The Old School Vibe Of Pathfinder: Kingmaker

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The Old School Vibe Of Pathfinder: Kingmaker

The revival of the isometric CRPG is well under way, with games like Divinity: Original Sin 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, and Pillars of Eternity 2 helping to chart a new course for the genre. Those games recalled the classics, but often moved past many of the more “fiddly” elements that could sometimes ward people away.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker recently released on Steam, and it’s clear that developer Owlcat had a different vision in mind. The new game is religiously loyal to the Pathfinder game system it’s based on (which itself is strongly based on the 3.5 edition of D&D), and it’s willing to focus on things like random encounters, guard shifts during camp sequences, and even encumbrance, all factoring in as significant factors you must consider. That level of specificity and detail may be a turn-off for some players, but other old-school RPG players may embrace the nostalgia.

In addition, Kingmaker features one very significant innovation, providing the option to rule a barony and make decisions about how it grows. By growing a town and its surrounding territory, Pathfinder: Kingmaker offers a greater ownership over the game world than many other role-playing releases.

10 Little Things That Make Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Great (And One We Wish They’d Fix)

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10 Little Things That Make Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Great (And One We Wish They’d Fix)

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is easily the biggest adventure the series has seen so far, with a land mass that’s almost overwhelming in scale and a steady deluge of activities to occupy your time. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to lose track of some of the smaller details that make the game so much fun to play. Ubisoft Quebec may not have invented all of these quality-of-life options and interesting details on their own, but we’re no less appreciative of the fact that they’ve been included. Here are some of the things that you can look forward to when the game comes out this week – and one thing we hope the studio can fix.

10 Little Things That Make Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Great (And One We Wish They’d Fix)

about X hours ago from
10 Little Things That Make Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Great (And One We Wish They’d Fix)

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is easily the biggest adventure the series has seen so far, with a land mass that’s almost overwhelming in scale and a steady deluge of activities to occupy your time. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to lose track of some of the smaller details that make the game so much fun to play. Ubisoft Quebec may not have invented all of these quality-of-life options and interesting details on their own, but we’re no less appreciative of the fact that they’ve been included. Here are some of the things that you can look forward to when the game comes out this week – and one thing we hope the studio can fix.

Predicting The UFC Conor McGregor/Khabib Fight

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Predicting The UFC Conor McGregor/Khabib Fight

I'm excited this week to welcome UFC expert and colleague Brian Shea to guest pen a simulation on this weekend's Conor McGregor/Khabib Nurmagomedov fight. Enjoy.

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This Saturday, UFC 229 arrives in what is being called “the biggest fight in MMA history.” When you consider the combatants headlining it and the bad blood between them, it’s obvious why. In one corner, you have the undefeated UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov. The man has torn through everyone in his path, never losing a single round in his 26 professional fights, dominating the likes of Edson Barboza, Al Iaquinta, Michael Johnson, and Rafael dos Anjos in the process.

Predicting The UFC Conor McGregor/Khabib Fight

about X hours ago from
Predicting The UFC Conor McGregor/Khabib Fight

I'm excited this week to welcome UFC expert and colleague Brian Shea to guest pen a simulation on this weekend's Conor McGregor/Khabib Nurmagomedov fight. Enjoy.

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This Saturday, UFC 229 arrives in what is being called “the biggest fight in MMA history.” When you consider the combatants headlining it and the bad blood between them, it’s obvious why. In one corner, you have the undefeated UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov. The man has torn through everyone in his path, never losing a single round in his 26 professional fights, dominating the likes of Edson Barboza, Al Iaquinta, Michael Johnson, and Rafael dos Anjos in the process.

Remembering Fallout’s 15 Wildest Weapons

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Remembering Fallout’s 15 Wildest Weapons

Fallout 76 is just beyond the crater, and with the latest round of updates showcasing a plethora of new weapons including a crossbow and a guitar sword, it seems like a good time to look back on some of the outrageous armaments that have defined this darkly humorous series. From pop-culture references to just plain strange, here’s a list of the 15 wildest weapons in Fallout.

This seems like your typical oakwood baseball bat, until you send a deathclaw soaring into the stratosphere. As the name suggests, this unique melee weapon is a souvenir baseball bat from the 2076 World Series and is a pre-war artifact untouched by the nuclear war. The bat features a “small chance to send targets flying,” and a unique sound effect that includes the crack of the bat and the raucous cheers of an excited crowd. Vault-dwellers can truly relive that great American pastime, as they send their enemies soaring into the distance.

Remembering Fallout’s 15 Wildest Weapons

about X hours ago from
Remembering Fallout’s 15 Wildest Weapons

Fallout 76 is just beyond the crater, and with the latest round of updates showcasing a plethora of new weapons including a crossbow and a guitar sword, it seems like a good time to look back on some of the outrageous armaments that have defined this darkly humorous series. From pop-culture references to just plain strange, here’s a list of the 15 wildest weapons in Fallout.

This seems like your typical oakwood baseball bat, until you send a deathclaw soaring into the stratosphere. As the name suggests, this unique melee weapon is a souvenir baseball bat from the 2076 World Series and is a pre-war artifact untouched by the nuclear war. The bat features a “small chance to send targets flying,” and a unique sound effect that includes the crack of the bat and the raucous cheers of an excited crowd. Vault-dwellers can truly relive that great American pastime, as they send their enemies soaring into the distance.

7 Tips To Get You Started In Mega Man 11

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7 Tips To Get You Started In Mega Man 11

Mega Man 11 is a tough game, and that’s part of its charm. Despite the appearance of its bubbly protagonist and his Saturday morning cartoon story, the Mega Man series has never been for the faint of heart. The 11th entry in the mainline series maintains that legacy.

Mega Man 11 is not an impossible game, however. You can defeat Dr. Wily, and we want to help you pull off that feat. Here are a few tips to get you started that will hopefully improve your experience and give you an edge.

In Mega Man 11, you collect bolts, a currency that can be exchanged for lives, items that prevent one-hit-kills, and valuable permanent upgrades. When you die, you get to keep all your collected bolts, which means that even if you find yourself playing the same level over and over, you will still make progress. You can even exploit the system by visiting Block Man’s stage, which features a valuable, easy-to-reach bolt right near its start. Just use R. Coil to grab the bolt and die, or leave the level. Repeat. In ten minutes, you’ll have more bolts than you need.

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Mega Man 11

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7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Mega Man 11

Mega Man 11 is a tough game, and that’s part of its charm. Despite the appearance of its bubbly protagonist and his Saturday morning cartoon story, the Mega Man series has never been for the faint of heart. The 11th entry in the mainline series maintains that legacy.

Mega Man 11 is not an impossible game, however. You can defeat Dr. Wily, and we want to help you pull off that feat. Here are a few tips to get you started that will hopefully improve your experience and give you an edge.

In Mega Man 11, you collect bolts, a currency that can be exchanged for lives, items that prevent one-hit-kills, and valuable permanent upgrades. When you die, you get to keep all your collected bolts, which means that even if you find yourself playing the same level over and over, you will still make progress. You can even exploit the system by visiting Block Man’s stage, which features a valuable, easy-to-reach bolt right near its start. Just use R. Coil to grab the bolt and die, or leave the level. Repeat. In ten minutes, you’ll have more bolts than you need.

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Mega Man 11

about X hours ago from
7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Mega Man 11

Mega Man 11 is a tough game, and that’s part of its charm. Despite the appearance of its bubbly protagonist and his Saturday morning cartoon story, the Mega Man series has never been for the faint of heart. The 11th entry in the mainline series maintains that legacy.

Mega Man 11 is not an impossible game, however. You can defeat Dr. Wily, and we want to help you pull off that feat. Here are a few tips to get you started that will hopefully improve your experience and give you an edge.

In Mega Man 11, you collect bolts, a currency that can be exchanged for lives, items that prevent one-hit-kills, and valuable permanent upgrades. When you die, you get to keep all your collected bolts, which means that even if you find yourself playing the same level over and over, you will still make progress. You can even exploit the system by visiting Block Man’s stage, which features a valuable, easy-to-reach bolt right near its start. Just use R. Coil to grab the bolt and die, or leave the level. Repeat. In ten minutes, you’ll have more bolts than you need.