Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.11.1 drivers
for Windows (thanks
Bill). Those paying careful attention may notice this is the same version number
as the hotfix drivers released at the
start of this month
. The difference here is that these are a reissue that is
now officially WHQL-certified, so these can be installed on systems using
Microsoft Secure boot
. The main features of the new drivers is improved Call
of Duty: WWII performance on Radeon RX Vega64 (8GB) graphics and support for AMD
XConnect technology on Radeon RX Vega56 graphics cards for select eGPU
Presumably in response to the firestorm (including
) over the grind to unlock characters in
Star Wars Battlefront II mentioned
Play First Trial
was patched today in advance of the game's official release
on Friday (thanks ASLayerAODsk). They explain that "change will be a constant"
in presenting the game, and that today's changes reduce the amount of credits
required to unlock characters by 75%. Here are the details, including word that
they will hold an AMA on reddit on Wednesday to further discuss plans for the
Star Wars action sequel:
Continue here to read the full story
Since the start of the project, listening to
fans has been important in making sure Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II is the very
best experience for all of you. We’ve done this with the closed alpha,
through the beta last month, and our Play First Trial. And we continue to
make adjustments based on your feedback as the game launches worldwide this
week. Listening, and providing choices in how you play, will always be our
principle with Star Wars Battlefront II. We want to ensure the game is balanced
and fun both today and for years into the future.
Making games great comes from regular tuning. As one example, today we’re making
a substantial change based on what we’ve seen during the Play First trial.
There’s been a lot of discussion around the amount of in-game credits (and time)
it takes to unlock some of our heroes, especially Luke Skywalker and Darth
Vader. Unlocking a hero is a great accomplishment in the game, something we want
players to have fun earning. We used data from the beta to help set those
levels, but it’s clear that more changes were needed.
So, we’re reducing the amount of credits needed to unlock the top heroes by 75%.
Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader will now be available for 15,000 credits; Emperor
Palpatine, Chewbacca, and Leia Organa for 10,000 credits; and Iden at 5,000
credits. Based on what we’ve seen in the trial, this amount will make earning
these heroes an achievement, but one that will be accessible for all players.
It's a big change, and it’s one we can make quickly. It will be live today, with
an update that is getting loaded into the game.
offers a post-launch roadmap for Wolfenstein II: The New
, outlining when to expect the DLC for the shooter sequel. The DLC
will be sold individually, or as part of a season pass. Here are the details:
BJ Blazkowicz might be a nigh-unstoppable Nazi-killing machine, but it
takes more than one man to make a revolution. That’s where The Freedom
Chronicles comes in. Starring three different heroes, this multipart DLC will
give players a chance make America Nazi-free again – but from a trio of fresh
perspectives. Available as individual DLC packs or all together in the Season
Pass, The Freedom Chronicles includes:
Included with pre-order or Season Pass. Available now.
Episode Zero introduces you to Joseph Stallion, Jessica Valiant and Gerald
Wilkins as they fight for freedom in the American Territories. Blast your way
through Nazis using unique abilities and an arsenal of guns in this opening DLC
The Adventures of Gunslinger Joe
As former professional quarterback Joseph Stallion, smash through Nazi hordes
from the ruins of Chicago to the vastness of space!
The Diaries of Agent Silent Death
As ex-OSS agent and assassin Jessica Valiant, infiltrate Nazi bunkers in
California and discover the secrets of Operation San Andreas!
The Amazing Deeds of Captain Wilkins
As the US Army’s renowned hero Captain Gerald Wilkins, embark on a mission to
Nazi-controlled Alaska to dismantle Operation Black Sun!
The Freedom Chronicles Season Pass is available now, for $24.99 (US) / £17.99
(UK) / $34.95 (AUS).
Sorry we won't have the three "for" headline for much longer (here's a
classic comedy homage
as Season 4 in For Honor
kicks off tomorrow.
has details on how this adds (wait for it) four-versus-four combat
to the melee action game. Here's word:
The centerpiece of any new content
drop is, of course, the new Heroes, and Season Four’s are especially formidable.
The Samurai get a new Hybrid, the Aramusha, who wields dual katanas and can
unleash quick attack chains and counters to keep enemies off-balance. Meanwhile,
the Vikings add the Shaman to their ranks, a nimble Assassin type who can pounce
on unsuspecting foes and becomes far deadlier if her opponent is bleeding. Both
the Aramusha and the Shaman will be immediately available to Season Pass holders
tomorrow, and other players will be able to unlock them for 15,000 Steel each
beginning November 21.
The new maps, meanwhile, will be free to all players starting tomorrow. One of
them, Market Town, offers up a multi-tiered battlefield of rooftops and
alleyways crisscrossed with ziplines, which you can use to get around quickly or
drop onto foes from above. The other is Gauntlet, a huge Viking fortress that
funnels attackers through a series of deadly defenses.
Finally, Tribute is a new 4v4 mode that challenges teams of players to capture
three Offerings scattered around the map, which then have to be returned to your
team’s Shrines. Placing an Offering at a Shrine gives your team a special buff,
making the battle increasingly tougher on your opponents. Like the maps, Tribute
will be free to all players at launch.
Additionally, For Honor is on sale today across all digital platforms for up to
60% off, giving new players an extra incentive to start playing the most refined
For Honor experience yet.
thread on reddit
discusses a ban handed down to a Torbjörn main in
which is apparently connected to his unwillingness to switch to a
different character (thanks
The banned player, Fuey500,
took his case to
, saying, "Please unban me I am a high elo one trick who does not do
anything wrong I am a wholesome boi. Thanks!"
, indicating they are struggling to decide how this fits
with their vague guideline about playing nice. Then, somewhat confusingly, they
followed up with another post
explaining that the bans in question were for
abuse beyond simply being a "one-trick pony," though it's hard to see how this
relates to the Fuey500 case. Here's word:
After investigating a number of
the cases that have been surfaced over the past 24 hours, we can confirm that
the system is working as intended.
None of these were simple cases of “one tricking” or off-meta hero selection.
These were examples of behavior intended to disrupt Competitive Play. As such,
the punishments will stand.
To be clear, specializing in certain heroes or playing off-meta heroes is not
bad behavior on its own. In fact, we actively encourage people to be clever with
their team comps and work with their teammates to counter the enemy comp.
Teamwork is important and should be considered when making your hero selections,
especially in Competitive Play.
We take these kinds of reports very seriously, along with your feedback. We’ll
continue to fine-tune our systems, and we apologize for any confusion about the
way that these policies have been communicated.
Battle Royale mode seems to be the new black in gaming, as the
announces Crytek is planning their own experimental version of the game mode for
their free-to-play online shooter (thanks
). They say this will be part of their next update, but oddly, they
also indicate this will only be active for a limited time. Here's word:
Soldier, this is by far the toughest challenge of the year — the new game
mode will require you to be always on the ready, it’s Battle Royale. The game
mode will be available in the next update, only for a limited time.
Warface has a broad variety of game modes available — some are more conservative
and classic, suited to the 5-on-5 scenarios, whilst some others are more dynamic
and perhaps even, arcade. With Battle Royale, we wanted to create something on
the thin verge between the two, and here you have it: quick-paced combat with an
element of the unknown — you never know which gun you’re going to get, with
action taking place on the largest PvP map ever seen in the game.
- The game mode takes after the most classic
scenario: each man for himself.
- Dynamic engagement, that always keeps you on the
move — linger a minute too long and you’ll be caught outside the shield and
left for dead.
- An enormous new map with plenty of areas to
explore. No round will ever feel the same — you never know where you’re
headed until the “Zone” hits.
Plenty of achievements to unlock!
Hyper Universe website
has details on a new patch that's now live in the
early access version of the side-scrolling MOBA. The new version introduces Liu,
a martial artist that is not even remotely based on Bruce Lee, so don't go
calling any lawyers here. Here's
can see the lack of resemblance for yourself. The clip also covers a free
weekend for the game that gets underway on Thursday. Word is:
Continue here to read the full story
update preview for Hyper Universe has gone live. Joining the current roster of
eclectic Hypers this Thursday is Liu, the famed martial artist who brings his
dragon-kicking skills to the assassin class. There is also a free weekend event
coming on Nov. 16 through Nov. 21 for players that download the game through the
Nexon launcher. Check out the developer blog that went live today for the latest
information and stay tuned for even more details coming this Thursday.
A new trailer
introduces a new character, revealing Noctis Lucis Caelum from
is coming to the fighting game. The clip's description has more
details on the plan:
Continue here to read the full story
Noctis Lucis Caelum from Final Fantasy XV enters the
TEKKEN 7 ring! Wielding his signature Engine Blade, Noctis is ready to deal
heavy hard-hitting blows as he takes on the likes of Yoshimitsu, Devil Jin, Jack
7, and the rest of the TEKKEN 7 fighters when he enters the King of Iron Fist
Tournament in spring 2018!
a TV series based on the Hitman
games is coming to Hulu,
and the pilot is being penned by Derek Kolstad, creator of the John Wick films.
This is a third attempt at creating a non-interactive version of IO
Interactive's assassination series following a
movie that most people hated
and follow-up that was
even less popular
. Here's word:
Kolstad will be an executive producer
along with Adrian Askarieh and Chuck Gordon. The project will be overseen at Fox
21 by Bert Salke, Jane Francis, Gloria Fan and Kira Innes, and at Hulu by Jordan
Helman. The hope is for Hitman to become a flagship series.
Hitman has sold more than 25 million copies since being launched in 2000. It
centers on Agent 47, a meticulous and lethal assassin with a mysterious
backstory. The character has been the subject of two films released by Fox —
2007’s Hitman and 2015’s Hitman: Agent 47 — and the intention here is to hew
closely to the mythology of the perennially popular video game.
Link of the Day:
Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson trolled by Norwegian chess player
. Was a good
sport about it. Would be better if he learned the truth in the clip.
This now-locked thread on reddit
shares more pre-release player
dissatisfaction with Star Wars Battlefront II
, kicking off a series of
complaints about the upcoming game's grind (thanks ASLayerAODsk). The original
poster says they will seek a refund for their eighty-dollar Deluxe Edition since
it will still require unlocking characters (specifically Darth Vader in this
notes that the response from the EA Community Team has
inspired a reddit record number of downvotes for suggesting players should take pride
in the grind. Here is the post, which has well over a quarter-million downvotes,
The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and
accomplishment for unlocking different heroes.
As for cost, we selected initial values based upon data from the Open Beta and
other adjustments made to milestone rewards before launch. Among other things,
we're looking at average per-player credit earn rates on a daily basis, and
we'll be making constant adjustments to ensure that players have challenges that
are compelling, rewarding, and of course attainable via gameplay.
We appreciate the candid feedback, and the passion the community has put forth
around the current topics here on Reddit, our forums and across numerous social
Our team will continue to make changes and monitor community feedback and update
everyone as soon and as often as we can.
Square Enix is celebrating the 15th anniversary of FINAL FANTASY XI
a "Return Home to Vana'diel Campaign," which offers a couple of weeks of free
play in the MMORPG (thanks
). This kicked off on Friday, and there are details on the
FINAL FANTASY XI website
, which explains that for some unfathomable reason
this is restricted to former players. Word is:
During the campaign
period, those who have subscribed to PlayOnline/FINAL FANTASY XI service in the
past are eligible to play FINAL FANTASY XI free of charge! Experience the world
of Vana'diel now with a variety of new content that has been added throughout
the fifteen years of development, along with many system improvements to match
Feral Interactive announces the macOS edition of DiRT Rally
is ready to roll
on November 16th on their store and Steam
. As always, this will be included
along with the previously released Windows and Linux editions on Steam. They
have a new
dedicated to the ports, which offers
which prematurely says this is out now. Here's the announcement,
which splits hairs by saying "system requirements will be confirmed closer to
Continue here to read the full story
Feral Interactive announced today that DiRT Rally®, the
acclaimed rally simulation game, will be released for macOS via Steam on
November 16th. The Mac App Store version will be arriving shortly afterwards.
Developed and published by Codemasters for Windows and consoles, DiRT Rally has
been praised for its realistic handling and pure focus on rally driving. DiRT
Rally will support Metal 2, Apple’s latest graphics API.
DiRT Rally is the most authentic rally game ever made, with a highly
sophisticated handling model that perfectly captures the exhilaration of driving
cars at the edge of control while tearing along treacherous, undulating tracks
at breakneck speed. Its high-risk, high-reward gameplay challenges players to
learn and master three different disciplines: the point-to-point races of Rally,
the tight circuits of Rallycross, and the legendary slopes of Hillclimb.
“DiRT Rally offers players a thrilling, mud-splattered racing experience, but
under the bonnet, it’s a meticulously-crafted game,” said David Stephen,
Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “As they tweak the brake bias and gear
ratios of their cars, and take their skill and concentration to the limit on
every combination of road surface and weather condition, players will discover a
great game that’s driven by detail.”
announces Call of Duty: WWII
is the number one game on their
tracking U.K. game sales for the week ending November
11th. They also note this was the highest second week sales they've recorded for
the past two years. There are also three debuts in the top 10 this week, with
Football Manager 2018
at number 10, Sonic Forces
at number five, and
at number three. There are three new entries on the top 10 on
PC top 30 chart
as well, were Need for Speed: Payback launches at seven, The
Sims 4: Cats & Dogs
at two, and Football Manager 2018
kicking off at number one.
Here's the PC top 10:
||FOOTBALL MANAGER 2018
||THE SIMS 4: CATS & DOGS
||THE SIMS STUDIO
||THE SIMS 4
||THE SIMS STUDIO
||CALL OF DUTY: WWII
||WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS
||NEED FOR SPEED: PAYBACK
||OVERWATCH GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION
||TOTAL WAR: WARHAMMER II
||MINECRAFT: STORY MODE - SEASON 2
Our plan to move drags on, and I recently ratted out MrsBlue for obstructing the
process. But there have been complications along the way as well. We recently
got some water in our basement, something that's only happened a few times since
we've lived here. This coincidentally came after we removed some ratty old
paneling down there which exposed a crack in the foundation. This probably
sounds worse than it is, but it did require a repair involving digging up the
earth around the crack on the outside and patching it up with cement and a layer
of tar. The good news is that the mason who's doing this actually had nothing
but good things to say about the brickwork on our 90 year-old house, pointing
out that brick houses tend to have relatively harmless cracks from settling
around the windows, and we have nothing at all like that here. The bad news is
they are working on this right now, and I never would have imagined how
distracting and aggravating the clamor of their work would be. It basically
seems like someone has been hitting the side of the house with a sledgehammer
every few seconds, and it's starting to drive me crazy (okay, crazier).
Hopefully they'll be done soon.
Smith, Longtime Queen of Tabloid Gossip Columns, Dies at 94