Playstation 4 Platform RSS Feed | Playstation 4 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Borderlands 3 Review: Loot, Laugh, Love Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:36:10 -0400 John Schutt

Borderlands 3 is many things: a fun 30-hour campaign, an unsurpassed loot grind, a technically proficient and satisfying shooter, and funny if you're 12. It's also a great entry point for the series and a love letter to everything that made it the juggernaut it is today.

It's got its issues, of course. The writing quality is inconsistent, and performance leaves something to be desired. These facts haven't deterred thousands of players from diving in and are unlikely to stop thousands more when everything's said and done.

Loot as Far as the Eye Can See

No Borderlands game is built on the back of its narrative, nor even its immature, irreverent humor. People come to the series for the loot game, and if there is anywhere this title nails absolutely everything, it's the loot progression.

Where to even start? If you're familiar with the formula, you know that you'll never want for new guns or gear to equip. Every enemy has a high chance of spawning something. Most of what you'll find is trash, but on the off chance you do find something worthwhile, it can change the game. 

At least until you find something else in 10 minutes.

That's a big draw for most fans, too. Unlike a game like Destiny 2, where the loot is more measured and the power scale smoother, in Borderlands 3, with the right drop, you can and will break the game right open.

Every enemy you kill could be the one to drop the perfect roll, even on the lower rarities. A blue-rarity gun might not dominate at the highest difficulties, but if you're lucky, it can and will carry you well past its level. 

It's the perfect chase, in many ways. The game shows you how potent one gun can be, but it then dangles a new carrot in front of you. Suddenly, you're questioning everything about your current setup. So you pick up something on a whim and try it out, only to wonder why you ever used anything else.

And it's not just about damage, either. The various equipment types — shields, relics, and class mods — augment your abilities with a weapon and within your class. The most dedicated players will spend hours looking for a single item, killing the same boss over and over so they can find the relic that perfects their build. 

The way loot spawns is almost as important as the abilities it provides. The sudden jump of gear as it explodes from enemies is more satisfying than it has any right to be. Plus, the Epic and Legendary gear spawn sounds are subtle but unmistakable. Bosses are especially enjoyable to kill, as their death throes terminate in a massive horde of money, consumables, and gear. No other game can boast anything like it.

The loot variety is also nothing to sneeze at. There are enough weapons and weapon types to keep things interesting for dozens of hours. If you add in the half-dozen weapon subtypes and various mechanical iterations, "billions of guns" sounds like a real possibility.

If Borderlands 3 stopped there, no one would blame it for providing an incredible progression system, but it doesn't stop — instead, it steps on the gas. 

With the return of True Vault Hunter Mode (TVHM), you have a NG+ mode with better loot and a way to truly test your gear against the game's toughest enemies. Then you can add in the new Mayhem Mode to increase your looting options even further. It comes complete with combat modifiers, gameplay changes, and smaller tweaks to the formula.

The hits keep coming, too, with two endgame modes — Circle of Slaughter and Prooving Grounds — pushing you to put on a real show. Both will test the limits of your loot and your build, but players are already finding ways to shatter bosses.

And that's how Borderlands is supposed to work.

These Guns Were Made for Shooting

Now, loot is great and all, but it doesn't mean as much if it doesn't change the way you play. And boy, can it ever.

Build variety in Borderlands 3 is incredible, even if the skill trees do try to rein it in somewhat. Melee focus, long-range focus, Ability focus, weapon type focus, grenade focus, life-steal, speed, damage, and so much more — if you can dream it, there's probably a way to build it.

Which is why it's a relief killing enemies with anything and everything is so satisfying. Unlike in previous games, where the shooting was a little clunky, or the movement didn't feel as fluid, everything comes together in Borderlands 3 to create an exhilarating experience. 

The guns, for their part, have a real punch to them, and there's a chunky feeling to the heavier weapons that scratches the itch for power in your bullets. Grenades — especially the community-favorite Pipe Bomb — are a great way to turn your enemies into red mist.

Player abilities are all unique, and all effectively fit the characters who use them. Zane's Clone and Drone abilities, for instance, are great for misdirection and battlefield control. Amara's fists show off not only the power of a Siren but also her mentality as someone always looking for a new fight.

Powerful as they are, abilities won't win fights for you on their own. They do enable feats of strength and power you don't find in other games. As with everything in Borderlands 3, if it isn't cranked to 11, it isn't worth having.

A Bridge Too Far

Sadly, there are a few things about Borderlands 3 that get in the way of the experience.

There are two huge elephants in the room: story and character. While many of the game's side characters and friends/enemies you meet along the way are well-written enough, the main drivers of the plot cannot boast such love and care. 

The Calypso twins are, to put it mildly, insufferable. Even though you discover why they are the way they are near the game's end, what you learn does little to blunt their sheer obnoxiousness.

That said, the real issue is how little your character has to say about the plot of the game. True, it's your actions that enable the main NPCs' plans to move forward, but you nonetheless spend time doing what you're told. More importantly, in the narrative cutscenes where the Twins and others get their evil on, your Vault Hunter isn't just silent: they're missing. 

The number of times the player character could have done something — anything — about the horrid situations they find themselves in is criminal. Only once, at the beginning of the game, is there some barrier between the Vault Hunter and a problem. Almost every other time, if they had just stepped in, events would have played out quite differently.

The narrative's overall weakness isn't helped by how the game runs, either. On PC, framerate drops, hitching, and intermittent crashing are common, as are save corruption errors and other progress blocking-bugs. Console has its own issues to iron out, and we even have a guide on how to fix one of them

Equipment balance is another pressing issue. If you've spent any time on forums or watching streams, you've seen the damage the Porcelain Pipe Bomb can do to bosses. It's beyond broken in a game meant to be broken, melting endgame bosses in seconds.

These issues, among others, have prompted official responses from both the Borderlands and Gearbox Twitter accounts. No timelines have been given, and in a game this large, something is liable to slip through. That doesn't excuse the bugs and performance problems, but at least they're being addressed.

  • Great gunplay, loot, and ability mechanics
  • Fantastic worlds filled with interesting side characters and sub-plots
  • Irreverent humor that satisfies the kids in all of us
  • Mediocre story with annoying main villains and too many missed opportunities
  • Performance on PCs and consoles leaves something to be desired

Despite a few glaring flaws and quality-of-life issues (endlessly screaming enemies, for one), Borderlands 3 is one of the best looter-shooter experiences on the market today. No other game can boast the amount of loot, nor the satisfaction of acquiring it all.

The classes on offer are each unique in their way, and their gameplay works in beautiful tandem with the gear you find littered about the world. The guns and grenades and other tools of destruction are almost too much fun to use. Turning an infinite number of bandits into red mist has almost never been this enjoyable.

It's not a perfect game, but it will keep you hooked for way too much time if you give it half a chance.

Borderlands 3 Guide: How to Farm Legendary Weapons and Gear Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:32:54 -0400 John Schutt

As more Borderlands 3 players approach the endgame, there is one question they must answer before moving forward: Where can I farm legendary weapons, shields, and class mods? 

You know, the best gear in the game for each class...

There are a few surefire ways to load up on these shiny golden guns. The best and most broken of them — such as those outlined at the bottom of this guide from PC Gamer and Heavy — are likely to be patched or adjusted. Update: the PC gamer trick is patched.

Since the pipe bomb trick and loot tink won't be around for long, we'll be discussing five different methods unlikely to be patched or removed. They are:

  • Boss farming
  • Chest Farming
  • Quest Hoarding
  • The Circle of Slaughter
  • Proving Grounds

Please note: All of these methods require True Vault Hunter Mode and Mayhem to be active. Also, this article does not discuss specific farming locations, focusing instead on the means of acquiring legendary items, the ultimate upgrade for your guns and gear.

Shiv boss title card from Borderlands 3

Farming Bosses and Red Chests

As in Borderlands 2, every boss in Borderlands 3 will respawn after a set period passes, provided you've completed the main story on their planet.

For instance, you can endlessly kill and loot the Gigamind and/or Killavolt boss fights on Promethea. That is, provided you've completed all story missions there and killed the bosses in question.

Typically, there's about a 45-minute to a one-hour delay between each boss spawn. As of writing, though, you can expedite the process by tricking the game into respawning bosses early.

How to Spawn Bosses Faster in Borderlands 3

All you need to do for this quicker method is:

  1. Kill the boss
  2. Exit their arena (completely)
  3. Reload the game
    • Quit to the main menu and reload

You'll spawn at the checkpoint nearest your previous location, and the boss should be similarly back in action. 

This farm works endlessly, and you can continue to fight as long as it takes for the boss to drop the weapon you want. 

Get Red Boss Chests for Better Loot

Bosses usually come with red chests as well, and these chests have a much higher probability of spawning legendaries than other weapon caches throughout the world.

Red chests respawn after about 45 minutes. If you find a good spot to grind for a few hours, you can supplement boss murder with additional chances at the best loot.

Claptrap stands in front of a poster of the Clypso twins

Quest Hoarding

There are a lot of quests in Borderlands 3. However, unless you've completed the main story, they won't scale in level or value with your character. Once you do beat the final boss, they start scaling just fine. 

You're likely to hit the max level cap (50) by the time you complete True Vault Hunter Mode's second playthrough. That means every quest you picked up along the way is not at the level cap, bosses and loot included.

Bear in mind, most completed quests are not repeatable, so hoarding them until endgame is the best way to secure everything at the proper endgame levels.

Twinks and other borderlands enemies fire weapons

The Circle of Slaughter

Another endgame, the Circle of Slaughter is a classic Horde mode. You'll fight through five rounds of three waves each with additional challenges thrown in.

Difficulty increases with each round, meaning more and tougher enemies, with the fifth round being the hardest of all. In the end, you'll meet a small horde of quality loot as a reward for conquering the Circle.

"Farming" this activity is less about the act and more about the theory. You want to maximize four things to get the most out of your time. 

  1. Damage: If you can't kill enemies, you aren't spawning loot. Prioritize damage wherever possible. Efficiency is key.

  2. Survivability: Tailor your build so you can stay in the fight as long as possible. Whether that's damage reduction, regeneration, misdirection, or any other method of keeping yourself alive, do it.

  3. Luck: If you can find the gear to increase your luck by any significant margin, equip it. Don't sacrifice either damage or survivability, but a little extra luck increases your chances of a legendary weapon by more than you might think.

  4. Maximum Mayhem: In most scenarios, Mayhem Level 2 is more than enough for increasing your loot chance. Curate your builds around modifiers and play the best Borderlands you've ever played.

 A mech stands in front of other characters

Proving Grounds

Another endgame unlock, Proving Grounds is Borderlands 3's take on a classic dungeon instance. Think Diablo Rifts, but without quite so much randomness in map layouts. 

Proving Grounds are round-based affairs culminating in a final boss and a loot chest. As with the Circle of Slaughter, you want to ensure your builds are up to snuff. Strategize as above.

The farm here isn't quite as time-consuming as Circle, but it isn't boss-farm efficient either. Instead, you want to kill and kill and kill, melt the boss, repeat ad infinitum. With good luck and Maximum Mayhem, legendaries should be plentiful enough.

Be sure to check out our other Borderlands 3 guides below:

As noted at the beginning of this guide, you can also try these farming methods, though they're likely to be patched sooner rather than later: 

GreedFall Legendary Gear Guide: Weapons and Armor Locations Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:25:35 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

GreedFall is a huge game, and there are tons of different builds and strategies you can put together to help you succeed. However, one of the best boosts you can get comes from the legendary gear you find in the form of weapons and armor.

To get these sets, you often need to complete certain quests or quest chains. Below, you will find two lists of legendary gear: weapons and armor. Each entry lists the requirements for each item and set, as well as how to get them and where to find them on the open-world map. 

GreedFall Legendary Weapons

Legendary Weapon #1: Asili's Blunderbuss

You can find this gun during the "Doctor Asili's Experiments" quest. Look for the chest inside Asili's lab.

Legendary Weapon #2: Broadsword of the Deceased King

To obtain this brutal two-handed weapon, you need to complete the quest "Champion of the Arena."

The arena is located in New Serene in the basement of the Coin Guard Tavern. You will have to fight through waves of tough enemies, so come prepared.

Legendary Weapon #3: Great Honor Duel Flamberge

Go to the Hot Springs in Magasvar: The Vale of the Great Battle. Complete the boss fight and look for a corpse with a "Coin Guard Soldier's Key" item on it. Take that, then head to the easternmost area in this section.

There is a watchtower in a camp there. Climb to the top and use the key to open the chest and obtain the weapon.

Legendary Weapon #4: Great Scythe

The great scythe is one of the best weapons in the game and can only be obtained in Root's Passage. This area is only available during one quest: "Quest for a Panacea."

When exploring Root's Passage, you will come across a broken bridge. If you go around it, you will find passages off to the side. Follow the pathway to the right, and you will find a glowing room. The great scythe inside.

Legendary Weapon #5: Hammer of the Forgotten God

This is probably the easiest legendary weapon to obtain.

Build up your reputation with the Coin Guard faction to at least "Nice." You will then find this inside a chest in your camp or residence.

Legendary Weapon #6: Light Flamberge

This weapon is in the Wenshaganaw Singing Waters. You will find a location in this area with a large group of difficult enemies wearing skull helmets. They are guarding a chest with the light flamberge inside.

A good strategy for killing these tough enemies is to lure one away from the group, then defeat them on their own. Back up, heal, and pick the others off until you can reach the chest.

Legendary Weapon #7: Scimitar

You will find this weapon in Glendgnamvar: The Shore of the Tall Bones. It is in the southeastern part of the map, on the way to Bedri.

Be on the lookout for a broken bridge with a corpse underneath it. Grab a key off the corpse, then move up to the bridge. Have your Vigor stat increased to at least Level 2 in order to leap over the gap.

On the other side of the gap, you'll find a chest with the Scimitar inside.

Legendary Weapon #8: Yataghan

Like the Scimitar, you'll find the Yataghan in Glendgnamvar: The Shore of the Tall Bones. To get this weapon, you'll want to travel to the Ruins of Didri subsection.

Defeat the boss to find a chest nearby that contains this one-handed weapon.

GreedFall Legendary Armor

Legendary Armor #1: The Major Set

This set is located in Magasvar: The Vale of the Great Battle near the Great Honor Duel Flamberge. Finish the boss fight to find a corpse in the water with a few pieces of this set and a key.

Take the key to the easternmost area in this section look for a watchtower in a camp. Climb to the top of the watchtower and use the key to open the chest.

Legendary Armor #2: The Merchant Prince Set

Go to the central area of Wenshaganaw: The Singing Waters. Defeat the boss there and search for a corpse wearing an orange coat in the nearby bushes.

Take the key from this body and head north up the river. You'll soon find a locked chest near several rocks; open it to find this armor set.

Legendary Armor #3: Ring of Divine Fury

You'll get the Ring of Divine Fury while completing the quest called "In Pursuit of the Tierna Harh Cadachtas." Defeat the boss, including the summon that is called forth, and the ring will be placed in your inventory.

Legendary Armor #4: Saint Matheus Set

This set is located in Vedvilvie, inside the Cousoneigad Cave. Go through the huge stone archway to enter the cave, then head towards the northwestern portion of the area.

You'll need to have increased your Intuition to Level 2 to get through the passage there. Open the chest and claim your armor.


There you have it: GreeFall's legendary gear locations. Hopefully, this tips and tricks guide helped you find the weapons and armor you were looking for. The info here should have you slaying bosses and minions with even greater ease. 

For more on GreedFall, and to see why we compared it to The Witcher 3 and the Dragon Age franchise, be sure to head over to our full review here. And be sure to check out our other guides on the game while you're here, such as our companion quest and romancing guide

Final Fantasy 8 Remastered Guide: Best Weapons Tier List Tue, 17 Sep 2019 15:08:08 -0400 Sergey_3847

Whether it's Final Fantasy 8 Remastered or Final Fantasy VII Remake, the FF franchise features some of the most iconic weapons in the JRPG genre. Of course, not all of them are created equal, hence the need for the following FF8 tier list. 

Below, you'll find a complete tier list for the game that includes the strongest weapons, as well as their individual strength values, hit rates, and crafting recipes. We've chosen to only include the best weapons because once you get them, there's no reason to use anything else on the game's bosses and minions. 


  • Type: Gunblade
  • Strength: 30
  • Hit Rate: 255

Squall's best weapon has always been the Lionheart gunblade. After it appeared in Final Fantasy 8, it became so popular that developers included it in myriad FF games, including Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XV, and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.

Lionheart has earned the status of the best weapon in the game not only for its cool looks but because of the Lionheart ability, which allows players to perform an ultimate finishing attack as a part of the Renzokuken limit break.

This weapon is hard to get, but it's not impossible. Here is the crafting recipe for Lionheart:

  • 1x Adamantine
  • 4x Dragon Fang
  • 12x Pulse Ammo

Shooting Star


  • Type: Blaster Edge
  • Strength: 28
  • Hit Rate: 107

This weapon may not look terribly dangerous because of its feathery edges, but this is Rinoa's best projectile weapon.

Getting this weapon is just as hard as getting Lionheart, and you will need to go through a number of dangerous battles against Thrustavis, Torama, and Elnoyle before you get all of the necessary crafting components.

Here is the crafting recipe for Shooting Star:

  • 2x Windmill
  • 1x Regen Ring
  • 1x Force Armlet
  • 2x Energy Crystal

Strange Vision

  • Type: Nunchakus
  • Strength: 25
  • Hit Rate: 255

This is the rarest and strongest melee weapon in Final Fantasy 8. It's got an incredibly high hit rate, which means it can deal heavy damage.

Some of its components can only be obtained by playing card games, such as Triple Triad, and winning Star Fragment cards (e.g. Iron Giant). If you have played these card games, then you will know why it's so hard to actually get this weapon.

In any case, here's the crafting recipe for Strange Vision:

  • 1x Adamantine
  • 3x Star Fragment
  • 2x Curse Spike


  • Type: Gunblade
  • Strength: 24
  • Hit Rate: 255

In case Lion Heart turns out to be too difficult to craft, you can opt for another highly powerful gunbalde: Punishment.

It is also possible to get this weapon very early in the game by defeating Ifrit and Fastitocalon monsters on Balamb Beachside, which will give you a good amount of AP. Then, learn Quetzacoltl's card abilities and win every card mini-game.

After that, you can craft Punishment with the following recipe:

  • 1x Chef's Knife
  • 2x Star Fragment
  • 1x Turtle Shell
  • 8x Screw


  • Type: Shotgun
  • Strength: 25
  • Hit Rate: 115

The only really worthwhile firearm in FF8 is Exeter..

In order to get his weapon, you must first learn the Mug ability, which will allow you to steal Dino Bones from T-Rexaur in the Balamb Garden. After getting the bones, head to Esthar City and fight Elnoyle. Then play some more card games.

Eventually, you will have all the necessary items for crafting Exeter:

  • 2x Dino Bone
  • 1x Moon Stone
  • 2x Star Fragment
  • 3x Screw

Save the Queen

  • Type: Whip
  • Strength: 25
  • Hit Rate: 107

This whip made of tentacles can do just as much damage as any other top-tier weapon in Final Fantasy 8. It's also the only weapon that can be obtained via Triple Triad and Card Mod without leaving Balamb Garden. 

It has an alternative title and is sometimes called the Gold Snake, but in either case, the crafting recipe is the same:

  • 2x Malboro Tentacle
  • 4x Sharp Spike
  • 4x Energy Crystal


  • Type: Gloves
  • Strength: 25
  • Hit Rate: 103

Lastly, Zell's ultimate fighting gloves need to be mentioned. These can only be crafted using a very rare material; Dragon Skin.

To get the required number of the dragon scales, you will need to fight Anacondaur in Dollet.

Here is the crafting recipe for these powerful gloves:

  • 1x Adamantine
  • 4x Dragon Skin
  • 1x Fury Fragment


These were the strongest weapons in Final Fantasy 8 available through junk shop crafting. If you're looking for a way to get more screws in FF8 Remastered, then head over to this guide to find out more. 

For even more on the digital only remaster that launched on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam for PC (sorry, Mac, iOS, and Android), be sure to head over to our review of FF8 to read about our comparisons to the PS1 original and how the game holds up today. 

Biome the Vote: Choose Which Minecraft Biomes Get Updates, New Features Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:51:43 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Minecon Live is the celebration of all things Minecraft, and Mojang is adding to this year's event by holding a user poll to see which Minecraft biome gets a big upgrade first.

The choices are Swamp, Mountains, and Badland, and Mojang promises a variety of new features for all three biomes, including new mechanics and new models. Regardless of which biome wins, all will eventually get upgraded, since the Big Biome Vote is just to determine which one should gets the big makeover first

The poll opens on September 28 at 12 p.m. EDT, but between now and then, Mojang will release videos on Twitter showcasing what players should expect from each biome's update.

Minecon Live 2019 itself also begins September 28 and will be broadcast via Twitch, Mixer, YouTube, Facebook, and

This year's convention is hosted by four influencers and Minecraft experts, Masuo, Marielitai, Shubble, and Dangthatsalongname.

It'll include all of the usual fare: a 90-minute presentation of in-depth announcements about upcoming changes to the game and a series of panels hosted by Minecraft masters talking about what they do best, from modding to being a marketplace creator.

With Minecon Live, there is a number of Minecraft-related announcements we might expect to see. Minecraft Earth is one, or the recently announced ray tracing and graphics suite updates.

Then there's the Diablo-inspired Minecraft Dungeons, which hasn't gotten much attention since its initial announcement earlier in the year.

Whatever it is, we'll just have to wait and see. Be sure to tune in on GameSkinny to watch it all unfold. 

Meanwhile, check out some of the highlights from last year's Minecon Earth, which kicked off the Life Aquatic update, here.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Beta Impressions — Mostly on Target Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:29:38 -0400 John Schutt

This past weekend, everyone with a PS4 had the chance to try out Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's multiplayer beta. We took on the franchise's first 10v10 mode on Grazna Raid, detonated EMPs on Hackney Yard, and generally got a feel for how Night Vision gameplay felt. 

Going in, there was no end to my list of questions: How would gameplay feel? How effective were the killstreaks? Were the maps any good? Was it satisfying to use the guns? Did the game perform well? 

Here are my impressions from about eight hours with the game over the weekend, touching on gameplay, map design, and overall enjoyment.

Solid, Grounded Gameplay

From what I played, I can safely say that the jumpy, floaty, incredible pace of previous Call of Duty titles is significantly pared back. Your soldier feels heavier, the guns have more weight, and getting around generally takes more effort than other games. 

I think that's both a good and bad thing.

On the one hand, Call of Duty is often at its best when it embraces the arcadey games that birthed it — Quake, Doom, and other early FPS games. On the other, there's something incredibly satisfying about the punch and weight of Modern Warfare. There's a deeper sense of immersion when everything seems to take effort to accomplish.

And that's not for everyone. There's a reason the original Modern Warfare, and Black Ops 2, are remembered as fondly as they often are. Neither game had any pretentions about what kind of experience they were selling. They eschewed a substantial sense of realism for power fantasy, fast pace, and moment-to-moment thrills.

Modern Warfare's gameplay is something of a hybrid. On the smaller maps and in more constricted game modes, instant action is still very much the order of the day. It still feels like Call of Duty: fast time-to-kill, quick, responsive controls, the occasional killstreak, and generally high-pace. 

Jump to the larger maps and more open modes and suddenly, everything slows down, as might be expected. What I wasn't expecting was how quickly players would gravitate to the close-quarters areas. The long sightlines and open fields got almost no use save for the occasional sniper.

Players spend their downtime avoiding — or at least minimizing — the time they spend in large areas. It's something I found myself doing as well, if only because I'm about three times worse when playing on the sticks. 

Frequently enough, I was more comfortable in spaces where I had some amount of control over my own destiny. I knew when and where enemies would appear and respond accordingly. The large maps, when they felt large, robbed me of that sense of control. 

Another player with another playstyle (I'm a rusher, often to my death) probably feels exactly the opposite. The large, open field and the long streets of Grazna Raid are a sniper's playpen, or really for anyone with good aim. Frustrating as it might have been for me never to use a portion of a map, I think the general population will have plenty of places to play.

While we didn't have the opportunity to try out vehicles in the PS4 beta, we should in the cross-platform beta this weekend. We'll be getting our hands on the Ground War game mode starting Thursday.

Neo-Classic Map Design

Infinity Ward made something of a stir when they announced a departure from the classic, more symmetrical three-lane map design philosophy. While they clarify that overall, the three-lane design remains, symmetry is out the window to avoid the arcadey-ness I mentioned above.

I was concerned that even with the core design thinking intact, maps wouldn't be as nuanced, or that they'd play poorly.

In practice, that's rarely the case. None of the 6v6 maps lost much to the subtraction of symmetry. Even 10v10, spaces were compartmentalized enough that hot zones still developed, movement patterns became predictable and safe, killstreak-call-in locations were plentiful. 

Of the maps on offer, I cared for Azhir Cave the least. The cave clutter, lights, and general flow were too haphazard for my tastes. The map fell into the old trap of "not enough ways to move between lanes" that plagued many Black Ops 3 maps. It forced players into sightlines and into hidey-hole to await their prey.

On the flip side, the Hackney Yard map was my favorite. It has everything I want out of a Call of Duty map. There were plenty of sightlines and ways to traverse, so I always had options for attack or defense. There was ample airspace for killstreaks to do their work as well.

Hackney Yard also played to the strengths of some of Modern Warfare's new mechanics — from doors to its new equipment types — while maintaining the fundamentals that make CoD maps work.

The other two maps fell somewhere in the middle. Docks played a bit like Hackney Yard, but like Ahzir Cave needs more traversal routes, and there's almost too much clutter. The visual noise sometimes makes it hard to pick out what is and what isn't an enemy.

Grazna Raid is also a mixed bag. I like the center area filled with its broken buildings and verticality, but I could do without the large field on the one side. That said, I don't know if the map isn't much bigger than saw Strike from CoD4 or Plaza from Black Ops 2. It just feels bigger because of the layout.

If Modern Warfare can introduce even a few more maps like Hackney Yard — large scale or otherwise — we'll have a great game on our hands.

Improvements Needed

Thankfully, the Modern Warfare beta was just that: a beta. Several things need tending before it's a game I could sink hundreds of hours into. It does seem like the developers are listening to help make such dedication a reality.

Just two days in, Infinity Ward reenabled the minimap after player outcry. While I didn't feel its exclusion as someone better at the game, the experience was rather odd without it. I found myself looking to the top left of the screen often, only to find it empty.

And while I wasn't as bothered by a lack of minimap, what did frustrate me were the spawns. I kid you not: I watched an enemy player kill me as one of my teammates spawned almost inside him. To add insult to injury, those two kills were in the final killcam, and you could hear my teammate spawning just after I died.

The number of times I entered the fight with an enemy either looking at me or otherwise close was almost comical. I sincerely hope spawn logic receives a long look before launch.

Performance on a base PS4 also left something to be desired. I don't feel like I was pushing a stable 60 FPS for even a minute of my playtime, and CoD at 30 FPS is like playing in quick-drying concrete. I felt like textures, draw distance, and overall fidelity were also heavily compromised in ways previous games haven't been  at least this generation.

Lastly, and this isn't something that has a good answer, I think UAV spam is a bit much. That's likely because it was one of the only streaks players could equip, but I know from experience that a three-kill UAV (with Hardline, in this case) is asking for the announcer's throat to go dry. 

The callouts were non-stop, and if Modern Warfare has as many people running UAV as previous games, I'm almost a proponent of taking out the minimap. At least as long as a UAV puts it right back. There's always one in the sky anyway.

Overall Verdict of the Beta

If Infinity Ward wanted to get people back into Call of Duty, this is the best chance they've had to reinvigorate the franchise since Modern Warfare 2. No game on the market does quite what CoD does quite as well. Some titles offer similar experiences, sometimes much better experiences, but none that capture the old magic. 

Based on the beta alone, it's not a perfect game by any means, and I can see old-school fans of the series turned off by some of the design choices. The maps are hit and miss as well, as can be the movement system. I'm on the fence myself, unsure whether to embrace this slightly more realistic take on an old formula or retreat to what's familiar.

It's a good game, though. Not the game people expected, and maybe not the one they wanted, but one worth trying at least once.

Borderlands 3 "Connection to PlayStation Network Has Been Lost" Fix Mon, 16 Sep 2019 17:15:52 -0400 Tobbpitt

Borderlands 3 has its fair share of technical issues across all platforms. While we don't have a fix for most just yet (such as those affecting PC performance or FPS), there is one potential fix for Borderlands 3 connection issues on PS4. This worked for me, and it may work for you.

I'm one of the many who get the "Connection to PlayStation Network has been lost" error with the game. I can't really comment on whether this fix will work for people getting different errors, but it did work for me and is easy enough that it might be worth trying if you're having trouble with playing the game online on PS4.

I am not sure why this works, but it does and is totally safe so safe that it requires safe mode (har har). However, this fix does only work on PS4 and does not work on Xbox One. Sorry. 

How to Fix Connection Issues on PS4

  1. Turn your PS4 off
  2. Hold the power button a few seconds until the console beeps (some online tutorials say it beeps twice, but my slim only beeped once)
  3. Choose option number 4, "Reset to Default Settings"
  4. Let the console reset its settings, then hop onto your profile
  5. Input your internet connection settings
  6. Log back into the PlayStation Network

You do not lose any of your save data or any of that by doing this. It resets some settings back to factory settings, but its nothing that can't be sorted quickly a lot more quickly than sitting there repeatedly disconnecting from Borderlands 3.

Once you've done all of the above, you should be able to play without any trouble.

I'm not entirely sure why this fix works, but I turned to it after the frustration of one of our consoles connecting just fine and the other barely being able to connect to the game at all, despite both consoles being directly next to each other. C'est la vie; at least it's fixed now.


Check out our other Borderlands 3 guides here on GameSkinny!

How to be a Collector: A Professions Guide to Red Dead Online Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:50:25 -0400 Sergey_3847

Gold fever and the Wild West go hand in hand. And Red Dead Online fully embraces that connection with the Collector profession. Included in the Frontier Pursuits content update with the Bounty Hunter and the Trader professions, the Collector is the second-best specialty for players who want to make money. 

Instead of actually searching for gold bars, though, players in this role will find themselves searching obscure portions of the RDO map for old relics. Of course, these relics can be sold for big rewards, which is a great way to generate even more cash than some other specialties.

Below, you will find a complete tips and tricks guide on how to become a Collector, and how to make the most of this unusual business.

Getting Started as the Collector in Red Dead Online

Out of all three new professions, becoming a Collector is probably the hardest for any character. This method of play comes down to encountering Madam Nazar's Caravan, which always moves around the map.

While hard to chart, it regularly appears on the map near Moonstone Pond and O'Creagh's Run in the Grizzlies East region.

Once you've located Madam Nazar's Caravan, here's what you need to do to start finding treasure and other lootable items:

  1. Talk to Madam Nazar
  2. Purchase the Collector's Bag for 15 gold
  3. Open the Collector's Bag to activate map markers

If you have collected all 54 cards in GTA Online, then you don't need to pay for the Collector's Bag. Your progress in Rockstar's other popular action game will net you save you 15 gold. 

Deals, Skills, and Items

The first problem that you will face after becoming a Collector is that Madam Nazar will not give you all her map markers for free. First, you need to buy a few things from her:

  • Buy Pennington Field Shovel. This should be your first purchase, as it will unlock other maps in her shop.
  • Purchase all unlocked maps. Each map costs about $20, and it will unlock new map markers.
  • Purchase other accessories. These include belt buckles, goggles, and gloves, which will all help you locate various treasures.

Besides these items, you will get a number of items and skills by default: 

Rewards What They Do
Divination Sense nearby collectibles
Potential Detect disturbed earth when using Eagle Eye
Intuition Narrow your search area
Horse Saddlebag Upgrade Carry more in your Horse’s saddlebag
Refined Binoculars Specialized binoculars that make dig sites glow from a great distance
Aguila Machete A classic, restyled machete 
Metal Detector An important tool which can identify collectibles buried underground
Equine Assistance Collect herbs from horseback
Horse Lantern Light the path ahead with a lantern attached to your horse’s breastplate
Valuables Satchel Upgrade Store more items in your Valuables Pouch
Criollo Horses Known for their hardiness and stamina, they're fast and agile


Collecting Tips and Tricks

There are so many maps to unlock and so many items to find that you may easily get confused in the mess that is the Collector specialty. To help prevent that, follow these gameplay guidelines for the role whether by yourself or with friends: 

  • Never open a new map until you've collected all the items from the first one. Otherwise, you will lose all the previous map markers even if you haven't found the treasure yet.
  • If you've made a mistake and accidentally opened a new map, then you need to go back to Madam Nazar and purchase it once again.
  • Try to play with your gamepad vibration on, as it will help you locate hidden items.
  • Use Eagle Eye vision for better visibility.
  • Use the Metal Detector in hard-to-get-to places.


That is all you need to know on how to become a successful Collector in solo or multiplayer. For more Red Dead Online guides, check out the list below:

Red Dead Online is the online component of Red Dead Redemption 2. It is currently available for the PS4 and Xbox One.

RDO is free to those who own the RDR2 base game, though PlayStation 4 players must subscribe to PlayStation Plus to play online, while Xbox players must subscribe to Xbox Live. 

For more on Red Dead Redemption 2, be sure to head over to our official review of the game

How to be a Bounty Hunter: A Professions Guide to Red Dead Online Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:11:46 -0400 Sergey_3847

The Frontier Pursuits content update for Red Dead Online adds several new professions to the game — Trader, Collector, and Bounty Hunter — of which Bounty Hunter is the most dangerous. The profession will appeal to players who like to live on the edge, challenge themselves, and make money doing it. 

Just like every other profession in Red Dead Online, one must fulfill certain requirements to become a Bounty Hunter; there's a code, after all, to hunting for gangs and other lawbreakers across the RDO map.

Our guide below outlines helpful tips and tricks for those who want to play the specialty role. 

Getting Started as Bounty Hunter in Red Dead Online

Before getting yourself into all kinds of trouble, you need to get a proper license first. Here's what to do for a fast start:

  1. Travel to Rhodes
  2. When you arrive, follow the yellow marker on the map
  3. Speak to the Sheriff
  4. Purchase the Bounty Hunter license from him for 15 gold

If you already have a Twitch Prime Member account linked to Red Dead Online, then you will get the license for free, regardless of your platform.

After getting a license, you will see a new marker appear in each town. This is for the bounty board, which, of course, provides you with different types of bounty missions — and different ways to make money and gain XP.

Maybe you will even get lucky and find a legendary bounty. 

Deals, Skills, and Items

All bounty hunting missions are pretty much straightforward, but if you're having trouble getting to your first mission, here's the complete cycle:

  • Mark your destination: Follow the marker on the map after activating the bounty hunting mission.
  • Deal with bandits: Take out all enemies except your target, which should be taken alive.
  • Deliver the package: Bring the fugitive back to the Sheriff's office for a reward.

Obviously, bounty hunting is extremely dangerous business, since you will operate alone in most cases. You will need to be on the lookout for griefers, too, as you hunt your prey since they can make things more difficult.

Because of all of the variables at play, this method requires extra preparation for each mission. Fortunately, every Bounty Hunter is given a number of new skills and items to use while on this dangerous path:

Rewards What They Do
Focus Targets glow red in Eagle Eye
Reinforced Lasso A lasso made with reinforced rope to keep bounties secure
Reverse Spin Perform a Reverse Spin with a single pistol or revolver
Tonics Satchel Upgrade Store more items in your Tonics Pouch
Eagle Eye+ Track enemies while sprinting or galloping
Spin Up Perform a Spin Up with a single pistol or revolver
Kit Satchel Upgrade Store more items in your Kit Pouch
Tracking Arrow Pamphlet A pamphlet recipe on how to craft Tracking Arrows
Reverse Spin Up Perform a Reverse Spin Up with a single pistol or revolver
Ducking Duck for protection while on horseback
Bolas A thrown weapon, perfect for tangling the legs of bounties
Bounty Wagon A wagon for securely retaining multiple bounty targets
Perception Receive bounty notifications from a greater distance
Alternating Flips Perform Alternating Flips with a single pistol or revolver
Dual Gun Spinning Perform gun spinning tricks with two pistols or revolvers
Breton Horses This breed is strong and muscular

Bounty Hunting Tips and Tricks

Even though bounty hunting is a very straightforward trade, there are a few things one should keep in mind if they want to succeed in the role: 

  • Bring your targets back alive rather than dead for bigger rewards
  • Take advantage of your lasso for capturing your targets alive
  • Check out post offices and train stations for more bounty hunts
  • Bring your posse or play with friends for top-tier bounty hunts
  • Reinforce your lasso to win hard-to-get targets
  • Reach Level 15 and hunt for real players for $20 or more


That is all you need to know on how to make money as a successful Bounty Hunter. For more Red Dead Online guides, check out the list below:

Red Dead Online is the online component of Red Dead Redemption 2. It is currently available for the PS4 and Xbox One.

RDO is free to those who own the RDR2 base game, though PlayStation 4 players must subscribe to PlayStation Plus to play online, while Xbox players must subscribe to Xbox Live. 

For more on Red Dead Redemption 2, be sure to head over to our official review of the game

Final Fantasy VII Remake's Classic Mode Plays Similar to the Original Mon, 16 Sep 2019 10:46:12 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Final Fantasy VII Remake was shown off during an extended stage presentation at last week's Tokyo Game Show, and one of the features shown was Classic Mode.

Square Enix later summarized the mode's key features on Twitter, and that it lets players experience FFV7R in a way that feels most comfortable to them. Square Enix said of the mode:

...anyone playing #FinalFantasy VII Remake in Classic Mode does not have to worry about the action side of the combat system, and can instead focus on selecting commands, making it possible to play #FF7R as if it were a classic menu-based RPG!

In regular mode, the Active Time Battle (ATB) gauge fills when players land basic attacks; once full, players can then unleash special skills or use magic.

However, in Classic Mode, the game handles basic attacks on its own, so the ATB gauge fills automatically, sort of like it did in the original Final Fantasy VII. The player's main focus is then choosing commands from the menu.

The new FFVII Remake TGS trailer showed movement on the battlefield as an important part of the game's combat. Whether Classic Mode would also handle that movement and keep party members from hurting each other isn't certain, though.

This new mode was actually hinted at during E3 2019, when Square Enix said players could treat the game like a menu-based JRPG by pausing the action to choose their next move from a menu. While the game's first episode will only focus on Midgar, it certainly seems like it'll be packed full of features and gameplay variety to keep things interesting.

FIFA 20 Demo: Reactions to the Latest Generation are Mixed Sat, 14 Sep 2019 09:00:01 -0400 RobertPIngram

With the summer transfer deadline in the rearview mirror and club rosters finalized, that means that the dawn of a new year of FIFA is just around the corner.

While fans will still have to wait until September 24 to get their hands on the full version of FIFA 20, the demo is available early, and it gives players just a small taste of what's to come this year. While the standard demo fare rears its head, like a limited assortment of teams to actually play as, the big news is the ability to try the new street soccer VOLTA mode.

After spending some time with the demo, the news is mixed for fans of the series.

Full Side Play Stars

Although VOLTA might have stolen headlines since the announcement of the new feature, the core of any FIFA game will always be its ability to create a realistic and fun simulation when it comes to full-side of world-class soccer, and FIFA 20 lives up to the series' lofty standards. 

FIFA has long been the standard-bearer for EA's various sports simulations, and while each new iteration has been loaded with buzz words and big talk, it's fair to say there has generally been an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach to the game's mechanics.

With FIFA 20, that is still the clear operating premise. While the game doesn't feel exactly like its predecessor, and elite-level players may remain upset about the increased variance in chained skill maneuvers, if you've played a recent edition of FIFA, you'll likely find that you're right back in the swing of things in short order.

If you're new to the series or haven't played in a few years, don't worry about your skills. The game's default trainer overlay provides visual cues for suggested actions and the button or stick combinations to perform them, so you can hit the ground running.

While the new features aren't revolutionary, they're not invisible either, and at the end of the day, what you're left with is another very strong performance from the FIFA team.

VOLTA Disappoints... For Now

Before getting into my hands-on experience with the new mode, it's important to remember that a limited demo with only one-offs is far from the full picture of a game. With that large caveat out there, however, the early look is a big let down.

While the early talk of the new mode was appealing, with the game taking a realistic approach to small-sided games, what's actually delivered so far doesn't quite live up to expectations. 

The game leans into the flair and style of street ball, with standard passes and lobs occasionally being delivered in show-stopping, over-the-top manners, but the mode lacks the fluidity you'd hope for with a proper streetball option. Although highly skilled players may have more luck using flair and style to their advantage, new payers may find themselves playing the same game only cramped, ironically finding that the game, in turn, feels more bogged down than a standard match.

That's not to say there isn't promise in the mode, though. Just by the very nature of changing the dynamics of the game it does provide a fun alternative to standard play. Three-a-side on a tiny pitch is a vastly different experience, as is trying to tuck the ball into the game's small, keeper-less goals.

The first time my player rocketed a shot off a side wall then hammered in her own rebound for a self-pass goal was genuinely exhilarating, and the ability to have coed teams may seem small, but only if you've never been unable to squad up with your friends because your Pro is the wrong gender.

There are sprouts of how VOLTA may yet deliver on the promise of its first press release. Unless more is done to make the mode run smoother and the full options expand the world of VOLTA enough, however, it will remain a fun occasional diversion more than an expansive mode worth pouring hours into.

Final Whistle

As far as demos go, this is a promising showing from EA. There's every reason to believe that the standard favorites, from pro campaigns to FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT), will be as great as ever.

Although VOLTA failed to blow the doors off in demo form, it may well shine once players have access to the full array of options. If you're considering picking up FIFA 20, put on your game face and give the demo a spin.

While you wait for the game to arrive, be sure to check out our article on everything we know about the game, which includes everything from flair and career mode to pre-order information, trailers, and gameplay. 

FIFA 20 is set to release on September 27 for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. It will be included in Origin Access and EA Access.  

Borderlands 3: How to Redeem SHiFT Codes (Plus a Bunch of Vault Codes) Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:17:37 -0400 Tobbpitt

SHiFT Codes are back in Borderlands 3, and with them have come VIP Codes for use by members of the Vault Insider Program. To top things off, there's already a free code for three Golden Keys you surely want to get your hands on.

Becoming part of the Vault Insider Program doesn't cost anything, and can be done on the VIP portion of the Borderlands 3 website. However, you must have a SHiFT account to sign up for the VIP — so before you get to crackin' some codes, you'll need to:

  1. Sign up for a SHiFT account here
  2. Sign up a Vault Insider Program account here

If you don't intend to sign up for the VIP, just skip the second step.

How to Get SHiFT Codes and VIP Points

Codes will be passed out via social media and other means, such as product purchases, much as they were with Borderlands 2. As a matter of fact, the very first free SHiFT code for the game was a Borderlands 2 code. Crazy, right?

You'll have to keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks and months to grab up codes while you can.

VIP Points are another matter, which can be earned by participating in the program. Have a click around the VIP site once you've signed up to take a gander.

Be sure to link your preferred platform to your SHiFT account.

How to Redeem SHiFT Codes in Borderlands 3

You have three available methods for redeeming SHiFT Codes as it stands:

  • Go to the SHiFT website and redeem the code
  • Head to the game's main menu, navigate to SHiFT Code, and enter the code there
  • Go to the VIP website and redeem the code

Really, it's very easy, but again: Do be sure to link your preferred platform to your SHiFT account.

Free SHiFT Codes and Vault Points

The first free code I mentioned above must be put into the SHiFT website, and not the VIP website.

  • Three Golden Keys: ZFKJ3-TT3BB-JTBJT-T3JJT-JWX9H

However, more codes are being discovered. Some of these may not work for you, but try them all on the SHiFT website rather than in-game or the Borderlands 3 VIP website.

No guarantees, but here are some codes to try. Make sure you include the dashes, it's easiest to copy and paste. These were found spattered about Reddit, again: No guarantees!

  • One Golden Key: ZRWBJ-ST6XR-CBFKT-JT3J3-FRXJ5
  • One Golden Key: Z65B3-JCXX6-5JXW3-3B33J-9SWT6

As for Vault Point codes, these must be input into the Vault Insider Program site. It's best to put these in as soon as you can, who knows how long they'll last:

  • ABCEASYAS123 (250 Points)
  • ALMOSTTHERE (1000 Points)
  • BL3REVEAL (100 Points)
  • BL3ATE3 (250 Points)
  • BL3WELCOME (250 Points)
  • BUILDURSQUAD (250 Points)
  • CLAPTASTIC (250 Points)
  • Dreamlandvip (100 Points)
  • DIGISTRUCT (250 Points)
  • EARLYACCESS (500 Points)
  • FIGHT4SANCTUARY (250 Points)
  • FORTNITEXMAYHEM (250 Points)
  • FRESHBOOTY (250 Points)
  • GAMEVIP (100 Points)
  • ITSHERE (1000 Points)
  • LARALOFT-BL3LAUNCH (200 Points)
  • LESSTHANTHREE (250 Points)
  • LOOTLOOTLOOT (250 Points)
  • MYMAIN (250 Points)
  • OVERCLOCKED (250 Points)
  • OVERONEBILLION (250 Points)
  • SEVENDAYS (250 Points)
  • SOHAPPYTOGETHER (250 Points)
  • Unblinkingeye (1000 Points)


Found some more SHiFT and VIP Codes? Post what you've found in the comment section below and help your fellow Vault Hunters out!

Be sure to check out our other Borderlands 3 guides for more tips and tricks. Borderlands 3 is out now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. 

Borderlands 3: How to Complete Skag Dog Days Fri, 13 Sep 2019 16:10:48 -0400 Ty Arthur

The long wait is over and fans can finally joy puke their faces off with Borderlands 3, which of course in proper franchise fashion includes utterly insane starter quests like Skag Dog Days. Not quite sure how to pick up those Cactus Fruit and complete this intro quest? 

Turns out Cactus Fruit is wildly resistant to bullets and elemental damage effects like shock, corrode, cryo, and radiation. There's one simple trick to get those fruit to fall free, though, and its easier than you think!

Finding Skag Dog Days Cactus Fruit

         The Big Succ Location.

To find the fruit, just run around the areas marked with the triangle on your map and look for the very obvious red cactus.

The fruit itself is immune to damage, no matter how many bullets you lob at them or special class abilities you use, but they will immediately fall free if you deal even a single point of area effect splash damage.

The easiest way to do that is with The Big Succ gun found inside the trailer marked on the map position above.

Just use the gun's alternate fire mode to lob grenades instead of firing bullets.

If you didn't pick up The Big Succ earlier in the quest (or ran out of grenades or whatever), you can still get the Cactus Fruit to fall free by causing melee splash damage instead.

To go this route, use the the ground pound ability by tapping the crouch button while falling from a distance. Any large rocks near the plants with the Cactus Fruit should be high enough to deal splash damage through the ground pound and knock the fruit loose.

            Using Big Succ grenades to get Cactus Fruit.

It seems like those grenades should really obliterate the fruit, but whatever, we're not going argue the physics of a game that has guns with legs.

What method did you use to cause splash damage and grab your Cactus Fruit? Let us know in the comments, then head over to our other Borderlands 3 guides here after you finish the Skag Dog Days quest!

Borderlands 3: How to Equip Weapon Trinkets Fri, 13 Sep 2019 13:29:48 -0400 Tobbpitt

Who doesn't want a little trinket hanging off their current flavor of the minute weapon in Borderlands 3? Your vault hunter and weapons can be customized in so many ways, the weapon trinket almost seems paltry but aside from slapping skins on your guns, equipping trinkets is one of the few ways to always see your customization skills at work.

Trinkets don't do anything: literally nothing... Aside from adding a little more flair to your weapons, they have no other use.

Weapon trinkets dangle off the side of the gun you have it equipped to, which is enough for some. It's certainly enough for me.

How to Equip Weapon Trinkets

Equipping a trinket isn't all that different from equipping a skin to your weapon since both have to be done from your inventory. (You can equip a skin just by pressing the Inspect button/key when highlighting a weapon in your inventory. Easy peasy.)

Popping a trinket on your guns isn't much different.

Open your inventory and shuffle your way over to the weapon you want to slap a trinket onto, then press left on your D-pad or what have you — I'm sure this is just done with the arrow keys or something with KBM, though I can't comment — to select the little empty box to the left of the weapon you want to attach a trinket to. Choose one and you're all done.

Equipping a trinket does not consume it, meaning you can equip one trinket across multiple weapons as you play the game (that's right, you can slap that diamond ponytail on every weapon if you want). No harm in making use of them, if you want to give your play a bit more flair.

Weapon trinkets may not mean much to some Borderlands 3 players, but any bit of customization you can see pretty much all the time is A-OK by me.

How to be a Trader: A Professions Guide to Red Dead Online Fri, 13 Sep 2019 10:57:16 -0400 Sergey_3847

Rockstar Games has just released a new summer content update for Red Dead Online, titled Frontier Pursuits. It adds new gameplay elements to the mode, as well as three new professions — Bounty Hunter, Trader, and Collector  which players can pursue to make more money.

Whether you're playing with friends or randos, trading is probably the safest and most profitable job in Red Dead's multiplayer (though the other two professions certainly have their merits).

If you are looking take on the role of Trader in Red Dead Online and ultimately maximize your efforts, then follow our tips guide below.

Getting Started as Trader in Red Dead Online

Here are the details for what you need to do to start your business: 

  1. Go to any Post Office 
  2. Collect a Letter from Cripps.
  3. Open the letter and read it.
  4. Open the map and look for a new marker.
  5. Travel to the closest General Store (indicated by the marker).
  6. Purchase the Butcher's Table (15 gold on Xbox One; free on PS4).
  7. Open the map and look for another new marker.
  8. Find a wagon indicated by the marker.
  9. Bring it back to your Camp.

Cripps will now be your partner in trade, which opens the doors for lots of business and money-making opportunities.

Deals, Skills, and Items

After you've become a trader, you can start selling goods that you and Cripps have produced using the Butcher's Table. These are the three basic steps you need to go through to complete a full trading deal:

  1. Get materials: Hunt animals and bring them back to your camp.
  2. Get supplies: You can either buy supplies for $20, or you can start a resupply mission from your camp at no cost.
  3. Produce goods: Give your materials and supplies to Cripps, who will turn them into goods, which you can distribute for money and XP.

When you've managed to produce enough goods, you're ready to start selling your specialty goods to grow your business. It's worth noting that you can make more money by trading to rural clients

It's also worth noting that Traders have special skills and items that will help you make money:

Rewards What They Do
 Stew Pot Camp upgrade. Unlocks stew recipes to boost cores
Hammer A hard-hitting melee weapon
Ingredient Satchel
Store more items in your Ingredients Pouch
Awareness Identify rival Trader wagons at an increased range
Canine Warning Dog warns you when thieves try to raid your camp
Med/Lg Delivery
Upgraded wagons that can hold more goods 
Weapons Locker Store weapons for later use
Lance Knife A knife style only available to Traders
Efficiency Increase the number of usable materials from perfect carcasses
Materials Satchel
Store more items in your Materials Pouch
Hunting Wagon A sturdy capable of carrying multiple carcasses, hides, pelts
Protection Reduce the chance of raids at your camp
Kladruber Horses Distinctive, strong and steady horses


Trading Tips and Tricks

There is a natural progression to this profession. Here are some tips to help you survive in the highly competitive trading business of Red Dead Online:

  • Improve your hunting yields with a Hunting Wagon at Level 10.
  • Improve your Delivery Wagons and sell larger quantities of goods.
  • Improve your Pot Stew to maintain a steady source of food in your camp.
  • Purchase a dog for your camp to protect it from raiders.
  • Raise a white flag in your camp during item drop off.
  • Only do hunting missions. Forget fishing since it's not economical.
  • Hunt Turkeys.
  • Hunt Alligators and Deer.
  • Bring more horses when hunting to carry more animals.


That is all you need to know on how to become a successful Trader in the game, and for more Red Dead Online guides, check out the list below:

Red Dead Online is out now for the PS4 and Xbox One. Players must own Red Dead Redemption 2 to play the online multiplayer/co-op mode. For more on Rockstar's Wild West epic, be sure to head over to our official review.

NHL 20 Review: Top-End of the Talent Pool Fri, 13 Sep 2019 09:00:01 -0400 RobertPIngram

It's fall, which means it's time for another rollout of EA's NHL series. For fans of the genre, there's good news: NHL 20 is back with an entertaining hockey simulation and a variety of fun ways to play.

With the always-popular Ultimate Team mode, an intuitive and instructive Career Mode, and some pond hockey inspired games to enjoy, there's a little bit of everything waiting for you in this year's edition.

Getting Up to Speed is Easy 

The most important thing about any sports game is how it handles. Clunky controls can drive a player insane and steep learning curves can make it difficult for anyone new to get into the game.

When it comes to converting the minutiae of an entire sport into a single controller, the NHL series is perhaps the biggest challenge EA faces outside of the UFC. With players flying around the ice on skates and wielding their sticks in dynamic fashion, it's important for EA to truly replicate the high-speed feel of elite hockey.

And, thankfully, EA does it with impressive economy. Button and joystick usage is efficient, and the game provides a great deal of creative expression and control with minimal use of the gamepad's functions.

While classic controls that harken to the series' much revered early iterations on the Super Nintendo and SEGA Genesis are available, the game is meant to be played on a modern two-joystick scheme, and it's at its best when you do so.

On a very basic level, your left stick controls your skater while your right stick controls their stick, but what at first seems like a somewhat limited layout actually delivers controls which help you to feel like a true NHL star.

By combining the right stick with a few buttons to modify it, not only do players have full control over the shots they take, but a deep system of dekes and misdirections opens up for skilled players to master.

With a little practice, your next open ice opportunity can see you beat the last man with a spin-o-rama, then fake the goalie out of his pads before nudging the puck past him into the exposed net with the toe of your stick.

If the above sounds rather intimidating and like something you'll never be able to manage, you are in luck. The game includes a Training Camp, which guides you through controlling your players, starting with basics like passing and shooting, before progressing to open-ice dekes and playing the puck between your legs.

The entire process plays out through a series of small tutorials which teach the moves, explain why and when to use them, and has you perform them in a training setting to get them down pat.

As a player who has always been more comfortable relying on the old-school controls of my youth, it got me acclimated and finally modernized in no time at all.

Be a Pro Career Shines

The series' franchise modes are always popular options for players, and the "Be a Pro" mode, in particular, lives up to expectations. While the lack of extras like interviews and apartment building from some of EA's other sports franchises will be seen as a plus by some and an omission by others, what it delivers here is a focus on playing hockey, which is easily strong enough to stand on its own.

When starting your career, you have three options for pre-draft preparations. If you want to jump straight into the league, you can go right to the draft. Those who prefer earning their slot can instead join a CHL side as a teenager and start making a name for themselves.

The Memorial Cup offers a happy compromise of the two, with your pro joining a CHL side for the four-team round-robin tournament, which will see you playing between three and five games before entering the draft.

No matter how you choose to go about your formative years, the experience is a can't miss way to play the game.

Playing in shifts means you can power through your career at a reasonable clip, while the coaching instructions you receive double as a training camp feature by encouraging you to perform certain moves for bonus experience and also showing you how to perform them. Even if you've never played an NHL game before and skip training camp, you'll be feeling like a veteran on the ice after a few games.

World of CHEL Goes Royale

If there's one thing the NHL's stadium series has taught us, it's that hockey fans will always have a special place in their hearts for the game being played in its pickup setting outdoors on a frigid winter's day.

It was only natural that it would find its way into the NHL series, and the expanded role of World of CHEL in NHL 20 shows EA is committed to the concept. While the grind-heavy approach is frustrating, with your character starting out with only a small handful of customization options unlocked in your free starter bag, the gameplay itself is an excellent change of pace from full side games.

Taking a sporting twist to the trendy world of last-man-standing, this year's edition of CHEL includes two different online elimination modes.

In THREES Eliminator, you can pair up with two friends to take on opponents in a rapid-fire series of winner-moves-on-pond hockey. Survive all three rounds and you'll be the kings of the bracket.

Even more fun is the ONES Eliminator option, which cuts the ice in half and places you and two opponents on the ice at the same time, all looking to bang in the most goals before the clock runs out. As in THREES, the winner moves on to the next round until finally, the 81 players who started the game are whittled down to one winner.

Ultimate Team is Back

At this point, the existence of an Ultimate Team mode, where you open packs of cards to cobble together a team logo, uniform, and players, is a given in any EA sports game, but the NHL version is among the best. While there are the usual concerns about the appeal to microtransactions that these modes include, it does offer a variety of ways to play for those opposed to such things. 

In addition to the option to play online seasons to progress through the game's online tiers, there are offline options which allow you to play with and build your team even if you don't like online play. From taking on challenge modes with set objectives to battling against computer-controlled versions of other players' actual HUT squads, there's plenty of Ultimate Team fun to be had without ever venturing online.

  • The game's tutorial and overlay options provide an easy entry for new players without oversimplifying gameplay and harming the top-end of the talent pool
  • New World of CHEL options add even more fun to an already enjoyable side mode
  • Strong "Be a Pro" mode is an absolute pleasure to play
  • Players who have NHL 19 may not feel there is enough new about the latest addition to justify the cost
  • Some mechanics in "Be a Pro," specifically the camera when coming off the bench, can be aggravating and lead to on-the-ice errors
  • The inability to utilize the game's in-depth team creation feature for HUT in order to maintain the unlock-based system of earning real uniforms is disappointing and wasteful

NHL 20 is definitely a strong entry in the larger sports simulation world. For those looking to try a hockey game for the first time, or who have taken a few years off from the series and are ready to get their hands on some new features and updated rosters, this game is a no-brainer. The gameplay is fluid and fun, and the various play styles offer enough variety to more than get your money's worth.

For players who purchased NHL 19 but aren't members of the every-year club, it's a more challenging call. While there are certainly nice elements to the game, and the addition of Elimination modes promises a good time, it's hard to say if that's enough to justify paying full price for an improved version of a game that's only a year old.

If you opt to sit this one out until next year, you'll be missing out, but if you don't mind playing a year behind, you can wait for NHL 21 with the peace of mind knowing that you're missing out on a step forward, not a giant leap.

[Note: A copy of NHL 20 was provided by Electronic Arts for the purpose of this review.]

New Resident Evil: Project Resistance Details Shuffle Out of the Tokyo Game Show Thu, 12 Sep 2019 17:24:02 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Capcom revealed its latest Resident Evil project, Resident Evil: Project Resistance, just a short while ago, and now we're getting some new gameplay information out of the Tokyo Game Show.

As expected from the initial teaser trailer, Project Resistance is a 4v1 multiplayer survival game. Capcom describes it as an asymmetrical experience, one where every player sees and deals with something different.

That's because one of the players is trying to do the other four in. One player takes on the role of the Mastermind and tries to impede the other players' progress (read: kill them) by taking control of a series of security cameras, directing enemies and weapons, and manipulating the environment — all thanks to a handy deck of cards that grants the Mastermind their power.

On the other hand, each of the four survivors has a unique set of skills they can employ to overcome the Mastermind's traps, and despite players working to survive on their own, Capcom says teamwork will be absolutely vital for making it out alive.

Think of it as the escape room from hell developed by Umbrella.

There's one other pretty big power the Mastermind has, and it's a series first: the Mastermind can control zombies and step into the skin of Mr. X (or Mr. Cross, for those inclined to see it that way.) to confront the other four players.

As of now, we still don't have an official release date for Resident Evil: Project Resistance, but RE Ambassadors and Xbox Insiders get access to a closed beta of the game from October 4 through October 7. No similar access for PC gamers has been announced yet, despite the game being set for a PC launch as well.

GreedFall Companions Guide: Quests and Romance Thu, 12 Sep 2019 13:42:21 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

You've set sail for Teer Fradee, the new world entirely at your fingertips. What better way to go about colonizing this new world than with your trusty companions by your side? GreedFall, like many RPGs, allows you to set up and outfit a variety of allies who can help you on your journey.

Each companion has a few different sidequests that you can complete to earn bonuses and, if you play your cards right, pick up a romantic partner along the way. Here are the different companions you can fight alongside and whether or not you can start a romance with them.

You'll want to make sure to talk to your companions regularly to unlock their quests and special talents. If you complete all three quests for a companion you can romance, you will then have the option to invite them home with you and start a relationship.

Here's what we know. 


Where Can I Find Her?

You encounter Aphra after you complete the quest "Scholars in the Expedition."

Can I Romance Aphra?

You can only start a relationship with her if you play as a male character. You will get the "Love and Botany" achievement/trophy for being in a relationship with her. 

What are Aphra's Quests and Missions?
  • Islander Knowledge: Unlocks after the quest "The Battle of the Red Spears."
  • Cave of Knowledge: Unlocks shortly after completing her previous quest.
  • The Linking Ritual: Unlocks shortly after completing her previous quest.


Where Can I Find Him?

Kurt joins you almost immediately at the start of the game.

Can I Romance Kurt?

You can only start a relationship with him if you play as a female character. You will get the "Guardian of Love" achievement/trophy for being in a relationship with him. 

What are Kurt's Quests and Missions?
  • Missing in Action: Talk to Kurt after you've spoken with Constantin after your arrival in New Serene.
  • Amongst the Ghosts: Will open shortly after completing his previous quest; a new dialogue option will appear when you speak with Kurt.
  • Settling Scores: Opens after you complete the quest "Treason!" SPOILER: Kurt will survive "Treason!" if you have already completed his other two quests.


Where Can I Find Him?

Head to Theleme and speak with the governor there. Petrus will then join your party.

Can I Romance Petrus?

Petrus is not available as a romance option.

What are Petrus' Quests and Missions?
  • The Vices of the Mother Cardinal: Speak with Petrus after completing the "Old Countries in the New World" quest.
  • Dangerous Bets: Speak with Petrus' father after finishing his first quest. Then talk to Petrus.
  • Sins of Father Petrus: Unlocks shortly after completing his previous quest.


Where Can I Find Her?

Siora joins you shortly after your arrival on Teer Fradee.

Can I Romance Siora?

You can start a relationship with Siora playing as either a male or female character. You will get the "Minundhamen" achievement/trophy for being in a relationship with her. 

What are Siora's Quests and Missions?
  • Find Queen Bladnid: Unlocks after completing "The Battle of the Red Spears."
  • Promises Set in Stone: Unlocks after completing "The Trial of the Waters." Do not accept the bribe that is offered to you as part of the main questline. If you do, Siora will leave the party and not return!
  • The Queen's Farewell: Unlocks shortly after you complete her previous quest.


Where Can I Find Him?

Vasco joins your party immediately after you arrive in Teer Fradee.

Can I Romance Vasco?

Vasco is a romance option for male and female characters alike. You will get the "Love and the Sea" achievement/trophy for being in a relationship with him. 

What are Vasco's Quests and Missions?
  • A Name for a Family: Unlocks immediately after speaking with Constantin when you first arrive at Teer Fradee.
  • Family Reunion: Unlocks shortly after completing the previous quest.
  • Forever a Naut: Unlocks shortly after completing the previous quest.


As you can see, there are four possible romance options in GreedFall, but only three on any given playthrough. You unlock achievements and trophies for each companion whose questline you complete, and they also give you stat bonuses as their opinion of you increases.

Don't fret if a quest doesn't open immediately if the only prerequisite is "complete the previous quest." Sometimes you need to wait until some time has passed in game. Go complete some other sidequests while you wait.

Looking for more on GreedFall? You can read our full, hands-on PC review here to find out if it is worth it before you buy it. GreedFall is currently out on PC, PS4, and Xbox One for $50. 

How to Become a Witch in The Sims 4: Realm of Magic Thu, 12 Sep 2019 11:38:32 -0400 Sergey_3847

The latest content update for The Sims 4, titled Realm of Magic, is out now, and it introduces a brand-new set of spellcasting abilities for your characters. However, not everyone can become a witch in The Sims 4, as this ability can only be acquired by teens, young adults, adults, and elders.

Also, the process of becoming a spellcaster may seem a bit daunting to new players. That's why you can save your time by following a simple step-by-step guide on how to become a witch below.

Step 1: Speak to a Sage in Magic HQ

In order to get to Magic headquarters in The Sims 4, you need to travel through a portal located at the waterfall on the edge of the new Glimmerbrook town.

When you arrive at the Magic HQ, you need to find a sage. There are three of them in the headquarters:

  • Simeon Silversweater: Sage of Practical Magic
  • L. Faba: Sage of Mischief Magic
  • Morgyn Ember: Sage of Untamed Magic

It doesn't matter who you speak to first, as all of them are capable of turning your character into a witch. When you find one of them, follow these steps:

  1. Start a conversation
  2. Introduce yourself
  3. Click on "Friendly Interactions"
  4. Choose "Ask How to Use Magic"
  5. Click on "I was born ready" option in the next menu

Step 2: Collect Magical Orbs

As a result of your conversation with one of the sages, you will be given a task to collect seven magical orbs scattered around the Magic HQ.

Go outside and find all seven orbs; they are very easy to see since the sage will give you a special ability for that purpose.

Go back to the sage and give him the orbs. As a reward, your character will be turned into a witch.


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Final Fantasy VII Remake's New Trailer: Reno, Rude, Aerith's Dress, and Toads Wed, 11 Sep 2019 10:25:43 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

As promised yesterday, Square Enix dropped Final Fantasy VII Remake's Tokyo Game Show trailer this morning, and it showed off quite a bit of flash, along with some telling character inclusions.

Longtime Final Fantasy fans and those who played the other titles in the FFVII line, like Crisis Core, will immediately notice that Rude, and especially Reno, are getting much more time in the spotlight than they ever had in the original Final Fantasy VII.

Seeing as both played crucial roles in the spinoff titles, it seems Square Enix will be fleshing out FFVII Remake's story by building on events from those titles, which also likely means we can expect a much-expanded conflict between Avalanche and Shinra, too.

It looks like Square Enix also teased some expanded Golden Saucer and final date events, showing off Aerith in a brand-new outfit. Whether that holds true for everyone isn't certain, since Tifa still just gets her black tank-top.

Outside of that, we got a glimpse at some other important antagonists, but also at certain aspects of the battle system. It seems placement on the battefield will affect actions and reactions, with the trailer showing Aerith taking damage after an enemy chucks Cloud back into her.

Despite FFVII's famously darker setting and the remake's further emphasis on that darkness, it will still retain the series' trademark quirk as well. In the middle of a tense battle with bullets flying, Cloud gets hit by a magic blue puff of smoke and turns into a Toad for a while.

Final Fantasy VII Remake is set for a March 3, 2020 release date for PlayStation 4.