Halo Infinite: Sniper Gets 23-Player Killing Spree With One Bullet

Halo Infinite’s full release is just around the corner, and several players have already taken a liking to its free-to-play multiplayer mode. One player, in particular, named “Sakana,” posted a ridiculous clip (seen below) to Twitter, showcasing the stopping power of one of the franchise’s most popular rifles. With one sniper bullet, 23 players are eliminated in mere seconds. 

Impressive, right? Sure, Sakana got a bunch of buddies to stand single-file, but the results are still cool as hell. Watching the kill-points increase and the red-hued damage indicator flash per each downed Spartan is pretty satisfying. The only highlight that could top this would be if 23 players somehow lined up inadvertently in the middle of a standard multiplayer match. Let’s see how many people load into big team battles in the hopes of achieving this legendary feat. Trust me, you’re more likely to get a 23-player killing spree by playing the game mode normally. 

This isn’t the only wild thing that people have done in Halo Infinite. We’ve seen players grapple the vehicle bumpers as if wakeboarding … but without the board. We’ve learned that Spartans can lob fusion coils with NFL-level arm strength. The list goes on and on and will likely extend to Infinite’s single-player mode when it releases on December 8 for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC. 

If you’re a Halo fanatic like we are, be sure to enter the Swarovski sweepstakes for this crystallized Master Chief helmet and energy sword. And if you’re not an Xbox Games Pass member, then you’re missing out as Ultimate subscribers are slated to get access to monthly multiplayer bonuses.  Those’ll go nicely with the extra six-match XP that 343 Industries implemented in its latest Halo update


That 23-player killing spree was nuts, right? Let us know what other zany stunts you’ve seen in the latest Halo installment!

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2021’s Hidden Gaming Gems

2021 has provided players with a deluge of incredible games, some of which will be battling it out for lofty game of the year titles and other accolades. Sometimes, games worthy of note slip under the radar. While these titles aren’t unknown by any stretch, they can get lost in the year-end conversation as everyone determines their favorite fare before heading into what’s shaping up to be another blockbuster year for games. What titles may you have missed this year that really stand out? We’ve got a few picks for you – and maybe you have a few suggestions for us, too! Let us know what your favorite hidden gems from 2021’s gaming roster are in the comments.

Library of Ruina

Library of Ruina is a tough game to get going in, but once you’re on track, it’s incredibly difficult to put down and absurdly compelling. Combining aspects of deckbuilding games, tactics games, and RPGs, this romp through a bizarre and sometimes haunting landscape is an adventure well worth taking. Enchanting tunes from Mili enhance major battles and you’ll find yourself going back to listen to them long after you complete the journey. Don’t write this off after taking a look at screenshots, as the signature battles themselves exude such style in motion. Check out more on Library of Ruina here.

Inscryption

Inscryption begins as a sort of dark roguelike deckbuilder, but isn’t truly content to play around in a singular genre space. The twists, turns, and surprises that are uncovered along the way make discussion difficult without serious spoilers, but rest assured you’ll find mysteries worth discovering, puzzles, and curiosities littered throughout the excursion. This is one of those games where saying anything about it except “go play it” is probably saying too much. A creative little gem, you’ll find yourself captivated as the excursion goes into all kinds of places, leaving you to ponder questions and dig deeper for answers.

Check out our full Inscryption review here.

Nova Island

There are endless mobile card games to try out. Nova Island is really a genre-busting blast that’s sort of a mix of tactical board game and traditional CCG, where players must combine hero powers, custom decks, and special spaces to score twenty points before the opponent. This can be done in a variety of ways with oodles of strategies. Whether you want to make a weird deck that capitalizes on making the basement work for points, keep your move makers out of sight in the penthouse, or take the battle to the hopping lobby or mezzanine, the calls are yours.

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Playing probability is the name of the game, and that keeps every game interesting even if you’re in a metagame mirror match. Each slot only has a certain posted percent chance to give the controlling player points each round. Also, there’s no cash shop or monetization at all. That’s right, not even cosmetics. Like, what? Give this game a try – it’s way too good to go unnoticed.

Tails of Iron

In a sentence, yes it’s kind of like Redwall meets Soulsvania. Which is all you really need to know here. With big boss battles, weapons and armors to master, and plenty of action on every screen, Tails of Iron is a challenging romp that should satisfy those looking for a dire adventure that’s more than a bit grisly and grim but contains cool fights and quests to explore. I guess if you need another hook, Doug Cockle voices the narrator. That’s right, Geralt from the Witcher!

Lost In Random

This Burtonesque battle of dice and cards is a whimsical mishmash of horror and fantasy, action and strategy, and more layered on top. This world of dark queens, quibbling royalty, and bumbling allies grand slams the recipe for fun while it pulls you into its enchanting setting. Maybe I’m just really a Nightmare Before Christmas fan that loves the way this game somehow pulled off this ultimately bizarre amalgamation of elements, but either way, you should give it a whirl. I bet you’ll enjoy it.

You can check out our full Lost in Random review here.

Obviously, this handful of games doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface for all the great stuff released in 2021. What were some of your favorites that probably won’t grace the giant game of the year lists or that you think people may have missed? Let us know in the comments!

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Qualcomm Plans For New Gaming Handheld

It’s the last day of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Tech Summit 2021, and it saved the biggest announcement for the end. The company has developed a suite of new technologies designed specifically for the mobile gaming space, called the Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform. On top of this, it has teamed up with Razer to create a handheld dev kit powered by the new chipset in the hopes that developers will produce tailor-made experiences for the device.

What does that mean? The Steam Deck might have some handheld competition before long, as Qualcomm is aspiring to jump into the market with this Android-based product. While the device is only available to developers right now, I went to San Francisco to speak with Qualcomm Technologies’ senior director of product management, Micah Knapp, before the announcement and to try out the revealed hardware.

Before jumping into impressions, here’s what developers will find bundled up in this kit – which is hopefully a baseline for what gamers can expect when the device eventually hits the market.

  • 6.65-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution and 10-bit HDR: Operating at up to 120hz
  • Haptics Engine
  • A 5MP/1080p60 webcam with two mics
  • 5G mmWave and sub-6 and Wi-Fi 6E
  • On-device 4-way speakers
  • 4K TV out

Qualcomm’s vision for its Android handheld is to be the first device in the mobile arena that, unlike smartphones or tablets, is primarily dedicated to gaming. The dev kit is stuffed with everything needed to play Android games natively while also allowing users to stream games from their Xbox, PlayStation, or PC libraries whether they’re traveling far from home or sitting comfortably on the couch. But how does the vision hold up to the real-life hardware?

The Snapdragon-powered handheld’s current look won’t win any innovation awards: it’s an elongated controller with a screen in the middle. It is just a shade smaller than the Steam Deck – measuring over 11 inches in length and weighing north of one pound – and, as far as hardware goes, doesn’t introduce anything players won’t have seen before outside the mobile space. However, the design may undergo many iterations in this early development period, so it will be interesting to see if anything gets a major overhaul before the handheld is ready for consumers.    

As for gaming, I jumped into three different demos, all of which worked mostly as advertised. In games where I piloted a plane and drove a race car, the graphics got perceptibly fuzzy as I sped up, which left me wondering how well the Android device would handle more taxing games. However, streaming Minecraft Dungeons via the Xbox Game Pass app worked smoothly and quickly.

One of the most interesting things I heard from Knapp was the company’s interest in streamers. The device’s ability for always-connected gameplay via wireless and 5G and camera/mic setup was made, in part, with streamers in mind. However, the exec was upfront about possible problems, like the video shaking every time the streamer moves the handheld, an issue the company is looking into. 

Overall, the technology seems exciting if you are interested in the mobile gaming space, and it’ll be worth watching to see how Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon G3x Gen 1 Gaming Platform is used in the future.

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Top 10 Co-Op Games To Play Right Now

Local co-op might’ve taken a nosedive in recent years, but multiplayer is still an intrinsic quality of some of the game community’s most popular genres, namely shooters and action/adventure. We want to take the time to highlight some of the best cooperative titles out right now, from wacky platformers to CRPGs. Here are ten games that you and your core group of friends shouldn’t ignore.

It Takes Two

2 Players – PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

It Takes Two is an imaginative case study on heavy topics like divorce and emotional trauma. As wooden/clay miniatures of parents Cody and May, you and a friend (locally or online) must survive angry bee armies, a threatening space monkey, and more to help rekindle the couple’s love and mend a troubled relationship with their distraught daughter, Rose. The journey to rebecoming life-sized versions of yourselves includes a delightful array of team-based mechanics. Cody and May often have individualistic abilities and can’t find success without assisting one another. Perhaps, you’ll be piloting a fighter plane, swerving out the way of tree branches, while your co-op partner engages in hand-to-hand combat with a militaristic squirrel atop the aircraft’s rickety wings. It Takes Two is a quirky love story that’ll bring you and your friend or significant other that much closer. | Our Review

Back 4 Blood

1-4 Players – PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Back 4 Blood, like its zombie-slaying sister franchise, Left 4 Dead, pits four survivors against a horde of grotesque “Ridden” across an infested, decimated American landscape. The AI-operated Game Director creates variations in campaign playthroughs so that each level constantly feels unique. For instance, sometimes, the Ridden mobs will be relatively absent. Other times, you’ll fight to the death in daring boss battles. A card system adds more nuance to the gameplay as your crew enters matches with stat increases or entirely new abilities. What you spend your accumulated skill points on – extra lives for the squad or personal buffs – gives Back 4 Blood a satisfying class-building metagame. And if you’re in the mood to truly tighten your bonds (or tear them apart), queue into Swarm Mode to take on waves of player-controlled monstrosities. | Our Review

Cuphead

1-2 Players – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac

Studio MDHR’s homage to retro cartoons and run and guns is about reaction speed, perseverance, and communication. Cuphead is far more than its vintage, hand-drawn aesthetic. Behind a welcoming theme park backdrop and jazz-inspired score lie sneering medusas and three-headed dragons. You and a friend hop into the brown loafers of Cuphead and Mugman to defeat the wily debtors of Lucifer himself throughout an arduous odyssey where minor mistakes meet swift punishment. However, the game also rewards chemistry. Weapon types – like homing bullets – ultimates, and special abilities (called charms) add cool variances to the freneticism. Whether you’re slaying an animated birdhouse in aviary combat or stomping out a mustachioed cigar, Cuphead is a fantastic cooperative title that perfectly balances both pain and pleasure. | Our Review

Destiny 2

1-6 Players – PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC

So, you and your pals downloaded Destiny 2 and don’t know where to start. That’s fair. Bungie’s latest space opera series has an overwhelming amount of content. Expansions like Shadowkeep and Beyond Light (to name a few) come with enticing lore, locations, gear, and missions – the features that make the game so timeless and iterative. Destiny 2 might not be the most accessible entry on this list, but it gracefully leaps over this hurdle with fun endgame challenges prioritizing gunplay, strategy, and synchronization. Your squad might choose to play Crucible and prove their skills to the world. Or, they might opt to try out Destiny 2’s popular PvE playlists. Raids are the ultimate test, forcing six players to survive high-stakes scenarios for hours on end. Yet, emerging victorious from these legendary bouts with a dedicated fireteam is always worth the immense effort and time sink. | Our Review

Diablo II: Resurrected

1-8 Players –PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Diablo II: Resurrected is wonderful ARPG nostalgia repackaged with a 4K sheen. Grim isometric environments come to life like never before in Blizzard’s classic 2000 dungeon-crawler. Matchmake (on console) or create lobbies (on PC) to vanquish legions of grotesque ghouls and defeat the deific Lord of Terror himself. With such a high player count, you’re better off prioritizing team-friendly builds to breeze through skirmishes and boss encounters. Watching casters like the Sorceress or Necromancer fill the battlefield with elemental attacks and summons, respectively, while melee fighters like the Barbarian and Paladin cover the flanks never gets old. | Our Review

Divinity: Original Sin 2

1-4 Players – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, iOS

Divinity: Original Sin 2 is one of the most acclaimed western RPGs in recent memory and the highest-rated game on this list. Brimming with an ensemble cast of oddball characters as well as an open-ended, choice-driven approach to almost every situation, you’ll occasionally find yourself overwhelmed with Original Sin 2’s sheer depth. Spice things up by adding three other players (or one more for split-screen) to the mix. In Original Sin 2, the actions of your player-controlled party members can lead to unexpected emergent/divergent narratives. Deviants might get you in trouble with the law or other NPCs, while altruistic supporters do the opposite. Throw in turn-based combat, and that same chaotic quality bleeds into every aspect of the game. Divinity: Original Sin 2 is sort of like playing through a J.R.R. Tolkien novel with a party of your favorite genre fiction pals. | Our Review

Monster Hunter Rise

1-4 Players – Switch, PC

Monster Hunter Rise didn’t immediately impress us as much as World did, but venturing beyond the gates of Kamura Village with others guarantees exciting engagements. For example, mounting (wyvern riding) the Magnamalo while three other hunters buffet the malicious beast with charge-blade artillery, coated arrows, and hunting horn strikes is when Rise truly shines. But let’s not just forget about experiencing the game’s quieter, more immersive moments with friends: sprinting through lush forests teeming with unique fauna, galloping down ruined villages with a pack of multi-colored palamutes, or grappling/climbing ancient temples to the tune of an epic orchestral soundtrack. Even playing the lackluster tower defense “rampage quests” with companions is a treat. Rise is a solid Monster Hunter entry made way better with a dedicated friend group. | Our Review

Sea of Thieves

1-4 Players – Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC

Sea of Thieves didn’t set sail as smoothly as Rare wanted it to. Initially plagued by a lack of noteworthy content and task diversity, these issues have since been remedied with “seasons” of deliverables, including new cosmetics, missions, and PvP/PvE support. And now that the legendary swashbuckler himself, Jack Sparrow, is a full-fledged member of your seafaring posse, there’s never been a better time to be a pirate. Grab a troupe of gold-loving deviants and take to the endless blue waters while staying a few nautical miles ahead of tentacled krakens, leviathan sharks, and Davy Jones. When all is said and done, drag your collected treasure chests onto the ship’s bow, then break out the mugs and accordions. Leading up to its release, Rare emphasized that Sea of Thieves is a “pirate simulator.” This statement still rings true today. Now, go grab four people with sturdy sea legs and dive in. | Our Review

Phasmophobia

1-4 Players – PC

Ever found yourself surfing the horror section of YouTube, watching clips or low-quality reruns of Ghost Hunters with a bunch of friends? Phasmophobia lets you live out those paranormal fantasies. A first-person perspective throws you and your buds right into the action, exploring abandoned cabins in the woods, maze-like high schools, and sterile prison complexes with faulty flashlights, wooden crosses, camcorders, etc. There’s nothing quite like entering a seemingly vacant (and frostbite-cold) garage and watching your avatar’s shaky breaths become visible wintry whisps. When that ax-wielding animated corpse or nightgowned wraith comes rushing around a blind corner, the hairs on the back of everyone’s neck are bound to stand up, followed by a flurry of laughs and screams. Simply put, Phasmophobia is wicked fun.

Tabletop Simulator

1-10 Players – PC, Mac

Didn’t see this entry coming, did you? Tabletop Simulator beat out other heavyweight co-op titles because of its unparalleled uniqueness. There might’ve been a time when analog games only appealed to a niche audience, but nowadays (especially during a pandemic), gathering around a virtual table to roll dice, read cards, or place tokens is a solid game night option. Hell, you can even flip the table if you get frustrated! There’s an unfathomable number of multiplayer titles to check out – we recommend Hanabi and Betrayal at House on the Hill.  Moreover, creation tools offer a rare chance to make your own tabletop projects. And let’s be honest, designing games with friends is a cooperative/collaborative experience like no other.

Are we missing any of your co-op favorites? Let us know in the comments section! If you enjoyed reading this, check out some other genre top 10s by clicking on our “List of Lists” hub below.

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Six Tips For New Trainers In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are out in the wild, and trainers everywhere are getting their hands on the pair of remakes. While this may or may not be someone’s first time traveling through the Sinnoh region, there are a handful of helpful things to know when setting out with your new Pokémon companions. Here are six people and places to look out for in the opening hours of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl to enhance your experience.

Don’t Miss The Old Rod

After visiting Jubilife city, your journey ushers you swiftly to the east, but if you want to obtain some classic water Pokémon, take a slight detour to the west instead. You won’t be going entirely in this direction for quite a few more hours, but in the building between Jubilife and Route 218, you’ll find a fisherman who will offer you an Old Rod. While not the best fishing pole (it’s very much the bottom of the barrel), it will allow you to catch Pokémon such as Goldeen or Magikarp to fill out a water role on your team. It’s always worth it to have an early Gyarados on your squad. Always.

Obtain Mew And Jirachi For Playing Other Pokémon Games

Suppose you’re a veteran Pokémon trainer coming to Diamond and Pearl. In that case, the friendly elderly couple strolling in the colorful flowerbeds of Floaroma Town have some lovely gifts for you. For those who have played and have the save file for Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu or Let’s Go Eevee, the lady to the right will hand over a Mew to add to your fledgling party. Those who have save data for Pokémon Sword or Shield will receive a Jirachi from the man on the left, free of charge! Both are powerful mythical Pokémon to have at your disposal so early in the game, but not necessarily game-breaking. They’ll both join you at level 5, and add a solid Psychic-type to your roster going into the early gym challenges.

Dig Into The Grand Underground

You may be stoked for your first big showdown with Team Galactic in Eterna City, but the key to one of the largest areas of the game is also hidden here. In a house next to the Pokémon Center lives a local digging legend called the Underground Man. If you step inside his abode and speak with the master of the cavernous depths beneath Sinnoh, he’ll bestow upon you an Explorer Kit which grants you access into the labyrinth. Down in the Grand Underground, you’ll find plenty of Pokémon to catch in various Hideaway rooms where the monsters roam freely. Many of the Pokémon you’ll find here will not be found topside, so use this space to fill out your Pokédex or spots on your team.

When you do resurface from an exciting excavation, make sure to talk to the Underground Man once more. You’ll receive a Digger Drill, an item used to create a Secret Base in the Grand Underground. These bases can be decorated with Pokémon statues you find within the walls of the expansive subterranean area, which will affect the types of monsters you’ll find wandering the Hideaways. 

Pal Around With Your Pokémon

A new feature in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl compared to their original counterparts is the option to walk around the world with your Pokémon. You’re not allowed to do this from the start, unfortunately, but once you step foot in Hearthome City, you’ll be just a few steps away from enjoying a nice stroll with your Poké-pals.

Upon entering Hearthome, head to the northern edge of town. There, you’ll find the entrance to Amity Square, a Pokémon park where you can take a handful of your team out to stretch their legs and find some items. After you’ve experienced Amity Square once, you’ll now have the option to choose one Pokémon from your active party to follow you around wherever you go! 

Maintain A Good Relationship With Your Pokémon

Once you have your Pokémon physically at your side, you’ll notice some benefits this may have in battle of all places. Those you stroll around with in the various routes and towns build a stronger bond with its trainer and will want to try harder to win fights. Sometimes your Pokémon will survive a hit that would generally make it faint, shake off a status effect, or land more critical hits (which, of course, it wants additional praise for). There’s plenty of combat benefits for being friendly with your Pokémon, so make sure to take them on plenty of walks and cook some delicious Poffins with them to raise that friendship stat.

Change Up Your Style

Modern Pokémon titles have made a point to add more character customization so players can express themselves more in-game. Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl haven’t dropped that feature, but it does take a while to find yourself some fresh duds to dress up in. Your first taste of higher fashion comes with the introduction to Super Contest Shows, where you have the option to dress for success on the pageant stage.

Otherwise, for a more permanent wardrobe change, you’ll have to wait until after you’ve defeated the second Gym Leader and travel all the way to the east coast of Sinnoh. There, in Veilstone City, you can find a boutique called Metronome Style Shop, which is happy to sell any trainer a handful of outfits to swap out at your leisure. These clothes aren’t cheap, but a few affordable options can improve your style to match your Pokémon Master image.

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Swarovski Reveals Master Chief Helmet And Energy Sword Crystals

Halo marketing is pretty much always top-notch, and the marketing campaign behind Halo Infinite is no different. Just yesterday, 343 released a new (and very hype) Halo Infinite campaign trailer, and today, Swarovski – yes, the famed crystal maker – revealed two new Halo Infinite-inspired crystal figurines. 

As part of its Swarovski x Halo Collectibles collection, the company has created a crystal Master Chief Helmet, complete with a yellow-tinted visor, and a crystal Energy Sword, as reported by GameSpot. You can check out both below: 

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“In celebration of the game’s 20th anniversary and the launch of Halo Infinite, Xbox and Swarovski step into the epic sci-fi universe with two collectible crystal figurines,” Swarovski’s website reads. “A unique collaboration for both brands that serves as a reminder of what self-discovery and imagination can do. Created in an extremely limited-edition run, only the bold will reap their rewards. Enter your information below for a chance to win one of 117 [we see what you did there] Swarovski x Halo collectibles.” 

As mentioned above, Swarovski is not selling these (we don’t even want to know what the price tag would be), and the only way to get your hands on one of 117 of these crystal figures is to enter the company’s drawing. You can register for that on the Swarovski site

While waiting to see if you win one of these crystal figurines, read about how Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will get monthly Halo Infinite multiplayer bonuses starting next week and then read about how a new change in multiplayer makes it so that players earn increased XP for the first six matches played on any given day. Check out the best Halo Infinite multiplayer tips we’ve learned from watching TikToks after that. 

[Source: GameSpot]


What do you think of these Swarovski crystals? Let us know in the comments below!

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Battlefield 2042 Update 3 Includes Hundreds Of Fixes, Changes, And Improvements

Battlefield 2042 launched just a few weeks ago, and if the conversation surrounding it can be summarized by one word, that word is “bugs.” 

Game Informer’s own reviewer said 2042 is “an otherwise solid online shooter bogged down by an abundance of bugs,” and that’s a sentiment echoed across the entire battlefield discourse. To EA and DICE’s credit, though, the team behind the game has been open about the things it needs to fix, and Update 3, which hits the game tomorrow, is another example of that. 

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“With this update, we’re addressing further bugs and feedback areas which we’ve observed through your gameplay since November 12,” DICE’s post about the update reads. “This means you can expect a large amount of fixes, balance changes, and quality of life enhancements to come your way.” 

You can view DICE’s expansive 2042 Update 3 fixes, changes, and improvements list here – it’s huge, with hundreds of bullet points, each detailing a different fix or change coming to the shooter. 

As for what’s new in Update 3 beyond fixes, DICE says Weekly Missions are making their way into the game. 

“There will be a total of 3 varying missions each week which you can track via the main menu,” the blog post reads. “Completing a mission will reward you with player XP. Finish all of the available missions that week, and you’ll receive a unique cosmetic reward.”

On the Battlefield Portal side of things, new game mode layouts for Rush have been added for All-Out Warfare maps. DICE is also adding several new templates to the Builder, a new custom mode called Vehicle Team Deathmatch, which allows players to utilize combat vehicles in custom experiences. This also supports logic created in Portal’s Rules Editor. 

In terms of Quality of Life changes, DICE says to expect several improvements within the Collection screen menus to make customizing loadouts and Plus Menus easier – basically, you won’t have to click as much in menus. UI elements during gameplay have also been enhanced, according to the blog post, and players should notice increased visibility and reduced clutter throughout the game. 

Be sure to read the full update for additional details, the full breakdown of fixes and changes coming to 2042, and more. Check out our thoughts on the game in Game Informer’s Battlefield 2042 review after that and then read about how more Steam users are playing Farming Simulator 22 than Battlefield 2042


Have you been playing Battlefield 2042? What’s your experience with it been like so far? Let us know in the comments below!

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Titanfall Delisted From Storefronts, But It’s Still Playable For Those That Already Own it

Respawn Entertainment has announced that its first game, 2014’s multiplayer-only Titanfall, has been delisted from storefronts and will remain delisted for good. 

This means that anyone who doesn’t own Titanfall digitally will now not be able to as it’s no longer available for purchase on digital storefronts. However, you could still technically find a physical copy and own it that way. Titanfall will also be removed from subscription services on March 1, 2022, which means it’ll be taken off Xbox Game Pass and EA Play that day. 

Fortunately for those that do already own it, Respawn says it’s keeping servers live so actually playing it is still possible for the foreseeable future. 

“Titanfall is part of our DNA at Respawn,” the studio’s official announcement on Twitter reads. “It’s a game that showcased the ambitions of the studio when it was first released more than 7 years ago and it continues to be a beacon of innovation that we strive for in all of our games.

We’ve made the decision to discontinue new sales of the original Titanfall game starting today and we’ll be removing the game from subscription services on March 1, 2022. We will, however, be keeping servers live for the dedicated fanbase still playing and those who own the game and are looking to drop into a match. 

Rest assured, Titanfall is core to Respawn’s DNA and this incredible universe will continue. Today in Titanfall 2 and Apex Legends, and in the future. This franchise is a north star for the caliber of experiences we will continue to create here at Respawn. Thank you from the entire Respawn team.” 

For more about Titanfall, check out our thoughts on it in Game Informer’s Titanfall review and then read what we thought of its sequel in Game Informer’s Titanfall 2 review. Check out Game Informer’s Apex Legends review after that. 


Do you still play Titanfall? Let us know in the comments below!

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Solar Ash Launch Trailer Features Fast-Paced Traversal, Big Bosses, Beautiful Visuals, And More

Solar Ash is due out tomorrow, December 2, on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC, and what better way to build the hype than with a new launch trailer. 

Heart Machine just released the launch trailer for Solar Ash today and if you’ve been keeping up with this game since its announcement back in 2020, then you already know this trailer features beautiful art and sound, and of course, extremely memorable locales. These locations not only feature stunning imagery in art but massive colossus-like creatures that fill the space and provide on-the-go platforms for Solar Ash’s main protagonist, Rei. 

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As you can see in the trailer above, a spooky narrator warns that “you can’t save anyone, even yourself,” in an ominous voice that’s present throughout. 

If you’re unfamiliar with Solar Ash, it’s the latest game from Heart Machine, the developer behind Hyper Light Drifter. It’s being published by Annapurna Interactive, which often means you’re in for a treat of a game. In it, you control Rei, a spacefaring spelunker who explores alien planets for resources, artifacts, and more while traversing environments through rollerskating-like mechanics. Rei’s world then becomes threatened by a massive black hole known as the Ultra Void (which you can see in the trailer) which she must make her way through it in order to save all that she knows. 

Solar Ash was originally due out October 26, but it was delayed to December 2 to give Heart Machine more time to polish the game and squash bugs. While waiting for tomorrow, check out Game Informer’s interview with some of the Solar Ash developers and then watch this trailer first shown during E3 2021


Are you picking up Solar Ash tomorrow? Let us know in the comments below!

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December PlayStation Plus Lineup Includes Godfall, Mortal Shell, and Lego DC Super-Villains

PlayStation has announced the December lineup for PlayStation Plus, and as usual, it includes a PlayStation 5 game and two PlayStation 4 games. 

The three titles up for grabs this month are Godfall: Challenger Edition, which is available as both a PS5 and PS4 game, and Lego DC Super-Villains and Mortal Shell, both of which are PS4 games. However, both Lego DC Super-Villains and Mortal Shell will be playable on PS5 thanks to backward compatibility. 

Last month, the PlayStation Plus lineup consisted of six games: Knockout City, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning, First Class Trouble, The Persistence, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, and Until You Fall. The latter three are PSVR titles, and they’re still available alongside this month’s new PlayStation Plus lineup, and they’ll remain available for players to add to their libraries until January 3. 

Getting back to this month’s lineup, though, Godfall: Challenger Edition focuses on three unique modes, according to PlayStation: Lightbringer, Dreamstones, and the Ascended Tower of Trials. All three modes are considered endgame content, but players will be “immediately equipped with a spread of deadly weapons and skill points, letting you team up with up to two other players in co-op.”

The Challenger Edition does not include the base game, nor does it include the newer Fire & Darkness campaign, but players can upgrade at any time to the Deluxe Edition to gain access to them. For more about Godfall, check out our thoughts on it in Game Informer’s Godfall review

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Lego DC Super-Villains is a unique Lego game set in the DC universe in that while it features the heroes you’ve come to know and love in other Lego DC games, this one’s centered on DC super-villains, as its name would suggest. If you’ve played a Lego DC game before, you know what you’re in for, except you can expect to hear the Joker laugh a lot more. Read our thoughts on it in Game Informer’s Lego DC Super-Villains review

The final free game in the December PlayStation Plus lineup is Mortal Shell, a game heavily inspired by From Software’s Dark Souls series. 

“Mortal Shell is a ruthless and deep single-player action-RPG that tests your sanity and resilience in a shattered world,” PlayStation’s blog post reads. “As the remains of humanity wither and rot, zealous foes fester in the ruins. They spare no mercy, with survival demanding superior awareness, precision, and instincts. Track down hidden sanctums of devout followers and discover your true purpose.” 

Check out our Game Informer Mortal Shell hub for more information about the game. 

All three of these games will go live for PlayStation Plus subscribers to add to their libraries next Tuesday, December 7, and everyone will have until Monday, January 3, to grab them. While waiting for December 7, be sure to add November’s PlayStation Plus games to your library before these new ones drop. 


Are you excited about this month’s lineup? Let us know in the comments below!

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Aliens: Fireteam Elite, Stardew Valley, Halo Infinite, And More Join Xbox Game Pass This Month

Happy Holidays, Xbox fans. Once again, a bevy of prominent titles are joining the Game Pass catalog. We’ve got some classic, recent-popular, and day-one titles coming this month. So, get ready for your very own Xbox-themed winter wonderland and check out what’s going to be on offer and what’ll be leaving below:

Games Joining Game Pass (December 2-14)

  • Aliens: Fireteam Elite (Cloud, Console, and PC) – December 14
  • Stardew Valley (Cloud, Console, and PC) – December 2
  • Halo Infinite (Cloud, Console, and PC) – December 8
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Console and PC) – December 2
  • Among Us (Console) – December 14
  • Archvale (Cloud, Console, and PC) – December 2
  • Lawn Mowing Simulator (Cloud, Console, and PC) – December 2
  • Rubber Bandits (Cloud, Console, and PC) – December 2
  • Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector (Cloud, Console, and PC) – December 2
  • Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator (Cloud, Console, and PC) – December 7
  • One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 (Cloud, Console, and PC) – December 9
  • ANVIL (Console and PC) – December 2

DLC

  • Sea of Thieves: Season Five – December 2
  • Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Update: Part II – Available Now
  • Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition Mexican Civilization DLC – Available Now

Games Leaving Game Pass (December 15)

  • The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan (Console and PC)
  • Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Guacamelee! 2 (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Beholder (Cloud and Console)
  • Wilmot’s Warehouse (Cloud, Console, and PC)
  • Unto The End (Cloud, Console, and PC)

For more info, head to the official Xbox post here


Which new Game Pass games stick out to you the most? Of course, I’m excited for Halo Infinite, but I might hop into Final Fantasy XIII-2 for old time’s sake.

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New US Congress Bill Could Ban Bots Used To Purchase Consoles

A new bill introduced to Congress could automatically ban bots often used by resellers to buy consoles such as the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X. 

This news comes by way of Video Games Chronicle, which reports that the bill, dubbed the “Stopping Grinch Bots Act,” was introduced by Representative Paul Tonko, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Majority Leader Charles Schumer, and Senator Ben Ray Luján. In a statement about the recently-introduced bill, Tonko said that “Grinch bots” are forcing Americans to pay exorbitant prices for gifts this holiday season. 

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Only second to sneakers, a market that’s been heavily influenced by bots for years, consoles are likely what bots are targeting most this season. With the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles still fresh, it’s been more challenging than ever to nab one of these new-gen consoles at MSRP. That’s because the second these consoles go live, would-be buyers must beat out bots that automatically place the consoles in someone’s cart and check out. 

It’s not easy beating bots, and while some customers have found success, the lengths people must go to secure a console at MSRP can be ridiculous. Bots are the main problem behind the struggle, and if this new bill is passed, the use of bots on online retail sites would be banned. 

“At a time when families should be able to spend time with their loved ones, digital ‘Grinch bots’ are forcing Americans to scour online sites in the hopes of finding an affordable gift or paying exorbitant prices for a single toy,” Tonko said. “These bots don’t just squeeze consumers, they pose a problem for small businesses, local retailers, and other entrepreneurs trying to ensure they have the best items in stock for the customers.” 

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“Our Grinch Bots Act works to level the playing field and prevent scalpers from sucking hardworking parents dry this holiday season. I urge my colleagues to join me in passing this legislation immediately to stop these Grinch bots from stealing the holidays.”

Schumer said the average holiday shopper can’t compete with the speed of bots, something anyone who’s tried to buy a new-gen console as of late is likely aware of, and that this bill would thwart these “Grinch bots” from stealing the holidays.  

Sadly, considering the time it can sometimes take to pass a bill in Congress, especially during the global COVID-19 pandemic, there’s a good chance this bill won’t be passed before the holiday shopping season is over. However, it’s still a welcome bill despite that, as it seems that buying a new-gen console at MSRP will continue to remain a challenge in the new year.  

It doesn’t help that the actual stock of new-gen consoles remains low due to an ongoing chip shortage as well. Analysts expect this shortage to continue into 2022, too. 

[Source: Video Games Chronicle]


Have you been battling bots this holiday season? Do you welcome new legislation like this? Let us know in the comments below!

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Halo Infinite: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Subscribers To Get Monthly Multiplayer Bonuses

Halo Infinite’s multiplayer has been out for a couple of weeks now, and besides some issues with battle pass progression, it’s been widely received as a great comeback for the series. Starting next week, it’s going to get even better for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. 

That’s because Microsoft has announced that Ultimate members will get monthly multiplayer bonuses. The first bundle will go live on December 8. 

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“It’s an awesome time for Perks because we’re excited to reveal that Ultimate members will be locked in to get monthly Halo Infinite multiplayer bonuses, starting with your first bundle on December 8,” an Xbox Wire blog post announcing this month’s upcoming Game Pass additions reads. “Don’t forget to claim this and more in the Perks gallery on your Xbox console, Xbox App on Windows PC, and Xbox Game Pass mobile app.” 

This month’s bonus is the “Pass Tense” MA40 AR Bundle, and it comes with an exclusive “Pass Tense” MA40 Assault Rifle coating, as the bundle’s name would suggest, along with four 2XP Boosts and four Challenge Swaps. You can check out the bundle above, which includes a look at the new AR coating. 

While waiting for this bundle to go live next week, check out this post detailing everything available in the Halo Infinite multiplayer shop this week. Then read about how 343 Industries has updated multiplayer progression to give players increased XP in the first six matches of a given day. This new bundle goes live the same day Halo Infinite’s campaign launches, and to get prepared for that, check out this recently-released Halo Infinite campaign trailer.   


Are you excited about these monthly Halo Infinite multiplayer bundles for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers? Let us know in the comments below!

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New Sons Of The Forest Trailer Is Terrifyingly Brutal, Spring 2022 Release Announced

I loved The Forest. My small team of survivors committed a little under forty hours building fortifications around the crash zone, scouring for food and rare weapons in sprawling underground caverns, and keeping cannibals and, later, grotesque mutants at bay. The sequel, Sons of the Forest, got two trailers earlier this year, highlighting a newfound emphasis on storytelling. An unnamed NPC – specifically, a nonvolatile mutant – is slated to be the player’s companion. But beyond montages and short action sequences, previous Sons of the Forest footage inspired more questions than answers.

A new trailer (seen below) continues that exciting, albeit frustrating, tradition of narrative vagueness. However, this time around, we finally got a release date set for Spring 2022. 

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As you can expect, Sons of the Forests’ mechanics build upon the survival horror systems from the first game. Collecting materials to craft makeshift shelters and hunting equipment has returned. The eating mechanic – most notable when the player character kills a turtle and eats its raw meat (damn!) – is back as well. And, of course, once you venture into dense forests or descend into pitch-black caves, horrifying enemies await. New variants of mutants with fleshy bristles and conjoined torsos will require new weapons to be bested – shotguns, stun batons, and more will aid you in the open world. 

Javy Gwaltney also enjoyed The Forest, awarding it a 9 in his Game Informer review and concluding with:

“Perhaps the highest praise I can give The Forest is just how natural the game ties together. A lot of emergent storytelling games often end up having a novelty that overstays its welcome by the end … The Forest is a triumph, both for the survival genre as well as gruesome horror. It gives players just the right amount of freedom to enjoy the challenge of this hellish nightmare.”

Sons of the Forest launches on May 20, 2022, for PC. If you haven’t played the first game yet, I’d highly recommend it, and be sure to read Javy’s 30 Wacky And Gross Things You Can Do In The Forest piece while you’re at it!

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Ghostrunner: Story-Driven Project_Hel DLC Announced, Launching January

Next year, a new story-driven DLC is coming to first-person cyberpunk action-platformer, Ghostrunner, and it’s called Project_Hel. 

IGN revealed the news yesterday after developer 505 Games teased the “Ultimate DLC” last week. It turns out that “Ultimate DLC” was Project_Hel, the upcoming story-driven DLC where players will control Hel, one of the bosses from the game. Project_Hel will go live in January, but before that, some players will have the chance to go hands-on with it during a private beta held sometime before the DLC’s launch. 

Hel will be a “combat-oriented character designed to appeal to ‘new players and veterans,’ and will feature her own ability progression system,” according to IGN. The story of Project_Hel will take place over six new missions that task Hel with descending from Dharma Tower, a locale heavily featured in the base game. Alongside new missions, Project_Hel will include new enemies, new bosses, and six new songs from Daniel Deluxe. 

505 Games told IGN that it was initially planned as a smaller DLC before becoming a “full-blown Ghostrunner experience.” It will hit PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Amazon Luna on January 27. It will cost $14.99.

The studio also revealed that a new Holiday Pack would hit the game on December 7, and it’s a free cosmetics pack that includes holiday swords with matching gloves and more. 

While waiting for Project_Hel to launch in January, read about how native PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of Ghostrunner launched back in September. Then, check out this flashy neon pack that launched back in August alongside new assist options and a roguelike wave mode. Read about how 505 Games has already confirmed Ghostrunner 2 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC after that.  

[Source: IGN]


Are you excited about Ghostrunner’s Project_Hel DLC? Let us know in the comments below!

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Halo Infinite: Here’s What Is In The Shop This Week

Halo Infinite’s shop updates every Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT with new items that players can purchase with credits. Since the launch of the free-to-play multiplayer component, 343 Industries has updated the shop three times. The latest rotation brings a pricey legendary bundle, as well as a cool camo option for your spartan and vehicles (see above).

The biggest bundle is the Anubis Armor Set for the Mark VII Spartan. This set offers the Arctic Void Epic Armor Coating, the Anubis Epic Helmet, a new visor and shoulder pads, and the rather mundane Vigilant Watch stance. It retails for 2,000 credits, which players can purchase for $17.99.

The most visually pleasing option in this week’s offering is the Splinter Desert Epic Armor Coating that gives your Spartan a gray camo look. This texture can also be applied to all vehicles. This bundle is 1,500 credits.

If you love seeing your Spartan stand in generic poses, you can purchase the Tacticlamp 117 bundle to get another stance of a Spartan holding a pistol in a rather trivial way. The last item offered is the Reach Falcon Pilot Pack, consisting of a Falcon Nameplate and matching vehicle and weapon Emblems, along with new shoulder pads for your Spartan. This pack requires you have the Mark V armor from the Heroes of Reach Battle Pass. You can see all of the items in the image below:

 

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More Steam Users Are Still Playing Farming Simulator 22 Over Battlefield 2042

Over the past couple of days, sites like Game Rant, which we first saw surface these stats, have been keeping an eye on how Steam users are spending their time by comparing two disparate but new titles from the month of November. One is a humble farming sim, while the other is a blockbuster multiplayer shooter. Which would you guess more people are playing on the platform just weeks after launch? As of 6:30 p.m. on November 30, Farming Simulator 22 was beating Battlefield 2042 in concurrent Steam users. That’s a bit of a surprise, yeah?

In the image above (captured from Steam’s own data you can see here), the numbers on the left represent current active players for each game, while the numbers on the right are total players for the day. As of the time of this snapshot, Farming Simulator 22 had over 3,000 more current players than Battlefield 2042. 

However, time of day does matter when collecting this data. A scant 45 minutes later, at 7:15 p.m., the tables had turned in favor of Battlefield with 27,685 active players compared to the 26,782 playing Farming Simulator, which you can see below. 

Active player counts will jump around throughout the day, but the important numbers to take away from this are the total daily numbers which shows almost double the daily users focused on agriculture versus those partaking in virtual war, 79,410 vs. 34,599, respectively. That’s a big difference in mindshare for Steam users this week.

Now, there are quite a few factors to consider when looking at these numbers. First, we aren’t seeing the whole picture. Battlefield on PC is available in other storefronts like Origin and wouldn’t be included in these stats, and it doesn’t account at all for console players. Second, we’re looking at numbers late on a Tuesday afternoon/early evening. Not exactly the red-hot hours for gaming. Although, we can factor in Game Rant’s data from this weekend which had Farm Sim with 30,000 more active players. And third, while maybe not a huge factor, Farming Simulator is the newer game, releasing a whole three days after Battlefield, though a little longer if you consider 2042’s early access period. 

Whether these numbers are concerning or not is entirely up to EA and Dice, the ones who can see the whole picture. But perception is what it is when the public can see whether a big, exciting AAA release looks to be less popular than planting crops.

If you want to know more about Battlefield 2042, we have a review you can read right here from our very own Alex Van Aken. 


What are you playing right now? Are you one of the many Farm Sim fans, or are you squading up in Battlefield? Is your Steam time going towards something else entirely like Inscryption? Let us know in the comments below!

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More Steam Users Are Still Playing Farming Simulator 22 Over Battlefield 2142

Over the past couple of days, sites like Game Rant, which we first saw surface these stats, have been keeping an eye on how Steam users are spending their time by comparing two disparate but new titles from the month of November. One is a humble farming sim, while the other is a blockbuster multiplayer shooter. Which would you guess more people are playing on the platform just weeks after launch? As of 6:30 p.m. on November 30, Farming Simulator 22 was beating Battlefield 2042 in concurrent Steam users. That’s a bit of a surprise, yeah?

In the image above (captured from Steam’s own data you can see here), the numbers on the left represent current active players for each game, while the numbers on the right are total players for the day. As of the time of this snapshot, Farming Simulator 22 had over 3,000 more current players than Battlefield 2042. 

However, time of day does matter when collecting this data. A scant 45 minutes later, at 7:15 p.m., the tables had turned in favor of Battlefield with 27,685 active players compared to the 26,782 playing Farming Simulator, which you can see below. 

Active player counts will jump around throughout the day, but the important numbers to take away from this are the total daily numbers which shows almost double the daily users focused on agriculture versus those partaking in virtual war, 79,410 vs. 34,599, respectively. That’s a big difference in mindshare for Steam users this week.

Now, there are quite a few factors to consider when looking at these numbers. First, we aren’t seeing the whole picture. Battlefield on PC is available in other storefronts like Origin and wouldn’t be included in these stats, and it doesn’t account at all for console players. Second, we’re looking at numbers late on a Tuesday afternoon/early evening. Not exactly the red-hot hours for gaming. Although, we can factor in Game Rant’s data from this weekend which had Farm Sim with 30,000 more active players. And third, while maybe not a huge factor, Farming Simulator is the newer game, releasing a whole three days after Battlefield, though a little longer if you consider 2042’s early access period. 

Whether these numbers are concerning or not is entirely up to EA and Dice, the ones who can see the whole picture. But perception is what it is when the public can see whether a big, exciting AAA release looks to be less popular than planting crops.

If you want to know more about Battlefield 2042, we have a review you can read right here from our very own Alex Van Aken. 


What are you playing right now? Are you one of the many Farm Sim fans, or are you squading up in Battlefield? Is your Steam time going towards something else entirely like Inscryption? Let us know in the comments below!

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