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XCOM 2 PC Minimum Vs Maximum Graphics Benchmark Video

Written by Jacques Waugh on 05 February 2016 at 18:32

XCOM 2 has launched today and with it come some pretty high expectations after the success of the previous game. Early responses to the game so far have been positive, with many reviewers giving the game extremely high scores and praise for the updated and new mechanics in the game.

After the break is our video showcasing XCOM 2 on its maximum graphics setting and its minimum one. XCOM 2 ran impressively well for a brand new game, however the title offers 8x MSAA anti-aliasing which severely affects the frame rate – simply changing the anti-aliasing to 8x MSAA from FXAA produced a loss of over 30 frames per second and the game becomes unplayable on the MSI Radeon R9 380 2gb. [More]

Rise Of The Tomb Raider Patch Adds Additional Graphics Options For Enhanced Visuals

Written by Neil Soutter on 05 February 2016 at 17:09

Crystal Dynamics have pushed out a new patch for Rise of the Tomb Raider, and tucked in amongst all the usual tweaks and bug fixes are a couple of very interesting new additions - two new graphics options available to potentially enhance Rise of the Tomb Raider’s visuals above and beyond what we saw in the launch version.

These comprise Specular Reflection Quality, which enables users to both enhance the resolution of and reduce instances of aliasing in specular reflections. This will come at a performance cost, but we’ll have to see just what the knock-on effect is in some performance benchmarks. Joining this is the new option to disable Screen Effects. That relates to the film grain which was layered over Rise of the Tomb Raider. Removing this should lead to a cleaner image. [More]

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The Division Know Your Skills Trailer Has A Breakdown On Unique Abilities And Mods

Written by Neil Soutter on 05 February 2016 at 14:00

For all its glitz and glamour, Tom Clancy’s The Division is a numbers game deep at heart. A big part of it is going to be picking and choosing how you upgrade and equip your soldier, with a total of 12 cutting edge skills split across Medical, Technology and Security disciplines.

The latest trailer for The Division provides a bit of a breakdown for what you can expect from some of these, and I can’t help but draw some similarities between this and Ubisoft’s previous game - Rainbow Six Siege. Those who push down the medical tree will even get access to the Pulse skill, the very same name as a Siege Operator, which allows you track heartbeats and locate enemies behind cover. [More]

XCOM 2 Graphics Options And Performance Tips And Tricks

Written by Joffy S on 05 February 2016 at 12:00

The invasion might have been delayed a while from its original November launch date, but at long last the alien hostilities have commenced, and XCOM 2 has arrived. Firaxis' long-awaited sequel looks to improve on XCOM: Enemy Unknown is just about every conceivable way. It's got deeper tactical depth, and if you thought Enemy Unknown was punishing, think again; XCOM 2 takes difficulty to a whole new level.

Plenty of you have no doubt already got your hands on XCOM 2, or are at least close to clicking that Buy button, so here's a run-down of everything you'll need to know to ensure optimum performance before you head in. From XCOM's graphics options to system requirements and performance tips and tricks, we've got it all overwatched.  [More]

German Overclockers Set Intel Skylake World Record With 7GHz Overclock

Written by Joffy S on 05 February 2016 at 11:30

Intrepid German overclockers have achieved a pretty incredible feat, setting a world record 7GHz speed on Intel’s latest Skylake Core i7-6700K processor. The massive overclock was achieved by duo Der8auer and Dancop, who managed to eke out enough performance from the i7-6700K to smash through the 7GHz barrier and hit 7007.85MHz frequency.

How was this overclock achieved? The German team used the aforementioned I7-6700K CPU, along with 8GB DDR4 RAM, an ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard and a Windows XP installation. Using just one of the processor’s four cores, they set the base frequency to 101.56MHz and turned the multiplier up to a frankly insane 69X. [More]

Pillars Of Eternity Is Getting Sweeping Changes When White March Pt 2 Expansion Arrives

Written by Stuart Thomas on 05 February 2016 at 10:15

There’s a big old 3.0 update being added to Pillars of Eternity later this month. It’s coming alongside the final chunk of the White March expansion pack, but you don’t need to pick up the expansion to benefit from the patch. Probably the most interesting element is a Dragon Age Inquisition-style makeover to your Stronghold. This means new story-based adventures, strange visitors to your keep, and a new quest-line whereby your base is under threat.

Along with this, combat has been given a bit of a difficulty bump with the introduction of injuries. Every time one of your party members gets knocked out in combat, they’re going to suffer an injury which can act as a debuff. The only way to heal up from these injuries, which stack up, is to rest at a campsite. [More]

Mirrors Edge Story Trailer And Beta Signups Revealed

Written by Stuart Thomas on 04 February 2016 at 17:05

Everyone knows you’re not a proper game these days unless you have a beta test, and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is no different. It seems a bit of a weird one to have a beta test, although perhaps the multiplayer is a far larger component than the leaderboards and speed-running I’d envisioned.

Unusually, however, you won’t need to pre-order to gain access to Mirror’s Edge Catalyst’s beta. Which is good. All you need to do is head on over to the official site and register your interest. You will have to sign in with an EA/Origin account, and you are forced to sign up for email updates which was enough to turn me away. Along with news of beta, we’ve also got our hands on a brain new trailer, which is the first new footage we’ve seen of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst since way back at Gamescom Cologne last August. [More]

DOOM Is Coming To Tear Out Your Eyeballs In May

Written by Joffy S on 04 February 2016 at 16:30

Whisper it, and I understand that’s not very DOOM of me, but the upcoming DOOM reboot is actually looking like it will be the head-stomping, BFG-ing, eye-ripping, real deal. Every trailer I lay my eyes on just builds on this feeling, and the new Campaign trailer is no different, in all its claret-splattered glory.

Ah, and before I forget and over-indulge with the trailer, there’s also the small matter of a release date. DOOM is out May 13th (Friday the 13th, obvs), for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. There’s a normal version or you can splash out a hundred bucks on the Collector’s Edition, complete with 12” Revenant statue and spinning turbine base. Absolutely essential if you want to make it look like you live in Dave Mustaine’s living room. [More]

Ambitious Alien Survival Game The Solus Project Hits Steam Early Access This Month

Written by Joffy S on 04 February 2016 at 15:15

I have to admit this one flew right under my radar until an email plopped into my inbox, but a game called The Solus Project is hitting Steam Early Access soon, and it looks like a pretty awesome first-person sci-fi adventure game. As a spacefarer stranded on a bizarre, seemingly deserted alien planet, The Solus Project is an entirely single-player game that borrows heavily from the swatches of survival games out there.

You’ll have to gather resources, craft items and build shelters in order to survive the world, all the while getting stuck into some deep puzzle solving and exploration mechanics in order to find out not just what this place is, but also to find a way off. On first impressions it seems like a run of the mill survival game, but it appears as if there’s a lot more to The Solus Project than that. [More]

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