Simulation Genre RSS Feed | Simulation on GameSkinny en Launch Media Network Barotrauma Hitting Steam Early Access June 5th, Try the Free Pre-alpha! Fri, 17 May 2019 16:35:55 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Have you noticed Barotrauma on Steam yet? If you're game for some high-tension underwater exploration and submarine customization with a multiplayer twist, you may want to mark your calendar for the game's June 5 Early Access launch on Steam.

Barotrauma intrigued me with its name and gritty icon on the Steam Upcoming Games list, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Currently in closed alpha, Barotrauma will task players with exploring the underwater depths of Jupiter's frozen moon. It may be humanity's first step into the depths, but the environment is teeming with life most unwelcoming.

Not too different from subversive co-op games like the classic Space Station 13, the game will allow players to take the reigns as one of the submarine's staff, from captain to security officer. It will take teamwork, knowledge of the game's systems, and a steel will to survive in the frozen depths of Jupiter's moon both within the submarine... and exploring without the safety of its confines.

Also like Space Station 13 and its ilk, Barotrauma will be flexible enough to allow players to play honorably and help the team's exploration efforts, or be total dinks and subtly or very obviously ruin the mission for everyone involved. Some may say that sounds awful, but if you've played these sorts of games before, you know that sort of risk makes the reward of survival all that much sweeter.

It all sounds really fun and looks (quite frankly) terrifying for a thalassophobic mess like myself. Some of the creatures the developers have revealed and some of my time in the pre-alpha version of the game really just scratch that fear itch in the right way.

Speaking of the pre-alpha, did you know you can give it a whirl right now while you wait for the Early Access beta launch?

Though the pre-alpha is quite old and by no means up to par with the upcoming Early Access version, it's still a fun foray into the game's unique style of exploration and management and it's totally free.

The pre-alpha is a good testing point if you're on the fence before ponying up on Barotrauma's Steam Early Access date of June 5. If the game even sounds like your cup of tea, you will probably not be disappointed.

GameSkinny Weekend Download: Sony Partners With Microsoft, Plus Rage 2, Super Mario Maker, More Sat, 18 May 2019 09:00:01 -0400 GS_Staff

We skipped last week, but GameSkinny's Weekend Download is back.

This week we have Sony partnering with Microsoft, PUBG getting slapped with restrictive modes, and Nintendo dropping way too much news on Super Mario Maker 2.

Outside of that, World of Warcraft Classic finally got a release date, news games were announced for the Genesis Mini, three big digital storefronts have three big sales going on. We also spoke to Asobo Studios about A Plague Tale: Innocence, reviewed Sniper Elite V2 Remastered, and wrote way too many guides on new and old games alike. 

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


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  • Red Dead Online Leaves Beta With Big Additions
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    Pokemon GO players are getting the chance to obtain some extra powerful, and potentially Shiny, Raid bosses next week, with some other special events planned as well. Read more

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    The Division 2's first raid is coming soon, and the patch makes a bunch of adjustments and improvements designed for a smoother experience when it does release. Read more

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    The first of three trailers for Vambrace: Cold Soul is live. The Town showcases the game's central hub. Read more
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    Despite a graphical upgrade, Sniper Elite V2 Remastered shows its age in almost every way — but that doesn't mean it's not a good time. Read more.  

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    A Plague Tale: Innocence is an odd and often frustrating experience, with an escort mission front and center. There's a lot here that makes it worth checking out, though, even if only once. Read more

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    Druidstone nails turn-based combat, with some remarkably user-friendly options, but is held back somewhat by an uninteresting story. Read more.

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    Figment turns a touchy topic into an engaging puzzle adventure that's filled with heart and some excellent setting and soundtrack designs. Read more

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  • Fallout 76: Scout World Challenge Badge Exam Answers
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It's Minecraft's 10th Anniversary! Minecraft Earth Is on the Way Fri, 17 May 2019 15:59:18 -0400 Ashley Shankle

It feels like Minecraft's been around for ages. Heck, 10 years is a long time. It may as well be ages!

Minecraft's been toiling around the game industry for longer than a decade, but the game's full release in 2009 took the game from a simple fad to a full-on worldwide phenomenon.

Today people know what Minecraft is, even if they don't know an Enter key from a Start button. While Fortnite may have superseded Minecraft in terms of trendiness, the blocky sandbox continues to be a force to be reckoned with here in 2019.

We've seen how Minecraft has evolved over the years -- the Marketplace, texture and mashup packs, and content updates that have pushed it well past its initial vision. The 2014 acquisition of Mojang by Microsoft changed the fate of the game forever, many would say for the better.

Today's the game's 10th anniversary, a milestone for Mojang and the Minecraft community at large. As a Minecraft player, you've got to celebrate! Luckily there are a few ways to do so.

The first is the most exciting: Minecraft Earth!

Mojang announced Minecraft Earth today, an augmented reality (AR) mobile game that will bring those pixelly blocks to the real world... virtually.

Minecraft Earth will allow players to build their own creations anywhere in the world, viewable via the game. This isn't going to just be a Creative Mode affair, though. The announcement specifically mentions Survival and the ability to fight them in the AR title. No simple sandbox here!

So how do you get into the Minecraft Earth beta? You can sign up for the Minecraft Earth closed beta right now by heading over to the beta sign-up page.

Those who sign up get a free special limited skin for Minecraft Earth and Bedrock, so get to it! It's too cute to pass up. You should get the skin within 24 hours of registering for the beta, whether you get in or not.

Mojang stated they will be rolling the beta out to hundreds of thousands of players, so just about everyone's got a chance to get in. However, you must be 18 or older to be eligible for the beta.

10th Anniversary Sale!

Maybe you're a longtime player trying to get their friends to hop on the Minecraft train or someone just considering jumping in, now's the time to throw some cash Mojang's way. The game is 50% off on Windows 10, Java, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One.

There's really never been a better time get into Minecraft considering the recent Village & Pillage update that's been rolling out across platforms (the PlayStation 4 Edition still doesn't have the whole thing, however) and this big sale.

The Minecraft Marketplace is also going through a sale, discounting the top 10 most popular worlds, mash-up packs, and skins by 10% for a limited time. Not the best discount, but it's certainly better than nothing!

So what are you planning on doing for Minecraft's 10th anniversary? Sound off in the comments below, and keep your eyes peeled for your beta invites as Mojang rolls out the Minecraft Earth beta to blend your real life with your favorite game.

Also check out our awesome Minecraft seed lists, which millions of players have used thus far and are well-worth checking out. Have fun!

Fallout 76: What is the Stimpak Diffuser, and Where do I Get One? Fri, 17 May 2019 14:57:16 -0400 Ty Arthur

There are a million and one things to do in Fallout 76, and the Wild Appalachia update brought along even more. Now you have the option to complete challenges for earning scout badges.

Any aspiring medics may have noticed that something called a Stimpak Diffuser is required to complete the medic badge as part of The Order Of The Tadpole quest. 

Unfortunately, there's just one slight snag: this item and its crafting recipe don't actually exist. However, you can still get the badge. Read on to find out how. 

How Do You Make A Stimpak Diffuser? You Can't!

Yep, Bethesda added a requirement for a badge that you can't possibly complete  no matter where you search or what items you make. Whoops.

Note that this not-so-minor oversight doesn't actually prevent you from completing the quest. You just have to work through a different badge challenge. There are dozens of them, and you only need to finish three badges to complete the quest.

The non-existence of the Stimpak Diffuser has been added to Bethesda's "known issues" list for fixes to be handled in an upcoming patch. Here's what the devs had to say about the problem:

STATUS: The Stimpak Diffuser is a Stimpak that restores health to you and your nearby teammates. The recipe for this item will be available in the next update. We're aware that this creates an issue with completing the Tadpole Challenge referencing the Stimpak Diffuser, however you may still complete other world Challenges to earn badges.

At the moment, it looks like the recipe will most likely be acquired by completing either the Unsolved: Best of Intentions quest or the Project Paradise quest. However, that's just a guess from the community as the specifics of where it will be acquired remain a mystery at this point.

When the Stimpak Diffuser finally gets added, we'll update this article with specifics on how to make one so you can complete the medic badge!

Looking for the answers to the exams to complete the other badges instead? We've got all the scout world challenge badge exam answers over here. For more tips, walkthroughs, and strategies, be sure to head look through our other Fallout 76 guides

Pokemon GO Extraordinary Raid Week Includes Shiny Lapras Day Fri, 17 May 2019 10:24:58 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Niantic recently announced a big new Raid event for Pokemon GO, which will include a chance for high-level Raid bosses, extra Raid events, and Shiny Lapras.

The Extraordinary Raid Week begins on Tuesday, May 21 at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST. It ends at the same time on May 28.

During the event, GO players will get double the amount of Raid Stardust and Raid XP. Plus, they'll have a chance to take on a number of Raid bosses, including some of the most powerful Pokemon in the game so far.

What follows is the list of potential Raid bosses. GO players should keep in mind that Raid bosses have perfect IVs, and this is a good opportunity to track down some more elusive Shiny Pokemon as well. Pokemon that may be Shiny are included in italics.

Tier 1:

  • Machop
  • Slakoth
  • Shinx
  • Bronzor (Note that Bronzor is a new Shiny Pokemon)

Tier 2:

  • Misdreavous
  • Kirlia
  • Mawile
  • Feebas
  • Clamperl
  • Bibarel

Tier 3:

  • Alolan Raichu
  • Chansey
  • Scyther
  • Aerodactyl
  • Floatzel

Tier 4 is where the big hitters are, though.

Tier 4:

  • Alolan Marowak
  • Dragonite
  • Tyranitar
  • Absol
  • Metagross

Tier 5 is a bit more special, since it's region specific:

Tier 5:

  • Uxie (Asia-Pacific region)
  • Mesprit (Europe, Middle East, Africa, India)
  • Azelf (North and South America, Greenland)

The so-called Dinner Raid Hour is making its return as well. It will be on Wednesday, May 22, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (local time). It's a chance for an extra Raid, useful for those Raid passes burning a hole in trainer avatars' pockets, and Niantic said all Gyms in the local area should hatch a random Egg at the same time.

Finally, Lapras Day will be Saturday, May 25, in the Americas, Greenland,  Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and the following day at the same time in the Asia-Pacific region (local time again).

Lapras will be joining Raid battles during that time, and there's a chance players will encounter its Shiny variety as well. There's no need for concern about Raid Passes either, since all players will receive five free Raid Passes during the event.

Both Lapras forms will have two special legacy moves only available for that day: Ice Shard and Ice Beam.

Considering Lapras was only made available on a limited basis, first at Safari Zone Sentosa and then in the wild via special Research Tasks, this is a fairly significant event.


If you need a refresher on the best Raid battle techniques and how Raids work in general, check out our Pokemon GO Raid guide.

Magic the Gathering: Mardu Top Tier Deck for WAR Standard Fri, 17 May 2019 11:26:58 -0400 Sergey_3847

War of the Spark, a new Standard set for Magic: The Gathering, is now available globally in print and digital formats. It is one of the strongest sets that has come out since last year's Dominaria.

Each pack in WAR contains a planeswalker. It is logical to assume that the meta would be oversaturated by planeswalker decks, and, to some degree, that is very much true.

However, there is one archetype that has emerged with a singular goal: to beat opponents without a single planeswalker in its maindeck. It combines several strategic elements to excruciating effect, such as Aggro and Life Drain.

That deck is Mardu. Below, I've broken this deck down to show you why it's so powerful, and why you should consider using it in both MtG and Magic Arena.

The Decklist

Creature (25)
Sorcery (13)
Land (22)
Sideboard (15)
4x Footlight Fiend 2x Angrath's Rampage 4x Blood Crypt 2x Angrath's Rampage
4x Cruel Celebrant 4x Light Up the Stage 3x Clifftop Retreat 2x Bedevil
4x Dreadhorde Butcher 4x Heroic Reinforcements 4x Dragonskull Summit 3x Despark
4x Hero of Precinct One 3x Kaya's Wrath 4x Godless Shrine 4x Duress
4x Judith, the Scourge Diva --  3x Isolated Chapel 2x Kaya, Orzhov Usurper
3x Midnight Reaper  -- 4x Sacred Foundry 2x Mortify
2xTeysa Karlov  -- --   --


The Gameplan


This deck revolves around two creatures: Cruel Celebrant and Teysa Karlov. The first creature is obviously more important. It is cheaper to cast and thus, it can be put on the board earlier.

The nice thing about these two cards is that you don't need to be afraid of losing your creatures. They will both trigger the Life Drain effect, which is the goal of this Mardu deck.

Play as many creatures as you can and attack whenever you think is appropriate. When it comes to attackers, you can spare any other minion except Cruel Celebrant and Teysa Karlov. These two should stay alive for as long as possible.

But even if your opponent decides to sweep your creatures with a board-clear, it's no big deal. At times, that is exactly what you want. The more creatures that die on your side, the more damage you will deal to your opponent.


Hero of Precinct One is another high priority card in this deck, and you should try to put it on board before you opt for playing your multicolored cards. This way, your army of "kamikaze" creatures will grow and ultimately deal an even larger amount of damage.

A card like Dreadhorde Butcher doesn't need Cruel Celebrant to deal damage when it dies, but if you can keep Teysa Karlov on-board alongside Dreadhorde Butcher, it will deal twice as much damage, which could add up to some significant numbers.


Although Life Drain will be your primary source of damage, don't disregard the Aggro side of this deck.

Judith, the Scourge Diva is included in this list for that extra damage push, and her second ability synergizes perfectly with the death theme of this Mardu list. However, it only works for non-token creatures, so a card like Heroic Reinforcements will only benefit from Judith's attack buff.

In any case, no matter how your games turn out, your strategy will always depend on the type of opponents you encounter.


Lastly, you need to make sure you won't have an empty hand. That's why some effective draw engines like Light Up the Stage and Midnight Reaper are a must.

Also, if you face another highly aggressive deck with a lot of creatures, don't be afraid to use your Kaya's Wrath, even if your own side of the table is filled with creatures. At the end of the day, you want your creatures to die, and if you get to clear all of the opponent's threats, then that's even better.

The Match-Ups

This Mardu deck can be played in different ways depending on your match-ups. The Sideboard is primarily filled with universal removal spells that can get rid of unwanted creatures, enchantments, artifacts, and even planeswalkers.

So, here's a breakdown of each of the three possible match-ups against Aggro, Midrange, and Control decks.

vs. Aggro

Currently, the biggest representative of the Aggro archetype in WAR Standard is Mono-Red Aggro with Chandra, Fire Artisan.

This deck is really easy to counter since your own deck has a significant number of cheap and strong creatures that can block or be blocked depending on who gets their threats on board earlier.

Goblin Chainwhirler, one of the biggest threats in Mono-Red Aggro, can only really harm your tokens. Even then, if you control Cruel Celebrant, this will only fortify your own deck.

In case your opponent builds a significant board, your Kaya's Wrath will sweep everything away and help you regain health. The value corresponds to the number of creatures that have died. 

However, wait for your opponent to empty their hand before casting Kaya's Wrath.

vs. Midrange

The two most dangerous Midrange decks in WAR are Esper and Bant. The Esper deck runs a very problematic Thief of Sanity, which could easily disrupt the Mardu deck.

In that case it would be wise to direct the damage from cards like Footlight Fiend, Judith, and Dreadhorde Butcher to deal with the Thief of Sanity. Then, you can focus your damage on an opponent.

The Bant lists usually run Hydroid Krasis, which can gain a lot of toughness really quickly. So in this case you are left with a vast number of removal spells in the sideboard to deal with it.

The last big threat is God-Eternal Oketra, which can be removed only temporarily. If you face an opponent that runs Oketra, then be as aggressive as you can and try to kill your opponent before turn five.

vs. Control

Most Control decks in MtG run a very small number of creatures. They mostly focus on planeswalkers, such as Teferi and Liliana.

This means that your opponent's side of board will be clear for aggressive attacks. Use these as an opportunity to deal early damage.

Later in the match-up, Control players will decide to sweep your board. They will be greatly surprised when all the damage from your dead creatures ends up killing them.

Also, don't forget to bring Duress from your Sideboard for these match-ups. It will help you get rid of planeswalkers and other unwanted non-creature spells early in the game.

Lastly, you can utilize the two copies of Kaya, Orzhov Usurper, the only planeswalker in this Mardu list, to get a presence on the board in case you have no creatures.


  • Be as aggressive as possible without worrying about losing your own creatures.
  • If you control Cruel Celebrant, let your creatures die, but keep the Celebrant alive for as long as possible.
  • Try to combine Cruel Celebrant with Teysa Karlov for double Life Drain effect.
  • If your opponent plays powerful threats that could disrupt your game, deal with them first, and then focus damage on your opponent.

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Sony and Microsoft Partner For Gaming, Technology Solutions Thu, 16 May 2019 17:52:27 -0400 Jonathan Moore

In a move that surprised a large swath of the gaming community, Sony and Microsoft on Thursday announced a partnership aimed at "technology and information sharing."

The two giants of industry did not directly mention any current or future gaming platforms. However, the announcement said that among other things, some focus would be placed on "game and content-streaming services."

Additionally, both Sony and Microsoft said the partnership would allow for exploration in the areas of technology and A.I., specifically mentioning semiconductors for imaging technology as well as research into the "incorporation of Microsoft’s advanced AI platform and tools in Sony consumer products..."

Of the partnership, Kenichiro Yoshida, president and CEO of Sony, said: 

PlayStation itself came about through the integration of creativity and technology. Our mission is to seamlessly evolve this platform as one that continues to deliver the best and most immersive entertainment experiences, together with a cloud environment that ensures the best possible experience, anytime, anywhere.

For many years, Microsoft has been a key business partner for us, though of course, the two companies have also been competing in some areas. I believe that our joint development of future cloud solutions will contribute greatly to the advancement of interactive content.

With that said, the exact nature of the partnership remains muddy and it does not dispel the fact that both companies are still very much competitors in the current gaming sphere.

Sony has confirmed work on its next-gen console has been underway for some time, while it's all but certain official news regarding the next Xbox is on the immediate horizon. Additionally, Sony's PlayStation Now service currently competes with Microsoft's upcoming xCloud streaming service, as both allow streaming of console-specific titles to multiple devices. 

At GDC in March, Google unveiled Stadia, the company's cloud-based video game streaming service. It allows for the streaming of high-quality AAA games to any internet-connected device, including PCs, phones, and tablets. 

While some hands-on impressions were positive, others in the gaming community remain skeptical of the technology and the infrastructure needed for it to succeed. 

Considering Azure's database footprint extends to 140 countries, Microsoft is conceivably one of the only companies that could rival Google's cloud-streaming capabilities. 

Fallout 76 Purveyor Legendary Vendor Location Thu, 16 May 2019 15:58:14 -0400 Ty Arthur

Patch 9 recently dropped for Fallout 76. It not only offered up brand-new Wild Appalachia content, but also brought changes to personal vending machines and tweaks to the C.A.M.P. and Workshop systems. It also brought with it a new shopkeep, and now everyone is looking for the Purveyor legendary vendor location. 

As its name implies, the Purveyor legendary vendor only sells legendary items. These can only be purchased with a brand-new kind of currency called legendary scrips (and we all know we wanted another form of in-game currency, right?).

The Purveyor legendary vendor arrived a week earlier than originally announced and can now be found near Berkeley Springs.

Finding the Purveyor Legendary Vendor Location

The Purveyor legendary vendor is found in the (formerly) abandoned train station just southeast of Berkeley Springs. It's hard to miss, as there are only two buildings in this location, and one is clearly marked as the Berkeley Springs Station.

Smash down the boarded-up door if you haven't already, and the Purveyor will be waiting for you with a brand new shop.

Unfortunately, the Purveyor's legendary wares are totally randomized, so you're rolling the dice and hoping for something decent at these prices:

  • 1-star legendary armor: 15 scrips
  • 2-star legendary armor: 30 scrips
  • 3-star legendary armor: 60 scrips
  • 1-star legendary melee weapon: 25 scrips
  • 2-star legendary melee weapon: 50 scrips
  • 3-star legendary melee weapon: 100 scrips
  • 1-star legendary ranged weapon: 25 scrips
  • 2-star legendary ranged weapon: 50 scrips
  • 3-star legendary ranged weapon: 100 scrips

Don't have any legendary scrips yet to buy equipment from the Purveyor? Head to a train station and look for an exchange machine, where you can break down your existing legendary items into legendary scrips for trading.

If you've got plenty of low-quality legendary items you don't ever use, it's worth breaking them down and giving the Purveyor's wares a shot on the off chance you get something better.

Have you managed to get anything decent from the legendary vendor yet? Let us know your best pull so far in the comments below, and be sure to also take a look at our full list of Fallout 76 guides:

Here There Be Deals: Sales on Epic Games, Fanatical, Green Man Gaming Store Fronts Thu, 16 May 2019 15:42:33 -0400 GS_Staff

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While rumors abound of Steam's upcoming Summer Sale, which we know is coming sooner rather than later, other digital storefronts have some pretty epic deals going on now. 

From the Epic Games Store to Fanatical and Green Man Gaming, we highlight some of the better deals currently available. We also link straight to the sales for more deals if what you're looking for isn't here. 

What's more, some storefronts are offering flash deals. We won't include those here, but they're worth being aware of. Dates for individual sale end dates are also provided below. 

Prepare your wallets. 

Epic Games Store Epic Mega Sale

Dates: May 16 to June 13

The EGS might not have a ton of games yet, but it has some very good ones. Alongside offering up to 75% on a handful of titles, Epic is also offering $10 off every game $14.99 and up. Here are some of the better deals. 

  • Satisfactory: $19.95
  • Ashen: $19.99
  • Hades: $6.99
  • World War Z: $19.99
  • Subnautica: $7.49
  • Subnautica: Below Zero: $9.99
  • Metro: Last Light Redux: $4.99
  • Super Meat Boy: $4.99
  • My Time at Portia: $13.99
  • Slime Rancher: $4.99

You can see the entire sale by visiting the Epic Games Store

Fanatical Sale

Dates: May 14 to May 26

Fanatical is heavily discounting tons of PC games, some as much as 93%. In addition to those, the storefront is also holding a bunch of flash deals. There are also daily deals. 

To take full advantage of the sale, be sure to use the code "MAY10" at checkout. However, know that the code does not work for Star Deals or the following titles: 

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Imperator: Rome
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Rage 2

Now onto the deals. Note, some of these prices may fluctuate. Some titles are on sale for 10 days, while others are on sale for 24 hours, before changing to a different sale price. 

Curiously, some big-name games aren't discounted at all. As of this writing, there's no confirmation if they will eventually go on sale or not. You can find more deals on the Fanatical website

Green Man Gaming Birthday Sale

Dates: May 16 to May 26

As with Fanatical's sale, Green Man has a ton of flash sales going on. Additionally, the storefront also has daily deals. That means the prices listed below might fluctuate, but that doesn't mean you still can't grab them at a steal. 

Find even more deals on the Green Man Gaming website


Again, it's worth noting that these aren't the only deals available on each storefront. From new games to old, there are literally hundreds of games heavily discounted across just these three storefronts. 

Be mindful, though, as Steam's Summer sale is just around the corner. 

New Call of Duty Mobile Info Surfaces as Beta Testing Draws Closer Thu, 16 May 2019 14:16:31 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Activision is finally lifting the lid on some of Call of Duty: Mobile's features and options following on from a recent tease during its end-of-year financial report and ahead of regional beta testing in the coming months.

Most of them relate to menu options, character and weapon selection, and available maps, with the promise of more information to come as the beta continues on.

On the main menu, players will be able to check friend invitations and messages or add friends, check over their character, and navigate to the other four main menus shown off: Settings, Loadout, Weapon, and Scorestreak.

Of particular note here is the Settings menu, which allows extensive customization. This includes camera controls, simple settings, and automatic fire, along with advanced settings for HUD (Heads Up Display) customization, how characters hold and fire each weapon, and 17 settings for aiming sensitivity.

All HUD components can be moved around at will to a position that best suits each player.

The blog post mentioned several new Scorestreaks as well, such as Hunter Killer Drone, Missile Strike, and the Recon Car, while the Loadout menu lets players sort weapons by various categories and compare several different aspects of each before making their selection. Players will have 5 Loadout slots to get used to and experiment with.

A handful of characters were confirmed under the Loadout options as well, with more to follow later:

Activision also announced several multiplayer game modes. All except Free-For-All support up to 10 players; Free-For-All supports up to 8.

  • Free-For-All: The classic every-player-for-themselves deathmatch.
  • Frontline: After spawning at a team base, defeat players on the opposing team.
  • Team Deathmatch: The classic defeat-players-on-the-opposing-team mode.
  • Hardpoint: Capture and hold the hardpoint to earn points.
  • Domination: Capture and hold the designated positions to gain points.

Finally, Activision listed a handful of multiplayer stages fans can look forward to, each adapted from a previous game in the Call of Duty franchise. More information can be found here.

The blog post mentions the game is more than just multiplayer, but no further details about other modes have been provided yet. Beta testing launches next month in India and makes its way to Australia in July, but pre-registration for iOS and Android is open in North America is open now.

Another Eden Black Pearl Farming Guide Thu, 16 May 2019 15:53:01 -0400 Ty Arthur

Classic JRPG/mobile gacha mashup Another Eden has an all-new episode that adds an extra dungeon to stomp, new party members to find, and of course, some collectibles for earning new rewards.

The 1000 Year Ark Of The Ocean Palace event revolves around some truly weird Japanese culture stuff that North American players probably can't even begin to comprehend, from a girl pretending to be a squid to perverted old turtles and the importance of homemade pasta.

Throughout this bizarre story, you'll have the opportunity to pick up three new characters:

  • Sheila (gained automatically through the quest)
  • Nagi (discoverable through Dreams)
  • Chiyo (discoverable through Dreams)

Apart from the extra party members, the big draw here is acquiring black pearls after completing the Dragon Palace segment of the story mission.

Haven't been able to find any yet? We've got you covered with a full break down of how to pick up the pearls and earn some sweet rewards.

Finding The Dragon Palace

To kick off this event and start the Where The Seaweed Is Always Greener quest, pull up the map and fast travel to Acteul in the Antiquity 20,000 BC timeline.

Look for the single boat with a blue sail on the north side of the town. It's just to the northwest of the inn and weapon shop. After taking the boat, go to the north exit (the west one just takes you back to the Man-Eating Grove you've already explored).

Note that you must have already completed chapter 11 of the main story to access the quest at all and find the Dragon Palace. If you've just recently completed that chapter, don't immediately head off to Actuel, however.

The enemies here are on par with what you face in Miglance Castle, so you want all your party members to be Level 31 at the lowest for a chance at surviving.

Finishing the quest itself is self-explanatory. All you have to do is follow the purple markers on the map, but don't forget to check all the corners of each room and corridor to find extra Atlantis pearls.

Farming Black Pearls

After completing the quest Where The Seaweed Is Always Greener, you can finally start farming black pearls. Open the map and travel to the Spacetime Rift, then access the blue door next to the tree.

From there, pick the Very Hard option for the Another Dungeon version of the Dragon Palace area. Here you can farm 1-3 black pearls per run on Very Hard mode.

Unlike most other random drops in the Another Dungeon locations, you'll immediately see how many pearls you are going to get when you arrive. As soon as you enter, check the water behind you. The number of turtles that appear let you know exactly how many black pearls you will find.  

Note that the black pearls appear as the shiny green sparkles indicating a random item like you'd find on any other section of the world map, so don't skip picking them up or you'll miss out on your black pearl loot entirely!

If you saw three turtles but only find a single shiny spot, make sure to explore more locations of the map to grab them all.

So, what are black pearls used for?

The more you collect, the more rewards you automatically earn, from Chant Scripts to a special trident. These rewards pop up in the Awards section of the Records menu just like if you completed battle or ally achievements.

Just head over to the Other tab to see what you've been given in exchange for black pearls.


Just jumping into the game and need help navigating the Dreams system or farming for Tomes to upgrade characters? Check out the rest of our Another Eden guides below:

Sega Genesis Mini Gets 10 More Titles Announced, Includes Street Fighter II Thu, 16 May 2019 11:39:49 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Each time Sega announces more titles for the Sega Genesis Mini, a wave of nostalgia slaps me in the face like I did it wrong because I don't have the thing yet.

Ten additional titles have been announced for the upcoming miniature nostalgia box, and all 10 games fit in perfectly with those that have already been announced.

Today's announcement includes:

  • Mega Man: The Wily Wars
  • Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
  • Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Golden Axe
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball
  • Vectorman
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World

Most of these games are more than welcome additions to the Sega Genesis Mini library, but some are certainly more notable than others.

Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition is the shining star in this lineup as a unique and overall superior Street Fighter II edition, the only problem being you'll need a six-button controller to be competitive.

Luckily Retro-Bit is making a six-button controller, prime for use with Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition and Comix Zone. Retro-Bit's six-button Genesis and Mega Drive controller will be available in late August for a smooth $19.99 that's certainly not bad.

In case you haven't been keeping up, here are the other titles announced so far for the Sega Genesis Mini. Keep your eyes peeled for the last 10 games to be announced and get ready to open that wallet for the hardware's September 19 release date.

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Castlevania: Bloodlines
  • Space Harrier 2
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • Comix Zone
  • Altered Beast
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
  • World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck
  • Contra: Hard Corps
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Thunder Force III
  • Super Fantasy Zone
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Landstalker
New Details on Metro Exodus Expansion Pass Content Thu, 16 May 2019 11:24:45 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Deep Silver and 4A Games have finally announced the details of Metro Exodus' expansion pass content, the first portion of which will launch this summer.

The Metro Exodus expansion pass will include two brand-new story campaigns set after the events of the main game. Those who haven't finished the game yet and don't wish the narrative to be spoiled should skip below to the release date and pre-order information.

Each new story campaign stars a character other than Artoym. The Two Colonels is the first and is told through the eyes of Colonel Khlebnikov — a new character — while the second, Sam's Story, centers on Sam (surprise!), the only American in the Aurora Spartan Rangers.

The Two Colonels is set to launch this summer and follows Khlebnikov's journey under the dead city of Novosibirsk as he tries to make his way home to his son Kirill in time for New Year's Eve.

However, Novosibirsk is in trouble. The material people use to defend against radiation is running out, and mutant monster attacks are increasing. Khlebnikov's journey through the city during its last days lays the foundation for Colonel Miller's tale a year later.

Sam's Story is slated for an early 2020 release date. Where The Two Colonels is a linear story, Sam's Story will be a sandbox-style survival adventure. Sam is a U.S. Marine at the diplomatic embassy in Moscow before the world is nearly obliterated by nuclear bombs. He only wants to go home to his family, but initially believes, like everyone else, that Moscow is the last city left on the planet.

When he finds out otherwise, Sam tries to make his way back home. The DLC campaign will focus on his danger-filled time in Vladivostok, navigating industrial ruins and decrepit residential districts as he tries to make it out alive.

The expansion pass will be available for PC via the Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Metro Exodus is already having a big year. Not only did it cause a ruckus when Deep Silver and 4A made it exclusive to the EGS on PC, but it also managed to outsell its predecessor and has already received a major update to improve the game's quality and content.

How to Unlock All Cheat Codes in Rage 2 Thu, 16 May 2019 10:12:02 -0400 Sergey_3847

Some time before the official release of Rage 2, the developer announced that there will be cheat codes available in the game. Some of them were even revealed before release, which made a lot of players super excited about all the new cheat possibilities.

Now you can unlock these cheat codes for a certain price. But first you need to find Mangoo, the Wasteland Wizard, the only merchant in the game that sells these cheat codes.

You may need to find him several times on different locations if you want to grab up all of the cheats, since the contents of his secret store change depending on his location.

Yep, you guessed it: Mangoo does move around the map at all times in his hot air balloon.

There are six possible locations to find the Wasteland Wizard, which can be found in four different regions of the map. So keep on reading if you wish to find them all.

Note: By using the codes all trophies and achievements will be automatically disabled.

Location 1: The Wilds

The first location is the northeastern part of The Wilds, a region where the bandit clan of River Hogs rule over the swamplands.

Usually, the Wasteland Wizard lands on a small island near the northern road indicated by a red dot on the map above.

You can get there using either a Monster Truck or a Hover Boat.

Location 2: Broken Tract

The next possible location of the secrets shop is the northwestern area of the Broken Tract region near the southwestern border of The Wilds.

The easiest way to get there is to travel to the Wellspring trading post, and then use the road heading north.

Pretty soon you should see the familiar air hot balloon in the distance, and that's where the Wasteland Wizard usually stops for trading.

Locations 3-4: Sekreto Wetlands

However, your best bet would probably be the Sekreto Wetlands region that has not one but two spots where you can unlock all the cheat codes in Rage 2.

First, check the western part of the Wetlands. You can check out the trading post at the Lagooney town in the very center of the region, and then head straight to the west. If the Wizard landed there, you will undoubtedly spot his location.

But if there is no luck there, then check the southeastern part of the Sekreto Wetlands. This second spot is a bit more dangerous as there is a bandit den nearby, so be very careful when trying to approach the merchant here.

Locations 5-6: Torn Plains

Lastly, you can check another two spots in the Torn Plains region of the Wasteland.

The first one is the easiest to locate, as all you need to do is go to the Gunbarrel town located in the center of the region and exit the town through the southwestern road. That is where the secrets merchant likes to stop.

But on the other side of the map, in the easternmost area of the Torn Plains, there is another possible spot, which can be located between the Forlorn Shack and Eden Space Center.

List of All Cheat Codes

Once you've been able to get the merchant's attention and take a look at his inventory, here's what you can purchase for in-game cash.

Cheat Code Price Effect
Klegg Support $0 Summons a friendly ally to help you in combat.
Progress Booster $500 Double all Feltrite collected for four hours.
Git Gud $1000 Stop being a casual and git gud. All enemies go down in one hit!
Super Phoenix $1000 You thought the Phoenix was already overpowered? Well then, think again!
Phoenix Rejector Seat $1000 When you hit eject, your car flies off into the sky instead of you. Perfect.
Super Overdrive $1000 Rage even harder and boost the power of your Overdrive!
Super Wingstick $1000 Unleashes a spinning blade that tracks and cuts down enemies on its own.
Diamond Geezer $2000 Cockney geezer Danny Dyer narrates as you play. Proper naughty.
Red Barrel Rain $2000 It's raining explosives, hallelujah! Drop in a cluster of red barrels in front of you.
He's On Fire $2000 The Announcer from the NBA Jam game will commentate on your actions and kills.
Son of Thor $2000 You've been thunderstruck! Now redirect it to your enemies and electrocute them.


For more Rage 2 guides, check out the list below:

All Ark Locations in Rage 2 Thu, 16 May 2019 11:54:18 -0400 Jonny Foster

Rage 2 is here and, as you may know, the game can be completed in a short amount of time if you rush through everything. But where's the fun in that? Exploring the map and finding all of the game's Ark locations has its benefits. 

This guide will show you how to find every Ark in the game, some with maps to their specific location. Heading to these will unlock every ability and weapon in the Rage 2, except for the exclusive BFG 9000, which has its own guide. 

We also include each Ark's name, what's inside, how difficult the ark is, and how useful its contents are. 

Ark Names and Locations

Blackout Ark (Shotgun)
  • Ark: 402a
  • Weapon: Shotgun
  • Difficulty: n/a
  • Usefulness: 4/4

The Shotgun is amazing; you have to get this weapon as soon as possible, as it's possibly the best weapon in the whole game.

It's found during the Blackout mission after you head to Gunbarrel in Torn Plains, so you can't miss this one.

Junkers Pass Ark (Shatter)
  • Ark: 416a
  • Ability: Shatter
  • Difficulty: 2
  • Usefulness: 1/4

Shatter is found north of Vineland in the starting region, Twisting Canyons, and should be on your map from the start.

It's a pretty weak ability, though, as it's only a little stronger than your melee attack. 

Quake Hill Ark (Vortex)  

  • Ark: 403a
  • Ability: Vortex
  • Difficulty: 2
  • Usefulness: 2/4 

The Vortex ability can be also be found in Twisting Canyons, the hills northeast of Vineland.

It's a nice ability to have, but ultimately, it isn't much use against anything but low-level mutants. Its best use is to boost you into the air to get off a stronger Slam attack.

Great Crack Ark (Grav-Jump)

  • Ark: 408a
  • Ability: Grav-Jump
  • Difficulty: 3
  • Usefulness: 2/4 

The Grav-Jump ability is due south of Gunbarrel, just across the border into Torn Plains. It should be on your map as soon as you leave Vineland.

Again, it's nice to have  allowing you a mid-air jump that's good for climbing and exploring  but it won't really impact your combat.

Earthscar Ark (Slam) 

  • Ark: 422a
  • Ability: Slam
  • Difficulty: 3
  • Usefulness: 4/4 

North of Gunbarrel and up into the Broken Tract region, the Slam ability can be found near the border

Not only is Slam the strongest ability you'll find, but it's also the most fun. You should absolutely get this one early in your campaign.

Jump off something high and activate it for maximum damage.

Strongbox Ark (Smart Rocket Launcher)   

  • Ark: 415b
  • Weapon: Smart Rocket Launcher
  • Difficulty: 4
  • Usefulness: 3/4 

Still in Broken Tract, the Smart Rocket Launcher can be found just southeast of the Slam ability

It's a powerful weapon that can disperse crowds with ease and deal a good chunk of damage to bosses, so pick this one up reasonably early.

Canyon Cove Ark (Defibrillation)

  • Ark: 404c
  • Ability: Defibrillation
  • Difficulty: 5
  • Usefulness: 2/4 

The Defibrillation ability is about halfway between Vineland and Gunbarrel, on the border between their regions, and should be signposted on your map.

It is Difficulty 5, though, so you might have some trouble if you head straight there without some of the better weapons. 

The ability is good for saving you in a pinch, but the game doesn't take that long to respawn you after death, anyway, so it isn't the ultimate boon you'd expect.

Dealypipe Ark (Rush)  

  • Ark: 407a
  • Ability: Rush
  • Difficulty: 6
  • Usefulness: 1/4 

Heading west into the Sekreto Wetlands, the Rush ability can be found south of the region's town, Lagooney.

Rush just lets you sprint faster for a short period of time. Good for traversing the wasteland, but there's a slew of vehicles that can do that better.

Spikewind Ark (Barrier)

  • Ark: 412b
  • Ability: Barrier
  • Difficulty: 6
  • Usefulness: 1/4 

The Barrier ability is another lackluster skill that you probably won't use very often. 

It can be found due east of the Rush ability, near the border between Torn Plains and Sekreto Wetlands.

Shrouded Vault Ark (Charged Pulse Cannon)

  • Ark: 411c
  • Weapon: Charged Pulse Cannon
  • Difficulty: 6
  • Usefulness: 3/4 

The Charged Pulse Cannon can be found near the bottom of the southwest region, Dune Sea.

It's a heavy-hitting plasma weapon that's great against bosses and cannon fodder alike. I strongly recommend finding this one early on.

Dank Catacomb Ark (Firestorm Revolver)

  • Ark: 410b
  • Weapon: Firestorm Revolver
  • Difficulty: 7
  • Usefulness: 2/4 

The Firestorm Revolver is located north of Lagooney, at the top of the Sekreto Wetlands. 

It's a stylish weapon that can set enemies alight but does very little damage. Often best used as a crowd control tool, it's a worthy addition to your arsenal, but don't rush to find it.

Needle Falls Ark (Grav-Dart Launcher)

  • Ark: 421c
  • Weapon: Grav-Dart Launcher
  • Difficulty: 7
  • Usefulness: 3/4 

The search for the Grav-Dart Launcher takes us north into The Wilds. This can be found just across the border from Broken Tract.

Another weapon that's more fun than functional, the Grav-Dart Launcher is worth finding early mainly due to the shenanigans you can pull of with it. 

It does fare slightly better than other weapons, though, as you can kill large crowds of weaker enemies if you boost the ammo capacity.

Greenhaven Ark (Hyper Cannon)

  • Ark: 409c
  • Weapon: Hyper Cannon
  • Difficulty: 10
  • Usefulness: 2/4 

The northernmost and final Ark houses the Hyper Cannon, right at the top of The Wilds. 

Rage 2's closest answer to a sniper rifle, the Hyper Cannon is punchy and brutal, but not all that useful in most situations. Other weapons and abilities will kill a crowd quicker. 


Can't get Rage 2 to start? We've got a guide for that. Looking for a full list of the game's cheat code? We've got you covered. And if you're looking for more tips and tricks for Bethesda's latest shooter, head over to our Rage 2 guides page

Super Mario Maker 2 Direct Reveals New Modes, New Parts, and So Much More Wed, 15 May 2019 20:28:56 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Today's Super Mario Maker 2 Direct revealed a truckload of new information about the upcoming game. Let's dive right into it, starting with the game's style, marked by a new twist. 

SMM2 will have the same styles as the other two games: Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U.

However, it also introduces the Super Mario 3D World style, including Cat Mario and Cat Bowser, which opens up a ton of new options for stage design.

These range from creating platforms Cat Mario can climb up to the clear pipes we've already seen in previous ads, setting tracks for Piranha Plants, bosses, and more:

  • Floating crates
  • Boxes that phase in and out
  • Warp boxes
  • Customizable track blocks
  • Mushroom trampolines
  • Skipsqueak enemies
  • Koopa Troopa cars
  • Pom Pom
  • Charvaargh

The Direct only showed a bit of what fans can expect from the new style, with the promise of even more to come.

It's important to note that unlike the other styles in Super Mario Maker 2, which players can swap freely between as they create their stages, the Super Mario 3D World style cannot be swapped in and out. It's built on a completely separate engine thanks to the unique physics required for the stage mechanics.

New Themes, Items, and Bosses...Oh My!

SMM2 is introducing new themes as well: desert, forest, sky, and snow. Each has new music created by famous Mario composer Koji Kondo as well.

There are plenty of new items that will be available for all styles:

  • on and off switches
  • crane claws
  • twisters
  • fire-breathing red Yoshis
  • parachutes
  • icicles
  • Dry Bones shell (for extra protection)
  • Big Coins
  • Angry Sun
  • Boom Boom

And a lot more to come.

Slopes can now be customized into different gradients, and the water and lava levels can be adjusted, too. There's a new scrolling feature that gives players the ability to turn any stage into a side-scrolling stage, and the speed and direction of the scroll can be adjusted at will.

That opens the door to new vertical scrolling sub-areas, just like in the mainline Super Mario games.

The Angry Sun gets a counterpart this time as well, with the Moon item. It turns any stage to night and, unlike the Angry Sun, it doesn't hurt Mario. In fact, it's rather helpful. If Mario jumps and touches the moon, the moon then destroys all the enemies on screen at the time.

Different themes react in different ways to night mode. For instance, gravity is reduced in the sky theme, water turns to poison in the forest, and the slopes become dangerously slippery in the ice theme. Items will change somehow as well, though nothing specific was shown other than a rather frightening looking mushroom.

After unlocking night mode for each theme, the moon item doesn't have to be placed; players can just choose to include night mode from then on.

Finally, two players can work together to build their stages as well by sharing Joy-Con.

Story Mode comes to Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2 will build on the inclusion of 100+ pre-designed stages in Super Mario Maker 3D and expands on it in a big way. That's because SMM2 will include Story Mode for the first time in the series.

Story Mode sees Mario work to rebuild Princess Peach's castle from the ground up. To do this, he'll need to take on various missions for the constructors and other randos that happen to be around the castle as it redevelops.

Each request revolves around completing a specific course or clearing a set of conditions, and they reward Mario with a set number of coins; these coins are then used to build the castle.

A firm number of courses wasn't mentioned, but like its 3DS predecessor, SMM2 will have more than 100 courses to play through, along with the side quest courses.

Stage Share Mode Returns

Super Mario Maker 2 marks the return of the much-loved stage sharing mode from the original game.

Naturally, since it's an online mode, it will require a Nintendo Switch online membership.

Stage sharing is largely the same as before, though it does include some important new additions. One of them involves challenges. Players can create stages with challenges built in, such as clearing x number of enemies or gathering a set number of coins.

All players will have a Maker Profile, which lets them customize their Maker (think Mii 2.0) and earn Maker Coins for popular stages; these can be spent on outfits and the like for their Maker.

Players can search for courses using various tags, such as themes or features, or even multiplayer.

That's right, Super Mario Maker 2 will include multiplayer modes for stages: versus and co-op modes. Versus modes pits up to 4 players against each other in a race to finish the course first, while co-op mode has up to 4 player work together to finish a course.

If players are nearby and each has a copy of the game and a Nintendo Switch, then one player can host an online room for their play sessions, and the online element will be based on the host's connection.

Some Bundles

Nintendo is offering a few special deals for Super Mario Maker 2. One is a physical or digital bundle featuring the game and a 12-month subscription for Nintendo Switch Online for $69.99. If the purchaser already has a subscription, then the new 12 months will stack onto their existing subscription.

The other promotion is for existing NSO members. 2 game vouchers can be purchased for a total of $99.99 and then redeemed for 2 Nintendo Switch games, including pre-purchasing Super Mario Maker 2.

A list of eligible titles can be found here.

Rage 2 BFG 9000 Location Guide Wed, 15 May 2019 15:23:22 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Rage 2 is out. If you're playing the game, you know that for two reasons: because you're playing it and there's an in-menu ad telling you the game is out. The funny thing is that the game isn't so clear on how to get the BFG 9000. The weapon's location isn't readily clear. 

Straight from the hellish halls of DOOM, the BFG 9000 is a powerful weapon. It's meant to quickly obliterate many of Rage 2's enemies. Because of its ability to chain damage, the weapon is perfect against groups of enemies. 

However, there's one major hurdle to getting the weapon in your hands. 

How to Get the BFG 9000 in Rage 2

As of now, the only way to get the BFG 9000 is to buy the Rage 2 Deluxe Edition or the Rage 2 Collector's Edition. There is no other way to find the gun in the game. If you bought the Standard Edition, you're simply out of luck. 

Bought the Deluxe Edition but still don't see it in your inventory?  

Follow these steps to get the gun: 

  1. Start Rage 2
  2. Go to settings
  3. Choose near the bottom
  4. Link an active Bethesda account 
  5. Completely exit Rage 2
  6. Relaunch the game

If you followed these steps correctly, a pop-up will appear when you relaunch. It will confirm that your Deluxe Edition content has been successfully activated. 

BFG 9000 inside a crashed meteor in Rage 2

How to Find the BFG 9000

Of course, the BFG 9000 won't automatically appear in your inventory. You have to find it. However, that's easy enough.  

Load up your game (or start a new one). Go to the crossroad just north of Vineland in Twisting Canyons. Look for a meteor falling out of the sky; it will land on a small hillside right next to the crossroad. It's also possible the meteor lands before you get to the location, so look for the smoke coming from the hilld side. 

Inspect the meteor after it lands. The BFG 9000 is inside. 

How to Get More BFG 9000 Ammo

The BFG 9000 initially comes with three rounds. However, that's not enough to lay waste to all of your enemies and all of Rage 2's bosses.

Unfortunately, enemies don't drop ammo for the gun. Instead, you have to buy it for $1,000 per round, and it holds seven rounds. 

To get more ammo, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Wellspring in the Torn Plains region
  2. Go to the Wellspring market
  3.  Find the ammo shop called "Boom"


That's all you need to know about getting the BFG in Rage 2, as well as getting more ammo for the big f*^!&ing gun. Having trouble starting Rage 2? We've got a guide for that. You can also find all of the game's Ark locations and a full cheat code list over on our Rage 2 guides page

Fallout 76: Where To Find Pemmican Wed, 15 May 2019 14:45:20 -0400 Ty Arthur

With the Wild Appalachia update anyone can go spend the weekend camping out in the wilderness... I mean sure, it happens to be an irradiated wilderness filled to the brim with things and people who want to kill you, but its still camping!

As part of that update you may have been surprised to see pemmican -- a staple of jerky vendors and outdoors enthusiasts everywhere -- making an appearance in Fallout 76!

Other than being quite tasty, you're going to need to collect at least three pieces of pemmican if you plan on getting a badge on your quest to graduate from tadpole to possum scout.

 You only need to earn three badges to complete the quest, and this one is fairly easy

In addition to building a campfire, boiling water, grilling hot dogs, and crafting s'mores, three pieces of pemmican are needed for the Backpacker Possum badge. The trouble is they aren't just lying around anywhere and won't be found as random loot in containers.

With the new vending machine system, its always possible another player will put some of their excess pemmican out for sale, but don't expect it to come cheap or be readily available.

The more reliable way is to farm repeatable quests that have a chance to drop Pemmican as a reward. In particular, you want to complete the repeatable quest Operation Tidy which is found at the Kiddie Corner Cabins area.

To farm this repeatable quest, first you need to start The Order Of The Tadpole quest line by finding a flyer at a train station. If you haven't done that yet, check out our full guide to the different parts of this Wild Appalachia quest over here.

With that out of the way, talk to Pioneer Scout Leader Pompy at the Kiddie Corner Cabins to start the Operation Tiday repeatable quest.

After its initiated, wander around the area and clean up the toxic mutagenic waste deposits found on the ground. Once you've got enough collected, go drop the waste deposits off at the blue containment bucket found near Scout Leader Pompy.

Return to the Scout Leader for your reward, which will include pemmican. Unfortunately it doesn't net you all three pieces at once, so you'll need to do this multiple times to complete this part of the Backpacker badge.

How to Get Hot Dogs and S'mores

Haven't found the hot dogs and s'mores yet either? Those are fairly easy:

  • Hot dogs are found in Camden Park by talking to the robot Zeke, who puts you on a quest for a hot dog eating contest. Nearby you can find the Mr. Handy robot Zoe who will have you eat as many hot dogs as possible. If you already completed this quest, hot dogs randomly spawn on grills found around the wasteland.

  • For s'mores, you need to do the Campfire Tales event, which only pops up at night. The s'mores recipe is granted at the end of the event, which requires bone, brahmin milk, razorgrain flour, spices, sugar, syrup, and wood to craft.

 You know, as a 3D game model it doesn't actually look all that appetizing... 

Since you may end up with more than you need, you might be wondering --what else can you do with pemmican? Well obviously you can eat it to reduce hunger and gain the following effects:

  • +3 END
  • +45 HP
  • +0.7 Rads

Other than that, pop any leftover pemmican (or s'mores and hot dogs) in your vending machine to help out other players having trouble with this badge!

Looking for the scout badge exam answers to complete the three badges required for this quest? We've got the answers for all of the badge categories right here.

Looking for the Purveyor legendary vendor? We have the location. Want to know how to complete the Order of the Tadpole Quest? That's right, we've got you covered. Be sure to also take a look at our full list of Fallout 76 guides.

Knights of the Card Table Weapon Guide Wed, 15 May 2019 13:44:37 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Ponywolf LLC's card-based dungeon crawler Knights of the Card Table gives players a lot of choices when it comes to weapons — as in 15 different weapons. Like the different Heroes on offer, each weapon has unique strengths and weaknesses, making some better suited for certain characters or situations.

The main thing to keep in mind with weapons is what they add in relation to what they take away. Most early weapons (after the initial Punch knuckles) actually detract from your power score. The power score is the number determined by your die roll that, in turn, determines how much damage you deal.

Keep in mind, too, that critical hits in Knights of the Card Table take the form of two dice being rolled for that turn, which can substantially increase your power score and easily dispatch the toughest enemies

This guide will list all of the game's weapons, their unlock requirements and special stats, and the characters they complement the best.

Knights of the Card Table Weapon List



  • Nothing. You start the game with it.

Special Stats:

  • Nothing. You start the game with it.

Die count:

  • 4

The basic spiked brass knuckles are what your Hero begins with in Knights of the Card Table. They're serviceable, and the best part is they don't detract from your power score in any way. Naturally, you don't want to stick with them forever, especially as enemy health counts get higher as the game progresses.



  • Unlocks when you reach Level 2

Special Stats:

  • +10% critical hit rate
  • -1 power score

Die Count:

  • 6

The Sword is more than likely the first new weapon you'll come across unless you hold out for more later. It's effective with any Hero. Even with 1 point taken from your power score, it still gives a higher chance of dealing more damage than the Punch knuckles.

However, it's most effective with Heroes that boast their own increase in critical hit rates. Not only does that boost your chances of a critical hit by up to 20% more, depending on the Hero, it also makes up for that -1 to your power score by hopefully dealing more damage anyway.

Punchboxer is the Hero you'll have access to first, so chances are, you'd be using the two together for a while. Sodamancer's piddling critical hit boost isn't the best compliment to the Sword, though if you need the extra health boost accompanying that character, it's workable.

However, the real stars here would be the Popcaster and Pal-around-adin. The former's higher critical hit boost and the latter's higher stats all around make it the ideal weapon of choice for plowing through rows of card enemies.

Until you get to that point, though, stick with Punchboxer for the Sword.



  • Unlocks after you reach Level 11

Special Stats:

  • +15% critical hit rage
  • -2 power score

Die Count:

  • 8

What is true for the Sword goes double for the Mace. It's higher critical hit boost begs for Punchboxer early on, but mostly Popcaster when you get to that point. Don't bother with Sodamancer here, since the backlash from a lower power score isn't worth the slight critical hit boost.

Pal-around-adin would be a sensible balanced choice here, too. The additional armor and dodge boosts that Hero receives help negate the potentially disastrous results from the big chunk the Mace takes out of your power score.



  • 10 Pops
  • 5,000 Gold

Special Stats:

  • +6% critical hit rate

Die Count

  • 4

The Dagger is one of the most practical and versatile weapons in the game. It gives a not-insubstantial boost to your critical hit rate, without taking away your power score. It does have a lower die count, though, so your damage output won't be quite as high as with the Sword and Mace.

Still, it means you can equip it on your favorite Hero regardless of which one it is and still have a chance at getting a nice damage bonus.

Mister Stabby


  • 10 Pops
  • 7,500 Gold

Special Stats:

  • None

Die Count:

  • 6

The big draw for Mr. Stabby, the pitchfork, is its six-sided die with no penalty for your power score. It's a nice complement to any Hero, but especially Bandaider and Sodamancer, since they don't really get any power-related boosts on their own.

The six-sided die means you can take advantage of their health increases and potentially dish out higher damage at the same time, safe in the knowledge that A.) you'll probably score higher than your opponent and B.) if you don't, you still have a huge health pool.

Sir Stealy


  • 10 Pops
  • 8,000 Gold

Special Stats:

  • +10% critical hit rate
  • -1 power score

Die Count:

  • 8

Sir Stealy is basically Sword 2.0. You get the same boost and penalties, but with a higher die count, meaning your chances of landing more damage are a bit higher, and your chances of losing because of the power penalty aren't quite as high.

As such, it works best with the same Heroes the Sword and Mace are suited for.

In keeping with the weapon's name and the description, it has a chance of increasing your Gold with each die roll.

Blizzard Staff


  • 25 Pops
  • 15,000 Gold

Special Stats:

  • +3% critical hit rate
  • Chance of freeze

Die Count:

  • 4

The Blizzard Staff's name is fairly self-explanatory. This weapon is all about the chance of freezing your enemies without relying on a spell card. That major benefit is balanced with the very low die count, though you do get a slight chance for critical hits nonetheless.

Punchboxer, Popcaster, and Pal-around-adin are, again, probably the best choices for this weapon, since they can put the critical boost to good use and end battles quickly. That's doubly useful if you happen to get lucky and freeze a row of enemies as well.

If not, then Sodamancer and Bandaider would be decent choices to make up for health lost thanks to the lower die count.

Thirsty Blade


  • 25 Pops
  • 15,000 Gold

Special Stats:

  • Life stealing

Die Count:

  • 6

The Thirsty Blade is a useful weapon if you keep running into trouble. The higher die count means you're less likely to score lower than your opponent, as with all the other 6-sided dice. However, even if you do take a lot of hits, the weapon has a chance of restoring your health with each roll — hence the name (what did you think it meant?)



  • 25 Pops
  • 15,000 Gold

Special Stats

  • None

Die Count:

  • 8

The Haymaker is like an upgraded Mr. Stabby. It doesn't have any drawbacks, nor does it offer any particular benefits. It does, however, give you an 8-sided die without dealing with reductions to your power score. Use Heroes with higher critical hit rates (Punchboxer, et al.) to get the most out of this monster.

Norris' Chucks


  • Listed as 4 pops, but probably 40 given the cost of others around it.

Special Stats:

  • None

Die Count:

  • 4

Yes, Ponywolf went there with the name. It's pretty much what it sounds like as well: a simple weapon with no frills, but no drawbacks either. The biggest thing here is the much higher critical hit rate, which means it, too, is best suited for the power trio: Punchboxer, Popcaster, and Pal-around-adin.

Eyeball Sword


  • 40 Pops
  • 40,000 Gold

Special Stats:

  • +10% critical hit boost

Die Count:

  • 6

The Eyeball Sword is a solid weapon whose biggest strength is in the critical hit boost, as always, aided by the lack of penalty to your power score. There's a special status attached to it as well, though your humble writer hasn't yet reached the point where it's discussed in the game.

(Knights of the Card Table is a slow grind — slow as in pay for coins to unlock new stages or replay old ones endlessly to earn them).

Skull Crusher


  • 40 Pops
  • 40,000 Gold

Special Stats:

  • Chance of death

Die Count:

  • 8

The Skull Crusher does exactly what its name suggest: it can crush your enemies. There's a chance it might cause instant death regardless of the die cast. However, it also has an 8-sided die with it, so your chances of slaying your foes are pretty high to begin with.

Like other 8-sided wonders with no penalties, pair this with your favorite Hero. Just know that, like always, higher critical hit rates mean even more chances of damage.

Fire Wand


  • 50 Pops
  • 75,000 Gold

Special Stats

  • +5% critical hit boost
  • Chance of fireball

Die Count:

  • 4

The Fire Wand is a lot like the Blizzard Staff — only more expensive. There's a slight critical hit boost to offset the very low die count, but the main draw is the chance of casting a fireball without a spell card. Fireballs damage all on-screen enemies, so they're pretty useful, especially when it comes to whittling down stronger enemies.

Like with the Blizzard Staff, you'd want to prepare for taking some hits with such a low die count. Sodamancer and Bandaider would be useful here, too, if you didn't want to maximize your chances of a critical hit.

Flash Saber


  • 50 Pops
  • 75,000 Gold

Special Stats:

  • +10% critical hit boost
  • Pierce effect

Die Count:

  • 6

The Flash Saber is one of the most useful weapons, hence the fact it's also one of the most expensive. The critical hit boost puts it on the Sword and Mace level, aided by its lack of power score penalty. However, the big thing about the Flash Saber is its pierce effect. It always cuts through to the enemy directly behind your foe.

Add a critical hit to that, and you've got quite the powerful weapon indeed, and one that's perfect for repeating earlier stages as you grind for coins, since it makes them go much faster.

Obviously, you want to go for the max here, so use Popcaster, Punchboxer, or Pal-around-adin.

Chain Breaker


  • 50 Pops
  • 75,000 Gold

Special Stats:

  • +1 power score

Die Count:

  • 8

Chain Breaker is, without a doubt, the best weapon in Knights of the Card Table. It's a full 8-sided die with no penalty, and it actually gives you an extra point to your power score. It has the unknown status as well (which we'll update later as we come to it).

Use it with your favorite Hero. That's basically what it's designed for anyway: powering through foes without worrying over drawbacks or potential losses.


That's our exhaustive list of Knights of the Card Table weapons and how to use them best. If you're wondering how you can earn Pops to unlock more weapons or what each Heroe's specific stats are, check out our Knights of the Card Table Heroes guide, too.


PUBG Mobile Encouraging Responsible Play with New Management System Wed, 15 May 2019 09:59:05 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Tencent and PUBG Corporation are rolling out a new system for PUBG Mobile today, simply called a "Gameplay Management" system.

It's designed specifically for players under 18 and should help curb excessively long play sessions by promoting a "sustainable and balanced" experience.

Players who begin PUBG Mobile will need to confirm their age before starting the game. If they are under 18, then they'll be required to acknowledge an advisory message about the gameplay. Messages reminding the player to take a break will show up periodically.

The messages reminding players to take a break aren't too different from the messages delivered to Monster Hunter players of all ages in games like Monster Hunter: Generations. The goal is essentially the same as well: promoting responsible time management decisions and develop a more positive mindset in general.

The system is expected to release globally, but in stages. So far, it's been implemented in North African and Asian regions, including Nepal and India, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Iraq, among others. No word yet on when it will make its way to the U.S., though.

As the Gameplay Management system becomes more widely available, Tencent and PUBG Corp. will launch education initiatives informing players about the Gameplay Management system and how it works. They'll also actively accept feedback and use it to improve the system over time.

PUBG Mobile is the first mobile game to implement a management system like this, and it's not a very surprising move. Recently, the game has received a generous helping of negative attention, mainly overseas, and several countries banned it either permanently or for a short time, including India, Nepal, and Iraq.

The general theme in each case of game bans was how the game encouraged distraction and took up too much valuable time. Interestingly, several of the cases in Nepal weren't limited to under 18s, and we're awaiting comment about whether this new Gameplay Management system will only target minors or if it will include messages aimed at adult players as well.