Category: Shooter games

Escape From Tarkov Beginner’s Guide

Escape From Tarkov Beginner's Guide

Escape from Tarkov is a gritty, tactical shooter where you lose your gear when you die. Gameplay revolves around the search for Escape from Tarkov Items, such as guns or armor. Players can keep them if they succeed in their bid to escape. Otherwise, they lose it all. It currently features two game modes, a high-risk survival mode, and a lower risk, no penalty mode. There are more things planned for it so look forward to changes in the future.

If you’re feeling lost or confused about the game, you’ve come to the right article. Here are some essential tips and tricks new players need, as well as some refreshers for old ones.

Play Offline

It’s a good idea to take the time to play the game in offline mode. You’ll be able to familiarize yourself with the gameplay this way. Since EFT is a realistic shooter, there are mechanics and rules that will be different from other games. While prior experience to other first-person shooters is indeed a good thing, every game handles their guns differently.

It’s also important to know the maps well. With this kind of knowledge, you won’t get lost while going to the extraction point. It will also help you find good ambush spots or hiding places, as well as locate where loot spawns are. You’ll be able to use the environment to your advantage.

By playing offline, you remove the threat of better players jumping the gun on you. You’ll be able to build your confidence without the crushing discouragement of lack of perceived progress. Besides, online play is more unpredictable because of other players. Then there are the cheaters and hackers. All in all, it’s better to wade in and out from offline to online, than straight-up diving into online mode.

Farm Scavs

The best way to start collecting gear is to farm Scavs. They’re the AI faction, and the second gameplay mode lets you play as one. Scavs are always armed, and also drop necessary items such as money or meds. Just take their gun, vest, or bag and leave. That way, you’ll always have back up equipment in future rounds. Play as one every time it’s available so you don’t lose as much as when you use your main character.

There’s no set method to farm, and what works for another won’t necessarily work for you. Go and find the best way to farm for yourself.

Get Experience

As the saying goes, ‘practice makes perfect’. You’ll have to play for hours and hours just to gain experience and improve your situational awareness skills. With that, you’ll realize when it is better to engage or simply run away. There’s also the matter of determining whether it is safe to loot a body or not, and whether to use meds or save them for later. Every situation is unique, so you have to be exposed to all kinds of circumstances to be able to react accordingly.

Survival doesn’t mean you kill all your opponents, mind you. Sometimes, it’s knowing when to stay down and retreat.

Other Tips

You should also learn how to let go of items you wanted to get but couldn’t get your hands on. There’s also the persistence to try again and again even after multiple failures. Know what’s valuable and what can be left behind. You can also participate in Escape From Tarkov trading to boost your funds.

Only you can decide how you want to play, so play how you want. Slow and steady, or fast and risky, the most important thing is to not forget to have fun. May you survive and escape Tarkov more often!

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Classic PC Titles That Continue to Withstand the Test of Time

Classic PC Titles That Continue to Withstand the Test of Time

Timelessness is the one characteristic that separates a classic title from games that come a dime-a-dozen. For a game to truly stand the test of time, however, it needs constant innovation. Moreover, it needs to do so without compromising the core qualities that made it such a standout in the first place. It doesn’t matter if a game may seem dated because of grainy graphics or its mechanics are somewhat passé. It all boils down to the gaming experience that people can take from it. From niche crowds, right up to the mainstream, the world of gaming is strewn with titles that embody the word longevity.

Today, we’ll take a look at a few classic PC titles that continue to stand up to the test of time–80s and 90s PC games that embody versatility and longevity. While there are certainly others that fit the bill as well, we narrowed our choices down to the top three most relevant titles in terms of overall impact in gaming culture and current mainstream relevance.

Ultima Online

The Ultima series had already had numerous iterations—with each release proving to be more successful than its predecessor—under its belt before Origin Systems finally decided to hop on the online bandwagon. The result was Ultima Online which was rolled out way back in 1997 as one of the most highly-touted Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. To create a buzz, the game was kicked off with the assassination of (producer) Richard Garriot’s avatar during a stress test.

With multiple Guinness records and a rich history to boot, Ultima Online certainly fits the bill as a timeless masterpiece. While the initial subscriber expectation was set at a meager 15,000, it actually reached an excess of 120,000 subscribers after a year. With such numbers, it’s should come as no surprise that it still has steam.

Starcraft

Released all the way back in 1998, Starcraft is amazingly still being updated even two decades later. Though when you think about it, it really should come as no surprise. Gaining a solid fan base right from the get-go—to the tune of 1.5 million copies sold in 1998—it still rides high after 20 years. Starcraft’s appeal and cultural impact is undeniable as it is far-reaching.

A timeless game needs to change with the times while retaining the key components that made it appealing to the masses in the first place. With all the updates over the years, Blizzard Entertainment managed to make Starcraft as relevant today as it was back in the Nineties.

Genesis

Here’s the oldest of our trifecta of classics that refuse to succumb to Father Time: Genesis. In fact, Genesis is so old-school, it’s actually a text-based game! Back in 1989, very few people—if at all—knew about the internet. It was during such Jurassic conditions that a group of savvy Swedish students created the game. It didn’t stay a humble game, though. As the internet grew, so did the game. As a result, there are over 60 guilds for players to join, and a sprawling expanse of the world—including Middle Earth and the Forgotten Realms—to explore.

A great game can be found practically anywhere. You don’t even need to get in on the latest releases to enjoy a fully immersive experience. Do yourself a favor and indulge in these retro games before time finally catches up and snatches them away from us. Enjoy!

Destiny 2 Players’ Love for Public Events

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For MMOs, it’s important to have a wide range of content since it helps keep the game fresh and ensures that players come back for more. However, it’s not enough for developers to put content just so that players have something to do. Instead, they should consider balancing them, so that no particular kind of content will be more prominent than the rest. Unfortunately, for Destiny 2, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Players’ Display of Affection for Public Events
Destiny 2 has a wealth of endgame content. They’re all there as venues where players can get gear and other Destiny 2 items that will allow them to continuously raise their Power Level up to 305 (even 350 for ambitious players). Although Bungie meant to make all content equal, players don’t see it that way. To them, being able to enjoy the full range of what the game has to offer is nice, but it’s just secondary to pumping their Power Levels. In Destiny 2, players tend to prioritize the latter, even if it means grinding one specific type of content over the others.

In Destiny 2, once you hit Power Level 260, leveling up becomes less routine, and more concentrated on fewer kinds of activities. There are weekly events, the Iron Crucible, Nightfall, Strikes, and Public Events. Among these, Public Events have become the most popular among players.

Why players stick with what seems like a rather mundane activity instead of bigger and arguably better end-game content is because it provides an easier way for players to get Exotics gear compared to the others. For those new to the game, Exotics are the game’s highest tier of gears. In fact, they’re the only gear that is either equipped as they are, or infused to increase Power Levels once blues and non-Milestone legendaries no longer do the trick.

 

Explaining the Rise of Public Events

There are two reasons why it’s easier to get Exotics on Public Events compared to Strikes and The Crucible. First, it’s because of Destiny 2’s new map system. Players can check out any zone to look out for any active and soon-to-be active events, which lets them get to that particular area ahead or just in time. Heck, even late, because there are instances when players arrive at the last twenty seconds of a public event, but still manage to open a chest and get a reward. Besides, Public Events are the most common way to get Exotics, and it’s easy to find other players doing the same thing.

Usually, you’ll find three of four people doing the same Public Event, so you won’t have to worry about going at it alone and struggling. Also, almost everyone already has an idea how to trigger the heroic version of these Public Events, which have a higher chance of giving out Exotic loot.

From the players’ perspective, this is a good thing; it’s a convenient and fun way to boost their Power Levels. However, if we judge this phenomenon from the point of view of sound game development, it’s not something that should continue. After all, Bungie should’ve designed the endgame content in such a way that players will try their hands on all of them equally, and their preference for one over another would be because of personal reasons. The question is, what should they do: nerf Public Events, or buff everything else? We’ll know the answer in the few months to come.

Accessible content is always a pro. When specific content is more accessible than the other, then a few tweaks are in order. Hopefully, Bungie will get this right.

The Lowdown: CSGO Update 1.36.02

The Lowdown: CSGO Update 1.36.02

Last September 11, Valve released Update 1.36.02 for CSGO. It was a significant patch for the game, so if in case you haven’t been caught up to speed with the new set of changes in Valve’s in-house real life-inspired shooter, read up before you get back in the crossfire.

Trading CSGO Skins in China is Allowed

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Perhaps the biggest change in this update isn’t something that would only affect Chinese players. In fact, CSGO has become free-to-play in China if users verify their identity through Perfect World, a game hosting service (similar to China’s version of Steam). Once that’s done, players will not only be able to play the game without any charges but also receive “Prime” status, which means they’ll only have matches with players that also have Prime status.

With Update 1.36.02, Chinese players will finally be able to trade among themselves. For gamers playing CSGO via Perfect World will no longer have to buy from Steam whenever they want CSGO Skins, cases, or keys.

Smoked and Aimpunched

Update 1.36.02 has fixed a game-breaking glitch on smoke grenades. Before the patch, players were able to make the smoke from the grenade as clear as vapor by simply renaming a few shader files. Thankfully, this was corrected; now, players can no longer tamper with game files but are still be able to connect. Anyone who tries to get down and dirty will receive an error message. If you’re thinking of using this exploit to gain an unfair advantage, don’t count on it.

Another significant development is the reduced unarmored aimpunch. For those unfamiliar with the mechanic, aimpunch is a mechanic that enables unarmored player’s to aim flinches whenever someone gets hit. A player get rewards for taking offensive action and penalizes them for not wearing armor.  However, with this update, while aimpunch will still mess up affected players’ aims, it will no longer be as punishing as before, making it less rewarding for their enemies.

The next focus of the gameplay tweaks in Update 1.36.02 is in the use of pistols. The goal of these changes is to promote the use of pistols, especially with skilled players. Front and center of this development are two pistol models: the Glock and P250.

Handguns Getting Handier

The Glock has been made to be more about getting up close and personal since it’s now better suited for accurate players who prefer close-quarters shootouts. To make it even more suited to this new role, the pistol’s base damage has also been elevated, but its damage, when shot from longer distances, is reduced. Also, its accuracy when fired and moving has been improved. Overall, on top of receiving a more defined usage, the Glock has been given a buff.  A well-deserved one at that because it’s the simplest and one of the most reliable pistols in the game.

Meanwhile, the P250 is the exact opposite of the Glock. In fact, the P250 is now mostly for longer-distance engagements, in particularly against unarmored enemies. The damage, both baseline and at longer distances, has gone up; however, armor penetration and accuracy while moving have reduced, and not as stellar as Glock’s.

Allowing China’s CSGO players to trade cheap CSGO Skins and tweaking two pistols to make them more distinct, Update 1.36.02, has made positive changes even though it’s not a big patch. Hopefully, Valve would continue giving the player base meaningful updates like this so that CSGO can continue to be one of the best first-person shooters out there.

Basic But Helpful: PUBG Tips You Should Keep In Mind

Basic But Helpful: PUBG Tips You Should Keep In Mind

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) has become big with 10 million players. With a huge player base, how will you have a competitive advantage over the rest in this every-man/woman-for-him/herself battle royale? Well, with a few simple but useful tips so that you’ll last longer in combat. Heck, you might even be the last one standing.

The Speed You Are Falling

The start of a PUBG match is a race to the bottom. You’ll go faster and one of the first to hit the ground running to get items and a gun. So, how do you do that even though players are falling at the same rate? Simple: by pointing your character straight toward the ground. You’ll be able to achieve the maximum of 234 kilometers per hour.

The Building Dilemma in PUBG

The first thing many players do right after landing on the map is to enter a building to look for stuff or ambush players who are looking for things. Always assume that someone else is already in a building, even if the game has just begun. However, it doesn’t mean that you’re no longer going to enter buildings. Entering places is important, especially if you feel like you’ll manage to get the loots and weapons inside. Just be on your toes so that they, not you, will be the one that gets surprised with an ambush. Another thing to keep in mind is to avoid confrontation is the plane’s flight path. By taking note of where the plane flew over, you’ll be able to know which areas (especially buildings) are going to have other players, and which ones won’t.

Running for Your Life

Aside from getting weapons and items, it’s essential to be fast in open areas. The faster you’re, the likelier you’re to secure items and get away from danger. If you’re on foot, go unarmed, or with a pistol or a grenade in your hand so that you can sprint. The best option is to go with a pistol since you won’t be empty-handed in case someone attacks, or you encounter someone that can be taken out easily.

Another way to get around the map quickly is by car. Don’t be too enthusiastic about getting one. There might be players that are using cars as a trap to ambush you. If you think that the coast is clear, get yourself a ride. Similar to driving a car in real life, you shouldn’t get off a running car. In PUBG, if you get off a car running above 20km/h, it’s going to hurt or even kill you. On the other hand, getting off from a car driving below 20km/h could give you a second chance at life and with fewer scars.

When running is not an option, hide. The question is if you’re out in the open, where should you hide? Simple: the grass because it will be harder for the enemies to spot you. Plus, if you have a long-range weapon, you can take out opponents without them seeing it coming.

All right, this is a small fraction of the tips you can and should use to come out of PUBG on top. Something is better than nothing. In a game battle royale, baby steps can make an impact.