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Ghost Recon Wildlands Getting 30-Minute Live-Action Promotional Video

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 12, 2017 10:50AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Ubisoft is working with Amazon, Twitch, and Legion of Creatives, it has been announced, to create a 30-minute, live-action promotional video set in the world of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands. This video is titled War Within The Cartel and looks at the Santa Blanca cartel after an attack on its compound. The cartel leadership responds by seeking out the traitor to exact their revenge and at the end of the story will be the events that lead to the Ghosts being called in, thus the beginning of the game.

War Within The Cartel is scheduled to premiere on February 16 by streaming on Ubisoft's Twitch channel but for anyone who misses it, it will also be up on Amazon Prime Video following the stream. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is scheduled to release on March 7 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and if you want there will be an Amazon-exclusive Ghost Recon Wildlands: War Within The Cartel bundle that includes a Steelbook featuring artwork by Ken Taylor, the Gold Edition of the game, and a 10.5 inch Santa Muerte figurine.

 

 

Source: UbiBlog



Microsoft Cancels Scalebound

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 10, 2017 03:48PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Scalebound is "an action-RPG featuring dragons and online co-op," for the Xbox One and PC and seemed to be a big hit at E3 this past year. Unfortunately, Microsoft has decided to cancel the game after several years in development. A Microsoft spokesperson addressed the issue stating, "After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound. We’re working hard to deliver an amazing lineup of games to our fans this year, including Halo Wars 2, Crackdown 3, State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves, and other great experiences." The news seems like a bummer for anyone that was looking forward to the game, but hopefully the increased focus on other games will turn into a net positive in the end for gamers.

Source: Gamespot



Steam Beta Adds More Controller Support

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 6, 2017 09:56AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Stepping back from CES 2017 news for a bit, earlier this year Valve revealed they were adding support for the PlayStation 4 controller to the Steam Controller Configurator. This means that the same API used to interface with and customize the Steam Controller could be used with the PS4 controller, easing PC support issues for the device. At the time Valve did say other controllers would also be added and now they have in the latest Steam Beta client. Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Generic X-Input controllers are supported now, but it is a beta, so if you give it a try, remember there is no guarantee everything is going to work perfectly. For example, because X-Input lacks a means to uniquely identify controllers, all of these controllers will share personalization and configuration settings. This means Xbox 360/One/Generic controller configuration will all be seen together when browsing, but automatic conversion will be attempted when loading these configurations.

Having a USB Xbox 360 controller, I have switched to the beta client and plugged it in to give it a try. It took a little time for the controller to be added and the configurations converted, but once that I was done it worked exactly as I would have hoped. I put together a custom configuration for my Steam Controller in Rocket League, so I launched that to have a look and the configuration was almost perfectly translated to the 360 controller. (It only lacked having the individual buttons of the D-pad mapped properly, but that is not a big deal and easily corrected.) I entered the free-play training map and was driving around using the 360 controller without issue, using my previously created configuration.

This is not all as additional support for third party PS4 controllers has also been added, so some HORI, MadCatz, Armor pads and flight sticks should now work with the controller API.

Source: Steam Client Beta Group



Mass Effect: Andromeda Arrives March 21, 2017; NVIDIA Shows Off Gameplay During CES

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 4, 2017 07:42PM
Author: bp9801


BioWare's next entry in its epic Mass Effect series has been teased for a while, but lately we've been getting more and more news on Mass Effect: Andromeda. We got a story reveal during N7 Day, some gameplay during the Video Game Awards on December 1, and now today we got a release date. Mass Effect: Andromeda arrives on March 21 in North America and March 23 in Europe. You might want to schedule some time off now as you look forward to a solid date. Our journey to Andromeda kicks off at the end of March, but that's not the only bit of news we have today. During NVIDIA's CES Keynote, among all the news NVIDIA had, was another gameplay reveal for ME:A. We get a nice glimpse of one of the environments on the planet, along with just some stunning visuals in general. Oh, and combat, because we need some action, too.

We get a glimpse at the different profiles we can select while playing, which we can swap dynamically to better suit the mission at hand. We see a large amount of skills in the tech tree, along with the upgrade path for flamethrower. There's also something in there called Remnant VI, which is intriguing in just how mysterious it is. The Remnant are what left the vaults we can uncover, so somewhere along the way we must get access to a VI program to better interface with it or some other aspect. The only bad thing about the gameplay footage is just how short it all was during the Keynote. It's not the longest video in the world, but it'll definitely leave you wanting more. Hopefully we get that soon, but at any rate, we don't have too much longer to go before we can all explore the Andromeda Galaxy.

Mass Effect: Andromeda arrives on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on March 21.

Sources: Twitch Livestream and ME:A Website



Microsoft Hopes to Improve PC Gaming With Windows 10 Game Mode

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 29, 2016 06:36AM
Author: Nick Harezga

A reference to Windows 10 Game Mode has been spotted in build 14997 by Twitter user @h0x0d, presented with comment "looks like Windows will adjust its resource allocation logic (for CPU/Gfx etc.) to prioritize the 'Game' when running in 'Game Mode'". This build isn't available yet, but will become available as part of the Creators Update. It is worth noting that the feature does not yet work and therefore it cannot be determined if Game Mode will be compatible with services like Steam and Origin. Windows Central gathered some additional information from its sources, stating that it will function similar to how Xbox One runs games. The Xbox OS "will allocate resources to make sure the game is running the best it possibly can," and this sounds similar to what Game Mode is being described as.

Source: WCCF Tech and Windows Central



Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter Enters Early Access

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 20, 2016 01:36PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


For fans of the Serious Sam franchise, or VR, or both today Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter has entered early access on Steam. It is the original game, first released in 2001 with an HD remake in 2009, with full VR support and up to 16-player co-op, because VR FPS is always best with friends, right? There is also a deathmatch mode, because VR FPS is always best with enemies, right?

The game is a full locomotion game, so if you want you can take advantage of smooth trackpad movement, instead of using the teleportation systems seen in some VR games. Teleporting is still an option and there is even a built-in teleportation system for dodging enemies.

Being an early access title, you can expect upgrades, tweaks, and bugfixes in the future. Also, because of its release today it has a general 10% discount for a week, but if you own Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter you get another 10% off, and those with Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope get another 20% off, so the most loyal players can get the new title at 40% off.

 

 

Source: Croteam and Press Release




Overwatch Turned Into a Winter Wonderland

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 13, 2016 02:56PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Overwatch is the popular team based shooter from Blizzard, and the game is now receiving a new seasonal event, following up on the Halloween event earlier this year. Two maps, Hanamura and King's Row, have received a snowy makeover and Loot Boxes now have a chance to drop one of more than 100 seasonal cosmetic items. A limited time game mode, Mei's Snowball Offensive, replaces Mei's Endothermic Blaster with a single shot snowball cannon that can be upgraded to a semi-automatic with her ultimate. The Winter Wonderland event runs from today until January 2, so be sure to take advantage of it while you can.

Source: Overwatch Blog



Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Announced from Gearbox Publishing

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 2, 2016 09:46AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Back in 2011 a game called Bulletstorm was released and on April 7, 2017 it will be coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and return to PC as Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition. This announcement came during the Game Awards 2016, along with the announcement that Gearbox Software has formed Gearbox Publishing, a division meant to help indie developers. This partnership between Gearbox and People Can Fly, the Bulletstorm developers, is also adding a bit more to the game, at least if you pre-order it, as you will be able to play the entire campaign as Duke Nukem, complete with full voice-over, in place of the game's main character Grayson Hunt.

When it releases in April, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition will include all previously released content for the original game, a new Overkill Campaign Mode that starts you off with an unrestricted arsenal, new maps for the score-based Echo Mode, remastered audio effects, and updated visuals. The textures will be higher resolution, the polygon counts have been increased, the framerate should be smoother, and for those on PC and PS4 Pro, you will be able to play the game at 4K.

Source: Gearbox




A New Galaxy of Adventure Awaits in the Gameplay Trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 2, 2016 06:49AM
Author: bp9801


Last night, as the Game Awards were winding down, we were all treated to some new gameplay footage of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the upcoming entry from BioWare. We saw a new cinematic trailer on N7 Day, but aside from a tiny bit of gameplay when the PS4 Pro was announced, we were missing some solid, actual gameplay. Well, fortunately BioWare delivered nearly five minutes of it last night, and if you happened to miss it last night, you're in luck. We get a little bit of everything in the gameplay footage, including some driving segments in the Nomad, combat against large beasts and more regular sized enemies, and even a bit of conversation between Ryder and a warlord. Plus the new HUD is on display throughout the footage. There's plenty more to check out, so start watching it below and try not to drool.

Everything shown in the trailer has got me ready to go for Mass Effect: Andromeda. The combat looks fluid, especially when you combine the jetpack with biotic abilities, or swapping to the disruptor ammo to take out some mechs, or trying to not get overrun by some of the new beasts you'll encounter on the different worlds. We also get a look at some more of the squadmates, like a Krogan and a female Turian, and in one combat section we see what appears to be a new alien race that's different from the Kett shown during N7 Day. There's going to be so much waiting us in Andromeda, and it's a journey I cannot wait to go on.

Mass Effect: Andromeda arrives in the spring for the PC, PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, and Xbox One. No solid release date just yet, but hopefully that's coming before long.

Source: YouTube



Red Dead Redemption Coming to PlayStation Now Service

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 30, 2016 11:00AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In October Red Dead Redemption 2 was announced, given a trailer, and a targeted launch window of Fall 2017. If that is too much time to wait to return to that world, or if you have yet to experience the Rockstar franchise, on December 6 you will be able to play Red Dead Redemption on PlayStation 4 and PC using the PlayStation Now service.

This subscription service allows people in North America, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and the Netherlands to stream PlayStation 3 titles to the newer console or PC. According to the service's website there are over 450 games currently in its catalog, with new games added each month, and it looks like Red Dead Redemption and Undead Nightmare will be part of the December additions.

Might not be the PC port so many people want, but at least it is more ways to play the game.

Source: Rockstar



The Crew Calling All Units Releases

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 29, 2016 10:42AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Originally released two years ago, The Crew, an MMO racing game from Ubisoft has received its second major expansion today titled Calling All Units. As you might have guessed from the name, the new content includes playing on the side of the police as Clara Washington, an elite cop tasked with stopping the illegal street racers across the nation. This storyline has 12 missions that will allow the player to develop their police tactics and police vehicles. You can also play as one of the street racers the police are coming after if you want, or if you do not have the expansion, as all of the street racer gameplay is available to every player of The Crew.

In addition to launching this expansion, The Crew Ultimate Edition is available to purchase now and includes both expansions and all of the Season Pass vehicles.

 

 

Source: Ubisoft




Saints Row IV Gets Steam Workshop Support

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 23, 2016 08:35AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It was three years ago that Saints Row IV launched but it has just received a fairly significant update as Steam Workshop support. Before you were limited to using superpowers, superweapons, and powerful vehicles to fight the alien overlord Zinyak, but now you can do it with whatever you and the community can think up.

Given the temperament of the Saints Row franchise, it makes sense it would eventually receive official modding support, but implementing it was not a simple process. The game was not originally developed with modding in mind, but the developers worked with the modding community to create the necessary tools and adapt the game code.

To mark this update, Saints Row IV is also 75% off on Steam until November 29.

Source: Deep Silver



Makers of Outlast Kickstarting Outlast 2 Companion Diaper - Underscares

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 18, 2016 01:13PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


You cannot say Red Barrels Games does not respond to its fans. Red Barrels is the developer behind the Outlast series of horror games, and following the release of the Outlast 2 Demo (OCC Stream), they saw the people describing the newly soiled state of their underwear. In response, Red Barrels has launched a Kickstarter for Underscares, the Companion Diaper for Outlast 2.

There are tiers to this Kickstarter as well, with the lowest tier that gives more than a "thank you" gets you an Outlast 2 sewable patch and the pattern so you can have some DIY Underscares. At the next level you get a pair of Basic Underscares and a Steam key for Outlast 2, while the next tier has the Deluxe Underscares with a Steam key. The Deluxe pair feature a side drink pocket and a wearable night light. The highest tier, which only one person can purchase, comes with six sewable patches, six Deluxe Underscares, six Steam key, and the Outlast Chapel from PAX East.

For anyone concerned, the Underscares are a completely separate product from Outlast 2 and is only being funded by the Kickstarter project. Success or failure in the diaper business will not impact the game's development.

Source: Kickstarter




Civilization VI Receives Fall Update with DirectX 12 Support

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 18, 2016 10:18AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The Fall 2016 Update has been released for Sid Meier's Civilization VI, and along with new content, fixes, tweaks, and tuning, it also adds DirectX 12 support to the game. If you have an AMD GPU or a Maxwell-or-newer NVIDIA GPU, just make sure you are running the latest drivers and see what kind of difference the low-level API makes for you.

Among the other changes with the update is a new multiplayer scenario called "Cavalry and Cannonades" and two new map types; "Four-Leaf Clover" and "Six-Armed Snowflake." The design of these maps is to encourage more conflict between players by forcing them to advance to the center. You can read the complete release notes at the source link.

Source: Civilization Website



Darksiders Warmastered Edition Coming to PC and Console

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 16, 2016 11:29AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

War is returning later this month as Darksiders Warmastered Edition releases for the PC and current crop of consoles. This will be THQ Nordic's first 4K console game with its PS4 Pro version, and naturally we on PC will also be able to enjoy the UHD goodness of doubled texture resolutions and improvements to rendering. For those with a regular PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you will still see some improvements as this edition will render at 1080p natively on these platforms and provide 60 FPS in moment to moment gameplay, except for the Wii U version that will be at 30 FPS. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players will get to enjoy the game starting November 22 while PC players will see it released one week later, on November 29. The Wii U version will launch at a later date.

In Darksiders you play as War, one of the Four the Horsemen of the Apocalypse who has been tricked into starting the end of the world. With many of his powers stripped from him, War is allowed to return to Earth, now conquered by demons, so he can reveal the conspiracy that led to the untimely apocalypse.

 

 

Source: THQ Nordic



2K and Fitbit Partner for NBA 2K17 Integration

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 16, 2016 10:43AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

There is a stereotype out there that gamers are not active people who just spend their entire day sitting in front of a computer screen or television. For those of you who defy that image, and for those of you who define it, you will soon have a reason to track your real-life activity. 2K and Fitbit have announced a partnership to bring activity tracking into NBA 2K17, supporting active gamers with a temporary in-game boost. When you reach 10,000 steps in a day, you will be given a temporary attribute boost to your MyPLAYER. The boost can be invested into categories like agility, layups, dunks, and more, lasting for your next five games that day.

This marks the first time Fitbit activity tracking has been incorporated into a video game through the company's Works with Fitbit program. The integration will be enabled for all NBA 2K17 players on November 25.

Source: Press Release



NVIDIA GeForce 375.86 Drivers Released for Steep Open Beta and More

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 16, 2016 10:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Stable and smooth performance is something that is almost required for a game to be as enjoyable as it can be. To help make your experience as positive as possible, NVIDIA has released its GeForce Game Ready 375.86 WHQL drivers for the upcoming Steep Open Beta and incoming updates for Battlefield 1, Civilization VI, and Tom Clancy's The Division.

The Steep Open Beta starts November 18 and will let players enter a virtual recreations of the Alps and Alaska for a variety of winter sports. You will be able to ski and snowboard down these pristine slopes without leaving your house. The game releases next month on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Source: NVIDIA



Latest Mafia 3 Patch Improves Performance, Adds Character Skins

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 10, 2016 03:22PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A new patch has been released for Mafia 3, with the focus on "UI Improvements, improved car reflections and performance optimizations." The official changelog also includes "fixed audio issues, fixed some cases of savegame corruption, fixed various issues for Cassandra's Contraband mission, and more." Players will be able to change the appearance of their character with six outfits worn by Lincoln during the game and five new outfits.

Source: Dark Side of Gaming



Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation Stand-Alone Expansion Releases

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 10, 2016 10:11AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, the stand-alone expansion to Ashes of the Singularity has released. Escalation is targeted at more experienced RTS players by increasing the depth and sophistication of the original game. To achieve this, the expansion has doubled the largest map size, added new units and defenses, a highly-requested strategic zoom, and has new world environments. For those interested in multiplayer, the maximum number of players has been increased, and for those who prefer solo-play Escalation has two new campaigns. Of course it still uses the Nitrous game engine that leverages 64-bit, multicore processors and DirectX 12 to enable the player to command tens of thousands of units against a very capable AI.

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation has a price of $39.99, unless you own the original game, then it costs $19.99. Early adopters of the base game however, are eligible to receive a free season pass to the Escalation DLC.

 

 

Source: Press Release




Next Metro Game Not Coming in 2017

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 9, 2016 09:59AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It was only fair to expect an official comment from Deep Silver about the apparent leak of an upcoming game in the Metro series, and the news is less positive than some may have hoped, but not bad news either. While the statement does make it clear the next Metro game will not be coming next year, it also acknowledges having ambitious plans for the series. To live up to those plans, and the fans' expectations, the game will not be releasing in 2017. On the bright side, the language clearly indicates another game is coming, it is just a matter of when.

Source: MetroVideoGame Twitter Account and TwitLonger



New Game in Metro Series Apparently Coming Next Year

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 9, 2016 07:35AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It is not too unusual today to see information on games leak out early and from unusual places, such as job listings or resumes, but this time it comes from a website for a book. More specifically, the site for Metro 2035, the final novel in the post-apocalyptic trilogy that started with Metro 2033. Many of us likely would not have been aware of this series of books if not for the release of the Metro 2033 video game or its sequel Metro: Last Light, but now this book has apparently revealed the next game is coming in 2017. The website features a timeline showing the releases of the books and video games, with "The next Metro video game" listed for 2017.

Except for this release year and a promise of an "era of great discoveries" after the story from the books end, we have no additional information. Perhaps we will see an official announcement about the game soon with more information. Until then, you can check out the website if you are interested in the trilogy of books.

Source: Metro 2035 Website



Strap in for the Journey to a New Galaxy in Mass Effect: Andromeda; N7 Day Trailer Debuts

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 7, 2016 06:27PM
Author: bp9801


N7 Day is here, where we'd finally get some more information on Mass Effect: Andromeda, BioWare's newest entry in the space RPG saga. Sure, we had some bits and pieces since the reveal trailer last year, but this is the N7 Day closest to the game's launch, so we'd have to get something. Well, BioWare delivered, as it revealed a cinematic trailer that helps set the stage of ME:A a little more than what we've known before. We get glimpses of the villain, or possible villain, as well as some of the exploration, armor, weapons, vehicles, and more. Really, you just need to watch it to get the whole picture of what we're getting in ME:A. Or at least, as much of the picture as BioWare is letting loose at this time. I'm all for the rather small amount of hype for the game, as the less that's revealed means the more we get to see for ourselves first-hand.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is, of course, set in the Andromeda Galaxy. In 2185, the Andromeda Initiative was started as a civilian, multi-species project to send life far away to the Andromeda Galaxy. For context, 2185 is when the bulk of Mass Effect 2 take place, so while the galaxy has experienced the Eden Prime War and Sovereign's attack on the Citadel, it is before the Collectors emerge and the Reapers invade. The trip to Andromeda is one way, with ark ships for each species set to arrive at a specific destination in the galaxy, the Nexus (a massive ship that arrives early to serve as a forward command post), for seeding and the restart of galactic life. The goal is to eventually form enough of a civilization and get a link back to the Milky Way Galaxy for easier travel. However, something goes wrong with the human ark ship and it arrives at the wrong destination in Andromeda, where your story now begins.

You play as either Scott or Sara Ryder, the children of Alec Ryder, the Pathfinder for the human ark ship. You can customize your character to your heart's content, while your sibling and father can get some customization options, too. An interesting element of ME:A is that whichever sibling you don't play as is still with you on your adventures, just not able to engage in combat due to some issues waking up from cryosleep. You can still interact with them, and they can likely help you out as you scan and explore the planets in Andromeda, but that's likely it. It's all optional, of course, as is the ability to discover more about the Ryder family, possibly things your father has kept secret.

There are also a range of new characters and companions for you to encounter, with the ability to form relationships with all of them. BioWare states the smallest companion in ME:A has more lines than the largest companion in Mass Effect 3, which is quite a feat. Loyalty missions return for your companions, however the missions are not critical to the completion of the main story. You can actually do the loyalty missions after beating the main story of ME:A, which is a nice change from past BioWare games. Conversations and dialogue in general are getting a massive revamp, with the Paragon/Renegade system getting cut and decisions being more about what you feel is best, rather than locking to a specific set. Agreements and disagreements can happen without forcing you down a path, with options such as head, heart, professional, and casual making up your choices. It all sounds like something I can get behind.

Classes are gone in ME:A, with you instead playing however you like to play. If you want to focus on combat, biotics, or tech, you can choose one or all of them to do just that. You can eventually choose a specialization based on your playstyle, where you can choose the more familiar Vanguard, Infiltrator, and other classes. You can also invest in multiple categories to get the Explorer profile, although the exact details of that aren't known. It sounds like we can freely switch between playstyles and classes, meaning we won't have to create a new character just to try out a different class. Armor customization returns, with more options available to us than in ME3. Plenty of familiar weapons return, too, although there are some new ones we can find, including new melee weapons like swords and hammers. Crafting can play a large part in ME:A, with ammo types, weapon mods, weapons, and armor all being possible. Some should be quite interesting, thanks to being in a different galaxy with new tech at our disposal.

Multiplayer returns in Andromeda, too, with BioWare evolving what we got in ME3. There's a card-based economy for earning XP and credits, with everything unlocked normally if you want to avoid paying for microtransactions. You still choose the map and enemy type, as before, but can toss in some modifiers for better rewards (or for fewer rewards, if you want). BioWare also plans to release custom missions with specific parameters, where completing it gives you "mission funds" to purchase cards and packs instead of waiting for them to drop. If you choose to play multiplayer, you take on the role of the Apex Force, a strike force composed of different species from the Nexus. Single player advantages can be gained through multiplayer, but it is not required for the ending of ME:A (we can only hope).

So much and more awaits us with Mass Effect: Andromeda. We'll be getting more information soon, including a gameplay trailer during the Video Game Awards in December. If you want to find out more soon (or now), you can pick up the newest Game Informer when it hits shelves, or navigate to the source below for an in-depth breakdown. And if you want to find out more about the Andromeda Initiative, you're covered below.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is due to arrive in Spring 2017 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A Deluxe Edition is available on PC and console, which includes a casual outfit to wear aboard the Tempest (your ship in ME:A), unique Scavenger armor, some Pathfinder weapons, a pet pyjak, digital soundtrack, and multiplayer pack. There's a Super Deluxe Edition available on PC, which adds everything from the Deluxe Edition, as well as a multiplayer pack and a super deluxe pack every week for 20 weeks. The Collector's Edition for ME:A includes a diecast model of the Nomad, your new six-wheel Mako-esque vehicle for exploring planets, or a deluxe Collector's Edition that includes an RC Nomad. You can also buy the diecast and RC models of the Nomad separately.

Sources: YouTube, Game Informer (digital magazine), NeoGAF, and BioWare Store




DeepMind Looks to Conquer StarCraft II

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 7, 2016 03:40PM
Author: Nick Harezga

DeepMind is the artificial intelligence (AI) project from Google company DeepMind Technologies and it has been used in the past to take on human competition in the board game Go. It is about to embark on its next adventure through a partnership with Blizzard that will pit DeepMind against real-time strategy game StarCraft II. This should present a great challenge to researchers as StarCraft II requires many steps for success including resource management, battle planning, and reacting to the moves of your opponents. DeepMind addressed the challenge presented by StarCraft II, stating "StarCraft is an interesting testing environment for current AI research because it provides a useful bridge to the messiness of the real-world. The skills required for an agent to progress through the environment and play StarCraft well could ultimately transfer to real-world tasks." DeepMind will start with the same tutorial given to new players and will progress from there as it tries to learn the game and conquer its' many complex interactions.

Source: Tech Times



Watch_Dogs 2 Season Pass Revealed and Priced

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 2, 2016 12:56PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Later this month Watch_Dogs 2 will be releasing, so naturally we are getting more details about it, including what the Season Pass will include. The pass includes three larger DLCs, the Psychedelic Pack with more customizations options for Marcus's outfit, weapons, drone, and car, and the Root Access Bundle, that contains full sets of outfits, new cars, a drone skin, a new weapon, and the Zodiac Killer mission. The Psychedelic Pack will be available day one, but all post-launch downloadable content is going to be available first on the PS4 with a 30-day exclusivity period. The Root Access Bundle is to be available this Winter.

The first of the larger DLC is the T-Bone Content Bundle that gives the player Raymond "T-Bone" Kenney's truck and outfit along with a new co-op difficulty level named Mayhem. On Mayhem there will be a new enemy archetype with advanced weaponry. It will be available on the PS4 on December 13.

The second DLC is Human Conditions and adds three new world stories for players to spend hours completing. You will be uncovering some of the biggest scandals in San Francisco that exist on the cutting edge of science, medicine, and misuse. It will also add a new enemy type for the new elite co-op missions called the Jammer, and it has what it needs to hunt down players. Human Conditions should be available Spring 2017.

No Compromise is the name of the third DLC and will pit Marcus against the Russian mafia as the player enters into the seedy underbelly of San Francisco. The Showd0wn co-op mode will also come with this DLC that should be available in Spring 2017.

Watch_Dogs 2 launches November 15 for consoles but has been delayed on PC until November 29. The Season Pass is included with the game's Gold Edition but can also be purchased separately for $39.99.

 

 

Source: UbiBlog



THQ Nordic Acquires NovaLogic Assets and IPs

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 1, 2016 08:00AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Nordic Games likely came to your attention after it acquired a number of THQ properties following that company's bankruptcy. Back in August it then changed its name to THQ Nordic, reflecting its intent to actively work on those IPs. Now it has acquired the assets and IPs of another company: NovaLogic. This is the company behind many military simulators, such as the F-22 series, Delta Force series, and more. Like the THQ properties, there is a desire to continue some of these franchises and THQ Nordic is open to talks with developers that have a concept of potential sequels.

Source: THQ Nordic



The Patron and the Patriot DLC Released for Offworld Trading Company

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 27, 2016 10:45AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Earlier this year, Stardock released the game Offworld Trading Company, which offers an interesting twist on the RTS genre as victory is achieved not through war but out-competing rival companies. Today, almost six months to the day after the game released, its DLC The Patron and the Patriot has launched.

This DLC adds a number of things to the base game, including colony classes, new campaign content and characters, along with six new stories about life on a newly colonized Mars, told by taking the new characters through the campaign. With the new colony class system, each colony can be made to specialize in one area of the world's economy. The campaign tournament can now be set to last 4, 7, or 10 games, and those different lengths come with balance tweaks and other subtleties. Instead of requires you to build habitats and work modules, now colonies can ask for wholesale goods instead, in the Wholesale Orders game mode.

The Patron and the Patriot DLC is just $4.99.

Source: Stardock




NVIDIA Releases Game Ready 375.57 Drivers

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 21, 2016 09:26AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


With a number of games releasing this week and next, naturally we are seeing new drivers release as well to bring you valuable optimizations. NVIDIA has released its GeForce Game Ready 375.57 WHQL Drivers that brings those optimizations for Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2 (releasing October 28), Civilization VI, Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope, and Eagle Flight. You can get this update via the GeForce Experience applications or visit GeForce.com to download and install it manually. Happy gaming!

Source: GeForce.com



NVIDIA Holding Obduction Giveaway

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 20, 2016 03:21PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Obduction is a game that got its start on Kickstarter with the full release coming at the end of August. The game was created by Cyan Worlds, the developers behind Myst, and it is similar in style to the previous games. NVIDIA is currently giving away $50,000 in codes for the game to users signed up for the GeForce Experience 3.0 service. With GeForce Experience, gamers will be able to keep their drivers up to date, have settings optimized for more than 300 games, and easily stream using Twitch or YouTube.

Source: Press Release



GTA V YouTube Video Taken Down by Samsung

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 20, 2016 02:58PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. The devices have been catching fire for the past few weeks with Samsung initially issuing a recall and then stopping sales altogether as even some of the repaired phones were catching fire. The Note 7 has recently made an appearance in Grand Theft Auto V thanks to modders who have turned the phone into a bomb in game. A number of videos have sprung up on YouTube showcasing the mod and Samsung was able to get one of the highest viewed clips taken down through a copyright claim. At this point it feels like Samsung is just doing whatever it can to try to reduce the negative press it is getting from the phone.

Source: Kotaku



Head to America's Heartland in the Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: October 20, 2016 10:25AM
Author: bp9801


The Old West beckons to us once more, with Rockstar Games delivering its vision to us in the form of Red Dead Redemption 2. Yes, we're finally heading back to the American West in the days of cowboys and lawlessness, with an absolutely stunning take on the time. It was just a couple days ago when Rockstar announced we'd be getting a Red Dead Redemption 2, the long awaited sequel to the second game in the Red Dead series, and while it eschews the naming conventions of the past two games, it still should deliver on what the series is known for. Today was the day we'd getting our first look at RDR 2, and Rockstar delivered on that. The game itself, even if it's a year out, looks positively gorgeous, with stunning vistas, snowcapped mountains, rolling plains, and more. You should just see for yourself below.

What's interesting is that we look to be in the heartland during the turn of the century, with oil rigs, buffalo, and vast grasslands showcased. This would seem to fit more in line with Wyoming or Montana than somewhere further south, like we got in Red Dead Redemption. It looks like the sequel is closer to Canada than Mexico, which is good to give us a different experience. It all still looks stunning, from the landscapes to the people, towns, and animals, both wild and domestic. We also get a brief look at a posse heading out, more than likely our own posse, but I'm afraid the makeup of it and who exactly we're controlling is a mystery.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is slated to arrive in Fall 2017 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. No PC version is announced at this time, but hopefully we actually get RDR 2 on PC at some point instead of waiting forever for the Red Dead Redemption 1.

Source: Rockstar Newswire



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