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If you've read any of my editorials, or some of the thoughts I slide into my news - you'll know that I'm not happy with the state of PC graphics, their engines and the entire high-end hardware market right now. It has suffered for so long since around 2005-2006 with the debut of the current-generation consoles.
Anyway, Skyrim has been here for quite a while and the team behind the game, Bethesda, really embraced the modding community with the game, as they usually do.
One gamer, who goes by the name "Unreal", has tested over 300 mods and has mixed 100 of them into his own version of Skyrim. It looks utterly gorgeous, and a true step up on the already beautiful Skyrim. His changes include modifications to the lighting, vegetation density, UI and water appearance - there are much more changes, these are just a few examples.
Steam have kicked off their Autumn Sale, which includes a combination of deals running up until November 26, with quicker 'flash sales' that last for just a few hours. The biggest sales here would be The Walking Dead and Max Payne 3, with 50% and 75% off, respectively.
Valve have started their sales off with a bang with some huge sales, such as Max Payne 3 - which here in Australia usually goes for $89.99 and has dropped to just $22.49, representing a 75% drop. Other games include ArmA II, Sleeping Dogs, Portal 2, Prototype 2, and more.
The 'flash sales' include SimCity 4, Amnesia, Tower Wars, To The Moon, Jagged Alliance - Back in Action, and Ravaged - all ranging between 50% and 80% off. These games are all under $8 each which is a great offer.
I'm sure that you've heard about Peter Molyneux on your travels through life, and the gaming world, and now he's back. Molyneux's new company, 22sans, has just launched a new Kickstarter project called GODUS. GODUS has been explained as:
It's an innovative reinvention of Populous, the original god game and delivers exciting global co-operation, competition, creation and destruction to a whole new generation.
How can you complain about that! We've seen a resurgence of space games in the form of the record-breaking Star Citizen from another old school, but God of gaming, Chris Roberts and now this. All we need is a few next-gen FPS games to hit Kickstarter and we're looking at a revolution for PC games.
GODUS has a Kickstarter goal of £450,000 goal, which I'm sure it'll reach without a problem, and some. At the time of writing, it had already reached just under 10% of its goal, with £33,470 and 1,320 backers and 29 days to go. The £5,000 pledge isn't too bad, as you'll get to attend E3 in LA in June 2013, as the "guest of honor of Peter Molyneux and the 22cans team". If I only had £5,000 spare...
The Verge reports that Microsoft is building an Xbox set-top box. The report says that it has been confirmed with multiple sources close to Microsoft that the Redmond-based giant is planning to introduce a low-cost variant of the popular Xbox gaming console. It would focus more on the music and movies side of things with the ability to play casual games.
By building a system that is low-power, Microsoft can use a design that can be nearly instantaneously turned on from sleep to provide TV, music, and other home entertainment services. The system would use core components of Windows 8 and ditch support for Xbox games in favor of lighter, casual gaming titles.
By releasing this lower cost system, Microsoft could continue to plant itself square in the home entertainment market, a market that it is fairly recent to. The Xbox 360 has expanded beyond just a gaming platform and now provides a wide range of services and this is a likely continuation of Microsoft.
Last year, Grand Theft Auto III: Anniversary Edition was released onto iOS and Android devices and brought back a ton of great memories I had with the game 11 years ago. Now, it's Grand Theft Auto: Vice City's turn as Rockstar Games has announced it will also be releasing an anniversary edition of the game onto mobile devices.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 10th Anniversary Edition will be making its way onto iOS and Android devices on December 6th for $4.99, nearly one year after the released of Grand Theft Auto III: Anniversary Edition.
One of my favorite mobile endless running game has to be Halfbrick's Jetpack Joyride. The game launched as a free-to-play title and now it's available on the PlayStation Network for $3.99.
Halfbrick has made the Jetpack Joyride on PSN the most recent version of the game which includes gadgets, unlockable jetpacks and other goods and challenges.
The Wii U may have stumbled over the finish line when it launched this past Sunday as days before its launch, Nintendo unofficially announced delays in video streaming applications such as Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video until December. Netflix made its way to the Wii U a few days ago, and now Hulu has stepped into the Wii U video-streaming ring as Hulu Plus is now available to download.
Hulu Plus for the Wii U takes full advantage of the Wii U GamePad as users will be able to use the service not only on their TV, but also on the GamePad if the need to suddenly give up their television arises.
You might remember a little game called Wing Commander, and if you're like me, you'll remember it quite fondly as one of the best games of its time in the 90s. Well, the man behind that, Chris Roberts, has another game coming out under his company Cloud Imperium Games Corporation called Star Citizen. Star Citizen is powered by a modified version of CryEngine 3.
Star Citizen is a crowd funded game which has just finished its round of funding, closing at an astonishing $6.4 million. This breaks all previous crowd funding records, with its original goal of $2 million being blown out of the water. The crowdfunding took place on Kickstarter, as well as the game's home page at Roberts Space Industries (RSI).
$4,290,962 was raised on RSI, with the remaining $2,134,374 being raised on Kickstarter. This gave Star Citizen a total of $6,425,336 in funding - quite the achievement indeed. The minimum pledge in order to get a copy of the finished game is $37, with the game set to be completed and distributed in two years' time, in November 2014. The game is explained as "a rich universe focused on epic space adventure, trading and dogfighting in first person".
NVIDIA has just swooped in before the huge holiday rush with a new set of beta GeForce drivers in the form of the 310.61 beta. They're only a slight update on the last 310.54 before release, offering up improved support for PlanetSide 2 and Hitman: Absolution.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II gamers running on multi-GPU setups will also enjoy the new GeForce 310.61 beta drivers, as there's a new SLI profile included. 310.61 offers up all of the tweaks that were baked into the 310.54 drivers, including performance improvements such as 26% more performance for COD: Black Ops II, and 18% in Assassin's Creed III when compared to the 306.97 WHQL driver.
There's the usual blanket of performance improvements for other games such as Battlefield 3, MoH: Warfighter, Batman: Arkham City, Skyrim, StarCraft II and Dragon Age II. New or updated SLI profiles are also here, with Dirt: Showdown, Dota 2, Dou Zhan Shen, F1 2012, FIFA 13, Hawken, Hitman: Absolution, Natural Selection 2, Primal Carnage and Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad getting some lovin'.
Capcom's DmC Devil May Cry game has many faithful fans of the series scratching their heads seeing as the upcoming title is supposed to be a complete reboot. Dante and the world around him look completely different from what we're used to in a Devil May Cry game, but seeing as Capcom announced a demo is available for DmC Devil May Cry, it looks like they're trying to win back those fans who may not like the turn the series has made.
The DmC Devil May Cry demo is currently available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and contains two levels to play across with a boss battle with a female demon Succubus. Dante will be equipped for battle as he'll wield Rebellion and Ebony & Ivory. When players complete the demo, they'll be treated to a "Son of Sparda" difficulty level, which judging by its name stands for "really, really hard mode."