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How to save the wolf in Until Dawn (no spoilers)

Until Dawn is a game that’s best played without spoilers.

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Until Dawn is a game that’s best played without spoilers.

Admittedly that’s true of most games – in the same way that it’s better not to know what Soylent Green is (and if anybody tells you before you watch it, they’re not your friend and you don’t need them in your life) – but it’s especially important when playing a game like Until Dawn, where your lack of awareness of what’s happening and your reaction to certain fearful stimuli is, for the most part, the essence of the game.

Who am I kidding? It’s literally the whole game, but do you know what’s also really important? The fucking dog not dying.

How to save the wolf in Until Dawn - butterflyThere are eight fairly typical slasher-movie teens to protect in Until Dawn, and your objective is literally to get as many of them to survive until dawn as possible. If you were to read around on a wiki beforehand you’d be prepared for some of the bad stuff that’s going to happen, and might even get a few more of them to survive, but that takes the fun out of it.

There are no retries. There’s no save spamming. There are no mulligans. You get one shot at each event and you have to play right through the game from start to finish on one auto-save; once someone’s dead, that’s it.

Given some of the teens are of severely questionable likeability at times (read: all the time, for one in particular) it’s easy to shrug off a death as merely a disappointment. Sure, it’s a bit of a bump in the road for perfectionists and you might lose someone you kind of liked, but ultimately horror-movie teens are designed to be expendable.

So we’ve established that peeking ahead is wrong. It’s like leaving your finger in a choose-your-own-adventure book in case you made a poor choice… but nobody wants to see the dog die and that leaves you in a bit of a moral quandary; you want to know, without any shadow of a doubt, how to save the dog, but you also don’t want to spoil the game for yourself.

So we’ve created this short – and completely spoiler-free – guide on how to save the wolf in Until Dawn.

Befriending the wolf in Until Dawn

First up, in order to have the chance to save the wolf in Until Dawn, you’re going to have to make him your buddy.

This isn’t an especially difficult QTE in the grand scheme of things, particularly in a game that sees you having to correctly chain sub-second button presses then immediately hold the controller perfectly still for (what feels like) an eternity, but if you mess it up early then the wolf won’t be your friend when it counts.

When <protagonist name redacted> enters the <scary generic horror-movie building> they’re going to run into some wolves. The first one, a dark grey-coloured snarling Cerberus from the gates of hell itself, is going to chase you down a corridor and you’re barely going to escape without getting your face mauled off.

Until Dawn is however setting you up for one of its many bait-and-switch situations, and when presented with a second wolf shortly afterwards – a majestic white beast – you’re given the option to smack it in the face to defend yourself.

DO NOT SMACK THE WOLF IN THE FACE.

How to save the wolf in Until Dawn - kickYou’ll notice that this wolf isn’t snarling or charging at you. Anybody who has even a vague understanding of canine body language will see that this wolf isn’t in attack mode; it’s a little defensive, but it’s more curious than anything else about the stranger who’s just rocked up in his bedroom.

And then the game presents you with a QTE that on first glance, could be mistaken for a ‘pet wolf’ command. But it’s not. If you look closely, you’ll see it’s actually a clenched fist and not an open palm. In certain situations Until Dawngives you the option of doing nothing – it even expresses this in an early tutorial where it says “sometimes doing nothing is the best option” – and you would be wise to listen.

REPEAT: DO NOT SMACK THE WOLF IN THE FACE.

If you managed to avoid the temptation to smack the wolf in the face, he’ll sniff you a little, cock his head on one side, and <protagonist name redacted> will have the opportunity to approach or back away.

APPROACH THE WOLF.

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You’ll get a chance to give him a little pat. This furry guy is a very welcome friendly face in an increasingly stressful scenario.

You’re not quite done yet, though. Head to the very back of the room, to what looks like a Legend of Zelda-esque treasure chest on top of a little raised dais. Open it, and you’ll find human bones – don’t ask, just accept it – then grab one of the bones out of the box using the R2 button.

You’re going to want to head back over to the beautiful white wolf and hand him your macabre chew toy. He’ll make some approving noises, and you’ve made a friend for life. This friend will come in very handy later, but for now, <protagonist name redacted> leaves the <scary generic horror-movie building> and we zip the story on a few hours.

Well done! You’ve taken the first step to save the wolf in Until Dawn.

Reconnecting with the wolf in Until Dawn

<Protagonist name redacted> is, for some inexplicable reason, going to return to the <scary generic horror-movie building> they met the wolf in earlier. Don’t question it; it’s simply a horror movie in game form, and you know people have to do dumb things to progress the story. It’s one of the unwritten rules of horror.

Unfortunately in this later visit to <scary generic horror-movie building> you’re going to be hunted by a large number of <enemy name redacted> and they’re really rather unpleasant. The only thing that can kill them is <redacted> and needless to say, you’re damn short on that. You do have a sawn-off shotgun which can slow them down, but all that really does is buy you time.

<Protagonist name redacted> is therefore very pleased to run into their wolf friend from earlier. This however filled me with a dreadful sense of foreboding: The very fact we’ve run back into this wolf during a time of heightened danger, an animal we’ve grown attached to in our short time with him, means he must be on the Until Dawn hit list.

My wife, an animal lover, did a cursory Google search on the matter to protect me from spoilers. “Can the wolf die in Until Dawn?” She asked, plaintively, and I saw her face sink.

Mrs B then scanned ahead in the wiki pages, to learn about the wolf’s possible fates, and she spoiled a crap-load of the next section of the game for herself. This was a real shame, because Until Dawn is a game that – with its horror-movie sensibilities and Hollywood presentation – is almost as entertaining to watch as it is to play.

But ultimately, the desire to save the wolf in Until Dawn was stronger than the desire to avoid spoilers – we’re all animal lovers at heart – which is what ultimately prompted me to create this spoiler-free guide on how to save the wolf in Until Dawn.

How to save the wolf in Until Dawn

This is where we really get down to business. <Protagonist name redacted> is making their way through the corridors of <scary generic horror-movie building> with his wolf buddy by his side for backup.

The wolf is exceedingly useful. He’ll give you clues of where you need to go to next, and he’ll growl and become agitated to warn you of danger. He’ll also throw himself at any of the <enemy name redacted> you don’t stop with your shotgun, to protect his new best friend. Unfortunately this loyalty has the potential to get the wolf killed, and there are two key moments where you need to be especially on the ball, in order to save the wolf in Until Dawn:

Moment 1: Barrel

<Protagonist name redacted> has been making their way along the corridors of <scary generic horror-movie building> being chased by <enemy name redacted> at every turn. You’re slamming doors in their faces, hitting QTEs to avoid their cloying grasp, and giving them both barrels in the face with your trusty – and mercifully, ammo-unlimited-with-zero-reload-time – sawn-off shotgun.

Needless to say you don’t want to miss any of these QTEs or bad things will happen, but there comes a point where the <enemy name redacted> gets a bit smarter; they gang up on you in a narrow corridor and <protagonist name redacted> unfortunately can’t shoulder-charge the final door to escape through.

This leaves <protagonist name redacted> and wolf vulnerable. You’d only have time to shoot one of the <enemy name redacted> while your wolf would take on the other; this would unfortunately prove fatal for your canine buddy, who would sacrifice his life to save his best friend in the whole world.

But you can be smarter.

After giving one of the enemies a tap with the shotgun to keep it at bay, <Protagonist name redacted> finds a barrel by the door. Specifically, a red video game barrel, and we all know what that means; queue two rapid-fire QTEs that you must nail in order to save the wolf in Until Dawn.

YOU MUST TIP THE BARREL.

How to save the wolf in Until Dawn - barrel 1

First, you’ll reach to the right and tip the barrel over onto its side. In case you’ve not cottoned on to the Until Dawn QTE mechanics yet, an event to the right-hand side of the active character – be it dodging, climbing or grabbing – will be the Circle button. Then you’ll need to nudge it with the right stick, and the barrel will tip onto its side.

YOU MUST ROLL THE BARREL.

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The camera will switch back to the approaching enemies, fanning out on either wall then quick as a flash, QTE number two happens – it’s to the right, so it’s Circle again – and <protagonist name redacted> rolls the barrel slowly down the corridor towards the on-rushing nasties.

Seems pretty ineffectual, but we know what red barrels do.

YOU MUST HIT THE BARREL, NOT THE ENEMIES.

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The game switches into shotgun-aiming mode. You’ve got the choice of three targets, but only the time to make a single shot. If you hit the barrel (the centre target) as it approaches the enemies, it’ll blow the whole corridor. This dispatches the pair of <enemy name redacted> and blows the door open for <protagonist name redacted> and the wolf to scarper through.

Don’t rest easy though; you’re not done yet.

Moment 2: Barricade

<Protagonist name redacted> will run along the corridor away from the blown door, and shortly after, winds up in a room with a choice. That choice – barricade the door, or run for your life – seems like a no-brainer. Your instinct is to run; most people will want to put as much distance between themselves and the enemy as possible.

YOU MUST BARRICADE THE DOOR.

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Flip the analog stick over to the left to select the ‘barricade’ option, and hold it there for dear life. <Protagonist name redacted> will slide a cabinet over in front of the door, and prevent any ingress from nasties.

Well done – you’ve just managed to save the wolf in Until Dawn – but it doesn’t seem immediately apparent why the ‘barricade’ option has made such a big difference.

As <protagonist name redacted> heads away from the door, you’ll find a hole in the floor to drop down. The room’s a dead end, so you’ll naturally need to do it, but your wolf buddy won’t follow you; despite <protagonist name redacted> trying to encourage him down, he’s afraid of the drop and won’t budge.

How to save the wolf in Until Dawn - catch you on the flip-side

So you say goodbye to your faithful canine companion and head on your way, with a tinge of sadness that you won’t see him again, but happy in the knowledge that he’s out of harm’s way (now that he’s no longer loitering around classic horror-movie locales with the expendable teen cast).

The game also confirms that you managed to save the wolf in Until Dawn by giving you ‘The Skilful Wolfman’ PlayStation Trophy and updating the game’s in-built ‘Butterfly Effect’ chart – the scorecard of your progress – to unequivocally confirm that the wolf survived the experience.

But who cares about trophies? The wolf survived!


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Can you kill Nemesis in the Resident Evil 3 Remake?

He’s deceptively quick for a big lad, but can you kill Nemesis in Resident Evil 3?

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He’s deceptively quick for a big lad, but can you kill Nemesis in Resident Evil 3?

Nemesis is ever-present in the Resident Evil 3 Remake. Much like Mr X in last year’s Resident Evil 2 Remake – and, of course, the original Nemesis from 1999 – he’s a relentless killing machine who stalks Jill Valentine through Raccoon City.

Unlike Mr X, though, who is fairly slow and predictable, Nemesis is much more dangerous. While Mr X has that “I don’t need to run after you, I’ll catch you eventually” horror movie villain thing going on, Nemesis is surprisingly fast.

He runs, jumps, and has massive reach. He lurks outside and pops up from unexpected places, like a giant, mutated Cato from Pink Panther. He can even spawn other enemies and is practically impervious to anything you can throw at him.

Question is: Can you kill Nemesis in the Resident Evil 3 Remake?

Can you kill Nemesis in Resident Evil 3?

The short answer is: no, you can’t.

The best you can hope for is stunning or knocking down Nemesis, affording you a few moments to run away and regroup. If you catch him off guard and hit him with something heavy, like the grenade launcher or magnum, then you might knock him down.

If you do stagger him, don’t waste any more time – or more importantly, ammunition – on trying to finish him off. You can’t kill Nemesis in the Resident Evil 3 Remake… at least, not until you’re meant to. (But we won’t get into that, because spoilers.)

The longer answer is that, in open play, he’s totally indestructible. (He wouldn’t be that scary an omnipresent beast if he weren’t.) But once you get to a certain point later on in the game, Nemesis switches from the ever-present stalker to a more standard boss to fight. And it’s then, when he becomes a boss monster, that you’ll get an opportunity to take him down.

But before then? Don’t waste your ammo trying to kill Nemesis. Just run.


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How to visit islands online in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Want to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons online? Here’s how to visit and host friends using the game’s online multiplayer features.

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Want to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons online? Here’s how to visit and host friends using the game’s online multiplayer features.

Starting a new life on a deserted island is fun, but wouldn’t it be nice to visit some friends occasionally? And how about inviting some mates over for a beach party? Fortunately, Animal Crossing: New Horizons supports online and local multiplayer for up to eight players.

Multiplayer isn’t available at the start of the game, but once Dodo Airlines fully opens on day two, you can visit a friend’s island and have up to seven guests visit yours.

Before you start, make sure you have some buddies on your Nintendo Switch Friends List and – for online multiplayer – a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online.

How to invite online friends to your Animal Crossing island

  1. Visit the Dodo Airlines terminal located on the south beach of your island.
  2. Got to the front desk and speak to Orville, the ever-helpful attendant.
  3. Select “I want visitors.”
  4. Select “Via online play” and then “Roger!”
  5. This being Nintendo, the game connects to the internet in a very 00s way. Beep beep beep, etc.
  6. Once connected, choose from the following options, depending on who you want to visit.
    • All my friends! – Anyone on your Nintendo Switch Friends List
    • Only my Best Friends! – Any friends you have assigned Best Friends Status in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
    • Invite via Dodo Code – Generates a one-time code that can be shared with multiple friends, best friends, and random Switch users.
  7. Orville will then open the gate and players can visit your island. (See below)
  8. Press the minus (-) symbol whenever you want to end the online session. You can also ask Orville to close the gate and prevent new players arriving without kicking off players who are already there.

How to visit a friend’s Animal Crossing island online

  1. Visit the Dodo Airlines terminal located on the south beach of your island
  2. Speak to Orville on the front desk.
  3. Select “I wanna fly!”
  4. Select “I wanna visit someone.”
  5. Select “Via online play” and then “Roger!”
  6. Once the game connects to the internet, you have two options:
    • Search for a friend – Players on your Nintendo Switch Friends List
    • Search via Dodo code – A player that has shared a code, either directly or publicly
  7. If you select Dodo Code, tap in the five-digit code and press Confirm.
  8. Orville will open the gate and you can embark on your journey.

How to add Best Friends

Once you have played online with players from your Nintendo Switch Friends list once, you unlock the option to assign them Best Friend status within the NookPhone app. Once the request is accepted, you become BFFs. The main difference is that Best Friends are allowed to use their Shovels and Axes on other player’s islands.

Local WiFi Multiplayer

Local multiplayer on the same WiFi network works in much the same way, just select Local Play when speaking to Orville.


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5 really useful Animal Crossing: New Horizons websites

Here’s our list of five really useful resources for Animal Crossing: New Horizons players on Nintendo Switch.

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Need help finding critters in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Want to test your design ideas before adding them to the game? Here’s our list of five really useful destinations for all villagers.

If you’re new to the world of Animal Crossing, starting your new life can be a little daunting. The early stages Animal Crossing: New Horizons are thoughtfully guided, but there’s an overwhelming amount of information to absorb concerning the game’s flora and fauna, design and customisation options, inhabitants, and events.

Nintendo wants players to uncover the game’s pleasures without too much direction, and to find joy in experimentation and exploration.  Nonetheless, a neighbourly helping hand is always welcome, and fans have created some useful tools that players can use to create, test, and research their new homes.

Here are five Animal Crossing resources – both official and unofficial – that we recommend using to enhance your New Horizons experience.

Happy Island Designer

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has more options than ever when it comes to customising your home from home. A little town planning goes a long way, and Eugeneration‘s Happy Island Designer is perfect for experimenting with new island layouts. The tool lets you place homes, bridges, civic buildings, trees, and flowers. You can also experiment with terraforming by sketching rivers, paths, and different ground levels. Any maps you create can be exported as an image to work from.

Visit: Happy Island Designer

AC Patterns

AC Patterns is our top destination for creating custom and pro designs when we’re away from our Nintendo Switch. One of the most impressive features is the ability to upload your own images and transform them into patterns. Patterns can be shared online, saved locally, and turned into QR codes which you can upload into Animal Crossing: New Horizons using the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app. Here’s our guide on how to do that.

Visit: AC Patterns

Nookpedia

Nookpedia is a lovingly-created database that catalogues every fish and insect in the game (so far). Each creature’s entry details its seasonal availability, and a includes a hint on where it might be found. Also helpful is a filter to determine which creatures will be unavailable when the month changes. No string fish for us.

The Design section also includes user-submitted patterns. These can be transferred to the game using a code at the Able Sisters’ store.

Visit: Nookpedia

Animal Crossing Amiibo Catalog

Once you have opened the Harv’s Island or the campsite in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can use the game’s amiibo functionality. Animal Crossing amiibos come in two forms, figures and cards, both of which remain in plentiful supply at online retailers. The amiibo figures are based on the game’s common cast of characters, such as K.K. Slider and Tom Nook. However, the cards also include the majority of villagers featured in the game. There are five series of cards available, with each pack containing a random selection of three. The Animal Crossing Amiibo Catalog website details the villagers available in each series, making it easy to track those you have and want.

Scanned amiibos can join you for a photoshoot on Harv’s Island and also be invited to the campsite, at which point you can encourage them to become permanent residents. In-game posters of every villager you scan can also be purchased.

Visit: Animal Crossing Amiibo Catalog

Tom Nook on Twitter

With seasonal events in Animal Crossing: New Horizons now delivered by software updates, staying up to date can be tricky. However, Tom Nook is here to help. Nook took over the game’s official Twitter account in February and publishes a daily dispatch of tips, village announcements, and “Life Advice”. Much of it seems obvious, but it’s always worth checking to make sure you’re not missing out on anything important.

Visit: Tom Nook on Twitter


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How to find and catch the buzzing insect in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

What is that buzzing? Where is the insect? How do I catch it? Here’s how to catch the Mole Cricket in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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What is that buzzing? Where is the insect? How do I catch it? Here’s how to catch the Mole Cricket in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

There’s nothing more relaxing than taking a stroll around your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but what is that buzzing sound disturbing the peace?

It is, in fact, a Mole Cricket, a perfectly harmless critter that can only be detected by its buzz. The Mole Cricket is available from November to May in the Northern Hemisphere, and May to November on Southern Hemisphere islands. It’s available 24-hours a day but takes a little bit of effort to catch. Here’s a quick guide.

How to catch a Mole Cricket in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  1. You can’t deliberately set out to catch a Mole Cricket, so just go for a stroll and listen out for its buzz.
  2. Once you hear the buzz, stop walking. We recommend wearing headphones as it makes it a little easier to pinpoint the cricket’s location.
  3. Walk around slowly until the sound is at its loudest. It should be roughly equal in each ear.
  4. Pull out your shovel and start digging up the ground around you.
  5. When you find the right spot, the cricket will appear and start jumping away.
  6. Swap to your net and set off in hot pursuit. If you’re quick enough, you’ll catch the rascal before it escapes.

The first time you catch a Mole Cricket, you should donate it to Blathers at the museum. Subsequent crickets can be sold to the Nooks for 500 bells. Not too shabby.


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The best Doom Eternal weapon mods (and the order you should unlock them in)

The latest Doom game is awash with unlocks and upgrades. Here’s our guide to the best Doom Eternal weapon mods (and the ones you should unlock as a priority).

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The latest Doom game is awash with unlocks and upgrades. Here’s our guide to the best Doom Eternal weapon mods (and the ones you should unlock as a priority).

Early on in Doom Eternal, as the game is subjecting you to death by tutorial, you’ll run into a weapon mod upgrade station. It’s a weird little green floating robot that contains at the most weapon upgrade, but also, the potential for every weapon upgrade in the game.

It’s weird, sure, but it’s not the weirdest thing in the game. (Don’t tug too hard at those threads. The sinew holding the game together is tenuous at best, and it’s actively worse when they try and explain anything. Definitely do unlock the retro armour, though.)

Doom Eternal weapon mod upgrade robot

Because weapon mod upgrades are limited by the number of unlock robots, this means you have to be selective about your weapon mod choices. Well, at first. The further you get into the game and the more you explore, the more weapon mods you’ll unlock. By the endgame, you’ll likely have unlocked them all, or thereabouts.

But as you progress through Doom Eternal, you’ll need to be picky about the order you unlock weapon mods to be the most effective demon slayer. Here are our recommendations for the ones you should prioritise as you work through the weapons on offer.

Combat Shotgun

Doomguy’s first weapon – there’s no pistol in Doom Eternal – is one of his most basic. But it’s also one of the most versatile, if you pick the right mod.

You might be tempted by the Full Auto mod, which sounds like a good idea, but the Sticky Bombs mod is far more useful. You’ll lean on it for taking down Cacodemons for one thing – the daft round boys will just eat those explosives up – but it’s also handy for targeting weak spots and sticking to speedy enemies, or for doing damage to a group of demons.

Heavy Cannon

This is Doom Eternal’s version of the assault rifle and its usage is similar. Less powerful than the Combat Shotgun with a slower rate of fire than the Chaingun, but is quite a sensible weapon for a very unsensible game.

Again, the Micro Missiles mod seems like the winner here, but you’re far better favouring the Precision Bolt. It consumes multiple rounds to fire, but does dramatically more damage and at a much greater range. Use this to pick enemies off before they can engage, or target demon weaknesses with extreme precision.

Plasma Rifle

Doom Eternal’s Plasma Rifle is very similar to the classic version. It’s rapid, like the Heavy Cannon and Chaingun, but packs a bit more punch per round – particularly to energy shields.

Both the mods for the Plasma Rifle are decent, actually, so you’ll want to unlock both. The Heat Blast uses residual energy from firing the rifle to deliver a burst of energy and push back nearby enemies. The Microwave Beam, on the other hand, will freeze an enemy on the spot with chain lightning, particularly handy for speedy, slippery demons.

Super Shotgun

The Super Shotgun is, as ever, one of the most powerful “regular” weapons. It uses two shotgun shells per shot and deals devastating damage at short range.

You can’t mod the Super Shotgun in Doom Eternal because it comes equipped with a mod out of the gate. It’s fitted with an under-barrel grappling hook called the Meat Hook, which functions like a cross between Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion and Link’s Hook Shot. “Get over here!”

Rocket Launcher

Now we’re getting up to the heavy-duty gear. Your Rocket Launcher doesn’t deal as much damage as the ones equipped on the demons, but it does have some neat tricks.

You could argue that both the Rocker Launcher mods are useful, but we’d favour the Lock-on Burst. After a couple of seconds to acquire a target, it fires three rockets – which is obviously three times the damage – but better than that, the rockets will track and home in on their target. This is vital against fast-moving beasts and can be used to effectively shoot around corners. The other mod, Remote Detonation, just allows you to detonate a rocket in flight.

Chaingun

The Chaingun is Doom’s classic, chain-fed Gatling gun. Where normally it shares ammo with the pistol, here, it shares ammo with the Heavy Cannon.

Again, both the mods for the Chaingun are useful. One allows you you to raise an Energy Shield to deflect incoming projectiles, while the other turns the Chaingun into a Portable Turret. The turret deals huge damage in a short period – which means it splurges ammo and is prone to overheating, in true video game turret tradition – whereas the shield has obvious uses.

Ballista

The Ballista is a brand new beast in Doom Eternal. It’s an energy weapon, similar to the Plasma Rifle, but consumes a lot of ammo per shot to deal heavy damage. Also, it’s a demonic laser crossbow. Crossbows are cool.

The Arbalest mod sounds like the better one here – a charged explosive bolt – but you’ll want to favour the Energy Blade. That delivers a horizontal beam of energy that can cut demons in half, and fans out to target a big group.

BFG-9000

You can’t mod the BFG-9000 in Doom Eternal, but why would you want to? It’s the best.


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