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Mass Effect Andromeda's latest gameplay video is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 1 hour ago

Mass Effect: Andromeda has been detailed in a new gameplay video, teasing a bunch of weapons in the form of melee, rifles, shotguns, and sniper rifles. There's also the Helios side of things: plasma-based weapons that can be charged up and hit enemies with heatseeking technology.

 

 

The game looks absolutely delicious, with it being a beautiful sci-fi game that continues in the Mass Effect universe. We get a great look at the UI, which looks slick to use - and the skill system can be customized for specific fights. There are skill trees that fall into three sections: combat, tech, and biotics. We know what combat and tech will be used for, but with biotics we can expect to see dark energy being used to shield yourself, or it can be used to pick up enemies and throw them around.

 

Mass Effect Andromeda will be launching on March 21 for the PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

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MSI X370 Gaming Pro Carbon, a very slick mobo for Ryzen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 5 days, 19 hours ago

AMD's upcoming Ryzen CPUs are going to shake up the entire market, but another exciting aspect is the motherboards that will be released - and while we've already been teased by the GIGABYTE, ASUS and even ASRock - now we're being greeted by the X370 Gaming Pro Carbon from MSI.

 

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MSI's upcoming X370 Gaming Pro Carbon is a slick looking board with distinct PCIe ports for your graphics cards, Mystic Light RGBs, 4 x DDR4 DIMM slots, 2 x M.2 slots, HDMI, DVI, USB 3.0 and USB-C connectivity, it looks like one of the best Ryzen motherboards so far.

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AMD Ryzen 5 1600X costs $260, offers Intel perf. at $617

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 5 days, 19 hours ago

The stars are aligning for AMD's upcoming Ryzen CPU family, with the mid-range Ryzen 5 1600X to reportedly come in at a price of just $260 - featuring 6C/12T of CPU performance at 3.3GHz, and 3.7GHz under Boost - also with XFR pushing past 3.7GHz as the cooling scales (the better the cooling tech, like a Corsiar AIO unit - the higher XFR pushes the frequency).

 

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Well, early benchmarks indicate that the Ryzen 5 1600X show that Cinebench R15 performance is very strong, with a score that its edging on Intel's Core i7-6800K, a CPU that costs $170 more at $430. It also offers performance that is only just shy of the Core i7-6850K, a chip that costs $617. This means AMD's new CPU is 138% cheaper, under half the cost - and remember, the motherboard savings will be $100-$150 easily.

 

The Ryzen 5 processors are the CPUs that will be the most disruptive to Intel, as AMD will be selling chips at under half the cost of the equivalent Intel - so gamers can now have even faster PCs, with a significant saving. This is money now spared up for the graphics card, so when Vega launches in a few months time - gamers will build an all-AMD gaming PC that will kick some serious ass, at what seems like a possibly big savings on the entire system.

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Early Nintendo Switch consoles were actually stolen

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 days, 22 hours ago

Remember those Nintendo Switch consoles that were supposedly shipped out early? It turns out that these consoles were actually stolen from retail stores and Nintendo is slapping down the hammer.

 

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"Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer. Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold," Nintendo told IGN in a statement.

 

Nintendo is treating this quite seriously and has identified the thieves, wiped out their jobs, and are pursuing criminal charges. "The individuals involved have been identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges."

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Why Nier: Automata isn't coming to Xbox One

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 1 hour ago

Platinum Games' latest dystopian action RPG Nier: Automata won't arrive on Xbox One, but it will launch on PC. Why wouldn't the studio--and Square Enix--want to maximize their potential sales by including the game on all platforms? It's simple: Xbox just isn't popular in Japan.

 

 

"The main reason for this is that the Japanese market for Xbox One is not strong, so the decision was made to focus on PlayStation 4 rather than to split our efforts across two platforms," game producer Yosuke Saito told Express UK in a recent interview.

 

Saito goes on to say that being able to focus development on a single platform meant more time to optimize everything to a pristine polish. Wait...one platform? Nier: Automata is coming to PC too, right? Interestingly enough Square Enix hasn't talked about the PC port's release date for quite a while, and PC isn't even listed on Nier Automata's JP site nor on Platinum Games' Nier site.

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Grand Theft Auto movie or TV show could happen

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 3 hours ago

Now that more video games are getting their own films and TV shows, Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive has opened up licensing opportunities to adapt key IPs into feature-length and/or episodic entertainment.

 

 

Take-Two Interactive is all about taking advantage of the market and leveraging its IPs in new ways to make money. The games giant is now pushing into the $40 billion a year mobile gaming industry, and now it's opened up the options for movies and TV shows based on its hit franchises--but the catch is Take-Two won't be putting any of its own money into the possible projects.

 

"We've licensed a couple of titles for motion picture production and we don't have much more to say about that yet,"Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick said in a recent interview with MCV. "We're open-minded. We certainly aren't going to use our own balance sheet to invest in motion pictures and TV. If other people want to license them and we can retain creative control, we are open-minded. The track record of the conversion of video game IP to motion pictures is spotty at best."

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Nintendo won't make you rebuy eShop games on the Switch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 6 hours ago

Nintendo has finally reversed one of its most clandestine business tactics, signifying the company is absolutely changing for the better. Digital game licenses are now bound to Nintendo Accounts instead of platforms, meaning users can re-download previously purchased Virtual Console content and DLC to the Nintendo Switch.

 

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This news comes from Twitter user Bjorn the Switchy, who saw the following interesting addendum on a recent Nintendo Switch setup video:

 

"Your Nintendo Account contains your Nintendo eShop purchase history and current balance. By re-linking your Nintendo Account after initializing the console, it will be possible to re-download any software or DLC purchased using that account. (Software that has been discontinued may not be available to re-download in some cases.)"

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New Final Fantasy VII Remake screens show ATB gauge

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 9 hours ago

Square Enix has dropped two new Final Fantasy VII: Remake screenshots that confirm the game's first boss battle as Guard Scorpion and show off the battle HUD.

 

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Final Fantasy VII: Remake's battle HUD is rather...minimalist. The battle UI contrasts to that shown during the PlayStation Experience trailer, and Materia has now replaced the Summon bar in the action menu. The new screens also clearly list an ATB gauge but before you get too excited remember Tetsuya Nomura has confirmed that FF7 Remake won't be turn-based--the combat will be like Final Fantasy XV.

 

So what's with the ATB gauge then? The PSX footage shows a gauge that fills up as Cloud strikes enemies, and when it turns red, he initiates a finishing move. The ATB gauge in this game could be a combo counter of sorts that can trigger powerful mini cut-scene attacks in battle. The new screens show that you can press triangle when Cloud's ATB bar is full to likely trigger a combo finisher. This is separate from the limit break attacks, and limits have their own bar still.

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Sony patents new PlayStation Vita-like handheld

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 days, 11 hours ago

It's no secret that Sony has given up on the PlayStation Vita. This void allowed Nintendo to swoop in with their unique handheld-console hybrid Switch system and tap the best of both markets. But Nintendo's victory might be short-lived: Sony apparently is working on a Vita successor.

 

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The Japanese Patent Office just published a patent for Sony's new handheld gaming device which may be the company's next-generation PlayStation Vita. It appears the patent was originally filed in Aug. 2015 and published on Feb. 16, 2017.

 

Sony's new Vita-like handheld patent resembles the Nintendo Switch--it's actually close to Razer's Project Fiona--and essentially looks like a tablet with two halves of a DualShock controller on the ends.

 

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HP fires rare coupon on pricey Omen X gaming desktop

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 week ago

HP's Omen X 900 series gaming desktop, aka the pricey PC borg cube, is not exactly the friendliest PC for your wallet. Gamers that custom build their PC will immediately scoff at the price, though the collaboration between HP and Maingear is winning some head turns (Note: HP sells the interesting chassis alone for a list price of $600 - that's without any components!) While its easy to spend over two thousand dollars on the Omen X desktop, deals on the premium gaming desktop have been rare since its late 2016 release.

 

Early this year HP started to refresh the lineup with 7th gen "Kaby Lake" processors with that, we're spotting a solid deal where you can utilize this Omen X coupon code for a fat 20% off.

 

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There are several configurations of the Omen X, some more beefier than others. On top of that, each config is customizable to an extent as long as you're willing to add more cost to your purchase. The coupon code at HP works on those upgrades as well as the base price, so extra savings are applied if you bump up the specs. Out of all the Omen X 900 listed below, the top pick in our opinion is the Omen X 900-140VT with Core i5-7400 Kaby Lake, a respectable GTX 1070, and a combo 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD storage solution. Priced at $1,279.99 - it almost sounds reasonable. Good options to upgrade includes the Core i5-7600K along with a liquid cooling cooler for $80, or 256GB SSD for only $8 more.

 

20% Off HP Desktop Code: VIPFEB20DT

 

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The coupon code is valid on more than just the cube-chassis Omen X and works for many desktops at HP over $799.99. Another notable gaming desktop it applies to is the more traditional HP Omen 800 series of gaming desktop. At least one configuration of the Omen 870 was upgraded to 7th gen processors, but for the most part HP has not upgraded, so many of the existing configurations have last year's 6th gen CPU specs. Having said that, the Omen 870-210se Core i5-7400 Kaby Lake model with the GTX 1060 at only $799.99 (after coupon) is decisively the more value oriented pick in all the deals listed on this page. This too, is a customizable config and you can add a bigger PSU, more RAM, or SSD combo as you see fit. The 20% off code will scale alone with the upgraded components you pick.

 

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