The promised hotfix for Destiny 2 is live, which knocks the Rumble player count down from eight to six. Destiny 2 hotfix 22.214.171.124 was applied to the game during downtime today alongside the Weekly Reset. As reported last week, Rumble will now feature 6-player free-for-all instead of eight, as it was previously. Players felt Rumble was a bit crowded, and Bungie apparently listened. Enjoy a less chaotic experience, then. Iron Banner 6v6 was set to return this week, but was postponed due to a late-breaking issue. Once fixed, it will be added back to the rotation. Issues addressed with today’s hotfix include changes to the respawn system and loading issues. Hotfix notes and information on the Destiny 2 Weekly Reset below. Your Flashpoint this week is Nessus, and Meditations are the quests 1AU, Larceny, and Hijacked. As usual, don’t forget about Shaxx’s Milestones either if you want Luminous Crucible Engrams. Destiny 2 Hotfix 126.96.36.199 Crucible … [Read more...] about Destiny 2 hotfix 188.8.131.52 is live alongside the Weekly Reset
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These are the best Xbox One games, officially and painstakingly selected especially for you, dear reader. Some great games are on the horizon for Xbox One. Just this week Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice was announced, and with State of Decay 2 imminent and Crackdown 3 rumoured to be coming soon, 2018 looks like its going to be a good year. We’ve recently added Capcom’s life-consuming action-RPG Monster Hunter World to this list, as well as overnight streaming sensation Fortnite: Battle Royale. Microsoft’s first AAA-exclusive of the year – Sea of Thieves – dropped in March. Despite some launch issues, it’s such swashbuckling fun that it’s made our list too. At the tail end of last year the beautiful Egyptian open-world of Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Nazi-splattering FPS extravaganza, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus both made the cut. It was also time to bid farewell to Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, as Middle Earth: Shadow of War … [Read more...] about The best Xbox One games in 2018: every must-play on Xbox One S and One X
Tim Rogers is a game developer and writer. His next game is Videoball for PS4, Xbox One, and Steam. Do the Souls games have a Secret Design Formula? Well, yes. As far as I can tell, here it is: 1. Have good taste Now that I've used up my "say something snippy" quota for the week, I want to be serious about Bloodborne and the Souls games: I like them a lot. I like them because they have great action design, they have great level design, and they have great experience design. I'll talk about those three things in that order. If you are one of those people whose first instinct is to ask for a "short version" in the comments, here it is: Souls games are great because of action warm-ups. Put action warm-ups on everything. If you don't know or can't deduce what I mean when I say action warm-up, I'm sorry: you're going to have to read the long version. Controlling a humanoid character in a game has always been, for me, a mildly body-horrible experience. Some games try to make … [Read more...] about Bloodborne : You are the experience points
By Matthew Reynolds Published 13/02/2018 Destiny 2 Crimson Days is a Valentine's Day-themed event making its comeback to Bungie's space shooter for the first time since 2016. The event will introduce new themed consumables, a revamped Crimson Days Crucible mode and activity and loot-specific Milestones. If you're looking for help with Destiny 2's latest DLC, our Curse of Osiris guide and walkthrough can help. Destiny 2 Crimson Days end date and featuresThe Crimson Days start date is Tuesday, February 13, with the start time alongside the usual weekly reset. It will end on the next weekly reset on Tuesday, February 20.Crimson Days will feature the following:A new 2 vs 2 Crimson Days Crucible Days playlist. Unlike the playlist from the original game, which gave you a buff if your partner was downed, this time your abilities will recharge faster the closer you are to your partner. If you abandon your partner, the opposition will be given a waypoint leading them to your location.The … [Read more...] about Destiny 2 Crimson Days: Loot, milestones, Crimson Engrams and everything else we know about the Valentine’s Day event
There's nothing in the world like a good god game. Ever since 2001, I've held onto my original copy of Black & White, keeping it safe and secure in its weathered old CD sleeve. Developed by the now-defunct Lionhead Studios and spearheaded by Peter Molyneux, Black & White still charms me every time I fire it up and meet the two halves of my conscience all over again. Or maybe it charms me when this earworm starts up. Or when I have a mountain-sized unicorn squat and poop on an enemy's house. Other than perhaps Molyneux's own Populous or Godus, Black & White is the perfect encapsulation of the 'god game' - a genre that seems to be all but extinct, with relatively few titles even attempting to emulate these bygone designs, and even fewer making significant waves. So where did all the god games go, and can they ever be brought back? The definition of a god Compared to genres like first-person shooter, the descriptor 'god game' feels nebulous and vague. General consensus is that … [Read more...] about Will the world ever believe in god games again?