Xbox One Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Xbox One RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Fortnite End Game Guide: Tips on How the Pros Win https://www.gameskinny.com/cai54/fortnite-end-game-guide-tips-on-how-the-pros-win https://www.gameskinny.com/cai54/fortnite-end-game-guide-tips-on-how-the-pros-win Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:23:20 -0400 Ty Arthur

You're finally at the point where you manage to consistently make it to the top 10 - 20 ranked spots in a Fortnite match, but now the question arises: how do you actually win during the end game?

This is what sets the amateurs and wannabees from the pros in Battle Royale matches as they learn to adapt quickly to other player strategies and stay alive as the storm circle closes.

If you find yourself struggling to be the last combatant alive and always manage to get killed in the Fortnite end game, we've got all the tips and strategies you need to finally snag that elusive Victory Royale.

How To Win In Fortnite

Fortnite is all about making it to the #1 position as the last player standing, and not about racking up the most kills. Sure, you can level up and gain bragging rights by getting kills with specific weapons, but that doesn't help you actually win.

If you get 98 kills and are sniped by the last player hiding as a bush, you still lose. It's entirely possible to win a match with 1 kill, or even with 0 kills if you manage to get the second to last player standing to accidentally kill themselves.

To reach that #1 Victory Royale position you need to be thinking sneakily and defensively (until the very end game, anyway, at which point it's time to go full aggressive). Not being seen at all is much better than getting into a firefight and coming out the victor with reduced health and ammo.

To make it to the end game, either land in an unmarked location to stay away from the early fire fights, or land in a marked location that gets significantly less foot traffic and has more cover, like Wailing Woods.  

While waiting for the storm to shrink for the end game, make sure to throw up walls before healing, but even more important, just throw them up the second you hear gunfire in the late game. Better safe than sorry. If you go for a supply drop, always box yourself in with walls first as well.

Pro players assign the wall, stairs, and floor building bindings to various mouse buttons for instantaneous building so you don't have to be struggling to find the F1 - F5 keys while getting shot at. You could even bind the wall building to the spacebar key, as it's frankly more useful than jumping. 

 Key bindings are critical to getting that half second edge over the enemy

This is critical because in most circumstances, height means winning. Ramp rushing in particular can be the difference between victory and defeat, especially in the end game when both players have tons of weaponry.

When in a fire fight you can't avoid, throw up two staircases and a floor platform (particularly if the other player is currently reloading), then hit them from above on the high ground while they scramble to find find cover. Unless you are facing off against an expert builder, they won't be able to make a fort quickly enough to defend themselves.

This strategy changes slightly when you are in a sniper fight, however. In this instance, building wider rather than taller to make it harder for the sniper to guess where you will pop out next.

While making your way to the final circle for the end game battle, always try to pick up explosives along the way, which are critical to the end game as there will almost certainly be forts involved (or barring explosives, hope for a minigun to take out their walls quickly instead).

End Game Building Strategy

However you get there, one of the most effective strategies to dominating in the end game is to simply wait in the final circle and barricade yourself as much as possible. This isn't as exciting as going full aggro across the entire match, but it's much more likely you will survive this way.

While waiting for the final opponents to arrive as the storm shrinks, take the time to reload everything so you don't have to lose any precious seconds when the final fire fight arrives.

While building your final fort, you can get sneaky by building on top of an existing structure if one is present, or instead just build a large and obvious heavily fortified position if you have the resources. Once constructed, wait in an inconspicuous corner of your fort and let the last player come to you.

If you have the time and resources, building multiple bases and using the launch pad to move between them is an excellent strategy for keeping clear line of sight and hitting enemies from above as they enter the final circle. 

Countering End Game Builders

You will very likely find yourself in a situation having to counter another player utilizing the exact same end game tactic. There are two ways to handle this.

The first is with the aforementioned explosives. C4, stickies, grenades, rocket launchers, etc. can take down walls quickly (or you can use a minigun if you got lucky and found one). You can run into a problem here, however, if you get a player really good at spamming walls, and then it all comes down to the luck of the draw of who gets off the first shot. 

The second way is to not even bother trying to destroy the walls, but just instead build stairs and go above the fort, as many players don't often think of building full roof tiles for complete coverage. If you have healing items, you can even wait till the storm shrinks and hang out inside the damaging portion of the storm to fire down and force them into a choke point in their own fort.

If you know they are hiding in their fort and you have a structure to prevent line of sight (like a large building) make sure to use it to your advantage to quietly build above their fort without them noticing and then hit hard and fast from above.

In this instance, an extremely effective tactic is to build above them, jump down towards the enemy fort, fire off a rocket launcher round as you are falling to destroy their cover, then switch immediately to a shotgun or other high powered weapon as you land to fire as soon as they break from cover.

Be careful when utilizing this strategy and keep in mind the recent Fortnite shotgun nerf. You can no longer employ the tactic of switching between shotguns repeatedly in your inventory for instant firing without having to reload, so keep other weapons handy, especially if they have a high rate of fire.

 While still useful, this is no longer the be-all, end-all of Fortnite weapons

For those who manage to consistently win, what do you think of our end game Fortnite strategies, and what tips would you offer to players who are finally making it into the top 10 but struggle to win? Sound off in the comments section below! 

Still getting the hang of the 100 player Battle Royale matches? Be sure to peruse these other Fortnite guides so you can get up to speed and earn a #1 Victory Royale:

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Sonic Mania Plus Review: Simply the Best https://www.gameskinny.com/wa731/sonic-mania-plus-review-simply-the-best https://www.gameskinny.com/wa731/sonic-mania-plus-review-simply-the-best Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:51:38 -0400 Ashley Gill

I'll be the first to admit I make some bad purchasing decisions when it comes to Sonic the Hedgehog games. Those decisions being buying them, then buying them again. And maybe again. I'm not really sure how many platforms I have Sonic 3 & Knuckles on, but it's more than five.

Last year's release of Sonic Mania brought back the feel and style of classic 2D Sonic that Sonic Team and Dimps struggled to recreate with the episodic Sonic 4, and it quickly became regarded as one of the best -- if not the best --Sonic games to date. There is something to be said for the Sonic fangame developers behind Mania and their understanding of what made the classic games memorable and fun.

Sonic Mania Plus brings the experience of the original Mania release back with a few tricks up its sleeve, some that may seem insignificant on paper but bring the whole game together into a complete package. It's a package that can satisfy both fans and newcomers with its signature '90s style.

What's in Plus?

The most obvious addition to Sonic Mania Plus is the characters Ray the squirrel and Mighty the armadillo, both of which have their roots in the arcade-only SegaSonic the Hedgehog. These two characters aren't just for show, either -- each has its own unique maneuvers for you to play with.

Ray, an enthusiastic and nimble squirrel, is able to glide mid-air much like Mario with his cape in Super Mario World. You tilt backward to catch some air and hover, tilt forward to take a dive. Unlike Knuckles and Tails, Ray can get some tremendous momentum when airborne provided you take the time to master his gliding ability.

Mighty, an armadillo in name and function, is immune to spike damage when jumping or spin dashing. Often you can jump onto spikes a single time and bounce right off. Mighty is also able to slam down into the ground with a double jump press, and he has a slightly higher jump than the rest of the cast. Ray is fun, but Mighty's slightly higher jump and mid-air spike immunity bring huge benefits.

These new characters and their brand-new abilities are perfectly suited to the new, remixed levels found in Sonic Mania Plus's new Encore mode.

Encore mode looks different at first glance, and it doesn't take long to figure out you're not in regular ol' Mania mode anymore. The levels in Encore mode have been tweaked to allow for Ray and Mighty to shine, with obstacles just for them, along with a wealth of new challenges spread throughout each zone.

Encore as a whole is the more difficult of the two modes, no contest. The new pinball-style special stages are more forgiving than the Sonic 3-style special stages in the original release, but the new Chaos Emerald stages (which are functionally the same as the original release) are brutal. I think I hate them, but practice makes perfect.

Along with the new obstacles found in Encore mode is the new character-swapping feature, which has you control two characters at once much like you would with Sonic and Tails normally. You can swap between them with a button press, but the characters you have will rotate frequently. Special boxes are scattered about to swap your characters, culminating to no two playthroughs ever being the same. You can also use the new characters for individual playthroughs in Mania mode.

Multiplayer

The new Competitive mode is a throwback (pullback?) to the multiplayer modes of yore found in Sonic 2 and Sonic 3 & Knuckles, with little to no changes to how the mode worked in those games. This isn't a complaint -- I loved racing friends and family in those multiplayer modes -- but it is something to note.

In Competitive, you can change how many rounds you face off in, whether there's a time limit, and which item sets are available. You are also able to choose whether you want the screen to be stretched out like in the old days or squished to not look awful. I recommend the second choice, but purists will go for the first without question.

His face is about right for the old stretched screen view.

Something you may notice is that the game is advertised as having co-op. You expect that in a 2D Sonic game that lets you have both Sonic and Tails out at once, and I had hoped Encore mode would allow for two players as you have two characters out at a time. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Encore mode is entirely singleplayer, meaning the only co-op you'll find here lies in the Sonic and Tails combo in Mania mode. This is the only thing I have to complain about with this release, but even that is a small complaint. It doesn't matter in the face of all the good found here in Sonic Mania Plus.

The best around

It's rare an original game can take me back 25 years, gaming the hours away in front of the T.V. with my Sega Genesis and Nintendo. Sonic Mania did that last year and Plus does it even better with the addition of Ray, Mighty, and the remixed stages in Encore mode.

Exploring with Ray and Mighty's abilities in Mania mode and Encore mode make the game feel brand new. More than that, it makes me feel like a bright-eyed kid who just got the latest Sonic game and is discovering that it is just as awesome as the commercials claimed it would be. I almost want to buy some Bagel Bites and Capri Suns to complete the illusion.

Sonic Mania Plus did the impossible and made what was already the best new 2D Sonic since the Sega CD even better. There is only one word to describe Sonic Mania Plus and that is rad. I am not sure what Christian Whitehead and the others behind the game have in store for the future, but I hope it leads to more stellar '90s-style platformers like we see here with Mania Plus. The only thing keeping this baby from a 10 is the lack of multiplayer in Encore mode, but one can still call this the perfect Sonic game regardless.

[Note: The developer provided a copy of the game used in this review.]

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Fortnite Season 5, Week 2 Battle Star Guide: Search Between an Oasis, Rook Archway, and Dinosaurs https://www.gameskinny.com/9hxa3/fortnite-season-5-week-2-battle-star-guide-search-between-an-oasis-rook-archway-and-dinosaurs https://www.gameskinny.com/9hxa3/fortnite-season-5-week-2-battle-star-guide-search-between-an-oasis-rook-archway-and-dinosaurs Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:18:05 -0400 Sergey_3847

Season 5, Week 2 of Fortnite is here, and with comes a brand-new hard Battle Star challenge. 

If you've been playing since Season 5 dropped last week, you'll already know that a new desert location has popped up on the map. And this is where you'll be looking for the Battle Star this week: somewhere between an Oasis, Rook Archway, and Dinosaurs.

If you don't know where this location is, then simply follow our guide below for the exact location of the Battle Star.

Close Up of the Fortnite Map Showing Paradise Palms

The first hint in this week's challenge is the Oasis. The hint directly points to the area in the western part of Desert Palms. There you will find a lush oasis with palms and a pond of clear water. 

Then, you need to move a bit to the north and there you will see a bridge connecting two desert hills. This is your second point of reference -- Rook Archway.

Finally, you will find Dinosaurs standing a bit to the south of the archway on the highway. They're really easy to spot as there are plenty standing around.

Now, when you have all three spots figured out, you will see a hill in between these three locations. This means that the Battle Star should be on top of it. If you're lucky, you will also find a treasure chest there. So it's a win-win situation.

In order to claim this week's Battle Star, you need to approach it and interact with it. Once you do that, you've completed Week 2's Battle Star challenge.

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That's all for this week's Season 5 challenge. For other Fortnite guides at GameSkinny, check out the list below:

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Fortnite Season 5, Week 2 Challenge Guide: Score a 3 Point Shot at Different Basketball Courts https://www.gameskinny.com/o9uqc/fortnite-season-5-week-2-challenge-guide-score-a-3-point-shot-at-different-basketball-courts https://www.gameskinny.com/o9uqc/fortnite-season-5-week-2-challenge-guide-score-a-3-point-shot-at-different-basketball-courts Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:17:48 -0400 Sergey_3847

Fortnite's Season 5, Week 2 is upon us and that means brand-new challenges await. One of the most exciting -- and most interesting -- challenges in Week 2 is scoring a 3 point shot at three or five different basketball courts scattered over the Fortnite map. 

In total, there are seven basketball courts on the Season 5 map, so you can choose the ones that are closest to your landing spot.

Don't know where those basketball courts are? Follow our quick guide below for all the basketball courts locations and how to find them.

All Basketball Court Locations

Fortnite map showing all basketball court locations

The two best spots to land for this challenge are to the southeast of Retail Row or Paradise Palms, and to the west near Greasy Grove or Tilted Towers.

There are three different basketball courts located very close to each other if you pick these landing spots first, so you can finish the challenge rather quickly by following this strategy.

But if you happen to land in the northern part of the map, then you can go to Junk Junction and score a few goals there.

One smaller court is located to the west of Tilted Towers right at the new mini soccer stadium. And the other one can be found at the racing track east of Retail Row.

However, one of the most exciting basketball courts can be seen at the new desert location -- in its very center. It's, of course, not necessary to go here to finish the challenge, but this court is hands-down the coolest one of the lot. 

How to Score 3 Points

In order to score a 3 point shot, you need to stand beyond the 3 point arc and closer to the middle of the court. When you hit the basket, you will see confetti streaming from it, meaning that you made it. Do it on each of the different courts and you will finish the challenge.

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That is all for the Season 5, Week 2 basketball challenge, and for other Fortnite guides at GameSkinny, please visit the links below:

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Shining Resonance: Refrain Review -- Dragons be Chopin https://www.gameskinny.com/dmvfr/shining-resonance-refrain-review-dragons-be-chopin https://www.gameskinny.com/dmvfr/shining-resonance-refrain-review-dragons-be-chopin Sun, 15 Jul 2018 18:58:44 -0400 Autumn Fish

I'll be honest, JRPGs just don't grip me unless there's something truly unique about them. I've probably only played a handful in my life that I can say I've actually enjoyed. I'm not entirely sure what it is, considering I tend to enjoy many western RPGs, but that's just the way of things I suppose.

So when I say I found Shining Resonance: Refrain rather interesting, that's not a statement you should take especially lightly. It definitely came with its fair share of problems and features I wasn't quite fond of, but its theme resonated with me in a way that I can't say many other RPGs have.

Shining Resonance: Refrain -- A Sweet Melody or Dissonant Chords?

SR:R is a remake of a PS3 game that never made it out of Japan. It's the last game in a series with roots that stretch all the way back to 1991 on the Sega Genesis. It's about a boy, Yuma, who discovers he has the power of the strongest World Dragon inside of him, the Shining Dragon. It's a great and terrifying power that threatens to rend the world asunder if he ever loses control of it.

At the start of the game, he's saved from the dank cells of the Empire's prison by a Princess of a warring nation and a renown Dragoneer, wielding one of the seven legendary Armonics -- a powerful magical instrument that can commune with dragons and serves as a weapon in combat. And this is where the game hooked me.

Not only does this title promise you the rare opportunity to beat down your foes as a mighty dragon, but everything about it sings to the music geek inside of me. The strange and fascinating fixation on dragons and music was enough to keep me playing for dozens of hours. On the flip side, however, I regret to say that this concoction was most of what kept me going that whole time.

I didn't have a ton of expectations going into it, however, I did find myself pretty excited when I found out about the music aspect of the game. Additionally, I can't recall a time where I've ever played as a dragon in a video game before, especially not in a live action combat system, so I was pretty hyped to see how it would turn out.

So how did I feel once I finally got my hands on the game? Well...

Shining Resonance Refrain BAND performance

Where it Harmonizes

Shining Resonance: Refrain does a few things rather well. While I can't say the story ever left an impression on me, it wasn't bad. In fact, I'd even go so far as to say it's pretty good, but it's certainly nothing phenomenal. There aren't a lot of big mysteries, twists, or surprises, and things start to become fairly predictable after a fashion.

Rather than the story compelling me forward, though, I was rather hooked on the characters. A lot of them follow pretty traditional anime tropes, but their personalities still shine strong and a lot of them turn out to be pretty interesting. You'll even see a lot of character growth throughout the game, not just from the initially timid main character, but for the rest of the cast as well.

If you're looking to take a deeper dive into your party members, you can even utilize the game's romance system. Yuma, the main character, can date both the guys and the girls in the party, and he's not restricted to one partner, either. However, you'll ultimately only be able to see the relationship "ending" of one character in a save file.

As you build your relationships with your party members, they will gain traits that you can equip in the Bond Diagram. This diagram allows you to arrange characters next to each other in order to determine who's buffing or benefiting who in combat. It's a pretty unique, deep, and rather uncomplicated system if you're willing to spend the time fiddling with it.

In combat, there's a sweet B.A.N.D. system that you can utilize if you have at least two Armonic-wielding Dragoneers in your party. You build up your B.A.N.D. meter simply by attacking enemies. Once it's filled past its minimum threshold, you can play a song that has different buffs depending on who's at the center of the B.A.N.D. You'll even learn new songs to play as you progress in the main story.

Shining Resonance Refrain Dragon Roaring

And while we're talking about neat combat mechanics, I have to say that fighting as a dragon is pretty cool, and I honestly think that the whole mechanic is really well designed. When playing as Yuma, you can transform into a dragon at any time for a considerable power boost. However, it slowly drains his pool of MP over time. To add to it, if you try any action as a dragon while your MP is too low -- around half -- then you run the risk of going berserk and losing control of the dragon.

When the dragon goes berserk, it attacks anything and everything indiscriminately, and can do some serious damage to your party if you're not careful. The only way to soothe it or prevent it from going berserk entirely is to start a B.A.N.D. session in combat. Heck, having an active B.A.N.D. will even benefit the dragon and allow it to break the enemy's guard with its most basic attacks, so using the two special abilities in tandem tends to pan out well.

Not everything about combat is sunshine and rainbows, however.

The Grating Dissonance

Combat is something of a mixed bag. It has some good elements, but ultimately it ends up feeling off and like it doesn't bring a lot to the table. Swinging your weapons feels awkward and the system of casting spells -- or "Forces" -- isn't dissimilar to how it is in most JRPGs. The live action combat tricked me into a false security of the game being somewhat skill-based. Unfortunately, though, several enemy attacks aren't even telegraphed in time for you to get out of your own dreadfully long attack animations and react.

On top of that, if your party levels aren't up to snuff, you're going to be in for a world of hurt. It's amazing how big of a difference 3 measly levels actually make when it comes down to it, let alone trying to face off against main story bosses that have a solid 5-7 levels on you. This leads to a necessity of a bit of grinding, or at least the tenacity to kill every single enemy between you and your next objective. With the clunky combat, though, this can quickly turn into a chore.

Shining Resonance Refrain Combat

Let's take a turn to talk about the map and level design. I'm almost inclined to say, "What level design?" It's really not that great. Every map, including the singular hub town, feels so simplistic and bare bones that they're boring to run through from the start. And it doesn't help that you're forced to revisit maps a lot, rarely ever granting you the opportunity to see new places. There isn't really a fast travel system, either, except for an item you can buy to teleport you back to the hub.

There are of course some items spread about the maps -- a few materials and a couple of rare treasure chests -- that are supposed to add to your sense of exploration, and while it did compel me to check around every corner, the maps just felt ultimately boring and uninspired. This is something I see in a lot of JRPGs, unfortunately, and it puts me off every time. I don't need a great big open world game to be satisfied, but I would like areas with at least a bit of thought put into them.

I was originally willing to write off the poor level design and clunky combat as drawbacks of this being a port of a PS3 game, but then I remembered just how much could be accomplished on a PS3. I mean, games like Dark Souls and Skyrim were originally released on that console, and they definitely weren't lacking quite like this.

Finally, let's talk about side quests. This game is the shining example of how not to do side quests. It almost feels like I'm playing an MMO, the side quests are that monotonous. And some of them are endlessly repeatable, too. Which I suppose is nice if you're going for certain rewards from them, but I only ever even found a few of them worthwhile. There's game content locked behind a few of them, too, so it's unwise to pass them over, I just wish they were a little more compelling.

As a closing note, it'd be wrong to talk about a game that has so many musical elements without touching on the music itself. Unfortunately, it's not that great. There is a track or two that was catchy enough to get stuck in my head for awhile after putting the game down, and some music may even sound rather pleasant upon first hearing it, but every track quickly wore on me the more I heard them. It's unfortunate, really, because this is the one part of the game where I had relatively high expectations.

Shining Resonance Refrain Sonia Asking You on a Date

Verdict: Just a Bit Offbeat

Shining Resonance: Refrain has such a mesmerizing theme with its focus on dragons and music, and while I was able to stick with the game for several hours because of it, it ultimately wasn't enough to save it for me. While the game featured some unique mechanics and interesting characters, the clunky gameplay just killed the experience for me. Maybe most JRPGs just aren't for me.

If you're a fan of JRPGs and think the concept of playing as a dragon and beating up enemies with musical instruments is pretty rad, then you'll probably enjoy this game a lot. If you're interested in strong characters and potentially getting to know them on a romantic level, you may like this game too. Otherwise, I'm not really sure if I can personally recommend dropping the money on this.

It's got a great concept, I just wish it was executed a bit better.

Shining Resonance: Refrain is available now for $50 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

[Writer was granted a review copy of the game from the publisher.]

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Fortnite Season 5 Complete Skins Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/7dt2f/fortnite-season-5-complete-skins-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/7dt2f/fortnite-season-5-complete-skins-guide Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:08:41 -0400 Victoria Banks

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Are you ready to start?

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Season 5: Worlds Collide is live, so jump into Fortnite now to purchase your Battle Pass and have the chance to snag these seven awesome skins along with other fantastic season items.

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Once you have your pass, start grinding those challenges and missions or buy tiers, to get the skins you are aiming your sights on, but don't get sucked into any wormholes along the way!

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This battle pass will end in 74 days, so play now to enjoy the latest in-game content.

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Looking for Fortnite strategies and tips? Make sure to check out our Fortnite guides page. Here are a few guides to get you started:  

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Ragnarok -- Legendary Skin (Styles 4, 5, and 6)

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The final three styles only continue to build on the impressive armor of the original skin.

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The fourth style continues adding armor to both arms, and 120,000 XP is needed to unlock it.

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The intimidating skull helmet is the highlight of this skin's fifth style and can be accessed once players reach 250,000 XP.

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Additional neon blue highlights and bone armor is added in the sixth style, which requires 500,000 XP.

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It will either take a lot of work or a lot of wealth to get this skin.

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Ragnarok -- Legendary Skin (Style 1, 2, and 3)

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Ragnarok, the cold harbinger of fate, is the final skin of Season 5, and it doesn't disappoint. This character has glowing blue eyes and tattoos along with an impressive set of armor. So far, it is one of the most popular Tier 100 skins from any Fortnite season -- and it offers six selectable styles.

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The second style of the set adds an armored torso along with a full beard and hair, but requires 35,000 XP

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The third style provides a shoulder guard and braids in the skin's bright beard, but requires 75,000 XP.

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Rook -- Epic Skin

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All the way up at Tier 87 is Rook, promoted from desk jockey to field agent. 

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A mixture of professional and killer, this skin offers classic office wear with an additional bulletproof vest and shotgun shells at the belt. This fun contradiction makes her skin more challenging to acquire. 

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To obtain this skin, players will have to work on completing objectives and challenges or dig into their pockets to buy their way up to higher tiers.

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Sledgehammer -- Epic Skin

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At Tier 71, players will have access to Sledgehammer, a rugged demolition soldier with one of the manliest beards to ever enter the game.

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This character wears military garb, shows off tattoos, and hides behind shades. While many of Fortnite's other skins are often flamboyant or edgy, Sledgehammer finds himself among the small handful that are more traditional. Fans of classic FPS games are sure to love this familiar style.

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Sun Strider -- Epic Skin

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Sun Strider is already one of the most popular Fortnite skins. And there's little wonder why: she's ready to save lives... or take them. This life guard summer skin is part of the Rescue Patrol set and is only available after reaching Tier 47.

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This is the first skin that won't be available in the bundle purchase, so the only way to access her is to either purchase each tier until you reach 47 or to start grinding challenges and working toward objectives.

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Redline -- Epic Skin

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Redline is part of the RPM set, and some of this skin's signature features are her geometric tattoos and motorcycle helmet. Her red and black style is somewhat reminiscent of the popular action game, Mirror's Edge. In fact, this skin looks a lot like the Burnout skin, which was first featured earlier this year. 

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She is available in Tier 23 of the Battle Pass and is included in the bundle purchase as well. Unlocking this skin shouldn't be a problem at all. 

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Drift -- Legendary Skin (Styles 4, 5, and 6)

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Drift's other three unlockable styles add his popular kitsune fox mask, adding a new layer to the overall look.

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The fourth style is the first in the set to include the fox mask and can be unlocked at 50,000 XP.

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Next, the fifth style adds a long gold and black coat with a fuchsia design on the back. It can be acquired after reaching 100,000 XP.

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The sixth style can be obtained for 200,000 XP, and it adds electric currents to the coat. 

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Drift -- Legendary Skin (Styles 1, 2, and 3)

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The next skin, also available at Tier One, is Drift, a legendary character featured in the Season 5 trailer. He is shown adding graffiti to Durr Burger before teleporting into the world of Fortnite.

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Some of his signature features include his face mask and sleek gold and fuchsia design. He has six unlockable styles that can be acquired through gaining XP in solo, duos, or squads. Each style adds more colors, clothing, and layers to his edgy look.

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Style two can be unlocked at 10,000 XP

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Style three requires 25,000 XP.

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Huntress – Epic Skin

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One of the first skins available in Season 5 is the Huntress, the fearless raider from storm-tossed seas. This medieval Norwegian character wears leather armor with fur lining, a red tattoo, and blue war paint. Her blonde hair is also braided down the middle and shaved at the sides.

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This skin is part of the Norse Set and can be acquired at Tier One of the Season 5 Battle Pass.

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Fortnite Season 5: Worlds Collide has officially landed, and with it, comes a new set of battle pass skins. This season contains a total of six diverse skins, two of which have additional unlockable styles (something we'll cover in the slides ahead). 

To get the chance to unlock any of these character skins, however, players must first purchase the Season 5 Battle Pass with in-game currency. The price for this season is currently 950 V-Bucks ($9.50). If you want a head start on your friends, the game also provides a special bundle that includes the season pass and the first 25 levels for 2,800 V-Bucks.

Before you decide to open your wallet, though, let’s check out each skin and how you can unlock them.

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Fortnite Treasure Map Guide: Risky Reels Battle Star Location https://www.gameskinny.com/9nkln/fortnite-treasure-map-guide-risky-reels-battle-star-location https://www.gameskinny.com/9nkln/fortnite-treasure-map-guide-risky-reels-battle-star-location Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:23:28 -0400 Ty Arthur

Fortnite's various battle star treasure hunts are easily some of the most frustrating weekly challenges -- especially since the hand drawn "maps" don't always paint a clear picture of where to go if you aren't intimately familiar with the game's landscape.

Now that Fortnite Season 5 is here, we've got another battle star treasure hunt under way, although this one is a good deal easier than normal (despite still being listed as a "hard" level challenge). Let's get started with the treasure map Risky Reels challenge!

Want to skip the entire map-finding section of the Risky Reels treasure hunt and just go straight to the battle star location instead? 

The treasure is located south of Tomato Town, on top of the north side of the tunnel. Just walk up to the center area above the tunnel (beneath the outcroppings but above the actual tunnel itself) and when you get close enough, the battle star will spawn.

Map showing the battle star for season 5, week 1

Finding The Risky Reels Treasure Map

If you aren't one of those Cheaty McCheatersons who skip the actual map portion of the treasure hunt, hop off the battle bus and land at Risky Reels to find the map propped up against the edge of a wood building.

For those who spend any time in the northeastern quadrant of the Fortnite map, this one should be really obvious as the tunnel south of Tomato Town, since there aren't a ton of tunnels next to trees in the game.

The only question is which side of the tunnel to land on, as both sides look nearly identical. Landing at the correct side is critical, because getting to the top of the other side is a major pain if you don't have a bunch of resources for building your own staircase and bridge.

Risky Reels Treasure Map 
Fortnite Risky Reels Treasure Map

If you are landing directly there, launch your parachute before hitting the south end of the tunnel, then glide forward and turn around so you can drop directly onto the battle star spawn point shown in the image below.

If you miss the north end of the tunnel while gliding or are running to Tomato Town from the Risky Reels treasure map location, the easiest way to reach the treasure is just to build a staircase up on the north side in front of the tunnel.

Running all the way around the cliffs to jump down above the other side of the tunnel takes way more time than its worth, especially if anyone is straying north from Dusty Divot looking for an easy kill after looting all the chests there.

That may not be as much of an issue as in other weekly challenges, however. This is a challenge that would be good to jump on early, as most players are now landing at the newly added Lazy Links or Paradise Palms locations, leaving Tomato Town a desolate wasteland free of deadly players for a few days!

Be sure to take advantage of the lack of foot traffic to gear up, grab the battle star, and lie in wait for other unsuspecting players as the storm shrinks.

A player glides down to the battle star spawn point in Risky Reels Where to land to grab the Risky Reels / Tomato Town treasure

Did you figure out the location based on the map image or just jump straight to the treasure? Sound off and let us know what you think of the Season 5 changes so far in the comments below!

If you're just getting started with the Season 5 Battle Pass challenges, check out our other recent Fortnite guides here for an edge up over the competition:

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Fortnite Lightning Bolt Locations Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/ym9bm/fortnite-lightning-bolt-locations-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/ym9bm/fortnite-lightning-bolt-locations-guide Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:50:43 -0400 Ty Arthur

Long time players will notice some big changes to the Fortnite formula as Season 5 officially launches, with three challenges now available for all players and an extra four challenges just for the Battle Pass crowd. One of those challenges is to find 7 lightning bolts in some very out-of-the-way locations.

Still getting used to the changes to the map and shotgun nerfs with version 5.0? Check out an overview of all the Season 5 patch notes here before heading out to find where the lightning bolts are in Fortnite!

Now that we've got that out of the way, if you just want to know specifically where to find the Fortnite lightning bolt locations, here are all the confirmed locations where they have been discovered so far in the Season 5, Week 1 map:

 Lightning Bolts In Fortnite Map

Where Are All The Lightning Bolts In Fortnite?

Although Epic is trying to de-emphasize the importance of building in the late game, this challenge actually requires you to harvest materials and build tall structures in order to reach the lightning bolts.

At the moment unfortunately it doesn't appear that you can grab one of the lightning bolts at the start by landing on it while falling off the battle bus, so get ready to quickly harvest and build instead. To make a lightning bolt count towards the challenge, you need to actually interact with it like you were opening a loot chest.

To complete the challenge you need to build staircases and reach at least 7 bolts. Be sure to start at an angle a short distance away from the end location as you build up and sideways, then throw up in a platform if necessary to finally reach the bolt.

There are currently more than 7 lightning bolts scattered across the map, so there's no shortage of locations to check out. Here's where to land to get started completing the lightning bolt challenge:

  • Above the llama at Junk Junction (duh, there's always a challenge item here)
  • In the sky above the middle of Dusty Divot
  • The far west side of Paradise Palms by the tall building
  • Above the middle of the house section of Retail Row
  • Up in the sky above the river to the west of Tomato Town
  • Directly above the middle of Tilted Towers
  • In the sky above the temple to the north and east of Lucky Landing (at the far south end of the map)
  • Above the northern most dock of Loot Lake
  • The middle of the Greasy Grove location
  • Next to the tower at Lonely Lodge
  • To the northeast of Snobby Shores
  • In the hills to the northwest of Wailing Woods

Have you found any other Fortnite lightning bolt locations that we missed? Let us know in the comments and we'll get them added to the list!

 Interacting with a lightning bolt to complete the week 1 Fortnite challenge (thanks to Hicko for the screenshot)

With the search floating lightning bolts challenge out of the way, here's the full list of newly added Fortnite Season 5 Week 1 challenges to keep you busy this week:

  • Deal damage with SMGs to opponents (500)
  • Search a Supply Llama (1)
  • Search for chests in Snobby Shores (7)
  • Search for floating lightning bolts (7)
  • Eliminate opponents in Retail Row (Hard: 3)
  • Clinger, stink bomb, or grenade eliminations (Hard: 3)
  • Follow the treasure map found in Risky Reels (Hard: 1)

Stay tuned for a full guide on where to find the Risky Reels treasure map coming shortly, and be sure to drop us a note on your strategy this week to deal SMG damage and get stink bomb eliminations!

If you're just getting started with the Season 5 Battle Pass, check out our other Fortnite guides here for an edge up over the competition:

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Fortnite Season 5 Guide: Shotgun Nerfs and Flintlock Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/ikw20/fortnite-season-5-guide-shotgun-nerfs-and-flintlock-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/ikw20/fortnite-season-5-guide-shotgun-nerfs-and-flintlock-locations Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:17:50 -0400 Ty Arthur

Season 5 of Fortnite is officially here, and you better believe things are getting weird, with bizarre crossovers happening between realms.

On top of weapon nerfs and zany temporal rifts, we also got a whole new desert biome in the southeastern corner of the map, featuring Paradise Palms, while Lazy Links was added to the northern end at what used to be Anarchy Acres. We also know that certain new areas aren't marked, so we'll have to wait and see what those are. 

Epic has made it clear that big changes are in store for the king of battle royal games, and not just in the wacky new world-colliding mechanics for Season 5.

If you look at (some) message boards around the web, it seems the end game is getting a bit stale with "just build lol" being the prevailing mantra right now. The devs want to see that change

A series of staggered updates with big changes is coming to Fortnite, with the first being a host of weapon nerfs to spice up how you use the shotgun -- and to force players to try out new strategies.

Fortnite's Season 5 Map showing new locations in a desert and Paradise Palms and Lazy Links 
It's a brand new Fortnite map with all new landing locations to learn!

Shotgun Nerfs (And a Few Others You Might Not Know About)

Since most players end up peeping out from behind walls to get off a shotgun blast, the basic gameplay mechanics for shottys have been totally redesigned.

Expect further fine tuning and nerfing of shotgun mechanics during the rest of Season 5 as Epic gauges community feedback -- but here's what you need to know about shotgun nerfs right now:

  • Shotguns will now indicate how many pellets hit an enemy; this will be visible within the weapon reticle
  • Shotgun spread patterns have been adjusted to be consistent; there are no more random variations
  • The heavy shotgun now fires 10 pellets rather than 5 (although the maximum damage for the heavy shotgun remains unchanged)
  • After firing a shotgun, another shotgun cannot be fired for a very short time (meaning no switching between multiple shotguns in your inventory for rapid shots without reloading)

Shotguns are just where it starts, though, with a bunch of other nerfs appearing that may change how you play.

Explosives (like grenades) and the rocket launcher now have reduced vehicle knockback for shopping carts or the new All Terrain Karts (ATKs).

Additionally, the suppressed SMG has been tweaked so its damage drop off is in line with other SMGs -- damage is reduced to 80% at 35 meters and then down to 65% at 50+ meters.

Finally, the hunting rifle's aim assist has been reduced to be in line with other sniper rifles, so it won't be quite as accurate anymore.

Where to Find Flintlock Weapons

Thankfully, the Epic crew hasn't forgotten about those of us who still prefer the original Save The World mode. Now, a whole new class of old-timey weapons has appeared to put a wrinkle in Season 5.

Here's what you can now discover in missions, pick up in the event store, or acquire randomly through loot llama cards:

Weapon Name Rarity DPS
 Duelist Epic Pistol  645.8
 Duelist Legendary Pistol  708.5
 Dragoon Epic Shotgun 2586.4
 Dragoon Legendary Shotgun   2812.5
Ol' Betsy Elite Sniper 711.6
Ol' Betsy Legendary Sniper 777.5
Sir Hootie Epic Melee Club 292.2
Sir Hootie  Legendary Melee Club 323.2
Fishing Hook Epic Melee Scythe 292.2
Fishing Hook Legendary Melee Scythe 344.5

 

What do you think of the shotgun nerfs and new flintlock weapons for Save The World mode? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to check out our other Fortnite guides here:

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Minecraft Update Aquatic Turtle Breeding Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/2zn7s/minecraft-update-aquatic-turtle-breeding-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/2zn7s/minecraft-update-aquatic-turtle-breeding-guide Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:08:49 -0400 Autumn Fish

Phase 2 of Update Aquatic has finally rolled out for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, adding 3,000 new species of fish, Drowned Zombies, Bubble Columns, and even Sea Turtles! The Sea Turtles, in particular, are an incredibly unique addition -- especially if you breed them.

You see, when a baby turtle grows into an adult turtle, they drop an item called a Scute. With five Scute, you can go to a crafting table to make a Turtle Shell. If you wear this Turtle Shell, you'll gain the Water Breathing status effect, which prevents you from drowning or losing oxygen underwater -- completely. It even improves your vision when submerged.

Alternatively, the Turtle Shell can also be brewed with an Awkward Potion in order to make the Potion of the Turtle Master, which slows you down but also increases your resistance, essentially making you a tank -- or a turtle, if you please.

In order to make these, though, you need some baby turtles. And the best way to find baby turtles is to, of course, breed them yourself.

Turtles on a beach in Minecraft

How to Breed Turtles in Minecraft

To breed turtles, you first need to find two adult Sea Turtles. They spawn in groups on warm beaches, so if you don't find any at a beach near you, you can just craft a boat and go on a bit of a journey to see if you can't find any at other beaches in your current seed.

Once you find a few, go ahead and dig them into a small pit so they can't escape, and make sure there's sand under them -- the eggs need to be laid in sand. Otherwise, they won't hatch.

Next, you need to feed two turtles a piece of Seagrass. In order to get Seagrass, you must either use Shears on the grass that grows underwater or kill turtles. Once you feed the turtles, hearts will appear over their heads, and they'll turn toward each other.

Afterward, one turtle will burrow under the sand and lay one to four turtle eggs.

Next, you simply have to wait for the turtle eggs to hatch. Remember, they will only hatch on sand during the night. Once they hatch, it will take them a little while to grow. You can accelerate this process by feeding them more Seagrass. If you feed a baby Sea Turtle 10 Seagrass, it'll grow into an adult instantly.

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And that's everything you need to know to breed turtles for Scute. If you're looking to improve your Minecraft experience, be sure to check out our Minecraft seeds and Minecraft skins articles while you're at it.

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How To Play Fortnite Bingo Mode (Complete With Game Ideas) https://www.gameskinny.com/nvol0/how-to-play-fortnite-bingo-mode-complete-with-game-ideas https://www.gameskinny.com/nvol0/how-to-play-fortnite-bingo-mode-complete-with-game-ideas Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:58:20 -0400 Ty Arthur

Move over High Explosives, 50 vs 50, and Solid Gold because the best Fortnite game mode ever has arrived -- and it wasn't even crafted by the Epic team at all!

While waiting on Fortnite Season 5 to officially drop (which seems like will involve Vikings and a tear in the fabric of time somehow?), players decided to come up with their own custom game mode -- Fortnite bingo!

Ready to get going filling out bingo lines and using nearly every weapon found in the game against your best mates? Let's get started!

Note: Special thanks to Fortnite YouTuber Lachlan for catapulting this one into the public consciousness when he started playing rounds for 100,000 V-Bucks (check out the video below).

Fortnite bingo card shows the game's weapons, grenades, and traps 
Fortnite Bingo Card Basic Version

Bingo Custom Mode

This special way to play bingo in Fortnite makes extensive use of the game's new Playground mode, which is currently labeled as a limited-time mode. However, the mode gives you plenty of time to find all the items on the bingo card without having to constantly drop back into the loading screen after getting killed.

To play, just pop in a Playground match and start searching the map until you or a friend fill up your inventory with five items on the bingo card.

Here's a quick tip: Before the match, decide how you want to set up the custom match's win conditions.

For example, you could go for a traditional bingo setup -- collect five items in a vertical or horizontal line. Then make players win multiple rounds over time to get a full-card winner.

Alternatively, you could instead go for the full blackout win, which could take hours with a dedicated group of players. Lastly, you could decide that players must actually net kills with the weapon in question, or deploy certain items at certain time to get the bingo segments to count.

Bingo Hard Mode

Ok, the above is the easy version of Fortnite bingo. If you're looking for more of a challenge, this is how you play hard mode.

If your group has some serious time to grind, drop into Squads mode and try to get a bingo win while playing against other players in a regular 100 player match! In this version of the game, bingo lines should stay blacked out between matches, as it's unlikely you'll hit five in a row before dying in a single game.

Alternatively, if you don't like the original bingo card setup or want to swap out items like Port-A-Fort or stink bomb for other weapons, make up your own custom Fortnite bingo card and share it with your friends!

There are plenty of other ways to play if you want to change up the difficulty while waiting for Season 5. Fill up a card with llamas to see who can get to five or 20 first. Or pop in locations like Junk Junction and Tilted Towers to see who can visit the most locations the fastest!

Are you jumping on the bingo bandwagon? Let us know how you plan to play in the comments below, and stay tuned for full coverage on the first week of Fortnite Season 5 to arrive tomorrow!

For those who have been away in recent weeks, Season 4 brought plenty of weapon and item additions to the game. Make sure to check out the the high capacity drum gun, new dual pistols drop, and area-clearing stink bombs.

And while you're at it, make sure to head over to our Fortnite guides page for even more tips, tricks, and strategies. 

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Overwatch Guide: How to Play As Hammond the Wrecking Ball https://www.gameskinny.com/w44gt/overwatch-guide-how-to-play-as-hammond-the-wrecking-ball https://www.gameskinny.com/w44gt/overwatch-guide-how-to-play-as-hammond-the-wrecking-ball Mon, 09 Jul 2018 10:47:18 -0400 Sergey_3847

The latest Overwatch hero is a hamster named -- Hammond, the Wrecking Ball. When the hero was first announced many people assumed that it would be a gorilla, but they were wrong. Hammond is a hamster that rides on a wrecking ball that makes him absolutely unstoppable, and a pretty good tank, too.

Hammond is currently available on PTR and there are a few more layers to this cute, little, and yet very dangerous hero. If you want to know how to play Hammond in the most effective way, then follow our comprehensive guide below.

Hammond Wrecking Ball Abilities

Quad Cannons

Hammond's primary weapon is nothing special, but it is a powerful automatic weapon that deals 25 shots per second, where each shot deals 2.5-5 points of damage.

Grappling Claw

His secondary weapon, on the other hand, is something really cool. It allows Hammond to swing around the map in a fast manner and land on enemies dealing 50 points of damage at maximum speed.

Although, the ability has a 5 second cooldown, which means that he can't swing all the time. It also requires some practice, but when you master it, this ability will easily become your favorite.

Adaptive Shield

His personal shield ability is also very strong and creates +100 barriers per each enemy within radius. This means that each enemy basically gains you 100 extra health, which is incredibly powerful.

Although, this ability only creates personal barriers, the cool down is only at 15 seconds, which is just nothing in comparison to other tanks in the game.

Roll and Piledriver

These two auxiliary abilities are meant to be activated when Hammond moves using his Wrecking Ball:

  • Roll increases his speed of movement
  • Piledriver slams the ball into the ground and sends all those affected up in the air
Minefield (Ultimate)

Hammond's ultimate ability allows him to deploy 15 mines in a proximity of 6 meters around him that explode upon contact with enemies. With this kind of ultimate Hammond will be simply untouchable.

Hammond Wrecking Ball Tips and Tricks

Using Your Shields Right

Adaptive Shield is undoubtedly one of the best Hammond's abilities. In order to get the best out of it you can roll into a group of enemies (the more there are the better) and in this way get multiple shields at once.

Then, when you're out of the enemy zone, fight them one-on-one while still maintaining all of your shields. In this way Hammond will be practically unbeatable due to the ridiculous amount of health on his little paws.

Combo Together With Zarya

If you're playing with Zarya on your team, then try to combo out Hammond's ultimate with Zarya's, which drops a gravity bomb that gathers all the enemies in one spot. When you drop your mines off of Hammond, then they will have nowhere to run and the mines will finish them, or at least deal a lot of cumulative damage.

In case you can't combo out you could instead expand the area of effect of the Hammond's ultimate. In order to do this you need to first swing using your Grapple Claw and let it go at high speed, then you can deploy the mines. In this way they will cover a larger territory.

Swing With Piledriver

Piledriver is an excellent ability, especially if you can swing at high speed and land on an enemy or a few. But don't just stop there, try to shoot your enemies while they're still in the air, which will ultimately deal 200 points of damage.

But Piledriver can also be used without the swinging effect. It can go off at times when you simply jump off the ledge or a roof. So just stay on top of your enemies, and as soon as they approach your position jump down with Piledriver on and shoot them in the air.

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Hopefully, these tips will help you do some great things with Hammond Wrecking Ball both on PTR and after the official release. For other Overwatch guides at GameSkinny, please see the links below:

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Fortnite Week 10 Challenge Guide: Search Chests in Junk Junction https://www.gameskinny.com/tq1qe/fortnite-week-10-challenge-guide-search-chests-in-junk-junction https://www.gameskinny.com/tq1qe/fortnite-week-10-challenge-guide-search-chests-in-junk-junction Tue, 03 Jul 2018 02:44:00 -0400 Sergey_3847

The final week of challenges in Fortnite's Season 4 brings another search chests challenge. This time you will need to find seven chests in Junk Junction, which is quite a small location for such a demanding task.

On top of that, all the players will want to land there and take their share, so this will be a hard one. If you want to find all seven chests in this week's challenge, then follow our quick guide below for all the info you need.

All Chest Locations in Junk Junction

Junk Junction is located in the northwestern part of the map right near the new soccer stadium located above Pleasant Park. The first three chests can be found in the building standing in the central part of the junction. Two of them are in the attic and another one is on the ground floor.

Then, move to the orange metal crushing machine in the northern area of the location and check it for another chest. After that head to the west of the junction and go up the ramp of the metal structure. You will see another chest there.

Go down and break the wall behind the metal structure. You will find another secret chest right behind it. And finally, go a bit to the south and claim another chest standing on top of the pile of crushed cars.

As you see, it is possible to get all seven chests in Junk Junction in one go, but other players will compete hard. So be sure to get eliminated before trying this challenge again. In this way the game will count the chests you've gotten previously.

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Good luck getting all the chests during this week's search challenge, and for other Fortnite guides at GameSkinny, be sure to visit the links below:

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11 Battle Royale Games You Must Play Coming In 2018 And Beyond https://www.gameskinny.com/jfzuv/11-battle-royale-games-you-must-play-coming-in-2018-and-beyond https://www.gameskinny.com/jfzuv/11-battle-royale-games-you-must-play-coming-in-2018-and-beyond Mon, 02 Jul 2018 15:10:04 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Are you planning on sticking with Fortnite, or will any of these killer new battle royale entries lure you away from the king of the hill in last man standing battles?

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Let us know what you thought of our picks for the best upcoming battle royale games, and be sure to leave a comment if we missed any that need to be added to the list! See you all in the lobby soon!

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Battlefield V

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It should have been obvious when Call Of Duty announced a battle royale mode that Battlefield would have no choice but to jump on as well. Thankfully the story campaign isn't getting nixed though, as the franchise jumps to WWII to tell stories of human heroism in a dark time.

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We don't know much about the battle royale mode yet, other than there's reportedly no loot boxes or premium pass involved. We'll have to wait until later in the year for full info to arrive on how Battlefield will deliver on the battle royale style.

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Egress

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The dirty, synthwave-influenced style on full blast with Egress is a thing of beauty, but sadly this one won't be for me at all.

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Battle royale games are already frustrating enough with the quick deaths, so adding in Dark Souls-style combat seems like pure masochism. I'm not into throwing my controller or breaking my keyboard, so this will be a solid pass for me.

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There are plenty of Souls fanatics out there who clearly disagree though, so if you need something more than just the multiplayer addition to the Dark Souls remastered version, you will want to keep a close eye on Egress.

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Europa

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Tencent is a company that knows a little something about battle royale games, publishing the mobile edition of PUBG and also recently being tasked with take Fortnite to China. 

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Now they are trying their hand at a brand new, custom made entry, and it looks incredibly slick. There's everything you'd expect from a BR game plus underwater areas, speed boats, and fully destructible cover!

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The only question is whether this one is going to stay in China or get a full U.S. release anytime soon.

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Fractured Lands

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In retrospect, this twist on the style is super obvious as Mad Max and Death Race are perfect fits for the battle royale genre. I also can't help but think a bit of Borderlands in the apocalyptic battle insanity on display.

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While you will spend time on foot gunning down the opposition, the big focus here is on upgrading your car into the perfect, high-octane killing machine. Can't say I'm not a little excited at the prospect.

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A summer early access wide release is expected, with the closed beta up now for those lucky enough to get in.

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Fear The Wolves

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The shift in tone is what sets Fear The Wolves apart from the competition, as this seems like a darker, more brutal take on a genre currently dominated by bubbly and bright games like Fortnite.

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This one takes place in an irradiated Chernobyl wasteland, adding in a new element of needing proper equipment to explore radiation zones, along with shifting weather that can change the map.

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There's no definitive release date yet (I'd expect 2019 at the earliest for the consoles) but you can sign up to get a shot at future PC beta tests over here.

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Crazy Justice

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This nifty little entry is notable for being crowd funded on Fig -- an actual investment platform that pays investors back -- rather than the usual suspects like Kickstarter or IndieGogo.

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Crazy Justice offers a cel-shaded style with steampunk elements, and is one of the few battle royale titles that's being actively developed for the Switch with cross-play in mind, so Nintendo fans won't be left out of the fun.

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The big selling points here are no micro transactions, the addition of customizable vehicles, and the ability to choose different skill load outs, so every match won't play the same.

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Mavericks Proving Grounds 

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The appeal of battle royale has always been in quick match making with large groups of people so there's immediate action and tons of enemies.

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Sure, you can be a bush and crawl across the landscape at snail speed or hide in a corner and snipe until the closing circle forces you to move, but for most players, battle royale matches are quick and dirty.

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Things are about to get a whole lot crazier on that front if Mavericks manages to deliver on its core promise. 1,000 players duking it out at a time instead of 100? Well, we'll see.

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Throw in the allure of destructible buildings and the ability to spread fire across the map, and you can expect Mavericks to get very nuts, very quickly.

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Islands Of Nyne

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A more sci-fi focused setting is a welcome change to the battle royale cluster, and Islands Of Nyne offers that up without deviating so far from the formula that you won't feel right at home dropping into a match.

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The lush jungle map and crazy futuristic buildings make for an entertaining backdrop, and the combat is more hardcore than you might expect from the genre.

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For more in Islands Of Nyne, you can check out our full impressions from an alpha test run earlier this year.

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Rapture Rejects

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Having played a whole lot of rounds of Joking Hazard with my family (think Cards Against Humanity, but even more offensive and with the Cyanide & Happiness art style) this has got to be the battle royale game I'm most looking forward to playing.

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Rapture Rejects goes for a different style altogether, and we're going to need twists like these if battle royale is going to thrive instead of hitting a rapidly-approaching bubble burst.

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This one will feature a top down, isometric style, and of course some very NSFW humor. You've goal us to impress god with a truly epic kill count if you want to be let into heaven after being left behind during the rapture. The only way this could be better is if Madness Combat made a battle royale entry!

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Call Of Duty Black Ops 4

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You know Fortnite is getting big when a free-to-play game that's technically still in beta inspired one of the largest yearly franchises in the world to ditch its story campaign entirely and instead go for a battle royale mode.

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That's good and bad news. Personally I'm one of those (apparently rare) players who actually really enjoyed the Call Of Duty campaigns and I horribly miss hearing Captain Price order Soap to plant some claymores by the door, but times they are a-changing.

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At the same time, its a good bet Black Ops 4 is going to add a layer of polish to this crowded battle royale field that should inject some life in for those tired of the current reigning kings.

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This entry arrives a bit earlier than normal, showing up in October instead of the usual November / December COD release schedule. Check out our definitive pre-ordering guide here before it lands this fall!

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There's no question that battle royale is the biggest trend in gaming right now, and the hype train is plowing full speed ahead with no signs of slowing down.

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There have already been a slew of recently release titles like Radical HeightsRealm Royale, and Totally Accurate Battlegrounds, which are well worth checking out if you are tired of playing the same matches of Fortnite and PUBG over and over.

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Those are just the opening salvo in the battle royale barrage, however, as dozens more are in early access, closed beta, or active development. Here we're rounding up some of the best and most exciting battle royale games due to land in 2018 and 2019!

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The Crew 2 Review: From 0 to "Meh" in 60 Seconds https://www.gameskinny.com/o54by/the-crew-2-review-from-0-to-meh-in-60-seconds https://www.gameskinny.com/o54by/the-crew-2-review-from-0-to-meh-in-60-seconds Sat, 30 Jun 2018 20:11:48 -0400 Ty Arthur

Its time for the next high-octane racing experience to smash into PC and consoles, this time with an ambitious open world experience in The Crew 2.

Somewhere between an expansion and a re-imagining of the original, this time around your nameless vehicle expert will be flying, driving, and power boating across America. 

This hodge podge of a sequel is all about extreme racing of every possible variety, and that's the game's biggest selling point. You get street racing, off-road rally / cross matches for getting muddy, power boat races on rivers and bays, and even aerial stunt plane racing all together in one game.

 Who needs to stay on the street?

Ubi In For A Familiar Experience

First up its worth noting The Crew 2 is an always-online game and requires a Ubisoft account, which seems like the wrong way to go, especially since the multiplayer options are fairly limited at launch (with PvP due to land later in an update).

If you don't care for the loot box grind, then you may want to pass on this one. There's a fair amount of grinding for the those specific components you want, or for enough cash to buy that one killer ride you need. Its an overall smooth system, but it gets pretty repetitive when you try to get new parts for each type of vehicle across each type of match.

Graphically speaking, The Crew 2 isn't an ugly game by any stretch of the imagination, but it definitely lacks the jaw-dropping "wow" factor of more focused titles like last year's Forza Motorsport 7. Overall the vehicle designs and environments are serviceable, if not exactly awe-inspiring.

 The human models frankly aren't that great

Transformers: Fast And Furious Edition

There do tend to be more interesting courses here, however, since the races are meant to be in non-traditional areas like city streets.

The open world aspects make for some pretty spectacular scenes as you leave the city behind and hit the open road. A series of skill locations are scattered across the big U.S. map for unlocking new equipment or earning fans, but honestly in most instances you will just select a specific race and fast travel straight to it instead of driving across the country and back.

Switching back and forth between sea, air, and street nearly instantly is an undeniably cool new addition, letting you fly your plane into a sprawling metropolis of skyscrapers and then drop down into your car to go into a street racing.

 On no, we've been Incepted!

Coming In Second Place

There aren't many long distance races to be found here, so a lot of the map is wasted space. Recreating a condensed version of America was an ambitious undertaking, but it doesn't feel like the game lives up to the potential there.

While the handling of each vehicle is satisfying, the biggest problem with The Crew 2's driving is easily the lack of any solid feeling when impacting objects in the environment.

It doesn't matter whether you are plowing through cacti, street lights, plastic signs, or anything else, they all barely even register a blip of sensation in the controller or on the screen. 

Even crashing directly into the side of a building barely feels like a collision at all. It's odd (and a major negative) that a series like Grand Theft Auto has better collision handling than an actual racing game.

You can literally ride the walls of the buildings at full speed with the Nitro enabled and actually beat players and AI who are playing properly and sticking to the racing line!

 What's the point in extreme jumps and tricks if it doesn't matter when you biff them?

The Bottom Line

A lack of focus clearly hurts the game overall. There is plenty to do to be sure, and a wide range of race types, but The Crew 2 seems like its trying to hard to be an unrealistic arcade racing entry, a hardcore street race simulation, or a loot-drop MMO, and the fun kind of gets lost in the mix.

If you want the ability to play five different types of racing game in one then The Crew 2 is obviously worth checking out, but if you demand a more authentic and fun experience, there are better racers out there now and more coming soon.

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The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit Review - Bursting with Energy, Life and Brutal Reality https://www.gameskinny.com/o6ctv/the-awesome-adventures-of-captain-spirit-review-bursting-with-energy-life-and-brutal-reality https://www.gameskinny.com/o6ctv/the-awesome-adventures-of-captain-spirit-review-bursting-with-energy-life-and-brutal-reality Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:16:45 -0400 Miles T

When Dontnod released the sleeper hit Life is Strange back in 2015, few would have expected the incredibly emotional experience we were to be subjected to. Fewer still would have predicted a highly anticipated sequel being in the works given it’s sudden appearance and release.

Roll on 2018, and here we are eagerly anticipating the sequel series, with Dontnod providing a small palette taster with The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. Released for the grand total of absolutely nothing, it provides a creative, enthusiastic and charming couple of hours that are absolutely worth experiencing and paves the way beautifully for the coming series.

A Superpowered Hero, Without The Time Travel

We step into the shoes of the lively Captain Spirit, a young boy called Chris living with his father Charles in their snow-swept home as Christmas approaches. Chris is an eager protagonist, a far cry from the shy Max Caulfield or emotionally burdened Chloe Price; displaying the naivety of youth and the infectious enthusiasm of imagination.

Dontnod tap into childhood nostalgia almost at will - toy soldier fights, dastardly made up villains, the desire to impress his dad. While these may be typical tropes, it’s hard not to be drawn into Chris’ imagination and be swept up in the glee of his musings as you interact with his environment and learn about his early life. He’s a character with energy and zeal, giving the short episode a real feel good factor and enjoyment.

He’s not only a well thought out character however, he’s voiced expertly and with nuance for the moments when his excitement is brought into contrast with some of the world around him. If Chris is to be the protagonist of Life is Strange 2, he’ll make a fantastic change of pace to typical video game avatars.

Familiar Gameplay, With a New Twist

Of course, gone are the time-bending powers and the smack-talking interactions of the first season and Before the Storm. Instead, Dontnod have introduced a couple of mechanics built around Chris and his imagination. Some interactive objects are now infused with the possibility of being victims to Captain Spirit’s powers, like blowing up a snowman for example. This can lead to a couple of genuinely surprising and humorous moments, breaking up the standard observable or minimal use objects in the world.

It’ll be interesting to see how this mechanic is used in the coming season, and whether it can adequately replace the aforementioned skills of previous protagonists.

What isn’t surprising or new however, is the way Chris interacts with the world. Once again, the player is given a small space to explore, with various objects to view, thoughts to exclaim and minor puzzles to solve. It’s nothing spectacular or fresh, but the use of Chris’ character to embed these tasks into the environment is impressive -- you wouldn’t think much of doing the dishes or taking out recycled beer cans unless the character you’re playing as wouldn’t be expected to perform those tasks; and switching a boiler off has never been so daunting!

If you’ve not been a fan of the "walking simulator" genre, this is unlikely to change your mind. Choices also make their appearance too, but it’s unclear from this short snippet of the story how they’re going to impact on the narrative. Dontnod chose to keep this aspect relatively low-key and minor in the episode, so it’ll be interesting to see how that develops.

Charming Naivety, With Darker Undertones

It’s not all excitement and happiness in the world of Captain Spirit however, as it wouldn’t be a Life is Strange universe without some emotional turmoil. Wandering the household, you’ll discover the reason behind the glaring void of Chris’ mother, but most prominently the conflicted persona of his father, Charles. Dontnod do an excellent job of delivering a nuanced and clearly fractured father figure, a man who is both dearly loving towards his son while simultaneously offering a darker, less empathetic side.

In its short runtime, there’s moments of genuine tension, sadness and emotion as you piece together Chris’ world and discover the environment he both revels in and is subjected to. Particularly for people who have experienced similar childhood moments, it’s a narrative undercurrent that will resonate with some very strongly. Charles is never made to be a villain or a stereotypical asshole for example -- he can be humorous and understanding with Chris -- as the story fleshes out his backstory struggles in order to help allow us to empathise with his issues.

The atmosphere never becomes too foreboding or down-trodden luckily; and the heavy moments are treated with care so as to not suffocate the star of the show, but you’ll quickly notice a more intricate story building behind the scenes. If Dontnod can maintain this level of care and fantastic world building with darker themes, it could prove a powerful emotional concoction.

A Worthy Presentation

The world of Captain Spirit is built with the same art style as the previous seasons, with a different backdrop to what we may have been used to with Arcadia Bay. Chris’ room is full of life, colour exudes from his outfit and the attention to detail to craft a convincing universe is exceptional.

Graphically, the game may not be as show-stopping or jaw-dropping of regular AAA titles, with some textures lacking detail and audio cues at times slightly out of sync, but these are minor nitpicks that won’t detract from the overall experience or delivery. The Life is Strange series and Dontnod’s other works have never been graphical masterpieces; but they’ve always demonstrated a creative and personal touch with their art style which brings their worlds to life.

What is undoubtedly top of the quality department however, is the soundtrack. Both the first season and Before the Storm had impeccable music scores with a selection of wonderfully chosen tracks. This latest taster follows in the same expert mould, blending an emotive and stunning soundtrack within the backdrop of the game. Dontnod have nailed the use of music once again.

A Tantalizing Look At Things To Come

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit squeezes more emotion and genuine empathy into 2 hours of game that few can manage in 30 or 40. It establishes a believable and infectious protagonist who provides a fantastic parallel to the typical, broody lead characters we’ve become accustomed to and establishes a world full of intrigue and meaningful themes.

The gameplay formula has remained largely unchanged, with the main new mechanic yet to be seen in how it matches up to previous versions we’ve been given to work with. When you consider this as a free episode to prelude the upcoming season, it’s a fantastic experience that’s well worth your time, despite it’s short length and limited insight. A credit must also be given to the soundtrack, despite the creative but less-than-stellar presentation.

Donning your cape, painting your armour and equipping your superhero mask has never felt more playful or gleeful, and I’m excited to see what emotional adventures our young hero next gets himself into.

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MOTHERGUNSHIP Launches in July https://www.gameskinny.com/wbbdm/mothergunship-launches-in-july https://www.gameskinny.com/wbbdm/mothergunship-launches-in-july Thu, 28 Jun 2018 14:32:46 -0400 Erroll Maas

Grip Digital and Terrible Posture Games have announced that their gun-crafting bullet hell FPS, MOTHERGUNSHIP will launch for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One on July 17 for $24.99.

MOTHERGUNSHIP is a spiritual successor to 2014's Tower of Guns, where aliens have invaded earth, bent on its destruction. It's up to the player to customize their best creations to ultimately destroy the Mothergunship.

In addition to the main campaign, MOTHERGUNSHIP will feature an Endless Mode with leaderboards, and it will give players a place to test their best creations against the strongest enemies. Post-launch updates will feature even more gun parts, levels, and enemies.

MOTHERGUNSHIP will be released digitally on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on July 17, 2018. The game will also receive a physical release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from publisher Sold Out in August.

The exact release date for the physical version will be announced closer to launch. A Gun Crafting Range demo is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on MOTHERGUNSHIP as it develops. 

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Fortnite Week 9 Treasure Map Guide: Finding the Battle Star in Haunted Hills https://www.gameskinny.com/yc6wa/fortnite-week-9-treasure-map-guide-finding-the-battle-star-in-haunted-hills https://www.gameskinny.com/yc6wa/fortnite-week-9-treasure-map-guide-finding-the-battle-star-in-haunted-hills Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:00:38 -0400 Sergey_3847

One of the biggest surprises for all Fortnite players this week was the brand new challenge that appeared at the very last moment. Instead of looking in Moisty Mire, which was the original challenge, this time you will need to follow the treasure map found in Haunted Hills.

When you find the map, you need to be able to identify the location of the Battle Star in order to complete this challenge. If you want to know how to quickly get there, then follow our guide below.

Fortnite map showing the location of the battle star map for week 9

The map itself can be located in the Haunted Hills, but you don't really need to go there to be able to claim this week's Battle Star. Just follow the map above for the exact location of your prize.

If you are not familiar with the location then just land in the northwestern part of the map at the Junk Junction. It's the area right next to the new soccer stadium, which is located right above Pleasant Park.

Enter the junkyard and go to the northern area, where you will see an orange car crushing machine and a pile of crushed cars. Climb up that pile and the Battle Star will be right on top of it.

Walk up to the star and collect it. This will complete Week 9 challenge of Season 4.

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That's all for this week's Season 4 treasure map challenge. For other Fortnite guides at GameSkinny, check out the list below:

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Fortnite Week 9 Challenge Guide: Search Chests in Moisty Mire https://www.gameskinny.com/tfz5w/fortnite-week-9-challenge-guide-search-chests-in-moisty-mire https://www.gameskinny.com/tfz5w/fortnite-week-9-challenge-guide-search-chests-in-moisty-mire Thu, 28 Jun 2018 08:09:21 -0400 Sergey_3847

Getting the best chests in Moisty Mire can be a bit of a hassle in this Week 9 challenge for Fortnite. The entire movie set area is filled with chests, but you can easily get eliminated by other players, who will want to take those chests for themselves.

So, if you don't want to take too much damage and just quickly get your seven chests, you can take a look at the guide below and see for yourself which spots are the safest to loot.

All Chest Locations in Moisty Mire

Fortnite map showing all chest locations in Moisty Mire

While everybody else will try and snatch the chests at the movie set near Moisty Mire, you can just go north and west and grab four chests at the two big trees. One of them hides three chests, while the other one, which is located a bit to the south, has another chest for you to loot.

Also, check out the ice-cream truck in that same area -- you may get your fifth chest there. Then go to the opposite side of the mire to the east and check the old shack that should be holding another chest under the stairs.

However, if you still want to get the chests from the movie set, then at least try not to get too close to the big tree, where all the action is concentrated. Instead check out the boats and the trucks surrounding the set, and that's where you can get a few more chests without getting killed on spot.

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That's it for all loot chest locations in Moisty Mire for this Week 9 Challenge. For other Fortnite guides here at GameSkinny, check the links below:

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Fortnite Week 10 Battle Star Guide: Search Between Movie Titles https://www.gameskinny.com/47cw1/fortnite-week-10-battle-star-guide-search-between-movie-titles https://www.gameskinny.com/47cw1/fortnite-week-10-battle-star-guide-search-between-movie-titles Thu, 28 Jun 2018 08:04:03 -0400 Sergey_3847

This week's Fortnite Battle Star location is encoded within the titles of the movies that can be seen near Risky Reels. You should know this location well as it is the only drive-in theater on the map.

However, you don't even need to look for the movie titles themselves. Just follow our quick guide below, and you'll easily find the Battle Star and complete the challenge for Week 10 of Season 4.

Fortnite map showing location of battlestar for week 9 challenges

If you look at the announcement at the drive-in theater, you'll discover that the movie titles have changed to the following:

  • White Lion
  • The Orange Crusher
  • TV Dreams

White Lion is obviously referring a statue of a lion located right in front of the new soccer stadium in the northwestern part of the map, right above Pleasant Park. You'll notice the statue at the entrance of the stadium.

The Orange Crusher refers to the car-crushing machine located at Junk Junction, west from the stadium. This machine is painted bright orange, so that's definitely what you're looking for.

Lastly, the TV Dreams movie title refers to the TV studio north of the stadium. And by looking at the intersection of these three spots, you'll find the Battle Star on the patch of land with no grass near the road (see the screenshot above for exact location).

Walk up to the Battle Star and claim your reward. This will complete the challenge for Week 10.

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That's all for this week's Season 4 Battle Star challenge. For other Fortnite guides at GameSkinny, check out the list below:

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