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Star Wars Battlefront Beta Test To Run In October

Written by Joffy S on 01 September 2015 at 16:35

Star Wars Battlefront will be opening its gate to beta testers, EA has announced. Coming in early October, the Star Wars Battlefront beta will be available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players. It’s a technical test featuring the Walker Assault on Hoth map which has been demoed at recent trade shows. The 40 player battles pit Rebels against the Empire in a battle for supremacy.

The beta test will also include the co-operative Survival Mission on Tatooine. Players can be joined by a buddy to help fight off waves of attacks from Imperial Forces on the sandy planet. Lastly, a brand new game mode will be getting introduced for the Star Wars Battlefront beta test, dubbed Drop Zone. [More]

Mad Max Graphics Options And Min-Max Benchmark Video On GTX 980 Ti

Written by Neil Soutter on 01 September 2015 at 15:30

Avalanche Studios has a great track record when it comes to PC gaming, but alarm bells were inevitably set off when it was announced Warner Bros would be publishing its Mad Max game. Following disastrous PC launches for Batman: Arkham Knight and Mortal Kombat X there was rising unrest, and attention turned to Mad Max, which launched today.

Here we’ll be taking a look at just how the PC version has been handled, as well as the first gameplay footage and preliminary benchmark tests from the GeForce GTX 980 Ti. We'll be comparing how Mad Max looks at both minimum and ultra graphics, so you know whether that extra hardware power is a necessity. It’s time to see whether Mad Max is Avalanche’s Magnum Opus, or doomed to roam the wasteland for eternity. [More]

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Is Out February 23, But Its Got Some Gross Pre-Order Bonuses

Written by Stuart Thomas on 01 September 2015 at 14:00

Square Enix and Eidos Montreal have announced a release date for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, alongside the usual wealth of pre-order details. Adam Jensen’s latest cybernetic jaunt will be arriving globally on February 23rd, 2016, which is a heck of a lot sooner than we thought. It’ll be hitting PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Having already revealed the pre-order bonuses for Uncharted 4 earlier today, Square Enix has decided to totally outdo it and vomit up one of the most complex pre-order plans in gaming history. If you want to guarantee your copy of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided ahead of launch, Square Enix is hosting a campaign to “Augment your pre-order” with all sorts of extras. Depending upon which tier the pre-orders hit, you’ll be able to choose from different bonuses “in the spirit of choice.” It’s like AAA games publishing meets Kickstarter, and it makes for some grim reading. [More]

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Graphics Options And Settings

Written by Joffy S on 01 September 2015 at 12:30

Kept you waiting, huh? After years out in the wilderness, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has finally arrived. In fact for PC gamers, it's arrived two weeks earlier than we'd anticipated. It's Hideo Kojima's final flourish with the long-running,  bona fide crazy stealth-action series and on first impressions it looks like he's going out with a bang. 

Before we get down to the nitty gritty of benchmarking MGS 5, here we're taking a look at all of the graphics options and system settings included in the PC version of Metal Gear Solid 5. Thankfully we haven't been lumped with a Dark Souls-esque slapdash PC port, and it seems as if plenty of care and attention has gone into ensuring the PC version of Metal Gear Solid 5 is the best one out there.  [More]

AMD And Nvidia Push Out New Drivers In Time For MGS 5 And Mad Max

Written by Joffy S on 01 September 2015 at 11:50

Both AMD and Nvidia have been busy pushing out new drivers in preparation for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Mad Max. The tempting pair of big-hitters both launch today on PC, and if you’re after tip-top performance from your rig then you’re going to want to grab your respective drivers.

Nvidia was first out the gate with its GeForce 355.82 graphics card drivers, which come with game-ready optimisations for both Mad Max and MGS V. The latter in particular has seen Konami hop into bed with Nvidia ahead of launch, offering Nvidia GameWorks features and free copies of the game with selected graphics cards. [More]

Sony Confirms Uncharted 4: A Thiefs End Will Launch On March 18th Worldwide

Written by Neil Soutter on 01 September 2015 at 10:20

Sony has announced that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End will be launching on March 18th, 2016. The highly anticipated sequel to the globe-trotting treasure-hunting series will also be arriving in three different flavours, including the base game, a Special Edition, and a Collector’s Edition.

With no Rise of the Tomb Raider to play until late next year, PlayStation 4 fans will no doubt feel they’ve got a suitable replacement and then some in the shape of Uncharted 4. Unfortunately it also marks the first time the series has been hit with single-player DLC announced ahead of launch, with an exclusive mission available for those who pick up the Uncharted 4 Triple Pack. [More]

Need For Speed 2015 What We Know And Speculative System Requirements

Written by Felix Nova on 31 August 2015 at 16:00

The hot balmy British summer is nearly behind us. As the weather turns from summer rain into winter rain we are pushed deeper into our gaming dens. And as if the Game Publishers recruit psychics to work out the exact dates we can no longer venture outside, the year's big games start to form an orderly release queue.

One of the most anticipated of these big hitter titles is this years Need For Speed open world racing game. Confidently due slap bang in the middle of the 2015 prime time release period, 3/5 November 2015. Here I am going to take a look at some of the info we already know about Need for Speed 2015, including a speculative insight at the expected NFS system requirements. Hopefully to give you some idea as to what sort of performance your PC will get when NFS comes to the PC in a couple of months. [More]

Oxide Games Claims Nvidia GPUs Do Not Support DirectX 12 Asynchronous Compute

Written by Stuart Thomas on 31 August 2015 at 14:00

When Oxide’s Ashes of the Singularity DirectX 12 benchmark tool was released earlier this month, it was surprising to see AMD’s range of graphics cards take a huge jump in performance compared to DX11, while Nvidia’s did not. In fact, AMD’s Radeon R9 290X was trading blows with Nvidia’s significantly more expensive GeForce GTX 980 Ti.

Now Oxide Games has spoken out about the benchmark results, claiming Nvidia GPUs don’t support DirectX 12 Asynchronous Compute/Shaders, while AMD’s do. For years now, AMD has been focusing on Asynchronous Shaders and Parallel Computing since the advent of GCN (Graphics Core Next) and the HD 7000 series. It’s the same tech used in the current-gen consoles that allow them to benefit from low overheads to power more impressive graphics than you’d normally expect. As such, AMD’s DirectX 12 performance is currently leaps ahead of Nvidia, who has been focused on DirectX 11 performance and Serial Compute. [More]

See An Entire Hit Played Out In Hitman Showstopper Gameplay Trailer

Written by Neil Soutter on 31 August 2015 at 12:00

Hitman was available for all the assorted journos and gamers to play at both Gamescom and E3 this year, but up until now IO Interactive and Square Enix haven’t seen fit to make the gameplay footage public yet. Thankfully it’s finally garrotted its secrecy rules and shown off a 15-minute gameplay demo of the Showstopper mission.

Set during a Parisian fashion event taking place at a gigantic mansion, IO Interactive reckon the Showstopper level is the perfect opportunity to show off the creative stealth gameplay, disguises, and signature assassinations that have become a hallmark of the long-running Hitman series. [More]

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