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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Modojo Rewind: Champions' Ballad Edition http://www.shacknews.com/article/102533/modojo-rewind-champions-ballad-edition http://www.shacknews.com/article/102533/modojo-rewind-champions-ballad-edition <p>It's been a very busy week for the Modojo @ Shacknews crew. The holiday season is in full swing, and we've been gearing up to handle all the best news and guides that players across all walks of gaming demand. We've also had our hands full with Breath of the Wild, mainly toward the effort of tracking down Link's rad new wheels, and we've heard some interesting new developments in the mobile scene along the way.</p> <p>Before the Blood Moon rises once again, sit down by the fire, relax, and soak in the sights and sound of the Modojo Rewind.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZiPtIh86kSo" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h2>The Champions' Ballad</h2> <p>A big part of the Modojo @ Shacknews experience this week has been a thorough exploration of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC 2, the much-anticipated Champions' Ballad expansion. By now we've had time to run through most of what the expansion has on offer, and alongside many fun times and fresh new challenges, we're also proud to announce our now-completed <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102474/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-champions-ballad-dlc-walkthrough-and-guide" target="_blank">Zelda: Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad walkthrough and guide</a>.</p> <p>It's worth noting that this expansion is fairly heavy on content, providing 12 to 20 solid hours of gameplay for Breath of the Wild players who have already completed the game's main campaign. Also, its big reward is one of the coolest items in the game &mdash; the Master Cycle Zero motorcycle, what's being touted as Link's own Divine Beast, the inherent fun of which we've managed to condense down into the above video.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/article/2017/12/12/apple-buys-shazam-400-million-acquisition-slim_1200x500.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="292" /></div> <h2>No Lack Of Mobile News</h2> <p>Naturally, we did have some curious mobile stories pop up this week. Among other headlines, tech conglomerate <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102476/apple-buys-shazam-in-400-million-acquisition" target="_blank">Apple scooped up music recognition service Shazam in what amounted to a $400 million acquisition</a>. Most iOS users are likely to assume that the Shazam technology will somehow find its way into Apple's Siri voice-based service, but for now, all is just speculation. As for those who don't care for Siri or Shazam, there's always Google's own music recognition service or the vastly-popular Soundhound app.</p> <p>Xbox players also have a new mobile app to look forward to &mdash; <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102515/xbox-live-party-chat-app-is-in-beta-on-android-coming-soon-to-ios" target="_blank">the Xbox Live Party Chat app is currently in beta over on the Android platform</a>, with plans to jump over to iOS sometime soon. The app will focus on the communication features of the Xbox Live service on an actual console, and may prove to be a potent contender to the likes of Discord.</p> <p>As a final closeout to this week, we have the first of many holiday-themed guides to come &mdash; Modojo @ Shacknews' own guide to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102461/this-holiday-seasons-12-best-iphone-and-ipad-cases" target="_blank">this holiday season's 12 best iPhone and iPad cases</a>. We've got plans to include everything that mobile and portable gamers will be looking for this holiday season, so be sure to stay tuned as we start cranking out the jams next week.</p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:20:00 PST Kevin Tucker Rocket League on Switch Nyko Accessory Giveaway Extravaganza http://www.shacknews.com/article/102531/rocket-league-on-switch-nyko-accessory-giveaway-extravaganza http://www.shacknews.com/article/102531/rocket-league-on-switch-nyko-accessory-giveaway-extravaganza <p><span>Today on Shacknews Twitch channel, we are going to stream some Rocket League on Nintendo Switch. Nyko and Shacknews have joined forces for a very special giveaway live stream.Tune into the stream today at 7:30 PM ET/ 4:30 PM PT for a chance to win one of Nyko's awesome new Nintendo Switch accessories. We will be giving away a Nyko Nintendo Switch accessory every 30 minutes to folks who are in the Twitch chat. A very special thanks to Nyko for the promotional consideration for today's show.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="384" src="https://player.twitch.tv/?channel=shacknews&amp;muted=true&amp;autoplay=true" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <p>Check out some videos that showcase Nyko's new line of Nintendo Switch accessories.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1SjVb2jmATY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PyuO30N8_os" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/COTGFlsblu8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Thanks again to Nyko for the promotional consideration for today's show. Tune in for a chance to win some of their new Switch accessories.</p> <p>You can find all the&nbsp;<a href="https://nyko.com/collections/switch/" target="_blank">Nyko Nintendo Switch accessories at their official website</a>.</p> <p></p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:15:00 PST Asif Khan PUBG Sells One Million Units on Xbox One http://www.shacknews.com/article/102525/pubg-sells-one-million-units-on-xbox-one http://www.shacknews.com/article/102525/pubg-sells-one-million-units-on-xbox-one <p>It only took&nbsp;PUBG 48 hours to sell one million copies on Xbox One consoles. While this is a drop in the bucket compared to the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102021/royale-company-pubg-surpasses-20-million-units-sold">number of units sold on PC</a>&nbsp;it's definitely a good start for its console debut. Still, one million units in two days should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched PUBG become one of the biggest success stories in PC gaming over the last year. It basically came out of nowhere and won over fans with its straightforward battle royale survival gameplay.&nbsp;</p> <p>As reported by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2017-12-15-playerunknowns-battlegrounds-sells-1-million-on-xbox-one">GamesIndustry</a> this is all happening despite the fact that many Xbox One players are complaining that the early access console version seems to have more flaws than its PC counterpart did in its early&nbsp;stages, such as a poorer draw rate and graphics that aren't up to par. Such issues weren't enough to deter fans who have already waited patiently for&nbsp;PUBG to make its way to the Xbox One.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>When you factor in that Microsoft has announced they're giving away&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102511/microsoft-offers-pubg-free-with-xbox-one-x-purchase-to-end-2017">free copies of PUBG</a>&nbsp;with the purchase of a new Xbox One until the end of the year, the number of units sold may set some new sales records for the company.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SK_HnpEkuH8" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:53:00 PST Blake Morse Zelda: Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad Final Trial Walkthrough http://www.shacknews.com/article/102523/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-champions-ballad-final-trial-walkthrough http://www.shacknews.com/article/102523/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-champions-ballad-final-trial-walkthrough <p>Once <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102474/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-champions-ballad-dlc-walkthrough-and-guide" target="_blank">all of the previous missions in the EX The Champions' Ballad quest have been completed</a>, the disembodied voice of <strong>Maz Koshia</strong> will point the Hero of Time back toward the Shrine of Resurrection. Place the Sheikah Slate back on its original terminal and watch in wonder as the door to the shrine closes itself. The room will descend, and Link will be lowered into position just outside the final Champions' Ballad trial.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-final-trial-1.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>The EX Champions' Ballad Final Trial - The First Two Terminals</h2> <p>The final trial in the EX The Champions' Ballad questline is sort of an amalgamation of all previous trials and challenges, being sort of a mashup of various shrines and the complicated Divine Beast dungeons faced in the main portion of the game. Head through the two entryways toward the center of the room, watching out for the Guardians that flank the passage, and insert the Sheikah Slate into the terminal to reveal the trial's map.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-final-trial-map.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Like with the Divine Beast dungeons before it, the final Champions' Ballad trial takes place in a dungeon with various elements that can be moved around via the map screen. Head back toward the entrance, use the spinning cogs rising out of a pool of lava to climb onto the central drive shaft, walk over to the platform, then use Statis to freeze the rotating plate to access the chest containing a <strong>Gerudo Shield</strong>.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-final-trial-gerudo-shield.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>From there, walk across to the other side of the shaft, slay the Guardian, and look for the metal component lodged on the right hand side. Ignore it for now, and approach the chest beyond the piece. Grab it with Magnesis, then open it to score five <strong>Bomb Arrows</strong>. Afterward, grab the metallic component and slot it into the cog on the right-hand room, then grab the nearby shaft casing and extend it onto the component. This will set the nearby room spinning. Drop down one level and head inside.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-final-trial-2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>This room is fashioned somewhat like a jet engine, feautring a massive fan spinning near the rear wall. Climb up the platform, freeze the fan, and glide through; after that, slay the Guardian and open up the treasure chest to receive the <strong>Swallow Bow</strong>. Adjust the rotation of the dungeon if need be, then use the fan's gusts to propel Link toward the platform by the room's entrance. Climb to the top, reverse the air flow again, use Statis on the moving platform, then float over to it. With all that done, freeze the fan using Statis once again and float over to the platform with the terminal. Insert the Sheikah Slate to activate the terminal and deactivate the first of the door locks.</p> <p>Head back into the main room and then to the other side of the platform. Notice the door with the sliding stone blocks &mdash; use Statis on one of them in order to engage the cog above the door, which will raise the platform Link needs to enter the next room.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-final-trial-3.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Inside, players will notice a giant inert mechanism with what appears to be a spring-loaded piston pointing toward a flooded floor. Use Cryonis to create a platform beneath the piston, which will raise it up and engage the machine. Run over to the now-moving platform and ride it up high enough to glide down to the door on the left side of the room.</p> <p>Walk down the corridor to spot what looks like a giant three-pronged hammer head on a twisted rail. Use Statis on the object, then smash it several times in the direction of the three flowing fountains. The knob will spin, and the fountains will cease producing water, clearing the way to a chest below. Open it to receive a <strong>Zora Spear</strong>.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-final-trial-zora-spear.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Head back through the watery corridor and walk up the stairs to see a platform containing a pressure plate. Stand on the pressure plate to engage the spring mechanism, then use Magnesis to pull the metal sphere out from behind it. Place the sphere on the front end of the spring, then walk off and back onto the pressure plate to send it flying.</p> <p>With the room now flooded once again, use Cryonis to create a pillar of ice up to the nearby platform. There, insert the Sheikah Slate into the terminal to deactivate the second lock on the main door.</p> <hr /> <h2>The EX Champions' Ballad Final Trial - The Final Two Terminals</h2> <p>Return to the central room and watch out for the Guardians now literring the main floor. Destroy them, grab their loot, and head to the wheel spinning in a pool of lava. Jump onto it as before, except this time ride it toward the outer wall. Walk out onto the center platform, then go through the door when the two are aligned.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-final-trial-4.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>This room is loaded with flame traps and contains a spinning column covered with spikes. Navigate the path weaved through the spikes, adjusting the dungeon's rotation if the path is spinning the wrong way, then walk further to see a pressure plate on the floor and a massive tube stretched across a rotating wall.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-final-trial-5(2).jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Reverse the dungeon's rotation again, then step onto the pressure plate when the smaller opening port of the tube and the sphere cage are aligned. Now that the sphere is inside the contraption, change the dungeon's orientation to guide the sphere down the path to the bigger spout. The sphere won't fall out on its own, so nabbing it an an opportune time shouldn't be too difficult.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-final-trial-6.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Place the sphere on the track toward the funnel. Once it's been activated, the door guarding the terminal will open. Float back down to the floor, place the Sheikah Slate in the terminal, and disengage the third lock.</p> <p>On the way out, stand in the rotating doorway to the room and shimmy around while it turns upside down. Before the door is fully upside down, jump into the room and glide down onto the small roof to nab the treasure chest. Open it to receive the <strong>Cobble Crusher</strong>.</p> <p>Head back into the main room and then across it toward the open doorway. This entire wall&nbsp;needs to be attached to the main room's gearwork to allow it to rotate. Use Statis to freeze the cogs at the right time to be able to slide the metal plate into a locked position on the room's outer wall.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-final-trial-7.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Once the inside wall is set spinning, Link must repeat a similar process in this room to join the motion of the outer wall to the inner wall. Stand on a rotating part of the room to get high enough up the wall to float down onto one of the side staircases. Walk up and free the metal rod sticking to the roof, then jump down and place it onto the connector. Then, use Magnesis to pull the metal part of the rotating piece out. With both pieces in position, the rods will bump into one another, sending the back wall spinning and completing the electrical connection to the door. Some adjustment to the dungeon's spin may be necessary.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-final-trial-8.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Jump into the now-open door spinning at the back of the room, slide the Sheikah Slate into the terminal, and deactivate the final lock on the dungeon door.</p> <p>With the final lock disengaged, the music will change, and Link will be allowed access to the final area of the dungeon. Walk into the main room and slide the final part of the central drive shaft onto the door to unlock the altar. Save your game, heal if necessary, and step inside.</p> <hr /> <h2>Monk Maz Koshia Final Trial</h2> <p>Approach the massive altar and hear the words of <strong>Maz Koshia</strong>. In a twist on the usual affair, the monk comes to life and challenges Link to a trial by combat.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-final-trial-maz-koshia.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Maz Koshia has several tricks up his sleeve. He'll make use of a flash-type attack same as Thunderblight Ganon used; time a dodge jump correctly and unleash a Flurry Rush on him. After he's taken enough damage, he'll summon a number of clones of himself. Oddly enough, pull out the camera to figure out which monk is the real one and hit him with a strong attack. Alternatively, hit them all with Urbosa's Fury to destroy the clones. Once he goes giant, ignore the smaller clones to attack Maz Koshia directly, and he'll fall in no time.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 1280px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-final-trial-maz-koshia-2.jpg" alt="" width="1280" height="720" /></div> <p>After the battle, Maz Koshia will reward the Hero of Time with what certainly appears to be his very own Divine Beast, the Master Cycle Zero. After teleporting back to the Shrine, Kass will sign the completed version of The Champions' Ballad. Sit back and enjoy a piece of Hyrulean history as Link relives his experiences at the Champions' inauguration ceremony.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-final-trial-master-cycle-zero.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>After Kass' song has finished, he'll reward Link with a photograph of all the champions together. The story will end, the Champions' Ballad DLC main questline will be complete, and Link will be able to tear around Hyrule in the Master Cycle Zero by selecting it from the Rune submenu.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:40:00 PST Kevin Tucker Dr DisRespect Interview: One Week Before Admitting to Adultery http://www.shacknews.com/article/102526/dr-disrespect-interview-one-week-before-admitting-to-adultery http://www.shacknews.com/article/102526/dr-disrespect-interview-one-week-before-admitting-to-adultery <p>Dr. Disrespect has made waves among&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101494/playerunknown-talks-pubg-10-xbox-djing-and-updates-at-tgs-2017-interview" target="_blank">PUBG</a> streamers and players for quite a while, now. This week, he made an announcement tantamount to a tsunami: He'd been <a href="https://twitter.com/1o1chris/status/941473022908796929" target="_blank">unfaithful in his marriage</a>, and would be taking time off to get his personal life in order and re-evaluate his professional goals. We caught up with Dr. Disrespect, who won Trending Gamer at <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102422/the-game-awards-2017-full-list-of-winners" target="_blank">this year's Game Awards</a>, one week before the announcement to chat about his persona, his bulletproof mullet, and other topics.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_m02s9D1SRo" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><span>For more&nbsp;videos, including gameplay and interviews, visit the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/Shacknewsgames" target="_blank">Shacknews</a><span>&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWdXbx28xPxbotxGIQDjIbA" target="_blank">GamerHub.tv</a><span>&nbsp;YouTube channels.</span></p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:30:00 PST Shack Staff This Holiday Season's 12 Best iPhone And iPad Cases http://www.shacknews.com/article/102461/this-holiday-seasons-12-best-iphone-and-ipad-cases http://www.shacknews.com/article/102461/this-holiday-seasons-12-best-iphone-and-ipad-cases <p>Lots of happy tech users are going to be waking up on Christmas morning to find a new piece of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/apple" target="_blank">Apple</a> technology sitting underneath the tree. The company has three essentially all-new products up for sale this holiday season, including the new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/iphone-8" target="_blank">iPhone 8</a> and iPhone 8 Plus, the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/iphone-x" target="_blank">iPhone X</a>, and the souped-up iPad Pro 10.5. Glorious as those machines may be, they still need protection in order to survive the trials of a modern day world. Worry not, for we've collected together some of the best and most attractive modern cases for iPhones and iPads that offer protection and durability in a gift-worthy package.</p> <h2>The Best iPhone 8 Cases</h2> <p>It wasn't long ago that we ran through a list of <a href="https://modojo.com/article/24107/the-best-iphone-8-cases" target="_blank">the best iPhone 8 cases</a>, and in the short time since then, several new and interesting cases have popped up on the market. However, many of our favorite iPhone cases remain at the top of the list both for their popularity and their unique style, to say nothing of their ability to make a great gift.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/best-iphone-cases-caseology-parallax-iphone-7-8.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><strong>Caseology Parallax Series iPhone 8 Case</strong><br /><br />The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Caseology-Parallax-Protective-Textured-Geometric/dp/B01JSZMZ5U/?shack0a-20" target="_blank">Caseology Parallax Series case</a> ($13.99 via Amazon) is a smart option for iOS users looking for a slim but attractively-designed case. A variety of different color options are available, all of which offering the same mid-level protection offered by a composite TPU and PC-based design.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/best-iphone-cases-caseology-skyfall.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><strong>Caseology Skyfall Series</strong></p> <p>Caseology also has a nice option for iPhone 8 users looking to show off their phone's natural color with a transparent-backed case. The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M990O6N?shack0a-20" target="_blank">Casesology Skyfall Series case</a> ($11.99 via Amazon) provides mid-level protection with a clear PC cover mated to an impact-resistant TPU frame. There are also color options featuring both Gold and Rose Gold.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/best-iphone-cases-cupcase-unicorn-beetle.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><strong>Supcase Unicorn Beetle iPhone 8 Plus Case</strong></p> <p>Another great choice for iPhone 8 owners who want to let their phone's design do the talking is the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/iPhone-SUPCASE-Unicorn-Premium-Protective/dp/B01KK8TZMU/?shack0a-20" target="_blank">Supcase Unicorn Beetle</a> ($14.99 via Amazon) series of cases. The Unicorn Beetle design is simple as well as sleek, and it's backed by Supcase's usual design touches like flush side buttons and a transparent PC back mated to a TPU frame.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/best-iphone-cases-torras-slim-flit-red.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><strong>Torras Slim Fit iPhone 8 Plus Case</strong></p> <p>Sometimes a good phone case manages to let users forget that it's there by allowing the design of the device to stand out. The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/TORRAS-Plastic-Protective-Anti-Scratch-Resistant/dp/B01M7X3BEM/?shack0a-20" target="_blank">Torras iPhone Slim Fit Case</a> ($9.99 via Amazon) is a good choice not only because of its slim design, but also its silky texture and its budget-friendly price. Several different color options are available, too, ranging from standard black to the striking red option featured above.</p> <hr /> <h2>The Best iPhone X Cases</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/best-iphone-cases-tozo-crystal-clear-soft.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><strong>Tozo Clear Soft TPU Skin 1.00mm Ultra Thin</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/TOZO-iPhone-Clear-Protective-Plating/dp/B07594S145/?shack0a-20" target="_blank">Tozo's Crystal Clear Soft TPU Skin</a>&nbsp;($9.99 via Amazon) is about the thinnest phone case on the iPhone X market. Comprised of a soft TPU shell that's just 1mm thick, it provides low-level basic protection with a sleek and modern style. The case is also available in blue, black, white, and red options.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/best-iphone-cases-tozo-ultra-thin-hard.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><strong>Tozo Ultra-Thin Clear PC Hard Case</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/TOZO-Ultra-Thin-Perfect-transparent-Lightweight/dp/B075CBHK3F/?shack0a-20" target="_blank">Tozo's Ultra-Thin Hard PC case</a> ($8.99 via Amazon) is a slim choice for iPhone X users looking for something a little more sturdy than a soft TPU material. The hard option is built out of standard PC material, and features a raised outlet for the iPhone X camera to protect from any scratches that might occur to the lens.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/best-iphone-cases-caseology-apex-series.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><strong>Caseology Apex Series iPhone X</strong></p> <p>Caseology's latest iPhone X case is designed for users who want more robust protection in a stylish package. Comprised of a two-piece frame mating a TPU inner lining to a PC outer layer, the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/iPhone-Caseology-Protective-Textured-Geometric/dp/B075355HY1/?shack0a-20" target="_blank">Caseology Apex Series case</a> ($13.99 via Amazon) provides moderate-to-high protection in with a series of color schemes ranging from Pine Green to the Ocean Gray option featured above.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/best-iphone-cases-yesgo-slim.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><strong>Yesgo Slim iPhone X Case</strong></p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075D7D95J/?shack0a-20" target="_blank">Yesgo Slim iPhone X Case</a> ($12.99 via Amazon) is good for the iPhone X owner looking for a little bit of retro Apple flair. The color options presented resemble some of the bright color accents featured on Mac computers of yesteryear, and provide mid-level protection through a fairly-standard TPU outer shell mated to a PC backing.</p> <hr /> <h2>The Best iPad Pro 10.5 Cases</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/best-iphone-cases-procase-pro-case.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><strong>ProCase iPad Pro 10.5 Ultra Slim Stand Case</strong></p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/ProCase-Lightweight-Translucent-Frosted-All-New/dp/B071FGZK2H/?shack0a-20" target="_blank">Procase iPad Pro 10.5 case</a> ($13.99 via Amazon) is a popular choice not only because of the case's tri-fold standing design, but also for its low price and available color choices. Available in funky colors like Gold and Mint, the case provides basic protection for an iPad without standing out too much.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/best-iphone-cases-ztotop-leather-case.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><strong>Ztotop Premiium Leather Slim Folio</strong></p> <p>iPad Pro 10.5 users looking for a slim leather-styled folio case would do well to scope out&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ztotop-Premium-Business-Document-Multiple/dp/B073PZ5V15/?shack0a-20" target="_blank">Ztotop's iPad Pro 10.5 Premium Leather Slim Folio</a> ($15.99 via Amazon). Featured a selection of leather-backed covers with stylish options like Denim Brown and Navy Blue, Ztotop's offering provides a little added style and a small side pocket to standard folio-type case designs.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/best-iphone-cases-iblason-clear-hybrid-case.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><strong>i-Blason iPad Pro 10.5 Clear Hybrid Cover Case</strong></p> <p>Those who like their iPad case with a bit of added flair should scope out the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/i-Blason-Compatible-Official-Keyboard-Updated/dp/B073S2V1PL/" target="_blank">i-Blason Clear Hybrid case</a> ($13.59 via Amazon). It's essentially a soft TPU shell mated to a transparent PC backing like many of the phone cases featured above, only this time around teh case also includes a removable folio-style leatherette cover, providing the highlights of both major case designs.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/best-iphone-cases-poetic-turtleskin-case.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><strong>Poetic TurtleSkin iPad Pro 10.5 Rugged Case</strong></p> <p>Parents of iPad users and iPad users alike sometimes want a durable and chunky case to protect from all of life's little accidents. Fortunately, Poetic has an option that can provide plenty of protection without breaking the bank. The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Poetic-TurtleSkin-Protection-Silicone-Sound-Amplification/dp/B01MY6MSIJ/?shack0a-20" target="_blank">Poetic TurtleSkin iPad Pro 10.5 Rugged Case</a> ($14.95 via Amazon) provides a self-described "utilitarian" design that mates a soft silicone inner case with a simple-and-functional stand that provides some of the best protection and usability within a reasonable price range.</p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:00:00 PST Kevin Tucker Zelda: Breath of the Wild Revali's Song Walkthrough http://www.shacknews.com/article/102520/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-revalis-song-walkthrough http://www.shacknews.com/article/102520/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-revalis-song-walkthrough <p>After completing <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102474/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-champions-ballad-dlc-walkthrough-and-guide" target="_blank">the first four shrines in the Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad DLC 2</a>, the EX The Champions' Ballad quest will be updated. Afterward, the voice of <strong>Maz Koshia</strong> will speak to the Hero of Time, revealing further information about the path ahead. The one-hit Obliterator weapon will self-destruct, sending four colored orbs into the sky, with each landing at a different location across Hyrule. Maz Koshia compels Link to seek out these four areas spread throughout Hyrule:</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-obliterator-map-revalis-song.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Since the Obliterator is no more, Link's health will fill back up to its previous level. Check out the map, then head to the monument that has spawned south of Rito Village in the Cuho Mountains.</p> <hr /> <h2>EX Champion Revali's Song Walkthrough - Part One</h2> <p>Head toward the monument, which will activate once the player gets close enough. Once there, Kass will sing a song revealing three clues regarding the upcoming trials:</p> <p>"One, <strong>shoot the flame dragon's horn</strong>. Two, <strong>race down a peak rings adorn</strong>. Three, <strong>shoot four targets to win</strong>. Champion, the trials begin!"</p> <p>Have a gander at the three maps that surfaced on the obelisks, then check the Hyrule map for reference points. The first mission to tackle is located at the top of Hebra's Peak in Hebra's East Summit, just east of Coldsnap Hollow. Head that direction, fast traveling to the Goma Asaagh Shrine if desired, then look for the blue ring just south of the shrine.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-revalis-song-blue-rings.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Run through the ring, then jump up, hold ZL, and press A to land on Link's shield and surf down the mountainside. This race is a little more challenging than the others simply because it's not as easy to maneuver while riding on the shield. Simply make small adjustments and account for momentum when lining up the rings, and be sure to pull out the glider when necessary to float over gaps.</p> <p>After the race has completed, the <strong>Kiah Toza Shrine</strong> will emerge from the frozen earth. Activate the terminal, then step inside.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-revalis-song-kiah-toza-shrine.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>Kiah Toza Shrine - Master The Orb</h2> <p>The Kiah Toza Shrine tasks Link once again with guiding a respawning power sphere through a lengthly and elaborate obstacle course and into the funnel at the end. Before starting work on the puzzle, head down the stairs and use the updraft to glide to the uppermost area of the tower. Walk around back, use Cryonis to create an ice pillar to climb onto the rock, then spawn an ice pillar beneath the rock. Climb onto the platform and up the ladder, then open the chest to receive a <strong>Falcon Bow</strong>.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-revalis-song-kiah-toza-falcon-bow.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Drop down one level to the point where the power sphere rolls off the construct. Slide the back two metal blocks using Magnesis to redirect the sphere down the stairs, then slide the metal platforms to complete the bridge. Once that's done, glide down to the original platform and create two ice pillars on the waterfall to provide further safe passage for the sphere. Glide back up and stand on the pressure plate by the metal bridge to engage the conveyor belt below.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-revalis-song-kiah-toza-solution.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Just after the power sphere makes the round past the conveyor belt, use Stasis on the seesaw to freeze it. The sphere will roll softly across the gap and land on the spring pad. Glide back down to the base platform and step on the pressure plate to send the sphere hurdling toward the funnel, which will open the gate to the altar. Climb the stairs and speak with Kiah Toza to receive the first <strong>Medoh's Emblem</strong>.</p> <hr /> <h2>EX Champion Revali's Song Walkthrough - Part Two</h2> <p>The second part of the EX Champion Revali's Song quest points Link toward the Flight Range at the northern edge of Dronoc's Pass, where Link previously displayed his skills to the Rito Champion. Head back there either by traveling the road or by fast traveling to Sha Worvo Shrine, then leap into the pit and deploy the paraglider.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-revalis-song-targets.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The goal here is to shoot four different targets all during one single slow-motion sequence without running out of stamina. This isn't exactly easy, but it's made easier by hitting the two frontmost targets, then spinning around and nailing two more on the inside cliff walls.</p> <p>With luck and a bit of persistence, four targets will be destroyed, and the <strong>Noe Rajee Shrine</strong> will emerge from the water. Glide down to it, activate the terminal, then head inside.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-revalis-song-noe-rajee-shrine.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>Noe Rajee Shrine - The Four Winds</h2> <p>As the name implies, the solving the mysteries of the Noe Rajee Shrine involves dealing with multiple wind sources. Step on the first grate and fire an arrow at the switch to activate the first gust of wind, then use it to glide up to the next area. Glide down into the alcove on the pillar and use the gust inside to float up to a switch. Hit it, then exit back out below and glide over to one of the fan grates. Go aerial and use Bomb arrows to destroy one of the wall facings and hit the switch inside.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-revalis-song-noe-rajee-solution-1.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Jump back outside and use the fan lifts to hover around the side of the pillar with the wind-operated mechanism. Strike the switch inside when it's open; alternatively, and with luck, you can land right on top of the mechanism and climb directly through the door to hit the switch inside.</p> <p>Jump back outside and glide to a platform to look out for the final switch &mdash; it'll be inside a cage near the top of the column. After that, use one of the fan lifts to reach the lowest platform, then use the four now-activated lifts to reach the highest platform. Once up top, look opposite the altar to spot a ledge with lamps &mdash; use the central gust to glide over to it then around to an alcove on the back side of the column. Use the gust inside to reach the chest at the top, then open it to receive a <strong>Shield of the Mind's Eye</strong>.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-revalis-song-noe-rajee-solution-2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>After that, float to the platform where the altar rests, climb the stairs, and speak with Noe Rajee to receive the second <strong>Medoh's Emblem</strong>.</p> <hr /> <h2>EX Champion Revali's Song Walkthrough - Part Three</h2> <p>The final part of the EX Champion Revali's Song questline takes place at the cliffside between Tabantha Hills and Tangar Canyon, just northwest of Upland Lindor. Head that direction to see smoke emanating from a campfire, then look around to spot Mazil standing near the cliff's edge. Speak with him to learn that a dragon appears in the canyon around nighttime. Use the campfire and select the Night option, then wait for the dragon Dinraal to appear. Once it does, glide out and shoot an arrow at its horns to spawn the <strong>Shira Gomar Shrine</strong> across the canyon.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-revalis-song-dinraal.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Glide over to the shrine, activate the terminal, then step inside.</p> <hr /> <h2>Shira Gomar Shrine - Aim For Stillness</h2> <p>The last of the wind-based shrines is a bit of a breeze &mdash; start by gliding over to the central platform, then blow up the destructible wall with a Bomb Arrow. Glide through the new opening and drop a bomb down into the chamber, and detonate it it while it's within range of the wall. Glide through once again, then land on the spinning gear with the two bomb chutes.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-revalis-song-shira-gomar-solution-1.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>From there, simply use a Bomb Arrow to destroy the wall beyond the retracting gate. Use Statis on the spinning mechanism to stop the gate from closing, then use the gust of wind to reach the platform inside. From there, use the wind to reach the top of the platform, walk down the ledge toward the cog, and float down to the treasure chest on the floating pillar. Open it to receive a bundle of ten <strong>Bomb Arrows</strong>.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-revalis-song-shira-gomar-solution-2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Use the Statis trick once again and float through the wind grates. Use the Paraglider to soar high enough to reach the two floating fans, then use those to glide over to the platform with the altar. Approach, speak with Shira Gomar, and claim the third and final <strong>Medoh's Emblem</strong>.</p> <hr /> <h2>EX Champion Revali's Song Walkthrough - Part Four</h2> <p>With the three main missions in the EX Champion Revali's Song quests completed, head back over to Divine Beast Vah Medoh on the outskirts of Rito Village. When approaching the beast, Link will hear yet-another disembodied voice spelling out the task at hand. All three of Medoh's Emblems will be taken away, and the Hero of Time will be sent to the Illusory Realm and tasked with fighting <strong>Windblight Ganon</strong> using only the weapons and equipment provided.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-revalis-song-windblight-ganon.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>As before, the fight with Windblight Ganon will take some time. Dodge the incoming fire from his arm-mounted cannon, then use the nearby gust of wind to take to the air and shoot arrows at its glowing eye. After a few hits, the beast will fall to the ground stunned. Use this chance to unleash several attacks until its health has been drained halfway. Keep to the same attack pattern in the later stages of the fight, being careful not to waste the likes of Urbosa's Fury by allowing Link's sword to be destroyed.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-revalis-song-windblight-ganon-2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>With persistence, Windblight Ganon will fall, and players can rejoice in the opportunity to watch it self destruct. Outside of the Illusory Realm, speak with Kass to hear his latest composition. Afterward, relax as the cutscene details more of the shared history between the Champion Revali and Princess Zelda. When it's over, players will be rewarded with <strong>Revali's Gale +</strong>, which reduces the power's cooldown time.</p> <p>If you've been following these guides so far, the EX The Champions' Ballad questline is nearly complete. All that's left is the final trial that awaits Link back where it all began at the Shrine of Resurrection. If not, be sure to check out our complete&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102474/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-champions-ballad-dlc-walkthrough-and-guide" target="_blank">Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad DLC walkthrough and guide</a> for more information on taking down the game's latest challenges.</p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:40:00 PST Kevin Tucker Weekend Console Download Deals: Free Injustice 2 Weekend http://www.shacknews.com/article/102514/weekend-console-download-deals-free-injustice-2-weekend http://www.shacknews.com/article/102514/weekend-console-download-deals-free-injustice-2-weekend <p>The holidays are approaching and that means it's time to fight with shoppers at the mall over parking spaces and that last Hatchimal (or whatever it is the kids are into these days). But why get into physical skirmishes when you can simply get into virtual ones? Injustice 2 is <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102490/injustice-2-closes-its-year-with-a-free-trial">picking fights for free</a> all weekend for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. And it's on sale, to boot!</p> <p>Meanwhile, PlayStation is also kicking off its Holiday Sale, so it's probably a good time to jump in on Star Wars Battlefront II or any number of other games on sale. Check out the full list of deals below.</p> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's console deals:</p> <h3>Xbox One</h3> <p>The following games are a part of Xbox One Games with Gold/Deals with Gold. An Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required to receive these discounts.</p> <ul> <li>Tales From The Borderlands: The Complete Season - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/store/p/Tales-from-the-Borderlands-Complete-Season-Episodes-1-5-/BV5623GKKLGV">FREE!</a></li> <li>Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/store/p/warhammer-end-times-vermintide/bwx7s94s2lmj">FREE!</a></li> <li>Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/Mega-Man-Legacy-Collection-2/C4VFVZGF3480?rtc=1">$13.39 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Mega Man Legacy Collection - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/Mega-Man-Legacy-Collection/C38Z8L4RHSHS?rtc=1">$6.00 (60% off)</a></li> <li>The Surge - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/The-Surge/BRKVPTHJW525?rtc=1">$20.00 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Bridge Constructor - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/Bridge-Constructor/BWG6LFT5QDR3?rtc=1">$3.30 (67% off)</a></li> <li>Bridge Constructor Stunts - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/Bridge-Constructor-Stunts/BVDXPTTTG0DL?rtc=1">$5.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Styx: Master of Shadows + Styx: Shards of Darkness - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/Styx-Master-of-Shadows--Styx-Shards-of-Darkness/C543H40H6NL6?rtc=1">$15.00 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Styx: Shards of Darkness - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/Styx-Shards-of-Darkness/BTBWJ7WC1Q76?rtc=1">$12.50 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Dex - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/Dex/C09XZ31GMN2N?rtc=1">$10.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>2Dark - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/2Dark/BSN59ZHCMTRX?rtc=1">$9.00 (70% off)</a></li> <li>Ethan: Meteor Hunter - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/Ethan-Meteor-Hunter/C1FW8QCKRHM1?rtc=1">$5.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>FlatOut 4: Total Insanity - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/FlatOut-4--Total-Insanity/C0VMK0L6VJ0W?rtc=1">$20.00 (60% off)</a></li> <li>6180 the moon - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/6180-the-moon/BQNGBLLH41P6?rtc=1">$2.67 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Caveman Warriors - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/Caveman-Warriors/BQDH5HQVBHVP?rtc=1">$10.04 (33% off)</a></li> <li>NASCAR Heat 2 - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/NASCAR-Heat-2/BRVK1CL6J93D?rtc=1">$27.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Poi - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/Poi/BZRC7V4M6FJ2?rtc=1">$13.39 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Refunct - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/Refunct/BQV49GQ2J4Z3?rtc=1">$1.50 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <p>The following deals are available to all Xbox One users.</p> <ul> <li>Injustice 2 - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/injustice-2/BPKVH4C4XV4N">$25.00 (50% off)</a> (Deluxe and Ultimate Editions also on sale; FREE WEEKEND until December 18)</li> <li>Battlefield 1 Premium Pass - <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/store/p/battlefield-1-premium/BP1FNB50905N">$15.00 (70% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vtYWJeQkSBY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>PlayStation 4</h3> <p>The following deals are available to all users. PlayStation Plus members may be eligible for additional discounts.</p> <ul> <li>Star Wars: Battlefront II - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0006-CUSA05770_00-BATTLEFRONTII000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$34.79 (42% off)</a> (Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition also on sale)</li> <li>Street Fighter V - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0102-CUSA01200_00-SF5FULLGAME00000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$19.99 (50% off)</a> (Season 2 Character Pass also on sale)</li> <li>Far Cry Primal - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0001-CUSA03352_00-PRIMALGAME000001?emcid=ps-ga-871">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>The Walking Dead: Michonne - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2026-CUSA04173_00-TWDM0000000000SP?emcid=ps-ga-871">$5.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0101-CUSA05610_00-MAINGAME00000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$23.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>Nidhogg II - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2143-CUSA07640_00-NIDHOGG2GAMEPLAY?emcid=ps-ga-871">$12.74 (15% off)</a></li> <li>Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0102-CUSA08268_00-RCC2000000000001?emcid=ps-ga-871">$15.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1018-CUSA03372_00-LEGOFORCEAWAKENS?emcid=ps-ga-871">$13.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Batman: Arkham Knight - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1018-CUSA00133_00-BATMANARKHAMKNHT?emcid=ps-ga-871">$8.99 (55% off)</a></li> <li>Find other PS4 games featured in the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/grid/STORE-MSF77008-HOLISALE17GG/1?direction=desc&amp;emcid=ps-ga-871&amp;gameContentType=games&amp;platform=ps4&amp;sort=release_date">PlayStation Store Holiday Sale Week 1</a></li> <li>Overwatch GOTY Edition - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0002-CUSA01842_00-OWGOTYBUNDLE0000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$35.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Accounting Plus - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP3613-CUSA10154_00-0123456789ABCDEF?emcid=ps-ga-871">$10.19 (15% off)</a></li> <li>Gang Beasts - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2154-CUSA04794_00-GANGBEASTSPS04NA?emcid=ps-ga-871">$15.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>Hitman GOTY Edition - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0082-CUSA02976_00-000000S1GOTYFULL?emcid=ps-ga-871">$41.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP3385-CUSA08001_00-METRONOMGAME0008?emcid=ps-ga-871">$17.49 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Rime - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2346-CUSA05796_00-RIMEGAME01NA0001?emcid=ps-ga-871">$20.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Human Fall Flat - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP4395-CUSA07215_00-HUMANFF00SIEAPS4?emcid=ps-ga-871">$6.74 (55% off)</a></li> <li>The Disney Afternoon Collection - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0102-CUSA06809_00-DISNEYLEGCOLLPS4?emcid=ps-ga-871">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (Duke Nukem Bundle) - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0292-CUSA07143_00-BULLETSTORMFCELE?emcid=ps-ga-871">$26.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Outlast: Bundle of Terror - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2113-CUSA00325_00-B000000000001238?emcid=ps-ga-871">$10.14 (65% off)</a></li> </ul> <p>The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.</p> <ul> <li>Bound - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/bound/cid=UP9000-CUSA04193_00-BOUNDGAMEUS00001?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Until Dawn: Rush of Blood - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/until-dawn-rush-of-blood/cid=UP9000-CUSA03683_00-RUSHOFBLOOD00001?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Worms Battlegrounds - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/worms-battlegrounds-/cid=UP4064-CUSA00192_00-WORMSBGS00000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Dungeon Punks - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/dungeon-punks/cid=UP0873-CUSA05255_00-DUNGEONPUNKS0001?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Injustice 2 - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1018-CUSA05462_00-INJUSTICE2000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$24.99 (50% off)</a> (FREE WEEKEND until December 18)</li> <li>Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0102-CUSA06400_00-DUCKFULLBUNDLE00?emcid=ps-ga-871">$35.99 (40% off)</a> (Deluxe Edition also on sale)</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/aE37l6RvF-c?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Nintendo Switch</h3> <ul> <li>Overcooked Special Edition - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/overcooked-special-edition-switch">$15.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>The Jackbox Party Pack 3 - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/-Zymoi0GceK_Htno4j5aE4jt4486vlEN">$18.74 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/Le_qkJzXE9ZL2U8D64KsagIWWolFkDjC">$13.39 (33% off)</a></li> <li>SteamWorld Dig 2 - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/iES3UtQ4mupN1pFGaBfAw9qqiJWn154S">$14.99 (25% off)</a></li> <li>The Mummy Demastered - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/LQHb-khEcAsB93VaeGMEvOUYNyFeL8zU">$13.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Tumblestone - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/LQugW4OoMpKpTLLwLm6RiJ3Ci0srl5Ri">$8.99 (40% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fN8BinGyN1w" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Nintendo Wii U</h3> <ul> <li>Mighty No. 9 - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/Cyd7cQzV0GlopYkCcSQn3zeapEoAq5o9">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Shantae: Half-Genie Hero - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/b8iV5PXcs8tJFOnGn1pt8hQpLIrR7xXA">$13.39 (33% off)</a></li> <li>SteamWorld Heist - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/lvb_KMJZKKPxehIWMUtAfGWWE5MeO3eg">$4.99 (67% off)</a></li> <li>Shantae: Risky's Revenge Director's Cut - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/DvahUhnFiLbmUziRrMkdSkKHG4Ebj08s">$3.99 (67% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>Xbox 360</h3> <p>The following games are a part of Xbox 360 Games with Gold/Deals with Gold. An Xbox Live Gold Subscription is required to receive these discounts.</p> <ul> <li>Mega Man 10 - <a href="https://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/MEGA-MAN-10/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584109ee">$5.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Mega Man 9 - <a href="https://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/MEGA-MAN-9/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8025841092a">$5.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Bound by Flame - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Bound-by-Flame/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802464507dd">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Contrast - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Contrast/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8025841141a">$1.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>The Escapists - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/The-Escapists/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802464a07d1">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Divinity 2: The Dragon Knight Saga - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Divinity-II-DKS/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802415407d8">$7.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Mars: War Logs - <a href="http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Mars-War-Logs/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802584113c0">$2.49 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Remember Me - <a href="https://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Remember-Me/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024343082f">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p>The following deals are available to all Xbox 360 users.</p> <ul> <li>Come back next week for more Xbox 360 deals.</li> </ul> <h3>PlayStation 3</h3> <p>The following deals are available to all users. PlayStation Plus members may be eligible for additional discounts.</p> <ul> <li>Grand Theft Auto IV - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1017-NPUB30702_00-GTAIVDIGITAL0001?emcid=ps-ga-871">$7.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD Edition - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0101-NPUB30610_00-NASMGS3HG0013324?emcid=ps-ga-871">$5.24 (65% off)</a></li> <li>BioShock Infinite - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1001-NPUB31128_00-BSIPSNEFIGSPSCEA?emcid=ps-ga-871">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0101-NPUB31372_00-CLOS200000000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$13.99 (65% off)</a></li> <li>BlazBlue: Central Fiction - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1024-NPUB31809_00-BBCFPS3000001000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$19.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELEATOR- - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1024-NPUB31806_00-GGXRDREVUS000100?emcid=ps-ga-871">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0101-NPUB31057_00-MGRGAMEMAIN00001?emcid=ps-ga-871">$6.99 (65% off)</a></li> <li>XCOM: Enemy Within - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1001-NPUB31198_00-HDDBOOT000000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$8.99 (70% off)</a></li> <li>Find other PS3 games featured in the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/grid/STORE-MSF77008-HOLISALE17GG/1?emcid=ps-ga-871&amp;gameContentType=games&amp;platform=ps3">PlayStation Store Holiday Sale Week 1</a></li> </ul> <p>The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.</p> <ul> <li>R-Type Dimensions - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/r-type-dimensions/cid=UP2038-NPUB31346_00-0TOZAIRTYPEDFULL?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Rag Doll Kung Fu - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/rag-doll-kung-fu/cid=UP9000-NPUA80217_00-GRAGDOLLKU000001?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> </ul> <h3>Nintendo 3DS</h3> <ul> <li>Farming Simulator 18 - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/P2IOUyj5DhNEqzAZ3m2EnxzmrHhIOKB_">$20.09 (33% off)</a></li> <li>Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/VnxBUem4YR_lUo_61g5Z-HAmfIYBktfq">$19.95 (33% off)</a></li> <li>SteamWorld Heist - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/PREaBGSJSb7UQrQAy7S9AUMgnKxZU-kM">$4.99 (67% off)</a></li> <li>Shantae and the Pirate's Curse - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/wYilPEtbKa-B7k54QcnReYCtGEH4fqB7">$11.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Mighty Switch Force 2 - <a href="https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/tuOEMrXQQpJx8flkGdywvY0cCmn3YJaU">$2.99 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>PlayStation Vita</h3> <p>The following deals are available to all users. PlayStation Plus members may be eligible for additional discounts.</p> <ul> <li>XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1001-PCSE00656_00-XCOMENEMYUNKPLUS?emcid=ps-ga-871">$6.99 (65% off)</a></li> <li>Farming Simulator 18 - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP4133-PCSE01035_00-FARMINGSIMULAT18?emcid=ps-ga-871">$17.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Axiom Verge - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2149-PCSE00651_00-AXIOMVERGE000000?emcid=ps-ga-871">$11.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Crypt of the NecroDancer - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1162-PCSE00806_00-CRYPTNECRODANCER?emcid=ps-ga-871">$4.49 (70% off)</a></li> <li>Darkest Dungeon: Crimson Edition - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2619-PCSE00919_00-RHSDDPSV00000003?emcid=ps-ga-871">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>SteamWorld Dig 2 - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP4473-PCSE01101_00-00STEAMWORLDDIG2?emcid=ps-ga-871">$14.99 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Find other PS Vita games featured in the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://store.playstation.com/en-us/grid/STORE-MSF77008-HOLISALE17GG/1?emcid=ps-ga-871&amp;platform=vita">PlayStation Store Holiday Sale Week 1</a></li> </ul> <p>The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.</p> <ul> <li>Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse Episode 1 - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/broken-sword-5-the-serpent's-curse-episode-1/cid=UP4456-PCSE00413_00-BROKENSWORD5P1EN?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse Episode 2 - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/broken-sword-5-the-serpent's-curse-episode-2/cid=UP4456-PCSE00586_00-BROKENSWORD5P2EN?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> <li>Dungeon Punks - <a href="https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/dungeon-punks/cid=UP0873-PCSE00944_00-DUNGEONPUNKS0003?emcid=ps-ga-871">FREE! for PlayStation Plus</a></li> </ul> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:30:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Weekend PC Download Deals: Star Wars Sales & Killing Floor 2 Free Weekend http://www.shacknews.com/article/102518/weekend-pc-download-deals-star-wars-sales--killing-floor-2-free-weekend http://www.shacknews.com/article/102518/weekend-pc-download-deals-star-wars-sales--killing-floor-2-free-weekend <p>Perhaps readers may have heard this, but there's a new Star Wars movie out in theaters this weekend. That's why retailers like Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Store are looking to slash prices across all of the classic Star Wars gaming catalogue, while Amazon and Origin slash prices on the newer Star Wars Battlefront II.</p> <p>But wait, there's more! Killing Floor 2 is in the middle of a Krampus hunt, so Tripwire Interactive is offering that for free this weekend. Steam is also offering up a free weekend for Homefront: The Revolution. And Daybreak Games is offering a free week for H1Z1, as retailers slash the zombie survival game's price by 75 percent.</p> <p>Here's our selection of this weekend's PC deals:</p> <h3>Amazon</h3> <ul> <li>Star Wars Battlefront II [Origin] - <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-Battlefront-Online-Game/dp/B071H7Z1DT/?tag=Shack0a-20">$39.99 (33% off)</a> (Digital Deluxe Edition also on sale.)</li> <li>Killing Floor 2 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Killing-Floor-Online-Game-Code/dp/B00WMJG5OM/?tag=Shack0a-20">$24.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Sid Meier's Civilization IV: The Complete Edition [Steam] - <a href="&quot;https:/www.amazon.com/Sid-Meiers-Civilization-IV-Complete/dp/B00475AYUA/?tag=Shack0a-20">$44.99 (25% off)</a> (Gold Edition also on sale)</li> </ul> <h3>Direct2Drive</h3> <ul> <li>Come back next week for more deals from Direct2Drive.</li> </ul> <h3>Fanatical</h3> <p>Use the code <b>WINTER10</b> to save an extra 10% off of your purchase. (Not applicable on Star Deals, bundles, or pre-orders.)</p> <p><a href="https://www.fanatical.com/en/bundle/batman-arkham-knight-bundle">Pay $13.59</a> for Batman: Arkham Knight and all of its DLC. These activate on Steam.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.fanatical.com/en/bundle/stalker-complete-bundle">pay $9.99</a> for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky. These activate on Steam.</p> <ul> <li>Tekken 7 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/tekken-7">$24.49 (51% off)</a></li> <li>Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Digital Deluxe Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/sid-meiers-civilization-vi-deluxe-new">$38.39 (52% off)</a></li> <li>The Jackbox Party Pack 4 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/the-jackbox-party-pack-4">$18.74 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Bayonetta [Steam] - <a href="https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/bayonetta">$9.59 (52% off)</a></li> <li>Goat Simulator [Steam] - <a href="https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/goat-simulator">$1.49 (85% off)</a></li> <li>The Banner Saga 2 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.fanatical.com/en/game/the-banner-saga-2">$7.99 (60% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HKXYBIOXinE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>GamersGate</h3> <ul> <li>Offworld Trading Company [Steam] - <a href="https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-OFFW-RELEASE/offworld-trading-company">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Resident Evil 7: Biohazard [Steam] - <a href="https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-RESIDENT-EVIL-7-GLOBAL-RELEASE/resident-evil-7-biohazard">$23.99 (20% off)</a> (Season Pass also on sale.)</li> <li>Tekken 7 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-TEKKEN-7-RELEASE/teken-7">$25.00 (50% off)</a> (Deluxe Edition also on sale)</li> <li>The Walking Dead: A New Frontier [Steam] - <a href="https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-THE-WALKING-DEAD-A-NEW-FRONTIER/">$10.00 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Okami HD [Steam] - <a href="https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-OKAMI-HD/okami-hd">$15.67 (22% off)</a></li> <li>Sid Meier's Civilization VI [Steam] - <a href="https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-SID-MEIERS-CIVILIZATION-VI-ROW-GN/sid-meier-s-civilization-vi">$30.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Killing Floor 2 [Steam] - <a href="https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-KILLFL/killing-floor-2">$14.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Batman: The Enemy Within [Steam] - <a href="https://www.gamersgate.com/DD-BATMAN-THE-ENEMY-WITHIN/batman-the-enemy-within-the-teltale-series">$14.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>More games, including more from Bandai Namco, Capcom, Telltale, and others, can be found in GamersGate's <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.gamersgate.com/offers">Christmas Sale</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>GOG.com</h3> <ul> <li>GOG.com is in the middle of its Winter Sale. Find new games on sale every day from now through December 26 on <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.gog.com">GOG.com</a>.</li> <li>Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/star_wars_the_force_unleashed_ultimate_sith_edition">$6.79 (66% off)</a></li> <li>Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/star_wars_the_force_unleashed_ii">$6.79 (66% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/lego_star_wars_the_complete_saga">$6.79 (66% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/lego_star_wars_the_clone_wars">$6.79 (66% off)</a></li> <li>The Witcher III: Wild Hunt GOTY Edition - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/the_witcher_3_wild_hunt_game_of_the_year_edition">$19.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>LEGO Bundle (LEGO Batman + LEGO Batman 2 + LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 + LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7) - <a href="https://www.gog.com/promo/20171212_winter_sale_lego_bundle">$18.71 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Prince of Persia Pack (Prince of Persia + Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time + Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones + Prince of Persia: Warrior Within) - <a href="https://www.gog.com/promo/20171212_winter_sale_prince_of_persia_pack">$15.96 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Wuppo Bundle (Wuppo + DLC and Soundtrack) - <a href="https://www.gog.com/promo/20171212_winter_sale_wuppo_bundle">$7.96 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Avadon Bundle (Avadon: The Black Fortress + Avadon 2: The Corruption + Avadon 3: The Warborn + Hint Book &amp; Extras) - <a href="https://www.gog.com/promo/20171212_winter_sale_avadon_bundle">$9.96 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/hellblade_senuas_sacrifice">$22.49 (25% off)</a></li> <li>Stardew Valley - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/stardew_valley">$9.99 (33% off)</a></li> <li>What Remains of Edith Finch - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/what_remains_of_edith_finch">$15.99 (20% off)</a></li> <li>Firewatch - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/firewatch">$7.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Superhot - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/superhot">$12.49 (50% off)</a></li> <li>This War of Mine - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/this_war_of_mine">$3.99 (80% off)</a></li> <li>Shadow Warrior 2 - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/shadow_warrior_2">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/baldurs_gate_2_enhanced_edition">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/baldurs_gate_enhanced_edition">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>No Man's Sky - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/no_mans_sky">$23.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>The Witness - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/the_witness">$15.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Don't Starve - <a href="https://www.gog.com/game/dont_starve">$3.74 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VRXz_DS9zqE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Green Man Gaming</h3> <p>Use the code <b>GMG17</b> to receive an extra 17% off of their purchase from GMG's Hidden Gems sale. (Exclusions apply)</p> <ul> <li>H1Z1 [Steam Early Access] - <a href="https://www.greenmangaming.com/games/h1z1-1/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Kerbal Space Program [Steam] - <a href="https://www.greenmangaming.com/games/kerbal-space-program/">$23.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Yooka-Laylee [Steam] - <a href="https://www.greenmangaming.com/games/yooka-laylee/">$20.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>The Flame in the Flood [Steam] - <a href="https://www.greenmangaming.com/games/the-flame-in-the-flood/">$7.50 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Ori and the Blind Forest [Steam] - <a href="https://www.greenmangaming.com/games/ori-and-the-blind-forest-definitive-edition/">$10.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Quantum Break [Steam] - <a href="https://www.greenmangaming.com/games/quantum-break/">$20.00 (50% off)</a></li> <li>State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition [Steam] - <a href="https://www.greenmangaming.com/games/state-of-decay-year-one-survival-edition/">$9.90 (67% off)</a></li> <li>Find other games you might have missed in Green Man Gaming's <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.greenmangaming.com/hidden-gems/?comingSoon=false&amp;released=true&amp;prePurchased=true&amp;bestSelling=false&amp;pageSize=10">Hidden Gems Sale</a>.</li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nTMaXfEvyvw?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Humble Bundle</h3> <p>Subscribe to <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/monthly">Humble Monthly</a> for $12 and receive Quantum Break, The Long Dark, and Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, with additional games to be named later. These activate on Steam.</p> <p><a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/yogscast-jingle-jam-2017">Pay $5</a> for a shout-out from Yogscast, along with Team Fortress 2 badges. But pay $35 or more and receive Rust, Dungeon of the Endless, Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut, Garry's Mod, Defend Your Life: TD, Golgotha Run: A Dark Future Novel, Gunpoint, Warhammer: Vermintide Dwarf Helmet, Teslagrad, ReThink, Guardians of Ember: Iron Spine Costume DLC, Dreaming Sarah, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Blade &amp; Soul Giveaway Pack, Guild Wars 2 Heroic Edition, a 25% off voucher for Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Beta Access, Blockstorm, Ancient Planet, Gangs of Space Jingle Jam Pack, Star Trek Online TOS Enterprise Bridge Officers Pack, Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms: Celeste Starter Pack, Crusaders of the Los Idols: Elite Starter Pack, Neverwinter Feywild Starter Pack, the Awesomenauts Yogscast Pack, Scanner Sombre, NASCAR Heat 2: October Jumbo Expansion, Train Valley, Headlander, LostWinds, Distrust, Scrap Garden, Chainsaw Warrior, Tales from Candlekeep: Tomb of Annihilation DLC, Team Racing League, Gurgamoth, Painters Guild, War for the Overworld - Yogscast Worker Skin, Chime Sharp, Robocraft (w/Jingle Jam Pack DLC), Toy Odyssey: The Lost and Found, Back to Bed, Tiltagon, On Rusty Trails, Offensive Combat: Redux, Caveblazers - Arena Mode DLC, and one new game every day until Christmas Day. DRMs vary by game.</p> <p>Or <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/games/codemasters-racing-2017">pay $1 or more</a> for F1 Race Stars, F1 2011, F1 2012, and Toybox Turbos. Pay more than the average $8.96 to get Grid 2, F1 2014, F1 2015, F1 Race Stars + Season Pass, Grid Autosport, and a handful of coupons. Pay $15 or more to also get Micro Machines World Series, F1 2016, DiRT Rally, F1 2016 DLC Career Booster Pack, Grid 2: All In DLC Pack, and the Grid Autosport Season Pass. These activate on Steam.</p> <ul> <li>Star Wars Collection (Dark Forces + Knights of the Old Republic + Knights of the Old Republic II + The Force Unleashed Ultimate Sith Edition + The Force Unleashed II + Battlefront II (2005) + Empire at War Gold Pack + Dark Forces II + Jedi Academy + Mysteries of the Sith + Jedi Outcast + Republic Commando + Starfighter + The Clone Wars Republic Heroes) [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/star-wars-collection">$39.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Star Wars Classics Collection (X-Wing Special Edition + TIE Fighter Special Edition + X-Wing Alliance + X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter + Rebellion + Galactic Battlegrounds Saga + Rebel Assault I &amp; II + Rogue Squadron 3D) [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/star-wars-classics-collection">$21.19 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Find your favorite Star Wars game a la carte in the Humble Store's <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/star-wars-classics-collection">Star Wars: The Last Jedi Sale</a>.</li> <li>Company of Heroes 2: Master Collection [Steam] - <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/store/company-of-heroes-2-master-collection">$9.99 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wxHVzoi9KP8?rel=0" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3>Origin</h3> <ul> <li>Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition - <a href="https://www.origin.com/usa/en-us/store/plants-vs-zombies/plants-vs-zombies/standard-edition">Free!</a></li> <li>Star Wars Battlefront II - <a href="https://www.origin.com/usa/en-us/store/star-wars/star-wars-battlefront-2/standard-edition">$35.99 (40% off)</a> (Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition also on sale)</li> <li>Battlefield 1 Premium Pass - <a href="https://www.origin.com/usa/en-us/store/battlefield/battlefield-1/addon/battlefield-1-premium-pass">$34.99 (30% off)</a></li> <li>Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 - <a href="https://www.origin.com/usa/en-us/store/plants-vs-zombies/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare-2/frosty-edition">$9.99 (50% off)</a> (Frosty Deluxe Edition also on sale)</li> <li>The Sims 4: City Living - <a href="https://www.origin.com/usa/en-us/store/the-sims/the-sims-4/expansion/the-sims-4-city-living">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>The Sims 4: Movie Hangout Stuff - <a href="https://www.origin.com/usa/en-us/store/the-sims/the-sims-4/addon/the-sims-4-movie-hangout-stuff">$4.99 (50% off)</a></li> </ul> <h3>UPlay Shop</h3> <ul> <li>Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - <a href="http://store.ubi.com/us/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-siege/56c494ad88a7e300458b4d5a.html">$19.99 (50% off)</a> (Gold Edition and DLC also on sale)</li> <li>The Crew - <a href="http://store.ubi.com/us/the-crew-tm-/56c494ad88a7e300458b4d48.html">$12.00 (60% off)</a> (Ultimate Edition also on sale)</li> <li>Assassin's Creed Animus Pack - <a href="http://store.ubi.com/us/game/?edition=Animus%20Pack&amp;pid=584543894e01656a168b4567&amp;dwvar_584543894e01656a168b4567_Platform=pcdl">$101.40 (68% off)</a></li> <li>Be sure to check out the new deals featured everyday in the <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://store.ubi.com/us/special-offers/">UPlay 12 Deals of Christmas</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Steam</h3> <p>The following deals are being offered as part of The Game Awards Sale and will only be on sale until Monday.</p> <ul> <li>Killing Floor 2 - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/232090/Killing_Floor_2/">$14.99 (50% off)</a> (FREE WEEKEND until Sunday at 1PM PT)</li> <li>H1Z1 [Steam Early Access] - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/433850/H1Z1/">$4.99 (75% off)</a> (FREE WEEK until Thursday at 10AM PT)</li> <li>Homefront: The Revolution - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/223100/Homefront_The_Revolution/">$7.49 (75% off)</a> (FREE WEEKEND until Sunday at 1PM PT)</li> <li>Homefront - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/55100/Homefront/">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Homefront Collection - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/bundle/4895/Homefront_Collection/">$19.83 (78% off)</a></li> <li>Kerbal Space Program - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/220200/Kerbal_Space_Program">$19.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Medieval Engineers + Space Engineers [Steam Early Access] - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/sale/space-and-medieval-engineers/">$15.99 (60% off)</a></li> <li>Star Wars Complete Collection - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/bundle/2319/Star_Wars_Complete_Collection/">$75.24 (72% off)</a></li> <li>Find the full Star Wars catalogue individually in Steam's <a style="text-decoration: underline;" 5e98a5="" onmouseover="this.style.color='black';" onmouseout="this.style.color='#5e98a5'" href="http://store.steampowered.com/sale/star-wars">Star Wars Franchise Sale</a>.</li> <li>Ultimate Chicken Horse - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/386940/Ultimate_Chicken_Horse">$8.99 (40% off)</a></li> <li>Tacoma - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/343860/Tacoma">$9.99 (50% off)</a></li> <li>Day of Infamy - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/447820/Day_of_Infamy">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> <li>Oxenfree - <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/388880/Oxenfree">$4.99 (75% off)</a></li> </ul> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/34-j4WDfXl8?rel=0" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Top 10 Star Wars games http://www.shacknews.com/article/89399/top-10-star-wars-games http://www.shacknews.com/article/89399/top-10-star-wars-games <p>Monday is Star Wars Day, but the celebration is already starting! While <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89397/weekend-pc-download-deals-may-the-4th-be-with-you-always">retailers</a> are offering up their best Star Wars games for sale, Shacknews would like to take today to take a look back at some of the best games that have the game justice.</p> <p>So join Greg Burke for this week's Top 10, where we look back at the ten best Star Wars games, from the old-school classics to some of the more modern-day offerings. We have a good feeling about this!</p> <p>For more, be sure to subscribe to Shacknews on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLR08NT874M_Mpgg9vtkv-g" target="blank">YouTube</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LV6nLdc6ntI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:30:00 PST Ozzie Mejia New Far Cry 5 Trailer Shows How You Grow The Resistance http://www.shacknews.com/article/102519/new-far-cry-5-trailer-shows-how-you-grow-the-resistance http://www.shacknews.com/article/102519/new-far-cry-5-trailer-shows-how-you-grow-the-resistance <p>Far Cry 5 sparked up quite a bit of controversy when it was <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101067/far-cry-5-walkthrough-video-trumps-any-extremist-gameplay-yet" target="_blank">revealed to have a villainous cult that struck a bit too close to home for some</a>, but things went quiet for a bit. The game was <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102398/ubisoft-delays-far-cry-5-and-the-crew-2" target="_blank">subsequently delayed to March 27</a>, but the development team has plenty to share before launch. Today's new trailer shows off the Resistance mechanic, a way to recruit new people (or animals) to your cause and take back Hope County.</p> <p>Hope County, Montana is the fictional setting in which Far Cry 5 takes place. There, a preacher has risen to prominence as <g class="gr_ gr_249 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="249" data-gr-id="249">leader</g> of Eden's Gate and uses the group to convert the residents to his cause. Player's take on the role of a deputy tasked with arresting the preacher and, when it goes incredibly wrong, you're swept into a conflict between Eden's Gate and those that choose to resist.&nbsp;</p> <p>You take on a pivotal role in the efforts of the Resistance because of your proximity to the conflict that sets Far Cry 5's events into motion and Hope County will react to the various activities that you decide to get involved in.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/aLNgEfwgCYA"></iframe></p> <p>As seen in the trailer, your efforts around Hope County will end up with some interesting additions to the Resistance. There are a few cool characters that will bring unique skill sets once you free them from capture, but there are more animals playing a part than the dog that was revealed earlier on in Far Cry 5's press run. A bear and a cougar are seen, but there could be more.</p> <p>Far Cry 5 will arrive March 27 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. There's going to be quite a lot of mischief to get into when it arrives in homes and you can get a look at more gameplay in the video below.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8WTZK1mguQo"></iframe></p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:25:00 PST Charles Singletary Destiny 2 - Eater of Worlds - Argos Guide http://www.shacknews.com/article/102512/destiny-2---eater-of-worlds---argos-guide http://www.shacknews.com/article/102512/destiny-2---eater-of-worlds---argos-guide <p>Eater of Worlds, the first Raid Lair for Destiny 2, has launched, taking players deep within Leviathan to clear out the engine. At the very end of this new raiding experience waits Argos, the Planetary Core, a challenging boss fight for even the most experienced raiders.</p> <h2>Destiny 2 Argos Guide</h2> <p>This Argos guide for Destiny 2 will breakdown the multiple stages of the fight, the strategies you can employ, as well as the ideal player builds. Be sure to check out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102444/destiny-2---eater-of-worlds-raid-lair-complete-guide">Eater of Worlds Raid Lair Complete Guide</a> for details on how to do the other elements of the raid, including freeing Argos from his cage.</p> <p>The Argos fight in the Eater of Worlds Raid Lair tasks you with charging Vex Craniums in order to shoot the orbs that float around Argos&rsquo; shield, this lowers the shield, allowing you to deal damage to Argos.</p> <h2>Argos Shield Phase</h2> <p>The Shield Phase section of the Argos fight is defined as the time in which Argos has his shield raised, requiring you to collect the Vex Craniums, charge them at the appropriate plates, and fire them at the correct orbs. During this phase, six Vex Craniums will spawn &ndash; three followed by another three.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/Destiny-2-Eater-of-Worlds-Argos-Guide-Vex-Cranium.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Begin by picking up the Vex Craniums and waiting for the element orbs to appear around the shield. Have a player call out where Argos is facing and the element orbs that appear. This will indicate to everyone else where you will be damaging Argos during the Damage Phase and how many Vex Craniums must be charged, and at what stations.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/Destiny-2-Eater-of-Worlds-Argos-Guide-Elemental-Orbs.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>As an example, if someone calls out &ldquo;Arc plate, two Void, one Arc&rdquo; that means Argos is facing the Arc plate and that one Vex Cranium must be charged at the Arc plate and two Vex Craniums must be charged at the Void plate.</p> <p>Note: For every one Vex Cranium charging on a plate, two Quantum Minotaurs will spawn.</p> <p>Once the correct Vex Craniums are charged, they can be fired at the elemental orbs, making sure to &ldquo;drag&rdquo; the orbs toward the center of Argos&rsquo; shield. When all three orbs make it to the center, Argos&rsquo; shield will break, allowing you to shift to the damage phase.</p> <p><strong>Two Damage Cycles Per Shield Phase</strong></p> <p>While only three Vex Craniums are required to take down Argos&rsquo; shield, it is a good idea to have the three extra Vex Craniums charging as they deal an incredible amount of damage to Argos. However, there is an even more important reason: you can break Argos&rsquo; shield <em>twice </em>before the Ring Phase, allowing you to gain two Damage Phases per Shield Phase. This is an example of what it might look like.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/Argos-Orb-Charge-Cheat-Sheet-V02.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><em>Direct link:</em> <a href="https://i.imgur.com/yL4IlHe.jpg">Argos Orb Charge Cheat Sheet</a>.</p> <p>You will take down Argos&rsquo; shield, deal damage to him, and then his shield will go back up. Three more elemental orbs will appear, but you won&rsquo;t have enough time to charge them. The orbs disappear and the Ring Phase begins. There is a way to take down Argos&rsquo; shield a second time, and here&rsquo;s how it works.</p> <p>When a Shield Phase starts and the elemental orbs appear, a pattern begins for that Shield Phase. Any elemental orb that is Void, will be Solar in the second damage cycle, and Solar will be Arc, and any Arc will be Void.</p> <p>Using the example above, the two Void and one Arc orbs will become two Solar and one Void for that short period when Argos&rsquo; shields return before the Ring Phase. It can be confusing, but by using the above image, you will know what orbs will appear next, as well as how many of a given element you need to charge.</p> <p>To do this effectively, you need to ensure that all the Vex Craniums are charging on their correct plate, and that only the three Vex Craniums you need in order to break the shield are removed from the charge. Leaving the other three Vex Craniums on the charging plates allows them to be immediately available for the second damage cycle.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s how it would work on during a run: The elemental orbs are called out (two Void, one Arc) at which point a player reads the above image and notifies how many of each element must be charged (three Void, two Solar, one Arc). Once the first three correct Vex Craniums are charged, they are collected and taken to the plate Argos if facing &ndash; the other three Vex Craniums are left alone. The orbs are shot toward the center, Argos&rsquo; shield goes down, and all six players damage Argos. The shield will go back up, at this point, the other three Vex Craniums can be collected and taken to the next damage plate and Argos&rsquo; shield can be taken down a second time. When the Vex Craniums are being collected a second time, three more will spawn &ndash; this can be brought and charged at the damage plate for additional damage.</p> <h2>Argos Damage Phase</h2> <p>After Argos&rsquo; shield goes down, you will receive a buff called Unstable Energy Boost, allowing you to deal considerable damage to Argos. At this point, all players should focus on dealing maximum damage to Argos. If there are spare Vex Craniums (specifically during the second damage cycle), they can be used to deal huge damage to Argos. Alternatively, Rocket Launchers with Cluster Grenades and Auto Rifles deal considerable high damage.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/Destiny-2-Eater-of-Worlds-Argos-Guide-Damage-Phase.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>During the Damage Phase, Argos will perform two types of additional attacks on top of his standard Void guns. He will shoot out a net that detains any players hit and float them off into the abyss. You must shoot any detained players in order to free them.</p> <p>Argos&rsquo; second attack is six homing Harpy-missiles. These deal considerable damage and are more than capable of destroying an entire team. Thankfully, they can be destroyed well before they hit you, so ensure you shoot them when they appear.</p> <p>When Argos&rsquo; shield goes up, if it&rsquo;s the first damage cycle of a Damage Phase, get ready to take his shield down again and deal more damage. If it&rsquo;s the second damage cycle of a Damage Phase, get ready for the Ring Phase.</p> <h2>Argos Ring Phase</h2> <p>The Ring Phase occurs after a Damage Phase, where a Damage Phase consists of two damage cycles. Regardless of how many damage cycles you complete, Argos will always enter the Ring Phase, which is a wipe mechanic that will kill your entire team if you do not destroy two parts of Argos body.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/Destiny-2-Eater-of-Worlds-Argos-Guide-Ring-Phase.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Rings will appear around Argos which can be climbed in order to gain a better angle on some of the vulnerable body parts. The body parts are: upper arms, arm pits, and hump. These appear as white sections on Argos&rsquo; body.</p> <p>During the Ring Phase, Argos will begin charging a Void blast. As a team, select any two white parts to destroy (one arm and arm pit, two arms, one hump and one arm, etc). Destroying a white body part isn&rsquo;t about raw damage, it&rsquo;s about sustained damage. Shooting a body part will turn it from white to red, and you must keep it red in order to destroy it. Use Auto Rifles or similar to damage the sections.</p> <p>When two body parts are destroyed, Argos&rsquo; Void blast will be interrupted and you can begin another Shield Phase.</p> <h2>Argos Recommended Builds</h2> <p>Ideally, you want your team to consist of primarily long-range Supers, as taking down enemies from afar will help with survivability, especially during the Vex Cranium charging section. Any of the Warlock classes perform well, especially the Dawnblade using Solar Grenades and Sunbracers. When using the Attunement of Flame, the Dawnblade has massive add-clear potential. Warlocks should be using Empowering Rift for the bonus damage.</p> <p>While the Striker Titan offers two Pulse Grenades, the clearing potential of the Sunbreaker shouldn&rsquo;t be overlooked, nor should the Sentinel. However, the most important perk is the Rally Barricade, as it helps a team of six unleash dozens of rockets in a short span of time while also ensuring sustained DPS during a Damage Phase.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/Destiny-2-Eater-of-Worlds-Argos-Guide-Recommended-Builds.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>As for the Hunter, the Nightstalker is an obvious choice with its Orb of Light generation potential, especially when coupled with Orpheus Rig. The next obvious choice is Gunslinger using a Celestial Nighthawk, as this allows the Hunter to deal grotesque amounts of damage.</p> <p>As for the weapons your team should be using, Auto Rifles are an absolute must. Out of all the available weapons, Auto Rifles are able to deal the highest DPS. You will also want to ensure you have a Void energy weapon to take down the Minotaur shields &ndash; preferably an Auto Rifle for better DPS during Damage and Ring Phases. Your weapon setup should look something like this:</p> <ul> <li>Kinetic: Auto Rifle (Origin Story, Scathelocke, Ghost Primus, The Forward Path)</li> <li>Energy: Void-based Auto Rifle (Uriel&rsquo;s Gift, Positive Outlook), Prometheus Lens (provided the nerf hasn&rsquo;t hit it too hard)</li> <li>Power: Rocket Launcher (Curtain Call, Sins of the Past)</li> </ul> <p>More than anything, the Argos fight in the Eater of Worlds raid is a DPS challenge. If you&rsquo;re unable to earn two damage cycles per Damage Phase, you may find yourself using all four possible Damage Phases to take down Argos.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a lot to go over here, but if your team understands the basic principles, and if you have a decent raid leader who can rally the troops, you should have no trouble defeating Argos, Planetary Core in the Eater of Worlds Raid Lair in Destiny 2. Be sure to check out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101225/destiny-2-complete-strategy-guide">Destiny 2 Complete Strategy Guide</a> for more detailed walkthroughs.</p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:55:00 PST Sam Chandler Xbox Live Party Chat App Is In Beta On Android, Coming Soon To iOS http://www.shacknews.com/article/102515/xbox-live-party-chat-app-is-in-beta-on-android-coming-soon-to-ios http://www.shacknews.com/article/102515/xbox-live-party-chat-app-is-in-beta-on-android-coming-soon-to-ios <p>Keeping in touch with your gaming buds has become increasingly easy, no matter what platform you play on these days. Discord is the popular kid on the block right now, but Microsoft is about to shake things up. Microsoft is testing out an Xbox party chat mobile app and it's currently available for Android, but iOS users will have an opportunity to try it out soon.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p>Xbox party chat beta is now available in the Xbox beta app for Android (available in app store) and iOS (sign up for the iOS beta here <a href="https://t.co/4jXxF2CQs2">https://t.co/4jXxF2CQs2</a>)</p> &mdash; Larry Hryb (@majornelson) <a href="https://twitter.com/majornelson/status/941402522371072000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 14, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>As detailed on <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/15/16780048/microsoft-xbox-party-chat-ios-android" target="_blank">The Verge</a>, the app lets you voice chat on Xbox Live much like the Discord mobile app does. Despite their similarities, it's not likely that the Xbox Live app will take away from Discord users in a big way. Discord has features that cater to massive communities and allows players to switch between different groups as well. For those that mainly use Xbox Live, though, this is going to be a wonderful way to keep the conversations going with their crew.</p> <p>If you're on Android, the application is available right now. If you're on iOS, you can&nbsp;<a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v4j5cvGGr0GRqy180BHbRy-wRtSK6PNEpsAQWl0jmWlUQzZIWFhHOUZRUDdWTFdDMlpXWjNDSlJKWS4u" target="_blank">fill out a form here</a> and you'll be notified if you're accepted into the beta for the Xbox App. If you don't hear back within 30 days, the form asks that you apply again.</p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:45:00 PST Charles Singletary Is Burnout Paradise Getting Remade? http://www.shacknews.com/article/102513/is-burnout-paradise-getting-remade http://www.shacknews.com/article/102513/is-burnout-paradise-getting-remade <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101980/its-a-bird-its-a-plane-its-rumors-of-a-new-superman-game-by-rocksteady" target="_blank">last notable rumor</a> without a reliable source turned out to be a complete wash, so take this new one with a grain of salt. Burnout is a racing franchise that is highly regarded to this day, but completely absent from the gaming economy. That could change in early 2018 as a Brazillian blog seems to have spotted a listing for a remake that will release in March 2018.</p> <p>Courtesy of ResetEra, the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101853/resetera-rises-from-the-ashes-of-neogaf" target="_blank">forum that rose from the controversy spun by a NeoGAF founder</a>, user&nbsp;<a href="https://www.resetera.com/threads/rumor-burnout-paradise-remastered-ps4-xbone-listed-on-brazilian-online-store.11040/" target="_blank">TheBrokenMan spotted a rumor</a> that leans on a listing from a Brazillian retailer. It has some version of Burnout Paradise coming out on PS4 and Xbox One with a $45 price tag. The blog notes that gaming costs a bit more in Brazil, so the price may be closer to $30.&nbsp;</p> <p>Whether or not this particular rumor turns out to be true, more Burnout is needed in this gaming ecosystem.&nbsp;An arcade racer like this would play well on the Nintendo Switch as well, but EA isn't playing very nice with the hybrid console thus far. We'll update this story as more information is made available.</p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:25:00 PST Charles Singletary Microsoft Offers PUBG Free with Xbox One X Purchase to End 2017 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102511/microsoft-offers-pubg-free-with-xbox-one-x-purchase-to-end-2017 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102511/microsoft-offers-pubg-free-with-xbox-one-x-purchase-to-end-2017 <p>PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is getting ready to launch its <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102420/pubgs-desert-map-available-tonight-version-10-drops-on-december-20">full 1.0 release</a> next week on PC. However, the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102377/exclusive-pubg-cosmetics-revealed-for-xbox-one-launch">Xbox One</a> version recently arrived through the Xbox Game Preview program. And while that version is set to be in an early access period for a little while longer, that didn't stop one million Xbox One owners from logging into the game in the first 48 hours since it went live.</p> <p>That's why Microsoft is looking to take advantage of the PUBG phenomenon and looking to use it to push a few new Xbox One X units. Friday morning, the publisher announced that all Xbox One X purchases made between December 17 and December 31 will come with a free copy of PUBG.</p> <p>The Xbox One X currently retails for $499, so keep that in mind if you want to add this to your budget this holiday season.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SK_HnpEkuH8?rel=0" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:10:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Monster Hunter: World Beta Open to All PlayStation 4 Users Next Week http://www.shacknews.com/article/102510/monster-hunter-world-beta-open-to-all-playstation-4-users-next-week http://www.shacknews.com/article/102510/monster-hunter-world-beta-open-to-all-playstation-4-users-next-week <p>Perhaps there are people out there that missed last week's <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101917/monster-hunter-world-reveals-horizon-zero-dawn-set-ahead-of-ps-plus-beta">Monster Hunter: World online beta</a>, which was open exclusively to PlayStation Plus members. If that's the case (and even if it isn't), then another opportunity to jump back into this world is about to open up.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p>Sharpen your Hammers! The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MHWorld?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MHWorld</a> Beta starts on Dec 22nd for ALL PS4 players! <a href="https://t.co/VBfqg2iELb">pic.twitter.com/VBfqg2iELb</a></p> &mdash; Monster Hunter (@monsterhunter) <a href="https://twitter.com/monsterhunter/status/941699386836336641?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 15, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The Monster Hunter Twitter account revealed on Friday morning that a new beta period is set to begin next week. On top of that, this one will be open to <i>all</i> PlayStation 4 owners. That means there's an even an exception in place that will allow non-PlayStation Plus users to play online.</p> <p>The beta will begin next Friday, December 22 at 9AM PT and run past Christmas Day, ending on December 26 at 9AM PT. We at Shacknews will have our <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102479/monster-hunter-world-psx-2017-preview-musical-mayhem">Hunting Horn</a> ready. This one's only open to PlayStation 4 users, so apologies to Xbox One owners, who will find a lump of coal in their Christmas stocking.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DW2SAnxOBCM?rel=0" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:55:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Destiny 2 - What is Xur Selling - December 15, 2017 - Week 15 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102509/destiny-2---what-is-xur-selling---december-15-2017---week-15 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102509/destiny-2---what-is-xur-selling---december-15-2017---week-15 <p>Xur is back for another week of selling Guardians his goodies. Unlike previous weeks, Xur is bringing with him the Three of Coins and the Fated Engram, both of which look to help fill out your exotic collections in the coming weeks and months. Let&rsquo;s look at where Xur is located and what he&rsquo;s selling for December 15, 2017.</p> <h2>Where is Xur?</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/destiny-2-where-is-xur-december-15.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Xur can be found in the Tower. Yes, the Tower. He is situated behind where you would visit Dead Orbit, in the same area that you'd go to visit Cayde-6. Well, the same side of the Tower at least.</p> <h2>What is Xur Selling?</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/destiny-2-what-is-xur-selling-december-15.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Xur has two new items in his inventory this week. He&rsquo;s brought with him the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102467/destiny-2---what-is-a-three-of-coins" title="Destiny 2 Three of Coins">Three of Coins</a> to help you get more exotic drops as you play the game, and he&rsquo;s got something called the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102466/destiny-2---what-are-fated-engrams" title="Destiny 2 Fated Engram">Fated Engram</a>, which is guaranteed to give you an exotic weapon or armor piece that isn&rsquo;t currently in your collection.</p> <ul> <li>D.A.R.C.I. Exotic Sniper Rifle - 29 Legendary Shards</li> <li>Celestial Nighthawk Exotic Hunter Helmet - 23 Legendary Shards</li> <li>Hallowfire Heart Exotic Titan Chest Armor - 23 Legendary Shards</li> <li>Eye of Another World Exotic Warlock Helmet - 23 Legendary Shards</li> <li>Three of Coins - 31 Legendary Shards</li> <li>Fated Engram - 97 Legendary Shards</li> </ul> <h2>What Should You Buy?</h2> <p>As always, I&rsquo;d advise that you buy anything you don&rsquo;t currently have in your collection. For Guardians on a budget, pick up the weapon first, or the armor piece for your main class, assuming you don&rsquo;t already own it. You really want to buy anything you don&rsquo;t already own.</p> <p>For the Guardian that has almost everything, consider picking up a Fated Engram. They&rsquo;re expensive, but they also guarantee that you&rsquo;ll get an exotic that you don&rsquo;t already own. If you&rsquo;re starting to see weeks where Xur doesn&rsquo;t have anything you need, open the Destiny 2 app on your phone and check your exotic collections. If you need something, load in with that class and pick up the Fated Engram.</p> <p>That&rsquo;ll do it for Xur this week. If you need help finding the best use for your exotic weapons and armor, be sure to visit the Shacknews <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101225/destiny-2-complete-strategy-guide" title="Destiny 2 Complete Strategy Guide">Destiny 2 complete strategy guide</a>.</p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:07:00 PST Bill Lavoy What Time Does Xur Come in Destiny 2? http://www.shacknews.com/article/102508/what-time-does-xur-come-in-destiny-2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102508/what-time-does-xur-come-in-destiny-2 <p>With the release of Curse of Osiris for Destiny 2, a lot of timing got thrown off. The weekly reset time was changed as did the time our favorite merchant makes his appearance. This has left players wondering, &ldquo;Why time does Xur come?&rdquo; This is an important question to ask, especially if you're hoping he sells an item you're missing from your collection.</p> <h2>What Time Does Xur Come in Destiny 2?</h2> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/What-Time-Does-Xur-Come.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Below is the time Xur arrives in Destiny 2, separated into various time zones. If you don&rsquo;t see your time zone listed, you can use a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20171204T170000&amp;p1=1440">time zone converter</a> or just use Google. Xur now shows up eight hours later than he was originally scheduled to appear back at the launch of Destiny 2 and during the entirety of the original Destiny&rsquo;s lifespan.</p> <ul> <li>11am CST Friday (Central US)</li> <li>12pm EST Friday (East US)</li> <li>1am HKT Saturday (Hong Kong)</li> <li>3am AEST Saturday (Brisbane)</li> <li>4am AEDT Saturday (Sydney)</li> </ul> <p>Now that Xur is selling&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102466/destiny-2---what-are-fated-engrams">Fated Engrams</a> after the recent <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102457/destiny-2---december-12-update">Update</a>, it&rsquo;s important you go and visit the Agent of the Nine so you can expand your Exotic collection and nab something you&rsquo;re missing. Remember, be sure to purchase any item&rsquo;s you&rsquo;re missing before buying the Fated Engram, as the engram is guaranteed to reward you with an item you do not own.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re in a time zone where Xur&rsquo;s arrival is at a stupidly early hour of the day, don&rsquo;t fret about jumping on and finding out what Xur&rsquo;s selling, as we cover Xur&rsquo;s inventory as soon as he appears. You can check out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/xur">Xur tag</a> for the latest article detailing his wares.</p> <p>Be sure to check out our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101225/destiny-2-complete-strategy-guide">Destiny 2 Complete Strategy Guide</a> for more information about Bungie&rsquo;s latest entry into the franchise.</p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:30:00 PST Sam Chandler Laser League Beta Key Giveaway Extravaganza http://www.shacknews.com/article/102507/laser-league-beta-key-giveaway-extravaganza http://www.shacknews.com/article/102507/laser-league-beta-key-giveaway-extravaganza <p>Laser League is a futuristic multiplayer sports game developed by Roll7 and published by 505 Games. Shacknews has teamed up with the folks at 505 Games to give away a massive amount of beta keys for the game. Reply to this article's chatty thread, Facebook post, or Tweet for a chance to win a Laser League beta key. We have a lot to give away, but act now while supplies last.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_BJ0vhblN1Q" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>The <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/570460/Laser_League/" target="_blank">Laser League closed beta</a>&nbsp;will last from December 15 until December 17.</p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:15:00 PST Asif Khan Twitch Broadcasts Second NFL Game Tonight http://www.shacknews.com/article/102506/twitch-broadcasts-second-nfl-game-tonight http://www.shacknews.com/article/102506/twitch-broadcasts-second-nfl-game-tonight <p><strong>Update</strong>: Twitch debuted its first NFL broadcast last week. We've gone ahead and corrected our headline.</p> <p><strong>Original story</strong>:&nbsp;Twitch has been known for esports, but the company also recognizes that one can't spell "esports" without "sports." Yes, that's right.</p> <p>That's why Twitch is continuing to broadcast NFL football on its platform, starting with tonight's Thursday Night Football game between the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts. The full stream can be viewed on the <a href="https://www.twitch.tv/primevideo" target="blank">Amazon Prime Twitch</a> channel.</p> <p>This has been the first NFL season in which Twitch parent company Amazon acquired streaming rights to its Thursday night games. This marks the first time that Twitch has gotten in on the streaming action and one of the first instances in which one of America's four major sports has been broadcast via the platform. Amazon is also taking advantage of this crossover potential to offer a sneak peek of Amazon Prime Original series "Jean-Claude Van Johnson" after the game.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/Twitch-MondayNightFootball.jpeg" alt="" width="700" height="393" /></div> <p>If this game isn't so much to your liking (and given the two teams' records, nobody's blaming anybody), Twitch will be back for another round of pro football on Christmas Day, when the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Houston Texans. More details can be found on the <a href="https://blog.twitch.tv/nfl-football-on-twitch-9906bbfa5786?sf176266737=1" target="blank">Twitch</a> website.</p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:40:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Destiny 2 - Iron Banner Season 2 Weapons http://www.shacknews.com/article/102505/destiny-2---iron-banner-season-2-weapons http://www.shacknews.com/article/102505/destiny-2---iron-banner-season-2-weapons <p>Few things get me excited to play PvP in Destiny 2 like Iron Banner Season 2. The first season, although it was good to me in terms of armor drops, was a bit underwhelming. Season 2 looks to be better with the addition of Masterwork weapons and the ability to purchase Iron Banner faction armor directly from Lord Saladin for Legendary Shards and tokens. Full details on Iron Banner Season 2 are still coming in, but we do have some information on the weapons that you can earn.</p> <h2>Iron Banner Season 2 Weapons</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9LWy-_Wa0dY" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Thanks to YouTube personality Mesa Sean, we have a complete list of Iron Banner Season 2 weapons that we can list off. If the drop rates for Iron Banner weapons are anything like they were in Season 1, players should have no trouble collecting them all. Unfortunately, collecting them might be all they&rsquo;re good for.</p> <h3><span>Orimund&rsquo;s Anvil</span></h3> <ul> <li>Legendary Auto Rifle</li> <li>450 Rounds Per Minute</li> <li>33 Round Magazine</li> <li>Intrinsic Perk: Precision Frame</li> <li>Trait: Under Pressure</li> </ul> <h3>Crimil&rsquo;s Dagger</h3> <ul> <li>Legendary Hand Cannon</li> <li>110 Rounds Per Minute</li> <li>8 Round Magazine</li> <li>Intrinsic Perk: Aggressive Frame</li> <li>Trait: Opening Shot</li> </ul> <h3><span>Jorum&rsquo;s Claw</span></h3> <ul> <li>Legendary Pulse Rifle</li> <li>360 Rounds Per Minute</li> <li>38 Round Magazine</li> <li>Intrinsic Perk: Adaptive Frame</li> <li>Trait: Outlaw</li> </ul> <h3>Frostmire&rsquo;s Hex</h3> <ul> <li>Legendary Scout Rifle</li> <li>260 Rounds Per Minute</li> <li>16 Round Magazine</li> <li>Intrinsic Perk: VEIST Rapid-Fire</li> <li>Trait: Dragonfly</li> </ul> <h3>Gunnora&rsquo;s Axe</h3> <ul> <li>Legendary Shotgun</li> <li>55 Rounds Per Minute</li> <li>6 Round Magazine</li> <li>Intrinsic Perk: Precision Frame</li> <li>Trait: Opening Shot</li> </ul> <h3>Orewing&rsquo;s Maul</h3> <ul> <li>Legendary Grenade Launcher</li> <li>90 Rounds Per Minute</li> <li>1 Round Magazine</li> <li>Intrinsic Perk: Lightweight Frame</li> <li>Trait: Auto-Loading Holster</li> </ul> <p>It&rsquo;s too early to tell if there&rsquo;s a clear winner here, or if there is anything that stands out at all. The problem with weapons in Destiny 2 not having unique perk rolls is that it&rsquo;s hard for Bungie to create anything that stands out. Mesa Sean was able to compare every weapon in the video to something that already exists. And none of the traits stood out as me as something that I must have. I just don&rsquo;t see anything here that will replace what&rsquo;s already in my arsenal of weapons, but I&rsquo;ll withhold my final judgement for after I get to take them for a spin.</p> <p>Visit the Shacknews&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/101225/destiny-2-complete-strategy-guide" title="Destiny 2 Complete Strategy Guide">Destiny 2 complete strategy guide</a> for all your Guardian needs.</p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:10:00 PST Bill Lavoy Zelda: Breath of the Wild Daruk's Song Walkthrough http://www.shacknews.com/article/102504/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-daruks-song-walkthrough http://www.shacknews.com/article/102504/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-daruks-song-walkthrough <p>After completing the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102474/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-champions-ballad-dlc-walkthrough-and-guide" target="_blank">initial four shrines of the Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad DLC 2</a>, the EX The Champions' Ballad quest will be updated. Afterward, the disembodied voice of <strong>Maz Koshia</strong> will speak to Link, revealing details about the path ahead. The one-hit Obliterator weapon will self-destruct, sending four colored orbs into the sky, with each landing at a different location across Hyrule. Maz Koshia compels the Hero of Time to seek out four different areas across the map:</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-champions-ballad-daruks-song-map.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Since the Obliterator is no more, Link's health will refill to its previous level. Check out the map, then head to the monument that has arisen just west of the Goron City.</p> <hr /> <h2>EX Champion Daruk's Song Walkthrough - Part One</h2> <p>Walk toward the monument to have it activate, then hear the familiar disembodied voice call out to Link. Listen to Kass' song to reveal the clues needed to track down each of the EX Champion Daruk's Song quest objectives:</p> <p>"One, <strong>stop a titan of molten stone</strong>. Two, <strong>follow rings of light alone</strong>. Three, <strong>survive lava's fiery fate</strong>. Champion, trials await!"</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-daruks-song-monument.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Take a look at the three maps that have appeared on the stone obelisks, then check out the map as a reference point. The first order of business is the location just south of the volcanic peak of Death Mountain.</p> <p>Travel or teleport to DIvine Beast Vah Rudania, then turn to look south to spot a blue ring in the distance. Glide toward it and then through it to start a timed challenge where Link must run, climb, or glide through each ring before the time runs out. This isn't too difficult, just be sure to stay topped up on stamina, float down gently where necessary, and try not to fall into the lava. After flying through the final ring, the <strong>Sharo Lun Shrine</strong> will emerge from the mountainside. Activate the terminal, then step inside.</p> <hr /> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-daruks-song-sharo-lun.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2>Sharo Lun Shrine - Blind Spots</h2> <p>The Sharo Lun Shrine involves solving a puzzle with climbable metal blocks moving around a conveyor belt. Jump onto one of the blocks on the side facing the entrance, and stay there as the block moves past the first flame wall. After that, move to the opposite side to avoid the flames coming in from the other direction. Climb on top of the box itself to avoid taking damage from the final flame trap.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-daruks-song-sharo-kun-flamecube.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>In the next area, stay on the front side of the block to avoid detection of the Guardian sitting on the far wall. Continue wriggling around the cube to avoid fire from the Guardians, then jump onto the next platform. From there, climb onto a new cube and use Cryonis to create a platform beneath the falling treasure chest. Jump over to it to nab the <strong>Great Flameblade</strong>&nbsp;resting inside.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-daruks-song-sharo-kun-flameblade.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Jump back onto one of the moving boxes, then use Cryonis to build a pillar off the waterfall by the three suspended platforms. Use the new vantage point to jump past the flames back onto a cube, then, at the end of the path, use Cryonis to create a series of platforms leading up to the altar. Climb the staircase, speak to Sharo Lun, and grab the first <strong>Rudiania's Emblem</strong>.</p> <hr /> <h2>EX Champion Daruk's Song Walkthrough - Part Two</h2> <p>The second quest objective points the Hero of Time toward Darb Pond, south of Death Mountain and southeast of Gorko Lake. From the rocky outcropping in the middle of the fiery lake a blue ring can be seen that Link needs to jump through. Fortunately, a metal cube can be found on the northern shore. Place it underneath the ring, then jump down through the ring from a high vantage point.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-daruks-song-darb-pond.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Touching down in the middle of the ring will cause the <strong>Rinu Honika Shrine</strong> to sprout up out of the mountanside. Activate the terminal, then enter the shrine.</p> <hr /> <h2>Rinu Honika Shrine - Block the Blaze</h2> <p>In the Rinu Honika Shrine, Link will once again be tasked with completing a puzzle while avoiding damage from perilous fire traps. Getting past the first set of flames is simple, just click the left Joystick to crouch and walk underneath it. For the second, detonate a bomb at the base of the left pillar to drop the flame spout. The next flame can be dropped into lava by grabbing the metal cube under the right pillar, and then the cube can be used to block the flame from the remaining spouts.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-daruks-song-rinu-honika-solution-1.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>To get through the wall of flames, stack one cube on the platform and put another on top of it, with just enough area overlapping to provide Link with safe passage.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-daruks-song-rinu-honika-solution-2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Afterward, use one of the metal cubes to reach the treasure chest on the right side. Open it to find a <strong>Stone Smasher</strong>. Stack the two cubes together to get back to the platform, then continue down the path and use the terminal to activate the nearby machine. Using motion controls, flip the platform upside down and position it as such to where each of the flames are being blocked.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-daruks-song-rinu-honika-solution-3.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Walk across the platform to the altar, speak to Rinu Honika, and collect the second <strong>Rudania's Emblem</strong>.</p> <hr /> <h2>EX Champion Daruk's Song Walkthrough - Part Three</h2> <p>The third challenge in the Daruk's Song questline sees Link traveling to the Lark Darman area, just across the river of lava flowing from Death Caldera. Players will be able to spot a massive rock sitting in the lava, which when approached will reveal an enormous <strong>Igneo Talus Titan</strong>. Load up some Ice Arrows and prepare for a complicated battle.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-daruks-song-igneo-talus-titan.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The most difficult part of taking down the Igneo Talus Titan is the fact that it won't emerge from the lava. Use a nearby gust to float toward it, and when close, use aerial archery to hit it with an Ice Arrow to cool it down. Whack away at its core, and make use of the updrafts to fly away when it starts bucking. After enough time, the rock monstrosity will fall, and the <strong>Kamia Omuna Shrine</strong> will pop up from the shoreline. Activate the terminal, then head inside.</p> <hr /> <h2>Kamia Omuna Shrine - Moving Targets</h2> <p>The main mechanics at work in the Kamia Omuna Shrine will be instantly familiar to those who remember the main Goron City quests. Link will spawn next to a cannon that he can use to drop bombs through, making additional use of the nearbly switches to launch the bomb at the right time to hit each target.</p> <p>Take out the first two targets, then use the cannon to fire a projectile in the direction of the cage seen to the right of the cannon. Doing so will drop a treasure chest; head through the door that opened, turn left, glide down and run toward the cage. Grab the chest using Magnesis, then open it to acquire a <strong>Diamond</strong>. After that, turn back and again head toward the second puzzle.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-daruks-song-kamia-omuna-solution-1.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>The second puzzle is made more difficult simply because it utilizes motion controls. Activate the terminal and spin the target around until the sliding wall is facing the cannon at the awkward angle seen above, making an easy target. Drop in a bomb, strike the switch, and detonate the bomb at the right time to hit the target. Once hit, a new target will appear, and the floating mechanism must be rotated so that the cannonball can fire through it. It's tough to properly align &mdash; use the below photo to figure out the optimal angle.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-daruks-song-kamia-omuna-solution-2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Once the second target has been destroyed, the door to the altar will open. Climb the steps, speak to Kamia Omuna, and claim the third and final <strong>Rudania's Emblem</strong>.</p> <hr /> <h2>EX Champion Daruk's Song Walkthrough - Part Four</h2> <p>With all three Rudania's Emblems in tow, head back up Death Mountain to the resting place of Divine Beast Vah Rudania. Near the base of the beast, Link will hear the familiar disembodied voice calling out to him. Each of the three Rudiania's Emblems will be taken away, and Link will be transported into the Illusory Realm where he must defeat <strong>Fireblight Ganon</strong> using only the equipment provided.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-daruks-song-fireblight-ganon.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Fortunately for the Hyrulean Hero, Fireblight Ganon is as much of a walkover as he was before. Run in close and start swinging the hammer wildly, and Fireblight Ganon will be down to half health in no time. Once it changes up its tactics, throw bombs into the vortex it creates and detonate them to stun the foe. Run in close and use a charged attack to put the battle to a swift end.</p> <p>Watch with particular glee as Fireblight Ganon meets its maker, then sit back as Kass sings his latest song. Enjoy the cutscene revealing more of the history between Daruk and Princess Zelda. When it's done, Link will be rewarded with <strong>Daruk's Protection +</strong>, which reduces the cooldown time on the champion's protective shield.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/zelda-botw-daruks-song-daruk-smile.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>If you've been following these guides so far, there's just one Champions' Ballad quest left to go. To read about the others, head over to our complete <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/102474/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-champions-ballad-dlc-walkthrough-and-guide" target="_blank">Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Champions' Ballad DLC walkthrough and guide</a>.</p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:10:00 PST Kevin Tucker The Gardens Between PSX 2017 Preview: A Stroll Through Childhood http://www.shacknews.com/article/102503/the-gardens-between-psx-2017-preview-a-stroll-through-childhood http://www.shacknews.com/article/102503/the-gardens-between-psx-2017-preview-a-stroll-through-childhood <p>There's something relaxing about two best friends wandering a desert island. That atmosphere comes through in The Gardens Between, but there's something else that sets it apart from other indie game offerings. That's that players aren't controlling either friend at all.</p> <p>Shacknews recently stopped by this year's PlayStation Experience to try out this latest effort from the Voxel Agents. What we found was an enjoyable effort that's looking to be a solid (if brief) adventure.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2017/12/TheGardensBetween_05.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" style="undefined" /></div> <p>The Gardens Between's objective in each level is for the two friends to reach their destination at the top of each stage, where one of them sets down a lit lantern. But the hook of the game is that players are controlling the flow of time.</p> <p>What this means is that the scene will play out naturally, but the triggers can be used to fast-forward or rewind time. While the boys still go about their way, certain objects in the world are affected by manipulating time. For example, one of the boys will hop off a giant saw and walk into a dead end. However, rewinding and fast-forwarding his leap off the saw repeatedly will eventually cut down the plank of wood he's landing on, which will send him on an entirely different path.</p> <p>These puzzles are solved through lateral thinking, an easy task once the rules of the world are understood. There are certain objects that will suck the light out of the lantern, so the more difficult puzzles involve finding ways around those. They'll later be joined by leaping lantern posts that position themselves across different parts of the map. The key is in getting the light to the level's ending point, which can be tricky since sometimes having the light will block the boys' path.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MkswxaMg4MU?rel=0" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>The Gardens Between is charming for its environments, meant to evoke different aspects of childhood. There are levels with treehouse parts, levels with board game pieces, and levels with giant vintage computer components just laying about the island. The visuals are surreal and they lend to the game's charm. It's made all the more relaxing by a soothing soundtrack that mixes in melodic tunes with ambient sound.</p> <p>The one thing to note about The Gardens Between is that it feels like it'll be a short effort. I was able to get through the full demo in about 20 minutes and that's supposedly going to be a decent chunk of the entire game. It could wind up being a short adventure at the end of the day, but for a $15-20 game, the ambiance might make it feel worthwhile.</p> <p>The Gardens Between is set to come to PlayStation 4, as well as PC and Mac, in 2018.</p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:00:00 PST Ozzie Mejia Hitman Holiday Pack Offers Paris Mission for Free http://www.shacknews.com/article/102500/hitman-holiday-pack-offers-paris-mission-for-free http://www.shacknews.com/article/102500/hitman-holiday-pack-offers-paris-mission-for-free <p>Even bald-headed assassins celebrate the season. So for those who haven't had the opportunity to check out IO Interactive's Hitman, another piece of the game is going free for the holidays.</p> <p>Starting on Friday, December 15, all PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One owners can boot up Hitman and get access to the Paris mission, in addition to the free Prologue mission. The Hitman Holiday Pack will include&nbsp;the story mission, as well as any Escalation Contracts released since the game first went live back in early 2016.</p> <p>Players will also get the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/98147/hitmans-christmas-mission-assigns-his-latest-target-the-wet-bandits-from-home-alone">Holiday Hoarders</a> mission that first debuted in 2016. This mission sees Agent 47 attempting to track down Santa Claus, as well as the Wet Bandits from the "Home Alone" movies. (If they can't handle a ten-year-old kid, I can only wonder how they'll fare against a seasoned contract killer.)</p> <p>Once the Paris mission is downloaded, it's free to keep. But players only have from December 15 through January 5 to claim it before it goes full price again.</p> <p>As for existing Hitman owners, there's still new content coming to the game, with new contracts and Elusive Targets. Find details on what's coming for the second half of December, as well as more details on Holiday Hoarders, on the <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/98147/hitmans-christmas-mission-assigns-his-latest-target-the-wet-bandits-from-home-alone" target="blank">IO Interactive</a> website. Enjoy it while you can, because apparently, IO Interactive is already gearing up for the <a href="https://www.ioi.dk/goty-launch/" target="blank">next Hitman game</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gT8ksrKxPEU?rel=0" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:45:00 PST Ozzie Mejia The Dawning Brings Mayhem And Winter-Themed Fun To Destiny 2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102496/the-dawning-brings-mayhem-and-winter-themed-fun-to-destiny-2 http://www.shacknews.com/article/102496/the-dawning-brings-mayhem-and-winter-themed-fun-to-destiny-2 <p>The latest update to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/topic/destiny-2" target="_blank">Destiny 2</a> is just around the corner, with developer Bungie's The Dawning introducing winter-themed activities like snowball fights and the revival of the Mayhem gameplay mode in the all-new Mayhem in the Cold Crucible event.</p> <p>Chief among several new additions to the game are Snowball Fights, which give players the chance to inflict hilariously-massive damage through otherwise innocuous snowballs that can be gathered at various snowball piles across the in-game world. Mayhem, the popular gameplay mode that reduces the cooldown time on abilities, is also returning, and players will be able to complete various milestones toward the new Dawning engrams.</p> <p>Players will also be able to use their reserves of Bright Dust in order to track down special Dawning-themed exotics, including the ship, sparrow, ghost, various piece of armor, and the Dawning emote. Be sure to keep in contact with Tess, as she'll be refreshing her inventory every week to give Guardians the best chance of stacking up their holiday reserves.</p> <p>The fun doesn't stop there: the Tower and Farm will be decorated with signature holiday-themed cheer, and players will note the ability to give and receive gifts by snatching up the Dawning Gift Schematic from the Bazaar. Each day, players will be able to give a gift and receive a gift in turn, providing a fun way to celebrate the season of giving in-game.</p> <p>There should be plenty of time for generous Guardians to get their fill of holiday fun, as Destiny 2's The Dawning event is set to kick off on Tuesday, December 19 and run all the way through Tuesday, January 9. To learn more interesting trivia about Destiny 2, be sure to check out Shacknews' interview with Deej from this year's E3.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vcCuMxNeR8I" frameborder="0" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:00:00 PST Kevin Tucker
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