The Star Wars Battlefront 2 Beta Kicked Ass!

A short time ago, on a gaming platform not so far away, Star Wars Battlefront 2 saw its first open beta! Over the weekend, gamers on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC were given the opportunity to dive into the upcoming space fantasy shooter currently being developed by DICE. Though not everything was unlocked, the beta let us experience the rush of multiplayer in two separate modes, as well as a look at the new loot system and classes.

Galactic Assault

The Galactic Assault features 20-on-20 combat.The Galactic Assault is precisely what it sounds like: a large scale battle where teams of twenty players use all manner of strategy, teamwork, firepower, and sometimes good old fashioned idea of “running directly at the enemy” in order to claim victory.

As you take your first steps out onto the winding streets of Theed on Naboo, you’ll be greeted with the incredible detail that DICE has managed to pack into Battlefront 2. The streets are filled with swirling leaves dancing in the wind, the sky overhead is smeared with cloud cover, and the civilians and birds are fleeing for their lives – all this is the back drop to an epic battle with lasers flying everywhere.

Fighting as the Separatists, you must push your way into the Palace, a massive task that requires defending an MTT as it moves ponderously forwards. Otherwise, the Republic must use their might to destroy the MTT, lest you must retreat to the Palace for a final stand.

The model is similar to Overwatch’s Payload, but with a lot more vehicles, explosions, and massive shoot-outs. As you inch closer to the goal, you’ll be fighting down different streets or trying to get an angle into the palace rooms. It’s large-scale and packed full of action, barely five seconds will go by before you’re trying to gun down another player or use your abilities to help reach the objective.

Starfighter Assault

Starfighter Assault is fast-paced and intense.The Starfighter Assault is every Star Wars fans’ greatest wish come true. Take to the sky in the Fondor Shipyards in whatever fighter you please – be it an X-Wing, Y-Wing, or even a Tie Fighter.

It’s truly incredible to experience this side of Star Wars once more. The sounds of the engines screaming past you as you try desperately to either defend your own vessel from enemy attackers, or even the flipside, as you scramble to lock on and get those pesky enemies out of your way! One section of the fight saw us ducking and weaving inside a ship in an effort to take out engines and guns! You’ll need to steady hand in order to claim victory here.

Strike

The Strike playlist in Battlefront 2 is a highly-focused objective mode.The eight-player-a-side Strikes are intense battles set in incredible locations where one team must defend while the other attacks. In the Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta, the Strike was on Takodana, as recently seen in the J.J. Abbrams films. Attackers will need to locate and secure an artefact, and then take it to the extraction point. Meanwhile, the defenders will need to stop them using any means possible.

As you play through the thick forest, you’ll be relying heavily on sound to locate your enemies, as the impressive foliage does everything to break up the sight lines. Using the Elite Pros with the Tactical Audio Controller makes locating sneaky enemies a breeze, which is important as the artefact carrier can be difficult to spot. The sound of leaves and sticks crunching underfoot can give away an enemy location, as can the distant sparks of lasers. The entire match plays out as a giant tug-of-war, but in reverse, as each time tries desperately to move the object away from their own end zone.

Classes

The refined class system diversifies the battles.Throughout the various modes available, you’ll be playing as one of the many classes in Star Wars Battlefront 2. The four main classes are Assault, Heavy, Officer, and Specialist, each offering their own unique weaponry, abilities, and statistics.

There are, of course, more units to use, but these are locked behind an intuitive points system. The more kills you earn, objectives you clear, or the more teamwork you employ, the more points you earn.

You can then redeem these points and spawn as one of the special classes, with the Heroes costing a fair chunk of points! If you want to jump in as Darth Maul during the Galactic Assault, you need to amass 5,000 points, while a Rocket Droid will set you back 2,000 points. But choose wisely, because once you spend the points, you’ll need to earn more!

How it Feels

Star Wars Battlefront 2 captures the magic of the entire franchise.To put it simply, Star Wars Battlefront 2 feels incredible to play. Every aspect of the game has been improved over the first title. While we only had access to a few maps across a handful of modes, they all felt true to the source material. However, what really sells it is the audio design. Starting a match of Galactic Assault (especially when playing as the Separatists), is like diving into a real Star Wars battle. Your little droid legs will hit the ground running, diving between civilians that scatter while lasers start blasting across your field of vision.

Then, regardless of what side you’re fighting for, there’s nothing quite as pulse-pounding as hearing the loud crack of a bomb going off a few feet from you as a ship tears across the sky on a bombing run.

The entire experience can be taken to the next level on Xbox One if you make sure to switch on the Windows Sonic in the settings – it really lifts the sense of being in the thick of it when using the XO THREE or the Stealth 700 gaming headsets. Star Wars has never sounded so good!

Even the loot system is worth talking about, as it’s thrilling to earn enough credits to purchase a crate. These crates can drop all manner of cards, which are applied to Classes and actively help increase your lethality or help with cooldowns. The more you play Star Wars Battlefront 2, the more you will earn, allowing you to craft new weapons for your classes, upgrade your abilities, and just generally make your loadouts more awesome!

Though the Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta has been extended a few more precious days, it will still come to an end. But at least we don’t have long to wait until it launches on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on November 17!

Call of Duty: WWII Beta Kicks Ass

The Call of Duty: WWII Beta blasted off last weekend on the PlayStation 4, and after dozens of hours of playtime, we can positively say that CoD: WWII is going to kick ass. The beta, though small, introduced players to the gritty and harsh reality of World War II as seen through the eyes of a classic, boots-on-the-ground Call of Duty title.

Mesmerising Audio

The visuals and audio work together to create a realistic World War 2 experience.

One of the first things you will notice about Call of Duty: WWII is the dramatic shift in audio. No longer do guns sound sci-fi and sleek; instead they sound hard, bulky, and extremely impactful. Each shell you fire from a Commonwealth will rattle your teeth, every squeeze of the trigger when firing an STG44 will follow through with a spit-fire of lead. The weapons sound straight out of the time period, and that’s before we even get to the satisfying ping of the M1 Garand.

Then there’s the audio from everything going on around you. The scream of an enemy bomb as it tears through the air is enough to weaken any CoD veteran’s knees as they sprint for any kind of cover. The airships and the mounted machine gun fire tear up the sky and the ground as dirt, mud, water and muck splatter around you. If the feel and visuals don’t make you think you’re right in the middle of trench warfare, the audio will pull you down into the mud and let you know where you are!

When using a headset like the Elite Pro with the Tactical Audio Controller, the subtle sounds are highlighted, allowing you to hear the footsteps of enemies, every reload they make, and every call they give out. It’s enough to give you the edge over your opponents, giving you precious moments to prepare for your next attack.

New Gamemode

The new mode "War" adds objective-based combat to Call of Duty.

Long-time Call of Duty fans will be extremely pleased to hear that Deathmatch, Domination, and Hardpoint return, but more importantly, a new mode enters the fray. Known only as “War”, this new mode pits two teams against one another in a classic, attackers versus defenders scenario.

Attackers must continually assault an objective, whether it’s capturing a house, building a bridge, planting a bomb on an ammunition storage, or supporting a tank through a street, the whole gametype demands teamwork and communication.

Meanwhile, the defenders must do everything they can to prevent the attackers pushing them back. It’s a superb addition to Call of Duty that focuses entirely on objective-based gameplay. This will likely become a classic Call of Duty mode that ships with every game from now on, but what’s most exciting is how this will translate into the eSports arena.

Loadouts and Attachments

Pick your soldier, Division, weapons, attachments, and more in CoD; WW2.

Call of Duty: WWII allows you to create multiple loadouts, this time called “Divisions”. Each Division belongs to a certain branch of the military: Infantry, Airborne, Mountain, Armored and Expeditionary. Each of these Divisions has access to its own specific weapons and attachments.

The Beta granted you the option to create your own or use a pre-made Loadout with weapons that would otherwise be locked until you ranked up. While you can use an Infantry weapon on an Airborne unit, you don’t receive the same rewards and it limits your progression.

Interestingly, some of the attachments you can unlock for your weapons are holographic sights and red dots in all but their name. There are also attachments that you would expect for each weapon, increasing their range, accuracy, rate of fire or some other statistic. Using these attachments, you can really begin to perfect your own playstyle as you level up your weapons and soldier. Moreover, certain weapons have unique attachments – the Airborne SMGs can have a silencer attached, helping keep you hidden.

Scorestreaks

Scorestreaks are back, but with a World War 2 theme!

Scorestreaks make a triumphant return, rewarding those players who are skilled enough to earn kills and complete objectives, all while avoiding death! From Molotov cocktails to recon aircraft, glide bombs and artillery barrage, each Scorestreak reward feels well-balanced and well-earned, if you can get the score to use them.

Though it’s only a small taste of what’s to come, the Call of Duty: WWII Beta gives an appealing insight into what we’ll be experiencing in November. With only a few days until Private Beta Weekend 2, make sure your pre-orders are placed so you can jump in on the action. See you on the field!

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?

Best Chat Programs to Use Instead of In-Game Chat

Using a game’s in-game chat used to be a major luxury. You could talk with people from the other side of the world as if they were in your lounge room. But now that everyone has a smart phone or they game at a PC, in-game chat systems are a thing of the past with gamers opting to use external programs in order to strategize and communicate with their friends. In the event you haven’t shifted over to an external program, take the time to consider using one of these chat programs instead of using an in-game system.

Skype

Skype has gone through quite a few stages over its lifetime. From humble beginnings as a simple chat program, to a more robust experience. There was even a dark time where Skype was being a bit sketchy, but now with Microsoft at the helm, the usefulness of Skype has returned.

Though it doesn’t have a lot of the features as some other chat programs on this list, it is still an excellent tool for one-on-one chats and even some small gatherings.

Ventrilo

Ventrilo markets itself as “Surround Sound Voice Communication Software” and allows users to purchase a server that their friends can connect to. Within Ventrilo, the admin is able to create numerous channels that players can switch between depending on what they are doing.

This multiple channel situation allows users to select a channel that best suits them. For instance, if a group of users want to play Call of Duty while others play Battlefield, they can enter their own channels to avoid confusion when communicating.

TeamSpeak

In a similar fashion to Ventrilo, TeamSpeak offers users a high-end VOIP service and the ability to create numerous channels. There are paid options that come with their own benefits, such as not having to host from your own machine.

One of the interesting features of TeamSpeak, especially in a work environment, is that it offers 3D sound effects. Users can place their teammates or colleagues around them as if they were sitting at a table.

Turtle Beach Tactical Audio Controller

If you’re lucky enough to have a bunch of friends in the same room – such as at a LAN or major competitive eSports event, the Tactical Audio Controller will be your greatest asset. This nifty little device not only boosts the quality and control over your Elite Pro headset, but it has one incredible mechanic: lag-free communication.

Using an Ethernet cable, you can daisy-chain two or more T.A.Cs together to create what is essentially a small phone network between your headsets. This is excellent for LANs and competitive events where every second counts and even the slightest delay could spell disaster.

Discord

Discord is arguably the greatest chat program since people were tying two tin cans together with a piece of string. It has simply revolutionized how friends, gamers, and communities talk with one another online.

Discord offers all the services of Vent and TeamSpeak, but in a far more attractive package. It boasts more features, greater ease-of-use, and all without needing to rent or host your own server. Even streamers and online communities are flocking to Discord as a means of centralizing their fans and giving them a place to congregate and chat.

With an app for your smart phone, you can take Discord wherever you go. If you wish to support the production of Discord, you can even subscribe to an elite service to unlock more features such as: animated avatars, custom emojis, increased upload limits, and even a rep system to show how long you’ve supported Discord.

If, for some reason, you haven’t yet shifted from Vent or TeamSpeak to Discord, you need to do it as soon as possible. Thank us later!

Chatting in a game with your teammates is so much more impressive these days than back when gaming first found its feet. While players will still use in-game chat to communicate with strangers, if you want a good way to chat with friends and keep in-touch, you should absolutely consider using one of these excellent alternatives to in-game chat!

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.