Shooter Genre RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Shooter on GameSkinny https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Blizzard Art Book Advertisement May Have Leaked Diablo 4 Announcement https://www.gameskinny.com/zmoxa/blizzard-art-book-advertisement-may-have-leaked-diablo-4-announcement https://www.gameskinny.com/zmoxa/blizzard-art-book-advertisement-may-have-leaked-diablo-4-announcement Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:26:51 -0400 GS_Staff

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Diablo 4 is coming. Anyone paying attention knows that Blizzard has been working on the game for some time, with rumors and reports from as far back as 2016 hinting at the game's existence. Fans and journos alike even expected Blizzard to announce the game at last year's BlizzCon, but the title was ultimately a no-show. 

Now, just a few weeks ahead of BlizzCon 2019, new rumors and alleged leaks have surfaced, leading many to believe Blizzard will finally reveal Diablo 4

The latest comes from an advertisement in German gaming magazine Game Star. According to various reports, the advertisement is for an upcoming Diablo artbook appropriately titled The Art of Diablo.

While the advertisement itself doesn't show anything from the elusive dungeon-crawler, it does carry a curious description. Reportedly, the book will include artwork from all of the games in the series, including Diablo 4

Roughly, here's what the alleged advertisement says via Google translate: 

Featuring over 500 artworks from Diablo, Diablo II, Diablo III, and Diablo IV, this book features many noteworthy artworks created for Blizzard entertainment's iconic action-RPG, as generations of fans have created everlasting nightmares.

Of course, there has been no official confirmation that this ad is legitimate. Going over to the artbook's Amazon page, it's description does not mention any of the game's included within, much less Diablo 4

However, the artbook will be available for purchase starting on November 3, the last day of BlizzCon 2019, which runs from November 1-3. It is conceivable that both the game and the artbook will be announced in tandem during the event. 

The hardcover book is currently available for pre-order for $31.50 on Amazon. Alongside art from all of the games in the franchise, the book is said to contain never-before-seen content.

Source: PC Gamer, Amazon

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Prepare for Landing! The Outer Worlds PC Specs Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/mw674/prepare-for-landing-the-outer-worlds-pc-specs-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/mw674/prepare-for-landing-the-outer-worlds-pc-specs-revealed Mon, 21 Oct 2019 14:18:16 -0400 GS_Staff

Touchdown on Halcyon is less than five days away. Soon, players the world over will finally be able to step out into The Outer Worlds and experience the civilizations and technology such an expansive universe has to offer. 

As we reported last week, PC players in the United States and South America will be able to play the game first, starting at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, October 24. For PC players using Game Pass to play The Outer Worlds, pre-load is currently available. 

But whether you pre-ordered the game or not, you might still be wondering what the game's PC requirements actually are. Luckily, Obsidian and The Private Division recently released the game's PC specs. If you've played any modern PC game on your rig, it looks like you won't have much to worry about. 

It certainly won't devour your harddrive like Call of Duty Modern Warfare. Here's what you can expect. 

The Outer Worlds Minimum PC Specs

  • OS: Windows 7 (SP1) 64bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 or AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
  • RAM: 4GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 650 Ti or AMD HD 7850
  • HDD Space: 40GB

The Outer Worlds Recommended PC Specs

  • OS: Windows 10 64bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700K  or Ryzen 5 1600
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or Radeon RX 470
  • HDD Space: 40GB

Of course, these specifications most likely reference what you'll need to play the game at 1080p 30fps and 1080p 60fps. Running the game at anything higher may require a little bit more punch. 

The Outer Worlds is set to officially release on October 25 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. There is currently no word on when the game will release on the Nintendo Switch, though the developers have said that it will happen sometime in the future. 

For more on The Outer Worlds, be sure to check out 40 minutes of gameplay from earlier this year. And stay tuned for our official review of the game, as well as a handful of useful guide content. 

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Best Landing Spots in Fortnite Chapter 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/id8vq/best-landing-spots-in-fortnite-chapter-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/id8vq/best-landing-spots-in-fortnite-chapter-2 Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:38:23 -0400 Ty Arthur

With massive changes recently arriving to the battle royale map, it's time to reassess our landing options and take another look at the absolute best landing sites for Fortnite Chapter 2!

I was a huge fan of Anarchy Acres as the best spot before it got hit by a missile, but with the Fortnite map now completely revamped, all the previous best sites are either gone or drastically altered.

Below, we cover our top 5 best Fortnite landing spots for Chapter 2. For a quick overview, just check out the numbered locations on the map below, or scroll down for more detailed info on why these are the most advantageous sites to land.

Map of best landing spots in Fortnite Chapter 2

What exactly are you looking for in the best landing site? Obviously, you want locations with easy access to loot, vehicles, or upgrade benches  but don't discount actual geography.

Landing on high ground with a clear line of sight into an area of heavy traffic can net you significantly more kills than landing straight in an area with more loot. Keep in mind the direction of the battle bus and the likelihood of landing in a heavily contested area, as it's often better to land somewhere without a bunch of competition in the early part of a match.

Best Landing Spot 1: Fishing Village

If the battle bus is traveling east to west across the middle of the map, this is an excellent place to land, since most people will be headed for Slurpy Swamp or the upgrade bench in the buildings to the east. By hitting this little peninsula in the southwest corner, you'll have good cover with trees, as well as a few houses to loot.

At most, you can probably only expect one or two other people to be competing for resources here, so keep an eye on where anyone else is landing to get the upper hand and clear the area before moving inland. If it seems like a lot of people hit Slurpy Swamp when you drop, you may want to build defenses here and take them all out as they move east away from the storm for early kills!

Best Landing Spot 2: E.G.O. Science Station

Located right on the beach, this science station/water purification center is an excellent spot to pick because it's easy to lose a pursuer in here if someone else also lands nearby.

Besides the abundance of loot inside, you can usually find shield potions on the ground near the parking spots outside. If you like to take enemies out from a distance, you have a great view of the water to the west to snipe anyone who goes for a boat, and easy access to head east and take out players still looting Pleasant Park.

Best Landing Spot 3: The Orchard

The little raceway with lawn chairs just north of the Orchard is actually the best spot to land, but if someone else is already heading there, just go straight into the Orchard itself so you can grab some loot inside a building.

In addition to several buildings to scavenge and lots of trees to use for cover, this area has a weapon upgrade workbech inside the main barn. You can use it right after landing for an early advantage.

Best Landing Spot 4: Rapid's Rest

Located just east of Lazy Lake, this secluded little spot has both a chest and a boat, so you will be well equipped and have a quick escape plan if things go sideways.

The best part about this spot is that it's in a little dip in the landscape that makes it hard for people to see you, so you can come up from below and take out anyone running out in then open in Lazy Lake.

Best Landing Spot 5: Retail Row

This is one of the few locations to survive the transition to Chapter 2, and now the area is, thankfully, zombie-free again!

There's a major caveat here: Retail Row is only a great landing spot if it's further along the battle bus path. If the area is right at the beginning or in the middle, you will land in war zone as a huge chunk of other players will probably land here for easy loot, too.

Remember Tilted Towers from way back when? Yeah, it's like that, but worse; there are fewer urban areas filled with buildings in Chapter 2.

If you can get here with fewer players, though, you have access to a whipping 16 normal yellow chests and 7 blue super chests to loot at your leisure!

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What's your favorite landing spot, and have you tried out any of our top 5 picks? Sound off in the comments below!

If you need more help navigating the updated mechanics in Fortnite Chapter 2, and for more Fortnite guides, check out the list below:

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How to Go AFK in GTA Online https://www.gameskinny.com/j2986/how-to-go-afk-in-gta-online https://www.gameskinny.com/j2986/how-to-go-afk-in-gta-online Sun, 20 Oct 2019 15:38:08 -0400 Ty Arthur

Want to play GTA Online but need some time away to deal with real life stuff? Normally going AFK will get you booted quickly, but there are ways go away from the keyboard or controller and still stay online.

Players have come up with some pretty ingenious ways to not get kicked, like using a rubber band to hold down a controller button, but that's prone to unexpected failures and way more effort than we care to engage in while playing.

There is one super simple and easy way to do it, and it doesn't require anything special beyond your apartment.

Going AFK Without Getting Kicked In GTA Online

So what's the secret? Just watch TV. Yep, that's all there is to it, although you need to watch TV in certain ways or you may still get kicked. 

The most sure fire way to make this work (and avoid getting killed by other players) is to start a contact solo mission, then sit down and turn on the TV in your apartment where you are safe. You have to actually press the button to start the shows though, or you will still get kicked.

Depending on your platform and your console's notification settings, this can potentially work with any TV even if you aren't in a mission. Just head into your apartment, garage, or any location with a computer screen like the gas station.

Sit down on a couch or chair and tap the button to turn the TV shows on. The game considers you to be engaged in an activity and you won't get kicked for doing nothing over an extended period. Players with upgraded security in their business or bunker can also watch the CCTV security cameras as well.

Note that there is a catch on the PC version. If you minimize the window to tab away and chat it Discord or check your Facebook or whatever, the game still considers you to be AFK even if your character is watching TV, so you will get kicked after 15 minutes.

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Looking to make extra cash, buy the best properties, or fix casino missions that aren't working properly? Check out our other GTA Online guides here!

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Trails of Cold Steel 3: How to Get All Vantage Masters Cards https://www.gameskinny.com/y2v3d/trails-of-cold-steel-3-how-to-get-all-vantage-masters-cards https://www.gameskinny.com/y2v3d/trails-of-cold-steel-3-how-to-get-all-vantage-masters-cards Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:37:40 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Trails of Cold Steel 3 improves on the previous Cold Steel games' card mini-game, Blade, with a much expanded, more strategic card game called Vantage Masters. The game goes in-depth about how to play Vantage Masters early on, but what it doesn't tell you is how many card types you can collect, how to get the cards, and what happens when you do.

There are 34 Vantage Masters card types in total. If you collect at least one of each type, then successfully defeat Orie in a Vantage Masters match at the Vander Training Hall in Heimdallr, you win the Chevalier Master Quartz. Chevalier is one of the best Master Quartz in the game, with highly useful arts, stat augments, and abilities all around.

This guide shows you how and where to get all the VM cards, including all of the possible Vantage Masters opponents and when you can (and should) challenge them to a match. It's divided into two sections, one detailing cards earned through Vantage Masters matches and cards you can purchase outright.

There are a couple of points to make before getting into the nitty-gritty about who you can challenge to Vantage Masters, though.

Most main characters (Branch Campus characters, Class VII, and other important characters) can be challenged in Heimdallr towards the end of the game, should you either miss their initial challenge or lose and not feel like trying again.

Those who are location specific, like random people you'll meet during your Field Exercises, cannot be challenged to a rematch. However, the reward you would have gotten from winning against them is usually available in the Neinvalli Exchange Bargain Bin in Leeves at the beginning of the next chapter.

Chapter 1 Vantage Masters Opponents

April 16 (Leeves)

Zach

  • Where: Carnegie Book and Game in Leeves (this is your first VM match and is a tutorial)
  • Reward: Magic Crystal
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: Yes

Rachel

  • Where: Carnegie Book and Game
  • Reward: D-Alma
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: Yes

Rachel is a challenging opponent, but she can be challenged any of your free days in Leeves, so you don't have to defeat her immediately.

Sydney (Evening)

  • Where: Thors Branch Campus Clubhouse
  • Reward: Hepitus
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Dreichels Square, Heimdallr (Chapter 4)
April 21-23 (Saint-Ark)

Juna

Juna is only available on the night trip aboard the Derfflinger. Once you arrive at the Ex Camp, you can't challenge her again. Even though you can try for a rematch in Chapter 4, Ranger is a very useful Master card to have, so it's best to go ahead and challenge her on the Derfflinger.

  • Where: Derfflinger Car 3
  • Reward: Ranger
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Karel Imperial Villa, outside Heimdallr (Chapter 4)

Celestin

  • Where: Marquis Hyarms' Mansion
  • Reward: Guene-Foss
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Heimdallr Cathedral (Chapter 4)

Clover

  • Where: Parm
  • Reward: Zamilpen
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: Yes
  • Rematch: No

Chapter 2 Vantage Masters Opponents

May 13 (Thors Branch Campus)

Major Michael Irving

  • Where: Branch Campus Cafeteria
  • Reward: Wall
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Future Ex Camps or Rieveldt and Co., Reica Sector of Heimdallr (Chapter 4)
May 14 (Leeves)

Luise

  • Where: Recette Bakery and Cafe
  • Reward: Dullmdaler
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Karel Imperial Villa, outside Heimdallr (Chapter 4)

Munk (Evening)

  • Where: Outside Barney's Tavern
  • Reward: Uptide
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Dreichels Square, Heimdallr (Chapter 4)
May 19 (Aboard the Derfflinger)

Kurt

  • Where: Derfflinger Car 4
  • Reward: Knight
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Dreichels Square, Heimdallr (Chapter 4)
May 20 (Crossbell)

Wendy (Morning)

  • Where: Orbal Store Genten (Crossbell Central Square)
  • Reward: Da-Colm
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: Yes
  • Rematch: No

Shing (Afternoon)

The time transition for this one is a bit vague, but the afternoon of May 20 is basically after you meet with the Epstein Foundation Chief at the RF Group building.

  • Where: Heiyue Trading Company (Crossbell Harbor District)
  • Reward: Currier Bell
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: Yes
  • Rematch: No

Chapter 3 Vantage Masters Opponents

June 10 (Leeves)

Maya

  • Where: Recette Bakery and Cafe
  • Reward: Ae-Ferrion
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Le Sage Boutique on Vainqueur Street in Heimdallr (Chapter 4)
June 11 (Branch Campus)

Stark (Morning/Afternoon)

  • Where: Branch Campus Cooperative Store
  • Reward: Thief
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Lucien Cafe in Heimdallr's Reica Sector

Randy (Evening)

  • Where: Branch Campus computer room, second floor
  • Reward: Oonevievle
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Vainqueur Street in Heimdallr (Chapter 4)
June 16 (Derfflinger)

Altina

  • Where: Derfflinger Car  3
  • Reward: Vanish
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Foresta Inn on Westa Street in Heimdallr (Chapter 4)
June 17 (Ordis and Raquel)

Mimika

  • Where: Outside Alisha Casino in Raquel
  • Reward: Gia-Bro
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: Yes
  • Rematch: No

Setsuna

  • Where: Egret Mansion in Ordis' North Street
  • Reward: Amoltamiss
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: Yes
  • Rematch: No

Chapter 4 Vantage Masters Opponents

July 8 (Leeves)

Musse (Evening)

  • Location: Branch Campus Dormitory, second floor
  • Reward: Tarbss
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Le Sage Boutique on Vainqueur Street in Heimdallr (Chapter 4)
July 9 (Leeves/Branch Campus)

Rosine (Morning/Afternoon)

  • Location: Leeves Chapel
  • Reward: Fifenall
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Heimdallr Cathedral (Chapter 4)

Dr. Schmidt (Evening)

  • Location: Branch Campus Hangar
  • Reward: Witch
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Imperial Museum in Heimdallr's Reica Sector (Chapter 4)
July 15 (Derfflinger and Heimdallr)

Ash

  • Location: Derfflinger Car 3
  • Reward: Greon
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Imperial Racecourse in Heimdallr (Chapter 4)

Freddy (Afternoon)

  • Location: Westa Street in Heimdallr
  • Reward: Neptune
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Herschel's General Store on Westa Street in Heimdallr (Chapter 4)
July 16 (Heimdallr)

Jingo (Morning)

  • Location: Watson Armory on Vainqueuer Street in Heimdallr
  • Reward: Swordsman
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Heimdallr Airport (Chapter 4)
July 17 (Heimdallr)

Orie — Final Opponent (Afternoon)

  • Location: Vander Training Hall in Heimdallr's Reica Sector
  • Reward: Chevalier Master Quartz; if you win and challenge Orie again, you get Dragon Incense for winning
  • Available in the Bargain Bin: No
  • Rematch: Same place, but do it on the same day; July 17 is the last time you can freely chart your own course in the game.

Vantage Masters Cards You Can Buy

These are all of the Vantage Masters cards you can purchase. All of these cards are initially available at the Carnegie Books and Games store in Leeves, the day you first pick up Vantage Masters (April 16). However, they're also available at any general store throughout the game.

Sister

  • Cost: 700 Mira

Medic

  • Cost: 200 Mira

Conjurate

  • Cost: 1,000 Mira

Marme

  • Cost: 500 Mira

If you've been counting, you'll notice all this adds up to only 28 cards, not 34. That's because the remaining six are the cards you automatically start with in your first Vantage Masters deck.

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That's it for how to find all the Vantage Masters cards and get one of the best Master Quartz in Cold Steel 3. Be sure to check out our other Trails of Cold Steel 3 guides for other tips and tricks to make the most of your return to Erebonia.

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Surviving The Aftermath Early Access Impressions: Survival of the Fittest https://www.gameskinny.com/3amxj/surviving-the-aftermath-early-access-impressions-survival-of-the-fittest https://www.gameskinny.com/3amxj/surviving-the-aftermath-early-access-impressions-survival-of-the-fittest Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:50:18 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

Even though it was just announced, Surviving the Aftermath is already available in Early Access. It's the next game in Paradox's "Surviving" series following Surviving Mars, and it's exclusive to the Epic Games Store.

It still feels very early in the game's development cycle, but Surviving the Aftermath seems like it could shape up to be a pretty fun colony builder — and a nice way for you to spend some time conquering the apocalypse.

It's All Come Tumbling Down

Surviving the Aftermath brings plenty of new tricks to the table. Here's the setup: a catastrophic event has occurred, killing most of the Earth's population and contaminating a lot of usable land. You are in charge of a small colony of survivors, and you need to manage your resources, expand your settlement, fight off bandits, and make tough decisions about how to withstand the challenging environment you're stuck in.

You do this by building a variety of structures, each offering up different purposes and resources. You can salvage some finite resources from the map around you, but disasters and bandit attacks can occur, and, of course, they cause setbacks. Every type of resource is vital once you get far enough along, so any disruption to your supply chain can have dire consequences if you can't fix them quickly enough.

My first taste of this bitter reality came when my colony became enveloped in radioactive fallout for an extended period. I had neglected my medical supplies, as my colonists had been fairly healthy up until that point. Before I knew it, radiation poisoning was wreaking havoc on the population. About a quarter of my working citizens died before I could get it under control it took a long, long time to recover after that.

End of the Line

Surviving the Aftermath tries to carve out a little niche for itself in a crowded genre. It isn't overtly funny, but it isn't nearly as bleak as something like Frostpunk. It's a bit more Mad Max and Fallout, but it's set in the familiar, engine-building colony management genre we're pretty familiar with.

One way it tries to add a bit of a wrinkle into things is by including a world map. Fairly early on, you can construct your colony's gate. This will achieve a few different things for you: it will allow more random-decision events (traders will come to your camp or nomads looking for a home will come knocking), and it will give you the option to send explorers out into the world.

A few of your citizens are unique, too, and they can explore the world around you. As you survey territories, you can hunt for supplies, fight bandits, pick up technology that allows you to develop new buildings, and so on.

As of right now, the exploration portion of Surviving the Aftermath feels... underwhelming. You're very removed from any of the action; battling bandits plays like Civilization, where you just run your more powerful units into their weaker units a few times until it dies.

At the moment, this is a critical flaw in Surviving the Aftermath because you must continually swap back and forth between the world map and your colony. If the world map is going to remain as hands-off as it currently is, it would be nice if there was a level of automation to it. I would only like to be pulled in for a big decision or an injured explorer. If the developers what to keep it as is, it would be nice to add some sort of minigame or an extra level of interaction to the world map.

Just clicking on things doesn't add anything when players are trying to build a humming colony.

One Man's Trash, Another Man's Treasure

Colony simulation is a pretty crowded genre at this point, so there are some definite similarities to be drawn between Surviving the Aftermath and its cohorts.

The game Surviving the Aftermath closest resembles is Banished: you have a small number of colonists, you set up buildings in very similar ways, and many of your resources are the same. It's tough more for the world it puts you in rather than figuring out what you need to do.

That said, there's already quite a bit more to do in this game than in Banished. If it continues to fill out through Early Access (the developers already have a reasonably robust roadmap for improvements), this is definitely a colony sim you could sink your teeth into and lose plenty of hours with.

It doesn't have to be particularly challenging, either; when you start a new game, there are several options to pick from that adjust how difficult the game will be. Things like starting resources, frequency of catastrophes, and the number of bandits all get adjusted before you begin. You can also see how much each option will affect the difficulty level by means of a percentage counter. 

One aspect that struck me while playing Surviving the Aftermath was how taxing it was on my system. Even adjusting several options and turning settings way down didn't help; I've got a pretty beefy PC, and my GPU was running hot despite the fact that nothing in Surviving the Aftermath should be that taxing. Hopefully, this gets fixed in future updates (or is just an anomaly for me).

Get the Polish

Pros:
  • Adjustable difficulty
  • Small scale makes for more personal stories
  • Lots of potential
Cons:
  • Still very early
  • World map needs some work
  • Taxing on performance

At this point, it's tough to recommend Surviving the Aftermath as is. It seems like a game that could become something great, but considering how early the game still feels, you may want to wait on for a while.

Considering the team behind it, it does seem like Aftermath could become another great colony simulator once the wrinkles get ironed out. We'll have more on it as it gets closer to launch.

[Note: An Early Access copy of Surviving the Aftermath was provided by Paradox Interactive for the purposes of this impressions article.]

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Trails of Cold Steel 3 Guide: All Recipes and Where to Find Them https://www.gameskinny.com/lfd59/trails-of-cold-steel-3-guide-all-recipes-and-where-to-find-them https://www.gameskinny.com/lfd59/trails-of-cold-steel-3-guide-all-recipes-and-where-to-find-them Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:28:03 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Recipes have always been an integral part of not getting your posterior handed to you in the Trails games, and that's no different in Trails of Cold Steel 3. Where medical items are expensive and typically just restore health or Energy Points (EP), food items go much further, restoring both health and EP, raising stat parameters for a few turns, restoring Craft Points (CP) so you can pull off another S-Break attack.

The cooking mechanic first introduced in the unlocalized Trails to Zero, where a recipe turns out differently depending on who makes it, is back again as well.

Unless you know where to look and take the time to try and find them, chances are, your recipe book's gonna be pretty slim by the end of the game.

This guide is here to ensure that doesn't happen to you. It lists each recipe, where to find it, and what the three variants are in the order they'll appear in your Recipe Book

Unique Dishes and Special Chefs

On top of the regular dish, some characters will produce a superb dish with added bonuses. Some will produce a unique dish that could have a completely different bonus. Failed (peculiar) ones could even be used as attack items.

Your best bet for a superb dish is using a character with high affinity for that dish, and if you want a peculiar or unique dish, try one who isn't very good at it.

It's worth experimenting for unique dishes. You'll actually need at least eight separate unique dishes to finish the Great Crossbell Cookoff quest in Chapter 2.

There is one big difference in Cold Steel 3's cooking party mechanics, though: after you've joined up with other party members, you can still choose them as the chef for a recipe, even if they aren't currently in your party. 

Cold Steel 3 also sort of brings back the old system from Trails in the Sky, where you learn a recipe when you eat a new food item. This time, though, you have to eat it when it's offered as a special at a specific restaurant or cafe.

Your First Recipe

You'll get your Recipe Book as part of a required quest in the prologue. Speak to Gina in the Branch Campus cafeteria to get the book, the first recipe (Chunky Potato Salad), and enough ingredients to make it a few times.

Chunky Potato Salad
  • Best chef: Juna
  • Worst chefs: Altina, Laura, Fie

Variations and Effects:

  • Superb — Pillowy Mashed Potatoes
    • Recovers 600 HP and increases Defense for two turns (medium area of effect)
  • Standard — Chunky Potato Salad
    • Recovers 500 HP and increases Defense for two turns (small area of effect)
  • Peculiar — Shield Chips
    • Recovers 400 HP and increases defense for one turn (large area of effect)
  • Unique — Crispy Potato Croquettes
    • Recovers 600 HP and increases defense for four turns (small area of effect)

Chapter 1 Recipes

Piled Onion Rings (April 16)
  • Location: Talk to Barney at Barney's Cafe in Leeves; buy the special
  • Best chef: Elliot
  • Worst chefs: Kurt, Jusis, Fie

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Glistening Onion Rings
    • Cures K.O. and recovers 800 HP
  • Standard — Piled Onion Rings
    • Cures K.O. and recovers 600 HP
  • Attack Dish — Onion Tear Gas
    • B-class power rank; reduces speed by 50%
  • Unique — Onion Trio
    • Cures K.O., recovers 300 HP 60 EP, and 30 CP
Fluffy Chiffon Cake (April 22)
  • Location: Speak to Nash at the April Cafe in Saint-Arkh, and buy the special
  • Best chef: Fie
  • Worst chefs: Rean, Ashe, Sara

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Summertime Fruitcake
    • Recovers 700 HP and increases speed for two turns (medium area of effect)
  • Standard Fluffy Chiffon Cake
    • Recovers 600 HP and increases speed for two turns (small area of effect)
  • Peculiar — Hollow Cake
    • Recovers 500 HP and increase speed for one turn (large area of effect)
  • Unique — Airy Meringue Cookie
    • Recovers 700 HP and increases speed for four turns (small area of effect)
Southern Punch (April 22)
  • Location: Dyna, the stall proprietor in Saint-Arkh's Cathedral Square
  • Best chef: Rean
  • Worst chefs: Juna, Elliot, Gaius

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb Sunshine Punch
    • Recovers 300 HP, restores 20 CP, and cures poison, blind, and burn
  • Standard — Southern Punch
    • Recovers 200 HP, restores 20 CP, and cures poison, blind, and burn
  • Peculiar — Orange Liquid
    • Restores 100 EP and 20 CP and cures poison, blind, and burn
  • Unique — Yuzu Honey Soda
    • Recovers 100 HP, restores 40 CP, and cures poison, blind, and burn
Hearty White Stew (April 22)
  • Location: Speak to Bertrand at the Footpath Inn in Parm; buy the special
  • Best chef: Laura
  • Worst chefs: Altina, Machias, Fie

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Silky White Stew
    • Recovers 800 HP and increases Strength for two turns (medium area of effect)
  • Standard — Hearty White Stew
    • Recovers 700 HP and increases Strength for two turns (small area of effect)
  • Peculiar — Cold Stew
    • Recovers 600 HP and increases Strength for one turn (large area of effect)
  • Unique — Regal Beef Stew
    • Recovers 800 HP and increases Strength for four turns (small area of effect)

Chapter 2 Recipies

Juicy Ham Sandwich (May 14)
  • Location: Purchase the special from Recette Bakery and Cafe in Leeves
  • Best chef: Kurt
  • Worst chefs: Altina, Machias, Jusis

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Nostalgic Sandwich
    • Recovers 1,500 HP and cures freeze, petrify, and faint
  • Standard — Juicy Ham Sandwich
    • Recovers 1,300 HP and cures freeze, petrify, and faint
  • Attack Dish — Electro Sandwich
    • B-class power rank, 50% chance of inflicting seal status
  • Unique — Croque Vader
    • Recovers 1,000 HP, restores 100 EP, and cures freeze, petrify, and faint
Fresh Tomato Noodles (May 20)
  • Location: Purchase the special from Orzel at the noodle stall in Crossbell's Harbor Sector (in front of the Crossbell News Service building)
  • Best chef: Alisa
  • Worst chefs: Musse, Elliot, Laura

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Champion Noodles
    • Recovers 800 HP, restores 30 CP, and cures seal, mute, and stat down
  • Standard — Fresh Tomato Noodles
    • Recovers 700 HP, restores 30 CP, and cures seal, mute, and stat down
  • Peculiar — Scorched Noodles "Misery"
    • Restores 70 HP and 70 CP, but 50% chance of near death (reducing HP to 1)
  • Unique — Vegetable Double Noodles
    • Recovers 500 HP, restores 50 CP, and cures seal, mute, and stat down
Dragon Fried Rice (May 20)
  • Location: Purchase the special from Feng at the Old Dragon Inn on Crossbell's East Street
  • Best chef: Machias
  • Worst chefs: Altina, Alisa, Emma

Effects and Variations:

  • Super — Heavenly Rice
    • Recovers 1,500 HP and increases Defense and ADF for two turns (medium area of effect)
  • Standard — Dragon Fried Rice
    • Recovers 1,300 HP and increases Defense and ADF for two turns (small area of effect)
  • Attack Dish — Fiery Riceball
    • B-rank power class, 50% chance of inflicting burn
  • Unique — Special Garlic Rice
    • Recovers 1,400 HP, and increases Defense and ADF for four turns (small area of effect)
Cafe Macchiato (May 20)
  • Location: Purchase the special from Vingt-Sept Cafe in Crossbell Central Square
  • Best chef: Altina
  • Worst chef: Musse, Jusis, Millium

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Special Macchiato
    • Recovers 700 HP, restores 150 EP, and cures nightmare, sleep, and confuse
  • Standard — Cafe Macchiato
    • Recovers 550 HP, restores 150 EP, and cures nightmare, sleep, and confuse
  • Peculiar — Brown Liquid
    • Restores 200 EP and cures nightmare, sleep, and confuse
  • Unique — Rich Chocolate Parfait
    • Recovers 300 HP, restores 150 EP and 30 CP, and cures nightmare, sleep, and confuse
Honey Bagel (May 20)
  • Location: Purchase the special from Morges Bakery on Crossbell's West Street.
  • Best chef: Emma
  • Worst chef: Ashe, Fie, Gaius

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Golden Bagel
    • Recovers 1,200 HP, restores 60 EP, and increases ATS for three turns (medium area of effect)
  • Standard — Honey Bagel
    • Recovers 1,000 HP, restores 50 EP, and increases ATS for three turns (small area of effect)
  • Peculiar — Mirror Bagel
    • Reflects magic once
  • Unique — Sweet Bagel
    • Recovers 1,200 HP, restores 60 EP, and increases ATS for five turns (small area of effect)

Chapter 3 Recipes

Juicy Hamburger (June 10)
  • Location: Purchase from Gina in the Branch Campus cafeteria
  • Best chef: Ashe
  • Worst chefs: Rean, Altina, Laura

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Artisan Hamburger
    • Recovers 1,800 HP and increases Strength for three turns (medium area of effect)
  • Standard — Juicy Hamburger
    • Recovers 1,600 HP and increases Strength for three turns (small area of effect)
  • Peculiar — Indestructible Burger
    • Immunity to one physical attack
  • Unique — Spicy Loco Moco Rice Bowl
    • Recovers 1,800 HP and increases Strength for five turns (small area of effect)
Colorful Bouillabaisse (June 17)
  • Location: Purchase the special from Edmond at the Sea Breeze Inn in Ordis
  • Best chef: Millium
  • Worst chef: Juna, Elliot, Jusis

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Passionate Hot Pot
    • Recovers 1,200 HP and 50 CP and cures freeze, petrify, and faint
  • Standard — Colorful Bouillabaisse
    • Recovers 1,000 HP and 40 CP and cures freeze, petrify, and faint
  • Peculiar — Envious Hot Pot
    • CP regeneration (30 points) for three turns
  • Unique — Yogurt Hotpot
    • Recovers 1,000 HP and initiates CP regen by 20 points for five turns
Fisherman's Paella (June 17)
  • Location: Purchase the special from Miranda at Miranda's Tavern in Ordis
  • Best chef: Sara
  • Worst chef: Kurt, Alisa, Fie

Effects and Variation:

  • Superb — Big Catch Feast
    • Recovers 2,000 HP and cures seal, mute, and stat down
  • Standard — Fisherman's Paella
    • Recovers 1,800 HP and cures seal, mute, and stat down
  • Peculiar — Scorched Rice
    • Restores 600 EP, with a 50% chance of near death
  • Unique — Spicy Jambalaya
    • Recovers 1,600 HP and 60 CP and cures seal, mute, and stat down
Purple Heart (June 17)
  • Location: Purchase the special from Julia at the Hermit Bar and Inn in Raquel
  • Best chef: Jusis
  • Worst chefs: Musse, Machias, Emma

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Purple Cloud
    • Cures K.O. and recovers 2,400 HP
  • Standard — Purple Heart
    • Cures K.O. and recovers 2,200 HP
  • Peculiar — Purple Liquid
    • Cures K.O. recovers 100 HP, and restores 250 EP
  • Unique — Esmelas: Rain
    • Cures K.O., recovers 2,000 HP, and restores  200 EP
Stuffed Meat Pie (June 17)
  • Location: Purchase the special from Morley at the Decken Pub and Diner in Raquel
  • Best chef: Juna
  • Worst chefs: Rean, Machias, Fie

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Master's Meat Pie
    • Recovers 2,200 HP and increases Strength and Defense for three turns (medium area of effect)
  • Standard — Stuffed Meat Pie
    • Recovers 2,000 HP and increases Strength and Defense for three turns (small area of effect)
  • Attack Dish — Badly Smelling Pie
    • A-class power rank, 100% chance of poisoning the target
  • Unique — Lovely Apple Pie
    • Recovers 2,200 HP and increases Strength and Defense for five turns (small area of effect)
Aquamarine Ice (June 18)
  • Location: Speak to Jacqueline at the Crepe Stall in Ordis' Business Sector
  • Best chef: Musse
  • Worst chefs: Kurt, Ashe, Gaius

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Grand Blue Gelato
    • Recovers 1,600 HP, restores 80 EP, and cures poison, blind, and burn.
  • Standard — Aquamarine Ice
    • Recovers 1,400 HP, restores 70 EP, and cures poison, blind, and burn
  • Attack Dish — Explosive Snowball
    • A-rank power class, 30% chance of confusion and freeze
  • Unique — Elegant Snowflake Pastry
    • Recovers 1,600 HP, restores 80 EP, and cures poison, blind, and burn

Chapter 4 Recipes

Piled Spaghetti (July 8)
  • Location: Purchase the special from Barney's in Leeves
  • Best chef: Rean
  • Worst chefs: Musse, Millium, Sara

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Shining Spaghetti
    • Recovers 2,500 HP and increases Speed and Movement for three turns (medium area of effect)
  • Standard — Piled Spaghetti
    • Recovers 2,300 HP and increases Speed and Movement for three turns (small area of effect)
  • Peculiar — Salted Vongole
    • Recovers 2,100 HP and increases Speed and Movement for one turn (large area of effect)
  • Unique — Hunter's Carbonara
    • Recovers 2,500 HP and increases Speed and Movement for five turns (small area of effect)
Tomato Curry (July 15)
  • Location: Purchase the special from Arendt at the Foresta Inn on Heimdallr's Westa Street
  • Best chef: Musse
  • Worst chefs: Kurt, Laura, Jusis

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Special Tomato Curry
    • Recovers 3,000 HP, restores 50 CP, and cures sleep, nightmare, and confuse
  • Standard — Tomato Curry
    • Recovers 2,700 HP, restores 50 CP, and cures sleep, nightmare, and confuse
  • Peculiar — Super-powered Curry
    • Recovers 2,100 HP, restores 60 CP, and cures sleep, nightmare, and confuse
  • Unique — Aged Shrimp Curry
    • Recovers 1,800 HP, restores 180 EP and 50 CP, and cures sleep, nightmare, and confuse
Pure White Shortcake (July 15)
  • Location: Purchase the special from Nancy at the Lucien Cafe in Heimdallr's Reica sector
  • Best chef: Altina
  • Worst chef: Ashe, Gaius, Sara

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Supreme Shortcake
    • Recovers 2,700 HP and increases Defense and ADF for three turns (medium area of effect)
  • Standard — Pure White Shortcake
    • Recovers 2,400 HP and increases Defense and ADF for three turns (small area of effect)
  • Peculiar — Hard Cake
    • Recovers 2,100 HP and increases Defense and ADF for one turn (large area of effect)
  • Unique — Noir Mont Blanc
    • Immunity to one physical attack
Croquette Burger (July 15)
  • Location: Purchase the special from Oscar at the Lafite Bakery in Heimdallr's Westa Street
  • Best chef: Ashe
  • Worst chefs: Kurt, Altina, Alisa

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb Angel Burger
    • Recovers 1,000 HP and regenerates 20% HP for five turns
  • Standard — Croquette Burger
    • Recovers 1,000 HP and regenerates 20% HP for three turns
  • Attack Dish — Devil Burger
    • S-rank power class, 30% chance of death or nightmare
  • Unique — Steak Burger
    • Recovers 1,000 HP and regenerates 20 CP for five turns
Hearty Skewer (July 17)
  • Location: Purchase the special from Brecker at the Imperial Meat Stall in Heimdallr's Dreichels Square.
  • Best chef: Gaius
  • Worst chefs: Juna, Musse, Elliot

Effects and Variations:

  • Superb — Dynasty Grill
    • Recovers 4,000 HP, restores 50 CP, and increases Strength and Defense for five turns (medium area of effect)
  • Standard — Hearty Skewer
    • Recovers 3,500 HP, restores 50 CP, and increases Strength and Defense for five turns (small area of effect)
  • Peculiar — Attack Grill
    • Recovers 3,000 HP, restores 50 CP, and increases Strength and ATS for one turn (large area of effect)
  • Unique — Nordic Kebab
    • Recovers 4,000 HP, restores 50 CP, and increases Strength, ATS, and Speed for seven turns (small area of effect)

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That's every recipe in Trails of Cold Steel 3 to help see you through the many trials awaiting Class VII. Be sure to check out our other Trails of Cold Steel 3 guides for more tips on your journey through Erebonia.

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How to Get the Dream Breaker Fusion Rifle in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep https://www.gameskinny.com/p5kyl/how-to-get-the-dream-breaker-fusion-rifle-in-destiny-2-shadowkeep https://www.gameskinny.com/p5kyl/how-to-get-the-dream-breaker-fusion-rifle-in-destiny-2-shadowkeep Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:26:11 -0400 John Schutt

We saw a new Nightmare Hunt in Destiny 2 this week, and with a new hunt comes a new weapon: the Dream Breaker fusion rifle. For the current Iron Banner and possibly those to come, you'll need a good fusion for one of the quest steps, and fusions are good for PvP in general.

Follow this guide for all the steps you'll need to take to acquire the Dream Breaker.

The Quest

Your first order of business is to complete a run of Nightmare Hunt: Servitude. Remember that hunts rotate weekly, so this particular hunt won't always be up.

Once you've killed the Nightmare of Zydron, Gate Lord, you'll receive the Essense of Servitude quest item. 

There are three parts to the quest, two easy, one a little more complicated. They are:

  • Destroy 100 Vex on the Moon
  • Defeat enemies with fusion rifles
  • Acquire Ehrath'Ur's Horned Wreath

To complete the Vex kills, hop into a Vex Offensive match and kill everything that moves. You'll be done in one or two runs, maybe 20 minutes. Pair those efforts with a fusion, and you'll be done in a flash.

The K1 Revelation Lost Lector (described in our Luna's Calling guide) also has plenty of bunched-up Acolytes you can slaughter.

Finding Ehrath'Ur's Horned Wreath takes a little more effort, but we've got you covered.

How to Find Ehrath'Ur's Horned Wreath

You'll find Ehrath'Ur's Horned Wreath in the Catacombs deep below the surface of the Moon, and there's an easy way to get there if you're willing to do a little walking.

To start, fast travel to the Sorrow's Harbor area at the top of the Moon area. Make an immediate right and head to the Hellmouth.

Once you arrive in the Hellmouth, head to the large structure in the north and go inside.

Run past the enemies you find and descend through a greenlit doorway.

Make your way through the halls and caverns (there's only one path), keeping right until you reach a larger chamber filled with Acolytes, Wizards, and Knights. There will be a large doorway to your right. Continue through it.

Keep making your way down until you reach a circular, orange lit room. Pass straight through to the doorway opposite where you came in.

Descend further, making a jump to the left, and shortly you'll reach the Circle of Bones.

Continue straight, past the knight in the circular chamber just ahead of you as you entered. You'll reach a balcony overlooking a huge pit. Turn to your right, and you'll see a white lit opening in the wall. That's your entrance to the Catacombs. 

The Boss

Descend into the darkness of the Catacombs, and you'll reach a set of broken bridges. After the second gap, you'll encounter Malura, the Fated, surrounded by Acolytes. 

Kill them with extreme prejudice. Or fists. Your call.

Once they're dead, you'll receive Ehrath'Ur's Horned Wreath, and you're one step closer to the Dream Breaker fusion rifle. 

Dream Breaker

Once you have Ehrath'Ur's Horned Wreath, complete the other quest steps if you haven't already. Then, as with every other piece of Moon gear, head to the Lectern of Enchantment in Sanctuary and craft your fusion rifle.

And that's it. You're free to farm Dream Breaker to your heart's content.

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While you're here, check out our other Destiny 2 guides:

Stay tuned to our Destiny 2 guides hub for more! 

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Surviving the Aftermath Announced at PDXCON, Out in Early Access Now https://www.gameskinny.com/ltac9/surviving-the-aftermath-announced-at-pdxcon-out-in-early-access-now https://www.gameskinny.com/ltac9/surviving-the-aftermath-announced-at-pdxcon-out-in-early-access-now Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:57:24 -0400 GS_Staff

Though we've only just recently landed on the Red Planet and started a sustainable colony in Surviving Mars, Paradox Interactive is ready to take the next giant leap in its "Surviving" strategy franchise by bringing things back down to Earth.

Today at PDXcon in Berlin, Germany, the publisher announced Surviving the Aftermath, a post-apocalyptic colony-building sim for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Developed by Iceflake studios, the game is currently in Early Access on the Epic Games store and Xbox Game Preview for $19.99. 

As with many Early Access titles, Surviving the Aftermath will leverage community input throughout development. It currently has a release window of "late 2020," but beyond that, there is no specific date at this time. 

Nikhat Ali, the game's lead producer, said:

Throughout Surviving Mars’ development, we learned the importance of listening to our community and their feedback helped elevate that game to new heights. With Surviving the Aftermath, we want to get our players involved as early as possible so we can make sure we’re making the game they want to play.

We have an ambitious content schedule ahead of us that includes
monthly updates where we will incorporate feedback from our players and we’re confident the team at Iceflake is the right team for the job.

Of that ambition, Surviving the Aftermath is a bit different than your average colony-builder, management sim. While players will still build colonies of over 50 unique buildings from the ashes of a post-apocalyptic wasteland and manage the complex systems Paradox is known for, they will also "go beyond the shelter." 

Teams of Specialists can explore the procedurally generated world outside colonies. There are 48 different Specialists in all, each of which features different motives alongside different strengths and weaknesses.

They gather resources and intelligence, which can be used to further exert dominance over a vast, hazardous map full of bandits and other dangers. They also manage colony production and can fight to protect what players have created.

In a press release, Paradox said that they already have a tentative update roadmap ahead of them, featuring diplomacy, larger tech trees, more combat options between colonies, and much more. 

Iceflake Studios' CEO and Lead Designer Lasse Liljedahl said the team has dreamed about making a game like Surviving the Aftermath for a long time. 

Surviving the Aftermath is the game we’ve always wanted to make. When we pitched our plan to Paradox, they recognized our passion and commitment to making this game the best survival colony builder it can be. We’re beyond thrilled to finally share our dream project with the world and to have the support of one of the industry’s leading publishers.

You can pick up Surviving the Aftermath now for PC and Xbox One. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the game as it develops. 

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Reebok Has a Treat for Atlantans Who Love Shoes, Allen Iverson, and eSports https://www.gameskinny.com/x54fy/reebok-has-a-treat-for-atlantans-who-love-shoes-allen-iverson-and-esports https://www.gameskinny.com/x54fy/reebok-has-a-treat-for-atlantans-who-love-shoes-allen-iverson-and-esports Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:02:28 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

If you're in Atlanta on October 23, you like Reebok, and you're an Allan Iverson fan, you may just want to check out the Westside Cultural Arts Center.

From 6:30 p.m. EST to 11:30 p.m. on October 23, Reebok is hosting a special anniversary event in honor of its longstanding relationship with Iverson and the launch of the Question Mid Double Cross Sneaker. Iverson wore an ancestor of the Question Mid throughout his rookie season, in case you missed the connection there.

On top of all the shoe glory, there's an eSports component to the celebrations (see how it ties into gaming?). It will feature vintage gaming and the latest version of NBA 2K20, thanks to a partnership between 4o4 Esports, Kombo Breakerz, Goma Stream, and GameStop Perimeter Mall.

While the live event is facilitated by eSports firm Immense DC, the Twitch version will be hosted by Fly Guy DC of Streets 94.5. The press release accompanying the news said there will be giveaways and live performances from "various hip-hop and R&B artists." 

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The Outer Worlds Release Times Bring News of a Big Launch Day Patch https://www.gameskinny.com/tjq1s/the-outer-worlds-release-times-bring-news-of-a-big-launch-day-patch https://www.gameskinny.com/tjq1s/the-outer-worlds-release-times-bring-news-of-a-big-launch-day-patch Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:35:36 -0400 GS_Staff

A transmission has come in from the Halcyon Colony. It's ventured through the outer worlds to tell you something special: This is when you can play Obsidian Entertainment's newest sci-fi RPG. 

In a recent post on The Outer Worlds' official forum, which was broadcast through the game's Twitter account, Obsidian finally released the game's global launch times for PC and console. 

According to the graphics and information shared on the forum (seen below), PC players in the United States and South America will get access to the game first on October 24. Here's the full rundown: 

The Outer Worlds Launch Times

Global launch times for The Outer Worlds on PC

PC (Epic Games, Windows, Xbox Game Pass)
  • October 24, 2019 - 16:00 PDT
  • October 24, 2019 - 19:00 EDT
  • October 24, 2019, 2019 - 20:00 BRT
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 00:00 BST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 01:00 CEST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 01:00 SAST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 02:00 MSK
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 07:00 SGT
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 08:00 JST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 10:00 AEDT
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 12:00 NZST

Global launch times for The Outer Worlds on PS4 and Xbox One

Console (PS4, Xbox One)
  • October 24, 2019 - 21:00 PDT
  • October 25, 2019 - 00:00 EDT
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 00:00 BRT
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 00:00 BST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 00:00 CEST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 00:00 SAST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 00:00 MSK
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 00:00 SGT
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 00:00 JST
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 00:00 AEDT
  • October 25, 2019, 2019 - 00:00 NZST

The post also confirms that there will be a launch-day patch for disc-based versions of The Outer Worlds. The update will be 18GB on PS4 and 38GB on Xbox One. Obsidian goes on to say that "digital purchases on both Xbox and PS4, the patch will be included in the pre-load of the game."

While you patiently await the start of your journey, be sure to head over to our impressions of The Outer Worlds from E3. For more, you can see a whopping 40-minutes of gameplay here

Still haven't secured your pre-order? Head here before next Thursday!

Sources: Twitter, Obsidian

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Borderlands 3 Patch Notes Confirm Drastic Legendary Nerfs for Flakker, Butcher https://www.gameskinny.com/xcxll/borderlands-3-patch-notes-confirm-drastic-legendary-nerfs-for-flakker-butcher https://www.gameskinny.com/xcxll/borderlands-3-patch-notes-confirm-drastic-legendary-nerfs-for-flakker-butcher Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:51:11 -0400 GS_Staff

Another week, another Borderlands 3 update. While last week's patch notes detailed tweaks to vault hunter abilities and weapon values, this week doubles down on the latter, focusing on a slew of legendary weapons. 

Specifically, the latest patch notes detail changes to guns from every manufacturer, many of which are some of the game's very best legendaries. Flakker takes a big 33% hit to damage, and Butcher takes a hit to accuracy and a 25% blow to damage. 

Other changes include grenade nerfs, increases to pet health, and the ability to now auto pick-up shield boosters. Eridium chests are also no longer listed as red chests.

Below, you will find the full patch notes for the latest update per the official Gearbox release. 

Borderlands 3 Patch Notes/Hotfixes: October 17

WEAPON HOTFIXES

Maliwan

  • Westergun damage increased by 25%
  • ASMD damage increased by 28%
  • Cutsman damage reduced by 25%

Tediore

  • Ten Gallon damage increased by 8%

Vladof

  • Sickle reload speed increased by 25%
  • Faisor damage increased by 15%
  • Infiniti damage increased by 40%
  • Magnificent damage increased by 25%
  • Jericho damage increased by 40%
  • Lucian’s Call accuracy and handling reduced
  • Lyuda Critical Damage Bonus decreased by 30% and made a modification to address a reported bug that an extra bullet was spawned in the center

The Lyuda’s functionality is to split the projectile from 1 to 3 after a certain distance. It was reported that the original projectile was never destroyed in the process of splitting so 1 projectile actually became 4.

Addressing this concern effectively removed a full shot’s worth of damage which auto-corrects the base damage of the weapon. Since we increased all sniper rifle critical damage bonus in a previous hotfix, we reduced some of the critical damage bonus on the Lyuda.

Torgue

  • Try-Bolt damage increased by 25%
  • Alchemist damage increased by 25%
  • Devils Foursum damage increased by 13%

Flakker now consumes the full magazine when fired and damage is reduced by 33%

Flakker was greatly outperforming other shotguns due to the number of projectiles and the high rate of fire. We initially believed the resulting projectile spread would cause most of the explosions to miss the target, however, this turned out to be false, so we reduced the projectile damage and allowed the weapon to only fire once per magazine.

This change encourages players to capitalize on different stat bonuses to maximize the weapon’s damage output.

  • Laser-Sploder rocket projectiles spawn interval increased by 0.4 seconds

Jakobs

  • Maggie damage increased by 35%
  • Hellwalker damage reduced by 8%

Hyperion

We found that a couple of the Legendary Hyperion weaponry bypassed the Hyperion manufacturer playstyle too easily making their bonuses greatly outweigh the penalties. The Butcher was drastically outperforming all metrics and we chose to reduce the damage in order to keep the fast fire rate.

  • Conference Call damage increased by 15%
  • Crossroad accuracy reduced and it now fires 3 projectiles instead of 4
  • Butcher accuracy reduced and damage reduced by 25%

DAHL

  • Vanquisher damage increased by 20%

Children of the Vault

  • Skeksis damage increased by 15%
  • Linoge damage increased by 20%
  • Pain is Power damage increased by 25%

Atlas

  • Ruby’s Wrath damage increased by 10%

Grenades

Hex and Firestorm were calibrated to the wrong grenade modifier. These two grenades were envisioned to specialize by applying elemental DoTs to targets. Instead, they were resulting in large amounts of damage and the elemental DoTs were minimal.

We realize this is a drastic change on both of these grenades, but we did not want to remove the spectacle of the grenade (number of grenades spawned, number of targets hit, etc.) and focused on allowing their core identity to be emphasized instead of them continuing to just be high damage grenades.

  • Hunter-Seeker damage increased by 25%
  • Hex grenade damage reduced by 70% and duration reduced to 3 seconds
  • Firestorm damage reduced by 70%

Artifacts

It was reported that the Legendary artifact, Elemental Projector, had a bug resulting in the max value being displayed at 183% instead of the actual max value of 113%. Therefore, we addressed the discrepancy and reduced the max value to 90%.

  • Elemental Projector damage max roll reduced to 90%
Vault Hunter Adjustments

The current state of Moze’s Iron Bear, Zane’s Digi-Clone, and FL4K’s pets have made players focus on other elements besides those Vault Hunter’s fundamental action skills in the late game.

While longer-term solutions to scaling their damage is explored, we have boosted the health of Iron Bear, the Digi-Clone, and the pets to make them more viable. We will have more to say about long term solutions for these characters in the future.

  • Iron Bear: health increased by 50%
  • All pets’ health increased by 50%
  • Digi-Clone: health increased by 100%
  • Addressed a bug with Salvation where grenades were giving life-steal
Bug Fixes
  • Psychos will now use their True Vault Hunter Mode name in True Vault Hunter Mode
  • Removed the optional Rare Spawn missions from Galaxy Progress
  • Addressed a reported bug where Completely Sane Sid didn’t always become hostile when using FL4K
  • Addressed a reported bug where Ratch would not properly spawn during “Ratch’d Up”, which potentially blocked completion of that side mission
  • Included a modification so Lilith would continue to move toward the door in Shiv’s confession chamber during “From the Ground Up”
  • Lowered the chance for a weapon to drop from the Pachinko machine
  • Included a modification so that Zane’s Digi-Clone will no longer spawn into the cage in Cistern of Slaughter
  • Shield Boosters were modified and are now set for auto-pickup
  • An addition was introduced so Eridium chests are no longer listed as Red Chests in the ECHOcast extension on Sanctuary III

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That's it for the Borderlands 3 official patch notes for the latest update as of October 17, 2019. For more on Borderlands 3, check out last week's patch notes, and be sure to head over to our official review of the game

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the latest in the Borderlands franchise. 

Source: Gearbox

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Bleacher Report's Battlestations Shows How Pro Athletes Unwind with Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/r9i2e/bleacher-reports-battlestations-shows-how-pro-athletes-unwind-with-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/r9i2e/bleacher-reports-battlestations-shows-how-pro-athletes-unwind-with-video-games Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:02:06 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Ever wonder how some of your favorite athletes unwind after an intense training session or stressful game? If so, then the pilot broadcast of Bleacher Report and Kids at Play's newest venture, dubbed Battlestations, should be of particular interest.

Battlestations will be hosted by four-time Call of Duty champion Doug "Censor" Martin. The pilot episode will feature Josh Hart of the New Orleans Pelicans and De'Aaron Fox from the Sacramento Kings, covering not just how they use video games to unwind, but how they've set up their "spectacular" in-home game rooms as well.

In some ways, it's the video game equivalent of MTV Cribs

Bleacher Report will take a unique approach in gauging audience interest as well. Real-time data and feedback will be gathered and then used to inform how future episodes are structured and what they cover. The goal is to expand the individual episodes into a full series.

A Kids at Play representative said of the venture:

Battlestations is all about passion the love of sports and the love of gaming.

Sports and gaming have had a long relationship and we are excited to peal the curtain back for the incredible Bleacher Report audience.

Battlestations will be developed for Bleacher Report's own channels, but it could be licensed to air on other outlets as well. As yet, though, there's no word on an expected air date.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on this newest gaming series as it develops. 

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Fortnite Hideouts Locations and How to Use Them https://www.gameskinny.com/9whiz/fortnite-hideouts-locations-and-how-to-use-them https://www.gameskinny.com/9whiz/fortnite-hideouts-locations-and-how-to-use-them Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:31:21 -0400 Ty Arthur

We've gone from being a bush to hiding out in dumpsters with the battle royale re-launch of Chapter 2. Fortnite Hideouts are the latest way to get the drop on your opponent and snag a Victory Royale -- if you know where to find them!

It may not be Call Of Duty's Prop Hunt mode, but you've now got to be on the lookout for potentially killer objects when heading into any area with buildings and certain outdoor locations with hay.

Finding Fortnite Hideouts

For now, there are only two types of hideouts: hay bales and metal dumpsters. We can probably expect other objects to join the list in later seasons and the new Chapter 2 mechanics are tinkered with in the coming months.

To use a hideout, just face the object and press the interact button to hide inside, then press it again to pop out when an enemy's back is turned and you are ready to start shooting.

Now you need to know where to find them though, as they are necessary to complete several weekly challenges.

Frenzy Farm is the best place to find hay bales, and lots of 'em. If you land there, you should be able to see several from the air as you make your way down to the ground.

Nearly any location with buildings is where to look for dumpster hideouts, but your best bets are business type locations such as the gas station in Salty Springs.

Hideouts popping up at random across the map is leading to paranoid game of cat and mouse, with players now shooting hay bales and dumpsters out of habit. It's not a bad idea just to be safe... except that the sound will reveal your location to anyone nearby who isn't hiding in the garbage or hay.

Have you managed to get a kill using a hideout yet or avoided a squad of enemies with these nifty new additions to the game? Sound off in the comments below.

If you need more help navigating the updated mechanics in Fortnite Chapter 2, and for more Fortnite guides, check out the list below:

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Weapons List and Stats https://www.gameskinny.com/ktudl/fortnite-chapter-2-weapons-list-and-stats https://www.gameskinny.com/ktudl/fortnite-chapter-2-weapons-list-and-stats Fri, 18 Oct 2019 10:57:55 -0400 Sergey_3847

A new chapter in Fortnite battle royale has begun, and it's brought a bevy of changes to the game's weapons list. Many weapons have been vaulted, while a few have been taken out of the vault and thrown back into play. 

In this guide, you will find a complete list of all available weapons in Fortnite Chapter 2 battle royale, including their stats and rarities. Some weapon rarities have been added for certain models, while others have been removed by Epic Games.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Weapons List and Stats

Assault Rifle (SCAR)

Fortnite Chapter 2 Assault Rifle (SCAR)

Stats Common Uncommon Rare Epic Legendary
DPS 165 170.5 181.5 192.5 198
Damage 30 31 33 35 36
Fire Rate
5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
Magazine 30 30 30 30 30
Reload Time
2.3 2.2 2.2 2.1 2.1
Structure Damage
30 31 33 35 36
 
Burst Assault Rifle (AUG)

Stats Common Uncommon Rare Epic Legendary
DPS 132.57 142.39 147.3 157.12 162.03
Damage 27 29 30 32 33
Fire Rate
4.91 4.91 4.91 4.91 4.91
Magazine 30 30 30 30 30
Reload Time
2.9 2.7 2.6 2.5 2.3
Structure Damage
27 29 30 32 33
 
Submachine Gun (P90)

Stats Common Uncommon Rare Epic Legendary
DPS 204 216 228 240 252
Damage 17 18 19 20 21
Fire Rate
12 12 12 12 12
Magazine 30 30 30 30 30
Reload Time
2.42 2.31 2.2 2.09 1.98
Structure Damage
17 18 19 20 21
 
Pistol

Stats Common Uncommon Rare Epic Legendary
DPS 162 168.75 175.5 189 195.75
Damage 24 25 26 28 29
Fire Rate
6.75 6.75 6.75 6.75 6.75
Magazine 16 16 16 16 16
Reload Time
1.5 1.5 1.4 1.3 1.3
Structure Damage
23 24 25 26 27
 
Tactical Shotgun (M1014)

Stats Common Uncommon Rare Epic Legendary
DPS 106.5 112.5 118.5 124.5 130.5
Damage 71 75 79 83 87
Fire Rate
1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
Magazine 8 8 8 8 8
Reload Time
6.3 6 5.7 5.4 5.1
Structure Damage
50 53 55 58 60
 
Pump Shotgun

Stats Common Uncommon Rare Epic Legendary
DPS 49 56 63 70 77
Damage 70 80 90 100 110
Fire Rate
0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7
Magazine 5 5 5 5 5
Reload Time
5 4.8 4.6 4.4 4.2
Structure Damage
45 46 50 54 55
 
Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle

Stats Common Uncommon Rare Epic Legendary
DPS 31.35 33 34.65 36.3 38.28
Damage 95 100 105 110 116
Fire Rate
0.33 0.33 0.33 0.33 0.33
Magazine 1 1 1 1 1
Reload Time
3.4 3.2 3 2.8 2.6
Structure Damage
95 100 105 110 116
 
Rocket Launcher

Stats Common Uncommon Rare Epic Legendary
DPS 74.25 78.75 82.5 87 90.75
Damage 99 105 110 116 121
Fire Rate
0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75 0.75
Magazine 1 1 1 1 1
Reload Time
4.7 4.1 3.6 3.1 2.5
Structure Damage
356 356 375 394 394
 
Six Shooter

Stats Uncommon Rare Epic
DPS 170 180 190
Damage 34 36 38
Fire Rate
5 5 5
Magazine 6 6 6
Reload Time
2.42 2.3 2.19
Structure Damage
34 36 38
 
Hunting Rifle

Stats Uncommon Rare
DPS 68.8 72
Damage 86 90
Fire Rate
0.8 0.8
Magazine 1 1
Reload Time
1.9 1.8
Structure Damage
86 90
 
Double-Barrel Shotgun

Stats Epic Legendary
DPS 216.6 228
Damage 114 120
Fire Rate
1.9 1.9
Magazine 2 2
Reload Time
2.8 2.7
Structure Damage
87 90
 
Infantry Rifle

Fortnite Chapter 2 Infantry Rifle

Stats Common
DPS 144
Damage 36
Fire Rate
4
Magazine 8
Reload Time
2.5
Structure Damage
36

 

These are all available weapons in Fortnite Chapter 2 battle royale. For more Fortnite guides, check out the list below:

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare Economy Outlined, Doesn't Include Loot Boxes https://www.gameskinny.com/36f5v/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-economy-outlined-doesnt-include-loot-boxes https://www.gameskinny.com/36f5v/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-economy-outlined-doesnt-include-loot-boxes Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:08:25 -0400 GS_Staff

A few days ago, we reported that Call of Duty Modern Warfare won't have loot boxes. Today, Activision doubled down with a blog post on the game's official website. Instead, the developer says that Modern Warfare will implement a battle pass, similar to those found in Fortnite and Destiny 2

The blog post goes on to outline what will be available in the game's battle pass system. They clearly state that players can earn "all functional content that has an impact on game balance," by playing the game. There will be no pay-to-win systems in Modern Warfare

We are introducing a new Battle Pass system, not a loot box system.

All functional content that has an impact on game balance, such as base weapons and attachments, can be unlocked simply by playing the game.

The new Battle Pass system will allow players to see the content that they are earning or buying. Battle Passes will launch timed to new, post-launch live seasons, so you can unlock cool new Modern Warfare-themed content that matches each season.

With the new Battle Pass system, players will be able to earn COD Points by playing the game. 

There will be both a Free Stream and a Premium Stream of content in the Battle Pass System in Modern Warfare. New base weapons will be earned through gameplay, simply by playing Modern Warfare. Functional attachments for base weapons can be unlocked through gameplay as well just like in the game’s Beta.

The Battle Pass and the In-Game Store will feature a variety of cosmetic content that does not impact game balance.

According to the post, the battle pass will not release with the game on October 25. Activision wants to focus on the game's launch while giving players time to play through the game, earning rewards detached from a battle pass system. 

Call of Duty Modern Warfare will release on October 25 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. For more on the upcoming first-person shooter, be sure to check out our beta impressions ahead of our official review. Then watch this awesome Spec Ops trailer to get hype for the game's multiplayer offerings. 

Source: Activision

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Death Stranding Has Normal Install Size Despite Everything Else Being Weird https://www.gameskinny.com/1fzox/death-stranding-has-normal-install-size-despite-everything-else-being-weird https://www.gameskinny.com/1fzox/death-stranding-has-normal-install-size-despite-everything-else-being-weird Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:13:40 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Death Stranding is already in the hands of journalists and media types worldwide. As we inch ever closer to the game's November 1 review embargo and its November 8 release, the hype around the latest Kojima title has already climbed well beyond fever pitch. 

With that said, Sony is resting on its laurels. Indeed, the company is making sure it keeps the fires stoked with a steady stream of new and intriguing information.

The latest comes from Sony indirectly. By proxy of a new Best Buy product listing for the limited edition PS4 Pro Death Stranding console bundle, we now know how many gigs you'll need to install Death Stranding

The bundle's promotional materials state that the game needs a minimum install size of 55GB. It's tough to see. You can try by looking at the bottom of the promotional still below, but good luck. We don't have fancy "full resolution" pop-outs (I'll talk to dev about that ...).

That said, 55GB is comparable to what we've come to expect from most recent AAA titles. Luckily for some players, like me, who already have a plethora of games installed on their PS4s, we're not looking at something as substantial as Red Dead Redemption 2's 100+ gigs or the 101 needed for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Thank the maker.

Despite hard-drive requirements reaching stratospheric heights in the past, game install sizes have been part of the news as of late, with initial reports citing that Call of Duty Modern Warfare would impose a mammoth 175GB install size on PC players.

Though Activision later clarified that number as the suggested space for the base game and its future DLCs, such a demanding figure is still significant. The revelation has led some to voice concern over the metastatic growth of games on the platform.

Sources: Gamesradar, Best Buy

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Rumor: PlayStation 5 Might Include PS1, PS2, PS3, and PS4 Backwards Compatibility https://www.gameskinny.com/5dgp0/rumor-playstation-5-might-include-ps1-ps2-ps3-and-ps4-backwards-compatibility https://www.gameskinny.com/5dgp0/rumor-playstation-5-might-include-ps1-ps2-ps3-and-ps4-backwards-compatibility Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:20:42 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The PlayStation 5 backwards compatibility saga of confusion continues, with new rumors suggesting it might be capable of reading discs from all previous Sony consoles (except the Sony Nintendo hybrid, because duh).

Last week, Sony quietly dropped news about the PlayStation 5's release window. While it confirmed what many suspected — the system won't release until late next year — it didn't address anything new in terms of backwards compatibility for the platform. 

Following that reveal, a spokesperson from Sony reportedly said the PS5 "dev team is putting all power on verifying whether they can secure a complete compatibility."

However, journalist and industry insider Patrick Klepek recently told the Waypoint Podcast that the PS5 would, indeed, include backwards compatibility because its focus is on the past and future combined.

Now, there are new rumors surrounding what that means. Twitter user PSErebus, who has a history of providing accurate, leaked information, suggests this emphasis on the past will go so far as to include compatibility support for PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.


At this point, outside the technical specifications and some other information, we don't know a whole lot about the PlayStation 5. Naturally, these claims are just rumors until Sony finally unveils more information about its next-gen console, which is rumored to be sometime in February 2020. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more as it develops. 

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Fortnite Chapter 2 Medal Punchcard Explained https://www.gameskinny.com/lz2j6/fortnite-chapter-2-medal-punchcard-explained https://www.gameskinny.com/lz2j6/fortnite-chapter-2-medal-punchcard-explained Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:42:35 -0400 Ty Arthur

Now that Fortnite is officially back with Chapter 2, many of the upgrade, progression, and weapons systems you've gotten to know have been significantly altered. And some, like the medal punchcard system, are brand-new. 

The Fortnite medal punchcard system is separate from the XP missions, which can be cycled at your leisure. But they still help you earn XP faster so you can level up your battle pass. Here's what you need to know about the new system. 

Fortnite Medal Punchcard System

The medal punchcard system is new to Fortnite Chapter 2, and changes player progression.

Before we get into how the punchcard works, its worth noting that as of this writing, the punchcard can get stuck on the screen on the PS4 version. Unfortunately, at this point, there's no fix except to wait for a patch to resolve the issue. Closing and re-opening won't fix it, and neither will uninstalling and reinstalling.

Now, onto the punchard.

The medals essentially serve the role of daily missions for earning experience and increasing your battle pass rank, but they are a little more flexible and can be earned by newer players who aren't as skilled yet.

The punchchard can be filled up with any of the medals you don't have to do one of each type, for instance  and you can bump up the ranking of the medal from bronze to silver to gold by completing it again with higher numbers.

There may be more based on other types of actions, but here are all the medals we've discovered so far:

  • First Match Medal: Play your first game of the day
  • Scavenger Medal: Search 3 / 7 / 10 chests, supply drops, or llamas
  • Battle Medal: Get 1 / 4 / 8 eliminations in a match
  • Survivor Medal: Survive to top 50 / 25 / 10 players in a match
  • Sniper Medal: Get a long-distance sniper kill of 100m or more
  • Fishing Medal: Go fishing using the new poles

While these medals are for solo matches, note there are also teamwork medals for earning assists in duo or squad modes. The medals reset each day after 24 hours, which means you'll get more rewards if you keep logging in each day and repeat the medals over and over.

That's it on how to navigate the revamped progression punchcard in Fortnite Chapter 2, and for more Fortnite guides, check out the list below:

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How To Change CC In Mario Kart Tour https://www.gameskinny.com/vkz55/how-to-change-cc-in-mario-kart-tour https://www.gameskinny.com/vkz55/how-to-change-cc-in-mario-kart-tour Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:36:22 -0400 Ty Arthur

With tours swapping out every two weeks and 16 cups that all feature four separate tracks, Mario Kart Tour is overflowing with race options, and that number increases with the ability to change the cc of every track.

Want to swap out to a different cc for varying rewards or to speed up the track and have a bigger challenge? You can choose between these four options:

  • 50cc  
  • 100cc
  • 150cc
  • 200cc (locked without spending money)

Changing Mario Kart Tour CC Settings

Rather than going to the game settings, the cc is changed during the actual course selection.

After selecting your racer, kart, and glider, tap the cc option in the middle of the screen just below the image of your track selections.

If you are just starting the game, the 100cc and 150cc versions don't unlock until you've completed the first six cups of the current tour. 

At this time, you can only play the 200cc versions of a track if you have the $4.99 a month gold pass subscription service.

If you cancel your gold subscription, you won't be able to play the 200cc version anymore, and you won't get the extra bonus rewards from tour gifts and weekly challenges.

Now that you know how to change the cc, you might be wondering why you'd want to change the cc of a track?

50cc moves slower and has less aggressive AI driver opponents, which makes it easier to complete certain weekly challenges where you have to hit specific objects or complete 30 mini turbo boosts in a row.

If you want to hit higher scores to unlock more stars, however, it's usually better to switch to the faster 150cc option.

What's your favorite track and cc option so far? Sound off in the comments section below!

Still need to figure out how to complete any other challenges, earn extra coins, or pull the best drivers? Take a look at our growing list of Mario Kart Tour guides here, including:

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