Rockstar's latest release, Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS4 and Xbox One, is a game where you'll want to spend a great deal of time uncovering all of its secrets and details. You can spend 50-plus hours just completing the main story, slowing accumulating wealth and honor. But if you're someone looking for a shortcut--who wants to find a quick path to success while living the life of an outlaw in the last days of the wild west--we've got you covered. Much like the original game and GTA V, Red Dead 2 features an assortment of cheat codes that unlock additional resources, with some injecting odd gimmicks and quirks into your game.
To find the Cheats menu, press the pause button and select the Settings option. In this menu, press Triangle or Y (on PS4 and Xbox One, respectively) to pull up the Cheats menu. From here, you'll find a long list of locked cheats. Initially, you won't know what any of these do or how to unlock them. Many of these codes can be activated by putting in the correct phrase, but others will require some extra time and effort.
Throughout the game you'll find newspapers for sale in towns, and some of these offer clues as to how to unlock these extra fun options. While many of these cheats introduce some mostly benign bits of fun--such as keeping your character, Arthur Morgan, perpetually drunk--activating these codes at any time will have some consequences for your save game. Once you activate these codes, all Trophies and Achievements will be deactivated on this particular file. As a result, before trying any of these codes, be sure to make a separate file for your main save.
With over 30 codes to unlock, some of which have some specific requirements, we've collected a list of cheats that we've uncovered thus far. We also have a separate feature discussing some of the most entertaining and best cheats in Red Dead Redemption 2. Be sure to check back with GameSpot as we update this page with new codes, and how to find them.Cheat CodeNameDescriptionHow To UnlockAbundance is the dullest desireInfinite AmmoUnlimited ammunition for all weapons.Unlocked by purchasing the New Hanover Gazette No. 27 in Valentine. Can be done after journeying to Horseshoe Overlook in Chapter 2.A fool on commandDrunkAlways stay drunk (can be turned off in cheat menu)No requirementsBetter than my dogIncrease Horse Whistle RangeActivating will allow your Horse to find you regardless of distance.No requirementsGreed is American VirtueHeavy WeaponsGrants you instant access to the Bold-action Rifle, Mauser Pistol, Pump Action Shotgun, and Semi-Automatic Pistol.Unlocked by purchasing Saint Denis Times No. 46 newspaper in Chapter 3, after completing the mission Advertising, the New American Art.I shall be betterSet Dead Eye To Level 3Activating this cheat will upgrade your Deadeye skill. Level 3 is the initial level, but more will be added as it is unlocked.No requirementsI seek and I find.Set Dead Eye To Level 5Activating this cheat will upgrade your Deadeye skill. Note this is tied to the "I shall be better" cheat.No requirementsKeep your dreams simpleCreate WagonActivating this cheat will spawn a wagon, and along with another horse.No requirementsRun! Run! Run!Create Race HorseActivating this cheat will instantly spawn a Race Horse for use.No requirementsYou flourish before you dieSet Health, Stamina, and Dead Eye Bars to FullRestores all health, stamina, and Dead Eye energy to full.No requirements
Red Dead 2 is now available on PS4 and Xbox One. If you want to hear more of our thoughts on Rockstar's expansive open-world western, check out our full Red Dead 2 review. We've got much more in store for the game in the coming weeks, which includes our new recurring series QuickDraw. For now, take a look at our round-up of fascinating and interesting facts the game doesn't outright tell players, and along with other useful tips you should know.
As part of Fortnite‘s 6.20 update, developer Epic Games rolled out a spooky new event for Halloween. Fortnitemare sees the floating cube affectionately known as Kevin turning a little malicious and spawning Cube Monsters, which are essentially zombies. There’s also a few new cosmetics to unlock and, of course, you’ll need to do challenges to get many of these. Challenges are being split over multiple parts, and you can find details on it here. Day 2 is now available, and you can read about them below.
For Part 2 you’ll need to kill 150 Cube Fiends, do 5,000 points of damage to them using Shotguns or SMGs. On top of those, you also have to kill three enemies in Corrupted Areas and destroy a Ghost Decoration in seven different named locations. Complete those four challenges and you’ll unlock a new spray.Fortnitemare Part 2 Challenges
- Destroy Cube Fiends (150) — 500 XP
- Deal damage with Shotguns or SMGs to Cube Monsters (5,000) — 500 XP
- Eliminate opponents in Corrupted Areas (3) — 500 XP
- Destroy a Ghost Decoration in different named location (7) — 500 XP
Completing these will also get you one step closer to getting the Dark Engine Glider. You’ll need to complete all four parts of the Fortnitemare challenge set to get this. If you’re looking for a more immediate Halloween-themed unlock you can get the Deadfire skin in the in-game store now. This is a new kind of outfit that changes as you progress in a match. This, Epic says, will let players "show off [their] skills in style."
The skins change depending on the damage you deal to your enemies and also how long you're able to stay alive. The skin also comes with the Shackled Stone Back Bling and the Dark Shard pickaxe is also available in the store. These are also reactive cosmetics.
Epic Games has also detailed the contents of Fortnite update 6.20 which, along with giving players Fortnitemares, adds the new Six Shooter weapon to the game. It also gives players the ability to redeploy Gliders after they've landed on the Island. This feature is something Epic is testing, so it's available in all Battle Royale game modes
Eighteen million copies of Football Manager have been sold over the last decade. Of the 1 million-plus people who bought Football Manager 2018, 46% were still playing it in September this year, 10 months after the game first launched. Of all those who bought it--including people who picked it up on the cheap in a Steam tsale--the average play time was 285 hours.
Whichever metric you want to use, Football Manager's numbers qualify it as a success--especially given it's frequently called a glorified spreadsheet by those who fail to understand either the game or the sport it masterfully simulates. But Football Manager's impact transcends sales figures: This is, let's face it, a niche title, and a tough one to sell to those not already obsessive over soccer. Yet it arguably has a similar level of cultural relevance to FIFA, which sells many times more copies every year and no doubt has a budget many times larger. Sports Interactive's long-running series--previously known as Championship Manager before a new partnership with Sega was finalized in 2004--is referenced as much on games forums as it is on the terraces around the world, and even has comedy routines based around stories of players dressing up in suits after taking Wycombe Wanderers to the FA Cup Final.
People have even gotten jobs off the back of their FM prowess: Matt Neil landed a role with Plymouth Argyle's analyst team after researching the club for years on behalf of Sports Interactive and playing its game religiously. Vugar Huseynzade, meanwhile, was appointed head coach of Azerbaijan Premier League club FC Baku off the back of his successes inside SI's management sim. Lincoln City's Cowley brothers, who hit the headlines last year when their National League side beat Premier League Burnley to get to the FA Cup quarter-final, called playing Championship Manager as children their "homework" that helped them train for the real thing. One suspects their collective tongue was planted firmly in cheek, but there are clearly real-world professional coaches out there who got a taste for management from the PC game.
"I find the whole thing absolutely bonkers," series director and Sports Interactive head Miles Jacobson told me in a recent visit to the company's London studio. "When someone sends me a tweet saying, 'Your game helped me through a really, really bad time in my life,' whether that be someone being in hospital, whether it be depression--which is obviously something that lots of people suffer from now--whether it be someone with anxiety. The fact that it's helped so many people through that is bonkers."
It's not just people that Football Manager helps: the series' extensive database of real-world players--and 1000-strong army of researchers--goes mostly unmatched in the world of football. For many professional clubs, it pays to simply license SI's data rather than attempt to build a directory of their own.
"[In some situations a club will] see a video from a player and think, 'Wow, they're very good,'" Jacobson says. "But, they live in Bolivia. They'll call up and ask us, 'What does your Bolivian researcher think?' so they can decide to go and watch them or not. Some of them are doing due diligence on players, such as wanting injury histories. Some of them have the complete database and get it regularly updated and use it as part of their scouting system.
"There's one massive, massive club who are looking to do their own data project, and they licensed our database to be the starting point for their data project. They wanted to know what attributes we look for and have based it pretty much identically on what we've done. There are other clubs who have their own data projects who've come to us and said, 'We only look at these four indices. Can you weight it like this and then work that out for us on all the players, and then let us know which five players we can sign to replace this center-back, who has very similar stats, but [rather than being 29 like him] we need to know who's going to be like them in three years' time.' And we do that as well. It works in very different ways with different clubs."
Football is heading further and further down a data analysis path, and in this respect many professional clubs are playing catch-up to what SI has been doing for years. In an Inception-like move, Football Manager now lets you hire data analysts within the game to research other clubs' players and analyze your own team's movement and possession, among other variables.
It's here that the impact of Football Manager among younger fans can be felt: With such detail in its simulation, the series is educating a generation of soccer supporters to a level even professional coaches couldn't imagine 30 years ago. Fans now have knowledge of tactics, transfer regulations, and detailed administrative processes in football that they would previously have never known existed. Jacobson says the educated football fan likely owes their knowledge to a number of sources, but there's no doubt Football Manager is the most detailed game of its kind around. Even if you don’t play FM, you may well have heard a friend boast how their inverted winger 4-2-4 system had helped them win the Champions League with Grimsby Town. Whether the football industry sees this increase in knowledge as a positive is another matter, however.
"There's certainly some managers who have a problem with the fact that supporters have more knowledge about football now than they did back then--whether that's from our game, whether it's from FIFA, or WhoScored, or any of the stat websites out there," says Jacobson. "There was a point where you had a lot of old-school managers meeting new-school fans and the new-school fans were saying, 'Why aren't you looking at this player who plays in the Belarusian second division?' They'd say, 'How do you know that player?' 'Oh, he becomes brilliant in Football Manager.' There are some people who see that as a negative."
Aware of the effect his series can have on people and the football industry, Jacobson says there are two things Sports Interactive deliberately gets wrong in Football Manager. The first, injury frequency, is simply to make the game less frustrating for players. The second, the likelihood that a manager is sacked, is decreased with the knowledge that real-life football coaches face an increasingly hostile culture of being fired as soon as things start to go wrong on the pitch. If Football Manager had a higher rate of sacking than what we see in real life, it potentially wouldn’t be long until the real world followed suit.
I find the whole thing absolutely bonkersMiles Jacobson
More recently the series has begun to actively use its influence to elicit change in the real world. Football Manager 2017 contained a number of differing scenarios regarding Brexit, and whether the UK would vote to leave or remain in the European Union in the then-upcoming referendum. The different scenarios, which also included a "soft" or "hard" Brexit, affected variables such as the likelihood of gaining work permits for foreign players, as well as simulating the increased controls on immigration the UK is likely to see post-Brexit. "We completely non-politically showed all the different scenarios that could happen around the UK leaving and how it would affect football, and it opened up a lot of people's eyes," Jacobson says.
The following year, some Football Manager 2018 saves contained computer-generated players who could, in some instances, come out as gay--a move no active professional football player has yet made. In 2014, German international Thomas Hitzlsperger became the first player to have played in the Premier League to come out, while United States midfielder Robbie Rogers announced he was gay a year earlier. Both men only felt they could come out after they had retired, though Rogers later returned to soccer with LA Galaxy.
"It was trying to show the football world that it's completely normal," Jacobson says of Sports Interactive's decision to include the feature. "We took influence and encouragement from other sports, by people that have come out. You've had people come out in rugby. There's a small merchandise boost and then everyone forgot about it."
And if anyone disagrees with Sports Interactive changing the game in an attempt to change the footballing world for good? "Honestly, if anyone has a problem with players coming out in a game, I don't want them playing the game," Jacobson declares.
"We've worked with [anti-discrimination organisation] Kick It Out for 22 years, kicking racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and antisemitism out of football. We've worked with them because there's no place for that rubbish in society. We are a multicultural dev team, we are a multi-gender dev team, and we are a multi-sexuality dev team. Everyone is exactly the same. We're all humans. I don't see why the football world has to be different to that."
In Red Dead Redemption 2, hunting can be a key part of exploration and survival in the vast open world. In addition to finding food and other necessary supplies, you'll be able to use materials taken from fallen prey to craft outfits and talismans, which unlock special perks that amplify Arthur's main attributes. As you travel, you may even stumble upon an elusive animal that other explorers have rarely seen. Your first encounter with such a beast will be the Legendary Grizzly Bear, which can offer up a legendary bear pelt if you're able take ti down.
These Legendary Animals can be found across the many regions of the map and take some extra effort to hunt. While some of these are small in stature, there are many that tower in size over Arthur and are quite dangerous in a fight. But if you're able to take them out, you'll acquire the means to craft some of the game's most valuable accessories and outfits. These particular animals offer the rarest pelts and materials you can find, which can be turned in to the local Trappers and Fences--those shady, black market dealers offering up some of the rarest goods. But rest assured, any materials that can't fit in your bags will be sent straight to the respective merchants.
In this feature, we're giving you all the details you need in order to track and hunt each of the game's Legendary Animals. If you want some extra tips for general survival and even fishing--which has its own set of Legendary Fish--be sure to check out our guides and features relating to each of Red Dead 2's most involved gameplay systems. Furthermore, be sure to check out our new weekly series QuickDraw, which focuses on the game's numerous gameplay features and along with a broader look on the impact of the Red Dead series.Table of Contents [hide]
- Legendary Bharati Grizzly Bear
- Legendary Beaver
- Legendary Bighorn Ram
- Legendary Boar
- Legendary Buck
- Legendary Bullgator
- Legendary Cougar
- Legendary Coyote
- Legendary Elk
- Legendary Fox
- Legendary Giaguaro Panther
- Legendary Moose
- Legendary Tatanka Bison
- Legendary White Bison
- Legendary Wolf
Location: During the Chapter 2 story mission Exit Pursued By A Bruised Ego, you'll encounter your first Legendary Animal. While it's possible to take down the bear at this time, you can return later if you want better firepower. You can find it in Grizzlies East, north of the lake O'creah's Run.Legendary Beaver
Location: This rare beaver is known to wander southwest of Butcher Creek, which is directly to the west of Van Horn Trading Post.Legendary Bighorn Ram
Location: Living up to its name, this unusual ram can be found at Cattail Pond, just west of Valentine--the first town you come across in Chapter 2.Legendary Boar
Location: The rare boar can be found in Bluewater Marsh, north of Lagras in the Lemoyne region.Legendary Buck
Location: In the mountains northwest of Strawberry, you'll encounter this large buck.Legendary Bullgator
Location: First, you'll need to complete the Chapter 4 story mission Country Pursuits, which introduces you to the beast while showing you why it's so dangerous. Afterwards, you'll be able to encounter the massive gator in Bayou Nwa, west of Lakay--which is north of Saint Denis.Legendary Cougar
Location: This fearsome feline can be found in Gaptooth Ridge, west of Tumbleweed.Legendary Coyote
Location: The hunting grounds for this dangerous coyote can be found in Scarlett Meadows, northwest of Northwest of Rhodes and Southeast of the Old Mill.Legendary Elk
Location: You can find this animal east of Bacchus Station in the Ambarino region--the northern section of the map.Legendary Fox
Location: The fox can be found near Mattock Pond, just north of Rhodes in the Lemoyne region.Legendary Giaguaro Panther
Location: To encounter this incredibly dangerous animal, you'll first need to prove yourself as hunter by reaching the rank 9 challenge for Master Hunter. Afterwards, you'll find it roaming west of Shady Belle in Lemoyne. This is directly east of Braithwaite Manor.Legendary Moose
Location: This massive moose can be seen in the area of Roanoke Ridge, which is near the northeastern corner of the map. Legendary Pronghorn Location: This rare antelope is found wandering in Rio Del Lobo Rock, just east of Fort Mercer in New Austin.Legendary Tatanka Bison
Location: In New Austin, you can find this rare bison just southeast of the MacFarlane ranch at Hennigan's Stead.Legendary White Bison
Location: You can find another rare bison at Lake Isabella, just north of Mount Hagen in Grizzlies West.Legendary Wolf
Location: This elusive wolf can be found in Cotorra Springs, west of Bacchus Bridge in Ambarino.
Microsoft has plans to expand the Game Pass subscription service from Xbox One to PC. CEO Satya Nadella reportedly mentioned during an earnings call that bringing Game Pass to PC will help increase the strength of the Xbox brand.
Ars Technica reports that Nadella didn't give any indication of when to expect the subscription to expand, or if it would be included within the same all-you-can-eat price as the Xbox version. It would make some sense for the service to be all-encompassing, given that its current "Play Anywhere" initiative has made PC and Xbox versions of games available across both platforms regardless of where you bought it.
On the Xbox One, though, Game Pass has an isolated marketplace for such a service, competing only somewhat with the more niche EA Access. A PC subscription service would face competition from other similar monthly services at various price tiers. An Xbox One Game Pass subscription currently costs $10 a month. Expanding that pass to include PC games could come through an optional extra fee without paying for an entirely separate subscription.
Microsoft made a bold play for Game Pass by announcing early this year that it would feature all first-party games, on the day of release. That has included big names like Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 4. The company also works with publishers to introduce a new slate of third-party Game Pass games every month, and the list is growing pretty large. It also made Game Pass part of its All Access plan, which bundles the console, Game Pass, and Xbox Live Gold together.
Meanwhile, Sony appears to be keen on competing with Microsoft, changing its PlayStation Now service to allow players to download games. PlayStation Now had been a strictly streaming service, which Microsoft will be exploring in more depth next year with Project xCloud.
Fortnite is one of the biggest games in operation right now, and its constantly rotating cast of characters and skins gives lots of material to be immortalized by Funko. The company behind the little collectible figurines has announced a whole new spate of Funkos on the way in addition to the ones already announced.
Five-Star figures include Omega, Zoey with bandages, Moonwalker with Slurp Juice, Love Ranger, and Tomato Head. The Pint Size Heroes two-packs will bring Pathfinder with Highrise Assault Trooper, Ranger with Zoey, Funk Ops with Tomato Head, Omega with Valor, Raptor with Elite Agent, Black Knight with Red Knight, Rex with Tricera Ops, Cuddle Team Leader with Ghoul Trooper, and Moonwalker with Burnout.
New Vnyl figurines include a Cuddle Team Leader and Love Ranger two-pack, along with a Rex and Tricera Ops two-pack. The company also announced a bunch of new Pocket Pop keychains: Pocket Pop! Dark Voyager, Moonwalker, Highrise Assault Trooper, Tower Recon Specialist, Skull Trooper, Black Knight, Omega in full armor, Raptor, Brite Bomber, and Rex.
Finally, two more Pop figurines are coming: Rex and Dark Voyager. You can view the full spate of new figures below. Release dates weren't given for the new Pops and other assorted figurines.
The new 6.20 patch for Fortnite adds Fortnitemares, this year's holiday event. But as usual, the update also tucked away a few surprise cosmetics in its nooks and crannies that have been uncovered by data miners. Some are pieces we've seen before in one form or another, while many are brand new.
Fortnite Intel reports that the cosmetics include the Summit Striker, Dante, Rosa, and Frostbite skins--the last of which is part of the Deep Freeze bundle announced for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. Dante and Rosa appear to pay homage to the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead, which traditionally takes place just after Halloween.
New back bling includes the Summit Striker's Top Notch and Frostbite's Freezing Point, plus a Spirit Cape, Galactic Disc, and Calavera. New gliders include Discovery and Spirit, while the new pickaxes are Chill Axe, Stellar Axe, Longhorn, and Six String Striker. The update also included a few new emotes: Busy, Criss Cross, Headbanger, and Jugglin'.Image Credit: Fortnite Intel
The big new addition, of course, was Fortnitemares. The spooky new themed mode allows you to earn special new items, including a new type of skin that responds to how you play. Check out our challenge guide for details on how to earn yourself some sweet special loot. Fortnitemares challenges are planned to roll over every few days all the way through November 26.
Red Dead Redemption 2's release has come for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Those who prefer to play games on PC may be rewarded with their patience eventually, but as of now we have no indication that Red Dead 2 will ever come to PC. That doesn't mean there is no hope at all, though.
So far the studio has given no official indication of a PC port incoming. There was some hope when a programmer seemingly outed a PC version online, but it remains unclear if that was merely a mistake.
The most recent Rockstar game, Grand Theft Auto V, did make the jump to PC after its initial console release. Following its original release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013, Rockstar released upgraded Playstation 4 and Xbox One ports the following year, and then a PC port in 2015. Those later ports were widely lauded for their improved technical underpinnings, and the PC version has enjoyed an active mod community.
Red Dead Redemption 2 appears very similar to GTAV in key ways. It's a technical powerhouse that's already pushing the current console generation to its limit. While the Xbox One X came out ahead in a performance analysis, both it and the high-end PS4 Pro were said to be hitting the upper limits of their processing power. We may be on the verge of another console generation to debut in the next few years, so a port to those with some added bells and whistles could make sense. And if that happens, a PC port would be likely as well. Plus Red Dead 2 is already receiving positive reviews and helping Take-Two's stock price, so another shot in the arm from a port would be welcome for the company.
Then again, Rockstar has been inconsistent with ports in general and PC support more specifically. The original Red Dead Redemption never made the trip to PC, and in fact is still only available on PS3 and Xbox 360--along with Xbox One, via backwards compatibility.
Red Dead Redemption 2 could come to PC in a matter of years, but for the time being, your best bet is to saddle up on the current generation of consoles. If you need some help recalling the events of the first game, check out our story recap. Your console decision may come down to performance--keeping in mind that Xbox One X performed the best in a test, but PS4 has exclusive content for 30 days.
It's never a bad time to be a PC gamer for a number of reasons, but one is because games periodically go free. Sometimes these are free-play weekends, and you lose access to the game after the window closes. But other times, like right now, you can freely download a game that normally costs money, and it's yours to keep and play forever. A game that's free on Steam between now and October 29 is Murderous Pursuits.
Like many other games, Murderous Pursuits is all about ending the lives of your opponents. What makes it unique is that it's an online game set on a ship in the Victorian era, in which you and up to seven other players are out to stealthily kill one other. You do so while trying to blend in with the other passengers, Hitman-style.
Each player is assigned a target or "quarry," but you don't know which other player your quarry is. To find out, you must use an onscreen compass that gives you hits, telling you if you're on the same floor as your target and whether you're facing his or her direction. Your job is to remain as inconspicuous as the NPCs while you find a weapon and zero in on your target. You have to be careful, because you're someone else's quarry, so you need to keep a lookout for the person stalking you.
Murderous Pursuits wasn't widely reviewed when it launched earlier this year, but it achieved a score of 63/100 on our sister site Metacritic. Many online games like this have trouble keeping their servers filled with players, so the developer may be hoping for an influx of new would-be murderers by making it free to download now.
In any case, if that sounds like a game you might want to check out, you have nothing to lose by adding it to your Steam library. Just make sure to do so before it goes back up to full price on October 29.
Bethesda has announced the minimum PC system requirements you'll need in order to run Fallout 76. You'll be able to try Fallout 76 on PC for the first time during the October 30 beta, and the progress you make will carry over into the full game when it launches.
The PC specs for Fallout 76 are more demanding than the ones for Fallout 4, so if your setup could barely run the latter, you might want to consider upgrading before playing the former. At the very minimum, you'll need to be playing on Windows 7 and running on an Intel i5 Core processor. Bethesda recommends you go Windows 8.1 or 10, though, and run the game on an Intel Core i7 processor.
The minimum and recommended PC specs can be found on Fallout 76's FAQ page, but we've listed everything you need to know below.Fallout 76 PC SpecsMinimum
- Requires 64-bit processor and operating system
- OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
- Processor: Intel Core i5-6600k 3.5 GHz/AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz or equivalent
- Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB or equivalent
- Memory: 8GB RAM
- Storage: 60GB of free disk space
- Requires 64-bit processor and operating system
- OS: Windows 7/8.1/10
- Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6 GHz/AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz
- Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970 4GB/AMD R9 290X 4GB
- Memory: 8GB RAM
- Storage: 60GB of free disk space
The second Fallout 76 beta is exclusive for Xbox One and starts on October 27 at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 10 PM BST. This beta won't go for as long as the first one, only lasting two hours. However, another two-hour Xbox One beta will start the very next day at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST. The next beta after that is the one scheduled for October 30, and it will be live for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Bethesda tweeted out that the first Xbox One beta for Fallout 76 was an "amazing start." You can watch us play through the first beta, which we thought went pretty well all things considered. We did suffer one game crash and there was a bit of trouble when we tried to join an in-game party, but we only had severe frame rate drops when there were dozens of enemies on the screen. Prior to the beta's launch, Bethesda published a statement that lag issues are to be expected.
Fallout 76 launches on November 14 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
The biggest shopping day of the year is Black Friday, and this year's monster sales event lands on November 23, which will be here before you know it. It's the time when all the biggest retailers drop prices on all kinds of items--from video games and movies to TVs and furniture--in an effort to make a killing as the holiday shopping season begins.
Just like with any situation that can put a hefty strain on your bank account, it's best to go into Black Friday prepared. We've already covered what to expect from Black Friday 2018, but below we've compiled some of the smartest ways to save as much money as possible on the things you want, while still being financially responsible.1. Make a List Beforehand
Once the deals start to appear, it's easy to get swept up in the hype and go on a spending spree. When that happens, though, it's all too easy to end up with a pile of items you don't actually need. If you make a list of all of the items you really want before the Black Friday deals start to appear, you'll be better prepared to stick to the list and let the inessential deals pass you by, no matter how good the prices are.2. Check the Ads
Nearly all of the big retailers that participate in Black Friday--with the exception of Amazon--release Black Friday ads a week or two before the big event. You can find these pretty easily on their websites. Take a look at the ads and make a plan for which items you want to buy, and where. Because stock can run out fast on the best deals, prioritize your purchases and plan what you want to buy and when it will be available.3. Make a Budget
Getting great deals is a positive thing, but overextending yourself financially is not. If money is tight, a central part of your Black Friday planning should be making a budget and pledging to stick to it. Budgeting might not be the most fun or glamorous thing to do, but will help you out enormously in the long run.4. Use Social Media
For real-time updates on when Black Friday sales go live, your best resource is social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. You can follow GameSpot Deals on Twitter to find bargains on video games, consoles, and accessories. Another great resource is SlickDeals, a sale-tracking site that surfaces the best deals in just about every product category (it has a Twitter account as well).5. Comparison Shop
If you see a deal you want, it's always a good idea to check the item's price at other retailers before you buy. The only potential issue on Black Friday is missing out on highly sought-after items because you spent too much time looking elsewhere. So unless the deal you're considering is a doorbuster, you don't have anything to lose by exercising due diligence and comparing prices.6. Check Price History
Unfortunately, not all of the deals you'll see on Black Friday represent top-of-the-line savings. To make sure the item you're about to buy is a good deal, it's wise to check a price history tracker like Camelcamelcamel. There, you can see how low the price has dropped in the past and how often it fluctuates, which can help you determine if now is a good time to buy.7. Don't Get Bummed If You See a Better Deal Later
Once Black Friday rolls around, you'll see deals popping up left and right. Doorbusters will go in and out of stock, Amazon's Lightning Deals will flicker into existence before vanishing, and surprise deals will arrive at random. If you make a purchase and then see a better deal later, don't be too upset.
For one thing, you might be able to return the item you paid a higher price for. Just make sure to look at the retailer's return policy before buying at the lower price, because you might have to pay a restocking fee or cover the cost of return shipping. At that point, the better deal might not actually save you money once all is said and done.
Those are our Black Friday shopping tips. Let us know in the comments if you have tips of your own.
Red Dead Redemption 2 offers a bounty of goodies for pre-orders and its two special editions, but you'll have to wait before claiming many of them. The game's first chapter sets up many of the mechanics and story information you'll need, so you'll have to progress past at least that point before you can start to access your extras.
Keep in mind that in each of these cases, you'll also need to enter a code to enable the bonuses. Those codes can be found on slips included with your game disc. Even after entering the codes, though, the bonuses won't necessarily be accessible immediately. In case you're wondering where to find your loot, we've compiled a list of the goodies below.
War Horse -- The War Horse bonus is included with all pre-orders of Red Dead Redemption 2. It's accessible once you've progressed through the story mode enough to browse the available horses in the Stables.
Dappled Black Thoroughbred -- This special horse is included in Special and Ultimate editions. Like the War Horse, it's accessible once you can browse the Stables.
Eagle Talon Talisman and Iguana Scale Trinket -- Both of these bonuses are included in all Special and Ultimate editions, and they can be equipped at the start of Chapter 2. The Eagle Talon Talisman can be found in the Wardrobe and the Iguana Scale Trinket is in the Satchel under the Kit tab.
Nuevo Paraiso Gunslinger Outfit -- This outfit is included in Special and Ultimate editions. You can access it through your Wardrobe after completing Chapter 1.
Volcanic Pistol, Pump Action Shotgun, and Lancaster Varmint Rifle -- These specialty guns are included with Special and Ultimate Editions. They can be picked up for free at any Gunsmith after completing Chapter 1.
Bank Robbery Mission and Gang Hideout -- These are both available for Special and Ultimate editions. The Del Lobos gang hideout can be found in the world during story progression. The Bank Robbery Mission will also be available through story progression, and the game will notify you when it becomes available. If you miss the opportunity, you can find it in the Story menu to replay it.
With Festival of the Lost ongoing and some welcome changes coming quite soon, Destiny 2 players have a lot going on. But one thing that doesn't change is the weekly appearance from Xur, the mysterious merchant who is back until the weekly reset on October 30 to sell an assortment of Exotic items. Here's where to find him and what he's selling.
For this visit, you'll find Xur located in the EDZ. Spawn at the Winding Cove landing zone and make your way straight ahead, past the Public Event area. Just across the road, up on the hill, is a crashed ship. Xur is found just to the right of it, and you can reach him by platforming up the nearby rocks. You can see the location in the map below.
His lineup of items consists of the same sort of things as usual: an Exotic weapon and a piece of Exotic armor for each class. The weapon is the fusion rifle Telesto, which shoots projectiles that stick to whatever they hit before exploding. It's a good time.
For armor, Titans get the Actium War Rig chest armor; this reloads ammo into your auto rifle's magazine, letting you fire it for extended periods of time (it pairs nicely with Sweet Business, the chain gun-style auto rifle). Hunters get the Sealed Ahamkara Grasps gauntlets, which reload your equipped weapon when you land a melee hit. Warlocks get the similarly named Claws of Ahamkara gauntlets, which give you a second melee charge. You might already own these armor pieces, but it could be worth buying if you have Year One versions, as the ones Xur has will have additional perks.
- Telesto (Exotic fusion rifle) -- 29 Legendary Shards
- Actium War Rig (Exotic Titan chest armor) -- 23 Legendary Shards
- Sealed Ahamkara Grasps (Exotic Hunter gauntlets) -- 23 Legendary Shards
- Claws of Ahamkara (Exotic Warlock gauntlets) -- 23 Legendary Shards
Xur also has a challenge card for adding modifiers to the Nightfall, as well as the Fated engram. This costs 97 Legendary Shards, a somewhat steep sum, but it's guaranteed to decrypt into an Exotic you don't own from Year One.
The Fated engram is a reliable way to build out your collection of Exotics, but there is some hope for that to become easier soon. Bungie has shared further details on its plans to make Exotic duplicates less common; these changes will be implemented as part of an update launching on October 30. This will also introduce various quality-of-life changes, as well as a nerf to Sleeper Simulant in Gambit.
Developer Treyarch is continuing its regular rollout of patches for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. A new update is now available for the online shooter, although this one is fairly minor, primarily introducing new playlists for Zombies mode as well as a handful of improvements specifically for the PC version of the game.
As detailed on Reddit, Treyarch has removed the Aether playlist for Zombies mode and replaced it with two separate ones featuring the Classified and Blood of the Dead maps. In terms of PC-specific updates, Treyarch has resolved a couple of bugs in Blackout mode, including one that allowed players to activate their Wingsuit frequently. The developer has also fixed an issue in Multiplayer that would cause the game to crash when changing weapon decals.
Beyond that, the Black Market is now live across all platforms. The tier-based shop first launched in Black Ops 4 last week, but it was previously only available on PS4. Now it is open to all players, as is its first limited-time event, Operation: First Strike, which gives you the chance to unlock signature weapons, gestures, and other cosmetics. You can see them in our Operation: First Strike rewards gallery.
Black Ops 4's Halloween event is also scheduled to expand to Xbox One and PC on October 27. You can unlock Halloween-themed war paints, gestures, and other cosmetics through the Black Market by playing the game. You can see some of those in our gallery.
Treyarch has been releasing a regular stream of patches and updates for Black Ops 4 since it launched earlier this month, and there are more planned to come. One aspect the studio plans to address in the near future is the game's network performance. We also have our own ideas on how Black Ops 4 can improve.Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 October 25 Update Patch Notes
- Added some missing translations for Black Market and Playlist tiles.
- Created two new Public playlists: Classified and Blood of the Dead.
- Removed Aether Playlist.
- Resolved an exploit that allowed players to activate the Wingsuit frequently using a key from the numerical keypad.
- Resolved an issue that allowed bullets to pass through certain rocks.
- Resolved an issue that caused a crash when changing weapon Decals in Paintshop.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has released, and along with it comes the mobile companion app. The app links up with your copy of the game and helps you keep track of your location with an interactive map, along with a handful of other features so you can take the Old West with you around in your pocket.
The map lets you set waypoints and track your position in real-time. Aside from that handy widget, you can also view the game journal, shop for clothing, check your game progress, and read the game manual. It also links up with Rockstar's Social Club. The app itself is free on both iOS and Android, but both versions offer a $10 in-app purchase of the official strategy guide. The social club integration may be a boon to your gang of outlaws when Red Dead Online launches next month.
If you're a no-good scoundrel in need of more creative methods of getting ahead in the world, check out our full list of known cheats. And keep in mind some of those side missions have a time limit and can expire if you don't get to them quickly enough.
To get started on the right foot, check out our list of essential tips for beginners, and refresh yourself on the story from the first game. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a massive and ambitious game, and as noted in our review, it stands on its own even without knowing the details of John Marston's story.
"While Red Dead Redemption was mostly focused on John Marston's story, Red Dead 2 is about the entire Van der Linde gang--as a community, as an idea, and as the death rattle of the Wild West. It is about Arthur, too, but as the lens through which you view the gang, his very personal, very messy story supports a larger tale," wrote critic Kallie Plagge. "Some frustrating systems and a predictable mission structure end up serving that story well, though it does take patience to get through them and understand why. Red Dead Redemption 2 is an excellent prequel, but it's also an emotional, thought-provoking story in its own right, and it's a world that is hard to leave when it's done."
At E3 this year, Bethesda made the surprise announcement of two massive games: a brand new sci-fi single-player game called Starfield and the long-awaited The Elder Scrolls VI. Speaking to GameSpot at PAX Australia today, Bethesda marketing boss Pete Hines and ZeniMax Online Studios game director Matt Firor said it'll be a long time before The Elder Scrolls VI comes out--so long that the game might not hit until new console hardware is release.
"The easiest thing is look at how it was announced; it was Starfield and then [Elder Scrolls 6]," Firor said. "You can go back and count the years between Bethesda Game Studios releases, and you'll get the idea that [The Elder Scrolls 6 is] not coming anytime soon."
I asked Firor about The Elder Scrolls VI in regards to how that game's release might affect ZeniMax's MMO The Elder Scrolls Online. Specifically, I was wondering if The Elder Scrolls Online might incorporate the world of The Elder Scrolls VI in some way, following the way in which Morrorwind came to The Elder Scrolls Online by letting players go back to Vvardenfell. Firor said it's too soon to say what will happen as it relates to whatever location The Elder Scrolls VI takes players to.
"I don't even know what the world is going to be like when it comes out; there will be a different console generation by then, I'm sure," he said. "Who knows. But I know we're free and clear for a long time."
Hines, meanwhile, described The Elder Scrolls VI as being "big" and "ambitious," but he wouldn't be drawn into getting into further specifics about director Todd Howard's new game. What Hines did want to stress was that Bethesda announced The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield so early on to help manage expectations and let fans know that yes, Bethesda hasn't forgotten about The Elder Scrolls.
"[The Elder Scrolls VI] is big and it's ambitious, but also … the most important thing to underscore is that the timeline between products that you get from BGS is not any different than it has been historically just because we've talked about two games after Fallout 76," Hines said. "I try really hard to manage people's expectations. It's not like 'Fallout 76 this year, Starfield next year, and then TES6 the year after.' The timeline isn't any different. What's different is just trying to be transparent and say, 'Don't freak out, the next thing we're doing is single-player [in Starfield], [and] we are making TES6."
Hines stressed that it takes a "really long time" to make huge games like Starfield, which is a single-player only game, and the next Elder Scrolls Games. Bethesda has more people than ever working on its new games and more studios overall, but games like Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI are massive undertakings that require a lot of time to get right.
That being said, Hines said there could have been a nice upside to surprise-announcing Starfield just months before release (as it did with Fallout 4), but he's also enjoying the fact that fans can be at peace knowing that ambitious new games are coming.
"Would it have been better if it was some years from now and we just go, 'Surprise, we're making a game called Starfield, and it's out X months later?' Yeah. For sure. But at the same time, there is also value in every day between there people aren't freaking out about us making Fallout 76 as an online-only game as a service and this is all they're ever making."
There is "way more" value to giving fans the context and knowledge that Bethesda is still committed to making single-player games after Fallout 76.
"Take a deep breath; you're going to be OK," Hines said he wants to tell fans about its upcoming games. "We're going to make some stuff you're really going to love."
Fallout 76 launches in November for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Starfield will follow after that, with The Elder Scrolls VI coming even later. Back at E3, Bethesda boss Todd Howard said Starfield might not be released on the current generation of hardware, so that being the case, it makes sense that The Elder Scrolls VI is also rumoured to not arrive until new hardware comes out.
Sony is rumoured to be working on the PlayStation 5, while Microsoft has already confirmed it is working on multiple new consoles. However, it remains to be seen when these consoles will be announced and then released. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest.
We also chatted to Hines about how "crunch" culture, streaming technology in the gaming industry, Fallout 76 microtransactions, what he's learned in his 19 years with the company, and a lot more. Check back soon for more from our conversation.
As for PAX Aus, it runs through Sunday, 28 October. GameSpot's theatre, the GameSpot Dropbear Theatre, will have programming running all weekend. You can see the full programming lineup for the GameSpot Dropbear Theatre here, while a full list of every PAX Aus panel can be seen here.
One of the most famous video game dogs, Dogmeat from the Fallout franchise, apparently won't be in the new Fallout 76 due out next month. During a panel at PAX Australia today in Melbourne, Bethesda marketing boss Pete Hines confirmed that you cannot acquire any dog companion in Fallout 76.
The audience booed loudly. Seeing the room turn against him, Hines then clarified that if players really want to have a dog in Fallout 76, developer Bethesda Game Studios will add it to its list of features it might consider for the game after launch. The audience cheered loudly to this. However, it remains to be seen if Bethesda would add Dogmeat or a different dog to Fallout 76.
Hines also spoke about how Fallout 76, which is an always-online, multiplayer-focused game unlike previous entries in the series, will use the games-as-a-service model. He defended this model, saying games-as-a-service can be beneficial for a game like Fallout 76 because it allows Bethesda to listen to fan feedback and add new content and features to the game over time.
Fallout 76 launches on November 14 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A pre-order exclusive beta is going on right now on Xbox One, and it comes to PS4 and PC starting on October 30.
Red Dead Redemption 2 lets you fish, and it's a robust, enjoyable, and rewarding pursuit that's a perfect for the game at large. It's also somewhat involved, so we've put together a guide to help you learn the basics, so you can quickly start to catch fish and have a fun time.
Starting off, fishing in Red Dead Redemption 2 is unlocked by playing the Chapter 2 story mission "A Fisher Of Men," in which you teach young Jack Marston to fish. You take little Jack down to the river for a fishing lesson, and this serves as your introduction to the system.How To Fish:
The first step is to select your Fishing Rod from the Items menu. Next, you must attach bait to it, and this is divided into two categories: Bobber and Lure (more on that later).
Hold LT/L2 to grip the rod and then RT/R2 to cast. How long you hold down RT/R2 will determine how far the cast goes. It might take you a few times to get a feel for it, but it's rewarding to land a cast precisely where you want it. Once you've cast your line out, what happens next depends on the bait you used. With a bobber, all of you have to do is sit and wait to get a bite You can tap RT/R2 to attract a nearby fish (if you're standing close enough to shore you might even see the fish in the water), but do it too much and you'll spook them. With a lure, you have to reel in until you feel a bite. If you see a fish, cast beyond it and reel in the lure so the fish sees it coming by. Be sure to wait until you feel a strong bite before "striking"--with a bobber or a lure--as fish will often nibble a few times before biting down the hook. Once you've landed a fish, the real work begins.
The fish will immediately pull back, and you'll feel your line get tight, with your rod bending in reaction to the tugging. Wait until the fish becomes tired before reeling in; trying to reel as a fish is tugging will cause your line to break. With a fish on the line, push the left stick in the opposite direction the fishing is moving to tire it out faster. You can also click in the right stick and push it in any direction to prevent the fish from taking more line out. However, you must be careful with this approach as you can snap your line very easily. You will also snap your line if a fish pulls away and gets behind a rock or other object.
You reel in by rotating the right stick counter clockwise. You'll want to reel in as fast as possible when the fish grows tired, while also being mindful of how much line you have out, how taut the line is, and where the fish is in the water. Pushing the left stick down as you reel in speeds up the process because it brings the fish directly in towards you. I found it was helpful, if not a little embarrassing, to use my thumb and index finger at the same time to reel in even faster.
The amount of fight a fish puts in is directly related to its size and type. You'll be able to reel in smaller fish such as bluegills, rock bass, and smallmouth bass with relative ease. But catching larger fish, like Sturgeon and Sockeye Salmon, can entail fights that take multiple minutes to complete. If you snap your line, you'll lose your bait or your lure, but don't get discouraged as they are plenty of fish available in Red Dead Redemption 2's numerous lakes, rivers, and swamps.Bait Types:
Just like in real life, selecting the right bait is critically important if you want to reel in a big one. You can purchase basic bait types like bread, corn, and cheese, or spend more money on worms and crayfish that help you land bigger fish. There are also lures specific to rivers, lakes, and swamps, as well as "special" lures that you'll need to catch the biggest fish and the Legendary ones. Here is a rundown of the bait types we've come across so far.Bobber:
- Bread: good for smaller fish
- Corn: good for smaller fish.
- Cheese: good for smaller fish.
- Worms: excellent for medium sized lake fish.
- Crayfish: good for larger size fish in deeper parts of rivers and lakes.
- Crickets: excellent for attracting medium-sized river fish.
- River lure: attracts all small and medium size fish in rivers.
- Lake lure: attracts larger lake dwelling fish.
- Swamp lure: attracts swamp dwelling medium and large size fish
- Special River lure: increases your chances of catching medium to large river fish.
- Special Lake lure: increases your chances of catching medium to large lake fish.
- Special Swamp lure: increases your chances of catching medium to large swap fish.
The Bait And Tackle shop in Lagras sells everything you need for fishing, including live worms, crayfish, and all lure types. It's the only Bait And Tackle shop we've found so far in the game.Types Of Fish And What To Use To Catch Them
There are many different types of fish that can be found in Red Dead Redemption 2's lakes, ponds, rivers, and swamps. Here are the ones we've caught so far, as well as the bait type that provided the highest likelihood of reeling them in successfully.
- Bluegill -- Cheese
- Chain Pickerel -- Corn
- Redfin Pickerel -- Bread
- Rock Bass -- Cheese or other natural baits
- Smallmouth Bass -- Any type of natural bait
- Bullhead Catfish -- Cheese or corn
- Perch -- Bread
- Lake Sturgeon -- Lake lure
- Largemouth Bass -- Crayfish
- Steelhead Trout -- Worms
- Muskie -- Lake lure
- Sockeye Salmon -- river lure
The time of day matters if you want to have the best success fishing. Early morning and afternoon are when fish bite the most, due to bugs flying close to the surface. You should also try to fish when it's raining, because the drops on the water make fish believe bugs are around.Where To Fish And Specific Conditions
To find the fish you're after, you'll have to fish in the right spot. Here's a rundown of the locations where we've found the following fish.
- Bluegill -- All lakes and rivers; most active during rain.
- Chain Pickerel -- Lakes, rivers, and swamps; most active in sunny weather.
- Redfin Pickerel -- Rivers in the south; most active on warm, sunny days.
- Rock Bass -- All clear water in the country; most active on sunny days.
- Smallmouth Bass -- Northern rivers; most active during rain.
- Bullhead Catfish -- Swamps; most active during rain.
- Perch -- Rivers and lakes across the country; most active during sunny weather.
- Lake Sturgeon -- Southern lakes and swamps; most active during overcast weather.
- Largemouth Bass -- All waters in the south; most active during rainy weather.
- Steelhead Trout -- Lakes, mostly in the south; most active during rainy weather.
- Muskie -- Northern lakes; most active during overcast days.
- Sockeye Salmon -- Rivers in the north; most active during overcast weather.
One further note is that fish, particularly bigger ones, loooovvvvve to hang out at the mouths of waterfalls, as the water there is more oxygenated than other areas. Try there if you're struggling.Legendary Fish:
Head to the shore of Flat Iron Lake in the Heartlands to a place called Gill Landing. Here, you'll meet a stranger named...Gill, who is a world-renowned fisherman, or at least that's what he wants you to believe. He'll hand you a map with the locations of 13 epic-sized fish you'll find throughout the game. Snag them all and report back to Gill for your prize. These are indeed mighty fish, so expect the toughest fishing battles the game has to offer. You will need to use the "special" lures mentioned above to bag these big ones. The best advice I can give is to try to catch them when they're already close to shore, so as to cut down on your reeling time significantly and improve the odds of landing the fish. Here's the map:Watch Out For Goats
There are unpenned billy goats throughout Lagras that can cause problems while fishing. On multiple occasions, I was fishing near the swamp and a goat smacked me in the rear, breaking my fishing line while I was reeling in. It was frustrating, and I thought it might have been a bug. But it happened three times, so the lesson here is to watch out for goats while fishing in Lagras.Boats
At a certain point a few hours into the game, you will steal a boat and bring it to camp. At this point you can use it to head further into a lake to go after the bigger fish that tend to live in deeper water. You can also steal boats you find on your journey to fish anywhere you'd like.No Ice Fishing
Red Dead Redemption 2 has snowy, cold locations with frozen lakes and ponds, and one of the Legendary fish is located in a lake that is partially frozen over. However, there doesn't appear to be any true ice fishing where you drill through the ice and drop a line in. Here's to hoping Red Dead Redemption 2 gets the guaranteed-seller "Ice Fishing Expansion" down the road…
The Elder Scrolls Online launched first on PC back in 2014 before coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One about a year later. But will the MMO ever come to Nintendo Switch? It doesn't seem likely.
Game director Matt Firor told GameSpot today at PAX Aus that developer ZeniMax Online Studios has considered bringing the MMO to Nintendo's hybrid console. However, the game's massive file size (Firor says it's about 75 GB) is one of the reasons it's not going to happen.
"We have thought about Switch but ESO is an enormous game, and it just will not work," Firor said. "I would love for it to because I love Switch. It is one of the largest games ever made, and it just will not fit on Switch."
There are very few MMOs on Nintendo Switch, so ESO skipping the console is not all that surprising. Square Enix's Dragon Quest X MMO is available on Switch, but only in Japan.
We also chatted with Firor about the differences in play behaviour between PC and console, how popular the game is today years after launch, what the announcement of The Elder Scrolls 6 means for ESO, and how ZeniMax Online Studios handles "crunch." Keep checking back with GameSpot for more on our conversation with Firor.
PAX Aus started today, 26 October, and runs all weekend. GameSpot's theatre, the GameSpot Dropbear Theatre, will host panels on Fortnite's coverage in the mainstream media, voice acting featuring actors from Telltale's The Walking Dead and Fallout 4, and hacking a video game, among other topics. You can see the full programming lineup for the GameSpot Dropbear Theatre here, while a full list of every PAX Aus panel can be seen here.
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