Today marks the North American release of the Windows PC edition of Assassin's Creed IV:
, the latest installment in Ubisoft's stealthy action series.
Owners of NVIDIA graphics cards will want to note the
that are optimized for the game on their systems. Here's a reminder on what this
is from the game's
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag begins in 1715, when
pirates established a lawless republic in the Caribbean and ruled the land and
seas. These outlaws paralyzed navies, halted international trade, and plundered
vast fortunes. They threatened the power structures that ruled Europe, inspired
the imaginations of millions, and left a legacy that still endures.
Steam News announces
release of the Hanger 6
DLC for The
Bureau: XCOM Declassified
In the days leading up to the events
of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Agent Nico DaSilva volunteers for a series of
dangerous secret experiments to identify and treat a terrifying new pathogen.
Maximize your combat skills and push your team to its limits to protect a friend
from his own hallucinated terrors.
Here's a teaser trailer
for Star Lords
showing off Arkavi Studios' upcoming 4X space strategy
game in action. You can find all the details about the game on the
Star Lords website
. Continue here to read the full story
offers new WHQL-certified GeForce 331.82 Windows drivers,
which they say are optimized for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
offer additional performance boosts, as well as an updated beta of NVIDIA's
ShadowPlay that can record gameplay with minimal impact on GTX 600 and 700
series GPUs, saying the CPU requirement for this has now been removed. Here's
The new GeForce 331.82 WHQL
driver is now available to download. An essential update for all GeForce GTX
users, 331.82 WHQL is the Game Ready driver for
Assassin's Creed IV and Need For Speed Rivals, giving you a great gaming
experience from day one with the latest driver tweaks and performance
optimizations. In addition to a multitude of performance optimizations in a
variety of games, 331.82 WHQL also introduces major 3840x2160 4K Gaming
optimizations, giving up you up to 50% faster framerates in Battlefield 4,
Crysis 3, and Metro: Last Light when playing at the demanding resolution.
GeForce 331.82 WHQL also sees the introduction of
GeForce Experience 1.7.1,
which includes the long-awaited
ShadowPlay Beta, an innovative gameplay recording tool that can constantly
record the action with a minimal performance impact thanks to the H.264 encoder
built into GeForce GTX 600 and 700 Series GPUs. With GeForce Experience 1.7.1,
ShadowPlay CPU requirements have been removed, opening ShadowPlay up to all
GeForce GTX 600 and 700 Series users.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun
notes that today is the 15th anniversary of the release
of the original Half-Life
, which jibes with
our archived news
showing the seminal first-person shooter indeed first appeared in stores that
day. While we're on the topic, the archive shows today is also the 15th
anniversary of what was a little of a Black Thursday for ION Storm, as it was on
this day that the developer suffered a group resignation that affected both the
teams which lead to the formation of
Third Law Interactive (remember KISS Psycho Circus: The Nightmare Child
and on that same day programmer Corinne Yu also left ION to join 3D Realms to do
what turns out to have been ill-fated programming of the QUAKE II engine for
"Prey and Duke Nukem 5 (tentative title)."
that a patch is now available for the PC edition of Call of
post on reddit
says that among other things, this lowers the RAM requirement
in the military shooter sequel from 6GB to 4GB. Presumably official patch notes
will follow. Thanks
home of Shadowrun Returns
has details from Harebrained
Schemes on the Dragonfall
expansion for Shadowrun Returns, saying this
will be followed today by an official announcement (thanks nin). They announce
the expansion, known under the codename "Berlin," will be released in January
2014 and will be accompanied by a new Campaign Pack edition of Shadowrun Returns
that bundles the game and the add-on. Here's a feature list:
- Experience a New Full-Length Campaign: Return to
the “Tech meets Magic” future of Shadowrun as you and your team of runners
get drawn into a treacherous conspiracy. Operating out of an offbeat central
hub neighborhood, you’ll choose which missions to accept and how you’ll
approach them while navigating the dark underbelly of “the Flux”.
- An Exciting New Locale: Shadowrun: Dragonfall
transports runners to the Free City of Berlin, a thrilling Shadowrun setting
full of gorgeous new hi-res environments, a diverse new cast of characters,
and a new soundtrack by the composer of the original Sega Genesis Shadowrun
game, Sam Powell.
- Command Your Team: Lead a small team of
shadowrunners, each with their own outlook and backstory. Each member of
your team is designed to play an interesting role during missions and has a
unique set of skills, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
- New Weapons, Cyberware, Enemies & More: Try your
hand at the long-range sniper rifle, devastating grenade launcher, or
stun-inducing taser. Chrome yourself out in the latest cyberware and take on
deadly new enemies - including new magical creatures like gargoyles and fire
drakes. Dragonfall brings a host of new items, characters, portraits, and
improvements to the Shadowrun Returns experience.
- Save Anywhere: You can save your progress at any
time during the game. This functionality will also be added to the original
Shadowrun Returns “Dead Man’s Switch” campaign.
- New Game Editor Features: A wide range of
enhancements to the game editor for community content creators - including a
scripting system to better control lighting, tracking mission objectives in
the main game UI, placing exploding barrels, and allowing players to input
keypad passwords and custom text strings in conversations. In addition,
content creators will be able to use all of the new Berlin environment art,
items and characters in their own stories along with assets from the
original Shadowrun Returns campaign.
Speedball 2 HD
is coming to Windows PCs,
, where they say they are "thrilled" at the news (thanks
CleverCaviar). There's already a Steam
for this updated version of the extreme sports game first
released in early 2008
there is also a
HD page on Steam
with a "shiny new trailer" and a December 5th release date.
Here's word on the game:
Speedball 2 HD is a modern reincarnation on the
classic, futuristic cyberpunk sports game Speedball, originally developed by the
Bitmap Brothers and first released for the Atari ST in 1990. A brutal mix of
handball and ice hockey placed at break-neck pace. Now Tower Studios, Vivid
Games and The Bitmap Brothers have created a glorious fusion of classic gameplay
and modern technology to launch this game into the 21st century.
This was an 11 win week for me in my NFL picks, so the apocalypse may be upon
us. Sorry I had to call the commissioner about that last call last night, but a
wins a win, right? Seriously, though, I don't buy that that was an uncatchable
ball, but the NFL needs to at least admit that if it was uncatchable, it is
still a penalty for holding. It certainly is weird how many New England games
are decided on picky interpretations of the rules, isn't it?