Erdtree Builds, Dawntrail Advice, And More Tips That Aren't Just For DLC

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock or swore off gaming for the summer (understandable), you’re probably either playing Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree DLC or Final Fantasy XIV’s new Dawntrail expansion, and we’ve got tons of tips for both. If you just so happen to not be playing either of these games, we’ve got over 20 July releases you should check out this month, and much, much more. Read on!

The First Descendant, Flintlock, and 22 Other Games Worth Checking Out In July

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Gif: A44 Games / Capcom / miHoYo / Toadman Interactive / Nexon / Square Enix / Claire Jackson / Kotaku

With the passage of the summer solstice last month, we are firmly in the hottest season. And this July, we’ve got a generous collection of compelling titles worth checking out. From some intriguing indie titles to Final Fantasy XIV’s latest expansion and beyond, this month is packed with games that look well worth your time, many of which have some free demos you can try right now if you’re not keen on waiting for release date. - Claire Jackson Read More

The Power Of The Old Gods Is Yours To Harness With This Shadow Of The Erdtree Great Sword

Screenshot: FromSoftware / Kotaku
Screenshot: FromSoftware / Kotaku

The Ancient Meteoric Ore Greatsword is a Colossal Sword that you can find in Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. You’ll need to spend a decent amount of points on both Strength and Arcane to use this weapon, but if your build benefits from what it brings to the table, you’ll likely find it worth the investment. - Billy Givens Read More

This Shadow Of The Erdtree Talisman Is Perfect For Tank Builds

Screenshot: FromSoftware / Kotaku
Screenshot: FromSoftware / Kotaku

The Verdigris Discus is a Talisman found exclusively in Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. If you’re the type who favors defense over offense, this Talisman may be just the answer for you. It increases your protection when you have a higher equip load. So pack on that armor and get to tanking! - Billy Givens Read More

The Dos and Don’ts Of Selling Your Friend On Your Favorite Game

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Image: Square Enix

We all have that one game we love so much, we want to share with as many people as possible. Unless you’re a gatekeeper of the things that bring you joy, you’ve probably tried to get a friend, family member, partner, or stranger on the street to play a game you love in hopes that it will similarly enrich their lives. The sad truth, however, is that it doesn’t always work out. But how can this be? I know how good [insert game here] is! Why are they not immediately jumping on it as I’m telling them it will change their life? - Kenneth Shepard Read More

Should You Buy The Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance Digital Deluxe Edition?

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Screenshot: ATLUS / Kotaku

In the tradition of many modern games, Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance offers two different versions of the game to purchase: The base game, which costs $59.99 USD, contains the additional demon subquest DLC packs that were made available for the original 2021 release of Shin Megami Tensei V and the Digital Deluxe Edition costs $69.99 USD and includes two new demon subquests alongside three DLC packs that can increase the appearance rate of rare Mitama enemies. - Timothy Monbleau Read More

Final Fantasy XIV: Should You Buy The Starter Edition Or Play The Free Trial?

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Image: Square Enix

With the release of Final Fantasy XIV’s newest expansion, Dawntrail, many new players are sure to be interested in joining Square Enix’s long running MMORPG. But this curiosity may turn to confusion when trying to decide between the extremely generous, no-cost Free Trial and the paid Starter Edition, which will run you $20. The Free Trial and Starter Edition of FF14 are two different products with several distinctions. And while the Starter Edition is the full version of the game with zero restrictions, there is one major drawback to purchasing it: The Starter Edition requires a subscription to play after 30 days. Notably, the Free Trial does not. - Simon Mackinley Estey Read More

Shadow Of The Erdtree’s Minor Erdtree Incantation Is The Cutest Little Healer

Screenshot: FromSoftware / Kotaku
Screenshot: FromSoftware / Kotaku

The Minor Erdtree Incantation can only be found in Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. Casting it will allow you to continuously heal yourself and allies standing nearby, although there are better ways to heal a group. Even so, completionists and fans of tiny trees will no doubt still want to add this one to their collection. - Billy Givens Read More

Final Fantasy 14 Players Are Warning Each Other To Avoid This Spoilery Side-Quest In Dawntrail

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Image: Square Enix

With Final Fantasy 14: Dawntrail now out of Early Access and fully released for all, Warriors of Light are well into their new journey in the land of Tural. The main attraction for most will be the new main story quests that include a fascinating battle for succession in the tropical locale, starring everyone’s favorite Hrothgar, Wuk Lamat. But it turns out that a side-quest can spoil how that narrative wraps up and FF14 players are warning each other to avoid it to preserve the experience. - Willa Rowe Read More

This Gorgeous Frostbite Spell Makes Shadow Of The Erdtree Even Prettier

Screenshot: FromSoftware / Kotaku
Screenshot: FromSoftware / Kotaku

The Rings of Spectral Light is a Sorcery found only in Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. This spell is visually exciting and inflicts Frostbite buildup, but you’ll need to be sure you’re comfortable investing in both Intelligence and Faith if you want to add it to your loadout. - Billy Givens Read More

Make Dragons Fear You With This Shadow Of The Erdtree Katana

Screenshot: FromSoftware / Kotaku
Screenshot: FromSoftware / Kotaku

The Dragon-Hunter’s Great Katana is a weapon you can only score in Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. It has a killer move set and deals solid damage, making it an excellent choice for Dexterity builds. Its Ash of War is a visual delight as well, with the added bonus of making dragon-slaying a bit easier. - Billy Givens Read More

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