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Black Ops 4 Balances Shotguns, Adds Depth to Pistols

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Black Ops 4 has made a few tweaks that are certainly noticeable and have an impact on overall gameplay.

Shotguns have been rebalanced and placed in the secondary weapon slot next to the pistols.

“We talk about shotguns all the time,” Treyarch expert game designer Tony Flame said, according to VG247.

“They’re the hardest guns to balance. According to players, they’re either underpowered or overpowered, even when they’re actually both at the same time. For example, when we see the shotgun gets just near the level of effectiveness of an assault rifle, from the players’ experience they feel too powerful.

“So we have to get that balance just right. It’s always a tricky one. We wanted to make sure they weren’t overly frustrating – that’s the number one [priority] – but also make them satisfying.”

The intention is to redefine the shotgun’s role in the game.

“We’ve gotta balance them in line with a secondary,” Flame continues. “They’ll be balanced against pistols, each in their own role.

“Shotguns have their own unique playstyle where you get a consistent number of hits to kill. It’s not going to be as much about getting the one hit kill with the shotgun. It’s more about getting the first hit, taking cover, rechambering the shotgun, then popping out for the second hit.”

Additionally, shotgun players can use all of their customization points into attachments for their gun, providing it with better range and more power with longer barrels and chokes.

“Then you can actually extend your one hit kill range quite a bit, but you’re investing heavily in your gun from the attachment side,” Flame says. “That’s an example of the attachment strategy we’ve got for each weapon.

“Internally, we’re going back and forth. By the time we come into beta, we think we’re going to be in a really good spot.”

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Overwatch is Free Over Thanksgiving Week

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Blizzard is celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday by making Overwatch free to play starting on Tuesday, November 20 and will last through the week.

Pre-loading started on Thursday for those on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it’s worth noting that PlayStation Plus membership and Xbox Live Gold subscription are required in order to take advantage of the free, limited time, offering.

The free run comes at an opportune time,and you can see those times on Overwatch’s website, thanks to the introduction of Ashe to the roster.

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Playstation Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Playstation 4

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Sony is celebrating PlayStation 4’s fifth anniversary and has shared a number of interesting statistics, adding that the console has shipped over 86.1 million units up to this date.

Check out the stats listed on the Playstation blog.

PlayStation 4 fifth anniversary stats

The numbers

  • Over 86.1 million units sold-in (shipped)
  • Over 777.9 million software units sold-in (shipped)
  • 11 major system updates

Games

Top five best-selling titles (listed alphabetically):

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Call of Duty: WW2
  • FIFA 17
  • FIFA 18
  • GTA 5

Most popular games on PS4  (listed alphabetically):

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Season Pass, Zombie Chronicles
  • FIFA 17
  • FIFA 18
  • Fortnite
  • GTA 5

Most downloaded titles on PS4 (listed alphabetically):

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Season Pass, Zombie Chronicles
  • Destiny 2
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Just Cause 3
  • Mafia 3

Top five DualShock 4 colors ranked:

  1. Black
  2. Blue
  3. Red
  4. White
  5. Camo

Rarest PlayStation 4 model

  • PS4 Pro 500 million limited edition

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Heading to PS4 in December

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Fatshark has officially announced that Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will arrive on Playstation 4 on December 18th and the pre-order beta is already available.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Ultimate Pre-Order Edition is available now through the PlayStation Store and will remain available until December 18th, and will come with a price tag $49.99 and comes with the following features:

 

  • Four days Early Access
  • Instant Closed Beta Access
  • Sigmar Keep Statue
  • Helmgart Heraldry Themed Skins
  • 2x Portrait Frame
  • 6x Exclusive Heroic Deeds
  • Shadows over Bogenhafen DLC
  • Back to Ubersreik DLC

 

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