eSports Genre RSS Feed | eSports on GameSkinny en Launch Media Network Ni No Kuni 2 Beginner's Guide: Tips and Tricks for Getting Started Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:06:01 -0400 Littoface

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is a vast game with tons of content and things to explore. As gameplay elements are unlocked slowly as you progress through the game, you might find yourself wondering what actions you can take now to improve your gameplay later on in the game.

You've come to the right place! This beginner's guide covers the first ten or so hours, and covers combat, exploration, and some more general tips up to (but not including) kingdom management.

(Stay tuned to GameSkinny for a comprehensive guide on kingdom management soon!)

Ni No Kuni 2 Combat Tips

Character wielding a fire-based weapon during combat in Ni no Kuni II Revenant Kingdom

Battles are one of the most important aspects of Ni No Kuni 2, and the system is pretty robust. The game will lead you through the basics of fighting, but here are some more tips for efficient combat:

Switch characters mid-fight by pressing up or down on the D-Pad.

You can alternate between characters or just stick to one -- there's no clear advantage to either, so play according to your own preferences.

Use the auto-equip option, but sparingly.

You can auto-equip the strongest equipment available by pressing square in the weapons or equipment tab of each character's equipment information screen. While this is a useful trick for basic battles, it's worth taking the time to hand-pick the right equipment for each character.

Picking weapons yourself can give you a strategic advantage by choosing the right elements, the right accessories for the fighting style, and so on. Something else to keep in mind: Since Roland and Evan both use swords, the auto-equip gives whichever one of them you have selected the strongest set of weapons, leaving the other at a disadvantage.

Remember to customize the Tactics Tweaker to suit your location.

The fantastic thing about the Tactics Tweaker (once Lofty unlocks this for you) is that it's fully customizable and adjustable. Start with the full-party buffs (since these have no disadvantages), and use the sliders to buff your party.

Once you unlock other options within the Tweaker, make sure to switch the settings up depending on where you are and what you're fighting (like increasing damage against slimy monsters in the earlier areas, where you encounter many creatures of a gooey consistency).

Check your characters' skills after they level up.

There's no clear indication when a character learns a new skill, so until you reach the kingdom management aspect of the game, remember to check periodically for new skills.

Use combos, charges, and aerial attacks.

The game doesn't explicitly explain combos or aerials (though it does mention them), so be sure to experiment for some powerful attacks. Tani, for instance, bursts into a flurry of rotating hits with her spears when you attack in rapid succession. Alternating between light and heavy hits also leads to different types of attacks. Holding down the ranged attack button will charge it using MP (and automatically lock onto an enemy you're facing). Try different things!

Don't forget those Higgledies!

The Higgledies can make or break a fight, especially with bosses. Use them! Once you start a kingdom, you'll be able to upgrade and create new Higgledies, but for now, make use of the ones you have. Higgledies typically have a few supporting attacks and one major skill which must be activated by getting inside the blue circle surrounding them and pressing X. The circle disappears after a bit, so don't miss your chance! The little elemental critters let you know when they're ready to attack by letting out a cute cry. Listen out for it.

Exploration Tips

Two characters traversing the open overworld in Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom

You'll be doing a lot of exploring on your quest to create a unified kingdom. Here are a few things to keep in mind on your travels:

Use Trap Door waypoints to quickly go between places.

Exploring the overworld is fun, but if you just want to cut to the chase, press "Options" twice to see all the points to which you can teleport. You can warp from anywhere in the world, including inside dungeons, making this an easy way to complete quests and revisit locations. Whenever you encounter a glowing blue spot, make sure to press X inside it so you can easily return to the location at a later time.

Revisit dungeons when you get new skills.

Some dungeons have areas you can only access once you've unlocked specific skills. Make note of any suspicious areas on your first run-through, and return to explore further once you unlock the skill you were missing.

Don't worry about collecting all the items.

Scattered throughout the world and within towns and dungeons are sparkles that indicate items. While it's a good idea to pick up items in new areas (and especially in the Dreamer's Maze dungeons), don't worry about collecting them all: They replenish over time, and you'll be able to collect items from your kingdom later on anyway.

General Ni No Kuni 2 Tips

Four characters, two in conversation, from Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

And finally, here are a few more things to keep in mind when you're first starting out in Ni No Kuni 2:

Don't bother buying any weapons or armor until you get a kingdom.

Once you have access to kingdom management, you'll also unlock the ability to craft and upgrade your own equipment. Until then, save your guilders -- crafting and upgrading can be expensive, so you'll be glad that you did.

Check the Leafbook for updates and gossip.

The game's fantasy-world version of Facebook is a good place to see a quick summary of the story thus far (paired with amusing comments), but it's also great for finding hidden items and monster information. Use the Leafbook to check for tips and gossip, and save potentially interesting posts by "liking" them (you'll be able to easily filter by liked posts when you need to).


With these tips, you're ready to take on the world of Ni No Kuni 2! And be on the lookout for more Ni No Kuni 2 info right here on GameSkinny.

Sea of Thieves Guide to All Error Codes, Bugs, and Glitches Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:48:25 -0400 Ty Arthur

New Sea Of Thieves players are in for some rough waters as the game leaves port for official launch, with a storm of "matchmaking has failed," "launch issues," "services unavailable," and "stuck on loading screen" errors ready and waiting to sink your hopes of a bug-free experience.

At least Rare uses more interesting error codes and bug names than your average game, with Sea Of Thieves glitches like Cinnamon Beard and Fishbeard scrolling across your screen instead of just a string of numbers and letters.

   I definitely don't want avocado in my beard, so the error name checks out

Sea of Thieves Error Codes and Glitches

Having trouble with these Sea Of Thieves matchmaking errors? We've got a full rundown of how to resolve all known issues so far, along with a list of which ones will have to wait for a patch to be resolved.


This particular Sea Of Thieves bug seems to be a server problem that is happening often as large numbers of players log in just after launch. Turns out they weren't prepared for so many people all at once! A patch is currently being worked on to resolve the issue, but for now your only real options to resolve the Fishbeard error code are to play solo or log out and wait awhile before trying to connect again.

Checking Pirate Roster

Similar to Fishbeard, this glitch occurs when you try to join a game, and it simply means the servers are full and there's no room for another player to join in. This should be resolved in the coming days, but in the meantime, you may also see an associated error message like Kiwibeard, Trimmedbeard, or FluffyBeard. They all mean the same thing.  


This error code appears to involve getting stuck while trying to wait for matchmaking, and unfortunately there isn't a clear resolution at the moment. According to the developers, a fix is in the works. A few players have reported that a full system shutdown occasionally resolves the problem, but this seems to be luck and not anything that works consistently.

Cinnamon Beard / Bronze Beard

These two errors typically include a "matchmaking has failed" message, and this is usually a problem with your Xbox being unable to connect to the server. Thankfully, there's an easy fix here. You just have to fully close the program and then restart it.

Simply exiting out doesn't cut it, though, as the Xbox One keeps games running in the background. Highlight the Sea Of Thieves pin on the dashboard and hit the Menu button, then select Quit to fully close it down. From there just re-open the program, and you should be good to go.

Opening Journal Error

This insidious problem involves getting stuck on the loading screen or welcome title screen. Here's the thing -- it's not eternally stuck, just temporarily. If you wait six to seven minutes, whatever is causing the loop gets resolved, and it will eventually load, but if waiting isn't your strong suit, there is an official resolution to this problem on the PC edition.

To fix the opening journal/stuck on loading screen bug, tap the "Windows" and "I" keys simultaneously to pull up the Settings menu. Click the "Time And Language" option, and then navigate to the "Region & language" tab. Change the default language to English (United States) and the location to United States, then restart your computer.

It isn't clear why this particular time and language issue is causing the problem, but at least there's an easy fix!

 Changing Language And Region Options

Have you come across any other Sea Of Thieves launch issues or gotten hit with "matchmaking has failed" or "services unavailable" error messages? Let us know what loading screen issues you are experiencing, and we'll find a fix for you!

Does PUBG Mobile Have Controller Support? Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:38:38 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Does PUBG Mobile have controller support? Yes ... kind of. Controller support for the mobile battle royale hit is complicated.

The official word from Tencent and Bluehole is that controllers aren't officially supported by PUBG Mobile on any device, whether that device be Android- or iOS-based. You can connect a controller and move around using the analog sticks, but that's about it. You won't be able to shoot or pick up items. 

However, some resourceful Android users have found a way around the issue by using rooted devices. As of this writing, the method seems to work just fine, but it could be patched out, so keep that in mind. 

Note: If you're playing PUBG Mobile on an iOS device, the method below won't work as of this writing ... mainly because we all know that Apple products can be difficult. 

PUBG Mobile Controller Support for Android 

First, you'll need to take screenshots of PUBG Mobile's controls so you can properly map them later on. This can literally be any screen that shows all of PUBG Mobile's controls, such as the screenshot below: 

PUBG Mobile in-game Controls Screen

Once you've done that, make sure your Android device is rooted and that you've got a USB to OTG adapter and a Dualshock 3 or Dualshock 4 controller. Finally, you'll need to buy the Sixaxis Controller App for $2.49 from the Google Play Store

After you've downloaded the Sixaxis Controller App and connected your Dualshock to your Android device via the OTG adapter, pair the controller to the device by clicking "Pair Controller." 

Once you've done that, you'll need to disconnect the Dualshock from the device and press the PS button to turn the controller on. Your device should now recognize the controller. Next, go into the Sixaxis App's settings and follow this path: Settings > Touch Emulator > Edit Profile. 

When you're presented with the white screen that says "Double Tap for Menu," double tap to open your device's menu and select the photo of PUBG Mobile's controls you took when we started. 

Make sure the picture is right-side up and choose "Add Button" to open a menu of all assignable buttons. Choose the button you want to assign, and when the menu closes, drag that button to the control point you want to assign. 

Save, and you're done. Unfortunately, you'll have to open the "Add Button" menu every time you want to assign a new control point, so keep in mind what buttons you've already used. 


This method of using a controller with an Android device should also work for a lot of other games on the Google Play Store -- so experiment and see what works!  

Thanks to Youtuber Kimmy's Portal for the tips on how to play PUBG Mobile with a controller. And stay tuned to GameSkinny for more PUBG Mobile guides.

FFXIV Eureka Complete Gear Guide Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:18:00 -0400 Sergey_3847

The latest patch 4.25 for Final Fantasy XIV has introduced a new dungeon, "Eureka Anemos." Eureka is basically a large island located in the deep ocean off the Far East that is designed to accommodate up to 144 players at once.

Players now have the chance to gather up and fight through hordes of elemental monsters and get some amazing new gear. If you want to know what type of gear is available on Eureka and how to unlock it, then follow our quick guide below.

Eureka Anemos Gear in Final Fantasy XIV

Yellow-clad FFXIV character wielding Eureka Anemos gear

In order to get the Anemos gear in FF14, you need to have in possession a piece of Antiqued gear and a certain number of Protean and Anemos crystals. This means that Anemos gear is basically the same Antiqued gear but dyable and with an additional glow to it.

If you don't have the Antiqued gear yet, then you need to reach level 70 and take it from the coffer obtained from your job quest.

Gear Requirement
Weapon (ilvl 335) Antiqued Weapon + 100 Protean Crystals
Weapon +1 (ilvl 340) Weapon (ilvl 335) + 400 Protean Crystals
Weapon +2 (ilvl 345) Weapon +1 (ilvl 340) + 800 Protean Crystals
Anemos Weapon (ilvl 355) Weapon +2 (ilvl 345) + 300 Anemos Crystals
Head (ilvl 335) Antiqued Head + 50 Protean Crystals
Head +1 (ilvl 340) Head (ilvl 335) + 150 Protean Crystals
Head +2 (ilvl 345) Head +1 (ilvl 340) + 400 Protean Crystals
Anemos Head (ilvl 350) Head +2 (ilvl 345) + 150 Anemos Crystals
Body (ilvl 335) Antiqued Body + 50 Protean Crystals
Body +1 (ilvl 340) Body (ilvl 335) + 150 Protean Crystals
Body +2 (ilvl 345) Body +1 (ilvl 340) + 400 Protean Crystals
Anemos Body (ilvl 350) Body +2 (ilvl 345) + 150 Anemos Crystals
Gloves (ilvl 335) Antiqued Gloves + 50 Protean Crystals
Gloves +1 (ilvl 340) Gloves (ilvl 335) + 150 Protean Crystals
Gloves +2 (ilvl 345) Gloves +1 (ilvl 340) + 400 Protean Crystals
Anemos Gloves (ilvl 350) Gloves +2 (ilvl 345) + 150 Anemos Crystals
Pants (ilvl 335) Antiqued Pants + 50 Protean Crystals
Pants +1 (ilvl 340) Pants (ilvl 335) + 150 Protean Crystals
Pants +2 (ilvl 345) Pants +1 (ilvl 340) + 400 Protean Crystals
Anemos Pants (ilvl 350) Pants +2 (ilvl 345) + 150 Anemos Crystals
Shoes (ilvl 335) Antiqued Shoes + 50 Protean Crystals
Shoes +1 (ilvl 340) Shoes (ilvl 335) + 150 Protean Crystals
Shoes +2 (ilvl 345) Shoes +1 (ilvl 340) + 400 Protean Crystals
Anemos Shoes (ilvl 350) Shoes +2 (ilvl 345) + 150 Anemos Crystals



That is all you need to know about the Eureka Anemos gear, and for more Final Fantasy 14 guides at GameSkinny, check out the links below:

Kirby Star Allies: Tips for Beating The Ultimate Choice on Soul Melter Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:09:41 -0400 Felicia Miranda

Beating The Ultimate Choice on Soul Melter is quite the feat, considering it’s the most challenging level of difficulty in Kirby Star Allies. Bosses are more difficult, health is reduced by half, and the healing items in the rest area aren’t as restorative as they are in previous difficulties. That said, there are plenty of ways to approach this mode. What might work for someone else might not work for you, and vice versa, but we’ll be providing a list of tips that are popular among the Kirby Star Allies community and have worked really well for us.

Ability Tips for Soul Melter

Whether you’re playing with CPUs or alone, chances are you’re going to be dealing out the majority of the damage. This is why choosing the right copy ability for Kirby makes all the difference. You’ll typically have better results when you fight with abilities that you’re comfortable with, but there are a few among the community that are popular to use.

Stone is often used due to its high defense, Staff/Hammer for great damage output, and Water/Spark for their range. Whatever ability you choose, make sure you have someone on your team that can heal because chances are, you won’t get too far without it.

Tips for Choosing the Best Team

Speaking of teams, Allies are super important (duh) in Kirby Star Allies. This is particularly so when playing on Soul Melter. Playing alongside CPUs is a popular choice, and the most commonly seen seem to be a combination of King Dedede, Vividria, Chef Kawasaki, Driblee, Meta Knight, Plugg, and Bonkers.

Kawasaki and Vividria can provide healing to your team, however small of an amount it may be. King Dedede, Plugg, Bonkers, Driblee, and Meta Knight are great offensive allies due to their incredibly useful abilities.

Additional Tips

Always consider your strengths and weaknesses and how they might play into your battles. If you’re not so great at defense, opt for a team that focuses on healing, and choose an ability that deals damage from afar. Contrarily, If you’re great at defense, close-range abilities with heavy damage output might be a good fit for you. Try different things and see what works best!

We hope these tips help you along your journey to beat The Ultimate Choice on Soul Melter. Make sure to check out more of our Kirby Star Allies guides, and if you have any additional tips, feel free to leave a comment below.

7 Tips & Tricks for The Sims Mobile Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:47:25 -0400 Will Phillips

Overall, The Sims Mobile is a pretty simple game. However, that doesn't mean there aren't some tips and tricks that will make your time playing the game all the more enjoyable. So here are seven things that I found made my time with the game easier.

1. You Can Get Free Stamina

Cupcakes aren't the only way to replenish your stamina. Sleeping in your bed, hopping in the shower, or even taking a wee in The Sims Mobile will give you some much-needed stamina points. However, they do take time to charge unless you cough up some SimCash.

A Sim considers taking a nap to restore stamina in The Sims Mobile

Side Note: While you may have to wait to use these methods of replenishing stamina to your current Sim, all of your other Sims can still do them. But of course, they will have to wait to use them again as well.

2. Do Two Stamina Tasks Instead of Just One

When trying to use your stamina up as quickly as possible, always go for the options that use more stamina and grant more points. Usually 1- or 2-stamina options are what's available. Using the 2-stamina option gets twice the amount of work done in the same amount of time, so there is no real reason to use a 1-stamina option unless it’s the only option available.

An option to perform an activity that requires two stamina in The Sims Mobile

I do recommend checking out the different character animations for the different options, but if you're trying to get things done as quickly as possible, this is the way to go.

3. Do Not Cook or Make Coffee

It might seem counterintuitive, but doing the cooking options at career events like the coffee shop and the restaurant is an inefficient use of stamina too. You have to first make the dish and then present it to customers. This is doing two separate tasks for 20 points. It doesn't necessarily hurt you, but it's just not the fastest choice when there are options to just use 2 stamina to get 20 points. Though once again, sometime's it's your only option.


4. Kill Two Jobs with One Phone

In certain locations, it's possible to zoom out and do two career events at once, such as with the restaurant and fashion buildings. Doing so allows you to start a task with one, and while one Sim takes the time to complete the task, you can simply start a task with your other Sim. So instead of wasting time watching your Sim do its animation, you are using that time to do double the amount of work!

Buildings in which you can perform multiple tasks in The Sims Mobile

5. Sleep Is for the Rich

Always make sure that all of your Sims are doing an event before you log off. They can complete events on their own, so letting them loiter around is simply a waste. Ideally, you would also want to use all of your stamina before you go, but this is not as significant as the last point.

A Sim working behind the counter in The Sims Mobile

6. Wait Before Taking Risky Actions

While the game may present you with the opportunity to take a risky action early in your shift, you may want to wait a little while before taking it. The more actions your Sims perform, the more confident they become. You'll know when they're ready to take actions after seeing one or two of these pop up.

A Sim letting you know that his confidence is boosted

And they'll let you know when they're ready to take a risky action when you see this pop up.

A really confident Sim

Now, of course, you're your own person and can play as risky as you would like, but waiting to gain some confidence can make a difference.

Risk and reward meters in The Sims Mobile

7. More Customization in the Character Creation

It's easy to miss, but there is a pen icon that pops up when changing your Sim's appearance. Clicking it will give you a tool to give you better control over changing your Sim's different body features. 

A Sim getting her hair customized

A Sim having her head width and length altered in The Sims Mobile

That pretty much covers it. These were some of the things that I thought would be useful nuggets of knowledge to carry with you next time you play The Sims Mobile. I hope you find these as helpful as I did, and be sure to check out our other guides to The Sims Mobile!

Kirby Star Allies: All Secret HAL Rooms Guide Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:52:53 -0400 Felicia Miranda

Kirby Star Allies has three secret HAL rooms which, for those who are unfamiliar, are hidden Easter eggs commonly found in many of the Kirby games. These locations are incredibly hard to find, and it’s quite possible to have played plenty of Kirby titles without having ever seen one. Despite their elusive nature, you will know you’ve found one by the giant HAL letters composed of Star Blocks in the middle of the room. These rooms contain anything from Stars and 1-Ups to puzzle pieces and special powers not found throughout the normal areas of the game, and we’re here to show you just where to find them in Kirby Star Allies.

HAL Room Location 1

The first HAL room can be found in Fruity Forest in Dream Land. You’ll find it right around the end of the level, before the boss battle with Whispy Woods. The last room before the fight has two wooden platforms connected by two ladders. Drop down and walk until you reach the three-step hill that precurses the area where the boss battle starts. Walk up to but not past the third tree after the hill. There’s an invisible switch here that opens the doorway to the HAL room. Take care not to walk past the tree or you will initiate the boss fight. Head back to the platform where the beginning of the room is, and a doorway will be there. This will take you to your first HAL room.

HAL Room Location 2

The second HAL room resides in Heavenly Hall in Jambastion. This is the last level in Jambastion, and it contains a boss battle, so make sure you’re prepared for that. After the fight, you’ll team up with your allies and use various Friend abilities to escape. The last ability is the Friend Star, and this will be the one you use to find the HAL room. After a mini-boss battle towards the end of the level, Kirby and his friends will fly upwards through a series of falling rubble. Remain on this screen until you see a small, dark doorway appear on the screen. This will take some time, so be patient! Enter through the doorway, and it will lead into the secret HAL room.

HAL Room Location 3

The third HAL room is located in the Jambandra Base in Far-Flung Starlight Heroes. This is the last world in Kirby Star Allies so if you haven’t reached this point yet, no worries. At least you’ll be prepared to find the room ahead of time. The entrance to the secret HAL room is near the end of the level, in the same area that you’ll find the golden goal post. Instead of heading inside the post, float all the way up until you see a small, yellow star shining in the middle of a purple X-shaped opening in the background. Press up on the star, and it’ll take you to the secret HAL room.

For some visual context, the video above from AbdallahSmash026 does a great job of showing where all the different HAL room locations are. This also concludes our guide for finding all three of the secret HAL rooms. Make sure to check back for more how-tos, tips, and guides on Kirby Star Allies.
Fortnite Blitz Mode (Limited Time Event) Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:05:37 -0400 Ty Arthur

Now that the frenzied Battle Royale segment of Fortnite has made it to mobile (well, for iOS users anyway), a celebration is underway with a whole new limited-time mode that feels tailor-made for quick sessions on the phone.

The freshly released Fortnite Blitz mode ups the stakes and decreases the time of these already quick matches, forcing a hard cap of 15 minutes and changing up some of the mechanics to force faster confrontations.

If you love the feel of a Battle Royale match but want to pick up better loot faster and rack up the kills at lightning speed, this is the Season 3 mode you want to try out this week!

Update screen indicating that blitz mode is now available in Fortnite Season 3 gets even faster with Blitz Mode!

Blitz Squads in Fortnite's Limited Time Mode

You've got to switch to squads in the Battle Royale mode selector to take advantage of the Blitz limited time event, which isn't available in solo or duo modes.

The biggest difference with Blitz is that the storm immediately starts shrinking and doesn't stop throughout the course of the game, rather than closing in at regular intervals like in a standard match. There's much less time to explore areas on the edge of the map, and trying to pick up any of the weekly challenges will be a lot more difficult in Blitz.

Because you will be herded in closer together at a much faster rate, there is a much higher loot spawn rate, with chests appearing much more frequently in all the usual locations. Rare and higher equipment also spawn more often in those chests, so you will get better gear right away. Likewise, supply drops land much more quickly so you are always well outfitted.

Furthermore, all players harvest at twice the normal speed during a Fortnite Blitz squads match, so it won't take nearly as long to gather the resources to build structures. At the same time, building and camping isn't nearly as viable an option, since the storm shrinks at such a rate that you won't be able to stick around for long. Finally, launch pads spawn more often, so be on the lookout for players in the air!

Essentially, everything is in fast forward here with a Blitz match. All the standard ideas for victory apply, except that the focus will be less on stealth and more on getting an awesome weapon quickly and then taking down everyone fleeing the storm.

The typical psychological games like closing building doors behind you become less important in Blitz mode ... unless you are using the remote explosive C4 that was just added to the game. Since there's so much good loot to be found in Blitz mode, dropping some remote explosives next to a chest -- and then leaving the chest untouched -- is a sneaky and devious new way to get a kill.

Just hang out nearby (from above, if possible, for a good sniping vantage point) and wait for someone to walk in, then hit detonate. They might survive the remote explosive blast, but they will at least be weakened and easy to take out with a few shots as they run out of the building.

Screen showing selecting Blitz! (Squads) mode in Fortnite 

Selecting Fortnite Blitz Squads Mode

How are you liking the limited time Blitz squads mode, and do you have any tips and tricks for quick victory in this ultra-fast match type to share? Let us know your strategy for a quick win below!

Need help completing any other Fortnite Season 3 content? Check out our other latest Fortnite guides below, and stay tuned for more Week 4 guides coming soon!

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom Launch Trailer Released Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:26:07 -0400 Zach Hunt

Leading up to this Friday's Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom release, Bandai Namco has unveiled the soon-to-be-released JRPG's launch trailer. Fans of the first game will feel right at home with the gorgeous color palette, sweeping score, and ominous foreshadowing showcased throughout the two-minute trailer.

While the famed Studio Ghibli is not directly involved with Ni No Kuni II (as it was with the first game, Wrath of the White Witch), the Ghibli inspiration is absolutely evident throughout the trailer, portions of which look as if they could've been pulled directly from Hayao Miyazaki's sketchbook. 

So what are your thoughts? Does this trailer have you even more excited to venture back into Ding Dong Dell? Our own reviewer found Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom to be "an immensely satisfying and fun game," and if this trailer is any indication, she won't be alone in proclaiming so.


Ghost of a Tale - Thief Tunic Guide Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:57:49 -0400 Ty Arthur

Every good thief needs a proper set of equipment, and in Ghost of a Tale, that means finding new costume sets to increase your stats and make it harder for rat guards to spot you!

Guard costumes, pirate costumes, and more are ready and waiting to be discovered if you fully explore the game world. One of the best in terms of pure stats is easily the thief costume, which consists of five components scattered around the keep.

Stats screen in Ghost of a Tale Checking the stats on the Thief Mask (special thanks to Brascus for the screenshot)

Ghost of a Tale Thief Costume

The thief's tunic once belonged to the legendary burglar Tulong, and finding all the parts to this costume will be required to complete the Dwindling Height's Keep quest named A Thief's Renown.

Disguising yourself as the famous thief hero of folklore will modify your stamina, health, resistance, and powers of perception for as long as the costume is worn. Below we cover all five locations of the thief costume components.

Thief's Boots Location

To find the boots of this ultra-stealthy thief outfit, head to the courtyard area of Dwindling Heights Keep and look for the cell where you talk to the prisoner mouse Gusto and his sister Fatale. Head over to the cell next to theirs and look for a conspicuous barrel next to a wall.

Move the barrel over to discover a hidden passageway into a new area. Head inside the passage and take a left, then run all the way to the back to discover the boots inside a chest near the wall.

A chest is softly illuminated by a burning candle in Ghost of a Tale Finding the Thief Boots (thanks to FlukeRogi for the screenshot)

Thief's Tunic Location

The main chest segment of the thief costume is found on a high ledge in the harbour area, but before you can get here, you first need to clear the rocks at the top of the armory stairwell. If you haven't gotten that far in the story yet, then the tunic will have to wait.

You can find the tunic by jumping off the bridge onto a ledge where the chest is hidden (this is easy to spot if you come down the stairs from the far tower). If you go through the building with the bed and a trap door, turn right as you exit onto the bridge, and you should see the ledge path you can jump on.

A dimly lit chamber that houses the thief tunic Finding the Thief Tunic

Thief's Mask Location

The mask piece of this costume isn't far from the boots location. From Gusto and Fatale's cell, head across the courtyard to the steps leading up. Climb up the stairs to find a room with a chest where the mask is hiding.

 Finding The Thief Mask

Thief's Hat Location

The hat portion of this costume is located in the catacombs area. You are looking for a tight ledge with a blue, burning light and a skeleton. The hat is right there between them.

A mouse finding the thief hat in Ghost of a Tale Finding the Thief Hat

Thief's Belt Location

To find the final piece of the Ghost of a Tale thief costume, head back into the courtyard area of Dwindling Height's Keep and look for the war room with the fireplace and the large table. The thief belt is in the chest in the small recessed area in the back of the room. The keys for the room are found on top of the cupboard near the balcony steps.

a recessed area in Ghost of a Tale that houses the thief belt Finding The Thief Belt

You've now got the full thief costume and are ready to sneak quiet as a shadow across the keep without getting spotted by those nefarious rat guards! Need help with any other part of this stealth-action RPG? Check out our other Ghost of a Tale walkthroughs below:

Ghost of a Tale Footlocker Key Location Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:58:13 -0400 Ty Arthur

Stealthy (and adorable) mouse hijinks abound in Ghost of a Tale, taking the Thief or Hitman style of gameplay and adding in a Redwall-esque graphical style with mice and rats.

A clever mouse will get his hands on keys to reach new areas or open locked chests while doing all that skulking around in shadows, but some of those keys are more successfully hidden than others.

The key to Silas' footlocker is one such helpful object that seems to be consistently overlooked by new players, but once you know where to look, you absolutely can't miss it (and will wonder how you didn't see it in the first place).

Looking for the sewer key and can't figure out how to open the sewer gate instead? Check out our full guide on accessing the Ghost of a Tale prison sewer system right here.

Ghost of a Tale - Silas' Footlocker Key Location

This particular key is used to open the footlocker owned by Silas in his home at the top of Dwindling Heights Keep during the Secrets of a Signal Guard quest.

If you have been exploring, you can actually see the key before you need to use it when this particular quest line is active after being given by the thieves in the cell. If you grab the key without the quest being turned on first, it will activate the quest for you automatically when you go to open the footlocker.

Where players are getting tripped up is that, for some reason, the quest will include the note "you took the key to Silas' footlocker," and oddly enough, the objective labeled "take the key to Silas' footlocker" is marked as completed, even though it hasn't been yet and you don't even have the key in your inventory.

The key that leads to Silas' footlocker 

The key to Silas' Footlocker

Strangely enough, the key is actually in Silas' room on the second floor (I guess Silas must not be worried about thieves?). You can see it hanging on the wall by the bed, but it's just out of reach. Either use a chair or bucket to reach the key, or you can jump off the furniture to hit it as well.

If you don't see it on the wall, that means you are in the wrong room. Just explore the rest of the house and you'll see it when you arrive at the room with the bed (you have to climb up the ladder and go through the trap door).

A message saying a lock can't be picked in Ghost of a Tale Trying to open Silas' footlocker without the key

There you have it -- the key to Silas' footlocker is now in your cute paws, and you can find out what's hidden inside! Looking for other keys or unsure how to complete other Ghost of a Tale quests? Check out our full collection of Ghost of a Tale guides here.

Kings and Combat! Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom Review Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:08:37 -0400 Littoface

Politics. War. Petty squabbles over land, weapons, and resources. This is the reality of our world, and every era feels like the worst to those who live through it. But what if we all stopped arguing for a moment and tried to get along? Is it possible to live in peace and harmony, the whole world under rule of one kind and wise overseer? Evan Pettiwhisker Tildrum sure hopes so, because that's precisely what he's hoping to accomplish.

When Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom begins, Evan has just been overthrown by a coup from his post as young king of Ding Dong Dell. Forced to flee, he escapes from his home and embarks on a quest for growth, both as a person and as a king. Accompanied by a stranger from a different world, a sky pirate and his daughter, and a motley crew of other friends and companions, the young and innocent Evan sets out to unite the people of the world into one nation.

And he, of course, will be the king to rule over it all.

The Making of a King

First, he needs a Kingmaker — a (usually) glorious creature that gives mortals the right to rule over a kingdom. Then, it follows, he needs a kingdom. But that's just a small setback for Evan and his closest companion, Roland. They briskly acquire the (decidedly unimpressive) kingmaker Lofty and find a spot to build. And just like that, a kingdom is born.

Ni No Kuni 2 is a tale about countries, people, and the strength and mental fortitude necessary to rule over them all with a fair mind and a steady hand. With Roland's political know-how and Evan's energetic optimism, the two make many friends (and a few enemies) on their path to form a kingdom the likes of which no one has ever seen.

While the first Ni No Kuni game focused on a very internal struggle, this time around the stakes are much higher. This entry in the series examines what it takes to be a good leader. It highlights in an exaggerated but effective way what happens when rulers and governments forget that their job is, primarily, to protect the well-being of their citizens. The right to hold such a tremendous power over a nation, as of a king or a president, is not a task that should be taken lightly. In the game's fantasy world, a king losing sight of his role can have catastrophic results.

Even more troubling is the mysterious being who follows the darkness in people's hearts and steals their kingly power. If Evan is to create a unified world, he certainly has his work cut out for him.

This World Feels Familiar...

Returning fans of the series will be glad to hear that, despite the much grander and more mature themes, Ni No Kuni 2 retains the playfulness and charm of its predecessor. Puns abound as the story unfolds with exuberant highs and dramatic lows. Characters and monsters are often adorable or awesome and always memorable, and the ridiculously silly elemental creatures called higgledies are impossibly fun to watch as they run behind you gleefully (occasionally face-planting into the ground).

As the story unfolds, it highlights each character's strengths and weaknesses. Though many moments are grave and serious, there's always plenty of silliness to go around (like Lofty and the power of his… boogers?). And underneath it all is a distinctly fairytale tone which recalls the Studio Ghibli origins of the series: Evan wishes to end senseless fighting and rule over a kingdom where everyone can "live happily ever after."

It's precisely this naivete that makes him such an engaging main character. You can't help but cheer for this honest, kind young man who is really still a child. Roland, on the other hand, is an experienced ruler in his own right. His past is only hinted at for a while, but it's clear he's had plenty of chances to hone his political expertise… and maybe make a few mistakes in the process. His involvement with Evan feels almost like a way to redeem himself and nurture the kindness and courage of this openly naive young leader.

If you haven't played the first game, you might draw some parallels to a different world: our own. Rather than returning to the idyllic 1950s aesthetic of the first game, this installment is thrust into a more modern and complex setting. There are clear allegories to the way our modern world works, from the jarring first cutscene, to "Leafbook"—the world's equivalent of Facebook (complete with status updates, comments, and likes).

If you have played the first game, you might search for the deeper meaning to Ni No Kuni 2. We'll spell it out for you here: People in power are not always just, and those who try to be are often hindered by our easily-corruptible human nature. Evan represents that childish glimmer of hope that maybe — just maybe — everyone can put their differences aside and just get along.

Dynamic, Multi-faceted Combat

The world is rife with monsters, but luckily the game's ragtag team is adept at fighting them. The combat system is a complex juggling act which starts out intimidating but quickly becomes second nature. You control only one of the characters at a time, directing their melee and ranged attacks and unleashing powerful skills. Which character you choose is irrelevant as the AI does an excellent job on its own — it all comes down to your own personal preferences and playing styles.

Each character in your party of three can equip three melee weapons, one ranged weapon, four spells, and a full suit of armor of your choosing. Each melee weapon increases in power until a skill is used and resets the gauge, and players can switch between weapons automatically or manually (or both). Skills take MP, which, unlike in many other games, refill over time during combat.

Players have free reign of the battlefield and can attack, guard, and dodge however they wish. The aforementioned higgledies are more than just comedic effect: They act as powerful allies in battle, whose skills can make or break a fight. Their skills buff and attack, and choosing the right team of higgles is an important part of combat preparation.

This makes for some hectic but fun battles, and the pace is further enhanced by the seamless transition between exploration and battle anywhere outside the overworld map. Further combat options are available through the Tactic Tweaker, which allows players to use sliders to strengthen or alter certain effects (at the expense of others). These sliders are not permanent and can be adjusted on the fly to suit whatever area you happen to be exploring at the moment — a fact which makes combat even more involved and complex.

Occasionally, Lofty throws out a shining orb of light, which "Awaken" the powers of whichever character catches it, powering them up temporarily.

If this absurdly vast level of customization is not enough for you, there are also skirmishes to be fought, in which Evan leads troops against other organized forces in large-scale battles across a stretch of land. These skirmishes have their own rules, controls, and skills to master. While normal battles can be hectic and fun, the skirmishes provide a challenging aside to regular exploration.

Build a Kingdom

Finally, we come to the aspect of Ni No Kuni 2 that many people were probably looking forward to: the kingdom-building. When you finally get around to this aspect of the game, at first glance, it feels like a very well-designed… mobile game?

The mechanics, at least, are surprisingly familiar. You begin by building four main ministries, then you can add onto your kingdom by building and expanding other places, like stores, resource-gathering operations, a restaurant, and other useful things to have in a thriving kingdom. You can expand your castle to grow your kingdom, or direct all your efforts (and money) toward researching cool new things for your party or increasing your kingdom's level of influence in the grand scheme of things.

Managing and maintaining your kingdom costs Kingdom Guilders (KG), a separate currency from your personal bank, which fills up over time as your hard-working citizens give your their money. You can also gather items this way, either to sell or to use for yourself. You have no control over where buildings are placed, but you decide everything else, including who works at which building.

The details are a lot more intricate, of course, and luckily, new structures are built instantly (research, however, takes real time). You can then use your KG to help you in other areas of the game, like using some of the currency to reset your battle point distribution in your Tactics Tweaker.

All this feels very familiar (just replace the "KG" moniker with "Gems"). Does it work? Well, absolutely. Without the need for microtransactions interfering with the game's design, this kingdom-building aspect is actually, well, pretty fun. Like the combat system, it's also incredibly complex and requires some multitasking. It turns out, it's pretty easy to run a kingdom; running a kingdom expertly, however, takes some more experimentation and attention.

This is fantastic news for those to just want to set up the details and let things run themselves, as well as for those who enjoy a more tactical, hands-on approach to things.

The best part of unlocking the kingdom-building aspect of Ni No Kuni 2, though, is the huge amount of new options you unlock with it. Creating your kingdom gives you access to crafting weapons and armor (finally, a use for all those items we've been carrying around and picking up everywhere!), cooking, managing and unlocking new spells, upgrading and cooking up new higgledies (literally), and so much more. The more time you dedicate to your kingdom, the more options become available, and the more useful they become.

Our biggest qualm about this aspect is the same issue that keeps us from giving this game a solid 9: It takes forever to get to this point. The game drips new information and gameplay aspects to players over time, understandably not wanting to dump this huge amount of info on a newbie at the risk of overwhelming gamers. But the result is a slow pace that leaves you feeling like you're still playing a tutorial ten hours into the game.

Music, Exploration, and Everything Else

Of course, Ni No Kuni 2 is about more than just fighting and building kingdoms. When it comes to exploration, level design, music, and every other aspect of gameplay, the game absolutely shines. There are no tedious walks back and forth between locations as right from the very beginning players are able to move freely between any warp point they've encountered, even to various points inside dungeons, from anywhere in the world. This is one huge plus to Ni No Kuni 2, as the unnecessary trudge of travel is gone. Later on, you can even use your kingdom to increase your walking speed in the world map, eliminating some of the biggest cons of many other RPGs.

There are still plenty of reasons to explore the overworld, though, one of which being how adorable the chibi versions that the characters assume in this space. Other than that, there are resources to gather, treasures to discover, and, of course, battles to be fought. Between exploring the main world and progressing through the main and side quests, fighting never becomes too difficult, and there is rarely a reason to grind.

Another reason to explore is for the sheer joy of it. Every location you visit has sweeping, gorgeous views that will have you pressing the screenshot button like a tourist. And every location is accompanied by beautiful orchestral music — for instance, can you imagine Oriental-themed casino music? Because this game nailed that unusual combination for the city of Goldenpaw.

Voice acting is plentiful and as spot-on as in the first game with the English versions really shining since they use actual kids for the child characters — with an especially strong performance from Tani's young voice actress, whose voice is incredibly fitting for the feisty young sky pirate's daughter.

Final Verdict!

The focus on story is still very much present in every instant of Ni No Kuni 2, as characters talk among themselves occasionally while interactions over side-quests keep the charm going no matter what you're doing. Still, as strong as the story is, it competes for attention with exploration, combat, skirmishes, tactical kingdom management, and much more.

This is both the game's strength and weakness. On one hand, the huge amount of things you can do ensure there is never a dull moment. Bored of running around fighting? Pause to craft some new weapons. Don't feel like following the main quest yet? Go pick a fight in a skirmish. The story progression is linear, but the gameplay certainly isn't. In this, the game shines with the sheer amount of content to explore, things to do, items to collect. You can even control the flow of battle thanks to the tactical sliders.

On the other hand, all this can feel like too much content, especially for returning players. The Ni No Kuni fans know and love was a very straightforward RPG with a strong focus on story progression but just enough wiggle room to explore as you wish. Ni No Kuni 2, however, is an absolutely huge game with a massive amount of details, options, and ways to play. It can feel a bit overwhelming, and that ultimately detracts from the overall cohesiveness of the game. At times all the details come together in a very satisfying way; but at other times, it feels like a hodge-podge of ideas thrown together.

Don't get us wrong! Ni No Kuni 2 is an immensely satisfying and fun game, with a ton more complexity than you might expect from such a cute-looking style. It comments freely on the world we live in by mirroring aspects of it within its story. It gives you a taste of power, and an idea of how much inner-strength someone needs to have the fate of hundreds or thousands of people in your hands. And, like a good game should, it makes you feel.

Overall, Ni No Kuni 2 accomplishes what it sets out to do: It's a fun but deep fantasy world with heroes who remind us there is good in the world and villains who remind us that sometimes the worst-seeming people are just… misguided. It could be a more unified playing experience, and the pace is a tad too slow, but in the end It's an excellent game that has every right to bear the name of its predecessor. 

[Note: The developer provided the copy of Ni No Kuni 2 used for this review.]

How to Get Your Free Monster Hunter World Character Edit Voucher Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:07:28 -0400 Will Phillips

If you have any regrets about how you initially made your character in Monster Hunter: World, whether you’re like me and just wanted to jump into the game or just aren’t satisfied with how your character turned out, fear not! Monster Hunter: World is gifting its 7.5 million players with one free character edit voucher. This voucher allows you to change the appearance and gender of your character one time. You can download the free Monster Hunter World character edit voucher from the PlayStation store here.

Orange and green silhouettes against a Monster Hunter World emblem backdrop
After you use the voucher, however, if you want to change your appearance or gender again, you’ll have to pay for it in the future. The exact price or when that option will be available has yet to be announced, but that update should be coming in the next few months.

Note that if you want to change anything like hair, makeup, or clothing, this can be done already in the game for free. So if that’s all you want changed, don’t waste your voucher!

Have you taken advantage of the free character edit voucher? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Monster Hunter World.

Fortnite Supply Llama Locations Guide Sat, 17 Mar 2018 21:23:58 -0400 Sergey_3847

The latest weekly patch 3.3 for Fortnite has brought a new type of supply drops -- the Supply Llamas. These cute things are very similar to treasure chests, but contain a slightly different type of loot, which will appear at three random spots in each match in Battle Royale mode out of 15 possible locations in total.

This means that you will have to check the ones that coincide with the path of your choice, as these 15 locations are scattered all over the map. Even if you find just one such Llama, you will be greatly rewarded.

If you want to know how to locate all Supply Llama locations in Fortnite, then follow our quick guide below.

How to Find All Supply Llamas in Fortnite

Here is the complete list of all 15 Supply Llama locations in Fortnite:

  • C4 -- Southwest from Pleasant Park
  • C7 -- South from Greasy Grove
  • D6 -- Southeast from Titled Towers
  • E4 -- Northwest from Loot Lake
  • F7 -- Southwest from Salty Springs
  • F7 -- Southeast from Salty Springs
  • F8 -- West from Fatal Fields
  • G3 -- Northwest from Tomato Town
  • G7 -- Far eastern corner from Salty Springs
  • H5 -- Southeast from the Prison
  • I6 -- East from Retail Row
  • I8 -- Northwest from Moisty Mire
  • I9 -- Southeast from Moisty Mire

The best idea is to look out for Llamas as soon as you drop down. As you see on the map above, the most concentrated locations are Retail Row, Salty Springs, and Moisty Mire.

There is a bigger chance of finding at least one Supply Llama at one of these locations, so try to land somewhere at those spots.

The loot inside the Llamas is really good, and usually contains a lot of building materials, ammo, traps, and some consumables, as well.


Now you will be able to locate all Supply Llamas in Battle Royale mode, and for other Fortnite guides at GameSkinny, please visit the links below:

The Elder Scrolls: Legends -- Houses of Morrowind Is Set to Change the Game Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:22:51 -0400 Zach Hunt

Fans of The Elder Scrolls: Legends, get ready for the biggest content expansion since Heroes of Skyrim. On March 29, Houses of Morrowind will usher players to Vvardenfell with 149 new cards, all-new abilities, and the introduction of three-attribute decks. What's more, maximum deck sizes of 70 are a thing of the past; with Houses of Morrowind, that's been upped to 100.

Each of the new cards represents one of five major houses of Vvardenfell, and each house gets a new keyword (with the exception of House Dagoth). Bethesda's website goes into great detail on each, but here's a basic rundown from the recent press release.

House Redoran: Strength-Willpower-Endurance

Knight of Gnisis from Elder Scrolls Legends Houses of Morrowind

Keyword: Rally -- "Whenever a Rally creature attacks, it gives a random creature in your hand +1/+1."

House Telvanni: Intelligence-Agility-Endurance

Drain Blood card from Houses of Morrowind expansion

Keyword: Betray -- "After you play this action, you may sacrifice a creature to play it again."

House Hlaalu: Strength-Willpower-Agility

Hlaalu Sharpshooter card from TESL: Houses of Morrowind

Keyword: Plot -- "Plot abilities trigger if you've played another card that turn."

Tribunal Temple: Intelligence-Willpower-Endurance

Vivec City Pilgrim from TESLHoM

Keyword: Exalt -- "Offers a creature bonus if you pay more magicka for it."

House Dagoth: Strength-Intelligence-Agility

Ash Piercer card from TESL Houses of Morrowind

There's no traditional keyword with House Dagoth; rather, these "reward you for having creatures with 5 or more power."


But this is just the tip of the iceberg. With over 140 all-new cards, three-attribute decks, and new abilities to be explored, we can expect to hear lots more in the days to come. Stay tuned to GameSkinny as we inch closer to the island of Vvardenfell in The Elder Scrolls: Legends -- Houses of Morrowind, and let us know what you're most looking forward to in the comments below!

Fortnite: Where to Search Between Vehicle Towers Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:00:10 -0400 Ty Arthur

Didn't manage to get your hands on a Fortnite Mobile friend code yet? Yeah, me neither, but that's alright because plenty of people are still logging into the 100 player death matches on PC, Xbox, and PS4.

As Season 3 grinds on, there are now seven new weekly challenges available for the Battle Pass crowd, including the usual mix of dealing damage in certain ways, getting kills in specific locations, and of course, finding hidden spots that test your knowledge of the map.

These new weekly challenges are now ongoing for Season 3, Week 4 of Fortnite Battle Royale:

  • Deal 500 damage with a sniper rifle to opponents (5 Battle Stars)
  • Search 7 chests in Flush Factory (5 Battle Stars)
  • Search 3 supply drops (5 Battle Stars)
  • Visit 5 different ice cream trucks (5 Battle Stars)
  • Hard challenge: search between a vehicle tower, rock sculpture, and a circle of hedges (10 Battle Stars)
  • Hard challenge: complete 1 trap elimination (10 Battle Stars)
  • Hard challenge: eliminate 3 opponents in Tomato Town (10 Battle Stars)

As usual, you only need to do four of the challenges each week instead of all seven. Below we explain exactly where to go to nab that first hard challenge (it's actually pretty easy) of finding a secret Battle Star treasure nestled between three unnamed landmarks.

collecting a battle star while halfway submerged in Fortnite Grabbing the hidden Battle Star treasure in Fortnite Week 4 (thanks to DooM Clan for the screenshot)

Vehicle Tower, Rock Sculpture, Circle Of Hedges Treasure Location

This week's hidden Battle Star treasure is actually found in a pond, and it won't be visible from a distance (although the landmarks will be). It doesn't wink into existence until you walk very close to its spawn location, so jump around in the water if you don't see it appear at first.

To get to this location, jump off the Battle Bus at the southwest corner of the map if possible so you don't have to spend the whole match running to the other side. This one is at the far southwest corner of the Battle Royale map, so if you don't land fairly close right at the beginning of the match, it's a good bet the storm will have covered the location before you can get there.

That's bad because it means you may have to play multiple matches to finish this challenge without getting killed by the storm, but it's also good because there will probably be fewer well-equipped snipers there waiting to kill you (maybe).

The exact coordinates are at the edge of grid H9, at the southwestern end of Moisty Mire. You will be able to see the edge of the map from the pond where the Battle Star spawns, and the rock sculpture will be to your north on a hill.

There's also more than one watery area here, so you may have to walk around a bit. You are looking for the pond near a shack with a tree on the water's edge. The specific Battle Star location is also marked on the map below. As with the other challenges, remember you have to finish the match or it won't register as completed.

Fortnite map displaying the location of the battle star for week 4 Fortnite Vehicle Tower - Rock Sculpture - Circle Of Hedges Search Location

There you have it -- one "hard" challenge done in just a few seconds of searching around Moisty Mire's ponds. Sure hope you didn't get sniped by the guy lying in wait at the rock sculpture trying to get an easy kill!

Need help completing any other Fortnite Season 3 content? Check out our other latest Fortnite guides below, and stay tuned for more Week 4 guides coming soon!

Fortnite Ice Cream Trucks Locations Guide Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:12:58 -0400 Ty Arthur

Everybody is so excited to jump on the newly unveiled iOS edition of this Battle Royale champ that now the biggest problem in the game is having to constantly deal with Fortnite Mobile crashing!

If you can get the game working on your phone, that's great, but otherwise just jump back on the PC or console version for awhile as Epic gets the kinks worked out.

Whether you are playing Fortnite Mobile or are sticking with the standard old regular edition, there's still some Season 3 Week 4 Battle Pass challenges to mop up before the weekend ends, like hitting five different ice cream truck locations scattered across the map.

Battle Pass Challenges screen with ice cream trucks challenge highlighted Battle Pass holders have a wide array of challenges this week!

Fortnite Week 4 Ice Cream Trucks

You can nab yourself five shiny, new battle stars by visiting five separate ice cream trucks across all corners of the Battle Royale map.

This challenge is quite similar to the previous quest to visit all the "No Dancing" signs, except you don't have to do any sort of emote when you reach the ice cream truck. Just walking up close to a truck will complete the requirement, and you don't have to hit all five trucks in a single match.

While you can find ice cream trucks across multiple matches to hit the five requirement, keep in mind you do have to actually finish the match completely for the visit to count. In other words, you can't just run up to five trucks and then log out without dying (or surviving to the #1 spot).

Ice Cream Truck Locations

Most of the ice cream trucks are found where you'd expect -- in urban areas where other vehicles are around -- but some are more out in the open or even on top of mountains.

They aren't always visible from the air or while just running around, and they frequently pop into existence when you get close to them, so search around each area if you don't immediately see the truck.

By this point, most of the weekly challenge locations are starting to get familiar, as many of the same spots are recycled between challenges. The map below shows each specific grid coordinate, or you can find the Fortnite ice cream trucks at these spots:

  • Near the middle of Junk Junction
  • The north end of the Tilted Towers area
  • On the coast in-between Snobby Shores and Haunted Hills
  • At the northeast side of Pleasant Park
  • At the border of grid D2 between Junk Junction and Anarchy Acres
  • On top of a hill at grid F8 (between Salty Springs, Fatal Fields, and Shifty Shafts)
  • At the north end of Tomato Town
  • Near the northwest side of Greasy Grove
  • At the very far northeast end of the entire map (north of Waiing Woods)
  • Inside Retail Row
  • Inside the Flush Factory area
  • Underneath the bridge east of Flush Factory
  • At the southwest end of the map (southeast of Moisty Mire)

As with the other challenges that force you to take time out of combat to find specific locations, be on the lookout for sniping players, and be wary of someone setting remote C4 explosives near the ice cream trucks! These are two sneaky ways of racking up kills at places where other players will congregate to complete the weekly challenges.

Ice cream truck locations indicated on the Fortnite Battle Royale map Fortnite Season 3 Week 4 Ice Cream Truck Locations

That's all you need to know to finish this ice cream truck challenge! Need help completing any other Fortnite Season 3 content? Check out our other latest Fortnite guides here:

Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam Review Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:55:10 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Logitech's C922 Pro Stream webcam has been on the market for a good while now. Released in 2016, this version is improved over the lauded C920, and it's one specifically geared toward providing pro-quality video to new and veteran streamers alike. 

Coming in at an affordable $99, the C922 has proven over the last two years to be a widely popular webcam: Dozens of streamers use it for their broadcasts every day, and it's easily made Top 10 lists around the web for its crisp video and sleek design. It also helps that the C922 is intuitive and easy to set up. 

We recently decided it was time to take the C922 for a spin and see what all the fuss was about. Here's what we thought. 


Out of the box, the C922 comes in two parts: the webcam itself and a detachable tripod. Both are sleek, if understated, and will fit right in with all the other peripherals on your desk. The point of a webcam isn't to call attention to itself, and the C922's utilitarian aesthetic nails that ethos. 

Looking at the wedge-shaped cam itself, the C922 has a single lens in the center and two omnidirectional microphones on either side. When the webcam is in use, two soft-white, half-moon lights flash to easily indicate you're live. With Logitech's more recent push to incorporate more RGB elements into their products, the C922's soft-white is a bit drab knowing what could be -- but then again, you can't fault a two-year-old product for not implementing more recent design decisions.  

Underneath the lens, the webcam is seated on a sturdy, L-shaped clip which has an adjustable mechanism that allows it to be clipped to a monitor (or other display). When in use, most of the clip sits on the back of what it's connected to. In most cases, I didn't find that to be a problem, but thinner displays may prove a tad fickle depending on the make and model. 

If you find yourself falling into that boat, or just don't want to mount the C922 on your display, then the included tripod is going to be your best bet. The bottom of the L-shaped clip is where you'll find the threaded hole for the tripod. Once attached, you can position the webcam how you want it and lock it into place. 

At its initial height, the tripod stands at about 7 inches when fully unfolded. Depending on your setup, this might work for you or it might not. I found that the tripod was the easiest, sturdiest way to mount the C922, but I also found that it didn't always provide the most flattering angles. In the end, it's completely up to personal preference since the tripod and clip both work as advertised. 

Lastly, the C922's 5-foot cable means you can basically place the webcam anywhere on your setup. It's nice to see a webcam afford its users flexibility in this regard, even if I'd prefer the cable to be braided instead of the usual plastic. 


Considering you buy webcams to actually use them and not look at them sitting on your desk, we're all really here to see how the C922 performs. And from our time with it, we can say it performs exceedingly well. 

The C922 camera can record (or display) video at both 1080p and 720p. However, unlike the C920, the C922 is able to hit 60 FPS at both resolutions, making it a much better option than its predecessor. What's more, whether you're streaming on Twitch or catching up with pals via Skype, this webcam's video is super crisp and clear. 

With the C922's easy-to-install software, you can tweak a ton of settings, too. Everything from contrast to field of view and more has a dial to turn. Even in low-light conditions, the C922 performs very well, taking photos and capturing video that were clear and essentially lag-free. 

Integrating the C922 into something like OBS is hassle-free. In my experience, I took the C922 out of the box, attached it to the tripod, plugged it in, and started using it in the streaming software in less than five minutes. And that's on the initial setup. When you're a streamer or YouTuber, time is always of the essence, so it's great to see that Logitech's made a quality webcam that's super simple to use. 

When it comes to actually streaming, I tested the C922 on my high(er)-end desktop. With an i7-770k 4.2GHz processor, 32GB of RAM, and a GTX 1080 8GB in my rig, I was able to stream Warhammer: Vermintide 2 on Twitch without too many issues. Although I would've liked to have gotten a solid 60 FPS, I was able to get 1080p video out of the C922 at about 45-50 FPS -- even with streaming the game on High settings at 2560x1440. That's pretty damn good for a $99 webcam. In fact, I'd argue it's more than enough for your average streamer.  

Green Screen Effect

OBS Chroma Cam capture dark room

The C922 Pro Stream also comes with Personify Chroma Cam, which lets you put various overlays on your video, among other things. But its biggest draw is that it purportedly allows you to remove your background sans green screen. In theory, it's an awesome bit of tech, saving you the hassle of buying and setting up your own green screen. But in practice, it's more hit or miss. 

If you're in a brightly lit room, Chroma Cam does a pretty darn good job of removing your background, although if you're like me and wear glasses, there are some areas that it just won't remove, such right through the lenses. In a darker room, Chroma Cam is considerably choppier, cutting off parts of your ears and head if you move too much -- or not removing all of the background, such as your chair. 

If you want to look as professional as you possibly can when you're streaming, it's a bit hard to rely on Chroma Cam to get things done. You're still going to want to grab a green screen and go that route. But if that type of thing doesn't bother you too much, then the C922's Chroma Cam works fine enough. 


Right now, this two-year-old webcam is still one of the very best on the market -- especially at its price point. Its popularity is underlined by its easy setup and ability to output 1080p video at 60 frames per second. It works with OBS and Xsplit out of the box, as well as PC, Mac, and Xbox One. 

It might not have all the bells and whistles found in other webcams, but it provides the essentials in a convincing manner. Sure, Chroma Cam green screen can be hit or miss, but most software solutions to background removal encounter issues from time to time anyway (that's why a lot of streamers still use actual green screens). Just buy the C922 and a green screen -- and you're more than future-proofing your setup. 

Reliability often comes at a price, but Logitech is giving it away at a steal.  

You can buy the C922 Pro Stream on Amazon for $99.

[Note: Logitech provided the C922 Pro Stream webcam used in this review.]

All You Need to Know About The Sims Mobile Hot Tub Dreams Event Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:28:58 -0400 Will Phillips

The Sims Mobile didn’t take any time to jump headfirst into its first-ever event! For this week only, The Sims Mobile is hosting the Hot Tub Dreams Event! This event will have players earning *sigh* ducky bucks in order to unlock a variety of furniture and swimsuits.

Three Sims hanging out in the Sims mobile hot tub event

How to Earn Ducky Bucks

There are 3 ways to earn ducky bucks.

The first way is through your regular to-do list. Just complete the tasks as usual, and you will be rewarded with an additional 10 ducky bucks on top of the rewards that completing tasks on the list already gives.

Second, there are 9 quests which have you doing a variety of tasks pertaining to the event, such as trying on and showing off swimsuits as well as planning hot tub parties with your friends. 

A quest dialog box indicating part 8 of 9 in the hot tub dreams sims mobile event

The final way to earn ducky bucks is through completing two events. Both events take place in Market Square. All you need to do is press this icon, then play it out like a normal event. 

a pink ducky indicating an event in sims mobile

One of the events is called Haute Tub Couture Fashion and can be found inside the fashion building. 

 a Sim about to start the haute tub couture fashion event

The other event is titled Spa-Side Snacks and can be started inside the Restaurant.

 Sims preparing to begin the Spa-Side Snacks event in Sims Mobile Hot Tub Dreams

Both of these events can be completed again after waiting six hours, which of course is skippable if you're willing to pay some SimCash. They award 18 ducky bucks each. Like with regular career events, occasionally you'll have the option to watch an ad for additional rewards. Doing this will grant you two more ducky bucks.

Side note: This will be a great time to use your cupcakes to refill your stamina in order to complete the events as fast as possible. The faster you get done with the event, the sooner you can start it again. Given that there's a limited time to get these items, there is no better time to use your cupcakes!

What to Spend Your Ducky Bucks On

Once you've collected at least 50 ducky bucks, you can purchase Hot Tub Goodie Bags. You can find where to purchase them by clicking on the rubber ducky in the top-right corner of your screen.

A rubber ducky indicating ducky bucks

A goody bag is essentially a loot box that can give you one of these 15 items per bag. 

Items available from the Sims Mobile goodie bags

 There are three levels of rarity: Common, Uncommon, and Rare.

 Item rarity levels in The Sims Mobile

Overall this event doesn’t seem too bad. One of my gripes with this event is  that they they put resources that we can already get through other means as rewards. I don't want to spend 50 hard-earned ducky bucks only to get any of these ....

More items available in goodie bags during the sims mobile hot tub event

My only other gripe is that you can buy the gift bags with real money. I don’t think this is a huge offense, I’m just foreseeing myself on the final day of this event, vulnerable and hot tubless, shelling out hard-earned money in a desperate attempt for status in an online mobile game.

How to Get Into the FortCraft Beta Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:18:39 -0400 Stephanie Tang

It's undeniable that while PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds may have been the game to really ignite the Battle Royale game fever, Epic Games's Fortnite has pretty much managed to edge PUBG out of the top spot.

So while there are plenty that still argue that Fortnite is a clone of PUBG in and of itself, it's really not surprising that a Fortnite clone, FortCraft, has also hit the mobile market -- and has even managed to come out on beta even earlier (it opened March 12).

Currently, to get into the Fortnite Mobile beta you need to have an invite from either Epic Games or a friend, but FortCraft allows pretty much anyone to sign up and play.

Using a flamethrower in FortCraft

It also shouldn't surprise anyone that FortCraft was developed by none other than NetEase Games -- the massive Chinese publisher behind four different mobile PUBG copycats (including its most popular, Rules of Survival and Knives Out). 

If you didn't make it into Fortnite Mobile's beta and you're really gunning to bring the fun of building stuff, smashing 100% breakable environments, and participating in massive PVP shootouts to your phone, here's what you need to know about getting started in FortCraft instead!

Sign Up for the Beta

First thing's first! Not only do you need to install the game through the appropriate app store, you will also need to sign up for the beta through the FortCraft TestFlight website here.

(Update: Please be aware that currently the iOS beta is full. You can still sign up on Android.)

(Update 2: Unfortunately for Android users, they've disabled the game on a bunch of devices in order to streamline the beta test.)

If you're on iOS and didn't get signed up for FortCraft in time, it can't hurt to try and sign up for the Fortnite Mobile beta here, which is still open for sign-ups, although they're currently done with this round of keys too.

Check Your Device Compatibility

While anyone can sign up, not every device can handle the game. Here's what FortCraft will currently play on:


  • Requires iOS 9.0 or later 
  • Requires iPhone 6 or later / iPad mini 4 or later / iPad Air 2 or later / iPod 6 or later 


  • Requires Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 or later / Snapdragon 810 or later / Samsung Exynos 7420 or later / Huawei Kirin 930 or later / Huawei Kirin 650 or later / MediaTek Helio X25 or later 


  • At least 600 MB available space

This is particularly important because there's no point in downloading a game that you can't actually play -- and while the Play Store is normally pretty good at hiding the apps that aren't compatible with your device, this isn't the case with the FortCraft beta.

Error: Phone Not Supported


A phone not supported error message in FortCraft

If your device doesn't meet the specs above, chances are you can probably still download the game -- you just won't be able to play it. There are no current fixes for this error yet.

Get In Game at the Right Time

Since FortCraft is still in beta, it unfortunately won't be playable at all times of day and night; in the interests of improving player match-ups, the daily login time is from 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST

Furthermore, the number of new players on any one day is limited to 20,000, and after this is reached, game access is closed and you will be required to try again the next day.

If you want in, you need to get set up (including character creation, which honestly just requires you to choose a gender and a name) early in the day to ensure that you actually get to play!

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on FortCraft as it develops.