Video: The state and future of board games

In this GDC 2018 talk, board game and tabletop game developers discuss the continued growth, development and diversity of board games in the last year. …

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Hearthstone’s New ‘Shrink Ray’ Card May Bring Back Control Paladin

Hearthstone‘s next expansion, The Boomsday Project, is coming up, and as is the tradition, Blizzard is rolling out cards progressively up to the release. GameSpot has just had its own reveal for the new Paladin spell Shrink Ray. You can watch the video above for our reveal, but there’s lots to unpack when it comes to this card, so we’ve put together an in-depth analysis about what this means for Hearthstone and its meta.

The Shrink Ray card is a clear signal that Control Paladin is primed to make a comeback. That’s no small feat. Mike Donais told us that the design team tries to push classes into directions where they’re currently under-developed. Control Paladin was a mainstay of vanilla Hearthstone and lasted through the first few expansions, but more recently expansions have consistently pushed it into a more aggressive direction. Cards like Shrink Ray may be enough to bring it back. The name comes from the ability to control the battlefield and outlast your opponent into the late-game, and this could just be the tool Paladin needs.

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Why? In short, it’s a one-card answer to a big board. Paladins have long relied on powerful combos like Equality-Consecration or Wild Pyromancer to clear the board and reset. But if you drew only one part of the combo, you were still out-of-luck. The new card provides a cleaner answer, which could still be combined with Wild Pyromancer in a pinch if you absolutely need a (rather expensive) total board wipe. More often, it will simply make your enemies much less threatening, giving you a chance to heal and reassert board dominance.

It also synergizes well with the Paladin Hero Power, making your 1/1 Silver Hand Recruits able to contest anything the opponent has on the board. On top of that, it fits well into Odd Paladin, with double the Recruits to take down the newly weakened enemy minions. We may also see Paladins experiment with Egg-based decks, since this card gives them an easy way to activate Eggs and makes them extremely easy to break.

Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project launches August 7. Two pre-order bundles are now available–a $50 for 50 pack bundle with a free golden legendary and card back, and a separate $80 for 80 pack bundle that also throws in the Warlock hero Mecha-Jaraxxus. Check out our full gallery of all the revealed cards so far.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/hearthstones-new-shrink-ray-card-may-bring-back-co/1100-6460760/

Marvel’s Spider-Man PS4 Has Gone Gold

Insomniac’s highly anticipated Spider-Man game for PS4 has reached an important development milestone. The studio announced that the upcoming title has “gone gold,” meaning primary development has been completed and the game is now ready to be sent off for manufacturing.

Insomniac shared the announcement on Twitter, thanking both Sony and Marvel for “their support in the creation of this original Spider-Man adventure.” The tweet was also accompanied by a humorous image parodying the popular meme in which Spider-Man sits behind a desk. You can take a look at the tweet below.

Unlike most games starring the webslinger, Insomniac’s Spider-Man is set in a new, standalone universe and casts players in the role of an older, more experienced Peter Parker, whose greater confidence is reflected in the way he swings through the city and battles foes. The game also features an assortment of Spider-Man’s most memorable villains, including Electro, Rhino, Scorpion, Vulture, Shocker, and the recently revealed Silver Sable.

Spider-Man launches exclusively for PS4 on September 7. We had a chance to check the game out during E3 2018 and said it “may be one the best game experiences we’ve had with the webslinger.” Those who pre-order the title will receive a variety of bonus content, including three suits that alter your appearance and unlock new suit abilities: Iron Spider, Spider-Punk, and Velocity Suit.

If you’re interested in picking up Spider-Man but don’t yet own a PS4, Sony recently revealed a beautiful Spider-Man-themed PS4 Pro bundle during San Diego Comic Con. The bundle comes with a copy of the game; a red, 1 TB PS4 Pro console with the Spider-Man symbol emblazoned on the center; a matching DualShock 4 controller; and a download code for the City That Never Sleeps DLC. The bundle launches alongside the game on September 7 and retails for $400.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/marvels-spider-man-ps4-has-gone-gold/1100-6460835/

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Beta Trailer Includes A Glimpse Of Blackout

The first session of the private multiplayer beta for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 takes place this weekend for some players. Ahead of the test, Activision and developer Treyarch have shared an intense new trailer showcasing the various Specialists, maps, weapons, and other content that will be available to try out during the beta.

The private multiplayer beta is only available to those who pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 4–although Xfinity customers will also be able to participate, even without reserving the title. The first session kicks off exclusively on PlayStation 4 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on Friday, August 3, and runs until the same times on Monday, August 6. A second session will be held for all platforms–PS4, Xbox One, and PC–the following weekend from August 10-13. You can see the full schedule below.

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As revealed in the new trailer, the multiplayer beta will feature a variety of weapons and 10 Specialists, including the returning Nomad and Prophet, who Treyarch previously said boast “brand-new gameplay mechanics built for Black Ops 4.” The beta will also feature six maps to play on, two of which will be debuting to the public for the first time when the test begins.

Additionally, the beta will offer several different multiplayer options. In addition to fan-favorite modes such as Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint, and Search & Destroy, players will be able to try out Control, a brand-new objective-based mode that has teams alternating between attacking and defending two “static objectives.”

Perhaps most intriguing, the new trailer provides fans their first look at Blackout, the battle royale-style mode Treyarch is introducing in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Blackout won’t be playable during the multiplayer beta, but fans will be able to try the anticipated mode out ahead of the game’s release through a separate Blackout beta, which is slated to take place sometime in September. No exact date has been announced yet, but Activision has confirmed it will likewise take place first on PS4.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 12. Those who participate in the private multiplayer beta will earn a couple of exclusive rewards. First, all participants will receive a unique calling card, while those who hit max rank during the beta will earn a Permanent Unlock Token, which can be used toward any piece of Create-a-Class content in the full game. You can read more details about the beta on Treyarch’s official website.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Private Multiplayer Beta Dates

PlayStation 4

  • Starts: August 3 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST
  • Ends: August 6 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

  • Starts: August 10 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST
  • Ends: August 13 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST

PC Beta Early Access

  • Starts: August 10 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST

PC Open Beta

  • Starts: August 11 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST
  • Ends: August 13 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-beta-trailer-includes-a-g/1100-6460832/

Xbox One’s Free Games With Gold For August 2018 Revealed

August is almost here, which means Xbox Live Gold members will have a new set of free Xbox One and Xbox 360 games to download. We now know what those games will be, thanks to a post on Microsoft’s Xbox Wire. The games going free in August will be Forza Horizon 2 and For Honor on Xbox One and Dead Space 3 and Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 games are backwards compatible, so they’ll also be playable on Xbox One. [Update: The new titles are available now, ahead of schedule.]

On the Xbox One side of things, you’ll be able to download Forza Horizon 2 between August 1-31. It’s an open-world racing game from 2014 that mixes realistic driving mechanics with some of the more arcade-style ideas of series like Burnout. For Honor is a melee combat game that pits characters from three factions against each other: Samurai, Knights, and Vikings. A fourth faction will be added in a free update this fall, along with a robust new Breach mode. For Honor will be free August 16-September 15.

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On Xbox 360, Dead Space 3 sees the horror series’ protagonist Isaac Clarke joined for the first time by a companion, Sgt. John Carver. The entire game, which focuses on alien dismemberment, is playable in online co-op mode. It will be free August 1-15. The final free Xbox 360 game in August is Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, a co-op game that has you save the Wasteland using a magic paintbrush. It’s free August 16-31.

If you’re reading this before August 1, it’s not too late to grab some of July’s free Games With Gold. Right now, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download Assault Android Cactus and Death Squared for Xbox One, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

August 2018 Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Forza Horizon 2 (August 1-31)
  • For Honor (August 16-September 15)

Xbox 360

  • Dead Space 3 (August 1-15)
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (August 16-31)

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/xbox-ones-free-games-with-gold-for-august-2018-rev/1100-6460758/

Fortnite 5.10 Content Update Brings Back Guided Missile, Adds Jetpack Game Mode

Epic Games has released a new update for Fortnite on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and iOS. Following the recent update 5.10, content update 5.10 marks the start of a new limited-time mode called Fly Explosives, which involves using jetpacks to cause mayhem. The update also pulls the Guided Missile weapon out of the Vault and puts it into play.

“The Guided Missile is back from the Vault and dropping into Battle Royale this update,” the patch notes read. “In its time away, the Guided Missile has been tweaked and tuned down as it was too strong upon its initial release.” The weapon now deals less damage, moves slower, and has a shorter fuse, among other tweaks. However, there are reports that might sometimes be invisible, which is a real problem.

For those playing Save the World mode, there’s a new Spyglass Sniper Rifle, which will be available in the store on August 1 at 8 PM ET. Take a look below for the full Fortnite 5.10 content update patch notes.

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Battle Royale

  • Guided Missile (Battle Royale): The Guided Missile returns from the Vault! Scan the battlefield from above, weave through obstacles, and rocket ride teammates into the action.
  • Fly Explosives (Battle Royale): BOOM! The new Fly Explosives Limited Time Mode is here and it’s a blast for the whole squad. Use Jetpacks to fly above your foes and rain down in this explosives only game mode.

Limited Time Mode: Fly Explosives

  • This mode combines the explosive fun of the High Explosives LTM and the vaulted Limited Time Item Jetpack. Take to the skies and blast everyone else back to the lobby!
  • Mode Details
    • Only Explosive Weapons can be found in this mode.
    • Floor Loot spawners will occasionally spawn Jetpacks.
    • Fly Explosives Jetpacks have increased fuel regen rate & decreased burn rate compared to Default Jetpacks, to keep pilots in the sky a bit longer.
    • Between-storm wait times have been reduced due to players needing less time to find adequate loot (avg. match length should be lower than 20m).
    • Rocket Ammunition capped at 120.
    • Profile Stats (K/D & Wins) are tracked in this mode.

Limited Time Mode: Playground

  • The following weapons and items have been added to the Playground LTM only.
    • Jetpack
    • Guided Missile
    • Crossbow
  • Bug Fixes: Nameplates will no longer appear for members of the opposite team.

Weapons and Items

  • Guided Missile returns!
    • Available in Epic and Legendary variants.
    • Fuse duration reduced from 18 to 15 seconds.
    • Movement Speed decreased from 1100 to 1000.
    • Reload time increased to 2.4/2.2.
    • Reduced player damage from 105/110 down to 74/77 damage.
    • Reduced structure damage down from 1100 to 400.
    • Explosions now damage structures with no regard for Line of Sight.
    • Guided Missile can also be controlled via keyboard using the default movement inputs.

Bug Fixes

  • The issues with Slurp Juice have been fixed and it can once again be looted in-game.

Save the World

Spyglass Sniper Rifle (Save the World): Husks don’t stand a chance against this newest addition to the Flintlock Weapon set. This powerful single shot sniper packs a punch, so hold on tight as you take aim and fire.

Weapons and Items

  • Spyglass Sniper Rifle added to the Weekly Store
    • An accurate, high-powered, scoped sniper rifle with a single round per magazine that kicks like a mule.
    • Available Wednesday, August 1 at 8:00 PM ET until Wednesday, August 8 at 8:00 PM ET.

If you’re still working on the Season 5 Week 3 challenges, check out our guide on how to follow the Flush Factory treasure map and also the locations of birthday cakes all the Clay Pigeons. If you haven’t already done the Fortnite birthday challenges, we’ve got a guide for where to find the birthday cakes too.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/fortnite-510-content-update-brings-back-guided-mis/1100-6460842/