Heroes, Classes, and Factions - For Honor

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Heroes, Classes, and Factions - For Honor

Gamers who like to get down and dirty with a mix of tense brawling and surprisingly accurate historical warriors will no doubt be interested in For Honor, the hard-hitting hack-and-slash game from the folks at Ubisoft Montreal. For Honor gives gamers the chance to duke it out in a variety of gameplay modes that see heroes slicing down soldiers, holding battlefield capture points, or even just eliminating other powerful fighters. Of course, getting the most out of the game comes down to understanding the title's various hero types and classes, which is why we're here to break down all the essential information regarding each faction's different heroes as well as their distinct weapons and play styles.

As it stands now, For Honor features 18 different possible hero classes for players to utilize, the likes of which will align with one of four different hero types as well as one of three different factions. Of all these different options, hero types will have the most effect on how players actually play the game.

Vanguards are the more balanced hero type on offer, generally having a solid amount of both defense and offense, but not really excelling in either. These are best for beginning players or for those who prefer to provide the biggest possible help to their teammates.

NHL 19 Hands-On Preview: The Sharpest Edges

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NHL 19 Hands-On Preview: The Sharpest Edges

Last season, while watching NHL hockey, I heard the term “edges” used more than ever before. Having good edges means making quick cuts that often drastically change the direction you’re going in an instant, quickly shifting momentum. In previous installments of the EA Sports NHL franchise, edges weren’t a factor and momentum was hard to shift, but that appears to be a thing of the past. During EA Play I was treated to hands-on time with NHL 19 that included some NHL Ones action against developers, and the RPM Tech that is being used to redefine movement could end up being the biggest core change the NHL series has seen in years.

My entire time playing NHL 19 was in the NHL Ones game mode, new to the franchise this year. Players can access NHL Ones through the World of CHEL progression hub that also includes EA Sports Hockey League, NHL Threes Drop In, and Pro-Am.

NHL 19 Release Date for PS4 and Xbox One

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NHL 19 Release Date for PS4 and Xbox One

There is no video game franchise I’m more connected to than the NHL series. I’ve been playing since 1993, and I haven’t missed a single game since then. Some I’ve played more than others, but each September I know I’m getting a new NHL game and new opportunities to immerse myself in the franchise that let’s me pretend I’m winning the Stanley Cup with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Go ahead with the jokes, but I’ll be doing it again when the NHL 19 release date rolls around.

NHL 19 is releasing for the PS4 and Xbox One on September 14, 2018. That’s a Friday, so gamers with full-time jobs can rest easy knowing they’ll get to spend the weekend building up their HUT rosters and trying out NHL Ones, a new mode I discuss in my NHL 19 hands-on preview.

Like most games these days, players willing to put down a pre-order or a bit more cash can get access a few days before the masses. Pre-order the NHL®19 Legends Edition or NHL®19 Ultimate Edition and the game is yours to play on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. If you’re an EA Access member, you can play NHL 19 for up to 10 hours starting on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Should we call that the NHL 19 Influencer Edition?

Microsoft News, Which Relies on AI to Curate Stories, Launches For iOS and Android

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Microsoft News, Which Relies on AI to Curate Stories, Launches For iOS and Android

Microsoft has just released its latest app, a redesigned version of its MSN News app. It's out for both iOS and Android devices, and acts as a rebrand of the old app. It comes with a dark theme, integration with both iOS and Android widgets, and a suite of other tools to help make it more personalized for individual users. Interestingly enough, it's also curated by a mixture of AI and human editors to improve the user experience.

“Our mission for more than two decades has been to keep you informed in an easily accessible, comprehensive, and trustworthy way,” Rob Bennett, editor in chief of Microsoft News, said of the release. “Today, we share the next step in our evolution.”

The app draws news from over 3,000 brand like The Washington post, The Guardian, The New York Times, USA Today, and a variety of other sources to bring you the news. Publishers send the Microsoft news team over 100,000 pieces of content daily, which a machine learning algorithm scans to determine various aspects of, including how popular the article may be. Then, those articles are dissected across 800 different human editors working across the globe, to pair photos with the content.

Go Wild for New Jurassic World Car Pack, Available Now in Rocket League

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Go Wild for New Jurassic World Car Pack, Available Now in Rocket League

If you're going to play a game with rocket-powered soccer cars, you might as well throw dinosaurs into the mix, after all. The new Jurassic World Rocket League DLC features an assortment of items you can pick up to customize your favorite rides in the game. Just in time for Jurassic World: Evolution, your Rocket League games are about to be totally lit, at least if you think dino-related items are lit, and they totally are.

What does the pack include? The classic Jeep Wrangler, with Jurassic Park and Jurassic World decals, three player banners, a new themed topper, three antennas, and the coolest part yet: a T-rex goal celebration that includes an explosion. Yes, a T-rex and an explosion. Could this set get any more awesome? Probably not, especially not for a paltry $1.99.

You can pick all these goodies up today, and turn your Rocket League games into an explosive celebration of all things Jurassic Park. And if you thought a Jeep couldn't look cool, just wait until you get it into the game. You'll see, then. You'll all see!

Mutant Year Zero Hands-On Preview: Road To Eden, The Tactical Adventure I've Always Wanted

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Mutant Year Zero Hands-On Preview: Road To Eden, The Tactical Adventure I've Always Wanted

Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden immediately caught my eye a few months back with the adoption of combat similar to XCOM and other popular turn-based tactical games. It kept my interest with its unique characters and the addition of an explorable world as opposed to a jump-in-jump-out mission format. I stepped into my E3 2018 appointment to play intrigued and I walked away hooked.

An easy way to captivate me with tactical experiences is to say "no one at this event has completed our demo." Apparently, the slice of Mutant Year Zero the press was given involved one of the tougher moments in the game. I wasn't given a lot of story context, but I knew that I needed to rescue someone. The only suggestions given before starting was to try isolating enemies and beware the med bot.

One of the reasons Mutant Year Zero stands out is the exploration that is coupled with the tactical combat. When I started, I had full control of three characters and I moved around a wooded area with a flashlight. I could also turn it off, making it difficult to see what resources I could grab in the area but also making it difficult for patrols to see me coming.

Fortnite Tops $100 Million in Sales from iOS in First 90 Days, PUBG Not So Much

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Fortnite Tops $100 Million in Sales from iOS in First 90 Days, PUBG Not So Much

Both popular battle royale titles, Fortnite and PUBG, have mobile iterations. It's very clear, however, which one has come out on top when it comes to their battle for supremacy, however. Can you guess? If you chose Fortnite, you're absolutely correct. Only 90 days after coming to iOS in the first place, it's generated $100 million in revenue, which puts it at 35 percent more than the battle royale title Knives Out, on iOS.

What about PUBG, though? Yes, we're well aware that PUBG Mobile exists, in fact we just reported that it just got its own series of updates, but it's nowhere on the map, as it's only been monetizing itself over the last 60 days. During that time, however, it's not even reached $100 million in spending, grossing over just $5.2 million on iOS according to data from Sensor Tower.

That's part of the strategy that factors in from Tencent's update this week for PUBG Mobile, which just introduced the new Royale Pass for the game, a lot like what features in Fortnite Mobile with the Battle Pass, right down to the challenges and other goodies you get for purchasing it. The developer's efforts will have to quickly do some work for PUBG Mobile, especially if PUBG Corp. wants the numbers to balance out in any real way. But that may not be the answer, either.

Street Fighter 5 Is Getting New Loot Boxes, Two Years After the Game's Launch

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Street Fighter 5 Is Getting New Loot Boxes, Two Years After the Game's Launch

Ready for some new goodies to pick up in Street Fighter 5? On June 25, you can look forward to the addition of loot boxes -- though they won't be going by that name, per se. They're part of a new system called Fighting Chance, and they'll be served up by the sassy fighter named Menat. She's opened a new shop up to help read fortunes, and for 500 Fight Money, you can get a Fantasy Fortune Reading of your own.

Menat's Fantasy Fortune Readings will net you the loot box, with multiple items within it, many of which are exclusive to the Fighting Chance system. There are Battle Goods, which help you out in terms of completing Survival Mode, new colors, classic pieces of art, and rare costumes that you can only get by pulling them from these Fortune Readings. But the good news is, these loot box items are only cosmetic or limited to Survival Mode. They won't be part of the pay-to-win bonanza affecting so many games at this point in time.

You also can't purchase Fight Money, the premium currency you earn in-game, with real cash, so you'll have to grind it out for plenty of "cash" to purchase new boxes with. All those trips you'll be making to Menat for fortunes will pay off, but you'll have to earn your way to visit her before she can read you the various different fortunes you'll pay for.

Vintage Video Game Vault: The Real Zelda 2

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Vintage Video Game Vault: The Real Zelda 2

Welcome folks to the latest episode of the Vintage Video Game Vault (we still haven’t come up with a better title yet). Today, The Wolf returns with a look at one of the great cult hits of the NES catalog, Faxanadu. Faxanadu was a spinoff of the Dragon Slayer series and according to Wikipedia, got its name from combining Famicom and Xanadu. It was released as a first party game in North America under license from HudsonSoft. Join us for a look back at the game Zelda 2 could have been on the Official Shacknews Twitch Channel at 7:00 PM ET (4:00 PM PT).

As always we’d like to thank all our Twitch subscribers for their support as we’ve begun ramping up streaming efforts on the site. We run weekly shows like Please Take A Look and Happy Hour to give you a glance at the newest releases or just to have some fun while we talk shop. Silliness is always encouraged and any suggestions are always welcomed.

PUBG Mobile Introduces First-Person Mode and Mini-Zone Arcade

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PUBG Mobile Introduces First-Person Mode and Mini-Zone Arcade

Tencent and PUBG Corp. have gone forward with a new update to PUBG Mobile that introduces a new perspective, mode, and ways to earn new rewards as you play through the game. The first-person perspective option is now available in-game, as of patch 0.6.0, so you can see everything in-game through the eyes of your character if you so desire. It's finally available for the mobile iteration, which is big news for the series.

You also get the new Mini-Zone Arcade game mode, which dumps all 100 players into a smaller area with triple the number of usual weapons dotting the map, so things are faster, crazier, and more furious than ever before.

But there's more to the upgrade than just the first-person view and Arcade mode. You can also head to the Armory to check out weaopn stats and compare the performance of various different accessories. The new Royale Pass also enters the fray, which lets you complete daily and weekly missions to earn points and increase your rank in turn. If you complete enough missions each week, you'll get more crates as a reward. It's a win-win situation.