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It's almost the end of the year, which means it's time for the OCC 2018 Christmas Contest! Yes, our annual Christmas Contest is back once again, with a variety of prizes for you to try and win. Our grand prize this year is an Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop, complete with AMD Ryzen processor and Radeon graphics. It's a beast of a laptop and one that ...

Comments (0) | December 11, 2018 02:26PM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Aftermath, First Part of Star Control: Origins - Earth Rising Season Pass Available Now

Last week Stardock announced the Earth Rising expansion for Star Control: Origins would have it first part available starting today. Aftermath begins the four-part season pass and adds several things to the game, including the Gloosh, a new species and potential ally. They are possibly the laziest aliens in the universe though, but may still pro...

Comments (0) | December 11, 2018 09:29AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
NieR:Automata Game of the YoRHa Edition Coming on February 26

Originally released in February 2017, Nier: Automata will be receiving its Game of the YoRHa Edition on February 26, 2019 for $39.99. This edition includes the base game, 3C3C1D119440927 Expansion, four pod designs, and the Machine Mask Accessory. It will be available on both Steam and PlayStation 4 with the two platforms getting specific extras...

Comments (2) | December 11, 2018 08:54AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Back in October Bloomberg released a pair of news articles claiming some motherboards designed by Supermicro but made in China had been compromised with malicious chips that produced backdoors for attack. Today the company has released an open letter to its customers on the results of its investigation that it did with the assistance of a "leadi...

Comments (0) | December 11, 2018 08:30AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Being a leak this information should be considered rumor and therefore potentially wrong, but with the release coming in just a couple days, we will not have long before finding out. As has become the norm, AMD is expected to release a new version of its GPU driver package soon. Since the company replaced its Catalyst Control Center with Radeon ...

Comments (1) | December 11, 2018 06:19AM PST | bp9801

Tuesday is here, with a couple of items to help you get through the day. We have a look at the FNATIC Clutch2 Gaming Mouse, offering a high-performance optical sensor and Omron switches in a right-handed design to better fit your hand. Our other item for the day is a review of the Cooler Master MasterFan MF120R ARGB Fans, which are addressable R...

Comments (0) | December 10, 2018 01:13PM PST | Guest_Jim_*
DUSK v1.0 is Now Available on Steam

In October it was announced that the retro FPS DUSK would have its v1.0 released today on Steam, officially leaving Early Access, and that is exactly what has happened. All three campaign episodes to the game are available now, along with the DUSKWorld Multiplayer, three endless arenas, and "buckets of ludicrous gibs."

In addition to the game r...

Comments (0) | December 10, 2018 12:55PM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Geralt the Witcher Coming to Monster Hunter: World

Within the lore of the Witcher series there was an event called the Conjunction of Spheres, and it was through this that magic, all manner of creatures, including humans, came to the world the novels and games are set in. Within The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Geralt briefly visits some of these worlds, and now it looks like he will be taking another ...

Comments (0) | December 10, 2018 12:37PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

At the end of last month, UL Benchmarks announced it would be revealing the first dedicated real-time ray tracing benchmark, 3DMark Port Royal, at the GALAX GOC Grand Final. That the company did and the company has also shared the full demo for the test and given the release date for it; January 8, 2019. When it releases, current owners of 3DMar...

Comments (0) | December 10, 2018 12:30PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Once again the public has come to expect some new GPUs from AMD as new PCI IDs have been added to the company's open source Linux driver. Five of these new IDs are associated with the Vega 20 GPU, which is a 7 nm compute-focused design going into the Radeon Instinct MI50 and MI60 accelerators, but there were also six for the Vega 10 GPU. Vega 10...

Comments (0) | December 7, 2018 09:33AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

It was back in May, coincidentally also on the 14th, that Bethesda announced RAGE 2, and then last night its release date was given of May 14, 2019. RAGE 2 features a seamless open world with a "high distraction factor" so while you may start out on a path to do one thing, do not be surprised if you find yourself turning to investigate something...

Comments (0) | December 7, 2018 09:19AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Ubisoft Announces Far Cry New Dawn, Taking Players to a Post-Apocalyptic Hope County

Last night was The Games Awards and with it the awards came a number of announcements, including one from Ubisoft for the next Far Cry title. Far Cry New Dawn is a standalone sequel to Far Cry 5 and is set 17 years after a global nuclear catastrophe. Life is returning though, bring color back to Hope County, Montana. Unfortunately, this has also...

Comments (0) | December 7, 2018 09:17AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Valve has changed things up a bit with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive today by shifting it to Free-to-Play and even adding a battle royale game mode. This mode, called Danger Zone, allows you to play alone or with up to two friends, and has a maximum of 18 players on the map.

With the shift to being Free-to-Play, Valve has also given all play...

Comments (0) | December 7, 2018 06:29AM PST | bp9801

Friday is upon us, with a couple of items for you to check out on this Pearl Harbor Day. We have a review of the Crucial P1 NVMe 1TB and 500GB SSDs, offering you plenty of speed for whatever your capacity needs might be. Our other item for the day takes a look at 20 of the worst PC setups seen during the month of November.

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Comments (0) | December 6, 2018 03:30PM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Star Control: Origins Gets v1.3 Update and Free Reinforcements DLC

As was announced a week ago, Star Control: Origins has received its free Reinforcement DLC, adding various new ships to its Fleet Battles mini-game. Accompanying this release today though was its v1.3 patch. With this comes a number of changes and improvements, such as improved controls for the Vindicator, your default ship, to make it more resp...

Comments (0) | December 6, 2018 03:30PM PST | Guest_Jim_*

It has been a while since we last heard or saw anything for Biomutant, an upcoming game from THQ Nordic, but today a new gameplay sizzle trailer was released, showcasing some of the action we can expect. The game is promising a new take on third-person combat by giving players freedom of movement with shooting, melee, and other abilities being m...

Comments (0) | December 6, 2018 09:38AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Ape Out Escaping to PC and Switch on February 7

Come February 7, 2019, gamers will get the opportunity to play as an ape trying to escape his confines in Ape Out. While working your way through procedurally generated levels, you will be accompanied by frenetic jazz while you use your captors as both shields and weapons. The trailer below shows off its intense and colorful style as this ape tr...

Comments (0) | December 6, 2018 09:08AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Jagged Alliance: Rage! Now Available

Today Jagged Alliance: Rage! has released on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Set twenty years after the events of the original game, with Jagged Alliance: Rage! the player will lead Ivan Dolvich, Helmut "Grunty" Grunther, Charlene "Raven" Higgins, and more from the old Jagged Alliance crew as they fight through a campaign filled with twists and...

Comments (0) | December 6, 2018 08:42AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Gets Free Trial Across Platforms

Released back in September, Shadow of the Tomb Raider has now gotten a free trial, so anyone interested in but unsure of making the purchase can try it. This trial is available on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 so you have your choice of platform. Naturally if you do purchase the game after the trial, your progress will carry over.

Shadow o...

Comments (2) | December 5, 2018 11:58AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

It was about a month ago when AMD shared information on some of its upcoming 7 nm products; the Zen 2-based EPYC CPUs and Radeon Instinct MI60. While these products might be suggestive of what is to come, they are not consumer products, so some are waiting anxiously for leaks and rumors of what might be coming. Yesterday, AdoredTV's Jim revealed...

Comments (0) | December 5, 2018 11:22AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

It looks like the first official news of mobile versions for NVIDIA's latest 2000 series of GPUs may be coming in a month, at CES 2019. According to WCCFTech, January 6 at CES is when the company will launch them, though the embargo on reviews is January 26, which is also when general availability of laptops with these parts should begin. The si...

Comments (2) | December 5, 2018 06:30AM PST | bp9801

The middle of the week is upon us, with a couple of items for you to check out. We have a look at the Razer Naga Trinity MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse, featuring a swappable side panel to give you the exact amount of buttons you need, from a couple to many. Our other item for the day is a review of the SilverStone RGB fan grills, except these are instea...

Comments (0) | December 4, 2018 11:42AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Star Control: Origins – Earth Rising Announced and Part 1 Releases Next Week

Stardock today announced the story of Star Control: Origins will be continuing, starting next week. Earth Rising is the name of the four-part season pass that will cover the expansion of humanity into the galaxy. The first part, Aftermath, releases on December 11, while Part 2 will release this Winter, Part 3 in the Spring, and then Part 4 in th...

Comments (2) | December 4, 2018 10:57AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Just Cause 4 Now Available

Today Just Cause 4 releases on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, giving places another opportunity to play as Rico Rodriguez with is signature parachute, wingsuit, and grapple hook. Beyond the collection of weapons and vehicles Rico has at his disposal, the series is known for allowing physics too to be wielded against you enemies. With Just Caus...

Comments (0) | December 4, 2018 10:40AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Assassin's Creed Odyssey Gets First Episode of Legacy of the First Blade DLC

Today marks the release of the first episode of the first DLC story arc for Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Hunted for Legacy of the First Blade. With this, the game will introduce you to Darius, the assassin of King Xerxes and first to wield the iconic Hidden Blade. You will also meet Darius' son or daughter, depending on if you chose to play as Kass...

Comments (0) | December 4, 2018 09:52AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

Today Epic Games announced it will be rolling out its own Epic Games Store soon. Initially this store will only offer a hand-curated selection of games for PC and Mac, but will open up to other games as well as other open platforms, including Android. To hopefully bring developers to use the store, Epic will only take 12% of revenue, with the ot...

Comments (5) | December 4, 2018 09:24AM PST | Guest_Jim_*

When Windows 10 launched and brought with it Microsoft's new Edge web browser, there was undoubtedly hope it would come to be seen as more than just a new generation of Internet Explorer. Unfortunately it never caught on, even with its new EdgeHTML rendering engine, in part because it launched with various issues. Now Windows Central has heard f...

Comments (0) | December 4, 2018 06:29AM PST | bp9801

We've arrived at the final month of the year, with 2018 winding down at last. There are a few items for you to check out today, including a look at the EVGA Z390 FTW motherboard, a mid-range model that has plenty of features for your new build. If you just need some audio bliss, perhaps the HyperX Cloud MIX Headset is for you, as it can be used ...

Comments (0) | December 3, 2018 10:27AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
Ubisoft Announces Assassin's Creed Symphony Tour

The music for a game can be very important as it helps create the world and invoke emotions when need. Today Ubisoft announced Assassin's Creed Symphony, a tour across North America and Europe next year that will feature a full orchestra and choir, performing some of the most memorable music from the Assassin's Creed franchise. Ubisoft has partn...

Comments (0) | December 3, 2018 10:00AM PST | Guest_Jim_*
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Launching September 10, 2019

At Mech_Con 2018 it was announced that MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries finally has its release date set for September 10, 2019. To celebrate a new gameplay has also been released, which you can watch below. This will be the first dedicated single-player game in this series for more than 15 years.

In MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries players will get to pil...

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