There’s loads else that’s new. You can now lean while prone, the NPC AI and positional audio have both been souped up, and lots of tweaks have been made to the “found in raid” status on items. That’s significant, not only because it changes which gear satisfies quest conditions, but also because you can now only sell gear that you’ve found on a raid. My pal Alex tells me that “this makes it harder for market traders to flip items and control supply” on the player-driven flea market. They’ve also added captcha security, which the devs say you’ll need to wade through “if there are suspicious actions at the flea market and in the trade”. Even Fiy acknowledges this sounds annoying. … [Read more...] about A big Escape From Tarkov update just wiped your characters, soz
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Black Desert Looks AmazingWe’re not a superficial bunch here at PC Gamer, and can look past a game’s graphics - whether it’s the squares and triangles of minimalism or the glossy realism of triple-A games. But in a genre renowned for often not looking all that good, it has to be said that Black Desert is a real stunner. … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons to Play Black Desert Online
Apex isn’t the first online multiplayer game to get narrative elements by any means, but the way Respawn is doing it is pretty different from the rest. Over the last year, the stories they’ve told have evolved from in-game teasers and titbits of character info on the website, to brilliant animations and trailers that give the game life outside of its competitive battle royale nature. Every season we get a little more insight into Apex’s world, and the developers’ most recent experiment with storytelling is the new weekly “Hunts”. They’re essentially story quests that, at the moment, are following the newest character, Loba, as she attempts to exact revenge on Revenant (the killer robot who’s murdered, well, a lot of people at this point). … [Read more...] about Respawn on storytelling, lore, and Season 11 of Apex Legends
Ekon: The enthralling, charming Dracula aristocratRoll up, roll up for the first type of vampire and the one you happen to be. I would say look in the mirror to get a glimpse of what type Reid is, but we all know what happens with vampires and their reflections. You’re an Ekon, the type of vampire we think is the traditional bloodsucker. “Aristocratic”, “seductive”, and “charming”, they look like humans and walk among us with ease. actually have one) is “so conservative that they don’t accept female members”. Your mentor Lady Ashbury, who is also an Ekon, isn’t too chuffed about this. An Ekon’s existence is based on persuading humans and using mind tricks to get what they want - not surprising considering one of the key mechanics in Vampyr is your ability to mesmerise humans so you can lead them to a discreet alley and chow down on their veins. … [Read more...] about Stop it Vampyr, you’re bloody spoiling us: 4 types of vampire (so far) and 3 ways to rip people apart?!