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Fan Review of Spec-Ops at GAMEfest

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charlieINTEL Fan, Matthew Plumb (@Plumby94) attended GAMEfest on Saturday and was among the first in the UK to play Spec-Ops in Modern Warfare 3. He was nice enough to share his thoughts on the game and the event for MW3 fans who couldn’t make it in the UK. Here’s what he had to say:

Read his review after the break:

On Saturday 17th September, I attended GAMEfest in Birmingham, UK and it was amazing. The highlight and reason I went is because Modern Warfare 3 was there for the public and press to play. I jumped straight into the queue outside the Modern Warfare 3 booth which had some awesome MW3 and Elite decals outside the booth. I was queuing for about 30 minutes until I got ID’ed at the entry of the booth then I walked inside and was greeted by 30 Xbox stands to my right, a rather large plasma in the centre with an Activision woman showing off the campaign mission which was shown by Robert Bowling at the world wide reveal, and to the left was a large circular custom made Modern Warfare 3 table made for this event and it looked amazing, the table had 15 Xbox’s with Modern Warfare 3 loaded and every Xbox there had the new Modern Warfare 3 branded Turtle Beach X11’s.

I queued for about another 20 minutes inside the booth before asking for @Acti_Insider who gave me a free T-Shirt as he tweeted to ask for him! Also, this where I took a few pictures before Activision told me to put my phone away!

After queuing I was almost at the MW3 table when Activision said it was full as Press and other people were on there but luckily there was one more spot for me, I sat down and to my right hand side was my Spec Ops partner that I had never met before, we were playing on the map “Resistance”. The loading screen, pre-game lobbies and HUD’s were quite similar to MW2, we started off in the middle of the map when the enemies spawned in the first few seconds, automatically I noticed the graphics were practically the same and also gameplay, which pleased me as in my opinion if those were changed it wouldn’t feel like the Call of Duty we all know and love. Two different things I did notice were that there is slightly more recoil and it is a tiny bit harder to aim at targets, this was caused by the “sway” of the gun which was brought back to MW3. We only had 15 minutes playing time as there was a huge turn out for the game!

The hardest rounds were round 5,7,10 and 13. At round 5 dogs started coming and attacking us, round 7 was a helicopter round where helicopters came, wave 10 was where the first juggernaut came which was difficult to kill but wasn’t as hard as the juggernaut on MW2. Round 13 was when an Activision rep came up to me and said “Unfortunately your time is up, but congratulations the new highest round” and awarded me and my partner with another T-Shirt and a Prestige patch!

The overall feel to MW3 was immense and I’m even anticipating this game more. Some of the highlights were testing the guns. I tested out the Model 1887, ACR 6.8 and the MP5 all of which were superb and deadly accurate. The armoury was a great, this was were you got to buy your guns and attachments as well as pay for a refill on ammo, the other armouries were for equipment and also air support. I used the predator missile which is slightly different as it is attached to a recon drone so on the initial opening of the laptop you are actually viewing the recon drone and you also move but when you fire it becomes the normal predator missile from MW2. I also found the Delta squad very useful as when both me and my partner went down they came and revived us. The overall feel to Modern Warfare 3 is superb and feels slightly like Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2 mixed together with a bunch of new extras.

-Matthew Plumb (@Plumby94)

Fortnite

When is Fortnite’s Galactus event? Start time, details, more

Don’t miss the biggest event in Fortnite history. Find out when Fortnite’s Galactus event is, its start time, details, and more.

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Chapter 2, Season 4 of Fortnite is heading towards its unavoidable conclusion. The excitement has been building towards, arguably, the biggest finale in Fortnite history. We have all the information on when Fortnite’s Galactus event is, its start time, and other details.

The ‘Devourer of Worlds’ has been occupying the Fortnite skies with his enormous presence and the map’s day of reckoning is almost at hand. One of the galaxy’s most powerful beings ever to exist has spent the last few weeks making his way to Fortnite and the community is rife with speculation over what he’ll do.

What we do know for sure is that he will be with us very soon, and we can confirm his arrival time in the Fortnite special event.

When is the Galactus event?

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The hotly-anticipated Galactus event will officially commence on Tuesday, December 1.

These are the different times gamers can expect the event to start in their time zone:

  • EST – 4pm
  • CST – 3pm
  • PST – 1pm
  • GMT – 9pm

Make sure you are logged in beforehand with a nice coffee and strap yourselves in for whatever lore-shattering madness Epic Games has in store for everyone.

What will happen during the Galactus event?

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It’s the million-dollar question that everyone desperately needs answering. When an almighty, 28ft cosmic entity that can manipulate time is effectively moments away from arrival, you’d expect something bad to happen. Will the map be completely destroyed? Can the heroes win? Will Galactus floss?

Well according to a torrent of leaks and insights provided by data miners, it seems a whole host of changes could be headed our way. These are some of the hand-picked details that could drastically alter Fortnite forever.

**Potential spoilers**

  • The line, “You do know how to drive the Battle Bus… right?”, has been found in the event’s files – meaning we could be driving the Battle Bus itself
  • A new jet will be appearing – for aesthetic purposes or battle purposes?
  • A screenshot has leaked with this description: “Defend the Island to save all reality!” – possibly a PVE Mode?
  • There’s a brief, post-event, video showing that there will be a one or two-day lay-off before Season 5 gets underway
  • The map will be COMPLETELY destroyed and a new one will comprise of elements from all variations of the maps – including Tilted Towers
  • A Galactus skin will be added soon after the event

As you can see, these would be some truly defining Fortnite changes that cold have serious implications on the game’s future.

Read More: How to complete the Fortnite XP Xtravaganza Week 4 Challenges

Be sure to tune into the special live event as you won’t want to miss what happens.

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Respawn confirm more changes coming to Wraith in Apex Legends Season 8

Apex Legends season 8 will fix up the problems with Wraith.

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Respawn has been changing up Wraith ever since her debut in Apex Legends. This is because of the various balancing issues that the character has suffered throughout her time in the game. Now, it seems that Season 8 will feature her final shift.

Wraith has gone through many changes throughout her time in Apex Legends. She has a history of being either too powerful or having broken hitboxes, and the developers have to repeatedly “fix” her. She’s still a popular pick for players and that hasn’t changed in Season 7.

Senior game developer Daniel Klein hinted at more changes for Wraith during an interview on the Third Party podcast. They asked him about Respawn’s plans for Season 8 and he jokingly suggested taking Wraith out of Apex Legends altogether.

Then he went on to elaborate on Respawn’s plans to stop tinkering with her kit from this point.

“I don’t want to hit her kit any more,” he said. “We’ve pushed that to the breaking point where it’s barely still fun, but the extremely wind-up on her tactical ⁠— as much as it was necessary ⁠— it puts the ability more into the camp of cerebral power rather than satisfying in the moment power.”

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much… that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

It’s clear that the devs will focus on fine-tuning her hitboxes by going the same route they did with Pathfinder’s changes in November’s Season 7 update. However, Klein is concerned that they may have nerfed Wraith too much.

He stated that he hopes to be able to buff the Voidwalker after the changes have been implemented but they haven’t started yet.

“Nothing is guaranteed yet, we haven’t started work yet. I’ve asked one of our technical artists to take a look at it. Whenever he gets around to it, we will know more.

“My earnest hope is that we can bring her under control with just hitbox changes, and then maybe even look at ways at making her more in-the-moment fun again, and find a balance point between her tactical now and what it used to be.”

So far there is no certainty that these fixes will be successful in making Wraith more balanced. We do know that things will definitely change when Apex Legends Season 8 comes around and your experience with the character will feel new.

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The best RPD Class in Black Ops Cold War

The RPD is a modest and powerful LMG.

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Here’s the best class for the RPD in Black Ops Cold War.

Among some of the returning weapons from the Black Ops franchise is the RPD light machine gun. It offers decent mobility for a weapon of its class, solid strafe speed, and high power rounds.

YouTuber “Eross” shows us in the video below his loadout of choice with the RPD.

The Setup

  • Barrel: 16.5″ Cut Down – Shorter barrel which reduces overall weapon weight. Adds additional move speed while shooting.
  • Underbarrel: Foregrip – Additional horizontal recoil control when firing.
  • Magazine: Fast Mags – 33% boost to reload speeds. A huge boost to a weapon that’s known to have very long reload times. Best to reload before the mag is fully empty for a shorter reload animation.
  • Handle: Speed Tape – 10% increase on aim down sight time. Can be replaced with GRU Elastic Wrap when unlocked at a later time.
  • Stock: Tactical Stock – 40% boost to aim walking movement speed. Massive for a light machine gun.

Tips for the field

  • Planned attacks – Since movement with light machine guns is sluggish, you’ll want to be well-prepared before you get into gunfights. Be sure to pre aim angles as much as possible. You won’t win gunfights if you aim down sight mid gunfight.
  • Find the high ground – Lay waste to any foe in the middle of a field or just generally not in cover. You conquer anyone who can’t find immediate cover.
  • Objective protection – Since you’re using a light machine gun, you won’t be hopping flags often. You can still play the objective though, with the power of defense. Find a nice piece of cover you can get behind with a good angle of a hardpoint, flag or bomb site to be a powerful objective player.
  • Planned reloads – Reloads are long. Don’t get into a position where you’re low on ammo with enemies coming your way. Reload whenever you have downtime, even if you’re only missing 30 shots. You never know when you’ll need it…
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