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Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree gets official trailer ahead of imminent release

Jak Connor | Jun 20, 2024 6:34 AM CDT

The first official expansion for Elden Ring releases tomorrow and ahead of its launch publisher Bandai Namco has released the official trailer for highly anticipated DLC.

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree gets official trailer ahead of imminent release

Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree will be released globally tomorrow, and to celebrate the launch, Bandai Namco has taken to its YouTube channel to drop the official trailer, which spans three lengthy minutes. The trailer teases players with incredible new environments, enemies, weapons, bosses, and much more. Within the description of the trailer, it's written, "Witness the birth of a God. The coming of a Lord. And follies better left forgotten. In that forsaken place, blood must spill."

It was only a few days ago that we got the official PC requirements for Shadow of the Erdtree, and the good news is that if you were able to comfortably play Elden Ring, you will be able to comfortably play the DLC as well. There isn't any difference between the Shadow of the Erdtree Minimum and Recommended hardware specifications and the Elden Ring specifications - besides 20GB of extra storage space.

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Metroid Prime 4 will run at 720p on the current Switch, will it be 4K on Switch 2?

Kosta Andreadis | Jun 19, 2024 10:32 PM CDT

Yesterday, Nintendo unveiled the highly anticipated Metroid Prime 4. Fans have been waiting seven years to see some gameplay, and the two-minute trailer didn't disappoint - it looks like a modern take on classic Prime gameplay. Technically impressive, too, the game runs at a rock-solid 60 FPS with even more impressive visuals than last year's brilliant Metroid Prime Remastered.

Metroid Prime 4 will run at 720p on the current Switch, will it be 4K on Switch 2?

However, what we saw was running on the current Nintendo Switch hardware rather than the Switch 2 successor set to launch sometime in 2025 (alongside Metroid Prime 4: Beyond). Nintendo is clearly holding its Switch 2 cards close to its chest, so we won't get details on games and hardware specs until we're much closer to release.

In my write-up of Metroid Prime 4, I noted that the low-resolution look of the footage made it clear that the gameplay trailer featured current-gen Switch gameplay. According to a new Metroid Prime 4 technical breakdown from Nintendo World Report, the game runs at 720p docked. Yikes.

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Pax Dei and Still Wakes The Deep need DLSS 3 to hit 4K 60FPS on the GeForce RTX 4090

Kosta Andreadis | Jun 19, 2024 10:02 PM CDT

A couple of visually impressive games have launched on PC this week, and both are pushing the GeForce RTX 4090 to its limits. The highly anticipated MMO sandbox Pax Dei has launched into Early Access, and its mix of realistic visuals with supernatural elements is fantastic - though when playing in native 4K with max settings, the GeForce RTX 4090 only manages an average performance of 51.7 FPS, followed by the GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER with 38.6 FPS.

Pax Dei and Still Wakes The Deep need DLSS 3 to hit 4K 60FPS on the GeForce RTX 4090

These numbers come directly from NVIDIA. The second half of the story is Pax Dei launching with full DLSS 3 and NVIDIA Reflex support. Turn on Super Resolution and Frame Generation, with Reflex to lower system latency, and the performance increases by a massive factor of 3X to hit 145.6 FPS on the RTX 4090 and 118 FPS on the RTX 4080 SUPER. Even the mid-range RTX 4070 hits 72.1 FPS at 4K.

This brings up an interesting topic (discussed in this week's episode of The TT Show): are technologies like upscaling and frame generation a crutch? Shouldn't the RTX 4090 have no issues running any game at a native 4K 60 FPS if it's properly optimized?

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Counter-Strike celebrates its 25th anniversary, still the most popular game on Steam by far

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 19, 2024 8:20 PM CDT

Counter-Strike is officially 25 years old, with the game first hitting the PC as a mod for Half-Life hitting public beta on June 19, 1999.

Counter-Strike celebrates its 25th anniversary, still the most popular game on Steam by far

I still remember being at a LAN with my friends and brother when Counter-Strike first dropped in 1999, pumping unimaginable hours into it amongst Half-Life, Quake, Quake II, Unreal, Unreal Tournament, Blood, Shadow Warrior, Duke Nukem 3D, Need for Speed II: SE, and so many other 90s classics on the PC.

Counter-Strike was officially released as a standalone game after being a Half-Life mod on November 8, 2000, and became the foundation for competitive first-person shooters. Now that Counter-Strike is celebrating its 25th anniversary, CS players are hoping that Valve steps up and does something well and truly above and beyond any other celebration of previous games hitting major birthday milestones.

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Nintendo announces Zelda is getting her own game for the first time

Jak Connor | Jun 19, 2024 2:22 AM CDT

Nintendo recently held its Direct showcase, where it revealed that for the first time, Zelda was going to be the main character in a new game soon-to-be-released in the long-standing franchise.

Nintendo announces Zelda is getting her own game for the first time

Ever since the creation of The Legend of Zelda franchise, Link has been the main character players take control of, as the kingdom of Hyrule and, in particular, Zelda is in trouble and requires saving. However, Nintendo has decided to turn the normal upside down with The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom, in which Zelda becomes the protagonist as Link disappears after Ganon beats him in battle.

Zelda embarks on a quest to save the world from total destruction, and throughout her journey, she will fight monsters and overcome puzzles. In Echoes of Wisdom, Nintendo has changed the way players will interact with the world, as Zelda won't carry a sword and shield reminiscent of Link, but instead, a magic wand called the Tri Rod will be used to summon objects and even monsters to fight by Zelda's side.

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Metroid Prime 4 gameplay reveal surprises Nintendo fans that have been waiting for years

Kosta Andreadis | Jun 19, 2024 1:31 AM CDT

Metroid Prime 4: Beyond got its first gameplay reveal during the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast, which offered fans 40 minutes of announcements, trailers, updates, and release dates for upcoming Nintendo Switch games. The final reveal of the showcase focused on Metroid Prime 4 from Retro Studios, and it didn't disappoint; the two-minute trailer was full of impressive gameplay.

Metroid Prime 4 gameplay reveal surprises Nintendo fans that have been waiting for years

The fourth installment in the critically acclaimed and popular Metroid Prime series was first announced in 2017 with a simple logo and word that Bandai Namco would be handling development. In 2019, Nintendo provided an update on the game, confirming that Bandai Namco was out and series creators Retro Studios were back in.

Metroid Prime 4: Beyond is a visual step up from the impressive Metroid Prime Remastered from 2023. The game sports the same first-person perspective and mix of action and exploration. We even get a glimpse of the new mysterious villain Sylux. The trailer also confirms a 2025 release window, but the gameplay we see is running on current Nintendo Switch hardware.

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Bethesda CEO responds to Starfield backlash about new $7 mission

Jak Connor | Jun 18, 2024 4:10 AM CDT

Bethesda recently unveiled "The Shattered Space" DLC for Starfield, along with the long-awaited Creation Kit, which will undoubtedly be a welcomed addition to the game as players will be able to add new content to the game.

Bethesda CEO responds to Starfield backlash about new $7 mission

In what would seem to be a really positive moment for Starfield, players were quick to call out the content within the DLC. Players will gain access to a new mission that allows them to play a bounty hunter for the Trackers Alliance faction. Additionally, Bethesda plans on adding more Tracker Alliance missions with future updates. The Trackers Alliance mission "The Vulture" is what players are up in arms about, as Bethesda slapped a $7 price tag on a single mission.

Moreover, the mission costs 700 Starfield Creation Credits, which translates to $7. However, the smallest number of credits that can be purchased is $10 worth, meaning the DLC will be $10 for players who are solely purchasing credits to access the DLC. Now, Bethesda CEO Todd Howard has responded to the backlash, saying Bethesda "hears that feedback" and the company will "evaluate both pricing, what we put out for free, how we communicate what's in something, and really hear from the community there."

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Elden Ring and Shadow of the Erdtree system requirements unveiled

Jak Connor | Jun 18, 2024 2:21 AM CDT

It's only a matter of days before FromSoftware releases the highly anticipated DLC to Elden Ring, and ahead of its launch, we now have the official PC hardware requirements.

Elden Ring and Shadow of the Erdtree system requirements unveiled

The minimum and recommended specifications to play Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree have barely changed, with the only real difference being the amount of storage space needed for it to be installed. Elden Ring comes in at 60GB, while installing Elden Ring with the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC will require 80GB of free space.

FromSoftware has taken to its official Elden Ring X account to share an updated list of the minimum and recommended specifications for the upcoming DLC, and players should really be aiming for "recommended" rather than "minimum". The Shadow of the Erdtree will require Windows 10, a CPU that's at least a Core i5-8400 / AMD Ryzen 3 3300X, a GPU that's at least a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (3GB VRAM) / AMD Radeon RX 580 (4GB VRAM) / Intel Arc A380 (6GB VRAM), 12GB of RAM, and 60GB of storage.

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Starfield's Shattered Space expansion addresses one of the game's biggest criticisms

Kosta Andreadis | Jun 17, 2024 9:28 PM CDT

Starfield is on track to receive annual story expansions, with the first of two currently in development on track for a 2024 release. The Shattered Space expansion focuses on the mysterious House Va'ruun, the Great Serpent, and a story that will take players to a new location in the "dark reaches of space."

Starfield's Shattered Space expansion addresses one of the game's biggest criticisms

As a new RPG from Bethesda Game Studios, the team behind Skyrim, Fallout 4, and other classic titles, the response to Starfield has been divisive among Bethesda fans - with any criticizing how different the game feels compared to Elder Scrolls or Fallout.

One of the biggest criticisms of Starfield surrounds how the game handles exploration. Instead of Skyrim's meticulously hand-crafted open worlds, you've got countless procedurally generated planets with a handful of randomly generated points of interest repeating. With a loading screen every few minutes.

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Overwatch 2 Season 11 launches on June 20: new Push map, return of Pink Mercy, and more

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 17, 2024 7:43 PM CDT

Blizzard has just announced that Overwatch 2 Season 11: Super Mega Ultrawatch will launch on June 20, featuring a new Mythic cosmetic type, a new Push map, and the huge return of Pink Mercy. Check out the trailer below:

Overwatch 2 Season 11 launches on June 20: new Push map, return of Pink Mercy, and more

Pink Mercy launched in May 2018, and Blizzard helped raise $12.7 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). I was one of those buyers (on a personal note: in support of my mother-in-law, who passed away from cancer in 2018, just months after the Pink Mercy skin was launched).

You can now secure the elusive Pink Mercy skin for $14.99, with 100% of the purchase price being donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Not just that, but Blizzard is giving everyone the chance to support this cause with a new charity cosmetic bundle, the Rose Gold Mercy bundle, which is available for a limited time starting on June 25, for $19.99, and just like Pink Mercy, 100% of the purchase price goes towards the BCRF.

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