now features new version 16.8.3 Radeon Software Crimson Edition
reference drivers for AMD graphics cards. The new drivers include CrossFire
profiles for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
and the Battlefield 1 Beta
They also fix an issue that caused occasional blank or colored screens to appear
while gaming on some RX 400-based cards. Thanks
You may notice problems trying to play the new Battlefield 1
EA Support tweets
they are working on this: "EA is currently experiencing an
outage. EA games, services & support may be impacted. We’re working to resolve
as fast as possible." Though they don't say they are being attacked,
is taking credit, saying, "We are responsible for the downtime of
@EA & @Battlefield."
has details on Vault 1080, a mod created by NVIDIA for
. The NVIDIA pedigree means there's an obvious emphasis on visuals,
but they explain they also worked hard to create gameplay that fits with the RPG sequel:
Think the end of the world can’t get any worse? Then NVIDIA’s
high-quality Fallout 4 mod has some bad news – turns out that adding
super-advanced lighting and shadows to a thermonuclear Wasteland just makes it
scarier, moodier and more dangerous than ever.
Vault 1080 is an official NVIDIA mod, and as such packs a serious technological
punch. Volumetric lighting features extensively – in ways not seen in the
standard game – while shadows are more realistic and velvety than ever. This is
thanks to HBAO+ and its control of ambient occlusion, which creates authentic
depths anywhere a light source is blocked, no matter how small or fleeting.
You’ll also see those lovely godrays whenever you do find the sun, plus weapon
debris and new meshes and materials.
But this is not just about looks. Vault 1080 uses its terrifyingly realistic
light and shadow as the core of its experience. It’s a dark and ominous journey
before you even head below ground, as you travel to the ruins of a fog-shrouded
church through hostile marshland. Once in you find the entrance to Vault 1080
and its dark, intimidating tunnels. Tunnels that are, inevitably, full of
This is a big mod – equal in size to the other vaults spread across the
commonwealth – with its own brand new questline. And it’s a Fallout vault like
you’ve never seen before.
It’s certainly taken its toll on its occupants. They’ve become a congregation
that embraces the darkness and sickness, and they’ve done it – so they believe –
to survive. They’re not the friendliest bunch. But is the whole thing built on
lies? The truth is deep within Vault 1080, through a whole lot of fearful
mystery. Find it and decide for yourself whether the monsters deserve their
salvation… or not.
Discover what awaits you in Vault 1080 by downloading the new NVIDIA mod at
Bethesda.net for Fallout 4, which is now available on PC.
Firefly Studios announces plans for a Final Age expansion coming to
besieged MMORPG. They are taking the "final" part seriously, saying this will result in
one player in control of the end of the game world.
celebrates the news, and here's word:
Continue here to read the full story
As the British developer prepares for the cross-platform release of
Stronghold Kingdoms on iOS and Android, players on PC and Mac ready themselves
for the unique trials of the Final Age. In this expansion a single House of
players must conquer and capture all Royal Towers, a new PvE target on the world
map, before deciding whether or not to press ‘The Button’ and close their world
forever. Players are then rewarded with multiple prize tiers based on their rank
and position at world end, with up to $500 of in-game loot each.
“From the very beginning we knew players would be involved in development,
this is the ultimate expression of that” said Simon Bradbury, Lead Designer at
Firefly Studios. “Players deserve a proper endgame and in the case of Kingdoms
we believe this means letting the community decide whether or not to close their
game worlds. This doesn’t mean Stronghold Kingdoms is coming to an end, far from
it! For those worlds that players do decide to close new ones will open. We also
have updates planned for the game, including our upcoming events system and
redesigned iOS and Android versions.”
While the Sixth Age is already available, the Final Age expansion is set for
release in the near future. Meanwhile Firefly is responding to one particular
request from the community by developing a new in-game event system, offering
global PvE and PvP challenges in which players compete for rewards. There are
even new world types on the horizon to replace the old and give all players the
opportunity for a fresh start in new and uncharted lands.
THQ Nordic announce the release of Titan Quest Anniversary Edition
Windows on Steam
celebrating the 10 years since the launch of the action/RPG. This launches with
a 75% off discount and is offered as a free gift for owners of any prior Titan
Quest title on Steam. The Anniversary Edition contains both Titan Quest
and Titan Quest: Immortal Throne
and the roughly 1,261 changes that have
come to both over the past decade. They explain this results in a complete
rework "of multiplayer, stability, performance, balancing, AI and much more,"
all detailed in
this change log
has all the details. Here's word on the game:
For its 10
year anniversary, Titan Quest will shine in new splendour. This Anniversary
Edition combines both Titan Quest and Titan Quest Immortal Throne in one game,
and has been given a massive overhaul for the ultimate ARPG experience.
Anniversary Edition update
- Restored and improved multiplayer functionality,
including new features like a built-in voice chat and NAT resolving for best
- Support for more resolutions, larger camera
distance and scaleable UI size
- Improved performance and general stability
- Support for modders through new modding options
and a fully integrated Steam Workshop
- Complete balance rework with improvements to all
Masteries, damage types, unique items and sets
- Countless bug fixes and other improvements,
including ten years’ worth of community fixes
- Increased challenges and rewards for larger
parties and on higher difficulty levels
- Dozens of new heroes and bosses to encounter
- Improved enemy and pet AI
- Quality of life features like higher stack limits,
quick item pickup, a larger stash and a speed setting
- Reduced cheating with curbed exploits, removal of
test items and mod comparison in multiplayer
- Steam Friend Invites
- Steam Achievements
- Steam Trading Cards
Windows action/platformer SHINY
is now available
. In SHINY you
play a robot tasked with rescuing his buddies, which will require ingenuity, but
accompanying the release has a tip about setting the proper gamma settings. Here's
the previously released
and here's word on the game's release on PC and delay for Xbox
Continue here to read the full story
The much-talked about, action platformer SHINY is finally making its
debut as it launches today on PC, while the Xbox One version will release in
October. Developed by independent video game developer Garage227 Studios and
published on PC by 1C Company, SHINY places players in control of a
compassionate robot named Kramer 227 as he flees a doomed planet while saving
his robot friends along the way. Players must manage Kramer’s energy and utilize
power-ups judiciously in order to escape without running out of energy and
without leaving any friends behind.
Left to fend for himself after mankind abandoned the doomed planet Aurora,
Kramer 227 must find a way to harvest energy and rescue his robotic friends
before Aurora crashes into its sun. In his journey through 20 action-packed
levels that will test platformer skills and reflexes, Kramer will probe the
planet and overcome challenging obstacles, all while trying to conserve his
limited life energy to power himself and his friends on their way to safety.
Energy is running low on Aurora, so Kramer will have to collect batteries or use
generators to recharge, as every action drains his power. Various power-ups
collected along the way, including jetpacks, energy spheres and temperature
regulators, can help him on this crucial journey.
is now on
for Windows, OS X, and Linux, offering a rogue-lite, twin-stick
shooter with a cyberpunk theme and a retro flair.
that looks, and here's word on the game:
NeuroVoider* is a twin-stick
shooter RPG set in a cyber futuristic world about brains shooting around evil
robots with nuclear rocket launchers. Battle through the horde of vigilant
robots, boost your character with the smoking remains of your victims, and
defeat the master NeuroVoider to end this eternal war. Play it coop with up to 4
friends, or go alone in an adventure of hack'n'slash rampage, with a pinch of
rogue-lite, and some permadeath.
* may contain explosions.
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CCP announces a Clone States update is coming to update
in November to add free play
to the science fiction MMORPG. This will replace the game's current 14-day trial
with the ability to play for free as an Alpha Clone. This grants access to all
areas of the game with certain character progress limitations. The alternative
is to be an Omega clone, which works the same as current subscriptions.
the plan and
this blog post
has all the details, explaining they believe this is a way to
bring in new players without upsetting the game's economy. Here's a bit:
Continue here to read the full story
feature is built around the complex biotechnology which originally gave rise to
the capsuleers: clones. Technological advancements in New Eden have led to a new
way of manufacturing and augmenting clones, unlocking the possibility for a
variety of distinct Clone States. With this technology, clone manufacturers can
now build and distribute clones which possess a base state, the Alpha state.
They can be enhanced or otherwise altered to achieve other states, but the Alpha
state will always exist underneath. The state of a given clone may affect its
access to trained skills, its ability to train new ones, or the rate at which
new skills are acquired.
When we launch later this year there will be two clone states available:
- The Alpha Clone State is the new base state for all clones and it
will be available to any character in New Eden at any time. Clones in the
Alpha state will be able to train and use a specific set of skills including
tech one Frigates, Destroyers and Cruisers for your faction along with
essential weapons and modules. Alphas will also train skills at a reduced
rate compared to Omegas.
- The Omega Clone State is obtained by augmenting basic clones
using neural expanders and cerebral acceleration technology, granting
unlimited skill access. Omega clone state will behave exactly as your
subscribed characters do now.
Your clone state will be determined by your account status. Characters on
subscribed or PLEXed accounts will be granted Omega state, while Alpha state
will be given to characters on any unsubscribed account.
You probably have a lot of questions already, and we will address many of
them here, but let’s start with some discussion about why we are excited to make
this change and why we’re making it now.
As you know, EVE is a very special game. Our single shard server means that
every player truly affects every other, whether through economics, resource
gathering, direct combat or bad posting. This in turn means that our universe is
more interesting, more exciting and more dangerous with each additional
After a brief early access for Battlefield Insiders, the Battlefield 1
open beta is now available for everyone through
has details on testing the World War I shooter. Here's
The Battlefield 1 Open Beta will include the Sinai Desert map, a
scorching hot battlefield located just East of El-Jifar. From infantry
skirmishes in the narrow streets of the village of Bir el Mazar to dogfights
above the majestic cliffs, you’ll need to make tactical use of the dunes as you
engage in explosive battles. When all hope is lost, reinforcements will arrive
in the shape of a powerful Behemoth: a deadly Armored Train charging through the
Two modes will be available as well:
- Conquest. An all-time fan favorite of
Battlefield players, Conquest is a large-scale game mode with up to 64
players fighting for the control of key objectives. With large armies on
foot or behind the wheel and the addition of fearsome Behemoths, Conquest
brings together all the elements of the signature Battlefield All-Out War.
- Rush. A 24-player mode where the Attacking
force must find and destroy the Defending force's Telegraph Posts, which can
be used to call in artillery strikes. The Defenders can deny the Attackers
their mission by disarming explosives they plant on the telegraph positions.
Should the Telegraph Posts be destroyed, the Defenders must fall back to the
next sector and protect the Telegraph Posts there.
Get your Squad ready to deploy, because on August 31, you're going to
experience war on an epic scale in Battlefield 1.
Champions of Anteria
is now available, offering a fantasy-themed
real-time strategy game for Windows PCs.
This launch trailer
offers a look at the game, and if that piques your curiosity, there's a playable
Here's word on the game:
Continue here to read the full story
The land of Anteria is being torn apart by
warring armies, and it’s up to a handful of heroes to restore peace, one
territory at a time. Blending a unique take on real-time strategy with
base-building, Champions of Anteria is now available on PC, putting players in
control of a squad of three heroes (chosen from a pool of five) whose elemental
affinities and interconnected abilities let them tear through monsters, bandits,
and other threats to Anteria’s safety. To cast more light on what Champions of
Anteria has to offer, we spoke with Mihnea Dragoman, the game’s creative
director, about elementally charged strategy, village management, and balancing
fantasy warfare with an overtly goofy approach to storytelling.
2K Games announces Carnival Games VR
will be released later this year
for HTV Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR. This will offer the chance to
experience the joys of visiting a carnival without having to hang out with
carnies or be tempted by funnel cakes. Here's the news:
2K today revealed
Carnival Games® VR, a new take on the hit franchise created by Cat Daddy Games
that has sold-in more than 9 million copies worldwide. Carnival Games VR will be
2K’s first virtual reality offering to leverage today’s leading edge technology
that will bring the fun and thrill of 12 different carnival games into living
rooms in an entirely new and engaging entertainment experience. The title will
be available worldwide for digital download for $19.99 on October 28, 2016 for
HTC Vive™ and PlayStation®VR; and later this year for Oculus Rift.
“Virtual reality is an exciting new emerging platform that has the potential to
enhance the way that interactive entertainment is created and experienced,” said
Sarah Anderson, SVP of Marketing at 2K. “As our first foray into this space, we
wanted to deliver a highly accessible entertainment experience that would allow
players to immerse themselves in the familiar, classic fun of our Carnival Games
series. With its stylized interactive environments and all-new features,
Carnival Games VR will deliver the magic of the midway like never before.”
Carnival Games VR allows players to explore the park, interact with patrons and
play up to 12 different games. Whether it’s scaling a castle in Climbing Wall or
rolling for a high score in Alley Ball – everyone will find a favorite. In each
of these games, players have the opportunity to collect tickets for fun virtual
prizes when they enter one of four different Carnival Alleys. All prizes are
held in the Play Room where they can be used to unlock unique achievements. In
addition, players will have the opportunity to challenge their friends and see
if they can earn the top spot on the online leaderboard. For full details on all
12 games, please see the Official 2K Blog.
Carnival Games VR will be available for digital download for $19.99 on October
28, 2016 for HTC Vive (via Steam) and PlayStation®VR (via PlayStation Store),
and later this year for Oculus Rift.
Kakao Games announces the release of part two of the Valencia
Black Desert Online
, their MMORPG.
off the add-on, and here's the news:
Continue here to read the full story
Kakao Games announced that the
second part of the Valencia Expansion as well as the first class Awakening are
both coming to Black Desert Online today.
With the Valencia Part Two Expansion, players will be able to journey to Muiquun,
the Land of Outlaws. This abandoned town, in the middle of the Cantusa Desert,
is rumored to be the home of the infamous Muiquun gang and other lawbreakers,
who drove Muiqunn’s original inhabitants away. Players looking for a safer area
in the desert regions can stop by Arehaza, a small fishing community located
east of the Great Valencian Desert, which has a port where adventurers can trade
goods or transport supplies.
announces a January 31, 2017 release date for the retail disc
version of the new episodic HITMAN
game. Square Enix also announces what
will be included in the release:
We are very pleased to announce the full
details of what will be included when we release HITMAN: The Complete First
Season on disc on January 31st 2017 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
HITMAN: The Complete First Season will be released in a day one Steelbook® and
is the ultimate physical version of the game and includes all of the locations
and episodes from Season One; the Prologue, France, Italy, Morocco, Thailand,
USA and Japan. In addition, all of the Escalation Contracts, Challenges,
Opportunities and Contracts that have been created by our community will be
included as well as all upcoming Elusive Targets taking place after January
Included with HITMAN: The Complete First Season box is bonus downloadable
- 3 Bonus Missions from the Summer Bonus
Episode, which includes 'The Icon' and 'A House Built on Sand' missions,
plus the brand new upcoming 'Landslide' mission
- Original Soundtrack featuring the original
- The ‘making of’ HITMAN documentary charting
the journey from showing the game to our fans for the first time before E3
2015, through to the digital launch in 2016
- HITMAN Requiem Blood Money Pack which
includes the signature Blood Money white suit, white rubber duck and chrome
- The PlayStation®4 version includes 6 additional
exclusive The Sarajevo Six contracts
Here's a note from IOI's Head of Studio, Hannes Seifert: "The disc combines
everything we have learned, refined and updated over the course of a 10-month
live season. It’s the direct result of live input, development and feedback from
our players. Especially for our fans who want to own the game in a box, we’ve
made it a high quality SteelBook® box. We also added loads of additional
downloadable bonus content to release on the 31st of January for everyone
getting this beautiful edition of the game on a disc and everybody owning the
digital Full Experience or upgraded versions of the game."
Hey, Here’s an Idea: Maybe Stop Preordering Videogames.
"Just to name one example, if you go to the Penny Arcade Expo convention
in Seattle this weekend, Nintendo will be recruiting players visiting its
booth to place a preorder for the new Pokemon games by offering “a
collectable gift.” Today’s preorder campaigns start early and get flogged
hard. Square Enix is promising Final Fantasy fans a boatload of physical and
digital exclusive bonus items if they would only pay full price, sight
unseen, for a game that’s spent 10 years in development hell. What could
possibly go wrong?"
- Batman - The Telltale Series: Episode 1- 'Realm of Shadows' on
At the risk of seeming like an HBO blog after a couple of recent posts about
The Night Of
, I have to comment on the
latest Deadwood movie report
sent along by nin. After a bunch of
similar stories, I have given up on having given up on this, and now have
officially raised my hopes and expectations. HBO, if this doesn't happen, I
Swearengen you'll be Deadwood to me.