Witcher 3 players, that stability patch you’ve been demanding is here. Just two days after launch, CD Projekt Red have released patch 1.03 to help keep The Witcher 3 completely stable and free it from some of its launch bugs.
If you had problem with Nvidia Hairworks, post-process settings, or the UI, these and many more issues are addressed in this patch.
Well this was inevitable. Everyone loves a good zombie game, and VR seems the perfect platform for scaring the bejeesus out of people. Slam the two together, and you get a zombie outbreak survival shooter, beamed straight into your eyes. It’s called Arizona Sunshine, and it’s the work of Dutch indie Vertigo Games.
For a few years now, there’ve been Minecraft servers that fold the game’s capacity for construction and destruction into a deathmatch format - and lately the movement has spilled out onto Steam, with a growing subgenre of deformable first-person shooters: Ace of Spades; Blockstorm; Blockalicious; Block Sabbath; Back to Block.
Not all of those names are made up. Today I’ve been playing Blockstorm - an FPS that’s been in Early Access since June and garnered some very positive user reviews since.
Time to block ‘n’ load. Ah, somebody did that one? Bums.
Edge Case Games have had their space combat game Fractured Space in Steam Early Access for a whole six months now, and the game has changed a lot in that time. Not a developer content to throw up a build and neglect it, Edge Case have pushed Fractured Space forward each month. And now, half a year on, one of the game’s biggest updates will add two new ships and 11 new crew members.
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Call of Duty started a trend for live-action trailers about gamers escaping the everyday, and they’ve tended to be a little on the nose - like a Batfist in a perp’s face.
Black Ops II’s The Replacer and Ghosts’ Stephen Graham encouraged CoD players to abandon their spouses to shoot strangers for a few hours, and revealed their target demographic to be 18 to 25 year-old men who don’t know a good thing when they’ve got it.
Warner Bros and Rocksteady, meanwhile, think Batman: Arkham Knight is for men of varying ages who feel utterly powerless in normal life.
Skip the first eight, and head straight for the Ninth World: here the setting of Torment: Tides of Numenera is shown to be technologically fanciful, unnervingly organic, gravitationally unorthodox, flamboyantly colourful, unbothered by the boundaries of science-fiction and fantasy. Oh - and unendingly isometric.
Our Fraser’s covered the heavy atmosphere and undeniable good looks of CD Projekt RED’s opus in his Witcher 3 review in progress. But in some quarters, the RPG’s wide-open gorgeousness has been overshadowed by an arguable downgrade from the game shown at the VGX Game Awards two years ago.
“We don’t feel good about it,” said CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski, “[If] you play it and you are not fine, we’ll do our best to make it up. But if you didn't play it and you’re trolling: think twice please.”
There’s a nice ambiguity to the word Battleborn - excuse me, slickly-animated FPS avatar, but were you delivered as a newborn right onto the battlefield, or do you simply consider it the site of your spiritual rebirth as a true warrior? Ambiguity is good, because we haven’t had much else to mull over in regard to Gearbox’s MOBA-y new shooter.
The Borderlands studio have kept their feature-set closely guarded - but Take-Two have let slip a couple of details about the arena FPS, with the promise of more to come at E3.
The Heroes of the Storm Blizzard multiverse is the spa treatment of fan service - a blockbuster version of the 3am who’d-win-in-a-fight conversation. Horde warchiefs charge at broodmothers who summon hydralisks to tackle murlocs who fling slime at brewmasters.
But it’s not without its compromises. StarCraft II’s iconic head-in-a-helmet, Tychus, has lost his trademark cigar - and that’s rubbed some of his most ardent supporters the wrong way.
Blizzard are starting the hype train for Overwatch, their upcoming multiplayer shooter. They’ve already shown off their medic character and a support monk, but today it’s time for McCree to take centre stage. He’s a cowboy with a metal arm and a very fancy revolver called the Peacekeeper. Take a look at him in action in this video showing off a full match.
At first glance Drive Any Track is Audiosurf. You chuck music at it, it generates a race track, and you drive along to your favourite tune. Getting in the driving seat, you soon realise that this isn’t quite true. Drive Any Track has its own feel, and it’s one you’ll probably enjoy.
The game’s about to head into Early Access, so I took it for a spin to see how it handles.
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Perhaps the best thing about GTA V on PC is the inclusion of the Rockstar Editor, which enables you to record and edit your own movies and even upload them straight to YouTube. It's powerful yet straightforward to use, but if you're planning to create impressive videos then it pays to familiarise yourself with the tools and then use them wisely.
To help out we've put together ten tips that should boost your directorial skills.
Got a GeForce GTX Titan X graphics card? Yes? Well did you know you also own The Witcher 3, too? Well, almost. Nvidia are giving away the game to anyone who powers their PC with that beast of a GPU, and all you have to do is beta test a little bit of software Nvidia have made.
Path of Exile had a problem. Desync issues plagued the game, meaning players would be in one location in their game client, but the server placed them elsewhere. This led to lots of monsters killing players who thought they had moved to safety.
But thanks to a new piece of netcode desync is a thing of the past. The new “Lockstep” mode keeps everything on the client and server synchronised, and stops those unfair deaths.
Need for Speed has been one of EA’s reliable yearly franchises, but after 2013’s Rivals the series took a year off. The latter months of this year will see the game return though, and EA have teased the game in a single new image. Cast your eyes on it, and start thinking back over the series’ history for a few clues.
Trove beta players have so far had to make do with bishing, boshing, beating, battering, belting and, in extreme cases, bopping their enemies in the degradable MMO. No longer: the Monster Bash update has landed, bringing badder bosses and stamina-boosting tools to better them with.
A bug introduced to Guild Wars 2 yesterday has briefly brought peace to the MMO’s most fractious quarter: World vs World. Players from competing servers found each other marked as friendly, and the constant contention that has gripped the game for almost three years since its release came to a sudden halt.
“We're currently investigating a problem with world peace in WvW,” wrote ArenaNet - who have christened the issue W<3W.
Their players, meanwhile, decided to seize the chance to hold an inter-world peace march.
Minecraft merchandise is its own industry. A year and a half ago, the Minecraft annual outsold One Direction’s rival tome - and in July we learned that Mojang’s licensed and unlicensed book babies were giving the children’s print market a much-needed boost.
Now, Minecraft is more than big enough to claim its own section of Toys R Us. And in that section, there’s a subsection, in which you’ll find blocky model YouTubers.
Bringing Korean games to the West is hard. Their reputation for hard grind proceeds them. That’s NCSoft’s big conundrum. Can Western gamers fall in love with an Eastern produced MMO? Can the game be adapted to our tastes without losing its soul?
Blade & Soul, NCSoft’s cult martial arts MMO is the big test. It comes to the West this Winter, with a closed beta opening in the Autumn.
A wave of deeply alarming headlines have emerged from the UK’s national press over the last 24 hours. From the Guardian: “Video game link to psychiatric disorders suggested by study”. From the Daily Mail: “Could video games increase your risk of Alzheimer’s?”. And from the Telegraph: “Call of Duty increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease”.
But the story gets less alarming and more tenuous the further back down the wire you go. The source? A Douglas Mental Health University Institute press release that mentions Alzheimer’s by name. And before that, some rather less dramatic research into the way gamers learn and pay attention.