Overwatch | Winter Wonderland 2018

Overwatch‘s seasonal Christmas event, Winter Wonderland is now back and will be available until January 2nd.


Yeti Hunter Brawl


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Winter Wonderland bring the Yeti Hunter Brawl where 6 players will play as 6 Mei’s against a single Yeti Winston.

The Yeti must gather meat to unlock a powerful Primal Rage ability, making him immune to Mei’s freezing abilities and granting other more powerful bonuses to eliminate the hunters. Mei players have a new tool in their arsenal, too: a “Yeti Trap” ultimate ability to root their quarry in place. Yeti players must survive long enough to eliminate enemy Meis before they take him down. Which side will emerge victorious from the snow?


Decorated Maps


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Several maps of Overwatch have been overhauled to express the Christmas spirit, those maps are Blizzard World, Black Forest, King’s Row and Hanamura.


Skin & Cosmetics


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This year’s Winter Wonderland event includes every skin from previous Winter Wonderland events alongside a bunch of new cosmetics and these new skins:

  • Biathlon Widowmaker
  • Festive Reinhardt
  • Figure Skater Symmetra
  • Gift Wrap Bastion
  • Krampus Junkrat
  • Snow Fox Lucio
  • Snowboarder Zarya
  • Sugar Plum Fairy Mercy
  • Winter Ashe

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 | Operation Absolute Zero & Black Ops Pass Update

The next Operation for Call of Duty: Black Op 4 is Operation Absolute Zero and is currently live on PS4 with Xbox and PC getting the Operation plus the update that comes with it on December 18th.


Black Ops Pass – New Content


Along with Operation Absolute Zero, is the first Black Ops Pass Update which includes:

  • 2 New Multiplayer Maps
    • Madagascar
    • Elevation
  • New Blackout Operation
    • Reaper
  • New Zombie Map
    • Dead of the Night

Operation Absolute Zero


Multiplayer

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  • New Specialist Zero
  • Operation Absolute Zero Contraband Stream in the Black Market featuring:
    • Secret Santa Melee Weapon
    • Tier 50 – Daemon 3XB SMG
    • Tier 100 – SWAT RFT Assault Rifle
  • New Featured Playlist – Blackjack’s Gun Game

Blackout:

  • New area on the Blackout Map, Hijacked which is a Yacht located between Nuketown Island & Construction Site.
  • New vehicle, ARAV armored vehicle.
  • New Specialist Zero also available in Blackout.
  • New Weapons (guaranteed to spawn at Firing Range for 12.11.18)
    • Daemon 3XB SMG
    • SWAT RFT Assault Rifle

Zombies:

  • Zombies now count towards the Daily Tier Skips
  • Daily Callings
  • Black Ops Authenticity Stamp

Monster Hunter World | 12.10.18 Special Developer Update

A Special Developer Update stream was given for Monster Hunter World yesterday revealing the upcoming plans and events coming to Monster Hunter World:

  • Arch-tempered Kulve Taroth (New Rainbow Rewards & Gamma Kulve Taroth Gear) from 12.19.18 – 01.03.19 for Consoles & removal of normal Kulve Taroth.
  • Appreciation Fest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt X Monster Hunter World Collab | Early 2019 | [Trailer]
  • Arch-tempered Nergigante | Spring 2019
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne | Autumn 2019 | [Trailer]
  • Monster Hunter World – Trial Version

Note that the PC version will be getting these at a later date, probably around 2-5 months after it’s been released on consoles.


The Game Awards 2018 | Announcements

Here are all the announcements that were made at TGA 2018 this friday:

  • The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe | 2019 | [Trailer]
  • Among Trees | 2019 | [Trailer]
  • Marvel’s Ultimate Alliance 3 | 2019 | [Trailer]
  • Far Cry New Dawn | 02.15.19 | [Trailer]
  • Hades | Available Now | [Trailer]
  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey | 2019 | [Trailer]
  • Scavengers | 2019 | [Trailer]
  • Crash Team Racing | 06.21.19 | [Trailer]
  • The Outer Worlds | [Trailer]
  • Anthem | 01.25.19 | [Trailer]
  • The Last Campfire | 2019 | [Trailer]
  • Atlas | [Trailer]
  • Dragon Age | [Trailer]
  • The Pathless | 2019 | [Trailer]
  • Stranger Things | [Trailer]
  • Mortal Kombat 11 | 04.23.19 | [Trailer]
  • Psychonauts 2 | 2019 | [Trailer]
  • Devil May Cry 5 | 03.08.19 | [Trailer]
  • Rage 2 | 05.14.19 | [Trailer]
  • Super Smash Bros Ultimate – Joker DLC | [Trailer]

Black Desert Online | Archer Pre-Registration Event

Starting today, the Archer Pre-Registration Event has begun for Black Desert Online and will last until December 12th. Players can sign-up for the Pre-Registration anytime during that period here and will receive these rewards on archer’s release:

  • Ultimate: Saiphir Greatbow
  • 2 Gold Bar 100G
  • Blessing of Kamasylve (7 Days)
  • 3 Item Collection Increase Scroll (60 Minutes)

On December 5th, the Archer class pre-creation will be open and players can start customizing their archer before release.

Maplestory | Arcane River: Arcana Questline

The Arcana area in Arcane River is the 4th area open to players that have completed all of Lachelein’s quests and have reached the minimum level of 225. Arcana has a total of 29 quests in order to finish the quest line and receive your Arcane Symbol. Compared to the other areas in Arcane River, there are only 7 quests the require any combat and technically only 5 that require any farming making Arcana the easiest and fastest questline so far in Arcane River that can easily be completed under an hour. Recommended starting Arcane Force when entering Arcana is 280.


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Warframe | Switch Version

Warframe is now available as a free to play game on the Nintendo Switch eShop.

New accounts on the Switch Version will be given a starter pack that includes 50,000 credits, 3 day affinity booster, an Orokin Reactor, an Orokin Catalyst and a Forma that be available until December 4th to be claimed.

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Existing players on the PC also have the ability to copy their PC account to the Switch Version here once but each version will have it’s own separate save, so progression in either version will not affect the other. Items that are currently not available on the Switch version will be given as it becomes available on the Switch version and Platinum purchases will not be transferable.

Warframe | Fastest Way to Farm Solaris United Standing

Warframe‘s latest update Fortuna has added a new open world environment called the Orb Vallis on the planet of Venus. The city there, Fortuna has a resistance called the Solar United that are fighting back against the Corpus rule, players can complete bounties, trade in minerals or fish to gain standing with Solar United and gain access to their wares.

After reaching certain threshold of Standing, players can achieve their reputation with Solar United and gain accuse to their most prize wares such as parts to create a nailgun or to craft a personal moa.

I currently find mining to be the fastest way to obtain standing at the rate of 3k per 4 minutes. The strategy is to go outside of Fortuna and do a loop around the Fortuna entrance, there is on average at least 6 veins to mine from before having to go back to Fortuna to reset the mineral veins. It seems that atleast one of the mineral veins out their will net you one of the two rare minerals that go for 1k standing when traded in. Actual rates may vary but this seems to be the fastest and easiest in my opinion. Remember this is without any resource boosters and at worst, you can get 1k standing per run and that is about the same speed as just doing bounties on the highest difficulty. It also seems that buying debts from the ticker is much easier than doing bounties for debt-bonds which seem to have a terrible drop rate.

Currently the bounties at their highest difficulty give an average about 1k standing per 5 minutes but that can vary due to the different mission types. The benefit of doing bounties is that it rewards debt-bonds which are required as sacrifice to achieve higher standing with Solar United.

Fishing seems to be the slowest way to obtain standing as the very rare fish have a small timing window to spawn and their spawning location is way too varied and not always consistent.

 

Path of Exile | Betrayal

Grinding Gear Games has just announced the next Path of Exile expansion, Betrayal which will be launching on December 7th. TLDR: Nemesis System League Mechanic; Veiled Modifiers; Revamped Master and Mastercrafting System; Incursion, Delve, Bestiary in Core Game; Hideouts can be saved and moved between leagues; New Map and Atlas Arrangement; New Skills and Items.

Immortal Syndicate


In Betrayal, players will be helping Jun Ortoi investigate a mysterious organization called the Immortal Syndicate by infiltrating their rank to bargain, interrogate, execute and betray their members. This system seem very similar to the Middle-earth nemesis system.
The Immortal Syndicate has four divisions, each with its own goals: Fortification, Transportation, Research and Intervention. In each area, you will encounter a Syndicate member. Other members can show up to aid their friends or sabotage their enemies. When the battle is complete, you must decide how to continue your investigation.
After defeating each Syndicate member, you’ll have the option to utilize them to manipulation the Syndicate’s ranking and relationship to gain access to the captain of each division alongside raiding their safehouse full of loot. Each Syndicate member will have different types of items and higher ranking syndicate members will yield more rewards.

Veiled Modifier


Members of the Immortal Syndicate can occasionally drop items that have a new veiled modifier which the player takes to Jun Ortoi and she’ll give you one of 3 choices of modifiers to put on the item. Unveiling the specific Veiled Modifiers will eventually unlock the ability to craft these modifiers onto items without requiring a veiled modifier.

New Masters & Master Crafting


The Delve, Bestiary and Incursion league content have been implemented into the core game as the appearance of the Immortal Syndicate have resulted in the previous forsaken masters to disappear except for Zana. Leading to the introduction of 4 new Forsaken master: Einhar, Alva, Niko, Jun to take up the mantle of new masters alongside their niche. Bestiary has been reimagined and simplified; Einhar will handle the nets as you focus on hunting the beasts. With the inclusion of the new Masters, Mastercrafting has been revamped and no longer require ranking up master level. Players unlock certain mastercrafting properties by completing specific content given by each master. There is no longer multiple crafting benches for mastercrafting, it has all been unified into one bench.

Unified Hideout


The Hideout System has finally be unified so that regardless of what league you’re in, you can safety load and save hideout as templates and import them to separate leagues instead of requiring each league to have a unique hideout.

New Skills, Changes and Items


Lastly, each new expansion has it’s share of new maps, new skills and new items. For maps, there are 4 new maps that are coming to the Atlas of Worlds that are themed after the things seen in Delve and the whole Atlas has been rearranged again. For skills, there are a total of ten new skill coming in Betrayal, some of them are revamps.
Many of the 15 new unique items in Betrayal have Veiled mods, allowing you to customise the item more than ever before. Betrayal also includes five new Divination Cards, designed by our supporters.
 

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Warframe | Mag Prime & Nova Prime Unvaulting

Nova Prime and Mag Prime are being Unvaulted from the Prime Vault. For an undisclosed amount of time, 5 new relics will be available on the drop tables that rewards only primed items that Nova Prime and Mag Prime used, except also including a forma.

With the return of Mag Prime and Nova Prime, their arsenal of weaponry also returned such as the Soma Prime, Boar Prime, Dakra Prime and the Vasto Prime. Each Warframe’s exclusive Prime Access and Prime Accessory pack will also be available for purchased either separately or together as a pack.

The 5 new Relics that are available for the vaulting are Axi S4, Lith M2, Meso B3, Neo N9 and Axi A5. The Axi A5 relic contain all the Vasto Prime parts alongside the Akvasto Prime parts for people that missed out when this Prime weapon was available for a brief time. The remaining Relics include only prime parts for Nova Prime, Mag Prime and their arsenal a forma blueprint.

Lith M2

Prime ItemOdds
NOVA PRIME NEUROPTICSCommon
SOMA PRIME BARRELCommon
DAKRA PRIME HANDLE
Common
BOAR PRIME BARREL
Uncommon
FORMA BLUEPRINT
Uncommon
MAG PRIME BLUEPRINT
Rare

Meso B3

Prime ItemOdds
NOVA PRIME SYSTEMS
Common
SOMA PRIME BLUEPRINT
Common
FORMA BLUEPRINT
Common
MAG PRIME CHASSIS
Uncommon
DARKA PRIME BLUEPRINT
Uncommon
MAG PRIME CHASSIS
Rare

Neo N9

Prime ItemOdds
MAG PRIME NEUROPTICS
Common
BOAR PRIME BLUEPRINT
Common
DAKRA PRIME HANDLE
Common
SOMA PRIME RECEIVER
Uncommon
FORMA BLUEPRINT
Uncommon
NOVA PRIME CHASSIS
Rare

Axi S4

Prime ItemOdds
MAG PRIME SYSTEMS
Common
BOAR RPIME RECEIVER
Common
FORMA BLUEPRINT
Common
NOVA PRIME BLUEPRINT
Uncommon
DAKRA PRIME BLADE
Uncommon
SOMA PRIME STOCK
Rare

Axi A5

Prime ItemOdds
VASTO PRIME BARREL
Common
VASTO PRIME RECEIVER
Common
FORMA BLUEPRINT
Common
VASTO PRIME BLUEPRINT
Uncommon
AKVASTO PRIME LINKUncommon
AKVASTO PRIME BLUEPRINT
Rare