It’s a quiet week for major releases, but a big week for savings and DLC from some of the biggest games in the land, like God of War Ragnarok and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

Here are some of the tips and guides we found most helpful this week.

Xbox Series X Just Got A Massive Price Drop

Microsoft threw up a holographic installation to launch the Xbox Series X in the U.K in November 2020.

Photo: Ian Gavan (Getty Images)

In case you still needed to do some last-minute Christmas shopping for the gamers in your life (or for yourself), Microsoft has temporarily slashed the price of its most powerful gaming console, knocking the cost down by $100. – Levi Winslow Read More

How To Get Dipplin’s New Evolved Form In Pokémon Scarlet And Violet

Dipplin is shown in a grassy area beneath apple trees.

Image: The Pokémon Company

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s Indigo Disk DLC adds a handful of new monsters to catch, one of which is, as fans had theorized, an evolution to Dipplin called Hydrapple. This means one of Applin’s diverging evolutionary lines finally has a third form. But if you’ve had a Dippllin since it was introduced in The Teal Mask DLC, you might be curious why it hasn’t evolved into this new form in the time between the two expansions. That’s because Hydrapple’s evolutionary method hadn’t been added to Scarlet and Violet until now. Here’s how to evolve your candy apple dragon into its final form. – Kenneth Shepard Read More

12 Things To Know Before Playing God Of War Ragnarök: Valhalla

Kratos walks toward a bright light.

Screenshot: Santa Monica Studio / Kotaku

God of War Ragnarök’s new, free DLC Valhalla is out now, and it’s a pretty great combat showcase that has the added benefit of giving Kratos some much-needed therapy. But if you’re unfamiliar with the punishing, repetitious nature of the roguelike genre or just haven’t booted up Ragnarök lately, it can knock you on your ass. Worry not, because we’re here to give you some general tips to help you face your demons. So grab your axe, blades, and spears, and let’s walk into Valhalla together. – Kenneth Shepard Read More

Alan Wake 2: New Game Plus Is An Excuse To Play This Work Of Art Again

Gif: Remedy Entertainment / Kotaku

Alan Wake 2, Remedy’s survival horror sequel, came out in late October, but if you’re already longing for another trip through the spiral, I have good news: “The Final Draft” update has arrived, and with it a new game plus mode and new story content. Not convinced? Then just watch this trailer and try not to lose your mind at the 30-second mark. – Claire Jackson Read More

Grand Theft Auto V Joins PlayStation Plus This Month

Trevor fires a gun at people off camera.

Image: Rockstar Games

Oh hey, we’re just burning through December, aren’t we? Well if the 2024 release calendar is lookin’ rather slim to you, might I interest you in some new additions to Sony’s PlayStation Plus service? This month includes quite a few tempting offers. – Claire Jackson Read More

Where To Find Every Essential Resource In Lego Fortnite

Lego minifigurine characters as rendered in Fortnite.

Screenshot: Epic Games

George Carlin famously said “a house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it.” At its core, Lego Fortnite is the same. Epic’s new collab with Lego has become an absolute phenom since it launched December 7, seeing a daily peak of around 2 million concurrent players. Like all good sandbox survival games, it’s driven by the need to gather, store, and organize piles of stuff. But not all stuff is created equal. Some stuff, like wood and granite, is readily available. Other stuff is harder to find. This guide is concerned with the latter, giving you insight on where to find the hard-to-find materials like knotroot, flexwood, and more. – Mo Mozuch Read More

Buy Alan Wake 2 And Get Alan Wake Remastered For Free On Epic Games Store

Alan Wake talks to a stranger on a payphone.

Screenshot: Remedy Entertainment / Kotaku

Curious about Alan Wake 2 but never played the first? Well if you’re a PC gamer, I’ve got some good news: Grab a copy of Alan Wake 2 on the Epic Games Store during its holiday sale and you’ll get a free copy of the 2021 remastered version of the first game. – Claire Jackson Read More

Check Out Call Of Duty’s New Map For Free This Weekend

A character in a skull mask holds up a gun to the camera.

Image: Activison / Kotaku

Yeah, so that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III campaign wasn’t great. The multiplayer though? That’s a different story. And if you’re at all curious about some shooty fun between friends across some classic maps, good news: You can play the game for free from December 14 to 18. – Claire Jackson Read More

Come Catch Kratos’ Hands With This Ragnarök Brawler Build

Come Catch Kratos’ Hands With This Ragnarök Brawler Build

With the Valhalla DLC out it’s a great time to tackle those bosses who’ve been bodying you

Baldur’s Gate 3 Xbox Saves Are Disappearing, Here’s How To Avoid It

Withers stands in a dark crypt.

Screenshot: Larian Studios / Kotaku

Baldur’s Gate 3 shadow-dropped on Xbox after winning Game of the Year at The Game Awards, and Larian Studios is already pushing out updates and hotfixes as the dust settles. If you’re playing the fantasy epic on your Xbox, you may be at risk of losing your saves, and Larian is warning players to update their system to avoid the issue. – Kenneth Shepard Read More

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