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  • Gears of War 4 Xbox One X Improvements Explained

    gears of war 4 xbox one xGears of War 4 is set to receive a rather hefty patch that'll include a range of improvements aimed towards Xbox One X users. These improvements are all changes to the graphical appearance and overall frame performance of the game.

    The update is completely free, but it won't offer any benefits for those not using the Xbox One X.

    To begin with, the new Xbox One X improvements for Gears of War 4 will allow players to play the game in true 4K (3840 x 2160). Players will have the option to choose between different visual modes, but even 1080P is said to have a significant graphics boost.

    There will also be two different rendering modes players can choose from. Players can either go into Performance mode or Visuals mode. On Performance mode, the game will be capped at 1080P resolution, but frame rate will be higher and will reach 60 frames per second.

    With the Visuals mode, players can choose to use 4K resolution and 30FPS. These changes will only be apparent in Campaign and Horde modes. For Versus modes, all players will have access to 4K 60FPS gameplay.

    A number of other graphical improvements have been added to Gears of War 4 on the Xbox One X thanks to the new Xbox One X performance increase. These improvements include enhanced light shafts, dynamic shadows, increased draw distances, enhanced character textures, and better reflections. Players will also get better audio quality with the included Dolby Atmos support.

  • Destiny 2 Patch Brings New Factions Legendary Weapon

    destiny 2 patch faction rallies legendaryA brand new Destiny 2 patch has hit both Xbox One and PS4. This patch brings a number of bug fixes, gameplay balancing changes, and also introduces a new legendary weapon via the recent factions feature.

    Let's start with the juicy stuff first, shall we? Patch 1.0.3.1 introduces a brand new legendary weapon that is now available as a reward for those that took part in the faction gameplay last week.

    The Faction Rallies event allowed players to join one of three factions to earn points for that faction and earn rewards. It was explained that the faction with the most points at the end of the week was to be given access to a legendary weapon related to that faction.

    Now that the event is over, the winning faction, Dead Orbit, has their scout rifle available in-game. All players can purchase the scout rifle for 50,000 glimmers. However, those in the Dead Orbit faction will be able to pick it up for just 1,000.

    The new Destiny 2 patch also brings a number of new bug fixes and changes to the game, including some changes to the maps in Crucible. An overview of the Crucible changes can be seen below.

    - Added invisible physics and kill volumes to keep players inside the intended playable area on the following maps:

    • Eternity
    • Altar of Flame
    • Emperor's Respite
    • Legion's Gulch
    • Javelin-4
    • The Dead Cliffs

    - Added invisible physics to all stairs in The Dead Cliffs to allow grenades to bounce properly.
    - Adjusted spawning system values to reduce the frequency of players respawning into dangerous situations on all maps.

  • New LawBreakers 1.3 Patch Released

    lawbreakers patch 1.3A brand new patch for LawBreakers has recently gone live on both the PS4 and the PC version of the game. For the most part, the patch has gone ahead smoothly, although there has been a temporary issue with weapon stickers that the developers are currently working to get solved.

    In the new patch, a nighttime version of the Promenade map has been added. Role limits have now been set to 2, and Kick decals can now be sprayed by players across the game environment.

    A number of balancing changes have been made to different game modes, too. For example, the Blitzball mode has been made more challenging. The Blitzball shield radius has been increased from 850 to 1000.

    The Overcharge mode has had similar changes - the radius for reducing the Battery's shield has increased from 750 to 850, and the contest radius for the Battery has increased to 1000. The contest area has also changed to a sphere as opposed to a cylinder, which should make it easier for players to hold the spot while moving.

    Uplink has had the same changes as Overcharge. Finally, the Trench map has had some adjustments. A collision area has been added to the top of the central zone above capture point B. This allows Harrier players to throw Supercharger Stations at that area.

    A large number of bug fixes have also been applied to this latest patch, as well as some overall UI fixes and small tweaks.

  • Halo 5 To Get a Weapon Balancing Overhaul

    halo 5 weapon overhaulWhile content updates for Halo 5 stopped some time ago, new balancing changes will be making their way to Halo 5 soon.

    The new balancing changes will bring a huge overhaul to the different weapons players can use in Halo 5. Many players are speculating that the balance changes are a method for 343 Industries to test the waters with changes that they may bring to Halo 6 when it finally launches.

    After 2 years of data to go through, those at 343 Industries that are still working on Halo 5 have decided on a new plan of action for the weapon mechanics in Halo 5: Guardians.

    The 343 team warned that not everybody will like the changes, but they think the balancing is for the best.

    "With a game and community as varied and nuanced as Halo 5, it's just not going to be possible to make everyone totally happy all of the time. Some folks may not like certain changes, while others may think some of these changes are great."

    A total of twelve weapons will be getting balancing changes, including the Assault Rifle and Battle Rifle.

    The Assault Rifle, for example, will be changed to make it more rewarding for skilled players.

    The Battle Rifle will also be toned down at close ranges to make it more effective at midranges and easier to counter in close quarters.

    To begin with, the changes will only be applied to a separate arena playlist called Weapon Tuning Playlist. If the changes work well, they'll be applied to all arena modes, all Warzone modes, and campaign.

  • New GTA Online Content Now Released

    new gta online contentThe latest Smuggler's Run update for GTA Online has now been out for just over a week. While the bulk of it, including a new adversary mode, and a number of new jets and planes have already been released, Rockstar has slowly trickled out more content over the past 10 days.

    This week, the new Motor Wars adversary mode will now offer players double RP and double cash. The game mode is a play on the popular battle royale mode seen in games like Playerunknown's Battlegrounds.

    In Motor Wars, players will drop from the sky and must find a weaponized vehicle spawn as quickly as possible. It's essentially battle royale but with vehicles.

    A new T-shirt, the white Shrewsbury logo tee has also been given to players for free, and players can currently get 25% off all vehicle armor. This includes armor for the new air vehicles.

    Both the Pegassi Reaper and the Progen Itali GTB are also 25% off for a limited time.

    A new plane has also been added as part of an expansion to the Smuggler's Run update, and a new Premium Race has been added.

    This week, the Premium Race for GTA Online is Criss Cross. This particular race forces players to drive in the Ruiner 2000. As always, this race will give players triple RP and a larger monetary reward is given out to those that finish in the top 3 spot. The new time trial event is Route 68 - players can get more money and RP for completing the time trial in the set time limit.

  • New Friday The 13th Update Released

    new friday 13th update teamkillingA brand new update for Friday The 13th has now been released to the masses. The update is available for download on all platforms.

    The new update for Friday The 13th mostly brings a number of bug fixes and gameplay balancing. Most importantly, however, is the removal of friendly fire in most instances. Going forward, it will now be very hard to take out your teammates. These changes have been made to help cut down on griefing.

    According to the development team, the team-killing mechanic was getting abused - the community reported 'rampant abuse' of the feature.

    The only way players can kill their teammates after this latest update is if they run them over. This means any weapons that counselors pickup cannot be used on their teammates.

    Interestingly, this new update also changes the layout of most of the maps in Friday The 13th. Maps have been made smaller to help improve the flow of gameplay and to keep things as action-packed and tense as possible.

    The full changes for all of the maps can be seen below:

    • Added Small Maps for the existing maps; Packanack Small, Higgins Haven Small, and Camp Crystal Lake Small.
    • Increased the density of Kill locations on all maps.
    • Adjusted collision on Maps to prevent people from standing on water.
    • Adjusted collision on piers to prevent cars from driving on them.
    • Added a Map Icon to Campfire Kills.
    • Fixed a number of kill spots that were not functioning.
    • Fixed an issue with not being able to fix boat propellers based on boat positioning on the dock.
    • Placed collision under piers to prevent people from swimming under them.
    • Fixed a number of areas that the player could get out of the map.
    • Fixed a number of areas that Counselors could get to that Jason could not.
    • Added better collision around Boat Exits to prevent Jason from getting to areas he shouldn't be in.
  • Rainbow Six Siege Blood Orchid 3.0 Patch Notes Released

    Rainbow six siege blood orchid releasedOperation Health has finally ended and Siege players are now going to get access to new content and changes as part of the Blood Orchid 3.0 patch.

    The entire expansion will be made available for free to all players - this means that everybody can play the new maps and new operators included in the operation. However, despite the content being released for free, those with the Year 2 season pass will get the operators for free, while all other players will need to spend renown on the operators to unlock them.

    Alternatively, players can purchase new operators with real money via the Rainbow Six Credits system.

    One of the biggest new additions to Rainbow Six Siege in the new Blood Orchid operation is the Theme Park map. This new map features a creepy environment based in an abandoned theme park.

    This time around, we are also seeing three new operators being brought into Rainbow Six Siege. The first operator is Ying, a Chinese attacker that can fire a cluster of flashbangs into a room to temporarily blind defenders.

    The next operator is Lesion, a Chinese Defender that can throw a device down that can damage and disorientate enemies when it is detonated.

    The final operator is called Ela - she's a Polish operator that was originally planned for a now-canceled Polish-based operation for Rainbow Six Siege.

    There are many other new changes to Rainbow Six Siege as part of the Operation Blood Orchid update. There are now new weapon Skins, there have been FPS improvements, and many optimizations and balancing tweaks have been made across the board.

  • Rainbow Six Siege Maps Being Removed From Ranked

    rainbow six siege maps removedIn a sudden, never-before-seen move, Ubisoft has planned to remove a number of maps from the competitive map pool.

    Once the maps are removed, they'll no longer appear in the ranked game mode. They will, however, remain in casual mode and terrorist hunt mode.

    Going forward, only nine maps will remain in the ranked mode for Rainbow Six Siege. The nine remaining maps are Bank, Clubhouse, Oregon, Kafe, Consulate, Chalet, Border, Coastline, and Skyscraper. These are the same maps that will be used in competitive leagues.

    "Moving forward, we will introduce the new Ranked and ESL Pro League playlists at the same time we perform the rank reset--and all of that will occur at the start of the new season," Ubisoft explained. "The Ranked playlist, much like the ESL playlist, will be rotated each Season, offering a different selection of available maps."

    Interestingly, not all maps will remain in the game. Some maps will be removed from the game entirely to be reworked. Casual mode will have a total of 15 maps. The first nine maps are the same as those listed above, while the other six are Kanal, Hereford, University, House, Plane, and Theme Park.

    Ubisoft will also be removing the map preference system that previously allowed players to prioritize certain maps. Going forward, all players will be forced to play a map at random from any of the maps listed above.

    All of the map changes will be going live alongside the new Operation Blood Orchid 3.0 update.

  • Lesion, The New Rainbow Six Siege Operator Revealed

    lesion rainbow six siegeIn anticipation for Rainbow Six Blood Orchid, Ubisoft has gone and announced a brand new operator. The new operator is a part of the S.D.U unit and he will join the Chinese operator team on the defending side.

    So far, Ubisoft has only teased us with a small clip of Lesion, so we know very little about Lesion's backstory or how he fits into the lore. We do, however, have some information on the weapons that Lesion can use, as well as the ability that Lesion is equipped with.

    Lesion will have access to either the T-5 SMG or Six12 shotgun for a primary weapon. Lesion's secondary weapon is the Q-929, the same weapon available for the other Chinese operator, Ying.

    Lesion's ability is expected to be similar to Echo's ability. Lesion can throw a device that can stick to surfaces. Once activated, Lesion's device will let out needles that will slow down nearby enemies and cause their vision to be blurred.

    Lesion's device can also deal damage, but unlike Echo's device, it cannot be controlled or moved remotely. Instead, the device will have a single detonation.

    Lesion will launch alongside Ying in the upcoming Blood Orchid expansion. The new expansion will also include a new map and a Polish operator that was originally planned for a previous expansion that has since been delayed.

    All of the new operators will be available to purchase with earnable in-game credits or with credits that can be purchased with real money. The new map will be available to everybody for free.

  • Overwatch: D.Va To Get a Big Rework

    overwatch dvaOverwatch developers, Blizzard, are preparing for a much-needed rework for D.Va. The new update will change her ultimate ability and make a number of other changes to how she works in-game.

    For a long time, players have complained about how overpowered D.Va was. As it is right now, D.Va starts the game as an off-tank, with lots of health points and a considerable amount of damage. On its own, the first form of D.Va can be dealt with without too much difficulty.

    However, when D.VA loses her mech and hops on foot, her fast movement speed and her ridiculously small hitboxes make her a nightmare to deal with.

    The biggest problem with D.Va, however, is without a doubt her Defense Matrix ability. With Defense Matrix, D.Va can protect herself and others from incoming damage. In the rework, Defense Matrix will get a nerf - it will last for half as long.

    To balance out the nerf, D.Va will be given a new ability that will help her to play more aggressively.

    The new ability is called Micro Missiles and description about the ability from Blizzard has been provided below.

    "D.Va launches a long salvo of small missiles that explode on impact, dealing damage in a small radius around them. This ability can be used while using her other abilities or firing her Fusion Cannons."

    What are your thoughts on these new changes? Do you think Blizzard is moving D.Va in the right direction, or did they make the wrong move?

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