Baldur's Gate 3 , which is still in early access, has gotten its next big patch. Patch 4 is the largest update that developer Larian Studios has pushed live in its RPG to date. It adds the Druids class, a loaded dice feature, dozens of quality-of-life adjustments, and plenty of other changes. The patch is live across all platforms, so you can dive into the new content whether you're playing via Steam, GOG, or Google Stadia. From here on out, Larian Studios plans to release smaller patches as Baldur's Gate 3 approaches official release out of early access. "Good news for your computers: In the future you can expect our patches to be smaller in download and install size, regardless of how hefty they may be," Larian Studios writes in the full patch notes. "The short version is, we've split large pak files into smaller chunks." The patch notes for Patch 4 are massive . Before diving into it, I'd recommend grabbing a bag of chips, maybe a beverage or two as well. You're going to be … [Read more...] about Baldur’s Gate 3’s Biggest Update So Far Is Live, Patch 4 Adds Druid Class And Loaded Dice
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I've fallen back into the ink. With Splatoon 3 now confirmed and looking fresh as hell, I'm fully back on my squid-kid nonsense. But 2022 is a long time to wait – and if you've never dipped your toes in Nintendo's ink-splattered shooter, now might seem like a strange time to get into Splatoon. After all, Splatoon 2 is coming on four years old, and hasn't seen a major update in months. Is now really the best moment to get invested in squid paintball? This'll come as no shock if you read the headline, but yes. Yes it is. I get the apprehension, though. When competitive games acquire a few years under their belt, they tend to be populated solely by a small, intimidating pool of die-hard pros – assuming anyone's still playing at all. Splatoon's Wii U debut might very well sit in that camp, but its Switch sequel is still absolutely thriving, sporting a vibrant community that'd fool you into thinking it came out yesterday. Broad strokes Let's lay some groundwork, though. Splatoon 2 … [Read more...] about Four years on, Splatoon 2 is still the freshest shooter around
Ready Player One is out in cinemas, and promises to immerse viewers in the wild, pop-culture filled world of the Oasis, first dreamed up by author Ernest Cline and now brought to life by Steven Spielberg himself. When Cline was first writing his seminal novel, the virtual reality technology which allows protagonist Wade Watts to enter the Oasis sounded more like fiction than fact but, today, VR headsets can be found in the homes of millions of people, and the hardware's only becoming more ambitious with every passing day. Virtual reality is now very much a part of our reality, even if the likes of PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive can't claim to be nearly as powerful as the amazing gadgetry seen in Ready Player One. Either way, it's the ideal time to look back at the films that have portrayed the technology on the big screen before now, and determine just how accurate they've managed to be in their predictions so far. Lawnmower Man (1992) The movie: Brett Leonard’s … [Read more...] about 11 visions of VR that movies got wrong. Very wrong
The February 2021 Nintendo Direct came and went with little fanfare. As a showcase, specifically outlined to show off new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC and the Nintendo Switch games arriving in the first half of 2021 , it speaks volumes that the most exciting announcement was for a game we won't see more of until 2022. Splatoon 3 is coming, finally. Its predecessor landed way back in 2017, and the thought of having to wait a whole year to ruin the lives of the janitorial staff stationed out of the Splatlands fills me with a deep sadness that no amount of Splatoon 2 game time could possibly paint over. Looking back, wistfully at a time where hope – hope for an F-Zero revival – still existed, it's clear that anybody daring enough to dip their toes into the speculation game yesterday afternoon got a little carried away. We let speculation get the better of us, again; radio silence from Nintendo for months ( four months since the last Direct Mini, and 17 since the last … [Read more...] about Why isn’t Nintendo making a bigger deal out of its milestone 2021 anniversaries?
It's hard to pass up the opportunity to look at a pinecone. Really look at it. The edges, the many angled surfaces, so compact and shielding, but with a sense of this rich inner country, forever out of view. It helps, as a maths friend once told me, that pinecones are an absolute riot of primes. Anyway, if you like to look at pinecones, you're probably going to like Stonefly. It's a game about nature, up close, and although it's fantastical it's also really about how nature is pretty fantastical in the first place. Like Robert Hooke's flea! There it is in Micrographia, 1665 or whatever. Fleas are so small, aren't they, but this one is a giant. It seems to hover on the page. And the body! Armour plating, those dangling legs, concertinaed for action. Those tiny eyes, and is that a moustache? No, not a moustache - this flea looks more like a machine than a living thing. Something a tiny operator might climb aboard before setting off to scorch the earth somewhere. Horrors. It's not … [Read more...] about Stonefly knows that mechs and bugs are the same beautiful thing