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WWE Wrestlemania 34: Daniel Bryan & Shane McMahon Vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn Preview

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 08:15

One of the matches with the longest storyline buildups for Wrestlemania 34 is Shane McMahon's feud with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Now, with Daniel Bryan cleared to wrestle, he can join in the fight at Mania, which takes place at 7 PM ET 4 PM PT on April 8. This year's event takes place in the Big Easy, New Orleans at the Superdome, and you can catch the action on PPV and live streaming through the WWE Network, with a Kickoff show starting two hours prior to the main card.

While Zayn and Owens have spent most of their time in WWE as enemies, they became united as they found a common enemy in Shane McMahon. Owens saved Zayn from McMahon's death-defying dive at Hell in a Cell, and the two have been a pain in the Smackdown commissioner's behind for months. However, Bryan always had their backs, as--like them--he's an "indie guy."

Bryan found himself on the duo's bad side after being cleared to wrestle in a WWE ring again. He needed to punish Zayn and Owens after their brutal attack on Shane. Bryan fired them and then found himself getting beaten to a pulp, including taking his first powerbomb in years. Now, Bryan finds himself in an alliance with McMahon, and if they beat Owens and Zayn, the two will be fired from Smackdown.

The tag team match, which will more than likely feature Shane McMahon jumping off something tall, will take place sometime during Wrestlemania 34, and we're guessing it will be in the middle of the show. Make sure to come back here right after the match concludes as GameSpot will have a full recap.

Also, you can check out our live coverage of the event, which starts right when the Kickoff show does at 5 PM ET/2 PM PT.

WWE Wrestlemania 34: Universal Championship Brock Lesnar Vs. Roman Reigns

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 07:30

There are two things that seem abundantly clear about the fight for the WWE Universal Championship taking place at Wrestlemania 34 this Sunday, April 8 (broadcast on PPV and the WWE Network from 5 PM ET/2 PM PT). The first is that Roman Reigns, he who has been anointed for years now as the present and future king of all WWE, will again win the strap at wrestling's biggest event, sending The Beast Brock Lesnar packing (or at least away for a little bit to rejoin the UFC). And the other thing we know for sure? That this will be the reaction of the live crowd at the Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday night: Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

But is that what will really happen? The outcome seems the easiest to pick out of all the matches at Wrestlemania 34, given the WWE's insistent years-long push of the Reigns character combined with all the real-world noise being made about Brock Lesnar's impending return to the ultra violence of the UFC. The build-up, too, seems tailor-made for a Reigns victory. At the start of the feud, Reigns played on Brock's part-time status in the WWE and was actually receiving cheers from the crowd after several fiery promos calling out Lesnar as someone who didn't care about the belt or performing for the WWE universe. In recent weeks, the focus shifted to Brock continually kicking the living s*** out of Reigns in episode after episode of Raw. WWE's angle was clear--in this feud, Reigns is the passionate, outmatched babyface you need to root for.

What if, however, it doesn't go the way we're all assuming? The build-up to this year's Reigns-Lesnar match feels similar to the lead-in to Wrestlemania 31, and that bout ended up being one of the best, most surprising Wrestlemania main events thanks to Seth Rollins' exciting cash-in of his Money In The Bank contract. Will the WWE--knowing the seeming inevitability of a Reigns win--play on all of our expectations and have something ready to surprise?

Look, the answer is probably no, and we're calling a Reigns win (as we explain in our predictions for all of the Wrestlemania 34 matches). But we can hope and we can dream, so join us as we cover Wrestlemania this Sunday, starting at 5 PM ET/2 PM PT with the Kickoff Show. Wrestlemania itself doesn't start until 7 PM ET/4 PM PT, and where this match ends up on the broadcast remains a mystery (although it'll likely be one of the last few matches, if not the main event).

New Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Prominently Features Black Panther And Wakanda

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 07:19

Avengers: Infinity War is only a couple of weeks away, and the newest trailer is an action-packed glimpse at what's in store. It also builds on the recent success of Black Panther, as protagonist T'Challa and the Wakandan nation are its clear headliners.

The trailer begins with brief shots of the other Avengers, and then it cuts to the reunion of Bucky and Captain America--something that's hinted in a Black Panther post-credit scene. But following Tony Stark's declaration, "We're going to need some help," the trailer focuses primarily on the mobilization of Wakandan military forces.

We see Black Panther taking charge of large divisions of Wakandan troops supplemented with other Avengers, and their war chant underlies the entire video. "Today we don't fight for one life," he says. "We fight for all of them."

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27, so you've still got a few weeks to catch up on all things Marvel to prepare. If the sheer number of characters involved in the film is a bit overwhelming, be sure to check out our recap of the Marvel Cinematic Universe here. You can also read our coverage of the locations of the Infinity Stones to which Avengers we're expecting to die.

Resident Evil 7 Has Sold More Than 5 Million Copies

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 06:53

Resident Evil 7 launched in January 2017 to critical acclaim, with reviewers praising its atmosphere, appearance, and narrative. Over the past year, it's also done well commercially: Capcom revealed recently that the game has passed 5.1 million copies sold.

In a blog post about Resident Evil 7 winning Best VR Audio at the 2018 Game Audio Network Guild awards, Capcom also shared that the game has hit a pretty significant sales milestone. It's hit 5.1 million units sold across PS4, Xbox One, and PC; according to Steamspy, about 550,000 of those are on Steam.

These are very good numbers for the game, but it's worth noting that RE7 has currently sold fewer copies than any other mainline RE game besides Resident Evil 3, according to data compiled by the Resident Evil fan wiki. The previous installment in the series, Resident Evil 6, has sold close to 10 million units since its launch in 2012.

In other RE7 news, Capcom just recently released an update to the game that boosts its graphics on Xbox One X. It now can run at 4K and features HDR support. In addition, be sure to check out our Resident Kinevil video series.

WWE Wrestlemania 34: Ronda Rousey/Kurt Angle Vs. Stephanie McMahon/Triple H

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 06:45

Although professional ass-kicker Ronda Rousey only officially signed to the WWE at the start of 2018, the build up to this upcoming match at Wrestlemania 34 started years ago at Wrestlemania 31. At that show, special guest The Rock (or Dwayne Johnson as he's known outside the squared circle) was interrupted mid-promo by Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, with Steph slapping The Rock right across his big dumb chiseled face. Luckily, Rousey was standing in the front row as a regular old audience member, and The Rock invited her into the ring, where she proceeded to get physical (ie placing Steph in an arm bar). And now, after years of will-she-won't-she speculation about joining the WWE, Rousey is finally set to show the world what she can do inside a wrestling ring in front of a packed house at the Superdome in New Orleans (which you can see on PPV and the WWE Network on April 8 at 5 PM ET/2 PM PT).

As a complete wrestling newbie (well, the sports entertainment type at any rate), Rousey is being thrown into a mixed tag-team match for her first bout. This gives her and the WWE the chance to hide her rookie status by pairing her with some experienced stars (Triple H and Kurt Angle) who'll do the bulk of the actual wrestling, leaving Rousey for some basic moves and the occasional big spots. Rousey has so far been visibly uneven in her promos leading up to Wrestlemania 34, but as a legitimate badass in real life, her area of excellence should be inside the ring, where her years of UFC physical dominance have a chance to shine.

In terms of narrative, this bout is built on the age-old trope WWE has been running since the Attitude Era--tough, take-no-s*** wrestler takes on the corrupt establishment. On the establishment/management side is Steph and Trips, reprising their roles as the overbearing Authority. On the take-no-s*** side is Rousey and current Raw GM Kurt Angle. The rationale as to why someone in middle management like Angle is so willing to put the hurt on his bosses is kinda muddled, but this match is really less about the story leading up to it as it is about the story coming out of it. Rousey is being positioned as a big deal and has the potential to become a dominant WWE star in the same way Brock Lesnar dominated after his own return from the UFC. Will Sunday's match at Wrestlemania 34 be the start of a long reign, or the first signs of an implosion in the grand Rousey experiment?

Whatever the quality of that actual match, GameSpot is tipping Rousey and Angle to walk away with the W. After all, Rousey can't lose in her first match, right? We'll be covering the entire show at it happens this Sunday, April 8, starting from 5 PM ET/2 PM PT (which is when the kickoff show begins, with Wrestlemania 34 itself kicking off at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT), so make sure to check back with our thoughts on this bout after it happens.

PUBG's Desert Map Coming To Xbox One Next Month

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 06:16

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox One has garnered a large playerbase since its release, but content-wise it still only features one map. Developer PUBG Corp. announced today at PAX East that this will change in May, when the studio adds Miramar, the desert map that has already been available for PC players for a few months.

PUBG Corp revealed today that the desert map, called Miramar, will come to the Xbox One version of the game next month. Right now, only the original map Erangel is playable. The studio hasn't provided a specific release date yet for the map, although it promises that more info will be announced soon.

ICYMI: During our #PAXEast @Xbox Live Session with @deadmau5, @PLAYERUNKNOWN and @majornelson shared that Miramar is coming to Xbox One in May. More information coming soon. pic.twitter.com/6CdBRcKrn1

— PLAY BATTLEGROUNDS (@PUBG) April 7, 2018

As you can see in the video embedded at the top of this article, Miramar is a lot different than Erangel. Where the original map is green and lush, with lots of trees and vegetation to provide cover, Miramar is much more sparse. Players are a lot more exposed when running between buildings. In addition, the map includes three additional vehicles: the minibus, the pickup truck, and the jetski.

In other PUBG news, the developer is currently working on a third map for the PC version. This is a much smaller arena, a quarter of the size of the other two. As a result, it encourages much quicker confrontations and more aggressive play styles; in fact, it feels a bit more like Fortnite. An early version was recently playable on the PC test servers for select players.

WWE Wrestlemania 34: John Cena Vs. Undertaker Preview

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 06:00

One of WWE's biggest Wrestlemania's biggest matches in 2018 is one that it apparently doesn't plan to formally announce before the event. The company has been building to a confrontation between John Cena and The Undertaker for some time, yet with Wrestlemania 34 less than a day away, their matchup still isn't officially on the card.

Undertaker and Cena are both Wrestlemania mainstays, although their roles in the company--particularly Undertaker--have been reduced from years past. Undertaker shared a cryptic message on Raw back in January, during which he rambled and listed off opponents he faced. He hasn't been seen on TV since.

Cena, meanwhile, has had to take up the mantle of carrying the entire promotion of the match. With nothing else going on, he challenged Undertaker to a Wrestlemania match back in February. Since then, he's routinely come out to cut one-sided promos which have gone nowhere, due to the lack of any response from his desired opponent.

WWE is a scripted business, and Cena hasn't been spending time on TV for no reason. WWE's own website has covered the possibility of such a match. With the company not as reliant on advanced pay-per-views buys as it once was, and Wrestlemania not needing any additional star power to attract viewers, it seems this will manifest itself as a "surprise" match during the event. It could potentially be Undertaker's final match, so we expect him to win.

Wrestlemania takes place on April 8 at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT on PPV and the WWE Network, live from New Orleans' Superdome. It'll be preceded by a Kickoff Show, making for a jam-packed evening of wrestling action.

For a broader look at Wrestlemania 34, stay up to date with our live coverage throughout the event. We also have a look at other rumors involving the event and some suggestions for when you can take a bathroom break (spoilers: Undertaker's entrance is a good bet).

The Best Far Cry 5 Guns And Weapons

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 03:00

Previous Far Cry games have always sported a diverse roster of weapons, and Far Cry 5 is no different. With so many options available, you're probably asking which weapons are worth purchasing. To help you out, we've highlighted in the video above nine weapons that we believe to be some of the best in the game.

It's also worth noting that many of the weapons you see in the video above are Prestige Weapons, which are higher-priced special skinned versions of normal weapons you can purchase with in-game money or real money. If you'd prefer, you can purchase a standard non-skinned equivalent of the same weapon in the shop for cheaper and without the fancier attachments. Regardless of which version of each weapon you choose to get, we stand by their quality and functionality.

The best weapons in Far Cry 5 include the AR-CL semi-automatic rifle, the SA50 sniper rifle, and the M-79 grenade launcher. Each has their own special uses and functionality. Though, what you choose from our recommendations is also going to depend on your playstyle. After all, someone who specializes in stealth may not find it useful to use the RAT4 rocket launcher. Refer to the video above, as we also offer some tips on how to best use each weapon and which playstyle they're more suited to.

Aside from the ones we mentioned above, the other best weapons in Far Cry 5 include:

  • SPAS-12 “Flameout”
  • M60 LMG + M249 LMG
  • .44 Magnum “Steel and Ivory”
  • The Magnopulser

What are some of your favorite weapons in Far Cry 5? Let us know in the comments below. And if you're interested in our other Far Cry 5 guides, be sure to check out our feature highlighting nine tips we wish we knew before starting. In other news, Ubisoft released a Far Cry 5 update that improves co-op play and fixes bugs. However, it recently just emerged that a new bug has been discovered that plunges the game into a permanent state of nighttime.

New Overwatch Skin For Hanzo Is Very Dapper

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 00:30

Overwatch's next event may be turning back time for its former self Blackwatch, but not all of them are turning to the dark side. Hanzo is one of the few taking a more cleaned up and formal approach with his event-exclusive skin.

Clad in a black and blue pinstripe suit and rolled up sleeves, the Scion Hanzo skin is more than just its dapper and domineering appearance. Scion refers to a descendant of a notable family--and the Shimada clan, to which both Hanzo and Genji belong, is just that.

Overwatch Archives file located…
Subject identified: SCION HANZO
File content available for download in t-minus: 4 days pic.twitter.com/1xDLqatVwF

— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) April 7, 2018

This year's spring event is similar to last year's Uprising event, but instead of looking into Tracer's first mission, this year's Retribution mission travels eight years into the past as Blackwatch attempts to secure a member of the Talon organization in Venice. Check out all the lore details we know of as this year's Archives event will feature a big story moment.

The Archives event will begin this coming Tuesday, April 10. While Scion Hanzo is the second skin to be revealed after Moira's Blackwatch skin, we expect more to be revealed soon, as 60 new items have been confirmed. You can snag the new skins and cosmetics from this event, and last year's Uprising event, until April 30.

Some People Want Fortnite Banned For "Brainwashing" Loved Ones

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 09:43

It's pretty well established at this point that Fortnite is popular--like, ridiculously popular. So popular that schools are having to ban it from class, and hip-hop artists and professional athletes are talking about it and playing it. But the hours and hours of gametime that some players are logging is creating a bit of a backlash to the game--and some people have banded together to try and resist it.

Frustrated with how engrossed their loved ones have become with Fortnite, hundreds of people have signed a petition simply titled, "Get rid of Fortnite." Its mission is to ban the game so that significant others' free time can be reclaimed.

As reported by the Washington Post (which, it should be said, is itself evident of Fortnite's popularity), the Change.org petition has accumulated about 730 signatures at the time of this writing. Most express frustration that their loved ones are neglecting them in favor of the game; as Chloe DePalma wrote, "It's taking over our boyfriends lives and brainwashing them."

This petition is obviously meant in jest; Fortnite will in no way be banned, and it's likely that the majority of petitioners know that. But it's a testament to the Fortnite phenomenon that this petition has resonated with many people across social media. As for the anonymous creator of the petition, they updated the change.org site with an explanation that it was started as a joke--and, recently, they've begun playing Fortnite and actually enjoy it.

Final Fantasy 15 Multiplayer Mode Won't Require Full Game To Play Starting This Year

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 09:23

Final Fantasy XV got DLC last year consisting of a multiplayer mode, called Comrades, that allows players to team up and take on enemies together. At the moment, Comrades is only available as an expansion to FFXV. But later this year, Comrades will get a standalone release alongside an update that adds raid bosses and battle challenges.

Square Enix announced the news today at its PAX East panel, explaining that players will soon no longer need to purchase the full game to play its multiplayer mode. Comrades allows people to team up to complete quests, defeat enemies, and take on monster-hunting contracts, and this summer it'll get a bunch of new content with the addition of raid bosses and other challenges.

There's no word yet on a price for the standalone Comrades; it currently costs $20 as DLC for FFXV. Square also hasn't announced when it'll be released.

This is one part of what appears to be a big new wave of post-release support for the game. In addition to the Comrades standalone release, Square has also revealed that a Shadow of the Tomb Raider/FFXV crossover is in the works, and four more episodes will be added in 2019.

Free PS4 PS Plus Games For April 2018 Now Available

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 09:12

It's the first Tuesday of the month, which spells good news for PlayStation Plus members. That's when the new batch of free games becomes available to everyone who subscribes to PlayStation's online service. While this month's offerings can't live up to last month's killer lineup, players will find plenty of free fun in April.

Leading the pack is the often-overlooked Mad Max, an open-world game about building a destructive car and taking out apocalyptic marauders. In GameSpot's Mad Max review, Peter Brown came away unsatisfied with the ground combat, but thoroughly enjoyed bashing up enemies while behind the wheel of his "Magnum Opus."

The second-biggest game in this month's PS Plus lineup is TrackMania Turbo, which also puts you behind the wheel of a car, but with very different goals from Mad Max. Your job in this arcade racer is to reach the finish line on gravity-defying tracks in as short a time as possible. It's also compatible with PSVR, in case you have a need for speed.

Thanks to PlayStation's Cross Buy functionality, three of the other games also run on PS4. First is In Space We Brawl, a multiplayer twin-stick shooter that also works on PS3. Next is the side-scrolling beat-'em-up 99Vidas, which plays on PS3 and PS Vita as well as PS4. Then there's Q*Bert: Rebooted, which is compatible with all three PlayStation platforms, but unfortunately isn't very good. Finally, PS3 owners get Toy Home, a charming, colorful racing game.

All of these games are available to download for free from the PlayStation Store through May 1. And don't forget, this is the final year that PS3 and Vita games will be offered through PS Plus.

April 2018 Free PS Plus Games

PS4

  • Mad Max
  • TrackMania Turbo
  • In Space We Brawl (Cross Buy with PS3)
  • 99Vidas (Cross Buy with PS3 and PS Vita)
  • Q*Bert: Rebooted (Cross Buy with PS3 and PS Vita)

PS3

  • In Space We Brawl (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Toy Home
  • 99Vidas (Cross Buy with PS4 and PS Vita)
  • Q*Bert: Rebooted (Cross Buy with PS4 and PS Vita)

PS Vita

  • 99Vidas (Cross Buy with PS3 and PS4)
  • Q*Bert: Rebooted (Cross Buy with PS3 and PS4)

Ready Player One: What The Book Did Better Than The Movie

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 09:00

Anyone who has seen the movie adaptation of Ready Player One knows that director Steven Spielberg made some massive changes from the original text, many of which help to improve the characters and narrative as the fight for the future of the Oasis plays out. Not everything was an improvement, though.

GameSpot has dug through both the film and the book it's based on to figure out exactly what the source material did better. While the key quests Parzival (Tye Sheridan) and his friends went on in the Oasis were bigger and more visually impressive in the film, it's hard to argue that Ernest Cline's original novel was able to flesh out the world and bring more logic to the story.

For instance, did you know that in the book, IOI is actually an internet service provider that wants full ownership over the Oasis to control what users have access to? In a time where net neutrality has become such a major topic of discussion, it rings far more true than the idea of a technology company wanting to sell more advertising space.

Take a look at GameSpot's video above to find out everything we thought the book handled better than the movie. Be warned, though, it contains spoilers for those that have yet to see Ready Player One on the big screen.

Call Of Duty: WW2's Divisions Are Being Overhauled--Here's What's Changing

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 08:59

Call of Duty: WWII is getting a new DLC pack soon, but that's not the only thing that's coming. Developer Sledgehammer also recently announced an overhaul of the game's playable classes, called Divisions. And from the first details, it appears that it'll bring about quite the change to multiplayer.

The overhaul is sweeping and affects every Division in the game. Some of the tweaks swap out gear perks, while others boost certain stats. Overall, the update reshuffles certain skills and perks while also applying some changes across all Divisions.

For example, Call of Duty: WWII will now have unlimited sprint for all Divisions, although the sprint speed has gone down. Certain Division-specific abilities have been changed as a result; for instance, Infantry no longer grants players a longer sprint, but in exchange it boosts movement speed while aiming down sights.

The Armored Division has, in particular, received a big buff as a result of the universal change of giving all Divisions at least one Lethal and one Tactical equipment (Expeditionary gets two of each). Armored players now take much less explosive and fire damage, are immune to Shell Shock and Tactical equipment, and have greatly reduced flinch when shot. LMGs, when mounted on bipods, also pull first from reserve ammo and then from the currently loaded clip. All of this means that Armored and LMGs will likely be much more attractive.

The full list of patch notes is expansive; you can see the whole thing below. The update is expected to go live on Tuesday, April 10, on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. In other news, Call of Duty: WWII's next DLC pack is also arriving on April 10, and it includes a War Mode map that features dogfighting.

Patch Notes

Infantry:

  • Additional Primary Attachment
  • Second Pistol Attachment and swap weapons faster
  • While aiming down sights, have less idle sway
  • Move faster while aiming

Airborne:

  • Fire guns while sprinting and diving
  • Reload while sprinting
  • Climb over obstacles faster and no damage from falling
  • Sprint faster over time

Armored:

  • Take significantly less explosive & fire damage
  • Immune to Shell Shock and Tactical Equipment
  • Increased bullet penetration through surfaces
  • Greatly reduced flinch when shot

Mountain:

  • Invisible to enemy Recon Aircraft and controlled streaks
  • Killed enemy death locations hidden
  • No name or reticle change when enemies aim at you
  • Silent movement

Expeditionary:

  • Double Lethal and Tactical and enhanced equipment use
  • Munitions replenish from killed enemies and over time
  • Improved Tacticals & Easier to destroy War buildables
  • Equipment damage paints enemies on mini-map

Resistance:

  • Mini-map indicator & scrambler of close hostiles
  • Enemy movements are easier to hear
  • Kills and assists grant Intel Ping of nearby enemies
  • Easier to spot targets & increased mini-map coverage

Loadout Selection Changes:

  • LMG Bipod and Sniper Sharpshooter are automatically available when using an LMG or Sniper
  • Remaining Division Skills (weapon class attachments) are selectable in CAC (and no longer given by division)
  • Each Division has a fourth perk and their levels have been adjusted and rebalanced
  • All players have unlimited sprint and sprint speed is slightly slower
  • 3 Primary Attachments for all loadouts
  • One piece of both Lethal and Tactical equipment for all loadouts
  • Launchers can be equipped for all loadouts
  • The Rifle Grenade is an available attachment for all rifles
  • The Suppressor is an available attachment for all pistols
    • The Pistol Suppressor has a 15% range reduction vs. the SMG Suppressor's 30% range reduction
  • The following Basic Trainings are cut and no longer selectable: Primed and Bang
    • Prestige tokens spent on these are refunded and associated challenges are auto-completed
  • The following Basic Trainings are newly added: Blitzkrieg and Clandestine
    • Blitzkrieg: Streaks are earned by Kills (instead of Score). Bonus: Streaks are improved and select a fourth Streak.
    • Clandestine: Slain enemies drop Intel Packs that reveal nearby hostiles. Bonus: Intel ping at the start of each life

Resistance/Infantry Shifts:

  • Moved "Second pistol attachment and swap weapons faster" to Infantry to align with its marksmanship focus
  • Filled gap in Resistance with "Enemy movements are easier to hear" to align with its counter-intelligence focus

Weapon/Mechanic Tuning Changes:

  • Global sprint speed reduced (to account for Unlimited Sprint)
    • 1.3x instead of previously 1.4x
  • Reduced Launcher effectiveness against players
    • Panzerschreck nerfed damage and projectile speed
    • Bazooka buffed radius, buffed projectile speed and nerfed damage
    • Bazooka should more reliably give hitmarkers than before and increased projectile speed should make it better than Panzer against streaks.
  • Frag and Sticky grenade max damage nerfed
    • ~10% max damage reduction to account for all players having both Lethal and Tactical and address existing complaints of grenade spam
  • Shellshock and Earthquake effects from Lethal Equipment significantly reduced
    • Reduced effect radius and duration to address existing complaints and account for all players having both Lethal and Tactical
  • Tactical Equipment strength adjusted
    • All tacticals without Expeditionary III got a small nerf
    • Smoke lasts 10 seconds (previously: 14 seconds; Expeditionary III: 14 seconds)
    • Signal Flare lasts 3.5 seconds (previously: 5 seconds; Expeditionary III: 5.5 seconds)
    • Stun effects last between 1.75-3.5 seconds (previously: 2-4 seconds; Expeditionary III: 2.5-4.25 seconds)
    • Tabun Gas deals 1 dmg every 1 second 5 times (previously: 10 dmg every 1 second 5 times; Expeditionary III: 5 dmg every 0.625 seconds 8 times)
  • The following Basic Trainings have had their benefits changed:
    • Energetic: Adds "Increased sprint speed." Removes "Sprint again sooner"
    • Forage: Adds "Resupply bullets over time." Adds "Extra magazines." Removes "Swap weapons faster."
    • Ordnance: Adds “Killed enemies drop Streak packs that fill your meter”. Removes “Re-roll your own care packages”.
    • Launched: Adds “Additional launcher ammunition”. Removes “Only way to take a Launcher”.
    • Concussed: Adds “Take two pieces of Lethal & Tactical equipment”. Removes “presetting what the equipment is”.
    • Instincts: Adds “Immune to Shell Shock and Tactical Equipment”. Esports-only change to remove “warning when targeted off-screen” benefit (with the intention for this BT to be unbanned by MLG and used in competitive to counter Tacticals).
  • Incendiary Shells attachment buffed
    • Gives Additional Shells (7 for Combat Shotgun; 8 for all other shotguns)
    • Range reduction of Shells buffed to -10% from -15%
    • Sped up loading of shells for Combat Shotgun
  • M30 Rifle Bullet ammo buffed
    • Gives Additional Bullets (8 bullets instead of previous 6)
  • LMG Bipod Buffed
    • Increased fire rate while mounted (+9% which is equal to Rapid Fire attachment for LMGs [which stacks])
    • Firing while mounted initially draws ammo from reserve then once exhausted draws from current clip (removing the need to reload).
  • Sniper Sharpshooter Duration Buffed
    • Hold breath increased to 10 seconds from 4 seconds. Promotes using snipers the "proper" way rather than quickscoping.
  • Buffed "Take Significantly less fire & explosive damage" from Armored
    • 80% reduction from fire and explosive damage (previously was 65% reduction)
  • "Reduced idle sway" from Infantry III & Scoped now affects snipers
    • 30% reduction for Snipers; vs. all other weapon classes' 65% reduction
    • This does stack with Ballistic Calibration attachment
  • Buffed "Move faster while aiming" from Infantry IV and Scoped
  • Maintained separation between weapon classes (Sniper < LMG < Rifle < SMG < Pistol / Shotgun)
    • LMGs mostly got their ADS firing speed buffed since that was previously very slow even with Infantry IV
    • Snipers got a smaller buff than other weapon classes since it isn't beneficial to move too fast
    • Pistols and Shotguns already equaled non-ads speed with Infantry IV so they were not adjusted

New Final Fantasy 15 DLC Episodes Confirmed

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 07:49

Square Enix had previously teased that Final Fantasy XV would continue to expand with new DLC episodes this year. We've now learned what the company has in mind for those additions, but they're unfortunately not coming as soon as expected. A total of four more episodes are on the way, though these won't arrive until sometime in 2019.

The news was shared during a panel at PAX East. Like past episodes, each one will center around a specific character: Ardyn, Aranea, Luna, and Noctis. The last one is the most notable of the bunch, as it will explore the story of his "final battle." Here's how the slides (via ResetEra) presented during the panel describe each of the four:

Episode I: Ardyn -- The Conflict of the Sage

  • This story portrays the struggles of Ardyn. Witness the resentment he harbored towards Lucis for over 2000 years, and his clashes with the Astrals.

Episode Side Story: Aranea -- The Beginning of the End

  • A side story about the Starscourge depicted from the Niflheim's perspective. The final day of the Empire turns out to be Aranea's worst day.

Episode II: Lunafreya -- The Choice of Freedom

  • This story's about Luna's fate, which not even death can free her from. Her battle to save the one she loves overturns the destiny dealt to the Lucian King.

Episode III: Noctis -- The Final Strike

  • Parting ways with the Astrals, Noctis embarks upon his final battle in order to attain the ideal future for all his people.

Additional details on all of these are still to come, including specific release timing. We also don't know how much these will cost or if Square Enix intends to offer an additional season pass for this new slate of content. When director Hajime Tabata confirmed more DLC last year, he would only say that the first episode would feature Ardyn.

Alongside the new DLC details, Square Enix announced some kind of crossover collaboration with the upcoming Shadow of the Tomb Raider, although we have no details on that at this point. Final Fantasy XV has seen plenty of crossovers already, including a surprisingly impressive one with Assassin's Creed.

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy 15 Crossover Announced

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 07:37

Looks like some kind of collaboration between Final Fantasy XV and Shadow of the Tomb Raider is heading our way. The brief teaser came today via Square Enix during a panel at PAX East. Below, you can see the slide shown during the panel (via IGN). The crossover is said to be "coming soon," but that's about all we know so far.

Final Fantasy XV has been no stranger to crossovers since its release in 2016. In August of last year, the game got an infusion of Assassin's Creed. To celebrate the game's release on PC, it got some (bizarre) Half-Life and Sims 4 content added for good measure.

That's all we know about the crossover between Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy XV for now. In the meantime, you can look forward to Shadow of the Tomb Raider, which is set to release on September 14. Square Enix said more information about the game will be released on April 27. Four new DLC episodes for Final Fantasy XV have also been announced.

PUBG's New Map Feels A Bit Like Fortnite

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 07:31

PUBG's new map, Savage, hit test servers earlier this week on PC, and offers players a different kind of battle royale gameplay. The map is 4 km x 4 km, smaller than the game's existing maps, and promises a more close-quarters, faster combat experience. So what are our early impressions of Savage? Watch the video above to see what Jake and Nick have to say about Savage and how it stacks up against PUBG's two existing maps.

While Savage is still in the testing phase and much of it isn't finished, it's clear the game offers you the chance to jump right into the action in the temple or resort areas. Here, you'll get into a gunfight right away. Players can still opt to take a slower approach to the action, starting further out and slowly picking off other players as The Circle closes in. All-in-all, Savage seems to provide the shorter, more intense matches that PUBG has been promising, and feels more comparable to Fortnite that the game's other two maps.

Codes to try Savage are currently no longer available, but developer PUBG Corp. is promising there are more on their way, so you can keep checking the beta site for your chance to play. There's no indication when exactly the new map will go live for all players, just that we can expect it some time during 2018. It was originally only open for Solo play, but PUBG Corp. opened it up to Squads in the middle of the week.

In other PUBG news, the game's developer recently unveiled a new War mode, which is essentially a 'team deathmatch' mode that brings more fast-paced gameplay. PUBG's latest event mode has also begun--Tequila Sunrise pits players against each other in close quarter combat with shotguns and melee weapons as the weapons of choice.

Far Cry 5 Night Bug Plunges The World Into Permanent Darkness

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 07:21

Like many open-world games, Far Cry 5 features a day/night cycle. Due to an unfortunate bug, however, a large number of players have found their game world plunged into a never-ending darkness.

The issue has affected some of us here at GameSpot; we're stuck permanently playing the game at night, which just isn't ideal--it can be awfully hard to see anything. This problem led to a sizable forum thread on Ubisoft's support site, where numerous players have shared similar stories. Some believe this occurs following the mission The Cleansing, though it's unclear if this is the sole cause. It's also not guaranteed to happen, as not everyone is affected.

Ubisoft has acknowledged the problem in the forum thread, but this problem has continued for over a week with no sign of an official fix. Players on all platforms--PS4, Xbox One, and PC--appear to be affected. A new update has just been released on PC and is on its way to consoles on April 9, but early reports suggest it doesn't fix the problem. The patch notes don't specifically mention it, though unspecified bugs are addressed.

Some players have reported that killing a boss or joining a co-op session can break the nighttime lock, but it doesn't seem to be a foolproof measure. We tested this on PS4 and found that, while we could play in daytime in another player's session, that didn't change things when we returned to our own game world.

In the meantime, as we await a fix, check out the newest episode of Potato Mode, which shows just how bad Far Cry 5's graphics can be (when you can actually see anything, that is).

Load Up On 4K Blu-Ray Movies With These Best Buy Sales

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 06:43

Best Buy is running a pair of sales on 4K Ultra HD Blu-Rays. One of them gets you two select movies for $30, and the other gets you three select movies for $50. To take advantage of the deals, visit the links above, check the "add to offer" boxes next to the movies you want, and click the "Add to Cart" button at the bottom of the page. The discounted prices will appear during checkout.

What kind of movies are we talking? They're mostly blockbusters that are dripping with special effects--the kinds of movies that really shine on a 4K display. In the "two for $30" category, you can choose from films like Alien: Covenant, The Martian, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and X-Men: Apocalypse. If movies based on video games are more your style, you can go for Assassin's Creed and the 2015 version of Hitman.

The "three for $50" offer contains movies that originally retail for higher prices, like Wonder Woman, It, Kong: Skull Island, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Best Picture nominee Dunkirk. For DC comic fans, you can select movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Watchmen, and Suicide Squad. And if you want to explore some gritty classics in 4K, you can go for Blade Runner: The Final Cut or Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.

Even if you're not interested in enough movies to take advantage of the offers, each movie is on sale for $20. That gives you a savings of between a $3 and $15, depending on the movie. Here are those links again.

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The First Purge Trailer Reveals Who Created The Annual Horror Tradition

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 06:21

Blessed be our New Founding Fathers for letting us purge and cleanse our souls with a trailer for the next entry in this insane movie franchise. The first full trailer for The First Purge, a prequel that revisits the creation of the lawless evening, has arrived and it gives a seriously twisted history lesson.

As it turns out, Dr. May Updale (Marisa Tomei) is the mind behind the Purge, which she deems a "psychological" device. "If we want to save our country, we must release all of our anger in one night," she reasons.

Unlike the first three movies, in which the annual Purge is a nationwide affair, The First Purge keeps the events of the night localized in Staten Island, New York on a trial basis. As the trailer explains, though, when the citizens refuse to participate, former members of the military are sent in to rile things up and coax the locals into fighting back. With no police to help and trained killers trying to destroy your city, it seems as if there is no other choice but to join in the Purge if only to survive.

Along with Tomei, the case of the new film includes Y'Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, and Luna Lauren Velez. The First Purge hits theaters, appropriately, on July 4. Blessed be America, a nation reborn.

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