Everything You Need To Know About Respawn’s New Battle Royale

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Everything You Need To Know About Respawn’s New Battle Royale

Yep. The company revealed and released Apex Legends this morning.

Kind of. It’s a battle royale game set in Titanfall’s universe. The action takes place 30 years after Titanfall 2 and focuses on mercenaries competing with one another in a huge arena.

No. But don’t go! Apex Legends is pretty good even without them, and there’s a good reason for not having them in there that you can read about here. Also, the game’s free.

10 Tips To Help You Dominate In Apex Legends

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10 Tips To Help You Dominate In Apex Legends

Respawn's newest game is (surprise!) out today. Apex Legends is a battle royale set in Titanfall's universe with more than a few tricks up its sleeve to make it stand out from the crowd. We got to play a lot of matches recently and have a few tips to help you understand the twists Legends brings to battle royale and how to use them to get ahead.

As with most team-based modes in battle royale games, communication is key to success in Apex Legends. Arguably moreso given there’s no solo play option, which means having two other buds you know well and have on voice chat will do wonders for your planning. However, not all is lost if you end up playing with randos....

One of Apex Legends' innovations in the battle royale genre is its ping/marking system. Similar to Battlefield’s marking system, you have a ping button you can use to note areas of interest, including bins to loot, signs of enemy activity (like open doors and looted canisters), and even temporarily mark foes for your teammates to see. It’s a simple, easy-to-use system that will probably save your team’s hide on more than one occasion.

Respawn Discusses Entering The World Of Battle Royale

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Respawn Discusses Entering The World Of Battle Royale

Today Respawn revealed and released its foray into battle royale, Apex Legends, a game set 30 years after Titanfall 2. We played hours of the game behind closed doors and chatted with Respawn executive producer Drew McCoy about Legends' development and combatting free-to-play skepticism. We also talked about Respawn's company culture under EA and what we can expect from the Apex Legends and the Titanfall universe in the months ahead.

How long have you guys been working on Apex Legends?

Since the spring of 2017.

A Growing Guide Of Easy Achievements For Xbox One

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A Growing Guide Of Easy Achievements For Xbox One

Rather than keeping all of my achievement-unlocking secrets to myself, I decided to put together a list of the games that deliver the easiest points. Should you find yourself obsessing over them like I do, or locked in a gamerscore battle royale, I hope this guide serves you well. It'll be updated whenever I find a new game that you need to know about.

If you're respectable at platformer games, 6180 The Moon is a fun little game to venture into. While the challenges are difficult, checkpoints are in great abundance, and progress is inevitable if you stick with it. For each planet that is unlocked, the player nets a nice 50- or 100-point achievement. There are only two challenging achievements:

Gravity Free: 40 Points M2 is the easiest stage to unlock this achievement on. It may take a few tries, but you should be able to make it to end without hitting the jump button.

Ranking Every Single Rockstar Game (Including Red Dead Redemption II)

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Ranking Every Single Rockstar Game (Including Red Dead Redemption II)

Over the past two decades, Rockstar Games has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the games industry. Rising up from quirky Scotland-based developers with a taste for pulp and crime fiction, Rockstar evolved radically, shifting into innovators and provocateurs, creating some of the industry's most influential and blockbuster titles. In the lead up to the eagerly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2, we came together as a staff to rank every single game that Rockstar developed (this means we excluded published titles like L.A. Noire and Smuggler's Run). From the humble top-down beginnings of Grand Theft Auto to the blood-soaked streets of Manhunt and the beautiful jaw-dropping vistas of Red Dead Redemption, you’ll find every single title put in its proper place in terms of influence, importance of innovation, and just plain fun.

With all that in mind, let’s steal a ride and roar down this road to hell.

Update (02/4/19): Now that Red Dead Redemption II has been out for a few months and we've had time to analyze and discuss its achievements, we've added it to the rankings below. Read more...

Ranking Every Single Rockstar Game (Including Red Dead Redemption II)

about X hours ago from
Ranking Every Single Rockstar Game (Including Red Dead Redemption II)

Over the past two decades, Rockstar Games has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the games industry. Rising up from quirky Scotland-based developers with a taste for pulp and crime fiction, Rockstar evolved radically, shifting into innovators and provocateurs, creating some of the industry's most influential and blockbuster titles. In the lead up to the eagerly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2, we came together as a staff to rank every single game that Rockstar developed (this means we excluded published titles like L.A. Noire and Smuggler's Run). From the humble top-down beginnings of Grand Theft Auto to the blood-soaked streets of Manhunt and the beautiful jaw-dropping vistas of Red Dead Redemption, you’ll find every single title put in its proper place in terms of influence, importance of innovation, and just plain fun.

With all that in mind, let’s steal a ride and roar down this road to hell.

Update (02/4/19): Now that Red Dead Redemption II has been out for a few months and we've had time to analyze and discuss its achievements, we've added it to the rankings below. Read more...

Super Replay – God Hand: Episode 6

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Super Replay – God Hand: Episode 6

After a festive holiday season, Game Informer's annual 12.31 Super Replay usually brings suffering. In years past, this day has kicked off complete playthroughs of stinkers like Overblood, Overblood 2, Blue Stinger, Illbleed, Raw Danger, Martian Gothic: Unification, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Vampire Hunter D.

Figuring out which game will be honored with this spot is a stressful decision that usually takes a full year to figure out. That wasn't the case this year. The community figured it out for us. We had the somewhat official I Watched the Entire Overblood Super Replay group vote for a Super Replay earlier this year. With hundreds of votes cast, the poll ended in a tie between Killer 7 and God Hand. Rather than just flipping a coin to see which one we would do, I decided to record both of them. We knocked out Killer 7 earlier this year, and almost rolled right into God Hand, but couldn't find a window to get it done in a productive way. I shelved the Super Replay until 12.31. It was one of the games I was considering years ago for this spot anyway.

The Resident Evil 2 Remake Breathes New Life Into Claire

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The Resident Evil 2 Remake Breathes New Life Into Claire

I’ll be upfront: Claire Redfield has always been my favorite Resident Evil character. She’s caring, strong-willed, and a total badass. She’s everything you’d expect from a good hero, and when we met Claire back in 1998’s Resident Evil 2, she was simply that, only defined by a few characteristics. Her red vest and motorcycle gave her a tough exterior, while her concern for her brother and quest to save Sherry Birkin showed a more sensitive side. The remake stays faithful to the original story, but it adds some extra layers to Claire’s personality. One thing I couldn’t get over as I played her campaign is just how these little additions, such as better bonding moments with Sherry and hilarious responses to being caught off guard by zombies and Mr. X, make such a difference.

How To Fix Overwatch's Four Broken Heroes

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How To Fix Overwatch's Four Broken Heroes

Overwatch has had an abundance of updates since its 2016 release, with Blizzard continuously reworking the roster to allow for more optimal combat experiences. While some noteworthy patches have completely reinvented character roles, smaller ones have altered cooldown timers or bullet spreads. These frequent modifications often tip the scales of gameplay balance. Some heroes have become devastatingly strong (Hanzo and his lethal arrow volleys), while others lose their value (Brigitte’s shield bash debuff). Here are four heroes currently in need of serious repair: 

The Flaws: At one point, Mercy’s selection rate soared above her support comrades, because she was such a capable healer. Supports, like Lucio and Zenyatta, were limited to specific stratagems. Others, notably Ana, were too mechanically demanding to use efficiently. Comparably, Mercy’s ability-kit was easy to execute and, in some cases, stronger. With ample healing numbers and high mobility, she provided a dependability that no other hero could best. Currently, however, Mercy’s viability is at a record low. With a healing per second (hps) reduction, and a less sustainable ultimate called valkyrie (for 15 seconds her core abilities are slightly enhanced), she is no longer reliable at her own role. 

The Resident Evil 2 Remake Breathes New Life Into Claire

about X hours ago from
The Resident Evil 2 Remake Breathes New Life Into Claire

I’ll be upfront: Claire Redfield has always been my favorite Resident Evil character. She’s caring, strong-willed, and a total badass. She’s everything you’d expect from a good hero, and when we met Claire back in 1998’s Resident Evil 2, she was simply that, only defined by a few characteristics. Her red vest and motorcycle gave her a tough exterior, while her concern for her brother and quest to save Sherry Birkin showed a more sensitive side. The remake stays faithful to the original story, but it adds some extra layers to Claire’s personality. One thing I couldn’t get over as I played her campaign is just how these little additions, such as better bonding moments with Sherry and hilarious responses to being caught off guard by zombies and Mr. X, make such a difference.