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Beyond Good and Evil 2 is all about being a space pirate

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 10 mins ago

Ubisoft wants to make you feel like a space pirate in it's massive new online sci-fantasy game Beyond Good and Evil 2.

 

 

From what I've seen so far Beyond Good and Evil 2 looks to be Ubisoft's biggest game to date. Its scope is incredibly ambitious and aims to take on a GTA Online-meets-No-Man's-Sky type of feel with online multiplayer elements thrown in for good measure. Cities, planets, and even whole systems are scaled into massively explorable areas filled with loot, dogfighting carnage, action-based combat, and story missions--all wrapped in a specific sci-fantasy style. It's undoubtedly going to be a monumental undertaking to achieve this grand vision, but Ubisoft is doing their best to make you feel like a space pirate.

 

To explain what this actually means, Ubisoft released a big 26-minute Beyond Good and Evil 2 gameplay demo with lots of juicy tidbits. The game has a custom character creator and each space pirate captain has some nifty tech to use in combat or exploration: an old-school-meets-high-tech gun, a sword, and a jetpack to zoom around across the vertical areas. You also get a fancy spyglass to scan your environments for treasures and your enemies for weaknesses, adding a nice tactical flair to the mix.

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Fallout 76 respecs aren't retroactive

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 43 mins ago

Fallout 76 players can now re-spec SPECIAL points, but there's a catch: it's not retroactive.

 

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As per new patch notes, Fallout 76's respeccing only applies to new level ups past level 50. So if you're level 100 you won't get to respec 50 times; instead you'll have to level up to 101 and then you'll only get one respec point. Respeccing a SPECIAL point also takes away the ability to select a new perk card.

 

NEW - SPECIAL Re-speccing:

 

  • Every time a player levels-up after level 50, they can now choose whether to unlock a new Perk Card or transfer one previously allocated SPECIAL point from one category to another.
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  • This change is not retroactive for characters that have already progressed beyond level 50 but will apply to every level-up they achieve going forward.
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  • If a player chooses to reallocate a SPECIAL point on leveling-up, they will be unable to select a new Perk Card for that level, and vice-versa.
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  • Re-speccing details have also been added to the "Perks" section of the in-game Help menu.

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25-years of DOOM celebrated with DOOM update for Switch

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 52 mins ago

If you didn't know by now, Bethesda and id Software are celebrating 25 years of DOOM and apart of the celebration, DOOM for the Nintendo Switch developer, Panic Button is bringing a new patch to the handheld console version.

 

 

Panic Button has taken care of several AAA titles arriving on the Nintendo Switch, they formulated the ports for; Wolfenstein II, Rocket League and the recently released Warframe. In celebration of the lifetime of DOOM, Panic Button has announced that they will be releasing a new patch for the Nintendo Switch verison of the game

 

The update will contain performance increases, ability to add recently played with players to your friends list and in-game video capture. Its awesome to see Panic Button show some love towards DOOM to coincide with its 25th year anniversary, especially considering those players of DOOM on the Switch may not be the biggest majority of DOOM players. DOOM is currently available on the Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. For more information regarding DOOM, visit the official website for it here.

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Peter Jackson could help Amazon's Lord Of The Rings TV show

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 13 hours, 52 mins ago

Most Lord of the Rings fans know that Peter Jackson was the brainchild behind the phenomenal movies, and some fans were curious towards if Jackson was going to assist Amazon on their Lord of the Rings TV show creation.

 

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At the moment Jackson has been working on Phillip Reeve's book series movie 'Mortal Engines' so he has hasn't really had any time to address what the go is with Amazon and their Lord of the Rings TV show. However, Jackson told Metro.co.uk that despite not knowing anything about the show at the current moment, he is excited to help in anyway that he can on the series.

 

Jackson said "I don't have thoughts on it because I haven't seen [anything], I think they're going to send us some scripts to see if we can help them along." Jackson also added that due to his busy schedule with Mortal Engines he couldn't of gotten to involved, but regardless "I wish them all the best and if we can help them we certainly will try." It has been speculated that the first season for Amazon's take on Tolkiens universe will be surrounding a Young Aragorn, more on that story here.

Stardew Valley on Switch receives Multiplayer Update Dec 12

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 52 mins ago

Nintendo Switch owners that have purchased Stardew Valley will soon be receiving multiplayer support on December 12th.

 

 

Stardew Valley developer, Eric Barone or better known as 'ConcernedApe' has taken to his developers blog to announce the coming patch and to shed to light on the details. The update will be arriving on December 12th and will be coming to servers in North America, Japan and European eShops.

 

The patch that will be shipped out tomorrow will be bringing support for Stardew Valley players to enjoy playing together locally via wireless play with 2-4 players, or online through the Nintendo Switch Online service. Players that play together should note that money will be shared across worlds but each player will have their own "private inventories, skills, achievements, collections, individual relationships, quests, and crafting/cooking recipes." For more information regarding the coming multiplayer update to Stardew Valley on the Nintendo Switch, visit the official website here.

Smash Bros. Ultimate director discusses 3rd-party characters

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 52 mins ago

Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director, Masahiro Sakurai, has given details regarding the process of which Nintendo go through to get third-party characters into the Smash Bros. series.

 

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai has sat down with EDGE to dive into the process of which Nintendo and himself, go through to include third-party characters in the Smash Bros. series. Sakurai says that the process is sometimes met with a physical meeting with the characters creator and lots of communication with Nintendo. "There are cases where I will meet with the original creators myself once or twice, but in general communication is carried out through Nintendo."

 

Sakurai further details that no matter what third-party character is chosen they are always developed in the Smash Bros. style first. "Character movements are also developed with a Smash Bros. style first. The end result from this is then passed on for review by the other companies, so they can point out any problems for us to fix." The third-party companies will then point out "differences in what is regarded as acceptable in terms of Smash Bros. and in terms of the original series, in the end we try to find something that both sides will be happy with." A recent example of a surprise third-party character coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Persona 5's 'Joker', more on that story here.

Smash Bros. UItimate is fastest-selling Switch game so far

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 16 hours, 52 mins ago

The UK sales charts for the week ending on December 8th are in and Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has taken 1st place as the best seller.

 

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released on December 7th and according to GamesIndustry.biz, Ultimate has become the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game released so far on the platform. The sales of Ultimate have beaten that of Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee and have dominated the launch sales of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U by a staggering 302% . When comparing the launch sales for the Wii rendition of Smash Bros. (Brawl), Ultimate has managed a 62.5% increase in sales.

 

It should be noted that these sales do not include digital downloads and only have accounted for physical sales. Looking towards the UK sales charts now, Ultimate has knocked FIFA 19 down to third place from 1st, while Red Dead Redemption 2 still holds steady at 2nd place. According to GamesIndustry.biz, retailers have told the website that over the course of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the sales causes Nintendo to sell 200,000 Nintendo Switch consoles, which no doubt added to the success of Super Smash Bros. UItimate.

90s hit 'Blood' is being remastered by Nightdive Studios

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 19 hours, 45 mins ago

Blood was one of my favorite games of the 90s so the news that Atari and Nightdive Studios are remastering the 90s classic brings warmth to my heart, with Atari saying that there will be more news on the game "in the coming weeks".

 

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Nightdive Studios has said that it is going to be providing a "better user experience for contemporary atudiences", so expect more of a polish to bring the game up to 2019 standards, versus a full remake. Nightdive will be providing both DirectX and Vulkan API support for the Blood remastered release, with improved modern netcode and Steamworks integration for the modding community.

 

Blood will be available on both Steam and GOG in a 'One Whole Unit' package that will pack both the game and its expansions.

 

If you didn't play Blood in the 90s you really missed out on a freaking classic, as it was built on the same 'Build Engine' that powered other 90s classics like Duke Nukem 3D and Shadow Warrior. Blood was developed by Monolith, who at the time went to make the beyond awesome No One Lives Forever (NOLF) and F.E.A.R. which was also super-popular.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 'Absolute Zero' update is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 21 hours, 12 mins ago

Activision and Treyarch are pushing out a new update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, with 'Operation Absolute Zero' dropping in the next few hours and offering a bunch of new stuff.

 

 

Included in the new 'Operation Absolute Zero' patch will provide a new Specialist, while Blackout gets a new location and Zombies will receive Daily Callings challenges and other new goodies. Treyarch is also getting into the festive season, with Black Ops 4 receiving a new Holiday Event and new chilly costumes for the snow, with the trailer above detailing what to expect.

GeForce GTX 1070 with GDDR5X could be around the corner

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 22 hours, 23 mins ago

ZOTAC has done an accidental oops that was quickly removed, teasing for a moment a purported GeForce GTX 1070 that features GDDR5X memory like the bigger brother in the GTX 1080.

 

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The leaked model continues to pack NVIDIA's GP104 GPU which features 1920 CUDA cores, but the big change here is the 8GB of GDDR5X memory. VideoCardz has noticed that the GDDR5X-based GTX 1070 from ZOTAC has a TDP of 250W, which means this is just a GTX 1080 with artificially disabled CUDA cores. This would be strange, but NVIDIA could have an excess of GTX 1080s that they want to get rid of, so they could disable CUDA cores and release a GeForce GTX 1070 with GDDR5X.

 

NVIDIA could also have a crap load of GDDR5X memory left that it can't use, since GDDR6 is the way forward with the GeForce RTX series graphics cards. Whatever is happening, we could expect a GDDR5X-based GeForce GTX 1070 to be unveiled in the very near future.

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