Playstation 4 Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Playstation 4 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Metro Exodus Beginner Tips and Tricks Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/2kg88/metro-exodus-beginner-tips-and-tricks-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/2kg88/metro-exodus-beginner-tips-and-tricks-guide Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:11:37 -0500 Sergey_3847

Metro Exodus, the third installment in the famed Metro series, is now available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The game follows the traditional linear plot development that continues the story of Artyom, one of the survivals of the nuclear war.

However, there is also a new element added to the game: a semi-open world with sandbox levels that requires players to gather resources and craft items that are essential for survival. This makes Metro Exodus the most survival-oriented game in the series.

There is a lot to learn here, and you may be a bit puzzled with what to do at first, especially if you're a new player. Just follow our beginner's guide below for all the information you need to be able to started on the right foot.

Gather as Many Resources as You Can

Metro Exodus introduces a new crafting mechanic that allows players to combine materials they find in the open world into useful items, such as gas mask filters, medkits, weapons, etc.

This means that you have to spend a hefty time of your gameplay on gathering resources that will come in handy when you need to craft one of these life-saving items. So keep your eyes open wherever and literally loot everything you see.

When you are in the open, don't be afraid to stray away from the mission objective and just explore every building you can find. Of course, you might get into a fight with mutants, but you also get to find a lot of loot this way.

Basically, you will find only two types of crafting materials in the game:

  • Chemicals
  • Metals

Chemicals are used to craft medkits that will heal your wounds with the help of patches, molotov cocktails, liquid for cleaning weapons, and so on. Chemicals are usually represented by green glowing mushrooms that grow on the ground.

Metals can be used for crafting ammo and weapons, and you will find them almost anywhere in the form of tools and scraps lying around.

Weapons are Your Best Friends

Even though survival plays a huge role in the game, it is still a first-person shooter. You need to try to find the best weapons and attachments that will help you get through the largest hoards of mutants.

In the beginning of the game Kalash will do the job just fine, but later on you will be able to pick up a shotgun from a dead enemy. It's a much more powerful weapon in close range, which is the usual range for attacking monsters in Metro Exodus.

On top of that it's good to have a companion piece, such as a pistol or a revolver, which will come in handy in case you're out of ammo on your primary weapon.

Maintain Your Gear and Weapons

Your backpack is not the only crafting equipment you can use. You can find workbenches inside abandoned bunkers that can perform a few other important tasks, such as crafting more advanced items and cleaning weapons.

If you have a weapon that you feel good about, then be sure to maintain it properly and clean it using chemicals that you've found along the way. If you don't clean your weapon regularly, it will start loosing accuracy and at times it'll get jammed.

As for your gear, your gas mask is not invincible and it can break. Be sure to craft patches that can be used for covering holes in your gear and thus keep you alive.

Develop Day/Night Strategies

Another new feature of Metro Exodus is the influence of the day and night cycle. What does it mean? You can do different things more effectively during the day and others during the nighttime.

For example, the daytime is perfect for free roaming and gathering resources. You can see better and thus find more loot. The most dangerous mutants are nocturnal creatures, so they'll be sleeping while you roam around.

The night is a much better time for completing main missions, especially if they require a stealthy approach. In this way you can get past the most dangerous places without ever getting noticed. This strategy will not only save you time, but also help you get a better reputation in the end.

Always Opt for Stealthy Approach

Often it is hard to find enough ammo or other items to be able to successfully complete any required mission. That is why stealth mode is so beneficial in Metro Exodus. These benefits are:

  • You get to significantly reduce the amount of wasted ammo, especially if you are good at headshots
  • You have a much bigger chance of completing any mission in one go, which saves time
  • Your reputation won't suffer due to excess bloodshed since you're stealthing

This is also the reason why going out at night for a mission is much better. But don't forget to extinguish any source of light on your way that may compromise you. You should also try to always crouch, which significantly reduces the levels of noise your produce and increases your aiming accuracy.

Talk to NPCs and Follow Their Cues

Try to find time for NPCs while you're pushing through your many other responsibilities in Metro Exodus. And don't forget to talk to guys at Aurora, as they also have their own stories to tell.

NPCs can also ask favors, which they will repay in hints towards rare items and secrets. Staying social can get you some very useful attachments or pieces of gear that might help you greatly to finish the game.

Never miss any opportunity to talk to people, even if you could care less about the story.

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These essential beginner tips should help you get through the most of the game's content, and be sure to come back soon for more Metro Exodus guides here at GameSkinny!

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Apex Legends Sets New Single-Day Twitch Viewership Record https://www.gameskinny.com/u8hz9/apex-legends-sets-new-single-day-twitch-viewership-record https://www.gameskinny.com/u8hz9/apex-legends-sets-new-single-day-twitch-viewership-record Thu, 14 Feb 2019 22:59:19 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Respawn Entertainment's Apex Legends launched less than two weeks ago, and it has already reached a staggering number of total and concurrent players. Now, the free-to-play battle royale game can boast a new record, as it recently surpassed the single-day Twitch viewership record that was previously set by Epic Games' Fortnite.

On February 12, during the Apex Rivals competition, Apex Legends garnered 8.2 million cumulative viewing hours on Twitch. In this contest, 48 of Twitch's top streamers competed against each other, and fans were clearly interested to see the results firsthand.

Once upon a time — July 12, 2018, to be exact — Fortnite set the single-day viewership record, clocking in at approximately 7 million cumulative viewing hours on Twitch. This was achieved at the time of Season 5's launch, shortly after the title debuted on the Switch and when Fortnite mania seemed to be at its peak.

While Apex Rivals certainly bolstered viewership for Apex Legends, allowing it to quickly surpass Fortnite's feat, data suggests that the record might have been broken soon even without the streamed competition. That is, reports indicate that 6.9 million viewing hours were spent watching Apex Legends on February 10, and this number increased to approximately 7.1 million viewing hours the next day.

That level of viewership is right near Fortnite's record, and it occurred on days when only normal gameplay was being streamed. Time will tell what other records Apex Legends may break amidst the game's ever-increasing popularity.

More details on Apex Legends viewership can be found on Gamasutra.

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Check out our other Apex Legends coverage for news, tips, and more.

Wondering if Apex Legends will ever be cross platform or have crossplay? Read our cross platform insight piece.

If you're new to Apex Legends and wonder which characters are the best and which abilities to focus on, head over to our Apex Legends character rank list and ability guide.

Just started Apex Legends? Our beginner's guide to winning faster lays out some great tips. And if you're looking for the best guns, we have that, too.

We also have recommended landing spots, recommended PC settings, and the seven best loot locations in Apex Legends.

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Apex Legends PC Requirements and Optimized Settings https://www.gameskinny.com/flo01/apex-legends-pc-requirements-and-optimized-settings https://www.gameskinny.com/flo01/apex-legends-pc-requirements-and-optimized-settings Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:02:45 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Apex Legends is the go-to battle royale game for a lot of people right now — as in 25 million people. PC is one of the available platforms, but like all PC games, you need to make sure yours has the right bits inside to help it run smoothly and get the best display possible.

In fact, if you're dealing with a crashing PC problems while playing Apex Legends, the settings menu is the first thing to check. We've got the minimum and recommended settings listed out for you here, plus some advice for getting the most out of your system.

Apex Legends Minimum System Requirements

As the heading suggests, the below requirements are what you need to get the game up and running. It's a perfectly satisfactory experience with the minimum settings, but note that you won't be able to get 60fps or the best resolutions this way.

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-6300 3.8GHz / AMD FX-4350 4.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • RAM: 6GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 / Radeon HD 7730
  • GPU RAM: 1 GB
  • HARD DRIVE: Minimum 22 GB of free space

Apex Legends Recommended System Requirements

These recommended requirements are meant to ensure you hit 60fps at the right settings.

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7
  • CPU: Intel i5 3570K or equivalent
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290
  • GPU RAM: 8GB
  • HARD DRIVE: Minimum 22 GB of free space

Apex Legends Performance Recommendations

The phrase "at the right settings" is important if you do want to hit 60fps. For example, at 1440p, even the recommended settings aren't likely to achieve 60fps.

Apex Legends doesn't start with any preconfigured settings either. So, you'll want to go into the menu and adjust the various options available to optimize performance.

Here's a list of how adjusting each setting can affect your performance:

  • Texture Streaming Budget: Lowering from "Insane" to "None" can boost performance by 6%
  • Texture Filtering: Changing from 16x anisotropic to bilinear filtering might improve performance approximately 6%, though has less impact on newer GPUs
  • Ambient Occlusion Quality: Disabling this aspect boosts performance around 15%
  • Sun Shadow Coverage: Set this one to low to give an extra 5% increase in performance
  • Sun Shadow Detail: Lowering the shadow detail increases performance by 3%
  • Spot Shadow Detail: Disable this one to get another 3% performance boost
  • Volumetric Lighting: You get a bigger boost from disabling this aspect, approximately 6%
  • Dynamic Spot Shadows: Not quite as important, only affecting specific scenes instead of overall performance.
  • Model Detail: Low performance here will add another 6% increase
  • Effects Detail: Depends on each scenario, since it mostly affects combat visuals — though nothing significant.
  • Impact Marks: No major impact with this one, since it controls something fairly limited anyway
  • Ragdolls: Affects the CPU load, though because it measures dead body physics, your mileage will vary.

Some users have also found that Apex Legends automatically runs off their integrated graphics card, if your unit has one. If your performance isn't quite what it should be based on your GPU's abilities, give this a try:

  1. Right click on your home screen/desktop screen
  2. Choose "Nvidia Settings" or the settings for whatever your graphics card might be
  3. Click "programs"
  4. Choose "add programs"
  5. Find Apex Legends, and select it
  6. Save
  7. Restart the game

These steps should ensure the game runs on your gaming graphics card, instead of the on-board card.

And, of course, if you want 4K, you'll need to go beyond the recommended CPU and GPU requirements and potentially lower some of the display settings as well.

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If you've got other Apex Legends questions, check out our collection of Apex Legends guides.

If you're new to Apex Legends and wonder which characters are the best and which abilities to focus on, head over to our Apex Legends character rank list and ability guide.

And if you're only just getting started, our beginner's guide to winning faster lays out some great tips, plus you'll want to read our best guns guide too.

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7 Best Loot Locations in Apex Legends https://www.gameskinny.com/56j7j/7-best-loot-locations-in-apex-legends https://www.gameskinny.com/56j7j/7-best-loot-locations-in-apex-legends Thu, 14 Feb 2019 10:53:03 -0500 Sergey_3847

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Airbase

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Lastly, Airbase can be just as exciting as Bunker in terms of loot, but in this regard you should focus on Ships docked at the base. Usually, you will find the best loot there.

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It's a pretty isolated location, which means that there are no easy escape routes from here, so if you decide to loot this place, come with an escape plan beforehand in case you get into trouble.

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Feel free to add your own ideas about the best loot locations in the game, and be sure to check other Apex Legends guides here at GameSkinny:

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Bunker

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Compact locations aren't always good places to land at, since these types of locations always serve as the hot spots for early shootouts. Bunker is exactly this type of a place, and it is located in the middle of the map. But it also has some of the finest loot in Apex Legends, so consider checking it out.

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If you are not sure how to approach the building, then take into account that it has two entrances: an eastern gate and a western gate. Usually, players move from Airbase from west, which means that eastern entrance will be empty.

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You can use this opportunity and collect some legendary weapons and gear early in the game.

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Artillery

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Artillery is very similar in design to Repulsor, which also has its own tunnel under the ground. But there's fewer buildings and it's far hotter than Repulsor. That is why Artillery is rated slightly lower, but it still has some amazing loot to offer, so just keep looking as soon as you land here.

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If the idea of landing in the middle of the hottest zone on the map seems too extreme for you, then you can opt to land in the southern area outside the Artillery, where you will find a decent number of supply crates.

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Repulsor

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This area has a lot of buildings, and that is why many players tend to land and gather high-tier loot. Although, landing in a hot spot wouldn't be too smart, there is one huge advantage in Repulsor that sets it apart from other locations - it has an underground tunnel.

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Just as above the ground, you can collect top-tier items under the floor, and in case you need to quickly live the area, you can use this underground system, which is connected to the Hydro Dam located just a bit to the north of Repulsor.

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Relay

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Here is probably one of the most peaceful areas in the game, which has never been a go-to spot for many players. Well, too bad for them, as Relay has some incredible gear lying around.

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It is located on the very edge of the map and that is why it's almost always empty, just like Swamps and Water Treatment. Use this to your advantage and loot the heck out of this place.

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Water Treatment

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The most southern shore of Kings Canyon hosts a massive Water Treatment facility that is actually very similar to Swamps in terms of playstyle. Ziplining works here just as well, and if you like to loot in relatively empty locations, then this one is just perfect.

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Many players don't land here in anticipation of finding good items, but actually Water Treatment always produces high tier loot and it's aplenty here.

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Besides your typical loot that you will find on the ground, there is at least a dozen supply crates around the area. So this location should definitely be on your list.

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Swamps

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The general rule of Apex Legends is that looting starts from the edges of the map, and as soon as players are ready to use their weapons, the combat shifts slowly but steadily to the central locations.

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That is why Swamps is one of the best loot spots in the game, as it has some of the highest tier loot in the game. It is located in the most eastern part of the map, and it is a relatively unpopular location that makes it safe to land at.

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This would be a perfect location for Pathfinder, as his Zipline ability will allow him to quickly move around the buildings collecting all the loot before everyone else.

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Currently, there is only one map available in Apex Legends - the Kings Canyon. It has plenty of locations with different purposes, such as slums, plants, military facilities, etc.

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Every location can be used in many exciting ways when it comes to combat tactics. But not all of them offer equally great opportunities in terms of loot, and all Apex Legends players know how important it is to get the best possible gear and weapons at the very beginning of the match-up.

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That is why we present you with seven best locations in Apex Legends that have the top-tier loot ready to be claimed.

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How to Self Revive in Apex Legends https://www.gameskinny.com/ykldq/how-to-self-revive-in-apex-legends https://www.gameskinny.com/ykldq/how-to-self-revive-in-apex-legends Wed, 13 Feb 2019 10:31:35 -0500 Sergey_3847

There are several ways how players can revive their teammates in Apex Legends. But what do you do if you got downed and there is no one around to bring you back to life?

There is actually one way to self revive, but it's a rare opportunity. If you want to know how to do it, then follow two easy steps described in our quick guide to Apex Legends below.

Step 1: Find Legendary Knockdown Shield

What is a Knockdown Shield? It's one of the most useful pieces of gear in the game. It allows you to protect yourself with an energy shield in case you get downed.

When you are under the protective energy shield, enemy players can do no damage to you and thus can't kill you. There are four types of Knockdown Shields in Apex Legends:

  • White Knockdown Shield: 100 HP
  • Blue Knockdown Shield: 500 HP
  • Purple Knockdown Shield: 750 HP
  • Golden Knockdown Shield: 750 HP + Resurrection

The golden variant of the Knockdown Shield has a passive ability called Resurrection that allows you to self revive once during the match-up.

Unfortunately, the golden version is extremely rare. You can find it only in top-tier airdrops or loot from a downed player, who had an unused Knockdown Shield.

Step 2: Self Revive

If you managed to obtain the Legendary Knockdown Shield and you got downed, all you need to do is to activate the shield by pressing the fire button (LMB on PC, R2 on PS4, RT on Xbox One).

The self revive process will begin immediately and will take up to 15 seconds. When this ability is used once, the shield cannot be used for another self revival.

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Now you can save yourself from dying using the Legendary Knockdown Shield, and for other Apex Legends guides at GameSkinny, please take a look at the list below:

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Metro Exodus Review: The Great Survival Continues https://www.gameskinny.com/0vbid/metro-exodus-review-the-great-survival-continues https://www.gameskinny.com/0vbid/metro-exodus-review-the-great-survival-continues Wed, 13 Feb 2019 10:15:02 -0500 Sergey_3847

Over the years, the Metro series has proven to be one of the most successful mainstays in the first-person shooter genre, and it's now on its third installment, Metro Exodus. In this new title, players return to post-apocalyptic Russia and continue a journey that began almost ten years ago with Metro 2033.

The main protagonist, Artyom, returns in the game as well, but, this time, he will not lurk inside the vast Moscow underground. Instead, Metro Exodus takes players to the surface to explore the Russian capital and beyond.

For fans of the franchise, this new and intriguing development will definitely make you want to return to the series that has gained such a good reputation after its first two entries. However, even if you haven't played any of the previous Metro games, you will have no trouble getting into this one.

Story 

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The events of Metro Exodus take place three years after the second installment in the series, Metro: Last Light, and Artyom continues to try to give hope to the Spartans, a major faction that he belongs to. He wants to show the rest of his brothers and sisters that there are other survivors left on the surface — people who lived through the nuclear blast that is believed to have destroyed and contaminated everything.

This takes him out of the underground and into the daylight, and his journeys to the surface become increasingly dangerous, as he begins to face new mutants that have no mercy for humans. On one of such trip out, Artyom and a companion see a city train running through the devastated streets of Moscow. They cannot believe their eyes, and they try to find out the origin of this unusual phenomenon.

Indeed it has been thought that there is no one left alive on the surface, but the truth is something different. Pursuing the mystery behind the city train, Artyom and his companion discover that another faction of survivors, and, along the way, they uncover a conspiracy that may have tremendous consequences unless it is revealed to the rest of the world.

This is only the beginning of what's going to be revealed in Metro Exodus, a game that takes story-telling to a whole new level compared to other entries in the series. Of all three games, this one probably has the best story.

Setting

With Metro Exodus, the tunnels of the previous games in the series have been abandoned, and a whole new semi-open world waits to be explored on top. This world features incredibly detailed environments and biomes, but players that are expecting complete freedom of movement across the map may be slightly disappointed, as the game is kind of limited in that regard. However, there is still plenty to explore in the sandbox levels.

Additionally, weather systems play a major role in the game. For example, as you move through the story, which spans an entire in-game year, you will witness the frozen landscapes of Moscow change to the springtime snowbreak of The Volga, a new region that was first revealed at E3 2018.

Later on, Artyom finds himself on the shores of the Caspian Sea, a dried-out biome set in the summertime, and eventually he arrives at the gorgeous environments of the Taiga. This is not all that Metro Exodus's setting has to offer, as there is a lot more to explore throughout the game.

Together, all these levels make Metro Exodus's environments the most versatile and exciting in the series. No more dark endless tunnels, just a new open world full of possibilities.

Gameplay Mechanics

Metro Exodus is, first and foremost, a survival game. That is, while the plot develops in a linear fashion, as is typical in the series, players will be able to explore the world around them while using a new crafting mechanic.

For veteran fans of the series, this new addition may feel like a distraction from the game's story. However, gathering resources and crafting items is actually really fun and easy in Metro Exodus.

Crafting is available as soon as Artyom gets his backpack on Aurora, but there are also workbenches scattered around the world to use. These benches offer some advanced crafting options, such as Molotov cocktails, but players will also need to constantly take care of their gear and weapons by crafting gas mask filters, medkits, patches, and other spare parts. 

With respect to combat, the AI of the enemies has improved significantly from previous entries in the series. For instance, opponents now react to the changes in light levels, something that will prompt players to do all the most dangerous missions at night. While it is harder to be noticed in the dark, don't think that it will be easy hiding in the shadows all the time — if the enemies hear even the slightest sound of you coming, they will shoot.

As such, the crouching mechanic becomes essential for silent takedowns, and you can also manually turn off light sources, such as lanterns and lamps, to keep yourself hidden. However, if this kind of stealthy approach doesn't work for you, then you can choose to go all in, using objects in the environment as cover during some intense shootouts. In this regard, Metro Exodus finds a proper balance with its different approaches to combat.

The game also offers flexibility in how you approach completing different tasks. While you will receive orders and hints on your radio, you can choose to pursue an encounter as you see fit. That said, your choices do have consequences in the end, and it would be wise to play the game as a real hero, never fleeing from a dangerous situations.

However, Metro Exodus doesn't always offer choice, and there are a hefty dose of QTEs where you simply need to follow the given cues. This is understandable though, as the game does feature a linear story, and it has to bring certain elements of it into play at the right time and right place.

In fact, moving between free roaming and linear gameplay actually works in favor of the overall pace of the gameplay, keeping it from ever getting boring. For example, if you get tired of scouting abandoned huts for crafting items, or you simply get lost, then you can just open your map, go to a scripted event, and find yourself right back on the edge of your seat.

Graphics, Sound, and Optimization

In short, the game looks fantastic. It was developed using the same A4 Engine as the previous two games in the series, but it has been significantly improved in both the graphics and gameplay departments.

The transitions between the gameplay sections, the QTEs, and the cutscenes are seamless, and the story flows naturally. There are no loading screens or timeouts throughout the main story missions, and you will see only one loading screen when you start or load the game.

As for the sound, the dialogue is carefully integrated into the gameplay. The enemies are constantly talking and sharing their thoughts whenever they sense you nearby. If you're playing in a stealth mode, this really helps, as you get to know how close you are to revealing yourself.

The gunshots and explosions don't drown out the rest of the environmental sounds, so you can still hear an approaching enemy. If you have a 5.1/7.1 sound system, you will have a clear idea where exactly enemies are at — above, below, or right behind you inside the buildings.

Concerning the optimization, Metro Exodus runs extremely well all the way through. No bugs or glitches were found, but be sure to update your graphics drivers to the latest version. Otherwise, the game may not even let you know if certain important libraries are not be found on your system.

The best part is that the game doesn't even require a super high-end system to work well. The minimum requirements include an Intel Core i5 4440, 8GB RAM, and a GTX 670 or Radeon HD 7870 with 2GB VRAM, and that's basically it. As a result, Metro Exodus will be available to many PC users, but, of course, if you're playing on a console, then you don't have to worry about this at all.

Pros:

  • Versatile semi-open world
  • Immersive narrative
  • Gorgeous graphics and sound
  • New crafting system

Cons:

  • Enemies can be too smart at times

Metro Exodus is almost a perfect game. The developer definitely tried to make this the best entry in the series, and I think they succeeded. All elements — story, combat, stealth, interaction with the world, explosive cutscenes — are very well balanced, and even the QTEs make sense and aren't overdone.

The only thing that keeps it from getting the highest rating is that, even on normal difficulty, enemies can be really tough to deal with. At times, their numbers are so overwhelming that you can't just take them out with pure offense. In these instances, you simply must resort to stealth, and that certainly isn't everybody's cup of tea.

Besides that one little issue, everything else in the title feels right. With the game's new crafting system, and its realistic survival elements, Metro Exodus can already be called a Game of the Year contender for 2019.

[Note: A copy of Metro Exodus was provided by Deep Silver for the purpose of this review.]

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The Division 2 Closed Beta Impressions: Endless Loot, Endless Fun https://www.gameskinny.com/0p262/the-division-2-closed-beta-impressions-endless-loot-endless-fun https://www.gameskinny.com/0p262/the-division-2-closed-beta-impressions-endless-loot-endless-fun Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:57:03 -0500 John Schutt

This past weekend saw the private PC beta of Tom Clancy's The Division 2, and there was a fair bit of content on offer. Between two main campaign missions, the Dark Zone, a handful of side missions, side activities, and random world events, we got a good taste of what gameplay in the full release could have in store.

In something of a counter to the Anthem beta, and Anthem's marketing in general, the look we got at The Division 2 even gave us some of the end game.

With all of the latest details under our belts, let's take a look back on what we saw and what it could mean for the future.

Loot, and Lots of It

Like any member of the looter-shooter genre, The Division 2 will live and die by how fun it is to gather new items and grind for the best overall loadouts. I can say with certainty that there is plenty to see and do when it comes to loot in this new title from Ubisoft. 

The short version is this: new gear is plentiful and rarely useful, but even garbage-tier items can teach you a lot. Early leveling is also fairly fast-paced, making what you do find obsolete very quickly. For players that love seeing a shiny new thing drop from a foe when it dies, this game delivers.

Concept art of two fighters walking through a derelict building

You'll Never Be Want for Gear

Unlike games such as Destiny 2The Division 2 showers its players in gear from the very start. If I were to put an unofficial number on loot drops, I would say you'll get something — probably something terrible — about 20% of the time when you kill an enemy anywhere in the world.

The saving grace here is that there are so many opportunities for lootThere are numerous gear cases littered across the map; every mission gives you a number of items, every world event has a drop, you get a loot crate for actual in-game, usable gear just for leveling up. And that's just the beginning of things. 

Most importantly, as with the first Division, are the named enemies. These are your bread and butter, as they drop the good stuff, or at least they have a higher chance to drop some.

There are always downsides to an abundance of items, of course. The UI makes it a little cumbersome to sort through everything, and with so many different gear types even within the nine main subcategories, things quickly get overwhelming if you don't know what you're looking at.

 And even if you do, there's a lot to unpack.

Three fighters holding guns while looking at the Washington monument

The Loot is Complex

Also unlike Destiny 2, there was a ton of build variety on offer in the Division 2 beta. Every item had more than just a couple of unique stats or effects, and synergy went deep depending on what loadout you wanted to run. 

What impressed me most was the detail on each weapon type, and how much information the game gives you in plain words and numbers. I mean, there's even a damage falloff graph for every weapon, not to mention various armor effects and how they stack.

The gun variety, for a beta, was a little staggering. There were a lot of the weapons we'd seen in the first game, but there were also some notable additions, from the MP7 to several new bolt action rifles, a couple of new shotgun types, and some new pistols that might be usable in a pinch. 

From an armor standpoint, the gear sets available in The Division 2 beta came from the same basic formula: backpack, mask, gloves, holster, kneepads, armor.

The differentiating factor this time around was the inclusion of synergies even at trash-tier loot (uncommons and rares). The top tier equipment, of course, had a lot to say for itself, but there were plenty of chances to make something interesting even in the early game.

In a strange twist, weapon mods are no longer drops. Rather, they are static rolls earned through play that apply a fixed bonus, and accompanying detriment, to whichever weapon it's equipped to.

From what I could tell, most attachments worked for most primary weapons, within reason. If you were a fan of the extended magazines in Division 1, I don't think they'll be making a triumphant return, but that might be a good thing, if only for the sake of balance, primarily in PvP. 

Three soldiers in the division 2 looking out over a Washington on fire.

Progression is Quick...

...so get used to scrapping or selling your old gear for parts or credits; you'll be doing it a lot. Every level you gain increases everything about the loot that drops, from its overall score to its effectiveness and its rarity. 

The biggest boon The Division series gives its players in this arena is a mass deletion feature that games like Anthem and Destiny desperately need. Just mark an item as trash, then press one button to sell it or dismantle it all.

Now, levels don't increase so fast that you won't get to use what you find for more than a minute. There's probably about a 30 to 45-minute gap between each level, so you'll have time to collect new gear, give it a whirl, and decide what you want to get next level.

Some weapons and gear are even good enough to keep around for a few extra levels. Or, at least, they are if the game doesn't give you something better, like, ever.

Which is the nature of a loot game. You could be stuck with the same two pieces of armor for hours upon hours, even if you have the crafting materials to make something better or the credits to buy something more your speed. Without a blueprint or worthwhile vendor stock to fill a void, that green-level loot might muddy your selection of blues and purples for a good while.

Two soldiers ducking behind cover while in a firefight.

The Division 2 is Fun to Play

You won't be waiting very long to have a good time in The Division 2. There are a few things you'll have to get through first, though.

  • The storytelling won't win any awards, but it's serviceable.
  • The gunplay isn't on the level of your DestinysTitanfalls, or even Battlefields, but it does the job.
  • I think the abilities lack a certain punch (not a new problem).
  • Explosions are somewhat muted.

What saves this game, at least from the beta, is how all of its features come together at the end. The storytelling in what will be a 40-hour campaign is just campy enough to be enjoyable, and because it takes itself so seriously, it has the kind of charm a classic '80s style action film carries. 

Sure, the guns aren't the most responsive things on the planet, but combine them with plenty of tactical movement options and enemy AI that makes you think before you shoot, and there's something to be said for the moment-to-moment gunplay.

And while the abilities on their own don't push the same kind of bombast we might expect from such an '80s film, they aren't meant to. Rather, they're supportive options that add variety when a fight is becoming a little to cover-shooty. 

Most of all, though, I think my favorite new thing is the armor system. Both players and NPCs now have an armor value that must be chewed through if you want to deal damage. Because armor has weaknesses and can be destroyed, focus fire or flanking to get to the chinks isn't just an option: it's a necessity. 

Yes, you can still shoot enemies in the head with a .50 caliber bullet and not kill them, so the bullet-sponge problem isn't exactly fixed, but there's at least some reasoning behind it all now.

Concept art from the diivision 2.

Verdict on the Beta

The Division 2 beta experience bodes well for a solid looter-shooter experience that will give the likes of Anthem and Destiny 2 something to think about. However, I don't think it will kill either of them.

Instead, the three (or four if Borderlands 3 suddenly appears) should all scratch the same gameplay itches in different ways.

If it really wants to stand out in a crowd of other highly anticipated titlesThe Division 2 needs to hit the ground running with an end game worth grinding, have a massively expanded gear set compared to the first game (which it looks like it does), and not stray too far from what made the first title a success.

From the info I could gather, Ubisoft Massive took most of the feedback they got and incorporated it already, plus some improvements people didn't ask for but that will be appreciated nonetheless.

In other words, I'm hopeful. I think you should be too.

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Last month, Ubisoft unveiled that The Division 2 would be skipping Steam for the Epic Games Store. However, it will still be available through Ubisoft's Uplay when its March 15 release date finally arrives. 

The Division 2 will cost $59.99; it will be available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. 

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Cyberpunk 2077 Developer Speaks On Epic Games Store Release https://www.gameskinny.com/4ww6l/cyberpunk-2077-developer-speaks-on-epic-games-store-release https://www.gameskinny.com/4ww6l/cyberpunk-2077-developer-speaks-on-epic-games-store-release Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:05:53 -0500 William R. Parks

With Deep Silver's recent announcement that the PC version of Metro Exodus will be an Epic Games Store exclusive release, some players appear to be concerned about other developers and publishers following suit with future titles.

Fortunately for fans of CD Projekt Red, the company has confirmed that it has no intention to make its highly anticipated upcoming RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, exclusive to the store.

In a Twitter exchange that took place at the end of last week, user WannaPlay95 implored CD Projekt Red to not make the game an Epic Games exclusive title. Responding through the official Cyberpunk 2077 account, the company made its position on the matter clear, stating that it would "pass" on restricting the release of the game to Epic's new platform.

Some outlets took this statement to mean that CD Projekt Red would be eschewing release through the Epic Games Store entirely. However, the company has offered some clarity on the matter, responding to an article published by TweakTown that indicated that Cyberpunk 2077 would not be available through the Fortnite developer's storefront:

While, of course, this tweet does not offer definitive confirmation that the title will release through the Epic Games Store, it does indicate that it is certainly not outside of the realm of possibility.

For players that believe titles released on PC should be available through a number of platforms, this will undoubtedly come as a welcome piece of information.

That said, CD Projekt Red does have a recent history of releasing titles exclusively through its own distribution platform, GOG.com. At the end of last year, for example, the company's Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales had an exclusive launch on GOG, though it ultimately found its way to Steam following its poor sales performance

As such, it is possible that the company might try GOG exclusivity again with Cyberpunk 2077. However, at this time, all that can be known for certain is that if Epic does offer the game through its platform, other storefronts will be doing so as well.

The initial tweet indicating that the game will not be an Epic Games Store exclusive can be found on Twitter.

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Respawn Shares New Apex Legends In-Game Updates https://www.gameskinny.com/n4pha/respawn-shares-new-apex-legends-in-game-updates https://www.gameskinny.com/n4pha/respawn-shares-new-apex-legends-in-game-updates Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:43:49 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Respawn's unexpected battle royale smash hit Apex Legends surprised everyone last week not just with its launch, but with its one million concurrent and 10 million total players in a mere four days after release.

But according to a recent update from Respawn's Vince Zampella, Apex has garnered even more players -- 25 million total, with approximately 2 million concurrent players.

Zampella promised future updates as well, including how Respawn is taking player feedback under consideration, but for now, offered some tidbits about a few key upcoming events.

First is the Twitch Rivals Apex Legends Challenge, sponsored by Twitch, taking place Tuesday, February 12 and then the following Tuesday, February 19. It'll feature 48 of Twitch's most popular streamers all competing against each other in Apex Legends. If you're interested, you can watch it on the Apex Legends Twitch channel.

Apex Legends will also be celebrating Valentine's Day on February 14 with some special Valentine's-themed loot. Nothing was said about the nature of this loot, though, so players will have to keep an eye on the game to find out more.

And then Zampella reminded fans that Season One of Apex Legends will begin sometime in March. Fans got a glimpse of what Season One might offer in the Deep Dive trailer. And while there's no new detail about specifics, players can look forward to season loot, weapons, Legends, challenges, and more. There's also no word yet about how much the Season Pass will cost once it's made available and, of course, nothing about Apex Legends cross platform gameplay yet.

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If you're new to Apex Legends or need some help in specific areas, GameSkinny's got you covered.

We have character ranks and abilities guides, plus guides for the best guns, and a useful beginner's guide as well.

Check back for the latest Apex Legends news as it breaks!

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For Honor Is A Much Better Game Today And Deserves A Second Look https://www.gameskinny.com/hcip4/for-honor-is-a-much-better-game-today-and-deserves-a-second-look https://www.gameskinny.com/hcip4/for-honor-is-a-much-better-game-today-and-deserves-a-second-look Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:13:25 -0500 Joseph Fryman

When I first saw gameplay of Ubisoft's For Honor, I was completely enthralled. It had everything that I wanted from a medieval action game: beautiful graphics with immaculately designed characters, a deep progression system, and a visceral and engaging combat system that encouraged players to think on the fly and anticipate their opponents' moves.

When the game came out, I was beyond excited, and I dove head first into its multiplayer modes. At first, it took some getting used to, but I soon found myself a relatively skilled combatant.

During this time, I ignored the game's many issues, brushing them off as minor concerns that would soon be addressed. I took the frequent lag and disconnections as simply being the result of an unexpected volume of early adopters; I saw the many balancing concerns and exploits as small oversights that would soon be addressed; and I considered the overwhelming number of unlocks, and the relatively small payouts for games, as a reason to keep heading back in and earning those rewards.

I held out longer than any of my friends who had bought the game, but, eventually, I had to concede defeat. For Honor was a fantastic idea, and full of occasionally great moments, but it was broken at its core. 

Since its release, I've gone back to the game a few times. I never wanted to give up on the idea of For Honor, and I was constantly drawn to give it another try, hoping for some improvement.

I usually found myself back on after a major update addressed some of the biggest balancing issues I had with the game, or a major change brought improvements like dedicated servers. Over time, the game consistently improved with each new patch.

That said, sometimes certain heroes would be adjusted, and that would lead to another hero's flaws and imbalances being brought to light. Or changes to under-performing heroes would cause them to come back a little too strong. However, overall the changes moved the game in a positive direction.

Despite the adjustments to the game's heroes though, its underlying issue remained unaffected: the gear system. This system was a relatively revolutionary idea at the time, borrowing from the RPG concept of acquiring different equipment to increase a character's stats.

The problem with the system was that it created a nearly insurmountable gap between players who had a lot of play time with a specific hero, and thus had very high level gear, and those who didn't have as much time in the game, or had spread out their time between several different heroes. The advantage that the gear score created was so extreme that one high level player could easily handle a whole team of low level players. 

This was exacerbated by the heavy advantage given to these high level players by the game's "revenge" mechanic, a system designed to give players a small power boost when outnumbered in order to even the playing field. Understandably, the frustration of having your whole team unable to kill a single opponent, due to an unfair upgrade system, led many players to abandon the game.

Eventually, Ubisoft did attempt to address the issues with the gear system, implementing small buffs for low level players who hadn't acquired any gear as well as increasing the trade-offs between selecting different types of upgrades. Despite this overhaul, the gear system remained fairly unbalanced, and the game itself still had many issues.

This changed when last year's "Marching Fire" update arrived, bringing hope that the game was still salvageable. While For Honor had gotten incrementally better since launch, "Marching Fire" was the game's biggest update ever, and it brought a slew of new content and addressed a large number of issues

Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, the "Marching Fire" update completely overhauled the gear system. No longer did a player's gear give them an increase to any of their base stats, instead granting progress towards various perks.

These perks offer benefits that give player's a small bonus, but they do not make them all around better. This change puts all players on a more even playing field, and it normalizes the stats across heroes.

Now, when I play For Honor, I know that the Shinobi is going to hit hard and fast, but, without exception, is going to go down in a few good hits. I know that the Warlord will only do small chunks of damage to whittle away at my health, but can take some serious punishment before going down. And I know that grouping up against an opponent is going to give them revenge, but it will be at about the same rate and power bonus every time.

This consistency makes all the difference in the world. 

Secondly, the update added a wealth of new content into the game, including four new heroes, a new game mode, complete with three unique maps specifically tailored to it, and a new PvE mode. This blast of fresh content helped to breathe new life into the game, and it encouraged many to return to the game to try the new characters and modes.

These returning players found a game that had changed and evolved for the better, carefully tweaked and adjusted by a development team that clearly cares about improving the title and listening to player concerns. This sharp turnaround  has left me excited to see what is coming next for the game, and players won't have to wait long.

The first big addition to the game for 2019 is out now in early access in the form of the game's next hero, a sword and shield wielding Knight by the name of Vortiger. This new hero promises to add some interesting new tactics and challenges to the game.

Besides Vortiger, Ubisoft has promised three other new heroes for 2019 as well as many more updates and content drops. Indeed if you are someone who wanted something great from For Honor, but felt let down by the game's release, there truly is no better time to jump back in and give the game another try.

As with many of their other properties, Ubisoft is fully committed to updating and improving the game. For Honor has become one of the most remarkable examples of how player feedback, and a willingness to iterate and improve by the developer, can completely transform a game from promising, but troubled, into a truly great experience that more than deserves a second chance.

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How to Get the Wraith Knife Skin in Apex Legends https://www.gameskinny.com/r203b/how-to-get-the-wraith-knife-skin-in-apex-legends https://www.gameskinny.com/r203b/how-to-get-the-wraith-knife-skin-in-apex-legends Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:26:31 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Apex Legends had a surprise launch, and it was met with even more surprising, or perhaps overwhelming, community response, topping over one million concurrent players only 72 hours after its release. Because it's still fairly new though, a lot of players aren't completely sure how some systems work or how to get rare items.

One item people are clamoring for is the Apex Legends knife, or more accurately, a special skin for Wraith's weapon. Here's how you get it.

How to Get Wraith's Knife Skin

The special knife is actually just a skin, not a new weapon. Like all cosmetic upgrades in Apex Legends, you get this one randomly from opening Apex Packs. Yes, it's a loot box item.

Apex Packs can be earned naturally over the course of the game. You often will get one when you level up, but EA says you'll get roughly 45 Apex Packs total when leveling from one to one hundred.

The other option is to purchase them. One Apex Pack costs 100 Apex Coins, and you get 1,000 Apex Coins for $10.

To note, the knife skin is a special loot box item, because it's ranked as an Heirloom.

What are Heirloom Items in Apex Legends?

Heirloom items are super-rare items that are harder to find than even legendary items. Right now, there's only one Heirloom item set in Apex Legends, though Respawn has promised more to come. That one set is Wraith's.

You've possibly not heard of Heirloom items yet, because you won't know that they exist until you get them from an Apex Pack.

Whether you want Wraith's Knife enough to pay for it is up to you, but it's worth noting that Heirloom items come in sets. So, if you get one of Wraith's Heirloom items in an Apex Pack, you'll get all three: the knife, a voice clip, and a banner. You'll know when you get these items, because they glow red when they pop out of your Apex Pack.

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If you've got other burning Apex Legends questions, we've got your answers.

Wondering if Apex Legends will ever be cross platform or have crossplay? Check out our cross platform insight piece.

New to Apex Legends and wonder which characters are the best and which abilities to focus on? Head over to our Apex Legends character rank list and ability guide.

Just started Apex Legends? Our beginner's guide to winning faster lays out some great tips. And if you're looking for the best guns, we have that, too.

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Apex Legends Tips: A Guide to Becoming a Champion https://www.gameskinny.com/cl2bz/apex-legends-tips-a-guide-to-becoming-a-champion https://www.gameskinny.com/cl2bz/apex-legends-tips-a-guide-to-becoming-a-champion Sat, 09 Feb 2019 11:09:53 -0500 Kenneth Seward Jr.

The video game world is abuzz about Apex Legends, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Its unique combination of gameplay elements – hero shooter mechanics, an ingenious ping system, and entertaining combat derived from Titanfall – have shaken up the battle royal scene.

Fans of the genre are diving into the Outlands in droves, and newcomers are joining in as well. The game is that appealing, and, in an effort to help out both groups, we’ve decided to share some tips that have led us to being the last squad standing on several occasions. 

Sharing is Caring

Apex Legends is a squad-based battle royale shooter, meaning that, in order to be successful, you must work as a team. Reviving allies, laying down cover fire, and using the ping system (more on that later) are the types of things good teammates do to help their squad become champions of the arena.

What they don’t do is take every single item found in loot boxes for themselves. While the benefits of sharing items with teammates might seem a tad obvious, many players online struggle with this concept, especially during the first moments of a match.

After diving from the ship and landing on the ground, players will quickly race around the area in hopes of finding a weapon; the idea is to arm oneself in order to fend off other players landing nearby. If one person on a team snatches up every gun, bomb, and ammo box in sight, then their teammates are going to be at a disadvantage.

They won’t be able to return fire if they’re attacked, or do much of anything besides run away, and if that greedy person also took all of the health packs well…yeah. Instead, it would be better to leave a few items where they are.

Hold off on grabbing a secondary firearm until the entire squad is armed. Leave attachments that aren’t needed for your immediate weapon. And don’t take all of the health/shield regenerating items.

The only time you’ll want to snatch everything up all at once is if you’re alone with a rival. Then go to town so they don’t grab something to use against you. Other than that, share.

Learn to Ping

Apex Legends’ ping system is the bee’s knees. Seriously. It’s easily one of the best communication tools found in a modern shooter, and learning the ins and outs of the system is important.

The good news is that the tutorial gets you most of the way. It’ll walk you through pinging items of interest, signaling the desire to trek to a given location, and alerting teammates to spotted enemies. Basically, the tutorial shows how context-sensitive the ping system is.

The tutorial doesn’t go into some of the finer details though, like being able to agree or disagree with a decision, an option that comes up when you ping (click) on someone else’s ping. It also doesn't tell you that if you open your inventory and ping the slots associated with a needed item, your character will let everyone know you’re looking for it.

Furthermore, it doesn’t let on about the ping wheel options, which can be very helpful at times. These options are accessed by holding the ping button, and they include the aforementioned basic markings as well as some situational callouts that aren’t readily apparent.

These callouts let you get very specific with your pings. For instance, you can do things like tell your squad that an enemy has recently been at a location, as opposed to saying that you have spotted one outright, or you can indicate your plans to loot, defend, or watch an area of interest.

Again, the ping system is priceless. Not only does it allow players to express a desire or warn of a threat, but it also encourages those who are averse to talking to participate.

With so many people using private chats – or just refusing to speak at all – this system helps in getting them to communicate. This will, in turn, make them better players.

Don’t Always Engage

For some reason, as soon as I ping/warn about an enemy, one of my teammates will start firing. It doesn’t matter how far away they are, or if we’re actually ready to take on another group, that person is out for blood, and no amount of “WTF” through the mic is going to stop them from shooting.

It’s easy to get trigger happy while playing Apex Legends. However, the problem with playing that way all the time, is that you risk walking into a difficult situation.

For example, there have been times where my group decided to charge an opposing squad, only to realize upon entering the fray that we had put ourselves in the middle of a war. Before we knew it, both sides were shooting in our direction, which eventually meant a long trek back to a revive station. If we have waited, we’d have seen that a third group was actually involved and may have steered clear.

Of course, shootouts are part of the game, and you’re going to have to engage another team sooner or later. That said, sometimes it’s better to let enemies walk by. At the very least, consider the situation carefully.

Would it be better to sneak up on an opponent as they go about their looting? It’s  certainly much easier to ambush a squad when their shuffling through menus and swapping out gear.

Or are there any other teams in the area? If there are, and they are in close proximity, they might end up doing most of the work for you. Then all you’ll have to do is go mop up the weakened survivors.

The point here is think before you act. Don't take a shot if you don’t have a sniper rifle and a clear target, make sure your teammates are ready for what comes next, and don't alert enemies to your presence without having the means of finishing a fight.

Hunt for Attachments

Having the right weapon for the right situation is key to winning shootouts in any game. The same thing goes for in Apex Legends. That said, making sure to hunt down your weapon's attachments is just as important.

Take the R-99 SMG as an example. Its high fire rate and decent damage make it a good choice for close quarters combat, but, due to its small magazine, it can take a couple of reloads to down an armor wearing player. The gun’s recoil doesn’t help things either, and you really won’t eliminate anyone if you’re missing shots.

However, all of these issues can be addressed by equipping an extended mag and barrel stabilizer. Now, all of a sudden, you're landing your shots and have more ammo to spare.

Each of the basic gun attachments come in different rarities (Common, Rare, and Epic), with the rarer ones being more beneficial in a fight. There are also special attachments for select weapons that significantly alter their performance.

Again, gun attachments are important. They’ll make an ok weapon better and take a good one to great. And don’t even get me started on how much they improve the game's rarest guns.

Don’t Forget to Ult

Most battle royale games boil down to shooting rival players, but Apex Legends is a little different. Yes, it too is about eliminating opponents, but its emphasis on character-based abilities makes it something unique in the genre.

Since this type of mechanic is not something typically found in a battle royale title, it can be easy to forget that you have these abilities in Apex Legends. This is especially true for the Ultimate abilities.

Don’t believe me? Ask yourself this: Have you ever been put at a disadvantage – an ally goes down, you’ve lost a ton of health, etc. – and you died with a ready-to-use Ult? Then ask yourself if it would have saved the day if you had used it.

There’s nothing worse than being in the heat of the moment, with the perfect opportunity to call forth an artillery strike or deploy room filling Nox gas, and you fail to use your strongest tool. Just try to remember that Apex Legends is not a typical battle royale when going up against your rivals online, and you'll do fine.

Have Fun

Being the last squad standing is a tricky thing to accomplish. Even if you make all of the best decisions, and have the best weapons, you can still lose.

This is because Apex Legends is a battle royale game, and sometimes winning comes down to just being lucky. For example, all the skill in the world isn’t going to save you if you’re blindsided by a sniper’s bullet when exiting a building.

That said, these tips will certainly help you along the way. Make sure to have some fun while you are using them.

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Chernobylite Is A Survival Horror Game Set After A Nuclear Disaster https://www.gameskinny.com/86i77/chernobylite-is-a-survival-horror-game-set-after-a-nuclear-disaster https://www.gameskinny.com/86i77/chernobylite-is-a-survival-horror-game-set-after-a-nuclear-disaster Sat, 09 Feb 2019 10:53:24 -0500 William R. Parks

The extraordinary success of the recently released Resident Evil 2 remake has established just how popular survival horror games continue to be. While some players may still be attempting to escape the terrors of Raccoon City, a newly announced title, Chernobylite, looks to offer fans of the genre more thrills later this year.

As recently announced by The Farm 51, the developers behind 2017's Get EvenChernobylite is a science-fiction survival horror title headed to PC and consoles in the fall. Taking place 30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the survival-horror game focuses around a physicist who returns to the horrifying site to find a lost loved one.

Of course, this task will not be easy, and the situation at Chernobyl has not improved since the preceding nuclear catastrophe. Pollution levels continue to rise due to a dangerous substance that emerged from the explosion, and stalkers roam the irradiated zone, telling tales of strange occurrences in the area.

In order to survive the horrors that populate the world of Chernobylite, players will need to carefully prepare. This includes making use of the game's crafting system in order to build up a cache of helpful gear and supplies. With these tools in hand, players can freely explore, hunting for clues that will unravel the mysteries of the zone. 

However, there is no time to dally, as each day in the game will add to the
"ever-increasing severity of your current situation." Players are advised to plan their strategies well if they wish to elude the adversarial military personnel and supernatural forces that inhabit the zone. 

Chernobylite is currently in development, with a Fall 2019 release date. It utilizes Unreal Engine 4 and employs Reality 51's scanning technology to create a "horrifyingly accurate 3D-scanned recreation of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone."

While the release of Chernobylite is still months away, the announcement of the title is certain to pique the interest of many genre fans. Fortunately for these players, the upcoming post-launch content for Resident Evil 2 remake means that there will be no lack of horror to enjoy in the upcoming months.

More details on Chernobylite can be found on the game's website.

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Trailer Highlights Story https://www.gameskinny.com/2fxc4/sekiro-shadows-die-twice-trailer-highlights-story https://www.gameskinny.com/2fxc4/sekiro-shadows-die-twice-trailer-highlights-story Sat, 09 Feb 2019 10:41:39 -0500 William R. Parks

Since the announcement of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, From Software has given fans multiple looks at the gameplay features of its upcoming action-adventure title. Now, the company is back with a new trailer that briefly homes in on the story that the game looks to tell.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is set in Japan's Sengoku era, a time when, as indicated by the trailer, the country was "consumed by perpetual conflict." This is made quite clear in the opening moments of the new video, as bloodied men brutally execute one another with arrows and swords.

However, out of this conflict comes a stillness wrought by total destruction, and a young boy sits in the midst of a former battlefield, clutching the sword of a fallen solider. "Nothing left to lose?" the Owl, a hulk of man, asks after approaching the child.

According to the description that accompanies the trailer, this is the beginning of an apprenticeship for the boy, something that will ultimately transform him into Sekiro. Ominous words from the Owl suggest that this transformation was anything but ordinary — "I had no idea what you'd become," he says as he addresses the shinobi.

While the details offered by this video are slim, fans that are eagerly awaiting the release of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice are certain to welcome even this small bit of content. For these players, the trailer's emphasis on story may also prompt some curiosity about how the narrative will unfold throughout the game.

With From Software's acclaimed Dark Souls series and Bloodborne, subtle environmental details and context clues play major roles in communicating the games' stories. Using this approach, the company is able to build rich worlds that reward players for thorough investigation.

It remains to be seen if Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will employ this method or opt for a more straightforward narrative structure instead. Indeed the gameplay looks to distinguish itself from previous From Software titles in a number of ways, including the ability to move vertically, and this new approach may just extend to how the game chooses to present its story.

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Is Apex Legends Cross Platform? https://www.gameskinny.com/ichp7/is-apex-legends-cross-platform https://www.gameskinny.com/ichp7/is-apex-legends-cross-platform Fri, 08 Feb 2019 15:07:56 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Respawn's new, smash-hit battle royale game Apex Legends took the world by surprise when it launched unexpectedly February 4. As with all battle royale games, Apex Legends pits players against each other to see who's left standing at the end. Only Apex places players in squads of three instead sending them into the map solo. 

Needless to say, these games rely on as many people as possible playing at any given time. And that's not a problem for Apex right now, having already garnered 10 million users 72 hours after launch, with 1 million players online at a given time.

Other battle royale games like Fortnite and PUBG have implemented cross platform play to connect more players and enhance the overall gameplay experience. So the natural question is, will Apex Legends ever be cross platform?

The answer is... eventually.

Respawn spoke with Eurogamer shortly after launch and said it plans to implement Apex Legends cross platform play in the future — possibly this year. However, it can't comment further or more specifically right now.

Respawn didn't offer any concrete reasons for why cross platform gameplay isn't available at launch, though it's reasons for never introducing cross play in general give a few clues.

Because development began early, and cross play wasn't as widespread until fairly recently, Respawn said the game just isn't built to allow it. In short, the goal was a functional, quality game first, with extra features later if possible.

So for now, you'll have to make do with Apex Legends on your system of choice.

It's also worth noting that system won't be the Nintendo Switch any time soon either, as Respawn stated there is nothing to announce at this time regarding a Switch port.

What Apex Legends cross platform gameplay will look like once it does arrive is another matter — whether it will follow Fortnite's lead, only letting gamers play with others on the same platform at first, or branching out, letting PS4 players immediately jump in with their Xbox One and PC friends.

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Have you made the switch from Fornite to Apex Legends completely? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for future Apex Legends news!

For our tips and tricks for EA's new battle royale, be sure to head over to our growing Apex Legends guides hub

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Apex Legends Gun Tier List: From Best to Worst https://www.gameskinny.com/drlr5/apex-legends-gun-tier-list-from-best-to-worst https://www.gameskinny.com/drlr5/apex-legends-gun-tier-list-from-best-to-worst Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:11:02 -0500 Sergey_3847

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Alternator SMG

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  • Base Damage: 13
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  • Magazine: 16
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The Alternator is a twin-barrel SMG that isn't efficient in almost any aspect you could think of.

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It could be used as an alternative weapon for close-range combat, but there are so many other better options than this one.

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Hopefully, you managed to find a useful weapon among the 18 in this tier list; for other Apex Legends guides at GameSkinny, take a look below:

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P2020 Pistol

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  • Base Damage: 12
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  • Headshot Damage: 18 (1.5x)
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  • Magazine: 10
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  • Ammo Type: Light Rounds
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The P2020 could serve as an alternative to the RE-45, but in this case, the pistol is semi-automatic, which means that it has a lower rate of fire.

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Despite that, this handgun has better aim than the RE-45, and it can be used at midrange to great effect. It would be an excellent companion to any sniper.

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Mozambique Shotgun

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  • Base Damage: 45 (3x15)
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  • Headshot Damage: 66 (3x22)
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  • Magazine: 3
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Here is a weird one. It's a triple-barrel shotgun/pistol hybrid that doesn't do that much. It fires three rounds simultaneously, but only one of them will hit the desired spot.

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It's a weapon that is clearly designed for close-range combat only.

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Prowler Burst PDW

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  • Base Damage: 70 (5x14)
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  • Headshot Damage: 105 (5x21)
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  • Magazine: 20
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Prowler is a burst-fire SMG with a possibility to shoot in a fully automatic mode with the help of Selectfire Receiver Hop-Up attachment.

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As with all SMGs, it can be quite good at close range, but it quickly loses accuracy the farther you shoot.

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RE-45 Auto Pistol

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  • Base Damage: 11
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  • Headshot Damage: 16 (1.45x)
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  • Magazine: 15
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  • Ammo Type: Light Rounds
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Pistols are traditionally the lowest tier weapons in any shooter. But this little automatic pistol can be quite good at close range.

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Its biggest upside is the high fire rate; its drawbacks include low damage and poor accuracy.

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EVA-8 Auto Shotgun

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  • Base Damage: 63 (9x7)
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  • Headshot Damage: 90 (9x10)
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  • Magazine: 8
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  • Ammo Type: Shotgun Shells
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The only good thing about this fully automatic shotgun is the damage rate. It can create a lot of problems if you hit the right spots, but that would be rare since EVA-8 has very low accuracy and range.

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Wingman Pistol

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  • Base Damage: 45
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  • Headshot Damage: 90 (2x)
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  • Magazine: 6
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  • Ammo Type: Heavy Rounds
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The Wingman has very high damage potential, especially if you're good at headshots.

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This revolver can be a really dangerous weapon in the hands of a professional, but casual players will find it incredibly clunky.

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R-99 SMG

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  • Base Damage: 12
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  • Headshot Damage: 18 (1.5x)
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  • Magazine: 18
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  • Ammo Type: Light Rounds
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This compact SMG is the opposite of the Hemlok AR, as it has a high fire rate and it performs especially well in close combat.

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It uses light rounds that don't do as much damage, but if you manage to get headshots with it, then you can make it work inside buildings rather effectively.

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Hemlok Burst Assault Rifle

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  • Base Damage: 54 (3x18)
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  • Headshot Damage: 72 (3x24)
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  • Magazine: 18
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  • Ammo Type: Heavy Rounds
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The Hemlok AR can be adjusted for single-round or three-round burst firing modes. This means that one must sacrifice overall fire rate, but the light customizability can pay off in certain gameplay situations. In midrange combat, triple burst mode is a good option.

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Just don't expect this gun to do too well at close- or long-range, that's just not what burst fire was made for in the first place.

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G7 Scout Sniper Rifle

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  • Base Damage: 30
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  • Headshot Damage: 60 (2x)
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  • Magazine: 10
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  • Ammo Type: Light Rounds
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This light semi-auto sniper rifle boasts the largest magazine among the sniper rifles in Apex Legends. It's super convenient without a doubt. However, the problem is that Scout is not a terribly accurate weapon, so it shouldn't be your number one choice when it comes to sniping.

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This means that Stock attachments are a must for this weapon to work properly.

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VK-47 Flatline Assault Rifle

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  • Base Damage: 16
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  • Headshot Damage: 32 (2x)
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  • Magazine: 20
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  • Ammo Type: Heavy Rounds
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Flatline doesn't perform too well in long-range combat due to its low accuracy, but it hits really hard in close- and mid-range combat. It has the highest DPS of all ARs in the game, which makes it a rather desirable weapon.

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You can make it work in at long range by using the Stock HCOG attachment, which will considerably increase the handling of this bad boy.

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Triple Take Sniper Rifle

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  • Base Damage: 69
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  • Headshot Damage: 138
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  • Magazine: 5
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  • Ammo Type: Energy Ammo
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Triple Take is the second energy weapon in Apex Legends, but instead of an LMG it's a sniper rifle.

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The name of the weapon comes from its triple barrel, which shoots three projectiles at the same time.

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This sounds cool on paper, but in reality, it's not very practical because of the possible spread of projectiles. The solution would be to attach the Precision Choke Hop-Up on the Triple Take, which should be able to significantly reduce spread.

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M600 Spitfire LMG

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  • Base Damage: 20
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  • Headshot Damage: 40 (2x)
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  • Magazine: 35
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  • Ammo Type: Heavy Rounds
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Spitfire is a peculiar weapon choice. It has a somewhat bad recoil, especially as soon as you start shooting. However, it stabilizes the more you shoot, and you can clearly put in a couple dozen bullets in your enemy at some of the highest fire rate in the game.

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Unlike the Devotion LMG, this gun uses normal heavy rounds, so you will have no trouble finding more ammo.

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Peacekeeper Shotgun

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  • Base Damage: 110 (11x10)
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  • Headshot Damage: 165 (11x15)
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  • Magazine: 6
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  • Ammo Type: Shotgun Shells
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By no means is the Peacekeeper shotgun a powerful weapon in terms of DPS. Actually, this weapon has quite low base damage in comparison to other shotguns in the game.

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But this beast of a gun has a high fire rate and quick reload speed, which is much better than a slow but heavy-damaging shotgun in a battle royale.

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If you are looking for a surefire close range weapon that can quickly deal a lot of damage, then be sure to check out this little buddy.

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Longbow DMR Sniper Rifle

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  • Base Damage: 55
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  • Headshot Damage: 110 (2x)
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  • Magazine: 5
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  • Ammo Type: Heavy Rounds
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Longbow has the lowest DPS of all sniper rifles in the game. So why is it considered to be one of the best? It all comes down to the speed of the bullet; the Longbow helps players reach their targets much quicker than any other rifle.

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This gun also has great range, so you can take out enemies from great distances. Lastly, it's a lot easier to find the Longbow than the famous Kraber rifle.

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Devotion LMG

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  • Base Damage: 17
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  • Headshot Damage: 34 (2x)
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  • Magazine: 44
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  • Ammo Type: Energy Ammo
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Light machine guns have always been the number one choice for players who are looking for a high fire rate. If you're one of those, then you should consider nabbing one of the two energy weapons in Apex Legends The Devotion LMG.

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This light machine gun has a unique spin-up mechanism that increases its fire rate the longer you shoot. This means that Devotion is basically a meatgrinder of a weapon, giving you more bang for your gameplay buck. 

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R-301 Carbine Assault Rifle

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  • Base Damage: 14
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  • Headshot Damage: 28 (2x)
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  • Magazine: 18
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  • Ammo Type: Light Rounds
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Although this assault rifle has a small magazine and low DPS, you will not find a more accurate rifle in the game. More than that, its high level of accuracy remains almost equal for all three types of combat range: close, mid, and long.

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This makes the R-301 the most versatile weapon in the game, and if you like to play with assault rifles, then you will find plenty of useful attachments for it as well.

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Mastiff Shotgun

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  • Base Damage: 144 (8x18)
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  • Headshot Damage: 288 (8x36)
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  • Magazine: 4
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  • Ammo Type: 20 (4+16)
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The Mastiff shotgun is an exceptional weapon. It has the highest DPS of all of guns in Apex Legends; it's also very accurate for a shotgun.

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However, since it's obviously not as precise as the Kraber rifle, the Mastiff gets the second place in our tier list.

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Just like the Kraber can only be obtained from airdrops, so is the case with Mastiff, so be on the lookout for this amazing weapon as you make your way around the map.

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Kraber .50-cal Sniper Rifle

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  • Base Damage: 125
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  • Headshot Damage: 250 (2x)
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  • Magazine: 4
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  • Ammo Type: 8 (4+4)
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Kraber is hands down the best sniper rifle in Apex Legends and the best weapon in general. This weapon delivers high levels of damage and has great accuracy, which will let you perform quick and exact kills.

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However, it's not easy to obtain the Kraber sniper rifle, as it can be found only in airdrops. But if you manage to get one of these guns, you will be practically unbeatable.

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Currently, there are 19 weapons in total in Apex Legends, excluding various grenade types. As expected, you have at your disposal guns like sniper rifles, assault rifles, shotguns, LMGs or SMGs, and even with pistols, if that's what your gameplay style requires.

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In any case, there's a perfect weapon for each player, so we're here to help you make that choice with a few tips. Follow our tier list of all available weapons in Apex Legends, which are sorted in descending order from best to worst.

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Remember that each gun can be improved with different attachments, so be sure to consider that when making your selection.

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Apex Legends Character Ability Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/nuvum/apex-legends-character-ability-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/nuvum/apex-legends-character-ability-guide Fri, 08 Feb 2019 01:09:41 -0500 Kenneth Seward Jr.

Apex Legends is the only battle royale game that has hero shooter mechanics, featuring characters, called "Legends," with unique abilities. This means that combat is more than just finding weapons and shooting one another, with some characters acting as great scouts and others playing more supportive roles, offering up heals and defensive gear drops.

All of the characters are viable in the right hands, and, because of this, some players may want a general character guide. That way, they can learn about what characters are best suited for any given situation.

The Legends

Bangalore

Bangalore is your typical soldier, the possibility of an interesting backstory notwithstanding. She can be a great asset when it comes to dishing out punishment, but her passive and tactical abilities lean towards surviving a bad encounter rather than putting up a straightforward fight.

  • Tactical Ability: Smoke Launcher
    Bangalore can fire a high-velocity smoke canister from her shoulder cannon, creating a wall of smoke on impact.

  • Passive Ability: Double Time
    Taking fire while sprinting makes Bangalore move faster for a brief time.

  • Ultimate Ability: Rolling Thunder
    Bangalore can call in an artillery strike that travels slowly across the ground.

As you can see, her skillset is mostly built for survival. Tossing out a smoke grenade before dashing around a corner, is a good way to lose pursuers, and her Rolling Thunder ability can cause havoc among those who choose to chase her down. Hiding the strike in a cloud of smoke can also lead to multiple downed opponents.

Though her abilities (sans the Ultimate) are tailored for defensive maneuvers, she can use them offensively as well. Popping her smoke and running towards an enemy, while wielding a shotgun, has often turned the tables in a fight. I mean, if she’s getting shot anyway, why not make the best of bad situation?

Bloodhound

Bloodhound is a tracker with abilities reminiscent of the trackers from Evolve – that old Turtle Rock shooter. Thanks to his keen senses, he’s able to spot hidden danger and hunt down unsuspecting prey using their footprints.

  • Tactical Ability: Eye of the Allfather
    Once activated, this ability allows Bloodhound to briefly see hidden enemies, traps, and clues throughout structures directly in front of him.

  • Passive Ability: Tracker
    Bloodhound is able to see the tracks left behind by rival players.

  • Ultimate Ability: Beast of the Hunt
    This ability enhances Bloodhound’s senses, allowing him to move faster and highlight any enemy he sees.

Bloodhound’s role on the team shifts between assassin and scout. When heading into a new area, it’s often wise to scan the area using Eye of the Allfather, especially if he notices lingering footprints, as no one wants to walk into an ambush while searching for loot.

That said, enemies can see his scan, alerting them to his presence. He’ll have to make sure his team is ready to fight before surveying an area.

When the bullets start flying, his Eye of the Allfather can help keep him one step ahead of an enemy, as it’s hard to flank someone who can see through walls. Chasing down rivals is also easier with his Ultimate; not only does he move faster than everyone else, their bodies glow red. Getting the drop on someone who thinks they’re hiding is the perfect way to close out a fight.

Caustic

Caustic is one of the more interesting Legends. By that I mean he is a bit sadistic; he enjoys testing his deadly gasses on unsuspecting “specimens”…

  • Tactical Ability: Nox Gas Trap
    Caustic can drop up to six canisters that releases deadly gas when shot or triggered by enemies.

  • Passive Ability: Nox Vision
    Caustic can see enemies through his gas.

  • Ultimate Ability: Nox Gas Grenade
    Covers a large area in Nox gas.

Caustic likes to set traps in hopes of poisoning foes. While he enjoys such practices, his ability to manipulate the area around him is also priceless in a prolonged fight.

Setting up some traps near entrances or around loot, preferably out of sight, can help soften up intruders, and, if things turn hairy, Caustic can cover an entire room with gas using his ult. This can hinder his allies, as the gas makes it harder for them to see, but the pros outweigh the cons.

His enemies will suffer the same effects as well as take damage over time – dropping the gas grenade right before going down can keep Caustic from being killed. Again, his control of an area is what makes him a threat in close quarter battles.

Gibraltar

This giant of a man is the team’s support. He has multiple shields that protect himself, and others, from attacks, and, like all Legends, Gib also packs a punch.

  • Tactical Ability: Dome of Protection
    Gibraltar can throw down a dome-shield that blocks attacks for 15 seconds.

  • Passive Ability: Gun Shield
    When Gibraltar aims down sights, his deploys a gun shield that blocks incoming fire.

  • Ultimate Ability: Defensive Bombardment
    Gibraltar calls in a concentrated mortar strike on a marked position.

Like I said, Gibraltar is mainly used as a support (even for himself). His gun shield is great for one on one showdowns, especially when he crouches, as the shield only protects a small portion of his body. Going low helps in hiding most of him behind it.

His dome-shield is where it’s at though. Whether he is pinned down by sniper fire and needs a few seconds of breathing room, or he’s looking to revive a downed ally without taking damage, the shield is there for him. He can’t shoot through the shield and enemies can run inside, but it can be helpful in a pinch.

Gibraltar’s mortar strike is great too (as long as he doesn’t blow himself up). Of course, it’s typically used when he’s become fed up with being on the receiving end of punishment.

Lifeline

Lifeline is also a supportive character, even more so than Gib. She is great at reviving allies, can heal everyone (including enemies), and has a direct link to an emergency supply drop. She’s basically a humanitarian with guns.

  • Tactical Ability: D.O.C. Heal Drone
    Lifeline can summon her “Drone of Compassion” to auto heal nearby players.

  • Passive Ability: Combat Medic
    Lifeline quickly revives downed teammates while protected by a shield wall. She also uses healing items 25% faster than everyone else.

  • Ultimate Ability: Care Package
    Lifeline can call in a drop pod full of high-quality defensive gear.

Like her code name implies, Lifeline is the lifeline of the group. Her quick revives are great at getting teammates back in the fight, and her shield makes sure she doesn’t get shot while doing it.

She can also actively heal everyone; calling up her drone to improve a dwindling health bar is always a clutch move. As long as there aren’t any enemies around to mooch some health that is.

While her ultimate ability isn’t offensive in nature, it’s still pretty great. Being able to call in a drop pod, carrying armor and such, is certainly helpful. This is especially true when teammates are resurrected, as Lifeline can have armor waiting for them when they rejoin the game.

Mirage

Mirage is a trickster, able to “psyche out” rivals using holographic decoys and a cloaking device. It can be hard to pin down his location or finish him off after knocking him down…

  • Tactical Ability: Psyche Out
    Mirage sends out a holographic decoy to confuse enemies.

  • Passive Ability: Encore
    He automatically drops a decoy and cloaks for five seconds when knocked down.

  • Ultimate Ability: Vanishing Act
    Mirage deploys a team of decoys to distract enemies before cloaking.

Mirage’s kit is somewhat self-severing, and his abilities act as a means of getting him out of hot water. That said, they can be used in conjunction with other players — it’s possible to toss out a decoy to lure enemies into a kill zone for instance.

This goes double for his ult; sending out a bunch of clones can help when trying to revive someone, when trying to flank, or when needing a quick exit from a firefight.

Pathfinder

Pathfinder is Apex Legends’ true scout. Need to get up to an out of reach ledge to survey the area? Send out his grappling hook. Want to bring the squad along as well? Send up a zipline.

Getting around the map is a cinch with Pathfinder on the team. Of course, his abilities have other uses as well…

  • Tactical Ability: Grappling Hook
    Pathfinder can grapple up to high places.

  • Passive Ability: Insider Knowledge
    Upon climbing a survey beacon, Pathfinder can reveal the ring’s next location.

  • Ultimate Ability: Zipline Gun
    Pathfinder creates a zipline for everyone to use.

Pathfinder’s mobility is unmatched. Not only can he get to hard-to-reach places, he can also make it so his team can follow him. Furthermore, being able to know where the ring is headed ahead of other players is a boon, as planning ambushes during the final moments of a match is that much easier when you know where everyone is going.

What’s interesting about Pathfinder, besides everything I just mentioned, is his ability to grapple opponents. By targeting them with his grappling hook, he can pull them towards him in the same fashion as Overwatch’s Roadhog. This is great for closing the gap, snagging fleeing enemies, and/or pulling them from an elevated position to remove their high ground advantage.

Wraith

Wraith is Apex Legends’ ninja. With her ability to manipulate the void, she can seemingly be everywhere and nowhere in a manner of seconds. She also hears a voice that warns her of danger, because, why not?

  • Tactical Ability: Into the Void
    Wraith can reposition quickly through the safety of void space, avoiding all damage.

  • Passive Ability: Voice from the Void
    A voice warns her when danger is near.

  • Ultimate Ability: Dimensional Rift
    Wraith can link two locations with portals for 60 seconds, allowing her entire team to use them.

Wraith can be tricky to use. That said, in the right hands, she can take down an entire team.

Her Into the Void ability lets her move quickly around while avoiding damage, maybe after being warned by the voice in her head. This is great for repositioning herself when caught in the open or escaping the blast radius of an explosive. It’s also good from chasing people down.

Her ult is only useful in certain situations though. This is because anyone can use her portals, regardless of what team they’re on.

That said, it is good for scavenging an area, and it’s possible to place one portal in a safe place and another near a loot drop. This allows Wraith to pop back to her team after snagging some items, or, better yet, she can have enemies follow her through the portal and into her team’s awaiting bullets.

Well, there you have it. Hopefully, this basic break down of Apex Legends’ cast of characters will help you in the coming matches. If you’re looking for a slightly deeper dive, feel free to check out our tier list and stay tuned for more Apex Legends guides. 

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Apex Legends Character Tier List: From Best to Worst https://www.gameskinny.com/sud0v/apex-legends-character-tier-list-from-best-to-worst https://www.gameskinny.com/sud0v/apex-legends-character-tier-list-from-best-to-worst Thu, 07 Feb 2019 12:22:51 -0500 Sergey_3847

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Mirage

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Here's arguably the worst legend in Apex Legends. Mirage has a whole bag of neat tricks, but he proves to be a rather useless character when you start to play him.

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Of course, players who like to cause confusion on the battlefield will love Mirage, as he is capable of creating holographic images of himself. This ability can be used to a great degree, especially in its ultimate form, when Mirage deploys a whole bunch of holograms and disappears himself.

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Unfortunately, you will not be able to attack anybody while staying invisible, so it's a questionable skill to have.

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This tier list of the best characters in Apex Legends should help you make the decision which legend to choose for your next match-up. Also, be sure to come back for even more related guides here at GameSkinny.

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Lifeline

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Here is a typical healer that can be used to a great effect in a team. Many players would doubt the need to have a healer as their ally, since every legend has an ability to revive their teammates. But Lifeline can do it 25% faster and under a protective shield, which guarantees the result.

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She can also call upon an airdrop, which includes some additional protective gear. But that is basically it, and that is why Lifeline is so low on our tier list of Apex Legends characters.

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Caustic

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Caustic is a very peculiar legend that will not fit all players. All of his abilities in one way or another depend on a toxic gas known as Nox Gas. He can either set up gas traps, which can be useless unless enemy players stumble upon them and activate them, or he could throw gas grenades that explode and create a huge cloud of poison immediately.

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The only good thing about the Nox Gas is that it not only prevents enemies from seeing you, but it also damages them, which can be used either for targeted attacks or as escape tactics.

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Bangalore

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High mobility and speed of movement are two best traits of Bangalore. She is not very good at sniping or tactical maneuvering, but when you need to attack quickly, then she's the real deal.

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Bangalore also can throw a canister of smoke that prevents other players from seeing her, which is excellent for escaping or stealth attacking. However, if you're playing against Bloodhound, this trick won't work as this legend can see right through it. So in this regard she is rather vulnerable.

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Wraith

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Wraith is a legend that is really fun to play. Her Rift ability can be used not only to get yourself and your allies out of a bad position, but it can be used as a trap mechanism for enemies.

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She can be compared to Pathfinder in this sense, who can also use a zipline that connects two locations. But in this regard Pathfinder's ability is slightly better, because the ziplines stay for the entirety of the match-up, while Wraith's portals stay open only for 60 seconds.

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Pathfinder

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There is no other legend in Apex Legends as challenging as Pathfinder. That is because his Grappling Hook ability is extremely hard to master, but when you do, you will have the greatest advantage of them all.

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First of all, it can help you get to locations that are out of reach for other players. Secondly, it allows Pathfinder to accelerate when moving by swinging from one object to another. Lastly, it's a perfect tool to quickly change your position in a shootout.

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Gibraltar

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This tank legend is probably the most valuable ally and one of the best characters you could play mainly due to his Dome of Protection ability, which creates a protective dome around him for 15 seconds.

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But Gibraltar can also be a very good sniper using his Gun Shield ability, which protects him everytime he uses a weapon. In this way you can snipe anyone freely without being afraid to get shot in the process.

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His ultimate ability is a perfect AoE that calls upon an air strike that bombards everyone except yourself and your teammates, which is super convenient.

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Bloodhound

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The number of tactical abilities Bloodhound possesses instantly makes him the most valuable legend in the game. Imagine how good he is if his skills allow him to figure out the location of enemies inside the buildings, and thus help you decide how exactly you want to approach them. 

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His ultimate skill, Beast of the Hunt, boosts your speed of movement for entire 35 seconds, which is more than enough to hunt down even the most skilled players. It can also be used to escape the most dire situations and quickly change your vantage point.

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Respawn Entertainment, the developer of the highly popular Titanfall series, has just released a brand new free-to-play Battle Royale game - Apex Legends.

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It introduces eight original characters that can be played in a team of three players for a total of 60 players in one match-up. Each character is a legend with their own abilities that can be used in various situations. These legends correspond to different playstyles and preferences of different players. However, the main archetypes, such as a tank, a healer, a support, and others stay the same.

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If you're completely new to the game, and you want to know which legend to choose, then check out our tier list of the Apex Legends characters from best to worst.

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Anthem Announces First Post-Launch Content Update https://www.gameskinny.com/q26za/anthem-announces-first-post-launch-content-update https://www.gameskinny.com/q26za/anthem-announces-first-post-launch-content-update Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:06:42 -0500 William R. Parks

While players have not yet started their adventures in Anthem, BioWare and EA are already offering details on what fans can expect from the action RPG's endgame content. Part of this content will include post-launch additions to the title, and the companies have recently shared a schedule of when these updates will begin.

Anthem's post-launch updates are called "Acts," and they will include "content, features, and quality-of-life fixes." Act 1, which is titled "Echoes of Reality," is scheduled for release in March, and it is is set to be implemented over three updates.

Details on exactly what these updates will bring is limited, however, Act 1's finale is said to contain something major: a Cataclysm. In a recent blog post from EA, this incident is described as "a world-changing, time-limited event that comes with extreme weather, dangerous new enemies, and new mysteries to solve."

What will happen after this Cataclysm is unknown, but Anthem's post-launch calendar shows two Acts looming beyond Act 1. No information is provided about when Acts 2 and 3 will be available, but the images included in the schedule may offer some insight into the content that they will contain.

"Anthem is designed to be a living, changing world, so that your experience constantly evolves over time," EA's post state, and it seems that Acts will be a key factor in keeping players engaged and returning to the game. That said, they are not the only thing Anthem offers to fans at the endgame.

As outlined by BioWare and EA, players that finish the main story have a number of options to pursue. This includes completing contracts and challenges as well as exploring the game under harder difficulty settings.

Last week, EA released a chart that outlined when fans will be able to begin playing Anthem, which is contingent upon platform as well as if the player subscribes to Origin or EA Access. While indeed it seems that not everyone will be able to start their journeys at the same time, the announcement of Act 1 means that more content is on the way for anyone that wants it.

Details on Anthem's first post-launch update can be found on the game's website.

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More Than 5 Million Copies Of Kingdom Hearts 3 Sold Since Release https://www.gameskinny.com/ywvu7/more-than-5-million-copies-of-kingdom-hearts-3-sold-since-release https://www.gameskinny.com/ywvu7/more-than-5-million-copies-of-kingdom-hearts-3-sold-since-release Wed, 06 Feb 2019 13:31:45 -0500 QuintLyn

Among console gamers, Kingdom Hearts 3 is the current darling of the day. Fans of the Square Enix/Disney crossover JRPG have been waiting for this particular installment of the franchise for an extremely long time. And if the current sales numbers, social media chatter, livestreams, reviews are any indication, it was well worth the wait.

According to a post on the Kingdom Hearts Twitter account, over 5 million copies of the game have been shipped worldwide. In fact, the game has done so well in the UK it knocked Resident Evil 2 down a peg, stealing the number one spot on the sales charts.

At a minimum sales price of $60 for the standard version of the game, Kingdom Hearts 3 has brought in over $300 million in sales.

Of course, that number doesn't account for individuals who spent $230 on the KH 3 Special Edition bundle or $80 on the Deluxe Edition. Nor does it take into account regional price variations or the cost to make and ship each individual copy.

Still, that's a heck of a lot of money in such a short time frame.

Considering the game's title, it may seem there's not too much to the Kingdom Hearts series. But longtime fans of the franchise know that's not the case. Kingdom Hearts doesn't consist of just three games but boasts 16 entries across a variety of platforms.

Granted, roughly six of those are remakes and collections designed to introduce new gamers to the series, but overall, it's impressive, especially impressive considering Square and Disney are telling the same story across all of the games.

Not only does the Kingdom Hearts series allow players to revisit their favorite characters from Square Enix's Final Fantasy games, it also allows them to spend time with the Disney characters they grew up with. The series also benefits from the fact that Square has done a good job crafting the games, making them fun to play and telling good stories.

So it probably shouldn't surprise anyone that Kingdom Hearts 3 is doing so well.

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