Tutorial Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Tutorial RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network DIY Pokeball Christmas Ornaments https://www.gameskinny.com/fh7gd/diy-pokeball-christmas-ornaments https://www.gameskinny.com/fh7gd/diy-pokeball-christmas-ornaments Thu, 08 Dec 2016 03:00:02 -0500 Dani Gosha


What are you waiting for? The article is over so now it's time for you to get to crafting! As the popular saying goes; "Gotta Craft 'Em All!"


Don't forget, there are tons of different types of Pokeballs out there so make sure you get creative with your Pokeball inspired craft. If you try any of these out, be sure to share them with us down in the comments!


Pokeball Christmas Ornament and Charm


Created by: MintDahlia


While ti is easy for Pokeballs looking the same, some DIY'ers do a great job with adding a little personal touch to their creation. This crafty tutorial by Youtuber MintDahlia is not only an easy make it is also a great way to add a cute personalization to your Pokeball especially if you use it as a gift. You can even make it a fun Christmas project among friends and trade cute and pun-y Pokemon inspired messages.


Here's what you'll want to have:

  • Clear Ornament
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  • Red & White Glitter
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  • Glue
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  • Acrylic Paint
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  • Eye Pins
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  • White & Black Polymer Clay (Fimo, Premo, Sculpey)
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  • White Ribbon
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  • Brush
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Be sure to check out the video for a step by step tutorial.



DIY Pokemon Pokeball Ornaments


Created by: Tonya Coleman


When it comes to crafting Christmas themed ornaments, there are tons of things you can find in the arts and craft store. From styrofoam, glitter, tinsel and more there is a limitless option when creating but don't forget the plastic clear baubles. True, at first glance they might not look like much but with a little genius thought, simple clear plastic instantly becomes the iconic Pokeball.


This is what you'll need:


Check out the tutorial over at Oriental Trading.


Poke Ball Sequin Ornaments


Created by: 


We all know that Pokeballs are meant to carry Pokemon but these blinged out Pokeballs must hold Christmas spirit. Whether you're looking to deck out your try or create a gift for the Pokemon lover in your life, this is a project that is sure to impress. While it may be daunting to fill up an entire styrofoam ball with color coordinated sequins and seed beads, you'll be glad you did.


Here's what you'll need:




For Hanging:


Don't forget to check out Penolopy's tutorial on how to make these beauties. 


Upcycled Pokeballs


Created by: Kaizahr


If you're like most people, Christmas decorations isn't a thing that you regularly buy. In truth, you've probably been putting up the same decorations year after year which means that it might be time for a little upgrade. If this sounds like you, don't run out to the store, simply add a dash of red, white and black to your pre-existing ornaments to add a little Poke-festivities to your Christmas.


Here's what you'll need


-Old/recycled/cheap Christmas ornaments
-Acrylic paint- black, white, and red
-glitter (optional)
-glue (for the glitter option)
-rubber bands 


Be sure to check out the video for a step by step tutorial.



Question: What does Pokemon Go and Christmas have in common?


Well, for your starters for both you end up wandering around until you can capture the one thing that you've been searching for. And if you really look at it, Pokemon and gifts are pretty much the same as you never know what you're going to get.


This year you can change that as you can finally be in charge of your own destiny and Christmas decorations.


If you love Pokemon and Christmas, you're going to be blown away with the DIY's I have in store for you that blend both to create some amazing creations.

Eve Online Character Creation Tutorial (Alpha Clone) https://www.gameskinny.com/4sbqx/eve-online-character-creation-tutorial-alpha-clone https://www.gameskinny.com/4sbqx/eve-online-character-creation-tutorial-alpha-clone Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:39:24 -0500 Sergey_3847

CCP Games has released a new expansion for Eve Online, titled “Ascension,” on November 15, 2016. It has turned the cult space MMORPG into a free-to-play game. The free model has a few limitations though, but you can always switch to the paid subscription at any time.

The free-to-play state is called “Alpha Clones” and the subscriber state is called “Omega Clones.” The free-to play model has been designed to revive the MMO and help new people join its fantastic universe without spending any money.

However, such new players may find it difficult to choose a right character for themselves in the beginning of the game. For this reason, we present you with a simple character creation tutorial for Alpha Clones, so you can start playing Eve Online right away.

Choosing Your Race

The first thing you need to choose before creating a character is the race. There are four races in Eve Online, and it doesn’t make much difference for the paid subscribers which race to choose, but if you play as an Alpha Clone, then you have to be sure about your decision.

What defines a race is the type of ships that you will be able to use in the game, and paid subscribers can choose any race and pilot ships from other races as well. However, if you've chosen a free-to-play model, then you will only be limited to the ships of your race.

So, if you want to know which race fits you the best, here are the main differences in their ships:

  • This race uses heavy ships with a lot of armor.
  • Due to their tankiness they are quite slow.
  • They have an ability to use drones.
    • Drones are more sophisticated than missiles, and probably not the best choice for complete beginners.
  • Their main weapons are lasers.
    • They’re great because they never run out, as energy weapons use crystals instead of the typical projectile ammo.
  • This race carries strong shields on their ships.
  • They are much faster than Amarr, which makes them great for PvP.
  • Caldari ships mainly use missiles.
    • This type of weaponry is good for long range combat.
  • Their main weapons are a hybrid of projectiles and lasers -- which makes things easier, if you can’t decide between the two.
    • Hybrid weapons also have the highest DPS.
  • This race has the best Tech 1 boats in the game.
    • Choose the Gallente race, if you want to develop an Industrial type of character, as their Industrial ships have the highest number of bonuses.
  • Their frigates are much faster than Caldari or Amarr.
  • Gallente specializes in drones.
  • They also use hybrid weapons.
  • This race has the most versatile ships in the game.
    • If you really can’t decide what kind of ships you want to pilot, then choose Minmatar.
  • They also have the fastest ships in the game.
  • Minmatar specializes in missiles.
  • Their main types of weapons are projectile turrets.

Once you’ve figured out which of these four races you want to choose, comes the next big step -- Bloodline.

Choosing Your Bloodline

In the Alpha State of Eve Online you are limited to developing skills of the race of your choice, while in Omega State you can gain skills of other races, too. Each race has three Bloodlines and three Ancestries. However, these only affect the appearance of your character, so choose the one that fits your aesthetic taste the most. This choice has no influence on the set of skills.

Later in the game you will have the chance to choose what type of activity you want to do -- whether it's Mining, Exploration, Trading or something completely else. So, you need to put certain skills into a Skill Queue that will fit your character the most. You can check an entire list of skills available for Alpha Clones in Eve Online at the bottom of this page.

It is important to know that there are certain skills that simply must be included in your Skill Queue. Here they are:

  • Hull Upgrades – an absolutely necessary module that will improve the survivability of your ships.
  • Shield Upgrades (Caldari, Gallente, or Minmatar only) – improve the shield protection of the ships.
  • Drones and Light Drone Operations (Amarr or Gallente) – increases the amount of drones that you can use at once (up to 5).
  • Weapon Upgrades – another highly important module that improves all types of weapons on your ships.
  • Astrometric Acquisition and Rangefinding – two of the most important skills for Explorers. They help you scan signatures with more efficiency.
  • Mining Frigate – if you’ve chosen Mining as your main activity, then you must train this skill for your Venture frigate -- the best mining boat for an Alpha Clone.
  • Trader and Broker Relations – are needed for Traders who want to maximize the number of their orders and reduce the fees from these operations.

When you’re done choosing your Bloodline, Ancestry and Education, you can adjust an appearance of your character. After an in-game tutorial you can start your mission. And remember, you can always create a new free Alpha Clone, if you don’t like your first build.

Come back soon for more Eve Online guides at GameSkinny!

Perfecting Cosplays: DIY's to Some of Your Favourite Horror Game Characters https://www.gameskinny.com/15hgh/perfecting-cosplays-diys-to-some-of-your-favourite-horror-game-characters https://www.gameskinny.com/15hgh/perfecting-cosplays-diys-to-some-of-your-favourite-horror-game-characters Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:00:01 -0400 Dani Gosha


There is a lot that goes into cosplaying -- but remember, practice makes perfect. Whether you're planning for Halloween or your next convention, if you're into horror games you should definitely give one of these tutorials a try. Tweak them if need be, or even record your own horror game character inspired tutorial and maybe you'll be featured as a go-to DIY in another "Perfecting Cosplays".


Just remember to keep working on the craft...and maybe one day your cosplay will be so good, it's scary.


Left 4 Dead

Character: The Witch

Left 4 Dead is one of the top zombie games to date -- and much like The Last of Us, the game features the not-so-average walking dead character. Unlike the classic zombies, The Witch is in a category of her own, as she is a passive aggressive yet fairly difficult character. Luckily, cosplaying as her is the complete opposite.


Check out this easy DIY tutorial as makeup artist, Audfaced takes you through a pretty simple process of creating The Witch.



This is what you'll need:

  • Modge Podge or Latex
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  • White Body Paint
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  • Makeup Applicator Sponge
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  • Beige Body Paint
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  • Black Eye Shadow
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  • Makeup Brushes
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  • Maroon Body Paint
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  • Black Eyeliner
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  • White Eyeliner
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  • Red Lip Liner
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  • Red Lipstick
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  • Fake Blood
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  • White wig
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  • Colored Contacts
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  • Vampire Fangs
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  • Aluminum Foil
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  • Black Paint
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Until Dawn

Character: Wendigo

If you were a fan of the TV series Hannibal, surely you had a pretty good idea what a Wendigo was supposed to look like. All black, horns and sometimes dressed in a rather dapper suit, right? Well, Until Dawn did away with that notion, instead deciding to give us an overgrown cannibalistic Smeagol and changing everything we thought we knew.


Pale eyes, grey skin and shards for teeth, the Wendigo in Until Dawn is tamed by the talented Ellinor Rosander, who makes another appearance on our list with her amazing recreation of the Wendigo. Even if you never plan to cosplay as the Wendigo, it's a transformation worth watching.



Don't forget to check out how to make your Wendigo teeth!


Want to try it out? Here's what you'll need:

  • Bald Cap
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  • Skin Adhesive
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  • Scissors
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  • Hair Dryer
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  • Latex
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  • Twine
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  • Toilet Paper
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  • White Body Paint
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  • Makeup Application Sponge
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  • Tweezers
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  • Paint Brush
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  • Purple Body Paint
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  • Black Body Paint
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  • Brown Body Paint
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  • White Contact
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  • Fake Blood
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  • Stippling Brush
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Five Night's at Freddy's 3

Character: Springtrap

The Devil is in the details when it comes to this next cosplay tutorial. Springtrap made his debut within the third installment of the Five Night's at Freddy's franchise, with a frightening and complex backstory that made him a character many cosplayers wanted to try their crafty hands at.


Some cosplayers have taken to creating full animatronic bodysuits, while others have preferred to take a cosmetic approach. NsomniaksDream chose the latter option -- and we must say, her version of Springtrap is pretty perfect. Armed with body paint and a bit of latex, she shows you how to achieve a pretty creepy and realistic looking Springtrap cosplay.



She also has a tutorial on how she created the ears, so be sure you check that out to finalize your Springtrap cosplay.


Here's what you'll need for the perfect Springtrap makeup application:

  • Bald Cap
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  • Spirit Gum
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  • Latex
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  • Black Eyeliner Pencil
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  • Paint Brush/Make Up Brush
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  • Green Body Paint
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  • Brown Body Paint
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  • White Body Paint
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  • Setting Powder
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  • Black Body Paint
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  • Gray Eye Shadow
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  • Colored Craft Foam
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  • Pros-Aide
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  • Red Body Paint
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The Last of Us

Character: Clickers

The Last of Us Clickers are probably the last character you'd want to try to cosplay as if cosplaying isn't your strong suit, but after you check out this DIY tutorial, I promise you'll be jumping to try it.


Trying to perfect this cosplay may look like it will cost a pretty penny, but honestly it's one of the cheapest cosplays out there. In the following video, RandomfrankP shows you how to make an impressive Clicker mask for around $5. 



What you'll need:

  • Expanding Foam
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  • Molding spatula
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  • Full Face Mask
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  • Tape
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  • Scissors
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  • Cardboard
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  • Paint
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  • Blowtorch optional
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Resident Evil

Character: Nemesis

When talking about popular horror games, there's no way we can forget about Resident Evil -- not to mention the somewhat tragic Nemesis. This monster was certainly the bane of some gamers' existences, but getting his look doesn't have to be.


If you're good with makeup or just want to try your hand at a DIY that isn't so much of a creating process, Nickeil Genesis has a great tutorial that will have you thinking that Nemesis isn't that much of a rival after all.


Oh, and don't worry, you don't have to be bald to pull this look off!



Here's what you'll need:

  • Bald Cap
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  • Concealer
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  • Eyeliner Pencil
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  • White Body Paint
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  • Red Body Paint
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  • Brown Body Paint
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  • Gray Body Paint
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  • Black Body Paint
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  • Yellow Body Paint
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  • Brown Eye Shadow
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  • White Eye Contact
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Silent Hill

Character: Bubble Head Nurse

Undeniably, Silent Hill is one of the front runners when it comes to most cosplayed characters in the horror game universe. However, not everyone has managed to make a convincing Bubble Head Nurse...until now.


Special effects aren't just for the movies, but work wonders for your goriest of cosplays as well. Ellinor Rosander, who has done make-up for horror movies such as Darkness Falls and Sensoria, shows you step-by-step how to create your very own custom Bubble Head Nurse mask, as well as how to apply it.


Check it out!



In case you didn't catch everything in the video, here's what you'll need to perfect your look:

  • Plaster Gauze
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  • Brushes
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  • Water Based Paints
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  • Grease Based Paints
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  • Makeup Sponge
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  • Cardboard
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  • Scissors
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  • Duct Tape
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  • Muslin Cotton Fabric
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  • Fake Blood
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  • Gauze/Bandage
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  • Black Face Paint 
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Cosplay is short for costume play; an act in which a person dons costumes and fashions to emulate their favorite characters from video games, animes, comics, TV shows, and more. It is also known as performing art -- and just like art, cosplay can be seen as subjective, but there is no denying that some cosplays are just better than others. This happens to be quite true in the arena of video game cosplay.


Whether or not you're a first time cosplayer, the creative task can be a bit scary -- especially if you're having to create your costume from scratch. And doubly so if that costume is a scary one. Horror games may be a bit frightening, but they can be fun too. Don't let dressing up as a monster be a monstrous process; instead, keep reading for some awesome DIY's to help perfect your next horror game inspired cosplay. 

4 Amazing Legend Of Zelda DIY Projects https://www.gameskinny.com/9qme0/4-amazing-legend-of-zelda-diy-projects https://www.gameskinny.com/9qme0/4-amazing-legend-of-zelda-diy-projects Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:00:02 -0400 Glitchieetv

Ever feel the need to create something from a video game you play? You are not the only one! With all the love for The Legend of Zelda series, it is no surprise that some of the craftier denizens of the Internet have created awe-inspiring items. Look below for some of the most epic Zelda DIY tutorials around, and prepare to be astounded. 

Legend of Zelda Bomb by PlatinumFungi

The Legend of Zelda bomb, complete with an ignitable wick, is a simple and relatively quick project. Using a child's bottle, some paint, cotton clothesline and a hot glue gun, this project can easily be made with items from around the home.The longest part of the project is waiting for the paint to dry, so you'll be setting off explosions in no time. 

Majora's Mask Plush by Game Guy DIY

Majora's Mask is typically hard and difficult to cuddle. For those of you wanting to sleep the night away with your own mask, this plush tutorial by YouTuber Game Guy DIY is perfect for you. Featuring step by step instructions, easy to get materials and an outstanding finished product, this tutorial is a breeze to follow. Note: Some sewing experience may be necessary. 

Navi Plush by Kaele Blue Skies

Want to make a plush but not feeling the Majora's Mask? Try out this Navi Plush tutorial. While the tutorial is in Spanish, there are English subtitles that help explain everything along the way. Using fleece and stuffing, hand drawn patterns, and hand sewing, Navi is an easier project for sewing beginners. Now you can have your own fluttering fairy by your side. 

Link's Hat by 

Link's hat is iconic. Whether you are looking to cosplay the character or just want his hat to wear, this tutorial and pattern are perfect. With printable patterns and step-by-step instructions, it is easy to make your very own Link's hat. Using fleece fabric and a sewing machine, the project can be completed rather quickly for those with sewing experience. 

These DIYs are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to The Legend of Zelda. Hopefully these have inspired your inner crafter and led to successful Zelda DIY items. What Legend of Zelda inspired crafts are you creating?

Deus Ex Go complete guide to beating levels 1 - 7 https://www.gameskinny.com/wnwbx/deus-ex-go-complete-guide-to-beating-levels-1-7 https://www.gameskinny.com/wnwbx/deus-ex-go-complete-guide-to-beating-levels-1-7 Sat, 20 Aug 2016 11:54:04 -0400 Ty Arthur

The Deus Ex stealth experience has officially been transported into a mobile format, tasking you with sneaking through a gigantic corporate headquarters to track down a contact and learn some nefarious secrets.

The entire point of this app is to discover how to get through each increasingly difficult level through trial and error, so you are sort of killing your own fun by looking up a walkthrough. Might we suggest reading our guide to how the mechanics work instead? That explains all the basics you need to know to puzzle out every floor's course on your own.

If you're hit the wall though and are experiencing some serious frustration with a specific level, below we cover step by step how to pass the first seven levels in the fewest number of moves.

Deus Ex Go Level 1

This one's as simple as they come and only serves to teach the basic mechanics, although there's no tutorial so it is  possible to lose the first time or two while figuring out how the turn system works.

To beat this level, move up to the top-left circle (just to the left of the guard facing away from you), which will make the guard on the far right chase after you.

  Take out the top guard as the lower guard turns around 

While the lower guard is still red, kill the top guard from behind. Keep going to the right as the lower guard returns to his original position. Since he's facing left, he won't see you coming from above, allowing a stealth kill from the side.

 Kill the lower guard from above as he's looking the wrong direction

Deus Ex Go Level 2

This one's a bit of a wild goose chase that teaches you how to use the turn based movement to your advantage to get past an enemy. Head right and then up to the center circle, which will trigger the guard to turn red and give chase.

Move to the far left to keep the guard chasing after and then go up and turn right. Keep moving back and forth along the top row until he returns to his original position, then move down to the center row on the far left side, initiating another chase.

Since he'll run all the way to far left end, you have time to go right and then down as he's running the wrong direction.

 Move past the guard while he's running towards the left side wall

Deus Ex Go Level 3

The third level brings in the invisibility augmentation, which you have to use in conjunction with the turn based chasing mechanic from the last level. At the start move up one circle to grab the invisibility augmentation, then immediately deploy it by tapping the triangle in the top-right corner and then tapping your own circle.

Move right one circle - since you are invisible, the guard won't see you. You can move up and stealth kill him, but it's not necessary and just wastes a move.

 Moving invisibly past the first guard

Instead, go right one circle and then up one circle, which will initiate a chase. Immediately go to the right side to break off line of sight (remember that guards can't see sideways - only the direction they are looking). Move down and then back up to force the guard to start returning to his original position.

 Waiting for the guard to go back where he started

Now return to the center lane and move up one circle. When the guard hits his starting point, he turns around and sees you again, initiating another chase. Move to the left to break line of sight, and then go up and grab the second invisibility augmentation.

Move down one circle and activate invisibility. Keep in mind it is only active for one single move, and its useless if the guard has already spotted you. Go right, which uses your invisible move and places you just below the unsuspecting guard, then move up to stealth kill him and exit the level.

 Using invisibility to kill the guard

Deus Ex Go Level 4

This one requires a little extra thought into how each guard will move every turn. Head right and then up, triggering line of sight with the left guard. Don't go for the invisibility augmentation yet though, as you can't reach it  before the guard kills you. Instead head up, triggering the guard on the right.

 Caught between a rock and a hard place!

Move up, then go right and immediately move back left so you are back at the top most point of the center lane. Move back down one circle. The guard on the right will see you again and give chase, but it doesn't matter because you are moving down to the lane with the invisibility augmentation.

Since the left guard is still running back to his original starting position, you now have time to dash to the left and pick it up before he hits you.

 Always use the guard's movement restrictions against them

After grabbing the invisibility augmentation, the left guard will turn around and see you. Head right and then up again so you are on the top lane, at which point both guards will be giving chase. Move left and right on the top lane repeatedly until the right guard is back in his starting position.

When you are standing on the top-right circle, activate invisibility and then move down one, which lets you go past the right guard without being seen. Now you can go down and exit the level. Again, you can kill the guard while invisible, but this wastes a move.

 Now he can't see you!

Deus Ex Go Level 5

This is another wild goose chase level where you have to plan your moves correctly to get just ahead of the guard as he chases. Move onto the center lane so the guard sees you and then hide by moving down onto the lower triangle.

Move up and down the left side of the lower triangle repeatedly until the guard is past you, then head back up to the center lane. When the guard turns around and chases again, move up onto the top triangle.

 This chasing gets sort of silly.

Head over to the right side of the top triangle so you are directly above the guard - remember that he can't see you as you are on his side. Now just move directly down to stealth kill him and exit the level.

 These guards have absolutely no peripheral vision.

Deus Ex Go Level 6

This level introduces a new mechanic - using guards against each other. As it turns out, guards block each other's lines of sight, and a stationary guard actually blocks a running guard from moving, allowing you to sneak past.

Move up, left, and then up all the way to the top lane. You will be tempted to try to stealth kill the center guard - don't do it. As soon as you enter his circle, the top guard will automatically move down and kill you.

 Don't go center, go the top route instead.

Move over to the right so the center guard sees you and starts chasing. Immediately go back left and then down to the center lane. With the center guard still moving, the guard on the right will see you and start giving chase.

 Getting the far right guard's attention

Now move back up to the top lane. You'll notice the charging right guard is stuck trying to move past the stationary center guard. Go to the far right again to force the center guard to give chase. Why are we doing this? Because now the guards will be reversed - when the center guard returns to his starting position, the guard from the right will now be stuck on the left and unable to move, allowing you a path through.

 The guard is now stuck on the left side.

Move down to the lower lane and all the way to the right. The path is now clear to go up and right to the desk, which is the level's finish point.

Deus Ex Go Level 7

This level introduces turrets, which kill you as soon as you enter their line of sight, unlike the guards that have to chase first. You can use turrets to your advantage though by positioning guards in the appropriate way.

Move down one circle to grab the invisibility augmentation, then move down again to get the guard's attention.

 Getting the guard to give chase

Whatever you do - don't move down yet! The turret will automatically see you and fire. Instead, activate the invisibility augmentation while the guard is chasing you and then move down, preventing line of sight with the turret.

Move to the right out of the turret's line of fire. Now move right and left repeatedly (without entering the line of fire for either the right or left turret) until the guard is on the circle just above you.

 Mirroring the guard's movements on the lower lane

While both you and the guard are exactly one circle to the left of the right-hand turret, move one circle to the right. This puts you in the turret's line of fire, but since the guard is above you, he will get hit instead. Now you can simply move right and up to finish the level.

 Using the guard as a human shield! 

Congratulations, you beat the first seven levels! Let us know in the comments section if you figured out how to complete of these floors using fewer moves or if you found any other strategies for distracting guards. Next up we'll be covering levels 8 -  14!

The Best Thing About Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- is the Tutorial https://www.gameskinny.com/y03k3/the-best-thing-about-guilty-gear-xrd-revelator-is-the-tutorial https://www.gameskinny.com/y03k3/the-best-thing-about-guilty-gear-xrd-revelator-is-the-tutorial Mon, 13 Jun 2016 05:22:58 -0400 Sonny Go

YouTuber and fighting game community personality Maximilian Christiansen (known mostly as Maximilian Dood or Miles928) recently tackled the newly-released Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- and found a surprise. It turns out this tutorial isn't like most other tutorials—it actually looks fun.

All fighting game tutorials are meant to teach players the basics, but some are better than others. Popular titles like Street Fighter V just give you the absolute bare bones before sending you on your way, while other games like Skullgirls are so comprehensive that they can even be used just for practice. The former is something most would want to skip, while the latter is something that people looking to get serious with fighting games will gravitate to.

It seems like what Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- has is somewhere in between, with a little twist. Since the game is an 'airdasher' with a system more complicated than that of most other fighting games, a lot of players may find it difficult to get into. It seems that Arc System Works realized that in order to make players want to learn this game, they'll have to make the tutorial a game in and of itself.

Once you get past the basics, it's not done yet. This game's tutorial even has stuff like pointers on individual matchups, which most players look to forums and YouTube videos for. Features like this make Guilty Gear—a franchise infamous for being hard—a lot easier to be competent and have fun with.

Darkest Dungeon may not be new player friendly https://www.gameskinny.com/b8xqm/darkest-dungeon-may-not-be-new-player-friendly https://www.gameskinny.com/b8xqm/darkest-dungeon-may-not-be-new-player-friendly Thu, 26 May 2016 18:38:42 -0400 Lisa Filmer

Darkest Dungeon is a complicated game that has a rough tutorial and a steep learning curve. It is categorized on Steam as a hard game with the “difficult” tag. According to Steam's global statistics, only 56.9% of players have completed the first achievement of “Welcome Home.”

This achievement is granted to those who reach the estate by completing the tutorial. With this high percentage, it looks like new players are having difficulty getting attached to the game. The interface is nice, but there are not enough descriptions and tips on what to do next. The tutorial is important in any game as it teaches you how to play. In Darkest Dungeon, the tutorial is lacking, which could stop people from continuing.

The game has had success, despite the achievement results. It is #34, on Rock Paper Shotgun's list of The 50 Best RPGs on PC. But, just think of how great it could be if the tutorial was more user friendly. If people aren’t grabbed by the game from the start, there could be bad reviews and returns. The developer, Red Hook Studios, may want to rethink their tutorial if they want to keep their buyers happy. People expect the game to be challenging--not the tutorial.

Pokken Profile: Pikachu, a Competitive Character Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/dxh15/pokken-profile-pikachu-a-competitive-character-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/dxh15/pokken-profile-pikachu-a-competitive-character-guide Wed, 25 May 2016 10:36:47 -0400 Autumn Fish

You've stumbled across Pokken Profile, a series of character guides that aim to teach the fundamentals of playing every fighter on the roster at a competitive level. To share these tips with you, I've studied tirelessly under the humble gurus of Pokken Tournament's warm and growing community. These profiles will detail every characters' strengths and weaknesses and offer advice on how to draw out their potential to cover their shortcomings.

Pokken Profile uses numpad notation to refer to moves that are performed in Duel Phase.

  • Numpad notation refers to the D-pad as if it were a calculator or keyboard numpad, indicating which direction to press.
    • For example, 6A is 'Forward + A' (P1 position is assumed), while 5A is just tapping A without a directional input.
  • Buttons surrounded by brackets must be charged or held.
    • For example, 6[X] is 'Forward + charged X'. Only X needs to be held.
  • The tilde indicates a delay, requiring the next button press to be precisely timed for the desired move or combo to execute successfully.
    • For example, 6Y~Y is "Forward + Y + Delayed Y".
  • Moves available exclusively in Field Phase are referred to with directional annotations, such as bY for 'Back + Y'.
  • If a move can be used in both Duel and Field Phase, then it is written in numpad notation from Duel Phase Player 1 (left-side) perspective.

Pikachu, much like Lucario, is a rather balanced character. To top it all off, he moves as quick as lightning and paralyzes his foes with an electrifying moveset. Ultimately, Pikachu is so well-rounded that he can take on any opponent on the roster. He has a weak burst attack and next-to-no options on wake up, but a skilled Pikachu still strikes terror into the hearts of their enemies.

Pikachu's Strengths

Pikachu is fast and nimble like a Speed character. However, Pikachu is classified as a Standard character in Pokken Tournament, meaning he has a diverse move pool to play with. Not only can Pikachu put on the pressure, he has the tools to counter someone trying to zone him. To top it all off, Pikachu has an infamously quick charging Synergy Burst gauge that lets him get away with Bursting once or twice every round.

Wake Up Options

Unfortunately, Pikachu has a weak wake up game, though there are a few moves that can really help out in a cinch. As always, remember that block is a perfectly valid option that keeps your safe from counter pierce.

8A, or Volt Tackle, is a perfectly good wake up option in a pinch. It's quick to start, has counter properties, and launches your opponent into the air, much like Lucario's own 8A, Extreme Speed. Never, under any circumstances, use this as a panic button; your opponent will catch on and punish you.

Pokken Profile Pikachu Competitive Character Intro Guide Volt Tackle

2A, or Iron Tail, is a great mix-up for Volt Tackle. It has a fast start up and takes you into high-profile to dodge lower attacks. Best of all, Iron Tail has a lot of armor so it beats out most attacks.

8X, on the other hand, is perfect when you read a grab. Even if you get caught in the startup animation, the attack will still go through your opponent's grab attempt (rather than canceling and resetting the playing field to neutral).

When you knock down your opponent, Pikachu doesn't have any safe options. You probably just want to return the field to neutral, waiting for your opponent to get up from a distance. Otherwise, feel free to take your chances with Rock, Paper, Scissors and whatever mind games you can muster.

Approaches and Pokes

In field phase, Pikachu is best sticking to homing attack block cancels to get to mid-close range. He does have a lower priority homing projectile on jY that can be used to distract your opponent as you approach, but otherwise Pikachu doesn't have any amazing options.

In duel phase, however, BX is a fantastic approach tool. The midair X has a ton of armor, and propels your forward and down, even giving Pikachu the time to charge [Y] for a potential followup.

What Pikachu lacks in approach options he makes up for in projectiles and pokes. Thunder on jA is a great tool to keep your opponent from zoning you, but it comes out too slow to use reliably at any other point. Pikachu's Y projectiles will force the opponent to react.

2Y is a great low stance poke. It doesn't propel Pikachu and it has some distance on it. It comes out and recovers quickly and won't add many phase shifts points if it hits. Iron Tail is its natural Pokecombo follow up if you want to give 'em a good smack.

2X is another low stance poke very similar to 2Y. Unlike it, however, it propels Pikachu forward and hits the opponent twice. This move even launches your aggressor into the air.

5X is another low, swift poke that can launch your opponent, though not quite to the extent of 2X. It Pokecombos into Thunderbolt, which isn't great, but it's not bad either so long as you're not following up on block.


Pikachu has the most kick-ass mixup tool in Pokken Tournament: blue 6Y. If you press 6 (forward) and Y at the exact same time, the move comes out blue and hits for 90 points of damage, launching your opponent into the air. This move is also prime combo-starter material. Practice the timing on both sides in Free Training, and you'll have your opponents cowering behind their shields in no time.

Pokken Profile Pikachu Competitive Character Intro Guide Blue 6Y 

8Y is an aerial mixup tool, a great alternative to jumping. This tail uppercut has armor, and the attack ends with Pikachu in the air, so you can follow it up with a midair move. This can even work as a decent anti air if your opponent is nearby, though 4A will always be the better choice for that.

Charging 5[A] (Thunderbolt) rather than just tapping it is a good mixup option. In Duel phase, it will send out two bolts of lighting, while in field phase, it will cover extra ground in a triple bolt lash. Swap between charged and uncharged versions to throw off your opponent.

6A (Nuzzle) is a great alternative to grab. It does less damage, though it beats out other grabs and will keep you in Duel Phase. When used from Duel Phase, Nuzzle may even be used to confirm into Pikachu's Burst Attack, particularly against larger foes. Against smaller opponents, you'll have to time your Burst Attack least you risk zipping right under them.

Bread and Butter Combos

Pikachu has some of the most straightforward combos in Pokken Tournament, making him one of the easier character to pick up and learn.

  • [Counter](crit)5YYYY - Pikachu's counter has a huge hitbox, so you may not always be able to pull this off, but if you get off a crit counter in duel phase, you can quickly combo it into 5Y. You can even interrupt your Y string with an X button press if you want to mix it up.
  • 6A5A - On any successful 6A (Nuzzle) in Duel Phase, you have the chance to combo it into a 5A (Thunderbolt) for that extra sliver of damage.
  • 6Y6Y6Y - When the forward press and Y press are timed in-sync, the demoralizing blue 6Y cracks out. If you're good at cracking out the blue 6Y, use it, abuse it, and make them fear your blue fist. If you're not good at it, don't use this combo. The yellow 6Y adds far more Phase Shift points than the blue variant. It may seem unoriginal, but juggling the opponent with blue 6Y is nightmare fuel.
  • 6Y6Y2X2A - Not so good at cracking out blue 6Y? You should practice, but that's all right, because even if you miss your blue 6Ys, yellow 6Y is still a fantastic combo starter. Crack out a couple of 6Ys, keep them in the air with 2X and finish off the combo with 2A (Iron Tail).
Synergy Burst

While Pikachu doesn't get a Mega in Synergy Burst form, he becomes a supercharged ball of electric fury. Many of his moves will upgrade and change for the duration of his short Synergy Burst mode.

  • BA - Midair A (Thunder) becomes a double hit move in Synergy Burst, which many opponents don't expect. The lightning strikes like normal, then a blue strike hits a few moments later.
  • 8AA - Like Lucario, Pikachu gets a followup to his quick-counter 8A (Volt Tackle). Pressing A again midair will launch you back down to the ground. If you manage to hit your opponent with the followup, it causes a guaranteed phase shift.
  • 6Y - Whether you nail your timing or not, Pikachu's 6Ys will always come out supercharged and blue in Synergy Burst. You would do well to abuse this.
  • [Y] - Normally, a charged [Y] comes out blue when you release it while walking forward. In Synergy Mode, Pikachu's charged [Y] will always come out blue, no matter which way you're moving.

It's a good idea to confirm Pikachu's Burst Attack with 6A (Nuzzle), or 2Y. Otherwise, the Burst Attack also acts as a great gap closer, considering how fast you recover from it if you miss. Don't forget to use it; Pikachu's Synergy Gauge runs out quickly.

Support Pokemon

There are a number of Support Pokemon sets that compliment Pikachu's moveset. Rotom and Togekiss immediately come to mind. Pikachu can easily use Rotom to restrict foes from acting, and can uppercut them into it with 6Y. Togekiss makes the nimble electric mouse even quicker, making Pikachu a far deadlier threat in Field and Duel Phase.

 Pokken Profile Pikachu Competitive Character Intro Guide Togekiss

Jirachi and Whimsicott is another good set, mostly for Jirachi's Synergy Burst buff. While in Synergy Burst with Jirachi's buff on, you will take far less damage and deal a lot more.

Another set you may want to consider is Croagunk and Sylveon. Croagunk will lower the defense of opponents caught within its circle, even if they're blocking. Sylveon is less useful, but the extra defense and health she provides may help out in a pinch.

Cheer Skill

Pikachu's Synergy Gauge charges so quickly that they're no reason to use anything other than the Support Cheer. The Support Cheer Skill will raise your Support Pokemon's gauges to max after every round, no matter the outcome of the previous round. You don't need the extra Synergy boost from Standard, so don't use it.

Pikachu's Weaknesses

Pikachu, like Lucario, is a jack of all trades, master of none. Hell, Pikachu doesn't even get a crazy Syngergy Burst Mega form like Lucario does. A good Pikachu player will master all of the tools he or she has available and know when to use them. A good Pikachu player also practices their blue 6Y timing. Never underestimate the power of the blue 6Y.

Be sure to check out the Pokken Tournament community over at PokkenArena and /r/PokkenGame. Detailed resources -- like this frame data -- and helpful, active members are littered all about. Do you have any tips and tricks for Pikachu? Chime in to the comments below!

Pokken Profile: Lucario, a Competitive Character Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/ncpsb/pokken-profile-lucario-a-competitive-character-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/ncpsb/pokken-profile-lucario-a-competitive-character-guide Fri, 06 May 2016 05:40:46 -0400 Autumn Fish

You've stumbled across Pokken Profile, a series of character guides that aim to teach the fundamentals of playing every fighter on the roster at a competitive level. To share these tips with you, I've studied tirelessly under the humble gurus of Pokken Tournament's warm and growing community. These profiles will detail every characters' strengths and weaknesses and offer advice on how to draw out their potential to cover their shortcomings.

Pokken Profile uses numpad notation to refer to moves that are performed in Duel Phase.

  • Numpad notation refers to the d-pad as if it were a calculator or keyboard numpad, indicating which direction to press.
    • For example, 6A is 'Forward + A' (P1 position is assumed), while 5A is just tapping A without a directional input.
  • Buttons surrounded by brackets must be charged or held.
    • For example, 6[X] is 'Forward + charged X'. Only X needs to be held.
  • The tilde indicates a delay, requiring the next button press to be precisely timed for the desired move or combo to execute successfully.
    • For example, 6Y~Y is "Forward + Y + Delayed Y".
  • Moves available exclusively in Field Phase are refereed to with directional annotations, such as bY for 'Back + Y'.
  • If a move can be used in both Duel and Field Phase, then it is written in numpad notation from Duel Phase Player 1 (left-side) perspective.

Lucario covers a lot of ground for a Pokken Tournament fighter, but he doesn't excel at much of anything. He has all the tools he needs to deal with any situation, requiring an adaptive and patient playstyle to truly master. Those who take the time to learn Lucario's quirks are rewarded with a well-rounded companion that can realistically take on any match-up without being placed at a disadvantage.

Lucario's Strengths

Lucario is a force to be reckoned with. He's balanced to a fault, but has an insane synergy burst mode to make up for it. At a glance, he has the typical Ryu moveset, with Aura Sphere (Hadoken) on 5A and Extreme Speed (Dragon Punch aka Shoryuken) on 8A.

Wake Up Options

Lucario unfortunately doesn't have many wake up options when he gets knocked down in Field Phase. You can toss out a neutral Y projectile or a Bone Rush (fA) if you predict a grab, but otherwise you are far safer just shielding.

In Duel Phase, your shield is still a valuable option, but you have more room to work with. If you predict a grab, hit 'em with an 8X. High stance attacks always armor through and crit against grabs, making 8X the best universal grab breaker for every Pokemon on the roster.

Lucario Pokken Tournament Competitive Character Guide

Extreme Speed can be a great anti-air move.

Lucario's last good wake up option is Extreme Speed on 8A. It's a counter that takes a measly 9 frames to startup, and it comes with full counter armor up until the hitbox activates. Even if your opponent predicts Extreme Speed, it's so fast that their grab game would have to be on point to even touch you. Be wary about using this move too much; it's easily punished when blocked.

When the tables are turned, however, Lucario has an incredible move to dish out against knocked down opponents: charged Force Palm on 4[A]. If they block -- the safest thing to do in this situation -- they take a significant amount of chip damage. If you time Lucario's Force Palm just right, you'll hit them out of a counter during the startup of their attack animation. He may not be able to pierce counters, but Lucario's 4[A] is truly a force to be feared.

Approaching and Poking

Lucario doesn't have any great approaches, but it's certainly possible. Lucario benefits a lot from the homing attack (X in Field Phase) canceling with R.

Homing attack canceling gets even better when paired with a tier two Aura Sphere on 5[A]. Following the sphere to the target is like having a moving shield and is fantastic for covering your approaches.

Lucario Pokken Tournament Competitive Character Guide

Lucario's 2Y is safe on shield and has good range.

Lucario doesn't really have many poking options, and the two he does have both hit low. 2Y is an amazing poke. It's incredibly fast, throwing out a hitbox in only 9 frames, has a great range, and is totally safe on block. Best of all, it's followed up naturally by Bone Rush, sending you right into a free combo (2YYA or 2Y6AA) if you hit.

If your opponent is in synergy burst mode however, Lucario's 2Y isn't going to cut it. Instead, use 2X to knock down your opponent and gain the frame advantage. 2X takes 13 frames to start up, and doesn't have as much range as 2Y, but it's still safe if they block it.


As always, you are encouraged to create your own unique mixups of attacks, counters, blocks, and grabs to throw off your opponent's game. Lucario has a few moves that have great potential when used in mixups.

Lucario's 6Y is quick to start up, making it a good sequence starter. 6YY is unsafe on shield and should be avoided if you can help it, however 6Y~Y is not only totally safe on shield, but it does a nice chunk of extra damage. Alternatively, you can follow up 6Y with a grab to shake things up.

Lucario Pokken Tournament Competitive Character Guide

Lucario's 6[X] has a 3-hit frame lock.

6X and variations on 6[X] is one of Lucario's better mixup tools. While there still isn't any pierce, both variations of this move are totally safe on block. If you land a 6[X], it's only too easy to launch into a demoralizing combo. It's X Pokecombo followup is laughably bad, however, and shouldn't be used under any circumstances.

Finally, 8Y is good to toss out every now and again. 8Y is a quick move with only 13 frames of startup that hits airborne enemies or close-proximity foes. It's safe on block, so you don't need to worry about your opponent punishing you for it unless they are far and planted firmly on the ground.

Bread-and-Butter Combos

Bone Rush is Lucario's number one combo tool. When it comes to combos, Lucario is going to be doing a lot of juggling. Upon launching an opponent, you can juggle them effortlessly with 6AA and slam them back into the dirt with 6AY.

  • 8X6Y~Y - The timed Y followup isn't necessary, but it adds a bit of extra damage.
  • 8X(crit)5X6AY - An 8X crit launches your opponent into the air, opening you up to different combo options. This is a Bone Rush Slam alternative to the Force Palm finisher in the Combo Dojo. This combo does a little bit more damage than the one provided in the Dojo.
  • [Counter]6AA - Charged counter attacks (and regular counters on crit) will stun the opponent long enough to do a Bone Rush Uppercut.
  • 6[X]6AA8Y6AY - This combo is more complicated, but if you land a fully charged 6[X], then Lucario can catch the opponent with a Bone Rush and juggle him up with the Uppercut. Follow it up with a quick 8Y for style points and beat them into the dirt with Bone Rush Slam. If you land the 6X but it wasn't fully charged, you're better off following up with a 4A Force Palm.
  • 6Y~Y(wall)4A - This is a combo suited for when you've got your opponent backed against a wall. Using Force Palm against an opponent on the wall will splat them off for extra damage. If you're too far when they hit the wall, use Bone Rush Uppercut instead.
Synergy Burst

Lucario has an insane synergy burst mode. A lot of Mega Lucario's moves are enhanced or even gain new followups.

  • 8AA - Extreme Speed gets a huge followup blast that's guaranteed to shift the phase if it hits.
  • 4AA - Uncharged Force Palm gets a new, powerful follow-up move (which even appears in Lucario's YYYYYY Pokecombo).
  • 6X - 6X and 6[X] don't get any new follow-ups, but it does change into a sword slash that now doubles as an anti-air. His basic Y combo string also sees an upgrade in burst.
  • AB - In burst, Mega Lucario can jump cancel after tossing out an Aura Sphere, allowing him to fly into another move far quicker than if he waited out the animation.

As always, opt to poke your opponent before throwing out your burst attack, that way your opponent doesn't have time to recover and block before you hit them.

Support Pokemon

With Lucario's insane synergy burst mode, Jirachi and Whimsicott are a no-brainer. Jirachi will increase your potential in burst for 12 seconds, so it's best to use it around the time you burst. Whimsicott, on the other hand, will dissolve projectiles for 5 seconds and heal a bit of health.

Croagunk and Sylveon are also a great choice. On one hand, you can toss out Croagunk on people who get close to you. Even if they shield his attack, they get hit with an 11 second Defense debuff, great for turning a match around in your favor. Sylveon has a great 12 second defense buff and heals some HP as well.

Lucario Pokken Tournament Competitive Character Guide Jirachi

Jirachi boosts your Synergy Burst Potential.

Other Support Sets like Rotom and Togekiss or Espeon and Umbreon work well with Lucario, too. It all boils down to how you like to play this fighter.

Cheer Skill

Lucario does well on the Standard Cheer Skill, especially when running a support set like Croagunk and Sylveon. It raises his synergy gauge a tad each round and charges supports based on a win or loss.

If you're running a support set to take advantage of a certain buff like Jirachi or Togekiss, then Lucario also plays well with the Support Cheer Skill. Even without the boost, he can still charge his synergy gauge 2-3 times a match.

Lucario's Weaknesses

Lucario is a jack of all trades but master of none. He's great at adapting, but cannot beat any character in Pokken Tournament at their own game. Lucario trainers must practice patience and fine tune their fundamentals if they hope to master him.

Lucario is an incredibly solid character. He doesn't have any tricks or gimmicks, but ultimately, he doesn't need them. If you can learn Lucario, you'll have the fundamentals needed to swiftly learn any character on the roster.

Be sure to check out the Pokken Tournament community over at PokkenArena and /r/PokkenGame. Detailed resources -- like this frame data -- and helpful, active members littered all about. Do you have any tips and tricks for Lucario? Leave them in the comments below!

Beefy Smash Doods' tutorial on how to beat Bayonetta is a necessity for competitive gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/5k8bk/beefy-smash-doods-tutorial-on-how-to-beat-bayonetta-is-a-necessity-for-competitive-gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/5k8bk/beefy-smash-doods-tutorial-on-how-to-beat-bayonetta-is-a-necessity-for-competitive-gamers Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:47:29 -0400 David Fisher

Bayonetta has been getting quite a bad reputation in the Smash Bros. community due to her wide range of true combos, seemingly overpowered "Witch Time" counter, and various other grievances. This has actually resulted in some major competitive Smash Bros. tournaments considering banning the Umber Witch from their tourneys.

Thankfully, YouTube channel Beefy Smash Doods has released a new tutorial on the weaknesses Bayonetta has in order to level the playing field. Beefy Smash Doods is already known for their surplus of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS coverage ranging from technique demonstration videos, highlight reels, and combo compilations. Every tutorial has on-screen controller explanations, and this video is no different.

Hopefully the anti-Bayonetta tutorial will help the Spanish competitive scene - as well as future Smash Bros. tournaments - realize that maybe the character isn't as overpowered as she seems. That said, the development team that started balancing characters starting with Diddy Kong last year hasn't done anything yet. Whether this is due to the game being "complete" or their own beliefs that the character is balanced remains to be seen.

What do you think about this tutorial? Do you think it's enough to get Bayonetta to stay on the playable roster in competitive play? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

How to play hammer-on "bar chords" in Guitar Hero Live (tutorial) https://www.gameskinny.com/s04d5/how-to-play-hammer-on-bar-chords-in-guitar-hero-live-tutorial https://www.gameskinny.com/s04d5/how-to-play-hammer-on-bar-chords-in-guitar-hero-live-tutorial Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:39:16 -0500 BlackTideTV

Let's all face it, Guitar Hero Live did an awful job of explaining how to play. With no tutorial outside of, "Play a top note, play a bottom note, play an open strum," it can be pretty difficult for a new player to figure out what they're doing.

New to Guitar Hero Live? Check out my previous game guides:

Previous Guitar Hero games explained hammer-ons, pull-offs, and all sorts of other shenanigans like how you can hold down buttons higher on the neck of the guitar while you play notes closer to the body. Today's issue is a little strange, however, and makes absolutely no sense when compared to playing a real guitar.

Slipknot's "Before I Forget", Disturbed's "Down With The Sickness", Deftones' "Diamond Eyes", "Toxicity" by System of a Down, and "Disposable Teens" by (cringe) Marilyn Manson. What do all of these songs have in common?

They all feature what I call subsequent bar chords, one of the most difficult-to-play note patterns in Guitar Hero Live.

Marilyn Manson Disposable Teens Guitar Hero Live GHTV Bar Chords

At first, these notes seem like they should be easy enough. Hold down the bar chord in the first row by pressing both top and bottom buttons, next note comes along just put your next finger on the next buttons like any other note, right? WRONG.

Bar chords, for whatever ridiculous reason, are non-compatible with hammer-ons, pull-offs, or playing up the neck in Guitar Hero Live. "But btide, how is there such a thing as bar chord hammer-ons then?" Very simple my young padawan, you must remove your fingers from every other note before playing the next bar chord. 

Yes, it's that easy. Rather than being played like a standard hammer-on where you can hold the previous note at the same time, you'll need to release any previously played buttons before playing the next bar chord. This goes for standard bar chords, as well as hammer-on and pull-off bar chords. The only note that can be held down is the bar chord you are about to play.

Disturbed Down With The Sickness GHTV Guitar Hero Live Bar Chords

The result of this ridiculous change in the standard Guitar Hero principles was a lot of veteran players, like yours truly, messing up a lot of songs after the initial release of the game. The technique itself is absolutely ridiculous, as more than one bar chord can be played at once on a real guitar. 

Long story short: play your first bar chord, remove your fingers from the fret board entirely, then move your fingers to the next bar chord. Get ready to feel the burn when you play those mosh-y metal parts because this is still quite difficult to do, even after you know how to do it. Your best bet is to save up hero power and use it during these parts of the song.

Guitar Hero Live: How to rank higher in GHTV online matches https://www.gameskinny.com/hjwa8/guitar-hero-live-how-to-rank-higher-in-ghtv-online-matches https://www.gameskinny.com/hjwa8/guitar-hero-live-how-to-rank-higher-in-ghtv-online-matches Wed, 02 Dec 2015 07:36:21 -0500 BlackTideTV

There are a variety of ways to earn extra points in Guitar Hero Live's online player-versus-player music video mode GHTV. From guitar setup to difficulty setting, everything affects your total score at the end of a song.

Unfortunately, because of this, many players can find it tricky to finish in the top three, even when they are better than their opponents. In this guide we'll be covering the multiple ways that you can improve your GHTV score and earn that podium finish. Step-by-step we'll walk through the simplest to the most diverse topics. 

Game Proficiency

The first thing you should ask yourself if you aren't placing is: "Am I good at Guitar Hero?" There are a multitude of ways to become proficient at shredding the plastic. Check out GameSkinny's complete guide on how to get better at Guitar Hero Live for an in-depth guide on the topic.

As for a very brief look, there are six major methods that you should attempt to get better at the game:

  • Practice, practice, practice. 
  • Learn some basic musical theory (time signatures, keeping a beat).
  • Train hand-eye coordination.
  • Learn the music you'll be playing.
  • Master the more advanced Guitar Hero tactics (hammer-ons, pull-offs).
  • Enjoy yourself.

Once you have practiced enough, learned the music you'll be playing as well as how to keep the beat of that music, trained your hand-eye coordination to a degree of comfort, know how to smash hammer-ons, pull-offs, and other special notes, and you're having fun, you'll be good at Guitar Hero, and can rule out this suspect for why you aren't placing in online matches.


I hope this doesn't come as a surprise but, harder difficulties have more notes. It's the way of the world. The harder the Guitar Hero difficulty, generally the more notes, the faster the track, the more hammer-ons and pull-offs, and the more score per note hit. 

Obviously the next piece of advice for placing in online GHTV matches is to play on the highest difficulty. There are very few players on GHTV playing on Regular or lower difficulty. Most players that take their trip online do so in a "I'm about to kick some ass" fashion. Other players are generally pretty good and will be playing on Expert or at least Advanced difficulty. 

Your best bet is to play Expert. If you can handle it. If you aren't good enough at Guitar Hero to play on Expert, rely on some of the other tactics you'll find in this guide, and you still have the opportunity to place in the top three. 

How to Change GHTV Difficulty

Changing the difficulty on GHTV is trickier than it needs be. The game never actually tells you what difficulty you're on and there is no logical place to change it. You'll need to head over to the Live portion of the game and enter Quickplay. Inside you can change the difficulty that you wish to play on and head back to GHTV to a changed game. 

For more information on this topic, check out the full article on how to change GHTV difficulty settings


A note streak can make or break your final score. That 4x score multiplier isn't just for show, it really does give you four times the score for every note you hit. 

This might be the simplest way that you are missing out on a podium finish. Even if you hit 99% of the notes in a song, if you screwed up at just the right spot, while your opponents didn't and proceeded to shred at 4x or more, it can be the end. 

There is no real strategy for combating the unfortunate occurrence of screwing up a note streak and a multiplier. Just keep working away at it and you'll eventually start smashing those tricky parts and earning better multipliers.

Sustained Notes

Holding sustained notes for longer can result in more score. There are instances where the final note in a song can be sustained and the player in first drops it by accident; sometimes another player can take his place by holding the note.

It may seem like a long shot, but always hold any sustained notes for as long as you can. You never know how many points ahead of you (or behind you) the other players are.

Hero Power

There are seven "Hero Powers" in Guitar Hero Live. The type of power you use, combined with when you use them can greatly affect your overall score at the end of a song. Most Hero Powers require the player to be a certain level to unlock them and even then, you'll need to spend in-game currency to refill them once they run out. Some powers are much more valuable than others.

Clear Highway

This power is available from the get-go and comes in unlimited quantities. This is why Clear Highway is so valuable. I personally use this power exclusively (mostly because I'm cheap and want to save my coin for Guitar Upgrades, which we'll talk about later).

Clear Highway will instantly eradicate any notes currently on the track. Pretty straightforward. It can be very helpful for tricky sections where you aren't comfortable with the notes. 

Dial Up

Arguably the worst power for professional players, Dial Up will increase the difficulty of the song for a short time. Regardless of if it increases the difficulty past Expert or not, it isn't useful for an Expert player. If increased past Expert, the notes may give extra score, but the track would be ridiculously difficult to play. 

Therefore, this power is made specifically for lower-level players who find themselves playing an extremely easy portion of a song. Generally, chorus segments are tedious, repetitive, and a bit bland, so they make for a great spot to use this power in. Upgrading difficulty could net a player on Advanced just enough points to take the lead, but don't count on it.

Dial Down

Dial Up's more sensible brother, Dial Down will decrease the difficulty of the song for a short time. When used in particular areas this Hero Power can be extremely, extremely useful.

While playing on Expert, most players will come across mind melting solos. Simply impossible ridiculousness that seems like a toddler broke into the studio during the programming of that song and mashed buttons, and the guys at Freestyle just went with it. This is the exact instance where a player that isn't super comfortable with Expert solos could use the Dial Down ability. While everyone else struggles through an Expert solo, you can breeze by on an Advanced solo.

Safety Net

The Safety Net Hero Power lets players keep their score multiplier and note streak, even if they screw up. Definitely one of the best powers available, this one is a force to be reckoned with. The trick to using this power is using it on a hard part that follows an easy part. For example, a bridge often follows a chorus and has a strange rhythm or notes not previously seen in the song. 


Invincibility is essentially Clear Highway on steroids. Granting the user a brief section of auto-hit notes and canceled bad inputs. It's really unnecessary. Rather than a free-bee you'll need to spend coins to get more Invincibility uses. The benefit of Invincibility over Clear Highway is the anti-bad inputs. If you strum by accident, it won't register, whereas with Clear Highway it will. 

Double Multiplier

This power will instantly give you a multiplier twice the amount of what you currently have. This can be great if you are at your maximum multiplier. Another great use for it is directly after an error. Instead of waiting for your multiplier to slowly stack up again, you can instantly improve it, getting back in the game sooner. This is a great Hero Power for any type of player.

Score Chaser

The final Hero Power you can unlock is a fairly valuable one if you know you are good at the game. Score Chaser will double your maximum multiplier, potentially giving you fourteen times score for each note hit. Make sure you're playing a part that you're comfortable with or this power won't be beneficial to you!

Guitar Upgrades

The final and most important tip I have for ranking highly in online GHTV matches is upgrading your guitar. There are four ways to upgrade your guitar, all of which are extremely important. 

Each upgrade will cost a ton of coins and it will take an absurdly long time to max out each statistic. For this reason, I suggest purchasing them evenly.

Hero Sections

The first ability is the least helpful. This upgrade will set more Hero Power spots into your songs so you can, obviously, use Hero Powers more often.

It's not as useful as the others for standard gameplay if you know what you're doing, though it is the gateway perk to completing a trophy/achievement challenge.

Base Score

This ability will increase the base score of every single note you hit. This will increase your final score, though it won't be as useful as you think. You'll find that the real score starts to build up with a multiplier. That's why the major focus should be on the next two skills, with this one coming in third.

Max Multiplier

To use this ability to its fullest potential, you'll need to master streaking. With a larger maximum multiplier you'll be able to earn up to seven times score for every note you hit. It's worth investing your first purchase or two into this ability. 

Multiplier Speed

In my humble opinion, this is the best guitar upgrade of them all, allowing the player to earn their multipliers faster. That means double score faster, triple score faster, quadruple score faster. If you and another player screw up in the same instance, you will be back on top of your multipliers before they are and could take the lead. 


Depending on your unique skillset and playstyle, you need to pick the upgrades and powers that are right for you. I personally recommend the original Hero Power: Clear Highway, though Safety Net is a second favorite. As for upgrades, stick with the Multiplier increases first, but increase all skills evenly. 

Other than that, work on your skill, start playing on Expert, learn to rock those streaks, and sustain those long notes as much as you can.

In the end it could come down to the fact that there are some really great Guitar Hero players out there that you'll never beat. Enjoy yourself and don't try to worry about coming in first every single time, and you'll find that you might start to do just that!

Complete guide on how to get better at Guitar Hero Live https://www.gameskinny.com/h8m2i/complete-guide-on-how-to-get-better-at-guitar-hero-live https://www.gameskinny.com/h8m2i/complete-guide-on-how-to-get-better-at-guitar-hero-live Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:49:04 -0500 BlackTideTV

With Black Friday substantially lowering the price of the Guitar Hero Live bundle, tons of newbies are joining the Guitar Hero phenomenon. The plastic guitar might seem simple to an innocent bystander, but the battle-hardened Guitar Hero grunt who's spent years in the trenches of "Raining Blood", waded "Through the Fire and the Flames", and battled with the "Knights of Cydonia" on expert difficulty - with hyperspeed active - might have something different to say. 

The reality is: Guitar Hero is not easy. It looks easy when you see veteran players shred that plastic 'til it melts. It can be extremely misleading to see someone like this play. What are their secrets? How do they do what they do? Fortunately for you, dear reader, I happen to be one of these people. Though I can solo with the best of them, I'm not perfect, and I don't expect you to be perfect either. What I do expect you to do is read this kick-ass article on every single trick I know to get better at Guitar Hero and to get out there and play that plastic until ya get blistas on ya fingas! 

If you're already a seasoned veteran of Guitar Hero and you're just looking to improve your Guitar Hero Live game, read along! There will be some valuable tips in here about both classic and new Guitar Hero games.

Still not sure if you think Guitar Hero Live is worth it? Check out our Guitar Hero Live full game and controller review

This article is LONG and could be tedious or repetitive at times. Structured for Guitar Hero beginners and semi-experienced players alike, you may want to jump to a specific section instead of reading it 100%. For this reason, you can find a list of topics below. Every section will have a heading of the same title as you'll find in the list. I strongly, strongly suggest you take a look at even the more ridiculous tips as they may provide hidden information that you won't find elsewhere. 

Table of Contents:

  • Practice Makes Perfect
  • Musical Theory
  • Coordination
  • Learn the Music
  • Starting Off Small
  • Master Special Guitar Hero Tricks
  • Previously Played
  • Play REAL Guitar
  • Enjoy Yourself!

Practice Makes Perfect

Okay, you knew this was coming. Nothing, absolutely nothing, in this entire guide is as important as this. Nothing can save you if you're not willing to try. Sit down and play. Did you fail? Play it again. Still not doing so well? Suck it up and play it again. This is the number one way to get better at anything. Math homework, talking to girls, talking to boys, Karate, Guitar Hero - you name it, and it gets easier the more you do it. So just try.

Wait until you're alone if you're embarrassed. Choose to sing if your friends come over and want to play. If you're bad at guitar you're naturally gifted at singing - it's the way the world is made.

Okay, I lied; maybe screeching like a cat being run over by a bus won't help your street cred, but that'll be water under the bridge when you whip out Lamb of God's "Ghost Walking" and shred like a demon from hell next time your mates are over. 

Practice in the basement when everyone is asleep or better yet: practice with a friend who is even worse at the game than you!

Guitar Hero isn't a game; it's a lifestyle.

If you can't make the time to practice and you're just looking for a quick fix, find a different game to master because that simply will not happen.

"Why are you reading this right now? Shouldn't you be practicing?!"

Haha, just kidding. You should've seen the look on your face! More on getting better at Guitar Hero below!

Musical Theory

Go ahead and study that cheat sheet, the test is next week. In all honesty, knowing a little bit about music will drastically help you in Guitar HeroI'm not saying, "go change all of your school courses and become a major in musical philosophy." No, no, don't do that! Bad idea. But a little side lesson never hurt anyone. 

Luckily enough, the small amount of musical theory you'll need to know to get better at Guitar Hero is pretty basic - you probably know it already! The trick is getting your mind to think about it while playing. 

Most of the world has had a music class at some point in their life. We all used to sing songs or play the (shivers run down my spine) recorder. Believe it or not, that's all you need to know! You don't need to have played a real guitar in the past (though we'll talk about that later). 


A basic knowledge of time signatures is all you'll need to keep a beat and know when to hit the notes that pop up on screen. If you pay close attention to the approaching fretboard, you'll see small, horizontal, usually white (depending on the fret board) lines that cross from one side to the other. These bars signify... well... bars! (Check out the image above for an example of these bars.)

In sheet music, a beat is picked and set to a time signature (4/4 as seen above, 3/4, 2/2, 6/8, etc.). The two numbers tell the musician how many beats are in each measure, or bar, of music. The bar above is in 4/4 time. Four quarter note beats in a bar, or One, Two, Three, Four, and then you start over in the next bar.

Understanding which time signature a piece is in can help you to land strums on certain notes. Tricky sections might include different types of notes à la half notes, eighth notes, whole notes, etc. 

A couple methods for learning the timing of a song would be to practice it (imagine that!), and to listen to it apart from the game (which we'll touch on in a bit).

You've probably had experience dealing with time signatures in the past. You just need to harness those memories and bring them forth while playing.

Keeping the Beat

Once you figure out those tricky time signatures, you'll probably want to keep the beat while playing your songs! Ever see musicians play live? They often tap their foot to keep track of where they are in the song to keep their pacing. Figure out how fast the white bars are coming towards you and tap your foot every time each of them crosses the strum bar. This way your brain's conscious functions can focus on the notes while it's subconscious functions keep the timing of the tune. 


Guitar Hero cannot be played without some degree of hand-eye coordination. If you're unfamiliar with the term, coordination is when two processes work hand-in-hand, such as your hand and your eye. Your eye sees things and sends that information to your brain. Quickly your brain must subconsciously send the required information to your hand to move in accordance. Tricky stuff. Good thing the average person is born with a decent amount of it. 

To play Guitar Hero, you'll need a fair amount of hand-eye coordination with both of your hands. Whether you're a lefty or a righty, you use both while playing - one for strumming and one for fret-work. 

The easiest way to increase your hand-eye coordination is - surprise, surprise - practice. An eventual hand-eye connection is bound to form. You shouldn't have too much difficulty increasing this skill as you use it on a daily basis. Driving, combing your hair, eating your cereal - it all requires coordination. Try eating, or completing similar tasks, with your left hand instead of your right to develop an equal amount of skill. 

A quick trick to increasing coordination is to throw an object (preferably a small ball) into the air and catch it without looking at your hand. 

Learn the Music

I hope this doesn't come as a surprise, but: Guitar Hero is a music game. Life changing, I know. In order to do well in a music game it usually helps if you're a musical person! Make sure you know the tracks that you'll be playing and you're almost guaranteed to do better at them. 

The greatest part about Guitar Hero Live (in this instance) is that the entirety of GHTV is made up of actual music videos. There is no reason you shouldn't be able to find an example of each song on YouTube. 

Though Guitar Hero Live has more genres of music than we've seen in previous games, most of the music is fairly "mainstream" meaning you'll probably know most of the songs. I didn't include White Zombie's "Thunder Kiss '65" above for Rob Zombie's epic dance moves alone. It seems like a strange tune at first but is fairly recognizable once it begins.

Do your research, find out which songs you'll be playing and listen to them religiously. Make sure you dip out of your comfort zone; a lot of songs you'll be playing won't be 100% familiar to you. Who knows, you might end up finding a new favorite genre through this process!

Starting Off Small

This section will be split into two major parts: Starting on Lower Difficulties and Starting on Easier Songs/Genres.

Starting on Lower Difficulties

This one kind of goes without saying. You're obviously going to start on lower difficulties if you've never played the game. However, this section should be helpful for players who have some experience with the game but can't get to the next level. 

Guitar Hero Live features 5 difficulty settings, an upgrade on the 4 previous settings: Easy, Medium, Hard, Expert. We now have Basic, Casual, Regular, Advanced, and Expert. 

As for advice regarding your choice of difficulty, Guitar Hero Live's "career mode" Live features in-game difficulty switching. I suggest starting on a difficulty just above what you are comfortable with. Once you are good enough to play most basic songs, crank up the difficulty by one more notch. There is little difference between the first couple settings. A few more notes, a couple chords, no big deal. Challenging yourself just a little bit is the best way to get better. 

Don't sweat the solos. As you'll learn below, solos are the trickiest parts of songs, generally come into Guitar Hero games in harder genres like metal and rock, and often appear later in the setlist rotation. If you can't play a solo on Expert difficulty, don't worry about it! You can't fail in Guitar Hero Live. Just turn down the difficulty for that part and play it until it's mastered. Once you're ready, turn it back up again. 

You'll find only small difficulty changes between Basic and Regular, though Advanced and especially Expert get to be challenging. Stay on a level just above what you're comfortable with and you'll see consistent improvement.

A great tactic for improving your difficulty setting of choice is a friendly competition. Find a friend of roughly the same experience as you and battle them on an extremely difficult song by passing the guitar controller back and forth. Try to get the best score or most % of notes hit. You have no idea what trying to kick your friend's butt will do for your skills. You'll be soloing like a pro in no time! 

Starting on Easier Songs/Genres

As mentioned above, Guitar Hero Live features a more robust number of genres than even before. That being said, you should know which genres to attack first.

There are certain genres that are best left for a more experienced you, but if you want to jump with both feet you can start with metal. Without a doubt, metal is the hardest genre to play in almost any rhythm game. Every game includes metal, and for good reason. Though it provides the most challenge with difficult rhythms, varied open and fretted strumming, and crazy off-the-rails solos, it is the go-to genre for a fun time. Those of you who have just started, however, should go for something a little more tame...

Some decent choices for first timers include:

  • Pop
  • Country
  • Techno
  • Rap
  • Soft Punk
  • Indie

Each of these genres are easy to play because of straightforward time signatures, slow tempos, simple chords, or repetitive tracks. Don't get fooled! Even though most of the songs from these genres are easy, there is the occasional tricky one. In Guitar Hero Live, beginners will find even the easy songs tricky as they will include weird chords that utilize both the top and bottom row of buttons as well as other tricks. Be on your guard. 

Genres you should probably stay away from while you're in the learning cycle would be:

  • Metal
  • Classic Rock
  • Blues

Each of these genres includes devastating solos. Blues can be extremely easy to play, but the solos will tear you a new one. Classic Rock can be a breeze with a simple repetitive riff, but the solos will tear you a new one. Metal will just tear you a new one in general. 

Of course, if you're following some of the previous tips and playing on a lower difficulty you should be able to manage some of the trickier genres.

Master Special Guitar Hero Tricks

As much as I'd love to tell you that mastering the crowd in Guitar Hero Live was as easy as "Kravitz-ing it up a little," it's not. To become a Guitar Hero master, you'll need to learn the special skills not shown in the video above: hammer-ons, pull-offs, trills, open strum riffs, chords, playing down the neck, and more. 

Unlike previous Guitar Hero games (which we'll get to in a second), Guitar Hero Live doesn't include an in-depth tutorial on all of these special skills. Basically what you get is, "Play some top notes. Play some bottom notes. Play some combination notes. Play some open strums. Okay, you're good."

Guitar Hero Live needs a full tutorial on special moves, but that's a story for a different day. Let's talk about the special moves you'll need to know instead. 

Before we get started:  all of these techniques can be learned in (some) previous Guitar Hero games, as well as on real guitar, which we'll touch on soon.

Hammer-ons and Pull-offs

Two (basically one) of the most valuable skills a shredder can have for both real and plastic guitar, are hammer-ons and pull-offs. These special notes allow a player to hit a sequence of notes without having to strum every one. A hammer-on or pull-off in Guitar Hero Live is a note with a shiny blue coating. Generally, you'll only find these notes on Advanced and Expert difficulties. 

To play a hammer-on, strum the note that proceeds it, then simply "hammer" your finger onto the hammer-on note when it crosses the strum bar instead of strumming. These hammer-ons can be chained, meaning that a row of hammer-ons can be continuously played without strumming. If you screw up you'll need to strum to get the hammer-on chain started again. Hammer-ons can all be strummed if you wish, but are usually easier to play using the technique.

Playing pull-offs is like playing hammer-ons in reverse. Pull-offs are only possible when descending the fret board (moving from the body to the neck). Hold down the upcoming pull-off note (which will be more towards the end of the neck of the guitar), as well as the note that proceeds it (which should be closer to the guitar's body. Play the proceeding note (closer to the body), then pull that finger off of the fret board when the pull-off note crosses the strum bar. Pretty tricky to explain, but not difficult to understand once you start playing. Again, pull-offs can be played by simple strumming if you wish.

Playing Down The Neck

The only other trick that it might do some good to explain is what I call playing down the neck. This is where Guitar Hero closely relates to actual guitar, and what makes pull-offs possible. You can hold down the first row of frets (farther from the guitar's body) while you play notes on other frets (closer to the body). The guitar will only pick up the notes closest to the body unless you're playing chords. It seems complicated but if you really think about it, following the pull-offs description above, it'll come to you. 

Previously Played

Still have that old PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360? Maybe it's time to dust it off. Playing older Guitar Hero games can make you better at Guitar Hero Live! Not only will the older games provide you with full tutorials on hammer-ons, pull-offs, open strums and more, they are decidedly easier to handle. 

Older Guitar Heros featured five colored buttons in a single row of frets. The colors made the game straightforward while the single row prevented fingers from getting mashed up with up and down action. The game was only changed because the five buttons ran too far down the neck of the controller and younger or less experienced players couldn't reach the fifth button. 

Previous titles featured linear story lines making the choice of song slim. This was good because you didn't have to guess at which songs are harder. You knew that this new section will be harder than the last, which can be great for newbies. 

Guitar Hero titles go relatively cheap on Kijiji, eBay, and other such sites. You should be able to find a quality game and controller combination for under $50. It can be extremely beneficial to try. 

As for game choice I recommend Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock or Guitar Hero World Tour

Guitar Hero 3 featured an amazing setlist with some extremely difficult songs towards the end. The difficulty slope was gradual and it was an extremely enthralling game. 

World Tour has its ups and downs. Don't get distracted by the drums or vocals, or the weird guitar functions. This game is good for one reason: open strumming. Though the open strumming sections are mostly on bass, this is the first game where it is really introduced so you can learn a lot about the function in this game.

Play REAL Guitar

Go ahead and take this tip with a very large pile of salt. This tip is just tacked on as a bonus. Playing real guitar can give you TONS of insight into the world of Guitar Hero. Playing multiple "strings", playing down the neck, hammer-ons, pull-offs, chords, changing chords with speed and accuracy, tempo, time signatures, basically everything we've talked about so far can be found in playing real guitar. That being said: 

DO NOT GO OUT AND BUY A GUITAR SO YOU CAN GET BETTER AT GUITAR HERO. Do you know how ridiculous that sounds? 

Many people know someone with a guitar. Your dad, your uncle, your best friend, ask around and see if you know anyone. There are a ton of closet-guitarists out there. You don't need a professional to teach you the basics of guitar. 

Just because I love to confuse you guys: it's okay if you want to go out and buy a guitar. Just don't do it for Guitar Hero. If you actually plan on learning the instrument, it's totally okay to pick up an acoustic for $100 and start jamming. I highly recommend it, actually. 

Enjoy Yourself!

If there's one thing we can learn from the colorful combination of Lenny Kravitz and James Franco, it's that you need to have fun when you're playing Guitar Hero. It will make the learning curve so much shorter because you won't care if you are getting 100%! After all, this isn't your SAT testing. It's a game!

Invite friends over to play, have a Guitar Hero date night, drink-and-Guitar-Hero (it's legal), sing along to the songs, dance around the room, act like a rockstar, do the pelvic thrust that really drives you insaa-aa-aa-aane, do the Time Warp, and do it all again!

If you're really that bad, just goof around while you play and eventually you will get better. If you've never touched Guitar Hero before, or you did and it ended in disaster, you literally can't get any worse. So, why freak out that you're bad when you can just laugh, shrug it off, and have fun? 

Have fun and let the game come to you. 

What Have We Learned?

A great man once said, "Guitar Hero isn't a game, it's a lifestyle." Oh wait, that was me at the beginning of this article! Well, it's true. I am great. The statement is also true. You can't just expect to wake up on the right side of the bed and become Guitar Hero royalty. It takes months of practice to get good and master the crazy techniques we've talked about today.

All I can do for you from here is reiterate. Practice makes perfect. During your practice, try picking out the time signature and tempo of the songs you're playing. Try to hit the hammer-ons and pull-offs you come across and keep the beat by tapping your foot. Play on lower difficulties and on easier songs and make your way into crazy metal on expert difficulty. Try older Guitar Hero games and give real guitar a whirl. Keep that hand-eye coordination in check and listen to the music that you'll be playing. Enjoy yourself. It's a game. 

That's it. Now go. Master these abilities and fly high, "Free Bird"!

Man, I hope they put that song into Guitar Hero Live.

How to make money in Fallout 4 https://www.gameskinny.com/96uph/how-to-make-money-in-fallout-4 https://www.gameskinny.com/96uph/how-to-make-money-in-fallout-4 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 13:03:48 -0500 Joe DeClara

For a post-apocalyptic wasteland of desolation and despair, the world of Fallout 4 can be an expensive place to pitch your tent. With ammo to buy, resources to procure, and Legendary weapons like the Big Boy to purchase, you're gonna need a whole lot of caps to get the most out of your experience in the Commonwealth. Thankfully, Fallout 4 offers many options for developing affluence.

Level Up.

To ensure your character has the best chance of procuring the greatest amounts of caps possible from the start, make sure you show your Charisma S.P.E.C.I.A.L. some love. This base stat will help you get better deals at vendors when both buying and selling all items. Also, make sure to dump points into the Cap Collector and Fortune Finder (Luck) perks as you level up. With these stats in place at the start of your adventure, you'll be in the most optimal position for gathering endless bottlecaps throughout your endeavors.

Fallout 4 Perk Chart


Loot, Loot, Loot.

Take weapons. Take armor. Kill bad guys (or good guys) and take their stuff, too. Take it all! After you've grabbed your full, dump your spoils onto a companion, then loot some more. Selling items you've grabbed throughout your adventures is the easiest, most natural way of making quick cash early in Fallout 4. One Pipe Pistol may not be worth much, but ten pipe pistols, ten Raider chest pieces, and twenty road leathers add up to some significant dough for you to turn into ammo. Later, when you're swimming in caps, you can start using those guns for resources with the Scrapper perk.

 Vendors pay big for the Fat Man


Sell your Junk.

Fallout 4's new resource system gives the miscellaneous garbage of the gameworld more purpose than its predecessors. However, things like Pre-War Money and Cigarette Cartons are probably best traded for caps. With every unit of Pre-War Money valued at 8 caps, every Pack of Cigarettes at 12, and a full Carton of Cigarettes bringing in a whopping 50 caps, these Junk-classified items prove far more useful at the vendors than in your crafting workbench. 

No need to waste...


Manufacture Purified Water.

This currently seems to be the most effective way to passively make money in the game. Once you've discovered Sanctuary, gathered a plethora of resources, and leveled up your Science perk, you will be able to create an Industrial Water Purifier through the settlement workshop. Each unit requires Oil, Ceramic, Water, Copper, Steel, Cloth, and Screws to create. Set up three or more of these purifiers, then a medium generator for each, and voila - you have yourself a Water-Purifier Plant! Every half hour or so, you can check back at your workbench to see how much Purified Water your plant has accumulated, grab the lot, and sell it all for 7+ caps apiece. Waiting in a chair or Sleeping does not help pass the time, though, so while you wait, get back out there and keep looting!

Industrial Water Purifier Tutorial


What have your economic experiences been like in the Commonwealth. Have any other tips on how to stack mad caps? Let us know in the comments!

The Last of Us: Clicker Bite Prosthetic Tutorial https://www.gameskinny.com/p6qrs/the-last-of-us-clicker-bite-prosthetic-tutorial https://www.gameskinny.com/p6qrs/the-last-of-us-clicker-bite-prosthetic-tutorial Sat, 11 Jul 2015 17:30:02 -0400 Pip Simon

For my final tutorial in The Last of Us cosplay series, I made a prosthetic of Ellie's Clicker bite. An Ellie cosplay is not complete without her notorious bite. For this tutorial I made the prosthetic on my own arm, but I recommend that you make it on a hard nonporous surface, as it will make the whole process much easier.

Supplies I used:

  • Cinema Secrets Liquid Latex
  • Cinema Secrets Liquid Fake Blood
  • Crayola Air Dry Clay
  • Spirit Gum
  • Foundation
  • Coastal Scents: Creative Me Palette
  • BH Cosmetics: Malibu Palette
  • Vaseline
  • Hair Dryer

Step1: Start with a clean surface

Whether you make this prosthetic on your own skin or on a hard surface, just be sure that it's clean. When you start putting latex down, you won't want it to pick up any debris.

Step 2: The Clay

If you look at Ellie's bite mark in reference images, it has raised nodules in it that are puffy and almost look like a burn. With the air dry clay, create small ball shapes about the size of a pea and set them aside.

With a sponge or brush, add two thin layers of latex to your surface. Once dried, use spirit gum to stick the clay onto the latex. You can of course use liquid latex to attach the clay, but spirit gum will dry much faster.

Step 3: The Latex

Once the clay is in place, you will want to add two to three fairly thick layers of liquid latex over the entire piece. This will take a few minutes to dry, but you can use a hair dryer to speed up the process. Use the dryer on a low, cool setting so your don't blow the liquid around or burn yourself.

Step 4: Shape

It's important to remember that this prosthetic is a bite, and therefore should be the shape of someone's mouth. Once the piece is completely dried, you might want to trim the edges in order to give it a rounder shape. If you are making the prosthetic directly on your arm, you can use makeup to correct the over all shape.

Step 5: Makeup

The makeup is fairly simple. You'll first want to cover the entire piece with a foundation that matches your skin tone. Next, consider all the colors that are in a bruise (purple, yellow, green, red, blue). You'll want to incorporate all of these colors on the prosthetic.

Starting off, I mixed reds and browns together to get a solid base color that would make the area look swollen. I went around the clay nodules, deepening the color while leaving the tops of them fairly flesh toned. This makes them look more three-dimensional.

Gradually build up the color, while keeping in mind where the natural shadows and highlights would be.

Step 6: Blood and Vaseline

With a brush, slowly add small amounts of blood all over the prosthetic and then blot it away with a paper towel or cloth. You might also consider using fake scab blood for this, which really adds depth to the piece. However, I did not have any. I also recommend that you rub a small amount of vaseline on the prosthetic to make it look shiny like a burn. I did not do this in the video, and decided to do it after the fact because I thought my prosthetic looked too matte.

Step 7: Peel it off

You should be able to slowly peel off the latex. You can use your fingers like I did or use tweezer. Just go slow so you don't rip it. Then you are done. You can stick this on your skin using spirit gum at any time. You may just want to touch up the makeup every now and then.

I hope you have found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions or ideas for future projects, let me know in the comments. I am always happy to make things.

The Last of Us: Joel Cosplay Tutorial https://www.gameskinny.com/l6qvh/the-last-of-us-joel-cosplay-tutorial https://www.gameskinny.com/l6qvh/the-last-of-us-joel-cosplay-tutorial Sat, 11 Jul 2015 02:30:02 -0400 Pip Simon

As my partner and I get ready to cosplay Joel and Ellie from The Last of Us for a convention, I figured I should put together tutorials for anyone interested. If you plan to turn yourself into Joel, I hope this helps you in your process.

Step 1: Start off with a clean face before foundation

For any cartoonish look I recommend using foundation to even out your skin tone (yes, even if you are a guy). I used Wet n' Wild foundation in the color sand.

Step 2: Adding Wrinkles

After many years taking down zombies, Joel's skin is looking pretty rough. He is wrinkled, has age spots, and shows signs of sun damage. To add wrinkles you want to use a shadow that matches the natural shadows of your face. Meaning that If you have a warm complexion you'll want to use a brown color. If you are cool toned, you might want to stick to more of a grey shadow. I'm using the color “Factory” in the Naked 3 palette.

If you look at a reference image of Joel and attempt to copy his wrinkles exactly it's not going to look very good on your face. So instead scrunch your face and make all sorts of silly faces in order to bring out your natural wrinkles. Deepen those with a shadow. Don't be afraid of adding vertical lines as well as horizontal lines.

Step 3: Contouring the Nose

Recreating Joel's nose shape will depend entirely on what your nose looks like to begin with. What is important to keep in mind is that Joel has a fairly slender nose with flared nostrils. For the contour you'll want to use the same shade that you used for your wrinkles. Make sure that you blend out the contour with a clean brush or your fingers.

Step 4: That Epic Beard

Joel is pretty grizzly, and some us aren't quite so rustic. If you need some help in the beard department you can always apply a fake one, or you can fill in sparse areas or your beard with an eyeshadow that matches your hair color. I used the color “Blackheart” on my partner's beard, and then with a brown eyebrow pencil I drew short lines in his beard to resemble hair and add some depth.

Step 5: The Outfit

For Joel's outfit you will want to purchase dark green cargo pants or blue jeans. Levi's or dad pants are probably your best bet. Any beaten work boot should do the trick. As for the flannel, Insert Coin Clothing makes an exact replica of Joel's green shirt. However you can find the one I used on Amazon.

I hope that you found this tutorial helpful. If you are interested in an Ellie cosplay here is my tutorial.

The Last of Us: Ellie Makeup Tutorial https://www.gameskinny.com/ovapw/the-last-of-us-ellie-makeup-tutorial https://www.gameskinny.com/ovapw/the-last-of-us-ellie-makeup-tutorial Thu, 02 Jul 2015 02:30:01 -0400 Pip Simon

With all of the talk about the possibility of a sequel to The Last of Us, I've decided to put together this cosplay makeup tutorial based on the beloved character Ellie.

Step 1: Start off with a clean face.

Make sure that you've cleansed your face and moisturized. Moisturizing is important, because it will allow the makeup to go on smoother and ultimately look nicer. Then you want to prime your face, especially if you plan on wearing this makeup for a long time (perhaps at a con?).

Step 2: Foundation

It's important to note that Ellie has a very round face, since she's young. Start off with a foundation that matches your skin tone. Concentrate it to the center of your face. With a slightly darker foundation put it around the edge of your face. This with create a shadow that will make your features look smaller and your face look plumper.

Step 3: Ellie's Scar

There are a few ways you can do this. I just used a white eyeliner pencil. Make a line down the center of your brow making sure to cover the brow hairs. If you have particularly stubborn brows you can cover the section with a glue stick or scar wax.

Step 4: Fill in Your Brows

Using a brown eyebrow pencil reshape your eyebrows. Keep in mind that Ellie has very squared off brows that are also very straight. Keep away from a high arch, that will only make you look older.

Step 5: The eyes

Using a warm copper toned eyeshadow put that all over your lid. Deepen the shadow with a dark brown shade on the outer corner of your eyes. Be sure to work the shadows into the upper and bottom lash line.

When it comes to eyeliner, stick to a brown liner because that will look the most natural. Keep the eyeliner on the outer third of your eye. This will make your eyes look larger.

Step 6: Contouring

Ellie's nose is small and short. Contouring will depend on your own nose shape. For me, I used a brown shadow down the sides of my nose to make my nose appear slimmer.

Step 7: Freckles

Using a brown liner pencil create freckles all over your face, concentrating them mostly to your cheeks and nose. The trick here is to use a very light hand. Don't be afraid to smudge them with your fingers, tapping gently.

Steph 8: Lips

Use a nude lip liner to reshape your lips Keep in mind that Ellie has a bigger bottom lip than her top, and her cupid's bow is very defined. Dab on a bit of pink lipstick or blusher to your lips to give them a slightly pinkish hue.

Step 9: The finishing touches

Pop on a brown wig if you need to and add green colored contacts. You can get Ellie's shirt either on the Naughty Dog store or on Redbubble. There are also tutorials on YouTube, if you wish to make her shirt yourself.

That's it! You're done. Feel free to go shoot Clickers, curse loudly and roam the countryside like the badass you are. Stay tuned for later in the week when I transform my husband into Joel and show you how to create Ellie's zombie bite with special effects makeup.

Best Witcher 3 cosplay tutorials on YouTube https://www.gameskinny.com/umc18/best-witcher-3-cosplay-tutorials-on-youtube https://www.gameskinny.com/umc18/best-witcher-3-cosplay-tutorials-on-youtube Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:07:22 -0400 Pip Simon

Since its release, The Witcher 3 has gotten a number of brilliantly done cosplays. For those gamers out there interested in doing a Witcher 3 cosplay, the following tutorials will be sure to help you in your cause.

Ciri by Miranda Hedman

This tutorial is fantastic. Not only does Hedman walk you through the process step-by-step, but she also uses relatively inexpensive products which makes this cosplay a bit easier on the wallet. For Ciri's scars, Hedman uses an easy technique that has the best payoff. She uses collodion, which tightens and wrinkles your skin to appear scarred.

This is a better alternative to using liquid latex, since Ciri's scars are fairly shallow, and latex can get bulky and is difficult (especially for beginners) to blend into your own skin.

Geralt by Jordan Hanz

This transformation may be the most impressive I've seen. Like Hedman, Hanz goes step-by-step through the tutorial. The main focus of this tutorial is the age makeup. Hanz uses contouring and highlighting to reshape her face to look more like Geralt, wrinkles, scars and all.

The contouring technique is also another alternative to using latex for scars. This can be a little bit difficult for those less artistically inclined, but if you take it slow, pausing the video at each step, you should end up looking quite a bit like Geralt.

DIY Prop Tutorial by Keevanski (Be sure to activate the subtitles!)

Keevankski has a few different cosplay tutorials on her channel for The Witcher 3. She did a Geralt makeup tutorial along with a tutorial for his armor. Though the tutorial she made for Geralt's medallion is a cut above the rest. In this 2-part video tutorial, Keevanski walks you through how she uses clay to mold the medallion. If you plan to make the medallion, suggest you go slow and have a good reference. When sculpting with clay it's important that you think in basic shapes.

I hope these tutorials help you with your future cosplays. If you know of any useful tutorials for The Witcher 3, please post links to them in the comments. As always, best of luck.

Splatoon Cosplay Makeup Tutorial https://www.gameskinny.com/kq5qw/splatoon-cosplay-makeup-tutorial https://www.gameskinny.com/kq5qw/splatoon-cosplay-makeup-tutorial Sat, 20 Jun 2015 08:30:02 -0400 Pip Simon

Splatoon is very popular in my household, and I have fallen in love with the unique and varied squidkid designs. I'm currently planning a future Splatoon cosplay, and I thought I would walk you through my Splatoon inspired makeup tutorial.

Step 1: Moisturizing is important

While you can't see this step in the video tutorial, it's always important to make sure your face is hydrated before putting on makeup. You makeup will look and feel much nicer if you don't forget this step. If you are going to be wearing this makeup for a long time, you might want to invest in a makeup primer. (I use Smashbox.)

Step 2: Blank canvas

For that perfect cartoon complexion, I mixed a tiny bit of Mehron white foundation with my everyday foundation. This is going to cover up any redness in your skin, and give you a blank canvas to work with. You may consider using a foundation with dewy finish, since the Squidkids are shiny characters.

Step 3: Covering your eyebrows

The squidkids have varied brows, and for this look I went for a brow shape that was similar to my own. However if you wanted to completely block out your brows, you could cover them with stick glue, which is completely safe and won't ruin your eyebrows. However for sake of time, I skipped this step. On a spoolie brush I ran the white crème paint through my brows, and then completely covered them with NYX Jumbo pencil in the shade Milk.

Step 4: Fill in your brows

Using the Creative Me palette from Coastal Scents and an angled brush. I started filling in my eyebrows with a pink shade. Once I got the basic shape, I added the purple color to give the brows more depth.

Step 5: The domino mask

This is undoubtedly the most difficult part. So if you're like me, and you're afraid of drawing incorrect lines, start with a light color. I used Mehron paint in grey to get the shape that I wanted before I darkened it with black. This way if you make a mistake, it will be much easier to cover than if you had used black to begin with.

Once you've filled in the grey color, go over it with a liquid eyeliner in black or a black crème paint. Once darkened, set the eyeliner with a black eye shadow to prevent the makeup from sliding around. I used black eyeshadow from the ELF disney collection and the fallout was terrible. I would not recommend it. 

Step 6: Finishing touches

You may find that you had a lot of fallout from the eyeshadow, so you might want to go around the mask with the foundation again, just to clean up the edges.

There are really cool Splatoon cosplay hats on Etsy, though sticking to what I already had, I used a purple wig that I got from Amazon. You can pull back some of the wig, and leave the front out as if they are your tentacles.

Pop on some headphones and you have turned yourself into a squidkid.

Hopefully you find this tutorial helpful, and you can learn from some of my mistakes.

How to Be An Ace Spy in CounterSpy Guide (The Basics) https://www.gameskinny.com/71i72/how-to-be-an-ace-spy-in-counterspy-guide-the-basics https://www.gameskinny.com/71i72/how-to-be-an-ace-spy-in-counterspy-guide-the-basics Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:35:35 -0500 Elijah Beahm

Hello, fellow agents. Chances are, if you read my dossier on why CounterSpy is a fantastic game, you've probably downloaded it. You feel ready to go out in the field, punch some random faceless grunts, and save the moon from nuclear destruction. Well, there's a lot more to being an agent than just wearing skin-tight stealth suits and having a license to kill. Here are the basics to get you up to speed on modern 70's Cold War techniques.

1. Keep Your Starting Pistol

Contrary to the colloquialism, bigger is actually not always better. While you can unlock two grenade launchers, shotguns, and assault rifles -- that does not mean they will win the day faster for you. In fact, precise headshots with your starting gun can do plenty damage on their own.

Additional Intel: With a little help from the Precision Aim formula (read: perk) on top, even the hardest enemies will only take three shots to the face to down. It also has the cheapest ammo.

2. Foreground/Background Takedowns

While all C.O.U.N.T.E.R. agents must never deviate from the 2D plain, that does not mean your enemies follow such civilized rules. Thankfully, if you quickly hit square while they are in front of, beside, or behind you, you can still take them down with a quick "JUDO-CHOP!" If that fails you, you can either manually aim for them while behind cover, or use auto-aim while normally walking around.

Additional Intel: Auto-aim indicates whether you are over a target or not by glowing red when on an enemy, camera, or explosive. Be mindful that you sometimes cannot see what you are aiming at. What you might think is a grunt's head is in fact the gasoline soaked, antique gas can the fool inherited from a deceased uncle. Aim from cover whenever possible to avoid such embarrassingly loud, unintended explosions.

3. Spend Money Carefully

Unfortunately, due to the yoga incident and budget cuts, C.O.U.N.T.E.R. has a very tight budget. In fact, if it weren't for your activities, we would probably go broke faster than you can say "Archer. Vice!"

So while we are perfectly fine with you spending all of your money on devastating new weapons, ammo refills, or even one-time Formula purchases; do bear in mind that any further funds depend upon your success in the field. Collect enough intel to complete dossiers, chain kills together, or chain stealth actions together, and we'll be able to keep the lights on for another week or so!

Additional Intel: We also get additional funds whenever you one-up Rival Agents' scores. So do be a good sport and rub your greater peformance in their faces. We're going to need every cent we can.

4. Locating Intel

Now obviously intelligence items will not just be lying around. Conveniently, both the East and the West keep all their intelligence data in three forms. The most readily available are lockers full of written reports. The more valuable are computers containing key information that will allow us to stop the moon's destruction.

The third type is either new research data for Formulas and Weapons, or very high quality Intel we can sell - I mean use to benefit the world. Every base you infiltrate will be full of these, all hidden in dark corners... or just left lying around by an elevator so they can make room for a new broom closet.

Additional Intel: Intel lockers, unlike every other type of intel holders, can be extracted silently. It's best to clear out lockers first if you cannot eliminate all the guards silently, and then roll with the literal and metaphorical punches.

5. Ammo & Health Lockers

Due to the wonders of modern 70s science, we have devised a way to fill all the holes in your body when bullets attempt to turn you into a pinata. How? That's top secret! Just know that whenever you see a bright red locker, it will make all that blue-err-I mean "red" liquid stop pouring out of your body.

Unfortunately, in the process of devising such a marvelous regeneration system, we forgot to figure out how to optimally store bullets on your person. As a result, whenever you find a green ammo locker, you can only pick up two to three clips for your current gun on hand. Despite having a generous R&D department for weapons, we don't actually understand how these "bullet" things work...

Additional Notes: If you are at full health and attempt to use a health locker, we have a beeper in your pocket that will beep when you try to open it. The beeper also works for ammo lockers. If you continue to do so for too long, it will crawl out of your pocket, insert itself in your brain, and play horrid "Rock'n'Roll" music in your head until you go insane.