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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us When Does the Sea of Thieves Beta Start? http://www.shacknews.com/article/102943/when-does-the-sea-of-thieves-beta-start http://www.shacknews.com/article/102943/when-does-the-sea-of-thieves-beta-start <p>Sea of Thieves is having another closed beta in preparation for its full release on March 20, and would-be pirates everywhere are clamouring for the beta start times. Thankfully, Microsoft is giving those with access quite a long period of time to play the beta and experience a taste of what the full game has to offer.</p> <h2>Sea of Thieves Closed Beta Start and End Times</h2> <p>The Sea of Thieves Closed Beta will be available over the course of almost a week, starting January 24 and ending January 29, just in time for a big weekend binge. That&rsquo;s five whole days (and some change) of singing shanties, searching for treasure, and getting into scraps with other pirates.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sjck9xv_Zpc" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Below are the Sea of Thieves beta start times:</p> <ul> <li>January 24 at 4:00 AM PST</li> <li>January 24 at 7:00 AM ET</li> </ul> <p>Sea of Thieves closed beta end times:</p> <ul> <li>January 29 at 12:00 AM PST</li> <li>January 29 at 3:00 AM ET</li> </ul> <p>Accessing the Sea of Thieves Closed Beta requires you to either preorder the game, have a &ldquo;Black Dog Pack&rdquo; redeemable code, or be registered for the <a href="https://www.seaofthieves.com/insider">Sea of Thieves Insider Program</a>.</p> <p>The Sea of Thieves Closed Beta will have the cross play feature enabled, allowing PC and Xbox One players to play together (hooray for harmony!), and it will also include the Play Anywhere functionality, allowing you to play on your Xbox One and then shift to your PC if you please. The beta is a mere 7.45 GB in size, so shouldn&rsquo;t chew up too much of that precious hard drive space.</p> <p>While Rare is saving a lot of content for the full release, there&rsquo;s still quite a bit to experience in the beta. You&rsquo;ll be able to hunt for buried treasure by following maps and solving riddles, play solo or as a team in a shared world, experience all types of weather, and participate in pulse-pounding ship-to-ship combat.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ll be diving into the beta as soon as it goes live, so be sure to check back with us for more coverage on Rare&rsquo;s latest title, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Sea-Thieves-Xbox-One/dp/B00ZPT59YS/ref=sr_1_1?s=videogames&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1516770716&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=sea%2Bof%2Bthieves&amp;th=1?shack0a-20">Sea of Thieves</a>.</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:35:00 PST Sam Chandler Review: Dragon Ball FighterZ Goes Super Saiyan http://www.shacknews.com/article/102941/review-dragon-ball-fighterz-goes-super-saiyan http://www.shacknews.com/article/102941/review-dragon-ball-fighterz-goes-super-saiyan <p></p> <p>Let me take you back to the 90&rsquo;s really quick, an era where anime could pretty much only be found at Blockbuster videos and interest in Japanese cartoons was considered a hobby only for the socially inept. This was <g class="gr_ gr_90 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar multiReplace" id="90" data-gr-id="90">around</g> the time I had my first exposure to the Dragon Ball franchise in the form of imported Super Famicom fighting games. These 2D brawlers were like nothing I&rsquo;d seen stateside. Who were these characters with spiky blonde hair and how could throwing fireballs be as simple as pushing a button?&nbsp;</p> <p>Fast forward to now and everyone knows about Goku, his ragtag band of allies and the many eyebrow twitches they've all made throughout the years. New consoles emerged and trends changed, the Dragon Ball fighting games grew in popularity, went 3D and evolved into something new that didn&rsquo;t derive from the Street Fighters and Mortal Kombats of the last era. While titles like the Dragon Ball Xenoverse series have done a great job in capturing the essence of the series, there hasn&rsquo;t been a game that really scratched my itch for a fighter like those old Famicom games. That is until Dragon Ball FighterZ made the scene.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/DragonBallFighterZReview.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>Raising Power Levels</h2> <p>Dragon Ball FighterZ feels like it draws from those classic games while also taking a lot of cues from modern fighting titles. Many features remind me specifically of the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise, like the straightforward combo system and tag team mechanics. Basic combos can be accomplished by tapping a button several times, meaning just about anyone can pick up a controller and pull off some impressive looking moves. Throwing down super and meteor attacks are the same for all characters as well.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a learning curve to mastering the basics, but it&rsquo;s the smallest, most approachable curve in a fighting game I&rsquo;ve seen in awhile. Fans of any age should be able to jump in and get going in no time. That's not saying that Dragon Ball FighterZ is without nuance. Once the basics are mastered, there&rsquo;s a deeper layer of countering, combo-ing and timing teammate support moves that advanced players will appreciate.</p> <p>There are some nice little touches and one particularly unique modifier to some fights. Much like in the Injustice series, some levels have transitions or destructive finishes that can be activated by knocking out opponents with a power move. In some instances, if the right characters have been selected, players may also experience executions adapted straight out of the anime series, such as Kid Gohan taking out Cell with a one-handed <g class="gr_ gr_64 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" id="64" data-gr-id="64">kamehameha</g>.</p> <p>Depending on what mode is being played, there&rsquo;s even a chance to collect all seven dragon balls and summon the dragon Shenron. Once summoned, Shenron grants one of four wishes like reviving a downed teammate or boosting health or power. It&rsquo;s definitely a feature unique to FighterZ that can help even the playing. It feels like many of the game&rsquo;s core mechanics are meant to keep that balance between casual and hardcore in check like that.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 698px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/VegetaDragonBallFighterZReview.jpg" alt="" width="698" height="394" /></div> <h2>An Animation Sensation</h2> <p>Visually you could not ask for a better marriage of <g class="gr_ gr_66 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del" id="66" data-gr-id="66">Ark</g> System Work&rsquo;s animation and cel shading. Characters and backgrounds look like they were taken straight out of the show and given an HD update. So many nice touches have been made to make Dragon Ball FighterZ look as good as it plays, like the way new fighters zoom onto the battlefield after an ally falls or the animations for each characters super moves. The added bonus of the original Japanese voice cast just adds to the enveloping nature of the game&rsquo;s overall design.</p> <p>Even though the animations for story mode specifically can be limited at times, they still look fantastic. Character models are expressive and though there are still some clipping moments like most cel-shaded titles, they&rsquo;re much smaller and harder to notice <g class="gr_ gr_65 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del" id="65" data-gr-id="65">than</g> in many titles, including Xenoverse.</p> <p>Gameplay modes are varied and scaled with my ability with very little punishment for not being at a certain level of adeptness. For instance, arcade mode has a system that bases the next opponent on what grade a team gets at the end of a match. Meaning &ldquo;S&rdquo; rank players will go on to face a more challenging AI opponent in the next round while lower grades take on a more approachable enemy.</p> <p>Almost every Dragon Ball game I&rsquo;ve ever played has done a great job of putting players into historical moments from throughout the series. But playing through the Super Saiyan saga for the umpteenth time just to get to the meat and potatoes of a game has definitely become laborious over the years. Refreshingly, Dragon Ball FighterZ doesn&rsquo;t retell the same old story but rather integrates the player into a brand new tale that heavily references from canon.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/DBZSuperGodGoku.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>Summoning The Dragon</h2> <p>If there is one glaring flaw to Dragon Ball FighterZ it would have to be the inclusion of capsule corp style loot crates over a more open in-game store. Capsules only contain items for the social hub area, like character avatars and character titles, and cost only a small amount of in-game currency to purchase, so it&rsquo;s not like there&rsquo;s a Battlefront 2 level of controversy here. Still, it would&rsquo;ve been nice if I could&rsquo;ve used the money I earned to buy the items I wanted over going in completely blind.</p> <p>At the end of the day, Dragon Ball FighterZ is a game made for fans of the series. It does a great job of keeping itself accessible to a wide age range and scale of ability. Beyond the essential inclusion of Goku, Vegeta, and their respective progeny, the roster has a decent selection of friends and enemies from throughout the series, including newer characters like Beerus and Hit, without getting bloated down by overinclusion (did anyone really want to play as every member of the Ginyu force?).</p> <p>This is truly the best Dragon Ball fighter I&rsquo;ve played since the Super Famicom imports. It&rsquo;s pure fighting bliss that makes you feel as OP as the characters on the show by adding so much style and flare. Longtime fans and newer fans who may just be familiar with Dragon Ball Super will find something to enjoy here if they&rsquo;re fans of fighters.</p> <p>One caveat to my review, online mode was not available since review code was supplied before the release date. I will be updating my review with online impressions as soon as they&rsquo;re available and I&rsquo;ve had enough time to go through its features thoroughly.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BnyUyug0li8" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:30:00 PST Blake Morse RollerCoaster Tycoon Team Wants To Crowdfund A New Switch Game http://www.shacknews.com/article/102940/rollercoaster-tycoon-team-wants-to-crowdfund-a-new-switch-game http://www.shacknews.com/article/102940/rollercoaster-tycoon-team-wants-to-crowdfund-a-new-switch-game <p>For better or worse, crowdfunding has become a popular way for video game developers to reach out to their fans. It's true that projects sometimes crash and burn, but other times players are treated to great games like Shovel Knight or Undertale. The chances of finding a big hit are apparently too substantial to ignore, which is likely why&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/atari" target="_blank">Atari</a> and Nvizzio Creations, the Canadian developer behind&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/rollercoaster-tycoon-world" target="_blank">RollerCoaster Tycoon World</a> and RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch, are putting together a crowdfunding campaign in the hopes of crafting an all-new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/rollercoaster-tycoon-series" target="_blank">RollerCoaster Tycoon</a> title for the Nintendo Switch.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JwfZqomlPsk" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>The campaign has kicked off over on the <a href="https://www.startengine.com/atari-game-partners" target="_blank">StartEngine crowdfunding platform</a>, and Atari is hoping to find investments in excess of $10,000 and upward to just over $1 million. If the team can secure the funding, Nvizzio Creations plans to use the money to create a RollerCoaster Tycoon game that is specifically-tailored to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/nintendo-switch" target="_blank">Nintendo Switch</a> hardware, which can be considered a fairly smart decision considering the device's immense financial success and rapid adoption so far. In fact, the StartEngine page for the project directly refers to this potential for combined success, with a headline saying "RollerCoaster Tycoon and Nintendo Switch: The Perfect Fit."</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/atari-crowdfunding-rollercoaster-tycoon-switch.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="409" /></div> <p>Judging from the campaign page, it seems likely that the Switch version of RollerCoaster Tycoon would be heavily inspired by the gameplay featured in Nvizzio Creation's free-to-play mobile title. The Switch could likely easily accomodate the aforementioned game's touch-based controls, and the team has mentioned plans to give the game multiple gameplay scenarios as well as an expansive career mode for players who want to build their entertainment empires.</p> <p>Anyone who might be interested in funding a new RollerCoaster Tycoon project should certainly check out the <a href="https://www.startengine.com/atari-game-partners" target="_blank">StartEngine page</a>, wherein the team goes to considerable length to explain the pitch. The website also explains all of the relevant perks that investors will receive, including a listing on the Atari Game Partners website for any investment amount above $250, a 25% discount off the final product for those who invest at least $750, and the aforementioned perks alongside a free copy of The Art of Atari for those who invest at least $1,500.</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:20:00 PST Kevin Tucker SOS Hits Steam Early Access, Celebrates with Snoop Dogg http://www.shacknews.com/article/102939/sos-hits-steam-early-access-celebrates-with-snoop-dogg http://www.shacknews.com/article/102939/sos-hits-steam-early-access-celebrates-with-snoop-dogg <p>Survival game <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102307/sos-recruits-100-players-ahead-of-closed-beta-week">SOS</a> has wrapped up its closed betas and has now moved on to <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/619080/SOS/" target="_blank">Steam Early Access</a>. Outpost Studios has high hopes for its massive survival effort, not only hoping to bring in a big player base, but also a base of Twitch and YouTube streamers. With that said, Outpost invited a handful of top Twitch and YouTube stars to stream its Early Access build, including that up-and-coming livestreaming superstar Snoop Dogg.</p> <p>Mr. Dogg can be seen on his <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/doggydogg20" target="blank">Twitch</a> channel (via <a href="https://www.hero.tv/twitch/doggydogg20" target="blank">Hero.tv</a>) exploring the island with some fellow livestreamers. They're quickly confronted by some of the island's dangers, like unfriendly demons, while also picking up random loot sprinkled across the caves. The idea, as it is in the game as a whole, is to form alliances to survive the island's dangerous environment. Of course, remember that in order to win, there are only so many spots available to escape the island, which means the alliance is inevitably going to fall apart.</p> <p>For a look at SOS, check out Snoop Dogg's stream below. You can either enjoy the gameplay or Snoop's banter, which can occasionally be NSFW.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://player.twitch.tv/?autoplay=false&amp;video=v221640954" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" scrolling="no"></iframe><a href="https://www.twitch.tv/videos/221640954?tt_content=text_link&amp;tt_medium=vod_embed" style="padding: 2px 0px 4px; display: block; width: 345px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 10px; text-decoration: underline;">Watch The king comes to the island! SOS available in Early Access! from Doggydogg20 on www.twitch.tv</a></p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:05:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Downwell Developer Ojiro Fumoto Joins Nintendo http://www.shacknews.com/article/102938/downwell-developer-ojiro-fumoto-joins-nintendo http://www.shacknews.com/article/102938/downwell-developer-ojiro-fumoto-joins-nintendo <p>Last year was massive for the video games industry, and so far as things are looking now, 2018 is shaping up nicely as well. Not only are there plenty of great <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102661/video-game-release-date-schedule-2018" target="_blank">video game releases planned for this year</a>, some of the top talents in the industry are finding new homes and new opportunities to create. We heard earlier this week that famed developer <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102917/famed-developer-yuji-naka-joins-square-enix" target="_blank">Yuji Naka has joined up with Square Enix</a>, and now we're learning that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/downwell" target="_blank">Downwell</a> developer Ojiro Fumoto has just joined the team over at Nintendo.<br /><br />Fumoto, who goes by the name of Moppin, first made a splash on the independent games development scene by releasing the stylish platformer Downwell for iOS and PC in October of 2015. His game would find its way to Android, PlayStation Vita, and the PlayStation 4 by the next year, and since then the game has managed to earn consistently good ratings <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/360740/Downwell/" target="_blank">over on Steam</a>, where it holds an overwhelmingly positive review score from over 3,500 users.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UygovwXlbsU" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Moppin first revealed that he'd moved to working with Nintendo via Facebook last December, but he took to Twitter just earlier today to remind his followers of his exciting new role.&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/moppppin/status/955783832459857920" target="_blank">The original tweet</a> is in Japanese, but reports indicate that it says, "Got a job at Nintendo! I'll do my best."<br /><br />Unfortunately for PC gamers, it seems that Fumoko's role at Nintendo is likely to rule out any of his future games releasing for PC, at least not before some considerable amount of time has passed. Still, pairing up such a talented young developer with the biggest name in the industry can only be a good thing as far as players are concerned, and his next project is sure to pique the interest of the gaming scene at large. Until we hear more details on what sort of projects he'll be working on, players can still celebrate his past accomplishments by picking up Downwell for just $3 via <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/360740/Downwell/" target="_blank">Steam</a>, the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/downwell/id1032708262?mt=8" target="_blank">Apple App Store</a>, the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devolver.downwell&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Google Play Store</a>, or for $5 via the <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP3643-CUSA04550_00-DOWNWELLUSP40001" target="_blank">PlayStation Store</a>.</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:45:00 PST Kevin Tucker Hearthstone: The Winners & Losers of the 2017 HCT World Championship http://www.shacknews.com/article/102931/hearthstone-the-winners--losers-of-the-2017-hct-world-championship http://www.shacknews.com/article/102931/hearthstone-the-winners--losers-of-the-2017-hct-world-championship <p>The Hearthstone World Championship is in the books and a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102907/tom60229-wins-2017-hearthstone-world-championship">new champion</a> has been crowned. It's Chen "tom60229" Wei Lin, who survived a brutal five-game series with Frank "Fr0zen" Zhang and came back from 0-2 down to win the championship.</p> <p>After watching four days of Hearthstone at its absolute top level, Shacknews has a few takeaways from the past weekend's action that can apply to players of all skill levels and spectators of all stripes. Let's take a look at some of the event's biggest winners and losers.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Dragoncaller_Alanna_cropped.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="498" /></div> <h2>WINNER: Fr0zen and Sintolol's Control Mage</h2> <p>While the Hearthstone Summer Championship was filled with Priests, Druids, Rogues, and Warlocks, only two players thought to bring along a Mage. They were Fr0zen and Thomas "Sintolol" Zimmer, both bringing a variation of the Control Mage. While Fr0zen brought along the 2-cost <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Medivh%27s_Valet" target="blank">Medivh's Valet</a>, Sintolol thought a little bigger and packed in <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Medivh,_the_Guardian" target="blank">Medivh, the Guardian</a> and <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Dragoncaller_Alanna" target="blank">Dragoncaller Alanna</a>.</p> <p>Both Mages paid huge dividends for both players, managing to keep pace with the Tempo Rogue, wipe out aggro opponents, and outlast the Highlander Priest. <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Frost_Lich_Jaina" target="blank">Frost Lich Jaina</a> proved invaluable, allowing both players to bring out new <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Water_Elemental" target="blank">Water Elementals</a> and keep their life totals refreshed. The wild card was <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Skulking_Geist" target="blank">Skulking Geist</a>, which stopped Jade Druids in their tracks and allowed the Mage to win the long game.</p> <p>With Mages proving to be so strong, it was no surprise that Fr0zen and Sintolol put on the single best game of the weekend. But let's touch on that in more detail a little later.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Hearthstone_Rogue.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>LOSER: Kolento and Neirea's Tempo Rogue</h2> <p>Tempo Rogue actually had a pretty good weekend, overall. <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Prince_Keleseth" target="blank">Prince Keleseth</a> was good for buffing up minions, while <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Elven_Minstrel" target="blank">Elven Minstrel</a> proved invaluable for keeping hands replenished. Rogue was never short on tools and would often ride to victory. Well, it did for most players.</p> <p>Unfortunately, Alexandr "Kolento" Malsh and Eugene "Neirea" Shumilin's Tempo Rogues mostly came up on the losing end of bad matchups with Aggro Druids and Highlander Priests. This was mostly the result of some bad luck and some bad draws. While Neirea was on the wrong end of a reverse sweep with Tempo Rogue, some of those matchups could have easily gone the other way.</p> <p>But while their Tempo Rogue makeup is pretty standard, this loss may get both players back in the lab and potentially tinkering with their decks. Kolento, specifically, saw first-hand what a tweaked Tempo Rogue is capable of, as JasonZhou skillfully used <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Sonya_Shadowdancer" target="blank">Sonya Shadowdancer</a> to trade in multiple <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Saronite_Chain_Gang" target="blank">Saronite Chain Gang</a> minions, allowing him to reinforce his board with multiple 1/1 Taunts.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=FurtiveSullenSpaghettiFutureMan&amp;autoplay=false&amp;tt_medium=clips_embed" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Spiteful_Summoner_cropped.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="437" /></div> <h2>INCOMPLETE: Ant's Spiteful Summoner Priest</h2> <p>Recall that Anthony "Ant" Trevino's Spiteful Summoner Priest was on our list of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102812/hearthstone-4-decks-to-watch-at-the-hct-world-championship">decks to watch for</a> at the Hearthstone World Championship. It was one of the only Priests at the event that deviated from the Highlander Priest deck type and, in fact, the only Priest that utilized the aggro Priest style that's currently all over the Ranked ladder. Seeing it on a competitive stage was going to be quite the treat.</p> <p>Unfortunately, Ant's opponents saw this Priest for the threat that it was. Both Aleksey "ShtanUdachi" Barsukov and Ryan "Purple" Murphy-Root made sure to ban Ant's Priest and since Ant went two and out, it meant the Spiteful Summoner Priest never made it to the stage. This won't be the last anyone sees of this deck type, though. In fact, there's a good chance it'll get its day sooner than later after the next Standard rotation. Speaking of which&hellip;</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Hearthstone_Shadowreaper_Anduin_cropped.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="374" /></div> <h2>WINNER (for now): Highlander Priest</h2> <p>Highlander Priest was all over the HCT Summer Championship and has been an utter terror in competitive circles for its potential to do heavy damage and execute one-turn kills in full Exodia-like fashion. That was on display once again at the Hearthstone World Championship, with a majority of the 16 players bringing the Highlander Priest to the competition. Look at how SamuelTsao was able to send Kolento home in a single turn, despite Kolento managing to armor up to over 13.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=BlitheYawningDoveTwitchRaid&amp;autoplay=false&amp;tt_medium=clips_embed" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Only the Control Mage matchup truly proved problematic for the Highlander Priest, mainly because Frost Lich Jaina was constantly able to refresh the Mage's life total with Lifesteal Elementals and keep the Priest at bay with <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Arcane_Artificer" target="blank">Arcane Artificer</a> and <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Ice_Block" target="blank">Ice Block</a>. But the Control Mages present at the event were few and far between. At most, the deck was faced with minor setbacks, but it proved to be a consistent source of power throughout the weekend. Even when it didn't look like there was a one-turn kill on the board, the Priest would often come through, as shown here when Kim "Surrender" Jungsoo stopped to do some on-the-spot math.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=CleanAdorableDogSaltBae&amp;autoplay=false&amp;tt_medium=clips_embed" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>But while Highlander Priest proved dominant in Amsterdam, this will likely be the last major HCT tournament in which it will rule. When the 2018 HCT season kicks off, a new Standard will take over and both <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Raza_the_Chained" target="blank">Raza the Chained</a> and <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Kazakus" target="blank">Kazakus</a> are set to vanish into Wild. Unless replacements are on the horizon, the Priest game will change significantly in the next couple of months.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Murloc_Warleader_cropped.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="515" /></div> <h2>LOSER: Murloc Paladin</h2> <p>There weren't a lot of Murlocadins at the Hearthstone World Championship, but the ones that were present often swung and missed. The strategy was solid enough. Rely on board presence and go for the face as often as possible, utilizing Murloc synergies for maximum attack power. Then the idea becomes to use cards like <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Call_to_Arms" target="blank">Call to Arms</a> to fill the board, while using minions like <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Knife_Juggler" target="blank">Knife Juggler</a> and <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Corridor_Creeper" target="blank">Corridor Creeper</a> to take advantage of the high numbers.</p> <p>The problem was that the deck quickly ran out of steam. Ant had a full board at one point, staring down ShtanUdachi. But Spreading Plague constantly proved to be the perfect counter to zoo decks, giving Murlocadin opponents ample time to clear the board. Whereas Aggro Druids can deal with setbacks by playing cards like <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Living_Mana" target="blank">Living Mana</a>, the Murloc Paladin often had no such Plan B and would face defeat as soon as they lost the numbers game. The Murloc Paladin looked especially lost on the first day, as Frederik "Hoej" Nielsen futilly tried to score at least one win with it in his elimination matchup with Jon "Orange" Westberg. It came up completely empty and Hoej went three and out.</p> <p>Only OmegaZero found success with the Murloc Paladin, looking particularly sharp on the third day with the Murlocadin's numbers outperforming Fr0zen's Control Mage. But following his eventual win in that series, Fr0zen noted in the subsequent press conference that while he had originally planned to bring a Murloc Paladin himself, he ultimately found that it couldn't withstand tempo matchups.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=WildObeseMouseSSSsss&amp;autoplay=false&amp;tt_medium=clips_embed" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Spreading_Plague_cropped.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="474" /></div> <h2>WINNER: Spreading Plague</h2> <p>Remember when <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Spreading_Plague" target="blank">Spreading Plague</a> used to cost 5 mana? Despite <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101228/hearthstone---analyzing-the-update-91-nerfs-and-changes">getting hit with the nerf bat</a>, Spreading Plague not only saw a lot of play at the Hearthstone World Championship, there were several instances where it single-handedly swung games. Just ask Ant, whose Paladin had ShtanUdachi's Druid dead to rights during the Friday group stages. Then this happened.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=PoorCrispyCardAMPTropPunch&amp;autoplay=false&amp;tt_medium=clips_embed" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>For Jade Druid players, the spell proved effective against its aggro counterparts. The biggest example came on Saturday when eventual Hearthstone World Champion tom60229 dropped a Spreading Plague as a direct counter to SamuelTsao's Living Mana. The wall was insurmountable and stopped the Aggro Druid in its tracks.</p> <p>Even with the more expensive cost, Spreading Plague has remained an invaluable defensive spell and was played all the way up through the final series. It's a spell that will definitely remain a regular piece of the Druid's arsenal both in the next competitive season and across the Ranked ladder.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Frost_Lich_Jaina_cropped.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="421" /></div> <h2>LOSER: Stolen Death Knights</h2> <p>There were a couple of instances where the tables seemingly turned, with Priest and Rogue card effects resulting in stolen Death Knight cards. This could have led to a couple of epic comebacks, but unfortunately, the power of a Death Knight by itself isn't always enough to win a game. It often needs other class cards to support it.</p> <p>Surrender's Tempo Rogue pulled a <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Malfurion_the_Pestilent" target="blank">Malfurion the Pestilent</a> off of a <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Swashburglar" target="blank">Swashburglar</a> during his semifinal match with tom60229. He played it as a Hail Mary, but the Druid Death Knight ultimately served to work against the South Korean player. Facing down a row of massive Jade Golem bodies, Surrender drew a <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Southsea_Deckhand" target="blank">Southsea Deckhand</a> that could have been helpful, but because the Druid Death Knight's Hero Power doesn't count as a weapon, the Pirate didn't have its Charge ability. Surrender wound up conceding the game on that same turn, en route to a four-game semifinal loss.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=PleasantSourMushroomEleGiggle&amp;autoplay=false&amp;tt_medium=clips_embed" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Meanwhile, let's revisit that Fr0zen/Sintolol matchup, where Fr0zen's Control Mage faced Sintolol's Combo Priest. Sintolol's Priest pulled a Frost Lich Jaina off of a <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Drakonid_Operative" target="blank">Drakonid Operative</a>. With Fr0zen's Skulking Geist eliminating the <a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Inner_Fire" target="blank">Inner Fire</a>/<a href="https://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Divine_Spirit" target="blank">Divine Spirit</a> combo, Sintolol played the Mage Death Knight on the next turn and turned the deciding fifth game completely on its head. While this matchup was much closer, without the Mage's burst spells to complement the Death Knight, Sintolol ultimately fell after both he and Fr0zen had drawn all their cards. It was a memorable last stand for Germany's own, concluding one of the most exciting series of the weekend.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://clips.twitch.tv/embed?clip=HealthySquarePastaKappaRoss&amp;autoplay=false&amp;tt_medium=clips_embed" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <hr /> <p>What were some of your favorite moments of the Hearthstone World Championship? Join the conversation and let us know in the comments.</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:30:00 PST Ozzie Mejia CES 2018: Exclusive Robotic Aflac Duck Interview http://www.shacknews.com/article/102936/ces-2018-exclusive-robotic-aflac-duck-interview http://www.shacknews.com/article/102936/ces-2018-exclusive-robotic-aflac-duck-interview <p>CES 2018 was a star-studded affair for Shacknews. Shaq told everyone to do it for Shacknews and we met the Aflac duck! Check out this interview about Aflac's efforts to help children receiving cancer treatment with their new robotic duck. Aflac has helped raise over $100 million for pedriatric cancer research and we salute their efforts.</p> <p>For more videos, including gameplay and interviews, visit the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/Shacknewsgames" target="_blank">Shacknews</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWdXbx28xPxbotxGIQDjIbA" target="_blank">Gamerhub.tv</a><span>&nbsp;YouTube channels.</span></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/i0b-Suj1R7Q" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Find out more about <a href="https://www.aflac.com/about-aflac/corporate-citizenship/fighting-pediatric-cancer.aspx" target="_blank">Aflac's efforts to irradicate pediatric cancer</a>&nbsp;on their official website.</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:00:00 PST Asif Khan Rainbow Six Pro League Outlines Esports Plans Through 2020 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102934/rainbow-six-pro-league-outlines-esports-plans-through-2020 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102934/rainbow-six-pro-league-outlines-esports-plans-through-2020 <p>Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege's development isn't slowing down. And that means it isn't about to slow down on the esports end, either. on Tuesday, Ubisoft revealed its early plans for the Rainbow Six Pro League and it's set to run all the way through 2020.</p> <p>The Rainbow Six Pro League will feature two six-month Seasons each year, with regular seasons running from June to November and December to May. They will conclude with Season Finales that will see the top two teams from the Asia-Pacific, European, Latin American, and North American regions all compete for a $275,000 prize pool. Prior to June's Season 8 that will run until November, a three month transitional Season 7 will run from March until May.</p> <p>Look for two Majors to also take place each year. There's the February Six Invitational, as well a a new Six Major tournament set to run in August. The first edition of the latter tournament will take place in Paris this August, where 16 teams from around the world will compete for a $500,000 prize pool.</p> <p>More information about the Rainbow Six Pro League's ambitious esports plan, including details on the Challenger League and Weekly Online Tournaments, can be found on the <a href="https://news.ubisoft.com/article/rainbow-six-siege-new-pro-league-structure-second-major-tournament-announced" target="blank">Ubisoft</a> website. You can also check out the video below for more details.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/myXen3kHSkk?rel=0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:45:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Pokemon GO Rolls Out More Gen 3 Pokemon http://www.shacknews.com/article/102933/pokemon-go-rolls-out-more-gen-3-pokemon http://www.shacknews.com/article/102933/pokemon-go-rolls-out-more-gen-3-pokemon <p><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102899/pokemon-go-android-0891-and-ios-1591-update-details">Hoenn region Pokemon</a> from the third generation of games have started to pop up in Pokemon GO in recent weeks. This has included Pokemon like Torchic, Spheal, Whiscash, and many others. But it's not all of them and on Tuesday, Niantic Labs announced that it has rolled out a couple of more.</p> <p>Players who log into Pokemon GO will find 23 more pocket monsters from the Ruby/Sapphire generation. This includes Flygon, Aggron, Camerupt, Solrock, Lunatone, and more. This is on top of the Gen 3 Pokemon already roaming the lands, as well as Legendary Water-type Kyogre currently inhabiting Gym Raids.</p> <p>Details on the announcement can be found on the <a href="https://pokemongolive.com/post/hoenn-pokemon-012318/" target="blank">Pokemon GO</a> website.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/MorePokemon.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="1146" /></div> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:20:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Rain World Developer Seeking Feedback Regarding Potential Switch Port http://www.shacknews.com/article/102932/rain-world-developer-seeking-feedback-regarding-potential-switch-port http://www.shacknews.com/article/102932/rain-world-developer-seeking-feedback-regarding-potential-switch-port <p>More and more independent game developers are taking interest in the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/nintendo-switch" target="_blank">Nintendo Switch</a>, which is keeping players happy and adding to the system's already considerable success across the world. The latest word is that independent developer Videocult, the studio behind platformer title <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/rain-world" target="_blank">Rain World</a>, is now considering bringing the exploits of the mesmerizing slugcat over to Nintendo's hybrid platform.</p> <p>As posted over on <a href="https://twitter.com/RainWorldGame/status/955608035912663041" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, Videocult is poking its head out in order to gauge user interest in a fresh port of Rain World releasing for the Nintendo Switch. The tweet has already earned 360 and almost 500 retweets from players looking to spread the word.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p>(SLUGCAT ON SWITCH}<br /><br />RT if you agree</p> &mdash; Rain World (@RainWorldGame) <a href="https://twitter.com/RainWorldGame/status/955608035912663041?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2018</a></blockquote> <p> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>For the unfamiliar, Rain World tasks players with control over the slugcat, a creature that is essentially just what it sounds like, who must navigate through the ruins of an ancient civilization. The rain in Rain World comes in the form of the game's constant impending flood, the likes of which presents stark challenges and constant perils, and the game places a particular emphasis on stealth, encouraging players to move quickly and quietly whenever possible. It's also a fantastic looking game thanks to its crisp 16-bit style. Get a feel for how it looks by checking out the game's trailer, featured below.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kMfWWQJx0dE" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Like some of the other smaller-studio games flirting with the idea of releasing for the Switch, Rain World seems like a perfect match for players looking for both old-school style and modern-era challenge. We don't know if the release will happen, of course, but any player who wants to increase their chances of seeing the slugcat on Nintendo's hybrid should do their part by spreading the word. Until then, players can always pick up the PlayStation 4 version from the PlayStation Store or <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/312520/Rain_World/" target="_blank">PC version via Steam</a>, where the game is available for $19.99.</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:00:00 PST Kevin Tucker Get Up To Speed With The Latest God of War Story Trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/102929/get-up-to-speed-with-the-latest-god-of-war-story-trailer http://www.shacknews.com/article/102929/get-up-to-speed-with-the-latest-god-of-war-story-trailer <p>Kratos is coming home to claim his rightful throne as one of the baddest dudes on PlaySttion 4 this April with the release of <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102925/god-of-war-ps4-release-date-announced-by-sony">God of War</a>, but that&rsquo;s so far away. What can you do to tide yourself over until the new entry in the long-running series finally arrives? Why, you can watch a new trailer, of course!</p> <p>The God of War story trailer that just released follows Kratos&rsquo;s son Atreus, and his childhood after the passing of his mother. Kratos and Atreus work in tandem, venturing through the Norse wilds, to deliver Atreus&rsquo;s mother&rsquo;s ashes to their final resting place. Unfortunately, it looks like Kratos hasn&rsquo;t quite shared the fact that he, himself, is a god with little Atreus, something it looks like the pair will struggle with as the game wears on, especially when it comes to the godlike potential locked within Atreus.</p> <p>This is a side of Kratos we&rsquo;ve never seen before, a much more tender depiction of the callous warrior, as he interacts with Atreus in ways we would never have expected. It looks like an exciting chapter for the God of War series, honestly, and if you&rsquo;re interested in giving it a try, there&rsquo;s not too long to wait.</p> <p>God of War launches April 20 on PlayStation 4.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/K0u_kAWLJOA"></iframe></p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:35:00 PST Brittany Vincent Dead by Daylight Wants to Play a Game with 'The SAW Chapter' http://www.shacknews.com/article/102930/dead-by-daylight-wants-to-play-a-game-with-the-saw-chapter http://www.shacknews.com/article/102930/dead-by-daylight-wants-to-play-a-game-with-the-saw-chapter <p>Dead by Daylight is certainly no stranger to mainstream crossovers. In the past, Starbreeze and Behaviour's October events have featured such horror icons as <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97377/dead-by-daylights-halloween-update-welcomes-michael-myers-to-kill-again-today">Michael Myers</a> and <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101840/dead-by-daylight-unleashes-the-nightmare-of-freddy-krueger-this-week">Freddy Krueger</a>. But on Tuesday, players are being asked if they would like to play a game.</p> <p>"The SAW Chapter" makes its debut today, based on the popular horror movie franchise. This DLC pack adds Amanda Young in the role of The Pig as a new Killer character. She's recognized as one of Jigsaw's earliest victims, who later grows to become his apprentice. She comes with the ability to place reverse bear traps on Survivors, which only gives them a limited time to escape before it goes off. Police officer David Tapp debuts as a new Survivor character, as he looks to bring down The Pig in the new Gideon Meat Plant map.</p> <p>The Saw Chapter is now available on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for $6.99. But if this puts anyone in the mood to watch <i>SAW</i>, a Steam bundle is set to go up later today that includes the DLC and the first movie in the series.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0LO4zHFHA6o?rel=0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:30:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Destiny 2 Weekly Reset for January 23, 2018 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102928/destiny-2-weekly-reset-for-january-23-2018 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102928/destiny-2-weekly-reset-for-january-23-2018 <p>Faction rallies are gone, Guardians. We know you'll miss earning those faction tokens at breakneck speed, but it's time to get busy with another weekly reset. A new Nightfall, and a new order for th Leviathan raid are upon us. Dive in and see what you can expect this week.</p> <h2>Nightfall - The&nbsp;Inverted Spire</h2> <h2><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Destiny-2-Weekly-Reset-The-Inverted-Spire.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></h2> <p>A familiar strike for the Nightfall this week with the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102612/destiny-2---the-inverted-spire-nightfall-guide" title="Destiny 2 Inverted Spire">Inverted Spire</a>. Guardians should have run this one many times by now, so even with modifiers this should be no trouble for experienced fireteams.</p> <p><strong>Modifiers</strong></p> <ul> <li>Attrition - Health and shield regeneration slow down, but killing foes may create wells of light that restore health and charge your super.</li> <li>Timewarp: Killing Time - Defeat enemies to extend the mission timer, up to a limit.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Challenges</strong></p> <ul> <li>Speed of Dark - Complete the Nightfall with at least five minutes remaining.</li> <li>Unbroken - Complete the Nightfall with fewer than three deaths.</li> <li>The Floor is Lava - As a fireteam, do not get hit by Protheon's fiery ground attack before defeating it.</li> </ul> <h2>Flashpoint -&nbsp;Titan</h2> <p>Not my least favorite place to have a flashpoint. Titan is small, and there are only three public events you can count on, but they are very easy to complete. There are lots of chests and resources to keep you busy while you're waiting for the next activity to kick off.</p> <h2>Leviathan Raid Order</h2> <p>The Leviathan raid order is <strong>Pleasure Gardens &gt; The Gauntlet &gt; Royal Pools &gt; Emperor Calus</strong>. Be sure to study our <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101374/destiny-2---leviathan-raid-guide" title="Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid Guide">Leviathan raid guide</a>, as well as our guide on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101403/destiny-2---leviathan-raid-secret-chest-map" title="Leviathan Raid Chests Underbelly Coddes">Leviathan raid underbelly codes</a> to help you avoid repeated trips to the Castellum. That place sucks.</p> <h2>Leviathan Raid Challenge</h2> <p>The challenge mode for this week's Leviathan raid is <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102031/destiny-2---the-gauntlet-challenge-leviathan-raid" title="The Gauntlet Challenge Mode">the Gauntlet</a>. It's not my favorite, but you can read our guide to make sure you are up to speed on how everything works if you want to give it a crack.</p> <h2>Faction Weapons for Sale</h2> <p>The only thing worth buying on that list is Nameless Midnight from Zavala. If you don't have it, pick one up for sure. You can skip the rest, as none appear to be part of the weapon meta in Destiny 2 right now.</p> <ul> <li>Devrim Kay -&nbsp;Complex Solution Legendary Sword</li> <li>Asher Mir - Berenger's Memory Legendary Grenade Launcher</li> <li>Sloane -&nbsp;Negative Space Legendary Sword</li> <li>Failsafe - Mos Epoch III Legendary Rocket Launcher</li> <li>Commander Zavala -&nbsp;Nameless Midnight Legendary Scout Rifle</li> <li>Lord Shaxx -&nbsp;Swift Solstice Legendary Sidearm</li> </ul> <h2>Gunsmith Inventory</h2> <ul> <li>Weapon: Legendary&nbsp;Void Damage Mod</li> <li>Hunter Cloak: Void Paragon Mod</li> <li>Leg Armor: Legendary Solar Impact Mod</li> </ul> <h2>Eververse Inventory</h2> <ul> <li>Legendary Emote: Shoulder Dance - 700 Bright Dust</li> <li>Rare&nbsp;Emote: Victory Taunt - 400 Bright Dust</li> <li>Legendary Sparrow:&nbsp;Ridgerunner Rex - 600 Bright Dust</li> <li>Legendary&nbsp;Ship:&nbsp;Rubente Dextra - 500 Bright Dust</li> <li>Exotic Weapon Ornament:&nbsp;Down to Business (Sweet Business) - 800 Bright Dust</li> <li>Exotic Weapon Ornament: Veist Silver (The Colony) - 800 Bright Dust</li> <li>Exotic Hunter Ornament: Tiamat - 2072 Bright Dust</li> <li>Legendary Ghost: Abacus Shell -&nbsp;400 Bright Dust</li> <li>Rare Transmat Effect: Guardian White - 450 Bright Dust</li> <li>Legendary Shader:&nbsp;Metro Shift - 40 Bright Dust</li> <li>Legendary Shader:&nbsp;Watermelon - 40 Bright Dust</li> <li>Fireteam Medallion Legendary Consumable - 50 Bright Dust</li> <li>Gleaming Boon of the Vanguard Legendary Consumable - 350 Bright Dust</li> <li>Gleaming Boon of the Crucible Legendary Consumable - 750 Bright Dust</li> </ul> <p>That wraps it up for the Destiny 2 weekly reset for January 23, 2018. Not much to see here, but we'll see you in another week regardless.&nbsp;Visit the Shacknews&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 everything you&rsquo;ll ever need to be a great Guardian.</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:30:00 PST Bill Lavoy Far Cry 5 PC Requirements, Features Unveiled By Ubisoft http://www.shacknews.com/article/102927/far-cry-5-pc-requirements-features-unveiled-by-ubisoft http://www.shacknews.com/article/102927/far-cry-5-pc-requirements-features-unveiled-by-ubisoft <p>The insanely busy holiday season has passed us by and a new year of games is breathing down our necks. One of the biggest titles on the upcoming docket docket is Ubisoft&rsquo;s Far Cry 5. The open-world shooter series has been a mainstay of gaming for years, but Far Cry 5 was&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102657/far-cry-5-was-almost-a-linear-game-leaving-open-world-behind-during-development" target="_blank">not always going to be an open world experience</a> like its predecessors. The&nbsp;Far Cry will make its in-game debut on American soil and we are only two months away from release. As that time draws near, Ubisoft has officially announced the PC requirements for Far Cry 5, along with some mention of the PC-centric features to expect when the game arrives March 27.</p> <p>With the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X ensuring that even console games offer differing levels or visual fidelity and performance, Ubisoft has provided several system requirement lists so that players can make sure they meet their performance goals.</p> <h2>Far Cry 5 PC Specs and System Requirements</h2> <p><strong>MINIMUM CONFIGURATION:</strong> <br />OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only) <br />PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-2400 @ 3.1 GHz or AMD FX-6300 @ 3.5 GHz or equivalent <br />VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 or AMD R9 270 (2GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better) <br />SYSTEM RAM: 8GB <br />Resolution: 720p <br />Video Preset: Low<br /> <br /><strong>RECOMMENDED CONFIGURATION (60 FPS):</strong> <br />OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only) <br />PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-4770 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.2 GHz or equivalent <br />VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD R9 290X (4GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better) <br />SYSTEM RAM: 8GB <br />Resolution: 1080p <br />Video Preset: High<br /> <br /><strong>4K 30 FPS CONFIGURATION:</strong> <br />OS: Windows 10 (64-bit version only) <br />PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-6700 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X @ 3.6 GHz or equivalent <br />VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 or AMD RX Vega 56 (8GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better) <br />SYSTEM RAM: 16GB <br />Resolution: 2160p <br />Video Preset: High<br /> <br /><strong>4K 60 FPS CONFIGURATION:</strong> <br />OS: Windows 10 (64-bit version only) <br />PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.0 GHz or AMD Ryzen 7 1700X @ 3.4 GHz or equivalent <br />VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI or AMD RX Vega 56 CFX (8GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better) <br />SYSTEM RAM: 16GB <br />Resolution: 2160p <br />Video Preset: High/Ultra<br /> <br />It is interesting that Ubisoft has included a requirements list for 4K 30fps on &ldquo;High&rdquo; settings. PC players can expect to meet these requirements if they are looking to match the experience provided by the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X versions of the game.</p> <p>As far as PC-specific features, Far Cry 5 will support adjustable FOV, Ultrawide monitors, FPS locking, an internal resolution scaler, and multi-GPU configurations. For the video card performance nerds, Ubisoft is including a built-in benchmarking tool. This tool will let users who love to tinker get useful data on how their PC is working with the game engine and how the different setting will affect performance.</p> <p>Far Cry 5 is just around the corner, arriving March 27. You can pre-order the game for the <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Far-Cry-5-PlayStation-4-Standard/dp/B071J1S2M7/?shack0a-20=undefined&amp;th=1" target="_blank">PS4</a>, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Far-Cry-5-Xbox-One-Standard/dp/B071ZF5L32/?shack0a-20=undefined&amp;th=1" target="_blank">Xbox One</a>, or&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Far-Cry-Online-Game-Code/dp/B071SGXMVM/?shack0a-20=undefined&amp;th=1" target="_blank">PC</a> right now and be ready for the fight.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qUDa8kCEX6U" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:15:00 PST Chris Jarrard Xbox Game Pass Adds New Microsoft Releases Including Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102926/xbox-game-pass-adds-new-microsoft-releases-including-sea-of-thieves-and-crackdown-3 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102926/xbox-game-pass-adds-new-microsoft-releases-including-sea-of-thieves-and-crackdown-3 <p>Xbox Game Pass launched in June 2017 and Microsoft has been working hard to add value to the subscription service. They have expanded it to more regions internationally and today they have made a&nbsp;huge announcement, new game releases from Microsoft Game Studios will now be included in the Xbox Game Pass subsciption. This means Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, and other new releases will all be available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers on launch day.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AaU7kAZFmWo" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Check out the <a href="https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/01/23/xbox-game-pass-expands/" target="_blank">message from Head of Xbox Phil Spencer</a>.</p> <hr /> <p>Today, we&rsquo;re excited to announce plans for a major expansion to Xbox Game Pass that underscores our commitment to deliver our fans the ultimate gaming subscription service.</p> <p>Moving forward, we plan to release all new Xbox One exclusive games from Microsoft Studios into Xbox Game Pass on the same date as their global release. This means that when&nbsp;<span><a href="https://www.xbox.com/games/sea-of-thieves" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sea of Thieves</a>&nbsp;</span>launches on March 20, it will be included in Xbox Game Pass to all members.</p> <p>This plan to bring new games timed with their global release into Xbox Game Pass not only includes announced titles like&nbsp;<span>Sea of Thieves</span>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.xbox.com/games/state-of-decay-2" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span>State of Decay 2</span></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.xbox.com/games/crackdown" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><span>Crackdown 3</span></a>&nbsp;but future unannounced games from Microsoft Studios including new iterations of our biggest Xbox One exclusive franchises such as&nbsp;<a href="https://www.xbox.com/games/halo" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Halo,</a>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.xbox.com/games/forza" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Forza</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://gearsofwar.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Gears of War</a>, on the same day they launch.</p> <p>Our fans have also asked for more choice in the subscription offerings available for Xbox Game Pass. As part of today&rsquo;s library expansion, we are also pleased to announce that we are working closely with our retail partners, such as GameStop, to offer a 6-month Xbox Game Pass subscription card for those fans who look for a variety of ways to purchase and enjoy new games and services. The 6-month Xbox Game Pass subscription card will be available at select retail partners for $59.99 beginning March 20. By working closely with retail partners, Xbox Game Pass will have valuable ambassadors in popular destinations for gamers to discover new and exciting games and enjoy community.</p> <p>With the addition of more great games, new blockbuster releases and a new subscription offer, we are giving fans more choice and value in how they discover and enjoy games &ndash; purchase games for their permanent library or play through Xbox Game Pass for one low price.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve only scratched the surface of the opportunity this new model brings to the industry and what we can deliver to our fans. We firmly believe Xbox Game Pass will be a catalyst to create new opportunities for game developers and publishers to innovate in the way games are developed and delivered, leading to entirely new ways to play.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re truly humbled by the incredible response we&rsquo;ve received to date for Xbox Game Pass, and we look forward to offering an unprecedented choice and value with Xbox Game Pass this spring and beyond.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/phil-spencer-head-of-xbox.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="383" /></div> <p>This is massive news for Xbox One owners and is definitely a needed shot in the arm for Microsoft. The company also announced a 6-month Xbox Game Pass subscription option available at select retailers for $59.99. Today's announcement definitely makes the price way more palatable.</p> <p>Speaking of increasing value to subscribers, did you know that our <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102914/psa-rocket-jump-book-now-available-in-epub-and-mobi-formats-for-mercury-subscribers" target="_blank">'Rocket Jump' Book Now Available in EPUB and MOBI Formats for Shacknews Mercury Subscribers</a>? Talk about a value add!</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:00:00 PST Asif Khan Assassin's Creed Origins - All Stone Circles, Align the Stars http://www.shacknews.com/article/102225/assassins-creed-origins---all-stone-circles-align-the-stars http://www.shacknews.com/article/102225/assassins-creed-origins---all-stone-circles-align-the-stars <p>Ancient Egypt is a vast and mysterious place with secrets and puzzles hidden in every cave and sometimes lying out in the open. The Align the Stars mystery is one such quest that sits out in the open but requires a keen eye to see and to solve. The first instance of the Align the Stars quest can be found just south of Siwa, the starting town, and is highlighted by the Bayek&rsquo;s Promise marker.</p> <h2>Stone Circles - Sinai</h2> <p>The Hidden Ones DLC for Assassin's Creed Origins adds two more Stone Circles for intrepid explorers to collect. These are fairly easy to find, only requiring some off-the-beaten-path adventuring.</p> <p><strong>Madiama Nome</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-The-Hidden-Ones-Ankh-Stone-Circle.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Ankh Stone Circle &ndash; This Stone Circle is found to the south of the main village, over the mountains but just before the sand dunes. You can find it up in the mountain, on a small plateau.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-The-Hidden-Ones-Sobek-Stone-Circle.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Sobek Stone Circle &ndash; The final Stone Circle in The Hidden Ones is in the southern-most section of Madiama Nome. A safe way to reach this spot early is to take a boat and travel down the coastline. The Stone Circle is in the middle of an oasis surrounded by enemies, sneak in to avoid being attacked.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Stone Circles - Egypt</h2> <p>There are 12 Align the Stars locations throughout the base game of Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Origins, in the main area of Egypt. To complete each puzzle, you must approach the stones and interact with them, then align the shape with the stars in the sky. If you take too long, the stars will give you a hint by streaming towards where they belong.</p> <p><strong>Siwa</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Align-the-Stars-Stone-Circles-Amun.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Amun Stone Circle &ndash; This is the first Align the Stars puzzle that can be found. While in the starting area of Siwa, make your way to the lowest fast travel point and then progress further south. The collection of rocks will be on the ground by the Bayek&rsquo;s Promise marker.</p> <p><strong>Isolated Desert</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Align-the-Stars-Stone-Circles-Apis.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Apis Stone Circle &ndash;The Isolated Desert Align the Stars puzzle is in the area right next to Siwa. This area may be a higher level than you, so be careful when crossing the border from Siwa into the Isolated Desert.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Align-the-Stars-Stone-Circles-Goat-Fish.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Goat Fish Stone Circle &ndash; Another Align the Stars collection of rocks can be found to the East in the mountains.</p> <p><strong>Qattara Depression</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Align-the-Stars-Stone-Circles-Osiris.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Osiris Stone Circle &ndash; To the north of the Isolated Desert is the Qattara Depression, and another Align the Stars Stone Circle puzzle. This one is located along the west, near the mountainous area.</p> <p><strong>Iment Nome</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Align-the-Stars-Stone-Circles-Divine-Lion.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Divine Lion Stone Circle &ndash; The Align the Stars puzzle in Iment Nome can be found to the east, near the border of Khensu Nome.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Align-the-Stars-Stone-Circles-Serqet.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Serqet Stone Circle &ndash; This is the second Stone Circle in Iment Nome, and is located near the west of the province, in the sand dunes.</p> <p><strong>Fayum</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Align-the-Stars-Stone-Circles-Taweret.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Taweret Stone Circle &ndash; Another Stone Circle can be found in Fayum, to the west, near the body of water.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Align-the-Stars-Stone-Circles-Pisces.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Pisces Stone Circle &ndash; This Align the Stars puzzle is in the same area, but this time to the east. Again, you can find it near the edge of the water.</p> <p><strong>White Desert Oasis</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Align-the-Stars-Stone-Circles-The-Great-Twins.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The Great Twins Stone Circle &ndash; In the center of the White Desert Oasis is the oasis of this desert&rsquo;s namesake. On the western shore of the oasis you will find the Stone Circle.</p> <p><strong>Uab Nome</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Align-the-Stars-Stone-Circles-Horus.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Horus Stone Circle &ndash; The Align the Stars puzzle in Uab Nome is to the north of the area and can be found after climbing up a rocky plateau.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Align-the-Stars-Stone-Circles-The-Scales.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The Scales Stone Circle &ndash; Another Stone Circle can be found a little to the east of the previous Align the Stars puzzle.</p> <p><strong>Ka-Khem Nome</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Align-the-Stars-Stone-Circles-Hathor.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Hathor Stone Circle &ndash; Head to the little island off the northeast of the main body of land to find this Stone Circle puzzle in Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Origins.</p> <p>With all twelve of the Stone Circle puzzles found and solved, you will have completed the Align the Stars quest in Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Origins and unlocked the Stargazer Achievement or Trophy. Take some time now to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101975/assassins-creed-origins---all-tomb-locations">find all the tombs</a> or collect enough&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101955/assassins-creed-origins---how-to-get-silica">silica to unlock the Isu Armor</a> set!</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:00:00 PST Sam Chandler God of War PS4 Release Date Announced by Sony http://www.shacknews.com/article/102925/god-of-war-ps4-release-date-announced-by-sony http://www.shacknews.com/article/102925/god-of-war-ps4-release-date-announced-by-sony <p>Kratos is coming back soon to PlayStation. This time he will be kicking some but in a new realm of Norse mythology. Sony just announced the <a href="https://twitter.com/PlayStation/status/955833199086768128" target="_blank">release date for the latest God of War</a>&nbsp;game on their social media outlets.&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p>God of War out April 20 on PS4: <a href="https://t.co/zFcJ0ZHpGU">https://t.co/zFcJ0ZHpGU</a> New trailer, plus full details on Collector&rsquo;s Edition, Stone Mason Edition, preorder bonuses and more <a href="https://t.co/PGvlk98qF9">pic.twitter.com/PGvlk98qF9</a></p> &mdash; PlayStation (@PlayStation) <a href="https://twitter.com/PlayStation/status/955833199086768128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 23, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>That's right, Shackers. We will all be able to blaze one with Kratos this 4/20. Clearly this is a response to the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102855/nintendo-announces-nintendo-labo-diy-kits-for-switch" target="_blank">Nintendo Labo release date</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EawtIu_RntE" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Sony has been pretty cagey about the game, but check out <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100156/god-of-war---everything-we-know-so-far" target="_blank">everything we know so far about God of War for PS4</a>. Looks like this Spring is going to be a busy one!</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:35:00 PST Asif Khan Assassin's Creed Origins - All Hermit Locations http://www.shacknews.com/article/102912/assassins-creed-origins---all-hermit-locations http://www.shacknews.com/article/102912/assassins-creed-origins---all-hermit-locations <p>There are a lot of collectibles to find in Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Origins, and a lot of places to visit, but one that offers the most immediate reward are the Hermit locations. Though there are only five, each Hermit locations grants you an ability point &ndash; so long as you can find the right place to sit.</p> <h2>All Hermit Locations</h2> <p>The five Hermit locations are fairly easy to find, but some can be tedious to reach, such as the one in the Black Desert. It&rsquo;s a good idea to spend some time uncovering the map and unlock fast travel points before you hunt down the Hermit locations.</p> <h2>Sinai &ndash; Hermit Locations</h2> <p><strong>Red Sea &ndash; The Turquoise Island</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Hermit-Location-The-Turquoise-Island-Red-Sea.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>One of the first Hermit locations you can found is out in the Red Sea in the north. This little island has a few treasure to find. You can either save this island until later in the story, or make your way there, avoiding the high-level enemies.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Hermit-Location-The-Turquoise-Island-Resting-Place.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>The hint is inside the cave on a table and reads: <em>&ldquo;One needs to detach oneself from society to find one&rsquo;s true self. The mind is elevated through contemplation of the flow of nature intertwined with humankind&rsquo;s creations.&rdquo; </em>The resting spot is at the very top of the island, overlooking the Red Sea.</p> <p><strong>Madiama Nome &ndash; Point Mafkat</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Hermit-Location-Point-Mafkat-Madiama-Nome.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>Another Hermit location in The Hidden Ones can be found in Madiama Nome, at the top of the mountain close to the ocean. You can reach this place by climbing up from the sea or heading through the winding pass in the mountain.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Hermit-Location-Point-Mafkat-Resting-Spot.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>The hint can be found on the floor near the tent and reads: <em>&ldquo;When dark thoughts weigh upon me and the spirit of Set invades my dreams, I have discovered that an afternoon spent contemplating the vast landscape brings the spirit of Osiris into my ka, and once again ba and ka are in harmony.&rdquo;</em> The resting place is out on the wooden boardwalk overlooking the area to the south.</p> <h2>Egypt &ndash; Hermit Locations</h2> <p><strong>Qattara Depression &ndash; Aquifier Oasis </strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Hermit-Location-Aquifier-Oasis-Qattara-Depression.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>There is a Hermit location you can find in the Qattara Depression called Aquifier Oasis. If you&rsquo;ve already found <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102225/assassins-creed-origins---all-stone-circles-align-the-stars">all the Stone Circles in Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Origins</a>, you can easily find this by going just south of the Osiris Stone Circle.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Hermit-Location-Aquifier-Oasis-Rest-Spot.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>You can find a hint in the tent by the water, which reads: <em>&ldquo;Pure water. Pure power. Something in the two are connected.&rdquo;</em> To find the resting spot, head to the water and look for the three torches. Sit in the middle of the torches to receive your free ability point.</p> <p><strong>Herakleion Nome &ndash; Demesne of Sekhem</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Hermit-Location-Demesne-of-Sekhem-Herakleion-Nome.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>To find this Hermit location, travel to Herakleion Nome and head east. You will need to cross a river to reach the closest and largest island. On this island is a run-down hut by itself.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Hermit-Location-Demesne-of-Sekhem-Resting-Spot.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The hint can be found in the hut and reads: <em>&ldquo;My house is now one for the travellers. Share your stories with me to grow your soul.&rdquo; </em>You can rest and gain an ability point by finding the dead body outside, near all the flowers and candles. At the body&rsquo;s feet are a collection of candles, stand in the middle and interact.</p> <p><strong>Faiyum &ndash; Eremites Hideout</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Hermit-Location-Eremites-Hideout-Faiyum.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The Hermit location in Faiyum can be found directly across from Krokodilopolis, and to the south of Euhemeria (a small city on the western bank of the Faiyum body of water). The Hermit location looks like it might have been a stone temple at some point.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Hermit-Location-Eremites-Hideout-Resting-Spot.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>You can find the hint up the stairs and to the left, close to an archery target. It reads: <em>&ldquo;My secret to make getting ahead is simple. I but rest on the gods&rsquo; shoulders&rdquo; </em>To find the resting spot, look for the two large statues of pharaohs. Climb the statues to reach the sandstone block above them, which is where you&rsquo;ll find a red piece of fabric to rest on.</p> <p><strong>Black Desert &ndash; Ra-Horakhty Mountain Top</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Hermit-Location-Ra-Horakhty-Mountain-Black-Desert.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>This next Hermit location is located at the very top of a large mountain in the Black Desert, close to the east near the Isolated Desert boarder. Making your way to the top of the mountain will also unlock the &ldquo;I Can See My House From Here!&rdquo; Achievement. Unfortunately, there aren&rsquo;t any fast travel points in the Black Desert, so you might have a long way to ride. The best fast travel point to use is the one in the south-west of the Isolated Desert, from there, travel west.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Hermit-Location-Ra-Horakhty-Mountain-Top-Resting-Spot.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The hint can be found just near the broken boardwalk at the top of the mountain and reads: <em>&ldquo;If you look at the vastness of the world, or even the majesty of these mountains you realize something&hellip; I am but a grain of sand, but I am part of it all.&rdquo; </em>To find the resting spot, follow the cairns with the red ribbons further up the hill &ndash; look for the red cloth and interact with it.</p> <p><strong>Paraitonion &ndash; Ogdamos</strong></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Hermit-Location-Ogdamos-Paraitonion.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The final Hermit location can be found in Paraitonion, relatively close to the center of the area. The easiest way to find it is to use the only fast travel point in the region and travel straight north.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-Hermit-Location-Ogdamos-Resting-Spot.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The hint is outside one of the hovels and reads: <em>&ldquo;This village has been reclaimed, finally, by the most sacred of animals. Uniting with that animal allows one to truly channel true might.&rdquo; </em>The resting spot is further up the stairs from the hint, look for the candle and enter the nearby house to find a carpet to sit on.</p> <p>Resting at all five Hermit locations in Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Origins rewards you with the &ldquo;Words of Wisdom&rdquo; Achievement. If you&rsquo;re looking for some more ability points to flesh out your ability skill tree, it&rsquo;s certainly worthwhile finding all the Hermit locations.</p> <p>Be sure to check out our Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Origins guide on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102755/assassins-creed-origins---sundial-puzzle-a-gift-from-the-gods">the Sundial Puzzle</a> as well as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101975/assassins-creed-origins---all-tomb-locations">the location of all the tombs</a> in the game.</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:00 PST Sam Chandler Assassin's Creed Origins - How to Start The Hidden Ones DLC http://www.shacknews.com/article/102924/assassins-creed-origins---how-to-start-the-hidden-ones-dlc http://www.shacknews.com/article/102924/assassins-creed-origins---how-to-start-the-hidden-ones-dlc <p>Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Origins has received its first piece of DLC, The Hidden Ones, and would-be assassins are diving at the chance to unravel more plot and intrigue in ancient Egypt. But before you can start unlocking new armor, weapons, and reaching new levels, you must first start The Hidden Ones.</p> <h2>How to Start The Hidden Ones</h2> <p>Before you can begin playing The Hidden Ones, you will need to ensure you have it purchased and downloaded. If you&rsquo;re not sure whether you own the DLC, go to the store on your console and check whether it has been purchased, or check your recent download history.</p> <p>Once you have successfully installed The Hidden Ones, you will need to load up (or reboot) Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Origins, depending on whether you were playing at the time of download. If you&rsquo;re already playing, you may be prompted to return to the title screen.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-The-Hidden-Ones-Sinai-Unlocked.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>Load up your game save and you&rsquo;ll immediately receive a Letter from Tahira in your inventory and Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Origins will inform you that Sinai is now available, as is The Hidden Ones content. Keep in mind this is end-game content and it&rsquo;s advised that you reach Level 40, though you can get away with being a couple of levels below.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/Assassins-Creed-Origins-The-Hidden-Ones-Memphis-Boat.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>With that sorted, you can open your quest log and track the Main Quest called, &ldquo;The Hidden Ones&rdquo;. This is a Level 38 mission that begins in Memphis near the docks. Upon talking to a man, the game will prompt you that this takes place four years after the conclusion of the main story, so it&rsquo;s a good idea to have at least completed the storyline before continuing.</p> <p>When you reach Sinai, the only way to get back to mainland Egypt is to use the new Atlas feature in the map menu. Good luck out there assassins! Check back with us as we cover the release of The Hidden Ones. In the meantime, take a look at some of our other Assassin&rsquo;s Creed Origin guides, such as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101975/assassins-creed-origins---all-tomb-locations">all tomb locations</a> and the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102911/assassins-creed-origins---incoming-threat-quest">Incoming Threat side quest</a>.</p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:18:00 PST Sam Chandler John Cena in Talks to Play Duke Nukem in a Film, For Some Reason http://www.shacknews.com/article/102923/john-cena-in-talks-to-play-duke-nukem-in-a-film-for-some-reason http://www.shacknews.com/article/102923/john-cena-in-talks-to-play-duke-nukem-in-a-film-for-some-reason <p>In one of the more ridiculous&nbsp;stories of this young year, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting news that <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/amp/heat-vision/john-cena-talks-star-video-game-adaptation-duke-nukem-1077194?__twitter_impression=true" target="_blank">WWE Superstar John Cena</a>&nbsp;is in talks to play the role of his life, Duke Nukem. You read that, apparently Michael Bay's production company Platinum Dunes is producing a movie based on my buddy Duke.&nbsp;</p> <p>Duke Nukem 3D is touted as one of the most important first-person shooters of all-time, but the franchise had fallen out of favor after the response to the long-awaited Duke Nukem Forever sequel. Apparently Paramount has acquired the movie rights to Duke Nukem from Gearbox Software after a previous deal with Dimension Films lapsed.&nbsp;</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2018/01/DUKE-NUKEM-WHY-MOVIE.png" alt="" width="700" height="382" /></div> <p>This news is baffling considering the Duke Nukem franchise is truly in disrepair and Duke's irreverant and politcally incorrect escapades don't exactly mesh well with the current "Me Too" Hollywood landscape. Platinum Dunes is known&nbsp;for The Purge and Ninja Turtles films that they previously produced for Paramount. John Cena has also found a movie home at Paramount appearing in Daddy's Home 2 and in the upcoming Transformers spin-off Bumblebee. Perhaps this rumor is true, but this all seems unnecessary and stupid.&nbsp;</p> <p>We last saw a glimpse of our good buddy <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/100702/that-was-duke-nukem-in-the-ready-player-one-trailer" target="_blank">Duke Nukem in the trailer for Ready Player One</a>, but it would make more sense to see a Duke Nukem game return the King to his throne before taking on Hollywood. We will be sure to follow this confounding&nbsp;story as it develops.</p> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:40:00 PST Asif Khan CES 2018: Change Up Your Music Experience With AfterShokz http://www.shacknews.com/article/102921/ces-2018-change-up-your-music-experience-with-aftershokz http://www.shacknews.com/article/102921/ces-2018-change-up-your-music-experience-with-aftershokz <p>Looking for a new way to listen to your favorite music? AfterShokz&rsquo; bone conducting headphones is quite the intriguing way to change up how you hear your beloved tracks. Greg Burke was on hand during CES 2018 to chat with AfterShokz about their bone conduction technology and how it&rsquo;s different from typical headphones and earbuds.</p> <p>The tiny bones of your ear already use this process to process sound, but AfterShokz products create sound with mini vibrations that begin at your cheekbones and go all the way to your inner ears, so your eardrums are spared the volume and possible damage while listening to louder music. Plus, they&rsquo;re a lot more comfortable than regular headphones, and other people can&rsquo;t hear them. Check out the interview about this new product below!</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7WuDM4AsE3g" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:30:00 PST Brittany Vincent CES 2018: Stream Your Favorite PC Games With Shadow Cloud PC Gaming http://www.shacknews.com/article/102920/ces-2018-stream-your-favorite-pc-games-with-shadow-cloud-pc-gaming http://www.shacknews.com/article/102920/ces-2018-stream-your-favorite-pc-games-with-shadow-cloud-pc-gaming <p>French startup Blade is looking to finally get things right when it comes to cloud gaming services. It hopes to learn from where OnLive failed and improve upon current selections like Nvidia&rsquo;s GeForce Now and Sony&rsquo;s PS Now, but it&rsquo;s got its work cut out for it. Greg Burke was on hand during CES 2018 to chat about the Shadow cloud-based PC streaming service, and it sounds pretty promising.</p> <p>When the service rolls out, users will be able to play via PC, Mac, and Android devices with &ldquo;high-end&rdquo; graphics card and tech that should allow you to play just about any game out there, simply via streaming. It sounds like the future is here, so if you're looking for a gaming solution, Shadow may well be what you need to try out next! You can check out Greg's interview from CES 2018 below.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AEQqPjk3a9I" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:10:00 PST Brittany Vincent Play, Craft, and Share Dungeons In Block Quest Maker http://www.shacknews.com/article/102919/play-craft-and-share-dungeons-in-block-quest-maker http://www.shacknews.com/article/102919/play-craft-and-share-dungeons-in-block-quest-maker <p>There's been a fun little mobile game titled&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blockquest/id1020587463?mt=8" target="_blank">BlockQuest</a> kicking around the Google and Apple app stores for a few years, and it's a sort of a cross between traditional RPGs and slimmed-down platformers like Crossy Roads. The game has been a hit for developer WOnderland Kazakiri, so much so that the studio was able to release an updated version of the core concept with Dungeon of Gravestone, which released just last year. And since that game too was able to find its own success, the team is now gearing up to release a fresh and overhauled take on genre mashup in the all-new mobile title Block Quest Maker.</p> <p>Block Quest Maker will play out in a similar manner to past games from the developer, but the core mechanics have been tweaked to focus on user creations. In essence, players will be able to create their own dungeons, play through them, and then share those creations with others. Players will be able to use the game's Dive mode to jump into other users' dungeons, which will not only provide them with various loot, but will also provide the dungeon's creator with a set amount of gold.</p> <p>This concept turns Block Quest Maker into sort of a social network for its creators, with users earning currency both for themselves and for others simply by playing the game. The whole thing looks very interesting, too, with loads of different environment blocks as well as items and traps to keep adventurers guessing. Check out some of the game's action in the new trailer, featured below.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/3m_lTJT5L3o" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Wonderland Kazakiri is planning to release Block Quest Maker as a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/free-to-play" target="_blank">free-to-play</a> title with several different in-game purchase options for players who might want to expediate the usual processes. Playing dungeons will also require coins, the likes of which can be bought with real money, earned by watching ads, or even by charging other players to romp through specific creations. It's a fairly unique concept, and players will be able to check out all that the game has to offer when Block Quest Maker releases for iOS and Android devices on January 24.</p> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:00:00 PST Kevin Tucker First 2018 Heroes of the Dorm Details Revealed http://www.shacknews.com/article/102918/first-2018-heroes-of-the-dorm-details-revealed http://www.shacknews.com/article/102918/first-2018-heroes-of-the-dorm-details-revealed <p>First details for this year's collegiate Heroes of the Dorm tournament for Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm have been revealed. This will be the fourth year of the college tournament's existence and will have a few noteworthy additions.</p> <p>This year's Heroes of the Dorm will introduce regional play, which is set to begin on February 6 and conclude with regional championships on March 11. The regional competitions will help shape up the 64-team bracket, which is set to be revealed on March 19. The round of 64 will conclude the month of March, with the Heroic Four taking place towards the end of April into early May.</p> <p>Look for defending champions UT Arlington to be among the schools competing, with over $500,000 in scholarships on the line. More details, including how to register, can be found on the <a href="https://heroesofthedorm.com/" target="blank">Heroes of the Dorm</a> website.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XTYw1Vwc46k?rel=0" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Tespa is also throwing a few more additional college tournaments on top of Heroes of the Dorm. The Hearthstone Collegiate Championship will feature $150,000 in scholarships across a seven-week regular season and playoffs. Meanwhile, the Tespa Collegiate Series - StarCraft will offer up $35,000 in scholarships for its 16-team series that will unfold over an eight week regular season.</p> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:15:00 PST Ozzie Mejia PSA: 'Rocket Jump' Book Now Available in EPUB and MOBI Formats for Mercury Subscribers http://www.shacknews.com/article/102914/psa-rocket-jump-book-now-available-in-epub-and-mobi-formats-for-mercury-subscribers http://www.shacknews.com/article/102914/psa-rocket-jump-book-now-available-in-epub-and-mobi-formats-for-mercury-subscribers <p>Rocket Jump: Quake and the Golden Age of First-Person Shooters,&nbsp;my 500-page&nbsp;feature that delves into the FPS franchise that sent tremors through id Software and the gaming industry, is now available in MOBI and EPUB formats for Shacknews Mercury subscribers.</p> <p>To download Rocket Jump, you must subscribe to Shacknews Mercury. If you're not a subscriber,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shacknews.com/settings" target="_blank">open your Settings</a> and click the Mercury tab to subscribe. For $5 a month, you'll receive an ad-free browsing experience plus access to Rocket Jump and other premium content to be announced in the future.</p> <p>Once you've subscribed, open&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101156/rocket-jump-quake-and-the-golden-age-of-first-person-shooters" target="_blank">Rocket Jump</a> then use the Table of Contents to browse to the Epilogue. (Only Mercury subscribers are able to read past the first two chapters.) At the bottom, you'll find links to MOBI and EPUB downloads. Kindle devices use MOBI files, while virtually all other devices can&nbsp;load&nbsp;EPUBs.</p> <p>The quickest and easiest way to start reading Rocket Jump on the device of your choice is to download one or both eBooks, email the file(s) to yourself, then open the download on the device of your choice. For example, if you read Kindle books on an iPad, downloading any MOBI file should automatically open your Kindle app.</p> <p>For Rocket Jump, I interviewed dozens of developers including John Carmack, John Romero, Tim Willits, Sandy Petersen, American McGee, Jennell Jaquays, and more. Beyond the history of the Quake franchise, Rocket Jump includes "Side Quest" chapters that explore the making of other FPS games from the 1990s including Half-Life, Team Fortress, and Duke Nukem 3D.</p> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:00:00 PST David Craddock
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