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Baldur's Gate 3 early access release delayed again, but this time just by a week

56 min 45 sec ago

Baldur's Gate 3's early access release has been delayed again, but this time it's just by a week.

Developer Larian announced Baldur's Gate 3 will now launch in early access form on 6th October on Steam, GOG and Stadia. It was meant to launch on 30th September.

Explaining the decision, Larian mentioned Baldur's Gate 3 is still yet to get the seal of approval from its "World Tester". This is described as an AI "super-gamer" that plays the game at breakneck speed, stress testing and pushing it to its limit.

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Crysis Remastered: the good, the bad and the broken

1 hour 2 min ago

We've established that Nintendo Switch can, in fact, run Crysis - but what about PlayStation 4, Xbox One and their enhanced equivalents? At the tail end of last week, Crysis Remastered finally appeared - and it's safe to say that we were not quite prepared for how unpolished the final code would look. Crytek told us to expect imminent patches and Xbox One at least did receive an update last night, but the reality is that the experience is still not good enough. In fact, the patch may have even made the situation worse.

From the outside looking in, it's difficult to accept that a title that runs beyond expectation on Switch should under-perform on much more powerful consoles. There are several reasons for this, perhaps most notably that the Switch game was developed by Saber Interactive in Sweden - in fact, we understand it's produced by the team that delivered the incredible port of The Witcher 3. All other versions were produced by a separate wing of Saber working with Crytek, and it is effectively a bespoke rendition of Crysis Remastered. The result is a version of the game which looks decidedly unlike any other - this is not just an upgraded Switch port here - there are significant differences.

As things stand, Crysis Remastered supports all variants of current generation consoles. On the enhanced machines, this means users have access to three distinct modes on each. Firstly, there's the quality mode, aiming for a dynamic 4K on Xbox One X (with a 1080p minimum). The PS4 Pro equivalent there is a dynamic 1800p, with a 900p minimum - though I should stress that the minimums seem rather rare. Next up is the performance mode - this uncaps the frame-rate while reducing the maximum resolution to 1080p on both enhanced machines. Lastly, we have ray tracing mode. This enables Crytek's impressive software-based ray tracing solution applied to select objects. In this case, on both machines, maximum resolution is dropped to 1080p while minimum is 900p. The vanilla consoles deliver the performance mode's visual feature set with a 30fps cap - got it?

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The Game Awards will be held in LA, London and Tokyo this December

2 hours 1 min ago

Geoff Keighley's annual December games announcement show will broadcast live from three cities around the world on 10th December.

The show will be filmed in empty studios based in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo, which will link up to provide this year's ceremony.

Speaking to Variety about this plan, Keighley said the idea to connect up these cities was in part inspired by Death Stranding, the post-apocalyptic delivery game made by Hideo Kojima in which he also cameoed.

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Mortal Kombat 11 datamine sounds a lot like a 1995 movie cast voice pack

2 hours 22 min ago

A Mortal Kombat 11 dataminer has unearthed evidence that points to a 1995 movie cast voice pack.

As GameRevolution reports, a YouTube channel called IX uploaded a video containing what sounded very much like Mortal Kombat 11 intro voice work from the actors who played Raiden, Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade in the cult classic 1995 movie. That is, the voices of Christopher Lambert, Linden Ashby and Bridgette Wilson can be heard doing their take on existing Mortal Kombat 11 lines.

Adding legitimacy to this "leak", the video was blocked by publisher Warner Bros. on copyright grounds. But of course the internet noticed, and reddit has a copy.

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R-Type Final 2 launches spring 2021

3 hours 2 min ago

R-Type Final 2 comes out spring 2021 for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

The news was revealed by Japanese magazine Famitsu (thanks, Gematsu).

In 2019, Granzella - a team of veterans of the series and from original developer Irem - successfully crowdfunded R-Type Final 2. The side-scrolling shoot 'em up sequel looks pretty promising. Our Martin is very excited indeed.

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The original Unreal Tournament just got a new patch with hundreds of fixes

3 hours 8 min ago

The original and best Unreal Tournament, released back in 1999, has just received a new patch.

Update version 469 is available now from Github, and is designed for the small community of PC players still logging on to frag each other and score m-m-m-monster kills with well-placed Redeemer shots on Facing Worlds.

The patch is the work of the OldUnreal forum, building on work from the UTPG (Unreal Tournament Preservation Group), a collective of community programmers and server admins that took over after Epic Games wound up its official support.

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Six years later, No Man's Sky finally gets its sandworm

3 hours 23 min ago

It's perhaps the last remaining hangover from No Man's Sky's rocky launch; the poster child for what many saw to be promises unfulfilled and the one major pre-release tease that's continued to remain elusive, despite four years of tireless post-launch support. But now, six years after its initial 2014 unveiling, Hello Games' exploratory space sim finally has its sandworm.

Sandworms are just one of the many, many new additions in No Man's Sky's latest update, one the developer is calling Origins for reasons that will become clear; despite 2020 having been an unusually busy year for No Man's Sky in terms of release frequency, Origins, which launches today on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, is another mammoth undertaking, rivalling the size and scope of No Man's Sky's previous Next and Beyond updates.

Yet while both of those took a rather scattershot approach to expansion - delivering everything from multiplayer to VR support between them - Origins is unusually laser-focussed in its inception; it's also arguably the update that fans of No Man's Sky's early exploratory promise have waited for the longest, finally giving the four-year-old game a massive injection of variety.

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50 vs 50 FPS Squad launches proper after five years of Steam Early Access

3 hours 47 min ago

Squad leaves Early Access today.

The large-scale tactical first-person shooter, which has been in Early Access for nearly five years, launches proper in 1.0 form.

Over two million players played Squad during the Early Access period, developer Offworld Industries said.

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The UK Government wants your thoughts on loot boxes

5 hours 18 min ago

You may remember that back in June, the UK Government announced it would launch a call for evidence on loot boxes in response to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee's inquiry into immersive and addictive technologies. Well, that's launching today - and is now open for submissions.

Announced via the UK Government website, the call for evidence seeks "the experiences of players and their parents or guardians as well as rigorous, high quality data and research from video games companies, academia, civil society as well as any other organisations with an interest in this issue." That means both players and game organisations can have a say on loot boxes - so if you want to write in through the player survey or feedback form, you can find the information on this page. You'll have until 22nd November to get all your thoughts down, as this is when submissions close.

This isn't the first time a British government body has asked for evidence on loot boxes: back in January 2019 the DCMS Committee called for individuals and members of the public to discuss their experiences as part of its preliminary research into problems with gambling and addiction in video games. As a result of this evidence-gathering, the DCMS Committee recommended that the UK Government regulate loot boxes under the Gambling Act, with all the extra rules and regulations that entails.

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Cloud Gardens is a diorama game with surprising star power

5 hours 23 min ago

Cloud Gardens seeks to start a dialogue between game and player about nature and the built environment. It's a conversation I don't really want to butt in on here, because I've played the game and had the privilege of thinking my own way through it, and I shouldn't rob anyone of that. But there's something else here that I love, so I will gush briefly and incoherently instead.

This is one of those diorama games. You start each level with a floating chunk of real estate - a tumbledown road or the skeletal rig for urban signage. Then you apply little nubbins of plants to the diorama and watch them grow. The aim is to reach a certain level of coverage, and you can encourage plants to grow further by chucking in extra items that you're given - street signs, a stack of tyres, a shopping trolley perhaps, or a couple of empty bottles.

I was enjoying this for a few levels and having one of those dreamy, ruminative days that a diorama game can hand you. But then I unlocked a new kind of plant to grow - my third or maybe fourth. And everything changed.

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Ex-Blizzard boss details new company Dreamhaven

5 hours 24 min ago

Mike Morhaime, former boss of Blizzard, has detailed his new game company Dreamhaven and revealed a roster of top ex-Blizzard talent in key roles.

Morhaime left Blizzard back in late 2018, after 27 years at the company he co-founded and 14 years as its president. Several other high profile names followed.

Dreamhaven's announcement today reveals where many have ended up.

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Wasteland 3 patch tackles some of the biggest issues with the game

6 hours 2 min ago

InXile has released a patch for its role-playing game Wasteland 3 that tackles some of the biggest issues with the game.

Patch 1.1.1., which is now live on Steam, GOG, the Microsoft Store, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, aims to improve performance on consoles, fixes a troublesome co-op loading screen crash, and takes aim at the Antique Appraiser perk exploit.

While I loved Wasteland 3, it's pretty rough around the edges, and it has some serious issues on consoles and in co-op in particular. InXile said this patch makes over a dozen changes aimed at improving performance and stability, especially on consoles.

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Microsoft hints at more developer acquisitions, post-Bethesda

6 hours 3 min ago

You might think, after dropping $7.5bn on Bethesda and Zenimax, Microsoft would be done buying games companies for the foreseeable future.

Not so, Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has suggested.

Developer and publisher acquisitions remain on Microsoft's radar, Nadella told CNET, playing down suggestions from some analysts that the company was done splashing the cash.

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Nintendo lists unannounced Kirby Fighters 2 for Switch

6 hours 50 min ago

Nintendo has never confirmed Kirby Fighters 2, but a listing for it has appeared on Nintendo's own website.

This listing has now been scrubbed offline, but not before the internet noticed (thanks Wario64, Siliconera).

The original Kirby Fighters - a last Kirby standing fighting spin-off - first appeared as part of 3DS compilation Kirby Triple Deluxe, before being re-released with extra bits and pieces as a separate 3DS eShop download.

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It looks like Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2 are re-releasing on PC

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Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2 look set for a re-release on PC after ratings for each game were spotted online.

Gematsu spotted ratings for Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, and Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania and Contra for PC on the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee. The ratings even include images. This one looks nailed on.

The Konami Collector's Series includes Castlevania, Castlevania 2 Simon's Quest, Castlevania 3 Dracula's Curse, Contra and Super Contra.

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Somebody should make a game about: landmines

9 hours 23 min ago

Content warning: This piece contains a discussion of war casualties, including children.

Nobody knows exactly how many landmines there are in the ground right now, but the answer is in the tens of millions. Each year those mines kill or injure thousands of people - 6,897 in 2018, or around 18 people a day, of whom 71 percent were civilians. At least a million have died since record-keeping began, with hundreds of thousands left mutilated, and many more deaths undocumented. According to the Landmine Monitor 2019 report, 59 states remain contaminated by mines, with concentrations spanning over a hundred square kilometres in wartorn countries like Afghanistan and Iraq. Some of these mines are ancient, relics of conflicts that ought to be fading memories. Others are fresh in the soil.

Governments have made impressive strides towards getting rid of mines, which are widely perceived to be an uncommonly evil weapon. 164 states have signed the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, of which 31 have now cleared their territory of mines completely. But many countries retain huge stockpiles, including China, Russia and the USA, which this January announced that it would reverse Obama-era prohibitions on mine usage. The Trump administration's justification is that it will only deploy mines that self-deactivate or destruct after a given period, but these technologies are unreliable, and in any case, mines blowing themselves up according to an invisible schedule isn't brilliant news for those nearby.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare adding Farah and Nikolai as operators

Tue, 22/09/2020 - 18:38

Modern Warfare's sixth season is set to launch next week, and the next characters to join the operator roster are iconic campaign characters Farah Karim and Nikolai.

The news was announced via the Call of Duty Twitter account, in a video showing Farah and Nikolai carrying out a stealth mission and threatening to bring down Zakhaev. Crucially, the pair leave in an underground train, all but confirming that the previously-leaked subway system will be coming to Warzone. Modern Warzone notes you can also see Nikolai holding an AS Val assault rifle at the end of the trailer, hinting this weapon could soon be added.

Technically speaking, we heard whispers that Farah would eventually be added as an operator as far back as November 2019 - and to be fair, as a central character in the campaign, it was always likely she'd be added. Still, it's nice to finally get confirmation that she's heading to the game pretty soon.

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Call of Duty players resorted to "reverse-boosting" in the Black Ops Cold War Alpha, reigniting old matchmaking debate

Tue, 22/09/2020 - 18:01

SBMM, short for skill-based matchmaking, may not sound like the most exciting topic in the world. But it's become the focus of a fierce debate in the Call of Duty community, following complaints about the way matchmaking worked in the recent Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Alpha.

Over the weekend, a quick peek at the Cold War subreddit would tell you all was not well in alpha land: within 10 hours of the Alpha's release, players started complaining their lobbies were "like COD League Finals", and that players were struggling to keep up with the pace of play.

"The SBMM in this game is way too harsh," said user FrostyTheSunbro. "I have a 1.4 KD in Modern Warfare and I've been usually going about 2.0 in this alpha. Had a really good match where I went 22 and 6 and the next five matches were me going negative, going about 6-8 kills and 15-20 deaths.

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GAME adds £10 delivery charge to PS5 and Xbox Series X / S pre-orders on the quiet

Tue, 22/09/2020 - 16:54

GAME has added a £10 delivery charge to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S pre-orders on the quiet.

The UK retailer added the £9.99 delivery charge after selling out of the PS5 last week, and ahead of pre-orders for the Xbox Series X / S going live this morning.

To be clear, this is a delivery charge now applied when you pre-order a next-gen console on GAME's website. It is not a charge retroactively applied to existing PS5 pre-orders from last week. The delivery charge also applies to pre-orders of the Oculus Quest 2 headset. Prior to this week, GAME offered free delivery on console pre-orders.

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The Solitaire Conspiracy is a mix of cards and espionage

Tue, 22/09/2020 - 16:46

Thomas Was Alone and John Wick Hex creator Mike Bithell has announced his team's next project: The Solitaire Conspiracy.

It's a mix of espionage, cyberpunk visuals, and the classic card game you probably already have on your computer.

There's a story, told through FMVs starring Greg Miller and recent Eurogamer charity stream guest Inel Tomlinson, which involves bringing home spy crews using people and powers represented by cards in your deck.

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