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Star Citizen Alpha 2.1 out now, adds more flyable ships, squashes bugs

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 15, 2016 8:01 pm

Fresh from the Public Test Universe (PTU), Alpha 2.1 for Star Citizen is now available for download.




The focus of the new ~27GB patch is mainly on finding those gigantic bugs and stomping them so that the Star Citizen experience can be maintained. That is, you don't fall out of your ship randomly or crash to the desktop, as can sometimes happen in an alpha build. Thus 2.1 is far more stable than its predecessor.


And aside from the monumental task of fixing a tremendous amount of issues and bugs, there are now two additional flyable ships available, the Aegis Vanguard Warden, which is a flying weapons platform similar to the A10 Warthog, and the MISC Freelancer, a large multi-purpose ship that can be refitted for a variety of missions. The militia variant is particularly attractive, but you'll eventually be able to modify it in-game to suit your own specific needs. While not flyable, the Aegis Sabre will be available in your hanger module if you own it, which is only a cool $170 at the moment. New weapons and the Million Mile High Club are also available in this update.

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David Cage reminisces about David Bowie in Omikron: The Nomad Soul

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 15, 2016 6:52 pm

David Bowie and his genius has unfortunately been lost to us as he becomes one with the Force, but his legacy will live on in a lot of different mediums. Even in the world of gaming,




For some it seems like only yesterday that his music, and his likeness, was used as a major plot point in Omikron: The Nomad Soul. That RPG changed the face of the genre forever, or at least I'd like to think it did, and in part because of David Bowie and his contributions. His music alone made it one of the most unique and enjoyable games of that era. And while Omikron itself was slightly buggy (read: very) when it first launched, I couldn't get enough of it. A recent playthrough I did reinforced how unique it was.


And David Cage, the founder of Quantic Dream, the studio that made Omikron, has been kind enough to share some of this memories of working with the iconic David Bowie. His battle with cancer might tragically be over, but we'll always remember him as being singularly unique and inspiring.

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Droners might have to get insurance, leave your info after an accident

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Drones | Posted: Jan 15, 2016 6:04 pm

There are two bills sitting in the California State legislature that could change the future of drones in that state, and probably beyond. These laws, if they pass, would require you to register with the state, have a tiny physical or electronic license plate and have insurance for damage to property and for hurting people too.




The first bill is is just a requirement for a small amount of property and personal insurance should injuries or damage accidentally occurs. It might even eventually evolve as a natural extension of auto insurance, though in this case it's a small policy bought at the point you bought the drone. That bill also requires GPS enabled drones to have an auto shut-off feature enabled that'll shut drones down when they approach airports. A necessary function, unfortunately.


The second bill wants to help curb future hit and run type accidents, with a state registration system similar to what we already have for cars. This would also require pilots to leave their information, much as with a car accident, in a conspicuous place after the fact, or face legal consequences. This should help place more responsibility on the drone pilot themselves.

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Dark Cloud 2 getting the PlayStation 4 emulation treatment next week

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 15, 2016 4:54 pm

During a recent official PlayStation Blogcast it was revealed that the fantastic cell-shaded RPG, Dark Cloud 2, is going to join an already stellar cast of revived PS2 games on the PS4 via emulation on January 19th.




This came amidst a discussion on their favorite games of 2015, including the recently emulated that have been able to bring great value to the PS4. One of the greatest reasons to keep a PS3 is the large library of older games that some still find quite enjoyable, or that perhaps some haven't had a chance to enjoy quite yet. That issue is slowly being rectified, however.


Dark Cloud 2 follows two time-warped kids as they make their way through procedural generated dungeons to put a stop to an evil emperor whose hell bent on destroying the world, but from the past. It was unique in how it presented leveling up, where you leveled your weapons instead. Look for that and many more classic games coming soon via emulation to the PS4.

PlayStation 4 is the top-selling console of December and of 2015

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jan 15, 2016 4:06 pm

The monthly sales report for December from the NPD Group is now out and it shows that the PlayStation 4 enjoyed a nice healthy lead for the last month of the year, which was likely expected by many. That isn't to say that the Xbox One did poorly, just that the PS4 remained on top last month and throughout the entire year.




The PS4 was built upon the success enjoy over the first part of the year and was able the sell around 5.7 million units during the holiday season and over 35 million games. The holiday season covers the period between November 22nd all the way through January 2nd, though that's no easy feat.


While the PS4 didn't quite have the amount of exclusives or timed exclusives as the Xbox One, that apparently didn't stop it from being the leading console of the year. For the Xbox One, no numbers are quoted, though the VP of Xbox Marketing did note that they enjoyed a hefty 61% increase in sales over the same period last in 2014. So both consoles enjoyed great growth year over year and record profits.

Bayonetta 2's price getting slashed in half next month

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 15, 2016 3:01 pm

Bayonetta 2 is getting a nice not so small price reduction next month on the 19th to commemorate its re-release as a standalone game. And She's also gonna make an appearance in Super Smash Bros as well.




The free-flowing, artistic and generally more violent combat compared to other games for the Wii U has earned it numerous accolades and praise from gaming publications and gamers alike. It's generally thought of being one of the best games available on the Wii U when it came out in 2014, despite it struggling somewhat to sell when it initially came out.


But now Nintendo is adding Bayonetta to the roster of characters available in Super Smash Bros and they'll be dropping the price to a cool $29.99 for the standalone version, which is much more palpable than the $60 it released at. Bayonetta 2 will be one hell of a deal come February 19th, and is highly recommended for everyone who enjoys action games at that price. It's practically a steal.

Hitman now fully episodic, content spread throughout 2016

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 15, 2016 2:03 pm

Square Enix has made the leap to have Hitman be a fully episodic game, meaning that content within will be spread out throughout the year, released intermittently as it's ready for release.




The first portion of content includes a prologue mission and a Paris mission releasing on March 11th. The next location will be set in Italy and will release in April, followed by a mission set in Morocco coming in May. After that initial schedule we'll see content updates every month with at least three different locations spanning Thailand, the US and Japan.


The general idea is that they want to get it right and have each of the massive set pieces make their way to us in a more complete state, so as to avoid the problems that have occurred with other massively scaled games in the past who suffered a lot of criticism as a result. "We decided to take the full leap and publish HITMAN as a truly episodic game experience," said Hannes Seifert, Head of Studio at Io-Interactive. "Part of that decision is for that little bit of extra time to ensure every location we release is at the quality level fitting for a HITMAN game. But the main driving reason is that this will allow us to create a living game that will expand and evolve over time and establish a foundation for the future - this is the first game in a storyline which will continue and expand with future Hitman games."

Rise of the Tomb Raider PC specs revealed, i3-2100 and a GTX 650

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 15, 2016 1:00 pm

The minimum PC specifications needed to enjoy Rise of the Tomb Raider, out January 28th, are now out. And for the bare minimum, it doesn't seem to require a whole lot for a good experience. Remember, the below specs are for minimum only, it's not even a recommended setup.




All you really need to just play the game, and of course not at 4K with everything on, is an older Sandy Bridge Intel i3-2100 or AMD equivalent and at least a GTX 650, or an HD 7770 from AMD. That's it. That means it should be playable, though at the lowest of settings, on a variety of hardware out there.


But that's just the minimum, and we know that with the plethora of options, we'll be able to dial in the experience and also dial it up a notch for some, hopefully, very impressive visuals at 4K and even above, for those with Eyefinity setups.

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Superman says 'the Bat is dead' in the latest Batman v Superman clip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jan 15, 2016 7:30 am

WarnerBros is going full steam ahead with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice clips, with the latest TV spot airing during a recent episode of Conan.



The TV spot doesn't show much new, but what it does show is Superman ripping open the doors to the Batmobile, and being a menace to Batman. Superman says "next time they shine your light in the sky, don't go to it. The Bat is dead. Bury it."


Batman seems pissed, responding with "tell me, do you bleed?" with Superman looking at him like he's nothing - and then flying away. Batman looks to the skies, adding "you will".


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit cinemas on March 25, and I for one, cannot wait.

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Just Cause 3 features specific DX12 features on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 15, 2016 6:26 am

Just Cause 3 was developed to make good use of DirectX 12 by Avalanche Studios, with the studio talking about the use of DX12 in their engine in the past.




Well, during the Game Developers Conference 2016 event in March, a programming session will take place, organized by Avalanche Studios and Intel. The duo will be talking about the changes the developer made for Just Cause 3, with the session being presented by Intel's Graphics Software Engineer, Antoine Cohade.


The session teases: "Just Cause 3 is Avalanche studio's latest addition to the mind (and lots of other stuff) blowing open world action-adventure series: Just Cause. Published by Square Enix, the game released on December 1, 2015 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. During the development of the game, Intel and Avalanche have been working closely together to optimize the game on Iris graphics, but also to make use of DX12's features to improve the performance even further as well as bring additional visual quality to the game!"

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