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AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition, Comes With Heaps Of New Features

Written by Joffy S on 24 November 2015 at 17:00

AMD has officially launched its Radeon Software Crimson Edition graphics driver, bringing with it a host of improvements to its GPU software. The next-gen driver overhauls the entire Radeon infrastructure, adding in plenty of new features in attempt to bring it line with Nvidia’s GeForce Experience.

Download this and the Catalyst Control Centre will be no more, replaced instead with Radeon Software Crimson. Following this large scale update, AMD is planning six major driver launches every year, along with additional beta releases for day one optimisation of the biggest titles. [More]

Just Cause 3 Dev Diary Reveals How Its Advanced Havok Destruction Works

Written by Stuart Thomas on 24 November 2015 at 16:00

There’s something incredibly intoxicating about video game destruction. I remember spending hours blowing up my own tunnel network in Red Faction. My time with GoldenEye was spent shooting bullet holes in anything I could, while extinguishing every single light source. At times I feel like destruction has taken a bit of a back-seat to gorgeous environments these days, but at least Just Cause 3 is back to remind me just what’s so fantastic about obliterating everything in sight.

We’re now just a week and some change away from its launch, and Avalanche has released a new trailer detailing the procedural elements, which can lead to unpredictable events and unprecedented levels of destruction. Havok Destruction is the game changer here, with Just Cause 3 one of the first games taking advantage of the new edition. It deals with things breaking apart naturally and procedurally, rather than the usual technique of swapping an object with a pre-rendered damaged object following an explosion. [More]

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Killing Floor 2 Slammed By Negative Reviews After Cosmetic Microtransactions Added

Written by Joffy S on 24 November 2015 at 15:00

Clearly choosing to wilfully ignore the controversy surrounding the introduction of micro-transactions to Payday 2, Tripwire Interactive has gone ahead and done just that with Steam Early Access title Killing Floor 2. Despite no mention of micro-transactions for customers who've bought the co-op shooter up until now, the next update will bring cosmetic items, payable with real cash through an in-game store called the Trading Floor.

Long-time fans are fuming, and it’s Very Positive rating on Steam is being hit by a torrent of negative reviews. The micro-transactions are just for weapon skins and cosmetic accessories, at least at the moment, and can be found inside crates or USB sticks in-game. Once you've picked either of these items up, you can purchase an encryption key which will unlock a randomised cosmetic item. [More]

GD LiveCast Nibble - Steam Controller First Impressions

Written by Joffy S on 24 November 2015 at 14:00

In the gaming space it can be surprising just how little genuine innovation has happened in game controllers over the years. There's been all sorts of odd peripherals by some of the smaller hardware manufacturers, but when you look at the big players like Sony, we're still playing with essentially the same gamepads since 1995. Take the DualShock 4. Other than the redundant touch pad it's practically the same as the controller you got bundled in with your PSone. 

Which is why it was so refreshing to see Valve take a stab at something totally new with the Steam Controller. It's been created by the owners of the world's largest dedicated PC gaming store with the express aim of bridging the gap between console and PC. Making sure every single PC game can be played from the comfort of your couch. But is it a success? Tim, Thomas, Rob and Jacques let us know in the latest GD LiveCast Nibble.  [More]

Windows 10 Update Deletes Apps Like CPU-Z And AMD Catalyst Control Without Permission

Written by Neil Soutter on 24 November 2015 at 12:45

Fresh off the back of the first large-scale Windows 10 update actually resetting some users’ privacy settings, it turns out it’s up to even more deviousness. Users are reporting that the ‘Threshold 2’ November Update is in fact automatically deleting some user-installation applications without any notifications or permissions.

It’s not clear at the moment just how many programs have been affected, but the two prominent ones for gamers are the CPU-Z and Speccy system profilers and monitoring apps, along with AMD’s Catalyst Control Centre. The latter one in particular seems like a huge error; AMD’s CCC is a key component in supporting its Radeon graphics cards. [More]

Unknown Worlds Has Restarted Natural Selection 2 Development - Wants To Make It Massive

Written by Stuart Thomas on 24 November 2015 at 11:30

Here’s one to wrap your head around. Natural Selection 2, the fantastic standalone sequel to the marines versus aliens mod for the original Half-Life, is going back into development. Unknown Worlds launched the FPS that fused in RTS elements back in 2012, before moving on underwater survival game Subnautica.

Three years later it wants back in, and it’s restarting development of Natural Selection 2. "Unknown Worlds is getting back into Natural Selection development. We have hired a small group of community members to reform an in-house development team," wrote Hugh Jeremy of Unknown Worlds. "We are going to try some crazy stuff. We want NS2 to be huge." [More]

Just Cause 3 Final System Requirements

Written by Joffy S on 24 November 2015 at 10:10

So the system requirements for Just Cause 3 came out yesterday, taken from the back of the PC retail boxes. As it turns out these aren't the final system requirements. Just Cause 3 went gold and got sent to manufacturing way back in mid-October, and since then the official system requirements have taken a bit of a leap. 

Just Cause 3 features one of the largest open-world sandboxes of all time, and it looks as if it comes at the cost of some heavy hardware to get it up and running. Built on a heavily modified version of the engine Avalanche used for Mad Max, Just Cause 3 is larger in just about every conceivable way - with jaw-dropping draw distances and Havoc physics ensuring realistic destruction. So after yesterday's mix-up, just what PC gaming hardware are you going to need for Just Cause 3...  [More]

Assassins Creed: Syndicate Review : Cor Blimey

Written by Joffy S on 23 November 2015 at 18:00

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is the best Assassin’s Creed yet. There, I’ve said it. It feels like quite a statement, but it isn't, taken in the grand scheme of things. The original was terrible. Assassin’s Creed 2 was fairly good. Its pseudo-sequels were fillers. Assassin’s Creed 3 was a let-down. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was great. And we all know about Assassin’s Creed Unity’s laundry list of problems. Still, putting it in the esteemed company of the grog-gulping, sea-shantying company of Black Flag is no bad thing.


Global Game Awards 2015 Just Cause 3 Free Game Giveaway

Written by Joffy S on 23 November 2015 at 17:00

We’re coming up to the end of the Global Game Awards 2015, so this is your last chance to get your votes and get counted. Stacks of titles and all sorts of hardware are up for nomination, so if you want your favourite games and gear to scoop up a coveted award then get voting.

We've got dozens upon dozens of categories celebrating everything from the best of the indie gems to the hottest graphics cards and AAA blockbusters, so make sure you get in there and get your votes counted. Voting ends in just under two days time. If you Tweet your support you could also be in with a chance of winning a copy of Just Cause 3, Avalanche’s AAA blockbuster sequel which is due out in just a couple of weeks. [More]

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