PS4 PS Plus Members Get Free PSVR Game Trial This Weekend

Free games are always good, and PlayStation Plus members can try an extra one for a limited time soon. This weekend the PS4 shooter Firewall Zero Hour is free for anyone with an active PS Plus subscription, though you’ll also need a PSVR headset to play.

Firewall Zero Hour launched in August 2018 to a positive reception. The tactical shooter is multiplayer-based, pitting squads of four against each other. It ordinarily costs US $40 / £25 / AU $40, so to be able to play it for free is quite the deal. The offer is valid from January 18-20.

January’s free PS Plus games are also live now. PS4 owners can pick up Steep, an extreme sports game from Ubisoft that lets you ski, snowboard, and glide in a wing suit to go from a mountain’s snowy peaks to its powdery base. The other PS4 game for January is Portal Knights, which takes the building component of Minecraft and constructs around it an RPG that encourages crafting and exploration.

The PS3 freebies are Zone of the Enders HD Collection, which contains remastered versions of two PS2 mech combat games, and the music/rhythm game Amplitude. PS Vita owners can grab Fallen Legion: Flames of the Rebellion (also playable on PS4) and Super Mutant Alien Assault.

PS Plus members should note that, starting in March 2019, Sony will no longer give away free PS3 and PS Vita games for PS Plus members. If you subscribe to PS Plus primarily for those free titles, you’ll want to turn off your subscription’s auto-renewal option or cancel it then.

Source: GameSpot.com

Nintendo eShop update features No More Heroes’ return

Nintendo Switch eShop plays home to a familiar name in games this week: Travis Touchdown, the Japan-obsessed antihero of Goichi “Suda51” Suda’s No More Heroes series. Grasshopper Manufacture’s Travis Strikes Again is the buzziest name on the new releases list, an otherwise light load.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes isn’t a sequel to the older Wii games, so much as another adventure into Travis’ trademark imagination (that of a very horny otaku). This time, he’s fighting his way through levels inspired by an abundance of indie games. Expect references to faves like Hotline Miami and Hollow Knight, as well as all kinds of fandom odds and ends. This is Suda’s love letter to the industry, in a sense, even if it’s more fun in theory than practice.

The rest of the new games list through next Wednesday, Jan. 23, is below:

Source: Polygon.com

Ubisoft’s Teased Space Game Pioneer Seemingly Canceled

Pioneer, the sci-fi project teased within Watch Dogs 2, has seemingly been canceled. A trailer for the space exploration game was found in a Watch Dogs 2 mission that had you infiltrate Ubisoft’s real-life San Francisco office. However, ex-Ubisoft game director Alex Hutchison has now cast doubt on the project’s status.

“RIP Pioneer,” he stated on Twitter, including a link to the game’s trailer. When followers asked if this meant the project was dead, he simply responded with crying emojis. Ubisoft has declined to comment, but then the game was never officially announced in the first place. It was seemingly due to be revealed at E3 2017, before needing to be “retooled,” according to Kotaku’s sources in November 2016.

Hutchison is now working on Journey to the Savage Planet at new studio Typhoon. He previously worked on Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed III at Ubisoft and Spore while with EA.

There’s no sign, meanwhile, of a third Watch Dogs game, which has been heavily rumored to be set in London. The next major Ubisoft title to launch will be February’s Far Cry: New Dawn.

Source: GameSpot.com

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Fortnite V-Bucks Being Used For Money Laundering, Claims Security Firm

Some criminal enterprises may be using Fortnite‘s virtual currency to launder money. The Independent reports that security firm Sixgill found evidence of criminals purchasing V-bucks in bulk using stolen credit cards, then selling the V-Bucks to players at a discounted rate to turn it into “clean” money.

Most of these V-Bucks transactions reportedly occur on the dark web, which is Sixgill’s specialization. Smaller quantities have been found being sold on the open web. The agency says it has seen operations being run in English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic. The launderers are said to use cryptocurrency to further obscure the source of their money.

The agency has not found exactly how much profit this has made for the criminals engaging in it. It notes that the pool of money flowing through and around Fortnite has increased with the game’s popularity, alongside mentions of the game on the dark web. Fortnite items grossed more than $250,000 on Ebay over a 60 day period last year.

This has raised criticisms that Epic is not taking a proactive enough role in rooting out misuse of its platform. Industry watchers have previously raised concerns of security on Android, where Epic circumvented the Google Play store, leaving them open to phishing schemes. More recently, security experts raised alarm at a potential hack.

“Epic Games doesn’t seem to clamp down in any serious way on criminal activity surrounding Fortnite, money laundering or otherwise,” Sixgill senior intel analyst Benjamin Preminger said. “While completely stopping such criminal activity is extremely difficult, several steps could be taken to mitigate the phenomenon, including monitoring the transfer of high-value goods in the game, identifying players with large stockpiles of V-Bucks, and sharing data with relevant law enforcement agencies.”

GameSpot contacted Epic Games for comment, and received the following statement from a spokesperson:

“Epic Games takes these issues seriously, as chargebacks and fraud put our players and our business at risk. As always, we encourage players to protect their accounts by turning on two-factor authentication, not re-using passwords and using strong passwords, and not sharing account information with others.”

Source: GameSpot.com

Fortnite Week 7: Expedition Outpost Locations Guide (Season 7 Challenge)

If you’ve been keeping up with the weekly Fortnite challenges, you may notice that Week 7’s set has one particular challenge that you’ll have done recently. The challenge in question involves visiting seven Expedition Outposts, which is something you had to do for Week 4 back in early January. For those who’ve completed Week 4’s challenge, this should be a cinch, but if you need a helping hand, we’re here for you.

Expedition Outposts can be spotted on the map as little red dots. In the game world they exist as small red bunkers with a globe icon surrounded by arrows on them. For the most part, they’re surrounded by X-4 Stormwing planes, which are pretty easy to spot from high up, so look out for those if you need markers. To make things easier, we’ve got a list of bunker locations below, as well as a map to show your their exact locations.

Week 4’s bunker challenge tasked players with eliminating enemies in the bunker areas. However, for Week 7’s variant, all you’ve got to do is find them and hang out in the area for a second. When you do so, you’ll see your progress towards completing the challenge advance. The easiest way to get it done is to hop out of the Battle Bus and land on a bunker, leave the game, and repeat until you’re done.

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Expedition Outpost Locations

  • Southeast of Lazy Links (F3)
  • Northeast of Pleasant Park (D3)
  • Southwest of Pleasant Park (C4)
  • West of Dusty Divot (F5)
  • West of Lonely Lodge (I5)
  • West of Paradise Palms
  • South of Shifty Shafts (D8)

Once you’re done with this challenge and you’ve pocketed the Battle Stars, it’s on the others. We’ve got a full list of Fortnite Season 7, Week 7 challenges, which shouldn’t be too difficult to complete. Don’t forget that Fortnite’s 7.20 update brought back glider redeploy, so you can make good use of that to get challenges done, provided you manage to get a hold of the new item that enables it. Since one of the challenges also requires you to score damage, keep an eye out for the new gun: the Scoped Revolver. That’ll be handy in dishing out big damage from a safe distance.

The new patch also heralded the arrival of a mysterious icy orb, which is floating above Polar Peak. While it’s unclear what exactly it is, does, or will do, it’s likely tied into a big event coming to the game soon. It could be part of Season 8, which means you should try and finish up remaining challenges from Season 7 before it’s too late. You can use our comprehensive Fortnite Season 7 challenge guide for help with the trickier challenges from previous weeks.

Source: GameSpot.com

Fortnite Week 7 Guide: Expedition Outpost Locations

If you’ve been keeping up with the weekly Fortnite challenges, you may notice that Week 7’s has one particular challenge that you’ll have done recently. The challenge in question involves visiting seven Expedition Outposts, which is something you had to do for Week 4 back in early January. For those that complete Week 4’s challenge, this should be a cinch, but if you need a helping hand, we’re here for you.

Expedition Outposts can be spotted on the map as little red dots. In the game world they exist small red bunkers with a globe icon surrounded by arrows on them. For the most part, they’re surrounded by X-4 Stormwing planes, which are pretty easy to spot from high up, so look out for those if you need markers. To make things easier, we’ve got a list of bunker locations below, as well as a map to show your their exact locations.

Week 4’s bunker challenge tasked players with eliminating enemies in the bunker areas, however, for Week 7’s variant, all you’ve got to do is find them hang out in the area for a second. When you do so, you’ll see your progress towards completing the challenge advance. The easiest way to get it done is to hop out of the Battle Bus and land on a bunker, leave the game, and repeat until you’re done.

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Expedition Outpost Locations

  • South east of Lazy Links (F3)
  • North east of Pleasant Park (D3)
  • South west of Pleasant Park (C4)
  • West of Dusty Divot (F5)
  • West of Lonely Lodge (I5)
  • West of Paradise Palms
  • South of Shifty Shafts (D8)

Once you’re done with this challenge and you’ve pocketed the Battle Stars, it’s on the others. We’ve got a full list Fortnite Season 7, Week 7 challenges, which shouldn’t be too difficult to complete. Don’t forget that the Fortnite’s 7.20 update brought back glider redeploy, so you can make good use of that to get challenges done, provided you manage to get a hold of the new item that enables it. Since one of the challenges also requires you to score damage, keep an eye out for the new gun: the Scoped Revolver. That’ll be handy in dishing out big damage from a safe distance.

The new patch also heralded the arrival of a mysterious icy orb, which is floating above Polar Peak. While it’s unclear what exactly it is, does, or will do, it’s likely tied into a big event coming to the game soon. It could be part of Season 8, which means you should try and finish up remaining challenges from Season 7 before it’s too late. You can use our comprehensive Fortnite Season 7 challenge guide for help with the trickier challenges from previous weeks.

Source: GameSpot.com

Fortnite Week 7 Challenges: What To Do For Expedition Outposts And More (Season 7)

We’re now in Week 7 of Fortnite Season 7. There’s a new collection of challenges now available, so if you’re planning on unlocking everything the Battle Pass has to offer you’ll need to grind them out. Complete the challenges, earn the Battle Stars, level up the Battle Pass, and unlock the cosmetics–you know how it goes.

As always, challenges are separated into two categories. The first is a free set available to anyone that has the game. The second set, however, is exclusive to those that have spent V-Bucks to unlock the premium version.

In the free category, players will need to visit seven Expedition Outposts that are scattered across the island; we’ve put together a map and video (above) to help you figure out where to go and what to do. Other free challenges include being asked to use a Rift or Rift-To-Go in three different matches, and also to score three pistol kills.

If you’ve got the paid Battle Pass, you can get yourself a few more Battle Stars. To do so, you’ll need to complete a multi-stage challenge that begins with you landing at Salty Springs.Once you’ve done that, the next stage will reveal itself–there are a total of five stages. You’ll also need to search seven treasure chests at either Loot Lake or Frosty Flights and destroy one X-4 Stormwing while it’s in flight. The final challenge is another multi-parter which begins by asking you to do 200 points of damage in a single match.

Take a look below for a full breakdown of all the Fortnite Season 7, Week 7 challenges.

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Week 7 Challenges

Free

  • Visit all Expedition Outposts (7) — 5 Battle Stars
  • Use a Rift or Rift-To-Go in different matches (3) — 5 Battle Star
  • Pistol Eliminations (3) — 10 Battle Stars

Battle Pass

  • Stage 1: Land at Salty Springs (1) — 1 Battle Star
  • Search Chests at Loot Lake or Frosty Flights (7) — 5 Battle Star
  • Destroy flying X-4 Stormwing (1) — 10 Battle Stars
  • Stage 1: Damage opponents in a single match (200) — 3 Battle Stars

Things are getting weird in Fortnite once again. Kevin the Cube might be a distant memory at this point, but for those that miss having a giant, mysterious entity floating in the air, there’s something new to get excited about.

On January 16, as part of the 7.20 update, an icy orb appeared above Polar Peak. If it ends up being anything like dearly departed Kevin, it will lead to a world event. Interestingly, group of eggs also showed up beneath the castle, and a bunker has been found near Happy Hamlet–it was previously blocked by an iceberg.

The orb’s frosty nature fits with the winter theme for the season. At the start of Season 7 an icy chill swept through the island, giving certain areas a snowy makeover. It could be that the orb either expands the impact of this cold spell, or completely undoes it, changing the state of the island as setup for Season 8. The eggs and bunker are likely to play a part in what happens on the island next, but as of yet what that is remains unclear.

Fortnite’s 7.20 update also brought back glider redeploy and introduced a new gun: the Scoped Revolver. You’ve still got a few more weeks to complete remaining challenges from Season 7, and you can use the tips in our complete Season 7 challenges guide to get it all done before the new season kicks off.

Source: GameSpot.com

Fortnite Week 7 Challenge Guide: Visit Expedition Outposts, Use Rift Or Rift-To-Go, And More

We’re now in week seven of Fortnite‘s seventh season. There’s a new collection of challenges now available, so if you’re planning on unlocking everything the Battle Pass has to offer you’ll need to grind them out. Complete the challenges, earn the Battle Stars, level up the Battle Pass, and unlock the cosmetics–you know how it goes.

As always, challenges are separated into two categories. The first is a free set available to anyone that has the game. The second set, however, is exclusive to those that have spent V-Bucks to unlock the premium version.

In the free category, players will need to visit seven Expedition Outposts that are scattered across the island, use a Rift or Rift-To-Go in three different matches, and then score three pistol kills. If you’ve got the paid Battle Pass, you can get yourself a few more Battle Stars. To do so, you’ll need to complete a multi-stage challenge that begins with you landing at Salty Springs. Once you’ve done that, the next stage will reveal itself–there are a total of five stages. You’ll also need to search seven treasure chests at either Loot Lake or Frosty Flights and destroy one X-4 Stormwing while it’s in flight. The final challenge is another multi-parter which begins by asking you to do 200 points of damage in a single match.

Take a look below for a full breakdown of all the Fortnite Season 7, Week 7 challenges.

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Week 7 Challenges

Free

  • Visit all Expedition Outposts (7) — 5 Battle Stars
  • Use a Rift or Rift-To-Go in different matches (3) — 5 Battle Star
  • Pistol Eliminations (3) — 10 Battle Stars

Battle Pass

  • Stage 1: Land at Salty Springs (1) — 1 Battle Star
  • Search Chests at Loot Lake or Frosty Flights (7) — 5 Battle Star
  • Destroy flying X-4 Stormwing (1) — 10 Battle Stars
  • Stage 1: Damage opponents in a single match (200) — 3 Battle Stars

Things are getting weird in Fortnite once again. Kevin the Cube might be a distant memory at this point, but for those that miss having a giant, mysterious entity floating in the air, there’s something new to get excited about.

On January 16, as part of the 7.20 update, an icy orb appeared above Polar Peak. If it ends up being anything like dearly departed Kevin, it will lead to a world event. Interestingly, group of eggs also showed up beneath the castle, and a bunker has been found near Happy Hamlet–it was previously blocked by an iceberg.

The orb’s frosty nature fits with the winter theme for the season. At the start of Season 7 an icy chill swept through the island, giving certain areas a snowy makeover. It could be that the orb either expands the impact of this cold spell, or completely undoes it, changing the state of the island as setup for Season 8. The eggs and bunker are likely to play a part in what happens on the island next, but as of yet what that is remains unclear.

Fortnite’s 7.20 update also brought back glider redeploy and introduced a new gun: the Scoped Revolver. You’ve still got a few more weeks to complete remaining challenges from Season 7, and you can use the tips in our complete Season 7 challenges guide to get it all done before the new season kicks off.

Source: GameSpot.com

Metro Exodus Feels Best When It Sticks To Its Roots

When Metro Exodus was first revealed at E3 2017, it overwhelmingly appeared to be an open-world game. Publisher Deep Silver later clarified Exodus would be a “sandbox survival experience,” with players exploring large, non-linear levels throughout the game. So not quite open-world, but something approaching it, then. If a four-hour preview build is anything to go by, Developer 4A Games has fulfilled that promise, but it remains to be seen if the move turns out to be a positive one for the hitherto underappreciated series.

In theory, marrying Metro’s survival gameplay with an open(ish) world is a great idea. Exploring a wide environment, scavenging for resources, and, well, struggling to survive sounds exactly like Far Cry 2, aka The Best Shooter Ever Made (don’t @ me). However, in practice, it has so far turned Metro from a flawed but focused survival experience into a flabby and frustrating sub-standard shooter.

The two levels I played were set during different parts in the story; one sees the returning playable character Artyom stranded from his teammates in a jungle environment and the other has him investigating a town of bandits in the desert. 4A Games wouldn’t say when during the campaign these levels are set, but certainly being dropped in isn’t ideal preparation for a relatively involved survival game. In these areas, the increased scope and playing field felt like it undermined the core of the Metro series’ gameplay experience. Identikit enemies filled both levels–enemies who are both plentiful and powerful, two attributes that are acceptable by themselves but aggravating when combined with a severe lack of ammunition and dissatisfying, fiddly combat that makes a giant crossbow feel like a spud gun. Difficulty is not something I dislike, but at least make it fun to overcome that difficulty; being trapped in a die-respawn-die loop because there are no spare bullets in the vicinity makes it feel unfair.

Making your map a physical item Artyom carries is a nice touch that helps keep you grounded in Metro’s desolate Russian world. However, this immersion is broken by very ‘videogamey’ problems, such as needing to press a button every time you want to climb a ladder, or being unable to hop in and drive an intact, running Jeep to my destination. The immersion feels a little half-baked, and it’s at its weakest during character interactions. Even ignoring Artyom’s insistence on never uttering a word except in loading screen diaries, any conversation between two NPCs feels forced. Problems include uneven dialogue, stilted delivery (“The general situation here is completely awesome, sir!”), and sentences simply pausing in their tracks if you move out of range and resuming from the same spot minutes later when you come back into range. Finally, in the missions I played the open-ish environments don’t seem to have added to Metro in any meaningful way: objectives still needed to be completed in a particular order, there’s still a very linear critical path and few interesting landmarks, and during the demo at least, the player has seemingly no agency over the story.

Instead, Exodus is at its best when you’re indoors. Freedom for freedom’s sake is replaced by a sense of paranoia and claustrophobia, emphasized by your watch’s blinking blue detection indicator, your atmospheric gas mask display, and the sound of your own heavy breathing–it’s just you and your senses in here. Stealth is a more realistic approach given the smaller environments and cramped spaces, meaning it’s easier to defeat enemies by hand-to-hand takedowns, thereby conserving ammunition. and preventing reinforcements from being called. Things still aren’t perfect, but at least some of the frustrations from outdoors combat are avoided and having that cache of ammo does make gun-on-gun combat feel more engaging than the more desperate times outdoors.

Here, Exodus shows promise, but given the focus on the game’s openness in its marketing material and my reservations about that change in structure, I’m a little worried about this latest entry in the Metro franchise. I loved Last Light, so I hope developer 4A Games can clear the leaves from Metro Exodus’ track in the month to go until launch.

Source: GameSpot.com

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