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The new Doraemon Story of Seasons game goes intergalactic

At least, based on the gameplay we had with it

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Who would have thought that you could come up with a farming game featuring one of the most popular anime franchises in Japan? For BANDAI NAMCO, anything is possible, I guess as that lovable cat named Doraemon has his own video game. Of course, believe it or not, this isn’t their first tango with Doraemon and friends.

Doraemon Story of Seasons serves as a direct spin-off to the popular Story of Seasons (formerly Harvest Moon) franchise. In essence, it’s a farming simulator complete with day and night cycles, tools, crops to sell — all to restore an old farm into a glorious one. To add its own spin on it, you also have access to Doraemon’s secret gadgets to help with the farm work.

Safe to say, the gang are back and this time, there’s a much bigger farm to tend to somewhere — say, on another planet. This is what Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom is all about, and we got a chance to try this game at the Thailand Game Show 2022.

Everything is pretty much the same as before

Like its predecessor, Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom follows a similar play style as any farming simulator. In its own basic sense, you start off with a pretty empty farm and are tasked with planting available crops within your inventory. Of course, you have some basic tools suited for farming at your disposal.

In this game, you still play as Nobita (Noby, for short) and you still have Doraemon, your friends and family members helping you manage the farm. Also, apart from managing your crops, you also have to manage the farm animals you pick up along the way. As with any Story of Seasons title, you have to do all your tasks within that day or week – especially when certain services are only available on specific days.

It’s all the same stuff as before — kind of like the whole “if it ain’t broke, don’t even try to fix it” situation. To be fair, for a game like this, it’s okay to be consistent with the formula and changing it might be confusing.

New world to explore, more to connect with

Although there’s nothing particularly different from before, BANDAI NAMCO did add some more things to Friends of the Great Kingdom, considering the new environment. One of which includes some new gadgets from Doraemon that you can use to help you with managing your farm.

During the initial playthrough of the demo, one of these gadgets was available as a farming crop called “Farm Restaurant.” Instead of planting and harvesting crops to make food or sell at the end of the day, “Farm Restaurant” allows you to basically plant full meals instead. Of course, you can also sell these for much more profit but it’s definitely a faster way to prepare your meals for the day.

Another new feature added are specific crops that require more than one person to harvest fully. With Friends of the Great Kingdom, you will gain assistance from your friends through local or online Co-Op to harvest large crops on your farm. As they say, no one can run a farm on their own (I mean the title alone already suggests that).

How did you end up on this planet?

In Friends of the Great Kingdom, you find yourself in the vast planet of Irima filled with new worlds to explore. Although the demo only gave you access to just the house and nearby areas, the trailer also hints at going to worlds underwater as well. In this world, you meet Lumis, a boy with his own dreams.

Doraemon Story of Seasons

The demo doesn’t really touch on how you ended up on Irima and what you eventually need to do to further progress in the story. All we know so far is that Doraemon and friends are now starting a new farm life on a faraway planet. Although, along the way, you will be building relationships with everyone to help develop the farm into its best version yet.

So far, Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom provides something similar with a twist. With a new planet to explore, new gadgets for farming, and new bonds to build, this game has potential to provide something new for both old and new players alike. If you want to give this game a go, it is now available for the PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC through Steam!

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Xbox will raise prices of new titles next year

Will soon cost US$ 69.99

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New video games are expensive. Since the launch of the PlayStation 5, stores have been charging US$ 69.99 for every new release. On the flip side, Microsoft has kept its own slate of titles at the usual US$ 59.99 price point. However, that’s about to change next year. The company is raising the prices of first-party Xbox titles to US$ 69.99 next year.

In a recent statement (via The Verge), Microsoft has announced that new next-gen titles coming from Xbox Game Studios next year will face a price hike to reflect their “the content, scale, and technical complexity.” The announcement specifically names Forza Motorsport, Redfall, and Starfield (incidentally, one of the most anticipated titles next year) as part of this starting slate.

Prior to today’s status quo, new titles always sold for US$ 59.99. By itself, the old price tag is already hefty. However, it was one that was eventually accepted, especially after increasingly longer playthrough times.

Now, however, players are once again in a renewed state of justifying the expensive prices of new games. Titles are US$ 10 more expensive these days. Plus, special editions, which are becoming more common, have even higher price points.

If anything, Microsoft has waited until after the holidays before hiking prices up. If you were looking at a new title for your Xbox Series X/S, the holidays might be the best time to grab it. Or, as always, you can pay the monthly price of an Xbox Game Pass to access a trove of titles including new ones.

SEE ALSO: Xbox outsells the PlayStation for the first in 11 years

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ROG Phone 6 gets limited-edition Diablo Immortal design

Available by mid-December

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ROG Phone 6 Diablo

ASUS ROG is officially capping 2022 on a great note as it introduces the ROG Phone 6 Diablo Immortal Edition.

This limited-edition iteration of the gaming smartphone dubbed as the “King of Gaming Smartphones” was done in collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment, and is a surefire must-have for gamers.

The phone features a Hellfire Red colorway wherein a unique flame effect design is embellished onto the phone. This finish also changes luminance at different viewing angles.

The Diablo Immortal theme also extends to the user interface which comes with an exclusive animated theme pack that includes a live Diablo wallpaper and redesigned app icon frame.

When the phone is charging, an exclusive sound and animation containing Diablo-themed elements will also be experienced.

Hellfire-raising accessories

Complementing the device is a set of accessories that is part of the package. It starts with the box itself, whose design is inspired by the in-game Horadric Cube, while the phone is also stored in a box modeled after the Worldstone.

A special protective Shield Blessing Aero case and Map of Sanctuary scroll that reveal hidden marks for those playing the game are also included.

Even the phone’s SIM ejector pin gets a Diablo treatment, coming with a Diablo emblem design.

Demon-slaying ready smartphone

More than its appearance, the ROG Phone 6 boasts of the best specs that deliver extreme mobile gaming performance.

It is powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor. The phone has 16GB of DDR5 RAM, 512 of UFS3.1 storage, and a 6,000mAh battery.

The display is a 6.78-inch 165Hz AMOLED screen that supports HDR10+ visuals.

And with GameCool 6 cooling system and AirTrigger 6 technology, one’s gaming experience will definitely be seamless.

Pricing, availability

The ROG Phone 6 Diablo Immortal Edition will retail for PhP 68,995 by mid-December in all ASUS and ROG concept stores and multi-brand dealers.

For more details, click here for the product’s page on ASUS-ROG’s official website.

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Marvel’s Midnight Suns now available worldwide

On PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC

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Tactical action RPG Marvel’s Midnight Suns is now officially available worldwide. It is playable on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

Midnight Suns is created by Firaxis Games — the studio behind the critically-acclaimed, world-renowned XCOM and Civilization franchises. The game promises a rich story, character relationships, customization and progression of an RPG. And combines these with tactical strategy and combat mechanics of a card-based tactics game.

What to expect on gameplay?

Midnight Suns

Your Marvel Adventure. You are the Hunter, the first customizable original hero in the Marvel Universe. Lead a legendary collection of heroes that span across the Avengers, X-Men, Runaways, and more as you customize your team, tailor your selection of abilities to suit your playstyle and unlock iconic outfits that will delight any Marvel fan.

Explore the Darker Side of Marvel. Rise up against the demonic forces of Lilith and experience an immersive personal story that brings familiar heroes to an unfamiliar world, filled with the supernatural and the mystical. The stakes are higher than ever as you face-off against fallen versions of iconic Marvel characters and attempt to stop Lilith from reviving her evil master, Chthon.

Live Among the Legends. See heroes in a new light and unlock additional abilities as you develop relationships and strengthen personal bonds outside the field of battle with some of your favorite Marvel Super Heroes such as Iron Man, Wolverine and Captain Marvel. Dive deep and explore the Abbey – your very own mystical secret base – as you explore the grounds and uncover its hidden mysteries.

Fight and Think like a Super Hero. From the creators of the critically-acclaimed tactical XCOM series comes a new engaging and deeply customizable card-based battle system that rewards clever thinking with Super Hero flair. Team up with your fellow heroes, assess the battlefield and launch devastating iconic attacks against the forces of darkness.

Different Editions

Midnight Suns

Legendary Edition

Marvel’s Midnight Suns will be available in four editions: Standard Edition, Enhanced Edition, Digital+ Edition, and Legendary Edition:

Standard Edition (US$ 59.99) on Windows PC via Steam and Epic Games Store. It includes the base game.

Enhanced Edition (US$ 69.99) on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. It includes a next-gen optimized version of the game for next-gen consoles and five premium cosmetic skins.

The Digital+ Edition (US$ 79.99) on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC via Steam and Epic Games Store. It includes 11 premium cosmetic skins. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S SKUs include the next-gen optimized version of the game for next-gen consoles.

The Legendary Edition (US$ 99.99) on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC via Steam and Epic Games Store. It includes the Marvel’s Midnight Suns Season Pass. The pass contains 23 premium cosmetic skins for the base game. It also has 4 post-launch DLC packs, each featuring a new playable character, new missions, new enemies, and additional character skins.

These are all based on 2K’s suggested retail pricing. You may check with your local stores and your region’s digital stores for local pricing.

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