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Grand Theft Auto IV 7-Years Later Review

Grand Theft Auto IV 7-Years Later Review

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Crysis 2 4-Years Later Review

» April 1, 2015 05:00PM

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Crysis and Crysis Warhead 7+ Years Later Review

» March 31, 2015 05:00PM

Dragon Age II 4-Years Later Review

Dragon Age II 4-Years Later Review

» March 24, 2015 05:00PM

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Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition 6-Years Later Review

» March 23, 2015 05:00PM


Gaming News (815)

DiRT Rally Announced and Released to Steam Early Access

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 27, 2015 10:43AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This must be a nice surprise for DiRT fans as Codemasters have announced and released DiRT Rally to Steam Early Access. Being an Early Access title, it will not come with everything the final version will have, but it does feature 17 cars, 36 stages across various locations, tuning, upgrades, damage, and repairs. Any new content released during the Early Access period will be freely added to the title, so you do not have to worry about purchasing new cars and such, at least until then. The game also features Rally Seasons for competitive events, and Rally Async, so you can compete with people without being online together.

One thing I am wondering though is if this is the DiRT 4 mentioned in both AMD and NVIDIA drivers, or is that yet another title?

Source: Neoseeker



Rocksteady and Warner Bros Release New Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 27, 2015 06:20AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The Game Director of Batman: Arkham Knight and co-founder of Rocksteady Games, Sefton Hill, has been teasing gamers for some time about an upcoming trailer for the highly anticipated title. That trailer has finally arrived, and shows off a new feature known as "Dual Play," which allows gamers to seamlessly switch between The Dark Knight, Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman. While it is unknown whether this feature will make its way through the entire campaign or if it will be part of a challenge, it definitely looks amazing, since it allows gamers to truly utilize the different strengths that each character exhibits. The new trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, titled "All Who Follow You," also showcases the wealth of enemies that face Batman, confirming just how dangerous the city of Gotham is.

Source: WCCFtech



Three New Screenshots Appear for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 27, 2015 12:36AM
Author: bp9801


More Witcher goodness has arrived today, courtesy of Miles Tost, thegame's lead level designer. Tost took to Twitter to release three new screenshots of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which show a bathhouse, Geralt riding a horse through town, and a monster fight. The bathhouse is rather full of people, and our monster slayer is in only a towel as he makes his way through. Most of the patrons are similarly clothed, although there are a few who aren't. The horseback ride through town shows some nicely constructed houses, fences, and some training items. Judging by the quest text, Geralt is on his way to meet with Yennefer, with the town either being close by or just one of the many places we can check out on the way. As for that monster battle, well, Geralt is taking on a griffin. According to Tost, griffins exist in the world and we can even encounter some, which Geralt has found. It looks to be an intense battle, with some new tactics to utilize since griffins have wings.

Less than a month remains before The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt arrives on May 19. You may want to book some time to get lost in its world, and more later on if you pick up the Expansion Pass.

Source: Twitter [1] & [2]




Silent Hills Looks to Be Over Before It Truly Began

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 27, 2015 12:14AM
Author: bp9801

Things are a little off for Konami of late, as Hideo Kojima's name has been removed from any digitally available work he had a hand in. Then it was announced that he is just a contractor finishing up Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and once the year ends, so does his employment. Now it seems the horror reboot Silent Hills is no more, as not only is P.T., the playable teaser for the title, removed from the PlayStation Store, but the full game itself looks to be canceled. Both Guillermo del Toro and Norman Reedus took to Twitter to voice their displeasure about the apparent canning of the project. Del Toro was collaborating with Kojima on Silent Hills, with Reedus set to star as the game's protagonist. In fact, when P.T. is played to completion you actually get to see Reedus in the game, although odds are that was the only part of his actually completed.

Until we hear something definitive from Konami about Silent Hills, consider the game in dire straits. If it is truly lost, which it certainly seems to be, Konami will have a lot to prove to gamers that it actually cares about games.

Source: Twitter [1] & [2], and Neoseeker



Marvel and Telltale Games Announce Partnership; First Games in 2017

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 24, 2015 03:52PM
Author: bp9801


Marvel has seen a resurgence in relevance and economic standing, due in no small part to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Comics and movies are big for Marvel, and so is the video game front, with various popular titles released throughout the years. Soon there will be a new video game from Marvel, as the company recently announced a partnership with Telltale Games. Telltale is known for its story-driven titles like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and The Wolf Among Us, among others, and it is that expertise that it will bring to the Marvel Universe. Marvel Games creative director Bill Roseman said the Telltale titles will aim for authenticity, an "eye-popping" visual style, and should please Marvel fans the world over. Marvel's Peter Phillips, the executive vice president and general manager for interactive and digital distribution, said "Marvel is about storytelling," which perfectly plays with Telltale's abilities.

The first Marvel/Telltale games won't be ready until 2017. The platforms aren't known either, but one would think PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and possibly mobile platforms will be included.

Source: Polygon



Batman: Arkham Knight 4K Screenshot Released

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 24, 2015 05:55AM
Author: Brentt Moore


Batman: Arkham Knight is arguably one of the most anticipated games of this year. With the minimum, recommended, and ULTRA specifications released just yesterday, the game is likely to be enjoyed by a wealth of gamers upon its June 23, 2015 release. In order to show off just how beautiful Batman: Arkham Knight can look when running on a high-end system, Warner Bros and Rocksteady have released a brand-new 4K screenshot of the game, which successfully showcases its magnificent visuals.

Source: WCCFtech



Paid Mods Come to the Steam Workshop, Starting with Skyrim

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 23, 2015 01:35PM
Author: bp9801

Valve is adding a new feature to the Steam Workshop today, one that is a little different than past rollouts. Mods are now available to purchase and sell, so whether you're looking to make a little cash from your creation or support a favorite modder, now you're able to. The paid mods are debuting with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's Workshop, which Valve says has some 24,000 free mods already available. A total of nineteen paid mods are arriving today, with prices ranging from $0.25 to $5.99 (so far) for things like weapons, armor, followers, and even new towns. A bundle for $28.68 can be bought to grab the mods in one fell swoop, or you can pick and choose. Prices can be set by the creator or you can pick what price to pay, if the mod allows. All the mods can be returned within 24 hours after purchase if it doesn't work right or is broken/buggy/conflicts with other mods.

More games will be supporting paid mods down the road, although which ones from the Workshop weren't yet mentioned. Neither was the exact split of profits, although it stands to reason mod creators will get about 25-30%, as with items for Dota 2 and the like. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has a free weekend on now for anyone who hasn't played it yet, with the game 75% off if you decide to buy. You can grab plenty of free mods through the Workshop or at places like the Skyrim Nexus, so you don't have to pay for any mods if you don't want to, like always. While places like the Nexus probably would have liked to know in advance that paid mods were coming to the Workshop, those sites will still do what they can to support the many thousands of mods on them.

So, how does Valve's decision to launch paid mods sit with you? Good idea, bad idea, or something in between? With the abundance of free mods already available, some quite extensive, it is curious to see why there needs to be a paywall.

Source: Valve and Nexus Mods



Specs for Batman: Arkham Knight Revealed

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 23, 2015 10:39AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Probably one of the more anticipated games this year is Batman: Arkham Knight, which releases June 23. With the release so close we can expect more information to appear for it, including the system requirements, which are now listed:

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
  • Graphics Memory: 2 GB
  • DirectX®: 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required
  • Hard Drive Space: 45 GB

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
  • Graphics Memory: 3 GB
  • DirectX®: 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required
  • Hard Drive Space: 55 GB

Hopefully you have what it takes, and in case you have more, here are the ULTRA System Requirements:

  • OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
  • Graphics Memory: 3 GB
  • DirectX®: 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required
  • Hard Drive Space: 55 GB

Also, there is a rumor out there now that Arkham Knight may receive a post-release patch to give it DirectX 12 support, for those running Windows 10 with appropriate hardware. The rumor also states that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will receive a similar patch, but only time will tell for both games.

Source: NVIDIA and Gamepur



Watch How The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's Precious Cargo Quest Unfolds

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 23, 2015 09:45AM
Author: bp9801

Less than a month remains before we once again step back in the boots of Geralt of Rivia and find out what all awaits us in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. If you just cannot wait to get some information on the game and want to see how it plays out, well we have a treat for you. The "Precious Cargo" quest from the game's prologue has been revealed in a walkthrough, so this is the perfect chance to see what The Witcher 3 is like. Of course, for those wanting to avoid spoilers of any kind, it is probably better you did not watch the video. For everyone else, we get to see how Geralt handles his business. Heading towards the quest sees Geralt riding on a horse, through some rather gorgeous environments, with the sun shining, trees moving in the wind, and workers clearing part of a road. Footage is from the PC version of the game, but played with an Xbox One controller, hence the button prompts.

The man giving the quest calls out to Geralt from a small camp just off the road, and perhaps you pass him by without even stopping. In this case, Geralt stops and hears what the man, a merchant, has to say. Some monsters are afoot and devoured the merchant's horse after he was thrown off. A small box is what is most precious to him, and Geralt can decide whether or not to bring it back. I have to say, Geralt's hair looks pretty good as it moves in the wind, which is nice to see as some games tend to have static hair no matter what. We get a look at the quest and inventory system, with the new quest being made active and a potion put into a quick slot. Then it's off to find the merchant's wares and that small box. Instead of describing it any further, I'll let you watch how it all unfolds below.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt arrives on May 19 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. An Expansion Pass is also available that includes two expansions totaling at least 30 hours combined.

Source: YouTube and WCCFtech



Learn What It Takes to Survive the Wasteland in Mad Max's New Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 23, 2015 09:24AM
Author: bp9801

Yesterday came the news that trailers for both Just Cause 3 and Mad Max would launch today. While the Just Cause 3 trailer is something we're still waiting on, the Mad Max one is here. It is called a "gameplay overview" trailer composed of in-game cinematics and actual gameplay, as it introduces us to the very elements that make up the game, with car combat, melee fights, and more. A narrator starts off by telling us that we start the game with nothing, where everything Max ever cared about is gone, and our will to survive is what sustains us. What we need to do first is get a new car, the Magnum Opus, to help us get around, and it can be customized however we like with a multitude of parts, mods, and weapons. Armor, engines, body kits, and more can all be upgraded and swapped out on the car, with some pretty sweet looks, to boot.

Max himself can also get new armor and weapons to take down enemies, with the armor providing various bonuses to better suit your playstyle. Your gear and abilities also need to be upgraded to take down bigger and stronger foes, with an RPG-like skill system allowing you to pick and choose. There looks to be a good amount of abilities for Max, with ones to increase his health, use melee weapons longer before they snap, and find more ammo when looting. Speaking of looting, as you drive around the Wasteland there will be hidden caches to uncover that hold valuable scrap items to upgrade your car, armor, and weapons, so be sure to get out there and find them!

Surviving in the Wasteland requires a ruthless attitude, as the factions controlling the resources will not go easy on you. Fights are brutal, whether they are from within your car or on foot. Not everyone is out to get you, of course, and it is to these people you can look to form alliances. Helping them get stronger increases the safety and security of their strongholds, and also means easier access to the essentials to survival. You will survive and reclaim what was stolen from you, because after all, you're Max.

All this and more await us in Mad Max, which arrives on September 1 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Pre-orders get the Ripper car, a savage looking beast that is sure to help out in the Wasteland.

Source: YouTube



NVIDIA Launches New GRID Server Location; Adds Strider to GRID Games Library

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 22, 2015 07:04PM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA has officially announced that it has launched a new datacenter in California that substantially reduces latency for SHIELD owners located in the Southwestern United States. SHIELD owners who live in this region will automatically connect to the new GRID server based on ping time, ensuring the best performance possible. In addition to the new server location, NVIDIA added Strider, the action and platformer series revival, to its GRID Games library, bringing the total amount of PC game offerings to 47.

As a part of its ongoing commitment to satisfy gamers through its GRID Games library, NVIDIA also revealed that SHIELD owners will be able to play LEGO Movie the Videogame and Dirt 3: The Complete Edition on April 28, 2015 and May 5, 2015, respectively.

Source: Press Release



Just Cause 3 and Mad Max Trailers Set to Arrive Tomorrow

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 22, 2015 06:19PM
Author: bp9801

Avalanche Studios has two titles coming out this year, with both Just Cause 3 and Mad Max promising big adventures and plenty of exploration. As it stands, both games are going to get a trailer tomorrow to help whet your appetite until E3 arrives. The Just Cause Twitter has recently lit up with teases and information, with a "Di Ravello is gathering his forces. We need 1000 new Rebels!" in one tweet. What exactly that means isn't known, but we can be sure to find out at least a little in tomorrow's trailer. Sadly no photo mode for Just Cause 3 is planned, and neither is a demo. Both past games had a demo, but as it stands JC3 does not. That may change the closer we get to release, but don't get your hopes up.

As for Mad Max, Avalanche teases that the "Wasteland is calling" and that we'll see more tomorrow. The game sees the title character rebuilding his Interceptor to have some meaning in the Wasteland, with thousands of mods at our disposal. Vehicular combat is also going to play a big part, with all sorts of weapons able to be attached to the car. Stealth, gunplay, and melee combat will help Max survive out in the post-apocalyptic wastes, and we'll be able to upgrade his stats, gears, and abilities along the way.

Just Cause 3 is slated for a release near the end of this year, with Mad Max arriving on September 1, 2015. Check back with us tomorrow for these trailers and whatever new information comes with them.

Sources: Just Cause Twitter and Max Mad Twitter via WCCFtech



Total War: WARHAMMER is Upon Us

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 22, 2015 02:22PM
Author: bp9801

Total War is heading to the world of Warhammer after all, as The Creative Assembly has officially unveiled Total War: WARHAMMER. This is the land of fantasy, where giant monsters roam the landscapes; humans, elves, and dwarfs square off against orcs, the undead, and goblins; and where lizardmen, skaven, and the forces of Chaos can join the fight, too. There are heroes to contend with, flying creatures to fend off, and magical abilities that could turn the tide of battle. It is a decidely different take on the Total War franchise, but as you can see in the announcement trailer below, one that should prove for an intense experience. The footage in the trailer is all CGI, since the Creative Assembly isn't quite ready to show the game off in earnest. That doesn't take away from the excitement and action. The Old World is faced with war, betrayal, and an "unfathomable power," but something else lurks to the north that starts to pull at the fabric of reality. Perhaps Chaos is coming.

Total War: WARHAMMER features a turn-based campaign to try and build up your empire, treat with your neighbors, and wage war when you must. There will be a mulitude of races to play as, with Goblins and Orcs; Dwarfs; and Vampire Counts known so far. Given that we see Karl Franz, the Emperor of Mankind, in the trailer, hopefully that means the Empire is a fourth playable faction. The release date is just a simple "coming soon," but hopefully we'll find out that and more once E3 arrives. Sega and the Creative Assembly are planning a trilogy, with Total War: WARHAMMER leading the way, and then two more standalone games and expansion packs planned.

Source: YouTube and Videogamer




DiRT 4 Appears in NVIDIA Drivers

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 22, 2015 11:47AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Recently it was discovered that a Crossfire profile for DiRT 4 was included in the latest beta drivers, even though the game has not been announced. It turns out there are a 3D and SLI profile for the game in NVIDIA drivers as well. The 3D profile is rated 'Excellent,' so the game must run well with a NVIDIA 3D Vision setup. At this point it must only be a matter of time before Codemasters announces the game, since the graphics drivers are apparently ready for it.

Source: DSOGaming



Rockstar Reportedly Mapping the Entire U.S. for Grand Theft Auto VI

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 22, 2015 10:33AM
Author: bp9801

Grand Theft Auto V may finally be available on all the systems it was originally meant for, but now it looks like Rockstar is looking ahead to the next entry. Grand Theft Auto VI is reportedly already in development, and while details are scarce, as expected, one thing stands out. Apparently, Rockstar is mapping the entirety of the U.S. for Grand Theft Auto VI, which would make for one massive adventure. Los Santos and Blaine County in GTA V is already huge, but if we get to explore a whole country in GTA VI, well, Rockstar could contend for one of the largest game worlds ever, depending on how it plays out. Ubisoft's The Crew also has the U.S. in it, but a heavily condensed version that you can zip from coast to coast in about 90 minutes. There's a lot of boring bits in between when you're driving across the country, and those long stretches of tedium would not translate well into a game. Odds are that if Rockstar includes the whole U.S. in GTA VI, it will be condensed just like in The Crew.

Remember, this is all just a rumor, albeit an interesting one, and we probably won't see Grand Theft Auto VI until 2020 if the studio is undertaking a massive mapping procedure (or even if it just bumps up the game world to be twice as big as GTA V). For right now, we have GTA V and everything in its game world, which should serve us quite well for some time.

Source: International Business Times



PC and PS4 Comparison Shots of Grand Theft Auto V at 1080p Bear Some Similarities

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 21, 2015 03:27PM
Author: bp9801


Grand Theft Auto V has been out for a week on PC, but even longer on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Given that the PS4 and XBO are most similar to a PC, it makes sense to look at how the versions compare, and specifically the PS4 to the PC at 1080p. We have already seen how the PC, PS4, and PS3 compare before, but the PC was cranked all the way up to 4K. This time it is at 1080p just like the PS4, and surprisingly, things are quite similar. Well, in some instances things are similar, like certain textures and the foliage, especially. Others are more pronounced, like the anti-aliasing and the shadows. The shadows are soft and much more realistic on PC, while the PS4 has ones that are harder and not that great in some shots. Distance Scaling is also a factor, as is Ambient Occlusion, with the former taking up plenty of VRAM and the latter adding a bit more depth to areas.

You can see the differences and similarities for yourself below, with more offered at the source. Below, the PC screenshot is first, with PS4 second.

Source: Hardcore Gamer via WCCFtech




Project CARS Goes Gold and Looks Absolutely Stunning

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 20, 2015 07:25PM
Author: Brentt Moore


According to the official website for Project CARS, the game has just went Gold ahead of its May 7, 2015 release. Ian Bell, the Head of Studio at Slightly Mad Studios, stated that "We know the wait of the game has been long but we're confident the quality and realism level we have achieved will provide our fans with the game they have all been expecting and we look forward to seeing you on the track." Screenshots from the final build of Project CARS have been shared by Reddit user "darkdeus," and the level of detail and realism that the video game title provides is absolutely amazing.

Additional details and images surrounding Project CARS can be found by clicking on the links below.

Source: Imgur and Project CARS




Heroes of the Storm Exits Beta on June 2

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 20, 2015 04:11PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Heroes of the Storm is Blizzard's entry into the popular Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) genre that already features favorites such as Dota 2 and League of Legends. The game has been in a limited beta for a while and Blizzard has finally revealed when the game will be officially released. An open beta will launch on May 19 to help put the finished touches on before the June 2 release date. At launch players will have access to 30 characters from the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes with seven battlegrounds. Multiple game modes including Cooperative and Quick Match will be available to appeal to players of different skill levels, perhaps giving it more appeal than games with a high learning curve, such as Dota 2. Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime described the game stating, "We've built Heroes of the Storm in a way that makes it accessible to new players, but also challenging enough for veterans who really want to put their skills to the test. We can't wait to see what Heroes brings to the co-op and competitive scenes once the Nexus opens up to everyone."

Source: PC Magazine



Grand Theft Auto V Not Part of AMD Gaming Evolved After All

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 20, 2015 03:55PM
Author: bp9801

Soon after Grand Theft Auto V arrived, NVIDIA made it known that two of its GameWorks technologies were showcased in Rockstar's title. Both Percentage Closer Soft Shadows (PCSS) and TXAA are utilized and help give the game a boost. AMD wanted to announce that its Contact Hardening Shadows (CHS) were also used, and that GTA V is part of its Gaming Evolved initiative. However, that last part isn't entirely accurate, as GTA V is not a part of Gaming Evolved, but it still uses CHS. So, AMD basically lied about its involvement with GTA V, which probably wasn't the smartest move on its part. Having CHS included is a good thing, but lying about the game being part of Gaming Evolved is not.

Source: The Tech Report (updated)



DiRT 4 Crossfire Profile Included in Latest AMD Drivers

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 20, 2015 10:36AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It appears they may have been an accident at AMD when the highlights were compiled for the Catalyst 15.4 Beta drivers. These are the drivers released with GTA V optimizations and apparently also a Crossfire profile for DiRT 4, which has been teased but not officially announced yet. According to the driver's highlights, some configurations may experience poor performance. Naturally the speculation now is that an announcement will be coming soon.

Source: DSOGaming



Crytek Plans to Reveal Amazing Demo at E3 2015

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 20, 2015 06:23AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to Fatih Özbayram, a producer at Crytek, the company is currently working on a demo for E3 2015 that will be quite amazing. While details surrounding the demo are definitely limited, Özbayram did reveal on Twitter that people will like it once it is revealed at the Los Angeles Convention Center between June 16 and June 18, 2015. It is unknown at this time if Crytek is going to build off of its "Back to Dinosaur Island" demonstration that it showcased at GDC 2015, which utilized the infamous CryEngine along with the popular Oculus Rift, or if the company is going to showcase a new and immersive environment.

Source: WCCFtech



Star Wars: Battlefront's First Trailer is Here

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 17, 2015 10:50AM
Author: bp9801

Star Wars Celebration has been going on since yesterday, and with it has come plenty of news. A new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrived yesterday, and today the first game footage reveal for Star Wars: Battlefront. Whereas The Force Awakens is set years after the original trilogy, Battlefront is set during those movies, with the intense fighting between the Empire and the Rebellion boiling over into assorted battles. The action in the trailer below starts us off on the Forest Moon of Endor, with speederbikes soaring through the trees and Rebel soldiers trying to take them down. One speederbike crashes into a tree right before an AT-ST appears. Soldiers run for cover to avoid the laser blasts, and then two of the soldiers drop down a portable shield before one takes flight with a jetpack. The AT-ST explodes, but then an even more dreaded sight appears: an AT-AT. Luckily some Y-Wings are on hand to lay waste, yet the soliders now have to contend with Darth Vader.

Once the Dark Lord of the Sith appears, we get treated to footage on different planets (Hoth, Tattooine, and the volcanic Sullust), with X-Wings, TIE Fighters, Boba Fett, and even the Millenium Falcon appearing. It looks impressive, especially when you consider the trailer starts with "GAME ENGINE FOOTAGE" across the bottom. Hopefully this all translates well to the final product, but for now we just have game models, screenshots, and the gameplay trailer to go off of.

Star Wars: Battlefront does not feature space battles, sadly, but does have dogfights in the planets' atmosphere. There will also be no prequel vehicles, characters, or anything else from that era; this is original trilogy through and through, with some parts from The Force Awakens, too. Nor will it make use of Battlelog, which some people may be happy to see. Gamers can play the game in either first or third-person mode and switch between the two whenever they choose. Battles are 20 vs 20 matches, with yes, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and other heroes/villains being playable, just like in the previous games. There is also a co-op mode called Battlefront Missions to play with a friend via split screen or online, although full details aren't quite ready for that.

Star Wars: Battlefront arrives on November 17, 2015, for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, just like last night's leak predicted. There is a DLC called Battle of Jakku that takes us to the planet seen in yesterday's The Force Awakens trailer, with that desert planet being called Jakku. It will be available on December 1 for anyone who pre-orders Battlefront regardless of platform, with December 8 for anyone who did not pre-order. A Deluxe Edition is also planned to arrive, which contains instant access to five in-game items: three weapons (DL-44 Blaster, Ion Grenade, and Ion Torpedo) and two emotes. The Deluxe Edition will set you back $69.99, while the regular copies are $59.99.

Source: YouTube, IGN, Bravo Intel [1], [2] & [3], NeoGAF, and Game Informer




Mushkin Announces TAKE CONTROL Campaign Alongside of Ghost Recon Phantoms

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 17, 2015 06:09AM
Author: Brentt Moore


A new campaign has been announced by Mushkin Enhanced MFG, an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance and mission-critical computer products. The campaign, which is known as "TAKE CONTROL," is centered on the popular Ghost Recon Phantoms video game title from Ubisoft. On May 1, 2015, Mushkin plans on revealing a new mystery addition to their hardcore gamer-ready product line up that will allow gamers to keep the enemy at bay. Nicolas Villalobos, the Director of Global Marketing at Mushkin, stated that "For years now we have been the best bang for your buck memory and SSD manufacturer and I am excited to announce our latest additions on May 1st."

Interested gamers and consumers can find additional information on the campaign's official website.

Source: Press Release



EA Announces August 25 Launch for Madden NFL 16

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 17, 2015 05:35AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Electronic Arts has revealed that Madden NFL 16, the 27th edition of EA Sports' annual football franchise, will be available to consumers starting on August 25, 2015. The game is currently being developed by EA Tiburon, which is based out of Orlando, Florida, and is expected to come to current and previous generation gaming consoles upon release, though no official word has been given on specific platform support.

Source: EA Sports and Polygon



Star Wars: Battlefront Release Date Leaks Out; November 17 for PC, PS4, and XBO

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 16, 2015 08:26PM
Author: bp9801


Yesterday came the first look at Star Wars: Battlefront's Stormtrooper in-game model, which shows an impressive level of detail. Today there's something a little different, as apparently the game's release date has been leaked. When you point your browser to the Star Wars: Battlefront website and examine the source code on the News & Media section, one line stands out in particular: "Available November 17, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC." That date doesn't appear on the website itself because it's a hidden description, just it probably should have been hidden a little better. Or at the very least, not even put into the website's source until after tomorrow, presumably. The date has since been removed, but you can see it for yourself in the screenshot below.

So, November 17, 2015, it is for the new Battlefront, at least for now. EA and DICE will be showing off the first gameplay of Battlefront during Star Wars Celebration tomorrow, which I imagine is when the release date will be official. If it holds out, Star Wars: Battlefront will be out around a month before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters. Perfect way to build up hype even more for Episode VII.

Source: Star Wars: Battlefront Website and Reddit




Batman: Arkham Knight Swoops in on June 23; No Further Delays

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 15, 2015 08:38PM
Author: bp9801


Batman: Arkham Knight was originally supposed to launch on June 2, but it was pushed back a little bit to June 23. If you're worried about it getting another delay, have no fear, as the game's director, Sefton Hill, confirmed June 23 was the official and final launch date. Developer Rocksteady didn't want to delay the game at all initially, but felt that little extra time would be well served. Given how the game looks, even in the PS4 gameplay video below, it was a deserved delay. Hill also revealed a couple of changes to the controls, where now holding the trigger button on a controller will send Batman into a "super fast dive" straight down off a rooftop. Tapping the trigger will cause Batman to slide. What the corresponding keyboard press will be wasn't mentioned, but is probably the same as past games. Oh, and the difficulty of Arkham Knight can be adjusted on the fly, so if you want to give yourself an even tougher challenge, you're now able to without restarting the game.

Batman: Arkham Knight arrives on June 23 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with the PS4 getting a sweet bundle.

Source: Twitter via WCCFtech



Get Your First Look at Star Wars: Battlefront's Stormtrooper

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 15, 2015 08:20PM
Author: bp9801


Many gamers are eagerly looking forward to Star Wars: Battlefront and hoping that it lives up to the legacy of the past titles. The game won't be out until later this year, but this Friday during Star Wars Celebration, EA plans to show the first gameplay reveal for Battlefront. However, we have a little teaser for you tonight in the form of the in-game Stormtrooper model. EA had been teasing the model for a little while and finally took the wraps off it, and it is impressive. The armor is spot-on to the original movies, but dirty and dingy as befitting someone fighting the Rebel Alliance. This Stormtrooper is also sporting a black enlisted trooper pauldron and a backpack with a hose connected to the helmet, possibly for extended operations or spacewalks. Overall the detail is outstanding, and given that this is an in-game model, should make for an experience pulled right out of the movies.

The full Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay reveal is still more than a day away, but we should be in for quite a treat when it happens. You can be sure to find all the information on it right here.

Source: EA's Instagram via WCCFtech




EA Shutting Down Several Free-To-Play PC Games

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 15, 2015 03:54PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Electronic Arts has announced plans to shut down several free-to-play PC offerings in the coming months as they are "not as popular as they once were." The four games that are getting the ax are Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, Need for Speed World, and FIFA World. The games will remain up for 90 days, with some games having achieved a greater than five year lifespan. Executive VP of EA Studios Patrick Söderlund described the move as forward thinking stating, "While we say farewell to these free-to-play titles in the next few months, we are always exploring new concepts and ways to bring great games to more players around the world." He added that Star Wars: The Old Republic continues to enjoy success and that EA has plans to introduce additional content this year.

Source: Electronic Arts



AMD's Contact Hardening Shadows Utilized in Grand Theft Auto V

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 15, 2015 09:35AM
Author: bp9801

Not to be outdone by NVIDIA, AMD has a part of its gaming technologies used in Grand Theft Auto V. The company's Contact Hardening Shadows (CHS) is part of its Gaming Evolved technologies and can be enabled in GTA V by AMD video card users. What CHS does is calculate the distance between an object and a light source, as well as what the object's type is, to create realistic soft shadows. AMD users can enable AMD CHS under the game's Soft Shadows option, so they too get an exclusive boost, much like NVIDIA owners do with Percentage-Closer Soft Shadows.

Regardless of which video card you use, GTA V caters to both, thanks to AMD Gaming Evolved and NVIDIA GameWorks.

Source: The Tech Report



Rockstar Packs Two NVIDIA GameWorks Technologies Into Grand Theft Auto V

Category: Gaming
Posted: April 14, 2015 10:15PM
Author: bp9801

Grand Theft Auto V will surely keep many PC gamers satisfied for a long while, and it is the PC version that is considered the definitive version of the game. It has some jaw-dropping visuals, more life to the world than the console versions, and is probably one of the games that may make people pick up a 4K screen. Rockstar has shown the PC version off at assorted press events, with demo systems packing a pair of GeForce GTX 980s in SLI, which is something NVIDIA is rather happy about. GTA V also makes use of two NVIDIA GameWorks technologies: Percentage Closer Soft Shadows (PCSS) and TXAA. PCSS adds realistic soft shadows to the mix, while TXAA enables film-style anti-aliasing to reduce crawling and flickering seen in motion.

So we have some GameWorks technologies and demo systems showing off the PC version of GTA V with SLI GTX 980s. Add in the Game Ready Driver, and it's a small wonder why NVIDIA is happy about the game. And really, all PC gamers should be happy to have GTA V on the system it was always meant for.

Source: NVIDIA Blog



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