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October PlayStation Plus And Xbox Games With Gold Games Revealed

Written by Neil Soutter on 02 October 2014 at 12:50

Sony and Microsoft have both revealed their free titles for this month on their PlayStation Plus and Games with Gold services as both console mnanufacturers look to entice gamers in with some free(ish) goodies.

On the PlayStation side this month’s titles include DriveClub PS+ edition, Spelunky, Batman: Arkham Asylum and more for a total of seven free titles, while Microsoft hits back with new indie release Chariot, DarkSiders 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for users to download in what promises to be stellar October of gaming. [More]

Cities: Skylines System Requirements

Written by Jon Sutton on 02 October 2014 at 11:35

It's been more than a year now since SimCity came out and crushed our mayoral hearts, stamping on our ambitions with its cities that looked more like hamlets and its always-online requirement that made its launch such an unmitigated disaster. Since then time has whiled away but we're still yet to see the return of the truly great city-building game.

Step forward Cities: Skylines, a sprawling city building landscape covered in miles of jutting skyscrapers, picturesque suburbs, spaghetti junctions and all manner of architectural marvels. It's a town-planner's dream come true and with Cities in Motion developer Colossal Order behind the scenes we know it's going to be a thoroughly in-depth city sim. Before you apply for planning permission though you'd best check out you've got the tools for the job, so read on to check out the official Cities: Skylines system requirements. [More]

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Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood In Free Sims 4 Ghosts And Pool Updates

Written by Stuart Thomas on 02 October 2014 at 10:20

Outside the pigs are flying, hell hath frozen over and there’s a blue moon twinkling in the sky. Meanwhile EA has announced a schedule of totally free content updates coming to The Sims 4 throughout the year, including the return of the notorious swimming pools and the addition of Ghosts, Star Wars costumes, and more.

Sims fans felt much aggrieved earlier this year when EA and Maxis revealed swimming pools and toddlers wouldn’t be making the cut in time for The Sims 4’s launch, and players were understandably sceptical when Maxis said it would be working on it after launch. The $30 Sims Swimming expansion pack beckoned, but perhaps we shouldn’t have been so quick to judge. The pools will arriving in a November update so you can finally get to work creating aquatic death-traps for your unwitting Simions. [More]

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]

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]

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