Valnir Rok Now In Alpha 3; Introduces Female Characters, Farming, And Horse Mounts – gamesread.com

Valnir Rok Now In Alpha 3; Introduces Female Characters, Farming, And Horse Mounts - gamesread.comWho says pillaging is just for the guys? Viking-themed sandbox survival MMORPG Valnir Rok has just moved up to Alpha 3 and received a huge content update to boot which includes playable female characters. Hooray!

Update 0.5.0.1590 also introduces horse mounts, farming, a new totem system, new quests to complete, and new tattoos and hairstyles to choose from. The update also includes hundreds of bug fixes including ghost trees, trees within houses, swimming, clans, housing, quickslots, and a whole lot more.

You can head over to the Valnir Rok Steam Page for the full update notes.

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Destiny 2 Makes A Few Changes To Their Development Roadmap on gamesread

Destiny 2 Makes A Few Changes To Their Development Roadmap on gamesreadA few weeks ago, Bungie released a development roadmap for Destiny 2 which listed the features that they were working on and the dates that they were scheduled to be released. But, as we all know, developmental roadmaps aren’t necessarily set in stone which Game Director Christopher Barrett admits.

“A few weeks ago, we shared a Destiny 2 Development Roadmap to preview some changes we’re working on for Destiny 2. As we’ve mentioned before, the roadmap is our current best estimate, and we’ll do our best to update you as our plans unfold.”

Some of the features have been delayed for later updates such as Nightfall Strike Unique Rewards which was initially intended to go live with Update 1.1.3 on February 27th but has now been pushed back to Update 1.1.4 which is scheduled for release a month later on March 27th.

The devs will also be adding the Rumble Mode to the Crucible playlist when 1.1.4 goes live. Doubles will also be making a return sometime in the future. We’ll keep you abreast of any news that comes our way. In the meantime, you can check out the video below for a sneak peek at what the devs had in store for players during the game’s first-ever Crimson Days event last week. You can also head over to the Bungie official site for more info.

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EA SPORTS FIFA 18 FUT Champions Cup Barcelona Photo Gallery on gamesread

Posted February 6th at 3:30pm.

128 competitive FIFA 18 players came into this tournament after qualifying through their Weekend League standings in November 2017. Eight players from each console would earn progression to the Global Series Playoffs, but only one champion would reign supreme. Despite the presence of many of the best competitive FIFA players in the world, the trophy would go to 16-year-old newcomer Donovan “DhTekKz” Hunt. After barely qualifying for the tournament as the 55th-ranked Xbox One player, the young man from Exeter was truly an underdog in Barcelona. But once he shook off two early group stage losses, DhTekKz turned things around and dominated most of his matches en route to securing the trophy with a whopping 9-3 aggregate score in the event’s final round. 

Enjoy this selection of photos that capture the intense emotion and excitement that FUT Champions Cup Barcelona provided. 

Fans lined up to watch FUT Champions Cup Barcelona.

The tournament was held at Paulau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain.

A fan observes the crowd gathering in the arena.

A competitor is consoled after a tough loss in the tournament’s group stage. 

The magnificent FUT Champions Cup trophy sits on a pedestal in the middle of the arena. The trophy was built by the same company that makes the English Premier League winners’ trophy. 

Donovan “DhTekKz” Hunt chats with impromptu coach, eliminated competitor Sam "Roma Poacher" Carmody.

FUT Champions Cup host Chu “Chuboi” Morah talks about Cristiano Ronaldo’s Team of the Year player item. 

FIFA 17 FIFA Interactive World Cup winner Spencer "Gorilla Unilad" Ealing during the knockout stages.

Niklas "NRaseck7" Raseck celebrates during the knockout stages. 

Hosts (L-R) Jimmy Conrad, Mavric, Spencer Owen, Wolfy, and Chuboi chat on the community couch during the broadcast.

Harry "Hashtag Harry" Hesketh and his teammate Ryan "Hashtag Ryan" Pessoa play a 2v2 friendly match against Shaun “Shellz Unilad” Springette and Tassal "Faze Tass" Rushan that was streamed on Twitch during a break in competitive play at the FUT Champions Cup Barcelona.

Finalists DhTekKz and nicolas99fc are presented before the tournament’s big finale in Barcelona. 

Fans observe the tense final between DhTekKz and Nicolas "nicolas99fc" Villalba. 

16-year-old FUT Champions Cup winner DhTekKz hoists the trophy after defeating nicolas99fc by a 9-3 aggregate scoreline. 

DhTekKz meets and signs autographs for fans after the trophy presentation. 


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FIFA 18 Goals of the Month December 2017 – EA SPORTS – Official Site on gamesread

Posted January 11th at 12:00am.

The EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Goals of the Month compilation highlights the best goals that were selected in that month’s Goals of the Week videos. While there were plenty of excellent strikes to choose from, a few stood out above the rest. 

 

December 2017 had goals that provided a fresh look at El Tornado, as well as a few mazy, dribbling runs that produced finishes almost as exciting and inventive. The selections below earned their place at the very top by being as fresh, creative, and impressive as possible. 

El Tornado Master: Marc-Andre Dachs, Cristiano Ronaldo

Since El Tornado was released along with FIFA 18, players have been utilizing the new skill move in some incredible and inventive ways. This month’s best submission featured the master of the move. Ronaldo uses El Tornado and a subsequent touch to open a huge chunk of space in front of himself, then strikes the ball with a scissor kick near the edge of the box for a finish even more extraordinary than the moves he used to create the chance. 

 

 

Skiller Award: Jonny Howson, Raheem Sterling

For the second month in a row, a player has used Manchester City winger Sterling to produce the most technically notable goal. Sterling makes use of a nice variety of the skill moves at his disposal, beating a total of five defenders on route to a solid close-range finish past the goalkeeper. 

 

 

Set Piece Specialist: Hardik Tara, Cristiano Ronaldo

The only free kick to be included in this month’s selections, Ronaldo simply produces a clean, swerving finish from the set piece a few yards outside the penalty box. While relatively simple compared to some goals on the list, this free kick gets the nod simply because such goals are not easily scored in FIFA 18. 

 

 

Like Riding A Bike: NathanArmy2003, Isco

After a solid delivery from teammate Gareth Bale, Isco produces a fine bicycle kick (always a crowd pleaser) at the tightest of angles that takes advantage of the goalkeeper’s poor positioning and drops the ball perfectly into the corner of the net. 

 

 

Epic Volley Award: Porcupine, Toni Kroos

Many of this month’s goals were selected based on the epic quality of the buildup or chance creation, not purely because of how they were finished. But this one-time volley from Toni Kroos was not only inch-perfect — it was from a distance few players can score from consistently. After solid if uninspired attacking from his teammates, the goalkeeper pushes the shot away only for it to deflect off a defender’s head and loop out of the box and right to Kroos with plenty of space in front of him. Without taking any extra touches, Kroos produces a left-footed volley that soars majestically over defenders right into the upper left corner of the net, far from the goalkeeper’s reach. 

 


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Overwatch’s next hero is being tested, says Blizzard on gamesread

Overwatch’s next hero is being tested, says Blizzard on gamesread

Overwatch, aka The Shooter You Proposed To In A Fit Of Passionate Desperation And Who Rejected You, has had its 2018 plans roughly drawn onto a napkin by game director Jeff Kaplan. By that I mean there’s been another developer update video. The 27th hero is going through “internal testing”, he says, but we are to receive no more information about this shooty man/woman/robot just yet, nor are we told when to expect the new hero. “The release date is less important to us than getting the hero right,” he says.

Here’s the update in full. It’s more or less a round-up of last year’s additions (like the introduction of heroes Doomfist, Orisa and Moira) along with a reassurance that, yes, they are still pressing buttons on their Overwatch machines.

All that’s said of the new fighter is that they are “very needed”. I have been absent from Overwatch too long to know what gaps exist in the fiery cocktail of stratagems and team compositions but perhaps they are making a hero that dissolves the mouse and keyboard of any player who selects Genji. That could work.

They’re also looking at future heroes, beyond this one, says Kaplan, as well as working on their esports scene. Blizzard set up the Overwatch League in the summer of last year, introducing teams from the US and Asia as well as London.

More animated shorts and comics are also coming up, he says, which is no great surprise. Likewise, there’s going to be another event for the Lunar New Year. Last year it was the Year of the Rooster and this time it’s the Year of the Dog. There’ll be other events too, as expected, including some continuation of last year’s PvE Uprising do-dad. A lot of previous events will be repeated too, giving players another chance to get any time-limited skins they missed.

In other words, it’s a vague round-up vlog with no concrete news. But you were just sitting there rocking back and forth wondering why Jeff hadn’t said hello to you for three whole weeks, so I thought I should put you out of your misery.

Dawn of the Lost Continent: Store Updates on gamesread

New and revamped items are coming to the Hongmoon Store!

If you’re levelling a new character, or you want to collect weapon appearances and cosmetics to add to your Showroom, the Hongmoon Store may have just what you need!

Arsenal Chest

Available December 6 – December 20 in the Featured Tab

Price: 119 NCoin

From now until December 20 you’ll be able to purchase the Arsenal Chest from the Hongmoon Store for 119 NCoin or Hongmoon Coin, as well as larger discounted stacks. This chest gives weapon collectors who missed out on some previous weapon skins another chance to get them, as well as the ability to get new weapon skins that are debuting with the chest.

Opening this chest will yield a random weapon skin available from the list below:

Arsenal Chest

Peace Maker (New)

Alchemist (New)

Grand Pearl (New)

Doomsday (New)

Firebird (New)

Junghado’s

Sunflower

Snapdragon

Cleanup Crew

Fruit Loot

In addition, one or two Armory Tokens will be obtained from each chest, and can be exchanged in the Dragon Express for additional weapon skins:

Dragon Express

Headbanger (40 Tokens)

Shock Caller (30 Tokens)

Cherry Bloom (20 Tokens)

Doomsday (20 Tokens)

Junghado’s (20 Tokens)

Samurai (15 Tokens)

Wild Mirage (15 Tokens)

 

Peace Maker
Alchemist
Grand Pearl
Doomsday
Firebird

Level 50 Character Creation Voucher Update

Available December 6 in the Services Tab

Price: 4,000 NCoin

The Level 50 Character Creation Voucher will have the starting quest updated from Act 5: Chapter 1 to Act 8: Chapter 1 and provide updated equipment, consumables, and upgrade materials. All players who registered for the free Lost Continent Explorer’s Pack will receive the updated version of the Level 50 Character Creation Voucher.

New Starter Pack and Mastery Bundle

Available December 6 in the Bundles Tab

The Starter Pack and Mastery Bundle will also be receiving an update to their rewards to coincide with the new content arriving with Dawn of the Lost Continent. These bundles can be purchased once per account (although you can still purchase new bundles when we refresh them like this), and are geared toward providing levelling players and characters with a ton of materials and bonuses for an extreme discount.

Starter Pack

Price: 299 NCoin [Limit One Per Account]                                    

  • Hongmoon Pentagonal Diamond
  • Hongmoon Pentagonal Amethyst
  • Black Beret (Head Adornment)
  • 16 Dragon Trade Pouches
  • 7 Days Premium Membership
  • Trailblazer Tool Kits (Stage 1 – 5)
    • 50 Master Field Repair Tools
    • 51 Gold
    • 30 Lucky Dumplings
    • 45 Fortune Potions
    • 30 Hongmoon Unsealing Charms
    • 30 Hongmoon Keys
    • 5 Escape Charms
    • 8 Naryu Coins
    • 15 Retrieved Secret Techniques               
    • 30 Bruiser Charms
    • 15 Hongmoon Instant Revival Charms
    • 1 Suspicious Contraband
    • 10 Hongmoon Hot Dragon Soup               
    • 20 Dokkaebi Soju
    • 5 Hongmoon Special Firewater
    • 5 Hongmoon Special Tonic
    • 10 Heroic Friendship Charms
    • 5 Excellent Hongmoon XP Charms
    • 10 Rare Elements
    • 50 Lunar Twilight Flowers

Like the Starter Pack, the Mastery Bundle offers a significant value on a wide array of higher-level materials that can help speed up your levelling and weapon upgrades.

Mastery Bundle

Price: 1,599 NCoin [Limit One Per Account]

  • Hongmoon Hexagonal Aquamarine
  • Hongmoon Energy – Stage 8
  • 20 Hongmoon Special Tonic
  • 20 Hongmoon Special Firewater               
  • 50 Large Fortune Potions
  • 20 Hongmoon Instant Revival Charms
  • Treasures of the West Upgrade Chest
    • 30 Gold
    • 15 Void Fragments
    • 10 Naryu Tablets
    • 60 Soulstone Crystals
    • 30 Moonstone Crystals
    • 15 Elysian Crystals
    • 3 Taikhan’s Skin

Today’s Specials and Costume Rotations

During the holiday season, be sure to keep an eye out for festive items that will be available for a limited time. These special goodies will make for a great holiday gift for yourself or a friend!

The Flash: “Therefore I Am” Review on gamesread


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Clifford DeVoe is more dangerous than he looks.

It was a hectic week for team Flash. Even as Iris put the finishing touches on her wedding plans, Barry and Joe finally came face-to-face with Clifford DeVoe. Needless to say, wasn’t at all what they were expecting.

We’ll have our review of “Therefore I Am” up a bit later tonight. Until then, let us know what you thought of the new episode in the comments below.


Fortnite Battle Royale sparks Unreal Engine improvements, starts banning cheaters on gamesread

Fortnite Battle Royale sparks Unreal Engine improvements, starts banning cheaters on gamesread

Epic have been busy this week with Fortnite [official site] in both its PvE and Battle Royale forms. Over in Battle Royale (which is free), Epic have added a duo mode and started banning cheaters in their thousands. Epic have also been working on technical improvements to Unreal Engine itself that should benefit any game throwing 100 players into a big world to fight. Pointing this out seems a bit of a passive-aggressive wink to how the makers of Playerunknown’s Battleground have grumbled about the possibility of Epic keep any such improvements to themselves. Cheeky! And for Fortnite PvE (which will be F2P but isn’t yet), the new Horde Bash mode has launched.

Fortnite Battle Royale cheats

First, cheats and the cheaty cheaters who cheat with them. Epic say that “addressing cheaters in Fortnite is the highest priority across Epic Games” and that they “are constantly working against both the cheaters themselves and the cheat providers.”

They’ve already banned thousands of players and, while playing cagey so as to not clue naughties into how their cheat-detection and banmachine works, say “we are rolling out tools and will continue to do so.” Making bans stick is difficult in free-to-play games, as banned players can simply use a new e-mail address to register a new account, so hopefully Epic have something good up their technosleeves.

A player progression will arrive in Fortnite Battle Royale system in “the next several weeks”, and Epic hope that people will feel less inclined to cheat when they risk losing their progression to a ban.

Earlier this week, Epic also launched a Battle Royale update adding duos and bringing back supply drops. They also gabbed about their plans to rebalance weapon accuracy.

Unreal Engine improvements

Onto Unreal Engine! This week, Epic detailed the many “performance, memory, and workflow optimizations” they have made to Unreal Engine 4 while making Fortnite Battle Royale. These changes aren’t directly visible to players — for example, “Switched property type comparisons from strings to FNames for speed during replication” — but improve the engine’s technoguts, largely enabling better dedicated server performance and easier collaboration for artists.

These changes will roll out across the next two releases of Unreal Engine 4, and Epic say they’ve got more Battle Royale-y improvements in the works too.

Epic stress that all these improvements can “not only benefit Fortnite: Battle Royale but every developer using Unreal Engine 4, especially those building games with similar requirements.” You know, like Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.

Fortnite Battle Royale sparks Unreal Engine improvements, starts banning cheaters on gamesread

The makers of Plunkbat have expressed discontent with Fortnite Battle Royale in strange and rambling ways. Following a baffling statement in which they said they “are concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known,” Bluehole Studio elaborated with further vague concerns in an interview with cheery RPS fanzine PC Gamer.

“We could be afraid when we make new features in the engine by modifying it internally, that is not already available and public, that feature could be leaked, or other things could happen,” producer Changhan Kim told PCG. Plunkbat is also built upon Unreal Engine, see, so Bluehole didn’t seem best pleased about the prospect of Epic getting an ‘unfair’ advantage from that. The games are genre rivals, after all, even if the two are quite different in many crucial ways.

Young Matthew Cox will tell you that Fortnite Battle Royale simply isn’t as fun or as interesting as Plunkbat. However it has beaten Plunkbat to console, and Bluehole are likely concerned about it getting a strong footing before they arrive. Their other concerns are still weird, mind, acting put out that Epic have ventured into a genre that predates both their games. Even the chap who arguably created the modern blueprint for Battle Royale modes with his Arma mod, Brendan Greene (the eponymous Playerunknown, currently making Plunkbat with Bluehole) told us earlier this year that he didn’t claim ownership over the genre.

Anyway! The point is, technobits go zoomier? All those changes won’t automatically benefit Plunkbat and perhaps won’t even apply to how Bluehole use Unreal, but they will be in Unreal Engine for all.

Horde Bash

And on Thursday, the PvE side of Fortnite received an update adding Horde Bash mode. This has players build a base together before the round starts, then pits them against waves of nasties. Waves get more difficult over time, obvs, and completing waves gives resources to craft weapons and tend to your base.

Big number

On Wednesday, Epic announced that Fortnite – both its PvE and Battle Royale sides combined – had passed 7 million players. Presumably the vast majority are Battle Royalers having a crack for free but hey, that is a big number.

Busy week.

The Fortnite client is free to download through Epic’s own client. That’ll get to into Fortnite Battle Royale for free but the PvE aspect will cost money until it leaves early access. Brendan will tell you that the PvE mode “is one of the most obnoxiously loud and over-designed games I’ve played in a long while,” which isn’t a glowing recommendation.

Life is Strange 2: Fortsetzung von Life is Strange offiziell bestätigt! – gamesread.com

Life is Strange 2: Fortsetzung von Life is Strange offiziell bestätigt! - gamesread.com

Quelle: MMOBase

Das größte Highlight des Jahres 2015 war für viele Life is Strange. Nach seiner Veröffentlichung waren Fans und Medien begeistert, wodurch das interaktive Abenteuerspiel viele Fans gewonnen hat. Insgesamt umfasste das Videospiel fünf verschiedene Episoden, die im Verlauf des Jahres 2015 veröffentlicht wurden und die Story mit jedem neuen Teil erweitert bzw. fortgeführt hat. Somit ist es keine Überraschung, dass natürlich viele Fans auf die Fortsetzung von Life is Strange warten. Nun gab es endlich eine offizielle Information zum neuen Teil des Action-Adventures.

Am 18. Mai 2017 bestätigte Dontnod Entertainment einen zweiten Teil von Life is Strange offiziell auf dem YouTube Kanal des Videospiels. Alternativ gab es auch einen neuen Eintrag auf dem Blog von Life is Strange. Hier geht es zur offiziellen Ankündigung der Spiele-Fortsetzung.

Nachfolgend findet ihr das YouTube-Video zur Ankündigung von Life is Strange 2.