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What Are You Playing This Weekend - April 2015 Edition

Written by Joffy S on 27 March 2015 at 17:00

All told March has been a pretty sublime month for gamers. The underdog has triumphed with both Cities: Skylines and the incredible Pillars of Eternity blowing away most who play them, with the latter scooping up a perfect 10/10. This has been backed up by tricksy Metroidvania platformer Ori and the Blind Forest, PlayStation 4 getting its first must-buy with Bloodborne, and Resident Evil: Revelations 2 proving there’s life in the old zombified dog yet. Oh, and Battlefield Hardline happened, and so did the sneaky, stabby, Assassin’s Creed Rogue.

In short there’s absolutely stacks to be getting on with, and that’s without taking into account Grand Theft Auto V will be arriving in just 18 days. As the wait for Rockstar’s finest continues, we want to know what gaming greats you’re busying yourself with this weekend. [More]

Pillars Of Eternity Free Game Giveaway

Written by Felix Nova on 27 March 2015 at 15:30

You can count on a few fingers the number of games that have received a perfect 10/10 here on Game Debate. Pillars of Eternity is now part of the gaming elite, delivering one of the greatest role-playing games we've ever had the good fortune to play. Stuart put it best in his PoE review, saying it is "A herculean effort of construction to build something miraculous, on the shoulders of the classics of yesterday."

The early game of the year contender is out now and we've got a Steam code to give away here on GD. All you've got to do to be in with a chance of winning a copy of Obsidian's nigh-on perfect RPG Pillars of Eternity, is enter the simple competition below. [More]

Most Popular Games
Release Dates
1Grand Theft Auto V Apr-14-2015
2Battlefield: Hardline Mar-19-2015
3The Witcher III May-19-2015
4Assassins Creed: Rogue Mar-10-2015
5Dying Light Jan-30-2015
6Cities: Skylines Mar-10-2015
7Batman: Arkham Knight Jun-23-2015
8Pillars of Eternity Mar-26-2015
9Star Citizen 2016
10Mortal Kombat X Apr-14-2015

Pillars Of Eternity GeForce GTX 650 Benchmarks And Comparison Screens

Written by Joffy S on 27 March 2015 at 14:51

Obsidian's mighty impressive Kickstarter-funded RPG behemoth is upon us, delivering one of the finest role-playing experiences of the past decade. Suffice to say, Pillars of Eternity is a bit a special. Based on the old Infinity Engine games of yesteryear such as Baldur's gate and Icewind Dale, Pillars of Eternity is isometric bliss.

The hand-crafted environments are a sight to look at but Pillars of Eternity's old-school roots bestow it with some mercifully low system requirements. Still, we thought we'd roll out the GeForce GTX 650 to see how it performs, as well as have a looksee at how Pillars of Eternity will look at a variety of graphics settings. The GTX 650 is backed up by an AMD FX-4100 quad-core processor and 4GB RAM, so read to see how it fares in the Pillars of Eternity benchmarks.  [More]

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin System Requirements

Written by Joffy S on 27 March 2015 at 12:45

Clearly not wanting to be left out in the shade by the ridiculous number of remasters and definitive editions hitting the current-gen consoles, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will be hitting PC next week. Essentially a game of the year edition bundling together Dark Souls II with its season pass content, the headline feature for returning players is the engine upgrade from DirectX 9 to DirectX 11. 

All sorts of flashy new features, graphics, sound and performance upgrades are yours if you splash out for it on PC. By now we're used to upgrades like this coming courtesy of a free patch, but current Dark Souls 2 owners do at least get 20 bucks knocked off the asking price if they double dip. Before you get busy playing the definitive version of Dark Souls 2, looking the best it has ever looked, you'd best check out the official Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin system requirements. [More]

Nvidia Preparing GeForce GTX 980 Ti For Summer Release

Written by Joffy S on 27 March 2015 at 11:30

Nvidia is prepping a GeForce GTX 980 Ti for launch this summer, according to the latest reports. The GeForce GTX 980 Ti will be Nvidia’s fastest dedicated gaming graphics card, utilising the same GM200 “Big Maxwell” GPU used in its recently released GeForce GTX Titan X.

It was predicted Nvidia would be taking the GM200 GPU from the Titan X with a number of CUDA cores disabled, but it now appears as if the GeForce GTX 980 Ti will be the full monty, and then some. The reports indicate the GTX 980 Ti will have the full complement of 3072 CUDA cores as that of its bigger brother, alongside a 10% boost to the stock clock speed and a halving of the 12GB GDDR5 VRAM down to 6GB. [More]

F1 2015 Screams Into View In June 2015

Written by Stuart Thomas on 27 March 2015 at 10:15

Codemasters has announced the latest iteration of its yearly Formula 1 franchise, F1 2015. Poised to arrive in June, F1 2015 is the first Formula 1 game to be built on the new version of the next-generation Ego Games Technology Engine (EGO), delivering the most advanced visuals and physics-based handling ever seen in the series.

In addition to the eye-massaging visuals, the latest EGO engine for F1 2015 features a number of number of enhancements to the workings of the cars. Engine and transmission, fuel tanks, aerodynamics, force feedback, suspension and tyre physics have all received a makeover, with Codemasters claiming this is the most “realistic representation” yet of how these cars handle when out on the tarmac. [More]

Rumour: Samsung Poised To Buy AMD And Acquire Its Graphics And CPU Technology

Written by Joffy S on 26 March 2015 at 17:00

Rumours are circulating South Korean electronics firm Samsung is preparing an audacious takeover of AMD. The news come from a report in a South Korean business and economics journal as Samsung looks to fend off competition from Qualcomm and Intel in the mobile markets.

A buyout of team red would give Samsung total control over AMD, one of the leading CPU and graphics card manufacturers in the world. Samsung’s certainly no slouch itself in the hardware department, manufacturing 8GB GDDR5 memory chips for Nvidia, creating the rather swish Galaxy 6 Edge, and becoming the first in the world to produce 14nm SoCs. [More]

Paradox To Take On The Might Of The Sims Next With 2016 Title

Written by Neil Soutter on 26 March 2015 at 15:30

Fresh from dominating the city-building genre with Cities: Skylines, Swedish publisher Paradox Interactive is now hinting at plans to step on EA’s hefty toes once more. Paradox’s vice-president of acquisition Shams Jorjani said as much over on the Paradox forums, claiming we should be keeping an eye out for a ‘Life Sim’ in 2016.

EA’s The Sims series is the sixth best-selling game franchise of all time, shifting more than 175 million units since its first outing in 2000. Paradox clearly wants a slice of this gigantic pie, and if it can shake things up for the genre in a similar manner Cities: Skylines developer Colossal Order managed with city-builders, it could be onto a winner. [More]

PlayStation 4 2.5 Firmware Update Adds Suspend/Resume And Controller Mapping

Written by Stuart Thomas on 26 March 2015 at 14:15

In the eighteen or so months since the launches of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, the former has been on the receiving end of a significant changes and firmware updates, while the latter has been trundling along like only a cocky racer in first place knows how.

Things are changing at long last though, with Sony releasing its PlayStation 4 version 2.50 firmware update today. After what felt like dozens of updates offering the much derided “System software stability during use of some features has been improved”, 2.5 adds instant suspend/resume, trophy syncing improvements, controller remapping and much more. [More]

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