Monday, April 12, 2021

Destiny 2: Season 14 Iron Banner Weapons Revealed

Earlier today, we talked about the various nerfs that are being implemented in Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen ahead of season 14 on the horizon. The reason behind the wide swath of nerfs is that the studio is bringing in a ton of new weapons and gear for the upcoming season, and the team is making preemptive changes to ensure that those arrivals fit right in. While we don't know even a small portion of what's on the way, Bungie did reveal the new Season 14 Iron Banner weapons on the way to help ease the blow of the most recent nerfs. Iron Banner is slated to kick off one last time in Season of the Chosen on April 13 at 10 a.m. Pacific until April 20 at the same time. This will be the final Iron Banner before season 14, so get in there if you still need to complete the Iron Sharpens Iron Seasonal Challenge. Saladin also offers weekly bounties that are great for leveling, especially for those trying to get to 1325 for Grandmaster Nightfalls.  Regarding what's next, here's our first look at the new weapons on the way for the upcoming season:  The Hand Cannon and Sniper Rifle, seen above, will be familiar for dedicated Guardians, but there will also be brand new weapons joining as well. "Our goals moving forward are to continue bringing some Year-1 weapons up to speed with random rolls, but also bringing some new rewards into the fold when possible," said Bungie in its most recent update. "This always depends a bit on what resources we have for a given season, but we’re looking forward to a few new Iron Banner-themed tools for your arsenal." There will be new armor in Iron Banner as well, but the studio isn't ready to share that first look quite yet since it won't be ready to debut for a few more seasons.  I'm interested in seeing how the new weapons operate, given the recent meta changes. It's nice to see a blend of returning favorites and new weapons. While I like that Bungie keeps bringing back familiar items, it does get a little exhausting when returning gear takes a priority of brand-new weapons and armor. What do you think about our first look at the new weapons for Destiny 2: Season 14 Iron Banner? Sound off with your hopes and Guardian-driven dreams in the comment section below! 

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    Visual Concepts Talks NBA 2K21 Movement And Contact For New-Gen

    Visual Concepts has released its Courtside Report #2 for NBA 2K1, providing more details on movement, contact, and how the PS5 controller provides a whole new dimension to gameplay.

    First up is dribbling and movement, which is brand-new for the new-gen consoles.  While signature dribbles return, everything else was scrapped and significant work was spent on improving the predictability and consistency of every dribble.  You can go where you want, in the way that you’d expect to.  No more unexpected turns, boosts, or cuts.

    Defensive movement has also been improved, with better pathing and a distinct lack of sliding around the court like previous entries. Players move more uniquely based on their size and the movement is smoother and less jerky.  On top of this, movement interaction between the defender and ball carrier has been improved, with fewer preset interactions and a more realistic feel when you’re defending.

    The other biggest change to movement is called the Impact Engine, which handles contact while in the air – meaning that players will no longer warp or slide to get to a particular position. Contact on the ground has also been enhanced, particularly in realism surrounding drawing – and committing – fouls like charging.

    Last up are the unique effects that can be provided by the PS5 adaptive triggers and haptic feedback.  The adaptive triggers are used to express energy and fatigue, with resistance on the sprint trigger with a fatigued player and less resistance on L2 when you’re posting up on a puny opponent. With haptic feedback, any situation where contact occurs will cause the controller to shake at different intensities based on multiple attributes of the current situation, like the strength of the players and the severity of the impact.

    Miss the first report? Read more about the changes and improvements here.

    NBA 2K21 hits Xbox Series X/S on November 10 and launches on November 12 for PS5. 

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