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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

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.

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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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FIFA 22

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.

Image credits: EA

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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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