Anthem is Getting a Loot Overhaul

Since its release last week, players have been flying through the world of Anthem, shooting and looting to their hearts’ content. However, those playing on higher difficulties have expressed concerns about the way the game handles its loot drops and and weapon inscriptions, and now BioWare has given an official response saying that changes are coming to the loot system.

Lead Producer Ben Irvo described the upcoming tweaks in an official Reddit post. Items in Anthem have inscriptions, perks that provide small buffs to abilities and weapons, like increasing assault rifle damage by 5%. After the update, weapons won’t have inscriptions that apply to other weapon types, so players won’t get an assault rifle that increases sniper rifle ammo or anything like that. Now it’ll either have an inscription that benefits whatever weapon type it is or it’ll have a javelin wide benefit, like increased lightning damage. These changes aren’t retroactive, so they’ll only apply to newly obtained items post-patch, not everything sitting in players’ vaults.

This assault rifle increases damage for autocannons, weapons I don’t use.

Anthem is a loot based game, so progression from common white gear up to orange and yellow masterworks and legendaries is a critical part of the experience. This update is going to remove common and uncommon (white and green) loot from the drop table if players are at level 30, so now endgame players will see nothing below a blue rarity.

Crafting is also getting some much needed changes. Crafting a masterwork weapon will now only require 15 masterwork embers instead of 25. Ideally, players want their masterwork weapons to have the best possible inscriptions in order to maximize their power, so once they acquire a masterwork weapon and get the blueprint for it, they’d repeatedly craft it until they got the perfect roll. Lowering the resources required (in addition to the changes to inscriptions) should make it easier on players trying to get the best variation of a weapon.

In addition to the loot overhaul, BioWare also released patch notes for the update that went live this morning, which you can check out here. Some bugs were fixed, like being able to reopen chests in strongholds and resetting the Swarm Tyrant boss encounter by exiting to the main menu and rejoining, but the highlight of the patch is the change to the tethering system, giving players some more time to catch up to their squad before seeing a countdown timer.

For more on Anthem, check out our review of the game and take a look at the 90-day roadmap laid out for updates. Have you been playing a lot of Anthem? What are your thoughts about these changes? Be sure to let us know down below, and follow us on Twitter for quick and easy updates.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Announced for Switch

The eighth generation of Pokemon is finally upon us with Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, announced in this morning’s Pokemon direct.

Not much was revealed about the games, but they’re mainline Pokemon RPGs, not spin-off titles like last year’s Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee. The games are set in the Galar region, which appears to be based on Britain. The starter Pokemon were shown off as well. Upon beginning their journey, trainers will be able to choose from the grass-type Pokemon Grookey, the fire-type Pokemon Scorbunny, or the water-type Pokemon Sobble.

Gameplay looks to be similar to traditional Pokemon games with tall grass, random encounters, and turn-based battles, but no extensive details were given. After the trailer (which you can check out below) debuted, The Pokemon Company teased it was working on additional Pokemon projects other than Sword and Shield, but they didn’t say anything more than that.

Pokemon Sword and Shield are slated to launch in late 2019 for Nintendo Switch.

March 2019 Games With Gold: Metal Gear Rising and More

Four new games will be free for Xbox Live Gold members next month. First up are Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion, an RPG based on the television show, and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2, a surprisingly fun third person shooter that flew under a lot of people’s radar when it originally released in 2016.

That’s not all for Games with Gold next month. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Star Wars Republic Commando will be available too. Metal Gear Rising is an action spin-off of Metal Gear Solid with tight gameplay and a phenomenal soundtrack. Republic Commando is a Star Wars classic originally released on the first Xbox back in 2005.

Here’s the full list of games and the dates they’ll be available:

  • Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion: Available March 1 to 31 on Xbox One
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2: Available March 16 to April 15 on Xbox One
  • Star Wars Republic Commando: Available March 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance: Available March 16 to 31 on Xbox One and Xbox 360

While you’re waiting for the next wave of Games with Gold, remember to pick up February’s games while you still can. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, Super Bomberman R, and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy are all still free to download for Xbox Live Gold members.

March 2019 PlayStation Plus Games Announced

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered and The Witness are the two free PlayStation Plus games this month according to a post on the PlayStation Blog.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is an upgraded version of the landmark first-person shooter, playable in gorgeous 4K resolution on PS4 Pro. The Witness is a mind-bending puzzler from the mind of Jonathan Blow, creator of Braid. Both titles will be available to download starting Tuesday, March 5.

In the meantime, February’s PlayStation Plus lineup is still available for download. Hitman and For Honor are both excellent games, especially the former, and February was the last month PS3 and Vita games will be offered, so be sure to grab Metal Gear Solid 4, Divekick, Gunhouse, and Rogue Aces (the last two of which are cross-buy with PS4). Hitman and For Honor will remain available until Monday, March 4, while the other four will be available until Friday, March 8.

From this point on, Sony will only offer two PlayStation 4 games each month, ditching the two monthly PS3 and Vita titles. Sony won’t be offering any more PS4 games to make up for it, but they recently expanded cloud storage from 10GB to a whopping 100GB.

Red Dead Online Update Adds New Weapons, New Microtransactions

Read Dead Online’s first major update dropped today, bringing new modes, clothing, weapons, and changes to the game.

Gameplay Changes

Daily challenges have finally been added to Red Dead Online, providing players with a steady supply of XP and gold nuggets. Dailies range from hunting to PvP, and completing all seven on a given day will net players bonus XP and gold.

Player blips don’t show up on the map unless they’re nearby, and voice chat range has been lowered as well. Parleys and feuds between posses have been streamlined, only requiring one kill to be able to trigger a feud or parley.

The law system has been completely reworked. Players can now earn bounties and will be pursued by bounty hunters if they have a high enough price on their head.

Weapons and Customization

Two new guns were added in today’s update: the Evans Repeater and the Rare Shotgun. The Evans Repeater is a medium to long range rifle, while the Rare Shotgun is a variant of the double-barreled shotgun with brass engravings. PS4 players also get early access to the Jawbone Knife.

An assortment of new clothing options ranging from boots to hats to coats were added as well. In addition, shop catalogues will be updated weekly with new, limited time items.

Image Credit: Rockstar Games

New to Red Dead Online are emotes. Some can be purchased with in-game cash with prices reaching upwards of $300, while other are locked behind gold payments, the most expensive of which being 13 gold bars.

New Game Modes

A new free roam event called Fool’s Gold was added. One player wears a protective suit of golden armor, and whoever takes that player down earns the armor for themselves. Whoever has the most kills while wearing the armor wins.

You can now take part in fishing challenges in Red Dead Online, much to our delight. Opting into a challenge with supply you with the appropriate bait and equipment, and you’re scored by the total weight of all the fish you catch.

Image Credit: Rockstar Games

Rockstar has stated that new game modes will arrive in Red Dead Online each week, with this week’s new game mode being Target Races, where players race on horseback while attempting to shoot targets with a bow or any weapons they may pick up. Target Races are exclusively available on PS4 for the time being.

Three new showdown modes were teased for the coming future: Up in Smoke, Spoils of War, and Plunder, all involving players teaming up to “capture and deliver bags, steal loot from each other and survive” according to Rockstar. A Featured Series section will be added to the multiplayer menu too, so players can try out the latest game modes.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is currently on sale for $40 at Amazon, which is an incredible price for a game we can’t recommend enough. Will you be playing Red Dead Online? Be sure to let us know down below, and follow us on Twitter for quick and easy updates.