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All companions in Baldur’s Gate 3 and how to get them

There’s a lot to see in Baldur’s Gate 3, but you’re not going to get far without a few good companions by your side. Thankfully, you’ll stumble upon a wide assortment of NPCs that’d love nothing more than to accompany you on your journey. These friendly faces fill several different roles — from mages and healers to archers and warriors, there’s bound to be a companion that augments your playstyle. Many of these companions also come with their own series of quests and unlockable skills, turning them into more than…

How to get Meowmere in Stardew Valley

We all love a good, secret Easter egg in games, especially Stardew Valley, which is absolutely full of them. We were already excited about all the new content in the 1.6 update, but there was one item included that was never even teased. The Meowmere is a new, super-secret sword that pays a nice little tribute to Terraria. The complex sequence of events you need to perform to get it calls back to that classic crafting game. The Meowmere is intentionally hard to get, but you can save a lot of time by following these…

Where to find the bookseller in Stardew Valley

Books are not completely new to Stardew Valley. Prior to the 1.6 update, you could find lost books that gave some background details about Pelican Town but didn’t give you any in-game benefit. Now, there is a new collection of books that grant your character some nice buffs or abilities. You can find a few of these new books hidden in the world, like the new Powdermelon seeds, but there are some exclusive ones you need to buy from a new bookseller NPC. Despite not making any business sense, they are only open for…

What does the goo in Super Mario Bros. Wonder taste like? An investigation

Since last year’s release of Super Mario Bros. Wonder on the Nintendo Switch, one question has plagued me: just what does that goo taste like? In the game, it’s a jelly-like substance in a tempting shade of lime green, and at various points, you can swim through it like thick, goopy water. When you first encounter it, one of the many talking flowers asks, “How’s the goo taste?” But it turns out getting a definitive answer is much harder than I anticipated.Initially, I thought I had it figured out. The goo looks remarkably…

Dragon’s Dogma 2 changed how I look at fast travel in video games

Capcom I never had reason to give much thought to fast travel in games before starting Dragon’s Dogma 2. In most open-world games that include the feature, the only requirement for accessing it is reaching points of interest. Once players do so, they are generally free to zip from point to point around the map with little to no inconvenience. That isn’t how Dragon’s Dogma 2 operates — fast travel is based around a limited currency called Ferrystones — and it has completely changed my mindset on the mechanic as a…

Epic Mickey: Rebrushed is a full remake, not a remaster

THQ Nordic While Nintendo’s February Direct Partner Showcase included a few unexpected games, nothing was more surprising than the return of Epic Mickey. The Nintendo Wii adventure is something of a cult classic among Disney fans thanks to its unique painting hook and some clever 2D levels that pay tribute to classic Mickey Mouse cartoons. Though it’s beloved by some, reviews at the time were mixed due to some clumsy Wii-era motion controls and a poor 3D camera. Thankfully, the Disney adventure is getting some…

Super Mario Bros. Wonder almost featured a surfing Mario

Nintendo Last year, Nintendo brought Mario back to his 2D roots with a surprise new game, Super Mario Bros. Wonder. The critically acclaimed platformer was an instant crowd-pleaser thanks in no small part to its namesake feature, Wonder Effects. These power-ups completely transformed Mario’s world, letting its developers experiment with wacky ideas from wiggling pipes to singing Piranha Plants. The notoriously secretive Nintendo has now peeled back the curtain on how those creative swings came to be. The company…

World of Goo 2 is the squishy sequel I never knew I wanted

Tomorrow Corporation When I sat down to demo World of Goo 2 at this year’s GDC, I noted to the developers on hand how surprising it was to see a sequel after so long. “It’s been, what? Ten years?” I said. I was very far off the mark: They noted that the original World of Goo launched in 2008. After playing a few levels (and having an existential crisis over time’s rapid passing), I’d find myself wondering how such an obvious slam dunk didn’t come sooner. Like its predecessor, World of Goo 2 is a physics-based puzzle…

NYT Mini Crossword today: puzzle answers for Friday, March 22

Love crossword puzzles but don’t have all day to sit and solve a full-sized puzzle in your daily newspaper? That’s what The Mini is for! A bite-sized version of the New York Times’ well-known crossword puzzle, The Mini is a quick and easy way to test your crossword skills daily in a lot less time (the average puzzle takes most players just over a minute to solve). While The Mini is smaller and simpler than a normal crossword, it isn’t always easy. Tripping up on one clue can be the difference between a personal best…

All Trinkets in Stardew Valley and what they do – Destructoid

There are a lot of new additions in Stardew Valley 1.6 and one of them is Trinkets. These can be found only after completing Combat Mastery, and when equipped in your star slot, each Trinket offers a unique perk.  This is a growing list that will be updated regularly moving forward, but so far, I’ve managed to find and test a fair number of Trinkets during my adventures in the Mines. They mostly drop from defeated creatures, although they can sometimes be found in chests and boxes. Trinkets come at any level between one…