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Mass Effect: Andromeda on PC is Origin exclusive

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 9:00 am

Mass Effect: Andromeda's PC port will deliver the ultimate experience in many ways: uncapped frame rates, proper 4K gaming, 21:9 ultrawide support on day one, better visuals and PC-wide optimizations through DICE's powerful Frostbite 3 engine. But there's one caveat: it's exclusive to EA's Origin client.




If you want to play BioWare's latest and greatest new Mass Effect game on PC then you have two options: buy the game physically in DVD form or pick it up on EA's Origin client. BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda won't be sold on Steam. This is likely to secure the game with Origin client DRM.


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Nintendo sues company for real life Mario Kart racing

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 7:13 am

Nintendo is suing a Japanese go-kart company for hosting real-life Mario Kart racing events throughout the streets of Tokyo.




Marika is a company in Japan that hosts go-kart racing tournaments where attendees dress up as Mario Kart characters and zoom around the city of Tokyo. These races are quite popular, however Marika (an abbreviation for Mario Kart) didn't get Nintendo's permission, nor are they paying Nintendo for the rights to use their characters.


Once Nintendo got wind of this they instantly filed a lawsuit seeking "compensation for unfair competition and copyright infringement acts."

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Horizon Zero Dawn launch trailer, first patches detailed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 4:18 am

PS4 exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn is nearly here, and it is riding quite the hype wave being called the best game on the new PS4 Pro so far - developer Guerrilla Games has released the launch trailer, and details on the upcoming v1.01 and v1.02 patches.



Guerrilla took to the official PlayStation Blog, where they wrote: "It is my pleasure to be able to share the launch trailer for Guerrilla's new title, Horizon Zero Dawn. This is easily our most ambitious project that we have taken on. When we began our journey over five years ago, we wanted to have the creative freedom to imagine something fresh. As soon as we saw the enthusiasm from the team for the concept, and our lead Aloy, we knew we were on the right path".


The developer continued: "The result of our voyage is Horizon Zero Dawn - a game set in a lush post-apocalyptic world, in which Machines are the dominant species and mankind is propelled back to the stone ages. It is a game of exploration, not just of the perilous new world but also of Aloy's identity. On behalf of the entire team at Guerrilla, I hope you'll enjoy accompanying Aloy on her journey as much as we have enjoyed creating it for you".

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Mass Effect Andromeda PC requirements released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 2:40 am

Mass Effect Andromeda is close to its release - with BioWare sharing the PC system requirements for the game, with relatively tame requirements - like a GTX 660/Radeon HD 7850.



The full requirements:




  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-6350
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB, AMD Radeon 7850 2GB
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 55 GB of free space
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11




  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD FX-8350
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 55 GB of free space
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11

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Obsidian wants to make a Dark Souls-type game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 25, 2017 1:56 am

Obsidian Entertainment, the devs that brought us many such fine games as Pillars of Eternity and Fallout: New Vegas, want to expand their repertoire with a number of different types of games. In fact, the devs want to make their own Dark Souls-style hard-as-nails 3D RPG.




Obsidian devs revealed some interesting details about future projects and aspirations in a recent Reddit AMA. When asked if the team will make more traditional action 3D RPGs similar to Dark Souls, Fallout or Mass Effect, company CEO Feargus Urguhart replied in the affirmative.


"Absolutely, one of the reasons we are up on FIG is to see if we can find a new source of funding for our games to make all sorts. However, I'm not sure if you saw, but have both Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky working on something that isn't Pillars of Eternity."


"I want us to do a Dark Souls-style game. Can you please edit your question to say "along the lines of Dark Souls or Bloodborne" so that it looks like Feargus has said "Absolutely!" to that? kthxbye," Obsidian dev Eric

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Death Stranding is an open-world action game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 24, 2017 2:05 pm

Hideo Kojima previously said that his new mysterious Death Stranding game will "transcend established genres," but now the Metal Gear Solid creator says the game is an open-world action game with tons of freedom.



In a recent interview with PlayStation Blog, Kojima teased new info on Death Stranding. We already knew some of this info--such as the action/shooter elements and promises of delivering something gamers have never seen before, but there's some new teases too. "You can think of Death Stranding as an action game. Many people play games in the shooting genre and I want to make a game that is very intuitive for them so they can get into the experience very easily, but when they play it for a bit they will realize there is a certain new type of depth to it, something that they might not have seen before."


Mr. Kojima goes on to confirm Death Stranding is an open-world game with a staggering level of freedom. Since the game will use Guerrilla Games' new DECIMA Engine--the same engine that powered the studio's massive open-world game Horizon: Zero Dawn--this isn't exactly a surprise. "In a word, it's an action game - an open world game, with a lot of freedom. You have a lot of freedom of choice to do what you want to do and you can get in vehicles and so on. If you are a fighter, there's plenty of opportunity for that. If you're not that type of player, there are other ways to play this game. I can't really say much more, but it's an open-world, action game that's very intuitive to play. Once you get into the world and start to explore more, we're hoping there's something there you've never seen before."

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AMD Radeon RX 580 benchmarks leaked, is this Vega?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 24, 2017 2:29 am

AMD might have launched their Ryzen CPU family in the last 36 hours, but the tease of Radeon Vega was very welcome - and now, we're seeing benchmarks of the Radeon RX 580. But, is the Radeon RX 580 based on the Vega GPU architecture? I don't think so.





First off: the new Radeon RX 580 benchmark leaks are from a single benchmark - Ashes of he Singularity. Second, the person testing the Radeon RX 580 is coming from AMD - so we could be seeing someone trying to throw us off. Secondly, the Radeon RX 560 was also tested - which is an interesting thing to see, right? This is why I do not think the Radeon RX 500 series are Vega-based graphics cards, so let's talk about that now.



Radeon RX 500 Series + Radeon Vega = Totally Different


My sources told me months after AMD launched the Radeon RX 480 that there would be a revamped version with an improved PCB without the power delivery issues, and I think this is what we're seeing now with the Radeon RX 580 and RX 560. I think the Radeon RX 580 will be a heavily improved RX 480 priced at $199, and will be unveiled very soon.



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Nintendo Switch supports remote game downloads

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 24, 2017 12:24 am

Nintendo has confirmed its new Switch handheld-console hybrid will support remote game downloads at home or on-the-go, similar to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.




Let's say you're away from home and you buy a Switch game on Nintendo's website. Even while you're gone, the Switch console will start automatically downloading the game similar to the PS4's remote download feature. The added bonus is that the Switch can auto-download purchased games while on-the-go as long as the system is connected to Wi-Fi. Before you can do any of this, though, you'll have to download a day-one update to access the eShop.


"After visiting Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch for the first time, gamers can also purchase Nintendo Switch digital games on Users can purchase the games on Nintendo's website and have them download automatically to their Nintendo Switch system at home or on the go, wherever there is a Wi-Fi connection," Nintendo announced in a recent press release.

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Nintendo Switch left JoyCons have connection issues

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 11:25 pm

The most important part of any game or gaming hardware is being able to play it with the included controllers. The Nintendo Switch may have a serious problem in this regard as the left JoyCon controller is disconnecting during game sessions.




Multiple game outlets are reporting connection issues with the Switch's left JoyCon. Issues range from controller disconnecting and desycning from the device to noticeable input lag and latency issues, possibly indicating a hardware fault.


To understand what might be happening we have to take a look at the controller itself. The left JoyCon has a screenshot button and an accelerometer/gyroscope,--it lacks the home button, motion IR and NFC sensor the right-hand JoyCon has. The JoyCon controllers connect via Bluetooth 3.0 and have a 512mAh battery that lasts up to 20 hours of play.

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BioShock devs might be making new Twilight Zone 'game'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 23, 2017 10:18 pm

When BioShock developer Irrational Games closed its doors in 2014, we heard that Ken Levine moved on to work on a new Twilight Zone interactive experience. Now Irrational Games announced it has become Ghost Story, a new studio co-founded by Ken Levine and a bunch of former Irrational employees. We think it's way too coincidental that these two are unrelated, and here's why we think the ex BioShock devs are working on a Twilight Zone interactive game-movie.




Irrational's new Ghost Story studio is a small team of twelve devs that's already working on a new game. This game will be a new IP and is entirely apart from BioShock--and we think it's a unique meld of movies and games. The team didn't go indie, however: Take-Two Interactive is still listed on the studio's website, meaning they're still part of the Grand Theft Auto publisher's label. This is important because a big project like a Twilight Zone interactive game/film crossover requires a decent investment.


Ken Levine is currently working on an interactive Twilight Zone project that will "explore the spaces between movies and games." By its own definition, Ghost Story is driven to create "immersive, story-driven games for people who love games that ask something of them," which aligns with the experimental story-driven focus that Levine's Twilight Zone experience would offer. We get further hints from the studio's art director Shawn Robertson: "Ghost Story for me is defined by a small but experienced team working together to push the boundaries of what interactive narrative means."

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