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Here’s a fully loaded gaming laptop with a GeForce RTX 3080 for $1,870 Here's a fully loaded gaming laptop with a GeForce RTX 3080 for $1,870

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The rule of thumb when shopping for the best gaming laptop is to opt for the highest end GPU you can afford, because way more often than not, it is a permanent part of the system. That's to say, you can't swap it out like you can the RAM or storage (which also depends on the model). With that in mind, Gigabyte's Aorus 15G YC with a GeForce RTX 3080 can be had for $1,869.99 after rebate right now, and it comes with several extras.

Newegg has this beastly laptop marked down from $2,299.99 to $2,069.99. On top that, there is a $200 mail-in-rebate you can submit, effectively saving you $430 over the full list price. And on top of that, there are a couple of free gifts—six free months of GeForce Now, and a download code for Death Stranding.

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Gigabyte Aorus 15G YC Laptop |15.6-Inch 240Hz | Core i7 10870H | GeForce RTX 3080 | 32GB RAM | 1TB SSD | $2,299.99 $1,869.99 after rebate at Newegg (save $430)
If it’s a high-end gaming laptop you’re after, this one delivers with premium specifications across the board, including a GeForce RTX 3080 and gobs of RAM. Full discount is after submitting the $200 mail-in-rebate.

If this looks familiar, it's because it is the same base Aorus 15G model we reviewed earlier this year (and which earned our Editor's Pick award), but with beefier specs. Namely, it sports an RTX 3080 instead of an RTX 3070, and a 1TB SSD rather than 512GB.

Otherwise, it features the same Core i7 10870H processor (8C/16T, 2.2GHz to 5GHz, 16MB L3 cache) and 32GB of RAM, all wrapped in a 15.6-inch (IPS) package with a 1920×1080 resolution and very fast 240Hz refresh rate. The displays on this laptop line are individually factory calibrated, too.

Going back to the GPU, not all mobile Ampere parts are created equal, even among the same model. In this case, this is the lower end mobile RTX 3080 variant (105W) with 8GB of GDDR6 memory instead of 16GB and 1,245MHz boost clock. That's a bit of a bummer, but it's still a stout GPU, and the benefit of taming it a bit is better thermals (especially in a relatively thin and light system).

Overall, this is a fast gaming laptop with high-end specs, and it should last you a long time before getting the itch to upgrade again.

Watch EA Play Live Spotlight’s Future of FPS panel here for Battlefield 2042 and Apex Legends chat

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The first of five EA Play Live panels airs today.

EA is doing things a little differently this year with its EA Play Live summer showcase. Before the main event on July 22, EA will be hosting five developer-lead panels – dubbed EA Play Live Spotlight – covering five different subjects, the first of which takes place today.

The Future of First-Person Shooters is today’s panel, going live at 10am PT, 1pm ET, 6pm UK. The show mainly features Respawn Entertainment founder Vince Zampella, and DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson. The two will also be joined by Ripple Effect Studios’ (the new name of DICE LA) GM Christian Grass, and Apex Legends game director Chad Grenier.

In case it wasn’t obvious, Battlefield 2042, and Apex Legends will dominate the conversation, including a tease of what the two games are bringing to EA Play Live proper later this month. With any luck, we may also get to learn a thing or two about Battlefield 2042’s mysterious second experience, in development at Ripple Effect.

You can watch the show on EA’s YouTube channel, or via the player embedded below.

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New PS5 firmware update is out, improves performance

Posted on July 8, 2021 by

PlayStation 5

There’s a new firmware update available for your PS5.

Sony released a new system update for PlayStation 5 consoles earlier this morning. The new firmware version is 21.01-03.21.00, which is only a slight change from last month’s 21.01-03.20.00.

Though the June update turned out to be fairly sizeable in terms of the included fixes, this one has so far proven to be the standard incremental update PlayStation owners should be very familiar with. The only official patch note so far is “improved system performance,” but we’re keeping an eye on the support page in case proper notes do arrive.

As always, this is a 902MB download on your console, and it should automatically download and install if you left your PS5 in Rest Mode.

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King Legacy codes: How to get free Beli and Gems [July 2021]

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King Legacy codes dish out some of the game’s most important items for absolutely nothing in return. These free gifts help take the tedium out of playing King Legacy and let you focus on becoming King of the pirates!

If you landed here looking for King Piece codes, King Legacy is the same game under a different name. The change happened to avoid copyright problems with the characters the game “borrows” from the anime and manga series, One Piece.

The code list updates almost every month or during game events when the developer issues new codes. Like with a lot of free-to-play games, and Roblox games in particular, it’s worth checking regularly to see what new King Legacy codes have dropped.

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What are King Legacy codes

King Legacy codes usually give you free Beli or Gems, though on occasion, a code will drop that gives you stat resets. Stat resets are especially handy since you can re-create your character without paying for it.

However, Beli and Gems are always appreciated. Beli is difficult to come by in significant quantities when you first start out, though it’s necessary for buying power-up items such as Devil Fruits and even new Fighting Styles.

Gems give you stronger Devil Fruits, so of course, they’re not given out in large numbers.

How to redeem King Legacy codes

Launch the game and tap the menu icon in the upper right corner. Choose the codes option, then just enter your code and redeem it.

All active King Legacy codes

These are all the active King Legacy codes for July 2021.

All active King Legacy codes
SORRYFORSHUTDOWN 3 Gems Worldwide
GasGas 1 Gem Worldwide
REDBIRD 250,000 Beli Worldwide
300MVISITS 100,000 Beli Worldwide
500KFAV 100,000 Beli Worldwide
BeckyStyle 100,000 Beli Worldwide
Peodiz 100,000 Beli Worldwide
KingPieceComeBack 100,000 Beli Worldwide
250KLIKES Stat reset Worldwide
DinoxLive 100,000 Cash Worldwide

King Legacy expired codes

This list includes expired King Legacy codes. If you try entering a code, and it doesn’t work, it’s probably one of the expired codes on this list.

King Legacy expired codes
200MVISITS 100,000 Beli
300KFAV 100,000 Beli
DragonIsStrong 100,000 Beli
200KFAV 100,000 Beli
100KFAV 100,000 Beli
80MVISITS 100,00 Beli
NewDragon 1 Gem
Samurai 3 Gems
Spino 2 Gems
Dough 2 Gems
Shadow 1 Gem
String 1 Gem
Snow 1 Gem
Merry Christmas 3 Gems
150KLIKES Stat reset
100KLIKES Stat reset
50KLIKES Stat reset
TanTaiGaming 100,00 Beli
60MVISITS 100,00 Beli
MIUMA 100,00 Beli
OpOp 100,00 Beli
45KLIKES 100,00 Beli
45MVISIT 100,00 Beli
35MVisit 100,00 Beli

We’ve got plenty of other Roblox codes aside from King Legacy, codes for if you want to sail the seas in Blox Fruits, or protect your castle in All Star Tower Defense.

If you’re looking for a quieter change of pace, though, check out our Adopt Me! pets list and how to get each pet.

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Apex Legends is getting a toasty new arenas map next week Rampart poses in front of molten factory pits

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Apex Legends' Genesis throwback is coming to a close. But Respawn's battle royale is barely taking a second to catch its breath before kicking off a fresh three-week-long Thrillseeker's event, bringing with it a brand new bespoke map for the game's 3v3 Arenas mode.

Kicking off immediately after Genesis closes on July 13, Thrillseeker's introduces Overflow to the Arenas map pool. While the mode has consistently added new stages over the season, they've so far been lifted straight out of the game's existing maps. Overflow, like Phase Runner and Party Crasher before it, has been built from the ground up for Arenas.

Set atop a long, dam-like industrial structure, Respawn reckons Overflow's short sightlines will make it harder to immediately discern where the other team has rolled out, and favours short-to-medium range engagements. The map's also packed with molten lava flows to keep you hot on your toes.

An aerial shot of an industrial arena

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Thrillseekers also adds a hefty sum of new limited cosmetics, going for sale in the store or available to unlock via weekly reward tracks. Despite Octane getting the headline spot in the trailer, he's been outshone by Rampart's industrial Mad Max look. Mirage looks somewhat terrifying as a sad clown, while Revenant seems to have replaced his face-plate with Star Wars' General Grievous. 

Sadly, July 13 also sees us say goodbye to the legacy versions of World's Edge and King's Canyon, which means bidding farewell to the incredible train journeys of old World's Edge. Thrillseekers runs July 13 through August 3, at which point we'll hopefully have a better picture of what awaits us in Apex Legends Season 10.

Battlefield 2042’s DICE LA renamed to Ripple Effect – and it’s hiring for a new project

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DICE LA, one of the many studios developing content for Battlefield 2042, has been renamed Ripple Effect Studios – and it’s working on something new.

The new name was chosen, it seems, because “the smallest idea can change the world”, according to a press release from EA. Apparently, EA believes that “true transformation in the game industry begins with small moments, like an enlightening conversation in a hallway or a prototype yielding unexpected results.”

The name change and new direction for DICE LA was announced last year, when Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella began overseeing the developer with the intent of turning it into something more than just a support studio.

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“We’re so proud of our work as DICE LA and the DICE team will forever be a part of our DNA, but over the past eight years, we’ve developed our own culture and our own way of doing things,” said Christian Grass, GM of Ripple Effect Studios.

“We’re excited to look towards the future, expand the team and establish our own identity.”

Ripple Effect is currently working on Battlefield 2042’s mysterious second experience, which is being revealed later this month at EA Play Live. Alongside that, the team is also early in development on its next project, and there already are a few open positions.

Given that the studio has a solid history of working on classic shooters, it’s intriguing to see what it could be cooking up next.

“The talent here has a great track record of producing high-quality titles, and the studio’s set to make even more incredible games in the future,” Zampella – who will oversee the studio alongside heading up Respawn – added. “With an amazing new campus coming to Los Angeles and remote positions available, now is a great time to consider joining us.”

Our first look at Battlefield 2042 gameplay came during the Xbox + Betsheda E3 2021 showcase, and it showed off 128-player multiplayer on the new Conquest. The game is out October 22 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

This is just the latest of EA’s recent business realignment schemes: we’ve heard the publisher had killed BioWare’s work on Anthem Nextrumors have been flying about EA cancelling Motive’s Gaia project after six years in development, and EA has acquired Codemasters prompting the CEO and CFO to leave.

Anyone want to predict what the company is going to do next?

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The best browser games to play right now Best browser games – Slither.io

Posted on July 8, 2021 by


Best of the best

Hades artwork.

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The best browser games can be excellent little time-killers between video meetings, and won't take up your precious storage space. You don't need a high-powered gaming PC for these. There are so many great games to play directly in your browser that are entirely free and easy to run. They don't usually come with the flashiest visuals, but many of these browser games are just downright fun. We've gotten together a list of some of the best games you can play without waiting on a download.

Browser games require almost no effort to get going, and like locally installed games there's almost certainly something for everyone. Not only are there lots of multiplayer browser games, but many singleplayer ones are the early, free builds of games that went on to be popular full releases. If you're ready to get out there and kill some time, these are the games you should play.

Looking for something else? Browser games are largely free to play, but we can also help you out with all the best free PC games, the best free games on Steam, and which games are free on the Epic Store right now.

Best browser games right now

  • Canabalt – This one’s a well-known infinite runner from the flash era that’s still a heart-pounding reflex test. It does require Flash, which Adobe has cut support for, so you’ll probably need to dig into your browser settings to enable it.
  • Catan Universe – Catan is a classic board game that’s almost just as good online. You’ll want to entice your usual board game pals into a phone or Discord call to play together but they won’t need a powerful gaming PC to keep up.
  • City Guesser – Watch first-person videos walking around cities anywhere in the world and try to guess where you are.
  • Freeciv – You can play the open-source version of Civilization online with friends right in your browser thanks to the magic of HTML5.
  • Mackerelmediafish.com – Another wacky browser project by Nathalie Lawhead, this one has you exploring ancient websites to search for the truth about Mackerel Media Fish with the help of some internet rodents.
  • Slither.io – Like the blob Katamari game agar.io, you eat dots to grow your snake while defeating other player snakes. It’s a bit shiny and prettier than agar.io as well.

Best multiplayer browser games

If you're looking for something to play with pals—especially ones who aren't gaming on a high-end machine—check out these browser games you can play online with friends. Some are giant hectic battles like Agario and Slitherio, others are tabletop classics like Catan Online.

Agar.io

Best Browser Games: Agar.io

Though Agar.io looks simplistic, with graphics of colored circles on a checker-lined background, it's surprisingly challenging. Your circle starts off very small, but when you eat all of the little colored dots around you, you become bigger. As a small circle, you move quickly and are able to dodge the bigger circles trying to eat you. When you get bigger, you need larger portions of food. To grow even more than these puny dots are allowing you to, you must eat the other players.

Since smaller players move faster, you can split your circle into two different circles of equal mass. When splitting your circle, the new one will shoot out, which is useful for enveloping the smaller player running away from you. These circles grow depending on what they eat and do not stay the same size or move at the same speed. There are multiple modes, including team games. Once a bigger player gobbles you up, you have to restart as the smallest possible dot. The circle of life is brutal.

For other similar options, try Hexar.io, Lordz.io, and Lasersharks.io!

Isleward 

Best Browser Games: Isleward

Isleward doesn't look like a multiplayer game at first. It's a low-res roguelike that has you choosing what character you want to play before dumping you on your own into the city of Strathford. In Strathford you get your bearings, learn how to queue up actions and explore. There are also a few low-level monsters that you can find and kill to level up. 

Eventually you'll run into other people and hopefully convince them to adventure with you. A party of different characters is much stronger than one player alone, and significantly more fun. There's a whole world to explore, loads of islands, and lots of loot to find.

Slither.io 

Best Browser Games: Slither.io

Much like Agar.io, Slither.io has you hungry for small dots (this time ones that glow) to grow bigger. The twist: you're a snake. Your body gets longer as well as slightly wider as you eat the various dots that are littered around. You aren’t able to eat your enemies, but if you time it well, you can force another snake to run into your body.

This will cause them to vanish, leaving behind loads of body dots to collect. Slither.io does also allow you to customize the skin of your snake, and there are some awesome options. Consider pimping out your snake with a necklace that dangles as they slither. 

For something similar with a twist, try powerline.io!

Kingdom of Loathing

Best Browser Games: Kingdom of Loathing

You're probably familiar with the style of Kingdom of Loathing, which has been going strong for years. It's that sort of pseudo-mmo kind of thing, firmly embedded in the web interface, with drop down menus letting you select your attacks, and page refreshes for every new area. It's a little ugly, but Kingdom of Loathing isn't trying to be pretty. It's succeeding at being funny. Really, really funny.

Take, for instance, the classes. They make absolutely no sense, but they're funny because they're pun based. So I'm a Sauceror. I fling hot sauce in people's faces, and they get damaged, because hot sauce really hurts when it gets in your face. Making even less sense, they're Disco Bandits, who dance at their enemies, fuelled by moxie. And this is all before you end up in the Haiku Dungeon, where not only are all the descriptions of your enemies in Haiku, but so are your attacks.

The whole game is consistently absurd and amusing, from the enemy types, to the genre conventions it apes so cleverly. And while you can't directly play with other people, you can steal their stuff, join guilds and interact with them. So that's something.

Treasure Arena 

Best Browser Games: Treasure Arena

This 16-bit adventure game has you battling in a dungeon over valuable treasure. There are three other players looking to get a piece of the pie, too. You can respawn as long as the time is ticking away, but once you die you lose some of your gold. The aim of the game is to have the most gold when the time is up.

Various power-ups also appear around the dungeon and can be used to keep yourself alive. You and other online players aren’t the only people hanging out in this dungeon—NPCs also guard the treasure and will attack on sight if you go near them. You have to locate more powerful weapons to even have a chance against them.

It's now evolved into Super Treasure Arena as a full release as well. 

War Brokers 

Best Browser Games: War Brokers

War Brokers is a first-person voxel team shooter. There are sometimes missions that theme combat rounds beyond straight deathmatch, like stopping the enemy launching their missiles. It's now expanded to include a battle royale mode as well.

War Brokers has plenty of different guns and machines for you to unlock and use. Guns unlock over time, but you do start off with a pistol and a rifle to defend yourself with. Vehicles such as helicopters and tanks can be found around the map, which you can of course get into and control. If you log into an account, there are tons of little missions and rewards you can claim for playing. And the competition can be brutal—it's especially good if you want a challenging experience.

For more deathmatches, there's also Raid.land!

Town of Salem

Best Browser Games: Town of Salem

If you've ever played the party game Mafia or Werewolf, Town of Salem should feel familiar. This roleplaying game challenges you to be a conniving liar and mislead other players. Depending on who you are randomly cast as, you might be a townsperson (good), the mafia (bad) or neutrals.

If you're a townsperson, you need to track down mafia members and stop them before they kill everyone in your town. There are many different roles for each category of player. Each of these different roles will give you a unique ability that you can use in the night phase of the game. At night, players plan out their moves and make notes in their will. If they die in the night, the remaining players can use their wills to, hopefully, achieve the goals you were meant to do! Town of Salem is quite complex to explain, but you'll get the hang of it soon enough.

Wilds.io 

Best Browser Games: Wilds.io

This hack and slash follows the core principle of killing people you don’t like the look of, and finding loot spread around the map. There are a bunch of different game modes but the most popular is Ruins, the default when you run the game.

Ruins gives you the chance to explore an area as a member of one of three teams. You can kill other players on different teams, break boxes, and find loot. Let’s be honest—who doesn’t like more loot? Armor, potions, and new weapons will help you survive longer in this desert wasteland. Your main objective is to gain bones which appear when people die. If you get enough bones you become the king of the ruins. There are a bunch of other modes, some with shorter times and easier objectives, including soccer. Yes, soccer.

Pokemon Showdown 

Best Browser Games: Pokemon Showdown

If battling trainers is the part of Pokemon games you enjoy, Pokemon Showdown is for you. You can jump straight into matches against other players without having to level up or care for your pokemon beforehand. If you die, you don’t need to go back to the pokemon center and rest up either—you can jump straight into a new battle. 

Pokemon Showdown lets you to battle using either a random team, or a custom team if you want to define which pokemon you’d like to work with. You can then quickly go through a match, selecting moves and countering the other trainer. This fast-paced game takes all of the work out of raising pokemon, leaving just gratuitous pokemon takedowns.

Squadd.io 

An isometric shooter in which you can battle with your friends against an opposing team, or fight in a free-for-all with everyone. Power-up stations placed in the arena grant different weapons. There are a couple characters to choose from off the bat, and plenty more to unlock as you bump off your enemies.

The main goal of the game is simply to stay alive and earn enough points to reach the top of the scoreboard. The more points you earn the more you level up and the more weapons you can unlock. It's very quick to get into, perfect if you are looking for fast-paced matches.

Neptune's Pride

Neptune's Pride, our webgame of the year back in 2010, is the epitome of backstabbing, two-faced, genuine human nastiness. It's a real time strategy game in the same way that glaciers move in  real time, set in space and all about galactic expansion. Up to eight players start with a few star systems, and then expand outwards, until they meet someone else, and either decide to not kill each other  immediately, or have at it.

Because the fleets take hours, and  sometimes days, to get from star to star, that leaves you with a good  deal of time to play the diplomacy game, trying to cement alliances and  crumble the foundations of those of your enemies. You try to get them  alone, when you know one party is out, and just start to gently wear  away at their trust, until they're a human shaped receptacle for  suspicion, and before you know it you've got galactic civil war on your  hands, and you can mop up the pieces.

Or, I suppose, you could play it like an honourable, decent human being. But where's the fun in that?

Catan Universe

Best browser games: Catan Online

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A classic boardgame brought into your browser. Catan helped usher in the golden age of boardgames as it grew more and more popular outside of Europe. If you've never played Catan, here's a free opportunity to hate your friends because they won't give you any fucking grain.

Final Fantasy Tactics Battleground

Best browser games - Final Fantasy Tactics Battleground

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Okay so it's not exactly a browser game in the way everything else on this list is, but it does run in your browser. You've already heard about TwitchPlaysPokemon but FFT Battlegrounds is a totally different concept. Instead of fighting for control of the on-screen characters against the rest of chat, an AI controls all of the tactical battles. As a chatter, you place bets on which side you think will win and can spend your channel Gil to name a character after yourself with a chosen class and skill. It may sound hands-off but it's every bit as engaging as watching Marbles on Stream

Best singleplayer browser games

If you're looking for something new to try that won't take up precious hard drive space, try out these singleplayer browser games. You can find a few extra solo browser options in our best free PC games list too.

Fallen London

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Fallen London is the long-running narrative browser game that preceded Failbetter Games' later Sunless Seas and Sunless Skies in the same universe. Despite the release of two paid games, Fallen London still gets new content and stories added and recently had a nice update to the look of its map as well. You play as a newcomer to underground London, a person of leisure able to take on odd side jobs while accepting quests to dig up the secrets of the subterranean city. 

A Dark Room

A Dark Room

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A Dark Room starts off as a clicker game, but don't let that deter you. It quickly becomes a strategy adventure where you venture out battling enemies in real time to grow your post-apocalyptic town. You'll need to manage your village's resources so you can better equip your character on expeditions. Heck, it even has a bit of a story and an ending to work towards as your learn more about the cold, apocalyptic world.

Celeste Classic

Best Browser Games - Celeste Classic

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Before it was a popular platformer, Celeste was a free browser game by the same name. You can still play that early version, now dubbed "classic" for a jaunt through the game jam that became an award-winning indie game. The full release is one of the best indie games out there.

Sort The Court

Browser games - Sort The Court

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Sort The Court is a bit like a lite version of Yes, Your Grace. As the ruler, your many subjects (be they princesses, wizards, or cats) come to you asking for favors. Some want money, some food, others may be looking to strike a bargain. You'll decide who gets a piece of the royal pie with a simple Yes or No answer to each petition. Good luck keeping all those peasants happy and fed without emptying your treasury!

The best Pathfinder: Kingmaker mods Amiri the barbarian, a portait from one of the best Pathfinder mods

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The turn-based mod for Pathfinder: Kingmaker was such a great addition that developers Owlcat included a version of it with the free Enhanced Edition upgrade, as well as an option to wear ugly clothing for the buffs without it showing up on your character (like that hideous expert's hat), which was also inspired by a mod. Even with a couple of the best Pathfinder: Kingmaker mods being incorporated into the base game, there are still plenty more worth trying.

Kingmaker adapts the complicated tabletop RPG system of Pathfinder, which is full of 'noob traps' that punish experimentation, so new players will benefit from tweaks that make it more forgiving, while experienced players can dive into mods that add even more of the tabletop system's options. And everyone can benefit from the ability to rotate the camera.

The next in the series, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, is currently in beta and already has a healthy mod scene of its own thanks to Kingmaker modders who have started converting their best work to be compatible with the follow-up. If you're looking at the original, however, whether you're returning to unlock that secret ending or playing for the first time, these are the best Pathfinder: Kingmaker mods.

Unity Mod Manager

The Pathfinder games are made with the Unity engine, so you'll need Unity Mod Manager to get them working. If you're already using software like Vortex to handle your mod loadouts in various games you can still use that to install Pathfinder mods, but you'll need to bring up Unity Mod Manager's UI in-game to enable them and alter their settings. Press Control + F10 to open the menu while you're playing.

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Bag of Tricks – Cheats and Tools

Bag of Tricks lets you toggle over 200 game-changing options. I've been using it for dozens of hours and am still finding new things. While it includes straight-up cheats for editing stats, money, and XP as well as killing or resurrecting NPCs and so on, it's useful even if you're not a dirty cheat. Bag of Tricks adds features like camera rotation (defaulting to the , and . keys), a UI toggle (press ; for that), alterable zoom distance, and the ability to control summoned allies rather than leaving them to the AI. You can access your pets' inventories, instantly complete kingdom events, check your romance progress, and more. Something for everyone.

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Pathfinder Iconic Portraits Pack

Kingmaker's portraits are great, it's just a shame there aren't more of them. If the basic selection doesn't cover the exact character you want to make there are plenty of portrait packs to download, but they sure do lean toward chesty ladies and dudes with Viking haircuts yoinked from DeviantArt. The Pathfinder Iconic Portraits Pack is a better option, since it draws from the tabletop game's iconic characters, meaning its portraits won't clash with your other companions. They've been edited to have appropriate backgrounds too. But if you'd rather have Icewind Dale portraits or Geralt and Yennefer from the Netflix Witcher show, I won't stop you.

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Craft Magic Items

Being able to make your own potions, wands, scrolls and other magic items can be a boon for certain builds in pen-and-paper Pathfinder, making wizards less reliant on constantly napping to get their favorite spells back. That's even more true in Kingmaker, which bumps up the number of encounters you face each day so much it encourages sleep-scumming your way to victory. This mod adds all the item creation feats from the tabletop rules: Brew Potion, Craft Arms and Armor, Craft Wand, Craft Wondrous Item, Forge Ring, and Scribe Scroll. Once you've learned one of those feats, you'll need to bring up the mod manager window to get crafting.

The Spiritualist class from Call of the Wild, one of the best Pathfinder: Kingmaker mods

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Call of the Wild

Another mod for adding tabletop rules, Call of the Wild throws in a heap of additional classes. It adds the Antipaladin, Arcanist, Bloodrager, Brawler, Dawnflower Anchorite, Hinterlander, Holy Vindicator, Hunter, Investigator, Occultist, Oracle, Psychic, Shaman, Skald, Spiritualist, Summoner, Warpriest, and Witch, as well as feats, spells, and class abilities for them and the vanilla game's classes. On top of all that it adds more subclasses, of which my favorite has to be the variety of fallen paladin called the 'Vindictive Bastard'. 

SkipIntro

If that slow zoom toward the book that serves as Kingmaker's opening menu drives you nuts, here's a mod to get you past the animation and right to the options with no messing about. 

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Highlight Learnable Scrolls

While one use for scrolls in Pathfinder is the old fire-and-forget, some spellcasters can also learn spells from them to permanently add to their repertoire. A real 'does what it says on the tin' mod, Highlight Learnable Scrolls makes scrolls glow green in your inventory or the shop if your selected spellcaster can learn them. There's an option to change the color for colorblind players or anyone who just really hates green.

The best Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous mods 

While it's still in beta, there are already some Wrath of the Righteous mods worth checking out. Inspired by Kingmaker's excellent Bag of Tricks mod, Toy Box lets you edit your stats, change your quest progress (helpful if you hit one that's bugged), disable fog of war, teleport around the global map, ignore class and feat restrictions, and more. You can even pick a different mythic class each time you level up, starting at level one. Meanwhile, Avalonica's Portrait Packs have "personally hand-googled" faces for Wrath of the Righteous characters including kitsune and tiefling characters, as does the Adventurers Portrait Pack

Ruin your day with this concept art of a helmet-less Big Daddy BioShock concept art

Posted on July 8, 2021 by


There is too much to know in this world; sometimes you're better off with your head in the sand. And there's no better demonstration of this fact than beholding a BioShock Big Daddy without a helmet. 

Andy found it and posted it to Twitter, a website for the expression of all things outrageous and horrible:

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This concept art—a trace of which never made it into the game, because Big Daddy's aren't so cruel as to demask—is the work of artist Robb Waters. That's according to Fandom anyway: it doesn't appear on Waters' own website, presumably to avoid a curse. The face is pretty yuck, but it also kinda reminds me of a sad old man. It's that ambiguity that drives its weirdness home.

Of course, BioShock isn't all about mercifully hidden monstrosities: there's beauty in it too, as this collection of BioShock Infinite concept art shows. But if you want some insight into another of BioShock's more grisly moments, the making of Fort Frolic is enlightening. 

Job ads suggest a new Ubisoft studio is opening in Australia Ubisoft

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Ubisoft is currently recruiting for game development positions based in Australia, suggesting the founding of a new—and yet to be formally announced—Sydney-based studio. Ubisoft already has a Sydney-based office focused on servicing the Australian market, but until now it hasn't been involved in game development. 

The roles are wide ranging, but based on job descriptions the studio will be a "AAA game team" in collaboration with Ubisoft San Francisco (responsible for Rocksmith and the South Park games). For the level design role, "multiplayer map design experience" is a plus, while the environment artist role will focus on "full maps creation on a multiplayer game in a realistic setting."

In San Francisco, Ubisoft is currently seeking a lead game designer for a "new multiplatform project" requiring previous experience on "AAA titles" and multiplayer design for PC or console games. 

I've reached out to Ubisoft Australia for comment, but have yet to hear back—I'll update if I do. Whatever the case, Ubisoft does a lot of cross-continent collaboration on its games, with 14 studios lending Ubisoft Montreal a hand on Assassin's Creed Valhalla. The newly announced Assassin's Creed Infinity will be the first jointly developed by the series' main studios, Ubisoft Quebec and Montreal.