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Wash your Wang with Shadow Warrior 2 launching on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 2:43 am

Shadow Warrior was a more quotable game than Duke Nukem 3D for me, with Wang being a super-crass 'hero' that was just an awesomely fun game to play - both in singleplayer, and multiplayer where things used to get heated back when I played the game on a LAN with friends.



Well, developer Flying Wild Hog has gone the whole hog with Shadow Warrior 2, which is now out on the PC. Shadow Warrior 2 features open-ended levels that can be explored in detail, as well as the ability to double jump and climb walls. There are story-related missions as well as randomly generated missions, with different enemy placement and weather conditions. This means that replayability should be pretty high, which is something we don't see much of in single-player games these days.





Better yet, is that Flying Wild Hog has used a procedural damage system in Shadow Warrior 2 that lets you cut, or blow off enemy parts or limbs - depending on the weapon and playstyle used. In a throwback to the 90s, the developer has included cooperative play which allows you and up to 3 friends play the single-player campaign together.

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Black Ops 2 Xbox One BC support is up to Activision

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 1:33 am

Out of all the Xbox 360 games that have yet to arrive on Xbox One's backward compatibility, gamers have rallied behind a single title: Black Ops II. But Microsoft doesn't call the shots, and it's ultimately up to publishers whether or not the game gets backward compatibility support or not.




That's what Xbox division head Phil Spencer said in a recent Tweet. When asked for the probably millionth time if Black Ops II would ever come to Xbox One BC, Spencer replied by saying he eventually wants the full Xbox 360 games library available on Xbox One via the BC program, but publishers make the call.


"I like the progress on backward compatibility. We'd like to have all [games included] and work on third-party games is always a partnership with publisher."

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Ubisoft Uplay store releases October game special

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 1:02 am

To celebrate Ubisoft's 30th anniversary, the Ubisoft Club has been offering one special game to registered users each month, starting back in June this year. The games are kept anonymous until the date of release when the titles then become available to keep.




Ubisoft has recently revealed for the month of October, the classic action-adventure game 'Beyond Good & Evil' available in the Uplay game store now. The classic title was originally released back in 2003 for Sony PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Nintendo GameCube and PC.


Those interested in the game need to if not done so already, you'll need to register for a Uplay account.

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AMD has improved Radeon RX 480, 50% better perf/watt

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 12:09 am

A few months ago some of my industry sources said that AMD were working on making its Polaris GPU more efficient, with some magic found in the PCB and power delivery systems - something that was broken when AMD launched the card, with Radeon RX 480s using more power than they should have.




AMD is supposedly tweaking their latest revisions to Polaris 10 and Polaris 11, with over 50% more performance per watt, which would really help the Radeon RX 480 and Radeon RX 470 stand out more than they do now.


We recently tested AMD's Radeon RX 480 in Gears of War 4 running on DX12 at a crazy 8K (7860 x 4320) resolution, and it still offers half the performance of the Titan X which costs $1199, while the RX 480 sits at $279. The Titan X is 91% more powerful, but costs 344% more money - this comes down to AMD's excellent DX12 capabilities and efficiency with Asynchronous Compute on the Polaris architecture.


The power savings should be significant, with the 150W TDP on the RX 480 dropping to just 95W, while the RX 460 would drop from 75W to under 50W, as well as improve clock speeds and increase compute performance from 2.1 TFLOPS to 2.5 TFLOPS.

Mafia 3 blocks cutscene audio and music in game clips

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2016 12:07 am

2K Games has reportedly put in an automatic audio block in Mafia 3 that mutes NPC dialog during cutscenes and in-game music during video captures or live streams.



If your streaming Mafia 3 on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook or any other service, your viewers won't be able to hear cutscene voice dialog or rock out to the game's stellar soundtrack. This block has been reported on all platforms, including Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and includes in-game recordings as well as online livestreams.


It's worth pointing out that the player hears everything like normal, and it's only the viewers of the stream and recordings that can't hear the audio tracks. Reports indicate you can circumvent this audio block by using a capture card. Seeing as 2K Games and its parent company Take-Two invested quite a bit to piece together Mafia 3's amazing soundtrack, it's not surprising the music itself would be blanked out on streams/recordings due to copyright issues...but why blank out the voice-over dialogue?

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Final 'Star Wars: Rogue One' trailer gets fans excited

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 11:45 pm

It's release is only 8 weeks away, and today Disney and Lucasfilm have lifted the lid ever slightly higher on the first 'Star Wars' spin-off 'Rogue One'.



Set just before the events of 'A New Hope', 'Rogue One' is set to follow the band of courageous Rebel troops who stole the plans for the first Death Star, which allowed the alliance to pinpoint its weakness. Starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn and Donnie Yen, the film will serve as the first film outside of the numbered episodes which make up the Skywalker saga. Perhaps the most thrilling thought is seeing the bad-ass version of Darth Vader back on the screen, unlike the whining, puny version from the 'Star Wars' prequels.


'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX screens worldwide from December 16th.

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Batman Telltale Series: A New Order, lanches October 25

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 11:33 pm

The third installment of Batman: The Telltale Series is almost here, with Episode 3: 'New World Order' to be available to fans digitally worldwide on October 25 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.




The official website for Batman: The Telltale Series recently posted an interview in which host Greg Miller of sat down with writer James Windeler, director Jon Stauder and voice of Harvey Dent, Travis Willingham in an all out exclusive chat about the second episode 'Children of Arkham'. The group discussed and explained details and motives of the Caped Crusader and the events that took place in Episode 2 but furthermore went on to release snippets of info about the backstory and ideas into Episode 3.


New World Order, captures Gotham City on the brink of destruction with the rise of infamous villains well known to the Dark Knight coming out of the shadows to cause havoc and chaos throughout the city. The episode will uncover more about the personal lives of other characters such as The Penguin, Selina Kyle aka Catwoman and the coin tossing Harvey Dent otherwise known as Two-Face.

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Battlefield 1 features world's tiniest handgun

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 10:04 pm

Battlefield 1's teensy Easter egg isn't so much deadly as it is hilarious.



The ultra-tiny 2mm Kolibri, also known as the "world's smallest commercially available centerfire cartridge" handgun, will be a useable gun in Battlefield 1. As you can see in the GIF, the Kolibri, which is named after a hummingbird, isn't exactly lethal so there's no actual tactical reason to use it, but your opponents might actually die of laughter upon seeing it.


The Kolibri is actually a real gun that was made the same year World War I started, so it actually fits chronologically. To me, the funniest thing about the gun is its cocking animation...and the fact that you'll be holding it with your pinky up to ensure proper etiquette.

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Geeks-Line list Nintendo 64 Anthology at bargain price

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 9:37 pm

Nintendo has a new collector's edition available for those who enjoy the literature and art side of gaming. The "Nintendo 64 Anthology" book is now available to purchase from Geeks-Line official website. It comes in two versions: Classic and the Collector's edition.




Author Mathieu Manent, captures the 64-bit console's complete history. He reviews the story of from its pre-thought-out conception, right through to the end. The book also includes exclusive interviews with people involved with the creation of the retro gaming console whilst revealing a complete software library of all 388 titles that were officially released on the Nintendo 64.


Customers can have the choice between the Classic Edition priced $55.90 and/or the Collector Edition for a few bucks less at $44.90, which comes with an exclusive cover, slip case, and an extra 24 pages for those who really enjoy reading.

Call of Duty: 2017 set in Vietnam, based on Fog of War?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 13, 2016 8:54 pm

Rumor has it that Sledgehammer Games' scrapped Vietnam-based "Fog Of War" concept will be the main inspiration for 2017's new Call of Duty game.




Back in 2014, word broke that Sledgehammer Games was working on a unique and gritty third-person shooter dubbed Call of Duty: Fog of War. Fog of War was set in Vietnam and was described as "Uncharted meets Apocalypse Now," and was aimed at pushing the franchise into new unexplored territory. The game was eventually canned as key Infinity Ward devs splintered off to form Respawn Entertainment, and Sledgehammer Games was conscripted to help finish Modern Warfare 3.


Now there's a "rumor" going around that Sledgehammer Games' unfinished Vietnam game could be the basis of the next Call of Duty FPS. I put rumor in quotes because it's basically pure speculation from FragHero, even if there's some thought process to it. You see, Activision typically rotates its key Call of Duty games around a pool of developers (Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer games), and 2017 will be Sledgehammer's turn to make a CoD game. Given the negative feedback from gamers regarding Infinite Warfare's futuristic setting, it's possible Activision could choose to bring the game back to its roots for a more visceral adventure.

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