New Flight suits take off on
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FORTNITE BACK FOR SEASON 8
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Daydream A platform for high quality, mobile VR made to take you on incredible adventures. AFK@PC | 2
FUN FACT Peely is, in fact, a banana person, not a person dressed as a banana. What terrible curse created it? What other fruits could meet this fate?
Who is this League of Legends character? Answer on page 6
Editor’s Note Let’s celebrate 2019’s first quarter with impressive games and fun times. CAPCOM, EA, and Epic Games all bring us amazing content with promising futures, so get online, meet some friends, and start filling up those queues!
Featured on March 2019 cover: Anthem character, ranger
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nthem is an online multiplayer RPG shooter similar to games like Destiny 2, Warframe, and Borderlands 2. Set in a science fiction future, players take on the role of a freelancer piloting an Iron Manstyle exosuit called a Javelin. Alone or with three teammates, players will complete missions, explore a seamless open world, customize and level up their Javelins, and challenge difficult endgame bosses. Anthem is set on an post-apocalyptic Earth-like planet shaped by mysterious progenitors using a mystical tool called the Anthem of Creation—only they forgot to turn the damn thing off when they were finished. For thousands of years, the Anthem of Creation has been humming away, mutating and changing life while humans struggle to survive against a growing number of enemies like The Dominion. As a Freelancer, your mission is to help the residents of Fort Tarsis live another day while undoubtedly discovering the secrets of the Anthem of Creation along the way. The combat is groupcentric, third-person shooting while piloting a flying Javelin. Players choose to use one of four Javelins that each have their own unique abilities and style, though they’re free to swap between them outside AFK@PC | 4
of missions. It’s best to think of these Javelins like typical RPG classes. Each of the four Javelins has two customizable gear slots, an ultimate ability, and a support ability they can use in battle. Like Destiny 2, enemies will frequently drop loot that’ll increase the power of your gear and offer new abilities in addition to traditionally leveling up from experience points.
Interceptor: melee rogue
Anthem will feature group- and solo-friendly activities like dungeons, raids, and open world missions. When not exploring the singleplayer hub of Fort Tarsis, the open world of Anthem uses dedicated servers that supports up to four players at any one time. You can
either join as a group or matchmake with strangers.
that’ll take you to various destinations as you learn Exploring the world more about Anthem’s world, without an assigned mission characters, and back story. objective is called Free play Strongholds are your and functions similarly to typical dungeon-style Destiny 2 in that group experience and require a full events will randomly spawn team of four to complete. at various locations that Here groups will challenge reward loot and experience much more difficult enemies points should you complete and monsters in exchange them. Players can also for more valuable loot. discover bits of lore about Strongholds only take 30 to the world and story. 45 minutes to complete and Anthem’s story is aren’t integral to the story. progressed through Missions that you can play Written by Steven Messner for alone or with a team. These PC Gamer (https://www.pcgamer.com/anthem-game/) are scripted encounters
Ranger: jack of all trades
it’s clear that Anthem is all about the combat, the powers, the movement: how the game feels to play
Colossus: heavy tank mage
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What is it? A co-op third-person RPG shooter Expect to pay $60 [Buy now] Developer BioWare Publisher EA
Need to know
Recommended Specs OS: 64-bit Windows 10 CPU: Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz RAM: 16 GB GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060/RTX 2060, AMD RX 480 GPU RAM: 4 GB Storage: At least 50 GB of free space
Written by Dominic Peston and Lewis Painter for TechGamer on https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/ games/anthem-3678873/
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Anthem is the complete opposite of a traditional BioWare game; it boasts a flawless combat and movement systems, but lacks in the story department. The world of Anthem is intriguing and there’s a lot that the developers can do in future content updates, but the base story didn’t really resonate with us as much as we’d expected. But as mentioned, the combat and movement systems make this game an absolute joy to play; the novelty of flying around the battlefield conjuring thunder strikes and raining down artillery on swathes of enemies below hasn’t worn off yet, and we don’t see it doing so for some time. There’s so much more that BioWare can do with it too – and we expect it to be
further enhanced over the coming weeks and months. It’s a similar story with end-game content; there’s a good base to work with, and although the content is a little light at the moment, EA has big plans for the future of Anthem and has committed to free content updates for the foreseeable future. So, in summary, it’s a fun online shooter that is a little rough around the edges, but we’re confident that future content updates will flesh out the foundations of the Anthem experience.
Contents page trivia: The answer is: Gnar!
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Introducing Fortnite Season After weeks of teases and many an earthquake, Fortnite Season 8 is officially here.
s is typical with any major update to the popular battle royale shooter, there are a lot of new locations, unique weapons and tons of new skins and emotes, which all revolve around pirates, ice and a lot of lava. It appears Epic Games is taking notice of its competition too, because thereâ€™s a lot of new features coming to Fortnite that youâ€™ve possibly seen before in other games. AFK@PC | 8
also volcanic vents that will boost players and vehicles into the air Whereas Season Seven focused (similar to the corruption vents in on a winter white-out, Season Eight Season Six). Two other new named brings more sunshine. As the trailer locations -- Lazy Lagoon and Sunny shows, pirates have come to the Steps -- have been added to the island, going to war with the Ice King island. and the fiery Prisoner. A massive To reinforce its pirate themes, Epic volcano now sits in the north of Games has added cannons, letting the map where Lazy Links used to you deal big damage to buildings or be, dealing damage to anyone who enemy structures with a cannonball. touches its lava streams. There are
n 8! Like in Sea of Thieves, you can also turn yourself into a projectile by loading yourself into the cannon and tumbling into anything in your way. Sneaky Snowmen, Chiller Grenades, X-4 Stormwing planes (finally), Shopping Carts and ATKs have been added to the vault, most likely never to be seen again.
New mechanics With Respawn’s Apex Legends snapping at Fortnite’s heals, Epic Games has borrowed one of the best mechanics from the rival battle royale shooter: the ping system. As
Dive into Fortnite Season 8 now and complete the Battle Pass to get these and more! part of its marker improvements, you can now double-click the marker button/hotkey to place a “danger” point, alerting teammates to potential enemies or other points of interest. They’ll also note how far away members of your squad are away from you, giving you more of an incentive to group up ahead of a push.
Legends while others have gone back to Sea of Thieves. It makes sense for Epic to sprinkle some of the best ideas from competing titles in order to make its own game more fun.
As we noted earlier this month, the Season Eight Battle Pass is free, if you managed to complete all of the Overtime challenges. If you didn’t, For the first time in a long time, the Pass is 950 vBucks, normally you can clearly see Epic Games around $10/£8. Download here. taking notice of its competition. Big Written by Matt Brian for EnGadget on name streamers like Ninja, Dakotaz https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/28/ and HighDistortion now split their fornite-season-eight-apex-legends-sea-oftime between Fortnite and Apex thieves-theme/ AFK@PC | 9
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Devil THEMay Cry 5 DEVIL YOU KNOW
BY BRITTANY VINCENT
Devil May Cry returns for an explosive entry that delivers on plot, gore, and humor in ways that elevate the series beyond what it’s accomplished before. It’s been over a decade since the last core entry in the Devil May Cry series, with Devil May Cry 4 introducing players to a new character in 2008. Teenage Nero and his “Devil Bringer” arm initially presented series faithful with frustrations similar to that of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, which introduced the then-new character Raiden.
has to offer so far by a country mile. SHOUT AT THE DEVIL
As previously stated, this is a continuation of Devil May Cry 4, and continue the story it does. The story kicks off where an unknown man named “V” heads to the Devil May Cry office proper to enlist Dante to help him clear out a series of demon attacks taking place around the world. Dante pairs up with companions Lady and Trish to tackle V’s little demon problem and soon realizes he may be no match for the powerful demon who needs slaying, named Urizen.
When fans found they were playing as Nero over Dante, at least for a good portion of the game, it was a bit of a shock, but critics and players alike ended up finding that they loved what he brought to the table. The game was As Dante and the others are swatted ultimately a promising new direction for the series, and heralded great down like flies, Nero takes his shot as well, realizing he’s no match for things for Devil May Cry as a whole. Urizen. As Urizen grows stronger and But then, after a brief pit stop with more powerful, Dante, Nero, and the Ninja Theory’s DmC: Devil May Cry newcomer V must work to take down reboot in 2013, there was nothing but the demon before the demonic tree radio silence for six years. Enter Devil he’s growing through the nourishment May Cry 5, the first proper sequel to of human blood can continue to the core Devil May Cry continuity flourish. and the first new Devil May Cry game That’s the story in a nutshell – on current-get consoles like Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Bringing barring all the surprises that happen Nero, series mainstay Dante, and new between the opening moments and the character V together for an explosive final wrap-up that results in the return combination of stylish action and lore of a fan-favorite character (by way of expansion, it’s the best the franchise someone who’s not who they appear AFK@PC | 11
to be) and something of a Goku and Vegeta-type rivalry between massively powerful beings. Suffice it to say, without spoiling anything, it’s the most shocking end to a Devil May Cry game we’ve seen in the past, but it’s full of good surprises, especially if you’ve been waiting for some sort of evolution of your favorite half-demons for quite some time. There may even be another joining the family, but mum’s the word here. With that in mind, this is very much a story for those who have completed the entirety of the Devil May Cry series (excepting DmC: Devil May Cry) from start to finish. It culls from lore throughout the entire of the games, such as Dante and his brother Vergil, their father Mundus, the origins of Trish and Lady, and how Nero came to receive his demonic arm. You’ll want to have at least played through some of the games or be familiar with the lore if you want to take this entry on. Most of the fun stems from the different kinds of combat you can work with. Each Devil Breaker can be used multiple times until it breaks, or discharged immediately to cause a bigger blast and do more damage. Then, the next one in your magazine is ready to use. So if you select a few
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of your favorites to use, you can burn through them at your leisure as you cut through the hordes of demons. Unfortunately, though you can choose your loadout at the beginning of a mission, you cannot swap between your Devil Breakers at will. You must instead break the current one you have equipped to use the next one. This results in you having to be selective about which works best for you. Do you opt for the Punch Line which can fire rocket-powered left hooks or Helter Skelter, which features spinning blades? You might want to wear the Mega Buster (available with the Deluxe Edition I reviewed) for kicks. Since you have to find the arms out in the world if you don’t buy the ones you want between levels, you’ll deal with random ones instead. It’s nothing to complain about, but something to keep in mind.
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It’s aesthetically pleasing in ways I never thought possible for the series, and chockfull of love for the fans, oozing out of every pore.
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is an intriguing character to play as, because he doesn’t actually lift a finger to fight himself. It may be unconventional, but it does add something of a refreshing and almost comical element to the story. He can summon the birdlike and panther demons Griffon and Shadow to aid him in battle instead. They simply do all the fighting for him, but V has to strike the final blow with his cane.
to charge up his Devil Trigger gauge for additional juice so you can keep trotting Nightmare out. While I enjoyed this fighting style, I couldn’t help but wish there was additional variety, and there’s that undeniable urge to want to be up close and personal with the action – but given the story reasons for V’s weakness, I understood why that was the case. It does add a challenging layer to the game that we haven’t seen As V, you need to stand back away before, however. And with any other from the action, occasionally using weapon, we might have figured out V’s V’s “quick step” to be pulled through secret sooner. the air by Griffon away from enemies Though Nero is undoubtedly the so you can dash right up to them again “star” of the game considering he’s and end their miserable lives. Instead integral to the story, it’s Dante who of a Devil Trigger, V can summon the steals the show in terms of combat. massive creature Nightmare, who’s This is the big Demon Hunter, the around for a short time and can make son of Sparda, it’s freakin’ Dante. Of short work of enemies. V can read from course he’s going to deliver with the the grimiore he carris around with him big guns. And deliver he does, with AFK@PC | 14
his famous guns, shotgun, sword, uh...motorcycles, and the all-powerful Devil Trigger. It’s even new and improved later on in the game with a souped-up version of the ability that absolutely wrecks everything in your path, making some of the later encounters a cinch. But Dante has it all, to the point where playing with him feels almost like cheating because he’s so powerful. The man can wield motorcycles and beat demons to death with them by using two halves of one as blades. Come on. You won’t switch off between the characters every level, but you do it every few chapters or so. Some will let you choose who you want to play as first, though you’ll have to go back and do the other levels later as the others. This allows you to absorb more of whoever becomes your favorite,
because you’ll undoubtedly have one Photo Mode, which you can do no between the wildly varying play styles matter if you’ve beaten the game or of Nero, Dante, and V. not, but with access to all the levels at your disposal, you can go through and DEVIL INSIDE take some seriously impressive shots. When you finish the game, you It doesn’t have all the same niceties of do have several goodies to look games like God of War or Uncharted: forward to. One such is Son of Sparda The Lost Legacy, but it can make for mode, a higher difficulty level that some awesome photos. will whip you into shape. You can There is co-op play, but only in the also browse character models, items broadest sense of the word. Because you’ve collected, and look back on all the secret missions you partook in I played ahead of the game’s official throughout the game. If you’re feeling release, I rarely experienced many particularly creative, you can go back sightings like this, but at certain into the game and make good use of intervals when all three characters
cross paths, you may potentially run into the “ghost data” of other players. You might look off of a ledge and see them fighting demons while you’re doing the same thing across the way. It never happened to me, likely due to a lack of player data, but they could even theoretically fight alongside you when it makes sense in certain areas. This will ramp up more when the game is out and everyone can play it, but it’s a cool feature. At the end of a mission where another player makes a cameo, you can rate their performance as “stylish” or not, and if you end up receiving positive ratings yourself, you’ll be rewarded with things like Gold Orbs. I would have vastly preferred traditional co-op play, but this made things interesting, and I felt like I needed to put on my best performance so others would rate me positively and I’d rack up the items. Plus, I wanted to look cool in front of my peers, of course. Written by Brittany Vincent for Shack News on https://www.shacknews.com/ article/110283/devil-may-cry-5-review-thedevil-you-know
Devil May Cry 5 is an excellent action game. It’s an even better Devil May Cry, perhaps the best the series has seen just yet. Some fans may find the open-ended conclusion a bit frustrating, but I found it the perfect way to start laying groundwork for additional titles in the future. And judging by this game’s quality? We’re going to need them sooner rather than later. Trust me on this. AFK@PC | 15
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