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Mass Effect lead: it's hard seeing the criticism

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 17, 2017 2:16 pm

Mass Effect: Andromeda has problems--lots of problems, and was humiliated on a daily basis shortly after its launch. Even now the game is synonymous with everything except for the space operas that Mass Effect is known for. So how do the devs feel about the game?



I've often wondered how key BioWare devs handle the ruthless ridicule of Mass Effect: Andromeda. According to BioWare's Ian Frazier, the lead designer behind Andromeda, the criticisms can be pretty tough--and so can the challenges that the studio faces to fix the game entirely.


"As far as my personal reaction. I won't speak for the other guys, but I spent quite a bit of my time on Twitter and various forums and such. And I won't lie, it's hard. It's hard to see the criticisms, some of the challenges that are out there," Frazier told IBT UK in a recent interview.

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Colorful GTX 1080 Ti with LCD display is now official

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 17, 2017 9:09 am

I've been ogling over the Colorful GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and its LCD display on top of the card, with the company making it official and announcing their new GTX 1080 Ti Vulcan X OC graphics card.




The new Colorful iGame GTX 1080 Ti Vulcan X OC features an LCD display that hasn't been detailed yet, but I'm sure that's coming - strange that Colorful would make their new graphics card formal, but don't detail what makes it stand out from the pack. Eh?!


Colorful states that their iGame GTX 1080 Ti Vulcan X OC features the "most advanced cooling on a graphics card for the best overclocking experience", with out of the box GPU boost clocks of 2GHz. Colorful has slapped 3 x 92mm fans and a 6-heat pipe copper plating-equipped cooling system that is up to 20% better than normal air cooling, according to Colorful.

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Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3's new trailer is now out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 17, 2017 7:06 am

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is right around the corner, with developer CI Games unleashing a new trailer for the game. The new 'Official Dangerous' trailer shows off the graphical prowess of the game, as it's powered by the CryEngine.



Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 will be released on April 25.

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Star Citizen 3.0: 50% VRAM usage reduction, so much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 17, 2017 5:35 am

The development of Star Citizen is hitting its v3.0 update, which will include some massive game changing features like planetary technology, and huge performance optimizations.



CIG has added a new RenderTarget refractor to Star Citizen 3.0, which will see the game saving a massive 50% in video memory usage. DSOGaming reports that Star Citizen 3.0 includes "Area Lights with proper shadowing, new Light Controller for runtime light switches, highly optimized vertex and position format for all geometry, as well as Dynamic Physics Grid to support sparse space areas vs. dense areas like space stations".


Star Citizen's full v3.0 update is absolutely huge, with the full details available on the official Roberts Space Industries website.

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New Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age screenshots drop

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 17, 2017 4:19 am

Square Enix today dropped a huge wave of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age screenshots, showing off twenty-one different scenes in full HD.




Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age isn't just a full HD remastering of the original PS2 classic, but also features the Zodiac Job System, which was previously exclusive to Japan. This system brings 12 new jobs for players to customize their characters and teams with, offering a new dimension of combat.


The 2006 RPG has been spruced up for modern PS4 consoles, featuring fully remastered 1080p visuals and soundtrack, support for 7.1 surround-sound, drastically improved loading times, new in-game modes, and more. The game may also hit 1080p 60FPS performance to boot.

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The Surge: option for 4K 30FPS or 1080p 60FPS on PS4 Pro

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 17, 2017 3:25 am

Gaming console news headlines are being dominated by Microsoft's upcoming Project Scorpio console, but that doesn't mean that Sony isn't getting some love - with news that The Surge has gone gold, and that it'll run at higher framerates and resolutions on the PS4 Pro.



The Surge will have PS4 Pro enhancements that let gamers choose between dynamic 4K 30FPS, or performance mode with 1080p 60FPS, something that will arrive with a launch day update. HDR abilities will be added post-launch in a follow-up patch. On the normal PS4, The Surge will run at 1080p, while the Xbox One will handle the game at 900p.


What is The Surge? The developer explains: "The Surge is a game with an unusually honest approach to its design. Although it unapologetically uses Dark Souls as its primary source of inspiration, The Surge is filled with an array of new features that build upon an impressive foundation. If it can keep the impressive atmosphere, brutal combat and intriguing inventory manageable, The Surge might make an admiral series in its own right".

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Battlefront 2 will have dedicated servers

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 17, 2017 2:14 am

EA affirms that Star Wars: Battlefront 2 will deliver everything fans have been asking for since the original game, but what about server browsers on PC?




Battlefront 2 looks to be larger than life--certainly larger than its predecessor--with a ton of promises, including a new class system, an overhauled progression system, tons of new maps across three eras, a multitude of heroes that've all been balanced properly, 20 vs 20 ground-based battles, offline co-op/split-screen, galactic interstellar combat, and a fully-fledged singleplayer campaign. Now we can confirm that Battlefront 2 will feature dedicated servers...but don't hold out much hope on a server browser on PC.


After being asked if Battlefront 2 would be P2P-based without dedicated servers and server browsers on PC, DICE's Dennis Brannvall confirmed dedicated servers are in. "We have dedicated servers [in Battlefront 2], like always," Brannvall said.

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Kuroutoshikou GTX 1080 11Gbps OC Gaming detailed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 17, 2017 1:44 am

I thought I had covered most of the custom GeForce GTX 1080 11Gbps graphics cards coming out, but there have been a few that have slipped through my otherwise strategic GPU detecting radar.




Enter the brand Kuroutoshikou, from Japan - with their upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 8GB 11Gbps OC Gaming graphics card. Kuroutoshikou clocks their custom GTX 1080 8GB 11Gbps card at 1657/1797MHz for base/boost, respectively. The 11GB of GDDR5X is at its stock 11Gbps on the same 256-bit memory bus, resulting in 352.3GB/sec of memory bandwidth.


Kuroutoshikou uses a dual-fan design, requiring a single 8-pin PCIe power connector and 180W TDP.

Battlefront 2 has multi-perspective, emotional campaign

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 17, 2017 12:21 am

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 will have a fully fleshed-out singleplayer campaign that takes players to the Dark Side of the Force, showing what the fall of the Galactic Empire was like for Imperial soldiers.




EA affirms that Battlefront 2's campaign story will be everything fans have wanted. The story appears to be a dynamic interweaving tale that spans the 30 years from Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and centers around Iden Versio, an Imperial Commander who witnessed the fall of the Empire and helped rebuild the pieces to make The First Order. The story itself was made by EA's Motive studio, and Spec Ops: The Line's Walt Williams as well as ex-IGN editor Mitch Dyer have penned the plot. EA promises Battlefront 2's story will be "emotionally gripping" and feature "revenge, betrayal, and redemption."


While the campaign storyline features all-new characters, everything in the story will be official Star Wars canon. The campaign was written in close partnership with Lucasfilm and will feature iconic Star Wars heroes and villains while exploring the grey area between Episode VI and Episode VII. In fact, EA confirms the story will shift perspectives, and we'll not only encounter characters like Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren, but we'll be able to play as them in the game, too. Since Battlefront 2's campaign is centered around the Galactic Empire, I expect we only get to play as Kylo Ren and other villains, but there's a chance the story will swing over to the Rebellion as well.

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Project Scorpio's tuned power efficiency reduces heat

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 16, 2017 11:08 pm

Microsoft has tailor-made the entirety of its new 4K ready Project Scorpio console, from its highly customized hardware components like the Scorpio Engine silicon, to the software pipeline and toolsets that enable efficient game performance scaling--everything has been custom-fit in the best way possible. All the resources are synergized, and nothing is wasted--not even power. Now the company reveals how its achieved this efficiency, and it all stems from the foundation of all systems: the motherboard.




Project Scorpio's tight power efficiency is achieved thanks to the Hovis Method, a digital power delivery system infused onto the console's motherboard that fine-tunes each console's voltage. Every single chip is a little bit different, and Microsoft knows that no two Project Scorpio SoCs will be exactly the same; different chips and mass-produced parts can result in different power draws across the board, which can disrupt the system's delicate balance. The Hovis Method was employed to custom-tune each system's power settings so that there's no power wasted, and no extra heat (this gives us a very big clue that Project Scorpio will indeed be quite small).


"To maximize performance and minimize power consumption, Project Scorpio uses the Hovis Method, a cutting edge digital power delivery system that custom tunes each console's voltage," Microsoft says.

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