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Bethesda's massive open-world games often come with caveats, with bugs, glitches and performance hitches being the most common trade-offs. We've known for a while now that Fallout 4 has performance disparities between consoles and PC, but now users have spotted a quest bug that will crash the game across all platforms.
The bug was first reported on the Bethsoft Forums a day after the game came out, and is repeatable across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. According to the post, the glitch is quite nebulous and hard to pinpoint. The most definite reports pinpoint the Monsignor Plaza and the C.I.T. Ruins as the exterior environments that trigger the crash, along with the Hunter/Hunted questline and some bits of the Boston After Dark quest path. Reports indicate that having the Nick Valentine quest Unlikely Valentine active will trigger the crash when visiting aforementioned areas.
Users are reporting various effects including simple crashes to desktop on PC and error messages on console, and even the more extreme corrupted saved data files. PC users are able to use Fallout 4's console commands to reset the affected quests via codes, so if you're having troubles be sure to scan the forum posts.
The gaming community has been divided over the pending release of the latest Star Wars Battlefront title. On one hand it's freakin' Star Wars, but on the other hand, some players are concerned about the limited in-game options, power-up style pickups and the high price of its Ultimate Edition.
With the Standard and Deluxe Editions also available for pre-order, the Ultimate Edition offers one major improvement over the others in the form of a Season Pass. Described in Origin as necessary to "expand your galaxy," the Battlefront Season Pass grants you access to four upcoming expansion packs and access to the "Shoot First" emote two weeks early, whatever that is.
In addition to these expansions, the Ultimate pack you get all the goodies as per the lower graded pre-order options. These include instant access to Han Solo's DL-44 blaster, Ion Grenades and Ion Torpedo's, which are things you're going to unlock anyway. Also thrown into the mix are two exclusive motes: Ion Shock, which looks like a Storm Trooper trying to do the 'Thriller dance' and another mote called 'Victory'. Yep, you can pay to have your character fist pump harder than the rest.
Conducted by 'MyVoucherCodes', a website described as a "well-known gaming and sex authority," we have now come to learn that PC gamers are apprently much better in bed than those who prefer consoles.
Comparing the numbers, this poll saw 54% of PC enthusiasts gather a 'good' rating, followed by 22% rated as excellent. Close behind was Xbox gamers who ranked 47% in the 'good department', followed by a dismal 3% 'excellent' rating for PlayStation users. Besides an all-round rating of proficiency in the bedroom, 11% of respondents reported that they wished for less sex and more game time.
In other interesting news, the poll returned a 20% rating of dissatisfaction with bedroom performance overall, showing that while PC gamers might be better, apparently many still suck.
With the release of Star Wars: Battlefront later this week, we're being told that the $50 season pass being made available will include 16 new mutliplayer maps released throughout 2016.
Battlefront will launch with 12 maps, with the four expansion packs included in the season pass to provide 16 new maps, starting in "early" 2016. There will also be 20 "new pieces of galactic tech" which will arrive in the form of new weapons, vehicles and Star Cards. Additionally, we'll see four new heroes and villains, as well as four new game modes.
Purchasing the $50 season pass for Star Wars: Battlefront will see you receive access to each expansion two weeks earlier, as well as a "shoot first" emote. The problem is, early word on Battlefront is that it's not that great - which is not what gamers want to hear with so many other games being released all in the same month.
Activision is pushing out a new update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, which is a patch aimed at providing better performance. The new patch weighs in at 520MB. It was only last week that we reported that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 made $550 million in its first 72 hours.
Treyarch and Activision haven't been advertising the 520MB patch through the usual COD general community channels, so there's no patch notes other than a brief Steam Community note saying that it has "bug fixes and performance improvements". There are some gamers who are still having issues getting Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 to run well on their systems, so here's hoping this patch fixes that.
Blizzard finally released the third instalment of StarCraft II, on the same day as the release of Fallout 4, with StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void selling 1 million units in the first 48 hours.
It might not be the same $400 million that Halo 5 did in its first week or the huge $550 million that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 did in its first 72 hours, but it's still big news for StarCraft II gamers. The official StarCraft Twitter page thanked its fans, saying "Thanks for making the launch of #LotV a success! We'll see you in the Koprulu Sector, Commanders!"
The week of gaming isn't over just yet, so while we might have StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, Fallout 4, Halo 5, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, we're only days away from the release of Star Wars Battlefront and Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. Oh my.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 might have made a huge $550 million in its first 72 hours on sale, but 91% of gamers in the UK decided to buy it for their consoles, instead of gaming PCs. But how's the PC performance side of things going?
According to DSOGaming's performance analysis of Black Ops 3 on the PC, the game scales well on older CPUs with the site simulating dual- and quad-core CPUs for their testing. The site said: "Call of Duty: Black Ops III scales amazingly well on more than four CPU cores, something that did impress us. However, the game was running with constant 60fps even on our simulated dual-core system. Truth be told, those seeking for constant a 120fps will have to rely on a really high-end CPU and an SLI configuration, but we're pretty sure that most will be happy with a constant 60fps experience".
DSOGaming notes that Black Ops 3 is described as a "GPU bound title" and in order to max out the in-game settings for 1080p with 100% resolution scaling, players will "need NVIDIA's top of the line GPU", the GeForce GTX 980 Ti. The site said in order to play the game maxed out at 1080p with their GTX 690 at a constant 60FPS, they needed to drop down most of the settings to High.
If you've been part of the huge $400 million in first-week sales of Halo 5, you're going to enjoy the news of the first big patch to arrive from 343 Industries.
The first patch is dropping next week and has been dubbed "Battle of Shadow and Light", which will introduce 16-player Big Team Battles where vehicles are a center point of the match. If you've wanted to smash your enemies and friends with a Warthog, while they come speeding towards you in one too, this patch is for you.
There will be new armor, weapons and vehicle sets with the patch for Halo 5: Guardians, so you shouldn't be bored of the Xbox One exclusive for a little while at least.
Some gamers have been playing Star Wars: Battlefront over the last few days, with Jason Evangelho from Forbes saying that after playing Battlefront, he "walked away disappointed and discontent".
After around 10 hours with the game, Evangelho said: "That sobering truth is that there simply isn't enough content or variety here to justify a $60 purchase". Now that's a huge statement for one of the biggest game releases of the year, but it seems like this is the word on the street for Star Wars Battlefront. After I saw Evangelho's comments, I dug a bit deeper and looked at the review on VideoGamer.com, which mirrored his thoughts on the game.
VideoGamer.com says "Give it a few hours, however, and the allure of this spectacle begins to fade. Soon, you're left to reckon with the fact that while Battlefront excels in making real those dreams of fighting Darth Vader on Hoth, it doesn't nail the rather more prosaic elements of first person shooters".
Following the announcement of StarCraft II's recent betting and match fixing scandal, Police information has now surfaced with a little more detail on exactly what went on behind the scenes.
Following the arrests of professional StarCraft II gamers 'BBoongBBoong' and 'YoDa', plus Team Prime head coach 'Gerrard', official information has pinpointed that this coach spent almost $50,000 on illegal betting and gambling ventures.