Steel Division 2 Articles RSS Feed | Steel Division 2 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network GameSkinny Weekend Download: Console Tariffs, Canceled WoW Successor, New PUBG, More Sat, 29 Jun 2019 09:00:01 -0400 GS_Staff

This week, Nintendo teamed up with Sony and Microsoft in a rebuttal against the Trump Administration's proposed console tariffs, and PUBG Corp confirmed a new game in the franchise is in development. 

We also published a few fantastic reviews on games such as Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Samurai Shodown, Steel Division 2, The Sinking City, and Crash Team Racing. Of course, we've got a handful of guides on many of the latest releases. 

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy. It's the weekend. What else are you gonna do? Play video games? 


  • Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft Issue Formal Protest to Trump's China Tariffs
    The proposed console tariffs would disrupt supply chains and pass higher costs onto consumers, executives say, which would ultimately ripple outwards and harm the economy on the whole. Read more

  • Canceled WoW Successor Project Titan Dev Troubles Revealed at Gameslab
    Project Titan may have seemed a myth at one time, but its reveal and cancellation in 2014 left many wondering what happened. Read more

  • Niantic Makes It Easier to Get Spell Energy in New Wizards Unite Update
    Obtaining more Spell Energy from Inns and Challenges in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite just got a bit easier thanks to a new, feedback-driven update. Read more

  • Niantic Partnering with AT&T, Simon for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
    The first Wizards Unite real-world event has begun, offering additional rewards and special quests to entice you out of the house. Read more.

  • Riot Blocks League of Legends in Iran, Syria In Response to U.S. Sanctions
    Recent tensions between the U.S. and Iran are considered the primary cause for the block, with money concerns potentially being at the root of the decision. Read more

  • The Next PUBG Game Is in The Works, Headed by a New PUBG Studio
    New studio Striking Distance isn't developing a PUBG sequel; instead, it's set to be a completely new take on the series. Read more

  • WorldGaming Network Announces Second Annual Rocket League Championship
    The Rocket League WGN North American Championship kicks off online June 29. Read more

  • Epic Games Giving Employees a Two-Week Summer Holiday
    The Fortnite developer is granting a fortnight-long holiday to its employees but promises in-game issues will be addressed should they arise during this time. Read more

  • Tyler "Ninja" Blevins Won't be at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup
    Blevins failed to earn the necessary points during qualifying matches, but still maintains his status as a top Fortnite streamer — with all the pros and cons that entails. Read more.  

  • Full-Sized C64 Maxi Remake Gets Price and Release Date
    Retro Inc and Koch Media's full-sized Commodore 64 reboot features multiple ways to play, a built-in library of games, and even a fully functional keyboard. Read more

  • CastleMania Announces Release Date for N64 HDMI Accessory
    The retro craze shows no signs of slowing down, with the latest device being a plug-in that hooks your N64 up to a modern TV set and doubles the console's visual output. Read more

  • Pokemon Masters Introduces Real-Time Battles and Sync Pairings
    The upcoming Pokemon mobile game puts a new twist on classic battle mechanics, though there's still no firm release date. Read more

  • FFXIV Getting a Live-Action Television Adaptation
    Hivemind, the company behind Netflix's The Witcher adaptation, is working on the project and hopes to honor the franchise's legacy through exploring FFXIV's myriad themes, locations, and people. Read more

  • New Switch Model Processor Could Be Behind Mini and Pro Rumors
    Nvidia's Mariko chip could provide a range of improvements in keeping with the Switch Pro rumors we've heard so far. Read more

  • Nintendo Opens Door for N64, GCN Games on Switch Online
    Nintendo's Shuntaro Furukawa says the company is considering avenues for providing access to its classic games library. Read more


  • Samurai Shodown Review: Unapologetically Old School
    Samurai Shodown is a throwback to arcade fighters and the series' first entry in a decade. It is solid without a lot of frills. Read more.
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review — A Masterful Symphony
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night stands as one of the best Vania games of recent memory, and one of the most satisfying games of 2019 so far. Read more

  • Steel Division 2 Review: A Bigger and Better War
    Steel Division 2 proves to be a much better game than its predecessor in terms of graphics and mechanics, even if it still needs to solve a few balancing problems before it can be called "definitive." Read more

  • Logitech G502 Lightspeed Review: Reinvigorating a Classic
    Logitech's recent knack for reviving old products with modern perks reaches its pinnacle with the G502 Lightspeed Wireless. Read more. 

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Review: A Nostalgic Joy Ride Needing Just One Repair
    When Crash Bandicoot wasn't jumping on crates of wumpa fruit and spin-attacking turtles and wizards, he was racing aliens around the track in a stylish buggy. Crash Team Racing (CTR) has long been regarded as one of the best kart racers of its time, if not of all-time. Read more

  • The Sinking City Review — Solve Crimes And Go Mad In This New Gold Standard For Lovecraft Games
    With a distinct lack of hand-holding, in-depth investigative mechanics, and a solid mix of open world design with mythos monsters, The Sinking City is the standard for Lovecraftian games. Read more


  • We're Giving Away 5 PS4 Codes for Team Sonic Racing
    SEGA was awesome enough to give us 5 PS4 keys for Team Sonic Racing. Now, we're giving them to you! Read more

  • The Top 20 Minecraft 1.14.3 Seeds for July 2019
    No more unwanted raids in Minecraft 1.14! Now you can freely build your settlements in any of this month's top 1.14.3 Minecraft seeds. Read more.
  • Guy Plays Dark Souls 3 Using Nothing But Raw Meat
    This might be one of the most weirdly inventive ways anyone has played Dark Souls 3. Read more

  • E3 2019, Oculus Quest, & Chart-Toppers — How VR is Becoming Mainstream 
    2019 is huge for the world of virtual reality, here's a summary of how this once gimmicky platform is becoming less niche. Read more

  • Mario Kart Tour Needs to Course Correct on Course Correction
    Invisible walls and course correction threaten to sink what is an otherwise amazing mobile port. Read more

  • Game Developer Makes Andy's House From Toy Story in Far Cry 5
    The lovingly re-created scene is just one of four dozen custom-made Far Cry 5 maps. Read more

  • Dying Light 2 Preview: Making Decisions Matter In The Zombie Apocalypse
    Techland walked us through how important your decisions will be to the outcome of the world in Dying Light 2. Read more.


  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Swimming Guide
    Learning how to swim in Bloodstained isn’t as simple as just getting in the water. Find out how to do it in our swimming guide. Read more

  • An Early Game Battlemage Build for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
    Learn how to build your own Battlemage to conquer the demon hordes in this guide for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Read more

  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Shard Locations Guide
    A guide to every shard in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, and which monsters drop them. Read more

  • Samurai Shodown Full Character Move List
    Master every technique in Samurai Shodown with our guide to every special move for the entire roster. Read more

  • How to Change Your Code Name in Wizards Unite
    Picked a riddikulus Code Name in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? Here's the lowdown on whether you can change it. Read more

  • Harry Potter Wizards Unite Greenhouses: How to Grow and Gather Ingredients
    Have a look at our Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Greenhouse guide and learn all about these useful buildings. Read more

  • Harry Potter Wizards Unite: What Does The Spectrespecs Lens Do?
    Although it seems like this new lens should connect to the Spectrespecs challenge item, it's a lot less helpful than that. Read more

  • How To Use Dark Detectors in Harry Potter Wizards Unite
    Functioning like Pokemon Go's Lures, you can use Dark Detectors to increase spawn rates at Inns while grabbing your daily energy. Read more

  • Harry Potter Wizards Unite Master Notes For All Potions
    With all these Master Notes in hand, you can brew potions much faster to tackle more dangerous threats escaped from the wizarding world! Read more

  • The Importance of Portkeys in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
    Want to know what Portmanteau are and why they are important? Read our Portkey guide to find out. Read more

  • Dota Underlords: The Best Heroes to Recruit in Any Match
    Dota Underlords is finally open to all players, and you can try it out using this guide to the best heroes in the game. Read more

  • Dota Underlords: The Best Items to Shoot For Every Match
    Find out which items will fit your heroes the most with the help of this best items list for Dota Underlords. Read more

  • The Sinking City Fast Travel Phone Booth Locations
    Need to get around the city without walking hundreds of miles? We show you every single phone booth in Oakmont for fast traveling between quests! Read more

  • The Sinking City Best Skills Guide
    Want to stay alive longer and keep your inventory full of shotgun shells and first aid kits? We show you the absolute best and most critical skills to pick in The Sinking City! Read more

  • The Sinking City Side Case And Main Quest Locations
    Looking for a specific case location in The Sinking City? We've listed out every single place you can visit in the city of Oakmont! Read more

  • The Sinking City Guide To Solving Cases And Finding Supplies
    Can't seem to find enough ammo to stay alive or track down the right clues to complete cases? We show you exactly what you need to do to thrive in The Sinking City! Read more

  • Risk of Rain 2: How to Unlock the New Character Rex
    A guide on how to unlock the new character, Rex, in Risk of Rain 2. Read more.

  • How to Beat Prince Wiggletail in World of Warcraft
    Here is the exact location and a couple of methods on how to beat Prince Wiggletail in Rise of Azshara, a new update of Battle for Azeroth. Read more

  • How To Receive All The Free Play Passes In Judgment
    Running low on play passes? Luckily, if you find all 6 free play passes, you can play Dice and Cube for free! Here's how to get 'em. Read more

  • How to Find Nargacuga in the Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Beta
    Nargacuga's hidden in this round of MHW Iceborne beta testing. Here's how to take the guesswork out of finding it! Read more

Check back next weekend for another roundup of news, reviews, guides, and features. Be sure to check previous weeks for more content: 

Steel Division 2 Review: A Bigger and Better War Wed, 26 Jun 2019 11:11:46 -0400 Sergey_3847

Eugen Systems is a veteran developer with many years of experience in one special game niche: realistic military strategy. Its Wargame series successfully introduced the winning formula almost 10 years ago. And it has been greatly refined in the sequel to Steel Division: Normandy 44, titled Steel Division 2.

Steel Division 2 is not your typical strategy game; it doesn't require players that players build bases and produce troops and vehicles. Here, everything is focused entirely on realistic combat mechanics. As such, the in-game economy is merely based on activation points that allow players to deploy certain types of troops during one of the three main battle phases.

If you don't care about the lack of a typical economy, and the idea of concentrating entirely on creating the best set of troops for battle excites you, then keep reading our review of Steel Division 2.

It's All About Proper Deck Building

Set in 1944 on World War II's Eastern Front during Operation Bagration, there are three countries in Steel Division 2: Germany, Soviet Union, and Hungary.

The entire game is divided into two main components: deck building and actual battles. Decks consist of eight different groups, which can be recruited according to your division and the number of activation points available to your units. 

Both limit your possibilities in the early game, but the more points you get for winning battles, the better decks and battlegroups you can create. In any case, players need to sacrifice certain units for others in order to increase the power level of the entire division.

For example, you can have better infantry and tanks, but you will have much weaker artillery or no such group at all. The challenge lies in finding the right balance between units and focusing on the strong sides of your battlegroups.

After creating the best deck possible, there is an option to test your battlegroup against A.I., which can really help in understanding which parts of your deck are too weak and need to be reworked. Obviously, it's best to do this before entering online multiplayer, where a weak or poorly built deck can get quickly obliterated. 

Since Steel Division 2 revolves around deck building, the game continuously ups the ante. After struggling through several battles, you'll quickly notice the difficulty ratchets up. Here, it's possible to feel like the grind is endless; every battle exposes new weakness in your deck and keeps you pushing toward perfection with each new match-up. 

However, this system is a natural progression for the series.

Many players who had the chance to try out Normandy 44 were not too happy that one could play a single, universal deck, which made the gameplay boring rather quickly. As a result, Eugen Systems really took the deck building forward this time around and provided players with a massive number of possible outcomes.

New Mode and Gameplay Mechanics

Some of the mechanics from Normandy 44 game have also been reinvented, while some of the features are completely new, such as the new Army General mode.

This new mode replaces the classic linear campaign from Normandy 44, and it takes place during one of the four key military operations in Belarus during the summer of 1944. Players can choose to play either as the German or Soviet armies, where Germany seems to be a tad overpowered. 

The Army General mode allows players to control a large number of units on the tactical map. Each of the stages involves an achievement for a specific objective, such as capturing and holding a certain position. This new mode really feels like you're playing a grand strategy game, where tanks can shoot as far as 2km and artillery shells can reach up to 3km.

Regardless of the modes you choose to play, the game will require you to learn everything on your own. This means that Steel Division 2 is not a casual game in the slightest, but instead one marketed to a specific hardcore crowd.


  • Updated graphics
  • Realistic real-time warfare
  • New Army General mode
  • A huge number of units


  • Lack of tutorial
  • Deck building needs more balance

Eugen Systems created a great follow-up to Normandy 44 by updating many gameplay elements, including graphics. However, it's not a perfect game and still needs some balancing in the deck building department. Other than that, this is definitely one of the best military strategy games based on World War II you will ever play.

Unfortunately, new players will find it really hard to get into the game because of a complete absence of instructions. Veteran Steel Division players will have a blast playing this game, but they won't be able to share it with newer players on the same level unless they teach those players themselves.

Currently, the game features 28 divisions, and if you buy the Season Pass, you will get even more divisions, maps, campaigns, and historically accurate scenarios. 

[Note: A copy of Steel Division 2 was provided by Eugen Systems for the purpose of this review.]

GameSkinny Weekend Download: E3 Previews + Roundups, Bloodstained, Harry Potter, More Sat, 22 Jun 2019 09:00:01 -0400 GS_Staff

This week, we've got a ton of E3 coverage, ranging from hands-on previews of games like Final Fantasy VII Remake, Doom Eternal, and Wolfenstein: Youngblood, to roundups of every conference just in case you missed something. 

We've also got news on Gears 5 and FF7 Remake, as well as tons of guides on Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and Hell Let Loose

Finally, we've got a handful of reviews for some of the latest games and gear. 

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy. It's the weekend. What else are you gonna' do? Play video games? 


  • Tetsuya Nomura Says FF7 Includes Modernized Honeybee Inn and Tifa
    Square Enix has an ethics department, Cloud will cross dress, and your dialogue choices matter. Nomura discusses these things and more in a new interview. Read more

  • The Art of Amy Brown Set to Enchant the Tabletop World With Fickle
    Compete for fairy favor and be crowned ruler in Fickle, the tabletop game featuring the art of Amy Brown. Read more

  • Dr. Mario World Pre-Registration Open Now for iOS and Android
    The mobile Dr. Mario game gets a new trailer as well, showing off its many features and, of course, its microtransactions. Read more

  • Monster Hunter: World Iceborne Beta Soon, Here Are the Dates
    The Monster Hunter: World Iceborne beta will be running before the end of June. Read more

  • Grim Dawn Getting Epic Fantasy Makeover With Loyalist Pack DLC, New Patch
    A full retinue of vanity items and spell effects is coming to the popular ARPG. Read more

  • New Retro Console Evercade Goes Old School with Cartridge Compilations
    The Evercade looks to fill the retro handheld console niche with unique cartridge compilations and the promise of more games to come. Read more

  • Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories Making Its Way to PS4, Switch, and PC
    NISA is bringing the niche survival series back to the West, with plenty of branching story paths and natural disasters to test your mettle. Read more.

  • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Out Now, But Leaves Some Players in the Lurch
    Wizards Unite includes more content than Pokemon GO did at launch, but not all players get to enjoy it. Read more

  • EA Defends Lootboxes As "Quite Ethical" In Statements to U.K. Parliament
    Kerry Hopkins, vice president of legal and government affairs at EA compared said lootboxes are nothing more than "surprise mechanics." Read more

  • Gears 5 Drops Gear Packs, Season Pass But Adds Pay-to-Win Feature
    Gears 5 is dropping all random paid elements in favor of greater transparency, but seems to be slipping in a pay-to-win mechanic to make up for it. Read more


  • Cadence of Hyrule Review — Rhythm and Roguelike Combine in a Title That Hy-Rules
    Cadence of Hyrule is a fresh approach to the classic 2D Legend titles that looks and sounds amazing, but it doesn't last long. Read more

  • Dragon Star Varnir Review: Dark Magic
    Dragon Star Varnir could use some polishing in a few areas, but the combat, setting, and story make for a dark and compelling RPG nonetheless. Read more

  • HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless Review: A Solid Wireless Offering
    The Cloud Stinger Wireless might be twice as much as the wired model, but it's one of the best wireless gaming headsets under $100. Read more

  • GameSir GM300 Mouse Review: Surprisingly Good & Customizable
    The GM300 is a customizable ambidextrous mouse that might be budget, but it sure as hell isn't cheap. Read more

  • Hell Let Loose Early Access Impressions
    If you're tired of the same old shooters that have no connection to reality, then Hell Let Loose will satisfy your need for complex and accurate war simulators. Read more

  • My Friend Pedro Switch Review — Action-packed, Bananas, but Cumbersome
    My Friend Pedro is a wild ride full of high-octane action, but the game's balletic bullet catharsis is marred by the cumbersome controls and lack of clear direction. Read more

  • Hands-On with the Children of Morta Demo: Compelling High-Fantasy
    Dead Mage Studios' Children of Morta demo shows off a polished early build of the action RPG that leaves me looking forward to the final product later this year. Read more.
  • Judgment Review: Ace Attorney
    Though there are some hiccups along the way, Judgment proves without a doubt that Ryu Ga Gotoku studio doesn't need Kazuma Kiryu to sell a great game. Read more


  • Mark Your Calendars: Every Release Date Announced at E3 2019
    E3 2019 brought a ton of new games to our lives, and many of them came with release date announcements, too. Here is every date you need to mark on your calendar. Read more

  • The Outer Worlds E3 2019 Preview: Strange Worlds in Strange Times
    Live E3 gameplay from Obsidian's upcoming quirky sci-fi RPG, The Outer Worlds, showed us what we can expect from the Fallout developer. Read more

  • Contra: Rogue Corps E3 2019 Preview — An Altered Take on the Contra Experience
    Konami's newest entry in the shoot em' up series captures the Contra spirit even if some aren't yet convinced. Read more

  • Luigi's Mansion 3 E3 Preview: Boo, Goo, and Improved
    The third installment of the spooktacular spin-off series looks to conjure the most fun yet. Read more

  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 E3 2019 Preview
    Our E3 impressions of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games left us wanting more challenging gameplay. Read more

  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order E3 2019 Preview
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance: The Black Order is a chaotic romp that might be hard for newcomers to get into. Read more

  • Pokemon Sword & Shield E3 2019 Preview: The Biggest Gym Battles Ever Deserve Bigger Features
    Our demo with the upcoming eighth generation of the main Pokemon series had us wanting more. Read more

  • The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening E3 2019 Preview: Gameplay You Remember, New Visuals You Already Love
    At E3 2019, we got some hands-on time with the remake of the beloved Game Boy classic. Read more

  • Eldest Souls E3 2019 Preview: Praise the Boss Rush
    Fallen Flag Studios' upcoming boss-centric adventure, Eldest Souls, shone brightly at E3 2019. Read more

  • Doom Eternal E3 2019 Preview: Better And Bloodier Than Ever
    We played Doom Eternal at the Bethesda booth this year at E3 2019 and came away excited to spill more demon blood than ever before. Read more

  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood E3 2019 Preview — Co-Op Nazi Killing
    We played a co-op demo for Wolfenstein: Youngblood at E3 2019 and came away impressed with the speed of its cooperative gameplay. Read more

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Interview with Producer Charles Murakami
    At E3 2019, we got to talk to the producer of the upcoming Nintendo Switch exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! game. Read more

  • New Horizons is The Best — and Only — Direction for Animal Crossing
    With its exotic new setting and deeper customization, Animal Crossing: New Horizons looks to be the big step forward the series needs to remain relevant. Read more

  • All Aboard the Death Boat in Phantom: Covert Ops, a Stealth-Action Kayaking Game in VR
    Some people aren't quite ready for the Cold War to be over yet. Convince them otherwise with your sniper rifle and trusty kayak in Phantom: Covert Ops, a VR action game for the Oculus platform. Read more

  • Cyberpunk 2077 E3 2019 Preview: The Future is Completely Customizable
    We saw Cyberpunk 2077 behind closed doors at E3 2019. Here's what we know. Read more

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake Hands-On Preview: Breaking Limits All Over Again
    We went hands-on with the Final Fantasy VII Remake at E3 2019 and can confirm that not only is it real, but it was a ton of fun. Read more

  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War E3 2019 Preview — More Zombies Than You Can Snipe At
    At E3 2019, we got some hands-on time with Rebellion's upcoming undead infested third-person shooter. Read more

  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay Shown, Story Confirmed Canon
    The first Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay shows off Kal's Jedi Powers, introduces skill points, and plenty of combat. And it's canon? What? Read more

  • Wave Break Preview: Move over Tony Hawk, It's Time For Bears & Boats
    At E3 2019 we got some hands-on time with Funkotronic Lab's quirky upcoming arcade skateboarding inspired title. Read more

  • Nintendo E3 2019 Recap: Surprises, Sequels, and Remakes
    From a Breath of the Wild sequel and Animal Crossing Switch delays to Bango-Kazooie in Smash Ultimate, Nintendo's brief E3 Direct was stuffed full of big announcements. Read more

  • Square Enix E3 2019 Recap: FF7 Remake, Marvel's Avengers Just the Beginning
    From FF7 Remake to Marvel's Avengers — with SaGa, SE Collective, FF14, Dragon Quest, and more in between — Square Enix's E3 2019 presentation was packed full of what fans wanted to see. Read more

  • E3 2019: Highlights From the PC Gaming Show
    Highlights from E3 2019's PC Gaming Show, including Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, Terraria, Shenmue 3, Autochess, and much more. Read more

  • E3 2019 Bethesda Showcase Recap: Fallout 76, Elder Scrolls, Doom: Eternal Take Center Stage
    The most requested Fallout 76 feature is coming, and we also saw major news on Doom Eternal and Elder Scrolls Blades, in addition to brand-new titles. Read more

  • E3 2019 Microsoft Press Conference Recap: Team Xbox Unveils Project Scarlett and a Whole Lot of Game Pass
    Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference is over, but if you missed it, don't worry! We've compiled a useful roundup of every moment you need to see. Read more

  • The Best and the Worst of the Fire Emblem Series Examined
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  • How to Get Spell Energy in Harry Potter Wizards Unite
    Without spell energy, you can't do much in Wizards Unite, but recharging your energy can be done in several different ways without spending any actual muggle money. Read more

  • How to Use the Artillery Calculator in Hell Let Loose
    Learn how to properly operate Artillery with the help of a calculator in this step-by-step guide to Hell Let Loose. Read more

  • How to Change FOV in Hell Let Loose
    Here is a workaround that will allow you to change FOV in Hell Let Loose. Read more

  • How to Increase FPS in Hell Let Loose
    Increase your FPS count and save up every possible frame with the help of this quick guide to Hell Let Loose. Read more

  • How to Unlock All Difficulties in Bloodstained Ritual of the Night
    Don't want to fully beat the game on normal and hard to unlock nightmare mode? A simple save file cheat code offers up all three difficulties straight from the start! Read more

  • How to Get Bovine Plume in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
    Finding bovine plumes for the jump shard is easy if you know which enemy offers up the random drop! Read more.

  • How to Beat Zangetsu in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
    Learn how to take on one of the early bosses — Zangetsu — in this guide for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. Read more

  • How To Upgrade Shards (Abilities) In Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
    Here's how to upgrade shards (abilities) in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and be the most powerful alchemist that you can be. Read more

  • Where To Find The Warhorse Door & Key in Bloodstained Ritual of the Night
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  • How to Find Silver Bromide Location in Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
    Although a patch may make the chest impossible to open, finding the silver bromide is easy once you know where to look. Read more

  • Bloodstained Ritual of the Night Millionaire Key Guide
    Want to get through that troublesome Millionaire Door in the Hall Of Termination? You'll have to find a secret ceiling spot much later on in the game to get the key! Read more

  • How To Unlock All The QR Code Skills In Judgment
    Still searching for the QR codes to unlock some of Takayuki's most potent moves? We've got you. Read more

  • The Best Way To Farm Money And SP In Judgment
    Hurting for cash and SP in Judgment? Following these simple steps will have you rolling in both in no time. Read more

  • Steel Division 2 Guide: Best Units for Deck Building
    Looking for the best units in Steel Division 2? Then, take a look at this list of the best units for your battlegroups. Read more

  • How to Play the Dota Underlords Private Beta
    Here is a simple way to get access to the newest Dota Underlords mod for Dota 2 while it's still in the closed beta stage. Read more

  • Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter: How to Invite Friends
    Haven't figured out how the friend invite system works in Nuclear Winter? It's easier than you think to play a battle royale match with your buddies! Read more

  • Where to Farm Screws in Fallout 76 (Best Locations)
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Check back next weekend for another roundup of news, reviews, guides, and features. 

Steel Division 2 Guide: Best Units for Deck Building Fri, 21 Jun 2019 12:18:14 -0400 Sergey_3847

Eugen Systems has introduced a brand-new deck building menu in Steel Division 2. It offers players a wide selection of different unit types, which they can deploy during the three main phases of battle.

If you've never played a Steel Division game, then you will probably find it really hard to choose the best units for your battlegroup.

Below, you will find a list of the best units for all three available nations in the game: Germany, USSR, and Hungary. This guide will help you build the best divisions and achieve one victory after another.

Best Recon Units

  • Aufk.Panther D: This is an armored recon tank with high speed, which is perfect for reconnaissance and intelligence gathering. The Deployment cost is rather high at 120 points, but it's worth every bit of it.

  • Sd.Kfz. 250/1: This light armored transporter truck is a lot cheaper than the Panther, but it's certainly a great recon vehicle, which may not be as effective in combat. However, it will surely protect your personnel well.

  • 39M Csaba: This is an armored recon vehicle equipped with 39M AT rifle and Gebauer 1934/40.M machine-gun. It's a highly mobile unit with an engine capable of generating 90 horsepower and traversing all types of terrain.

  • T-34/76 Razvedka: This armored recon tank is still considered the best-designed tank of WW2. It combines a powerful engine and thick armor.

Best Infantry Units

  • S.MG 42: This is a machine-gun unit with Schweres MG 42 considered to be the most important infantry unit in the game. The main strategy would be not to support other units with it, but to protect this unit from the assault.

  • Jäger MG 42: This is an alternative to S.MG 42 unit with similar stats.

  • Huszar Golyoszorosok: A very effective battalion that consists of a rifle squad, an SMG squad, and one machine-gun.

  • Shatrafniki: This is the most heavily weaponized infantry unit in the game. The squads carry 13 rifles, three SMGs, three machine-guns, and one anti-tank rifle.

  • Kaz. Komroti: This is a much lighter squadron equipped with rifles and smoke grenades, but it has access to six types of vehicles.

Best Tank Units

  • Panther A: This is one of the best German medium tanks, designed to counter the Soviet T-34 tank.

  • Tiger E: This is the most powerful Tiger tank model and the best German heavy tank in the game. It has an especially strong engine with 650 horsepower, capable of traversing any kind of battlefield.

  • KV-85: This Soviet heavy tank has a tremendous advantage over any other tank in the game due to its anti-tank weapon protection. Although, the thick armor does make it rather clunky.

Best Support Unit

  • Sturmpanzer KV-2(r): This is an assault gun on rails. It's definitely too heavy and slow to be deployed in front of other units. But as a support unit, it fits perfectly with its powerful 152mm Howitzer cannon.

Best Anti-Tank Units

  • PaK 43 88mm: This anti-tank weapon can penetrate armor as thick as 230mm at a distance of 2,000m.

  • Jagdpanzer 38: This is another assault gun on wheels, but it is much faster and more powerful than the Sturmpanzer. However, it's penetrative power isn't as effective as the PaK 43 at 190mm.

  • ZiS-2 57mm: This Soviet anti-tank weapon can deal with both Panther and Tiger tanks at the distance of 2,000m.

Best Artillery Units

  • Beo.Schwim. 210mm: This is a highly-mobile German artillery observer that carries the Morser 18 artillery weapon with 210mm barrel, which is capable of reaching 100 km/h on roads.

  • Wurfrahmen 40: This is a German multiple rocket launcher system, which is mounted on an armored half-track with the capacity to reach objectives as far as 2,200m.

  • Dzhip KAO 152mm: This Soviet artillery unit consists of the Jeep vehicle capable of running at 105 km/h and equipped with three heavy Howitzer guns.

Best Air Units

  • He 111 H-16 Heavy Bomber: Having one heavy bomber or several light aircraft is up to you, but nothing will ever compare to the demolishing power of the H-16 bomber.

  • Me 109 G-6 Dogfighter: One of the finest air fighters of the era doesn't carry any bomb cargo, but it has a twin MG 131 machine-gun and MG 151/20 autocannon on the nose capable of covering the range of 1,000m.

  • La-7 Light Bomber: If you want to combine the power of H-16 and the speed of G-6, then this light Soviet fighter-bomber is a great choice. It carries two FAB-100 bombs and two Shvak autocannons.

Remember that you don't have to include all of these units in your deck, but be sure to include Recon units into each and every one of your decks, as they are essential for gathering intel on the positions of your enemies. The rest is up to you!

Be sure to head over to our Steel Division 2 review to learn more about the game. 

Steel Division 2 Will Be One of the Best Strategy Games of 2019 Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:14:20 -0400 Sergey_3847

The newest installment in the series of military strategies from Eugen Systems, Steel Division 2, is nearing release and there is a big chance it's going to be one of the best tactical strategies of the year.

Eugen Systems is a very experienced developer specializing in strategy games, mostly known for such games like R.U.S.E. and the Wargame series, which has put the French company on the map of success.

Then came Steel Division: Normandy 44, which was followed by Steel Division 2, a modified and improved version of the first game. The players who had the chance to play Normandy 44 will immediately notice not only the changes in the graphics department, but also gameplay mechanics and scope.

These are not the only merits of the new Steel Division game, and here are some real reasons why this game should be on your checklist of strategies for 2019.

New Map and Massive Scale

While the first Steel Division game took place in France, which was limited by the borders of one country, the new installment features battles which took place during Operation Bagration that covered Bielorussia, Lithuania, and Poland.

Thus the scale of Steel Division 2 is much larger and offers more complex strategical and tactical challanges than the previous game. You can now deploy huge amounts of units of all kinds and really experience how massive battles took place during the World War 2.

The Eastern Front in Steel Division 2 features 25 tactical maps that have been painstakingly scanned and rebuilt from original archived maps. The entire campaign is divided into two parts: the global map and local campaigns.

Players will control several divisions, which historically differ in structure according to their country of origin. There's an asymmetrical balance, which means that on the global level the number of troops is the same, but the number of units and equipment in each division will vary.

Players will take on the role of the general of the army, who tries to capture important spots on the global map within a certain number of days. If they fail to complete the challenge for the given time period, then it will result in the failure of the entire campaign.

By the way, a lot of attention has been devoted to the roads in the game. The quality of the roads affects the speed and range of movement. But no one forces you to drive strictly along the roadway, as there is also an option of driving on the rough terrain.

Improved Combat Mechanics

4-Phase Combat System

The combat system has been significantly restructured in Steel Division 2 and now consists of several phases that add a sense of order to the entire campaign:

  • Placing units in the dedicated areas
  • Distributing orders
  • Assigning deployment points
  • Starting combat

In the last phase during the combat players will have access to the active pause system, which allows them to adjust positions and ordering of the units.

Three Game Modes

There are two Conquest modes for a global map and close combat, and one Breakthrough mode, which is the latest and most exciting addition to the game.

In the Breakthrough mode one player needs to defend the objectives from the attacking player residing on the other edge of the map. The best part about this new mode is the ability to build defense structures, such as:

  • Barbed wire
  • Trenches
  • Gun pits
  • Bunkers

This makes the mode extremely challenging and can really push players to the limits of their creativity.

Victory Conditions

Another unusual addition to the Steel Division 2 gameplay is the distribution of the victory conditions, which means that individual games will not always end up in a clean victory for one side or the other.

Here are all possible outcomes of the games:

  • Draw: If the team possesses the same number of objectives.
  • Minor Victory: If one team possesses +50% of the objectives.
  • Major Victory: If one team possesses +75% of the objectives.
  • Total Victory: If one team possesses +85% of the objectives.

Battlegroups and Deck Building

The deck builder in Steel Division 2 has also been upgraded in order to reflect the overall massive character of the new game.

The deck builder allows you to create battlegroups that may consist of nine different types of units:

  • Recon
  • Infantry
  • Tank
  • Support
  • Anti-Tank
  • Anti-Air
  • Artillery
  • Air
  • Defense (only in Breakthrough mode)

The composition of your battlegroup depends on the number of available activation points. The more units of a certain type you decide to deploy the more points it will cost.

Different game modes will require players to build different decks, and thus deploy different battlegroups to the battlefields. Not to mention the local co-op games of 2v2 or 3v3, where each player needs to think in terms of supporting other players and their units with the help of their properly-built decks.


Steel Division 2 is definitely a very complex game, which offers a lot and will mostly interest long-time fans of military tactical strategies and other games by Eugen Systems. New players, on the other hand, will have a hard time getting into all the mechanics and intricacies of the combat.

All the new changes and additions look really interesting. The graphics have definitely become better, and since there will be a full-fledged level editor available after the release, it looks like Steel Division 2 will attract a much larger audience than the first game.

If you enjoy elaborate strategies that focus entirely on how well you can build and command your units, then Steel Division 2 should be right up your alley when it releases on June 20, 2019.