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Why the Sims: Bustin’ Out is still amazing | Celebrating The Sims 20th Anniversary

In 2003, one of my favorite Sims games was released. With the 20th anniversary of the Sims franchise passing on January 31, 2020, let’s talk about why The Sims: Bustin’ Out is one of the best games of the franchise.

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How to survive your first Apex Legends match

Apex Legends is a high octane, intense concentration, three player team battle royale. The new season just released last week and guess what, it’s hard!

I finally put time aside to jump back into Apex Legends and I was not expecting to be so out of my element in Battle Charge.

But I guess that is what happens when you take long breaks from something that you didn’t really spend a lot of time in to begin with.

But I digress.

I went in with a full team of three and I quickly found out that there is a high learning curve and in order to be of some use to my teammates, who have played somewhat since season 1, I needed to “Git Gud”.

So if you are like me and want to give Apex Legends an actual place in your gaming rotation and don’t know how to get in the rhythm or you just want to giggle at the 3 things that became apparent to me in my first game, read on.

How to survive a match in Apex Legends:

Battle Charge, Apex Legends

1.Location

At this point, assume everyone is better than you because they’ve been playing longer and more frequently than you. Enter defense mode from the moment you choose a location to jump to. I found the road less traveled is kinder to newbies like myself. So choose Skull Town. Always choose Skull Town.

Apex Legends season 2 map
Apex Legends season 2 map

If you’re lucky, no one will follow you and you’ll be able to get body armor and a half decent weapon. I managed to save my life by throwing a grenade point blank. It was the first thing I found, my teammate was screaming immediately and I panicked! It worked out. Not for long but it felt good.

2.Button Configuration

Check your button configuration before you start the game. I know it sounds like common sense, but I didn’t realize that Apex Legends swaps around your buttons. When I finally picked up a weapon I didn’t think about my buttons. I ended up in a fight with another player, every shot I took was followed by a half-cocked melee attempt, and it got me killed.

That’s because my melee and shoot buttons were too close. I was told I was turning too fast.

HUH!

Anyway, I changed my butting configuration to Button Puncher and I had better luck for it.

3.Pinging can be annoying

Pinging is good sometimes, but you’re annoying if you ping too much. I was bleeding out. The incoming team sniped me and I was trying to be helpful, so I hit my R1 and pinged the enemy location.

How many times? More than a couple.

My pinging ended up being more of a hindrance than a help in that situation. My advice is to ping once or twice and then use callouts. Especially if you are in a party with people you know.

Honorable mentions:

A few things that happened to be very annoying during my first game included …

  • Not understanding my teammates call outs because I don’t play this game. As a newbie, you just have to work on it. It’s not hopeless.
  • Being knocked when my team thought I was up and able to help. The Gameplay starts to feel a bit more fluid the longer you play it, so don’t give up.
  • Looting during a fight is no good. It’s tempting especially when you don’t have much to begin with but focus on the fight. Revive your teammates if they are knocked down and try to stay alive. Hopefully, the loot will be there when you are able to get it.

Granted, I am not a battle royale player per say. I’m use to a “regular” PVP environment, but I’m sure I can enjoy Apex Legends once I get down the basics. I played as Lifeline and I’m thinking she’s newbie friendly. You can judge for yourself.

Apex Legends : Battle Charge season 2 starts July 2nd (game play and trailer)

Apex Legends: Legendary Hunt Event, Double XP weekend (trailer)

Apex Legends starts a new event tomorrow called the Legendary Hunt with new challenges and rewards. The main attraction for players looks like it will be the Apex Elite queue .

For players who finish their matches in the top five of the leader board, there is a special place for you. You’ll join up in the Apex Elite queue and face off against the best of the best.

In addition to this Apex Elite queue , new weapons and skins are available. Plus, it’s a double XP weekend from June 7th to June 9th.

The Legendary Hunt event ends on June 18th and will mark the end of season 1 in Apex Legends.

Opinion: Anthem Public Test Server – Is this how you revive the game?

Back in April, Bioware delayed its roadmap for Anthem in order to do some housekeeping on the base game. Yesterday, EA announced that there will be an update to the game that will improve the base game and pave the way for Anthem’s major update, Cataclysm.

IGN posted a quote from EA community manager BW_Darokaz…

“This update contains some under the hood content you won’t see right away, but is setting things up for a future update, the Cataclysm.” – PATCH NOTES

Today, we had our first look at the update Cataclysm. It didn’t jump start any hype, at least not from what I read during the live stream chat. Viewers seemed underwhelmed and it makes a lot of sense.

What’s New?

During the live stream, we learned that the Cataclysm will be an 8-week event. Two of those weeks will be a Pre-Event. After the Cataclysm arrives it will be a 6-week drip feed.

Ben Irving and Jesse Anderson confirmed new gear and weapons but they aren’t coming until basically the end of the Cataclysm event.

Why would I want to wait for 8 weeks to get new loot that I’ve been starving for since the game released?

Something that did sound interesting was the War Chests. By playing the Cataclysm event, you will earn currency that you’ll pay to a new vendor in the social space. You’ll open up the War Chests and that is how you get your loot.

They also mentioned 3 new missions, a new arena called the Cataclysm, a scoring system for the arena activity and leader boards to keep track of your progress versus other players. However, the leader board is another addition that will come later after the Cataclysm update.

Plus, they spoke more about the Public Test Server (PTS) for PC ONLY more than the actual update.

Caution!

So the PTS will allow PC players to test this Cataclysm update before it goes live. So Bioware and EA are pretty much opening a yet another beta in 1 week to test of the community before releasing the actual content to the players who paid $60 for the game when it released.

I can understand trying to test the player base before you release your content. However, at this point, the community is starved. Wouldn’t anything be better than nothing?

They basically talked for 30 minutes about the PTS more than the actual update and that is scary. There is still no date for the actual Cataclysm release.

A promise of more loot dropping, a leader board competition, new weapons, new rewards and not have an actual release date for it gives you something to think about as a player.

The most important thing should be getting the content that was promised released to your player base. All of your player base, not just PC.

What about your console player base?

I guess the release date for the Cataclysm will be based on the positive or negative feedback that Bioware receives during their testing ground.

Anthem Opinion – Opinion: Scared out of buying Anthem(click here).

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order biggest reveal (trailer and update)

When EA and Respawn Entertainment released the teaser image for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. I wrote an opinion piece that said a lot of things that came from a wounded place.

Having played Star Wars Battlefront 1 and 2, I was worried that pay walls would diffuse any fun from the game. On Saturday, more information was released regarding this game. The information dump seemingly answered all of my reservations.

Feel free to read all of my reservations by clicking here: Opinion: I can not get excited for Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

In the recent information update, Respawn Entertainment revealed the most important thing … there will be no micro transactions.

Wow, I did not see that coming.

So that’s good news! Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will be a single player experience will no multiplayer mode or pay walls. I’ve embedded the trailer below in case you haven’t seen it.

Opinion: I can not get excited for Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

We were treated to a teaser image today for the upcoming Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order game from EA. It’s suppose to be a departure from the slot machine PVP atmosphere that was Battlefront and Battlefront II.

The game, due out in winter 2019, is suppose to tell a story based on the after events of the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith prequel. Players will experience events through the eyes of a surviving Padawan. Sounds cool.

It’s always exciting to find out more lore in the Star Wars universe. However, I have a slight hesitation because of previous Star Wars games having items, gear, and characters locked behind a pay wall. I know this topic has been talked about over and over. But, is it too much to ask for a full story without having to pay more than the retailed price?

Micro transactions are a way of life now and as a gamer I have to deal with it. But, it feels like EA went a little over board during Battlefront and Battlefront II.

If this is going to be a story from Respawn Entertainment, I need it to be a full story. No missing parts and no pay walls on the story. Otherwise, it will be somewhat disappointing.

We’ll get a first look at the game this Saturday. I look forward to the hype!