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Intel Officially Unwraps Haswell-E And X99 Chipset Is Unleashed

Written by Katie Allen on 01 September 2014 at 11:30

Intel’s Haswell-E and associated X99 chipsets have finally been unleashed on the world after weeks of rumours and speculations.

With all the previous leaks, the specifications won’t come as a surprise to many, but we do at least know for sure in-depth specs and pricing information for the super-high-end lineup. The new SKUs include two K-series and one Extreme Edition for the benefit of overclockers, and come with support for DDR4 memory. [More]

Beamdog Announces Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition At PAX Prime

Written by Neil Soutter on 01 September 2014 at 10:22

Following the launch of the Enhanced Editions of Baldur’s Gate 1 and Baldur’s Gate 2, developer Beamdog has announced it’s now working on giving Icewind Dale a revamp with the Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition.

The original action-packed RPG was set in the harsh icy climes of Icewind Dale way back in 2012, and this remastered edition will collect the original game and the Heart of Winter and Trials of the Luremaster expansions into one huge bundle. Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition comes packing newly restored HD content, including six expanded quests originally cut from its release, more than 60 new items, a new Story Mode, and cross-platform multiplayer between PC and Mac. [More]

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The Future Of Nvidia Graphics

Written by Katie Allen on 31 August 2014 at 17:00

This Friday, we heard rumours that Nvidia could be skipping over the “800s” when it comes to naming conventions and skipping straight to calling its upcoming Maxwell flagships the “900” series in order for their release to line up with that of the 900M mobile series of cards.

With so many rumours flying around, and suggestions that we might hear more about the next main flagship line-up from Nvidia in as little as two weeks, we thought we would look a little ahead and, based on Nvidia’s own GPU roadmaps, see what the hardware giant could have in store for us over the next two years. [More]

Ratbag Will Be Your Traitorous Orc Assistant In New Shadow Of Mordor Trailer

Written by Jon Sutton on 31 August 2014 at 15:00

Warner Bros has pumped out another Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor trailer, this time introducing players to their orc buddy Ratbag. This nasty-looking bugger is an Uruk orc turned snitch set to play a critical role in the story, should you choose to let him live. Acting as informant, the odiously-named Ratbag is your ticket to Middle-earth domination.

Nearly all of the characters in Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor will be dynamically generated through the game’s Nemesis system, but Ratbag the Coward is a little different. He can be used to manipulate the other orcs and war chief, provided he gets a leg up in their hierarchy on the way of course. [More]

Volition Reveals Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell Standalone Expansion

Written by Jon Sutton on 31 August 2014 at 13:00

Volition has revealed its latest project, and it’s not Saints Row V like previously thought. Announced during a PAX Prime panel, Saints Row: Gat out of Hell is a huge expansion pack for Saints Row IV taking the futuristic superhero antics down to the depths of Hell.

Arriving in 2015, Saints Row: Gat out of Hell will be a standalone add-on in which the Saints’ Johnny Gat and Kinzie are inadvertently transported down to Hell through a mysterious Ouija board. Battling demons and prominent historical figures and culminating in a showdown with Satan himself, Volition’s latest is looking ripe for satire. [More]

Wage Total War Once More With 200 Hour Rome 2 Imperator August Expansion

Written by Stuart Thomas on 31 August 2014 at 11:00

It’s been a full year since Total War: Rome II’s introduction, and in that time The Creative Assembly has been busying itself on a host of free content - along with the usual abundance of paid DLC. Now though The Creative Assembly is bringing the mother lode, courtesy of the Total War: Rome II Emperor Edition, which includes a new campaign map that adds hundreds of hours of gameplay.

The new expansion campaign, dubbed ‘Imperator Augustus’, will be coming to all Rome II owners for free in September, and is played out across a brand new map based upon the Second Triumvirate War. If I remember my history lessons, *cough* Wikipedia, this was the final war of the Roman Republic, fought between Cleopatra and Octavian. Coincidentally it was also the name of a war between the Galactic Federation and the One Sith Empire, but I digress. [More]

New Sherlock Holmes Trailer Shows The Art Of Interrogation

Written by Katie Allen on 31 August 2014 at 09:00

Frogwares has released a new trailer for its upcoming investigative adventure game Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments.

The trailer shows off the mechanics of the game’s interrogation scenes, demonstrating how the decisions you take and the clues you pick up during a conversation or cross examination can open up new paths in your investigation. [More]

Metro 2033 Redux Benchmarks AMD Radeon HD 6670

Written by Felix Nova on 30 August 2014 at 17:00

Metro Redux is out on PC this week, so we thought we'd give it a whirl to see how well it performs on the PC gaming hardware of yesteryear. Packing a whole host of graphical improvements and, hopefully, optimisations, Metro 2033 Redux is easily the most improved out of the two. With that it mind we put 4A Games' reworking through its paces, to see whether it's worth gamers on lower-end systems forking out for this upgraded version. 

Our Metro Redux review is still pending but first we'll  take a look out how optimised this remake is for PC. The Metro 2033 Redux system requirements were as expected, so we expect the Metro Redux performance to be roughly in line with Metro: Last Light, although there may be engine optimisations that could boost performance.  It's time to turn to our trusty old PC; You will know him as Jerry and he will be providing us with our first Metro Redux benchmark. Can Jerry's AMD HD 6670 deliver enough frame rates to play Metro 2033 Redux on the higher settings? Read on to find out. [More]

Modder Creates Watch Dogs In Grand Theft Auto IV

Written by Katie Allen on 30 August 2014 at 15:00

If you’ve visited the internet, well, ever, you’ll probably notice that people enjoy doing crazy things that take up a hell of a lot of time and energy for no real reward on their part. Hell, it’s probably the thing that makes the internet great.

One such warrior for pointless life joy has emerged from the shadows this week, as it turns out one fairly well-known member of the modding community has created “Watch Dogs IV” in GTA IV; a mod that replaced almost all GTA IV’s native HUD with Watch Dogs’, and adds a whole bunch of Watch Dogs abilities. [More]

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