Pokemon Go Will Let You Interact With Gyms From Farther Away

With social distancing measures in place in many parts of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pokemon Go developer Niantic has been making numerous tweaks to make the game easier to play. The studio will soon allow players to participate in Raid Battles from home, but before that option rolls out, it is temporarily letting you interact with Gyms from much farther away.

As Niantic explains in a new blog post, the studio is doubling the distance from which you can interact with Gyms, allowing you to spin Photo Discs and take part in Raid Battles while keeping a safe distance from other players. This change, however, only applies to Gyms; Niantic is not increasing the distance from which you can interact with PokeStops.

Niantic has other adjustments in the works as well. The developer says it is “working on an entirely new way to enjoy Pokemon Go Fest” this year, and it will also tweak the Adventure Sync feature so that it tracks your steps while performing indoor tasks “like cleaning your house and running on a treadmill.”

While Niantic has had to cancel numerous Pokemon Go events in March due to the pandemic, it still has a few events lined up for April. The Team Rocket Special Research story quest The Shadowy Threat Grows has been extended; you now have until the end of April to rescue Shadow Entei. Meanwhile, Alolan Exeggutor will be April’s Research Breakthrough reward, and Niantic will continue to hold its weekly Pokemon Spotlight and Mystery Bonus Hour events throughout the month.

Finally, a new Legendary, Landorus, has made its debut in the game. The Legendary Pokemon will be available in Raid Battles and as a Go Battle League reward encounter until April 21. The Mythical Pokemon Genesect is also slated to debut in EX Raids this month.

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Indivisible Will Get New Game Plus And Co-Op This Week (For Free)

In a blog post, Lab Zero announced that a new free update is coming to Indivisible, the developer’s metroidvania-inspired action platformer, on April 2. The update will add two new modes to Indivisible: new game plus and couch co-op.

Once you’ve completed Indivisible’s campaign at least once, NG+ allows you to replay the story from the very beginning with all the abilities, weapons, and incarnations you unlocked in your previous playthrough. This will allow you to discover hidden secrets much earlier in the campaign as well as access shortcuts that require late-game abilities. Enemies and bosses will be a lot stronger though.

Couch co-op mode allows you to tackle Indivisible’s campaign with up to three other players. Player 1 will always be protagonist Ajna, but the other three can take control of any of the other members of your party. While exploring, each player will be able to move independently of each other. In battle, you’ll each control your individual character in the game’s hybrid of turn-based and real-time combat.

How To Access Indivisible’s New Modes

New Game+

  • After downloading the update, if you’ve previously completed Indivisible, look for and press the “Game Clear” button
  • If it does not appear, you will need to complete the final challenge of the game and watch the credits, even if you previously completed the game
  • When prompted, save your game into one of the save slots
  • The next time you open the Load Game menu, you’ll see a new button appear in the save slot.
  • Press the button

Couch Co-Op

  • Plug in 1-3 extra controllers
  • Press an attack button

In GameSpot’s Indivisible review, Michael Higham wrote, “I want to love Indivisible unconditionally; it has so many great pieces, and it’s a special thing to feel seen. I’m happy to have a game that’s distinctly Southeast Asian, giving some earnest representation to a part of the world I belong to and one I’m even more curious about now. As a whole, it sometimes doesn’t come together; it’s missing weight to its narrative and the challenges necessary to flex its wonderful combat system. But it stands out as an RPG that’s doing something genuinely different, and it brings joy to its clever platforming with the tune of an infectious soundtrack. For all its faults, Indivisible has its heart in the right place.”

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New Nioh 2 Update Addresses Difficulty Concerns, Full Patch Notes Revealed

Developer Team Ninja has dropped a brand-new update for Nioh 2 on PlayStation 4 that makes various adjustments to the game’s difficulty in some areas. We’ve compiled the full patch notes below.

A bunch of Nioh 2 sub-missions have had their difficulty altered in order to assuage the game’s nail-biting challenges. In addition to the sub-missions, some of Nioh 2’s enemies have also been tweaked to make the experience a little more forgiving. Further, the drop rates of Smithing Texts and The Art of Combat tomes, items used to upgrade your created character and equipment, have been increased.

The update also makes a number of quality-of-life adjustments. These include fixing duplication item problems, addressing Yokai Realms and status effects that would not dispel, tweaking skills that would not activate, ironing out other bugs, and much more.

We awarded the action-RPG an 8/10 in our Nioh 2 review, saying, “Though it sometimes feels like a curse as you play, it is a testament that Nioh 2 successfully grabs and holds your complete attention so close for so long.” With its already punishing difficulty, we don’t recommend starting Nioh 2 with the bird guardian spirit.

Full Nioh 2 Version 1.07 Patch Notes

Adjustments

  • Adjusted the mission difficulty of the following sub-missions:
    • A Favori for the Blacksmith
    • The Greedy Hunter
    • The Sunomata Yokai Hunter
    • The Viper and the Butterfly
    • The Brothers’ Blades
    • The Burning Sky
    • Scattered Fragments
    • Calling on the Fire God
    • The Dream’s End
  • Weakened the attacks of some non-boss enemies. Previously, though the player could be above the recommended level some enemies would kill the player in one hit.
  • Weakened some attacks of Shibata Katsuie that are especially difficult to dodge.
  • Buffed the drop rate of Smithing Text and The Art of Combat.
  • Added “Difficulty” to the search condition of Random Encounters.
  • Added the “Accessories” tab to the “Tempering” menu.
  • Added a feature to initialize settings in the HDR settings.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the level of the shiftling skill “Devour Yokai Realm” would reset when performing a reset on other skill trees.
    • The level of “Devour Yokai Realm” and overused skill points will be fixed in this update.
  • Fixed an issue where custom active skills would remain set to an active skill slot even when a reset of the Samurai Skill tree was performed.
  • Fixed an issue in the Dojo where an acquired Tea Utensil would disappear when completing the mission.
  • Fixed an issue in the Dojo where the player could obtain duplicates of a Smithing Text if the player had not already turned in the text in question to the blacksmith.
  • Fixed an issue wherein the Kodama Bazaar the stock of the items would not increase when using a skill that would increase the maximum amount of items a player can possess.
  • Fixed an issue where twice as many items would be sold when selling items in the Storehouse.
  • Fixed an issue where a visual of certain weapons while sheathed was reversed when wearing Youngblood Cuirass.
  • Fixed an issue in the mission “Bird in A Cage” where it was not possible to give dung balls to “Ryunojo the Dung Lover.”
  • Fixed an issue in the mission “Rain Draws Near” where the player could not ring the bell.
  • Fixed an issue in the mission “A Way Out” where the Yokai Realm would not be dispelled when the boss-spawned object was destroyed.
  • Fixed an issue in the mission “The Golden Castle” where the boss would not run out of Ki and would not be knocked down at times even when certain conditions were fulfilled.
  • Fixed an issue in the multiplayer version of the mission “Strat Cats” where the mission would not end.
  • Fixed an issue in the missions “The Fire God’s Magatama” where an unobtainable blue treasure box location was placed in the compass.
  • Fixed an issue in the mission “Sharp Eyes” where the player could not get amrita when completing the mission.
  • Fixed an issue where a Biwa Boku-Boku near a shrine would activate a Bloody Grave when the player is praying at a shrine.
  • Fixed an issue where the Drenched states would not be removed when bathing in a hot spring while being Drenched.
  • Fixed an issue where a ladder could not be used when certain enemies died with poison while the player was climbing the ladder.
  • Fixed an issue where co-fighting NPCs cannot be assisted when they went down and simultaneously fell off a cliff.
  • Fixed an issue where the Custom Active Skill Setting to the Active Skill “Sword Ki” was not applied to the Active Skill “Sword of Celerity.”
  • Fixed an issue where Ki was consumed before the Active Skill “Swirling Snow” was executed.
  • Fixed an issue where equipment effects and Custom Active Skill settings according to the active skill “Deadly Spiral” were not applied.
  • Fixed an issue where the Custom Active Skill was not applied when Mystic Art “Trained Throw” is applied to the Active Skill “Piercing Hurl Shadow/Light.”
  • Fixed an issue where the Active Skill “Dgraonful II” was not applied to the Mystic Art “Trained Throw.”
  • Fixed an issue with the grapple move of the hatchets where the grab would not follow through.
  • Fixed an issue where the Custom Active Skill Setting to the Active Skill “Windswept” was not applied.
  • Fixed an issue with the switchglaive where you could perform the special switch stances “Retrobution” and Edge” without having unlocked the skills.
  • Various other minor fixes.

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Incredible Bundle Offers 40+ PC Games For $30, Funds COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Humble Bundle is known for its awesome packages of games, comics, and other forms of entertainment and software, and now the company has kicked off a bundle to help with COVID-19 relief efforts. For $30, you get 44 games, over 20 books and comics, and more. All of the money goes towards charities and organizations that are working to fight COVID-19 and save lives.

Some of the games featured in the bundle include Into the Breach, Undertale, and Hollow Knight as well as The Witness and Superhot. Many of the games are from indie developers, though the bundle also has AAA-developed games like Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition, and Sniper Elite III among others. On top of all this, you get a one-month subscription to Humble Choice, which gives its subscribers a free allotment of Steam games every month.

The COVID-19 response bundle also features some great comics, including volumes of Saga, The Boys, and Spawn as well as Locke & Key and Robert Kirkman’s Oblivion Song. Volume One of Fairy Tail: Happy’s Heroic Adventure is also included as is a Humble Bundle-exclusive one-shot Army of Darkness comic. The bundle also has some sci-fi and self-help books that help with controlling emotions and stress relief.

Humble Bundle’s Conquer COVID-19 bundle is available until April 7. You may want to buy it sooner than later, however, as one of the games only has a limited number of Steam keys. 2D action-zombie game Zombotron has about 80,000 Steam keys remaining at the time of publishing.

If you’re interested in more, check out all of the free games you can claim right now and keep forever. In related news, Ubisoft is the latest company to offer free video game giveaways during the pandemic. The company plans to roll out several offers throughout April to help people stay at home in these uncertain times.

Humble Bundle’s Conquer COVID-19 bundle

Games:

  • Into the Breach
  • Undertale
  • Hollow Knight
  • Wizard of Legend
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • The Witness
  • Superhot
  • Tilt Brush
  • Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
  • Killing Floor 2
  • Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered
  • Darksiders: Warmastered Edition
  • Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition
  • Sniper Elite III
  • This Is The Police
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 2
  • Stick Fight: The Game
  • Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons
  • Party Hard
  • Worms Revolution
  • Europa Universalis IV
  • Tropico 4
  • Gnog
  • Broken Age
  • Brutal Legend
  • Psychonauts
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
  • Pikuniku
  • World of Goo
  • Super Hexagon
  • VVVVVV
  • Hacknet
  • A Mortician’s Tale
  • A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build
  • Magicka
  • Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadville
  • Agents of Mayhem
  • Ducati – 90th Anniversary
  • Speed Brawl
  • Hiveswap: Act 1
  • Alien Spidy
  • Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones
  • LostWinds
  • Zombotron

Movies:

  • Double Fine Adventure documentary

Books:

  • Starfinder: Pact Worlds campaign setting
  • The Art of Captivating Conversation
  • Journeys Through Time And Space
  • Coping Skills
  • The Mood Elevator (also comes with audiobook)
  • Prisoners Of Our Thoughts (also comes with audiobook)
  • Mindfulness For Kids
  • Automate the Boring Stuff with Python
  • Crosswords of Wisdom Vol. 1
  • Crosswords of Wisdom Vol. 2
  • Animal Kind

Comics:

  • Locke & Key, volume 1
  • Fairy Tail: Happy’s Heroic Adventure, volume 1
  • Army of Darkness: one-shot Humble Bundle exclusive
  • Red Sonja: Petitioning the Queen
  • The Boys, volume 1
  • Oblivion Song, volume 1
  • Saga, volume 1
  • Spawn Origins, volume 1
  • Undiscovered Country, issue 1
  • Criminal, volume 1
  • Nowhere Men, volume 1
  • Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass

Software:

Music Maker EDM Edition

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