September 2020

Best LMG in Warzone: a guide to LMGs in Call Of Duty: Warzone

3 days 7 hours ago

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The best LMGs in Warzone offer a very special collection of traits that few other weapons can match. High DPS and large magazines allow you to drop entire teams quickly, while the excellent damage dropoff values and low recoil of certain LMGs give you an extremely potent answer to long-range encounters. And now, there’s a new player in the field – the eminently customisable FiNN LMG.

Our Best LMG in Warzone guide will not only walk you through the stats of each LMG, but also discuss the place of each LMG in the current Warzone meta, and answer the question: is the FiNN the new best LMG in Warzone?

This guide was written by Ollie Toms and James Law.

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RPS

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury and Amiibo Are Up for Preorder

6 days 1 hour ago
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is coming to Nintendo Switch on February 12, 2021 (see it on Amazon). It includes the full original Wii U game from 2013, plus a new expansion called Bowser's Fury. Nintendo has released a two-minute trailer showing some of the new content added to this version of the game. In any case, it's up for preorder now. Also available for preorder are two new amiibo (Cat Mario and Cat Peach) and two older re-issued Super Smash Bros. amiibo (Bowser and Bowser Jr.). These unlock special activations when scanned in while playing the game.

Preorder Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

mario Currently, the game is only available in physical form at Best Buy, but I expect it to pop up at the other big online retailers sometime today. When it does, I'll update the list above. As usual with Nintendo games, the standard edition is all that's available.
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Chris Reed

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Best AS VAL loadout and class setup in Warzone – plus in-depth AS VAL stats

1 week 5 days ago

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A new Assault Rifle seems to be pretty much par for the course at this point, with the AS VAL being the 13th, by my estimation. Still, the Warzone team are finding interesting things to do with the gun class, and the AS VAL is a solid addition to the pantheon. With its integral suppressor a default part of the gun’s kit, our in-depth AS VAL loadout guide will help you make the most of the rest of the weapon’s attachment slots.

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James Law

Every New Monster Confirmed for Monster Hunter Rise, so Far

1 month 1 week ago

During a Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase today (or should I say Monster Hunter direct), Capcom unveiled a brand-new Monster Hunter title exclusively for the Nintendo Switch called Monster Hunter Rise.

It features similar action-RPG gameplay that MH fans will feel familiar with but thanks to the new Wirebug mechanic, players will be able to pull themselves toward objects for fast traversal and it can even be used to pull off combos during monster encounters.

Rise will also have brand-new monsters added to the game as well as many fan-favorites from past titles. Here are the monsters confirmed so far for Monster Hunter Rise.

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Greysun Morales

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Every Playable Character In Marvel's Avengers

1 month 1 week ago

If we've learned anything from Marvel's comics and cinematic universe, it's that the world is always expanding. New villains are always emerging and new heroes are always swooping in to stop them. Crystal Dynamics is taking this same approach with its game starring Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Marvel's Avengers launched with six playable characters, but that's far from all the heroes we'll be able to take control of when it's all said and done. Crystal Dynamics has said that all playable characters will be added at no additional cost, but additional upgrades for those characters could cost money.

Check out all the characters you can play as in Marvel's Avengers, as well as all the heroes still to come.

Ms. Marvel

Following a disaster in the opening of the game, Kamala Khan discovers new powers that allow her to grow and stretch her body in ways that help her fend off enemies and traverse the environment in unique ways. As the main character of Marvel's Avengers, her goal is to reassemble the outlawed hero team to once again save the world.

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Brian Shea

Out Today: Immortals Fenyx Rising is $49.94 on Console

1 month 2 weeks ago
Immortals Fenyx Rising is now available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC. And good news for console owners: the game is on sale for $49.94 at Amazon and Walmart. Even if you don't have a next-gen system yet, rest assured that owners of the PS4 or Xbox One version get a free next-gen upgrade within the same console family. The game, which is clearly inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, is set in a colorful world filled with Greek mythology. Typhon, the villain, has just escaped Zeus's prison and has vowed to make all the gods pay. Your job is make your way through the open-world environment and save the gods.
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Chris Reed

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All The Big Games Coming Out In Fall 2020

1 month 3 weeks ago

It’s fall and not just any fall. It’s election year fall. It’s two brand-new video game consoles fall. It’s tentatively stepping outside to see if everything is okay fall. We’d probably be better off staying inside baking pies and playing video games. Fortunately, there are plenty of games on the way.

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Mike Fahey

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(Update) Here's how to get all of the free Ash's Pikachu caps in Pokemon Sword and Shield

2 months 2 weeks ago

[Update: Codes for all eight caps are below!]

Today during this morning's special Pokémon stream, The Pokémon Company unveiled a new promo for Sword and Shield. Naturally, it involves Pikachu.

From here on out, special Pikachu will be distributed for Sword and Shield, tailored around the idea of it being "Ash's Pikachu" with eight different hats. The first one is available today, with more coming later "through various means." If history is anything to go by, codes doled out during tournament streams and the like are a safe bet.

To get the first rat, enter "P1KACHUGET" into your copy of the game.

To unlock the second version, use: "1CH00SEY0U."

A third version has been released: "P1KAADVANCE."

As well as a fourth version: "V0LTTACKLEP1KA."

And the fifth version: "P1KABESTW1SH."

And the sixth: "KAL0SP1KA."

Here's the seventh: "ULTRAP1KA."

And the eight: "K1NP1KA1855."

There's even going to be a full website for it! It's not live at the time of publication, but The Pokémon Company says more info will be available here. You can also take a look at the array of hats below.

(Update) Here's how to get all of the free Ash's Pikachu caps in Pokemon Sword and Shield screenshot

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Chris Carter

Xbox Series X back-compat tested: up to double the performance in the most demanding games

2 months 3 weeks ago

UPDATE: Sometimes, we just can't leave well enough alone. I returned to Xbox Series X to take a look at more Xbox One and Xbox One X titles running under backwards compatibility, as Microsoft releases more games to journalists in its preview programme. It's an opportunity to check out some of Xbox One's most challenging games, including one of the most CPU-limited games of the generation - Just Cause 3. Can the power of the Zen 2 CPU architecture rid an excellent title of its terrible performance problems? The answer is yes. On top of that, we look at games like Ark: Survival Evolved and Assetto Corsa Competizione - the hardcore driving simulation that fails to impress mostly because of its performance issues.

On top of that, we take a look at games that don't benefit so much from the new machine - mostly owing to them already being well optimised for the performance targets they have - Red Dead Redemption 2 being a good case in point. However, this does mean that some big opportunities for genuinely transformative experiences don't happen. So, Batman: Return to Arkham is still limited to 30fps in Arkham City while Arkham Asylum retains its baffling 45fps frame-rate cap. Clearly, it's still the games that have unlocked frame-rate modes that benefit most: The Evil Within 2 delivers a night and day improvement, while The Vanishing of Ethan Carter can finally be enjoyed at a locked 60fps at native 4K resolution.

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PS5 Launch Games - Specs and Resolutions

2 months 3 weeks ago
See which games you'll be able to play the day you get your PlayStation 5 - including first and third party games, as well as the PlayStation Plus Collection.
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Brendan Graeber

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CoD: Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer Review in Progress: Beta Impressions

2 months 4 weeks ago
[Editor’s Note: We’re kicking off our review in progress of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer mode with impressions of the first Alpha weekend and now the extended Beta period from our reviewer, Simon Cardy. Given that we have yet to see the breadth of content that will be available at launch we certainly won’t be drawing any conclusions just yet and won’t be issuing any scores until we do, but this is where you’ll find his ongoing thoughts on Cold War’s mechanics, maps, and modes as they evolve into the final multiplayer review at or soon after launch on November 13.] Progress! On the whole, Cold War’s multiplayer is a more balanced and smoother gameplay experience in the Beta when compared to the uneven Alpha from last month, with tweaks to movement and weapons going a long way. The new map and modes that have entered the mix don’t all hit as well as I’d like though, and that further drives home the point that the Black Ops series is at its best when sticking to its core, stripped-back principles. The most welcome change from the Alpha has been the noticeable nerfing of snipers. It’s great to be able to run 10 yards across the dunes of the Satellite map without being picked off by one of many waiting marksmen. Sniper rifles are now only one shot kills if a headshot or upper torso bullet lands, which instantly gives a better balance to the class. This has led to fewer snipers on the battlefield and thus naturally encourages a more run’n’gun approach to matches, and that suits Cold War’s map design much better. Armada has quickly become my favourite of the maps due to the number of different flanking routes available. Moving around the multiple hulking ships is a more fluid experience thanks to ziplines feeling snappier and consistently more responsive when triggering.
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Simon Cardy

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Review: Mafia: Definitive Edition

3 months 1 week ago

This story takes place a long time ago and most video games don't age like fine wine. The rare, great ones do but most don't. The ones that are merely good have a shelf life before they turn. Playing an open-world shooter from 2002 leaves about the same taste in your mouth as chewing the bubblegum that came with 1950s baseball cards.

Mafia: Definitive Edition is a prime example of how those good games can have great foundations. A lot of all-timers like Final Fantasy VII, Link's Awakening, and Resident Evil 2 have gotten the remake treatment lately, and no one is surprised when they're excellent the second time 'round. Mafia, which had to live in GTA III's shadow back in 2002, gets its first chance to be truly excellent in 2020. 

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Brett Makedonski

(Update) Nintendo is revealing the next Smash Ultimate fighter soon, watch it here

3 months 2 weeks ago

[Update: It's Steve/Alex from Minecraft!]

Thanks random retail advertisement! You were right.

As fans speculated, a retailer display that showcased the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter's Pass had an interesting proviso: it would be changed out on October 4 for a new leaflet. Hey! That could mean an imminent Smash DLC reveal. And so it is.

This morning Nintendo spilled the beans and gave us a heads-up for yet another surprise "Direct-like" stream: they will announce the next DLC fighter on October 1 at 10AM ET. Typically, this involves Sakurai giving us a dramatic reveal trailer, followed by in-depth gameplay footage and developer commentary. This video will allegedly be "three minutes long, followed by a brief message from Sakurai."

As Sakurai showed off back when Min-Min was announced, he has a full setup to 'cast from his home, so everything should be good to go. As far as a release date goes, Smash DLC typically is released a week-ish away from the reveal. So the new fighter could enter the fray as soon as October 8.

I hope it's not another Fire Emblem character! Just joking, I won't jinx it.

Nintendo of America [Twitter]

(Update) Nintendo is revealing the next Smash Ultimate fighter soon, watch it here screenshot

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Chris Carter

Getting an unexpected education in Oblivion

3 months 2 weeks ago

It never occurred to me that the herbs might be real. Why would it? I was used to picking things like Ghost Mushrooms and Dreamfoil, and I'm pretty sure they're not real. And so to me, walking around the wilderness of The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion - what a lovely game that was, and what a lot of walking I did, like some kind of possessed rambler in plate mail - there was nothing particularly notable about ripping handfuls of St. Jahn's Wort and Bergamot out of the ground while I explored. Just another made-up herb, I thought. And who came up with the name St. Jahn's Wort anyway? It sounds disgusting. What is it, shavings?

Chokeberry, Cairn Bolete, Elf Cup, Lady's Smock, Monkshood: they all sounded made-up to me. I mean Elf's Cup for Christ's sake! (It'd be a good cup to toast with, though, wouldn't it? "Here's to your good elf!" and that.) They're all straight from the pages of fantasy, surely?

Then one day everything changed. I was in a health store, don't hold that against me, when something caught my eye: a packet on a shelf claiming to be able to heighten my mood. St. John's Wort. I practically fainted into the Rescue Remedies. It's real?!

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New Cyberpunk 2077 Commercial Stars Keanu Reeves and It’s Breathtaking

3 months 2 weeks ago

Today, during the NBA finals, Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt RED aired a new commercial for the upcoming RPG.

The commercial stars Keanu Reeves, who plays superstar rocker Johnny Silverhand in the game.

Incidentally, if you had any doubt, it also displayed the usual November 19 Release Date.

You can check it out below.

Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC (the system requirements have just been revealed), and it has recently been delayed to November 19, 2020. It has also been confirmed to be coming for Xbox Series X and PS5 down the line with upgrades available for those who purchase the game for the current generation of consoles.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Microsoft Flight Simulator’s Next World Update Will Improve The United States

3 months 2 weeks ago

Today, during a livestreamed Q&A, head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neuman and Asobo Studio CEO Sebastian Wloch provided some interesting tidbits about the future.

First of all, we learn that further World Updates following Japan (which was launched yesterday) won’t necessarily be tied to trade show. This one was announced at Tokyo Game Show, but it was simply an opportunity that came up.

As a matter of fact, the next World Update will feature the United States. It will launch later this year.

World updates will come every two-to-three months on a rolling basis.

Leter in the chat, Neuman teased that the DEM (Digital Elevation Model) that will be used for the United States is “crazy good.”

That being said, the team is also working on the first large “Sim Update” which will include features and improvements to the core simulator brought up by the community. That’s planned for early November.

Incidentally, signups have been opened for a closed beta of the upcoming VR support.

Below you can also see a quite uplifting video focusing on Shinji Maeda, the world’s first Japanese one-eyed certified pilot.

If you want to learn more about Microsoft Flight Simulator, you can check out our review that will tell you everything you need to know about Asobo Studio’s new and groundbreaking game.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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