Playstation 4 Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Playstation 4 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network How to Diffuse a Bomb Without Losing All Your Friends https://www.gameskinny.com/scdkj/how-to-diffuse-a-bomb-without-losing-all-your-friends https://www.gameskinny.com/scdkj/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. 

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FFXV Comrades Guide: How Birthplaces Affect Your Stats https://www.gameskinny.com/mu9om/ffxv-comrades-guide-how-birthplaces-affect-your-stats https://www.gameskinny.com/mu9om/ffxv-comrades-guide-how-birthplaces-affect-your-stats Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:45:13 -0500 Autumn Fish

After jumping into Final Fantasy XV's newest expansion, Comrades, and clearing your first mission, you'll find yourself in a run-down Lestallum in need of a strong Glaive like yourself. As you make your way to the mission briefing counter, however, Libertus stops you to hand over a pair of daggers -- your own, actually, with your name and birthplace carved into the handle.

This is where the game allows you to select your birthplace. It may seem like an arbitrary decision at a glance, but when selecting one, you'll soon find out that each birthplace affects your character's stats in unique ways.

In this guide, we'll go over all the stats that are affected by birthplace and how each choice impacts your character's attributes. Whether you're looking to take advantage of every stat boost possible for your character build or simply wish to know what the stats actually do, this guide is sure to help you come to a decision.

How Birthplaces Affect Your Stats in FFXV: Comrades

Six character stats are ultimately affected by your birthplace, all of which support a variety of gameplay styles.

  • HP Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideHP -- Determines your maximum health.
  • MP Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideMP -- Determines your maximum magical energy.
  • Strength Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideStrength -- Affects strength of your physical attack.
  • Vitality Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideVitality -- Affects strength of your physical defense.
  • Magic Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideMagic -- Determines damage dealt with magical attacks.
  • Spirit Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideSpirit -- Determines damage incurred from magical attacks and HP recovered from curative spells.

The birthplace you choose will not directly impact any other stats. However, it may indirectly impact stats such as your Attack or Defense, since the birthplace will affect the attributes with which they are calculated.

There are four birthplaces to choose from: Galahd, Insomnia, Lestallum, and Altissia.

Galahd Birthplace Stats

Galahd is the birthplace of many offensive specialists, blessed with high power and magic. Their starting stats are rather balanced:

HP MP STR VIT MAG SPI
 480 55  24  22  53  40

 

HP is a little low compared to other birthplaces, however. People from Galahd benefit from a decent MP stat and the second best Strength and Magic, making it the best birthplace to pick if you're looking to have a strong mixed offensive build.

Insomnia Birthplace Stats

Insomnia is the birthplace of many spellcasting specialists, blessed with high magic and max MP. Their starting stats heavily favor magical attributes:

 

HP MP STR VIT MAG SPI
 432 60  19  22  57  40

 

HP and Strength are lower than any other birthplace out there, but people from Insomnia also boast the highest MP and Magic stats available in the expansion. This is a great class to pick if you plan using a lot of MP or firing a bunch of offensive spells.

Lestallum Birthplace Stats

Lestallum is the birthplace of many all-out attackers, blessed with high power and max HP. Their starting stats heavily favor physical attributes:

 

HP MP STR VIT MAG SPI
 528 49  26  22  38  40

 

MP and Magic are lower than any other birthplace you can choose, but people from Lestallum also boast the highest HP and Strength stats around. This is a fantastic choice if you want to dish out as much damage as possible with your weapons.

Altissia Birthplace Stats

Altissia is the birthplace of many resilient folks, blessed with high vitality, spirit, and max HP. Their starting attributes heavily favor all forms of defense:

 

HP MP STR VIT MAG SPI
 504 55  22  24  48  44

 

Compared to people from other birthplaces, Altissians don't really have any low starting stats. They have the best Vitality and Spirit out of anyone, and their HP and MP are both fairly decent. Its Magic and Strength stats honestly aren't bad either.

Altissia is a great choice if you want to tank, heal, or are undecided in your roll. Not only is it nice to just have a little extra defense, but the fact that this birthplace doesn't really have any straight up bad stats makes it a great defacto choice for any playstyle.

Can You Reset Your Birthplace in FFXV: Comrades?

Once you've chosen a birthplace for your character, you cannot reset it -- at least not conventionally. You may make separate Avatars for different birthplaces, and while they share inventories and progression, they each need to be leveled up separately, which is a bit tedious.

In order to change the birthplace for your main character, you need to start the game over in New Game+. This can be done at any time by heading through the door behind the mission counter in Lestallum, but I advise that you beat the story first so that you're not under-geared going into the harder difficulty.

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Hopefully, this birthplaces guide makes your decision a bit easier to make. If you're struggling to gain power early-on, you may benefit from our Weapon Remodeling Guide. Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more on Final Fantasy XV: Comrades!

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Need for Speed Payback Guide: All Billboards Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/hamz7/need-for-speed-payback-guide-all-billboards-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/hamz7/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.

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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:

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EA Apologizes For Microtransactions In Battlefront II; Will Temporarily Revoke It https://www.gameskinny.com/8lz0y/ea-apologizes-for-microtransactions-in-battlefront-ii-will-temporarily-revoke-it https://www.gameskinny.com/8lz0y/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!

 

 

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Fornite Guide: How to Be a Bush https://www.gameskinny.com/e22rp/fornite-guide-how-to-be-a-bush https://www.gameskinny.com/e22rp/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. 

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7 Family-Friendly Co-op Games on the PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/sntzi/7-family-friendly-co-op-games-on-the-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/sntzi/7-family-friendly-co-op-games-on-the-ps4 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:42:14 -0500 Allison M Reilly

If you have kids and a PS4, then one of the two scenarios is likely happening in your home:

Scenario 1: You own the PS4. Your kid(s) want to play games with you, and you sure aren't letting them play Grand Theft Auto V. If your kids are young enough, then perhaps you just hand them an unplugged controller so they feel like they're playing.

Scenario 2: Your kid(s) own the PS4. They're playing all sorts of games and having a great time, but not anything you really like. You're wondering if there's anything you and your kids can play together and have a bit of bonding time.

No matter which scenario is most applicable to you, there are certainly some awesome, family-friendly co-op PS4 games out there. The following seven titles are sure to create a fun, memorable experience playing video games together with your kids.

Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends is a platformer in which up to four players make their way through many, many levels -- 120 levels, to be exact. In the game, Rayman has awoken from a 100-year nap, and the world is in trouble. He and his friends Murfy and Globox must come together and save the world from the nasty nightmares. No matter the age of your kids, Rayman Legends is pure entertainment for the whole family.

Buy Rayman Legends now from Amazon: $20.88

Guacamelee!

Guacamelee! is a beautiful Metroidvania-style brawler/platformer inspired by Mexican culture and folklore. The main character is Juan, who is killed trying to rescue El Presidente's daughter. While in the land of the dead, Juan finds a mask that gives him superpowers and allows him to transcend both worlds. Up to four people can play, but the introduction of the game needs to be completed solo before everyone can join in.

Buy Guacamelee! now from the PlayStation Store: $14.99

Minecraft

Minecraft can be a co-op game in two ways. One, where each player has a controller and you utilize the split-screen mode. Or two, where one person is on screen building things and the other is more of a designer or architect behind the on-screen creations. Of course, there's the not-so-secret third way, which is where everyone just takes turns trolling each other. Nonetheless, Minecraft is a wonderful co-op game if you're looking for a title that is less about defeating enemies and more about building the world you want to be in.

Buy Minecraft now from Amazon: $19.99

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is a gorgeous 3D platformer filled with everything anyone could want in a platformer: puzzles, action, mystique, and a compelling story. Players choose from Pontius the Knight, Zoya the Thief, and Amadeus the Wizard, who each have unique skills and abilities. Unlike the other games on this list, the co-op is only for up to three players. 

Buy Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power now from the PlayStation Store: $21.99

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Who doesn't love the zombies in Plants vs. Zombies? Hopefully not your kids. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is very similar to the first game in terms of gameplay, but the sequel adds new plant classes, new zombie classes, and new game modes. In this game, the plants are on the offensive for the first time, fighting to reclaim Zomburbia from the zombies. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 also introduces the Backyard Battleground, a hub world in which players can explore, find missions, collect things, plant pots, and do other fun things.

Buy Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 now from Amazon: $19.49

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition is for one to four players and a good game for players, say, age 10 and up. It's similar to Gauntlet Legends for N64, where it's a hack-and-slash dungeon crawler in which players can choose to be a wizard, valkyrie, elf, or warrior. Each role has different abilities, but only one player is allowed per role. The game doesn't have the most varied levels or gameplay, which makes it good for younger or less experienced gamers.

Buy Gauntlet: Slayer Edition now from Amazon: $19.99

Overcooked

If you want to encourage your kids to cook more often but aren't sure how to get them interested, then Overcooked may be a good place to start. This cooking simulator for up to four players involves preparing a wide variety of dishes in crazy kitchens under crazier circumstances. For example, your kitchen could be split between two trucks traveling at varying speeds, or just simply on fire. If cooperation just isn't your family's thing, then there is a competitive multiplayer mode as well.

Buy Overcooked now from Amazon: $19.99

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With the holidays coming up, there's still plenty of time to do the shopping and pick up a title or two off this list. Hopefully this year, it won't be just you or your kids spending time by themselves playing the cool new video games but instead everyone gathered around the console together to celebrate the festive season.

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11 Most Anticipated New FPS Games of 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/y6ay3/11-most-anticipated-new-fps-games-of-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/y6ay3/11-most-anticipated-new-fps-games-of-2018 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:23:46 -0500 Ty Arthur

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Hunt: Showdown

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Developer: Crytek
Platform: PC
Release Date: Q4 2018

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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.

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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.

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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.

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War Of Rights

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Developer: Campfire Games
Platform: PC
Release Date: 2018

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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."

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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.

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Hell Let Loose

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

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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.

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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. 

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Ready Or Not

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Developer: Void Interactive
Platform: PC
Release Date: 2018

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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.

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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. 

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Enlisted

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Deep Rock Galactic

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

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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.

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Call Of Duty 2018

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

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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. 

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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. 

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Anthem

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

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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.

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System Shock Remastered

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Metro Exodus

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

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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!

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Far Cry 5

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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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12 Best PS4 Games for Kids in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/mteb2/12-best-ps4-games-for-kids-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/mteb2/12-best-ps4-games-for-kids-in-2017 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:30:05 -0500 Ty Arthur

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We covered a lot of ground in terms of gameplay, story, and style in these 12 entries, but there are still plenty more PS4 games to look out for to keep your kids entertained.

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If you go back to previous years, there are classics like Unravel and Minecraft to explore, and coming up soon, we'll have more adorable kid-focused gameplay with the crowdfunded Knights And Bikes.

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What did you think of our 2017 PS4 kid's game picks, and what games did we miss that you would recommend parents pick up this holiday season?

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: The Telltale Series

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This one may be more for the older kids, as it does feature some PG-13 style adult situations and humor, but if your spawn are fans of the Marvel movies, they'll be equally at home with Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series.

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With so much of the game focused on the animation and storytelling, with only minimal gameplay interaction in the Telltale formula, it has the added benefit of keeping little eyes glued to the screen like a regular TV show.

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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

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Much like Call Of Duty or any of the yearly sports titles for the adults, you can pretty reliably set your clock to the regular release of new Lego console games every single year. 

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2017 was a pretty big year for Lego titles, and not just the open-world creation games like Lego Worlds. As Christmas approaches, Marvel Super Heroes 2 returns to the Marvel well, letting your kids play as Rocket, Hulk, Thor, Dr. Strange, and many more.

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If the Marvel universe isn't your favorite, don't forget the Ninjaga Movie got its own game for the PS4 earlier this year, along with Lego City Undercover, which features similar gameplay but follows the story of undercover cop Chase McCain.

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Lego Worlds

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This is the classic Lego experience finally translated over to consoles. Helping to fill the void lost by the world creation mechanics of Disney Infinity, with Lego Worlds you can pretty much build or do anything you imagine -- from modern day racecar tracks to medieval fantasy castles with dragons -- making it perfect for little kids seeking a creative outlet.

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

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  • Rating: 4.5/5
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While the unbearable wait for Kingdom Hearts 3 drags on, there's still time to get your kids into the earlier games, with several releases hitting the PS4 this year.

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Besides the remastered editions Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 coming to the Playstation store, there's the absolute mouthful that is Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (whew, say that five times fast).

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In addition to remastered gameplay and a three hour new segment, this entry comes with a full movie digging into the past history of the series.

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Loot Rascals

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It's not often you see Rogue-like games aimed at the younger crowd, but that's what you get with the randomly generated levels and interesting card loot system from Loot Rascals.

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Some of the characters and locations are exceedingly odd in their designs, but if you weren't scared off by anything in Katamari Damacy, you should be good to go with Loot Rascals.

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Deformers

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  • Price: $29.99
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  • Rating: 3/5
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A multiplayer entry, Deformers offers up loads of silly arena fun somewhere between Rocket League and a 3D version of Agar.io. The kids will choose from characters such as fat hamsters, pugs, cupcakes, sharks, cows, pigs, and many more, each with plenty of extra, silly items like whip cream topping hats to blingy gold chains.

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Mages Of Mystralia

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For the fantasy-loving family, Mages Of Mystralia focuses on a young girl who discovers she has magic powers and features a story written by Ed Greenwood of Forgotten Realms fame.

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The gameplay is somewhere between an action RPG and an old-school adventure game, as you craft new spells while figuring out how to solve puzzles, and the vibrant animated art style is sure to please the little ones.

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Sonic Forces

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  • Price: $39.99
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  • Rating: 4/5
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Sega consoles may not have survived the onslaught of Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft devices, but they did spawn everybody's favorite hedgehog and his robot-creating nemesis.

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At this point, everyone pretty much knows what to expect from a fast-paced Sonic game, as the characters explore levels at top speed, collect rings, and figure out how to defeat bosses.

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Sonic Forces does go for a bit of a different tone than you may recall from your own childhood, however, with a darker storyline sort of more in line with big-budget Michael Bay summer action movies, so be warned of that ahead of time for the little ones.

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

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This classic series is remembered fondly by all PS1 fans for a reason, and now the next generation can experience the games we cherished as kids ourselves in a newly revamped version.

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The N. Sane Trilogy is an extremely faithful adaptation of the earlier games, just with better visuals and a less frustrating save system. If you want your kids to experience a bit of gaming history on the more modern PS4 console, be sure to pick this one up.

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Yooka-Laylee

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A whole lot of gamers who are now parents themselves grew up on series like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, and Ratchet and Clank, so a great cheer went up among those '90s kids when Yooka-Laylee was announced, passing the action-platformer torch to a new generation of children.

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Featuring members of the team involved with Banjo-Kazooie, this updated version of the 3D platformer has everything your children (or even you!) could want from a buddy-duo action adventure game.

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LocoRoco Remastered

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LocoRoco Remastered, an update to the colorful classic originally released in 2006, will have your kids exploring a joyful land as an extremely cute rolling blob who has to morph to fit through the landscape.

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The kid-focused music is cute in the extreme, and the gameplay is actually really solid, so parents will have fun trying it out as well if they are fans of platforming titles.

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World to the West

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World to the West is an action-puzzle title draped in adorably cutesy graphics and boasts a Wild Wwest theme to the soundtrack that will remind gamer parents of the original Wild Arms.

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There are four different characters to choose from, offering different skills as your child figures out how to overcome puzzles, defeat enemies, and reach new areas. While there is some combat and violence, it's all very tame and not graphic at all.

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With every kid out there having already devoured Minecraft, and with the recent collapse of the Disney Infinity series, parents may be on the hunt for new games to keep the little ones occupied.

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Here we're rounding up all the best games for kids that hit the PS4 in 2017, focusing on games with plenty of puzzle-solving elements and vibrant graphics.

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We know your kids want the latest thing, and they probably already have Rayman and Little Big Planet, so today we'll be looking exclusively at games actually released this year instead of rehashing big names from previous holiday seasons.

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South Park: The Stick of Truth Review https://www.gameskinny.com/61h8v/south-park-the-stick-of-truth-review https://www.gameskinny.com/61h8v/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.

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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.

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2017's Best Anime Franchise Games https://www.gameskinny.com/truth/2017s-best-anime-franchise-games https://www.gameskinny.com/truth/2017s-best-anime-franchise-games Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:02:44 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

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.hack//GU Last Recode

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PlayStation 4
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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links

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Android, iOS
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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.

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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.

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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization

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PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Steam
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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.

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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.

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

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Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Steam
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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.

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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.

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Gundam Versus

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PlayStation 4
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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.

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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.

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy

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PlayStation 4
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Header image via MyAnimeList

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Outcast - Second Contact Review: Familiar Story but With a New Look https://www.gameskinny.com/fe6j5/outcast-second-contact-review-familiar-story-but-with-a-new-look https://www.gameskinny.com/fe6j5/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.)

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Koei Tecmo Announces Dynasty Warriors 9 Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/l7bzw/koei-tecmo-announces-dynasty-warriors-9-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/l7bzw/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.

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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. 

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L.A. Noire Remastered: Truth, Doubt, or Lie https://www.gameskinny.com/4mbhg/la-noire-remastered-truth-doubt-or-lie https://www.gameskinny.com/4mbhg/la-noire-remastered-truth-doubt-or-lie Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:50:21 -0500 Joseph Ocasio

When L.A. Noire was first released, it was a breath of fresh air. The open-world genre wasn’t as saturated as it is today, so it was still unique to see such a story-heavy open-world game that was less about action and more about dialogue and choices. Despite the studio, Team Bondi, shutting down the year it was released, it seems that Rockstar Games still has some interest in the title and has decided to remaster the six-year-old game. Despite some minor hang ups, L.A. Noire still manages to capture the feeling of the classic 1940s detective films that inspired it.

You are Cole Phelps, a returning WW2 veteran who starts off as a standard cop and quickly moves up the ladder to a detective. There's a lot of corruption and murder happening in LA, and it's up to Cole to put a stop to it. Cole is a good cop; he's always trying to do the best to serve the law, has a strong sense of justice, and works to avoid becoming a crooked cop like some of his fellow LAPD coworkers. However, as the game progresses, Cole slowly learn that not everything is as black and white as he thinks it is. 

The writing in L.A. Noire is easily some of the best seen in any video game. Sure, you might see a character archetype or familiar plot line like something from an episode of Law and Order, but it's all told so well that they come off fresh. It's also an incredibly mature game, as it's not afraid to tackle themes of racism, sex, and morality that haven't been touched on in many games. It also does't back away from showing things such as frontal nudity of its dead victims. The game is bolstered by an impeccable cast of actors who can easily hold their own against any Emmy-nominated big-name players. Adding to the performances is the then-new facial-capture technology that was boasted of in numerous interviews and behind-the-scenes clips. It's still as impressive as it was then, even if some games have by this point surpassed it.

The gameplay of L.A. Noire is a mixture of action and mystery solving, with emphasis on the latter. 75% of your time will be spent looking for clues and interrogating witnesses and suspects, while the remaining 25% is spent partaking in gun fights and chases. The game is much more linear than other open-world games. You'll head to a crime scene, look around for any sort of evidence, and talk with primary sources. While the map is large, there's little to do aside from some random events that occur. The structure feels like something from a point-and-click adventure game, but the big thing that separates L.A. Noire from games of those cloth is its dialogue system.

During conversations, you'll have to see if someone is telling the truth or not. It's here where L.A. Noire is at its best. Thanks to the great facial-capture technology, it can be hard to really see if someone is telling the truth or lying. The better you are at judging them, the more likely the case will expand and become clearer. While you're never punished for guessing someone's motives incorrectly, you won't get to experience certain parts of the game. But even so, the game never feels like it's hiding away its tricks, and each case ends with a sense of accomplishment, which helps encourage you to go back and try it again on repeat playthroughs. 

Controlling Cole still feels a little sticky, and it would have been nice to play with a control scheme similar to that of GTA 5, but it still gets the job done. And while the gunplay isn't as frequent as in some of Rockstar's other games, it's still entertaining. Gun feedback is great, though you'll only get a standard pistol, and the only way to get new weapons is from off the ground, after you've downed an enemy. That being said, if combat is a bit cumbersome for you, there is an option that allows you to skip these sequences if you die enough times. Driving is also mixed bag. L.A. Noire has a more arcade-like feel than something like GTA 4 or 5, but the turning can feel too sluggish, especially in the high-action chase sequences. 

In terms of extras, L.A. Noire comes with the standard content expected from other remasters. You get all the game's DLC, including the various outfits and extra episodes, as well as a visual update. For the PS4 and Xbox One versions, the visuals have seen a substantial update. From improved texture details, new lighting, and support for 4K and HDR, LA Noire's updates are immediately noticeable. Colors have a much more vibrant look to them, and character models and animations have been slightly improved. While it's not the same level of GTA 5's update, it's still a great-looking game.

L.A. Noire is also available on the Nintendo Switch, though it's not as big of an update as compared to Sony's and Microsoft's outings. It's more of a cleaner version of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, running at 1080p docked and 720p in portable mode. While L.A. Noire isn't the type of game to play on the go, with its focus more on story, it's still a nice option to play anywhere you go. The touchscreen controls are also a nice inclusion, as you can twist and turn each of the various clues and objects on the touch screen (this can also be done with the PS4 touch pad), and choosing your dialogue options via the touchscreen is also a nice option.

The motion controls ... are there, but you're better off just sticking with a controller. The Joy Cons or Pro Controller aren't quite as responsive as the PS4 or Xbox One controllers, with the ZL and ZR buttons not functioning as well as the triggers found on the the other two, which can make driving more of a pain on the Switch. Finally, there are far more sections in the Switch version that suffer from frame rate drops than in the other versions. They're incredibly noticeable and seem to happen randomly.

That being said, there are still some minor blushes regardless of which version you decide to get. Despite improvements to textures, you'll still get some blurry images when looking at things close up. You'll also notice short draw distances, with the game world constantly loading buildings as you get closer up on them, especially on the Switch version. And there are some anti-aliasing issues throughout.

The audio is especiallty pleasing, with music that constantly evokes feelings of nostalgia if you've listened to the film noir soundtracks of the 40's and 50's. The score, by composers Andrew and Simon Hales, is top-notch and is some of the more underrated music you'll hear in gaming. Along with this is the inclusion of dozens of licensed songs from the era that helps lend some more authenticity to the world. Bottom line, L.A. Noire may be old, but there's been enough TLC put into the remasters of the game to help make it feel more like a living place than it was on last-gen hardware.

L.A. Noire is still a one-of-a-kind experience that's still worth playing even six years on. While some more additions and changes would have been nice, there's still nothing quite like living out the dream of being a detective in the late 40s. For only $40 on PS4 and Xbox One ($10 extra on Switch), it's a nice deal. Hopefully some day (after Red Dead Redemption 2), we'll get to return to Rockstar's version of 1940's Los Angeles with a sequel for current-gen systems.

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Bungie Gives First Look at Destiny 2's Curse of Osiris DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/ispb7/bungie-gives-first-look-at-destiny-2s-curse-of-osiris-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/ispb7/bungie-gives-first-look-at-destiny-2s-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. 

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How to Unlock and Use the V2 Rocket in CoD: WW2 https://www.gameskinny.com/s0n5m/how-to-unlock-and-use-the-v2-rocket-in-cod-ww2 https://www.gameskinny.com/s0n5m/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.

Prestige

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. 

Killstreaks

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.

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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!

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Trove Adventures Guide: Farming Fiery Feathers https://www.gameskinny.com/b8ky1/trove-adventures-guide-farming-fiery-feathers https://www.gameskinny.com/b8ky1/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.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2: Eson the Searcher Boss Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/5igw8/lego-marvel-super-heroes-2-eson-the-searcher-boss-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/5igw8/lego-marvel-super-heroes-2-eson-the-searcher-boss-guide Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:00:55 -0500 Stephanie Tang

The Guardians in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 have some pretty lofty goals -- blow stuff up, save the galaxy ... profit -- but their attempts at regular good ol' heroing on Xandar have managed to catch the attention of big evil boss Kang.

And he isn't very impressed, honestly. Ants beneath his feet, and all. 

But the Guardians have been enough of a nuisance so that he's more than happy to sic a Celestial on them. 

(If you're looking for a walkthrough on how to get through the rest of the content in Chapter 1, check out LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Walkthrough Guide: The Guardians Save Xandar!

And while Drax may be of the opinion that the robot waving his enormous death hand at them is a friendly giant and misunderstood creature, the fact that Eson is out to kill you means he should probably die first. 

You've got a handful of characters running around the platform to punch the annoying little side minions, but you're primarily going to need Drax and Star Lord for this guy.

How to Beat Eson the Searcher in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

While you have a little time to explore though, you'll find a panel off to the left side on the ground that Drax can smash open!

Eson gets off to a pretty fist-smashy good start, but it's the laser beam that your heroes really have a problem with. To kill it, you're going to need Star Lord's gravity mine -- and a booster -- to do it. 

A little Kang time travel technology (*coff* plot device *coff*) means that things get a little trippy throughout this boss fight -- and mostly in your favor. 

There's a crashed plane nearby that could have the parts that you need -- and Eson handily smashes into pieces for you. Use these pieces whip together a gravity mine booster that sucks Eson's hand down onto it. 

This gives you a reprieve, but it doesn't last long. Another burst of timey-wimey plot device turns back time around a smashed up ship and puts it back together again.

No time to look a gift horse in the mouth. Climb on aboard with Star Lord and start firing on Eson's hand to shut down that laser beam for good. 

When the damaged hand falls palm up, it exposes a pathway up to the giant robot's weak spot. Maneuver one of your characters (it's probably easiest with Star Lord) to the damaged laser on Eson's hand which has transformed into a pressure switch.

Stepping on it will peel away the top layer on Eson's arm exposing a jump pad. Climb on up with Drax and use it to action-movie slow-mo leap into the air and catch hold of a hanging rope from your nearby resurrected ship (which I think is being piloted by Gamora).

Swing over to Eson's shoulder and the round glowy ball on it (it might take a try or two to get your swing right). Just underneath the ball is a weakened wall that Drax can smash through and activate a switch, draining the globe, and all power from Eson's head. 

It'll take just a few more things to finish him off... but first, some good old-fashioned bullets to the glowing ball in his chest. (You can ostensibly use your other characters to fling stuff at that glowy ball too, but with considerably more effort.) Just point Star Lord in that direction and unload on him. 

Eson will oblige by unveiling the coup de grace on himself - another gravity mine directly inside the cavity of his chest. Just what you need to cause this Celestial's energy core to pretty much implode. (Don't get sucked in!) 

With it gone, Eson fades away through time and space. You got him!

And while this is far from the end for Kang... he has bigger fish to fry than linger around the smoldering ruins of Xandar crushing ants. The giant sword ship of doom in the sky fades away - beelining to Earth with the Guardians hot on his tail.

Still, that doesn't change the fact that: 

And that's it for Chapter 1 of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. If you're looking for other tips, tricks, and strategies, make sure to check out our other LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 guides

(Note: For transparency, this early preview game key was provided by WB.)

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Walkthrough Guide: The Guardians Save Xandar! https://www.gameskinny.com/ngi36/lego-marvel-super-heroes-2-walkthrough-guide-the-guardians-save-xandar https://www.gameskinny.com/ngi36/lego-marvel-super-heroes-2-walkthrough-guide-the-guardians-save-xandar Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:39:54 -0500 Stephanie Tang

It's been a few years since the critically-acclaimed LEGO Marvel Super Heroes came out. And while the Marvel movies continue to make bank at the box office, the hype train's been off the rails for more of the comedic cuteness that typifies the LEGO universe. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is the product of that hype. 

I know of no other game series in the universe (except perhaps Minecraft) where breaking absolutely everything has been such a fundamental and ridiculously satisfying part of playing properly. LMSH2 carries on this legacy right from the get-go and never really stops to take a breath. 

A few tips before you get started in LMSH2:

Break Everything

Literally. Shoot everything, and then shoot it some more because pretty much everything can break, and pretty much anything that breaks has some studs or (even better) a secret in it. 

Remember That Everything Can't Be Completed Right Away

Particularly if you've never played a LEGO game before, this can be pretty frustrating as each and every area is littered with stuff you're just not allowed to access with the current characters you have control of. It's okay. Walk on by. (No matter what Stan Lee has to say.)

Explore Everywhere the Camera Does Not

While your camera does give you a bit of wiggle room while exploring small maps and tight corners, the lack of a first-person camera means that there will always be objects that block your view. Poke around in those places anyway, because there's almost always something worthwhile hiding behind corners of buildings.

Turn Your Subtitles On 

A lot of ongoing dialogue happens while you're busy smashing up the joint, and when a game boasts over 200 characters, the name drops happen one right after the other. LMSH2 may star a number of super-popular and familiar LEGO faces, but it doesn't look like many of their movie-verse voice actors made the roster so it's harder to tell who's talking just from their voices alone.

The story zips from place to place but it starts off deep in outer space. As a giant floating sword threatens the skies, the Guardians of the Galaxy are the only ones left to help with the final evacuations on Xandar ...

But First, You're Going to Need to Get Off Your Ship 

And due to a number of reasons (up to and including the fact that baby Groot really likes to press buttons), it'll take a few steps.

  • There's a ton of things to blow up (and build) in the first room when Star Lord, Drax, and Gamora drop down from the cockpit so take a good minute (or six) to run out the entire room and destroy everything.

Smack this generator just to the right of where you enter and you'll loosen enough pieces to build it back together and open up a crate full of studs

  • When you're ready to move on... you'll realize that you can't. Or at least not just through the hatch like a normal band of superheroes. A system malfunction forces you to use the emergency manual override which, funnily enough, involves blowing up more stuff. 

(namely this thing here)

  • When you clear out the pesky block console covering up the security panel, follow the on-screen prompts to activate it. This is not the manual override - it in fact anticlimactically dumps a bunch of stuff out of a storage compartment all over the floor.

  • Just the stuff you need to build a turn switch! Press the button as prompted nearly the gold glow around them which unlocks the grate covering the elevator platform. Have your characters stand on the platform to descend further into the belly of the ship. 

  • While you could have done any of the above with any of your characters, you're going to very specifically need Star Lord for this part. Switch over to him because he's the only one who can toss a gravity mine.

  • Keep in mind that the same button serves to do a number of different functions - a long press will just make Star Lord jam out to his funky beats when what you want is a short tap to throw your mine. 

  • This will suck all the trash (and what is probably incredibly useful equipment) out of the way, clearing enough space for you to access the hatch panel.

  • Press it and you are on your way to the cityscapes of Xandar!

Save the city!

There are a number of civilians running around willy-nilly throughout the city streets but you can only save some of them. 

  • Nova Prime doesn't appear to like you very much, but that doesn't stop your intrepid adventurers from doing the right thing and saving civilians. Blow up everything around you and get your stud collector on, but head towards the multi-story building at the end of the path where a number of civvies are trapped inside from fire. 

  • Using Star Lord, fly up to the upper level and step on the switch to activate a ladder, allowing your friends to join you. 

  • You're going to need Drax up here to take on a moderately-damaged door in the back of the room. Follow the prompts to break through the door, and then activate the switch behind it to unleash your own fire extinguishing drone (one time use only, alas). 

  • When the fires go out, the civilians run off to the rescue boat - and jjjust in time too because the Guardians end up crashing down through the roof into the room where they were just cowering.

  • There's a turn switch in the back of this room. Activating it will build a giant hamster ball designed for the further protection of civilians (and further destruction of their public property). 

Be careful if you swap around your characters to pick up studs around the ball -- if you get too close, your character may explode and you'll have to rush around to pick up the studs you dropped all over again.

  • Rolling the ball out onto the ramp will send you crashing into the public fountain, exposing a gravity mine booster. 

  • Switch to Star Lord to toss a gravity mine on it to drag all the debris away from the giant double doors to the back. 

  • Poor Gamora feels a little like she's here just to be here in this level, because you're going to switch off directly back to Drax who's the only one who can open those doors and let those trapped civilians out. 

  • After a short cutscene, Rocket and Baby Groot make it in in time to help with the evacuation effort!

  • Between the area just right of the double doors and the clearing where Rocket lands the Milano, you'll find Stan Lee in a crashed ship. You can't do much to help him (this may or may not become a recurring theme).

  • With the help of Rocket and Groot however, you can save the civilians trapped in the giant metal cage just south of Stan Lee. Using the prompted button (square on PS4), you can aim a bomb onto the metal lattice structure caging the civvies and blow it to smithereens.

  • Now you just need to get them to the rescue ship. Thank goodness some plot devicey gadgetry is here to save the day, allowing Baby Groot to fast-forward himself into Adult Groot. 

  • Just to the right of the cage is a patch of glittering plants. Switch over to Groot and activate these plants, so that his tree-limb growing powers can bridge the last batch of civilians to safety.

Save your ship!

  • The ship attacking yours is way too big to beat up with just the stuff you've got on hand, but the parts of crashed ship hanging around will certainly help you out. 

  • Run over to it as Star Lord and activate it when prompted to pick up the pieces and build yourself a brand new radio tower to access the shield defense systems.
     
  • Once built, switch over to Rocket to get it working. That takes care of the shields, but that ship is still attacking you and needs to be put down. 

Aim a little ahead of the direction the other ship is moving
in to give your shots enough time to travel.

  • As Star Lord, fly up onto the Milano where you'll be able to hop in and activate the ship's guns. Time to blast 'em out of the sky!

  • A few direct hits and it'll go down for the count. 

You did it!

But it looks like Kang still has a little surprise in store for the Guardians before he's really quite ready to vacate the premises...

For tips on taking on Chapter 1's big boss, check out LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2: Eson the Searcher Boss Guide

(Note: For transparency, this early preview game key was provided by WB.)

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Need for Speed Payback Guide: All 5 Dealerships Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/2r1iv/need-for-speed-payback-guide-all-5-dealerships-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/2r1iv/need-for-speed-payback-guide-all-5-dealerships-locations Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:31:39 -0500 Sergey_3847

Purchasing new cars and parts is essential for winning at events that require the best of the best from their participants. The one way to buy a new car in Need for Speed: Payback is through an in-game dealership.

Fortune Valley is huge, and there are only five specialized dealerships in the game, so it is possible that you will have a hard time finding all of them. But don't worry, just follow our guide, and find all the locations quickly and easily.

Location 1: Runner Dealership

In order to find the Runner Dealership, go to the south-eatsern part of Silver Rock area -- The Rustway. The building is located in the southern part of the map.

This dealership sells runner cars, such as the new 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo, which is perfect for running away from cops.

Location 2: Drag Dealership

The Drag Dealership is located in the center of the Billionaire's Row district, which is also a part of Silver Rock.

This is one of the most important dealerships in the game, as drag racing is super popular in Need for Speed: Payback. Through this particular dealership you will be able to purchase a derelict car -- Nissan Fairlady 240z.

Location 3: Drift Dealership

Drifting is one of the most popular mechanics in the game, so if you're looking for a Drift event, you will need to buy a proper vehicle, such as Nissan 350z or R34 GTR.

Both of these cars can be purchased through a Drift Dealership located in the central area of the Lakeside district (west of Silver Rock).

Location 4: Offroad Dealership

Now, let's move onto the central part of the Fortune Valley -- the dangerous Liberty Desert. In the south-western area of the Fortune Valley Railway Station you will find the building of the Offroad Dealership.

It features crazy vehicles like the Chevrolet Bel Air fitted with light bars, blowers, lifted suspension, huge wheels, and fender flares -- perfect for all sorts of offroad shenanigans.

Location 5: Race Dealership

If you've been asking yourself, "Where is the Race Dealership?", you're not alone. Probably the hardest to find dealership to find in the game is the Race Dealership. It stands right next to a gas station at the Ember Valley, located to the north of the Liberty Desert.

Here you will find cars like Pagani Huayra BC and Lamborghini Aventador.

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That is all for the car dealerships locations in Need for Speed: Payback, but be sure to come back soon for even more guides at GameSkinny!

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Trove Adventures Update: Everything You Need To Know Before Logging In https://www.gameskinny.com/07m2m/trove-adventures-update-everything-you-need-to-know-before-logging-in https://www.gameskinny.com/07m2m/trove-adventures-update-everything-you-need-to-know-before-logging-in Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:27:57 -0500 Ty Arthur

If you haven't jumped on the free-to-play, Minecraft-inspired MMO Trove yet, now is the time to do so as the massive Adventures update officially lands!

As expected, the servers are taking a hit with this massive free update arriving, and not everyone is even able to log in and try out the Adventures additions yet.

Keep trying though, because, there's a whole new biome, new dragons, and massive Club changes now in effect you'll want to experience. Below, we explain all the major changes you need to know about once you are finally able to log into Trove!

Trove Game Updates

First up, there are some welcome changes for the newbies -- if you have a new character, now Expertise Adventures will appear at level 8, teaching you how to go about building, crafting, and using Frameworks and Workbenches. If the game's complexity seemed daunting, now there's more clear cut explanations on how to work each system.

For the long-time players, an overdue change has arrived as Mastery is no longer capped at 300, and new Mastery rewards have been added for levels 100, 220, 250, 260, and 270. If you already hit those ranks previously, the rewards will appear when you login.

If you had enough points to raise your Mastery above 300 before the update arrived, it will automatically level up to the appropriate rank when you log in. The required points above level 300 are always half the next level, so for instance to hit Mastery level 500 you need 250 Mastery points.

Sharing loot and XP has been revamped with the Tethering system, which lets you Tether to other players of your choice who are within 500 blocks of each other. Face another player and hit Ctrl-E to send a Tether invite (on console editions, look at a player and hold the button used to switch between adventure and build mode). If accepted, XP and loot will be distributed between players in the Tether who damaged an enemy.

Last but not least, the blingy Prismatic Lasercorn is free to download for console or PC players through December 18th (nab him at the Deals tab of the Trove Store).

 Claiming your free Prismatic Lasercorn!

Club Adventures

The focus of this update is solidly on expanding out Clubs, with new ranks and permissions available. The biggest and most obvious additions are permanent Fixture buildings added to your Club World that assign adventures and Shrines that bestow buffs if a Club is set as your primary.

Your Club members will have to find Frameworks recipes to construct these buildings and add-ons. The new Rally of Heroes Fixture is free and summons NPCs with a sleep cycle system. While awake, these NPCs bestow adventures for anyone in the Club to play through. The rarer adventures are available less often as the NPC sleeps longer.

Fixtures cost rent to remain active, and that's where the Trovian Clubit Union Fixture comes in, letting any Club member cash in Clubits to pay rent. Your Club needs to be working together to pay the rent on new buildings to keep them around, so stay in contact and help out your Club mates!

While trying out these new adventures, be sure to be on the lookout for the new Club Headquarters building for your primary Club. On the 1st and 15th, a Golden Flux Dragon appears there to sell items.

All these new systems require some management, so now you can see everything all at once by pulling up the Adventure window (by pressing "I" on PC or Options/Menu on PS4/Xbox One).

New Trove Dragons

This is what you were really want to know about, right? Three new dragons are now available to construct, requiring a recipe from the Dragon Crucible and egg fragments. You can grab your fragments from these locations:

  • Fish in water locations to get bubble dragon egg fragments for Sarsaponia, the Pristine.
  • Defeat elite enemies at the Shadow Tower to get starfire egg fragments for Almakhestia, Host of Starfire.
  • Acquire blocktron egg fragments at the club world market fixture for Blocktron, the Guardian Beyond the Sky.

New Trove Biome: Forbidden Spires

Finally, there's an entire new area focused around ancient Asian cultures that is the featured biome in Uber-6. There are plenty of dungeons to delve into here, along with new enemies that drop Fiery Feathers to build new types of workbenches.

Keep an eye out for Forbidden Spires decoration recipes scattered across the biome, along with an entirely new crafting material to harvest called Cinnabar, which is required for the new Radiant Stellar Rings.

If you manage to get your hands on any Panda Talismans, don't forget you can now craft panda mounts at the Adventurer's Crafting Bench.

Those are all the major changes you need to know about with Trove's Adventure update! What are you most looking forward to trying out, and what Club are you in? Let us know in the comments below!

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