PlayStation 5 Platform RSS Feed | PlayStation 5 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Hogwarts Legacy Crashes on Startup Fix Guide Wed, 08 Feb 2023 16:05:31 -0500 Jonathan Moore

With Hogwarts Legacy now available through Steam, it seems some players are having trouble starting the game. Specifically, they aren't able to get past the epilepsy warning at the beginning, just after booting. Others get stuck when compiling shaders, faced with a black screen on launch. If Hogwarts Legacy crashes on startup for you, there are a few potential fixes to try, though not all work for all players, and you may even find that submitting a bug report is all that can be done. 

How to Potentially Fix Hogwarts Legacy Crashing on Startup, Black Screen

Close and Restart Steam

The very first bit of troubleshooting to try if Hogwarts Legacy crashes on startup and produces a black screen is to close Steam completely by exiting the application, and ending it via Task Manager just to be sure. Restart Steam and relaunch the game.

Update Steam 

The next step is to make sure the Steam application is up to date. This should automatically happen every time you start Steam, but sometimes it doesn't. Check Steam's latest version by going to the following in the Steam Client on your computer:

  • Steam (upper left corner).
  • Check for Steam Client Updates.

The client will automatically check for updates and download them if any are available. If you're up to date, the dialog box will say, "Your Steam Client is already up-to-date."

Verify Hogwarts Legacy Game Files

With that taken care of, verify the integrity of the Hogwarts Legacy game files by: 

  • Going to your Steam library.
  • Right-clicking on Hogwarts Legacy.
  • Clicking Properties.
  • Local Files.
  • Verify integrity of game files.

Of course, it's worth noting that Hogwarts Legacy needs to be installed for this option to appear. If new files need to be downloaded, those will be added to your download queue in Steam. With that done, try to launch the game again. If it crashes, give Steam a restart (or completely end the app via Task Manager and restart) again for good measure.

Update GPU Drivers

One possible solution to a black screen error or crash that's easy to overlook is updating your GPU drivers. Both Nvidia and AMD often release new drivers to support new game releases. Be sure these are up to date by downloading them from the appropriate locations: Nvidia and AMD

Other Potential Fix Options

Other options for black screens and crashes include: 

  • Running Hogwarts Legacy as an administrator.
  • Checking your firewall and anti-virus settings. These could be interfering with Steam or Hogwarts Legacy potentially.
  • Restarting or hard-restarting your computer. 
  • Running Hogwarts Legacy via a desktop icon or .exe file (which some players have confirmed has helped).

Uninstall and Reinstall Hogwarts Legacy

As a last-ditch effort, uninstall and reinstall Hogwarts Legacy, no small task with its 85GB file size.

Submit a Bug Report

If you still can't play, make sure to submit a bug report to Warner Bros. Games, so the Hogwarts Legacy development and support teams have as much information on the issue as possible. 

Hopefully, one of these fixes worked for you. Hogwarts Legacy crashing on startup or just thereafter with a black screen isn't the only bug afflicting PC players in the game's early access period, unfortunately. It's likely a launch day patch will rectify some of these issues video memory, crashes, and frame rates. 

Hogwarts Legacy: How to Get Crucio Wed, 08 Feb 2023 15:21:38 -0500 Ashley Erickson

Hogwarts Legacy not only has the Dark Arts but allows players to use the unforgivable curses without negative consequences. One of these is the second unforgivable curse, the Cruciatus Curse or Crucio. Here's how to get Crucio, because you know you want it.

In the Harry Potter universe, the Cruciatus Curse causes unimaginable pain described by Harry Potter as "one thousand white-hot knives, boring into the skin". It was employed by Bellatrix Lestrange to torture Neville Longbottom's parents into insanity. Voldemort widely used it on his underlings who angered him as well as on Harry in the fourth book, Goblet of Fire

In game, Crucio is a powerful spell that allows the player to inflict damage over time on a target. When the talent Crucio Mastery is upgraded, casting Crucio will also send a projectile to a nearby target. 

Be aware this guide does contain minor spoilers.

How to Unlock Crucio in Hogwarts Legacy

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In order to obtain Crucio, players must complete quests for Slytherin student Sebastian Swallow. Sebastian's quest line eventually unlocks all three unforgivable curses.

The quest that specifically unlocks Crucio is "In the Shadow of the Study." As part of the questline the player has to open a door to either have Crucio cast on them or cast it themselves. From that point on you will be able to cast Crucio at whim. 

As one of the unforgivable curses, Crucio is extremely powerful. Any player looking to battle in the Dark Arts Arena or travel down the path of a Dark Wizard definitely needs to know how to get it in Hogwarts Legacy. Check out our other guides on the game, such as how to transmog in Hogwarts Legacy.

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What is Transmog in Hogwarts Legacy? Wed, 08 Feb 2023 15:21:35 -0500 Ashley Erickson

Hogwarts Legacy has given players the ability to change their appearance with the transmog system. Modeled after the in universe ability to use transfiguration, or alter the shape of an object or being, using the transmog system means you do not have to be stuck with a powerful but mismatching outfit as the game progresses. You've got to know how to transmog before you can, though.

Every equipment item that has been in your inventory will become a transmog option, regardless if you are currently carrying it or not. Your current inventory can stay organized, your character unladen with spare gear, and your coin purse heavier as you sell those items but maintain the ability to change your appearance back to them. 

How to Transmog in Hogwarts Legacy

The transmog system is a relatively easy one to use. Items that show an eye symbol can have their appearance changed. Just hover over your equipped item you would like to change and press:

  • F for keyboard and mouse controls
  • Square for PlayStation controllers
  • X for Xbox controllers

From there a new screen will show Collections and Other. Collections holds special outfits gained by completing missions or groups of quests. Other will show every piece of equipment that has been in your inventory throughout your playthrough. Select the piece you wish to change to and voila, your equipped item now has a new appearance. 

How to Use The Dark Arts Exclusive Set

A bonus of the Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition, the Dark Arts set has no gear attached to it. In order to wear the set you have to transmog it into being. It will be listed in your Collections when going to transmog equipment as soon as you are able to. 

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The transmog system featured in Hogwarts Legacy is quick and easy to use, allowing players the ability to change their look on a whim. Being able to sell equipment and still transmog into their appearance keeps inventories organized and gives you some extra Gold to throw around. That's all you need to know about transmogrifying in Hogwarts Legacy, if you found this helpful take a look at our other Hogwarts Legacy guides.

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Hogwarts Legacy: How to Connect Wizarding World and WB Accounts Wed, 08 Feb 2023 15:21:29 -0500 Ashley Erickson

As a game set in the Harry Potter universe, Hogwarts Legacy encourages connecting players Harry Potter Fan Club account at Wizarding World to WB Games. Here's how to connect your WB and Wizarding World accounts to transfer the house you belong to and wand to the game.

How to Link WB and Wizarding World Accounts

When starting Hogwarts Legacy, the player will be prompted to link their accounts. Click 'Link Accounts', which will take you to the Wizarding World website.

If you want to link your accounts before you get into the game, you can head to the Wizarding World Hogwarts Legacy account link page. There you will be asked to log in or create an account if you do not have one. If you had a Pottermore account, you will be prompted to choose a new password and pass some security measures to activate your Wizarding World account.

Once you're freshly logged in, you will need to be sorted into a house and have your wand picked out by completing a couple quizzes if you never completed them before.

After the wand ceremony is complete, you can go back to the linking page and click the "Let's Go" button. This will take you to WB Games, where you will need to log in or create a new WB account. Then you'll be prompted to accept linking your Wizarding World account with WB. Click yes and then refresh to ensure they are linked. 

When connected, players are granted the Beaked Skull Mask and House Fan-atic School Robe. Players will also be able to import their house and wand from their fan account profile into Hogwarts Legacy. When the game loads next a screen will pop showing that verification is complete and to redeem the rewards to wear them in-game.

That's all you need to know about connecting your Wizarding World and WB Accounts for those cool exclusive cosmetics. Check out some of outer other Hogwarts Legacy guides here on GameSkinny.

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Hogwarts Legacy All Hairstyles Guide Wed, 08 Feb 2023 11:46:51 -0500 Ashley Shankle

There are a total of 50 hairstyles to apply to your character in Hogwarts Legacy. Among them is sure to be at least one you want to use for your witch or wizard. With that in mind, we've got all the hairstyles you can use presented in this guide. But we'll first touch on how to change hairstyles.

What Are All the Hairstyles in Hogwarts Legacy?

All 50 of the available hairstyles you can use in Hogwarts Legacy are available from the start of the game, meaning there are no unlockable haircuts via gameplay nor through DLC at the time of writing. That should be a bit of a relief for wizards who want to have a signature look from start to finish. However, what if you want to change hairstyles? Can you do that? 

How to Change Your Hairstyle in Hogwarts Legacy

Though there are no unlockable hairstyles, you can change your character's haircut at any point in the game by visiting Madam Snelling's Tress Emporium, which is found in Hogsmeade. You can change both the haircut and hair color your character is rocking for the reasonable price of 20 Gold.

All Hogwarts Legacy Hairstyles

Below are all the hairstyles you can use in Hogwarts Legacy. All of them are available from character creation at the start of the game.

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Across the 50 hairstyles you have available, you're sure to find something that suits the style you want for your character. Check out our other Hogwarts Legacy guides, like how to choose the house you want.

Hogwarts Legacy: Best PC Specs for Minimum Requirements Wed, 08 Feb 2023 10:42:14 -0500 Serhii Patskan

Is it possible to achieve the best performance results in Hogwarts Legacy with the minimum system specs of your PC? The answer is yes and no. Ultimately, it depends on the capabilities of the setup. It is also important to note the importance of DLSS technology when thinking about performance, which is currently only available in Nvidia's RTX line of GPUs. 

This guide will provide you with the best PC specs for minimum requirements in Hogwarts Legacy. If you are looking for the best in-game settings to improve performance, we detail those options here

Best PC Specs for Minimum Requirements

Best Minimum GPU Specs

If you look at the minimum system requirements for Hogwarts Legacy, you will notice that developer WB Games suggests using an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 4GB or AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB. But we actually would strongly recommend the following two models instead:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB.
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB.

Although GTX 960 can run Hogwarts Legacy, you may notice that your FPS will drop significantly in certain areas, and there is little to nothing you can do about it. But with a slight upgrade to a GTX 1070, your GPU memory bus, clock, and bandwidth will be increased significantly for much better performance. The same goes for RX Vega 56, which is better than the outdated RX 470.

Best Minimum CPU Specs

A similar approach is required when choosing the best CPU for minimum performance in Hogwarts Legacy, and while the developer suggests Intel Core i5-6600 (3.3 GHz) or AMD Ryzen 5 1400 (3.2 GHz), here's what we recommend instead:

  • Intel Core i5-8400 (2.8 GHz).
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (3.4 GHz).

Intel Core i5-8400 is only a tad more expensive than an i5-6600, but it has a bigger L3 cache (9 MB), higher overclock tolerance (100 °C), and higher memory bandwidth (41.6 GB/s). The same goes for Ryzen 5 2600, which is very much in the similar price range, but has more threads (12), increased L3 cache (16 MB), and increased memory bandwidth (46.933 GB/s).

Other Minimum Specs

The quality of your RAM also plays a significant role, and here, the brand can really matter. We recommend either XPG Z1 Memory Modules or Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine. Both brands are not too expensive (under $100), but both are specifically tuned to action RPGs such as Hogwarts Legacy.

The best minimum SSD, and we do recommend playing only on SSD for faster load times, would be PNY CS900, which will cost you under ~$50 and provide read/write speeds of 535/515 MB/s, which is excellent for such a low price range.

Those are the best PC specs for minimum requirements in Hogwarts Legacy. Stay tuned for more Hogwarts Legacy tips and tricks articles. If you're running into the blue characters bug, we've got a fix for that.

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Does Hogwarts Legacy Have a Photo Mode? Tue, 07 Feb 2023 23:28:57 -0500 Jonathan Moore

No matter how bare bones or intricate they are, photo modes give players the ability to take some stunning screenshots in their favorite games. But does Hogwarts Legacy have a photo mode? This guide will give you the answer, while also providing tips for how to customize the game's HUD.  

Is There a Photo Mode in Hogwarts Legacy?

The short answer to "Does Hogwarts Legacy have a photo mode" is no, there is no photo mode. Not yet anyway. It's always possible that WB Games will add screen capture tool to the game in a future update, just as Sony Santa Monica did for God of War: Ragnarok after its release. However, fans will have to wait and see. 

However, Hogwarts Legacy has a number of customizable options that can allow players to get around this omission to take clean screenshots while playing the game. And it all revolves around the HUD. 

How to Remove the HUD to Take Photo Mode Screenshots in Hogwarts Legacy

For taking general screenshots while exploring the world and various locales such as Hogwarts in-game, do the following:

  • Pause the game.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Scroll down to User Interface Options at the bottom.
  • Turn off the following:
    • Show HUD Tracking Icons
    • Show Standard Notifications
    • Show Quest Notifications
    • Show Spell HUD
    • Show Health/Ancient Magic Meter
    • Show Minimap

If you want to also take clean screenshots while in combat, turn off the Show Enemy/Target Info and Show Enemy Damage Numbers options. Further, when taking screenshots while on mounts, turn off the Show Mount Controls setting. 

You'll likely also want to turn off subtitles, since background NPC conversations can trigger at various moments, potentially souring the perfectly-framed shot just as you press the Share button on Xbox or PlayStation. Of course, disabling these HUD elements is possible on the PC version of the game as well. 

While having a dedicated Hogwarts Legacy photo mode at launch would be nice, would-be video game photographers at least have an option by removing HUD elements in until one is (hopefully) added in the future. Our Hogwarts Legacy guides page has more useful info. 

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Hogwarts Legacy: Best Graphics and Performance Settings for PS5 Tue, 07 Feb 2023 22:18:49 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Dialing in the best graphics and performance settings for Hogwarts Legacy on PS5 can dramatically change your experience in the Wizarding World. Whether you want to see everything in stunning 4K visuals or want combat to move at a crisp 60 frames, there are several settings you can tweak to get the results you're looking for. 

To truly harness the PS5's power and take full advantage of the best graphics or performance settings, you'll need the proper television or gaming monitor setup, as well as the proper HDMI cable, the latter of which comes with the system.

While Hogwarts Legacy supports 5 total graphics and performance options, two require a 120hz-capable screen. Further, you'll need a TV or monitor that supports VRR if you want to make use of the game's variable refresh rate option. 

Ultimately, finding the "best settings" boils down to what your setup is capable of reproducing and what you're after: better graphics or better performance. 

Hogwarts Legacy Best PS5 Graphics Settings 

Once Hogwarts Legacy is installed, you'll be able to tweak the graphics settings before jumping into the character creation screen. Here, if you're looking for the best general graphics settings, all things being equal, here's what we recommend: 

  • Graphics Mode: Fidelity
  • Cap Frame Rate: Off
  • Motion Blur: Off
  • Depth of Field: On
  • Chromatic Aberration: On
  • Film Grain: On

Adjust the brightness until the image is barely visible, then one or two ticks back from that for what's likely a more accurate setting for your display. 

While the game's Fidelity with Raytracing option makes the halls of Hogwarts glisten and the waterways of the open-world sparkle, I found the framerate variability of the mode to be too distracting on the majority. Uncapping the framerate led to artifacting and tearing on my 60hz, non-VRR screen, making it hard to recommend to anyone that doesn't have a screen with higher refresh rates and variable refresh. 

Hogwarts Legacy Best PS5 Performance Settings

If you want the steadiest performance without dropping too many frames while exploring or in combat in Hogwarts Legacy, use these settings: 

  • Graphics Mode: Performance
  • Cap Frame Rate: (Locked in this graphics mode)
  • Motion Blur: Off
  • Depth of Field: On
  • Chromatic Aberration: On
  • Film Grain: On

As with the best graphics settings, adjust the in-game brightness until the image is barely visible, then one or two ticks back from that. 

Of course, performance mode drops the resolution, but I feel it ultimately makes most games look smoother and better. Again, it's all up to taste. 

Best HDR Settings

Unfortunately, it's nigh impossible to provide actionable suggestions for the best HDR settings since they are entirely reliant on your television or monitor and personal preference. What works for me with a TCL 50S455 likely won't work with your HDR-supported screen. The rule of thumb here is to toy around with the settings and tweak anything in the HDR menu how you like it. All setups will be relatively different. 

Importantly, however, is that HDR can cut down on environmental surface glare and keep bright spots from getting too washed out. In Performance mode, I noticed a decided graphical improvement to the lighting in Hogwarts' Astronomy Wing with HDR turned on and properly adjusted to my television.

I found, too, as has been pointed out elsewhere since the PS5's launch, that following Sony's suggested HDR instructions in the system's Screen and Video submenu (Settings -> Screen and Video -> Adjust HDR) doesn't yield the best results. Instead, it's suggested to set all symbols until they first disappear when adjusting the HDR signal on the system, which seems to work.

The best settings for graphics and performance in Hogwarts Legacy aren't nearly as granular as the best settings for PC. If you have the capability to take advantage of the game's 120hz 40fps capabilities, go with the Balanced option for the best of both worlds. Otherwise, start with the default settings, try the suggestions above, and tinker around with HDR to find what works best with your display. For more, head over to our tips and tricks hub

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Bungie Reveals How Strand Subclass Lets You Weave Enemies Out of Existence in Lightfall Tue, 07 Feb 2023 19:18:52 -0500 John Schutt

The Lightfall expansion for Destiny 2 grows closer each day, and we learned a metric ton of new details about the upcoming Strand subclass in a recent blog post from Bungie. There was a lot to unpack, from Aspects and Fragments to grappling information, a new trailer, and a few developer insights. We’ll be discussing a few smaller details today: buffs, debuffs, and the origin of Strand.

Building Strand, Destroying Enemies

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Initially called “Damage type 5,” Strand started as an ephemeral concept of “something astral,” and it also fit “the fantasy of [Lightfall]: the 80s action hero.” The design and narrative teams continued collaborating to land something satisfying to both parties until their concept became “dark telekinesis,” which evolved into Strand.

With the overall concept settled and many of the names and verbiage that would define it for players, the design continued to come together. Now there are, like the other 3.0 class updates, a trio of keywords that acts as some of the core interactions between player and enemy.

On the player side, we have “weaving,” which is the creation of objects with Strand. Defeating an enemy with Strand “unravels” them, which creates a “tangle.” Tangles left behind will explode when shot and can also be picked up and thrown.

Enemies can also be affected by three different keywords, which change how they interact with Strand when damaged or defeated by it.

  • Suspend: A suspended PvE enemy is lifted off the ground for a brief duration and is essentially disabled. In PvP, suspended players are lifted off the ground but can still move (albeit slowly) and fire their weapon to fight back.
  • Unravel: Attacking an unraveled enemy will cause threads to burst out of the target and attack other nearby targets. Once hit, that target will also become unraveled.
  • Sever: A severed enemy is less capable of affecting the material world, reducing their damage output as a result.

Finally, Guardians can be clad in Woven Mail, a special Strand armor that reduces incoming damage and flinch, though, in PvP, that reduction is only for the body. Both headshots and melee attacks are exempt when damaged by other Guardians.

For more about the Strand update, check out our guide to all the new subclass abilities and our analysis of the Strand trailer. For more on Destiny 2, see our guides hub.

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Hogwarts Legacy Blue Characters Bug Fix Tue, 07 Feb 2023 15:31:05 -0500 Jonathan Moore

The Hogwarts Legacy blue characters bug seems to be a glitch with the game that's affecting both Xbox and PlayStation players. According to many on Reddit and elsewhere, it primarily shows up during the game's prologue, though it can theoretically appear at any time. I've not personally experienced the issue in my time traipsing through Hogwarts as a witch or wizard, but if you're here, you're wondering: "Why are my characters blue in Hogwarts Legacy?"

Hogwarts Legacy Blue Characters Bug Explained

The bright blue characters, yellow object colors, and green NPCs are an accessibility feature for the visually impaired that's built into Hogwarts Legacy. The high contrast of these colors helps differentiate the player character model from important pieces of the environment from a gameplay perspective. However, seeing the feature in action can be jarring for those who aren't visually impaired, especially if they didn't intend to turn it on in the first place. 

Blue characters and yellow objects appear in Hogwarts Legacy when the High Contrast Gameplay option is turned on in the game's accessibility options submenu. The colors are even more vibrant because the option covers the background in a gray overlay. 

When you begin Hogwarts Legacy, you have the option to turn on this functionality, and if you've perused the accessibility menu, it's possible to have accidentally turned it on since the controls can be quite sensitive. It's also possible that you randomly run into a bug that turns it on while playing on Xbox and PlayStation platforms, which seems to be the case for some.

How to Fix the Blue Characters Bug in Hogwarts Legacy

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To fix the blue characters issue in Hogwarts Legacy, which seems to be primarily affecting Xbox Series and PlayStation 5 players, follow these steps:

  • Pause the game.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Scroll down to Accessibility Options in the menu on the right side (the symbol of the person with outstretched arms).
  • Scroll all the way to the bottom to High Contrast Gameplay.
  • Turn High Contrast Gameplay off (not "on" as in the screenshot above). 

And with thay simple toggle, that's how you fix the blue characters bug in Hogwarts Legacy on Xbox platforms and PlayStation 5. Important objects will no longer be yellow, NPCs won't be green, and the background won't be covered in a dull, gray film. For more tips, including the best performance settings for PC or how to choose your House in the Sorting Ceremony, click those links or apparate over to our guides page

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How Strand Subclasses Work in Destiny 2 Lightfall Tue, 07 Feb 2023 14:39:37 -0500 John Schutt

The new Strand subclass has the potential to be a watershed moment for Destiny 2’s movement and combat mechanics. While the construction of the class will follow the system set down with Stasis and added to other classes with their own 3.0 updates, Strand comes with a host of new abilities, conditions, and systems that could crack an already fragile game into a thousand pieces.

Here's a breakdown of what we know about the Warlock Broodweaver, Hunter Threadrunner, and Titan Berserker Strand subclasses. 

Strand Subclass Abilities in Destiny Lightfall

Announced in a new blog post, each Strand class has a different focus based on the fantasy Bungie wants to evoke while playing it.

  • Warlocks have typically played a supporting role, and their abilities have focused on area denial, add control, and widespread rather than focused damage, among others.
  • Titans are all about being in your face, with “punch” being their primary MO since the earliest days of Destiny.
  • Hunters are the ninjas of the franchise, focused on mobility, debuffs, and the power to be in places no one would expect them.

That latter ability is likely to spread to all classes now with the new grapple power Strand offers, which has you consume your charged Grenade ability to summon a grapple point anywhere you see fit, including open air.

Warlock Broodweaver Overview

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The Strand Warlock is all about little energy creatures called Threadlings, “explosive minions woven from Strand matter,” according to Bungie. While all classes can create Threadlings, Warlocks specialize in them, with the unique power to make them and have those that didn’t explode return and follow the Guardian until they’re needed.

The Warlock melee is slightly less interesting, creating up to three tracking projectiles that unravel any enemy they strike. Unraveling is a new debuff that spreads Strand energy to other enemies when the first unraveled one dies, causing them also to be unraveled.

Warlock Broodweaver Aspects

It wouldn’t be a new subclass without new Aspects, and the Warlock, per its focus on Threadlings, has two strong ones.

  • Weaver’s Call: On Rift cast, the Warlock weaves three Threadling eggs, which hatch into Threadlings when they hit a surface. Any perched Threadlings are converted to additional eggs.
  • Mindspun Invocation: This Aspect improves several of the Warlock’s abilities:
    • Grapple: When you execute a grapple melee, the Warlock weaves three Threadling eggs from the target.
    • Threadling Grenade: You can consume your Threadling Grenade to generate a full complement of perched Threadlings.
    • Shackle Grenade: You can consume your Shackle Grenade to gain a buff, creating a suspending detonation on every kill.

The Warlock’s Needlestorm Super sends out a wide-cast net of Strand threads that embed themselves into enemies and the ground before exploding into an army of Threadlings.

Hunter Threadrunner Overview

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Hunters have always been the most mobility-focused class, and Bungie wants to take that to a new level with the Strand Threadrunner class. Besides the class-agnostic grapple, they can also attack multiple foes while in the air, and while Bungie didn’t elaborate, their new rope-dart somehow benefits from maximum agility.

Their new melee attack, Threaded Spike, bounces between enemies before returning to the Hunter. If the Strand reveal is anything to go by, the Spike can move through at least five enemies on a single use.

Hunter Threadrunner Aspects

The two Threadrunner Aspects continue their focus on mobility.

  • Ensnaring Slam: While in the air, press the air-move input to slam downward, suspending all nearby enemies.
  • Widow’s Silk: This Aspect grants an additional grenade charge. The Hunter’s grapple ability creates a persistent grapple Tangle when it latches, which fully refunds grenade energy when grappled to. Hunters can use this ability to set up chains of grapple points that their entire team can use, greatly enhancing their ability to move around quickly in combat and/or traverse the environment.

Movement is paramount in the Threadrunner Super, Silkstrike, as well. Aside from a light and heavy attack with their whip, Strand Hunters in Super can create persistent grapple points for their team to use that fully refunds already boosted grenade energy when Hunters attach to them.

Titan Berserker Overview

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Per the usual Titan playstyle, the Strand Berserker focuses on being in enemies’ faces as much as possible, this time with sharply woven blades of energy that sever anything they touch. Severed enemies are “less capable of affecting the material world,” meaning they do less damage.

The new melee ability for Strand Titans, Frenzied Blade, has them lunge forward up to three times to attack anything in their way. One of their Aspects adds Woven Mail, a damage-reducing overshield, while the other knocks the enemy into the air and suspends them.

Titan Berserker Aspects

  • Into the Fray: Destroying a Tangle weaves Woven Mail unto the Titan and nearby allies. In addition to reducing damage taken, this Aspect also increases the Titan’s melee energy regeneration while wearing Woven Mail.
  • Drengr’s Lash: When the Titan casts their class ability, the Titan will blast forward a powerful ripple in reality, suspending enemies caught in the shockwave’s path.

Bladefury is the Titan Strand Super, and like the Stasis Behemoth Super, it sees the Titan going straight into melee. Their attack speed increases up to three times on a light attack hit while the heavy attack unleashes blades of energy in front of the Titan.

Strand Grenades and Fragments Explained

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Strand has three new grenade types: grapple, Threadling, and Shackle. Grapple is precisely what it sounds like. The Threadling grenade summons three of the little buggers, and Shackle throws a bola that explodes and sends out a secondary one that suspends targets in mid-air.

We’ll get to choose from four new Fragments as well:

  • Thread of Ascent: Activating your grenade ability reloads your equipped weapon and grants increased weapon handling and airborne effectiveness for a short time.
  • Thread of Fury: Damaging targets with a Tangle grants melee energy.
  • Thread of Finality: Finishers generate Threadlings.
  • Thread of Warding: Picking up an orb of power grants Woven Mail.

Those are the big takeaways about the new Strand subclasses. It’s a lot to take in, meaning Lightfall is bound to be a massive upheaval for Destiny 2. Hopefully, Strand delivers on many of the promises we’ve seen. For more on Destiny 2 seasons and expansions passed, check out our guides hub for Bungie's shooter.

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Hogwarts Legacy: How to Choose Houses Tue, 07 Feb 2023 14:00:08 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Every Harry Potter fan has an allegiance to one of the sorcery school's four main houses, and it makes sense that you'd want to pick the right one in Hogwarts Legacy. Of course, that's technically a job for the Sorting Hat, but the pointy deliberator's decision isn't as final as it is elsewhere in the Potter-verse. Here's how to choose houses in Hogwarts Legacy.

Can You Choose Your House in Hogwarts Legacy?

The short answer is yes, you can choose your own House in Hogwarts Legacy. The Sorting Ceremony occurs near the end of the Hogwarts Legacy prologue. Here, in the Great Hall, the Sorting Hat asks you several questions, and the choices you make determine which house you'll join. Kind of.

I'll get to that "kind of" bit shortly, because you can actually pick your house, but here are the Sorting Hat Quiz questions and answers.

Hogwarts Sorting Hat Quiz: Questions and Answers

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  • Question: You come here with preferences and preconceptions -- certain expectations: 
    • Answer: It doesn't matter which answer you choose for the first response:
      • I can't wait to start classes
      • I can't wait to explore
  • Question: Hmm. I wonder. Hmm. I detect something in you. A certain sense of -- hmm -- what is it?
    • Answers
      • Daring = Gryffindor
      • Curiosity = Ravenclaw
      • Loyalty = Hufflepuff
      • Ambition = Slytherin

The good news is this: you aren't locked into the house the Sorting Hat thinks you're right for. There is no wrong answer in the Sorting Hat Quiz. While the answers you give mean the Sorting Hat will suggest a house for you, you do not have to choose that specific house when it appears on the screen. 

How to Choose a Different House During the Sorting Hat Ceremony

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On the screen with the Sorting Hat and your suggested house crest, simply select "Choose a Different House" (Square on PlayStation and X on Xbox) to be presented with all of the house options. Select one, then choose "Confirm." You'll get The Sort Who Makes an Entrance trophy or achievement for completing the Sorting Ceremony Quiz.

As a related sidebar, there are four other trophies and achievements tangentially associated with your house choice that appear later in the game. For them, you have to reach the Map Chamber in a later quest as a member of each house (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin), which does require a bit of mindless grinding if you're a trophy or achievement hunter. 

Can You Change Houses After You've Chosen?

Unfortunately, the answer to whether you can change your house after you've chosen it in the Sorting Ceremony is no, you can't. Once you've picked a House by following the above (going through the Ceremony and choosing to Confirm your House), you won't be able to change Houses for the rest of the game.

You'll have to start a new character and go through the prologue again if you want to switch between Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin.

What are the House Differences in Hogwarts Legacy?

Ultimately, the House you choose depends on your personality. There is no "right or wrong" answer. Each House has a specific common room you'll be able to visit and, true to the Wizarding World, a specific clothing color set that you'll be able to wear. You won't be able to visit the other common rooms or wear the other general house robes.

Certain NPCs will appear more often in common rooms (though they can be found elsewhere in Hogwarts if you choose a different House than them), and there is a subquest for Hufflepuff that takes you to Azkaban. But the main story remains relatively the same, save some very minor differences. For example, a cutscene shows your character solving a riddle to enter Ravenclaw for the first time, something you won't see with the other Houses. 

Here's a quick breakdown of each House, including the NPCs you'll meet, each House's robe colors, and screenshots of their common rooms.

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  • Gryffindor: Known for daring, bravery, and chivalry.
    • House Robe Colors: Red and Gold. 
    • House NPCs: Garreth Weasley, Nellie Oggspire, Cressida Blume.

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  • Hufflepuff: Known for patience, loyalty, and hard work.
    • House Robe Colors: Yellow and Black. 
    • House NPCs: Adelaide Oakes, Arthur Plummly, Lenora Everleigh.
    • House Quest: Azkaban.

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  • Ravenclaw: Known for intelligence, creativity, and wit. 
    • House Robe Colors: Blue and Bronze.
    • House NPCs: Everett Clopton, Amit Thakkar, Samantha Dale.

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  • Slytherin: Known for cunning, ambition, and a hunger for power. 
    • House Colors: Green and Silver.
    • House NPCs: Sebastian Sallow, Imelda Reyes, Ominis Gaunt.

That's essentially what you need to know about the Sorting Hat Ceremony and how to choose houses in Hogwarts Legacy. Of course, you can always take one of the many (many) Sorting Quizzes found across the internet or over at the official Harry Potter fan club before playing WB's open-world RPG to get an idea of the best fit; some of those ask more in-depth questions. For more guides and tips, head over to our Hogwarts Legacy help page

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New Destiny 2 Lightfall Trailer Shows Off Strand, Explains Darkness Ability Tue, 07 Feb 2023 13:12:14 -0500 John Schutt

With Destiny 2's Lightfall expansion less than a month away, Bungie is going all out to get Guardians excited for the new content, today releasing their trailer for the Strand Darkness subclass. You'll unlock these unique abilities in the neon-soaked city of Neomuna on Neptune, using them there and across the system to grapple, weave, and unmake enemies. Here's what we learned from the trailer.

The Lightfall Trailer Shows Off Strand

Throughout the latest trailer from Bungie, we see all three subclasses using various abilities new with Strand. The Warlock, for instance, consumes some Strand energy, which seems to empower their weapon with the power, causing a kill to create a burst of it. Affected enemies are debuffed before disintegrating when defeated.

Strand kills also generate what Bungie calls "threadlings" that crawl along the ground and detonate when they hit an enemy. Titans can generate energy waves with their Barricades and swathe their arms in Strand blades. Hunters use a Strand kunai attached to a long whip-like energy rope to attack their enemies both up close and at a distance.

Perhaps the most versatile ability Strand grants is not unique to any one class, however. The ability to summon a grapple point in mid-air, attached to a building or specific points across Neomuna, will give players unprecedented maneuverability. There's some concern that the new traversal abilities will crack open old content, trivializing many of the roadblocks put in place long before Strand was conceived.

We know that you can attach your grapple to other Guardians and possibly to weapon-fired projectiles. With Supers like Thundercrash already providing Titans with the ability to fly for short distances and mechanics like Well of Radiance and Shatterdive skating already pushing the bounds of balance, adding in a grappling hook has the potential to unravel a lot of Bungie's good work.

That won't be an issue for the Neomuna destination or the story told in Lightfall, as both were built with Strand front and center. Guardians will be working with Osiris, recently revived by a powerful Darkness cocktail, to unlock the potential of the new energy type. It seems, too, that there are nexuses of Strand energy throughout Neptune that we'll be able to tap into, either to unlock new powers or empower what we already have.

Here's hoping everything else about Lightfall seems as deep and involved as Strand, from its story to the activities we'll be grinding for all the new loot. We'll learn whether that's true when Lightfall releases on February 28. For more Destiny 2 content on seasons and expansions passed, check out our guides hub.

Hogwarts Legacy Best PC Performance Settings Tue, 07 Feb 2023 09:45:16 -0500 Serhii Patskan

Before delving into the numerous graphics settings in Hogwarts Legacy, PC players must first check minimum and recommended system requirements in Hogwarts Legacy. Once you made sure that your PC fits the bill, you can proceed with this guide to set the best PC performance settings for Hogwarts Legacy.

Hogwarts Legacy Best Graphics Settings for Performance

As soon as you install and launch the game, it is advisable to go to "Settings" menu in the game and select "Display Options" tab. There you can set up the best configuration for your PC. It's more in-depth than what PS5 players are able to dial in. Here's what we recommend:

  • Window Mode: Windowed Fullscreen.
  • Upscale Type: NVIDIA DLSS.
  • Upscale Mode: NVIDIA DLSS Quality.
  • Upscale Sharpness: 0
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: On
  • VSync: On
  • Frame Rate: 60
  • Motion Blur: On
  • Depth of Field: On
  • Chromatic Aberration: On
  • Film Grain: On

Also, we highly recommend turning off any Ray Tracing (RTX) options, unless you're using one of the following graphics cards or higher that actually support DirectX 12:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080.
  • AMD RX 5600 XT.

If you're using a GPU that supports only DirectX 11, then be sure to disable all Ray Tracing options in the display settings.

Best nVidia-exclusive Performance Settings

Besides the in-game settings, players can also improve their gameplay experience by selecting the best options in the nVidia control panel in Global 3D Settings menu:

  • Set "Image Scaling" to "ON".
  • Set "Ambient Occlusion" to "Performance".
  • Set "Anisotropic Filtering" to "Application Controlled".
  • Set "Antialiasing FXAA" to "Off".
  • Set "Antialiasing Mode" to "Application Controlled".
  • Set "Antialiasing Transparency" to "Off".
  • Set "Low Latency Mode" to "Ultra".
  • Set "Max Frame Rate" to "Off".
  • Set "Optimize for Computer Performance" to "On".

Lastly, laptop users should definitely set "Power Management Mode" to "Maximum Performance".

Best AMD Radeon-exclusive Performance Settings

Similarly, AMD graphics cards owners could improve the performance of Hogwarts Legacy via an AMD Radeon software in the Graphics menu:

  • Toggle "Anti-Lag" to "On".
  • Toggle "Image Sharpening" to "On".
  • Toggle "Vertical Refresh" to "Off".
  • Set "AA Method" to "Multi Sampling".

Those are the best PC performance settings in Hogwarts Legacy, and stay tuned for more Hogwarts Legacy tips and tricks articles. If you're running into the blue characters bug, we've got a fix for that.

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How to Join the PlayStation Hogwarts Legacy House Cup Mon, 06 Feb 2023 17:48:14 -0500 Ashley Erickson

With Hogwarts Legacy's release date upon us, more and more fans are looking to enter the game's PlayStation House Cup. Mimicking the House Cup from the Harry Potter franchise, rewards for participating include a PlayStation Hogwarts Legacy House Cup Avatar all the way up to a PS5. If you're here, you're wondering how to join the House Cup. 

How to Enter the Hogwarts Legacy PlayStation House Cup Explained

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So how does one enter the Hogwarts Legacy PlayStation House Cup? The first step is going to PlayStation's website and heading to the Hogwarts Legacy page. There, scroll down the page and click to join the House Cup. You will need a PlayStation account in order to partake in the fun. 

Once logged in and after reviewing the contest's terms and conditions, you'll then pick which house to join. Completing various activities like answering Harry Potter trivia, watching videos, or answering polls about your chosen house earns you points for your house.

When Does the Hogwarts Legacy House Cup Expire?

The PlayStation Hogwarts Legacy House Cup series of challenges expires on February 16, 2023 (2/16/2023) at midnight, while the House Crest Avatar Bundle and the Magical Beasts Avatar Bundle expire on April 4, 2023 (4/4/2023) at midnight, the release date for Hogwarts Legacy on PS4 and Xbox One.

PlayStation Hogwarts Legacy House Cup Trivia Answers

  • Question: When does Hogwarts Legacy take place?
    • Answer: Late 1800s.
  • Question: ...every stone in this castle tells the [?]
    • Answer: Story.
  • Question: What is an attribute of your chosen House that resonates the most with you?
    • Answers: Gryffindor (Bravery); Slytherin (Ambition); Ravenclaw (Competitiveness); Hufflepuff (Honesty).
  • Question: What potion could cause your voice to change?
    • Answer: Polyjuice Potion.
  • Question: Choose the Correct Pre-Order Items for Digital Deluxe Edition
    • Answer: All of the above.

House Crest Avatar Bundle Trivia Answers

  • Question: What year will your character be starting as a new student at Hogwarts? 
    • Answer: Year 5.

Magical Beasts Avatar Bundle Trivia Answers

  • Question: What iconic Hogsmeade store do we get a sweet glimpse of in the trailer? 
    • Answer: Honeyduke's.
  • Question: What house is the trailer's protagonist in? 
    • Answer: Ravenclaw.

Once all challenges for a bundle are complete, a code will be generated. The code can be redeemed on your console or PC. 

Players from the U.S. or U.K. can also enter the PlayStation Hogwarts Legacy House Cup Sweepstakes until 2/22/23. On 2/23/23, two randomly selected entrants will win each of the grand prizes: a PS5 or a copy of the Hogwarts Legacy Collector's Edition. 

With that information and those answers, you're more than prepared to compete in the PlayStation Hogwarts Legacy House Cup. For more on WB Game's open-world RPG, head over to our guides hub.

Is Hogwarts Legacy on Game Pass? Mon, 06 Feb 2023 17:33:33 -0500 Jonathan Moore

It's no secret that Xbox Game Pass is one of the best deals in gaming, providing subscribers access to an extensive catalog of fantastic games, including a handful from the Warner Bros. Games archive. With Hogwarts Legacy releasing on all major platforms throughout 2023, some fans are wondering if it will release on Microsoft's subscription service. So is Hogwarts Legacy on Game Pass?

Will Hogwarts Legacy be on Game Pass? -- Answered

Currently, Hogwarts Legacy is not on Xbox Game Pass or Game Pass for PC. And there's been no word about when or if it will appear in the future. There's currently no mention of it on the Hogwarts Legacy FAQ page, and I couldn't dig up anything on social media referencing the possibility.

Fans hoping to explore the Wizarding World will have to purchase the game from the Microsoft Store to play it on Xbox, or head over to Steam or Epic Games to play it on PC. It's worth noting that it's also not on PlayStation Plus, at least during the month of its release. However, that's not exactly surprising, considering how Sony has historically curated the service, with Stray being a notable exception.

Is There a Release Date for Hogwarts Legacy on Game Pass?

As can be the case with anything like this, that doesn't mean Hogwarts Legacy won't ever show up on Game Pass, either for Xbox or PC. Plenty of games have found their way to Game Pass and PlayStation Plus following their initial release dates. What's more, Hogwarts Legacy has a staggered release schedule already, and while doesn't mean much even in a vacuum, it's certainly possible news of a Game Pass release will surface in the coming months or sometime later this year. Never say never. 

However, there isn't currently a release date for Hogwarts Legacy on Game Pass, so fans will have to wait. 

For now, Hogwarts Legacy will be available for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series platforms on February 10, 2023 (or February 7 for those who purchased the Deluxe Edition). PS4 and Xbox One players will have to wait until April 4 to play the game, and Nintendo Switch owners won't gain access until July 25. Maybe Hogwarts on Game Pass will come after that. Stay tuned. 

Dead Space Remake: How to Get the One Gun Trophy / Achievement Mon, 06 Feb 2023 16:10:37 -0500 Thomas Wilde

Your trusty Plasma Cutter is really all you need. One Gun is a trophy / achievement in the Dead Space remake that challenges you to complete all 12 chapters of the game without ever using a gun besides your trusty, jury-rigged starter: the Plasma Cutter.

Here's the upside of limiting your arsenal by only using One Gun.

Cut Off Their Limbs: Why and How to Get the One Gun Trophy/Achievement

One Gun is one of the returning challenges from the original 2008 version of Dead Space. As noted above, it requires you to go all the way through the game on any difficulty without firing a shot from any gun besides your default Plasma Cutter.

At a glance, you might expect this to be a significant drawback, along the lines of a pistol/knife-only clear of a Resident Evil game, but going for One Gun is actually a strong strategy for your initial run through either version of Dead Space.

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Rather than being a weak starter option, the Plasma Cutter is a strong all-rounder that can accomplish most of what you need a weapon to do.

The Plasma Cutter inflicts decent damage per shot right from the start and its ammunition, Plasma Energy, stacks higher per inventory slot than any other type. Additionally, it's decently quick to reload and fire even before upgrades, and its projectiles have instant travel time, which is great against bosses.

While the Cutter doesn't have an alternate fire mode, you can instead rotate its firing pattern on the fly to make it easier to target necromorphs' limbs.

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Furthermore, only having one weapon in your inventory means that all the randomized ammunition drops in the game will be for that weapon. You'll still find an occasional fixed pickup — for example, every new gun usually has a couple of packs of its ammo type in the same room with it — but you should end up with stacks on stacks of Plasma Energy.

Finally, sticking to one weapon means you've only got two pieces of equipment that you need to upgrade: the Plasma Cutter and your Suit. In the remake, both of their upgrade grids are partially locked behind upgrades, so you can only fill out so many of them at a time.

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The one drawback is that the Cutter's not great against "horde"-style necromorphs such as Swarmers and Dividers. You're going to need to use stasis and/or explosives on them.

Where to Get the Plasma Cutter Upgrades

The Cutter's three major upgrades can be found in the following locations:

  • Chapter 2: Cartridge Rack. Once you've blown up the barricade on the Medical Deck, go through into the Ishimura Clinic to find this upgrade on a bench. It increases the Cutter's ammo capacity by 7.

  • Chapter 3: Heat Accumulator. This can be purchased from the Store for 11,000 credits once you reach this point in the game. When installed, this upgrade adds a small damage-over-time effect to the Cutter's blasts. It's not much, but it's still bonus damage.

  • Chapter 8: Weighted Blades. Check the Maintenance Locker Room in the Communications Hub in Chapter 8. This adds a heavy knockdown effect to the Plasma Cutter's melee attack. While this doesn't appear to translate to significant damage, it does stun most standard necromorphs for a couple of crucial seconds.

Another tip: You can get some "free" ammo by waiting to install Capacity upgrades on the Cutter until it's close to empty, as upgrading any weapon's max ammo has the side effect of refilling its magazine.

On a clean-start One Gun run of Dead Space, you'll accumulate Power Nodes faster than you can install them in either the Suit or the Cutter. Since there's no reason to spend Nodes anywhere else, this gives you a solid, consistent power curve as you make your way through the game. It's pretty easy to have a fully-upgraded Cutter by the end of Chapter 8.

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It also has the useful side effect of avoiding one of the big Dead Space newbie traps, where you spread your Nodes across too many pieces of equipment at once, so none of them are ever particularly good at any one time. Having one particularly powerful weapon in Dead Space is better than having four mediocre guns, particularly with options like the Force Gun that take a while to realize their potential.

You can still get One Gun if you pick up other weapons, as long as you never shoot them, and you can still freely use stasis and kinesis.

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Just throw every other gun you get into the Storage tab at the Store the first chance you get, then store or sell their ammunition. You can even redeem upgrades for other weapons at the Bench, which is worth doing if only for the free Power Node, without endangering One Gun.

If you complete One Gun's criteria, it will unlock right when you complete Chapter 12 (below).

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And with that, you should have completed the One Gun achievement. For more tips on the Dead Space remake, feel free to visit our guides page.

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Dead Space Remake: All Suit Locations Mon, 06 Feb 2023 16:05:56 -0500 Thomas Wilde

Isaac Clarke showed up to work this morning in a multipurpose engineering RIG, and it's a non-trivial reason why he might live through the Ishimura disaster. In the Dead Space remake, every new suit of armor you can find is a big bonus to Isaac's survivability. In this guide we will go over where to go to find every suit of armor in the game, as well as some thoughts on how to afford each new upgrade.

Every Monster Crazy 'Bout A Sharp-Dressed Man: All Suit Locations in Dead Space

Suits Level 3 through 5 only become available for purchase in the Shop once you find and bring back Schematics for them. These are usually found a little off the beaten path, but if you're in the habit of regularly searching your environment, you should find them all with little real difficulty.

RIG schematics count towards the Merchant trophy/achievement.

How to Get Suit Level 2

Suit Level 2 (+6 inventory slots, 5% armor; 10,000 Credits) is available in the Shop by default. On a typical run through Chapter 1, you should accumulate just enough money that you can buy the new Suit from the first Shop kiosk in the game.

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How to Get Suit Level 3

The schematic for Suit Level 3 (+4 inventory slots, 10% armor; 20,000 Credits), the Intermediate Engineer RIG, can be found in Chapter 4. On your way to recalibrate the ADS cannons, look for the EVA Prep Room at the base of the elevator that leads up to the trench. The schematic is inside, on a bench towards the back.

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How to Get Suit Level 4

The schematic for Suit Level 4 (+4 inventory slots, 15% armor; 35,000 Credits), the Intermediate Miners' RIG, is difficult to miss. In Chapter 7, once you gain access to the Workshop, the armor schematic is on the counter right near the SOS Beacon key item.

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How to Get Suit Level 5

The schematic for Suit Level 5 (+4 inventory slots, 20% armor; 60,000 Credits), the Advanced Engineering RIG, is in the bathroom on the first floor of the Crew Deck. You should happen across it in the locker room while you're looking for the Crew Deck Keycard.

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How to Get Suit Level 6

Suit Level 6 is one of the rewards you get for your first clear of the game. It gives you access to the last few empty nodes on the suit's upgrade tree, expands your inventory to 30 slots, and caps you out at 30% armor. It will automatically appear in the Shop's menu and costs a cool 99,000 Credits, which is the most expensive single purchase in the game.

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The level 6 suit also happens to be the same armor that's worn by the marines on the USS Valor, which is sobering because it sure didn't seem to do them any good. As you move into the harder difficulties, however, that extra damage resistance can make all the difference.

Credits Rule Everything Around Me

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As you may have noticed from the above text, buying armor is the single biggest cash sink in Dead Space. Maxing out Isaac's RIG will cost a total of 125,000 Credits across your initial run through Dead Space.

To be fair, that's not as much as it sounds like. The further into the game you get, the more frequent it is to find fixed drops of 1,200 to 1,600 Credits as you explore, and you can loot a lot of valuable Semiconductors for their resale value.

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As long as you don't immediately burn every credit you get on Power Nodes and/or survival essentials like Med Packs, it's actually not that difficult to have enough cash in reserve for each new suit.

If you're really looking to maximize your credits on your first run, the Story difficulty in the Dead Space remake gives Isaac a mutant healing factor. Any time you take damage from any source on Story mode, Isaac will automatically regenerate to full health on his own without consuming any resources.

That removes any need for you to carry Med Packs around, so you can sell any you find. A single Large Med Pack is worth 5,000 credits in Shop value, which adds up quickly. That lets you upgrade Isaac's suit to its maximum, so you can take on Hard difficulty in NG+ with some extra damage resistance.

With that, you know how to get all the suits in Dead Space and can afford them with ease. For more tips on the Dead Space remake, feel free to visit our guides page.

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Deliver Us Mars: How to Eavesdrop on Maria's Meeting Mon, 06 Feb 2023 14:31:42 -0500 Peter Hunt Szpytek

Exploration plays a major part in Deliver Us Mars, especially when the characters finally make their way to the Red Planet. Before they leave, however, the player will need to eavesdrop on a secret meeting between Maria and some of the highest-ranking officers of WSA, the game's version of NASA. Here's how to eavesdrop on Maria's meeting, which also serves as a bit of a tutorial for using AYLA.

How to Eavesdrop on Maria's Meeting in Deliver Us Mars

After taking a ride in the back of Ryan's truck in Chapter 1: Moonbear, you'll be dropped off outside WSA headquarters. Head inside and follow the path through the museum. You can take a few minutes to read about the WSA's history or just run right through it.

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When you make it to the end of the exhibit, you'll need to control AYLA by hitting the Y or Triangle button on your controller and then fly up to the drone receiver node to the left of the locked door. Hit the X or Square button on your controller when looking at the node to unlock the door. When you do, you'll see a cutscene where Kathy runs into Sarah.

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Follow Sarah for a quick walk-and-talk section and you'll eventually see another cutscene where Sarah, Ryan, and Claire head into the secret meeting without you. Once the scene is over, you'll need to find a way to hear what's going on inside Maria's office. 

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Head down the hall and take a right which leads to a dead end with some boxes. Jump onto them and cut the metal grate midway up the wall with your laser cutter. Once cut, crouch through the now-open hole in the wall and proceed into the next room. 

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Run down the stairs and then cut your way through the debris blocking your path. Interact with the control panel in the center of the room to raise a section of the floor.

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Interact with the control panel that's underneath the hanging platform next to the section of floor you just raised, then quickly climb onto it and jump onto the platform as it moves across the room. Once you've made it onto the platform and it stops. Jump onto the tube in the center of the room.

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Use your laser cutter to open the vent and then switch to controlling AYLA and enter the hole. Follow the vent until you've got a good view of the meeting happening in Maria's office. Listen in while the meeting happens until the group inside walks to the other room.

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Continue along the vent and when you reach the end, you'll see a cutscene where Kathy bursts into the meeting and joins the expedition to Mars.

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With that, you've learned how to control AYLA while eavesdropping on Maria's meeting. Take a look at our growing list of other Deliver Us Mars guides.

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Deliver Us Mars: How to Hook Up the MPT Dish Mon, 06 Feb 2023 14:25:31 -0500 Peter Hunt Szpytek

While the concept of solving Deliver Us Mars' puzzles is simple, things are a little bit more complicated in execution. Hooking up the MPT dish in the game's first chapter is the first major puzzle that players will encounter that teaches them the puzzle mechanics. As a result, many players are finding themselves stuck when trying to figure out how to get the MPT dish set.

How to Fix the MPT Dish in Deliver Us Mars

You'll encounter the MTP dish early on in your time with Deliver Us Mars. After the prologue ends and the plot jumps to Kathy's story in the present day, Chapter 1 will start. When you get control, run to the center of the dish and climb down the tower until you get to the bottom of a ladder.

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Here, you'll be tasked with removing some debris that's blocking a laser from connecting with its receiver. Use R2 to use your laser cutter to disassemble the debris and the laser will start connecting properly again.

Kathy will note that once the debris is taken care of, she needs to hook up more STREAME points. Continue heading down until you make it to a large area with two points that are disconnected.

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Approach the building on the left and use your laser cutter to open the shades on the window on the outside of the building. Once that's done, head inside and cut the clasps holding the laser under the floor.

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Interact with the laser and point it at the STREAME point receiver on the building to the right. You'll know that you have the laser lined up properly when it turns green. Hit R2 to shoot the laser at the receiver. When you do, the door to the building on the right will unlock and open.

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Run across the way and through the now open door on the right building. Interact with the laser inside and point it at the receiver on the left, to the right of the building with the first laser.

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Return to the first building and then point the laser that was keeping the door unlocked on the second building at the receiver to the left of the building so that the lasers are intersecting in the middle of the area.

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Once that's done, you'll have finished the puzzle and hooked up the MPT dish. Leave the area and meet up with Ryan to progress the story. Check out our other Deliver Us Mars guides for more walkthroughs and tips.

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