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Grab A Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor Steam Code For Less Than 20 GBP

Written by Jon Sutton on 01 October 2014 at 17:30

Everyone loves a bargain. Getting hold of a cracking deal is one of life’s little pleasures, like putting on a coat you haven't worn in six months and finding a crisp £20 note dying to be spent at the nearest watering hole.

Brand new PC games aren’t cheap nowadays, with big boys like EA and Ubisoft charging upwards of £40-£50 for a day one release. We feared the same for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, but having had a poke around for a copy we found an absolute bargain from Brazilian store Nuuvem. This brand new release is available to pick up now for just 70 Brazilian Real, or around £17.59/$28.48. It seemed remarkably cheap for a huge new release but we've bitten the bullet and given it a go and it works a treat. [More]

AMD Catalyst 14.9 Drivers Bring Performance Improvements To R9 290X And R9 290

Written by Neil Soutter on 01 October 2014 at 16:30

AMD has posted its new Catalyst 14.9 WHQL certified graphics drivers, the first WHQL-certified drivers since the release of the AMD Catalyst 14.4 drivers way back in April this year. The focus this time around is on performance boosts for its top-tier cards, namely the AMD Radeon R9 290X and the AMD Radeon R9 290.

The new drivers provide a whole host of performance enhancements to a number of demanding titles including Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Watch Dogs, Thief, and Batman: Arkham Origins among others. Some of these tweaks are for Mantle-supported titles and performance improvements across the board in these titles ranges from 5% all the way up to 20%, while CrossFire configuration scaling is seeing performance gains of up to 92 per cent in some circumstances. [More]

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Hearthstone Halloween Handout Has Exclusive All Hallows Eve Treats For Seventh Season

Written by Stuart Thomas on 01 October 2014 at 15:15

All Hallows’ Eve. That strangest of days where we decide it’s a great time to scare the bejeezus out of ourselves. Kids across the land put on some frankly horrific costumes before terrorising their neighbourhoods in the name of sugar-based confectionery while adults watch horror films that they’ll continue to wonder they’re even legal as they hurriedly cram popcorn into their mouth.

It’s a strange sort of day and there’s in fact still more than four weeks to go until it arrives, but that hasn’t stopped the ever-festive Blizzard dusting off its pumpkin collection for a Hearthstone Halloween makeover already. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is still only a matter of months old and its already in its seventh official Hearthstone Ranked Play Season, and to commemorate the occasion a special new Halloween-themed card backing is available to add to your collection. [More]

Leaked AMD Slides Reveal HBM 3D Memory 9X Faster Than GDDR5 For R9 300 Series

Written by Jon Sutton on 01 October 2014 at 14:00

Leaked presentation slides for a co-developed product from AMD and SK Hynix have been revealed, showcasing how the pair of tech giants are creating 3D stacked High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) capable of running up to nine times faster than GDDR5 memory.

The pair have been collaborating on the HBM memory as a replacement for the GDDR5 standard, which has seen its performance increases slow down during recent years, meaning performance gains have grown exponentially more expensive. Wider memory interfaces and faster GDDR5 RAM modules have typically been the key but these are now reaching their limits, and AMD is looking at developing this technology to integrate with its Radeon R9 300 series of graphics cards. [More]

Four Hackers Charged With Breaching Microsoft, Valve And Epic Games Security

Written by Neil Soutter on 01 October 2014 at 12:45

Four hackers aged between 18 and 28 have been charged with hacking Valve, Activision and Microsoft during numerous incidents over the past few years, leading to a serious breach of Activision and Epic resulting in the leaking of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and code from Gears of War 3.

The four hackers are from Canada and the United States and will be facing charges from the US Department of Justice. Two of the four hackers have already pleaded guilty to the charges while the remaining two are still being investigated. A total of 18 counts are being held against the group, who have allegedly stole software worth over $100 million. [More]

The Black Gate Opens For Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor Launch Trailer

Written by Stuart Thomas on 01 October 2014 at 11:30

In the words of the late, great Jim Taggart, there’s been a Mordor. Which, in this case, heralds the arrival of Monolith’s latest effort, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. So far Shadow of Mordor has arrived to rapturous acclaim, which shouldn't be too surprising from the team that created Condemned, F.E.A.R. and the sublime No One Lives Forever.

This latest two-minute launch trailer gives some background behind the story of Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, which is set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, following the ranger/wrath Talion as he embarks on a bloodthirsty tale of revenge. It’s classic Middle-Earth fare, but what’s most important is it tees up a raft of excuses to go toe-to-toe with a bunch of remarkably ugly orcs in some brutal and varied battles, clearly taking some hefty cues from the Batman: Arkham series. [More]

Microsoft Announces Windows 10, Skipping Windows 9 Entirely

Written by Jon Sutton on 01 October 2014 at 10:26

Microsoft has announced its latest Windows operating system, but flying in the face of traditional numbering conventions it will in fact be Windows 10 rather than the previously rumoured Windows 9.

Windows 10 was revealed at a press event late yesterday evening, where the new universal Windows platform was going to be arriving next year with support for PCs, Tablets, Phones, TVs and even potentially the Xbox One. The reason for the numbering was because “It wouldn’t be right to call it Windows 9” said Windows chief Terry Myerson. “The new Windows is Windows 10, and it will be our most comprehensive platform ever.” Rumours persist however that it was because 7 ate 9. [More]

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Start Up Crashes, Graphics Fixes And SLI Solutions

Written by Jon Sutton on 30 September 2014 at 17:31

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is out now across the pond in the US, and gamers are already getting to grips with what has proven to be surprising success story. Lord of the Rings lore and its associated fare hasn't always made for the greatest videogame adaptations despite being the perfect videogame source material. Monolith looks to have at long last cracked the problem though with this stunning action adventure that combines together everyone's favourite bits from Batman: Arkham Asylum and Assassin's Creed to give us one heck of an adventure.

Like any big release though Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor isn't without its fair share of problems. The warning signs were there after the humongous system requirements but you might have to do a little work if you want SoM looking and playing its absolute best. That's all provided you can even boot the game up though, with a number of teething problems preventing many players from doing so. Luckily though we've collated together some Shadow of Mordor tweaks, fixes, and tips to help you get it working. You shall not pass. [More]

Pretty Massive Battlefield 4 Fall Patch Finally Crushes All Those Launch Bugs

Written by Jon Sutton on 30 September 2014 at 16:15

Battlefield 4’s enormous Fall Patch has finally been deployed, with the rather large 1.16GB download looking to finally lay to rest all those demons haunting DICE’s latest online shooter since launch. The full list of changes coming to Battlefield 4 makes War & Peace look like it was scribbled on the back of a postage stamp, and addresses many of the netcode, hud, and player movement problems seen since its troubled launch.

If the thought of reading through a mountain of patch notes sends you into a dazed stupor from which you may never return then it’s your lucky day because we’re rounding up the best bits in a nice bite sized chunk. Chief among the update is that player movement has now been made identical to Battlefield 3, the HUD has been tidied up and decluttered and there’s a new game mode in the form of Obliteration Competitive. [More]

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