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Halo Infinite devs make major change to Battle Pass progression

Halo Infinite fans have been begging for change to the Battle Pass progression, and now 343 Industries have made a major change.

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Spartans in Halo Infinite multiplayer

While Halo Infinite’s multiplayer has been extremely well received, players have been less than impressed with the Battle Pass progression system. 343 Industries promised change would be on the way, and they’ve now given a major boost to XP earned for playing matches.

Following on from some of the biggest games on the market, Halo Infinite has adopted the free-to-play model, using Battle Passes and paid cosmetics to bring in cash. While the core gameplay has been adored by both new and long-time fans, players have taken issue with the Battle Pass progression system.

XP could only be earned through completing challenges, with 50 bonus XP awarded for each completed match. Unsatisfied with this system, players have been begging for change, and 343 Industries have now taken another major step in rewarding players for their time.

Halo Infinite multiplayer gameplay

With Halo Infinite’s previous system, players would only get 50 XP per match. With each Battle Pass tier requiring 1,000 XP, without challenges, players would need to complete 20 games to reach the required amount of XP.

Now, Halo Infinite’s Community Manager John Junyszek has revealed the changes they have made to increase the Battle Pass progression rate.

He explained that even after making some changes, “we noticed that players were starting their sessions with slower payouts than we’d like. To address this, we will be increasing the XP payout for the first 6 matches of each day.”

After the November 30 update, players will earn much more XP for their first few matches of the day. Here’s a breakdown of the updated XP bonuses:

  • 1st Game = 300XP
  • 2nd Game = 200XP
  • 3rd Game = 200XP
  • 4th Game = 100XP
  • 5th Game = 100XP
  • 6th Game = 100XP
  • 7th+ Game = 50XP

Now, players can achieve the 1,000 XP just by playing six games a day – much fewer than the 20 previously required. However, it will tail off after these first six games.

Junyszek also said that “We know many of you want even larger changes and we’re committed to doing so, but those will take time.” They confirmed this change was made after player feedback, and they’ll be looking for more after these XP changes go live.


For more Halo Infinite, be sure to check out the new modes and Tactical Ops event rewards that have been leaked.

Image Credit: 343 Industries

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Apex Legends players frustrated that Mirage’s abilities are “useless” against Vantage

Mirage players are frustrated that Vantage’s abilities make the Legend “useless” in Apex Legends Season 14.

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Apex Legends Season 14 introduced the new Legend Vantage, and players feel that she’s making Mirage’s abilities feel completely “useless” in combat.

Every character in Apex Legends has their own unique set of abilities that are useful in different situations, and Mirage can help you make a quick getaway from overwhelming enemy opposition.

He is able to deploy decoys that will distract your enemies, giving you time to reposition yourself. However, the new Season 14 Legend Vantage has the perfect counter for that, and Mirage mains are extremely frustrated about this new development.

Reddit user ‘PRIYANSHUC15’ shared a clip in the Apex Legends subreddit, and it showed them using Vantage’s Spotter’s Lens and Sniper’s Mark abilities to spot the real Mirage among the decoys.

This irritated the Redditor, who then claimed that Mirage’s abilities are “useless” after Vantage’s arrival. Other players in the thread agreed with this sentiment and expressed their frustration.

Many of the comments explain that it’s pointless to leave out decoys if enemy players have the ability to instantly find the real one. As a result, Vantage’s arrival may make things unbalanced.

One user stated: “As a Mirage main we’re very used to getting shafted to high hell every season so this is nothing new.”

A few players suggested that Vantage being able to spot the real Mirage might be the result of a bizarre glitch. One of the players claimed that they dropped into the game earlier and their passive only scanned the Mirage decoys.

However, another player replied: “It tells you it’s a decoy though so it scans the target and shows it’s a fake”. They then added that it was probably an intentional feature meant to nerf Mirage in the new season.

At the time of writing, it remains to be seen if Respawn Entertainment will respond to these complaints by either buffing Mirage’s ability set or nerfing Vantage. We’ll be sure to let you know if there are any new changes implemented.


For more Apex Legends content, check out this Firing Range change players want after the Season 14 update and why players feel that Mad Maggie is “too good not to use” after her Season 14 buffs.

Image credits: Respawn Entertainment

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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Terastal Phenomenon explained: Tera Types & how to Terastallize

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will introduce players to the Terastal Phenomenon. Here’s a guide to Tera Types and how to Terastallize.

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Terastal phenomenon Pokemon Scarlet Violet

The Terastal Phenomenon is one of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s new battle features that is set to shake up generation nine. Here’s a detailed explanation of Tera Types and how to Terastallize in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Traditionally, with each new Pokemon generation comes a brand-new battle mechanic to shake up gameplay, and Scarlet & Violet are no different. In the past, we’ve seen brilliant new additions like Mega Evolutions and the Dynamax transformation. This time Pokemon Scarlet and Violet players will be treated to the Terastal Phenomenon.

This new battle mechanic available to Pokemon found in the Paldea region will allow them to Terastallize. Terastallized Pokemon will not only take on a shiny new appearance, but they’ll receive a major boost in battle.

Here’s a breakdown of how the Terastal Phenomenon will work in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Terastal Phenomenon explained

sprigatito Pokemon Scarlet Violet Terastallize

Pokemon that undergo Terastallization in battle will appear with a glistening jewel above their head. The Pokemon will take on a shiny crystal-like aesthetic, but the Terastal Phenomenon provides more than just a change in appearance.

Of course, this new battle mechanic can only be performed within the Paldea region, as it is said to originate from the energy that the region stores deep within the ground.

The Terastal Phenomenon is a relatively new concept and even Professor Sada and Professor Turo continue to uncover all of its mysteries.

One thing we do know is that when Pokemon Terastallize, their ability in battle skyrockets. Your Pokemon’s moves will be notably stronger in battle, which will add a new layer of strategy to the game, especially for tough opponents like Gym Leaders.

Given how powerful this new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet mechanic is, it’s no surprise that you can only Terastallize a Pokémon once per battle, and they will maintain this form until the battle comes to a close.

What are Tera Types in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet?

Eevee Pokemon water tera type

Pokemon that Terastallize could take on a new type. Each Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will have a Tera Type. Tera Types determine the type of your Pokemon when they Terastallize.

Oftentimes, your Pokemon’s standard Type will match their Tera Type, but on certain occasions, a Terastallized Pokemon can take on a new type. For example, the Eevee seen in the image above is a Normal-Type Pokemon with a Water Tera Type.

This explains the Water-Type Tera jewel above their head. In this case not only do Eevee’s weaknesses and resistances change to match the Water-Type after Terastallizing, but their Water-Type moves will pack more of a punch.

As the Pokemon Company puts it, “there are 18 types, meaning there are countless combinations of Pokémon and Tera Types.” This adds a whole new layer of strategy to Pokemon battles in Scarlet and Violet.

How to Terastallize in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

You’ll need a Tera Orb item to Terastallize Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet. Furthermore, the Terastal Phenomenon is an exclusive new technique only available to select Trainers. It remains to be seen at what point during your adventure you’ll get a hold of a Tera Orb.

Your Tera Orb will lose its Terastal energy after it’s been used once in battle. To recharge the Tera Orb you’ll either have to visit a Pokemon Center or touch one of the many crystals that contain Terastal energy across Paldea.


For more, check out our list of the biggest AAA video games coming in 2022.

Image Credit: The Pokemon Company / Game Freak

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How to do Griddy celebration in FIFA 23

The popular Griddy celebration is in FIFA 23 and here’s everything you need to know about how to perform this viral dance.

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Kylian Mbappe in FIFA 23

The FIFA 23 developers have added the viral dance known as the “Griddy” for players to perform in the game, and here’s how you can get this done.

There is a ton of anticipation for the release of FIFA 23, as the game is set to bring a ton of new features for fans of the series to explore in its Career ModeUltimate Team, and Pro Clubs.

Now, developer Electronic Arts have added the “Griddy” dance as a new celebration that you can trigger after scoring a goal in the game. We’ll go over exactly how to perform the viral dance.

How to perform the Griddy celebration in FIFA 23

After you’ve scored a goal, you’ll need to hold down R2/RT and flick the right control stick upwards twice in order to perform the Griddy celebration in FIFA 23. Your player will then start tapping his heels while swinging his arms back and forth.

The Griddy dance is named after its creator Allen ‘Griddy’ Davis and became a viral sensation after popular celebrities like LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase and Viking’s number 18 Justin Jefferson brought it to the NFL.

Since then, numerous players have performed the dance, and its intense popularity has led to the Griddy also being added to video games like Fortnite and Madden. Now, it’s available for you to try out in FIFA 23.

Now that you know how to perform the Griddy in FIFA 23, be sure to try it out if you feel like celebrating a particularly challenging goal. It may take a few tries to input the correct button combo, but you’ll be able to get it done in no time.

You can try performing it in the closed beta before the game is officially released on September 30, 2022. We’ll keep you posted about any other new additions to FIFA 23 as soon as they’re confirmed.


For more FIFA 23 content, check out these major hints about the Pro Clubs’ crossplay future as well as our best player predictions for every team in the Premier League.

Image credits: EA Sports

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