Your Fall 2017 Guide To Pokémon Go Gyms, Legendary Raids, Eggs, And More

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Your Fall 2017 Guide To Pokémon Go Gyms, Legendary Raids, Eggs, And More

Pokémon Go captured the world when it launched in summer 2016. Beyond the excitement of traveling to new locations to catch monsters and meet like-minded trainers, one of the things that made Niantic's collaboration with The Pokémon Company so interesting was the mystery that surrounded nearly every element about the game.

The mystery was thrilling at first, but after a while, being in the dark wore on users of the app, and they decided to do something about it. Players scoured their local areas, data-mined the app, and started crowd-sourced sites on where to find the best monsters and how to be the most efficient trainers they could be.

Each time a new major update hits, the sense of mystery in Pokémon Go is reinvigorated. However, thanks to the methods discovered and created by players in the original release, light is shed on each successive update quicker than ever before.

The Sports Desk – Inside The Dynamics Of Football Manager 2018

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The Sports Desk – Inside The Dynamics Of Football Manager 2018

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Football Manager has become the definitive experience if you're enamored with tactics, man management, and supervising the ins and outs of a world football club. The new PC iteration, Football Manager 2018, releases on November 10, and I talked with series director Miles Jacobson about the real-life foundations of this year's big, new feature – dynamics – as well as a few larger issues for developer Sports Interactive.

Xbox One X Review – Power For What Purpose?

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Xbox One X Review – Power For What Purpose?

Microsoft branded Xbox One X as “the world’s most powerful console,” a lofty claim I can now say is true. The Xbox One X is a monster of a machine that delivers native 4K graphics, lifts framerates from 30 to 60, and slashes load times in half. Simply put, it elevates game performance in significant ways, but what titles benefit from this showcase of power?

That’s the big question that sadly delivers an unsatisfactory answer at launch. Xbox One X’s impressive technology isn’t used to usher in a new generation of gaming, and you won’t find any games made exclusively for it. For better or worse, Xbox One X is just another Xbox One – a powerful and expensive version geared for people who want to get the most out of their 4K displays. Yes, last summer’s Xbox One S was positioned to bring 4K experiences, but it benefited movie aficionados more than gamers with an Ultra High-Definition Blu-ray drive and 4K streaming.

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Turbo Mode Makes It Easier To Fit Dota 2 Into Your Life

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Turbo Mode Makes It Easier To Fit Dota 2 Into Your Life

According to Steam, Dota 2 has taken about 3,200 hours of my life. That counts over 2,200 matches played, hundreds of hours spent in private lobbies, finding friends to play and queue up with, and watching friends, high-level players, and tournament matches through the in-game spectator client, but doesn’t count the several hundred hours I’ve spent watching matches on Twitch, reading character build guides, and pouring over forum and Reddit threads. Dota 2’s staggering complexity is neither easy to grasp or kind to those with a lack of disposable free time.

With its “Dueling Fates” update (which hit earlier this week), Dota 2 is finally doing something about that. Among a slew of additions (new heroes, items, community features) and changes (character reworks, map layouts, and number-tweaking), the update introduces Turbo mode. The mode accelerates the pace of the game by upping the gold and experience players earn from killing fodder enemies, others players, or just standing around, while also making base structures much weaker. This cuts down match lengths by about half, making it the most exciting part of Dueling Fates for me so far.

Hands-On Impressions Of Overwatch's New Hero Moira

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Hands-On Impressions Of Overwatch's New Hero Moira

At BlizzCon 2017, I played the upcoming Overwatch support hero Moira on the new Blizzard World map. As a player that generally gravitates toward more offensive heroes, Blizzard has done something awesome with Moira - it's a support hero that's fun to play even if you traditionally prefer a damage dealing role. 

First let's take a look at her kit. Moria's main weapon (right and left mouse buttons) is a beam, Biotic grasp. You can hold it down to heal all allies in front of you and consume your biotic energy resource. Alternatively, you can hold down the other mouse button to dish out damage and charge your biotic energy up - this attack also heals Moira via the damage done. It's double duty, damage and healing, all on the base weapon!

Moira's Biotic Orb ability lets you release a massive bouncy ball that you can heal allies with or dish out damage - you select the mode the ball will launch in when you trigger the ability. It's super cool to watch the ball bounce around, delivering doom or healing your allies in a packed room. This is a super cool ability that is fun for everyone, but I'm especially excited to see how skilled players will take advantage of the bounce in various environments.

Under The Radar Games To Keep An Eye On This Holiday Season

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Under The Radar Games To Keep An Eye On This Holiday Season

This holiday season is a flood of highly anticipated game releases. With South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Destiny 2, and plenty of other just-as-popular games coming out, it’s easy to miss titles launching around the same time. These are some under-the-radar games you should keep in mind when doing your holiday shopping.

Black MirrorNo, this game isn’t connected to the Netflix series of the same name – the original game actually predates that show by eight years. A reboot of The Black Mirror trilogy, this game continues to use the series’ point-and-click gameplay while telling the story of a man visiting his ancestral Scottish home following his father’s suicide. As he explores his father’s castle, he starts to fear the family curse he was warned about is real as he’s haunted by nightmares and visions. Search the castle for clues and interact with apparitions in this H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe-inspired game starting November 28 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Microsoft Explains Who Exactly The Xbox One X Is For

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Microsoft Explains Who Exactly The Xbox One X Is For

The Xbox One X is touted by Microsoft as the "most powerful console ever," and rightfully so. With tons of power, the system cuts down on load times and has the potential to display games in native 4K with HDR visuals. However, $500 is a steep price to pay for a new model of the same console if you already shelled out that much for the Xbox One when it launched. Despite this, Microsoft has reported strong pre-order numbers for its new model that launches on Tuesday, November 7.

With Microsoft on the brink of launching the third model of its current gaming system, I spoke with Xbox One marketing lead Albert Penello about the impending launch, how Microsoft is courting developers to enhance their games, and what mid-generation console upgrades mean for the industry.

The Xbox One X seems to target the most hardcore of Xbox players, who have likely already spent $500 on an Xbox One when it came out several years ago. How do you hammer home that this is worth spending another $500 to get this better experience?

Hands-On With Hearthstone's Dungeon Run

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Hands-On With Hearthstone's Dungeon Run

When the Kobolds and Catacombs expansion hits next month, players will have a wealth of free single-player content to delve into with the roguelike (One loss and you're back to the beginning!) Dungeon Run mode. At BlizzCon 2017, I had a chance to do one of these runs and see how it works! While the deck you start with is fairly weak and full of "core" cards like Fireballs and Frostbolts (I played as a mage) you quickly get to customize things as you move onto stronger opponents. After slaying my first opponent, a lowly giant rat with 10 health, I unlocked a treasure and a "pack" of cards to put in my deck. You get to do this each time you best a foe, so your deck begins to take shape quickly!

Selecting from three different, all incredibly overpowered treasures is awesome - I took some Gloves of Mugging which let me take three cards from my opponent's hand and add them to my own, for just a single point of mana. That basically wins you a game right there if it's in your opening hand. The themed pack choices were great too, and let you drive your deck in the direction of your choosing. Selecting the "unique" path gave me cards like Kazakus and Reno Jackson, while taking an Elemental choice would have given me Pyros and other cards that work well with elemental minions.

Top Of The Table – Pandemic Legacy

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Top Of The Table – Pandemic Legacy

Pandemic Legacy Season 2 is rolling out to players as we speak, following up on one of the most acclaimed and wildly entertaining board games of the last several years. If you've already played Season 1, you hardly need me to tell you why you should be excited about its sequel, but you might be in for a surprise about just how different this follow-up really is. If you didn't play Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, you're in for a treat. While either game can be tackled and enjoyed on its own, I strongly recommend snagging a copy of the first game (one of our selections for the best tabletop games of 2015) and enjoying the full ride, and then continuing into the fun of the second season, which has just released.