Details on FORTNITE’S Season 4 Revealed

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Fortnite’s season 4 began with the mysterious comet crashing down the Battle Royale map that added several features in the game with new crater areas and a new alien item. Check out the official announcement of Season 4 from the patch notes released by Epic Games below:

“Season 4 is starting off with a BANG. Shards of a massive comet have crashed into the map altering the landscape. Discover gravity-defying Hop Rocks and find new ways to play. Jump in and witness the aftermath of the impact while you level up your Battle Pass and earn all new loot.” 

Check out the map after the comet crash where you’ll see Dusty Divot, the major new area and several share craters all around the island. In addition, the newest Battle Pass includes a hundred new tiers of rewards plus seven new superhero-themed-skins. 

Lastly, Season 4 introduces several tweaks and bug fixes in game. The most significant change is that players can now destroy structures on the first island, which is the one where players wait while a match fills, and the 6-item restriction for sprays and emotes that players own has now been removed. Check out the announcement trailer of Fortnite’s season 4 below:

What do you think of Fortnite’s season 4? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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CD PROJEKT RED’S New RPG To Be Announced On E3

It has been confirmed that a role-playing game from The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red will be presented at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. 

The official E3 2018 exhibitor directory confirmed that CD Projekt Red would be in attendance at the event with an unnamed RPG for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Of course, it doesn’t take that much to figure out that the game in question is most likely to be Cyberpunk 2077, which has been anticipated by the gaming community to appear at E3 2018. CD Projekt Red hasn’t revealed much information on the development of 2077 besides the fact that the upcoming open-world RPG will not contain any microtransactions and that it will be more ambitious than their previous game, The Witcher 3. Hopefully, more details will come to light during E3 such as a gameplay trailer. 

E3 2018 will take place on June 12-14 in Los Angeles, California. What would you like to see on CD Projekt Red’s upcoming game? Are you optimistic that Cyberpunk 2077 will be grander that The Witcher 3? Which game are you looking forward to seeing in E3 this year? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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STARDEW VALLEY’S Co-Op Beta Is Now Live On PC

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Developer ConcernedApe just announced that a PC beta of the co-op mode for Stardew Valley is now live and can be accessed by fans via Steam by doing the following steps:

First, players can enable the new beta by right-clicking on the game in your library and select Properties. In there, you’ll find the Betas tab and type the password “jumpingjunimos” and click the Check Code button. Once done properly, players should be able to access the Beta in a drop-down box, which will automatically prompt the game to download version 1.3. As always, it is better to back up your game first before downloading the beta, as advised by ConcernedApe in Steam. 

The multiplayer mode of Stardew Valley allows players to have up to three friends living on their farm. Of course, your friends will need a place to stay in so there is an option to build them cabins or use pre-built ones. The good thing about this is that Cabins are not that expensive, so it's easy to have your friends with you early in the game. All three players will share the farm, money, and world updates. However, inventory, skills, and relationships with the villagers will be kept separate. 

The new co-op mode will also give players the option to choose whether you want your friends on Steam to join, or if you’re a bit picky and would like your farm to be strictly by invitation only, which would require players to input an invite code to join the server. Furthermore, ConcernedApe revealed that players could marry each other. However, only the host player can pause the game, and sleeping would require all players to say Yes to a dialog box for the day to officially end. 

You can check out the full patch notes on Steam. ConcernedApe also revealed that new content would be coming to the single-player mode soon and that multiplayer mode will also head to consoles, but the Nintendo Switch will get it first. 

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Xbox Boss Says that Microsoft Won’t Join the Battle Royale Bandwagon

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Battle Royale games have been the recent trend in multiplayer gaming as of late with several developers big and small, trying to grab a piece of the action. However, we can now cross Microsoft off the list as Xbox boss Phil Spencer said on Twitter that while battle royale is extremely popular, none of Microsoft’s studios will make a game of their own. Well of course, unless they find a unique way to make it. 

“Millions are playing BR [Battle Royale] games right now. I don’t want to just build one because others have built them. FNBR [Fortnite: Battle Royale] is massive, PUBG is huge, new BR variants being built by some very quality dev, I’d rather support unless we find something special in [first-party] that’s a different take.”

Spencer’s comments suggest that Microsoft, or any of the studios under it, will make a brand new, standalone battle royale game. However, this may mean that existing Microsoft games, like Halo 6, may receive a battle royale mode instead. However, nothing has been set official as of now, so better not to keep our hopes up. 

It’s not that surprising that Microsoft is not enthusiastic about creating their own battle royale game given that the company is in an exclusive partnership with PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. This would mean that if Microsoft created their own battle royale game, it would become a direct competitor of PUBG, which might strain the relationship of both developers. 

What do you think of Microsoft’s stance on the battle royale genre? Do you think we need more battle royale games? Share your thoughts in the comments below.  

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SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED Is Getting INFINITY WAR Content

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To celebrate the box office hit record of Avengers: Infinity War, mobile game Spider-Man Unlimited will introduce some new Infinity War-related content to the game this week. Marvel fans who can’t get enough of the critically acclaimed blockbuster can expect to see several in-game items and references from Infinity War. 

Announced in a press release by Marvel Entertainment, the latest update will include new characters, story events, and a new villain. Of course, it doesn’t take too much to figure out that Thanos himself will be the latest baddie to appear on Spider-Man Unlimited. Furthermore, the newest expansion will also include a brand new Iron Spider suit. This is the same exact suit that Iron Man gave Spider-Man in the movie. You can check out the details of the press release below:

WHAT’S NEW IN ISSUE 32?

  1. Thanos has come to Earth for the Infinity Stones, sources of unimaginable power. And if the Spider-Verse heroes can’t stop him, the whole universe will fall to his twisted will!
  2. Fight the Mad Titan as a new in-game villain in a series of story events inspired by Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. 
  3. Unlock Iron Spider (Avengers: Infinity War) - The cutting-edge Spider-Man suit designed by Tony Stark for just such an end-of-the-world scenario. 
  4. Collect even more new characters from various Spider-Man comic books: Poison Spider-Man, Poison Doctor Octopus, Poison Rhino, Carnage (Venomverse), Lasher (Cell-12), Spider-Man Noir (Web Warriors), Iguana, and Little Venom. 

Spider-Man Unlimited is available now for the iOS and Android devices. What do you think of the latest Infinity War content that is now available in Spider-Man Unlimited? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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DOTA 2 Patches Won’t Be Released During Major Tournaments

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Valve’s latest update for Dota 2, which was released in the middle of the Epicenter XL tournament caused significant chaos for players who had to adapt to the gameplay changes in a short amount of time. The situation made Valve learn the hard on the importance of timing when it comes to releasing patches, which is why the company has decided to delay updates whenever they coincide with major eSports events. 

Valve announced via Twitter that “for upcoming majors where the Thursday patch would land during the tournament, we will instead be releasing the patch at the end of the event.”

This issue that seemed to be a problem with Valve’s Dota 2 is virtually non-existent in other games featured in e-Sports tournaments. Other titles include tournament modes, which is an older version of the game,  which aims to give eSports players enough time to practice on gameplay changes and prevent interruptions during tournaments as the case with the Epicenter XL tournament. 

However, developers of games that are being used in eSports tournaments are still facing the problem of how they will be able to balance the needs of regular players, who are continuously looking for constant gaming changes and multiple twists in gameplay, and professional players who value consistency to aid with the mastery of their skills. 

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FORTNITE Reveals Final Superhero or Villain Skin Ahead of Season 4

Fortnite’s season 4 is almost upon us and developer Epic Games has spent the last few days dropping hints by slowly filling in the teaser image for the highly-anticipated Season 4 Battle Pass. The studio added a superhero skin to the comet-shaped image every day. Yesterday, the final hero or villain was revealed just in time for the end of Season 3 and the possible start of Season 4 today, April 30. You can see the final teaser image for yourself down below: 

As Season 4 approaches fast, there are still many unanswered questions, especially about the big blue comet that has been spotted in the sky ever since the introduction of Season 3. It is assumed that the comet is related to a twist that will be introduced in Season 4 given the similar structure of the teaser photo. Furthermore, people have been speculating on how the comet would affect the game overall, which could very well bring in aliens or even destroy Tilted Towers. Right now, anything is possible given that the developer didn’t release much information regarding the comet aside from “brace for impact.”

As the date for the latest season gets nearer every day, fans must keep a close eye on the developer’s Twitter account as news for the upcoming season is inevitable. Fortnite is available now for the PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox One, and iOS. 

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Getting your $$$$ Worth – Inexpensive Games with Amazing Replay Value

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When players fork out cash for games they generally want to make sure that they are getting something that is going to give them hours and hours of story, gameplay and memorable experiences. Not some “flash in the pan” game that finished before we even know what the game is about.

Players want games that are going to allow them to invest time into the game and feel like they are getting something for it. Either from the story unfolding, added customization or unlocking additional tiers of difficulty. Developers work achievements in a way to sort of accomplish this, but I feel that developers use them as a crutch in many instances to hide lack of actual replay value of a game.

This list is in no particular order and is by no means all-inclusive. It covers a number of games that either has inherent built-in mechanics that make the game have a ton of replay potential or have huge communities that generate additional content for them, that add to the replay value of a game.

Any Elder Scrolls Game

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Price: $15 – 60 depending on which game and version you purchase

This is an easy one, with many of them having hundreds of hours of gameplay, easily, and that is before you even complete the main quest. Couple that with a massive modding community and you have the recipe for a never-ending adventure of exploration and dragon killing. Mods range from things as small as new playable races and skill tweaks to amazing remakes of older games in the series or all new content that is in many cases the equivalent (or more) of what you would get form a DLC, and usually free! To be clear, I’m only talking about the non-MMO RPG games.

Warframe

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Price: Free to play

Free-to-play, expansive and constantly adding new content?! Where do we sign up? Normally a game like Warframe wouldn’t make a list like this; as action games tend to have a limited repertoire that limits replay possibility. What makes Warframe different is the fact that its levels are procedurally generated. That’s right, every mission map is random (and with few if any issues/bugs that arise from this).

Hand of Fate Series

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Price: $20 – 30 depending on the version

Now, I have yet to play the second game in the series, but I have little reason to think it is any different from the first, at least in regards to playing style. Part Action RPG, part card game, Hand of Fate is an interesting mix.

 In hand of fate you are going on an adventure (to defeat specific enemies, at least in the first game), what makes it interesting (and adds an amazing amount of replay value) is the deck of cards, which you build (mostly) is what decides what happens and what enemies you fight. The cards are dealt out like a playing board, face down when landing on a card you flip it over and face the consequences of its actions or its boons (usually with a few choices and chance mini-game, something akin to a four-card monte).

Anything Made with Valve’s Hammer Editor

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Price: Free to Play or Free (if you already own core games like Half-Life 1 or 2),  $5-10 Depending on which games and maybe more expensive in the future with newer stuff added.

Specifically games in the Half-Life series and Team Fortress 2, but this engine has a huge modding community (and perhaps the oldest in modern iterations).  A community constantly pumping out new maps, weapons, and full conversion mods. Once again, the vast majority of this (probably in the realm of 99%) is free.

What games have you been playing forever, which never gets dull?

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Check Out the Extended Trailer for SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER

Yesterday, Square Enix revealed an extended trailer for the upcoming game Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which sets the game’s tone and overall vibe. However, the trailer did not show much on what the actual gameplay will be like, but it gives players a general idea on what to expect in the game, which doesn’t look good for Lara. The short preview showed Lara Croft passing through a dark jungle, contemplating on a question, “What will I become.”  the game would put Lara in the position of saving the world from a Maya apocalypse. 

Shadow of the Tomb Raideris being developed by Deus Ex studio Eidos Montreal, which took over the development of the franchise from Crystal Dynamics. The good thing about the upcoming game is that it will launch across all platforms simultaneously, which was not the same as the last two entries. In other Tomb Raidernews, the box art and first batch of screenshots for the game were revealed a couple of days ago via an Amazon listing which you can check out here

Shadow of the Tomb Raiderreleases on September 14th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

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Warframe for Beginners Part: 1 

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So you've decided to pick up one of the most popular free-to-play games available on Steam. You are in for a treat, and there is more to this game then perhaps you were aware. It seems deceptively simple, space ninjas, what more do you need?!

Well, underneath the simple structure of choosing a character and weapons, then going out and kill baddies, there is an interesting, enigmatic story with some deep lore and a plethora of hidden content. While Warframe is an amazing game (I’ve put nearly 3k hours into it), it doesn't teach you everything there is to know. There is a great deal you must glean from playing the game or finding out from other players.

My hope with this series of articles is to lessen a bit of the learning curve and to give you some better insight into the game so you can make more informed choices from the get-go, in the hope that you will have a better experience.

Some basics first.

Mastery Rank 

Levels in Warframe can be…confusing, so I’ll try to give a decent summation of how it works.  All “equipment” in Warframe has a Rank that ranges from none to 30. These Ranks are easily filled by using the item to kill enemies mostly, or by getting residual “experience” from other items or completing objectives. 

Getting Ranks on an item does two things; first, it increases the mod capacity of said item which affects your ability to augment the item, to increase its stats or give it additional powers, etc. The second thing Ranks do is earn you Mastery Rank. This is gained only after the first time you level an item. Mastery Rank can be thought of your character level, like in an MMORPG. And like character level, there a perks that come with higher Mastery Ranks: access to better weapons -and mods in one particular case-, additional loadout slots, and a few other things. Also, like character level, the higher Mastery Rank you achieve, the harder it is to obtain the next level.

Currently, the max Mastery Rank is 30, but nobody can reach that yet as there is not enough equipment in the game to level to reach that, so the realistic max rank is 25 at the time of writing this.

What this means is that you are going to want to eventually get your greedy hands on every piece of gear, to at least level it once just for the mastery rank. Yes, this will mean slogging through a painful grind from time to time, but there are tricks to lessen that burden as well that I'll cover in a later article.

Currency

Warframe has a number of currencies that are used for a number of things.

Credits - These are the standard currency, used for purchasing the majority of in-game things such as paying the cost of crafting items and accessing certain special missions. Credits cannot be traded with other players. Credits drop of enemies areawarded for completing missions and often are additional bonuses for completing certain missions.

Platinum- This is the biggie, Platinum -sometimes referred to as plat or just P- is purchased with real-world money and is basically the universal currency in the game. With plat you can buy fully assembled weapons with bonuses -OrikinCatalysts, which doubles mod capacity and a weapon slot, for example, or a fully assembled Warframe with the same bonuses or even bundle packs of weapons and Warframes, sometimes with additional skins for these items. Practically anything in the game can be purchased with Plat one way or another.  Plat CAN be traded with other players. Plat can only be bought with real-world money or traded from other players. Pro tip: If you are trying to avoid spending money on the game, I highly suggest using the 5o Plat that you start with to buy an extra weapon and Warframe slots, as the only way to get more of either is to buy them with plat. If you are willing to put in a little extra effort (or have some amazing luck) you can get by without paying any real-world money.

Kuva – The last currency is a special case. Some may not even consider it a currency but rather as a crafting material. Either way, Kuva is required in order to “re-roll” Riven mods, which I will get into later as that is an endgame thing. Kuva like most other crafting materials cannot be traded with other players. Kuva is earned mostly through doing specific Kuva missions but is also a reward (in small amounts) from other kinds of missions.

Endo -  Endo is much like Kuva, somewhere between crafting material and currency. Endo is only used to level up mods. Endo is generally not tradable to other players. Endo is earned as drops from enemies, rewards for missions and bonus rewards from specific kinds of missions. You can also “generate” Endo by breaking down surplus mods at your mod station. 

Void Traces – Again similar to Kuva and Endo, Void Traces are not used to purchase things per se, they are used to refine Void Relics, which are items you need in order to have a chance of getting some of the best weapons and Warframes in the game. Think of Void Relics as Loot packs that you earn in game and have to complete missions to open.

In the next part of this guide, I will cover your choices when first starting, your choice of beginning Warframe and starting weapons, as well as delve further into the intricacies of this fine game.

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