God of War Ragnarok has finally made its way to public release, managing to squeeze in before the end of the year and enter into the GOTY conversation with stellar review scores. We’ll see how many sales Sony racks up in short order here, but for now, everyone is just leaping in to play.
As someone who has already put 40 hours into my review copy of God of War, I do have some advice for you as you start. No spoilers ahead, just some gameplay tips that will help you have a better time.
Here are ten things I wish I knew when I started God of War Ragnarok:
1. You Will Have More XP And Money Than You Know What To Do With Eventually
I think it’s important to know how the economy of this game works up front. In short, you really do not need to stress about what to spend XP or money on in the early parts of the game. Rewards scale, so you might be getting 1,000 XP or Hacksilver in early phases, but you will be getting 10-20,000 when completing missions and challenges toward the end of the game. So spend freely, as you should be able to purchase every major upgrade for you, Atreus and gear for you both by the end of the game. There is no real bottleneck.
2. Diversify Your Combat To Upgrade Your Skills
One new addition to God of War Ragnarok is that the more you use a skill, you can eventually upgrade it to boost its damage, defense, element or other stats. As such, the more diverse you can make your combat across the axe and blades, the most overall upgrades you will unlock as opposed to just…parrying and doing little easy combos. Use all the skills often!
3. Come Back Later For These Puzzle Obstacles
This is not exactly a new mechanic in video games, but let me be clear about some confusing things you may encounter on some early maps. There are two things, what looks like a little wind gust coming out of a wall, and what looks like a yellow glowing patch, that you cannot interact with early on. You will get a tool that overcomes these obstacles later in the story. Second, there are weird, floaty, broken rune things around you will see. You will need to progress the story to a certain point to learn how to use those. No amount of experimentation will get you past any of that stuff. It will be clear when you get to the point where you can interact with them.
4. You Can Overlevel For Harder Minibosses
There are new minibosses that replace Valkyries that you will eventually unlock fights with around the map. I won’t say what they are, but many can be quite difficult. I found that for some of them, ignoring them and then circling back around when Kratos and his gear were at a higher level was the play, as you can overlevel them, they won’t scale with you. The same is true for things like combat challenges, most of which will not scale to your level.
5. Side Quests Are Essentially Not Optional
As my friend Gene Park noted in his review, the side quests here are almost on the level of The Witcher 3, if not past them. As such, I really would not consider most of the larger sidequests optional here. Some clearly are, like hacking through all of Odin’s spy ravens, which are merely collectibles. But things that are actual sidequests are often hugely important story beats for specific characters in the game, and should not be ignored. I would complete all major sidequests before the finale to really flesh out the full cast as much as you can.
6. Endgame Currency For Maxing Armor Sets
By the end of the game, you will probably complete enough activities to max out a handful of full armor sets at their highest power. For the final piece of the puzzle, you will need to perform well in a final series of combat challenges that will take you to true max for your chestplates. Side quests and challenges are also how you will get to the final few damage tiers of your weapons.
7. You Can And Will Return To Almost All Areas
You may be wondering if you need to do everything in a given area or else you will be missing out on content that you can’t complete later. With very, very few exceptions (one lush realm that’s like a “break” I would recommend doing all sidequests in), you will return to all the realms you unlock and be able to fully explore their mysteries. There is also no “point of no return” before the ending in the game, another common question. You will be able to keep exploring, albeit in a bit of an altered way. You’ll see.
8. My Favorite Armor Set Of Them All
There are a lot of great armor sets you’ll unlock but my favorite was one made by a dwarven smith that was able to be crafted pretty early into the game. It gives your fists poison damage when you are attacking enemies unarmed, and then a huge 40% melee damage bonus against poisoned enemies. So I’d often throw my axe, let it stick in an enemy, then mash them down with my fists for enormous damage. I used this for probably 80% of the game and it was my main set.
9. Don’t Forget To Upgrade Your Rage Skills
In Ragnarok, Rage is now a bit different in that you will have three different skills that bloom from it. One is pure healing, one is damage and healing, one is pure damage. Each of these have three tiers that you will upgrade through XP alone to increase their potency, and since they’re not in the skill tree and not pieces of gear, it’s something that might be easy to overlook. But they are very important upgrades.
10. Swap Weapons In Combat Often
There are a lot more combat rewards for diversifying your weapon choice in this sequel. At baseline, both the axe and blades will get a skill where the blades do more damage to frozen enemies and the axe does more damage to burning enemies, so you want to swap often. Later, I unlocked armor sets that rewarded you for using special action skills quickly across different weapons. There’s a lot of synergy like that, so look out for it, in addition to certain enemies that are weak to different types of weapons, similar to last game.
New Mario Movie Trailer Reveals Seth Rogen's DK Voice And Cat Mario – GameSpot
Illumination has shared a brand-new look at The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which reveals the first look at Donkey Kong and Cat Mario.
The 30-second teaser features a scene from the movie where Mario, voiced by Chris Pratt, and Donkey Kong, Seth Rogen, will face off against each other in an arena on what could be Donkey Kong Island.
After being beaten up by Donkey Kong, Mario is able to punch a yellow question mark block, which gives him the Cat ability, turning him into Cat Mario. Now equipped with the yellow catsuit, Donkey Kong laughs and Rogen’s voice is heard for the first time as he threatens to kill Mario.
Princess Peach, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, and Keegan-Michael Key’s Toad are also glimpsed watching over the fight, along with a new Kong character and hundreds of others of the same species in the crowd. The cast will also be joined by Jack Black, who will play the movie’s villain Bowser, and Charlie Day as Luigi.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie hits theatres on April 7, 2023.
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Life and style with Brandon Knorr, Owner / Operator, AEC Contracting Ltd – Kimberley Daily Bulletin – Kimberley Bulletin
– Words and photography by Lia Crowe
I’m a little old-fashioned, and I believe a handshake is still a powerful thing,” Brandon tells me when I ask him to tell me his best life lesson.
Born and raised in Kelowna, Brandon is a third-generation homebuilder/contractor in the Okanagan, but it took him a while to come around to it.
“While working in construction was rewarding in my teen years, I felt the need to continue my education and so I completed a computer engineering diploma, and shortly thereafter a commercial helicopter pilot license. However, the grounding and rewarding nature of construction always called me back.”
And what gets Brandon fired up about his work?
“Progress. One of the biggest things that keeps me going is looking at my progress at the end of every day, and being proud of what I’ve accomplished.”
Outside of work Brandon is passionate about aviation and the outdoors.
“I’ve always had a love for nature, whether it’s hunting, fishing or camping. I was fortunate enough to spend three years flying commercial helicopters in northern BC and Alaska, and got to see untouched nature in its glory.”
When it comes to style, Brandon describes his as “classic.”
“I’ve always been comfortable in a classic, simple style. To me, anything that makes you confident and comfortable is good style. If a person has the confidence, they exude style.”
Style Inspirations & Life
Favourite musician:Eric Church or Garth Brooks.
Era of time that inspires your style: 1960s or 2000s.
Favourite local restaurant: Bouchons Bistro.
Favourite cocktail or wine: Crown Royal and cola.
Album on current rotation: Sam Cooke, Greatest Hits.
Favourite city to visit: Las Vegas.
Favourite hotel: Golden Nugget, Las Vegas.
Favourite app: Spotify.
Favourite place in the whole world: Playa La Ropa in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
Uniform:Best uniform I’ve been fortunate enough to wear was a pilot flight suit. Nomex fire-safe flight suit in green.
Favourite denim, brand and cut: Levi’s 502.
Current go-to clothing item: True Classic shirts, Levi’s 502 dark denim.
Favourite pair of shoes: Danner leather boots in brown.
Favourite work tool: Stiletto TB3 Titanium Hammer.
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Aviators.
Favourite hair product:Reuzel Clay Matte Pomade.
Fave print magazine: Boulevard Magazine!
Coffee table book/photography book: The Art of Robert Bateman.
Last great read: Greenlights, by Matthew McConaughey.
Book currently reading:The New Kingdom, by Wilbur Smith.
Favourite Author: Wilbur Smith.
Story courtesy of Boulevard Magazine, a Black Press Media publication
128GB Samsung Galaxy S23 to use slower UFS 3.1 storage
As the future Galaxy S23 series approaches, the vanilla Galaxy S23 is set to keep one foot in the past – it will launch with 128GB base storage. Leakster Ice Universe brings some more bad news for would-be S23 buyers, apparently the 128GB version will use the older UFS 3.1 storage format.
The higher 256GB version will utilize the new, faster, more efficient UFS 4.0 and at least at launch it will be available at the same price as the 128GB model. According to Ice, Samsung has not manufactured 128GB UFS 4.0 packages, only 256GB and above. Right now it seems that only Japanese rival Kioxia has UFS 4.0 in 128GB capacity, but Samsung Electronics is reluctant to use those.
UFS 4.0 can achieve sequential speeds of up to 4,200 MB/s for reads and up to 2,800 MB/s for writes
There might be a good reason for that. Flash storage connects chips in parallel to increase data transfer speeds – the more chips there are, the faster the storage is. This means that it is often the case that the smallest storage configurations are slower than larger ones. This means that the 128GB UFS 4.0 packages might not perform on levels worthy of the “UFS 4.0” label.
Another leakster, @chunvn8888, claims that Samsung has cut down the vanilla Galaxy S23 even further. You can read our What to expect post for more details on the specs. For starters, the small S23 will be the only one stuck on 25W charging, not much of a surprise.
But chun’s tweet paints a bleaker picture of the S23 – Wi-Fi 6E instead of Wi-Fi 7, slightly thicker bezels around the display and a less advanced vibration motor. Not mentioned in the tweet, but it looks like the small S23 still won’t get UWB.
That last one is important if you want to use the more advanced SmartTag+ trackers with direction finding. As for Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 7 hasn’t been finalized yet, so current devices that claim to support it really only support a draft version of the standard. But something similar happened with 802.11n (now dubbed Wi-Fi 4) and it worked out okay.
Samsung Galaxy S23
Even with all these cost-cutting measures, the base Samsung Galaxy S23 is expected to go up in price in Europe and India, though not in the US. All of this is based on unconfirmed info, the official unveiling is coming this Wednesday.
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