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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe videos show off Battle Modes Piranha Plants vs Spies, Balloon Battle, more

24 Mar

A few videos giving you a look at the main Battle Modes in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe have been released.

The Mario Kart 8 Deluxe modes you see below in Switch include the new Piranha Plants vs Spies mode, Bob-omb Blast, Balloon Battle, Coin Runners and Shine Thief. All are super-short clips, and are without sound (thanks, Siliconera).

An overview video for the modes was released earlier this month along with a set of screenshots.

Balloon Battle

Bob-omb Blast

Coin Runners

Piranha Plants vs. Spies

Shine Thief

When the game releases on Switch next month, every track and kart from the Wii U version, including all the previously released DLC, will be available in-game. It comes with five additional characters bringing the total to 42. It will also include new karts inspired by Splatoon, the ability to hold two items at once, the new Smart Steering control option, and more.

Battle mode has also been revamped, and can be played both locally and online, across eight Battle courses.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe launches in stores and Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch on April 28 for $59.99, or your regional equivalent.

At launch, the Joy-Con Wheel accessory will also be made available at $14.99, or regional equivalent, for a set of two.

GTA 5: here’s a look at how the Liberty City map modding project is coming along

24 Mar

The crew responsible for the OpenIV toolkit has provided a new look at its GTA 5 mod that adds Liberty City to the map.

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The team isn’t recreating the GTA 4 version of Liberty City, it’s just adding the map to GTA 5. But thanks to the OpenIV system, it will look lovely, of course. You can see more of the current state of the mod over on the gtaforums and the OpenIV website.

Liberty City in GTA V was revealed in January, and the first beta is expected sometime this spring.

Those who wish to participate in the beta, or who plan to download the mod upon release, will need to own GTA 4 or Episodes from Liberty City for it to work in GTA 5. They will also need to have the converter tool and OpenIV installed on their PC.

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Once available, GTA 5 players will only need to hop on a plane and fly to Liberty City in order to drive down all the streets and visit various sites familiar to GTA 4 players.

Hit up the links to get a better look at the mod and for more information.

The best horde mode zombie shooter is free to play this weekend on Steam and PS4

24 Mar

There is no excuse not to check out Killing Floor 2 this weekend.

Killing Floor 2, the zombie shooter from Tripwire, is celebrating the release of new content with a free weekend and a big sale. From now until March 28, the game will be free to play on both Steam, as well as PS4 for the first time ever.

The free trial can be downloaded in any region, or from Steam if you’re on PC. It offers unrestricted access to the content. The game is also on sale both on the PlayStation Store, as well as Steam for 33% off and 50% off respectively.

Earlier this week, the game received a big content update titled The Descent, bringing two new maps and weapons. This is Killing Floor 2’s second free update this year, after Tropical Bash in January.

I named Killing Floor 2 one of the best shooters of 2016, a no-fuss zombie shooter that focuses on pure, satisfying mechanics above all else.

Watch the trailer above for the latest content update if you’re unfamiliar with the beautiful carnage of Killing Floor. The game supports six players in co-op, or 12 in the Versus mode.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition launch trailer reminded us of how satisfying it was to pull off those skillshots

24 Mar

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition’s skillshots still look amazing, 4K or not.

Gearbox and People Can Fly have released the launch trailer for Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, the remastered and expanded re-release of the six-year-old shooter.

On top of the enhanced visuals, improved frame-rate and 4K support for PC and PS4 Pro, Full Clip Edition comes with a couple of different bits of new content, including all add-ons from the original.

Six new Echo maps have been added, bringing the total to 30. Echo is a challenge mode that tracks your high score and puts it on a global leaderboard. Completing the campaign unlocks Overkill mode, which increases the difficulty and provides unrestricted access to areas, weapons and skillshots.

The game also has a four-player co-op horde mode with 20 waves, playable across 12 maps. Finally, if you pre-order, you get to play as Duke Nukem for the entire campaign, complete with new dialogue.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition is out April 7 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Mass Effect Andromeda guide: Elaaden, 100% viability and The Journey to Meridian

24 Mar

Mass Effect Andromeda is building to a climax – and we don’t just mean in the romance system.

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The Journey to Meridian contents

Objectives and mission flow

Boss: Destroyer

Boss: The Archon’s Sword

Elaaven secondary quests

Endgame secondary quests

This chapter of Mass Effect Andromeda takes us to a point of no return, so if you’re the sort who likes to get all your side questing done before the big climax, now’s definitely the time to get moving on that.

The priority op itself, The Journey to Meridian, is pretty straight forward, although it does involve some great battles, including two major bosses.

Reaching this mission progress most “on hold” secondary quests to the point of completion. Of particular note is Know Your Enemy, which updates with a last email as you begin The Journey to Meridian. This quest leads into another called Dissension in the Ranks, which can decrease the difficulty of the final priority op, as well as being narratively satisfying. Be sure to grab the email and proceed to Voeld to complete the quest chain before you kick off the main mission.

You won’t have many more chances to clear out side content once you get properly started with The Journey to Meridian, so if you want to be as prepared as possible for the very final battle, there’s a lot you should get done. Hitting full viability on all planets is a good target, and can be achieved without ticking off every single quest. As such, we’ve also included a list of all the content on optional planet Elaaden on this page.

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The Journey to Meridian objectives and suggested missions flow

Find more tips, tricks and explanations in our Mass Effect Andromeda guide and walkthrough.

As mentioned above, this mission is something of a point of no return for Mass Effect Andromeda. Although you will still be able to play after the final priority op, some secondary content will close or alter to reflect the end of the main narrative. Additionally, you won’t have a chance to increase your Andromeda viability once you get moving.

We’re stressing this a lot now because we want to be sure you don’t miss the message: get everything done. Check your email. Talk to everyone. Go everywhere. Look at everything. Sure, you can do it later, and it’s not like the galaxy’s gonna blow up if you don’t, but since you have the chance to make a perfect run on it now, why not do it?

Alright then, here’s how we suggest you tackle The Journey to Meridian. The only tricky bit in this mission is a branching path where you need to visit each destination – a pair of towers, one in the north and one in the south. Each includes a boss battle, and one of these is with a Destoryer, a new enemy type you won’t have seen before.

The mission culminates in a major boss battle with The Archon’s Sword and transitions immediately to Meridian: The Journey Home.

  • Optional: visit the Nexus, Hyperion and Tempest to update conversations and side quests
  • Optional: collect Elaaden side quests (see list below)
  • Optional: clear all available side quests and planet scanning
  • Optional: Achieve 100% viability on all outpost planets
  • Meet with Nexus Leaders
  • Speak with your sibling
  • Interact with the terminal in the Tempest Research Centre
  • Call a crew meeting on the Vidcon
  • Travel to Meridian in the Civki system
  • Explore the Remnant City
    • Use the console
    • Cross the bridge and use a second console
    • Use gravity well and fight through Kett and Remnant
    • Investigate the North Tower
      • – Battle through the Remnant
      • – Activate the console to open the door
      • – Enter Exploration Systems
      • – Activate the four consoles: NW, NE, SW, SE
      • – Activate the final console
      • – Kill the Destroyer mini-boss
    • Investigate the South Tower
      • – Battle through the Kett and Remnant
      • Optional: solve the Remnant Decryption to loot a treasure room
      • – Activate the console to open the door
      • – Enter Research Sector
      • – Battle through the Kett and Remnant
      • – Kill the Ascendant mini-boss
    • Return to Core 17
    • Battle the Remnant and Kett on the bridge
    • Use the gravity well
    • Activate the central command console
  • Kill The Archon’s Sword boss

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The Journey to Meridian mini-boss: the Destroyer

Encountered in the North Tower as a mini-boss, the Destroyer unit actually turns up a second time during this mission, so get used to it now.

The key to a Destroyer encounter is to use the environment to your advantage and stay mobile; distance will keep you out of its annoying area of effect attacks, but you’ll need to evade its main cannon, and hunkering down behind cover is a bad idea – it has an explosive response to that tactic.

You must control the adds. Your first priority should be to take down all the Assemblers, to stop them building more units, and then the Nullifiers. We found it easiest to point our squaddies at the Nullifiers while we whipped around clearing up the smaller mobs.

When you’re ready to face the Destroyer itself, go for its most obvious weak spot – the two turrets. Although dropping the turrets makes the Destroyer more mobile, it also prevents it unleashing one of its attacks, and significantly eats into its shields. Critical damage bonuses help a lot here.

Once you’ve dropped both turrets, just keep your distance and dodge when the main cannon fires, and you’ll win the war of attrition, As ever, consumables will help you hit it harder and faster.

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The Journey to Merdian boss: The Archon’s Sword

The proper boss of The Road to Meridian is sort of like a Destined on steroids, except that Destined rarely call in so many adds you want to throw your controller at the screen.

Add control is so, so important here and it’s the constant spawns that really make this encounter challenging. Since there’s so much going on it’s very difficult to order your squaddies about efficiently, so if you are good at clearing large numbers of adds quickly, you might want to leave Drack and Cora at home and bring those more at home with distance battles, like Vetra and Jaal, and point them both at the Archon’s Sword while you do mob duty.

High ground is very important in this encounter, and you can really help yourself out by using the environment to funnel enemies into chokepoints. You will have to face Anointed and a Fiend as well as the squishier Wraiths and Chosen, so you definitely need to think about something to smack down shields as well as punch through armour. Ability wise, anything you’ve got for controlling groups is great, and if you’ve specced your powers to detonate with radius damage you can really benefit from combos here.

If you only have limited disruptor ammo consumables, save them for the Archon’s Sword himself, as his shields are a bother. Whenever the Archon’s Sword gets a bit sore he’ll cloak and wander off, usually calling in a bunch more adds. Keep track of him by watching for that weird swirly cloud Destined generate, and make sure you don’t let him flank you while you’re coping with the mess.

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Elaaden secondary quests

Elaaden is a dry and dusty planet, and home to New Tuchanka, the outpost established by the Krogan after they were kicked off the Nexus. This planet is entirely optional, but there’s heaps to do. You can set up a new outpost, even.

  • Elaaden: A New World
    Enter the Tempest after visiting Kadara to view a cutscene unlocking this mission and the planet Elaaden.
  • Settling Elaaden
    Land on Elaaden to unlock.
  • Conflict in the Colony
    This is the main Elaaden mission chain and unlocks after you visit the planet and enter Paradise.

    • Parlay with the Krogan
    • Investigate the Remnant Derelict
    • Search for the Stolen Remnant Drive Core
      • If you give the Drive Core to Morda the Krogan and Nexus resume friendly relations and you can build an Outpost on Elaaden.
      • If you keep the Drive Core for the Initiative you’ll receive 1,000 Remnant research points and 2,000 Credits in addition to standard mission rewards.
  • The Flophouse
    This is the main base mission of Elaaden, and is tackled during the quest chain above.
  • Architect on Elaaden
  • This battle becomes available if you establish an outpost on Elaaden.

  • Taming a Desert/Making This Dust Bowl Livable
    Approach any of the three Elaaden monoliths.
  • Water Supply
    Use the console in the Flophouse.
  • The Mind of an Exile
    Unlocks with a comm from Lexi after you enter Paradise.
  • Gray Matter
    Unlocks sometime after completion of The Mind of an Exile.
  • Hard Luck
    Speak to Nora Tallis in Paradise Sands.
  • The Rebel
    Speak to Kent Halsey in Paradise Sands.
  • Save Dr. Okeer’s Krogan Research
    Speak to the Krogan geneticist at New Tuchanka.
  • Rising Tensions
    Speak to Shaman Kortik in New Tuchanka; must have unlocked Parlay with the Krogan.
  • The Search for Ljeta
    Speak to Rorik in New Tuchanka. Unlocks after resolving the main Elaaden mission chain.
  • Crisis Response
    Acquired from a datapad in the Flophouse.
  • Aspirations
    This sidequest marker is in the southeast of the map. The door won’t open until you’ve interrogated Vehn Terev in Hunting the Archon.
  • Task: A Flower for Kesh
    Unlocks after completing Drack’s loyalty mission. Speak to Vorn to begin.
  • Out of Gas
    Drive around the north of the Elaaden map until the Nomad breaks down.
  • Dismantled
    Acquired by approaching map icon Remnant ruins.
  • Task: Cache Flow
    Scan a Remnant device at any Remnant site.
  • Task: Little Mouse
    Collect a Little Mouse datapad in a random encounter.
  • Task: Volatile
    Destroy a volatile container in a random encounter.
  • Task: Infection
    Scan an infected outlaw corpse in a random encounter.

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Other endgame secondary quests

There are several secondary quests that open up during the final few priority ops of Mass Effect Andromeda, or when you touch down on planets and systems you won’t have visted unless you’re pursuing other secondary quests. Here are some that are easy to miss if you’re not checking in regularly:

  • Life on the Frontier
    You’ll receive an email from Sid sometime after reaching Aya.
  • Contagion
    You’ll receive an email from Captain Dunn when you return to the Nexus after Kadara first becomes available.
  • Task: Investigating Embezzlement
    Speak to the dock manager in the Docking Bay area of the Nexus after opening Kadara.
  • Task: Beer Run
    Speak to Wilma just outside Kesh’s office on the Nexus after visiting Kadara.
  • Taks: Outpost Supplies on Elaaden
    Talk to Merixus at the docks on Aya after building an outpost on Elaaden.

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For Honor patch 1.04 released, here’s what it does

24 Mar

For Honor’s latest patch does a bit of housekeeping, and fixes a bug introduced with the previous patch.

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For Honor has a new patch available, version 1.04. The update was released yesterday on PC, PS4, and Xbox One following server maintenance.

1.04 doesn’t bring many changes, but it does have a fix for the Conqueror glitch the previous patch introduced. Ubisoft also said the update includes fixes to improve match stability.

Find the full notes below:

General (all platforms):

  • Various bug fixes to improve performance and match stability.
  • Addressed the Conqueror graphical glitch introduced in the last Live Update as part of our ongoing session stability fixes.

Xbox One specific

  • Added functionality to enable/disable invites.
  • A player that is in a state that cannot be joined (Story Mode, Practicing, Loading Screens) will not be able to send invites
  • Game invite options will no longer be greyed out if there’s a free slot

In other For Honor news, the game recently came under fire after players calculated it would take years to earn enough Steel to be able to afford everything in the in-game store without paying money, which prompted the developer to respond.

Unfortunately, the response only helped fuel the fire. Server issues are still being reported by players to this day, which also isn’t helping the game’s case.

Mass Effect Andromeda guide: Hunting the Archon

24 Mar

Track down your enemy, and take the fight to him.

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With the Angara race joining your cause and giving you some native Heleus Cluster knowledge at the end of the Trail of Hope quest, Mass Effect Andromeda‘s priority ops main quest rages on: and now you’re on the attack in Mission 4, Hunting the Archon.

Find more tips, tricks and explanations in our Mass Effect Andromeda guide and walkthrough.

The same basic rules apply at the start of the Hunting the Archon quest line as in any other time you kick off a new quest in Andromeda: you should take some time out to check in with each of the crew on the Tempest and also head back to the Nexus. If you’re really feeling brave, consider also heading back to Eos, Havarl or Voerl – as each major story planet tends to unlock a few more side quests as you progress the main overall story.

Don’t forget that all the quests we previously listed on Aya, Hvarl and Voeld are still available for you to tackle if you so wish.

With Hunting the Archon unlocking a new solar system, Govorkam, becomes available – and it’s home to a major story planet, Kadara. More on that in just a moment. Other new solar systems become available throughout this quest too.

Compared to A Trail of Hope the Hunting the Archon quest is remarkably simple – you more or less have everything you need to begin the process of an assault on the Archon – a little more intel and you’ll be golden. For that you’ll be heading to Kadara – but Kadara brings with it some challenges all of its own, including a slew of new sidequests and missions. Kadara also has new shops with new gear.

We’ve listed all of the sidequests that unlock on Kadara during this mission below, but do be aware that they don’t all unlock at once. In fact, throughout the course of Hunting the Archon many new quests will unlock: this quest is a launching point for many major piece of side content, from loyalty missions through to new sidequests on other planets. Everything is listed here – so let’s get to it!

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Hunting the Archon objectives and suggested missions flow

  • Optional: visit the Nexus, Hyperion and Tempest to update conversations and side quests
  • Travel to the Govorkam system and land on Kadara
  • Meet with Shena at Kralla’s Song in Kadara Port
  • Talk to Sloane Kelly about the Traitor
    • If you fail to convince Sloane Kelly by being honest or refusing to be complicit in the killing of Vehn you will have to break into Vehn’s cell and break him out. He’ll then be handed over to the Angaran resistance.
    • If you’re honest with Kelly and agree to the execution she will allow you to meet him in order to get the information you need – but he’ll later be executed.
  • Interrogate Vehn Terev
  • Find the Kett Transponder from the Kadara Badlands
  • Speak to Gil aboard the Tempest
  • Find the Kett Flagship, the Verakan
    • Head to the Tafeno System
    • Scan for the flagship
  • Board Ark Paarchero
    • Patch SAM into the Ark computers
    • Locate the Salarian Pathfinder Zevin Raeka
    • Identify the dead Salarian
    • Locate the dead Salarian’s Stasis Pod
    • Revive the Salarian Pathfinder
  • Infiltrate the Kett ship
    • Patch SAM into the kett ship’s systems
    • Survive the ambush
    • Make your way to the Archon’s private chamber
    • Escape the Trap
    • Find the Relic
    • Kill the exalted Krogan and the Kett
  • Escape the Kett Ship, Rescue the captive Krogan / Salarians
    • If you choose the Krogan, Drack will be pleased and the Krogan will help you in a later mission. The Salarian pathfinder will die and they must choose another, however.
    • If you choose the Salarians, the Krogan scouts will die and Drack will be upset, but Zevin Raeka will live.

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Hunting the Archon Boss: The Behemoth – the Exalted Krogan

Before you reach the Exalted Krogan boss you will have another encounter with a Ascendant enemy who is functionally the same as the Cardinal as you encountered back in A Trail of Hope mission. If you need strategy for this shielded enemy and his annoying ball of energy-firing tech that accompanies him, be sure to check back on our guide pages for A Trail of Hope and the first Cardinal Encounter. There’s a second Ascendant towards the end of the mission also.

At the end of this mission you’ll have to face off with a powerful new enemy – the behemoth, a first pass at an exalted version of a Krogan. The Krogan are deadly to begin with, but with Kett technology this guy is fierce. It has lots of armor, so you’ll want to use slow-firing weapons such as pistols or shotguns. Fire attacks are also vital, so equip yourself with some inferno ammo and make use of skills such as flamethrower. Ice effects are a good second option, too – bit biotics are much less useful.

As you’d expect, the behemoth will use its Krogan size to try to get in close, so try to duck and weave around it. Watch out for its gun, too – it explodes with electrical damage that rips down shields in no time. This battle is a war of attrition, so just be careful and take it slow.

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New secondary quests on Kadara

The following sidequests unlock on Kadara throughout the Hunting the Archon quest. Some of these quests are found in the slums, others in the city, and others out in the open world wasteland below.

  • Murder in Kadara Port
    After interrogating Vehn for Hunting the Archon, scan the corpse in Kadara Market.
  • A People Divided
    Complete Murder in Kadara Port, then speak to Reyes in the slums bar.
  • Precious Cargo
    Complete A People Divided, then speak to Reyes in the slums bar.
  • Modern Medicine
    Talk to Dr. Ryota Nakamoto in the Kadara slums – he’s operating a clinic out of a storage crate.
  • Counting Bodies
    Right outside the slums in Kadara’s open world are Saneria and Drexel – chat to them to start this quest.
  • Out of the Frying Pan
    After interrogating Vehn for Hunting the Archon, talk to Grayson Wessler in the Kadara Docks.
  • Behind Enemy Lines
    After interrogating Vehn, talk to Kaetus in the Kadara Outcast HQ, near Sloane Kelly.
  • Mind Games
    Find a small building in Haafel in Kadara’s open world – chat to the exile inside.
  • Mixed Messages
    After interrogating Vehn Terev, talk to Jim in the prison area of Kadara Port.
  • Something in the Water
    Find the settlement that’s home to many dead Angara in Kurinth’s Valley. The quest kicks off automatically when you approach.
  • A Packaged Deal
    Find the Windfarm in Kadara and talk to the Turian on its second floor.
  • Emergency S.O.S.
    Drive through Kurinth Valley. You’ll get an SOS from some… interesting gentlemen.
  • Old Skinner
    Once you’ve settled Kadara, talk to Christmas Tate within the settlement outpost.
  • The Baryte Rush
    Inside the slums bar, look on the first floor for a gangster-looking Salarian. Talk to him.
  • The Collective Base
    Find the cave in the south-west of Kadara – the Sulfur Springs. Tralk to Crux in the Collective Base.
  • The Charlatan’s Charlatan
    After completing ‘The Collective Base’ mission, talk to Crux again.
  • Task: Broken Family
    Chat to a woman sitting on the porch of a building in Haarfel on Kadara.
  • Task: Cold Hard Cache
    South of the Spirit’s Ledge Forward Station is wreckage of a crashed shuttle. Head there and this mission begins automatically.
  • Task: Kadara’s Ransom
    Kicked off by picking up a datapad in a bandit camp – you’ll then have to hunt out more bandit outposts.
  • Task: Outlaw Weapon Crafting
    Talk to the ‘Disillusioned Outlaw’ leaning against the outer wall of the slums bar.
  • Task: Searching for Morga
    Speak to the Angara Jataa near the shops in the Kadara market.

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New secondary quests on Eos

The following sidequests unlock on Eos when the Hunting the Archon quest kicks off – as soon as you’re officially started on that quest, you can go get these quests started too.

  • Making an Impression
    Chat to Hainley Abrams in Prodromos. Discover the deadly source of earthquakes on Eos and fight an enormous optional boss.
  • Drone Recovery
    Check the terminal near Jacob Mittney in Prodromos. Recover some lost Nexus tech.
  • Supply Loss and Recovery
    Found on a terminal indoors in Prodromos. Recover some lost loot.
  • Waking up to the Future
    Found on another indoor terminal in Prodromos. Reunite a family.

New secondary quests on Aya

The following sidequests unlock on Aya throughout the Hunting the Archon quest. Hop back to Aya at any time to grab them.

  • Laws and Customs
    Chat to Arbiter Renaav in Aya’s market place once the city is open to you.
  • Local Cuisine
    As you walk through Aya’s marketplace Lexi will come on the radio and ask you to scan some fruit in the city.
  • Messages to the Nexus
    You’re pointed to this quest as part of Laws and Customs – chat to Enroh Bosaan in the Agara governor’s office on Aya.
  • Test Subject
    As you walk through Aya when you have full access, an Angaran will scan you. Chat to them.
  • The Angaran Initiative
    Once the embassy is founded on Aya, chat to Nexus representative Ambassador Rialla in their Aya office.
  • The Nexus Exchange
    When you speak to Rialla as part of the Angaran Initiative she’ll give you this quest too.
  • Safe Journeys
    Talk to Maariko in the Aya dock control room once the city is open to you properly.

Overwatch update 2.08 brings back Capture the Flag, out now on PS4 and Xbox One

24 Mar

One more Overwatch update before the weekend.

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Blizzard has released a new Overwatch patch on PS4 and Xbox One. This is a small patch, meant as a follow up to update 1.9, the big one released earlier this week.

The new update, version 2.08, readjusts Orisa by slowing down her movement speed when firing, and brings back Capture the Flag mode. See the full patch notes below:

General

  • [PS4] Capture the Flag maps and mode have been reactivated

Bug fixes

  • PS4/XB1] Fixed a bug that prevented background music from playing
  • [PS4/XB1] Fixed a bug that prevented the Damage Amplified value from being displayed correctly
  • [PS4/XB1] Orisa’s movement now slows slightly while firing in midair

Here’s what Blizzard had to say about the Orisa change: “Much like D.Va’s Fusion Cannons, Orisa’s Fusion Driver is intended to slow her movement while she is firing. However, unlike D.Va, there was an issue that prevented this slow from working while firing from the air.”

There is no similar update on PC since some of what it brings is already available there.

Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 24, 25

24 Mar

Come see if Xur’s inventory is worth getting excited about this week.

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Xur: Agent of the Nine, the Exotics vendor in Destiny, has returned to hopefully tempt you with a new batch of gear and weapons. Xur takes Strange Coins, so make sure you’re loaded up on those before checking out his stack.

Xur has been spotted by the large door near the Speaker. You have until 9am GMT on Sunday, March 26 to grab what you want.

Take a look at what he’s got this weekend below:

If you’re considering Thunderlord, you should definitely get it. It’s not unmatched, but it remains a pretty good choice.

Next week with the release of the Age of Triumph update, Xur’s inventory could look different. For now, the usual four items take the spot.

Leaked Destiny 2 poster reveals September release date, pre-launch beta

23 Mar

We may have our first look at promo art for Destiny 2.

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Leaked Destiny 2 posters and artwork have popped up online, revealing a September 8 release date. The poster, likely originating from an Italian Retailer, was posted on NeoGAF.

It mentions the release date at the top, as well as confirm that a beta will take place. The full sentence is cut off, but it probably refers to the beta as a pre-order bonus. Either that or pre-ordering gets you early access to the beta.

Here it is:

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Since then, Italian website League Network posted two other posters, sporting the same artwork. They’re watermarked, so we won’t include them here, but you can hit the link to see them.

Sadly, other than offer a different angle, they don’t reveal much else. That said, it’s worth pointing out that the poster header carries the same PlayStation blue accent seen around game covers whose publisher has a marketing deal with Sony. This was the case for the original Destiny and its expansions, and looks like it will continue with the sequel.

Bungie recently said that the next game will be such a big leap forward most of what you gathered in the three years of Destiny will not carry forward.

Destiny 2 has long be rumoured to be built on a new engine, with a PC version reportedly also in the works. At the time, some reports predicted the game would miss its usual September slot. At least for the time being, this appears to not be true.

Battlefield 1 – watch gameplay of the four new weapon variants

23 Mar

You can already tell some of the new weapon variants in Battlefield 1 will be favoured by many.

Earlier this week, DICE revealed four new Battlefield 1 weapon variants. Each of them is designed to make certain weapons more viable, or add nuance to already effective options.

The four variants hit the game’s CTE recently, all available for the those at class rank 10 and beyond with each of the four main classes.

In the video above, YouTuber DANNYonPC shows off footage of the Hellriegel 1915 Defensive, Selbstlader 1906 Sniper, Huot Automatic Optical, and the Martini-Henry Sniper. Reaching rank 10 is not enough, though, as you’ll still need to fulfil the unlock requirements for each of them.

The Selbstlader 1906 Sniper in particular looks like it could make the weapon more desirable, which it is definitely not at this stage. The Martini-Henry, on the other hand, may lead to another nerf for the powerful rifle.

DICE has yet to reveal when the four new variants will hit the live game.

Mass Effect Andromeda Naming the Dead visual guide – screenshots and map locations for colonist bodies

23 Mar

Mass Effect Andromeda has a quest called Naming the Dead, and it is a pain in the arse.

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Early in Mass Effect Andromeda you’ll probably stumble across Task: Naming the Dead. This (extremely) secondary mission has you finding and scanning deceased colonists on Eos. The quest is triggered the first time you find one.

This is such a minor quest that we’d normally recommend just ignoring it, along with 95% of the “Task” section of Mass Effect Andromeda’s quest journal, but Naming the Dead is hugely annoying if left unfinished because every time you wander around Eos Ryder will talk about it, even if you’ve already scanned the dead colonist they’ve spotted (and you probably haven’t; Ryder can see through walls, apparently).

So do yourself a favour and finish Naming the Dead as soon as possible. It’s still best to do it after you’ve cleared the Eos vault and advanced the main Mass Effect Andromeda plot a little, to clear the radiation on Eos. That makes exploration much less of a chore.

Unfortunately, there are no map icons to guide you to the dead colonists’s bodies. That’s where we come in: without further ado, here’s where to find every dead colonist in Mass Effect Andromeda and kick Naming the Dead right out of your quest journal so it never interrupts a vital audio prompt ever again.

Naming the Dead colonist body locations

1. Promise: Theo J. Harwell
Visit the Eos settlement ruin called Promise and search behind the buildings near the big circular structure for this body. If you’re back on Eos later in the game, there’s a merchant right nearby.

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2. Resilience: Gordanus Trenitus
Head directly south from Theo J. Hartwell’s body until you reach Resilience, the second Eos settlement ruin. Go down to the lower level. The body is in an area with Kett mobile cover barriers. For some reason, it tends to bug out and vanish after scanning, so our screenshot shows the location, but not the body itself.

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3. Resilience: Thysa Ylar
Move further south from Gordanus Trenitus’s body and search along the balconies and stairs around the cluster of buildings to find this body.

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4. Resilience: Porter M. West
Search the gully east of the lower Resilience site for this body.

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5. Northern monolith: Tegan C. Avante
This body is by a big rock by the road that goes past the monolith where you meet Peebee.

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6. Central monolith: Amira S. Pavlov
There are several bodies at the second monolith. Pavlov is on her back with one arm stretched out.

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7. Kett Research Centre: Darin T. Anton
Head to the Kett facility at the southernmost monolith and look for the autopsy room on the north side of the central complex; the body is on one of the tables.

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Note that you can always return to scan a body a second time to check the name, if you’re not sure which ones you’ve done so far. Except for that damned Turian in Resilience who vanishes! Truly, he is the final boss of Naming the Dead.

Fixing Switch’s left Joy-Con desync issue could be as simple as a black piece of foam [UPDATE]

22 Mar

If you sent your Joy-Con off for repair, it’s quite possible all it took to fix the connectivity issue with your Switch controller, was a little piece of black foam. Since the story went live this morning, Nintendo has issued a statement on the matter.

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Update

Nintendo told Kotaku the issue with the controller wasn’t a design flaw and there were no “widespread proactive repair or replacement efforts” underway.

Instead, the issue was due to a “manufacturing variation” causing wireless interference with a “small number” of left Joy-Cons. Furthermore, the company told the site there won’t be future issues with the Joy-Con as the said manufacturing variation was corrected at “the factory level.”

This pretty much confirms what CNET found when it ordered a new Switch console, and didn’t experience issues with the controller.

Finally, Nintendo said it has found a “simple fix” can be made improve connectivity – the black foam piece, we reckon.

Original story is as follows.

Original Story

That’s according to a report from CNET Australia (thanks, Siliconera), which sent its left Joy-Con controller off to Nintendo for a fix.

According to the site, when the Switch controller was sent back, the only difference seen was the addition of a small square of black foam in the bottom right placed on top of the antenna traces.

CNET believes this is a “a piece of conductive foam” treated with either nickel, copper or both which is said to keep electronics from encountering radio-frequency interference. RFI issues can be caused by household items such as microwaves.

The site tested its theory and removed the piece of foam. Connectivity issues started up once more. To further test the theory, CNET purchased another Switch console and found there weren’t any connectivity issues with the left Joy-Con.

Upon taking the housing apart, it was noted the controller didn’t have the same piece of foam as the one sent off for service.

The site figures Nintendo has found a fix for the issue, and that new stock doesn’t have the same connectivity issues. That said, there were many Switch owners who didn’t experience these issues.

Large PlayStation exclusives sale includes discounts on Uncharted 4, Bloodborne, Until Dawn, more

22 Mar

Sony is hosting a rather nice sale through the PlayStation Store, where you can take up to 55% off PS3, PS4 and Vita-exclusives. Also, your Deal of the Week on the store is PES 2017 for both PS3 and PS4.

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From today, PS4 games like Uncharted 4, The Last Guardian, The Last of Us Remastered and Bloodborne are on sale.

The list is rather large, so only PS4 titles are listed below; however, if you head over to UK PlayStation Store you can see the full list and regional pricing. North American customers can look over the sales through here.

The Only on PlayStation sale runs through April 5.

PS Store Only on PlayStation Sale (PS4)

  • Alienation
  • Alienation Conqueror’s Pack
  • Alienation Dlc Season Pass
  • Alienation Survivor’s Pack
  • Alienation Veteran Heroes Pack
  • Alienation Weapons Supply Pack
  • Ape Escape 2
  • Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • Bloodborne
  • Bloodborne: The Old Hunters
  • Bloodborne: Game of the Year Edition
  • Bound
  • Counterspy
  • Driveclub (various)
  • Dark Chronicle
  • Dark Cloud
  • Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
  • Doki-doki Universe
  • Entwined
  • Escape Plan
  • Escape Plan Collection
  • Escape Plan the Director’s Cut
  • Escape Plan – the Asylum
  • Escape Plan – the Underground
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Everybody’s Tennis
  • Fantavision
  • Fat Princess Adventures
  • Fat Princess Adventures Mega Loot Bundle
  • Flower
  • Forbidden Siren
  • Guns Up! Battle Support Pack
  • Guns Up! Defence Budget Pack
  • Guns Up! War Chest Pack
  • God of War 3 Remastered
  • Gravity Rush 2
  • Gravity Rush Remastered
  • Guilty Gear Xrd -sign-
  • Helldivers Reinforcements Mega Bundle
  • Helldivers Masters of the Galaxy Edition
  • Helldivers Reinforcement Pack
  • Helldivers Reinforcement Pack 2
  • Helldivers: Super-earth Ultimate Edition
  • Hardware: Rivals
  • Heavy Rain
  • Here They Lie
  • Hohokum
  • Hustle Kings VRr
  • Hustle Kings VR – Upgrade
  • Insurgent Pack
  • Intercept Online Co-op Expansion Pack
  • Journey
  • Journey Collector’s Edition
  • Killzone Shadow Fall
  • Killzone Shadow Fall Intercept Online Co-op Mode (standalone)
  • Killzone Shadow Fall and Season Pass Bundle
  • Knack
  • Kinetica
  • Okage: Shadow King
  • Parappa The Rapper 2
  • Playstation VR Worlds
  • Primal
  • Resogun
  • Resogun Season Pass
  • Resogun Wipeout Ship Bundle
  • Resogun – Heroes Expansion
  • Resogun: Defenders Expansion Pack
  • Rigs Mechanized Combat League
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • Rise of the Kasai
  • Rogue Galaxy
  • Shadow of the Beast
  • Sound Shapes Ultimate Bundle
  • Super Stardust Ultra
  • Super Stardust Ultra Vr
  • The Heavy Rain & Beyond: Two Souls Collection
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind (standalone)
  • The Mark of Kri
  • The Order: 1886
  • The Tomorrow Children Frontier Pack
  • The Unfinished Swan
  • Tumble VR
  • Twisted Metal: Black
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Digital Edition
  • Uncharted 1: Drake’s Fortune Remastered
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Remastered
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Remastered
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  • Until Dawn
  • War of the Monsters
  • Wild Arms 3
  • Flow
  • Flow Expansion Pack
  • Infamous Second Son
  • Infamous Second Son + Infamous First Light
  • Infamous Second Son Legendary Edition
  • Infamous First Light

From today through April 5, there’s also the Totally Digital Sale going on, where when you buy one game, you get the other free. Of course, the less expensive of the two is the freebie.

PS Store Totally Digital – Buy One, Get One Free

  • 10 Second Ninja X
  • 101 Ways to Die
  • A Boy and His Blob
  • ARCADE GAME SERIES 3-in-1 Pack
  • Active Soccer 2 DX
  • Alone With You
  • Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Arcade Archives (Various)
  • Armikrog
  • Art of Balance
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia
  • Beach Buggy Racing
  • Bears Can’t Drift!?
  • Bedlam
  • BlazeRush
  • Bombing Busters
  • Brick Breaker
  • Cel Damage HD
  • Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink
  • Corridor Z
  • Crystal Rift
  • Dear Esther: Landmark Edition
  • FEZ
  • Foul Play
  • Grand Prix Rock ‘N Racing
  • Grow Home
  • Grow Up
  • Guns, Gore and Cannoli
  • Hatoful Boyfriend
  • Hitman GO: Definitive Edition
  • KILLALLZOMBIES
  • Knock-Knock
  • Lara Croft GO
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Season Pass
  • Leo’s Fortune
  • Letter Quest Remastered
  • Level 22
  • Machinarium
  • Mahjong
  • Manual Samuel
  • MotoGP™14 Compact
  • Nano Assault NEO-X
  • Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart
  • Nova-111
  • Organ Trail Complete Edition
  • Pang Adventures
  • Paranautical Activity
  • Penarium
  • Pumped BMX +
  • Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut
  • RACE THE SUN ®
  • REPLAY: VHS is not dead
  • Retro City Rampage™ DX
  • Riptide GP2
  • Riptide GP: Renegade
  • Risk of Rain
  • Rock’N Racing Off Road DX
  • Rollers of the Realm™
  • Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark
  • Siralim
  • Sky Force Anniversary
  • Slender: The Arrival
  • Spheroids
  • Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure
  • Subject 13
  • Super Toy Cars
  • Tachyon Project
  • Tetraminos
  • The Fall
  • Thomas Was Alone
  • Tiny Brains
  • Tiny Troopers Joint Ops
  • Toren
  • Total Jigsaw
  • UNMECHANICAL: EXTENDED EDITION
  • Ultratron
  • Virginia – The Game
  • the Castle Game

Finally, you can also save on Totally Digital pre-orders, not included in the Buy One, Get One Free offer.

PS Store Totally Digital Digital Pre-Order Discounts

  • Blackwood Crossing
  • Butcher
  • Cosmic Star Heroine
  • Dovetail Games Euro Fishing
  • Full Throttle Remastered
  • Late Shift
  • Loco Roco Remastered
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
  • Nex Machina
  • Parappa the Rappa Remastered
  • Polybius
  • Rain World
  • Rise and Shine
  • Snake Pass
  • Sundered
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Wonder Boy
  • Yonder

Mass Effect: Andromeda Guide – Into the Vault, clearing the Eos radiation and founding Prodromos

22 Mar

We’re going deeper underground.

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Down into the Remnant Vault on Eos – A Better Beginning

After meeting Krogan grandpa Drack and activating the remaining Remnant Monoliths scattered around Eos, something big happens: the monoliths appear to power up one final ancient building. A new navpoint will be marked on your map: a bunker that’s out in the middle of the large lake that dominates the currently exploration friendly section of the map. Well, that’s interesting.

You can get to the vault either by fast travelling to a nearby forward station (you should’ve dropped a few across Eos by this point) or simply by driving there – it isn’t far, and you might discover some quick combat encounters that’ll reward EXP and possibly hide loot boxes along the way. When you get there it looks hopeless – there’s a big gap between you and the newly-opened bunker-type structure. But… approach.

A bridge forms up in front of you as you drive. An invitation, of sorts. Head on over. Here you’ll meet up with Peebee and see some cutscenes – if you want to perform the narrative action with RT/R2 here you can, it has no ill effects – you just look like a slightly reckless badass.

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Exploring the Vault

You’ll now find yourself down in the vault, a dark, mysterious mess of corridors and neon lighting. At first here you’ll have another remnant console which you’ll need to scan (you guessed it) and follow the cabling. Scan the console where it leads to get the password, then head back up to the console and use it. Don’t forget to scan liberally down here, as there’s lots of remnant tech that rewards remnant research points.

After a cutscene Peebee splits off from the group leaving you with a party of 3 once more. Take a look around – note there’s a room to the West you can’t access right now. On your way out of the vault you’ll be able to get in here and open a container later if you care to make the effort.

From here on in the vault is a pretty linear set of passages and open rooms, and it’s not really worth us exploring the thrill of exploration – you can make it through on your own. As a rule, however, you should be looking, scanning and climbing everywhere you can, as there are a few containers littered around here with decent loot. This loot is welcome but not be-all end-all, so if you just want to get out of here you can forge ahead without it.

As you go you’ll encounter remnant guard units. Some of these can actually be bypassed with stealth if you so wish – voice work will clue you in as to when. If you sneak or not is your choice, but remember that unlike Mass Effect 2 and 3 Andromeda actually rewards you EXP for every single encounter in the game, so if you take the time to fight these remnant you’ll get a decent EXP boon for your trouble. These encounters add up, so if you want to level up fast take every chance you can to fight.

After you cross paths with Peebee again your next destination is a door on the right, but if you continue past it you’ll find a container with loot.

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Clearing the Eos Radiation

Once you head through the previously mentioned door prepare yourself for actual combat. At the end of the hallway you’ll be fighting Assemblers and Observers plus a turret. Observers should be your top priority – they have a powerful laser beam and shields, but they also have a very obvious glowing eye that is an irresistible weak point. Hit them there and hit them hard with a rapid-fire weapon like an assault rifle or SMG, then mop up the assemblers and any other units they’ve assembled while you took on the observer. There are also consoles you can hack in this room – one turns a turret to your side, the other creates cover you can use to protect yourself.

Sweep this area for loot as there will inevitably be some, then use the gravity well in the middle. You end up in a new room – but there’s a water leak. Once Peebee arrives, scan to fix the leak then use the console. That opens a door. Search to the north before you leave to find a chest with some loot inside – a new melee weapon.

The next room is a large chamber with various terminals you must interface with in order to raise and lower platforms. White glowing lines indicate what each terminal will impact, with the currently active section lit up brighter in a glowing white. This room might seem complicated at first glance but it really isn’t: the waypoint shows you where you need to go, and you simply need to wind your way through the area activating terminals in order to build the necessary platforms to get there.

As you go you’ll face off against enemies – mostly Observers and Assemblers. As before, prioritise the Observers as they can tear through your shields very rapidly indeed. Don’t forget as you explore this area to go off the beaten path – most often, there’s a chest. To the south of the area there’s one chest with some static loot – an armor mod that vastly powers up one aspect of your skills while vastly damaging another aspect. You’ll know when you hit this one as it requires solving a Decryption Puzzle.

When you pass the giant plants, scan them for some research data. Keep pushing on through combat. When Liam remarks how cool the plants and self-building bridges are, you’re close. When you enter a room with a giant glowing laser light of bright white in the middle of the room, you’re at the end of this vault-slash-dungeon.

You’ll want to take a moment here: once you activate the vault, you can never come back in here again. If you want to head back and sweep for optional chests, this is your one and only opportunity to do so short of starting a New Game+. (As a note, the door from earlier still won’t be open… more on that in a second.) Once you’re ready, activate the vault.

Escape from the Vault

As soon as the vault is active, run! As you approach the entrance of the dungeon again you’ll pass by that room you couldn’t get into from very early on – it’s now open. Duck inside and grab the items inside, but be damn quick about it!

Once you escape the vault fully, the vault’s purpose will be revealed: it’s a terraforming facility, and over time is going to make Eos much more habitable. The viability of Eos will raise by 50% – but if you leave the planet and return later you’ll see a serious improvement over time, which in turn will open up other areas of the planet that couldn’t be explored before due to radiation, thus unlocking more sidequests.

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Settling Prodromos: your first outpost

Once you’re out of the vault, hop back into the Nomad and head to your latest waypoint: a suitable site for a new settlement, away from the mess of Site 1 and Site 2. You can either abuse fast travel or not to get there – your choice.

Once you arrive you’ll find Drack is present and causing a ruckus – fighting a bunch of Chosen and a few Anointed Kett. Anointed have shields and big guns, so abuse shield-restoring powers such as charge and cover in order to defeat them. Remember for tougher enemies you can use the D-Pad to instruct your allies to target specific enemies – you should have everyone focus fire on the anointed.

Once the kett are cleared out, you can now settle Eos with a new settlement that’ll be called Prodromos. This will give you +10 viability but also once the settlement is down offer up a bunch of new quests from the new settlers. But… you’re also faced with a question. Science or Military?

First outpost: Science or Military?

As with every Mass Effect game, Andromeda features some big choices. This is arguably the first big choice you face in Andromeda: If you should make the Prodromos outpost into a science-focused settlement or a military base style settlement. You might find this choice difficult to make.

Let us make it a little easier: Don’t sweat it too much. While this does have an impact on dialogue and the way some NPCs will react to you, the overall outcome for this particular choice is the same. This is more intended to introduce you to big choices – but soon enough you’ll have to make some where those hard choices do matter a lot, so be prepared.

Here are a few new quests you can grab on Eos post-vault:

  • Shock Treatment: access the audio terminal inside the research building. You’ll find entries that lead to this quest on this terminal.
  • The Secret Project: head back to Site 1 (Promise) and find the datapad inside the ground floor of the two-floor building.
  • Pathfinder Armor Crafting: this quest is gathered from Jacob Mittney, a settler in Prodromos.
  • Waking up to the Future: Found on a terminal at Prodromos after it’s founded.

Drack will join you, too – but for now, we recommend not taking on these quests. Instead, take the Tempest towards space and back to the Nexus for a return visit to catch up with Nexus brass and to pick up some new side quests.

Pokemon GO Water Festival increases encounter rate for Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile

22 Mar

The latest Pokemon GO in-game event, the Water Festival, has kicked off.

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During the event, Pokemon GO players are more likely to encounter Water-type Pokemon like Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile and their evolutions.

Trainers will also have a greater chance of encountering Water-type Pokrmon originally discovered in the Johto region, which recently began appearing in the game. This occurs when exploring areas where Water-types more commonly appear.

To coincide with the festivities, beginning today Trainers will also have access to a new avatar wardrobe item, the Magikarp Hat.

The Pokemon GO Water Festival will end next week on March 29 at 1pm PT/4pm Et/9pm UK.

Yesterday, the game was also updated to version 0.59.1 for Android and 1.29.1 for iOS. The notes state the seven-day First PokeStop of the Day streak will now award a random Evolution item.

There were also minor text fixes applied.

GOG Galaxy’s biggest update yet puts Steam, Origin, Uplay etc to shame

22 Mar

GOG Galaxy is coming out of beta soon, with a host of features we wish other clients will copy.

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GOG Galaxy, the optional client offered by DRM-free store GOG.com, is leaving beta in April. If you’re currently using the app, however, you will be getting the upgrade to patch 1.2 today.

Patch 1.2 comes with a number of key features, some of which compete with the likes of Steam and Origin. The biggest one, though, benefits players of the classic games GOG specialises in selling.

The feature is cloud saves, something Galaxy will offer to any game on the platform, regardless of whether or not the game naively support it. Classics such as Planescape: Torment, or Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines will benefit from this the most. What’s more, cloud saves can later be downloaded without the need for Galaxy to be installed.

Another major feature going live with 1.2 brings users the ability to customise Galaxy’s own features to their liking, turning what they want off and on as needed. GOG says this prevents bloating the client for those who don’t require advanced features.

Behind-the-scenes improvements include a hibernate mode that drops CPU usage when playing a game and a decrease in battery life usage when the client is idling. Other additions include a bandwidth limiter, fps counter, screenshot capturing, achievement rarity, in-game overlay, download scheduling and more.

Visit the official Galaxy page for more, or to download it. Unlike Steam, you can completely ignore it and continue downloading your GOG games from the website.

No Man’s Sky patch 1.23 improves frame-rate on PS4 Pro, adds option to lock or unlock the frame-rate

22 Mar

No Man’s Sky continues to get improvements, and this time the additions benefit the PS4 version.

The recent No Man’s Sky patch, dubbed the Path Finder update, brought PS4 Pro and 4K support, but it wasn’t without its issues.

Which is why the new patch, version 1.23, is good news to players on Sony’s console. First of all, the patch improved the frame-rate on PS4 Pro when running in 4K mode. Players of the PS4 version, even on the base console, can now also lock or unlock the frame-rate.

Digital Foundry spent some time with the new patch and concluded that up to 5fps have been added to the 4K mode on PS4 Pro, making the frame-rate much more consistent at 30fps when locked. For HDTV owners, the 1080p mode produces “flawless” 60fps.

As far as unlocking the frame-rate on the base model, the site found that some sections of the game actually ran at 60fps. On planet surface, performance drops to 30fps at the lowest point, but generally manages 30-50fps. In this case, the report recommends capping the frame-rate rather than suffering the drops.

Patch 1.23 also came out on PC, bringing some general fixes for many of the bugs introduced recently.

Mass Effect: Andromeda – BioWare looking at patching “lots of issues”, wants to “strongly support the game”

22 Mar

Expect more Mass Effect: Andromeda patches in the future. Whether or not they fix the stuff that bugs you is another story.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda has been catching a lot of flak for being generally unpolished, but the biggest sticking point cited repeatedly has to do with how janky the character animations are.

People made fun on it, and reviewers have similarly not been kind. Although BioWare previously said it has no immediate plan to fix them, fans continue to ask the developers to promise a fix of some kind.

The latest batch of these were directed at lead designer Ian S. Frazier. “As a majority of the mass effect fanbase is upset about current state of the facial animations, and the studio aware of the issue. Could we expect a patch or something down the line to fix these issues?” asked one Twitter user.

Frazier did not comment on the animations problems directly, but he did promise that many issues are being looked at. “We’re looking at patching lots of issues and want to strongly support the game moving forward. I can’t say more just yet,” he said.

Many also felt the character creator didn’t provide the depth they expected, and some asked Frazier whether an update will be made to the creation tool anytime in the future.

“Can’t promise anything yet, but we’re currently evaluating various options for making it better,” he told one Twitter user.

“No promises, but I’ve got it on the list of things we’re looking at potentially fixing/adding for character creation,” he told another, referring to more beard options in the character creator.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is out now in North America. The rest of the world follows tomorrow.

Mass Effect: Andromeda guide, tips and walkthrough – absolutely everything you need to know

22 Mar

You might be an explorer, but that doesn’t mean you need to get lost: here’s our complete guide to Andromeda.

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It’s hard to believe that five years have passed from Mass Effect 3, but here we are: and we now finally have another entry in the Mass Effect series that’s far disconnected from the threat of Reaper-induced extinction.

Mass Effect: Andromeda has proved to be a polarising game for many, and though we found that it has a heart of gold that’s worth fighting to find, you might have to do some digging to get there. It’s scored a fair bit lower than other Mass Effect games, but we still think it’s pretty good and well worth a look.

One of the things that might make the rougher aspects of Andromeda a little easier to handle is knowing where you’re going, what you’re doing and how to best tackle its various systems. After over 100 hours of play across the VG247 team, we’ve got some strong feelings on some of Andromeda’s mechanics: so here are our tips, tricks and other guide assistance for would-be pathfinders. Good luck out there!

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Tips, Tricks and other vital information

All us to help you get started.

  • Frequently asked Questions answered

    How to change armour, your first outpost, respec, best training and more covered in this guide to some of the most commonly recurring questions during the early hours of the game.

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Main Quest Walkthrough

Fight your way to a new home but keep the stress-levels low.

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Other Notable Pages

Mass Effect Andromeda Patches & Updates

Got any questions about Mass Effect: Andromeda we haven’t answered here? Drop us a comment and we’ll see what we can do.