Welcome to PC video game news for week 49. It is cold here in Ohio, with our first real snowfall on the ground and we all know what that means. More video games!
Sam’s PC Video Game Tips
Fortnite Battle Royale Tips
I did not play Fortnite Battle Royale this week, so no tips from me but I do have some new tip videos to share on YouTube.
Stream and YouTube Help
Another tips video from thatdenverguy this week.
From SXVXN, you can see some advanced building tips.
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Tips
After playing 6 matches this weekend on the new map I can tell you the trucks are so much easier to drive than other vehicles and can handle the rougher terrain better than the others. I have not yet had occasion to try out the Aquarail. The van is fun but horrible to handle and cannot take steep inclines at all.
Vaulting and the ability to climb is key in Miramar, the new map. I urge caution, though, as most players are just going in/out of windows instead of using doors so it makes it a bit harder to tell when a spot is looted or not.
Specific to Miramar, Stay on the Move
The map is way too large and there are too many height variations to try to camp out in one spot for very long. I found I loved this change as I don’t have the patience to sit and wait for enemies to find me. This map pretty much forces you to move so you’ll quickly become better at looking for and spotting enemies as you move as well as get to work out those vaulting and climbing skills.
Find a Vehicle and Keep it.
Once you find a vehicle, do your best to keep it. Unless you’re down to the final 10 when the circle is closing at small variances you WILL need a vehicle on this map. It is just too large. Thankfully there are a lot of them, though they can be hard to spot from the air thanks to the strategically heaped garbage bags that look exactly like vehicles as you are dropping onto the map. There are also a lot more gas can spawns, or so it seemed to me. I would come across 5 or 6 in each little housing cluster I looted.
Stop, Drop, and Scope
The map is huge and the detail level intense. When you find cover, stop, crouch or go prone, and use your scope to scout around you before moving again. I play in the third-person perspective and even the ability to “look around” while running wasn’t good enough when I played. I missed several people that way but spotted them instantly when I used my scope. Mainly because people are still wearing their dark gear which shows up immediately against the brown muted terrain of the new map.
Stream and YouTube Help
Check out the new map with some gameplay video from StoneMountain64.
Video Game News Recap
Fortnite Latest Video Game News
Fortnite Battle Royale New Mode – 50 v 50
What sounds like a really fun concept is sadly not really turning into one that’s fun to play or watch. I have watched 15 streamer videos and every single one of them is their squad trying to get the best loot, capitalize on teammates in trouble to up their own kill count, and running right past downed teammates and not even resurrecting them. If I sound a little miffed, I am. Epic Games created a play mode with such great potential to expand on the teamwork mentality that makes Fortnite Battle Royale so very cool and no one seems to care, they just want to exploit it to up their ranks. Pathetic. As such, I’m not sharing any streamer/creator videos as I found none worth watching.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Latest Video Game News
The new desert map is currently on the PTR and it comes with some other changes and improvements to be tested. There are 3 new weapons, 3 new vehicles, improvements to the server lag issue, several changes to gameplay like passengers in vehicles can now use meds, along with lots of sound and animation updates. You can read the patch notes here, but LevelCapGaming has a couple decent overviews of the most obvious changes.
Blizzard’s Latest Video Game News
In November, artists assembled in 6 cities across the US to paint “Join Us” murals to highlight diversity in gaming and in Overwatch heroes. Here’s a small time-lapse video showing each of the murals. My home city is one of them so I hope to spot the mural soon!
If you want to see other work by artist Nesskain, click through this link to his artstation.com website.
Winter Wonderland returns on December 12th! Watch the developer update video below to find out what is in store for us this year. We are definitely getting new Hanzo, Junkrat, and Roadhog skins but there will be more. They are bringing back last year’s changes to King’s Row and Hanamura and new this season is a seasonal version of The Black Forest. You will also be able to play the snowball offensive in both the old location but also in The Black Forest. Plus there is more Mei holiday magic with a new Yeti Hunt event.
Heroes of the Storm
The latest patch implemented a few bug fixes and a few hero balancing changes. Read up on the latest changes in the Blizzard blog post.
Patch 4.1.1 is now live. Lots of changes in this one, including the addition of War Chest: Katowice 2018 that includes more than 80 brand new cosmetic items amongst other things. This is new paid content. Get the full patch details in the Blizzard blog post.
World of Warcraft
Get the latest news on the December 6 Hotfixes.
The Weekly Bonus Event: Timewalking Cataclysm runs through Monday. Each Tuesday a new bonus event will be loaded. Find the details on the current event in the blog post.
Those are the highlights for PC this week. There are of course plenty of other games out there but I want to highlight the games I know or of interest to me. Want me to include some other games? Message me on Twitter and I’ll take a look. @samanthafisher
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