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Gaming News (861)

F1 2016 Announced and Will Release This Summer

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 27, 2016 11:41AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today the next entry in the F1 franchise has been announced, with the appropriate title F1 2016. It will be coming to Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this summer, with the first gameplay being shown off at E3.

To help make F1 2016 a new step forward for the franchise, it will feature a new career mode, allowing players to build their racing legend across a ten-season career as they enjoy the improved on-track experience. The player will also get to experience the behind-the-scenes drama and vehicle development that goes on with real teams. You will be able to select the team you start your career with, and work to satisfy its goals and expectations. As you progress you will be able to earn contracts and move to other teams, unless you want to focus on one team and bringing it to the championship. The car upgrade system itself has been designed to mirror what actual racing teams go through. F1 2016 will also see the return of the Safety Car, and the addition of the Virtual Safety Car, along with other improvements that have not been announced yet. It is set to see the most new features than any other year for the franchise.

Source: Codemasters




We Are Ghosts Trailer Released for Ghost Recon Wildlands

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

Seems like it has been a while since we last saw something new about Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands, but today we are getting a new trailer titled "We Are Ghosts." In this trailer we get to see the variety of environments the open world of Bolivia will offer players. Deserts, mountains, salt flats, and jungles will be present in this game world, all meant to reflect the real-world South American nation. Different strategies will be needed for the different environments, but also changes in the weather will need to be considered as rain and fog role in.

In Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands the players will be given the mission of fighting the Santa Blanca drug cartel by taking on the drug lords and the corrupt government. How you want to wage this war is up to the player, or players as you can play with up to three friends.

The game is coming for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and will be available in a numver of editions. The Standard Edition will be priced at $59.99 while the Deluxe Edition will cost $59.99 and includes an in-game Huntsman rifle and motor bike, emblems, weapon camo, character customization items, and an XP booster. The Gold Edition, at $99.99 has everything the Deluxe Edition has and the Season Pass. There are also three matching Collector's Editions that cost $119.99, $129.99, and $159.99 respectively that come with a Santa Muerte figurine and collectible posters. There is also a bonus pre-order mission, for those who want to put their money down early.

Source: UbiBlog



Deep Silver Dambusters Release Statement on Homefront: The Revolution Performance

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 20, 2016 06:54PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

On Tuesday, Homefront: The Revolution released in North America, with the worldwide release today, Friday. If you give something like the Steam forums for this game just a quick glance, you will find several threads concerning the game's performance. Today, the developers have released a statement about this on their Facebook page, and part of it says that the performance of the game, particularly framerate, is not where they want it to be, so they are working on patches to fix these issues. The statement also covers some of the post-launch content the game has and will be receiving in the future.

I have spent some time in Homefront: The Revolution since its release, and while my experience has not been horrible, I will definitely agree that there is room for improvement, when it comes to performance. While it is disappointing to see yet another game release in a less-than-ideal state, it is comforting to also see the developers explicitly state their interest and intent to address these issues. Hopefully these patches will reach the public quickly, so everyone can enjoy a better experience, liberating Philadelphia from the KPA.

If you are playing the game now, something I found that might help you, as it did improve performance for me, was to drop the Object setting under Advanced Graphics Options. I found Medium was as high as I could go before performance was hit more than I prefer. (High and Very High are the two options above Medium.) The other settings I was able to set to Very High without significant performance loss.

Source: Press Release and Facebook



Take Back Philadelphia Today in Homefront: The Revolution

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 17, 2016 09:11AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Homefront: The Revolution has released today in North America, with worldwide release on Friday. To mark the occasion, the Launch Trailer has been released, as has details of the Expansion Pass and Resistance Mode online co-op feature.

The Expansion Pass brings with it three single-player campaign expansions, with the first two releasing later this year, and the third in 2017. The Voice of Freedom and Aftermath will add new districts for the player to explore, along with original content to build on the base game's 30-hour campaign. The 2017 content, Beyond the Walls will be "much larger" but the details are to come later. The pass also gives players the 'Supply Line' and 'The Right Kind of School' perks for Resistance Mode. The former gives the player a free Resistance Crate every week, just for logging into the co-op mode, and the latter gives you three new background for your character: ATF Agent; G-Man; and U.S. Marshall.

Resistance Mode launches with six missions, but we can expect new missions to arrive in June. All additional missions for this mode will be free for everyone, at least for the first year as the developers, Dambuster Studios, are dedicated to delivering high quality content to everyone.

Source: Deep Silver



GeForce 365.19 Drivers Released for DOOM, Homefront: The Revolution, and Master of Orion

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 13, 2016 11:20AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For anyone using NVIDIA GPUs and looking to play the newly released DOOM, upcoming Homefront: The Revolution, or the early access Master of Orion, new drivers have been released. These are the Game Ready drivers for those three games, and while I cannot speak for two of them, they definitely made a difference for me in Master of Orion. For weeks now I have been having very poor performance (around 10 FPS at times, typically) in version 43.6 of the game, but I just checked and it is now a far smoother experience. Not perfect, but much better. Several SLI profiles have also been added or updated, among other fixes.

You can update through GeForce Experience or download and install it manually from GeForce.com.

Source: NVIDIA



DOOM Looks Fantastic Running on a GeForce GTX and Vulkan API

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 12, 2016 10:33AM
Author: bp9801


DOOM arrives tomorrow (or tonight if you've pre-ordered and preloaded), bringing us back to Hell for the first time in ages. An intense single player campaign looks to evoke the feelings from the original two games, with fast action, intense fights, and large environments. There's also a multiplayer portion that is hopefully improved from the recent open beta, but we won't know for sure until the game unlocks. What we do know is that DOOM looks fantastic, as evidenced by NVIDIA showing off DOOM running on a TITAN X (due to the guys at id leaving the GTX 1080 at the event reveal) and the Vulkan API at 1920 x 1080, giving us some gorgeous footage of the speed, fluidity, and action of id Software's shooter.

All the settings and options are cranked to the max, with a 120 degree field of view, and man does it look good, even on a TITAN X. If you're planning to pick up one of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 video cards at the end of the month, you'll be in for even more of a treat. It's going to run faster, with a higher framerate, and at even higher resolutions.

You can find an uncompressed video at the source below to see DOOM in all its glory. DOOM does not support Vulkan right away, but it will soon, and once it does things will look even better than they already do.

Sources: Press Release and GeForce



Story Trailer Released Ahead of Homefront: The Revolution Launch

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 12, 2016 09:50AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Next week Homefront: The Revolution will launch and we are still getting some new media releases. Recently the story trailer was released, letting us meet the leaders of the Philadelphia Resistance, and set up at least part of our mission. The playable character is Ethan Brady, a green recruit who wants to help the fight to free KPA-occupied Philadelphia. To that end, we are to rescue Benjamin Walker, the 'Voice of Freedom' by any means necessary, but in the end, will these actions be justified?

The game releases on May 17, which is next Tuesday, for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Back in March the Ignite gameplay trailer was released, which you can check out here: New Homefront: The Revolution Gameplay Trailer Revealed.

 

 

Source: Deep Silver



Lose Track of Time on October 21, 2016, When Sid Meier's Civilization VI Launches

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 11, 2016 09:35AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


To mark the 25th anniversary of the Civilization series of games, which is 2K's longest-running franchise, the publisher has announced Sid Meier's Civilization VI is in development and will launch on October 21, 2016. The Civilization franchise has helped define the 4X genre, and this next entry is meant to push it to new heights again with new features, while remaining true to its foundation.

One of these new features is cities that will actually expand to multiple tiles, allowing the player to make better use of the environment. Also the "one unit per tile" mechanic has been changed some, by allowing units to be embedded with others, such as anti-tank support with infantry. Similar units can also be combined to form more powerful Corps units. Besides those highlights, research will be more active, diplomacy will be change over the course of the game as civilizations advance, multiplayer has been enhanced, and new tutorial systems are being made for new players, while veterans will still be able to jump in.

The game has not been rated yet, but is available for pre-order now with a price of $59.99. A Digital Deluxe Edition is also available, and it includes the base game, 25th Anniversary Soundtrack, and access to four post-launch DLC packs.

Source: 2K




Get Creative and Win Some Prizes in the Fallout 4 Mod Contest

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 10, 2016 02:10PM
Author: bp9801


Mods have officially arrived in the Commonwealth, as the Creation Kit for Fallout 4 recently launched. It provides a comprehensive set of tools to create nearly anything you can think of, which only helps expand what gamers can see and do in Bethesda's newest RPG. The mods are easy to search, download, and install from directly inside of Fallout 4, providing quick access to whatever you want to add into your game. It goes off the already impressive amount of mods available from places like the Nexus, all of which were done without the official tools. Since we do have the Creation Kit at long last, Bethesda and NVIDIA are teaming up for a contest, appropriately called the Fallout 4 Mod Contest. More than $40,000 worth of goodies are up for grabs in it, covering everything from GeForce GPUs to Bethesda gear and cold hard cash.

There are four categories to enter, and the winner of each one gets $5,000, a GeForce GTX GPU, and a Bethesda gift bag. Inside the bag is a Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition for PC, a Fallout 4 Funko Pop! figure, a bobblehead, a Nuka Cola hat, a shirt, and a Vault Boy mask. All twenty finalists (five in each category) receive the GeForce GTX GPU and Bethesda gift bag, too, so anyone moving into the final selection gets a large amount of stuff. Oh, and there's a grand prize winner that gets $10,000, a custom Fallout 4 PC, and engineering support from NVIDIA to continue their modding career and maybe even become a game designer.

So, what does it take to enter this contest? Well, first you need to download the Creation Kit and start creating a mod. It must fit into one of these four categories: Status, Inventory, Data, or Maps. Status mods include UI changes, extra dialogue, new audio, or a utility for others to use. Inventory mods cover new weapons, armor, aid, books, holotapes, or anything else you might find in your inventory. Data mods are for all-new quests created or things to use inside the settlement workshop. Finally, we come to Maps, which can add new towns, settlements, vegetation, environmental areas, and more. Once you've created a mod in whatever category (or categories) you wish, upload it to Bethesda.net along with a screenshot or video showing how it works. Then you enter on the NVIDIA website by July 3, 2016, for the chance at becoming a finalist. Finalists are decided upon by the community, with winners chosen by a fan vote starting on July 11.

Go ahead and grab the Creation Kit, start modding, and see just what happens in the Fallout 4 Mod Contest. Remember, you have from now until July 3, 2016, to create and enter a mod in the contest. Voting begins on July 11.

Source: Press Release and Contest Website



Trailer Released for Dead Island Retro Rampage

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 9, 2016 11:21AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Back in March, Deep Silver announced the Dead Island Definitive Collection, which includes Dead Island and Dead Island Riptide with substantial upgrades. These two titles will also be available separately at launch, but the collection also contains the exclusive Dead Island Retro Rampage, a 16-bit side-scrolling action game, and today its first trailer has been released.

In this game, you will play as Max as he fights through zombie-infested California, slaughtering the undead, corrupt soldiers, and other evildoers to rescue your cat. Like many classic games, you will have combos to pull off, power-ups to collect, super weapons and even magic attacks to kill and re-kill your enemies.

Dead Island Definitive Collection launches on May 31 for Windows PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and Steam pre-orders will be starting later today. It will cost $39.99, while the separate Dead Island Definitive Edition and Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition will both be priced at $19.99.

 

 

Source: Deep Silver and Press Release




Battlefield 1 Announced by EA with October 21 Release Date

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 6, 2016 02:49PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today we learned the rumors are true and the next entry in the Battlefield franchise will be set in World War I. Titled Battlefield 1, the upcoming title is to deliver the multiplayer sandbox experience the franchise has established in a besieged French city, the Italian Alps, and the deserts of Arabia. Players will be able to bring a horse to a tank fight in battles with up to 64 players, engage in aerial dogfights, and have battleships attack coasts in some of the biggest battles ever. Also, as many new technologies were developed and deployed in World War I, players will be able to see some elements of modern warfare take form. Tanks, machine guns, military airplanes, and poison gas were all used in this war, some for the first time, and you can see each in the Reveal Trailer embedded below.

Despite only being revealed now, Battlefield 1 already has a release date of October 21, 2016, and it will be coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Members of EA Access or Origin Access will be able to play the game before launch with Play First Trials. Every fan can sign up to be a Battlefield Insider to get access to the public beta and sneak peeks at news, along with special and exclusive content.

Source: EA



Go to Hell in DOOM's Launch Trailer; System Specifications Revealed

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 6, 2016 11:18AM
Author: bp9801


It's nearly time. Time to go back to Mars, back to Hell, and take on a horde of demons. That's right, DOOM is a week away, and its launch trailer helps prepare you for what to expect in id Software's long-awaited re-entry to the series. DOOM promises a brutal single player campaign and fast-paced multiplayer action, but hopefully it's far faster than the recent beta. That didn't really feel like DOOM, not just in its speed, but in the fact you couldn't pick up weapons or tweak any settings. About a week after the beta ended, id Software made a post on Bethesda.net detailing every graphical option we can modify, which is apparently all of them, and how there's an uncapped framerate and 21:9 monitor support. It also apparently has another mode that's more like classic DOOM multiplayer, but we'll just have to see when the game arrives next week.

If you're curious what kind of system you need to run DOOM, well, you're in luck, as id Software have revealed those details. Check them out below.

Minimum:

  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions); Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better;
  • 8 GB RAM; 55 GB free HDD space; NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
  • Contains a single disc. Download of additional files from Steam (total amount 45 GB) is required to run the game.
  • Requires Steam activation and broadband internet connection for Multiplayer and SnapMap.

Recommended:

  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions); Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better;
  • 8 GB RAM; 55 GB free HDD space; NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better
  • Contains a single disc. Download of additional files from Steam (total amount 45 GB) is required to run the game.
  • Requires Steam activation and broadband internet connection for Multiplayer and SnapMap.

All in all, not too bad, except for the hard drive size and a fairly recent system. It's a big download even if you buy the disc copy, so be sure to factor that in. Luckily, pre-loading begins on Steam on May 11 for those getting the digital copy, while physical copies have to wait. Pre-loading on the PS4 begins on May 11, as well, while XBO pre-loading is available right now. At least 50GB of space is required to begin the download on either console. 

DOOM is back, at least from the single player side of things, if the launch trailer and recent single player stream is anything to go by. It's almost time to Fight Like Hell once again, with high-powered guns, huge demons, and incredibly fast gameplay awaiting us. DOOM arrives on Friday, May 13, for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Sources: Bethesda.net [1] & [2]



Star Wars Action-Adventure Game in Development at Respawn Entertainment

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 4, 2016 03:44PM
Author: Nick Harezga

In honor of Star Wars Day, which occurs yearly on May 4, Respawn Entertainment has announced that it has been developing an action-adventure game set in the Star Wars universe for the past two years. Respawn is best known for its work on Titanfall, and the upcoming sequel. The studio hasn't released any other substantial information about the game, but has said it will bring "a whole new adventure to the galaxy." I would love to see something similar to Knights of the Old Republic, especially if it expands on the Star Wars universe instead of focusing on areas covered by the existing movie and television properties.

Source: Ars Technica



Journey Off the Coast of Maine in Fallout 4 - Far Harbor; Arrives May 19

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 4, 2016 09:49AM
Author: bp9801


The final piece of Fallout 4's three initial DLCs has finally been revealed, as the official trailer for Fallout 4 - Far Harbor has arrived. Far Harbor is a massive new add-on for Bethesda's latest RPG, as a new case from Valentine's Detective Agency puts us on the trail of a young woman and a secret colony of synths. We make for the coast of Maine and the island of Far Harbor, a place where the radiation levels were far higher and mutated the wildlife that much more. This is a feral world, a deadly world, and I just hope the plants aren't trying to kill you. It's going to be bad enough with the mirelurks, ghouls, these strange lizard/newt-like creatures, an angler fish monstrosity, and whatever else awaits us on the island. Oh, and let's not forget about the residents, Children of Atom, and the synths that call Far Harbor home.

Far Harbor is Bethesda's largest landmass for any add-on it's ever made, and it already looks like there is plenty to see and do on it. A growing conflict between the human and synth inhabitants might require intervention on your part, especially as you try to find this young woman and (presumably) bring her home. New factions, faction quests, settlements, higher-level weapons and armor, and new dungeons all await us on Far Harbor. Plus those dangerously lethal creatures on it, too.

Fallout 4 - Far Harbor arrives on May 19 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Once it arrives, the wait begins again for news on the next pieces of DLC for Fallout 4.

Source: Bethesda.net




Steam Review System Seeing Significant Changes

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 4, 2016 09:25AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Game reviews, whether they are multi-page articles or one line recommendations, can be very important to people before making a purchase, but while they do provide valuable information, the state of the game may have changed since then. To address exactly that issue with Steam Customer Reviews, Valve has changed how the system works to emphasize more recent reviews.

With how the system originally worked, newer reviews were not always as visible as older reviews that were deemed 'most helpful.' Now recent reviews will be featured more prominently, to give customers a more up-to-date view of the game. Additionally the review scores that are listed at the top of the product page have also been tweaked to be based on reviews from the past 30 days (if there are enough reviews from that period and the game is at least 45 days old). The overall score that includes older reviews are still listed, should you want to see them.

There is a bit more information at the source link if you want to read it. Personally, I am fairly happy to see these changes. I have experienced many games changing significantly post-launch from new content being added, bugs being fixed, and performance optimizations. A system to help capture these changes in reviews should benefit everyone who chooses to look at them, and the developers who invest the effort to make those changes.

Source: Steam News



Mighty No. 9 Goes Gold; Launch Date Revealed

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 4, 2016 07:41AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Late last year, it was reported that Mighty No. 9 was expected to be released to gamers on February 9, 2016. That date has long come and gone, and those interested in the game still have not been able to play the exciting video game title. Fortunately, Keiji Inafune has just recently revealed to the public that the game now has a concrete launch date of June 21, 2016 for North America and Asia, and June 24, 2016 for all other regions of the world. Inafune also noted that Mighty No. 9 has officially gone gold, and that the video game is in the final stages of development before it can be purchased from retail outlets or digital channels.

Despite the game launching in late June of this year, Inafune revealed that portable versions of Mighty No. 9 for the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS will be available at a later point in time.

Source: Mighty No. 9 Official Site



Endless War Returns in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 3, 2016 10:39AM
Author: bp9801


The time has come once again to wage endless war, as Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III has been officially announced. Developed once again by Relic and this time published by Sega, following THQ's bankruptcy part out, Dawn of War III sees the Space Marines, Orks, and Eldar fight on a galactic scale. Little else is known right now about the game, except those three races are joined by a fourth race that Relic is keeping tight to its chest. Maybe we'll see the Tyranids or the Forces of Chaos once again, or perhaps the Tau or Necrons instead. Relic does promise Dawn of War III will be its biggest game yet, with base-building, epic heroes, gigantic units, and huge battles. It looks to bring us back more to the style of the first game, while also keeping in aspects of the second game, too.

Battles should be easier to follow, with laser blasts clearly showing where the fights are happening and finer unit details easier to pick out. It also looks to have more of a tabletop flair with bright unit colors, so no more ultra grimdark gameplay here. The previous entry was fantastic, but sometimes it was hard to see what you were doing, so here's hoping Dawn of War III corrects that. Hero units return, with them taking on the role of individual heroes (like Gabriel Angelos), elite squads like Assault Terminators, or even super units like an Imperial Knight walker (a one-man version of WH40K's massive Titan units). As mentioned before, base-building is back, producing your everyday troops to wage war and capture requsition points, work units for power generator building, and even drop pods for the Space Marines to load into and deploy across the battlefield. Nothing says death from above quite like a drop pod full of Space Marines crashing into a horde of Greenskins. Orbital laser cannons, a revamped cover system, and more await us in the battlefields of endless galactic war.

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III has no release date just yet, but it is real and it is coming.

Sources: PC Gamer and the Official Website




Dawn of the Singularity (eBook) Available for Pre-Order

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 3, 2016 09:36AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


For anyone interested in some more of the story behind the recently released Ashes of the Singularity, you will soon have an opportunity to explore it. On May 12, David Simpson's new book, Dawn of the Singularity releases for the Amazon Kindle, but you can pre-order today for $4.99 or purchase the print version, also on Amazon, for $12.99. You might already know David Simpson as the author of the bestselling Post-Human series

Dawn of the Singularity is set a near future, long before Ashes of the Singularity takes place, and examines what may happen as humanity reaches the technological singularity. With a strong AI surpassing humans taking shape, some people will welcome it as a new friend and ally, while others will consider it a sign of doom. This is the first book in The Singularity Saga and the first from Fearless Publishing, which is located in Plymouth Michigan, where Stardock, the publisher of Ashes of the Singularity, is also located.

Source: Press Release



Dead Facts Trailer Released for Dead Island Definitive Collection

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 3, 2016 08:38AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In March, Deep Silver and Techland announced the Dead Island Definitive Collection. This package includes Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide, and all of their DLC rebuilt in the latest version of Techland's Chrome engine. This means updated graphics, improved performance, and availability on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Today we are getting another look at the collection with the "Dead Facts" trailer, which reminds us of the fun of a zombie apocalypse. The collection launches May 31 for $39.99 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 and includes the mini game Dead Island Retro Revenge. The definitive editions of the two main games will also launch that day, for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

 

 

Source: Deep Silver



Latest Game Ready Drivers Available Ahead of Battleborn Launch

Category: Gaming
Posted: May 2, 2016 03:37PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA continues to follow its pattern of releasing Game Ready versions of its GeForce video card drivers for upcoming or recently released games with the Game Ready 365.10 WHQL drivers. The focus of this update is Battleborn, which combines "first-person shooting with MOBA-style gameplay" and is available tomorrow, and these drivers hope to provide the "best possible framerates and frametimes in Battleborn's high-stakes multiplayer matches." NVIDIA is also throwing in some improvements for a trio of upcoming game betas including Forza Motorsport 6 Apex, Overwatch, and Paragon. All three games will host open betas starting May 5, May 4, and this weekend, respectively. Head over to the NVIDIA website to get your hands on the drivers now.

Source: NVIDIA



Offworld Trading Company Released

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 28, 2016 10:55AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Offworld Trading Company has released today, as was announced earlier this month. The game is published by Stardock, which also recently published Ashes of the Singularity, and developed by Mohawk Games with Civilization IV lead designer, Soren Johnson.

Offworld Trading Company offers an interesting twist to the RTS genre, by giving players a company to manage with the ultimate goal of conquering the Martian market by taking over the competition. Instead of building units and armies, you instead build up resources and materials to sell and manipulate the market with. You can also turn to the black market to gain an upper hand.

The game supports up to eight players in its multiplayer mode, and also features a campaign, skirmishes, and daily challenges. You can also join ranked ladder games, to see compare yourself against other players.

 

 

Source: Press Release




Beta Footage of Pokemon GO Leaked

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 27, 2016 05:00PM
Author: Nick Harezga

If you are like me and grew up in the 90s then the original Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow are games that were probably in your library. Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have kept the releases coming since then, with the 20th anniversary of the game being celebrated this year. The game is now looking to take advantage of the increasing adoption of smartphones across the globe with Pokemon GO, an augmented reality game that will allow users to catch Pokemon and engage in gym battles in the real world. The game is currently in beta testing in Japan, New Zealand, and Australia and one user has uploaded a nine minute video showcasing some of the testing including character setup and catching Pokemon. I was very intrigued with the concept when I first heard about it, and the gameplay video has only furthered my anticipation.

Source: Game Rant



PS4 Version of Dead Island Definitive Collection Now Available for Pre-Order

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 27, 2016 07:34AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Early last month, it was reported that Dead Island Definitive Collection was officially announced for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The upcoming title, which is expected to be released on May 31 2016, offers gamers with Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide, Dead Island Retro Revenge, as well as all previously released DLC. Deep Silver has now announced that gamers interested in the Definitive Collection version of Dead Island can now pre-order the game through the PlayStation Store. The game will cost consumers just $39.99, and those who pre-order the title through the PlayStation Store will receive an exclusive Dead Island Definitive PS4 static theme.

Source: PlayStation Store



Fallout 4's Creation Kit Finally Arrives; PC Mods Now, XBO in May, PS4 in June

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 26, 2016 03:31PM
Author: bp9801


At long last, the Creation Kit is here for Fallout 4, bringing with it the official tools to properly build and integrate mods into Bethesda's latest RPG. Of course, this hasn't stopped modders since the game came out in November, as the Nexus has more than 8,000 files available to downloa and work into your game (I'm already up over 180 installed mods on my copy). It's an impressive amount when you consider these modders have done it all without the Creation Kit, so now we can only go up from here in terms of content and options. New quests, voiced companions and NPCs, new lands, more outfits and weapons, expanded dialogue, and far more is possible with the Creation Kit, with everything handled inside of Fallout 4. That's right, you can browse, download, install, provide feedback, and select favorites from inside the Mods menu in Fallout 4. For the Creation Kit, you just have to grab the Bethesda.net launcher and go from there. It's all quite streamlined and simple, which is nice to have for a game.

To go with the Creation Kit, Bethesda has an update on mods for the consoles. The Xbox One will receive mod support in May, with PlayStation 4 getting it in June. Any mod posted to Bethesda.net can be downloaded on your console of choice, while anything not shared there is PC-only. Bethesda did say some mods won't be allowed on Bethesda.net and the consoles, but for the most part any you can find on the Nexus will more than likely be available on all platforms. The Creation Kit is still considered an open beta, so features may change over time, but it's nice to have the official tools either way. Now we can see what kind of mods and creations await us, along with the Far Harbor DLC next month and whatever else Bethesda has planned later this year.

Sources: Bethesda.net and Nexus



Ashes of the Singularity Updated to Version 1.1

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 26, 2016 11:50AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


At the end of last month, Ashes of the Singularity exited early access with the release of version 1.0. The game is a massive RTS that leverages the features of DirectX 12 to allow large numbers of units to be rendered without the usual hit to performance. Today it has been patched to version 1.1, which has added new units, campaign options, maps, and more.

The next big update is to bring a deluxe version of the game's campaign, in-game voice narration, and more background to the world. Apparently the developers were surprised by the community's desire for more story, but are now eager to work on it further. Personally, I'm just looking forward to jumping in and trying the new content out.

Source: Ashes of the Singularity Forums




Deep Silver and Dambusters Studios Release Homefront: The Revolution 'America Has Fallen' Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 26, 2016 08:41AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Deep Silver and Dambusters Studios have together released the opening game cinematic for the latest Homefront title known as Homefront: The Revolution. The video, which is known as 'America Has Fallen,' shows off an excellent story in which the United States falls to North Korea through the overall consumption of electronic devices over the years. Judging from the video game trailer, gamers are in for quite a treat when it comes to battling enemy forces with high-tech military weaponry on the very soil that makes up the United States of America.

Source: Press Release



Dota 2 Update 6.87 Announced

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 25, 2016 03:40PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Just over 24 hours after Chinese team Wings Gaming beat Team Liquid at the ESL One Manila event, Valve has announced gameplay update 6.87 for Dota 2. This is the first major update since version 6.86 was released in December and it brings many significant changes to heroes, items, and gameplay mechanics. Some players will probably be disappointed that the update doesn't contain a new hero, but complaints about a stale "meta" are sure to be reduced. The addition of a ban phase to the ranked All Pick game mode is the most significant and exciting development in my opinion and should make for more interesting, diverse, and fun games. A total of seven new items were added to the game while a number of others had functionality, recipes, and costs altered. There are too many changes to be able to go into depth on all of them here, so be sure to check the patch notes for information on all of the changes. A number of professional players have already chimed in on Twitter with mixed reactions to the changes as far as people that I follow. Others are planning to do in depth analysis of the changes, likely on Twitch with the videos later available for viewing.

Source: Dota 2 Blog



Supergiant Games Announces Pyre With Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 20, 2016 03:28PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Supergiant Games is the Indie studio behind popular games Bastion and Transistor. It has now announced its next project, "a party-based role-playing game called Pyre," with announced availability for PC and PS4. From the trailer, it appears the new game will "carry on the tradition of the company’s previous titles in terms of art style, atmosphere, and focus on storytelling," and this is good news for anyone that enjoyed the first two games. Players appear to be tasked with leading a small team of characters through the land of Downside as they compete against other groups in an effort to clear their transgressions. More details on the story are currently unavailable, but the game will make an appearance at PAX East, where we should learn more about it.

Source: Game Rant



Further Information Available About PlayStation 4 Update

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 19, 2016 03:25PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Rumors began to swirl last month about a new version of the PlayStation 4 with support for 4K resolutions. Giant Bomb is now reporting from "multiple sources" that the new PS4 is codenamed NEO and will feature updated hardware and functionality. The original PS4 had an eight core CPU at 1.6 GHz, 18 GPU cores at 800 MHz, and 8GB of GDDR5 at 176 GB/s. NEO will have eight cores at 2.1 GHz, 36 updated GPU cores at 911 MHz, and 8GB of GDDR5 at 218 GB/s. Sony will begin requiring developers to ship games with a "Base Mode" and "NEO Mode" in October. Base Mode will run on current systems and will run the same on the NEO, while NEO Mode will utilize the additional hardware to provide "increased and more stable frame rate and higher visual fidelity, at least when those games run at 1080p on HDTVs." The NEO will support 4K output but will not require games to support native 4K resolution. The NEO is expected to have an MSRP of $399 and the new model could potentially drive down the price of current models.

Source: Giant Bomb



Mafia III Launching October 7, 2016

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 19, 2016 06:28AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


After being announced in August last year, we now finally have a launch date for Mafia III as October 7, 2016. It will be available in both standard and deluxe editions for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game is being developed by Hangar 13.

Mafia III is set in 1968 New Bordeaux, a reimagined New Orleans that is filled with era-inspired cars, music, and fashion. You will play as Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam War veteran who learned that family is not who you are born with, but who you die for. He wants to escape his criminal past, but after his surrogate family, the black mob, is betrayed and destroyed by the Italian Mafia, Lincoln sets out to build a new family and exact military-grade revenge. Build the right crew and you will be able to make it through the gun fights, white-knuckle driving, and more to reach the top of the city's underworld.

You can already pre-order Mafia III and those who do can get the Family Kick-Pack bonus from participating retailers, which contains three exclusive vehicles and weapon gifts. The Deluxe Edition has an MSRP of $79.99 and comes the season pass, but if you want more than it offers, there is a limited Collector's Edition that costs $149.99. It includes everything the Deluxe Edition has along with a collectable art book, art prints, the original game score on vinyl, and more.

Source: Take-Two Interactive Software




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