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Can Overwatch Competitive be Saved by Season 6?

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As Overwatch comes to the end of Season 5 Competitive, players are reflecting on the past few months and making predictions for what Season 6 will bring. While it’s mostly accepted that this was the game’s worst competitive experience by far, it’s still up for debate whether or not many of the problems from it will be fixed.

Some of the biggest changes for Season 6 apply directly to the system rather than specific heroes. As stated by Jeff Kaplan in a recent Developer Update video, the new season will only be two months instead of three. Alongside this, how Skill Rating is handled will be changed in various ways. This ranges from how decay works (now requiring only 5 games a week rather than 7) to placement matches putting you at a more accurate rank after completion. Blizzard’s hope is that these tweaks among other unmentioned ones will make the competitive experience much more satisfying throughout its runtime.

In the way of hero balancing, most Overwatch fans are probably aware of the changes being made to both Mercy and D.Va. Kaplan’s reasoning behind this was not only to make the two more fun to play, but also to hopefully reduce frustrations for those playing against them.

So Season 6 is going to introduce quite a number of big changes to the game. Already players seem to be responding rather favorably to them, although this might just be due to the fact that Blizzard has shown their willingness to listen to the community occasionally. Without a doubt this competitive season should feel a lot tighter in terms of proper rankings and accurate matchmaking, but one of the biggest problems may still remain: toxicity.

Poor attitudes from fellow teammates has undoubtedly been a huge factor in why Season 5 is regarded as the worst competitive season for Overwatch. While this is something that Blizzard has addressed, it’s still not entirely within their control. At this point we can only hope that the new reporting system works as intended and that the other changes are enough to steer future competitive seasons into a more enjoyable direction.

I play more Overwatch than most people would consider healthy. In any game genre my knowledge could range from a filthy casual to a certified no-life.

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The director of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is making a final plea to content creators regarding spoilers

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is on the horizon, with our review already available. There’s just one week left until the game’s official release on February 29th, exclusively on PS5. This highly anticipated sequel to Remake, based on one of the most beloved video game stories, is best experienced without any spoilers, according to creative director Tetsuya Nomura.

On Twitter, Nomura made a final request for players and content creators to avoid spoiling the game for others, especially on social media and video-sharing platforms, where spoilers can spread rapidly. Naturally, there’s a specific moment that everyone is eagerly anticipating to see how it will compare to the 1997 original, and it’s bound to be quite chaotic on launch day. Nevertheless, Nomura still holds onto a glimmer of hope for humanity and has made a seemingly impossible request for content creators to exercise a degree of restraint.

It’s important to remember to include spoiler warnings when sharing content related to the game’s story on social media and video-sharing sites to avoid spoiling the experience for others. I would greatly appreciate it if you could avoid using scenes from important parts of the story in your video thumbnails.

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Nomura points out that the developers intentionally did not limit the recording and sharing features of the PS5 for any aspect of the game. They believe players should have the freedom to share and discuss their favorite gameplay moments. It remains to be seen if that trust was justified.

Do you think players and content creators will follow Nomura’s request and minimize spoilers? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Xbox may want to become more acquainted with the Platinum Trophies on PS5 and PS4

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Obsidian’s first Xbox game, Pentiment, a historical adventure, is now available on the PS5 and PS4. From what we’ve seen, this port of a highly popular game seems to be solid, and we aim to provide you with a review soon. Meanwhile, one aspect caught our attention regarding the conversion that Microsoft may need to address in the future.

Pentiment’s list of Trophies perfectly mirrors its Xbox Achievements, featuring identical descriptions, titles, and icons. There is a slight variation between the two versions: PlayStation offers 42 trophies to unlock, whereas Xbox provides 41 achievements to earn. The distinction lies in the Platinum Trophy, which is awarded once you have collected all the other trinkets in the set.

Since it’s not included in the original game, the developer has not named the trophy, so it appears as ‘PlatinumTrophy’ in the list. This has already generated amusement among Trophy enthusiast communities. “They chose such a basic name for the Platinum Trophy and somehow still messed it up,” a fan expressed.

This issue is quite insignificant in the bigger picture and could likely be fixed with a quick update or patch. As Microsoft gains more experience with PlayStation development, we hope their command of the Trophy system will improve. After all, those platinums are difficult to earn and deserve a more memorable name.

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Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon have been excluded from the final roster of WWE 22K24

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2K Sports unveiled the complete roster for the upcoming WWE 2K24, featuring more than 204 playable superstars, including 70 Legends who are no longer part of the main rosters, along with eight managers. However, fans were quick to point out the absence of some notable names from the list: 7-time WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and former WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Lesnar was previously excluded from the Forty Years of WrestleMania edition.

Following accusations of sex trafficking against McMahon by a former WWE employee, a report from the Wall Street Journal brought the issue to light. Although Lesnar’s name was not directly mentioned in the proceedings, insiders informed the WSJ that he was the unidentified WWE champion in question. McMahon refuted the allegations but stepped down as WWE CEO the day following the federal lawsuit.

Nonetheless, Lesnar and McMahon will still be present in the game. GameSpot has reported that the Lesnar vs. Undertaker match from WrestleMania 30 may be included in Showcase mode. It is speculated that another match already confirmed for Showcase mode (Stone Cold vs. The Rock, WrestleMania 17) will probably include an appearance from McMahon as well.

WWE 2K24 will be available for purchase on March 8th for PS5 and PS4, or March 5th for those interested in the Deluxe or WrestleMania editions.

 

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