Friday the 13th to add new maps, a new Jason and a $4 swimsuit DLC pack

Friday the 13th players will be drowning in free updates very soon: there's a brand new map, a new Jason and smaller versions of current maps to facilitate faster rounds waiting in the wings. I like the idea: players will get smaller versions of Higgins, Packanack and Crystal Lake designed for a faster pace of play. There's free 'Emote DLC' incoming that will add eight emotes to help players communicate with their teammates. (On a side note, I'm not 100% sure on where the line lies between free

By | 2017-08-19T13:34:20+00:00 August 19th, 2017|companies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fortnite survival mode coming later this month

Fortnite could be an incredible tower defence shooter if it weren't for one of the worst progression systems of all time—so said James when he reviewed it earlier this month. To celebrate the occasion Epic Games has announced a new survival mode, arriving on August 29 as part of the Survive the Storm update. You'll receive some "amazing" goodies for making it out alive, according to Epic, and the longer your survival campaign the better the rewards. Executive producer Zak Phelps and creative dir

By | 2017-08-19T09:01:15+00:00 August 19th, 2017|companies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What are you playing this weekend?

The weekend is here, and in part we can thank Ian McKellen's great-great-grandfather for that. Even after they've been released, work continues: just take No Man's Sky, which I'm going to be playing more of this weekend. So what are you all playing this weekend? Anything you didn't like and hope a patch has made better or liked a lot and hope a patch didn't make worse? And don't forget thank Gandalf/Magneto's dad's dad's dad's dad for making sure you have a little extra time to play—assuming you

By | 2017-08-19T08:00:24+00:00 August 19th, 2017|companies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The ‘Souls-like’ label needs to die

If I had to make a direct comparison, it would be to The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, Ska’s previous 2D action RPG. Dark Souls is a poor and arbitrary acid test, and the Souls-like label creates unrealistic standards that threaten to bury great games. But as Souls games, they’re pretty terrible, probably because they're not Souls games. Even if you are intimately familiar with Dark Souls, Souls-like still doesn’t tell you anything because it lacks a universal definition. But then, even if you are

By | 2017-08-19T06:30:36+00:00 August 19th, 2017|companies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dead Cells adds daily challenge mode and new abilities

Dead Cells, the excellent rogue-like Metroidvania, now has a daily challenge mode that you can replay as many times as you want to compete for a spot on the leaderboards. Daily Run gives everyone the same level and loot, and is already alive and kicking: apparent hardware enthusiast GTX1080ti_Prime is top of the pile. It means that players know their feedback is directly influencing the game in tangible ways. If you haven't yet played Dead Cells and you're a fan of Spelunky and its ilk then it's

By | 2017-08-19T01:45:33+00:00 August 19th, 2017|companies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This week’s highs and lows in PC gaming

Dishonored 1 received a skill challenge pack, a fairly good piece of DLC and then a very good piece of DLC. My PC high of this week, then, instead applies to console gaming—but given the blue hedgehog is en route to desktops I reckon it’s all good. I say this as someone whose console career began with the first Sonic way back in 1991, and as someone who is therefore blinded by nostalgia. Come for the cow anecdote and despair, stay for the PC that looks like an oversized model of dubstep, if it w

By | 2017-08-18T16:40:54+00:00 August 18th, 2017|companies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 review

Earlier this week, I posted our initial review of AMD's RX Vega 56 and Vega 64, showing much of what the new cards have to offer. RX Vega 64 benchmarks and overclockingThe charts below are similar to those posted earlier this week, only now I've focused specifically on 1440p performance, and I've added benchmarks for several additional configurations of the RX Vega 64. Besides stock performance (RX Vega 64), using the default "Balanced" WattMan profile, I've tested using the WattMan Power Saver

By | 2017-08-18T16:36:26+00:00 August 18th, 2017|companies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

See a full level of sci-fi action game Echo being played

These echoes learn and mimic your behavior, but only the things you do in the light—and they can only "learn" during blackouts. Yes, it sounds weird (which I tend to see as a plus), but the new gameplay trailer released today by developer Ultra Ultra helps make a little more sense of it all. It starts off looking like a fairly conventional third-person stealth game, with plenty of dodging behind pillars and creeping along low walls. That quickly sparks a blackout, as the computer controlling the

By | 2017-08-18T15:41:45+00:00 August 18th, 2017|companies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Best gear for back to school 2017

"Back to school" might sound like a daunting prospect, but one bonus is that you get to take advantage of Back to School sales. Webcam: Logitech C920The Logitech C920 webcam has been the best in its class for a long time now. For the price, it’s the best quality you can get, and it has a nice flexible camera head too. Keyboard: Das Keyboard 4 ProfessionalBack to school probably means back to typing for a lot of people, and a good keyboard will make all the difference if you’re going to be writin

By | 2017-08-18T14:26:14+00:00 August 18th, 2017|companies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

AMD is trying to meet demand for Radeon RX Vega 64

When AMD's RX Vega 64 launched at the start of the week, demand far outstripped supply—nothing new for a hotly anticipated graphics card launch. "Radeon RX Vega 64 demand continues to exceed expectations. Our initial launch quantities included standalone Radeon RX Vega 64 at SEP [Suggested E-tail Price] of $499, Radeon RX Vega 64 Black Packs at SEP of $599, and Radeon RX Vega 64 Aqua Packs at SEP of $699. If a retail outlet can sell every Vega 64 it can get, why not sell it with the games at $59

By | 2017-08-18T14:24:24+00:00 August 18th, 2017|companies, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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