24 FPS #8 : Brian de Palma

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Weekend console download deals: The Order: 1886, Bloodborne, and more

It’s the end of May, so that means that both the Microsoft Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus freebies are set to rotate out by next Friday. So grab them while you can. Meanwhile, there are some big time deals to be had across all three major console makers, but the biggest ones will come from PlayStation. Bloodborne, The Order: 1886, and Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin are going for 20 percent off on PS4, with PS3 and Vita getting some of their own deals. Check out the full list below.

Here’s our selection of this weekend’s console deals:

Xbox One

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold Edition – $ 49.79 (20% off)

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.

  • Castlestorm Definitive Edition – FREE!
  • Pool Nation FX – FREE!
  • Alien Isolation – $ 24.00 (60% off)
  • ScreamRide – $ 26.79 (33% off)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Digital Pro Edition – $ 66.99 (33% off)
  • Rogue Legacy – $ 11.99 (20% off)
  • Beach Buggy Racing – $ 7.99 (20% off)
  • Badland GOTY Edition – $ 9.59 (20% off)

PlayStation 4

  • Saints Row Re-Elected + Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell – $ 15.49 (66% off)
  • Metro Redux – $ 45.00 (50% off)
  • Other games in the PlayStation Deep Silver sale for PS4 can be found here.
  • Watch Dogs – $ 20.99 (60% off)
  • Far Cry 4 – $ 29.99 (50% off)
  • Other games in PlayStation’s Ubisoft sale for PS4 can be found here.

The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.

  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition – FREE! for PlayStation Plus
  • Hohokum – FREE! for PlayStation Plus
  • Race the Sun – FREE! for PlayStation Plus
  • The Unfinished Swan – FREE! for PlayStation Plus
  • Ether One – FREE! for PlayStation Plus
  • Bloodborne – $ 47.99 (20% off)
  • The Order: 1886 – $ 47.99 (20% off)
  • Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin – $ 47.99 (20% off)
  • Helldivers: Turning Up the Heat Edition – $ 17.99 (10% off)
  • DragonBall Xenoverse + GT Pack 1 – $ 53.99 (10% off)

Nintendo Wii U

  • Transformers Prime – $ 24.99 (50% off)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $ 24.99 (50% off)
  • 1001 Spikes – $ 7.49 (50% off)
  • Color Zen – $ 2.79 (40% off)
  • Luv Me Buddies Wonderland – $ 12.90 (40% off)

Xbox 360

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.

  • F1 2013 – FREE!
  • Alien: Isolation – $ 19.99 (60% off)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – $ 39.99 (40% off)
  • This week’s full list of Deals with Gold games for Xbox 360 can be found here.

PlayStation 3

  • Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell – $ 15.99 (20% off)
  • Metro: Last Light – $ 6.99 (65% off)
  • Other games in the PlayStation Deep Silver sale for PS3 can be found here.
  • Watch Dogs – $ 20.99 (60% off)
  • Far Cry 4 – $ 29.99 (50% off)
  • Other games in PlayStation’s Ubisoft sale for PS3 can be found here.

The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.

  • Hohokum – FREE! for PlayStation Plus
  • Race the Sun – FREE! for PlayStation Plus
  • The Unfinished Swan – FREE! for PlayStation Plus
  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Bundle – $ 11.24 (67% off)
  • Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin – $ 31.99 (20% off)
  • Helldivers: Turning Up the Heat Edition – $ 17.99 (10% off)
  • DragonBall Xenoverse + GT Pack 1 – $ 44.99 (10% off)
  • Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires – $ 27.99 (40% off)

Nintendo 3DS

  • Transformers Prime – $ 14.99 (50% off)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $ 24.99 (50% off)
  • 1001 Spikes – $ 7.49 (50% off)
  • Color Zen – $ 2.79 (40% off)
  • Luv Me Buddies Wonderland – $ 12.90 (40% off)
  • Cave Story – $ 4.99 (50% off)
  • VVVVVV – $ 3.99 (50% off)

PlayStation Vita

The following deals are available only to PlayStation Plus members.

  • Murasaki Baby – FREE! for PlayStation Plus
  • Hohokum – FREE! for PlayStation Plus
  • Race the Sun – FREE! for PlayStation Plus
  • The Unfinished Swan – FREE! for PlayStation Plus
  • Helldivers: Turning Up the Heat Edition – $ 17.99 (10% off)
  • Atelier Ayesha Plus ~The Alchemist of Dusk~ – $ 27.99 (40% off)
  • Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart – $ 27.99 (40% off)
  • Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines – $ 14.99 (50% off)

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The Witcher 3 : guide, aide et conseils pour débutants

Le troisième opus de la série The Witcher a finalement montré le bout de son nez début 2015. Le dernier jeu de CD Projekt Red est l’occasion pour les aficionados de jeux de rôles de renouer avec un open world immersif qui met son narrative design et les nombreuses possibilités de progression en avant.
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Shack Reels: Top 10 Sidekicks

Many heroes are strong characters on their own. But there are some heroes that are made better by their #2. Sidekicks can often help heroes be at their best. They often don’t get their due, but the day wouldn’t be saved without them. They matter, too.

So for this week’s Top 10, Greg Burke checks out the Top 10 Sidekicks in video games. From the more recent BioShock Infinite to the far more classic video game franchises, each of these games feature heroes that just wouldn’t get as much without a little help from their friends.

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The Witcher 3 Xbox One patch 1.03 coming today; full patch notes released

CD Projekt Red released The Witcher 3 patch 1.03 on the PlayStation 4 this week, bringing with it a number of visual tweaks, enlarged text and icons when viewing the loot screen, and other improvements. While those playing the PS4 version were given a head start to the Xbox One version, it’s been revealed patch 1.03 will be making its way to those users today.

CD Projekt Red community lead Marcin Momot revealed patch 1.03 “should be available for Xbox users today,” then apologized for the wait. The patch will lock the frame rate of the Xbox One version to 30fps, which should clear up a number of stuttering issues players have reported since its release. Today’s patch will also fix issues players have experienced with save files.

Here’s the full patch notes, which if you’ve been keeping tabs on the PS4 version, is very similar:

  • Corrects a bug where the player was able to shoot bolts at friendly NPCs.
  • Corrects an issue related to Stamina regeneration while sprinting.
  • Corrects a bug that could cause spontaneous combustion of gas clouds.
  • Reduces spawn times for certain groups of NPCs.
  • Blood particles will now correctly appear on water surfaces after foes are killed.
  • Corrects a visual effect in the Wandering in the Dark quest.
  • Improves foliage behavior in scenes.
  • Reduces foliage shadow popping.
  • Introduces a series of improvements in water rendering.
  • “Melltith” sword is visible again.
  • Fixes some minor graphics bugs in gwent.
  • Corrects some missing translations in localized versions.
  • Improves performance, especially in cutscenes and during gameplay.
  • Caps the framerate at 30 fps.
  • Fixes an issue that caused the autosave function to break during longer game sessions.
  • Introduces a number of minor improvements in SFX.
  • Fixes an issue that could have caused an infinite loading screen in certain circumstances in the Wandering in the Dark quest.
  • Corrects an issue in the dialogue system that might have caused rare instances of dialogue looping in certain scenes.
  • Improves stability in gameplay and the UI, especially during games of gwent.
  • Upgrading items included in gear sets no longer destroys rune sockets on said items.
  • Fixes an occasional bug in the Journal in the Fake Papers quest.
  • Enlarges the loot pop-up window in the UI.
  • Button callouts are now correctly displayed in the Main and Pause menus in the Japanese version.

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Guild Wars 2 kicks off 24-hour Stronhold PvP beta on Tuesday

One of the major additions to Guild Wars 2′s upcoming Heart of Thorns expansion is the Stronghold PvP. The new competitive mode introduces elements of MOBA games into a Guild Wars 2 setting, with teams of five heroes looking to take down the opposing king. There’s a little more to it than that, which players can see for themselves when the next Stronghold public beta takes place this coming Tuesday.

Guild Wars 2 players will be able to participate in Stronghold matches on June 2 at 12PM PDT, with the public beta running for 24 hours. There are no embargo restrictions in place, so live streamers can broadcast or otherwise capture as much footage as they desire. It also means that those who cannot make the beta will at least be able to watch the action on the Twitch channel of their choice.

Shacknews had a chance to check out an early incarnation of Stronghold a couple of months ago. You can check out those impressions here. We’ve also included a Stronghold match from the first Stronghold beta for your viewing pleasure below.

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How to Become a Better Gwent Player

Gwent is a card-based game featured within The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. It tasks two people against each other, in an attempt to win the match by overpowering the other player. There are four possible deck types currently available, and you’ll need to be aware of each one as you will face off against various opponents with various deck types.

For the purpose of this guide I’ll be moving forward as if you understand the basic rules of Gwent. For more details on the basic rules of how to play, check out our short video below.


Understanding Each Deck

As I mentioned above, there are four deck types featured in Gwent, and each one features a special bonus to that particular deck.

Northern Realms

This deck allows players to receive one additional card every time they win a round.

Nilfgaard

If the round ends in a draw, the owner of this deck will automatically win the round.

Soia’tael

This deck type will allow the user to choose who begins the round, thus removing the need for a coin toss.

Monsters

Each new round that is players, the owner of this deck will be allowed to keep one random Unit Card on their side of the board.


Know When to Walk Away

Gwent isn’t just a game of chance. Like many card games there is an extreme amount of RNG featured in the game’s make-up. However, it is up to you, the player, to figure out what moves you should make. Sometimes you just won’t be able to win, other times you’ll smoke your opponents without losing a single power crystal. No matter the outcome it’s always good to know when you should Pass and finish out a round. If you find yourself struggling to get the hang of Gwent, walk away, and come back to it later. There’s plenty to do in the world of The Witcher 3 without you spending your time cooped up in a tavern playing cards with a bunch of drunkards.


General Tips for Gwent

  • This guide wouldn’t be complete without a few easy tips to help you get stronger as a Gwent player.
  • Avoid using your strongest cards early in the match.
  • Be wary of weather cards. Try to only use them when they’ll hurt your opponent more than they will hurt you.
  • Make sure you have plenty of cards for each panel of the board. Don’t simply rely on Close Combat Unit cards to get the job done.
  • Make sure you know what every deck’s power is. This will help you prepare yourself better when it comes to fighting against opponents.
  • Try not to overload your deck with Unit or Weather cards. Doing so will oversaturate it, and lower your chances of winning.
  • Make sure your deck’s overall strength is above 100 for a 22 Unit card deck. Otherwise you’re bound to start seeing the loss screen more and more as you progress further into the game.
  • Do not play your entire hand of cards in the first round. You only get 10 cards to work with (unless you use Spy cards to gain more), so make sure to make every card count.
  • Don’t use more than 22 Unit cards. You don’t get to use them all anyway, so make sure you have your best and brightest chosen.
  • You don’t need all 10 of those Special cards. Yes they are helpful, but having too many of them will saturate your deck, and possibly leave you with less Unit cards to use in your matches.
  • Your wager doesn’t effect the prize. Stop wasting your money, and save it for better stuff. After all, if you aren’t confident you can win the game, don’t bet massive amounts of coin. It adds up fast.
  • Buy new cards every time you find them for sale. No serious. Just do it. You’ll thank me when you’re reeling in the wins against those pesky professionals up in Novigrad.
  • Use Decoy cards to get rid of enemy Spies. In fact, you can start using Decoy cards as early as Crow’s Perch. Visit the Bloody Baron’s Quartermaster to pick up one of these handy cards.
  • Play your Spy cards early. This means you get more cards to work with, and you can spend the rest of the match figuring out how to take away the negative effect of the play.
  • Make the most of every play. It shouldn’t be hard to realize that this game is about making the most valuable plays, and tearing your enemy apart as you do it. If the play doesn’t help you more than just this turn, don’t make it. Wait until you can blow your enemy away with your strategy, and then watch the walls crumble.

Building a Strong Starter Deck

The next step in taking on the best Gwent players in the Northern Realms, is to have a good starter deck. This can be accomplished several ways, the easiest of which, is to obtain stronger cards. The more strength your deck has, the better your chances of winning are. Trust me, you want your chances of winning to be as high as possible. It’s also important to keep in mind that the card’s Power alone isn’t what determine its strength. There are several cards out there with secret powers which make Hero cards, and cards with 10 Power look small.


Build up Your Combos

Combos have always been a popular way to attack enemies in every game, and Gwent is no different. If you want to stick with the best of the best you’ll need to make sure you’ve got yourself set up for some nice combination hits. Cards with special abilities like Muster can allow you to pull multiple cards with the same name from your deck. This is great for adding more Power to your score, as you can have an almost unlimited amount of cards with the same name.

Morale Boosts are also fantastic for quickly building up your score. Many times these cards will allow you to double the Power of every card within a particular panel of your board. This can easily, and quickly turn your 6 Power Siege card into something worth up to double of that. Pair these Morale Boosts with Unit cards featuring the Medic ability, and you’ve written up the perfect recipe to take your enemy down quickly. Medic cards are useful because they allow you to choose a card from your Discard Pile. This is great for picking your Morale Boost cards back up just so you can drop them back onto the board once more.


Draw More Cards

Since you only start off with 10 cards, and you don’t get to draw more throughout the match, Unit cards that allow you to dive into your deck are great. These cards, called Spy cards, actually go to your opponent’s side of the field. This means you’ll be upping their Power level, but all in all you’ll get to draw two additional cards from your deck.

A great way to use your Spy cards is to make sure you have a Weather card which effects that particular panel ready to play afterwards. For example, say you play a Spy card that is a Ranged Unit. Then you would want to use a card like Impenetrable Fog to limit the amount of Power that each card in that panel earns. This will affect you as well, so make sure you aren’t relying too much on that Panel before playing it.


Destroy Your Enemy’s Cards

If you’ve played any amount of Gwent then chances are you’ve come across this card before. Scorch is a great card, which is extremely useful because it destroys and removes the strongest cards on the board. This is an extremely useful tactic to help clean up the board, remove some of your opponents Power, and just help ensure you win the round.

Playing Scorch too early, or at the wrong moment can be utterly catastrophic. Be patient, waiting until your opponent has the most cards with the highest Power. If you happen to lose some Power, don’t stress it, as long as your enemy loses more than you do you should be fine.


Don’t Play Your Cards Just Because You Have Them

The biggest mistake that many players make is to play their cards simply because they have them. You do not have to use your cards just because you drew them. If you happen to end up with a hand containing 4 Weather cards, hold off, and don’t use them. Wait to see what your enemy does, and then if you still have no use for them Pass, or Forfeit the game. It sucks to take a loss, but sometimes you won’t get the best playable hand ever. To make sure you don’t end up with too many Weather cards, or weak Unit cards, preen your deck, and keep it up to date with your strongest cards as often as possible. After all, you never know how many Gwent players you’ll run into in the next town over.

Before we go, there’s one more thing I’d like to point out. For the love of everything holy… stop worrying about Round One. It’s the first round for a reason, and you can easy make a comeback and finish your opponent off without them even seeing what you have planned. So don’t stress if you’re the first to lose a Power crystal. There is always room for Round 2 and Round 3.

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