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Leaker claims GTA 6 will have female main character

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According to an established leaker, GTA 6 is going to break new ground for the franchise and have a female protagonist lead the game. This would mark the first time this has ever happened in Grand Theft Auto’s history.

Rockstar did their best to innovate with GTA 5 and they did so admirably by having three different characters run in real-time, simultaneously. You can easily switch between Trevor, Michael, and Franklin and take advantage of their particular idiosyncrasies.

But now it seems like Rockstar wants to go one step further and put you in control of a female character too.

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The Grand Theft Auto games have had their fair share of female characters in the past and the idea of having a lead character makes perfect sense.

There’s been a significant and noticeable shift towards female leads in recent years. Most notably we’ve seen Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn, Jesse Faden in Control, Senua in Hellblade, Lara Croft, and many more.

So it seems apt for, arguably, video game’s biggest ever franchise to make this move. Thanks to Tom Henderson, notorious leaker of Call of Duty and various other games, on Twitter we may have confirmation of this.

He says that: “GTA 6 will have a playable female and male protagonist.”

Now, we don’t know if this is 100% true, but Tom Henderson has been correct about a lot of things in the past. We also don’t know if it’s going to be a la GTA 5 in that you can switch between both characters whenever you want to.

It’ll be interesting to see the relationship between the male and female characters. They could be romantically involved, brother and sister, or something else entirely.

The one thing we know for sure is that Rockstar’s track record of creating compelling narratives that could be worthy of the big screen is second-to-none. So if we do have a female lead, then Rockstar will do their best to make them memorable.

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Apex Legends

How to get Apex Legends Twitch Prime Gaming rewards: January 2022

Here’s how you can get Apex Legends Pathfinder Core Crafted Prime Gaming bundle during January, as well as all its contents.

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A new skin is available to Apex Legends players with a Prime Gaming subscription in January 2022. Here’s how you can get Pathfinder’s “Core Crafted” Apex Legends Twitch Prime bundle for yourself.

Respawn Entertainment and Amazon have a collaboration that involves releasing a set of Apex Legends Prime Gaming skins throughout the game’s seasons. These are available exclusively for Twitch Prime members. 

Every new month brings another skin for fans to enjoy, and it’s Pathfinder’s turn to get one for the month of January. If you have a Prime Gaming subscription, then you can get the “Core Crafted Bundle.”

Here’s what you need to do to get the newest Apex Legends Twitch Prime skin.

Pathfinder Core Crafted Bundle release date

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Pathfinder’s Core Crafted Prime Gaming bundle will release on January 19, 2022, and be available all the way through to February 17.

Players will then have roughly a month to claim the skin and cosmetics before the next Legend gets an exclusive Prime Gaming bundle in February.

What’s in Apex Legends January Prime Gaming bundle?

Pathfinder’s January Prime Gaming bundle will contain an Epic Legend skin, Rare weapon skin, and a Rare Legend Banner Frame.

  • Core Crafted – Epic Pathfinder skin
  • Magma Core – Rare Devotion skin
  • Iron Forged – Pathfinder Banner Frame

From the promotional video, we can see that Pathfinder and the Devotion will receive a unique lava-inspired design.

How to claim Pathfinder’s Core Crafted bundle in Apex Legends

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Pathfinder’s new Apex Legends Twitch Prime skin will be available for free to Prime members throughout January. All you need to do is visit the Prime Gaming website and link your active Amazon Prime membership account to your EA account.

Here’s the full process:

  1. Log in to the Prime Gaming website.
  2. Make sure your Amazon Prime and Twitch accounts are linked.
  3. Visit the “Apex Legends” section.
  4. Click “Claim Now” on the Pathfinder “Core Crefted Bundle” when you see it.
  5. Link your EA and Prime Gaming accounts if asked.
  6. Load up the game and you should get a notification letting you know you have claimed the bundle.

Alternatively, you can start a free trial with Prime to claim it right away. This way, you won’t need to have an active membership to get your hands on the Apex Legends Prime Gaming skin.

Simply follow these instructions, and the new Pathfinder skin, Devotion skin, and Banner Frame will all become available in your in-game inventory.


For more Apex Legends news, keep it locked on Charlie INTEL, and be sure to check out the teased map changes coming in Season 12.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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FIFA 22 Team of the Week: TOTW 18 & featured players

EA have announced another FIFA 22 Team of the Week. We’ve got everything you need to know, as well as the full FIFA 22 TOTW 18 lineup.

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It’s time for another FIFA 22 Team of the Week. In FIFA 22 TOTW 18, there are some huge names for people to add to their teams and we’ve got all the details listed for you.

Ultimate Team remains the most popular mode in the FIFA series. One of the many reasons for this is incorporating real-world football into its addictive gameplay loop through special cards, such as Icons or the new FUT Heroes.

One of the mode’s oldest promotions is ‘Team of the Week’, which offers players a weekly batch of upgraded cards, based on real-life player performances the previous week, to help build out their squads.

We’ll be updating this hub with the latest FIFA 22 TOTW news, so be sure to check back here every week.

Here are the full updates for FIFA 22’s Team of the Week 18.

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The FIFA 22 TOTW 18 is here, and it’s full of big names from across the world. For those who like to try out new cards and have the funds to do so, FIFA’s TOTW is great.

Check out the full squad for the FIFA 22 TOTW 18 here.

What are TOTW cards in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team?

Team of the Week items are special cards that boost stats based on that player’s performance in the previous week of real-world games. Any player awarded an in-form will see both their ratings and in-game stats get a permanent increase.

Every week, EA unveils a 23-man squad of the stars who had the best games in the previous domestic or international fixtures round. They could be awarded for a last-minute winner in a big game or a heroic performance from a goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet.

Each TOTW is available in packs for an entire week until it is replaced by the next squad on the following Wednesday. Player’s can not receive an in-form two weeks in a row.

While an in-form card is in packs, it replaces the base version of that player. The normal card will return to packs when that TOTW is over.

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In FIFA 22, EA has addressed fans’ complaints that TOTW items are often quickly rendered useless by the other promotional cards added to the game throughout the year.

Every week, one player will receive a special Featured TOTW card. These players will receive a larger boost than the rest of the squad in an attempt to make them more desirable to those building their teams.

To qualify for this additional stat-boost, the player must have a base card that is under 80-rated and not have any other performance-based card in packs – such as a Ones to Watch.

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When is the TOTW released?

Historically, EA announces the latest TOTW every Wednesday so that any Monday night games can be considered.

Each new team is normally Tweeted out around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT with a full look at every upgrade.


For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, check out the 10 best Ultimate Team cards in FIFA 22 and our guide on which strikers you should buy.

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Are Apex Legends servers down? Current server status

We’ve found a great way to check Apex Legends’ server status for all regions so you can see whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down.

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Like any other popular multiplayer game, Apex Legends has its fair share of bugs and server issues. However, we’ve found a great way for players to check their region’s Apex Legends server status, so let’s get into how you can check if the servers are down.

Apex Legends is nearing Season 12, which looks to bring new content to the game such as a Collection Event and map updates. Previously, big updates have caused server issues for the devs, however, in recent times, the game has been fairly smooth for players.

Although the servers have been relatively stable recently, players encounter these issues reasonably often and may even wonder whether it’s an issue on their end.

If you encounter any server issues, we have an excellent way for you to check the Apex Legends server status.

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Are Apex Legends servers down?

Currently, there are no issues being reported about mass server outages or problems. Apex hasn’t had many significant updates since the launch of Season 11, but we expect players to experience some instability, perhaps when Season 12 drops.

Whenever you are experiencing server issues, there are many ways for you to check the server status for Apex Legends, so that you can figure out the root cause.

How to check the Apex Legends server status

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One of the most obvious ways to stay updated on whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down is by following updates on Apex Legends Twitter account and the development team at Respawn.

Usually, one of those accounts will be updating and communicating to players about any server issues going on. Further, you can also follow our dedicated Apex Legends Twitter account, alphaINTEL, which is a great place to stay updated with anything Apex-related.

If you don’t have Twitter or have checked and haven’t seen any update on whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down, perhaps the problems you are experiencing are that of your setup or region.

How to check Apex Legends server status

There is a great way to check the regional Apex Legends server status for these specific problems so that you can see whether the issues you are experiencing are regional or due to your internet service provider.

The way to do so is through a handy website called apexlegendsstatus, which will give you a breakdown of server status in all the available regions, as well as all the platforms you could be playing the game on.

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The website will even tell you how much latency (ms) in each server, indicating its stability.

Further, you can also report issues if there isn’t too much notice about the issue on the website, which will be added to a live report map you can check to see if people in your region are also experiencing the issue.

So, if you’re having issues, check this website to see whether it’s the platform or server you are playing that is having problems, or if these are all up and running, you can put it down to your setup.


Well, there you have it. This is the best way you can check the Apex Legends server status. For more on Apex, check out the teased map changes coming in Season 12.

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