RPG Genre RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com RPG on GameSkinny https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 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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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 landing 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 landing 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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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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Head-to-head Competitive Mode Coming to Hitman 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/l13w5/head-to-head-competitive-mode-coming-to-hitman-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/l13w5/head-to-head-competitive-mode-coming-to-hitman-2 Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:13:11 -0400 Zack Palm

Have you always wanted to see how well you compared to your friends or other players in Hitman without relying on a leaderboard? Soon you'll be able to with the new competitive mode coming to Hitman 2. 

Called Ghost Mode, this is where you can gain the ultimate bragging rights in real time.

In Ghost Mode, players compete on the same map seeking out the same target. However, the players are in separate instances. Though both players can see what the other one is doing, they will only be able to see other competitors as black and white Hitman figures.

The goal of the mode is to complete five kills on the map without alerting anyone. If someone witnesses a kill, the point does not count.

When a player confirms a silent kill, their competitor must silently kill their target in 20 seconds or else they do not receive a point. No player starts with any disguises or weapons, and the competitors must find everything they want to use on the map.

Adding another competitive wrinkle to the mode, players can also find ghost crates; this gives both players the chance to get exclusive items before their counterparts. 

Lastly, there are also ghost coins players can find throughout the map; they can use these to cause trouble for the competition. When a player flips one of these coins, the sound alerts guards or other witnesses in the competitor's instance. This can prevent a silent kill from taking place or force someone to find an alternative route.

When Hitman 2 releases later this fall, players will only have access to the mode on the Miami map. However, IO Interactive plans to expand Ghost Mode the other maps in the game. 

The mode seems like a great idea as the 2016 Hitman game provided an excellent way for hardcore players to compete against each on leaderboards. This takes this concept to the next stage by forcing them to prove whose the true assassin real time.

Hitman 2 releases on November 13 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Make sure to pre-order your copy now and get immediate access to the new Hitman Sniper Assassin mode.

Stay tuned to Gameskinny as we get closer to Hitman 2 and check out the creative ways Agent 47 can take out his targets.

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Darksiders III Developers Confirm Two Post-Launch DLC Packs https://www.gameskinny.com/bkon7/darksiders-iii-developers-confirm-two-post-launch-dlc-packs https://www.gameskinny.com/bkon7/darksiders-iii-developers-confirm-two-post-launch-dlc-packs Fri, 12 Oct 2018 10:24:23 -0400 Zack Palm

When Darksiders III launches on November 27 and the credits roll, you probably won't have to wait too long to get your hands on more content. Earlier today, THQ Nordic and Gunfire Games shared details on two pieces of DLC they're planning to release following the game's launch. 

Both DLC packs have been named -- The Crucible and Keepers of the Void -- but they don't yet have a set release date.

Expanding on Darksiders III's post-game, these DLC packs will introduce new playable areas, challenges, puzzles, items, and enemies.

The Crucible DLC will see Fury's skills tested by a strange entity in various challenges. Completing these challenges will give you new rewards and items to carry into combat. These challenges include facing off against mobs of enemies using Fury's wide arsenal of skills and weapons.

The Keepers of the Void DLC pack will take a different approach, where Fury receives a quest from Vulgrim to go into the Serpent Holes. Here, an ancient evil lurks.

In the Serpent Holes, Fury will tackle new puzzles and enemies. If she proves worthy, she'll receive a new weapon and the ultimate prize: The Abyssal Armor. 

You can expect to hear more concrete details about the release dates for these DLC packs once the main game is out in stores.

There's still time to pre-order Darksiders III before it releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 27. Head on over to the game's official website to reserve your copy.

Stay tuned to Gameskinny for more coverage on Darksiders III and your other favorite games. And be sure to check out the game's latest trailer while you're here. 

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Lucasfilm Instructs Poem Studios to Stop Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Overhaul https://www.gameskinny.com/okoc8/lucasfilm-instructs-poem-studios-to-stop-star-wars-knights-of-the-old-republic-overhaul https://www.gameskinny.com/okoc8/lucasfilm-instructs-poem-studios-to-stop-star-wars-knights-of-the-old-republic-overhaul Thu, 11 Oct 2018 17:01:50 -0400 William R. Parks

In 2015, Poem Studios began using Unreal Engine 4 to overhaul BioWare's revered Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Today, via the Apeiron Game Twitter account, they have posted a cease and desist received from Lucasfilm.

Led by Taylor Trotter, a self-taught game designer, Apeiron was being built entirely by volunteers -- modelers, UI artists, and programmers bringing an updated touch to the RPG. The goal was exciting and ambitious, including a new way to approach combat alongside the game's original implementation.

In response to the cease and desist, Trotter said via Twitter, "After a few days, I've exhausted my options to keep it afloat. I'm sorry and may the force be with you."

When questioned previously about legality, the team pointed to Black Mesa, a fan-made remake of Half-Life that has been available on Steam since 2015. Apparently, Lucasfilm disagrees that this type of overhaul is not infringing on its intellectual property.

While players would need to own an original copy of Knights to play the overhaul, Apeiron was to be made freely available to the public upon release.

A long time ago, a dev stream for the game used to occur on TheDigitalCowboy's Twitch. However, all videos from past broadcasts now appear to be removed.

What do you think of the cease and desist? Should Apeiron be allowed to move forward? Let us know in the comments below.

And may the Force be with you. 

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Magic: The Gathering-Personalities Play For Charity https://www.gameskinny.com/m1dkv/magic-the-gathering-personalities-play-for-charity https://www.gameskinny.com/m1dkv/magic-the-gathering-personalities-play-for-charity Thu, 11 Oct 2018 15:17:37 -0400 William R. Parks

On October 20 and 21, Card Kingdom, one of the world's largest online Magic: The Gathering retailers, is hosting The Chalice, "an exclusive charity tournament and a celebration of all things Magic: The Gathering," at Mox Boarding House in Bellevue, WA.

Eight Magic-personalities are set to compete, and they are each raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound in the weeks leading up to the tournament. This organization has been mentoring children ages 6 through 18 for more than 60 years.

Card Kingdom's charitable giving program, ENGAGE, has supported local charities since 2013. Their biggest event to date is their annual tabletop gaming tournament, The Gauntlet, and they have raised close to $450,000 for local charities.

"The team at ENGAGE has a great relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and we're thrilled to use our passion for play to support the impact they have in our community," David Peveto (ENGAGE's Marketing and Social Media Coordinator) told me via email.

The Chalice's eight participants are as follows:

  1. Kenji "NumotTheNummy" EgashiraMagic streamer
  2. Josh Lee Kwai of The Command Zone and Game Knights
  3. The Professor from Tolarian Community College
  4. Michelle Rapp, co-host of The Loregoyfs podcast
  5. Ashlen RoseMagic cosplayer and streamer
  6. Gerry Thompson, Platinum-level Magic pro
  7. James Turner of LoadingReadyRun
  8. Chris VanMeter, CK Products Manager and content creator

The Competition

They will compete in three challenges over two days, and, according to Card Kingdom's blog, the winner will "take home the Chalice itself."

While one of the challenges is a straightforward booster draft of Magic's newest set, Guilds of Ravnica, the other two are sure to throw the competitors for a loop.

In Battle Deck "Auction of the People," the players will bid on eight "Battle Decks" ("ready-to-play, 60 card decks" brewed by Card Kingdom) by offering a reduced hand size or starting life total. Once selected, the participants will spell-sling in three rounds of Swiss.

With Magic Block Party, players will "build their own Magic block by drafting three sets from Magic's history (plus a Core Set of their choice)." Using these sets, they will build Modern-legal, 60 card decks for head-to-head battle.

To complicate things further for the players, donations can be made to a specific Chalice competitor, and these donations come with perks for the participants.

"The more donations made on their behalf, the better, as the most successful fundraisers will unlock powerups offering tactical advantages throughout the weekend," the press release states.

Further, a 64-player Modern tournament (open to local players) will be held at Mox Boarding House alongside The Chalice, and the prize pool is close to $4,000.

The Chalice will be broadcast on Card Kingdom's Twitch on October 20 and 21, and there will be giveaways happening throughout the stream.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Magic: The Gathering as it develops. 

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MapleStory 2: How to Perform on The Street https://www.gameskinny.com/qhb3u/maplestory-2-how-to-perform-on-the-street https://www.gameskinny.com/qhb3u/maplestory-2-how-to-perform-on-the-street Thu, 11 Oct 2018 13:33:10 -0400 Ashley Gill

By the time you're done with it, you are going to complete a lot of Exploration Goals in MapleStory 2. But right at the start, they can be confusing. You end up having to wander into houses and talk to specific unmarked NPCs, look through binoculars, fish, and a whole host of other tasks.

Once you hit Lith Harbor at the start of your journey through Maple World, you'll be able to tick off two Exploration Goals for the area. These being talking to Teo and looking through the area's binoculars.

You can't ride a taxi from Lith Harbor until you unlock one elsewhere and come back just to leave again -- but this can be done quickly. The next two take a little more time.

You have to be able to fish to catch an Octopirate. At around Level 13, you'll get a quest under the Maple Guide menu to get your fishing pole and learn how to fish.

And of course, the final Exploration Goal for Lith Harbor that trips everyone up when they first log in: Performing on the street.

How to perform on the street

In order to perform on the street anywhere in Maple World, you need a musical instrument. Musical instruments are a little difficult to come by and, if you're not paying attention, can seem like they are only available for Blue Merets. That is luckily not the case.

If you don't have the Blue Merets to spend on a musical instrument of your choice in the Meret Market, you can choose to take the patient route and wait until around Level 20 or cough up Mesos to a music vendor for one (for 70k to 250k Mesos each).

Maple Guide quest to get an instrument.

At around Level 20, a new Maple Guide quest grants you a free Practice Digital Piano and teaches you how to play music. It also comes with the MapleStory 2 OST #2 music sheet, so you can take a taxi right down to Lith Harbor and get this first set of Exploration Goals taken care of as soon as you're done with the quest.

(I say "around Level 20" because I noticed it at Level 22, but hadn't looked since around Level 17. So I'm really not sure of the exact level, but it's in that range somewhere.)

If you skip the quest and just buy one, double click on the instrument in your inventory to get started playing -- and make sure you have a music sheet on-hand for tunes.

You can get further music sheets from Music Academy Heads (and perhaps vendors with other titles) found in some towns. Look for this icon:

Piano icon in Maple Story 2; a small piano on a pedestal with four white keys and three black keys

And with that, you've learned how to perform on the street and play music in MapleStory 2. Just one of many small and strange things you must learn to do to progress in-game. There are many more surprises to come!

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ELEAGUE and Riot Games Partner for League of Legends Special Feature on TBS https://www.gameskinny.com/7wp3p/eleague-and-riot-games-partner-for-league-of-legends-special-feature-on-tbs https://www.gameskinny.com/7wp3p/eleague-and-riot-games-partner-for-league-of-legends-special-feature-on-tbs Thu, 11 Oct 2018 16:13:30 -0400 Zack Palm

There's little doubt that esports is quickly gaining popularity in and out of the traditional gaming scene. A lot of that has to do with Turner's ELEAGUE, a growing brand streaming and broadcasting esports events and features both online and on television. 

And their latest partnership with Riot Games has already started generating a lot of buzz. 

Set to air next Friday, October 19, at 11 p.m. EDT/PDT on TBS, ELEAGUE will broadcast a one-hour-long feature on League of Legends called ELEAGUE's Esports 101: League of Legends.

The special will be hosted by League of Legends experts Bil "Jump" Carter and Kelsie "KayPea" Pelling. They will discuss the culture, history, and in-game elements of the MOBA's esports presence while highlighting why the MOBA has been so successful in the space.

The television special will air at about the halfway point of the League of Legends World Championship, which began on October 1 and will continue through November 3.

Craig Barry, EVP & Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports, had this to say about the television special:

League of Legends has a massive, global fan base and ELEAGUE welcomes this opportunity to both celebrate the game's passionate community and provide additional opportunities to broaden its reach to a new audience.

ELEAGUE continues to expand its content experiences and overall portfolio through a collection of partnerships that showcase the biggest titles in esports and their unrivaled community of fans. 


The announcement comes among a slew of surprise ELEAGUE partnerships this month. Earlier in October, the esports broadcaster announced a partnership with Nintendo for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as well as with Activision, where ELEAGUE plans to provide live stream coverage for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 the day after it releases.

ELEAGUE has put a lot of work into legitimizing esports for casual fans and tangential demographics alike. Behind-the-scenes looks like these have been key to that success.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on ELEAGUE as it develops. 

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WWE 2K19 Guide: How to Face Scan a Character https://www.gameskinny.com/b62sk/wwe-2k19-guide-how-to-face-scan-a-character https://www.gameskinny.com/b62sk/wwe-2k19-guide-how-to-face-scan-a-character Thu, 11 Oct 2018 11:05:10 -0400 Sergey_3847

One of the best parts about the 2K Sports games is that you can put your own face on characters in the game. And as you might expect, WWE 2K19 also offers the face scan feature.

But unlike NBA 2K19, which uses a mobile face app and makes the face scan feature really simple to use, WWE 2K19 requires you to manually upload your face to the game. This can get really complicated if you don't know what to do.

If you're wondering how to scan your face into the game, just follow our step-by-step guide below.

Step 1: Take a Photo

You can take a photo of your face either by, well, using your phone (at this point, we all know how to take selfies). However, here are a few things to keep in mind when taking a photo so it works in WWE 2K19. 

  1. Use good lighting: Illuminate your face as much as possible without washing it out
  2. Use a clean background: To make the process easier, stand against a white background, like a wall
  3. Keep shadows out: Shadows make it harder for WWE 2K19 to recognize all of your facial features 
  4. Capture your face and shoulders only: There's no need for a full body shot
  5. Don't smile or wear glasses, hats, etc: Since tech is a fickle beast, smiling or wearing items like glasses or hats will throw things off

The TL;DR is that your photo should look like your driver's license or other photo ID. 

Step 2: Upload Your Photo

After you've uploaded your photo, you need to upload it to your game by following these steps:

  1. Go to https://www.wwe2k.com/upload
  2. Upload your picture in Face Photo tab
  3. Start WWE 2K19 
  4. In the main menu, choose Community Creations
  5. Go to Image Manager
  6. Choose your image from the Incoming tab
  7. Click on Download

This procedure will save your photo in the game, which can now be applied to the character of your choice.

Step 3: Adjust Face Parameters

Now you can apply your photo in the Face menu of your character. Here's how you do it:

  1. Go to Face Photo Capture
  2. Choose your photo
  3. Use controls to match your photo with the character
  4. Use Face Deformation feature to pick up the matching skin color

WWE 2K19 offers a huge number of other face structure adjustments you can use to make your character look exactly like you. So play around with a few of them and see which parameters fit you the best.

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That is all on how to face scan a character in WWE 2K19, but be sure to come back soon for more related guides here at GameSkinny!

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The Complete Fortnite Season 6 Skins List https://www.gameskinny.com/wq0sq/the-complete-fortnite-season-6-skins-list https://www.gameskinny.com/wq0sq/the-complete-fortnite-season-6-skins-list Fri, 12 Oct 2018 14:31:34 -0400 Victoria B.

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If you like Halloween as much as we do, then we bet you're hyped for Fortnite Season 6 and the Darkness Rises theme. The array of available skins is terrifyingly good this time around.

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Battle Passes are available now until December 5 (before Season 7), which may have a winter theme if Epic decides to follow in the footsteps of this season and last winter's Survive the Holidays event.

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In order -- and to nab your favorite Season 6 skins they're gone -- be sure to work with friends to accomplish challenges, gain experience points, and climb tiers. Check out our ridiculously large list of Fortnite guides here

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Skin: Hallow Head

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The final Season 6 skin (for now), and arguably the most impressive, is a flaming pumpkin head.

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Hallow Head is an intimidating character with a large hallow pumpkin head with bright teal flames igniting from his eyes and mouth. The cloak has a tattered hem and his belt and collar are adorned with rotting pumpkin leaves. 

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Along with Jack Gourdon, these two pumpkin heads are some of the best of the season, and a must-have for this Halloween.

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Skin: Jack Gourdon

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This skin was another to leak with the 6.02 update, and, honestly, we are so excited for it. Just look at it.

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This skin is a Legendary, so it will be around $15 as well, similar to the skins in the Grim Medicine Set and the Skull Set.

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This hilarious skin features a man in a black, pumpkin covered suit and a carved pumpkin head. His completely unimpressed facial expression is perfect for frustrating your opponents and is ridiculous when paired with extravagant emotes and dances like Orange Justice, Llama Bell, and Floss.

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Skin: Bullseye

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Bullseye was one of the Season 6 skins leaked for the 6.02 patch.

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It's an Uncommon skin and won't be too pricey to purchase. It includes gloves, an unfastened military helmet with goggles, and a tank with a bullseye plastered at the center of the chest.

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If you purchase this skin, don't let your opponents hit that target and humiliate them with your own sharp-shooter skills.

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Skin: Scourge

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Scourge came to the item shop alongside the Plague skin. Both are a part of the Grim Medicine set and resemble plague doctors from the 14th century.

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Both are 1,500 V-Bucks($15) in the item shop.

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This ominous skin includes a hooded cloak, popular crow-like plague mask, glowing green eyes, and gloves. The character is definitely one of the best to enter the shop lately, perfect for Halloween and the Darkness Rises theme. 

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Skin: Plague

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This is one of the most recent skins in the item shop; it's a part of the Grim Medicine set and is a little more expensive than the skull set. However, it is definitely one of the coolest, eeriest Fortnite skins out there.

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The plague doctor character is 1,500 V-Bucks. His mask has a crow-like beak -- reminiscent of medieval plague doctors -- and his eyes glow green. He also wears an apron and has medicine vials on his belt.

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This one appears to be limited, so you'll want to grab this one before its gone from the shop.

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Skin: Skull Ranger

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Skull Ranger is also now available in the shop.

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She costs the same as her male counterpart at 1,200 V-Bucks (a little under $15) -- and she has become quite popular already.

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She also has a version where her bone outline glows green. Acquiring both the Skull Ranger skin and the Skull Trooper skin will complete the skull set and give you the opportunity to be even more festive this Halloween in Fortnite.

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Skin: Skull Trooper

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They say what's old is new again, and that statement has never been truer than now. The Skull Tropper skin, a fan favorite, has made its return. 

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This one costs 1,200 V-bucks (a little under $15.00) and has an additional version that glows in the dark if you owned the skin previously. Some players believe that the return of this skin could be a precedent for the return of the Ghoul Skin.

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But only time will tell. 

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Skin: Dire

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The most challenging skin to get this season at Tier 100 is also one of the best Halloween skins available. Dire is a legendary skin that at first just looks like a jock teenager. But after unlocking his other styles, this skin transforms into a terrifying werewolf.

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The second style in the set is a humanoid brown wolf with glowing yellow eyes, a red headband, and ripped jeans and jackets. This one is available at 30,000 XP.

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The third is 70,000 XP and is a complete wolf transformation, snarling teeth and all. He grows a long snout and pointy ears. He still has brown fur and red headband, but his jacket and jeans are completely torn away.

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Each of the following styles begin to change the werewolf’s fur and clothes colors. His fourth unlockable style is at 120,00 XP and has grey skin with light blue accents along his jacket and headband. His third is white with yellow accents. You can gain this one at 180,000 XP.

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The fourth (and final) unlock is a black wolf with bright red eyes, gold arm guard, and grey clothing. It’s going to take 250,000 XP to finally reach this one though.

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Get ready to start grinding challenges and buddying up with your friends to gain tiers and XP fast.

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Skin: Nightshade

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With a name like Nightshade, you would expect this skin to be a bit scarier ... well, on second thought, it is a bit unsettling.

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This smiling tomato head is an Epic skin and part of the Pizza Pit set. She wears a grey jumpsuit and hood over the green stem at the top of her helmet.

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You can reach nab this Fortnite Season 6 skin to complete your Pizza collection at Tier 86. It might not be the spookiest skin in the newest set, but it's definitely one of the most unique -- and that helmet ... well, it speaks for itself. 

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Skin: Dusk

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This is one of the spookier -- and more Halloween-centric -- Season 6 skins. 

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Dusk is an Epic Fortnite skin that's part of the Nite Coven set and perfect for the Darkness Rises theme.

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This vampire character has cold purple skin, glowing red eyes, white hair with purple edges, and creepy black claws. She wears a leather tunic, gauntlets, and boots.

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This demonic skin is the fifth of the seven skins you can gain, and it is available at Tier 71. It's perfect for frightening your enemies and getting a quick knock. 

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Skin: Fable

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Next up on the Fortnite Season 6 skins list is Fable.

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Most players simply refer to this skin as Red Riding Hood, though she’s a little more rugged than other iterations of the character with scarlet war paint on her eyes and the wolf's tail tied to her belt as a trophy.

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She still has her classic red hood along with braids and a skirt. Her shirt is tattered and bound with leather buckles. The rest of the look includes red and black gloves and boots.

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Looks like the wolves are the ones who should be running away.

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This skin is available at Tier 47 and is the first of the collection that won’t be immediately available after purchasing the Battle Pass Bundle.

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Skin: Giddy-Up

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This Season 6 skin is straightforward but silly enough to work. 

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Giddy-up is arguably the most hilarious skin Fortnite has seen yet. The character wears a giant inflatable pink Llama around his waist -- as if he were riding it straight to a victory royale. The boots are covered in grass as well to pull off the illusion -- well, except for the blatantly obvious metal shin guards ... 

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You can nab this skin at Tier 23, which means it is also one you will get with the Battle Pass Bundle if you are willing to spend the extra money.

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Skin: Calamity

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Calamity has been the talk of Season 6 for obvious reasons. Who wouldn’t want this sleek gunslinger skin?

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The best part is that this skin also has six unlockable styles. The first for this pink-haired cowgirl is an outfit of simple shorts and a cowgirl hat, which is available in Tier One, meaning you'll get this skin immediately when purchasing your Battle Pass.

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However, you'll need to gather experience to unlock this skin's other styles. 

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The second, available at 20,000 XP, is more threatening with a bandit mask, a black pair of jeans, and a leather vest with silver studs. The third can be gained after reaching 50,000 XP. It includes gloves and fringed jeans.

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The second half of styles for Calamity are more detailed but also more difficult to receive. The fourth style adds teal accents, shotgun shells along with her belt, and a poncho to complete the western look. You will need 90,000 XP for this one though.

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The fifth look is where players can acquire the long dark cloak with spiked shoulders at 140,000 XP

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And finally, the sixth style adds another ammunition strap, spiked gloves, and glowing purple trims to the cloak. Smoke ominously billows off of Calamity’s clothes in this Halloween look. Be prepared to give the game some dedication, though, since it requires 200,000 XP to unlock.

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Skin: DJ Yonder

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The infamous Llama has returned for Season 6 in the form of a DJ.

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Following suit other famous artists of the electro genre such as Daft Punk and Deadmau5, this Fortnite character wears a massive metallic helmet in the shape of a llama head. With shades, a headset, and a gold tooth, this DJ is ready to fist pump their way into a victory royale.

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The rest of the clothes glow in sweet LED lights, meaning it's not the stealthiest look out there. But who cares? You know you want it just to stand out in the crowd -- and the winner's circle.

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This is one of the skins you will automatically acquire in Tier One when you purchase a Battle Pass.

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Darkness has risen and Fortnite Season 6 is off to a spooky start. Like a cauldron full of sweet, delicious candy, the shop is full of creepy, scary, deadly -- and even silly -- new skins just in time for Halloween. 

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If you’re still contemplating whether or not you want to buy a Battle Pass or simply want to quickly sift through all the choices, we've put together a list of all the current Season 6 skins so you can spend more time knocking and less time scrolling through the shop. 

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Remember, a Battle Pass costs 950 v-bucks ($9.99). You can also purchase the Battle Bundle, which includes the first 25 tiers of content for the season and costs 2,800 v-bucks (around $30.00).

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Season 6 will be active until December 5, 2018, which will give you plenty of time to enjoy the latest content and level up tiers to acquire your favorite skins.

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