Rainbow Six Siege is getting a pick and ban phase

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Rainbow Six Siege is getting a pick and ban phase

Ubisoft announced that a pick and ban phase will be coming to Rainbow Six Siege, bringing a fixture of MOBAs to the game and potentially making a titanic shift to the dynamics of pro-level play.

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For those unfamiliar, pick and ban is a phase prior to play in which teams take turns picking their characters, then banning individual characters from being used. It gives teams a chance to build a strategy prior to the match start, and lets them try to deny advantages to their opponents.

Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak lets you rack up hundreds of kills per round with Tachanka

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Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak lets you rack up hundreds of kills per round with Tachanka

I just finished a game of Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak with over 200 kills - I was playing as Tachanka. If you know Siege at all then you know how silly that is, yet Outbreak sees the long maligned operator racking up kills at a rate hitherto unknown in the tactical shooter. It is safe to say that Outbreak is a vastly different experience from that of Siege's multiplayer or Terrorist Hunt modes, then.

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For starters, instead of white masks or Ash mains you will be up against an alien infection that has turned the residents of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico into a variety of monsters ranging from armoured brawlers and exploding leapers, to casters that buff nearby infected and behemoths that can run through walls. Enemies in Outbreak sprint straight at you: they are fast, agile, and deadly.

Major changes coming to Rainbow Six Siege’s Starter and Standard editions

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Major changes coming to Rainbow Six Siege’s Starter and Standard editions

Ubisoft has announced some big changes on the way for Rainbow 6 Siege’s economy that will make the game a bit less grindy for new players.

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Players who bought the Starter Edition have to spend more Renown to unlock operators and equipment. That can be a pain, but now all editions, including the starter, will have all weapon attachments for all operators unlocked from the get-go.

Twitch had more viewers than CNN in January

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Twitch had more viewers than CNN in January

An investment analyst says more people tuned into Twitch.tv than CNN last month, putting the site ahead of several cable networks in ratings.

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Benjamin Schachter, an analyst for Macquarie Capital, says he’s looked at a year’s worth of Twitch viewership data. According to his findings, Twitch attracted a record average of 962,000 concurrent viewers in January, beating out the 2017 daily viewerships of MSNBC (885,000) and CNN (783,000).

Make a pink gun-toting kung fu rodent with BioMutant's character creator

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Make a pink gun-toting kung fu rodent with BioMutant's character creator

Experiment 101’s furry, colorful, post-apocalyptic adventure BioMutant was on the floor for the PC Gamer Weekender, and the developers showed off some of the game’s character customization options, abilities, and weapon combinations.

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Studio head Stefan Ljungqvist demonstrated the game’s character screen, which lets you slide a cursor around a six-sided grid, with each corner corresponding to an attribute like strength or intelligence. Moving around within the shape alters the look of your character, but also changes their skills - so your character’s appearance will be a reflection of the stat loadout you pick, or vice-versa. Those stats can be buffed with level up points as you progress, making BioMutant a “full blown RPG,” as Ljungqvist says.

Abandoned online games are one rules change away from a comeback

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Abandoned online games are one rules change away from a comeback

The U.S. Copyright Office is considering whether to loosen restrictions on public use of abandoned online games, and the ESA, America’s trade association for the videogames industry, has argued against granting an exception.

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As Torrent Freak reports, the issue has to do with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a 1996 law which is meant to prevent piracy and intellectual theft across digital formats. In the past, the Copyright Office has written in exceptions for the preservation of so-called abandonware, including games that no longer are sold or supported by a publisher or license-holder.

Everyone gets a tax rebate in GTA Online

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Everyone gets a tax rebate in GTA Online

It’s tax season in the US, but everyone is eligible for a refund in Grand Theft Auto Online. The game is offering a wad of free in-game money to players who log in between now and February 26.

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As part of Rockstar’s 2018 San Andreas State Tax Refund and Rebate program, anyone who plays GTA Online during that period will qualify for a $250,000 (in GTA$, of course) as an economic stimulus bonus. Plus, any GTA$ you spend in that time will get you a 10% rebate.

Rainbow Six Siege Chimera’s Lion and Finka bring wall hacks and instant revives - hands-on impressions

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Rainbow Six Siege Chimera’s Lion and Finka bring wall hacks and instant revives - hands-on impressions

Rainbow Six Siege has never been so overtly sci-fi with its new operators. The new season introduces attacking duo Lion and Finka, who bring x-ray drones and healing nanobots respectively, not to mention primary weapons that have no real-world equivalent. It is a drastic departure from the tactical realism we are used to from Siege. Whether or not this tonal shift bothers you is very much up to personal preference, but there is no ignoring what they add to the game: a necessary buff to the attacking side, global abilities, and some fiendishly clever attacking strategies.

Want to know more about how these operators will fit into the upcoming co-op event? Here’s everything we know about Rainbow Six Siege Outbreak.

The French attacker’s EE-One_D drone is truly terrifying. The gadget hangs over the map waiting for you to call in one of its x-ray scans, which highlight any enemies caught moving during its activation phase like a potentially fatal game of musical statues. Similar gadgets like Pulse’s HB-5 Cardiac Sensor only give you a dot to go on, but Lion’s drone offers a clear body scan of any moving enemies that stays active for a few seconds.

Cactaurs invade Final Fantasy XV's Windows Edition (and check out these new trailers, too)

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Cactaurs invade Final Fantasy XV's Windows Edition (and check out these new trailers, too)

While it’s a bummer when a PC release of a huge game comes long after its console launch, it looks like Square Enix is working hard to make the wait for Final Fantasy XV on PC worthwhile.

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First, the Windows edition is going to be open to modding, which is a pretty massive step for the Final Fantasy series. Square Enix showed this feature off at the PC Gamer Weekender with this clip, in which all of Final Fantasy XV’s civilians have been replaced with cactaurs (!!!)