Survival Genre RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Survival on GameSkinny https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Gameplay Trailer Gives Closer Look At Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales https://www.gameskinny.com/pwrew/gameplay-trailer-gives-closer-look-at-thronebreaker-the-witcher-tales https://www.gameskinny.com/pwrew/gameplay-trailer-gives-closer-look-at-thronebreaker-the-witcher-tales Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:21:56 -0400 QuintLyn

The next installment in CD Projekt Red's The Witcher franchise, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, arrives on PC in just under a week on October 23.

Thronebreaker is a bit different than your average Witcher experience; the game lets you experience a whole new RPG adventure centered not on Geralt of Rivia -- although he does appear -- but on Queene Meve of Lyria and Rivia as she faces off against the empire of Nilfgaard following its invasion of her country.

Today, CDPR offered players a peek at what that experience will be like by releasing a gameplay trailer that provides insight into the game's story, a look at its mechanics, and an overview of the game world.

To defeat the Nilfgaard empire, players will have to travel far across the kingdom, building alliances and an army. But they must be careful; not everyone is what they seem and mistaking enemies as allies could end in disaster. 

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a choice-based RPG where choices will have an impact. The game also features a base-building mechanic that is important to constructing and maintaining an army that can defeat Nilfgaard.

Since the game is tied to the GWENT card game, Thronebreaker's combat is card based. But the rest of the game is not.

Players will have plenty of opportunities to explore the world and discover different characters and stories, getting a full Witcher experience.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on Thronebreaker in the coming days. 

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Defeat Pokemon Master Trainers And Take Their Titles In Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! And Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! https://www.gameskinny.com/sxo9y/defeat-pokemon-master-trainers-and-take-their-titles-in-pokemon-lets-go-pikachu-and-pokemon-lets-go-eevee https://www.gameskinny.com/sxo9y/defeat-pokemon-master-trainers-and-take-their-titles-in-pokemon-lets-go-pikachu-and-pokemon-lets-go-eevee Thu, 18 Oct 2018 14:53:34 -0400 QuintLyn

Today, Nintendo announced that Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee! players will be able to challenge "Master Trainers" to battle -- potentially earning their title.

Once players earn the rank of Champion by beating the Elite Four and making their way through the Pokemon League, they will begin to encounter Master Trainers in the world.

There's one for each Pokemon species in the Kanto region, which means there are plenty of titles to be earned. Each Master Trainer has their favorite Pokemon displayed in a bubble above their head, so players can easily decide who they'd like to challenge at any given time.

Keep in mind, however, that challenging these trainers won't be easy, especially since items can not be used in battle. 

Once a player manages to defeat a Master Trainer, they'll be able to claim their title. These titles aren't just for collecting either. Players will be able to display them in-game during Link Battles so everyone knows how good they really are. 

These challenges are just one of many that will appear in both Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Pokemon news, as well as our review for these two upcoming titles. 

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Battletech's First Expansion Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/74jm2/battletechs-first-expansion-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/74jm2/battletechs-first-expansion-announced Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:50:26 -0400 Zack Palm

The first expansion for Paradox Interactive's BattleTech got announced today, and it's called Flashpoint. You can learn the details of the expansion in a new video narrated by the game's director, Mitch Gitelman. You can pre-order this expansion now for $19.99 before it releases on November 27.

In Flashpoint, players will have the opportunity to take part in multi-mission contracts that bring them into direct conflict with the Great Houses. Gitelman shares that these contracts should tack on an additional 30 hours to BattleTech's post-game content. Each contract forces the player to face a command decision and includes a bonus item when completed.

This expansion also includes three new mech types players can use, a new mission type, and a new biome.

For those die-hard fans dedicated to playing BattleTech, you can choose to purchase the game's season pass for $49.99. The season pass includes the Flashpoint DLC, and the two other planned expansions when the release.

If you purchase the season pass before October 25, you'll receive an additional 20% off your total. The discount brings the total down to $39.99.

Not enough for you? Paradox made an even bigger bundle called the super-deluxe Mercenary Collection. In this collection, you'll get access to the Deluxe Digital Edition and the season pass. You can buy this version now for $89.99.

Still on the fence about BattleTech? Check out our review and see if this grand strategy game about mechs is right for you!

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Enhanced Versions of 4 Valve Classics Now Playable on Xbox One X https://www.gameskinny.com/cp7ja/enhanced-versions-of-4-valve-classics-now-playable-on-xbox-one-x https://www.gameskinny.com/cp7ja/enhanced-versions-of-4-valve-classics-now-playable-on-xbox-one-x Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:33:03 -0400 William R. Parks

Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb has announced that, starting today, enhanced versions of four more Xbox One Backward Compatible titles will be playable on Xbox One X: Valve classics Half-Life 2: The Orange Box, Portal: Still Alive, Left 4 Dead, and Left 4 Dead 2.

"Xbox 360 games enhanced for Xbox One X run at a higher resolution and 9X the original pixel count," Hyrb's post states.

Without altering the game's original code, enhanced titles "showcase the very best version possible with the existing assets."

With these additions, there are now 21 enhanced Xbox 360 titles playable on Xbox One X, including Assassin's Creed, Fallout 3, and Red Dead Redemption.

While these four new additions may not all be created equal, it is hard to deny the impact they have had on their respective genres, and enhanced versions are certainly a boon for those that have sprung for the more powerful Xbox One.

To close, if you have not played Half-Life 2: Go!

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The Official Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer Launches https://www.gameskinny.com/zgqpl/the-official-red-dead-redemption-2-trailer-launches https://www.gameskinny.com/zgqpl/the-official-red-dead-redemption-2-trailer-launches Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:54:01 -0400 Zack Palm

The closer it gets to the end of the month, the closer Red Dead Redemption 2 becomes a real thing. To send the idea home, Rockstar released the official Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer today where they highlight the main story of the game. 

We find the game's main protagonist Arthur Morgan getting told he only needs to have one more big score before he can leave. Viewers can then see plenty of ways Arthur and the gang can get into trouble, from a train robbery to holding up a bank at gunpoint.

There's a lot left untold by the end, but one thing's for sure -- Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming. You still have until October 26 to pre-order the game for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, which you can do so here

You can also look forward to the game's online presence, though you're going to have to wait until November for it to launch. We cover what you can expect from it here

Excited for the game's guns and combat? Rockstar hinted at the game's massive weaponry and customization options earlier this month, which we covered here

Stick to GameSkinny as we cover Red Dead Redemption 2 later this month and wait to hear our review!

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The Aye Aye Patch! Promises Big Changes, New Content For Total War: Warhammer 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/c0rph/the-aye-aye-patch-promises-big-changes-new-content-for-total-war-warhammer-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/c0rph/the-aye-aye-patch-promises-big-changes-new-content-for-total-war-warhammer-2 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 12:21:41 -0400 William R. Parks

Total War: Warhammer 2's newest campaign, Curse of the Vampire Coast, is coming on November 8, and Creative Assembly has announced a new update to go along with it: the Aye Aye! Patch.

According to the blog post linked above, the update brings with it some tweaks to the blood-sucking factions already in the game.

"The Aye Aye! Patch introduces some significant changes for the traditional Vampire Counts factions in Mortal Empires," the blog post reads.

Specifically, Vampire Counts are receiving a new mechanic called "Bloodlines" that will allow them to summon up to three Lords from each of five Bloodlines. The Lords have their own skill trees and grant "powerful faction-wide bonuses" when summoned.

But things won't be easy: "These Lords are not easily awoken," the post continues, "extracting an increasingly heavy price in Blood Kisses."

Blood Kisses are a new token attained by "vassaling other factions, slaying faction leaders, and wounding or assassinating characters through Hero actions."

The Aye Aye! Patch will also give the Vampire Count's Legendary Lord, Heinrich Kemmler, his own faction -- the Barrow Legion -- which will grant players an additional campaign starting point.

Further, Creative Assembly has announced one additional piece of free downloadable content: Legendary Lord Fellheart. Technically not a part of the Aye Aye Patch!, the new Lord will be available for download on November 8 as well.

The Aye Aye Patch! will also introduce a "plethora of balance changes to factions, Legendary Lords, and units."

The update will be automatically applied as players log into Steam, and full patch notes will be available "soon." Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more updates for Total War: Warhammer 2

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7 Best Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Easter Eggs https://www.gameskinny.com/8a6t2/7-best-call-of-duty-black-ops-4-easter-eggs https://www.gameskinny.com/8a6t2/7-best-call-of-duty-black-ops-4-easter-eggs Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:08:48 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Easter Egg: Element 115 

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Black Ops 4's developers couldn't resist including the Element 115 reference -- and you can find it in Blackout. 

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For those not in the know, Element 115 is an element discovered by Dr. Ludvig Maxis for the purpose of creating zombie soldiers. First appearing in Call of Duty: World at War, Maxis is the main antagonist in the series' many zombie modes. 

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You can find this Easter egg in the Factory facility in Blackout. You will see the 115 number on the board inside one of the buildings. But this is not the only reference in Black Ops 4.

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If you go to Nuketown Island, you will see a wall clock showing exactly 1:15 inside one of the houses.

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This is a fun little shout out to all the long-time fans of the Call of Duty series from Treyarch.

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Those are all of the best Easter eggs in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and for other related articles at GameSkinny, take a look at the list below:

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Easter Egg: Black Ops Basketball 

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Did you know that you can play a casual game of basketball in Blackout? Just head straight to the northern part of the map where the Estates area is located.

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Inside one of the mansions, you will find a basketball court. There's official no competition (yet) and you can't earn any points, but you can come with a friend to chill and play. 

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It will be interesting to see if more players start flocking to the area to play basketball, setting up their own tournaments. This Easter egg could very well turn into its own metagame sometime in the future. 

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Easter Egg: Shadowman Jumpscare 

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Call of Duty jumpscares are back!

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The first one could was all the way back in Black Ops 2, and now you can experience the same terrifying fright again in Black Ops 4's Blood of the Dead map. This particular Easter egg involves the Shadowman monster.

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All you need to do to activate the jumpscare is to play the Blood of the Dead map in a Classic mode. Then, get a sniper rifle with a scope from a mystery box and head toward the catwalk area.

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From the catwalk, you will see an old shack across the road. If you zoom in to see what's inside (look through the window), you will experience the trademark Zombies jumpscare.

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Easter Egg: Hacienda Prisoner

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It seems that Treyarch put secret Easter eggs on every map in Black Ops 4, and that is a great thing if you're an aficionado of the series.

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You can find one of the most mysterious Easter eggs on the Hacienda map that is modeled after a mob of gangland mansion.

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As soon as you spawn in Hacienda, you need to head toward the other side of the building. You will find a private beach there with boats. Then jump into the water and you will see a dead body wrapped in a plastic bag and tied up to the bottom of the ocean with a chain.

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Looks like somebody just got rid of an important witness.

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Easter Egg: Warden's Ritual Room

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Here is another cool Easter egg you can find on the Blood of the Dead map. But before you can find it, you must get either a Spoon or a Gold Spork. Both are melee weapons that can be found on the Blood of the Dead map.

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Once you have obtained one of the weapons, head toward the Warden's building. As you enter the building, go upstairs and turn toward the wall and scratch it using either a Spoon or a Spork.

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Lastly, go outside and wait for the Brutus zombie to appear. Let him follow you back into the Warden's house to the spot where you've scratched the wall upstairs and let him slam you.

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This will create an explosion that will reveal the secret Warden's room with lots of cool items inside.

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Easter Egg: Richtofen & Stuhlinger 

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One of the most unique Easter eggs in Black Ops 4 can be found on the Blood of the Dead map, which is one of the three Zombies maps in the game. This one is a conversation between two characters from Black Ops 2 -- Richtofen and Stuhlinger.

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As you may know, Richtofen is one of the playable characters in Blood of the Dead. If you play the map in co-op mode with either you or a buddy playing Richtofen, let the player not playing Richtofen die. 

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When that player starts spectating, you will hear the voice of Stuhlinger, speaking to you through Aether. 

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Too bad the voice won't help your buddy blast those zombies into glorious giblets. 

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Easter Egg: Asylum Secret Song

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Hop into a match of Blackout and go to the Asylum to trigger one of the most recognizable songs associated with the Call of Duty franchise -- Lullaby of a Deadman.

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To find the Easter egg, go upstairs and find the restroom (which you basically can't miss). Go to the leftmost toilet and interact with it three times. You will hear water flushing. Soon after, the speakers all over the Asylum will start playing the Lullaby of a Deadman.

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This is technically a returning Easter egg from the World at War, which a lot of fans of Call of Duty will know for sure. But it's great to see it making a comeback. 

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Just like with other games in the series, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is full of Easter eggs, most of them references to other games in the franchise. 

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But since the game doesn't have a campaign mode (the first in the series to do so), some of the Easter eggs can be difficult to spot. It's a given that your main priority in multiplayer and Blackout is to frag your opponents and get the #1 position -- not look for Easter eggs. 

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From references only available in co-op mode to zombies and battle royale, Black Ops 4 does right by paying homage to some of the best moments in the series. If you like unlocking secret references in Call of Duty games, then follow our guide for the 7 best Easter eggs in Black Ops 4.

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Dream Daddy: Dadrector's Cut Brings the Dating Simulator to PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/5pxth/dream-daddy-dadrectors-cut-brings-the-dating-simulator-to-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/5pxth/dream-daddy-dadrectors-cut-brings-the-dating-simulator-to-ps4 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:20:21 -0400 William R. Parks

Vernon Shaw, co-creator of Dream Daddy, has announced via the PlayStation Blog that the "dad dating simulator" will release on console. Dream Daddy: Dadrector's Cut will be available for PlayStation 4 on October 30 alongside an update to the PC release

In Dream Daddy, players take the role of a recently transplanted single father who realizes that every one of his new neighbors is a "single, dateable dad." Players decide which of the dads they want to pursue, and this interactive visual novel has "a variety of paths and endings" for players to discover.

Shaw provides a few details on what fans can expect from Dream Daddy: Dadrector's Cut:

The Dadrector's Cut features cut content, new sidequests, the ability to replay minigames that you've discovered throughout the game, and a brand-new minimgame for your enjoyment!

Dream Daddy was a bit of a sensation in 2017, receiving critical praise for its writing and humor, and Shaw's post notes that "for one day it managed to outsell PUBG as the most-bought PC game on Steam."

Dream Daddy: Dadrector's Cut is a chance for a whole new audience to get out there and date some Dads. 

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Halloween Cosmetics & Skins Teased for PUBG https://www.gameskinny.com/j4ljq/halloween-cosmetics-skins-teased-for-pubg https://www.gameskinny.com/j4ljq/halloween-cosmetics-skins-teased-for-pubg Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:43:52 -0400 Zack Palm

To help get you into the spirit of Halloween, the developers behind PUBG have released a nine-second Halloween-themed video on their official Twitter page, which you can watch here.

While extremely brief, the video teases several pieces of cosmetic items likely on the way in a holiday-themed loot crate. 

Though the PUBG development team has not released any specific details since the tweet went out last night, it's possible that Halloween-themed skins are on the way to the popular battle royale in the form of a torn-up nurse outfit, a bloody butcher's apron, and a killer clown outfit. 

As we get closer to Halloween, there's sure to be a more formal announcement, perhaps even something introducing a themed event. We know that PUBG Mobile is set to get a Halloween event and night mode in the latest patch notes leak -- so something for the base game probably isn't that far off. 

How do you feel about PUBG releasing holiday-themed content? Stay tuned to Gameskinny as we learn more details about PUBG's plans for Halloween!

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Super Dragon Ball Heroes Coming to Switch Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/jo2pb/super-dragon-ball-heroes-coming-to-switch-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/jo2pb/super-dragon-ball-heroes-coming-to-switch-soon Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:31:47 -0400 William R. Parks

Announced in the latest issue of Japanese manga magazine V Jump, the Super Dragon Ball Heroes franchise is making its way to Switch with Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission.

Dimps, known for its work on the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai trilogy, is leading development.

Super Dragon Ball Heroes is centered around collecting physical trading cards. These cards are scanned by a Heroes arcade machine, which gives a digital life to the heroes depicted on the cards and allows them to engage in battle against computer-generated enemies.

These battles play out like a table-top game, with players strategically moving cards across the screen that scans them to attack their foes.

With World Mission, the two separate screens that are required for scanning cards and displaying their digital representation will be condensed into the Switch's single screen.

The cards from Super Dragon Ball Heroes 1 through Super Dragon Ball Heroes 8 and those from Super Dragon Ball Heroes 1 and Super Dragon Ball Heroes 2 will be useable with World Mission, giving players access to more than 1,160 cards and 350 characters for 7 vs. 7 battling.

A release date for the game has not yet been confirmed, but fans can expect more information as they celebrate Dragon Ball Heroes' eighth anniversary this November.

 

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GameSir Reveals VX AimSwitch Brings Keyboard and Mouse to Consoles https://www.gameskinny.com/1pluh/gamesir-reveals-vx-aimswitch-brings-keyboard-and-mouse-to-consoles https://www.gameskinny.com/1pluh/gamesir-reveals-vx-aimswitch-brings-keyboard-and-mouse-to-consoles Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:22:22 -0400 QuintLyn

Players of competitive console games now have a new option when it comes to character control.

Depending on who you ask, there's a belief that when it comes to cross-play shooters, MOBAs, and Battle Royales, PC gamers have an advantage over their console counterparts because they're able to use keyboard and mouse.

While you can technically hook up a keyboard and mouse to consoles, there can also be compatibility issues. Plus, who really wants to use a full-sized keyboard when playing games on a console?

This is where the new GameSir: VX AimSwitch comes in. Inspired by the increasing popularity of cross-play, the keypad and mouse set brings the fine control associated with PC gaming to PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in a compact and completely compatible package. 

The package can be purchased on the GameSir site for $99.99 and includes a gamepad featuring all the standard left-side of the keyboard keys, including F1-F5, WASD, Shift, Alt, Tab, and even a mini-spacebar. There are also four G-keys for customization. Combine that with the GameSir GM190 gaming mouse and you have everything you need to play competitive games on a console.

The set uses the GameSir Agility X 2.4 GHz wireless receiver with a rather wide range of 32.8 feet. It also features 38 TTC red key switches and utilizes the GameSir G-Crux app for key configuration.

Oh, yes, for those wondering: The VX AimSwitch is compatible with the PC too.

 

 

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Fortnite Alpha Tournament Guide: How to Get More Points Fast https://www.gameskinny.com/d6bqp/fortnite-alpha-tournament-guide-how-to-get-more-points-fast https://www.gameskinny.com/d6bqp/fortnite-alpha-tournament-guide-how-to-get-more-points-fast Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:21:08 -0400 Ty Arthur

As if getting Victory Royale hasn't been enough, Fortnite finally has a real-deal Tournament mode for earning points and getting crowned as the top player.  Running through October 21, tournament sessions will be available for a limited number of hours each day.

To play in the Alpha Tournament, click the icon above the Play button and then click the Alpha Tournament button.

Players are matched against opponents with similar scores during the session, and if you score 20 points in a session, you earn a coveted golden pin

How to Get Points in Fortnite's Alpha Tournament

The main Fortnite screen showing the tournament selection tab

You begin earning points at 3 eliminations; you then earn 1 extra point at 5 eliminations and 7 eliminations.

Additional points (in 1 point increments) are awarded if you:

  • Get in the Top 10
  • Get in the Top 3
  • Get Top 1 Victory Royale  

Points reset at the beginning of each day during the Tournament, so you only have a limited number of hours to hit 20 points and earn the pin.

Best Landing Spots & Kill Areas in Alpha Tournament

Because of this point set up, aggressive play is rewarded. Don't hide. Don't be a bush. Don't play it safe. Land in hot zones such as:

  • Tilted Towers 
  • Pleasant Park 
  • Lazy Links
  • Paradise Palms

Essentially, jump where everyone else is. Once you land (and you probably already know this), immediately go for any location with a chest or floor weapon so you can come out swinging.

Finding loot faster than the opponents is key here. Hit high loot areas for critical early-game gains. Go to the basketball court in Greasy Grove, basically all the buildings in Tilted Towers, or the grocery store in Retail Row. 

Best Situational Weapons for Alpha Tournament

No matter where you land, stick to the high ground for headshots whenever possible. Also, try lurking indoors with a shotgun or other close-range weapons for quick kills in tight spaces. 

Individual play style can have a big impact on how you rack up your kills, but in general, these are the best weapons to try to pick up in the Alpha Tournament:

  • Any SMG 
    • For spray and pray outdoor fighting
  • High rarity Assault Rifle (AR)
    • For outdoor fighting at medium range
  • Pump or Tactical Shotgun 
    • For indoor or close-quarters fighting
  • Bolt action or heavy sniper rifle
    • Long-range headshots if your playstyle keeps you at the edges of each area
Best Choke Points in Alpha Tournament

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While aggressive attacking with SMGs and shotguns is key to getting kills quickly, some players will still prefer to lie in wait and snipe. In that case, these are some excellent choke points to rack up kills:

  • The RVs north of Tilted Towers 
  • The hill above Dusty Divot with a clear line of sight down below
  • Any rooftop at Greasy Grove (if you land on the gazebo at the south end of the area you will likely arrive directly at a chest spawn)
Best Defensive Strategies for Alpha Tournament (If You Must)

If you want to rack up the most points in the least amount of time, it can actually be more efficient to get 5-7 kills, and then die on purpose and join a new match.

Trying to get all the way to the #1 spot may take more time than it's worth, especially if you end up dying just shy of the top 10 or top 3 spots.

Defense is less important in an Alpha Tournament match as you're fighting against the clock to get quick kills before the daily points reset. If you are want to try to get to the Top 10, 3, and 1 spots, however, there are two key defense options to utilize in the Tournament.

  1. Jump frequently
  2. Avoid headshots
  3. Build 1x1 tower bases
    • Learn to quickly build ramps if the bottom gets taken out for quick escapes

There is literally no reason to hide in this mode. In essence, Alpha Tournament wants you to play differently and get out of your comfort zone. Acting like a bush will get you nowhere. 

Fortnite Alpha Tournament Schedule

Here's the full breakdown on when each Tournament will be running; don't forget individual session times will vary by region each day:

  • Alpha Tournament (Solo): October 16-21
  • Beta Tournament (Duo): October 23-25
  • Friday Night Fortnite (Squad): October 19-November 30
  • Salty Springs Cup (Solo): October 27-31
  • Tomato Temple Cup (Duo): October 28-November 1

A Word on Alpha Tournament Bugs

The choose your game mode screen showing various fortnite events and modes

As you might have expected, the rollout of a major new Fortnite mode means unexpected bugs and hiccups.

Most notably, Alpha Tournament is currently suffering from incorrect scoring (preventing you from getting the pin) and matchmaking problems

A patch is, of course, expected to fix these problems in the next day or so, but for now, you need to know these issues persist and you may not get the score you earned.

Check out a full rundown from Epic regarding known issues at Reddit here.

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Got any other tips for surviving in the Alpha Tournament? Let us know your favorite strategy below, and check out our other Fortnite guides here.

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First Hitman 2 Elusive Target Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/7070l/first-hitman-2-elusive-target-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/7070l/first-hitman-2-elusive-target-revealed Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:25:23 -0400 Zack Palm

The first elusive target for Hitman 2 has just been announced: the Undying Man, played by Sean Bean.

In Hitman 2, Bean plays Mark Faba, a former MI5 agent who went on to became a freelance assassin. Starting on November 20, one week after the game launches, players will have 10 real-life days to kill Faba before he completes a contract at the Global Innovation Race event in Miami.

In the above video, Faba uses refers to three separate weapons -- and IO Interactive invites players to vote for their favorite: a robot flash grenade, a concealable earphone garrot, or a compact pen explosive. Players will receive whichever weapon receives the most votes if they successfully kill The Undying during the event. 

You can vote for your favorite item on the Hitman 2 website.

The elusive target mode was first shown in 2016's Hitman. In this mode, players have a limited time to try a single attempt to eliminate a target, receiving a new suite with each successful completion.

You still have time to pre-order Hitman 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or your PC, and you can pre-order here. The game launches on November 13.

For more news on your favorite games and Hitman 2, stay tuned to Gameskinny.

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Fortnite Season 6, Week 4 Challenge Guide: Complete 3 Timed Trials https://www.gameskinny.com/dqfyn/fortnite-season-6-week-4-challenge-guide-complete-3-timed-trials https://www.gameskinny.com/dqfyn/fortnite-season-6-week-4-challenge-guide-complete-3-timed-trials Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:11:41 -0400 Sergey_3847

Completing Timed Trials is definitely one of the hardest challenges that Fortnite players have ever encountered. This week you need to hit at least three of the five possible Timed Trials around the map. But the reward is worth it, as you will get 10 Battle Stars after the successful completion of this challenge.

You can build up a strategy of your own on how to finish all three required trials, or you could simply follow our quick guide below for all the possible locations of the Timed Trails and how to complete them in the fastest way possible.

How to Complete 3 Timed Trials in Fortnite

The three best and easiest Timed Trials in Fortnite can be found in Snobby Shores, Shifty Shafts, and Tomato Temple. All three trials are super easy to complete, but here are a few tips to make it completely clear.

Trial 1: Snobby Shores

When you arrive at Snobby Shores, go right on top of the hill indicated on the map above. There you will find a softwatch that can be activated. As soon as you do it, the rest of the watches will appear downhill. Just make your way down and grab each and every softwatch you see. In the end you will finish this trial and you can move onto the next one.

Trial 2: Shifty Shafts

To the south of Shifty Shafts you will find a bridge across the river. As soon as you activate the first softwatch, the rest will appear across and above the bridge.

In order to complete this trial you need to build a ramp and gather all the watches from the top of the bridge. The last watch will be waiting for you on the other side of the bridge. Activate it and finish your second trial.

Trial 3: Tomato Temple

The final trial at the Tomato Temple is the hardest one. It will require you to run through the wooden ramp near the temple, which you may not be able to finish the first time. But after some practicing you should be able to get every single softwatch in time. As soon as you're done with this trial the challnge will be complete.

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That is all on how to complete three Timed Trials in Season 6, Week 4 challenge, and for other Fortnite guides at GameSkinny, please see the list below:

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Override: Mech City Brawl Story Campaign Highlighted in New Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/8g1w2/override-mech-city-brawl-story-campaign-highlighted-in-new-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/8g1w2/override-mech-city-brawl-story-campaign-highlighted-in-new-trailer Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:58:23 -0400 Erroll Maas

Publisher Modus Games and developer The Balance Inc. have revealed a new trailer for their upcoming mech action game, Override: Mech City Brawl, which shows off both solo gameplay as well as local and online multiplayer.

The new trailer also highlights the story campaign where players will face off against other mechs as well as giant aliens. Each mech is equipped with their own unique set of weapons to deal with these threats, including powerful special attacks which get help them get out of trouble in a pinch.

Players will also be able to obtain new skins and accessories to customize their mechs within the garage.

A feature unique to Override is that players can play together operating just one mech, with up to four players controlling separate limbs.

Override: Mech City Brawl launches on December 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Pre-orders for are available now.The standard edition will only be available digitally  while The Super Charged Mega Edition will be available both physically and digitally and includes a season pass with four extra mechs, 16 new skins post-launch, and instant access to 12 legendary skins which must be unlocked in the standard edition.  

Override: Mech City Brawl will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on December 4, 2018. 

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Blizzard Nixes Speculation On Diablo 3 Cossplay And Reign Of Terror Announcement https://www.gameskinny.com/affog/blizzard-nixes-speculation-on-diablo-3-cossplay-and-reign-of-terror-announcement https://www.gameskinny.com/affog/blizzard-nixes-speculation-on-diablo-3-cossplay-and-reign-of-terror-announcement Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:47:01 -0400 QuintLyn

While we still don't know what Blizzard has planned for the Diablo announcements at BlizzCon, we may have a better idea of what those announcements won't be. Since players first took note of the fact that Diablo will be the first topic discussed on the main stage following the convention's opening ceremony, we've seen some serious speculation spurred by things like merchandise appearances and Blizzard representatives having a chat with the press.

In fact, GameSkinny recently covered both the rumor about Diablo 3 crossplay and the speculation on "Reign of Terror".  Unfortunately, it seems that neither of these things is what it appears to be.

Following the Business Insider article that attributed a comment indicating Diablo 3 crossplay would be happening at some point -- it was just a question of "when" -- Blizzard has informed press that cross-platform play is not in the works. 

The statement provided to DualShockers and Nintendo Life indicates that the company likes the idea, but has no plans for it at the moment.

While we love the idea of bringing our players together across platforms, we do not have any plans to implement cross-platform gameplay for Diablo at this time.

The good news here is that cross-play hasn't been completely ruled out. But, despite what the representative who spoke to Business Insider told them, it's still a question of "if" as well as "when". 

As for "Reign of Terror" being an accidental title leak, a Blizzard rep told GameSpot that's not the case. It seems "Reign of Terror" is just a title attached to the new products and nothing more. They even go so far as to explicitly state that the name doesn't directly reference any "content at the show". 

So, once again, we're left without any information on what, if anything, Blizzard will be announcing for the game at BlizzCon. Of course, they'd probably like to keep it that way.

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Gen 4 Pokemon, Balance Changes Come to Pokemon GO https://www.gameskinny.com/vt9n9/gen-4-pokemon-balance-changes-come-to-pokemon-go https://www.gameskinny.com/vt9n9/gen-4-pokemon-balance-changes-come-to-pokemon-go Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:48:42 -0400 William R. Parks

It has been confirmed by the Pokemon Company that Chimchar, Piplup, Turtwig, and a number of other Pokemon of Sinnoh, are now available for Trainers to catch in Pokemon GO.

As Ninatic has done previously, the remaining Pokemon of Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum will be released in the mobile game in waves in the upcoming weeks.

Additionally, fans can look forward to gameplay changes that are "designed to promote an improved overall experience."

The first set of inbound tweaks addresses the behavior of Pokemon, reducing the effect weather has on their appearance and increasing their variety in certain areas, especially in places like parks and nature reserves.

A second group of changes looks to rebalance combat -- Pokemon's CP and HP values are being adjusted.

Additionally, the company has said that it wants defensive Pokemon to be more viable, and they are adjusting Defense and Stamina values to address this. Defense values for almost all Pokemon are also being "slightly reduced."

An exact date for these gameplay changes has not been provided. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information as it breaks. 

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Spider-Man’s First DLC Brings New Story Missions, Three New Suits https://www.gameskinny.com/5a6ci/spider-mans-first-dlc-brings-new-story-missions-three-new-suits https://www.gameskinny.com/5a6ci/spider-mans-first-dlc-brings-new-story-missions-three-new-suits Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:47:58 -0400 William R. Parks

Sony has just released new information about what players can expect from The Heist, the first in the three-part Spider-Man DLC Insomniac is calling The City That Never Sleeps.

With The Heist comes a new story mission, what the developers say is "a robbery at an art museum [that] entangles Spider-Man and MJ with an old flame from Peter Parker's past, Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat".

A new story is not all players can expect from The Heist, however, as the add-on will feature "a whole new faction of enemies, new crimes, new challenges, new trophies, and of course, three brand new suits."

Insomniac provides a few additional details about Spidey's new costumes:

"One we'd love to highlight is the Resilient Suit, by famed Marvel illustrator Gabriele Dell'Otto. We loved bringing original suits to the game, starting with our Advanced Suit, and continuing with Adi Granov's Velocity Suit, and this is another great one," the post reads.

The other two suits may be familiar to fans as well: one is the suit from Scarlet Spider II and the other is the Spider-UK suit.

The Heist comes to PlayStation 4 on October 23. Retail for this individual DLC is $9.99.

Spider-Man's remaining two DLCs are scheduled for release in November and December. All three DLCs can be purchased for $24.99.

Be sure to check out our review of the game -- and go pick it up if you haven't already. 

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Interview with Oscar Brittain, Developer of Indie Racing RPG Desert Child https://www.gameskinny.com/hu69g/interview-with-oscar-brittain-developer-of-indie-racing-rpg-desert-child https://www.gameskinny.com/hu69g/interview-with-oscar-brittain-developer-of-indie-racing-rpg-desert-child Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:01:08 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

Best described as a racing RPG set in the near future, Desert Child is an indie title that I've been looking forward to for a long time. Set to release later this year, the game follows a hoverbike racer on his quest to win the ultimate race. 

Sporting a punk aesthetics and an old-school inspired art style, Desert Child looks like an interesting racing title full of action and fun. 

To get a better feel of what under the game's hood, I sat with its developer, Oscar Brittain, to talk about the development cycle, the game's quirks, and unique style. 

GameSkinny(GS): So what inspired the idea of Desert Child?

Oscar Brittain (BS): I guess Cowboy Bebop was a big initial inspiration, but the game changed so much since I started back in 2015. The bounty hunting thing is just a part of a larger game now. I kinda had shelved that idea, then I drew the main character on his bike and was like "YES" and just stuck him into the design for the Cowboy Bebop game.

GS: Desert Child seems to be very punk inspired. Is that the main theme at hand?

BS: I like to say I subscribe to "loose game design theory", also known as "winging it". I do try to keep the spontaneity of the early days going throughout the whole project. It's easy to do when you're a one-person team and you don't need to convince anyone that you should make some drastic change a month before a deadline.

GS: Are there any specific non-game inspirations for Desert Child? Films? Books? TV shows?

BS: Cowboy Bebop was the big one. Redline and Akira were pretty influential for the race sequences.  Other than that, my favourite kind of story is one with a reluctant protagonist, or just some really low-stakes conflict that really just serves as a reason to have cool shit happen. I like JunkyThe Rum DiaryHitchhiker's Guide, Clerks, just that kinda thing.

GS: What inspired you to be a game developer?

BS: I wasn't very good at anything else. We'll see if I'm any good at this when the game comes out I guess haha.

GS: How long have you been developing/conceptualizing this game?

BS: Roughly for about three years? The title has changed a lot over from it's original concept over time though.

GS: What other hobbies are you into? Do they help you with game development?  

BS: I make music, which is usually a big part of game development. I can do sound design from that as well. I also happen to collect old leather bandoleers but I don't like guns though. It's kinda silly I know. I also tried writing a book but it kinda devolved into just referencing videogames and 1980s movies. I suppose learning to write -- kind of -- has helped me with game development.

GS: What games do you like to play when you have time?

BS: I've been loving my time with Digimon World Re:Digitize lately. I like weird games like that with unique systems and mechanics personally speaking. I've also been playing Getting Over It With Bennet Foddy, and Deity Driving. These are pretty great. 

GS: What has been the best feedback you've received about the game? 

BS: I received a comment on the YouTube trailer for Desert Child. It was an interesting critique on the music in the trailer. The music featured is Australian hip-hop music so it was pretty funny to see a comment about that in particular.

 

GS: What aspects of indie game development people should be more aware of?

BS: Dedication of time. Everything will take longer than you think it will.

GS: Can you tell us about what kind of music we can expect from the game? 

BS: If you head to Youtube and search for "Lofi hiphop beats to chill/study to 24/7", whatever comes up first will be pretty close to what you'll find within the title.

The indie racer and punk-inspired Desert Child is set for release in Q4 2018. If you can't wait you can check out the demo now to hold you over for now. 

Big thanks to Brittain for answering our questions about the game. 

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Rockstar Clarifies Red Dead Redemption 2 Work Hours https://www.gameskinny.com/56hgx/rockstar-clarifies-red-dead-redemption-2-work-hours https://www.gameskinny.com/56hgx/rockstar-clarifies-red-dead-redemption-2-work-hours Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:16:07 -0400 LJ Thompson

Crunch time has been a controversial topic throughout the video game industry, and it's something that Rockstar Games have been hit with in the past; when Red Dead Redemption was released, many employees said they were working excessive hours ahead of time.

Now, it seems that the studio have put their foot in their mouth again, this time with Red Dead Redemption 2. In an in-depth profile with Vulture, lead writer Dan Houser explained that they were working 100 hour weeks at some points throughout 2018.

Obviously, this prompted a lot of backlash from all parts of the gaming community.

In a follow-up statement to The Verge, Mr. Houser explained that it was just him and the other members of the writing team that were working that much; more importantly, he said, this wasn't a company-wide policy. In his statement, he further explained:

"After working on the game for seven years, the senior writing team, which consists of four people, Mike Unsworth, Rupert Humphries, Lazlow, and myself, had, as we always do, three weeks of intense work when we wrapped everything up."

In regards to the issue of crunch time at Rockstar, Mr. Houser said:

"But that additional effort is a choice, and we don’t ask or expect anyone to work anything like this. Lots of other senior people work in an entirely different way and are just as productive — I’m just not one of them!"

However, his point about "additional effort" being a choice has been met with criticism from many ex-Rockstar Games employees. Many emphasized across Twitter that, while they mightn't have been verbally forced to work that hard, they were seemingly penalized if they didn't.

From what ex-Rockstar Games employees are saying, the main consistency has been that there was an unspoken rule that employees would work extreme hours in the build up to, as well as aftermath of, a games release.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to be released on October 26.

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