Uncovering The Mysteries Of Control's The Oldest House

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Uncovering The Mysteries Of Control's The Oldest House

Control invites players to explore The Oldest House, a mysterious building located in Manhattan. Just because the events of the game take place within a single location doesn’t mean you should expect a lack of diversity in the environments. I not only had the chance to explore a small section of The Oldest House, but also chat with the team at Remedy Entertainment to see what we could learn about Control’s enigmatic setting.

The Oldest House serves as the headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Control (FBC), a government agency that investigates the unexplainable. The Bureau discovered The Oldest House in the 1960s while looking into Altered World Events, different supernatural phenomena they’re tasked with researching. After discovering the shifting Place of Power hidden beneath the New York subway, the Bureau decided to make it its headquarters.

Being a Place of Power means it can hold Objects of Power, items that grant protagonist Jesse Faden additional abilities, but that’s not all. Places of Power have unique logic to them, and they operate under their own rules. The Oldest House shifts and transforms in unexpected ways as you move through it. The Bureau calls The Oldest House home, but an unexplainable threat known as The Hiss has invaded, corrupting or killing employees and infecting The Oldest House.

Uncovering The Mysteries Of Control's The Oldest House

about X hours ago from
Uncovering The Mysteries Of Control's The Oldest House

Control invites players to explore The Oldest House, a mysterious building located in Manhattan. Just because the events of the game take place within a single location doesn’t mean you should expect a lack of diversity in the environments. I not only had the chance to explore a small section of The Oldest House, but also chat with the team at Remedy Entertainment to see what we could learn about Control’s enigmatic setting.

The Oldest House serves as the headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Control (FBC), a government agency that investigates the unexplainable. The Bureau discovered The Oldest House in the 1960s while looking into Altered World Events, different supernatural phenomena they’re tasked with researching. After discovering the shifting Place of Power hidden beneath the New York subway, the Bureau decided to make it its headquarters.

Being a Place of Power means it can hold Objects of Power, items that grant protagonist Jesse Faden additional abilities, but that’s not all. Places of Power have unique logic to them, and they operate under their own rules. The Oldest House shifts and transforms in unexpected ways as you move through it. The Bureau calls The Oldest House home, but an unexplainable threat known as The Hiss has invaded, corrupting or killing employees and infecting The Oldest House.

11 Tips To Help You Survive In The Division 2

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11 Tips To Help You Survive In The Division 2

Whether you have a crew at your side or you're going it alone, the tips below should help you get a solid foothold in The Division 2. These strategies are mostly for the opening hours of play, and only loosely touch on the PvP avenues. Following this roadmap will help you level up faster, and better situates you for longer stints in the wasteland. We also point you toward missions that will get you the best loot, and offer combat techniques that should help you keep the aggressive A.I at bay. Good luck out there, agents!

Skill Configuration If you're playing the game with friends, having each player equip different skills isn't a bad idea, as you can create classes that favor assault and healing. If your group of four can deploy a Turret and Drone, disperse toxins with the Chem Launcher, and provide support with the Hive, you will make short work of the enemy forces. Even if you are assault in that role, we recommend having the Hive as a secondary skill, as it can help if you are separated from your healer, and is invaluable if you hop on to play some of the game single player. As much fun as it is to have a Drone or Turret, we highly recommend solo players go for the Hive first. You can add the firepower with the next skill you get.

11 Tips To Help You Survive In The Division 2

about X hours ago from
11 Tips To Help You Survive In The Division 2

Whether you have a crew at your side or you're going it alone, the tips below should help you get a solid foothold in The Division 2. These strategies are mostly for the opening hours of play, and only loosely touch on the PvP avenues. Following this roadmap will help you level up faster, and better situates you for longer stints in the wasteland. We also point you toward missions that will get you the best loot, and offer combat techniques that should help you keep the aggressive A.I at bay. Good luck out there, agents!

Skill Configuration If you're playing the game with friends, having each player equip different skills isn't a bad idea, as you can create classes that favor assault and healing. If your group of four can deploy a Turret and Drone, disperse toxins with the Chem Launcher, and provide support with the Hive, you will make short work of the enemy forces. Even if you are assault in that role, we recommend having the Hive as a secondary skill, as it can help if you are separated from your healer, and is invaluable if you hop on to play some of the game single player. As much fun as it is to have a Drone or Turret, we highly recommend solo players go for the Hive first. You can add the firepower with the next skill you get.

The Best And Worst Video Game Pies

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The Best And Worst Video Game Pies

Today is Pi day, and in honor of the occasion lets talk about the cake alternative as it appears in video games.

We originally posted this feature on 2015's Pi day, which was extra special since the date was 3.14.15 –  Pi to first four decimal places. This year isn't quite as special, but it's still an occasion to celebrate, and we've added some new entries.

The pie in Breath of the Wild doesn't offer a great health boost, but it looks like a real edible pie and it's one of those dishes whose required ingredients (apple, cane sugar, goat butter, and Tabantha wheat) make a lot of sense.

25 Thoughts About Revisiting Red Dead Redemption 2

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25 Thoughts About Revisiting Red Dead Redemption 2

In the five months since its release, I’ve found myself returning to Red Dead Redemption 2 constantly. Even after completing the mammoth story, I loaded up an earlier save just to play through the whole game again at a more gradual pace — exploring, hunting, and really living out Arthur Morgan’s experience as fully as I can.

During that time I’ve been keeping a notepad filled with a lot of little thoughts about the game. Initially I thought I was going to maybe take one or two of them and expand them into a big piece, but in the end I decided that just polishing these notes, which cover everything from how Red Dead Redemption 2 tackles to its breathtaking immersive touches, and putting them online would be keeping in spirit with Red Dead’s sprawling ethos as well as protagonist Arthur's habit of journaling everything.

So here you go!

25 Thoughts About Revisiting Red Dead Redemption 2

about X hours ago from
25 Thoughts About Revisiting Red Dead Redemption 2

In the five months since its release, I’ve found myself returning to Red Dead Redemption 2 constantly. Even after completing the mammoth story, I loaded up an earlier save just to play through the whole game again at a more gradual pace — exploring, hunting, and really living our Arthur Morgan’s experience as fully as I can.

During that time I’ve been keeping a notepad filled with a lot of little thoughts about the game. Initially I thought I was going to maybe take one or two them and expand them into a big piece, but in the end I decided that just polishing these notes, which cover everything from how Red Dead Redemption 2 tackles to its breathtaking immersive touches, and putting them online would be keeping in spirit with Red Dead’s sprawling ethos as well as protagonist Arthur's habit of journaling everything.

So here you go!

MLB the Show 19's Diamond Dynasty Opens Up

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MLB the Show 19's Diamond Dynasty Opens Up

Fantasy collection modes practically have to implement some kind of grind in order to balance the mode for players who don’t want to spend real money, giving them a chance to earn the best players. MLB the Show 18 provided multiple paths for players to get the players they coveted in its Diamond Dynasty mode, but for players such as Immortals or the Team Epics Programs, the grind was particularly crushing (which we covered in our MLB the Show 19 Wishlist). This, as well as the presence of souvenirs – which were like a dreaded third currency – hampered the mode last year.

Now developer San Diego Studio is making moves for Diamond Dynasty in MLB the Show 19 to not only reduce the overall grind, but also give users more choice in how they meet their goals. Souvenirs and Immortals are no longer in the mode, and the grind is further broken up with a new XP system that doles out tiered rewards no matter which mode you play in.

Furthermore, choice packs differentiate users’ lineups and make all programs more attractive, and quality of life-related additions like multiple lineups help make the mode more appealing this time around.

MLB the Show 19's Diamond Dynasty Opens Up

about X hours ago from
MLB the Show 19's Diamond Dynasty Opens Up

Fantasy collection modes practically have to implement some kind of grind in order to balance the mode for players who don’t want to spend real money, giving them a chance to earn the best players. MLB the Show 18 provided multiple paths for players to get the players they coveted in its Diamond Dynasty mode, but for players such as Immortals or the Team Epics Programs, the grind was particularly crushing (which we covered in our MLB the Show 19 Wishlist). This, as well as the presence of souvenirs – which were like a dreaded third currency – hampered the mode last year.

Now developer San Diego Studio is making moves for Diamond Dynasty in MLB the Show 19 to not only reduce the overall grind, but also give users more choice in how they meet their goals. Souvenirs and Immortals are no longer in the mode, and the grind is further broken up with a new XP system that doles out tiered rewards no matter which mode you play in.

Furthermore, choice packs differentiate users’ lineups and make all programs more attractive, and quality of life-related additions like multiple lineups help make the mode more appealing this time around.

How Control's Gameplay Differs From Past Remedy Games

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How Control's Gameplay Differs From Past Remedy Games

Remedy often brings a signature gameplay element to its games, like fighting the darkness with light in Alan Wake, time-warping gunplay in Quantum Break, or slowing down zooming bullets in Max Payne. Instead of stopping time or bullets, Remedy's upcoming action game Control lets you bend the supernatural to your will with several abilities

Having a slew of powers at your disposal may sound similar to Quantum Break, which also has abilities-based combat, but with several new iterations (such as revamping the A.I. and having highly destructible environments), Control weaves an identity of its own.

"Previous Remedy games tended to be quite linear," game director Mikael Kasurinen says. "Here, we have shifted our goal so that we have more complex scenarios with our different abilities and you choose the way you want to fight."