Friday, May 7, 2021

Halo Debuts New 'World Of Halo' Stop-Motion Video Series, Episode 1 Available Now

While we continue to wait for a Halo Infinite release date other than the anticipated November 2021 window, the team over at 343 Industries has a different sort of Master Chief-inspired project to share. Using the Jazwares action figure line, the stop-motion series called World of Halo just debuted its first episode. You can watch it below. Spoiler alert: it's pretty awesome. The Jazwares line is surprisingly detailed for being a mere four inches tall and seeing them in action in this format is kind of cool to see as a Halo fan myself. From a fight to death with the iconic energy sword to seeing some of the most recognizable enemies in the Halo-verse, the first episode of this series has us pretty jazzed to see what's next. Especially being a massive collector.  [embedded content] Master Chief's badassery, glowing energy swords, grunts screaming in panic - what more could you want? Other than a Halo Infinite gameplay trailer, but don't worry about that. 343 Industries has recently confirmed that a new gameplay reveal is coming this Summer to show off what the team has been working on since criticism hit about its next-gen graphics.  In other Halo news, 343 recently shared off a new screenshot from the main campaign, which you can see here, detailing the various PC-specific settings for resolution. The team also confirmed that Halo Infinite will include cross-progression and crossplay between Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC, so that anyone can enjoy the latest game without worried about being tied to one specific platform.  To learn more about Halo Infinite before the gameplay trailer drops in the coming months, you can scope out our dedicated game hub. From fan desires to inside looks, catch up on the latest news right here.  Thoughts on Halo Infinite and the latest stop-motion video with World of Halo? Sound off in the comments below; Cortana would want you to. 
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    Later this season super Animal Royale brings bonkers action to PS4 and PS5

    The Super Animals are migrating! After a cozy incubation period in early access on PC, where it’s received overwhelmingly positive reviews, Super Animal Royale is headed to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 later this year. Get ready to bite, claw, and shoot your way to the top of the food chain in the world’s most adorable fight to the death. Play Video Super Animal Royale is a 2D, top-down battle royale shooter, featuring 64-player brawls between critters wielding handguns, machine guns, hamster balls, and, um…bananas. There are more than 300 Super Animal breeds to create in the Research Lab and each can be personalized with more than 600 cosmetic items to collect. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a genetically fried Super Chicken wearing a banana suit and fighting with a fly swatter, you’re in luck. Once your animal is ready for battle, it’s time to leap off the back of a Giant Eagle and use your umbrella to parachute down to a massive island with over 10 unique biomes to explore including the slippery footholds of Thomas’s Tundra and the blistering heat of Super Saharaland. Between looting and shooting, you’ll explore the ruins of the abandoned Super Animal World theme park, where the genetically modified Super Animals once delighted park guests with songs, jokes, and fine cuisine, and where today they’ll delight you with the kind of frenetic carnage you’d expect from heavily armed wild beasts. Clues to how the park evolved from magical getaway to maniacal battlefield are scattered across the island for you to discover. But, an event the Super Animal World legal team cryptically refers to as “the incident” seems to have marked a turning point. Recently unearthed security footage, revealed for the first time in our trailer above, details the day a band of rebellious Super Animals took over the park, forever changing the island’s cheerful atmosphere, and with it Super Animal World’s business model. Not content to let a little labor dispute sink their bottom line, the Super Animal World corporation made the kind of lemons-to-lemonade pivot that will be taught in business schools for decades. As popular as their genetically modified attractions were as charming mascots, they’ve proved even more popular as fearsome fighters. Stay tuned for more Super Animal Royale news and join the fight for FUR-vival, when Super Animal Royale releases on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 later this year. 

    Hood: Outlaws & Legends – 14 ideas to pull off an ideal heist

    The skills of a rebel outlaw aren’t mastered overnight. We have 14 handy tips to help players who have pre-ordered the game and unlocked early access to Hood: Outlaws & Legends starting May 7 on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Someone needs to choose where the wealth ends up, and why shouldn’t it be you? Verify your age to view this content. Verify your age to view this content. To set the mood, check out the new “We are Legends” trailer and prepare for your first heist. Play Video 1. Sneak, distract, assassinate Being stealthy has a lot of potential rewards. For one, if you approach a player or guard unseen from behind, you can silently assassinate them. If guards are patrolling in pairs, make sure to time a double takedown with a fellow outlaw. If you can’t see a way past them, throwing a stone is a handy way to distract guards. 2. Don’t alert the guards Being spotted by guards has several consequences. Firstly, you’ll be highlighted in red, revealing your position to the entire enemy team until you manage to regain stealth. Secondly, you’ll initiate lockdown, causing portcullises to close and limit your options, or even trap you. Remember that several characters can shake chasing guards using their thrown item, such as Marianne’s smoke bomb. 3. Have each others’ backs Your team is made up of four outlaws, and guards often use the buddy system, so in most situations it’s wise to stick together. Splitting into pairs can be an effective strategy to cover more ground, since you can still help out a spotted ally with a quick stealth takedown before things get out of hand. 4. Find effective character combos There are four Outlaws, each with several options for perks that can significantly change their playstyle. Consider how your abilities work together with those you’re playing with. For example, a Tooke player can look to stun the enemy, opening them up to an easy headshot from Robin. 5. Tag targets Teamwork is essential in Hood, so good use of tags makes all the difference. Once the enemy is spotted, tag them before engaging so you can converge on them with your team. Tagging can also help your outlaw allies know where guards are, as well as ammo boxes, climbable ropes, shortcuts, and more. They’ll thank you for it. 6. Study the map Every map is different, with its own shortcuts, chokepoints, sniper spots, etc. A good thief always scouts the target before going in, and when it becomes a fight to the death, there’s all the more reason to have the upper hand. 7. Master your Ultimate Ability Each character has a unique ultimate ability that is charged by taking down enemies and completing objectives. If used well, these abilities can be game-changers. Use Robin’s explosive arrow to instantly take down tanky players or even a cluster of enemies, or to control space and chokepoints at crucial moments. Tooke’s ability lets you heal those around you and grant them enhanced sight to spot enemies, even through walls. 8. Dodge and Parry Combat is all about timing and reading your opponent. Depending on the character you play, you’ll have either a dodge or a parry. Dodge lets you evade any melee attack, but leaves you open to ranged attacks. Parry can defend against both, and if timed perfectly, will even knock your opponent to the floor. 9. Pickpocket the Sheriff To steal the treasure from the state vault, players must pickpocket the Sheriff’s key. To find him, players need to scout his patrol route which is marked by a line on the map. He’s got a contingent of guards at all times but a daring player canl steal the key alone. Stealing the key reveals the location of the vault on the map to your team only, and gives you a faster respawn timer as a bonus. 10. Open the vault Only the person with the key in their possession can open the vault. Doing so takes a while, so make sure to defend the person doing it. Whichever team first picks the chest up first receives an experience bonus, and the enemy team might be lying in wait for an ambush if they’ve found the vault before you. 11. Use your unique throwable Every character has a unique item they can throw, such as a smoke bomb, flash bang, or gas grenade. These are found in gear boxes scattered throughout the maps. Perks further specialize these items, or lets you carry more of them. For example, Tooke gets a healing grenade, a very powerful ability when used at the right time. 12. Carry the chest Melee characters (John and Tooke) carry the chest faster than the ranged outlaws (Robin and Marianne). With the chest in your possession, it’s up to you to choose where to extract it. Make sure to pick a location that gives you an advantage, such as one close to your home spawn point.  13. Know how the winch works Whoever fully extracts the treasure wins the game. Two people can winch at a time, and you can expend stamina to winch faster for a short duration, but this leaves you unable to defend yourself if you must.  14. Defend your winchers Whoever is winching is vulnerable, so they must be protected. Consider the layout of the location and how to defend it; vantage points, lines of sight for sniping, directions from which the enemy team can approach unseen – all of these things have a big impact. Marianne’s smoke grenades are a great way to cover the point from any Robins fishing for a headshot, but it won’t help much against his explosive arrow. It’s important to know when to commit, and then defend the winchers at all costs. We hope these tips help you get started in your new career as an outlaw and potential legend.  Hood: Outlaws & Legends’ early access starts on May 7. Pre-order now until May 10 to access the game earlier, and get the Forest Lords Pack. Verify your age to view this content. Verify your age to view this content.

    Today jump back to the arena Destruction AllStars first post-launch season

    Hey everyone, today’s the day – Season One Hotshots is now live in Destruction AllStars, exclusively on PS5! The team at Lucid are thrilled for you all to start getting your hands on what we’ve been working on these past few months and there’s still more to come. You’ll be seeing loads of new content making its way into the game over the coming months as part of Season One. We’ve got a brand new launch trailer to celebrate along with a road map detailing all the cool new stuff coming your way through the season. Play Video Let’s dive into what’s new today. Our brand new AllStar, Alba, is now available for Destruction AllStars players. This veteran of the competition has returned to whip the AllStars into shape and she’s well equipped for the challenge with her high-tech battle suit. We gave an overview of her character ability and Hero Vehicle in our last blog post if you fancy doing some homework, or you can dive right into the game and get to grips with our latest AllStar. Arriving alongside Alba is her Story Mode (formerly known as Challenge Series). Learn more about what motivates Alba as an AllStar and unlock exclusive cosmetic rewards as you compete in seven gameplay challenges. Some of these challenges are exclusive game modes that aren’t available in online multiplayer and can really test your skills in new ways. In an unexpected twist, Alba is facing off against all of the other AllStars. Be sure to complete the additional star challenges to unlock all the rewards. Also arriving today is the AllStar Pass. This is a brand new way to earn cosmetic rewards in Destruction AllStars through online multiplayer*, no matter how you choose to play. Be sure to check out the new daily and weekly seasonal and sponsor challenges to give your AllStar Pass a boost. Whilst today is bringing a lot to the arena, the fun doesn’t stop here. Photo Mode will be arriving very soon on May 19, offering you news ways to get up close and personal with the mayhem and destruction! Take it for a spin in single-player activities and look for that perfect angle on a wreck, evade or pose.  After that, our brand new game mode Blitz will arrive on June 2. This game mode is all about team based coordination as four teams of three AllStars face off in the arena  in intense round based car combat! AllStar lockouts will be in place meaning that you can’t play the same AllStar twice and your ability energy will carry over between rounds. All of this makes for a tactical environment where your team’s choice of AllStar really matters and can mean the difference between clutching a win or a devastating defeat. Alongside these brand new features, you can expect new Story Modes to be released throughout Season One. As well as Alba’s Story Mode which is available right now, we’ll be learning more about Ratu, Boxtop and Angelo Avello, alongside their Rivals. Each Story Mode comes with exclusive cosmetic rewards which can be earned through single player gameplay challenges. Check out the roadmap above for details on when each Story Mode will be releasing. As well as all of the content we’ve outlined above, we’ll also be introducing some brand new featured playlists to Destruction AllStars. We don’t want to pull back the curtain entirely just yet, but we’ll leave you with a thought: What if you could play Carnado and Mayhem on a Gridfall map…?  Season One Hotshots starts today and there’s plenty more to look forward to on the horizon! If you’re diving into Destruction AllStars today, be sure to swing by the official Destruction AllStars Twitter account and say hello. We can’t wait to hear what you think of Alba and all the other fantastic additions coming to the game this season. *Online multiplayer requires internet connection and PS Plus subscription; fees recur until cancelled. Age restrictions apply. Full terms: 

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