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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Destiny 2 - How to Get the Rat King Exotic Hand Cannon http://www.shacknews.com/article/101354/destiny-2---how-to-get-the-rat-king-exotic-hand-cannon http://www.shacknews.com/article/101354/destiny-2---how-to-get-the-rat-king-exotic-hand-cannon <p>In Destiny 2, one of the primary ways that players can increase their Power level is to get Exotic gear. Whether it&rsquo;s weapons or armor, Exotic gear can push your Power beyond 265, which is difficult to do with Legendary and Rare Engrams. Of course,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101296/how-to-get-and-farm-exotic-engrams-in-destiny-2" title="How to Farm Exotic Engrams in Destiny 2">Exotic Engrams</a> aren&rsquo;t easy to come by in Destiny 2, but there are a few Exotic weapon quests that players can knock out to help themselves. One such quest will get you the Rat King Exotic Hand Cannon, which we&rsquo;ll be covering today.</p> <h2>The Rat King Exotic Hand Cannon</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/09/destiny-2-enemy-of-my-enemy.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>To get the Rat King Exotic Hand Cannon in Destiny 2, players must first complete the main story. You&rsquo;ll also want to push your Power beyond 220 to even begin the quest steps, but we&rsquo;d advise you to go even higher. There is little benefit to completing Exotic weapon quests in Destiny 2 before you hit at least Power 265. Exotic weapons can drop at the highest Power levels, so use them once you exceed 265 and not before, otherwise the grind to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101233/destiny-2---what-is-the-light-level-cap" title="Maximum Power of 300">maximum Power of 300</a> will be a rough one.</p> <h3>Enemy of My Enemy Quest</h3> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/09/destiny-2-enemy-of-my-enemy-rat-king.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Once the story is done and you&rsquo;re happy with your Power level, head to Titan and look for a quest called Enemy of my Enemy. It&rsquo;s a multi-mission quest, but it isn&rsquo;t overly difficult to complete. Once you&rsquo;re done, you will receive an item in your Kinetic weapon slot called Rat King&rsquo;s Crew, and it&rsquo;s a little vague on what you need to do.</p> <h3>Rat King&rsquo;s Crew Quest</h3> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/09/destiny-2-rat-king-crew-quest.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The Rat King&rsquo;s Crew quest isn&rsquo;t very direct in its requirements, but we managed to sort it out so that you don&rsquo;t have to. To complete this portion of the quest you&rsquo;ll need to complete three specific tasks as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Complete 3 Patrols</li> <li>Complete 2 Public Events</li> <li>Complete 2 Crucible Matches</li> </ul> <p>The Patrols and Public Events can be done on any planet, and you don&rsquo;t have to complete the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101337/destiny-2---how-to-trigger-all-heroic-public-events" title="How to Trigger Heroic Public Events in Destiny 2">Heroic Public Events</a> for them to count. The Crucible portion can be done in Quick Play or Competitive, and you don&rsquo;t have to worry about winning or losing.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/09/destiny-2-rat-king-crew-nightfall.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The final step in the Rat King&rsquo;s Crew quest is to complete the weekly Nightfall, and you must finish it with five minutes remaining on the clock. Unfortunately, because the Nightfall changes every week, we can&rsquo;t guide you through that. Veteran players with a good fireteam should be fine here, but newer or solo players will want to seek out a carry from more experienced Guardians. If you&rsquo;re successful, the Rat King Exotic Hand Cannon will drop as soon as the final boss of the Nightfall dies.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/09/destiny-2-rat-king-crew-exotic-hand-cannon.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>We&rsquo;re hard at work creating guides for everything you need to succeed as a Guardian. Be sure to visit our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101225/destiny-2-complete-strategy-guide" title="Destiny 2 Complete Strategy Guide">Destiny 2 complete strategy guide</a> for information on everything Exotic related, including more weapon quests.</p> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:00:00 PST Bill Lavoy Minecraft Goes Under the Sea with 'The Update Aquatic' http://www.shacknews.com/article/102179/minecraft-goes-under-the-sea-with-the-update-aquatic http://www.shacknews.com/article/102179/minecraft-goes-under-the-sea-with-the-update-aquatic <p>The annual MINECON kicked off on Saturday morning, celebrating all things Minecraft. As one would expect, viewers of the MINECON Earth livestream were treated to details about the world-builder's next update. And for that update, everyone's going under the sea.</p> <p>Titled 'The Update Aquatic,' Minecraft's next update is being touted as the game's biggest one to date. Most of the focus will go into the game's oceans, adding new fish types, dolphins, coral, explorable shipwrecks, and also some new water physics to go along with all of it. The trident weapon is being added for underwater defense, along with new enchantments, such as the Loyalty enchantment that ties the weapon to its user, allowing anyone to call their weapon, like Thor with Mjolnir. The Update Aquatic is coming soon.</p> <p>The <a href="https://minecraft.net/en-us/article/everything-announced-minecon-earth" target="blank">Minecraft</a> website has more details on everything revealed at MINECON. This includes 2018 delays for the Super Duper Graphics pack and the Nintendo Switch version of the game. Want to watch the whole MINECON Earth 2017 livestream? Check out the presentation in its entirety below.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/A_Z3AokMwWI?rel=0&amp;start=2392" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 16:55:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Shackcast Episode 012: What A Time To Be Alive http://www.shacknews.com/article/102178/shackcast-episode-012-what-a-time-to-be-alive http://www.shacknews.com/article/102178/shackcast-episode-012-what-a-time-to-be-alive <p><span>Welcome to the new Shackcast, the official Shacknews podcast of Shacknews.&nbsp;</span><span>O</span><span>n the twelfth&nbsp;episode of the Shackcast, the gang&nbsp;talks about Star Wars Battlefront 2 microtransactions problem, Rocket League on Switch, GameStop's stock, The Game Awards nominations, and more</span><span>&nbsp;with your host&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/technosucks" target="_blank">Asif Khan</a>,&nbsp;co-host&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/davidlcraddock" target="_blank">David Craddock</a>&nbsp;and special guest&nbsp;Lola the Pom.&nbsp;</span><span>Tune in to hear us jibber jabber about games, fast food, and&nbsp;having too many damn games.</span></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="100" src="https://www.podbean.com/media/player/eu72t-7c47c3?from=yiiadmin&amp;skin=2&amp;btn-skin=107&amp;share=1&amp;fonts=Helvetica&amp;auto=0&amp;download=0&amp;rtl=0" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" data-name="pb-iframe-player"></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://shackcast.podbean.com/mf/play/c32fn2/Shackcast_12_-_What_A_Time_To_Be_Alive.mp3">Download this episode (right click and save)</a></p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shackcast-001-quakeholio/id1276029473?i=1000391515503&amp;mt=2" target="_blank">Listen&nbsp;on iTunes Podcast App</a></p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/music/m/Imcdfgirs4ne67up6qzekihcvcq?t=Shackcast" target="_blank">Tune in on Google Play</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/shackcast" target="_blank">Now on Stitcher</a></p> <p>Special thanks to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bombaysitar.com" target="_blank">Bombay Sitar</a>&nbsp;for their unofficial and unpaid sponsorships of this episode of the Shackcast.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/Bombay-Sitar.png" alt="" width="700" height="264" /></div> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:55:00 PST Asif Khan Modojo Rewind: Compelled To Acquire Them All http://www.shacknews.com/article/102177/modojo-rewind-compelled-to-acquire-them-all http://www.shacknews.com/article/102177/modojo-rewind-compelled-to-acquire-them-all <p>This past week has been eventful for players fond of role-playing games: not only has Skyrim finally landed on the Switch as well as PlayStation VR, portable-oriented players have also just today been treated to the likes of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. These two titles follow their forebears only by one year &mdash; one day less than a year, in fact &mdash; and though many would argue that's too soon to be releasing an enhanced version of a game, the truth is that they're perfect send-offs for a series soon to migrate to the Nintendo Switch.</p> <p>Not all things are about Nintendo, of course, though we do understand feeling that way sometimes. This week we've also found some news regarding the mobile versions of the world's most popular soccer game franchises as well as an exciting new gameplay trailer for thatgamecompany's upcoming iOS- and tvOS-exclusive title. This critical information and only the barest of references to medieval weaponry await in the Modojo Rewind.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bucxOT8zudk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h2>Of Catching And Training</h2> <p>Being mobile and portable-minded gamers ourselves, the biggest news this week concerned the recent release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. We were able to get our <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102114/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-moon-impressions-alola-oe" target="_blank">initial impressions of the games out early</a>, and after experiencing all the sights and charms that the region of Alola has to offer, we are proud to offer <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102173/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-moon-review-sun-drenched-shores-and-moonlit-paths" target="_blank">our official review of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon</a>.</p> <p>In a related note, Pokemon Go players were given some good news this week when the development team at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102125/pokemon-go-wont-be-affected-by-new-harry-potter-game-niantic-says" target="_blank">Niantic assured fans that support for Pokemon Go won't be taking a hit</a> by the work being done on <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102033/well-all-be-wizards-when-niantics-ar-harry-potter-game-launches-in-2018" target="_blank">Harry Potter: Wizards Unite</a>. That's not to say that they don't need more help, of course, just that they're "100% committed" to the continuing support of the AR-based hit.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/elder-hyrule-legends-of-jzargo-v-breath-of-the-dragonborn.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>Nintendo Switch Roundup</h2> <p>For Switch players, the big news this week was the inevitable release of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/elder-scrolls-v-skyrim" target="_blank">The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim</a> on Nintendo's hardware. Nintendo and Bethesda both made a big showing of the game running on a Switch before the hybrid console had even released, and after months of waiting, it's finally arrived. And, naturally, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102135/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-nintendo-switch-review-feels-good-the-seventh-time" target="_blank">we dove head-first into Skyrim on the Switch in our review</a>.</p> <p>One of the big questions regarding Bethesda's breakaway hit RPG on the Switch was how many corners would need to be cut in order to get the title working on the system. Would graphics and gameplay be finely-balanced like an oak-shafted halberd, or would the power needed by an open-world RPG lead to a clumsy bludgeoning of the game's biggest features? As it turns out, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102165/skyrim-switch-performance-comparison-reveals-resolution-and-framerate-statistics" target="_blank">Skyrim performance comparisons between the Switch and other consoles have been undertaken</a>, and the results are fairly surprising.</p> <p>Oh, and speaking of Switch game features &mdash; a new patch for Stardew Valley on the Switch has been submitted to Nintendo pending approval, and among the features is support for video capture, which <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102161/stardew-valley-could-be-first-third-party-switch-game-with-video-capture-support" target="_blank">could make Stardew Valley the first third-party Switch game to support the feature</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zpgn8U5Ug8M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h2>Mobile Kickoff</h2> <p>Soccer is one of the biggest sports on the planet, and any football fans who have played FIFA or PES know how addictive they can be. This undoubtedly meant that FIFA and PES would make their way to mobile devices, and now both franchises are ready to long pass into the new year.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102140/ea-sports-kicks-off-new-season-in-fifa-mobile" target="_blank">FIFA Mobile has introduced an all-new season</a> alongside a newly-added campaign mode, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102146/konami-bends-it-with-beckham-in-pes-2018-mobile" target="_blank">PES 2018 Mobile has been released</a> providing players access to new Legendary athletes like David Beckham and the just-added ability to play with friends.</p> <p>As for those who like their games a little less technical,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102132/catan-studio-releases-series-first-text-based-game-catan-stories" target="_blank">Catan Studio has released a new text-based adventure game</a> for mobile devices set in the Catan canon, which is interesting to say the least. Also, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102155/sky-for-apple-tv-unfolds-its-wings-in-new-6-minute-gameplay-video" target="_blank">thatgamecompany has taken part in a new six-minute video</a> that dives into everything there is to know about Sky, the upcoming Journey-esque iOS and tvOS title that was unveiled earlier this year at Steve Jobs Theater.</p> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:00:00 PST Kevin Tucker Weekend Console Download Deals for 11/17: Pre-Black Friday Sales http://www.shacknews.com/article/102169/weekend-console-download-deals-for-1117-pre-black-friday-sales http://www.shacknews.com/article/102169/weekend-console-download-deals-for-1117-pre-black-friday-sales <p>It's not quite Black Friday yet, but that's not stopping the console shops from offering up some of the best deals of the year. Both PlayStation and Xbox are putting forth some outstanding pre-Black Friday deals. The catch is that they're only for Xbox LIVE Gold and PlayStation Plus members, so if you're already paying for those services, why not give these deals a look?</p> <p>Also, it should be noted that there's a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102061/moira-playable-during-overwatch-free-weekend-dates-announced">free Overwatch weekend</a> going on right now. So jump right on in and consider picking the game up while it's on sale.</p> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's console deals:</p> <h3>Xbox One</h3> <p>The following games are a part of Xbox One Games with Gold/Deals with Gold. An Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required to receive these discounts.</p> <ul> <li>Tales From The Borderlands: The Complete Season - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/store/p/Tales-from-the-Borderlands-Complete-Season-Episodes-1-5-/BV5623GKKLGV">FREE!</a></li> <li>Trackmania Turbo - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/store/p/Trackmania-Turbo/C3SQQG5Q6Z64">FREE!</a></li> <li>Destiny 2 - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/Destiny-2/BPQ955FQFPH6">$38.99 (35% off)</a> (Digital Deluxe Edition and Expansion Pass also on sale.)</li> <li>Overwatch GOTY Edition - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/Overwatch-Game-of-the-Year-Edition/C0QN5M9ZTC38">$30.00 (50% off)</a>&nbsp;(FREE WEEKEND through 11/19)</li> <li>Assassin's Creed Origins - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/Assassin-s-Creed-Origins/BZGJRJC1FGF3">$41.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>South Park: The Fractured But Whole - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/South-Park-The-Fractured-but-Whole-/C1RCLZZG7L8W">$40.19 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/wolfenstein-ii-the-new-colossus/c4llmhfq1bxq">$30.00 (50% off)</a> (Digital Deluxe Edition also on sale.)</li> <li>Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/MARVEL-VS-CAPCOM-INFINITE/9PGSCB1X2P7G">$40.19 (30% off)</a> (Deluxe Edition also on sale.)</li> <li>Tekken 7 - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/Tekken-7/BRJGPRMBV1NT">$35.99 (40% off)</a> (Deluxe Edition also on sale.)</li> <li>Life is Strange: Before the Storm Deluxe Edition - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/Life-is-Strange-Before-the-Storm-Deluxe-Edition/C374DZ0SCT26">$17.49 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Halo Wars 2 - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/Halo-Wars-2-Standard-Edition/C42KCJCLX6MX">$20.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>WWE 2K18 - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/WWE-2K18/BQ5BD1F5VZHB">$35.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Batman: The Enemy Within The Complete Season - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/Batman-The-Enemy-Within---The-Complete-Season-Episodes-1-5-/C0DGRH3HK0VK">$14.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>BioShock: The Collection - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/BioShock-The-Collection/C2HCDG7L1469">$19.80 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Dead Rising 4 - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/Dead-Rising-4/C2JDCLLLBK1W">$16.00 (60% off)</a> (Deluxe Edition and Season Pass also on sale.)</li> <li>Mass Effect Andromeda - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/Mass-Effect-Andromeda/BZPR04V49BMH">$16.00 (60% off)</a> (Deluxe Edition also on sale.)</li> <li>The Walking Dead: A New Frontier The Complete Season - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/The-Walking-Dead-A-New-Frontier---The-Complete-Season-Episodes-1-5-/BQR7QS0F8SJ3">$10.00 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Grand Theft Auto V - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/Grand-Theft-Auto-V/BPJ686W6S0NH">$30.00 (50% off)</a> (Shark Cash card bundles also on sale.)</li> <li>Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/Killer-Instinct-Definitive-Edition/BVQ3FL3201P8">$20.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Quantum Break - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/Quantum-Break/BPNDKQN84N6L">$20.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Final Fantasy XV - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/FINAL-FANTASY-XV/C45D79QVKZTP">$20.00 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 &amp; 2 Combo Pack - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/Mega-Man-Legacy-Collection-1-2-Combo-Pack/BS7R6V943794">$17.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>DOOM - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/doom/c3qh42wrgm3r">$20.09 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Prey - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/Prey/BQMVWCMB8P59">$20.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Dark Souls III - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/DARK-SOULS-III/BW2XDRNSCCPZ">$24.00 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Rocket League - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/Rocket-League-/C125W9BG2K0V">$10.00 (50% off)</a> (DLC packs also on sale.)</li> <li>Halo 5: Guardians Digital Deluxe Edition - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/halo-5-guardians-digital-deluxe-edition/btfm6jrrsstm">$25.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>That's only the beginning. Xbox LIVE Gold members can get an early start on all of these deals. Visit the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.xbox.com/en-US/promotions/sales/black-friday/xbox-games">Xbox</a> website for the full list of Xbox One deals.</li> </ul> <p>The following deals are available to all Xbox One users.</p> <ul> <li>Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Year 2 Pass - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/rainbow-six-siege-season-pass-2-xb1-digital/C3633T0B2D19">$20.09 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Bleed 2 - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/bleed-2/BVDG19SHG495">$13.49 (10% off)</a></li> <li>Dying: Reborn - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/dying-reborn-ww/C0063L7M250T">$14.99 (25% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vtYWJeQkSBY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>PlayStation 4</h3> <p>The following deals are available to all users. PlayStation Plus members may be eligible for additional discounts.</p> <ul> <li>PlayStation is gearing up for Black Friday. Come back next week for the full list of PS4 Black Friday deals. PlayStation Plus members, however, should keep reading below.</li> </ul> <p>The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.</p> <ul> <li>Bound - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/bound/cid=UP9000-CUSA04193_00-BOUNDGAMEUS00001?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Until Dawn: Rush of Blood - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/until-dawn-rush-of-blood/cid=UP9000-CUSA03683_00-RUSHOFBLOOD00001?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Worms Battlegrounds - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/worms-battlegrounds-/cid=UP4064-CUSA00192_00-WORMSBGS00000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Dungeon Punks - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/dungeon-punks/cid=UP0873-CUSA05255_00-DUNGEONPUNKS0001?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Destiny 2 - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0002-CUSA05042_00-DESTINYTHEGAME02?emcid=ps-ga-871">$38.99 (35% off)</a> (Digital Deluxe Edition and Expansion Pass also on sale.)</li> <li>Overwatch GOTY Edition - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0002-CUSA01842_00-OWGOTYBUNDLE0000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$29.99 (50% off)</a>&nbsp;(FREE WEEKEND through 11/19)</li> <li>Assassin's Creed Origins - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0001-CUSA05855_00-GAMEACEMPIRE0000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$41.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>South Park: The Fractured But Whole - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0001-CUSA04311_00-SOUTHPARKTFBW000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$41.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0102-CUSA06400_00-DUCKFULLBUNDLE00?emcid=ps-ga-871">$41.99 (30% off)</a> (Deluxe Edition also on sale.)</li> <li>WWE 2K18 - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1001-CUSA08357_00-WWE2K18MAINSKU01?emcid=ps-ga-871">$35.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>NBA 2K18 - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1001-CUSA08500_00-NBA2K18000000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$41.99 (30% off)</a> (Gold and Legend Editions also on sale.)</li> <li>PlayStation Plus members can get an early start on Black Friday with PlayStation's Early Access Black Friday Sale. Visit the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/grid/STORE-MSF77008-BLKFRIDAYSALELP/1?emcid=ps-ga-871">PlayStation</a> website for the full list of PS4 deals.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aE37l6RvF-c?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Nintendo Switch</h3> <ul> <li>NBA 2K18 - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/JIz8BautoI63EqFxP_vWPTxNvzWFcbEF">$41.99 (30% off)</a> (Gold and Legend Editions also on sale.)</li> <li>Tumblestone - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/LQugW4OoMpKpTLLwLm6RiJ3Ci0srl5Ri">$10.49 (30% off)</a></li> <li>The Jackbox Party Pack 3 - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/-Zymoi0GceK_Htno4j5aE4jt4486vlEN">$19.99 (20% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Nintendo Wii U</h3> <ul> <li>Tumblestone - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/YJezcLeLPlBRlbJthp_wFioMoqPOikPA">$17.49 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Citizens of Earth - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/auZ3_VEDJGZxNvsII4bbZJ0Ys2gGX88E">$2.99 (80% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Xbox 360</h3> <p>The following games are a part of Xbox 360 Games with Gold/Deals with Gold. An Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required to receive these discounts.</p> <ul> <li>Deadfall Adventures - <a href="https://marketplace.xbox.com/Product/Deadfall-Adventures/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802354807d5">FREE!</a></li> <li>Red Dead Redemption - <a href="https://marketplace.xbox.com/en-us/Product/Red-Dead-Redemption/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8025454082b">$9.89 (67% off)</a> (Undead Nightmare Pack also on sale.)</li> <li>BioShock Infinite - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-us/Product/BioShock-Infinite/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8025454085d">$7.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Alan Wake's American Nightmare - <a href="https://marketplace.xbox.com/en-us/Product/Alan-Wakes-American-Nightmare/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258411233">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Mass Effect - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-us/Product/Mass-Effect/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024d5307e8">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Deus Ex: Human Revolution - <a href="https://marketplace.xbox.com/en-us/Product/DEUS-EX-HUMAN-REVOLUTION/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802535107fa">$2.24 (85% off)</a></li> <li>Far Cry 3 - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-us/Product/Far-Cry-3/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8025553088c">$7.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Metal Gear Rising Revengeance - <a href="https://marketplace.xbox.com/en-us/Product/METAL-GEAR-RISING-REVENGEANCE/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024b4e080a">$7.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - <a href="https://marketplace.xbox.com/en-us/Product/Castlevania-SOTN/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258410847">$4.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>That's only the beginning. Xbox LIVE Gold members can get an early start on all of these deals. Visit the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.xbox.com/en-US/promotions/sales/black-friday/xbox-games">Xbox</a> website for the full list of Xbox 360 deals.</li> </ul> <p>The following deals are available to all Xbox 360 users.</p> <ul> <li>Come back next week for more Xbox 360 deals.</li> </ul> <h3>PlayStation 3</h3> <p>The following deals are available to all users. PlayStation Plus members may be eligible for additional discounts.</p> <ul> <li>PlayStation is gearing up for Black Friday. Come back next week for the full list of PS3 Black Friday deals.</li> </ul> <p>The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.</p> <ul> <li>R-Type Dimensions - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/r-type-dimensions/cid=UP2038-NPUB31346_00-0TOZAIRTYPEDFULL?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Rag Doll Kung Fu - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/rag-doll-kung-fu/cid=UP9000-NPUA80217_00-GRAGDOLLKU000001?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> </ul> <h3>Nintendo 3DS</h3> <ul> <li>Citizens of Earth - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/CqNvmb9R9lbDnBxwy2B_8wFWYn0Hhn9x">$2.99 (80% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>PlayStation Vita</h3> <p>The following deals are available to all users. PlayStation Plus members may be eligible for additional discounts.</p> <ul> <li>PlayStation is gearing up for Black Friday. Come back next week for the full list of PS Vita Black Friday deals.</li> </ul> <p>The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.</p> <ul> <li>Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse Episode 1 - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/broken-sword-5-the-serpent's-curse-episode-1/cid=UP4456-PCSE00413_00-BROKENSWORD5P1EN?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse Episode 2 - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/broken-sword-5-the-serpent's-curse-episode-2/cid=UP4456-PCSE00586_00-BROKENSWORD5P2EN?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Dungeon Punks - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/dungeon-punks/cid=UP0873-PCSE00944_00-DUNGEONPUNKS0003?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> </ul> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:30:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Weekend PC Download Deals for 11/17: Free Rainbow Six Siege & Endless Space 2 Weekends http://www.shacknews.com/article/102174/weekend-pc-download-deals-for-1117-free-rainbow-six-siege--endless-space-2-weekends http://www.shacknews.com/article/102174/weekend-pc-download-deals-for-1117-free-rainbow-six-siege--endless-space-2-weekends <p>Earlier on Friday, Shacknews spotlighted this weekend's <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102166/this-weekend-in-esports-what-to-watch-from-1117-1119">Rainbow Six Siege: Pro League Season 3 Finals</a>. With this being such a big weekend for Ubisoft's tactical shooter, of course there's going to be a free weekend. On top of that, the game is on sale for the next couple of days.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the Humble Store has kicked off its Fall Sale, GOG.com is offering up the Double Fine catalog, and GamersGate is getting the ball rolling on Black Friday just a little bit early. Check out the full list of deals below.</p> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:</p> <h3>Amazon</h3> <ul> <li>Battlefield 1 [Origin] - <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-1-Online-Game-Code/dp/B01FG8PXXO/?tag=Shack0a-20">$39.99 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Dragon Age Inquisition GOTY Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Age-Inquisition-Game-Digital/dp/B0167AK9Y8/?tag=Shack0a-20">$39.99 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Broforce [Steam] - <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Devolver-Digital-Broforce-Online-Game/dp/B00JV4PU2E/?tag=Shack0a-20">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Offworld Trading Company [Steam] - <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Offworld-Trading-Company-Online-Game/dp/B071L1VFD2/?tag=Shack0a-20">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Direct2Drive</h3> <ul> <li>LEGO Worlds [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-lego-worlds/5012541">$20.09 (33% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-lego-star-wars--the-force-awakens/5011183">$16.00 (60% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Marvel's Avengers [Steam] - <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/download-lego-marvels-avengers/5011165">$16.00 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Here's the full list of games in the <a href="https://www.direct2drive.com/#!/promotion/642">Direct2Drive LEGO Weekend Sale</a></li> </ul> <h3>Fanatical (Formerly Known As Bundle Stars)</h3> <p><a href="https://www.fanatical.com/en/bundle/max-damage-bundle">Pay $3.49</a> for Carmageddon: Max Damage, Punch Club Deluxe Edition, System Shock: Enhanced Edition, Guts and Glory, Serial Cleaner, Final Exam, Monochroma, and Sudden Strike Gold. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.fanatical.com/en/bundle/batman-arkham-knight-bundle">pay $13.59</a> for Batman: Arkham Knight and all of its DLC. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.fanatical.com/en/bundle/middle-earth-shadow-of-mordor-bundle">pay $4.99</a> for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and all of its DLC. These activate on Steam.</p> <ul> <li>Pillars of Eternity Definitive Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/pillars-of-eternity-definitive-edition">$29.99 (25% off)</a></li> <li>The Flame in the Flood [Rockstar] - <a href="https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/the-flame-in-the-flood">$7.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Rage [Steam] - <a href="https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/rage">$3.39 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Serial Cleaner [Steam] - <a href="https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/serial-cleaner">$5.99 (60% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GpsA50H4zUI?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GamersGate</h3> <ul> <li>Injustice 2 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-INJUSTICE-2/injustice-2">$38.59 (23% off)</a></li> <li>Dark Souls III [Steam] - <a href="https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-DARK-SOULS-III-R/">$20.40 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Bastion [Steam] - <a href="https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-BSTN/bastion">$3.75 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Mad Max [Steam] - <a href="https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-MADMAXR/mad-max">$5.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Rogue Legacy [Steam] - <a href="https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-RLEGACY-STEAM/rogue-legacy">$3.00 (80% off)</a></li> <li>System Shock 2 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-SSHOCK2/system-shock-2">$1.50 (85% off)</a></li> <li>Check out all of the games featured in the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.gamersgate.com/offers">GamersGate Black Friday Sale</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>GOG.com</h3> <ul> <li>Full Throttle Remastered - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/full_throttle_remastered">$10.04 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Massive Chalice - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/massive_chalice">$1.99 (90% off)</a></li> <li>Broken Age: The Complete Adventure - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/broken_age">$3.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Check out all of the games in the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.gog.com/promo/20171113_weekly_sale_double_fine_daedalic">GOG.com Double Fine/Daedalic Sale</a>.</li> <li>Gun - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/gun">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Hard West - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/hard_west">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Check out all of the games in the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.gog.com/promo/20171116_special_sale_wild_west_games">GOG.com Wild West Sale</a>.</li> <li>Pillars of Eternity Definitive Edition - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/pillars_of_eternity_definitive_edition">$29.99 (25% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9vFhY9-HwQs?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Green Man Gaming</h3> <ul> <li>Batman: Arkham Knight [Steam] - <a href="https://www.greenmangaming.com/games/batman-arkham-knight/">$6.40 (68% off)</a></li> <li>Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.greenmangaming.com/games/injustice-gods-among-us-ultimate-edition/">$4.00 (80% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham [Steam] - <a href="https://www.greenmangaming.com/games/lego-batman-3-beyond-gotham/">$6.00 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Check out the full list of games in <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.greenmangaming.com/titles/spotlight-on-dc/">Green Man Gaming's DC Spotlight</a>.</li> <li>Pillars of Eternity Definitive Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.greenmangaming.com/games/pillars-of-eternity-definitive-edition/">$29.99 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Europa Universalis IV [Steam] - <a href="https://www.greenmangaming.com/games/europa-universalis-iv/">$20.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Check out the full list of games in <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.greenmangaming.com/titles/spotlight-on-paradox/">Green Man Gaming's Paradox Interactive Spotlight</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aD7WBMshpD0?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Humble Bundle</h3> <p><a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/care-package">Pay $30 or more</a> for Starbound, Darkest Dungeon, Minecraft: Story Mode, Stardew Valley, Move or Die, Duck Game, Her Story, She Rememered Caterpillars, Stronghold Legends: Steam Edition, DreadOut, Pony Island, Mighty No. 9, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing, Arma: Gold Edition, Grey Goo, Sorcerer King: Rivals, Shadowrun Returns, Kholat, Primal Carnage: Extinction, Lakeview Cabin Collection, The Park, Magicka, Machinarium Collector's Edition, Jump Stars, Fearless Fantasy, No Time to Explain Remastered, and Psychonauts. Some of these games are only available in limited supply, so get them while they last. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/strategy-sim-bundle">pay what you want</a> for Rebuild 2: Gangs of Deadsville, SimplePlanes, and Out of the Park Baseball 18. Pay more than the average $6.25 or more to get Mad Games Tycoon, Plague Inc.: Evolved, and Train Simulator 2017. Pay $10 or more to also get Cities: Skylines Deluxe Edition. These activate on Steam.</p> <ul> <li>Killer is Dead Nightmare Edition - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/killer-is-dead-nightmare-edition">FREE for Friday only!</a></li> <li>Grand Theft Auto V [Rockstar] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/grand-theft-auto-v">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/la-noire-the-complete-edition">$8.99 (70% off)</a></li> <li>Max Payne 3 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/max-payne-3">$6.99 (65% off)</a></li> <li>Check out the full list of games in the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/rockstar-fall-sale/">Humble Store's Rockstar Games Fall Sale</a>, including the Max Payne and Grand Theft Auto franchise.</li> <li>Resident Evil 7: Biohazard [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/resident-evil-7-biohazard">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Street Fighter V [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/street-fighter-v">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Dead Rising 4 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/dead-rising-4">$23.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Check out the full list of games in the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/capcom-fall-sale/">Humble Store's Capcom Fall Sale</a>, including the Devil May Cry franchise, Dead Rising franchise, the Mega Man Legacy Collection, and more.</li> <li>Batman: The Enemy Within [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/batman-the-enemy-within-the-telltale-series">$14.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/marvels-guardians-of-the-galaxy-the-telltale-series">$12.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>The Walking Dead: A New Frontier [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/the-walking-dead-a-new-frontier">$9.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Check out the full list of games in the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/telltale-fall-sale/">Humble Store's Telltale Games Fall Sale</a>, including Tales From the Borderlands, Back to the Future, Minecraft: Story Mode, and more.</li> <li>Agents of Mayhem [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/agents-of-mayhem">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Metro Redux Bundle [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/metro-redux-bundle">$5.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Saints Row Ultimate Franchise Pack [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/saints-row-ultimate-franchise-pack">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Check out the full list of games in the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/deep-silver-fall-sale/">Humble Store's Deep Silver Fall Sale</a>, including Homefront: The Revolution, the Dead Rising franchise, and more.</li> <li>Darksiders Franchise Pack [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/darksiders-franchise-pack">$9.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Red Faction Collection [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/red-faction-collection">$11.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Painkiller Collection [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/painkiller-complete-pack">$13.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Check out the full list of games in the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/thqnordic-fall-sale/">Humble Store's THQ Nordic Fall Sale</a>, including Titan Quest, Supreme Commander, and more.</li> <li>Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/metal-gear-solid-v-the-phantom-pain">$13.39 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/pro-evolution-soccer-2018">$29.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/castlevania-lords-of-shadow-2">$7.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Check out the full list of games in the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/konami-fall-sale/">Humble Store's Konami Fall Sale</a>, including Silent Hill Homecoming, the Metal Gear series, and more.</li> <li>Tropico 5 Complete Collection [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/tropico-5-complete-collection">$9.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Project Highrise [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/project-highrise">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Dungeons 3 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/dungeons-3">$29.99 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Check out the full list of games in the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/kalypso-fall-sale/">Humble Store's Kalypso Fall Sale</a>, including Omerta, Vikings, and more.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TqyvSJ0jaf0?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Origin</h3> <ul> <li>Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition - <a href="https://www.origin.com/usa/en-us/store/plants-vs-zombies/plants-vs-zombies/standard-edition">Free!</a></li> </ul> <h3>UPlay Shop</h3> <ul> <li>Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege Complete Edition - <a href="http://store.ubi.com/us/game/?dwvar_583703736b54a41a208b4567_Platform=pcdl&amp;edition=Complete%20Edition&amp;pid=583703736b54a41a208b4567">$44.99 (50% off)</a> (Base game and season passes also on sale.)</li> </ul> <h3>Steam</h3> <p>As well as regular discounts, Steam has a couple of additional weekend deals.</p> <ul> <li>Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/359550/Tom_Clancys_Rainbow_Six_Siege/">$7.49 (50% off)</a> (FREE WEEKEND through 11/19 at 4PM ET; Complete Edition and Season Pass also on sale)</li> <li>Endless Space 2 - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/392110/Endless_Space_2/">$19.99 (50% off)</a> (FREE WEEKEND through 11/20 at 4PM ET)</li> <li>This War of Mine - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/282070/This_War_of_Mine">$3.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Dead Cells [Steam Early Access] - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/588650/Dead_Cells">$12.74 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Broforce - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/274190/Broforce">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/368070/Sniper_Ghost_Warrior_3">$19.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>The Novelist - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/245150/The_Novelist">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RPY3TQSolm4?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon Review: Sun-Drenched Shores and Moonlit Paths http://www.shacknews.com/article/102173/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-moon-review-sun-drenched-shores-and-moonlit-paths http://www.shacknews.com/article/102173/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-moon-review-sun-drenched-shores-and-moonlit-paths <p>Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have descended upon players, providing a fresh take on all of the Alola region action that 3DS owners first sampled when the original Sun and Moon titles released in November of last year. And though one year isn't much time in the grand scheme of things, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon promise a few specific changes to plot, features, and available creatures that not only make them an interesting purchase for those who played and enjoyed the original titles, but also an especially attractive option for those who haven't yet jumped in on the Sun and Moon action.</p> <p>As someone who missed the initial buzz surrounding Pokemon's earliest releases, I'm in a unique position when it comes to reviewing Ultra Sun &mdash; while I'm more than familiar with the overall gameplay recipe, I don't know much about Pokemon lore, largely thanks to my inexperience with earlier generations of the game and only the briefest overview of the series' ever-expanding catalog of the different pocket monsters featured so far. As such, and in opposition to Brittany's much&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102114/pokemon-ultra-sun-and-moon-impressions-alola-oe" target="_blank">more experienced impressions</a> of Ultra Sun and Moon, I dove into Ultra Sun with only the barest hint of what I was getting into. And it must be said, I've been pleasantly surprised by what I've found.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/pokemon-ultra-sun-blast-of-light.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>Two Shining Stars</h2> <p>By far the most notable feature about Pokemon Ultra Sun is its presentation. This is a second take on what was already a very modern release from a very high-profile development team, and as such, the polish on display is considerable. The realm of Alola is bright, colorful, and cheery, with a graphical style that's reminiscent of classic PS2-era RPG titles; and, like with many games from that time, Ultra Sun's camera sways around the 3D environments dynamically depending on where players move, providing a sort of cinematic feel that we've largely forgotten about in an era where camera control is typically put into the hands of the player.</p> <p>All of the environments, from grassy fields to populated island cities, feel alive thanks to loads of available NPCs and unmarked areas that allow for brief glimpses of scenic vistas. This is a very pretty game, and that visual allure is present in everything from glowing distant skylines to the in-game menu, which has been revamped to provide even more style and flair when compared to the base games. This level of polish is even noticeable during casual conversations with other characters, events that are typically a banal affair, largely thanks to the game's fluid camera work and crisp art style.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/pokemon-ultra-sun-pikachu-lounge.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="419" /></div> <h2>On Timeless Gameplay</h2> <p>The Pokemon series has been met with critical acclaim not just for presentation, since constantly-evolving technology provides for ever-increasing audiovisual fidelity, but also for the series' immaculately-tuned gameplay. Like in just about every other Pokemon game, Ultra Sun and Moon drop players into the shoes of a nameless trainer-to-be with the overt goal of capturing, battling, and caring for adorable little pocket monsters. And though that recipe has remained largely unchanged since around 1996, Game Freak has once again managed to capture the magic that made the Pokemon series such a hit to begin with.</p> <p>From the outset, players will be tasked with exploring their new home, only to stumble directly into the Alola region's deeply-entrenched fascination with Pokemon. After choosing from one of three available starter Pokemon, the world begins to open up with seemingly-countless opportunities to battle against trainers and rummage through the foliage in an effort to seek out rare and powerful new creatures to add to the Pokedex.</p> <p>As for actual Pokemon, Ultra Sun and Moon feature the same available roster of creatures from the base versions of the games, including the then-new additions of creatures like Lurantis, Bewear, Comfey, and others, as well as Alolan forms of previous-generation creatures like Rattata, Diglett, Meowth, and Golem, among others. The Ultra versions of the games also toss in a few new exclusive Legendary creatures the likes of which we won't spoil here, but suffice to say there's plenty of content for dedicated players that never quite manage to shake their catch-'em-all mindset.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/pokemon-ultra-sun-these-guys.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="420" /></div> <h2>More Than The Sum Of Their Parts</h2> <p>Even for those who haven't experienced Pokemon fever first-hand, Ultra Sun and Moon still manage to convey the sense that they was lovingly-crafted for a highly-dedicated demographic. Everything from the availability of Z-Moves to the Pokemon Snap-esque photo function serves as a reminder that Ultra Sun is just as much for experienced players as it is for series newcomers, and additions like the ability to groom and heal Pokemon after battles presents a subtle touch that provides both utility to the player as well as a way to feel a deeper connection to the game's numerous pocket-sized companions.</p> <p>t's really hard not to love Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. While I can't rightly say they're everything that a die-hard Pokemon fan wants, they're very clearly games that rank among the most-polished and most-appealing titles available on the Nintendo 3DS hardware. The attention to detail is so thorough that it's easy to forget these are products designed by a team; oftentimes in my journey through Ultra Sun, the form of the game itself seemed to fade away, leaving me willfully drawn into a living, breathing world filled to the brim with creatures, battles, and pleasant surprises. That's a rare feeling even in the hyper-realistic world of modern console and PC gaming; to find such an experience for handheld hardware is nothing short of astonishing.</p> <hr /> <p><em>This review is based on the Nintendo 3DS releases. The game keys were provided by the publisher. Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are available for purchase now for $39.99 each.</em></p> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:00:00 PST Kevin Tucker Best Black Friday 2017 Gaming Laptop Deals http://www.shacknews.com/article/102172/best-black-friday-2017-gaming-laptop-deals http://www.shacknews.com/article/102172/best-black-friday-2017-gaming-laptop-deals <p>PC gaming is bigger than ever and the tech that powers it continues to get smaller and more efficient. While the premium PC gaming experience used to be confined to the desktop, advances in CPU and GPU technology allow you to get the same performance from a gaming laptop. Black Friday 2017 is bringing some hot deals on the most popular gaming laptops from the big names like ASUS, Alienware, and MSI.</p> <h2>The Best Black Friday 2017 Deals on Gaming Laptops</h2> <p>Late last year, Nvidia introduced its Pascal line of graphics chips to the market, bringing an unseen level of performance that produced less heat and required less energy than the previous generations of graphics cards. Heat and power consumption are the biggest enemies of progress in the gaming laptop arena, so the new Pascal GPUs are the perfect fit for lightweight, efficient gaming on the go.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/amazon-black-friday-2017-deals-t2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="197" /></div> <p><strong>Amazon:</strong></p> <p>While Amazon still hasn't yet provided buyers with a list of their Black Friday deals, we do expect that the online retailer will be offering up many of the items listed at other stores at discounted prices. Amazon is famous for its Black Friday Lightning Deals that offer insane savings in small time windows. Most of these deals are not announced beforehand, so you&rsquo;ll want to check in regularly during the day for a chance to grab the hottest deals on gaming laptops.</p> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/MSI-GL62M-7REX-1896US-i7-7700HQ-Steelseries/dp/B074VLX5XV/?tag=shack0a-20" target="_blank">MSI GL62M 15.6 inch Laptop with GTX 1050 Ti</a>&nbsp;- <strong>$949.99</strong><br /><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Nitro-i5-7300HQ-GeForce-AN515-51-55WL/dp/B074Q54GSR/?tag=shack0a-20" target="_blank">Acer Nitro 5 15.6 inch laptop with GTX 1050 Ti</a>&nbsp;- <strong>$729.99</strong><br /><a href="https://www.amazon.com/G-SYNC-Gaming-Computer-GeForce-i7-7700HQ/dp/B01NALTGWN/?tag=shack0a-20" target="_blank">ASUS ROG Strix 15.6 Inch Laptop with GTX 1070 and 120 Hz G-Sync</a>&nbsp;- <strong>$1648.00</strong><br /><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Zephyrus-Full-HD-Ultra-portable-Gaming-Laptop/dp/B071XDXLPG/?tag=shack0a-20" target="_blank">ASUS ROG Zephyrus 15.6 Inch Laptop with GTX 1080 and 512GB SSD</a>&nbsp;- <strong>$2699.00</strong><br /><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Predator-i7-7700HQ-1060-6GB-G3-571-77QK/dp/B06Y4GZS9C/?tag=shack0a-20" target="_blank">Acer Predator Helios 15.6 Inch Laptop with GTX 1060 and 256GB SSD</a>&nbsp;- <strong>$1049.99</strong></p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/best-buy-black-friday-2017-deals-2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="197" /></div> <p><strong>Best Buy:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=vtDuKdGMoPg&amp;mid=38606&amp;murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Fasus-17-3-laptop-intel-core-i7-12gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1060-1tb-hard-drive-128gb-solid-state-drive-black-anodized-aluminum%2F5580042.p%3FskuId%3D5580042" target="_blank">ASUS GL702VM 17.3 Inch Laptop with GTX 1060 and 128GB SSD</a>&nbsp;- <strong>$1099.99</strong><br /><a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=vtDuKdGMoPg&amp;mid=38606&amp;murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Fasus-rog-gl502vm-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i7-12gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1060-1tb-hard-drive-black%2F5712362.p%3FskuId%3D5712362" target="_blank">ASUS ROG GL502VM 15.6 Inch Laptop with GTX 1060 and 12GB ram</a>&nbsp;- <strong>$1099.99</strong><br /><a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=vtDuKdGMoPg&amp;mid=38606&amp;murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Fmsi-14-laptop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1060-1tb-hard-drive-128gb-solid-state-drive-aluminum-black%2F5731309.p%3FskuId%3D5731309" target="_blank">MSI Phantom Pro 14 Inch Laptop with GTX 1060 and 128GB SSD</a>&nbsp;- <strong>$1399.99</strong><br /><a href="https://click.linksynergy.com/deeplink?id=vtDuKdGMoPg&amp;mid=38606&amp;murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Falienware-r4-17-3-laptop-intel-core-i7-32gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080-256gb-solid-state-drive-1tb-hard-drive-silver%2F5744103.p%3FskuId%3D5744103" target="_blank">Alienware R4 17.3 Inch Laptop with GTX 1080 and 256GB SSD</a>&nbsp;- <strong>$2499.99</strong></p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/newegg.png" alt="" width="700" height="194" /></div> <p><strong>NewEgg:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=2WC-000N-00068" target="_blank">ASUS FX 15.6 Inch Laptop with GTX 1060 and 128GB SSD </a>- <strong>$1198.00</strong><br /><a href="https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIADYY6M28148" target="_blank">Dell 15.6 Inch Laptop with GTX 1060 3GB and 8GB ram</a>&nbsp;- <strong>$899.99</strong><br /><a href="https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834234455&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">ASUS ROG GL502VM 15.6 Inch Laptop with GTX 1060 6GB and 128GB SSD</a>&nbsp;- <strong>$1199.99</strong><br /><a href="https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834332756&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">Lenovo Legion 15.6 Inch Laptop with GTX 1060 and 128GB SSD</a>&nbsp;- <strong>$1349.99</strong><br /><a href="https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=1TS-001A-004H0&amp;ignorebbr=1" target="_blank">ASUS ROG Strix 15.6 Inch Laptop with GTX 1070 G-SYNC and 256GB SSD</a>&nbsp;- <strong>$1499.99</strong></p> <hr /> <p>To stay on top of the latest deals, keep checking back on this guide &mdash; we'll continue adding the latest Gaming Laptop deals in the days leading up to Black Friday this November 24.</p> <p>Also, we've got several more guides to keep players updated on other great Black Friday deals, including the best <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102009/the-best-nintendo-3ds-xl-and-2ds-xl-black-friday-2017-deals" target="_blank">Black Friday discounts on the Nintendo 3DS XL, 2DS, and 3DS games</a>, as well as our hot guide to the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102020/best-black-friday-playstation-vr-deals-2017" target="_blank">biggest Black Friday discounts on PlayStation VR</a>. And, for all of the players of a mobile persuasion, we've got an extensive list of the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102026/the-best-apple-iphone-and-ipad-black-friday-2017-deals" target="_blank">best Black Friday sales on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple accessories</a>.</p> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:55:00 PST Chris Jarrard PlanetSide 2 Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary with Double XP Week http://www.shacknews.com/article/102171/planetside-2-celebrates-five-year-anniversary-with-double-xp-week http://www.shacknews.com/article/102171/planetside-2-celebrates-five-year-anniversary-with-double-xp-week <p>It's a special week for the folks at Daybreak Games. The battle for the continent of Auraxis has officially raged on for five years, with control going back and forth across its three most powerful factions. Whlie the armed conflict isn't taking a break anytime soon, Daybreak would like to celebrate the dedicated soldiers of PlanetSide 2 on this fifth anniversary of the game's release.</p> <p>A Double XP week kicked off on Friday morning and will last all the way through the end of next Friday, November 24 at 11:59PM PT. In addition to that, there are plans in place for the official fifth anniversary date of Monday, November 20. PS2 players can pick up a special Fifth Anniversary Decal for free. Special Fifth Anniversary Bundles will also be made available in the depot on that same date across Initiate's, Soldier's, and Commander's tiers. The bundle's contents can be found on the <a href="https://www.planetside2.com/news/ps2-5th-anniversary-bundle-nov-2017" target="blank">PlanetSide 2</a> website.</p> <p>More details on how Daybreak is celebrating PlanetSide 2's five years can be found on the <a href="https://www.planetside2.com/news/ps2-5th-anniversary-bundle-nov-2017" target="blank">PS2 update post</a>. Shacknews salutes PlanetSide 2, as well as our Chatty community's own Giant Communist Robots squad. We've tossed in a video below spotlighting one of the old weekly Shackbattles. And this being Chatty, it can get a little NSFW for language, but otherwise, enjoy!</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zJ6E_yOol9A?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:35:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Apple HomePod Delayed To 2018 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102170/apple-homepod-delayed-to-2018 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102170/apple-homepod-delayed-to-2018 <p>Alongside the growing popularity of the smart home movement is an increased interest in smart speakers: not only are they a great way to fill the house with music, they also serve as gateways to voice-activated information as well as smart home functionality. Google and Apple, two companies that lead the mobile technological front, both have plans to bring their most powerful smart speakers to the market this holiday season; however, it seems Apple's metaphorical pie needs a little more time in the oven.</p> <p>According to a statement given to&nbsp;<a href="https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/17/apple-pushes-homepod-release-to-early-2018/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a> by an Apple representative, the company is delaying the release of its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100149/wwdc-apple-enters-internet-of-things-market-with-homepod" target="_blank">HomePod speaker systems</a> until next year. Specifically, the statement read as such:</p> <p>"We can't wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it's ready for our customers. We'll start shipping in the U.S., U.K. and Australia in early 2018."</p> <p>This really isn't too big of a delay &mdash; Apple had planned on rolling out HomePod speakers to customers this December, same as Google still plans to do with <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101585/google-home-max-speaker-is-ready-to-rock-with-smart-and-powerful-sound" target="_blank">its beefed-up Home Max speaker</a>, which is currently slated to arrive on doorsteps and store shelves next month.</p> <p>While no reason behind the delay was offered, given that Apple is only looking for an extra four weeks or so, it's likely that software or compatibility concerns have arisen or that production otherwise just ran a little behind schedule; this far into development, we can only assume that the hardware itself is good to go and that there are a few minor kinks to work out before the speakers are ready for a worldwide release. This is speculation, of course &mdash; unless Apple provides more information, we may never know the reason behind the delay.</p> <p>Either way, the HomePod is set to be a popular choice in the smart speaker market, even if it doesn't bring any new functionality to the table &mdash; like with offerings from Google and Amazon, the HomePod is primarily concerned with offering up access to streaming music and special tweaks to increase volume and sound clarity in its given environment. The speakers are set to retail for $349 each, with the option to link together multiple speakers for room-filling sound. </p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1hw9skL-IXc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:20:00 PST Kevin Tucker Soma Finds 'Safe' Zone on Xbox One in December http://www.shacknews.com/article/102168/soma-finds-safe-zone-on-xbox-one-in-december http://www.shacknews.com/article/102168/soma-finds-safe-zone-on-xbox-one-in-december <p>Soma proved to be one of Frictional Games' more terrifying efforts, setting up a foreboding atmosphere and telling a well thought-out story. We thought it was <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91386/soma-review-the-darkened-depths">perfectly fine</a> here at Shacknews, so it's nice to hear that Frictional is bringing the game to Xbox One.</p> <p>But Soma's console version will have something a little bit different than its PC predecessor. This version of the game will feature an optional Safe Mode, which will remove the game's monsters entirely and allow the player to focus on the game's puzzles and the narrative.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p>Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.<br /><br />SOMA for XBOX One - now with Safe Mode.<br /><br />Preorder here: <a href="https://t.co/GT0jI6EyPK">https://t.co/GT0jI6EyPK</a> <a href="https://t.co/SZA41i3jDv">pic.twitter.com/SZA41i3jDv</a></p> &mdash; Frictional Games (@frictionalgames) <a href="https://twitter.com/frictionalgames/status/931537446600396800?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 17, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Given that the monster AI and the iffy stealth mechanics wound up being a negative point in our original review, Safe Mode sounds like a welcome addition to this version of the game. No word on whether this feature will find its way into the PC version down the road, but for now, Soma is scheduled to hit Xbox One on December 1.</p> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:55:00 PST Ozzie Mejia This Weekend in Esports: What to Watch from 11/17-11/19 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102166/this-weekend-in-esports-what-to-watch-from-1117-1119 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102166/this-weekend-in-esports-what-to-watch-from-1117-1119 <p>Welcome to This Weekend in Esports, a brief overview of what to watch in the world of competitive gaming for the coming weekend.</p> <p>It's a week before Thanksgiving here in the United States, so with most of the esports world set to take that weekend off, this weekend is looking pretty stacked. We start off with...</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/IEM660x390-074f3c745d.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="414" style="undefined" /></div> <h2>Intel Extreme Masters Oakland</h2> <p><b>Game</b>: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds<br /><b>When</b>: November 18-19, <a href="https://en.intelextrememasters.com/season-12/oakland/schedule/" target="blank">Full schedule</a><br /><b>Where to watch</b>: <a href="http://live.intelextrememasters.com/" target="blank">http://live.intelextrememasters.com</a></p> <p>For CS:GO, the group stages are already in the books. Only four teams remain and some of these names shouldn't surprise anyone who follows the scene. Ninjas in Pyjamas will face off against Brazillian powerhouses SK Gaming, while Cloud9 faces an uphill battle against FaZe Clan. FaZe comes into this tournament on a major hot streak, having taken first place at both ESL One: New York and the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier. A first place finish here would give them a third consecutive tournament victory. Finn "karrigan" Andersen and Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer certainly give them the edge, from a talent standpoint. Cloud9 may be underdogs, but young CS:GO prodigy Jacky "Stewie2K" Yip is the key name to look out for on that roster. Even with Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert and Michael "shroud" Grzesiek releagted to the bench, Cloud9 is a team on the rise and has a puncher's chance against a FaZe Clan squad firing on all cylinders.</p> <p>Meanwhile, IEM Oakland will also prove to be a banner date for a PUBG esports scene in its infancy. There are 80 pros that will take to the battlefield with a $200K prize pool at stake, including eight teams from the North American and European regions that punched their ticket in through online qualifiers. It'll be interesting to see who cements themselves as the esports squad to watch in the future, so be sure to give this a look.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ullRzH0KY0o?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/RainbowSixProLeague.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <h2>Rainbow Six Siege: Pro League - Season 3 Finals</h2> <p><b>Game</b>: Rainbow Six Siege<br /><b>When</b>: November 17-18, 7PM PT<br /><b>Where to watch</b>: <a href="https://go.twitch.tv/rainbow6" target="blank">Twitch.tv/Rainbow6</a></p> <p>Eight of the best Rainbow Six Siege teams in the world are flying down to Sau Paulo, Brazil. They will compete for the lion's share of a $275K pot, which will close Year 2 of the Rainbow Six Siege: Pro League with a total of $1.25M awarded.</p> <p>Penta Sports enters the tournament as the heavy favorites, having won the last two Pro League seasons for Year 2. They will face some stiff competition, though. They draw Mantis FPS in the first round. They are the South Korean representatives, who emerged from the first-ever Asia-Pacific season as the top team. If Penta makes it past them, there's a good chance they'll cross paths with the Black Dragons, the last squad to have taken a round off of them.</p> <p>Don't sleep on Evil Geniuses, who make their first Rainbow Six Siege Pro League appearance. They're better known to followers of the scene as Continuum and they'll be looking to get their first win since the Six Invitational back in February.</p> <p>Prior to the tournament finals, be sure to tune in on Sunday at 9AM PT. Rainbow Six Siege fans will get a full reveal of Operation White Noise, the next major add-on for the game. Shacknews will be watching, as well, and report on any new information.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IiFcIECkU9U?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/RedBullBattleGrounds.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <h2>Red Bull Battle Grounds</h2> <p><b>Game</b>: Street Fighter V<br /><b>When</b>: November 18-19, 9AM PT<br /><b>Where to watch</b>: <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/capcomfighters" target="blank">Twitch.tv/CapcomFighters</a></p> <p>Capcom Cup is three weeks away and Capcom looks to finalize the field, for good. Red Bull Battle Grounds is a key event in figuring out who's going, serving as the site of the Capcom Pro Tour North American Regional Final. This is where the top seven point-earners will compete in a special Top 8 on Sunday, with the eighth last chance participant being determined on Saturday. In addition to being the last opportunity for the NA region to earn Pro Tour points, the winner gets an automatic Capcom Cup berth.</p> <p>Steve "AceKingOfSuit" Jurek of <a href="https://dotesports.com/fgc/red-bull-battle-grounds-preview-18753#list-1" target="blank">Dot Esports</a> eloquently spelled out who stands to gain and lose the most from this weekend's tournament. It's Naoto Sako, who will either qualify or be eliminated, depending on who walks away from Battle Grounds the winner. Sako will basically be rooting for half the field, while the other half winning would leave him out in the cold. It's a strong field of participants, which include Capcom Pro Tour points leader Victor "Punk" Woodley and defending Capcom Cup champion Du "NuckleDu" Dang. This promises to be top-level Street Fighter action, so be sure to tune in.</p> <p>Also, for anyone in attendance, let us know how that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101849/red-bull-battle-grounds-will-feature-vr-street-fighter-2-bonus-stage">Street Fighter II VR bonus stage</a> looks!</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XqPw5lsBwjU?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <p>That's a small sample of what to watch for in the world of esports this weekend. What will you be watching? Join the conversation and let us know in the comments.</p> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:30:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Destiny 2 - What is Xur Selling - November 17, 2017 - Week 11 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102167/destiny-2---what-is-xur-selling---november-17-2017---week-11 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102167/destiny-2---what-is-xur-selling---november-17-2017---week-11 <p>It&rsquo;s Friday again, which means it&rsquo;s time for Xur to fly down to a planet in Destiny 2 and sell his wares until the next weekly reset. There&rsquo;s a good chance you&rsquo;re still missing some of the items Xur has for sale, so it&rsquo;s the perfect opportunity to fill out that Exotic weapon and armor collection. As always, be sure to bring along a good supply of Legendary Shards in case you want to buy everything. Here&rsquo;s what the tentacle-faced Agent of the Nine is selling this week.</p> <p>If you're playing on PC, and this is the first time you're logging in since the latest Hotfix, you might encounter a new error. Make sure to check out our guide on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100646/destiny-2-how-to-fix-the-termite-error-code">how to fix the Termite Error</a> if this applies to you!</p> <h2>Where is Xur?</h2> <p>Finding Xur is no longer a matter of hide and seek, you now know exactly where he is by looking at the Director and inspecting each of the planets. This week, Xur can be found on Titan in The Rig. Starting at The Rig Fast Travel point, head to the left and through to the next area. Head into the little building by the edge of the platform to find Xur.</p> <h2>What is Xur Selling?</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/Destiny-2-What-is-Xur-Selling-November-17-Week-11-Inventory.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>No one will be surprised to hear that Xur is selling a weapon and three pieces of armor. Each piece of armor will set you back 23 Legendary Shards while the Exotic weapon costs 29 Legendary Shards. If you&rsquo;re still looking to level up fast in Destiny 2, purchasing gear from Xur is a great way of breaking through the 265 Power soft cap.</p> <ul> <li>Hard Light, Auto Rifle</li> <li>Lucky Raspberry, Hunter Chest Armor</li> <li>Synthoceps, Titan Gauntlets</li> <li>Karnstein Armlets, Warlock Gauntlets</li> </ul> <h2>What Should You Buy From Xur?</h2> <p>If you have the Legendary Shards, you should purchase everything he&rsquo;s gone &ndash; you never know when an Exotic Rocket Launcher turns out to be the strongest weapon in the game. However, if you&rsquo;re running low on Legendary Shards, absolutely always buy the weapon, and then just grab a piece of gear for your preferred Class, provided you don&rsquo;t already have it.</p> <p>After you finishing buying from Xur, take a look at our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101225/destiny-2-complete-strategy-guide">Destiny 2 Complete Strategy Guide</a> for more information, tips, and hints. You&rsquo;ll find guides on every single activity in the game, both PVE and PVP.</p> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:12:00 PST Sam Chandler Skyrim Switch Performance Comparison Reveals Resolution And Framerate Statistics http://www.shacknews.com/article/102165/skyrim-switch-performance-comparison-reveals-resolution-and-framerate-statistics http://www.shacknews.com/article/102165/skyrim-switch-performance-comparison-reveals-resolution-and-framerate-statistics <p>Even though&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/elder-scrolls-v-skyrim" target="_blank">The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim</a> is several years old at this point, it's still often referenced as one of the greatest games of the past console generation. Skyrim was long-touted as a primary drawing point to the Nintendo Switch, too &mdash; even before Nintendo's hybrid console had been released, promotional images and videos made a big show of being able to play Skyrim on-the-go.</p> <p>Naturally, many fans were left wondering just how many corners would have to be cut to get the game running on Nintendo's portable console. And as it turns out, the answer is "not many." The bright minds over at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqR58L9oEOc" target="_blank">Digital Foundry</a> have run some performance comparisons between the PS4 and Switch versions of the game, and aside from downscaled resolutions and a few dialed-back graphics settings, the game really does manage to shine.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qqR58L9oEOc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Among the most obvious changes between the Nintendo Switch version and the PlayStation 4 edition of Skyrim is the game's running resolution: in docked mode, Skyrim seems to be running at a steady 900p resolution. Undocked, however, Skyrim dynamically scales the resolution, doing its best to keep the game running around 720p but occasionally dipping down to around 896x720.</p> <p>There are other caveats, too &mdash; shadows aren't as dynamic, the draw distance seems to be slightly reduced, and features like ambient occlusion are either pared back or missing entirely in some scenes. Foliage in particular is just less dense than other versions of the game, but textures and overall sheen are still quite good, if not much better than expected.</p> <p>Still, the old argument is as valid as ever &mdash; the fact that Skyrim is up and running in a nearly-complete form on the portable hybrid console is no small feat, and most players who still haven't dived into Bethesda's massive open-world RPG probably won't notice the difference or even care that differences exist. As for how the rest of the game holds up, be sure to check out <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102135/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-nintendo-switch-review-feels-good-the-seventh-time" target="_blank">Shacknews' review of Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch</a>.</p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:30:00 PST Kevin Tucker Destiny 2 - All Lost Sectors http://www.shacknews.com/article/102162/destiny-2---all-lost-sectors http://www.shacknews.com/article/102162/destiny-2---all-lost-sectors <p>Destiny 2 introduces a few new activities for players to enjoy, one of which is Lost Sectors. These dungeon-like areas offer a mass of enemies, a small boss fight, and a loot chest at the very end. Lost Sectors are also often featured as a planetary Challenge, but if you&rsquo;ve already completed them, they can be tough to spot on the map.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h2>All Destiny 2 Lost Sectors</h2> <p>Below is a list of all Lost Sectors in Destiny 2, sorted into Patrol zones and their specific sections.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/Destiny-2-Lost-Sector-EDZ.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="510" /></div> <h2>EDZ Lost Sectors</h2> <p>The European Dead Zone, or EDZ, offers the largest playable area and the most zones with Lost Sectors. The stitched-together map above should give you a good indication of where all the EDZ Lost Sectors are located.</p> <p><strong>Trostland </strong>&ndash;There are three Lost Sectors in Trostland, the starting area of the EDZ and where you speak with Devrim. One Lost Sector can be found in the church, while the other two flank the church.</p> <p><strong>Outskirts </strong>&ndash; Outskirts is the largest area in the EDZ that contains three Lost Sectors. One Lost Sector can be found to the south of the Public Event location below a bridge. The second Lost Sector in Outskirts is down by the water&rsquo;s edge, right next to the previous Lost Sector. The final Lost Sector is on the west side of the area up in the trees.</p> <p><strong>Winding Cove </strong>&ndash; The Winding Cove Lost Sector is located directly in front of the Fast Travel point.</p> <p><strong>Firebase Hades</strong> &ndash; Firebase Hades has three Lost Sectors, one can be found below the ramps leading up into the base, and the other two are up in the cliffs on the east side of the map.</p> <p><strong>The Gulch</strong> &ndash; The Gulch&rsquo;s Lost Sector is to the south below the broken highway.</p> <p><strong>The Sludge</strong> &ndash; The Sludge has three Lost Sectors, one to the left of the Fast Travel point, one in a building in the middle of the map that can be accessed through a blue and white shipping container, and another in the north near a large rock and stream.</p> <p><strong>Sunken Isles</strong> &ndash; The Sunken Isles contains two Lost Sectors, the first of which is found by using the Fast Travel point and walking toward the large rock formation with the lights in front of you. Follow the rock around its perimeter to find the entrance to the Lost Sector. The second Lost Sector in the Sunken Isles in the EDZ is found beneath the large ship in a tunnel.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/Destiny-2-Lost-Sector-Titan.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>Titan Lost Sectors</h2> <p>There are only three Lost Sectors on Titan, with one Lost Sector in the Siren&rsquo;s Watch and two in The Rig. Due to the multi-level structure of the Titan Patrol space, these can be a bit troublesome to find.</p> <p><strong>Siren&rsquo;s Watch</strong> &ndash; From the Fast Travel point near Sloane, turn left to face the Arcology, jump down to the closest platform, making sure to land on its lower boardwalk that wraps around its side. The entrance to the Lost Sector is through a circular door.</p> <p><strong>The Rig</strong> &ndash; The first Lost Sector in The Rig can be found by using the Fast Travel point and running to the left toward the Orange &ldquo;Bay 3&rdquo; section. Instead of jumping up to the higher levels, walk to the railing and look over the edge, the Lost Sector is down on the lower level.</p> <p>The second Lost Sector on The Rig is found near the Wizard Heroic Public Event. Head in to the Public Event area. Cut across the room, and continue through the corridors, making sure not to go outside. You&rsquo;ll see the Lost Sector sign on the wall near stairs heading toward a red door.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/Destiny-2-Lost-Sector-Nessus.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>Nessus Lost Sectors</h2> <p>Nessus is of a size and complexity similar to the EDZ mixed with Titan, this makes it difficult to locate the Lost Sectors on Nessus. At the moment, there are only five areas that contain Lost Sectors, with only one Lost Sector each.</p> <p><strong>Artifact&rsquo;s Edge</strong> &ndash; The Lost Sector in Artifact&rsquo;s Edge can be found by jumping from the Fast Travel point, down to the left where the Vex spawn. However, you will need to jump down toward the water to locate the Lost Sector.</p> <p><strong>Exodus Black</strong> &ndash; The Exodus Black Lost Sector is directly across from the Fast Travel location. Look for the hole in the wall.</p> <p><strong>Glade of Echoes</strong> &ndash; This area is often only seen when running the Exodus Crash Strike, but the Glade of Echoes has a Lost Sector. To find this Lost Sector, head into the middle of the area and search below the rubble for a tunnel leading down into the ground.</p> <p><strong>The Cistern</strong> &ndash; The Cistern&rsquo;s Lost Sector is under the large tree, look for the entrance to this Nessus Lost Sector beside the waterfall.</p> <p><strong>The Tangle</strong> &ndash; To find the Lost Sector in The Tangle, head to the right of the Well of Dust and look for the cave in the wall by the tree covered in red fungus.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/Destiny-2-Lost-Sector-Io.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>Io Lost Sectors</h2> <p>There are only three Lost Sectors on Io, and all of them are easy to find due to the fairly flat nature of the Patrol zone.</p> <p><strong>The Rupture </strong>&ndash; One of the Lost Sectors in The Rupture area on Io can be found directly across from Asher Mir in a cave. The second Lost Sector in this area is toward the south. Look for the large tree growing over the top of the cliff, below this is a cave leading to the Lost Sector.</p> <p><strong>Lost Oasis</strong> &ndash; The only other Lost Sector on Io is in the Lost Oasis. From the Fast Travel spawn point, turn left and follow the cliff along until you find a cave in the wall.</p> <p>Though there is currently no reward or tracker for the amount of Lost Sectors you find and complete, you do earn an emblem for the first Lost Sector you finish on each planet. Similarly, Lost Sectors are often required if you want to complete the Challenges on all the Patrol zones to earn more tokens. If you need more information on other aspects of Destiny 2, make sure you check out our <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101225/destiny-2-complete-strategy-guide">Destiny 2 Complete Strategy Guide</a>.</p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:00:00 PST Sam Chandler Star Wars Battlefront 2 Alters the Deal and Removes Microtransactions (For Now) http://www.shacknews.com/article/102164/star-wars-battlefront-2-alters-the-deal-and-removes-microtransactions-for-now http://www.shacknews.com/article/102164/star-wars-battlefront-2-alters-the-deal-and-removes-microtransactions-for-now <p>The road to Star Wars Battlefront II's launch hasn't been a pleasant one, to say the least. Perhaps some people reading this article might have noticed Wednesday's <s>circus</s> <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102138/star-wars-battlefront-2-devs-discuss-progression-system-fan-rage-in-reddit-ama">Reddit AMA</a> that turned into a volcanic fury not seen since the end of "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith." In an effort to hopefully quell consumer anger, once and for all, Electronic Arts has announced that all in-game purchases for Star Wars Battlefront II have been disabled for the time being.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p>Today, we turned off in-game purchases for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StarWarsBattlefrontII?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StarWarsBattlefrontII</a>. The game is built on your input, and it will continue to evolve and grow. Read the full update: <a href="https://t.co/asGASaYXVp">https://t.co/asGASaYXVp</a> <a href="https://t.co/vQSOmsWRgk">pic.twitter.com/vQSOmsWRgk</a></p> &mdash; EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) <a href="https://twitter.com/EAStarWars/status/931332890717143040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 17, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>With in-game purchases turned off, all progression must be earned purely through gameplay. However, EA does note that the spectre of microtransactions will return at a later date. What the publisher does and whether it will make an even bigger mess remains to be seen. For now, however, the Dark Side has been contained. The full statement can be read on the <a href="https://www.ea.com/games/starwars/battlefront/battlefront-2/news/pre-launch-update" target="_blank">Star Wars Battlefront II website</a>, but here's the gist, from DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson:</p> <p><em>"Our goal has always been to create the best possible game for all of you &ndash; devoted&nbsp;Star Wars&nbsp;fans and game players alike. We&rsquo;ve also had an ongoing commitment to constantly listen, tune and evolve the experience as it grows. You&rsquo;ve seen this with both the major adjustments, and polish, we have made over the past several weeks.</em></p> <p><em>But as we approach the worldwide launch, it's clear that many of you feel there are still challenges in the design. We&rsquo;ve heard the concerns about potentially giving players unfair advantages. And we&rsquo;ve heard that this is overshadowing an otherwise great game. This was never our intention. Sorry we didn&rsquo;t get this right.</em></p> <p><em>We hear you loud and clear, so we&rsquo;re turning off all in-game purchases. We will now spend more time listening, adjusting, balancing and tuning. This means that the option to purchase crystals in the game is now offline, and all progression will be earned through gameplay. The ability to purchase crystals in-game will become available at a later date, only after we&rsquo;ve made changes to the game. We&rsquo;ll share more details as we work through this."</em></p> <p>Pay-to-win microtransactions have left a dark cloud over the latest Star Wars game's release, becoming something that the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102105/star-wars-battlefront-2-review-the-dark-side-clouds-everything">Shacknews review</a> could not ignore in good conscience. They might still come back, but they're gone for now. However, it remains to be seen whether the damage has been done and whether the public backlash and fan outrage over this entire mess of a situation is too much for EA and DICE to overcome.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BU4DHgvgonM?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:40:00 PST Ozzie Mejia October NPD: Nintendo Switch & Super Mario Odyssey Shine, Wolfenstein Falters http://www.shacknews.com/article/102163/october-npd-nintendo-switch--super-mario-odyssey-shine-wolfenstein-falters http://www.shacknews.com/article/102163/october-npd-nintendo-switch--super-mario-odyssey-shine-wolfenstein-falters <p>The October NPD report has brought some early holiday joy to console hardware manufacturers and most game developers. Nintendo has come out of the month as the big winners. The Nintendo Switch has come out of the month as the best-selling console, ahead of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This is despite the console remaining a hard-to-find commodity. Hardware sales are up year-to-year from last October, mainly on the strength of the Switch.</p> <p>Software-wise, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor tops the physical sales list for the month of October. However, with only the final five days of the month on the market, both Assassin's Creed Origins and Super Mario Odyssey came in fierce, finishing at the #2 and #3 slots respectively. Odyssey's place on the list, in particular, is a jaw-dropper, given its place as a console exclusive. It is the third-best launch for a Mario game in the company's history, behind New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Super Mario Galaxy, both of which released on the Wii to its historically massive install base. Ubisoft also has plenty to celebrate, with Origins and South Park: The Fractured But Whole taking the #2 and #4 spots, respectively.</p> <p>October proved to be a strong month for sports games, with NBA 2K18, FIFA 18, WWE 2K18, and Madden NFL 18 taking up the #5 through #8 slots. According to the NPD Group, racing game sales are also up year-to-year, thanks to Forze Motorsport 7 and Gran Turismo Sport.</p> <p>As for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, I'd like to shine a spotlight on this tweet:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p>I really want to see how Wolfenstein's doing, sales-wise. Because that game is precisely what a lot of gamers are demanding: no MTX, no unlock schemes, nothing-as-a-service. Just a strong, solid, gorgeous, incredible game.<br /><br />I bet it's tanking.</p> &mdash; Aaron Linde (@aaronlinde) <a href="https://twitter.com/aaronlinde/status/930103987277242368?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 13, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>With that in mind, Wolfenstein II finished out of the top 10 entirely, lagging in at the #14 spot. October was a disappointing month for Bethesda, as a whole. Its other high-profile title, The Evil Within, finished just ahead of Wolfenstein at #13.</p> <p><b>October 2017 Top 20 Games (Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel) ranked on dollar sales; new releases in bold</b></p> <ul> <li><b>Middle Earth: Shadow of War (Warner Bros. Interactive)</b></li> <li><b>Assassin's Creed: Origins (Ubisoft)</b></li> <li><b>Super Mario Odyssey** (Nintendo)</b></li> <li><b>South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Ubisoft)</b></li> <li>NBA 2K18</li> <li>FIFA 18</li> <li><b>WWE 2K18</b></li> <li>Madden NFL 18</li> <li>Destiny 2**</li> <li><b>Forza Motorsport 7</b></li> <li><b>Gran Turismo Sport</b></li> <li>Grand Theft Auto V</li> <li><b>The Evil Within 2**</b></li> <li><b>Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus**</b></li> <li>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild**</li> <li>Mario Kart 8**</li> <li><b>Fire Emblem: Warriors**</b></li> <li>Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands</li> <li>NHL 18</li> <li>Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege</li> </ul> <p>(** - Digital sales not included in ranking)</p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:25:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Stardew Valley Could Be First Third-Party Switch Game With Video Capture Support http://www.shacknews.com/article/102161/stardew-valley-could-be-first-third-party-switch-game-with-video-capture-support http://www.shacknews.com/article/102161/stardew-valley-could-be-first-third-party-switch-game-with-video-capture-support <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/stardew-valley" target="_blank">Stardew Valley</a>&nbsp;is a game that's easy to love, and it's particularly well-suited to the Nintendo Switch hardware, being colorful, easy to learn, and easy to run on less-powerful hardware. And now the game has even more charm going for it, as it appears that Stardew Valley is gearing up to become the latest title (and the first third-party Switch title) with support for the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102012/1-2-switch-joins-list-of-games-that-support-video-capture" target="_blank">Nintendo Switch's recently-added video capture feature</a>.</p> <p>According to developer Chucklfish Games, an upcoming patch for Stardew Valley has been submitted to Nintendo for approval. In the announcement tweet, it was revealed that the patch should help speed up saving, eliminate the crash on sleep problem, and fix other various issues like the left-hand speaker static problem alongside its support for video recording.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p>The SDV Switch patch has been submitted to Nintendo. Faster saving, crash on sleep fixes, fixed prairie king controls, fixed static sound from left speaker, fixed some UI issues, video recording and more.</p> &mdash; Tiy (@Tiyuri) <a href="https://twitter.com/Tiyuri/status/928711036215201792?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 9, 2017</a></blockquote> <p> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>Since the patch was only submitted last Thursday, there's still no word on exactly when the update will be doled out to Stardew Valley players; with that said, the whole process shouldn't take too long.</p> <p>As for when or if Nintendo plans on making universal support for video capture, the bad news is that we still haven't heard anything. It seems a little silly that developers would have to specifically rework their titles to support the feature, particularly considering that such things are common on other consoles. It may be that video capture just isn't something the Switch was built to do; either way, we'll likely hear more about the feature as more games begin to support it through the coming months.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/z4tN7iyq71k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:00:00 PST Kevin Tucker Star Wars Battlefront 2 - How to Get Credits Fast http://www.shacknews.com/article/102159/star-wars-battlefront-2---how-to-get-credits-fast http://www.shacknews.com/article/102159/star-wars-battlefront-2---how-to-get-credits-fast <p>In Star Wars Battlefront 2, playing as the various Heroes and Villains is not as straightforward as you might think. Before you can use them in-game, you must first unlock them using an in-game currency called &ldquo;Credits&rdquo;. There are ways to get Credits fast by playing the game, and by paying out real money. I&rsquo;ll cover both options, so you know what paths are available to you.</p> <h2>How to Get Credits Fast</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/star-wars-battlefront-2-earn-credits-fast.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The free and natural way to earn Credits fast in Star Wars Battlefront 2 is by playing the game, and it doesn&rsquo;t matter if it&rsquo;s the single-player campaign or in multiplayer. Either way, you can complete various Timed Challenges and Milestones depending on the mode, and this will often grant you a lump sum of Credits. For example, I received 4,000 Credits (only 11,000 away from Darth Vader) by completing some campaign Milestones, and this doesn&rsquo;t include snatching up all the collectibles, which would have given me a few more.</p> <p>On the multiplayer side, there are Timed Challenges that you can view in the Career section, as well as some Milestones that are not timed. You should spend some time looking over this area each day to see what you can finish quickly to give yourself a small bump in Credits.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/star-wars-battlefront-2-get-credits-fast.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>One of the most effective ways to earn Credits is to open loot crates in the game. These are both readily available for real cash, and by completing the Milestones and Timed Challenges I mentioned earlier. You also earn a crate for each day you log in and play Star Wars Battlefront 2, and these can contain a few Credits to put towards your Hero and Villain savings account.</p> <p>The final way to get Credits fast, or at least the things you would buy with the Credits, is to pay real money to get Crystals and buy more loot crates. I&rsquo;m not recommending this, but it is an option when it comes to getting Credits quickly. I got 5,000 Credits in one loot crate that I unlocked by completing a Milestone, so in theory you could buy a bunch of loot crates with real money and take your chances. Again, I&rsquo;d advise that you save your money and just play the game, completing the Milestones and unlocking the Heroes and Villains naturally.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5jGVvKqFAuc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Speaking of Heroes and Villains, here is how much each one will cost in Credits to unlock.</p> <ul> <li>Darth Vader: 15,000 Credits</li> <li>Luke Skywalker: 15,000 Credits</li> <li>Chewbacca: 10,000 Credits</li> <li>Emperor Palpatine: 10,000 Credits</li> <li>Leia Organa: 10,000 Credits</li> <li>Iden Versio: 5,000 Credits</li> </ul> <p>For what it&rsquo;s worth, earning Credits fast isn&rsquo;t tough initially. I was able to get quite a few with very minimal time in multiplayer, and by beating the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102144/how-long-is-star-wars-battlefront-2" title="How Long is the Star Wars Battlefront 2 Campaign?">short Star Wars Battlefront 2 campaign</a>. It turned out to be enough that I could buy Darth Vader, but I also scored 5,000 Credits in one of my campaign loot crates.</p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:10:00 PST Bill Lavoy Star Control: Origins Fleet Battles Beta Begins Today http://www.shacknews.com/article/102160/star-control-origins-fleet-battles-beta-begins-today http://www.shacknews.com/article/102160/star-control-origins-fleet-battles-beta-begins-today <p>Stardock released the first beta of Fleet Battles for Star Control: Origins today. The Fleet Battles beta is only available for folks&nbsp;who pre-order Star Control: Origins. The beta also features&nbsp;a Ship Crafting system that allows players to design their own ships, for use in Fleet Battles, and share them online. Players can download any ship designed by other players&nbsp;and engage in battle with enemy fleets.</p> <p>Take a look at the Fleet Battles trailer.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/a-hhgTxiB8Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>The final version of the game&nbsp;is expected to release next Summer. Users can <a href="http://www.starcontrol.com" target="_blank">pre-order Star Control: Origins</a>&nbsp;now at a discounted price and receive instant access to the Fleet Battles beta.</p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:05:00 PST Asif Khan Is Star Wars Battlefront 2 Pay to Win? http://www.shacknews.com/article/102157/is-star-wars-battlefront-2-pay-to-win http://www.shacknews.com/article/102157/is-star-wars-battlefront-2-pay-to-win <p>If you&rsquo;re at all interested in the release of Star Wars Battlefront 2, you&rsquo;ve almost certainly heard about the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102108/ea-cuts-battlefront-2-hero-unlock-cost-by-75-after-complaints" title="Star Wars Battlefront 2 Microtransactions and Progression">fuss over progression and microtransactions</a> in the game. Players felt that Electronic Arts went with a progression system that encouraged players to spend real money to unlock popular in-game items. Darth Vader was previously priced at 60,000 Credits, which could take 40 in-game hours to reach. But, does that make Star Wars Battlefront 2 pay to win?</p> <p><em>It's worth noting that the following was written prior to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102164/star-wars-battlefront-2-alters-the-deal-and-removes-microtransactions-for-now">microtransactions being temporarily removed from Star Wars Battlefront 2</a>. For the time being, Star Wars Battlefront 2 has no microtransactions, meaning it is not pay-to-win. We will have to wait and see what changes are made to the system when microtransactions return to the game in the future.</em></p> <h2>Is Star Wars Battlefront 2 Pay to Win?</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/star-wars-battlefront-2-pay-to-win-crates.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>During my time with Star Wars Battlefront 2, I completed campaign Milestones and multiplayer Timed Challenges to earn in-game loot crates. These crates had Credits, Crafting Parts, Star Cards and Emotes. I then spent $6.99 Canadian on 500 Crystals, which is the currency you can buy with real money. I used the 500 Crystals to open three loot crates. Every single loot crate that I opened contained Star Cards that I was then able to apply to the various Classes, Heroes, and Villains to upgrade the characters I played with. I didn&rsquo;t notice a difference in the items I received when spending real money versus the in-game currency, but I got a lot more a lot faster by spending real money. I was able to avoid several hours of grind and jump straight to having some advantages.</p> <p>Now, for those thinking that someone can drop a bunch of cash, open a bunch of loot crates, and have fully upgraded Classes, Heroes, and Villains immediately, that&rsquo;s not the case. Yes, you can get items that make you more effective in multiplayer, but you must play the game to level up and open the slots that those upgrades fit into. You get one open slot by default, but the rest must be unlocked by leveling that Class, Hero, or Villain. This, however, will happen naturally as you play.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/star-wars-battlefront-2-buy-star-cards.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Still, Star Wars Battlefront 2 has pay to win mechanics in it. Does this mean you can pay cash and be the best player in multiplayer? No. You can unlock advantages for the character, but if you just aren&rsquo;t a good player, it isn&rsquo;t going to help you much. If you are equal in skill to an opponent, though, and you have a character loaded with upgrades because you paid real cash to get them quickly, how is that not pay to win? It isn&rsquo;t the most blatant pay to win mechanic I&rsquo;ve ever seen, but you can spend real dollars to get an advantage.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w4G2kRAQst4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Regardless of whether Star Wars Battlefront 2 has a bit of pay to win in it, the game is going to be very popular this holiday season. If you&rsquo;d rather avoid spending real cash on loot crates, there are ways to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102159/star-wars-battlefront-2---how-to-get-credits-fast" title="Star Wars Battlefront 2 Earn Credits Fast">earn Credits fast and unlock crates</a>, although it&rsquo;s not as effective as dropping real money, unfortunately.</p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:00:00 PST Bill Lavoy Destiny 2: How to Fix the Termite Error Code http://www.shacknews.com/article/100646/destiny-2-how-to-fix-the-termite-error-code http://www.shacknews.com/article/100646/destiny-2-how-to-fix-the-termite-error-code <p>Destiny 2 is here and kicking ass, and Bungie is dropping Hotfixes to PC and console every other week, but sometimes those updates bring with them errors. The latest error code cropping up is the Termite Error, which is currently preventing players from getting online. Unlike the beta, there is actually a way to fix this Destiny 2 Termite Error on PC.</p> <h2>What is Destiny 2's Termite Error?</h2> <p>The Termite error occurs when players attempt to log in to Destiny 2. "Failed to download configuration files from Bungie servers, please try again," the code reads. At the moment, players are encountering the Termite Error after downloading Hotfix through the Blizzard Launcher.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/Destiny-2-PC-Termite-Error-Fix.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <h2>How to Fix Destiny 2's Termite Error</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/Destiny-2-PC-Termite-Error-Fix-Blizzard.JPG" alt="" width="700" height="399" /></div> <p>Blizzard has issued a Breaking News update on their Blizzard App that addresses the Destiny 2 PC Termite Error. The alert reads:</p> <p><em>"If you are encountering TERMITE errors on Destiny 2 PC after Hotfix, please use the Scan and Repair tool on the Blizzard Battle.net Application by clicking on the Options dropdown &gt; Scan and Repair Destiny 2 screen."</em></p> <p>You can easily find the "Options" dropdown box by clicking the Destiny 2 icon in the sidebar and looking for where it says "Options" below the Destiny 2 title. Click the Scan and Repair option, then Begin Scan. This scan may take some time, but once completed, you should find that you can relaunch Destiny 2 without running into the Termite Error code.</p> <p>If there are other issues or errors you're encountering, be sure to check out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101225/destiny-2-complete-strategy-guide">Destiny 2 Complete Strategy Guide</a> for a list of fixes.</p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:00:00 PST Shack Staff Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite December Patch Warps Reality Stone, Smacks Down Dante http://www.shacknews.com/article/102158/marvel-vs-capcom-infinite-december-patch-warps-reality-stone-smacks-down-dante http://www.shacknews.com/article/102158/marvel-vs-capcom-infinite-december-patch-warps-reality-stone-smacks-down-dante <p>Fans of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite have likely noticed that Reality Stone seems a little bit imbalanced. Yes, the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101713/marvel-vs-capcom-infinite-patch-includes-spider-man-combo-glitch-fix">big glitch</a> has been fixed, but that doesn't mean this Infinity Stone isn't still wildly overpowered. The <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/mvci/comments/7as7kx/meme_for_those_who_hate_reality_stone/" target="blank">memes</a> speak for themselves.</p> <p>Those fans may be happy to hear that the Reality Stone is being brought down several pegs in the next Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite patch, set to hit the game on December 5. Here are the key changes coming to Reality Stone:</p> <h3>Reality Stone Infinity Surge</h3> <ul> <li>Increased start-up from 8F to 20F</li> <li>Decreased active frames from 120F to 90F</li> <li>Increased projectile speed</li> <li>Projectile now disappears if player is hit</li> <li>Lengthened time needed for the projectile to start homing</li> <li>Gradually reduced hit stun on block from startup &ndash; max. of 12F to min. of 6F <ul> <li>Made it easier to reflect with Advancing Guard immediately after start-up</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/MVCI_1706_SYSTEM_004_png_jpgcopy.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>On top of that, one of the Reality Stone's more frequent wielders, Dante, is also getting whacked with the nerf bat. And by "whacked," I mean "bludgeoned."</p> <h3>Dante</h3> <ul> <li>Decreased health from 10,000 to 9,000</li> <li>When transitioning into these moves, Dante will no longer turn to face the opponent: <ul> <li>Million Stabs</li> <li>Million Stabs (Quick)</li> <li>Drive</li> <li>Volcano (During Million Stab)</li> <li>Prop Shredder</li> <li>Revolver</li> <li>Million Carats</li> <li>Crazy Dance</li> <li>Twister</li> <li>Jam Session</li> <li>Bee Hive</li> </ul> </li> <li>5LP: Increased hurt box size</li> <li>Raise Flag (6LP) <ul> <li>Increased hurt box size</li> <li>Decreased active frames from 4F to 3F</li> </ul> </li> <li>5HP: <ul> <li>Increased start-up from 12F to 13F</li> <li>Decreased active frames from 3F to 2F</li> </ul> </li> <li>2HP: <ul> <li>Increased hurt box size</li> <li>Decreased active frames from 4F to 3F</li> </ul> </li> <li>Jump LP: <ul> <li>Increased hurt box size</li> </ul> </li> <li>Reverse Edge (J6LP): Increased hurt box size</li> <li>Jump HK: <ul> <li>Initial damage scaling decreased from 100% to 90%</li> <li>Increased attack start-up from 14F to 15F</li> <li>Reduced horizontal reach</li> <li>Changed hitboxes so that they gradually increase in size, rather than instantly appearing at full size</li> </ul> </li> <li>Normal throw (both forward/back): Knockdown duration decreased from 30F to 20F</li> <li>Air throw (both forward/back): Lowered floating on ground bounce</li> <li>Million Stabs: <ul> <li>Damage decreased from 1560 to 800</li> <li>Meter gain first hit decreased from 200 to 100 (except for last hit)</li> </ul> </li> <li>Drive: Decreased damage from 1410 to 900</li> <li>Rain Storm (J2HK): Can only be activated in the air once</li> <li>Prop Shredder: Decreased damage from 1120 to 850</li> <li>Revolver: <ul> <li>Damage (5 hits) decreased from 1590 to 960</li> <li>Meter gain per hit decreased from 300 to 200 (excluding last hit)</li> </ul> </li> <li>Jet Storm: <ul> <li>Slowed down rush speed</li> <li>Decreased damage from 1560 to 1150</li> <li>Reduced hit box size</li> <li>Increased hurt box size</li> </ul> </li> <li>Crazy Dance: <ul> <li>Decreased damage from 1925 to 1176</li> <li>Increased hurt box size</li> <li>Scaling on hit stun decay 100% to 98%</li> </ul> </li> <li>Twister: Reduced width of hit box</li> <li>Tempest: <ul> <li>Reduced width of hit box</li> <li>Increased recovery by 9F</li> <li>Meter gain first hit decreased from 200 to 100</li> </ul> </li> <li>Bee Hive: <ul> <li>Decreased damage from 2290 to 1239</li> <li>Meter gain first hit decreased from 200 to 100</li> </ul> </li> <li>Hammer: <ul> <li>Decreased damage from 900 to 700</li> <li>Reduced hit box size</li> <li>Increased hurt box size</li> <li>Added 9F of landing recovery</li> </ul> </li> <li>Volcano: Decreased damage from 1000 to 800</li> <li>Killer Bee: Decreased damage from 1100 to 900</li> <li>Million Dollars: Delayed start of attack after black screen by 10F</li> <li>Devil Trigger: Fixed a bug that caused health recovery during grab sequence and damage animation.</li> </ul> <p>Those are some big-time changes to two of the most omnipresent parts of the current MvCI meta. Other changes include adding roll options after crumpling, a shortage of the Space Stone's Infinity Storm duration, slight changes to Advancing Guard, bug fixes, and balance tweaks for a majority of the cast.</p> <p>Find the full list of changes on <a href="http://www.capcom-unity.com/strumslinger/blog/2017/11/16/patch-notes-for-marvel-vs-capcom-infinite-december-5-update" target="blank">Capcom-Unity</a>.</p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:55:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Star Wars Battlefront 2 Release Time http://www.shacknews.com/article/102156/star-wars-battlefront-2-release-time http://www.shacknews.com/article/102156/star-wars-battlefront-2-release-time <p>Star Wars Battlefront 2 has had a rocky past week or so, and the game isn&rsquo;t even out yet. Fans who were able to get early access through various means did not like what they saw with the game&rsquo;s progression and microtransactions, which resulted in the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102108/ea-cuts-battlefront-2-hero-unlock-cost-by-75-after-complaints" title="Star Wars Battlefront 2 Most Downvoted Reddit Comment">most downvoted comment in Reddit history</a>. Electronic Arts is pushing forward, though, and the game will release on the PS4, Xbox One and PC as scheduled.</p> <h2>Star Wars Battlefront 2 Release Time</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/11/star-wars-battlefront-2-release-time.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The Star Wars Battlefront 2 release time for the Standard Edition is listed only as November 17, 2017 on both the PlayStation Store and Origin for PC. However, EA has typically released games at midnight, so you can most likely access Star Wars Battlefront 2 as of 12:01 a.m. EST on Friday. That would be 9:01 p.m. PST. It&rsquo;s important to note, though, that I do not have verification that this is the exact time.</p> <p>The good news is, ordering the Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition of Star Wars Battlefront 2 will give you instant access to the game. You can play it right now, although that version is obviously going to cost you more money than the Standard Edition. The Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition will give you some upgrade packs for various multiplayer classes, and access to the game immediately.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B8bgndGWGbo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>When it comes to which edition you should buy, I can&rsquo;t really make a case for the Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition unless you are a massive Star Wars fan and need to have all the things. In that case, sure, but the bonus of unlocking access to the game three days early is almost gone with the Standard Edition going live in less than 24 hours. You&rsquo;d be fine to order the Standard Edition, especially if&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102144/how-long-is-star-wars-battlefront-2" title="How Long is the Star Wars Battlefront 2 Campaign">the short campaign</a> is your primary motivator. If you&rsquo;re strictly multiplayer, maybe the Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition appeals to you, so you don&rsquo;t have to stress about <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102159/star-wars-battlefront-2---how-to-get-credits-fast" title="Star Wars Battlefront 2 - How to Earn Credits Fast">how to earn Credits fast</a>.</p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:15:00 PST Bill Lavoy Sky For Apple TV Unfolds Its Wings In New 6-Minute Gameplay Video http://www.shacknews.com/article/102155/sky-for-apple-tv-unfolds-its-wings-in-new-6-minute-gameplay-video http://www.shacknews.com/article/102155/sky-for-apple-tv-unfolds-its-wings-in-new-6-minute-gameplay-video <p>While they might not exactly fit in with the AAA blockbuster games crowd, the multitude of releases from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/thatgamecompany" target="_blank">thatgamecompany</a> have all been fairly well-received thanks to their charm and their willingness to think outside of the box. This was true for <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/flower" target="_blank">Flower</a>, it was absolutely true for <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/journey" target="_blank">Journey</a>, and it looks to be true for Sky, thatgamecompany's upcoming iOS and tvOS experience.</p> <p>In a new video published by <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/11/15/sky-all-our-newest-info-a-ign-first" target="_blank">IGN</a>, thatgamecompany creative director Jenova Chen spells out many new details about Sky, including its goal of becoming a "global social adventure experience" where players can explore the world through the power of flight. Unlike in Journey where players could only connect with others online, Sky has been designed as an experience that can unite families and friends alike through cooperative play.</p> <p>Chen goes on to narrate the game's initial moments, where a shadowy childlike protagonist looks to escape its gloomy surroundings only to be blessed by a mysterious light. From there, the rest of the video goes on to reveal more about how the children and the light can interact with one another and the rest of the world. If spoilers aren't any kind of concern, be sure to watch the entire six-minute video, featured below.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zpgn8U5Ug8M?start=6" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Chen also details how the game was specially built just for touch-based input, where nearly all of the in-game actions can be performed with a simple swipe of a finger in any given direction &mdash; that's right, no clumsy on-screen directional pads this time.</p> <p>Intended to release as a timed exclusive for iOS and tvOS, iPad and iPhone owners as well as those fortunate enough to have the new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/apple-tv-4k" target="_blank">Apple TV 4K</a> will be among the first to sample Sky's charms. There's no specific release date for the game, however, nor is there any word on which platforms Sky will land on after its iOS debut. For now, we'll simply have to wait while thatgamecompany continues their work.</p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:20:00 PST Kevin Tucker
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