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Destiny 2 Launching in 2017 And Activision Took 1.2 Billion Dollars Last Year

Written by Jacques Waugh on 14 February 2016 at 12:15

Activision Blizzard Inc. have released their fourth quarter and full 2015 year financial results and it's safe to say they're doing well for themselves, reportedly generating $1.2 billion in cash flow during 2015. Not only does Activision Blizzard house world famous franchises such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Skylanders, but last year they bought King and claim their monthly users have been bolstered to half a billion through the acquisition.

Destiny launched to a very mixed reception but has gone on to see considerable success despite this, boasting over 25 million registered users who have totalled almost 3 billion hours playtime in the game. The Taken King was the latest expansion released for Destiny and was met with universal praise amongst critics and Bungie aren't ready to slow down just yet with Destiny 2 set to be released in 2017. [More]

SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset Review

Written by Stuart Thomas on 14 February 2016 at 10:00

So then, the Siberia V2. It was kind of a high watermark for Steel Series headsets a few years back, and many were the hours I whiled away with my head warmly nestled in the velvety embrace of my V2. With the recent-ish release of the Siberia V3, though, the V2 disappeared from sale (naturally enough), and with it the 50mm drivers that gave the V2 such good sound quality.

Now, obviously, the V3 is an improvement on the V2. But there were so many fans clamouring for the now-dropped V2 that Steel Series re-released it. Nearly. Enter the Siberia 200, which resembles the V2 like BB-8 resembles R2-D2. It fulfils the same niche, and does many of the same things, but it’s been designed just a little differently. [More]

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XCOM 2 Review : Guerrillas in the Mist

Written by Jacques Waugh on 13 February 2016 at 17:00

If you are someone who enjoys sci-fi and tactical games, then XCOM 2 is probably already on your radar – blasting aliens, tactical combat scenarios, persistent RPG features and permadeath for your units should already have you foaming at the mouth. XCOM: Enemy Unknown enjoyed considerable success but also came with a fair amount of bugs and so XCOM 2 arrives with quite a lot to live up to.

If ain't broke, don't fix it as the old adage goes and Firaxis have made sure to harken back the success of its predecessor where possible. There are moments where it can be difficult to tell apart the 2 games - there is a definite graphical improvement but the majority of animations and gameplay lines up identically which leaves a feeling somewhere between nostalgia and deja vu at times. Where some developers could simply create a sequel that exists only as a rehash, XCOM 2 has added enough new mechanics and features that the gameplay feels fresh and inviting, even for someone like myself who spent countless hours on XCOM 1. [More]

Call of Duty 2016 Officially Confirmed by Infinity Ward

Written by Jacques Waugh on 13 February 2016 at 13:30

It's been 4 months since Call of Duty: Black Ops III was released and so it's right about the time Activision begin showing what's coming next for the series. Infinity Ward have announced on twitter that CoD 2016 is officially in development and many people seem to be hoping for a Modern Warfare 4.

Infinity Ward are the devs that brought us the ever revered Modern Warfare branch of the Call of Duty series, as well as Call of Duty: Ghosts. Many fans of the series have expressed a desire to return to the style of gameplay seen in Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2 so it'll be interesting to see in which direction IW intend to take the series next. [More]

Opinion: Windows 10 Is Now Automatically Installing Itself Without Express Permission

Written by tzzsmk on 13 February 2016 at 12:00

Let's  start with a recent quote by Microsoft: “We updated the upgrade experience today to help our customers, who previously reserved their upgrade, schedule a time for their upgrade to take place.”

Microsoft is doing everything in its power to push Windows 10 everywhere. It started with innocent 'free upgrade' offers for Windows 7/8/8.1 owners; annoying pop-ups scaring off users all around the world. Then it evolved into optional Windows updates. Then it started scaring off enterprise employees and IT administrators if company computers were using "regular" Pro/Ultimate versions of Windows. All of this was actually resistible, because nothing could happen IF the user (with admin rights) didn't click to install the 'upgrade'. Yes, the annoying fact that roughly 6GB of Windows 10 upgrade files are being downloaded without any notification is ridiculous, but who notices a paltry 6GB disc space being eaten up, right? [More]

Seven Of The Best XCOM 2 Mods So Far

Written by Joffy S on 13 February 2016 at 10:00

XCOM 2 is but a few days old, and already the mods are flowing faster than you can say ‘humanity’s lost’. Three officially supported mods arrived on day one, and these are just the tip of the iceberg. Developer Firaxis knows a thing or two about hooking players in for the long term you see. Just ask the XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Civilization V players who’ve racked up thousands on house in these games alone.

It’s meant XCOM 2 has had built-in mod support from day one, including the so-simple-it-blows-my-mind Steam Workshop integration. There’s an ever-growing ocean of mods out there for XCOM 2, and here’s seven of the best you can grab right now. [More]

Total Warhammer New Empire Campaign Map Video

Written by Felix Nova on 12 February 2016 at 17:00

The latest Total War Warhammer gameplay video takes a closer look at the Empire's Grand campaign. Focusing on the regions maps on the Empire faction with a look at how things are in the starting period of the game for them. There are a couple of months still, until the end of April TW Warhammer release date, so Creative Assembly are adding polish to their final game.

In the video we can see some key in-game campaign mechanics at work, with a closer look at the Legendary development path including Karl Franz's Pegasus mount skills. Then there is coverage of the building & technology trees, finishing with a closer look over the human lands of Reikland and its topography. [More]

Bethesda Set to Revive How You Survive in Upcoming Fallout 4 DLC

Written by Jacques Waugh on 12 February 2016 at 15:00

There's always more shooting and looting to be done in the Boston wasteland and Bethesda are ready to provide the latest itch for all the Vault dwellers out there ready to head on out and slay super mutants and radroaches once again. Bethesda have revealed on twitter that an announcement detailing their plans for Fallout 4 downloadable content is coming soon and that we can expect to see a revamp of the fan favourite Survival mode (which received a lot of criticism for missing features in FO4).

Bethesda are keeping coy about what the DLC will entail and when gamers will be playing the new content but they have confirmed that they are “doing a complete overhaul” and that we can expect to see features such as “Food, sleep, diseases, danger and more”, which I know a lot of gamers felt were glaring omissions from the base game. [More]

Quantum Break Windows 10 System Requirements Updated

Written by Jacques Waugh on 12 February 2016 at 14:00

The Quantum Break system requirements were revealed yesterday and definitely something to behold, and it seems that Microsoft Studios and Remedy Entertainment realise how truly demanding the game appeared on recommended specs. With this in mind, they have altered the requirements on the official Remedy site to offer a new tier above recommended called Ultra.

The new middle tier is definitely nothing to be sniffed at, with a recommended clock speed of 3.9ghz on an Intel Core i5 4690 which is still considered a fairly high end CPU compared to what AAA titles have traditionally expected. Remedy are sticking to their initial estimate of 16gb of RAM which seems to slowly be becoming the norm for AAA titles on PC. Check out the full Quantum Break Windows 10 System Requirements update. [More]

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