Apex Legends smashes all-time concurrent player record on Steam

Season 14 of Apex Legends is so popular that prior Steam records are done and dusted.

Apex Legends has been wildly popular since day one, but the latest seasonal update is taking things to another level. No, this isn’t a joke about any high-flying ability swap bugs, either.

According to SteamDB, Apex Legends set a concurrent player record of 511,676 on Aug. 10, 2022. It’s an astonishing boost, especially when compared with prior milestones. SteamCharts puts the previous peak at around 400,000 players. So nobody can deny that Respawn’s battle royale still has plenty of life left — despite what pundits might suggest. We’re only about halfway through Season 14’s launch week, too, meaning numbers might shoot up further by the weekend.

These stats don’t account for everyone playing via the PC Origin launcher, either. Or folks on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch — those platforms are undoubtedly seeing similar concurrent player jumps.

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Considering all the hype around Apex Legends Season 14, this development isn’t terribly surprising. There are loads of welcoming additions between Vantage’s introduction and balance adjustments to weapons like the G7 Scout, charge rifle, Spitfire, and EVA-8. The same goes for the Kings Canyon redesign and level cap increase.

Aside from some patching issues and the aforementioned tactical skill glitches, this update has largely gone off without a hitch. Fans are hyped beyond belief, anyway.

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.

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HBO’s The Last of Us casts Henry and Sam, along with two all-new characters

Numerous well-known actors are joining HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us.

It’s been a few months since we’ve heard anything about HBO’s The Last of Us series. Likely because it’s not coming out this year. Plus, casting is ongoing.

IGN got the confirmation that Lamar Johnson (Your Honor) and newcomer Keivonn Woodard are bringing Henry and Sam to life in The Last of Us. Anyone who has made it through Naughty Dog’s seminal narrative-driven title will remember these characters as the brothers that Joel and Ellie run into in Pittsburgh while fighting some nasty raiders. Apparently, the story is slightly changing so that they cross paths in Kansas City this time.

That’s not the only change coming, either. Graham Greene (The Green Mile, Dances with Wolves) and Elaine Miles (Northern Exposure) have guest star roles as Marlon and Florence, a survivalist couple created for the TV show. There isn’t any information on how they’ll fit into the story yet, though.

There are plenty of awful video game adaptations, usually because Hollywood often doesn’t follow the source material. However, star Pedro Pascal claims HBO’s The Last of Us will stay true to the game. Fingers crossed that statement holds up whenever the show eventually premieres.

Anyone that needs a refresher ahead of time should keep an eye out for The Last of Us: Part 1, which is coming out next month.

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.

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Forspoken’s latest trailer is out, and Twitter is dunking on it hard

Some cliché Marvel-like dialogue in Forspoken’s new teaser is sending people into a meme-fueled frenzy.

So Forspoken‘s new trailer is out, and it’s going over freaking terribly on social media. Memes are just something we do now, it seems.

On Tuesday, Square Enix released a short teaser for Forspoken. Protagonist Frey Holland narrates it, quickly recounting her exploits in some far-off mythical land — and everyone is clowning the dialogue. The delivery is akin to that Joss Wheadon-like dialogue that is in virtually every Marvel Cinematic Universe film these days, where most lines are teeming with jokey lines that become rather grating after a while.

Before we go any further, please watch the video for yourself below. Context is key and all that.

Of course, these sorts of quips don’t bother everyone. Let’s face it: an overwhelming majority of blockbuster movies over the past decade were marketed like this, so it’s not unprecedented. The game itself might be utterly devoid of this sort of Avengers-like speak, too; we won’t know until Forspoken comes out next year. But careful examination rarely stops the meme train from pulling up to the station.

As you might expect, Twitter is currently awash in parodies for this trailer. There are Doom, Yakuza, God of War, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater variants, among many others. We’ve gathered some of the funniest reactions, remixes, and cheeky edits below.

The NFL and Electronic Arts renew Madden esports deal

Competitive Madden will be huge for many years, thanks to an all-new contract extension between the NFL and EA.

Less than two weeks remain until Madden NFL 23 comes out, and the long-running football simulation is gearing up for a massive competitive season.

On Wednesday, Electronic Arts (EA) and the National Football League (NFL) announced that the Madden NFL Championship Series (MCS) esports deal will continue. No precise times were given for the extension, only that it’ll keep going for several years.

Perhaps the most noteworthy part of this announcement is that MCS tournaments will coincide with the actual NFL season. For instance, the Ultimate Madden NFL 23 Bowl takes place early next year, right around Super Bowl LVII. Ed Kiang, vice president of gaming at the NFL, claims the partnership will maximize engagement with fans worldwide.

“As a trusted partner for more than 30 years, EA’s commitment to football authenticity with Madden NFL is exemplary,” Kiang said in a press release. “Extending our partnership with EA is another avenue for the League to grow fandom off the field and enhance the EA SPORTS Madden NFL Championship Series by aligning Madden competitive gaming with NFL moments. Our joint efforts will drive the type of excitement that NFL fans expect while also highlighting the best Madden players in the world.”

An astounding $1.7 million prize pool will be spread throughout various MCS tournaments until next February. Both companies are clearly sparing no expense.

Madden NFL esports continues to deepen the love of the game with fans, players, and viewers. It’s teaching viewers how to improve at the game, while deepening engagement with Madden‘s most loyal fanbase,” Brent Koning, vice president of EA Esports, said in a press release. “Since the MCS started five years ago, it has helped showcase the game by elevating the greatest players in the world, while giving every single Madden NFL player the chance to go from couch to champion. We can’t wait to see how the MCS 23 season unfolds.”

As a reminder, Madden NFL 23 comes out on Aug. 19, 2022, for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. EA already revealed the highest-rated quarterbacks, wide receivers, edge rushers, running backs, cornerbacks, defensive linemen, 99 club members, and overall team stats.

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.

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PS Plus Extra and Premium games for August 2022 include Yakuza 0 and Dead by Daylight

Higher-tier PlayStation Plus subscribers can get three Yakuza titles, Dead By Daylight, and many more this month.

In these dreary times, we could all use some handouts every so often. Thankfully PlayStation Plus is tossing higher-tier subscribers some excellent games this month.

On Wednesday, Sony announced that 11 more titles will be available for PS Plus Extra and Premium members on Aug. 16, 2022. Let’s look at what there is below.

PS Plus Extra and Premium games for August 2022

  • Yakuza 0
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Dead By Daylight
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • Bugsnax
  • Metro Exodus 
  • Trials of Mana 
  • UNO
  • Monopoly Madness
  • Monopoly Plus

We knew all those Yakuza games would arrive eventually, but the rest were a pleasant surprise. Dead By Daylight, in particular, is about to receive some awesome Resident Evil DLC. So there’s arguably never been a better time to get hooked on the game.

The re-launch of PS Plus also introduces some extensive streaming backward compatibility titles, notably several excellent PS3 games. You’ll need a high-speed internet connection to take advantage of that, though. 

Remember that people with a standard membership still get some freebies, which we’ve already broken down here.

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.

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Hilarious Apex Legends bug is giving heroes the wrong abilities

Everyone loves Season 14 of Apex Legends, but a new (unintentionally funny) glitch that swaps skills is upsetting folks.

It wouldn’t be a new season of Apex Legends without some ridiculous glitches yielding belly laughs. That, or seething frustration, depends on who you ask!

There appears to be a bug that gives characters the wrong abilities. Over on r/apexlegends, the official Subreddit, user LiverPoisoningToast shared gameplay footage demonstrating the issue (Thanks, CharlieIntel). You can see that, for whatever reason, Ash suddenly has Loba’s tactical ability. Yes, the killer robot can now teleport around, too — quite a terrifying thought for those of us who can’t stand gap-closing aficionados.

Check out the clip in question below. Hopefully, it’ll get fixed soon cause most people are seething.

The new legend Ashloba is sick from apexlegends

The glitch isn’t limited to any one combination of characters, either. Some are getting varieties of Vantage and Newcastle, while one person claimed to have gotten Bangalore spliced with Bloodhound. The latter murder-hunter sounds like something created to send chills down pro’s spines.

So i was playing newcastle, with vantages abilities, whilst my teammate was playing vantage from apexlegends

bangalore and bloodhound switch abilities from apexlegends

Massive, game-breaking glitches coming in Apex Legends updates are par for the course these days. During Season 13, Loba’s teleport was broken for almost two months. Respawn eventually fixed it, but the situation wasn’t pretty. Then there was that whole Xbox input lag mess, which left many fans utterly furious. Heck, there’s even a new patching error that takes some finagling to solve.

Don’t get me wrong, Apex Legends: Hunted is still good fun. The charge rifle, Spitfire, EVA-8, and G7 Scout balance changes are lovely. As is the level cap increase and Kings Canyon revamp. It’s just, you know, better when these things actually work!

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.

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Cult of the Lamb Rituals list – all Rituals and what they do

Here are all the rituals in Cult of the Lamb.

In Cult of the Lamb, there are a range of rituals you can unlock. Some of them are dictated by the choices you make in your Doctrine – you can see all of those at that link – while others are unlocked naturally or by completing quests for NPCs. 

Since you won’t see all of them in a single playthrough, we thought it’d be handy to have them all in one place so you can decide which ones to aim for or see which ones you missed. 

Here are all the rituals in Cult of the Lamb. We also have a separate guide to all weapons and curses in the game.

How to fix the Apex Legends patching files error

This Apex Legends error troubles some players with every new update, here is how you can fix it quickly and easily.

As a new big update has dropped for Apex Legends, including all of Season 14’s new features, players have been finding one error particularly troublesome. This particular error rears its head whenever a big update drops, and some players find their launchers stuck on patching files during the download. This occurs on the PC version of the game, through both Steam and Origin.

We’ll let you know how to fix it so you can get back in the action as soon as possible.

If you want to know more about what’s new in Apex Legends Season 14, check out our guides in the new legend, Vantage, and new weapons available now.

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Cult of the Lamb review – Hades and Animal Crossing had an evil baby

Cult of the Lamb presents you with a cutesy world and then encourages you to be evil.

It’s another normal day in my cult – the Lambists – and I just cooked up one of my followers and served him to his best friend. An honest mistake, I didn’t read the meal descriptions before I started cooking, you see. Now my little follower – a ginger cat with two stripes on its forehead – is a bit peeved. As you would be. Oh, and now he’s pooping everywhere and my other followers are getting sick. Great. 

Cult of the Lamb presents you with a cutesy world where characters are called things like “Klunko and Bop”, then encourages you to be evil. In it, you play as a sacrificial (and bipedal) lamb who’s saved from death by a demon. You’re granted powers and told to head out for revenge against the Old Gods who wanted your chops. What they don’t realize is it’s you who’s gonna be doing the chopping. 

It’s a roguelite with a structure similar to that of Hades or Moonlighter. There are a range of biomes you need to fight through, and a bunch of modifiers that make runs feel different, from random weapons and curses (magic spells, essentially), to tarot cards that grant various buffs. The aim is to battle through all four biomes and defeat the boss at the end of each. 

Combat is crunchy and fast-paced, built around simple attacks, curses, and dodges. Everything in the environment reacts to your swings, and there’s plenty of screen shake, lending the action a sense of raw power. There’s also plenty of enemy variety, forcing you to adapt your tactics to deal with, for example, frogs that spit out homing flies, or glowing insects that explode when hit. It’s nowhere near as punishing as Hades, but there are tougher versions of each dungeon to complete if you want a challenge. 

What makes Cult of the Lamb special is what you do between these combat crusades. As the name suggests, you’re the leader of your very own cult. You get resources, erect buildings, give sermons, and indoctrinate new followers. As your followers grow in loyalty, you grow in power, unlocking new abilities, new weapons, and more to use on future crusades. That means you have to tend to your flock. If you don’t see to their needs, they die, they dissent, they poop everywhere, and make each other sick. It’s like a twisted Animal Crossing

The genius of these systems is how they force you to think of your followers as resources. You’re encouraged to bond with them, to tend to their needs, but you’re just fattening them up. You’re able to perform a range of dark rituals at your church, including ritual sacrifice. The higher level a follower is, the more power you rip from them when you send them to oblivion. Since your followers can die of old age, it’s often best to spend their whole lives being kind to them, then suck the essence out of them at the very last moment. 

At one point, I had a follower begin to dissent – this horrible little frog git. I put him in the stocks, reeducated him for a few days, then I murdered his best friend and made him eat them. That sorted him right out. See, even your mistakes can teach you things about being a good leader. 

You also get to set your own doctrine, choosing which beliefs you want your cultist to follow. Do you want traditional funerals or the option to bring dead cultists back to life? Do you want to be able to marry your cultists or force them to battle it out in ritualistic fighting pits? 

Then there are the rituals themselves, powered by the bones of your enemies, which allow you to bend the rules. Choose marriages as part of your doctrine and you can betroth yourself to any of your followers. But every time you marry a new one, your original spouse becomes more and more jealous. Unless you decide to brainwash them with mushrooms first, that is. It’s a nasty little game, but it feels good to be bad. 

Cult of the Lamb is one of the year’s best games. I love everything about it. I adore how your little lamb’s idle animation has them wide-eyed and innocent, but their eyes narrow and their face goes mean as soon as you start walking. I could spend hours just playing Knucklebones, a moreish dice minigame. I could spend ages fishing or expanding my base, just because. Everything you do here is low-effort and immediate. It’s an absolute joy to be the worst creature alive. Things might be slow in the triple-A gaming scene right now, but this indie game will make you a believer. Wake up, sheeple. 

Written by Kirk McKeand on behalf of GLHF.

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Cult of the Lamb – all weapons and curses

Here are all the weapons you’ll come across in Cult of the Lamb.

Much like other roguelite games, Cult of the Lamb has a range of weapons and magical abilities – called Curses – that can appear on your runs. While you don’t get a choice in what appears, you can increase the chances of them being good by sacrificing followers at your temple and completing the weapons and curses upgrade tree, unlocking Merciless weapons, Vampiric weapons, Necromantic weapons, and more. 

In this Cult of the Lamb guide, we’ll show you all the weapons and Curses you’ll come across on your journey to godhood. If you’re looking for Cult of the Lamb Rituals and Cult of the Lamb Doctrines, we’ve got pages on those too. 

Here are all the weapons you’ll come across.