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Someone has hacked Street Fighter 5 Beta for the PC

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 38 mins ago

As seen on Kotaku, PC gamers may rejoice as we all now have access to a cracked version of Street Fighter 5.




This download has 12 total characters available, including the likes of Ken, Ryu, Cammy, Nash, Birdie, Chun-Li, Necalli, the Dictator, Vega, Rashir, R. Mika and Karin. While Street Fighter is all about PvP, this version is unfortunately local only, meaning you're going to have to battle against the AI, and the AI only.


It's recommended that Windows 10 users disable their "World Wide Web Publishing Service," alongside the creator urging everyone to close Skype before launching. The build of this hack is based on the latest Street Fighter 5 Beta, we'll let you know if any new versions come out in the near future.

Hearthstone World Championships 2016 prize pool raised to $1 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 23 mins ago

Activision has just upped the ante at its upcoming Hearthstone World Championships prize pool for next year, to $1 million, up from the $250,000 from this year's prize pool.




Activision Blizzard held the 2015 tournament at BlizzCon, where $250,000 was given out to 16 of the participants. Next year, the company is upping the prize pool to $1 million, while the competition remains the same size. A further $100,000 prize pool for each of the nine preliminary events will also be up for grabs, with these matches being held in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific before the World Championship kicks off.


The company has proven that eSports is important to the world, creating a dedicated eSports division led by former ESPN CEO and the former president of Major League Gaming.

Star Wars Battlefront PC player count is poor, dominated by Fallout 4

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 20 hours, 28 mins ago

I was wondering why a quick mid-afternoon game of Star Wars Battlefront quickly turned into a frustrated wait for players, rather then my quick lunch-break frag fest that it was intended to be. With this title being released only just recently, sometimes it seems neigh on impossible to get a match going unless you're playing at peak times.




At first I thought it might be just due to a low number of Australian and New Zealander players picking up the game, so I did a little investigating on the statistical side of things. What I was greeted with is what you could describe as 'poor' player numbers, seeing SWBstats report back telling me that the 24 hour peak for this brand new title sits at only 33,337 for PC.


If we compare this to a same-day comparison of another newly released game, Fallout 4, STEAM tells us that at the time of writing this article there are 174,236 players in-game, with a 24 hour peak of 229,068. Even eight-year-old Team Fortress 2 is besting Battlefront, posting up 66,444 players in the last 24 hours.

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The9 pays $500 million for five-year Chinese exclusive on Cross Fire 2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 11 hours ago

Chinese gaming giant Tencent has secured itself a five-year deal with The9 Limited for its free-to-play shooter, Cross Fire.




Tencent announced that its joint venture with Qihoo 360 Technology Co. and Oriental Shiny Star Limited to provide the Chinese exclusivity window. Oriental Shiny Star will enjoy its five-year exclusivity, but those rights will cost the company $50 million up front to Smilegate, and $450 million on top that will cover royalty payments, and bonuses once the game reaches development and operational milestones.


Smilegate considers Cross Fire as the "most played FPS in the world" thanks to it having a huge player base of over 500 million, with a record of 6 million concurrent players.

The first screenshots from the System Shock remake arrive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 12 hours ago

System Shock was one of those games that really captured me, it was an incredibly detailed and haunting game - ahead of its time. Well, Night Dive Studios is ready to take it to the next level, with a complete reimagining of the first-person shooter.




Night Dive Studios acquired the System Shock IP from the Star Insurance Company, which scooped them up from the original developer, Looking Glass Studios. Looking Glas Studios was forced to give up the System Shock assets when it closed its doors. Night Dive Studios played around with the System Shock Enhanced Edition, but now the developer is working on a total remake of the game.


Stephen Kick, CEO of Night Dive Studios, told Polygon: "We have been in contact with members of the original System Shock team and any future iterations of the System Shock games, and by this I mean both new titles in the series as well as major updates to the existing games, will be very true to the spirit of the originals". Now that excites me, greatly. Check out Polygon's article, which has a bunch of comparison screenshots between the original System Shock, and the upcoming remake.

The first gameplay footage from Far Cry Primal has arrived

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 16 hours ago

Ubisoft teased Far Cry Primal a couple of months ago now, but we haven't seen any in-game footage yet - well, here we are, with the first gameplay footage from Far Cry Primal that will be unveiled at The Game Awards tomorrow night.



The Game Awards Producer, Geoff Keighley, confirmed the news over Twitter. Keighley said "FAR CRY PRIMAL world premiere coming to @thegameawards next Thursday night". 'Jawmuncher' asked if this would be a gameplay premiere, to which Keighley replied with "Correct, first gameplay".



We've seen the trailer for the game, which is directly above, but actual gameplay hasn't been unveiled yet. It looks like a nice, slight twist on the gameplay we've come to know and love from Far Cry 4, with Primal set to introduce some interesting takes on the Far Cry world.

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Batman: Arkham Knight PC update reduces framerate hitching

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 18 hours ago

It seemed like Rocksteady had given up on the PC version of Batman: Arkham Knight after the last patch, but, fortunately, this is not the case.




A new update has been released that improves VRAM management thereby reducing framerate hitching, fixes multi-monitor bugs, improves mouse and keyboard bindings, and renders lights and shadows correctly that were previously not rendered correctly, among other things, putting the PC port in considerably better shape.

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Fallout 4 mod fixes compass glitch caused by Crimson Edition driver

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 19 hours ago

AMD's new Crimson Edition driver has glitched the compass display in Fallout 4, causing it to flicker, making it very difficult to know where you're going at a glance, or at the very least, annoying.




Fortunately, there's a fix available on Nexus Mods which removes the need to roll back drivers should you wish to fix the issue. The fix works by utilizing the .dll files from the previous driver while keeping the current driver intact.

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Halo PC is finally happening, and Microsoft has nothing to do with it

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 23 hours ago

Imagine a Halo game that's totally free of 343 Industries' awkward influence; no bizarre story arcs, no filler, no clunky mechanics and best of all, no terrible team AI. Sounds like heaven, doesn't it? Well it gets better: imagine all of that on PC. As Microsoft has absolutely no interest in making a new Halo game on the PC front (the "Russian-only" Halo Online doesn't officially count) and instead uses the franchise as a selling point for the Xbox One, a group of dedicated fans are making their dream Halo PC game.



The fan-made project is called Installation 01, and is being developed legally under Microsoft's Fair Use Policy. Installation 01 is being created from scratch via Unity 5.2, and the team plans to feature a unique blend of Halo CE, Halo 2 and Halo 3 features and weapons while incorporating an "intricate storyline for lore-lovers" to boot. Installation 01 will have all the modes we know and love: Campaign, Firefight (yes!), Multiplayer modes like CTF, King of the Hill and Big Team Battle, as well as Forge.


"Installation 01 is a PC-exclusive Halo game that will be 100% free-to-play. Our goal is to deliver a true Halo experience on the PC platform that will be accessible to as many people as possible," reads a description on Halo Waypoint. "The game is extremely early in development, so there aren't many details I can share with you. But you can expect me to update you along the way. A public beta is planned for the future. Date undetermined. Truthfully, this game is made FOR the fans. Our 19-man team is extremely talented and dedicated, and are making this game with a unified love of Halo."

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Beyond: Two Souls weighs in at 33GB on the PS4

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

Games are getting bigger and bigger these days, with 50GB installs not being uncommon with The Witcher 3, Assassin's Creed: Unity, Evolve, Wolfenstein: The New Order and Grand Theft Auto V, and even 60GB for the likes of Halo 5: Guardians on the Xbox One, and Battlefield: Hardline.




Beyond: Two Souls isn't too bad, requiring 33GB on the PS4 - this is up from the 25GB required on the PS3 version of the game. The update in graphics sees Beyond: Two Souls running at 1080p on the PS4, with enhanced depth of field effects, lighting and shadows, and more - all adding to the experience, and the increase in HDD space and download limit on your Internet connection.


If you want to grab Beyond: Two Souls for the PS4, it's $29.99 and available on the PSN.

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