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Pokémon Unite: Learn how to win

Go for the goal

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Pokémon Unite

Pokémon Unite is the first Pokémon strategic team battle game. While it can be easily dismissed as just another MOBA, the game’s developers naturally think otherwise. The game’s mechanics are a little different from traditional MOBA.  New features bring amusing twists to the usual MOBA gameplay.

Despite this, the game should still be fairly easy to play. But for those who jumped in because it’s Pokémon and are a little unfamiliar with the MOBA genré, here are some tips on how to win.

Wild Pokémon and Points

Instead of minions and gold, Pokémon Unite’s map is filled with wild Pokémon, ones that you will have to face first in the arena. These wild Pokémon earn you points when defeated, and some Wild Pokémon can even give bigger points as well as effects and buffs to help your team. Each Pokémon in the team has a limited amount of points to carry, and defeating the enemy team’s Pokémons will also give you more points.

Be careful though because once your Pokémon is taken down, someof the points that you earned will be lost, meaning, you will have to defeat wild Pokémon or enemy Pokémon again to get them back.

Depositing points through goal zones to score

Earning points from defeating wild Pokémon and enemy Pokémon is just part of the condition to win a battle, you also have to deposit them to score. Placed along the map’s lanes are goal zones where you can secure the points that you’ve earned. Only when points are deposited in opponent’s goal zones does it count towards your overall team score and the team that scores most after the time limit wins the game.

Each goal zone will also have a counter or limit as to how many points you can secure with it before it gets destroyed. Destroying goal zones also expands your team’s control of the map, similar to how the tower structures are in typical MOBA games. 

Rotom, Drednaw and Zapdos 

Pokémon Unite

Together with the other wild Pokémon, Pokémon Unite’s jungle and beach areas are also home to even bigger, stronger wild Pokémons, Rotom, Drednaw and Zapdos.

Defeating these Wild Pokemons will earn you extra points and at the same time reward you and your team with buffs and can even aid your team when securing goals. These wild Pokémon will not be easy to take down though, and will require team effort so be sure to coordinate with your teammates and time your approach properly otherwise the enemy team can take advantage of the situation and steal these objectives for themselves.

Ready to take on the Pokémon Unite challenge? Download the game now on your Android device via Google Play Store or on your iOS device via the Apple App Store.

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Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard for nearly US$ 70B

Massive acquisition

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Here’s a move no one saw coming. Microsoft has just acquired gaming company Activision Blizzard for a whopping US$ 68.7 billion in an all-cash transaction.

This means every studio and every game under Activision Blizzard now belongs to Microsoft. These include the creators of popular franchises like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Crash Bandicoot, and more.

The acquisition will make Microsoft the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony.

Bobby Kotick, who has been embroiled in several issues concerning company culture will remain as CEO of Activision Blizzard. Once the deal formally closes, he and his team will report to Phil Spencer, CEO, Microsoft Gaming.

Exclusives?

The initial statement release stated that the Microsfot will continue to be present in the platforms that Activision Blizzard has established communities in. This could have allayed fears that the acquired titles will now be exclusive to Microsoft and Xbox. However, this line is no longer present and has been replaced with statements from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Phil Spencer.

“Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms,” said Satya Nadella.

“Together we will build a future where people can play the games they want, virtually anywhere they want,” said Spencer.

Game Pass

The acquisition bodes well for Microsoft’s Game Pass. It already boasts of hundreds, if not thousands of gaming titles as well as over 25 million users.

The acquisition will add some parts of  Activision Blizzard’s nearly 400 million monthly active players in 190 countries. It will make Game Pass one of the most compelling and diverse lineups of gaming content in the industry.

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My Hero Academia is getting a battle royale game

In closed beta right now

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Just when you thought the battle royale craze was over, a new contender has approached. Capitalizing on one of the most popular anime series in modern history, Bandai Namco is launching a battle royale based on My Hero Academia. My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble is currently undergoing a beta test now.

Officially teased by Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine (spotted by Gematsu), the upcoming battle royale game will come to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. Like other battle royales in the genre, the game will be free-to-play.

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However, instead of an all-out brawl between dozens and dozens of players, the game will only feature 24 players in a single round. Though Bandai Namco has not announced a launch date for the battle royale, a closed beta announcement means things are rolling smoothly. It might not take long before an open beta and an eventual launch happens.

My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble makes sense as a spin-off of the popular anime series. Put simply, My Hero Academia takes place in a world where superpowers are commonplace. It’s easy to see how a battle royale based on the anime can work especially with different powers acting as a way to eliminate opponents.

Curiously enough, the game is coming out in older console generations, rather than the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X/S.

SEE ALSO: FF7 series launches new PS5 update, mobile battle royale

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Microsoft has stopped making all Xbox One consoles

To focus on Xbox Series X/S

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Despite the global shortage, the gaming world is steadily moving towards next generation dominance. Both Sony and Microsoft want gamers to use either the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X/S exclusively. However, the ongoing problem is preventing gamers from switching. To help with the shortages, Microsoft is discontinuing all Xbox One consoles.

This has been a slow death for the previous Xbox generation. Back in 2020, Microsoft stopped producing the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition to pave the way for the then-launching Xbox Series X/S. That was only part of the equation. Gamers could still get other variants of the Xbox One series. Of course, that ends now.

Microsoft has stopped producing new units of all Xbox One consoles. If you want to purchase an older Xbox, you’ll have to rely on existing stock.

According to a statement sent to The Verge, the company pushed through with the decision to focus its production more on the still-scant Xbox Series X/S. With enough luck, the move might help the shortage. Both the new Xbox and the PlayStation 5 still notoriously sell out seconds after new stock is announced.

Ironically, Sony is trying the opposite strategy. Because of the ongoing shortages, the PlayStation maker is instead manufacturing more PlayStation 4 units this year, ideally to fill in the lacking PlayStation 5 stock.

Which strategy will prevail? At this point, no one is. Both consoles are still missing from stores despite overwhelming demand.

SEE ALSO: Xbox creates a SpongeBob-themed Xbox Series X

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