Thursday, February 2

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Amazing New God of War Ragnarok Cosplay Brings Kratos To Life

We’ve featured German cosplayer Maul a ton of times on Kotaku, maybe more than any other individual cosplayer, and there’s a very good reason for that: just look at these photos. Halo Infinite Winter Update's New Multiplayer Maps09:15God of War Ragnarök's First Nine MinutesToday 4:04PMWhile he’s best known for his recurring takes on Geralt of Rivia, ranging from “being Geralt” to “being Geralt skateboarding in LA”, Maul has also done a ton of work—both paid (like this, this one’s an ad for PlayStation) and personal—on series like Dishonored, Cyberpunk and Metal Gear Solid as well. Today, though, we’re looking at his latest shoot, an incredible take on God of War’s Kratos for the release of Ragnarok that sees Maul (and his team) nailing just about everything, from the costume to the weather...
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New Square Enix Farming Game Lets Players Be Gender-Neutral

Male, female, and cool hat. All the genders are accounted for. Screenshot: Square Enix / KotakuIt shouldn’t be a big ask from gamers to have more gender-inclusive pronoun options in a video game, especially in RPGs. One producer at Square Enix thinks helping gamers feel welcome by including non-binary pronouns is such a small ask that it was a no-brainer to have it be a part of his new game.The game in question is the cutesy farming simulator Harvestella, which RPG giant Square Enix just released yesterday on PC and Switch. Similar to Stardew Valley, characters in Harvestella are charged with tending to crops, befriending their neighbors, and overcoming calamity in the form of environmental disasters. Harvestella, Eurogamer pointed out today, features a character creator that offers player...
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Sega’s Lost ‘Erotic Thriller’ Sacred Pools Has Been Found

Image: SegaSoft | KotakuIn the mid-90s, with the Saturn bombing and the video game landscape changing rapidly, Sega rolled the dice and made a few risky bets. One of those was, uh, sinking $3 million into the creation of an adult-oriented FMV game called Sacred Pools that was so bad it ended up being binned before it was ever released.Now, though, in 2022, we can play it! Thanks to Gaming Alexandria, who not only got hold of the game but have made it available to download and play on emulators, we can all get the chance to, if not enjoy, then at least experience this lost piece of video game history. Sacred Pools went into development in 1996, as the FMV craze was already winding down, so by the time it was ready for its public showings and impending release the market’s appetite for the g...
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God of War Ragnarök Leaks Early, Big Spoilers Are Everywhere

Screenshot: Sony Santa Monica | KotakuThe upcoming God of War Ragnarök, one of the biggest PlayStation games of the year, isn’t supposed to be out until November 9, but over the past 24 hours video and social media sites have been flooded with clips of people playing their way through the entire game.We wrote a similar story last week, but it was relatively minor by comparison; some people reviewing the game had accidentally shared their screenshots, and while some of them could maybe have suggested certain things that were going to happen, most were just very pretty.This, though, is the whole game being out there, over a week before release. It’s believed the game leaked when a store in the US—with its stock already in-hand—accidentally sold copies early, which in this genre of news story...
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Bayonetta’s Devs Issue Statement In Support Of Jennifer Hale

Image: NintendoThe story behind the casting of the lead voice acting role for the third game in the Bayonetta series has been a complete mess, involving allegations of terrible pay, conflicting accounts and Non-Disclosure Agreements. In an attempt to put the whole thing to bed the developers of the title, PlatinumGames, have tonight issued a statement.We at Platinum Games offer our sincerest appreciation to everyone who has contributed to creating the Bayonetta series over the years, as well as the community that has served as its foundation.We give our full support to Jennifer Hale as the new Bayonetta, and align with everything in her statement.We ask people to please refrain from any further comments that would disrespect Jennifer or any of the other contributors to the series.The stat...
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Bayonetta Voice Actress Urges Game Boycott Over ‘Insulting’ Pay

Screenshot: PlatinumGames / NintendoEarly in October, Japanese developer PlatinumGames, known for its action titles, told Game Informer that upcoming Switch exclusive Bayonetta 3 would not see voice actress Hellena Taylor reprise her iconic sultry role as the protagonist. Instead, Bayonetta’s english VA would now be Jennifer Hale, one of the industry’s most ubiquitous voice actresses who is known for roles like Commander Shepard. At the time, Platinum claimed that the replacement was due to “various overlapping circumstances” that made it “difficult” for Hellena to play Bayonetta once again. Over a week later, Taylor has gone on to social media to dispute Platinum’s account, suggesting that the studio wasn’t entirely being transparent about what actually happened.Rather than losing out on ...
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Square Enix Is Drowning 2022 With RPGs, And We’re Here For It

Image: Square Enix / Kotaku2022 is a great year to be an RPG fan, particularly of Japanese games. The holiday season is usually crowded with new game releases, but this year Square Enix appears to be releasing games like it’s Christmas all year round. With so many out already, and so many more to come, are SE’s profligate ways good or bad for RPG lovers?Back in March 2022, Square Enix had a string of big releases all throughout the month: Babylon’s Fall, a live-service action game; Triangle Strategy, a strategy RPG game; Chocobo GP, a racing game spin-off of the Final Fantasy series; and Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy, an action RPG game in collaboration with Koei Tecmo.Square Enix has always had a habit of releasing handfuls of games in a rush, mixing big names from reliable IPs with...
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Get Every BioShock, XCOM, And Borderlands 3 For Only $16

Image: 2K Games / Gearbox / KotakuA new 2K-themed Humble Bundle deal that will help support homeless youth contains one of the best deals I’ve seen all year. For only $16, you can walk away with over two dozen PC games including some genuine greats, like Civilization VI, XCOM 2, Borderlands 3, and a lot more. Even wilder, some of the games included are the deluxe editions, featuring a bunch of DLC. It almost feels like stealing!Released earlier today, the 2K Megahits bundle can be purchased over on Humble Bundle and contains 25 PC games for $16. Of course, as with previous Humble Bundles, you can pay more if you feel like it, sending a portion of your cost to the current charity. You can also get fewer games for less money, though keep in mind most of the big hitters like Borderlands 3 are...
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Kotaku’s Impressions Of The New Shin Chan: My Summer Vacation

Image: Shin chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation The Endless Seven-Day JourneyIn 2000, a game called Boku no Natsuyasumi (“My Summer Vacation”) was released on the PlayStation. As the name suggests, it was about being a kid on summer vacation, and its slow pace and cruisy setting made it something of a cult classic, though one that sadly never saw an official English-language release.Over the decades a number of other games were released in the series, on PlayStation 2, PSP and PS3, and each one was largely the same experience, asking players to guide a young boy through the day doing stuff like fishing, collecting bugs and going for a swim.Based around a calendar, the best way I think I can describe the games to anyone who hasn’t played them is to imagine Persona 4's daily schedu...