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Subnautica May Be The Greatest Game You Aren’t Playing

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The indie games market has some real hidden gems waiting to be discovered. With little to no executive meddling from bigger publishers, indie developers can push the envelope with their creative visions. This is especially true of survival-adventure title Subnautica, released January 23rd, 2018.

Subnautica has been in early access for quite some time, starting back in December of 2014, and since then has been receiving regular updates, new features, and a whole lot of polish. I remember fondly the first time I took the plunge and slept with the fishes (though in a bed in a submarine base I made out of pieces of a derelict space ship). Its unique visual style has always been one of the main draws, but like an angler fish, the pretty lights can belie some deadly terrors. Ranging from the minuscule, leech-like Bleeders and piranha stand-in Biters who are more annoying than deadly to the colossal apex predators like the Reaper Leviathan (and more!), the alien threat of Planet 4546B are a true menace and will shape the way you interact with the world. Having little to no weaponry encourages a playstyle of adaptation and learning how to handle the animals nonlethally. Of course, there are ways to kill them as well, but more often than not, you will find yourself evading and dissuading attacks. Remember, you’re the fish out of water here, and you are most certainly not on top of the food chain. But that’s to say nothing of your absolute worst enemy in game. One creature alone will get you killed more than any of the predators, no matter how aggressive, no matter how strong.

Yourself.

Your actions, your mistakes will be punished. The two main resources to keep you alive are, of course, food and water. You must plan to keep yourself hydrated and well fed if you expect to survive, and in some of the later stages of the game, both food and water will be hard to come by. You must learn to survive, to prepare everything in advance, and be ready to make sacrifices so you may live. If you die while out in the sea, you will lose everything you gathered after you left your base. Hardcore mode is even worse, with death deleting your save file! The biggest killer of players new and old, however, is oxygen. Until you make a submarine, you will constantly be fighting your own oxygen supply, having to resurface to keep yourself alive. Yes, you can make a surface air pump, but those materials can be put to much better use. Submarines will make their own oxygen so long as they have power, but this effectively puts a leash on the player’s exploration radius. If you run out of power for your submarine while very far beneath the surface, chances are you aren’t going to make it out alive.

Survival is the name of the game, and to than end, you must build everything you want to use. Very few tools will be found intact. I can think of precisely one that the game gives you for free, and it’s a fire extinguisher. You must build a scanner, and with that scanner, scan fragments of other tools so that you can build those as well. In my most recent session, I spent about a half hour searching for one fragment so that I could make an even bigger submarine than the one I had already. I scavenged through several biomes and dove to incredible depths to find the bounty, only to see that it was actually remarkably close to my starting base.

But at no point was I ever frustrated with it. Instead, I rather enjoyed just getting out and exploring the world of Subnautica. Gorgeous visuals and lifelike alien creatures make for a world I wouldn’t mind getting lost in. If you take nothing out of this review, understand this. You will die in Subnautica. But you’ll love every second of it.

 

 

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Fortnite v6.30 Update Arrives

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A new update has arrived for Fortnite, and v6.30 brings with it Wild West LTM, Dynamite and Ghost Pitsol.

Epic Games seems to be honing in on the overwhelming success of Red Dead Redemption 2 with both the release of Ashe in Overwatch and the introduction of the very RD2-ish Wild West Limited Time Mode, where you can defeat enemies using “weapons from frontier times” like Six Shooters or Double-Barrel Shotguns, in this week’s update.

Here is the rundown:

Fortnite Battle Royale patch notes

Limited Time Mode: Wild West

Fight for the Victory Royale using a limited set of weapons and items such as Hunting Rifles, Shotguns and Dynamite.

Available Weapons:

  • Hunting Rifle
  • Pump Shotgun
  • Double Barrel Shotgun
  • Six Shooter
  • Minigun

Available Items:

  • Campfire
  • Bandages
  • Medical Kits
  • Dynamite
  • Slurp Juice

Supply Drops can contain:

  • Epic Six Shooters
  • Legendary Double Barrel Shotguns and Miniguns
  • Slurp Juice

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • New Weapon: Dynamite
  • Uncommon rarity, found in stacks of 3.
  • Available from floor loot, chests, Vending Machines, Supply Llamas, and Supply Drops.
  • 70 damage to players and 800 damage to structures.
  • Explosion is in the shape of a flat cylinder
  • 1600 units in diameter and 384 units in height.
  • Initiating a throw will start a 5-second fuse that can’t be canceled.
  • Throw range is shorter than standard Grenades.

EVENTS

  • New Tournament: Scavenger Pop-Up Cup Duos
  • Scavenger game mode adjustments:
  • Material cap reduced from 500 to 300.
  • Drop count of Clingers and Grenades increased from 3 to 5.
  • Safe zone changes
  • Reduced the radius of Circle 3 from 20000 to 15000
  • Reduced the radius of Circle 4 from 10000 to 7500
  • Circle 4 is now the first circle partially outside of the previous safe zone (was circle 5)
  • Increased chances of supply drops in later circles
  • Circle 9 now travels twice as far but takes twice as long to close

Fortnite Save the World patch notes

HEROES

  • 8 Bit Demo returns to the Weekly Store.
  • Explosives expert who groups enemies with Decoy before finishing them with a hail of missiles.
  • Available Wednesday, November 21 at 7 PM EST until Wednesday, November 28 at 7 PM EST.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Ghost Pistol added to the Weekly Store.
  • A slow firing pistol that shoots ghostly projectiles that pass through walls and enemies.
  • Available Wednesday, November 21 at 7 PM EST until Wednesday, November 28 at 7 PM EST.

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Fortnite’s Mounted Turrets Get Nerfed

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Well, that didn’t take long.

Fortnite’s mounted turrets have receive quite the nerf from Epic Games, less that a week after they arrived in the game, after players finding an exploit that allowed them to make traps in the game pretty much indestructible, hindering the overall playing experience.

Additionally, Epic announced that turret availability will now be limited in Solos, Duos, and Squads.

“We’ve reduced the availability of the Mounted Turret in all default modes (Solo, Duos, Squads),” their announcement read, which was posted on Reddit.

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Fallout 76 Updates Scheduled through December, First Patch Arrives Today

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The first patch for Fallout 76 will be arriving today which include performance tweaks and optimizations, and more updates are scheduled through December, all of which are described by Bethesda as “should be much smaller in size” in comparison.

In the near future, a Stash Limit increase and a number of other quality of life improvements are heading to PC.

“Our plan is to update the game on a regular basis with patch notes that detail what we are addressing with each update,” Bethesda said, in a official announcement. “If that changes, we’ll let folks know as things may shift as we need to balance adding features with server stability and maintenance.”

Fallout 76 Updates for 2018?:

  • November 19 Patch –  Will focus primarily on game performance and stability on all platforms but will also come with a list of fixes to quests, UI, C.A.M.P.s, and more. Patch notes will be available early next week.
  • Stash Limit Increase – Will be increasing the stash limit in the coming weeks. The current limit is there for technical reasons, to cap the number of items the game is tracking in the world, including every container and stash. We have some ideas in both the short- and long-term that will address the size without risking stability, but this is one we need to take our time on to make sure it is done right.
  • Push to Talk for PC – After listening to all of your concerns, we have made progress on getting this into the game and it will also be included in an update in the next few weeks.
  • Ultrawide Support for PC – 21:9 support will be coming soon. We have seen it in testing and it looks awesome.
  • FOV Slider for PC – We know this is popular request for our PC players— look for an FOV slider soon.
  • Exploits of Various Types –Many exploits we’ve seen reported have been known and will be addressed in a future update.

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