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Posted: June 22, 2016 01:06PM
I think we can all agree it is pretty awesome to see old games still getting some love from their developers and publishers. The latest example of this is the newly release Outlaw Sectors DLC for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion. Rebellion is a stand-alone expansion released in 2012, while the original Sins of a Solar Empire was released back in 2008. The game is space-based 4X title and this new DLC adds new strategic options, including the Smuggling Specialization planetary upgrade that gives you a cut of global trade profits, but at the cost of corruption. You can also work with autonomous planetary militias to protect your worlds and attack others and use the new bidding wars to send pirates after multiple players. The DLC also adds new maps suited for 1v1 duels up to long 10-player confrontations.
Posted: June 22, 2016 12:50PM
A new trailer has released today for Mafia III, showcasing the exclusive vehicles and weapons that come with the pre-order bonus Family Kick-Back pack. This pack consists of three cars and three guns. The Lassiter Leopard, Smith Moray MX 100, and Berkley Stallion are the three cars while the Gator Shotgun, Camo Sniper, and Trench 1938 Submachine Gun are the three weapons.
Mafia III is scheduled to launch on October 7 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Source: Press Release and Mafia III Website
Posted: June 16, 2016 03:49PM
Author: Nick Harezga
One of my biggest worries when listening to the Microsoft E3 press conference was centered around its big push towards the Play Anywhere initiative. As someone that doesn't own an Xbox One, this would appear to be a great way to get my hands on any platform exclusive games I wanted to play. I also prefer to have all of my games on Steam and I was expecting that Microsoft would limit its games to the Windows Store, but Xbox lead Phil Spencer has now stated that won't be the case. Spencer did go on the specify that not all games would make an appearance in the Steam store, emphasizing that he wants "to build a store." Unfortunately for Microsoft, the Windows Store hasn't seen a great deal of success, while Steam continues to do very well. Spencer hopes that gamers will benefit from the competition and cooperation between the platforms.
Posted: June 16, 2016 10:22AM
Today the upcoming racing game F1 2016 had its release date and first gameplay videos revealed. The game will be coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on August 19, and for those who want it, there will also be a Limited Edition of the game that can be pre-ordered. This edition comes with the Career Booster DLC pack, which gives players a percentage bonus to all research and development credits. It also includes exclusive career helmet and laptop designs, within the game.
The new gameplay video features Daniel Ricciardo, of Red Bull Racing, and Jolyon Palmer, of the Renault Sport Formula One Team, taking their first virtual laps on the Baku City Circuit. You can watch the Welcome to Baku video below, as well as the two videos of Ricciardo's and Palmer's laps:
Daniel Ricciardo Baku Flying Lap:
Jolyon Palmer Baku Flying Lap:
Source: Press Release and Codemasters
Posted: June 15, 2016 03:00PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Microsoft made the Play Anywhere initiative a big focus of its recent E3 live stream, with the promise of buying a game once and playing it on either Xbox One or Windows 10. Xbox lead Phil Spencer has revealed some further details that may help to bridge the gap between the two platforms. The company is actively working on integrating mouse and keyboard control support with the Xbox One, with Spencer stating, "Truthfully in our dev kit modes now keyboard works, mouse support is a little bit further away. I say it because I know it’s not years away, it’s more like months away, but we don’t have an exact date yet." Full support for the preferred control scheme of most PC gamers has the potential to make console systems more appealing to PC fans, and could even help level the playing field in cross-platform play. Spencer even sees it as a path to bring games that traditionally avoid consoles due to the available control scheme stating that "it’ll be interesting to see how many of those creators think about running their PC and mouse-only game on console, and then this idea of Play Anywhere might get even more interesting for those guys."
Source: Ars Technica
Posted: June 13, 2016 05:02PM
Ubisoft has revealed a fair amount of information today at E3 for its new action IP For Honor, including its February 14, 2017 release date for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game allows the player to assume the role of a knight, a Viking, or a samurai warrior, as it takes place a thousand years after their world was destroyed, and these three factions had to fight each other for survival. Now they have united their scattered forces to engage in total open war. The player will need all of their wits about them to survive and defeat the evil Apollyon, leader of the Blackstone Legions.
The story campaign can be played solo or in two-player co-op, online and split-screen. For anyone interested in trying the game early, register at ForHonorgame.com for a chance to join the upcoming alpha and beta, that will be on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game will come in different editions, as is proving to be the norm with Ubisoft titles, as both a Deluxe and Gold edition can be pre-ordered now. The Deluxe Edition comes with in-game content, including gear and customization items, while the Gold Edition includes all of those items and the full Season Pass. Pre-ordering will also net the player the exclusive Legacy Battle Pack, with three exclusive armor designs.
Source: Press Release and Ubisoft
Posted: June 13, 2016 04:27PM
With an appropriately targeted release period of December, Ubisoft has announced Steep, a new open world, action sports game that lets the player explore the Alps with various sports activities. The game is meant to give players the exhilarating experiences of skiing, wingsuiting, snowboarding, and paragliding down the Alps, but with the freedom of an open world experience. The player does not have to keep to a set path, as you are free to travel and play as you wish. Although, using the Trial feature, you can relive your previous rides, record and edit them for sharing on social networks, and challenge friends to outrace you on the shared path.
Steep is set to come to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in December. After release it will receive a free update that adds Alaskan slopes, for those who want to explore more than the Alps.
Source: Press Release and Ubisoft
Posted: June 13, 2016 04:11PM
Since Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon released in 2013, players have been wondering if we will see it return, and in what form. I somewhat doubt this is what any expected, but today Trials of the Blood Dragon is available for $14.99 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game is a follow-up to the Trials series, but combined with the "unique, neon-drenched Blood Dragon attitude."
The game features a full narrative-driven adventure consisting of 30 missions across seven different worlds, including Vietnam War 4, space, and Hell. To get through these worlds, the player will have a range of vehicles, weapons, and tools at their disposal, including bikes, jetpacks, plasma rifles, a CD launcher, and a grappling hook. Like other Trials games, you will be able to compete with other players via the asynchronous leaderboards.
Source: Press Release and Ubisoft
Posted: June 13, 2016 03:48PM
Today, Ubisoft announced a VR game that is certainly going to capture the imagination of a great many, as it puts the player into a classic science fiction universe. Star Trek: Bridge Crew puts the player on the bridge of the U.S.S. Aegis on its maiden voyage to explore The Trench, searching for a potential new home world for the Vulcan species. You are not alone in this region of space, as the Klingon Empire has ships of its own in the area.
The game is being developed by Red Storm Entertainment, an Ubisoft Studio, and is being designed exclusively for VR. It is meant to take advantage of the sense of social presence the technology provides by giving co-op players full-body avatars and real-time lip-sync. The crew can consist of four players in the roles of Captain, Helm, Tactical, and Engineer, with each position being equally important to success. It can also be played solo, where you are in the role of the Captain, issuing orders to NPC crew mates.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew launches this Fall and will be available for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR.
Source: Press Release and Ubisoft
Posted: June 13, 2016 11:16AM
For someone following the latest console news and rumors, neither of these announcements should be too surprising. At today's Microsoft E3 2016 briefing, the company announced two new additions to the Xbox family. The first was the Xbox One S, which is a slimmer version of the Xbox One with up to a 2TB hard drive and internal power supply. It is also capable of playing 4K content from Netflix and Amazon Video, and Blu-rays, and supports HDR. It will be available in August starting at $299 for a 500GB version and $349 for a 1TB version. That 2TB version comes in at $399. An updated version of the Xbox One controller is also coming with the S.
Also revealed at the end of the briefing was Project Scorpio, a new console with substantially more power. It will be packing an 8-core CPU, not unlike current consoles, but it will be paired with a new GPU with 6 TFLOPS of computing power. It is capable of 4K output at 60Hz and driving a VR experience, including Fallout 4 on VR. Whatever the final name of the new console will be, it is targeted to release Holiday 2017, so you will have plenty of time to prepare for its launch. It was stated that everything, games and accessories, for Xbox One will be compatible with it, so this should be considered an addition to the Xbox One family.
Source: Live Stream
Posted: June 12, 2016 11:51PM
Before Bethesda's E3 press conference wrapped up, Arkane Studios had plenty to tell us about Dishonored 2. Set 15 years after the first game, take on the role of either Corvo Attano or Emily Kaldwin as you attempt to discover the truth behind why Emily, the rightful Empress, was usurped by a shadowy figure. Dishonored 2 is set in the city of Karnaca, with Arkane doing everything possible to make this city feel alive. The audio, the art and locations inside the city, and even the storms that hit it are all upgraded to make Karnaca an actual city. Every part of it tells a story, whether you're roaming around it or running for your life. Emily's powers are different from Corvo's (more stealth than pure combat), and at times Emily seems to be the more powerful character, but maybe Corvo has picked up a thing or two over the last 15 years. One new thing for both Emily and Corvo is the ability to climb the city. Karnaca is far more vertical, with Arkane letting players go up to accomplish their objective. Oh, and while the new storms will help obscure you from enemies, it also does the same for them from you. Caution is advised.
Dishonored 2 arrives on November 11 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A Collector's Edition was revealed that includes a replica of Corvo's mask and Emily's ring, among other items, but supplies are limited, so be sure to secure an order sooner rather than later.
Source: Livestream and YouTube
Posted: June 12, 2016 11:18PM
E3 is typically a time for the unexpected, and Bethesda delivered in that regard. First we got Quake Champions and then we get something perhaps no one expected to ever appear again: Prey. This isn't id Software at the helm, however, as Arkane Studios, the same team responsible for the Dishonored series, is handling Prey. The original Prey came out in 2006 and then news of a sequel in 2011. However, nothing happened with it and then it was formally canceled in 2014. Now, it seems Prey is back, with Arkane's take on it being a full-on reboot of the series. The trailer showed something that bore almost no similarities to the original game, instead giving us something a little more of a Total Recall/Blade Runner mashup that looks positively inviting, what with the fighting and the mystery of who you really are. Of course, looks can be deceiving, but so far, Prey is one to keep an eye on. Plus, Chris Avellone is working on it, so the story should be rather enticing.
No solid release date for Prey was announced at the conference, other than sometime in 2017. It'll arrive on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Posted: June 12, 2016 10:48PM
Over the last few months, we've had three separate DLCs release for Fallout 4. However, Bethesda kept saying those were only half of what we were getting. During its E3 press conference, we found out what the other three are, and they are quite varied. We are receiving two new Workshop DLCs and then a story DLC that should offer plenty of thrills. The first Workshop DLC is called Contraptions, which adds a ton of new items to our settlement, like elevators, armor racks, weapon racks, warehouses, fireworks, greenhouses, and even track kits. These track kits allow for Rube Goldberg-esque creations to populate your settlements with, which can then activate the new sorting machines and conveyor belts to give you a better idea of the junk you've accumulated throughout the Commonwealth. Or just chuck them at a settler that upsets you, whichever.
The next Workshop DLC is Vault-Tec. That's right, you can build your own vaults in Fallout 4 (I guess the mod for that is no obsolete). You start off in an underground cavern, maybe something similar to what Vault 114 had in mind, and then you can scrap items and build to your heart's content. Be careful when opening up new sections for building, however, as there might be some creatures lurking. Once dispatched, you can start laying down all the new Vault structures for the vault of your dreams, bring in new dwellers, and help them defend it when raiders come calling. Of course, what good is a Vault-Tec DLC without some experiments to run on your dwellers? Evidently Fallout Shelter was a test run to see how well we can build a vault.
Speaking of Fallout Shelter, the popular mobile game is receiving a new 1.6 update soon that adds quests for your dwellers to go on, new creatures to defeat, new locations, and more. Oh, and Fallout Shelter is coming to PC. Now you have even more distractions at your disposal!
Now, back to the Fallout 4 DLC. The final one is called Nuka-World, which is a massive pre-war amusement park now taken over by raiders. It seems to be more of a story DLC, much like Far Harbor, but right now not a whole lot else is known about it. Expect new quests, a new region to explore, enemies to defeat, and just maybe an amusement park to enjoy. Nuka-World is the last piece of DLC for Fallout 4, sadly, but it should send us off with a bang.
Fallout 4: Contraptions arrives next week, Vault-Tec in July, and Nuka-World in August. No prices were announced for any of them, but all are available in the Season Pass. The Fallout Shelter 1.6 update arrives in July on both mobiles and PC.
Source: Livestream and YouTube
Posted: June 12, 2016 09:33PM
Fans of Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls series were hoping for any news during the studio's E3 press conference, but what we got might not be entirely what we were hoping for. It isn't The Elder Scrolls VI, but rather a remaster of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This remaster updates the graphics engine of Skyrim to take advantage of the new enhancements done in Fallout 4, such as volumetric lighting, redone art and effects, dynamic depth of field, improved snow, better water shaders, and much more. Basically, it brings Skyrim up to the levels modders have brought it to, but without needing to resort to mods for this edition. However, mods are a part of Bethesda games, which is why PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gamers now have access to mods through Bethesda.net. There's no telling just how many already available Skyrim mods will appear on Bethesda.net, but there should be a good number.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition arrives on October 28 for PC, PS4, and XBO. Anyone who already owns Skyrim and all the DLCs (or the Legendary Edition) on PC will receive a free upgrade to the Special Edition. How's that for a freebie?
Posted: June 12, 2016 09:10PM
Bethesda might have held just its second E3 press conference, but man, do they know how to rock it. Things started with an utter bang, as Bethesda unveiled none other than a new Quake. It makes sense since we just had a new DOOM, but now we have another classic id Software franchise back in the folds. Quake Champions is the name of the new entry, and the fast-paced, skill-based, arena-styled first-person shooter combat is back. Quake Champions gives us the multiplayer action the original series is known for, but brings it to the modern age with amazing graphics, unlocked framerates, and all of it at 120Hz. It has a cast of unique characters with their own distinctive abilities, some of which you can see in the trailer below. You can fight however you want in Quake Champions, and players of all skill levels will have the opportunity to play it. Id Software is building the game to let everyone enjoy the intense combat, so whether you're an experienced gamer or brand-new, Quake Champions is for you.
More on Quake Champions will be revealed during QuakeCon this August. Id Software is also expanding Quake Champions' eSports potential beyond just the convention, so be on the lookout for it at other venues once the game arrives.
Source: Livestream and YouTube
Posted: June 12, 2016 03:36PM
If you're an RPG fan, EA's E3 conference could have brought something either Mass Effect or Dragon Age-related at long last. Well, Dragon Age is still missing, but we did get something on Mass Effect: Andromeda. It was shoehorned between Madden and FIFA, but BioWare's Aaryn Flynn did take the stage to show off a new trailer for Andromeda. Flynn said how it's a new galaxy, a new place to explore, with the most freedom possible in any BioWare game to date. We get some looks at the new ship, Mako, and the cast, including a rather young Asari kid that might be more of a tech user than biotic powerhouse. Some parts do tend to follow what we were shown before on ME:A, but still, it's at least good to get something. Even if most of it is just in-engine footage and not actual gameplay. There is a nice focus at the end on one character, so that's good to see. I just wish we would have more, but it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to see it.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is slated to arrive early next year on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: Livestream and YouTube
Posted: June 12, 2016 03:13PM
EA's E3 press conference has come and gone, and while it wasn't the most riveting conference ever, it did bring us some new items. One thing is a new trailer for Battlefield 1, EA DICE's take on World War 1. Battlefield 1 offers an alternate take on what happened during The Great War, but it's one that looks to deliver all the great Battlefield action you've come to know and love. Intense 64-player multiplayer battles, tanks, planes, zeppelins, brutal hand-to-hand combat, and plenty of new weapons await us in BF1. I have to admit, it looks fantastic running on the Frostbite 3 engine, even if not everything in the trailer below is actual gameplay. Some of it does look that way, with destructible buildings, planes flying in close, explosions ripping through the area, and so much more to take in. So sit back and enjoy.
Battlefield 1 arrives on October 21 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: Livestream and YouTube
Posted: June 8, 2016 09:59AM
As was leaked yesterday, Watch_Dogs 2 is coming and will be released on November 15 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
The game is coming from over two years of intensive development by creative team behind the Watch_Dogs brand. It is set in a massive and dynamic, open world environment in the San Francisco Bay Area, as it is the latest city to start using ctOS 2.0, an operating system meant to manage the cities' networked infrastructures. When abused, it can become a tool to invasively control and manipulate citizens. The playable character is Marcus Holloway, a young and brilliant hacker who has suffered by ctOS accusing him of a crime he did not commit, using its predictive algorithms. Using your hacking skills to control the various devices around you, you will be able to explore the world from Oakland to Silicon Valley.
It appears you can already pre-order the game, which is available in multiple editions. Naturally there is the standard game, and above that are the Deluxe Edition, which comes with a pack of digital customization items, and the Gold Edition, which comes with the Deluxe content and the Season Pass. If you want the Collector's Edition, you can select the Standard, Deluxe, or Gold Editions of the game, and also receive the Wrench Junior robot, which you can control with a smartphone or tablet app. Pre-ordering any edition will unlock the extra Zodiac Killer mission, where a ghost of San Francisco’s past returns after fifty years.
Source: Press Release
Posted: June 8, 2016 08:51AM
With Summer comes warm days, vacations, and a lot of pain for your wallet as stores hold large sales. GOG's Summer Sale has started, and along with a lot of games being on sale, everyone can get System Shock 2 free for the first 48 hours. It is part of a stress test for the GOG Galaxy client, as the estore wants you to claim the game and download it through the client.
Every day there will be more deals, and those prices will stick around until the end. If you want more free games than just System Shock 2 you can take part in the Vacation Quest. You can earn XP in the quest by several means, including daily check ins, sharing the sale on social media, adding games to your wishlist, and of course purchasing games. Once you have collected 5000 XP you will get Spelunky, at 15000 Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers – 20th Anniversary Edition unlocks, and finally Dreamfall Chapters Season Pass at 30000 XP.
The sale is going for two weeks. Looks like the GOG Connect feature launched just in time, before people might start repurchasing games in their Steam library.
Posted: June 7, 2016 03:35PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Some marketing material appeared on IGN regarding the upcoming sequel to Watch Dogs 2 earlier today, featuring a premature reveal of some important information ahead of the official announcement, which is expected tomorrow. The imagery depicts the Golden Gate Bridge, located in San Francisco, CA, and a release date of November 15, 2016. This follows the release of a teaser trailer from Ubisoft yesterday, which has since been removed from the official Ubisoft Youtube channel. Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 5PM if you are interested in seeing a more in-depth preview of the game.
Posted: June 6, 2016 02:57PM
Author: Nick Harezga
Facebook and Blizzard have reached an agreement to integrate the Facebook Live API into Blizzard games, allowing for users to link their Facebook accounts to their Battle.net accounts. The simplest use case for this partnership is to allow logging in with your linked Facebook account, but long term goals include adding "even more social functionality to its games." Perhaps the most exciting possibility here is that Blizzard is working on adding a "Go Live" feature to its games which will stream your gameplay to your Facebook timeline. Blizzard executive VP of corporate operations Gio Hunt has revealed that, unsurprisingly, the company is "working closely with Facebook on this integration for Overwatch," it's most recent offering, adding that it is working on its other games as well.
Posted: June 6, 2016 09:14AM
Today the next game from Volition, the developers behind the Saints Row Franchise, has been announced by publisher Deep Silver. Agents of Mayhem is set in a comic hero universe, where the League of Evil Gentlemen Intent on Obliterating Nations (L.E.G.I.O.N.) is fought by the Multinational Agency for Hunting Evil Masterminds (M.A.Y.H.E.M.). It will be an open-world experience when it launches in 2017 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game will be featured at the Deep Silver E3 booth next week.
The Cinematic Announcement trailer is embedded below (from IGN; Deep Silver will have it up on its YouTube channel later this week) and you may notice some Saints Row references. This is completely intentional as the new IP is set in the Saints Row Universe, so story elements, symbolism, and design inspiration are shared between them. One example would be the reference to Ultor, a company found in the Saints Row franchise, but also in the Red Faction franchise. Volition was the developer behind both franchises, but when THQ's assets were sold off, the Red Faction IP went to a different publisher.
Source: Deep Silver and Press Release
Posted: June 2, 2016 08:37AM
As the title says, GOG has launched a new program called GOG Connect that will allow users to receive, for free, DRM-free copies of some of their Steam games. All it takes is connecting your GOG and Steam accounts, so it can see what games you own, and then redeeming the free offers. These offers are only available for a limited time, but new ones will become available as participating developers and publishers make their games eligible for this program.
The complete list of currently available games can be found at the source link, which is also where you can log in to enter the program. It took me awhile before everything connected properly, likely because of how much traffic it is getting, but keep at it if you want DRM-free copies of your already purchased Steam games on GOG. And be sure to check back to see what new games are added.
Posted: May 31, 2016 09:50AM
Today the Dead Island Definitive Collection releases, allowing newcomers and old fans to experience Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide rebuilt with a new engine and on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, if you prefer a console to the PC. If you only want one of the games and not both, both Dead Island Definitive Edition and Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition are available separately, but the new Dead Island Retro Rampage, a retro side-scroller, is only available in the collection.
For those who do not remember, the Definitive Editions of these games were remastered by developer Techland to use its latest engine, which supports several improvements over the original engine. The games now feature a new photorealistic lighting system along with physically based shading and HBAO. Textures, models, and geometry assets have also received quality upgrades, so they can look their best on modern displays. Anti-aliasing has been improved, which should be especially nice for console players, as has motion blur and the UI. An unofficial PC mod has also been added to both titles, giving the player a One Punch Mode as the power fists got a nice power up.
The Definitive Collection is available today for $39.99, while the individual Definitive Editions are $19.99 each.
Source: Deep Silver
Posted: May 27, 2016 11:41AM
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.
Posted: May 26, 2016 10:16AM
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.
Posted: May 20, 2016 06:54PM
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
Posted: May 17, 2016 09:11AM
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
Posted: May 13, 2016 11:20AM
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.
Posted: May 12, 2016 10:33AM
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