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Sony Planning Two New PlayStation 4 Consoles

Category: Gaming
Posted: August 22, 2016 02:57PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Rumors about an updated version of the PlayStation 4 with support for 4K resolution and increased power for VR support began to swirl in March, continuing into April. Sony later confirmed that it was working on an updated PlayStation 4, code-named Neo, but didn't offer much more than that. Last month, Amazon Spain may have inadvertently leaked a release date of October 13 at a price of €399.99. It now appears that Sony is planning to release a slim PS4 in addition to the Neo, perhaps targeting users that don't want to pay the premium for the updated hardware. Sources have told the Wall Street Journal that both models will be officially announced at a press event in New York on September 7, which would line up nicely with the previously leaked information from Amazon.

Source: The Verge via Wall Street Journal



Mafia III Licensed Soundtrack List Revealed

Category: Gaming
Posted: August 22, 2016 10:07AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

On October 7, games are going to be able to visit a reimagined version of New Orleans in 1968 by playing Mafia III. Naturally it is going to be filled with various period-appropriate assets, such as cars and fashions, but also music of the time. Today 2K and Hangar 13 have revealed the over 100 1960s music tracks licensed for use in the game. You can follow the source link for the complete list, but here are some of the highlights:

  • The Rolling Stones: "Paint It, Black," "Sympathy for the Devil" and more;
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival: "Bad Moon Rising," "Fortunate Son" and more;
  • Sam and Dave: "Soul Man" and "Hold on, I'm Comin'";
  • Steppenwolf: "Born To Be Wild" and "Desperation";
  • Aretha Franklin: "Respect" and "Chain of Fools";
  • Jefferson Airplane: "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit";
  • Sam Cooke: "Wonderful World," "Bring it on Home to Me" and more;
  • The Temptations: "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "I Wish It Would Rain";
  • Cream: "White Room";
  • Johnny Cash: "Ring Of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues (Live)";
  • The Beach Boys: "Help Me, Rhonda" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice".

You can also listen to a sample of the licensed soundtrack on Pandora if you wish, on The Mafia III Hit List.

Source: Mafia III Website



Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Launch Trailer Arrives, Shows Off Adam Jensen at His Best

Category: Gaming
Posted: August 18, 2016 01:14PM
Author: bp9801

The time is nearly here to once again step into the augmented shoes of Adam Jensen and sort out the madness of the world. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is nearly upon us, with Jensen having to navigate the fear and resentment after the Aug incident of 2029. You see, Augs were oppressed after the incident occurred, leading to a growing amount of crime and terror acts. It is up to Jensen to go after the Illuminati, the force responsible for helping break apart the world. He isn't without his toys in the fight, however, as Jensen has new state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations at his disposal, which you can see a bit of in the launch trailer below. It is full of action, too, with Jensen being a one man wrecking crew as he unleashes all his new gear (hello cloaking mechanism).

You also get to see just what the state of the world is like that Jensen finds himself in, and it isn't pretty. I guess there's a reason Jensen is doing what he's doing in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and luckily we only have until August 23 to see it all unfold. You can pick up the game for PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One, with some Day One goodies available on all platforms (Covert Agent Pack, extra in-game mission, soundtrack sampler, digital art book), and a Collector's Edition for consoles that has a 9" Adam Jensen figure, 48-page art book, and steelbook case.

Source: YouTube



For Honor Heroes, Multiplayer, and Collector's Case Revealed

Category: Gaming
Posted: August 17, 2016 08:41AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


At Gamescom, Ubisoft showed off a number of things for 2017 title For Honor. The game places the player in a world where three factions, the Knights, Vikings, and Samurai fight to dominate the battlefield. Revealed today is that there are four types of heroes across these factions, making for a total of 12 heroes to choose from. These types are the Vanguards, Assassins, Heavies, and Hybrids. The Vanguards are well-balanced heroes, Assassins are swift and lethal, and Heavies are very resistant but slow. Hybrids combine elements from the other three, making them more advanced heroes that can use different tactics.

Also announced today is the game's multiplayer modes, which can be enjoyed with or against players or bots, and for consoles can be played in split-screen. The modes are Dominion, a 4v4 objective-based mode, Brawl and Duel, are 2v2 and 1v1 respective fights to the death while Skirmish is a 4v4 team death match. Elimination is also 4v4 and victory is won by being the last survivor.

For those of you who want For Honor and are interested in the collector's edition, the Collector's Case has been revealed and it contains a number of digital and physical goodies. The one item standing out the most is probably the third scale full metal faction helmet replicas, but it also comes with an exclusive lithography, the game's soundtrack, the Collector's Box, and naturally the game along with the Digital Deluxe Pack and Season Pass. All pre-orders also receive the Legacy Battle Pack.

For Honor is set to release February 14, 2017.

Source: Press Releases




GeForce 372.54 Drivers Released for No Man's Sky and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Category: Gaming
Posted: August 16, 2016 11:14AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today NVIDIA released its latest Game Ready WHQL drivers, version 372.54 and it features optimizations for the recently released No Man's Sky, and the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Obduction, F1 2016, and the Paragon Open Beta. It also has support for GeForce GTX 10-Series Laptops and Ansel in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which requires the game be updated to version 1.24 (an 11 MB patch from version 1.22 according to GOG Galaxy).

That is quite a few new things to support so I wonder what you are most looking forward to of these new features and optimizations? Personally, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has had my interest since it was announced, but I am also looking forward to jumping into Paragon and experimenting with Ansel in The Witcher 3.

Source: NVIDIA



Come Down for Some Family Fun in the Fallout 4 - Nuka-World Trailer; Arrives August 30

Category: Gaming
Posted: August 15, 2016 11:07AM
Author: bp9801


It is time to head back to the Commonwealth one final time, as America's Favorite Vacation Destination awaits you! Yes, it's time to bring the whole gang to Nuka-World in Fallout 4's final DLC. Nuka-World features exciting zones such as Safari Adventure, the World of Refreshment, Dry Rock Gulch, Kiddie Kingdom, Galactic Zone, and Nuka-Town, USA. There's something for everyone here, but be sure to get there early as the raiders can get a little rowdy when they don't get to experience all the rides. You can always experience the different games and treats at Nuka-World if the ride lines are a little too long, with the chance to win some great prizes! Plus it's just a great way to have some fun while you're at the park. See for yourself below!

It really is fun for the whole family at Nuka-World. There are new quests to go on, raider factions to encounter, weapons and armor to equip, new enemies to defeat (Quantum ghouls anyone?), and much more. There's even a chance to get a new set of Power Armor with a sweet Nuka Cola paint job, and maybe some more paint jobs, too. You can also just take in all the rides and experience Nuka-World in its glory, and maybe, just maybe, you can become a leader of a raider gang and customize settlements to reflect your newfound status.

Fallout 4 - Nuka-World arrives on August 30 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It's priced at $19.99 if you buy it separately, or it's included in the Season Pass for $49.99. If you already own the Season Pass, you'll be able to play right away once it launches.

Source: Bethesda.net




Nordic Games Changes Name to THQ Nordic

Category: Gaming
Posted: August 12, 2016 10:45AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

When THQ went bankrupt and its assets sold off, I watched the news to see where certain IPs went. After all, THQ did make some fun games and you want to know who will be managing the future of that IP. Some of them went to the company Nordic Games, which I had never heard of before. Now that company is changing its name to THQ Nordic, a reflection of its THQ acquisitions and the intent to be more than just the owner but actively working on these IPs.

Along with the reincorporation news, THQ Nordic has announced that it has 23 game projects in development currently, and 13 of those are yet to be publicly announced. A "majority of these projects are based on former THQ owned IPs and franchises," so it looks like we may be seeing some almost-forgotten franchises return. I know I would enjoy seeing the next game in the Darksiders franchise and a resurrection for Red Faction, but that can be a sequel or reboot (I'm not picky here, I just want my hammer and explosive charges back).

Source: Nordic Games/THQ Nordic



Feast Your Eyes on the Official Gameplay Trailer of Prey

Category: Gaming
Posted: August 5, 2016 12:24AM
Author: bp9801

Back during E3, when Bethesda took the stage for its press conferences, one of the surprises was the reveal of Prey. This isn't the Prey we got all those years ago or even a sequel, but rather a brand new take on it from the folks at Arkane Studios. Arkane is known for Dishonored, and while Dishonored 2 is on the way soon, it is Prey that we get a good look at today with the first official gameplay trailer, courtesy of QuakeCon 2016. We had a lovely CGI trailer during E3, but this is our first look at what we can expect from this complete reimagining of the game.

Prey features a unique psychological twist, as you're the first human enhanced with alien powers to give you an advantage. It'll come in handy, too, as the space station you're on, Talos I, is under assault and it's up to you to come up with ways to survive. How you accomplish that is up to you, with a wide range of powers and abilities at your disposal. You see some of them showcased in the trailer, as well as these aliens that are attacking Talos I. Some are rather creepy (OK, all), but hey, we'll have to deal with them somehow. All I know is that Prey is going to be one wild ride that should make us question everything by the time we reach its end.

Prey is due to arrive next year on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Bethesda.net and YouTube




Three Classic Disney Platformers Release on GOG

Category: Gaming
Posted: August 4, 2016 09:20AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today some old games have launched on GOG, which is on its own not too surprising, but these are three classic Disney platformers: Disney Aladdin, Disney The Lion King, and Disney The Jungle Book. These games date back to the 16-bit era, but have been carefully updated for modern hardware and operating systems, without compromising the original experience some of us had so many years ago. (Personally I can remember playing both Disney Aladdin and Disney The Lion King.)

The three games will have a price of $9.99, but are all on sale for $8.99 until August 8. The bundle of all three though is just $19.99 until this launch-sale ends. All three games also come with commemorative 16-bit poster art as part of their "Free Goodies."

By the way, Disney The Lion King led to the creation of DirectX by Microsoft. At the time it launched, the game used the WinG API, but not all computers supported it, including some the game came with, causing the game to crash when loading. To keep game developers from turning away from the Windows platform, DirectX was created to give them the hardware/software compatibility they needed. There's a little computer history for you.

 

 

Source: GOG



Tim Sweeney Claims Microsoft is Using Windows 10 to Slowly Break Steam

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 26, 2016 03:24PM
Author: Nick Harezga

In a recent interview, Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney has reiterated his earlier belief that Microsoft is planning to use Windows 10 and the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) to hamper the performance of Steam on PCs. Sweeney believes that this will be accomplished over a period of several years by slowly convincing developers and customers to move to the UWP. This will be combined with patching Windows 10 to "make Steam progressively worse and more broken," increasing the appeal of the Windows Store. I can't imagine that Valve will just sit idly by and let its platform become irrelevant, but as Microsoft controls the Windows OS it is certainly concerning.

Source: WCCF Tech



Gears of War 4 on PC Will be More Than a Simple Port

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 25, 2016 02:40PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Many games that have been developed for consoles and PC have found the PC version a bit lackluster despite the potential for more powerful hardware. As part of the Play Anywhere initiative, Microsoft is hoping to turn that around, starting with the "flagship" Gears of War 4. The game will offer 28 different graphical settings with an explanation of how that setting will impact performance. Unlike some ports, the game will have an unlocked frame rate with texture support for resolutions up to 4K. Rounding out the PC features will be fully customizable mouse and keyboard controls. The game will be available in October for both Xbox One and PC.

Source: VG 24/7



Craft Your Own Vault in Fallout 4 - Vault-Tec Workshop; Arrives July 26

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 19, 2016 02:55PM
Author: bp9801


Fallout 4's second to last DLC, Vault-Tec Workshop, is nearly here, with Bethesda revealing plenty of information on what we can expect in it. Vault-Tec Workshop, as the name suggests, lets you build your very own Vault with a wealth of new items and settlers to experiment on. As you're exploring the Commonwealth, you'll come across a distress beacon alerting you to some raider trouble at Vault 88. Once you take care of the raiders, you meet the Vault's Overseer, a ghoul who was supposed to be in charge of Vault 88 before the bombs dropped. Unfortunately, the Vault was never finished and the Overseer turned into a ghoul, and she's now asking for your help to finish what Vault-Tec began so long ago. And like any good Overseer, she's still committed to Vault-Tec's original idea of experimenting on the residents.

After agreeing to help the Overseer, you start interviewing potential residents to see if they're the best fit for the Vault and what kind of tests are planned. You're then able to run the various experiments to their conclusion, which changes based on your choices. Maybe you'll be a benevolent ruler or a horrible tyrant who only wants to subject the, uh, subjects to awful tests. The parameters you set up for each experiment determines the final version of each object, so plan accordingly. Whatever you end up with for the experiment is permantently added to your list of craftable items.

This is the first Workshop DLC that actually includes a series of quests, since it's all contained inside Vault 88. Bethesda seemed to have some fun with the DLC being in just one area, so we get to reap the benefits of far more than just new items for settlement building. Oh, and if you happen to kill the Overseer or kick her out, you can still run the different experiments, just they won't be as involved as the quest ones.

Bethesda recommends you tackle the DLC when you're at least level 20, since some of the enemies you encounter in it are a minimum of level 35. That doesn't just mean the raiders to kill, but maybe some radscorpions, feral ghouls, or other horribly mutated monsters lurking in the depths as you build. Sure, you can start the DLC as soon as you complete the prologue, but you'll more than likely die a horrible death.

As you're building the Vault of your dreams, you get access to a ton of new Vault-Tec items to utilize. Hallways, atriums, stairways, bridges, sliding doors; pretty much if you've seen it in a Vault before, it's in the Vault-Tec Workshop. There's also new, clean furniture to place, Vault-Boy and Vault-Girl statues, other Vault decorations, the experiment items, and more, including Barber and Surgeon chairs (finally!). Drop down one of those chairs, assign a settler, and you can get all the free haircuts and facial surgery you desire. Plus you can make use of any other workshop item you already have unlocked, and once you complete the Vault-Tec quests, you can use the Vault items in every other settlement. Just, you know, above ground or way above ground. If resources are a concern, fear not, as an unfinished Vault means plenty of resources are already there waiting for the build. Knock down some walls for more resources, but just be wary of those aforementioned radscorpions and the like possibly waiting behind them.

Get ready to start building the Vault of your dreams when the Fallout 4 - Vault-Tec Workshop DLC arrives next Tuesday on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It's part of the Season Pass or just $4.99.

Source: Bethesda.net



Amazon Leaks PlayStation Neo Release Information

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 18, 2016 03:53PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The first whispers of an updated PlayStation 4 began in March with talk of 4K support. The rumors were expanded in mid April with the information that it would be known as the PlayStation Neo with updates to the CPU, GPU, and RAM. The latest information is courtesy of Amazon Spain which points to an October 13 release date at a price of €399.99, which translates to about $450. This is more than the initial reports of a $400 price, though it can be noted that the initial release of the PS4 had a price of $400 and €400. The product page was quickly altered, but not quick enough. The Tokyo Game Show in September is seen as a good candidate for the official unveiling of the Neo as Sony has confirmed it but has not revealed all of the details just yet.

Source: Breaking News



NVIDIA VR Funhouse Now Available, Game Ready 368.81 Drivers Bring Ansel Support to Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 14, 2016 12:31PM
Author: bp9801

Back when the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 video cards were shown off, some other items were unveiled first. Things like the NVIDIA VR Funhouse game and Ansel, an in-game screenshot program to capture games in ways never before seen. Today we have some good news for both of them, as NVIDIA VR Funhouse is now available on Steam for free. It does require some impressive hardware, such as a GTX 980 Ti, 1060, or 1070 for low graphics, a GTX 1080 for medium, and a GTX 1080 with a dedicated PhysX card for high settings (or 980 Tis in SLI with a dedicated PhysX card). It's playable on the HTC Vive headset, giving you some fun carnival-style games to play and try out all the new NVIDIA graphics technology. Things like Hairworks, FleX, Destruction, and Flow are all included, as is VRWorks PhysX-based haptics for the ultimate in feedback. If you want to give the NVIDIA VR Funhouse a try and have one of the supported video cards, just head over to Steam and download it.

NVIDIA also has a new game that Ansel supports, as the recent Mirror's Edge Catalyst can now take advantage of the technology. All you need to do is download the new Game Ready Driver, 368.81, for it and you're ready to go. Now you can see Faith and the City of Glass like never before. Ansel lets you use a free camera to take pictures from any spot in the environment and display it all on your PC, smartphone, or VR headset. You can add post-process effects, capture images with the highest HDR settings possible, increase the resolution far above what you're playing at, and even take 360° panoramas. It's a good way to show off your artistic side and look at your games in a new light.

The Game Ready 368.81 Drivers support other VR games besides just NVIDIA VR Funhouse, as Everest VR, Obduction, Raw Data, and The Assembly are all optimized. You can download the new driver through GeForce.com or the GeForce Experience app.

Source: Press Release



Nintendo Announces NES Classic Edition With 30 Games Releasing in November

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 14, 2016 08:47AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Okay, I am going to call this the Nostalgia Entertainment System and I mean that with all due respect. Nintendo has announced that it will be releasing on November 11 the NES Classic Edition, a smaller version of the classic console with 30 games installed, and it will cost $59.99. It uses HDMI to connect to modern HDTVs and also comes with an AC adapter and NES Classic Controller, which you can purchase more of for $9.99. A Classic Controller Pro will also be available and sold separately. The Classic Controller can be connected to a Wii Remote controller, so you can use it to play Virtual Console NES games on a Wii or Wii U.

Now for the all-important list of games:

  • Balloon Fight™
  • BUBBLE BOBBLE
  • Castlevania™
  • Castlevania II: Simon's Quest™
  • Donkey Kong™
  • Donkey Kong Jr. ™
  • DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
  • Dr. Mario™
  • Excitebike™
  • FINAL FANTASY®
  • Galaga™
  • GHOSTS'N GOBLINS®
  • GRADIUS™
  • Ice Climber™
  • Kid Icarus™
  • Kirby's Adventure™
  • Mario Bros. ™
  • MEGA MAN® 2
  • Metroid™
  • NINJA GAIDEN
  • PAC-MAN™
  • Punch-Out!! ™ Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics™
  • SUPER C™
  • Super Mario Bros.™
  • Super Mario Bros. ™ 2
  • Super Mario Bros. ™ 3
  • TECMO BOWL
  • The Legend of Zelda™
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™

These are not exactly the original games, as each game will have multiple suspend points, allowing you to stop playing in the middle of levels if necessary. Bit of an upgrade from the password systems some of these games used.

Source: Business Wire




Civilization VI Will Use DirectX 12 Features Like Asynchronous Compute and Explicit Multi-Adapter

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 13, 2016 12:02PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Some of you may remember back when Civilization: Beyond Earth released that it supported Mantle, the low-level graphics API AMD developed, which helped push DirectX 12 to also be low-level and has since formed a base for the open Vulkan API. Now we know that AMD's partnership with 2K and Firaxis Games, the publisher and developer of the Civilization series, respectively, is continuing as Civilization VI will support DirectX 12 and some of its advanced features.

When the game launches on October 21, it will be able to use asynchronous compute and explicit multi-adapter to improve performance. Explicit multi-adapter allows the API to directly support multi-GPU configurations, instead of requiring the driver to handle it. This can potentially allow mismatched GPUs to work together, such as a discrete graphics card and the GPU built into many modern CPUs, as well as GPUs from both AMD and NVIDIA. Asynchronous compute is the feature that allows the different components inside of modern GPUs to act in parallel, instead of having to wait for operations to complete in sequence, despite the operations using separate resources. Currently AMD GPUs with their Asynchronous Compute Engines (ACEs) have shown themselves to be very capable of using asynchronous compute, so it is not surprising to see AMD supporting this feature in this upcoming, highly anticipated title.

Source: AMD



F1 2016 Will Support 22 Players Online and Gets a New Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 11, 2016 12:32PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Some more details about F1 2016 have been revealed recently, including that it will support up to 22 players in online races. This is an important achievement for the game, as it will allow the whole grid to be filled with human players, in all 21 of the game's circuits. Also the game is receiving new features, the Formation Lap and manual starts. This is the first time the Formation Lap has been in the game, so players will be able to experience pre-race tension and warm up the tires before the start. With manual starts, the player will be in control as the lights got out, balancing the revs and having to watch out for a jump start or the anti-stall engaging. You can also have manual control going into the pit lane, but be careful you are not going to fast, or incur the new five second pit stop penalty.

We have also gotten a new trailer that shows off these features and the game's graphics. F1 2016 releases on August 19 for Windows PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

 

 

Source: Press Release and Codemasters




Vulkan Has Come to DOOM

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 11, 2016 09:59AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

DOOM released just a couple months ago and last week received Update 1, but today it has gotten a new update that adds something many people may have been waiting for: Vulkan support. Vulkan is a low-level graphics and compute API, similar to DirectX 12, but is not limited to Windows 10 like its Microsoft-made counterpart. Being a low-level API, means it offers developers more direct access to the hardware, allowing driver overhead to be reduced and thereby performance to increase. It also has advanced features to further increase performance, such as asynchronous compute, but that one in particular is only supported on AMD GPUs, with the DOOM Vulkan driver, at the moment, but id Software is working with NVIDIA to enable it on NVIDIA GPUs. In fact, id Software has been working with both AMD and NVIDIA daily since late March to bring Vulkan support to DOOM. Even with all of this work though, because Vulkan is still a new API and the drivers supporting it are now, there could be "a few bumps" with it, but these will likely be smoothed out with time.

Besides the value of pushing new technologies, this adoption of Vulkan is important for any performance benefits it brings, and I am sure we will be seeing new benchmarks cropping up all over the Internet today. Over at Radeon.com, which is an AMD site, it shows a 27% improvement with the RX 480 at 1920x1080 and a 23% improvement at 2560x1440, compared to the original OpenGL implementation, using the Ultra preset on both resolutions. The site also gives some more information on some Vulkan features DOOM can take advantage of, at least on AMD hardware.

Source: Bethesda and Radeon



Have a Chance to Get Trials of the Blood Dragon Free on July 22

Category: Gaming
Posted: July 8, 2016 10:38AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

At E3 last month, Ubisoft announced a number of titles, including Trials of the Blood Dragon, which the publisher also released that same day. It is a combination of the Trials series of games and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, with the latter's "unique, neon-drenched" attitude. It is available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for $14.99, but on July 22, you have a chance to get the game for free.

On that date, you can download the free PC demo from Uplay and if you can complete it with 15 or fewer faults, you will unlock the full game on your account. The Trials games challenge you to complete various courses, typically on motorcycles but this game is an outlier, and faults would be when you fail a landing by hitting your head, for example. For now this is all the information we have on the demo, so we also do not know how long it might be, or how long this offer is valid, but if you already have a Uplay account, it might be worth giving it a shot come the 22nd.

 

 

Source: Ubi Blog



BioShock: The Collection Announced and Coming September 13

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 30, 2016 05:40AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


After seeing some rumors recently, it is finally official that the BioShock franchise is being remastered as BioShock: The Collection. The original BioShock took us to the underwater Rapture nine years ago, we returned four later in BioShock 2, and then we came to the airborne city of Columbia in BioShock Infinite three years ago. Now in just a bit more than two months, we can return to them all on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for $59.99.

As you would hope for such a collection, it will include all single player DLC for the games (BioShock 2's multiplayer is not included). It also includes the "Director's Commentary: Imagining BioShock", a never-before-seen video series.

It is likely worth noting that on the PC only BioShock and BioShock 2 are being remastered, because the new BioShock Infinite already satisfies the visual and performance standards of current-gen consoles. Both of the older titles are seeing their assets reskinned and retextured. Personally, I hope the control scheme for BioShock is updated as well, because that was one issue I had with the game when I did the Years-Later review of it.

Source: 2K Games




The Division Underground Expansion Gets Launch Trailer

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 27, 2016 01:43PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Tomorrow the first paid expansion for The Division releases for PC and Xbox One, so today we have gotten the launch trailer, embedded below. This expansion is named Underground and adds new randomly generated operations for players to explore. Occupying New York's underground are factions that are regrouping and the Four Horsemen, which are a group of powerful Cleaners. There they are trying to build a new weapon to cleanse the city above, and you have to stop them. The expansion also adds a new level 30 incursion and four new Gear Sets. Underground is releasing for the PlayStation 4 on August 2.

Along with the expansion, The Division is receiving its Update 1.3 for PC and Xbox One (PlayStation 4 will receive the update at a later date). This update includes a host of changes to fix bugs and add new content, including a new Gear Set, new high-end weapons, a new extension for your base of operations, and the Heroic and Challenge Mode difficulties for select missions. You can find the complete list of changes at The Division's website.

Source: UbiBlog



Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Receives New DLC

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 22, 2016 01:06PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


I think we can all agree it is pretty awesome to see old games still getting some love from their developers and publishers. The latest example of this is the newly release Outlaw Sectors DLC for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion. Rebellion is a stand-alone expansion released in 2012, while the original Sins of a Solar Empire was released back in 2008. The game is space-based 4X title and this new DLC adds new strategic options, including the Smuggling Specialization planetary upgrade that gives you a cut of global trade profits, but at the cost of corruption. You can also work with autonomous planetary militias to protect your worlds and attack others and use the new bidding wars to send pirates after multiple players. The DLC also adds new maps suited for 1v1 duels up to long 10-player confrontations.

Source: Press Release and Sins of a Solar Empire Website [1] and [2]




Pre-Order Bonuses Detailed for Mafia III

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 22, 2016 12:50PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

A new trailer has released today for Mafia III, showcasing the exclusive vehicles and weapons that come with the pre-order bonus Family Kick-Back pack. This pack consists of three cars and three guns. The Lassiter Leopard, Smith Moray MX 100, and Berkley Stallion are the three cars while the Gator Shotgun, Camo Sniper, and Trench 1938 Submachine Gun are the three weapons.

Mafia III is scheduled to launch on October 7 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

 

 

Source: Press Release and Mafia III Website



Microsoft to Release More Games Through Steam

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 16, 2016 03:49PM
Author: Nick Harezga

One of my biggest worries when listening to the Microsoft E3 press conference was centered around its big push towards the Play Anywhere initiative. As someone that doesn't own an Xbox One, this would appear to be a great way to get my hands on any platform exclusive games I wanted to play. I also prefer to have all of my games on Steam and I was expecting that Microsoft would limit its games to the Windows Store, but Xbox lead Phil Spencer has now stated that won't be the case. Spencer did go on the specify that not all games would make an appearance in the Steam store, emphasizing that he wants "to build a store." Unfortunately for Microsoft, the Windows Store hasn't seen a great deal of success, while Steam continues to do very well. Spencer hopes that gamers will benefit from the competition and cooperation between the platforms.

Source: Gamespot



F1 2016 Gets Release Date and Gameplay Videos

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 16, 2016 10:22AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today the upcoming racing game F1 2016 had its release date and first gameplay videos revealed. The game will be coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on August 19, and for those who want it, there will also be a Limited Edition of the game that can be pre-ordered. This edition comes with the Career Booster DLC pack, which gives players a percentage bonus to all research and development credits. It also includes exclusive career helmet and laptop designs, within the game.

The new gameplay video features Daniel Ricciardo, of Red Bull Racing, and Jolyon Palmer, of the Renault Sport Formula One Team, taking their first virtual laps on the Baku City Circuit. You can watch the Welcome to Baku video below, as well as the two videos of Ricciardo's and Palmer's laps:

 

 

Daniel Ricciardo Baku Flying Lap:

 

 

Jolyon Palmer Baku Flying Lap:

 

 

Source: Press Release and Codemasters



Mouse and Keyboard Coming Soon to Xbox One

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 15, 2016 03:00PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft made the Play Anywhere initiative a big focus of its recent E3 live stream, with the promise of buying a game once and playing it on either Xbox One or Windows 10. Xbox lead Phil Spencer has revealed some further details that may help to bridge the gap between the two platforms. The company is actively working on integrating mouse and keyboard control support with the Xbox One, with Spencer stating, "Truthfully in our dev kit modes now keyboard works, mouse support is a little bit further away. I say it because I know it’s not years away, it’s more like months away, but we don’t have an exact date yet." Full support for the preferred control scheme of most PC gamers has the potential to make console systems more appealing to PC fans, and could even help level the playing field in cross-platform play. Spencer even sees it as a path to bring games that traditionally avoid consoles due to the available control scheme stating that "it’ll be interesting to see how many of those creators think about running their PC and mouse-only game on console, and then this idea of Play Anywhere might get even more interesting for those guys."

Source: Ars Technica



For Honor Coming February 14, 2017

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 13, 2016 05:02PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Ubisoft has revealed a fair amount of information today at E3 for its new action IP For Honor, including its February 14, 2017 release date for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game allows the player to assume the role of a knight, a Viking, or a samurai warrior, as it takes place a thousand years after their world was destroyed, and these three factions had to fight each other for survival. Now they have united their scattered forces to engage in total open war. The player will need all of their wits about them to survive and defeat the evil Apollyon, leader of the Blackstone Legions.

The story campaign can be played solo or in two-player co-op, online and split-screen. For anyone interested in trying the game early, register at ForHonorgame.com for a chance to join the upcoming alpha and beta, that will be on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game will come in different editions, as is proving to be the norm with Ubisoft titles, as both a Deluxe and Gold edition can be pre-ordered now. The Deluxe Edition comes with in-game content, including gear and customization items, while the Gold Edition includes all of those items and the full Season Pass. Pre-ordering will also net the player the exclusive Legacy Battle Pack, with three exclusive armor designs.

Source: Press Release and Ubisoft




Ubisoft Announces Open World Action Sports Game, Steep

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 13, 2016 04:27PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


With an appropriately targeted release period of December, Ubisoft has announced Steep, a new open world, action sports game that lets the player explore the Alps with various sports activities. The game is meant to give players the exhilarating experiences of skiing, wingsuiting, snowboarding, and paragliding down the Alps, but with the freedom of an open world experience. The player does not have to keep to a set path, as you are free to travel and play as you wish. Although, using the Trial feature, you can relive your previous rides, record and edit them for sharing on social networks, and challenge friends to outrace you on the shared path.

Steep is set to come to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in December. After release it will receive a free update that adds Alaskan slopes, for those who want to explore more than the Alps.

Source: Press Release and Ubisoft




Trials of the Blood Dragon is Available Today

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 13, 2016 04:11PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Since Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon released in 2013, players have been wondering if we will see it return, and in what form. I somewhat doubt this is what any expected, but today Trials of the Blood Dragon is available for $14.99 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game is a follow-up to the Trials series, but combined with the "unique, neon-drenched Blood Dragon attitude."

The game features a full narrative-driven adventure consisting of 30 missions across seven different worlds, including Vietnam War 4, space, and Hell. To get through these worlds, the player will have a range of vehicles, weapons, and tools at their disposal, including bikes, jetpacks, plasma rifles, a CD launcher, and a grappling hook. Like other Trials games, you will be able to compete with other players via the asynchronous leaderboards.

Source: Press Release and Ubisoft




Star Trek: Bridge Crew Coming to VR This Fall From Ubisoft

Category: Gaming
Posted: June 13, 2016 03:48PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today, Ubisoft announced a VR game that is certainly going to capture the imagination of a great many, as it puts the player into a classic science fiction universe. Star Trek: Bridge Crew puts the player on the bridge of the U.S.S. Aegis on its maiden voyage to explore The Trench, searching for a potential new home world for the Vulcan species. You are not alone in this region of space, as the Klingon Empire has ships of its own in the area.

The game is being developed by Red Storm Entertainment, an Ubisoft Studio, and is being designed exclusively for VR. It is meant to take advantage of the sense of social presence the technology provides by giving co-op players full-body avatars and real-time lip-sync. The crew can consist of four players in the roles of Captain, Helm, Tactical, and Engineer, with each position being equally important to success. It can also be played solo, where you are in the role of the Captain, issuing orders to NPC crew mates.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew launches this Fall and will be available for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR.

Source: Press Release and Ubisoft




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