Series X Platform RSS Feed | Series X RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Overwatch 2: How to Fix the Not Launching Bug Thu, 06 Oct 2022 12:12:22 -0400 Sergey_3847

Overwatch 2 has had many problems since the release of the game, including server errors and game crashes. But what do you do if you can't even launch the game? Our guide will provide you with tips on how to fix the not launching bug in Overwatch 2.

Update Your Game

Blizzard is working hard on fixing any issues connected to Overwatch 2 not launching, so the first thing you should do is update your game. Follow these steps:

  1. Start the app.
  2. Select Overwatch 2 option from the list.
  3. Click on the cogwheel next to the Play button.
  4. Select "Check for Updates" option.

If there are any new updates, the game will download and install them, fixing any issues.

Repair Your Game

It is also possible that your game is fully updated, but some of the system files may be corrupted. That's why you need to repair them by doing the following:

  1. Start the app.
  2. Select Overwatch 2 option from the list.
  3. Click on the cogwheel next to the Play button.
  4. Select "Scan and Repair" option/
  5. Click on "Begin Scan".

This process may take a while, but be sure to wait until it is finished. There is a big chance that this will fix the corrupted files.

Reset In-Game Settings

Another reason why Overwatch 2 may not launch is incompatible in-game settings. You can reset them without starting the game:

  1. Start the app.
  2. Select Overwatch 2 option from the list.
  3. Click on the cogwheel next to the Play button.
  4. Select "Game Settings" option.
  5. Click on "Reset In-Game Options".
  6. Confirm by pressing "Reset" button.
  7. Wait and press "Done" at the end.

After that, restart and try to launch Overwatch 2 once again to see if this helped.

Update Your Graphics Card Drivers

Follow these instructions to update Nvidia graphics drivers:

  1. Download the latest Nvidia graphics drivers from the official website.
  2. Start the installation process.
  3. Restart your PC when finished.

Follow these instructions to update ATI Radeon graphics drivers:

  1. Download the latest ATI Radeon graphics drivers from the official website.
  2. Start the installation process.
  3. Restart your PC when finished.

Turn off Antivirus and Firewall

Temporarily turn off your Windows Defender or any other third-party antivirus, and launch it back up once you're finished playing:

  1. Press the Start button.
  2. Go to "Settings" tab.
  3. Select "Update and Security" feature.
  4. Go to "Windows Security" tab.
  5. Select "Virus and Threat Protection" feature.
  6. Go to "Manage Settings" option.
  7. Set the real-time protection to OFF.

You may also temporarily disable the Windows firewall:

  1. Press the Start button.
  2. Go to "Settings" tab.
  3. Select "Update and Security" feature.
  4. Go to "Windows Security" tab.
  5. Select "Firewall and Windows Protection" feature.
  6. Open "Windows Security" settings.
  7. Switch the Microsoft Defender Firewall option OFF.

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That's all you need to know on how the not launching bug in Overwatch 2. Also, be sure to check out the rest of Overwatch 2 tips and tricks articles on our dedicated hub page.

The Invincible Preview: A Classic Sci-fi Adventure on an Alien World Thu, 06 Oct 2022 12:00:09 -0400 Justin Koreis

Few things can elicit the mixed feelings of wonder, danger, and isolation like space. Its scope, beauty, and risk are often taken for granted in video games, reduced to a playspace for outrageous technology, incredible powers, and soaring space operas. 

The Invincible seems to buck that trend, embracing the adventure and trepidation of visiting an alien world. We went hands-on with an early build of this narrative-based, first-person sci-fi adventure from Starward Industries and came away with more questions than answers about what's going on in the universe — all in the best possible way.

I begin my demo cruising an interstellar rover toward the last known point of another crew. It's bright, and the sun is high in the air over a desolate canyon. Strange columns of brown and red stone rise around me, and a deep, unnatural gouge in the canyon wall creates an unsettling "otherness" to the space. 

The Invincible is based on the 1964 book of the same title by Polish science fiction author Stanislaw Lem. It's a work of hard sci-fi, leaning heavily into a firm set of scientific rules and principles rather than relying on Star-Wars-esque space magic. Expect this game to challenge you philosophically rather than take you on a light-hearted romp through outer space. 

Disembarking my vehicle, I climb through an abandoned research station and crawl through a narrow tunnel. At the bottom is a clearing and a large robot, almost similar to a miniature automaton from War of the Worlds. The missing crew is nowhere to be seen until I stumble across a body partially buried in the sand. 

In these early moments, one thing already sticks out. There's a powerful feeling of the unknown running through The Invincible. It at once pulls at my natural curiosity and fills me with a dread I can't quite shake. Finding that first body doesn't help; my character reports her findings over the radio to her colleague, and I choose the option to express the grim resignation that I am not surprised to find members of this crew dead.

I turn my attention to collecting information. The lifeless robot is an Antimat, a mobile platform for an anti-matter cannon. I pull the log from its board camera, and I'm treated to a series of semi-transparent slides detailing what happened. The crew had used the Antimat to bore a hole into the canyon wall, but it turned on its human controllers and slaughtered them with its cannon for unknown reasons. 

The retrofuturist technology in The Invincible is on overt display throughout. Everything is clearly inspired by the '50s and '60s ideas of what advanced technology would look like "in the future," similar to the ideas and themes running through the Fallout series, just without the apocalypse (as far as we know so far).

Beyond the slides and the Antimat are handheld meters, a map, and low-tech optical binoculars. It's an interesting aesthetic and could be a nice change of pace from the usual high-functioning sci-fi typical in most games. But we'll have to wait and see in the final release.

Seeking answers, I press forward into a cylindrical hole in the wall. At the other end is a humanoid robot walking in a circle and bizarre metallic plants with deep, inorganic roots running in the ground. It starts a philosophical debate between my character and her handler about what constitutes life. They clearly have a long history together, and the rapport makes for a lively conversation. 

Eventually, the man-shaped robot wanders off. I follow it, only to see it vaporized by the now-awakened Antimat. The anti-matter cannon now trained on me, I prepare to meet the same fate before the automaton inexplicably stops and returns to rest. There's a new tunnel formed by the powerful shot that obliterated the humanoid robot. I enter it and continue pursuing the mystery of the missing crew and this strange planet.

As my demo ends, I'm starting to get a clearer picture of what The Invincible could be: Firewatch in space. The natural banter and walking-exploration gameplay already have their teeth in me, and this small slice of the universe is just enough of a taste to make me want more.

The atompunk technology aesthetic is extremely compelling, and if Starward Industries can nail the story adaptation, this could be one of the most interesting games on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC when it releases sometime in 2023. Stay tuned for more. 

Overwatch 2: How to Ping on Console and PC Wed, 05 Oct 2022 17:56:29 -0400 Bryn Gelbart

Ever since Apex Legends and other Battle Royale style games popularized the in-game ping system, it has become a staple in first-person shooters. In 2016, the first Overwatch didn't launch with the ability to ping enemies to your teammates, but when the Overwatch 2 beta launched earlier this year, it was revealed the game would include the mechanic.

Across the board, having a ping system with a variety of options has been a boon for multiplayer shooter players who don't want to voice chat with strangers. Overwatch 2's contextual ping will help you point out enemies and allies on your team, but it also gives way to more complex strategic options.

Overall, it seems the follow-up to Overwatch seems much better equipped to handle communication between players who are not voice chatting with one another. Here's how to use it on console and PC. 

Overwatch 2's Ping System Explained

There are two types of ping in Overwatch 2. You can send out a quick ping by tapping the button it is mapped to on your respective system. This contextual ping will identify a character as an enemy or ally if you mark them, or it will mark a location as one to watch if you want your teammates to pay attention to a specific chokepoint or objective. 

The default ping buttons on each platform are: 

  • PC 
    • Keyboard — G Key
    • Mouse – Middle mouse button
  • Console (PS4/PS5/Xbox/Switch) — Left D-Pad 

How to Remap the Ping Key

If you want to remap which key opens the ping menu, Overwatch 2 lets you do so in its options. Stick to the following steps to navigate through the game's settings menu and customize your ping key. 

  • Press start to go into the Options menu.
  • Select the Options (yes, options within options) tab.
  • Use your mouse or bumper to move over to Controls.
  • Scroll down to Communication and select it.
  • Scroll down for a bit and under the section entitled Additional. Communication until you find the setting for Ping in World.
  • From here, you can assign the ping to whichever key or button you prefer. 

If you've been running into server errors while playing Overwatch 2, you are not alone. If you're having trouble getting into games, check out these possible fixes for the issues plaguing Overwatch 2's launch so far. For anything else on Blizzard's latest hero shooter, visit our game guides hub for the title here.

Overwatch 2: How to Set Up SMS Protect Wed, 05 Oct 2022 13:34:53 -0400 Bryn Gelbart

The follow-up and replacement to Blizzard's massively popular hero shooter Overwatch is finally here. Overwatch 2 is the same as the original in many ways, but it makes some fundamental changes to the way accounts are handled. One of the controversial new requirements in Overwatch 2 is that players are required to register a phone number before they are allowed to play the game, with many wondering how to set up SMS protection because of that requirement. 

For one, if you played the first Overwatch on a console, you'll need to merge your account with a new or previously existing account. That's where everything related to your Overwatch progression and characters will live. Due to the game requiring access, it also requires you to set up SMS Protect on your account. Here's what that means and the best way to quickly complete the process. 

SMS Protect Explained

SMS Protect is's way of attempting to keep games secure and cut down on cheating. By requiring a phone number to be linked to each Overwatch 2 player account, Blizzard can effectively prevent players from "smurfing" — or creating new accounts to play against lower-ranked players to gain an unfair advantage. 

SMS Protect and Prepaid Cell Phones

The unfortunate downside to Blizzard's Defense Matrix Initiative is that it prevents some people on prepaid cell phone plans from being able to play Overwatch 2 at all. Since the original game was shut down in favor of this sequel, there are no longer any other options for these potential users

Console Setup

If you're playing on console, you'll need to go to a web browser to set up SMS Protect. You must follow these steps to proceed and play Overwatch 2

  1. Go to, and log in to your existing account or create a new one.
  2. Select your account name from the top navigation bar.
  3. From the dropdown menu, select Account Settings. This will send you to your Account Overview.
  4. From the navigation bar on the left side, pick Account Details.
  5. Scroll down to Add Phone Number; you'll be sent a security code to confirm your number. 
  6. Enter the code you receive in the on-screen box, and you'll be all set.

PC Setup

The process for PC players is slightly different, but not too much so: 

  • Log into the application
  • Navigate to the Overwatch 2 page
  • Click Install on the bottom left of the page. 
  • Click Add a Phone Number in the pop-up box that appears.
  • You'll be automatically directed to in your browser, with a new window opening. Select Continue. 
  • Add your phone number in the field. Select Continue. 
  • Enter the code sent to your phone. Select Continue. 
  • Close your browser when you see the Account Complete page. 
  • Return to your application on your computer; you'll be able to start the installation process. 

That is everything you need to know about how to set up SMS Protect in Overwatch 2. Once you've set up your account, you should be powered up and ready for the 5v5 tactical of Blizzard's latest. For more on the new Blizzard shooter, look no further than our hub page for the game, where we'll continually keep you up to date with the latest news, tips, and tricks. 

Overwatch 2: Possible Fixes For Unexpected Server Error Occurred Wed, 05 Oct 2022 10:50:18 -0400 Sergey_3847

Overwatch 2 is out now on various platforms, and because it's F2P, its servers are jammed with new and returning players alike. If you've tried to jump into the game at launch, you may have encountered the "Unexpected Server Error Occured" message, which kept you from logging in and taking part in the action. 

This Overwatch 2 guide will attempt to provide two possible fixes for the bug. However, these aren't guaranteed to work. Rest assured, though, that Blizzard is working to remedy the issues, and once the server problems get fixed in the coming days and weeks, you should have no problem connecting to the game.

Change Your Server Location

One of the first — and easiest  things you could do to get around the error message is to change the location of your server. All players have access to three types of server locations in Overwatch 2. Here's how you can change them:

On PC:

  1. Start app.
  2. Select Overwatch tab.
  3. Select "Overwatch 2" game version.
  4. Click the "Globe" icon next to version selection.
  5. Switch to one of the three available servers:
    • Asia.
    • America.
    • Europe.

For example, if you typically play on the America's server, and you get the unexpected server error, then switch to either Asia or Europe, and try to connect once again. Keep in mind that this will change the playerbase you compete against. 

There is a large chance that one of these servers will let you in. Although you may also lose some of that latency speed, you will still get the chance to play Overwatch 2 early on.

Restart Your Internet Connection

Outside of the above option, this is always the go-to when you have connection issues. Simply restart your router, wait for it to reset, and try to reconnect to the Overwatch 2 servers (you may need to completely unplug your router, as well). PC players can also try to reboot their connection as an admin:

  1. Press the "Start" button.
  2. Type in "CMD" in the search bar.
  3. Start the command line app.
  4. Type in: ipconfig, and press Enter.
  5. Copy the IP address from the "Default Gateway" line.
  6. Paste the IP address into your internet browser and press Enter.
  7. Log in using "admin" as both your login and password.
  8. Go to "Management" tab.
  9. Press the "Reboot" button.

After the reboot, you can try to log in to the game; if there is no response or you continue to receive the error, wait for a bit and try again later. Unfortunately, that's about all you can do right now since the issue is more server-side than client-side. Hopefully, this "unexpected" error will get eliminated sooner rather than later. 

FIFA 23: Best Starter Packs Wed, 05 Oct 2022 09:04:38 -0400 Sergey_3847

All FIFA 23 players get to choose their first starter pack at the beginning of the game, which includes one national team. Currently, there are nine nations represented at the start, but not all of them are equal.

Our guide will provide you with the best starter packs in FIFA 23. Once you've chosen your pack, you can select players of that nation that will be a part of your ultimate team.

Best Starter Pack: France

It all comes down to the players that you get in the French nation, as that's where your squad-building challenges will get the biggest support.

Of course, nobody knows which players you get exactly from your starter pack since it's determined by RNG, but here are a few options that you may get and be very happy:

  • Karim Benzema — One of the best center forwards with a high shooting score.
  • Kylian Mbappé — One of the fastest strikers in the game.
  • N'Golo Kanté — Excellent defensive player, and one of the best central midfielders.
  • Kingsley Coman — Another high-pace and high-acceleration left midfielder.
  • Christopher Nkunku — A favorite of many, the second best center forward after Benzema.

Alternative Best Pack: England

Players get to choose only one pack at the start, and you just might not want to start with France. If so, England would be the next best choice for your starter pack.

Here is a short list of some of the best English players in FIFA 23 you may get:

  • Harry Kane — A truly great striker, who has some of the best passing skills in the game.
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold — Another excellent player with huge passing skills, but this time in the right back defensive position.
  • Raheem Sterling — This left wing offender has too much speed under his sneakers. You'll love him!
  • Kyle Walker — Set Walker against Sterling in the right back, and watch them compete who's faster.
  • Jamie Vardy — The second best striker in the English team right behind Kane.

Related guides

Those are the best starter packs in FIFA 23. Also, be sure to check out the rest of our FIFA 23 tips and tricks articles on our dedicated hub page.

Hokko Life: How to Increase Backpack and Storage Capacity Tue, 04 Oct 2022 16:09:43 -0400 Jonathan Moore

With so many items and crafting materials to collect, it's no surprise you'll want to increase your backpack and storage capacity as soon as you can in Hokko Life. Slots are at a premium in the early going, and it's likely you'll have to do some creative sorting and selling to carry and store everything you need.

This Hokko Life guide tells you how to increase your backpack carrying capacity and how to build storage chests to keep around your house. It will also quickly go over how to dismantle items if you need to break something down for more space. 

How to Increase Backpack Carrying Capacity

You start with 16 backpack slots initially, which fill up very quickly. To add more space, you'll need to complete two Mayor Merits, little challenges that unlock myriad different things in Hokko Life, like the fishing rod, the pickaxe upgrade, and the ability to demolish and move houses.

The two you need to complete here are found in the first subsection (the blue sub-tab with three people) of the Mayor Merits tab in your player menu.

  • Backpack Upgrade 1: +8 slots. Make 5 Villager deliveries.
  • Backpack Upgrade 2: +8 slots. Make 10 deliveries, sell any 50 items, and reach the Small Wood.
    • To reach the Small Wood, take the path into the Woods from the Torii Gate in the northern part of the Village. When you load into the Woods, follow the path north, then east when it turns right up the hill. Follow that path east, past the fork and the grassy area with the bench. Use the bomb to blow up the rocks at the end of the path. 

These Mayor Medal challenges will take a while to complete, as some Villager Deliveries can prove difficult or time-consuming. When all's said and done, you'll have a total of 32 slots in your backpack

How to Unlock the Fishing Bag

 You can also unlock a fishing bag to store your various Baits from your main backpack inventory separately. First, unlock the three different Fishing Baits under the Insects and Fish sub-category in the Mayor Merits tab. Then catch 10 unique fish and use bait 15 times to get the fishing bag, which shows to the left of your backpack inventory. 

How to Get Storage Chests

Unlike some other life-sims, Hokko Life doesn't have a blueprint for chests, so you may be wondering how to store items for later in your home. 

One of the game's key components is building furniture and unique items yourself through the Design Table, which is found in the Workshop and Unlocks while building the simple bridge. 

As you play through Spring, make sure to speak to the townsfolk for more Design Table requests. Eventually, Niko will ask for a Simple Cupboard, giving you the design; build one for 11 Wooden Planks, and complete their quest. Hokko Life doesn't tell you, but the Cupboard is the only "actual" storage chest in the game. It has 24 slots.

You can certainly build your own storage containers once you get through all of the Design Table tutorials. Just choose the Blueprint icon at the table, Large Storage Item at the bottom of the list that appears, and build within the dimensions for your own unique box.

There are plenty of great tutorials on YouTube that showcase other players' creations that may give you a spark of inspiration. You can also visit the city to download creations if you have other players' shop code. 

It's worth noting that you can move storage items without emptying them first.

How to Dismantle and Deconstruct Items

If you need crafting materials but don't want to go out and source them yourself, you may want to break down an item you're not using, such as a bookshelf or bed. 

To break an item into its initial crafting components (e.g. Wooden Planks, Stone, etc.):

  • Pick the item up and place it in your backpack. 
  • Interact with the Workbench in the Workshop
  • Look in the bottom center for the "Dismantle" button (ex: Triangle on PlayStation)
  • Choose the item
  • Choose how many to deconstruct.
  • Press the button highlighted underneath the number you've chosen to break down. 

It's never a bad thing to have more backpack space or storage capacity. With all the farming and gathering you'll do, having more slots makes Hokko Life's day-to-day much more manageable. That's not to mention you won't have to worry about running to Moss' shop during fishing tournaments — a big quality of life upgrade — and picking up relics on the island won't be such a hassle. For more, head over to our Hokko Life guides hub.

Hokko Life Farming Guide Tue, 04 Oct 2022 15:16:07 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Farming and life-sims go hand-in-hand, and Team 17's Animal Crossing adjacent entry is no different. Whereas most games in the genre get you tilling the ground and planting crops right away, Hokko Life takes its time getting you on the farm. In fact, it's one of the last areas you'll likely unlock in the game. 

Since getting to the farm is fairly obtuse, this guide will lead you through the steps you'll need to take. It will also tell you how to unlock the farm's expansion and outline the crops and trees you can plant along the way. 

How to Unlock the Farm

Early in Hokko Life, Oma the innkeeper will tell you that new villagers and shopkeeps will appear at the inn around lunch each day. Which NPCs appear on any given day is random, and only one NPC visits every day, so be sure to visit every time you can. To unlock the farm, you'll need to speak with Aubrey at the inn; they're the deer with antlers, and a red, long-sleeve flannel shirt rolled up to the elbows. 

By the time you speak with Aubrey, it's likely that you've already accessed the woods on the northern side of the village; it's the path you take to reach the Mines. If not, you'll need to do the following to reach the woods:

  • Speak with Rosa, the Realtor (who appears at the inn during early spring).
  • Build any house once Rosa opens shop.
  • Have any villager move into the newly-constructed house.
  • Build the small stairs to reach the elevated portion of the village (the small stairs recipe is given to you by Rosa once a new NPC moves in).
  • Use the stone stairs leading through to Torii Gate north of the village to reach the woods. 

Once on the woods path, go down the second path to the left (if you've not spoken to Aubrey, this path will be blocked by a wooden fence, which you've likely seen opening the Mines and the Small Woods). After taking the path, you'll load into the farm area, with a barn and plenty of debris on the ground. Speak to Aubrey again, and he'll ask you to clean things up; in my experience, this includes the weeds and logs but not the stones. 

After clearing the weeds and logs from the area, speak with Aubrey once again, and they'll tell you about growing crops and give you the recipes for the watering can and the hoe

How to Craft the Watering Can and Hoe

Before you can do anything else farming related, you have to craft the watering can and hoe at the Workbench in the Workshop. Here are their recipes: 

  • Watering Can: x6 Steel. 
  • Hoe: x3 Wooden Planks, x3 Steel. 

Farming 101

With the watering can and hoe in tow, return to Aubrey, and ask them how to start farming. Of course, they'll tell you to till the ground with the hoe and water plots with the watering can. At the end of the conversation, you'll get x6 Tomato Seeds, and Aubrey will open up shop so you can buy more crop seeds, flower seeds, trees, fabrics, and other farm-centric supplies. 

You can farm anywhere in the area by equipping the hoe and using the interact button to create a plot on the ground. Equip plant seeds, stand over a tilled plot, and press the interact button to spread seeds; you can't place seeds on a plot that already has seeds.

Equip the watering can, fill it at the pond in the northeast corner of the farm, and use the interact button to water plots one at a time. The watering can holds six charges, and most crops can go 24-48 hours without water (trees don't need to be watered).  

You can eventually unlock the weather control device by sprinting for 3,600 seconds (60 minutes total), growing 12 types of vegetables, and traveling 40km. The device allows you to change the weather at will, making it rain for your crops whenever you choose

How to Unlock the Farm Expansion

You'll notice a section of land beyond the fence in the northern portion of the farm. Complete 10 villager food requests to open the farm expansion. Villager food requests become available after planting your first crops. Visit Oma at the inn to begin the quest chain; you'll have eight to 11 days to complete each request, and new orders become available three days after completing the previous request. 

Here are the first 10 you'll need to bring Oma:

  • x3 tomatoes. 
  • x3 lemons.
  • x4 strawberries.
  • x4 carrots.
  • x4 grapes.
  • x8 grapes. 
  • x6 chili peppers.
  • Upside-down cake (x2 wheat, x2 apples, x2 pears). 

You'll get the Expansion Project trophy and achievement. Note that the gate to the farm expansion area may open, and you may be able to enter the area, but the trophy/achievement may not pop until you revisit the next day

How to Get Fertilizer

As you might expect, fertiliser does two things in Hokko Life: it helps crops grow faster, and it increases the chance for plots to produce higher-quality yields, which turns into more money for you. However, you won't have access to fertiliser during your first couple of weeks of farming.

  • To get Fertiliser: Quality Grow, unlock the farm, and help Oma with their first recipe. Talk to them every day at the inn, and they'll eventually ask you to speak with Aubrey about increasing the quality of your crops. Go to the farm, and speak with Aubrey to get some growing tips. 
    • Fertiliser: Quality Grow recipe: x4 Weed Clumps. 
  • To get Fertliser: Quality Grow Pro, complete 10 Villager Food Requests (growing and taking crops to Oma). This item appears in Aubrey's shop after unlocking the farm expansion. 
    • Fertiliser: Quality Grow Pro recipe: x4 Weed Clumps, x2 Clay, x2 Stone.

All Seeds and Items in Aubrey's Shop

Here are all of the items you can buy from Aubrey's shop for your farm. We've included their growing time and season, as well as the cost for each seed packet or fabric recipe. Note that seeds must be planted in square holes tilled with the hoe, and trees, just like conifers and mahoganies, must be planted in round holes dug by the shovel. 

Crops and Trees
  • Asparagus Seeds: 7 days. Spring. 13 gold. 
  • Aubergine Seeds: 9 days. Fall and winter. 26 gold.
  • Beetroot Seeds: 9 days. Fall and winter. 20 gold.
  • Blueberry Seeds: 11 days. Summer. 26 gold.
  • Broccoli Seeds: 10 days. Spring. 22 gold.
  • Brussel Sprout Seeds: 10 days. Winter. 22 gold.
  • Cabbage Seeds: 7 days. Every season. 14 gold.
  • Carrot Seeds: 6 days. Summer and fall. 14 gold.
  • Pineapple Seeds: 13 days. Spring. 30 gold.
  • Onion Seeds: 8 days. Spring, summer, fall. 22 gold.
  • Kale Seeds: 8 days. Fall and winter. 20 gold.
  • Grape Seeds: 9 days. Summer and fall. 18 gold.
  • Daikon Seeds: 5 days. Fall and winter. 14 gold.
  • Corn Seeds: 8 days. Summer and fall. 20 gold.
  • Chili Pepper Seeds: 10 days. Fall. 22 gold.
  • Chard Seeds: 9 days. Spring and winter. 20 gold.
  • Potato Seeds: 7 days. Spring, summer, winter. 14 gold.
  • Pumpkin Seeds: 13 days. Fall. 30 gold.
  • Rhubarb Seeds: 6 days. Spring. 13 gold.
  • Strawberry Seeds: 6 days. Spring and summer. 14 gold.
  • Tomato Seeds: 4 days. Summer. 12 gold.
  • Watermelon Seeds: 13 days. Summer. 30 gold.
  • Wheat Seeds: 5 days. Fall. 12 gold.
  • Apple Tree: 9 days. Summer and fall. 120 gold.
  • Cherry Tree: 10 days. Summer. 104 gold.
  • Lemon Tree: 6 days. Spring and summer. 46 gold.
  • Orange Tree: 6 days. Spring and winter. 46 gold.
  • Peach Tree: 10 days. Summer. 104 gold.
  • Pear Tree: 8 days. Fall and winter. 120 gold.
  • Conifer Seeds: 2 days. 4 gold.
  • Mahogany Seeds: 3 days. 6 gold.
  • Small Shrub Seeds: 2 days. 5 gold.
  • Blue Flower Seeds: 2 days. 5 gold.
  • Brown Flower Seeds: 2 days. 5 gold.
  • Grass Seeds: 2 days. 5 gold.
  • Green Flower Seeds: 2 days. 5 gold.
  • Purple Flower Seeds: 2 days. 5 gold.
  • Red Flower Seeds: 2 days. 5 gold.
  • Yellow Flower Seeds: 2 days. 5 gold.
Fabrics and Other Items
  • Banana Fabric: x1 fabric, x2 yellow dye, x2 light yellow dye. 38 gold.
  • Blueberries Fabric: x1 fabric, x2 Fabric dye base, x2 blueberries. 38 gold.
  • Pumpkin Flannel Fabric: x1 fabric, x1 base, x2 pumpkin. 38 gold.
  • Strawberry Flannel Fabric: x1 fabric, x1 base, x2 strawberry. 38 gold.
  • Tools Flannel Fabric: x1 fabric, x1 blue dye, x1 red dye, x1 green dye. 68 gold.
  • Farm Tools Fabric: x1 fabric, x1 light yellow dye, x1 green dye, x1 red dye. 68 gold.
  • Veggie Collection Fabric: x1 fabric, x1 aubergine, x1 carrot, x1 chili pepper. 68 gold.
  • Watermelon Slice Fabric: x1 fabric, x1 base, x2 Watermelon. 38 gold.
  • Long Hay Bale: x10 grass tuft, x5 weed clump.
  • Square Hay Bale: x10 grass tuft, x5 weed clump. 

Farming is a big part of Hokko Life's endgame, and it's one of the more compelling mechanics in Team 17's life-sim. It's too bad it's not available sooner. Regardless, now you know how to grow crops, expand the farm, get fertilizer, and more, securing your life in the village for years to come. Here's everything you need to know about fishing if you're the angling sort.

Hokko Life Fishing Guide Tue, 04 Oct 2022 14:48:11 -0400 Jonathan Moore

A big part of Hokko Life is sitting back and smelling the roses, and one of the best ways to relax is by casting a line and waiting for a bite. It's a great way to fill in the gaps between resident quests and waiting for trees and crops to grow, and you can get some good money from it, too. But actually unlocking the mechanic can be a bit of conundrum: the game doesn't do a good job of explaining what to do. 

This Hokko Life guide tells you how to unlock fishing and get the fishing rod, how to the mini-game's mechanics work, and how to get and use bait. That last part isn't terribly important, but it can shave down some of the time and effort you spend fishing if you want to move on to other things. 

How to Unlock Fishing and Get the Fishing Rod

Before you can start fishing, you'll need to meet Rosa the Realtor. They'll show up at the Inn within your first couple of days in town; be sure to check in around lunch time each day for a chance to meet them. Speak to Rosa, and they'll move their real estate agency into town after a few days' time, just to the right of Moss' shop. 

Next, you'll need to speak to any other villager in the Inn and invite them to move into your village. Go speak to Rosa, and build any house; it doesn't matter which of the six options you choose, though the first choice requires the fewest number of resources. Once you move a resident in, Rosa will give you the design blueprint for the Simple Stairs; you need these to reach the second level on the north side of the village. 

Go to the Workshop, and build the Simple Stairs with x15 Wooden Planks. Place the stairs either behind the workshop or to the right of the waterfall to access the second level of the village area. Go to the very back of the area (to the extreme north), and you'll find a set of stone stairs under a Torii Gate. Take these steps to advance to the next area, the woods. 

Take a left as soon as you load in, and you'll come to a waterfall and a gap in the path. Here, you'll receive the Log Bridge blueprint. Go back to the workshop and bring x22 Wooden Logs to build it. (Constructing the Log Bridge is far cheaper than crafting the initial Simple Bridge blueprint: x22 Wooden Logs to x54 Wooden Planks, which cost x2 Wooden Logs to make). 

Return to the gap at the waterfall, and place the Log Bridge to cross over. Enter the Grove by following the path all the way to the left. 

Once in the Grove, you'll see a pond with tons of trash piles on the ground around it. Pick up all of the trash and stash it in your backpack. Exit the area, and you'll run into a new NPC, Derris, just before the bridge and waterfall. They'll thank you for cleaning up all the trash and mosey off to the Grove. 

Go back to the Grove, and speak with Derris. He'll give you the fishing rod at the end of your conversation. 

Fishing Rod Recipe

Interact with the crafting workbench in the Workshop to craft the fishing rod: 

  • x3 Wooden Logs.
  • x3 Grass Tufts.

How to Catch Fish

Catching fish is pretty simple. Go to any body of water, such as the pond at the Grove, the river running through the village, or the ocean to the east of the village, and look for dark silhouettes swimming around. Note: there is no way to know which fish you'll catch. It's mostly random, reliant on season, time, and weather. 

Aim toward the silhouettes in the water, and press the Interact button to cast your line. The fastest way to catch fish at this point in the game is to cast in front of them whenever possible. Unlike Stardew Valley, for instance, there is no casting power in Hokko Life; the line goes the same distance every time. You'll have to experiment with where to stand for the perfect cast until you get the feel for it. 

Eventually, a fish will approach your bobber and boop it a few times (usually at least three to four times) before latching on to the hook. When they do, a circular meter will appear, with your platform's interact button in the center. Press the interact button before the meter depletes to hook the fish; press the interact button when the meter is in the bottom, center orange portion to guarantee hooking a treasure chest, as well. 

With the fish on the line, two horizontal meters will appear: 

  • The top blue meter represents the "distance" between you and the fish at the end of the line, or how far you have to reel it in. 
  • The bottom tan/orange/red meter represents line tension. 

You'll also notice directional inputs appear above the two meters, indicating which way you should press either the left control stick or push your mouse to reel the fish in. Most fish take the line out very slowly, and you may not even notice it moving to the right; rarer fish will take the line out much faster, increase tension more quickly, and cause the directional inputs to flash more rapidly. 

The most important thing is to keep an eye on the bottom meter: the darker the color, the closer your line is to snapping. You can safely keep the meter in the orange/middle portion of the bar, but immediately release any directional input if you see three red exclamation points on the right side of the bar.

Every time you catch a new fish or gain a new size record for a fish you've already caught, visit Derris for a small gold reward. This reward is separate from the sales price of a fish at Moss' shop. Rarer fish demand slightly larger rewards. 

How to Craft Fishing Bait

Bait causes fish to bite faster and somewhat decreases the difficulty of catching all fish, but most noticeably, rarer fish. There are three types of bait: Worm Bait, Insect Bait, and Fish Guts Bait. To unlock them, you'll need to complete the nodes on the first line of the nature Mayor Merits category (the category with the fish and butterfly symbol in the Mayor Merits tab).

You can craft Bait at the Workbench in the Workshop:

  • Worm Bait: x2 Worms (found anywhere)
    • Dig 30 holes with the shovel.
    • Catch 25 fish from any body of water. 
  • Insect Bait: x2 Peacock Butterflies (found in the Meadows)
    • Complete Worm Bait requirements.
    • Catch 25 insects/butterflies.
    • Catch any 50 fish.
    • Use any bait 15 times.
  • Fish Guts Bait: x2 Tadpoles (found in The Grove)
    • Complete Worm and Insect Bait requirements.
    • Catch any six unique fish.
    • Use any bait 15 times. 

You can also find more Worm Bait by fishing up treasure chests, which you'll need to do to complete other Mayor Merits. You must craft the other two Bait types. 

To attach bait, have bait in your backpack/inventory and equip the fishing rod (have it in your hand). You'll see a small tab appear on the left side of the screen with a button/key assigned to it (example: L2 on PlayStation). Press that, highlight the bait, and press the interact button. If you did it correctly, you'll see a bait icon appear on the left side of the fishing rod icon at the bottom of the screen and a number on the right. 

Fishing Challenges

Speak to Derris after meeting him, and he'll eventually give you a fishing challenge. You'll either have to catch any five fish in five minutes or any 10 fish in 10 minutes; these criteria seems to be given randomly. He will give you a new fishing challenge every seven in-game days. For example, mine appear every Tuesday. You can find Derris for these challenges either at the beach east of the village or in The Grove in the woods north of the village. 

You'll need to complete fishing challenges to unlock Mayor Merits and get the Fish Challenger trophy and achievement. It will take you 70 in-game days to get the trophy/achievement, 140 in-game days to meet the fishing challenge criteria for the fishing rod upgrade, and 210 in-game days to meet the fishing challenge criteria for the fish trap.

Fishing Tournaments

Alongside fishing challenges, Derris will invite you to participate in fishing tournaments on the 17th of every month (every season). A letter from Derris will appear in your mailbox a few days before each tournament. On the day of the competition, go to the beach, and speak with Derris.

They'll tell you which random fish you'll need to catch to move up the leaderboard, which can be found near the pier. You can also see on the leaderboard how many fish you'll need to catch to win gold, silver, and bronze in-game trophies.

Keep in mind that Tournaments can task you with catching any fish species anywhere on the map; though you'll start Tournaments at the beach, you may have to catch fish at the beach, in the river, or at the pond. The only way to know where to look is to know which fish can be found in each location.  

You'll need to compete in four fishing tournaments for the Gold Medalist  Fishing trophy and achievement. That in itself will take you at least one in-game year to complete, depending on when you first find Derris at The Grove. You'll need to compete in 20 fishing tournaments for some Mayor Merits, over the course of a whopping five in-game years.

That's everything you need to know about fishing in Hokko Life. The mini-game can be a great source of income alongside bug catching, especially in the early game. There's no reward for catching all of the two dozen plus fish in the game, but if you're patient enough, you can take pride knowing you've caught em' all. For tips on farming, head over to our comprehensive guide on that mechanic right here

The DioField Chronicle: Best Characters Tier List Tue, 04 Oct 2022 14:06:24 -0400 Hayes Madsen

The DioField Chronicle has an array of different characters to choose from, letting you build your ideal party from a selection of four different classes.

You'll unlock new characters sequentially as you make your way through the story, but eventually you'll have to decide who you really want in your party. With that in mind, our best characters tier list should help you make that decision. 

S Tier

  • Andrias (Soldier) — Andrias is by far the best character in the entire game, and the only one that can use the Assassin build. Andrias' damage is absolutely absurd, especially if you fully upgrade his weapons and abilities. Moves like Shadow Step also set Andrias up for ambushes on top of causing damage. He is the main character so it's no surprise, but Andrias should always be a part of your party. 

  • Shivat (Magicker) — Upgrading the right abilities for Shivat essentially guarantees he never runs out of EP, guaranteeing you always have magic attacks and healing. His healing abilities are the best in the game, and most of his other magic focuses on defensive options as well. 

  • Zoruaq (Cavalier) — Both wyvern riders in the game are forces to be reckoned with, but Zoruaq manages to eke ahead of Chappleman purely because of his recovery abilities, which let the character heal himself whenever he causes damage. Zoruaq is superb at crowd control, and his high movement speed means you can also position him around the battlefield with ease. 

  • Umarida (Sharpshooter) — Umarida stands above the other sharpshooter purely because of her insane range and high crit rate. Chain Attack is a great skill for crowd control, while moves like Railgun can be effective against single enemies and groups. Make sure you invest in Umarida's crit abilities, as it'll make her much more effective in battle. 

A Tier

  • Fredret (Cavalier) — Fredret is a solid unit that boasts high defense and attack, and because of that he can function as both a tank or DPS. His versatility is what makes him such a great pick, on top of the sheer speed as a Cavalier. Fredret has an ability called Insult to Injury that boost damage by 30% against enemies with status effects. This can be a great pair with Andrias who can poison enemies with his Dagger Throw. 

  • Chappleman (Cavalier) — Chappleman comes in close to Zoruaq in terms of usefulness, and has all the same crowd control abilities. Where Zoruaq focuses on soaking up damage and healing, Chappleman focuses on auto-attack and speed buffs, which can help him hold his own against multiple units at once. 

  • Donovar (Soldier) - Donovar is essentially a hybrid tank, and like Zoruaq his abilities let him heal whenever he causes damage. Again, that's a hugely useful benefit, even if Donovar doesn't have the sheer stats that Zoruaq does. Still, Donovar is a great choice that can tank and cause tremendous AoE damage, all at the same time. 

  • Estalt (Magicker) — Estalt has the best damage output of all the magicker in the game, but as a tradeoff his healing leaves a lot to be desired, as he doesn't get any abilities that boost healing. Still, he can be utterly deadly with the right party composition, especially if you invest in two abilities, Chaser and Focus. These two abilities means that his damage increases by 30% during cooldown and his cooldown is 30% faster, which ultimately means more damage. 

B Tier

  • Waltaquin (Magicker) — Waltaquin is essentially your average Magicker, she has good healing and damage, but doesn't excel in either. Her biggest benefit is that abilities can reduce the EP cost of skills, while raising her overall EP, meaning you'll be able to cast for longer. 

  • Izelair (Soldier) — Izelair is a pure tank, which is fine for the early chapters of the game, but once you unlock the more specialized hybrid tanks they're usually the better choice. Still, Izelair is a great pick if you want a unit that can take all of the enemy's attention and soak up damage. If you plan on using Izeliar invest in her Rude Health ability early on, as it lets here recover 1% HP every three seconds, which is a huge boon. 

  • Iscarion (Sharpshooter) — Iscarion doesn't have very high damage output, but he can be especially useful for stunning and interrupting enemies, as well as laying traps to protect your flank. The standard archer is very much about positioning, and making sure you're flanking enemies. 

  • Castavere (Cavalier) — Castavere's stats and abilities aren't quite as good as the other Cavaliers in the game, but he can still be useful with the right party. If you're planning on using Castavere you absolutely need to unlock two abilities. Casanova boosts all of his attributes by 20 when in a unit with a female character, meaning you should only use him if you have a female unit. At the same time his final ability, Charisma, increases all attributes by 10 for every 1 female leader. This means you can get a huge stat boost if the rest of your party is made up of female units. 

C Tier

  • Tremina (Sharpshooter) — Tremina simply doesn't have the stats or crit buffs to stand up to Umarida, making her the second choice, with one exception. Umarida has an ability called longing that boosts all of her attributes by 10 when in a unit with Iscarion. This means that you pairing the two together can be a good choice, especially since you'll have a unit with a wide array of ranged skills. 

  • Rickenback (Sharpshooter) — Rickenback pales to pretty much every other Sharpshooter in the game, and her boosts to Luck simply don't make up for her weaknesses in nearly everything else. She does have a chance of nullifying status effects, but generally, you won't have much trouble with those as it is. 

  • Catherine (Soldier) — Catherine can be an effective tank like Izelair, but she's simply not as effective as a whole. She has very low damage output, and skills like Critical Healing, which guarantees critical hits while healing, simply aren't useful in really any way. 

  • Hezeliah (Magicker) — Much like Waltaquin Hezeliah doesn't specialize in anything, but her damage and healing power aren't great compared to the other Magickers as well. Hezeliah's unique abilities boost her damage in relation to her defense attribute, but defense isn't something you typically want to focus on for a support unit anyway. 

That should give you an idea of how all the characters of The DioField Chronicle pan out. If you need any more help, make sure to check out our guides hub

The DioField Chronicle: How to Make Money Fast Tue, 04 Oct 2022 14:02:19 -0400 Hayes Madsen

Like any good strategy game, you'll need a lot of resources to really thrive and progress in The DioField Chronicle. They say money makes the world go around, and that's certainly true here as you'll need a ton of Guld in order to buy weapons, magilumic orb upgrades, and more. With that in mind here are a few tips on how to make money in The DioField Chronicle. 

How to Make Money Fast in The DioField Chronicle

Your primary way of making money is by completing missions, and the amount of money you get as a reward increases the further you get into the game.

If you're looking to grind for a lot of money you'll want to unlock the ability to play Practice Battles, which let you replay past missions. Luckily unlocking this feature is easy, as all you need to do is play through Chapter 1 until you complete the Coswell Volcano Expedition mission. 

Now you can head to the map in the laboratory room and replay any past mission. With that in mind, however, it's a good idea to advance through a few more chapters before you start grinding out missions, in order to get missions that reward more Guld.

But if you're looking to grind at any time, here's a list of the missions in each chapter that pay the most

  • Chapter 1: Central Knights' Exercises
  • Chapter 2: Secure the Supply Route
  • Chapter 3: Yewdean Forest
  • Chapter 4: Feeding the Necromancer
  • Chapter 5: The Ultimate Ingredient
  • Chapter 6: A Proper Mercenary
  • Chapter 7: Kelling Peninsula

As a quick note, whenever you buy a weapon you can simply sell the previous weapon that character had equipped, as there's no use for old weapons. It won't pay much, but it'll help you recoup a little bit of Guld.

How to Boost the Money You Make

You can actually boost the amount of money you make from each mission, which should obviously be a priority, but it's going to take a while.

You have an overall unit rank that raises as you complete missions, but the for the purposes of making Guld you need to raise your Shop Rank and Weapon Development Rank.

This is done by completing sub quests that pop up in chapters, and in the case of the Weapon Development Rank, you'll actually need to invest Guld in order to raise it. Below you can see what you need to do to raise each rank. 

Shop Rank

  • Rank 1 (Unlocks new items in shop) — Complete Coin for Comrades sub-quest in Chapter 1. 
  • Rank 2 (Increases Guld earned on mission by 5%) — Complete Experience Over Training sub-quest in Chapter 2. 
  • Rank 3 (Unlocks new items in shop) — Complete Business is Booming sub quest in Chapter 3. 
  • Rank 4 (Increases Guld earned on missions by 5%) — Complete An Unexpected Opportunity sub-quest in Chapter 4. 
  • Rank 5 (Unlocks new items in shop) — Complete Trust Earned Through Action sub-quest in Chapter 5.

Weapon Development Rank

  • Rank 1 (Increases Guld earned on missions by 5%) — Unlocks automatically during Chapter 2. 
  • Rank 2 (Unlocks new weapon developments) — Complete Keeping Up Weapon Maintenance sub-quest in Chapter 2. 
  • Rank 3 (Increases Guld earned on missions by 5%) — Complete A Honed Weapon's a Happy Weapon sub-quest in Chapter 3. 
  • Rank 4 (Unlocks new weapon developments) — Complete WEapons, Profits, and Merchants sub-quest in Chapter 4.
  • Rank 5 (Unlocks new weapon developments) — Complete Weapons Fit for a Fox sub-quest in Chapter 5. 

Now you should have a better idea of how to earn guld. For even more tips and help, make sure to check out our DioField Chronicle guides hub

FIFA 23: Around the World SBC Solved Tue, 04 Oct 2022 09:52:58 -0400 Sergey_3847

Part of the FIFA 23's Hybrid Nations advanced challenge, the squad-building challenge Around the World is one of the more difficult tasks you'll have to take on aside from actually winning matches.

Our guide will help you solve the Around the World SBC in FIFA 23. You will need to build a perfect premiere league team to complete it, and you may have to go a bit out of your way to get the rewards.

Build a Perfect Squad

Once you enter the Around the World SBC challenge, you will be tasked to create a team of premiere league players with the following conditions:

  • Exactly 10 nationalities in squad.
  • Minimum 8 rare players.
  • Minimum team rating of 81.
  • Exactly 2 chemistry points on each player.
  • Minimum 24 squad total chemistry points.

Of course, you can go ahead and build your own team as you see fit, but fortunately, the FIFA 23 community has already created a perfect squad for the lowest possible budget. Here it is:

  • GK 80: Mark Flekken (Netherlands).
  • RWB 77: Silvan Widmer (Switzerland).
  • LWB 80: Sergio Reguilon (Spain).
  • CB 78: Joseph Aidoo (Ghana).
  • CB 82: Andreas Christensen (Denmark).
  • CB 82: Gabriel Paulista (Brazil).
  • CM 80: Florian Neuhaus (Germany).
  • CM 82: Geoffrey Kondogbia (France).
  • CAM 81: Emil Forsberg (Sweden).
  • ST 82: Sebastien Haller (Ivory Coast).
  • ST 79: Rafa Mir (Spain).

Fix Web SBC Issue

Many players report that during the Around the World challenge the game doesn't roll out the rewards. This issue can be fixed in the FIFA 23 web application by doing the following:

  1. Go to FUT23 web app webpage.
  2. Login using your EA account credentials.
  3. Enter the Around the World SBC challenge.
  4. Build your squad as listed above.
  5. Right-click anywhere on the webpage.
  6. Select "Inspect Element" option.
  7. Go to "Console" tab.
  8. Input this line: UTSBCChallengeEntity.prototype.canSubmit = function() {return true;}
  9. Press "Enter" to confirm.

Now you can restart your FIFA 23 game and all the rewards from the challenge should be in place.

Related guides

That's all you need to know on how to solve Around the World SBC in FIFA 23. Also, be sure to check out the rest of our FIFA 23 tips and tricks articles on our dedicated hub page.

FIFA 23: How to Play Co-op Tue, 04 Oct 2022 09:48:43 -0400 Sergey_3847

The co-op in FIFA 23 is easy to get into, and is cross-platform for those who want to play with their friends on a different platform. There are also no downsides to playing co-op, as both players get the same amount of XP and rewards when playing cooperatively.

This guide will provide you with tips on how to play co-op in FIFA 23. First you need to add a friend to your friends list, and then you need to create a co-op session.

Add a Friend to Your Friends List

Before playing cooperative mode in FIFA 23, you must first add your friend to your game. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Go to the main menu.
  2. Press "R2" (PS) or "RT" (Xbox).
  3. This will open an EA Social screen.
  4. Select "Friend Requests" tab.
  5. Enter the EA ID of your friend into the search bar.

Once the system identified your friend's tag, press the "Add" button to add them to your friends list. This isn't platform restricted, so you shouldn't have issue adding friends cross-platform.

Create a Co-op Session

When you have your friend added, you can actually create a co-op session to play together. Follow these steps to begin:

  1. Go to "Ultimate Team" screen.
  2. Select "Play" tab.
  3. Click on the icon with two players (bottom left).
  4. Press the "Teammate" button.
  5. Add your friend from the list.

Once your friend has been added to your session, you can choose one of the following modes:

  • Squad Battles.
  • Division Rivals.
  • Friendlies.

If you want to end the co-op session, then you need to press the "Square" (PS) or "X" (Xbox) button.

Related guides

That's all you need to know on how to play co-op in FIFA 23. Also, be sure to check out the rest of our FIFA 23 tips and tricks articles on our dedicated hub page.

Hokko Life Review: A Familiar Experience Mon, 03 Oct 2022 10:18:33 -0400 Alex Perez

The start of the fall season typically marks the beginning of what many consider the “gauntlet” of juggernaut game releases. This year is no different. But on top of the big releases like Gotham Knights, God of War Ragnarok, and Callisto Protocol, there are plenty of smaller scale games that come out around this time that can be diamonds in the rough. 

Hokko Life is a cozy farm/life-sim that mirrors a lot of what Animal Crossing does and is entering its 1.0 release (it’s been available on PC in Early Access June 2021). While it offers an interesting blend of ideas, like deeper customization, a bigger area to explore outside of the village and town, and an array of bugs and items to collect,  there are a lot of games that do better than what Hokko Life is trying to do.

Hokko Life opens almost exactly like Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Gamecube. You’ll start by creating and customizing your character, though the suite is surprisingly limited for a game that establishes deeper levels of customization in other areas later on. Once you’ve selected your hair and other features, there is a very brief cutscene of your character on a train and … you’re at your destination – a town in need of sprucing up. 

You’ll quickly find yourself at the local inn, chatting with the residents, and moving into the village nearby before starting your quest to revive the area and bringing in new citizens and shops. It’s a very run-of-the-mill introduction, though an accessible one that doesn’t burden you with too much information or too many mechanics. 

Hokko Life starts slow, perhaps slower than other games in the genre. In the first few days, you're told to just "enjoy life" while waiting for things to happen. However, there isn’t much to do in those initial days except chop trees, pick flowers, and catch bugs. The tools to mine, dig, fish, and craft are all given quite a few days after you arrive. That means there’s a lot of standing around or going to bed very early. It’s an odd and unnatural design choice, which leads you to cutting most of your initial week or so short just to get to what’s after.

As you progress, unlocking more blueprints, meeting new anthropomorphic animals searching for new horizons, and generally exploring the world around you, the gameplay loop remains just about the same as when you first hopped off the train. From chopping down trees for wood and planting new trees to create more wood (there’s a lot of chopping and planting), to mining rocks for ore and charcoal, fishing, catching butterflies, and crafting new designs and items to customize the village and its homes, there aren’t too many big surprises along the way for life-sim fans. 

While easing players into the mechanics like this is a nice idea, it’s a double-edged sword. It gives them time to understand things, but it also takes a long time to get into the meat of Hokko Life. Once you finally – and truly – arrive, you’ll be met with an extremely simplistic and sometimes frustratingly opaque suite of mechanics and systems.

Even helping new residents move in the early going isn’t as straightforward as it seems: gather materials, choose a design, place a house, and wait for it to build. Your first new citizen is given to you, but the rest require you to meet them at the Inn. The game never tells you that, meaning you could easily miss out on new shopkeeps and other interesting characters, leaving you to amble around the village aimlessly. 

Despite its simplicity and initially obtuse nature, there is a lot to do in Hokko Life once you reach the middle parts of Spring. The map begins to open up, with you gaining access to new areas like the mines and the farm (if you focus on the right in-game challenges, like waving at certain number of neighbors or picking "X" number of flowers).

The problem with that burgeoning map size is that Hokko Life has long loading screens everywhere. There’s a lot of back and forth with buying and selling things, getting crafting materials, talking to one resident before running to another to deliver an item. That’s normal for a life-sim, the issue is that these transitions are rough at best. 

The town square is separated from the village, which requires a loading screen. Heading to the beach from the village requires a loading screen. Going north towards the mines requires three loading screens. And so on. It all works to form a quite unfriendly user experience, and while time is not the enemy here like it is in Animal Crossing (you can just sleep to the next day or even sleep to the evening), there is maybe a bit too much traversal and thumb-twiddling. 

Hokko Life can have its relaxing moments, though. There are times where mining rocks for charcoal, copper, and iron, planting and tending a forest or garden, or making a unique furniture design puts you into a nice flow state, where the loop feels not only fun, but also gratifying. The soundtrack also adds a layer of comfort.

The songs are very easy to listen to and are quite cozy; they help encapsulate the overall zen aesthetic of the game. The sound design is well done, too, full of calming sounds like waves crashing softly or birds chirping gleefully in the distance, all of which coalesce with the soundtrack to create natural soundscapes that make each biome and season feel alive and soothing.

Though the game has been in Steam Early Access for more than a year, there are still bugs that plague the overall experience, at least during our review period. Early on in my playthrough, a bridge leading to a new area just completely disappeared. To reach the resources on the other side, I wasted an entire in-game week just to plant trees, harvest them, and rebuild the bridge. The game even made the very bizarre choice of prioritizing the growth of a tree that was placed next to the bridge instead of the construction of the bridge.

There were also issues with the in-game recipe shop offered by the master crafter, Sally. Often, the game wouldn’t load the designs that were offered, and I had to restart the game twice before it fixed itself. It was a very bizarre situation that really hampered the experience.

Hokko Life Review – The Bottom Line


  • Great sound design.
  • Excellent soundtrack.
  • Crafting experience is surprisingly deep and has a ton of freedom to it.
  • No fighting against the clock, whether real-time or in-game


  • Villagers aren’t well designed.
  • The shops’ daily rotations are extremely limited.
  • Bugs.
  • A few too many loading screens.
  • Early game is slow with no clear direction.

Hokko Life may add some quality-of-life features to the life/farming-sim genre, such as bulk building and a robust crafting system, but it ultimately feels directionless, lacking the charm many other genre titles have.

Some of its systems are unique and add a new layer to traditional mechanics that other games should employ, but there’s a lot of waiting around “to do things,” and it’s often unclear what’s required to move the game forward. Hokko Life can be fun at times; you just have to really work for it.

[Note: Team 17 provided the copy of Hokko Life used for this review.]

FIFA 23: How to Do Griddy and Other New Celebrations Mon, 03 Oct 2022 09:39:15 -0400 Sergey_3847

There are seven new celebratory moves and four signature moves in FIFA 23 that players can perform after scoring a goal using specific key combinations. These small celebrations add those special moments to each goal that stay in every soccer fan's memory.

Our guide will show you how to do Griddy and other new celebrations in FIFA 23. Simply follow the steps below, and soon all your goals will have their own special celebration moments.

How to Do Griddy (Eyes and Arms)

Griddy is the most popular celebratory move in FIFA 23, which originates from American football. In this case, players perform a little dance and imitate big "OK" eyes with their hands.

  • PC: LCtrl (hold) + Up + Up
  • PlayStation: R2 (hold) + Up + Up
  • Xbox: RT (hold) + Up + Up
  • Switch: Zr (Hold) + Up + Up

How to Do Gamer Celebration

The Gamer move was inspired by a famous Portuguese soccer player Diogo Jota, who is a huge fan of video games. In this move, players sit down on the grass and imitate playing a game using gamepad.

  • PC: D (hold) + Right + Left
  • PlayStation: R1 (hold) + Right + Left
  • Xbox: RB (hold) + Right + Left
  • Switch: R (Hold) + Right + Left

How to Do Eye of the Storm

This move is similar to Griddy, but in this case, players put one hand to the eye, and roll their fingers with the other hand.

  • PC: D (hold) + Full Circle (counter-clockwise)
  • PlayStation: R1 (hold) + Full Circle (counter-clockwise)
  • Xbox: RB (hold) + Full Circle (counter-clockwise)
  • Switch: R (Hold) + Full Circle (counter-clockwise)

How to Do Slide Salute

Here is another iconic real-life move inspired by the famous French soccer player Kylian Mbappe. In this move, players slide on their knees and give a salute with one hand.

  • PC: D (hold) + Right (hold)
  • PlayStation: R1 (hold) + Right (hold)
  • Xbox: RB (hold) + Right (hold)
  • Switch: R (Hold) + Right (hold)

How to Do Slide and Flex

If you like the slide move, but don't like the salute, then use this move instead, which is a simple slide and flex.

  • PC: D (hold) + Down (hold)
  • PlayStation: R1 (hold) + Down (hold)
  • Xbox: RB (hold) + Down (hold)
  • Switch: R (Hold) + Down (hold)

How to Do Arm Swing

Arm Swing, also known as Boneless Walk, allows players to swing their arms in a free way.

  • PC: LShift (hold) + Right + Left
  • PlayStation: L1 (hold) + Right + Left
  • Xbox: LB (hold) + Right + Left
  • Switch: L (Hold) + Right + Left

How to Do Billionaire Strut

This move is a simple arrogant strut, when players walk freely holding their head up high.

  • PC: LShift (hold) + Down (hold)
  • PlayStation: L1 (hold) + Down (hold)
  • Xbox: LB (hold) + Down (hold)
  • Switch: L (Hold) + Down (hold)

How to Do Signature Moves

In addition to the seven moves above, there are four new signature moves that are specifically designed for these four players:

  • Mbappe's Money.
  • Firminho's Low Five and Flex.
  • Haaland's Signature.
  • Pulisic's Eye of the Tiger.

In each of these cases the key combos are the same:

  • PC: RMB (hold)
  • PlayStation: X (hold)
  • Xbox: A (hold)
  • Switch: B (Hold)

That's everything you need to know on how to do Griddy and other new celebrations in FIFA 23. If you were looking for possible fixes to Anti Cheat error in FIFA 23, then follow the provided link.

The DioField Chronicle: How to Unlock All Characters Fri, 30 Sep 2022 16:24:40 -0400 Hayes Madsen

The DioField Chronicle is a complex strategy RPG that provides a ton of options for building up your characters. While you can only take four characters into each battle, the game actually has over a dozen to choose from, and each one is a little bit different. To best diversify your team, you'll want to know how to unlock and recruit them all.

This guide to The DioField Chronicle takes you through each chapter and quickly outlines what you'll have to do to unlock and recruit every character. 

How to Recruit Every Character in The DioField Chronicle

There are a total of 16 playable characters in The DioField Chronicle, and almost all of them are unlocked automatically as you progress through the main story. However, there are three optional characters that can easily be missed if you're not completing every subquest. 

Characters are separated into four different classes, and each one has its own playstyle quirks. Below you'll find how to unlock every character in the game besides Andrias, Fredret, and Izelair, who are unlocked from the very start. 

Chapter 1

  • Iscarion Colchester (Sharpshooter): Finish the main mission "End the Bandit Menace."
  • Waltaquin Redditch (Magicker): Finish the main mission "Redditch Estate Recon."

Chapter 2

  • Shivat Malzin (Magicker): Finish the main mission "End the Aardwolves."
  • Rickenback Madea (Sharpshooter): Finish the main mission "Harbinger of Discord."
  • Optional Character: Donovar Sullion (Soldier): Complete the subquest "A Shield For the People." Talk to Lorraine at the start of Chapter 2 to take on the quest.

Chapter 3

  • Castavere Bunnow (Cavalier): Complete the main mission "Defend Duke Hende."
  • Estalt Yewfare (Magicker): Complete the main mission "Escort the Priests."
  • Umarida Bareas (Sharpshooter): Complete the main mission "The Blue Foxes Laugh."

Chapter 4

  • Tremina Umbert (Sharpshooter): Complete the main mission "Quell the Riots Again."
  • Catherine (Soldier): Complete the main mission "Rescuing Catherine."
  • Optional Character: Zoruaq Qigan (Cavalier): Complete the sub quest "A Warrior Gets His Wings." This subquest is unlocked after "Truth and Lies Laid Bare."

Chapter 6

  • Hezeliah Shaytham (Magicker): Complete the main mission "An Army Approaches."
  • Optional Character: Chappleman (Cavalier): Complete the sub quest "Give to Those Who Reach Out." This quest can be undertaken near the start of Chapter 6. 

Now that you know how to unlock every character in The DioField Chronicle, your army should be stronger than ever. If you need any other tips or help, make sure to check out our guides hub for The DioField Chronicle

The DioField Chronicle: How to Upgrade Magilumic Orbs Fri, 30 Sep 2022 16:09:55 -0400 Hayes Madsen

The DioField Chronicle gives you plenty of strategic options during battle, but by far one of the most powerful are Magilumic Orbs. These items essentially work like Summons in Final Fantasy and can devastate the enemy army or give your own a massive boost.

While Magilumic Orbs are already incredibly powerful to start, you can make them even more useful through upgrades. This guide for The DioField Chronicle tells you how to do that, as well as how to unlock all of the Orbs in the game. 

How to Make Magilumic Orbs More Powerful

The DioField Chronicle will automatically walk you through the process of upgrading Magilumic Orbs, but you'll have to make it to Chapter 2 first. Once there, talk to Iscarion, who will direct you to the Magilumic Researcher, giving you a basic rundown of how the upgrade process works. 

However, you need two things to upgrade orbs:

  • Gold: Always awarded by completing missions.
  • Jade Crystals: Awarded for completing optional objectives. 

Any time a mission has a treasure chest, opening it will award you one Jade Crystal. Alternatively, you can use Gold to purchase Jade Crystals at the shop, but this option only opens up starting in Chapter 5.

If you find yourself low on Gold, the best way to get more is to replay past missions, as each mission will give you the amount of Gold listed as a reward each time. 

Once you have the supplies you need, head to the Institute, and open the "Magilumic Orb" option. Each orb has eight different upgrades that can be purchased; the cheapest will cost 1,500 Gold and 1 Jade Crystal,  and the final upgrade will cost 20,000 Gold and 3 Crystals. 

You can purchase these upgrades at any time; however, you'll notice that the final three are initially locked. To unlock these upgrades, you'll need to increase your Magilumic Orb Research Rank to Level Four, which is done by completing quests and paying to upgrade it. The quests where you pay to upgrade the rank will unlock as you complete story missions, as noted below:

  • Rank 1: Chain of Captivity  Complete Nobleman is Coming in Chapter 1.
  • Rank 2: Request: Additional Funds  Complete Harbinger of Unrest in Chapter 2.
  • Rank 3: Urgent: Funds Depleted  Complete Defend Teggaria Base in Chapter 3.
  • Rank 4: Emergency: Stolen Funds  Complete Recapture Teggaria in Chapter 4.
  • Rank 5: Appeal: Last Push for Funds  Complete A Patriotic Future in Chapter 5.

How to Unlock All Magilumic Orbs in The DioField Chronicle

There are six Magilumic Orbs in The DioField Chronicle. The good news is that all of them will be unlocked automatically as you progress through the main story. 

  • Bahamut  Unlocked from beginning.
  • Goldhorne  Reward for completing Coswell Volcano Expedition in Chapter 1. 
  • Fenrir  Reward for Completing Harbinger of Discord in Chapter 2.
  • Salamander  Reward for completing Escort the Priests in Chapter 3.
  • Coeurl  Reward for completing Survey for Jade in Chapter 4. 
  • Ouroboros  Reward for completing Mockery of an Alliance in Chapter 6.

That's everything you might need to know about Magilumic Orbs in The DioField Chronicle. Make sure to check back for even more tips and guides. 

Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider Preview – If Contra and Shinobi Had a Love Child Thu, 29 Sep 2022 15:03:16 -0400 Jason D'Aprile

Our look at JoyMasher’s latest, Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider, was brief: two levels from the upcoming retro-styled platformer from the same folks who made Blazing Chrome, another excellent run n’ gunner in the classic style.

JoyMasher is obsessed with 16-bit fidelity and that certainly shines through here.

Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider is the sort of game that would look just at home if it were a cartridge slotted into a Genesis or SNES. The look, feel, and overall design all induce waves of nostalgia for the early 90s. The gameplay is more run n’ slash, as if a ninja were thrown into a slightly different game (say, if a sword-bound Shinobi got stuck in Contra), but it seems to work in our short time with. 

In other words, it’s also taking a hefty influence from Capcom’s classic, Strider.

As a cybernetic ninja woken from a stasis rather violently, you're thrust into a pixelated 2D landscape of endlessly respawning soldiers, bots, cannons, and other bad things. Armed only with otherworldly agility and a badass sword, your vengeful guardian can slice and dice through anything and even reflect enemy weapon fire back. 

The two example levels were enough for me to get a strong idea of what the final gameplay should represent: this will be something 90s kids are going to really enjoy.

The first level is an enemy-filled tech corridor with plenty of pinpoint jumps, crossing chasms hand over hand, and fits of daring involving Moonrider’s metal-cracking aerial attack kick. It ends with a room-sized boss fight between the ninja and a hulking ghoulish mech with laser hands and a nasty mouth.

The second level is an aerial chase where Moonrider must run and jump across floating airships, avoiding devastating energy attacks from a giant ship looming over the level, while fighting off more basic villains as well. It has the unforgiving classic feel of early platformers, where one false step or missed jump means death. 

All this mayhem is brought to life with hefty usage of Mode-7 like pseudo-3D effects and detailed, if still definitely 16-bit-styled, pixel art. The chiptune soundtrack follows suit, creating a near-perfect replica of the bygone era of the game’s influences.

The actual controls are kept simple for the otherwise challenging gameplay. There’s the sword attack, a special attack that uses energy and can be switched up as the game progresses, jump, and run.

We didn’t get much of a sense of what the special attacks would be beyond a powerful energy punch (no others were available), but Moonrider can wall jump, use his speed for enhanced attack power, cling to walls, and perform other familiar ninja things. 

So far, Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider is shaping up to be another retro winner, but the full game releases later this fall, so you'll have to wait a little bit longer. It will be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X|S, and Amazon Luna. Stay tuned for our full review. 

Soulstice: Best Weapon Upgrades and Abilities to Buy First Thu, 29 Sep 2022 14:50:40 -0400 Hayes Madsen

Soulstice's combat can be brutal, especially on higher difficulties, but investing in the right upgrades for Briar and Lute can help make everything a bit easier. To purchase weapon upgrades and abilities, you'll need to collect red and blue crystals, then spend them at Layton's shop. 

Of course, there are a few abilities that you should consider buying before anything else, so we'll help you figure out what to choose first for Briar and Lute in this Soulstice guide.

Beat Weapon Upgrades for Briar

Briar's weapon upgrades work a bit differently from Lute's abilities, mostly letting you unlock new combos. It should be noted that each weapon has three different effectiveness upgrades, but which ones you want to purchase mostly comes down to which weapons you like the best.

With that in mind, there are a few weapon upgrades that can be especially useful across the board, which we'll detail below. Also note that Briar's upgrades are final and can't be refunded in any way

  • Ashen Vindicator - Piercing Lunge: This should be one of the very first weapon upgrades you unlock, as it quickly lets you close the gap on enemies. Once you start facing ranged enemies, you'll want a move like Piercing Lunge to quickly close in for a combo. 
  • Ashen Enforcer - Arching Onslaught: Until you get the Tearing Penance weapon, Arching Onslaught is the only AoE attack you can get. That obviously means you'll want to unlock it early, especially considering Soulstice throws more and more enemies at you as you progress through the story. 
  • Hand of Retribution - Immovable Object: The Hand of Retribution is fairly interchangeable with the Enforcer. However, the Immovable Object upgrade can be absolutely instrumental. This is essentially how you unlock the ability to parry, and while it requires a bit of practice, it's a massively helpful defensive option. 
  • Tearing Penance - Lashing Storm: Tearing Penance is easily one of the best weapons in the entire game, and the Lashing Storm combo gives you an even more powerful AoE attack. 
  • Tearing Penance - Grappling Hook: Grappling Hook is the same idea as Piercing Lunge, but the move is a lot faster on execution. Once you unlock the Tearing Penance, you should invest in Grappling Hook and use it as your closer instead. 

Best Abilities for Lute

Lute has a wide range of abilities that let you fine-tune your playstyle for different defensive and offensive approaches. What's especially helpful is that all of Lute's abilities can be refunded at any time, letting you mix and match things as you see fit. That being said, there are a few abilities that should always form the basis of every playstyle, so we'll dive into them down below. 

  • Defense - Bulwark I-III: Bulwark should be the very first ability you unlock for Lute, as it lets her parry and deflect attacks from Medium and Large enemies. Without Bulwark, you'll need to dodge, so it's going to make your life a lot easier. Subsequent upgrades will let Lute use multiple barriers at once, meaning you can block multiple enemies. 
  • Defense - Sisterly Bond: Sisterly Bond can be an incredibly useful ability while you get used to the combat system, as it lets Lute automatically block an attack even if you miss the button prompt. The only catch is that you'll need about 5-10 seconds before the ability is active again. Still, when battles get hectic, it can be easy to miss a prompt or two, which is where this ability comes in. 
  • Fields - Overcharge Explosion: Your goal while using Lute's fields is usually to not let her enter Overcharge, as she'll need some time to recover. However, Overcharge Explosion helps with just that, letting Lute's field let off a massive explosion that blasts enemies back when she Overcharges. Not only can this ability cause damage, but it can also give you a bit of breathing room while Lute recharges. 
  • Offense - Synergy Surge: There are a few different Synergy abilities you can get, but for our money, Synergy Surge is the most useful. With this ability, whenever you use an Ashen Vindicator Synergy attack, Lute will conjure three explosive sigils on the field that explode if an enemy htis them. These sigils can cause huge damage, and further upgrades will let Lute conjure the sigils when any Synergy attack is used. 
  • Offense - Manifold Spirit I-III: While you battle, Lute will automatically hit enemies with blasts. If you want to make Lute as effective in combat as possible, you should invest in Manifold Spirit, as it lets Lute use two more blasts when you gain Unity. The next ability upgrades the damage Lute's blasts cause in general, which is arguably even more important. 

Now you should have an idea of which upgrades and abilities to purchase first and which are the best to use while you come to grips with the game's combat system. For even more tips and help, make sure to check out our Soulstice guides hub

Soulstice: Unity and Synergy Explained Thu, 29 Sep 2022 14:36:21 -0400 Hayes Madsen

Soulstice's combat system is built around the idea of controlling two different characters at the same time, and that opens up some interesting abilities in the process. While you mostly control the older sister Briar, the bond between the two manifests in a mechanic known as Unity, which in turn lets you use Synergy attacks.

While the game does have a short tutorial on these systems, it can be a bit difficult to understand everything, so we'll help explain exactly how Unity and Synergy work in this Soulstice guide. 

How Unity and Synergy Work

If you look at the top right corner of your screen, you'll see a visual representation of Unity, with two portraits of Briar and Lute. While there technically isn't a Unity gauge in Soulstice, it's a mechanic that's constantly fluctuating as you battle. 

Unity increases as you:

  • Land attacks.
  • Block successfully.
  • Avoid enemy attacks.

As your Unity increases the two portraits will grow closer, until they finally merge into one image. At the same time, any time you take damage your Unity will decrease

Higher Unity will make Lute more useful in battle. Lute will be able to attack faster or block more enemy attacks with higher Unity, so your goal is to keep it up as much as possible during battle. 

Synergy Attacks, on the other hand, are special attacks that you can use when your Unity is high enough. Initially, you'll only be able to use one Synergy attack with the Ashen Vindicator Greatsword, and you'll need to unlock additional Synergy attacks in Lute's upgrade menu. When the Unity portraits are filled up and glowing gold, you can perform a Synergy attack by pressing X or Square twice, waiting, and then four more times to end the combo. 

What is Rapture in Soulstice?

The final aspect of Unity is what's called Rapture, a beastlike mode that Briar enters, significantly boosting her attack and speed. You'll unlock Rapture automatically about a third of the way through Soulstice, but you can only enter Rapture when your Unity gauge is full, and the two portraits of Lute and Briar have merged into one. 

To enter Rapture press both triggers (L2+R2 or LT+RT) at the same time. While in Rapture, you can use the normal attack buttons to unleash attacks, but a powerful finishing move can be used to end the mode. To use the finishing move, watch the gauge in the bottom left corner, and once the gauge has closed in on the icon you'll see L2+R2 or LT+RT appear. Immediately press the buttons to use a finisher and exit Rapture. 

In boss battles or lengthier battles, there's no limit to how many times you can use Rapture, but you'll have to build your Unity from zero each time. 

That's everything you need to know about how Unity and Synergy work in Soulstice. Make sure to head over to our guides hub for any additional help you might need.