Xbox One Platform RSS Feed | Xbox One RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network FFXV Comrades Guide: How Birthplaces Affect Your Stats Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:45:13 -0500 Autumn Fish

After jumping into Final Fantasy XV's newest expansion, Comrades, and clearing your first mission, you'll find yourself in a run-down Lestallum in need of a strong Glaive like yourself. As you make your way to the mission briefing counter, however, Libertus stops you to hand over a pair of daggers -- your own, actually, with your name and birthplace carved into the handle.

This is where the game allows you to select your birthplace. It may seem like an arbitrary decision at a glance, but when selecting one, you'll soon find out that each birthplace affects your character's stats in unique ways.

In this guide, we'll go over all the stats that are affected by birthplace and how each choice impacts your character's attributes. Whether you're looking to take advantage of every stat boost possible for your character build or simply wish to know what the stats actually do, this guide is sure to help you come to a decision.

How Birthplaces Affect Your Stats in FFXV: Comrades

Six character stats are ultimately affected by your birthplace, all of which support a variety of gameplay styles.

  • HP Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideHP -- Determines your maximum health.
  • MP Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideMP -- Determines your maximum magical energy.
  • Strength Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideStrength -- Affects strength of your physical attack.
  • Vitality Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideVitality -- Affects strength of your physical defense.
  • Magic Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideMagic -- Determines damage dealt with magical attacks.
  • Spirit Stat FFXV Comrades Birthplaces GuideSpirit -- Determines damage incurred from magical attacks and HP recovered from curative spells.

The birthplace you choose will not directly impact any other stats. However, it may indirectly impact stats such as your Attack or Defense, since the birthplace will affect the attributes with which they are calculated.

There are four birthplaces to choose from: Galahd, Insomnia, Lestallum, and Altissia.

Galahd Birthplace Stats

Galahd is the birthplace of many offensive specialists, blessed with high power and magic. Their starting stats are rather balanced:

 480 55  24  22  53  40


HP is a little low compared to other birthplaces, however. People from Galahd benefit from a decent MP stat and the second best Strength and Magic, making it the best birthplace to pick if you're looking to have a strong mixed offensive build.

Insomnia Birthplace Stats

Insomnia is the birthplace of many spellcasting specialists, blessed with high magic and max MP. Their starting stats heavily favor magical attributes:


 432 60  19  22  57  40


HP and Strength are lower than any other birthplace out there, but people from Insomnia also boast the highest MP and Magic stats available in the expansion. This is a great class to pick if you plan using a lot of MP or firing a bunch of offensive spells.

Lestallum Birthplace Stats

Lestallum is the birthplace of many all-out attackers, blessed with high power and max HP. Their starting stats heavily favor physical attributes:


 528 49  26  22  38  40


MP and Magic are lower than any other birthplace you can choose, but people from Lestallum also boast the highest HP and Strength stats around. This is a fantastic choice if you want to dish out as much damage as possible with your weapons.

Altissia Birthplace Stats

Altissia is the birthplace of many resilient folks, blessed with high vitality, spirit, and max HP. Their starting attributes heavily favor all forms of defense:


 504 55  22  24  48  44


Compared to people from other birthplaces, Altissians don't really have any low starting stats. They have the best Vitality and Spirit out of anyone, and their HP and MP are both fairly decent. Its Magic and Strength stats honestly aren't bad either.

Altissia is a great choice if you want to tank, heal, or are undecided in your roll. Not only is it nice to just have a little extra defense, but the fact that this birthplace doesn't really have any straight up bad stats makes it a great defacto choice for any playstyle.

Can You Reset Your Birthplace in FFXV: Comrades?

Once you've chosen a birthplace for your character, you cannot reset it -- at least not conventionally. You may make separate Avatars for different birthplaces, and while they share inventories and progression, they each need to be leveled up separately, which is a bit tedious.

In order to change the birthplace for your main character, you need to start the game over in New Game+. This can be done at any time by heading through the door behind the mission counter in Lestallum, but I advise that you beat the story first so that you're not under-geared going into the harder difficulty.


Hopefully, this birthplaces guide makes your decision a bit easier to make. If you're struggling to gain power early-on, you may benefit from our Weapon Remodeling Guide. Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more on Final Fantasy XV: Comrades!

Need for Speed Payback Guide: All Billboards Locations Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:31:44 -0500 Sergey_3847

Need for Speed: Payback offers some exciting challenges for players who like to smash and destroy the beautiful scenery of the Fortune Valley. As of now, there are 30 billboards all over the world map that can be destroyed using ramps and your own car.

If you manage to smash all the billboards into smithereens, then you will get a special achievement -- Does Not Obey (20G, Bronze, 20pts). If you don't want to spend hours upon hours searching for all their locations on your own, then simply follow this guide for all the billboard locations in Need for Speed: Payback.

All Billboards Locations in Mount Providence

The first 10 billboards are located in the western district of Fortune Valley:

  • Two of them are located in the northern area near Marshall Observatory.
  • One at Fortune Valley Resort & Casino, one at Soledad Church, and one at Mount Graint -- all can be found in the central part of Mount Providence.
  • The remaining five are scattered all along the southern highway that leads to Newhaven Cabins.

All Billboards Locations in Silver Canyon and Liberty Desert

Liberty Desert contains six billboards:

  • The first one can be found near the Las Almas Church in the southern part of the desert.
  • Two more are standing on the way to the Fortune Valley Railway Station.
  • Another one is located to the east from the Fortune Valley Solar Project.
  • The last two are positioned to the east and north from the Airfield 73.

Silver Canyon contains 11 billboards:

  • The first one is located at the Ember Peak.
  • The other two can be found to the east from the Gas Station.
  • Another one can be seen way up north at the Silver Dam.
  • The remaining seven are scattered along the central and southern parts of the Silver Canyon Highway.

All Billboards Locations in Silver Rock

There are only three billbaord locations in Silver Rock:

  • The first one stands at the crossroads of the Boomville and The Barrio districts in the north.
  • One can be found at the Lakeside.
  • And the last one along the highway leading to Ark Tower.


Now that you know where to look for all 30 billboards in Need for Speed: Payback, you will quickly earn the Does Not Obey trophy. And, if you're having trouble finding the specialized car dealerships in the game, follow the guide below:

Fornite Guide: How to Be a Bush Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:47:19 -0500 bazookajo94

What's more fun than than dropping into a map with 100 other players for you to take down in an epic race to be the last man standing?

Being a bush while you do it. 

In Fortnite's Battle Royale mode, the developers added a new feature: the ability to disguise yourself as a bush. Really, I don't even have to talk this up anymore -- it's as awesome as it sounds. 

But does it sound as easy as it should be? Obtaining the elusive drop item is, well, extremely lucky for some and downright impossible for others. But there are ways to make it easier to find. 

So here's the rundown on how to be a bush in Fortnite -- if you can survive long enough to use it. 

First and foremost, you should know that not only is the bush disguise legendary in reputation, it's also legendary in status, meaning it's a very rare drop item. The best way to even have a chance at finding one is to frequent the drop areas (a common tactic for all players, so good luck) or looting one off a player you just killed, assuming they didn't put it on immediately after they obtained it (because who wouldn't). However, if some lucky schmo was able to get two bushes, boom, they drop the second bush upon death, and you get to fulfill your lifelong dream (as of one week ago). 

You should also be aware that the bush is a consumable item, so if someone hits your bush, it's gone. Donezo. Finished. Even storms can damage the disguise. 

So now you've got the bush from sheer force of will and a lot of luck. What now? Obviously, stay outside. Bushes do not occur naturally indoors. People are going to notice that something is afoot if a bush is just chillin' beside a fireplace. Remember what you are now: not a human but a bush. 

As soon as you realize the disguise works the most effectively outside, some ways to remain suspicious include blending in with the environment by standing still (bushes don't walk around -- or dance. Do not dance; I repeat, do not dance), hiding amongst your fellow bush (find your new brethren and accept your new home), and crouch (you are not a tree and your legs are not a trunk).

And always remember that as soon as the bush takes damage, it's gone, so avoid the storm border if you want to continue being a bush. 

By the way, you can get some hilarious kills as a bush. Don't believe me? Just watch. 

11 Most Anticipated New FPS Games of 2018 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:23:46 -0500 Ty Arthur


While these 2018 FPS games are the ones we're most looking forward to, there are undoubtedly many, many more that will arrive next year.


There are also several in development that currently don't have solid release dates and may show up around Christmas time. However, those games, such as Borderlands 3, Serious Sam 4, and Metroid Prime 4, will likely slip past 2018.


What 2018 shooter are you most looking forward to playing, and what upcoming FPS titles did we miss that should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below!


Hunt: Showdown


Developer: Crytek
Platform: PC
Release Date: Q4 2018


This one was originally supposed to be a radically different game titled Hunt: Horrors Of The Gilded Age. It was a game we were looking forward to all the way back in 2015.


Fast forward and development has since changed hands and shifted radically to this free-to-play online FPS. PvP and PvE elements are on full display in Hunt: Showdown, packing a survival experience with strong horror leanings into match-based shooter gameplay.


There are some really interesting elements that make the game worth checking out, from its non-standard old-west monster hunting style to interesting mechanics where your powers pass through bloodlines to new hunters when you die. Look forward to alpha arriving this winter and the full game launching some time in 2018.


War Of Rights


Developer: Campfire Games
Platform: PC
Release Date: 2018


When it comes to shooters, there aren't too many games centered on the U.S. Civil War -- probably because tactics in that war consisted of "line up, stupidly put your Colonel in front, and fire at each other while running forward until you run out of ammo."


War Of Rights aims to rectify that oversight, featuring as much historical accuracy and realism as possible. From the uniforms and units to weaponry and more, everything here is designed to be historically accurate. Expect large-scale battles in this one as well.


Hell Let Loose


Developer: Black Matter
Platform: PC
Release Date: Q2 2018


Another large-scale WWII simulator, Hell Let Loose is aiming for a realistic style. It's mechanics focus on teamwork (along the lines of Squad) as you set up forward bases and weapon nests across the battlefield.


Yes, it will be massive -- as these games need to be -- with up to 100 players battling each other at once. There's also a painstaking level of work going into the game's maps, with the developer recreating 1945 French villages based on archived footage and satellite photos. So needless to say, this game is going to be accurate. 


Ready Or Not


Developer: Void Interactive
Platform: PC
Release Date: 2018


Seriously, how amazing is that title? Tackling the Rainbow Six Siege style and focusing on SWAT teams, this one is shaping up to be pretty spectacular. Competitive and co-op modes for up to eight players will be featured in multiplayer alongside a single-player campaign.


Based on the trailer released earlier this year, it seems like Ready or Not is going to get gritty and dive into uncomfortably dark topics, from school shootings to human trafficking. 




Developer: Gaijin Entertainment
Platform: PC
Release Date: 2018 (maybe)


Gaijin is already known for its historical MMOs like War Thunder, and now we're getting a boots-on-the-ground WWII entry that focuses on the soldiers rather than the tanks and planes.


These battles are supposed to be absolutely huge, with up to 150 players fighting each other at once, and the game is currently slated to run on an F2P model.


Whether the game actually arrives next year is a little up in the air, as at this point, there's nothing even approximating a release window from the developer and no actual video trailers have arrived featuring anything resembling finished gameplay.


Deep Rock Galactic


Developer: Ghost Ship Games
Platform: PC, Xbox One
Release Date: Sometime 2018


Honestly, they had me at "space dwarves," although I am a little worried this is just going to be Space Hulk: Deathwing with cutesier graphics. This 1-4 player co-op FPS features procedurally generated levels that you will have to dig through to make your own tunnels, choke points, and defensive positions while battling waves of enemies. The fully destructible environments seem like the big draw here, potentially revolutionizing how shooters of this style work.


Call Of Duty 2018


Developer: Treyarch
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: November 2018


Treyarch returns to the Call Of Duty rotation next year following 2015's Black Ops III, and it's totally up in the air as to what we could be getting. Considering we just ping-ponged from the far future in 2016's Infinite Warfare back to the 1940s with this year's WW2, anything is possible. 


There are rumblings COD 2018 will return to a modern-day or near-future entry based on some recent job postings at Treyarch, but who knows if that's accurate. Every year the speculation comes in hard and heavy, and it's usually wrong (we never did get that Vietnam entry or Ghosts 2). So it looks like we'll just have to wait and see. 




Developer: Bioware
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: Q4 2018


Bioware and EA have teamed up for a new take on Destiny's popular shared-world shooter formula -- and it looks pretty spectacular so far. The focus here is on playing with your friends and acquiring new loot as your squad of Freelancers blow up anything and everything that moves using your super-powered exosuits.


System Shock Remastered


Developer: Night Dive Studios
Platform: PC, Mac, Linux, PS4
Release Date: 2018


This granddaddy of FPS hybrids was rightly heralded as an amazing breakthrough when it arrived in 1999, and there's no question the series played a major role in influencing beloved FPS titles like Bioshock.


Now it's coming back, bigger and more beautiful than ever, recreated in the Unreal 4 engine. Although it's called a "remaster," it's essentially being re-built from the bottom up and will feature the talents of legendary game designers like Chris Avellone.


A substantial update about the state of the game's development also just landed on Kickstarter and can be read here.


Metro Exodus


Developer: 4A Games
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: 2018


It's been four years since Metro: Last Light, and it's beyond time for a return to this bleak vision of humanity's blasted future. Artyom will reprise his role as the main character in Metro Exodus. The story will pick up from Metro: Last Light, but put a few years between the two narratives for storytelling purposes. Expect plenty of twisted, mutated beasties, some mind-shattering alien something-or-others, and a new crafting system!


Far Cry 5


Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: February 27, 2018


Just like Wolfenstein 2 somehow caused a stir with its "Nazis are bad" stance, Far Cry 5 managed to get the politically-minded all riled up with its primary mob of baddies -- a conservative cult in rural Montana.


We've already covered that faux controversy at length, so all I'll say here is that I'm a rural Montanan, and I can't wait to play this game! When someone wisecracked that it's "just Far Cry Primal 2", I legitimately laughed out loud, and seeing the backwoods of my terrifying state rendered digitally should be an explosively good time.


If you've loved the previous Far Cry games, it's a good bet this one will deliver -- and that's not to mention we're finally getting rid of the overused tower system in favor of newer mechanics. There will also be a buddy system implemented here, forcing you to convince other people to fight for your cause. And of course, there will be more animal taming shenanigans, which always a good thing. 


Another year is almost in the bag? Where did the time go? Oh, that's right, it went into playing all of 2017's awesome FPS titles!


This year killed it on the first-person-shooter front, with behemoths like Destiny 2 arriving to dominate team-based play and awesome single-player experiences in Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus and Call Of Duty WW2 offering up all the Nazi-slaying you could ever want.


After Doom got its return to the spotlight not too long ago, it was obvious we'd see other classic titles get rebooted. That's what happened when Quake returned with Champions (although it sadly seems to have faded into obscurity again already) and, of course, the long overdue Lawbreakers finally arriving.


But enough of the past: now its time to look to the future! From horror to comedy and plenty of historic battle recreations, there are 11 FPS games you should be looking forward to in 2018. Here they are. 

South Park: The Stick of Truth Review Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:00:18 -0500 Joseph Ocasio

If you're a fan of South Park, you've most likely played 2014's The Stick of Truth. After years of mediocre South Park video game adaptations, this RPG was a breath of fresh air, with series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone having been heavily involved in its creation. Furthermore, Obsidian, the team behind the critically-acclaimed Fallout: New Vegas and Knights of the Old Republic 2 RPGs, was the lead developer for the title.

However, The Stick of Truth was released during the end of the 7th console generation lifespan, so some gamers may have missed out on it. Luckily, series fans who pick up the newest South Park RPG, The Fractured But Whole, will have a chance to play its prequel, as a free copy of The Stick of Truth is bundled with the new game.

The Stick of Truth: Then vs. Now

If you're expecting anything new from this version, you'll be disappointed -- outside of the DLC content and a few tweaks here and there, there's nothing really new in this version of The Stick of Truth. It's free game, though, so it's a little more excusable than most remasters that do just the bare minimum.

This version of the game is a little cleaner, now running in 1080p and with PS4 Pro support, but don't expect that much of an improvement. A lot of the frame rate drops that plagued the original have been ironed out, though you will still notice a couple hitches when there are a lot of enemies in battle.

Some minor changes have also been made to address some of the game's more difficult sections. One of the biggest changes includes a fix for the infamous anal probe scene.

It's nowhere near as difficult and frustrating to get past this section now, making the pacing of the game much smoother. That said, the other annoying section, a boss battle with Cartman, still requires too much button mashing. Yeah, I know it's part of the joke, but the joke loses steam when you're forced to partake in it, and it can last for what feels like forever.

Outside of these changes, The Stick of Truth still remains largely the same. 

However, if this will be your first foray into the game, you've got a lot to look forward to either as a fan of the series, as an RPG aficionado, or both.

What to Expect from The Stick of Truth

In The Stick of Truth, you control your own custom-created character and explore the town of South Park, interacting with the various characters from the show. Exploring the town is still a blast, as you watch the various NPCs go about their day, and you even get to befriend some of South Park's most iconic characters.

While a good amount of time is dedicated to exploring the world and solving simple puzzles, most of your time will be dedicated to combat, which takes a few inspirations from the Paper Mario series. Like in Paper Mario, you have the ability to block enemy attack and press buttons in conjunction to perform various special attacks. These mechanics keeps combat exciting, and you won't just be watching your characters standing around and waiting for their turns.

Each of the four class have there own unique skills, ranging from mage and Jew "magic", to special archer and warrior abilities. The only downside is that every weapon and piece of armor you gain isn't specific for each class, which does take away from each of the individuality of the classes. Why try a different class when you can still use a sword or staff?

Despite this, combat is still satisfying and fun. Each of the various villains you face have their own weaknesses, which will have you wanting to change out your party members to alter your tactics. The downside to this is that you can only have one other person in your party -- that's not say there aren't that a lot of them, with each having their own special abilities, but it would have been nice to have at least three characters rather than just two.


So, does The Stick of Truth hold up? Yeah, it's still a good game. The combat is funny, if on the easy side, it's funny as hell, and manages to tastefully recapture the look and feel of the show.

It's age will show, especially with the vastly superior Fractured But Whole having been released, and it still could've done with a few more fixes with some of the mechanics, but if I'm going down to South Park, I wanna have myself a time.

Outcast - Second Contact Review: Familiar Story but With a New Look Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:16:18 -0500 ESpalding

If you have been interested in gaming for as long as I have, you might be familiar with a game called Outcast. It was originally released in 1999 by Belgian developers Appeal. It was hugely popular and has since become a bit of a cult classic. The newly released Outcast - Second Contact is a remastered version of the game with updated graphics and gameplay to make it suitable for today's gaming tastes and console suitability.

The original game was a groundbreaker! It was innovative and was the first 3D open-world exploration game to be released. Upon release, it won hundreds of awards, including Adventure Game of the Year 1999 from GameSpot. There are a couple of sequels, but none lived up to the popularity of the first.

Anyway, you aren't here for a history lesson about the original game. You want to know what I think about the remake, right? Instead of playing it again on PC, I played it on the PS4 so that I could see how different it felt playing it on a modern console.

The Story Stays True

If you are already familiar with the game, then you're going to be familiar with the storyline. It hasn't changed (it is a remake, after all). If you're new to the game, however, you're going to find the storyline quite interesting.

Outcast - Second Contact is set in the near future and explores the possibilities of alternate universes. You play as a Navy SEAL called Cutter Slade, and along with a team of scientists, you are sent through a portal into a new world, Adelpha, to recover a probe previously sent through by the US government. As you explore your new surroundings, you come across the world's inhabitants and all manner of new flora and fauna.

You are the Ulukai, the foretold Messiah who the inhabitants think is going to save their world from war and persecution. In order to complete your own mission, you have to help the inhabitants of Adelpha with their problems. If they think you are helping them, they are more likely to help you.

A Total Facelift

It's clear that the main draw of this remaster is the work that has been done to improve the graphics. Everything now has so much more texture and depth than the original had. One of the main points of the game is to explore, and you really want to explore this new land. Close attention has been paid to giving everything a new life.

My only negative comments on the game's graphics are to do with the intro. While I can see that they're going for something a bit artistic -- and that is quite good -- I don't think it paid off. The characters are very still and very much like cardboard cutouts. It doesn't really gel with the original. I wanted to watch the whole introduction to get reacquainted with the story, but I wanted it to be over quite early on. Of course, this is personal taste, but given the rest of the game's graphics upgrades and the actual storyline, I think the introduction to it could have been a bit more ... substantial.

Playing on a Console Works

I didn't have any problems playing the game with a controller. The controls are crisp, and I had no problems moving around. There have been some movement features added to this new version, including the ability to sprint and crouch, which definitely make gameplay better. It's simple things like that which make the game more relevant to today's open-world fans, as they are features that one would expect from a game of this genre.

A Familiar Score

One of the more appealing features of the game is that the developers have used the same score as the original game. And when I say the "same score," I really mean it! It sounds like nothing has been done to it at all apart from making it a bit cleaner. But, you know what, that is OK. If it was reworked and new voices added, it wouldn't be the remaster fans would want.

Overall Verdict

I would say that this is what happens when remakes go right. For what the developers were hoping to do, it has been done extremely well. Sure, there are some things that are a bit rough around the edges or a couple of things which could have been done better, but it is a huge step up graphically from the original.

Will it please the die-hard fans of Outcast? Yes, I think it will. In this day and age, where the word "remake" has bad connotations, it is natural to have some reservations. But the developers have kept true to their previous work and have simply launched the franchise into modern gaming for an all-new generation of fans.

Outcast - Second Contact is out now on PS4, XBox One, and PC via Steam.

(A copy of Outcast - Second Contact was supplied for review purposes.)

Koei Tecmo Announces Dynasty Warriors 9 Release Date Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:01:42 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Koei Tecmo America recently announced a Western release date for the upcoming open-world Dynasty Warriors 9. The game is set to launch February 13, 2018, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam and features a host of changes to the well-known musou mechanics from previous Dynasty Warriors games.

Dynasty Warriors 9 takes place during the tumultuous period of Chinese unification in the Han dynasty, when various factions vied for control as the empire seemed to crumble. And, according to Koei Tecmo, the game adheres faithfully to the historical narrative.

One of the major changes in DW9 is that it's now an open-world game, taking you to familiar locations like the Yellow River, across snowy peaks and fortified ruins, and numerous other locations. The story takes place across 10 chapters through which you advance in any order you desire, along with a myriad of missions to keep you occupied. These missions vary in type, including Critical and Regular missions, and the way you handle them often affects the how other missions play out.

In addition to the familiar "one-versus-one-thousand" battle format, Koei Tecmo has implemented new battle mechanics. There are three types of attacks, which deal progressively more damage when used in succession: Trigger, Flow, and Finish Attacks. Players will also find new strategic options available to them, including "attack head on," "infiltrate at night," and "launch a surprise attack."

Koei Tecmo plans on providing bonus costume content available to those who buy either the digital or physical version of DW9, centering around the seven fan-favorite characters Guan Yinping, Diaochan, Sun Shangxiang, Lu Lingqi, Wang Yi, Zhao Yun, and Wang Yuanji. Zhao Yun gets a Beijing opera inspired outfit, where the other six receive special Chinese undergarments.


Let us know in the comments if you plan on picking this one up! And stay tuned to GameSkinny for news and information on Dynasty Warriors 9 as it develops. 

L.A. Noire Remastered: Truth, Doubt, or Lie Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:50:21 -0500 Joseph Ocasio

When L.A. Noire was first released, it was a breath of fresh air. The open-world genre wasn’t as saturated as it is today, so it was still unique to see such a story-heavy open-world game that was less about action and more about dialogue and choices. Despite the studio, Team Bondi, shutting down the year it was released, it seems that Rockstar Games still has some interest in the title and has decided to remaster the six-year-old game. Despite some minor hang ups, L.A. Noire still manages to capture the feeling of the classic 1940s detective films that inspired it.

You are Cole Phelps, a returning WW2 veteran who starts off as a standard cop and quickly moves up the ladder to a detective. There's a lot of corruption and murder happening in LA, and it's up to Cole to put a stop to it. Cole is a good cop; he's always trying to do the best to serve the law, has a strong sense of justice, and works to avoid becoming a crooked cop like some of his fellow LAPD coworkers. However, as the game progresses, Cole slowly learn that not everything is as black and white as he thinks it is. 

The writing in L.A. Noire is easily some of the best seen in any video game. Sure, you might see a character archetype or familiar plot line like something from an episode of Law and Order, but it's all told so well that they come off fresh. It's also an incredibly mature game, as it's not afraid to tackle themes of racism, sex, and morality that haven't been touched on in many games. It also does't back away from showing things such as frontal nudity of its dead victims. The game is bolstered by an impeccable cast of actors who can easily hold their own against any Emmy-nominated big-name players. Adding to the performances is the then-new facial-capture technology that was boasted of in numerous interviews and behind-the-scenes clips. It's still as impressive as it was then, even if some games have by this point surpassed it.

The gameplay of L.A. Noire is a mixture of action and mystery solving, with emphasis on the latter. 75% of your time will be spent looking for clues and interrogating witnesses and suspects, while the remaining 25% is spent partaking in gun fights and chases. The game is much more linear than other open-world games. You'll head to a crime scene, look around for any sort of evidence, and talk with primary sources. While the map is large, there's little to do aside from some random events that occur. The structure feels like something from a point-and-click adventure game, but the big thing that separates L.A. Noire from games of those cloth is its dialogue system.

During conversations, you'll have to see if someone is telling the truth or not. It's here where L.A. Noire is at its best. Thanks to the great facial-capture technology, it can be hard to really see if someone is telling the truth or lying. The better you are at judging them, the more likely the case will expand and become clearer. While you're never punished for guessing someone's motives incorrectly, you won't get to experience certain parts of the game. But even so, the game never feels like it's hiding away its tricks, and each case ends with a sense of accomplishment, which helps encourage you to go back and try it again on repeat playthroughs. 

Controlling Cole still feels a little sticky, and it would have been nice to play with a control scheme similar to that of GTA 5, but it still gets the job done. And while the gunplay isn't as frequent as in some of Rockstar's other games, it's still entertaining. Gun feedback is great, though you'll only get a standard pistol, and the only way to get new weapons is from off the ground, after you've downed an enemy. That being said, if combat is a bit cumbersome for you, there is an option that allows you to skip these sequences if you die enough times. Driving is also mixed bag. L.A. Noire has a more arcade-like feel than something like GTA 4 or 5, but the turning can feel too sluggish, especially in the high-action chase sequences. 

In terms of extras, L.A. Noire comes with the standard content expected from other remasters. You get all the game's DLC, including the various outfits and extra episodes, as well as a visual update. For the PS4 and Xbox One versions, the visuals have seen a substantial update. From improved texture details, new lighting, and support for 4K and HDR, LA Noire's updates are immediately noticeable. Colors have a much more vibrant look to them, and character models and animations have been slightly improved. While it's not the same level of GTA 5's update, it's still a great-looking game.

L.A. Noire is also available on the Nintendo Switch, though it's not as big of an update as compared to Sony's and Microsoft's outings. It's more of a cleaner version of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, running at 1080p docked and 720p in portable mode. While L.A. Noire isn't the type of game to play on the go, with its focus more on story, it's still a nice option to play anywhere you go. The touchscreen controls are also a nice inclusion, as you can twist and turn each of the various clues and objects on the touch screen (this can also be done with the PS4 touch pad), and choosing your dialogue options via the touchscreen is also a nice option.

The motion controls ... are there, but you're better off just sticking with a controller. The Joy Cons or Pro Controller aren't quite as responsive as the PS4 or Xbox One controllers, with the ZL and ZR buttons not functioning as well as the triggers found on the the other two, which can make driving more of a pain on the Switch. Finally, there are far more sections in the Switch version that suffer from frame rate drops than in the other versions. They're incredibly noticeable and seem to happen randomly.

That being said, there are still some minor blushes regardless of which version you decide to get. Despite improvements to textures, you'll still get some blurry images when looking at things close up. You'll also notice short draw distances, with the game world constantly loading buildings as you get closer up on them, especially on the Switch version. And there are some anti-aliasing issues throughout.

The audio is especiallty pleasing, with music that constantly evokes feelings of nostalgia if you've listened to the film noir soundtracks of the 40's and 50's. The score, by composers Andrew and Simon Hales, is top-notch and is some of the more underrated music you'll hear in gaming. Along with this is the inclusion of dozens of licensed songs from the era that helps lend some more authenticity to the world. Bottom line, L.A. Noire may be old, but there's been enough TLC put into the remasters of the game to help make it feel more like a living place than it was on last-gen hardware.

L.A. Noire is still a one-of-a-kind experience that's still worth playing even six years on. While some more additions and changes would have been nice, there's still nothing quite like living out the dream of being a detective in the late 40s. For only $40 on PS4 and Xbox One ($10 extra on Switch), it's a nice deal. Hopefully some day (after Red Dead Redemption 2), we'll get to return to Rockstar's version of 1940's Los Angeles with a sequel for current-gen systems.

Bungie Gives First Look at Destiny 2's Curse of Osiris DLC Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:07:19 -0500 Joe Garcia

Today, Bungie unveiled via Twitch new information regarding Destiny 2's upcoming expansion, Curse of Osiris, which is set to release on December 5. The stream showcased Mercury, The Lighthouse from the original Destiny, Brother Vance, and much more. 

Unlike in the original Destiny, the sequel's Mercury will be a fully-explorable area similar to Earth, Titan, and Io. Here, players will also be able to explore another new area called The Infinite Forest, a Vex simulation that takes players through Mecury's timeline, showing different versions of the planet through the eons depending on the mission in which Guardians are currently participating. 

Mercury will also host another Vex-like structure that represents the 12 new quests Guardians will be able to go on in order to "forge" new weapons. Once players complete the DLCs campaign quest line, they will be able to forge weapons with specific Vex enhancements -- although those were not covered in detail by the live stream. 

In addition to new lost sectors, adventures, and public events, Heroic Strike Playlists will return with the Curse of Osiris DLC. Guardians will see both base level and light level increases -- 25 base level, 330 power level, respectively. 

The current Leviathan raid will receive a content upgrade from the DLC in the form of the Raid Lair. While this content isn't an entirely new Destiny 2 raid, this "mini raid" will give Guardians new gear, have new bosses, explore new mechanics, and support new guided game content. For those still playing the Leviathan Raid, that end-game content will see a level increase, stronger encounter, and higher-level gear drops. 

Although we don't know much about Osiris yet, we do know he and his ghost, Sagira, will feature prominently in the new DLC as evidenced from the stream's opening cinematic.

Curse of Osiris will be released on December 5. Bungie will have two more reveal streams on November 22 and November 29 on Twitch at 11 a.m. PST.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Destiny 2's Curse of Osiris DLC as it develops. 

How to Unlock and Use the V2 Rocket in CoD: WW2 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:13:16 -0500 Brandon Janeway

It's another year and, so, there's another Call of Duty game, with this year's title being the highly anticipated Call of Duty: WWII. This title has brought back an all time Call of Duty favorite scorestreak, the nuke. This time around, it's the V2 Rocket, only it's not the type of nuke you might be familiar with from previous entries.

What Are Scorestreaks and Nukes?

A scorestreak in CoD games rewards players with special items for earning an unbroken stream of points, either for completing objectives or wracking up kills. Nukes are a type of scorestreak reward, and in previous entries, they would immediately end a multiplayer match.

The V2 Rocket

The V2 Rocket is a special Call of Duty multiplayer function that allows players to call down a bomb and kill any player that is not under some form of cover. This special ability is only available in ranked online multiplayer matches, so you won't be able to access it in private matches.

It's not the same powerhouse seen in earlier games, but still has the potential to change the course of the match. This nuke no longer ends the game, but will give you enough points to tip the balance in your favor.

How to Unlock

If you want to access the V2 Rocket, you're going to have to do a couple of things.


First, you need to prestige in all 5 divisions of the game: Infantry, Armored, Airborne, Mountain, and Expeditionary. This will take some time to achieve, so don't expect to have this ability as soon as you play the game, and plan on grinding a fair amount. 

The divisions are the class system for COD: WWII, and you can prestige each by playing them repeatedly in multiplayer. Completing objectives is the easiest way to earn XP, but certain modes, like Domination and Hardpoint, where you earn steady streams of XP for defending certain points, or Deathmatch, which gives you extra XP for the number of kills you make.Each of the divisions has their own unique loadout combinations, so you'll have to adjust to different play styles.

Unlike other scorestreaks, you don't need to equip the V2 Rocket to a loadout to use it. It is automatically given to you as a scorestreak once you achieve  prestige in all 5 divisions. 


Once you have unlocked the V2 rocket, the next challenge is using it. You must obtain a 25 player killstreak of 25. If you're not aware what a killstreak it is, it's essentially the number of kills you have achieved in succession without dying (and you start from 0 if you do die). The 25 player killstreak must obtained without using another score streak, so you need to avoid using any other scorestreaks you unlock while in a match. After the 25th kill, a message will appear on the screen that the V2 Rocket is unlocked, and it will tell you what button to press to use it. 

How to Use

When you use the V2 Rocket, you'll need to consider the situation, including the state of the match. You  want to use it when you know enemies are not under or near cover for it to be effective. This also means it is not the most useful in areas that have a lot of cover and inside areas, so you should weigh the risk of obtaining the rocket versus your other scorestreaks that might be more effective more often. 

One method would be to use teamwork, creating distractions or luring as many opponents out from cover as possible before launching the V2 and securing victory. Consider too whether it's better to use  sooner or later, since it no longer ends the match automatically. For example, if you turn the tables too soon, it can mean you've used the best weapon available and still have the chance to lose later on.


Not many people have used the nuke yet, given how long it takes to unlock it, so how it affects the multiplayer scene and what strategies players developer around it remain to be seen.

Let us know in the comments if you've used the V2 Rocket already or if you think it's worth it, and be sure to check out our other Call of Duty: WWII guides!

Trove Adventures Guide: Farming Fiery Feathers Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:39:30 -0500 Ty Arthur

With the release of the absolutely gigantic Adventures update, Trove has been expanded with an entirely new biome where strange wonders can be found -- from scuttling Jade Scarabs to shuffling Terracotta Warriors.

Of course, there are also new structures to craft and resources to find while delving into those ancient temples and exploring the bamboo forests. One such resource is the rarely-seen Fiery Feather, which is needed to craft a dragon mount.

Below, we cover how to farm those Fiery Feathers in Trove, along with what you can you do once you've amassed a sizable quantity of this rarely-seen resource.

The Feathers are just one part of the massive changes that recently arrived in Trove with the free Adventures update, so the game may be a bit different than you remember if you've been away for a while. Check out a full rundown of all the new Club Adventures, Fixtures, dragons, and more in our everything you should know guide

 There's a lot of fuss over this little guy!

Farming Fiery Feathers in Trove

Fiery Feathers aren't found in grass or ore veins like most resources, and they can't be traded with other players, so, unfortunately, you'll have to find your own -- and that means some serious farming.

At the moment, Fiery Feathers only appear in the Forbidden Spires addition, which is a prime world biome that has a chance of appearing in any Adventure Worlds leveled Uber 6 or higher.

You can locate Forbidden Spires biomes on the map by noticing the yellow background with a gold coin on the ground. Fiery Feathers can be farmed in either variant of the new biome -- the rainy and bamboo-filled Restless Range or the mountaintops and rivers of the Ancient Heights.

 Finding new enemies in the Forbidden Spires

So where do you actually get the Fiery Feathers? The resource is a rare drop that can come from defeating any of these mobs in the Forbidden Spires biome:

  • Jade Scarabs (often found in lairs/dungeons)
  • Jadebound Phantom (often found in lairs/dungeons)
  • Smoky Fox Phantom
  • Spire Rams
  • Terracotta Warriors (often found in lairs/dungeons)
  • Terracotta Giants
  • Sapphire Dragon Ogre
  • Jade Dragon Ogre
  • Amethyst Dragon Ogre
  • Cinnabar Dragon Ogre

The Fiery Feathers drop rate is quite low, so you'll have to spend a good amount of time exploring the Forbidden Spires or delving into dungeons in that biome to gather any.

  Keep hacking away at those Spire Rams!

Using Forbidden Spires Resources

What good are all those feathers anyway? You can use them to craft the new dragon mount named Onbari, Empress of the Southern Skies.

The mount can only be constructed at a Forbidden Workbench, which is another new component to the Adventures update, so keep an eye out for Forbidden Spires recipes!

Besides Onbari, the Adventures update also brings new dragon mounts Sarsaponia the Pristine (required items drop in water environments), Almakhestia Host of Starfire (required items drop in Shadow Towers), and Blocktron the Guardian Beyond the Sky (required items found at the club world market Fixture).

Fiery Feathers are also only one of several resources available in the Forbidden Spires. Sticky Ichor will drop from Jade Scarabs, for instance, while the brand new resource Cinnabar is found in ore veins throughout the biome. You will need this coveted resource for constructing many of the new items, buildings, and Fixtures that can be built with the Adventures update.

 Take to the skies on your brand new flaming dragon!

Which mob have you managed to get the most Fiery Feathers from while exploring the new Trove biome? Let us know in the comments section below! If you need help with any other aspect of this crafting-focused MMO, check out our full list of Trove guides here.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2: Eson the Searcher Boss Guide Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:00:55 -0500 Stephanie Tang

The Guardians in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 have some pretty lofty goals -- blow stuff up, save the galaxy ... profit -- but their attempts at regular good ol' heroing on Xandar have managed to catch the attention of big evil boss Kang.

And he isn't very impressed, honestly. Ants beneath his feet, and all. 

But the Guardians have been enough of a nuisance so that he's more than happy to sic a Celestial on them. 

(If you're looking for a walkthrough on how to get through the rest of the content in Chapter 1, check out LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Walkthrough Guide: The Guardians Save Xandar!

And while Drax may be of the opinion that the robot waving his enormous death hand at them is a friendly giant and misunderstood creature, the fact that Eson is out to kill you means he should probably die first. 

You've got a handful of characters running around the platform to punch the annoying little side minions, but you're primarily going to need Drax and Star Lord for this guy.

How to Beat Eson the Searcher in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2

While you have a little time to explore though, you'll find a panel off to the left side on the ground that Drax can smash open!

Eson gets off to a pretty fist-smashy good start, but it's the laser beam that your heroes really have a problem with. To kill it, you're going to need Star Lord's gravity mine -- and a booster -- to do it. 

A little Kang time travel technology (*coff* plot device *coff*) means that things get a little trippy throughout this boss fight -- and mostly in your favor. 

There's a crashed plane nearby that could have the parts that you need -- and Eson handily smashes into pieces for you. Use these pieces whip together a gravity mine booster that sucks Eson's hand down onto it. 

This gives you a reprieve, but it doesn't last long. Another burst of timey-wimey plot device turns back time around a smashed up ship and puts it back together again.

No time to look a gift horse in the mouth. Climb on aboard with Star Lord and start firing on Eson's hand to shut down that laser beam for good. 

When the damaged hand falls palm up, it exposes a pathway up to the giant robot's weak spot. Maneuver one of your characters (it's probably easiest with Star Lord) to the damaged laser on Eson's hand which has transformed into a pressure switch.

Stepping on it will peel away the top layer on Eson's arm exposing a jump pad. Climb on up with Drax and use it to action-movie slow-mo leap into the air and catch hold of a hanging rope from your nearby resurrected ship (which I think is being piloted by Gamora).

Swing over to Eson's shoulder and the round glowy ball on it (it might take a try or two to get your swing right). Just underneath the ball is a weakened wall that Drax can smash through and activate a switch, draining the globe, and all power from Eson's head. 

It'll take just a few more things to finish him off... but first, some good old-fashioned bullets to the glowing ball in his chest. (You can ostensibly use your other characters to fling stuff at that glowy ball too, but with considerably more effort.) Just point Star Lord in that direction and unload on him. 

Eson will oblige by unveiling the coup de grace on himself - another gravity mine directly inside the cavity of his chest. Just what you need to cause this Celestial's energy core to pretty much implode. (Don't get sucked in!) 

With it gone, Eson fades away through time and space. You got him!

And while this is far from the end for Kang... he has bigger fish to fry than linger around the smoldering ruins of Xandar crushing ants. The giant sword ship of doom in the sky fades away - beelining to Earth with the Guardians hot on his tail.

Still, that doesn't change the fact that: 

And that's it for Chapter 1 of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2. If you're looking for other tips, tricks, and strategies, make sure to check out our other LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 guides

(Note: For transparency, this early preview game key was provided by WB.)

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Walkthrough Guide: The Guardians Save Xandar! Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:39:54 -0500 Stephanie Tang

It's been a few years since the critically-acclaimed LEGO Marvel Super Heroes came out. And while the Marvel movies continue to make bank at the box office, the hype train's been off the rails for more of the comedic cuteness that typifies the LEGO universe. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is the product of that hype. 

I know of no other game series in the universe (except perhaps Minecraft) where breaking absolutely everything has been such a fundamental and ridiculously satisfying part of playing properly. LMSH2 carries on this legacy right from the get-go and never really stops to take a breath. 

A few tips before you get started in LMSH2:

Break Everything

Literally. Shoot everything, and then shoot it some more because pretty much everything can break, and pretty much anything that breaks has some studs or (even better) a secret in it. 

Remember That Everything Can't Be Completed Right Away

Particularly if you've never played a LEGO game before, this can be pretty frustrating as each and every area is littered with stuff you're just not allowed to access with the current characters you have control of. It's okay. Walk on by. (No matter what Stan Lee has to say.)

Explore Everywhere the Camera Does Not

While your camera does give you a bit of wiggle room while exploring small maps and tight corners, the lack of a first-person camera means that there will always be objects that block your view. Poke around in those places anyway, because there's almost always something worthwhile hiding behind corners of buildings.

Turn Your Subtitles On 

A lot of ongoing dialogue happens while you're busy smashing up the joint, and when a game boasts over 200 characters, the name drops happen one right after the other. LMSH2 may star a number of super-popular and familiar LEGO faces, but it doesn't look like many of their movie-verse voice actors made the roster so it's harder to tell who's talking just from their voices alone.

The story zips from place to place but it starts off deep in outer space. As a giant floating sword threatens the skies, the Guardians of the Galaxy are the only ones left to help with the final evacuations on Xandar ...

But First, You're Going to Need to Get Off Your Ship 

And due to a number of reasons (up to and including the fact that baby Groot really likes to press buttons), it'll take a few steps.

  • There's a ton of things to blow up (and build) in the first room when Star Lord, Drax, and Gamora drop down from the cockpit so take a good minute (or six) to run out the entire room and destroy everything.

Smack this generator just to the right of where you enter and you'll loosen enough pieces to build it back together and open up a crate full of studs

  • When you're ready to move on... you'll realize that you can't. Or at least not just through the hatch like a normal band of superheroes. A system malfunction forces you to use the emergency manual override which, funnily enough, involves blowing up more stuff. 

(namely this thing here)

  • When you clear out the pesky block console covering up the security panel, follow the on-screen prompts to activate it. This is not the manual override - it in fact anticlimactically dumps a bunch of stuff out of a storage compartment all over the floor.

  • Just the stuff you need to build a turn switch! Press the button as prompted nearly the gold glow around them which unlocks the grate covering the elevator platform. Have your characters stand on the platform to descend further into the belly of the ship. 

  • While you could have done any of the above with any of your characters, you're going to very specifically need Star Lord for this part. Switch over to him because he's the only one who can toss a gravity mine.

  • Keep in mind that the same button serves to do a number of different functions - a long press will just make Star Lord jam out to his funky beats when what you want is a short tap to throw your mine. 

  • This will suck all the trash (and what is probably incredibly useful equipment) out of the way, clearing enough space for you to access the hatch panel.

  • Press it and you are on your way to the cityscapes of Xandar!

Save the city!

There are a number of civilians running around willy-nilly throughout the city streets but you can only save some of them. 

  • Nova Prime doesn't appear to like you very much, but that doesn't stop your intrepid adventurers from doing the right thing and saving civilians. Blow up everything around you and get your stud collector on, but head towards the multi-story building at the end of the path where a number of civvies are trapped inside from fire. 

  • Using Star Lord, fly up to the upper level and step on the switch to activate a ladder, allowing your friends to join you. 

  • You're going to need Drax up here to take on a moderately-damaged door in the back of the room. Follow the prompts to break through the door, and then activate the switch behind it to unleash your own fire extinguishing drone (one time use only, alas). 

  • When the fires go out, the civilians run off to the rescue boat - and jjjust in time too because the Guardians end up crashing down through the roof into the room where they were just cowering.

  • There's a turn switch in the back of this room. Activating it will build a giant hamster ball designed for the further protection of civilians (and further destruction of their public property). 

Be careful if you swap around your characters to pick up studs around the ball -- if you get too close, your character may explode and you'll have to rush around to pick up the studs you dropped all over again.

  • Rolling the ball out onto the ramp will send you crashing into the public fountain, exposing a gravity mine booster. 

  • Switch to Star Lord to toss a gravity mine on it to drag all the debris away from the giant double doors to the back. 

  • Poor Gamora feels a little like she's here just to be here in this level, because you're going to switch off directly back to Drax who's the only one who can open those doors and let those trapped civilians out. 

  • After a short cutscene, Rocket and Baby Groot make it in in time to help with the evacuation effort!

  • Between the area just right of the double doors and the clearing where Rocket lands the Milano, you'll find Stan Lee in a crashed ship. You can't do much to help him (this may or may not become a recurring theme).

  • With the help of Rocket and Groot however, you can save the civilians trapped in the giant metal cage just south of Stan Lee. Using the prompted button (square on PS4), you can aim a bomb onto the metal lattice structure caging the civvies and blow it to smithereens.

  • Now you just need to get them to the rescue ship. Thank goodness some plot devicey gadgetry is here to save the day, allowing Baby Groot to fast-forward himself into Adult Groot. 

  • Just to the right of the cage is a patch of glittering plants. Switch over to Groot and activate these plants, so that his tree-limb growing powers can bridge the last batch of civilians to safety.

Save your ship!

  • The ship attacking yours is way too big to beat up with just the stuff you've got on hand, but the parts of crashed ship hanging around will certainly help you out. 

  • Run over to it as Star Lord and activate it when prompted to pick up the pieces and build yourself a brand new radio tower to access the shield defense systems.
  • Once built, switch over to Rocket to get it working. That takes care of the shields, but that ship is still attacking you and needs to be put down. 

Aim a little ahead of the direction the other ship is moving
in to give your shots enough time to travel.

  • As Star Lord, fly up onto the Milano where you'll be able to hop in and activate the ship's guns. Time to blast 'em out of the sky!

  • A few direct hits and it'll go down for the count. 

You did it!

But it looks like Kang still has a little surprise in store for the Guardians before he's really quite ready to vacate the premises...

For tips on taking on Chapter 1's big boss, check out LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2: Eson the Searcher Boss Guide

(Note: For transparency, this early preview game key was provided by WB.)

Need for Speed Payback Guide: All 5 Dealerships Locations Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:31:39 -0500 Sergey_3847

Purchasing new cars and parts is essential for winning at events that require the best of the best from their participants. The one way to buy a new car in Need for Speed: Payback is through an in-game dealership.

Fortune Valley is huge, and there are only five specialized dealerships in the game, so it is possible that you will have a hard time finding all of them. But don't worry, just follow our guide, and find all the locations quickly and easily.

Location 1: Runner Dealership

In order to find the Runner Dealership, go to the south-eatsern part of Silver Rock area -- The Rustway. The building is located in the southern part of the map.

This dealership sells runner cars, such as the new 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo, which is perfect for running away from cops.

Location 2: Drag Dealership

The Drag Dealership is located in the center of the Billionaire's Row district, which is also a part of Silver Rock.

This is one of the most important dealerships in the game, as drag racing is super popular in Need for Speed: Payback. Through this particular dealership you will be able to purchase a derelict car -- Nissan Fairlady 240z.

Location 3: Drift Dealership

Drifting is one of the most popular mechanics in the game, so if you're looking for a Drift event, you will need to buy a proper vehicle, such as Nissan 350z or R34 GTR.

Both of these cars can be purchased through a Drift Dealership located in the central area of the Lakeside district (west of Silver Rock).

Location 4: Offroad Dealership

Now, let's move onto the central part of the Fortune Valley -- the dangerous Liberty Desert. In the south-western area of the Fortune Valley Railway Station you will find the building of the Offroad Dealership.

It features crazy vehicles like the Chevrolet Bel Air fitted with light bars, blowers, lifted suspension, huge wheels, and fender flares -- perfect for all sorts of offroad shenanigans.

Location 5: Race Dealership

If you've been asking yourself, "Where is the Race Dealership?", you're not alone. Probably the hardest to find dealership to find in the game is the Race Dealership. It stands right next to a gas station at the Ember Valley, located to the north of the Liberty Desert.

Here you will find cars like Pagani Huayra BC and Lamborghini Aventador.


That is all for the car dealerships locations in Need for Speed: Payback, but be sure to come back soon for even more guides at GameSkinny!

Trove Adventures Update: Everything You Need To Know Before Logging In Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:27:57 -0500 Ty Arthur

If you haven't jumped on the free-to-play, Minecraft-inspired MMO Trove yet, now is the time to do so as the massive Adventures update officially lands!

As expected, the servers are taking a hit with this massive free update arriving, and not everyone is even able to log in and try out the Adventures additions yet.

Keep trying though, because, there's a whole new biome, new dragons, and massive Club changes now in effect you'll want to experience. Below, we explain all the major changes you need to know about once you are finally able to log into Trove!

Trove Game Updates

First up, there are some welcome changes for the newbies -- if you have a new character, now Expertise Adventures will appear at level 8, teaching you how to go about building, crafting, and using Frameworks and Workbenches. If the game's complexity seemed daunting, now there's more clear cut explanations on how to work each system.

For the long-time players, an overdue change has arrived as Mastery is no longer capped at 300, and new Mastery rewards have been added for levels 100, 220, 250, 260, and 270. If you already hit those ranks previously, the rewards will appear when you login.

If you had enough points to raise your Mastery above 300 before the update arrived, it will automatically level up to the appropriate rank when you log in. The required points above level 300 are always half the next level, so for instance to hit Mastery level 500 you need 250 Mastery points.

Sharing loot and XP has been revamped with the Tethering system, which lets you Tether to other players of your choice who are within 500 blocks of each other. Face another player and hit Ctrl-E to send a Tether invite (on console editions, look at a player and hold the button used to switch between adventure and build mode). If accepted, XP and loot will be distributed between players in the Tether who damaged an enemy.

Last but not least, the blingy Prismatic Lasercorn is free to download for console or PC players through December 18th (nab him at the Deals tab of the Trove Store).

 Claiming your free Prismatic Lasercorn!

Club Adventures

The focus of this update is solidly on expanding out Clubs, with new ranks and permissions available. The biggest and most obvious additions are permanent Fixture buildings added to your Club World that assign adventures and Shrines that bestow buffs if a Club is set as your primary.

Your Club members will have to find Frameworks recipes to construct these buildings and add-ons. The new Rally of Heroes Fixture is free and summons NPCs with a sleep cycle system. While awake, these NPCs bestow adventures for anyone in the Club to play through. The rarer adventures are available less often as the NPC sleeps longer.

Fixtures cost rent to remain active, and that's where the Trovian Clubit Union Fixture comes in, letting any Club member cash in Clubits to pay rent. Your Club needs to be working together to pay the rent on new buildings to keep them around, so stay in contact and help out your Club mates!

While trying out these new adventures, be sure to be on the lookout for the new Club Headquarters building for your primary Club. On the 1st and 15th, a Golden Flux Dragon appears there to sell items.

All these new systems require some management, so now you can see everything all at once by pulling up the Adventure window (by pressing "I" on PC or Options/Menu on PS4/Xbox One).

New Trove Dragons

This is what you were really want to know about, right? Three new dragons are now available to construct, requiring a recipe from the Dragon Crucible and egg fragments. You can grab your fragments from these locations:

  • Fish in water locations to get bubble dragon egg fragments for Sarsaponia, the Pristine.
  • Defeat elite enemies at the Shadow Tower to get starfire egg fragments for Almakhestia, Host of Starfire.
  • Acquire blocktron egg fragments at the club world market fixture for Blocktron, the Guardian Beyond the Sky.

New Trove Biome: Forbidden Spires

Finally, there's an entire new area focused around ancient Asian cultures that is the featured biome in Uber-6. There are plenty of dungeons to delve into here, along with new enemies that drop Fiery Feathers to build new types of workbenches.

Keep an eye out for Forbidden Spires decoration recipes scattered across the biome, along with an entirely new crafting material to harvest called Cinnabar, which is required for the new Radiant Stellar Rings.

If you manage to get your hands on any Panda Talismans, don't forget you can now craft panda mounts at the Adventurer's Crafting Bench.

Those are all the major changes you need to know about with Trove's Adventure update! What are you most looking forward to trying out, and what Club are you in? Let us know in the comments below!

Sonic Forces: Speeding Things Too Thin Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:58:18 -0500 Joseph Ocasio

Excluding his recent TV spin-off games, Sonic the Hedgehog's track record has been pretty decent for the past several years. Sonic Colors was a great step in the right direction, with Sonic Generations perfectly capitalizing on the foundation and recapturing the Blue Blur's glory days. And while Sonic: Lost World had its detractors, it was still a well-made product. Sadly, Sonic Forces never manages to capture what made those games good. 

While Sonic games have never been known for having strong plots, the last few entries at least knew how outlandish and convoluted the stories for these games could get and poked fun at the ridiculousness of it all. Sonic Forces mistakenly goes back to the earlier plots by actually trying to take itself seriously. This time, Dr. Eggman has recruited a powerful new ally called Infinite to defeat Sonic. They succeed, and Eggman manages to take over most of the world. Sonic and his remaining friends--including a new "create-your-own" character--form a resistance to stop Eggman and his new pal.

Like Generations before it, Sonic Forces splits its time between old and new. Modern Sonic will boost, speed, and homing attack his way through levels, while Classic Sonic jumps and spin-dashes through his portions. New to Forces is its character creation feature. There are tons of items you get to customize with once you beat a stage. Your character's gimmick is that it can use Wisps-based weapons that allow it to whip, burn, or otherwise destroy foes, as well as use each weapon's secondary ability.

It's the length of Sonic Forces where everything starts to fall apart. It'll take you about three to five hours to get through the game. It's not that Sonic Forces is a short game, it's that each of its 30 levels is over far too quickly; most can be completed in around a few minutes. That's it. Just when you're starting to get really into a level, it ends, and you never feel wholly satisfied. Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations were relatively short experiences, but they made up for it with levels that went on just long enough to not overstay their welcomes. Outside of the main story, there are some side missions that do little to change up the main structure. You can replay levels in order to up your score, but it's still not a good incentive to replay.

Despite a few instances, later on, of annoying trial and error that the series is known for, most levels in Sonic Forces are decently designed and feature an abundance of robots to destroy and loops to run around in. While Modern Sonic spends a bit too much time constantly bursting through levels, with little to do, it's still mostly enjoyable. You just wish you had more control in these sequences. The created character plays mostly like this, and though it's more combat-oriented, it still plays like Sonic. The abilities it uses are fun and do a decent job of mixing thing up. Outside of a few instances of top-down areas that suffer from bad controls, using this character is still a fun experience. There are even a few levels where you and Sonic get to team up.

Classic Sonic levels, meanwhile, are just okay. Nothing about them is bad, but they're just average. You jump, platform, and spin-dash, but nothing is really memorable about them, seeing how short they can be and especially coming off of Sonic Mania's excellent level design. It almost feels like these levels were made by an amateur using a Sonic version of Super Mario Maker. It's still 2D Sonic, meaning it's still enjoyable, but it's kind of just there.

In terms of presentation, Sonic Forces looks and sounds solid. From Green Hill and Chemical Plant to Metropolis, Sonic Forces does have decent visual variety to its levels. That being said, the worlds you inhabit start to blur together. Dark factories, evil bases, and ruined cities begin to stand out in the worst way when mixed with the colorful cities and worlds Sonic is known for. While the version I played was on the Switch, it should be noted that Sonic Forces does run at 1080p/60fps on PS4 and 720p/60fps on Xbox One. The Switch runs at 720p/30fps regardless of whether you play it docked or handheld. It's not as responsive and does look rougher, but it still gets the job done. The music is a pretty good mixture of Genesis-style music and the rock that Sonic is known for, and the voice acting is fine.

The bottom line is that Sonic Forces looks, sounds, and plays well enough, but its levels feel too automatic and short to feel satisfying like past games. Even at the price of $40, it's still asking too much for what's offered. After the excellent Sonic Mania, you'd think SEGA and Sonic Team would have stepped it up. While there was love and care put into Sonic Forces, and it doesn't feel like a rushed, broken cash-in like the worst Sonic games, it never manages to reach the quality of the franchise's heights. Sonic fans should at least give it a rental or wait for it to go on sale, but everyone else will be left in the dust. It feels like it's been said for a while, but maybe next time, Sonic Team will get it right. 

Best Xbox One X Compatible External Hard Drives for Holiday 2017 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:00:01 -0500 Ty Arthur


There are more games taking advantage of the improved graphical capabilities of the Xbox One X than you may realize, so all that storage space will be warranted. Of course, the big names like Gears Of War 4, Halo 5, and Forza 7 are in on the action, but there's plenty of other games you might not expect.


From Minecraft (yep, somehow we can make the pixel blocks look more HD!) to Quantum Break to Zoo Tycoon, many titles are going to take up a whole lot of extra space on the X version of Microsoft's flagship console.


Have you picked up an Xbox One X yet, and what size external hard drive do you plan on grabbing to increase your stage space?


With the holiday season quickly approaching, expect to see many of these drives or their equivalents from other brands to go on deep discount. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you've found a better deal!




Vecrotech 1TB SSD


Price: $309.00
Buy it on: Amazon


While we've focused on the traditional external HDDs, it's worth noting that external solid state drives are also compatible with the Xbox One X for those who prefer to stay on the cutting edge.


The cost goes up significantly for less storage space, so what's the upside of an SSD over an HDD? Most notably is that these solid state drives are totally silent, adding absolutely no extra sound to your gaming area.


They also offer much faster transfer speeds, but that's less relevant since you probably won't be frequently transferring data to and from different devices when using the drive as an Xbox storage location.


While this 1TB option will set you back a pretty penny, the 512GB versions lower the price substantially, although obviously at the cost of reduced storage space.


Seagate 8TB


Price: $189.99
Buy it on: Amazon


When money is no option and storage space is all you care about, the 8TB HDD options are where you should be looking. Although bulky and requiring an extra spot on your surge protector for its own power supply, its unlikely you will ever run of space with this much room, even if you have a massive Xbox One X game library. Be sure to jump on the Games With Gold program for two free games every month to fill up this massive drive!


Seagate 4TB External Hard Drive


Price: $97.00
Buy it on: Amazon


These Seagate HDD options provide a vertical, elegant design to set next to your Xbox One X. The upside here is that the drive doesn't take up as much horizontal space as the oddly shaped, rectangular external HDDs with smaller storage capacities.


For less than a hundred bucks, this is an excellent mid-range external option that ensures you won't be deleting games, while not hitting the bank as hard as with those 8TB behemoths. Of course, all the usual standbys like Toshiba and Western Digital have their own versions of these as well at differing price points, so you've got other options if you're considering this style of external hard drive. 


Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB


Price: $74.00
Buy it on: Amazon


Going for a sleek rounded, palm-of-the-hand look, Toshiba's offerings are a different form factor than the boxy rectangular Western Digital hard drives -- but they don't usually come in all the nifty color options.


At slightly more than your 1TB drive, this external HDD may be the best "bang for your buck" option available right now for expanding your Xbox One X storage space.


Between the 1TB onboard HDD of the console and the extra 2TB from the external drive, space won't be nearly as cramped. And it's unlikely you are going to hit capacity unless you are consistently buying the newest and biggest games every month.


Western Digital 1TB External Hard Drive


Price: $59.00
Buy it on: Amazon


This is your basic starting point for adding extra storage space to your Xbox One X, and keeping you from deleting old games to make room for new ones. And while there are plenty of manufacturers out there with competing 1TB versions in different sizes, what's appealing about this particular line is that there's no external power required, and they come in cool colors.


If that striking orange isn't your thing and doesn't match your decor, go ahead and pick dark red, blue, white, or the standard black to match the Xbox One X.


These are also super affordable. They aren't much more expensive than your typical thumb drive but offer vastly increased storage capacity, effectively doubling the size of your Xbox One X storage space immediately. For less than $60, it's a worthwhile investment.


The most powerful console in the world is here, finally providing true 4K gaming experiences to console players around the world -- well, if you've got a 4K TV, anyway. Unfortunately, for all that power packed under the hood, the Xbox One X only comes bundled with one hard drive option: 1TB. 


While that might cut it for the casual gamer on a lesser system, it's a good bet you are going to burn through that terabyte before long if you plan on taking advantage of the HD updates for Xbox One X enhanced games. When required updates are taking up 80 gigs of space, a 1TB internal drive is going to fill to capacity in no time flat.


Only having one hard drive option feels like an oversight on Microsoft's part, since all the previous Xbox One editions come with multiple drive configurations. Just like the original Xbox One and the updated Xbox One S, the revamped X still features two USB ports, though, so it's simple to add on an external hard drive for extra room.


Any USB-enabled external hard drive will work, although you have to format the drive to work with the Xbox operating system and will lose any data that was previously stored on the HDD.


Here, we're going to round up all the best external hard drives currently available to use with your Xbox One X, focusing on different models for budget-friendly options, as well as hard drives that offer the most storage space possible -- but at a premium price.

The 7 Best Gaming Headsets You Can Buy For the 2017 Holiday Season Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:51:19 -0500 Auverin Morrow


That wraps up our list of the best gaming headsets that you can buy during the 2017 holiday season. Whether you need a cheap headset, an immersive surround sound experience, an on-the-go setup, or a full suite of customizable features, there's a set of cans in this roundup for you. 


What headset will you be picking up for the holidays this year? Are there any that you think deserve a spot on this list? Let us know in the comments! 


Logitech G430

For the Gamer on a Tight Budget
  • Price: $34.99
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  • Platforms: PC, Mac, PS4
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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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  • Buy It: Amazon
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We're diving from the top end of gamer budgets toward the lower end with this gaming headset. Logitech's G430 proves that you don't have to fork over your whole paycheck to get quality sound and comfort. 


The G430 offers true 7.1 surround sound, a lightweight design, and inline controls for under $40. Its lightweight chassis is made from durable plastic, with breathable sport-cloth earpads that keep your head from getting too heated during those long gaming sessions. 


If the lower price tag and sporty design of this headset appeal to you, then you might also want to check out the Logitech G433 -- another surround sound headset that is even more tailored toward on-the-go usage and airy comfort. It's available for $99.99 on Amazon.


Sennheiser Game Zero & Game One

For the Luxury Gamer
  • Price: $169.00 (Zero), $249.95 (One)
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  • Platforms: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One
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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars (Zero), 4.5/5 Stars (One)
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  • Buy It: Amazon (Zero), Amazon (One)
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If you've got deep enough pockets that you can spring for the brand name that's become synonymous with high-end comfort, then the Sennheiser Game Zero and Game One headsets are worth splurging on. 


The Game Zero features a closed acoustic design and leather padding on the ear cups and headband, while the Game One boasts an open acoustic design with plush velour accents -- but both cozy setups offer enough noise cancellation that you can game or chat comfortably. 


So what's the difference between these sets? It all comes down to sound. Sennheiser's Game One offers a slightly crisper and more nuanced sonic experience with resonant bass and crystal-clear mids and highs. The Game Zero setup provides a top-tier sound experience as well but is tailored more toward gamers who prefer a closed acoustic setup. 


HyperX Cloud Revolver S

For the Marathon Gamer & Sound Snob
  • Price: $149.99
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  • Platforms: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One
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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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  • Buy It: Amazon
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HyperX is known for having some of the most comfortable headsets on the market, but the Cloud Revolver S might be the most comfortable of them all. With memory foam earpads, a specialized weight-distributing design, and lightweight materials, the Revolver S is an excellent choice for hardcore gamers who need maximum comfort without sacrificing any sound quality. 


Featuring true 7.1 surround sound, this headset produces a rich spectrum of tones and has a wonderfully resonant low end. Its directional sound capabilities will help you experience the aural cues in your favorite games like the developers intended. Though there's no RGB lighting or EQ software, the comfort and sound quality alone make this set of cans worth the $150 price tag. 


Check out our HyperX Could Revolver S review for more information. 


Logitech G533

For the Directional Sound Connoisseur
  • Price: $149.99
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  • Platforms: PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One
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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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  • Buy It: Amazon
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If you want the best wireless surround sound experience on the market, the Logitech G533 is the headset for you. It features a proprietary diaphragm design that can parse our sound into individual parts, and then reproduce it with remarkable fidelity. And as we note in our G533 review, this makes for quite an intense sonic experience with games like Battlefield 1


In addition to top-tier sound performance, this Logitech headset also offers reliable wireless functionality with great battery life (about 15 hours) and long range (about 15 meters). Last but not least, the granular EQ software will let you tailor your headset to deliver the ideal soundscape. 


SteelSeries Arctis 3/5/7

For the All-In-One Gamer On the Go

No matter what kind of gamer you are, there's an iteration in the SteelSeries Arctis line for you. The cheapest model, the Arctis 3, is a compact setup that offers inline controls, decent sound quality, and portable comfort for less than $80. 


But if you have a little bit more to spend, you might want to consider the higher end Arctis 5 or Arctis 7 models. The Arctis 7, in particular, has a lot to offer -- from high-impact surround sound to the buoyant comfort of its unique design. And it packs a ton of features and functionality into a lag-free wireless package that's compatible with pretty much any current platform.


Corsair Void Pro RGB

For the Dedicated Wireless Gamer
  • Price: $99.99
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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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  • Buy It: Amazon
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If you're the sort of gamer who prefers not to be tethered to their desk by a snake pit of wires, then Corsair's newest headset should be on your wishlist. The Void Pro RGB wireless headset offers a lag-free wireless experience with RGB accents and inline controls to streamline your gaming sessions. The ear cups also rotate to lay flat around your neck so you can get up from your desk and grab a snack from the kitchen without ever having to take your headset off. 


Boasting a long-lasting battery life and some of the best sound quality you can find in a wireless setup for under $100, the Void Pro is a great option for wire-free aficionados who don't want to break the bank. 


Check out our Corsair Void Pro RGB review for more information. 


HyperX Cloud Alpha

For the Comfort-Savvy Console Player
  • Price: $99.99
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  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Mac, iOS, Android
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  • Rating: 4/5 Stars
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  • Buy It: Amazon
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This new iteration in HyperX's Cloud lineup is about as comfortable as headsets come. The memory foam inside the headband and ear cups keeps the Cloud Alpha cozy and snug (but not too snug) during those long marathon sessions. Underneath that plush foam are proprietary dual-chamber drivers that produce crisp, resonant sound and hefty bass tones -- so you're getting an excellent sound experience from this airy setup. 


Just like all other HyperX headsets, the Cloud Alpha doesn't feature any sort of RGB lighting or EQ software. It's 100% plug-and-play, with no bells or whistles to distract from its aural prowess. And console players will be happy to know that this headset is compatible with any system that features a 3.5mm audio jack -- including PC, PS4, and Xbox One. 


Read our HyperX Cloud Alpha review for more information. 


A good gaming headset can mean the difference between a fun playthrough and a truly immersive gaming experience. But with so many headsets claiming to be the best on the market or the biggest bang for your buck, it can be hard to find the right pair of cans to fit your current setup.


Now that the 2017 holidays coming up, there’s no better time to start scoping out the perfect headset for yourself or that special gamer in your life. Whether you’re a console gamer who needs couch-worthy comfort or a PC player looking for the ultimate wireless setup, the right headset is out there waiting for you -- and we’ve already done the legwork to find it!


These are the top-tier headsets on the market right now that you should be keeping an eye on during Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the whole holiday season.

7 Best Games for Music Lovers Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:05:07 -0500 Lauren Harris


Music plays a huge part in most video games. Finding the right game that gets you moving is very important to music fans. There's many genres to choose from  these days but finding that perfect sound in a really fun game keeps music fans begging for more ways to jam out alone or with their friends.


Whats your favorite video game soundtrack? Let us know in the comments below. 


Beat the Game 


This indie-adventure created by Worm Animation allows the player to find sounds that bring about cut scenes as the story unfolds. Your character is equipped a Sound Scanner to help you track down sounds. Players will have to search the desert with a "Roboball" device for hidden objects within the game. 


Finding and creating sounds that you can bring together to perform a live show at the end of the game is an exciting experience for music lovers. This strangely beautiful game brings the player a chance to create many sounds and mixers to use in their show; it allows players to enjoy searching and finding characters to give them items to use. Music lovers could enjoy this mysterious game that brings music and adventure together in one twisted and alluring way. Get it for yourself or read GameSkinny's review of Beat the Game.


Price: $9.99


Purchase the game on Steam.




Nintendo created another portable game for music lovers. The player gets to choose from a variety of monsters called Electroplankton, with the different monsters having their own unique sounds. By placing them together you can create an array of different sounds when you touch them.


Electroplankton can be a good game for music lovers. Especially if they are playing gigs. Music lovers could even create full albums of soothing - electronic music.


Price: $14.99


 Purchase Electroplankton here.




Jam Sessions


This on-the-go type of guitar player let's you play guitar by strumming the string on the screen of the Nintendo DS as well as selecting chords using the control pad.


The sound of the guitar is authentic, just like if you were playing a real guitar. Music lovers would really enjoy this portable games as it is an exciting way to play guitar.


Price: $6.65


Purchase Jam Sessions here.




 Karaoke has been around for a long time. Every now and again people want to sing, even when they can't. Lips provides just that, in the comfort of your own home.


The game lets you sing pop, rock, and many more genres of music. Music lovers would enjoy this game because it lets you pick what you want to sing. The players have choices and everyone loves choices especially when it comes to music. We all have different preferences in music so why not enjoy what you like in your own home or with a group of friends. 


Price: $2.99


Purchase the game here.


Brutal Legend


This has got to be one of the most popular music games for RPG. This action-adventure brings the combat and open world freedom. The Demons want to take over the human race and to permanently erase heavy metal music forever.


The characters are played by an All-star cast like Jack Black and Eddie Riggs. This heavy metal action RPG is a music lovers dream. If metal is your forte, this game would be the perfect rock session for friends to enjoy together. Fighting demons and commanding the power of rock in exhilarating band battles will keep any music lover’s attention for hours.


Price: $14.99


Purchase this rock sensation on Steam.




This visually stunning 3D game sends the player on a musical  and mechanically beautiful journey. GNOG takes you through a 3D world beyond the imagination. The player explores this mechanical toy land while enjoying the intricate designs and puzzles along the way.


The soundtrack is very playful and exciting. It really makes you want to dive deeper into the game. Because of how well the music flows with the gameplay, GNOG appeals to all sorts of music lovers. 


Price: $14.99


You can purchase this exciting music adventure here.


The Metronomicon


There's a lot of video games that are popular for making you get up and dance. Rock Band has been the most popular throughout the video game universe for just that, but there are many other video games that bring dancing and fighting together.


One of the best is The Metronomicon, dancing to a tune is one thing but fighting monsters with the power of music is something a lot more interesting to see. This funky-RPG lets you take control of eight newly graduated masters of the "rhythmic combat arts." Using four tracks at a time you can control the spells and other abilities of your eight characters. Good-timing and excellent performance will determine the effectiveness of those funky moves. 


The Metronomicon appeals to all types of players. Music lovers would enjoy the newest electronic and synth wave soundtracks, bringing exciting music to a groovy game would make anyone want to dance. The game also allows music lovers to use Rock Band guitars. This funkadelic RPG game would be a hit to music fans everywhere.


Price: $19.99


Buy it on: Steam


Most music lovers understand the importance of a good tune, but video game music lovers have their own taste in music whether its rock, electronic, or pop. Some have to actually enjoy the music as they play and indulge their ears in the beautiful tunes. Music lovers can enjoy a good game but the music has to grab their attention. If you're a fan of game soundtracks, then check out seven of the best games for music lovers.

Destiny -- Beyond Science Fantasy Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:18:04 -0500 Kengaskhan

In some of the interviews Bungie had leading up to the release of the first Destiny, they referred to their game’s setting as “mythic science fiction.”

That may come off as a bit odd, given that they could’ve simply called it a science-fantasy world. It could have just been a marketing trick to give their game a fancy label, and in some ways it probably was -- however, "mythic science fiction" is a pretty specific (and intriguing) description.

So what, in the eyes of the devs, sets Destiny apart from other science-fantasy games, films, and literature?

Destiny Embraces Fantasy Tropes

To start with, all works of science fantasy draw from classic fantasy (or sci-fi) tropes to some extent, but Destiny in particular is almost too on-the-nose with its implementation of some of these generic conventions.

Atmosphere and Aesthetics

While you’ve got some decidedly futuristic locales like the Titan arcology and some Bladerunner-y synthwave-ish tracks like Nessus’s exploration music, the European Dead Zone alone has a few settings that’d feel right at home in any traditional fantasy game.

There’s the Blackened Forest that may as well be Destiny’s version of the Mirkwood -- except instead of being enchanted by Middle-earth magic, it’s home to a shard of the Traveler. There’s the Farm, which has a rustic fantasy feel that manages to cut through all that science-y tech stuff that you’ll find there -- maybe it’s the music.

Fantastic Beasts

In Destiny, each of the enemy factions is tied to a specific real-world group -- the Fallen are pirate themed, the Cabal are Roman themed, the Hive are Medieval themed, and the Vex are Greek themed.

At first glance, it may seem like the only thing that ties the Vex war machines to ancient Greek mythology are the names: there are Vex Minotaurs, Vex Harpies, Vex Hydras, Vex Gorgons, and more. But there’s even more to it than that.

For example, in Destiny 2, most players are introduced to Radiolaria,the liquid found flowing throughout the alien landscape, when they first arrive on Nessus.

In a way, Radiolarian fluid (or Vex mind fluid) can be seen as a sort of ichor, the blood of an ancient, mythical race -- anyone who’s fought the Vex will know not to shoot their heads but instead their mind cores, the glowing pods that contain the Radiolarian fluid.

Like the blood of the ancient Greek gods, Vex mind fluid has a few special properties -- most notably, it burns any Guardians (and probably any living non-Vex creature) that touches it. Funnily enough, in Greek mythology, it was the blood of Nessus the centaur that poisoned and killed Hercules when it touched his skin.

None of these tropes are unique to the Destiny series; however, what is unique about Destiny is what it uses to inspire some of its fantasy.

Weapons, Armor, and Magic

“An ancient weapon, battered and worn -- but it still fires true. Perhaps it’s been waiting for you.”

The Khvostov is the first weapon you’re given in Destiny, and it makes no attempt to hide what it is: it’s that rusty iron longsword you start with in every fantasy game, an heirloom from battles long past.

And that first set of uncommon armor you’re rewarded with after the tutorial may as well be your Leather Armor +1.

There’s also the fact that many class supers involve "enchanted" medieval weaponry: Dawnblades wield flaming greatswords, Arcstriders dance across the battlefield with electrified staves, and Sentinels pummel enemies with shields forged from Void light.

Destiny Is Steeped in Its Own Mythology

The developers didn’t just use “mythic science fiction” as a buzz phrase to help market the game (although I’m sure that’s part of it). Unlike a lot of other works of science fantasy, Destiny really does draw heavily from a rich mythological culture: its own.

Destiny is a game that focuses on the past -- just not our past. The first Destiny begins around the year 2700 -- a future so far removed from present day that the past they reference isn’t our own but a past hundreds of years in our future -- starting with the Golden Age.

Nearly every piece of lore regarding humanity, their worlds, and their culture is drawn from the centuries between the start of the Golden Age and the beginning of the first game.

The Khvostov 7G-02 isn’t technically a sword, but it's what people used hundreds of years ago in the world of Destiny -- kind of like how we still used swords in the 1400s.

There are many historical figures and items in the game that are treated with reverence, like the Iron Lords, the Gjallarhorn rocket launcher, or even the Khvostov. Some legendary and exotic gear pieces tell tales about their origin or of the guardians who wielded them long ago. There’s even a game mode that’s named after a character: the Trials of Osiris.

Players will often find themselves delving into the remnants of human civilization, be it the run-down Cosmodrome in Old Russia or the entombed ruins of the Clovis Bray research lab on Mars. Players will dig up artifacts and engrams so old they’ll have to bring them to a crypto-archaeologist to identify them.

This focus on the game's fictional history helps to create the sense that there’s a real mythology behind the guardians and their actions, that they truly are living legends.


While Destiny may have nailed most of the elements common to the science fantasy genre, that alone doesn't necessarily warrant a brand-new label for the game. However, Destiny does take things a step further, using its fictional mythology to inject a sense of wonder into its science fiction world.

Destiny doesn’t just embrace fantasy, it embraces the fantasy of its own mythological past, and that is what sets Destiny apart from most other works of science fantasy.