LawBreakers Tips

LawBreakers is Boss Key Productions’ first step into the high-speed gaming arena, and with Cliff Bleszinski manning the helm, LawBreakers has leaped into the air and kicked everything else in the face!

As far as fast-paced games go, LawBreakers is one of the speediest, with characters screaming around the map or flying through the air in zero-gravity. Before you dive into your first anomaly area, take a moment to read through our LawBreakers tips to help you walk away with more kills!

Play Every Character

Part of knowing how to get better at LawBreakers is understanding every character – even the ones your opponents are playing. Before you dive into your first real match (although trial by fire is an excellent way to learn), take a few moments in the training section to play each character.

Every character has its own strengths and weaknesses, and by learning these, you’ll be able to recognize what an enemy player is doing, or what they might do in response to your own attacks.

Listen For Supers

Another huge element of LawBreakers are the sounds. Whether it’s the announcer letting you know the objective is under threat or a Super is being cast, keeping an ear out for the audio cues in LawBreakers is going to keep you alive longer.

Whenever a character activates their super, listen for their call or the sounds they make. This can be the difference between life and death, as there’s nothing worse than running directly into Harrier’s devastating Convergence super.

One of the best ways to hear the audio cues is to obviously have a kickass headset. The Turtle Beach Elite Pro, with the Tactical Audio Controller, go hand-in-hand to ensure you never miss a beat. Your opponents will straight-up think you’re cheating when you get the jump on them because you can hear their freakin’ footsteps as they approach. There’s nothing quite like people mistaking your raw skill for hacks.

Know the Maps

This LawBreakers tip is one that will take its own time: know the maps. It can be tough at first, navigating your way around the many maps in LawBreakers, but after enough games, the general layout will become clear.

Once you get your footing with each stage, begin looking a bit deeper. You’ll find that each map has its own ebb and flow, as well as certain lines-of-sight where you can nail someone as they come around a corner or give you a good angle on an objective.

Another advantage of knowing the maps in LawBreakers is that it allows you to quickly and easily transition from one area to another. If you know how high a ledge is, you will be able to begin your jump at the correct time, or shift from the zero-g zone, into another objective, and around a corner without stuttering to a halt.

Practice Your Kit

In order to improve at LawBreakers you must know your character’s kit inside and out. A character’s kit is its abilities, but it’s also more than that. A kit is how each ability interacts with one another, and how combos can be linked together to enhance your damage output or combat efficiency.

Shooting Gunslinger’s guns before throwing his Tac-Knife into a combat-heavy area will let the enemies know where you are, but when done the other way around, you gain the advantage. The same goes with Harrier’s Laser Tag – tag your enemy before using the rest of your abilities to increase your damage potential.

Take the time during battles to figure out the best way to string together your attacks and abilities. This can be further improved by working with your teammates to see which abilities should be used first, and in what order.

Keep Moving

Arguably the most important LawBreakers tip is to keep moving! LawBreakers is incredibly fast, coupling high speed and bunny-hopping, with zero-g areas where your velocity increases, so it’s important to use all of these as much as possible to avoid getting stuck walking around.

Characters like Titan can use their rocket launcher to further increase their speed by firing at the ground as they sprint along and then jumping as the blast occurs to literally rocket jump around the map. While it does deal a little bit of damage, it is incredibly useful when you need to get to the objective quickly! Then there’s Assassin, with its super fast Dash ability. With three charges, you can very easily become a menace for your enemies as you literally dash around their attacks.

The other benefit of continually moving is that it prevents enemy players from landing easy headshots. A moving target is hard to hit – a target sprinting around, jumping into the air, and dashing about is next to impossible to hit, let alone kill.

LawBreakers is fresh out of the gates and kicking up a storm. Keep this tips in mind and you’ll find that your kill count will go up and up! What LawBreakers tips would you give to new players?

You Know You’re Screwed When You Hear These Sounds

The sounds in games can be thrilling. They can help you understand what’s going on around you, or they can also spell disaster. Some of that audio is designed let you know there’s nothing you can do – that’s it, “GAME OVER”, gg. Gaming is all fun and games (literally) until you hear these sounds, and then you know you’re screwed.

Super Smash Bros. – Home-Run Bat

You heard it just then didn’t you? That high-pitched, sword-clashing, chiiing as someone manages to connect a baseball bat to the forehead of your character. It all started back in Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64.

The Home-Run Bat was an item that, if you saw it drop, you had to get it before your opponent. With the flick of the stick and the press of the A button at the right time, the Home-Run Bat would do a devastatingly quick wind-up, and if you were on the other end, you were almost certainly going to turn into a star.

Halo – Shield Warning

Halo wouldn’t be Halo if it wasn’t for its guns, enemies, combat, vehicles (okay, a lot of things), and its shields. The shield is the only thing that stands between you and imminent death by a single Spore on Legendary or someone blasting away at you with a Pistol.

As soon as you hear that shield pop and the warning klaxon, it’s all over, unless you can get into cover. But chances are, the moment you know you’re screwed is when you hear that buzzing, pulsing noise while running across an open field with no cover in sight.

Honorable Mention: When you get rocked into low health in that other Bungie title – Destiny

Mortal Kombat – Finish Him!

You fought valiantly. You fought to the best of your abilities, but it wasn’t enough. Your opponent, whether it was your older brother, someone online, a school friend, or the computer, had fought better. And now you awaited those dreaded two words.

Thus was the life of a Mortal Kombat match. Once it reached a certain point, there was no going back once the words, “FINISH HIM!” were screamed by the announcer. If you were the one kicking ass, it was amazing. If you were the one who was getting their tush kicked, you knew you were screwed as soon as you heard those words. Sub-Zero was about to rip your spine out.

Super Mario Bros. – Lose a Life

It was such a subtle sound, like the chirping of a tiny bird. It was the sound of losing a life in Super Mario Bros. The sound that preceded the tune was so tiny and so unassuming that it can often go overlooked, but it’s there, and it’s definitely hardwired into our brains.

The sound of Mario getting hit and doing the little brrrp noise was the moment we all knew we were screwed. Even before he flies up into the air and falls off the world, that little teeny,  tiny, itsy-bitsy sound tells us it’s over.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – Grenade

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, or PUBG as the cool kids like to cool it, is an unmitigated success, with players flocking to it by the hundreds of thousands. For a game jam-packed with so many sounds (a lot of which is screaming in the lobby), there’s one sound that will strike fear into even the most hardened of players.

There’s nothing worse than hearing that familiar pin drop and heavy thunk of a grenade landing next to you. It’s like some sort of dangerous avocado that doesn’t want to be spread on toast, it wants to spread you all over that tree, or floorboards. This sense of fear is heightened when you’re using a headset like the Elite Pro and Tactical Audio Controller, with the quieter noises boosted – you can really feel the weight of the grenade hitting the ground.

It’s a terrible moment when you hear a grenade, that you didn’t throw, land near you. From that point, and for about 3 seconds after, you know you’re done for. Sometimes you’re lucky and the grenade will land far away, but if you can hear it land under your feet – that’s it, you’re screwed.

Friday the 13th: The Game

Finally, we couldn’t very well compile a list of sounds that let you know you’re screwed and not include a game that tells so much with its sound design – Friday the 13th: The Game. The Counselors are always trying to get away, whether it’s on foot, by car, or by boat, but they so rarely all make it out alive.

As Jason slinks around trying to kill you, there’s one noise that lets you know you’re screwed. While the “Ch-ch-ch-ah-ah-ah” sets the theme, when you hear a VHS tape scratch and turn to static, mere moments before your screen crackles and pops, you know that death is waiting for you. This sound means that Jason has just teleported near you, and if you’re out all alone in the woods, you’re screwed.

Video games are full of fun sounds, some of them are to add to the atmosphere, while others are to help you understand how a character works. There are also sounds that are meant to instill terror into your heart. Whether it’s a baseball bat knocking you for six, a grenade landing near your foot, or an announcer screaming “FINISH HIM”, these video game sounds let you know you’re screwed!

ECS Season 3 Finals Recap

OpTic Gaming and Astralis took to the stage over the weekend for the Esports Championship Series Season 3 Finals. Over the course of three days, eight teams fought to the bitter end in the latest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event that took place in London, England. The teams were fighting for their share of the prize pool that totaled $660,000 USD.

Astralis compete at ECS Season 3 Finals 2017 in London.

Being the Season Finals, the toughest of teams were all competing for the number one spot. Astralis did manage to reach Day 3, where they faced SK Gaming on a trio of maps: Overpass, Mirage, and Inferno. However, despite their best attempts, SK Gaming secured the victory leaving Astralis at 3rd/4th place. OpTic Gaming also fought a hard battle, placing 7th/8th in the tourney.

OpTic Gaming's CS:GO team compete at ECS Season 3 Finals 2017 in London.

The final fight came down to FaZe Clan and SK Gaming. SK Gaming opted for Mirage while FaZe Clan selected Inferno. The third map was decided by veto and landed on Train. What followed was some phenomenal displays of skill across all three maps.

On Mirage, FaZe secured an early lead, forcing SK into a defensive position. However, SK managed to fight back, but it wasn’t enough as FaZe secured their first victory. Over on Inferno, SK Gaming beat back at FaZe bringing the final to a tie-breaker. The final map, Train, saw SK Gaming bring out their A-game, completely locking down the map. For all their effort and risk-taking, FaZe wasn’t able to walk away with the victory, it was SK Gaming who snagged the win, and the title!

Congratulations to SK Gaming for winning the Esports Championship Series 3, and walking away with $250,000 USD! And congratulations to Astralis for securing third place and $65,000 while OpTic Gaming landed in eighth with $35,000 in their pocket.

CWL Global Pro League Stage 1 Recap

The Call of Duty World League Global Pro Stage One Playoffs 2017 wrapped up this past weekend where ferocious competitors flaunted their skills and fought tooth and nail for the $500,000 prize pool – with first place pulling in a whopping $212,500 – so the matches were intense and full of emotion.

Clayster of FaZe Clan competes using the Turtle Beach Elite Pro headset.

FaZe Clan’s Clayster.

The weekend started off with a bang, as OpTic Gaming came up against FaZe Clan in a match that left the audience on the edge of their seats. The Green Wall managed to net an early lead against FaZe, but momentum soon shifted when FaZe Clan rattled off victory after victory.

The first match was on Scorch Hardpoint, with OpTic claiming the win 250-212, but FaZe wasn’t fazed. James “Clayster” Eubanks channelled some sort of Call of Duty god and helped his team win not just the second match, but the third, and fourth. This FaZe victory sent OpTic Gaming to the losers bracket unexpectedly early while FaZe Clan would battle another victor.

Matthew "FormaL" Piper of OpTic Gaming competing using the Turtle Beach Elite Pro gaming headset.

FormaL of OpTic Gaming.

On May 28, OpTic Gaming secured a 3-0 win against Team EnVyUs, showing again why they are heavy fan favorites. They weren’t out of the woods yet, though, as they’d have to fight through an additional opponent before cementing their place on the final day of competition. OpTic came up against, and decimated Engima6, pulling off a 3-0 victory.

Over in FaZe Clan’s court, they secured another crushing victory, this time against Luminosity Gaming, ending on a 3-1 win. Because of these two wins, they guaranteed themselves a spot for Championship Sunday.

On May 29, OpTic Gaming squared off against Luminosity Gaming, but unfortunately this is where the Green Wall’s journey came to an end. Luminosity managed to defeat OpTic 3-1. A tough defeat but OpTic Gaming took their loss in stride, giving props to Luminosity for their excellent play.

FaZe Clan had a tough battle against Splyce, losing out to the underdogs 1-3. This placed them against Luminosity Gaming once more, but unfortunately Luminosity seemed to have learned from their previous encounter and secured a 3-1 victory against FaZe.

At the end of the day it was the sole European squad, Splyce, who claimed the climactic finish and earned themselves $200,000 and the Stage 1 title. Big congratulations to them on a tournament well played!

Unlock the Full Potential of the Tactical Audio Controller (T.A.C.)

The Elite Pro Tactical Audio Controller (T.A.C.)The most powerful audio controller ever designed for eSports – the Turtle Beach Elite Pro T.A.C. – is stuffed to the gills with essential features. Bringing together cutting-edge technologies like DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound and Superhuman Hearing, with powerful chat and microphone controls, the Elite Pro T.A.C. gives you every tool you need to win.

It may all seem daunting at first, but that’s why we’re here today. We’ve put together the following video to help you get the most out of your T.A.C. So get to watching, so you can get to playing.

5 Best Alien Games of All Time

Alien: Covenant has been slowly creeping up on us, and all of a sudden it’s here, screeching and spitting, and generally scaring the s*** out of everyone! In celebration of Ridley Scott’s latest entry into the Alien movie franchise, we thought it’s the perfect time to look back on some of the best Alien games ever released.

Alien Trilogy

Starting off our list of best Alien games is Alien Trilogy for the PlayStation 1. Developed by Probe Entertainment and published by Acclaim Entertainment, Alien Trilogy took all the best parts from the first three movies and created an interactive experience that would make any Alien fan proud.

With 30 levels to play through and three Queen Aliens to kill, the game was chock full of content for an early PlayStation 1 title. Players would take on the role of Lieutenant Ellen Ripley, as she attempts to fight her way through a human colony destroyed and overrun by the Aliens, board the crashed Alien ship, and finally escape. It was one of the earliest FPS Alien games ever released, and remains one of the best.

Alien: Resurrection

Alien: Resurrection was another grisly addition to the Alien game franchise, and one that was leaps and bounds ahead of its prequel, Alien Trilogy. It’s amazing what difference four years’ worth of video game graphical progression can make, as Alien: Resurrection really harnessed the power of the PlayStation 1.

Praised for its terrifying atmosphere and horrifying moments, Alien: Resurrection set a new standard for what can be achieved in the first-person survival horror genre. Playing again as Lieutenant Ellen Ripley, players must try and escape a research ship completely overrun with the xenomorph.

An interesting addition came in the form of potential infection. If you were implanted with an Alien egg, you had to stop what you were doing and track down a device to remove it. This small mechanic added to the terrifying atmosphere of Alien: Resurrection and cements it in our minds as one of the best Alien games.

Aliens Versus Predator: Extinction

Taking a sidestep in both genre and content, Aliens Versus Predator: Extinction was a thrilling addition to the Alien game franchise. Developed by Zono Incorporated, Aliens Versus Predator: Extinction was a real-time strategy released on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles. However, despite it being in the same genre as Age of Empires or StarCraft, Aliens Versus Predator: Extinction had a twist.

Aliens Versus Predator: Extinction won us over due to its multiple-perspective campaign style where players could take on the role of each of the main characters in the Alien series: Aliens, Predators, and Marines. Where usual RTS games relied on creating buildings, the Aliens Versus Predator: Extinction campaign focused solely on unit management as opposed to the creation of buildings and vehicles.

Each of the three campaign perspectives would use different means of increasing the amount of units you had. Marines would kill enemies and upgrade atmosphere processors, Predators would attract new members to the clan by collecting skulls from the fallen enemies, while Aliens would create a Queen who would create more eggs, leading to more Aliens.

Prior to Aliens Versus Predator: Extinction, Alien titles had been either first-person shooters or third-person sidescrollers, this was a unique and memorable entry into the series, and one of the best.

Alien 3

Released on the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis, Alien 3 took the beloved franchise and translated it into a sidescrolling action adventure game, but packed with far more Aliens. The fans of Alien 3 will likely remember arguing with friends over which version was better, the Super Nintendo or the Genesis.

Taking control of a shaven-head Ellen Ripley, Alien 3 tasked players with fighting through countless Aliens on a prison planet. Thankfully, unlike the movie with its singular Alien and no weapons, Alien 3 had hundreds of enemies to slay and weapons to kill them!

Another high point of Alien 3 was the thumping soundtrack that backed every level as you completed an array of tasks. Each mission required you to reach the end, but not before completing objectives such as saving hostages, repairing electrical circuits or sealing doors. The whole story culminated with one of the most memorable endings of an Alien game to date, with Ripley sacrificing herself to save the day. Game over, man. Game over.

Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation was a superb first-person horror game that sounded amazing in Turtle Beach headsets.

This list of best Alien games ever released would not be complete without mentioning the phenomenally successful Alien: Isolation. For a long time, people had wanted an Alien game that struck a chord with what it felt like to be in an Alien movie. Colonial Maries came close, feeling like a marine fighting an unstoppable force, but people wanted the original terror and survival horror.

Alien: Isolation, unlike the previous titles, demanded you fight, and preferably avoid, a single Alien creature throughout the entire story. Instead of easily killing dozens, you were able to develop true fear toward this intelligent lifeform. You grew a deep respect for this enemy. You slinked through the halls, outwitted it, and eventually sent it packing – but not without having your pants scared off.

What made Alien: Isolation truly terrifying was listening to the Alien creep around in the ceiling or hallways. Using a headset like the Elite Pros with the Tactical Audio Controller heightens the entire experience, as all outside noise is cancelled and the only thing you can hear – thanks to the Superhuman Hearing – is the exact location of the Alien. This is nerve-wracking, especially if you’re hiding in a locker and can hear precisely where it is, willing the Alien to simply wander off and away.

Alien: Isolation delivered it all, a story that took place alongside James Cameron’s Aliens, atmospheric horror – much like the recent Outlast 2 – and gameplay that was expertly tailored toward stealth and intelligence, instead of run ’n’ gun and brawn. Alien: Isolation is without a doubt, one of the greatest Alien games ever released.

Now that Alien: Covenant has burst onto the silver screen, we think it’s time for another Alien game to skitter around and bury itself into our consoles. There are a lot of excellent Alien games out there, but we think the above five are the best Alien games ever released. Do you have a favorite Alien game and movie?