Splatoon is out today and we're absolutely loving it. Describing it as "fresh, messy, raucous and brilliant" in our full review, it blows the genre wide open with exciting new mechanics.
However, there's plenty to learn and unlearn in order to master this unique new Wii U exclusive. Listen up, recruit, because our survival and tips guide will tell you everything you need to know and a few interesting things you probably don't.
Don't walk (or swim) before you can run, recruit. Getting the sensitivity right is key for any multiplayer shooter and doubly important in Splatoon since it offers two control schemes: gyroscopic aiming and traditional thumbstick movement.
Both work well, while the GamePad gyroscope proves surprisingly responsive once you've wrapped your head around using it to look up, down and finesse your aim. It actually affords you greater precision if you put in the time. Either is a fine choice, but the problem is that you can't change the control scheme or sensitivity during matches.Click here to read more...
After easing ourselves in though Battlefield: Hardline's campaign (so much better than the last two games!), we've been hitting the servers pretty hard since launch. We've been impressed with how stable the online action has been and it looks like Visceral have learned from DICE's mistakes in Battlefield 4. So you've no excuses to not get the most from the online action. However, life as a cop or criminal can be seriously tough out there. So why not improve your chances by checking out our Battlefield: Hardline multiplayer tips.
Hardline's assault rifles have a mean kick to them and sustained firing causes your crosshair to dance around the screen making distant targets difficult to hit. You don't necessarily need to adjust the firing mode of your assault rifle to burst fire, just manually fire in shorter bursts and you'll notice how much easier it is to maintain a steady aim and not have to worry about reloading to finish of a single opponent.Click here to read more...
Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD is a very different kind of JRPG. You'll lead fourteen cadets into tough and tactical real-time battles, fighting brutal asymmetrical warfare against a brutal military equipped with powerful Magicite armour, mechs, ground troops and air power, using an enormous range of potential skills, weapons and builds to achieve victory.
War is hell, but you'll survive if you learn the ropes and learn how to use your squad effectively. So here, dear reader, is your essential guide to Final Fantasy Type-0 to bring you total battlefield dominati0n.
Check out our Final Fantasy Type-0 HD review.
This is the big one. Type-0 offers fourteen characters who sport different weapons, excel at different ranges and have completely different combat roles. As such, you'll need to pick the right classmates for the job... meaning that it's time to thoroughly discuss each one in turn!
Ace is the first Class-0 student we encounter in the game. Sporting balanced stats, he attacks from range with decks of homing magical playing cards, boasting fast attack speed that allows him to easily take advantage of Killsights (more on this essential gameplay mechanic later). Ace can be equipped with a range of reasonably damaging abilities and is competent with spells, but his most interesting ability is to shuffle through his deck to trigger random effects.
This makes him a fun character to use, but this random nature can also make him a liability in a pinch. Consider acquiring some of the 'Deck' skills that let you pick from a more predictable stock that suits your playstyle, and whatever you do, take advantage of the Wall defensive spell! Stick the barrier down and blast enemies with impunity from relative safety. His Jackpot Shot laser beam attack is also well worth investing in, especially since it remains on the battlefield for a considerable amount of time and continually damages/staggers enemies on contact.Click here to read more...
If you're finding that your thumbs are going to sleep during all those cutscenes in The Order: 1886, you'll want to check out our Survival Tips to make life that little bit easier for Galahad in his fight against rebel scum, lycans and whatever else those filthy (but oh so pretty) streets of London throw at him.
The Order's cover system is pretty damn good. Pressing Circle snaps you in and you don't have to go through multiple button presses to get away. Better yet, back away with the analogue stick and quickly make your way over to another cover point and Galahad will get into cover without the need for a further prompt and keep his head down on the way.
Don't forget though, your cover position can become very vulnerable with degrading wooden walls, enemies firing thermite clouds at you, or those pesky grenades that you can spot via the red icon or the X prompt to roll away.Click here to read more...
It’s ok, I know your pain. You promised yourself you’d put a bit of time into the likes of Battlefield 4, Destiny or Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in order to get your online multiplayer skills up to scratch, but where has that time gone. If you signed up to the new Battlefield: Hardline open beta you might be having a bit of tough time getting back into the swing of things. I can’t stop people shooting you in the back half a second after respawning, or offer any logical advice on how to fly a helicopter, but here are five survival tips that should make life less difficult.
Sorry to get all technical on you, but the default assault rifle is just balls. It’s particularly awful if you’ve not played a shooter online since last year thanks to the way the muzzle dances around as soon as you look at the trigger. Money earned from matches can be spent on new weapons and the first weapon you’ll want to buy is the SG553, which reduces recoil and increases accuracy. Sadly, you’ll only be able to use it as the Police. I’m not sure having the unlocks tied to each side is a good idea to be honest, Visceral – especially at those prices. If you’re light on funds, maybe opt for the mechanic’s sub-machine gun, which is much steadier than the first rifle, albeit at the cost of range.Click here to read more...
Assassin’s Creed Unity is seriously tough. Even when the various glitches and bugs aren’t making Arno’s life hell, there are plenty of other factors that make pulling off hits an unforgiving gauntlet of snipers and swordsman. We feel your pain though, and have come up with seven top tips to put you on the right path. And no, one of them isn’t buy Assassin’s Creed Rogue instead. I eventually came up with a seventh in the end. Happy hunting!
There are many skills to buy with points awarded for completing story missions and you’ll have to selective as to which ones you choose. As tempting as it is to go for all the health enhancements, you’re better buying skills that keep you out of combat first. So pick up the disguise one early on for a measly two points. It will allow you to briefly don the uniform of anyone you target and can make slipping past a few guards much easier than trying to sneak past on their blind side.
This doesn’t just allow you to open treasure chests, giving you more cash to blow on swords and armour, there are also plenty of opportunities to unlock doors and windows. This means you can open up shortcuts during missions and often stay clear of larger groups of guards. Also, being able to pick locks of prison cell doors (escaping convicts is always a nice distraction for the guards) means you won’t have to steal the key from the bloke strolling around with a brace of goons. Be sure to regularly visit the store for extra lockpicks too as some of the tougher locks will probably break a lot of them until you can afford to upgrade the skill.Click here to read more...
Sunset Overdrive is out this week -- today Stateside -- and it brings the fun to Xbox One. Sunset City is your playground to traverse, grind, shoot, bounce and generally rampage around, but this anarchic and vibrant experience contains an unexpected amount of depth to get stuck into.
Have you read our in-depth review? Good. Now it's time for me to share my expertise in a spoiler-free rundown of how to make the most of Sunset Overdrive and how to thrive in the colourful punk rock apocalypse. Punk arockalypse. Pu-rock-alypse?
Let's do this.
Sunset Overdrive is designed around mobility and verticality. Every horizontal surface is grindable, every wall is a potential platform, every car is a trampoline and the entire city is a high-velocity playground. However, you'll also be punished by hordes of enemies that will mob you, dial in your position and otherwise brutalise you if you ever slow down. Or worse, spent more than a few seconds on the floor.
So as a basic piece of starting advice, keep moving! You should always know where your next grind rail or bounce pad is, thinking one step ahead, and if you ever find yourself falling to the ground your first thought should be getting airborne as soon as possible. Remember that instantly reversing direction during a grind can buy you extra time, avoid incoming projeciles or allow you to finish off any stragglers.
A simple point, but one that will serve you well. Keep it moving. Keep it moving. Keep it moving. Learn and repeat it as a mantra.Click here to read more...
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is out today in the UK, and our full review will be going live very soon. It's a fun and famililar burst of shooting and looting, meaning that our Borderlands 2 survival guide is still packed with plenty of relevant tips, but the low-gravity setting, ace bouncy combat, new enemies and brand new characters mean that even Vault Hunting veterans can potentially be caught unawares.
Never fear, because I'm here with a few useful, practical and sometimes completely esoteric survival tips that are as spoiler-free as humanely possible! Ten, in fact, though I don't really see much point in ordering them this time.
Double-jumping is all the rage these days. Taking a look back at the platformers of yesteryear, Titanfall did the business and now everyone else is falling over themselves to follow suit.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, however, takes a totally unique approach to double-jumping. In a low-grav situation, you'll gain extra height if you hit the button without touching the stick, but holding a direction turns it into a powerful lateral boost instead (depending on your momentum at the time). You'll need a few hours to fully get used to it, as the additional altitude can be used to pour devastating firepower down on foes or engage aerial foes in the air.
Conversely, the boost provides a major speed increase, the ability to circle strafe in the air or the extra oomph you need to make it to a distant platform. Or even pulling back from a botched jump and ensuring you return to the platform rather than falling into the abyss. Practice makes perfect.Click here to read more...
Happy Alien: Isolation Day, folks! Our review went live earlier today, and here's what I had to say about Creative Assembly's fright-fest:
Alien: Isolation is the most terrifying game I've ever played. It has several flaws (the Alien glitching through your hiding place is a surefire way of ruining immersion), it can legitimately be accused of padding its mid-section, and piling up of Android towards the end can get a bit silly, but I didn't care about any of that, I was simply too busy giving myself heart attacks. Alien: Isolation succeeds in doing something no other game has: doing justice to the Alien itself.
Are you getting stuck into Amanda Ripley's story today? Well, here are a bunch of tips to bear in mind when it comes surviving Sevastopol Station.
Don't be fooled when you get a weapon
This is not an action game. It looks like it would be, right? You even get a shiny little revolver in the first couple of hours. But every game to feature Xenomorphs has lied to you. This thing is unstoppable and relentless and you can't kill it. This is not a first-person shooter, so don't get cocky, kid. Run. Run like the wind. And then slow down, crouch and sneak, and find yourself a hiding place. The Alien is also faster and smarter than you.Click here to read more...
We’ve been playing a lot of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor here at tower Dealspwn and have frankly been loving it. As keen Tolkien geeks, the Mordor setting provides an intriguing look at an area of Middle Earth for so long trapped behind those daunting Black Gates. Taking place between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is a great idea and rich with potential. Monolith tells how the one ring was forged and how a solitary ranger can play an important part when paired with an elven wraith. Carl’s review will be ready soon, but to warm you up I’ve put together a few tips to get you started. As ever readers, be sure to share any you might have too.
Talion is a bit rubbish with a sword and takes ages to finish off enemies in a straight fight. So, be as sneaky as possible by using dagger strikes from behind, above or while hanging from ledges to thin out a crowd before attacking a Captain or Warchief. Don’t worry if you’re seen, you usually have a second or two to rush forwards and silence any Uruk before they get into a battle stance. The bow is also a neat weapon for silenced headshots which can get rid of those pesky archers.Click here to read more...
I’ve had Destiny for a week now (thanks to Royal Mail’s usual shoddy service) and have been hitting the modes pretty hard to level up my gear enough to take on the upcoming Raids that are only open to level 26 and up. So, we imagine that you too are going to be putting a lot of time into Strike missions to get in some essential practice for Destiny’s tougher journeys. Well Guardian, you’re not going to last two minutes in the Raids if you don’t take these tactics into your Strike missions.
Between your secondary and heavy weapons, it isn’t hard to have a few of each element. These are essential for chewing through the coloured energy shields surrounding smugger enemies. Unlike RPGs, you don’t attack with an ‘opposite’ element; instead you attack with the same. So, any orange shields will wilt against sunny solar, blue will fry against arc and purple will pale against void weapons. Any weapon will damage shields, but these are the quickest ways to get into an enemy’s soft bits.Click here to read more...
Destiny is upon us, and we'll be bringing you a number of impressions pieces from various perspectives over the next week or so as we get to grips with the Most Expensive Game Ever Made.
But, along with the Starter Guide we published earlier in the week, here's another helpful little article to help you get the most out of the vast PvE experiences to be had across the Solar System, and some tips regarding levelling, loot, and combat.
Save your Glimmer
Glimmer is the main form of currency in Destiny, and you'll earn enough in the first hour or two to buy some more powerful weapons back at the Tower. Don't do it. Although the game doesn't shower you in loot, completing the Story missions will see you gifted weapons and armour, and you'll gradually uncover a host of loadout options out in the open world and on Patrol. Comb areas thoroughly for chests, and be sure to mop up any dropped items after a firefight. You'll want to save your Glimmer for rarer things.Click here to read more...
Dark Souls 2, the hotly anticipated sequel to From Software punishing RPG landed in the UK on Friday, and with a quick check on the online death tally, we're looking at over 52 million deaths worldwide already, so it's definitely starting where it's fore-bearer left off in terms of difficulty and unreserved harshness.
With this in mind, I've devised a list of survival tips that should assist you in at least dying less in your first few hours of this epic adventure. There's a mix here of mainstay Dark Souls tips, but also new insights that are specific to the sequel. Hopefully they will help you Go Beyond Death that little bit more. As usual, potential spoiler alert.
Picking your class doesn't have a significant impact on your character later in the game, as your ability to level up and alter your stats gives you lots of flexibility. However it does impact your early game as you will be restricted to the opening stats and available equipment much more.
So to that end, I would ask yourself one question, do you want to get in up close and personal in combat as a melee character or prefer a ranged magic user? If you want to be a melee character, then I would advise picking the Warrior character, as they have decent stats and start with a shield. I opted for the Knight, and regretted the lack of shield in the Tutorial - but if you can cope without it, and buy one later, the armour set as a Knight is pretty useful for early game.
If you prefer magic, then opting for a Mage class is pretty self-explanatory as an option. It's worth noting that if you don't select Mage class you won't get a catalyst to cast spells until much later in the game, so it might be that you opt for a Mage simply to give you options of magic, rather than just close-quarter combat. The choice is yours.
Oh and don't worry about your starting gift either. No item you get cannot be obtained normally throughout the game, so pick whichever feels like it might help you out the most early on.Click here to read more...
Who's playing Titanfall? We certainly are, and have been doing so solidly for a week (with the exception of Carl who spends all of his time playing Dark Souls II in a padded room with no access to bonfire materials). Though offering impressive scope for expressive versatile gameplay, Titanfall is incredibly accessible and intuitive too, meaning that players with little or no experience can still have a good time without having to mug up on FAQs or forums.
However, we reckon that a few tips, tricks and tactics deserve a special mention... so it's time for a survival guide!
As with Borderlands 2 and a few other games, I'd like to invite you to share your own advice, tips and war stories - and I'll put helpful comments directly into the article itself in a "reader intermission." Okay. Standby for... well... you know.
Titanfall's tutorial is fairly comprehensive, but it completely neglects to mention a simple yet extremely potent power play at every pilot's disposal - which many new players don't seem to know about. The Wall Hang. While jumping or wall-running, you can casually hold down the left trigger or right mouse button to attach yourself to any surface like a murderous barnacle, recharging your double jump and letting you rain hip fire on unwary targets. On a basic level, wall hanging is a great way of gaining extra elevation or making it up to a tricky rooftop, but it affords some interesting tactical opportunities especially during Hardpoint or CTF matches.Click here to read more...
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare may be the friendliest and most delightful shooter around, but you'd be surprised at the amount of depth that lurks just beneath the cheerful surface. War is hell, even when it's utterly adorable.
So to maximise your vanquish potential, keep your chlorophyll safely within your stalks and ensure you a tasty brain banquet, here are ten essential tips to bear in mind while playing online. Some are tricky, some are common sense, but all will keep you alive when the goop and concrete starts flying!
Chomper is easily the most unique class in Garden Warfare, and my personal favourite (especially the Fire variant!). His stealthy burrowing skill and instant-vanquish melee attacks are perfectly suited for sneaky offensive actions... but when you're playing 'Gardens & Graveyards,' you'll discover that he's also one of the best defenders the Plants have to offer.
The Spikeweed ability lets you lock down three approaches to your capture points, tying up attackers for your ranged team-mates to painlessly dispatch. Chompers can burrow under objectives, instantly scoffing any zombies who breach the perimeter, or flank around to quickly neutralise any pesky Scientists setting up healing stations. In a pinch, Goop attacks can slow down All-Stars and Engineers racing for the control zone. Remember that any zombie vanquished by a chomp attack cannot be revived, forcing them to slog all the way back from the nearest spawn point.
Finally, never underestimate the psychological impact of a Chomper defensive team. Once the foe knows you're there, they'll have to advance slowly and methodically, wasting valuable time as they desperately try to work out where you're hiding. The horror. The horror!Click here to read more...
Tried out Killzone: Shadow Fall’s multiplayer yet? Pretty mean isn’t it? Don’t go running back to the warm embrace of Call of Duty just yet soldier. Man up, and check out our Sunday Seven Survival Tips to leave behind your days as a snivelling recruit and be reborn as a feared harbinger of doom. Failing that, maybe we can make that kill/death ratio a little less pitiful.
I don’t know why, but the vast majority of players seem content to respawn from the default base over and over, with a tiresome slog back to the action. Who the hell has the time for that crap? For Vekta’s sake, equip some spawn beacons to your support classes. With this ability, you can deploy a spawn point anywhere in the map for your team. It can be destroyed by enemy fire, but it doesn’t expire if you die and you’ll get loads of points when your teammates spawn on it. Be careful not to drop it in front of enemy turrets or in wide-open spaces though.
There’s too much of a mentality of ‘someone else will do it’, just change class for one spawn and do yourself -and your team- a huge favour and drop a beacon. Or carry on going for a long jog that ends in being shot in the back time and again.Click here to read more...
We sometimes deploy a 'survival guide' for the hottest new releases, but after sinking countless hours into Pokemon X & Y, we realised that there isn't really much point. Game Freak's latest phenomenon isn't a game to survive, rather it's a game to enjoy and savour over the course of your playthrough, approaching it on your own terms. Plus, it's not exactly the most challenging of gauntlets.
Never mind, though, because Pokemon X and Y are still bristling with secrets, fun features and ways to get the most out of your time - some of which you might have overlooked! With that in mind, it's time to share some of the niftiest tips and secrets I've picked up along the way.
If you've got anything to add, drop us a comment and we'll credit you!
This handy hint has been doing the rounds since launch, notably on Reddit. When taking on Professor Sycamore in his lab, be sure to use a full party and tell the professor that you can't take the starter Pokemon immediately. Save, then ask him for your new Pokemon. If you don't like your new pal's all-important nature, you can just soft reset (L+R+Start) the game, reload and try again until you get your Adamant Charmander. If you're an insanely competitive player with too much time on your hands, perhaps.Click here to read more...
PayDay 2 is out on PC today, and it's all we can do to keep working rather than skiving off to play some more of its sensationally enjoyable co-op. This randomised crime spree simulator is one of the most exciting multiplayer experiences out there despite a fair few quirks and eccentricities, offering players a wealth of depth and variety so long as you're willing to work together with friends and get your hands very, very dirty.
Indeed, we called it "one of the most exciting cooperative games on the planet" in our extensive PayDay 2 review.
There's so much to consider when planning the perfect heist, not to mention dealing with the fallout once everything inevitably goes wrong, that we've taken some of our experience with the preview and review builds to present you with a ten-step survival guide. We'll see you back at the safehouse.
In most missions, chances are you'll have to hunker down and wait for an objective to complete. Drills take an eternity to crack a vault or safe, even if you've brought along a skilled Technician, meaning that you'll want to turn your surroundings into an impenetrable bunker to keep the police at bay.Click here to read more...
Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a home away from home, a sensational time sink and a phenomenal success the world over. Unfortunately, you'll also have to put in an inordinate amount of work to earn the staggering sums of money required to get anywhere. To this end, we've compiled a list of seven tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of the game; whether it's making bank or making lasting friends.
Gathering fruit will likely be one of the key ways to pay off your first home loan, but savvy Animal Crossing players know that money really does grow on trees. Forget your town's native fruit, which sells for next to nothing, because sooner or later you'll be presented with an exotic fruit (by a villager or letter) that sells for around 500 bells a pop. Instead of selling them, grab a shovel and plant them.
Trees don't require watering and grow quickly if you space them out regularly, and you'll quickly be rewarded with your first crop in a couple of days. At which point, it's time to bust out your shovel and axe, massively enlarge your orchard, and cut down all the useless pine trees to replace with tasty fruit-bearing alternatives. Within a week, you'll be able to make 1500 Bells per tree, and continue to expand your earnings exponentially by turning barren ground into money in your pocket, and fruit-less trees into fruitful Bell mines. Remember that you can stack up to nine identical fruit in a single inventory space!
Not only will you create a self-sustaining source of regular income, but your citizens will also be immensely grateful for all the new greenery, which will be reflected in the satisfaction survey. Thanks much!Click here to read more...
Short on ammo, low on health, you've got your back to the wall, and you're surrounded by Infected. The Last of Us delights in placing players in situations with seemingly insurmountable odds of survival, yet survive is exactly what you must do. With Naughty Dog's impressive tour-de-force just around the corner, we've put together seven tips to help you help Joel and Ellie survive their ordeal.
Always, always scope out the area after being altered to the presence of enemies with R2. Sink some pills into expanding the range of your detection ability, and it'll make sneaking through areas and getting the jump on foes much easier. It's also worth paying heed to your companion as much as possible as Ellie/Joel will point the way ahead if you get stuck, as well as rooting out the occasional hidden item.Click here to read more...