Xbox One Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Xbox One RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network How to Get Elite Tokens in Madden 18 -- And What They’re For https://www.gameskinny.com/fmwk3/how-to-get-elite-tokens-in-madden-18-and-what-theyre-for https://www.gameskinny.com/fmwk3/how-to-get-elite-tokens-in-madden-18-and-what-theyre-for https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/d/madden-346e3.JPG fmwk3/how-to-get-elite-tokens-in-madden-18-and-what-theyre-for Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:10:05 -0400 Kieran Desmond

If you want to get the best players, coaches, stadiums, and uniforms in Madden 18s MUT mode, you’re going to need Elite Tokens. It’s going to take some work and some serious coin spending to get everything you want, however, so read on to find out what Elite Tokens are, what you can use them for, and how you can get them.

What Are Elite Tokens and What Are They Used For?

Elite Tokens are currently the highest tier of Team Tokens, above Silver and Gold. Unlike Silver and Gold Team Tokens, Elite Tokens are not team specific and can be universally used for all Elite tier upgrades in the game.

Elite Tokens are the main consumables that you’ll need when upgrading your team’s uniforms, coaches, and stadiums to tier 3. Upgrading any of these teams’ sets gives players of that team a boost in Team Training Chemistry, which improves the performance of those players.

For example, if you have a few Steelers players in your squad, then upgrading Mike Tomlin or Heinz Field will be beneficial to those players. But if you don’t have any Steelers players, then it would be pointless to do so.

In order to upgrade any of these to tier 3, you’ll need to have the tier 2 version of the card you want to upgrade as well as 3 Elite Tokens.

How Do You Get Elite Tokens in Madden 18?

In the Upgrade Sets menu, you’ll find the Team Tokens section which lays out exactly how to get Team Silver, Team Gold, and Elite Tokens. This is what you need to trade in for Elite Tokens:

  • 1x 84-85 OVR Elite Player
  • 2x 82-83 OVR Elite Players
  • 2x 80-81 OVR Elite Players
  • Any Silver Team Token
  • Any Gold Team Token

As you can see, Elite Tokens do not come cheap. 84-85 rated Elites sell for over 20,000 coins, 82-83 rated Elite players are usually in the region of 10-20,000, and 80-81s are on the lower end, selling for a couple thousand coins. That’s already a lot of coins, and that’s without taking the Silver and Gold Team Tokens into account.

In order to get a Silver Token you need to trade in:

  • 5x 65-69 OVR Silver Players
  • 5x 60-64 OVR Silver Players

They'll also all need to be for the team specific, so by trading in 10 of the correct Silver Cowboys players for example, you'll receive a Cowboys Silver Token.

Same goes for Gold Tokens too, but you'll obviously need to trade in higher rated players. Gold Tokens require:

  • 5x 75-79 OVR Gold Players
  • 5x 70-74 OVR Gold Players

This means that in order to get your hands on just 1 Elite Token you'll need to trade in 25 players of varying quality, which can cost a whole load of coins. I recommend waiting until players are cheaper before attempting to buy players for this purpose, and also buying the cheapest players possible.

That's how to get Elite Tokens in Madden 18. If there's another method that I've missed, let me know in the comments section below.

For more on Madden 18, stay tuned to GameSkinny and check out some of our other Madden 18 Guides!

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How to Get the Drain Key in Destiny 2 -- And Other Secret Leviathan Raid Loot https://www.gameskinny.com/a4s14/how-to-get-the-drain-key-in-destiny-2-and-other-secret-leviathan-raid-loot https://www.gameskinny.com/a4s14/how-to-get-the-drain-key-in-destiny-2-and-other-secret-leviathan-raid-loot https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/l/e/v/leviathan-raid-a12d6.jpg a4s14/how-to-get-the-drain-key-in-destiny-2-and-other-secret-leviathan-raid-loot Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:07:04 -0400 Kieran Desmond

Destiny 2’s Leviathan Raid is a treasure trove of secrets and loot. There are nine named chests spread across the Underbelly Labyrinth that contain Raid reputation tokens, Legendary Engrams, and also have a high chance of dropping Exotic Engrams. You can turn in the tokens for some Legendary Raid gear, whilst Exotics are a key factor in reaching the current maximum Power Level of 350 -- so you won’t want to miss out on the chance of getting some of this extra loot.

It’s not enough to simply find each chest in this confusing area, however, as you’ll also need to have the corresponding keys. This guide will go through how to get those elusive chest keys such as the Drain Key, as well as where each chest is located.

How to Get Raid Chest Keys in Destiny 2

The Leviathan Raid chest keys are random drops that are awarded for completing each of the 3 encounters in the Raid, as well as the Raid Boss Calus. This means you can earn a total of 4 keys per character, per week for a total of 12 keys per week. In order to follow this guide, it is recommended to complete the Raid first so you'll have free run of the Raid area. For a comprehensive guide on how to beat the Raid and all the encounters, check out our Leviathan Raid Walkthrough.

How to Find Raid Chests in Destiny 2

It’s worth mentioning that the most effective way to quickly grab each chest is by teaming up with other Guardians -- because there are some tricky enemies standing between you and that sweet loot, which you'll need to take out.

The Lever Puzzle 

The first thing you need to do in order to gain access to the Underbelly is solve the lever puzzle. After loading into the Raid, run halfway across the bridge and drop down to the level below. Continue heading forwards into the room in front of you and you’ll find the lever room.

There are 6 levers in this room, and for reference we’ll refer to them from left to right, as levers 1-6 -- the left-most lever being 1 and the right-most lever being 6. By finding the correct order in which to pull the levers, the way into the Underbelly of the ship will be open to you.

The correct sequence for the levers is 1 5 3 2 4 6.

Coordinate with your Raid crew by assigning each player a lever and pulling accordingly. Try not to take too long between each lever pull, as doing so will reset the sequence and you’ll have to start again. You’ll know if you were successful if you see a text prompt saying “The way is open.”

To enter the Underbelly, head up to the top of the tower. At the back of that area you’ll see some pipes leading to a dark area. Pass through the darkness and make your way across the platforms. You’ll eventually come to a switch which will open a locked door.

Engine Raid Chest

Through here is the engine room, which has the Engine chest locked behind a black and gold door. To open the door you’ll need to coordinate with your Fireteam to eliminate each of the Watcher sentries simultaneously, whilst attempting to remain unseen by their red gaze.

If you’re spotted or you don’t kill them all at the same time, they’ll become invulnerable and the door will be locked. To reset the room, simply leave with you entire team, re-pull the lever and head back in.

Ventilator Raid Chest

From the Engine chest, head down the length of the room and drop down to the area with the large fan blades. Head through a couple of these spinning fans and on your left and there is a platform that you can jump up to which is where the Ventilator chest is located.

Pipeline Raid Chest

Jump back down and continue in the direction you were heading. At the end of the Ventilation room, there is a lever that will activate a fan that shoots you up a few levels. Once you’re at the top, go through the doorway on the left through the white-lit doorway and drop down the red-lit pipe, which brings you to another lever-controlled doorway.

Through the doorway is a room with the same mechanics as the Engine room from earlier. Just simultaneously take out the Watchers without being detected and you’ll unlock a black and gold door which hides the Pipeline chest.

Conduit Raid Chest

Go back to the Pipeline doorway and there is a fan that you can jump into. Ride it up to the next floor and follow the grated walkway towards a lit room. Follow the corridor from that room and you’ll end up back where we rode the first fan up to earlier.

This time take a right through the red-lit doorway. Take the first right and drop down the hole which will lead you to an area with purple sludge that you should recognize as the room before you face the Raid Boss, Calus.

Head straight across from the pipe you emerged from and down to the end of the next pipe. Jump up to the platform to your left and keep going up until you reach the platform with the monitors. Keep moving forward along the platforms, avoiding the mist. Take a left, and follow the corridor around. You end up at the top of a fan shaft, which you should carefully drop down into.

This is another Watcher room -- so you should know what to do. Take ‘em out, then grab the Conduit chest behind the door.

Irrigation Raid Chest

Exit the Conduit room through the main entrance by back tracking from the chest. You’ll see a large metal grate wall with a light above it. Jump up on top of that and carefully make your way across to the other side of the room along the pipes. If you fall down, you’ll die.

Once you’ve made it, drop down to find the Irrigation Chest.

Drain Raid Chest

Now you need to backtrack all the way to the purple sludge room that leads into the Calus boss fight. After emerging into the room, head straight across into the pipe opposite you, which houses the deactivated fan shaft. Jump up three levels to the top and head through the doorway. Take a right and drop down onto the next fan, activate the lever and then ride it right back up to the very top. Head through the doorway, take another left, and then drop down into the red pipe which brings us back to Pipeline area from earlier.

Jump back onto the fan and follow the grated walkway, hugging the left and entering a red-lit pipe. Follow the path until you need to crouch to continue and then take the first left. Continue forwards and drop down into the Drain chest room. Deal with the Watchers once again to unlock the security door and reveal the Drain chest.

Transfer Raid Chest

To make getting to this next chest a little easier, go ahead and reload back into the start of the raid. Now head up to where you first enter the Underbelly, jump across the platforms, and once again take the fan up. Head straight forward up the ramp and follow the path up to another door with a lever. Behind the door is -- you guessed it – another Watcher room. Eliminate the Watchers to unlock the black and gold door to the left of the entrance, and claim the loot from the Transfer chest.

Armory Raid Chest

From the entrance of the Transfer room, head straight across the room and through the doorway overlooked by the gold and purple axe symbol. Crouch down and make your way through the tunnel, and take a left once you reach the end.

Here you’ll find another lever, another doorway, and another room of Watchers for you to blow up. In the back right of the room you’ll find the usual locked door and in this case, the Armory chest.

Aqueduct Raid Chest

To find the last chest, head back through the small tunnel you just came from which leads you into the Transfer room. Immediately take a left and keep moving forward through the door beneath a red light. Jump up onto the platforms and then turn around and head forwards. On your right you’ll see a red-lit doorway -- follow the ramp up to a room with a blue glow, head through the door at the back of the room. Take a left turn and a right, then on your left is a raised platform. Hop up onto the platform and head to the back of the room to find the Aqueduct chest.

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Thanks to Arekkz for finding these! If you need more help finding the Raid chests, check out the video he made on his YouTube channel.

This is every Raid chest we know about right now but if you know of anymore, let us know in the comments section below. And for more on Destiny 2, check out our Destiny 2 Guides!

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition Announced for Switch Retail https://www.gameskinny.com/m1p72/shantae-half-genie-hero-ultimate-edition-announced-for-switch-retail https://www.gameskinny.com/m1p72/shantae-half-genie-hero-ultimate-edition-announced-for-switch-retail https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/h/a/shantae-swimsuit-banner-d4be5.jpg m1p72/shantae-half-genie-hero-ultimate-edition-announced-for-switch-retail Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:40:51 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Video game publisher XSEED Games announced yesterday that Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will not only be getting a physical release on the Nintendo Switch, but that it will also be the first release of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition.  

XSEED claimed that not only will the Ultimate Edition contain the recently released Pirate Queen's Quest campaign mode for Risky Boots, but it will also contain the upcoming character DLC for the Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops. The statement also contained the first bit of news in a long while regarding the alternate costume modes for Shantae that were promised during the original Kickstarter.

XSEED made the announcement on their Facebook, stating that:

"Not only that, the Ultimate Edition will come with 'Friends Mode' and 'Costume Mode'! In Friends Mode, Shantae’s pals Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops must survive Shantae’s Nightmare and save their friend from doom, while Costume Mode provides three new arcade-style adventures; Dash, slash, and teleport as Ninja Shantae, work on your tan as Beach Shantae, or alter the level around you ‘Mighty Switch Force’ style as Officer Shantae!"

There isn't any information yet about the game's release date, nor any specifics regarding the not-yet released character DLC -- but XSEED promised that more details will be revealed in the near future. You can stay up to date with announcements from XSEED by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

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U.S. Navy To Use Xbox Controllers To Operate Submarine Periscopes https://www.gameskinny.com/u3acd/us-navy-to-use-xbox-controllers-to-operate-submarine-periscopes https://www.gameskinny.com/u3acd/us-navy-to-use-xbox-controllers-to-operate-submarine-periscopes https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/x/b/o/xbox-one-controller-banner-ced0b.jpg u3acd/us-navy-to-use-xbox-controllers-to-operate-submarine-periscopes Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:45:24 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

The United States Navy recently announced that they are planning to use Xbox 360 controllers to operate the periscopes installed in their newest Virginia-class submarines.

USS John Warner's assistant weapons officer Lt. j.g. Kyle Leonard told Military.com that "The Navy got together and they asked a bunch of [junior officers] and junior guys, 'What can we do to make your life better?'... "And one of the things that came out is the controls for the scope. It's kind of clunky in your hand; it's real heavy."

The advantage of using Xbox 360 controllers lies not just in accessibility, but also in price. On average, a new Xbox 360 controller in somewhere between $30 to $40 online, while the typical cost for the specially designed photonic mast handgrip and imaging control panel made for modern submarines is around $38,000.

This isn't the first time that the U.S. Military has used video game paraphernalia in order to cut costs and simplify technology. Another instance of such technology crossover was when the U.S. Air Force created a supercomputer out of a large cluster of modified PS3s.

 

Image credit: didyouknowgaming.com

The integration of Xbox 360 controllers into Virginia-class Naval submarines will begin with the USS Colorado, which is commissioned for November. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more video game and video game related news as it develops. 

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Destiny 2: The FPS Too Complicated For Its Own Good https://www.gameskinny.com/bfezc/destiny-2-the-fps-too-complicated-for-its-own-good https://www.gameskinny.com/bfezc/destiny-2-the-fps-too-complicated-for-its-own-good https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/a/y/cayde-header-a6ddf.jpg bfezc/destiny-2-the-fps-too-complicated-for-its-own-good Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:33:17 -0400 Kieran Desmond

Destiny 2 is a more simplified experience than its notoriously convoluted predecessor, but there are still some glaring issues with this new chapter that need to be ironed out.

After fully leveling two characters in Bungie’s latest offering, it’s clear to me that there are three main areas within Destiny 2 that could do with some polish -- the lore, the post-story grind, and the details on where specific pieces of gear can be found.

With all the resources Bungie has at its disposal, these issues can most certainly be addressed and improved for not only veteran Guardians like myself, but for newcomers as well. 

The Problem with Destiny’s Story

Something you don’t hear very often is that Destiny actually has a great story. But it’s true. The problem is that it has always been hidden away; in the original Destiny, the Grimoire cards carried the game's lore, whereas in Destiny 2, the lore is attached to gear and subclass descriptions. 

The Grimoire, which required you to log into the Bungie website to access, has now been removed from the site. Luckily for us, Destiny has a truly amazing fanbase, many of whom set up websites of their own which compile all of the lore (so far) into elegant and relevant categories. My favorite of these, and a great place to start for the lore-ignorant among us, is the Seraphim Archive, which sorts out all of Destiny's lore into a coherent and readable chronology.

However, Bungie can't seem to effectively parse out Destiny 2's story in an easily digestible fashion. BioWare faced a similar issue with the Mass Effect trilogy, but eventually implemented the Codex, which contained both written and voiced entries and was a delight to peruse. It's Bungie’s failure to implement a similar system that forces fans to consume the game’s story through secondary sources. Because of this, many Guardians will never experience the gripping tale of how Auruash became Oryx or how all the Fallen houses were once at peace with each other.

I've long thought that Bungie should take all of the great lore that they've painstakingly scribed and apply it to comic books, an animated series, or even a live-action film or miniseries. For the sake of reaching as many people as possible, please give us anything but a wall of text.

Wondering where this lovely lady got to in Destiny 2?
This Grimoire Entry from D1 gives us some indication.

How Do I Get Raid-Ready?

So you've beaten the story. Congratulations! The next thing on the menu is the Leviathan raid; but how do you get your Power Level high enough so that you won’t die from a Psion merely glancing in your general direction? Seriously, without looking it up, would you have known? I'm guessing not quite.

Power Level advancement is essentially locked behind Exotics, Clan XP rewards, and weekly Milestones that award Powerful Engrams. It’s never mentioned in-game that these are now your only avenues of going beyond the 265-275 soft Power Level cap. This can be a frustrating fact to learn after hours of needlessly farming faction tokens and legendary engrams that basically get you nowhere. Well, unless you're looking for a particular item, but more on that later.

On top of this, there’s the issue of mods. Every exotic drops with a +5 mod, meaning that every time you receive an exotic, it’s actually 5 levels lower than it says it is. Again, this is never clearly stated and has been a big source of confusion when it comes to maximizing your Power Level.

Let's look at this a little closer. Let’s say an Exotic drops at 290. Soon after, you receive a Powerful Engram that decrypts into a Legendary 289. “Damn!”, you might think, “If only it was a couple of levels higher. Oh well, I guess I’ll chuck it in the vault or dismantle it”.

Stop! Remember that the Exotic is 290 due its intrinsic +5 mod, meaning it’s actually only 285. If you infuse your new Legendary into the Exotic, it will go up to 289 and it will keep the mod, resulting in a 294 Exotic. Incremental level increases like this contribute to the steady crawl up to max Power Level, but the lack of clarity means more casual players will almost always lose out.

It’s also worth noting that Legendary gear has a chance to decrypt with a +5 mod already attached. The lesson here is always inspect your gear to check for mods. In the original Destiny, once you'd leveled up a piece of gear, it's border would change from white to yellow. A similar indication of whether or not gear has mods attached would be a welcome addition to Destiny 2.

Hey, This is Cool, But How Do I Get X?

Destiny 2's armor is a much more cosmetic feature this time around. There's less focus on armor-specific abilities (except for Exotics) and more focus on how badass your Titan looks as a neon-pink space knight. 

I'm still not sure how I feel about this change; I like having the choice of multiple, cool abilities on gear. I also like not being restricted to certain bits of gear because of said abilities. We're only three weeks in, so we'll see how that opinion shifts as the game comes into its own.

But as the header suggests, sometimes you'll have a piece of gear that you really like the look of, but are unsure where you got it or how to get the rest of the set. In order to figure out how to get what you're after without turning to Google, which Destiny seems to heavily rely on, you'll have to go around to each planet and social space's vendor to take a look at what their Legendary Engrams can decrypt into. Not only are many Guardians oblivious to this feature because of a lack of clear signposting, but it's also a huge pain in the ass.

Every vendor has an extra set of rewards that you can receive, titled "Additional Rewards". If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out the bottom row of gear in the image below. Those bonus rewards are actually on a 5 minute rotation. So for example, if you're looking for the Errant Knight 1.0 Hunter armor set and all you need is the chest piece, if it's not listed in the additional rewards, just wait and it might be in the next rotation. This is another feature Bungie doesn't disclose and I only discovered myself by pure accident.

By the end of the game, there are at least 10 vendors spread across five different spaces, which can get confusing as to who will unlock what gear. It can also take up a bunch of your time going from planet to planet if you're trying to figure out which vendor has that sweet cape you're looking for. I feel that in the advanced universe of Destiny, there would be some kind of wireless-network-type technology, something that would allow the instant exchange of information across vast distances... the internet, they may call it.

Oh, and here's a crazy idea: let us Guardians see what each of the vendors has to offer from an interface in the cockpit of our ships. Such a feature would kill multiple dregs with one stone; it would add a feature to our ships, keeping them from being useless cosmetic items, as well as redefining why you'd ever choose to go to Orbit in Destiny 2, making it relevant again.

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A key thing to keep in mind is that Destiny 2 is still in its infancy. Issues like the ones I've raised above are being echoed by the community, and Bungie does listen. But don't expect too much too soon. It's going to be a busy few months for Bungie, so I doubt we'll see the much-needed vendor gear compendium or any other huge changes for a good while yet -- if at all.

That's not to say they won't fix anything, however, and I'm sure Bungie has a long list based on what I've seen of the Destiny sub-Reddit. Much like D1, in a couple of years, we could be looking at a completely different beast with new features that will make us forget all about our month-one gripes. I can't wait until we can poke fun at vanilla Destiny 2 saying, "Hey, remember when we couldn't see which gear had mods equipped?!".

Let me know in the comments below if you agree with me, if you think I'm totally wrong, or if I missed something you think is too complicated in Destiny 2 -- I'd love to discuss it with you. And if you need help with some aspect of the gamecheck out some of our Destiny 2 Guides!

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Sega Unveils Sonic Forces Digital Bonus Edition and Free DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/p274a/sega-unveils-sonic-forces-digital-bonus-edition-and-free-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/p274a/sega-unveils-sonic-forces-digital-bonus-edition-and-free-dlc https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/d3897130f8b736c6a373b269353e6913.jpg p274a/sega-unveils-sonic-forces-digital-bonus-edition-and-free-dlc Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:41:42 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Sega is continuing its promotion of the upcoming Sonic Forces with some new announcements about the game and a new trailer as well (which you can view above).

The company revealed that all purchasers of Sonic Forces will receive the free day-one DLC "Episode Shadow", and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners can pre-purchase the Digital Bonus Edition of the game starting now to receive a few additional items.

"Episode Shadow" focuses on Shadow the Hedgehog's relationship to the enigma that is Infinite, and explores the fate of Team Dark as well. You will be able to play as Shadow in more than 10 modern Sonic-style stages, but you also get three Shadow-specific stages as well. Whether the hedgehog maintains G-rated language throughout, though, Sega didn’t say. 

Sega also revealed that the Digital Bonus Edition of Sonic Forces includes the previously announced Atlus add-ons -- featuring AiAi from Super Monkey Ball and Persona 5's Joker, among others. However, it also adds an extra Shadow skin for your character, special avatars, a couple of themes, and automatically includes the Episode Shadow DLC. As mentioned, this special set is only for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players, with nothing mentioned as of yet about plans for a Nintendo Switch bonus edition.

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Let us know in the comments if you are looking forward to playing as Shadow again or are planning on picking up the bonus edition!

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Monster Hunter: World Trailer Reveals Worldwide Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/5z4zp/monster-hunter-world-trailer-reveals-worldwide-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/5z4zp/monster-hunter-world-trailer-reveals-worldwide-release-date https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/1711c96328ac8f3c90e78c6be162f9a1.jpg 5z4zp/monster-hunter-world-trailer-reveals-worldwide-release-date Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:30:03 -0400 Erroll Maas

At Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference, it was revealed that Monster Hunter: World -- the newest entry in Capcom's popular Monster Hunter franchise -- will be released worldwide for PlayStation 4 on January 26, 2018.

Those who pre-order the game will receive the Origin Set Armor and the Fair Wind Charm Talisman, and those who pre-order through the PlayStation store will receive a custom theme as an additional bonus. Additionally, the game will also have a Digital Deluxe Edition and a special Collector's Edition.

The $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition will include: 

  • A digital copy of the game
  • A Samurai Set skin
  • Three gestures
  • Two sticker sets
  • An additional face paint and hair style option for the hunter
  • 14 weapon-themed PlayStation 4 exclusive PSN avatars

These bonuses will also be available for purchase for those fans who pre-ordered the game elsewhere on January 26.

The $149.99 Special Collector's Edition will include: 

  • A physical copy of the game
  • A voucher for the additional customizable options from the Digital Deluxe Edition 
  • A 32-page hardcover art book
  • A high-quality flagship monster statue
  • A digital soundtrack code

In Japan, there will also be a special Liolaeus (Rathalos) Edition PlayStation 4 Pro released on December 7 for 49,980 yen (about  $447 USD). This exclusive console will include:

  • One terabyte hard drive
  • Special DualShock 4 controller
  • Digital copy of Monster Hunter: World
  • Special PS4 theme
  • Two months of PlayStation Plus
  • Special collector's box

It is currently unknown if this special edition console will be released outside of Japan.

Monster Hunter: World will release worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 26, 2018, with a PC release at a later date. The flagship monster (aka the monster featured on the cover of the game) will be the newly introduced Nergigante in Japan and the already well-known Rathalos in the West.

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Rocket League Guide: Accelerator Crate and Decryptor Keys https://www.gameskinny.com/54l81/rocket-league-guide-accelerator-crate-and-decryptor-keys https://www.gameskinny.com/54l81/rocket-league-guide-accelerator-crate-and-decryptor-keys https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/w/a/cwaqstg-402d4.jpg 54l81/rocket-league-guide-accelerator-crate-and-decryptor-keys Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:20:40 -0400 Sergey_3847

The Autumn update for Rocket League will be released on September 28, and it's packed with tons of new content -- including a new battle-car, new maps, a battle arena, and something extra on top in the form of events.

This update will also be bringing new Accelerator crates that are stuffed with exotic items. These crates can only be opened with special Decryptor keys that you can acquire by completing certain in-game objectives. In this Rocket League guide, we'll go over how to get these Decryptors and what you'll be able to loot from the Accelerator crates that they open. 

How to Get Decryptors in Rocket League

Decryptors are a new type of key that can be used to unlock any type of crate in Rocket League. Unlike similar keys in past updates, these can be earned by taking part in the limited-time events that should drop some time after the patch goes online. That means there's no need to buy your keys anymore -- Decryptors are basically free keys if you just play the game.

Because this is the case, keep in mind that you will not be able to trade items from the crates unlocked with the help of Decryptors anymore, as that would contradict the goal of Rocket League's markets. Not only will the items be untradeable, but the keys themselves will be untradeable as well.

Still, it's a very good deal that will let you earn up to three free Decryptors at every event, which may unlock some cool new items from the Accelerator crates.

What's In the Accelerator Crates in Rocket League?

If you manage to get at least one Decryptor key during an online event, you will have the chance to unlock a brand new Accelerator crate. Doing so gives you a chance at obtaining one of the six new items, including a fantastic new battle-car.

Here's the complete list of items included in the Accelerator crate:

  • Pearlescent paint finish (Rare)
  • Hot Rocks trail (Very Rare)
  • Power-shot boost (Import)
  • Chrono wheels (Exotic)
  • Popcorn goal explosion (Black Market)
  • Jäger 619 RS (Battle-car)

The new battle-car is clearly inspired by Porsche models GT3 and GT4 -- a favorite of many racing fans that is hinted at in the car's official game slogan:

"Jäger 619 RS is a Battle-Car that draws inspiration from European racers and speedways."

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That's all the info we've got on the Decryptors and Acelerator crates from the Autumn update! All that's left to do now is to prepare well for the next ranked season with the help of our other Rocket League guides here on GameSkinny:

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7 Screenshots You Won't Believe Were Taken In-Game https://www.gameskinny.com/cj0tf/7-screenshots-you-wont-believe-were-taken-in-game https://www.gameskinny.com/cj0tf/7-screenshots-you-wont-believe-were-taken-in-game https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/1/5/0/1502290624-hellblade-screen-1f94a.jpg cj0tf/7-screenshots-you-wont-believe-were-taken-in-game Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:48:25 -0400 Selandrile

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Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice by Medium

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If it weren't for the macabre subject matter, this could easily be passed off as a legitimate photograph. And it's just about par for the course when it comes to the graphical prowess of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. 

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The game was created using advanced motion-capture techniques, so there's an incredible amount of realism in its graphics -- from its perfectly rendered details to its uncanny facial expressions. 

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The Ninja Theory team really outdid themselves here, especially when you experience this game on 4K systems. Though a bit morbid at times, Hellblade is so visually enrapturing that it's hard to look away. 

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Image courtesy of Medium.

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What are the most awe-inspiring screenshots that you've seen in a video game? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Horizon Zero Dawn

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Nothing evokes a sense of wonder and childlike captivation like a world inhabited by robotic creatures that roam gorgeous environments. In a carefully struck balance of primalism and futurism, some players might find that these landscapes have a hint of realism and familiarity to them. This is because Horizon Zero Dawn has striking geographic similarities to real-world Colorado and Utah. If not for the fantastical creatures roaming the world, it would be easy to believe that this was a real-life photo. 

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And this certainly isn't the only one. Horizon Zero Dawn's stunning environments has encouraged players to create lots of beautiful screenshots in its Photo Mode.

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Image courtesy of Reboot Reload.

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

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Behold the City of Belur, tucked away in a lush cavern with sunlight glimmering on its decorative spires, exuding an air of secrecy. This image is the epitome of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy -- it's so beautiful and mystifying that it was one of the main poster images for the game. 

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Once again, you might think that this is promotional art. But you'd be mistaken. It's possible to take this exact screenshot yourself as one of the many photo-op collectibles found in the game. 

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Image courtesy of PlayStation

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Witcher 3

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This breathtaking panorama is of Kaer Morhen from the Witcher 3 -- an unmistakable valley view with the school of the wolf nestled away in the mountainside.

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Normally, you'd only see this kind of landscape in concept art or misleading promotional images. But that isn't the case here -- it's an in-game screenshot that was released as a tantalizing peek into the world of Witcher 3 before it launched back in 2015.

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Image courtesy of DualShockers.

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GTA V (GTA V Redux Mod)

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Given its high level of realism and perfect composition, it would be easy to doubt that this snapshot is from a video game. But once again, thanks to a great modder, this GTA V screenshot is a true stunner. 

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With the Redux modGTA gets a complete makeover. It's more than just a graphical overhaul -- it also includes several other features and adjustments to create an even more immersive experience. If you love GTA and want to see how beautiful the city streets can really be, pick up this mod and go take a few screenshots of your own. 

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TES V: Skyrim (RealVision Mod)

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Unless you are incredibly familiar with Skyrim mods and have put several hundred hours into the game, then you would probably not recognize the setting in this photo -- let alone believe that it was taken in a game that's from 2011. But thanks to the amazing modding community, Skyrim has been revitalized and nearly anything you can imagine can be added in to enhance your experience. 

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The mod that made this photo possible is called RealVision, and it was created by Boris Vorontsov. Sitting among the top-rated mods on Skyrim Nexus, this graphical overhaul changes nearly everything about the game's visual settings to give it a more realistic aesthetic without sacrificing any of the fantasy appeal.

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Final Fantasy XV

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Morning sunlight filtering through these ancient ruins makes for a breathtaking view. At first glance, this image appears to belong to a historical documentary, but its' actually an in-game image from Final Fantasy XV. Even so, this is not something you normally catch a glimpse of without precision timing. In FFXV, there is a large world to explore and an astounding amount of gorgeous scenery -- all just waiting to be discovered.  

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(Photo taken by me on PS4 Pro)

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Most gamers will agree that some video games can be art. Sometimes, you'll come across a level, area, or landscape that makes you stop in your tracks to take it all in. And sometimes, you'll see a screenshot from a video game that is simply stunning -- visually impressive and graphically advanced, these rare images (and the games that spawned them) can truly be a sight to behold. 

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Whether it's mods that improve the look of the game, or simply a well-crafted world that's been rendered in incredibly detail, sometimes games will simply leave you in awe with how beautiful they can be. From consoles to PC, there are a number of games out there that are the pinnacles of visual technology. And these 7 screenshots prove it -- you'll hardly be able to believe that they were taken in-game. 

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Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider Mission 3 Bank Heist Walkthrough https://www.gameskinny.com/jkxxd/dishonored-death-of-the-outsider-mission-3-bank-heist-walkthrough https://www.gameskinny.com/jkxxd/dishonored-death-of-the-outsider-mission-3-bank-heist-walkthrough https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/r/e/premiere-437e6.jpg jkxxd/dishonored-death-of-the-outsider-mission-3-bank-heist-walkthrough Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:24:53 -0400 Ty Arthur

It's Oceans 11 in a magical steampunk world as the third mission of Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider tasks you with robbing a bank to find a sword capable of killing that one particular god-like being.

Obviously, there are multiple routes to tackle each mission, whether you want to cause chaos and kill everyone or be the stealthy whisper on the wind who is never seen. Below, we cover one straightforward stealth route to reach the end of the bank job and get to the fourth mission.

Along the way, you can pick up the Twin Bladed Knife, Obsessive Safe Cracker, Big Time Player, The Perfect Crime, and Party Crasher achievements/trophies.

Let's sneak in and get to work. 

 Planning the bank heist route

Death Of The Outsider Mission 3 Guide

This level immediately starts off in hostile territory, so either get ready for maximum chaos, killing anyone you come across, or Displace your way to the awning near the people standing in the street so you can move across the area without being seen.

From the awnings, you can move to the rooftops, using the metal poles as mid-way points to reach any given building or open window. Travel across the ledges and lamps to the second story of the building where Teresia Ciengeugos is standing (it's next to the building with the big whale painted on the side). Teresia will tell you about the auction, which is helpful for using stealth to get into the bank.

 Learning about the auction

Winning The Auction

Across the way from Teresia's apartment, you can find the auction, but they won't let you in with how you are currently dressed. Knock out one of the rich guests milling around the area (there's one next to a large stone object covered in cloth that is out of sight) to get inside.

Use your Semblance power to steal his face and quickly head into the auction so you don't run out of mana before the bidding ends. If you have 400 coins on hand, then sit in a chair to win the auction and unlock the Big Time Player achievement/trophy.

If you take the time to win the auction, you get the poppy tincture, which can be used to knock out all the employees in the bank by pouring it down the ventilation system from the roof. If you are trying not to ever be seen, make sure to hide the guest's unconscious body somewhere (like up on a roof or awning) as you leave the auction area.

 Using Semblance on an auction guest

Breaking Into The Bank

At this point, there are three different ways to get into the bank -- the rooftop, the sewers, or the trash disposal. We're going to go the rooftop route for maximum achievements/trophies, so first, grab the access wrench in the back alley by the bank (where a big burly guy is painting the wall).

Now head over toward the front of the bank and use the wrench and a full canister of whale oil to rise up to the roof on the painter's lift. 

Displace across to the roof of the bank, sneak past the guards, and use the poppy tincture in the air duct. This makes the bank heist much simpler because only the clockwork soldiers will still be patrolling and everyone else in the building will be asleep.

The door that leads into the bank is right next to the air duct, so head inside and then down the stairs to enter the bank and start looking for the vault.

 The painter's lift

Robbing The Vault

From here, how you go about robbing the vault is up to you, deciding on stealth or frenzied combat. Just follow the map markers and it's not too tough.

The area is quite large, and there are a ton of notes and items to pick up along the way if you take the time to explore, which will be a lot easier if you knocked everyone out with the tincture. There is also a series of three difficult achievements to get here along the way of opening the vault.

If you go to the third-floor elevator and Displace yourself up the shaft to a new area, you can sneak past an Arc Pylon to find a lever in a drawer. Use the lever to remove the breaks on the main vault, sending it through the floor below to unlock the Party Crasher achievement/trophy. Note that you can do this and still earn the Perfect Crime achievement/trophy below.

Before actually opening the main safe inside the vault to get your new sword, there are five other safes on the left and right that can be opened. The combinations are 011, 235, 813, 455, and 891. Unlocking all five before grabbing the new weapon capable of killing the Outsider unlocks the Obsessive Safe Cracker achievement/trophy.

Finally, you can get an achievement/trophy for perfectly using stealth without turning anything off or harming anyone inside the bank (including the clockworks). If you empty the vault without tampering with any security systems while leaving everyone in the bank asleep and unharmed, you unlock the Perfect Crime achievement/trophy, which is quite difficult to do. For a full rundown on the best way to get the achievement and unlock the vault, check out our complete achievements guide here.

After grabbing the sword out of the primary safe, the level ends and you unlock the Twin Bladed Knife achievement/trophy.

 Opening the vault after crashing it through the floor

There you have it -- the twin bladed knife is now yours and you can move forward with your quest to kill the Outsider! Did you find any other fun ways to complete the mission we didn't cover here?

Be sure to share your method in the comments, and then check out our other Dishonored Death Of The Outsider guides to complete the rest of the game!

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Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider Full Achievement/Trophy Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/ghkkl/dishonored-death-of-the-outsider-full-achievementtrophy-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/ghkkl/dishonored-death-of-the-outsider-full-achievementtrophy-guide https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/v/cov2-c23ea.jpg ghkkl/dishonored-death-of-the-outsider-full-achievementtrophy-guide Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:08:25 -0400 Ty Arthur

The Dishonored finale, Death Of The Outsider, of course, includes a new batch of achievements and trophies as you play the game either using the lethal or non-lethal methods, choosing to remain stealthy, or go sword slashing and guns blazing.

There are a whole bunch available in Mission 2 if you're willing to take the time away from the primary mayhem-making objective, but the entire game features various trophies and achievements to earn. 

Below, we cover how to unlock every single trophy and achievement in the game. While hunting down those last few, don't forget to catch our black market vault robbing guide here as well!

Dishonored Death Of The Outsider Trophy/Achievement Guide

There are a total of 30 achievements/trophies to unlock, ranging from your typical storyline completion goals to completing side quest Contracts and even some more difficult tasks that take a little planning. Let's dive in. 

Rat Whisperer

Listen to what swarms of rats have to say five times.

This one is available almost immediately. Leave Billie's ship by using the pipes on the side and you will come across a group of rats. Just use her power to eavesdrop on their conversation five times in a row.

Uncaged (Secret)

Free the assassin Doud.

This one pops just before going through the first mission and completing your objective of freeing Doud from the electrified cage while searching the black magic fight club.

Agent Of Mercy

Finish a mission without killing anyone.

This is simplest to do on the first mission as there aren't very many guards. Just sneak past everyone or use entirely non-lethal take downs to get the trophy at the end of the mission.

Two Turns (Secret)

Take both bank vault keys.

The second story mission completion achievement, this one unlocks when you grab the second vault key on Death Of The Outsider Mission 2.

Golden Locks

Steal the audiograph from the gallery without disabling the safeguard floor.

In Mission 2, the second floor of Shan Yun's building features an electric floor trap. You can disable it -- but don't. Instead, position yourself near the door by the stairs and shoot out the glass of the display case across the room, and then drop a Displace marker inside the case so you can grab the audiograph without actually touching the electrified floor.

Nightingale

Use Semblance to mimic Shan Yun and sing into the microphone.

Also during the second mission at Shan Yun's house, use your newfound Semblance power to pretend to be Shan Yun himself, then walk up to the microphone and belt out a few lines for an easy achievement.

Public Shaming

Drop Ivan Jacobi through the trap door.

During Mission 2, you will see Ivan in the courtyard area on the stage. Mark him with Foresight so you know where he is standing, then either sneak or Displace your way down the stairs into the basement and take out the guard without being seen. Go into the room on the right side and look for a lever. When Ivan is positioned over the trap door, pull the lever for the achievement to pop.

Clever Planning

Use Displace on a marker placed with Foresight and eliminate a target.

In Mission 2 -- Follow The Ink, use your Foresight power to mark any random civilian you see sitting somewhere, then use Displace to pop on top/next to them and immediately assassinate.

Occupational Hazard

Make an enemy explode into pieces using Displace.

You can get this one right before or after the previous trophy. Just set your Displace marker inside a target that's standing still and then Displace inside of them. It's messy -- but worth it.

Hooked

Send someone flying 40 meters using Hook Mines.

Buy a hook mine from the black market shop keeper in Mission 2 and head for the canal where you can see a civilian sitting and fishing. Standing on the railing, and with the hook mine on the lethal setting, place it on the stone section of the bridge near the canal. It should send the fisherman 40 meters and unlock the achievement.

Mightier Than The Sword

Shoot a guard in the head with a fountain pen.

Also in mission 2, buy the makeshift bolt upgrade at the black market, then look for a pen sitting on any desk, which will now be marked as Voltaic ammo. Now use the makeshift pen ammo and hit a guard in the head for the trophy!

Salute!

Have a guard salute you.

In either Mission 2 or 3, use Semblance to take the face of one of the higher ranking guards in red, then stand in front of a lower ranking normal guard so they give you a salute.

Side Effects

Make three people vomit using a single bottle of Plagued Spirit.

In Mission 2, get a tattoo at the Red Camellia Beauty Parlor and then travel to the second floor of the Spector Club. Grab the bottle of Plagued Spirit near the trio of people hooked up to the machines. The simplest way to unlock the achievement is to throw in the middle of the room so it makes all three victims start vomiting immediately.

Twin-Bladed Knife

Obtain an ancient weapon.

This is the third storyline achievement, which pops when you grab the twin-bladed knife weapon in the vault during Mission 3. Note that just before this, you can also get the Obsessive Safe Cracker achievement (see below).

Obsessive Safe Cracker

Open every safe inside the main vault.

Just before grabbing the twin-bladed knife from the main story vault in Mission 3, you have to unlock the other five vaults in the area for this achievement. The five other safe codes are 011, 235, 813, 455, and 891.

Big Time Player

Win the auction at Colibron Plaza.

You will need 400 coins on hand for this achievement. During Mission 3 -- The Bank Job, there eventually will be an optional objective labeled "Sedate the Bank Personnel (Look for the Pharmacy)." With this objective added, read the note in the pharmacy, then talk to Teresia Cienfuegos above the black market shop.

Now, go to the auction in the nearby building and use Semblance to take the guide of anyone there bidding and sit down in a chair. As long as you win the auction with your 400 coins, the achievement will unlock. Make sure to grab the poppy tincture after winning the auction as you need it for the next trophy.

The Perfect Crime

Empty the vault without tampering with any security systems, leaving everyone unharmed and asleep.

To get this achievement, you need the poppy tincture from the auction and a hag pearl. Head to the rooftop entrance of the bank and use the tincture in the air ducts, then go down the set of stairs and into the white wood door to the right of the big metal doors. Jump from the railing to the chandelier and then into the open window.

Jump down the side to your left and use the terminal to open all the doors in the bank. Return the exact way you came, and then go through the metal doors that were previously closed. This is the tough part with the arc pylons, because you can't deactivate them. Stealth your way through the side rooms on the left, using the hanging ceiling lamps when necessary so the pylons don't detect you.

After the pylons, Displace up to the next floor to stay out of sight of the clockwork soldier. Near the door, look across to the barred windows and use Foresight and Displace to cross over (be on the lookout for another patrolling soldier here). Unlock the door and proceed up the balcony. Near the open metal door, head up the railing to the window.

This is the next tough part that usually takes a few tries -- you have to launch the hagpearl and hit the button on a terminal. When you hit it, go upstairs and rob the vault, then exit the bank for the achievement.

Party Crasher

Send the vault crashing through the floor.

Also during the bank heist in Mission 3, head to the third-floor elevator and Displace into the small open hatch at the top so you can climb into the maintenance room. Use Displace to access the vents and byspass the room's security. This part is trial and error, as it's easy to get hit by the arcs and die until you find the sweet spots.

You will have to run and Displace along the walls until you reach a table where you can grab a note and a broken lever. Head to the hatch and use the chain to reach the locked vault, then use the lever to detach the brakes, sending it crashing through the floor.

Gnosis (Secret)

Recover the stolen archive.

This is the Mission 4 storyline trophy, which unlocks after you obtain the silvergraph during the course of the mission.

The Face Of The Abbey

Attend the meeting as Brother Cardoza.

During Mission 4, go to the top floor of the conservatory and wait for the sister to leave the curator's office area. Use the Semblance power to take the form of Cardoza and then go talk to the group on the balcony.

Voices

Break four Oraculum censors and listen to the prophecies.

On the second floor of the conservatory in Mission 4, look for a room where several sisters are lying dead. Just use your blade to knock over the four censors positioned around the room.

Dead Eye (Secret)

Touch the Eye of the Dead God.

Your Mission 5 story achievement unlocks when you arrive at the Eye Of The Dead God.

Harder Than Stone

Destroy an Envisioned cultist.

In Mission 5, the cultists are extremely hard to kill normally, so to get this achievement, mark one with Foresight and then set a Displace marker on his waypoint. When he arrives in that spot, Displace into him to stun the cultist, then perform an assassination.

Final Nudge

Push an enemy to his demise using Void Strike.

Also in Mission 5, look for a cultist standing near a ledge who can be pushed off for a quick an easy trophy.

Mercenary Work

Complete all Contracts.

During each main mission, various optional Contracts become available that are marked on your map. Complete all 13 throughout the first four missions to get this achievement.

Art Aficionado

Collect all Eleuterio Cienfuegos paintings.

During the first three mission, eight different paintings are scattered around the buildings. There's one painting in the first mission, three paintings in the second mission, and finally four paintings in the third mission that must be grabbed to get the achievement.

Deicide (Secret)

Kill the Outsider.

Since it's literally the title of the game, you'd think it would be a required achievement, but it's actually one of two options. This is the achievement you get if you choose the lethal take down option at the very end of the game.

Final Release (Secret)

Return the Outsider to the mortal world.

The second end-game trophy option, this one unlocks if you decide to perform the non-lethal takedownn option. You just have to do all the non-killing options throughout the level and then initiate dialog with Daud instead of killing the Outsider.

Shadow

Finish the game without being detected.

For the stealth completionist, this the achievement for playing the entire game while never once being noticed by a guard or mark. Make sure to save often and keep your non-lethal options handy. At the end of each mission, the summary will inform you if you were noticed.

Good Old Times

Finish the game in Original Game + mode.

Just play the game a second time after the first playthrough and make sure Original Game + mode is turned on (which lets you use powers from the previous games).

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And there you have it -- all 30 Death Of The Outsider achievements and trophies! Did you find any other ways to get these to pop easier? Let us know in the comments section below! If you need help with any other part of the game, check out our all Death Of The Outsider guides here!

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NHL 18 Review: This Ice Feels So Nice https://www.gameskinny.com/70obl/nhl-18-review-this-ice-feels-so-nice https://www.gameskinny.com/70obl/nhl-18-review-this-ice-feels-so-nice https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/e/a/header-9852f.jpg 70obl/nhl-18-review-this-ice-feels-so-nice Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:53:26 -0400 Joseph Rowe

It's that time of year again: a new EA hockey game is hitting the ice. NHL 18 enters the rink with all the stuff you love from previous versions of the game while adding a new Threes mode, more in-depth deking, a training camp for mastering aforementioned dekes, a new NHL team, and more.

Casual fans of NHL games will enjoy the new Threes mode and veterans will have a successful run in franchise mode with all the new ways to keep the puck in their possession. And while many fans hold off on buying new additions of sports games because they don't feel like those games change enough from year to year, they may want to take another look at NHL 18 before passing on it so early in the season.

Although it's not perfect, NHL 18 is a fantastic addition to the series and really shows off what hockey games have to offer all sports fans. From solid gameplay to awesome modes, here's why NHL 18 shines. 

And the sloppiest pass of the game award goes to...

NHL 18's Graphics

NHL 18's graphics are as fantastic as they are most years. Whether it's the realistic details behind player faces or environmental effects like stadium lighting, the graphics are solid all around. 

While there could be more customization in terms of faces, skin tones, and more via a slider system or something similar in NHL 18, the rest of the player customization is graphically satisfying. You can pick from a wide variety of sticks, pads, helmets, and more, as well as customize their colors. You can even finally live out your childhood hockey fantasies with your favorite gear on your Be a Pro character.

There's also something simultaneously goofy and charming about seeing mascots skate around on the ice with actual players. If you ever feel like releasing some frustration, you can always body check your least favorite team's mascot.

NHL 18's Sound

The sound effects and announcer voices are fantastic. The hits are tough and the fights are rough. It feels like you're really in the stadium with how pumped you'll get when you hear sticks slap the puck or the crowd roar after you've scored a goal.

The only minor complaint I have in this department is the soundtrack, but that's not nearly as important as the rest of the sound design. Most of the songs weren't to my personal liking, though your mileage may vary in this regard. Even if I loved the soundtrack, most fans of sports games know how sick you can get of hearing the same 15 songs over and over again, so really, this is just par for the course.

Some tracks were actually enjoyable, like the Orwells' "They Put a Body in the Bayou", but after the 10th time, it can really grow old. Luckily, you learn to tune it out after a while and can focus on the beautiful sounds of body checking.

The greatest Faceoff since Cage vs. Travolta

NHL 18's Gameplay

The most important part of any game is the way it plays and luckily, NHL 18 knocks this out of the park (or rink, in this case). Whether you're going for a realistic simulation or wanting to play a more arcade style hockey game, there's something here to satisfy all player types.

If you're new or haven't played an EA NHL game in a while, there's an in-depth training mode to get you caught up on all the basics of the newly designed control scheme. Depending on your settings, this can be a simple two-button, old-school NHL 94 layout or an in-depth, stick-play heavy layout. There are numerous ways to deke with the full control scheme, allowing you to keep your opponent on their toes.

I'd like to take a moment to talk about Threes. I haven't had this much fun in any sports game in years. This is my absolute favorite mode. It's a 3 v 3 (not including goalies) mode that leads to some fast and exciting matches. If you play with Money Puck enabled, you can gain multiple points off one goal or take points away from your opponent with differing values depending on which money puck is active.

Not only is the mode itself fun, but NHL 18's new Threes Circuit mode has plenty of unlockables. If you're like me and are a sucker for meaningless unlocks, this will be enough to motivate you to get out on the virtual ice.

Of course, if you're looking for a more traditional hockey experience, fans of core game modes will be pleased as well. Exhibition play, Be a Pro mode, season and franchise modes, etc. are all present. These haven't changed much from previous iterations of the game, so if you had fun with them in the past, you'll have fun with them now -- especially with the newest NHL team: the Vegas Golden Knights. They're definitely better than the Reno Silver Knights.

Gotta love in-game transactions. Or not.

NHL 18's Hockey Ultimate Team

My only real beef with this NHL 18 is its HUT game mode. The Hockey Ultimate Team mode is incredibly interesting on the surface: earn players, coaches, bonuses, etc. by playing and spending in-game currency to open item packs and level your team. It sounds like a fun way to extend NHL 18's playability after players get bored of playing season modes, Be a Pro, and Threes.

The problem? You can also use real money to purchase packs in Hockey Ultimate Team. I am not a fan whatsoever of real currency transactions in most games, let alone in a game like this. Electronic Arts already has more than enough ways to earn money and this just seems a bit over the top -- especially since this is a full-priced game. 

However, you can still have fun without spending real world currency, so if you're okay with grinding for in-game money, this mode might still interest you.

Should You Buy NHL 18?

If you're a hockey fanatic, you already know the answer to this question: yes. However, if you're on the fence because you don't know whether it's different enough from previous versions of the game, I have one thing to say to you: NHL Threes. This is the kind of mode that you can get your non-hockey friends into.

If Threes doesn't sound interesting to you, I'd maybe hold off just a bit. If it does, though? Go for it. You'll enjoy the puck out of it. 

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In closing, NHL 18 adds enough to keep the series fresh while retaining the core mechanics and game modes that fans of the series have come to love over the years. This is definitely a game I'll be playing for a while. Even though I have my (sometimes nitpicky) qualms about the game, overall, NHL 18 is nearly the perfect hockey game. 

Looking for more NHL 18 content? Check out our other NHL 18 guides by starting with our Tips and Tricks and Trophy Guide.

[NoteEA Sports provided a copy of NHL 18 for the purpose of this review.]

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Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider Guide to Robbing Black Markets https://www.gameskinny.com/npqes/dishonored-death-of-the-outsider-guide-to-robbing-black-markets https://www.gameskinny.com/npqes/dishonored-death-of-the-outsider-guide-to-robbing-black-markets https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/v/cov-d38dc.jpg npqes/dishonored-death-of-the-outsider-guide-to-robbing-black-markets Sun, 17 Sep 2017 18:09:01 -0400 Ty Arthur

The series may be (sadly) ending, but there's still plenty to do in DIshonored: Death Of The Outsider besides rushing toward the storyline's conclusion. From side contracts where you'll earn some extra money to robbing black markets blind, there's plenty of thieving fun to be had during your mad quest to murder an arcane god figure.

Below, we cover the specifics of how to break into the black markets found in Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider Missions 2 and 4, which makes it very simple to pick up new bone charms and extra equipment without actually having to spend any of your hard-earned coin.

Death Of The Outsider Mission 2 Black Market

During Mission 2 -- Follow The Ink, you can find a black market outlet in the underground walkway near the square with the big statue. Of course, you can just talk to the shop keeper and buy what he's got hidden back there, but what's the fun in that?

Billie is an accomplished thief who needs some extra tools to get the job done, so breaking and entering it is! Listening to rats usually gives clues about how to break into the game's many hidden areas, and it's no different here.

Make sure to listen to the rat's conversation out in the hallway by the shop keeper (they are milling around near a chair and next to the red section of floor).

 Learning the Black Market Passageway secret mission clue

The rats reveal a secret vent system that lets them move freely throughout the building, and thankfully, this time around, you don't have to go searching across the map -- it's literally right next to you.

Push aside the "Report All Theft" sign directly next to the rats to reveal a vent on the floor. Use Billie's Foresight power to travel through the vent, down a tunnel, and out another vent to reveal a new room on the other side of the building.

In the room you are exploring with Foresight, there's a bunch of equipment and a guy wandering around. Ignore all that and instead look for a chalk board on the wall by a door that has what we're seeking. The specific key combination to the black market back room -- 398 -- will be written on the board.

 Finding the combination

Pop out of Foresight mode to return to the hallway with the rats. Walk just past the black market shop keeper into the side room, and to your left, you will see a combination lock on a heavy steel door you "can't" open.

Set the numbers on the device to 398 to unlock the door and all the contents of the black market will be yours! Obviously, you have to go into stealth mode, or the black market shop keeper will immediately attack you. Just perform a lethal or non-lethal takedown and then you have free reign to open the metal shutters on the wall and steal the goods.

Inside the market room Billie will find two black bonecharms, two corrupt bonecharms, a health elixir, bullets, a grenade, a hook mine, a rewire tool, and a springrazor.

 Unlocking the Mission 2 black market door

Death Of The Outsider Mission 4 Black Market

In Mission 4 -- The Stolen Archive, you don't need to find a combination door code. Instead, you just have to find the proper route to sneak into the black market.

What you are looking for are a series of pipes on the wall to your left that leads up to the apartments above. Use your powers to leap up onto the pipes and go through the open apartment window.

 Sneaking into the apartment

As with the previous black market, use Foresight to go through the vent in the floor near the rats, but this time, set a Displace marker on the floor where you pop out.

With the marker placed, jump back to the ground floor, then go inside the building normally and up the stairs to the black market shop at the end of the hallway. When you are near the shop keeper, activate Displace to pop in behind him. 

Take down the shop keeper and loot the key off his body to have free reign of this level's black market! Billie will find essentially the same loot load out here as in the earlier mission.

 Displacing behind the bars to enter the black market 

That's it -- you've robbed the black markets like a true master thief! Did anybody find any other ways to get into these shops undetected? Let us know in the comments section! And be sure to stay tuned for more Dishonored: Death of the Outsider guides

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Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider Wraps the Series in Spectacular Fashion https://www.gameskinny.com/yoi4f/dishonored-death-of-the-outsider-wraps-the-series-in-spectacular-fashion https://www.gameskinny.com/yoi4f/dishonored-death-of-the-outsider-wraps-the-series-in-spectacular-fashion https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/2/0/1/20170915124121-72aad.jpg yoi4f/dishonored-death-of-the-outsider-wraps-the-series-in-spectacular-fashion Sat, 16 Sep 2017 19:14:57 -0400 Ty Arthur

Horizon: Zero Dawn, Prey, Destiny 2, Nier: Automata, Resident Evil 7, Persona 5, Breath Of The Wild -- the year has been chock full of AAA successes already, and now Arkane Studios is pulling out its second major win of the year with its ending to the Dishonored storyline in Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

For this standalone entry that's more than an expansion but less than a full game, we're playing as dishonored assassin Billie, voiced by Rosario Dawson, who absolutely nails the tired-but-still-feisty vibe of the character. As the series comes to its conclusion, Billie is searching for her larcenous mentor and looking for redemption from her role in the previous Empress' assassination -- which of course, was pinned on Corvo in the first game.

From your barely-floating ship hideout, stashed in a quarantined area no one bothers to patrol anymore, there are five epic missions to stealth, slash, or magic your way through depending on your preferred play style.

This is why Death of the Outsider is a perfect bookend to the series. 

Home sweet... derelict hidden ship?

Exploring Karnaca

While seeking out her former tutor, Billie will square off against (or rob blind) new (and weird) groups of varying supernatural, religious, or larcenous tendencies, like the Eyeless or the Sisters of the Oracular Order.

After finding Daud, the duo decide on a new mark, and while its given away by the title, it may be a surprising choice for long-time fans of the series. Going one step past the unforgettable magical menace Granny Rags, this time, we're going to kill The Outsider himself, source of all arcane might, so he can't meddle in the world's empires and cause random chaos any longer.

This involves multiple heists and murders across the city, where, of course, rats play a significant role (yet again), although they aren't the plague bearers from Dunwall but rather providers of whispers that tell you about the surrounding areas. If you want to get creeped out by a little girl whispering awful things rats might think about, there's hours of voiceovers to listen through that will more than accomplish that goal.

 Your rat friends are indispensable sources of information about the level

Choose Your Own Adventure

As usual, there's the option to go through any area as a whirlwind of flying bullets and slashing blades or a clandestine and thoughtful rogue that doesn't kill a single soul (which is frequently harder).

Billie could bribe a guard to open a door and look the other way if she has enough coin on hand, listen to her rat friends to find out about a secret entrance up high on the roofs, sneak through the main route without being detected, or just kill anyone who might be a witness and rush straight ahead. All of this choice really helps Death of the Outsider feel like a choose your own adventure epic. 

The levels themselves are varied and satisfied, ranging from a steampunk bank heist to a rescue mission in an underground black magic fight club. During those missions Bilie can undertake Contracts, which are a slight tweak on the discoverable side missions from the previous games, offering extra coins for completing tasks. This system makes more sense for the down-on-her-luck main character, since she's a thief/assassin for hire willing to commit low-end deeds to make ends meet.

 Finding multiple routes to complete the mission

Refining The Dishonored Formula

Billie is less focused on the series' arcane powers, but she does have some Void abilities to employ that are heavily tweaked from the previous two games. You might end up teleporting inside someone and causing them to messily explode messily, or instead steal someone's face and pretend to be them in various situations, such as attending an auction.

If you prefer the supernatural powers from the first two main entries, then there's the Original Game+ mode, which sort of turns the New Game+ idea on its head and gives you abilities from earlier Dishonored titles to play with during the campaign.

Either way you play, there's blessedly no more mana potions, and instead supernatural powers recover naturally over time, putting some more strategy into how and when you employ powers.

Finally, there are no more runes to find and upgrade, and instead there are bone charms to equip. While all give bonuses, some are corrupted and include serious penalties as an offset.

 Equipping a nifty new bonecharm

The Bottom Line

On the technical specs front, I've got a semi-beefy rig (it's not bleeding edge, but it can run most anything on High to Ultra) and I didn't have any stutters, framerate drops, or crashes when running the game with all settings up to max. Exploring the game world with the highest visual settings is a pleasure.

Every last back alley, bedroom, or bar you sneak across in Karnaca is packed full of lore or little atmospheric details that make it clear the developers always have the specifics of the game world in mind. It all comes together to make for a very cohesive, compelling game.

Unfortunately, the experience is significantly shorter than the other games, and it has lots of overall similarities if you devoured the previous two titles. That shorter time does result in a more focused, tighter experience, though. Whether you're returning after not having played since the first game or are an uber fan who has devoured all things Dishonored over the years, Death Of The Outsider is well worth playing.

 The black humor and dark tone are on full display

Between this and Prey, its clear that Arkane is really refining the multiple-route, stealth or combat style to its best form.

Supposedly, this is the "final" Dishonored entry, which seems unlikely, and hopefully, isn't true because the developers have definitely nailed the gameplay.

Whether the style lives on in some other series or we get a sequel or prequel some years from now, the world needs more of this polished stealth assassin wonder and its unforgettable tech-meets-magic setting.

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Troubleshooting Known Destiny 2 Error Codes https://www.gameskinny.com/nct0e/troubleshooting-known-destiny-2-error-codes https://www.gameskinny.com/nct0e/troubleshooting-known-destiny-2-error-codes https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/e/s/destiny-a91ed.jpg nct0e/troubleshooting-known-destiny-2-error-codes Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:59:36 -0400 ESpalding

Since its launch on September 6, Bungie's shared-world shooter Destiny 2 has taken the FPS world by storm. However, there have been some issues that have held the shooter back. Some of these problems were so prevalent that Bungie took the game offline to investigate and make necessary bug fixes. Codes such as OliveChickenPanther, and Anteater have all been reported  by players, but solved relatively quickly. 

And even though those errors have seemingly been squashed, there are still a few problems creeping up from time to time. And since they haven't been remedied yet, here is our handy guide on what to do when those errors pop up on your screen.

Destiny 2 Error: Cabbage 

This error seems to only be affecting players who are using a Technicolor or Thompson modem. It's thought that problems may be occurring when router settings decide to block communications to or from Destiny services. 

A workaround for this has been posted on the official Bungie forums, suggesting players inspect the manual for their router and proceed through these steps, as some settings pages may have alternate naming conventions per their manufacturer.

The workaround for this error is:

  1. Connect your console directly to the router via Wired or Wi-Fi Connection.
    • Attempting to connect to Destiny through a router connected to an alternate router may lead to increased issues. Attempt to connect to the router connected to your modem for best results.
  2. From the router settings page, proceed from Home > Toolbox > Firewall.
    • Create a new Firewall level within your Router settings.
    • Players may wish to name this "Destiny 2".
  3. From the Router settings page, proceed from Home > Toolbox > Game & Application Sharing and configure the following settings:
    • Enable UPnP.
    • Disable "Extended Security".
    • Disable any "Assigned Games & Applications" settings.

Destiny 2 PS4 Problems

It would seem that PlayStation players haven't had much luck with Destiny 2 so far, considering some of the issues they have faced since the game launched. To begin with, there were permission problems that prompted the error message: “You have lost connection to the Destiny 2 servers. Your permissions to access online content may have changed or your profile may have been signed in elsewhere.”

That issue got resolved fairly quickly only for there to be reported issues regarding game crashes:

As far as we are aware, this issue is still ongoing and is being investigated by both Bungie and Sony.

Destiny 2 Error Code CE-34878-0

This error code is still ongoing and there is no clear reason as to why it continues to happen. However, here is a workaround for this issue:

  1. Close the application, install the latest System Software and game updates, and restart the system.
  2. If you have upgraded the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) in your system, re-install the original HDD.
  3. If the error occurs again, back up your saved data, and then go to [Settings] > [Initialization] and choose [Initialize PS4].
  4. If the error occurs with every application, or as soon as the application starts, contactPlayStation Support

If we get word of any other Destiny 2 errors that are causing big problems, we will update this guide as needed. Until then, make sure you check out our Destiny 2 guides and keep coming back to GameSkinny for more Destiny 2 news and announcements.

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Destiny 2 Guide: Trials of the Nine https://www.gameskinny.com/0e8cu/destiny-2-guide-trials-of-the-nine https://www.gameskinny.com/0e8cu/destiny-2-guide-trials-of-the-nine https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/t/r/i/trials-nine-header-4c735.png 0e8cu/destiny-2-guide-trials-of-the-nine Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:05:40 -0400 Synzer

The Trials of Nine is a PvP event in Destiny 2 that replaces the Trials of Osiris from the original Destiny. The concept is still the same: your goal is to get a streak of wins to obtain the best loot possible. In this guide, We'll go over everything you need to know about this event -- newcomers and veterans alike.

Destiny 2 Trials of the Nine weapon

How to Unlock Trials of the Nine in Destiny 2

Although you might want to get started right away, you can't just hop into the Trials of the Nine event when it is available -- there are a few things you need to do first:

  • Complete the Campaign
  • Complete Crucible Quests
  • Complete the Weekly Call to Arms Crucible milestone at least once
  • Reach light level 260+

All of these steps must be completed with every character you want to take into the Trials.

What is Trials of the Nine?

Trials of the Nine is a weekly Crucible event that starts on Friday and ends on the weekly reset -- Tuesday. You can get power and exclusive gear by participating, but you need to go in with a team -- no solo queues for this one.

Here are the changes from the original Destiny:

Flawless is 7 Wins in a Row

The Trials will track your wins and losses, for a total of 7 wins or 10 matches --whichever comes first. If you get 7 wins in a row, you will go "flawless" and get the best Trials of the Nine rewards. 

You won't need to purchase a pass like in the original Destiny because it automatically records in Destiny 2.

No Level Advantage, Loadout Locked

In Destiny 2, there is no level advantage in Trials of the Nine, so you can use whatever gear you want.

However, your loadout -- which are your guns, armor, and subclass choices -- are locked as soon as you find a match. This means you can't switch anything out during the Trials. 

Trials of the Nine Rewards

Destiny 2 Trials of the Nine Vendor

After your first Trials win, you will have access to the Spire. Here you can turn in the rep tokens you get from playing matches and rank up with The Emissary.

You will unlock a new platform at 3, 5, and 7 wins. 

  • 3 wins -- Gives a free Trials weapon.
  • 5 wins -- Gives an engram that gives two pieces of gear.
  • 7 wins (not flawless) -- Choice of three weapons.
  • 7 wins (flawless) -- Flawless loot, Flawless emblem, and an aura.

If you are in a clan, you can also unlock an extra engram for the whole clan if you get 7 wins on a single ticket -- regardless of how many losses.

Once you unlock the spire and turn in your rep tokens, you can hover over the engram reward to preview the gear you can get. This will show you every piece of gear and the perks each piece has.

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That's all you need to know about the new Trials of the Nine in Destiny 2. Let us know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below!

Be sure to check out our other Destiny 2 guides! Here are a few to get you started: 

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Destiny 2 Guide: Leviathan Raid Walkthrough https://www.gameskinny.com/8b5dj/destiny-2-guide-leviathan-raid-walkthrough https://www.gameskinny.com/8b5dj/destiny-2-guide-leviathan-raid-walkthrough https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/l/e/v/leviathan-raid-header-0ad61.jpg 8b5dj/destiny-2-guide-leviathan-raid-walkthrough Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:00:21 -0400 Synzer

Destiny 2's first raid is finally out and there is plenty of new loot and rewards waiting for you. Some people like to go in with no info and figure things out as they go, while others like to get some tips before venturing out into the unknown to save on precious time.

Regardless of which category you're in, this guide is sure to help you. In this Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid guide, I'm going to go over each section of the raid and explain in detail how to complete them. 

Note: Be warned -- the following Destiny 2 raid showcase solutions for each major encounter. However, they do include chat audio from my clan's first time playing through the raid, and each of them contains some mature language throughout.

Let's dive in, Guardian! 

Leviathan Raid Entrance

To begin the Leviathan Raid, go to the director and navigate to the solar system map. You will see the Leviathan Raid in orbit above Nessus (in the top right-hand corner of the map). Select that, and once you drop in, simply make your way up into the massive palace before you. You can ignore the guards you see and continue forward.

Once you make it inside, you'll see a room of Cabal enemies. Now, you're ready to start the Raid in earnest.

Castellum Standard Puzzle

After you've cleared out the enemies, you'll find yourself going through several corridors before you exit into an area that looks like a courtyard. You'll see a golden statue in the center of the area. The enemies in this area spawn around the location you need to protect, and the idea is to take three standards, one from each location, and place them in the middle area you are guarding.

Each standard has an icon -- axes, a cup, a beast, or a guard -- that corresponds to a spot in which you need to place it. If you look at the middle, you will see a holograph of one of the icons. This means it is the next standard you need to get.

As you are facing the middle of the area, where the enemies come from, this is the icon sequence: the left is the cup, the bottom middle is the dog, and the bottom right is the axes.

There will also be two special enemy types that spawn near the golden statue:

  • Councilor Psion -- These enemies are surrounded by a white/clear bubble, and they will shield the Standard Liberators so that you can't kill them.
    • To defeat these enemies, simply walk into their bubbles and melee them once.
  • Standard Liberator -- These enemies are huge Cabal that will try and take the standard that you've already placed. You must kill them before they reach it, or you will have to get the standard all over again.

After you've placed all three standards, the door will open behind you and you will be able to get your first loot chest of the Leviathan Raid. This chest will give you rep token you can turn in after you've finished the raid, raid shaders, and a powerful legendary engram.

Note: You will need to come back to this room between each fight and do the same thing to open each encounter. It's also important to point out that the sequence of the following challenges changes from week to week, from reset to reset. 

Royal Pools Encounter

This is the first real encounter in the Leviathan Raid and will reward you with raid-specific loot.

When you walk into the room, you will notice five plates with icons, one in the center, one in the front, one in the back, and one on each side. The icons themselves are not important to the fight other than calling out to your team where you are going. 

This is mostly a survival fight where your fireteam needs to stay on each of the corner plates. To initiate the battle, have the designated members of your fireteam jump on their respective plates at the same time -- two on the middle plate and the others on the plates around the room. 

Note: All plates have protection orbs before the encounter begins, but only the central plate will have a respawning orb. This is important for ... 

Psionic Protection

This is a buff that you get when you touch any of the orbs on any of the plates. It protects you from the void water that would otherwise constantly damage you. However, whether you stand in the water or on a plate, the defense shield that each orb creates will degrade over time. When the shield erodes (reaches zero hit points), you will lose protection and must run back to the middle plate to refresh it.

How to Win the Royal Pools Encounter

When you stand on any of the plates around the room sans the center plate, the chains in front of it will start to move. You must stay on the plate until the chains stop moving. Each plate will lock into place once its gray block touches the water at its base. To advance to the next section of the encounter, you will need to do this for all four plates.

The problem is that as soon as you leave a plate, it will start moving in the opposite direction. To solve this predicament, split your raid party into two groups of three. At the beginning, players A, B, C, and D are those on the plates around the room, and Players E and F stay out of the water and help kill the adds that spawn.

Players A and B are on one side, while players C and D are on the opposite side.

When Players A, B, C, and D get to around 20 hit points left on their psionic protections, Players E and F will switch with Players A and C to keep the chains moving in the correct direction. You will need to constantly rotate players from the plates around the side they are on to the middle plate in order to keep protections up across your fireteam. 

As you do this, powerful enemies called Ceremonial Bathers will appear from the chain pools. You will want to kill them as quickly as possible because they do a lot of damage and are very difficult to take down.

Bell Destruction

Once you get all the chains to stop moving, everyone will need to go into the middle section and stand on the plate. This gives you protection and you will see bells all around the room with purple centers. Shoot them in the center to cause damage. If you AoE weapons, such as rocket launchers and grenade launchers, these work wonders on the bells as you can damage multiple bells with a single shot.

However, be wary when your shield buffs erode and reach zero because you will begin to burn. Go to the sides of the room and be careful of the Sol Councilor that spawns in the middle. Kill him and return to the middle and continue the fight. 

Once you destroy all the bells (there are three sets of three), you win and can get your loot.

You might need to do the chain section more than once. If so, you will need to melee kill a bubble psion that spawns on the middle plate. If you don't do it fast enough, you will also need to shoot another psion that spawn in the air nearby.

Pleasure Gardens -- aka Dogs of Doom

As you enter the room, there will be small beasts and a Beast Handler Cabal that you will have to take out before you progress. After you eliminate these enemies, two prism weapons will spawn on a platform in the back of the room. As this happens, Royal Beasts will spawn, six large, dog-like creatures you'll have to elude while contending with a safe-room mechanic and other adds. 

Setting Up

When you pick up both of the prism weapons, the fight starts. However, before you do this, you will want to split the prism weapon holders, one on each side of the platform in the back of the room. 

Everyone else should stand in the middle (where the prism weapons spawned) and drop down into the safe room after the fight starts. This room will have four purple spores you can pick up. The four members of your fireteam in the safe room will then need to take one each of these purple spores to one of the glowing purple flowers around the room.

Once at a flower, a prism wielder can shoot the flower to grant everyone on the ground a buff called Empowering Spores. This stacks depending on how many players with spores are near the flower when it explodes. There are many ways to deal with this, but we found the quickest way was to have all the spore holders stack to get the buff quickly. The buff stays, so anyone who goes to the ground will get it as long as they stay there.

Dog Patrol

During all this, there is a very important mechanic that must be heeded at all costs -- the six Royal Beasts on patrol. No one in your raid party can be seen by these giant dog-like creatures as they make their way through the labyrinthine Pleasure Gardens. If someone on your fireteam is spotted, the Royal Beasts will start howling and your team will need to run back to the safe room or they will instantly die. However, you can only do these three times before the safe room stops working -- so be careful. 

You will need to learn the patrol routes of each dog so you don't run into them while trying to shoot the flowers. But keep in mind: a Beast Handler will spawn each time you shoot a flower and get the buff. The prism wielders can easily kill them, but they shouldn't kill any of the Royal Beasts, yet ... 

Defeating the Pleasure Garden's Royal Beasts

Once you've gathered enough of the buff from the flowers, or the Beasts become restless and howl, you will need to attack the Beasts. The higher your team's buff, the more damage you deal to the Beasts. At 60 stacks, each member in the team was able to kill a Beast.

However, there is an easier method if your damage multiplier isn't high. Simply lower each Beast's health (without killing them the first time), and run back to the safe room. The next time the safe room door opens, gather up a bunch of the empowering spores again and run out to kill them all.

The Gauntlet

This room has four platforms with symbols on them -- the same symbols that you've already seen throughout the raid -- beast, axes, chalice, and sun. On top of that, there is an outside area protected by an energy gate. To start the fight, you must jump on all four plates in this area. 

If you look toward the energy barrier from the plates, you will see three triangles: top, middle, and bottom. Later in the fight, you will need to have two people shoot specific triangles, but I'll get to that a bit later.

At the beginning of the Gauntlet, you must kill enemies until an elite Cabal appears near each platform. After you kill this Cabal, an orb charge will spawn at the Beast and Cup underneath the triangles. Two fireteam members (runner) will need to grab these orbs (one each), while the other four stay put -- two at each of the platforms at which the orbs spawned.

Now, for the fun part ... 

The Gauntlet Running Section

After the runner picks up the orb, he will be transported outside of the shield and a wall with nine holes will appear in front of him. Above this wall, there will be a symbol that corresponds to a shooter's platform -- beast, axes, chalice, and sun. As long as someone is standing on that icon's platform, you will notice that one of the holes in the wall is red.

This part's important: The guardians outside of the barrier (the shooters) will need to shoot the other two holes in the same row at the same time to turn all the holes green. A purple orb will spawn in the hole that was previously red. This will increase the time you can hold the charge when you run through it

You will need to continue doing this until you have gone through all four symbols. After that, you will make it back to the inside. Run to the middle and your character will automatically slam the charge into one of the nine openings.

After you slam the orbs, repeat the steps two more times, starting from when the enemies spawn again. After that, the final phase begins.

Note: During all of this, your shooters will also have a few adds to deal with, such as regular Cabal and Centurions. Bubble psions will spawn under the triangles -- which you must melee to kill. 

Final sprint

If you do everything correctly, you will have lit up six of the nine spots in the middle of the chamber. The final phase will spawn orbs in the middle where you slammed the charges. Everyone must pick these orbs up to progress.

And this is where things get intense. Once everyone picks up an orb, the entire fireteam will be transported into a more difficult version of the obstacle course that the runners just completed. Four purple orbs will spawn at each wall, all of which need to be picked up. However, since there are six members in a fireteam, you will need to alternate who grabs these purple orbs as you make your way through the course. 

We made up an order of which two team members would skip the purple orbs at each wall so that everyone would get an orb every other time. Why? If you miss more than one orb in a row, your charge will run out of time and detonate, killing you. It's best for your Raid party to be especially vocal during this section (calling out which orb who is picking up) to speed things up and prevent confusion. 

As long as you get three members back to the center in time to slam the middle, you win. Note: If you ever miss slamming one in during the first three running sections, you will need to get more charges in at the end.

Collect your rewards and your Raid gear and move on to the final challenge of the Leviathan Raid. 

Emperor Calus

The final boss fight is not as complicated as you might think, but it is unforgiving and requires clear voice communication. When you enter the room, you will see a huge Emperor Calus sitting with a cup in his hand. If you shoot or melee this out of his hand, the fight will commence. 

Beginning of the End

When the battle starts, you will need to kill all the enemies in the room. But be careful because Calus will be in the room as well, raining attacks upon your party. However, he will be immune, so it will be a little longer before you can engage him directly. 

Eventually, elite Cabal Councilors will spawn that you need to kill. When everything is dead, the next part begins.

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Another Dimension

Councilors will begin to spawn on the four plates around the room with the same symbols you've seen earlier in the raid. After a short time, everyone will be teleported into a Dark Realm. Ahead of you will be a giant projection of Calus' head, a small void wall (which looks more like a small wave), and three orbs. The wall stops you from being sucked in by Calus, which otherwise kills you.

Here, the fireteam will essentially be split in half. Three people will perform a small jump into the orbs, which takes them back to the throne room. The three left in the dark realm must stay behind the void wall, which will continually move toward Calus. Each time this happens, you'll need to look at his forehead for a symbol.

Each of the three team members in the dark realm will see a different symbol and must call out, one by one, which symbol they see. The other half of the fireteam back in the throne room must kill the Councilor showing the symbol that was not called out by those in the dark realm. To top things off, they will also need to deal with additional enemies while they for the call from their teammates.

Back in the dark realm, those fireteam members will see regular psions and floating psions. They need to kill all of them, but the floating ones are the priority because they will instantly kill everyone if they aren't eliminated fast enough.

Damage Phase

Once your fireteam reaches the last wall in the dark realm, the Callus projection will start spitting out skulls in a huge plume. You and your teammates will need to destroy as many as you can to gain stacks for a Force of Will buff that will affect the entire team.

The members in the throne room must shoot Calus to drop his shield. This needs to be done before he finishes his attack or everyone will die. Start doing this when you have a decent number of stacks, 20-40.

When Calus' dark realm apparition has shot enough skulls, orbs will spawn that will take the dark realm fireteam back to the throne room. Now the real damage begins.

Everyone (all six players) needs to jump on the platform that's glowing and damage the boss. Calus will eventually initiate an explosion attack that will affect the plate upon which your fireteam is standing. And although his arm will telegraph the attack, you'll want to make sure that you're paying attention and jumping off the targeted plate and to another one. 

When this phase is over, you repeat everything until you get his health all the way down.

Final Assault

After you've done enough damage, Calus will start his final attack. You must damage him enough to drop his shield before he finishes -- or your entire team will die. If you do this in time, you finally win the fight and can collect your loot, watching the story unfold.

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That's it for our Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid Walkthrough. If you find any better ways to complete each fight, drop your strategies in the comments and we'll update this guide. And be sure to check out our other Destiny 2 guides! Here are a few to get you started: 

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How Will Fog on PUBG's Map Affect Your Gameplay? https://www.gameskinny.com/pwj6q/how-will-fog-on-pubgs-map-affect-your-gameplay https://www.gameskinny.com/pwj6q/how-will-fog-on-pubgs-map-affect-your-gameplay https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/u/b/pubgwall-c1bbe.png pwj6q/how-will-fog-on-pubgs-map-affect-your-gameplay Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:19:09 -0400 Kengaskhan

PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS is the most recent hit in the battle royale genre, where up to 100 players duke it out on a massive, semi-randomized map. And while PUBG boasts nearly infinite weapon, vehicle, and play zone spawn variety, it lacked weather variety. Up until now, PUBG only had three weather states for the map: cloudy, fair, and rainy. 

But with PUBG's September patch, players will finally be introduced to a new and unique weather effect: fog. And it stands to fundamentally change the game's strategy and combat. 

It's safe to say that, like rain, fog will only come rolling in on about 10% of maps (and maybe less if Bluehole decides to lump together with rain for a shared 10% probability rate for any inclement weather). But when it does arrive, you'll want to be prepared with a few new strategies and weapon choices that will help ensure your survival.

Shooting in the Rain

To set things up for the incoming fog, let's quickly talk about why rain changes the way PUBG is played. Typically, there's really no way to move completely silently in PUBG, making stealthy approaches tactically unwise unless your intended victims are already preoccupied with another fight (or you just really trust your shotgun).

So, after the initial looting period has ended, engagements in PUBG tend to happen at a distance of hundreds of meters (sometimes even kilometers), rather than within earshot of your enemies. And if they're up close, they're often raucous, chaotic affairs. 

But what makes rainy weather so unique in PUBG is that it's not just an aesthetical change to the map, but also a strategic one. The rain is loud enough to mask a lot of noises in your vicinity, making it much easier for players to quietly pick off enemies. 

Fog enhances that. 

Foggy With a Chance of Bullets

Much like when it rains, you'll find yourself in far closer quarters during skirmishes because you just won't be able to see as far. But rather than merely encouraging those close-range firefights, fog in PUBG makes stealth the optimal way to engage your enemies.

Not only will you be able to move quietly by crouching and slowly tapping the walk button, you'll be able to do so with increased confidence. In short, you'll be less likely to get picked off from a distance or get quickly overrun. 

Which Weapons to Use in PUBG's Fog

The fog is almost reminiscent of Silent Hill's fog -- thick, obscuring, and impenetrable. As such, you'll find yourself trading that scoped Kar98k for an S686 and a shotgun choke far more often now. Here are some of the other weapons best suited for foggy weather:

Any Shotgun

Compared to most shooters, shotguns in PUBG have good range, and they still hit just as hard. Of course, PUBG's map is also massive, so you'll often still find your shotgun outranged... nless something stops them from using those longer-ranged weapons.

Vector

The Vector has one of the highest TTK's in the game, balanced by poor range and a pitiful magazine size. However, if your aim is true, the Vector will shred anyone in a fraction of a second.

Micro UZI 

If you're looking for an alternative to the Vector SMG, the UZI is your next best option. Though it sports worse bullet damage and spread, the UZI's base magazine is nearly twice as large.

AKM

While ARs are the most versatile class of weapons, the AK is best suited for close-range encounters, as the 7.62mm round has low flight speed compared to the 5.56mm ammo that all the other assault rifles use. The trade-off is that the AKM has the highest damage per round, as well as a TTK to rival the Vector.

Miscellaneous Tactics

Another important thing you might want to consider is minimizing your usage of vehicles in the fog. While it's generally safer to travel through fog because of low visibility, you have to keep in mind that just because they can't see you, doesn't mean they can't hear you (or your vintage Dacia). It also means you'll have more trouble seeing your enemy, giving them more chances to sneak up on you -- or for you to run right into a group of them. 

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One of PLAYERUNKNOWN's BATTLEGROUNDS's greatest strengths is how varied and dynamic the gameplay can be, forcing players to adopt or explore new strategies on the fly. And now with the incoming foggy weather, players might have to learn how to play the game in an entirely new way.

That's all you need to know about playing in the fog with this new update. But to ensure your survival in any mode or weather condition, make sure you check out our other PUBG guides! Here are a few to get you started: 

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Fortnite Guide: How to Survive in Battle Royale Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/ku64c/fortnite-guide-how-to-survive-in-battle-royale-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/ku64c/fortnite-guide-how-to-survive-in-battle-royale-mode https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/u/n/t/untitled-abbdf.jpg ku64c/fortnite-guide-how-to-survive-in-battle-royale-mode Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:37:31 -0400 Sergey_3847

With the increasing popularity of PUBG and its unconventional gameplay, more and more developers are aiming to add a Battle Royale mode of their own into games like GTA Online and Fortnite. However, these modes are not identical, as each game offers a slightly different version of this dynamic PvP experience.

Fortnite’s new Battle Royale mode is currently in the Public Test realm, and all Fortnite owners can test it out for themselves before September 26. This mode is hard as nails, especially for those who’ve never played a last-man-standing challenge before.

If you want to learn how to survive in the Battle Royale mode in Fortnite, then check out some of the most essential tips below.

Land Near Settlements, Not Inside Them

In the very beginning, when you drop from an airbus, don’t follow other players and jump right off. Instead, wait for the bus to move ahead and jump on the territory where no one has landed yet. This will give you time to gather all the loot you need and proceed with gathering resources, crafting, and surviving till the end.

If you decide to jump above any major location, try not to land directly in the center of the settlement, but aim for its periphery. This is very important, as you will have no weapon in the beginning -- but others will, and they will use it against you if you land inside the settlement.

So use your glider and move towards the periphery. Try to snatch your first weapon from one of the smaller huts or from other dead players. If you landed in the heavily populated area by mistake, then hide and wait for the shoot-out to end. Then leave your hiding place and check the dead bodies for loot.

Usually, players can’t take all the loot from defeated opponents, so there is a lot to left for you to choose from. These tactics are the best for your early game, and will score you some decent weapons and healing items. 

Get a Shotgun and Sniper Rifle ASAP

Close combat is very dangerous, and the player that has the shotgun will have an advantage. It is more precise and powerful than the assault rifle, so try to find one as soon as you can. For long-range combat, you will need a sniper rifle.

When you have a good weapon, try to pick up as much ammo as you can find. Even pick up the ammo that you don’t need or that doesn’t fit your weapons -- in this way you will eliminate the chance of other players to take it and use it against you.

In case you didn’t manage to find a weapon, when confronting another player that already has one -- run as fast as you can. It is never a good idea to try to be aggressive with only a pick in your hands. On the other hand, if you’ve got a shotgun and you want to eliminate your first victim, then use crouching to approach them without too much noise.

Gather Resources and Start Building

Crafting and building are two distinct features of the Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode. You can either find resources (like metal, wood, and stone) lying on the ground and inside the chests, or you can use your mining pick for all the necessary resources by destroying stumps, rocks, and certain parts of buildings.

Considering the noise that is emitted during the mining process, try to do it when you know for sure that there are no enemies in the close vicinity. Otherwise, it may attract unwanted attention and will leave you vulnerable to a quick bullet from behind.

But again, if you manage to gather enough resources for building a defense tower, then you will have a greater advantage over any other enemy. Even if you have no time and opportunity to build an entire tower, you can craft simple walls and leave them behind you to cover yourself up in the moment of escape.

Pay Attention to the Shrinking Storm Eye

The Storm Eye is an ever-shrinking circle that creates a safe area for all the leftover players to gather in one place and decide who will be the last man standing. The best tactics would be to stay as close to the edges of the Storm Eye as you can, and follow its trail as it shrinks.

In the final stage of the game, when there’s only a few players left, having a well-protected structure as your base is essential for surviving and winning. Having a simple wooden tower is not enough, since your enemy can just use a rocket launcher to smash it down.

Instead try to build a several story brick structure and remove the stairs as you ascend higher. This type of building will protect you from both explosives and any attempt at approaching you from inside the building. You will be both well-protected and have a solid vantage point for shooting down your last enemy.

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If you follow this advice, you will surely win every time you play the Battle Royale mode in Fortnite. For any other Fortnite guides for the PvE mode, look at the list below:

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NHL 18 Tips and Tricks: Offense, Defense, and More! https://www.gameskinny.com/bmhkl/nhl-18-tips-and-tricks-offense-defense-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/bmhkl/nhl-18-tips-and-tricks-offense-defense-and-more https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/e/a/header-resized-47f6b.jpg bmhkl/nhl-18-tips-and-tricks-offense-defense-and-more Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:51:37 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Sick of getting scored on? Tired of having the puck stolen from you when you try to deke? Sounds like you need a little bit of help getting started with EA Sports' NHL 18.

This fast-paced hockey experience can be a little difficult to get a feel for when you're just starting out, so we've collected some tips and tricks for NHL 18 beginners that are sure to increase your chances of having a better season on the ice. 

Faceoff Techniques in NHL 18

A faceoff occurs at the start of a period or after a player makes a goal. These are crucial moments in NHL 18 as it determines who has the puck. There are four main ways to get the puck in a faceoff.

Faceoff Draw 

This is the most straightforward faceoff technique in NHL 18. All you have to do is press down on the right stick when the referee drops the puck. You can choose which one of your teammates gets the puck by pressing either down left or down right on the left stick.

Be careful of pressing forward with the left stick, though, as that is a different technique entirely -- and if you do it too early, you're handing the faceoff to your opponent.

Faceoff Grip

If you want more power in for your faceoff, you can change your grip by pressing left on the right stick for a forehand grip or right on the right stick for a backhand one. Hold the stick in that position until the puck is dropped, then you press down on the right stick to pass the puck.

Faceoff Tie Up 

This is the perfect way to annoy your opponent at the start of the game in NHL 18. By pressing up on the left stick when the ref drops the puck, you'll get in a tie-up with your opponent, denying both you and your opponent the puck. This gives your teammate a chance to come in and take control of the puck instead. This is a great counter to an opponent using a backhand grip.

Faceoff Stick Lift

Choose a grip by going to either side on the right stick then press up on the right stick when the referee drops the puck. This will cause your player to lift the opponent's stick, turn around, and pass the puck to a teammate.

Shooting the Puck

If you press up on the right stick when the referee drops the puck, this will shoot the puck into the opposing team's zone. This isn't the best faceoff strategy in NHL 18 -- but if you have a fast team or are playing with human teammates who are expecting this, your team can try to skate as fast as they can to recover the puck and already be positioned close to the goalie.

Offensive Tips for NHL 18

Whether you got control of the puck from the first faceoff or managed to swipe it from the other team when they had it, these offensive tips and tricks will make sure all your NHL 18 seasons go swimmingly! (Or more accurately, skating-ly.)

Shooting

The main goal in hockey is to score goals (pun intended). You obviously can't win a game if you don't score more than your opponent's team. That's why knowing the kind of shots you can make in NHL 18 is so important to having a successful playthrough. If you know how and when to make the right shots, you'll have more accuracy and score more goals. 

Shooting: To shoot a no-frills shot, all you have to do is press up on the right stick. This is a good shot to make when you're pressured and want to get rid of the puck quickly or are in a position where the goalie has left the net wide open for you. 

Wrist Shots: This is one of the two main special shots you'll be using in NHL 18. A wrist shot is more powerful and accurate than a normal shot. It's also more accurate, but less powerful, than a slap shot. It's faster than a slap shot and great for when you are close to the net.

To perform a wrist shot, you press the right stick to the left or right (depending on which side your player uses their stick) to get in position, then slide to up to shoot it.

Slap Shots: The other of the two main special shots you'll use in NHL 18. The slap shot is sort of the opposite of the wrist shot -- it is more powerful, but less accurate. and it's something you should use when you're further away from the net. These are especially effective when you're in the breakaway (with no defenders between you and the opposing goalie). It is less effective when defenders are near the net, because it has a long wind-up time, it's more obvious where you're aiming to shoot, and it's less accurate -- meaning there's a chance of a turnover if the opposing team's players recover the puck before one of your own can.

To perform a slap shot, press down on the right stick to wind-up then press up to shoot. Be careful winding up because, when in motion, it's easy to lose control of the puck if you're not careful.

Rebound Shots: This isn't a special kind of shot in NHL 18, but it's a setup. When your currently selected player is on one side of the goalie and another player is on the opposite side, you can try to shoot low to see if the goalie will block the puck, causing it to rebound towards your teammate. If timed right, the goalie will leave the net wide open for your other player to gain possession of the puck and wrist shot it into the net.

One-Timers: In real hockey and in NHL 18, a one-timer is when you pass the puck to another player on your team and they slap shot it immediately without moving with the puck. These are incredibly useful when a you're on either side of the goalie, like each player being in one of the face-off circles near the net. If the goalie is focused on where the puck currently is, you can pass it off to your teammate to shoot a one-timer to score a goal. It is dangerous to use this when defenders are covering both players.

To perform a one-timer, pass your teammate the puck using R2 then hold up on the right stick to immediately shoot the puck upon getting control of it.

Aiming: When performing a slap shot or a wrist shot in NHL 18, you can use the left stick to aim the puck. The area covered in red is an area the goalie has covered, and the blue area is open. You will also see a target to show you generally where your puck will go. If it's red, that means there's practically no chance you'll make it. If it's blue, there's a chance. If it's green, that shot is clean and you're most likely to make it.

You'll have an easier time aiming if you're slowed down or stopped, but you'll also be more likely to have the puck taken away from you. Learning how to aim well will take practice.

Passing

Hockey is a team sport -- whether in an actual ice rink or a virtual one. You can't win a game with just a center; you need the rest of your teammates to help you out. Even if your custom NHL 18 player has the best stats, you'll still need to pass the puck from time to time to get past the opposing team's defenses and trick the goalie so you can score a goal.

Passing: One of the main two types of passes in NHL 18 is just a regular ol' pass. You can perform one by pressing (or holding for more power) R2. There will be a yellow arrow to show you where the puck will go, and a blue arrow that shows you where a good pass would be for an open teammate.

Saucer Passing: If your opposing team is all up on the puck while you have it, you can try out one of the other two main passes -- a saucer pass. You pass the puck to your teammate while knocking it up in the air. You do this with R1 instead of R2. It is perfect for when you need to give the puck to a teammate, but you don't want your opponent to intercept your pass.

Bank Pass: This isn't a unique kind of pass in NHL 18, but instead is a regular pass that bounces off the wall before going to a teammate. Similar to the saucer pass, this is great for when your opponent's defense is on you. You can easily avoid a turnover by doing this. Just be careful, as you'll have to anticipate where your teammate is headed while simultaneously bouncing the puck off the wall.

Puck Control and Deking

Maintaining control of the puck is just as important in NHL 18 as it is in real hockey. This is probably one of the hardest parts of the game, but have no fear  -- we have tons of tips and tricks for you to improve your deke skills. (Fun fact: Deke is Canadian short-hand for decoy. The more you know, eh?)

 

Stick Handling: The most basic form of deking in the game. When the puck is in your possession, you can control which side of your body it's on by pressing left or right on the right stick. This is a great defensive tactic when you're being pressured by defenders, as well as when you want to confuse the goalie.

Toe Drag: If you're covered by an opponent in front of you and want to switch sides without risking them lifting your stick, you can press the side you want to go to on the left stick while pressing the opposite side on the right stick, then rolling it under to the opposite side (e.g.: right on the left stick, left on the right stick then roll it from the bottom left to the right side on the right stick). This brings the stick in closer to you momentarily as you switch sides so your opponent can't easily control your stick and steal the puck.

Loose Puck: This NHL 18 deke involves letting your puck out of your control for a brief moment to fake out your opponent. This allows you to move the puck under their legs while you get behind them or to move it under their stick as you move to their side. You tap L1 to "loosen" the puck and you aim it by holding the left stick in the direction you want to go.

This is a bit tricky when there's multiple defenders around so it's most useful when you're being covered one to one. Be careful of using this during a power play.

Windmill: This is probably my favorite deke in NHL 18. You perform it by pressing L1 to let your puck go loose while simultaneously pressing left or right on the right stick to lift your stick up in a windmill motion to go over your opponent's stick. Like the toe drag, this is great for switching sides when being pressured.

Between the Legs: This is one of the more difficult NHL 18 dekes to perform, so this will take practice. It's also very effective. You roll the right stick to your forearm side (most likely to the left) then down and in that direction (bottom left). While doing that, you press and hold L1 to initiate a loose puck deke, then press the direction you want to the puck to go in (likely to the right) on the right stick. This will cause your player to pull the stick back then pass the puck between their legs to trick the opponent.

This is great if your opponent is catching wise to your stick-handling dekes and you want to keep them on your toes.

Between the Legs Shot/Pass: Similar to the other deke above, this one differs in that it's both a deke and a shot or pass. Instead of rolling your stick like the between the legs deke, you simply hold L1 and R3 down to get the puck between your legs. From there you can either press up on the right stick to make a shot, R2 to make a pass, or R1 to make a saucer pass. This is definitely one of the most stylish ways to score goals in NHL 18.

Backhand Drag Shot: This is another complicated deke. You first fake a shot then either perform a shot in another direction if the goalie isn't expecting it -- or if the goalie is wise to your tricks, flipping the puck up in the original direction of the fake shot to catch them off guard. To perform this, you fake the shot by pressing R3. Then you pull your puck away by pressing down on the right stick and shoot with up on the right stick. If you want to flip the puck up in the air, you tap R1 instead of pressing up.

One-Handed Tuck: Need more ways to trick the goalie in NHL 18? Try this. You bring the puck to either your forehand or backhand side (left or right on the right stick) then you hold it there while holding L1. While holding the buttons, you tap R1 which quickly sends the puck in the opposite direction of where you were holding it originally.

This is hard to pull off because your puck releases far away from you, so it's quite easy to overshoot the net. It's most effective when you're going to one side of the net and are further out, as this forces the goalie to hug one corner while you glide the puck to the other corner.

Tap-Back Deke: Probably the most complicated trick in NHL 18, this deke involves four inputs on your controller. It involves pulling your stick back to your forehand side (left then down on your right stick if you haven't memorized it yet), then you hold L1 to have the puck go loose while pressing the left stick to the left and the right stick to the right. Let go of L1 to have the puck go loose. Complicated enough? You then press the right stick to the left to tap the puck back around to you when you let it go.

This requires perfect timing, as you have to press the right stick to the left as it's still close enough to your stick to control it. Kudos to you if you can master it as it's sure to confuse your opponents to see you skate one way while the puck goes behind them in the opposite direction.

Defensive Tips for NHL 18

They say the best offense is a good defense. While that's not 100% true -- since you can't win without scoring goals -- it is definitely something worth practicing to ensure you shut your opponent out!

Defense

Thankfully, defense in NHL 18 isn't nearly as insane as deking is for offense. There are a few different ways you can take the puck away from your opponent, but you won't have to perform fifty inputs and summon a demon to pull them off.

When you're playing as just plain old defense instead of a goalie, you have a few different options:

Poke Check: This is a great technique in NHL 18 for getting the puck away from your opponent and yourself. You simply press R1 to knock the puck away from your opponent. This is especially effective if they're deep in your zone and you want to gain some distance between them and the goalie. It might not guarantee a turnover, but if you have teammates behind them or to the side, it creates the possibility of one.

Body Check: Minus fighting, this is most people's favorite part of hockey. There's a reason why hockey players are stereotyped for not having many teeth and that's because body checking can be brutal. Body checking in NHL 18 is all the fun of knocking your opponent on the ice without the possibility of injuring another human.

To perform this technique, you skate towards your opponent with the left stick and then you press the right stick in whichever direction you're coming at them from. This will likely knock the opposing player to the ground, giving you or a teammate a chance to recover the puck.

Stick Lift: The technique that lead to many a bruised hand as a child playing street hockey with friends is present in NHL 18 in full force. To perform this technique, just press X when your stick is near the puck-controlling opponent's stick. The more under their stick yours is, the more effective this technique is.

This is especially useful if your controlled player is smaller than the opponent and a body check might not be as effective. It's also much more likely to result in you gaining control of the puck than a poke check would.

Goalie

One of the most underappreciated positions in any sport (and I'm totally not saying this because goalie is my favorite position), the goalie is your main and last defense against opposing offense. Learning how to effectively play goalie can mean the difference between a W and an L in NHL 18.

Positioning: Similar to the aiming system for offense, if you're playing as a goalie, you'll have a blue and red zone layout. The blue from the goalie's perspective means an area is covered, and the red means it's not covered. The more blue, the safer your goal is. The more red, the more likely your opponent will score on you.

It is important to know which areas you need to cover in NHL 18. If your opponent is shooting high, you'll want to be standing. If you're opponent is shooting low, you will want to be in the butterfly position (explained later).

Covering the Puck: This is one of the most important aspects of playing goalie. You have to be able to move your limbs to where the puck is. The game is automatically set to have the goalie do this, but you can adjust these settings in NHL 18 in the menu if you trust yourself more than the AI. To manually cover the puck, you press triangle and go in the direction the puck is going. You have to time it right, otherwise you'll miss it.

When you're towards the middle but you need to get quickly to one of the other sides, or if you're too far out to one side and need to quickly get more towards the other or the middle, you simply press the direction you want to go (left or right) on the right stick. This is a fast way to get to where you need to be, but it will leave the area you vacate vulnerable to one-timer shots or other plays as you'll be in full momentum going in the opposite direction.

If you really need to get to the other side of the goal in a hurry, you can press square while pressing the left stick in the direction you want to go in. This will cause you to dive in that direction. You can even dive check an opposing player as a goalie in NHL 18 by holding square while pressing up on the left stick. A regular check as a goalie works similarly to one as a defensemen; you just use the right stick. Be extra careful with that one, though, as it will leave your goal open!

Hugging the Post: To hug the post (stay to one side of the net), you hold L1 and move the left stick to the side you want to hug. This is useful when playing NHL 18 if your opponent is coming around a corner to try and get a goal in. However, if your opponent is in the slot (the area directly in front of the goal), you want to avoid using this and instead stay in a more central, neutral position.

Precision Modifier: If you want to move around in a more precise way (as the name suggests) you hold L2 while skating. This allows you to move in a more controlled fashion. Sort of similar to moving with the right stick, this allows you to move faster and farther at the risk of leaving yourself open a little bit on the area you leave. However, unlike the right stick slides, you can recover much faster.

Butterfly Style: There are numerous techniques in NHL 18 for covering the ice in case an opponent is trying to aim low to catch you off guard. The main way to do this is by holding R2 and getting into the butterfly position (named after the way it looks). This causes your goalie to take a lower stance as they move their knees inward, closing much of the space between their legs.

This is more effective when your opponent is doing a lot of low to ground shots or are up close but not quite around a corner. You can even make quick saves by pressing left or right on the right stick to slide.

Spread V: Finally, a goalie move that utilizes square without diving. This technique is performed by holding square and pressing down on the left stick. This causes your goalie to lay flat on their stomach and spread out on the ice in a V formation with their legs spread.

While possibly one of the most comical looking positions in NHL 18, this covers a lot of ground area on the net, but it leaves your top incredibly open. Only use this if you really need to cover as much ground as possible and aren't worried about slap shots.

Stack Pads: Another technique for covering the ice in NHL 18 is stacking pads. Your goalie will lay on their side, effectively covering the ice on the side of the net they're on. The difference between this and butterfly style is that you cover more width -- and the difference between stacking pads and spread v is you are on your side instead of being flat, meaning you still cover a bit more of the space above you than you would laying flat. This move is great for when opponents are up close.

Paddle Down: The last of the ice covering techniques in NHL 18 is playing paddle down. In this position, the goalie sort of crouches with their legs apart while their stick is flat on the ice. This is another way to cover the ice without getting too low to the ground. It's especially effective against corner and wrap around play.

Free Skate: Sometimes even the goalie has to leave the net. To free skate, you hold X as you move around. This allows you to exit from the puck facing stance your goalie is in by default and lets you move where you need to be.

If most of the players are on the right side of the rink, but the puck goes behind the net then out towards the left, you can free skate to claim it before an opponent has the chance to. Just be careful, as a goalie is a slow moving pad behemoth and not nearly as nimble as a center -- so you will lose out on a race from equal distances.

Possessing the Puck as a Goalie: Last but certainly not least -- what do you do if you get the puck as a goalie? If you want to shoot the puck out, you press up on the right stick. If you want to pass it to a teammate, you press R2 to pass it. If you want to leave it for a teammate somewhere near your net, you press L2. However, if you are fully surrounded and are worried the pressure might lead to a goal if you let the puck loose, you can hold onto it or press triangle to lay on it if it's not quite in your possession to force a face-off.

In the new Threes mode in NHL 18, holding the puck gives it back to the opposing team but resets positions so that your players start in your zone and the opposing players start with possession in the neutral zone.

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With these NHL 18 tips and tricks, you should be able to take your game to the next level. Whether you're playing rookie or superstar, if you master shooting, deking, passing, and defense, you will see better results in your gameplay.

Stay tuned for more NHL 18 guides and content -- including a trophy guide and a review by yours truly coming soon. If you want to see any specific guides, suggest them in the comments section! Good luck and go Ducks!

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