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Is Blackout’s Hot Pursuit the future of battle royale?

Published: 1/Mar/2019 12:24 Updated: 1/Mar/2019 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The popularity of Call of Duty Blackout’s new Hot Pursuit mode could change the battle royale genre going forward. Can Fortnite, Apex Legends and PUBG all learn something from Treyarch?

What is Hot Pursuit?

Hot Pursuit is the newest playlist in Blackout, brought about by the latest Black Ops 4 update, Operation Grand Heist. 

Simply put, it is essentially a multiplayer, battle royale hybrid mode. The pace of the game is increased by a faster and more damaging collapse (circle). This results in a more action-packed, faster game.

Special vehicles are an additional feature in Hot Pursuit…

The most notable difference comes in the form of respawns, though. If you die, and at least one of your teammates are still alive, then you can respawn at one of the several respawn times.

Lastly, there are new vehicles that either have a sensor-dart attached to them (when sirens are turned on) or vehicles that highlight care packages. The supply drops fall more frequently in Hot Pursuit.

A change to battle royale?

Treyarch may have inadvertently (or purposely) stumbled across what could well be the future of battle royale.

The battle royale genre gained mass popularity with the introduction of Fortnite and PUBG. Since then games such as Call of Duty Blackout and more recently Apex Legends, have provided refined and arguably better versions of the mode.

Despite the success of battle royale, it has to deal with one inherent problem: no respawns. The inability to respawn is the core concept of the battle royale mode. A varying number of players enter a map, and the game is played out until one remains.

It is this concept that has provided battle royale players with excitement and a greater meaning to their gaming, in comparison to multiplayer. However, the sudden nature of dying, and the subsequent time waiting for other teammates to finish and start a new game, is one drawback of battle royale.

The ability to respawn, albeit at the expense of the core premise of battle royale, somewhat resolves this issue. Apex Legends have tackled this issue with respawn beacons, which have to date been receieved with praise. Blackout on the other hand, has provided several stages within a game a player can respawn.

While it isn’t battle royale in its purest form, this particular iteration of the mode could prove the most popular. The almost battle royale hybrid mode maintains the last man standing approach while removing the frustration of dying early.

Ghost Town was added to the Blackout map as part of the Operation Grand Heist update

Change to battle royale strategy?

The ability to respawn in some capacity changes the battle royale dynamic. Consequently, the strategy would change also.

Respawns will allow players to play more aggressively, at least in the beginning stages. The incentive to stay alive for the duration remains, however, due to the fact you lose your loot when dying. This is mitigated a little as you do respawn with a gun and armor in varying levels of strength depending on which respawn stage it is.

Therefore, Hot Pursuit maintains a good balance between being able to play aggressively while incentivizing trying to stay alive to keep your premium loot.

The final circle is also a completely different ball-game. The final collapse is large and can hold 50 players without it being excessively crazy. From that point, the circle slowly collapses until the end of the game.

This puts much greater emphasis on getting to the center of the circle to have a positional advantage on enemies. In comparison to the end of traditional battle royale games, the center of the circle is less important because games are often finished before the final circle collapses. This is because there are usually fewer players at the end game.

The future of battle royale

Hot Pursuit could provide the first glimpses of what the future of battle royale may look like. The fast-paced gameplay, the ability to respawn with an exhilerating final circle, could become commonplace in battle royale games going forward.

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5 best World of Warcraft essential addons, ranked

Published: 27/Nov/2020 12:13

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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Whether you’re leveling in Shadowlands or raiding Ny’alotha, every World of Warcraft player could do with a little extra help from addons. These hotbar, bag organizer, and rotation aids will make you much more efficient, enabling you to improve your effectiveness in the most intense situations.

Some more casual players may not use these modifications and just stick to Default WoW, but a little extra sauce goes a long way to improving your experience. However, with hundreds of popular addons to choose from, it can be tricky to decide which are best. We’re here to help with our list of the five best World of Warcraft addons every player needs.

But before you do anything, you should get a client.

The Addon Client

WowUp user interface showing installed mods
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WowUp is essential to get the best out of your addon experience.

Before you start getting addons, you’ll need a great addon manager. Of course, you’re able to install these yourself through various sites, but a client takes out all of the hard work and allows you get right to business.

Our personal recommendation is WowUp. Previously, Twitch was a great place to utilize to install your addons, but after selling CurseForge to Overwolf, (also a good choice to download your mods from) support was dropped for WoW.

WowUp conveniently enables you to download, install, search for, and update available addons. It supports CurseForge, WowInterface, TukUI, and GitHub, too. Right from the client, it handles everything you could possibly need.

5. Bagnon

Bagnon addon showcased in WoW
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Bagnon is a lifesaver for those who like a tidy inventory space.

One of the most essential tools that can often be underlooked in WoW is Bagnon. It provides a streamlined and easy way to organize all of your items within bags.

Bagnon supports many different storage facilities including the inventory, bank, void storage, and guild bank. They’re viewable at any time, from anywhere, and on any character, too. This is handy for those of you who like to have more than one character on the go.

With a handy highlight to indicate items in a particular bag slot, along with cleanup capabilities, and a search engine tool, this addon is something everyone has a use for.

4. Details! Damage Meter

Details! Damage Meter in WoW Shadowlands, showing UI
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Details is essential in tracking, and upping your damage game.

Touted as a ‘complete combat analysis’, Details! provides battle information, including damage dealt, healing information, and more.

It’s also a fantastic way of pushing yourself to do better in a fight and further finesse your skill and rotation, as you can consistently see how much damage you’re doing. In dungeons and raids, this is even more helpful, as you’re able to see where you sit on that DPS scale against other players in your team.

Details is also great for guild ranking, as you’re able to store the damage and heal from guild runs, plus build lists of top DPS on each boss.

3. Bartender4

Bartender4 addon shown in WoW, with the user interface highlighted
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Bartender 4 makes it easy to organize and hotkey your bars and abilities.

Bartender4 is a complete overhaul to the hotbar display in WoW. This provides the ability to completely customize every aspect of your action-related toolbar, and it’s a must-have for creating exactly what you need for each character you play.

Featuring support for 10 action bars, the stance bar, pet bar, bag bar, micro menu, and your XP/reputation bars, you’re able to modify everything you want. However, the best thing about this addon is that it gives you the ability to modify the size and transparency of bars, and there’s also an incredibly simple hotkey binding tool that is very useful.

2. Hekili

Screenshot showing Hekili and its IU elements in WoW
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Hekili is really useful for teaching you your rotation in differing environments.

Our personal favorite, Hekili is a fantastic addon for new or returning players to WoW. Providing real-time indicators of what skill to use next in a fight, it aids with learning your rotation of skills. Writing on the addon’s download page, the creator of it explained that “it works by collecting information about the game’s current state, using a SimulationCraft-like action priority list (APL) to recommend the next ability to use.”

Over time it’ll probably become something you use less and less, but for those who are unfamiliar with, or relearning a class, it’s something that is only going to make you a better player in the end. Right now, it supports all DPS specializations, as well as tanking specs.

1. DBM (Deadly Boss Mods)

Deadly Boss Mods user interface panel shown in World of Warcraft
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DBM takes the need to micromanage battles away from you, allowing you to focus on what you can do at that moment.

DBM takes so much pressure off the micromanaging of everything about battles during raids and dungeons. At times, these conflicts can be hectic experiences, but this addon allows you to focus primarily on your performance and rotation.

With sound effects, special effects, different colors, and on-screen warnings, it indicates when something is going to happen to you. New and old players alike will both benefit greatly from this, and that is why it is number one in this list.

It also hides things from you that you’re unable to do anything about in that moment or situation, such as dispel and interrupt cooldowns. This way, you’re only actively focusing on what can be achieved at that particular moment.