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By 22 November 2021
Avoid common mistakes in Hazard Zone, the new PvPvE extraction mode in Battlefield 2042.
Battlefield 2042 introduces a new mode to the series called Hazard Zone, which sends squads of four scrambling to recover data drives from crashed satellites and get out of the map alive. It’s not like any other Battlefield mode, taking inspiration from Hunt: Showdown and similar games, and as I said in my Battlefield 2042 review, it can be fun once you understand how to succeed.
While Hazard Zone isn’t as rich and complex as Hunt and its demonic bayou (or Escape from Tarkov and its growing wiki), it does require some specialized knowledge and it takes more teamwork than the standard Conquest mode to succeed. My first few runs were disasters because my squad and I were coming at Hazard Zone with an incomplete understanding of how it works and what the best approach is.
Here’s how to avoid our mistakes.
💾 The goal of Hazard Zone is to collect as many data drives as you can before escaping the map during one of two extraction opportunities. Each player can carry a limited number of drives.
🛰 Data drives are found in fallen satellites scattered randomly around the map. New satellites which contain multiple data drives fall in the middle of the match.
🔭 Data drives can be located using a special item called the intel scanner, a scope which can be used to mark drive locations. It not only locates neutral drives in crashed satellite pods, but also drives being carried by other players.
🎒 You start by choosing a specialist and customizing their loadout and tactical upgrades (perks such as armor and faster healing) by spending currency earned in the mode. At least one player in your squad should bring an intel scanner, which is the default free gadget.
🎖 There are eight four-player squads (32 players total) in each match, as well as AI soldiers called occupying forces who defend fallen satellites and extraction sites.
🚁 The first extraction opportunity occurs a few minutes into the match. The second extraction comes about 11 minutes in. You must be alive inside one of the exfiltration planes (they cannot be destroyed) within a time limit to extract.
💲 If you extract successfully, you’ll earn Dark Market Credits for the data drives you and your squad recovered. Dark Market Credits can be used to purchase guns, gadgets, and perks for your next run that will be lost if your specialist dies. Whether or not you extract, you’ll also earn credits for killing occupying forces.
Only two out of eight teams can extract in any given game of Hazard Zone (except in the unlikely event that enemies share a Condor), so there’s no point in trying for a perfect record. Instead, get a feel for the mode by focusing on killing the AI-controlled occupying forces at first. You’ll find lots of them standing around defending the satellite pods that contain data drives, and they helpfully drop their weapons when killed, so you can replace the free default rifle with an LMG or other dropped gun after your first ambush. Be careful, though: AI soldiers and actual, player-controlled soldiers look very similar from far away, so take a close look before taking the first shot.
If you ultimately manage to extract with some drives, that’s great, but even if not, killing bots will earn you and your squadmates Dark Market Credits at the end of the match. That’ll allow you to purchase better guns, gadgets, and throwables before future rounds, making it easier to take on player squads when you start playing for real.
Pro tip: Equip the free Negotiated Bounty I tactical upgrade in the loadout screen to get 50% more Dark Market Credits for AI kills. If you’re broke, there’s no reason not to equip it.
Vehicle call-ins aren’t granted automatically in Hazard Zone. To get one, you have to find a vehicle uplink, represented in the game by laptops—you’ll be alerted if you’re near one, and in my experience they’re found inside buildings.
Along with vehicle uplinks, you can find Ranger uplinks (the robo-dogs) and reinforcement uplinks, which allow you to bring back dead squadmates. All of these are potential life savers, and it’s worth seeking them out by heading toward building clusters early on. Your squad can carry multiple of each, so there’s no downside to stocking up.
After you find a reinforcement uplink, the respawn ability appears in the same menu as vehicle call-ins (default B, or Q to open the call-in menu). Using it will bring back dead allies, parachuting them in above your location following a countdown timer. Be prepared to fight, because it also notifies enemy squads of your location. Also make sure the squadmates you want to bring back are dead dead, not crawling around in the down-but-not-out state—it doesn’t help them unless they’ve bled out.
Spending Dark Market Credits on the Squad Reinforcement tactical upgrade before a round gives your team one respawn call-in from the start. If you’ve got the credits to burn, at least one squadmate should have one.
For beginners, I don’t recommend picking Sundance or Mackay, as fun as their wingsuit and grappling hook can be. Those movement gadgets don’t help you much in flat terrain and you definitely don’t want to abandon your non-wingsuiting squadmates along the way, unless it’s part of a plan you’ve devised with an aggressive, well-coordinated team. Hard team benefits like Angel’s armor handouts are easier to make good use of, especially if you’re solo-queuing.
Here are the specialists I’d build a squad out of first, with my preferences bolded.
I recommend being somewhat cavalier about using the vehicle call-ins. In PUBG, you might be hesitant to hop in a car, which broadcasts your location to anyone in earshot of an internal combustion engine. Piling into an ATV in Hazard Zone does make your squad vulnerable to being wiped by a rocket, but hoofing it across icy plains often isn’t better and anti-vehicle weapons aren’t as common in Hazard Zone as they are in Conquest. These aren’t long matches, either, so playing fast and loose isn’t as reckless as it is in slower battle royale games.
If you’re the driver, you have a better view than your gunner or passengers, so be sure to let them know if you spot enemies, and what side of the car they’re on, assuming you’re in an outside voice chat server together (Battlefield 2042 doesn’t have built-in voice chat at launch).
If it’s unclear where the first-person HUD is telling you to go to find a scanned data drive or extraction point, Hit M to open up the weirdly low-res overhead map screen. It’ll give you a clearer view of where those icons are in relation to yourself.
I think it’s safe to say that not only will you have the most success, you’ll also have the most fun in Hazard Zone if you can talk to your squad. It’s a big tactical advantage, especially because the spectator view that dead squadmates get gives them better peripheral vision than you have, allowing them to call out nearby enemies you may not see. Since Battlefield 2042 doesn’t have built-in VOIP yet, that means assembling a crew outside of the game.
If you don’t have any Battlefield-playing friends to group up with, you can see if anyone in the PC Gamer Discord is playing by hitting up the #general-lfg channel.
You may as well put your life on the line if the second Condor is leaving and you’re not on it. Somehow, I once extracted even while downed outside if it. Might’ve been a bug, but I’ll take it.
Tyler has spent over 1,200 hours playing Rocket League, and slightly fewer nitpicking the PC Gamer style guide. His primary news beat is game stores: Steam, Epic, and whatever launcher squeezes into our taskbars next.
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Sony's wild new PS5 controller concept could be a game-changer – Creative Bloq
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By published 17 January 22
It’s fair to say we weren’t enamoured with the design of Sony’s DualSense controller when it was revealed last year. Like the PS5 itself, the controller is somewhat, er, chonky – but it seems Sony is already working on slimmer design concepts.
A new patent filing reveals the company is working on a new controller design featuring a collapsible control stick. This means the joystick could retract into the body of the controller itself, allowing for a more svelte (and potentially more comfortable) design. And while it might just be a patent, at this rate it might well arrive before the next PS5 restock.
The patent filing itself offers little in the way of information about how the controller will work, simply describing: “A controller, thumbstick, or system comprising a thumbstick body, a thumbstick shaft coupled to the thumbstick body wherein the thumbstick shaft is configured to retract into the thumbstick body and wherein the thumbstick body and the thumbstick shaft is freely rotatable together around a pivot centre within the controller body.” (You know when you read a word so many times that it loses all meaning? Yeah, thumbstick.)
But it seems the concept is all about comfort. “Analog nubs are portable but also very uncomfortable for the user,” Sony says in the filing. “The user moves the flat surface or rough area with pressure from their thumb. This can become quite uncomfortable after a while because the required friction between the user’s thumb and the surface.”
As with all patents, whether this design will ever see the light of day remains to be seen, but it’s certainly intriguing – and we can’t help but wonder if it’s offering us a glimpse of the next generation of DualSense. If a PS5 ‘Slim’ ever makes it to market (hey, every PlayStation generation has had one), perhaps it’ll arrive complete with a redesigned controller?
Indeed, a collapsible thumbstick could potentially transform the feel of the controller for gamers, offering a much more personalised and therefore comfortable experience. And it could do wonders for storage too – perhaps we’ll even end up with some kind of ‘DualSense Slim’ charging case. And we’re sure it could look pretty cool – better than that horrendous McDonald’s DualSense concept anyway.
It seems Sony is finally ready to give gamers more options when it comes to the look of the PS5. From those new coloured faceplates to rumours of a console redesign, the days of being restricted to Sony’s reverse-oreo (sorry, white-on-black) design are coming to an end. And perhaps in the near future, we’ll have a brand new controller to enjoy too. Want to start gaming right now? Check out today’s best games console deals below.
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Rainbow Six Extraction: Is It PS5 & Xbox Series X Enhanced? Answered – Twinfinite
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In Ubisoft‘s latest tactical first-person shooter, Rainbow Six Extraction, you’ll be spending a lot of your time gunning down waves of parasitic alien critters known as the Archaeans. On the whole, all the moment-to-moment action is pretty damn slick visually, but what if you’re playing on next-gen consoles? In this guide, we’ll answer the all-important question: Is Rainbow Six Extraction enhanced on PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles? Without further ado, let’s get into it.
Thankfully, the short answer is: Yes, Rainbow Six Extraction is indeed enhanced on PS5 and Xbox Series X. Those playing on next-gen consoles can look forward to a 4K resolution boost and 60 frames-per-second gameplay.
For comparison’s sake, those playing on PS4 and Xbox One, you’ll be limited to just a 1080p resolution and 30 frames-per-second, which is understandable.
Unfortunately, for those wondering if Rainbow Six Extraction will support 120 frames-per-second on high-refresh-rate TVs, we’ve got some bad news for you. At the time of writing, there’s currently no support for 120fps for Rainbow Six Extraction on consoles.
It could be possible that Ubisoft deploys a patch allowing high-refresh-rate support for Rainbow Six Extraction in the future. However, there’s no official word on it just yet. That said, we’ll make sure to update this post if we hear anything more concrete.
But that’s about everything you need to know about whether Rainbow Six Extraction is enhanced for PS5 or Xbox Series X. For more tips, tricks, and guides, search for Twinfinite, or head on over to our dedicated wiki for the game. And for any questions you have that aren’t answered on the site, do feel free to reach out in the comment section below and we’ll do our best to lend a hand.
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How to Watch Illinois vs. Purdue: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming & Odds – The Champaign Room
It’s a MLK Day matinee.
Game Time: 11 a.m.
TV Channel: Fox
Online Streaming: FoxSportsGO
Radio: All Illinois basketball games air live on radio in the Champaign (WDWS 1400) and Chicago markets (WLS 890). The game is also broadcasted on other stations throughout the state; check the Fighting Illini Radio Network for more information.
Odds: ILL +8.5, O/U 151.5
Head Coach: Brad Underwood (5th season)
2020 Record: 24-7 (16-4 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Matt Painter (17th season)
2020 Record: 18-10 (13-6 Big Ten)
Jan. 2, 2021: Illinois 66, Purdue 58
When Andre Curbelo hits the floor, good things happen for Illinois.
In a game that featured four runs of double digits, the Illini used a 20-5 run — sparked by Curbelo’s fifth straight game with five or more assists — in the second half to hold off the pesky Boilermakers, beating Purdue, 66-58.
Despite Twitter head coaches begging for the freshman to be featured in the starting lineup, the playmaker was quick to show his appreciation for his current role.
“I actually like coming off the bench,” Curbelo said.
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