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Amazon Black Friday 2017 Deals Countdown: PC, PS4, Xbox One Bundles Discounted

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 09:17

Amazon's starting Black Friday season early with the Countdown to Black Friday Week sale. With discounts on everything from home goods to tech accessories, the sale has plenty for gamers. Right now, today's deals are all about PC accessories and a few PS4 and Xbox One S deals.

For the pro PC gamer, the best deals of the day are a KrBn Typewriter mechanical keyboard down to $110, a JAR-OWL A1 gaming mouse for $12, and Ferrino XL gaming chairs at $300. But there are plenty of deals for the more casual player too. This $23 SADES R3 headset will work on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, and this already affordable Habor wireless mouse has been cut down to $11.

As for console deals, this 1TB PS4 Slim and PSVR bundle is down $150, going for $550 without Prime. Select Xbox One S bundles aren't necessarily on sale this week, but will come with a copy of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, Call of Duty: WWII, or Assassin's Creed Origins. The Hot Wheels Xbox One S bundle is on sale for $250.

For all the deals on gaming and beyond in Amazon's sale this week, head on over. But if you're braving the pre-sales for the actual day, here are all of the Black Friday deals we know of from Target, Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy, Microsoft, Micro Center, and Newegg.

Humble Bundle's Rockstar Sale Includes Deals On GTA, LA Noire, Bully, And More

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 08:16

Before Black Friday rolls around this week, Humble Bundle has a plethora of Rockstar titles on sale right now. Everything from Grand Theft Auto V to L.A. Noire is currently marked down from 50 to 70 percent off.

This Humble Bundle sale only pertains to those of you on PC, so if you're looking to snag a copy for your consoles, you'll be out of luck here. But if you haven't already gotten your hands on these titles, now's a good chance.

GTAV is down to $30, L.A. Noire Complete Edition is $9, Max Payne 3 is $7, and Bully Scholarship Edition is $6. You can also get your hands on the Grand Theft Auto Collection for $15, and plenty of Shark Card bundles for GTAV from $38.

To check out the rest of what's in the sale, head on over to Humble Bundle. For another pre-Black Friday deal on the console side of gaming, check out this $200 Xbox One S deal at Walmart.

Why The Flash Is So Funny In Justice League

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 04:00

Minor spoilers for Justice League below

Justice League is easily the funniest DC movie to date. Central to that humor is the Flash--A.K.A. Barry Allen--played by Ezra Miller. He's not all comic relief, but he's most of the comic relief. And what relief it is.

We sat down with Miller and asked him why the Flash is so funny in Justice League.

"I was really trying to follow the thread of this character as I unraveled it from the comics history. That's what I referred to," Miller said. "I'm very proud to fall into this legacy of actors who are playing the Flash, but my interest in research was looking at the comics and trying to think about, in my mind, how I can understand it? What does this person look like in real life?"

"I think, often, 'funny' is Barry's reaction," Miller continued. "It's something that naturally occurs because of how deeply human and flawed and nervous he is, and how much of a dork he is, how his mind's constantly in science, how he's always talking to himself. I mean, if you read the comic books, who is this guy always talking to himself like this? He's a weird guy--a little neurotic, maybe.

"My approach was trying to follow in line with the history from the comics and trying to bring that to life in a way that I could understand as a real person, and I'm glad that 'funny' is one of the results of that."

The Flash isn't the only member of the Justice League who understands the value of a good joke. Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and even Cyborg get their quips in. Humor doesn't dominate Justice League, but it's an important component that helps make the film work, occasionally lightening the mood of an otherwise serious film.

"You've got so many different personalities," Ray Fisher, who plays Cyborg, told GameSpot. "Bruce Wayne has his particular style of comedy. You know, each character, just like each of the actors, has their own specific sense of how to have fun."

Miller said he's glad everyone gets their comedic moments, rather than the Flash being the only comic relief.

"I was also glad that every else in the League has moments of humor that are really wonderful," he said. "Everyone has these moments, which draws it out of this space of a serious movie where there's one annoying joker who's like always saying a punch line."

Some of Justice League's jokes were improvised, while others were written into the script. A scene involving Aquaman and Wonder Woman's lasso was one of the latter, while a funny moment involving a fist bump between the Flash and Cyborg was partially improvised.

"The fist bump was kind of developed on the fly; it actually worked in reverse order, where the first time Ray and I did the fist bump is actually the last time you see it in the movie, and that really was improvised," Miller said. "And so then, tracking back, we wrote in the reality of attempting it a couple of times and not quite getting there, which Ray and I talked about as something we felt much more comfortable with--to have a trajectory, and have them not just be 'because they're the millennials and they fist bump.'"

The first time the Flash tries to fist bump Cyborg, it doesn't go very well, which leads Barry to mutter humorously about the act being "racially charged." Miller said he improvised that specific line, and that it's one of his favorite parts.

"I feel like we managed to, in a short period of time, explore some of the things that surround that for them. [It's] an improvised line which I feel extremely proud of," he said. "Because I do feel like that was pressing and pertinent in that situation, and that's often what's funny...When we talk about race, especially in America, in a huge part of our political spectrum, that's what's completely missing--is just any type of acknowledgment.

"It's this so-called 'age of colorblindness,' where racial inequality is still so blatant and clear and in everyone's face, but you have this massive part of the population that says, 'No, it's not. What are you talking about? You're playing the race card!'" he continued. "You know what I mean? And it's like, yeah, acknowledgement! That's what I'm into."

"It's nice to have those little, quiet moments to see the nuances of who we are specifically," Fisher explained. "It's just about seeing bits of yourself in these other characters--in these other people."

Justice League is in theaters now. Read GameSpot's Justice League review, and subscribe to GameSpot Universe on YouTube for more of the things you love.

First The Incredibles 2 Trailer Shows Off Jack-Jack's Powers

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 03:29

The first teaser for The Incredibles 2 is here. The sequel to Pixar's 2004 superhero adventure is set to be released next summer, and this early promo gives a first look at the movie.

The teaser doesn't give much away and mostly features Jack-Jack, the baby son of Bob and Helen Parr, testing out his powers. It ends with Bob holding his baby, and nearly getting frazzled in the process. Check it out above.

The Incredibles 2 is directed by Brad Bird, who helmed the first movie. All the main cast members are back, including Craig T. Nelson (Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible), Holly Hunter (Helen Parr/Elastigirl), Sarah Vowell (Violet Parr), and Samuel L. Jackson (Lucius Best/Frozone).

The movie was originally scheduled for a summer 2019 release, with the studio's Toy Story 4 set to arrive next year. However, with production on the latter progressing at a slower pace, the films swapped release slots.

While an official synopsis is yet to be released for The Incredibles 2, we do know a few plot details. At Disney's D23 convention this summer, Bird revealed that the movie would focus more on Helen's superhero adventures, while Bob is a stay-at-home dad, trying to deal with the increasingly powerful Jack-Jack.

The Incredibles 2 hits theaters on June 15, 2018. The first movie made $633 million at the worldwide box office, and for several years was the second biggest movie that Pixar had released. It currently stands its seventh most successful film.

Watch The Full Star Wars Battlefront 2 Story

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 15:00

Some fans have already gotten a taste of Star Wars Battlefront II thanks to its early trial on EA/Origin Access, but today marks the game's official release. While much of the conversation around it has centered on its controversial handling of microtransactions and fan backlash (which ultimately forced EA to temporarily drop them just prior to release), developer DICE has built on the previous Star Wars Battlefront in some notable ways with Battlefront II, one of which is its new campaign.

Unlike its predecessor, Battlefront II features a full-fledged single-player storyline that's set between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The campaign puts players in the role of Iden Versio, the commander of an Imperial special forces unit known as the Inferno Squad and the primary character you play as throughout the campaign's 5-8-hour runtime.

Battlefront II's campaign is a canonical part of the franchise, filling in important details that lead up to the rise of the First Order in The Force Awakens and dropping clues as to what could be in store the next Star Wars film, The Last Jedi. If you're eager to see what happens in Battlefront II's story without the need to play through the campaign, we've compiled all of its cutscenes and some gameplay clips together in the video above so you can watch the entire tale unfold as if it were its own Star Wars movie.

Star Wars Battlefront II is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In our Battlefront II review-in-progress, critic Alessandro Fillari said the game's campaign "does a decent job of showing the internal strife within the Empire's ranks," though it ultimately "falls a bit short of making it a remarkable journey for its characters."

The Punisher Review Roundup: What Do Critics Think Of Netflix's Latest Marvel Show?

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 12:16

The latest entry in Netflix's Marvel universe has been released. The Punisher follows Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) as he seeks out vigilante justice, after being introduced in the second season of Daredevil.

What to critics think of the new series, though? GameSpot has rounded up a variety of reviews from critics, some who loved it and some who definitely didn't. The show currently sits with a score of 54 on GameSpot's sister site Metacritic, where you can see even more reviews.

  • Show: Marvel's The Punisher
  • Release Date: November 14 on Netflix
  • Starring: Jon Bernthal, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, and Deborah Ann Woll
  • Length: 13 episodes
GameSpot

"The Punisher is grounded in the way that Jessica Jones and Daredevil's first season were; these aren't superhumans or gods, and there's no magic or alternate dimensions. There's not even a shadowy organization pulling the strings behind the scenes, waiting to be unmasked and defeated in an epic team-up (at least, not in the first six episodes). There's only Frank, and the military, CIA, and other government operatives who screwed him over and murdered his family." -- Mike Rougeau [Full review]

Variety

"Thanks to Jon Berthal's seamless performance as the non-superpowered vigilante Frank Castle and showrunner Steve Lightfoot's sharp, conscious storytelling, The Punisher approaches the high points of Marvel's Jessica Jones by introducing a damaged, deadly character and telling his story as one piece of an unjust whole." -- Sonia Saraiya [Full Review]

New York Times

"The action picks up as the season progresses, but The Punisher never quite gets in touch with the visceral roots of its material, something that all of the other Netflix-Marvel series do, no matter how much they distance themselves from their comic-book sources." -- Mike Hale [Full review]

LA Times

"The show's greatest hurdle may be the worn nerves of TV audiences who have learned how and when to shield themselves from the on-screen violence--fictional or real. Preserving one's sanity requires strategic bouts of dulling the senses. For The Punisher to make any sort of lasting impact after its association with one of the worst mass shootings in American history, it would have to be a masterpiece. And it's not." -- Lorraine Ali [Full review]

AV Club

"Although The Punisher could be the most ambitious of the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows, with its unflinching exploration of grief, anger, and trauma, the series still feels awfully up in the air at the midseason mark." -- Danette Chavez [Full review]

Salon

"A love for skull-pounding action flicks should be a prerequisite for enjoying The Punisher, but even those who count ourselves in that group may find it tests our limits in the same way any hero who solves problems strictly by punching through them eventually does." -- Melanie McFarland [Full review]

The Hollywood Reporter

"With the exception of The Defenders, which was always announced as a miniseries, each and every one of the Marvel/Netflix shows has been 13 episodes and they've all had comparable lags in pacing and stumbles in storytelling to reach that number. But Marvel's The Punisher is the first one that feels at least twice the length it should be." -- Daniel Fienberg [Full review]

Uproxx

"At times it almost seems as if the creative team's heart isn't in the grim-n-gritty of it all, and we’ll get stretches of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang-style buddy comedy where Micro's chatty, neurotic ways get on Frank's nerves, while Micro is stunned by how casually Frank kills people." -- Alan Sepinwall [Full review]

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Microtransactions Removed (Temporarily)! - GS News Roundup

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 12:00

Happy Friday! Join Jess McDonell and Dan Crowd on GameSpot News where we can hopefully wrap up all remaining microtransaction news for the week and year (probably not going to happen)! Here’s what we discuss in today’s episode:

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Microtransaction Mania!

Oh boy, it’s been a huge week of drama for EA, as the internet became completely outraged over the way microtransactions were implemented in Star Wars Battlefront 2. There were responses from developers, major changes to the game, but none of these actions seemed to quell the fire. We chat about the whole debacle in today’s episode.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Is A Game Of The Year Nominee, But Creator Doesn’t Want It

Brendan Greene, aka PlayerUnknown, seems like a genuinely nice guy! Even though he’s the main brain behind 2017’s massive multiplayer battle royale sensation, he recently responded to some Game of the Year nominations in a very courteous and humble way. We discuss the responses and some of the games he’s going up against.

Russia Uses Game Screenshot To Try And Prove USA Is Cooperating With ISIS

Well this is a weird one to close it out. This week, the Russian Ministry of Defence’s official Twitter account posted an image which claimed it had “irrefutable” evidence of US collusion with Islamic State. You’ll never guess what happened next (you will)!

Thanks for joining us this week on GameSpot News. Keep the conversation going by letting us know what you thought about today’s news, and have a great weekend! For more on today’s stories, you can also visit the links below:


Newegg Black Friday 2017 Early Deals For PC Hardware Are Now Live

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 11:58

Newegg, one of the most popular PC hardware vendors for all things tech, is having a pre-Black Friday sale going on right now. They're well-known for deals on all things tech and they're rolling out plenty of them in advance of the consumerist holiday. Everything on Newegg ships out since there is no brick-and-mortar store, so shopping is made easy. Here, we've rounded up some standout deals for hard drives, solid-state drives, motherboards, monitors, memory, and peripherals.

To kick things off, we looked at memory prices. A stick of 8GB Patriot Viper Elite DDR4-2133 RAM is $73, 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-2666 RAM is currently $80, while 16GB (2x8GB) Team Elite Plus DDR4-2400 RAM is going for $130. If you're on an older platform and still use DDR3 memory, you can snag 16GB (2x8GB) Team Dark DDR3-1600 RAM for $100 or 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR-1333 for $120. For you fancy folk out there, the 16GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB DDR4-3200 RAM kit is on sale for $175. Corsair RAM is 18% off with the promo code CORSAIR8 as well.

When it comes to monitors, Acer has taken over the Newegg sales. The Predator XB241H 24-inch 1080p 144Hz G-Sync monitor is $350. If you're looking for more affordable displays, the G247HYL 23.8-inch 1080p IPS monitor is on sale for $110; the K272HUL 27-inch 1440p IPS monitor is going for $270 while the TN panel version is $250. A few bucks are shaved off 21:9 curved monitors, like the XZ350CU 35-inch 2560x1080 144Hz with FreeSync for $550 and the Z35P 35-inch 3440x1440 100Hz with G-Sync for $1000.

If you're looking for fast storage drives, the 480GB Kingston A400 SSD is $150 with the promo code 71114PBFS100. ADATA's XPG SX850 256GB SSD is going for $90 while the 128GB version is at $54. Another option is the 240GB Sandisk Plus SSD, which is $82 right now.

Deals for mass storage are wild since you can get an 8TB Seagate Enterprise 7200 RPM 6Gb/s hard drive for just $260 while the faster 12Gb/s version is $280. Toshiba's X300 8TB 6Gb/s 7200 RPM drive is $250 and the smaller 5TB version is the best value at $120 with the promo code EMCBBBG22. If you don't need that much space, the 3TB Western Digital Blue 5400 RPM hard drive is $85 and the 2TB version is available for $63 with the promo code 71114PBFS034.

As for gaming keyboards and mice, G.Skill's Ripjaws KM780R with Cherry MX Blue mechanical switches goes for $80 and Azio's MGK1-K with Kailh Brown switches is only $50. The Victake 2.4GHz wireless mouse is only $16.50. Gaming headsets are going for cheap as well: Cooler Master's MasterPulse is $30, the Sades virtual 7.1 SA903S is $33, and a refurbished Logitech G933 Wireless is $75.

Lastly, there are some good offers on motherboards, which anyone wanting to build a system should look out for. The Asus ROG Maximus VIII Hero (Z170 chipset) is up for $150 and the Maximus VIII Ranger (Z170) is $140. Those looking at AMD's Ryzen platform (or building a compact PC) should consider the Gigabyte GA-AB350M Micro ATX for $70 or the Biostar X370GTN Mini ITX for $85, since they'll support overclocking for all Ryzen CPUs.

There are so many more items available at a discount on Newegg right now, so be sure to check out what they're offering. Most sales expire on November 20, which is when Newegg's full Black Friday sale starts (you can get a sneak peak a few of the deals already). We summarized the highlighted sales below, and have you covered for all things Black Friday, so check out all of our extensive coverage:

Newegg Early Black Friday 2017 DealsMonitors
  • Acer G247HYL 23.8-inch 1080p IPS -- $110
  • Acer K272HUL 27-inch 1440p TN -- $250
  • Acer K272HUL 27-inch 1440p IPS -- $270
  • Acer Predator XB241H 24-inch 1080p 144Hz G-Sync -- $ 350
  • Acer XZ350CU 35-inch 2560x1080 144Hz with FreeSync -- $550
  • Acer Z35P 35-inch 3440x1440 100Hz with G-Sync -- $1000
Memory (RAM)
  • 8GB Patriot Viper Elite DDR4-2133 RAM -- $73
  • 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-2666 RAM -- $80
  • 16GB (2x8GB) Team Dark DDR3-1600 RAM -- $100
  • 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR-1333 -- $120
  • 16GB (2x8GB) Team Elite Plus DDR4-2400 RAM -- $130
  • 16GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB DDR4-3200 RAM -- $175
  • Corsair RAM 18% Off
Solid-state Drives
  • 128GB ADATA XPG SX850 -- $54
  • 240GB Sandisk Plus -- $82
  • 256GB ADATA XPG SX850 -- $90
  • 480GB Kingston A400 -- $150
Hard Disk Drives
  • 2TB Western Digital Blue 5400 RPM -- $63
  • 3TB Western Digital Blue 5400 RPM -- $85
  • 5TB Toshiba X300 6Gb/s 7200 RPM -- $120
  • 8TB Toshiba X3006Gb/s 7200 RPM -- $250
  • 8TB Seagate Enterprise 7200 RPM 6Gb/s -- $260
  • 8TB Seagate Enterprise 7200 RPM 12Gb/s -- $280
Peripherals
  • Victake 2.4GHz Wireless Mouse -- $16.50
  • Cooler Master MasterPulse Headset -- $30
  • Sades virtual 7.1 SA903S Headset -- $33
  • Azio MGK1-K Mechanical Keyboard -- $50
  • Refurbished Logitech G933 Wireless Headset -- $75
  • G.Skill Ripjaws KM780R Mechanical Keyboard -- $80
Motherboards
  • Gigabyte GA-AB350M Micro ATX -- $70
  • Biostar X370GTN Mini ITX -- $85
  • Asus ROG Maximus VIII Ranger (Z170) -- $140
  • Asus ROG Maximus VIII Hero (Z170) -- $150

Doctor Who Christmas Special: Video Clip Brings Two Doctors Face-To-Face

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 11:45

As the world gets closer to Peter Capaldi's final bow as the star of Doctor Who, BBC America has released the first clip from the 2017 Christmas special. The episode will see the actor exit the series. In the special, titled Twice Upon a Time, the 12th Doctor brings the first Doctor (David Bradley) aboard the TARDIS. Naturally, the original Doctor absolutely hates what Capaldi's character has done with the place.

If this scene is any indication, Doctor Who is going to have a wild and very sarcastic adventure for Christmas. With Bradley stepping into the shoes of the first Doctor, originally played by William Hartnell in the 1960s, it allows for the two incarnations of the same Time Lord to work together. Of course, it also helps for making a very special moment of the regeneration of Capaldi's Doctor, after he was fatally wounded in the Season 10 finale.

Bradley's appearing on the show is, surprisingly, not the first time he's dipped his toe in the Doctor Who universe. He previously portrayed Hartnell in the 2013 TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time, which explored the creation of Doctor Who and its early seasons.

The clip for the Christmas special was released in conjunction with the BBC's annual Children in Need telethon. Doctor Who's 2017 Christmas special will air on December 25 on BBC America. The series will then return in 2018 with a new Doctor at the helm. Jodie Whittaker will play the 13th Doctor, making the first time ever a woman has led the show.

Overwatch Character Guide: Tips For Widowmaker, Pharah, Reinhardt, And All Heroes

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 11:26

Since its release, Overwatch's Hero roster continues to grow. While each character is easy to pick up and play, there are several important tactics you need to understand. To help you better master the game, we've created in-depth guide videos for all of its characters. With so many videos to watch and learn from, we've compiled them all in one place. Below you'll find our detailed series of videos offering tips and strategies on how to best play each hero.

We recently updated this feature with a guide on Moira--Overwatch's fifth post-launch DLC character. Be sure to check back often as we update this page with guides on future DLC characters.

Moira

Moira is mainly a healer. Her principal attack is called Biotic Grasp; it sprays a "cone of energy" that heals teammates in range. Her alternate fire is a beam that attaches to the nearest enemy, taking their health and dealing damage. For more on how to use her, watch the in-depth video above.

Reinhardt

Reinhardt is an easy-to-use tank who primarily acts as a team's frontman. With his handy shield and giant hammer, he can be used for a variety of effective offensive strategies. For a detailed breakdown on how to utilize his abilities, watch the in-depth video above.

Widowmaker

Widowmaker is a formidable sniper with a plethora of abilities that support her long-range capabilities. With the ability to see through walls, plant mines, or grapple-hook her way on to a roof, she's not a character that opposing players should take lightly. For a detailed breakdown on how to best use her, watch the in-depth video above.

Ana

Ana is a fascinating new character that uses a special sniper rifle capable of shooting bullets that heals her allies but damages her opponents. Unlike Widowmaker--whose primary role is to slay opponents--Ana is out there to provide support to her allies either by buffing them or putting members from the opposing team to sleep with her handy sleep dart. For more on how to use her, watch our Ana Hero Guide video.

Bastion

Bastion is a formidable tank with an arsenal of heavy weapons. Its firepower easily makes it a priority target for the opposing team; that's why it's important to know how to utilize Bastion's weapons and abilities. For more on this lethal robot, watch our Bastion Hero Guide video.

D.Va

D.Va is a powerful tank that can easily lay down the pressure against opponents. Her mech suit comes equipped with twin short-range cannons capable of continuous, high-damage fire without the need to reload. She also has a variety of useful offensive abilities that further her impact on the battlefield. For a closer look at how to use her, watch our D.Va Hero Guide video.

Doomfist

Doomfist is one of the most diverse damage dealers in the game. His assortment of melee abilities allows you to get creative with how to deal with enemy Heroes. His Rocket Punch does a fair amount of damage, as well as stun enemies who happen to survive the might of its devastating power. Combine that alongside his uppercut and ground smash abilities for a variety of different offensive and defensive maneuvers. For more on how to use him, watch our Doomfist Guide video.

Genji

Genji is a powerful offensive character whose hit-and-run tactics demand patience and precision. While he's difficult to master, he should please any player willing to understand the subtle nuances of his attacks and abilities. For more on this cyborg ninja, watch our Genji Hero Guide video.

Junkrat

If you like being a pest to your opponents, then Junkrat is the character for you. His wide-range of explosive weapons and abilities make him a great damage dealer for any team. For a closer look at how to use him, watch our Junkrat Hero Guide video.

Hanzo

Hanzo is a sniper that requires precision and quick thinking. Players often underrate his abilities, but when they're used properly, Hanzo can be incredibly versatile. For more on how to use this wandering archer, watch our Hanzo Hero Guide video.

Lucio

Lucio is one of the most effective support characters in the game, providing first-aid and ability buff support to teammates. He's highly adaptable and is a great fit for any team. For the specifics on how to use him, watch our Lucio Hero Guide video.

McCree

McCree is a powerful offense hero who's best used against opponents at close-range. With his trusty magnum and its multitude of accompanying abilities that can instantly kill enemies, McCree is a force to be reckoned with. For a detailed look at how to use this gun slinging hero, watch our McCree Hero Guide video.

Mei

Mei is a well-rounded and self-sufficient defense character capable of being a great nuisance to the opposing team. Her Endothermic Blaster can freeze enemies in their tracks, denying them their mobility while damaging slowly them. For more on her various ice-based abilities, check out our Mei Hero Guide video.

Mercy

Mercy is a valuable support character who's capable of using her first-aid and ability buffs to maximize the effectiveness of both tank and offensive characters. In addition, her ultimate--the ability to revive downed teammates--can quickly turn the tide of any battle. For more on Mercy’s abilities and how to play her, watch our Mercy Hero Guide video.

Orisa

Orisa is an anchor tank capable of effectively fending off enemies and detouring their attacks. Aside from her long-range rapid-fire machine gun, she has a variety of other useful tools, such as a projectile that sets up a barrier and an energy weapon that creates an effect similar to Zarya's Graviton Surge. Orisa is a useful tank class with offensive and defensive abilities that can compliment any team. For more on how to use her, watch our Orisa Hero Guide video.

Pharah

Pharah is a great offensive character to play if you want to hassle the opponent while dealing considerable damage. When used properly, her rockets and jetpack make her highly effective at hit-and-run tactics. For a full breakdown, watch our Pharah Hero Guide video.

Reaper

Reaper is a deadly offensive character that specializes in close-ranged damage. With this wraith abilities, he can easily flank opponents and assault them with his dual shotguns. For more on how to use him effectively, watch our Reaper Hero Guide video.

Roadhog

Roadhog is a hefty tank that can quickly lay down the offensive against the opposing team. As a tank, he's great for hassling enemies, bringing them towards him with his chain hook and bombarding them with his scrap gun. For more on how to play him, watch our Roadhog Hero Guide video.

Soldier: 76

If you're new to Overwatch or shooters in general, Soldier: 76 is one of the best offensive characters to start with. He sports a well-rounded set of abilities and can handle a variety of situations. For more on how to use this masked commando, watch our Soldier: 76 Hero Guide video.

Sombra

Sombra is a distinctive offensive character capable of rendering foes helpless and dealing a decent amount of damage along the way. With her hacking abilities, she's capable of variety of tricks, such as disabling an enemy's abilities, making a health pack regenerate fast, or seeing enemies through walls. In addition, her Translocator ability offers her the ability to freely enter and exit the frontline with ease. Sombra is well suited for those looking to sneak around and deliver grief to the opposing team. For more on how to use her, watch our Sombra Hero Guide video.

Symmetra

Symmetra can be an incredibly useful support character if played properly. With her handy teleporter and arsenal of turrets, she's capable of easily tipping the odds in your team's their favor. For more on how to use her abilities, watch our Symmetra Hero Guide video.

Torbjorn

Torbjorn is an engineer class hero capable of all sorts of useful strategies with his stationary turret. Whether you want to play him defensively or offensively, Torbjorn can be an effective addition to any team. For a detailed look on how to best utilize his skills, watch our Torbjorn Hero Guide video.

Tracer

Tracer's strength as an offensive character lies not in her damage output, but in her ability to distract and annoy enemies. For more on how to use her, watch our Tracer Hero Guide video.

Winston

Compared to other tank class characters, Winston is less of a brute and more focused on disruption tactics. His mobility allows him the ability to get the jump on his opponents when they least expect it. For more details on how to use this guerrilla scientist's abilities and tactics, watch our Winston Hero Guide video.

Zarya

Zarya is one of the most difficult tanks to play, utilizing an assortment of complex offensive and defensive abilities. While she may not be the robust tank to use at first, her abilities carry a wealth of nuance that's fulfilling to master. For more on how to use her, watch our Zarya Hero Guide video.

Zenyatta

Zenyatta sports a wide range of support abilities that can aid in his team’s efforts to turn the tide of battle. But unlike most other support characters, he’s a great damage dealer, capable of throwing out high amounts of DPS at a time. For more on this Omnic monk, watch our Zenyatta Hero Guide video.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales For PS4 And Xbox One

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 10:27

Black Friday 2017 is almost here. Lots and lots of games are on sale this year, including new releases. Ubisoft's South Park: The Fractured But Whole is among them, with a handful of big retailers offering the game's PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions on the cheap.

It looks like Walmart has the best deal this year, offering the game for only $29 on Black Friday. Target has it for $30, while Best Buy will sell the turn-based game for $35 and Toys R Us and GameStop for $40. Given that the game only just came out in October, those are some pretty sweet deals.

Like its predecessor, The Stick of Truth, Fractured but Whole puts players in the role of the New Kid, who moves into South Park and joins a superhero team with Cartman and other South Park mainstays. GameSpot's Fractured But Whole review scored the game an 8/10. Reviewer Miguel Concepcion said, "It's an accomplishment that this game will wholly entertain devoted fans while delivering a heap of jokes that won't fly over the heads of casual viewers."

For lots more on Fractured But Whole, check out GameSpot's feature, "How South Park Blurs The Lines Between Video Game And TV." You can download a free trial now.

You can check out a complete list of South Park: The Fractured But Whole deals for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One below. We'll continue to update this as more Black Friday ads are revealed. You can also check out all of our other Black Friday coverage through the links at the bottom of this post.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Black Friday Deals
  • $29 (GameStop)
  • $30 (Target)
  • $35 (Best Buy)
  • $40 (Toys R Us/GameStop)
  • $40 (GameStop)
Black Friday 2017 Deals

New Ghost Recon: Wildlands Update For Ghost War Out Now, Here Are The Patch Notes

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 09:15

Ubisoft has released a new update for Ghost Recon: Wildlands' recently added PvP mode, Ghost War. The Interference update is now available for free on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and it adds new maps, gear, and other content to the competitive multiplayer mode.

The biggest addition in the update is Uplink, a new objective-based game mode for Ghost War. Ubisoft describes Uplink as a "4v4 objective-based mode in which rival teams fight for the control of an access point situated at the center of the map." The mode features four exclusive maps--Warehouse, Oil Rush, Burn Out, and Sub Factory--which Ubisoft says were "carefully chosen to provide diverse tactic conditions."

Along with the new game mode, the Interference update introduces a new class, the Disruptor. This class can scramble an opponent's HUD when they get too close, similar to jammers from the Fallen Ghosts expansion. The Disruptor class is available early for season pass and Ghost War pass holders; all other players will be able to unlock or purchase the class beginning next week.

Ubisoft has also shared a roadmap of its planned content for Wildlands' Ghost War mode. The next update is slated to roll our in December and is called Jungle Storm, with a subsequent update scheduled to follow every month through April. Like Interference, each new Ghost War update will add new modes, classes, maps, and more to the shooter. You can take a look at the roadmap graphic above.

Ghost War was released as a free update to Ghost Recon: Wildlands last month, but players who own the game's season pass or Ghost War pass will get access to every new class a week early. To commemorate the launch of the Interference update, Ubisoft is selling the Ghost War pass separately on all digital stores for $15. Ghost Recon: Wildlands will be one of the many games you can pick up on sale this Black Friday, with Walmart offering it for $19. You can find a selection of patch notes for the Interference update below or read more about it on the Ghost Recon: Wildlands website.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands Interference Update Patch Notes

PvP fixes:

  • Fixed an issue where the name and description for the Thermal Vision Perk were incorrect.
  • Fixed an issue where the weapon icon was missing in the kill log for P12 (Scout Class), P45T (Artillery Class), and 5.7 USG (Tank) pistols.
  • Fixed an issue where the Aim Assist would reset to ON at the beginning of every round.
  • Fixed an issue where the aiming and damage UI circle of the Mortar drone was not shown on the surface of the water.
  • Fixed an issue where the medic drone mark remained active on the HUD for all other classes with a drone in bag.
  • Fixed an issue where the enemy sound marker was not showing on the tacmap when spectating.
  • Fixed an issue where the suppression bubble of the first player would shield other players behind him in a line.
  • Fixed an issue where the maximum ping distance shown in spectate mode was limited to 148 m.

PC-specific changes:

  • Fixed an issue where the player would become invincible as long as the top bar of the game, while set to windowed mode, was clicked and held.
  • Fixed an issue where changing the helicopter pitch invert Y-axis on the mouse would also affect pitching up and down from the keyboard.

Balancing:

  • Recruit: The drone has been removed from his loadout.
  • Tech: Increased HP by 30%.
  • Pointman: Increased HP by 10%.
  • Sniper: Removed mines and reduced damage; Assault Classes will need two body shots.
  • Enforcer: Made it possible to change his weapon’s scope.
  • Ranger: Increased stamina by 50% and increased effectiveness of PSG submachine gun.
  • Sentinel: Improved interface to make tracking easier.
  • Diversionist: Increased drone’s battery.

Maps:

  • Quarry: South spawn point has been moved forward and more cover has been added.
  • Dust Town: Streamlined the map layout and removed part of the map that was too easy to defend.
  • Coca Farm: This map has been temporarily removed from quickplay rotation. It’s still available in Custom Match.

Weapons:

  • Most classes can now choose their handguns from a wider selection.
  • Alternate scope attachments have been added.
  • Removed the damage reduction from having a suppressor equipped.
  • Ability to holster weapons have been removed.

Other improvements:

  • Leaving ongoing matches will now result in time-out penalties.
  • Matchmaking was tweaked so that beginner players have better chances to encounter appropriate opponents.
  • Reduced the amount of XP required to reach each level so players will progress quicker. Some issues related to the functionality of the progression UI have also been fixed.

Ghost Recon Network

  • New statistics has been introduced to integrate the new features (Uplink mode and Prestive level)
  • A new slider on the dashboard page will give a better overview on our news.

Nintendo Switch Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All Games, Consoles, And Accessories On Sale

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 09:13

Black Friday 2017 is nearly upon us, and that means plenty of game deals are on the horizon. While more limited than those available for PS4 or Xbox One, that includes offers for Nintendo Switch games, as well as an opportunity to pick up the hardware itself--albeit without any kind of discount.

Nintendo Switch itself appears in a variety of the Black Friday ads we've gotten a look at so far, but this is seemingly only intended to signal that it will be in stock. All of them--GameStop, Best Buy, and Target--list it for its usual $300 price (except for Walmart, which sells it for $299). Likewise, we've unfortunately seen no discounts on Joy-Cons or the Switch Pro Controller, although Walmart will have third-party wired controllers for $17. Other accessories on sale include a PowerA Joy-Con Charging Station for $20 at Best Buy, and Mario- and Zelda-themed controller chargers (for both Joy-Cons and Pro Controllers) for $25 each at GameStop.

Nintendo's first-party games are known for rarely going on sale, and this Black Friday demonstrates that. There's no sign of Super Mario Odyssey, while the lone deal we've seen on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild features its new Explorer's Edition dropping to $49 at Walmart. 1-2-Switch, Nintendo's minigame collection, was deemed overpriced at launch by many, but you'll be able to pick it up for $20 at Toys R Us. In terms of third-party titles, The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, Disgaea 5: Complete Edition, and Puyo Puyo Tetris will be $20 each at Best Buy. The store will also sell Super Bomberman R for $25.

We've compiled all of the Nintendo Switch deals we've seen so far below. One thing to note is that some Toys R Us prices may end up being lower, as its ad only lists savings, not specific prices (leaving us to calculate costs based on MSRP). There are sure to be more deals still to come, with Amazon's Black Friday offering yet to be announced, among other retailers. We also don't know if Nintendo has any plans to provide discounts on the Eshop, but we'll update this story as more deals become available. For our full Black Friday coverage, hit the links below.

Nintendo Switch Black Friday DealsGames

1-2-Switch

  • $20 (Toys R Us)
  • $25 (Best Buy)
  • $29 (Walmart)

Batman: The Telltale Series

  • $20 (GameStop)

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+

  • $20 (Best Buy)

Cars 3: Driven to Win

  • $30 (Best Buy)

Disgaea 5: Complete Edition

  • $20 (Best Buy)
  • $40 (Toys R Us)

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2

  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $20 (Best Buy)
  • $25 (GameStop/Target)

FIFA 18

  • $20 (Best Buy)
  • $30 (Toys R Us)

Just Dance 2018

  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $30 (Best Buy/Target)
  • $40 (GameStop/Toys R Us)

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Explorer's Edition

  • $49 (Walmart)

Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game

  • $20 (Best Buy)
  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $30 (GameStop/Toys R Us)

Lego Worlds

  • $15 (Target)
  • $20 (Best Buy)
  • $30 (Toys R Us)

Minecraft: Story Mode - The Complete Adventure

  • $15 (Best Buy)

Monopoly

  • $20 (Best Buy)

Puyo Puyo Tetris

  • $20 (Best Buy)

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition

  • $19 (Walmart)
  • $20 (Best Buy/GameStop)

RBI Baseball 17

  • $20 (Best Buy)

Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase

  • $15 (Best Buy)

Sonic Forces

  • $25 (Best Buy)
  • $29 (Walmart - unconfirmed)
  • $30 (GameStop)

Super Bomberman R

  • $25 (Best Buy)
  • $30 (GameStop/Toys R Us)
  • $35 (Target)
Hardware And Accessories

PowerA Joy-Con Charging Dock

  • $20 (Best Buy)

PDP Switch Starter Kit

  • $20 (Best Buy)

PowerA Plus Super Mario Edition Switch Pro Controller

  • $20 (Best Buy)

Nintendo Switch racing wheel two-pack

  • $6 (GameStop)

Nintendo Switch game case and protection kit

  • $6 (GameStop)

Nintendo Switch USB-C car charger

  • $6 (GameStop)

Nintendo Switch Premium Upgrade Kit (kickstand, charge base, charge link, charge block, screen armor)

  • $50 (GameStop)

Nintendo Switch Complete Mario Charger (for Joy-Con/Pro Controller)

  • $25 (GameStop)

Nintendo Switch Complete Zelda Breath of the Wild Charger

  • $25 (GameStop)

Nintendo Switch wired controllers

  • $17 (Walmart)

GameSpot's Extra Life Giveaway

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:00

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The Miz And Baron Corbin Know Exactly How To Sell Their Survivor Series Face-Off

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 08:00

Survivor Series is a cross-brand pay-per-view, pitting Monday Night Raw against SmackDown Live. And because of that, the wrestlers on the fight card had little face-to-face time with their opponents in the weeks leading up to this Sunday.

That's a pretty big problem. After all, the entire goal of the weekly shows is to sell the PPVs, and when the wrestlers can't have live staredowns and insult contests in the center of the ring, it's difficult to generate buzz and excitement. Fans need a narrative reason to care.

It's true that some of the matches this weekend sell themselves. AJ Styles vs. Brock Lesnar, for example, is the type of showdown that could main event WrestleMania, let alone Survivor Series. That the match was even booked is enough reason to watch it. One man is the greatest active wrestler of his generation. The other man is The Beast. Fans will unquestionably pay money to see the two of them fight.

But further down the card is The Miz vs. Baron Corbin—the Intercontinental champion squaring off against the United States champion. Like Styles and Lesnar, they have no reason to fight other than some abstract "champion vs. champion" PR spin. But unlike with Styles and Lesnar, the personalities and reputations of these two individual performers are not enough to sell the match on their own.

The Miz is a decent, solid hand in the ring, but he doesn't have the type of transcendent technical skill that puts butts in seats. His greatest strength, his in-ring promo skill, is difficult to leverage when his opponent isn't even on the same show. And Baron Corbin is too green to carry an angle on his own. He has great future potential, but until he acquires more years under his belt (and a couple more title runs, for that matter), he doesn't have the marquee name recognition to sell WWE Network subscriptions.

Both men are heels, which also doesn't help matters. A face versus heel match has an easy, classic dynamic. The try-hard underdog versus the cheating scoundrel. The working class hero versus the spoiled rich boy. A face versus face match means every fan has someone to cheer for. It'll be a competitive, clean contest, and it'll wrap up with a handshake or some other signifier of respect. The fans will go home happy.

But a heel vs. heel contest is very difficult to book properly. Who do you root for, exactly? The pompous jerk? The arrogant blowhard? It's tough to sell a match where no matter who wins, fans won't feel great about it.

Both The Miz and Baron Corbin have done their best with a bad situation. Because there's no opportunity to square off in person, they've been attacking each other on social media, which gives them immediate reactions and feedback from both each other and the fans.

#UnderSiege #EOD @mikethemiz pic.twitter.com/z2gUVSPXwY

— Baron Corbin (@BaronCorbinWWE) October 24, 2017

These phone-recorded promos may not have the production values of WWE's television programming. But they are intimate and personalized, unrestrained by the timing issues of live TV. And because they've delivered them off the cuff (from the passenger seat of a car for example), fans see Corbin and Miz in the context of their ordinary lives, offstage and out of costume. It implies that their mutual contempt is no angle; these two men genuinely hate each other, even when the cameras are off.

To make matters murkier, both men are referencing real-life events. And so part of the thrill for fans, even if they know it's all scripted, is wondering whether real feelings are getting involved, even inadvertently. Because this is not two men fighting over a magical urn. At the end of the day, Maryse is Miz's wife. And is it that unrealistic to assume that Miz might be protective of her?

Hey @BaronCorbinWWE .... pic.twitter.com/w33xydJ5qy

— The Miz (@mikethemiz) October 30, 2017

After Miz's above promo, Corbin doubled down. In his next video, he referenced not only Miz's wife, but also his unborn daughter:

Hey @mikethemiz my bad. pic.twitter.com/iMeXNljqh6

— Baron Corbin (@BaronCorbinWWE) October 31, 2017

And so when Miz finally had the television time to discuss Corbin, his words meant so much more and rang so much truer. Miz may be a heel for most of the year, but he's certainly the face in this feud. And now, there's a reason--an emotional reason--to care about this match beyond its bragging rights.

Just in case @BaronCorbinWWE missed the opening of the longest running weekly episodic show in history #Raw because he’s too busy checking his social media feeds. #SurvivorSeries pic.twitter.com/DRePhZ7jDC

— The Miz (@mikethemiz) November 10, 2017

There's a limited amount of time on Raw and SmackDown that must be split between scores of performers. And Corbin and Miz, rather that politicking for that time, bypassed it entirely by reaching out to fans through Twitter. It's a forward-thinking approach to a fractured media landscape, and it sets an excellent precedent--of refusing to be ignored--for wrestlers who want more opportunities to get over.

The Punisher Arrives On Netflix With New Release Trailer

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 07:48

At long last, Marvel's The Punisher has arrived on Netflix. The violent adventures of Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) released on Netflix Friday with the arrival of a 13-episode first season. Luckily for fans, as GameSpot's The Punisher review points out, the new series is done very well.

While this is The Punisher's first standalone series, the character is no stranger to fans of Netflix's other Marvel shows. Castle first appeared during Season 2 of Daredevil, as both a foe and ally of Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox). That season ended with a tease that Castle would be further immersing himself into the identity of the gun-toting vigilante The Punisher moving forward.

Castle didn't appear in Marvel's Defenders--which saw fellow Netflix superheroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) team up--a teaser for the new series appeared as a post-credits scene. With how own show now, though, The Punisher is a full-fledged member of Netflix's piece of the Marvel universe.

The Punisher is just one of Netflix's new additions for the week, alongside the final season of the western drama Longmire and the documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton. You can see the rest of the streamer's new TV shows and movies for November here.

PS4's PlayStation Store Black Friday 2017 Sale Live Early For PS Plus Members

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 06:56

Black Friday 2017 is next week, and ahead of the big shopping day, Sony has kicked off a sale in the PlayStation Store. The sale goes into effect for everyone on November 21, but PS Plus subscribers can get access to it early beginning today.

Only a selection of PS4 titles are discounted right now--with more on the way when the sale begins in full next week--but they include some of this year's biggest releases. Assassin's Creed Origins drops down to $42, while the Call of Duty: WWII Digital Deluxe edition costs $90. Many of this year's big sports games are on sale as well, including Madden NFL 18 ($30), FIFA 18 ($36), and NBA 2K18 ($42), among other titles.

While the Black Friday sale is currently only available to PS Plus members, everyone will be able to take advantage of this week's regular batch of PSN discounts. That selection is much slimmer, but it includes some fun titles for PS4, PS3, and Vita such as Toki Tori 2+, Rive, Trine 2, Jet Set Radio, and more.

We've rounded up the full list of all the PlayStation Store Black Friday deals that are currently available for PS Plus members. We'll update it as more titles are added when the sale goes live to everyone on November 21. You can also find our full coverage of all the other Black Friday 2017 deals through the links below.

PlayStation Store Black Friday 2017 Early Deals: All The PS4 PSN Digital Games On Sale Right Now

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 06:35

As with the Xbox Store, Sony has kicked off an early sale on the PlayStation Store ahead of Black Friday 2017. For the time being, this is only available to PlayStation Plus members, but it will expand to include everyone on November 21, at which point even more games will be added. If you're a PS4 owner, there are some notable deals here.

This PSN Black Friday Early Access sale focuses exclusively on a limited selection of games for PS4--this isn't nearly as extensive as the hundreds of games in the Xbox Store Black Friday sale. As with that one, many of these prices are not as cheap as what you'll find at physical retailers--you can find a full rundown on all the PS4 Black Friday game deals in our roundup. But if you prefer the convenience of digital, you will be able to save up to 40% off these games' usual prices.

A number of new releases are on sale, including Assassin's Creed Origins for $42, Call of Duty: WWII Deluxe Edition for $90, Destiny 2 for $39 (or $67.49 with the season pass, ahead of Curse of Osiris's upcoming release), NBA 2K18 for $42, Need for Speed Payback for $36, South Park: The Fractured But Whole for $42, and WWE 2K18 for $36.

Below, you'll find a full list of all the PlayStation Store deals that PS Plus members currently have access to. We'll update this story on November 21 once the full sale goes live; that will presumably feature a much more extensive array of titles, including those for PS3 and Vita. If you want to see everything on sale in terms of hardware, physical games, and accessories, check out our PS4 Black Friday 2017 deals roundup. All of our Black Friday coverage can also be seen through the links below.

PS4 PlayStation Store Black Friday 2017 Game Deals
  • Assassin's Creed Origins -- $41.99
  • Assassin's Creed Origins – Deluxe Edition -- $48.99
  • Assassin's Creed Origins – Gold Edition -- $69.99
  • Call of Duty: WWII: Digital Deluxe -- $89.99
  • Destiny 2 -- $38.99
  • Destiny 2: Digital Deluxe -- $74.99
  • Destiny 2: Game + Expansion Pass Bundle -- $67.49
  • FIFA 18 -- $35.99
  • FIFA 18 Icon Edition -- $59.99
  • FIFA 18 Ronaldo Edition -- $47.99
  • Madden NFL 18 -- $30.00
  • Madden NFL 18: GOAT Holiday Edition -- $40.00
  • Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite-- $41.99
  • Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite Deluxe Edition -- $67.49
  • NBA 2K18 -- $41.99
  • NBA 2K18 Legend Edition -- $59.99
  • NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Gold -- $119.99
  • Need for Speed Payback -- $35.99
  • Need for Speed Payback Deluxe Edition -- $47.99
  • NHL 18 -- $30.00
  • NHL 18: Deluxe Edition -- $40.00
  • NHL 18: Super Deluxe Edition -- $50.00
  • Overwatch: Game of the Year Bundle -- $30.00
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 -- $30.00
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 FC Barcelona Edition -- $35.00
  • Project Cars 2 -- $41.99
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole -- $41.99
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole Gold Edition -- $62.99
  • WWE 2K18 -- $35.99
  • WWE 2K18 Digital Deluxe Bundle -- $53.99

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Tips: Which Class Is Right For You?

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 06:30

In Star Wars Battlefront II, there are a number of roles to take on while on the galactic frontlines. From Imperial armies, Rebel forces, and many other sides spanning the film series--each fighting force will fight for their cause in the expansive conflict. As you wage your battle along the galactic frontier, you'll come to find a set of classes that have their own role to play in the larger fight, and possess a number of nuances and techniques that can be improved upon over time.

In this guide, GameSpot will be offering tips and information on the four core classes in Battlefront II. Including what their main skills and roles are in battle, and how you can upgrade them over the course of your career. Be sure to check back with us for more guides for this online Star Wars game, along with our review-in-progress about the state of things in DICE's online shooter.

Table of Contents [hide]Assault

When you need to strike the enemy hard and fast, then the Assault class is the one you can rely on. As the all-around offensive class, Assault can be a good starting class for many looking to learn the systems of the game. But in the hands of an experienced player, this role can be quite deadly and offer up the fastest way to deal quick damage compared to other classes. One useful support ability that they have in their possession is the Scan Dart. Firing off a beacon at a distance, you'll ping nearby enemy infantry, which will show their locations on screen. This is invaluable when trying to make progress into a skirmish, allowing you and your allies to see how best to flank the infantry. With their rapid-fire rifles, the Assault class can go toe-to-toe with most enemies they'll come across.

Starting Abilities:

  • Thermal Detonator: The default detonator is a throwable grenade packing a deadly punch. While you can upgrade this ability to deal higher damage, you can also acquire Star Cards that replace it with an Ion Grenade--dealing heavy damage to machines and vehicles--and an Acid Launcher, which deals damage over time to enemies caught in its blast.

  • Scan Dart: This default launcher fires a scan dart which is useful for quickly locating enemies. This is incredibly valuable when looking to keep an eye on nearby enemies and can be upgraded to increase its duration. However, you can replace this ability with the Toughen Up skill--allowing you to regain health faster--and a small side-arm that can blind enemies.

  • Vanguard: Lead the charge and equip a powerful short-range weapon that builds no heat for a limited time. Essentially the Assault's super ability, this shotgun can be used for a limited time, dealing massive damage at close range. While you can upgrade it with Star Cards that can improve accuracy, decrease cooldown, you can also upgrade it to allow for more time when pulling off kills.
Heavy

If you're looking to become a behemoth on the battlefield, then the Heavy class is the one for you. With this class, you're essentially the closest thing to a tank when not in a vehicle. Wielding a large blaster machine gun, you'll have access to a number of defensive buffs and skills to help you support your allies. Along with a Combat Shield and Sentry cannons, the Heavy can deal large damage to waves of enemies, while also soaking damage and protecting allies. There is a trade-off to their extra endurance and firepower, however. The Heavies are not as mobile as other classes, making them a risk to bring around for long jaunts across the map, and can often be unwieldy in some tighter situations.

Starter Abilities:

  • Impact Grenade: The default Impact Grenade detonates on contact with any object. This grenade offers a quick way to deal quick explosive damage to a group, but requires some more accuracy due to the lack of the traditional grenade's bounce. While you can upgrade it to increase blast radius, and modify it into a thermal charge, it can also be upgraded into an Ion Torpedo--allowing you to lock onto vehicles to deal large damage.

  • Combat Shield: The default Combat Shield projects in front of you, offering a good balance between mobility and protection. This can be incredibly useful when leading allies down a narrow path and protecting them from enemy fire. However, if this ability isn't doing it for you, then you can swap it out for a grenade launcher or an Ion Turret, dealing explosive damage to enemies.

  • Sentry: Hold the line by drawing a heavy rotary blaster. You and nearby allies take reduced explosive damage while you are in Sentry mode. This particular ability features a number of different modifications--including a lightweight variant for faster movement, boosted health regeneration, and also adding explosive rounds to your cannon.
Officer

There comes a time during battle when your allies will need an extra push to get over a particularly large hump. With the Officer on the field, this class can apply healing and buffs to allies, while also popping off a few shots with their side-arm. Unfortunately, the Officer possess some rather weak offensive skills on their own, making them a particular class you'll generally want to keep away from heavy action. Still, this leadership class can offer up some decent damage with their automated blaster turret, which can help protect a capture location and create chokepoints around tight places.

Starter Abilities:

  • Flash Grenade: The Flash Grenade splits into multiple fragments that blind and deal a small amount of damage. While this grenade isn't as lethal as the others, it can be useful when used at the right time against a group. While there's improvements to blast radius, you can also replace the grenade entirely with a homing blast shot, and even a special Defuser skill that negates all incoming blast damage.

  • Blaster Turret: The default Blaster Turret locks on to enemy soldiers and vehicles. Turret automatically repairs when near a friendly officer. The turret is a skill that can be incredibly effective when used against the enemy, but only if you're smart about when you pull it out. It's very easy to waste it by activating it at an improper moment. But if you can trigger it at the right time, you'll quickly see damage and kill-counts rack up. However, if the turret isn't doing it for you, then try out the Squad Shield--which creates an energy shield that wards off energy damage--or even a modified disruptor device that overheats nearby enemy weapons.

  • Battle Command: Inspire your squad by issuing a Battle Command that allows your allies to withstand more damage. There's a number of modifiers that can be applied to this skill, such as greater healing effects, ability cooldowns, and most interesting of all--decreasing all blaster cooling times for allies. This skill is essential for players looking to master the Officer class.
Specialist

Sometimes, a good army needs a few soldiers that can stick to the high ground and pick off the opposing team from afar. With the Specialist class, you'll use your sniper rifle to damage enemies at great distances and scout out other enemies within the area. Unfortunately, this particular class won't be able to do much at close range, making them especially vulnerable to Assault types that can sneak up to get the pounce on them. Still, the Specialist are surprisingly versatile and can easily look after themselves.

Starter Abilities:

  • Shock Grenade: The default Shock Grenade that temporarily slows enemies down. This grenade can be useful when you need to make a quick getaway, but if you want to have something with a little more kick to it, then you can acquire Star Cards that swap it out for the damage-over-time sidearm Stinger Pistol, and the stun-focused Repulser Cannon.

  • Thermal Binoculars: Digital macro binoculars capable of uncovering heat signatures of enemy soldiers, even through walls. With Star Cards, you can improve the range and effectiveness of the binoculars, however if you want something that can get you closer to the action, then you can switch them up for the Trip Mines and Personal Shield--protecting you and nearby allies from enemy fire.

  • Infiltration: Go behind enemy lines by becoming undetectable to enemy scanners, marking enemies, and equipping a powerful medium-ranged weapon. If you're tired of sticking to the outskirts of the map, this ability can make you a bit more stealthy and rush into the bases of the opposing forces. Using Star Cards, you can boost your resilience, mark nearby enemies, and improve the duration of this particular ability.

What That Justice League Post-Credits Scene Means

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 06:07

At this point, it's become second nature to stay through the end credits of comic book movies, just in case a bonus scene is snuck in. Luckily, Justice League did not disappoint. While neither Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or Wonder Woman had scenes after the credits, the newest DCEU movie packs in two.

Warning: The following contains spoilers from the post-credits scenes of Justice League.

The first is a fun tag on the movie, which appears halfway through the credits, featuring Superman (Henry Cavill) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) racing, to find out who's the fastest once and for all. It's a question that's been joked about in DC Comics for years. However, it's not a question the movie answers, instead ending with the two darting off toward the Pacific Ocean.

The second tag is where things get interesting. After the credits end, it's revealed that Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) has escaped imprisonment at Arkham Asylum. He is now living on a luxurious yacht and has a special visitor.

Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello) arrived via a boat to speak with Lex, who tells him it may be time to build a league of their own to take on Batman (Ben Affleck) and his superfriends. On its own, this clearly sets up a plot for the second Justice League movie--whenever that may happen. There's so much more to take away from this scene, though.

First and foremost, the escape of Lex Luthor sets up a villain for Man of Steel 2. While that movie has yet to be dated, and is likely rather far away, story ideas have been discussed on the next Superman standalone film. A proper Superman vs. Lex Luthor movie seems like an easy decision to make, where that is concerned.

Perhaps most importantly, though, was the introduction of Deathstroke. The idea of introducing the character to this universe was first conceived as a piece of The Batman--the standalone Batman movie Ben Affleck was to direct and star in. Affleck even teased Manganiello in the role.

When he stepped down from directing, though, that all seemed to be changing. Matt Reeves signed on to helm the film and threw out the script Affleck wrote with Geoff Johns. Now, with news that the current Batman actor may not even star in the movie, it's unknown how Deathstroke would fit into the plot, if he did at all. Still, having Deathstroke play such a major role in this sequence shows he is a valuable piece of the DCEU and one Warner Bros. is looking to make use of. It also sets the stage for the villain's standalone movie, which is in the works.

It's worth noting that the character's look--older with white hair--resembles his form in the comics. Should Reeves' Batman film look at a younger version of the Dark Knight, it wouldn't be too difficult to portray Manganiello in his current form as a younger Slade Wilson.

Whether that happens remains to be seen. One thing is for sure though, with one post-credits scene, Justice League made the future of the DCEU the most exciting it has been yet.

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