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We’re just two weeks away from one of the biggest game launches of the year. Gears of War 4 is out on October 11th worldwide for both Xbox One and PC, and it’s already available to pre-load.
After eschewing PC in favour of some oddball mobile release last year, Farming Simulator 2017 is at long last coming home to roost on PC next month. Within a matter of weeks we'll be up to our eyes in turnips. Farming Simulator 2017 looks like quite the visual leap for the series; tractors have never looked so good. FS2017 allows would-be farmers to raise livestock, take part in forestry and grow crops. Before you get the keys to that brand new combine harvester though, cast your gaze over the Farming Simulator 2017 minimum system requirements to ensure your PC's up to the task.
Like honey out a beehive it has been reliably leaked that Nvidia CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, is set to take the stage and introduce the latest Volta GPU Architecture at GTC 2017 next Spring. Rumours aside, we know for certain that, like Pascal, the chip will be aimed at HPC, yet this time will feature faster and higher capacity HBM2 memory. But it’s the rumours where thing really get exciting.
The original Destiny was absolutely perfect PC fodder. It was basically a PC game made for consoles. As we know though, it never made it to PC, for whatever reason. A number of reports have surfaced indicating this is all going to change for Destiny 2 however, with Bungie planning a full refresh for the series when the sequel arrives on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2017.
While AMD has plenty of exciting stuff in the pipeline with regards to its next-gen Vega GPU, 2017 is looking a little more conservative for Nvidia, at least at this early stage. According to fresh reports, next year Nvidia will introduce a Pascal refresh before following up with the true next-gen Volta in 2018.
In all the hype surrounding Battlefield 1 and its open beta, it’s been easy to forget DICE is also working on a full blown single-player campaign to accompany. The fact most Battlefield campaigns play like the parts of Call of Duty which didn’t make the grade probably doesn’t help the matter though. Nevertheless, this could all change with Battlefield 1. The first ever trailer for BF1’s single-player has just dropped and it’s bringing the feels.
Picking up Forza Horizon 3 today? You may want to hold fire for a little while. Initial impressions coming out about the PC port aren’t too promising. Quite a number of people are reporting issues with hitting a steady 60 frames per second frame rate, possibly tied into the Encrypting File System for Windows 10 Apps which Microsoft has introduced here with Forza Horizon 3.
Despite Sega’s rise a a PC-oriented publisher, there’s still a few of its key franchises conspicuous by their absence. The biggest of these has to be the long-running Yakuza series. Spiritual successor to Shenmue and a bit of a big deal on PlayStation consoles. Judging from the released box art for the upcoming Yakuza 0 though, there could still be hope for a PC release.
Our man Xquatrox got some hands on time with Gears of War 4 at EGX this week. They had some pretty sweet GeForce-sponsored set ups going on, each PC equipped with an absolute powerhouse of a graphics card - a GeForce GTX 1080.
I can’t say I was ever needing an excuse to play Dishonored 2 through twice, what with Emily Kaldwin and Corvo Attano packing totally different superpowers with which to murder their way through the streets of Karnaca / possess rats. Now we’ve got one though, courtesy of game designer Harvey Smith, who’s said players will need to play through Dishonored 2 as both Emily and Corvo in order to fully understand its story.
I don’t know about you, but if I’d spent the grand sum of $100 for the Forza Horizon 3: Ultimate Edition, I’d kind of be expecting any post-launch DLC to be thrown into the bargain. Well, that was the case at first, but now Microsoft has informed Ultimate Edition buyers that their deluxe package won’t include two newly announced expansion packs.