Free to Play Genre RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Free to Play on GameSkinny https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption Comes to Xbox Game Pass On October 18 https://www.gameskinny.com/j9dhp/sinner-sacrifice-for-redemption-comes-to-xbox-game-pass-on-october-18 https://www.gameskinny.com/j9dhp/sinner-sacrifice-for-redemption-comes-to-xbox-game-pass-on-october-18 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 14:57:52 -0400 William R. Parks

Microsoft has announced that Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption will be available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers beginning Thursday, October 18.

Announced in August 2017, Sinner is a "boss battler action-RPG" that is inspired by FromSoftware's Souls series and Shadow of the Colossus (with "a dash of anime styling").

In Sinner, players assume the role of Adam, a man "guilty of a great sin," as he battles the "avatars of Sin" (the seven deadly sins incarnate).

Prior to each battle, players must sacrifice a stat, weakening themselves as their enemies become more challenging.

Along with this "level-down" system, Sinner promises combat that is "hard but fair" set against a "dark and harrowing tale."

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for our coverage of the game, including a review and boss guide. 

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Nintendo Announces Switch Diablo 3: Eternal Collection Bundle https://www.gameskinny.com/dhsob/nintendo-announces-switch-diablo-3-eternal-collection-bundle https://www.gameskinny.com/dhsob/nintendo-announces-switch-diablo-3-eternal-collection-bundle Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:02:03 -0400 William R. Parks

Nintendo of America has confirmed that a Diablo 3 Switch bundle will be available exclusively at GameStop beginning November 2. The bundle will retail for $359.99.

The Switch port of the popular RPG will include the base game as well as the Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansions.

Diablo 3: Eternal Collection also comes with exclusive, Zelda-themed content for Switch owners:

  • A "transmogrification" that allows players to make any armor look like that of Link's main adversary, Ganondorf
  • Cometic wings to add to your character
  • A Cucco companion pet
  • A Triforce portrait frame

With Diablo 3: Eternal Collection for Switch, Blizzard's 2012 hack-and-slash will now be playable on two operating systems and five consoles.

Be sure to check out our other Diablo 3 content while you're here, including our review of the original game and a handful of useful guides -- perfect for when you pick this bundle up later this fall. 

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Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 Guide: Fixing Fatal Error Code 897625509 https://www.gameskinny.com/le62p/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-guide-fixing-fatal-error-code-897625509 https://www.gameskinny.com/le62p/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-guide-fixing-fatal-error-code-897625509 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:56:27 -0400 Ty Arthur

The latest iteration in the yearly CoD franchise decided to switch things up on the server side and go through Blizzard's Battle.net service in this multiplayer-only rendition of the series.

Despite using an established service known for stable multiplayer matchmaking, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has experienced a host of connection issues for players over launch weekend. 

Are you unable to connect to a multiplayer, zombies, or Blackout lobby due to the Black Ops 4 Error Code 897625509? We've got you covered with a few simple fixes for getting back in the action.

Fixing Error Code 897625509

Scan And Repair Files

The very first thing you want to do is update to the latest version. An avalanche of patches and hot fixes have arrived since the game launched, so hit that update button first and make sure you're up to date.

If you still get the Fatal Error Code 897625509 message following the update, click the Options button in the Battle.net launcher for Black Ops 4. From there, scroll down and select Scan And Repair.

Follow the prompts to make sure you've got the correct versions of all data and don't have any corrupted files (this is essentially the Battle.net version of verifying file integrity like you'd do when troubleshooting a Steam game).

For the vast majority of users, scanning and repairing will immediately fix the problem. A handful of users may have a different issue causing the problem instead.

Update GeForce Drivers

If you still can't get into a lobby after performing the repair process, open the NVIDIA GeForce Experience control panel (just type GeForce into the search bar if you don't have it pinned to the task bar).

NVIDIA just released a game-ready driver patch specifically for Black Ops 4. If you don't have this newest version, the out of date drivers may be your culprit.

Navigate to the Drivers tab and click Download, then follow the prompts to fix the issue.

A small minority of users have to completely uninstall and reinstall the GeForce Experience control panel instead. If you want to try this step, you can download the latest version of the installation file over here.

This fix can also resolve Black Ops 4 Error Codes 546354288 and 1975752514, so give this step a shot if you got something other than the main Fatal Error code.

Turn Off Razer Software

After updating the GeForce drivers, there's one final issue to check that's causing problems for a small subsection of players.

Are you using a Razer laptop or Razer peripheral, like a high end gaming mouse? It turns out Razer's software is causing conflicts with Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 in a small handful of cases.

Open up the Task Manager by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Delete and then clicking the Task Manager link at the bottom of the list.

Click the Name button to arrange all processes alphabetically, then manually shut down any process with Razer in the name.

Note that while this software is turned off, you won't be able to use different mouse or display profiles, so you may want to hook up different peripherals until the issue is resolved.

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That's all you need to know to resolve the Fatal Error Code 897625509 issue plaguing PC players right now. Let us know when you get the game running again, and be sure to leave a note if none of these fixes worked for you so we can find another solution!

When you're back into the game and ready to frag your friends, be sure to check out our other Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 guides here:

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Green Hell Shelter Building Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/gnycp/green-hell-shelter-building-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/gnycp/green-hell-shelter-building-guide Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:58:00 -0400 Sergey_3847

Finding or building a shelter in Green Hell is an essential part of your survival gameplan. A shelter is a place where you can not only take a rest and protect yourself from the wild animals, but also save your game and continue safely onto the next day.

The first big update for Green Hell is now live in version 0.2.0, which adds a number of new animals and plants to the game, and a brand new type of shelter -- the modular shelter.

If you want to know how to build a shelter in Green Hell, including the modular one, and find the best possible locations for it, then follow our guide below for all the info you need.

How to Build a Shelter in Green Hell

Currently, you can build four types of shelters in the game: small, medium, hut, and modular. The first three are designed to sustain you during the early parts of the game, when you have only a few resources so you could build something quickly, rest and save your gameplay.

The modular shelter offers something much greater than that and it gives you a chance to build a shelter as large as you want in case you have enough building materials and a large enough area.

Small Shelter

One of the simplest types of shelter you can build in Green Hell is a small shelter that looks like a shed. It can protect you from rain, but you will sleep on the ground, which makes you vulnerable to worms.

Here is the crafting recipe for a small shelter:

  • 2x log
  • 6x long stick
  • 9x rope
  • 26x palm leaf
Medium Shelter

It is better to build a medium shelter, but you will need more materials for it. Just like the small shelter it will provide a roof over your head, but instead of lying on the ground you will now sleep on a bed made of sticks, which is a much safer way to spend your nights.

Here is the crafting recipe for a medium shelter:

  • 24x long stick
  • 10x rope
  • 59x palm leaf
Hut Shelter

The hut shelter is very similar to a small shelter in terms of conditions, but it can be built using less materials. So if for some reason you can't find enough palm leafs or lianas for your small or medium shelter, then consider building a hut shelter instead.

Here is the crafting recipe for a hut shelter:

  • 8x stick
  • 3x long stick
  • 1x rope
  • 13x palm leaf
Modular Shelter

Modular shelter consists of four parts: frame, wall, shed, and roof. Each part is crafted separately, and then combined in any way you see fit. The only limit is your imagination and the number of crafting materials in your backpack.

Modular shelter will let you not only keep yourself away from getting wet under the rain but also your campfire, which can be crafted inside your shelter. Also, you can store food in the sheds or any other items you wish.

Here are the crafting recipes for all the parts required for modular shelter:

  • Frame
    • 6x log
    • 5x long stick
    • 4x rope
  • Wall
    • 9x long stick
  • Shed
    • 2x log
    • 5x long stick
    • 5x rope
  • Roof
    • 16x palm leaf

Best Locations for Shelter in Green Hell

You don't have to build a shelter in order to spend the night, instead you can find an abandoned camp or a bed that are scattered all over the map. But you will probably need one in case you want to store food, weapons and building materials somewhere safe.

Safe-to-Live Spots

Here are the coordinates to the locations where you can find safe-to-live abandoned camps and beds:

  • 52W 17S
  • 51W 19S
  • 40W 24S
  • 46W 26S
  • 50W 27S
Avoid These Spots

You can also stumble upon tribal villages that are guarded by the natives. These camps are not safe, so try to avoid them. Here are their coordinates:

  • 47W 17S
  • 38W 18S
Safe-to-Build Spots

In case you're looking for a safe place to build your own modular shelter, then you should be looking for a place which is well-protected by the surrounding hills and has all the resources for food and building.

Here are the coordinates that fit this description the best:

  • 44W 24S
  • 46W 29S
  • 52W 28S
  • 50W 23S

All three of these locations are located relatively far away from the hostile natives, and the last one even has an oasis with everything you need. You can safely build you base there and further develop your survival skills in Green Hell.

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You can now easily find a great location for your shelter and build any type of base you like. For other related Green Hell guides at GameSkinny, take a look at the links below:

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Remembering Bloodborne Ahead of the Blood Moon Halloween Event https://www.gameskinny.com/iwn30/remembering-bloodborne-ahead-of-the-blood-moon-halloween-event https://www.gameskinny.com/iwn30/remembering-bloodborne-ahead-of-the-blood-moon-halloween-event Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:02:52 -0400 William R. Parks

Bloodborne is burning the pages of H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu and drinking down the ashes mixed in a chalice of blood. It is staring at Francis Bacon's Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X until you enter a frenzy. It is replacing your internal monologue with György Ligeti's Atmosphères and living to see the Sun consume the Earth.

It is is hysteria, mania, paranoia.

It is a nightmare, and one of the most frightening games I can recall.

Earlier this year, the Bloodborne community organized their second Return To Yharnam, an event that encouraged veteran players to create new characters and participate in as much co-op and PvP play as possible.

The Blood Moon, taking place from October 26 to November 1, has a similar goal in mind.

"October is here, and the hunt shall begin once more," a post on Reddit states, "and it is our duty as Hunters to gather and rise against the beasts."

Instructions for participating in The Blood Moon are simple and included in the thread:

- Create a new character
- Co-op at least 3 times before defeating the boss of each area.
- Invade at least 3 times before defeating the boss of each area.
- Always carry your torch to demonstrate you're part of the hunt.

But why is Bloodborne's loyal fan-base so adamant about continually returning to Yharnam?

Let us take a look at what makes this game such a delight.

FromSoftware, the developers of this fantastic game, are known for giving player's fits. As with their Souls series, Bloodborne's gameplay is dementedly challenging and endlessly replayable.

At times, death can feel as commonplace as swinging your Kirkhammer (a sword jammed into a boulder, etched with indecipherable runes), and it is hard to fathom someone who is not heavily vested in video games ever completing it.

In Souls, the difficulty seems to focus especially around boss battles, and it is not uncommon to fight the same one for hours before the demon has been felled. Bloodborne too has some hair-pulling boss battles, but the difficulty of clearing between these bosses is much higher. The beasts are more challenging, their arrangements are more overwhelming, and the environment is more punishing.

This increased and persistent difficulty has the effect of creating a pervasive sense of unease and fear for almost the entirety of a play-through. Not a moment passes where you feel safe in Bloodborne, and my heart is racing every time I play it.

Bloodborne puts you in fight-or-flight mode, but it does not reward indulgence of these primal instincts. To advance in this game, precise execution and wits are required, and that can only come with some stillness.

This push-pull fosters an unnerving discord, priming your psyche for the truly terrifying and exceptional aspects of this game; the elements that keep players coming back to Yharnam over and over: the world FromSoft has created and how they choose to tell their story within it.

Bloodborne's world is an orgy of paranormal horror and gothic grandiosity. The areas are distinct and moody, and you find yourself dying in ruined towns, haunted forests, and beautifully frightening castles.

Not enough good can be said about Bloodborne's level design -- intertwining mazes that continually fold back on themselves as you go deeper and deeper -- and the enemies that populate it are continually surprising.

Mindflayers with tentacled-heads; eldritch horrors with uncountable eyes, fanged mouths, and spectral songs; hideously deformed trolls and giants; mangled humanoids, naked, rolling with huge hammers.

Every element feels in perfect harmony and in service of terror, and, more impressively, everything you encounter is drenched in lore. To become truly intimate with Yharnam is the path to understanding Bloodborne's story.

In Bloodborne, very few narrative points are made exceptionally clear, and, as with the gameplay, FromSoft is not holding anyone's hand when it comes to understanding more.

The game's cinematics are captivating but pose more questions than answers, and its dialogue is often so cryptic that it approaches nonsensical. You know that something horrifying is happening all around you, you just do not not know precisely what.

However, the game's story is not illogical or impenetrable, just buried beneath the surface -- in the descriptions of items or the set pieces themselves. FromSoft lets the game's world tell its story, and full comprehension is possible through scouring every inch of it.

The stories that can be extracted from the subtlest of Bloodborne's details are simply astounding and leave me in awe of what FromSoft has built. There is a real world in Yharnam, with a history that goes way back.

The difference between this world and the others that many games so meticulously craft is that Bloodborne does not seem to care if you are aware of its depth or not.

No endless exposition or recapitulation indicates that this world was created for you or your character, and you can float (incessantly die) right through it happily (with a great deal of pain and tears) without giving the game's narrative a second thought.

Yharnam feels as though it exists independently of, and without any interest in, your presence in it.

And herein lies what is so special about Bloodborne: you choose your level of interest, and the game delivers an exceptional experience regardless of your choice.

If you choose to focus your play-through only on game mechanics -- the wonderful combat, weapons, and character progression -- it will be wonderfully rewarding. And if you choose to invest more, Bloodborne will continue to open and reveal itself to you.

It is safe to say that many that will be returning for The Blood Moon have pulled back the curtain and seen the true evil at the center Yharnam.

And perhaps once you have seen it, you can no longer look away.

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MapleStory 2 OX Quiz Answer Cheat Sheet https://www.gameskinny.com/p9cwc/maplestory-2-ox-quiz-answer-cheat-sheet https://www.gameskinny.com/p9cwc/maplestory-2-ox-quiz-answer-cheat-sheet Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:24:48 -0400 Ashley Gill

Each of MapleStory 2's minigames has its own set of challenges to deal with, but none are as utterly baffling as OX Quiz.

The OX Quiz returns from the original MapleStory and its questions are just as varied and obtuse in the sequel. It has questions about games, movies, classical music, sporting events, South Korea, and MapleStory 2 itself.

Despite the huge range of questions, it's really not all that frustrating. It's hard to get mad when there are no consequences and you get to watch others fail, too.

Many of the questions you'll run into for the OX Quiz are plainly localized questions on very specific South Korean topics, such as the island known for squid or the country's dialing code. It even has a question about Princess Maker 4, a Japanese raising sim game that never released in North America but sold wildly in South Korea. I love that game, but the question even being in the English version is confusing.

How to use the cheat sheet

You don't have a lot of time to answer OX Quiz questions, so I've laid out the answers in a more convenient manner.

True questions are on the left, while false questions are on the right and are bolded. This means you can search for a term, see whether it's bolded or not, and answer quickly in-game.

I recommend having this cheat sheet up in a separate window or on your phone. Once you get a question, search for the most important noun in the question here in this sheet. Just scrolling through is too slow, especially considering the number of answers.

Some of the questions are not phrased exactly as they are in-game, so it's especially important to search for the main noun in a question.

More OX Quiz answers will be added as I do more quizzes! I've been doing the quiz every time it comes up for several days but there seem to be hundreds of questions -- these answers only scratch the surface, but don't worry: I'll definitely be adding more, as I myself would like an easy OX cheat sheet as well.

True False
Harry Potter went to the magic school Hogwarts The lion is a herbivore
Romanesque architecture is an architectural style characterized by horizontal lines and Roman architecture types Beauty Street's BGM has 120 BPM
Buzz Lightyear is a character from Toy Story Snails have 2 genders
Tear concentrations show whether someone is sad or full of joy The Maori people stick out their tongues to meet strangers
Greenpeace is an environmental organization Caused by algal blooms, red ocean refers to a phenomenon during which overt population of algae discolors coastal waters
According to ABO blood group system, type-A mother and type-B father can bear a type-O offspring Mario's pet dinosaur is named Bowser
Greece won the Trojan War Captain Jack Sparrow is played by Robert Downey Jr.
 Superman's alter ego is Clark Kent  Co2 is lighter than O2
Spinach came to be known as the king of iron thanks to a chemist's blunder  Dry ice is hotter than regular ice
Metal balls, if heated, expand in volume A prosecutor can issue an arrest warrant
TCP/IP is a protocol related to the internet Eating dark chocolate is health for dogs
Renaissance means "revival and rebirth of the classical art and intellect" South Korea's country dialing code is 81
A perfect game of baseball is when the opposing team runs no bases "Madama Fly" is by Puccini
Go (weiqi) is an official event of the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou Violin is composed of four notes: C (Do), G (Sol(, D (Re), and A (La)
Captain Moc holds a cannon with one hand  Nelph has a total of 3 documents stuck in his waistband
Frankenette can be found in the Neuron DNA Basement Known for its local squids, Ulleung-do is an island in Korea and is part of Gyongsangnam-do district
Metal Balls, if heated, expand in volume In volleyball, the position specialized in defensive plays is called the sweeper
Cats dream when they sleep Japan won the second spot in World Baseball
The Priest can use a skill to restore the spirit of their allies Items cannot be hidden from display
Mountain berries belong to the rose family Christmas is the day of Jesus' marriage
Spinach retains its color when cooked in an open pot The Molten Knight appears in Fort Macaroon
"The ugly Ducking" is a story included in Andersen's fairy tales The War of the Roses were a series of wars fought in France for control of the throne
Cellphones can explode Princess Maker 4 is an online game
In Thailand, soldiers are drafted using the luck of the draw Caricature exaggerates a remarkable trait of a person
Tigers, kings of predators, also eat fruit Ppang is the Korean word for bread and (something about it being a loanword)
A cracking sound occurs when bubbles inside the cavitation of the joint pop In Maplestory 2 you can mail Mesos to a friend
Pressing X while riding a Plucky Ducky makes it sing The Capital of Switzerland is Zurich
Baseball was dropped from the Olympics after the 2008 Beijing Olympics Summer solstice refers to the day when daytime and nighttime are equal in length
"Erlkonig" is a poem by Wolfgang Goethe The strongest enemy in the Cusp of Life is Einos
Lame duck refers to the diminishing power of an elected official who is reaching the end of their term Monkeys have the second highest IQ next to humans
There is a utility pole that can be uprooted and swung around Devlin Warriors appear on South Royal Road
There's a pair of binoculars on Skyreach Pass "War and Peace" is Fyodor Dostoyevsky's work
In the west, the West End along with New York's Broadway is known for top-notch theater Of the five oceans, the largest is the Atlantic Ocean
Toothpaste kills cockroaches You can use pictures of your face to create UGC items
Toh and Googoo are field boss monsters of Whistler Cliffs A squid has 9 tentacles
Spider-man is related to spiders Computers only have two input devices
Thanos is a major villain in the Avengers The Lost Vayar Guardian is a Divine monster
Rice, when cooked at high altitude, tends to get half-cooked because water boils at a lower temperature in higher altitudes The lunar calendar was first developed in Egypt
X-rays can penetrate muscles and tissues, but not bones and metals The Persistence of Memory is a painting of Rene Magritte
 4 + 6 x 2 = 16  3 + 5 x 18 = 144
A person with Type-O blood can donate to someone with Type-A blood 194 nations participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics
The xylophone is a percussion instrument Too much vitamin C causes skurvy
The name of the tribe concerned about the princess abducted from Cherry Blossom Hill is Boroboro  The Prism Falls are 12 meters tall
Jekyll & Hide is a musical whose plot is set in London CTRL + G is the default hotkey to copy text
Moses Mendelssohn worked as a painter  Jean Sibelius is a Russian composer
Just like humans, monkeys have blood types Australopithecus's scientific name is Austriapithecus afarensis
Heath Ledger played the role of Joker in the movie The Dark Knight The Australian Open, of the international tennis tournaments, has the longest history
Uruguay was the first country to host and win the FIFA World Cup  Sunflowers do not have pollen
MK 53 Alpha appears ate Neuron DNA Research Site The Hollywood movie "Godzilla" is the original film
Claude Debussy is a composer from Paris, France Claude Money painted "The Luncheon on the Grass"
The default hotkey to maximize the Minimap is the Tab key "Die Forelle" is a work of Mozart
There is a broadcasting station in MapleStory 2 Niccolo Panganini is a famous cell virtuoso
The United Kingdom and the Qing Dynasty agreed on the Treaty of Nanjing right after the Opium wars The three primary colors are red, green, and white
  The United Kingdom is a fully independent sovereign state made up of the 3 countries in Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales) plus Ireland
  Sonic bomb refers to the phenomenon that occurs when a flying object exceeds the speed of sound
  Pyramids can only be found in Egypt
  Twingos swing shovels
  A VISA is a conditional sanction placed by a country on a foreigner, banning them from entering
  The name of the city where Empress Ereve resides is Travia
  Jabulani was the official ball for the 2014 Olympics
  Dogs have 6 legs
  Tango is a French dance
  Alikar Prison's male uniforms can be washed once a year
   

 

This is certainly not the end for this cheat sheet! More questions and their answers will be logged as I keep getting tossed into rounds. It's just one of the many small things that make MapleStory 2 so fun.

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New Game Releases: Week of October 14 https://www.gameskinny.com/pfcft/new-game-releases-week-of-october-14 https://www.gameskinny.com/pfcft/new-game-releases-week-of-october-14 Sun, 14 Oct 2018 13:22:35 -0400 William R. Parks

Tuesday, October 16th's releases are headlined by Starlink: Battle for Atlas (PS4, Switch, Xbox One).

A third-person action-adventure developed by Ubisoft Toronto, players will explore the space and worlds of the Atlas star system in Starlink, forming alliances with alien races and battling the Forgotten Legion.

Modular toys will also be available for Starlink, allowing players to purchase pilot, starship, and weaponry toys that can then be connected to a special controller and imported directly into the game.

Nintendo Switch owners will have exclusive access to a very special pilot: Star Fox's Fox McCloud.

On Friday, October 19th fans will get the first numbered Soulcalibur entry in six years: Soulcalibur VI (PC, PS4, Xbox One).

This Bandai Namco fighting game will feel familiar to those enfranchised, with its weapon-based battling, but Soulcalibur VI is introducing a new mechanic: "Reversal Edge."

Triggered by landing a charged attack or parrying, "Reversal Edge" starts a slow-motion sequence that fans of Tekken 7 may already be familiar with.

Friday will also see Dark Souls Remastered come to Nintendo Switch.

Released earlier this year for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, this portable remaster of FromSoftware's action-RPG comes with improved graphics (running in 1080p at 30 fps when docked and 720p at 30 fps handheld), changes to online play, and a Solaire of Astora amiibo (sold separately).

Dark Souls Remastered for Switch is yet another opportunity for those new to the franchise to play this classic game, and veterans may be happy enough to play a version with improved performance in the infamously laggy Blighttown.

A full list of releases for the week of October 14 is below.

What are you picking up this week? Let us know in the comments below.

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Tuesday, October 16:

- For Honor: Marching Fire expansion (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
- Heavy Fire: Red Shadow (PC, PS4, PS VR, Xbox One)
- The Hunter: Call of the Wild 2019 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
- Lego DC Super-Villains (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
- NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
- Starlink: Battle for Atlas (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
- Valkyria Chronicles (Switch)
- Warriors Orochi 4 (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)

Thursday, October 18:

- AI War (PC)
- Heliophobia (PC)
- Moto Racer 4 (Switch)
- Resonance of Fate (PC)
- Return of the Obra Dinn (PC)
- The Room (Switch)
- Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
- Syberia 3 (Switch)

Friday, October 19:

- Dark Souls Remastered (Switch)
- Dark Souls Trilogy (PS4, Xbox One)
- Legend of Evil (PC, Switch)
- Soulcalibur VI (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
- World War 3 (PC)

Are you looking forward to any of the games coming out this week? Let us know in the comments below.

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'Tis the Season: The Best Couples Cosplay for Halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/2t0fe/tis-the-season-the-best-couples-cosplay-for-halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/2t0fe/tis-the-season-the-best-couples-cosplay-for-halloween Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:44:09 -0400 Stephanie Tang

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That's all for now!

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Did you imagine Halloween to be one of the most romantic seasons of the year? If the answer was no, you weren't thinking deep enough - it's getting cold out there, and even full-body cat suits get cold when you're walking around in them alone!

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Got any other ideas for hit couples cosplay? Be sure to let us know!

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Another DC pair that will last the ages. Batwoman and Catwoman don't always see eye to eye regarding pesky matters like legalities and their choices in friends (who may or may not spend an inordinate amount of time locked up in Arkham Asylum) their romance is both explosive and exciting.

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Whether you choose to go the iconic Batman Returns route of dressing up as Bats and Selena Kyle like @harley_sinn_87 & @kevindcosplay above, or prefer one of their countless other movie/comic book/video game/cartoon counterparts, I guarantee you will be instantly recognizable by anyone you meet on the street. 

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It's also super easy to dress these two up and down depending on your time and budget constraints too!

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(image source: Picdeer)

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Okay, so maybe this particular couple doesn't actually exist outside of our collective imaginations, but wasn't it just made to be? 

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Frozen blew everyone's collective minds when it came out, and the carpool karaoke of "Let it Go" may have died down (for now, wait a few months), but it's simmering just under the surface. And with no canon love interest for Queen Elsa to be found, the internet went ahead and did it for her. 

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Enter Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians, the personification of ice and snow, stuck forever in the body of a 17 year old. While this is a couple that will never happen for real, it won't stop the rest of us from dreaming!

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For those in the know, make this romance a reality with costumes that are either super simple to put together (Jack's) or super easy to find on the market (Elsa's). 

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(image source: Fanpop)

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So the Overwatch community has a love/hate relationship with shipping of any kind but the dissenters are usually outnumbered by the vastly more talented people who dress up, take photos, and draw fanart, so it's still pretty easy to enjoy what you want.

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This particular game with its attempts at rich back story (that is mostly forgotten once you have anything to do with actually playing it) doesn't really have any canon pairings. You could frankly throw a few darts at the hero select screen and come up with a pairing that will have as much canonical backing as any other... not that the internet hasn't tried.

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Of course, this makes the game particularly conducive to large group cosplays, or even smaller threes or twos. Soldier 76 and Mercy as seen above are a popular pair, first because of character, but also because they are two of the most commonly picked characters in the game. You can also find the officially licensed costumes and props available through Spirit Halloween (along with Reaper and D.Va) if you're looking for something quick, easy, but undeniably pricey. 

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(image source: ACParadise

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Choice one if you're on the hunt for something to dress up in with a pal and no romantic feelings attached -- or at least we hope not, since Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are brother and sister.

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(Yes, there have been some occasional references in canon that might suggest a little too much co-dependency between the two of 'em, but we're not going to get into that squinchy kind of debate right now, okay?)

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While I'm not going to spoil the Avengers movies for any poor soul that still hasn't seen them, suffice to say that Scarlet Witch is pretty much a badass. Always. And you are hard-pressed not to love her.

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Quicksilver is a little harder to appreciate due to his, sigh, lack of screen time, but I assure you that having a complete set of Maximoff siblings is a heck of a way to make an entrance to any party. 

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(image source: Xcoos)

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If you're looking to show off with a dash of real romance, how better than with Final Fantasy X's tragically romantic lead pair, Summoner Yuna and her guardian Tidus?

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While Tidus might be bit of a blonde and a bonehead to boot, there's nothing he won't do to make sure that Yuna achieves everything that she's determined to. That forced laughter on the way to the Mi'hen Highroad will ring in your ears forever with cringe and second-hand embarrassment, but you have to admit that the scene above was positively beautiful and the stuff of daydreams. 

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A little dated, these costumes might be a little more difficult to find on short notice, so you may have to resort to needle and thread if you really want to do these lovebirds justice!

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(image source: DeviantArt

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Despite being one of comic bookdom's biggest power couples on the planet, DC's Joker and Harley Quinn are also crazy, maniacal, and if you really thought too hard about their power dynamic, probably not nearly as romantic as die-hard fans think they are. 

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And yet you can't help it. You love them. Admit it. You do. 

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Whether it's in the traditional harlequin suit and true-white clown skin or Margot Robbie's killer turn as Daddy's Lil' Monster in Suicide Squad and Jared Leto's shiny teeth, there's no denying that you knew these two were showing up on this list, didn't you? 

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The Suicide Squad Harley may have been last Halloween's most popular costume, but these two will always, always be a staple at any con, any time of the year, forever and ever.. thanks in large part to huge cosplayers like the ones shown above, Anthony Misiano and Alyssa King (aka Harley's Joker and Joker's Harley, respectively). If the names didn't give it away, they are best known for their ultra-realistic Joker/Harley shoots, and their prolific con-going adventures. 

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Check out the link below for more awesome photos if you're looking for inspiration! (The photobooth series is my personal favorite.)

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(image source: Geek Chic Elite)

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Is it love, is it friend-zoned affection, or wistful thinking? The fandom is split on just how romantic the Link and Zelda thirds of the Triforce really are. 

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Regardless of which side of the fence that you land, you're hard-pressed to find two more recognizably nerdy costumes than the Hero of Time and "what would it be like if Zelda was a girl?" 

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Perfect for whether you want to insist you're "just friends" or leaving things ambiguous, there have also been dozens of different iterations of the Link and Zelda costumes over the years, so piecing one together could be super easy or super detailed depending on skill, cost, and time considerations. 

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The original link for this picture is gone, but some internet sleuthing has me fairly sure that it is part of this photo shoot with AdelCosplay. Check it out for some more inspiration!

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(image source: Pinterest

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(If you want to get to the real superhero duo action, skip to about 1:15 above.)

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Somehow Spider-Man is in Los Angeles. He bumps into Deadpool. On a rooftop. Chemistry ignites. The Merc With the Mouth makes a move. The fight, the struggle, the passion. The screen fades to black. 

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--Fine, well then how were you going to retell it?

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By now it's pretty canon that Deadpool would love to get in on some of that sleek, Spidey action, but it's also pretty canon that our favorite web-slinger just ain't about that life. Ah, doomed romance. Is there anything more heart-wrenching to be imitated and captured IRL?

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Because, you see, as temperatures begin dropping and the leaves start falling, a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of cosplaying with his lady love.

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Or something like that.

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The above may or may not be a shameless bastardization of Tennyson, but that doesn't change the fact that with the cooling weather, cuffing season opens.

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So whether you want to celebrate your newly minted love affair by showing up hand in claw at the biggest (nerdiest?) Halloween bash of the month, or whether or not you and your best bro are looking to steal the show in your sexy zentai suits and choreographed moves (and catch the eye of the hottest Harley in the crowd), now is the perfect time to get planning. 

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Here are some of the best, the wackiest, and the funnest cosplay ideas for couples on the internet. 

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Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal's US Release Delayed, "Intimacy Mode" Removed On PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/2zet7/senran-kagura-burst-renewals-us-release-delayed-intimacy-mode-removed-on-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/2zet7/senran-kagura-burst-renewals-us-release-delayed-intimacy-mode-removed-on-ps4 Sun, 14 Oct 2018 12:24:22 -0400 William R. Parks

XSEED Games has announced that the US release of Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal will be delayed as they "remaster to remove the interactive 'Intimacy Mode' from the PS4 version."

The PC version will release simultaneous to the PlayStation 4 version with the "Intimacy Mode" intact.

Senran Kagura is a game series dating back to 2011.

In these brawler/visual novel hybrids, players assume the roll of female ninjas battling through a world where teenage girls are being secretly taught martial arts. As players sustain damage, the clothes of their selected kunoichi are gradually removed.

A prominent feature of the Senran Kagura series is its "Dressing Room" where players can pose the characters, change their outfits, and access "Intimacy Mode."

In "Intimacy Mode," players can interact with the underwear-clad ninjas by spraying them with water, groping them, or tearing off their clothes.

"We respect the wishes of the platform holder," XSEED Games posted on Twitter.

Re:Newal is a full 3D update of the 2012 side-scroller Senran Kagura Burst, which was itself an extended version of 2011's Senran Kagura: Skirting Shadows.

A new release date will be available "shortly."

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Bethesda Details The Map Size of Fallout 76 https://www.gameskinny.com/mabko/bethesda-details-the-map-size-of-fallout-76 https://www.gameskinny.com/mabko/bethesda-details-the-map-size-of-fallout-76 Sun, 14 Oct 2018 12:35:11 -0400 Zack Palm

Bethesda released new details about Fallout 76's map this weekend, which is set in a post-apocalyptic West Virginia. With this game being the first multiplayer one of the series, Bethesda is taking a new approach to several traditional game mechanics, one of them being how players reference their map.

The layout of the map is shown above, but here's a link to a larger version. You can already see a few waypoints shown on the map, though there's probably more to explore when the game launches.

Bethesda claims the size of game's map is roughly four times that of the one in Fallout 4. With Fallout 76 being a multiplayer game, the massive map size makes sense due more people running around. It'll take you quite a bit of time to cover this entire map on foot, even with friends.

If you plan on getting the game, get used to the sight of this map as this is the final version of what you're going to use in the game. That's right, your character is going to get a physical map instead of looking at their Pip-Boy. This takes an entirely different turn than what previous Fallout games have used.

You'll get the chance to check it out for yourself prior to the game's release, if you attend the available beta. Check out the beta's dates here and figure out when you have the opportunity to jump online.

There's still time to pre-order Fallout 76 before it releases by heading over to Betheda's main website. The game releases on November 14 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Let us know what you think of not having to use your Pip-Boy to look at the map below in the comments. Are you excited for Fallout 76?

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Famed RPG Designer Greg Stafford Dies At 70 https://www.gameskinny.com/43ufz/famed-rpg-designer-greg-stafford-dies-at-70 https://www.gameskinny.com/43ufz/famed-rpg-designer-greg-stafford-dies-at-70 Sat, 13 Oct 2018 12:20:19 -0400 William R. Parks

Chaosium has confirmed the passing of their company founder, Greg Stafford. He was 70 years old.

"As one of the greatest game designers of all time; winner of too many awards to count; and a friend, mentor, guide, and inspiration to generations of gamers, "the Grand Shaman of Gaming" influenced the universe of tabletop gaming beyond measure," Chaosium's blog post reads.

Stafford created Chaosium in 1975 to publish and market his first professional board game, White Bear and Red Moon.

This game was set in Stafford's fictional universe Glorantha, and, in 1978, Steve Perrin used Glorantha as the foundation of his tabletop-RPG RuneQuest. Published by Chaosium, RuneQuest built an infrastructure of mechanics that would be used in many other games.

In 1980, Stafford and Lynn Willis released Basic Role-Playing as part of the second edition of RuneQuest. This booklet outlined a skill system wherein players would roll percentile dice to determine if an action is successful.

This system would become the foundation for many of the "d100" games Chaosium would publish thereafter, including Stormbringer (1981), Elfquest (1984), and, perhaps most famously, Call of Cthulhu (1981).

This game, based on H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu (written in 1926), remains one of Chaosium's most popular releases and is currently in its seventh edition.

Outside of gaming, Stafford was a practicing shaman.

"He died as he lived," Chaosium's blog post states, "on a spiritual quest of enlightenment."

Chaosium has created a Condolence Thread at BRP Central for those that wish to celebrate and remember Stafford.

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How to Get Specialist Outfits in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 https://www.gameskinny.com/qjwcp/how-to-get-specialist-outfits-in-call-of-duty-black-ops-4 https://www.gameskinny.com/qjwcp/how-to-get-specialist-outfits-in-call-of-duty-black-ops-4 Sat, 13 Oct 2018 09:57:09 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Like most multiplayer games these days, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 knows that winning is as much about flair as it is skill. And if you want to stand out at the end of every match, not only do want to get the best play, you also want to have the best outfit/skin. 

As of right now, there's no in-game shop to buy outfits or skins for your Specialists. While there are bonus Black Ops skins for those who bought the Deluxe Edition and higher, there's only actually one "unique" outfit in the game: the bonus Day of the Dead skin.

If you're wondering how to equip the Dia De Los Muertes outfit in Black Ops 4, it's actually a pretty easy process -- even if it is a little unclear. 

How to Equip Skins and Outfits in Black Ops 4

First things first: Every outfit except the Dia De Los Muertes skin is easily selectable and doesn't require you follow any special steps to equip (these include Black Ops skins). 

Second things second: The Day of the Dead costume can only be equipped to one Specialist. There is no way -- whatsoever -- to change your choice after you've finalized your selection. 

Once you hit Level 7 in multiplayer, you'll be able to personalize your Specialists. This is also when you'll unlock your promotional offers, including the Dia De Los Muertes outfit and the Black Ops skins. 

For the Day of the Dead equip, YouTuber PaRaDoX AgonY has a quick video showing you how to actually apply the costume to your selected Specialist. Here are the quick and easy steps: 

  1. Redeem offer when the prompt pops up
  2. Select your Specialist
  3. Select "Progress and Unlocks" from the Barracks tab
  4. Select your Specialist from the list
  5. Select Outfits
  6. Select the Day of the Dead skin

You can also follow steps 3-5 to select your Black Ops skins and warpaints.

What Happens If I Hit "Back" Before Selecting My Specialist? 

If you accidentally hit "Back" before choosing which Specialist you want the Day of the Dead skin applied to, you should be able to follow steps 3-5 above and get prompted again. However, as some players have pointed out, that is not always the case. 

In the case you cannot find the skin, several forum posters on Reddit and the game's official forum have suggested the following:

  1. Reset the game (or console if that doesn't work)
  2. Play several matches in a row

Neither are definitive fixes, but both seem to have worked enough to at least try. If you still can't redeem the costume after trying everything above, contact Activision Support for help. 

And that's all you need to know about getting specialist outfits in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Well, that is until microtransactions inevitably hit the game and an in-game shop opens up. 

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Call Of Duty Blackout: Essential Battle Royale Tips (Plus Best Perks and Equipment) https://www.gameskinny.com/40mql/call-of-duty-blackout-essential-battle-royale-tips-plus-best-perks-and-equipment https://www.gameskinny.com/40mql/call-of-duty-blackout-essential-battle-royale-tips-plus-best-perks-and-equipment Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:25:43 -0400 Ty Arthur

At this point, pretty much everyone has played a battle royale game -- especially if you're reading this. But one thing's for sure: you haven't played it the Call Of Duty way until you've tried out Blackout mode Black Ops 4.

While the basic battle royale gameplay elements remain the same, there are some key differences you need to know ahead of time -- like how to avoid zombies and properly utilize Perks.

Here's what you need to know before jumping into the biggest mode in Black Ops 4

Blackout Survival Tip #1: Pick a Better Landing Spot 

Blackout's convoy travels a random direction each time you start a new match, and the circle shrinks in a random direction, too. That means you need to quickly find the best landing spots and have several of them in your back pocket if things don't go as planned. 

You can view the convoy path before the match starts by pulling up the map while you are in the lobby waiting area. Furthermore, the map lets you zoom in to see specific landscape features, which is critical to finding the right location.

In general, avoid the big named areas when landing, especially early in the convoy's flight path, as that's where everyone else is going.

Instead, look for clusters of buildings slightly away from the convoy path that aren't next to main roads. If they have clear sight lines on elevated terrain, even better.

Don't discount the dense forest area in the upper center section of the Blackout map. A helicopter spawns on a tarp there. You'll also have plenty of room to hide and snipe while waiting for other players who are sprinting to avoid the closing circle.

We've got a full run down of the five best specific spots to land right here. Those locations are guaranteed to be filled with loot and feature sneaky places to hide and snipe without being seen.

Blackout Survival Tip #2: Look For Broken Windows, Not Open Doors

It's currently standard battle royale practice to play mind games with your opponents. Closing doors so other players don't know an area has already been looted is one of the better ways to do that. 

In Blackout, however, jumping through a window automatically breaks that window. Most of the time, players have to break through windows to make a quick escape. 

In other words: don't look at doorways to determine if a building has been looted or not. Look at windows instead

Blackout Survival Tip #3: Change Your Loadout For the Situation

Except for in the very beginning of a match, you are going to be flush with weapons pretty quickly. To stay alive, switch your equipment, attachments, and perks based on the terrain.

Specifically, switch to a shotgun when you are clearing an interior location for loot, such as a house or factory. Spraying and praying with an assault rifle isn't as effective here as a wide range shotgun blast with high damage at short range.

When you head up to the building's roof or go back into the open, switch to a weapon with a higher rate of fire (and preferably a scope as well). In the open, you want to be able to zoom in and pop off quicker shots at longer range.

Blackout Survival Tip #4: Avoid The Zombies... Most Of The Time (Because Ray Guns)

In most cases, tangling with Blackout's randomly spawning zombies just isn't worth the effort. All it will do is draw attention to your location due to the sound of your gunfire.

There is one very clear exception to this rule, however. A horde of zombies protects a special wooden box that can randomly spawn once during a match.

The box location is marked by a blue pillar of light and is most often found in the graveyard near the Asylum, but it can spawn on any of the five red circled locations on the map above.

The area around the box will be swarming with zombies, but if you fight your way through, you get a random item from the box that is usually Level 3 armor or a high power weapon.

If you keep killing zombies after opening the box, they have a small chance to randomly drop the special ray gun! This is a big gamble, since everyone will know where you are, but getting the ray gun can be worth it.

The Best Blackout Perks + Equipment

In Blackout mode, Perks are random just like weapons, ammo, and equipment. Perks have to be equipped in the inventory screen and offer bonuses for a set amount of time.

While everyone has their favorites, some Perks stand head and shoulders above the rest for their usefulness or versatility. In particular, we recommend making use of these Blackout Perks:

  • Skulker: This Perk lets you move at full speed while crouched, or only slightly reduced speed while prone. Use this to stay hidden in tall grass near the edge of the shrinking circle so you can snipe enemies sprinting to safety, then quietly stay low and move to a new location. 

  • Stimulant: This Perk raises your maximum health by 100. Load yourself up with health packs and use your extra capacity to draw enemies out into a firefight you are more equipped to win.

  • Paranoia: This Perk lets you hear a tone whenever another player is aiming at you. For those with fast reflexes who like to hang out in the open, this may be the best Perk in the game.

  • Iron Lungs: This Perk lets you hold your breath longer while swimming or while sniping. If the circle is shrinking near the river areas, this is a fantastic way to hide out of sight and then pop up and kill sprinting enemies who don't even know you are there.

Besides the limited-time Perks, there are a host of items to pick up that spawn randomly across the map and can offer you an edge in combat.

Like with Perks, nearly any of them can be useful in specific situations, but these are the items we recommend using most often if you can find them:

  • Sensor Dart: Easily the most useful item in the game, this thrown object reveals enemies in a short radius on the map. If you've got these, always throw them into large buildings before heading inside. This completely removes the advantage of anyone lying in wait to snipe you.

  • Smoke Screen: When you aren't sure where the enemy is, or you think one is potentially waiting to snipe as you break into the open, this thrown grenade item is perfect. It will either protect you from fire or flush the enemy out into the open.

  • Combat Axe: This item doesn't change your melee attack, but rather is thrown like a grenade. If you practice your aim, this can be a silent one-hit kill in close quarters.

  • Mesh Mine: If you are a patient player, these are awesome to set at the base of staircase or near doors leading into rooms filled with loot. Lie in wait, prone in the corner, and open fire when an opponent trips the mine.

Finally, there's one piece of equipment everyone has that they forget about -- you don't ever actually lose the wingsuit after your initial landing.

Why does that matter? If you jump from a sufficiently high location (like the buildings at Construction Site), you can re-deploy the wingsuit by holding down the jump button and quickly glide long distances.

This is also great for escaping when you when you're cornered on a precipice or tall building. 

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Those are all the basics you need to know to survive a match of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout mode. Have any other tips we should try out to get to that #1 spot?

Leave your best Blackout strategy in the comments below, and stay tuned for a full guide on every Blackout weapon (and which are the best to use) coming soon.

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Call Of Duty Blackout: Best Landing Spots In Black Ops 4 Battle Royale https://www.gameskinny.com/03v7u/call-of-duty-blackout-best-landing-spots-in-black-ops-4-battle-royale https://www.gameskinny.com/03v7u/call-of-duty-blackout-best-landing-spots-in-black-ops-4-battle-royale Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:11:21 -0400 Ty Arthur

Moving away entirely from the single player experience, the main attraction of Black Ops 4 is Treyarch's take on the battle royale genre: Blackout mode.

As with Fortnite, PUBG, Realm Royale, and so on, the location you pick for your initial landing will radically change how the match plays out for you.

We've rounded up the five best spots to land so far as the player base gets used to this mashup map featuring fan-favorite locations from across the Call Of Duty universe.

Best Black Ops 4 Blackout Landing Spots

For this battle royale iteration, keep in mind that the storm shrinks in a randomized direction each match. That means you want a wide array of possible landing points picked out ahead of time.

When you're loading up in the lobby (where everyone is running around punching each other for no reason), pull up the map and take a look at where the convoy is headed.

You want to know the layout and pick your drop spot ahead of time so you can dominate if anyone else landed at the same location.

Landing Spot #1: Southwest Of Construction Site

One of the very best spots to always check first in Blackout is in the forest southwest of Construction Site, south of Estates, and west of Train Station.

Why go here? A helicopter randomly spawns on the blue tarp in the clearing! If the initial drop path takes you anywhere near this area, make sure to check and see if the chopper is there.

If it didn't spawn, head slightly to the northwest to the top red circle in the image above (assuming the circle isn't shrinking in the other direction) to check a small area with four storage sheds usually filled with weapons.

Landing Spot #2: North And Northwest Of Fracking Tower

When the convoy is traveling horizontally across the map, heading for the big, obvious areas like Fracking Town or Cargo Docks is usually a quick way to get fragged.

Instead, focus on the loot-rich areas very close to those areas. If you bail just north of Fracking Tower, keep an eye out to see where everyone else is landing. Based on their positions, pick one of the three red circles above.

Each of those locations has plenty of weapons and equipment to easily pick up, and they won't be swarming with enemies. Once you gear up, hang out on the rooftops or near the windows and wait for injured enemies to limp out north of Fracking Tower (or south from Firing Range) for a quick kill.

Landing Spot #3: Southeast Of Fracking Tower

This is a great low traffic area if you can manage to land here based on the position of the convoy and the shrinking circle.

At the edge of the area are two houses on either side of the road filled with loot. From the back of the second house, you have a very clear line of sight to the bridge, the river, and across toward Factory and Turbine. 

If you picked up a sniping weapon, this is a prime place to get some early kills as players scramble to catch up with the shrinking circle.

In the event this spot is already taken or the circle is going the other way, try drop a bit to the north in the forest. There's an awesome campsite there where supply drops frequently land next to some tables and a shed.

Landing Spot #4: North Of River Town

If you land at the north end of Rivertown island, there are plenty of lone buildings to loot that won't have as much traffic as the town itself.

That's not the best part of this landing site, though. The best part is then hoofing it east so you can jump up above the train track exit and hang out on the cement overhang.

Players absolutely love to come roaring out of that tunnel on trucks and four wheelers. If you go to the far side of the overhang and crouch in the corner, they won't even be able to see you as you snipe them from above or throw grenades at their vehicles.

Landing Spot #5: South Of Asylum

South of Asylum and east of Rivertown is a small cluster of houses right off the road. When the circle is either shrinking southwest into the corner or east toward Asylum, this is a fabulous place to hang out. 

Not only are the houses rich in loot, but the far corner house has a huge hole in the roof. If you jump out onto the roof and go prone, you have very clear sight lines in all directions for sniping. 

In the event someone realizes where you are, just hop back down into the hole to avoid taking any fire.

These are our five favorite Blackout landing spots so far on launch day. What did you think of our picks, and what's your best Call of Duty Black Ops 4 landing location? Sound off in the comments below!

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Mega Man 11 Review: The Blue Bomber is Back https://www.gameskinny.com/iil76/mega-man-11-review-the-blue-bomber-is-back https://www.gameskinny.com/iil76/mega-man-11-review-the-blue-bomber-is-back Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:15:30 -0400 Lee Forgione

My love for the original Mega Man series runs deep. It has simple yet challenging gameplay, awesome music, and surprisingly deep lore for a run and gun franchise.

The formula hasn't changed since the first game launched on the NES in the '80s, and the newest entry is no exception.

However, despite its familiarity, Mega Man 11 does take a few steps toward modernity. A new graphical style and the new Double Gear System adds some pizzazz to the design.

Unfortunately, it ultimately falls just short of really expanding upon what fans have already come to expect. You still fight eight commonly themed robot masters, take a trek through several stages in Dr. Wily's castle, and then hang up your Megabuster. There's really no march into uncharted territory, either with its story or otherwise. 

A Mesh of Art Styles

The original Mega Man series hasn't ventured from its 8-bit roots -- save for the seventh and eighth installments, which brought Mega Man into the 16-bit and 32-bit eras respectively.

But Mega Man 11 offers an entirely new aesthetic for the Blue Bomber -- a 2.5D look. The crisp HD graphics coupled with a smooth frame rate makes this one of the best looking games in the series, that's for sure.

With that said, the art-style does vary from stage to stage.

For example, Block Man's stage offers a beautiful Aztec-style backdrop with golden temples and old crumbling ruins crawling off into the distance, while Acid Man's stage is a sprawling chemical lab full of spewing pipes and scientific mystery.

However, Bounce Man's stage, for example, is mostly devoid of anything particularly interesting. It's like an amusement park minus the amusement. It just doesn't have the same pop. 

Thankfully, it's only one of a small handful of stages that aren't up to snuff. 

As for Mega Man's visual upgrade, the changes are subtle yet noticeable for any fan of the series.

The most notable tweak is when Mega Man acquires a new power from a boss. Instead of simply swapping color palettes like in previous titles, Mega Man now changes his costume to better reflect the boss he just beat. 

It could rub some fans the wrong way, but ultimately, it's a nice change of pace, adding more variety to Mega Man's look. 

Familiar Gameplay with Some Tweaks

Gameplay mostly remains the same.

In classic sidescrolling platformer fashion, you'll run from left to right navigating pitfalls and traps until you reach the boss at the end of the stage. Avoiding pesky enemies and shooting them into oblivion is key, and unlike the Mega Man X series, there are no secret paths or hidden upgrade capsules to find, keeping the action front and center. 

However, there are a few quality of life improvements from previous games.

Mega Man's dog buddy, Rush, returns with his famous Rush Coil and Rush Jet features, which allow you to spring high in the air and travel over pits and enemies. But instead of having to switch between them in the game's pause menu, they are both mapped to single buttons for easy deployment.

Switching between different powers Mega Man acquires has also received an upgrade. You can now use the right analog stick to open a rotary menu for quick switching between powers. 

Double Down on Double Gear

The biggest addition in this entry is the Double Gear System, which alters your speed, power, or both with the press of a button. It adds an extra layer of strategy to boss encounters and how you navigate certain areas; knowing when to use it is critical for getting you through some of the game's tougher spots.

For example, when you run into enemies too fast to keep up with, it's best to use the Speed Gear, which slows down enemy movement and allows you to pummel them with a barrage of shots. The Power Gear is best used to take down baddies by giving you rapid firepower and a boosted charge shot. 

While using these skills, a meter will slowly start to fill up and when it reaches its max capacity, your power will fizzle out and require a cool-down. However, if you pay attention to the gauge above your head while using the Double Gear System, you can disengage the power, allowing it to recharge faster than if you had maxed it out. Doing this also allows you to reactivate it while it's recharging. 

This new mechanic doesn't change gameplay too drastically, save for putting a strategic element on boss fights. But if utilized creatively, it can help you blast through areas of a stage with ease if you are someone who enjoys speed-running through games.

Double Gear Isn't Just for Mega Man

The eight new robot masters can also utilize the Double Gear System during battles. Some of them will use the Power Gear to transform themselves into towering monstrosities, while others will take advantage of the Speed Gear and fly circles around you while they rain attacks from above.

As with every other Mega Man game to date, defeating bosses grants you special powers that give you advantages over other bosses. So, as always, figuring out the right order in which to defeat each boss will make the game much less frustrating. 

And as usual, the powers obtained from each robot master are a mixed bag, ranging from dull to exciting. There's the Acid Barrier, which basically puts a shield around you and lets you spit acid pellets; then there's the Tundra Storm which will wipe out any enemies nearby with a giant icy tornado.

Each of these powers can be enhanced by the Power Gear, allowing them to mete out massive damage but at the cost of a ton of weapon energy -- so it's best to use the Power Gear sparingly with special powers.

A Mega Man for Every Skill Level

Mega Man 11 also caters to newcomers and longtime fans alike by adding different difficulty options, ranging from "Newcomer" to "Expert Mode".

"Newcomer" will grant you near invincibility, letting you freely enjoy the game and not get bogged down by the more challenging modes. 

If the main game feels too short, there are also several challenge modes that can keep you busy. These include Time Attack, Boss Rush, and Dr. Light's Trial, which involves navigating through 30 enemy-filled areas with one bar of life. Finally, if you're the competitive type, there are also leaderboards to put your skills to the test against players around the world. 

In With the Old, Out With the New

Ultimately, Mega Man 11 may cater a bit too much to classic 8-bit fans, and while there's nothing wrong with going completely old school, the game does take away a few additions that Mega Man 7 and Mega Man 8 brought to the table.

There's no intro stage, no mid-game stage that takes place after defeating four of the eight robot masters, and Mega Man and Rush's rivals, Bass and Treble, are missing. It would've been great to see the return of those two as they're some of the franchise's most liked characters.

Did I mention Proto Man doesn't even make an appearance? It's like Capcom completely forgot that all of these characters exist.

Mega Man 11 is a decent, if not game-changing addition to the series. Although it takes some bits away, it balances itself out by including a few fun changes in gameplay.

It may not be revolutionary by modern standards, but it doesn't have to be. Mega Man is time and time again a simple and fun, pick up and play series -- and Mega Man 11 paves the way for future entries.

Let's just hope that Proto Man, Bass, and Treble make their way back in Mega Man 12.

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Spider-Man, HZD, and The Legend of Zelda -- Or Why Towers Can't Meet Our Lofty Expectations https://www.gameskinny.com/sej9b/spider-man-hzd-and-the-legend-of-zelda-or-why-towers-cant-meet-our-lofty-expectations https://www.gameskinny.com/sej9b/spider-man-hzd-and-the-legend-of-zelda-or-why-towers-cant-meet-our-lofty-expectations Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:20:32 -0400 William R. Parks

Since Ubisoft's 2007 mega-hit Assassin's Creed, towers have become ubiquitous -- seemingly countless open-world games now have them. 

Often used to reveal new map areas and collectible locations, players can expect to scale spires in a range of titles.

In 2017 alone, I spent over 150 hours of playtime across two new tower-centric titles: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn.

Zelda's towers were standard-fare -- clear the enemies at the base and reach the top. Fortunately, I was so excited to be climbing in a Zelda game, the rote gameplay of these sections passed me by without leaving much of an impression.

Zero Dawn, on the other hand, I found particularly painful. Here, the towers are machines called Tallnecks. And they move.

To scale one, you need to find elevated ground, wait for the Tallneck to pass you by, and jump on to it. If you miss your jump, you're stuck waiting for the mammoth machine to pass by your spot again for another try.

And I certainly missed my fair share of jumps.

After these two titles, I was at a breaking point and decided I needed some time away from games with tower-affinity. Then along came Spider-Man, and again I found myself locating items from atop steeples.

But something was different.

In Spider-Man, this task is not centered around the sluggish act of climbing the tower itself. I could web-sling my way there without impedance. Rather, the focus is on completing very brief puzzles at the top and then moving to the next objective.

Quickly.

The deftness of the activity is what makes it palpable, but if the best part of Spider-Man's towers is that you pass through them rapidly, are they really a boon to the game overall?

I do agree that a system needs be in place to gradually reveal Spider-Man's map and collectibles -- there are a vast number of collectibles available from the very beginning of the game, and it would be quite overwhelming to see them all the first time you access your map.

However, if the towers themselves are going to be treated as non-events, why not circumvent them all together? Are they really needed when you could simply uncover GPS caches, for example, or craft an awesome gadget in Doc Ock's lab?

Or what about Spidey-sense?

Spider-Man enters a new area, his Spidey-sense tingles, and voila: that map area and its collectibles are revealed. That would be more than enough for me.

In a game that is likely perched at the top of many GOTY lists, tower-perching for collectibles seems a bit ... lazy. At the very least, tired. 

While I am glad to see Spider-Man transform towers into yet another platform for Spidey's fluid parkour -- rather than obstacles to overcome -- it is time for developers to find a new approach to how their games' maps are explored.

If they reach high enough, they just might.

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Supehero Blitz: The Best Crime Fighter Cosplays! https://www.gameskinny.com/oqxa6/supehero-blitz-the-best-crime-fighter-cosplays https://www.gameskinny.com/oqxa6/supehero-blitz-the-best-crime-fighter-cosplays Sat, 13 Oct 2018 13:26:53 -0400 Stephanie Tang

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That's all for now! 

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This last-but-not-least take on our favorite God of Thunder may not look as polished as all the rest but it's something that you can actually DIY at home without heading out and paying for something off the costume racks (you know the prices are going to be as jacked as Thor's manly biceps right now just before the holiday). Check it out for some more ideas of your own!

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Have any other suggestions for awesome superhero costumes? Let us know!

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All right, you are probably not going to be pulling together an Ultron costume just in time for the big Halloween bash in a couple weeks. You are probably also not going to confuse Ultron for a superhero, not even a dance-between-the-lines kind of superhero/villain like Catwoman. 

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But seriously. who doesn't dream of showing up in a shiny, glowing, show-stealing getup like this? These in particular are by Village’s Hope who partnered with Disney to amp up the crowds at the Thailand premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Even cooler is the fact that all that shiny chrome isn't actually shiny chrome at all, but a mix of EVA foam, PVC leather, and LEDs. Wow!

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(image source: Geek Tyrant)

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Wakanda forever! You didn't think we'd make it through a superhero cosplay post without a little Black Panther thrown in for style, right? 

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While there may be very little point by now (who still hasn't watched this movie??) to hold back the spoilers of Infinity War, suffice to say that CutiePieSensei had some pretty good reasons for feeling like baby sister Shuri needed to step up into her big brother's Black Panther shoes. 

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This isn't exactly a super canon costume that she's donned since she pulled design inspiration from both the comic books and the movie, but between the wicked styling and the fact that it lights up(!!), it is too rad not to place on this list. 

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You should also take a look at some of her other work, including this WIP Starfire (take notes, Titans) and super-stylin' Domino. Super worth. 

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Pull some creativity from this talented artist, cosplayer, and gamer. Get inspired by the the designs that excite you, make up some designs your own!

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(image source: Instagram)

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Can I really think of any one Deadpool cosplayer? (Well, yes, actually, but as much as I love D Piddy, I can't resist the lure of a million convention Deadpools all conga line dancing around the showroom floor.)

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Is there anything quite like a Deadpool cosplay? It is such a wacky, oddball, utterly freeing experience where you can pretty much do whatever weirdo thought comes into your brain and somehow it translates into something 300x funnier. 

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We're keeping it fairly easy to glam up like this in time for Halloween - with the super success of Deadpool and Deadpool 2, costume stores are stocked for everyone who comes in wanting to play the Merc With the Mouth. Why not join the dance party?

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(image source: Geeks and Sundry)

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On the topic of nostalgia, the recent wave of Aquaman hype had me thinking back to Adella's fantastically shot series of photos for her Mera costume that she released last year.

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It stands out from the pack because of her choice in location and also because her son was just about the right age for Aquababy… and looked so stinking cute dressed up with her! (Check out the link at the bottom to check out the full gallery.)

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Adella has been in the cosplay scene for years and is most well-known for how good she looks when dressed up as Aeris/Aerith Gainsborough from FFVII and Malon from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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If you're thinking of filling in these slick, shiny green shoes, you'll probably be able to put together all the pieces for a decent Halloween costume from easy places like Amazo

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(image source: Adella Cosplay)

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I don't know what it is about Australian cosplayers this round, but here we're clocking at 3 out of 3! Kyle Parmley's Captain America is somewhat dated at this point (3 calendar years which approximately equals 10 in internet years) but with the end of the Chris Evans era fast approaching, a little nostalgia is good for the soul. 

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An actor and performer, Kyle Parmley has got a ton of other priorities before cosplay so he hasn't popped off as many mind-blowing superhero shoots over the years as some of the others on this list, but that hasn't stopped him from taking a turn as both Superman and Batman ("MARTHA!") as well.

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If you're thinking of pulling together a Cap costume in time for Halloween, chances are you'll find all the pieces you'll need at your local costume shop or Hot Topic long before you have to buckle down and hunt something down online.

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Pint-sized Mary Jane is suited up and ready to kick some serious Green Goblin butt. A dancer and prolific cosplayer (especially for her age!), Nevada Newman's an official model for cosplay store Hero's Time, and hails from Australia.

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When she's not playing Spidey's redheaded bombshell, she's also sitting through the tedious body paint process for her amazing Starfire from Teen Titans, smacking mallets around as Harley Quinn, and absolutely slaying as Hela from Thor: Ragnarok. It's a tough schedule, but evidently Nevada is in it to win it. Who says kids can't cosplay as well as the best of 'em?

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If you're looking for this exact costume, you can find it on the Hero's Time website, or you can check around for a solid Spidey costume as well. Those are certainly not hard to find either!

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(image source: Instagram)

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Okay, so villain, superhero.. Catwoman straddles that line most of the time. I think that counts. 

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If you think there's something familiar about this face but can't quite put your finger on it, it's probably because you just saw her in the last slide as well as a fantastic genderbent Aquaman. If you didn't even notice, I think that stands as testament to how good she is at her work!

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A Melbourne native, Yeliz (or Just Yeliz on Facebook and Instagram) frequents a number of different Aussie cons, and has pulled off a ton of different costumes (check out her Kassandra from Assassin's Creed Odyssey for example, she's an official cosplayer for Ubisoft Australia).

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I'll also level with you here. I don't know what iteration of Catwoman this costume comes from. This cowl is reminiscent of the worst-fated Catwoman to date (poor, poor Razzie-winning Halle Berry) but to be honest, it was the best part of that ripped-up leather mess of a costume. The rest of it definitely looks a lot more contemporary. Is it from something? Was it pulled together? I don't know, and I must know!

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This particular version might not be the easiest to put together in time for Halloween, but that won't stop you from whipping together something similar from a number of different Catwoman eras. She has been a popular costume for many years, and for good reason!

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(image source: Instagram)

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New York Comic Con has just finished wrapping up, and so has the summer blockbuster season. It's been a smash hit for the superhero genre.. more on the Marvel side of the fence than DC with runaway winners like Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, and some smaller but very profitable successes in movies like Deadpool 2 and the recent release of Venom.

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DC has been keeping its cards a little closer to its chest with only a few animated releases scattered throughout the year, pushing only to make upcoming Aquaman the big DC hype machine of the year. Of course, we can still hope that the DC-led Titans (the Teen Titans live action show that garnered so much fan rage over the actress choice and costume styling for Starfire when behind the scenes photos leaked earlier this year) will pleasantly surprise us. 

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But with the cooler weather and the fall fever starting to creep up on us, our thoughts to more important questions... what are we going to wear on Halloween? (Totally an adult question.)

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Take a look at some of our suggestions, and some of the best versions of these costumes that we've seen!

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(image source: GeekxGirls)

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Yo-Kai Watch 4 Trailer and Gameplay Footage Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/xyh91/yo-kai-watch-4-trailer-and-gameplay-footage-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/xyh91/yo-kai-watch-4-trailer-and-gameplay-footage-revealed Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:16:17 -0400 Erroll Maas

Today, Level-5 has revealed a new trailer and gameplay footage for their recently delayed action RPG, Yo-Kai Watch 4. The footage was previously shown at Tokyo Game Show 2018. 

Both feature the game's different human protagonists, improved graphics from the previous entries, and an entirely new battle system where human characters fight alongside their Yo-Kai team. It seems similar to the gameplay seen in Level-5's Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.

In the gameplay footage, the protagonist Touma and his Yo-Kai team are seen fighting against the Jingeki boss. A new summon ability which allows Touma to transform was also shown.

Yo-Kai Watch 4 is expected to launch in Spring 2019 on Nintendo Switch in Japan. It will be the first entry in the main series to launch on Nintendo Switch instead of Nintendo 3DS. The last Yo-Kai Watch title for the Nintendo 3DS, Yo-Kai Watch 3, will launch in North America on February 8, 2019, and in Europe this winter.

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Rockstar Shares Details On Red Dead Redemption 2's Weapons and Combat System https://www.gameskinny.com/jyfvn/rockstar-shares-details-on-red-dead-redemption-2s-weapons-and-combat-system https://www.gameskinny.com/jyfvn/rockstar-shares-details-on-red-dead-redemption-2s-weapons-and-combat-system Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:59:19 -0400 Zack Palm

You wanted more Red Dead Redemption 2 coverage? We've got it.

Rockstar just released a massive mountain of details regarding the game's weapons, customization options, and additional specifics about the combat system

The detailed weapon page on Rockstar's website looks like a period piece newspaper designed to sell you a variety of different weapons. According to the sheet, there are over 50 unique weapons in the game, and this page only shares a handful -- so there's still plenty of weapons to discover when the game releases.

For those who played the first game, there's also a handful of nostalgic items returning, such as the Volcanic Pistol, Cattleman Revolver, and the Carbine Repeater, to name a few.

The numerous customization options featured in the game grant players the opportunity to put personal spins on every gun they wield. The options include visual upgrades like changing a weapon's metal, woods, varnishes, and engravings, to improving a weapon's performance by changing a gun's barrel, grip, sight, or scope to your specifications.

The page also details how your horse acts as your mobile armory, carrying all of your weapons. However, your character can only hold so much; any weapon you leave on your horse cannot be pulled out in the middle of combat, so make sure you're carrying your favorites when you leave the saddle.

Your weapons can also use a unique ammo type that lets you perform specific tasks or provides a unique advantage. Ammo varieties include Split Point, High Velocity, and Explosive

The end of the page breaks down how the player's special ability, Dead Eye, functions. Much like the first game, this mode slows down time, allowing the player to run their crosshairs over their enemies in small red "x's". 

As the player progresses in the game they will to highlight an enemy's vital organs; of course, shooting these areas does significantly more damage and is likely fatal.

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We're just weeks away from Red Dead Redemption 2's release date. If you haven't already, make sure to pre-order your copy for the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One to play it on October 26.

Stay tuned to Gameskinny and wait to hear what we think about the game in our review.

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More Changes Come to Eternal Card Game Ranked Play https://www.gameskinny.com/86p08/more-changes-come-to-eternal-card-game-ranked-play https://www.gameskinny.com/86p08/more-changes-come-to-eternal-card-game-ranked-play Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:47:29 -0400 William R. Parks

Only a week following the release of Into Shadow, Eternal's latest campaign, new balance changes have been implemented that promise to further alter ranked play.

"The ranked metagame is currently in a pretty good place," the release notes state, "but we are making a few changes to improve balance and to diversify some of the play patterns and card choices among top decks."

This time around, "changes" means nerfs, and they are as follows:

Auralian Merchant: Now 0/4 (previously 1/4)

Channel the Tempest: Now 9PPPP (previously 8PPPP)

Icaria, the Liberator: Now 8FFFJJJ (previously 7FFFJJJJ)

Predatory Carnosaur: Now 7TTT, 7/7 (previously 6TTT, 6/6)

Additionally, 24 other cards have been adjusted. While these changes almost exclusively affect Eternal's draft format, there is an additional nerf here that impacts current ranked play:

Vital Arcana: Now gains 2 health (previously gained 4)

The single deck most impacted by yesterday's nerfs is Temporal Control, a true control deck that plans to draw cards and stall the game until the opponent's soul has been sufficiently crushed and they concede.

This type of play-style can be extremely frustrating to play against, as it often leads to very long, grindy games, and I would not be surprised if Dire Wolf Digital is specifically targeting Temporal Control following complaints from the community.

Full playsets of Auralian Merchant, Channel the Tempest, and Vital Arcana are staples in Temporal Control, and these nerfs will definitely have an impact on the deck. However, I certainly believe that it will remain a viable, if not strong, choice for the foreseeable future.

The changes have splash damage outside of Temporal Control as well.

Since its release, Auralian Merchant has been considered the best of the Merchant-cycle, and the full four copies are featured in almost all Time decks. Channel the Tempest has also been ubiquitous, acting as the finisher-of-choice for many Primal-based control and midrange decks.

Both cards still seem playable, but a reduction in their power level will definitely open up some space for other cards as players begin assembling new decks.

The nerf to Icaria, the Liberator has a broad impact as well. Since her printing, Icaria has been one of the most powerful finishers in the game, and an Icaria on seven-power (or five with a Bulletshaper in play) is often unbeatable.

This has lead to a slew of midrange decks with casting Icaria as their game-plan, and it will be interesting to see just how much the one additional power will matter to these decks.

With this change and Into Shadows' printing of Azindel, Revealed, it looks like Dire Wolf feels that eight-power is the right spot for game-ending creatures to sit.

With so many new cards and changes in flux, aggressively-slanted Combrei decks seem like the clear choice for ranked play. Perhaps the strongest deck immediately preceding the release of Into Shadow, none of yesterday's nerfs directly affect it, and it is perfect for punishing new decks that have not been finely tuned.

Full patch notes, including all draft changes, are included in this post.

Information on the new promo card and avatar included with this patch are available on Dire Wolf's website.

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