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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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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]

Stronghold Crusader 2 Review : Make A Fort Save

Written by Stuart Thomas on 30 September 2014 at 15:00

Western troops are being deployed to Syria, Egypt, Israel and Palestine to combat a perceived rising threat from Islamic militants. Establishing a number of forward bases from which they can resupply and plan operations, the western troops conduct a number of raids with the goal of eventually wearing down the entrenched defenders and capturing key population centres.

That's the basic premise of Stronghold Crusader 2, and yes, it sounds eerily like it could be a modern shooter. Because bad feeling between the West and the Middle East is... well, it's not a new idea. Naturally, though, Stronghold Crusader is thin on Patriot missiles and drone strikes, heavy on trebuchets and curtain walls. [More]

Ubisoft Montreal Creative Director Outlines Crazy Plans For Watch Dogs 2

Written by Jon Sutton on 30 September 2014 at 14:00

Ubisoft has outlined some pretty outlandish plans for the inevitable Watch Dogs sequel, where it looks to be taking the citizen profiler to the next level. The profiler was a no doubt a double-edged sword, offering us superficial insights into the lives of those around us but all too often seeming shallow and repetitious.

Watch Dogs’ creative director Jonathan Morin sees the potential in this system though, with plans to push this feature and build upon the foundations laid by it for Watch Dogs 2, the aim being to humanise the people around you which he sees “as the beginning of something that is quite unique and could push the industry forward.” [More]

Obsess For Hours Over Character Creation In Latest Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailers

Written by Neil Soutter on 30 September 2014 at 12:45

If you’re like me and can spend hours obsessing over the minutest details on your character’s face, from the size of their jowls down to the pointiness of their ears then you’ll be eager to get a look at what Dragon Age: Inquisition’s character creation tools can do.

A pair of new videos have come out of BioWare HQ so you can see for yourself what the fuss is about, as Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw gets to work customising a range of different races. Whether creating horned qunari monstrosities or gaunt elven thieves it seems like there’s a fair whack of customisation available here, although players will be limited to presets rather than the freedom offered by a genuine slider bar.  [More]

X Rebirth Is Reborn Once Again With 3.0 Update And Teladi Outpost Expansion

Written by Stuart Thomas on 30 September 2014 at 11:40

By now the launch of X Rebirth is the stuff of legend. Not the good sort of legend like Robin Hood or Shangri La, but more sort of Vlad the Impaler or perhaps Medusa’s love life - not exactly something to shout about. The hotly anticipated sci-fi sequel could only aspire to even be a damp squib by the time reviews crept out, and since then Egosoft has gone back to the drawing board, not once, but twice.

In an effort to erase the memories of that terrible launch Egosoft has announced X Rebirth 3.0, a reworking of the original game incorporating a host of fixes, ‘improvements’ and new gameplay features that should hopefully finally make it worth splashing some cash on. As well as this Egosoft has revealed the Teladi Outpost expansion that’s coming in November, adding a swathe of new story-based content and an entirely new star system to explore. [More]

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