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PSA: This is your last chance to move your Destiny 2 account from Battle.net to Steam

The PC version of Destiny 2 is now available exclusively on Steam, after years on Activision-Blizzard’s Battle.net client. The switch happened back in 2019 with the launch of Shadowkeep, so regular Destiny 2 players have already moved their accounts to Steam. But if you used to play Destiny 2 and have a lapsed character you want to keep available, you need to move fast – this is your last chance to migrate your Destiny 2 Battle.net account to Steam.

You’ll no longer be able to log into your Battle.net profile for Destiny 2 as of December 1 at 9:00 PST / 12:00 EST / 17:00 GMT. So if you started playing Destiny 2 on Battle.net at some point in the past, you will need to move your account over to a new platform or your progress will be lost forever. Destiny 2 is free-to-play on Steam, so you don’t need to purchase the game on the new platform to move over.

This deadline doesn’t affect the broader cross-progression options. You can still move your character to Steam from the consoles, or vice-versa. We’re only losing access to that Battle.net version here.

Immortals Fenyx Rising reviews – our roundup of the scores

From Assassin’s Creed Valhalla to Watch Dogs Legion, we’ve had a few Ubisoft games to keep ourselves busy recently. The studio isn’t quite done yet, though, as now it’s Immortals Fenyx Rising‘s turn. It’s an open-world game from the team behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. While Odyssey was more based in history, though, this one is Ubisoft’s chance to embrace Ancient Greek mythology fully.

We were able to get our hands on it and came away with plenty of positive thoughts. In our Immortals Fenyx Rising review, we said that “while Ubisoft doesn’t always strike a balance between Greek history and humour, Immortals Fenyx Rising’s open-world is a constant delight”. The Golden Isles are littered with plenty of sights to see, monsters to battle, and puzzles to solve.

Immortals Fenyx Rising has got off to a strong start on Metacritic and Opencritic, too. On the former, it’s currently sitting at 74/100, whereas the later is 78/ 100. Plenty have praised the game for being a brisk but enjoyable take on the formula of the open-world game, which sees plenty of titles extend into well over 100 hours. Some do, however, note that the game feels fairly familiar thanks to its resemblance to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Physics-based puzzles, stamina bars, tameable horses, you name it.

This Crusader Kings 3 mod aims to let you play all of Lord of the Rings’ Middle-earth

Actual medieval history is great and all, but let’s be honest – a whole load of nerds, myself included, are more knowledgeable about Middle-earth and Westeros than historical Europe. Luckily, the Crusader Kings 3 total conversion mods are starting to arrive, including The Lord of Rings: Realms of Exile, which eventually aims to make all of Middle-earth playable.

The first release of Realms of Exile focuses on three factions and playable leaders. Those include King Theoden of Rohan and Saruman of Isengard, but the factions also include Wulfgar Brynjarsson of Dunland, originally created in the Age of the Ring mod for Battle for Middle-earth. (Mod universes are apparently colliding!)

This first release starts in the year 3000 of the Third Age, which is shortly before Bilbo’s birthday party in the early part of Lord of the Rings. The focus is on the Riders of Rohan as they’re beset by both bandits and the forces of Saruman – but, of course, this is Crusader Kings, so you can take any faction in any direction. I assume that includes seducing Saruman and building a horse-orc empire that prevents the War of the Ring from ever happening.

Sit down, waifus, Genshin Impact’s new trailer details sexyboy husbando Zhongli

Genshin Impact‘s next banner kicks off very soon, and its featured character is already a hit among fans. Zhongli has the Genshin Impact fandom ‘thirsty af’ (that’s what the young folk say, right?), both for what look to be some powerful in-game abilities, and his extremely cool anime boy charms. A new trailer offers an extended look at both.

Zhongli is a geo-powered character, and we see him petrifying and shattering groups of enemies in the trailers. According to datamines (via Honey Impact), his abilities can cause nearby geo energy to explode, inflicting AoE damage to enemies, which is likely what we’re seeing in the trailer – just enough damage to put the killing blow on those creatures and make them shatter.

The banner starts on December 1, and will last until December 22. (Details on precise start times are available on the official site.) In addition to Zhongli, other event wish characters include pyro-powered Xinyan, electro-powered Razor, and cryo-powered Chongyun.

Empire of Sin reviews – our roundup of the scores

As 2020 draws to a close, one of the year’s final big strategy games is about to land. Empire of Sin, the turn-based title set in Prohibition era Chicago, launches this week and the reviews are now pouring in ahead of its imminent arrival. Let’s take a look at what the critics have made of it so far, shall we?

Starting with our own Empire of Sin review, Joe scores it a respectable seven-out-of-ten, noting that “it’s hard to ignore the need for a little extra TLC to smooth out the edges, but the fundamentals of an arresting tactics-and-strategy game about building a criminal empire are in place”. Joe says that, while the game features some “excellent foundations”, there “are still some kinks to iron out” overall.

Across the board, however, there’s a real mixture of scores. It’s currently sitting at 70 on Opencritic and 69 on Metacritic (PC), but these reflect a pretty big range – for example, PCGamer has scored the title a 49/100, while Windows Central gives it a 4.5/5.

Fortnite Galactus event start time – here’s when the action kicks off

Last week, Fortnite developer Epic Games announced that one of the greatest villains from Marvel’s comic universe was headed the battle royale game’s way. Galactus, the intergalactic baddie, will be descending on the Fortnite map very soon, bringing with him the start of Chapter 2, Season 5. If you’re keen to catch the action as it kicks off, you’ve come to the right place.

The Fortnite Galactus event start time is set for December 1 at 13:00 PST / 16:00 EST / 21:00 GMT, so you’ve got just over a day from the time of writing to clear your diary and head into the game to see the action unfold. As these season-concluding events tend to be popular, it’s likely worth making sure you’ve logged in and got yourself a cosy spot in-game at least an hour before the event begins, as Epic advises.

Other than a new season, it’s not all that clear what the event will bring just yet. Epic’s dropped a couple of teeny teasers – for example, posts saying: “Uhhh… is that the Devourer of Worlds on the horizon? That’s not good!” and: “He hungers for the Zero Point. Galactus is closing in.” But that’s pretty much it at the moment.

Zelda: Ocarina of Time has been recreated in Minecraft

The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time has never been available on PC, but now you can experience Nintendo’s classic game in Minecraft. Ocarina of Time has been fully remade in Minecraft, allowing you to play the entire 1998 hit within the blocky world.

After seven years of development Rivero, the sole creator behind this remake, has made his project available to the public for free. The entire map, along with every item and quest, has been painstakingly rebuilt specifically for Minecraft. This is as close to a 1:1 remake of Ocarina of Time as you’ll get, with only 20 differences compared to the original N64 version. Even then, these differences are minor in the grand scheme of things. While you won’t see butterflies flapping around, or destructible wooden crates, the rest of the game is a faithful recreation.

Created in Vanilla Minecraft without any assistance from mods or other people, everything seen in this remake has been created only using command blocks. This would be an impressive feat for any mod team, but the fact that just one person was responsible for this entire remake is remarkable.

Apex Legends dev wants to bring Wraith “under control” next season

Uh oh, Respawn Entertainment has started making noises about tweaking Apex Legends’ popular interdimensional skirmisher Wraith next season. Developer Daniel Klein appeared on the Third Party podcast and spoke about the studio’s desire to bring her “under control” in Season 8. Nothing is set in stone yet, but he says that the team is looking to “fix” her hitboxes in a way that’s similar to what they did with Pathfinder at the start of Season 7.

“I don’t want to hit her kit any more,” he explains (thanks, Dexerto). “We’ve pushed that to the breaking point where it’s barely still fun, but the extreme wind-up on her tactical ⁠— as much as it was necessary ⁠— it puts the ability more into the camp of cerebral power rather than satisfying in-the-moment power.

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much – that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

Terraria Steam Workshop support is on the way

Terraria: Journey’s Actual End might have arrived already, but that doesn’t mean the, er, actual end for the action-adventure game. Following the title’s “final content update”, developer Re-Logic has announced some upcoming support that’s on the way to help players share their own creations with each other – via Steam Workshop.

“Steam Workshop support for texture packs and map sharing is coming!”, the studio announces in a forum post looking at the current state of the game. “That’s right, with all of the planned content updates behind us, we are taking the time to look into raising the bar in regards to how players can interact and share their creations with each other!”

Re-Logic says there’s still a decent chunk of work and “additional iteration” remaining to do before Terraria’s Steam Workshop support will be ready to launch, so it doesn’t sound like it’ll be ready for a little while yet. The studio adds that it’ll naturally have more to share about how the tool’s support will work once it’s a bit further into development, too.

Here’s Apex Legends’ top picked characters for Season 7

Apex Legends developer Respawn has provided some broad stats on the most popular characters in the battle royale game. The top five in the current season is mostly predictable to anyone following the mutliplayer game, but one or two might have you scratching your head.

In the latest episode of The Third Party: An Apex Legends podcast, senior game designer Daniel Klein rattled off the top five legends players are choosing at the moment. “Wraith, Bloodhound, Horizon, Octane, and then Lifeline, that’s the pick order right now,” Klein says, running in descending order. Horizon‘s settled into third after being heavily picked towards the start of Season 7, at the beginning of November, but Bloodhound and Octane are likely the ones to raise eyebrows.

Neither has a high win-rate, but Klein points out it isn’t all about winning. Octane’s speedy abilities make him a fun choice for players who aren’t too concerned with being competitive. No further context is given to Bloodhound, who’s been around since the game first came out, but it’s reasonable to assume it’s similar – players like using him and his powers of tracking and trap-detection, regardless of if he ultimately wins.

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