Shacknews - Bill Lavoy

In the original Destiny, Guardians were forced to use the deep waters of the internet to try and find other players to assist them with events. Bungie wanted to make this process more seamless for all, and have introduced Guided Games with the update that went live today. Guide Games was previously in beta, but this will be the first exposure for many who logged into Destiny 2 today.

How to Use Guided Games

Guided Games are available for the Raid and the Nightfall in Destiny 2. The system features options for both the Seeker and the Guide. To join a Guided Game, look for an icon next to either the Leviathan Raid or Nightfall. This will prompt you to Select Mode.

Now, if you’re a team of two looking to add a third to your fireteam, you’d choose the option for Guide, and you should be almost instantly matched up with a third Guardian. However, if you are a seeker, you can expect to wait between 10 and 45 minutes, depending on the event that you’re trying to join.

From there, you must agree to the terms set out by Bungie, which are just guidelines to stop folks from being bad fireteam members and trolls. This includes things like making sure you can communicate via a headset, and a reminder that other players may have different methods of completing some activities. It’s common sense and courtesy stuff, really.

In my personal experience with Guided Games, I managed to complete the Nightfall with a team of two skilled Guardians. This was last week, and even though the wait time was listed as 19 minutes, I was in and fighting with my new friends in 10. The experience was quite positive, which I did not expect going in. After it was over, I sent each of them a quick message on the PlayStation Network to show my gratitude.

If you’re a lone Guardian in Destiny 2, be sure to give Guided Games a shot. Not only can you complete events that you probably couldn’t have previously, but you stand a chance at meeting some cool folks and developing a rapport. This will hopefully lead to you becoming the Guide and not the Seeker in the future.

For more help with Destiny 2 beyond Guided Games, be sure to visit our Destiny 2 complete strategy guide for all your needs.

Shacknews - Chris Jarrard

EA and Dice delivered a big budget reimagining of the original Star Wars Battlefront games in late 2014 to coincide with the hype surrounding the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters. Using technology built upon the framework of Battlefield 4, the Swedish shooter masters at Dice were able to craft a multiplayer-only experience around classic Star Wars battles and locations. Despite being one of the best looking and sounding games ever produced, Battlefront 2014 was heavily criticized for a lack of single player content and lack of features commonly associated with Dice’s previous efforts. This year, the studio is preparing to address those criticisms with Star Wars Battlefront II and is offering up a public beta to let players get a taste of the improvements.

When Does The Star Wars Battlefront II Beta Start?

The Star Wars Battlefront II beta will run from October 6-9 and players who pre-order the game prior to September 30 can get a 2 day head start on the public when beta early access starts on October 4. The Battlefront II beta will be open to players on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. EA has confirmed that any progress made during the beta period will not carry over into the full game when it arrives November 17.

How Do I Access the Star Wars Battlefront II Beta?

Beta access will open to all players with an EA account. Xbox One players can access the beta from the Xbox Store. PS4 players can access the beta from the PSN Store. PC players will need to download the EA Origin client and sign in to download the beta.

What Are The Star Wars Battlefront II Beta Minimum Requirements?

Minimum PC System requirements:OS: 64-bit Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350Processor (Intel): Intel Core i5 6600KMemory: 8GB RAMGraphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon™ HD 7850 2GBGraphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 660 2GBDirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalentOnline Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connectionHard-drive space: 15GB

Recommended PC System requirements:OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or laterProcessor (AMD): AMD FX 8350 WraithProcessor (Intel): Intel Core i7 6700 or equivalentMemory: 16GB RAMGraphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon™ RX 480 4GBGraphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 1060 3GBDirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalentOnline Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connectionHard-drive space: 15GB

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

In October, Microsoft’s mixed reality lineup will be hitting the market with headsets from Acer, Lenovo, Dell, and HP. Hardware from other manufacturers will surely hit the market as the adoption rate grows, but it looks like another major company is jumping into the pool closer to launch. A newly discovered leak includes some images of a Samsung-built VR headset that incorporates the Windows Mixed Reality symbol.

In less than a month, Microsoft will commence its efforts to democratize the VR hardware ecosystem and empower consumers with a variety of choices. We’ll have to wait to see how well these new headsets compared to their peers but, the more options, the better when it comes to consumers.

The leaked images, reported by RoadToVR, are from a Twitter user known for digging into patents and they show off a pretty sleek headset that features the flip-up design of other and front-facing cameras of other Windows Mixed Reality headsets, but also looks to have integrated audio as well. Other Windows headsets have an AUX for you to use your own headphones.

Stay tuned to Shacknews as we get closer to the Windows MR launch and we’ll update on this leak if Samsung decides to speak on it.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Gotham City is being rocked by explosions and now it falls to the Batman to go face-to-face with a new enemy. That's the setup for episode two of Batman: The Enemy Within, which Telltale Games released a trailer for on Tuesday morning.

Players start to familiarize themselves more with the mysterious John Doe, just as Telltale introduces its version of Harley Quinn. As has been the case throughout the series, players will need to determine whether to confront her as Batman or as an undercover Bruce Wayne.

Meet the new Harley in the trailer below. Episode two of Batman: The Enemy Within (titled 'The Pact') is set to arrive on October 3 on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Android and iOS are set to get the first two episodes of this Batman season on that same day. The Season Pass retail disc for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is also set to hit stores on October 3.

Shacknews - Jason Venter

The PlayStation Store has frequent sales, for one reason or another, and one of the most promotions is the current round of PlayStation Plus Specials, which offers discounts on a variety of newer releases for PlayStation 4 and Vita (with a surprise appearance by the PlayStation 3, in one case).

Though the current promotion isn’t a sprawling beast that matches the size of the recent weekend sale, with just over 30 titles on offer, and although the discounts don’t run quite as deep, the focus on newer fare means gamers should still have an easy time finding plenty to like. We’ll highlight a few of our favorites, with pricing reflected in USD.

One of the more exciting titles on the list is Titanfall 2: Ultimate Edition, for $27.99. That represents a 30% savings compared to its usual rate of $39.99. Respawn’s sequel had the misfortune of launching in a crowded holiday season that likely prevented it from finding the large audience it otherwise would have, but we still though it was pretty good.

Another title of note is Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, a recent remake of the PlayStation 2 classic RPG from Square Enix. It released this July to favorable reviews, and the opportunity to get it at a discount (for $34.99 instead of the usual $49.99) is one JRPG fans won’t want to miss.

If RPGs are what you want, another potential point of interest is Revenant Saga, which is available for $10.49. That’s a 30% discount compared to the usual $14.99. The game is available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Vita, so take your pick and enjoy an adventure that looks like it was ripped from the classic 16-bit era (though it actually dates back only to an Android version that debuted in November of 2014).

Other highlights include Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls for PlayStation 4 or Vita, at a 30% discount, and Full Throttle Remastered for PlayStation 4 or Vita. Either title will set you back $10.49. Micro Machines World Series, the most recent entry in the long-running series, is also available at a 30% discount that works out to $20.99. Finally, you can race miniature cars through sprawling environments on your PlayStation 4.

The titles mentioned above represent less than a third of the total available options, so make sure to check the official store page for yourself if you’re a PlayStation Plus member (you need a subscription to that service to take advantage of the discounts).

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

The heroes and villains of the Nexus are squarely in Ana's crosshairs now. The Overwatch sniper officially makes her debut in Heroes of the Storm today as part of its latest patch.

Shacknews recently offered an overview of Ana's abilities. A cross between an offensive sniper and a support character, Ana is sure to be a big help when healing allies with her Healing Dart or a major pest when leaving foes immobile with her Sleep Dart.

Today's patch also features the debut of Volskaya Foundry, a rare Control Point battleground. Teams will compete to control one of three control points, with victory coming after the team's victory progress bar fills up completely. In fact, it literally feels like Overwatch, but in MOBA form.

Players can also pick up a Triglav Protector after gaining control of a point. These giant mechs are controlled by two teammates, with one acting as the pilot and the other as the gunner.

Volskaya Foundry has also undergone some changes following a round of PTR testing. Mercenaries have been buffed, while item drops and Support Camp mechanics have been tweaked slightly.

For more information on this new patch, including the balance tweaks issued to the existing roster of heroes, visit the Heroes of the Storm website.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

The Force has been strong with Star Wars Battlefront II thus far, with Shacknews having most recently taken to the skies with Starfighter Assault. Now it's time to get a look at the rest of what the Battlefront sequel will offer, thanks to a trailer that publisher EA released Tuesday morning.

The John Boyega-narrated trailer goes into some of Battlefront II's improvements, while also offering up the game's full list of multiplayer modes and locations.

Battlefront II's multiplayer modes include:

  • Strike: 8v8 objective-based team battle.
  • Starfighter Assault: 12v12 space battles aboard classic Rebel and Imperial ships.
  • Heroes Vs. Villains: 4v4 team battle, in which all players control classic Star Wars characters.
  • Arcade: Complete scenarios in single-player or split-screen co-op. (Split-screen only available on consoles.)
  • Galactic Assault: 20v20 objective-based warfare.

These game modes can be played on over a dozen locations locations that span all three Star Wars trilogies. These include:

  • Naboo
  • Starkiller Base
  • Kamino
  • Takodana
  • Jakku
  • Yavin 4
  • Death Star II
  • Endor
  • Hoth
  • Kashyyk
  • Tatooine

The rest of the trailer goes into the other elements that players will find in this latest iteration of the Battlefront franchise. Check out the full video below. Star Wars Battlefront II arrives on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on November 17.

Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia

Multiple facets of American life have changed with the inception of the New Order. Nazis have infused their philosophy into all aspects of American culture, assimilating it entirely and making it their own. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus continues to show the full extent of their reach, as B.J. Blazkowicz keeps up the fight in hopes of expanding the ragtag Resistance fighters.

The Nazi regime has spread to New Orleans, where the German army has left the region a shell of its former self. It's become a wasteland, with infantry and fire-breathing Panzerhunds patrolling the streets. But even here, there is a resistance. It's one that Blazkowicz hopes to reach. Shacknews recently had a chance to jump into the Big Easy and get a look at some of Wolfenstein II's new mechanics.

When I last played through the New Colossus at E3 2017, Blazkowicz was left a crippled (yet fully capable) soldier. In this New Orleans playthrough, he's fully mobile again, thanks to some mechanical boosters. These include:

  • Battle Walker: These are a set of stilts that allow Blazkowicz to reach higher areas. It's also helpful for reaching objectives located behind walls. They can even provide cover behind larger vehicles and buildings.
  • Ram Shackles: Ever read X-Men comics and want to be the Juggernaut? The Ram Shackles allow Blazkowicz to be an unstoppable force, plowing through breakable walls to reach new areas. In a pinch, he can also plow straight through enemies, basically killing soldiers by violently running through them.
  • Constrictor Harness: Stealth players can use these to squeeze through tight spaces. Blazkowicz can fit through small crevices inside walls or even underwater pipes to move about undetected.

Speaking of stealth, that's probably the best path to take in New Colossus, because it took me a mere few seconds to remember that Wolfenstein revels in its old-school style. That means no regenerating health, enemies that are tough to kill (especially the Panzerhunds), and a neverending parade of foes that keep coming if Nazi officers set off an alarm. New Colossus is a game that rewards players for approaching missions smartly and brutally punishes those that think they can charge into a fight with guns blazing.

I actually spent most of my playthrough running away from enemy soldiers, but that did give me a chance to try out some of the aforementioned gadgets. The Battle Walker helped me ditch a group of baddies that were giving chase. The Ram Shackles let me escape enemy fire by smashing into a nearby building and taking cover. There was also something satisfying about barreling straight into a foe and completely disintegrating him on contact.

After the gameplay sequence, it was time to meet Horton, a New Orleans preacher that studied the teachings of Karl Marx. The spirited debate between Blazkowicz and Horton over wars and why they're fought was intense to witness. It was Horton slamming the U.S. government for sending people to die to line their own pockets, while Blazkowicz shot back that Horton's side was more interested in domestic issues while the Nazi menace gathered at their doorstep. It's a segment worth watching more than once, as Bethesda sets up both men to be uneasy allies with a common foe.

One major item to note about the New Colossus timeline is that it still hinges on a critical choice made during the events of the New Order: Did General Deathshead kill Fergus or Wyatt at the start of the original game? The choice determines the player's special weapon over the course of the campaign. Saving Wyatt offers up the Dieselkraftwerk, which fires off small, sticky canisters filled with Nazi diesel. The canisters can stick to walls and be set off remotely. Saving Fergus will give players the Laserkraftwerk, which fires off lasers that can be used against heavy armor and mechanical foes. All of that would seem to imply that New Colossus would somehow need to read a player's New Order save file to function, but that's actually not the case. Bethesda reps noted that there will be a different way to determine which of Blazkowicz's compatriots was murdered in the original game, though no details were offered on how exactly that would work.

Whatever path Blazkowicz undertakes, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus looks like it'll offer a satisfyingly high challenge. The new abilities are nice additions that don't away from the core element of old-school shooting. It'll be interesting to see what else Bethesda and MachineGames can add, in terms of story twists and surprises, that can help this latest chapter hold up to the high standard set by Wolfenstein: The New Order. For now, get ready to take the fight to the Nazis again, as Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus arrives on October 27 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Shacknews - Jason Venter

The Nintendo Switch has seen a flood of software on its eShop, most particularly during the last month or two. Each new week seems to offer new surprises, and one of the next big things looks like it could be Golf Story. The game is due to reach the eShop this week, on September 28.

The developer took to Twitter to confirm the release date for North America, after the game was confirmed as coming to the European eShop earlier this week.

Golf Story is one of several titles highlighted in the August Nindies Showcase, and is currently listed on the eShop without an attached release date.  The game will let players explore 8 environments the listing promises each have their own “courses, challenges, people and secrets.” The game also features a story, and presents numerous problems that you can solve simply by playing golf.

“Play the story of a golfer, forced to give up all that he holds dear for one final shot at accomplishing his dream,” reads the publisher’s official game description. “But all is not so simple in the world of golf. To best today's players you have to be able to keep up with them not just on the course, but also outside of it.”

Golf Story has an MSRP of $14.99 and is developed and published by SideBar Games, a new studio with no previous releases to its name. The title is one of several coming to Nintendo Switch this week, with other impending releases including Sine Mora EX, Arcade Archives: Mario Bros., Conga Master Party!, Astro Bears Party, and more. With so many titles on the way, will you have time to take to the green with Golf Story?

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

Torchlight, the action RPG from Runic Games, came onto the scene in 2009, caught on with an audience looking for a spiritual successor to Diablo and Diablo II, and was snatched up by the China-based publisher Perfect World after selling over 500k copies. Torchlight II, released in 2012, was well received while the third iteration of Diablo 3 stumbled out of the gate critically that same year. Now, players will be able to try their hands at Runic's new IP as Hob goes live on PS4 tomorrow, September 26.

Hob is a suspenseful adventure title that accentuates a vibrant world with puzzles, combat, and platforming. This is a bit of departure from the Torchlight series, but is an opportunity to develop a following for a new character and world. Whereas Torchlight II was heavily randomized, Runic Games has meticulously created this world with the hopes to make it appealing strictly through gameplay and exploration, eschewing any text or dialogue.

Sony is celebrating the launch of Hob with a webcomic illustrated by the game's concept artist Kristina Ness and chatting with Hob's Game Director and Lead Level Designer on their blog. Hob will be available on PS4 and Steam tomorrow.

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