Destiny 2’s New Bow Is The Most Intriguing Exotic In A Long Time

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Destiny 2’s New Bow Is The Most Intriguing Exotic In A Long Time

Destiny 2 launched its new season this week, and there’s plenty of intriguing new content to explore, from the new Battlegrounds (think mini-strikes), to the new H.E.L.M. Vanguard base of operations, which functionally acts as a dedicated private space for you to complete many of the tasks you need to do between missions. However, for my part, the single aspect of the new Season of the Chosen that has me the most excited isn’t a new activity or location – it’s a specific new weapon, and the playstyle it engenders; Ticuu’s Divination is the most entertaining new weapon in the Destiny universe in a long time. If a flaming explosion bow with tracking capabilities doesn’t pique your interest, you may be playing the wrong game.

You’ll note that I didn’t say it was the most powerful, or the “best” exotic weapon. While three days is far too little time to gauge the balance of a potent new weapon, or where it will fit into the meta of play, my early sense is that Ticuu’s Divination is thoughtfully built to demand skill and clever play to capitalize on to its fullest. Unlike the infamous Gjallarhorn, which virtually took over everyone’s exotic slot back in the day, this new bow doesn’t feel like it far outstrips everything else on the scene.

10 Times Hell Froze Over In Video Games

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10 Times Hell Froze Over In Video Games

Never say never in video games. As we recently saw with MLB The Show going multiplatform, the seemingly impossible can still become reality, whether in the form of the revival of old franchises, unthinkable crossovers, or wild business decisions. The unpredictable and unlikely moments are part of what makes the game industry a lot of fun to follow. Here are just a few examples of times when pigs sprouted wings, dogs and cats got along, and skepticism was stomped into dust.   

How To Spend Your Gold, Rubies, And Amber In Valheim

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How To Spend Your Gold, Rubies, And Amber In Valheim

If you’ve been playing the Viking survival game Valheim, you’ve probably amassed a huge pile of precious gems and coins from your travels in the first few biomes, the Meadow and The Black Forest. Burial Chambers and Troll Hunts can line your pockets with valuable items during your first few days of gameplay, and later forays into the Sunken Crypts of the Swamp can yield huge piles of amber, amber pearls, and rubies while you collect scrap iron. Be sure to bring a torch or light source into these dungeons and caves, as you may otherwise miss these valuables as they are tiny, hard to see, and often tucked away in a corner out of sight. Of course, sometimes you’ll find a stack in a chest, but do check out the darker areas in primary rooms.

Bayonetta Is The Best-Playing Game Ever Made

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Bayonetta Is The Best-Playing Game Ever Made

I'd like to establish upfront that I both believe in God and am blocked by Hideki Kamiya on Twitter. I think that's important for you to know before my next statement, so as not to come off hyperbolic or biased. Please keep these two things in mind as you read on.

There has not been a single game better than Bayonetta since it was released in 2009 (early 2010 outside of Japan). The only thing that has ever come close released in 2014, which was Bayonetta 2. Put simply, the Bayonetta series is the peak of gaming. While I think there are plenty of games released before 2009 that are better than Bayonetta, such as Deadly Rooms of Death, Tony Hawk's Underground, that Matrix mod I had as a kid for Max Payne where you played as Neo in the government lobby shootout, and Street Fighter II, nothing since has reached the heights of PlatinumGames' premier character action franchise.

Valheim: How To Open Sunken Crypts And Find Iron

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Valheim: How To Open Sunken Crypts And Find Iron

If you’ve been roaming the world of Valheim, maybe you’ve come far beyond the Meadows and Black Forests and are ready to start exploring the more dangerous Swamp biome. Sure, the Swamp is crawling with advanced skeleton enemies, blobs, leeches, and more, but it’s also home to a number of Sunken Crypts.

Sunken Crypts are a small dungeon type, much like the Troll Caves or Burial Chambers you may be familiar with from the Black Forest. However, if you’ve just wandered into the Swamp from another biome without doing your homework, you may discover one unfortunate aspect to these Sunken Crypts. Unlike the dungeons before them, the Sunken Crypts are locked. Still getting started? Check out our starter kit here, our Black Forest delve here, and our introductory cooking class here.

Valheim: How To Cook Your Way Through The Cold Nights

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Valheim: How To Cook Your Way Through The Cold Nights

You may have heard of Valheim, a Viking survival game that’s currently available on Steam in early access. Well, if you want to have a fighting chance at living through the many encounters you’ll face, you’ll want to go in armed with the knowledge of how to cook and eat the many foods available to you. The game is a challenging take on surviving in frigid lands swarming with trolls, skeletons, leeches, slimes, and more. You can even summon up huge bosses and take them on! If you’re just getting started, you should check out our guide to the early game here, and something a little deeper into the experience here.

Once you get the hang of the basics of cooking and eating in Valheim, the more advanced fare falls into place easily as you advance through your tech tree and base. At the beginning of the game, it’s likely your only experience with food at all will be from raspberries that you’ve pulled off of nearby bushes. In the game’s opening hour, you can probably expect to take on boars, deer, and necks (lizards). So, you’ve got some raw meat. What’s next?

Valheim: How To Summon The Elder And Find The Swamp

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Valheim: How To Summon The Elder And Find The Swamp

If you checked out our starter guide for the Viking survival game Valheim, you’ve probably already beaten Eikthyrnir and started working on a happy homestead for you and your fellow Norse explorers. Your next mission tasks you with taking on the much bigger and badder boss The Elder and tackling the challenges of the Black Forest and Swamp biomes. After beating the first boss, the game opens up in several important ways that will take you in different directions. While Valheim is perfectly enjoyable as a solo experience, I recommend handling the journey ahead with a few good friends.

After Eikthyrnir’s demise, you’ll have the opportunity to fashion your first pickaxes from its antlers to mine stone, copper, and tin. These items can be found in the second biome in the game that spawns adjacent to your starting zone, the Black Forest. The Black Forest is much more dangerous than the Meadows, and includes Trolls, Skeletons, and a variety of deadly Dwarves. As you explore the Black Forest, be acutely aware of your surroundings and listen for the rumblings of Trolls. Trolls can kill you in one or two hits with your Meadows-tier armor, and corpse running through the Forest is a perilous endeavor.

Ask Us Anything: Submit Your Questions For Our Next Issue

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Ask Us Anything: Submit Your Questions For Our Next Issue

Each month, Game Informer prints questions that are submitted by readers via email and standard mail. We'd like to give our website readers the chance to make the magazine as well.

You'll need to log in to your GI account, and click "okay to print" for your letter or question to go through. We'd also love it if you included your location (city, state, or country will do). We'll look through the questions and pick a few to include in our next issue, which releases on March 9.

In each issue, we ask readers a "Question of the Month." For the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition issue that should be hitting mailboxes now, we ask...

10 Remakes I Want To Happen

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10 Remakes I Want To Happen

This week, we got a closer look at Mass Effect Legendary Edition. For years, BioWare’s amazing trilogy has been at the top of my list of games I want to see retouched with modern technology. Granted, it is more of a remaster, but the enhancements and adjustments seem like enough to make a new playthrough feel fresh regardless. But that got me thinking: If I assume that a full Mass Effect remake is completely off the table now, what are the other games that I want to see get rebuilt from top to bottom?

It’s a tricky question to answer, because everyone has a different idea of what makes a good remake. In some ways, it’s about recreating a classic experience – but remakes should also be free to veer off the previous path and explore some new directions (like Final Fantasy VII Remake did).  The original game should also be old enough to see a clear benefit from new technology. With those ground rules in mind, here are my picks for the 10 remakes I want to happen.

Why Mass Effect Legendary Edition Is A Remaster (Not A Remake)

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Why Mass Effect Legendary Edition Is A Remaster (Not A Remake)

There’s been much excitement surrounding Mass Effect Legendary Edition, so much so we even put it on the cover of our most recent issue. BioWare’s remaster of the famed Commander Shepard trilogy is coming out May 14, and while fans have certainly pined for this remaster, one question that keeps coming up is: Why not a remake? It’s a valid question, especially since many series, like Resident Evil and Final Fantasy, have instead opted to remake beloved games to appeal more to modern audiences. However, BioWare didn’t feel like that was the right approach for the trilogy at this point in time. In fact, making it a remaster in the true sense was one thing the team agreed upon early on, before they even really got going.