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Opinion: Windows 10 Is Now Automatically Installing Itself Without Express Permission

Written by tzzsmk on 13 February 2016 at 12:00

Let's  start with a recent quote by Microsoft: “We updated the upgrade experience today to help our customers, who previously reserved their upgrade, schedule a time for their upgrade to take place.”

Microsoft is doing everything in its power to push Windows 10 everywhere. It started with innocent 'free upgrade' offers for Windows 7/8/8.1 owners; annoying pop-ups scaring off users all around the world. Then it evolved into optional Windows updates. Then it started scaring off enterprise employees and IT administrators if company computers were using "regular" Pro/Ultimate versions of Windows. All of this was actually resistible, because nothing could happen IF the user (with admin rights) didn't click to install the 'upgrade'. Yes, the annoying fact that roughly 6GB of Windows 10 upgrade files are being downloaded without any notification is ridiculous, but who notices a paltry 6GB disc space being eaten up, right? [More]

Seven Of The Best XCOM 2 Mods So Far

Written by Joffy S on 13 February 2016 at 10:00

XCOM 2 is but a few days old, and already the mods are flowing faster than you can say ‘humanity’s lost’. Three officially supported mods arrived on day one, and these are just the tip of the iceberg. Developer Firaxis knows a thing or two about hooking players in for the long term you see. Just ask the XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Civilization V players who’ve racked up thousands on house in these games alone.

It’s meant XCOM 2 has had built-in mod support from day one, including the so-simple-it-blows-my-mind Steam Workshop integration. There’s an ever-growing ocean of mods out there for XCOM 2, and here’s seven of the best you can grab right now. [More]

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Total Warhammer New Empire Campaign Map Video

Written by Felix Nova on 12 February 2016 at 17:00

The latest Total War Warhammer gameplay video takes a closer look at the Empire's Grand campaign. Focusing on the regions maps on the Empire faction with a look at how things are in the starting period of the game for them. There are a couple of months still, until the end of April TW Warhammer release date, so Creative Assembly are adding polish to their final game.

In the video we can see some key in-game campaign mechanics at work, with a closer look at the Legendary development path including Karl Franz's Pegasus mount skills. Then there is coverage of the building & technology trees, finishing with a closer look over the human lands of Reikland and its topography. [More]

Bethesda Set to Revive How You Survive in Upcoming Fallout 4 DLC

Written by Jacques Waugh on 12 February 2016 at 15:00

There's always more shooting and looting to be done in the Boston wasteland and Bethesda are ready to provide the latest itch for all the Vault dwellers out there ready to head on out and slay super mutants and radroaches once again. Bethesda have revealed on twitter that an announcement detailing their plans for Fallout 4 downloadable content is coming soon and that we can expect to see a revamp of the fan favourite Survival mode (which received a lot of criticism for missing features in FO4).

Bethesda are keeping coy about what the DLC will entail and when gamers will be playing the new content but they have confirmed that they are “doing a complete overhaul” and that we can expect to see features such as “Food, sleep, diseases, danger and more”, which I know a lot of gamers felt were glaring omissions from the base game. [More]

Quantum Break Windows 10 System Requirements Updated

Written by Jacques Waugh on 12 February 2016 at 14:00

The Quantum Break system requirements were revealed yesterday and definitely something to behold, and it seems that Microsoft Studios and Remedy Entertainment realise how truly demanding the game appeared on recommended specs. With this in mind, they have altered the requirements on the official Remedy site to offer a new tier above recommended called Ultra.

The new middle tier is definitely nothing to be sniffed at, with a recommended clock speed of 3.9ghz on an Intel Core i5 4690 which is still considered a fairly high end CPU compared to what AAA titles have traditionally expected. Remedy are sticking to their initial estimate of 16gb of RAM which seems to slowly be becoming the norm for AAA titles on PC. Check out the full Quantum Break Windows 10 System Requirements update. [More]

Ubisofts 2016-17 Revealed Game Line Up Is Massive Despite No Assassins Creed

Written by Joffy S on 12 February 2016 at 12:45

Following the rumours a while back, Ubisoft has confirmed there will be no new Assassin’s Creed title in 2016. It’s going to be the first year without a mainline game in the series since the two-year gap between Assassin’s Creed and Assassin’s Creed II all the way back in 2008.

This year, we are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin’s Creed franchise. As a result, we’ve decided that there will not be a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016,” writes Ubisoft in a statement. They admit they’ve learned a few home truths since the ill-fated launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity, and they’re giving the series a bit of breathing room “to evolve the game mechanics” and “offer unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone’s playground.” Don’t think you’re getting away from Ubisoft’s open-world formula that easily though, because it’s latest financials suggest it’s got plenty more on the way. [More]

Rainbow Six Siege 2.1 Update Fixes Kapkan Glitch And Adds Dedicated Servers

Written by Joffy S on 12 February 2016 at 11:30

Regular Rainbow Six Siege players will be all too aware it’s been catastrophically broken since the 2.0 Black Ice update arrived last week. Players are going rampant with invisible Kapkan tripwires, character models are going haywire, textures are going missing, and matchmaking has you pondering the purpose of your existence as it ticks over into its tenth minute of ‘Finding a match’.

I love Rainbow Six Siege but the problems introduced around the time of that last update forced me to put it aside until it’s fixed, lest I trip over another Kapkan and go full Rambo. Luckily Ubisoft has been fairly swift in its response, issuing a new 2.1 update last night for PC, before it eventually arrives for PS4 and Xbox One players on the 16th. [More]

Ubisofts Watch Dogs 2 Announced and Out by April 2017

Written by Jacques Waugh on 12 February 2016 at 11:05

Ubisoft have just released their third quarter 2015-16 earnings report and have officially slated Watch Dogs 2 for release by April 2017. It's highly likely it will release later rather than sooner considering the amount of big franchise titles Ubisoft have lined up for release already.

Watch Dogs was one of those games that came with the Molyneux effect – great potential and promise that ended up compromised down to a product that felt unfinished and shallow. It'll definitely be interesting to see how they plan to win back some goodwill with WD2 as they clearly believe in the franchise's success. [More]

Get Hyped With New Quantum Break Trailer But You May Want To Hold Off From Pre-Ordering

Written by Joffy S on 12 February 2016 at 10:15

The dust is just beginning to settle after the announcement of Quantum Break coming to PC. It’s a big move on Microsoft’s part, taking a key Xbox One cornerstone and effectively ridding it of exclusivity. We’ve seen already the terrifyingly huge system requirements, but now we can actually wrap our eyes around a brand new Quantum Break trailer and see what the fuss is all about. Or not, as the case may be. 

But that’s not all, because Microsoft is also running a slightly strange promotion that may mean pre-ordering a copy of Quantum Break on PC is a bad move. Firstly Quantum Break looks as if it’s going to be a Windows 10 Store exclusive. And secondly, because anybody who pre-orders a digital copy of Quantum Break on Xbox One, will receive a 25-digit redemption code for a free copy of the PC version. [More]

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