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Gigabyte Unveils Mini-ITX Small Form Factor Overclocked GeForce GTX 970

Written by Jon Sutton on 21 October 2014 at 14:15

Small form factor PC gamers will be delighted to find out that Gigabyte has developed a Mini-ITX version of the GeForce GTX 970. This pint-sized wonder is considerably smaller that the stock GeForce GTX 970 and is designed specifically to fit into smaller gaming PCs.

If your rig’s case is on the small size then this could be the perfect upgrade answer. The GeForce GTX 970’s low energy requirements make it the perfect fit for converting to a Mini-ITX setup, and Gigabyte has created this graphics card using a custom made cooling solution and printed circuit board, all the while still maintaining the significant power of Nvidia's new GPU. [More]

Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer Focuses On Warrior Aide Cassandra Pentaghast

Written by Jonnie on 21 October 2014 at 12:45

Another of the years big releases is looming upon us and as the shadow of Dragon Age: Inquisition draws nearer EA has released a new trailer with a focus on one of the series much-loved returning characters. The trailer features an interview with Miranda Raison, the voice behind the strong female warrior aide Cassandra Pentaghast, who first made her appearance in Dragon Age II.

Players can expect to see a slightly different side to Cassandra in Dragon Age: Inquisition. She's still a hardened warrior with a distinct lack of patience, but increased backstory and a deeper personality will mean there is a more human side of Cassandra to add to what has been shown previously. [More]

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Games For Windows Live Prepares To Die As Dark Souls Moves To Steam

Written by Jon Sutton on 21 October 2014 at 11:30

When it comes to games locked into Microsoft’s ill-fated Games For Windows Live service, Dark Souls is undoubtedly the biggie. The thought of From Software’s adored classic forever imprisoned on GFWL is enough to make Ornstein and Smough cry their eyes out.

Luckily though help is at hand, because PC publisher Bandai Namco has announced that the rock-hard online-reliant hack and slash title will be fully transitioning over to Steam. The best bit? All your progress in Dark Souls on Games For Windows Live comes with it for a limited time only, including those sought-after achievements. [More]

Square Enix Announce Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward Expansion

Written by Jonnie on 21 October 2014 at 10:15

Square Enix has announced the first expansion for its revitalised MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, releasing a teaser trailer and a few details of what the expansion will bring. The expansion, dubbed Heavensward, will be released Spring 2015 and the developers are set to give a more detailed announcement of the new features on October 25 at the London Fan Festival.

The add-on pack will bring several new locations to the game, including a city-state called The Holy See of Ishgard, and several large new open-world areas and dungeons. Ishgard will be the primary location of the expansion and focus on the long standing war against the neighboring Dravania which has dragged on for a 1000, tasking the player with ending it once and for all in some truly titanic battles. [More]

Average Game Download Sizes Are On The Rise, But What Is The Cost To The Gamer

Written by Jon Sutton on 20 October 2014 at 17:30

When it comes to install sizes it would be fair to say that video games have spiralled out of controlled during the last year or two. Not too long ago 6GB felt like a fairly chunky install. Now that’s but a fraction of some of the largest games there.

Seemingly spurred on by the transition to the current generation of consoles, free from the shackles of microscopic hard drives and the Xbox 360’s reliance on good-old-fashioned DVDs, the size of installs has increased exponentially. Just two years ago Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was a 10GB download, now Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare comes in at nearly six times its predecessor, taking up a monstrous 55GB. It’s taking a toll on our bandwidth and it’s taking a toll on our hard drives, but how much is it really costing us to store these games… [More]

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Launch Trailer Mech Stomps In 2 Weeks Early

Written by Jonnie on 20 October 2014 at 16:00

With the release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare only a couple of weeks away Activision has released the gameplay launch trailer alongside the system requirements you’ll be needing to get involved in the fight. The trailer is a great last effort to show off of the two things that Activision have been plugging for this Call of Duty outing: Futuristic battles and Kevin Spacey.

This latest trailer is about as 'Oorah' as it's possible for entertainment to get, pulsating with enough action, jetpacks, and patriotism up to its eyeballs. It's Call of Duty as we've come to know and love it, albeit taking some heavy cues from a certain mech shooter, naming no names. [More]

Extend Your Influence With Godus Weyworld Expansion Pack Taking It Into The Frontier

Written by Jonnie on 20 October 2014 at 14:45

Godus has received its first major update, Weyworld. The so-called expansion arrives as an update to 22 Cans' Godus, which is currently available on PC via Steam Early Access and as a free download from the iTunes App Store. The expansion for Godus is a significant one, offering players a whole new area of the world to explore and populate. Weyworld, a desert themed environment, will feature new types of terrain, rival tribes and achievements that will garner you new abilities.

Some of the new powers you'll be able to wield will be ones that will make your followers' lives easier: Blue Skies will make storms less frequent and Crop Rotation will help your farmers advance their farming techniques. However you'll also be able to become a classic wrathful God as well should the situation require it. Enhanced Meteor Showers and increased stormy weather will keep your followers fearful of your power. [More]

AMDs Graphics And Computing Departments Struggling In Recent Financials

Written by Jon Sutton on 20 October 2014 at 13:30

Swiftly following Intel’s lead AMD has posted its latest financial results, and while the results are considerably less impressive than its competitor, AMD is just about keeping its head above water. Contrary to Intel’s record revenue gains for the last quarter, AMD brought in just $17 million net income from a total of $1.43 billion in revenue, struggling in particular when it came to its Computing and Graphics departments.

$17 million isn’t exactly something to be sniffed at, and it’s definitely an improvement on the $36 million loss from the previous quarter, but it’s still some way short of the $48 million achieved in this same period last year. AMD has faced tough competition in recent years from the likes of Nvidia and the aforementioned Intel, and this is beginning to take its toll despite the chip maker winning contracts to support all three current-gen consoles. [More]

Londinum Is Burning In Total War: Attila Flaming Inferno Trailer

Written by Neil Soutter on 20 October 2014 at 12:15

Deep inside all of us lies a pyromaniac itching to get out, and Total War: Attila developers The Creative Assembly know exactly how to scratch that itch. In the latest game in the Total War franchise players will be able to make use of the power of fire to raze battlefields to the ground, or in this case the ancient city of Londinium.

In Total War: Attila you don’t even need to rely on a dodgy baker in Pudding Lane to get things going, with a number of troops capable of setting alight to buildings through melee attacks or burning projectiles. Dynamic fire simulation means the blazing infernos can spread from building to building providing the weather conditions are right, reducing city defenses to ashes and exposing the defenders to penalties on their attack, defence, and morale characteristics. [More]

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