Valheim Succeeds By Not Starving You

Valheim‘s record-breaking success isn’t too surprising, even if you ignore outside elements like the current global pandemic and the game’s relatively low price point. There’s an obvious appetite for survival games on PC, as evidenced by the likes of Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved consistently butting heads on Steam’s most-played list. Yet Valheim also appeals to people like me, who aren’t particularly fond of the genre. There are a number of reasons for this, but chief among them is the fact that Valheim plays down all of the restrictive survival aspects that form the foundations of similar games.

The first structure my friends and I built in Valheim has now become known as our home base. In keeping with the game’s viking theme, it’s vaguely reminiscent of a Norse longhouse, complete with mead and a dining table. Colourful banners and trophies of the monsters we’ve slain adorn its wooden walls, and the outside courtyard features a smelter for refining precious ores and a kiln for producing the coal that powers it. Each person has their own bedroom with a place to sleep and chests to store their valuables, and there are also communal chests for everyone to contribute various resources like food, wood, and stone. Meanwhile, the house’s defenses consist of a spiked fence encircling the entire property and an improvised moat that’s proven surprisingly effective at keeping monsters at bay.

Can anyone argue that constructing our forever home would’ve been a better experience if we also had to worry about thirst and hunger meters while doing so? This has always been my main sticking point with most other survival games, and Valheim removes this prohibitive aspect completely. Food is still a factor, but you’re not going to keel over and die if you haven’t eaten for a few in-game hours. Instead, food provides you with health rather than acting as a ticking clock. You can eat up to three food items at any one time, and the combination of which will determine the size of your health bar and the speed at which it regenerates. My diet currently consists of cooked fish, sausages, and a slab of deer meat, but food sources are plentiful, with berries, mushrooms, and other meat-based treats all available to gather and consume.

Valheim removes many of the prohibitive aspects that dominate the survival game genre, allowing you to better focus on what you want to do.
Valheim removes many of the prohibitive aspects that dominate the survival game genre, allowing you to better focus on what you want to do.

If you’re simply building structures you don’t even need to engage with this system. Eating is something you do before exploring potentially dangerous areas, so in some ways the mechanic is more like Breath of the Wild than any other survival game. Speaking of which, weapon durability exists, too, but even this is largely hassle-free in Valheim. Tools and weapons will break through usage, but this is a non-issue unless you’re in the midst of a battle. As long as you have a workbench handy you can fix your equipment without using any resources. The same is true of your buildings as well. They can degrade over time, and enemies have a habit of hitting any structures they find, but as long as there’s a workbench in the vicinity you can simply repair walls and furniture so that they’re good as new.

You’re never required to gather crafting resources in order to fix what you’re already got, only to build brand-new equipment or upgrade what you currently have. This creates a satisfying loop where exploration often concludes with the option to expand your arsenal, whether that means crafting a new sword, piece of armor, or crafting station.

Eating, drinking, repairing structures, and fixing or replacing tools are little more than daily busywork in most other survival games. They’re often dull and tedious distractions as opposed to engaging mechanics, and Valheim doesn’t lose anything by disregarding them. It’s a better and more approachable game for it, where the emphasis and challenge come from embarking on risky expeditions and overcoming obstacles with friends, rather than ensuring you have enough sustenance to survive the day. Valheim focuses on the genre’s most attractive traits instead of trying to replicate a survival experience that only serves to add artificial difficulty and detract from your anecdote-worthy adventures into the unknown.

You only ever need crafting resources to build brand-new equipment or upgrade what you have.
You only ever need crafting resources to build brand-new equipment or upgrade what you have.

This is where Valheim introduces some of its own strengths rather than simply removing the genre’s weaknesses. The frankly gargantuan map is currently made up of six varied biomes, each with its own aesthetic, resources, and enemy types. It’s all procedurally generated, too, so no two game worlds are exactly the same. You can venture into any of the biomes right from the game’s outset, but you’re probably going to need a boat to reach some of them. Doing so isn’t the wisest of decisions, however, since Valheim gates your progress by ramping up the enemy difficulty in each successive biome. To aid your advancement through its world, a general path has been laid out in the form of a boss run of sorts.

The first boss, Eikthyr, is a large stag that presides over the Meadows biome. Defeating it rewards you with its powerful antlers, which can then be used to craft the antler pickaxe. This is a key tool in the next biome, as the pickaxe allows you to gather the copper and tin located there. These are the ingredients you need to craft bronze, thereby allowing you to forge stronger armor, weapons, and other tools.

Valheim focuses on the genre’s most attractive traits instead of trying to replicate a survival experience that only serves to add artificial difficulty and detract from your anecdote-worthy adventures into the unknown.

Valheim’s core gameplay loop revolves around this routine, whereby defeating a boss will reward you with an item that aids your progression into the next biome. It’s slightly more involved than this, of course, especially when it comes to discovering where each boss is located and figuring out the best way to defeat them. The second boss, Elder, is pretty self-explanatory in this regard, being that it’s a giant tree and wood doesn’t mesh well with fire. Bonemass’ weaknesses, on the other hand, aren’t quite as intuitive and require some experimentation if you’re going to vanquish the third boss. Fortunately, the penalty for dying isn’t too harsh. You still lose everything in your inventory when you perish, but as long as you can return to where you died, you can retrieve it all. This becomes a larger issue when you’re miles and miles away from where you call home, but that’s what teleports are for. If you have the required materials to make one, teleports give you an easy way to traverse large swaths of the map in an instant.

Even as an Early Access title, Valheim is more fleshed-out than many finished games.

Preparing for a boss fight might actually be one of my favourite parts of Valheim. Upon discovering that Bonemass is weak to a specific damage type, we went to work gathering the iron needed to craft a weapon for everyone that would deal the requisite pain. This was an ordeal in itself as we had to venture into sunken crypts and fight through skeletons and draugrs in order to mine the amount of iron we required. While this was happening, we were also fermenting poison-resistant potions for everybody and gathering a lot of food to ensure everyone’s health was topped up. I was on fishing duty, while others hunted deer and used the cauldron to create unique meals. Once we felt suitably prepared, we tucked into bed for a good night’s sleep and then marched on the boss with Yggdrasil’s sacred branches looming above us.

Once you are face to face with an enemy, Valheim’s combat is decent if unspectacular. Weapons are diverse and attack differently depending on which type you’re using, and both parries and critical hits are met with an inherently satisfying sound cue that coincides with the enemy being sent staggering backwards. Stealth is an option as well, especially when combined with a bow, and Valheim adopts the Elder Scrolls method of leveling up, as different stats improve through use. If you’re using maces a lot, your skill with maces will improve, while the same rings true for physical activities like running, swimming, and chopping wood.

Valheim succeeds in enticing you to explore its vast open-world thanks in part to its surprisingly beautiful low-poly 3D visuals.

Beyond the boss fights and character progression, Valheim also succeeds in enticing you to explore its vast open world. This is partly due to its surprisingly beautiful visuals, as it adopts a deliberately lo-fi aesthetic that’s reminiscent of early 3D games. Pixelated and low-poly models are elevated by modern techniques such as realistic lighting, particle effects, and depth of field, and screenshots fail to adequately do it justice, especially when it comes to the ambience present in each forested hillside and snow-capped mountain top. This environmental variety is part of what makes exploring Valheim’s world such a joy, too. The procedural generation is particularly impressive, presenting cohesive and natural environments that feel like they were handmade.

The world of Valheim is already a wonderful one to inhabit, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

There are a few issues to speak of, including finicky building controls that arise when trying to connect pre-made building pieces in third-person. With that said, the pre-made pieces don’t stunt creativity at least, with plenty of examples of people constructing some frankly outlandish creations. The fact you can’t dismantle items is another inconvenience, since unwanted tools and weapons either end up polluting the landscape or filling up chests. The forging and fermenting process is also exceedingly slow, and there are a few instances where it can be overly grindy. Valheim’s grind isn’t bad in and of itself, but there are a few moments in the latter biomes where it can devolve into tedium. Crafting the Mountain biome’s unique helmet, for example, requires two Drake trophies to build. Drakes are fairly plentiful, but the drop rate for their trophies is only 15%, which means you’re likely to spend hours hunting the flying menaces in the hope two of them drop what you need. Normally you have a degree of control over Valheim’s grind, yet this is a stark example where you’re at the whim of the RNG.

Most of these are minor complaints in truth, and each one is an aspect that will hopefully be rectified and re-balanced in the coming weeks and months. Even as an Early Access title, Valheim is more fleshed-out than many finished games, and it’s going to be exciting to see how it evolves over the next year as systems are improved and more content is added. The world of Valheim is already a wonderful one to inhabit, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

New Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Update Is Live, Balances Zombies’ Outbreak Mode

Treyarch Studios has released the full patch notes for the latest update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The update is currently live–it’s primarily geared towards implementing bug fixes and objective tuning to Zombies.

The update focuses on Zombies’ new Outbreak mode, which is an open-world, co-op variation of Call of Duty’s traditional Zombies. Instead of fighting off hordes of zombies in a series of rounds, Outbreak tasks a team of players with accomplishing a series of objectives in any order they wish across a vast open space that’s filled with zombies.

Also in the patch notes, Treyarch details what players can expect in Rapid Fire Moshpit and Dead Ops Arcade: First Person, both of which are scheduled to go live in Black Ops Cold War on March 4. Rapid Fire Moshpit is a playlist composed of Team Deathmatch, Domination, Kill Confirmed, and Hardpoint but only on the game’s smallest maps. Dead Ops Arcade: First Person remakes Dead Ops Arcade 3–it’s just now played in first-person.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War March 2 Update Patch Notes

Multiplayer

  • Modes
    • Combined Arms
    • Adjusted Zone Capture time in Combined Arms Assault.

Zombies

  • Outbreak
    • Stability
      • Added various stability fixes for issues with Objectives, Jump Pads, Krasny Soldat, and the Dragon Relic.
      • Fixed a crash that could occur when killing a Megaton HVT during the Elimination Objective.
    • Gameplay
      • The Eliminate Objective no longer removes additional enemies between HVT jumps to better balance difficulty with other Outbreak Objectives.
      • Addressed an issue with zombies pausing or pathing incorrectly to the Holdout Objective.
      • Addressed an issue where the Krasny Soldat’s flamethrower attack would not deal damage under certain circumstances.
      • Addressed an issue where the flashlight would stay on after spectating during the Holdout Objective.
    • Perks
      • Addressed an issue where Tombstone Soda could cause the player to fall out of the gameplay space in Golova, Alpine, and Ruka.
    • Support
      • Addressed an issue where the Chopper Gunner could fly out of the gameplay space after multiple uses.
    • Weapons
      • Addressed an issue where Ray Gun splash damage could break all Armor if the player had Jugger-Nog Tiers III, IV, and V.
    • Field Upgrades
      • Addressed an issue where Healing Aura incorrectly gained the benefit of Quick Revive’s Tier IV ability.

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Hugh Grant To Menace The Heroes of the Dungeons & Dragons Movie

The heroes of any Dungeons & Dragons game are at a loss if they don’t have a villain to battle. Thankfully, the Dungeons & Dragons film has found a villain in British actor Hugh Grant, according to a report from Deadline.

Information about the Dungeons & Dragons film is scarce at the moment, aside from casting information. Along with Hugh Grant as the villain, actress Sophia Lillis (It) will join the previously-announced cast members, including Chris Pine (Star Trek franchise), Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious franchise), Justice Smith (Paper Towns, Detective Pikachu), and Rege-Jean Page (Bridgerton).

Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley will direct and write the film. The duo directed Game Night and wrote Spider-Man: Homecoming, among other credits, and were briefly attached to the much-delayed The Flash moviet. Paramount and Hasbro are co-producing the film with eOne as distributor.

We’re most curious to see just what Paramount and Hasbro, the parent company of D&D maker Wizards of the Coast, imagine a Dungeons & Dragons movie to be. To the tens of millions of people playing the game, Dungeons & Dragons is a descriptor that has roughly as much meaning as “fantasy story setting.”

The official worlds of Dungeons & Dragons, including properties like Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, and Ravenloft, bring a rich history of characters and places, while the greater concept is used by Dungeon Masters and players to tell any manner of fantasy-themed story. Unless Goldstein and Francis Daley give us something that uses a specific Dungeons & Dragons world or plays with the concept of a roleplaying game in meaningful ways, we may be in for fairly generic fare. That’s despite the encouraging casting, which already has more going for it than the Dungeons & Dragons film starring Jeremy Irons and Marlon Wayans released in 2000.

The Dungeons & Dragons film does not yet have a release date, and definitely won’t make the 2021 release that was going around way back in 2017.

Outriders Demo Guide: How To Enable Cross-Play Multiplayer

The Outriders demo is out for Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Xbox One, PS4, and PC. And you don’t have to worry about where you play–Outriders supports cross-play between all its platforms, allowing you to connect with your friends wherever they decide to play. That said, you will have to complete a few steps in order to do cross-play multiplayer. Don’t worry; it’s not too hard to do.

First off, you can’t even engage in any form of multiplayer until you complete the prologue. The prologue concludes with the mission in which your character becomes fully Altered, allowing you to pick a class. Upon the completion of this mission, you’ll unlock the first hub area of Outriders, Rift Town. It’s here where you can start teaming up with other players.

You can either summon players to your game or join someone else’s. To do either, you need to access the matchmaking terminal in Rift Town’s garage or click on the “Join A Random Team” or “Play With Friends” buttons from the Lobby. On default settings, you will be limited to only teaming up with others on your platform.

To enable cross-play, you first need to go to Options. Navigate to the Gameplay tab and scroll down to “Enable Crossplay.” Switch it from “Off” to “On.” And that’s it.

The matchmaking terminal is located in Rift Town's garage, just past the hub's assortment of venders.
The matchmaking terminal is located in Rift Town’s garage, just past the hub’s assortment of venders.

Now when you go to matchmaking, you’ll see options to “Generate Your Game Code” and “Join Using A Game Code” under the cross-play section. Clicking the first option will produce a code that your friends on other platforms will need to input to join your game, while clicking on the second will allow you to input a code that you get from a friend to join their game.

As an added note: on the Gameplay settings page, you can also change your Default Game Privacy. It will begin as “Open,” which means anyone can join your game if they click on the “Join A Random Team” option from Rift Town’s matchmaking garage terminal or the Lobby. If you don’t want strangers just popping into your game, you can change this setting to “Friends Only” or “Closed.” The former means that only your connections on your chosen platform (for example, all of your Xbox friends if you’re playing on Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One) can jump into your game without getting prior permission. The latter means that no one can get in without an invite.

After the prologue, Outriders fully supports cross-play multiplayer, so you can play through the entire campaign solo, with a team, or a mix of both. If the demo is any indication, you will be able to play through the game on your own without too much trouble, though how easy that will be will largely depend on which character class you pick. So be smart: you can change your character’s appearance whenever you want, but once you pick a class, you’re stuck with it.

It’s worth noting that cross-play support is currently in beta for the Outriders demo. So you may run into a few connection issues while using cross-play. We assume cross-play support will be ironed out and completely ready to go by the time Outriders officially launches on April 1, but we don’t know that for sure.

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Pokemon Go Searching For Legends Event Adds Shiny Nosepass

Pokemon Go‘s Season of Legends has begun, and the first event of the season is set to begin next week. Niantic is kicking off the Searching for Legends event starting 10 AM local time on March 9, and it gives players their first chance to catch a Shiny Nosepass in the game.

Throughout the Searching for Legends event, the following Pokemon will appear in the wild more frequently than usual:

  • Diglett
  • Geodude
  • Magnemite
  • Nosepass
  • Aron
  • Baltoy
  • Roggenrola
  • Drilbur

Shiny Nosepass will also appear in the wild during the event, while Alolan Diglett, Alolan Geodude, and other Pokemon will be attracted to Incense. You’ll also be able to encounter the following monsters in Raid Battles:

  • One-star Raids: Alolan Diglett, Nosepass, Roggenrola, Drilbur, Ferroseed, Klink
  • Three-star Raids: Alolan Graveler, Magneton, Skarmory, and Metang.

Finally, there will be event-exclusive Field Research and Timed Research tasks to complete during the event. These will lead to more chances to catch Nosepass, among other rewards. The Searching for Legends event runs until 8 AM local time on March 14. You can read more details on the Pokemon Go blog.

In the meantime, Incarnate Forme Landorus has returned to five-star Raids until March 6, when it will be replaced by Tornadus. March 6 is also the day that Niantic is holding Pokemon Go’s March Community Day. The featured Pokemon this month is Fletchling, and if you can evolve it all the way into Talonflame during the event or up to two hours afterward, the Pokemon will know the Fire-type attack Incinerate.

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Wrong Turn Remake Director Reveals Scene That Landed NC-17 Rating

Wrong Turn got a very different remake this year–moving away from cannibal hillbillies to focus on a more civilized people who live off-the-grid in the Appalachian mountains called The Foundation. However, there was one scene cut from the movie that landed it the infamous NC-17 rating.

During the Wrong Turn audio commentary from director Mike P. Nelson, he explained the exact moment where the MPAA slapped the naughty rating on it. “[The] execution scene with Adam here was the moment in the movie in which we got an NC-17 from the MPAA,” Nelson explained during the movie.

The scene in question features travelling city-boy Adam about to be executed in a bizarre court of law by The Foundation after Adam is found guilty of murdering another member of the hermit tribe.

“Originally, this scene played straight through, in which you saw Adam get his head bashed in, and it did not cut away, like it’s going to do there,” Nelson continued. “It keeps going and going, and you see his head break apart. But it was a little too much, I guess, so we had to cut that back.”

Nelson hoped there’s an uncut version of the movie that will be released in the future. As of this writing, there isn’t one. However, this ultra-gruesome moment was an important point for the movie. “Originally, my intention for that moment there was that we really haven’t seen that much violence on screen up into that point,” Nelson continued. “A lot of it’s off screen or hidden. And that was sort of the moment where you are supposed to be confronted with the most brutal form of violence in the movie yet. It’s probably still the most brutal piece of violence in the film, but the idea was to not cut away and to show it in its full glory.”

As the director mentioned, the execution sequence is still in the movie, but during the violence, it cuts to reactions from the cast. Nevertheless, it’s still effective at confronting the audience with pure brutality. This year’s Wrong Turn remake is quite a bit better than its 2003 counterpart, which is more a traditional early 2000s horror romp. The 2021 version has a bit more to say about morality, and there is a bit more ambiguity between “good” and “evil.”

Currently, Wrong Turn is for sale on Amazon for $17. The movie is also available at Best Buy for $17 as well. Additionally, digital versions are available at various retailers for purchase or rental.

DC’s Black Adam Starting Production in April

The Rock’s Black Adam, which will introduce the Justice Society of America to the DC movie universe, is now expected to start production in April according to a recent interview. Speaking with ComicBook.com, Black Adam executive producer Hiram Garcia revealed that the film is gearing up and counting down the days to get started next month.

“We begin filming in April, we’ll be in Georgia, home away from home,” Garcia says. “We’re really excited, man. We have everything ramped up. We’re so fired up for this.”

During the conversation, Garcia also reflected on the silver lining of last year’s COVID delays to productions, noting that “we’re happy we’re able to pause, regroup, and now we’re going to be getting going.” The extra down time, says Garcia, enabled the creative team to add more depth to concepts that were in place before the coronavirus spread, and also allowed “high ambitions and such high hopes for this” to ratchet up even further, though was light on specifics on all fronts there.

Wanting to preserve the surprises and excitement Black Adam will have in store, Garcia only mentioned a detail we already know: “[The Rock] is a walking superhero… and if there was ever anyone born to play a character, it’s him.”

In addition to The Rock, it was recently announced that the film’s cast will also include Quintessa Swindell (Euphoria) as Cyclone and Aldis Hodge (The Invisible Man) as Hawkman. Black Adam will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously worked with Johnson on the upcoming Disney movie Jungle Cruise.

Discontinued PS Vita Never Dies, Gets Brand-New Roguelite ScourgeBringer Next Month

The PlayStation Vita is poised to receive a new game next month despite having been discontinued for two years. Developer Flying Oak Games announced that its roguelite ScourgeBringer is coming to the handheld on April 22.

The news comes via the developer’s Twitter account, where Flying Oak Games also confirmed that ScourgeBringer hits the PlayStation 4 on the same day. The studio said there will be physical versions on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, with PS4 preorders for the Standard and Collector’s edition now live on PS Vita preorders opening “in a few days.” It’s unclear if the game will feature cross-save support. All versions are region-free and include all languages.

ScourgeBringer is a challenging roguelite similar to Dead Cells and Forgone. Players control the female warrior Kyhra to uncover the truth of what happened to the world and her people. It’s on all the major platforms, including Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

The PlayStation Vita was discontinued in 2019, with the production of new physical games wrapping up in March of the same year. As of March 2019, there haven’t been any new PlayStation Vita systems or physical games for it. This doesn’t mean there haven’t been new games for the Vita since it was discontinued in 2019. According to GameSpot sister site Metacritic, February 2021 alone saw three new Vita titles: Gods of Almagest, Habroxia 2, and Pachi Pachi On A Roll. ScourgeBringer could just be the first physical Vita game in a long time.

The Vita was found in the headlines last year during a The Last of Us Part II gameplay sequence as part of a State of Play livestream. Ellie, one of the playable characters, can be seen interacting with–and ultimately stabbing in the neck–an unsuspecting PS Vita player.

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Pokemon Go Landorus Guide: Shiny Landorus, Weaknesses, Counters, And More Tips

Pokemon Go‘s Season of Legends has officially begun, and as part of the new content season, Landorus is back in Raids for a limited time. The Legendary Abundance Pokemon is appearing as a five-star Raid boss from now until March 6, and this time, you’ll have a chance to encounter Shiny Landorus. To help you add the Legendary Pokemon to your collection, we’ve rounded up some tips on how to beat and catch Landorus below.

Landorus Raid Schedule

Incarnate Forme Landorus is appearing in Pokemon Go again until 8 AM local time on March 6, giving you only a few days to capture it. To participate in a Landorus Raid, you’ll need to have either a Raid Pass (to join the battle in-person) or a Remote Raid Pass (to join the battle remotely). You can get one Remote Raid Pass as part of Niantic’s free weekly item bundles, which are available in Pokemon Go’s in-game shop every Monday in March.

Incarnate Forme Landorus
Incarnate Forme Landorus

Following Landorus’s departure, Incarnate Forme Tornadus will appear in Raids again until March 11, while Incarnate Forme Thundurus will be available from March 11-16. After that, the Legendaries will each return to Raids in their Therian Formes–the first time these variants will be available in Pokemon Go. Therian Forme Landorus will appear sometime in April.

How To Catch Shiny Landorus

As previously mentioned, you’ll have a chance to encounter Shiny Landorus during its current stint as a Raid boss. However, your odds of finding one are fairly small, and there’s no way to tell if Landorus is Shiny until you’ve defeated it and made it to the catching phase. If you’re hoping to catch a Shiny version, your best chance is to participate in as many Landorus Raids as you can before the Legendary leaves the game again.

Landorus Weaknesses And Counters

Landorus is a Ground/Flying Pokemon. Thanks to this unusual combination, certain types that normally have an advantage over Flying Pokemon–such as Electric and Rock–only deal neutral damage to Landorus. Likewise, since it’s part-Flying, Grass Pokemon (which are normally strong against Ground types) will only do neutral damage to Landorus.

Despite this, Landorus has some glaring weaknesses, particularly to Ice Pokemon. Since both Ground and Flying are weak to Ice, Ice Pokemon will deal four times as much damage as normal to the Legendary, making them your best choice when battling Landorus. Water Pokemon also have a type advantage over Landorus, making them good alternatives. You can see some solid Pokemon of each type below:

  • Ice: Lapras, Mamoswine, Glaceon, Weavile, Kyurem, Galarian Darmanitan
  • Water: Mega Blastoise, Mega Gyarados, Kyogre, Swampert, Feraligatr, Palkia

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Zelda BOTW Expert Reacts to EVEN MORE Viral Reddit Clips

Be sure to check out Max’s previous episode in BOTW Expert Reacts here:

Ep1: https://youtu.be/8LntT_fN_74

Ep2: https://youtu.be/RPlHQEAXrYo

Max “RinHara5aki” Blumenthal’s combat glossary in progress explains a great deal about the vastness of advanced combat in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qtYT06sxweRW3tRnovcCc-f4xIOGFNsD02pG1TzloHc/edit?usp=sharing

Breath of the Wild’s complex mechanics and overlapping intricacies led players to push the game’s boundaries, resulting in several gameplay clips that took the internet by storm. Some of these are so complex, it’s hard for the average player to decipher exactly what’s even happening.

In the above video, Max, our in-house BOTW expert, reacts to some of the most viral BOTW clips, and breaks down techniques like Shield Skew Clipping, Bow Spinning (which he coined), Stasis Launching, and more.

Want Max to react to your clips? Have suggestions for anything you want to see? Drop them in the comments below.

Sources:

00:15 – Clip 1: https://www.reddit.com/r/Breath_of_the_Wild/comments/88kqst/i_tried_seeing_if_you_can_catch_a_boomerang_in/

01:21 – Clip 2: https://www.reddit.com/r/Breath_of_the_Wild/comments/9l5k82/how_us_adhd_people_solve_mazes/

04:47 – Clip 3: https://www.reddit.com/r/Breath_of_the_Wild/comments/fcmrir/rearming_a_camp_full_of_bokoblins_with_korok/

06:17 – Clip 4: https://www.reddit.com/r/Breath_of_the_Wild/comments/b21r4i/a_major_test_of_strength_pacifist_route/