Desktop Platform RSS Feed | Desktop RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Monster Hunter World -- How To Find And Beat Deviljho Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:48:46 -0400 Ty Arthur

The first new official monster to be added to Monster Hunter: World has arrived via the 2.00 patch. And its the one we've all been waiting for -- Deviljho! Be sure to get on downloading that free update so you can start tracking, finding, and carving Deviljho for new equipment types.

Besides his odd pickle/wyvern /crocodile shape, what sets Deviljho apart from other Brute Wyvern creatures in Monster Hunter World is that he engages in turf wars against other monsters, and he will even pick them up in his jaws and swing them at you as makeshift living weapons!

Having trouble finding the Deviljho location with this new free DLC update? We've got you covered in this guide with everything you need to know to hunt this king of beasts!

How To Find Deviljho

At high rank, Deviljho can spawn on the world map with a monster icon topped by a series of question marks. Start an expedition and follow the tracks to find this behemoth. While he's shown in all the trailers appearing in the Ancient Forest, he can actually appear in any area of Monster Hunter: World.

Deviljho can also be found by initiating the special assignment quest The Food Chain Dominator, which becomes available after completing the main story quest to find Rathian.

To trigger The Food Chain Dominator assignment quest, talk to the scholar standing by the quest board in Astera's Tradeyard (marked by a blue exclamation point on the map). Afterwards, Deviljho will be available in any biome and will start appearing in high rank investigations as well as 6+ star quests.

Although this version of Deviljho is an easier fight than in previous Monster Hunter entries, this is absolutely one of the most difficult battles in the game so far, and if you've just hit high rank, you are likely to get destroyed on your first few attempts. You want to be prepared and know his weaknesses ahead of time to prep your weapons and armor accordingly.

On the Monster Hunter: World star scale of 0 (immune) and 3 (most susceptible), these are the Deviljho strengths and weaknesses to keep in mind:

  • Poison: 2/3 
  • Blast: 2/3
  • Sleep: 2/3
  • Paralysis: 2/3
  • Stun: 2/3
  • Fire: 2/3 
  • Water: 2/3
  • Ice: 1/3
  • Thunder: 3/3
  • Dragon: 3/3

Deviljho's weakness chart in Monster Hunter World Deviljho Weaknesses

Monster Hunter: World Deviljho Combat Strategy

Your build should focus on the dragon and thunder elements for maximum damage, but don't forget that Deviljho is susceptible to status effects. Status effect bombs can take him out of commission for a short time, as will tinged meat or drugged meat that he will stop to gobble up.

Deviljho's head is his weak point, but attacking from the front is a dicey strategy as he can quickly chain together multiple bite attacks. It's often better to try to come from the side so you can dodge out of the way of a head attack. The tail swipe attack from the back has an obvious wind up motion, and the tail can be severed to disable this attack.

Be on the lookout for Deviljho to start glowing red, which indicates he will launch a breath attack that removes your weapon's elemental abilities (keep some Nulberry to counteract this effect).

Since Deviljho likes to pick fights with absolutely any monster of any size, you can take advantage of his aggressiveness to get an edge in the fight. Deviljho will take massive damage when biting Baelzeguese -- which causes the scales to explode -- so leading him into a battle against that monster can be a smart way to soften him up first.

A player with an axe fights Deviljho, who dwarfs the player This beast is not to be trifled with!

Now that you know where to find Deviljho in Monster Hunter World, be sure to let us know when you beat him and if you have any other strategies we should try out!

Still need help with the rest of this addictive monster-hunting grind fest? Be sure to check out our Monster Hunter: World guides below:

How to Set Up Voice Chat in Sea of Thieves Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:10:44 -0400 Anthony Merklinger

For budding captains in Sea of Thieves, utilizing the in-game chat function efficiently can spell the difference between a successful plunder and bailing water out from a fractured hull. We’ve developed a quick reference guide to help you get started on issuing crew commands via voice chat for a thrilling pirate adventure. Did somebody say, “Parley?”

Initial Setup

Sea of Thieves will prompt players to grant microphone access during character creation. If a player accepts, then voice permissions should be enabled during gameplay; however, if access is denied, players can authorize microphone usage by following the steps below.  

Windows screen with option to toggle microphone settings

Updating Windows 10 Privacy Settings

First you must ensure your privacy settings are adjusted to allow Sea of Thieves to access your microphone. From the Windows Start menu, enter your settings and locate Privacy. Click Microphone from the side panel, and toggle Let apps use my microphone On. You can now enable microphone access for Sea of Thieves.  

Relaunch the game to begin chatting with your crew. Reconnecting your microphone may be required for new driver installations.

Xbox PArrrty Chat

Players who set up a party chat can invite other crew members to join them. If a friendly player fails to accept the invite or joins the crew late, they may not be added to voice chat right away. Reconnect the device and ensure the microphone is not muted. You may also have to adjust your Xbox privacy settings, which can be found by logging into your account from the Xbox website and selecting Privacy and Online Safety under Xbox settings.

A pirate from Sea of Thieves standing on a dock

Using In-Game Voice Chat

To configure your Crew Chat Output, access the Audio Settings from the in-game menu by pressing the Escape key and clicking Settings. You can also adjust Crew Chat Volume, Proximity Chat Volume, and toggle Push To Talk, which allows you to speak by pressing and holding down a preset key. Push To Talk is a viable option for larger crews, so several orders are not being issued at the same time. Additionally, this feature will prevent enemy players from detecting your presence nearby. The default Push To Talk key is Alt Left and can be edited from the Keyboard and Mouse menu in the in-game settings.

If you’re not a fan of voice chat or simply cannot use it, you can use Sea of Thieves’ non-verbal communication methods by pressing Enter and typing a message, selecting a common phrase from the radial menu, or choosing an emote by pressing the hotkey “Z.”

Understanding Chat Bubbles

Sea of Thieves uses proximity chat, so anytime a player speaks, friendly and enemy players in the vicinity can participate in the conversation. When a crew member displays an isolated gamertag over their avatar, the player: a) has no microphone connected; b) is not speaking; c) is muted.

However, when a chat bubble is displayed with a gamertag above the crew member’s avatar, the player is speaking. As of March 2018, a known bug prevents crew members from hearing other players speak. Try reconnecting your device or adjusting your privacy settings.  

If a chat bubble is displayed with a gamertag and features a slash through the symbol, the player is currently speaking in an Xbox party chat, or you have muted or blocked the player.


Following these tips will help your crew communicate better and give you the advantage when enemy players attack your vessel. Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more on Sea of Thieves, and if you haven't already, view our other Sea of Thieves guides.

Fortnite Anarchy Acres Treasure Map Guide Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:33:21 -0400 Ty Arthur

A whole new crop of Fortnite Week 5 challenges have just sprouted! Seven new bonus objectives show up every Thursday morning for the Battle Pass crowd, and this week is no exception as challenges arrive ranging from opening loot chests in specific locations to hunting down treasure based off a secret map.

Some of the "hard" designations are a little strange this week, though. For instance, it will probably take you longer to find a legendary bush drop (which isn't a "hard" challenge) than it will to get three kills in Tilted Towers, which is always swarming with players looking for loot.

These are all the Fortnite Season 3 Week 5 challenges now available in Battle Royale matches:

  • Use the Bush one time (5 Battle Points)
  • Search 7 Loot Chests in Moisty Mire (5 Battle Points)
  • Deal 200 damage with a Pickaxe to opponents (5 Battle Points)
  • Visit 3 different Gas Stations in a single match (5 Battle Points - see our guide here)
  • Hard: Follow the treasure map found in Anarchy Acres to the Battle Star (10 Battle Points - see guide below)
  • Hard: Get 3 Pistol Eliminations (10 Battle Points)
  • Hard: Eliminate 3 opponents in Tilted Towers (10 Battle Points)

Below, we cover exactly where to find the Anarchy Acres treasure map and how to decipher its scribblings to find the hidden Battle Star treasure!

a Fortnite player coming upon a clue to finding the anarchy acres treasure map Finding the Anarchy Acres Treasure Map (thanks to DooM Clan for the screenshot)

Fortnite Week 5 Anarchy Acres Treasure Map

The Week 5 challenge treasure map itself isn't that tough to find. Just land at Anarchy Acres (a personal favorite spot of mine to drop, by the way, since it has plenty of loot, good hiding spots, and isn't usually filled with other players), and look for a shack at the edge of the area. The map is sitting on a sign post between the two walls.

The map itself is sort of obscure, and the red X near a hill doesn't really seem to indicate a clear location ... except for the llama in the upper-left map corner. Remember a few weeks back how there was a challenge to land at giant buildings shaped like a fox, a crab, and a llama? That's the big hint here.

The llama building was at the far northwest corner of the Battle Royale play area north of Junk Junction, which is the direction you want to head. The Battle Star treasure isn't actually at the llama, though; as the map indicates, it is found to the south.

Head south from there (and west of Junk Junction) to find the Battle Star near a hill where a big rocking is sitting on the ground. Remember that, as with all the maps, the Star actually won't spawn until you get close to it, so run around a bit if it isn't immediately visible.

Because the Star is so close to the edge of the map, you may want to skip finding the treasure map entirely and instead just go straight to Junk Junction. If you grab the map first, the storm will almost certainly have closed in before you can run all the way over to the northwest corner of the Battle Royale map (although this also means there won't be any snipers waiting for you).

Fortnite map showing where to find the anarchy acres treasure map Fortnite Anarchy Acres Treasure Map Location

That's all you need to know to complete the Anarchy Acres treasure map challenge! Need help completing any other Fortnite Season 3 content? Check out our other latest Fortnite guides below, including the other Week 5 challenges:

Fortnite Weekly Challenge - Gas Station Locations Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:17:25 -0400 Ty Arthur

Somehow we are in Week 5 of Fortnite Season 3 already, with a batch of brand-new crazy challenges to complete while surviving 100-player Battle Royale matches!

This week's roundup of objectives includes a quest to visit three different gas station locations around the map, which is harder than it sounds if you don't land in a good starting spot close enough to two other stations.

Unlike many other weekly challenges, this one is constrained by the fact that all three must be visited in a single match. This objective isn't like the no-dance signs or llama, crab, fox structures, where you can hit them in multiple matches, so it's best to plan out your route ahead of time if you want to complete the challenge quickly.

parachuting into a Fortnite gas station Landing at a Week 5 gas station visit spot (thanks to DooM Clan for the screenshot)

Where to Find the Fortnite Gas Stations

Although challenging, it is possible to grab all three stations for this challenge in a single match (so long as you avoid the other 99 players trying to gun you down).

If you manage to drop off the Battle Bus at Pleasant Park, you can probably grab the three below there quickly before the storm even closes in on your position. This is probably the best route so that you don't have to worry about taking constant damage while reaching the last gas station.

If the bus doesn't come from that location, then this gets a lot harder, however. In that case, landing at Moisty Mire or the gas station at the far south end of the map is probably the way to go, although you still might end up grabbing the third gas station from behind the storm. As with other challenges, you still have to complete the match (by either dying or winning) to actually complete the objective.

All the currently known Fortnite Week 5 gas station locations are listed below and are marked on the map with a gas icon. Several walkthrough videos and guide websites online have mentioned a gas station in Retail Row, but this doesn't seem to be accurate, as I haven't been able to find one there after multiple matches. Here are all the gas stations I've found so far:

  • One is found in the middle of Pleasant Park
  • A station is sitting conveniently on the road west of Loot Lake and south of Pleasant Park
  • A gas station is found in the soccer field west of Tilted Towers
  • Greasy Grove has a gas station waiting to be visited
  • Tomato Town at the northeast section of the map has a station, but this one is probably the farthest from any two other stations on the whole map
  • A gas station is found at Salty Springs towards the middle of the Battle Royale map
  • The road at the north end of Moisty Mire has a station
  • A final station is found at the far south end of the map, to the east of Flush Factory and by the bridge

If you have trouble finding them once you drop, just keep in mind they are typically either in a major marked location on the map (like Pleasant Park, Tomato Town, etc.) or on a road between those locations.

Locations of all the Fortnite gas stations on the Battle Royale map Fortnite Gas Station Locations

Have you found any other gas station spots for completing this challenge? Let us know where you dropped in the comments below, and we'll get this list updated!

Need help completing any other Fortnite Season 3 content? Check out our other latest Fortnite guides below, and stay tuned for more Week 5 guides coming soon!

H1Z1 Tips and Tricks 2018 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:53:14 -0400 Sergey_3847

Battle Royale games are now everywhere. But one of the earlier contenders for the best BR game was H1Z1: King of the Kill. Recently the game left Early Access and was released on Steam for free, so you can all try it out in your spare time.

The full release has brought some changes to the gameplay in 2018, many of which you may not be aware. If you do decide to give this great game a try and want to know how to play it well, then follow our extensive guide with tips and tricks below.

Choose a Safe Spawn Location

a landing zone encircled in green in H1Z1

In terms of choosing your drop location, H1Z1 is not too different from the rest of the Battle Royale games. You need to jump off the airplane with a parachute and choose the location where you want to land.

If you look on the game's map, it shows several zones with different colors. The zone encircled by green is a safe zone. It doesn't mean that it is absolutely safe, but you will encounter far fewer players there.

The yellow and red zones are the most dangerous. If you've just started playing the game, then it's better to avoid these zones, as there are a lot of experienced players and you will get yourself killed rather quickly.

Find a Backpack and Gather Some Loot

H1Z1 player with a very colorful backpack

One of the distinct features of H1Z1 from the rest of the BR games is the higher significance of a backpack. You really need to find one as soon as possible. In other games, you most likely want to find a weapon and some protective gear first, but that's only because there isn't much time to begin with.

You'll be finding a lot of loot, and you will have a relatively long time to do that in the safe area, so you need something to be able to store it all up. The best backpack is a military backpack, which is the most capacious. There are also smaller backpacks like satchels and waist packs.

Then, you can search for weapons, ammo, and clothes. If you decide to drive vehicles, you will need fuel, which can only be found at gas stations. The fuel becomes increasingly more important with the introduction of the Auto Royale mode.

The last (but not least) item you need to look out for is the shoes. The better shoes you find, the faster you will move and the less damage you will take from falling. The best shoes in the game are Conveys, but Boots are also very good.

Sighting a falling airdrop through binoculars

Be sure to look out for airdrops as well. But be careful when approaching an airdrop, as there is a plane flying and dropping bombs. Just wait it out, and then you can approach it safely.

The airdrops usually contain very good loot, such as:

  • Sniper Rifle
  • Fuel
  • Ghillie Suit
  • 20x Explosive Arrows
  • AR-15
  • AK-47

Look Out for Crafting Items

H1Z1 inventory and crafting screen

Crafting is also a very important aspect of H1Z1 gameplay. It allows you to craft explosive arrows, better armor, and necessary healing items right in your game menu. Below you will find the recipes for all craftable materials:

Explosive Arrow

An arrow that explodes on contact.

  • 1x Frag Grenade
  • 5x Gauge Shells
  • 5x Wooden Arrow
  • 1x Duct Tape
Flaming Arrow

An arrow that sets the target on fire.

  • 1x Molotov Cocktail
  • 5x Gauge Shells
  • 5x Wooden Arrow
  • 1x Duct Tape
Makeshift Armor

An armor with a bulletproof vest effect.

  • 4x Composite Fabric
  • 2x Armor Scrap
  • 1x Duct Tape

A healing item, which heals 12 HP over time.

  • 10x Cloth Scrap

A healing item, which heals 6 HP instantly and stops bleeding.

  • 10x Bandage
  • 1x First Aid Kit

Vehicles and Auto Royale Mode

Post-match results screen for someone scoring first place

If you want to cover huge distances relatively quickly and safely in H1Z1, then you simply ought to get a hold of a car. Of course, you need to refuel it from time to time, meaning that you will have to stop by a gas station. Just be careful, as those are usually hot spots.

You can also hide behind the car during a shootout, and if you find a really good vehicle, then you can take a short route over the hills. Here is the short list of cars you can get in H1Z1:

  • Police Car: the fastest and most reliable vehicle on the flat road.
  • ATV: also pretty fast, and mostly designed for off-road driving.
  • Jeep: not the fastest car in the game, but it's quite big, and you will feel protected inside of it.
  • Truck: the least realiable and the slowest vehicle in the game.
H1Z1 Auto Royale Mode

Auto Royale was implemented right after the game left Early Access, and it is very much similar to your typical Battle Royale experience, but here you start immediately inside the car with three other players. One is driving, and the others are shooting.

The point of the H1Z1 Auto Royale mode is to pick up as many power-ups and to shoot as many crates as possible, as well as prevent other cars from doing the same by blowing them up with the help of grenades.

Getting Season Rewards

H1Z1 post-match screen showing rewards earned for first place

At the end of each season, you will get certain rewards depending on your resulting rank. The ranking system is divided into seven tiers, with the following rewards:

  • Bronze: 100 skulls
  • Silver: 300 skulls
  • Gold: 500 skulls + 1 emote
  • Platinum: 1000 skulls + 1 emote
  • Diamond: 2000 skulls + 1 emote
  • Master: 3000 skulls + 1 emote
  • Royalty: 5000 skulls + 2 emotes


Now you can safely play H1Z1 in 2018 with the help of these tips and tricks. But also be sure to come back soon for more H1Z1 guides here at GameSkinny!


PUBG Guide: How to Improve Your Shooting with Zeroing Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:34:56 -0400 Kengaskhan

PlayerUnknown’s roots as an ARMA 2 modder are apparent in PUBG's realistic approach to its gunplay, where players will need to account for bullet drop and varying bullet velocities during combat. And given that many firefights take place over distances measured in the hundreds of meters, it can be pretty tough even for veteran players to consistently land shots.

There are ways to compensate for distance when firing a weapon in PUBG, like leading the target or aiming above them -- but one method that new players might not know about is zeroing.

What Is Zeroing Distance?

Your weapon’s zeroing distance is the distance needed between you and your target for your bullets to line up with the center of your crosshair when they land. When you aim down your weapon's sights, you might have noticed its zeroing distance (though you may not have known what it meant).

Zeroing Distance for a PUBG weapon circled in red

Rounds fired from a weapon zeroed for 300 meters will continue to drop below the crosshair as they fly past 300 meters -- and those same bullets will land above the crosshair if they impact at a distance under 300 meters.

How to Zero a Weapon in PUBG

You can adjust your weapon’s zeroing distance in increments of 100m by aiming down its sights and tapping the Page Up/Page Down button (or up and down on the D-Pad if you’re playing on Xbox).

Note that you used to be able to zero almost every weapon in the game, but an update in December 2017 changed it so you can only zero a weapon with an 8x scope, a 15x scope, or iron sights (either because the weapon doesn’t accept scope attachments or because you’re just not using one).

Tips for Zeroing Your Weapon

If you’re not comfortable with compensating for bullet drop by guessing how high your crosshair is supposed to be, then zeroing your weapon is a great alternative that will let you fight with your crosshair dead on your target.

That being said, zeroing your weapon can be pretty tough if you don’t know what you’re doing (especially if you’re taking fire). Luckily, there are a few ways to make your first zeroed shot land as closely as possible to your intended target!

  • The #1 thing to know about zeroing your weapon is that every white square on your map is 100m/sq -- so if you think your enemy is exactly four squares away from you, then zero your weapon to 400m.

zoomed-in perspective of PUBG minimap showing the dimensions of each square on the grid

  • Building off that, each square is about 141m across diagonally, which you can just round off to 140m or 150m.
  • Your minimap is about 400m tall and wide. Since you're in the center of your minimap, you’ll never need to zero your weapon above 300m (the approximate length of the diagonals of two full squares) if your target's position is visible on your minimap.
  • You'll eventually get better at eyeing distances by simply playing the game, but you can train yourself even faster by estimating distances before you check your map!


Hopefully, knowing how to zero your weapon will give you the edge you need to win a few more chicken dinners -- but knowing PUBG, you're just as likely to wind up running into someone who's equipped with the same skills.

If you're looking for more tips on how to improve your PUBG game, you can check out more of our stuff here!

The 20 Most Hilarious Arby's Video Game References Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:25:43 -0400 Ty Arthur


It's a good bet we'll continue to see new anime and gaming references pop up in the months ahead, as this is an ad strategy that seems to be working, and there are plenty of games and shows they haven't covered yet.


I'm actually surprised we haven't seen a Secret Of Mana post yet, considering how they have been on top of the re-releases of classic games in recent months.


What was your favorite Arby's gaming reference, and what box art creation do you hope to see come up next? Let us know in the comments!




Game: Doom


Is there ANYTHING this crew can't do with those damn boxes?!? It doesn't even look like they had to paint on the red lower sections but just used the colored portions of the sandwich holders to make it fit perfectly. The only way they could have made this better is if it was an ultra-fast moving video with a chainsaw at the end.


Goomba Squad! Moooove out!!!


Series: Super Mario Bros.


Those classic Goombas 'n Boos will always hold a hallowed place in gaming history, even as the series expands out and drastically alters the gameplay with newer iterations like Super Mario Odyssey. That adorable cardboard Goomba has got me thinking a weekend family art project may be in the works!


He's the symbol this town needs


Game: South Park: The Fractured But Whole


I don't think anyone expected the South Park series to hit its stride with an RPG, but what started with Obsidian's Stick Of Truth and continued with Ubisoft's take in The Fractured But Whole may well be the best games in the franchise. The paper cut-out style of the TV series also clearly lends itself well to cardboard box art!


You've come a long way, baby


Series: Fallout


I'm calling it -- fast food sauce packet art is going to become a recognized thing. I mean, if Vincent Castiglia can paint with blood, why not Arby's sauce?


This saucy rendition of the Fallout stat system also just reminded me that I'm 95 hours into Fallout 4 but still haven't actually finished the main storyline after getting side tracked by all the DLC. Nobody ruin the ending for me.


The morning sun has vanquished the horrible night


Series: Castlevania


Considering you can eat burgers, mushrooms, and even whole turkey legs throughout this series, the idea of Simon's Lunch isn't too far fetched. The best part about this whole thing (other than the box whip), is that one genius fan immediately commented with this exchange:


"Fry monster! You don't belong in this world!"

"It was not by my hand I was again made fresh. I was ordered by humans who wish to fillet me tribute!"


How's your grip strength?


Game: Shadow of the Colossus


The wisdom of eating a tower of meat that size is definitely in question, but this is an absolutely perfect mixing of game and fast food imagery to get an idea across. It's clear just from a glance that he's about to fight a colossus, and now I'm kind of wondering if I have what it takes to tackle the meat mountain.


You might call this a post for 90's gamers, but we think of it as millennial fare


Game: Chrono Trigger


Featuring dancing robot Gato from the millennial fair, this Chrono Trigger-based caption was pure genius, and it immediately took me back to Saturday afternoon game sessions from my childhood.


The sad, cash-grab PC port might be garbage, but the original SNES version is still one of the best RPGs of all time, and I'm absolutely about to load up ZSNES and replay it tonight.


Sure, you've seen it before, but now it has Aqua.


Game: Kingdom Hearts 2.8


How can there be so many games in this series, yet none of them have managed to be Kingdom Hearts III yet? This post was kind of torture for the fans who have been patiently waiting for the next real sequel, although it did hilariously spur on a slew of photo responses in which diners set their keys next to a sandwich.


Lunch is Strange


Game: Life Is Strange


How do you say so much with so little? Even without the caption, it would have been clear what was happening here. Although sadly, the reference did leave the post wide open to all sorts of comments about wanting to rewind time back before eating that meal.


Overcome the impossible


Game: Gravity Rush


This Vita title wasn't exactly well known to the masses at large, so it was sort of surprising to see a sideways image of Kat pop up in the Arby's feed, but clearly the fans were happy to see this lesser-known action-adventure title get a little fast food love. If you remember this game and want to see more, be sure to leave a comment!


9929 years in the future …


Game: Nier Automata


This inexplicably awesome (and constantly genre-hopping) game managed to shake up the GOTY expectations early in 2017 with its combination of androids, giant swords, and killer robot enemies.


The swords and drones are spot-on here, although I'm kind of wondering if 2B as a "shake" is supposed to be a reference to her exposed behind throughout the game....


Which is it, wark or kweh?


Series: Final Fantasy


Obviously it's kweh, you uncultured swine! OK, I guess it can be both. Seriously though, that sandwich box chocobo is a thing of beauty. I shudder to think of the amount of work that had to go into crafting this guy, and I'm a little disturbed by the connotation of the chicken sandwiches next to him.... Maybe one day we'll get a saddled Chocobo creation in a Final Fantasy Tactics style?


Understand, understand, the concept of love.


Game: Jet Set Radio Future


Whoa, they are going old school and fairly obscure with this one, as the original game came out in 2000, and Jet Set Radio Future came out in '02. I'm hoping the resurrection of interest in this series from the social media posts might spur on some news soon, as Sega has been showing some proclivity towards resurrecting older IPs.


Beefy AND portable. We dig it.


Console: Switch


Speaking of the Switch, you had to know this one was coming, right? I never would have thought "Nintendo console = roast beef sandwiches," but somehow they made the connection with the beefy/portable comment. Those adorable little Switch Joy-Con buttons are also kind of amazing.


The last Metroid is in captivity. The galaxy is at peace.


Game: Metroid


Another totally classic and retro reference, this one takes us way, waaaaay back to the NES days of the earliest Samus adventures. Not only does this post successfully make me want some curly fries, but now it's got me wondering: When is that Metroid Prime 4 finally going to show up for the Switch?


So glad he crashed the party. 


Game: Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy


For a generation that grew up with Spyro and Crash Bandicoot, news of the remastered N.Sane Trilogy was like a breath of fresh air, and it didn't take long for word to spread on social media. The TNT boxes are fine and all, but it's really the cardboard sleeve gloves that push this one over the top and show off the level of detail.


It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.


Game: The Legend Of Zelda


While Breath of the Wild might be the only thing Zelda fans care about right now, it's the classics that will always be remembered. They didn't even have to make a cardboard sword for the reference to work. Three triangles tells us Triforce, and in this case, a pretty darn tasty one made out of fried potatoes!


As one adventure begins, another waits in the shadows. She's one tough cookie!


Game: Tomb Raider


The cookie causing the eclipse just brings this one together (but who goes to a fast food place for the cookies?). With the pickaxe in hand, this is clearly meant to evoke the newer reboot series that the new movie is based off, rather than original tank top and shorts Lara Croft.


Rally the crew; we're going after the big ones


Game: Monster Hunter World


You ever look at that really artistic spray paint wall graffiti and wonder, "How in the hell did they do that and get such amazing can control?" Yeah, now I'm trying to figure out how someone has such amazing Arby's BBQ sauce packet control to create the Monster Hunter guild symbol! Just one slight twitch of the wrist and this could have been a disaster.


Sneaking into that Mobile Beta


Game: Fortnite


The reigning Battle Royale king Fortnite landing on iOS devices is the current talk of the town (with Android users more than a little jealous), so of course Arby's jumped on that immediately.


This one has it all -- the bush that players love to be while sneaking around the map, and a reference to the difficulty in actually making it into the mobile beta at this point!


You'd usually think of Taco Bell or Mountain Dew as the gaming champs, but a certain roast beef-obsessed fast food chain is creeping up and taking over with a marketing department that clearly loves anime and gaming culture.


Social media marketing is a vital part of any company's advertising strategy, and Arby's made a conscious choice to change tactics away from "buy this meal for this price" posts to much more engaging and organic images that people actually want to share.


Every new post features a hilarious composition of reliable comment types -- a few clueless people trying to puzzle out what that reference means, super fans who are in heaven, a call for the team to get a raise, and backlash from the bored Facebook and Twitter crowds who are upset people are talking about video games for some reason. Every now and again, cheers of joy will erupt in the comments when pop culture references show up that a wider range of people actually understand, such as ClueAliens, or Discworld.


Despite going really obscure with some of the video game references, the Arby's team has created an advertising juggernaut here because they perfectly meet at the intersection of gaming, nerd culture, and crafting fanatics. Some of these posts ahead are truly works of art that clearly took an absurd amount of time to construct out of Arby's boxes, bags, and even sauce packets!


Note: All photo rights belong to Arby's -- we're just appreciating these perfect references. 

GTA Online Super Sport Series Cars Guide Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:46:50 -0400 Sergey_3847

Rockstar Games has just released their first of many series of new racing mode updates for GTA Online, beginning with the Southern San Andreas Super Sport Series. It includes five new cars, two of which are supercars.

You can buy all five new cars in your GTA Online shop and test them out immediately. If you want to know which car is the best in this latest update, then follow our guide for all five new cars below.

Överflöd Entity XXR

Överflöd Entity XXR in GTA Online

  • Price: $2,305,000

The XXR is a true sports car based on Koenigsegg One, the star of the Geneva Motor Show. It can be fully customized in the mod shop, where you can change all of its body kits, spoilers, wings, etc.

The biggest upside of XXR is its light weight, which helps its acceleration and overall speed. You can easily push this car to the limit and watch it fly over every other racing vehicle.

The only downside is the price. You could buy Vagner with similar performance for only $1,535,000. But if you have the extra money, and you want something fresh to try, then definitely pick up the Entity XXR.

Cheval Taipan

a yellow Cheval Taipan

  • Price: $1,980,000

For all its glorious customizability, the Taipan is a very average sports car. It's not as fast as you would like it to be, and it's definitely not very good in terms of handling.

The problem here is that the Taipan is heavy, and you can't accelerate too much or you are in danger of turning over or simply hitting something in your way. For all its clunkiness and extremely high price, the Taipan is simply not recommended.

Declasse Hotring Sabre

Declasse Hotring Sabre kicking up some dust

  • Price: $830,000

This Hotring Sabre, just like the name suggests, is a Hotring racing car based on the NASCAR legend of the 90s -- the Chevrolet Lumina.

It has decent speed but average acceleration, and it has tons of customizable features. Of course, it's not as fast as the famous Pariah, but if you have the money, then be sure to buy the Hotring Sabre.

Vapid GB200

a tricked-out Vapid GB200

  • Price: $940,000

Here is a little speedster that is extremely sensitive on the road. It has awesome acceleration, but you really need to pay attention to what you're doing on the road or it'll get you into trouble.

If you want to take it on the track, then be sure to avoid those with lots of turns -- it just won't hold up. Also, considering it doesn't boast the highest speed, the GB200 turns into a peculiar choice. Try it out for yourself and see if you want this in your garage, as it is most likely designed for an acquired taste.

Vulcar Fagaloa

a Vulcar Fagaloa with a surfboard on the roof

  • Price: $335,000

This two-door station wagon is based on the Volvo Amazon from the 60s. It's a typical beach car and is not intended for racing.

It's a very slow and clunky car, but you buy a car like this for the fun it offers and its cool, customizable features. For example, you can turn it into rusty garbage and drive the streets of San Andreas, making everybody point their fingers.


The Super Sport Series kicks off new car releases every week from now on, so be sure to check every single car before making the decision to purchase anything.

Out of the first five cars, the best one is definitely the Entity XXR. Although it's a bit costly, it is a solid investment. Skip the Taipan and take into consideration either the Sabre or GB200 -- although the Sabre is the definite winner among these two.

So really, only two cars are worthy of your money here: the XXR and the Sabre. The rest simply can't compete. But we'll see what the next week will bring to the table.


Now you can safely purchase any of the new cars presented in the Super Sport Series update, and for other GTA Online guides at GameSkinny, just follow these links:

FFXIV Eureka Anemos Weapon Guide Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:31:12 -0400 Sergey_3847

The whole point of Eureka Anemos dungeon content, the latest addition to Final Fantasy XIV patch 4.25, is the new set of Anemos gear, which includes the new relic weapon.

In order to get this new powerful weapon, you need to unlock a few other things beforehand and also earn some Protean and Anemos crystals by killing elemental monsters. Follow our step-by-step guide below for more details.

How to Unlock the Eureka Anemos Weapon

Purchase screen for the anemos crystal in FFXIV

Step 1: Obtain Antiquated Weapon

You can obtain an Antiquated weapon or any other Antiquated item in two ways: either by getting it from your coffer of the level 70 final job quest, or by purchasing it from Calamity Salvager.

Calamity Salvager can be found in the following areas:

  • The Aftcastle, Limsa
  • Mih Khetto's Amphitheatre, Gridania
  • Weaver's Guild, Ul'dah
Step 2: Upgrade Your Weapon

After you've purchased an Antiquated weapon from Calamity Salvager, you can take it to Gerolt, a blacksmith, who resides in Port Surgate on Eureka. He will be able to upgrade your weapon to a regular version, and then to +1 and +2 versions, which are necessary for your Anemos weapon.

You also need to have enough Protean crystals to be able to pay for the upgrades. Protean crystals can be obtained by killing elemental monsters on Eureka.

  • regular weapon upgrade will cost you 100 Protean crystals
  • +1 upgrade will cost you 400 Portean crystals
  • +2 upgrade will cost you 800 Protean crystals
Step 3: Unlock Anemos Weapon

In order to upgrade any of the +2 items, you will also need 150 Anemos crystals, which can be exchanged for your Protean crystals.

However, in order to unlock the Anemos weapon, you will also need 3 Pazuzu feathers, which can only be obtained by killing the Pazuzu Bird, which spawns in the Newvoid, west of Eureka, after you defeat Shadow Wraith.

Take the feathers back to Gerolt and upgrade your +2 weapon to Anemos weapon.


That's how you can unlock the Anemos weapon or any other upgradable item on Eureka, and for other Final Fantasy XIV guides at GameSkinny, please follow the links below:

An Updated Beginner's Guide to Planetary Conquest in The Old Republic Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:23:28 -0400 Anthony Merklinger

On Tuesday, March 20, BioWare introduced game update 5.8: Command Authority for Star Wars: The Old Republic and brought massive changes to its Planetary Conquest system that was first introduced with 2.9: Galactic Strongholds in 2014. Among a new interface design, players can enjoy increased challenges, opportunities, and rewards for their participation.

New interface for SWTOR 5.8 patch

Getting Started

Planetary Conquest is an in-game event that allows guilds to compete for control over sectors, or planets, by acquiring points through objective completion. The event resets weekly on Tuesday afternoon. Players can participate by opening their Mission Log (hotkey “L”), selecting the Conquest tab from the menu, and completing the objectives on the left. While some can be performed individually, others require group settings. Objectives have been rebalanced to yield points appropriate to their respective difficulty and now offer credits, experience, and Command Experience upon completion.

There are 13 unique Planetary Conquest events with 19 conquerable planets. Prior to 5.8, cycles operated on a fixed schedule, which gave players and guilds the opportunity to strategize and take proactive measures to build significant points at the start of the event; however, Command Authority has made the Planetary Conquest schedule obsolete, and cycles are now chosen at random (unless one coincides with another recurring in-game event, such as Relics of the Gree or Rakghoul Resurgence).

Meeting Personal Goals

Planetary Conquest’s new interface design separates personal contribution from guild invasions. To be eligible for the personal rewards, players must accumulate enough points to meet the event’s designated goal, which is usually 20,000. While the planetary bonuses for objectives have been removed, update 5.8 introduces daily objectives to supplement the one-time and repeatable tasks. One-time objective completion is now indicated by a “complete” or “incomplete" status, whereas the lemniscate that accompanied repeatable missions has been replaced with a variant of the universal recycling symbol. For additional clarity, players can filter objectives by points, name, repeatable eligibility, and percent complete.

Note: War Supplies: Invasion Force, which previously served as the “toxic waste” of Planetary Conquest, can be combined into ten stacks and donated to the guild for conquest points. Crafting War Supplies now requires additional materials.

a well-decorated stronghold in SWTOR

Applying a Stronghold Bonus

A well-received change with Command Authority is how stronghold bonuses affect player scores. Prior to update 5.8, a player could achieve a 150% stronghold bonus by unlocking several strongholds and filling their rooms with decorations. Strongholds retained a 100% decoration completion that could be satisfied by filling out the maximum allotment of decoration hooks, which contributed a 25% stronghold bonus toward the overall 150%. Players took advantage of this feature by purchasing cheap decorations, such as Basic Metal Chairs and Basic Junker’s Lights, from the decoration merchants; however, update 5.8 has removed decoration hook requirements and instead bases a player’s stronghold bonus on the number of strongholds and rooms unlocked. The Coruscant Apartment, Kaas City Apartment, and Umbaran Mobile Base are the cheapest and easiest to fully unlock (granting a 75% stronghold bonus).

A 150% stronghold bonus makes achieving personal conquest goals relatively easy. For instance, completing an operation through Group Finder, prior to 5.8, would typically yield 3,000 points. With the bonus applied, a player could earn 7,500 points for completing the same objective. Stronghold bonuses are now reflected in the Conquest interface.

Conquest interface in Star Wars The Old Republic

Guild Invasions

A new panel has been introduced to reflect a guild’s progress in Planetary Conquest called “guild invasions.” Update 5.8 categorized conquerable planets into three planetary invasion targets, each with unique reward yields: planets with the highest invasion target require the most participation points and offer the strongest rewards, whereas planets with the weakest invasion target offer the smallest rewards.

Guild leaders or officers with invasion privileges can commit a guild’s flagship to a planet, which will lock the guild into that planet’s leaderboard for the duration of the event; however, guild rewards are no longer tied to placing on the leaderboards’ top ten. Instead, guilds that meet their point goal, which corresponds to the sum of the guild’s members’ scores, will be eligible for receiving the invaded planet’s yield. Guilds that take first place still acquire the achievement: “Conqueror of...,” which can be found under Strongholds in a player’s legacy (hotkey “Y”).

More new features introduced with Command Authority are the top five guild member participation panel, where guild members can see who their highest contributors are, and the Current Conquerors panel, which shows planets that have been last conquered by an invading guild.

the current conquerors panel


Players who complete their personal conquest goal will receive the following rewards:

  • Gathering Lockbox (Universal): “Contains [three] material gathering decorations for your stronghold, which can be harvested for crafting materials.”
  • 25k Credit Certificate
  • 2x Superior Resource Matrix
  • 10x Scrap: Assorted Droid Parts
  • 15x Scrap: Scavenged Scrap

Guilds that meet their planetary invasion target will receive the following rewards:

Small Yield:
  • Gathering Lockbox (Universal)
  • 50k Credit Certificate
  • 2x Superior Resource Matrix
  • 10x Scrap: Jawa Junk
  • 1x Command, Engineering, or Logistical Encryption
Medium Yield:
  • Gathering Lockbox (Universal)
  • 2x 50k Credit Certificate
  • 3x Superior Resource Matrix
  • 15x Scrap: Jawa Junk
  • 1x Command, Engineering, or Logistical Encryption
Large Yield:
  • 2x Gathering Lockbox (Universal)
  • 3x 50k Credit Certificate
  • 4x Superior Resource Matrix
  • 20x Scrap: Jawa Junk
  • 1x Command, Engineering, or Logistical Encryption

lots of items available from a vendor in SWTOR

Note: When a player meets their planetary conquest goal, a new vendor will appear in the Strongholds and Crew Skills section of the Republic and Imperial Fleets. Players can exchange five War Supplies: Invasion Force and 100,000 credits for new stronghold decorations. Additionally, players can purchase the new Commander’s Compendium for three Dark Projects and 4.5 million credits -- an item that instantly brings a companion’s influence level to 50 (with the exception of temporary companions).


Following these strategies can help you and your guild obtain more favorable and substantial results in Planetary Conquest with the SWTOR 5.8 update. Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more on Star Wars: The Old Republic!

Sea of Thieves Beginner's Guide Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:01:40 -0400 Anthony Merklinger

Looking to start your voyage in Rare’s Sea of Thieves? We’ve gathered the best tips and tricks to help feeble pirates get their sea legs as they embark on an unforgettable journey beyond the horizon. Whether you sail in the company of nefarious scallywags or brave the tide by your lonesome, our beginner’s guide will help you navigate the starting outpost, launch your vessel, and complete quests to earn some much-needed coin.

A pirate ship docked by a shore

Character Creation

Rare’s approach to character creation is atypical from traditional online games. The importance of player identity hearkens back to the notoriety of pirate legends who once plagued the sea, such as Blackbeard or Davy Jones, so modification tools to adjust hair, facial structure, weight, height, and other body appearance options are nonexistent to prevent two similar models from engaging in the same lore-based adventure. Recognition is king.

Players are introduced to eight unique, albeit randomly generated, character models via the character creation panel. Here, the “bare bones” of a character are chosen, as numerous customization features can be purchased using in-game currency from Outpost vendors or accessed using the vanity chest later.

Players can favorite particular styles and regenerate models to narrow their search and compare; however, it is worth noting that once a character has been made, it is bound to the Microsoft account’s gamertag and cannot be changed unless deleted.

Tip: Need to delete your pirate? Open the settings from the main menu and select “pirate settings.” A single option will be available, so you can restart with a clean slate. No more grogginess! 

Models hold shovels, cutlasses, grenades, hurdy-gurdies, pints of grog, and other pirate paraphernalia, though this is not indicative of the model’s role. Additionally, hitboxes are normalized, so larger and smaller pirates will have equal performance during combat.

ship selection screen in sea of thieves

Selecting Your Crew

In the absence of a central storyline, Sea of Thieves strictly relies on player engagement and cooperation for its open-world setting. From the starting screen, pirates can choose their ship class -- galleon or sloop -- and preset their group configurations:

  • Full galleon crew (four players)
  • Small galleon crew (three players)
  • Small sloop crew (two players)
  • Solo sloop crew (one player)

If you choose a full galleon crew as a solo player, you may be paired with other pirates from cross-platform play. Be ready to use the in-game chat and/or voice functions to coordinate voyages. 

Choosing Your Ship

There are two vessel types pirates can utilize to navigate: galleons and sloops. Sloops have a competitive advantage with respect to speed and tacking and are perfect for smaller crews, as the proximity of the ship’s wheel, anchor, sails, and cannons are within jumping distance. Though it provides less protection and cargo space than the galleon, the sloop is a viable option to make quick escapes or for sailing solo.

Conversely, the galleon is more open and requires more hands to prepare and defend the ship. Galleon crews can enjoy faster speeds when sailing with the wind but will be outmatched against sloops moving against the wind.

Navigating the Starting Outpost

When a player enters Sea of Thieves, they will emerge from a drunken stupor in the Outpost’s Tavern. The first objective is to become familiar with the basic hotkeys, prompted by the in-game tutorial demonstrating inventories, quest logs, and weapon cycling that can be adjusted in the keyboard and mouse or controller settings. When you have found a comfortable setup, explore the town to gather your bearings. Try sprinting, aiming, or charging up your cutlass' plunge attack before venturing into uncharted waters.

There’s a myriad of supplies stored in barrels throughout the Outpost. Stock up on bananas to replenish your health, planks of wood to repair your ship, and cannonballs to defend yourself in case of attack. You can also visit the armory box to swap your pistol and cutlass for a blunderbuss or rifle.

As a pirate newcomer, you'll be pretty strapped for coin, but you can visit the Outpost’s shops to browse a vendor’s wares or engage in conversation for some plundering incentives. Each shop -- weaponsmith, clothing, equipment, and shipwright -- sells alternate cosmetic items players can purchase to enhance the appearance of their character, equipment, or vessel.

Voyages available for purchase

Purchase a “Voyage”

In Sea of Thieves, quests, or "voyages," can be purchased for gold from one of the three reputation factions located in the Outposts. Players can retain a combination of up to three quests at a time for the Gold Hoarders, Order of Souls, and Merchant Alliance -- the first quests, or starter voyages, are free. Completing voyages earns a player gold and reputation points for that association, which are marked by milestones that will unlock hidden areas and more significant equipment; however, the higher the reputation, the more complex and difficult the voyages become.

Players, in their quest to become "pirate legends," can plunder armaments to tackle more significant challenges, such as Skull Forts -- Sea of Thieves’ raid equivalent. You can also find hidden treasure maps along island coastlines, stashed away in green bottles. 

Steering a pirate ship in nighttime waters

Launching Your Vessel

Head to the Outpost dock when you're ready to launch, and interact with the ladder to climb aboard. From here, you’ll want to plot your course. Select the voyage you and your crew want to undertake (indicated by the voyage table below deck), and determine your heading by consulting the map table. Raise the anchor, drop the sails, and man the wheel as your ship carries you to your destination. Move the sail angle to catch the wind for increased speed.

Be extremely careful to avoid crashing into other objects, as your ship can sink -- along with any valuable treasures on board -- if repairs are not made immediately. If your vessel takes on water, grab your bucket and dump it overboard.

Tip: Consider reducing your speed and be ready to drop the anchor as your vessel approaches land. Also, be aware of approaching storms -- your ship and your character can be struck by lightning.

light blue smoke emerging from a flare at sea

In the event your pirate ship sinks, a mermaid will be positioned nearby holding a flare with a great plume of smoke that you can interact with to return to an Outpost (or your ship if you’ve become separated).

Completing Voyages

Voyages can be exceedingly vague or blatantly obvious, though the trick to completing them is using the resources provided, and perhaps a little bit of luck. Quests for the Gold Hoarders association involve hunting down and recovering treasure, whereas quests for the Order of Souls requires, well, skulls of the undead. The Merchant Alliance is a bit more elaborate, as pirates may not only be responsible for delivering cargo but may also have to catch wild animals, which requires securing a cage from the representative prior to launch (and after the voyage has been selected).

Use your equipment wisely. Activate your lantern during the evening, maintain strong supplies of wooden planks and bananas, and ensure your pistol has sufficient ammo. You can even load your ship’s cannons prior to setting sail. There is no doubt you will encounter ill-intentioned characters along your travels, whether they be other players or enemy NPCs. Sea of Thieves excels at removing a player’s sense of security, so be prepared for intensive combat and note your quickest escape route.

During combat, especially as a solo player, felling enemies is much easier when a considerable distance is kept, as aimed shots can result in a kill. If you run out of ammo, take advantage of the cutlass’ charged ability.

Tip: Pirates who encounter snakes can sustain damage over time if hit by their venom. Additionally, skeletons wielding blunderbusses can deplete a player's health significantly at close range. Take advantage of your ship's stockpile of bananas. 

a treasure chest in Sea of Thieves

Once you’ve completed a voyage, bring the contents to your ship and secure them below deck. Crews only get paid by selling the quest item to the association representative, who will divide the shares.

Larger crews should consider leaving a member behind to guard the ship, as vessels can be hijacked by other pirates. You can also douse the lamps for heightened secrecy. 

fog enshrouding the deck of a ship


The pirate life is not for everyone, and unfortunately, you may enter an encounter that takes a turn for the worse. Don't worry. If you're defeated, you travel to the Ferry of the Damned: an eerie ship captained by a pirate ghost (plus, you don't have to pay to get off!). Merely enter the portal located beneath the helm to return to your ship.

Defeating the Kraken

If your vessel comes under attack by the dreaded Kraken, specified by a dark mass underneath the ship, it is important for crews to remain calm and focused -- don’t dive in the water! Load the cannons and fire at the base of the Kraken’s tentacles. If an arm manages to capture a crew member and lift them from the deck, players should equip their cutlass and swipe at the tentacle as it closes.


Following these tips will help secure your advantage on the open sea and make you a seasoned, swashbuckling pirate. Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more on Sea of Thieves, and if you haven't already, be sure to check out our other Sea of Thieves guides.

Surviving Mars: Waste Rock & Dealing with The Problem Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:38:42 -0400 Ashley Gill

Waste Rock is the bane of the careful Surviving Mars player during most missions, not because it's a huge nuisance but because it keeps their Drones busy and their base messy.

One of the first things you learn in the game past the bare basics is in fact how to deal with Waste Rock.

In order to keep Waste Rock from being scattered all around your extractors, place Dumping Sites nearby for your Drones to stack the waste into one convenient spot. Dumping Sites themselves can be found under the 'Storage' option of the menu, to the far right.

As your extractors continue to pull out Mars' sweet, sweet usable resources, they continue to accumulate Waste Rock. Your storage needs continue to climb as you expand, and in short time your base will be flooded with far more Waste Rock and Dumping Sites than any other material or storage. That's just how it is.

Choosing to salvage your Dump Sites does not get rid of Waste Rock. Instead, the waste will be dumped all on the ground, which does take up far more space than the Sites themselves and is thoroughly not recommended -- until you have another Dumping Site area to store them or unlock a certain technology to get rid of those pesky rocks once and for all.

Keeping Waste Rock at Dump Sites.This is the worst.

How to get rid of Waste Rocks

Yes, my friend. There is a way to get rid of Waste Rock in Surviving Mars. Unfortunately, luck is the determining factor in how long it will take for you to be able to do it.

There's a certain technology that gives your Drones the ability to break Waste Rock down into Concrete. That tech? Waste Rock Liquefaction.

The tech tree is randomized each mission, so there is no telling when you will be able to research Waste Rock Liquefaction, but it is found within the Engineering branch. The amount of Research it costs depends on how deep the tech is in the tree. If you're lucky, it will only cost a few thousand. If not, well ... it'll cost a lot more than that.

Once you've completed the Waste Rock Liquefaction research, your Drones will take it upon themselves to whittle all that pesky rock into usable Concrete, which should allow you to relax on the Concrete production for a while.

Make sure you have sufficient Concrete storage and that you have enough Drones working in the same area as your Dumping Sites before completing this technology. You don't want your regular maintenance to suffer while they're busy with their new task, and you will need a place to put all the Concrete they produce.

With all this in mind, you now have hope that Waste Rock won't be polluting your colony forever. That's something, right? Feel free to check out our other Surviving Mars guides if you're in need of some more space-learnin'.

Ni No Kuni 2 Beginner's Guide: Tips and Tricks for Getting Started Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:06:01 -0400 Littoface

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is a vast game with tons of content and things to explore. As gameplay elements are unlocked slowly as you progress through the game, you might find yourself wondering what actions you can take now to improve your gameplay later on in the game.

You've come to the right place! This beginner's guide covers the first ten or so hours, and covers combat, exploration, and some more general tips up to (but not including) kingdom management.

(Stay tuned to GameSkinny for a comprehensive guide on kingdom management soon!)

Ni No Kuni 2 Combat Tips

Character wielding a fire-based weapon during combat in Ni no Kuni II Revenant Kingdom

Battles are one of the most important aspects of Ni No Kuni 2, and the system is pretty robust. The game will lead you through the basics of fighting, but here are some more tips for efficient combat:

Switch characters mid-fight by pressing up or down on the D-Pad.

You can alternate between characters or just stick to one -- there's no clear advantage to either, so play according to your own preferences.

Use the auto-equip option, but sparingly.

You can auto-equip the strongest equipment available by pressing square in the weapons or equipment tab of each character's equipment information screen. While this is a useful trick for basic battles, it's worth taking the time to hand-pick the right equipment for each character.

Picking weapons yourself can give you a strategic advantage by choosing the right elements, the right accessories for the fighting style, and so on. Something else to keep in mind: Since Roland and Evan both use swords, the auto-equip gives whichever one of them you have selected the strongest set of weapons, leaving the other at a disadvantage.

Remember to customize the Tactics Tweaker to suit your location.

The fantastic thing about the Tactics Tweaker (once Lofty unlocks this for you) is that it's fully customizable and adjustable. Start with the full-party buffs (since these have no disadvantages), and use the sliders to buff your party.

Once you unlock other options within the Tweaker, make sure to switch the settings up depending on where you are and what you're fighting (like increasing damage against slimy monsters in the earlier areas, where you encounter many creatures of a gooey consistency).

Check your characters' skills after they level up.

There's no clear indication when a character learns a new skill, so until you reach the kingdom management aspect of the game, remember to check periodically for new skills.

Use combos, charges, and aerial attacks.

The game doesn't explicitly explain combos or aerials (though it does mention them), so be sure to experiment for some powerful attacks. Tani, for instance, bursts into a flurry of rotating hits with her spears when you attack in rapid succession. Alternating between light and heavy hits also leads to different types of attacks. Holding down the ranged attack button will charge it using MP (and automatically lock onto an enemy you're facing). Try different things!

Don't forget those Higgledies!

The Higgledies can make or break a fight, especially with bosses. Use them! Once you start a kingdom, you'll be able to upgrade and create new Higgledies, but for now, make use of the ones you have. Higgledies typically have a few supporting attacks and one major skill which must be activated by getting inside the blue circle surrounding them and pressing X. The circle disappears after a bit, so don't miss your chance! The little elemental critters let you know when they're ready to attack by letting out a cute cry. Listen out for it.

Exploration Tips

Two characters traversing the open overworld in Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom

You'll be doing a lot of exploring on your quest to create a unified kingdom. Here are a few things to keep in mind on your travels:

Use Trap Door waypoints to quickly go between places.

Exploring the overworld is fun, but if you just want to cut to the chase, press "Options" twice to see all the points to which you can teleport. You can warp from anywhere in the world, including inside dungeons, making this an easy way to complete quests and revisit locations. Whenever you encounter a glowing blue spot, make sure to press X inside it so you can easily return to the location at a later time.

Revisit dungeons when you get new skills.

Some dungeons have areas you can only access once you've unlocked specific skills. Make note of any suspicious areas on your first run-through, and return to explore further once you unlock the skill you were missing.

Don't worry about collecting all the items.

Scattered throughout the world and within towns and dungeons are sparkles that indicate items. While it's a good idea to pick up items in new areas (and especially in the Dreamer's Maze dungeons), don't worry about collecting them all: They replenish over time, and you'll be able to collect items from your kingdom later on anyway.

General Ni No Kuni 2 Tips

Four characters, two in conversation, from Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

And finally, here are a few more things to keep in mind when you're first starting out in Ni No Kuni 2:

Don't bother buying any weapons or armor until you get a kingdom.

Once you have access to kingdom management, you'll also unlock the ability to craft and upgrade your own equipment. Until then, save your guilders -- crafting and upgrading can be expensive, so you'll be glad that you did.

Check the Leafbook for updates and gossip.

The game's fantasy-world version of Facebook is a good place to see a quick summary of the story thus far (paired with amusing comments), but it's also great for finding hidden items and monster information. Use the Leafbook to check for tips and gossip, and save potentially interesting posts by "liking" them (you'll be able to easily filter by liked posts when you need to).


With these tips, you're ready to take on the world of Ni No Kuni 2! And be on the lookout for more Ni No Kuni 2 info right here on GameSkinny.

Sea of Thieves Error Fix Guide: Lavender Beard, Opening Journal, and More! Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:48:25 -0400 Ty Arthur

New Sea Of Thieves players are in for some rough waters as the game leaves port for official launch, with a storm of "matchmaking has failed," "launch issues," "services unavailable," and "stuck on loading screen" errors ready and waiting to sink your hopes of a bug-free experience.

At least Rare uses more interesting error codes and bug names than your average game, with Sea Of Thieves glitches like Cinnamon Beard and Fishbeard scrolling across your screen instead of just a string of numbers and letters.

   I definitely don't want avocado in my beard, so the error name checks out

Sea of Thieves Error Codes and Glitches

Having trouble with these Sea Of Thieves matchmaking errors? We've got a full rundown of how to resolve all known issues so far, along with a list of which ones will have to wait for a patch to be resolved.


This particular Sea Of Thieves bug seems to be a server problem that is happening often as large numbers of players log in just after launch. Turns out they weren't prepared for so many people all at once! A patch is currently being worked on to resolve the issue, but for now your only real options to resolve the Fishbeard error code are to play solo or log out and wait awhile before trying to connect again.

Checking Pirate Roster

Similar to Fishbeard, this glitch occurs when you try to join a game, and it simply means the servers are full and there's no room for another player to join in. This should be resolved in the coming days, but in the meantime, you may also see an associated error message like Kiwibeard, Trimmedbeard, or FluffyBeard. They all mean the same thing.  


This error code appears to involve getting stuck while trying to wait for matchmaking, and unfortunately there isn't a clear resolution at the moment. According to the developers, a fix is in the works. A few players have reported that a full system shutdown occasionally resolves the problem, but this seems to be luck and not anything that works consistently.

Lavender Beard

This one is caused by your antivirus or firewall settings interfering with the game. You can typically solve this issue by typing "firewall" into the Windows search, selecting "Allow an app through Windows Firewall," and then choosing the Sea Of Thieves program.

Cinnamon Beard / Bronze Beard

These two errors typically include a "matchmaking has failed" message, and this is usually a problem with your Xbox being unable to connect to the server. Thankfully, there's an easy fix here. You just have to fully close the program and then restart it.

Simply exiting out doesn't cut it, though, as the Xbox One keeps games running in the background. Highlight the Sea Of Thieves pin on the dashboard and hit the Menu button, then select Quit to fully close it down. From there just re-open the program, and you should be good to go.

Opening Journal Error

This insidious problem involves getting stuck on the loading screen or welcome title screen. Here's the thing -- it's not eternally stuck, just temporarily. If you wait six to seven minutes, whatever is causing the loop gets resolved, and it will eventually load, but if waiting isn't your strong suit, there is an official resolution to this problem on the PC edition.

To fix the opening journal/stuck on loading screen bug, tap the "Windows" and "I" keys simultaneously to pull up the Settings menu. Click the "Time And Language" option, and then navigate to the "Region & language" tab. Change the default language to English (United States) and the location to United States, then restart your computer.

It isn't clear why this particular time and language issue is causing the problem, but at least there's an easy fix!

 Changing Language And Region Options

Have you come across any other Sea Of Thieves launch issues or gotten hit with "matchmaking has failed" or "services unavailable" error messages? Let us know what loading screen issues you are experiencing, and we'll find a fix for you!

FFXIV Eureka Complete Gear Guide Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:18:00 -0400 Sergey_3847

The latest patch 4.25 for Final Fantasy XIV has introduced a new dungeon, "Eureka Anemos." Eureka is basically a large island located in the deep ocean off the Far East that is designed to accommodate up to 144 players at once.

Players now have the chance to gather up and fight through hordes of elemental monsters and get some amazing new gear. If you want to know what type of gear is available on Eureka and how to unlock it, then follow our quick guide below.

Eureka Anemos Gear in Final Fantasy XIV

Yellow-clad FFXIV character wielding Eureka Anemos gear

In order to get the Anemos gear in FF14, you need to have in possession a piece of Antiqued gear and a certain number of Protean and Anemos crystals. This means that Anemos gear is basically the same Antiqued gear but dyable and with an additional glow to it.

If you don't have the Antiqued gear yet, then you need to reach level 70 and take it from the coffer obtained from your job quest.

Gear Requirement
Weapon (ilvl 335) Antiqued Weapon + 100 Protean Crystals
Weapon +1 (ilvl 340) Weapon (ilvl 335) + 400 Protean Crystals
Weapon +2 (ilvl 345) Weapon +1 (ilvl 340) + 800 Protean Crystals
Anemos Weapon (ilvl 355) Weapon +2 (ilvl 345) + 300 Anemos Crystals
Head (ilvl 335) Antiqued Head + 50 Protean Crystals
Head +1 (ilvl 340) Head (ilvl 335) + 150 Protean Crystals
Head +2 (ilvl 345) Head +1 (ilvl 340) + 400 Protean Crystals
Anemos Head (ilvl 350) Head +2 (ilvl 345) + 150 Anemos Crystals
Body (ilvl 335) Antiqued Body + 50 Protean Crystals
Body +1 (ilvl 340) Body (ilvl 335) + 150 Protean Crystals
Body +2 (ilvl 345) Body +1 (ilvl 340) + 400 Protean Crystals
Anemos Body (ilvl 350) Body +2 (ilvl 345) + 150 Anemos Crystals
Gloves (ilvl 335) Antiqued Gloves + 50 Protean Crystals
Gloves +1 (ilvl 340) Gloves (ilvl 335) + 150 Protean Crystals
Gloves +2 (ilvl 345) Gloves +1 (ilvl 340) + 400 Protean Crystals
Anemos Gloves (ilvl 350) Gloves +2 (ilvl 345) + 150 Anemos Crystals
Pants (ilvl 335) Antiqued Pants + 50 Protean Crystals
Pants +1 (ilvl 340) Pants (ilvl 335) + 150 Protean Crystals
Pants +2 (ilvl 345) Pants +1 (ilvl 340) + 400 Protean Crystals
Anemos Pants (ilvl 350) Pants +2 (ilvl 345) + 150 Anemos Crystals
Shoes (ilvl 335) Antiqued Shoes + 50 Protean Crystals
Shoes +1 (ilvl 340) Shoes (ilvl 335) + 150 Protean Crystals
Shoes +2 (ilvl 345) Shoes +1 (ilvl 340) + 400 Protean Crystals
Anemos Shoes (ilvl 350) Shoes +2 (ilvl 345) + 150 Anemos Crystals



That is all you need to know about the Eureka Anemos gear, and for more Final Fantasy 14 guides at GameSkinny, check out the links below:

Ghost of a Tale Footlocker Key Location Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:58:13 -0400 Ty Arthur

Stealthy (and adorable) mouse hijinks abound in Ghost of a Tale, taking the Thief or Hitman style of gameplay and adding in a Redwall-esque graphical style with mice and rats.

A clever mouse will get his hands on keys to reach new areas or open locked chests while doing all that skulking around in shadows, but some of those keys are more successfully hidden than others.

The key to Silas' footlocker is one such helpful object that seems to be consistently overlooked by new players, but once you know where to look, you absolutely can't miss it (and will wonder how you didn't see it in the first place).

Looking for the sewer key and can't figure out how to open the sewer gate instead? Check out our full guide on accessing the Ghost of a Tale prison sewer system right here.

Ghost of a Tale - Silas' Footlocker Key Location

This particular key is used to open the footlocker owned by Silas in his home at the top of Dwindling Heights Keep during the Secrets of a Signal Guard quest.

If you have been exploring, you can actually see the key before you need to use it when this particular quest line is active after being given by the thieves in the cell. If you grab the key without the quest being turned on first, it will activate the quest for you automatically when you go to open the footlocker.

Where players are getting tripped up is that, for some reason, the quest will include the note "you took the key to Silas' footlocker," and oddly enough, the objective labeled "take the key to Silas' footlocker" is marked as completed, even though it hasn't been yet and you don't even have the key in your inventory.

The key that leads to Silas' footlocker 

The key to Silas' Footlocker

Strangely enough, the key is actually in Silas' room on the second floor (I guess Silas must not be worried about thieves?). You can see it hanging on the wall by the bed, but it's just out of reach. Either use a chair or bucket to reach the key, or you can jump off the furniture to hit it as well.

If you don't see it on the wall, that means you are in the wrong room. Just explore the rest of the house and you'll see it when you arrive at the room with the bed (you have to climb up the ladder and go through the trap door).

A message saying a lock can't be picked in Ghost of a Tale Trying to open Silas' footlocker without the key

There you have it -- the key to Silas' footlocker is now in your cute paws, and you can find out what's hidden inside! Looking for other keys or unsure how to complete other Ghost of a Tale quests? Check out our full collection of Ghost of a Tale guides here.

Ghost of a Tale - Thief Tunic Guide Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:57:49 -0400 Ty Arthur

Every good thief needs a proper set of equipment, and in Ghost of a Tale, that means finding new costume sets to increase your stats and make it harder for rat guards to spot you!

Guard costumes, pirate costumes, and more are ready and waiting to be discovered if you fully explore the game world. One of the best in terms of pure stats is easily the thief costume, which consists of five components scattered around the keep.

Stats screen in Ghost of a Tale Checking the stats on the Thief Mask (special thanks to Brascus for the screenshot)

Ghost of a Tale Thief Costume

The thief's tunic once belonged to the legendary burglar Tulong, and finding all the parts to this costume will be required to complete the Dwindling Height's Keep quest named A Thief's Renown.

Disguising yourself as the famous thief hero of folklore will modify your stamina, health, resistance, and powers of perception for as long as the costume is worn. Below we cover all five locations of the thief costume components.

Thief's Boots Location

To find the boots of this ultra-stealthy thief outfit, head to the courtyard area of Dwindling Heights Keep and look for the cell where you talk to the prisoner mouse Gusto and his sister Fatale. Head over to the cell next to theirs and look for a conspicuous barrel next to a wall.

Move the barrel over to discover a hidden passageway into a new area. Head inside the passage and take a left, then run all the way to the back to discover the boots inside a chest near the wall.

A chest is softly illuminated by a burning candle in Ghost of a Tale Finding the Thief Boots (thanks to FlukeRogi for the screenshot)

Thief's Tunic Location

The main chest segment of the thief costume is found on a high ledge in the harbour area, but before you can get here, you first need to clear the rocks at the top of the armory stairwell. If you haven't gotten that far in the story yet, then the tunic will have to wait.

You can find the tunic by jumping off the bridge onto a ledge where the chest is hidden (this is easy to spot if you come down the stairs from the far tower). If you go through the building with the bed and a trap door, turn right as you exit onto the bridge, and you should see the ledge path you can jump on.

A dimly lit chamber that houses the thief tunic Finding the Thief Tunic

Thief's Mask Location

The mask piece of this costume isn't far from the boots location. From Gusto and Fatale's cell, head across the courtyard to the steps leading up. Climb up the stairs to find a room with a chest where the mask is hiding.

 Finding The Thief Mask

Thief's Hat Location

The hat portion of this costume is located in the catacombs area. You are looking for a tight ledge with a blue, burning light and a skeleton. The hat is right there between them.

A mouse finding the thief hat in Ghost of a Tale Finding the Thief Hat

Thief's Belt Location

To find the final piece of the Ghost of a Tale thief costume, head back into the courtyard area of Dwindling Height's Keep and look for the war room with the fireplace and the large table. The thief belt is in the chest in the small recessed area in the back of the room. The keys for the room are found on top of the cupboard near the balcony steps.

a recessed area in Ghost of a Tale that houses the thief belt Finding The Thief Belt

You've now got the full thief costume and are ready to sneak quiet as a shadow across the keep without getting spotted by those nefarious rat guards! Need help with any other part of this stealth-action RPG? Check out our other Ghost of a Tale walkthroughs below:

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom Launch Trailer Released Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:26:07 -0400 Zach Hunt

Leading up to this Friday's Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom release, Bandai Namco has unveiled the soon-to-be-released JRPG's launch trailer. Fans of the first game will feel right at home with the gorgeous color palette, sweeping score, and ominous foreshadowing showcased throughout the two-minute trailer.

While the famed Studio Ghibli is not directly involved with Ni No Kuni II (as it was with the first game, Wrath of the White Witch), the Ghibli inspiration is absolutely evident throughout the trailer, portions of which look as if they could've been pulled directly from Hayao Miyazaki's sketchbook. 

So what are your thoughts? Does this trailer have you even more excited to venture back into Ding Dong Dell? Our own reviewer found Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom to be "an immensely satisfying and fun game," and if this trailer is any indication, she won't be alone in proclaiming so.


Fortnite Supply Llama Locations Guide Sat, 17 Mar 2018 21:23:58 -0400 Sergey_3847

The latest weekly patch 3.3 for Fortnite has brought a new type of supply drops -- the Supply Llamas. These cute things are very similar to treasure chests, but contain a slightly different type of loot, which will appear at three random spots in each match in Battle Royale mode out of 15 possible locations in total.

This means that you will have to check the ones that coincide with the path of your choice, as these 15 locations are scattered all over the map. Even if you find just one such Llama, you will be greatly rewarded.

If you want to know how to locate all Supply Llama locations in Fortnite, then follow our quick guide below.

How to Find All Supply Llamas in Fortnite

Here is the complete list of all 15 Supply Llama locations in Fortnite:

  • C4 -- Southwest from Pleasant Park
  • C7 -- South from Greasy Grove
  • D6 -- Southeast from Titled Towers
  • E4 -- Northwest from Loot Lake
  • F7 -- Southwest from Salty Springs
  • F7 -- Southeast from Salty Springs
  • F8 -- West from Fatal Fields
  • G3 -- Northwest from Tomato Town
  • G7 -- Far eastern corner from Salty Springs
  • H5 -- Southeast from the Prison
  • I6 -- East from Retail Row
  • I8 -- Northwest from Moisty Mire
  • I9 -- Southeast from Moisty Mire

The best idea is to look out for Llamas as soon as you drop down. As you see on the map above, the most concentrated locations are Retail Row, Salty Springs, and Moisty Mire.

There is a bigger chance of finding at least one Supply Llama at one of these locations, so try to land somewhere at those spots.

The loot inside the Llamas is really good, and usually contains a lot of building materials, ammo, traps, and some consumables, as well.


Now you will be able to locate all Supply Llamas in Battle Royale mode, and for other Fortnite guides at GameSkinny, please visit the links below:

The Elder Scrolls: Legends -- Houses of Morrowind Is Set to Change the Game Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:22:51 -0400 Zach Hunt

Fans of The Elder Scrolls: Legends, get ready for the biggest content expansion since Heroes of Skyrim. On March 29, Houses of Morrowind will usher players to Vvardenfell with 149 new cards, all-new abilities, and the introduction of three-attribute decks. What's more, maximum deck sizes of 70 are a thing of the past; with Houses of Morrowind, that's been upped to 100.

Each of the new cards represents one of five major houses of Vvardenfell, and each house gets a new keyword (with the exception of House Dagoth). Bethesda's website goes into great detail on each, but here's a basic rundown from the recent press release.

House Redoran: Strength-Willpower-Endurance

Knight of Gnisis from Elder Scrolls Legends Houses of Morrowind

Keyword: Rally -- "Whenever a Rally creature attacks, it gives a random creature in your hand +1/+1."

House Telvanni: Intelligence-Agility-Endurance

Drain Blood card from Houses of Morrowind expansion

Keyword: Betray -- "After you play this action, you may sacrifice a creature to play it again."

House Hlaalu: Strength-Willpower-Agility

Hlaalu Sharpshooter card from TESL: Houses of Morrowind

Keyword: Plot -- "Plot abilities trigger if you've played another card that turn."

Tribunal Temple: Intelligence-Willpower-Endurance

Vivec City Pilgrim from TESLHoM

Keyword: Exalt -- "Offers a creature bonus if you pay more magicka for it."

House Dagoth: Strength-Intelligence-Agility

Ash Piercer card from TESL Houses of Morrowind

There's no traditional keyword with House Dagoth; rather, these "reward you for having creatures with 5 or more power."


But this is just the tip of the iceberg. With over 140 all-new cards, three-attribute decks, and new abilities to be explored, we can expect to hear lots more in the days to come. Stay tuned to GameSkinny as we inch closer to the island of Vvardenfell in The Elder Scrolls: Legends -- Houses of Morrowind, and let us know what you're most looking forward to in the comments below!