gamesread – Top 5 Games Under $5 To Grab During The Summer Steam Sale

Every Steam sale is the best of times and the worst of times. The best of times for us and the worst of times for our wallets, and all the games we should be playing. What’s that? I have a brand new copy of Persona 5 I still haven’t touched? That’s cool and all but what can I buy now.

I don’t know about you but the first thing I do during a Steam sale (right after apologizing to my bank account) is to click on the under $5 list on Steam. Because if you’re spending less than $5 for a game..are you spending any money at all? I mean, are you really? Not just that but there is a special sense of satisfaction I get out of paying less than $5 for a game that could potentially entertainment me for hundreds of hours. Or 1. I mean it’s not like I’ve even played half of the Steam games I own. So in honor of thrifty consumerism, here are 5 games under $5 that you should pick up during this year’s Steam Summer Sale. There are technically more than 5 games here but 5 for $5 sounds better than like, 8 for $5. That sounds dumb.

Just a quick heads up though: I talk about mods a lot below because they can add tons of enjoyment to just about any game. I realize it can be a bit intimidating to get into modding though, so if you’re interested you should check out this beginner’s guide from PC Gamer. And you can find tons of mods at Nexus Mods and install most of them with their easy to use mod manager. I cannot stress how awesome some of these mods are and they can provide everything from improved graphics, combat or even completely original quest lines. Okay, onto the list.


1. Mount & Blade: Warband

Alright, I’ll be honest. That trailer does not look great. And that’s because this game is a little rough around the edges. Okay, it’s a lot of rough around the edges. But I’ve played this one for 105 hours and I could have easily tripled that number. But I fear it. I’m too terrified of being sucked in because once Mount and Blade gets its hooks in you, it doesn’t let go. But why, I hear you ask, why would anyone want to play a game that looks so butt? Well, allow me to answer your question with a series of questions. Do you want to:

  • Steal a ship and become a heartless pirate pillaging and murdering every village in sight?
  • Sneak into a fort disguised as an old beggar so you can kill a bunch of guards with a bo staff and bust your crew out of jail?
  • Lead a cavalry charge against a helpless group of peasants?
  • Storm up the walls of a castle, hacking and slashing wildly at friend and foe alike as you desperately try to secure a foothold?
  • Stand in the middle of a gory battlefield, littered with the mangled corpses of the dead and dying, all while you desperately block the blows of a blood-drunk berserker, only to have his axe tear through your shield in a shower of splinters, and you know the next strike will make even quicker work of your skull so you lunge forward and with a desperate swing you cleave a thin red line through his throat and then as you pant for breath you hear a roar that closes in from all around you-you whirl searching for the next foe before you realize, almost as if in a dream, that the roar is coming from your brothers and sisters in arms–you’ve won the day and their throats cry out in victory!

Ahem. Sorry, I was trying to do a bit there but I got carried away. Mount and Blade will do that to you. But yeah, you should buy it. It’s only $4.99. And yes, imagination helps with the graphics but so do mods! There are a ton of different mods to choose from for this game but the Floris Mod Pack is a terrific place to start.


2. Fallout New Vegas

Now this game. Oh man. This game right here…also hasn’t aged well. I bought Fallout New Vegas at this same price back in 2013. I had played Fallout 3 before and I hated it but I gaven Fallout New Vegas a chance anyway. Because at $3.29 the price was very right. I was still wary because of it due to my experiences with Fallout 3 though. But I was a noob. Here is a direct quote from past Mike, spoken while fighting a super mutant in a sewer: “This game is stupid, I’m aiming right at this guy and my bullets miss. That’s dumb–I hate this!!” Yes, embarrassing. At least I was young enough to still be decent at shooters (I miss you Past Mike) but man I was awful at RPGs. Did you know it took me over a month to beat Xenogears? A month!  Anyway, I bought Fallout New Vegas and I played. And played. And then I bought the first story DLC. And then the second. And then all of them. And I plaaaayeeedd. And then after I beat the game I spent at least an entire day searching for and downloading mods. And I plaaaaayeeeeeeddddddd.

Mods will help you get even more out of this fantastic game. And there are tons of different ones to choose from. You can spruce up the graphics, change character models, add fully voiced companions, new quest lines, new locations, new secret underground bases, new weather effects, new lighting effects and just–basically, remake the entire game. Oh, and someone actually did make a completely new game as a mod. It’s called Fallout New California and it’s due out later this year–for free. I played the opening sequence of Fallout New California years ago and it was super impressive back then. I encourage everyone to download all of the mods–that’s what I did and I didn’t even break my game. And I am not smart. But I do want to stress that what is already here is worthwhile. Extremely so. There’s a reason why I still disliked Fallout 3 after giving it another try years later. And it’s the same reason why I was disappointed by Fallout 4. Because it wasn’t New Vegas.

3. The Witcher Series

This one will be short and sweet. Currently, Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is $19.99. That is stupid. That price is so stupid it causes me pain. I realize it’s more than $5 but still. You should buy it. Buy it. But if you like to start your stories from the beginning you should also consider picking up the other games in the series. The first Witcher title is on sale for $1.49. Now full disclosure, I played this one for 48 hours and did not finish it. The setting, stories, and characters are all good–just not as polished as later installments. And the combat is this weird, rhythm-based click-heavy affair that was not my favorite. But it’s not a bad game. And it’s only $1.49. That’s almost not even money. Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is actually the first game in the series I ever played. And it is fantastic. It was the game that made me realize this series was really, really special. And right now it’s $2.99, so basically free. If you love the Witcher series and want to see it from the beginning then it’s well worth the cost.

4. Just Cause 3

I’m not actually a fan of the Just Cause series. I picked up the second game when it was on sale a few years ago and I played it for an hour before I got tired of it. But there’s no denying it’s series that a lot of people love for its vibrant open world and over the top action. I just, I dunno, never really got into it. But Just Cause 3 is on sale for $4.49 so I’m definitely going to buy it. And I bet I will do a lot of cool stuff in the hour(s) I end up playing it, like sky-surf out of a fighter plane en route to elbow dropping a Jeep Cherokee to death. Or something–I’m pretty sure that’s an accurate description of the gameplay.

Yeah, I was pretty close.

It’s a great looking game with a unique style all its own and at $4.49 I probably won’t regret only playing it for an hour. Probably.

5. Supergiant Games (Bastion and Transistor)

This last one is a bit of a dark horse pick. I know whenever I think about my favorite video game developers I don’t think about Supergiant Games–but I definitely should. They are indie darlings who create incredibly unique and rich gaming experiences that delight both the mind and the soul. And no they did not pay me to say that, though I wish they had because that would be awesome.

Right now Bastion, which is their first and probably best game, is on sale for $3.74. It’s an awesome game which I played the absolute crap out of back when I got it for Xbox 360. There’s a lot to do here–way more than I was expecting. There are challenges to take on, different weapons to master and a surprisingly deep story to enjoy.

And then, of course, there’s Transistor. This game I played for 7 hours and stopped right as I reached the last level. Why? I have no idea. I just make bad life choices most days. Or all days. The thing the makes Transistor shine is it’s incredibly unique combat system which mixes RTS and fast-paced combat. And if I’m being honest, I’m not sure I actually liked it but it always kept me on my toes. But the most impressive thing about Transistor (and Supergiant games in general) is its music. Just listen to this song sung by the game’s main character: Red.

That is good stuff. Just like everything Supergiant does. Their 3rd game Pyre is on sale too. But right now it’ll set you back a steep $7.99. Which is almost 8 dollars and everyone knows that is reaaaaal close to actually spending money. Dangerously close. Just like all of their games Pyre is incredibly unique. It is a sports, party-based hybrid. I think. I dunno, I’m only an hour in. But I’m sure it’s worth the money. Just good luck finding that kind of cash between your couch cushions.

Steam’s Summer Sale is running from now until July 5th. So you have a few more days to prepare your wallet for sacrifice if you haven’t already. But don’t wait too long, Gabe didn’t get to where he is now by being a patient man…


gamesread - Top 5 Games Under $5 To Grab During The Summer Steam Sale

Top 5 Games Under $5 To Grab During The Summer Steam Sale

All Aboard the Train with Carter and Shaun – The gamesread Show #346

Eli and Jared are currently aboard Train Jam on their way out to GDC, but fret not: instead of a classic episode, Carter and Shaun are here to discuss this week’s big games and news. Fortnite obviously takes up a lot of the discussion, as it is a potentially groundbreaking mobile release. We also discuss the upcoming beta for dinosaur survival game ARK: Survival Evolved, another similarly-surprising mobile port from console/PC. Shaun gets to discuss something a bit more familiar to him as we talk about Fighting Fantasy Classics [Free], and the ridiculous sale for Darkest Dungeon: Tablet Edition [$0.99 (HD)] over on iPad, before wrapping things up with some Armello [Free] discussion.

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Warframe Resurrects The Beam Weapons Of Old –

Warframe Resurrects The Beam Weapons Of Old - gamesread.comIf you’re a Warframe veteran, you probably remember a time when Beam Weapons were king and were probably a little bit upset when the devs decided to change the whole system. Digital Extremes has just brought back the Beam Weapons of old with the latest update – Hotfix 22.13.3.

“Beam Weapon behavior was originally changed to help with performance but as we’ve made optimizations to the game over time, we can return them to their original status of hitscan weapons with pinpoint accuracy and zero recoil. Or at least we think we can.

Perfect accuracy and high fire rate is balanced by limited range and damage ramping up from 10% to 100% over 0.8 seconds when firing and decays back to 10% over 1 second after stopping. To help with ammo economy, Beam Weapons consume 0.5 ammo per trace – unless they are Flamethrowers.”

The studio says that the changes will immediately be noticeable and is keen on getting constructive feedback from the community to further improve the system. The hotfix also includes non-Beam Weapon changes including a now silent Cernos Prime alt fire, increased rate of fire for Zenith’s alt fire, and a ton of other tweaks and fixes.

You’ll find the full patch notes on the official forums. Don’t forget to check out the latest Warframe dev stream right after the break.

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How DhTekKz Won the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series FUT Champions Cup –

Posted February 2nd at 6:00pm.

Donovan “DhTekKz” Hunt was a name that few people knew a week ago. The 16-year-old from Exeter was ranked 55th on the Xbox One leaderboards based on his November 2017 Weekend League results, meaning that he barely squeaked into the tournament at all. He had less than 1,000 Twitter followers when the weekend began. But by Sunday evening, DhTekKz would be a legend.

One by One, Tournament Favorites Fall Short

When the FUT Champions Cup Barcelona last weekend started the FIFA 18 Global Series Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup, many of the biggest names in FIFA competitive gaming were present. Players like last year’s FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series winner Corentin “Vitality Rocky” Chevrey and top Xbox One seed Michael “MegaBit” Bittner. But those heavyweights, along with many others, were left in the wake of possibly the greatest narrative in competitive FIFA history.

Many of the FIFA players in Barcelona had all the marks of a professional. Some (and their FUT squads) bore the jerseys of real-life club sponsors. Some changed their gamer tags to include the gaming organizations to which they were signed. Many brought coaches with them who barked orders in headsets and brought out notebooks at halftime to go over tactics.

An Exeter Underdog

DhTekKz wasn’t signed to a professional club, and he didn’t come to Barcelona with a coach in tow. His squad often bore the jerseys of his favorite team, Liverpool Football Club. He chose the crest of Exeter City Football Club, to represent his hometown on the global stage. His parents accompanied him and cheered him on throughout the tournament, but only in the later rounds did he have a coach, when professional Roma pro Sam “Roma Poacher” Carmody volunteered to help after his own exit from the tournament. In a room surrounded by professionals, DhTekKz’s amateur status kept him under the radar. 

The FUT Champions Cup group stage used a Swiss-style format, meaning all matches in the stage were between players with identical records. DhTekKz started slowly, losing two of his first three rounds in the group stage. But that round 3 loss would be his last. His journey through the group stage was highlighted with a 7-2 aggregate win over Vitality Rocky, who wouldn’t make it out of the stage. The teenage DhTekKz qualified for the knockout stage with a respectable 5-2 record, keeping company with tournament favorites—making commentators give him a second look.

Hints of Greatness

DhTekKz said after the group stage that he felt everything was going against him, considering the ridiculously difficult matchups he’d had thus far. “Beating Rocky, I was just happy. I don’t know what to say, I’m speechless.” Despite having a mountain to climb, he remained confident, saying, “I believe in myself, I think I can go on and win, but that’s just how it is. It’s good that I played those players, so I can prove myself.”

With so much talent, the competition was intense in both console brackets. No player had an “easy” run in this tournament, but the path DhTekKz took makes his surprise victory even more impressive. He was challenged quickly, facing the self-proclaimed “best FIFA player in the world” and tenth Xbox One seed kurt0411. DhTekKz dispatched kurt0411 with a 5-1 aggregate win, finally turning heads in Barcelona and around the world.

This made DhTekKz’s play style and tactical choices a hot topic for the tournament’s commentators. He used a lot of skill moves during matches, a choice that some saw as showboating—but others considered a fresh approach to the competitive game. The margins in competitive FUT are often thin, so skill moves (especially in dangerous areas of the pitch) are used sparingly when there is a lot at stake. But DhTekKz found a way to incorporate flashy skills into his game without sacrificing too much, and it was clearly paying off. 


Bucking the Tactical Trends

Tactically, DhTekKz played a bit of a different style in some matches, picking a 4-2-3-1 formation rather than the more popular formations, like the 4-1-2-1-2 narrow diamond and traditional 4-4-2. Using 4-2-3-1, DhTekKz said, provided a counter-attacking strategy that had served him well in qualification. “I’ve got two styles, I’ll either do possession or just counter-attack. Against Gorilla I decided to go counter-attack and it worked well. I tried to match Rocky at his own game. I feel like I can take anyone on in their own style.” This isn’t a single tactic that he employed, but rather a style of play that relied on understanding FIFA on a level that allows him to tweak his game to suit any opponent.

Bold tactical choices and a keen understanding of skill moves are just part of DhTekKz’s exceptional style of play. Tournament commentator Richard Buckley said “what makes [DhTekKz] special is that he is unpredictable in his gameplay, he does things that other pros don’t. This includes skill moves and long shots, which others just don’t expect him to do.” 

DhTekKz had a slightly tougher match in the console quarterfinals, but finished off another big name in Hashtag United pro Ryan “Hashtag Ryan” Pessoa with a tight 3-1 win. With two top-ranked players in his wake, DhTekKz was riding a wave of hype. But his opponent was VfL Bochum 1848 e-Sports pro and the highest-ranked Xbox One player in the world, Michael “MegaBit” Bittner. Would he be able to hang with Megabit, the only player that went undefeated in the November Weekend League? 

This matchup ended up being one of the tournament’s best, as DhTekKz and Megabit provided an end-to-end, 16-goal thriller over the two-game semifinal. The hype train for DhTekKz was going full speed, and it seemed like the entire competitive FIFA world was buying tickets. Buckley referred to this match as DhTekKz’s most impressive performance of the entire tournament. 

Glory Is Within His Reach

Two more opponents and four games stood between DhTekKz and competitive FIFA history. His console final opponent, Germany’s Niklas “NRaseck7” Raseck, might have only been the 35th-ranked player, but he wasn’t a pushover. DhTekKz came out swinging and easily finished the first leg with a 4-1 advantage that included a second-half penalty kick. But it was NRaseck7 who jumped to an early second leg lead, bringing the aggregate score up to 4-2 in the opening minutes. The German turned the screws again, scoring a fantastic goal in the 31st minute with Cristiano Ronaldo to inch closer to DhTekKz’s lead. DhTekKz looked rattled, but, he kept his nerve, getting an insurance goal near the end of the game and preserveing his and a place in the Grand Final.

Despite his age, this was a recurring theme in this competition for DhTekKz—keeping his nerve. Surrounded by players with far more experience at the competitive level than him, DhTekKz never looked like he’d fold under pressure. Buckley said that he noticed it multiple times over the course of the tournament. “The most impressive part of the victory was that, given his age, he didn’t let the pressure of the tournament affect his gameplay or the way that he kept his composure throughout the three days.”

The Final Showdown

While not as unknown as DhTekKz, PlayStation 4 bracket champion Nicolas “nicolas99fc” Villalba quietly racked up an impressive tournament after ranking sixth in the world to qualify. Starting with a tight win over August “Hashtag Agge” Rosenmeier in the round of 32 and ending with a decisive win in the console finals over FC Basel pro Tim “TheStrxngeR” Katnawatos, nicolas99fc put together a solid resume ahead of the event Grand Final.

But there could be only one champion. While nicolas99fc certainly had his fans—especially from his home country of Argentina—the real buzz surrounding the Grand Final concerned DhTekKz. Fans around the world flocked to the live stream, eager to see if the Exeter teenager would complete his underdog story.  

The entertainment began almost immediately. DhTekKz started with a bang, scoring his first goal after a few seconds. Even though nicolas99fc put up a valiant effort, his young opponent was simply too much. The first leg ended with a tight 3-2 scoreline, but DhTekKz ran away with the title and secured a 9-3 aggregate score in the event Grand Final to lift his first major trophy.

Within a matter of days, DhTekKz went from being a mostly-anonymous, low-ranked player that squeaked into the first FUT Champions Cup event of the season to one of the biggest names in competitive gaming. His Twitter account grew exponentially, ending the weekend with over 50,000 followers. 

Seconds after his victory, DhTekKz showed a maturity and humility beyond his years when talking about his history-making weekend. “I don’t know what to say. I came into the tournament to do well. I got hard matchups, came through it, and believed I could win.” Even going down 3-2 at the end of the first game of the Grand Final, DhTekKz said his confidence didn’t waver. “I had a couple big leads in the earlier rounds. When he got it back to 3-2, I knew this had happened before, and I had gone on and won. I was worried, but I believed in myself to come out on top.”

If his calm, yet confident approach to FIFA showed the young man’s mature side, DhTekKz’s emotional words after the tournament reminded us that he’s just 16. His advice for aspiring professional FIFA players was unexpected: “Tell your mum about FIFA, she’ll be your inspiration. [Mine has] helped me a lot along the way.” When asked about what he would do with the prize money, DhTekKz‘s answer was one only someone with their entire adult life ahead of them could give: “I’m more worried about the trophy,” he said. “I don’t know where to put it.”


-Spenser Davis

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Premature Evaluation: Stationeers on gamesread

Premature Evaluation: Stationeers on gamesread

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser’s pottering around in RocketwWerkz’ space station sim, Stationeers, and learning that, just perhaps, it’s better to stay on Earth.

Why is a giant egg on top of my microwave? I’m trying to play through Stationeers’ dire tutorial, but I actually feel like I’m participating in one of Gordon Ramsay’s literal kitchen nightmares. In the egg carton, it was very much a normal-sized, innocuous egg, but somewhere between picking it up and mistakenly putting it on and not in the microwave, it grew at least 20 times larger. And I’m not sure I really should be putting eggs in microwaves. Certainly not to make muffins.

I somehow muddle through, making a muffin that I don’t need and fixing a cable that does nothing. Well done me – I’ve completed the tutorial. Lamentably, I’ve retained very little of the excessively complicated instructions required to perform the simplest of tasks. With unearned confidence, I dive into the game-proper, my head full of dreams of lunar bases and SCIENCE. It is dark, I’m alone and I have no idea what I need to do.

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Since the tutorial barely even covers the most basic parts of constructing a functioning base right now, I have absolutely no idea where to begin. I guess my base will need a floor, so I root around in the crates and pick up some metal sheets. I can’t do anything with them. Next to them are some metal frames, and this time I’m actually able to place them. Progress! But what’s a floor without some cool stuff to put on it? Unfortunately, I’m getting ahead of myself and the floor, it turns out, still isn’t finished.

A 30 minute break and a browse of the wiki fills in the gaps. To finish the floor I need to use the sheets I discarded before, applying them to the frame while I’m holding the welding tool in my free hand. After multiple trips between the site of my base-to-be and the containers, and a bit of inventory faffing, I finally have the start of my first building. It feels more of an achievement doing it in the dark, guided only by my useless headlamp. Annoyingly, while I’ve been wandering around blindly my power has been dwindling and I can’t charge my battery on an empty floor. I’ve got to set up a charging station, which means I need a power controller and a solar panel too. At least the sun is starting to come up now.

Premature Evaluation: Stationeers on gamesread

By the time I finish, it’s dark again and my solar panel is useless. I can’t do anything until the next day. I stare at the stars until that gets boring, then I bring up my inventory. Alarms go off and my computer warns me that everything is bad and I’m going to die. It’s almost like I’ve opened up my suit. Because I have. To see my inventory, I automatically hit ‘I’, which doesn’t open the inventory but rather dangerously opens my helmet. By the time I realise my fatal mistake, I’m about to walk into the light. Thankfully, that light is the sun, and with my helmet sorted I can go back to my previous task of getting some power. Soon I’ll be running on fumes, so I’m in a bit of a hurry.

This isn’t something you could tell by the pace of my work, which could only be described as sloth-like. Stationeers wants you to know that it’s a very hardcore game. Unfortunately, hardcore is so often conflated with lack of user-friendliness and intuitive systems and that’s the case here. It’s not just that every task has twice has as many steps as a reasonable person would come up with, though that does grate, it’s that actually performing tasks is typically dull. Indeed, most of them involve standing around while you wait for the right time of day or watch a furnace working away.

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RocketWerkz seem to be perfectly capable of ditching realism when it gets in the way, but at other times it’s like Stationeers is built on a love of drudgery. With my solar panel standing, I now have power, opening up a whole world of possibilities. Unfortunately, my minor goals require a bit more work. See, the panels need to be directly facing the sun, and as you’re probably well aware: the sun moves a lot. Like, all the time. There are undoubtedly many solutions to this problem, but Stationeers settles on the one that makes players use a wrench to manually raise or lower the panel, to catch the light. When night fell again, this time I was actually pleased, as it meant that solar panel duty was over.

It’s peculiar, playing a game from one of the progenitors of the modern sandbox and realising that it’s already incredibly dated. DayZ is, in video game terms at least, a household name associated with all kinds of thrilling, hilarious and horrific stories (and a whole lot of waiting and walking in between those moment, it must be said). Its successor has somehow managed to make the creation of a simple muffin a pain in the arse.

As a friend watched me follow the instructions of the wiki, amazed at how much dreary busy work was involved in creating the simplest of manufacturing chains, I struggled to justify the the time and effort involved in slapping together a space station. Fundamentally, Stationeers has yet to construct a slice of space, let alone a galaxy, that actually makes it feel like you’re having an impact on the universe.

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There’s nothing holding it together at the moment. It’s more like Space Engineers than DayZ, but unlike the long-running early access creative sandbox, it keeps its best bits at arm’s length. I vividly recall my first experience with Space Engineers. Within an hour I’d constructed a war-ready spacecraft that I pitted against an equally intimidating war machine of a pal’s design. We flung our babies at each other, and watched as they both bounced off each other and rapidly drifted off into deep space, much faster than we could travel. It was a hilarious comedy of errors that made Robot Wars look well-produced. In an hour of Stationeers, I figured out how not to suffocate.

The comparison isn’t unfair. Both are early access games with similar goals. But Stationeers expects you to put dozens of hours and countless wiki breaks into it before it becomes remotely cohesive. It’s hard, boring work. By the time I’d constructed a 3D printer and a proper furnace, the things needed to create the more advanced items, I’d lost all motivation to construct ships and bases. I saunter off into the darkness, thinking that maybe spending some time mindlessly mining would make me happy to get back to my construction projects. A few minutes later and I’d fallen down a hole and broken my suit, the two most exciting things to happen to me all day. My jetpack could get me out… but do I even want to escape?

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Stationeers is, at the moment, a series of loosely connected systems, but without the creative, anything-goes philosophy or many of its sandboxy peers. I never thought anything could stop me from building a spaceship or an intergalactic Little Chef, but a browse of the steps and work involved has made me realise I’d be willing to do anything else. Even spending the rest of my life in this big ol’ moon hole.

Stationeers is out now on Steam for £18.99/$24.99/€22.99.

Getting Started with FIFA 18 Ultimate Team on gamesread

Posted November 20th at 6:00pm.

FIFA Ultimate Team™ is the most popular mode in the game, in which you build your dream squad from scratch using collectible player items. With thousands of players available in Ultimate Team, there are a seemingly endless number of ways in which you can craft your squad to your liking. Not only can you customize the team you put on the field, you also choose the kits, badges, stadiums, coaches, and more to make your FUT squad unique to you. This is how to take the beginning steps of your FUT career, from getting your first players to choosing your squad’s kit and badge.

The very first time you play Ultimate Team, you’ll be given a starter pack containing a majority of players from your chosen country.

Next, you get to pick one out of a selection of five top players as a loan item. Even though you only get this player on loan, which means you can only select it for a specific number of matches, having such a high quality player will be a huge boost to your first FUT squad.

All player items are separated into three main categories: bronze, silver, and gold. Every item has a handful of features that are relevant to how they fit in your squad and play on the pitch. Many of these numbers and symbols have to do with squad chemistry, which we’ll elaborate on in a separate post.

One side of each player item also lists that player’s attribute categories: Pace, Shooting, Passing, Dribbling, Defense, Physical. For goalkeepers, the attribute categories are a bit different: Diving, Handling, Kicking, Reflexes, Speed, Positioning. You can go to the player’s bio to see each category broken down to the specific attributes from which they are comprised.

Next, you’ll get to choose your squad’s home kit, away kit, and crest based on a random selection of each. Don’t worry, you can buy new kits and crests later, or get them from packs.This is just to get your team started.

After you’ve been given all of these items, your very first FUT squad should look something like this:

Before you head straight into playing matches, there are also a handful of “Starter Objectives” that will help you learn some FUT basics — and reward you for finishing them. Objectives can range from simple tasks like naming your FUT club or changing formations, to more involved activities like buying players from the transfer market or playing in matches. The rewards for these objectives will either be Coins or packs with FUT items that you can sell or use to upgrade your squad. It’s important to complete these challenges first, because the rewards you get will improve your squad much faster than you could otherwise.

Once you have a starting XI that you’re pleased with, it’s time to take to the pitch. There are a number of online and single player modes available in FUT, including the all-new Squad Battles* mode that helps you get valuable FUT experience while earning significant rewards to  upgrade your squad.

* These features are only available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC.

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gamesread | EA SPORTS™ Premier League Player of the Month – September – Harry Kane

Posted October 13th at 11:00am.

After an impressive September, that saw the England international score six goals as Tottenham went unbeaten, EA SPORTS spoke to striker Harry Kane as he was named EA SPORTS Player of the Month. He gave us his thoughts on his aims for the season ahead, how he feels to have emulated Steven Gerrard and who his doubles partner is at EA SPORTS FIFA 18. 


EA SPORTS™: Harry, congratulations. How does it feel to be holding that award again?

Harry Kane: It feels good. It’s a great honour every time to win this award. It’s great, hopefully I can continue it and get a few more for the rest of the season.


EA SPORTS™: Harry you are in great company in terms of the number of players who have won it five times or more. How does it feel to be in the presence of people like Steven Gerrard and Robin van Persie.

HK: It makes me feel proud. It’s not something I think about too much but whenever I do win this award, it’s a great honour and I can only thank my teammates, the manager and the staff that help me achieve it. I’m just putting the balls in the back of the net, but they are the ones that are helping me do it.


EA SPORTS™: Would you say this has been the best month of your career?

HK: I would say so when you look at the goals I’ve scored and the amount of games. I feel really confident, I feel good. I feel in good shape so I just can’t wait for the next games to come. That’s what I’m trying to do, just stay fit and healthy, and hopefully I’ll continue to score.


EA SPORTS™: Is there any reason in particular why it has been so successful?

HK: I’m not sure, I think we’ve been playing great as a team first and foremost. We’ve been creating a lot of chances and I’ve been the one on the end of them putting them in the net. The team has been playing great, so as long as we keep doing that, hopefully we’ll keep winning games going forward.


EA SPORTS™: What have been your PL highlights over September?

HK: I think the whole month itself. I wouldn’t be able to pick out any in particular. Obviously I scored my 100th Spurs goal at the start of the month and just continued from there. Hopefully I can just continue the form and help the team out as much as possible!


EA SPORTS™: You have been particularly lethal on the road, is there any reason for that?

HK: I don’t think so, I just think it’s one of those things as a striker. Sometimes you go through spells where you score a lot at home, or you score a lot away, and at the minute I’m scoring more away but hopefully I can get some home goals. It doesn’t matter where I play, I feel confident that I’ll score and the most important thing is that we try and win the games.


EA SPORTS™: The golden boot is another trophy that has been on your no-doubt very heavy mantelpiece; there is a lot of competition in that department this season isn’t there?

HK: Yeah it’s great we’ve got some great strikers up there battling it out for the golden boot. There is still obviously an awful long way to go and a lot can happen but that’s the Premier League. The Premier League has always had great strikers and to win that golden boot you have got to play well. It’s looking tight at the moment, and probably will do for the reason of the season. It’s not something I really think about until way towards the end of the season, but of course it would be great to win it again.


EA SPORTS™: Spurs fans will hope that this year can be the difference. You have been so close over the last couple of seasons, and your goals have been a huge part of that. Where do you think your goals and this team can go this season?

HK: Hopefully we can go all the way. We finished second last year and we always want to improve and progress and so to do that we have to finish first. Like I said, there is a long way to go and a lot of games to play but we feel confident, we’re in good form at the minute. Hopefully we can start winning our games at Wembley and then kick on and win from there.


EA SPORTS™: Who is the best EA SPORTS FIFA 18 player at Tottenham?

HK: I’d probably have to say Sonny (Son). He likes to play FIFA! We have a little rec room here where some of the lads play it and he always seems to be the one that’s winning so I’d have to say him.


EA SPORTS™: Who is your FIFA doubles partner?

HK: I’d probably say Dele Alli. I don’t get to play it a lot but we have quite a good partnership on the pitch, so I’m sure we’d have one on FIFA as well!


EA SPORTS™: Do you get to play FIFA 18 a lot when you are travelling to away games?

HK: I don’t play it too much but sometimes a few of the lads will bring their PlayStation and play it. With my baby daughter now I don’t get to play it as much as I would like, but whenever I do I enjoy it.




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gamesread – Dawn of the Lost Continent: In-game Events

Participate in the events that are coming in Dawn of the Lost Continent on December 6.

The holiday season is upon us, and we’re celebrating with winter festivities!

Frozen Vipercap Cavern

Duration: December 6 – January 17

Once a day, players level 16 and above will be able to access the Frozen Vipercap Cavern dungeon through the portal in Jadestone Village or the Cross-Server Dungeon Lobby; once inside it’s a race against time to reach the Giant Golden Vipercap within. When the Giant Golden Vipercap is defeated, players will collect Frozen Mushrooms based on how quickly they managed to complete the dungeon, which they can then trade for rewards of their choice in the Dragon Express.

Gather Frozen Mushrooms

There are multiple ways to earn the Frozen Mushrooms required to trade for rewards:

  • Complete the Daily Quest: “Strike Gold” – Earn 3 Frozen Mushrooms
  • Complete the Daily Dungeon: “Frozen Vipercap Cavern” – The faster you are, the more Frozen Mushrooms you’ll receive!
  • Complete the Daily Challenge – Earn 3 Frozen Mushrooms
  • Visit the Hongmoon Store – Earn 1 Frozen Mushroom free per day
  • Complete Act 8, Chapter 20 – Earn 60 Frozen Mushrooms
  • Complete Dynamic Raid Quests
    • Dawn of Khanda Vihar: “The Memory of Meganura” – Earn 1 Hot Mushroom Stew (5 Frozen Mushrooms)
    • Fallen Aransu School: “Aransu Has Fallen” – Earn 2 Hot Mushroom Stews (10 Frozen Mushrooms)
    • Snowjade Fortress: “The Eternal Champion” – Earn 2 Hot Mushroom Stews (10 Frozen Mushrooms)
      • Hot Mushroom Stew can be opened for additional rewards. More details found in the rewards section below.


Check out the Dragon Express to trade in your Frozen Mushrooms for these rewards!


Upgrade Materials

Time-Limited Items

Hexagonal Gems


Sacred Oil

Fleeting Frenzied Soul


Reindeer Headband

Xanos Disc

Fleeting Serene Soul


Glowing Reindeer Headband

Pet Pod



Hat of Tidings

Forging Orb



North Star Earmuffs




Red Nose




Glowing Red Nose




Hot Mushroom Stew

A few of the notable rewards that have a chance to appear from the Hot Mushroom Stew are Pet Pods, Premium Transformation Stones, Raven King’s Soul, and Special Hongmoon XP Charms.

North Star Earmuffs Hat of Tidings Reindeer Headband & Red Nose Glowing Reindeer Headband & Glowing Red Nose


The Lost Jackpot

Duration: December 6 – January 17

Head over to the Hongmoon Store and pick up a Lost Jackpot for free! The Lost Jackpot can be opened once every 10 hours to receive both guaranteed and random rewards, as well as the next stage of the Lost Jackpot to open 10 hours later. Get to Lost Jackpot – Stage 10 and you’ll receive the cozy Overboard costume.

Some of the potential rewards from the various stages include:

Sacred Oil

Pet Pod

Hongmoon Gem Powder

Legendary Jewel

Special Hongmoon XP Charm

Solar Energy

Transformation Stone

Legendary Element





Don’t forget to log in every day to challenge the Frozen Vipercap Cavern and get your Lost Jackpot to Stage 10 before the events end on January 17!

gamesread | Super Mario Odyssey Jump-Rope Glitch Discovered


Turns out Talkatoos are even more helpful than we thought.

A glitch has been discovered that allows players to get absurdly high scores in Super Mario Odyssey’s jump-rope challenge.

Kotaku reports that a newly discovered glitch has the leaderboard filled with scores all the way up to 99,999. This method has been dubbed the “Talkatoo glitch” as it uses the helpful bird close to the jump-rope challenge to cause the camera to freeze and suspend animations.

To get the glitch to work, players throw Cappy at the bird and talk to him just before Cappy reaches his mark, which eventually leads to Mario frozen in place as the rope moves cleanly around him.

gamesread | Super Mario Odyssey Jump-Rope Glitch Discovered

Played as intended, the jump-rope mini game consists of a challenge which sees how many times the players can successfully jump over the rope, with the Jump Rope Hero Power Moon available at 30 jumps in a row and Jump Rope Genius awarded at 100 jumps. You can check out your score (as well as the scores of your friends and players worldwide) on a nearby leaderboard.

Super Mario Odyssey recently made it into our top 25 Nintendo Switch games. For more help with power moons, check out our wiki for every Mario Odyssey Power Moon location.

Hope Corrigan is an Australian freelance writer for IGN. You can follow her on Facebook,Twitter, and Twitch.

Shooty Fruity Coming to PS VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift on December 19, 2017 –

nDreams, the UK’s leading purveyor of VR produce, is delighted to announce that Shooty Fruity is releasing for PlayStation®VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift this December 19, 2017, priced at €19.99/$19.99/£15.99.  Getting the game early will give players access to exclusive content.

Shooty Fruity Coming to PS VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift on December 19, 2017 -

Shooty Fruity challenges players to scan, pack, serve and more whilst firing stacks of guns at tons of mutant fruit across their glowing supermarket ‘Career’.  Featuring brand new multi-tasking gameplay designed from the ground up for VR headset and motion controls, players shoot pineapples, pomegranates and more whilst doing jobs across numerous shifts, including the newly revealed Canteen job role.   What’s more, new weapons can be purchased in the staff room, the game’s central hub where players can also customise and test their load out, including C4 launchers, flak cannon-style shotguns and more, all whilst grabbing a cup of coffee!

You can check out the game, along with newly revealed content hot from the nDreams canteen in this all new trailer:

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the reception so far of Shooty Fruity, most notably being chosen by gamers at EGX 2017 as one of the Top 10 of the Show” said Patrick O'Luanaigh, CEO/Store Manager at nDreams, “If you thought Job Simulator was a blast, wait to you get a load of Shooty Fruity and its arsenal of berry-bursting weapons. Work has never been this much fun!”
Anyone that pre-orders the game, or buys it over the holiday season, will get free exclusive content, including the ‘Explody Bear’ grenade and the ‘Golden Guns’ skin pack for your arsenal.  You can already pre-order the game through the following links:

  • PlayStation EU:!/cid=EP4114-CUSA09500_00-B000000000008043
  • Steam:
Shooty Fruity Coming to PS VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift on December 19, 2017 -