Overwatch

Overwatch fan gives Paris an incredible snowy Winter Wonderland redesign

Published: 27/Dec/2020 17:42

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch’s Paris map is one of the game’s most controversial, having been pulled from Competitive rotation for some time. While players can still take a tour of the French capital in Quick Play and custom matches, one fan went the extra mile and revamped the map in time for Winter Wonderland.

Certain Overwatch events such as Halloween Terror, Winter Wonderland and Chinese New Year redesign maps to add to the theme. Some of these include Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, Hollywood and now, thanks to one fan, Paris.

Even though the map itself remains largely the same as its current version, the Christmas theme is evident right off the bat with snow littering the streets, presents piled on top of each other and plenty of decorations.

The redesign, which was created by YouTuber Piston, was all done in the Unreal Engine and it’s been receiving a lot of praise online.

Winter Wonderland Paris version
Blizzard Entertainment/YouTube/Piston
Paris looks amazing with snow on the ground.

Best of all is the fact that none of the winter assets seem out of place at all, with the snowmen found around the map looking just like those in other Christmas-themed Overwatch maps.

The police station now has a large tree inside of it, the first point is covered by snow, and even Nutcracker Zenyatta ornaments are hung up inside of the mansion by the second objective. The ornaments, of course, being a bit of a meta joke to the hero’s Winter Wonderland skin from a couple years ago.

Perhaps the best part of the whole redesign is the Christmas lights wrapped around the Eiffel Tower in the background, which serves as an iconic backdrop to the first objective.

Over on Reddit, fans praised the design. “Could barely tell it was fan-made, great job!” one remarked.

“I hope we get a map editor at some point in [Overwatch 2]. And real scripting for the Workshop would be amazing,” another chimed in.

A map editor is something that a lot of fans have hoped for and unfortunately, the lack of one means that the Winter Wonderland Paris design isn’t playable in any capacity. Maybe once Overwatch 2 is released, fans can start to dig into those tools and bring this redesign to life in-game.

Call of Duty

NICKMERCS creates powerful FFAR Warzone loadout after Cold War nerfs

Published: 17/Jan/2021 14:29

by Connor Bennett

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Twitch star Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has got an interesting FFAR loadout for Call of Duty Warzone following the recent nerfs to the DMR and other weapons. 

The meta in Warzone is constantly evolving as Call of Duty fans try and get a leg up on their opposition in any way shape or form. 

Since the launch of Black Ops Cold War, it’s been all about the DMR, Diamatti’s, and MAC-10, but recent nerfs have got players searching for different choices. Some have gone back to the Modern Warfare weapons – the M4, AMAX, and Kilo-141, for example – while others have tried to find answers in Cold War.

The FFAR, which resembles the FAMAS from years past, has been the answer for some. It’s even got NICKMERCS trying it out and dropping a pretty nice loadout.

Black Ops Cold War FFAR 1
Activision / Treyarch
The FFAR has become of the best guns in Warzone.

The FaZe Clan member unveiled the loadout he’s been using in his January 16 video, noting that, even though its an assault rifle, it might make some of the SMGs obsolete. 

“However, I do think this FFAR could replace a lot of the SMGs,” Nick said. “I think the overall kit is a pretty good kit, and if you want to have some fun, this is a great class to do that.”

The accuracy does take a slight knock in Nick’s setup, however, the FFAR does get a nice little boost to both the range and mobility. It’s not exactly going to be a sniper or a KAR, but for what it is, it’s certainly nice and up there with some of the best weapons around right now. 

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 21.2” Ranger
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip
  • Ammo: Salvo 50 round fast mag
  • Stock: Raider Stock

The YouTuber does note, though, that it’s probably not going to be a class you see streamers running in tournaments. But, for a bit of fun and racking up kills, it’s certainly a nice change of pace. 

Plus, when the time comes and Raven rolls out a few more nerfs, everyone will be searching for the next best thing, and the FFAR should be up there. So, you may as well get used to it, if you’re not already.