Desktop Platform RSS Feed | Desktop RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 8 Indies with Surprisingly Well-Crafted Stories Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:00:01 -0500 bazookajo94

Look, I know what you're thinking. You see an article title with the word "Indie" next to "Well-Crafted Stories," and you suspect another writer praising the wonders of Undertale or LIMBO. And I am such trash for indie games that I'd probably be the one writing that article. 

But I'm also trash for the underdogs, for the stories and games that don't get noticed unless they're played by popular let's players who post two videos a day and need more to sustain their income than AAA games or featured Steam games. 

So here are just a few indie games with stories worth your time that might have gotten lost in the dark shadows of skeletons based on fonts or boys lost in the woods.

One Chance 

One Chance, released by Newgrounds in 2010, follows the story of John Pilgrim, a scientist who thought he created the cure for cancer but instead doomed all of humanity -- unless he could find a cure in six days. In this adventure-style pixelated game, walking, talking, and opening doors are about the extent of your control over the character, but these simple actions still have lasting effects, depending on where the player walks, who they talk to, and what door they open. 

At first glance, the story and concept might not seem that original. I Am Legend immediately comes to mind. And yet another game where our choices matter? Haven't faced the consequences of our actions enough?

But One Chance is different in that you only get just that: one chance. If you reload the browser, the website returns you to the point in the game you ended on. Whatever ending you got, you got. And this game, believe it or not, gets pretty sad. Because John Pilgrim is not alone in his life; he's got a wife and child, and his choices affect them, too. Even before the whole, you know, all-of-humanity-is-doomed ending. 

So good luck, because you've only got one shot to save everyone. 

That Dragon, Cancer

Following the vein of cancer and the tragedy it brings to life comes Numinous Games That Dragon, CancerWritten and created by Ryan and Amy Green, the point-and-click adventure game follows the true story of Ryan and Amy and their son Joel, who was diagnosed with cancer at twelve months old. The gameplay pairs exploration with the upsetting and uplifting moments the family experienced during the years Joel lived with his illness before his death in 2014. 

This is a sad story, but it's a good story, and one worth playing. Even for those who are not as religious as the Green's, whose faith seeped into some aspects of the game. The genuine emotional rawness of this story resonates with all players, even those who haven't personally experienced cancer in their lives.

You can buy That Dragon, Cancer on iTunes or the Google Play Store for $9.99.


Not all good stories have to be solely sad. They can be creepy and sad, like in the French RPG game OFFDeveloped by Mortis Ghost in 2008 and translated into English in 2011, this Unproductive Fun Time production follows the Batter as he makes his way through the Zones while defeating creatures on his "important mission." The gameplay follows standard RPG protocol: gaining experience after every battle and leveling up eventually, adding members to your party, and turn-based combat mechanics. 

As the player, The Puppeteer, guides The Batter on his quest alongside his cat guide, The Judge, The Puppeteer starts to question who's really evil, who really deserves to be "purified," and if they should be in charge of making that decision at all. 

You can download the game for free here and find out for yourself what's really going on in OFF. 

Calm Time

I've mentioned a pixelated game before and I'm going to do it again with free-to-play Calm Timedeveloped four years ago by GoosEntertainment. This short indie horror game introduces the player as someone who lives on their own in an isolated house with only the wind and stars as company. Tired of being lonely, they invite people to their house for a dinner party. 

And then people start dying. 

Though the game doesn't have an expansive story to captivate its players' hearts, there is just enough for players to start questioning their own morals. To make them sit back and think about their own life choices and whether or not they really think an isolated idea would be such a good idea after all. 

Download the game here and get ready for your peaceful night to get weird. 

Layers of Fear

Who says scary games can't have plot? Maybe the same people who say they read certain magazines for their articles...

Layers of Fear stars a man traversing his own house while trying to survive his crumbling psyche as he struggles to solve the mystery of his past. While being yet another game that's following in P.T.'s footsteps, this 2016 title succeeds by having an original plot that can get pretty spooky. 

Games that have protagonists with hallucinations bring a unique kind of fear, one that has players questioning everything they explore. And in Layers of Fear, they're going to have questions. Why is this guy seeing things? And what's up with his painting? Actually, just what's up with that guy in general? His deterioration into madness is "fun" to experience, and scary to witness. There are also three unique endings to the game, so you get to try three different times to make sure he gets the ending he deserves. 

Paint this game into your heart and nightmares for only $19.99 on Steam, PlayStation, or Xbox. 

Road Not Taken

Not every game has to be dark and depressing. They can be light and depressing, too, like Spry Fox's Road Not Taken. In this puzzle adventure game, players enter the forest and save the town's lost children from the brisk winter storm. Each level that passes is another year closer to retirement. The player also has the option to woo a town's member in an attempt to start a family of your own. But, much like real life, things don't always turn out as planned. 

The charming art style of Road Not Taken serves as an interesting contrast to the underlying starkness of its story. I'd like to say that everything turns out alright, but the developers didn't use Robert Frost's poem as a promise to its players. 

You can find this game for $14.99 on PlayStation, Steam, or Xbox. 

The Swapper

Maybe cute and sad isn't your scene, as mine apparently is. Well, don't worry, because Facepalm Game's sci-fi adventure The Swapper is here to satisfy your futuristic story needs. 

The game opens in an abandoned research facility with the player finding a device that allows them to clone themselves and then swap between their clones, which can only mean that they must use their clones in puzzles that lead them across the facility and closer to the answers surrounding its doomed fate. 

The story feels reminiscent of some of the abandoned vaults in a Fallout game, ones where dead things are everywhere and you can only piece together what happened through journals written and rooms abandoned. Plus, the game is beautiful. Like, seriously gorgeous. 

The Swapper is available on Steam or PlayStation for $14.99. 

Presentable Liberty

That's right. I did it. I saved the best for last. Or, at least, my favorite for last. Presentable Libertydeveloped by Wertpol in 2014 and free to play, tells the story of a prisoner in a cell with sparse interaction from the outside world save for the ticking of a clock and letters from someone the prisoner knows, someone they don't know, and the staff from the prison itself. 

The game begins with the players resigning themselves to the fate of their cell, and then the letters start to reveal more of the secrets behind why the player is locked up and what their friends are doing on the outside, and suddenly they are invested, suddenly they care, suddenly the game start playing tricks on the players mind, giving them a real sense of isolation and despair. 

Perhaps the best place to see the psychological toll this game takes on a player is to commit yourself to the hour of Markiplier's let's play of this game. 

Or, you know, you could play the game and experience it for yourself. You do you. 

As you might have noticed, many of these stories are rather sad, but good stories can be more than sad. They can be cute and sad, or scary and sad, or not sad at all (and thus probably not very good). However, no matter the emotion someone gets when playing a game and experiencing its story, if they finish the game having felt something, then something must have gone right. And though these games may be hard to find or don't have the best quality around, they deserve a chance to have their good (ie sad) stories heard. 

How to Diffuse a Bomb Without Losing All Your Friends Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:45:45 -0500 bazookajo94

So you've got a lot of friends but not a lot of games to play. You're tired of Cards Against Humanity, and you can't sit through another round of [insert popular FPS here]. You don't wanna browse the shops for more games, and you don't want to leave your house for an activity because, ew, outside. 

Maybe the best solution to your problem is Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, a multiplayer VR game in which one person wears the headset and sees a bomb and whoever else is in the room (e.g., your friends and loved ones) sees a manual. The one diffusing the bomb describes what they see, and the people reading the manual describe what the bomb diffuser must do in order to diffuse the bomb before time runs out and everybody explodes. 

I don't even have to tell you how this game could cause actual, literal explosions -- of rage and confusion and overall mayhem. GameSkinny has already mentioned this is a game to destroy a relationship. 

Instead, this article aims to give you some tips so that you can survive the first few bombs without losing your mind -- and everyone you love and cherish. 

First thing to remember? 

Don't be a jerk. Just keep repeating that to yourself over and over as the night progresses. Don't be a jerk. Don't say, "How are you not seeing this? How are you not understanding this? It's right in front of your face?" 

That isn't productive. That isn't going to help. It's going to shut the whole operation down, and everyone is going to die. Don't say degrading things out loud to your friends while you play a game. That should be a rule in every multiplayer game. 

Don't be a jerk. 


Second general piece of advice? 

If someone hasn't played this game before, but you have, don't act like you know everything. Let them discover the wonders of diffusing a bomb on their own. Keep your mouth shut. Remember the reason you started playing this game in the first place: because you want to have a fun game night with your friends. Not because you want to show off how smart you can be and how much better you are at this game than they are. 

If you start acting like you know everything and say things like, "Oh, just give me that, I'll do it," or "Just listen to me and stop listening to everyone else," tension is going to rise immediately. 

Okay, now that the general "don't be a jerk" tactics are out of the way, here are just a few tips concerning some of the modules that show up a lot and confuse even the most veteran players. 

On the Subject of Wires

If you are diffusing the bomb, do not start telling the people what color the wires are. And if you are reading the manual, do not ask what color the wires are. 

Just don't. It doesn't matter. The easiest way to get through this module is to ask how many wires there are -- and that's it. Here's a scenario:

The diffuser says, "There are six wires." The manual reader should then begin reading down the list for six wires, top to bottom, until they find their answer. Most of the time, you don't even have to read the whole line because if the manual reader says, "If there is only one black wire--" and the diffuser cuts them off to say, "There are no black wires," great. Move on to the next line.

Same with On the Subject of The Button. Don't worry about what the diffuser says. Just go down the list (in the exact order the list goes in), until you find what matches. Do not skip the order, because if there is a match earlier on the list than the line you skipped to, you are going to mess something up and earn yourself and all your friends a strike. 

On the Subject of Wire Sequence 

Yay, more wires! But this one is a little more complicated. And the first couple of times you do this one, you're gonna have a bad time. Because now you do need to say the colors of the wires. 

But wait! Stop! Don't tell the manual reader how many wires and what colors and what they're connected to immediately. Instead, go one wire at a time, top to bottom. The diffuser should only worry about the color and number occurrence of the wire; the manual reader is in charge of telling them if they should cut the wire. 

For example, say your module looks likes this:

The diffuser should say, "First occurrence black," as the first wire is black and it's the first time we've seen a black wire. The manual reader will then look at their manual and say to the diffuser "A, B, or C." Diffuser, because this wire is connected to a B, cut it, then move on. The manual reader is only going to say the letter corresponding with the wire if it should be cut.

For example, when the diffuser moves on to the next wire and says, "Second occurrence black," the manual reader will say, "A or C." If that black wire had been connected to a B, don't cut it, and don't waste everyone's time by saying, "But it's connected to a B!" If it's connected to a B, don't cut it, and move on. "First occurrence red." "C." Great. Don't cut the red wire, and then move on. Remember that when you press the down arrow to move on, the occurrences travel too, so the next black wire you see is going to be, "Third occurrence black." 

Eventually, you'll be powerhousing through that one, bing-bang-boom--err, I mean, no boom. 

On the Subject of Memory

I saved the worst for last. Okay, so maybe the Morse code one is the worst, or the Venn diagram one, but I'm here to give you the basics, not the whole game guide (though if you want it, I'll be here all week). 

Are you ready for the best advice of your life for getting past this difficult module? Okay, well, here it is:

Dude, just write it down.

This is a team effort, so utilize the team. The diffuser says what stage number it is, the manual reader reads the hint, and then the diffuser should say what position and number they just pressed. And then someone on the outside should write that down. Then, the diffuser, who already has enough on their plate, doesn't have to remember everything. 

But maybe you have more fun with the struggle. Maybe you prefer things to be diffucult, and that's okay. Or maybe you don't have asshole friends and never had to worry about losing friendships while playing this game, and that's okay too.

But just in case tensions do run high and suddenly everyone hates each other by the end of the night, these tips can hopefully ease some of the strain off your suddenly fragile relationships. 

Or maybe you should just stick to Card Against Humanity. 

8 Best Gaming Desks for PC Gamers in 2017 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:31:43 -0500 Craig Snyder


From desks built for the office that just happen to meet the spacious needs and demands of gamers to desks that have peripherals like mousepads built into their designs, it's safe to say that there's a quality computer gaming desk out there for you -- no matter what kind of person you are.


Be it a $90 budget gaming desk or $500 computer desk with stands and hooks for every type of peripheral you can imagine, equipping yourself with a desk that can meet your gaming needs and demands is just as important as getting one of the best gaming mice or keyboards. Not only do you feel it in game but out of game, too. It should be the best you can get.


When you're comfortable, you play better. When you play better, you win more. Find the desk that's right for you and improve!


Bell'O CD8841 Computer Gaming Desk


Price: $199.99
Buy on: Amazon


The Bell'O CD8841 computer desk is a classic and elegant tempered glass desk with the basic features that a gamer is probably looking for. This desk doesn't overwhelm you, offering a spacious desktop, pull-out keyboard tray, and cable management system.


With curved wood sides, steel framing, and a beautiful Espresso color, it's a great piece to any gamer's bedroom that will both look and feel good. When less is more, the Bell'O CD8841 is a great mid-range option for someone who plays games at their PC.


Techni Mobili Hip Black Glass Corner Computer Desk


Price: $238.39
Buy on: Amazon


The Techni Mobili Hip Black Glass Corner Computer Desk is left or right-hand interchangeable with a scratch-resistant, powder-coated steel frame. It has a pull-out keyboard tray equipped with a safety stop.


The desktop panels have a max weight capacity of 110 pounds and the curved panel has a capacity of 66 pounds. The keyboard tray can hold up to 33 pounds. These are all more than adequate to serve their intended purpose, and this adds up to one of the most stylish and effective corner desks at this price point.


ApexDesk Elite Series Standing Gaming Desk


Price: $599.99
Buy on: Amazon


The 71" ApexDesk Elite Series 71 electric height-adjustable standing desk is at the highest end of PC desks suitable for gaming. The height is adjustable from 29" to 48" at 1.3"/second through dual motors with 225 pounds of capacity. This desk offers enhanced stability through its one-piece fixed steel beam.


Being free of a crossbar, this computer desk allows for extra leg room and even the flexibility of adding an excercise bike. The screwless design should allow for setup in under 30 minutes. The desktop itself is made of medium density fiberboard with anti-scratch, high-pressure laminate. It's of the most premium material when it comes to PC gaming desks.


Reviews promise that this is one of, if not the, best standing gaming desks out right now.


Atlantic 33950212 Gaming Desk Pro


Price: $131.84
Buy on: Amazon


The Atlantic 33950212 Gaming Desk Pro caters well to gamers who love their controllers and and other accessories. Trays and pads around this computer desk function as a charging stand, speaker trays, game storage, controller hooks, wire management racks, a rear power-strip holder, and a headphone and cup holder.


This unique gaming desk can fit speakers up to 6"×5" and has a charcoal-colored, carbon fiber laminated top. The elevated shelf supports a monitor up to 32". This is a fantastic desk for anyone with a dedicated gaming setup.


Arozzi Arena Gaming Desk


Price: $399.99
Buy on: Amazon


The Arozzi Arena computer desk is a true-to-form, pure gamer's desk. What looks on the surface to be just a flat, surfboard-like PC desk is actually something that can really level up your gaming experience


The surface area can support up to three large monitors at 160cm in width. At 80cm in depth, you have a huge field of play for your mouse, keyboard, and other peripherals. The Arozzi Arena has a mousepad built in with a microfiber cloth surface that isn't going to damage or stick when you spill liquids around it.


The Arozzi Arena gaming desk comes in red, blue, green, white, and black. It's also designed for easy transport as the desktop and frame are divided into three separate sections.As far as minimalist designs go, this is one of the best gaming desks in its price range. 


Z-Line Belaire Glass L-Shaped Computer Gaming Desk


Price: $135.15
Buy on: Amazon


The Z-Line Belaire Glass L-Shaped computer desk is one of the prettiest glass desks you'll find at just over $100. In both clear and black-bordered glass, it has a sturdy metal frame with reinforced plates.


This computer desk features clear tempered glass, a raised monitor shelf, a pull-out tray for keyboard and mouse, and a spacious desktop work area.


Those of you who are new to glass desks should know that they require some pretty extensive home assembly, and they're some of the heaviest desks out there. This specific desk weighs in at just a few pounds under 100 when fully assembled.


DXRacer DGD/1000/N Newedge Edition Gaming Desk


Price: $399.99
Buy on: Amazon


As one of the most well-respected brands in PC gaming chairs, it's no surprise that the DXRacer DGD/1000/N Newedge Edition gaming desk comes with a heavier price tag than some of the other desks on this list.


The DXRacer boasts a double triangle design with a 10-degree slope, robust wire management options, an extended work surface, and 360-degree rotatable trapezoid feet. The design and finish is as sleek and clean as you've come to expect from the DXRacer name.


Reviews say that this computer desk is of incredible quality and offers some really great forearm rest space for those of you who reach across your desks with mouse-intensive games.


Origami RDE-01 Computer Gaming Desk


Price: $90.13
Buy it on: Amazon


As one of the most popular, well-rounded, and well-reviewed PC gaming desks out there, the Origami RDE-01 combines simple elegance with the lowest of setup requirements.


This computer gaming desk opens and folds in 40 seconds, requires no tools to set up, folds flat for easier storage, has a removable tabletop, and offers a hanging bottom level for your tower to keep dust away from it.


The desk weighs a total of 43.8 pounds and stands as one of the best examples that PC gaming desks don't have to be flashy and expensive to get the job done. At the budget price point, this is one of the best gaming desks out there. 


If you're a gamer, you're no stranger to spending hundreds of dollars on a great gaming mouse, a fancy gaming chair, a nice pair of headphones, and fantastic mechanical gaming keyboard.


However, something you might not often consider is the most obvious and important piece of equipment of all: your gaming desk. Your desk can make or break your gaming experience. A desk too low or too high, too uncomfortable or too tilted can really be the difference between being in the top 1% or the top 10% in whatever game it is that you play.


Both comfort and features are incredibly important when it comes to picking the right computer gaming desk, and that's why we're here to bring you eight of the best desks out there for PC gamers, from cheap budget desks to the highest of the high end.

Need for Speed Payback Guide: All Billboards Locations Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:31:44 -0500 Sergey_3847

Need for Speed: Payback offers some exciting challenges for players who like to smash and destroy the beautiful scenery of the Fortune Valley. As of now, there are 30 billboards all over the world map that can be destroyed using ramps and your own car.

If you manage to smash all the billboards into smithereens, then you will get a special achievement -- Does Not Obey (20G, Bronze, 20pts). If you don't want to spend hours upon hours searching for all their locations on your own, then simply follow this guide for all the billboard locations in Need for Speed: Payback.

All Billboards Locations in Mount Providence

The first 10 billboards are located in the western district of Fortune Valley:

  • Two of them are located in the northern area near Marshall Observatory.
  • One at Fortune Valley Resort & Casino, one at Soledad Church, and one at Mount Graint -- all can be found in the central part of Mount Providence.
  • The remaining five are scattered all along the southern highway that leads to Newhaven Cabins.

All Billboards Locations in Silver Canyon and Liberty Desert

Liberty Desert contains six billboards:

  • The first one can be found near the Las Almas Church in the southern part of the desert.
  • Two more are standing on the way to the Fortune Valley Railway Station.
  • Another one is located to the east from the Fortune Valley Solar Project.
  • The last two are positioned to the east and north from the Airfield 73.

Silver Canyon contains 11 billboards:

  • The first one is located at the Ember Peak.
  • The other two can be found to the east from the Gas Station.
  • Another one can be seen way up north at the Silver Dam.
  • The remaining seven are scattered along the central and southern parts of the Silver Canyon Highway.

All Billboards Locations in Silver Rock

There are only three billbaord locations in Silver Rock:

  • The first one stands at the crossroads of the Boomville and The Barrio districts in the north.
  • One can be found at the Lakeside.
  • And the last one along the highway leading to Ark Tower.


Now that you know where to look for all 30 billboards in Need for Speed: Payback, you will quickly earn the Does Not Obey trophy. And, if you're having trouble finding the specialized car dealerships in the game, follow the guide below:

EA Apologizes For Microtransactions In Battlefront II; Will Temporarily Revoke It Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:39:30 -0500 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

The recently released Star Wars Battlefront II has been receiving a great deal of backlash from fans regarding its extensive microtransactions and loot box system. It has been well documented at this point that the game's credit and reward system seems to be skewed against the playerbase in order to encourage further spending following the initial $60-$80 investment.

Many fans have discovered that in order to unlock and play as even one of the games "heroes" -- one of several major characters from the Star Wars franchise -- one would have to play for upwards of 40 hours. And if someone were to attempt to unlock all of the content available in the game, they would either have to earn credits naturally at a total time roughly equivalent to six months, or skip the whole process by paying a grand total of $2,100 to unlock things right away. 

Naturally, most players of Battlefront II were unhappy with this model, and they weren't afraid to let EA hear their complaints. In response to the backlash, EA has duly responded to the overall negative reaction to the game's progression model. On EA's official Star Wars-related Twitter, developer DICE's General Manager Oskar Gabrielson had this to say:

It's important to note that they did not say they would be removing the loot box and micropayment transaction model from the game forever, but rather until they can make changes to the game that better accommodate the system, downplay its importance, or generally adjust the game's progression. How this will effect the game overall is yet to be seen, and the date when the micro-transactions will return is unknown, but hopefully whatever changes are made are done for the sake of the game and the player.  

Star Wars Battlefront II is available now for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news on Battlefront II as it develops!



Fornite Guide: How to Be a Bush Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:47:19 -0500 bazookajo94

What's more fun than than dropping into a map with 100 other players for you to take down in an epic race to be the last man standing?

Being a bush while you do it. 

In Fortnite's Battle Royale mode, the developers added a new feature: the ability to disguise yourself as a bush. Really, I don't even have to talk this up anymore -- it's as awesome as it sounds. 

But does it sound as easy as it should be? Obtaining the elusive drop item is, well, extremely lucky for some and downright impossible for others. But there are ways to make it easier to find. 

So here's the rundown on how to be a bush in Fortnite -- if you can survive long enough to use it. 

First and foremost, you should know that not only is the bush disguise legendary in reputation, it's also legendary in status, meaning it's a very rare drop item. The best way to even have a chance at finding one is to frequent the drop areas (a common tactic for all players, so good luck) or looting one off a player you just killed, assuming they didn't put it on immediately after they obtained it (because who wouldn't). However, if some lucky schmo was able to get two bushes, boom, they drop the second bush upon death, and you get to fulfill your lifelong dream (as of one week ago). 

You should also be aware that the bush is a consumable item, so if someone hits your bush, it's gone. Donezo. Finished. Even storms can damage the disguise. 

So now you've got the bush from sheer force of will and a lot of luck. What now? Obviously, stay outside. Bushes do not occur naturally indoors. People are going to notice that something is afoot if a bush is just chillin' beside a fireplace. Remember what you are now: not a human but a bush. 

As soon as you realize the disguise works the most effectively outside, some ways to remain suspicious include blending in with the environment by standing still (bushes don't walk around -- or dance. Do not dance; I repeat, do not dance), hiding amongst your fellow bush (find your new brethren and accept your new home), and crouch (you are not a tree and your legs are not a trunk).

And always remember that as soon as the bush takes damage, it's gone, so avoid the storm border if you want to continue being a bush. 

By the way, you can get some hilarious kills as a bush. Don't believe me? Just watch. 

11 Most Anticipated New FPS Games of 2018 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:23:46 -0500 Ty Arthur


While these 2018 FPS games are the ones we're most looking forward to, there are undoubtedly many, many more that will arrive next year.


There are also several in development that currently don't have solid release dates and may show up around Christmas time. However, those games, such as Borderlands 3, Serious Sam 4, and Metroid Prime 4, will likely slip past 2018.


What 2018 shooter are you most looking forward to playing, and what upcoming FPS titles did we miss that should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below!


Hunt: Showdown


Developer: Crytek
Platform: PC
Release Date: Q4 2018


This one was originally supposed to be a radically different game titled Hunt: Horrors Of The Gilded Age. It was a game we were looking forward to all the way back in 2015.


Fast forward and development has since changed hands and shifted radically to this free-to-play online FPS. PvP and PvE elements are on full display in Hunt: Showdown, packing a survival experience with strong horror leanings into match-based shooter gameplay.


There are some really interesting elements that make the game worth checking out, from its non-standard old-west monster hunting style to interesting mechanics where your powers pass through bloodlines to new hunters when you die. Look forward to alpha arriving this winter and the full game launching some time in 2018.


War Of Rights


Developer: Campfire Games
Platform: PC
Release Date: 2018


When it comes to shooters, there aren't too many games centered on the U.S. Civil War -- probably because tactics in that war consisted of "line up, stupidly put your Colonel in front, and fire at each other while running forward until you run out of ammo."


War Of Rights aims to rectify that oversight, featuring as much historical accuracy and realism as possible. From the uniforms and units to weaponry and more, everything here is designed to be historically accurate. Expect large-scale battles in this one as well.


Hell Let Loose


Developer: Black Matter
Platform: PC
Release Date: Q2 2018


Another large-scale WWII simulator, Hell Let Loose is aiming for a realistic style. It's mechanics focus on teamwork (along the lines of Squad) as you set up forward bases and weapon nests across the battlefield.


Yes, it will be massive -- as these games need to be -- with up to 100 players battling each other at once. There's also a painstaking level of work going into the game's maps, with the developer recreating 1945 French villages based on archived footage and satellite photos. So needless to say, this game is going to be accurate. 


Ready Or Not


Developer: Void Interactive
Platform: PC
Release Date: 2018


Seriously, how amazing is that title? Tackling the Rainbow Six Siege style and focusing on SWAT teams, this one is shaping up to be pretty spectacular. Competitive and co-op modes for up to eight players will be featured in multiplayer alongside a single-player campaign.


Based on the trailer released earlier this year, it seems like Ready or Not is going to get gritty and dive into uncomfortably dark topics, from school shootings to human trafficking. 




Developer: Gaijin Entertainment
Platform: PC
Release Date: 2018 (maybe)


Gaijin is already known for its historical MMOs like War Thunder, and now we're getting a boots-on-the-ground WWII entry that focuses on the soldiers rather than the tanks and planes.


These battles are supposed to be absolutely huge, with up to 150 players fighting each other at once, and the game is currently slated to run on an F2P model.


Whether the game actually arrives next year is a little up in the air, as at this point, there's nothing even approximating a release window from the developer and no actual video trailers have arrived featuring anything resembling finished gameplay.


Deep Rock Galactic


Developer: Ghost Ship Games
Platform: PC, Xbox One
Release Date: Sometime 2018


Honestly, they had me at "space dwarves," although I am a little worried this is just going to be Space Hulk: Deathwing with cutesier graphics. This 1-4 player co-op FPS features procedurally generated levels that you will have to dig through to make your own tunnels, choke points, and defensive positions while battling waves of enemies. The fully destructible environments seem like the big draw here, potentially revolutionizing how shooters of this style work.


Call Of Duty 2018


Developer: Treyarch
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: November 2018


Treyarch returns to the Call Of Duty rotation next year following 2015's Black Ops III, and it's totally up in the air as to what we could be getting. Considering we just ping-ponged from the far future in 2016's Infinite Warfare back to the 1940s with this year's WW2, anything is possible. 


There are rumblings COD 2018 will return to a modern-day or near-future entry based on some recent job postings at Treyarch, but who knows if that's accurate. Every year the speculation comes in hard and heavy, and it's usually wrong (we never did get that Vietnam entry or Ghosts 2). So it looks like we'll just have to wait and see. 




Developer: Bioware
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: Q4 2018


Bioware and EA have teamed up for a new take on Destiny's popular shared-world shooter formula -- and it looks pretty spectacular so far. The focus here is on playing with your friends and acquiring new loot as your squad of Freelancers blow up anything and everything that moves using your super-powered exosuits.


System Shock Remastered


Developer: Night Dive Studios
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux, PS4
Release Date: 2018


This granddaddy of FPS hybrids was rightly heralded as an amazing breakthrough when it arrived in 1999, and there's no question the series played a major role in influencing beloved FPS titles like Bioshock.


Now it's coming back, bigger and more beautiful than ever, recreated in the Unreal 4 engine. Although it's called a "remaster," it's essentially being re-built from the bottom up and will feature the talents of legendary game designers like Chris Avellone.


A substantial update about the state of the game's development also just landed on Kickstarter and can be read here.


Metro Exodus


Developer: 4A Games
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: 2018


It's been four years since Metro: Last Light, and it's beyond time for a return to this bleak vision of humanity's blasted future. Artyom will reprise his role as the main character in Metro Exodus. The story will pick up from Metro: Last Light, but put a few years between the two narratives for storytelling purposes. Expect plenty of twisted, mutated beasties, some mind-shattering alien something-or-others, and a new crafting system!


Far Cry 5


Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: February 27, 2018


Just like Wolfenstein 2 somehow caused a stir with its "Nazis are bad" stance, Far Cry 5 managed to get the politically-minded all riled up with its primary mob of baddies -- a conservative cult in rural Montana.


We've already covered that faux controversy at length, so all I'll say here is that I'm a rural Montanan, and I can't wait to play this game! When someone wisecracked that it's "just Far Cry Primal 2", I legitimately laughed out loud, and seeing the backwoods of my terrifying state rendered digitally should be an explosively good time.


If you've loved the previous Far Cry games, it's a good bet this one will deliver -- and that's not to mention we're finally getting rid of the overused tower system in favor of newer mechanics. There will also be a buddy system implemented here, forcing you to convince other people to fight for your cause. And of course, there will be more animal taming shenanigans, which always a good thing. 


Another year is almost in the bag? Where did the time go? Oh, that's right, it went into playing all of 2017's awesome FPS titles!


This year killed it on the first-person-shooter front, with behemoths like Destiny 2 arriving to dominate team-based play and awesome single-player experiences in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus and Call Of Duty WW2 offering up all the Nazi-slaying you could ever want.


After Doom got its return to the spotlight not too long ago, it was obvious we'd see other classic titles get rebooted. That's what happened when Quake returned with Champions (although it sadly seems to have faded into obscurity again already) and, of course, the long overdue Lawbreakers finally arriving.


But enough of the past: now its time to look to the future! From horror to comedy and plenty of historic battle recreations, there are 11 FPS games you should be looking forward to in 2018. Here they are. 

Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for YouTubers and Streamers Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:49:54 -0500 Sarah Elliman


There was our gift guide that will suit your YouTuber or streaming buddies perfectly! 


What did you think of the guide? Are there any gifts you think are perfect for content creators? Let us know in the comments!

Razer BlackWidow Mercury Edition Keyboard

Price: $149.99


The price tag does jump significantly with this piece, but if the person you’re purchasing for is serious about gaming or about their online platform, then this keyboard is perfect. This keyboard offers maximum response times, so you can play your best every single time. However, it does mean if a match doesn’t go well you can’t blame the keyboard.


The most beautiful part about this item is the programmable back-light keys -- so many pretty colors. Side note, if your friend doesn't use Razer than it is best to stick to the equipment brand they use.

Razer DeathStalker Keyboard

Price: $43.31


Once again, every aspiring YouTuber or Streamer needs good equipment, no matter what content they are creating. This is one of the lower-end Razer keyboards, but all their keyboards are expertly made. Whether you’re editing videos or filming your gaming content, having a good keyboard is key to your success. It would be hard to work without them.

Recon 320 Gaming Headset

Price: $39.95


Having a good headset is key to getting the audio on your videos perfect and for fine-tuning the audio on your streams. Even if your friend isn’t a gaming content creator, a good headset goes a long way. This headset focuses on clarity of sound, both in games or in chat. It is easy to set-up and you don’t need to be exceedingly techy to understand how it works.

Glitch Pillow Plush

Price: $25


If your friend is going to get thirsty while streaming, then they are definitely going to get uncomfortable. Sitting in the same position for long periods of time is something nobody wants to do. You can make their streaming lives easier with this adorable pillow, so they can stream in style and comfort.

Eat, Sleep, YouTube, Repeat Unisex T-Shirt

Price: $19.50


The motto printed on this shirt couldn’t be more adequate in explaining the hectic lives of most YouTubers -- you may have already heard from your favorite channels how much work goes into making one video. The work load can be exhausting, and it's realistic to expect all they have time to do is 'Eat, Sleep, and YouTube.' Also, they may have some very angry subscribers if they're late with content when they don't stick to your schedule. This T-shirt is perfect for your hard-working YouTuber friend.

Pac-Man Pinky Ghost Plush

Price: $15.99


Nobody likes to be alone all the time, and when you’re streaming or creating videos sometimes it may feel that way. That is why you should gift your friend an adorable desk buddy, like the cute little pink ghost shown above. You can get creative with this and find an item that suits your friends interests and hobbies. Gaming wise, Pac-Man inspired gifts are always a safe bet. Plus they're always super adorable!

Twitch Tumbler Cup

Price: $15


Streaming is not the easiest activity in the world -- the constant commentary for hours on end can take its toll while streaming. So, why not invest in a cup sporting the Twitch logo? Streamers can keep themselves hydrated through those five-hour streams while supporting the very platform they use! There is no doubt that this tumbler cup will be useful for anyone who is an avid streamer.

Cell Phone Camera Lens ZPTONE

Price: $11.99


We are all aware that vlogging has taken the internet by storm and many YouTubers have already incorporated this style of video into their channel. Your friend could be out in the world and spot a perfect vlogging opportunity, but perhaps they don’t feel their camera is up to the job. This easy clip-on lens can turn a wide variety of devices into a vlogging machine, able to capture more content at a more consistent quality.

Twitchin': The Basics of Twitch Streaming for Beginners

Price: $3.51-$9.99


This book is the closest you'll get to a Twitch for dummies. Well it’s a bit nicer than that, but you get the point. This is an ideal item for someone who is starting out in the streaming scene and wants to understand the platform. It can be tricky when you’re learning the ins and outs of something new, so having a guide can be really beneficial. Furthermore, if your friend own a Kindle, or has the app, it cuts the price down to $3.51!

Retro Vintage YouTube Poster

Price: $5.45 - $12.28


Etsy is a wonderful site to find unique and handcrafted items that suit your interests. This expertly-made poster is a fantastic way to inspire your friend to get up and make some videos. In addition, if they love what they do, then this poster is a great reminder that they have found something that makes their time worthwhile.


YouTube boasts a following of over one billion people, with most users watching hours upon hours of content created for the site. Furthermore, the popular streaming medium,, boasts 15 million active users daily! These entertainment mediums have become ingrained in our culture and many people use these platforms to replace watching TV.


So, there is a fair chance you know an aspiring YouTuber or streamer trying to make their way in the digital realm. Or, you know someone who has already "made it" and you’re looking for the perfect gift for them. Look no further as our gift guide will present you with the perfect presents for your YouTuber or streaming buddies.



South Park: The Stick of Truth Review Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:00:18 -0500 Joseph Ocasio

If you're a fan of South Park, you've most likely played 2014's The Stick of Truth. After years of mediocre South Park video game adaptations, this RPG was a breath of fresh air, with series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone having been heavily involved in its creation. Furthermore, Obsidian, the team behind the critically-acclaimed Fallout: New Vegas and Knights of the Old Republic 2 RPGs, was the lead developer for the title.

However, The Stick of Truth was released during the end of the 7th console generation lifespan, so some gamers may have missed out on it. Luckily, series fans who pick up the newest South Park RPG, The Fractured But Whole, will have a chance to play its prequel, as a free copy of The Stick of Truth is bundled with the new game.

The Stick of Truth: Then vs. Now

If you're expecting anything new from this version, you'll be disappointed -- outside of the DLC content and a few tweaks here and there, there's nothing really new in this version of The Stick of Truth. It's free game, though, so it's a little more excusable than most remasters that do just the bare minimum.

This version of the game is a little cleaner, now running in 1080p and with PS4 Pro support, but don't expect that much of an improvement. A lot of the frame rate drops that plagued the original have been ironed out, though you will still notice a couple hitches when there are a lot of enemies in battle.

Some minor changes have also been made to address some of the game's more difficult sections. One of the biggest changes includes a fix for the infamous anal probe scene.

It's nowhere near as difficult and frustrating to get past this section now, making the pacing of the game much smoother. That said, the other annoying section, a boss battle with Cartman, still requires too much button mashing. Yeah, I know it's part of the joke, but the joke loses steam when you're forced to partake in it, and it can last for what feels like forever.

Outside of these changes, The Stick of Truth still remains largely the same. 

However, if this will be your first foray into the game, you've got a lot to look forward to either as a fan of the series, as an RPG aficionado, or both.

What to Expect from The Stick of Truth

In The Stick of Truth, you control your own custom-created character and explore the town of South Park, interacting with the various characters from the show. Exploring the town is still a blast, as you watch the various NPCs go about their day, and you even get to befriend some of South Park's most iconic characters.

While a good amount of time is dedicated to exploring the world and solving simple puzzles, most of your time will be dedicated to combat, which takes a few inspirations from the Paper Mario series. Like in Paper Mario, you have the ability to block enemy attack and press buttons in conjunction to perform various special attacks. These mechanics keeps combat exciting, and you won't just be watching your characters standing around and waiting for their turns.

Each of the four class have there own unique skills, ranging from mage and Jew "magic", to special archer and warrior abilities. The only downside is that every weapon and piece of armor you gain isn't specific for each class, which does take away from each of the individuality of the classes. Why try a different class when you can still use a sword or staff?

Despite this, combat is still satisfying and fun. Each of the various villains you face have their own weaknesses, which will have you wanting to change out your party members to alter your tactics. The downside to this is that you can only have one other person in your party -- that's not say there aren't that a lot of them, with each having their own special abilities, but it would have been nice to have at least three characters rather than just two.


So, does The Stick of Truth hold up? Yeah, it's still a good game. The combat is funny, if on the easy side, it's funny as hell, and manages to tastefully recapture the look and feel of the show.

It's age will show, especially with the vastly superior Fractured But Whole having been released, and it still could've done with a few more fixes with some of the mechanics, but if I'm going down to South Park, I wanna have myself a time.

2017's Best Anime Franchise Games Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:02:44 -0500 Joshua Broadwell


.hack//GU Last Recode

PlayStation 4

Like the Naruto legacy compilation, .hack//GU Last Recode puts together the second set of three volumes of the .hack// series from way back in the PlayStation 2 days. Unlike Naruto, this game offers an extra fourth volume to complement the original three. .hack// takes the meta concepts of Sword Art Online and runs as far as possible with them. You play as Haseo, one among many players of the in-game MMO, "The World," alternating between that and the "real world." When one of Haseo's friends ends up in a real-world coma as a result of in-game circumstances, he sets out on a journey to help her recover.


In the process, he transforms a fair bit as well and is one of the more dynamic RPG characters, not to mention anime characters. Not many changes have been made overall to the original battle system, and while fights are not quite as involved as in Naruto, you'll still be pulling off special attacks and working with your party to overcome some challenging opponents. The fourth volume, Redemption, is not a full game -- running at around five hours -- but it's a nice way to round off an immensely satisfying journey.




There might be a wealth of new anime franchise games on the horizon, but 2017 still has a lot to offer. Whether you're looking for collections of your old favorites or want to dive into something brand new, there's something from some of your favorite franchises just waiting to be your next game.


Let us know in the comments if you're planning on picking any of these up!


Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links

Android, iOS

Yu-Gi-Oh is one of the longest-running popular anime franchises, with new games -- and card sets -- released on a regular basis, and Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links­ is the latest of Konami's offerings. With all of the history and commercial success, you'd think a mobile Yu-Gi-Oh game could be just a cheap way to cash in on the series -- but you'd be wrong. Rather than bombarding you with complicated mechanics and more summons than anyone could know what to do with, Duel Links takes a more simplistic approach, teaching you the basics and pitting you against opponents that help you get used to the way the game works.


But that doesn't mean it lacks challenge for series veterans. The game gives you a limited number of cards to work with at first, so you must make the best out of what you've been given. Of course, you can pay to unlock cards. But it's possible to play the entire game -- and be successful at it -- without spending any real money at all since the game gives you everything you need over a reasonable length of time. The challenge and joy of winning with the hand you've been dealt makes this a gem worth trying for both series fans and newcomers alike.


Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization

PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Steam

The Sword Art Online series is an interesting one -- a show about people taking part in a virtual game ... which means you're playing a game about people playing a game that isn't real. Anyway, the concept is a lot less complicated than it sounds and has produced some memorable characters and locations for several years now. The latest game, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, is rather different from its predecessors in a few ways. It takes place after the main story arc from the anime -- and previous games -- and places you in a much more relaxed setting. The result is one that suits fans of the series perfectly, allowing you to spend time getting to know your characters in greater depth and enjoy the game world without the pressure of an overly intrusive storyline.


Along with side missions such as running your own store, you'll explore the world in MMORPG fashion, with three party members at a time, gigantic monsters at every turn, and some surprisingly deep -- and, at times, slightly obtuse -- character management that puts you in control of shaping your characters' stats and even personality traits, all of which aid you in battle.


Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Steam

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 isn't new to everyone (though it was just released on the Switch not too long ago), opening it to an even wider audience. DBX2 isn't just a fighting game, even though you'll spend a lot of time doing that. It includes an interesting story with plenty of side quests and character management to keep you coming back for more, so it's as much an RPG-lite game as it is a fighting game. Fans will especially appreciate the inclusion of favorite characters, but it does a good job of remaining accessible to newcomers too, owing to the story itself.


Your goal, as Goku, is to travel back through Dragon Ball's history to preserve the stasis of history against a mysterious threat bent on warping it. The combat is smooth, for the most part, and manages to provide a fair challenge even with the inclusion of some world-shattering special attacks. Plus, the Switch version includes motion controls and plenty of multiplayer support. It's a perfect balance between engaging gameplay and fan service, providing just enough story to serve as an excuse for journeying back through the series' major events without making it all seem ridiculous.


Gundam Versus

PlayStation 4

Gundam Versus is another fighting game -- but it's a fighting game where you control massive robots with spectacular abilities, which naturally earns it a recommendation. Unlike Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Gundam Versus doesn't try to provide a narrative to help engage the player. Like most games intended primarily for multiplayer, the single-player mode is a bit lacking, and battles are not quite as dynamic as they could be. But that's where multiplayer comes in. As you'd expect from the name, the game's strength shines through in its frantic and tense multiplayer battles.


You're put in charge of a gigantic robot -- that still manages to move smoothly and turn on a dime -- as you go up against your opponents, utilizing a variety of abilities pulled straight from a sci-fi fantasy. The real enjoyment, however, comes from the natural grace with which the Gundam themselves move, odd as that may seem given their appearance. Expertly guiding your robo-suit in battle and around maps becomes a sort of art, providing a sense of satisfaction when pulled off appropriately and making it oh-so-easy to go in for just one more match.


Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy

PlayStation 4

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy is exactly what it sounds like -- a compilation of the four Ninja Storm games all together on one disc. The games are set in the world of Naruto Shippuden and feature all of your favorite characters from over the course of the series. There are adventure elements, including a vibrant world to explore and NPCs to become acquainted with. The real enjoyment comes from the fighting, though. Each game by itself is worthwhile, but playing them in sequence helps the unique traits of each stand out in relief.


Progressing through in sequence charts the fighting system's changes from fairly simple (not exactly button mashing, but not much different) to one that requires you to carefully utilize your ninja abilities and genuinely be aware of what you are doing. It ends up being all about space, utilizing movement and knowing your opponent's patterns to end up victorious, while properly employing the vast array of ninja abilities at your disposal. It's all a nice balance for what could otherwise just be fan service and a collection of elaborate, pleasant-to-look-at, but ultimately empty, set piece attacks.


Despite often being seen as niche, anime shows offer dynamic characters, sweeping stories, and in many cases are just plain fun. So it only makes sense that some of the biggest franchises have their own video games as an extra way for fans to immerse themselves even further into their favorite worlds. 2017 is in an awkward place for anime game releases. It's sandwiched between a number of quality titles from 2016 and even more highly anticipated games coming in 2018. But that doesn't mean there's nothing on offer here from some of anime's best-known franchises.


We've put together a list of the 6 best anime franchise games from this year to help you find your way through this year's titles. Whether you're a fan of Naruto's fast-paced ninja combat or you're looking for a deeper experience from something like the .hack// franchise, there's something here for you, and we've even got some remakes and a mobile title for your consideration.


Header image via MyAnimeList

FFXV Comrades Guide: Remodeling and Upgrading Weapon Stats Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:28:08 -0500 Autumn Fish

Final Fantasy XV: Comrades Multiplayer Expansion is finally out after a short delay, and after hopping into the new content, one of the first things I noticed is that your character really isn't very strong at first.

In fact, you don't even really start out with anything. You don't have any sigils to modify your class and you certainly don't have any weapons that will pack a punch. While you won't be filling out your collection of sigils anytime soon, you can upgrade and remodel your weapons pretty much right off the bat.

If you upgrade certain weapons in Comrades just the right way, they can be remodeled for a ridiculous power boost, which is quite important early on. In this guide, we aim to show you exactly how to upgrade a weapon in order to remodel it for maximum power.

How to Remodel and Upgrade Weapon Stats in FFXV: Comrades

Weapons in FF15: Comrades are upgraded and remodeled with Cid in Lestallum. If you haven't already, you must first power up his Remodeling Shop with 300kW before he can help you. Once that's done, you need to figure out which weapon you want to upgrade.

Is Your Weapon Eligible For Remodeling?

Before you spend a bunch of upgrade materials on a weapon, it's worthwhile to check if it's even eligible for remodeling. Thankfully, all you need to do is check out a weapon's stats to find out. If one or more of their stats have a level bar under it, then the weapon can be remodeled.

How to Remodel and Upgrade Weapon Stats FFXV Final Fantasy 15 Comrades Multiplayer Expansion Guide

Which Weapon Stats to Upgrade for Remodeling

Upgrading a weapon is as simple as feeding it materials that you earn out on missions. Which materials you feed it, however, determine which stats it upgrades and by how much.

In order to remodel a weapon capable of it, you must use materials that upgrade the stats with level up bars under them. Be careful not to hit the weapon's max level before its stat bars are maxed out, though, because you can't feed it any more upgrade materials after that, leaving you unable to remodel that weapon.

Once every stat bar and the total weapon level is at max, you can finally go ahead and remodel it.

Remodeling the Weapon

Remodeling a weapon sets you back quite a few materials, so you may find you need to grind for a bit before you can do this. If you can swing it, however, don't even hesitate to remodel your weapon when given the chance.

Not only does it basically transform it into an all-new weapon, but its attack power also increases alongside its maximum upgrade level. Assuming there are no further stat bars after the remodel, you are at liberty to tailor the rest of the stats how you want.

With remodeled weapons in your arsenal, you'll shred through the once-frightening mobs of enemies with relative ease. Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more on Final Fantasy XV: Comrades Multiplayer Expansion.

Outcast - Second Contact Review: Familiar Story but With a New Look Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:16:18 -0500 ESpalding

If you have been interested in gaming for as long as I have, you might be familiar with a game called Outcast. It was originally released in 1999 by Belgian developers Appeal. It was hugely popular and has since become a bit of a cult classic. The newly released Outcast - Second Contact is a remastered version of the game with updated graphics and gameplay to make it suitable for today's gaming tastes and console suitability.

The original game was a groundbreaker! It was innovative and was the first 3D open-world exploration game to be released. Upon release, it won hundreds of awards, including Adventure Game of the Year 1999 from GameSpot. There are a couple of sequels, but none lived up to the popularity of the first.

Anyway, you aren't here for a history lesson about the original game. You want to know what I think about the remake, right? Instead of playing it again on PC, I played it on the PS4 so that I could see how different it felt playing it on a modern console.

The Story Stays True

If you are already familiar with the game, then you're going to be familiar with the storyline. It hasn't changed (it is a remake, after all). If you're new to the game, however, you're going to find the storyline quite interesting.

Outcast - Second Contact is set in the near future and explores the possibilities of alternate universes. You play as a Navy SEAL called Cutter Slade, and along with a team of scientists, you are sent through a portal into a new world, Adelpha, to recover a probe previously sent through by the US government. As you explore your new surroundings, you come across the world's inhabitants and all manner of new flora and fauna.

You are the Ulukai, the foretold Messiah who the inhabitants think is going to save their world from war and persecution. In order to complete your own mission, you have to help the inhabitants of Adelpha with their problems. If they think you are helping them, they are more likely to help you.

A Total Facelift

It's clear that the main draw of this remaster is the work that has been done to improve the graphics. Everything now has so much more texture and depth than the original had. One of the main points of the game is to explore, and you really want to explore this new land. Close attention has been paid to giving everything a new life.

My only negative comments on the game's graphics are to do with the intro. While I can see that they're going for something a bit artistic -- and that is quite good -- I don't think it paid off. The characters are very still and very much like cardboard cutouts. It doesn't really gel with the original. I wanted to watch the whole introduction to get reacquainted with the story, but I wanted it to be over quite early on. Of course, this is personal taste, but given the rest of the game's graphics upgrades and the actual storyline, I think the introduction to it could have been a bit more ... substantial.

Playing on a Console Works

I didn't have any problems playing the game with a controller. The controls are crisp, and I had no problems moving around. There have been some movement features added to this new version, including the ability to sprint and crouch, which definitely make gameplay better. It's simple things like that which make the game more relevant to today's open-world fans, as they are features that one would expect from a game of this genre.

A Familiar Score

One of the more appealing features of the game is that the developers have used the same score as the original game. And when I say the "same score," I really mean it! It sounds like nothing has been done to it at all apart from making it a bit cleaner. But, you know what, that is OK. If it was reworked and new voices added, it wouldn't be the remaster fans would want.

Overall Verdict

I would say that this is what happens when remakes go right. For what the developers were hoping to do, it has been done extremely well. Sure, there are some things that are a bit rough around the edges or a couple of things which could have been done better, but it is a huge step up graphically from the original.

Will it please the die-hard fans of Outcast? Yes, I think it will. In this day and age, where the word "remake" has bad connotations, it is natural to have some reservations. But the developers have kept true to their previous work and have simply launched the franchise into modern gaming for an all-new generation of fans.

Outcast - Second Contact is out now on PS4, XBox One, and PC via Steam.

(A copy of Outcast - Second Contact was supplied for review purposes.)

7 Inspirational Quotes From Game Developers Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:07:51 -0500 Dpaige1991


"It should be the experience, that is touching. What I strive for is to make the person playing the game the director."


- Shigeru Miyamoto.


Of course, ending with one of the most iconic developers in the gaming industry is appropriate. Shigeru Miyamoto is one of Nintendo's biggest developers and has worked on a lot of titles including: Donkey Kong, Star Fox, Legend of Zelda, F-Zero, Nintendogs, and the biggest mascot in Nintendo history, Mario. An Inductee to BAFTA and #1 of The Top Ten Game Creators, he is also the first person to be inducted into the Academy of Arts and Science Hall of Fame. His latest project, is Super Mario Odessey. Considered to be the"Obi-Wan Kenobi of Gaming", Mr. Miyamoto.




What other quotes do you believe should be on here? Post your comments below and thanks for reading.


"The successful free to play games are selling positive emotions. Not content."


- Nicholas Lovell


As much as free to play games are a great way to save money, it’s all about the reactions from gamers. If you're wondering who Nicholas Lovell is, he is the founder of Gamebrief-- a blog for business in gaming. He is also an author for books on how to earn money in the gaming business. For example, The Curve is a book which is a guidebook that helps developers give away free stuff online and help build a connection between gamers and their company.


"Lets optimize for player experience rather than what we think will make more money."


- Ron Carmel


In the gaming business, most video game developers want to make money with games. Of course there is nothing wrong with that, but they gloss over one thing: How is player experience with the game? Are they going to enjoy themselves or will their experience be negative?


Ron Carmel is one of people behind the Indie Fund program. This program provides funding for independent developers and was created by independent developers to help more independent developers. He quit his job from EA Games to create 2D Boy with his friend, Kyle Gabler. He also developed World of Goo and Subterfuge.


"You can make an amazing game, but you can't make a success. Your players make the success."


- Irme Jele


According to these words of wisdome from Irme Jele, no matter how unbelievable or how awesome your game is the only way your game will be a success is through how the gamers feel about the game. Irme Jele is a co-founder of Bossa Studios. Currently he is trying to bring his simulation game, Surgeon Simulator to mobile devices. He is also a member of the BAFTA Gamer Committee.


"Nobody in this industry knows what they’re doing, we just have a gut assumption."


- Cliff Bleszinski


Cliff Bleszinski is a game designer and worked for the game development company, Epic Games. Yes, the same company behind the popular game engine, Unreal. He is best known for his game designer role in the Gears of Wars series. The first game he ever developed at the age 15 was The Palace of Deceit. It was programmed in Visual Basic and backed by more than five game publishers.


"Golden rule of level design - Finish your first level last."


- John Romero


I would take this quote to heart--especially if you are going to be a level designer. John Romero is a designer, programmer, developer who has been credited with a lot of games like, Wolfenstein 3D, Dangerous Dave, and even Doom. He was even credited with inventing the FPS term, “DeathMatch” and is the co-founder of Id Software. The first game that he ever created was a replica of Crazy Climber, but was never published. In 2011, He was celebrated as the most influential person on Facebook and social media.


"A lot of indie developers who became 'Overnight Successes' were working at it for ten years."


- Dan Adelman


For 10 years, Dan Adelman was the head honcho for digital content and development at Nintendo. Long story short, he was the top guy for discovering indie games and bringing them to the attention of gamers. He has discovered titles including: World of Goo, Cave Story, and the highly popular Super Meat Boy.


After serving 10 years with Nintendo, he brought his talent to other titles: Axiom Verge, Chasm, and Mages of Mystralia. Of course, if there is any advice for how to get into the gaming business, this would be the guy to go to.


Hardwork, dedication, and passion. If you want to earn your place in the gaming industry that is what it's going to take. If you need more inspiration and motivation for what you want to accomplish as an indie developer, then these quotes from prominent game developers are sure to get you motivated. 

Koei Tecmo Announces Dynasty Warriors 9 Release Date Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:01:42 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Koei Tecmo America recently announced a Western release date for the upcoming open-world Dynasty Warriors 9. The game is set to launch February 13, 2018, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam and features a host of changes to the well-known musou mechanics from previous Dynasty Warriors games.

Dynasty Warriors 9 takes place during the tumultuous period of Chinese unification in the Han dynasty, when various factions vied for control as the empire seemed to crumble. And, according to Koei Tecmo, the game adheres faithfully to the historical narrative.

One of the major changes in DW9 is that it's now an open-world game, taking you to familiar locations like the Yellow River, across snowy peaks and fortified ruins, and numerous other locations. The story takes place across 10 chapters through which you advance in any order you desire, along with a myriad of missions to keep you occupied. These missions vary in type, including Critical and Regular missions, and the way you handle them often affects the how other missions play out.

In addition to the familiar "one-versus-one-thousand" battle format, Koei Tecmo has implemented new battle mechanics. There are three types of attacks, which deal progressively more damage when used in succession: Trigger, Flow, and Finish Attacks. Players will also find new strategic options available to them, including "attack head on," "infiltrate at night," and "launch a surprise attack."

Koei Tecmo plans on providing bonus costume content available to those who buy either the digital or physical version of DW9, centering around the seven fan-favorite characters Guan Yinping, Diaochan, Sun Shangxiang, Lu Lingqi, Wang Yi, Zhao Yun, and Wang Yuanji. Zhao Yun gets a Beijing opera inspired outfit, where the other six receive special Chinese undergarments.


Let us know in the comments if you plan on picking this one up! And stay tuned to GameSkinny for news and information on Dynasty Warriors 9 as it develops. 

Ancient Frontier Guide: 10 Tips for Beating the Campaign Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:31:29 -0500 It's Gavin!

Ancient Frontier is a sci-fi, turn-based strategy game developed by Fairweather Studios. It's a game that relies on cunny strategy and ruthless tactics as you command a fleet set on pillaging -- or liberating -- worlds across the universe. 

But its long campaign can be a difficult one to complete if you don't have the right tricks and strategies up your sleeves. Without a doubt, it’s not an easy trek to the ending. So, if you’re struggling and want to step up your game, here are 10 tips to get the most out of your fleet in Ancient Frontier.

The Tutorial is Just a Reference Point

If you are already familiar with turn-based strategy, you can skip the tutorial and jump straight into the game. However, the tutorial does cover every mechanic in the game and is split into chapters so it can be used as reference material. Knowing that, it can be good to give it a shot to learn the granular ins and outs of Ancient Frontier.

It’s around a half hour to address any question you have, so feel free to skip around the tutorial for mechanics you aren’t familiar with.

Your First Step? Get More Ships

After completing your first mission in Ancient Frontier, be sure to buy at least one additional ship right away. Finishing the first story mission will start you in the game proper, but you will have only one fighter squadron to deploy on bounty missions -- but one squadron is not enough firepower to complete these missions. Spend all of your Hydrium on either a capital ship or several more fighter squadrons before trying to take optional missions.

Research Additional Move and Ability Points Early  

Red and blue orb move and ability points are probably the most powerful items in the Ancient Frontier tech tree. With your starting resources, you have enough to research one top-level technology right from the start.

Pick a ship type you want to focus on and start researching. If it is a ship class that comes with one move and three action points, picking up a second move point right away will greatly increase the versatility of the ship and make missions quicker.

If you want to focus on a ship that starts with only one or two action points and already has at least two moves, picking up an additional action point will greatly increase its options and offense.

Focus on Your Upgrades

When researching upgrades in Ancient Frontier, it is best to focus on just one or two ship types early on -- and then branch out to more types later in the game.  

A ship with the entire tech tree researched will give you a significant boost over your enemies. Try to spend your data improving the key parts of your fleet for the first five to 10 story missions.

Farm Quick Experience Points

Early in Ancient Frontier, doing simulator missions with your ships and then immediately retreating is a fast and easy way to gain levels. Retreating from a mission will still award you with 25% of the main quest experience.

Simulator missions offer considerable experience rewards but are often too tough for starting fleets to be able to complete. But because they offer so much experience, most of your fleet is likely to still gain a level or two even if you retreat immediately.

Shield Points Are Your Friends

Boosting the shield values of your ships through the tech tree or items in the early game can greatly increase their survivability. There are many different defensive and offensive options for each ship type, but nothing helps a ship  survive encounters better than additional shield points, especially in the early game. The Boost Shield ability is available for most ships, and it lets you fully recharge your shields with a single action. If you are struggling to stay alive, focus on shields.

Pay Attention to Terrain

Don't take shots at enemy units in cover -- and end your ships’ moves in spaces where they get cover. The accuracy boosts and penalties of cover make a very big difference. Shooting at enemy ships sitting behind cover will drastically decrease your hit chance, meaning you will miss most of your shots. Move your ships so they can attack from an angle, where the enemy isn't protected by cover.

Cover works both ways. Try to end your own ship's moves in spaces where they have cover from as many angles as possible.

Get Used to Utility Abilities

Utility Abilities like Thrusters, Dodge, and Targeting Computers can be very strong allies, so learn to use them early. All the non-damaging abilities award significant boosts to your ship for current (and sometimes future) turns.

Recharging shields to full, boosting your movements to escape enemies, increasing your dodge when there is not good cover available, or boosting your accuracy for several turns with Targeting Computers are all very powerful options that will let your fleet perform at maximum efficiency. Using all of your actions on attacks is not always the best tactic.

Taking Out Shields = An Extra Chance

If you drop an enemy’s shields, it will probably run away on its next turn and heal. Knocking out enemy shields can sometimes keep your ships alive because of this. Enemy captains want to keep their crews alive as well.

An A.I. ship that has its shields removed is likely to move into cover and recharge its shields. This will, at the very least, give it one less action to attack. If you have a ship surrounded by several enemies, sometimes the best way to live is to drop the shields on each enemy ship so they all run away and heal.

Pay Attention To Your Energy Stores

Running out of energy can get you in a no-win scenario. If you use too much energy deploying ships on easy missions, you can get into situations where you don't have the resources to deploy a large enough fleet to beat a more difficult mission. Keep an eye on your energy levels and don't deploy more ships than you need.


I hope these small tips help you on the Ancient Frontier. Do you have any tips you’d give to new players? I’d love to hear them. From the depths of space, good luck out there, Commanders!

Bungie Gives First Look at Destiny 2's Curse of Osiris DLC Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:07:19 -0500 Joe Garcia

Today, Bungie unveiled via Twitch new information regarding Destiny 2's upcoming expansion, Curse of Osiris, which is set to release on December 5. The stream showcased Mercury, The Lighthouse from the original Destiny, Brother Vance, and much more. 

Unlike in the original Destiny, the sequel's Mercury will be a fully-explorable area similar to Earth, Titan, and Io. Here, players will also be able to explore another new area called The Infinite Forest, a Vex simulation that takes players through Mecury's timeline, showing different versions of the planet through the eons depending on the mission in which Guardians are currently participating. 

Mercury will also host another Vex-like structure that represents the 12 new quests Guardians will be able to go on in order to "forge" new weapons. Once players complete the DLCs campaign quest line, they will be able to forge weapons with specific Vex enhancements -- although those were not covered in detail by the live stream. 

In addition to new lost sectors, adventures, and public events, Heroic Strike Playlists will return with the Curse of Osiris DLC. Guardians will see both base level and light level increases -- 25 base level, 330 power level, respectively. 

The current Leviathan raid will receive a content upgrade from the DLC in the form of the Raid Lair. While this content isn't an entirely new Destiny 2 raid, this "mini raid" will give Guardians new gear, have new bosses, explore new mechanics, and support new guided game content. For those still playing the Leviathan Raid, that end-game content will see a level increase, stronger encounter, and higher-level gear drops. 

Although we don't know much about Osiris yet, we do know he and his ghost, Sagira, will feature prominently in the new DLC as evidenced from the stream's opening cinematic.

Curse of Osiris will be released on December 5. Bungie will have two more reveal streams on November 22 and November 29 on Twitch at 11 a.m. PST.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Destiny 2's Curse of Osiris DLC as it develops. 

How to Unlock and Use the V2 Rocket in CoD: WW2 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:13:16 -0500 Brandon Janeway

It's another year and, so, there's another Call of Duty game, with this year's title being the highly anticipated Call of Duty: WWII. This title has brought back an all time Call of Duty favorite scorestreak, the nuke. This time around, it's the V2 Rocket, only it's not the type of nuke you might be familiar with from previous entries.

What Are Scorestreaks and Nukes?

A scorestreak in CoD games rewards players with special items for earning an unbroken stream of points, either for completing objectives or wracking up kills. Nukes are a type of scorestreak reward, and in previous entries, they would immediately end a multiplayer match.

The V2 Rocket

The V2 Rocket is a special Call of Duty multiplayer function that allows players to call down a bomb and kill any player that is not under some form of cover. This special ability is only available in ranked online multiplayer matches, so you won't be able to access it in private matches.

It's not the same powerhouse seen in earlier games, but still has the potential to change the course of the match. This nuke no longer ends the game, but will give you enough points to tip the balance in your favor.

How to Unlock

If you want to access the V2 Rocket, you're going to have to do a couple of things.


First, you need to prestige in all 5 divisions of the game: Infantry, Armored, Airborne, Mountain, and Expeditionary. This will take some time to achieve, so don't expect to have this ability as soon as you play the game, and plan on grinding a fair amount. 

The divisions are the class system for COD: WWII, and you can prestige each by playing them repeatedly in multiplayer. Completing objectives is the easiest way to earn XP, but certain modes, like Domination and Hardpoint, where you earn steady streams of XP for defending certain points, or Deathmatch, which gives you extra XP for the number of kills you make.Each of the divisions has their own unique loadout combinations, so you'll have to adjust to different play styles.

Unlike other scorestreaks, you don't need to equip the V2 Rocket to a loadout to use it. It is automatically given to you as a scorestreak once you achieve  prestige in all 5 divisions. 


Once you have unlocked the V2 rocket, the next challenge is using it. You must obtain a 25 player killstreak of 25. If you're not aware what a killstreak it is, it's essentially the number of kills you have achieved in succession without dying (and you start from 0 if you do die). The 25 player killstreak must obtained without using another score streak, so you need to avoid using any other scorestreaks you unlock while in a match. After the 25th kill, a message will appear on the screen that the V2 Rocket is unlocked, and it will tell you what button to press to use it. 

How to Use

When you use the V2 Rocket, you'll need to consider the situation, including the state of the match. You  want to use it when you know enemies are not under or near cover for it to be effective. This also means it is not the most useful in areas that have a lot of cover and inside areas, so you should weigh the risk of obtaining the rocket versus your other scorestreaks that might be more effective more often. 

One method would be to use teamwork, creating distractions or luring as many opponents out from cover as possible before launching the V2 and securing victory. Consider too whether it's better to use  sooner or later, since it no longer ends the match automatically. For example, if you turn the tables too soon, it can mean you've used the best weapon available and still have the chance to lose later on.


Not many people have used the nuke yet, given how long it takes to unlock it, so how it affects the multiplayer scene and what strategies players developer around it remain to be seen.

Let us know in the comments if you've used the V2 Rocket already or if you think it's worth it, and be sure to check out our other Call of Duty: WWII guides!

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Review: A Maligned Shooter Hiding Its Potential Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:34:42 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Like the prequel trilogy before it, Battlefront 2 is already a divisive piece of Star Wars lore. There's no doubt it's a flawed experience, carrying with it glaring inadequacies and, at times, ham-fisted storytelling and convoluted mechanics. But despite its blemishes, Battlefront 2 is also a game that showcases the things that make Star Wars the epic space opera it is: wonder, redemption, and most of all, whimsical fun. 

As any Star Wars fan can attest, there's something magical about that galaxy far, far away. Whether you're visiting vibrant planets in the galaxy's remote reaches, piloting a Tie Fighter through the stunning vacuum of space, or sneaking around the white halls of a Rebel cruiser, Battlefront 2 drops you into the middle of George Lucas' meticulous vision like no other game in the Star Wars franchise. It makes that distant fantasy tangible, for better or worse. 

With all the controversy surrounding the game, Battlefront 2 nearly collapses under its own weight and several dubious design decisions. The places that do shine keep it afloat and worthy of notice by any die-hard Star Wars fan, but ultimately, it's a game that falls short of a brilliant concept and can't be recommended without serious considerations. 

I've Got a Bad Feeling About This

Battlefront 2's biggest draw is its expansive multiplayer experience. Participating in large-scale battles on planets like Endor, Naboo, and Takodana is the primary focus here. Whether you're playing the 40-player Galactic Assault, the smaller 16-player Strike, or the intense 24-player Starfighter Assault, going toe to toe with real-life opponents against the backdrop of Star Wars history is uniquely engrossing. 

And on the surface, it works. BF2's mechanics are solid. Piloting a Tie Fighter or X-Wing has never felt so good; firing an E-11 or an A280 blaster has never felt so natural; and swinging a lightsaber, double-bladed or not, has never felt so fluid. It's in these moments that Battlefront 2's multiplayer shines brightest -- when it lets you sink into the battles at hand and blast your opponents into stardust. 

But all of that starts to crumble the moment you begin to level and find yourself face to face with BF2's unrelenting bogeyman: its progression system. 

A Remnant of an Uncivilized Age

In theory, Battlefront 2's progression system works, I'll give it that. Like other games in the genre, you're able to increase your overall rank by performing well in combat. You're also able to increase the ferocity and effectiveness of your troopers, starfighters, and heroes through Star Card upgrades. These "perks" increase stats, provide buffs and debuffs, and augment class loadouts. Arguably, it's all stuff we've seen before in shooters like Call of Duty and Battlefield 1.

The problem lies in this specific system's unnecessary complexity and imbalanced execution. 

At the end of each match, you're rewarded with experience points and credits. The former increases your overall player and class rankings, while the latter provides you with in-game currency with which to buy loot crates. Inside loot crates, you'll find new Star Cards that make your characters, vehicles, and classes stronger, give them new attacks, or upgrade their weaponry. 

It all sounds well and good, but this is where problems start to arise. First, multiplayer achievements, in-game challenges, and other milestones mostly award you with small amounts of credits. This means that it will take most players upwards of several hours just to open one of BF2's loot crates through natural progression. And when you consider the 2,200-credit Heroes and Villains loot crate is the cheapest, and the Trooper loot crate, which most players will need to open on a regular basis, costs 4,000 credits to open, you start to see why this system is less than ideal.  

The second issue is a more nefarious one: microtransactions. Because it takes so incredibly long to naturally procure credits for loot crates and hero and villain purchases, Battlefront 2 inherently incentivizes microtransactions. By purchasing Crystal, BF2's premium currency, players willing to shell out IRL money can open loot crates more quickly, get credits faster, and effectively increase their chances of getting high-level Star Cards at a faster rate than casual players.  

Sure, those paying players still have to tussle with Battlefront 2's stingy RNG system and aren't guaranteed to get rare Star Cards with every draw -- but they are more likely to get those Star Cards before any player progressing naturally. At the time of this writing, I've already run into a bevy of OP players in each of the game's multiplayer modes -- and I have a feeling not all of them got so powerful naturally.  

To make things more confusing -- and arguably more lopsided -- BF2's crafting system is gated, too. Completing challenges, finishing milestones, and opening loot crates also (sometimes, maybe) awards you with crafting parts. These can be used to upgrade Star Cards from tier to tier.

Certain enhancements require that specific class and player levels are met before those options are unlocked. That's expected. But what isn't expected is that if you don't already own particular Star Cards that keep you competitive in multiplayer battles, you'll have a hard time increasing those levels to get those unlocks.

This means you'll need to grind matches and challenges to get credits to open loot crates to get Star Cards to become more powerful to grind more matches to get more credits to open more loot crates to get more crafting parts to become more powerful to ... I think you get the point. 

Ultimately, the skinny is this: the entire system is an RNG revenant from the free-to-play world forced onto a $60, AAA release. And while the minutiae of that encroachment is beyond this review, it's disheartening to see it diluting a game it has no business haunting. 

There is Another

While Battlefront 2's foundational multiplayer principles make it a relatively fun mode overshadowed by an overly complex progression system, the game's campaign mode is a whimsical romp through the Star Wars universe that keeps enjoyment and entertainment front and center. 

You play as Iden Versio, commander of Inferno Squad, an Imperial special forces contingent that only takes on the most dangerous of missions. During the Galactic Civil War, Iden's spent most of her time sabotaging Rebel installations and assassinating high-level operatives. When the second Death Star explodes in the skies above Endor during the events of Return of the Jedi, Iden finds herself in a desperate situation -- and questioning her loyalties to the Empire. 

Spanning 12 missions, BF2's five- to seven-hour campaign showcases the narrative power of Star Wars storytelling. From joy and pain to redemption and corruption, all of the staples of a good Star Wars story are found here. Strong writing and even stronger performances from the game's cast (specifically Janina Gavankar as Iden) keep the story from too many pratfalls along the way -- and keep the more ham-fisted moments bearable.  

Strangely enough, there are times when the reference-heavy narrative wheels away from Iden's core story, bringing in classic franchise characters we know and love -- ones that sometimes wield lightsabers or have penchants for gambling. And as a Star Wars fan, these moments keep me engrossed by expanding the universe's current canon.

But objectively, these asides often feel forced into the narrative for fan service. Does Inferno Squad really need to go to an undeveloped, backwater planet just so that one character can make an appearance and find that special trinket? Do they really need that one swashbuckler to find that info? Sure, they're fun, but they're entirely unnecessary. 

The campaign is at its most fun in its early stages, when the stakes for Iden and her covert squad are the greatest. It's a pity that the story couldn't shake all of its tropes and stay more focused on the missions at hand, but at the end of the day, Battlefront 2's narrative is one of the best the series has seen in a long, long time -- perhaps since Tie Fighter.

That epic story is bolstered even further by the game's absolutely gorgeous backdrops and preternatural character models. Light gleams off Inferno Squad's helmets as they trudge through the dense forests of Endor; the skies over Pillio stretch into the distance behind regal (and uncannily realistic) waterfalls; and the wreckage of Star Destroyers burns brightly against hot desert sands of Jakku. Iden and her compatriots, Gideon Hask and Del Meeko, look as real as you and I -- down to every pore. 

To top things off, I'd be remiss if I didn't at least mention Battlefront 2's soaring score and impeccable sound design, both of which make the campaign even that much more pronounced. Just as with its predecessor, every blaster bolt, lightsaber swing, and starship flyby is full of pitch-perfect nuance and gravitas. Iconic sonic landscapes from the films, ranging from The Phantom Menace to The Force Awakens, make appearances throughout BF2, further bolstering the feeling that you're not just playing a game -- you're playing a movie. 

It's somewhat perplexing that the fidelity of sound intrinsic to the campaign isn't as strong in the multiplayer sections, where clearly hearing enemy boot steps and commands is arguably more imperative. In my experience, I often found it difficult to determine where enemies were coming from, and the more granular pieces of audio design from the campaign were lost in the utter cacophony of combat. 

The Verdict

For all the things Battlefront 2 does wrong on the multiplayer front, there's a plethora of things it does right everywhere else. It may seem overly dramatic, but Battlefront 2's single-player experience, terribly fun Arcade mode, and couch co-op features save the game from itself. It's in these modes and moments that we see under the hood, past the obtrusive microtransactions and needlessly complex progression systems, and discover a wildly fun and mechanically sound experience. 

Visiting that galaxy far, far away has never been more beautiful; battling on planets such as Takodana and flying in the skies above Kamino has never been more exhilarating; and blasting Rebels and Imperials alike has never felt so satisfying. To put the icing on the cake, you won't find better in-game cinematography in any of BF2's franchise cousins. 

It will be interesting to watch Battlefront 2's journey and see how long players will stick with the game. Playing more than 15 hours of BF2 so far, I get the feeling that some players will stay around for the upcoming canonical story DLCs that will expand the narrative into the moments before (and perhaps during) The Force Awakens. Others will stick around for the game's tight controls, well-rounded mechanics, and exciting gameplay. But others (and I'd argue more than you think) will find the game's frustratingly convoluted systems too vexing to get over. 

And that's unfortunate because Star Wars Battlefront 2 really is a fun game to play. You just have to search for it.

Trove Adventures Guide: Farming Fiery Feathers Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:39:30 -0500 Ty Arthur

With the release of the absolutely gigantic Adventures update, Trove has been expanded with an entirely new biome where strange wonders can be found -- from scuttling Jade Scarabs to shuffling Terracotta Warriors.

Of course, there are also new structures to craft and resources to find while delving into those ancient temples and exploring the bamboo forests. One such resource is the rarely-seen Fiery Feather, which is needed to craft a dragon mount.

Below, we cover how to farm those Fiery Feathers in Trove, along with what you can you do once you've amassed a sizable quantity of this rarely-seen resource.

The Feathers are just one part of the massive changes that recently arrived in Trove with the free Adventures update, so the game may be a bit different than you remember if you've been away for a while. Check out a full rundown of all the new Club Adventures, Fixtures, dragons, and more in our everything you should know guide

 There's a lot of fuss over this little guy!

Farming Fiery Feathers in Trove

Fiery Feathers aren't found in grass or ore veins like most resources, and they can't be traded with other players, so, unfortunately, you'll have to find your own -- and that means some serious farming.

At the moment, Fiery Feathers only appear in the Forbidden Spires addition, which is a prime world biome that has a chance of appearing in any Adventure Worlds leveled Uber 6 or higher.

You can locate Forbidden Spires biomes on the map by noticing the yellow background with a gold coin on the ground. Fiery Feathers can be farmed in either variant of the new biome -- the rainy and bamboo-filled Restless Range or the mountaintops and rivers of the Ancient Heights.

 Finding new enemies in the Forbidden Spires

So where do you actually get the Fiery Feathers? The resource is a rare drop that can come from defeating any of these mobs in the Forbidden Spires biome:

  • Jade Scarabs (often found in lairs/dungeons)
  • Jadebound Phantom (often found in lairs/dungeons)
  • Smoky Fox Phantom
  • Spire Rams
  • Terracotta Warriors (often found in lairs/dungeons)
  • Terracotta Giants
  • Sapphire Dragon Ogre
  • Jade Dragon Ogre
  • Amethyst Dragon Ogre
  • Cinnabar Dragon Ogre

The Fiery Feathers drop rate is quite low, so you'll have to spend a good amount of time exploring the Forbidden Spires or delving into dungeons in that biome to gather any.

  Keep hacking away at those Spire Rams!

Using Forbidden Spires Resources

What good are all those feathers anyway? You can use them to craft the new dragon mount named Onbari, Empress of the Southern Skies.

The mount can only be constructed at a Forbidden Workbench, which is another new component to the Adventures update, so keep an eye out for Forbidden Spires recipes!

Besides Onbari, the Adventures update also brings new dragon mounts Sarsaponia the Pristine (required items drop in water environments), Almakhestia Host of Starfire (required items drop in Shadow Towers), and Blocktron the Guardian Beyond the Sky (required items found at the club world market Fixture).

Fiery Feathers are also only one of several resources available in the Forbidden Spires. Sticky Ichor will drop from Jade Scarabs, for instance, while the brand new resource Cinnabar is found in ore veins throughout the biome. You will need this coveted resource for constructing many of the new items, buildings, and Fixtures that can be built with the Adventures update.

 Take to the skies on your brand new flaming dragon!

Which mob have you managed to get the most Fiery Feathers from while exploring the new Trove biome? Let us know in the comments section below! If you need help with any other aspect of this crafting-focused MMO, check out our full list of Trove guides here.

Destiny 2 Guide: How to Fix the Stuck on Initializing Glitch Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:34:35 -0500 spacechaser

To the delight of new and returning fans alike, Destiny 2 was launched on PC last month, a first for the franchise. Everything seemed business as usual, and as the launch date approached, players began preloading the game onto their hard drives in anticipation. However, many experienced a frustrating glitch before even starting the game up.

As patches and updates to both the client and the game itself released, more and more players began experiencing the "stuck on initializing" glitch.

How Does It Happen?

Most players on Blizzard's forums and Reddit report that they paused the download for whatever reason, and when they attempted to resume it, the download simply didn't continue, displaying the message "Initializing." However, some others had it happen to them without even having paused the download. Speculation for now seems to point fingers at Blizzard and the client itself, but the company has not released any official fix for it as of yet.

How Do I Fix It?

Unfortunately, at the moment the best fix seems to be removing the Destiny 2 folder from its location, clicking the "update" or "install" button again, and then moving it back.

AgentOJ on the Blizzard Forums breaks it down clearly:

So far this is one of the few confirmed fixes, aside from reinstalling the entire game. 

Have you encountered this glitch while trying to update or install Destiny 2? Have you managed to fix it? Let us know in the comments!