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Halo 5 has gone gold, campaign clocks in at between 8-12 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 20 mins ago

Most gamers have their attention placed directly into Star Wars Battlefront right now, but there's a huge Xbox One exclusive first-person shooter launching later this month; Halo 5: Guardians. Halo 5 has been reported to be running at a 'dynamic resolution' of 1080p (meaning it will scale up and down to 1080p depending on the on-screen action) at 60FPS.




343 Industries and Microsoft have announced that Halo 5 has gone gold, meaning that 343 Industries' work on the game is now finished - most likely for now, with a huge day-one patch to come in my opinion. The developer will continue to work on Halo 5, but it has some of its studio shifted over into the development of Halo 6 already.


Halo 5 producer Josh Holmes explains: "Of course launch is just the beginning. Our dedicated live team will be focused on supporting the game with monthly releases of new content and experiences". When it comes to the length of the single-player campaign, we can expect the 15-mission campaign to take somewhere between 8 and 12 hours to complete. Of course, Halo 5 is going to be huge on the multiplayer front, so expect all of the carnage to take place there.

PlayStation 4 universal remote to release late October

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 34 mins ago

Although next-gen consoles can use a smartphone as an external controller, sometimes its nice to have a physical remote on hand. To meet this need, Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4's media remote will release later this month and will be compatible with a number of apps and content.




Sony's new Universal Media Remote retails for $30 and can control up to four different devices including a PS4 console, a TV, a set-top cable box and an audio system via Bluetooth connectivity. It also fully emulates a DualShock 4 controller and comes with the four iconic face buttons, a PS button, and even a Share and Options button for easy screenshots.


What's more is that the remote fits perfectly with Sony's new PlayStation Vue television service, which aims to break cable dependence while making the PS4 into an all-in-one type media center. PS Vue streams live TV broadcasts over a PS4 console via the cloud and includes a huge smattering of networks including ShowTime, FOX, CBS, AMC, Nickelodeon, SyFy, TBS, USA and many more.

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Fallout 4 PC requirements revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 41 mins ago

With little more than a month away from its release, Bethesda has just announced the minimum and recommended specs for Fallout 4, revealing what kind of rig you'll need to play the game in all of its post-apocalyptic glory.





Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)

Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent


30 GB free HDD space

NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent



Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)

Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent


30 GB free HDD space

NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent

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Capcom says fans should 'stay tuned' for news on Resident Evil 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 18 mins ago

Resident Evil 6 was released back in 2012, but since then we haven't heard anything on a sequel from Capcom, until now. The developer has started teasing that fans of the series should "stay tuned" for news.




Veteran producer on the series, Masachika Kawata, when asked about Resident Evil 7 in the latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Dengeki PlayStation, said: "We're currently not at a state to talk about it". Kawata was pushed about the Resident Evil series "losing its horror touch" with Kawata agreeing. He added: "Since there's been more spinoff titles, I can see how it can be perceived in such a way. And of course I believe that we should produce titles that bring out the horror. I'm thinking about it and also preparing for it".


Capcom will also be making more HD remakes of the previous Resident Evil games, as a means to "respond to as much demand as possible" from fans. When asked about any plans for a new Devil May Cry or Dragon's Dogma game, Capcom producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi replied: "They're also things I'd like to personally do, but there are no plans [for now]".

Rise of the Tomb Raider joins the microtransaction bandwagon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 23 hours, 14 mins ago

While you can buy in-game insurance for your base in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Crystal Dynamics doesn't want to be alone in the microtransaction game, announcing a bunch of digital gear for its upcoming Xbox One timed exclusive, Rise of the Tomb Raider.




Rise of the Tomb Raider will feature 'Expedition Cards' that allow players to "craft missions and challenge your friends to reach the top of the leaderboards" according to Crystal Dynamics' Creative Director, Noah Hughes. Hughes continued: "In Rise of the Tomb Raider, you'll earn credits by completing challenges and exploring the world. These credits can be used to purchase Expedition Card packs. When used, Expedition Cards become modifiers in game modes outside of the single player campaign. Some Cards are humorous, such as Big Head Mode, while others can increase the challenge or give you special advantages".


"There are two types of Expedition Cards: Foil and Common. A Foil Card will give Lara the strongest or strangest variations and can be used as many times as you wish. A Common Card is only used once, and you'll need to earn more credits to buy it back", Hughes continued. He added: "Expedition Cards offer "hundreds" of ways to customize Rise of the Tomb Raider, Hughes said. "You can also set up challenges for your friends to see if they can beat your scores with the same card setup. We'll have about 300 cards available at launch, and more will be added in the weeks that follow".


Rise of the Tomb Raider will feature a $30 DLC pack that will include the following:


  • Endurance Mode -- "Survive the extreme conditions of Endurance Mode."
  • Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch -- "Explore a new tomb that house an ancient terror."
  • Cold Darkness Awakened -- "Combat waves of infected predators."
  • In-game content -- "A steady stream of outfits, weapons, and Expedition Cards" that will be available at launch and continuing for more than four months.

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Metal Gear Solid V microtransactions allow for in-game insurance

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

Microtransactions, for the most part, are a huge cash grab from developers - but they're big business these days. With the huge issues Konami is seeing in the press these days, you'd think they'd want to stay out of trouble, right? Wrong.




With the latest update to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, gamers can now purchase in-game insurance that will cover their Forward Operating Base (FOB). The insurance covers your FOB in case someone comes in and blows your base up while you're away from the game - like, you know, working or sleeping. The update including the insurance for your FOB is explained:


Your FOBs are always at risk of coming under attack. Now, you can rest easy with FOB insurance (paid service). If you sign up for insurance, then during the insurance period you will be compensated for any materials and staff lost due to rival infiltrations.


* Staff/materials stolen by the rival will in fact remain on your base, and an identical amount of staff/materials will be handed over to the rival instead.

* MB Coins are purchased with real money, but free MB Coins are also distributed periodically as login bonuses, etc.

* The following are not covered by FOB insurance:


  • Staff/items that are not fully your property, such as abducted staff being held in your Brig (FOB)
  • Wounded staff (staff lost due to death or extraction will be compensated)
  • Staff used by you to deploy in defense of the FOB (neither death nor extraction will be compensated)
  • Nuclear weapons

Star Wars Battlefront PC requirements revealed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 6 hours ago

Can you believe that the Star Wars Battlefront beta is here? Now that it is, EA has shared the minimum and recommended PC requirements for the DICE-made first-person shooter.




Minimum PC System Requirements

OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later

Processor (Intel): Intel i3 6300T or equivalent

Memory: 8GB RAM

Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space

Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB

Graphics card (ATI): ATI Radeon HD 7850 2GB

DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent

Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection


Recommended PC System Requirements

OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later

Processor (Intel): Intel i5 6600 or equivalent

Memory: 16GB RAM

Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space

Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB

Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB

DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent

Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

Sony pushes PS4 users to buy Destiny via new suggestion feature

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 8 hours ago

Even if you don't own Bungie's new expansion-entwined flavor of Destiny, the game might pop up on your PlayStation 4 UI anyway and prompt you to download it.




Non-Destiny PS4 gamers spotted this strange occurrence and reported it on NeoGAF, where it was revealed to be Sony's new "curated content" recommendation system that automatically adds suggestions based on your previously downloaded games. So if you happen to see it don't think you just got a free copy of the game or anything--when you activate the pane you'll be taken right to Destiny's listing on the PlayStation Store.


The feature can be pretty annoying, but you can simply disable it by ticking off "featured content" in the Automatic Download Settings pane. Here's what Sony has to say about the feature: "The PS4 system has the ability to learn about your preferences. It will learn your likes and dislikes, allowing you to discover content pre-loaded and ready to go on your console in your favorite game genres or by your favorite creators."

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Destiny: Full Sleeper Simulant guide, all quests revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 9 hours ago

Destiny's new The Taken King expansion has a nice offering of hidden secrets, but there's one puzzle that even Master Rahool can't solve: the mystery surrounding the ultra-rare Sleeper Simulant exotic fusion rifle. Destiny fans have been chasing the elusive gun for weeks, dedicating serious time and effort in the Destiny Reddit...and it looks like they've unlocked another clue.




The Sleeper Simulant is one of the most powerful guns in the game, but the dynamic quest on how to actually attain it has been shrouded in mystery. Little by little Destiny fans across the globe have chipped in to solve the mystery, leading to a galactic treasure hunt that's brought the community closer together. Gamers have even delved into Destiny's source code looking for answers.


Now another clue has been spotted, but the search continues. According to a new Reddit thread, a Guardian was able to trigger a new quest called "The First Firewall" on Earth's Cosmodrome region. This mission is just the first in a line of quests that is believed to end with the Sleeper Simulant as a reward.

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CS:GO is majorly dysfunctional for Australians and in New Zealanders

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 17 hours ago

This article is as much news as it is a warning, with many Australian and New Zealanders becoming overly frustrated at a Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) issue plaguing local servers. This problem will see players often removed from the game without warning, with their client informing this unfortunate soul that there is an authentication error on their end in regards to VAC.




Ok, you've been disconnected but that's all good, just reconnect and play - right? Wrong. This issue often means players are unable to reconnect, meaning they are issued lengthy matchmaking bans for 'abandoning'. As a first offense, a matchmaking ban can be as short as 30 minutes, but for those experiencing this VAC issue time and time again, bans of 7-14 days are not uncommon.


Without any word from Valve just yet about any possible fix, angry people have taken to Reddit in order to voice their opinions. As written by Alex Walker from Kotaku, many games end up finishing with only three or four players connected on each team.

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