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Gamers Find Loophole in Halo: MCC Ranking System

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Days after 343i launches the MCC ranking system players take advantage of a loophole to quickly rush up the ranks

Over the last six months since its launch, 343i has been hard at work to bring Halo: The Master Chief Collection (MCC) up to the level players expect. It’s been a long journey taking the game’s multiplayer from the broken state it was in to where it is now. Until now 343i’s main focus has been on stabilizing the system so players could find a game. The April update turned towards giving players what they’ve been after most: rankings and matchmaking.

Over the last six months the MCC multiplayer has had no ranking or real matchmaking system in place leaving players frustrated by mismatches. High level players were being pitted against novices, something no one was happy with. All that frustration caused people to quit games or betray teammates. All of that was supposed to change with the MCC ranking system; yet only a few days after 343i flipped the switch there are already problems.

The new MCC ranking system was meant to pit players against each other based on skill, punishing players who quit or betray teammates. Instead players have discovered that quitting and betrayals have no effect on their ranks like 343i said they would. It didn’t take long after that for players to figure out a loophole to jump up through the ranks in no time. Anytime they’re in a losing match players can simply drop out to preserve their rank, a problem 343i has acknowledged.

If all that wasn’t frustrating enough players have also taken to forums saying that their rank dropped after winning a match for no reason. It goes without saying that gamers are none too happy about all of these problems. The MCC ranking system was meant to make this the Halo collection it was always meant to be. Now it looks like the update is going to need an update. If 343i plans to keep a hold on the community still loyal to the MCC they will have to act fast.

Just like most other people are here, Ryan is very passionate about gaming and technology. When he's not writing about video games, you'll likely find him talking about the latest gadgets.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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