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The Division Getting an Open Beta

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 9, 2016 09:08AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Starting the end of January, Ubisoft held a closed beta for the upcoming Tom Clancy's The Division game and if you missed it, do not worry, you will get a second chance soon. Today Ubisoft has announced The Division is getting an open beta February 19-21 for the PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. For Xbox One players it starts a day early, so you can have an additional 24 hours of exclusive access.

The open beta will include the content featured in the closed beta along with a new story mission. Everyone who plays in the beta will receive a special in-game reward once the full game releases on March 8.

Source: The Division Official Website



Amazon Launches Lumberyard Game Engine and Amazon GameLift

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 9, 2016 08:50AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Back in August 2014, Amazon surprised a great many by purchasing Twitch for almost $1 billion. The company's latest move is perhaps less surprising though as it has launched its own game engine, Lumberyard. This engine is based on technologies from CryEngine, Double Helix Games, which was also purchased by Amazon in 2014, and AWS, or Amazon Web Services. The engine is completely free to use, including its source code, and comes with Twitch integration. The only thing Amazon will charge a developer for is its uses of AWS.

Also announced today is Amazon GameLift for Lumberyard games. It is a service for deploying, operating, and scaling multiplayer game sessions, which will hopefully cut the time it takes developers to build the multiplayer backend needed for many of today's games. With it game servers can be deployed across the AWS Cloud and the capacity can be scaled up and down as needed, thanks to real-time reporting of server capacity and player demand. It is currently available in AWS US East and US West regions and costs $1.50 per 1000 Daily Active Users on top of the standard AWS fees.

Source: Amazon



Ubisoft Responds to Claims That PC Version of The Division Is Held Back by Consoles

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 8, 2016 04:12PM
Author: Nick Harezga

It is no secret that when comparing the graphics and performance of a game released on both PC and consoles, the PC version usually comes out on top due to a number of factors including more powerful hardware and customization options. Ubisoft is now facing accusations that the PC version of its upcoming game The Division is being "held back" by the console versions of the game. The accusations are based on an interview that YouTubers Team Epiphany did with a Ubisoft developer who said "We do have to kind of keep it in check with consoles because it would kind of be unfair just to push it so far away from them." Ubisoft has now responded stating, "It has come to our attention that a comment from one of our team members has been perceived by some members of the community to imply the PC version of The Division was 'held back' and this is simply not true. From the beginning, the PC version of The Division was developed from the ground up and we're confident players will enjoy the game and the features this version has to offer. And the feedback from PC players who participated in the recent closed beta supports this." It will be interesting to see how the different versions of the game compare when the final version is released.

Source: PCGamesN



TrackMania Turbo Releases on March 22

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 5, 2016 05:23AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The next game in the TrackMania franchise, TrackMania Turbo, is releasing on March 22 for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. The game has over 200 tracks in four environments; Rollercoaster Lagoon, International Stadium, Canyon Grand Drift, and Valley Down & Dirty. The first is set in a tropical paradise while the latter three are returning areas with reworked gameplay and graphics. If you want even more tracks, the Trackbuilder Tool will allow you to build any number of tracks to test your skills. The game also features dedicated new car designs and a new artistic direction.

You can watch the Release Date trailer below, which shows off the game's matchbox cars speeding around the tracks.

 

 

Source: Press Release



Greetings, Commander; XCOM 2's Launch Trailer Has Arrived

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 4, 2016 09:30PM
Author: bp9801


The day has finally arrived, where all of humanity can rise up and take back the planet from the alien menace. XCOM 2 has officially arrived in all regions, and whether you're taking a break from playing, waiting for it to download, or are on the fence about it, the launch trailer gives you a taste at what to expect. It's a little different, actually, as the ADVENT Speaker addresses us on the 20th anniversary of unification, where the aliens successfully took over the planet and painted the XCOM defenders as the true threat. However, his speech gets cut short, and you'll see exactly why in the trailer below. We're treated to shots of the new XCOM squad, revamped and revised alien threats, and some entirely new types that will require some careful planning to survive. Oh, and lots of shooting, explosions, and big action when your stealth plans go out the window.

XCOM 2 is available now exclusively on PC. Be sure to grab the three launch mods from Long War Studios to give your game a bit of a boost, and be sure to keep an eye on the Steam Workshop for everything else modders come up with to enhance your experience. Good luck, Commander.

Source: YouTube



Hell Awaits You in the DOOM Campaign Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 4, 2016 09:21PM
Author: bp9801


Hell is coming and it's up to you to fight back. In DOOM, that's exactly what we're up against, as you step back into the shoes of the DOOM Marine to combat the rampaging horde of demons, imps, and other hellspawn. Bethesda and id Software have revealed the game's campaign trailer, which gives us a glimpse at what to expect when DOOM arrives later this year. The Union Aerospace Corporation's facility on Mars has been overrun with demons, and the fate of humanity rests in your hands alone. It's the classic DOOM formula, where you and your collection of weapons are all that stand in the way of the forces of Hell. There's no cover, no health regen, and nothing else to make things easy for you while fighting back the horde; just you, your guns, upgrades, and an advanced melee system. You can see some of this and more in the trailer below.

DOOM arrives on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in May on Friday the 13th. Quite fitting for DOOM, really.

Source: YouTube



LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Revealed, Arrives June 28

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 2, 2016 10:40AM
Author: bp9801

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens has skyrocketed to the top of the charts since its debut late last year, and now it has a new market to cover: LEGO. That's right, the latest Star Wars movie is getting the LEGO treatment in LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with TT Games once again bringing its style and humor to the new game. A teaser trailer shows off the game, and it's a shot-for-shot remake of the actual movie teaser trailer, just with much more humor. Finn, BB-8, Poe Dameron, and Kylo Ren get the LEGO breakdown, as do X-Wings, TIE Fighters, and the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy. If you love LEGO and/or Star Wars, this once again looks like something not to miss. In addition to focusing on The Force Awakens, the game also explores some of the 30 years in between Return of the Jedi and TFA, giving you a bit more insight into how things have transpired. Odds are there won't be anything new that isn't already discussed in the Visual Dictionary for the new movie, but it should be nice to see it in LEGO form.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives on June 28 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, and 3DS. The PS4 and XBO versions get a deluxe edition featuring an exclusive LEGO Finn minifig and the season pass, with the PS4 and PS3 editions getting two exclusive content packs: the Droid Character Pack and the Phantom Limb Level Pack.

Sources: SlashFilm and YouTube



Details Emerge on XCOM 2 Launch Mods From Long War Studios

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 1, 2016 11:10AM
Author: bp9801


Welcome, Commander. The other day, some information came to light that Firaxis and Long War Studios were partnering up for some launch mods for the upcoming XCOM 2. At the time nothing was shared on what the mods would be, but now we finally have word. The first of the three mods is an SMG-series Weapon Mod, which adds three new submachine gun weapons for the XCOM 2 weapon tiers: conventional, magnetic, and beam. The SMGs offer a bonus to mobility, concealment, and close-range accuracy when compared to the assault rifle, but suffer from reduced damage and a long-range accuracy penalty.

The second mod is a Muton Centurion mod, which adds a new enemy class to the game. Mutons by themselves are pretty tough, and this Centurion is no different, as it's stronger than a base Muton and can add bonuses to other alien units. You can tell the Centurions apart by their red armor and unique face mask. Try not to cower when they barge into the fray.

The third and final launch mod is the XCOM Leader mod, granting a new "Leader" upgrade path for your soldiers. The upgrade is unlocked via the Guerilla Tactics School and features ten new abilities, with each Leader learning five at a time. Only one Leader can go out on missions with the squad, so plan accordingly.

XCOM 2 arrives this Friday exclusively on PC in both a regular and deluxe addition, which adds the soundtrack and season pass for an extra $15. Pre-orders net a Resistance Warrior Pack that adds new customizations and a survivor of the old war as a recruit. Mod support is baked right into XCOM 2 thanks to the Steam Workshop, with these three mods from Long War Studios offering a taste at what to expect. Modders should have a field day with the game, offering new items, enemies, experiences, and more to add to your time leading the resistance against the aliens. Good luck, Commander.

Source: Game Website




MSI is Bundling Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India with Select GPUs

Category: Gaming
Posted: February 1, 2016 10:36AM
Author: Brentt Moore


MSI has revealed that for a limited time, or until stocks last, it will be bundling Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India with select GPU purchases. The latest video game in the Assassin's Creed Chronicles series will come with Radeon R9 380, Radeon R7 370, and Radeon R7 360 graphics cards manufactured by MSI. Consumers will be able to receive a UPlay key for the Ubisoft game as long as one of the aforementioned cards is purchased between late January and late June of this year, though region and retailer restrictions do apply.

Source: TechPowerUp



Valve Announces Competitive Team Fortress 2 Beta

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 28, 2016 04:08PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Valve has announced that a long awaited feature for Team Fortress 2, a competitive matchmaking mode, will soon be added to the game. The team made the announcement on Reddit and has setup a Steam Community group "to send out announcements related to the competitive beta as well as seed beta invites for the expansion of the closed beta." No word on how long until the invites but will go out, but I've been dusting off my rocket launcher lately and can't wait to see how this turns out.

Source: Reddit via PC Gamer



Early Details Released for The Division's Post-Launch Plans

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 28, 2016 09:29AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This weekend Ubisoft will be holding the closed beta for the upcoming Tom Clancy's The Dvision, which releases March 8 for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Today some details about the post-launch plans have been revealed, and it includes several free updates along with three major expansions.

The free updates will naturally be for all players and will add new game modes, and there will also be new features and functionality added post-launch. The three paid expansions, which are included with the Season Pass, will add new content, gear, and gameplay and are titled Underground, Survival, and Last Stand. Underground is the first expansion and will add the underworld of New York City for players to explore. Survival will challenge players to survive as long as they can in a "very hostile environment that will challenge even the most talented agents." All we know about Last Stand currently is its name, but more information is coming. Season Pass owners will also receive an exclusive Sawed-off Shotgun sidearm, exclusive outfits and weapon skins, and access to special monthly benefits.

Source: Press Release



GOG Now Selling Games In Development

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 28, 2016 07:15AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

GOG, a popular store for DRM-free games, has today started selling games in development, which would be this store's name for early access titles. Starting today you can purchase Starbound, Ashes of the Singularity, Project Zomboid, TerraTech, and The Curious Expedition from GOG, and to celebrate them coming to the store, they are all on sale for 15% to 40% off.

This being GOG, all of the titles are still DRM-free and to ensure they are worthy of your time, they are also carefully selected for their promise, to avoid bloating the store. If you purchase an in development title and for any reason regret that purchase, it comes with a 14 day, no questions asked refund policy. When combined with the GOG Galaxy client, things get a bit more interesting. With GOG Galaxy, you can manually control the game updating and use its rollback feature to return to a previous build. Maybe there was a 'feature' you liked in an earlier version that got patched out, and with this you can return to it whenever you wish.

Right now you can follow the link below to find the five in-development titles, but in the future, as more titles are added, you can look for the In-Dev tag on the GOG store.

Source: GOG



NVIDIA Releases Game Ready Drivers for Rise of the Tomb Raider and The Division Beta

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 27, 2016 02:02PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This week we are seeing both Rise of the Tomb Raider release to the PC and the Tom Clancy's The Division beta test begin, so to get the best performance out of both, NVIDIA has released new GeForce Game Ready drivers. The 361.75 WHQL drivers are available right now so you can prepare yourselves by downloading and manually installer the driver package, or let GeForce Experience do the work for you.

Rise of the Tomb Raider was originally released for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One last November, but when it comes to Windows tomorrow it will be sporting enhanced graphics and advanced technologies, such as NVIDIA's HBAO+ to provide more accurate shadows. In addition to the optimizations the drivers will bring, it also includes 2-Way and 3-Way SLI profiles, so you can turn on 4x SSAA, play on at 4K, or take advantage of super wide Surround screen modes. You can watch the PC Tech Feature trailer below and read more about it here: Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Tech Trailer Released: Watch Now. NVIDIA's graphics and performance guide will be live tomorrow.

The drivers also include an SLI profile for The Division, in addition to optimizations for the beta test.

 

 

Source: NVIDIA



Homefront: The Revolution Co-Op Mode Revealed

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 26, 2016 07:39AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

When trying to fight against tyrannical invaders that have conquered your country, it is best to bring friends along. Today the four-player co-op online mode for Homefront: The Revolution was revealed, and it is called Resistance Mode. In this mode you are able to form a Resistance Cell with your friends and fight against the KPA military forces in Philadelphia. At launch there will be 12 narrative-driven missions designed for replayability, complementing the already 30+ hour single player campaign, and the developers intend to deliver another 20 mission within the first year. To ensure the community can play together, all Resistance Mode Missions will be free to download.

If you want to try out Resistance Mode prior to the game's May release it will be included in the closed beta running on the Xbox One from February 11 to February 14. If you are a registered member of the Homefront community though, you might be invited to participate in closed beta stress tests on January 29 and February 5, again on the Xbox One.

For everyone without an Xbox One, Homefront: The Revolution releases on May 17 in North America and globally on May 20 for the Windows PC, Playstation 4, and of course the Xbox One. Native Mac and Linux versions are also in development.

If you pre-order the game you will receive the Revolutionary Spirit pack, which has also been revealed today. It includes unique skins, instantly unlocks select weapons for the campaign. You will also get the Red Skull motorbike and Golden pistol skins for single player and the Marksman Rifle, Sniper Scope, and Remote Explosives for your Resistance Mode character.

Source: Press Release and Homefront: The Revolution Game Website



Capcom Announces Free DLC for Street Fighter V

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 25, 2016 02:21PM
Author: Nick Harezga

In a move that appears less and less surprising these days, Capcom has announced DLC for Street Fighter V in advance of its February 16 release date. The DLC will feature "Character Stories" which will provide insight into the fighters including "their background, the reason they fight, how they know their fellow street fighters." The DLC will be available in June 2016 and will be free to all that purchase the game. Capcom also announced another round of beta testing, which it says will be the last, that will run from Jan. 30 at 12:01 a.m. PT to Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. PT.

Source: Mashable



Atari Classics Coming to Steam

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 25, 2016 02:11PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Gamers that have a desire to play some classics without breaking out an old system are about to get an exciting present in the form of the Atari Vault. The package is coming to Steam this spring and it is bringing 100 games from the old school console including Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, and Tempest. The Vault will support the Steam Controller, which Atari claims will give gamers "significantly improved precision control." Also included will be local and online multiplayer with global leaderboards. Atari is planning to demo the Vault at PAX South later this month, and perhaps with it will come a reveal of the price.

Source: PC Gamer



Firaxis and Long War Studios Partner for XCOM 2 Launch Mods

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 21, 2016 08:45AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

On February 5 XCOM 2 is slated to release and starting on that first day, players will already be able to play a modded version. Long War Studios created the Long War total-conversion mod for XCOM: Enemy Unknown and its expansion, Enemy Within and the Firaxis, the franchise's developer has partnered with them to have mods ready at launch. More information about the mods will be coming soon, and information on XCOM 2's modding tools will be available at the Firaxis Megapanel at PAX South, on January 30.

You can find the Long War mod for the already out titles at Nexus Mods and the description of all of its changes. It overhauls much of the experience and makes for a longer and harder game, so be ready if you install it.

Source: XCOM Blog



Ubisoft Releases The Division Agent Origins Short Film to Amazon Prime Video

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 19, 2016 10:59AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Ubisoft has today announced a short film, "Agent Origins," will be available on Amazon Prime Video. This short film provides a live-action narrative of the backstory of the four agents in The Division, an upcoming Ubisoft game. To create the film, Ubisoft worked with Corridor Digital and used talent from RocketJump and devinsupertramp. Amazon Prime members can watch the episode compilation today as a thirty-minute short film, and five of those minutes are exclusive to Amazon Prime Video.

The Division launches on March 8 for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4, but its closed beta begins January 28.

Source: Press Release




Fallout 4 Receives Two New NVIDIA GameWorks Technologies in Latest Update

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 15, 2016 02:09PM
Author: bp9801


Anyone playing Fallout 4 on PC and subscribed to the beta updates through Steam no doubt noticed the latest update, 1.3, downloaded today. Looking over the update notes, there are a good number of fixes, especially for some bugs or just annoyances (like Preston). Two things stand out at the top as new additions, HBAO+ and "new weapon debris effects (NVIDIA cards only)." The update doesn't go into details about that, but luckily NVIDIA is filling the gaps. These two features are some NVIDIA GameWorks technologies, with the weapon debris effects courtesy of NVIDIA FleX. FleX is a particle-based simulation technique used for real-time visual effects, such as the debris strewn throughout the Commonwealth of Fallout 4. It allows for different simulated substances to interact with each other seamlessly, bringing you an even more immersive world. So if you shoot some walls, you'll be able to see pieces fly away now, more than likely. FleX relies on CUDA, so only NVIDIA cards and PC users can take advantage of it now.

HBAO+ is a more realistic Ambient Occlusion effect that adds lifelike shadows around objects and surfaces. It's a more visually pleasing AO effect and works on both NVIDIA and AMD GPUs. So all PC users can take advantage of HBAO+, while just NVIDIA users get FleX.

Other highlights from the Fallout 4 1.3 beta patch include the ability to see an icon for your settlers, so now you know for sure which ones are farmers, merchants, guards, or the like. Various workshop improvements to make building and maintaining settlements easier, assorted quest fixes, a modification to the Minutemen's radiant quests, and more. Check out the full patch notes at the source below, and do remember this is a beta update, so backup your saves before launching the game!

Source: Press Release and Bethesda forums



The Division Starts Its Closed Beta on January 28

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 15, 2016 09:43AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

The upcoming Ubisoft game, The Division will not be released until March 8, but if you want to try it out sooner, the closed beta is starting the end of this month. For Xbox One users it starts on January 28, while Playstation 4 and PC players get to dive in on January 29. It will run until January 31 and you can secure a spot in the beta by pre-ordering the game, but you can also put yourself on a waitlist to possibly get a spot that way.

The Division is set weeks after a pandemic devastates New York City, when basic services are failing and supplies are running out. The Division is a tactical unit that has been activated to save the collapsing society. The beta will let you play through some of the early story-drive missions that are meant to establish your foothold in the city. You will also be able to enter the PvP-enable Dark Zone and work with and against other agents to gather loot.

Source: UbiBlog



Rockstar North President Leaves Studio

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 13, 2016 03:58PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Leslie Benzies was the president of the Rockstar North game studio and an employee of the company for 17 years. The studio is responsible for the hit Grand Theft Auto series, a series that Benzies has been influential in developing since the first games in the franchise. He has been the lead for the series since GTA 3 and took a sabbatical after the release of GTA 5 in September 2014. After his sabbatical he decided not to return to the company, leaving the studio in the hands of industry veterans Aaron Garbut and Rob Nelson. Rockstar commented on Benzies involvement with the company stating, "Leslie helped us build an incredible team that will continue to create great experiences for our fans. Leslie will always be a friend to the company and of course we are going to miss him but we wish him the absolute best for the future."

Source: Kotaku



EA Announces Origin Access, Giving You Full PC Games for Just $5 a Month

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 12, 2016 07:16PM
Author: bp9801

Back in July of 2014, EA announced its EA Access program for the Xbox One, granting gamers access to a range of EA titles to play for a small monthly charge. Now it's unveiled the same thing for PC gamers, this time calling it Origin Access. Origin Access functions much the same as EA Access on the Xbox One, where gamers can pay a small monthly fee to play a range of titles, try new games before you can buy them, and even get discounts across the Origin store. Fifteen titles are currently available to play in the Origin Access Vault, including all the Dragon Age games, Battlefield 3 and above, FIFA 15, all the Dead Space titles, and others, with more on the way. These are the full versions, too, and you can play them as much as you like during the course of your membership. You also get early access to upcoming games, like Unravel starting on February 4. Any progress you make in the game before you decide to buy it carries over after your purchase, so you won't have to start from scratch. There's also a 10% discount on all Origin purchases, covering DLC, third-party games, new games, and anything else you feel like buying. Plus that discount adds onto any sales or promotions at the time of purchase, giving you even more off the price.

Origin Access is available now for $4.99 a month through the Origin website or application. An Internet connection is required to confirm an active Origin Access subscription when you start a game through the Vault and then every 30 days after for both online and offline play. If you decide to cancel your subscription, you can continue to take advantage of the full games until your subscription period ends.

Source: EA Origin



Homefront: The Revolution Gets New Trailer and Release Date

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 12, 2016 08:46AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Some new information about Homefront: The Revolution was released today, including its release date of May 17 for North America and May 20 for the rest of the world. For those not aware of this upcoming game, it is an open world FPS set in Occupied Philadelphia in the year 2029, where you are a member of the resistance trying to undermine and overthrow the occupying KPA. Your enemy has superior technology, firepower, armor, and air support, so you will have to rely heavily on guerrilla warfare to succeed. If you do not want to wait until May to start playing, Deep Silver is having a closed beta in February, but it is an Xbox One exclusive beta. You can get a chance at the beta token by registering at the game's official site, which is linked below, but you can also take part in upcoming promotions to hopefully earn one.

In addition to the above information, Deep Silver has also released a new trailer for the game, titled This is Philadelphia. In this trailer we get a close look at the Yellow Zones of the historic city. These are the areas that hold the civilians under the watchful eye of the police state. Here you will have to hide in plain sight amongst the crowd. Besides the Yellow Zones, the city has also been cut up into Green and Red zones, with Green Zones housing KPA command centers, iconic landmarks, and the elites amongst the KPA and American collaborators. The Red Zones are the wastelands left by the KPA after the first armed uprising was crushed.

When Homefront: The Revolution launches in May, it will be available on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One for $59.99 and $49.99 on the PC.

 

 

Source: Press Release and Official Homefront Website



Rumor is No Assassin's Creed Game in 2016

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 5, 2016 07:58AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Rumors can be a lot of fun, but as always, remember they are rumors and thus might not be true to any degree. A new rumor has appeared recently about the Assassin's Creed franchise coming from someone claiming to be an Ubisoft developer. According to the claims, the next entry in the franchise is going to be set in Ancient Egypt, is being developed by the team behind Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and is not going to be released on the yearly schedule. Ever since Assassin's Creed II the franchise has been receiving new titles annually and this pause is supposed to allow for a "complete revamp of the series." Considering the stated time period predates the Assassins and Templars and allows for greater freedom with the history, such a revamp should hopefully be possible.

The supposed-developer shares quite a lot of information actually, though no definite proof of any connection to Ubisoft is provided (they just say to screencap their comments and look back at them when Assassin's Creed is missing at E3 2016). This includes a desire by the developers to try for a "Witcher feel" for progression and freeform combat, the main character will be a slave or ex-slave, only animations might be recycled from previous games, and that online co-op has been cut from the series for now. Also the supposed-developer claims that only programmers and technical directors have console devkits, with everyone else on PC with an average spec of an Intel i7, 64 GB RAM, and a GTX 670. "The rest work on PC since the ports to consoles are so easy with the new gen."

As someone who has played and reviewed every main Assassin's Creed game I want to share my opinion and admit I hope this rumor is true. A complete revamp with the time necessary to create it, could significantly improve the health of this franchise. Of course this is just a rumor and could be completely false, but only time will tell.

Source: NeoGAF



Oculus Rift Pre-orders Start January 6

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 4, 2016 04:03PM
Author: Nick Harezga

At E3, Oculus revealed its plans to release the Rift Virtual Reality (VR) headset in Q1 2016 and late last month it started to ship headsets to registered developers. The company has now announced that it plans to start accepting pre-orders for the Rift on Wednesday January 6 at 8 AM PST, which puts it on track for a Q1 release. That is less than 48 hours away so plan to be ready to buy it if you want to be one of the first to get your hands on it. The company founder Palmer Luckey will be hosting an AMA on Reddit on January 6 at 6 PM PST to answer any questions you might have.

Source: Oculus



Multiplayer Mod for Just Cause 3 In Development

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 31, 2015 10:39AM
Author: Nick Harezga

The same team that created the multiplayer mod for Just Cause 2 has announced that it is hard at work on bringing multiplayer to the recently released Just Cause 3. The mod was added to Just Cause 2 more than two years after the release of the base game, while Just Cause 3 could see it much sooner. The team hasn't released much information about the mod but will give users "frequent updates on our progress."

Source: PC Gamer



Valve Details Recent Attack on Steam

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 30, 2015 01:16PM
Author: Nick Harezga

If you attempted to access Steam early on Christmas morning, you likely encountered an unresponsive site with several issues. According to Valve, this outage was caused by a Denial of Service (DoS) attack that flooded the Steam store with a traffic increase "2000% over the average traffic during the Steam Sale." If you accessed certain pages on Steam later in the day, there is a chance that you saw sensitive personal information for other users including "a Steam user’s billing address, the last four digits of their Steam Guard phone number, their purchase history, the last two digits of their credit card number, and/or their email address." Your information could only be seen by other users if you browsed to a a page that contained the sensitive information between 11:50 PST and 13:20 PST. Valve estimates that up to 34 thousand users could have had their information viewed and Valve is working to identify who those users might be, but added that "unauthorized actions were allowed on accounts beyond the viewing of cached page information" and doesn't feel that users should be worried. The exposed information was the result of web caching rules implemented in response to the DoS attack by a Steam web caching partner to help reduce the load on the servers. Even though there were no unauthorized actions taken, it is still a good time to look into signing up for the new Steam Mobile Authenticator to help mitigate potential damage from these types of attacks in the future.

Source: Valve



Steam's Best Sellers of 2015 Revealed

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 29, 2015 09:13AM
Author: bp9801

The year is nearing its end, which means taking a look back at all that's been accomplished in 2015. In the case of Valve and its Steam platform, it means the perfect time to see what games were the biggest sellers of 2015 (between April and December, since no data exists from before April). Topping the chart with more than 5.5 million sales is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Grand Theft Auto V comes second with nearly 3.6 million sales, Fallout 4 is third at nearly 2.5 million, ARK: Survival Evolved is fourth at close to 2.2 million, and Rocket League rounds out the top five at 1.9 million. Other highlights from the best sellers of 2015 include Skyrim at 1.5 million sales (good enough for eighth), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in tenth at just over one million sales, Fallout: New Vegas in thirteenth with just over one million, Cities: Skylines racking up more than 900,000 sales for fifteenth, and Elite: Dangerous finishing up the top 25 with over 600,000 sales. All these numbers are just approximations based on what SteamSpy has gathered.

If you're curious about the best sellers of games that released in 2015, well, GTA V leads the way, with Fallout 4 second (and with nearly one million fewer owners), ARK: Survival Evolved comes third, H1Z1 in fourth, and Cities: Skylines in fifth. The Witcher 3 is in ninth, Killing Floor 2 in thirteenth, Life is Strange right behind it in fourteenth, Elite: Dangerous next, Pillars of Eternity after that, and then Batman: Arkham Knight and Mad Max rounding things out in 24th and 25th, respectively. For even more sales numbers, including the leaders in certain countries, hit up the source below to see the full list.

Source: Medium via ThinkComputers



GTA Online Begins Its Festive Surprise 2015

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 21, 2015 07:59AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Some of you may have noticed the holiday season infiltrating several games by now, with snowy maps and giveaways. GTA V and Grand Theft Auto Online is no exception and its Festive Surprise 2015 has begun. This collection of treats is available for PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One until January 5.

The free seasonal clothing and accessories you can find include new Santa outfits and pajamas, masks of several holiday characters, three Christmas themed car horns, and Christmas trees in owned properties and Legion Square. The content from the previous Festive Surprise and original 2013 Holiday Gifts are also available. There is also a Snapmatic contest going on, where players can post holiday-themed Snapmatic pictures to the Social Club for a chance to win GTA$1M and be featured on the Newswire. You can find the details and a link to the official rules at the source link.

Additionally, tomorrow starting (December 22) at 5 PM EST, there will be the second annual Official GTA Online Holiday Party Livestream on Twitch and YouTube Gaming.

Source: Rockstar Social Club




Rainbow Six Siege Gets Friend Referral Program for the Weekend

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 18, 2015 11:44AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With it being the holiday season, many of us want to spend time with our family and friends, and one way to spend that time is by playing video games. For that reason, Ubisoft has decided to put on a kind of free weekend for the newly released Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. If you own a PC copy of the title, you can visit www.rainbow6keys.ubi.com/ to receive up to four keys to give out. These keys will be active from 3:01 PM PST, December 18 until 9:01 PM PST, December 20 and give access to the full game. If your friends want to play in the multiplayer matches or the single player Situations, they are completely free to do so. For referring someone to the game this way, you will receive a 24 hour Renown Booster after this event ends.

If those who receive the keys wish to continue playing after the free weekend, the game has a 25% off discount going on now, and progress will carry over. Keys can be sent out now, allowing those who get them to start pre-loading immediately.

Source: Press Release and UbiBlog



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