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The Division Is Back With An Open Beta, Factions Trailer And Some Eye-Opening Player Stats

Written by Joffy S on 10 February 2016 at 10:15

Quelle surprise, the Tom Clancy’s The Division beta is back, and this time it’s open to all. You kind of have to feel for the thousands, or potentially millions of players that Ubisoft encouraged to buy into or pre-order the beta, when just a fortnight later it's available to everybody. 

Expect a stampede of gamers causing absolutely crushed servers, but if you do manage to wriggle your way in, there’s going to be some significant changes from the last run out. That includes a brand new mission dubbed Subway Morgue in which players will encounter a new enemy faction known as The Cleaners. To get a feel for all the factions that are out for blood there’s also a brand new trailer to feast your eyes on., which includes the likes of Rioters, Rikers Island convicts, and now The Cleaners, to name but a few. [More]

Dying Light: The Following PC Ultra vs Low Graphics Benchmark Video

Written by Jacques Waugh on 09 February 2016 at 18:37

For many people the zombie genre has become saturated and stale, and so when Dying Light came out last year to considerable praise (including bringing home one of our coveted Global Game Awards as the best co op game of 2015) it was only a matter of time before Techland looked to add to their success. Dying Light: The Following launched today to an immediately strong critical reception, so we took a trip back to Harran to see what graphics performance we could achieve.

As seems to be the norm nowadays, using the option for Vsync had a tremendous impact on FPS, dropping the frame rate approximately 20 frames per second on Dying Light's maximum graphic setting. The other most taxing graphics options using our MSI Radeon R9 380 2gb were shadow map size and view distance due to the nature of the game's free roam open world which is considerably more expansive than the base game alongside the addition of vehicles. [More]

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Far Cry Primal 101 Trailer Is A Page Right Out Of Warped History

Written by Neil Soutter on 09 February 2016 at 16:30

No matter how stoic Ubisoft tries to come across with Far Cry Primal, the game does look patently ridiculous. There’s been enough liberties taken with historical authenticity to raise the eyebrows of even the worst history student. Well as the old saying goes, never let facts get in the way of “turning a cave bear into a flaming ball of destruction.” Yes. Please.

We’re coming up to just a couple of weeks from Primal thawing from the ice, and the Ubisoft marketing machine is shifting up a gear with the arrival of Far Cry Primal’s 101 trailer. As you can probably guess from the name, this is the low-down on just about everything you’re going to be up to in this Stone Age jaunt, including combat abilities, warring tribes, and animal husbandry. [More]

Dying Light: The Following And Enhanced Edition Launches Today With Gory New Trailer

Written by Stuart Thomas on 09 February 2016 at 15:15

Dying Light’s free Enhanced Edition update drops today, alongside The Following expansion pack and a swanky new trailer. If you haven’t dipped into Dying Light in a while then the Enhanced Edition comes with quite a suite of features to make another playthrough a tempting process, including the brand new Night Mode difficulty level, 250 Legend Levels to unlock and upgrade your character even further, and a new bounty system.

That’s just the gameplay additions as well, because there’s also a bunch of visual and performance upgrades to ensure this is the best looking version yet. There’s also the small matter of Dying Light’s The Following expansion pack, which takes up to four co-op players to the countryside surrounding Harran, sat behind the wheels of buggies armed with spikes, electric trap and missiles. [More]

Global Productivity To Plummet As Cookie Clicker 2.0 Arrives Fresh Out the Oven

Written by Joffy S on 09 February 2016 at 14:00

I hold no responsibility for the massive drop-off in your productivity today, but this is a big deal okay. Cookie Clicker version 2.0 is out, sending share prices in cheap mouse manufacturers soaring through the roof. I kicked my Cookie Clicker addiction a couple of years ago. Quite literally, as it turns out, because I accidentally put my foot through my laptop screen.

Now though, and I’m not sure this is a good or bad thing, the addiction can be fed again, cookie by delicious cookie. Cookie Clicker version 2.0 adds a whole bunch of new things to freshen up the base formula, which, to the uninitiated, is a browser-based parodical light management game in which you must simply click away to build up your own cookie empire. Don't let its simple pretence fool you though, behind such a basic premise lies a heinously addictive game. [More]

Its Attack Of The 200-Foot Giant In Dark Souls III Cinematic Intro Trailer

Written by Neil Soutter on 09 February 2016 at 12:45

Never let it be said that that sadistic lot at FROM Software don’t know how to put together a mighty good trailer. The latest, the opening cinematic from Dark Souls III, is equal parts enticing and horrendously intimidating. It looks as if FROM is taking no prisoners with this one.

There’s one fella who decides to wake up from his slumber at the 1:50 mark who looks insanely powerful. Yhrom the Giant, the reclusive lord of the profaned capital, is a towering behemoth armed with a 100ft cleaver. Just how you’ll go about taking down such a beast remains to be seen. Rolling around and jabbing his ankles with a spear, probably.  [More]

CryEngine Is Forked - Amazon Announces Free To Use Lumberyard Game Engine

Written by Joffy S on 09 February 2016 at 11:30

Remember a while back when Amazon splashed some big bucks on an infinite license for CryTek’s CryEngine? Because of that infinite license it’s been able to modify the source code and distribute it however it wants. Well the fruits of that endeavour have arrived - Amazon has launched its own game engine based on CryEngine, called Lumberyard. 

The twist is, Amazon is giving away its Lumberyard engine totally free of charge. That’s full access to the source, free to download, with no royalty charges or subscription fees of any type. Gulp. Watch out Unity, Unreal Engine 4, et al. [More]

Firewatch Review : Fire Watch With Me

Written by Stuart Thomas on 09 February 2016 at 10:00

Games are definitely getting more like movies. That’s probably part of the success of Twitch. Kids watch YouTube videos of all of the cutscenes from a game stitched together into what becomes a coherent story. Storylines have evolved from Super Mario rescuing princesses to thought-provoking, challenging tales that are every bit the art form that film and literature can claim to be.

What’s more, the interactivity of videogames, if handled correctly, can add a new dimension to storytelling, often playing on the theme of freedom of choice. However, for the most part we’re still in a transition phase, where these stories are combined with shooting monsters and levelling up abilities; artifacts of the birth of the medium which, with time, will probably seem less sacred. [More]

Firewatch PC Low vs Ultra Graphics Benchmark Video

Written by Jacques Waugh on 08 February 2016 at 18:00

With there being such an influx of genre games all following the same format, it's always refreshing to come across something like Firewatch. It's one of those rare games that offers a differing experience to the norm - it asks you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the landscape and to really think about the story, as opposed to mindlessly slaying enemies and the narrative simply being a coating. Firewatch looks incredible and boasts an impressive frame rate, even on Ultra graphics settings, and surprisingly enjoys a much more consistent FPS when maxed out.

The graphics options in Firewatch are fairly limited compared to your average AAA title but considering the visual simplicity of it, this is hardly surprising. The graphics engine is clearly centred around lighting effects considering three of the four main graphics options are based around Shadows, Light Shafts and Ambient Occlusion. Using our MSI Radeon R9 380 2GB, I found that the card had very little trouble keeping above 40 fps on ultra. [More]

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