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Up For Debate - Game Devs Dropping Single-Player In Favour Of Multiplayer

Written by Joffy S on 29 August 2015 at 16:00

Recently it came to light that DICE has chosen not to include a single-player campaign in Star Wars Battlefront for the simple reason that no one would even play it anyway. Now, clearly DICE and EA have done this market research on this front. Between the two of them they've probably built a pretty clear picture of how popular single-player has been in previous DICE titles.

What they neglect to mention, however, is that every Battlefield campaign, bar none, has been universally bad. That’s no slight at DICE; the team knows what it’s doing with multiplayer, but the single-player introduced after Battlefield 2 basically screams tacked on. If DICE went to lengths to include a solid campaign with Star Wars Battlefront in the region of Call of Duty quality you can bet your bottom dollar that gamers would lap it up. Where once we drowned in single-player Star Wars shooters, we’re now stranded on Tatooine without a drop of Bantha-blood fizz to drink. [More]

F2P Arena Shooter LawBreakers Debut Gameplay Trailer Revealed

Written by Neil Soutter on 29 August 2015 at 14:00

We’ve finally got our hands on some of the first gameplay footage of Cliff Bleszinki’s LawBreakers. As you’d expect from one of the lead designers of Unreal Tournament, LawBreakers is a sci-themed arena shooter, albeit team-based and with player classes.

CliffyB’s Boss Key Productions has been teasing the shooter all week, which is set in 2105 following an apocalyptic event which destroyed the moon. During the ensuing chaos criminal gangs rise up, and it’s to the strong arm of the law to put them back in their place during 5v5 online action. On first impressions it’s the return of fast-paced, gib-spewing, rocket-jumping arena shooting. [More]

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Valve And HTCs Vive Will Only Be Available In Extremely Limited Quantities In 2015

Written by Stuart Thomas on 29 August 2015 at 12:00

We were all anticipating 2015 being the year virtual reality finally becomes a commercial product, what with HTC announce its Vive VR headset would be coming later this year in partnership with Valve. As it turns out, the HTC Vive will be available later this year but in extremely limited quantities, with full-blown availability in early 2016.

What this means is that you probably can’t get your hands on an HTC Vive in 2015. There’ll be a few out there in the wild along with the developer versions, but in terms of just popping onto Amazon to pick one up, you’re out of luck. HTC promises there will be "larger quantities shipping in calendar Q1 2016”, which is shaping up to be a very busy period indeed for VR. [More]

Avalance Studios Has An Appetite For Destruction In Latest Just Cause 3 Video

Written by Joffy S on 29 August 2015 at 10:00

Avalanche’s love of earth-shattering detonations and pyrotechnic eruptions is well documented. The studio’s previous Just Cause games have made blowing things up a work of art, but in Just Cause 3 the level of destruction is being taken to the next level.

Where Just Cause 3 differs from its peers is in the use of dynamic destruction. Rather than canned explosions, Avalanche claim there’s a cause and effect system in place. For instance a bridge will crumble differently depending on where explosives are planted. The middle could be blown out and cause the edges to sink in, or an entire half could be blown away and leaving the other half hanging precariously. [More]

XCOM 2 Delayed Until 2016

Written by Stuart Thomas on 28 August 2015 at 17:30

In news that will bring an army of armchair strategists weeping to their knees, Firaxis and 2K have announced that XCOM 2 has been delayed. The eagerly anticipated tactical, turn-based strategy game has been pushed back from its November launch and will now be arriving on February 5th, 2016.

The reasons the XCOM 2 development team have given for the delay are to fulfil the original ambitions, which are to ensure it improves on XCOM: Enemy Unknown in every way. The extra will be going towards adding more gameplay depth, replayability, and a deeper investment in the custom soldiers. [More]

What Are You Playing This Weekend - September 2015 Edition

Written by Joffy S on 28 August 2015 at 17:00

It’s been a quiet August, but we haven’t been totally devoid of quality releases, with Shadowrun: Hong Kong, The Swindle and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture helping to stave off the dreaded summer drought. This weekend we roll into September though, and that can mean only one thing - the avalanche of top-tier games begins. Things are kicking off with a bang as well, with the goatknapping Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Mad Max to look forward to this coming Tuesday.

That’s just the starting pistol though; the last chunk of 2015 is crammed with ridiculously promising titles that’s going to make carefully planning your gaming purchases an absolute nightmare. The next few days are the last chance to clear the decks. To polish off those titles which have been lingering in your library for months, waiting to be completed. I’m looking at you, Geralt, you 200-hour monster. [More]

Nvidia Releases GeForce 355.80 Driver SLI Hotfix For Windows 10 Users

Written by Joffy S on 28 August 2015 at 15:30

This slipped me by as I’m not lucky enough to have a SLI’ed up system (yet), but Nvidia has released a hotfix driver update which fixes a critical memory leak in Windows 10 that occurs while running a SLI configuration.

SLI setups involve two or more Nvidia graphics cards installed in the same system, and it seems as if reliability in Windows 10 hasn’t been top notch for Nvidia users. Users of multi-GPU setups were reportedly experiencing system crashes due to excessive virtual memory usage. The issues occurred while playing games, but Nvidia hopefully has this sorted with the GeForce Hotfix Driver 355.80, which is out now and ready to download. [More]

Microsoft Reports Windows 10 Has Been Installed On More Than 75 Million Machines

Written by Joffy S on 28 August 2015 at 13:15

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 has unsurprisingly got off to a bit of a flyer. So far its new operating system has been installed on more that 75 million machines throughout 192 countries. That means 1 in 93 of the planet’s population has got hold of Windows 10 in the four weeks since its launch.

The sky-high numbers were revealed by Microsoft’s corporate vice president for marketing, Yusuf Mehdi, who presented a series of impressive stats about its latest operating system. The 75 million figure takes into account PCs and tablets, with more than 90,000 unique hardware models making the jump to Windows 10. Mehdi claimed the oldest devices that upgraded date back as far as 2007, which I’m sorry to say is the category my laptop falls into. But hey, it’s a record holder for something at least. [More]

LawBreakers Is The New Game From Gears Of War Designer CliffyB

Written by Neil Soutter on 28 August 2015 at 11:45

Gears of War creator Cliff ‘CliffyB’ Bleszinski has taken the wraps off of BlueStreak, or Project BlueStreak if you like, and erm... it turns out it’s actually called LawBreakers. The team at Boss Key Studios has settled on LawBreakers then which isn’t the most inspiring name, but lest we judge a book by its cover, we’ve got the first details on this multiplayer shooter.

Set nearly a hundred years in the future, 2105 to be precise, the moon has been blown into cosmic smithereens during an event that has gone down on Earth as ‘The Shattering’. In further proof that you shouldn’t smash something up until you know good and proper what it does, the detonation of the moon has forever altered Earth’s gravity, causing all sorts of carnage. [More]

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