All posts by David Law

Speccy lover and Sega fan boy. Enjoying the current gen, always looking forward to the future. Bring it on!

For Honor free to play ahead of Order & Havoc

For Honor is getting the free to play treatment and hosting a free weekend beginning on 4pm GMT November 9th through till 6:59am November 13th for all you lucky Xbox Live Gold Members. It’s to celebrate season four, Order & Havoc which launches on November 14th.

Order & Havoc brings Two new dangerous heroes to shake up the stakes on the battlefield. The nimble Aramusha joins the Samurai faction, whilst the ferocious Shaman joins the Vikings. Each Hero bring new fighting styles to the fray and new strategies to the party. In addition to the new heroes there will be two new maps to conquer, as well as two new modes, which will be free to all players, offering new proving grounds to test their skill and might.

The Aramusha is a hybrid hero, wielding two katanas to strike swiftly and deflect their opponents’ blows. Donning an iconic low-brimmed hat, The Aramusha is quick to punish any opponents who misstep.

The Shaman wields two blades, a hatchet and a dagger, and uses them with deadly precision. She’s an assassin hero, and her speed is complemented by an aggressive move set that sees her pouncing on enemies like a wild beast and gaining strength when her opponents are actively bleeding.

Both heroes will be released for Season Pass holders on November 14, and will be available for all other players to unlock on November 21 for 15,000 Steel each.

The two new free modes that are included in the season named Order & Havoc, come in the form of Tribute and Ranked Dominion mode.

Tribute is a 4v4 objective-based mode, in which players fight to claim three offerings and return them to their team’s shrines. Each of your three shrines will activate a different buff for your team, and choosing which shrine to place your offering in can tip the scales for your team. Will you juice your team’s attack power? Bestow a regenerating shield on your allies? Or reveal the enemy players’ positions for your whole team to see? You’ll need to defend your shrines, hunt down offerings in the field, and steal from the enemy team’s shrines if you hope to claim victory in Tribute.

 

Ranked Dominion will be available following the launch of Season 4. Now you and your team of heroes can rise through the ranks and earn glory for all to see (as well as some sweet in-game loot to boot).

The new heroes, Tribute mode, and two new maps (Market Town and The Gauntlet) all arrive with the launch of Order & Havoc on November 14.

This free weekend includes access to all the content released for the game thus far, which means every multiplayer mode (playable versus human players or bots), the full campaign (playable solo or with a co-op ally), and the chance to build up any of the game’s 16 heroes, including the new heroes released in previous seasons (who are unlockable for 15,000 Steel each).

Should you want to stay in the fight for the launch of Season Four, Ubisoft will be offering discounts of up to 60% off digital For Honor content through the Microsoft Store.

Can’t wait to see the new Heroes and new modes in action? tune in to the Season 4 Livestream Reveal on twitch.tv/forhonorgame on November 11th.

Halo 5 goes in to Overtime

Halo 5 is getting new content in the form of Overtime. The overtime update, adds new exciting additions to the already fantastic Halo 5 experience. 4K visual enhancements, which are designed to take full advantage of the new Xbox One X, to the return of a fan favourite of the series that’s been missing, Oddball’s back and better than before

The new overtime content release, ushers in new weapon skins that help celebrate the Halo World Championship and the top HCS esports teams, the highly anticipated brand-new Local server multiplayer feature, and more.

Enhanced for Xbox One X


Halo 5 looks and plays better than ever on Xbox One X! Experience the game like never before with unmatched clarity, richness, and detail in 4K Ultra HD on a compatible display. Xbox One X also delivers the best Halo 5 gameplay experience with crisp, smooth control, and consistent visual feedback at a steady 60 FPS.

With eleven free content releases since launch, enjoy the deepest, most feature-packed Halo game yet and jump into the action faster than ever before with the shorter load times offered by Xbox One X.

Oddball

The Oddball you know and love is officially back in Halo 5 as a full-fledged game mode complete with new medals, announcer voice-overs, and best of all – the skull! New custom game options for Oddball modes are also available with settings such as “ball type,” “ball explosion damage,” “score per kill while carrying,” and “ball carrier melee damage modifier” to play the way you want. Jump in and have a ball in the new matchmaking playlist featuring 4v4 Oddball on Truth, Plaza, Eden, Empire, Mercy, and Overgrowth.

Local Server


Halo 5: Guardians Local Server provides a new way to create, host and play custom multiplayer games on Xbox One via a local network. Using this simple application, players can host a local server on a Windows 10 PC connected to the same network as Xbox One consoles for low-latency Halo 5 multiplayer matches. Using this tool, you can create a local server similar to those used for the Halo Championship Series and Halo World Championship esports events, providing an ideal proving ground for everything from professional and amateur competitive teams to friendly tournaments. Additionally, all players can use this app to host their own custom matches, including custom game types and community maps created using the in-game Forge mode.

New Commendations


The Overtime content release includes new Commendations for REQ select weapons, vehicles, and bosses introduced in Halo 5 over our past several updates. New Commendations include:
Brute Plasma Rifle
Sentinel Beam
Gravity Hammer
Reach Grenade Launcher
Wasp Destroyer
Wasp Gunner
Grunt Mech Slayer

Weapon Tuning


With this latest update, a number of weapons across Halo 5 are being updated and tuned to re-vitalize and re-balance the Halo 5 sandbox. These changes are intended to help strengthen and re-establish the unique role of each weapon and reduce redundancy across the sandbox. In total, 14 different weapons have been adjusted, and these changes will be applied to every mode in Halo 5 – Arena multiplayer, Warzone, and Campaign. These changes are the result of a month long public tuning test and continued iteration based on game data and player feedback.

HCS Skin: Luminosity


Luminosity Gaming were founded in 2015 and have quickly solidified themselves as one of the preeminent team organizations in the world. Since breaking out in the Halo scene, Luminosity have fielded a top Halo team in each season and even placed in the Top 6 at the Halo World Championship 2017 Finals. Luminosity have their eyes set on the next Halo World Championship and with rising stars Tripppey and Saiyan, they’re poised to take it to the next level.
The Luminosity Gaming REQ Pack will be available on November 7, 2017.

HCS Skin: Str8 Rippin’


Dating back to 2005, Str8 Rippin are one of the most well-known and historic team organizations in Halo esports. The team is no stranger to success, with major events wins across multiple Halo titles. At the Halo World Championship 2017 Finals, Str8 finished in fourth place and are looking to climb even higher in 2018. Starting November 21st, players can don the white, blue, and black of Str8 Rippin to support their favorite Halo esports team.

HCS Skin: Splyce


Splyce broke out into the Halo esports scene at the beginning of 2017 and have already left their mark on the sport. With an HCS title already under their belt, Splyce now have championship wins across multiple esports. A fan favorite, the Splyce brand is also one of the most recognizable in all esports across the world. For 2018, they’re looking to improve on their performance at Dreamhack Denver and perhaps even snatch a Halo World Championship win. You can go #OnTheHunt by picking up the Splyce REQ Pack on December 5.

USA – HaloWC 2018 Skin


Home soil for the Halo Championship Series, and birthplace of the franchise itself, the United States will be home to two events on the road to the Halo World Championship 2018. North America – and the US in particular – has essentially dominated the competitive Halo scene for a decade and a half, but with the gap finally beginning to close a bit, these teams will have to bring their best to stay on top of the world in 2018. The US Flag Skin REQ Pack will be available when the road to the Halo World Championship 2018 arrives in North America.

Canada – HaloWC 2018 Skin


Canada has produced some of North America’s top Halo esports talent, and nowhere was that on display more than at the HCS Fall 2017 Finals. On the 4v4 side, you’ve got Royal 1 and Royal 2, who as both a coach and player respectively, have helped anchor the juggernaut OpTic Gaming in their incredible run over the past few years. On the lone wolf side of the equation, Canadian Druk844 took home the FFA crown at DreamHack Denver, taking down over 200 other competitors en route to victory.
The Canada Flag Skin REQ Pack will be available when the road to the Halo World Championship 2018 arrives in North America.

Mexico – HaloWC 2018 Skin


The Latin America region is no stranger to a love for Halo, with Mexico in particular maintaining a tenacious – and rapidly growing – competitive community. Last year’s HaloWC stop showcased some serious talent, with Shock The World taking a first place prize. Perhaps the most recent hero from this team is Tapping Buttons, who burst onto the stage in Halo 5 and was recruited as the first non-North American player to compete in the HCS Pro League. The Mexico Flag Skin REQ Pack will be available when the road to the Halo World Championship 2018 arrives in Latin America.

UK – HaloWC 2018 Skin


The United Kingdom is home to a talented and tenacious competitive Halo community, with a number of players and teams rising to prominence over the years. On the world stage however, they’ve always seemed to play a second-fiddle role to North America, often struggling to crack the Top 8 at any international event. That all changed when Jimbo led Team Infused on a brilliant run at the HCS Fall 2017 Finals in Denver to become the first European team to ever place in the Top 6 during an open intercontinental event. Jimbo, along with other UK players like Riotz, Ramirez, and the Buk twins look to lead their region to even greater heights when the Halo World Championship 2018 gets underway.
The UK Flag Skin REQ Pack will be available when the road to the Halo World Championship 2018 arrives in Europe.

Australia – HaloWC 2018 Skin


The Australia region maintains an incredibly passionate Halo fanbase, with top teams and players always eager to showcase their talents on a larger stage. For the Halo World Championship 2018, we’re excited to be back in the region with an open event, letting the continent’s best battle it out for the opportunity to represent their nations and organizations on the world stage.
The Australia Flag Skin REQ Pack will be available when the road to the Halo World Championship 2018 arrives in Oceania.

MSFT Store Tournament Skin


Beginning in January, all participants in the 2018 Microsoft Store Halo 5 tournament series will receive an awesome new BR85 Battle Rifle skin, letting players show off their support of competitive Halo in-game for all to see. Participating in these MS Store tournaments is the only way to get this weapon skin, so you’ll be part of a truly select group of passionate fans.

With tournaments in all 83 MS Store locations, and a variety of team sizes on tap, make sure you check with your local MS Store for availability and info on upcoming competitions!

Minecraft gets Stranger Things content!

Yep, you heard it right, for those that want to combine their Minecraft world with Stranger Things content, now you can in the form of Skin’s.

It’s time to break out the fairy lights! No, no not for Christmas, don’t be ridiculous. We just need a way to communicate with all those people who have suddenly and mysteriously gone missing. Prepare for some spooky retro adventures as you go investigating the shocking arrival of the new Stranger Things skin pack!

Hold onto your long blonde wigs, kids, because the whole cast is here! Break into a classified facility with Hopper, kick off some Dungeons and Dragons with Mike or heck, why not go totally telekinetic with Eleven

FAIR WARNING: The images below may contain spoilers for Season 2. Shut those eyes if you don’t want to see too much/ too terrified. For those of you who have the wits to dive right in, or have already binged watched the entire second season (HOW?!?!), check out the pictures below to see what’s included!

The skin pack’s available to download RIGHT NOW! So, get on your bike (or pig) and get investigating, because nothing is quite what it seems. Least of all that 80s fashion sense. Barb, that sweater? Ew.

The Legends are returning to Clockwork City

Get ready, on November 30th the next story Expansion for The Elder Scrolls: Legends drops.

This will be the first chance for players to return to a fan-favourite locale, first experienced in The Elder Scrolls III’s expansion, Tribunal.

With over 55 new collectible cards, rewarded across 35 exciting story missions, this is a must for Elder Scrolls fans. With these cards, players will be able to search for lost treasure, construct steam-powered wonders, or channel their inner mad scientist to create their own strange mechanical abominations.

Here’s a quick rundown of new mechanics and creatures to whet your appetite.


New Creature: Fabricants
The Clockwork City is the grand workshop of the late god Sotha Sil, who was obsessed with crafting his own forms of life, reconstructing and building on the work of the Dwemer artisans.
Perhaps his most intriguing and disturbing creations were the Fabricants, unique creatures born of both flesh and metal. In Legends, we’re bringing these to life with five Fabricant cards – one per attribute – that will reward players for playing with neutral cards like the Dwemer constructs. These five creatures offer some serious power, and create some exciting new deckbuilding possibilities.

New Mechanic: Treasure Hunt
Where there’s a lost city, there’s treasure, and people willing to risk their lives to find it. Enter the Treasure Hunters and the first of our new mechanics – denoted with “Treasure Hunt.” While in play, these adventurous fellows will watch each card players draw to see if it’s the treasure they’re looking for. Once players draw everything the hunters want, a reward awaits. For example, the new card Relic Hunter rewards a buff to the first weapon players draw after playing him – it wasn’t just any weapon, but the priceless object he’d been seeking!

New Mechanic: Assemble
In the years since Sotha Sil’s demise, his creations have had to fend for themselves. The humanoid clockwork constructs known as the Factotums have done that by learning to collectively repair, enhance, and upgrade their own bodies. Which brings us to the other new mechanic in Clockwork City: Assemble.
When players play an Assemble creature, they will choose one of two bonuses. That bonus will be bestowed upon both that creature and every Factotum in the player’s hand and deck

For a full breakdown of the Elder scrolls: Legends Return to Clockwork City including 5 new card reveals head on over to www.elderscrollslegends.com

New DLC rushing in Fast & Furious this week

As of next week, 11th October to be exact, Rocket League adds two new Premium Battle-cars to its impressive line up.

Independent developer & publisher Psyonix, has joined forces with Dodge and Nissan to reveal new Fast & Furious DLC for Rocket League. The New DLC will be available in North America and Europe on all platforms.

The new Fast & Furious DLC brings two premium cars in the shape of the ’99 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 made famous from Universal pictures 2 Fast 2 Furious, and the ’70 Dodge Charger which starred in The Fast and The Furious also from Universal Pictures.

Both cars will have new sets of wheels and six decals available, to tinker with (listed below).

The Battle-cars will be available for purchase separately priced at $1.99 each, so assume a price of £1.99 or there abouts.

Fast & Furious ’99 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 Decals
• 2Bold
• 2Cool
• 2Tuff
• Clean Cut
• The Clutch
• Home Stretch

Fast & Furious ’70 Dodge Charger R/T Decals
• Alameda Twin
• Flames
• Good Graces
• Rally
• Sinclair
• Wheelman