Xbox Platform RSS Feed | Xbox RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Sonic Mania Plus Coming July 17, Includes Two New Playable Characters and Game Modes Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:26:47 -0400 Zach Hunt

It's no exaggeration to say that when Sonic Mania was released in August, critics and casual Sonic fans alike were jubilant. Here at GameSkinny, we said it was "a game you can't afford to miss out on," and we certainly weren't alone in singing its praises. Years of inconsistent Sonic releases had somewhat tarnished the franchise's reputation, so when Sonic Mania showed up to remind us of the old-school games' platforming greatness, we just couldn't get enough.

Flash-forward to April 2018, and Sega has announced that even more Sonic Mania is set to arrive July 17 in the form of Sonic Mania Plus, available now to pre-order for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch for $29.99. If you previously purchased a digital copy of Sonic Mania on PC or console, an Encore DLC pack will be available for $4.99 to upgrade to the latest and greatest version once it's hit the shelves.

New to Sonic Mania Plus is the ability to play as two old-school Sonic characters -- Ray the Flying Squirrel and Mighty the Armadillo -- as well as "Encore mode," which breathes new life into old zones. Updates to Competition and Time Attack modes will now allow for four-player competition, and players can take on ghost challenges in time trials.

Sonic Mania Plus packaging for all consoles

All of this Sonic-y goodness will also be available in a physical edition that includes a 32-page artbook, holographic packaging, and a (totally awesome) reversible SEGA Genesis cover.


Stay tuned to GameSkinny as July 17 approaches, and be sure to catch up on all of our Sonic Mania coverage to help tide you over until then.

Go to Infinity (and Beyond) with Thanos in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 DLC Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:00:20 -0400 Jonathan Moore

As the culmination of 10 years of Marvel movies comes to what looks to be an exciting zenith on April 27, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is celebrating the release of Avengers: Infinity War with the launch of the "Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Character and Level Pack." Although there is no firm date for the small expansion, the DLC will be available sometime next week for $2.99. 

The main draw of the DLC will be that players will be able to control the Mad Titan Thanos himself. Taking place in a brand-new level that features Thanos and his children invading Atillan, the "Infinity War pack" will task players with taking on Black Bolt, conceivably usurping him from his throne. 

On top of that, players will find the expansion brings with it six more unlockable characters in Infinity War: Groot, Hulkbuster 2.0, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian, Proxima Midnight, and Ebony Maw. 

Those interested in purchasing the "Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Character and Level Pack" can pick it up by itself or as part of the larger LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 season pass, which costs $14.99. The season pass is also included in the game's deluxe edition. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on the latest LEGO games, including Marvel Super Heroes 2, as it develops.  

Overwatch Guide: How to Use Hanzo's Storm Arrows Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:54:35 -0400 Sergey_3847

The latest patch for Overwatch PTR replaced the infamous Hanzo ability -- Scattered Arrow. Now the bow master will be able to use a brand-new type of arrows -- Storm Arrows.

Instead of scattering the damage around, it will give Hanzo a chance to shoot six charged arrows in fast sequence. In combination with his new Leap ability, the Storm Arrow becomes highly efficient against tanks.

If you want to know how to play with Hanzo's new ability, then follow the guide below.

How to Use Storm Arrows in Overwatch

Since the speed of the arrows has been increased from 85 to 100, Hanzo can now deal a lot more damage than before.

Each arrow deals 80, which equals 480 in total. However, if you can manage headshots, then each arrow will deal 160, which totals 960 damage, which is way more than Scattered Arrow could ever do.

This means that you can kill Tracer with one, single headshot. Otherwise, you can deal six bodyshots to Orisa or Zarya and kill them that way. If Orisa activates armor, you can still kill her with a couple of headshots.

But what about Reinhardt? Sure, he can't be killed only with six bodyshots, so you'll need to manage at least one headshot after five consecutive bodyshots. If your aiming is way off and you're not doing well with headshots, then simply use melee attack on him after the full Stowm Arrow ability has been used.

The same strategy can be used against Winston. And if he activates a shield, then one fully charged Storm Arrow will be able to remove it. The same goes for D.Va and her mech.

The rest of the heroes will go down as quickly after 3-4 consecutive shots. This means that Hanzo's new Storm Arrow ability is very efficient if you have great aim.


Try to get used to the new Storm Arrow ability so you will be able to kill quickly and efficiently, and for other Overwatch guides at GameSkinny, check out the following links:

Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset First Look Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:23:43 -0400 Anthony Merklinger

“The land called Summerset is the birthplace of civilization and magic as we know it in Tamriel.”

Off the back of Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, ZeniMax Online Studios introduces the new chapter in the epic MMO saga: Summerset, made available with Update 18 on May 21 for PC/Mac and June 5 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. You'll explore the beautiful Summerset Isle, home to the High Elves and Queen Ayrenn, and discover the looming Daedric presence that threatens all of Tamriel.

First Look

Like much of Elder Scrolls Online, Summerset succeeds in enveloping players in a believable, rich setting that offers story, depth, and challenge. The vibrant saturation evokes a fantastical world inhabited by gryphons, wisps, imps, and imposing crustaceans that invite even the most battle-hardened adventurers for an extensive encounter.

I was impressed with the characteristically Elvish castles dominating the coastlines of Summerset, including the capital, Alinor. The winding pathways, ornamentations, sculptures, engravings, and fountains provided a subliminal security from the dangers lurking beyond the walls. More importantly, the architecture's fluidity and accompanied flora added welcoming qualities to what would have otherwise been boring strongholds.

Unfortunately, as I journeyed along the stone pathways breaking into the wilderness, I wondered if Summerset was wholly homogenous. The only true breaks from the conventional fantasy-based woodlands were the coral monoliths rising along the shorelines and the ethereal pirate havens nestled in the public dungeons and delves. Nevertheless, the design quality Summerset brings to the series bears all the hallmarks of an Elder Scrolls game.

Abyssal Geysers

An exciting new feature introduced with Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset is Abyssal Geysers, which hearken back to interplanar Dark Anchors used by Molag Bal. Upon defeating the lone Acolyte of Bedlam, I was thrust into several waves of crabs and other creatures from the deep employing plenty of AOE -- a common trend in Summerset. Many Abyssal Geysers take place near the water, naturally, offering a nice change of pace from the land-heavy quest chains.

Delves, Dungeons, and World Bosses

Summerset introduces six delves and two public dungeons to give players the opportunity to explore and defeat new challenging enemies, though the mechanics have remained largely the same.

With respect to world bosses, the first I encountered was Caanerin, an unassuming reindeer grazing in a meadow. When I initiated combat, however, I realized Caanerin set the tone for the remaining challenges on Summerset in what proved to be an AOE-intensive fight. Most, if not all, world bosses on Summerset are highly mobile and require players to dodge a series of debilitating attacks to survive. Still, I managed to down a few with the help of another player.

World Bosses:

  • Caanerin
  • Keelsplitter
  • Queen of the Reef
  • Haeliata
  • Nagravia
  • B’Korgen

New Trial: Cloudrest

Cloudrest, a city besieged by the Sea Sload Z’Maja, underscores the importance of team coordination and reflects the tone of previous trials in Elder Scrolls -- dark and foreboding. The associated quest further complements the fantasy of Summerset, which makes the chapter feel complete without gaps in the overarching design.

Note: While the trial bosses can be defeated in any order, groups can skip to the final boss and take them all on at once.


Update 18 brings two new dwellings to the stronghold roster: the Alinor Crest Townhouse and the Colossal Aldmeri Grotto. The townhouse features nine rooms across three floors with an accompanying terrace. The architecture parallels the Elven castles on Summerset, offering a quiet, upscale retreat.

Conversely, players residing in the grotto can enjoy the comforts of a standard Aldmeri ship docked in a pool of water and flanked by shipwrecks and Elven ruins. The area provides more space with natural surroundings but fails to include the epic grotto environments featured in the new PvE areas.  

Psijic Order

Similar to the Fighters and Mages Guilds in Elder Scrolls, the Psijic Order introduces a new storyline, rank system, and skill tree (five active abilities, five passive abilities, and one ultimate ability) to influence time. The Psijic Order is located on the island of Artaeum and can be unlocked by completing the first story quest: The Queen’s Decree.


Existing players can visit the new chapter by using the Shimmerine Wayshrine, located left of Auridon. Those starting out can experience Summerset starting at level 1 and play through a new tutorial and game introduction with the benefit of One Tamriel’s level balancing. (Be sure to indicate your desired tutorial playthrough following character creation.) Completion of Summerset’s main storyline will lead directly back to the core content.


From world bosses and enemy NPCs to strongholds and the Crystal Tower, the design of Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset feels consistent. The new chapter can offer exciting opportunities for players new and old, but the homogenous landscape may lessen the emotional impact of the region’s questlines.

New features included with Update 18:

  • PvP improvements and additions
  • Crown store gifting
  • Daily login rewards
  • Assorted balance changes and performance improvements
  • Battlegrounds moving to base game
  • New jewelry-crafting skill line to make custom rings and necklaces


Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more news on the official release of Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset!

Overwatch Class Guide Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:22:58 -0400 TopFragging

Within Overwatch there are four classes (or roles): Offensive, Defensive, Tank and Support. Each class has a specific role or objective within the team, such as poking, healing, tanking, picking, etc.

The guide below offers an explanation of each class, the heroes that make them up, and the best way to optimize your playtime and potentially help you improve, whether it be to gain Elo, build game knowledge, or just generally improve your overall skill.

Note: This class guide is not a concrete tutorial on exactly which character to pick in a given round, as a defensive character is still a key member of the team even on the offensive phase, for instance.



Genji - McCree - Pharah - Reaper - Soldier 76 - Sombra - Tracer - Doomfist

These characters share certain goals, such as clearing an objective, securing kills, and being a general pain in the ass; however, they all have some defining characteristics which make them effective and enjoyable in their own right.

Offensive characters typically tend to be more “lone wolf” and therefore have kits that allow them to be quite self-sufficient and to escape danger quickly with their advanced mobility. They often aim to assassinate or pick off squishy enemies, whether they be healers or other offensive threats. If you're wanting to carry your team with a glass cannon, then the Offensive role is a good starting point.

Although they dish out high damage, be aware that they have low health pools and thus can be easily killed. For example, with her measly 150 HP, Tracer can be killed in one shot by a well-placed headshot or Hanzo scatter arrow. This makes abilities such as Reaper's Wraith Form, Solider 76’s Biotic Field, Tracer's Recall, Pharah’s Jump Jet, Genji’s Deflect, and Sombra's Translocator very useful at allowing these characters to escape sticky situations and keep that respawn screen at bay.

Keep an eye out for potential threats at all times, and do whatever it takes to stay alive. This may be easier said than done, as I have personally found the Offensive class and some of its characters to be typically hard to master.



Bastion - Hanzo - Junkrat - Mei - Torbjörn - Widowmaker

The defensive class has the highest overall damage output in the game. They excel, as suggested by the name, at protecting areas and objectives from the opposing team. This is done by setting up traps and other deployables, such as Torbjörn’s Turrets, Junkrat’s Steel Trap, and Widowmaker's Venom Mine. Simply waiting for the right time to strike and being well-positioned are key with these characters because, unlike the Offensive class, these characters possess little mobility but a slightly larger health pool.

The Defensive class is more efficient and better supported when playing from the back and staying behind your tanks rather than taking the fight straight to the enemy. However, do not be deterred: An experienced player can still dominate the attacking round with a Defensive hero, as they are functional and effective in more areas than people think.

This class best suits players who prefer to stick with the team and engage in team fights; however, you can still rack up kills and get that gold medal if you're well-positioned and thinking ahead.



D.Va - Orisa - Reinhardt - Roadhog - Winston - Zarya

The tank class is a key component to the team, and playing without one could make the game incredibly hard. I would suggest that you are able to confidently play at least one tank well as they are always welcomed within the team. The way that I see the Tank class is that it is split into two groups: Offensive and Defensive.

The Offensive tanks -- such as Roadhog, Zarya, and potentially D.Va -- are better at the attacking stage of the game. They boast high damage but offer little support to the team, they still excel in 1v1 situations even against Offensive heroes, and they can easily carry a game with the right team and good coordination.

The Defensive tanks, however -- such as Reinhardt, Winston, and Orisa -- are better at supporting their team. They offer higher-damage shields, and their kits consist of more crowd-control abilities that, if combined with other team members, can be devastating in a fight. They have the highest health pools, but without a sufficient healer, a player new to the Tank class may struggle (unless it's Roadhog because, well, he is a one-man apocalypse).

Lucio and Mercy


Ana - Lucio - Mercy - Symmetra - Zenyatta - Moira - Brigitte

Finally onto the most underrated and least favored yet most important class in the game. The Support class can be considered the backbone of any team; they primarily tend to focus on healing your team and keeping them in the fight.

Playing a Support is a tough gig. Trying to keep the whole team sustained and utilizing that game-changing Ultimate takes a smart approach, and mastering a Support hero will make you a necessary member of any team. Just be prepared not to be thanked and to always be told you're trash because that Tracer thinks it's your fault for not healing her when she goes 1v6.


Hopefully this guide to each of the four classes in Overwatch has been helpful. What are your thoughts on the roles, and do you have any suggestions or insights that we didn't mention? Let us know in the comments, and stick with GameSkinny for all things Overwatch!

Fornite Taco Shop Locations - Week 9 Challenge Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:25:43 -0400 Ty Arthur

Wondering where to find the taco shops in Fortnite for the Season 3, Week 9 challenges? 

There are five Fornite taco shops we've found so far, but they are spread across the map, so you want to plan your route ahead of time to avoid getting stuck in the storm.

Looking for the Moisty Mire treasure map location instead? We've got you covered with a full Week 9 treasure hunt guide here.

Fortnite Taco Shops Challenge

You need to visit three of these restaurants in a single match, which can be a bit difficult if you don't know where they are, especially since other players will be using them as camping points.

All the specific locations are covered below. To hit all three while traveling the least distance (so you don't get stuck behind the storm or caught out in the open in a firefight), it's easiest to land south of Shifty Shafts, then head north to grab the two near Tilted Towers.

Landing at Tilted Towers first is always a gamble since other players probably hit the ground before you and are already armed. Alternatively, you could land at Tomato Town and then head south and west, but there's a lot more distance to cover in that route.

a player coming upon a white car parked outside one of the elusive taco shops Finding a Fortnite Taco Shop (thanks to z CerealGlitchers for the screenshot)

Best Taco Shop Locations

You can find all the Taco Shops marked by the red circles on the map below, or by heading directly to these locations:

  • The southwest portion of the map, slightly to the south of Shifty Shafts
    • In the pit stop area just past the hill with the road
  • The far west side of the map, to the west of Tilted Towers
    • In the large concrete area next to the warehouse building
  • Inside Tilted Towers, to the east of the previous Taco Shop
    • In the northwest corner of the area, near a big yellow bus
  • The Retail Row area on the eastern side of the map
    • In the northeast quadrant of Retail Row, near the edge of the area
  • The northeast end of the map at Tomato Town
    • In the far north end of this area, next to the pizza restaurant building

Remember that you only need to hit three taco shops in a single match to complete the challenge, and as always, be on the lookout for remote explosives left inside the taco shops or sniping players on nearby rooftops looking for an easy mark!

locations of the taco shops as indicated by red circles on the map Fortnite Taco Shop Challenge Locations

Are you ready for Fortnite Season 4 to arrive next month? Let us know your guesses for what the theme will be!

This week's v3.5 update included quite a few shakeups, including the indefinite removal of the overpowered guided rocket, the addition of the light machine gun, and the utterly nuts 50v50 V2 limited time mode! On the Save the World side, the new Neon Mercury LMB is available in the event store and can take down a wave of husks all at once.

Obviously, there are also new Battle Royale challenges other than just finding taco shops across the map. Here's the full lineup of Fortnite Season 3, Week 9 challenges now available to play:

  • Deal damage to opponents' structures – 5 Stars
  • Search chests in Haunted Hills – 5 Stars
  • Build Structures – 5 Stars
  • Visit different Taco Shops in a single match – 5 Stars 
  • Follow the treasure map found in Moisty Mire (Hard) – 10 Stars
  • Shotgun Eliminations (Hard) – 10 Stars
  • Eliminate opponents in Lucky Landing – 10 Stars

You can also check out our other latest Fortnite guides here to up your game and get yourself a #1 Victory Royale:

Fortnite Moisty Mire Treasure Map Guide for Week 9 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:50:49 -0400 Ty Arthur

Let's go treasure hunting in Fortnite once again, this time to Moisty Mire and then Retail Row!

Season 4 is almost here, and it's looking more and more like Tilted Towers is about to get demolished by a meteor. There's still a little over a week to go with this current season, though, and new Fortnite Battle Pass challenges just arrived to keep you busy while we await that area's eventual destruction.

Wondering where to go to complete this week's treasure map challenge and grab the Battle Star? Let's head out and get started.

Fortnite Moisty Mire Treasure Map Challenge

The treasure hunts are two-parters (sort of -- you can actually skip finding the map), starting with locating a map and then decoding its hidden message to figure out where to actually locate the treasure.

In this case, of course the map is in the Moisty Mire swamp, so try to jump off the Battle Bus as close to that location as possible.

When you search Moisty Mire, you will eventually find a sign with the map below. Usually they give some major landmark to try to figure out the treasure location, but this one is a little more esoteric, just showing trees and footsteps to a house.

The "X" indicates the star is on the roof of the house by a chimney. But what house, and how do you get there?

Treasure map for Moisty Mire 
Moisty Mire Treasure Map

Moisty Mire Treasure Location

If you turn your head sideways (or rotate the map to the left), the triangle of trees pointing towards a house actually looks like a location near Retail Row, and that's where we are heading to complete the challenge.

From the Moisty Mire area, head north until you arrive at the southwest corner just before Retail Row (where the road is visible on the map in grid coordinate G6). The exact location is marked in the Battle Royale map below.

If you follow the trees to the gap between the two roads, you should see a house. Head up to the roof, and the Battle Star will spawn. Just pick it up to complete this weekly Fortnite challenge, and then get onto the business of gunning down the competition.

 Grabbing the Battle Star

There's more than one house in this area, so if you don't see the Battle Star on the first rooftop, just go to the next one, and it should appear -- but be on the lookout for snipers!

With houses and a treeline, this is a perfect spot for sneaky players to lie in wait and take out anyone trying to complete the challenge. If they are nice, they will at least let you pick up the Star before pulling the trigger, but that's not a certainty.

Map with an arrow and a circle indicating where to find the Moisty Mire treasure Fortnite 3.5 Moisty Mire Treasure Hunt Location

Here's the full lineup of Fortnite Season 3 Week 9 challenges now available to play:

  • Deal damage to opponents' structures – 5 Stars
  • Search chests in Haunted Hills – 5 Stars
  • Build structures – 5 Stars
  • Visit different Taco Shops in a single match – 5 Stars (stay tuned for a full guide coming soon)
  • Follow the treasure map found in Moisty Mire (Hard) – 10 Stars
  • Shotgun Eliminations (Hard) – 10 Stars
  • Eliminate opponents in Lucky Landing – 10 Stars

You can also check out our other latest Fortnite guides to up your game and get yourself a #1 Victory Royale:

Fortnite Battle Royale Introduces New and Improved 50v50 Mode Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:59:24 -0400 Zach Hunt

For anyone who missed out on the limited-time Fortnite 50v50 mode last December, you'll now have the chance to see what all the fuss was about as Epic Games has brought back 50 versus 50 Battle Royale, along with some new improvements in the Fortnite 3.5.2 content update.

What's New in Fortnite 50v50 Battle Royale

In this second iteration of Fortnite 50v50, each team gets its own bus that approaches the map from the opposite direction as the opposing team's bus, with yours outlined in blue and the enemy's in red. From the very start, the mini-map depicts the final storm circle as well as dotted "battle lines" between the teams to indicate where you're most likely to run into enemy players. 

You're given 10 minutes to rush around and loot like mad while the storm closes in, five minutes to duke it out, and then a final five minutes of battle as the storm shrinks completely. Supply drops fall every two minutes (only in the final storm circle) and arrive in batches of three to six.

A number of additional changes have also arrived with the Fortnite v3.5.2 content update, including the introduction of the light machine gun and some tweaks to item spawns, resource gathering, ammo, and more. To even further sweeten the deal, Fortnite players can enjoy double XP from Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22.

Be sure to stick with GameSkinny for more Fortnite news, tips, and guides, and let us know how you're enjoying the 50 versus 50 limited-time event in the comments below.

The Surge Gets Free Cutting Edge DLC, Stupid Deep Discounts Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:08:13 -0400 Jonathan Moore

If you thought you'd already gotten your hands on the most advanced weaponry and armor The Surge had to offer, think again. With today's release of the absolutely free "Cutting Edge" DLC, players on PS4, Xbox One, and PC will find three new armor sets, three new weapons sets, and three new jumpsuits added to the game. Each item will provide unique boosts to stats such as speed, energy, life regen, and more.

New Jumpsuits in the "Cutting Edge"
  • The Angel: Gives players boosts to attack speed, energy attainment, and "impacts on CODENAME weapons"

  • The Aslepius: Improves life regeneration

  • The Nano Ward: Adds explosive blasts to perfectly timed blocks
New Weapons in the "Cutting Edge"
  • The Experiment 44H: Also goes by the name of "Dark Star." It leverages a containment field to eviscerate enemies. 

  • The Engelhart: Poses threats not only to enemies but also to the person using it. Using boost technology, this weapon can become incredibly hot, incredibly fast -- in any environment it is used. 

  • The BioN J-1: Also goes by the name of "Last Aid." Originally designed as a medical tool, the BioN J-1 is best used to surgically remove pieces of your enemies. 

Discounts to The Surge and Its DLCs 

Alongside the release of the "Cutting Edge" DLC, The Surge will also see deep discounts on Steam and the Xbox Marketplace from now until April 20. Sorry, PS4 owners; there are currently no discounts for The Surge on PSN as of this writing.

The largest discounts seem to be found on Steam. On Valve's marketplace, you can find The Surge: Complete Edition, which collects the base game with all of its previously released DLCs, for $24.99. Other DLC can be found for as low as $2.

If you're an Xbox One owner, you'll need a Gold membership to take advantage of The Surge's discounted prices. 


What are your favorite weapons, jumpsuits, and armor sets in The Surge? Do you plan on picking up any of the discounted DLC -- or jumping into the base game for the first time? Let us know in the comments below, and stayed tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on The Surge as it develops. 

If you're looking for tips, tricks, and strategies for The Surge, make sure to check out GameSkinny's guides for the Dark Souls-inspired ARPG. 

8 Epic Fortnite Streamers You Can't Afford to Miss Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:19:12 -0400 Ty Arthur


Fortnite's highly anticipated Season 4 is about to start, so expect a slew of new vids to land and the Twitch rankings to get shuffled as new blood is pumped into the streaming community.


What did you think of our list of the best Fortnite Twitch and YouTube streamers, and did we miss anyone who should have been included? Let us know your go-to streamers that we should be subbing immediately!


Myth - Twitch Streamer


Watch his streams right here


This young'un has skyrocketed in popularity lately on Fortnite, and for good reason. If you want to learn how to get to the top and rack up a huge number of kills, then pay attention to how he moves, how he builds, how he travels across the map, and how he hunts for other players.



Avxry - Youtube Streamer


Watch his streams right here


Focusing on all sorts of crazy challenges and unexpected shenanigans, Avxry is another streamer with a million+ subscribers that still isn't quite as well known as the biggest names, and that's a shame.


He's a real character and gets absolutely crazy footage, from playing rock, paper, scissors with his final opponent to building bridges covered in absurd traps to unbelievably lucky no-scope kills.



lolRenaynay - Twitch Streamer


Watch her streams right here


A prolific gamer who covers everything from Turok to drunk games of Uno, lolRenaynay has been getting into Fortnite lately, and the antics are something you want to watch.


While she doesn't tend to explain her plans or strategies as much, you can still get some great tips on playing squads mode by watching her techniques, and the clips tend to be pretty funny to boot.



Dakotaz - Twitch Streamer


Watch his streams right here


While he may not have nearly the number of followers as the biggest names, like Ninja, Dakotaz is easily one of the best streamers to watch if you want to stay on top of new changes and learn some Fortnite skills. 


He does some really fun challenges as well, showing how to properly use everything from shotguns to campfires to guided missiles.



QueenFPS - YouTube Streamer


Watch her streams right here


QueenFPS tends to be much more interactive and talks directly to the fans during live streams, so if you want to have a real back-and-forth with someone and not just get lost in the sea of comments, check out these streams.


She also has lots of excellent tips for where to land and the best places to find great loot early, so you can pick up some good Fortnite habits by watching her vids.




Shroud - Twitch Streamer


Watch his streams right here


A CS:GO player for Cloud9 turned full-time streamer, Shroud doesn't tend to explain his thought processes a lot during streams, but he is absolutely killer at constructing walls and floors to his advantage to stay alive and get a #1 Victory Royale.


He also pretty succinctly sums up the differences between PUBG and Fortnite fan bases in the beginning of the clip below. That rivalry keeps growing in intensity and seems like it's about to overflow as the Battle Royale scene keeps getting more crowded.



KittyPlays - Twitch Streamer


Watch her streams right here


KittyPlays has crazy-fast building skills (creating insane contraptions to trap her opponents) and lands some epic sniping kills from extreme range, but honestly, the real reason to watch is for her win and lose antics.


That hilarious jaw drop when she accidentally kills herself by falling, coupled with the amazing rage quits and complaints to her dog when she gets fragged, is some of the best entertainment you can find on Twitch or YouTube streams.



Ninja - Twitch Streamer


Watch his streams right here


In terms of both raw number of viewers and epic skill, Ninja is currently the go-to streamer for Fortnite. This is the guy to watch for learning where to land and search, how to avoid getting fragged, the best items to keep in your inventory to stay alive, and how to rack up some kills.


As for his video play style, I find Ninja more bearable than many other big names as he doesn't tend to scream, shriek, or give fake yells like a lot of other streamers. He's also fairly communicative with his duo or squad, helping the team out and giving some insight into his actions.


Lately Ninja has been making waves by playing with celebrities like Drake, and it's hilariously amusing to hear how unimpressed Ninja is when Drake gets kills.





With Fortnite rapidly becoming the most popular game in the world, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Twitch and YouTube are absolutely flooded at the moment with Fortnite vids covering everything from bush bamboozling to riding guided rockets across the length of the map.


If you want to cut through the drek and get to the best Fortnite streamers, we've got you covered with a list of the most engaging players to help you avoid the clickbaiters that dominate YouTube search results.


While the freshly added Replay Mode can help you improve your Fortnite game, there's no substitute for learning by watching the best of the best Twitch and YouTube streamers out there. If you can keep up with their strategies, you can get to a #1 spot victory as well.

Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset -- New Trailer Released Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:43:10 -0400 Zach Hunt

Ever since Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Online Studios announced that the next chapter in ESO would take place on Summerset Isle, players have been salivating over the prospect of exploring the legendary home of the High Elves for the first time since The Elder Scrolls: Arena way back in 1994. Today, Bethesda released a brand-new video that offers a glimpse into what ESO players can expect when The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset is released.

Called "Journey to Summerset," the nearly two-minute-long trailer provides a narrated tour of some of the locales, characters, and creatures ESO players are soon to encounter, all accompanied by a sweeping orchestral score. While the vibrant colors of lush gardens and endemic fauna initially evoke a magical idyll, it doesn't take long before we catch glimpses of the "new threat [that] emerges from the depths of the sea." 

With the largest zone of any ESO chapter yet, players can ascend Summerset's tallest peak to reach the mountaintop city of Cloudrest or head to the island of Atraeum in search of a new skill line and abilities granted by the secretive Psijic Order of mages. From the looks of this video (and from what we know so far), there doesn't seem to be any lack of adventure awaiting fans in this storied realm of Tamriel.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset will release for PC and Mac on May 21, followed by PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases on June 5. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more info on ESO: Summerset as it becomes available.

Fortnite Season 4 -- Everything We Know and Everything We Want Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:11:44 -0400 Ty Arthur

The snow's finally melting, and spring is coming just as the Battle Pass for Fortnite Battle Royale's Season 3 is due to end on April 30. Clearly, Season 4 isn't far off down the road, which means it's time to get ready for all-new outfits and challenges!

Before we officially hit Season 4, there have already been some major shakeups to the game, like the soft launch of the custom matchmaking key feature and the incredible Port-a-Fort grenade.

Fortnite players have been through a wild ride in Season 3, from the Solid Gold event to Blitz Mode to the addition of the guided missile launcher. While Season 2 was heavily medieval-focused, there really wasn't a super unified theme in Season 3, sticking slightly to a space motif while veering away from that base idea several times.

In the last few months, we've had all sorts of craziness, including Lunar New Year buildings, creepy bunny costumes, astronauts, afros and disco balls, plungers with samurai swords stuck in them, and winged cupids. Now that Season 4 is almost here, it's time to start speculating on the new themes and outfits.

six different Fortnite skins posing 
It's been fun, but all good things must come to an end!

When Will Fortnite Season 4 Arrive?

Expect the upcoming Season 4 and its new Battle Pass to arrive either on Tuesday, May 1 or a couple of days later, with the normal weekly update around Thursday, May 3.

It remains unclear at this point if the Season 4 Battle Pass can be purchased with existing V-bucks or if you will only be able to pay money to grab the new Pass. If you've got extra to spare, you may want to hold onto somewhere in the 950-1,500 V-bucks range just in case.

Fortnite Season 4 Theme

A ton of fan theories have been put forward for the Season 4 theme, including super heroes, a pirate/aquatic theme, ninja clan battles, fantasy heroes and villains, a progressive history that goes from caveman to futuristic cyborg, Greek mythology, cyberpunk, ancient Egypt, and even dinosaurs!

One consistent and popular fan theory is that Tilted Towers or another location will be devastated by a meteor and look completely different in Season 4. This may tie into the Rex dinosaur costume that came out earlier this month and may indicate we are going prehistoric soon. Personally, I'm leaning towards this view point, especially when the Tricera Ops skin leaked ahead of release.

New weekly challenges based around dinosaur eggs, meteors, and cavemen could be a rousing good time, and it would be awesome to see the same theme invade the Save the World missions for those of us who still prefer that mode over Battle Royale.

On the other hand, the latest Fortnite skin addition was the bizarre Leviathan, which looks like a cross between a Mars Attacks alien and Klaus from American Dad. That still sticks to the quasi-space theme of Season 3 while lending credence to the notion we may be heading full throttle into an aquatic theme. Meanwhile, the 800 v-buck Reanimated emote that just arrived wouldn't at all be out of place in the goofy Saints Row series, mixing jerky zombie movies with a dance rave theme!

While previous seasons had Halloween and Christmas offerings, Season 4 will primarily take place in the spring and summer, so it's a good bet there will be some sort of picnic, fireworks, or patriotic theme near the end.

In short, we simply have no definitive answer at the moment for what exactly is going to happen with Season 4, as the developers like to ping-pong between ideas frequently as new Fortnite patches arrive each week.

a Fortnite leviathan skin that looks like a scuba diver or astronaut with a fish for a head raching out to a mounted fish on a wall Aquatic, dinosaurs, cowboys? What's your guess?

What theme do you want to see from the fourth Season of Fortnite next month? Let us know your favorite picks in the comments below, and check back soon as we update with the latest Season 4 info.

For those still looking to complete the Season 3 challenges, check out our other Fortnite guides here:

You Can't Play Fortnite Unblocked; Do This Instead Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:14:37 -0400 Ashley Gill

So you want to play Fortnite when you're at school, huh? Otherwise you wouldn't be looking for "Fortnite unblocked". Duh.

There's a pretty big problem with what you're seeking, and that is there is no way to play the game unblocked. Why would you be able to? It's a multi-gigabyte download and install.

Playing flash or browser games unblocked is one thing because unblocking websites use VPNs to allow you to play on restricted networks, but downloading a pretty large game and installing it onto a computer is another thing entirely.

Just to clarify without a doubt: No, you can't play Fortnite unblocked at school. You can either wait until you go home and play there or install the game onto your mobile phone instead. Maybe.

Play Fortnite on Mobile Instead

Fortnite Mobile allows you to use the same account you do on other platforms, so why try to go the unblocked route?

At the time of writing, Fortnite is available on iTunes for iOS devices. Unfortunately, if you have an older device, you may be out of luck here too. The game is not supported on iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus, iPad Air, Mini 2, Mini 3, or iPod Touch.

If you've got a compatible device, you can download and play Fortnite on it right now.

Android users are out of luck on this front -- at least for now. Epic Games is planning on releasing it on Android devices in the coming months. It can't be too long from now, as more people do have Android devices than iOS.

Just playing on mobile is far preferable to scouring the internet trying to find that one diamond in the rough that will actually let you play this game at school. Because that's not going to happen. Just download Fortnite on your phone, or be patient and wait for the Android release.

Check out our plethora of Fortnite guides, from pro tips to learning the ropes!

The Fortnite Shutdown Rumor Is Baseless, Stop Worrying About It Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:58:49 -0400 Ashley Gill

Let's get this out of the way at the start: There was no tweet on the official Epic Twitter that Fortnite Battle Royale was going to be closed down.

A rumor started circulating last week that Fornite Battle Royale would be seeing closure in May due to a lawsuit from PUBG Corporation, but it is simply baseless.

Gaming site Twinfinite published an article on April 12 covering the alleged tweet, stating that the rumor was started by an image of a tweet from the official Epic Twitter account. The tweet the writer claimed to have seen read as follows:

“Due to the law suit against PubG on copyright infringement. We are sorry to inform you that Fortnite Battle Royale Will be coming to an end May 24, 2018. Save the world will still be in development and we will roll out ASAP. Thank you all for the support.”

Have you seen the supposed image of the tweet? Because I have not.

I've done some scouring at this point -- not because I believed the rumor, but to discern whether Twinfinite was kicking up crap just to get traffic -- and I have not seen it anywhere, even in the corners of the internet where they'd dance around the virtual bonfire at such a rumor. There is zero. Zilch. Nothing.

Did someone email them this image? Or did they make it up? I don't know, and frankly, I don't care. The end result is the same: a panic over a rumor so small it shouldn't have been given the time of day.

The alleged tweet itself is as poorly written and unofficial-looking as it can be. The capitalization is all over the place ("PubG", "Save the world") and clarifies absolutely nothing while simply aiming to stoke the flames of panic.

The public hasn't heard much about litigation against Epic Games due to the release of Fortnite Battle Royale, but at this point, it's safe to assume the mode is not going anywhere. In fact, it appears to be devouring the playerbases of a number of other large multiplayer titles. No other game is as popular as Fortnite is right now. Absolutely none.

Baseless rumors don't help anyone, and a rumor so devoid of base that it's sunk into the ground shouldn't have shot its way across the internet in the first place. Have you seen any signs of Epic slowing down content releases or events? No. So stop worrying about it.

TERA: How to Find Rida for the Sibling Rivalry Quest Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:45:48 -0400 Ashley Gill

TERA's level 33 Sibling Rivalry quest isn't really notable compared to the rest of the game's quests, but one thing about it is irritating: Rida, a key NPC in multiple steps of the quest, is not where you think she might be.

This quest has been in the game for some time and Rida's movement has generally not been an issue, but the PS4 and Xbox One port's slight veering from dealing with the UI past the necessities makes it a little more confusing.

If you've gotten to level 33, you've probably already had to deal with quests that made you dip into the quest tracker or your inventory to complete them. The weapon crate quest in Bastion of Lok is the first example that comes to mind, because you have to manually add the bomb item to your hotbar and use it from there.

In the case of Sibling Rivalry, things are a little more simple. The quest itself is a multi-step process but the third step, which entails speaking with Rida and giving her the hypnotic draught, is where you're going to get hung up. And it's where you have to make friends with the UI once again.

Most of the quests you come across in TERA have relatively accurate quest markers, but this one is an exception. To find Rida, you must delve into the quest tracker.

Much easier than doing some other things with the UI, right? This is only one of many steps of the Sibling Rivalry quest, and with luck it's the only part that will give you any trouble.

This is a pretty cut-and-dry task on PC, but on PS4 and Xbox One it's a multi-step process.

First open the map and then press the Quest Tracker button (Circle on PS4, B on Xbox One). Select the Sibling Rivalry quest and toggle it to show the location on the minimap. This will show you where to find Rida, no mess and no fuss.

Why this quest is like this is a mystery, but it's been an issue since at least 2015. Now you can move forward with the other steps of the quest, of which there are many, for the hefty XP reward.

If you found this guide helpful, check out our other TERA guides.

Shenmue 1, Shenmue 2 Set for Release on Modern Consoles, PC Sat, 14 Apr 2018 07:29:29 -0400 Edgar Wulf

It's been close to 19 years since the original Shenmue's release in the Land of the Rising Sun. Considered one of the best games of all time and, at its release in 1999, an incredibly ambitious and expensive project, Shenmue hasn't seen an official Western releases outside of the original Dreamcast version. 

But things are about to change. After countless pleas from fans, SEGA has finally announced the release date for the re-releases of Shenmue and Shenmue 2. According to a press release from SEGA, both games will feature  improved visuals and updated controls, as well as English and Japanese voice-acting. And although it was not officially confirmed, it's a safe bet both games will include achievement/trophy support for all of us achievement-junkies.

This is the definitive version of these all-time classics and will be the best Shenmue experience to date. The re-release will stay true to the originals with modernized features including fully scalable screen resolution, choice of modern or classic control schemes, PC graphics options, an updated user interface and the option to enjoy either the original Japanese or English voiceovers.


Both games are scheduled for a simultaneous release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, as well as the PC, some time in 2018. They will definitely help us get back into forklifting shape void before the release of Shenmue 3 later this year.

Did you play the original Shenmue games on the Dreamcast? Share a story in the comments below and let us know why you're most looking forward to revisiting this beautiful world.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for all things Shenmue!



How to Get a Fortnite Custom Matchmaking Key Fri, 13 Apr 2018 22:17:26 -0400 Ty Arthur

Fortnite's 3.5 Patch brought with it some major shakeups to the game. From replay mode to the Port-a-Fort grenade and new Save the World quests, we're getting an entirely new take on the game, and that's just the beginning. But custom, private matchmaking is what we're really excited about. 

Epic Games added the new feature very quietly with this update, and the developers have oddly remained totally mum on exactly how it works and who can use it. If you log into Battle Royale mode and take a look at the main menu screen, a curious addition now appears in the bottom right corner -- Custom Matchmaking.

Although it seems like it might run counter to the game's very open, large scale nature, there is finally now a method to create a Fortnite private match... for some people.

Players have been asking for this feature since 2017 in order to run private tournaments for local -- or even national -- events, and now it has (almost) been added to the game.

So how do you get a custom matchmaking key right now? Well, it's complicated. 

Fortnite's main menu showing the custom matchmaking feature      Well, hello there, Mr. New Feature Guy!

Fortnite Private Match Keys Aren't For Everyone ... Yet

While having a quick, random 100-player match is kind of the whole point of Fortnite, there are times where you just want specific people to join a game, like for a a friendly roommate tournament or YouTuber gathering.

For those Twitch streamers or YouTubers with large followings, private matches offer a quick way to setup a Battle Royale round that still hits the full 100 players but has more exclusivity than an open solo or squads match.

Unfortunately, Fortnite's custom matchmaking isn't available for John Q. Public at the moment. You can click the option and enter a custom matchmaking key to play a game (if someone else has a private match created already), but you can't actually create your own Fortnite custom matches quite yet.

The feature is still in testing with a small number of palyers and only select content creators, YouTubers, and Twitch streamers with large followings are being given custom matchmaking keys.

If you manage to get in a custom match, you have our congratulations (and our envy). Be sure to drop a comment and let us know how the process works... and maybe hit us up with that custom matchmaking key so we can join the fun?

While waiting for custom matchmaking to go wide and be available for all players, don't forget you can also jump in on the replay royale contest launched this week and earn some killer Fortnite swag if you manage to capture an amazing moment.
 The grey and white box to enter your Fortnite matchmaking key One day we will make this Gameskinny private match a reality!

Are you planning on creating custom, private matches when the feature finally goes wide, or do you want to stick to the random wonderful chaos that is the typical Fortnite Battle Royale? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

For those still looking to complete the new Season 3, Week 8 content that arrived with the 3.5 patch, you can also check out our other latest Fortnite guides here:

Vampyr Vinyl Soundtrack, Limited Edition, and Preorder DLC Revealed Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:09:39 -0400 Erroll Maas

DONTNOD Entertainment and Focus Home Interactive have revealed a vinyl soundtrack, as well as a limited edition for their upcoming action RPG, Vampyr. They also released information regarding the game's pre-order release and the bonus content they'll contain when the game launches on June 5. 

The vinyl soundtrack features a selection of music from Vampyr composed by Olivier Deriviere. As of this writing, the limited-edition vinyl is only available through pre-orders of the game in Europe. Whether this will change is currently unknown, but we'll update this article with the Western release when the information becomes available.

Vampyr limited edition bundle

In Germany and Australia, players can pre-order a special limited edition version of Vampyr that includes a boxed copy of the game and an exclusive limited-edition sleeve, a set of three exclusive lithographs, a double-sided poster of the in-game map and artwork, and a code for the Hunter's Heirloom DLC. It is unknown if this limited edition will be made available in other territories at a later date.

Vampyr Hunters Heirlooms DLC graphic showing sword, pistol, and man in a sherlock holmes outfit

Any players who preorder the standard edition of Vampyr will receive a code for the Hunters Heirlooms DLC. This DLC pack includes the Dragonbane sword, the Barker pistol, and the Physician Suit.

Additionally, pre-ordering Vampyr through the PlayStation Store will give players an exclusive theme.

Vampyr will launch for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One on June 5. Retail and digital preorders are now available.

How to Claim Your Fortnite Rust Bucket Backpack Bling Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:48:56 -0400 Jonathan Moore

If you're wondering how to get the new (and free) Rust Bucket Backpack bling in Fortnite, you've come to the right place. This limited-time item was released today and can be only be claimed via the item shop between now and tomorrow, Saturday, April 14. 

To claim the Rust Bucket backpack, just go into the Fortnite item shop and look for the Storm Scavenger set. Once you find that armor set, just look for the Rust Bucket item and click purchase. The backpack bling is completely free -- you won't be charged any V-Bucks to add it to your inventory

The backpack's release comes on the heels of Fortnite's recent 3.5 Patch, which saw the addition of the Port-a-Fort grenade and Replay Mode. However, the update also saw the popular Battle Royale slugfest experience longer-than-usual queue times, causing furor among some of the game's playerbase.

As a mea culpa for that server-side issue, Epic Games decided to release the Rust Bucket backpack as compensation. They also released the Troll Stash Llama for Save the World players. The Llama can also be purchased from the Fortnite store for free.  

Next week, Fortnite Battle Royale players can expect to see the release of Battle Stars, as well as (potentially) new costumes. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on Fortnite as it develops! Make sure to check out our other Fortnite guides while you're at it. 

Header image: Bizzy

Fortnite Dance Floor Locations Guide for Week 8's Challenge Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:37:28 -0400 Ty Arthur

It's time for dance floors in Fortnite's Week 8 Challenges! 

If you managed to survive through the unexpected Fortnite maintenance downtime following the initial release of Patch 3.5, side step the AS-1041 error, and get through the absurd wait time after the servers came back online, then you are on of the lucky few ready to dive into Fortnite's Week 8 dance floor Challenges!

If you're wondering where to find them, then you've come to the right place. Let's take a look. 

Fortnite Dance Floor Challenge

To complete this Week 8 Challenge, you need to use the dance emote at three separate dance locations on opposite ends of the Fortnite map. It isn't likely you will get all three in a single match (although two is sure a possibility if you work fast enough).

You won't see these the dance floor locations from the air, but when you get close to them on foot, they will become extremely noticeable due to the flashing lights and loud music.

A player in the Fortnite menu shows off a dance emote

Three Best Dance Floors Locations

You can find these dance floors marked with red circles in the Fortnite map below -- or by heading directly to these areas:

  • The lower southwest side of the map in the Flush Factory area
    • In the smaller building on the east side of Flush Factory for the exact location
  • The far west side of the map in the Pleasent Park area
    • In the haunted house just to the southwest of Pleasant Park 
  • The east side of Retail Row near the lower edge of the map
    • In the RV park area, southwest of Lonely Lodge

Sneaky Fortnite players might be hanging around these dance floors ready to use a sniper rifle or some planted remote explosives to kill anyone looking to complete the Week 8 Dance Floor Challenges, so make sure to be on your guard. 

A Fortnite map showing the dance floor locations for Week 8's Challenges Fortnite Week 8 Dance Floor Locations Map

Don't forget that you can now save videos of your Fortnite dance party shenanigans from multiple angles and different player points of view using the new replay feature that just got added in the 3.5 update.

There may be other dance floor locations around the Fortnite map, but you only need to hit these three to complete the challenge. Did you find any other easier-to-reach dance floor locations we missed? Let us know and we'll get them added!

Here's the full lineup of Fortnite Season 3 Week 8 challenges now available to play:

  • Use a Vending Machine (1)
  • Deal damage with Explosive Weapons to opponents (500)
  • Search Chests in Snobby Shores (7)
  • Dance on different dance floors (3) 
  • Hard: Search between Three Boats (1) 
  • Hard: Assault Rifle Eliminations (5)
  • Hard: Eliminate opponents in Dusty Depot (3) 

You can also check out our other latest Fortnite guides here: