Halo Infinite launched to widespread acclaim in November 2021, but to keep players around, 343 Industries will need to make some changes. Here are five things we want to see from Halo Infinite in 2022.
Of the three, Infinite has been the most well-received, with fans praising the game for feeling like a proper old-school Halo game. While the game has received rave reviews, fans have voiced their frustrations with some aspects of the game.
With Battlefield 2042’s player base dropping by 70% in two weeks and Warzone adding the new Pacific Caldera map, keeping players invested is key to Halo reclaiming its throne as the top FPS. To do so, 343 Industries will have to make some key changes, and we’ve picked out five things we want to see from Halo Infinite in 2022.
5. Better Cosmetics & Battle Pass
One of the biggest complaints about Halo Infinite so far has been about the game’s cosmetics. Getting cool armor to make your Spartan stand out is what lets players show their individuality, but Infinite just doesn’t offer enough.
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With free armor almost impossible to get, and the game’s Premium armor coating system labeled a “cash grab” by unhappy players, 343 Industries need to make better cosmetics available. Even those who bought the Season 1 Battle Pass struggled to grab gear, forcing the devs to adjust XP earned in an attempt to help players out.
That doesn’t mean we expect the devs to scrap DLC armor, but at least give everyone a chance to grab some cool gear.
4. Ranked Play Rewards
After overhauling the franchise’s ranking system from Halo 5, Halo Infinite’s Ranked Play mode has been an undeniable success. Players are desperate to move up the ranks and fight their way to Onyx, but 343 could do more to make that grind worthwhile.
A great way to do this would be Ranked Play rewards. Imagine getting an awesome Spartan skin to show that you reached Onyx, or a special weapon camo to flex on your opponents? It would take the mode to another level, and let players show off their skill in style.
3. More game modes
Ranked Play is great, but sometimes you want to jump into some old-school Halo mayhem. Big Team Battles are an incredibly good time, but there are a few more classic modes we want to see return.
Fiesta modes definitely need to make a return, although how 343 will introduce them remains unknown as they have changed the mode’s rules multiple times over the years. Elsewhere, Tactical SWAT modes would be a great change of pace, while a Snipers-only mode is always fun.
2. Classic Halo maps
From Recharge to Streets, Halo Infinite has some brilliant multiplayer maps. Unfortunately, the game only launched with 10 maps total, and we’d love to see some classic offerings added into the mix.
Who wouldn’t love to head back to Blood Gulch one more time, or fly around Ascension like we did in Halo 2. 343 Industries should definitely keep designing new and exciting maps, but mixing in a few fan-favorites from the past certainly wouldn’t go amiss.
1. Battle Royale
There was only ever going to be one thing at the top of our Halo Infinite wishlist: a battle royale. Games like Warzone, Apex Legends, and Fortnite have dominated the market over the past few years, and it’s time Halo followed suit.
Halo is a game that seems almost purpose-built for this mode. Normal multiplayer already sees players picking up weapons to use during matches, while the franchise has so many iconic locations that stitching a map together would be easy.
Whether we’ll ever see a Halo battle royale remains to be seen, but it would be a shame if we never got the opportunity to battle for BR victories in our Spartan armor.
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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 14 pick rates
Apex Legends Season 14 is here, but which Legends are dominating Season 14 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?
Season 14 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 14 pick rates in Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale shooter?
Apex Legends hit the ground running when it launched with eight different characters to choose from in its battle royale offering. The game suffered a notable lull when Call of Duty: Warzone launched, but with many popular streamers such as NICKMERCS and Dr Disrespect continuing to support the game, Apex has grown expeditiously.
There are now a whopping 22 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. With Season 14 now here, the new Legend Vantage has already knocked some fan-favorite characters out of the running.
Let’s see how the current roster’s pick rates are looking to give us an idea of the most popular Legends in Apex Legends Season 14.
Apex Legends Season 14 pick rate ranked list
This is our complete list of every character pick in Apex Legends, and we’ve ranked them in order to let you know which are favored.
Here is every Apex Legends pick rate in Season 14 ranked, as of August 12, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:
- Vantage – 11.7%
- Octane – 10.1%
- Wraith – 9.3%
- Bloodhound – 7.8%
- Pathfinder – 7.8%
- Valkyrie – 6.8%
- Horizon – 5.5%
- Bangalore – 4.5%
- Lifeline – 4.3%
- Seer – 3.9%
- Loba – 3.5%
- Fuse – 3%
- Ash – 3%
- Mirage – 2.6%
- Mad Maggie – 2.6%
- Newcastle – 2.3%
- Caustic – 2.3%
- Revenant – 2.2%
- Wattson – 1.9%
- Gibraltar – 1.9%
- Rampart – 1.6%
- Crypto – 1.3%
Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 14
5. Pathfinder – 7.8%
Pathfinder has consistently been one of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 7.8%, and counting, for quite some time now.
As a Recon class, Pathfinder simply excels in movements and traversing the game’s various maps. His Grappling Hook and Zipline Gun are simply invaluable assets that will help any team in a pinch – either because of the circle or a third-party situation. He consistently manages to stay in the top 5 as a result.
4. Bloodhound – 7.8%
Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 14.
Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark the seasons go on, and they have dropped slightly to 7.8%. Don’t let that put you off though, as they are easily the top Recon class to use in Apex Legends, thanks to their tracking tools and incredible skills, plus, their Beast of the Hunt Ultimate is priceless.
3. Wraith – 9.3%
Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number three with a 9.3% pick rate in Season 14.
Wraith’s stand-out features are her ability to get out of trouble very quickly – teammates included. Her abilities allow her to sense danger, become temporarily invulnerable, and create portals to escape predicaments. It’s easy to see why Wraith continues to be an absolute fan favorite in Apex Legends Season 14.
2. Octane – 10.1%
With a 10.1% pick rate, the speed demon has been dropped to the number two spot but continues his reign as one of the most popular Legends in Season 14, fluctuating between the top two places.
Aside from his amusing quips, he is the perfect balance of offense and defense. Despite being regarded as an offensive Legend, Octane can greatly increase his sprint speed which is useful for both attack and running away.
But most Octane users thrive on his Launch Pad Ultimate which can send him, and friendly players, high up into the air.
1. Vantage – 11.7% – Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 14
Of course, it’s the brand-new Legend Vantage that takes the top spot in Apex Legends Season 14. With an 11.7% pick rate, Vantage has stolen the show from other top Legends such as Octane and Valkyrie.
Vantage’s incredible popularity is probably due to her being new, but she’s not to be trifled with either. Her Sniper Rifle is an incredibly strong weapon, she’s able to wall run, and has a direct counter to Mirage.
How her pick rate will change throughout Season 14 remains to be seen, but she’s well-worth using on the overhauled Kings Canyon.
That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 14. As always, buffs and nerfs will come and go throughout the season, altering the game’s meta, and subsequently, Legend pick rates.
We’ll be sure to keep this updated regularly so you can stay on top of the in picks and don’t forget to check out why Mad Maggie has climbed up the rankings this season.
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Dr Disrespect explains why Apex Legends isn’t close to dying out
Top streamer Dr Disrespect had high praise for Apex Legends and its devs, explaining why it won’t “die out” any time soon.
Apex Legends has been going strong since its launch in 2019 and even hit its highest Steam player count yet with Season 14. Top streamer Dr Disrespect weighed in on its longevity, believing that it won’t “die out” any time soon.
Apex Legends hit its 14th season in August 2022, bringing a brand-new Legend, increasing the level cap, and overhauling the original Kings Canyon map. With the game reaching its highest Steam player count yet and Season 15 arriving later this year, Apex is showing no signs of slowing down.
Alongside developing his own game, top streamer Guy ‘Dr Disrespect’ Beahm keeps coming back to Apex Legends, and has explained why he doesn’t believe it’ll die out.
Doc returned to Apex to try out Vantage and all of the other Season 14 changes, and a member of the Champions Club donated and asked Doc if Apex Legends “will die out soon,” and he immediately responded: “absolutely not.”
“They’re tapped in and they have a great developer group working on the game,” he explained. “The game’s constantly evolving and it’s literally, probably the most competitive battle royale out there — I mean it has to be. Not even close.”
Both Warzone and Fortnite have competitive scenes, with the World Series of Warzone 2022 kicking off on August 15. But the grind for Apex Predator is always a big event for competitive players and Apex streamers alike whenever there’s a new split.
Dr Disrespect then considered whether Apex Legends is “fun to watch,” and he concluded that viewers who don’t play typically won’t watch it, but those who are invested in the game will always be tuning in.
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FIFA 23’s new FUT Moments rewards have Ultimate Team players delighted
In FIFA 23 Ultimate Team, players can earn more rewards than ever thanks to the new FUT Moments mode, leaving many delighted.
The prospect of earning Ultimate Team rewards is one of the mode’s main attractions, and this year players will have more opportunities to do so than ever thanks to FIFA 23’s new FUT Moments feature.
FIFA players are always looking for more ways to grind and sink hours into their favorite football game. For some time, the Ultimate Team mode has allowed players to earn rewards through Squad Battles, Division Rivals, and FUT Champions.
Luckily, FIFA 23 players will have another method to earn rewards for their squad thanks to the new FUT Moments Ultimate Team mode. This single-player offering is one of many new additions to the Ultimate Team mode in FIFA 23.
The mode will task players with completing a number of specific objectives. These objectives will often be short scenarios where players hop into already started matches. The scenarios will be based on legendary moments and memorable real-life football matches.
The good news for players is that completing scenarios will result in stars earned. Stars will be a new currency in Ultimate Team with valuable rewards up for grabs. Each reward will have a certain price set in stars.
For example, a Premium Gold Pack could cost 12 stars to unlock. FUT Moments is being tipped as a standalone live service, with new challenges added after release. Much to the delight of players, FUT Moments will provide extra achievements to grind for alongside Ultimate Team’s usual offerings.
Players on Reddit have already begun discussing the impact FUT Moments will have on FIFA 23’s Ultimate Team experience. The vast majority of comments were positive such as this one: “This is such a W, it adds more grind potential for everyone and also gives people that like to focus on single player only something else to do.”
Players absolutely love to earn packs and improve Ultimate Team squads with new players, and FUT Moments gives them yet another method to do so.
In addition, the same player noted that “FUT Stars you win from this never expire and transfer across seasons, that is really great news too.” The most valuable FUT Moments rewards are likely going to set players back a hefty amount of stars. Therefore, the fact that stars do not expire after every season is seen as a massive win for all FUT fans.
One player explained just how efficient this new mode could be by comparing it to Squad Battles: “It’s also fast sessions of gameplay. No boring 15 min. squad battles games, they’re quick scenarios that can be completed in 2/3 mins.”
While playing Squad Battles offers valuable rewards, the gameplay is hated by many as it’s a slow offline path to rewards. In comparison, FUT Moments has the ability to place players on the fast track to new Ultimate Team rewards.
For more, check out our picks for FIFA 22’s worst ratings as we highlight 5 players who need an upgrade in FIFA 23.
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