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Shadow Warrior 2 patched, includes several optimizations

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 7 hours ago

Shadow Warrior 2 has been one of the best releases on PC in 2016 so far, with developer Flying Wild Hog releasing their third patch for the PC version of Shadow Warrior 2 since it released last week.




The new update includes shadow and geometry flickering issues, optimizes shadow rendering performance, and defaults the GPU to the dedicated graphics card, and not the integrated GPU on your CPU (if you've got one). The new patch also includes some performance improvements to the cooperative side of the game, with FWG providing a bunch of cooperative network bandwidth usage optimizations, and new Photomode fixes.


There are also some new balance and gameplay changes, and the usual general gameplay and UI improvements.

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PS4 Pro 'turns off half the GPU' to run normal PS4 games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 5 days, 9 hours ago

We're beginning to find out more concrete details on the technical specifications of Sony's upcoming PS4 Pro console, with PlayStation Chief Architect Mark Cerny explaining some of what Sony has done inside of their new console.




Cerny said there are two chips in the PS4 Pro, which lets it play older PS4 games - but when you install the PS4 Pro game, both of the chips work together. Since Sony tapped AMD's new Polaris architecture for the PS4 Pro, is there some CrossFire magic going on?


He explains: "We doubled the GPU size by essentially placing it next to a mirrored version of itself, sort of like the wings of a butterfly. That gives us an extremely clean way to support the existing 700 titles. We just turn off half the GPU and run it at something quite close to the original GPU".


Cerny continued, saying that the team behind the PS4 Pro said games needed "about 10% more memory", which is why they added the 1GB of slower DRAM into the console, joining the much faster 8GB GDDR5.

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Escape from Tarkov looks like one of the best games ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 11 hours ago

It looks like developer Battlestate Games has been busy with completely changing Escape of Tarkov, their new hardcore story-driven MMOFPS game that has been in a state of constant change since the developer started on it.




It's been in closed Alpha form for a while now, but the studio is continuing its work on large-scale online testing and performance optimization. The team has made massive upgrades to the graphics in Escape from Tarkov, which looks positively awesome.




The team has said that they have made "significant engine changes", teasing: "


  • Improved shaders with added Physically Based Rendering (PBR) features
  • Ambient light portals (improved indoor lighting
  • Complete and improved sky lighting in full daylight cycle
  • New Screen Space Ambient Occlusion
  • Contact Ambient Obscurance
  • New tone mapping
  • Eye adaptation
  • Improved SSR (screen space reflections)
  • New color correction
  • Reworked and improved most of the materials and textures of characters, weapons, and objects
  • Optimized terrain and vegetation


Escape from Tarkov is expected to enter closed beta testing later this year, but Battlestate Games hasn't provided a release date for the game just yet.

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Nintendo releases Special Edition: Lime Green 3DS XL

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 12 hours ago

It's no doubt that Nintendo is blowing up the gaming scene as we speak with their release of the latest next-gen console: Nintendo Switch. Though let's not forget that the 3DS is still out there making headlines. Nintendo-America has recently unveiled their new Special Edition: Lime Green 3DS XL.




The console is now available as an Amazon exclusive for the US market, and comes with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System classic Super Mario World pre-installed. Customers will need to buy an AC Adapter (sold separately) but if already owners of the Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, or Nintendo 2DS can use those adaptors as the system is compatible.





The Special Edition: Lime Green New Nintendo 3DS XL is now available to buy from the US & CAD Amazon website ranging from $199.99 - $239.99 depending on what region customers live in.

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Iron Tides is a Final Fantasy Tactics Viking roguelite

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 12 hours ago

Love roguelites and/or board games? Always wanted to see a Final Fantasy Tactics game with Vikings? Enjoy a bout of Chess here and there? You'll want to check out Iron Tides, an interesting looking indie that wraps up all of these themes and more.



Iron Tides is a promising looking indie that features a nice mashup of traditional game mechanics including roguelike, survival, and turn-based tactical strategy. The indie has a Norse theme, and revolves around players exploring an endless sea in search of plunder, battles, and, of course, resources like food to survive. The combat looks pretty interesting and borrows from Final Fantasy Tactics' grid turn-based fighting system, as well as a unique character upgrade system with randomly generated class customizations. Iron Tides has a Kickstarter campaign, so if you like what you see, check it out--you can also try out the game via a pre-release demo.


"Throughout your adventure into the seas, you will be tested in tactical thinking and strategy. The Iron Tides is a survival game designed to challenge your mind. You will be launched into a randomly-generated sea with limited item capacity. Some of your vikings will die -- but is your job to make sure they live to sing the tale of Norhaven's hero," reads Crash Wave Games' description of Iron Tides.

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The Last Guardian goes gold after 9 years in development

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 13 hours ago

We're hearing so much news about Sony's upcoming PS4 Pro console, but did you know that The Last Guardian has finally gone gold?!




Team Ico has been working on The Last Guardian since 2007, with the first tease of the game taking place during E3 2009... teased with a 2011 release window. Well, the team obviously missed 2011 by half a decade, as they switched development on The Last Guardian from the PS3 to the PS4, with some of the team leaving Sony in 2011.


Fumito Ueda and other developers within Team Ico left Sony in 2011, but Ueda continued on as Director and Creative Consultant for Sony's Japan Studio, taking care of the technical and programming side of The Last Guardian.


The Last Guardian launches on the PS4 and PS4 Pro on December 7.

Bethesda throws a massive game sale on Steam

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 14 hours ago

Bethesda is having one heck of a week between gameplay trailers and releases, it gets even better with the latest drop in game sales.




Top seller "Fallout" will have its prices slashed up to 66% off across Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and PC platforms. Both base games, DLC and season pass versions will be included in the sale via the official Steam website.


Prices for selected titles:


  • Fallout 4 - $29.99
  • Fallout 4 Season Pass - $33.49
  • Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition - $11.99
  • Fallout 3-$4.99
  • Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition -$11.99
  • Fallout: New Vegas - $9.99
  • Fallout Classic Collection - $9.99
  • Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel- $4.99
  • Fallout 2 -$4.99
  • Fallout - $4.99

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PS4 Pro upgrades of PS4 games take no effort, says Sony

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 15 hours ago

According to Sony, developers make very little effort to enable enhancements like 1080p 60FPS or super-sampled graphics in old PS4 games on the new PlayStation 4 Pro.




One of the biggest selling points of Sony's new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro is that it's fully backward compatible with all existing PS4 games, and can even provide performance and graphical boosts for current PS4 titles with Forward Compatibility updates. We had originally worried that these Forward Compatibility upgrades would possibly quite an involved process, but Sony says that it's incredibly easy and only takes "a fraction of a percent" of the original game's development efforts.


"The target was to make sure that support [for the PS4 Pro] could be done for a fraction of a percent of the overall effort," PS4 Pro architect Mark Cerny said in a recent interview with GamesIndustry Biz. "And I do mean a fraction of a percent. I mean, I've run the math, and it's 0.2 or 0.3 percent for these projects -- some of them. So at that point, I think it's very natural for the development community to support the platform."

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New Moto Racer 4 gameplay trailer revealed

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 16 hours ago

UK publisher PQube revealed the trailer for arcade-style racing game "Moto Racer 4, exciting fans of the franchise. Moto Racer 4 is being developed by Microids, and published by Microids & Artefacts Studios has sold over 7 million copies throughout the globe.



No surprise with it's previous sales history, gamers are anticipating the release in the next coming weeks when it drops on November 4, 2016.


The game will involve:


  • 100 plus dirt and road challenges
  • 10 riders with their own personal racing styles
  • 18 races in 3 types of environments
  • 2 person local multiplayer mode
  • 1-10 online multiplay player feature
  • Replay Mode
  • Motorbike and rider customization

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Skyrim hasn't yet been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 18 hours ago

Nintendo's next-gen Switch console has been making headlines all over the gaming industry in the last 48 hours. Bethesda's smash hit game "Skyrim" was amongst several titles featured in the console's footage release... but fans may be disappointed to know that the game hasn't actually been scheduled for launch on the Switch platform.




In a statement made by a Bethesda spokesperson, issued that whilst they were happy to work with Nintendo on the reveal trailer, they weren't ready to confirm any games for the Switch just yet. The Bethesda rep said: "While we are not confirming any specific titles at this time, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Nintendo and support of the Switch. We look forward to revealing specific games and details in the future."




But like all things media related it's not uncommon for a third party to create a little bit of controversy for the hype of a new release. It's not to say we won't ever see Skyrim on Nintendo Switch, it just means for now, news regarding Skyrim's specific release has not yet been officially confirmed.

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