Fortnite patch v7.30 adds bottle rockets and removes the boom box

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Fortnite patch v7.30 adds bottle rockets and removes the boom box

Fortnite’s latest content update is here with a few additions to patch v7.30.

The biggest change most players will notice is likely the addition of bottle rockets, which are sort of like Fortnite’s version of an airstrike. Throw down the launcher facing whatever you want to hit and it will rain bottle rockets down on the area dealing damage to players and structures unlucky enough to be caught by the blasts.

Why Respawn made a Titanfall game without Titans — and not Titanfall 3

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Why Respawn made a Titanfall game without Titans — and not Titanfall 3

Apex Legends was born out of a previous plan to make Titanfall 3, a game that is (for now) not in development. Respawn’s new battle royale game is set in the Titanfall universe, but does not include Titans, which are giant combat mechs — and a major part of the franchise. We spoke to Respawn execs about the decisions that led to Apex Legends, which was released today.

Respawn had been working on a version of Titanfall 3 at some point, but the success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and the company’s acquisition by Electronic Arts, caused a rethink. According to executive producer Drew McCoy, Respawn had been playing with various player-versus-player modes using assets from Titanfall 2.

Pokémon Go celebrates the Year of the Pig with Lunar New Year bonuses

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Pokémon Go celebrates the Year of the Pig with Lunar New Year bonuses

The Lunar New Year has brought us into the Year of the Pig, and Niantic is celebrating with an in-game Pokémon Go event. Twelve Pokémon representing the Chinese Zodiac will appear in increased numbers, while catching, evolving, and trading Pokémon will bring special bonuses.

The event kicks off today and will run until Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. PT. Expect to find the pig-like Pokémon Spoink more than usual — it’s the Year of the Pig, after all. Shiny versions of Spoink will also be available in the wild, and they’re pretty dang cute, so keep an eye out for them.

Watch Apex Legends, the Titanfall battle royale game, in action

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Watch Apex Legends, the Titanfall battle royale game, in action

Last week, Electronic Arts and Respawn hosted a preview event in Los Angeles for its new free-to-play shooter, Apex Legends.

A few dozen games journalists from around the world played the game for some hours, with servers also populated by Respawn developers and testers. The testers did not go easy on us. Above is a sample of gameplay that shows how we drop into the game, seek out weapons, work together, and finally engage the enemy.

How will Apex Legends be monetized?

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How will Apex Legends be monetized?

Respawn’s new battle royale shooter Apex Legends is free-to-play. But publisher Electronic Arts has a patchy record when it comes to monetizing games. What’s the plan?

At a press event last week, company representatives were at pains to explain that there is no “pay-to-win” model in Apex Legends. Purchasable goods are all aesthetics. They cover every possible opportunity, from unlockable characters to weapon skins to victory poses. Everything that can be bought can also be earned.

We played Apex Legends: Here’s everything we know

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We played Apex Legends: Here’s everything we know

When I found out about Apex Legends at a press event last week, I went through three separate stages. First, I was skeptical. Then I was accepting. Finally, after playing the game for a few hours, I became enthusiastic.

I was skeptical, because Apex Legends is yet another addition to the battle royale pile-in. It looks a bit like Fortnite or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and it follows much the same rule set.

Respawn’s Apex Legends, a battle royale Titanfall spinoff, available now

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Respawn’s Apex Legends, a battle royale Titanfall spinoff, available now

Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment released a new free-to-play battle royale game, Apex Legends, today for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. You can download it now from the PlayStation Store, Origin, and Xbox Games Store.

Apex Legends is set in Respawn’s Titanfall universe, but it doesn’t feature playable Titans, the sci-fi shooter franchise’s signature mechs. Instead, Apex Legends stars human and robotic heroes known as Legends, each with their own special powers and weapons. Like other battle royale games, players airdrop onto a map in a battle for survival in an ever-shrinking area, scouring for loot and weapons. Rounds will feature up to 60 players on teams of three.

Kingdom Hearts 3 makes Sora the king of selfies

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Kingdom Hearts 3 makes Sora the king of selfies

Kingdom Hearts 3 is a wildly silly game, steeped in dancing minigames, cooking, and forced laughter. No matter how I feel about its lack of gravitas, however, even I have to admit that one of its dumbest features is brilliant: the photo mode, which lets Sora take some beautifully ridiculous selfies.

The game encourages players to photograph things as much as possible. Moogles send Sora to take pictures for them in exchange for items. Most likely to fill up Sora’s camera gallery are the Mickey Mouse-inspired Lucky Emblems. Documenting these hidden Easter eggs unlocks the secret movie (which, really, you have to see).

Final Fantasy 14’s base game is free for Twitch Prime users until May

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Final Fantasy 14’s base game is free for Twitch Prime users until May

If you ever wanted to get into the popular MMORPG Final Fantasy 14, now is your chance, as the game is free for Twitch Prime users on Windows, starting today until May 3.

In the base game, you can play up to level 50 and do all the content before the first Heavensward expansion. The Twitch Prime offer also gives 30 days of play time, which is more than enough time to get one or more of your favorite jobs to level 50. (The best part about FF14 is that your one character can be every job. No need to make alternate characters!)

Praey for the Gods, a spiritual successor to Shadow of the Colossus, has us hooked

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Praey for the Gods, a spiritual successor to Shadow of the Colossus, has us hooked

The independently produced action-adventure game Praey for the Gods entered Steam’s Early Access program on Jan. 31. Described in its original Kickstarter campaign as an ambitious blend of Shadow of the Colossus, Deus Ex, DayZ, and Bloodborne, the game has been in development since at least 2014. After spending just a few hours with it last week, I’m a little bit blown away.

Praey for the Gods is a third-person survival brawler set on a desolate, frozen island. I take on the role of a silent protagonist on a mission to destroy a collection of powerful gods. The opening mission provides only a basic understanding of the controls before throwing me into battle with a a frost-breathing monster as big as a mountain.