Apex Legends Update Tweaks Gibraltar And Caustic Balance, Introduces Bonus XP Event

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The latest patch for Apex Legends has added some often requested armor to two characters, introduced a limited-time bonus XP event, and ushered in various other weapon tweaks and adjustments. It's live now so you can already start tinkering with all the new toys.

According to the patch notes posted on the Apex Legends subreddit, one of the most significant changes came to Gibraltar and Caustic. Community manager Jay Frechette explained that those two, along with Pathfinder, were all getting punished in match data for their hitbox size. Readjusting the hitboxes worked to fix Pathfinder, but the other two were still at a disadvantage. As a result, this patch adds a new passive ability for them both: Fortified, which reduces damage by 10%. Each has a handful of other minor tweaks as well to make them more competitive.

In addition to those changes, you can get some bonus Battle Pass XP to level up faster. Your first Top 5 of the day will grant you a full Battle Pass level (29,500 BPP), and you can repeat that every day until the bonus period ends on 4/18.

New Limited-Time GTA Online Event Adds In-Game Cash Bonuses

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For a limited time, GTA Online is offering extra opportunities to earn in-game cash. From now until next week, the online component of Grand Theft Auto V is offering double GTA$ and RP rewards in certain missions.

Until April 24, you can earn double GTA$ and RP from completing Contact missions, the Doomsday Scenario Finale, Occupy, Hardest Target, or Juggernaut. Logging into GTA Online this week (April 18-24) will unlock a free Skulls Livery for the Mammoth Avenger and TM-02 Khanjali. If you're a biker clubhouse owner, then April 25 through May 1, you'll receive GTA$250K for free. In prep for this second bonus, the Great Chaparral Clubhouse is being temporarily lowered to GTA$50K--a 75 percent discount.

"If you've got GTA$20K and the poise to take on seven other racers for the shot at a podium finish payday, you can join Premium Races either through the Quick Job App on your in-game phone or via the yellow corona at Legion Square," Rockstar wrote in a press release. "First place takes a grand prize of GTA$100K, while second and third place finishers will receive GTA$30K and GTA$20K respectively."

Ninja Gaiden 2 Joins Xbox One Backwards Compatible Library

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Another classic Xbox 360 game is joining Xbox One's backwards compatible library. During the latest Inside Xbox livestream, Microsoft announced the brutal action game Ninja Gaiden II is now playable on the company's current-gen console, and it--along with a handful of other existing BC games--has been enhanced for Xbox One X.

Ninja Gaiden II originally released for Xbox 360 in 2008. The game featured numerous improvements over its predecessor, including an enhanced combat system that allowed players to dismember enemies. We awarded it an 8/10 in our original Ninja Gaiden II review, writing, "It's flashier and it's bloodier, and when those enhancements are in full force, the game offers the best action available on the platform."

If you still own a physical copy of Ninja Gaiden II, you can now pop the disc into your Xbox One and begin playing. As previously mentioned, the game is also enhanced on Xbox One X. Microsoft says the game runs at a higher resolution and features nine times the pixel count when played on the more powerful console.