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‘Destiny 2’ Arrives And Immediately Impresses, Regardless of Console



Destiny 2 has officially arrived and the launch of the highly anticipated addition to the popular Bungie series has been met with rave reviews.

Sure, most people experienced a hiccup when trying to log on to the Destiny servers around the midnight hour, but once you were officially logged in, not many hurdles stood in your way afterwards.

To start, there really wasn’t any big surprises if you had played the BETA, the story starts off with the attack on the Tower and places your character in the chaos as you try to fight your way to safety.

What immediately stood out to me was the polished graphics, which seems smoother and more crisp than what we saw in the BETA.

After fighting your way out of Tower you meet Ghaul, who also has the Speaker held captive and is hell bent on being “chosen” by the Traveler. It all indicates that Ghaul will be one heck of a force if he does get what he wishes (it seems he will).

What is really good about the start of this is the storyline mode that brings you from Tower, through chaos, defeat, loss of light, revive and your rise from the ashes.

It is told swiftly enough not to bore you but with enough time to let the details resonate and give your character a feeling of experience that the game is trying to relay effectively without crossing the line to boring a player with the mundane.

The Farm is an interesting switch from Tower and gives a completely different feel to Destiny as a whole.

It’s hard for a game to accomplish this feat but Destiny does it with the ease of some aesthetics, a solid score and a well-executed intro storyline.

New wrinkles have been added, but not at the expense of the game’s experience. Instead of making changes for the sake of changes, the changes seem to be fluid with the game and more beneficial.

I am still rolling through the first part of the storyline but Destiny 2 has already sucked me back into it’s clutches with a feeling of both familiarity and comfort as I am experienced and well versed in the game’s universe.

I am also giving props to Bungie, who has had major server issues in the past with Destiny and although I expect there to be hiccups, the launch was void of any major issues on my end, which can be hard to pull off with any launch, especially one with as big of a player base as Destiny.



Capcom Announces New Content for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak



Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak

Capcom has officially announced that Free Title Update 4 will be arriving for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak on February 7th which will include new foes alongside new Anomaly Research content, Event Quests and a new paid DLC.

Velkhana, the elusive Elder Dragon, has been spotted by the scouts of Elgado Outpost and poses a chilly challenge as it can freeze hunters in an attack, and will join the arrival of Risen Crimson Glow Valstrax when the new update drops.

New Anomaly Research will be available, Afflicted Chaotic Gore Magala joining the A8 Quests, and the Anomaly Investigation cap will be upped to 220.

More is in the works for Free Title Update 5, which is currently slated to arrive in April

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Overwatch 2 Aims to Penalize Players Who Are Friends with Cheaters, Increased Voice Comms Monitoring



Overwatch 2

Blizzard is leveling up their efforts to thwart cheaters and misconduct within Overwatch 2, as the company aims to penalize players who are friends with cheaters and will amp up their monitoring of voice communications.

The company detailed this in the brand new update for its Defense Matrix Initiative, which is focused on curbing “gameplay sabotage, abusive chat, and cheating” stating their plan to come down on players who team up with cheaters, and more.

Blizzard admitted that cheating in Overwatch 2 is a problem and has “actioned over 50,000 accounts” since the game launched and starting in Season 3 they will be actively identifying players that purposely team up with players who are regularly flagged as cheaters, and will also face potential discipline.

Overwatch 2 will also have improved protection for streamers, as the issue of Stream sniping continues to be a problem, and in Season 3 they will be “introducing new streaming protection features that should be a huge step toward enabling content creators to share Overwatch 2 with their fans safely.”

Blizzard is encouraging players to report any disruptive or problematic behaviour in their matches.

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Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Receiving Update in February



Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

The popular title Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is set to receive a brand new patch, but gamers will have to wait until late February for it to arrive, according to a post from the team on the official Pokemon website.

The post, which was celebrating all 1008 Pokemon, detailed that the patch is currently planned – “Update Ver. 1.2.0, which will include bug fixes and add functionality, is planned to be released in late February. Please look forward to more details soon.”

Bookmark that date in your calendars, so you can get the latest patch when it arrives later next month.

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