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Destiny 2 The Mountaintop Guide - How To Get It, Curated Roll, And God Roll

The second week of Destiny 2's Into the Light brings more fan-favorite weapons back to the game--including The Mountaintop, a breech-loading grenade launcher that dominated the Crucible for years after its release. While the new version of The Mountaintop isn't quite the force of terror the original was, it's still a pretty powerful option for your Special weapon slot, whether in player-vs.-player or player-vs.-environment content.

As with the other reprised weapons in the Brave arsenal, it's p

Destiny 2 The Recluse Guide - How To Get It, Curated Roll, And God Roll

Destiny 2's free Into the Light content drop is now live, and with it comes a new version of The Recluse, one of the best submachine guns the game has ever seen. Formerly a tough gun to earn that required finishing a lengthy player-vs.-player quest, The Recluse was among several guns that were sunset before the Beyond Light expansion that are now making a comeback in Into the Light. The Recluse is one of a dozen weapons that make up the Brave arsenal, returning to the game with new perks and adj

How To Unlock The Superblack Shader In Destiny 2

With Destiny 2: Into the Light, Bungie has brought back a number of fan-favorites, including 12 weapons and two of its best Exotic missions. The new content drop also brings back Superblack, one of the best shaders in the original Destiny. It was the only shader in the game that was fully black, and with its return, players finally have a fashion option that lets them go as dark and goth as they want.

Superblack isn't easy to come by, though. In the original Destiny, unlocking it required compl

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth - How To Date Barret At The Gold Saucer

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Just like in the original Final Fantasy VII that released in 1997, a big scene in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth gives you the chance to join one of the members of your party on a "date" at the Gold Saucer. Rebirth reworks that scene to be less about a rivalry between Tifa and Aerith for Cloud's affections, and more of a measure of your bond with your favorite character

Destiny 2 Wish-Keeper Exotic Bow Guide - How To Start, Starcrossed Mission, And Catalysts

The latest week of Destiny 2's Season of the Wish brings a new Exotic weapon into the game for players to chase: Wish-Keeper, a new Exotic bow. This one is similar to past seasonal Exotics, like Vexcalibur and Retrofit Zero, in that you'll earn the opportunities to craft different versions over time as you replay its Exotic mission, Starcrossed.

Here's everything you need to know to start Starcrossed, complete the mission, earn Wish-Keeper and use it effectively.

How to Start the Starcrossed m

Destiny 2 The Coil Activity Guide - How To Get The Best Rewards In Season Of The Wish

Destiny 2 has two new seasonal activities in the Season of the Wish, both of which take you to Riven's Lair, a sort of paracausal pocket dimension created by the near-magical power of Riven, the last ahamkara. But while both events take place in the same location, the two activities you can play this season are pretty different. The activity called The Coil adds a lot of roguelite elements to the activity, like others we've seen in recent seasons, and is highly focused on the score you earn alon

Destiny 2 Thorn Exotic Catalyst Guide - How To Get The Catalyst And What It Does

If you want a powerful, easy-to-use gun to bring into Destiny 2's PvP arena, the Crucible, it's hard to go wrong with Thorn. The hand cannon is great because it hits hard and poisons opponents, dealing damage over time. It's even better this season, thanks to a new Exotic catalyst you can earn for the gun that boosts its stats and capabilities. However, you'll have to find the catalyst in order to unlock it and make the most of Thorn.

Here's everything you need to know about Thorn's Exotic cata

Destiny 2 Warlord's Ruin Dungeon Launch Time And Everything We Know

Season of the Wish in Destiny 2 has brought new activities and rewards, and it comes with another major piece of content: a new dungeon. These raid-like three-player activities are among the toughest and most intricate in the game, but they don't require the six-player squads of Destiny 2's raids. The new dungeon is called Warlord's Ruin, and it's set to release on December 1, the first Friday of the new season.

Details are sparse on Warlord's Ruin, but we do know a few things, including when i

Destiny 2 Starcat Guide - Where To Find Each Collectible In Season Of The Wish

The Season of the Wish takes Destiny 2 players back to the Dreaming City for the first time since before the launch of The Witch Queen and resurrects some major elements from way back in the Forsaken expansion. One of those things is the quest to find cosmic kitties hiding within the Dreaming City. It seems that each week during the Season of the Wish, new Starcats will appear within the city, requiring you to track them down to unlock Triumphs and earn some specific rewards.

Locating all the S

The Talos Principle 2 Ending Guide

Though The Talos Principle 2 is an excellent puzzle game, it also has a pretty extensive and branching story. As you explore its world, you'll have plenty of opportunities to interact with other characters, offer them your opinions, and even post on social media. The whole game concerns some philosophical debates about the future of humanity and its place in the world, and your conversation choices about those debates will shape parts of the narrative as you advance.

There are three main ending

The Talos Principle 2 Sphinx Statue Guide - All Sphinx Puzzles And Stars

The Talos Principle 2 has its fair share of secrets, and chief among them are the special extra puzzles hiding in each of the game's 12 main areas. Snoop around a big and you'll find large statues, or monuments, to each of the game's three spectral characters: Pandora, Prometheus, or the Sphinx. Figuring out how to solve these riddles rewards you with stars, which are essential to unlocking some of the game's most interesting secrets.

The Sphinx's puzzles aren't quite as tough as those tied to

The Talos Principle 2 Pandora Statue Guide - All Pandora Puzzles And Stars

There are a whole lot of puzzles in The Talos Principle 2, and some of them aren't obvious. Hidden in each of the game's 12 main areas are two statues that carry puzzles of their own, each depicting either Pandora, Prometheus, or the Sphinx. Solving these side puzzles unlock additional secrets in the game, but they can be tough to master--some are among the most difficult The Talos Principle 2 has to offer.

Of all the secret puzzles, the Pandora statues tend to be the most vexing. They require

Alan Wake 2 Ending Explained - Everything You Need To Know And Where Things Might Go From Here

Alan Wake 2 presents a twisting story, one that's both a nebulous mystery and actively altered by the otherworldly power of the supernatural Dark Place and the writings of Alan Wake himself. Especially in the final moments, things can get a bit confusing, as Saga Anderson's and Alan's tales intersect and the two execute a plan to stop the villainous Mr. Scratch.

Here's what happened in the ending, what it implies about the future, and everything you might have missed in the disjointed plot of A

Destiny 2 Duality Dungeon Guide - How To Beat Every Encounter And Find All Collectibles

Duality brings a new set of mechanics to Destiny 2, taking players into the mind of Calus deep within the Leviathan. The exiled emperor has a whole lot of psychological baggage, and in order to understand what he's trying to accomplish in Season of the Haunted, you and your fireteam are going to need to execute a "mind heist" and unlock his inner secrets.

The dungeon is not only tough, with three boss fight encounters along the way that drop rewards, but it's also riddled with secrets. Containe

Nightmare Containment Lockdown Protocol Guide: How To Find Extra Loot In Destiny 2's Leviathan

The new Nightmare Containment activity is just one of the things to find on the newly arrived Derelict Leviathan in Destiny 2. Calus's ship is full of secrets, one of which being the hidden treasure chests that are only accessible when you complete a Tier 3 Nightmare Containment. You might have noticed a message about "lockdown protocols lifted" at the close of the event--that's your cue to try to find some secrets that'll reward you with extra loot.

The lockdown protocol refers to locked doors

Destiny 2: How To Get Austringer, Beloved, And Calus Minitool - Opulent Weapons Guide

With the Season of the Haunted, Destiny 2 is bringing back a few excellent guns from the past: weapons from the Season of Opulence released way back in 2019. You can find weapons like the Austringer hand cannon and the Beloved sniper rifle aboard the Derelict Leviathan--guns that were first made available in the Menagerie activity, and are even better now. But it's not entirely clear how you can earn them.

As with other seasons, you can get Opulent weapons either from seasonal reward drops or b

Destiny 2 Nightmare Containment Guide: How To Complete The Season Of The Haunted Activity

Destiny 2's Season of the Haunted sends players back to the Leviathan, a huge Cabal ship that's the home of exiled Emperor Calus and the former location of Destiny 2 vanilla's Leviathan raid. The Leviathan is the home to the new seasonal activity, Nightmare Containment, which tasks players with using a special device to capture the evil Nightmare creatures we first saw introduced in the Shadowkeep expansion. Containment has a lot of moving pieces and requirements you'll need to understand to max

How to sync an Xbox One controller with your console

Making your Xbox One controllers work with your game console is a little different than just plugging them in, like in the old days. Luckily, console makers have made syncing wireless controllers relatively easy.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t issues with wireless controllers, though. On the Xbox One, syncing is easy, but if any problems arise with your Xbox wireless controller, there are lots of ways to troubleshoot. Here’s what you need to know to sync your Xbox One with your controllers and

Destiny 2 The Title SMG Guide: How To Get The Guardian Games Gun Fast

The Guardian Games are back in Destiny 2, pitting players against one another in a friendly competition to see which of the three character classes will reign supreme. Whether the bragging rights interest you or not, you'll want to pick up the Guardian Games' new submachine gun, The Title. This slick little gun carries some of the best perks in the class, along with a new Origin Trait just for the Guardian Games called Classy Contender.

If you lean into the Guardian Games, you'll likely get mul

Elden Ring Story Guide: Here's The Lore Of The Lands Between

The story of Elden Ring is a broad, confusing one--like the Elden Ring itself, it's fractured, made up of tiny pieces as its different characters serve a variety of masters and enact their own plans. Even as you play it, you might find yourself lost as you interact with other Tarnished and hunt down demigods in an attempt to become Elden Lord. Heck, it's not even especially clear most of the time what terms like "Elden Lord" and "Elden Ring" even mean.

We've been poring through Elden Ring's lor

What Happens In Elden Ring? The Game's Story, Part 1: Limgrave

The story of Elden Ring is expansive and often confusing. There's a lot of history and backstory to uncover as you journey through the Lands Between, and just getting a sense of the local politics and religion is an important aspect of figuring out what the hell you're trying to do. It's also easy to miss what's going on around you, especially because so much of the game is optional. If you're not inspecting every corner, reading every item description, or talking to every character you meet sev

Destiny 2: Vow Of The Disciple Raid Guide

The Vow of the Disciple raid brings a whole lot of new challenges and secrets to Destiny 2: The Witch Queen. The raid isn't the game's biggest, but it is substantial, putting you through your paces in puzzle-solving, team communication, and boss-fighting. There's a lot to uncover within this raid, though, and it's very easy to miss some of its best components--like the free Deepsight Resonance guns you can earn with every run, provided you know where to look for them.

We've scoured every inch o

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Memory Alembic Guide: How To Find Qualichor And Finish The Secret Mission

Explore Savathun's throne world in Destiny 2: The Witch Queen for a while and you might stumble upon some special, glowing Hive enemies, or investigate the curious corpse of a dead Scorn chieftain. These interactions, if you complete them, will eventually lead you to a special secret mission called Memory Alembic. Completing it is necessary to unlock all the secrets in the throne world and complete the Witch Queen's Triumph seal, but you'll have to puzzle out how to go about it on your own.


Destiny 2 Osteo Striga Guide: How To Get The Witch Queen Deluxe Edition SMG

Paying for season passes and expansions in Destiny 2 has traditionally earned you a nice piece of gear right out of the gate: an Exotic weapon. These unique guns always have strange properties and usually mince up enemies without issue. Among the preorder bonuses for the new Witch Queen expansion was Osteo Striga, an Exotic submachine gun. However, unlike Grand Overture, the Exotic machine gun you get with the season pass for the Season of the Risen that unlocks as soon as you start playing, you
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