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What is Valheim? Gaming’s latest obsession

What is Valheim? Gamers everywhere are raving about this game as it surpasses 364,000 concurrent players on Steam.

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Valheim: Gaming's newest obsession

Have your friends been talking about Valheim non-stop for the past few weeks? Well, here are the basics of what you need to know about the game so you can decide whether or not it’s for you.

PC gamers have undoubtedly heard of the game Valheim, by now. At least a few of your friends have likely talked about the game or invited you to play. It’s exploding in popularity right now, but should you pick it up?

At its peak, Valheim reached over 364,000 concurrent players on Steam, shattering the expectations of its indie developer, Iron Gate Studio – Valheim is the studio’s first-ever video game release.

So, what’s all the hype about? Is it worth the $20 price tag? How long will this game hang around? We’ll discuss all of that, here.

What is Valheim?

Valheim is a new co-op, PvE-focused survival game that burst onto the scene on February 2, 2021. Within the first two weeks of its release, Valheim was already topping the Steam charts. At the time of writing, Valheim sits at number three on Steam, behind only CS:GO and Dota 2.

If you’ve ever played a game like Minecraft, Ark, or Rust, you know what to expect from Valheim. You will jump into a procedurally-generated world, hunt for food, build shelter, and survive. Like any good sandbox game, the developers allow players to create their own stories.

Each server will have a massive world for you to explore, complete with enemies, dungeons, bosses, and new materials to gather. Unlike a lot of other survival games, however, Valheim gives players a few clear objectives to complete. Instead of constantly wondering what to do next, subtle markers guide you along your journey.

You’ll probably still need to do a fair bit of Googling to find certain materials and strategies, but Valheim isn’t as hardcore as a lot of other games of its kind. This is evident in the survival aspect, as well. Hunger and temperature won’t take your life in this game like they would in games like Ark and DayZ.

The game is new, and we’re still getting into it ourselves – barely scratching the surface with the help of some friends who did much of the heavy lifting for us. Still, the general idea of this game is to survive, loot, build, explore, and advance.

As for the graphics, Iron Gate has opted for a unique style. The graphics are amazing on one hand and simple on the other. The pixelated nature of characters and the world is obvious, but it doesn’t take away from the sprawling beauty and awe-inspiring scale that the game has to offer.

Should you buy Valheim?

Whether or not you’ll enjoy Valheim will ultimately come down to personal preference. Have you sunk thousands of hours into Minecraft or PvE Ark? Then you’re going to love this game. If you like a PvP focus in your survival experience, then Valheim might not exactly be for you.

Your experience will also depend on whether or not you’re playing with friends. The game is designed to play with friends, making solo play a difficult and lonely experience.

The game is brand new, however, and is still only in early access. In other words, we’re experiencing the barebones structure of what Valheim will eventually become. With consistent updates and improvements, we could have another massive survival game on our hands.

We think it’s worth trying for $20, especially if your friends have already started a server. Another great thing about Valheim is that you can transfer your single character from server to server – inventory and all. You’re never handcuffed to one world. With the ability to create player-hosted dedicated servers, there isn’t much holding you back.

It will be interesting to see where Valheim goes from here. With so many one-hit wonders in the PC gaming space, Valheim looks like a game that’s poised to stick around. Let’s see where this goes.

Image Credit: Iron Gate

Battlefield

DICE confirms Battlefield 6 next-gen consoles only, teaser coming soon

DICE have revealed new details about Battlefield 2021, confirming it will only be on the new consoles, a reveal is coming “soon,” and more.

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Electronic Arts and Dice have revealed some new details about Battlefield 2021, including confirmation of which consoles the shooter will arrive on, and that a reveal will be coming “soon.”

As we near the reveal for Battlefield 6, fans are desperate for any information on the latest Battlefield title. While leaks and rumors have been circulating, EA and DICE have kept their cards close to their chest.

However, DICE have provided an update on the future of Battlefield, which has revealed some exciting new details on 2021’s installment.

They have said that this year, they have “the biggest Battlefield development team ever working on our console and PC game for this Holiday season” as they work with “more world-class development studios within Electronic Arts.”

Battlefield 4 campaign

In this reveal, we finally have confirmation if Battlefield 2021 will be on next-gen consoles only. DICE said that all of these new features will be “brought to life with the power of next-gen consoles and PCs.” So from this announcement, we understand that this year’s Battlefield title will be on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles only, as well as PC.

While Battlefield 2021 may not arrive on Xbox One and PS4s, it’s rumored that it will launch on Xbox Game Pass on day one. There is also no word if Battlefield 6 will feature crossplay, but as this has become industry standard, it’s highly likely.

DICE revealed that Battlefield 6 is now in the “daily playtesting mode” where they’re “polishing, balancing,” and making the best possible Battlefield game they can.

Battlefield gameplay

They promised that Battlefield 2021 has “everything we love about Battlefield,” including “Epic scale,” “Crazy, unexpected moments,” and “Massive battles, packed with more players and mayhem than ever before.”

While there is no confirmation of when Battlefield 6 will be revealed, DICE said that we should get ready for their reveal “soon™” with a cheeky wink.

This announcement comes alongside the news that they are also developing a mobile Battlefield game, following in the footsteps of other shooter franchise titans, Apex Legends and Call of Duty.

Image Credit: EA / DICE

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Apex Legends dev confirms plans to buff L_STAR in Season 9

Respawn Entertainment are planning some major improvements for the L-STAR weapon in Apex Legends Season 9.

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L-Star will be changed in Apex Legends Season 9

In response to the less-than stellar reception of the L-STAR Energy LMG in Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment are looking to buff the weapon for the upcoming Season 9.

The L-STAR is an Energy LMG in Apex Legends that functions with an ‘overload’ mechanic. This means that rather than having a standard magazine, it makes use of weapon stacks at the cost of having to cool the weapon down after a bit.

While this makes the weapon incredibly useful during the early parts of the match, many players often opt to switch to another weapon afterwards. As a result, Respawn Entertainment have decided to work on the gun for Season 9.

L-STAR in Apex Legends

Apex Legends players have been petitioning to give the L-STAR some base ammo. This is because if someone steals your ammo stacks, then you’ll be left completely defenseless in the midst of battle.

While Respawn aren’t currently planning to add that, they’ve reassured fans that they’re working on some major L-STAR changes for Season 9, and these will arrive with the new content in the Legacy update.

“It’s not a problem every time because guns have their ammo spawn next to them, but it definitely is too common that you get one with 0 ammo and can’t use it,” wrote developer David Bocek.

L-STAR in Apex Legends

Bocek feels that adding flat ammo for the weapon will result in players abusing it to farm energy ammo. So instead, they have a different solution planned that “has some weirdness” and “has the potential for lots of bugs.”

While he didn’t give too much detail about what this big change will be, he made it clear that they’ve already got some initial work done, but it wasn’t ready for the next season launch.

The L-STAR has been buffed recently as well. Hopefully, the new changes will get rid of the problems plaguing the weapon.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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GTA Online Update April 22: RE-7B Podium Vehicle, 3x GTA$ & diamonds casino loot

Apr 22’s GTA Online update & patch notes have made the RE-7B free if you’re lucky enough. There’s also 3x GTA$, and casino diamonds loot.

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The April 22 GTA Online update is significant as players have a chance of getting the legendary RE-7B for free. 3x GTA$ also continues this week with the added bonus of diamonds as casino loot.

One of GTA Online’s rarest and most expensive cars could be yours for free this week if you’re lucky enough. This is one of the headline inclusions for a big GTA Online update this week.

In the background, we can still hear the ongoing, frantic chatter about the whereabouts of Grand Theft Auto 6, with Rockstar’s parent company providing an update on GTA 6. Furthermore, the rumor keeps growing with the latest murmurings including a new domain update pointing towards GTA 6 taking place in Vice City, and the game not taking place during the 1980s as first thought.

Until GTA 6 is official, we will remain focused on GTA Online, and our usual GTA Online leaker TezFunz2 has been able to get early info on the new update once more.

Also, find out how to make $60 million a day in GTA Online, $1 million a month in GTA Online, or even $100,000 in 3 minutes.

GTA Online April 22 patch notes

RE-7B Diamond Casino Lucky Wheel Reward

gta online re-7b car

The Diamond Casino Lucky Wheel has put a free RE-7B up for grabs for Diamond Casino Lucky Wheel players to try and spin to win.

When you think of a mega-expensive, legendary motorsport vehicle, this is what you’d think of and want. It’s fast, it’s fearsome, and it’s free if you’re lucky enough.

Here’s the official description of the RE-7B:

Fresh from baffling onlookers across the GT circuit, the experimental prototype from Annis is now on limited commercial sale. In a revolutionary design process, Japan’s finest artisans, engineers, aeronautics experts, martial artists and chefs have come together to product a seamless extension of your delusions of edginess and accomplishment.

Casino loot diamonds

gta online casino diamonds

For people who enjoy carrying out casino heists, you’ll be pleased to know that you can earn more money for your exploits this week thanks to the return of diamonds as casino loot.

3x and 2x GTA$ RP

This week, players can earn 3x GTA$ RP on Casino Story Missions.

2x GTA$ & RP is also available on Stunt Races as well.

Premium Races & Time Trials

We information on the latest race and time trial promotions this week, with the following being highlighted in the new update and patch notes.

  • Premium Race: Art to Art
  • Time Trial: Pillbox Hill RC
  • RC Time Trial: Davis Quartz

Huge Property & Vehicle discounts

The big property savings this week tie into the return of diamonds as casino loot with 40% off the Casino Penthouse and Renovations. Plus, there is also 50% off Casino Decorations as well.

40% off Vehicles

  • Itali GTO ($1,179,000)
  • Komoda ($1,020,000)
  • Stryder ($402,000)
  • Vagrant ($1,328,400)

30% off Vehicles

  • – Torero ($698,600)

That’s your lot for this week’s April 22 update, and we’ll be back at the same time next week with more GTA Online update news.

Image credits: Rockstar Games

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