Games for Xbox with Gold for May offers Warhammer action RPG, Overlord 2

Xbox Live Gold subscribers and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will get four free games in May as part of the Xbox Games with Gold program.

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Xbox Live Gold subscribers and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will get four free games in May as part of the Xbox Games with Gold program. Next month’s games will roll out on May 1 with racing game V-Rally 4 for Xbox One and retro soccer sim Sensible World of Soccer for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Coming later are a pair of action-role-playing games: Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr and Overlord 2. Here’s the full rundown of May 2020’s Games with Gold titles:

  • V-Rally 4 ($59.99 ERP): Available May 1 to 31 on Xbox One
  • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr ($39.99 ERP): Available May 16 to June 15 on Xbox One
  • Sensible World of Soccer ($9.99 ERP): Available May 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360
  • Overlord 2 ($9.99 ERP): Available May 16 to 31 on Xbox One & Xbox 360

Three of April’s Xbox Games with Gold titles are still available to download: Project CARS 2, the Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle, and Toybox Turbos.

Source: Polygon

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Arctic Mode in PUBG Mobile adds a new survival to the game

If you’re looking for more of a challenge than the classic maps, then yes, Arctic Mode is certainly a whole lot of fun. Camping out during the blizzard can be a chore at times as there’s nothing much to do other than wait around for it to pass. However, this also provides an opportunity to plan a surprise attack on other players.

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As the popularity of PUBG Mobile continues to surge Tencent has been adding new features and gameplay modes to it in order to keep things fresh and interesting. Only recently, it introduced a big update with version 0.17.0, and one of the new features is an Arctic Mode, which has just gone live. The new mode adds fresh gameplay mechanics and survival elements, so players even have to survive blizzards while fighting other teams.

The new Arctic Mode went live on April 16 and is a free update within the game. We’ve been trying it out for a few hours, and here are our initial impressions of it.

How to get the new Arctic Mode in PUBG Mobile

In order to get Arctic Mode, just ensure you’re playing the latest version of PUBG Mobile, which is 0.17.0, which released on February 23. If you don’t have the game installed, then simply head to the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and download it.

When you launch the game, you should see a small pop-up banner for the new mode, on the left side of the game’s main screen. In case you don’t, simply tap the map below the ‘Start’ button, go to EvoGround section, and in the ‘PlayLab’ sub-menu, you should automatically have Arctic Mode as the first selectable option (provided you’ve already downloaded the ‘Vikendi’ map).

How this all new Arctic Mode work?

Arctic Mode takes place in the snow-covered Vikendi environment, but there are new resources to scavenge for and an intermittent blizzard to deal with. This mode can only be played with a team of four players, and you’ll still have 100 players per match. Think of it as a ‘Classic’ match with a twist.

The first thing you’ll notice is a new temperature gauge next to your health bar. You need to keep an eye on this when the blizzard hits. You also have a snowboard at your disposal whenever you’re on any snowy surface. A quick tap of the ‘Ski’ option lets you snowboard around instead of walking, which is fun. The controls are similar to driving a vehicle in the game. There are also some vehicles such as snow bikes scattered around the terrain, which you can use to get around quicker.

When you first drop onto the island, besides gathering guns, ammo and health packs, you’ll want to keep an eye out for things such as branches, heaters, and warming packs. These are usually found in small piles inside houses. You’ll want to stock up on a lot of branches in order to extend the duration of the bonfire you create. You’ll also find chickens roaming around, some randomly scattered in the forests, but also many near houses. You can kill them and collect the raw meat for a literal in-game ‘chicken dinner’ later on.

Before the blizzard arrives, you get a 30 second warning announcement to find some shelter. Once it hits, your body temperature begins dropping, which is indicated by the little thermometer. The moment it starts turning orange, your health begins reducing pretty rapidly, even more so than when you get left outside the perimeter of the play zone. We usually noticed two or three blizzards during the course of an entire match, which normally lasts for a few minutes each.

You can start a bonfire through a shortcut option which pops up on the screen, or open your backpack and select the option from there. Once you start a bonfire, you can keep adding branches to it in order to keep the fire going. A little timer above the bonfire lets you know how much time is left before it dies out. If you have any chicken meat, you can cook it on the fire and turn it into roasted chicken to consume later. You can also let your teammates collect the roasted chicken.

arctic mode also has drones

The heater is very useful for keeping yourself and your teammates warm. It’s also found in houses, just like guns and ammo. When in use, it creates a wide circle of heat around you, so you and your teammates can actually move about from one house to another despite the blizzard, without freezing to death. If you find a drone, you can use it to scout the area and try to spot enemies in neighbouring houses. The drone has limited power so be sure to use it wisely. When you’re done with it, you can recall it and use it later. Do keep in mind that you are vulnerable to attacks while flying the drone, so it’s best to do this only if you have someone watching your back.

We noticed a few glitches in PUBG Mobile Arctic Mode, for instance the movement of chickens can be erratic at times, making it difficult to kill them. We noticed players empty entire clips of bullets before managing to hit a single chicken. Also, certain world elements like shrubs, which are supposed to be outdoors, end up getting rendered inside some houses.

Arctic Mode Vikendi is more fun than the classic Vikendi map?

Teamwork has never been more crucial in PUBG Mobile than it is in Arctic Mode, and it is best played with friends. Communication is also key here, as during the blizzard, it’s best if some teammates focus on keeping a fire going while others scout the area with a drone or simply stay the lookout for any incoming attack.

If you’re looking for more of a challenge than the classic maps, then yes, Arctic Mode is certainly a whole lot of fun. Camping out during the blizzard can be a chore at times as there’s nothing much to do other than wait around for it to pass. However, this also provides an opportunity to plan a surprise attack on other players.

Every bonfire that’s lit during the blizzard shows up on the map, which means you can pinpoint where other players are holed up. If you plan things properly, your team could set up a nice ambush on others when they least expect it. However, if you’re just going to sit around doing nothing during the blizzard, then there’s not a lot that’s different from the classic gameplay.

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Sony PS5 Release plans changed due to effect of COVID-19

The PS5 will launch in a reduced capacity, when compared to the PS4’s launch, later this year due to the impact of COVID-19.That’s according to a new report from Bloomberg, which claims Sony has apparently told its manufacturing partners that it expects to produce “5 to 6 million units [of the PS5] in the fiscal year ending March 2021”. For comparison, the PS4 sold 7.5 million units in its first two quarters alone.

New Sony PS5 report suggests PlayStation limiting day one stock due to the unfolding situation around coronavirus

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The Sony PS5 will launch in a reduced capacity, when compared to the PS4’s launch, later this year due to the impact of COVID-19.

That’s according to a new report from Bloomberg, which claims that Sony has apparently told its manufacturing partners that it expects to produce “5 to 6 million units [of the PS5] in the fiscal year ending March 2021”. For comparison, the PS4 sold 7.5 million units in its first two quarters alone.

The report also states that COVID-19 has impacted PlayStation’s marketing plans for the PS5, as Sony’s original plans for a grander PS5 reveal event may be ditched “due to infection fears” and current lockdown measures in place around the globe.

Citing multiple sources within Sony, Bloomberg’s new article suggests the PS5 price could additionally be higher than expected at launch, between $499 to $549, as a result of both its hefty specs and limited stock. 

What does this mean for you? Well, the good news is that Sony looks to be sticking to its Holiday 2020 release date as firmly as possible, which means a PS5 delay could be off the cards. However, this latest insight suggests you’ll need to be willing to invest heavily for your day one unit in terms of both your money and time spent guaranteeing a pre-order, with a little bit of luck likely needed in addition. 

Hopefully, we’ll hear something more official from Sony soon, though PlayStation did only reveal the Sony PS5 controller last week. 

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Science Weapons of Outer Worlds :Where to find them ?

From the Shrink Ray to the Gloop Gun, here’s where to get every one of The Outer Worlds science weapons

From the Shrink Ray to the Gloop Gun, here’s where to get every one of The Outer Worlds science weapons

When you get bored of just plain shooting people, The Outer Worlds Science Weapons provide some unique and interesting ways of making things dead. Admittedly they might not be the most lethal things in the game but they are the most fun, with a range of unique damage and status effects that are amplified by a high Science skill. There are five Outer Worlds Science Weapons to find in total. Some are easy to find, others a little fiddly but all make The Outer Worlds a much more interesting place. A bit screamy, but definitely more interesting.  

Though the full arsenal of Science Weapons can be tracked via the “Weapons from the Void” quest line in your journal, the particulars of achieving each objective in this multi-layered side mission aren’t always crystal clear. With that in mind, we’ve listed every available Science Weapons available in The Outer Worlds below, alongside information on where to find them, how to get them, what they do, and whether they’re worth keeping in your inventory. 

Science weapons on Ground breaker – Prismatic Hammer

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The Prismatic Hammer is one of the easiest The Outer Worlds Science Weapons to find but – luckily for you – it’s also one of the best. I used mine from the early hours of the game all the way up to the final mission, repeatedly tinkering away at the weapon on workbenches to keep it viable, while continually investing in my character’s Science skills to amplify its Knockdown effect. This melee weapon is capable of discharging  powerful energetic waves with each blow, perfect for area-of-effect attacks that can one-shot entire groups of enemies in a single swoop. In short, it’s a must find. 

To acquire the Prismatic Hammer, you’ll need to gain access to a secret engine room on Ground breaker, found on the West side of the ship (take the second left as you go through customs) and discovered by either lock picking your way through a door sat behind several freight boxes, or discovering a hole in the upper left corner of the crew’s quarters. From there, you’ll need to lock pick through a second door found on the north side of the engine room, and the Prismatic Hammer can be found within a lock box on the desk inside. 

Acquire Phineas Science Weapon – Shrink Ray

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The Outer Worlds shrink ray does exactly what it sounds like, but is unfortunately pretty useless as a long-term weapon for your spacefaring exploits, as targets are only kept shrunk for as long as you’re holding the trigger, which itself does minimal damage over time. Still, it’s certainly a novelty worth having in your inventory whenever you want to bring a particular tough foe or magnanimous NPC down to size, so here’s what you need to do to get it. 

The logs on The Unreliable’s terminal which active that Weapons from the Void quest will immediately tell you the location of the The Outer Worlds Shrink Ray, which is safely stowed away at Phineas’ orbital lab. You can travel to the lab as soon as you’ve found a power regulator for your ship on Terra 2. Head over to Phineas, and the Shrink Ray can be found situated clearly on the table in front of him. 

Science Weapons on Scylla – Mandibular Rearranger

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The second, but much less memorable, melee tool in The Outer Worlds Science Weapons arsenal is the Mandibular Re-arranger; a reinforced baton which inflicts freeze damage upon targets, slowing them down with every hit to the point of complete stasis. Frankly, the Re-arranger has nothing on the Prismatic Hammer’s wide area of effect and high damage capacity, but it can be useful as a means of crowd control, keeping high-level enemies at bay while you whittle down any additional mobs.

To get this weapon, you’ll need to purchase the quest item identified as a Data pad from Gladys on the Ground breaker, at which point your journal will guide you to the a mining outpost on Scylla, an large asteroid which can be travelled to as soon as you’ve left Terra 2, with no need for a Navkey. You’ll need to follow your way point into one of the buildings at the outpost, and the Re-arranger is located within a safe on the floor, the first one you see once you open the doors. 

Science Weapons in the Abandoned Lab – Mind Control Ray

science weapons in abandoned lab - mind control ray

The Outer Worlds Mind Control Ray, like that of the Shrink Ray, live up to its namesake, forcing anyone caught in its crossfire to attack their allies. Unlike that shrink ray, however, the damage this weapon deals is significant, making it just as good as a standard firearm as it is a fun way to pit enemies against each other. Sure, it makes a really annoying jingle whenever your finger is on the trigger, but it’s a small price to pay for the mayhem that can be unleashed with this nifty piece of tech. 

To find this weapon, you’ll need to purchase the data pad quest item from Duncan in Fallbrook, which is a city on the East side of Monarch. You’ll naturally acquire a Navkey which allows your ship to travel to the city of Stellar Bay on this planet during the events of the campaign, and Duncan’s shop is on the right hand side of Fallbrook’s main row of shops as you enter. Acquire this data pad, and your way point will highlight an abandoned lab in the nearby, creature-infested town of Cascadia, at which point you’ll find the Mind Control Ray lying on a table in the final room.

Science Weapon on Monarch – Gloop Gun

science weapon on monarch - gloop gun

The Outer Worlds Gloop Gun vomits out radioactive globules of unidentifiable blue mush from its handheld dispensary, the splatter effect of which both shocks and damages those caught in the crossfire, while levitating them in the air for a short period of time. It’s easily one of the most powerful weapons in the game, and great for scoring some cinematic in-air kills via The Outer Worlds’ tactical time dilation mechanic, so you’re going to want to get your hands on it.

As with the Mind Control Ray, you’ll need to purchase the Data pad Quest Item from Duncan in Fallbrook on Monarch, before your way point will show you the location of the weapon at a nearby research facility on the same planet. Fight your way into the building, log in to the highlighted terminal to unlock access to the Gloop Gun’s chambers, and this high-powered hand cannon is yours for the taking. 

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