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Pretty Massive Battlefield 4 Fall Patch Finally Crushes All Those Launch Bugs

Written by Jon Sutton on 30 September 2014 at 16:15

Battlefield 4’s enormous Fall Patch has finally been deployed, with the rather large 1.16GB download looking to finally lay to rest all those demons haunting DICE’s latest online shooter since launch. The full list of changes coming to Battlefield 4 makes War & Peace look like it was scribbled on the back of a postage stamp, and addresses many of the netcode, hud, and player movement problems seen since its troubled launch.

If the thought of reading through a mountain of patch notes sends you into a dazed stupor from which you may never return then it’s your lucky day because we’re rounding up the best bits in a nice bite sized chunk. Chief among the update is that player movement has now been made identical to Battlefield 3, the HUD has been tidied up and decluttered and there’s a new game mode in the form of Obliteration Competitive. [More]

Stronghold Crusader 2 Review : Make A Fort Save

Written by Stuart Thomas on 30 September 2014 at 15:00

Western troops are being deployed to Syria, Egypt, Israel and Palestine to combat a perceived rising threat from Islamic militants. Establishing a number of forward bases from which they can resupply and plan operations, the western troops conduct a number of raids with the goal of eventually wearing down the entrenched defenders and capturing key population centres.

That's the basic premise of Stronghold Crusader 2, and yes, it sounds eerily like it could be a modern shooter. Because bad feeling between the West and the Middle East is... well, it's not a new idea. Naturally, though, Stronghold Crusader is thin on Patriot missiles and drone strikes, heavy on trebuchets and curtain walls. [More]

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Ubisoft Montreal Creative Director Outlines Crazy Plans For Watch Dogs 2

Written by Jon Sutton on 30 September 2014 at 14:00

Ubisoft has outlined some pretty outlandish plans for the inevitable Watch Dogs sequel, where it looks to be taking the citizen profiler to the next level. The profiler was a no doubt a double-edged sword, offering us superficial insights into the lives of those around us but all too often seeming shallow and repetitious.

Watch Dogs’ creative director Jonathan Morin sees the potential in this system though, with plans to push this feature and build upon the foundations laid by it for Watch Dogs 2, the aim being to humanise the people around you which he sees “as the beginning of something that is quite unique and could push the industry forward.” [More]

Obsess For Hours Over Character Creation In Latest Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailers

Written by Neil Soutter on 30 September 2014 at 12:45

If you’re like me and can spend hours obsessing over the minutest details on your character’s face, from the size of their jowls down to the pointiness of their ears then you’ll be eager to get a look at what Dragon Age: Inquisition’s character creation tools can do.

A pair of new videos have come out of BioWare HQ so you can see for yourself what the fuss is about, as Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw gets to work customising a range of different races. Whether creating horned qunari monstrosities or gaunt elven thieves it seems like there’s a fair whack of customisation available here, although players will be limited to presets rather than the freedom offered by a genuine slider bar.  [More]

X Rebirth Is Reborn Once Again With 3.0 Update And Teladi Outpost Expansion

Written by Stuart Thomas on 30 September 2014 at 11:40

By now the launch of X Rebirth is the stuff of legend. Not the good sort of legend like Robin Hood or Shangri La, but more sort of Vlad the Impaler or perhaps Medusa’s love life - not exactly something to shout about. The hotly anticipated sci-fi sequel could only aspire to even be a damp squib by the time reviews crept out, and since then Egosoft has gone back to the drawing board, not once, but twice.

In an effort to erase the memories of that terrible launch Egosoft has announced X Rebirth 3.0, a reworking of the original game incorporating a host of fixes, ‘improvements’ and new gameplay features that should hopefully finally make it worth splashing some cash on. As well as this Egosoft has revealed the Teladi Outpost expansion that’s coming in November, adding a swathe of new story-based content and an entirely new star system to explore. [More]

Every Last Bullet Counts In The Evil Within Trailer

Written by Jon Sutton on 30 September 2014 at 10:15

It’s only a fortnight to go until I’ll no doubt have to suffer the ordeal of reviewing The Evil Within, and the latest disturbed trailer suggests this won't be cakewalk. Twisted abominations and sickening death traps greet those who’re up for Shinji Mikami’s latest, which takes players on a warped journey through an ever-changing house of horrors.

This latest trailer’s all about surviving, and what you’ll need to maximise your infinitesimally small chances of making it out alive. Sebastian Castellanos, the detective protagonist of The Evil Within, is investigating what is terrorising the inhabitants of the appropriately-monikered Crimson City. Luckily Castellanos has plenty of options, ranging from straight up gunfights to fisticuffs, explosive traps, and a deadly bolt launcher. If all else fails you can always run like hell and seek refuge in a rickety old cupboard. Probably no match for a buzzing chainsaw but it’s worth a go. [More]

Gauntlet 2014 Benchmarks Intel HD 4000 Integrated Graphics Solution

Written by Felix Nova on 29 September 2014 at 18:20

Gauntlet has been plucked out of the '80s and turned into a modern day Diablo clone that offers simple co-operative fun with your buddies. If you dont have any buddies, go and get some here on GD before you give this a go. Just look at that mayhem in the image above! Gauntlet 2014 is thoroughly integrated with Steam so you can quickly grab a game with anyone you know that has a copy of Gauntlet, or you can play locally as well.

I grew up playing the original. A bunch of guys all crowded around one keyboard, doing their best to make sense of the nonsense on screen. Surely, despite the Gauntlet system requirements asking for some pretty reasonable mid range hardware for recommended settings, Gauntlet could run on our Intel Integrated HD 4000 graphics solution? Well we decided to benchmark Gauntlet with an Intel HD4000 to see if we have another title that will run on a low end, modern laptop and other similar hardware. [More]

MIddle Earth Shadow Of Mordor Season Pass Details

Written by Jon Sutton on 29 September 2014 at 17:29

Fourteen of your English pounds gets you the Shadow of Mordor Season Pass. But what do you get for spending the extra cash?

Warner Brothers latest IP, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, is out tomorrow, where you will be able to travel the realms of Middle Earth while you yourself are possessed by a powerful wraith. The wraith happens to give you super powers that you can use against the dark forces, helping you to interrogate but mainly decapitate the dirty greenskin you come across in your quests. [More]

Windows 8 users Should Get Windows 9 As a Free Software Upgrade

Written by Jon Sutton on 29 September 2014 at 16:30

Windows 9 will bring with it Direct X 12, which in turn means some juicy upgrades to gaming as we know it. Or at least thats what us PC gamers are hoping for. But to get this extra experience do we have to purchase yet another version of Windows and do a complete system re-install?

Well hopefully, to those people with Windows 8, the answer is Windows 9 should be free to them as a system update. Therefore once Win 9 hits people can quickly upgrade their operating system, without so much as a second thought about costs and system integration. This seems like a very wise move by Microsoft, who has been losing a lot of faith with PC gamers and PC owners over the past few years. [More]

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