FF7 Rebirth Combat Tricks, Dragon's Dogma 2 Dragonsplague Help, And More Of The Week's Tips

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Whether you’re trying to deal with the obnoxious son of the late Shinra president and his pesky pet or just learn a cool new trick to help you tackle Final Fantasy VII Rebirth’s battles, we’ve got you covered this week. We’ve also got the lowdown on how to rank up your Fortnite Festival pass without playing the game, and lots more tips and guides for you in the pages ahead.

Mauga laughs with google eyes on.

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As has become tradition, Blizzard  has once again released an absolutely absurd, fully playable Overwatch 2 patch for April Fools’ Day. It is every competitive purist’s worst nightmare. But it is so unhinged and thorough I have to respect it. - Kenneth Shepard Read More

My Au Ra Warrior of Light in Clive's armor on top of his Torgal mount.

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Final Fantasy XIV’s latest crossover event has begun and it’s with none other than last year’s action-RPG Final Fantasy XVI. That’s right, everyone’s favorite sad boy Clive Rosfield is making the jump to the MMO, which is ironically led by Final Fantasy 16’s producer Naoki Yoshida. Clive’s a bit lost and at least a little confused as to how he wound up in Eorzea when you find him, and his brief journey there culminates in a fight that’s climactic yet familiar to both FF14 and FF16 players. - Moises Taveras Read More

Rufus holds a gun up to someone off camera.

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In what has to be one of the more annoying battle sequences of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, President Rufus Shinra shows up to take Cloud on in a one-on-one match in the Gold Saucer in Chapter 12. As in Final Fantasy VII Remake, Rufus is a fast and deadly opponent. Yet he’s very beatable if you deploy the right techniques. - Claire Jackson Read More

An image shows Lady Gaga in Fortnite behind a giant pile of music tokens.

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In February, Fortnite Festival season 2 launched and added Lady Gaga songs and the singer herself to the popular online game. It also added a new mini-battle pass known as the Festival Pass that rewards players with new music and—if you earn enough points—a Lady Gaga skin. If you want that skin and all the other rewards without actually playing Festival’s rhythm game, I’ve got an easy method to help you out. - Zack Zwiezen Read More

Stardew Valley characters are seen fishing in a pond.

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Between farming crops and picking up random doodads you find around the titular village in Stardew Valley, there are a lot of possible ingredients you can use to craft and cook new items. With this in mind, one modder has decided to challenge players of ConcernedApe’s farming sim RPG to create a bagel with everything on it. Well, almost everything. We wouldn’t want to create a multiverse-eating black hole bagel now, would we? - Kenneth Shepard Read More

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth’s fast-paced combat has a lot of little nuances beyond simply hacking and slashing. Each character in your party has their own playstyle, strengths, and weaknesses, and you make them your own by customizing each hero’s build with different materia. However, there is one universal trick that can help you close distance in fights that Square Enix’s sequel doesn’t go out of its way to tell you. - Kenneth Shepard Read More

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is an epic RPG of heroism and villainy, set in a massive fantasy world, filled with exciting quests where you’ll…pick mushrooms? Okay, sometimes Cloud and Co. need to grab some random odd jobs to fund their world-saving endeavors. Picking mushrooms for Cissnei (who’s apparently an awful cook) in “The Spice of Life” side-quest is one of those very odd jobs. - Claire Jackson Read More

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The latest Palworld patch is a big one, bringing a host of new features to the survival-sim-meets-monster-catcher. Still in early access, Palworld is constantly being updated by developer Pocketpair, but this may be the most exciting update yet. Most notably, it introduces the game’s highly anticipated first Raid Boss, which will offer players a challenge unlike anything they’ve faced in the game so far. - Willa Rowe Read More

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Four medieval fantasy characters standing on a stone path

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Since the launch of Dragon’s Dogma 2, Capcom’s friction-filled action RPG, players have been gripped by fear thanks to Dragonsplague. The in-game virus spreads between Pawns (NPC party members players can rent from each other online) and if not handled properly, can wipe out the population of entire in-game towns. What makes Dragonsplague especially tricky is that the game only warns you if a Pawn is infected through subtle changes in their actions. Though one item might be the key to spotting the virus early—rotten food. - Willa Rowe Read More

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