7:44 PM CST

After years of waiting, Ken Levine finally reveals his next game. It's called Judas, and it looks like a spiritual successor to the best-selling FPS franchise.

Years ago, Ken Levine closed down Irrational Games and carried over a lean team of developers to form Ghost Story Games. It's been a long, long time since we've heard from Levine and his team, but tonight at The Game Awards the team revealed their next project.

Ghost Story Games isn't make BioShock 4. The team's new game is called Judas, and it looks like an innovative and stylish blend of Borderlands and BioShock, complete with awesome powers and a very retro-style aesthetic.

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PlayStation 5 exclusive Returnal coming to PC in early 2023

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 8, 2022 6:49 PM CST

Sony has officially confirmed that Returnal is coming to PC soon.

Ultra-tough bullet-hell action game Returnal is coming to PC in early 2023, Sony has announced at The Game Awards. The news comes months after the game showed up on SteamDB under the codename Tower of Sispyhus, and it was not exactly a surprise.

Returnal will be the next major PS5 game to cross over to PC following a 2021 release, meaning PlayStation exclusives can now jump onto PC after just one year of exclusivity. This falls in line with Sony's previous cadence, however it's worth noting that Returnal was not exactly a commercial success and was panned by critics for lack of a save feature.

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FTC sues to block $68.7 billion Microsoft Activision merger

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 8, 2022 1:16 PM CST

The FTC has officially sued to block Microsoft's $68.7 billion buyout of Activision-Blizzard.

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BREAKING: The Federal Trade Commission has formally issued intent to block the Microsoft-Activision merger.

"Agency alleges that maker of Xbox would gain control of top video game franchises, enabling it to harm competition in high-performance gaming consoles and subscription services by denying or degrading rivals' access to its popular content," the FTC stated.

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Valve's Gabe Newell improves Microsoft's chances in closing Activision merger

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 8, 2022 1:02 PM CST

Valve's Gabe Newell has significantly helped improve Microsoft's chances in closing the Activision merger.

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Microsoft is pulling out all the stops to get the Activision merger approved. Just two days ago Microsoft announced a significant 10-year deal that guarantees Call of Duty on both Nintendo and Steam, both of which are competing platforms to the Xbox brand. The tech giant is aggressively trying to debunk Sony's claims of industry foreclosure due to Call of Duty exclusivity.

Interestingly enough, Valve disregarded Microsoft's offer. Not because Valve doesn't agree with the deal, but because the PC publisher simply doesn't need the guarantee. Valve Corp. President Gabe Newell trusts Microsoft enough already and doesn't need a binding contract. Newell believes that Microsoft will keep its word, which is something that will significantly help Microsoft's chances in closing the deal.

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Failed Avengers live service game may shut down in 2023

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Dec 8, 2022 11:26 AM CST

The failed Marvel's Avengers live game may be shut down in 2023, sources have told Exputer.

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Crystal Dynamics could stop supporting Marvel's Avengers as early as next year and possibly shut down the game servers. Announced in 2017 and then released in 2020, the Avengers live game has been problematic for developer Crystal Dynamics and publisher Square Enix, who reportedly lost $200 million on its multi-game partnership with Marvel.

Game site Exputer chronicles the trials that Crystal Dynamics faced while making Avengers, noting the live game was based on the studio's proprietary Foundation engine, which was never really meant for big online games. The studio has since switched to Epic's highly-optimized and flexible Unreal Engine 5 so that developers have a more even-keeled engine environment. Crystal Dynamics' debut UE5 project will be a new Tomb Raider game, the studio has confirmed.

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