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Returnal: Best weapons guide & tier list

Returnal forces players to experience something new upon every death, so we created a tier list for the weapons to prevent you from dying.

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Returnal best weapons guide

In Housemarque’s roguelike shooter, Returnal, both your equipment and the levels reset upon every death. With a new choice for weaponry every time you reset, which ones are the best to keep your hopes of surviving going?

Housemarque’s PS5 exclusive Returnal features a roguelike format, randomly generating levels for each life, which is known as a cycle.

As the levels reset and alter upon every death, so does your weaponry. With a new experience in every life, these are the weapons you should be looking to pick up in order to progress through the shape-shifting planet, Atropos in Returnal.

Returnal best weapons

From developers Housemarque, Returnal poses as a fun, challenging, but also confusing game, featuring an abundance of weaponry and modifying traits.

In this guide, we will be looking into weaponry and detailing which ones feel powerful and which ones could lead to your demise.

The tier system:

  • S-Tier weapons are the best for every situation
  • A-Tier are amazing in their own right
  • B-Tier weapons are just missing something
  • C-Tier ones are not worth your time

Our Returnal weapon tier list:

  • S-Tier: Thermogenic Launcher, Pyroshell Caster
  • A-Tier: Electropylon driver, Spitmaw Blaster
  • B-Tier: Tachyomatic Carbine, Rotgland Lobber, Coilspine Shredder
  • C-Tier: Modified Sidearm, Dreadbound, Hollowseeker

Returnal C-Tier weapons

Modified Sidearm SD-M8

Returnal best weapons sidearm

This weapon is Selene’s sidearm, a pistol-like weapon that seems puny and lackluster due to its appearance, but should not be dismissed.

This is the weapon you will start every new playthrough with and therefore will be one of your most-used weapons, especially at the start of the game. However, the weapon does start to get worse the further you delve into planet Atropos.

There are many modifying traits in Returnal, but the one most promising for this weapon is the Homing Missiles, dealing extra damage while maintaining its fast fire rate.

Dreadbound

Returnal best weapons dreadbound

The Dreadbound is Returnal’s crossbow-type weapon that deals a lot of damage on hit, but also as the projectile retracts back towards the user.

This is another unique weapon that requires some learning and although it has a slow rate of fire, players who can master the retraction mechanic can line enemies up and deal damage to multiple entities with one shot.

Hollowseeker

Returnal best weapons Hollowseeker

This weapon is an odd one, and possibly the weakest out of all the weapons in Returnal. The Hollowseeker is an extremely fast firing weapon with weak damage.

Although it performs well against the weaker enemies, against the bigger, mini-bosses, the Hollowseeker does more towards getting you killed than staying in the cycle.

Even with the right traits this weapon still feels weak, this is mostly because you really need to focus fire and stay on target to do a lot of damage with this weapon, which is not an easy task when you’re also trying to dodge projectiles all over the place.

Returnal B-Tier weapons

Tachyomatic Carbine

Returnal best weapons carbine

The Tachyomatic Carbine is another one of the starting weapons that you will find early on in Returnal. It features a fast, automatic fire rate, which bodes well especially if you get the timing down on the overcharge reload system.

Although it may seem a little weak later on in the game, the fire rate allows this weapon to succeed and with a trait like Rising Pitch, which further increases the rate of fire, this weapon can greatly increase your chances of survival during the first couple of biomes.

Rotgland Lobber

Returnal best weapons Rotgland Lobber

The Rotgland Lobber is another slow-firing weapon that deals a lot of damage. As well as damaging on impact, it also leaves a pool of acid which further damages enemies who decide to take a dip.

The longer you hold down the trigger with this weapon, the further the blobs of acid will go. Although it deals a lot of damage, sustaining fire and dealing lots of DPS (damage per second) with this weapon can be difficult making it one of the best weapons for smaller enemies, but worst for mini-bosses.

Coilspine Shredder

Returnal best weapons Coilspine Shredder

Lastly, the Coilspine Shredder is another weapon you may only encounter a few times as it appears fairly late into the game. This weapon features a slow fire rate, but can also damage multiple enemies at a time with its wide-reaching projectiles.

If you can place your shots well, hit multiple enemies at once, and time your overcharge reload, this weapon can be extremely deadly at taking down multiple foes at once.

Returnal A-Tier weapons

Electropylon Driver

Returnal best weapons electropylon driver

This weapon is probably the most unique of all in Returnal, as it shoots pylons that connect together with a deadly red beam. This weapon is most effective when you’re leading enemies into the pylon’s beams, although the pylons themselves also do damage on impact.

It requires the most learning out of all weapons and is a more defensive playstyle than any other, but once you get the hang of it you can leave deadly traps around the level that will get rid of enemies in no time.

Spitmaw Blaster

Returnal best weapons Spitmaw

The Spitmaw Blaster is arguably the best weapon for the start of Returnal, featuring a shotgun-like playstyle, dealing massive amounts of damage up-close. This weapon requires players to get up-close and personal with the enemy entities, which can be quite difficult for a beginner.

The lower level, smaller enemies get destroyed by this weapon, while the bigger, tougher enemies like Phrike, the first biome’s boss, will be difficult to get close to in order to get the true damage potential of the weapon.

Once you master the movement of Returnal, especially the dash, getting close to enemies to deal damage with this weapon won’t be a problem, making it one of the best in the game.

Returnal S-Tier weapons

Thermogenic Launcher

Returnal best weapons thermogenic launcher

The Thermogenic Launcher is Returnal’s explosive launcher-esque weapon that deals massive amounts of damage through the projectile’s impact, as well as splash damage just like you’d expect.

Although it has a slow rate of fire, as expected with any launcher, it makes up for it in the damage department. Capable of dealing with multiple enemies at once, big or small, the Thermogenic Launcher is easily one of Returnal’s best weapons.

Pyroshell Caster

Returnal best weapons pyroshell caster

The Pyroshell Caster is very similar to the Thermogenic Launcher, featuring explosive rounds that deal massive amounts of damage with a slower rate of fire.

The explosive weapons are the strongest and best weapons in Returnal. However, the Pyroshell Caster is also extremely rare, so although it can keep you alive, you still need to be cautious as upon death you may never find it again.

There you have it, all the weapons in Returnal detailed and explained. Although most of the weapons are viable and the best is up to personal choice, the Thermogenic Launcher, and for those who can get over the learning curve, the Electropylon Driver are two extremely powerful weapons.

Image Credits: Housemarque

FIFA 22

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team sniping guide: What is sniping, how to snipe & make coins

Sniping players is an easy way to make coins in FUT, so we’ve made a complete FIFA 22 Ultimate Team sniping guide.

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Mbappe FUT card with FIFA 22 logo

Sniping is an invaluable skill when buying players in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team because it helps keep hold of some of those precious coins. Here’s a full guide on what sniping is, how to do it, and how to use it to make FIFA coins.

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team is all about filling out your team with the best possible players, from clinical strikers to clutch defenders. If you’re lucky, you’ll pull your dream player from a pack, but there’s a good chance you’ll have to tackle the Transfer Market instead.

While every player has a specific value, like any market you can secure a bargain if you put the time into sniping rather than just paying upfront. We’ve put together an in-depth guide on how you can snipe your dream team, and save yourself some coins in the process.

Table of contents

What is sniping in FIFA 22?

FIFA 22 webapp transfer market

Simply put, sniping is the art of bagging a player from the Transfer Market for less than its usual value. This usually requires the user to act quickly and make the purchase seconds after the listing goes live.

Other FUT fans that are looking to sell a player quickly, or perhaps didn’t check the market properly, will occasionally list players for much less than they are usually worth. These are the listings you are on the hunt for.

FIFA 22 FUT hub transfer

How to snipe in FIFA 22

  1. Type the player’s name into the search box in the top-left corner
  2. Check the market value of the player you want to snipe
  3. Adjust the Buy Now slider for the most you are aiming to spend
  4. Hit search and look at the listings
  5. Quickly try to buy the cheapest player who pops up
  6. Refresh and repeat

If you’re looking to snipe a specific player, the first thing to do is type their name into the search box on the top-left of the market screen. This means that only listings for that player will show up and you won’t accidentally buy the wrong man.

Then you’ll need to check the actual market value of whoever you’re looking for to get an idea of what sort of price filters you need to set up.

Once you know how much they usually sell for, head to the price filters on the bottom-left tile and adjust the Buy Now slider to slightly less. There isn’t a certain price that guarantees you’ll find a listing, so it’s best to set it for the absolute maximum you would be willing to spend.

From here, it’s just a case of refreshing the market until one pops up so you can move in for the snipe. There are thousands of other snipers who may be trying the same thing, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t win the battle every time.

How to refresh the market quickly

One of the hardest parts of sniping is being the first to get onto the market so you can snatch a player before everyone else. If you’re too slow, then you’ll find yourself missing out more often than not.

Luckily, EA have provided a way of refreshing the market quickly if you follow this step-by-step guide:

  1. Set the Buy Now filter to the maximum number of coins you want to spend
  2. Adjust the Bid Price filter to 15,000,000 – the highest it will go
  3. Edit the filters to criteria you are looking for
  4. If no listings, or you lose out, quickly go back to the Bid Price fliter and move it down one
  5. Hit search again

Carrying out this method each time refreshes the market quicker than simply searching again with the same criteria. It takes practice to get the hang of, but the quicker you can pull it off, the more successful you will be.

How to make FIFA coins through sniping

FIFA 22 Transfer list screenshot

While sniping is a great way to land a player for your Ultimate Team at a big discount, it’s also a way that savvier FUT fans can make easy coins.

By sniping lots of cards for a lower price, you can then re-list them back on the market for their actual value and net a tidy profit.

This can be a way to make small gains over a long period of time or make big bucks in one swoop if you’re able to snipe a high-value player for a lot less than he’s worth.

If your aim is purely to make coins, consider casting a wider net with your filters instead of looking for a specific card. For example, if French defenders are going up in value, search for all of them rather than just Kounde or Lacroix.

Who to snipe in FIFA 22

If you’re looking to sell cards to earn some coins, it’s best to go for those that are in demand.

That means sniping any players, managers, or consumables that are rare, needed for a Squad Building Challenge, have a high value, or are out of packs.

The market is always changing, but here are some transfer targets to get you started:

  • CBs with a high pace stat
  • Brazilian mangers
  • Hunter Chemistry Style
  • Players required for SBCs
  • French players
  • Silver cards from the top five leagues

Why you’re finding it difficult to snipe in FIFA 22

FIFA 22 Buy Now screenshot

Even if you get the hang of sniping players, you may notice that they are often snapped before your fingers can react. There are a number of reasons why this could be happening.

The first is your internet connection. If there are multiple snipers all going for the same card at the same time, those with slower internet speeds will always find they come out in second place.

There’s also the issue of other users, especially on PC, bots to buy players automatically. These bits of software quickly snap up listed cards within microseconds of them going live.

Unfortunately, when it comes to snipe bots there isn’t much you can do other than try and hunt for a different card that may not be as obvious.

Son dribbling in FIFA 22

That was our full FIFA 22 Ultimate Team sniping guide. We’ll keep this page updated throughout the year with more helpful hints and tips when we find them.

For more on FIFA 22, check out our other guides on how to make the most of the Web App, and the fastest players in this year’s game.

Image credits: EA

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Best FIFA 22 camera settings for Ultimate Team

Here are the best FIFA 22 camera settings you can try out to give yourself an edge over your opponents.

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Stadium in FIFA 22

When playing a game of FIFA, the camera can give you an advantage over your opponents, so here are the best camera settings that you can utilize in FIFA 22.

Players have been enjoying FIFA 22 for months now, and we’ve had plenty of time to try out some of the best skill moves, players, and goalkeepers in this year’s Ultimate Team.

If you just can’t seem to feel comfortable with the default camera settings, you have the option of giving yourself a slight edge over your opponents by changing it. If you’re looking for a competitive edge, then check out our best camera settings in FIFA 22.

Best FIFA 22 camera settings

FIFA 22 stadium

When you first launch FIFA 22, the game’s cameras will be set to the EA Sports GameCam. While this gives you the same standard view as other players, you can try tipping the odds in your favor.

Here are the options that we recommend :

  1. Launch FIFA 22
  2. Visit the Options menu
  3. Select the “Camera” tab
  4. Switch both Single Player and Multiplayer Cameras to ‘Tele Broadcast’ 
  5. Set ‘Camera Height’ to anything between 10 to 17
  6. Set ‘Camera Zoom’ to zero
Mbappe controlling a ball in FIFA 22

Switching both the Single Player Camera and Multiplayer Camera to the ‘Tele Broadcast’ option will provide you with a better look at the pitch, and the camera height lets you see the field better as well.

Once your overall display has been improved, you can alter the Camera Height and Camera Zoom settings. You can try adjusting these however you’d like until you’re satisfied with the camera settings.

For more FIFA 22, take a look at our guide to the best wingers in FUT, and stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for more breaking news.

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Fortnite 19.10 update early patch notes: Downtime, bug fixes & Tilted Towers returns

Fortnite’s next major update is expected to bring back a fan-favorite POI, so here’s everything you need to know about the 19.10 update.

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Tilted Towers in Fortnite

Fortnite is about to receive its first major update of 2022 which is set to bring the high-anticipated return of Tilted Towers, as well as major bug fixes.

We’re now well into Fortnite Chapter 3, which brought Battlefield 2042-inspired tornadoes and even more major characters from the world of pop culture such as Spider-Man and Boba Fett.

But the crossovers aren’t everything you should be excited about, as the fan-favorite Tilted Towers POI is set to make a return in the 19.10 update.

Here’s everything included in Fortnite Chapter 3’s 19.10 update, including its major bug fixes and downtime.

Fortnite 19.10 update server downtime

Tornado in Fortnite Chapter 3

Epic Games confirmed that Fortnite will enter downtime on January 18 at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT, with matchmaking disabled 30 minutes before.

You won’t be able to play or launch the game during this downtime but once it’s over, you’ll be able to drop in and see everything Fortnite’s 19.10 update has brought.

Tilted Towers returns in Fortnite 19.20 update

Fortnite Tilted Towers POI

Fortnite shifted to a brand-new map with Chapter 3 and eagle-eyed players spotted a familiar POI under the ice – Tilted Towers.

Tilted Towers was a fan-favorite location from Chapter 1, offering the perfect action-packed drop spot for high kill games. A version of it returned in Chapter 2 with Salty Towers but players expect Chapter 3’s to be the real deal.

Epic Games teased Tilted’s return by tweeting “one more sleep” along with a city skyline emoji on January 17, 2022. We’ll just need to wait and see what Epic has in store for Tilted’s return.

Fortnite 19.10 update bug fixes

Foundation statue in Fortnite Chapter 3 map

Fortnite’s 19.10 update is also expected to bring major bug fixes, so are all of the Fornite issues confirmed to be fixed in the next game update.

Battle Royale

  • Weekly Challenge: Collect Telescope Parts Issue – the Quest will be auto-completed for all players
  • “Network Connection Lost” error when trying to join match as a spectator
  • Some Outfits experience a dip in framerate and bright light when equipping Spider-Man’s Web-Shooters
  • Progress for Some Cosmetic Challenge Bundles Not Visible
  • Healing while in tent is disabled
  • Daily Quests Don’t Appear If Another Mode Was Last Played

Creative

  • Crash Pads do not visually look correct

Save the World

  • Vacuum Tube Bow is not causing chain lighting effect

Switch & Mobile

  • The Storm is not as dense and is more transparent on Nintendo Switch

For more Fortnite, be sure to check out everything we know about a leaked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crossover.

Image Credit: Epic Games

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