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Persona 5 Royal: Guide To Playing Darts

Part of Persona 5 Royal’s improvement on the Baton Pass system is the ability to level up the effectiveness of Baton Passes with your teammates by playing darts at Kichijoji.

Players are introduced to this mechanic on 6/5, when Ryuji takes them to the darts and billiards game bar play darts— during this trip, the game automatically brings Ryuji’s Baton Pass to rank 2, but it’s only when players return to play of their own volition that the game introduces the actual minigame.

How To Play Darts

The rules are identical to those of real-life darts: you score points based on where your dart lands, and you must score exactly the specified amount of points in five turns. The game is divided into three difficulty levels: 301, 501, and 701, each named after how many points must be scored.

Each turn is comprised of three dart throws. It’s best to aim for the highest score possible on your first turn, but beware: if your dart throw puts your remaining points in the negative, it will be a bust and any points you scored during that turn will be voided. You must reach 0 points exactly.

Playing the minigame is mostly a matter of reflexes. When you step up, there will be an oval on the screen that you can position by using your Dualshock’s motion controls. Once it’s over the area you’d like to score, hold R2 to lock it in place, at which point a dot will start bouncing about within the oval. This dot determines where your dart will actually land— the trick is to flick your controller or press X when it’s over the score field you want to hit.

How To Rank Up Baton Passes

This is fairly simple— succeeding at one round of 301 will increase that teammate’s Baton Pass to rank 2, while a round of 501 will max them out at rank 3. Teammates at rank 1 will automatically ask to play 301, but you can still skip to rank 3 in one round if you play your cards right.

There are five turns in a round, with the protagonist going first and the selected teammate going second. If you’re able to score enough points in your first and second turn that your teammate could feasibly finish the round on their second turn, you’ll be given an opportunity to encourage them.

Selecting the right option will boost their performance, increasing the chance that they’ll finish the round and rank up to 3 immediately. However, if the number of points you’ve left for them to top off is low enough, you don’t need to worry too much about boosting their performance. Aim to leave them with anywhere between 1 and 30 points.

The “Right” options are as follows:

  • Mona: C. “I’m counting on you.”
  • Skull: A. “Focus!”
  • Panther: C. “Just play like usual.”
  • Fox: A. “Think of it like painting.”
  • Queen: C. “Take deep breaths.”
  • Oracle: B. “This is the real thing.”
  • Noir: C. “Just enjoy yourself.”
  • Violet: C: “Trust yourself.”

*These are unofficial translations of the prompts, and will be updated soon.

The exception to this is Crow— he will always ask to play 701 with you, and only ever level up one rank at a time.

How To Boost Your Performance

As with the other minigames in Persona 5 Royal, you’re able to augment your skills by purchasing certain items. After playing darts for the first time (not including the first visit with Ryuji), two items will be available for sale: a book and a specialty dart.

The book can be bought in Shinjuku and upon reading, will allow you to use Third Eye during a round. This means that holding L2 after locking the aiming oval down will slow the dot down, making it easier for you to shoot for the field you want.

The specialty dart can be bought from the sports shop in Shibuya’s Underground Mall, where the record store used to be in the original P5. This makes your aiming oval thinner, allowing for greater precision.

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Sony Russia Refuses To Release Modern Warfare 2 Remastered

Although the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 released in 2009, Russia still hasn’t forgotten about the controversial “No Russian” mission in that game, and as such, has made the decision to not release the remastered version of the game in the country.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered came out on March 31 for the PS4 (with a PC and Xbox release to follow in April), and brought the infamous mission back into the spotlight. Fans who played the original version or watched a video online might very well remember the mission where a Russian terrorist cell commits a mass shooting at an international airport, only to pin the blame on the US and spark a war between the two countries.

At the time, Russia wasn’t too happy with how it was painted in that mission and as a result of that, removed the game from PC sales. After some time however, it re-released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but completely removed the mission from the game in order to control the controversy it managed to create. With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered still keeping the “No Russian” mission, Sony Russia decided to not release the game at all.

One interesting thing to note however is that the game will still be released for PC and Xbox consoles in Russia. However, it’s not fully known if the PC and Xbox versions will keep the “No Russian” mission in them, or if the mission will be removed. Additionally, it’s not clear if the PS version of the game will continue to not be sold in the country, or if it will release at one point in the future with the “No Russian” mission taken out.

This isn’t the first time a controversy surrounded Russia and Call of Duty. When Call of Duty: Modern Warfare released, it was review-bombed on MetaCritic for being Russophobic. At that time, some of the fans were not too happy with the game portraying Russia as a villain (yet again), and pinning the blame of a war crime that the US was fully responsible for onto Russia as well.

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Rockstar Games To Donate Revenue From GTA Online And Red Dead Online To COVID-19 Relief

The official Rockstar Games Twitter account has announced that they will be donating 5% of all revenue from purchases made in GTA Online and Red Dead Online, the online modes for Grand Theft Auto V and Read Dead Redemption 2 respectively.

The funds will be used to help local communities and businesses who have been affected by the impact of COVID-19. The donations will be contributed to these communities and businesses, as well as to organizations actively helping out those in need during this crisis. The Twitter post did not exactly who the funds will be donated to specifically, just referring to business, communities, and organizations in general.

The post mentions North America, the UK, and India specifically, so there’s a chance this will be the main focus on where the donations are sent. These are however where Rockstar’s main offices are located.

While 5% might not seem like a lot of money, Rockstar makes a large portion of their revenue through microtransactions. Take-Two, the parent company of Rockstar Games and 2K, announced back in February that microtransaction spending in GTA Online grew by a whopping 54% during the quarter. This is thanks to the continued updates of GTA Online, with major content updates like Diamond Heist keeping players engaged after so many years.

GTA V has sold over 120 million copies worldwide, with 20 million of those units being sold in 2019, six years after the initial release on PS3 and Xbox 360. Read Red Redemption 2 has passed 29 million sales, with the game releasing in October 2018 on console and late last year on PC.

Online purchases will start counting towards the donations as of April 1, continuing through to the end of May. For two entire months Rockstar will continue to support and help those in need around the world with these donations. Most likely this will include sales made in-game across PC, Xbox One, and PS4 for GTA Online and Red Dead Online.

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Wasteland 3 Delayed To August 28

COVID-19’s impact on the game industry pushes another game date back, as InXile’s Wasteland 3 has been pushed to August 28 (Be sure to check out an awesome feature on Wasteland 3 in the current issue of Game Informer!}. Studio head Brian Fargo issued a statement via Twitter, commenting that a shift to work-from-home procedures had impacted development. Wasteland 3 was previously expected to land on May 19 on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

We have an important update on Wasteland 3’s release date. pic.twitter.com/hiX1CygcUk

Delays due to a rapidly changing world are becoming commonplace, and I’m looking forward to sliding around an ice-cold Denver when Wasteland arrives. And hanging out with robo-Reagan, he’s a cool president.

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How To Unlock The Shopkeeper In One Step From Eden

One Step From Eden has an interesting Shopkeeper. She looks like Robin Hood and is incredibly polite, yet strangely ominous at the same time. The Shopkeeper was originally going to be a neutral NPC found only on shop icons, but she developed into an unlockable character. After players experimented with attacking the neutral Shopkeeper, she quickly rose in popularity.

Any developer that puts an armed player-character and friendly NPCs in the same room is simply asking for violence. We have to know what happens if we attack the nice people; What are the consequences if we commit such egregious crimes? For those of us who attacked Captain Keyes on the deck of The Pillar of Autumn back in 2001, we found the answer quickly.

Fast-forward to Enter The Gungeon, a rougelike (like Eden) where you’re bound to run into the game’s friendly shopkeeper, Bello. Well, he’s friendly if you don’t attack him. If you do, he’s gonna fight back – and he ain’t a pushover.

Eden’s Shopkeeper is the same. Upon arriving on her turf, open up your deck to be greeted with a storefront, filled with spells and other wares that you can purchase. She’s completely docile if you don’t attack her. Even if you decide to bite into the forbidden fruit and attack, she’ll tank 100 damage before retaliating – pretty generous elbow room in case you accidentally send a spell flying her way.

However, to unlock the fabled Shopkeeper, you must defeat her.

She looks innocent and cute, so that means she’s harmless right?

Wrong – look at those soulless eyes. This crazy lass has 3000 health and a wealth of spells that are designed to brutally crush you. Think boss battle on steroids, because she’ll take you out in an instant if you don’t already have her spell patterns memorized. Fighting the Shopkeeper is a fast way to find out why players are dying to unlock her.

The below video, created by “Huntan,” demonstrates what is likely the fastest strategy to beat her (fighting her in tier 1). This will take some practice. You need to learn her 4 attacks and master the art of dodging them.

You’ll need to play enough of the game to reach Level 5 and unlock Saffron’s second loadout, Chrono, which will allow you to use her time-slowing Wristwatch. It is advisable to keep your card-count low. Tossing out Step Slash and replacing it with a higher damage spell (or a rooting spell) such as Missiletoe or Coldstone is also recommended – shown in the above video.

Killing or sparing the Shopkeeper will unlock her, but it’s easier said than done. Regardless, the only way to get the character is to defeat her. With a lot of practice and a bit of luck – the undertaking is manageable.

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How To Deal With Resident Evil 3's Nemesis The Easy Way

Resident Evil 3’s Nemesis is an imposing force who stubbornly chases you throughout your entire playthrough. He’s also harder to avoid than Resident Evil 2’s Mr. X, so if you’re having trouble with Nemesis in the early game try taking him down with grenades. A well-placed grenade will take Nemesis out of the fight for a short time. As an added bonus, Nemesis drops weapons upgrades and other high-powered artillery when you stun him.

In short, always keep a grenade on hand in case of a Nemesis sighting. If you’re out of grenades or don’t have one in your inventory, keep an eye open for interactive environmentals, such as exploding barrels or electrical boxes, which can help buy you enough time to run to the nearest safe room. Naturally, grenades aren’t the easy solution during end-boss encounters, but they still deal massive damage, so don’t waste them on puny zombies. Save that firepower for the big guy. Read our full review of Resident Evil 3 here.

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How to sign up for Valorant’s April 2020 closed beta

Riot Games announced details for Valorant’s closed beta starting April 7, 2020. The highly-anticipated 5v5 first-person shooter has attracted attention from the gaming community since its initial announcement. The goal of each round is for the attackers to detonate a spike on one of the three sites. Meanwhile, the counter-agents must prevent the attackers from destroying the site.

This weekend, Rod “Slasher” Breslau confirmed Riot was hosting an exclusive gameplay event. The secretive event was kept behind closed doors. Many popular streamers and professional players were quiet this weekend, presumably gearing up on the Valorant battlefield. Leaks of the game-capture event sparked massive interest in the possibility of closed beta popping up soon.

Valorant’s announcement says the first wave of players will step into the server in April 2020. Limited space is available for players in Europe, Canada, the United States, Turkey, Russia, and CIS. Additionally, Riot hopes to expand the closed beta to more regions, “pending the volatile logistics of launching a beta effectively during a global pandemic.” Daily Esports gathered all the need to know information about the closed beta and how to sign up.

Accessing the closed beta

Credit: Riot Games

Residents of countries eligible to partake in the closed beta should follow the steps below:

1. Register for a Riot Account

2. Link your Riot account with your Twitch account. If you’re not a registered Twitch user, set up your account here.

3. When the closed beta starts on April 7, head over to Twitch and watch official Valorant streams for an opportunity to gain access to the closed beta.

Download the Valorant launcher

Riot Games has released the game launcher, available for download. Players can download the executable by visiting the website here. To access the launcher, the user must have an active Riot account.

The official Riot Games launcher for Valorant.

Unfortunately, any attempts to log in subsequently trigger a message stating the user doesn’t have access to the game.

Stay tuned to Daily Esports for the latest Valorant news, tips, and more!

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Persona 5 Royal: How To Unlock The New Palace And Semester (Spoiler-Free)

Persona 5 Royal adds tons of new content, chief among them is the new third semester that also contains the ninth and final palace, all of which happen after the events of the original game. But it’s possible to miss all those features entirely if you don’t meet certain requirements. It’s an absolute must to see all the game has to offer, so here’s everything you need to do to unlock the new content, as spoiler free as possible.

The gist of this is that you need to rank up three separate Confidants (Akechi, Kasumi, and Maruki) to certain ranks before specific dates. Some of the ranks are gated by certain days and events, and if you don’t rank them up by then, you’ll miss out on extra gameplay and the new, major story arcs. P5R does a pretty good job notifying you of opportunities to level up these Confidants; they’ll text you when they’re available to hang out and there is some dialogue that highlights important dates. You may still overlook things as there are some specific windows of when to do them. We have everything detailed below.

Goro Akechi (Justice Confidant)

First, let’s start with Goro Akechi, the Justice arcana. In the original Persona 5, Akechi’s Confidant arc was tied to story events and was unmissable, but in P5R you choose to spend time with him. You’ll first meet Akechi in early June when you take the class field trip to the TV Station. This is an unmissable story event that kicks off rank 1.

After rank 1 he’ll be in Kichijoji, the new area in Persona 5 Royal, to hang out. He’ll be a catalyst to show you some of the new things you can do like play billiards and relax at the jazz club. You can achieve ranks 2 to 5 right after rank 1, and there’s no time gate on them. However, his Confidant rank 3 requires you to have Knowledge and Charm stats at rank 3 before engaging.

Rank 6 is locked until a story event on September 3, and he’ll be waiting for you in Leblanc. Ranks 7 and 8 are then locked until November 2, but you must complete both before November 18. A word of advice: make sure you’re prepared to fight for rank 8, though you can always retry if you don’t succeed. If you do all those things correctly, ranks 9 & 10 will unlock automatically as the story progresses.

Kasumi Yoshizawa (Faith Confidant)

Next, let’s move on to Kasumi Yoshizawa, the new transfer student at Shujin Academy. You’ll bump into Kasumi on the train early on, but you won’t truly interact with her until the new park clean-up event on May 30. This is an unmissable story event, and you’ll reach rank 1 with her and open up her Confidant route (she holds the Faith arcana).

You’ll notice that Kasumi only has five Confidant ranks which is different from everyone else. Ranks 2 to 5 aren’t gated by anything and can be easily unlocked after you officially meet her–you’ll find her hanging out in Kichijoji. You have until December 22 to do all of this so no pressure…but don’t slack off, unless Kawakami says it’s okay.

Takuto Maruki (Councillor Confidant)

Finally, the last important Confidant to ensure you reach the extra semester and palace, is Shujin Academy’s very own guidance counselor Takuto Maruki, who holds the Councillor arcana. Maruki joins the story after the first palace and is hired by the school to help the students through their problems. There’s an automatic story event that introduces him, and since you and your friends have endured traumatic experiences, you’re required to go visit him early on. From there you’ll reach rank 1 with him, and throughout the story you’ll see moments of your fellow Phantom Thieves receiving counseling from him as well.

Ranks 2 to 5 can be achieved immediately after that, and he’ll be hanging in front of the nurses office on Monday’s and Friday’s after school. Ranks 6 to 9 are then gated until September 20. You can also do ranks 1 through 9 after September 20 if you choose since you won’t be locked out if you wait that long. Rank 10 then happens automatically on November 18 if you have reached rank 9 by then. However, you will be locked out of rank 10 if you do not reach rank 9 by November 17.

It’s also worth noting that Maruki raises your SP cap and grants abilities like Detox, Flow, and Mindfulness which are extremely useful. He’s also a refreshing personality and you honestly should just meet with him regardless; he provides perspective for mental health, which will be very important by the time you reach the new content.

A Few More Tips

To rank up Confidants faster, make sure you’re carrying a Persona with the same arcana as the person you’re hanging out with–you’ll receive more points for proper dialogue options. Oh and lastly, make sure to refuse any deal that would compromise your morals throughout the course of the story.

If you accomplish all these steps then you should be ready for the brand new palace, third semester, and everything that comes with them. When you follow through on the new final boss, make sure you have everyone’s Baton Pass at rank 3 (which levels up by playing darts throughout the game)–trust us on this one.

For more on this extended version of the original RPG, be sure to read our early review of Persona 5 Royal’s first 50 hours and how the new mechanics effect the experience. You can also check out how some changes were made in the localization process and get insight on how Persona’s localization was done throughout the years.

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These 4 Games Are Free To Own On Epic This Week

Epic has been giving away free PC games on a weekly basis since December 2018, but the distraction feels needed more than ever these days. The latest batch of free games are available now, and while only two were advertised last week, Epic has added two more surprise freebies to the mix. In addition to Figment and Tormenter x Punisher, you can also claim World War Z and Drawful 2 for free. Drawful 2 will be available until April 9, while the other three games are free until this Thursday, April 2, when they’ll be replaced by next week’s freebies. To claim any Epic free games, you just need a free account, and afterward, they’ll be yours to keep.

Drawful 2 comes from the studio behind Jackbox Party Pack. This hilarious party game is about drawing weird and very specific things–like “death by trombone” or “pitcher of nachos”–and having your friends guess what they are by typing in answers on their phone or tablet. Drawful 2 adds the ability to create your own prompts to make custom games with your friends, and there are expanded tools for streaming as well.

World War Z is a co-op third-person shooter where you’ll face off against hordes of zombies in cities like New York, Moscow, Tokyo, and more. For your character, you can choose from six different classes with different abilities, like the Gunslinger, Hellraiser, or Slasher. Up to 1,000 zombies can appear on the screen at the same time, swarming and even crawling over each other to reach you if you’re on a higher level. The game also features various multiplayer modes, like King of the Hill, Swarm Deathmatch, and Player vs. Player vs. Zombie.

Critic Alessandro Barbosa was a bit lukewarm about the game in GameSpot’s World War Z review, although it’s certainly worth grabbing while free. “World War Z has many rough edges that are easy to spot, exacerbated by limited content that makes repeated playthroughs less interesting with each run,” he wrote. “But it’s also a cooperative shooter that has the space for those dynamic and ridiculous player stories to emerge in. The rush of taking down a swarm with friends is core to what makes World War Z’s action work so well, and it rewards you well for the time spent on the classes and weapons you like. It could benefit from having more to go around, but if there’s a future for World War Z and its chaotic cooperative action, this is a good foundation to build it on.”

The next free game is Figment, a gorgeous action-adventure game with hand-drawn environments and a fantastic soundtrack. It takes you on a trip through the human mind, which is illustrated with trippy, colorful visuals reminiscent of M.C. Escher and Dalí. You’ll take control of a mopey drunk named Dusty, who must navigate this strange world fighting nightmarish enemies who aim to spread fear and overcome mental obstacles, growing into a heroic guardian by the end. The game earned a 7/10 in GameSpot’s Figment review.

“Figment is at once lighthearted and deep. It reminds us that dark things may lurk underneath otherwise pleasant surfaces, that grumpy egos may populate the shuttered houses of an otherwise beautiful mind,” wrote critic Leif Johnson. “Sometimes Figment seems a little too silly for its ambitions, but that frivolity never manages to fully drown out its overarching message–that if we persevere and have a little faith in our abilities, things will likely turn out well in the long run. Or, at least, we’ll learn how to live with the pain.”

You’ll also be able to snag Tormenter x Punisher, which is great if you like to let out stress by playing a chaotic, fast-paced video game. Tormenter x Punisher is a top-down action game where all enemies can be killed in one hit–including bosses and yourself. You’ll have to survive the onslaught of enemies, which adapt to your play style, and get new upgrades by killing demons in creative ways. We haven’t reviewed this one, but it currently has a Very Positive 9/10 rating on Steam, so it’s worth grabbing while it’s free next week.

Epic’s current freebies are just a few of the free games you can claim right now–many publishers and developers are offering their games at no cost for a limited time as a stress reliever for people stuck inside. Plus, check out our full guide to all the best movies, TV, and games to enjoy while social distancing.

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Last Chance To Play Some Great Steam Games For Free

If you’re looking for something to do today and tomorrow, then Steam has three excellent games with free-play periods that will easily take care of your boredom. The incredibly in-depth intergalactic sim Kerbal Space Program and the intense, heart-pounding tactical shooter Insurgency: Sandstorm are all free to play on PC right now.

Each game is available for free right now, though if you want to play past the free-play period, you’ll need to buy it. Thankfully, they’re all discounted, so you won’t have to pay full price to keep going. Kerbal Space Program until March 30 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, and Insurgency: Sandstorm until April 1 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.

Kerbal Space Program have received stellar reviews from GameSpot. Kerbal Space Program’s review awarded the game a 9/10 for its impressively realistic physics and science as well as its steep but gratifying difficulty curve.

Insurgency: Sandstorm hasn’t been reviewed by GameSpot, but as someone who’s played quite a few hours of the game in the past, I can safely say it is a very satisfying, realistic shooter. It’s like a mix between Battlefield and Rainbow Six Siege but with a much more realistic bent to everything. Shooting an enemy doesn’t give feedback like Call of Duty’s hit markers, and if you’re firing an automatic gun, you’re going to have a hell of a time controlling its recoil.

It won’t click with every shooter fan, but for those who dedicate time to it, Insurgency: Sandstorm is an exhilarating, terrifying shooter with an awesome co-op mode that requires coordinated teamwork to get through alive. The free-play period is a great opportunity to try it out and see where you stand.

The fantastic metropolis builder Cities: Skylines was free until yesterday morning, but its free-play period expired March 29 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. You can still score it a cool discount, however.

If you’re looking for more games to play, then check out all of the free games you can claim right now and keep forever. There are also a ton of great games, movies, and TV shows that are great for this hectic time.

Cities: Skylines

Free until March 29 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET

  • Standard edition — $6 ($30)
  • Deluxe edition — $10 ($40)

Kerbal Space Program

Free until March 30 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET

  • Standard edition — $10 ($40)
  • Complete edition — $25.01 ($69.97)

Insurgency: Sandstorm

Free until April 1 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET

  • Standard edition — $15 ($30)

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