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Battlefield 1 visual downgrade on PC after latest patch?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 21, 2016 3:08 am

Here we go... DICE is being ripped apart by PC gamers right now, as the latest patch for Battlefield 1 has downgrade the graphics - with screenshots below as proof, reports DSO Gaming.

 

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The comparison between Battlefield 1 before, and after the patch were captured by Arrogant_Amigo, which shows that the latest version looks worse than BF1 did before it was patched. The post-patch version of Battlefield 1 doesn't have tessellation on muddy terrain, and less terrain quality/decoration, reduced HBAO+, shadow resolution or shadow draw distance.

 

Arrogant_Amigo claims:

 

  • clearly lacks tessellation on muddy terrain path - see bottom left highlighted area
  • lacks previous (pre-patch) anisotropic filtering/textures - see far right highlight on rock formation textures
  • terrain quality/decoration lowered, notice missing foliage and plants - see top left highlight above the muddy path
  • HBAO/shadow resolution or shadow-draw distance lowered, notice cluster of plants - see middle highlight above weapon

Director boards 'Mortal Kombat' film reboot

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 21, 2016 2:53 am

It's been nearly 20 years since the ill-fated 'Mortal Kombat' film sequel 'Annihilation' hit screens in 1998, but it looks that a third film in the series is actually going to happen now that Warner Bros. has found a new director.

 

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According to Variety, Australian director Simon McQuoid who's best known for helming TV commercials for PlayStation and Xbox has been tapped to director a reboot of the franchise. Whilst the film will be McQuoid's first, there seems to be a lot of support in place, with 'Conjuring' and 'Aquaman' director James Wan acting as producer, and 'Mortal Kombat' executive producer Lawrence Kasanoff returning.

 

It's still early days for the project, but if all goes well it could come as soon as 2018.

Nintendo Switch launch games teased, 2017 will be huge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 21, 2016 1:31 am

As we get closer to the launch of Nintendo's next-gen Switch console, we find out more information on launch games through a Twitter post by Laura Kate Dale.

 

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Dale tweeted that her lay out for Switch software throughout the first six months of the Switch launch, with a few ports coming soon. On the launch day of the Nintendo Switch, Dale reports that there will be:

 

  • 3D Mario (shown in the reveal trailer)
  • Mario Rabbids RPG (Nintendo overseeing to ensure day one availability)
  • Splatoon Port
  • Skyrim (Dale says "debated by others" but insisted by her own sources)
  • Just Dance 2017 ("100% locked for launch", adds Dale)

 

In the first six months, we should expect:

 

  • Smart Port (Bayonetta and Cloud Amiibo same day)
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild (summer launch)
  • Telltale Guardians of the Galaxy ("very near launch day, weekly eps leading to movie")
  • Mario Kart 8 port (with "minor additions")
  • Xenoblade X port (late summer)
  • Mario Maker port

Find 'Jason Bourne' and win a free Blu-ray!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 21, 2016 12:08 am

To celebrate this week's release of 'Jason Bourne' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 15 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.

 

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You know his name. Years after the events of The Bourne Ultimatum, former CIA assassin Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) resurfaces just as his former employers are implementing a new program aimed at hunting him down. Now fully recovered from his amnesia, Bourne teams up with Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) to uncover the truth behind his father's death, while simultaneously exacting revenge and evading the government forces hot on his trail. Paul Greengrass returns to helm this sequel, which co-stars Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Riz Ahmed, and Vincent Cassel.

 

To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Star Citizen becomes the most ambitious game EVER

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 21, 2016 12:05 am

Holy balls is Chris Roberts really shooting for the stars with Star Citizen, announcing changes to not only the development process of Star Citizen, but teasing the future of the game - and pulling the entire world, contributors, and fans of the game into the development process much more intimately.

 

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Roberts used the 4th anniversary of Star Citizen's appearance on Kickstarter to announce major changes in the way the developer interacts with the world when it comes to the current development timeline of the game. Roberts wrote a very personal post on the official Star Citizen website, where he said: "Whether or not to share this kind of information has been a long running debate among the team here at Cloud Imperium Games. Target dates are not release dates, and everything you see will shift at some point, sometimes slightly and sometimes wildly. The danger in doing this has always been that casual observers will not understand this, that there will be an outcry about delays every time we update the page".

 

Roberts continued: "We've taken stock, thought through everything and decided that, while that is a risk, above all we trust the community that has given us so much support. The community that has let us focus our passions on this incredible project. You have allowed us to take this journey, you have tracked and followed so much of how game development works... and now we think it is right to further part the curtain and share with you our production process".

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Titanfall 2 sales force EA to heavily slash prices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 20, 2016 11:15 pm

We already reported that Titanfall 2 sales were expected to be "beyond disappointing", but we didn't know exactly how disappointing the sales could be - and now, well - we do.

 

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EA has slashed the price of Titanfall 2 heavily, with research firm Cowen & Company predicting the sales of Titanfall 2 to be bad, where they reported: "We think the game got squeezed between Battlefield 1 and [Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare]. We suspect EA believed that by launching two shooters next to Call of Duty it could put a large dent in its biggest competitor, but instead EA appears to have wound up shooting its own foot off".

 

  • Standard Edition (for Xbox Live Gold members): was $59.99, now $35.99
  • Deluxe Edition (for Xbox Live Gold members): was $79.99, now $47.99
  • Battlefield 1/Titanfall 2 Deluxe Bundle: was $149.99, now $75.00

 

PC gamers get it even better, with the Standard and Deluxe Edition already 33% off, but now there's another 20% discount by using the code 'TITAN20'. This drags the price down to 50% off of its original launch price, with the Deluxe Edition also benefitting from these price drops.

 

Did you buy Titanfall 2? Will this new price have you buying the game now?

Dead or Alive designer: PS4 Pro 'is just rhetoric'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 19, 2016 8:36 am

In an interview with Polygon, Tomonobu Itagaki - the designer who has worked on massively popular games like Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden, hasn't got the best things to say about Sony's new PS4 Pro console.

 

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He was asked about a sequel to his latest game Devil's Third, where he wasn't certain about the hardware coming after the PS4 Pro and Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Scorpio console. He said that Microsoft and Sony are pushing out the faster consoles because of VR, because the original Xbox One and PS4 were simply not up to scratch.

 

Itagaki said: "We don't know what the next hardware is going to be. So, there's a high chance [Devil's Third 2] will come out on the PC. I think that the future is stormy. It's difficult to see beyond that. I'm talking about the consoles past those, past Project Scorpio. I'd like to release Devil's Third 2 on PlayStation 5 and whatever comes after Xbox One. But I don't think that's the way it's going to happen".

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Mafia 3 somehow makes the top 10 games of October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 19, 2016 6:46 am

I don't know how it has happened, but Mafia 3 has made it into the top 10 games of October 2016. The console version of the game was in a much better state than the beyond pathetic version on the PC, and according to NPD Group's report, it slotted into the second-best selling game of the month.

 

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EA DICE took out the coveted #1 spot with the much-deserved Battlefield 1, and The Coalition take #3 with Gears of War 4. The digital sales of BF1, GoW 4, Skyrim, and Titanfall 2 weren't counted - so these numbers and positions would be much different with digital sales taken into consideration.

 

The top 10 list:

 

  1. Battlefield 1**
  2. Mafia III
  3. Gears of War 4*
  4. FIFA 17
  5. NBA 2K17
  6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim*
  7. WWE 2K17
  8. Civilization VI
  9. Titanfall 2**
  10. Madden NFL 17

 

* Does not include digital sales.

**Does not include EA Origin sales on PC.

Wikileaks being 'astroturfed', under government control

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 19, 2016 5:24 am

For those who have been keeping tabs on the 2016 presidential election (and let's face it... how does anyone not with the entire media machine cranking along non-stop) - there are a small group that have been closely watching the events surrounding Wikileaks.

 

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In the weeks leading up to the election, Wikileaks dumped out a slew of emails surrounding the former Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, John Podesta - and there are now some suspicious events taking place - all throughout 2016.

 

Just as Julian Assange's internet connection was severed in the Ecuadorian Embassy, his deadman switch was enabled. At roughly the same time, the massive DDoS attack took place that affected millions of people, websites, Twitter, Facebook, and more. It gets fishier, as Wikileaks had three insurance files that were sent out mysteriously - and now the hash for those files isn't matching with the 90GB of files dumped last month. Reddit users have been banned, posts and threads deleted, and new and even old accounts are posting out of nowhere.

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AMD reaffirms HDR abilities, HDMI 2.0 is the limitation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 19, 2016 4:18 am

Just as I was laying down to hopefully fall asleep after a massive 18-hour work day, I read a story over at TechPowerUp sourced from German tech site Heise.de, that AMD Radeon graphics cards were limited in their HDR abilities... well, click bait can be bad sometimes, and we now know the truth.

 

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The original story can be read here, which claimed that Radeon graphics cards were reducing the color depth to 8 bits per cell (16.7 million colors) or 32-bit, if the display was connected to HDMI 2.0, and not DisplayPort 1.2 - something that spiked my interest.

 

10 bits per cell (1.07 billion colors) is a much more desired height to reach for HDR TVs, but the original article made it out to seem like this was a limitation of AMD, and not that of HDMI 2.0 and its inherent limitations. Heise.de said that AMD GPUs reduce output sampling from the "desired Full YCrBr 4: 4: 4 color scanning to 4: 2: 2 or 4: 2: 0 (color-sub-sampling / chroma sub-sampling), when the display is connected over HDMI 2.0. The publication also suspects that the limitation is prevalent on all AMD 'Polaris' GPUs, including the ones that drive game consoles such as the PS4 Pro," reports TPU.

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