Spoiler-Free Tips For The Last Of Us Part II

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Spoiler-Free Tips For The Last Of Us Part II

The reviews are in, and the wait is over. The Last of Us Part II is out today, and it is fantastic. But before you continue the story of Ellie and Joel, you may want a little guidance on how to get the most out of Naughty Dog’s latest masterpiece. That’s where these pointers might help: Our goal is to help you discover important details and strategies without diminishing the impact of the story or action. So whether you’re already playing The Last of Us Part II or are eagerly preparing to begin, you should be able to find something useful here.

Embrace stealth Though you have plenty of lethal weapons at your disposal, playing The Last of Us Part II like a traditional third-person shooter is a losing proposition. Ammo isn’t plentiful enough to approach every encounter like a straight-up firefight, so you should get comfortable with the idea of sneaking around as much as possible. That doesn’t mean you’re limited to just crouch-walking behind everyone for a stealth kill; you have a wide range of options you can employ. Being able to go prone is a big change from the original game, so don’t neglect that and the different possibilities it opens up. You can cause distractions and crawl right by some encounters, but you may also need to take out the opposition. In those cases, don’t forget to craft silencers and use your arrows.

Crafting A Character : Hearthstone’s New Demon Hunter Aranna Starseeker

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Crafting A Character : Hearthstone’s New Demon Hunter Aranna Starseeker

Hearthstone has experimented with all kinds of content and characters over the years, from tavern brawls to dungeon crawls, single-player experiences to the auto-battler battlegrounds. One aspect that’s always been deftly handled is the inclusion of big new characters to the cast. While Hearthstone has its own amusing identity, the vast majority of the universe is imported from the greater Warcraft world. 

For instance, when Hearthstone adds a charismatic bartender to the roster it's fun, but doesn’t have a whole lot of implication to the brand at large. This week, a character that could have way more impact if she ever crosses over into the World of Warcraft is here – Aranna Starseeker, a bold new demon hunter that comes alongside a free single-player campaign experience where you dive into her character and companions as they embark on a Shakespearean Mad Max journey across the Outlands. Yep, you read that right. It’s a wild new introduction for a wild new hero. I sat down with Dave Kosak and Chadd Nervig from the Hearthstone team to ask some of the big questions about Hearthstone's new personality.

Why would you use a new hero instead of somebody who's already established as you know, in this case a demon hunter?

Crafting A Character : Hearthstone’s New Demon Hunter Aranna Starseeker

about X hours ago from
Crafting A Character : Hearthstone’s New Demon Hunter Aranna Starseeker

Hearthstone has experimented with all kinds of content and characters over the years, from tavern brawls to dungeon crawls, single-player experiences to the auto-battler Battlegrounds. One aspect that’s always been deftly handled is the inclusion of big new characters to the cast. While Hearthstone has its own amusing identity, the vast majority of the universe is imported from the greater Warcraft world. 

For instance, when Hearthstone adds a charismatic bartender to the roster it's fun, but doesn’t have a whole lot of implication to the brand at large. This week, a character that could have way more impact if she ever crosses over into the World of Warcraft is here – Aranna Starseeker, a bold new demon hunter that comes alongside a free single-player campaign experience where you dive into her character and companions as they embark on a Shakespearean Mad Max journey across the Outlands. Yep, you read that right. It’s a wild new introduction for a wild new hero. I sat down with Dave Kosak and Chadd Nervig from the Hearthstone team to ask some of the big questions about Hearthstone's new personality.

Why would you use a new hero instead of somebody who's already established as you know, in this case a demon hunter?

Everything You Need To Know About Wasteland 3's Co-op 

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Everything You Need To Know About Wasteland 3's Co-op 

Multiplayer isn’t something inXile traditionally includes in its games – for that matter, multiplayer isn’t something that many classic CRPGs have offered. However, in Wasteland 3, players can explore Colorado’s post-apocalyptic wastes with a friend at their side. This is an entirely new way for Wasteland fans to experience the game, and inXile is excited for players to work together as they overcome new survival challenges. Here is everything you need to know about Wasteland 3's multiplayer mode.

Is multiplayer a separate mode, or can you play the full game with two players? 

It’s the full game. “We don't restrict the game," says game director Tim Campbell. "We don't put on training wheels or say, ‘Here's a separate campaign that you do multiplayer.’ It's the entire single-player game.”

Everything You Need To Know About Wasteland 3's Co-op 

about X hours ago from
Everything You Need To Know About Wasteland 3's Co-op 

Multiplayer isn’t something inXile traditionally includes in its games – for that matter, multiplayer isn’t something that many classic CRPGs have offered. However, in Wasteland 3, players can explore Colorado’s post-apocalyptic wastes with a friend at their side. This is an entirely new way for Wasteland fans to experience the game, and inXile is excited for players to work together as they overcome new survival challenges. Here is everything you need to know about Wasteland 3's multiplayer mode.

Is multiplayer a separate mode, or can you play the full game with two players? 

It’s the full game. “We don't restrict the game," says game director Tim Campbell. "We don't put on training wheels or say, ‘Here's a separate campaign that you do multiplayer.’ It's the entire single-player game.”

Gaming's Summer 2020 Digital Event Schedule

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Gaming's Summer 2020 Digital Event Schedule

With the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic causing organizers to cancel major conventions and expos and like E3, Gamescom, and Tokyo Game Show, many publishers, developers, and event organizers have turned to digital events to get the latest video game news out there. Whether you're talking platform-specific showcases, publisher-driven streams, or even third-party-facilitated schedules, the industry has a lot to look forward to in the coming months.

Check out the full digital event schedule for summer 2020 below, and be sure to bookmark this page and come back as more events are added in coming weeks!

The Next Chapter Of Destiny 2 - 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ETWhat It Is: Bungie is hosting a stream to detail what's next for its living shooter. We don't know much about what will be shown, but the tagline says, "Tune in to see the next step in the Destiny 2 universe."
Where To Watch: Bungie on Twitch

Gaming's Summer 2020 Digital Event Schedule

about X hours ago from
Gaming's Summer 2020 Digital Event Schedule

With the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic causing organizers to cancel major conventions and expos and like E3, Gamescom, and Tokyo Game Show, many publishers, developers, and event organizers have turned to digital events to get the latest video game news out there. Whether you're talking platform-specific showcases, publisher-driven streams, or even third-party-facilitated schedules, the industry has a lot to look forward to in the coming months.

Check out the full digital event schedule for summer 2020 below, and be sure to bookmark this page and come back as more events are added in coming weeks!

The Next Chapter Of Destiny 2 - 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ETWhat It Is: Bungie is hosting a stream to detail what's next for its living shooter. We don't know much about what will be shown, but the tagline says, "Tune in to see the next step in the Destiny 2 universe."
Where To Watch: Bungie on Twitch

Gaming's Summer 2020 Digital Event Schedule

about X hours ago from
Gaming's Summer 2020 Digital Event Schedule

With the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic causing organizers to cancel major conventions and expos and like E3, Gamescom, and Tokyo Game Show, many publishers, developers, and event organizers have turned to digital events to get the latest video game news out there. Whether you're talking platform-specific showcases, publisher-driven streams, or even third-party-facilitated schedules, the industry has a lot to look forward to in the coming months.

Check out the full digital event schedule for summer 2020 below, and be sure to bookmark this page and come back as more events are added in coming weeks!

The Next Chapter Of Destiny 2 - 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ETWhat It Is: Bungie is hosting a stream to detail what's next for its living shooter. We don't know much about what will be shown, but the tagline says, "Tune in to see the next step in the Destiny 2 universe."
Where To Watch: Bungie on Twitch

Prepare For Last Of Us Part II With These 10 Movies, Books, And More

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Prepare For Last Of Us Part II With These 10 Movies, Books, And More

The Last of Us Part II has been delayed several times this year, but we finally have a release date that should stick: June 19. Don’t waste the next few days twiddling your thumbs; use it to prepare for the second chapter by indulging in some of the best comics, film, and other media that matches The Last of Us’ tone. Here are 10 pieces of media to get you in the mood for Naughty Dog’s next post-apocalyptic epic:

Prepare For Last Of Us Part II With These 10 Movies, Books, And More

about X hours ago from
Prepare For Last Of Us Part II With These 10 Movies, Books, And More

The Last of Us Part II has been delayed several times this year, but we finally have a release date that should stick: June 19. Don’t waste the next few days twiddling your thumbs; use it to prepare for the second chapter by indulging in some of the best comics, film, and other media that matches The Last of Us’ tone. Here are 10 pieces of media to get you in the mood for Naughty Dog’s next post-apocalyptic epic: