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Life is Strange: Episode 4 - Dark Room Review : Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Written by Joffy S on 02 August 2015 at 16:00

Saying almost anything about a game like Life is Strange is almost impossibly spoilerific. I know this because, having finished this episode, I had a quick look around a number of other sites to see their impressions and to see if their playthroughs were drastically different than mine, and I was bombarded with plot details. I’m going to keep this brief, and I’m going to do my utmost to keep spoilers to an absolute minimum. Suffice to say, there may be more or two points chatted about from episodes 1-3, but that’s all.


Toukiden Kiwami PC Port Report And GameMuze Performance Benchmarks

Written by Joffy S on 02 August 2015 at 14:00

While console gamers sit around ploughing thousands of hours into Monster Hunter and its ilk, we’re typically given short shrift on the hunting genre over on PC. In spite of that, in recent months we’re seeing a bit of a shift. Publishers like Koei Tecmo are waking up and seeing sense, with games like Toukiden Kiwami making it over. These are console games first and foremost, but they’re often undiscovered gems hidden deep in Steam’s hectic release schedule.

Here we’ve got GameMuze giving us a complete rundown in his Toukiden Kiwami PC Port Report and performance benchmarks. He’s taking a new approach to videos here on GD, specialising in the quality of PC game ports first and foremost. You’re going to want to give it a watch before picking up Toukiden as well, because it’s not cheap. Toukiden: Kiwami is retailing on Steam for a whopping £49.99 / $59.99 / € 59.99. [More]

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Windows 10 And DirectX 12 - What Uses DirectX 12 And What Benefits Do You Get Right Now

Written by Joffy S on 02 August 2015 at 12:00

So, you’ve gone through the rigmarole of upgrading to Windows 10. You’ve sorted out your drivers and your settings and your whatnots. Now your attention turns to gaming. After all, Windows 10 comes with all that shiny new DirectX 12 technology, doesn’t it? Well, yes. Sort of. Windows 10 comes loaded with DirectX 12 capability. This now means if you have a DX11 graphics card, it is now capable of DirectX 12.

The only problem is, developers haven’t had much time to make use of it yet. You see, DirectX 12-compatible games aren’t going to start rolling in until the end of the year at the earliest, and we’re going to be well into 2016 until we see a AAA game take advantage of it from the ground up. Such are the vagaries of game development - good things take time. [More]

Wasteland 2 Directors Cut Moves To An Updated Game Engine - Out October 13th

Written by Neil Soutter on 02 August 2015 at 10:00

The Wasteland 2 Director’s Cut is out on October 13th, inXile Entertainment has confirmed. Previously known as the Game of the Year Edition, Wasteland 2 Director’s Cut makes a huge raft of improvements to the original, including a total visual upgrade with the switch to the latest Unity 5 game engine.

In terms of gameplay features, the Director’s Cut adds a Quirks, Perks, and Precision Strikes for the first time. The former is gameplay-modifying characters and personality traits for each character. Perks are new bonuses which can be picked during each level up process, while Precision Strikes is a VATS-style body part targeting technique for damaging enemy limbs. [More]

Up For Debate - Microsofts Support Of Gaming In Windows 10

Written by Joffy S on 01 August 2015 at 16:00

For all the bravado of Microsoft’s games chatter with Windows 10, how much is it actually doing to encourage gaming within the most profitable sector of its business? Not much as it turns out. When the likes of Phil Spencer big up Windows 10 gaming, it inevitably centres around the ability to stream from an Xbox One to a PC. This is up there with powdered water as one of the most fruitless inventions of all time.

The Xbox One has been out for close to two years. The exclusive games we can generally agree are worth playing, that aren’t on PC, are Forza Horizon 2, Forza Motorsport 5, Sunset Overdrive, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It’s hardly a list to write home about is it? And certainly not a great advertisement for picking up a £300 Xbox One if you already have a gaming PC. [More]

Step By Step Guide To The Basics Of CPU Overclocking

Written by Joffy S on 01 August 2015 at 14:00

When it comes to overclocking, the CPU is one of the best choices. It won’t have as significant an impact as a graphics card overclock, but a large enough performance bump could see you stretch out the lifespan of your processor for another year or two. Mid to high tier CPUs aren’t cheap, so if you can spread those upgrades out further at little to no extra cost, then it seems like a no brainer.

However, like any overclocking. it’s not without its perils. When messing around with overclocking, you’re going to be increasing voltages, which in turn means a bump in temperatures. This can have the adverse effect of shortening the life of your CPU, or frying it completely and rendering it useless. Don’t rush things and be careful, and you can help to eliminate the threat of this happening. [More]

The Windows 10 Launch Accounted For 8 Per Cent Of Internet Traffic

Written by Neil Soutter on 01 August 2015 at 12:00

When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade, attention inevitably turned to just how many people would take them up on the offer. The plan to introduce Windows 10 in waves was pretty much sunk when there was such a simple workaround. Some people had a few problems, but surprisingly, the internet didn't.

On the evening of its launch, downloads of Windows 10 were responsible for 8% of the entirety of world’s bandwidth. The traffic peaked just prior to July 29th, when most of the five million Windows Insiders made the jump up to Windows 10. This dropped down to 3 or 4% on July 29th itself. Compare this to the launch of Apple’s iOS 7, however, and it looks like there’s a problem. Apple’s OS update hit the internet hard, peaking at 15% of the global traffic. [More]

Act Of Aggression Kicks Off A Nuclear War In The Superweapons Trailer

Written by Stuart Thomas on 01 August 2015 at 10:00

An Act of Aggression ‘Superweapons’ trailer is out, and it’s ticking all the right boxes for maniacal old me. Honest to goodness base-building strategy games are rarer than tiberium these days, having flooded the market like a flood of Zergs a decade or so ago. Act of Aggression promises to be the proper Command & Conquer sequel you never got, right down to the overpowered end-game superweapons.

When you’ve got enough gold hoarded to just up sticks and buy a new country, and a massed tank rush just won’t cut, it’s time to bring out the big guns. Or “Where diplomacy fails, nuclear war prevails”, as developer Eugen Systems not-so-subtly puts it. Each of Act of Aggression’s three factions will have unique high-end weaponry, capable of delivering blistering strikes that can quickly turn the tide of war. [More]

Mozilla Firefox Call Windows 10 Browser Selection Aggressively Biased To Edge

Written by Stuart Thomas on 31 July 2015 at 17:30

Its good to have choice. A few years back Microsoft got told by the courts that when someone installs their operating system, that user should not automatically be given MS Internet Explorer, but instead be presented with a randomised list to choose from. The browser list is made up of all major browsers currently available. Most of us have probably seen this at some point.

The reason for this was because the courts felt that Microsoft had a form of monopoly on the internet browsing arena. With the release and free upgrade of Microsoft Windows 10, Mozilla (developers of the Firefox browser) have publicly accused Windows 10 of pushing a user into using their new Microsoft browser, called Edge. And then makes it harder for users to restore their default browser settings from their previous version of windows. [More]

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