Xbox Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Xbox RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network New Game Releases: Week of October 21, 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/m3etr/new-game-releases-week-of-october-21-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/m3etr/new-game-releases-week-of-october-21-2018 Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:46:42 -0400 William R. Parks

As we begin a week that has no doubt been marked on many fans' calendars, let us look at who is willing to go toe-to-toe with Rockstar Studio's Wild West Goliath.

On Tuesday, October 23, players are invited to swing back into Spider-Man for its first DLC release, The Heist. Hot on the heels of last week's addition of NG+ and increased difficulty, the DLC brings more Black Cat, more costumes, and more enemies to PS4's high-flying blockbuster.

The Heist is the beginning of Spider-Man's three-part DLC package, The City That Never Sleeps.

Alternatively, fans of Gwent, The Witcher's digital card game, can look forward to Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales on PC.

Set in the world of The Witcher, Thronebreaker features a new story, exploration, and a single-player Gwent experience.

And for those of you who just want to dance, Ubisoft's Just Dance 2019 is bringing Bruno Mars, Cardi B., and 40 chart-toppers to PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii, and Wii U.

Then it is Friday, October 26, a yet unrecognized holiday, a day where streets will be empty and a mysterious pandemic will cause millions to call in sick to work. It will be a day where we will all sit down and play Red Dead Redemption 2.

A friendly reminder: If you pre-ordered a digital version of the Western, go pre-load it now because it's quite big. At minimum, the sequel is a 99GB download, and you do not want to be the only person on the planet waiting for the game to load. Do you?

Here's a full list of what's coming out this week: 

Tuesday, October 23:
  • Cities: Skylines Industries DLC (PC)
  • Just Dance 2019 (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U)
  • Nickelodeon Kart Racers (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • PAW Patrol: On A Roll (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • Spider-Man: The Heist DLC (PS4)
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales (PC)
  • Windjammers (Switch)
Wednesday, October 24:
  • Stardew Valley (iOS)
Friday, October 26:
  • Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood (PS4)
  • My Hero One's Justice (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)

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Aside from RDR2, which, if any, of these games will you picking up this week? Which are you already adding to your Christmas list? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Review: Come Back for This One https://www.gameskinny.com/i7lfa/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-review-come-back-for-this-one https://www.gameskinny.com/i7lfa/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-review-come-back-for-this-one Sat, 20 Oct 2018 11:02:17 -0400 John Schutt

Many players, myself included, put the Call of Duty series on the backburner a number of years ago. Other games came to take much of the FPS community's attention. That doesn't include the myriad other genres vying for our collective time.

The list of worthy distractions would fill an article twice the size of this one, and when I saw my first few glimpses of Black Ops 4, I was skeptical.

I played the beta and stayed skeptical. It was fun, sure, but would it capture my attention like the older titles did? I was willing to give Treyarch one last shot of saving an aging giant, if only for the purposes of this review.

Then I played my first full release multiplayer match.

I was hooked. The claws were back, and I couldn't stay away.

If you've been hesitant about diving back into Call of Duty, now is the time to put those reservations to bed. 

Black Ops 4 is worth the price of admission.

The combination of multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout ensure hundreds of hours of fun, frustration, and if you can get a group together, friendship-powered destruction.

Multiplayer Review: The Bread and Exotic Butter

Of the three modes in Black Ops 4, multiplayer is probably the weakest part of the triple crown. There's nothing revolutionary about Black Ops 4's iteration on a classic, though the removal of regenerating health and an increased health pool does create the opportunity for hero plays we've not seen in a long time. At the end of the day, everything about multiplayer works, giving players everything they could want.

The gunplay is the same kind of crisp you'd expect from a Call of Duty title, and the recoil on most guns is minimal. The meta right now is mostly based around assault rifles, as their overall time to kill is shorter than almost every other weapon class at any range. They're easy to use, super consistent, and...well... there aren't many downsides, really.

I would be remiss not to mention sniper rifles because at least on PC, they seem to be the easiest to use. The one-shot kill hitbox is generous and the maps offer plenty of sightlines for players to hold down. The number of times I've lost a good streak to a sniper in a power position has a value I cannot properly name.

Submachine guns and shotguns got something of a shaft as of writing, as they take six hits to kill at close range and half of them don't shoot fast enough to make up for the damage discrepancy. It also felt like their hip fire, even with laser sights equipped, is still somehow outdone by a base AR.

There are a couple shotgun builds that make them at least passable, but in almost any situation you're better off using something that works at closer than point blank. The LMGs, by contrast, are all usable, and there aren't any bad options, kitted out or not. 

The scorestreaks are all effective, fun to use, and while I think they take a little too much to earn in non-objective game modes, each of them has a noticeable effect on the flow of a match.

I found the new maps to lack the creativity and variety present in some of Treyarch's earlier work. They stick to the three-lane model too closely and don't present enough ways to move between lanes, leading to map flow that's predictable to the point of mundanity.

Many of them are pleasing to the eye, which is more than can be said for some of the other recent entries in the series, but beyond their aesthetic, I wouldn't call them genre-defining. 

The remastered maps — Jungle, Firing Range, Summit, and Slums — are a welcome return, but they speak to the larger problem I have with the multiplayer portion of Black Ops 4: it's clear Treyarch had to drop everything to chase the Battle Royale craze and at the same time remove the advanced movement systems in favor of a more "boots on the ground" take on combat.

Class customization took a hit too. Weapon variety is fairly limited, with many classes having four or fewer options to choose from. Even though the assault rifles and SMGs boast five unique choices, that pales in comparison to the series' heyday where there were almost 10 you could equip, all of which had their own character and personality. 

Then there are the Specialists, which you can read about in detail in my Specialist guide. To sum up, all of them have a use and each of them presents plenty of new and exciting ways to play, but so many of them are returning members of Black Ops 3's cast that it's easy to see where the corners cut are. The new specialists are perfectly usable and offer some of the most powerful options in the game, but it would be nice to see more new faces.

It's a tough nut to crack because I'm a multiplayer guy at heart and I hate to see my favorite mode relatively gutted in favor of the more timely options. I understand why they did it, and I think there' still plenty to love about the classic Call of Duty experience, so don't disregard it in favor of Zombies or Blackout.

Zombies: Complicated, Crazy Fun

The Zombies story is a tangled mess of plot threads long and short, the mechanics progressively more arcane, and the maps more multilayered and overthought with each iteration. 

Black Ops 4's additions are no different, though there's only one truly "new" map to play: IX. The other three are re-imaginings of Zombies experiences from the three previous entries in the franchise, one of which is locked behind a paywall.

Even with all the new bells and whistles, the core conceit of Zombies remains. You want to find a good gun, probably off the wall, load up on perks, find Pack-a-Punch, and run in circles for hours shooting hordes of the undead. Everything else is just there to get in the way.

The maps themselves are twisting labyrinths with multiple levels, mechanics, and secrets to find, and I think IX is one of the most interesting takes on the mode since Shangri-La.

It's obvious the Zombies team put a lot of time and effort into making the Greek arena feel unique among the forest of high-quality maps. There's just enough variety to take the formula in a new direction, as the area is primarily claustrophobic hallways and strange sights and sounds punctuated by the grand facades of Ancient Greece. 

The other three maps: Blood of the Dead, Voyage, and Classified (it's Five from Black Ops 1) have each received a facelift, and though the mechanics are familiar, there are enough changes to make each experience fresh for the first couple runs at least.

What stands out to me about Zombies, however, is not the maps or new their mechanics, but the sheer amount of options for how to approach character customization.

  • Treyarch rewrote how weapons work, adding progression to each and every one of them.
  • They rewrote perks — Juggernog is gone, for one — to correspond to a player's choice, designating each with a type rather than keying them to a map.
  • Players have more health to compensate for Jug's absence.
  • Even Pack-a-Punch got a makeover. Now you can increase the damage up of your weapon by reusing the machine a set number of times while you roll for the most advantageous new weapon perks. 

Then there are the elixirs, some of them default and plenty of them rollable in a loot box system funded with an in-game currently that's likely to cost you real money. Elixirs provide powerful bonuses for a period of about five minutes or until their ability's expended, and the good ones can turn the tide of a bad round.

Probably the worst part about the whole Zombies side of Black Ops 4 is how Five (I'm not calling it Classified) is locked behind the Black Ops pass. Right now, it's the only thing that makes the pass worth even a quarter of its asking price, and we don't know what kind of support Blackout's going to be receiving via the Pass.

The little side gifts they give you don't even come close to justifying another $50 of your money, so unless you play the game and know you just have to have everything, I'd hold off.

Blackout: The King is Here

To start: yes, I believe Blackout is better than PUBG, and I don't think the comparison to Fortnite is worthwhile. The only things Blackout and Fortnight Battle Royale share are guns and the fact that you must shoot other players to win. Everything else, from aesthetics to mechanics to game flow and target audience is far enough apart to make them equally worthwhile experiences.

But if I had to crown a BR king, I would give Black Ops 4's take on the genre the big and fancy hat. Everything about it works.

  • The gunplay is multiplayer smooth.
  • Looting and loot spawn logic are almost exactly where they need to be.
  • The map provides just enough cover and the zone rarely puts the final few engagements in a boring location.
  • It even opens up long range engagements in an otherwise close range title.
  • Best of all, the matchmaking functions as intended, keeping people in the match and parties of friends together so they can take on the world as a team.

There are a few wrinkles, of course.

Armor is incredibly powerful, and an absolute necessity for the late game. You will win — and lose — gunfights you shouldn't because one person has armor and the other doesn't. Sniper rifles remain the workhorse weapon class, and ARs are a distant second choice. Bad luck quickly snowballs into terrible luck, and I've lost more than one round based on a single wrong decision.

The biggest problem with Blackout right now is its stability. Crashes are far more frequent than they should be, and most don't seem to have any rhyme or reason to them.

There are a number of error codes ranging from a simple mode disconnect to full on fatal errors. I haven't heard anything about a full system lock up, but judging by the sheer number of problems I've heard reported, I wouldn't be surprised if they happened.

It's still early days for Blackout too. One of Fortnite's biggest strengths is in how it keeps people coming back through its Season content. The core game doesn't change, but everything around it does.

Mysteries, community involvement, plenty of skins and challenges to chase, and the sheer amount of ways you can play with just one new weapon in the pool make it a juggernaut even Call of Duty will have trouble taking head-on.

Blackout needs continuous support in the same way, but there are barriers. Adding new guns has a high probability of upsetting balance, and Treyarch might feel obligated to put new weapons into multiplayer. There are a couple Zombies weapons in Blackout that aren't in MP, sure, but they're rare enough to not really make a dent in the current meta. 

Then there's the fact that BR content is locked behind the Black Ops Pass as well. People are far more willing to spend $10 on a Fortnite Season, even if they only play once or twice. It's just a 10-spot, after all. But 50 bucks? That's an investment without a guarantee of quality.

Plus, as far as we can tell, the Pass will be unlocking characters from previous Treyarch titles without much of the flair you'd find in something like Fortnite. And if there's one thing people want, it's the ability to show off. A generic character model in a different coat isn't going to ring any alarm bells no matter how many kills the player gets.

All that said, if you want one of the best, most polished Battle Royale entries ever produced, Blackout might be worth the price of admission into Black Ops 4 on its own. If Treyarch can keep it interesting with customization and new content, I don't' see the Blackout mode losing steam any time soon.

 

Final Verdict

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 provides players a content triple threat that's hard to beat in today's market. Hundreds of hours in classic multiplayer modes won't make you a Zombies expert, and being able to massacre the undead won't get you any Blackout wins. This is a game that could truly suck thousands of hours from everyone who picks it up, even those who've been on the fence about the series for years. 

Without the proper care, the opposite could be true. There are enough rough edges to Black Ops 4 that one wrong turn could kill it before it really hits its stride, and though many people are happier with this entry than they've been in years, there's plenty for Treyarch to do to keep people hooked.

Multiplayer weapon balance and spawn logic needs adjusting. Crashes need fixing. There needs to be plenty of new, quality content. There are too many other big titles on the horizon for anything less than Treyarch's absolute best.

If they pull it off, we'll be seeing a new Call of Duty title every year for many, many years to come. 

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The Black Market Returns to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 https://www.gameskinny.com/xwgv6/the-black-market-returns-to-call-of-duty-black-ops-4 https://www.gameskinny.com/xwgv6/the-black-market-returns-to-call-of-duty-black-ops-4 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:47:52 -0400 Zack Palm

Do you think something is missing from Call of Duty Black Ops 4Treyarch thought so, and today they made the Black Market, the franchise's cosmetic marketplace, available on PlayStation 4. Xbox One and PC players will get access to the Black Market starting on October 26.

As of right now, the only feature available to players is the Contraband stream, which is the progression system players follow as they play the game. The more someone plays, the more levels they gain, thereby unlocking exclusive Blackout characters, weapon skins, specialist outfits, tags, and gestures. 

The rewards tied to the Contraband stream rotate every few months.

The Black Market also features special events where players can only access rewards related to it for a limited time. The first one kicks off on October 20 for PlayStation 4 user, and it's all about Halloween! Xbox One and PC gamers will gain access to this event a week later.

A brand new feature comes to the Black Market called Blackjack's Shop. This latest edition gives players access to specific cosmetic items -- but only for a week. Players can expect to see this new edition releasing in November.

Are you playing Call of Duty Black Ops 4? Check out our guide to the game's specialists and our essential tips for Blackout.

Stick with us at GameSkinny!

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Battlefield V Gifts and New Dev Talk https://www.gameskinny.com/5j4la/battlefield-v-gifts-and-new-dev-talk https://www.gameskinny.com/5j4la/battlefield-v-gifts-and-new-dev-talk Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:53:20 -0400 Zack Palm

For die-hard fans of Battlefield V, today is a bittersweet day as this was the original launch date for the game. The developers at DICE have not forgotten and want to reward fans for their patience with a special gift they can only receive during the first week of the game's launch. 

The special gift is called the OSCAR MIKE GIFT. You'll receive an OSCAR MIKE helmet that only Allied troops can wear, and an OSCAR MIKE Emblem you can put on any of your tanks, planes, and weapons.

There's also a brand new episode of Battlefield V Dev Talks where the developers behind the game give a behind-the-scenes look on how their hard work. The interview focused on one aspect: audio. You can watch this interview in the above video.

Battlefield V releases on November 20 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can pre-order your copy here. You can see what we thought about game's beta here and reference our gameplay guide in anticipation of the game's release.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny as Battlefield V approaches and wait to hear our opinions about it in our review! 

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7 Most OP Characters in Soulcalibur 6 https://www.gameskinny.com/yqbk8/7-most-op-characters-in-soulcalibur-6 https://www.gameskinny.com/yqbk8/7-most-op-characters-in-soulcalibur-6 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:03:21 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Taki

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Here is something completely different from Nightmare. Taki is a swift and mobile character that is best at chip damage. Her moveset is filled with evasive techniques and in this way she can be used as a very fine tool of small but extremely precise attacks.

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Her trademark Possession stance allows her to take full advantage of any opponent in close range, and her new Wind Roll attack easily prevents sidestepping.

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Her main weapon is a pair of short daggers that obviously work only in close range. That is why the developers gave her a new Stalker jumping stance with the help of which she can quickly get to any opponent and start chipping that damage.

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Hopefully, one of these characters helped you decide which one you want to take to the next Soulcalibur 6 tournament, and be sure to come back soon for more related articles here at GameSkinny!

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Nightmare

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Players who like to be in control should opt for Nightmare, the main antagonist of the Soulcalibur series. This is a heavy, tanky character that carries a huge, thick sword that deals a lot of damage.

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Nightmare is best at mid-range with strong mix-ups. Use quick pokes to never let any opponent get close to you, and then activate your Soul Charge for an ultimate blowout.

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Additionally, in Soulcalibur 6 Nightmare gains a new personal mechanic -- Revenge. This is one of his most devastating attack mechanics that involves a succession of horizontal, vertical and kick attacks that all end up in a Terror Charge.

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Mitsurugi

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The best thing about playing as samurai Mitsurugi is that if you've mastered his moveset in the previous Soulcalibur games, then he won't feel any different in the new installment either.

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Mitsurugi is a pure offensive character that is best when it comes to low attacks. As soon as your opponents start crouching in defense, you can use his new excruciating attack that triggers on ducking opponents.

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Otherwise, try to push your opponents into a corner and bash them with your sword. The strategy is simple here and the blows are hard!

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Azwel

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Bandai Namco introduced a number of excellent original characters in Soulcalibur 6, and Azwel is one of them. He is a magician who can materialize different kinds of weapons in the air and send them flying at opponents.

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His horizontals and verticals are extremely powerful, as all his weapons basically turn into projectiles. That is why playing against Azwel is a nightmare, as you never know what weapon will hit you this time and from which direction.

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If you manage to reproduce the same weapon trick in quick succession, then the damage will stack, which can utterly destroy any opponent.

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Kilik

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Here is probably one of the most famous characters in the history of the Soulcalibur series. Kilik has appeared in almost every Soulcalibur game since the inception of the series. And he is just as good in Soulcalibur 6 as he ever was.

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Kilik is a perfect control character that uses a Staff as his main weapon. He is just as excellent when it comes to either evasion or Soul Charging. In all instances Kilik simply kills it, if you learn how to use him well.

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He does very well in all types of combat from close to long range, but he is still the best at keeping opponents in the distance.

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Groh

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Groh is another new character in Soulcalibur 6, but unlike Geralt he is a completely original character.

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His main weapon is a dual sword that can be used as a single mid-range weapon, or broken into two short swords for close range combat. But his attacks are not limited to close and mid-range, as he can throw his dual sword and follow it up with a long range combo.

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His supernatural abilities include Teleportation and Shockwave. For example, Groh can teleport over an opponent's head and hit them really hard from above, or he could teleport from behind and push an opponent breaking their guard.

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Geralt of Rivia

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Traditionally, Soulcalibur series introduces new guest characters from other franchises in each new game. This time Geralt of Rivia, the main protagonist of The Witcher novels and video game series, has been added to the roster.

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Geralt's main weapon is his silver sword that is a perfect choice for close range combat. But he also has a unique ability of the Signs that was adopted from the original The Witcher games.

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With the help of signs, sich as Ignis and Axii, Geralt can stun opponents in Soulcalibur 6 and burn them with fire. The combos that involve Geralt's signs are fierce enough to almost insta-kill any character, and that's what makes him such a great choice.

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Soulcalibur 6 has a roster of new and returning characters that can satisfy both new and veteran players. There is one truly ambitious guest character that is as powerful as he is famous.

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The mainstay characters come with a new look and with a number of changes to both their movesets and strategies. But you can always change the appearance of your favorite character to your liking using a customization menu in the game.

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And, if you don't care much about the looks, but want to find simply the most powerful fighter to play with, then check out this guide for 7 most OP characters in the Soulcalibur 6 roster.

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10 Best Xbox One Games For Kids (2018 Edition) https://www.gameskinny.com/spzo2/10-best-xbox-one-games-for-kids-2018-edition https://www.gameskinny.com/spzo2/10-best-xbox-one-games-for-kids-2018-edition Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:36:46 -0400 Emily (Pokeflute)

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That just about does it for the Top 10 Xbox One games for kids ages 7-12.

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There are plenty of offerings on the Xbox One for younger audiences, and there's something on this list for every kid to enjoy.

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If you or your child has an Xbox One, check out these games if you're looking for a fun new experience.

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If you have a favorite Xbox One game for younger gamers, let us know in the comments! 

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Rayman Legends

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $39.99
Where to Buy: Amazon

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Rayman Legends follows the titular Rayman and his friends as they journey through a variety of magical paintings that each contain their own world. Inside that, each world contains tons of levels in which kids can jump, build, and punch through levels, taking out enemies and saving creatures known as Teensies along the way.

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The goal is to beat the levels and discover all of their secrets. Each of the levels is beautifully rendered and the music is fun and upbeat, making this seem like a fully fleshed-out world for kids to explore.

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The game received the highest Metacritic score of any game on this list and is considered a must-play for both kids and adults.

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Check out our Rayman Legends review for more info. 

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Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $29.87
Where to Buy: Amazon

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If your kids are big Kung Fu Panda fans, here's the game for you! This fighting game allows kids to pick from any number of characters from the Kung Fu Panda universe and do battle with friends or computer-controlled characters. 

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This game includes local co-op, meaning two players can play against each other on one console. Battles take place on a variety of stages from the series' universe. 

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The violence is cartoony and similar to what one would find in the movies. This is a great choice for kids who enjoy Super Smash Brosand are looking for something similar.

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Snoopy's Grand Adventure

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Rating: Everyone
Price: $25.00
Where to Buy: Amazon

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Intended as a spin-off and continuation of The Peanuts Movie, this game involves one big game of hide and seek.

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In Snoopy's Grand Adventure, kids play as Snoopy, who is looking to find the rest of the Peanuts gang as they travel throughout imaginary worlds.

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Those who loved Peanuts will definitely appreciate the game, as the worlds are based on the sequences of Snoopy's imagination, which were some of the most famous parts of the old Peanuts movies.

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Kids can jump, climb, and scoot around obstacles in levels contained within four different worlds as they try to find all of the Peanuts friends.

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Super Lucky's Tale

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Rating: Everyone
Price: $19.89
Where to Buy: Amazon

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Super Lucky's Tale is a 3D platformer, a genre that also includes the Mario games. Kids play as Lucky, a fox who travels through different levels in a quest to protect a magical tome known as the Book of Ages.

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The game is fairly easy, allowing young kids to run, jump, and bounce their way through colorful worlds while collecting clovers.

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In addition to the main levels, the game includes a number of side challenges, puzzles, and other minigames to keep kids occupied.

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Along the way, they'll meet lots of storybook-style characters and outsmart evil cats. This is essentially the tamer version of Crash Bandicoot -- if there is such a thing. 

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Disneyland Adventures

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $29.99
Where to Buy: Amazon

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For kids who love their Kinect, this is a fun way to explore Disney’s park from your Xbox One. Disneyland Adventures allows kids to explore 18 of Disneyland's attractions, meet and get autographs from characters, and participate in magical adventures like flying with Peter Pan.

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There are lots of minigames that young kids will enjoy, and players of all ages can try fun things like coordinating their own fireworks show over Sleeping Beauty's castle.

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Kids can explore at their own pace, and there are few timers or requirements. Even if you don’t have a Kinect, you can still enjoy the game, though some of the minigames are a little harder to play without motion controls.

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Minecraft Story Mode: The Complete Adventure

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $19.99
Where to Buy: Amazon

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If your child still can’t get enough of Minecraft, Minecraft Story Mode is a good choice.

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The single-player game follows the story of several characters within the Minecraft universe. Kids can choose what their character says and does, which will then influence how the story plays out.

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There are also brief sequences in which kids can explore and solve puzzles, often involving finding objects in an environment.

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Though it doesn’t contain the building and crafting elements of the original and the story may seem a little mundane to adults, this is a great option for kids who enjoy other Minecraft spin-off books and stories.

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Think choose-your-own-adventure here.

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You can check out our review of Minecraft Stories' first episode for more info. 

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Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $29.99
Where to Buy: Amazon

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A wealth of familiar characters means there’s a lot to enjoy here for kids who love Pixar. Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure features characters and worlds from six well-known Pixar franchises ranging from Cars to Toy Story and Finding Nemo

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Kids can interact with their favorite characters and solve puzzles and challenges in each of the movies' worlds; they can also explore the worlds on their own, finding secrets and experiencing what it's like to be in a Pixar movie.

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The game supports local co-op, meaning two players can play on one console at the same time, making this a great choice for kids with siblings, but only one Xbox One. 

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $43.10
Where to Buy: Amazon

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If you grew up playing Crash Bandicoot, this Xbox One remake is a great way to introduce the kids in your life to a classic. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy collects the first three titles of the Crash Bandicoot series, which originally appeared on the first PlayStation.

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Each sees the titular Crash travels through lots of different levels to stop the evil Doctor Neo Cortex from taking over the world. Kids can blast through enemies, collect power-ups and points, and compete to see who can clear a level the fastest.

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The game is an extremely faithful reproduction and even provides a few updates to the original games, so if you enjoyed those, there's a lot to like here. 

Check out our N. Sane Trilogy review for more info. 

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LEGO Worlds

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $32.99
Where to Buy: Amazon

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If your kids are tired of Minecraft but looking for something in a similar vein, LEGO Worlds might be the next logical choice. 

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LEGO Worlds lets kids create their own LEGOego-style avatar and construct their own world brick by brick, just as they would with a regular LEGO set. Kids can also play with their friends in their own worlds via online play.

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After building a world, players can race in cars or ride fantastic creatures, populate their world with different characters, or look for buried treasure.

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While it doesn’t quite reach the lofty heights of Mojang’s masterpiece, there are plenty of opportunities for creative kids to plan, build, and create anything they can think of right on their Xbox One. 

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Check out our LEGO Worlds review for more info. 

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Just Dance 2019

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Rated: Everyone
Price: $49.90
Where to Buy: Amazon

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Just like the previous games in the series, Just Dance 2019 includes a huge list of chart-topping songs that the kids in your life probably know better than you do.

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The game uses the Xbox One's camera capabilities to capture all your righteous dance moves for glorious in-game points. The closer you are to the suggested pose and the more in time you are, the higher your score climbs.

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At the end of the song, whoever has the most points wins.

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Up to four players can play at the same time, making this a great game for a party or event. The game uses the radio versions of the songs, meaning that most inappropriate words are censoredJust Dance 2019 comes out on October 23, just in time to make every kid's holiday wish lists. 

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There’s little doubt that the Xbox One is a great place to come for a variety of games. Whether you’re looking for a huge open-world adventure or mature storytelling, the Xbox One games library has something for everyone.

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But what if you’re looking for a game your kids can enjoy?

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Nintendo is often associated with games for kids, but the Big M has plenty of offerings for younger players. From a vast catalog of LEGO games to Rayman, Snoopy, and Crash Bandicoot, the Xbox One's library of kid-friendly games is no slouch. 

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As we head into the holiday season, you're sure to be on the lookout for games your kids can play during the Thanksgiving break or on Christmas. If that's what you're here for, keep clicking to see our roundup of the 10 best Xbox One games for kids ages 7-12.

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Just Cause 4 Supply Drops Contain Massive Collection Of Vehicles, Weapons, And Other Items https://www.gameskinny.com/w11ab/just-cause-4-supply-drops-contain-massive-collection-of-vehicles-weapons-and-other-items https://www.gameskinny.com/w11ab/just-cause-4-supply-drops-contain-massive-collection-of-vehicles-weapons-and-other-items Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:01:38 -0400 QuintLyn

While Just Cause fans wait for the next installment in the series to come out in December, the game's devs are trying to make the wait more bearable -- or more difficult depending on your perspective -- with the release of a Just Cause 4 spotlight video.

Today's video covers supply drops and all the things that come with them. 

Supply drops will allow you to summon specific items to your location, even going so far as to let you determine how they'll be positioned once they land. This is similar to the mechanics we've seen in previous games -- with one hitch. Players will eventually be able to select from over 100 vehicles to have dropped on their location. Drops can also deliver weapons and other items.

Of course, the items won't all be available at once. Players will need to unlock them by completing various activities in the game. Once unlocked, they'll be added to the drop menu.

In addition, players will be able to unlock several pilots, decreasing the wait between drops. The pilots can also have specific items designated to them so that the items can be quick-dropped without any need to go into the menu and select them.

Just Cause 4 is set for release on December 4. If you'd like to see more of the game before then, check out the 20-minute game-play video from TGS earlier this year and our hands-on coverage from New York Comic Con. 

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Hands On with Just Cause 4 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/pomsp/hands-on-with-just-cause-4-and-shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/pomsp/hands-on-with-just-cause-4-and-shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-dlc Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:10:57 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

Over the past several years, New York Comic Con has been host to some great demos and video game showcases. Last year, we were able to get our hands on The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, both of which turned out to be very well-received.  

This year, we were able to catch up with Square Enix and get a look at some of the studio's upcoming releases, including Just Cause 4 and the forthcoming DLC for Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Here's what we found out about each of them. 

Hands on With Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4 is a wild ride -- let's just get that out of the way right now. You might have thought the previous iterations in the series were insane but this newest installment takes everything to the next level.

Everything that you love about the Just Cause series -- such as the gunplay, driving, and high-dive parachuting -- is back and exactly how you like it. 

When I asked one of the Square Enix representatives why they insist on pushing the envelope of crazy in the series, he replied, "Just cause." (Pun not intended).

But when you can put weather balloons on a tank and battle mid-air, you can't really complain. 

Aside from what we've come to expect from the Just Cause series, there are also quite a few new elements in Just Cause 4

The introduction of attachment mods drastically increases the catalog of weapons and accessories in the game. You can change the behavior of some of the mods and even affect behavior by changing the button controls in the settings.

Riding Out the Storm

The introduction of the Extreme Weather also makes things chaotic. One of the missions I was able to play involved Rico, the storm chaser. Featuring a tornado, the one we've seen in some of the trailers, it's easy to get sucked inside because why not? Don't worry, though, getting sucked in doesn't mean instant death -- it just means you'll be going for a fun ride, latching on to flying cows or debris. 

Seeing the tornado rip apart buildings, planes and anything else in its path is so much fun to watch, and at the end of the mission, you get caught in a lightning storm that, well, makes things even trickier. 

 

You'll get to have your taste of Just Cause 4 when it comes out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on December 4. The team at Avalanche Studios is already working on DLC, so keep your eyes open for that in the future after release. 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC: The Forge

Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the third in the rebooted Tomb Raider series, released in early September on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. You can read our review of the game here.

While sitting down with the team behind the game, they shared some info about the DLC that will be coming to the game.

Starting in November and going through May 2019, there will be a new DLC pack released each month. These packs will feature new narrative missions starring some of the secondary characters that you met in the base game. Each pack will have a challenge tomb, a new weapon, a new outfit, and a new skill.

If you wanted to play Shadow with your friends and were sad you couldn't, great news! Five of the seven DLC packs will support co-op play, and only one of your friends needs to own the DLC for the both of you to play. 

There will also be three modes for each of the DLCs: Exploration, Score Attack, and Time Attack. 

To test things out, I was partnered up on the first DLC coming out in November, titled The Forge. The goal of challenge DLC is to get to the top of a structure while inside a tower.

Needless to say, communication is very important in completing this mission. 

The DLC plays the exact same way as the base game. Solving puzzles, jumping off ledges, climbing to new heights.

If you had some gameplay problems in the base game, those problems are, unfortunately, in the DLC, too.

The climbing still seems a little weird and you will be jumping up and down trying to get to certain ledges. The camera can get in the way sometimes, too, clinging to weird angles when running around the tower. Even if none of these issues ruined the experience, they are worth noting for those who have played the base game. 

The mission took my partner and me around 30 minutes to complete, but if you don't communicate well, it could take longer.

The puzzle was pretty hard to figure out at first, too, and involved you splitting up with your partner in order to move forward. 

The Forge is one of seven upcoming DLC's coming out over the next couple of months. Here is what that DLC schedule looks like:

  • November: The Forge
  • December: The Pillar
  • January: Devil Inside
  • February: Unwilling Savior
  • March: Serpents Heart
  • April: Grand Caiman
  • May: Paradise Lost

If you don't own the season pass, you can purchase it for $29.99 or you can buy each DLC pack separately for $4.99.

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You can start playing the Shadow of The Tomb Raider DLC starting with The Forge in November.

Just Cause 4 is looking to be crazier than the previous entries of this series and you definitely don't want to miss this one.

Thank you to the Square Enix team for letting me hang out and play these two amazing games.  

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The Official Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer Launches https://www.gameskinny.com/zgqpl/the-official-red-dead-redemption-2-trailer-launches https://www.gameskinny.com/zgqpl/the-official-red-dead-redemption-2-trailer-launches Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:54:01 -0400 Zack Palm

The closer it gets to the end of the month, the closer Red Dead Redemption 2 becomes a real thing. To send the idea home, Rockstar released the official Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer today where they highlight the main story of the game. 

We find the game's main protagonist Arthur Morgan getting told he only needs to have one more big score before he can leave. Viewers can then see plenty of ways Arthur and the gang can get into trouble, from a train robbery to holding up a bank at gunpoint.

There's a lot left untold by the end, but one thing's for sure -- Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming. You still have until October 26 to pre-order the game for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, which you can do so here

You can also look forward to the game's online presence, though you're going to have to wait until November for it to launch. We cover what you can expect from it here

Excited for the game's guns and combat? Rockstar hinted at the game's massive weaponry and customization options earlier this month, which we covered here

Stick to GameSkinny as we cover Red Dead Redemption 2 later this month and wait to hear our review!

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Enhanced Versions of 4 Valve Classics Now Playable on Xbox One X https://www.gameskinny.com/cp7ja/enhanced-versions-of-4-valve-classics-now-playable-on-xbox-one-x https://www.gameskinny.com/cp7ja/enhanced-versions-of-4-valve-classics-now-playable-on-xbox-one-x Thu, 18 Oct 2018 13:33:03 -0400 William R. Parks

Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb has announced that, starting today, enhanced versions of four more Xbox One Backward Compatible titles will be playable on Xbox One X: Valve classics Half-Life 2: The Orange Box, Portal: Still Alive, Left 4 Dead, and Left 4 Dead 2.

"Xbox 360 games enhanced for Xbox One X run at a higher resolution and 9X the original pixel count," Hyrb's post states.

Without altering the game's original code, enhanced titles "showcase the very best version possible with the existing assets."

With these additions, there are now 21 enhanced Xbox 360 titles playable on Xbox One X, including Assassin's Creed, Fallout 3, and Red Dead Redemption.

While these four new additions may not all be created equal, it is hard to deny the impact they have had on their respective genres, and enhanced versions are certainly a boon for those that have sprung for the more powerful Xbox One.

To close, if you have not played Half-Life 2: Go!

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7 Best Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Easter Eggs https://www.gameskinny.com/8a6t2/7-best-call-of-duty-black-ops-4-easter-eggs https://www.gameskinny.com/8a6t2/7-best-call-of-duty-black-ops-4-easter-eggs Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:08:48 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Easter Egg: Element 115 

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Black Ops 4's developers couldn't resist including the Element 115 reference -- and you can find it in Blackout. 

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For those not in the know, Element 115 is an element discovered by Dr. Ludvig Maxis for the purpose of creating zombie soldiers. First appearing in Call of Duty: World at War, Maxis is the main antagonist in the series' many zombie modes. 

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You can find this Easter egg in the Factory facility in Blackout. You will see the 115 number on the board inside one of the buildings. But this is not the only reference in Black Ops 4.

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If you go to Nuketown Island, you will see a wall clock showing exactly 1:15 inside one of the houses.

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This is a fun little shout out to all the long-time fans of the Call of Duty series from Treyarch.

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Those are all of the best Easter eggs in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and for other related articles at GameSkinny, take a look at the list below:

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Easter Egg: Black Ops Basketball 

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Did you know that you can play a casual game of basketball in Blackout? Just head straight to the northern part of the map where the Estates area is located.

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Inside one of the mansions, you will find a basketball court. There's official no competition (yet) and you can't earn any points, but you can come with a friend to chill and play. 

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It will be interesting to see if more players start flocking to the area to play basketball, setting up their own tournaments. This Easter egg could very well turn into its own metagame sometime in the future. 

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Easter Egg: Shadowman Jumpscare 

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Call of Duty jumpscares are back!

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The first one could was all the way back in Black Ops 2, and now you can experience the same terrifying fright again in Black Ops 4's Blood of the Dead map. This particular Easter egg involves the Shadowman monster.

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All you need to do to activate the jumpscare is to play the Blood of the Dead map in a Classic mode. Then, get a sniper rifle with a scope from a mystery box and head toward the catwalk area.

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From the catwalk, you will see an old shack across the road. If you zoom in to see what's inside (look through the window), you will experience the trademark Zombies jumpscare.

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Easter Egg: Hacienda Prisoner

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It seems that Treyarch put secret Easter eggs on every map in Black Ops 4, and that is a great thing if you're an aficionado of the series.

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You can find one of the most mysterious Easter eggs on the Hacienda map that is modeled after a mob of gangland mansion.

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As soon as you spawn in Hacienda, you need to head toward the other side of the building. You will find a private beach there with boats. Then jump into the water and you will see a dead body wrapped in a plastic bag and tied up to the bottom of the ocean with a chain.

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Looks like somebody just got rid of an important witness.

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Easter Egg: Warden's Ritual Room

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Here is another cool Easter egg you can find on the Blood of the Dead map. But before you can find it, you must get either a Spoon or a Gold Spork. Both are melee weapons that can be found on the Blood of the Dead map.

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Once you have obtained one of the weapons, head toward the Warden's building. As you enter the building, go upstairs and turn toward the wall and scratch it using either a Spoon or a Spork.

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Lastly, go outside and wait for the Brutus zombie to appear. Let him follow you back into the Warden's house to the spot where you've scratched the wall upstairs and let him slam you.

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This will create an explosion that will reveal the secret Warden's room with lots of cool items inside.

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Easter Egg: Richtofen & Stuhlinger 

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One of the most unique Easter eggs in Black Ops 4 can be found on the Blood of the Dead map, which is one of the three Zombies maps in the game. This one is a conversation between two characters from Black Ops 2 -- Richtofen and Stuhlinger.

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As you may know, Richtofen is one of the playable characters in Blood of the Dead. If you play the map in co-op mode with either you or a buddy playing Richtofen, let the player not playing Richtofen die. 

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When that player starts spectating, you will hear the voice of Stuhlinger, speaking to you through Aether. 

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Too bad the voice won't help your buddy blast those zombies into glorious giblets. 

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Easter Egg: Asylum Secret Song

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Hop into a match of Blackout and go to the Asylum to trigger one of the most recognizable songs associated with the Call of Duty franchise -- Lullaby of a Deadman.

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To find the Easter egg, go upstairs and find the restroom (which you basically can't miss). Go to the leftmost toilet and interact with it three times. You will hear water flushing. Soon after, the speakers all over the Asylum will start playing the Lullaby of a Deadman.

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This is technically a returning Easter egg from the World at War, which a lot of fans of Call of Duty will know for sure. But it's great to see it making a comeback. 

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Just like with other games in the series, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is full of Easter eggs, most of them references to other games in the franchise. 

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But since the game doesn't have a campaign mode (the first in the series to do so), some of the Easter eggs can be difficult to spot. It's a given that your main priority in multiplayer and Blackout is to frag your opponents and get the #1 position -- not look for Easter eggs. 

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From references only available in co-op mode to zombies and battle royale, Black Ops 4 does right by paying homage to some of the best moments in the series. If you like unlocking secret references in Call of Duty games, then follow our guide for the 7 best Easter eggs in Black Ops 4.

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Fortnite Alpha Tournament Guide: How to Get More Points Fast https://www.gameskinny.com/d6bqp/fortnite-alpha-tournament-guide-how-to-get-more-points-fast https://www.gameskinny.com/d6bqp/fortnite-alpha-tournament-guide-how-to-get-more-points-fast Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:21:08 -0400 Ty Arthur

As if getting Victory Royale hasn't been enough, Fortnite finally has a real-deal Tournament mode for earning points and getting crowned as the top player.  Running through October 21, tournament sessions will be available for a limited number of hours each day.

To play in the Alpha Tournament, click the icon above the Play button and then click the Alpha Tournament button.

Players are matched against opponents with similar scores during the session, and if you score 20 points in a session, you earn a coveted golden pin

How to Get Points in Fortnite's Alpha Tournament

The main Fortnite screen showing the tournament selection tab

You begin earning points at 3 eliminations; you then earn 1 extra point at 5 eliminations and 7 eliminations.

Additional points (in 1 point increments) are awarded if you:

  • Get in the Top 10
  • Get in the Top 3
  • Get Top 1 Victory Royale  

Points reset at the beginning of each day during the Tournament, so you only have a limited number of hours to hit 20 points and earn the pin.

Best Landing Spots & Kill Areas in Alpha Tournament

Because of this point set up, aggressive play is rewarded. Don't hide. Don't be a bush. Don't play it safe. Land in hot zones such as:

  • Tilted Towers 
  • Pleasant Park 
  • Lazy Links
  • Paradise Palms

Essentially, jump where everyone else is. Once you land (and you probably already know this), immediately go for any location with a chest or floor weapon so you can come out swinging.

Finding loot faster than the opponents is key here. Hit high loot areas for critical early-game gains. Go to the basketball court in Greasy Grove, basically all the buildings in Tilted Towers, or the grocery store in Retail Row. 

Best Situational Weapons for Alpha Tournament

No matter where you land, stick to the high ground for headshots whenever possible. Also, try lurking indoors with a shotgun or other close-range weapons for quick kills in tight spaces. 

Individual play style can have a big impact on how you rack up your kills, but in general, these are the best weapons to try to pick up in the Alpha Tournament:

  • Any SMG 
    • For spray and pray outdoor fighting
  • High rarity Assault Rifle (AR)
    • For outdoor fighting at medium range
  • Pump or Tactical Shotgun 
    • For indoor or close-quarters fighting
  • Bolt action or heavy sniper rifle
    • Long-range headshots if your playstyle keeps you at the edges of each area
Best Choke Points in Alpha Tournament

A male Fortnite player with spiked hair shoots a handgun at a running player near a broken down house

While aggressive attacking with SMGs and shotguns is key to getting kills quickly, some players will still prefer to lie in wait and snipe. In that case, these are some excellent choke points to rack up kills:

  • The RVs north of Tilted Towers 
  • The hill above Dusty Divot with a clear line of sight down below
  • Any rooftop at Greasy Grove (if you land on the gazebo at the south end of the area you will likely arrive directly at a chest spawn)
Best Defensive Strategies for Alpha Tournament (If You Must)

If you want to rack up the most points in the least amount of time, it can actually be more efficient to get 5-7 kills, and then die on purpose and join a new match.

Trying to get all the way to the #1 spot may take more time than it's worth, especially if you end up dying just shy of the top 10 or top 3 spots.

Defense is less important in an Alpha Tournament match as you're fighting against the clock to get quick kills before the daily points reset. If you are want to try to get to the Top 10, 3, and 1 spots, however, there are two key defense options to utilize in the Tournament.

  1. Jump frequently
  2. Avoid headshots
  3. Build 1x1 tower bases
    • Learn to quickly build ramps if the bottom gets taken out for quick escapes

There is literally no reason to hide in this mode. In essence, Alpha Tournament wants you to play differently and get out of your comfort zone. Acting like a bush will get you nowhere. 

Fortnite Alpha Tournament Schedule

Here's the full breakdown on when each Tournament will be running; don't forget individual session times will vary by region each day:

  • Alpha Tournament (Solo): October 16-21
  • Beta Tournament (Duo): October 23-25
  • Friday Night Fortnite (Squad): October 19-November 30
  • Salty Springs Cup (Solo): October 27-31
  • Tomato Temple Cup (Duo): October 28-November 1

A Word on Alpha Tournament Bugs

The choose your game mode screen showing various fortnite events and modes

As you might have expected, the rollout of a major new Fortnite mode means unexpected bugs and hiccups.

Most notably, Alpha Tournament is currently suffering from incorrect scoring (preventing you from getting the pin) and matchmaking problems

A patch is, of course, expected to fix these problems in the next day or so, but for now, you need to know these issues persist and you may not get the score you earned.

Check out a full rundown from Epic regarding known issues at Reddit here.

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Got any other tips for surviving in the Alpha Tournament? Let us know your favorite strategy below, and check out our other Fortnite guides here.

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Halloween Cosmetics & Skins Teased for PUBG https://www.gameskinny.com/j4ljq/halloween-cosmetics-skins-teased-for-pubg https://www.gameskinny.com/j4ljq/halloween-cosmetics-skins-teased-for-pubg Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:43:52 -0400 Zack Palm

To help get you into the spirit of Halloween, the developers behind PUBG have released a nine-second Halloween-themed video on their official Twitter page, which you can watch here.

While extremely brief, the video teases several pieces of cosmetic items likely on the way in a holiday-themed loot crate. 

Though the PUBG development team has not released any specific details since the tweet went out last night, it's possible that Halloween-themed skins are on the way to the popular battle royale in the form of a torn-up nurse outfit, a bloody butcher's apron, and a killer clown outfit. 

As we get closer to Halloween, there's sure to be a more formal announcement, perhaps even something introducing a themed event. We know that PUBG Mobile is set to get a Halloween event and night mode in the latest patch notes leak -- so something for the base game probably isn't that far off. 

How do you feel about PUBG releasing holiday-themed content? Stay tuned to Gameskinny as we learn more details about PUBG's plans for Halloween!

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First Hitman 2 Elusive Target Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/7070l/first-hitman-2-elusive-target-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/7070l/first-hitman-2-elusive-target-revealed Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:25:23 -0400 Zack Palm

The first elusive target for Hitman 2 has just been announced: the Undying Man, played by Sean Bean.

In Hitman 2, Bean plays Mark Faba, a former MI5 agent who went on to became a freelance assassin. Starting on November 20, one week after the game launches, players will have 10 real-life days to kill Faba before he completes a contract at the Global Innovation Race event in Miami.

In the above video, Faba uses refers to three separate weapons -- and IO Interactive invites players to vote for their favorite: a robot flash grenade, a concealable earphone garrot, or a compact pen explosive. Players will receive whichever weapon receives the most votes if they successfully kill The Undying during the event. 

You can vote for your favorite item on the Hitman 2 website.

The elusive target mode was first shown in 2016's Hitman. In this mode, players have a limited time to try a single attempt to eliminate a target, receiving a new suite with each successful completion.

You still have time to pre-order Hitman 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or your PC, and you can pre-order here. The game launches on November 13.

For more news on your favorite games and Hitman 2, stay tuned to Gameskinny.

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GameSir Reveals VX AimSwitch Brings Keyboard and Mouse to Consoles https://www.gameskinny.com/1pluh/gamesir-reveals-vx-aimswitch-brings-keyboard-and-mouse-to-consoles https://www.gameskinny.com/1pluh/gamesir-reveals-vx-aimswitch-brings-keyboard-and-mouse-to-consoles Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:22:22 -0400 QuintLyn

Players of competitive console games now have a new option when it comes to character control.

Depending on who you ask, there's a belief that when it comes to cross-play shooters, MOBAs, and Battle Royales, PC gamers have an advantage over their console counterparts because they're able to use keyboard and mouse.

While you can technically hook up a keyboard and mouse to consoles, there can also be compatibility issues. Plus, who really wants to use a full-sized keyboard when playing games on a console?

This is where the new GameSir: VX AimSwitch comes in. Inspired by the increasing popularity of cross-play, the keypad and mouse set brings the fine control associated with PC gaming to PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in a compact and completely compatible package. 

The package can be purchased on the GameSir site for $99.99 and includes a gamepad featuring all the standard left-side of the keyboard keys, including F1-F5, WASD, Shift, Alt, Tab, and even a mini-spacebar. There are also four G-keys for customization. Combine that with the GameSir GM190 gaming mouse and you have everything you need to play competitive games on a console.

The set uses the GameSir Agility X 2.4 GHz wireless receiver with a rather wide range of 32.8 feet. It also features 38 TTC red key switches and utilizes the GameSir G-Crux app for key configuration.

Oh, yes, for those wondering: The VX AimSwitch is compatible with the PC too.

 

 

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Soulcalibur VI Guide: Libra of Souls Info and Tips https://www.gameskinny.com/rtfit/soulcalibur-vi-guide-libra-of-souls-info-and-tips https://www.gameskinny.com/rtfit/soulcalibur-vi-guide-libra-of-souls-info-and-tips Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:15:53 -0400 Synzer

Libra of Souls is a new game mode in Soulcalibur VI that follows the story of a character you create specifically for that game mode. Throughout the story you will encounter many of the characters in the main Soulcalibur story. 

There are times when you will get dialogue choices to further distinguish your character. Some of these choices will also tip the scales of your soul to either good or evil. These choices affect the story, but also the weapons you equip later.

Let me start by going over the basics.

Libra of Souls Basics

Libra of Souls allows you to level up a created character by completing quests. There are main story quests and side quests. These quests involve fighting, but often with special conditions

Sometimes you may need to fight multiple opponents, certain attacks -- such as verticals -- could only be effective, slippery floors, and more can change how you will fight.

This offers you a chance to take advantage of the situation with the right knowledge, so be sure to read the conditions before each fight.

Leveling and Weapons

When your character levels, their max health will go up. That's not all, you will also be able to equip stronger weapons as your level increases.

This is very important because no matter how good you may be with a certain fighter's style, you may still lose if your weapon and level are too low.

Other than level, weapons can also have extra attributes such as crit chance, or health recovery when dealing damage.

soulcalibur vi libra of souls weapons

When you unlock Bolta's Smithy, you will be able to choose from a variety of upgrades to put into your weapons, as long as they have slots available.

Finally, you will eventually get weapons with either a blue or orange flame. This indicates which part of the scale they align with. If your soul is aligned with the weapon, you get extra bonuses when using it.

Food and Mercenaries

As you progress through the game, you will unlock the ability to use food and mercenaries before starting a battle.

Food gives extra benefits, such as health recovery, or extra critical damage. There are a wide variety of food buffs, so you can pick whichever best suits the battle you are trying to win.

Mercenaries are CPU fighters that will fight before you during a battle. They have levels and weapons just like you and can even be given food and weapons that match their style.

This gives you the edge because they can take out a lot of the opponents health, or even defeat some, before you even start fighting! If they lose, you can just continue fighting where they left off and the opponent will have the same amount of health as they did when your mercenary lost.

Traveling and Side Quests

As you go through the story, you will naturally travel the land. Each location allows you to explore the surroundings to complete a variety of side quests. These are great for leveling, getting more weapons and items, and fleshing out the overall story.

You can choose to fast travel back to any previous town or location you've already visited. This also allows you to explore the surrounding areas without the need to attempt long travel.

soulcalibur vi libra of souls travel

When you do travel, you have a chance to run into a random battle along the way. This can be good for extra experience and items, but your journey could be cut short if you lose any of these battles. If this happens, you will use up the gold required to reach your destination, but you will be put back to your original location.

Tips

Pay attention to travel costs when exploring

There are many extra quests you can complete if you choose to explore the surrounding area during the game, but it costs gold to travel. If the location is far away, or if you have to cross hard terrain such as mountains, then the price to reach it will be very high.

You can combat this by choosing a base location closer to the quest you want to complete, or one with a better angle.

You can also travel to any of the dots on the map, then continue exploring from there to reach certain destinations without spending a ton of gold.

If you want a specific weapon type, use it during quests

The weapons/styles you get throughout the game are mostly random, but I've noticed you are highly likely to get one of the same type that you use during a quest.

For example, if you want a higher level Geralt weapon, you can greatly increase your chances of getting one if you complete a quest with that style. 

Try different weapons

You will inevitably get a weapon for a style you aren't familiar with or enjoy playing. It is good to try new weapons because you might find that you like another character, or it may just be easier for a certain quest.

If you get a strong weapon for another fighter, it may still be worth using simply because it is much better than whatever you are currently using.

I always like playing as Tira or Zasalamel, but I tried out Geralt's and Mitsurugi's weapons and found that I really enjoyed playing as them as well.

Complete certain side quests to level up towns

There are side quests near towns, like those that involve the blacksmith, that will level up the town.

soul calibur vi libra of souls weapons upgrades

Leveling up a town grants new items at the shop, more mercenaries to choose from, and better weapon upgrades from the blacksmith. Each major town has their own town level so be sure to do the ones for the specific town you want to increase.

That's all there is for my Libra of Souls guide in Soulcalibur 6. Hopefully, this knowledge will better prepare you for your own journey through the game and give you a better idea how you will want to go about things!

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Soulcalibur VI Review: Much More than a Fighting Game https://www.gameskinny.com/t00p0/soulcalibur-vi-review-much-more-than-a-fighting-game https://www.gameskinny.com/t00p0/soulcalibur-vi-review-much-more-than-a-fighting-game Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:09:57 -0400 Synzer

The latest in the Soulcalibur series has arrived and has brought some interesting and refreshing changes. Soulcalibur VI has the same gameplay that fans love, but much more in terms of story and overall content.

I'm going to talk about Libra of Souls a lot in this review because it was by far my favorite thing about the game. Now, let's get to everything that's great about Soulcalibur VI.

What is Great?

Fighting Mechanics

The familiar gameplay of Soulcalibur is back, and is as good as ever. Guard Impacts are back to not costing any soul gauge, but my favorite thing is the new Reversal Edge mechanic.

soulcalibur vi reversal edge

This allows you to attack or counter, then puts you in a rock-paper-scissors showdown with your opponent. If you chose the superior attack, you hit your opponent and get free damage. Choosing the same attack will cause the hits to bounce off and you try again.

This brings even more depth to the gameplay by adding a new risk/reward mechanic. Plus, having even more ways to counter opponents is always a good thing in fighting games.

Story

This is something that most people don't care about in fighting games, and is usually not a big focus. Soulcalibur VI actually has two story modes and they tie very nicely together.

The Libra of Souls game mode follows the story of a character you create specifically for that game mode and tells the main story from their point of view. The best part is that you will come across this created character in the main game's story mode!

There are also extra details you can gleam from each story mode that you won't see in the other -- combining to make a sophisticated story that I was genuinely interested in experiencing.

Libra of Souls also has many side stories that you can follow. Some even take place over most of the game and I found myself very interested in seeing what would happen next. Speaking of Libra of Souls...

Libra of Souls is an amazing new addition

I enjoy fighting games just for the sake of the fighting, but I love it when they take it a step further. Libra of Souls does this very well. You start by making a character, then follow that character's story.

You choose a weapon/fighting style just like normal character creation, but you can switch at anytime before a match. 

Although the missions are still fights, they sometimes have special conditions to change how battle works. Your character can also level up gaining experience after finishing these fights. This increases your max health and allows you to equip stronger weapons. Your weapons can also have special effects added to them.

soulcalibur vi libra of souls quest

Another thing that makes it stand out is player choice. You will make multiple dialogue and impactful decisions throughout the course of the story. This will also tip the scales of your soul to either good or evil, which in turn affects some of your weapons.

Overall, there is a lot you can do to power-up and customize your character as you progress through Libra of Souls and brings even more variety to the game.

What is Lacking?

Load times are Abysmal

It is mostly likely better on PC or on the advanced versions of consoles, but they really are horrendous on a normal Xbox One. I would often wait 10 or more seconds to load my weapons menu in Libra of Souls. Sometimes I found myself wondering if I actually pushed the button or not.

While in character creation, most items aren't displayed in real time, which caused me to select each item, then back out to load it. This was very frustrating and added unnecessary time.

Cheap Fights in Libra of Souls

Now Libra of Souls is not supposed to be fair like the rest of the game, I know this. However, some of the fights are really cheap and cause a lot of frustration.

I remember one fight in particular that really frustrated me. The enemy could not be staggered by normal hits and the A.I. difficulty was really high/aggressive, which is the opposite of fun.

It doesn't take a lot away from the game, but it is still something that can sour your experience.

Character Creation Options

I know they are adding more with DLC, but I would have liked more options in the base game. I remember seeing most of the available options in the previous games.

soulcalibur vi character creation

Final Thoughts

Soulcalibur VI offers a lot of story/extra content I was not expecting in a fighting game. Libra of Souls has so many missions and is worth getting the game for just for that.

The fighting is just as smooth as ever, and the new reversal edge mechanic is a great addition that keeps things fresh and exciting.

Fans of the series and fighting games should definitely pick this one up. Those unfamiliar with this or other fighting games should still check it out simply for Libra of Souls.

[Disclaimer: Writer was granted a copy of the game for review purposes from the publisher.]

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Override: Mech City Brawl Story Campaign Highlighted in New Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/8g1w2/override-mech-city-brawl-story-campaign-highlighted-in-new-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/8g1w2/override-mech-city-brawl-story-campaign-highlighted-in-new-trailer Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:58:23 -0400 Erroll Maas

Publisher Modus Games and developer The Balance Inc. have revealed a new trailer for their upcoming mech action game, Override: Mech City Brawl, which shows off both solo gameplay as well as local and online multiplayer.

The new trailer also highlights the story campaign where players will face off against other mechs as well as giant aliens. Each mech is equipped with their own unique set of weapons to deal with these threats, including powerful special attacks which get help them get out of trouble in a pinch.

Players will also be able to obtain new skins and accessories to customize their mechs within the garage.

A feature unique to Override is that players can play together operating just one mech, with up to four players controlling separate limbs.

Override: Mech City Brawl launches on December 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Pre-orders for are available now.The standard edition will only be available digitally  while The Super Charged Mega Edition will be available both physically and digitally and includes a season pass with four extra mechs, 16 new skins post-launch, and instant access to 12 legendary skins which must be unlocked in the standard edition.  

Override: Mech City Brawl will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on December 4, 2018. 

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Blizzard Nixes Speculation On Diablo 3 Cossplay And Reign Of Terror Announcement https://www.gameskinny.com/affog/blizzard-nixes-speculation-on-diablo-3-cossplay-and-reign-of-terror-announcement https://www.gameskinny.com/affog/blizzard-nixes-speculation-on-diablo-3-cossplay-and-reign-of-terror-announcement Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:47:01 -0400 QuintLyn

While we still don't know what Blizzard has planned for the Diablo announcements at BlizzCon, we may have a better idea of what those announcements won't be. Since players first took note of the fact that Diablo will be the first topic discussed on the main stage following the convention's opening ceremony, we've seen some serious speculation spurred by things like merchandise appearances and Blizzard representatives having a chat with the press.

In fact, GameSkinny recently covered both the rumor about Diablo 3 crossplay and the speculation on "Reign of Terror".  Unfortunately, it seems that neither of these things is what it appears to be.

Following the Business Insider article that attributed a comment indicating Diablo 3 crossplay would be happening at some point -- it was just a question of "when" -- Blizzard has informed press that cross-platform play is not in the works. 

The statement provided to DualShockers and Nintendo Life indicates that the company likes the idea, but has no plans for it at the moment.

While we love the idea of bringing our players together across platforms, we do not have any plans to implement cross-platform gameplay for Diablo at this time.

The good news here is that cross-play hasn't been completely ruled out. But, despite what the representative who spoke to Business Insider told them, it's still a question of "if" as well as "when". 

As for "Reign of Terror" being an accidental title leak, a Blizzard rep told GameSpot that's not the case. It seems "Reign of Terror" is just a title attached to the new products and nothing more. They even go so far as to explicitly state that the name doesn't directly reference any "content at the show". 

So, once again, we're left without any information on what, if anything, Blizzard will be announcing for the game at BlizzCon. Of course, they'd probably like to keep it that way.

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Fortnite Season 6, Week 4 Challenge Guide: Complete 3 Timed Trials https://www.gameskinny.com/dqfyn/fortnite-season-6-week-4-challenge-guide-complete-3-timed-trials https://www.gameskinny.com/dqfyn/fortnite-season-6-week-4-challenge-guide-complete-3-timed-trials Wed, 17 Oct 2018 07:11:41 -0400 Sergey_3847

Completing Timed Trials is definitely one of the hardest challenges that Fortnite players have ever encountered. This week you need to hit at least three of the five possible Timed Trials around the map. But the reward is worth it, as you will get 10 Battle Stars after the successful completion of this challenge.

You can build up a strategy of your own on how to finish all three required trials, or you could simply follow our quick guide below for all the possible locations of the Timed Trails and how to complete them in the fastest way possible.

How to Complete 3 Timed Trials in Fortnite

The three best and easiest Timed Trials in Fortnite can be found in Snobby Shores, Shifty Shafts, and Tomato Temple. All three trials are super easy to complete, but here are a few tips to make it completely clear.

Trial 1: Snobby Shores

When you arrive at Snobby Shores, go right on top of the hill indicated on the map above. There you will find a softwatch that can be activated. As soon as you do it, the rest of the watches will appear downhill. Just make your way down and grab each and every softwatch you see. In the end you will finish this trial and you can move onto the next one.

Trial 2: Shifty Shafts

To the south of Shifty Shafts you will find a bridge across the river. As soon as you activate the first softwatch, the rest will appear across and above the bridge.

In order to complete this trial you need to build a ramp and gather all the watches from the top of the bridge. The last watch will be waiting for you on the other side of the bridge. Activate it and finish your second trial.

Trial 3: Tomato Temple

The final trial at the Tomato Temple is the hardest one. It will require you to run through the wooden ramp near the temple, which you may not be able to finish the first time. But after some practicing you should be able to get every single softwatch in time. As soon as you're done with this trial the challnge will be complete.

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That is all on how to complete three Timed Trials in Season 6, Week 4 challenge, and for other Fortnite guides at GameSkinny, please see the list below:

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