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How to charge the flashlight in Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus might be more above ground than ever before, but you’ll still need a light in dark spaces.

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Metro Exodus might be more above ground than ever before, but you’ll still need a light in dark spaces.

What is it with video games and flashlights? For some reason, developers are determined that we must charge them via unconventional means. Heaven forfend we just press a button to perform a simple action! We must hammer buttons and waggle controllers. It’s a bit of an accessibility issue, truth be told.

One of the worst offenders is The Last of Us, and that dreadful sixaxis shake to get Joel’s torch working again. Don’t even get us started on waggling Wii remotes.

In the previous Metro games – 2033 and Last Light – you needed to charge the flashlight by some funky means. It’s not as bad as motion controls, sure, but it’s still an odd attempt to mimic a real-life action.

So is it the same in Metro Exodus?

How to charge the flashlight in Metro Exodus

First, you’ll need to grab your battery pack. Press and hold the ‘left’ button on the directional pad – or ‘F’ if you’re playing on PC (and using the default key bindings) – until Artyom produces the battery pack.

That’s not to be confused with just tapping ‘left’ or ‘F’ which will, instead, simply equip (or unequip) your light.

Once you’ve got the battery pack in hand, you’ll need to charge it up. If you’re playing on PC, just keep holding down ‘F’ and Artyom will charge the battery pack. Watch the dial go up, and once it’s full, you’re good to go.

If you’re playing on console, this is where the funky controls come in. While holding down the ‘left’ button, you’ll need to pump the right trigger – or press it lots of times, to you and me – to charge the battery. It’s supposed to mimic the pumping action Artyom makes on the portable battery charger, but mostly, it’s a bit annoying.

What do you need battery power for in Metro Exodus?

Most often in Metro Exodus, you’ll be pumping Artyom’s battery charger to power the flashlight (or torch, if you’re British like us). There’s a gauge on the battery pack that works as a visual aid, but an even handier visual aid is that the light goes out. Common sense, really.

There is another device that you’ll need battery power for, though: the night vision goggles.

These goggles have a couple of advantages – chief among which, the fact they don’t throw any light into the environment, ruining your stealthy silhouette – but they also have a drawback. They do tend to eat battery power faster than the simple flashlight, so you’ll need to pump that charger more frequently if you favour the goggles over the flashlight.

Or you can always rely on Artyom’s trusty Zippo lighter, in a pinch.

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The complete list of NES and SNES games on Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Switch Online includes access to a growing library of classic NES and SNES video games. Here’s the full list of available titles.

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Nintendo Switch Online includes access to a growing library of classic NES and SNES video games. Here’s the full list of available titles.

In addition to online gaming and cloud saves, the Nintendo Switch Online service also includes access to an impressive selection of NES and SNES classics. There are currently more than 50 games available, with new titles added to the library on an occasional basis.

There’s a good mix of first and third-party classics to play, including Super Mario Bros, Gradius, Super Metroid, Double Dragon, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Many of them have also been updated to support online multiplayer and leaderboards.

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Here’s the complete list of currently available NES and SNES games. We’ll keep it updated as new titles are added.

Some games also have SP editions that include helpful power ups, extra lives, or late-game save states. It’s a nice way to explore some of these notoriously difficult classics. These editions are marked with (+SP) in the list below.

Nintendo Switch – NES games (Updated 15/02/2020)

  • Adventures of Lolo
  • Balloon Fight
  • Baseball
  • Blaster Master (+SP)
  • City Connection
  • Clu Clu Land
  • Crystalis
  • Dodge Ball
  • Donkey Kong
  • Dinky Kong 3
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario (+SP)
  • Eliminator Boat Duel – Coming Soon
  • Excitebike
  • Ghosts’n Goblins (+SP)
  • Gradius (+SP)
  • Ice Climber
  • Ice Hockey
  • Journey to Silius
  • Kid Icarus (+SP)
  • Kirby’s Adventure (+SP)
  • Kung-Fu Heroes
  • The Legend of Zelda (+SP)
  • Mario Bros.
  • Metroid (+SP)
  • Mighty Bomb Jack (+SP)
  • NES Open Tournament Golf
  • Ninja Gaiden (+SP)
  • Pro Wrestling
  • Punch Out!!
  • River City Ransom
  • Shadow of the Ninja – Coming Soon
  • Soccer
  • Solomon’s Key
  • Star Soldier (+SP)
  • Star Tropics
  • Super Dodge Ball
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Tennis
  • TwinBee
  • Vice: Project Doom
  • Volleyball
  • VS Excitebike
  • Wario’s Woods
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Yoshi
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (+SP)

Nintendo Switch – SNES games (Updated 15/02/2020)

  • Brawl Brothers
  • Breath of Fire
  • Breath of Fire II
  • Demon’s Crest
  • F-Zero
  • Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Pilotwings
  • Pop ‘n TwinBee – Coming Soon
  • Smash Tennis – Coming Soon
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Stunt Race FX
  • Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force
  • Super Ghouls’n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch Out!!
  • Super Puyo Puyo 2
  • Super Soccer
  • Super Tennis
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Nintendo Switch Online is available with a free one week trial for new subscribers. Monthly, quarterly, and annual memberships are available, along with a family plan that supports up to eight separate Nintendo accounts.


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What are the Zombie Army 4 system requirements?

You only need surprisingly lightweight hardware to take on Hitler and his zombie hordes in Zombie Army 4.

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You only need surprisingly lightweight hardware to take on Hitler and his zombie hordes in Zombie Army 4.

The tradition (let’s call it that, why not) of putting zombies into your military shooter is not a new one. The most famous, of course, is Call of Duty’s zombie campaigns. They’re daft, over-the-top, and are often more fun than the main game proper.

But if you’ve got a game that’s already a bit barmy, like the Sniper Elite series – complete with X-ray replays and so many exploded testes – then you need to go all out on your zombie mode.

“The resistance have defeated Zombie Hitler and cast him into Hell,” according to the store description for Zombie Army 4: Dead War, “but the dead rise once again with greater hunger than before!”

It’s stupid, admittedly, but it’s no worse than J.J. Abrams’ “The dead speak!” crawl at the beginning of Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Oh no, wait, we’re not done–

“Continue the alternate history of Zombie Army Trilogy in huge new levels, and uncover a sinister plan that takes the Survivor Brigade across Italy and beyond! Fight the forces of darkness in corpse-riddled canals, survive a Zombie Zoo, and journey to dark, inexplicable places no person has been before… and lived to tell the tale!”

Thank goodness they pointed out it was an alternate history, eh? We did promise you silly, and Zombie Army 4 has it in spades. But what PC specs are you going to need to take on the undead hordes?

Minimum Zombie Army 4 system requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 (or similar AMD processor)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1030 2GB (or similar AMD graphics card)
  • Storage: 50 GB

Those are extremely lightweight system requirements. We’ve been given no indication of what the target resolution and frame rate are for those specs, but that is a very modest graphics card.

(You could probably even get it running on modern integrated graphics, which can be comparable in power to the GTX 1030, but that’s not officially sanctioned by the system requirements, so your mileage may vary.)

We also haven’t been supplied a set of recommended Zombie Army 4 system requirements, but as is always the case with these things, the more you can throw at it, the better it will be.

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How to get a refund for Rocket League on Mac and Linux

Rocket League developer Psyonix is ending support for the game on macOS and Linux. Here’s why, and how you can get a refund for the game on Steam.

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Rocket League developer Psyonix is ending support for the game on macOS and Linux. Here’s why, and how you can get a refund for the game on Steam.

Psyonix announced last week that support for the Mac and Linux versions of Rocket League will end in March 2020. A final update for the game will disable all online functionality, including in-game purchases, and online multiplayer modes.

Why is support ending for Rocket League on Mac and Linux?

In a post on the Rocket League sub-Reddit, Psyonix has provided detail on the decision to end Mac and Linux support. The studio’s Psyonix_Devin explains that the forthcoming update to DirectX 11 is the primary factor, saying:

“Unfortunately, our macOS and Linux native clients depend on our DX9 implementation for their OpenGL renderer to function. When we stop supporting DX9, those clients stop working. To keep these versions functional, we would need to invest significant additional time and resources in a replacement rendering pipeline such as Metal on macOS or Vulkan/OpenGL4 on Linux.”

Coupled with the fact that macOS and Linux users account for only 0.3% of the game’s active player based, it becomes a little easier to see why the decision was made, however infuriating it may be.

Psyonix has now opened a refund programme on Steam for anyone who purchased the game on Mac or Linux. Its launch was not without a few problems, but things now appear to be running smoothly.

How to get a Steam refund for Rocket League on Mac and Linux

To get a refund on the Mac or Linux version of Rocket League, follow the following instructions.

  • Visit to the Steam Support website
  • Select Purchases
  • Select Rocket League
  • If necessary select View complete purchasing history
  • Select I would like a refund
  • Select I’d like to request a refund
  • From the Reason drop-down menu, select My issue isn’t listed
  • In Notes, enter the following statement: “please refund my Mac/Linux version of Rocket League, Psyonix will be discontinuing support”
  • If you encounter any issues, you can also try raising a ticket via the Steam Support page

Good luck!


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How to re-pair a PlayStation 4 controller

Has your PS4 controller stopped talking to your console? Here’s how to re-pair an errant PlayStation 4 controller.

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Has your PS4 controller stopped talking to your console? Here’s how to re-pair an errant PlayStation 4 controller.

There are lots of nice things about the PlayStation 4 controller. They’re all wireless for a start, which means you don’t have to sit cross-legged in front of the telly like in the good old days. They’re also rechargeable, which means you’ll never need to fumble for a battery.

Also, they light up! (That’s not important, particularly, but the first time you see the light bar react to something in-game is pretty neat.)

You can also use your PS4 controller to wake up your console. That’s ideal because the buttons on the front of the console itself are both hidden and completely baffling. Am I pressing the power button? No, I ejected the optical drive! Am I pressing the power button? No, that’s not, in fact, a button at all! It’s just one of the plastic ridges.

But if your PlayStation 4 controller – or DualShock 4, to give it its Sunday name – becomes unpaired, you’re going to have a bad time.

How does a PlayStation 4 controller become unpaired?

You can pair your DualShock 4 with other devices via the universal standard, Bluetooth. (Interestingly, the name – and symbol – for the technology is after Harald Bluetooth and his written rune, because he united the clans of Norway and Denmark, and Bluetooth unites devices.)

But if you do use your PS4 controller with something else – like your mobile phone or your PC – then you might find it doesn’t want to talk to your console any more.

What’s worse is it can happen entirely by accident. If you plug your DualShock 4 into your PC or laptop to charge it up, because it’s a USB port you have to hand, then it might pair up with your PC and not want to talk to your PlayStation 4 any more.

It can also happen if you haven’t used your PS4 in a while. If the battery in the DualShock 4 runs out and isn’t recharged, when it charges back up, it might struggle to talk to your console.

So if you’re all charged up with nowhere to go, here’s how you fix it.

How to re-pair a PlayStation 4 controller

Unlike the Xbox One controller, which couldn’t be more straightforward, re-pairing a PlayStation 4 controller is a bit more fiddly.

  • If you have another controller that is still paired:
    • Turn on your console with the working controller
    • Wait for your un-paired PS4 controller to go to sleep (if the lights are on)
    • Go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth devices from the PlayStation 4 menu
    • Select the controller you’re having issues with and hit ‘Delete’
    • Plug the controller into the USB ports on the console
    • Hit the ‘PS’ button in the middle of the controller to wake it and pair it up
  • If you don’t have another controller you can use:
    • Power off your console
    • Wait for your un-paired PS4 controller to go to sleep (if the lights are on)
    • Grab a paperclip (yes, a paperclip)
    • Use the pointy end to press the recessed ‘reset’ button on the back of the controller
    • Hold the paperclip in there for a while (let’s call it 10 seconds to be safe)
    • Plug the controller into one of the USB ports on the console
    • Hit the ‘PS’ button in the middle of the controller to wake and pair it up

When the controller turns back on it should both power on the console and re-pair it with your PS4. Problem solved.

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How to know if you have a shiny Pokémon in Sword and Shield

Getting a shiny Pokémon in Sword or Shield isn’t easy. If you don’t know what you are looking for, you might not even notice. Here’s how you can tell.

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Getting a shiny Pokémon in Sword or Shield isn’t easy. If you don’t know what you are looking for, you might not even notice if you catch one. Here’s how you can tell.

The chances of getting a shiny Pokémon are fairly slim, with odds of 4096 to 1 of encountering one. And unlike last year’s Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Let’s Go, Eevee!, it isn’t possible to tell if a Pokémon is shiny before you battle it.

Here’s how to know that you are battling a shiny Pokémon, and how to tell if you already have one in your party or box.

How to know when you are battling a shiny Pokémon

When you encounter a shiny, it will be surrounded by sparkles. It looks, well, shiny. Most shinies can be spotted by a change in colour, but if you’re not familiar with the full Pokédex, looking for the sparkles is the simplest method of identification during battle.

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, there are two types of sparkles to look out for: normal, and square. Square shinies are all new and ultra-rare. If you encounter a shiny there’s a 1 in 16 chance it will feature square sparkles. That means a 1 in 65536 chance overall. Eek!

How to know if you (already) have a shiny Pokémon

If you capture a shiny, or want to know if you’ve already obtained one without realising it, press [X] and navigate to the Pokémon menu. Select Pokémon, then Check Summary. You will see a range of details, including its name, type, original trainer, and ID No. A red symbol comprised of two stars is displayed in the Markings section if the Pokémon is shiny.

Shiny Pokémon symbol

There are shiny variants of almost every Pokémon in Sword and Shield. However, some can never be shiny and others are shiny-locked, meaning they cannot be bred.

None of the game’s Legendary Pokémon can be shiny, and all Pokémon obtained via gifts are locked.

Shiny versions of Sword and Shield‘s starters – Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble – can only be obtained through breeding. Unlike previous generations, they cannot be obtained at the start of the game.

Increasing your chances of encountering a shiny during normal play is an art all of its own. Instagram user, shinyinstinct has created this handy cheat sheet to help you get started.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B4-b4yvlOKz

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