In Destiny 2, Mods provide useful effects and modifiers to your weapons and armor. For example, you can install Mods that allow you to reload your kinetic weapons faster, absorb more damage, change a gun's elemental properties, or even recharge grenades faster. These effects can positively impact your ability to survive in a tense firefight. To help familiarize you with Mods, we've detailed below how to get Mods and the best practices of using them. Be wary, there are slight spoilers below.
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Aside from enhancing your equipment, Mods allow you to tailor your weapons or armor to better suit a specific playstyle. With Mods, you can craft multiple sets to use for different gameplay situations. For example, you might create one that emphasizes on enhancing mobility, one that improves your subclass, or even one made specifically for Raids. Mods are useful modifiers that can heavily increase your chances of survival.
During the main campaign, you can acquire Mods out in the field or by turning in Bright Engrams to the Eververse. You can equip them by entering the Details screen of a weapon or armor piece in the character screen. Like weapons, Mods come in Epic (Blue) and Legendary (Purple) categories.
After you beat the game, you're also able to buy Mods by turning in Gunsmith Materials to Banshee-44. In order to get Gunsmith Materials, simply dismantle any unwanted weapons or armor in your inventory.
It's ideal to try to find the weapons and armor pieces that you enjoy using before installing any Mods as once you put them in you won't be able to get them back unless you buy/trade/craft them.
As mentioned in our glimmer guide, it's useful to buy Epic Mods from Banshee-44 because once your power level hits 280, you can then trade in three of them for a Legendary Mod. The benefit to using Legendary mods is that you can gain five points of power towards kinetic weapons, energy weapons, and power weapons. In addition, you can gain five additional points of power towards your armor pieces alongside any special effects they might have. This helps you push your power level over the 280 mark.
It's important to note that despite using Mods to enhance your power level, your weapon and armor drops will scale accordingly to your base power level stats. Don't expect to get powerful equipment just because you've artificially upgraded your power level; though, it's possible to get lucky and get higher powered equipment.
You can trade in two Mod Components and 1,000 glimmer to Banshee-44 to create a random new Legendary weapon or armor Mod. To get a Mod Component, you need to dismantle other Legendary mods. For example, you can do this to get a Legendary Kinetic mod that gives 5 more power to kinetic weapons.
Nintendo held its latest Nintendo Direct briefing today--and it was stacked with news. Among other things, we learned that Doom and Wolfenstein II are coming to Nintendo Switch, while the release date for Skyrim on Switch was finally locked down.
Additionally, Nintendo announced a new, Pokemon-themed New 2DS XL (and a nice-looking orange-and-white model), while the company also revealed when the Zelda: Breath of the Wild Champions Amiibo release and what they do.
In terms of trailers, one of the best was for Nintendo's Super Mario Odyssey. The in-depth video showed off the game's various kingdoms, one of which was revealed for the first time: a frosty world with the appropriate name of Shiveria. You can see a roundup of all the big news and trailers below.
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If Destiny 2 is your first Destiny game, or you simply didn't play much of the original, one thing you may be unaware of is how certain parts of the game run on a schedule. By now, you may have noticed that certain things reset daily, but more significant are the those that happen on a weekly basis--the aptly named weekly reset.
A number of activities--and their corresponding rewards--are tied to the weekly reset. In other words, once you complete them, you'll have to wait for the following week in order to complete them again for a new set of rewards. (Among other things, that includes the Nightfall, a high-level Strike that offers some of the consistently best loot you can get your hands on.) It also means you always want to be sure those activities are finished before the weekly reset occurs.
The reset happens at a fixed time, not a week after you complete any given activity. As listed on Bungie's help site, the daily "Ritual" reset occurs at 2 AM PT / 5 AM ET / 10 AM BST / 7 PM AEST during Daylight Saving Time (March to November) and an hour earlier when we're not in DST (November to March). The weekly reset happens at that same time each Tuesday.
Each Tuesday's reset therefore serves as the deadline to finish the Nightfall, Meditations, and the Raid. It's also when certain Milestones are refreshed, including weekly Challenges, the Flashpoint, Clan XP, and Crucible's Call to Arms, as well as Clan XP rewards. Additionally, the Eververse inventory of items that can be purchased with Bright Dust changes then.
We're still digging deep into Destiny 2, but there are some basic things you should know (and habits from Destiny 1 you might need to break). Those include not waiting to decrypt Engrams and saving some of your Upgrade Points. You can check out more in our Destiny 2 beginner's guide or our roundup of Destiny 2 guides, tips, and tricks.
Like in the original game, Exotics are the most desirable items for you to obtain in Destiny 2. While you're sure to get your hands on some through loot drops from enemies or chests, there are also those that you can obtain through a specific process.
There will likely be more uncovered in the days and weeks ahead, but to help kickstart your Exotic collection, we've rounded up the ways in which you can get your hands on several right now. You're guaranteed to get one piece of armor fairly early on by completing story missions, but these guides should give you some targets to aim for (or an idea of what's required if you want something specific). One word of caution: You may want to wait before completing quests that reward you with an Exotic, as your Power level will determine how strong it is. By waiting, you'll ensure you get a higher-level weapon without needing to infuse it.
We'll continue to update this guide with more walkthroughs in the days ahead. For more, check out our roundup of Destiny 2 guides, tips, and tricks.
Coldheart is very straightforward to obtain: if you pre-ordered the game, you'll get it--eventually. As with the bonuses for purchasing Destiny 2's Deluxe edition, you first need to complete the campaign. Once you've done so, you can simply head to the Gunsmith (located at the Farm) to acquire it.
Once again, completing the campaign is a prerequisite for getting your hands on Sturm. With that out of the way, head to Nessus and start the mission O Captain (at Exodus Black, near Failsafe). Make your way through it and you'll receive the sidearm Drang, and then receive a request to talk to Rahool. You'll have to bring him a number of Engrams--five Legendaries and one Exotic--and kill 10 Fallen on Nessus using Drang. Rahool will then send you to Tyra Karn at the Farm, who will send you to Nessus to kill 10 Fallen without reloading (though it seems you can kill a few, reload, and then kill a few more to make progress). After that, you'll have to 10 powerful Fallen on Nessus using Drang. Head back to Tyra and she'll send you to the Exodus Crash Strike on Nessus where you have to kill the Servitor named Kendriks-7. Go back to Tyra, and Sturm is yours.
Again, you'll need to complete the campaign to qualify for this. Work your way through the various missions available in the European Dead Zone, culminating in the mission titled Enhance, which will net you the MIDA Mini-Tool. (Take note that this step involving Enhance is currently bugged--make sure you have more than one Energy Weapon slot available when completing the quest.) With that in hand, head to Banshee-44 at the Farm to receive a new mission: using a scout rifle, land 50 precisions shots and then get 25 multi-kills without reloading. Go back to Banshee-44 for the next quest, which tasks you with dismantling five Rare (or better) scout rifles. Returning to Banshee-44 will give you another quest, this time to rack up 50 kills while in mid-air with the MIDA Mini-Tool. With that complete, see Banshee-44 for your new MIDA Multi-Tool.
One of Destiny 2's many additions to existing systems is the concept of Heroic Public Events. These are harder versions of the standard Public Events you run into throughout the world and, as such, provide an opportunity to earn better loot. Unlocking them, however, is not quite as simple as pressing a button to jack up the difficulty.
The process for activating a Heroic Public Event varies from one to the next. There is a specific set of steps you (or the other players around) have to follow; these need to be repeated within the time limit each time you want to attempt a Heroic. The video above provides a step-by-step breakdown of what you need to do for each Public Event, which should make it easy to identify exactly where to go and what to do. You'll also find the instructions for each Heroic below--be mindful to do everything before the event's time limit expires. For more, check out our roundup of all of our Destiny 2 guides, tips, and news.
Start out by killing a Psion, and then shoot a vent at the top of the rig. Although you'll be taking damage, be sure to destroy it. Kill the next Psion and destroy another vent located in the middle of the rig. Kill a third Psion and then destroy the vent that becomes exposed at the bottom of the rig. You may need to run around the middle in order to see which part of it has opened up to take damage. This process will cause a boss, Infiltrator Valus, to spawn, whom you'll need to defeat.
The goal here is to obtain the three Scorch Cannons surrounding the area, each of which is encased in a dome. As usual when dealing with a walker, attack one of its legs until it collapses. This will cause it to drop three Arc Charges, which you'll then need to carry to one of the domes containing a Scorch Cannon. The dome will have a place to deposit the Arc Charge, and you'll need to bring a total of two to each dome to get your hands on the weapon. Eventually, a second walker will be deployed, and you'll have to defeat both of them to finish.
At each of the sites throughout the event, there is a device that is extracting Glimmer. Destroy each of these before eliminating all of the nearby enemies. Then, at the final site, you'll have to guard a pile of Glimmer while standing in a designated area to complete a transmat process. Stay in the area as much as possible, as the transmat has to finish before time runs out.
Stand near the drill to make progress, and eventually a Cabal Thresher ship will fly in nearby. Do everything you can to quickly destroy it, as it only sticks around for a limited time. If you manage to do so, a Centurion boss will spawn who needs to be defeated to complete the Heroic.
Start out by killing a pair of Wizards while standing on the designated circles on the ground. At this point, you'll need to stand on one of the circles and destroy two shards--one is above and to the left of the big portal that enemies are coming through, and the other is above and to the right. This will cause a Hive Knight boss to spawn in; defeat him, and you're all done.
Before taking out the giant Servitor, quickly kill all of the smaller ones around the area. Once they've been dealt with, the main enemy becomes more challenging. Defeat it and you're done.
The initial goal here is to destroy the giant Blight ball, which is immune to regular damage. In order to hurt it, you'll need to obtain the Blight Receding buff by going into the nearby Blight-infested area. Step back outside with the buff and deal as much damage as you can to the big Blight ball. Once you've destroyed it, the Blightmaker boss spawns in, and you'll have to defeat it to complete the Heroic.
In addition to protecting the main conduit, players have to go around and stand on nearby pads. There are three in total that need to be captured, and once that's done, a Hydra will spawn in that needs to be defeated.
September 19 update: GameStop has announced that it will offer pre-orders on the standard edition Xbox One X beginning on September 20 at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET. Quantities are likely to be limited. The retailer will also offer optional layaway bundles, as well as up to $200 in credit for PowerUp Rewards members who trade in their existing console toward the new system.
August 25 update: If you've had trouble pre-ordering an Xbox One X, this might be why: Microsoft has announced it is the fastest pre-ordered Xbox console ever. The Scorpio Edition appears to be mostly sold out--although, again, you might have luck by continuing to check in at retailers that are currently out of stock. Microsoft says details on pre-orders of the standard edition will be shared at some point in September. We'll report back as we receive more information.
August 23 update: Retailers have sporadically been bringing pre-orders back online over the last day. As of this writing, Target has them back in stock again, although they may not last long. As with the SNES Classics, which have reappeared briefly, it may be worth periodically checking the retailer listings linked below to see if you can get lucky. Keep in mind, the Scorpio Edition will be available by pre-order only, though the system is functionally identical to the standard Xbox One X model.
Original Story: Microsoft's Gamescom livestream today brought with it the expected news: Xbox One X pre-orders are now live. Below, you'll find the basic details on how and where to pre-order the system. We'll continue to update this as more retailers bring their pre-orders online. The Xbox One X launches worldwide on November 7 for $500 / £449 / AU $649. Pre-orders are already available through a number of retailers, which you can visit through the links below.
There are at least two bundles available--GameStop is packaging the Elite controller with the Xbox One X for $600 in the US, a $50 discount over buying them separately. It also has another bundle with a second controller and more for $583.
Microsoft has also announced a Project Scorpio Edition of Xbox One X for the same price as the standard edition. This is available by pre-order only and features a unique design and an exclusive vertical stand. According to a tweet from Microsoft's Albert Penello, any Xbox One X pre-order listing you see is for the Scorpio Edition, whether or not the listing reflects that. There's no word yet on when or if you'll be able to pre-order the non-Scorpio Edition.
Despite kicking off with two of the most acclaimed sci-fi movies of all time, the Terminator franchise hasn't always had an easy ride. Terminator 3 and Terminator: Salvation weren't exactly loved by fans, and the most recent example, 2015's Terminator: Genisys, was a flop that killed plans for a new trilogy. However, original director James Cameron is now involved with the franchise once more, and has spoken about his plans for the next movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cameron has revealed that he plans to bring Linda Hamilton, who starred in The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, back for the sixth movie. "As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it's going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she's become return," he said.
Cameron then made reference to Hollywood's willingness to employ aging male action stars, but not female ones. "There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys," he said. "But there isn't an example of that for women."
The next Terminator film will be directed by Deadpool's Tim Miller, with a story overseen Cameron and Miller. Television-style writers' rooms are becoming increasingly popular on big franchise movies, and the new Terminator will follow this model. Writers who will work on the story include DC veteran David Goyer, Cameron's Dark Angel collaborator Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, who created the Terminator TV spinoff The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has also confirmed his involvement with the next Terminator movie. However, the film does not currently have a release date, and specific story details are unknown.
There had been some confusion about whether a new Terminator would actually happen. Terminator: Genisys was originally intended to be the first part of a new trilogy, but its box office failure ended this plan. Subsequent reports suggested that Paramount had abandoned the idea of any more movies; however Cameron's renewed involvement has now ensured that the series does have a future.
Bungie's highly anticipated shooter Destiny 2 is finally here, and we'll have continuing coverage in the days and weeks ahead. For now, we're collecting all the big details to know about, including our review in progress, recent news stories, and other key particulars. You can keep checking back with this story as we learn more about the shooter.
Editor Kallie Plagge shared her thoughts on the first 20 hours and came away feeling generally impressed and eager to keep playing. She has now started over with the game having launched and will document her progress in a Destiny 2 review diary (now updated for the final time) over the next few days as she plays more. You can look for Kallie's full review in the days ahead.
"I haven't finished the main story yet, but so far it's a clear improvement over Destiny's much-maligned storytelling," Kallie said. "Like the beta, Destiny 2 begins with an attack on The Tower by a Cabal faction called the Red Legion. But rather than being thrust into situations with little to no context, as was so often the case in Destiny, each mission of the Red War arc has objectives that make sense within both the mission itself and the grand scheme. Locating a missing Cayde-6, for example, is important to the fight against the Red Legion, since he's a powerful Hunter. But fighting waves of Vex to get to him also makes sense, as he's trapped in a Vex teleporter, and that small bit of context makes that moment feel distinct from others where you're killing the same enemies."
For more on the initial critical reaction, check out our roundup of Destiny 2 reviews in progress.
For Destiny veterans, a lot has changed in Destiny 2, while the game will also see many newcomers to the series. Whichever boat you fall in, we'll have plenty of guides to help you succeed in the days and weeks ahead.
Yes, the mysterious figure is back as a limited-time, weekly merchant who will sell you a rotating selection of Exotic items. While that basic conceit is the same as in the first game, there have actually been some major changes to the way he operates and where he's found.
Unlike the first Destiny, Destiny 2 is available only for new-generation consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It's also coming to PC, but not until October 24. Returning players will get rewards and a nice little memorial.
Destiny is available in Standard, Digital Deluxe, and a Game + Expansion Pass Bundle. The Digital Deluxe edition comes with a Legendary emote and the Cabal Empire-themed emblem. It also includes the Expansion Pass, which comes with two expansions to be released later. The Game + Expansion Pass Bundle is pretty self-explanatory.
Here are the prices:
People who pre-ordered Destiny 2 will receive the Coldheart Exotic rifle, the Kill-Tracker Ghost, and the Salute emote.
While Destiny 2's first Raid, Trials, Guided Games, and in-game Clan features are not available, you can play the full campaign and the Crucible multiplayer mode. Additionally, Destiny 2's first Nightfall Strike is available now.
The raid kicks off at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST on September 13 (3 AM AET on September 14 in Australia). Trials will become available at the same time on September 15 (16 in Australia). The in-game Clan features will go live in the next several days, Bungie said, but for now you can access Clan-management systems through Bungie's website.
If you're willing to take a break from leveling up, the Farm social space holds an intriguing secret that you might have overlooked. [More details and mild spoilers here]
In the original Destiny, defeating Phalanxes usually involved either chucking a grenade behind them, or shooting the tiny bit of arm visible sticking outside their shields. In Destiny 2, they've been granted a brand new weak spot, smack in the middle of those shields. Ping that glowing spot with a few shots and the shields retract, stunning the jerks in the process. [Lots more details here]
Destiny 2's release is poised to be massive, likely straining the game's servers. To allow for a better experience, Bungie is using a system MMO players are familiar with: server queues. Bungie has warned that players may not be able to immediately access the game. In order to "regulate player population to provide stable conditions for Destiny gameplay," server queues can pop up in Destiny 2 just as they could in the previous game. In other words, you may have to wait in line before you can play. Additionally, there are a number of issues to be aware of.
One of the shortcomings of Destiny 1 was that content was not released fast enough to meet players' expectations. For the sequel, Bungie is working with outside studios like High Moon and Vicarious Visions to create and release content faster. We know there are two paid expansions coming, and recently, a leak suggested the first expansion is called The Curse of Osiris and will be out in December. It'll supposedly add a patrol zone on Mercury, a social space, and a storyline centered around Osiris.
Keep checking back with GameSpot in the days and weeks ahead for lots more on Destiny 2.
While Marvel's upcoming Netflix show The Punisher is expected this year, it still does not have a confirmed release date and very few details are known about the story. Netflix has released a series of cryptic tweets and teasers, the latest of which is a found-footage style video of star Jon Bernthal delivering some brutal justice. Check it out below:
This promo follows a motion poster that was released last week. We've also seen a first teaser and a list of potential episode titles, plus a synopsis for the show, which reads, "After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York's criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone."
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bernthal explained that The Punisher would be the darkest, most violent Marvel show so far. "This season is much darker as it goes, it gets darker and darker and more visceral," he said. "The show takes you on this journey of Frank becoming more and more human again and then shutting off and shutting off and going back to what works for him, and the place where he kind of belongs, and I think that's a place of solitude and of darkness and destruction. It's going to get into as dark and as brutal a place as you've ever seen in the Marvel world, I can promise you that."
Bernthal also spoke about playing a character that is both a ruthless killer and a hero that the audience is supposed to side with. "I think there's a bit of Frank in all of us," he revealed. "We all go through bouts of darkness and regret and shame, and we mess up and we make mistakes, so I think to really zero in on that and to dig into that wound is what makes him interesting.
"But if there's one thing I want to get right for this show, it's that I want to be completely respectful of the military community and the people that this character means so much to. I just really want to get that right. More than anything, Frank is a soldier."
We are now less than three months away from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but to date, only one short trailer has appeared. A second trailer is much anticipated by fans, and now Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill may have revealed when they can see it.
Hamill took to Twitter to reply to a fan who asked when he could see the new Last Jedi trailer. The actor initially responded, "It's coming eventually!" But he then added, "Watch Monday Night Football on Monday October 9th--for no reason in particular." Hamill has since deleted the tweet, but you can check out a screenshot of it over at Star Wars News.
Of course, this might not be the trailer that Hamill is referring to--or he could be deliberately trying to throw fans off the scent of when it will really be released. However, Monday Night Football screens on ESPN, which is co-owned by Disney. In addition, the second Force Awakens trailer also debuted on MNF in 2015.
The Last Jedi arrives in theaters on December 15, 2017. It is directed by Rian Johnson and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, and Andy Serkis. While we are yet to see any new footage from the film, there have been a number of vehicles and characters revealed, including these cool First Order vehicles, and this new droid, which resembles an evil BB-8.
In related news, it was announced last week that Force Awakens director JJ Abrams will return to the franchise to direct Episode IX, replacing Colin Trevorrow. The movie has also been delayed by seven months and will now hit theaters on December 20, 2019.
In June last year, it was revealed that a new sequel to the classic '80s action comedy Beverly Hills Cop was in development, but there has been little news since. However, it has now been confirmed that the project is still in the works, with a couple of potential big star names under consideration.
Original star Eddie Murphy and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are overseeing Beverly Hills Cop 4, and last year selected rising Belgian directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah to helm the movie. El Arbi and Fallah appeared recently on a Dutch TV show and confirmed that things were moving forward with its development.
As reported by JoBlo, the pair stated that they are still working on the script, and that it would be shot in Detroit on a relatively modest $50 million budget. They also revealed the plot would center upon the relationship between Murphy's Axel Foley, who is now a veteran LA cop, and a tough, younger officer from Detroit. Although the movie is not at the casting stage yet, El Arbi and Fallah mentioned Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum as possible names to play the younger cop.
Beverly Hills Cop 4 was originally announced in the mid-90s, and then again a decade later, with Rush Hour's Brett Ratner initially lined up to direct. The most recent attempt to revitalise the action comedy franchise was for television. A pilot focusing on Murphy's character's son was produced for CBS in 2013, but the network chose not to pick up the show.
The original Beverly Hills Cop was released in 1984, and it was the most successful movie of that year. It was followed by two sequels in 1987 and 1994.
If you've been wanting a PlayStation VR but the price has kept you from buying, Amazon has a deal for you. For a limited time, you can get nearly $100 off the price of a PS VR + Camera bundle with a special discount code.
The regular cost of buying the bundle at Amazon is $398.09, but if you type in the code PSVRSAVE you can get it for just $300. The code was tweeted by Wario64.
Most other retailers are selling the bundle for $400, so the Amazon offer does look like a good deal. It's not clear when the code will expire, so you better act fast if you're interested. Last month, Sony effectively cut the cost of the PS VR when it started selling the system exclusively with the required camera. The bundle cost the same as the previous price for the PS VR standalone headset, which you could purchase without the camera. As Sony put it, players now effectively get the camera for free.
Sony's PlayStation VR aims to be cheaper than its PC competitors, but it's still an expensive purchase, especially given you already need a PlayStation 4 in order to play. During Sony's press conference at the Tokyo Game Show earlier today, the company unveiled several of the new PS VR games coming to the system. You can watch the press conference in full here, and check out a full list of all the games and their trailers here.
Battlegrounds continues to set records. The uber-popular Hunger Games-like PC shooter recently reached more concurrent users than another other game in Steam history. The title reached 1,348,374 users on September 16, pushing past the 1,291,328 record that Valve's DOTA 2 reached back in March 2016.
All of these figures come from Steam Charts (via Polygon), so they may not be entirely accurate. Whatever the case, it is clear that Battlegrounds is a smash hit. It passed 1 million peak concurrent users last week, and the game just continues to grow.
Battlegrounds, which is still in development and is sold through Steam Early Access, is priced at $30. DOTA 2, meanwhile, is a free-to-play game that Valve heavily promotes, making Battlegrounds' success all the more notable.
PUBG has sold more than 10 million copies by the latest count. Developer Bluehole intends to release an Xbox One version in "late 2017," with Microsoft as its publisher. Despite the Microsoft announcement, developer Bluehole has suggested it may come to other consoles too (although it's not talking specifics at this time).
In other news about Battlegrounds, creator Brendan Greene recently spoke about how he envisions the game potentially reaching 100 million players someday. He also said he does not plan to raise the price of the game when it exits Early Access, as some games have done.
Bungie is not completely satisfied with the state of Destiny 2's PvP. In Bungie's latest weekly blog post, the developer said while the Quickly Crucible playlist is "working as we had hoped," the Competitive playlist is running into some issues.
Specifically, it's a matter of unfair matches happening too often. "Too many players are getting stomped by opponents who grossly outmatch them," Bungie said. Indeed, in my own sessions, I've been on both sides of the equation--and neither is very fun. So it's nice to hear Bungie is making a change to help even out the playing field.
In Competitive, matchmaking times are longer. But the tradeoff is that the matches are supposed to be hosted on a better connection and with opponents who more closely match your own skill level. Right now, however, there is a bug that is leading to uneven matches. Bungie said it is "applying that fix right now," so this shouldn't be an issue for much longer.
"If you've been having fun in Quickplay, nothing has changed. Game on. If you've been getting your ass kicked in Competitive, you'll have more of a fighting chance," Bungie said. "If you've been kicking ass in Competitive, we're sending some worthier opponents your way."
Bungie added that the Crucible will always be changing in response to feedback and data. "It adapts to the way you play, so this won't be the last update we apply to the state of combat," the developer explained.
In other Destiny 2 news, Bungie has released a brief teaser trailer for the game's Trials of the Nine Crucible event, which kicks off later this week--watch it here.
In the wake of new PewDiePie controversy, Valve has announced that it's making some changes to Steam User Reviews to mitigate some problems related to "review bombing." After PewDiePie's latest outburst, the developer of Firewatch called out the outspoken streamer and said it would issue DMCA takedown notices against his Firewatch videos. Not everyone took this news well, and a group of people "review bombed" Firewatch on Steam; that is, players posted a lot of negative reviews on Steam to lower its overall review score.
Review bombing is a problem, Valve said, because people are criticizing the game for reasons outside of the game itself. "It might be that they're unhappy with something the developer has said online, or about choices the developer has made in the Steam version of their game relative to other platforms, or simply that they don't like the developer's political convictions," Valve said. "Many of these out-of-game issues aren't very relevant when it comes to the value of the game itself, but some of them are real reasons why a player may be unhappy with their purchase."
Valve notes that an overall review score for a game that has been review-bombed generally returns to where it was before. In the case of Firewatch, the game overall rating is Very Positive, though its recent review score is labeled as Mixed, reflecting the review bombing.
"This implies that, while the review bombers were unhappy with a decision the developer made, the purchasers of the product afterwards were often as happy with the game as the players before them," Valve said. "In the cases where the Review Score didn't return fully to its prior level, we believe the issue behind the review bomb genuinely did affect the happiness of future purchasers of the game, and ended up being accurately reflected in the regular ongoing reviews submitted by new purchasers. In some review bomb cases, the developers made changes in response to the community dissatisfaction, and in others they didn't--but there didn't seem to be much correlation between whether they did and what happened to their Review Score afterwards."
Review bombing is problematic, Valve continued, because it makes it more difficult for the overall review score to accurately reflect whether or not you'd be interested in a game. Valve wants to "fix that" and in such a way that it won't stop players from voicing their genuine opinions.
In terms of solutions, Valve said one option would be to remove the Review Score altogether, so that players would need to read the actual user reviews. They could then make the call for themselves about whether or not issues outside the game are relevant. However, Valve is not going to pursue this avenue. "Scores were added in response to player demand in the past, and that demand for a summary of some kind is likely to still be there, even if players know it isn't always accurate," Valve said.
Valve also considered temporarily locking reviews, not unlike the way in which real-world stock markets can block some stocks from being traded when issues are detected. But Valve isn't pursuing this either because, "We're confident it would still result in the Review Score moving down after the lock period ended." Valve also considered changes to the way it calculates review scores, with a focus on more recent information.
But Valve is not going forward with any of these ideas. Instead, Valve is now going to focus more on how users can peruse review data to make an informed decision.
"Starting today, each game page now contains a histogram of the positive to negative ratio of reviews over the entire lifetime of the game, and by clicking on any part of the histogram you're able to read a sample of the reviews from that time period," Valve said. "As a potential purchaser, it's easy to spot temporary distortions in the reviews, to investigate why that distortion occurred, and decide for yourself whether it's something you care about. This approach has the advantage of never preventing anyone from submitting a review, but does require slightly more effort on the part of potential purchasers."
Valve ended its post by saying nothing is set in stone. It could be that Valve revisits its approach to deliver a better solution. You can read the full blog post here.
Overwatch got a massive new patch today and it added a new map for everyone, Junkertown, and also introduced a series of character balance changes. That's not all, though, as the patch also made a pretty significant change on Xbox One specifically.
Players who have bad reputations on Xbox Live, those designated as "Avoid Me," will have their in-game voice chat disabled. However, these players will stay in the same matchmaking groups as everyone else. Blizzard didn't say if it's employing a similar approach on PS4.
"Players whose Xbox Live reputation has been downgraded to 'Avoid Me' will remain in the same matchmaking pool as other Overwatch players," Blizzard said. "However, they will no longer be able to use the in-game voice communication."
Presumably, this change is a result of Blizzard's attempts to stem the "rising tide of toxicity" in Overwatch. Last week, Overwatch game director spoke frankly about the toxicity issues with Overwatch and how it's a problem that Blizzard and players alike need to respond to. One of the things he said in the video--which has racked up more than 1.2 million views--is that Blizzard won't create "naughty pools" for offending players, and the patch notes for Xbox One released today bear that out. You can watch the full video here.
The level of toxicity in Overwatch is so extreme, Kaplan said, that Blizzard's development on the game itself has been slowed so the studio can respond to the issues. Kaplan also called on players to look inward and maybe hold their tongue next time they want to say something nasty to an anonymous person online.
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A new trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has arrived--and it's pretty intense. The video shows a horrible future where Nazis have taken over America, and in this video we see the devastation in Manhattan and New Orleans, specifically. Of course, series hero B.J. Blazkowicz is not OK with this, and, together with a crew of unlikely resistance fighters, he's on a warpath to rid America of the Nazi forces. This video shows BJ blowing Nazis to bits with all manner of firepower, as you'd expect from a Wolfenstein game.
In other news about The New Colossus, Bethesda recently announced that the game is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2018. It arrives for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in October this year, so Nintendo fans have to wait a bit. Still, it is notable that we're seeing some mature, big-name shooters make their way to Nintendo's platform.
For lots more on The New Colossus, you can check out all of GameSpot's previous written and video coverage right here.
Insomniac Games, the studio behind games like Spyro, Resistance, Ratchet & Clank, Sunset Overdrive, and the upcoming Spider-Man game for PlayStation 4, has revealed a new company logo. In a blog post, the studio said it challenged itself to "think beyond the moon" for its logo. And this led to some big changes.
"We wanted a redesign that reflected our evolution as a studio and as people while retaining some familiarity to our past logo treatments," it said. "We're very proud, excited, and yes, a little nervous to reveal our new Insomniac Games logo."
The studio came up with this design "very early" in the process of coming up with a new one. Insomniac stuck with it because it ticked the right boxes.
"It's got a lunar theme, with what appear to be two crescent moons facing each other as the 'O'--reminiscent of our past and future. Many folks here also see a portal or lens for the 'O,' which we like because it symbolizes exploration as well as how many of our fans see us differently," Insomniac explained.
"Observant fans will see the subtle callbacks to our previous Insomniac Games logo, including the oversized 'O,' serif lettering on the 'N' and the positioning of 'Games' as a core part of our identity."
Insomniac went on to say that its new logo "may be jarring to some people." While the studio is mindful of its journey, it's also intent on evolving--and a new logo is part of that. You can see Insomniac's logos from throughout the years below, including when it was known as Xtreme Software.
Finally, Insomniac updated fans on some key numbers from throughout its history. The studio has released 25 games since its founding in 1994, growing in that time from 50 employees to more than 275 across its Burbank, California and Raleigh, North Carolina offices. Insomniac employees have collectively given birth to more than 200 babies since its founding.
Nintendo's stock price jumped by more than 7 percent this week, apparently in response to the news that a game from Chinese internet giant Tencent in coming to Nintendo Switch. The company's multiplayer online game Arena of Valor was announced for Nintendo Switch during a Nintendo Direct and it's due out later this year.
Sources told The Wall Street Journal that investors are enthusiastic about the news because it "could be a precursor to arrangements allowing Nintendo to sell the Switch and its mobile games in China." China, of course, is a massive market for gaming, and if Nintendo can have success in the region, that could end up being a big bottom line-booster.
WSJ also reported that Nintendo has been "looking for ways to expand in China" and is considering Tencent as a potential partner, according to sources. The insiders said Nintendo thought about bringing the Wii U to China but walked away from this.
You can read the full WSJ report here.
Arena of Valor, which is known as Honor of Kings in other markets, is a free-to-play game. Youcan choose from 35 heroes, including roles like tank, mage, warrior, and assassin. A beta test version of the game will launch this winter.
After 15 years, China lifted its console ban in 2015. Sony (PlayStation 4) and Microsoft (Xbox One) brought their consoles to the country, but an issue that persists is that games must pass through China's Ministry of Culture to be approved for release.
There are reportedly more than 300 million gamers in China, so even if the number of releases is limited due to local rules, it's still undeniably a massive opportunity for game companies.
Last month at Gamescom, Microsoft opened pre-orders for the Project Scorpio edition of the Xbox One X, which comes with special markings. Those consoles sold through very quickly. Today, Microsoft opened pre-orders for the standard version of the Xbox One X, so if you missed out on the first round, now you have another chance to get one.
The Xbox One X is Microsoft's fastest pre-ordered Xbox console ever. The console launches on November 7 for $500 / £449 / AU $649. It has an 8-core CPU, 12 GB GDDR 5 RAM, and six teraflops of performance, and compatible with standard-edition Xbox One games and controllers.
More than 130 games will be "enhanced" for Xbox One X, and this will continue to grow, Microsoft says. You can see a list of all of these titles here.
For lots more on how to pre-order an Xbox One X, check out GameSpot's detailed breakdown here.
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As promised, the full trailer for Tomb Raider is here. Alicia Vikander stars as Lara Croft, and the movie certainly looks like it will live up to director Roar Uthaug's earlier suggestion that the 2013 reboot game would be a big influence, with some moments taken directly from the game. The trailer was originally published on Instagram by co-star Daniel Wu, but it has since been removed, though you can still watch it above.
Uthaug's previous movie was the disaster epic The Wave, and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Vikander reveals that shooting Tomb Raider was a similarly water-drenched experience. "Just like in The Wave, we have a lot of water sequences," she said. "I spent my last two days of shooting in a tank and that was my 16th total day being fully drenched or submerged in the water. For one action scene, we used the London venue for Olympic rafting. They threw me down that river--with my hands tied--about 50 times. I didn't need to act, just react!"
Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16, 2018. On the gaming side, while no new Tomb Raider has been announced, a sequel to Rise of the Tomb Raider is likely, as the 2013 reboot has been described as part of a trilogy. A leak last year suggested the name of the third game is Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
What if CJ, the main character in GTA: San Andreas, took over for Link in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Now we know... sort of. A skin mod for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild brings Carl Johnson into Hyrule, and it's quite a sight to behold.
The mod falls apart when you equip any equipment, but CJ in his shirt and blue jeans is just fine for the purposes of this mod. You can see the wonderful creation in action in WilianZilv's video below (via Game Informer). You know how to use the internet, so if you want to download the mod for yourself you can find a way.
"It's very polished, almost a perfect game in that regard," he said, noting he hasn't played it himself yet. "And our goals are probably to take that experience that players felt with Breath of the Wild, but with our own technology and our own know-how."
The next expansion for Breath of the Wild is called The Champion's Ballad. Due out later this year, it adds new story content and more. You can learn more about it and see some footage here. The game's first expansion, The Master Trials, came out in June.
In honor of Rick And Morty Season 3, we're giving away a Mr. Meeseeks Funko Pop! One (1) winner will be chosen after the giveaway closes on Sunday, September 24th at 12:00PM PT.
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Ultron Omega is one of the strangest final bosses in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, but he has to be defeated in order to complete the arcade mode and unlock additional character costume colors. He may seem like a menacing force, but in order to defeat him, you just have to learn his patterns. Below you can find details on how to do just that.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. For more thoughts on the game, check out our review in progress, and be sure to check back soon for our final review. And if you're curious what others thought about the game, read our review roundup.
The best thing to do is get up close and personal to Ultron Omega, and land as many high-number combos as you can on him. Being right up against him will put you out of the way of some of his attacks. Ultron Omega’s moves do a lot of damage, but he telegraphs almost every single one. So if he says something or you see him charge up, start blocking.
Use your partner to your advantage. If your starting character begins to take damage, tag out and let your off character heal. Then, repeat that process when your second character needs to heal.
Ultron Omega has three phases: offensive, defensive, and the drone phase. The offensive phase is the best time to land combos and do damage. Just make sure that you’re blocking when Ultron starts to attack. Stick with level one hyper combos. Hyper combos that grab won’t do any damage, so take the easy damage of level one combos.
When Ultron put his arms up to block, get right in there and land as many hits as you can. If nothing else, it will build your meter. But, If you land enough attacks while he has both arms up guarding, you can break his guard leaving him vulnerable to attack. Any hits you land at this time will yield more damage as well. It’s very easy to break his guard if you have the Time Stone equipped; those quick attacks can break his guard in no time.
When Ultron is in his drone phase, he will back off and launch one or two drones at you. They don’t take much damage to defeat, but try to get them out of there as quickly as possible because Ultron won’t return until you defeat them. And keep the drones on your right side; Ultron will occasionally shoot an electrical beam from above that can be hard to block if your attention is split to your right and left.
Put all of those tips together to defeat Ultron Omega and unlock some extra colors for your favorite characters.
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Xbox boss Phil Spencer is joining Microsoft's top team of advisers. According to GameSpot sister site ZDNet, Spencer--who is currently executive vice president of gaming for Microsoft--is joining Microsoft's Senior Leadership Team. He's the 16th member, including CEO Satya Nadella, CFO Terry Myerson, and AI executive Harry Shum.
Spencer's promotion to the Senior Leadership Team is reflected on the Microsoft's website. His appointment suggests gaming is not going anywhere at Microsoft; there was a time when people believed Microsoft might spin off its Xbox division. But that doesn't seem to be the case.
Thanks to everyone for the very nice comments today, great show of commitment by MS to the Gaming opportunity, proud to be part of this team— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) September 19, 2017
For his part, Spencer thanked fans for their support, and said himself that his promotion the Senior Leadership Team is a "great show of commitment" by Microsoft overall to the gaming market. Microsoft's gaming division, called More Personal Computing, saw its operating income rise 34 percent, or $2.1 billion, for the latest reporting period.
Spencer was promoted to Head of Xbox in August 2015. He oversees the Xbox and Xbox Live, as well as the creative teams at Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Microsoft Studios. Spencer has been with Microsoft for more than 25 years.
Spencer is known for his frank and candid remarks about industry topics. For example, he consistently talks about how console wars are counter-productive.
Following the impressive-looking Call of Duty: WWII campaign trailer that aired on Monday, Activision has now released four further trailers that highlight the members of your squad.
The main characters in Call of Duty: WWII are Red Daniels, Turner, Zussman, and Pierson. The trailers, all of which you can see below, introduce you to these characters and tell you a little about who they are what drives them. For example, Red comes from a rural farm before getting embroiled in the global conflict. Turner, meanwhile, is your commanding officer, while Zussman is Red's best friend. Finally, Pierson is the by-the-book character who is strict and stern. In addition to introducing the characters, the videos show off Call of Duty: WWII's incredible-looking cutscenes, which we've come to know over the years from Call of Duty.
Call of Duty: WWII's campaign is just one element of the game. The WWII shooter also has multiplayer, of course, along with a Zombies mode. Developer Sledgehammer revealed more information about Nazi Zombies last week in an interview with PlayStation Blog. Among other things, Sledgehammer confirmed that the mode focuses on cooperative, wave-based encounters and will pit players against different types of zombies. It also features a famous cast, including David Tennant (Doctor Who, Harry Potter), Elodie Yung (Daredevil), and Katheryn Winnick (Vikings).
Call of Duty: WWII releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 3. Activision will reveal more details about the game's campaign throughout the week, including introducing players to the squadmates that'll accompany them throughout the campaign and the historical battles they'll take part in.
That latest batch of discounts is now available in the PlayStation Store for North America. This week, PS4, PS3, and Vita owners can find deals on the Assassin's Creed series, as well as on a number of games featuring the Caped Crusader.
Those looking to jump into an Assassin's Creed game before the series' newest entry, Assassin's Creed Origins, arrives next month can find some sizable discounts on previous installments this week. PS4 owners can pick up Assassin's Creed Syndicate and Unity for $20 and $12, respectively. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is likewise on sale for $9.89, while The Ezio Collection runs for $25. PS3 players can also pick up Black Flag at a discounted $8, while Assassin's Creed III: Ultimate Edition is available for $15. Other games on sale include:
Sony is also holding a Batman Day sale on the PlayStation Store, which features discounts on several games starring the iconic hero. PS4 owners can pick up the superhero fighting game Injustice 2 for $48 (or $42 with PlayStation Plus), while Batman: Arkham Knight is on sale for $10 ($8). Other discounted titles include Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition ($10 / $8), Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham: Deluxe Edition ($17.49 / $14), and Batman: Arkham VR ($16 / $14).
Also ongoing is the Day 1 Digital promotion, which allows you to get a discount by purchasing two or more recently released or upcoming titles from the PlayStation Store, such as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Doing so by November 7 will earn you a 20% off coupon for a future PSN purchase.
The Assassin's Creed and Batman Day sales are available until September 26. You can find the full list of discounted games here.
NBA 2K18 launches digitally today for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (with its physical release for the latter two platforms arriving on September 19). However, those who plan on picking the basketball game up on Nintendo's console better have a microSD card handy.
As pointed out on NeoGAF by users Pokemaniac and ggx2ac, NBA 2K18 requires a hefty 22.9 GB of space to download on Switch. What's more, each save file for the game takes up 5 GB--a larger file size than many full Switch titles, such as Pokken Tournament DX, which only requires 3.2 GB to download. That's problematic considering that the console only comes with 32 GB of internal memory, roughly 25 of which are actually usable.
Even if you plan to hold off and buy the physical version when it releases on October 17, you'll still need to have a microSD card, according to Nintendo's support website. While the game itself is 6.8 GB large, its software update takes up 16.1 GB, which accounts for the digital version's massive size and why you'll need a microSD card regardless of which you pick up.
NBA 2K18 releases for everyone on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 on September 19. The Switch version includes the same features as the other releases, though it runs at 30 FPS, while the PS4 and Xbox One versions run at 60. The game's free Prelude demo is available now and lets you carry your progress over to the full release.
Ahead of its official release on September 19, NBA 2K18 landed in the hands of everyone who pre-ordered it last Friday. Unfortunately, a number of players have encountered various bugs, the most serious of which causes Xbox One players' MyCareer save data to be lost. A patch is on the way, but 2K has recommended players on Xbox One to avoid the mode altogether until it's available. [Update: The patch is out now, but 2K says more details on it aren't coming until "later."]
Numerous players have complained of losing their progress in MyCareer since launch. Problematic as this would be under any circumstances, it's especially troublesome here given that players are losing pre-order items they can't reacquire and, in some cases, Virtual Currency that they paid real-world money for. In a post on Reddit, 2K said that affected players can submit support tickets to have a duplicate player made for them to restore lost progress, although they may have to wait longer for pre-order bonuses. It also stated, "[F]or now, we suggest all Xbox players stay off MyCareer and explore the other game modes. Non-Xbox players, you should be safe."
The patch in question is slated to be released at some point today. 2K's Ronnie Singh stated on Twitter this afternoon that it had been approved for release on PS4 and Xbox One, so it should be available shortly. Full patch notes have not yet been released, but we'll report back as more details are shared.
NBA 2K18 officially launches on September 19 for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch. The Switch version requires you to have a micro SD card, and it notably only runs at 30 FPS, as opposed to the other console versions' 60 FPS.