How to unlock the Carv.2 tactical rifle in Black Ops Cold War

Carv 2 black ops cold war inspect model

As per Call of Duty tradition, a new gun has been released alongside the mid-season update. Several other post-launch guns have been introduced in order to fill an unoccupied niche. A good example of that is the ZRG 20mm, which is Cold War‘s hard-hitting, but slow-handling sniper rifle. The Carv.2 continues that tradition by giving Black Ops Cold War a burst gun that falls between the M16 and KSP 45.

Making its first return to the franchise since the original Black Ops, the Carv. 2 is a tactical rifle based on the real-life G11. It is a three-round burst gun that competes directly with the M16 and AUG. The main advantage it has over those two is its superior fire rate. However, that increased fire rate comes at the cost of fewer one-burst kills and a shortened effective range.

Unlocking the Carv.2

As with every other mid-season addition the Carv.2 is unlocked via an in-game challenge. Progression through the battle pass is not required, unlike Season 3’s other two new guns. Thankfully, the required challenge isn’t overly difficult and most players will be able to complete it within two hours.

The challenge is ‘using tactical rifles, rapidly kill 2 or more players in 10 different completed matches’. What the game means by “rapidly kill,” is just to earn a double kill or better. In Black Ops Cold War, a double kill is earned when two enemies are killed within three seconds of one another.

Carv 2 black ops cold war unlock challenge

Treyarch is kind enough to run the Nuketown 24/7 playlist all of the time. This is the best playlist to complete just about any unlock challenges in Black Ops Cold War, Carv.2 included. Nuketown is a small map where gunfights occur very often. This is great as it makes it more likely for you to run into multiple enemies in quick succession.

Load into Nuketown 24/7 and choose whatever tactical rifle you are most comfortable with. Pre-aim an angle that you expect the enemy will come from. There are several great spots to do this in Nuketown. Also, being able to predict spawn rotations can help a lot with this challenge as Cold War likes to spawn teammates together. Catching a team just as they spawn is practically a free double kill.

Carv 2 black ops cold war m16 nuketown

When a double kill medal appears at the top of your screen, that will give progress towards the challenge. Be sure to check the Carv.2 on the create a class menu mid-game to make sure the double kill counted. Finally, do not leave lobbies even after progress is made. Leaving a lobby early will cause any progress to be undone once Cold War is reset.

Even if you reach 10/10 on the challenge by leaving games the Carv.2 will not usable in Black Ops Cold War. It will still display as locked and as soon as the game is reset progress will be set back to 0/10. As for Warzone only players, the best method is to go into Plunder, equip a tactical rifle, and try to get two kills in quick succession. It can help to land in hotspots like Storage Town and Superstore. Also, the Stopping Power field upgrade makes it easier to chain kills together as it provides temporary double damage. Unlike Cold War, lobbies can be left early in Warzone.

Pokemon Quiz: Test your knowledge with this challenging poll

Pokemon Quiz

To celebrate the release of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, I figured a new quiz was in order. With PlayStation Quiz, Xbox Quiz, and Nintendo Quiz all covered, it’s time that we get down to the specifics. From the anime to the games, this quiz covers all the major Pokemon media.

As usual, the format is that questions are in bold and the answers are listed below in italics. Be sure to not peek before locking in your answer. Remember, cheaters never prosper. Otherwise, do your best and good luck!

What is the best selling Pokemon game ever released?

rayquaza mega in Pokemon quiz 

Pokemon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow. These generation one games have shipped over 48 million copies worldwide. Any of the generation one games are acceptable answers here. 

Who is the final boss of Pokemon Snap?

charizard snap

Mew. The final level, Rainbow Cloud, tasks the player with capturing as good a picture as possible of the ever-cute mythical creature. 

In Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Sky, what is it that Grovyle steals that causes time to freeze?

explorers of sky in Pokemon quiz

Time gears. In the Explorers games, Time Gears are responsible for both the flow of time and Dialga’s sanity. Once the Time Gears are stolen, the god of time himself will begin to succumb to his inner evil. 

The legendary golems all represent a different time period of Earth’s history. Regirock represents the ___ age whilst Regice and Registeel represent the ___ and ___ ages. Fill in the blanks.

regi trio

Stone, ice, and iron ages. Interestingly, the two new Regis announced for Sword and Shield seem to represent the modern age (electric) and the middle ages (dark/dragon). 

In generation 8, what are the full odds of finding a shiny Pokemon?

shiny ariados in Pokemon quiz 

1/4096. However, using various tactics such as the Masuda method and having a Shiny Charm, these odds can be reduced as low as 1/512. 

Pikachu is the official mascot of the Pokemon franchise, but this wasn’t always the case. Who was originally going to be the mascot instead?

pikachu

Clefairy. The franchise mascot is based off anime protagonist Ash’s signature Pokemon. In the show’s original concept, Ash partnered up with a Clefairy instead of his now-iconic Pikachu. 

What country is each of the different main game’s regions based on?

Unova. 

Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh are all based on varying areas of Japan. Unova is based on the United States, Kalos on France, Alola on the Hawaiian Islands, and Galar on Great Britain. 

In the anime Ash finally became a champion by winning Alola’s Pokemon League. What was the team he used in the finals versus Gladion?

ash alola league

Melmetal, Pikachu, and Lycanroc. Strangely, the final battle between Ash and Gladion was only a 3v3. Ash’s big 6v6 battle was instead against Professor Kukui in an exhibition match. 

All of Kanto’s cities are named after various colors. Can you name all of the towns and cities that feature in the gen 1 games?

celadon city

Pallet, Viridian, Pewter, Cerulean, Vermilion, Lavender, Celadon, Fuchsia, Saffron, and Cinnabar. The anime even features unique color named locations such as Wisteria Town and Matcha City. 

Theoretically speaking, if you could have a Pokemon on your team that was all 18 different types simultaneously, what would it be weak against?

pokemon types 

Rock. With all 18 types, you would have 8 immunities and 9 resistances. However, rock type attacks would still be super effective against you.

How did you get on?

I think whilst still hard, this quiz is doable if you are a die-hard Pokemon fan. For myself, when putting together these questions, I couldn’t remember the answers for questions 9 and 10. Be sure to let us know in the comments what you scored. We’ve love to know!

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PlayStation Quiz: Test Your Knowledge Out With This Challenging Poll

PlayStation quiz

We’ve covered Xbox and Nintendo, so it’s only natural we do PlayStation quiz too. As usual, this quiz will open up with some fairly straightforward questions but end with some serious brain teasers. As with the other two, all questions are in bold and the answers are italicized below. No cheating and good luck!

Question 1, Easy

The Persona series is actually a spin-off of Atlus’ biggest franchise. What is that franchise called?

Persona 5 playstation quikShin Megami Tensei. Bizarrely, even though Persona is primarily a PlayStation exclusive, the Megami Tensei series more often appears on Nintendo’s consoles.

Question 2, Easy

Who are the two main characters in The Last of Us?

The last of usEllie and Joel. Interestingly, even though some guides suggest their surnames are Williams and Miller, neither are ever confirmed in-game.

Question 3, Medium

Who was PlayStation’s first mascot?

playstation mascotCrash Bandicoot. From 1996 to 2000, Crash was officially both Sony Entertainment and PlayStation’s mascot. Sony wanted an animal mascot that they felt defined their platform. He would later be replaced by Spyro and then finally Nathan Drake.

Question 4, Medium

How many Final Fantasy games have been exclusive to PlayStation platforms? Bonus points if you can name them.

final fantasy 7 in PlayStation quizSurprisingly, only four have ever been PlayStation exclusives. To be specific, there’s Final Fantasy 9, 10, X2, and 12. Although you could also count VII Remake which will be exclusive until 2021.

Question 5, Medium

What are the Metal Gear games named after?

Metal gear solidThe Metal Gear are colossal mecha enemies typically used for launching nuclear weaponry. They are devastating powerful machines that, if not dealt with, could cause the end of the world.

Question 6, Hard

Gran Turismo 4 featured over 700 unique cars. But what car was the reward for reaching 100% completion?

Gran turismo 4 in Playstation quizI’ll accept two answers here. The official answer is the Formula Gran Turismo ’04, but any reference to the 2004-era Formula 1 cars will do. By the way, this is still the most cars to ever feature on any PlayStation racing game.

Question 7, Hard

What year do the events of Horizon Zero Dawn take place?

horizon zero dawn Playstation quizSome of the lore is inexact but the events themselves seem to start in the year 3020. Protagonist Aloy is born a year later. However, the gameplay itself doesn’t begin until Aloy is an adult, in the year 3040.

Question 8, Hard

Lara Croft is the famous English explorer and protagonist of the Tomb Raider franchise. But where in London was she born?

lara croft tomb raiderAccording to her original biography entry, Lara was born in Wimbledon, London. Yes, that’s the same Wimbledon where the annual tennis grand slam takes place. Admittedly, the new PlayStation reboots may change this in the future.

Question 9, Very Hard

In the original God of War, there’s’ an Easter egg which shows Kratos killing game designer David Jaffe for interrupting him. What did you have to do to trigger this?

God of war shotAfter beating the game, the player must destroy both statues present in the throne room. Doing so can take hundreds of hits and the game gives no visible indicator that the statues are taking damage. God knows how anyone figured this out.

Question 10, Very Hard

What two real-life personalities were used as a basis for current PlayStation mascot Nathan Drake’s physical design?

nathan drake uncharted 4The obvious link is Harrison Ford, given his role as Indiana Jones. However, Ford was only a secondary inspiration for Drake’s appearance. The primary inspiration was actually Johnny Knoxville from Jackass. The more you know.

Tell us your score about PlayStation Quiz

So how did you get on PlayStation quiz? I don’t think this quiz was quite as difficult as the others, but I’d still be surprised if anyone managed to get all ten correct. Finally, be sure to let us know down in the comments on how well you did.

The Surprising Benefits Of Using Mixer and YouTube Live

mixer and Youtube Live header

Since its launch in 2011, Twitch has rapidly become the dominant live streaming platform for most content. Just last year, Twitch managed to attract 15 million daily active users and features over 27,000 paid partners. Those numbers are healthy enough to make Twitch the 35th most visited website worldwide, ahead of Twitter, eBay, and Mixer.

However, that might not stay the case forever. Many competing platforms like Microsoft’s Mixer and Google’s YouTube Live have managed to tempt big-name streamers to move across. But why is this? What about these alternative platforms is so attractive for streamers?

What are the Benefits of Mixer?

First and foremost, the most obvious attraction is money. Whilst Mixer won’t bring in as many active viewers for most people, Microsoft is more than willing to pay for a content creators’ exclusive rights. Case in point, reports suggest streaming sensation Ninja was paid at least $6,000,000 to make the move.

It’s not just the massive streamers who are making bank either. Overwatch creator Harbleu was supposedly offered $500,000 to become a Mixer streamer. It’s possible Facebook Gaming can offer even more but a move there is ill-advised given the lack of long-term stability for streamers.

Benefits of Mixer

Just to be clear, it isn’t just about the money. Mixer actually has a few neat standout features which can’t be found elsewhere. For example, Mixer’s Faster Than Light Steaming Protocol allows for sub-one second latency between the stream and chat. This is very beneficial when streaming any activity that requires or benefits from chat interaction.

On top of that, Mixer also has a really well implemented co-streaming system. This allows content creators to stream both their perspectives together on one stream without the need for complicated software. Console users can also benefit from this as Mixer has the best Xbox One streaming support of any platform.

What are the Benefits of YouTube Live?

Given Google’s impressive track record of growing websites, it’s a safe bet to assume YouTube Live will one day be huge. It’s already gotten major eSports leagues to move across with both the Overwatch League and CoD League now being exclusive to the platform. But they’re run by big companies. Why should you care about it?

Benefits of YouTube Live

For starters, it’s important to understand how YouTube Live’s viewership differs from Twitch and Mixer. Whilst those platforms are primarily aimed at core gamers, YouTube is far more casual friendly. In other words, it’s primary competitors are actually Facebook and Twitter.

When compared to these platforms, YouTube offers far superior streaming quality, chat interaction, and revenue. In saying that, it’s worth remembering that YouTube can be questionable in its methods of reviewing monetization. Just recently, Virtual YouTuber Natsuiro Matsuri got demonetized as the system thought she was stealing content from the very highlight channels that repost her streams. Similar cases happen scarily often.

Even so, if you can stay monetized there’s no doubting YouTube offers some very good rates for content creators. There’s a good reason why it’s the largest video sharing website ever made.

Mixer and YouTube Live

Another advantage to YouTube is that its complex encoding system can make streams more accessible to a certain audience. Many Twitch VoDs end up only being available in Source quality, often 1080p. Meanwhile, YouTube streams are compressed and far more forgiving on bandwidth.

Finally, YouTube will keep streams up on your channel for as long as you want. In comparison, both Twitch and Mixer limit how long your streams stay available. This can help create a long-term culture among fan bases and allow fans to revisit their favourite content.

Are They Really Worth Using?

Honestly, there’s a lot of hassle involved with converting from Twitch to another platform. And even if you do, issues like Mixer’s inability to attract new viewers and YouTube’s questionable monetization practices are serious problems. All in all, most streamers are probably better sticking with Twitch for the time being.

If you are planning to opt for a different platform, it has to be in faith of their potential. Right now, both Mixer and YouTube Live are lacking but the future could be different. They’re both young compared to Twitch and so naturally need time to grow. Both Microsoft and Google have shown serious interest in investing and improving their services. Perhaps with some time and love, these platforms can become something well worth every content creator’s time.

Xbox Quiz: Test Your Knowledge Out With This Challenging Poll

Xbox Quiz

Hello all and welcome back to yet another gaming quiz! As with the Nintendo Quiz, for Xbox quiz, the questions will amp up in difficulty as you work through them. The first few questions only require common gaming knowledge, but the last couple will challenge even the biggest Xbox fan.

Once again, the format is that questions are in bold and answers are below in italics. No peeking at the answer until you’re locked in. Let’s start the Xbox Quiz and good luck to all!

Question 1, Easy 

In which country does Forza Horizon 3 take place?

Forza Horizon in Xbox Quiz

A nice and easy start. Forza Horizon 3 is set in Australia. Also, it featured several unique Australian cars very rarely seen in games such as the Holden Sandman and Holden 50-2106 FX Ute.

Question 2, Easy 

Who is the protagonist of the Gears of War series?

gears of war

In every mainline game at least, Marcus Fenix is the protagonist of the Gears of War series. However, 2013’s Gears of War Judgment features Damon Baird and Augustus Cole in the leading roles instead.

Question 3, Medium

Before Forza Horizon, Xbox’s signature arcade racer was the PGR series. What does PGR stand for?

PGR in Xbox Quiz

PGR stands for Project Gotham Racing. Last released in 2009, PGR4 was Bizarre Creations’ last game before Blur’s failure prompted Activision to close them down.

Question 4, Medium

In the original Halo trilogy, the Covenant act as the primary antagonistic race for Master Chief to defeat. Halo 4 saw this change. What is the name of the new mechanical warriors that now take their place?

Halo

Featuring in Halo 4 and Halo 5, the Promethean are Master Chief’s newest primary enemy. Side fact, whilst they weren’t exactly an enemy of Master Chief, the Flood could be considered the primary antagonists of Halo 2.

Question 5, Medium

Just this year Planet Zoo was released by Frontier Developments but back in 2013, the same studio made a similar game for Xbox. What was that game?

Planet Zoo in Xbox Quiz

It was Zoo Tycoon, of course. Originally debuting in 2001, Zoo Tycoon is widely considered to be one of the greatest tycoon games ever made. Unfortunately, it’s future looks bleak with Frontier Developments choosing to focus on their own projects instead.

Question 6, Hard

Who was the head designer behind the Fable series before they left Microsoft in 2012 for being “ashamed,” of Fable 3?

Fable

Ah, you didn’t expect a question challenging your general industry knowledge? Either way, the answer is British game pioneer Peter Molyneux. He has also directed development for Theme Park, Black & White, and Dungeon Keeper.

Question 7, Hard

Rare Replay was released in 2015 as a celebration of Rare Games’ 30th anniversary. Many classics like R.C Pro-Am and Battletoads appear, but was is the oldest game featured in the collection?

RC Pro AM in Xbox Quiz

There are three games from 1983 bundled in Rare Replay. Of these three, Jetpac, originally released for the ZC Spectrum, is the oldest. You’ve got to give Xbox credit. This collection was a fantastic way to bring back so many iconic franchises.

Question 8, Hard

Cuphead’ gameplay is actually split up into two separate frame rates. The gameplay itself runs at one framerate whilst the animation runs at another. What are these two frame rates?

Cuphead

This question probably seems tougher at first glance than it actually is. The gameplay runs at a very standard 60 FPS whilst the animations run at 24 FPS. This is because many animated films run at 24 frames per second and the Cuphead team wanted to simulate that movie feel.

Question 9, Very Hard

Trials HD’s infamous Marathon achievement has the player complete the game’s hardest Ultimate Endurance tournament with zero faults. How many tracks did you have to flawlessly complete in a row to get this achievement?

Trials HD in Xbox Quiz

20 whole tracks in a row. That’s hard enough but would you believe it was actually more difficult to get on release. The original Xbox 360 game’s Marathon achievement featured 24 tracks and several hard difficulty tracks. This was down toned as it was considered nearly impossible to get.

Question 10, Very Hard

In total, Xbox has published 9 games in its Kinect Games series. Name all of them.

Kinect

A very difficult question as this requires in-depth knowledge of very niche titles. In alphabetical order, the 9 are Kinect Adventures, Joy Ride, Party, Rush, Sports, Sports Rivals, Sports: Season Two, Star Wars, and Disneyland Adventures.

What is your Score?

And with that, we can bring the Xbox quiz to a close. I tried to cover as many Xbox exclusives series as possible to truly test all of you. So how did you get on? Did you find the questions harder than expected or did you smash them? Be sure to let us know in the comments and share this article if you enjoyed it.

Nintendo Quiz: Test Your Knowledge Out With This Challenging Poll

Nintendo Quiz

Welcome everyone to something a little different! Today, you’re going to be taking my Nintendo quiz to test your knowledge of Japan’s biggest publisher. Fair warning, these questions start out easy enough but get harder and harder as you progress. Only true Nintendo veterans even have a chance of getting all ten right.

The format has the questions in bold and the answer below in italics. Be sure to avoid looking at the italic text before you’ve locked in your answer. Anyway, good luck and no cheating!

Let’s Start! As soon as you see the question, please give your answer in the comments box below

Question 1, Easy

What series does Smash Bros. icon Captain Falcon originally come from?

captain falcon Nitendo QuizIf you didn’t get this one, you’re in for a tough quiz. Captain Falcon debuted in F-Zero; Nintendo’s original racing game released in 1990. Unfortunately, it hasn’t gotten an entry since 2004 and doesn’t seem to be a priority for Nintendo.

Question 2, Easy

In 1998, a legendary collectathon was released as a Nintendo 64 exclusive. Ten years later, Microsoft would buy out the rights to this series. What franchise am I describing?

Banjo-Kazooie remained a Nintendo exclusive way up until 2008 with the release of Nuts & Bolts on Xbox 360. He finally made his way back to Nintendo recently as the third DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Question 3, Medium

Where do the majority of Nintendo’s Kirby games take place?

Whilst it varies in some games, the majority take place in Dream Land, a country on Planet Popstar. Hence the name of the original, Kirby’s Dream Land.

Question 4, Medium

What type of animal is Tom Nook based on?

tom nookI hope you didn’t fall for the obvious trap and say raccoon. True Animal Crossing fans will, of course, know that he is actually based on a Tanuki or colloquially the Japanese Raccoon Dog.

Question 5, Medium

What was the best selling game on the original Nintendo Game Boy?

Tetris. Fun fact, Tetris has since gone on to become the second best selling single game of all time with 170,000,000 copies sold. Minecraft edges it out with 180,000,000 sales.

Question 6, Hard

What lovable Nintendo character awaits you at the top of Princess Peach’s castle after collecting 120 stars in Super Mario 64?

Yoshi. Fun fact, Yoshi’s Island is my favorite retro game ever made! A true classic that has unfortunately gotten some rather barebones sequels over the years.

Question 7, Hard

Back in 2015, Nintendo did a crossover between Splatoon and a manga/anime series of which the game itself is partially inspired. What was it?

splatoonxsquidgirlIt was of course Shinryaku! Ika Musume, or just Squid Girl for English speakers. The plot of Squid Girl involves the protagonist trying to punish humanity for polluting her ocean. The actual outcome is a wholesome slice-of-life comedy show where she works in a restaurant. Because anime.

Question 8, Hard

A famous comedian named his very own daughter after The Legend of Zelda’s heroine herself. Who was this?

It was the gone too soon Robin Williams who named his daughter Zelda Williams back in 1989. Given this was just two years after the series’ debut in the west, it must have been love at first sight for Mr. Williams.

Question 9, Very Hard

Including the Galar dex up to Eternatus, how many Pokemon are there in total?

There are 890 Pokemon in total. Also, as a bonus fact, Nintendo recently announced Kubfu, Urshifu, Calyrex, and the two new Regis, bringing this number up to 895.

Question 10, Very Hard

Can you name a Mario game where “Mario,” himself features in the title but isn’t a playable character?

Mario is missing Nintendo QuizThere are actually two correct answers. Firstly, Mario Paint released in 1992 where players were able to create music and draw whatever they wanted. It was considered ingenious at the time and is cited as the main inspiration behind Super Mario Maker! Otherwise, you could have opted for Mario is Missing, also a 1992 release and the first-ever game that featured Luigi as the sole protagonist.

So how did you do? I’d be surprised if you got all ten but even five or six is a damn good effort given how hard some of these questions are. I mean, who can actually name the exact amount of Pokemon? It’s not as easy as just saying “There are 151,” like back in the day.

If you enjoyed this Nintendo quiz be sure to let us know in the comments. I’d be more than happy to do more of these if it’s the kind of thing you guys enjoy. Also, be sure to drop your score below even if you didn’t do as well as expected.

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Steam Winter Sale 2019: The 7 Best Deals

Steam Winter Sale

The Steam Winter Sale ends 6PM GMT, January 2nd and you’ve just been handed some sweet Christmas money. This is the perfect opportunity to add some spicy new games to your library. But what should you buy? Well there’s no need to fret, my dear reader. I’m here to help. Here are the seven best deals I recommend from the Steam Winter Sale 2019.

Sniper Elite 4 (-80%)

sniper elite 4 in Steam Winter Sale£7.99, $11.99, 78 Metacritic

It’s got to be said, the third-person tactical shooter hasn’t really lasted the test of time. Many series previously iconic for this approach have either ditched it or ceased to exist. Despite that, Sniper Elite is still going strong and the fourth entry in the series released just two years ago.

Don’t get me wrong, this is still a niche title at its core. Not everyone is going to enjoy it. But there’s certainly a satisfaction of sorts in watching a Nazi get a bullet to the head in an epic, slowed down cinematic. Also, it’s an actual stealth game. They don’t tend to see the light of day often anymore. Especially not on PC and Steam. Basically, Sniper Elite 4 is filling the void no one else could be bothered to.

Cities Skylines (-75%)

cities skylines£5.74, $7.49, 85 Metacritic

It’s sad, but most modern tycoon games don’t live up to the hype. Their intense desire to focus on visuals and data often leaves the content-side of things a little dry. Fortunately, Cities Skylines does not suffer from that. Despite offering a crazy amount of DLC, it actually fully supports the Steam Workshop.

Its impressive modding support has helped Cities Skylines outlive all of its competition. When’s the last time you saw someone play Sim City? Yeah, that’s what I thought. If it’s a premier tycoon experience you’re looking for, this is a steal at under $8.             

Touhou Genso Wanderer -Reloaded- (-50%)

Touhou Genso Wanderer -Reloaded in Steam Winter Sale£14.99, $17.49, 64 Metacritic

You may not have heard of the Touhou Project. It’s a huge franchise in Japan that never quite managed to catch on in the west. As with all dialogue focused Japanese games, this won’t be for everyone. However, more of you may enjoy it than you’d expect. The gameplay is somewhat comparable to Spike Chunsoft’s Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series.

It’s a classic rogue with JRPG elements incorporated into its progression model. Perhaps most impressively, Howlongtobeat.com claims this game takes 268 hours to 100%. So, whilst somewhat niche the sheer amount of content for under 20 bucks is hard to ignore. Also, it’s a unique game to feature on Steam. Valve’s platform doesn’t often sell niche Japanese titles. Finally, you can also currently pick this up on Switch for $25 if you value the convenient portability. 

F1 2019 (-50%)

F1 2019£22.49, $29.99, 87 Metacritic

The Formula 1 games have become an annual staple of the racing game genre in recent years. One after another, they managed to deliver satisfying, simulation focused gameplay for all sorts of gamers. With assists turned on, even the most casual player can have fun. However, with them turned off even professional F1 drivers themselves have found use practicing in game.

At 30 bucks, this isn’t the best deal on this list. Unfortunately, in 6 or so months’ time F1 2020 will come out and likely make this purchase redundant. Seriously consider if you value this game at $5 a month before buying. It’s fantastic but maybe still slightly too steep for non-dedicated fans. 

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (-60%)

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege in Steam Winter Sale£6.79, $7.99, 79 Metacritic

When it launched in 2015, Rainbow Six Siege was not a very good game. Ubisoft, as usual for the time, released it far too early in development. There was not much content, it was very buggy, and the overall flow of gameplay didn’t feel overly satisfying. Fortunately, developer Ubisoft Montreal has done an incredible job at reconstructing it into a top-tier competitive FPS.

Unfortunately, that $7.99 price-tag Steam dangles in front of you is a little deceiving. Rainbow Six Siege deploys a business model focused on getting players to buy either individual operators or entire season passes. This means more dedicated players will likely have to spend more down the line. However, casual consumers just looking for something fun to do short-term will do well picking this up. 

Terraria (-50%)

terraria epic fight tower£3.49, $4.99, 83 Metacritic

Honestly, you already know if you want Terraria. If I was to draw up a list of iconic Steam games, this would be right up there at the top. Terraria has been around forever yet manages to stay highly relevant thanks to Re-Logic’s fantastic support. Since release, Terraria has received several major expansions that all add brand new endgames. The final update, Journey’s End, has been announced for 2020.

Journey’s End will add a new difficulty mode, 800 new items, a bestiary, tons of new bosses, and a weirdly expanded golf game mode. I guess golf could be pretty fun in a custom server for sure. If you don’t own Terraria already, pick it up right now. Getting a game with this much content that is still being support for 5 bucks is insane value for money. 

Portal 2 (-90%)

Portal 2£0.71, $0.99, 95 Metacritic

If there’s one game more iconic to the Steam platform than Terraria, it’s Portal 2. Widely considered one of Valve’s best ever games, Portal 2 launched way back in 2011. As far as I’m concerned, it is the best puzzle game ever made. Not only are the puzzle mechanics themselves intuitive, but the narrative coupled alongside it is highly memorable.

We live in an era where you can get a game rated 95 on Metacritic for under a dollar. I don’t care how old it is, when we’re talking about a game this good there’s no reason to not buy it. If your hesitant, why not pick up a copy for a friend too. It’ll still only cost you $2 and you can experience a legendary co-op game together.

We hope this article about Steam Winter Sale 2019 gets you good deals. If you have comments, please use the comments box below.

Learn Axe Throwing and Get ready for the axe war

Axe Throwing

Is there a correct way to throw the axe? Well, in the words of author Jerry Gilbert, “There is no correct way to throw”. Basically, he wants to summarize that there is nothing such as right or wrong when it comes to axe throwing near me. Basically, there are ways to improve your throwing techniques (indicating how far you can throw and how accurate the throw is as per the target). You need to acquire the right strength and style to make sure that the axe hits the targeted board. Achieving the highest level of accuracy is what makes sense when you are gearing up for the Axe Challenge. Keep in mind, each and every throw will be unique. As far as the accuracy of the throw is concerned, great players adapt it through extreme practicing and a focused mindset. To improve your axe-throwing ability, here are some essential tips that may help. Have a look:

Choosing the axe along with the handle shape and length carefully 

This is the most important part of the process. There are different types of axes available. You need to pick the correct one. Try different axes to figure out the best handle shape and length that you find to be most comfortable. How well you can grip the handle plays a significant role in the axe throwing process. Start using a lighter axe to ensure that the accuracy level is achieved.

Never use all your force to throw the axe

Never throw the axe too hard. There are experts of the game who can be accurate with hard throws but those who are beginners need to adapt to the accuracy rate. With hard throws, it can be difficult to achieve a greater precision rate. Many do believe that harder throws result in the least amount of drops. But when you use a medium to light strength, it helps in refining the throw, thus improving the accuracy rate. 

Focus on the stance

Focus on improving your stance. An accurate stance definitely helps in improving the performance of the game. Whatever foot positioning you are comfortable with, make sure to maintain solidity. This will help in improving the balance and overall stability of the body. Once these scenarios are well managed, the margin of error during the throwing will get reduced. Always remember, if your stance is not solid, it will challenge your balance, thus decreasing your ability to move precisely.  

Adjustability as per the condition

Having proper knowledge of the board where you will be throwing the axe is absolutely necessary. Adjusting to the situation helps in improving your performance. Once you get to know the board, you will gain an idea regarding the cut of the wood, its hardness, the knot, surface type, and whether the board has been used previously or not. 

Final words on the Axe Throwing

Are you planning to participate in an axe throwing tournament? The above-mentioned points should be followed precisely to ensure a much-improvised performance. Develop accuracy and adapt to the situations accordingly. Learn different ways to throw the axe and make sure you never lose focus of the situation.

If you have any experience with Axe game, please feel free to share it.

 

About Author: Hi! I am Richard Gates, a game expert, and a blogger. Writing about the latest or trending games, sports, and adventure is my forte. My favourite game is axe throwing.

Online Games That Require the Minimum Internet Connection

Internet Connection

Internet Connection

When it comes to online gaming, there are three important factors that you need to consider in an internet connection: the download speed, upload speed, and the ping rate. Although every game has its own speed requirement, it is better to install a high-speed internet connection so that multiple users can connect to the World Wide Web simultaneously.

Test the speed of the internet connection before playing online games in order to ensure that the download and upload speeds are enough to support your online games. Try to improve the speed of your internet if the speed is not up to the mark. Keep the router/modem away from other electronics like microwave and smartphones because these gadgets interfere with the modem signals. You can also reboot your router before playing online games so that it can get rid of existing problems by taking a fresh start.

The device you are using to play online games matters a lot because these gadgets are consistently sending and receiving information. In this particular article, you will get to know about the platforms that use minimum internet bandwidth so that you can easily play your games without any interruptions.

XBOX ONE

XBOX ONERequired Download Speed: 3 MBPS

Required Upload Speed: 0.5 MBPS

Ping Rate: 150 Ms

Xbox One is a gaming platform that clearly states the speed requirements and the ping rate so that users can smoothly play the games without any disruptions.

Playstation 4

Playstation & Internet ConnectionRequired Download Speed: 3 MBPS

Required Upload Speed: 1 MBPS

Ping Rate: 150 Ms

These speed requirements are officially listed in the Playstation manual and it clearly states that the game will not work with a dial-up connection. Although the manual does not state exact upload and download speed, it is quite evident from the experience that 3 MBPS internet speed is sufficient enough to support online games.

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch Required Download Speed: 3 MBPS

Required Upload Speed: 1 MBPS

Ping Rate: 150 Ms

Although Nintendo does not state its speed recommendations directly, the troubleshooting guide asks users to test their internet speed so that they meet the minimum requirement of 3 MBPS. Users are told to upgrade their service package if they do not have 3 MBPS internet speed because they won’t be able to enjoy all the games on this particular platform if they do not meet the minimum speed requirement.

Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo Wii U & Internet ConnectionRequired Download Speed: 1.5 MBPS

Required Upload Speed: 1 MBPS

Ping Rate: 150 Ms

As mentioned before, Nintendo does not provide speed recommendations to its users but the gaming guide does. In order to enjoy games on Nintendo Wii U, you need to have an internet connection of at least 1.5 MBPS. The Ping Rate of 150 Ms is more than enough to support online games on Wii U.

Desktop Games

Desktop GamesRequired Download Speed: 3 – 6 MBPS

Required Upload Speed: 1 MBPS

Ping Rate: 150 Ms

Every individual has a different preference for a personal computer. Some people prefer heavy RAM whereas some prefer moderate RAM. Similarly, the internet speed varies according to the games you wish to play on your computer. If you want to play games with high visual effects, you should go for a high-speed internet connection like Comcast internet.

Conclusion

When you are playing online games, you have to react quickly to the payers. The latency rate should be low so that signals can reach out to your device for live updates. For online games, wired connections are highly recommended because Wi-Fi can cause interference and you might face obstacles during your gameplay. However, if you do not have any other option except for Wi-Fi, make sure that the modem is located near your computer in order to avoid any disruptions.

How Gamers Can Optimize Gaming Experience Without Compromising Gadget Quality

How Gamers Can Optimize Gaming Experience Without Compromising Gadget Quality

There was a time when gaming was all about joystick and pressing arrow keys to move the character and kill the villains. But since gaming got much attention creators evolved the way gaming is in today’s era making it as virtually real as possible. While many gamers compromising regarding the gaming lags and bugs in their PCs.

It’s not always about buying the latest gaming laptop to enhance your gaming experience. Everyone doesn’t have the financial means to afford Gaming PCs as soon as they hit the store shelf. Let’s see a few tricks you can opt to optimize gaming experience without compromising gadget quality.

Just to give the gamers the best tip for better and enhanced online gaming experience, it is suggested to use a VPN for online MMORPG games. It not only bypass restrictions but it also helps to reduce latency and ping on major hauls.

Clean Up CPU And Memory Space

At times what we fail to recognize is the gadgets memory storage. The memory leads to systems halt as it needs storage space to run necessary functions. Disabling unnecessary startup apps is a fast way to free up CPU and memory space which will slightly improve the performance of your PC and gaming. As your PC loads, it consumes memory disabling these apps of no use enhances your gaming experience. What gamers do is, hard shut down PC from the power button losing the game data which wasn’t saved.

While utilizing Windows PC, it has a built-in tool to stop startup apps in the Task Manager section. If you are wondering which app is hindering the PC performance the you can simply check in the Task Manager system and see if it is enabled. If so, then disable the app and stop the issues causing by it in the PC.

Upgrade Graphics Drivers

If you’re a gamer, it’s beneficial to assume you’ve got either AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce graphics card under the hood. For optimum gaming performance, you cannot rely on Windows pre-installed graphics cards. If you use both the mentioned graphics cards then your PC is in good shape as both offers a wide range of latest drivers for their GPUs.

Its advised not to depend on the disk which came with your graphics card as they provide limited performance and would not handle games which require more juice to run. AMD and NVIDIA are round the clock working on increasing the game compatibility and fixing graphics anomalies, so you don’t have to blame the PC for its slow processor. The website of AMD and NVIDIA is filled with all the customer support providing compatibility with almost every consumer class graphics card based on one of the company’s GPUs. Keep in mind, upgrade to the newest drivers whenever you chose to switch to a new game.

Adjust in-game settings

Apart from focusing on the graphics cards and processors, tweaking in-game settings could possibly enhance gaming performance. At the expense of compromising image quality, you can manually control the driver’s graphics settings if reduced could cater to better performance. For some, the graphics card settings may seem to be a struggle, but the In-game control panel can be browsed easily.

Hypothetically speaking you can set these settings.

  • Setting Texture quality to minimum, medium or high
  • Reducing Initializing
  • Reducing resolution
  • Lowering lighting quality

By doing that you will eventually put less strain on the graphics card, reducing the chance of them heating up leading to better gaming output. How exactly? When the in-game frame rates are reduced, the game does not snatch all the power at once; it reduces the power consumed making the gaming faster.

Tempering Graphics Driver Settings

Downloading the latest drivers does not mean you will end up having top-notch performance. Few settings need tweaking to get optimized results, but one thing needs attention. Moderating with settings will hinder your image quality. That’s how it works, reducing image quality will enhance the gaming performance.

3D gaming settings are provided in the graphics driver’s control panel where you shall find the Manage 3D Settings menu in AMD’s Catalyst driver suite and NVIDIA’s

GeForce drivers. Going through the menu, you will come across texture filtering which cleans up mapped texture working for reducing lags on hard edges, Ambient occlusion, and Vertical-Sync. After lowering the level of texture filtering, it will directly increase the gaming performance. Hypothetically speaking Anti Aliasing should be pre-set to application-controlled, but decreasing the AA level will further enhance performance.

At times screen tearing artifacts can be seen while gaming which distorts the pixels for which it is advised to keep the V-Sync enabled to ultimately optimize the gaming experience.

That’s All Folks for your

Gaming Experience

At times the frustration of lags and hangs of the PC makes one want to throw their PC and ask their parents for a new one. Well, hold your horses and see what is causing the lags. At the least, your game processing can be made better without compromising gadget quality or switching to a new one. How? Well go to our blog, and you’ll be amazed at things that you surf while going through your game settings which if tempered can increase your gaming output.

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