Xbox One Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Xbox One RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network We Happy Few Memory Locations Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/2w5qu/we-happy-few-memory-locations-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/2w5qu/we-happy-few-memory-locations-guide Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:18:17 -0400 Ty Arthur

After years of Early Access development and a whole lot of unexpected changes, dystopian survival game We Happy Few has landed in a full release version, and its far more story-focused than the early builds indicated.

Delving deep into the lore of the game's alternate history and discovering all the unpleasant things that happened to the three main protagonists adds a whole extra layer to the game's stealth survival mechanics.

Of course there are plenty of collectibles to be found across the game, from notes to TV shows to butterflies. Finding all collectibles across the game unlocks the Remember, Remember achievement.

Having trouble tracking down some of the memory mask collectibles hidden across Wellington Wells? We've got you covered with a list of memory locations below and step-by-step instructions on picking them up!

We Happy Few Arthur Memory Mask Locations

Masks that reveal memories of the past between Arthur and his lost brother Percy tend to be found in major story locations, but they are usually just off the beaten path in an out-of-the-way spot. If you spend time exploring they aren't too hard to find, but a few are pretty cleverly hidden.

The first mask is found quite early, after being beaten by the bobbies when you flee you the pinata part.

When you enter the room with the corpse (before crafting a lock pick to activate the access hatch), look on the right side of the electronics room to see a mask near a poster on the wall.

In the destroyed church where the female wastrel tells you to tear up your suit with a rock, look for a big raised wood dais near the center. 

You should find the mask in the pulpit in the destroyed church, near a bottle of scotch. You won't be able to see the mask until actually going up the stairs into the pulpit, where it becomes visible just under the wood paneled edge.

If you don't find it the first time, note you have to return here later to give David his medals after fighting in the Headboy camp.

After crossing the Rorke͛s Drift Bridge, you can head southwest in the first large open area of the game.

Head south from Kensington Gardens (near the very center of the large open area) to find a swampy area where this section's access hatch is found.

The mask is hovering above the downed airplane found outside the dilapidated building with the electricity puzzle and the access hatch.

When you get the quest to infiltrate the military camp and turn off the power, you first have to cross the Inkerman Bridge where all the old guards are passed out or heavily drinking.

Go up the ladder on the right hand side before the area's exit that leads across the bridge to the military base. This mask is hovering near the sand bags if you turn around when you climb up to the top.

The next mask is in the military camp area and found near the locked door to the dump, directly next to the "No Dumping" sign.

You should see this one after your friend tells you to search for a hole in the fence near the dump entrance.

After talking your way onto the bridge and taking the game show quiz, eventually you get into the city of Maidenholm.

When you finally get to freely roam the city, head to the southwest side and look for a park with a giant rotating heart statue. If you haven't completed all the quests yet, there will be a marker on the map labeled "Love Birds." The next mask is above the pond at the corner of the park.

During the Finding Faraday quest, you have to talk your way into the Constabulary.

After taking the elevator and talking to the unhelpful constable in the records room, head down the hallway and enter the second door with the red button. In the same room as the "Tell Him To Fuck Off Note," check the back of the room by the wall to find this mask.

Those are all the We Happy Few memory mask locations we've found so far, but there's bound to be more, so check back soon for an update. If you've come across any others, let us know where you found them and we'll get this article updated!

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Insurgency Sandstorm Beta Review: A Promising Tactical FPS When It Works https://www.gameskinny.com/uznqr/insurgency-sandstorm-beta-review-a-promising-tactical-fps-when-it-works https://www.gameskinny.com/uznqr/insurgency-sandstorm-beta-review-a-promising-tactical-fps-when-it-works Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:42:50 -0400 Victoria Banks

It isn’t easy to create an FPS that emulates realistic combat while standing out in the competitive genre. But Insurgency Sandstorm might provide players the challenge and realism they have been craving in an FP

With popular game releases such as Fortnite and Overwatch and the recent E3 announcement of games like Halo Infinite, Fallout 76, and Anthem, it might seem that new realistic military FPS games are a bit lacking in the market right now, but Insurgency Sandstorm has potential to fill that void for some players who seek classic-style realistic combat.

Insurgency Sandstorm, developed by New World Interactive, is the sequel to its indie predecessor, Insurgency, and is a tactical FPS that will be released on PC around the end of September and on consoles in 2019. With the purchase of a pre-order for $26.99 on Steam, players can experience the beta testing from August 9th-13th and August 30th.

Though it is still in beta testing, the game is creating both excitement and concern within the playerbase. Players are eager for the immersive, competitive gameplay but are also wary of the graphics, performance, and PC requirements to play.

Game Modes

So right off the bat, you should know that Insurgency Sandstorm is a game that aims for realism. The gameplay is designed to emulate real combat as close as possible, and in the beta, that combat is experienced in three online multiplayer game modes: Push, Firefight, and Skirmish.

In Push, players must capture Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie objectives before destroying Delta using enforcements. Firefight is a mode where points must also be captured, but players can only respawn if their team successfully obtains enemy territory. In Skirmishes though, players must destroy the enemy team’s cache or eliminate all opponents while capturing points to win.

Maps

These game modes can be played on the three beta maps: Refinery, Farmhouse, and Hideout.

Refinery is the more industrial map which has tight corners, multilevel buildings, and gunner vehicles. Farmhouse is a bit of the opposite with a few more open grassy spaces surrounding homes. Hideout is, in comparison, grittier with sandy hills and dilapidated buildings.

Classes and Weapons

Insurgency Sandstorm offers extensive classes including: Marksmen, Advisers, Demolitionists, Breachers, Riflemen, Observers, and Captains. Each class has an impressive range of specialties and weapons relative to his or her position (e.g. Riflemen have assault rifles, Marksmen have long ranged weapons, Demolitionists carry explosives, and so on).

Talented snipers will love the Marksman's M24 sniper rifle. It is a favorite with a wide range of adjustable optics. However, fans of more short-ranged combat will be happy to find an uzi submachine gun or security forces' M870 shotgun. The game also offers classic AK assault rifles and a collection of battle rifles, my personal favorite being FAL.

No matter preferences, players should be able to find classes and weapons that fit their play style easily.

What’s most impressive about all of these weapons and classes though is that they look and act realistically in terms of damage, scopes, and movement.

Damage and Combat

One of the strengths of the first Insurgency game that has carried over into this sequel is the realistic damage and strategic gameplay you can experience online.

Unlike some games where it can take an entire clip to kill an opponent, Sandstorm has authentic damage from gunfire. One or two well-aimed shots is all you will need to defeat an enemy, which means you should be cautious with your life as well.

The increased damage also makes a more tactical approach necessary, opposed to the run and gun method. These high stakes give the player much more satisfaction when successfully surviving an encounter and eliminating opponents.

The strategic nature of Sandstorm also means communication is key, similar to other tactic FPS games such as Siege or CS:GO. This can make the combat thrilling and intense, while also requiring teamwork and cooperation.

Sound and Audio

The sound of gunfire, explosions, airstrikes, and other attacks makes for an immersive gameplay experience and lends itself the realism Insurgency Sandstorm strives to achieve. The sound effects work well to emulate combat and provide tension to the game play.

There are some complaints about the call outs and automatic voice lines of other players and NPC’s. Characters often shout over the coms when points are captured or taken, when enemies are down or hit, and so forth. The frequency of these automatic call outs, can be distracting during gameplay, but can easily be rectified before the official game release. Otherwise, the sound effects are pretty stellar.

Graphics

Another item that could use attention before the game’s release are its graphics. The biggest change between the new Insurgency Sandstorm and its predecessor is absolutely the graphics. The previous game, Insurgency, relies on Source Engine, which made it accessible on many lower performing laptops and PC’s. In fact, this is what drew in some of the fanbase for Insurgency. However, Sandstorm is on a different level.

The devs created this game with Unreal Engine 4, and there are a lot of improvements compared to the previous game’s visuals. But is it absolutely incredible? No. The graphics for this game are good and a nice improvement from the previous, but they are not outstanding. That doesn’t mean it is horrible. The game has strengths and weaknesses when it comes to graphics.

For example, some of the best qualities are scopes, which use a realistic zoom-in. Unlike some FPS games such as COD, Insurgency Sandstorm’s long-range scopes only zoom in on the scope rather than the whole screen, and dot reticles behave realistic to player movements. The scope zoom is a nice feature to the game but can be turned off if it is a struggle for the player to get used to. Another optional feature causes body dismemberment. The graphic aims to emulate true physics in combat. If players are caught in explosives, their bodies will not simply fall to the ground, but rather break apart from the blast. The physic aligns with the games goals of realism in both gameplay and visuals.

Despite the better gun graphics and bodily damage, the beta’s other graphics are overall, just ok. For example, the game has a few customization options for avatars, but in game, the character models are a bit basic. Their movements are also stiff and unrealistic. Players seem to glide across the ground when running or sliding. Likewise parts of the environment, while improved from the first Insurgency game, are sometimes bland such as vehicles and objects in the map.

This is still the beta though, and perhaps, before it’s release in September these minor graphics problems can be addressed, but what I find more of a concern than the graphics is the gameplay performance.

Performance

What's shocking is that even though the graphics don’t seem too demanding, the improvements have still negatively affected the performance. The new graphics in Insurgency Sandstorm Beta will restrict playership to those with expensive next gen tech.

In order to actually get the most out of the visuals, you’re going to need a high performing graphics card and intel core. From my gameplay experience, I imagine the final product will perform best on at the very least a GTX 1050 ti and intel core i7. After the game failed to perform on a gaming laptop, I quickly had to shift gears to a higher performing PC desktop. Even with better equipment, the higher settings dropped the FPS as low as 15 - 30. The FPS improved to 60  only when lowering the graphics qualities, but in doing so, the player will lack the realistic graphics, a goal which the developers seem to be aiming for.

Performance should be a priority for tactical FPSes that require precision, and unfortunately, many players of Insurgency Sandstorm’s Beta are experiencing issues with frame rates and playability. As someone who really appreciates the challenge and strategy Insurgency games provide, I hope this is something that can be fixed before its release.

Should you plan to purchase?

If you're a fan of tactical shooters such as CS:GO, Rainbow Six Siege, or the previous Insurgency, you'll likely enjoy this upcoming game. It presents a fun challenge, strategic gameplay, and realistic fighting. Some of the minor issues should be resolved before the official release, but only time will tell. Above all else though, players should triple check that their PC's can handle the demands of this game. 

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The Biggest Moments From QuakeCon 2018 Saturday Showcase: Fallout 76 Reveals! https://www.gameskinny.com/nr00q/the-biggest-moments-from-quakecon-2018-saturday-showcase-fallout-76-reveals https://www.gameskinny.com/nr00q/the-biggest-moments-from-quakecon-2018-saturday-showcase-fallout-76-reveals Sat, 11 Aug 2018 14:18:06 -0400 Ty Arthur

Yesterday brought us that long-awaited Doom Eternal gameplay footage, along with news about ESO and Rage 2, while today QuakeCon continues into the weekend with a highly anticipated Bethesda panel.

The big draw today is more detailed info on the genre-hopping Fallout 76, which has some fans very nervous and others quite excited for the change in style.

Did you miss the panel? We've got the rundown on the biggest moments and most shocking Fallout 76 reveals below!

QuakeCon Fallout 76 Reveals

After the E3 reveal, today members of the Fallout 76 team re-iterated that all characters in the game are players (not NPCs or bots) which leads to an experience they describe as 80% what you are used to, and 20% radically different.

If you weren't stoked about the game before the panel, you may still be in that same camp afterwards. While answering fan questions, Todd Howard from Bethesda seemed to have balked at saying this is the right game for Fallout fans. Doesn't exactly inspire confidence.

Other elements of the panel should pique your interest more, however; like confirming that private servers and mods will be a part of the finished game. In other words, if you don't like the vision Bethesda has come up with here, someone else will fix it down the line.

It was also confirmed that characters can acquire mutations from radiation, which may offer new abilities at the cost of stat penalties. One called Bird Bone for instance lets you jump higher than normal but lowers your strength.

We got a glimpse of the new photo mode for changing field of view and getting snapshots of events in game. You will want to take advantage of that feature, as players can change character attributes -- even gender and hair -- on the fly in the game at any time.

As an online game, there are many changes to the Fallout formula. There's no more targeting specific body parts in VATS anymore, with Perception giving an increase to hit and making it easier to find other players.

S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats now have a limit of 15 instead of 10, and each stat has a pool of perk cards with associated point costs. New cards are picked when leveling up, and those cards can be powered up to higher levels with higher costs.

Charisma curiously remains a stat in this online-only game, but Charisma perks are now used for increasing the abilities of teams, rather than unlocking dialog options, since there are no NPCs.

With hundreds of cards and no level cap, it seems like there will be a ton of customization options. 

Much of the panel was dedicated to talk of anti-griefing, and all the problems that come with online survival games. Here's the basics you need to know:

  • The first shot fired at any other player is an invitation to fight, with very little damage dealt.
  • Double cap rewards are offered to kill someone who previously killed you, so other players will seek revenge.
  • If you kill someone who doesn't want to engage, you are flagged as a murderer and have a bounty on your head. The bounty is taken from your own supply of caps, so there's a penalty for griefing.

The Fallout 76 beta is coming to Xbox One players first in October, then to other platforms later, and the full game drops November 14th, 2018.

What did you think of the panel, and are you looking forward to trying out Fallout 76? Let us know in the comments below.

Don't forget there's still time to jump on the QuakeCon sales over at Steam and other digital platforms! Absolutely everything Bethesda-branded, from their in-house developed games to anything they have published, is available at deep discount all weekend long.

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How to Run in Madden 19 https://www.gameskinny.com/o7o18/how-to-run-in-madden-19 https://www.gameskinny.com/o7o18/how-to-run-in-madden-19 Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:05:02 -0400 Ashley Gill

As ambitious as Madden 19 is, it's easy to forget the bare basics when you're shuffling through all those modes. I don't know about you, but I'd rather be playing Ultimate Team mode than thinking about how to play the game.

My friends seem to be in the same boat, but it seems that some have been asking how to run in Madden 19. As you probably know, you run by default, but you want to get some real sprinting action in there to get past the defense and into the endzone.

So this is for you, guys. Here's how you sprint:

  • On PS4, hold R2 while moving
  • On Xbox One, hold RT while moving
  • On PC, hold L-Shift while moving (although you should just be using a controller, honestly)

Easy enough, right? Not so fast there, my friend. There are two more things to keep in mind and that is player speed.

The first, since it's more important to Madden players, is that Turbo seems to work a bit differently this time around. In most situations, it appears that you should avoid Turbo behind the line of scrimmage. In Madden 19, Turbo shouldn't be your first option because the new mechanics will actually make you run slower in the long run. 

Wait until you hit the open field to turn on the jets. The best way to use Turbo is when running straight ahead or after you've made a cut and have fewer defenders in front of you. If you see an open gap you need to get to quickly, use the right-stick to guide the RB there instead of using the left-stick plus Turbo. 

The second thing to think about is speed, which is shown as SPD in-game. The higher a player's speed stat is, the faster they will run on the field. Don't be surprised if your running back or wide receiver can't run as fast as a safety or cornerback.

If you're looking to run as a quarterback, that can be a bit trickier since you have to get outside the pocket and pull the ball down after you've dropped back to pass. Here's how to do just that. 

To get outside the pocket, you have to get outside the tackles. Once you get outside the tackles, you'll need to pull the ball down so the QB can run. 

  • On PS4, hold R2
  • On Xbox One, hold Right Trigger
  • On PC, hold L-Shift

So it's similar to running from the snap, but with the added necessity of dropping back and moving to the left- or right-edge of the tackle box. 

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That's about all one can say on running. It is pretty simple! Be sure to check out our other Madden 19 guides here on GameSkinny.

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QuakeCon 2018 Friday Showcase Recap: Quake Champions, Doom Eternal, and More! https://www.gameskinny.com/jegcu/quakecon-2018-friday-showcase-recap-quake-champions-doom-eternal-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/jegcu/quakecon-2018-friday-showcase-recap-quake-champions-doom-eternal-and-more Fri, 10 Aug 2018 13:59:30 -0400 Ty Arthur

For id Software and Bethesda fans, QuakeCon is probably a bigger deal than E3, and the 2018 edition hasn't been a let down so far with its reveals, announcements, and exclusive trailers.

The Doom Eternal trailer is of course what everyone wanted to see, but major news arrived even before that anticipated reveal, with the Quake community managers revealing that Quake Champions is now free to play permanently. If you haven't tried it out yet, jump on Steam and give it a go!

Below we've rounded up all the info you need to know if you missed the first day of QuakeCon. Don't forget that Bethesda is also celebrating the festivities with all their releases on deep discount at the usual places like Steam, GOG, etc. so now is the time to pick up anything you don't already own.

QuakeCon Elder Scrolls Online

If the audience reaction and Twitch comments were any indication, most people weren't exactly stoked to have to sit through the ESO announcements before getting to Doom.

For those who love exploring Tamriel in an MMO however, there was plenty to get excited about. All new werewolf-themed dungeons are due to arrive in the Wolf Hunter DLC for Elder Scrolls Online coming Monday, August 13th to PC.

Console players will sadly have to wait a bit longer, with the DLC arriving August 28th on PS4 and Xbox One. If werewolves aren't your favorite, you'll get to delve into Argonian culture with the Murkmire DLC this fall as well.

Although there weren't any specific details yet, we also discovered new in-game events are slated to arrive later this year, with greater rewards if more players take part at the same time.

QuakeCon Rage 2

If you want open world mayhem with loads of weapons, then the Rage 2 trailer will have gotten your blood pumping!

We discovered today there will be no in-world load screens and saw a sneak peak of the many factions to fight against, from the Shrouded to the Goon Squad.

Much of the trailer focused on vehicular combat in particular, with convoys of enemies clearly playing a large role. Fans of the first game will also be quite pleased to know the wingstick is returning, with a few upgrades. You can expect Rage 2 to land in the Spring of 2019.

QuakeCon Doom Eternal

it was very clear this is what people were really at QuakeCon for, going nuts when that Doom logo appeared after a very tepid response to the ESO reveals.

We got that first Doom Eternal teaser at E3, but it's been radio silence since then. While it was a cool teaser to be sure, it didn't really show us anything about how the game will play.That issue has officially been rectified at QuakeCon today.

It's clear Hell has left Mars behind and made its way to a shattered earth. Destroyed skyscrapers and broken concrete make for some interesting level design that has a much different aesthetic than the previous Doom entry. 

A new game needs new ways to kill, and we weren't disappointed there, with major upgrades and modifications to the Slayer along with a slew of new weapons.

If you missed some of the classic creatures, we got advance looks at concept art for monsters from the early games re-imagined in modern graphical style. Of course there are now even more ways to tear apart demons, with the Destructible Demons system letting you hack apart and blow off specific parts of each creature before they die.

The gameplay looks to still be as fast and frantic as ever, with loads of ways to execute zombies and demons. The biggest reveal wasn't on the weaponry or creature models though, but on how Doom is changing to be a larger universe where players can now invade each other's playthroughs.

Anyone will now be able to take control of a demon and invade another player's campaign. You could even team up for a Slayer hunting party of demons chasing down a poor Doom Marine.

What do you think of the changes to the Doom universe, and are you looking forward to playing Doom Eternal?

Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to come back tomorrow for the roundup of Saturday's festivities, where we can expect to see a whole lot more on Fallout 76!

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How to Fix FPS Problems in Monster Hunter World PC https://www.gameskinny.com/yox2j/how-to-fix-fps-problems-in-monster-hunter-world-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/yox2j/how-to-fix-fps-problems-in-monster-hunter-world-pc Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:59:23 -0400 Sergey_3847

If you've taken the plung with Monster Hunter World on PC, one of the very first things that you want to do is to make it look as good and run as well as possible. This means that your game must run at 60 FPS at the very least.

However, there can be some hurdles to hitting that. In case you're having trouble adjusting the game's graphics settings to the optimum values for your system, you can follow our guide below for the best tips to setting up your game in the best way possible.

Optimal Graphics Settings for Monster Hunter World

Step 1: Set a Frame Limit

You can change your graphics settings in the game menu, under the tab "Display." It is highly recommended to change two options here:

  • Set "Screen Mode Settings" to "Borderless Window"
  • Set "Frame Rate" to "60"

The second option is especially important. Do not set it to "No Limit". If you do, you will experience some serious frame drops. But by limiting it to 60 FPS, your game will run smoothly.

Step 2: Advanced Graphical Settings

After that, open the "Advanced Graphical Settings" from the same menu. Here you will see lots of options. These are the recommended ones to change:

  • Turn off "Volume Rendering Quality"
  • Keep "Shadow Quality" at Low or Mid depending on your system
  • Set "Anti-Aliasing" to "FXAA"

These are the optimal advanced settings for Monster Hunter World on PC, but the most important one is the Volume Rendering, which should be turned off at all times. Otherwise, you will lose a lot of FPS.

Step 3: Rollback to Old Drivers

If you're using Nvidia graphics cards, then you might want to rollback to an older version of the drivers: 398.36. The new one is not optimized and will result in some visible FPS drops in Monster Hunter World.

Here you will find the links to the correct version of the Nvidia driver:

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With these few, simple steps, you will be able to set up optimal graphics settings for your game and fix any FPS problems you're having.

For other Monster Hunter World guides at GameSkinny, check out the links below:

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Red Dead Redemption 2: Rockstar's Follow Up to a Last-Generational Great Looks Primed to Deliver https://www.gameskinny.com/2paf9/red-dead-redemption-2-rockstars-follow-up-to-a-last-generational-great-looks-primed-to-deliver https://www.gameskinny.com/2paf9/red-dead-redemption-2-rockstars-follow-up-to-a-last-generational-great-looks-primed-to-deliver Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:33:02 -0400 RobertPIngram

There is no shortage of anticipated games dropping in 2018, but no other game can match the hype surrounding Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2, set to release October 26.

The buzz around the prequel is so high it has even scared many of the biggest publishers around into moving dates of their normally-predictable releases to avoid being caught in its wake.

Although Rockstar has been relatively tight-lipped regarding information on Red Dead Redemption 2, what has been released, and reports from early playtime with the game, point to another game entry that will leave players coming back for more.

In other words, Red Dead Redemption 2 is set to take everything you loved about the original and make it better, all while incorporating some fun new mechanics.

A New Face Takes on History

The last Red Dead (which was a spiritual successor to Red Dead Revolver), told the story of John Marston, a man trying to make good on his past as an outlaw. Although it is a thoroughly compelling narrative, once more taking on the role of John in the prequel could only be a letdown. Any deviation from the established backstory of Red Dead Redemption would feel unsatisfying at best.

Luckily, it looks like Rockstar found an elegant way around the problem.

Take the Reigns With a New Character

Red Dead Redemption 2 still puts you in the boots of a member of Marston's old crew, the van der Linde gang, but instead of playing as John, you take on the role of a new character, Arthur Morgan. While Arthur's lack of a presence in the original doesn't bode well for his fate, it's a great thing for you as a player. There's no established path for how Arthur behaved, leaving you free to enjoy the open world elements of the game however you prefer.

Learn More About John Marston's Past

Although the gameplay for Red Dead Redemption was no doubt stellar, what put it over the top was its incredible storytelling, especially in regards to Marston. With John as an NPC, players will get a more thorough look into John's pre-Redemption life.

It seems likely we will even get to take part in the mysterious Blackwater Massacre, the formative event in John's life and the cause of which was left deviously vague throughout the first game.

Taking Skills to a New Level

Redemption was chock full of fun mechanics which players adored, and Red Dead Redemption 2 looks set to take those elements and make them even more engrossing. For example, when hunting animals, Arthur has the option to strap the prey onto the back of his horse instead of merely skinning it. It's a small addition, but one that enhances immersion and heightens the game's realism.

Oh, and speaking of horses, your interactions with your ride will be ramped up this time around, too. With a stronger relationship between you and your horse, it will be interesting to see what new mechanics might wait for us just over that sun-soaked horizon.

Heists are Here

The original Red Dead Redemption wasn't the last time Rockstar had a certified smash hit on its hands. In September of 2013, they dropped Grand Theft Auto V and its popularity continues to this day.

One of the most beloved features in GTA V were (are) the game's heists, where players controlled a team of criminals looking to make a big score.

When you're making a game about a gang of Wild West robbers and have heists in your track record, you'd be insane not to include them, and sure enough, Arthur and the rest of the van der Linde gang will have their own heists to tackle. If you're not excited at the thought of robbing a speeding train, or holding up a town bank, you're fooling yourself.

The Prettiest Wild West Yet

Pretty graphics aren't everything in a game, but they're not nothing either, and fans should be drooling over the chance to explore the open world of Red Dead Redemption 2.

You should always be cautious about assuming everything in a trailer is in-game footage and not generated cut scenes (or vertical slices), but it's clear from the first looks at the game that Arthur will be exploring a truly stunning expanse. When you combine Rockstar's proven track record of making their maps interesting to explore with stunning visuals, you get one heck of a good time.

Honor Among Thieves

The honor system in Red Dead Redemption tracked the overall merit of John's actions. Bring a bounty in alive and you get points. Bring him in dead, you earn fewer. Kill a lawmen and you lose them.

The sum of all of your actions then determines how people within the world view you and react to your actions. Think The Good Place before there was The Good Place.

Of course, this system is back for RDR 2 and it promises to have even more nuanced applications. Many encounters in the game will yield a range of possible resolutions for Arthur, each with its own unique results on how you are perceived. Fans of the first game should be stoked to see an already great system being made even better. 

Provide for Your Camp... or Don't

Red Dead Redemption 2 will also feature a camp system, with Arthur capable of providing for Dutch and the gang's needs to keep everyone happy. Put down the pitchforks and blazing torches, because Rockstar already heard you. "Managing settlements? Oh, awesome! I can't wait to meet this game's Preston Garvey!"

To say that the settlement system in Fallout 4 arrived to mixed reviews is an understatement, but fans need not worry about it in RDR 2. While hunting to provide for your camp is always an option for youit's not mandatory. You don't have to spend every session dealing with a punch of grumpy gunslingers. 

There's more content there, but it's not forced on you. 

There's a Whole World Waiting for You

John Marston's story wasn't the only brilliant storytelling piece Rockstar has delivered to fans in the past. Simply riding out into the wilds and seeing where the road took you was always a surefire way to come across something interesting to engage with.

With the power of newer consoles, there's one consistent change in open world sequels -- larger maps. You'll have more to explore and more to play. It's hard to argue with a game giving you more bang for you buck.

Online is Coming

Although Grand Theft Auto V was already a smash hit with its solo play options, it became a true juggernaut with online play. You can count on Rockstar supporting RDR 2's online mode with the same fervor as GTA V for a very simple reason -- it turns out companies enjoy making money hand over fist. 

Rockstar has constantly supported GTA V's GTA Online with new content and tweaks, which has lead to a fantastic and fresh experience for gamers. With a game that players don't want to put down comes financial rewards for the publisher, so there's no way Rockstar has any intentions other than to dive into the online experience for Red Dead Redemption 2 with the same fervor.

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Simply put, Red Dead Redemption 2 sits atop the heap of anticipated releases for a reason. There's no good justification not to think that it's going to be an unbeatable experience for gamers.

So, what do you think? Are you counting down the days for Rockstar to release it into the wild, or are you able to see the cracks in the facade everyone else is missing? Let us know in the comments.

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We Happy Few Release Review: A Stealth Survival Diamond In The Rough https://www.gameskinny.com/ijdri/we-happy-few-release-review-a-stealth-survival-diamond-in-the-rough https://www.gameskinny.com/ijdri/we-happy-few-release-review-a-stealth-survival-diamond-in-the-rough Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:50:18 -0400 Ty Arthur

An entire book could probably be written on the winding road that was the development path for We Happy Few -- a game that at one point was hilariously on our list of most anticipated titles of 2016.

Now, finally seeing full release in the summer of 2018, the game's launch version is a drastically different experience from our early alpha impressions two years back -- and that's actually a very good thing.

With refined stealth mechanics, a bigger emphasis on story, and a huge, lush world to explore, We Happy Few offers a little bit of everything.

What Should You Expect?

We Happy Few began life as a crowdfunded and proudly indie title without any corporate overlords, and then suddenly, things shifted gears as Gearbox entered the picture as publisher late in the game's development cycle.

There have been price changes and DLC additions that saw fan outcry, along with major UI and game mechanic overhauls to smooth things over with that same playerbase. The game was banned in Australia and then re-approved in Australia. First it was horror-focused, then survival-focused, then story-focused, then a mixture of all three.

In short, it was anybody's guess as to what we would be getting with the end product. Those who took part in the Early Access betas have seen the game change radically from its earliest stages, and there are still more changes in store with the launch version.

What we're getting now is a game with an incredibly distinctive and unique art style, coupled with a world you won't find in any other title out there right now.

Here's the TL;DR on the story: bad batches of the happiness-inducing drug Joy have been shipped out, and anyone who takes the tainted pharmaceuticals can no longer experience the effects of normal Joy. They become Downers forever, no matter how much Joy they take, and this plague of sorrow is actively destroying a society that was already decaying from within.

The core of the game involves switching between stealth, combat, and problem solving as you seek out different ways to fit in or sneak around depending on what area you are exploring.

You can slum it with the dregs of society eking out a sad and hungry existence, or try to fit in with the "proper" folk in the city, who may actually have it worse.

Different core abilities distinguish the three main characters as they traverse this dystopian world. Arthur, for instance, is sarcastic and repressed -- like a proper Englishman -- but he's also very unassuming so no one notices him if he just sits down and reads the paper (which is quite helpful for escaping angry mobs).

A free roaming mode is slated to arrive not long after launch, so you'll have a reason to keep playing after finishing the story segments for each character.

Like in games such as Dishonored, you will frequently be tasked with finding different ways to approach an area, from disguising yourself to creating distractions, helping out local residents, or just simply busting in and swinging your deadly umbrella with wild abandon.

Wait... a deadly umbrella? You better believe it. The developers absolutely nailed the right atmosphere here, balancing British humor with horrifying dystopian ideals.

Much of the open world exploration feels like a new twist on Far Cry with a big dash of Fallout, from the decaying landscape to the item crafting. I have to wonder just how much the impending Fallout 76 is going to end up feeling like a re-tread of We Happy Few's survival mechanics, especially with this game arriving a few months ahead of time and having been in development for so long.

Some Rough Spots To Iron Out

Despite an extended development time and the addition of AAA publisher oversight, We Happy Few's original indie nature does stand out in some ways, like an extremely long load time to initially generate the open world.

As has become expected at this point with major new releases, the game's Steam achievements are also bugged all to hell, popping at random when you haven't actually unlocked them yet or failing to pop when they should.

Some of the animations could also use additional smoothing. Remember back in the Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4 days when the main character skinned an animal, but sometimes the knife and hands weren't quite lined up with the creature's stomach? That's how most of the animations end up here, from picking locks on the ground (where you somehow sink five feet into the dirt momentarily) to using a jimmy bar on open air five feet from your target and somehow the box still magically opens.

The Bottom Line

Those rough spots shouldn't deter you from We Happy Few, however, because this is frankly one of the most satisfying blends of game styles to arrive in a long time.

This was originally supposed to be a horror game, but that aspect didn't get as much press as all the survival elements were added in. I'm very pleased to report the darker elements have made a roaring return, and there are some incredibly creepy moments here in the finished product.

From suicides to mad doctors to a pervasive dread as you realize there are very few children anywhere, WHF doesn't skimp on the more messed up story content.

The exploration and survival elements easily take front and center, however. What you end up with is the open world exploration of something like Fallout or Far Cry, a simplified and refined version of the survival mechanics from Ark, and the creepy, distinctive style of a game like Alice: Madness Returns.

Simply put, We Happy Few is dreary, grim, darkly humorous -- and a hell of a good time.

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No Man's Sky NEXT Salt Refractor Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/3c9el/no-mans-sky-next-salt-refractor-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/3c9el/no-mans-sky-next-salt-refractor-guide Wed, 08 Aug 2018 16:58:54 -0400 Ty Arthur

Its a whole new No Man's Sky experience with the arrival of the NEXT update, and whether you are just jumping in now or have been playing the whole time, there are probably some updated mechanics to the game that will leave you scratching your head.

From finding hermetic seals to fix your ship to crafting objects like the salt refractor, much of the game's challenge is in figuring out how to find or build specific components.

Can't figure out where to get the salt refractor while exploring the furthest reaches of space? We've got you covered with a quick guide on exactly where to look!

Craft A Salt Refractor

Blueprints for salt refractors are typically found at manufacturing facilities. After finding the blueprint, you can craft your own salt refractor by using 50 chlorine.

To make that much chlorine, first craft a portable refiner and then place normal salt in the intake to refine the sale into chlorine (don't forget you can also take advantage of the portable refiner bug for infinite resources).

Due to the randomized nature of planets, you may have to search around quite a bit to find that much salt. On many planets, salt is often found underwater instead of above ground and can be mined from minerals or collected from deposits.

Buy A Salt Refractor

When the random generation works against you and you either can't find the refractor blueprint or the required salt to refine into chlorine, you may be able to skip all that hard work and just buy a refractor.

You are again at the mercy of the game's randomized nature here, but salt refractors are often available to purchase at these locations:

  • Galactic trade terminals
  • Docked space station ships
  • Tech merchants at outposts

	 Can't build a refractor? Try to buy one from the galactic trade terminal market!

Where did you finally manage to build or buy your refractor? Let us know in the comments section!

Still need help finding any other materials or figuring out how to escape your starter planet? Check out other No Man's Sky guides at GameSkinny here:

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Best Local Co-op Games Released in 2018 (So Far) https://www.gameskinny.com/ybck6/best-local-co-op-games-released-in-2018-so-far https://www.gameskinny.com/ybck6/best-local-co-op-games-released-in-2018-so-far Tue, 07 Aug 2018 16:01:15 -0400 Littoface

Remember when "playing a game together" meant plopping down on a couch together, grabbing some controllers, and just having fun? In the same room? Crazy, right?

Believe it or not, local co-op is still very much a thing, much to this writer's delight. And 2018 has some excellent couch co-op offerings, with promises of more as the year continues.

We've rounded up the best local co-op games, which you'll find below, loosely organized from "most awesome" to "not as awesome, but still worth playing." Below each game, you'll find the platforms it's available for.

Now, grab a friend, buy an extra controller (and a couch), and enjoy!

Lego the Incredibles

Developed by: TT Fusion
Published by: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Available for: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Play through the events of the two The Incredibles movies (in backward order) in this sandbox LEGO game and help the Parr family save the town from odd and quirky villains.

True to its name, the game is full of LEGO fun like building, puzzles, tons of subquests and collectibles, and some awesome action scenes. Fans of the Incredibles franchise will also not be disappointed, as the game includes over 100 characters from both the Incredibles series and other Disney Pixar films.

This game is best played with a younger co-op partner, as it's intended to be family-friendly and is as such a little too simple for a seasoned gamer.

You can read our review here.

A Way Out

Developed by: Hazelight Studios
Published by: EA
Available for: PC, PS4, Xbox One

From the makers of A Tale of Two Sons comes this cooperative game that is specifically meant to be played by two people. Players each control Leo or Vincent as you work together to break out of prison and continue on beyond in a 1970s world. As is to be expected, the storytelling and teamwork are the focus and the game quickly becomes an emotional ride.

The game's strengths are in its freedom of choice, as each character has different personality quirks which allow players to choose different methods to resolve puzzles and continue the story. Players are also tasked with working together, taking on different roles to get a task done, and sometimes the game even pits the two against each other in friendly competitions.

A game that forces you to play together with someone may seem like a gimmick, but Hazelight Studios makes it work — and it's sure to leave local co-op fans happy from getting this game specifically made for them.

The Swords of Ditto

Developed by: onebitbeyond
Published by: Devolver Digital
Available for: PC, PS4

Awaken, heroes, and heed the call of the magical dung beetle. The evil witch Mormo has brought a curse on the land of Ditto and it's up to a ragtag group of kids to become the Swords of Ditto and stop her once and for all.

Full of charm and eccentricities, this game hides some surprising complexities. It's technically a rogue-lite: if all players die, it's game over for good and you have to start again, with the map shuffled. You might look like kids (or robots, or frogs, or any number of things ) but documents you uncover reveal a depth to the world you might not expect from the happy-go-lucky exterior.

Use weapons, ridiculous toys (literally called that) and the help of a mystical space whale to hack and slash through this fun game, which features the only kazoo-centric soundtrack we've ever known.

Pit People

Developed by: The Behemoth
Published by: The Behemoth
Available for: PC, Xbox One

This turn-based adventure game pits teams of heroes against teams of baddies in the never-ending quest for loot and survival. Each player controls a group of up to five fighters, put together from a selection of ragtag good guys and strange creatures.

Fights and questing are truly cooperative and take place on the same map, allowing each player to upgrade their own team individually then work together as support or fellow fighters. A unique and very quirky world acts as a backdrop for the action, full of robots, vampires, and cupcake people. In other words, not your usual group of bad guys!

Tesla vs. Lovecraft

Developed by: 10tons Ltd.
Published by: 10tons Ltd.
Available for: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Can Tesla save the world from invading Eldtitch horrors? Grab a friend, hop into a mech, and fight against Lovecraftian monsters in this top-down twin-stick shooter. Created by the developers behind Crimsonland and Neon Chrome, this intense game is the perfect mix of beloved characters, real and imagined.

Fight together against creatures from the Lovecraft universe, like Shaggoth and Spawns of Dagon. But don't worry — Tesla has his own goodies for fighting back, like quantum teleportation and a death ray gun (of course).

Expect nonstop action, ridiculous scenarios, and lots of chaotic fun.

The Escapists 2

Developed by: Team 17 Digital Limited, Mouldy Toof Studios
Published by: Team 17 Digital Limited
Available for: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Take prison break to the extreme with up to four-player split-screen (except in the Switch, which only has up to two). This sequel has all the fun of the first game and more: follow routines while garnering favors, hiding away illicit goodies, and plotting your escape.

The game is bigger and better, featuring bigger prisons to escape from, more hidden passageways to help in your prison break, and several new locations. And now, you can work together to pull off more exciting escapes — or play in versus mode and compete to see who can break out first.

Trailblazers

Developed by: Supergonk
Published by: Rising Star Games
Available for: PC, PS4, Switch

Paint the town! Or just the track, at least. Trailblazers is a cooperative racing game where players work together to get their color painted on as much of the track to get a boost to the finish line.

Choose from eight racers, each with its own strengths and specific power-ups. Four players team up to splash paint all over the 10 different tracks in three worlds. A pumping soundtrack and some pretty awesome visuals make this a fun, fast-paced party game.

I Hate Running Backwards

Developed by: Croteam, Binx Interactive
Published by: Devolver Digital
Available for: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Here's a string of words for you: Shmup, rogue-lite, endless runner. This game is all that, and more. Grab one of many weapons and shoot at oncoming enemies as you run ahead of them. Destroy monsters, destroy the environment, destroy the very concept of time itself!

It's as fun as it ridiculous, and allows players to choose from a range of previous Devolver games, including Serious Sam, Rambro, the Bullet from Enter the Gungeon, and more.

Whatever your views on running backwards are, this is a can't-miss couch co-op game. Sure, you can play this ridiculousness alone, but it's so much fun with a friend!  

Just Shapes and Beats

Developed by: Berzerk Studio
Published by: Berzerk Studio
Available for: PC, Switch

Team up with up to three other players for a musical bullet-hell experience. Dodge shapes to the beat, enjoy the music, and see how long you can survive in this ridiculously chaotic game.

The soundtrack boasts an impressive 35 music tracks from 20 chiptune artists, combined with hand-made super-challenging levels and brutal boss battles.

However you enjoy this one, be ready for a challenge! 

Pixeljunk Monsters 2

Developed by: Q-Games
Published by: Spike Chunsoft
Available for: PC, PS4, Switch

It's been 10 long years, but Pixeljunk Monsters is back with another installment of real-time tower-defense gameplay that's every bit as engaging as the original. The updates visuals are a real treat to look at, featuring charming claymation animation.

Existing fans beware: The game received some mixed reviews from those who loved the first game, as some design choices (zoomed-in camera angle, shared coins, inability for players to be too far apart) detract from its enjoyment.

Still, drop-in single-screen local co-op makes this a good buy if you and a friend want to play a cooperative tower-defense game together.

Carly and the Reaperman: Escape from the Underworld

Developed by: Odd Raven Studios
Published by: Odd Raven Studios
Available for: PC. Supports HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows VR headsets via SteamVR

Carly and the Reaperman is a two-player VR game in which players work together to build, platform, and puzzle their way out of the underworld.

You read that right: A local co-op VR game! One player wears the VR headset and controls the Reaperman while the other controls Carly on the main display.

By all accounts, this game plays like a co-op version of recent favorite Moss, and it's definitely a unique cooperative experience worth a try if you have a VR headset hooked up to Steam.

Black Paradox

Developed by: Fantastico Studio
Published by: Fantastico Studio
Available for: PC, coming to Switch later this year

Try not to die in this 80s-inspired bullet-hell Shmup rogue-lite with a Synthwave soundtrack and plenty of weapons and enemies to keep you fighting for your life. Local co-op supports two players (though imagine the fun and chaos with more!).

The game is still in Early Access at the moment but it's already receiving rave reviews from players who praise its good balance, challenging gameplay, and just overall fun experience.

Fhtagn - Tales of the Creeping Madness

Developed by: Design Imps
Published by: Design Imps
Available for: PC

Like your Lovecraftian lore with a touch of humor? This four-player local co-op minigame might be perfect for you. Work together to summon the dark lord, or secretly conspire against your friends and betray them.

The game uses a great style to present dark humor, and H.P. Lovecraft fans will surely get a kick out of it.

39 Days to Mars

Developed by: It's Anecdotal
Published by: It's Anecdotal
Available for: PC

It's the 19th century, and Sir Albert Wickes and The Right Honourable Clarence Baxter and their trusty HMS Fearful embark on a journey the likes of which has never been tried before: to Mars! They have 39 days to make it there, and the journey is fraught with obstacles both from outside… and within.

A whimsical Victorian tale with a wonderful piano soundtrack, "39 Days to Mars" was created with local co-op in mind. Players control the two characters and work together to solve puzzles and get the pair closer to their destination, in this fairly short (but highly replayable) choose-your-own-adventure style game.

Scribblenauts Showdown

Developed by: Shiver Entertainment
Published by: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Available for: PS4, Switch, Xbox One

Everyone's favorite word-comes-to-life game has turned into a party game, turning wordplay into a fun showdown between friends. The game has abandoned its former playstyle in favor of a board-game like structure. Players are dealt cards, which are used to trigger minigames and progress around a play board.

Of course, the word-based play is still intact (after all, it wouldn't be a Scribblenauts game without it), with mini-games challenging players to come up with words that fit categories or that follow certain rules.

The game's simplicity might make it less appealing for gamers, as the 27 minigames get tired fast. However, it's a fun game for the younger gamers in your life, and makes a great way to have fun together and encourage some outside-the-box creative thinking. Family game night, anyone?

Don't Bite Me Bro!

Developed by: MUIFWEGO
Available for: PC, PS4

Defeat zombies, build a shelter, and recruit fellow survivors to help you fight off ever-growing hordes of zombies. This single-screen couch co-op game is part tower defense, part exploration, part hack n slash. It's a bit glitchy in places and is not a very long game, but it's definitely fun to pick up with a friend and play through in a sitting or two.

Released for PC last year, the fun little game has made its way to the PS4 this year. Best of all, Don't Bite Me Bro is only $0.99 on Steam (free if you get it from the dev's itch.io's page) and completely free for PS4. Grab it today for some quick fun!

Eat All the Things

Developed by: Eat All the Games
Published by: Eat All the Games
Available for: PC, Switch

This simple but adorable Kickstarted 3D-platformer mixes stealth with good old-school platforming. Play with a friend and enjoy mini-games, puzzles, and collectibles, and try to beat the clock!

 

The year is still young, and we're expecting some more awesome local co-op games to come out before the year ends. We'll update this article as more couch co-op games are released, so stay tuned to GameSkinny for all the latest!

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The Definitive GTA Online Maude Bounty Locations Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/25v6p/the-definitive-gta-online-maude-bounty-locations-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/25v6p/the-definitive-gta-online-maude-bounty-locations-guide Tue, 07 Aug 2018 10:45:12 -0400 Sergey_3847

Rockstar keeps promoting their upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2 game, and launched a new bounty hunt in GTA Online that will reward you with a new powerful melee weapon -- Stone Hatchet.

You will be given five random bounties from Maude, who will text message you during any type of game (private, public, solo or crew), and send you to one of the twenty possible locations on the map.

If you want to quickly find all these locations and get the Stone Hatchet, then follow our quick guide below.

All 20 Maude Bounty Locations

The southern part of the map includes 12 such locations, where you can find your bounties. Here they are:

  • 1. Chumash North
  • 2. Chumash South (Great Ocean Highway)
  • 3. Kortz Center (Pacific Bluffs)
  • 4. Del Perro Pier
  • 5. Vespucci
  • 6. Richard's Majestic (Backlot City)
  • 7. Rockford Hills
  • 8. Vinewood Boulevard (Vinewood)
  • 9. Madrazo's Ranch (Vinewood Hills)
  • 10. Mirror Park
  • 11. Legion Square
  • 12. El Burro Heights

The northern part of the map contains eight of the possible locations for bounty hunting. Here they are:

  • 13. Paleto Bay North
  • 14. Paleto Bay South
  • 15. Procopio Truck Stop (Mount Chiliad)
  • 16. Grapeseed
  • 17. Sandy Shores North
  • 18. Sandy Shores South
  • 19. Harmony
  • 20. Grand Senora Desert

What is the Stone Hatchet?

Stone Hatchet is a new promotional weapon, which you will receive after capturing or killing five bounty targets in GTA Online. It is a very powerful melee weapon that deals a lot more damage than any other hatchet in the game, and can insta-kill any target.

If you kill 25 NPCs with the Stone Hatchet in GTA Online, you will receive an access to the Stone Hatchet in Red Dead Redemption 2 and $250,000 in GTA Online.

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That is all you need to know in order to finish the Maude Bounty quest and get the Stone Hatchet, and for other GTA Online guides at GameSkinny, visit the links below:

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Fortnite Season 5, Week 5 Challenge Guide: Use 3 Rift Portals https://www.gameskinny.com/ixbv4/fortnite-season-5-week-5-challenge-guide-use-3-rift-portals https://www.gameskinny.com/ixbv4/fortnite-season-5-week-5-challenge-guide-use-3-rift-portals Tue, 07 Aug 2018 08:06:35 -0400 Sergey_3847

Have you ever tried passing though a Rift Portal in Fortnite? Well, this week you are required to do so three times, if you want to complete one of the challenges in Season 5.

These portals don't have fixed locations on the map, but there are some spots where they spawn the most frequently. So, if you want to know where to look out for these portals, then follow our quick guide below.

Where are Rift Portals in Fortnite?

Reportedly, the largest amount of portals spawn in the new desert area in the southeastern part of the map. Sometimes the portals spawn so often there, that you can find two portals in the same spot. If you drop in the desert and try to look out for portals there, then this will give you a huge advantage over other players this week.

Another great place to look out for portals is at the Snobby Shores in the western part of the map. Rifts may spawn all along the shore or around the mount nearby. Just check this location out and you should find one or two open portals.

Lastly, take a tour along the river canal that connects the Loot Lake with the ocean and goes through Tomato Town. Many players have spotted Rift Portals there, so it's another place where you should be looking out.

In order to jump through the portal all you need to do is go through it -- no other actions required. Such a portal will teleport you to an adjacent location. You can use the same portal as many times as you like. But in order to complete the challenge you need to use three different ones.

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The map above should help you locate three different portals without any problems, and for other Fortnite guides at GameSkinny, please visit the links below:

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What Does ATK Mean in Fortnite? https://www.gameskinny.com/ej6ai/what-does-atk-mean-in-fortnite https://www.gameskinny.com/ej6ai/what-does-atk-mean-in-fortnite Sun, 05 Aug 2018 17:21:59 -0400 Victoria Banks

Recent discussions about issues with Fornite’s vehicles has brought about confusion to many gamers since the term ATK has often been mentioned. If you’ve been attempting to decode what ATK in Fortnite means, you’re not alone.

A lot of the confusion has to do with the fact that it is a new addition to Fortnite: Season Five.

Along with the favorite shopping cart mode of transportation, Fortnite added an All Terrain Kart (ATK) Vehicle. Most fans just call these little treasures golf carts because of their appearance, but the proper term is ATK due to their mobility in various environments.

These ATK vehicles can be found in Paradise Palms, Flush Factory, Snobby Shores, Junk Junction, Lazy Links, and past the Wailing Woods.

The All Terrain Kart can be a useful tool for escaping the wrath of a toxic storm closing in on you or just offer a little encouragement for your inner thrill seeker to do donuts or cliff jump.

Unfortunately, they won’t do you much use currently, as Fortnite developers have been forced to disable both the ATK's and shopping carts.

Fortnite’s Twitter account, @FortniteGame, stated that “Due to a bug with the Shopping Cart and ATK, we're temporarily disabling them in all game modes until we have a fix. We'll update you once this is resolved.”

No news yet on when you can expect the ATK’s and shopping carts to return.

Once the bug is fixed and the developers reintegrate both vehicles into the game, you’ll be able to ride around to your heart’s content.

In the mean time, be sure to check out our other guides for Fortnite Season Five.

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This Is The Police 2 Review https://www.gameskinny.com/a2b2c/this-is-the-police-2-review https://www.gameskinny.com/a2b2c/this-is-the-police-2-review Fri, 03 Aug 2018 17:15:18 -0400 Zack Palm

Managing a police station can lead to some outrageous circumstances, and This Is The Police 2 doesn't pull any punches. In this management sim, you'll find yourself patrolling a ridiculously dark and brutal main story, while also stumbling upon some light-heartened humor and painful choices.

Sharpwood PD rides the roller-coaster of emotion.

As the police chief of the titular station, you'll manage cops and deal with the criminal underworld wiggling beneath this small town. Though tough decisions help This Is The Police 2 stand out as a fun management sim, the story itself feels a little underwhelming as it quickly deflates into a mirror of the first game.

Breaker, Breaker, One-Nine

When you first start up This Is The Police 2, you'll be introduced to the most noticeable feature of the sequel, the game's XCOM-like combat swat missions (which we'll talk about in more detail later). But after that, the action quickly comes to a screeching halt as you're tossed into a long cutscene that feels like you've been thrown into a small movie you can't get out of.

Unfortunately, this is the trend throughout This Is The Police 2; each new day starts with a brief cutscene you can't possibly skip. If you're a fan of the first game, you're probably used to this and won't necessarily be bothered, but if you're someone who wants to get to the action quickly (and haven't played the first game), it's something to note. 



Following the protagonist from the first game, Jack Boyd, This Is The Police 2 delves into the seedy underworld of a more-or-less traditional cop flick. There's intrigue, there's suspicion, there's blackmail. Gangs and drug traffickers make things dicey, and people are wrongly(?) accused. There's murder, there's vice, there's corruption.

Although all the pieces for a gripping narrative are here -- as Jack finds that the only way to escape the dire circumstances around him is to reach out to those around him -- the game instead focuses on basically retelling what happened in the first gameIt's ultimately a lazy form of storytelling that makes the best parts of This Is The Police 2 less memorable. 

Managing The Worst Cops Ever

Once you finish the game's relatively long introduction, you'll get thrown into the real meat of the game: becoming Sharpwood's police chief. You're going to spend most of your time focused on these duties and responding to calls using your limited resources.

This is how it works: at the end of each day, you pick from a roster of officers who you'll assign to the next day's shift. Each officer has a portrait detailing six stats. These stats show how talented each officer is based on their traits of strength, intelligence, speed, stealth, shooting, and negotiation. 

As you would suspect, your officers use these skills in their day-to-day tasks, and their skills determine how likely it is the officers in question will succeed in stopping crime or serving the public. On top of that, some calls will require multiple officers with a certain score, adding an interesting wrinkle to your overall strategy. 

Under each portrait is a small line detailing the officer's energy levels. If this bar gets too low, the officer cannot perform any more tasks and takes the day off. Though, if you send an officer home with a low energy bar, it's likely they'll return to duty having gotten sloppy drunk the night before -- and it makes them angry and difficult to work with.

Of course, as it happens, that's just one line you'll get. You'll quickly discover there's a veritable smorgasbord of excuses just waiting to be gobbled up. 

When certain officers arrive to report, they'll showcase their expertise in coming up with lame, absolutely absurd excuses as to why they can't work that day. Some officers get too drunk at home or at happy hour or some other seemingly-illegitimate excuse, while others have the gumption to simply say they don't want to work today. 

Either way, it places a somewhat infuriating burden on the player when they've expect 10 cops show up to work one day and can only start the day with five. This happened a lot in the beginning of the game, and it made answering calls a nightmare before more officers were hired to the force.

Fighting Crime in Sharpwood

When you have your force ready to go, you arrive to a map of Sharpwood and spend the day answering calls. 

After officers arrive on the scene, you'll be faced with several choices, each of which gives you a unique way of handling the current situation. This is where the officer's skills come into play, since certain actions depend on certain skills. For example, you might need a cop to sneak up on an old man attempting to defecate on a banker's desk (yes, this occurred several times), and if he doesn't pass his sneak check, well ...  

Other times, you'll run into some officers saying they can't head out on call because they're taking a nap or they don't want to go on call with a woman -- the excuses never stop in Sharpwood and they only get worse. When this happened, it felt like another annoying, obstructing feature developed solely to give you an even more difficult situation.

Sure, there are lazy misogynists in the world, but having so many didn't necessarily feel organic to the game itself. 

After your shift, you'll receive the tops of aluminum soda cans -- or stay-tabs -- which act as the game's currency. Based on how well your team did during the day, you'll get a certain amount to add more officers to the force and provide more equipment to your team.

With enough balancing, you should add enough new faces to the force to endure those rougher (ahem, lazier) days and eventually gain loyalty with your officers, which becomes more useful as the main story unwinds.

SWAT Missions

The game's SWAT missions show up much like any other call does. You'll assign officers and when they arrive, your cops have the option to talk to three witnesses. They'll talk, but only if you give up one of the confiscated items Jack has in his office. Sometimes the intel's good, other times, it's useless.

After a bit of chatting, you'll get taken to the scene of the crime and observe the mission from an over-the-top perspective. Here, you'll manage your cops much like you would manage soldiers in an XCOM mission. Though, the XCOM soldiers were likely far better disciplined, and vastly more useful.

If you've assigned officers not loyal to Jack, or those who simply don't like him, they'll do whatever they want during the mission. This doesn't mean they're ignoring your commands every couple of turns. No, that'd be too easy. These rogue officers straight up have a bloodthirsty A.I. controlling them, having them shoot any perpetrator(s) they run into. 

This becomes a huge problem in the beginning of the game because you want to arrest these criminals, not kill them, because you receive less stay-tabs if they're dead.

Of course, that's likely the difficulty behind it. The game wants to prevent you from getting too many stay-tabs early, making it a tad bit harder to turn the Sharpwood PD around. But in some ways, it feels like frustrating design more than anything else. 

Lastly, based on the crime happening in the SWAT mission, the parameters for success change. Again, because half of your squad will likely not listen to you in the beginning, you'll probably be following the A.I. officers through the map as they unleash a devastating bloodbath on unsuspecting criminals.

I truly felt sorry for them -- and a bit frustrated. 

The Bottom Line



This Is The Police 2 focuses on a number of different features all at once. At the beginning, the game feels a little bit like it's out to get you. The game's unprofessional cops do nothing to help you gain a running start, and you can easily trip up from there as additional obtuse features call for your attention as the game progresses.

The first cutscene of the game took nearly half an hour to finish and each individual scene after dragged on too long. Though, this was the initial set up and every subsequent one became snappier as it transitioned into the game and gave you more control. Once you're managing your cops and handling situations, the story provides a great direction for what you need to do and leaves you having a great time in the management portion.

The two worst parts of the game are the SWAT missions and the cutscenes. While the cutscenes feel hefty, the voice actors do a great job delivering emotional moments and the added camera shakes raise the presentation as the tension thickens. The SWAT sections feel unnecessarily unfair as some police officers are controlled by an unwieldy and brazen A.I., leading to the feeling that you never really have control of supposedly the best units in the game. 

If you're looking for a tough management simulator with light role playing decisions, this game is certainly up your alley. It's not perfect, but for fans of the genre, it provides a good amount of fun if you can overlook some of its blemishes. 

You can buy This Is The Police 2 on Steam for $14.99. 

[Note: The publisher provided the copy of This Is The Police 2 used for this review.]

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How to Get Elemental Orbs in Destiny 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/ofhmw/how-to-get-elemental-orbs-in-destiny-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/ofhmw/how-to-get-elemental-orbs-in-destiny-2 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:54:12 -0400 Sergey_3847

The newest Solstice of Heroes event is now live in Destiny 2. It gives players access to the new Solstice gear, which can be upgraded to legendary status using special elemental orbs.

There are three types of orbs that you need to get to be able to fully upgrade your gear: Solar, Arc, and Void. If you want to know how to get them all, then follow our quick guide below.

How to Farm Solar, Arc, and Void Orbs

The three types of orbs represent the three types of elemental damage in Destiny 2. That's why if you want to farm for a specific type of orbs, you will need to play as the subclass that corresponds to the given element.

You will find the complete breakdown of the elements for each subclass below:

  • Solar: Gunslinger, Sunbreaker, Dawnblade
  • Arc: Arcstrider, Striker, Stormcaller
  • Void: Nightstalker, Sentinel, Voidwalker

You obviously need to have your Solstice armor on and your weapon should also have the same element as your subclass before farming. For example, if you play as a Solar subclass, but you run a Void weapon, there is a chance that you will sometimes get Void orbs instead of Solar ones. So if you want to maximize the farming of a certain type of orbs, be sure to play with the same type of weapon as well.

Method 1: Killing Elites

The orbs drop from the enemies, but it has been reported that the highest rate of orbs drop from the Elites. So aim for these types of enemies specifically. The highest number of Elites can be found on Nessus at Exodus Black.

Just hop on there and start an adventure of killing Assault Scouts with all three different subclasses, and you will have enough orbs to fully upgrade your Solstice gear very quickly.

Method 2: Public Events

This method isn't as good as the first one, but you can still try it out and see for yourselves. It involves you finding any Strike that can let you take part in Public Events.

Choose the best Public Event to your liking and start killing enemies there. So this is just another way of farming elemental orbs in Destiny 2

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Sea of Thieves Cursed Sails Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/b3jmh/sea-of-thieves-cursed-sails-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/b3jmh/sea-of-thieves-cursed-sails-guide Fri, 03 Aug 2018 11:01:28 -0400 Sergey_3847

During this year's E3 conference Microsoft announced two new updates for Sea of Thieves: Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shores. Cursed Sails has just been released and will last until August 21, while Forsaken Shores is scheduled for a date in September.

In order to unveil the mystery of the Cursed Sails, you will need to travel to quite a few places on the map. So follow our step-by-step guide for all the information you need in order to reveal Wanda's secrets.

Step 1: Speak to Wonda

The new quest begins at Golden Sands Outpost, one of the six possible locations where you can spawn. Find the Shipwright Shop at the docks and speak to its owner -- Sharon.

She will tell you to speak to a new owner of the Weaponsmith's Shop -- Wonda, a Wanda's sister, who was the original owner of the shop before certain strange things started happening.

Step 2: Investigate the Clues

Wonda won't tell you much about the destiny of her sister, but you will notice a note on the table speaking of some person named "Salty." This is your first clue to revealing the mystery of Wanda, and to your left you will see the second clue in the form of pendant.

The third and final clue is the skeleton footprints outside the shop that will lead you to the shoreline. There you can investigate the footprints that show the direction to the Crescent Isle.

Step 3: Speak to Salty

As you arrive at the Crescent Isle you will see Salty, who turns out to be a skeleton parrot, sitting on a barrel. Talk to him and he will tell you about his adventures with Wanda.

The conversation will reveal the names of several locations that contain the following hints, and where you should travel after speaking to Salty.

Step 4: Read the Journals

Now you need to locate three journals that speak of the Wanda's search for tresure. You can find them all in the following locations:

  1. Mermaid's Hideaway (at the campfire on the northeastern shore).
  2. Thieves' Haven (near the shipwreck on the eastern shore).
  3. Sunken Grove (inside the cave at the waterfall at the very center of the map).

After you've located all three journals, go back to Salty and speak to him once again.

Step 5: Find Wanda's Hideout

After speaking to Salty, you will need to travel to Wanderer's Refuge. In the middle of the isle you will find caves that go under the isle, and that's where Wanda's secret hideout is located.

Look around inside the lair and inspect five items:

  • Evil Pirate Code (on the table)
  • Cannon Base (right from the table)
  • Tools (behind the table)
  • Apron (on the bed)
  • Scroll (on the wall near bed)

Finally, return to Sharon at the docks and tell her everything about your findings. As a reward you will be given three gorgeous sails.

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That is all for the Cursed Sails quest walkthrough, and for other Sea of Thieves guides at GameSkinny, see the links below:

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Top 20 best Xbox 360 Backwards Compatible Games (So Far) https://www.gameskinny.com/p3ego/top-20-best-xbox-360-backwards-compatible-games-so-far https://www.gameskinny.com/p3ego/top-20-best-xbox-360-backwards-compatible-games-so-far Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:33:26 -0400 Joseph Ocasio

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Mass Effect 2

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It's no secret that the original Mass Effect was one of the best role-playing games of its day. However, it hasn't really aged well. Mass Effect 2, however, has aged like fine wine.

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The gunplay is improved over the original, the story is much more action packed, the characters are incredibly developed and complex, and it still has some of the best art design in all of gaming. 

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Mass Effect 2 is the reason why I play video games -- and I'm not the only one who feels that way. Mass Effect may be dead, but legends like Mass Effect 2 will always live on.

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Was there a game we missed?  If so, leave a comment below and let us know why. With so many games, it's easy for us to miss one or two of them.

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Gears of War 3

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The original Gears of War reinvented third-person shooters back in 2006, but the last game in the original trilogy was the one that perfected it.

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Gears of War 3 takes everything you loved about the original series and pumps it up to 11. With great gunplay, amazing set pieces, and touching moments that will make even the manliest man tear up, Gears of War 3 is the pinnacle of the series. 

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Red Dead: Redemption

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After GTA IV, Rockstar took somewhat of a left turn, releasing a game that surprised everyone: Red Dead: Redemption.

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Implementing the gameplay that made GTA so great, and using a setting such as the Old West, was one of the best idea's the developer has ever had. Along with an improved combat system over GTA IV and a compelling story of betrayal (and an ending that may make you cry), Redemption still remains a fan favorite and we can't wait to get our hands on the upcoming sequel.

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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD

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With many fans playing Metal Gear Solid 3, a few may have been lost with some of the characters introduced in Metal Gear Solid 5. 

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If you aren't familiar with characters like Paz, Kaz, or Huey, MGS: Peace Walker HD will catch you up. Along with the trademark storytelling that the series is known,  this entry in the series was the "blueprints" to what would eventually become MGS 5's excellent gameplay. That alone is worth checking this one out.

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Dead Space 2

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The original Dead Space was an excellent mixture of Resident Evil 4 and Event Horizon. Combining the backtracking, tension, and gunplay of the former with the ideal location of a spaceship in the middle of nowhere, Dead Space created something special.

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The sequel expands upon this by allowing players to explore the blood-drenched floors of the space station, Sprawl. Dead Space 2's narrative may be a bit less interesting than the original, but truly great gameplay, excellent tension, and outstanding production make this a horror classic.

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Alan Wake

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If you love Steven King or Twin Peaks, then you'll probably love Alan Wake. As the eponymous character, you'll be shoved into a shifting, real-world nightmare as you puzzle out the secrets of an otherworldly town while attempting to rescue your wife from supernatural forces.

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Mixing eerie storytelling and a creepy atmosphere (with the unique use of light as a combat mechanic and excellent gunplay), Alan Wake is one of the 360's more under-appreciated games.

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Oh, and did I mention you can it for free if you buy Quantum Break?

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Assassin's Creed

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The original Assassin's Creed help start the open-world trend that many games still attempt to capitalize on, even other franchises that Ubisoft owns. It may feel old when compared to later installments and it can get extremely repetitive, but its core exploration-based gameplay and level design is still strong.

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It also has a world that no game has ever been set in and an engaging story that still holds up after all these years. With the series exploring prequels in its latest installments, it's worth going back and seeing where it all began. 

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Batman: Arkham Origins

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Batman: Arkham Origins gets a bad rap for not doing anything different with the formula that it's predecessors laid out -- and that's true. Despite that, it tells a great Batman/Joker story, has engaging combat, and has some of the best boss fights in any video game.

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Arkham Origins may only be available on disk, but it shouldn't be missed for Bat-fans craving more time in the Arkham-verse.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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After years of hibernation, Deus Ex finally returned with Human Revolution. By allowing players to choose a specific gameplay style (either guns blazing or sneaking about), this excellent RPG managed to capture the original's spirit while not being afraid to try different things.

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Human Revolution also managed to tell an intriguing story of government conspiracy and revenge. The sequel may be better in nearly every way, but this adventure is still an unforgettable tale that's worth experiencing. 

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GTA IV

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Grand Theft Auto's debut on last-gen machines may not be its best installment (the driving is still a pain in the ass), but the changes it made to story and gameplay, as well as the inclusion of multiplayer that's even more addictive than GTA Online, makes this one of the series' best installments.

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Nikko's story of revenge still holds a place in many people's hearts, as it is easily the most grounded and relatable story in a GTA game. Top that with the same open world gameplay that's made GTA a household name and you've got yourself a winner.

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Beyond Good and Evil HD

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Technically an HD version of an Xbox game, Beyond Good and Evil HD still counts as it's the only way to play this classic game on consoles.

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Jade's adventure has touched many gamers in the years since the game's release, and it still holds up with its solid mixture of gameplay types. With a sequel currently in development, it's the perfect time to replay this cult classic adventure.

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Splinter Cell: Blacklist

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After the action focused Conviction, Ubisoft listened to fans and was able to tailor Blacklist to what many players wanted: the ability to choose their own style of play.

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By combining the gameplay mechanics and urgency of the previous game and the slower and more methodical style of Chaos Theory, Blacklist was able to cater to both newcomers and long-time veterans of the series.

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It's shame that Sam hasn't been around in while, but his recent appearance in Ghost Recon: Wildlands gives us hope for a comeback. 

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Hitman Absolution

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Hitman Absolution took some risks with the typical gameplay of the long running series. While some changes, like more linear sections, didn't work so well, its change to a more Grindhouse style of storytelling and inclusion of the instinct meter were welcomed.

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Absolution also contains some of the series' best kills, such as switching BBQ sauce with Gasoline. It's easily Hitman at it's most cinematic and most accessible -- more so than any title in the series.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

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There's little doubt that Call of Duty is a defining franchise. But Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 did a lot of different things with the franchise -- and they payed off.

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From the ability to make choices that changed the game's story to a futuristic setting and a villain that's actually intimidating, Black Ops 2 made for the best CoD game since the original Modern Warfare.

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Not all additions, like Strike Force missions, are winners, but it's still a game that's worth playing. 

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Sonic Generations

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Probably the last Sonic game both critics and fans can agree on was good (well, except for the recently-released Sonic Mania), Sonic Generations let's players relive some of Sonic's best memories in new ways, while also acting as a great tribute to the entire franchise.

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With classic Sonic platforming action and fast paced modern Sonic gameplay, it's still a great title that only has one crime: being too short. 

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

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Do you love the 80's? Do you love shooting dinosaurs and neon-psychedelic henchmen? Then this version of FC3 just what you've been looking for. You even get to go around shooting baddies with Robocop's gun!

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However, the 80's love doesn't stop there. Blood Dragon is so drenched in 80's nostalgia that it's the Ready Player One of video games. It may be short, but Blood Dragon still has the classic Far Cry gameplay, just colored in a retro vibe. And that ain't half-bad.

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Vanquish

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Another Platinum Games title that many didn't pick up when it was first released, Vanquish has one of the best campaigns in shooter history, an excellent sense of speed, and wonderful slide mechanics that other shooters tried to implement, but did so with varying results.

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It may be a little on the short side, but it still works thanks to great gameplay, a wonderful visual aesthetic, and Platinum Games' trademark over-the-top set pieces. Give this one a shot. 

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Crackdown

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Though it was thought to just be "that game that came with the Halo 3 beta," Crackdown quickly gained a large fallowing thanks to its open-world gameplay, gripping character abilities, and one of the best radio sidekicks of all time.

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Thanks to Xbox One X, Crackdown looks and plays even better than before. It can even run at 4K if you have the capability.

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Long story short, you'll want to check out this classic Xbox game before it's third installment comes out next year.

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Bayonetta

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Though her heart and sequels may be with Nintendo these days, and her first adventure has started showing a few signs of age, the original Bayonetta still offers plenty of hack and slash action that will please fans of action games and the hack and slash genre.

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Bayonetta has some of the craziest boss fights in gaming history, and its battles are fierce (your thumbs will definitely get a workout). If you love character-based action games like Devil May Cry (but crazier), you owe it to yourself to check this one out.

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Lost Odyssey

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As one of a few JRPGs Microsoft produced to generate interest in the Xbox 360 in Japan, Lost Odyssey is a game that many fans of the genre overlooked.

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Created by famed JRPG maker Hironobu Sakaguichi and his team at Mistwalker studios, Lost Odyssey does a lot of things right. While using basic frameworks from other games in the genre, Lost Odyssey still works thanks to its strong characters, excellent art design, and a functional combat system. 

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If there's one thing the Xbox One has over the PS4 and Nintendo Switch, it's backwards compatibility. Sure, the PS4 has its streaming service (PlayStation Now) for playing PS3 games, but the relatively high price and often fuzzy visual quality isn't as consumer friendly as people may want it to be. And, of course, the Switch doesn't have Virtual Console, so ... 

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Playing old games on your current system without having to pay some kind of Netflix-like membership is a much better alternative -- and it does a better job of helping the medium retain its physical history, too. 

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With more than 300 titles currently getting the backwards compatibility treatment on the Xbox, picking only 10 games wasn't good enough. For this list, we're looking at 20 of the best Xbox 360 games you can play on your Xbox One right now.

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There are only two caveats. One, the games in question can't be available in the form of a remaster -- so don't expect the Halo series, the original Gears of War, Burnout Paradise, etc) as they can be played on Xbox One with numerous improvements. And two, we're only looking at one game per franchise.

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With that said, let's get started.

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La-Mulana 2 Glove Location Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/n141o/la-mulana-2-glove-location-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/n141o/la-mulana-2-glove-location-guide Thu, 02 Aug 2018 09:18:50 -0400 Ty Arthur

With a non-linear and fairly open world full of ruins to discover, your archaeologist / ninja heroine in the old school platformer La-Mulana 2 can trek to just about any part of the game from the get-go.

While that's great for exploration, it also means you'll be pulling your hair out constantly as there are plenty of areas that can't be completed without first getting the correct items or meeting specific hidden characters. 

The La-Mulana 2 gloves are one of the most important items to pick up as soon as you can (along with the ice cloak and grappling claw) as it is used to progress through difficult puzzles that are otherwise normally impossible to complete. 

With the gloves equipped, Lumisa can finally move those pesky stone blocks out of the way to re-arrange areas and complete several major riddle sections. If you find yourself bottle necked somewhere in Annwfn, the Immortal Battlefield, and so on, then most likely you need the gloves to progress.

Finding The La-Mulana 2 Gloves

Unlike many other items and special characters found in the game, the gloves are fairly easy to acquire without having to go through any particular sequence. Other than the first sigil required to unlock the Annwfn area, you don't need the grappling hook or any other special items to actually get to the gloves.

On the Annwfn area of the ruins map, look for the square room directly underneath the teleportation altar. After killing Nidhogg, go through his gate and travel right one room and down one room to reach the correct location with the gloves chest.

In this room, scan the tablet that tells you to "turn away from your desires" and "not gaze upon what you seek," which is pretty cryptic... unless you think in a hyper literal fashion.

This is one of those lateral thought puzzles where you think you need to hit a button or perform a jump, but the answer is more basic than that. Literally just don't look at the object of your desires. You don't need to do any weird backwards jumping or come up with any crazy puzzle solutions here, as this one will become amazingly obvious once you figure it out.

Climb up the ladder while facing left instead of right, and stay facing that direction for a few seconds (towards the rock instead of the chest) until the chest magically unlocks and the gloves become available. Turns out all you need to do is convince the ruins you don't want the gloves for a bit and they will decide they want to get to you!

Did you feel dumb after that chest finally unlocked? I know I sure did! After grabbing the gloves, make sure to enter the inventory screen (F2 on the PC version) and equip them in the items section.

The gloves aren't strictly necessary to progress at this stage of the game, as there are several other areas you can reach without them, but they sure do help you expand out the specific ruin locations you can get to without exploiting the game's broken controls.

There are a few puzzles you can cheese your way through but in general though, its just an all around better idea to grab the gloves to avoid more frustration in this already-difficult game.

 Make sure to equip your gloves after the chest unlocks!

Need more help with this ultra-difficult old school platformer that pays homage to the Metroidvania and MSX style? Check out our full list of La-Mulana 2 walkthroughs and guides here, including how to find all those special Lumisa costumes!

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WayForward Surprises Half-Genie Hero Fans With Jammies Mode Update https://www.gameskinny.com/ado5v/wayforward-surprises-half-genie-hero-fans-with-jammies-mode-update https://www.gameskinny.com/ado5v/wayforward-surprises-half-genie-hero-fans-with-jammies-mode-update Wed, 01 Aug 2018 09:21:15 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

Coming out of nowhere and surprising everybody, WayForward has released one final, free DLC campaign for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, several months after the release of the game's Ultimate Edition. The added campaign is the new "Jammies Mode", which provides a new set of moves for Shantae and a re-written story.

"Jammies Mode" sees Shantae traversing Sequin Land in order to hand out invitations to her ultimate slumber party to everyone she knows, which she's hosting as a way of saying thank you to everyone for helping her on her journey. In this mode, Shantae has the ability to float on a dream cloud, bounce sleepy sheep across the screen, and pillow-fight enemies' pants off.

As yet another added surprise included with the update is a new Transformation Dance for Shantae, allowing her to transform into the tank Sophia III from Blaster Master Zero, in which Shantae made a cameo as DLC. The dance can be obtained from the game's snake merchant lady upon purchasing and trading in the Super Revive Dance

WayForward announced the free update for all versions of the game out of nowhere, and cited it as the team's way of saying "thank you" to everybody that supported the game throughout its long, extensive development process. The most recent update on the game's Kickstarter reads:

"Jammies Mode" is our way of saying [sic] THANK YOU to everyone who supported this campaign! We hope you’ll accept this gift, along with our warmest and most heartfelt appreciation for funding this project. We would never have made this game if it weren’t for you!

On behalf of our Backers, and with the cooperation of our partners at Xseed, Pqube, and Amuzio, we are launching this free content update today on all platforms, all versions, all over the world, to Backers and non-Backers. In this way we hope to spread your generosity to the next generation of Shantae fans!!

"Jammies Mode" and the optional Sophia III transformation dance are now available as free updates for all versions of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. You can view a trailer for the "Shantae Summer Surprise" Down Below:

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La-Mulana 2 Costume Locations Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/1uob9/la-mulana-2-costume-locations-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/1uob9/la-mulana-2-costume-locations-guide Tue, 31 Jul 2018 17:35:12 -0400 Ty Arthur

Deadly spikes, moving platforms, and skeletons who just wont stay down until they been whipped into submission await in La-Mulana 2 for all you classic Metroidvania fans.

If the American-flag wearing Lumisa Kosugi doesn't quite fit your ideal look for a dungeon-delving archaeologist, thankfully you don't have to stick with the standard Diana Jones style outfit for the entire game.

With a story centered around ancient pre-human civilizations and a wide range of cultures, it shouldn't be much of a surprise there's quite a few hidden outfits to find -- from a kimono to a bad ass Valkyrie costume. Ready to change up Lumisa's look? Let's dive into where to find those secret outfits!

 American cowboy / ninja / archaeologist Lumisa can really rock any look she pleases!

La-Mulana 2 Costume Locations

Secondary costumes were an extra brought into the game thanks to the crowd funding backers and were a late addition to the development process. At the moment it appears they are solely cosmetic in nature and don't give any particular bonuses or offer help with any puzzles, but there may be secrets involved with them that haven't been discovered yet.

Note that the ice cloak actually counts as special equippable item, not as a costume, and it does have an in-game effect that reduces damage from hitting lava. Likewise, the gloves are an item that let you push blocks but aren't tied any particular outfit.

Once you find a new costume, head into the item screen (F2 on the PC version) and scroll down to the "Garb" section at the lower-right to switch between outfits (in this alpha this was previously called the "Fashion" section).

Each costume is found in a locked chest, but instead of completing a puzzle like with normal chests you need to use the special keys found throughout the game.

Kickstarter backers at various funding levels start the game with several keys immediately, while the rest of us have to find them before chests can be opened. There aren't any backer-exclusive costumes, so you don't miss out on anything if you didn't pre-order the game through Kickstarter.

Special thanks go out to the community of Steam and Reddit users who managed to track down these costume chests immediately after release!

Valkyrie Costume Chest

This chest is found in a room in the Immortal Battlefield area. On the map in the pause screen, head to the room that is one square below the Immortal Battlefield hot spring (the area that recovers health). 

In this room, leap across to the ledge on the right with the spikes, then walk right and up until you find the mural with the skulls. From there, head right again to find the locked chest, but move slowly as going all the way to the right will kill you at the cliff's edge.

 La-Mulana 2 Valkyrie Costume

Eastern European Outfit Chest

For this outfit chest, head to the Ancient Chaos area and go to the section right after the corridor of blood. In the immediate next room following the corridor, break the crumbling stone found on the lower left side to reveal the locked chest.

Pink Kimono

This chest is right out in the open and doesn't require breaking any walls or performing any fancy jumping maneuvers. Look for the chest in the same room as the character who explains how to reach the Underworld area.

More La-Mulana 2 Costumes

There are still plenty other outfits we haven't discovered yet -- let us know if you've come across any other La-Mulana 2 costumes and we'll get them added to the list! 

Be sure to also drop a comment if you've found any special uses for the costumes. It seems like one of them would be perfect for lowering water poison damage or even changing NPC dialog.

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