Darkrai has returned to Pokemon Go as a part of the game’s Halloween celebrations. Here are some tips to help trainers takedown and catch the mythical Pokemon.
Halloween is a busy time of year for Pokemon Go. The Pokemon franchise has plenty of spooky creatures to feature this time of year, including a litany of ghost and dark-types. Various events will be taking place during the next week or so, and some of them have already begun. Darkrai raids, for instance. The mythical Pokemon has returned to Pokemon Go and is in five-star raids right now.
The dark-type Pokemon will appear randomly in raids, so there’s no telling when a trainer might be lucky enough to find one. However, they should receive a notification when a Darkrai raid is about to begin nearby. Trainers’ best chance of stumbling upon a Darkrai raid will be during Pokemon Go’s raid hour events, which take place between 6 and 7 pm local time every Wednesday.
As for what to do once you’ve found a raid, Darkrai is a dark-type, so its weaknesses are fighting, fairy, and bug-type Pokemon. Machamp is a strong choice if going with a fighting-type, especially if it knows counter and dynamic punch. Lucario and Terrakion are also good choices should you have those Pokemon at your disposal.
Trainers with strong bug-types will want to bring Heracross and Scizor into the mix if they can, especially if Scizor knows X-Scissor. As for fairy-types, Granbull and Togekiss are strong options providing they know dazzling beam. Gardevoir is good too, but something of a double-edged sword. Although its fairy half will do damage to Darkrai, whereas its psychic half will be weak against the dark-type Pokemon.
Even with the Pokemon above at your disposal, taking down and catching a Darkrai won’t come easy. It’s a part of five-star raids so trainers won’t be able to take it down alone, no matter how strong their team of chosen Pokemon is. Darkrai is appearing in five-star raids right now and will leave them again on November 5, 2020.
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The Nintendo Switch only has a couple more major releases this year with Pikmin 3 Deluxe launching at the end of the month and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity arriving November 20. If you’ve gotten your fill of Super Mario 3D All-Stars and are looking for something to play, there are tons of great deals on the Nintendo Switch eShop this week, including Warner Bros. and Ubisoft publisher sales as well as a Mega Man franchise sale.
Ubisoft’s sale runs until October 29 and features discounts on a handful of notable games. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is down to $15, while the Gold edition with all of the DLC is only $20. Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection and Assassin’s Creed III Remastered are discounted to $20 each. Turn-based RPG fans can snag South Park: The Stick of Truth for $12 and The Fractured but Whole for $15. Arguably the best deal in the Ubisoft sale is on the stellar platformer Rayman Legends Definitive edition, which is discounted to just $10.
Outside of Mortal Kombat 11 for $20, the Warner Bros. Halloween Sale is focused on family-friendly titles. Scribblenauts Mega Pack–a great compilation for kids who are in the early stages of reading–is on sale for $10. There are also a bunch of discounts on Lego games, which are ideal for couch co-op. Lego City Undercover is $9, Lego Harry Potter Collection is $12.49, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is $9. The Warner Bros. Halloween Sale is live until November 2.
Until October 29, you can save big on Mega Man games on the eShop. Mega Man 11 is discounted to $15, while the mainline Legacy Collections are $10 each. Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 and 2 are also on sale for $10 each.
Other highlights include Rune Factory 4 Special for $30, The Last Campfire for $12, and Crypt of the NecroDancer for $4. You can check out the full slate of deals at the Switch eShop and see our picks below.
Best deals at Nintendo Switch eShop
Assassin’s Creed: The Rebel Collection — $20 ($40)
Assassin’s Creed III: Remastered — $20 ($40)
Child of Light Ultimate edition — $5 ($20)
Crypt of the NecroDancer — $4 ($20)
The Last Campfire — $12 ($15)
Lego City Undercover — $9 ($30)
Lego DC Super-Villains — $18 ($60)
Lego Harry Potter Collection — $12.49 ($50)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 — $9 ($30)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle — $15 ($60)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gold edition — $20 ($80)
Mega Man 11 — $15 ($30)
Mega Man Legacy Collection — $10.04 ($15)
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 — $10 ($20)
Mega Man X Legacy Collection — $10 ($20)
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 — $10 ($20)
Mortal Kombat 11 — $20 ($50)
Rune Factory 4 Special – $30 ($40)
Scribblenauts Mega Pack — $10 ($40)
Scribblenauts Showdown — $10 ($40)
South Park: The Stick of Truth — $12 ($30)
South Park: The Fractured but Whole — $15 ($60)
Trials Rising — $6 ($20)
Valiant Hearts: The Great War — $5 ($20)
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When congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez first announced her interest in streaming Among Us “to get out the vote,” she was met with a barrage of popular livestreamers and other influencers eager to play alongside her. When that stream finally went live on the evening of October 20, more than 430,000 viewers tuned in on Twitch to watch. The stream ran for 3.5 hours and featured an all-star lineup of guests, including streamers Hasan “Hasanabi” Piker, Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Harris “Hbomberguy” Brewis, Ali “Myth” Kabbani, Seán “Jacksepticeye” McLoughlin, Charles “Cr1TiKaL” White, Jeremy “Disguised Toast” Wang, Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, and fellow congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
If you weren’t able to tune in, here were some of the best moments from the AOC stream, as documented by amused viewers on social media.
AOC killing Pokimane
“I can’t kill Poki, she’s so nice. I can’t do that—okay, I think I have to do it.” – AOC
AOC ruthlessly taking out Pokimane in the security room after a brief—very brief—moment of hesitation, and then immediately getting caught by Myth.
“It was an honor,” Poki declared, after letting out a shocked scream. “It was an honor!”
AOC killing Mxmtoon
“I’m gonna pass away.” – Mxmtoon
AOC got quite a few kills as the impostor and people’s reactions were priceless every time. Mxmtoon, after getting put down in electrical, seemed to have trouble processing the moment:
“Is it weird we’re calling you AOC?”
“No, no, you guys can call me AOC. Mike Pence can’t call me AOC.” – AOC
While trying to adjust audio levels, Hasanabi referred to the congresswoman as “AOC,” then stopped himself to ask if that nickname was appropriate. AOC assured her crewmates it was—for them, at least.
That rig Ilhan Omar was playing on
“When you’re winning.” – Ilhan Omar
About an hour into the stream, Ilhan Omar’s deputy comms director Isi Baehr-Breen posted a photo of the Minnesota congresswoman streaming from his monster gaming rig. Shortly after, Omar posted the PC’s specs, which sent Twitter into a frenzy.
Disguised Toast “marinating” AOC…
“I would not marinate a congresswoman.” – Disguised Toast
“Marinating” is an impostor strategy in Among Us where the impostor manufactures a false sense of security among crewmates by sticking near another player without attacking them, tricking that player into defending them if they’re ever called into question. At one point, AOC started to defend Disguised Toast, but knew better than to do so without caveats.
It turns out she was right the whole time, but as AOC said, “That’s politics, right?”
…then AOC getting revenge
“It’s like a Rachel Ray, like Wolfgang Puck, sous vide marinating the whole time.” – AOC
If you didn’t get a chance to tune in live, you can watch the full VOD of AOC’s Among Us stream on her Twitch channel.
Giving in I’ve been pretty adamant that I’d hold out to get a PlayStation 5 for at least six months to a year after launch because I’ve got a backlog of PlayStation 4 and Switch games to complete.
However, as the launch of the new consoles get nearer, I’m succumbing to the hype. I’m now considering getting one at launch, if pre-orders open again.
My question is: would it be worth getting a PlayStation 5 at launch without having a 4K TV?
I’ve got a launch PlayStation 4 that still works well, except for recent issues with some of the entertainment apps, so would expect to see a fairly big improvement in graphics. But I don’t have a 4K TV.
Does anyone know if a 4K TV would be needed to really see any benefit to visuals from the next gen machines? Hubert
GC: Since no one has a PlayStation 5 yet that’s a hard question to answer. But while 4K is desirable it’s not even in our top five most anticipated new features for the PlayStation 5. We’d put the SSD, 60fps options, DualSense, 3D audio, and generally better graphics before it – as well as not sounding like a jet engine.
Third way A lot of next generation games seem to have two performance options: 4K and 60fps or 4K 30fps with ray-tracing. I personally have no problem with this and like the options. If anything, I would like a third option of 1080p and 60fps and ray-tracing but I have not seen any game give this option. Has GC?
I am not sure if that is because no one has spoken about it, if it seemed like a pointless thing for developers to aim for or if the developers are scared of the vocal minority that insist everything needs to be 4K, 60fps, and ray-traced even when it is clearly impractical for most games on a £450 system.
Microsoft clearly see a market in people that have not upgraded to 4K televisions yet, with the Xbox Series S. Although I personally have ordered a PlayStation 5 now and intend to get a 4K television next year. Perhaps I am being entitled for wanting to be able to see a clear next generation graphical improvement day one, even before I upgrade televisions? I also do not want a repeat of the unreadable text issue I had with the Xbox 360 before I bought my first HD television. PazJohnMitch
GC: That’s not been an in-game option in anything so far, but as you imply the Xbox Series S kind of enforces it by default – since it can’t display native 4K.
Pro tip So, I’ve been reading up on a new Nvidia technology called DLSS (catchy, I know!). In brief, DLSS allows games to be upscaled from the rendered resolution whilst improving the quality of the frames at the same time. So, you can set your PC to run a game at normal HD 1080p, but have it displayed at 4K, and thanks to Nvidia’s AI it will not tank your frame rate. I’ve not really done it justice there, and I’d suggest anyone interested to look on YouTube for some real-world examples.
Anyway, it suddenly struck me that Nvidia provides the chips inside the Switch and of all the consoles to benefit from this technology, the Switch has the most to gain by far. We keep hearing about a 4K Switch, but the technology to truly run games at 4K and 60fps is just arriving in the form of the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, and I say just as it looks like it may be a while before games allow you to play in 4k and run at 60fps.
Plus, consider how big both of those new consoles are and think of how small the Switch is – and has to be to remain a portable console. Sure, the dock could be souped up to provide more graphical fidelity when docked, but Nintendo could have done that with the current Switch.
The more I read about DLSS I’m convinced that it will be the basis of the next Switch console. Analysis of DLSS shows that rendering at 720p and displaying at 4K is even very impressive. It all makes too much sense to me, though it does rely on Nintendo and Nvidia buddying up even more so, as Nvidia actually needs to be involved during development to ensure DLSS will work. Matt
GC: It’s a good theory but it also depends on Nintendo doing something that makes sense, which is not their way.
Late again So Microsoft has announced a new update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, that sounds a good idea given the delay of Xbox Series X and they can’t even get that ready for launch day?! The Master Chief Collection is six years old, how much time do they need!
We talk about Nintendo not handling the coronavirus well because of the peculiar way they work but at least they’ve had some games out this year, quite a few really even if they’re not the biggest ones. But Microsoft has achieved precisely zero this year in terms of software. It is just mind-boggling to me, especially given how well Sony has done: five games now and lots of other due out early next year.
Somebody at Microsoft needs to get a grip of themselves and work out what Sony is doing that they aren’t. Having more experienced first party studio is one thing but it’s not like this is the first rodeo for Microsoft. Why are they so slow at getting anything done? How did they do so much worse than a company with not a 10th of the cash reserves? Skrull Papa
Complete set I was just wondering if there is anybody that subscribes to PSN, Xbox Live, and Nintendo Switch Online every year? I can only afford to do one, which is Xbox Live, as a friend only has Xbox to play co-op. I’ve heard of people subscribing to all the video on demand services but don’t know if anybody does that with their online gaming on the three platforms?
Although it is a lot more for online gaming subscriptions compared to Netflix, which starts at £5.99 a month. Do GameCentral have to subscribe or do you get subs free because your journalists who review games? Andrew J. PS: Europa Universalis 2 is currently free on GOG, here’s the link.
GC: Since you need them to play online, we get them for free.
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Essential playing In response to Franky and whether to wait for the next generation to play Cyberpunk 2077, I will be one of those who will wait until the ‘proper’ next gen version comes out. I’ve pre-ordered an Xbox Series X and feel that I may as well wait to get the most out of my purchase.
I suppose it’s a bit like watching a film at the cinema with all the bells and whistles this audio-visual experience involves, versus watching it at home on DVD. There are certain movies which are just essential viewing at the cinema.
This game (hopefully) will be a real gem and I want all the graphical upgrades I can get. With Game Pass it’s not like I’ll run out of games to play in the meantime… Dj Kj
Goodbye game In response to Franky, I think I will buy Cyberpunk for the PlayStation 4.
For me there is always one game that pushes a machine to its limits right at the end of its life and I have made a bit of a ritual of this to say goodbye to a machine.
I said goodbye to my Xbox 360 with Far Cry 4 and it was up there with the best games experiences.
I’ll go for the humdrum of the release date over the graphics and say bye to the PlayStation 4 in the process. Matt Kirk
Difficult wait Regarding Franky’s dilemma as to whether to wait for the next gen version of Cyberpunk 2077 or buy it this year, I would say definitely wait. Of course, seeing all the marketing and reviews and hearing gamers talking about it will be difficult but it will be well worth the wait. The next gen versions will look better, run more smoothly, and in the case of PlayStation won’t be ruined by the noise of the console.
On the issue of cyberpunk as a general term, I love the two most recent Deus Ex games and would like to play the two previous releases as I missed them first time around. Do you know of any plans to remake or re-release them? Kehaar
GC: We do not. Developer Eidos-Montréal got tied up helping with Marvel’s Avengers so you’d probably have to wait and see the fallout from that before you got any indication of how likely Deus Ex is to mount a return.
Inbox also-rans Thanks for the review of the Supe Mario Live… game, car, toy? I can’t see myself getting it given the price and this year but I love that Nintendo just do what they want, industry trends be damned. I did have a quick look on their online store though and I see it’s sold out already, so I bet it does well for them anyway. Toto
I hate being reminded that PT was a thing that never ended up happening. I’ll never forgive Konami for killing that project, it sounded like my dream (nightmare) game. St1nger
This week’s Hot Topic The topic for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Cray, who asks how has the coronavirus changed how you play games this year?
Since the start of lockdown in March how has your approach to gaming changed? Have you played more games than usual and how many have you beaten? Have you taken more interest in parts of gaming you didn’t used to care about, like esports, or have you experimented with genres you wouldn’t normally play?
Has you overall time spent playing games increased or decreased and do you think you’ll return to your previous norm once all this is over?
Even though Fortnite is no longer the flashy new gaming trend, it remains one of the most popular games in the world. To call Fortnite a phenomenon would be something of an understatement; it has become a gaming staple much like Super Mario was when Nintendo’s plumber dominated the conversation in the late ’80s and early ’90s. For that reason, if you have kids on your shopping list this holiday season, it’s a pretty safe bet that at least one of them is a Fortnite fanatic.
Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free-to-play game, so all you need to start playing is a console, PC, or smartphone–though recent legal battles between Apple/Google and Epic Games have threatened Fortnite’s playability on mobile devices. But even though the battle royale game is ostensibly free, there are plenty of Fortnite gifts that are sure to make fans happy this holiday season. From safe bets like in-game currency to action figures and Funko Pops to gaming chairs and board games, our Fortnite gift guide covers a lot of ground to help you pick out the best gift possible.
When I say an Xbox Game Pass for PC subscriptionRemove non-product link is the best deal in gaming today, that’s no idle recommendation. I have a deep-seated hatred of today’s subscription culture. Yes, many streaming and subscription services are worth every penny, but in general, I hate that everything from Microsoft Office to Adobe’s Creative Cloud to freaking underwear tries to tie you up with monthly payments. So when I say Game Pass is worth it, I really mean it. Step aside, Humble Bundles.
At first, I actually refused to pony up for Xbox Game Pass for PC, because again, I’ve had just about enough of subscriptions. But I succumbed to its siren song when Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds debuted, thanks to its day-one inclusion on the service. The service’s hooks sunk deeply and quickly. Paying a mere $5 a month for access to over a hundred games during the beta period was a ludicrously good value, and it remains so even at the full $10 price. Now, Xbox Game Pass for PC is just as much of a mainstay in my house as Spotify and Netflix. I can’t see ever letting my subscription lapse.
Here are five reasons why:
1. Day-one access to Microsoft games
The superb Gears Tactics costs $60, but it was on Xbox Game Pass for PC on day one.
Historically, most gaming subscription services offered access only to ancient games that you’ve probably played before. Microsoft’s first-party exclusives come to Xbox Game Pass for PC the day they release, meaning Xbox Game Pass for PC members can start playing new titles in the Halo, Forza, and Gears franchises immediately, among others. More specific to PC gamers, Microsoft now owns Obsidian and InXile studios, two of the most celebrated developers of modern CRPGs, so you can dive into The Outer Worlds and the hotly anticipated Wasteland 3 as part of your subscription.
Xbox Game Pass for PC also includes hot games from other developers, like Yakuza 0, Ark: Survival Evolved, No Man’s Sky, and Metro: Exodus. Its stockpile of big-budget games from other publishers isn’t nearly as deep as its first party selection, but that’s mitigated by my next point. You can see the full list of Xbox Games Pass for PC titles here. As I write this, it stands at a whopping 193 games.
It’s going to get even deeper soon. Later this year, EA will bring its EA Play (formerly Origin Access) subscription games to Xbox Game Pass at no extra cost. Microsoft says it will add “More than 60 of EA’s biggest and best console and PC games like FIFA 20, Titanfall 2 and Need for Speed Heat, as well as titles from some of EA’s most popular franchises like Battlefield, Mass Effect, Skate, and The Sims,” along with extended trials for newer games like Madden 21.
2. Abundant, excellent indie games
Excellent indie games like Frostpunk abound on Xbox Game Pass for PC.
For PC gamers who like deep cuts, Xbox Game Pass for PC offers an incredible selection of critically acclaimed indie games, spanning a wide variety of genres. If you like giving quirky new games a whirl or don’t feel comfortable paying full price for games from lesser-known studios, Xbox Game Pass for PC is your answer. (Seriously: Go play A Plague Tale: Innocence, Frostpunk, Slay the Spire, and Dead Cells if you haven’t already!)
The vast selection of indie games makes Xbox Game Pass for PC much more appealing in my eyes than rival subscription gaming services like EA’s Origin Access or Ubisoft’s Uplay+, whose libraries tend to include only games from those specific developers. Microsoft’s subscription offers a wider range of games, though Origin’s plan also includes a nice indie selection.
3. New (good!) games are added regularly
Xbox Game Pass for PC adds games regularly and puts new releases front and center.
There’s always something fresh to play on Xbox Game Pass for PC. New games are added all the time. The curated selection ensures they’ll always be good games—even indie titles you haven’t heard of before are worth playing.
In the past month alone, Observation, Minecraft Dungeons, Alan Wake, Cities: Skylines, Dungeon of the Endless, Battletech, No Man’s Sky, and The Bard’s Tale Remastered are just some of the new games that landed on the service. They’re all great, and collectively offer hundreds upon hundreds of hours of gaming fun before you even start digging deeper into the backlog.
Third-party games don’t tend to arrive on Xbox Game Pass for PC until they’ve been out for a while, so if you’re the sort of gamer who needs to play the new hotness now, the service holds slightly less appeal. That said, it’s a great way to play lesser-known titles you might not be inclined to pay full price for. Just be aware that games can shift back out of Xbox Game Pass for PC support as well—similar to how shows dip in and out of Netflix—so don’t wait too long to get around to an intriguing-looking game
4. Free Spotify and more
Microsoft throws in some nice extra perks as part of your Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription. Right now, you can claim six free months of Spotify Premium, along with free goodies for online games like Warframe, World of Tanks, Phantasy Star Online 2, and Smite.
You can also save 10 percent on any games you decide to buy that are part of Xbox Game Pass for PC. That’s not very enticing when you can play a game as part of your subscription, but it’s a great deal when it comes to DLC packs and other add-ons (and it’s especially useful when a game you love exits the service). Be aware that those DLC packs are tied to the Microsoft Store version of the game, so they won’t necessarily carry over to Steam or other PC platforms.
5. Games actually work
Finally, the games install and play without any headaches. This shouldn’t be a big plus, but when it comes to Microsoft’s PC services, it definitely is.
You’ll see actual “Play” buttons like this in the Xbox app, unlike the Microsoft Store’s endless error messages.
Games downloaded via Windows 10’s Microsoft Store app have been notoriously buggy for years now, running rampant with authentication errors and aborted downloads that require a full reinstall. It’s bad enough that I’ve sworn off buying Microsoft Store Games after blowing through my data cap trying to get Gears 4 installed. I spent $60 on Forza Horizon 3 only to spend hours suffering through errors.
Xbox Game Pass for PC skips the Microsoft Store. Instead, you download games via the Xbox app. I’ve never once encountered an issue installing or playing a Game Pass game. They just work—unlike the Microsoft Store. I don’t know why the Xbox app works so well while the Microsoft Store consistently works so poorly with big games, but I know that it does. If it weren’t for Xbox Game Pass for PC, I’d never be able to play Forza Horizon 4 or Gears Tactics (though Microsoft now plans on publishing some first-party games on Steam as well).
Bottom line: Try it out
Even if you typically only pay for games you actually own, consider giving Xbox Game Pass for PC a shot. At just $10 a month, it’s less than the cost of a pizza. Even after months of subscribing I’ve barely scratched the depths of the service. Between Xbox Game Pass for PC, the Epic Game Store’s weekly freebies, and perhaps the odd Humble Bundle, you can unlock a virtually endless amount of gaming goodness for the cost of a single new triple-A game. Affordable games are a big part of what makes PC gaming so great compared to consoles, and Xbox Game Pass for PC holds firm in that tradition despite its console namesake.
And no, you don’t have to pay for multiplayer.
Give it a shot. Microsoft will even let you try Xbox Game Pass for PC for just $1 for the first monthRemove non-product link. I did after months of hesitance and fell deeply in love. Maybe you will too?
Editor’s note: This article originally published on July 3, 2020, but was updated to include Microsoft’s new $10 price after the beta ended and EA Play games coming to the service.