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In Apex Legends’ New Halloween Mode, Being Dead Totally Owns

Usually, it’s bad to die in Apex Legends, as it is in most games. Not so in Shadowfall, the new limited time mode running until November 5.

In the new mode, players drop onto the Kings Canyon map solo at night. The map has a spooky new makeover, by the way. Players fight as usual, but when they die, they become a Shadow—a super-fast zombie with very little health and a deadly touch. Hit another Legend as a Shadow, and they drop onto the map as a Shadow too.

Shadows can respawn indefinitely, which means no one’s out of the match ’til it’s over. The match ends when there’s ten Legends left. Then their locations are marked for everyone to see, and they have to make it back to an evacuation zone.

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It rules, even though it can be a little frustrating. Once there’s more than one Shadow near you, not getting hit once is hard. In the stream above, you can watch my Kotaku colleague Paul Tamayo playing the new mode while talking with me about horror movies, spooky music, Korean cinema, and Hispanic Heritage Month, which wraps up today.

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Red Dead Gunspinner Takes It To The Next Level

Today on Highlight Reel we have Red Dead lizard gunspinners, close calls in Monster Hunter, Witcher 3 deep dives, and much more

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Apex Legends Is Getting A Real Training Mode

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Currently, Apex Legends’ tutorial, called “training ground,” only lets you follow a set series of steps as character Lifeline. That’s going to change soon, as you’ll be able to switch characters, use attachments, and train with your squad.

As reported by Eurogamer, developer Respawn showed off the updated training ground on a livestream on Friday. The new training ground will be called “firing range.” It looks the same, with the addition of some bright red dummies to shoot at. It will let you switch between characters, use your tactical and ultimate abilities, and try out different weapons, armor, and hopups. The developers say you’ll be able to bring your squadmates into training with you as well. It’s “coming soon” during Season 3. You can check out some gameplay in the video below, starting at around the seven-minute mark.

The developers say “there’s obviously been a pretty big demand for” the new firing range. It can be hard to learn Apex in the heat of battle, especially when you’re forced to pick a character you’re unfamiliar with or get an attachment you’ve never used before. There are ways to cheese the training into giving you more attachments, but it will be nice to have all the options laid out to play with.

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Apex Legends Is Getting Spooky For Halloween, With A Dark Map And Zombie Game Mode

Apex Legends is running a Halloween event from October 15-November 5 called Fight or Fright. It’ll introduce stuff like skins, cosmetics and a game mode centred around zombies, and will also see the return of Kings Canyon, only now the lights are out.

This spookier Kings Canyon isn’t just for effect, it’s part of a temporary game mode called Shadowfall, which sees dead players reanimated as a zombie and put on a team called “Shadow Squad”. This takes away your weapons and legend abilities in exchange for a melee attack, faster movement, bigger jumps and the ability to scale walls.

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The game continues as normal while more and more players become zombies (who are free to attack anyone), but once there are only ten “living” players left, teams are combined and the objective changes, Left 4 Dead style, to reaching an “evac ship” while trying to stay alive.

As for the other stuff, here’s a short rundown (EA’s emphasis, not mine):

  • Exclusive event challenges with free earnable cosmetics, including Two Legendary Weapon Skins
  • 24 Event Limited premium cosmetics that players can now unlock in one of three ways:Direct purchase for Apex CoinsDirect unlock with Crafting MetalsRandom unlock with Event Apex Packs Additionally, the Event Currency in these packs has been replaced with non-event loot drops, yielding more loot overall
  • Lifeline Heirloom Set PreviewUnlock all 24 Fight or Fright pack cosmetics during the event and unlock the Lifeline Heirloom set for free
  • Double XP for Top 5 & Wins Weekend

While the full details are at the announcement page.

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GTA Driver Has Wild Ride

Today on Highlight Reel we have GTA car chases, Joker tricks, For Honor kills, and much more.

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Red Dead Player’s Day Ruined

Today on Highlight Reel we have Ultra Instinct dodges in CS:GO, skateboard physics, Mordhau hitboxes, and much more.

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It’s Nice To Play Apex Legends’ New Brighter Map

Apex Legends season 3 brings a new map, a new character, and a lot of small changes. Trying out a new map and a new character alongside everyone else harkens back to the game’s earliest days, when the spirit of exploration felt stronger than the thirst for victory.

Currently, new map World’s Edge has completely replaced the prior death arena of Kings Canyon, though developer Respawn writes in the patch notes that “as the season progresses we’ll be looking at data, sentiment, and feedback to help us determine the best way to bring Kings Canyon back into the mix.” As seen in last week’s trailers, World’s Edge has icy areas as well as ones roiling with lava. In my dives, I ended up in high rises, fields of purple heather, and on the map’s coolest element: a moving train. Players on the train have the ability to start it up or stop it, allowing them to zoom around the map in a new way. The train is a lot of fun; in one match, my team and I leapt off it to surprise an enemy squad. The best and worst spots to land haven’t been decided yet, making for a lot of mystery when picking where to hop off the dropship. There’s a lot more color on this map than in Kings Canyon, and areas feel distinct from each other. We’ll all be used to it soon enough, but for now, it’s exciting to jump into the unknown.

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Then there’s new hero Crypto. His tactical ability is a drone he can pilot to spot and indicate supply bins, enemies, and other points of interest, which teammates can then see highlighted. His ultimate lets him use his drone as an EMP, dealing shield damage and deploying traps. There wasn’t much arguing over who got to be Crypto in my matches, which felt unusual for a new character. I had a little trouble figuring out the best way to use Crypto’s powers given the game’s pressure on players to constantly be moving. Once, I was killed while piloting my drone because some enemies came upon me using it. I didn’t get a chance to use the EMP ability, nor did I see anyone else use it as Crypto in my matches. In my time with him, Crypto’s powers felt slower and less useful in the heat of the moment than other legends’ abilities. The presence of his drone drastically changes your situational awareness, for both the better and worse; it lets you safely scout ahead, but it can’t respond as flexibly as an eagle-eyed player can. In the right hands and in the right moment, Crypto can certainly get the drop on enemies, but his powers never turned the tide of a battle for me.

There are a host of other changes as well. There’s a new weapon, the Charge Rifle, which lets you constantly damage enemies with a beam. There are tweaks to multiple weapons, including reduced rate of fire to the Hemlok and Longbow and a “decreased spread pattern” to the Mozambique. The Skullpiercer Rifling and Disruptor Rounds have been swapped out in favor of two new hop-ups, the Anvil Receiver and the Double Tap Trigger. Respawn explains, “Going forward, we intend to rotate hop-ups each season — some may be removed from the loot pool to make room for new or returning ones.”

The Gold backpack and Gold armor now work differently as well. Previously, Gold armor fully recharged your shield if you executed someone with a finishing move. Now, all legends get a full shield recharge for a finisher, regardless of whether they have Gold armor or not. Gold armor now instead lets you use consumables faster, while the Gold backpack lets you “revive downed teammates with bonus health and shields (if they have armor).”

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Of course, a new season means a new battle pass, which includes charms you can hang from your guns. The charms are subtle but cute, which feels like a weird thing to say about the way a gun looks. There are some other rewards available in the battle pass, too, like new icy skins for Pathfinder, Octane, and Bloodhound (Correction 8:40pm—I originally wrote “Bastion” instead of Pathfinder, which is probably deeply telling.). The battle pass still feels weak overall to me, though this season’s offerings seem to involve a lot of currency and XP rewards. There are also lots of changes to ranked mode, including all players’ ranks being reset one and a half tiers down for the start of season 3.

The most exciting part of season 3 is still the new map. Apex Legends hasn’t even been out for a year, but the visual reset feels most welcome out of all the latest changes. Apex doesn’t change as frequently as similar games like Fortnite, and while that kept me from feeling overwhelmed whenever I’d jump in after a long time away, it was definitely time for something new. I’m excited to to get the lay of the new landscape and see what tricks players come up with.

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GTA Player Has Close Shave

Today on Highlight Reel we have GTA close calls, Apex Legends traps, Modern Warfare glitches, and much more.

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Apex Legends Is Getting Its First New Map

Apex Legends is about to kick off its third season next week with a new character, Crypto, and an overhaul to the game’s Ranked mode. But there’s also a pretty big surprise waiting for players when Season 3 launches on October 1: A new map, called World’s Edge.

Announced in the Season 3 launch trailer, the map seems to have a strong fire-and-ice theme, in keeping with the season’s “Meltdown” title. Since the trailer is an animated cinematic and not actual gameplay, it remains to be seen what the map will actually be like. However, the trailer does suggest it’ll have a moving train. I’d be into that.

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Like all previous seasons, Meltdown will come with an all-new battle pass with new Legendary skins and Apex packs, and according to EA, more is coming “all season long.”

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Long-Rumored Apex Legends Hero Apparently Spotted In Game

Apex Legends added its first new hero, the speedy Octane, early after launch. The electric-fence-dropping Wattson followed at the start of Season Two in July. Since then, there’s been supposed leaks and speculation about the next hero. Most folks believe it will be a sneaky hacker named Crypto, and he seems to have made an early appearance in the game.

As heard through IGN and Eurogamer, a mysterious character has shown up in Apex Legends. Players can spot them by dropping at Singh Labs and entering a bunker. Heading down into the lower levels and breaking through a door reveals the location of a strange individual typing away at a computer. They also have a drone which follows them around. Players need to look quickly, though; after a few moments, the individual flees. Thankfully, recording software is a thing and YouTubers and games sites have footage of the sneaky hacker.

It remains to be seen if and when Crypto will be added to Apex Legends. These small teases resemble the lead up to a hero in another game: Overwatch. The snarky hacker Sombra was the subject of an extended alternate reality campaign that forced players to dig through website code and complete other tasks to learn more. It took a long time before Sombra showed up in the game. Hopefully, the wait for a new Apex Legends character, be it Crypto or anyone, won’t take quite as long.

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