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Gaming News (898)

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation v2.1 Launches

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 23, 2017 12:17PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Last week it was announced that Stardock was merging the two versions of Ashes of the Singularity into Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation and today this merged game has received its version 2.1 update, which is bringing with it some interesting features. One of these is a single-player observer mode so you can watch as the AI fights it out. Players can also change the Supply Lines option now, so that regions do not need to be connected to your Nexus to grant resources, and you can start unranked 1-v-1 online matches, so you can play without risking your ranking. Additionally three maps have been added and many others have been rebalanced.

Coinciding with this update is a 50% off sale on Steam, for anyone interested that has not yet gotten a copy. Here are links to our reviews of both the original Ashes of the Singularity and the Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation expansion. Remember, if you had a copy of the original game prior to the merge last week, you were automatically given a copy of Escalation to unify the community to a single platform.

Source: Stardock [1] and [2]




Cities: Skylines is Coming to Xbox One

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 17, 2017 10:27AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


It has been announced by Paradox Interactive and Deep Silver that in Spring of this year, Cities: Skylines will be released on the Xbox One, so console players will get to enjoy this award-winning management game. The Xbox One Edition has been optimized for controllers by Tantalus Media and will include the After Dark expansion that adds tourism and nightlife to the game.

Source: Cities: Skylines Website




Ashes of the Singularity and Escalation Expansion To Be Merged

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 17, 2017 10:14AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last year Ashes of the Singularity was released by Stardock. It was an RTS unlike others before it thanks to the Nitrous engine that can simulate tens of thousands of units at the same time. To handle this in DirectX 11, the API available at the time Nitrous was first being developed, requires a powerful machine, which worried Stardock as the company wanted AOTS to appeal to as much of the RTS audience as possible, so some features were left out to avoid making the game too niche. These more hard-core features were put into the standalone expansion Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, with the intent being for this to target the niche. The original game surpassed sale's expectation (doubling them actually) and the expansion has also done very well, but the two versions of the game split the community and some players were displeased over having to purchase "the game they wanted in the first place."

To address these issues, Stardock has decided to merge the games, discontinuing Ashes of the Singularity, making Escalation the only version of the game available. Owners of the base game will receive a copy of Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation and those who already upgraded to Escalation will automatically receive the season pass for its DLC. The base game can still be played and enjoyed by those who have it, and in the future Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation will receive a "simplified rules" option for newcomers. (Vulkan support is also coming, so not only will Ashes of the Singularity be the first game to support DirectX 12, but Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation will be the first to support DX12 and Vulkan simultaneously.)

Source: Stardock



Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta Announced

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 16, 2017 08:53PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For anyone interested in Ghost Recon Wildlands, Ubisoft has announced that it will have an open beta starting February 23 and running through February 27. If you were in the closed beta held not too long ago, the open beta will have all of the same content and more, including a new province to explore, Montuyoc. Be ready before heading there though, as it is where the Santa Blanca cartel trains its soldiers so it has heavily defended strongholds there.

The minimum and recommended PC specs for the open beta and the final release have also be revealed:

Minimum (720p Resolution on Low Video Preset):

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5 GHz or AMD FX-4320 @ 4 GHz or equivalent
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, GTX 750 Ti, GTX 950, GTX 1050 or AMD HD 7870, R9 270X, R9 370X, RX 460
  • System RAM: 6 GB

Recommended (1080p Resolution on High Video Preset):

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4 GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, GTX 1060 or AMD R9 290X, R9 390, RX 480
  • System RAM: 8 GB

A more complete breakdown of the supported GPUs can be found at the source link.

Ghost Recon Wildlands releases on March 7 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Anyone who plays in either the closer or open beta and then plays the retail version before March 31 on the same Ubisoft account will get the Unidad Conspiracy reward. This adds three exclusive missions featuring the conflict between the local Unidad military and the Santa Blanca cartel.

Source: Ubisoft



Steam Direct Replacing Greenlight

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 10, 2017 12:37PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

For those of you who enjoy looking for new games in the Greenlight section of Steam, Valve has announced it is going to be changing things up in Spring 2017. Greenlight will be going away and replaced with Steam Direct, a direct sign-up system to allow developers to put their games onto Steam, after taking care of some digital paperwork. This move is to make Steam more of a direct distribution system, which Greenlight was also meant to do, but did not quite make it to that goal. It did prove the success of the concept though, especially as there have been over 100 Greenlight titles to have made over $1 million, each. Without Greenlight, many of these likely would not have entered the old, curated Steam store. To keep the noise low with this new system, there is going to be a recoupable application fee for each title, but Valve has not settled on the amount yet. When asking various developers and studios some said $100 and others said $5000. With advantages and disadvantages at either end, Valve is continuing to gather feedback before deciding.

Source: Steam Community



Switching to NVIDIA Top Priority for Nintendo Switch

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 9, 2017 03:43PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Nintendo technology head Genyo Takeda described the decision to switch to NVIDIA for the Nintendo Switch after using ATI graphics in its previous three systems as a "top priority." NVIDIA has been leading the market in PC graphics for some time, and Nintendo is hoping that it can replicate that success on the Switch. Takeda further elaborated on the decision, stating "The PC has been a major gaming device, especially outside of Japan, and my top priority in the development of the Nintendo Switch hardware was to bring NVIDIA?s GeForce, which has played a key role in realizing high-performance graphics for PC gaming, to our hardware with low power consumption." The Switch will be powered by a custom-made Tegra chip.

Source: Nintendo Today



Stardock Releases Expansion for Offworld Trading Company Crafted By Top-Tier Player

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 9, 2017 10:31AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


For a third week in a row, Stardock has announced major changes or additions to one of its titles, but this time Offworld Trading Company is the game, instead of Galactic Civilizations III. Offworld Trading Company is an unusual RTS that challenges the player to achieve economic dominance with their company and not military dominance, as we so often see from the genre. Today it has received the Blue Chip Ventures expansion that adds 17 single-player scenarios to test even the most veteran players.

The challenges in this expansion actually come from one of the game's top-tier players, Blues, who took inspiration from the game's Daily Challenges. Each scenario focuses on specific skills in the game, but some also require building on what you learned in the previous scenarios, if you want to win. The scenarios fall into three categories: Supply & Demand, where you will be monopolizing resources to stay ahead of your competition; Play Well with Others, where you will need to handle opponents and work well with a team; and Long-term Planning, which requires careful planning to turn a losing game around with debt strategies.

Blue Chip Ventures is available on Steam and through Stardock for $4.99.

 

 

Source: Stardock




Ghost Recon Wildlands: War Within the Cartel Gets a Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 6, 2017 12:19PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last month it was announced that Ubisoft was working with Amazon, Twitch, and Legion of Creatives to create a live-action promotional video set in the world of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands. Titled War Within the Cartel, the video will be streamed on Ubisoft's Twitch channel on February 16 and tells the story of a traitor within the Santa Blanca drug cartel, and how the cartel deals with them. Today it has gotten a trailer ahead of its release next week.

Ghost Recon Wildlands is set shortly after the events of War Within the Cartel and will be available for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on March 7. If you miss the February 16 stream, War Within the Cartel will be put up on Amazon Prime Video for you to watch on demand.

 

 

Source: Press Release



For Honor Post-Launch Plans Revealed Including Season Pass

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 2, 2017 01:48PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


In one week the For Honor open beta will be starting and shortly after it will release, so naturally we are getting more information about the game. Today details about the game's post-launch plans have been revealed, including what the Season Pass will include. For those of you who purchase the pass, you will be getting six new heroes, with six elite outfits, and have access to these heroes a week before other players. You will also get the Day One War Pack on release-day which has an exclusive sunbeam effect on emotes for all heroes, three exclusive emblem outlines, three scavenger crates, and 30 days of Champion Status that boost XP to friends, gives more XP from crafting, and more end-match loot.

There is also going to be free content for everyone to enjoy, including new maps, modes, and gear. This content will release every three months, in alignment with the new seasons for the Faction Wars. The hero releases will be released in pairs on this same schedule, and some of this content will come to Season Pass holders first.

For Honor releases for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on February 14.

Source: Ubisoft



Galactic Civilization III Getting Crusade Expansion

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 2, 2017 01:15PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Just last week Stardock released the v2.0 update for Galactic Civilization III and now today they are announcing the "biggest expansion pack" yet made for any of its games: Crusade. This expansion will bring with it an updated graphics engine and some highly requested features, including Interactive Planetary Invasions and Espionage. There will also be a new Citizens mechanic that will allow you to train scientists, engineers, soldiers, diplomats, and merchants.

Every several turns a player will get a citizen, but this is not like the normal population of your worlds. These citizens can be specialized to provide boosts to your civilization, to enhance a planet, or to be spies for manipulating your adversary through sabotage, theft, and assassination.

Another addition is the Civilization Builder, which will allow players to design their own civilization, including all of it ships, from the main menu. These ships can be your own custom design or come from those in the Steam Workshop. By leveraging this feature, players will be able to create the fantasy or sci-fi civilization they want.

Finally, Galactic Civilization III will be getting a new single-player campaign meant to introduce players to the new alien civilizations Crusade will bring with it, along with a story-driven narrative for why the "pink hominids of Sol 3" are not push-overs. Galactic Civilization III: Crusade should be releasing this Spring.

 

 

Source: Stardock




Shadow Warrior 2 and Payday 2 Holding Crossover Event

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 31, 2017 11:57AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Crossover events can be a lot of fun and produce some interesting results, depending on what is being combined. Starting today Shadow Warrior 2 and Payday 2 are holding a crossover event that brings some of the games' iconic weapons and items into the other and is accompanied by a Steam sale. During this sale, Shadow Warrior 2 is 25% off and Payday 2 is 75% off, with a bundle of the two at 48% off. If you already have one of the games though, you will get an additional 10% off the other.

Shadow Warrior 2 released not too long ago and is getting two weapons and the Dallas mask from Payday 2, while that game is getting Lo Wang's katana and several demon masks. I do not have Payday 2 installed to take a look, but one of the new Shadow Warrior 2 weapons is actually stack of money that does not seem to do much damage, but boosts the amount of money enemies drop. It is also just amusing to be slapping demons with cash and throw bills at them for damage.

Both of these games feature up to four-player co-op so you can enjoy this event with up to three friends.

Source: Press Release and Steam Forums



Open Beta Coming for For Honor on February 9-12

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 31, 2017 09:43AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Ubisoft's upcoming title, For Honor, is going to release on February 14 but for anyone still wondering if it is something they will enjoy, or if you just want to try it out, there will be an open beta from February 9 to February 12. This beta will be on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 and should not be wanting for content. There will be four modes to play in, Dominion, Brawl, Duel, and the new Elimination mode that has five rounds of 4-vs-4, no-respawn combat. The beta will also have nine heroes to pick from, which is nearly the full roster of 12 heroes For Honor will have at launch.

For anyone who was part of the recent closed beta, the War of the Faction will be continued into the open beta, so you can keep fighting for the Knights, Samurai, or the Vikings. At the end of the closed beta, the Vikings were leading but the Knights and Samurai have the chance to take the lead during the open beta, earning rewards for when the game launches.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog



Your Squad Awaits in the Latest Mass Effect: Andromeda Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 26, 2017 06:20PM
Author: bp9801


We may not have been waiting 600 years to experience a new galaxy, but we are now less than two months away from Mass Effect: Andromeda, BioWare's upcoming entry in the series. MEA introduces a whole new cast, a new ship, new friends, new foes, and the Andromeda Galaxy. It might just be one cluster of the galaxy we get to explore, but it looks to be packed to the brim with possibilities. Some have been shown previously, but now a new trailer has debuted from BioWare that helps fill us in a little more on the story in MEA. There are some spoilers in the trailer, so if you're trying to avoid them as much as possible, it's best to look away. Otherwise, dive into the footage and try not to drool.

There's so much to go on with the trailer, such as a name (or title) for the likely foe, a look at both Liam and Cora (two of the six squadmates), and some major action all around. We also get to see our Salarian pilot, hear Vetra and Drack, and also see Drack exact sweet, Krogan brutality on some unsuspecting baddies. As with many trailers, it leaves you wanting more, but luckily a new Andromeda Initiative briefing arrived today, too, to help tide you over some more. There are still two more briefings to go, so be on the lookout for those leading up to release!

Mass Effect: Andromeda arrives for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on March 21 in North America and March 23 in Europe. An EA/Origin Access early access arrives on March 16, giving you 10 hours of gameplay before launch. All progress carries over into the full release from the early access time.

Source: YouTube and Mass Effect site



Enter the Gungeon Gets Free Supply Drop Update

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 26, 2017 01:44PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today has been a day of game-related announcements and updates it seems. Enter the Gungeon, a bullet-hell dungeon-crawler has gotten its massive Supply Drop Update on PC with PlayStation 4 players getting it next week. This free update adds almost 200 rooms to the game, and these rooms bring with them new weapons, enemies, companions, bosses, and shrines that should engage even the most veteran players. One new weapon is the Bullet Gun, which is a gun shaped like a bullet that has guns as projectiles that fire even more bullets, apparently escalating the 'bullet-hell' design to the game. Ser Junkan is a new companion that does something you might want to see in certain RPGs; Junkan gains strength and power as you carry more junk through the game.

Also mentioned in today's press release is that the developer, Dodge Roll Games plans to bring a "full-blown expansion" to the PC and PS4 either late this year or early 2018. For now, you can enjoy the update if you have the game, purchase the game at 50% off on Steam, as part of a Weekend Deal, or just watch the trailer embedded below.

 

 

Source: Press Release




Galactic Civilization III Receives v2.0 Update

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 26, 2017 12:07PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you have been playing Galactic Civilization III recently, today it got an update to version 2.0. Developer and publisher Stardock worked with the community over several months to make sure sometimes overlooked player-desired features would get some attention. One example of this is an improved and more sophisticated diplomatic AI. Internally the AI can check proposals against routines to determine if it is desirable, with these routines having veto power if necessary. Also the AI can now explain in detail why a proposal was accepted or rejected, though this will require translation of new strings. Another v2.0 change is the new Starbase Administrator resource, which is to allow those with smaller empires to remain competitive in a match. There have also been a number of other changes to balance and the UI, and you can read the complete changelog here: Galactic Civilizations III v2.0 (Released 1/26)

Like major updates for many other games, this may be a good time for players to return or new players to start and from now through January 30 Galactic Civilization III, its DLC, and the Gold bundle are on sale on Steam and at Stardock's online store.

Source: Stardock




Marvel Entertainment and Square Enix Form Multi-Year, Multi-Game Partnership

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 26, 2017 10:49AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


For anyone who has enjoyed the Tomb Raider series from Crystal Dynamics, or the Deus Ex games from Eidos-Montreal, today it was announced that these two studios will be collaborating on the first game of a multi-year, multi-game creative partnership Square Enix and Marvel Entertainment have formed. Under this licensing agreement, Square Enix will be developing and publishing original games based on Marvel Super Heroes, and this first title will focus on the Avengers. It is being referred to as The Avengers Project currently and has gotten an announcement trailer, embedded below. Unfortunately, we all need to wait until 2018 for more details on this and the other games that are coming as part of this deal.

 

 

Source: Square Enix



DiRT 4 Coming on June 6

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 26, 2017 09:39AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today Codemasters and Deep Silver have announced that DiRT 4 is going to be released on June 6 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It will take the thrill and realism from DiRT Rally, released just last year, and combine it with the excitement, accessibility, and contests of the previous titles, DiRT 2 and DiRT 3.

The game will feature five rally locations, Australia, Spain, Michigan, Sweden, and Wales, but there will be millions of possible routes. This is thanks to a system called Your Stage. By providing a location and route parameters, Your Stage can generate a new route for you to race on and share with your friends, but there is also DiRT Academy for practicing your skills. DiRT 4 will also feature classic rally racing, contests from the official FIA World Rallycross Championship, battles, and more events in Joyride. There will also be a career mode, daily, weekly, and month-long challenges, and the next generation of Racenet. The damage model has been improved to better recreate the wear and tear real vehicles would endure, which can be repaired by hiring engineers.

 

 

Source: Codemasters




Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Closed Beta Coming Early February

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 25, 2017 01:59PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Like other Ubisoft titles or late, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is getting a Closed Beta and it will be available from February 3 to February 6. To sign-up for a chance to enter the beta you can visit ghostrecon.com/beta, log in with your UPlay account and select the platform you want: PC, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4. Those who are selected will be able to invite up to three Ubisoft friends to join them on that same platform.

Ghost Recon Wildlands is an action-adventure title in the largest open-world environment Ubisoft has ever made; a near-future version of Bolivia. The Itacua area you get to explore is controlled by the Santa Blanca drug cartel and it is the Ghosts' mission to dismantle the organization. Both in the beta and the final game, players will be able to use a variety of vehicles, weapons, and equipment to get the job done with up to three friends, but you can also go it alone.

Ghost Recon Wildlands is scheduled to release on March 7, but on February 16 a special, 30-minute long, live-action promotional video will be streamed on Twitch. Titled War Within The Cartel this video is set before the game and is to show what leads to the Ghosts being sent in. After it is streamed on Twitch, it will be available on Amazon Prime Video to watch on demand.

Source: Press Release and Ubi Blog




Blizzard Teasing Year of the Rooster Event for Overwatch

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 19, 2017 03:32PM
Author: Nick Harezga


The Winter Wonderland event recently ended in Overwatch, the team-based FPS from Blizzard, and the company is now teasing the next event, Year of the Rooster, on its Twitter accounts. The event starts on January 24, just four days ahead of Chinese New Year on January 28. The only thing known at the moment is that Mei and D.Va will be getting new skins to match the event, but if previous events are any indication, we can expect more skins, a new map, and even a new game mode.

Source: Polygon



Micro Machines World Series Announced by Codemasters and Deep Silver

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 19, 2017 09:30AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Do you remember the Micro Machines games that let the player drive around household settings? Well, it is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in April with the release of Micro Machines World Series. The game is meant to retain the social and manic gameplay that made originals classics to many, while upgrading the familiar locations for this HD world. It will have the classic Race and Elimination game modes and will also add new Battle Arenas, where you will be tasked with wreaking destruction, and Team Play that requires leveraging the vehicles' skills in Capture the Flag and King of the Hill challenges.

When Micro Machines World Series launches in April it will support up to 12 players online and four plays on the same screen. Thanks to the support of Hasbro, brands such as Hungry Hungry Hippos, G.I. Joe, Ouija, and Nerf will be also represented, but at launch players will have access to a massive range of customization options. The 12 vehicles also have their own unique load-out of weapons and abilities to play around with.

 

 

Source: Codemasters




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



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