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The Grand Theft Auto III  Radio Commercials Are Still Awesome

By Ade D. Adeniji
It’s been 20 years since they first hit the digital airwaves. Here’s how they came to be part of the series’ legacy.
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Age of Empires IV  Is a Solid Strategy Game Stuck in the Past

By Mark Hill
It’s the perfect introduction to Age for new players, but veterans may be underwhelmed by its campaign offerings.

This AI Resurrects Ancient Board Games—and Lets You Play Them

By Samantha HuiQi Yow
What tabletop games did our ancestors play in 1000 BC? A new research project wants to find out, and make them playable online too.

Age of Empires IV and Real-Time Strategy Games' Rocky History

By Matthew Smith
If the genre is to return to its former glory, it needs to do more than tweak the formula that made it successful two decades ago.

Age of Empires IV Wants to Teach You a Lesson

By Will Bedingfield, WIRED UK
Can a video game be historically accurate? The team behind the iconic series wanted to give it a try.

EVE Online Gamers Role-Play as Covid-19 Researchers

By Payal Dhar
A citizen science project based in this MMO space opera has saved scientists almost 500 years of mind-numbing data crunching.

Live D&D Shows Are Inviting More Players to the Table

By Kam Burns, Kayla Sharpe
Actual play, or livestreams of tabletop RPG games, is exploding in popularity. It's also helping make the hobby more welcoming and inclusive.

Pokémon Unite: Best Pikachu Build (Tips, Items, & Moves)

Using a combination of moves and items, players can maximize Pikachu's build in Pokémon Unite. Players will need to fight both wild Pokémon and those on the opposing team to score points and win. As an Attacker Pokémon, a well-built Pikachu can work great for an offensive, ranged strategy.

With 5-on-5 matches between trainers, and wild Pokémon in each stage, a well-rounded, carefully built team will be vital for success. Players just getting started in Pokémon Unite may need to test different skills in order to find the best build. Having a strong offensive Pokémon will help players knock out their opponents and collect their Aeos energy to score points. As Pikachu gains experience, more moves will become available, and it can become a powerful fighter.

Each Pokémon in the game, such as Pikachu or Gengar, has an ideal build. Pikachu is a Ranged Attacker class in Pokémon Unite, so it can deal high damage but has low endurance. Focusing on moves and items that maximize damage and utilize Pikachu's stun abilities will create the best build for this character. Players can also equip items that compliment or increase Pikachu's strengths and damage output.

There are two ways for players to obtain Pikachu in Pokémon Unite: they can either choose it as their first Pokémon upon completing the tutorial or purchase it from the Unite Battle Committee. Pikachu costs 6000 Aeos coins or 345 Aeos gems. Once obtained and leveled up, players can focus on using the right moves and items to capitalize on Pikachu's offensive potential. Pokémon can have two moves active and three items equipped at a time. The best options for Pikachu appear below.

Pikachu's Best Moveset

  • Thunderbolt: Charge and shoot a bolt of lightning that stuns and damages opponents in the area. Upgrade Thunderbolt to increase the damage dealt.
  • Electro Ball: Throw an electric orb that damages and stuns enemies in the area of effect. Missing HP will increase damage to opponents. Electro Ball can be upgraded to increase damage.

Best Held Items for Pikachu

  • Wise Glasses: Increase Special Attack
  • Choice Specs: Increase the damage of moves
  • Buddy Barrier: When using the Unite move, Pikachu and the nearby ally with the lowest HP will gain a shield
  • AlternativeFloat Stone: Increase movement speed when Pikachu isn't in combat

Best Battle Items for Pikachu

  • X-Attack: Boost the damage of attacks and special attacks
  • AlternativePotion: Restore a Pokémon's health.

Using a strong combination of moves and items will help players gather Aeos energy and score points. While using Pikachu, players should focus on dealing as much damage as possible while being aware of their health loss. Since Pikachu is also a Ranged Pokémon, it's recommended that players keep their distance when possible to avoid being knocked out. Pikachu can stay near a Defender Pokémon for extra protection and stun enemies that come within range.

Fortnitemares 2021 Guide (Schedule, Skins, Weapons, & Rewards)

The annual Halloween event in Fortnite's, Fortnightmares, is well underway in the popular battle royale, and players can continue to earn unique rewards until Nov. 2. Fortnitemares is full of Halloween-themed maps, games, and other experiences that were created by the community during the Fortnitemares Callout event. Players can access the community-created experiences featured in the Fortnitemares section of the menus.

Throughout the rest of October, Fornitemares cards will reveal iconic monsters that will be featured in the Item Shop. Additionally, classic Fortnite characters will continue to receive new Halloween twists throughout October. Fortnitemares 2021 has various new and returning Halloween Outfits in the Item Shop, as well as costumes and items that players are able to earn during the event.

Multiple new cards are going to be flipped over through each week during the Fortnitmares 2021 event, so it's important for players to check the Fortnite Item Shop daily. Epic Games has kept these cards well hidden until they're released, but each release has always happened at 8:00 pm EST. Week one of Fortnitemares brought Frankenstein's Monster, Curdle Scream Leader, Skeletara, and The Walking Dead's Rick Grimes to Fortnite.

Week two has six cards that will be flipped over, so players should expect at least one card every night until week three begins. Two of Fortnite's Fortnitemares have already been flipped over for week two, namely the Poisonous Big Mouth and the Gilded Skull Trooper and Gilded Skull Ranger. The Poisonous Big Mouth is an alt style of Big Mouth. Week two will last until Oct. 18. Various Halloween-themed pickaxes, weapons skins, backpacks, and gliders will be available throughout Fortnitemares as well.

Week three and four rewards for Fortnitemares are currently a mystery, but week three will begin on Oct. 19, and week four starts on Oct. 26. Players can keep returning to the Fortnite Fortnitemares blog post daily to see what new cards are going to be unlocked next. Every week has a random order of how the cards will be unlocked, but the card previews show a glimpse into what the new costumes will be. For example, one of the week two cards features the Fishstick costume head on the back of it with a chunk bitten out of its face, indicating that the card will likely be some variation of the Fishstick or Fortnite's Fishstick princess costume.

Additionally, the Dual Fiend Hunters are a new weapon that deals extra damage to the Cube Monsters, and it has a faster rate of fire than last year's Fiend Hunter Crossbow. Dual Fiend Hunters can be found in chests or on the ground. Lastly, Fortnitemares will wrap up with the third Short Nite film festival. Named "Shortnitemares," the animated short will be based on sinister Halloween themes. The Shore Nite film festival will take place in a creator-made movie theater, and each short will have its own theatre room.

Fortnite is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and Android.


Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Needs More Epic Viking Tunes

By Jess Grey
Norse warriors were famously musical, and people in the Dark Ages kind of hated that.

Japanese Breakfast Talks About Writing Sable's Soundtrack

By Lewis Gordon
The musician discusses playing JRPGs as a kid, learning on the job, and how composing the game's soundtrack gave her a newfound sense of freedom.

Jett: The Far Shore Imagines Conscientious Space Colonization

By Lewis Gordon
WIRED spoke with the game's devs, plus a senior NASA astrobiologist, about the game and its vision of interstellar environmentalism.

Dying Light PS5, Xbox Series X/S Upgrade Will Update the Game

The developer of Dying Light is currently working on a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrade for the zombie parkour game. Techland's announcement comes a little while after it shared the news that Dying Light 2 has been delayed by two months. This was the game’s second official delay, with its lead developer later explaining that the additional time is allowing the studio to better polish game. While the Dying Light community expected a December 7 release for Dying Light 2, it may be getting another port of the first game instead.

In the meantime, Techland appears to be revisiting the original Dying Light to drum up 2021 sales, with the current-gen update now known and a previously confirmed Nintendo Switch port of the game arriving soon. A Nintendo Direct in September established an October 19 release date for Dying Light: Platinum Edition’s Nintendo Switch port, which will grant Switch owners the full Dying Light experience in addition to an four DLCs and several skins. The all-inclusive Dying Light re-release originally dropped earlier this year on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Now, it seems current-gen owners will get a stab at the acclaimed zombie game, too.

Announced via the Dying Light Twitter account, Techland is evidently working on “a next-gen patch for Dying Light 1.” It’s not clear when the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S updates could drop, however. For now, the developer ensures fans that more will be revealed sometime in the future.

It’s a possibility that Techland plans to release Dying Light’s PS5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrades before Dying Light 2: Stay Human’s February 2022 launch. However, that window of time is a short one, as the end of 2021 is quickly approaching. There's also been no confirmation about whether or not the new-gen update will be a free upgrade for current PS4 and Xbox One owners or if Dying Light: Platinum Edition will be a separate release for the new consoles as it is on the Switch. It’s not impossible that Techland could offer both options, but the latter seems probable.

The studio's choice on the matter will likely affect the community’s response. As a recent example, Grand Theft Auto V was met with severe fan backlash after its revealed its own new-gen gameplay was revealed. Many series fans were dissatisfied with the ports' minimal visual improvements and features announced for GTA 5's upgrade at PlayStation Showcase 2021. A major component of that ire was because it's believed those ports will be full-price and charge previous GTA 5 owners for an upgrade, information that has also yet to be confirmed. In a similar situation, Dying Light is over six years old and a current-gen upgrade could spice up gameplay for the modern era. Hopefully, Techland is able to deliever on its PS5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrade without any further delays on Dying Light 2: Stay Human.

Source: Dying Light/Twitter

How to Catch Snails in New World (& What They're For)

During the "Baited" quest in New World, players are tasked with catching two aquatic creatures for crafting bait — a Snail and a Clam. The quest starts after players speak with Dena Ruby, an NPC near the Stolen Shores. Snails, in particular, can be found in freshwater, meaning New World players should fish in lakes and rivers. Although it is entirely possible to catch a Snail with a basic fishing pole and no lure, using a higher-tier rod along with special bait will undoubtedly increase the chances of catching a Snail.

While players may wish to cast their line out into the deeper areas of a lake or river to catch a Snail, keep in mind that characters in New World currently cannot swim if submerged. As mentioned above, Snails can be found within about any freshwater area; however, some places may yield better results than others. Continue reading to learn how to catch Snails in New World.

To catch a Snail in New World, players should use the proper bait to increase their chances of capturing one. Two excellent choices are Woodlouse Bait and Firefly Bait. These lures can be obtained by harvesting Bushes, Bulrush Plants, and Briar Plants in New World. While the baits do not guarantee a successful Snail catch, they will significantly boost the chances of fishing one out, particularly Firefly Bait.

After procuring bait and equipping a decent fishing rod, players should be able to easily catch Snails in New World freshwater areas. A recommended freshwater spot would be a small lake near Faith's Bounty within Everall. Cast in the line and wait patiently for a bite. It's essential to carefully take time while reeling in a catch, as tugging too quickly will lose the fish. Players may have to fish several times before capturing a Snail. After some patience and perseverance, players should be able to catch a Snail within a couple of minutes.

Return to Dena after catching a Snail and Clam to earn the quests reward. Completing the "Baited" quest will net players with XP, Coins, Territory Standing, and a small amount of Azoth. Additionally, players will receive Battered Fisherman's Gloves. Using the Snails they've collected, players can salvage the creatures into bait. This action will also produce a by-product known as Snail Slime, a material that can be used in Alchemy crafting in New World.

Pokemon Diamond & Pearl Remake's Exp. Share Could Ruin The Games

The return of the permanent Exp. Share in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl has become a major concern for many fans. Generation 6 made the Exp. Share item provide experience points to every party member, as opposed to only the one holding it, offering a much easier time for Pokémon series newcomers. The change to a universal Exp. Share has become a point of contention in the community, and it could negatively affect the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes' game balance and difficulty.

In just over a month, fans will finally get to play these long-awaited Gen 4 remakes. Many were initially disappointed that the Brilliant and Shining versions may be too similar to the original Diamond and Pearl, unlike Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which more fully reimagined their original games. But as new trailers and previews have been revealed, the remakes have looked increasingly more impressive. However, in spite of growing optimism, the biggest takeaway from recent early press previews has been the potential detrimental effect of the new Exp. Share system.

The confirmation of a universal Exp. Share in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl isn't surprising or even unwelcome; party-wide experience gain, in itself, has been a mostly well-received mechanic. The problem is that, once again, Exp. Share cannot be disabled in BDSP. When the Exp. Share was first changed from a held item to a key item in Pokémon X and Y, players had the option to turn it off, allowing them to benefit from the new mechanic while also controlling the amount of experience points gained. This option was removed in Pokémon Sword and Shield and remains absent, which takes away players' ability to adjust the games' difficulty as they prefer.

The universal Exp. Share, much like Pokémon's overhaul of HMs, is one of the better quality-of-life features introduced in recent games. Grinding typically becomes a necessity in many RPGs because players eventually reach a point where they've run out of content and are still in need of experience to finish the game. Party-wide Exp. Share eliminates the need to rely too heavily on boring grinding, since all of the player's Pokémon are consistently gaining experience throughout the game, usually preventing them from being too underleveled. As convenient and beneficial as the mechanic is, it's also a double-edged sword.

One of series fans' biggest complaints is that recent Pokémon games are getting too easy. Part of this is the natural side effect of a two-decades-old series that functions on a rock-paper-scissors battle system, since most experienced players have already mastered the games' core mechanics. That said, newer Pokémon games haven't added much to offer resistance for players seeking a challenge. Gym Leaders are little more than just another Trainer battle, and rival battles no longer serve as difficult bottlenecks, so many players resort to self-imposed rules to make Pokémon games harder. Universal Exp. Share makes the games even easier - and makes some of those self-imposed rules nearly impossible.

Since the Exp. Share was reworked in Pokémon X and Y, the games' level curves haven't adequately changed to compensate for the increased rate of experience gain. This is especially noticeable around the midpoint of each game, as players begin to acquire fully evolved Pokémon earlier than they would otherwise, and their party becomes rapidly overleveled. Overleveling eliminates most of the challenge and makes getting through the rest of the games fairly simple, and the inability to turn off Exp. Share means it can be quite difficult to actively prevent Pokémon from overleveling. Given Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl's apparent lack of changes to the originals, this could become a big problem.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are beloved for many things, but partially for their difficulty. Most of the games' battles are fairly straightforward, but a few are quite tough, most notably Champion Cynthia. Cynthia is often regarded as the most challenging Champion in Pokémon, due to her diverse team of powerful Sinnoh Pokémon like Togekiss, Lucario and Garchomp. Many players have found themselves overwhelmed and outmatched by Cynthia the first time they challenge her. The battle could be a true test of strength and strategy and was rewarding to overcome, but the permanent Exp. Share in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl may mean that's no longer the case.

Of course, it's impossible to know for sure until the games are actually out. Developer ILCA could have properly balanced the game, increasing boss levels to account for the new Exp. Share system, but for now, it will likely remain many fans' biggest concern. Fans have waited a long time for the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes, and a poorly balanced level curve could absolutely ruin the experience for players with nostalgia for the original, Pokémon franchise-altering games. A simple option to toggle the universal Exp. Share on and off would go a long way.

How to Destroy Anti-Aircraft Cannons in Far Cry 6

There is plenty of high-flying fun to be had in Far Cry 6, but it doesn't come without its complications. Anti-aircraft cannons make it tough to navigate the skies over Yara, and destroying them can make it a whole lot easier to fly. Not only that, but anti-aircraft sites also contain depleted uranium, a valuable resource used to purchase weapons and equipment from in-game vendors.

So, anti-aircraft cannons need to be destroyed, but it isn't that simple. Not only can they wipe out any aircraft that flies near them on their own, they can only be bypassed by Far Cry 6's wingsuit, but they are also heavily armored, and the sites in which they sit are protected by armed guards that must be dispatched.

As a result, taking out these objectives and gathering the loot requires a bit of strategy, and maybe even some of the better weapons in Far Cry 6. While it seems like a tough task to take out a piece of guarded heavy artillery, there are some easy ways to get it done. All that is needed is the right equipment, and a solid game plan.

anti-aircraft cannons in Far Cry 6 are armored, and regular munitions aren't going to destroy them. Luckily, that means that Dani gets to play with some explosives. In order to blow up one of the cannons, one of the following is required:

  • Grenades
  • Rockets (from a launcher or the Exterminador Supremo)
  • Explosive Barrel (if one is close enough)

The easiest way to get it done is with the Exterminador Supremo, the first Supremo backpack that Dani is given, which has the "Armageddon Strike" ability that sends down a barrage of rockets. This can be used to kill the guards around the cannon, as well as the cannon itself. Alternatively, the guards can be killed just as any other enemies can, and the cannon can be destroyed using a rocket launcher or by throwing a few grenades. If luck is on Dani's side, there may be an explosive barrel next to the target, and it can be shot to blow up the anti-aircraft gun.

After the guards are taken care of, and the cannon is destroyed, there will be a cache of depleted uranium that can be looted. This can be used to buy new Supremo backpacks and Resolver weapons from Juan Cortez, and can make hunting down these anti-aircraft sites very beneficial. In fact, this is the way that Dani can collect all of the Supremo backpacks in Far Cry 6.

GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas fans are using Steam reviews to encourage people to buy the originals before Rockstar delists them next week

 Rockstar this week revealed the game's worst secret: remakes of Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City, and San Andreas.

In addition, Rockstar has confirmed its plan to remove the original version from all digital retailers on PCs and consoles starting next week and to replace it in several storefronts with Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition.

The decision to remove these classics is a blow to video game preservation and obviously bad for player selection, but Rockstar is unlikely to be giving up - at least not anytime soon.

And so fans flocked to Steam to show people buying the original before they lost their chance - probably forever.

"Before you leave Steam, make sure your ass has a triple," wrote Pink Diamond in a GTA 3 Steam review. "Buy this to be removed next week," GrunkleBran said in a review on Vice City Steam.

"Buy it before you remove it," User Park said in a review on San Andreas Steam.

Game owner fans use Steam rating to say goodbye. One of them was particularly interesting to me, from a Steam user with an incredible 2780 hours recorded with San Andreas:

"I have to say all the time I've been playing this game in terms of speed and mode etc it's the best game I've ever played in a GTA game. Great, good world and a lot of work too." do and find. "

Steam Dime user wrote in the GTA 3 review: "Hello old friend." Rockstar is removing you from Steam so the Definitive Edition can make money for you. Thanks for your memories ... "

GTA 3 is 20 years old, Vice City is 19, and San Andreas is 17 years old. The games currently available for download on Steam, PlayStation Store, and Xbox Marketplace are not the original versions. For example, the San Andreas version for sale in the Xbox Download Store is the Xbox 360 version, which is backwards compatible with the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and S. The Vice City version that can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store is the PlayStation 2 version that has been converted for the PlayStation 4. You need a PS2 and a physical version of each game to get the real core experience, and Rockstar won't do anything next week. Avoid getting people on eBay. In the Rockstars announcement, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition will be available for the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox X and S series, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Rockstar Games Launcher. Steam has not specifically mentioned it and is proposing to remove the original version from the Valves platform and not replace it with anything else.

Rockstar warns that earlier versions and packages of these games will be removed from digital retailers starting October 11th. We don't know the exact date it was created, but if you're interested, today is your last day to shop digitally.

Anyone who has bought one of the previous versions can of course download them after deleting them and run them on their shopping platform.

What Far Cry 6 Gets Wrong About Cuba

By Phillip Penix-Tadsen
The devs tried to engage with the complex politics of revolution. But the game falls into the same, tired traps.

Twitch Streamers' Earnings Were Exposed. Now, It's a Meme

By Cecilia D'Anastasio
“I’d never want to hide how much I make, so I’m down to make a meme out of it,” one top streamer told WIRED.

'Metroid Dread' Is Let Down by Its Boring Robot Villains

By Will Bedingfield, WIRED UK
The Switch exclusive is a fine return to form for the series, but it would benefit from antagonists that are, you know, actually scary.