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Apex Legends Battle Pass Revealed, Season 1 Starts Tomorrow

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Respawn Entertainment has officially unveiled the first Battle Pass for battle royale shooter, Apex Legends. The first competitive season, called Wild Frontier, will start tomorrow, March 19 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern.

If you’re familiar with Fortnite, Apex Legends’ Battle Pass is largely the same. You can purchase a Battle Pass in game for 950 Apex Coins, which translates to about $10 of real money. The Battle Pass includes 100 cosmetic items that you can then earn through regular play by gaining experience and leveling up.

Note that you’ll work towards unlocking the battle pass goodies whether you purchase the pass or not, but you’ll obviously need to purchase it to gain the rewards. If you purchase the Battle Pass later during the season, your progress will carry over and you’ll earn all the applicable rewards.

Unlockable rewards include weapon skins, character skins, banners, badges, epic and legendary loot boxes, and 1,000 in Apex Coins. The last unlock in the Battle Pass is also the first evolving Legendary weapon skin for the Havoc, which has three stages. The Season 1 Battle Pass is purposefully designed to feature all Legends and provide a variety of unlocks for newcomers.

“In terms of rewards, we’ve tried to create a Battle Pass where first-time spenders can get a strong base of weapon and character cosmetics to fill out their initial collection at a deep discount,” writes Lee Horn, Lead Product Manger, Respawn Entertainment.

If you’ve got the cash and want to skip ahead, Apex Legends is offering a Battle Pass Bundle. The Battle Pass Bundle costs 2,800 Apex Coins and grants the Battle Pass as well as instantly unlocking 25 levels of rewards.

Everyone who plays during Season 1, which will last about three months, can earn one Wild Frontier Legend skin, five Apex Packs, and 18 Wild Frontier Stat Trackers. Purchasing the Battle Pass will grant access to three new Wild Frontier skins for Lifeline, Wraith, and Mirage.

Also arriving in Season 1 is the first post-launch Legend, Octane. Look for Octane’s official reveal soon. Respawn has stated that every season of Apex Legends will add a new Legend.

Battle Pass rewards are exclusive to that season. Once earned you keep them forever, but they can never be earned again.

Apex Legends is available on PC (Origin), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s rated T for Teen.

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Protect the Muggle World from the Calamity in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

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The first details have emerged for upcoming mobile AR game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Developed by Niantic, Inc (Pokémon GO) and published by WB Games, Wizards Unite has players taking on the role of wizards searching the real world, casting spells, and defeating enemies.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is an Augmented Reality mobile game designed by the developers of super popular AR game Pokémon GO. The ongoing story involves an event called The Calamity. The Calamity causes magical creatures, artifacts, and people to cross over into the Muggle (non-wizarding) world.

Players become new recruits under the Statute of Secrecy Task Force to investigate The Calamity.

As an AR game, Wizards Unite will use a real world GPS map to overlay magical incursions, called Traces. Traces will lead to Foundables, which are more likely to appear in prominent social locations such as parks, libraries, monuments, galleries, and college campuses. You’ll need to cast spells to send them back to the wizarding world and earn rewards through the in-game registry.

Casting spells will consume Spell Energy. Spell Energy can be replenished at Inns, which are found at even more real world locations (PokéStops, basically). Ingredients can also be found and used to brew potions to augment spells and replenish energy. Special Portmanteaus can be unlocked to reveal Portkeys. Portkeys can transport you to full 360-degree AR locations from the Harry Potter series, such as Ollivander’s Wand Shop.

Real-time battles will be available at Fortresses. These locations feature Wizarding Challenges against familiar foes like Death Eaters. Wizards can team up to take on higher level challenges and earn greater rewards. Everyone can specialize in a different magical area, called Professions, making teamwork all the more critical.

A release date has not yet been announced for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. You can pre-register now via email and the Google Play store on Android.

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Disney Villainous: Wicked to the Core Review

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Publisher: Ravensburger
Age: 10+
Players: 2-3
Game Length: 40-60 minutes
MSRP: $24.99

Disney Villainous (now referred to as Disney Villainous: The Worst Takes All) released last year as a devilishly clever card game where players take on the role of infamous Disney Villains, like Ursula and Maleficent. Its asymmetrical gameplay, intuitive action system, and classic Disney artwork made it one of our favorite tabletop games of last year.

This month Ravensburger released Disney Villainous: Wicked to the Core, a stand-alone expansion that adds three new Disney Villains: Hades, Dr. Facilier (Shadow Man), and the Evil Queen. The three can be played against each other for up to three players, or mixed in with the The Worst Takes All to add even more sinister machinations.

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Each of the three new villains are given the same detailed treatment as the base game, with a folding player board for locations based on their movies, a deck of villain cards and hero cards, a molded player token, and some power tokens. Each villain is also given their own little paper guide to help explain how they achieve their unique player goals, whether it’s defeating Snow White or Ruling New Orleans. The components are just as fantastic as before, though all three villain tokens look a bit too similar to each other, each a slightly differently shaped and colored obelisk.

Hades is the most straight-forward of the bunch. As the god of the Underworld with his eyes set on Olympus, his goal is to move four of his unique Titan allies from one side of his board to the other. Titans have special powers but are quite expensive, and using them to defeat heroes will greatly slow down his progress – unless you can play a Hydra or Mortality Potion first. Hades’ Fate deck feels especially powerful and cruel, however, with strong heroes who trap or teleport Titans backwards.

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Dr. Facilier and the Evil Queen are much more complex than the heroes from The Worst Takes All. Dr. Facilier, better known as the Shadow Man from The Princess and the Frog, has a unique sidebar called the Fortune Deck. His goal is to control the Talisman, play The Cards Will Tell, and draw the Rule New Orleans card out of his Fortune Deck. It takes a lot of careful set up to pull off.

Meanwhile your opponent can use heroes to steal the talisman and stuff your Fortune Deck full of unwanted cards, to make drawing the one you need all the trickier. Being able to fan out the cards and let players draw the winner is a fun twist, and a wonderful translation of his tarot cards from the movie.

The Evil Queen from Snow White is one of the most classic Disney Villains of all time. In Wicked to the Core she functions a bit like Ursula in that she can’t directly attack heroes. Her prowess isn’t based on raw strength or power, but manipulation. Instead she needs to brew poison by converting poison tokens into power using a special unique action at her laboratory, while playing ingredient cards to unlock the dwarf’s cottage and summon Snow White herself.

The Evil Queen has to use poison along with the Take a Bite cards to defeat pesky heroes, such as the dwarfs who add to Snow White’s strength. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get actual poison tokens; it’s up to the Evil Queen player to keep up with both identical but separate piles of tokens.

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The Rating

Disney Villainous: Wicked to the Core has a recommended age of 10+. Like The Worst Takes All, it’s aimed at an older crowd of animated Disney lovers, as it requires careful planning and hand management – and every villain plays differently. Dr. Facilier and Evil Queen are both more complex than any villain from the base game, making the expansion a better option for those who already know how to play, and are looking for more villains.

The Takeaway

Wicked to the Core benefits from the solid components and gameplay of Villainous, as well as the deep roster of fantastically themed villains from the Disney animated universe. All three villains play differently than the original six, and we appreciated that Wicked to the Core draws from multiple eras of Disney animation.  We recommend getting the base game first as these new villains are a bit more advanced, but no less enjoyable, and should make the villainous competition that much fiercer.

Find Disney Villainous: Wicked to the Core at Target.