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Overwatch Beta Is Back With Control Mode, Two New Maps, And Full Levelling System

Written by Joffy S on 10 February 2016 at 14:15

The Overwatch beta is back in full force. Or at least I hear it is. I’m still sat staring glumly at my inbox, waiting for an invite to drop in. Alas no luck just yet, but Blizzard has said it’s just sent out another round, so keep an eye out. If you’ve been accepted already then Blizzard is ringing in the changes with this updated beta test, including new maps, a new game mode, and the usual balancing tweaks,

Perhaps best of all the progression system’s been implemented. We’ve been pondering just how Blizzard was intending to keep players hooked in for the long term, but it looks as if a decent solution has been found. Regardless of which character you play as, you’ll contribute experience gained to your account’s overall level. Rank up and a loot crate will drop containing four random cosmetic items. These could be skins, animations and even voice packs with which to further customise your heroes. [More]

The Case Reopens For Sherlock Holmes And The Devils Daughter This May

Written by Stuart Thomas on 10 February 2016 at 13:05

2014’s Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments was actually surprisingly excellent. A long-running series not without its fair share of duds, Crimes and Punishments had a unique deduction board mechanic whereby clues were piece together. Depending on your interpretation of the evidence, you could even finger the wrong perp, so to speak.

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter looks to be Frogware picking up precisely where it left off, with a visually stunning adventure game set in and around some of Victorian London’s most iconic landmarks. The good news is a release date has been announced, and we haven’t long to sit around and wait - the case is opening on May 27th, when Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter arrives for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. [More]

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Total War: Attila Slavic Nations Expansion Is Coming, And Hunbelievably It May Be Free

Written by Neil Soutter on 10 February 2016 at 11:55

If the Greenskins, Chaos Warriors, Vampire Counts and Dwarfs of Total War: Warhammer aren’t your bag, then you’re probably crazy. Crazy people still love to play games though, it turns out, and the Creative Assembly have you got us covered with yet another expansion pack for Total War: Attila. Creative Assembly have touted a February 25th release date for the DLC, and there’s also a possibility it may well be available free of charge.

This time it’s the Slavic nations given the special treatment, with the Total War: Attila - Slavic Nations Culture Pack adding in three new playable factions to complement the already extensive choices. Clearly my history skills need a bit of a dust off because none of these are familiar to me, but the pack contains the Anteans, Sclavenians and Venedians. [More]

The Division Is Back With An Open Beta, Factions Trailer And Eye-Opening Player Stats

Written by Joffy S on 10 February 2016 at 10:15

Quelle surprise, the Tom Clancy’s The Division beta is back, and this time it’s open to all. You kind of have to feel for the thousands, or potentially millions of players that Ubisoft encouraged to buy into or pre-order the beta, when just a fortnight later it's available to everybody. 

Expect a stampede of gamers causing absolutely crushed servers, but if you do manage to wriggle your way in, there’s going to be some significant changes from the last run out. That includes a brand new mission dubbed Subway Morgue in which players will encounter a new enemy faction known as The Cleaners. To get a feel for all the factions that are out for blood there’s also a brand new trailer to feast your eyes on., which includes the likes of Rioters, Rikers Island convicts, and now The Cleaners, to name but a few. [More]

Dying Light: The Following PC Ultra vs Low Graphics Benchmark Video

Written by Jacques Waugh on 09 February 2016 at 18:37

For many people the zombie genre has become saturated and stale, and so when Dying Light came out last year to considerable praise (including bringing home one of our coveted Global Game Awards as the best co op game of 2015) it was only a matter of time before Techland looked to add to their success. Dying Light: The Following launched today to an immediately strong critical reception, so we took a trip back to Harran to see what graphics performance we could achieve.

As seems to be the norm nowadays, using the option for Vsync had a tremendous impact on FPS, dropping the frame rate approximately 20 frames per second on Dying Light's maximum graphic setting. The other most taxing graphics options using our MSI Radeon R9 380 2gb were shadow map size and view distance due to the nature of the game's free roam open world which is considerably more expansive than the base game alongside the addition of vehicles. [More]

Far Cry Primal 101 Trailer Is A Page Right Out Of Warped History

Written by Neil Soutter on 09 February 2016 at 16:30

No matter how stoic Ubisoft tries to come across with Far Cry Primal, the game does look patently ridiculous. There’s been enough liberties taken with historical authenticity to raise the eyebrows of even the worst history student. Well as the old saying goes, never let facts get in the way of “turning a cave bear into a flaming ball of destruction.” Yes. Please.

We’re coming up to just a couple of weeks from Primal thawing from the ice, and the Ubisoft marketing machine is shifting up a gear with the arrival of Far Cry Primal’s 101 trailer. As you can probably guess from the name, this is the low-down on just about everything you’re going to be up to in this Stone Age jaunt, including combat abilities, warring tribes, and animal husbandry. [More]

Dying Light: The Following And Enhanced Edition Launches Today With Gory New Trailer

Written by Stuart Thomas on 09 February 2016 at 15:15

Dying Light’s free Enhanced Edition update drops today, alongside The Following expansion pack and a swanky new trailer. If you haven’t dipped into Dying Light in a while then the Enhanced Edition comes with quite a suite of features to make another playthrough a tempting process, including the brand new Night Mode difficulty level, 250 Legend Levels to unlock and upgrade your character even further, and a new bounty system.

That’s just the gameplay additions as well, because there’s also a bunch of visual and performance upgrades to ensure this is the best looking version yet. There’s also the small matter of Dying Light’s The Following expansion pack, which takes up to four co-op players to the countryside surrounding Harran, sat behind the wheels of buggies armed with spikes, electric trap and missiles. [More]

Global Productivity To Plummet As Cookie Clicker 2.0 Arrives Fresh Out the Oven

Written by Joffy S on 09 February 2016 at 14:00

I hold no responsibility for the massive drop-off in your productivity today, but this is a big deal okay. Cookie Clicker version 2.0 is out, sending share prices in cheap mouse manufacturers soaring through the roof. I kicked my Cookie Clicker addiction a couple of years ago. Quite literally, as it turns out, because I accidentally put my foot through my laptop screen.

Now though, and I’m not sure this is a good or bad thing, the addiction can be fed again, cookie by delicious cookie. Cookie Clicker version 2.0 adds a whole bunch of new things to freshen up the base formula, which, to the uninitiated, is a browser-based parodical light management game in which you must simply click away to build up your own cookie empire. Don't let its simple pretence fool you though, behind such a basic premise lies a heinously addictive game. [More]

Its Attack Of The 200-Foot Giant In Dark Souls III Cinematic Intro Trailer

Written by Neil Soutter on 09 February 2016 at 12:45

Never let it be said that that sadistic lot at FROM Software don’t know how to put together a mighty good trailer. The latest, the opening cinematic from Dark Souls III, is equal parts enticing and horrendously intimidating. It looks as if FROM is taking no prisoners with this one.

There’s one fella who decides to wake up from his slumber at the 1:50 mark who looks insanely powerful. Yhrom the Giant, the reclusive lord of the profaned capital, is a towering behemoth armed with a 100ft cleaver. Just how you’ll go about taking down such a beast remains to be seen. Rolling around and jabbing his ankles with a spear, probably.  [More]

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