Jason Faulkner

I'm a video game journalist/content creator. I write news, features, reviews, and guides, and also produce visual content to supplement written word publications.

Xbox Series X|S Gift Ideas 2020 | What Xbox games, headset, controller to buy for Christmas

Our Xbox Series X|S gift guide for 2020 will show you the perfect Holiday present for the Xbox lover in your life. Whether you’re clueless or a life-long gamer, our list will give you some great ideas for what to put under the tree for Christmas. From Microsoft’s latest consoles to game suggestions, we have you covered for the holidays. Microsoft continues to provide the most powerful console on the market with the launch of the Xbox Series X. This system allows for true 4K gaming with all the

Destiny 2 Campaign Play Order 2020 | What campaigns are vaulted?

With the vaulting of vast swaths of content, it’s confusing to figure out what the campaign order is in Destiny 2. Since most of the locations that made up the base game are now gone, players don’t have the option to play through a large chunk of the story. As such, those new to the series might feel a little lost when they’re forced to begin Destiny 2 in media res after the new (lackluster) introductory questline. There’s no avoiding the fact that Destiny 2 is missing the majority of the conte

Godfall Review | 'An excellent first impression that quickly fades to monotony'

Godfall review for PS5 and PC. Godfall is a game that’s stuck in time. The graphics and combat are top-notch, delivering what you’d expect of a modern hack-and-slash with some unique aspects thrown in the mix. However, when it comes to story and game design, Godfall feels more like it’s out of the early-2000s. Unfortunately, this produces a title that makes an excellent first impression that quickly fades to monotony. Like hundreds of games from the days of the NES, SNES, PS1, etc., Godfall‘s s

Destiny 2 Braytech Transponder | How to activate the Sector Augmentation required panels

A new item has been added to Destiny 2 called the Braytech Transponder in the wake of the Deep Stone Crypt raid. Using this item starts a small quest chain that allows players to grab some guaranteed gear. However, after using the Braytech Transponder, players must shoot down scanner drones in a specific order and use the panels requiring the Scanner Augmentation buff, or they’ll miss out on the gear. Below, we explain what the Braytech Transponder item does in Destiny 2. We’ll also walk player

Destiny 2 Dead Exo Locations | Where to find 3 dead Exos

The first step in reforging the Lament exotic requires players to find nine dead Exos in Destiny 2. Thankfully, players can find all of these deceased Exos in Europa. However, they’re scattered in some hard to see places. Below, players can find all nine dead Exo locations in Destiny 2. So, get ready for an extensive tour of Europa. How to find three dead Exo locations in Destiny 2 To complete this portion of the Lost Lament quest, players only have to scan three of the nine dead Exos. The ea

Destiny 2 Lament Blade Pieces Location | Find blade pieces in Glassway strike

One of the steps in the new Lost Lament quest in Destiny 2 is to find the blade pieces in The Glassway strike. Players must locate these pieces of the blade as part of the step “Rescue the Past.” Unfortunately, there’s no real guidance given past letting the player know where the pieces are located within the strike. The phrasing would make one assume that players must find multiple items in the Glassway strike. Fortunately, the Lament Blade pieces are obtained as a single drop, and it’s one th

Destiny 2 Abandoned Bunker Location | Find Eventide Ruins bunker for Lost Lament quest

One of the last stops on the Lost Lament quest in Destiny 2 is finding an abandoned bunker. The Blade of Broken Dreams step asks players to find and explore an abandoned bunker in the Eventide Ruins but doesn’t give any other clues on how to complete the objective. Fortunately, this is an easy goal to achieve once one knows the bunker’s location. The key to finding the abandoned bunker in Destiny 2 is to not think too hard about it. This task requires less effort than finding the dead Exos or t

The Pathless Review | 'Does nothing to carve its niche amongst its peers'

The Pathless review for PS5, PS4, and PC. Giant Squid scored critical acclaim with its first game Abzu. The simplistic narrative and gameplay of that title, and the success that stemmed from it, influenced the studio’s latest title, The Pathless. This time around, players must go a bit more hands-on, as The Pathless takes more influence from Breath of the Wild than it does from Abzu’s spiritual predecessor Journey. Unfortunately, The Pathless overly relies on “artsy” conventions in its design a

Demon's Souls PS5 Review | 'Not as lauded as its successor, but no less timeless'

Demon’s Souls isn’t as lauded as its successor, but it’s no less timeless. The PS5 remake from Bluepoint Games is my first time playing through the game that started it all, and it’s now my favorite of the series. It’s a leaner experience and is split into five linear worlds that focus the player toward a goal. However, the fact that the player can change between these worlds, and the levels that make them up, freely makes Demon’s Souls infinitely more approachable than Dark Souls, Bloodborne, o

Sackboy: A Big Adventure Review | 'Competence doesn't equal a classic'

It seems like a rule that every console needs a platformer as a launch title, and the PS5 has Sackboy: A Big Adventure. For this game, Sackboy moves up to 3D, and the world is pre-created. It’s a cute, run-of-the-mill 3D platformer that makes for a family-friendly intro to the PS5, and there’s even a PS4 version for those who aren’t ready (or aren’t able due to supply issues) to move up to Sony’s latest console yet. Unlike the series Sackboy originated in, Little Big Planet, there’s no user-cre

Can PS5 use Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and HLG?

One would hope the PS5 would support the latest HDR standards. The console is HDMI 2.1-capable and should be equipped to handle HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG. Unfortunately, things are a bit complicated when it comes to how the PS5 handles High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut standards. Is the PS5 compatible with Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and HLG? The PS5 is not currently compatible with Dolby Vision, HDR10+, or HLG. The only form of HDR that the console can use for video or games is standard H

Observer: System Redux Review | 'Incredibly relevant for 2020'

Observer is my favorite Bloober Team title to date, and it’s hard to believe it’s been three years since it was released. The Polish cyberpunk dystopia still haunts me with its oppressive, lonely atmosphere, and unrelenting body horror. Its simple setting, a rotting, dilapidated Krakow apartment building in 2084, unfurls into a spiderweb of narratives that players must navigate as KPD detective Daniel Lazarski. Despite being a striking game in its 2017 release, Observer wasn’t without issue. As

Black Ops Cold War Safe House Gate Code | Safe house lock combo

In Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War‘s campaign, players get a hub to visit in between missions. In this safe house, there’s a gate that is locked by a six-digit code. If players want to get all the endings, finding the safe house gate code is essential. Fortunately, Adler and crew have terrible opsec, and the combo for the safe house gate lock is easy to find. Unlocking the safe house gate in Black Ops Cold War gives players access to both a computer terminal and an arcade machine. These two it

Black Ops Cold War Endings Explained | How to get Good, Bad, and Worst endings

There are multiple endings in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but all of them leave players with unanswered questions. Players can get a “good” and “bad” ending, as well as a “worst” ending. All of the Black Ops Cold War conclusions could use some explanation, especially since the game fits into the series as both a sequel and a prequel. We’ll cover how to get the good, bad, and worst endings in Black Ops Cold War below. We’ll also break each ending down and explain what it means for this gam

Black Ops Cold War PS4 Controller Disconnect Fix

PS4 players are having a frustrating time making their way through Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War‘s campaign. A controller bug can occur on PS4 when starting the third campaign mission, “Fractured Jaw” (although some players have reported it occurring when starting the fourth mission or even during multiplayer) that causes the DualShock 4 to disconnect and shut off. This error prevents players from decrypting the floppy disk, finding the three suspects, or seeing the ending. Unfortunately, a

Demon Soul's Beat Tutorial Boss | Can the Vanguard Demon be defeated?

The Demon’s Souls tutorial boss is a rude awakening for beginners. After sauntering through the first area, the Vanguard Demon wrecks the player, sending them to The Nexus. The tutorial boss killing the player is part of the story, so no one should be ashamed of dying to it. But, it does have a health bar, which makes one wonder if the Demon’s Souls tutorial boss can be beaten. We’ll cover whether or not players can beat the Vanguard Demon during the tutorial of Demon’s Souls below and when the

Demon's Souls | How to beat the Red Eye Knight

When players first meet a Red Eye Knight in Demon’s Souls, it will be much too powerful to beat. During the initial trip through the Boletarian Palace, players will encounter a Red Eye Knight guarding a bridge that looks innocuous. Well, this is the first “unfair” enemy, which is meant to block off this path from beginning players. There is a way to kill the Red Eye Knight, even early on in the game. However, if players want to defeat the knight the first time they encounter it, they’ll need a

Does Demon's Souls have bonfires | How to save, level up, and fast travel

Longtime fans of the Souls series will make finding a bonfire their first priority in Demon’s Souls. After all, that familiar sanctuary offers fast-travel, saving, and a place to level up. Those that have played Dark Souls will start the game searching for a bonfire in Demon’s Souls, but does it even have them? We’ll cover how to save, fast travel, and level up below. We’ll also examine whether or not Demon’s Souls has bonfires. Going into Demon’s Souls blind as beginners, we continually kept

Demon's Souls | How to restore full health

Very early on, Demon’s Souls players will notice that the most common healing items, Crescent Moon Grass, doesn’t restore full health. Healing to full health is a rare luxury in Demon’s Souls, but there are a few ways to do so. Unfortunately, these methods are either unusable when players need them most or unavailable to beginning players early on. How to restore full health in Demon’s Souls Restoring full HP in Demon’s Souls can be done by three different methods. Using an Archstone to travel

PS5 SSD compatibility list

The PS5 is designed to use compatible solid state drives as expandable storage. While the PS5 doesn’t support an expansion hard drive at launch, even when the feature is enabled, not just any m.2 drive will work. A compatible hard drive must meet several criteria to work. Unfortunately, there aren’t many models on the market right now that qualify. We’ll discuss which SSDs are compatible with the PS5 below. We’ll also cover what specs PS5 compatible hard drives must meet below so users can keep
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