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 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,21 2016 - all 
AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.3 - tech
(hx) 06:02 PM EDT - Sep,21 2016 - Post a comment / read (1)
AMD has released a new driver for its graphics cards that is optimized for Forza Horizon 3. According to the release notes, this driver also comes with a Crossfire profile for Dreadnought.
Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.9.2 Highlights

Support For:

Forza Horizon 3

New AMD CrossFire profile added for DirectX 11:

Dreadnought

Fixed Issues

Intermittent mouse cursor corruption may be experienced on some Radeon RX 400 Series graphics products.
Flickering display may be experienced on portrait Eyefinity display configurations when launching or exiting DirectX12 applications.
Ashes of the Singularity may experience an application crash when Multi-GPU is enabled in DirectX12.
Upgrading from a previous Radeon Software Crimson Edition version may cause user settings in Radeon Settings to reset to defaults.
Intermittent crash may be experienced in Mozilla Firefox while doing video playback on some Radeon RX 400 Series graphics products.
Radeon Settings may sometimes experience an "application has stopped"" error after modifying game profiles on Windows 10 Anniversary Addition.
A small amount of corruption may be experienced in the lower right hand corner of the display on some Radeon HD 7000 series products when playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
Small amounts of stutter may be experienced when playing or watching cinematic videos in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided when using AMD CrossFire mode and DirectX11.
HDMI Audio may be lost after resuming from standby on Windows 10 Anniversary Edition.
Flickering may be experienced in Rocket League on Radeon RX 400 Series graphics products when running in AMD CrossFire mode.

Known Issues

A few game titles may fail to launch, experience performance issues or crash if the third party application “Raptr” has its game overlay enabled. A workaround is to disable the overlay if this is experienced.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive may experience intermittent stutter on Radeon R9 380 Series graphics products in AMD CrossFire mode.
Rise of the Tomb Raider may experience an application crash when changing the resolution from in-game menus when running DirectX12. Users can restart the game to complete the resolution change.
OpenCL version information may display incorrectly or may display random characters in Radeon Settings.
Radeon RX 460 may fail to resume from sleep mode and require a system restart when connected through AMD XConnect Technology.
While using or having Radeon WattMan open in Radeon Settings while in AMD CrossFire mode, the secondary/slave GPU clocks will increase to their highest state.
Overwatch may experience flickering character models while in the hero selection menu or during gameplay in AMD Crossfire mode.
Paragon may experience flickering while using AMD FreeSync technology and AMD CrossFire mode in conjunction.
Dreadnought may experience minor flickering in game menus or gameplay while using AMD FreeSync technology
Dishonored 2 - Creative Kills Gameplay Video - movie
(hx) 04:01 PM EDT - Sep,21 2016 - Post a comment / read (1)
Bethesda has released a new gameplay trailer for Dishonored 2, in which Emily Kaldwin and Corvo Attano showcase a few of the seemingly limitless creative combinations of their supernatural abilities, weapons and gadgets to dispatch their enemies. Dishonored 2 is currently planned for a November 11th release

NVIDIA GeForce 372.90 WHQL driver - tech
(hx) 04:00 PM EDT - Sep,21 2016 - Post a comment
Forza Horizon 3 is now available to pre-load on PC and that "game-ready" drivers from both NVIDIA and AMD should be available today, September 21st. NVIDIA has just released GeForce Game Ready 372.90 WHQL drivers that have been thoroughly optimized for the release of Forza Horizon 3 Ultimate Edition tomorrow and all the other folks that didn't buy that edition on September 27th. AMD hasn't released their driver yet, but you should keep an eye out the AMD driver page for it.
Some of the issues fixed with this driver release include the following:

    [SLI, GeForce GTX TITAN] The Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Intensity slider is shown as greyed out after filter type is changed to None from Custom.
    [Star Wars the Old Republic] There is flickering in the game.
    [Rise of the Tomb Raider] The game crashes after extended gameplay.
    [NVIDIA G-Sync] Games lag when played in windowed mode with G-Sync enabled.
    [NVIDIA G-Sync][World of Warcraft] Screen tearing occurs in the game when in-game V-Sync is enabled.
    [GeForce GTX 1080][HTC Vive] The GPU is not lighting the headset when connected over the DisplayPort.
    [NVIDIA Ansel] Ansel to be enabled by default in the driver for white-listed games.
    [SLI, UEFI] Event Viewer error 14 points to nvlddmkm when the system is rebooted.

Forza Horizon 3 makes its debut on the PC platform tomorrow for buyers of the Ultimate Edition. Those of you who have purchased other editions of the game will need to wait until September 27th to get your hands on it. In case you aren’t aware yet, here are the recommended system requirements for running the game on your PC:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 or higher
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970/GTX 1060 or higher
    VRAM: 4GB
    RAM: 12GB
    OS: Windows 10 Anniversary Edition 64-bit
    DirectX: 12
Cossacks 3 released - briefly
(hx) 10:32 AM EDT - Sep,21 2016 - Post a comment
GSC Game World has announced that Cossacks 3 is now available on Steam! Word is" "The real time strategy classics awakens colossal mass battles with up to 10,000 soldiers simultaneously on the battlefield. Twelve nations, 70 different unit types, 100 research opportunities, and over 140 different historical buildings are available to the player. Besides the battles ashore, players can build an armada and attack their enemies at sea. Cossacks 3 offers five historic single player-campaigns and up to eight players can fight each other in multiplayer-mode on one map. The player can forge alliances with or against others as well as challenge the computer. Randomly generated maps provide endless variations and can be adapted to the gamer's needs."

Sniper Elite 4 First Gameplay Trailer - movie
(hx) 09:55 AM EDT - Sep,21 2016 - Post a comment
Preorders are now underway for Sniper Elite 4, the upcoming sharpshooting sequel. Rebellion announces that preorders will include a free copy of their Target Führer DLC and additional content for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4

 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,20 2016 - all
Gears of War 4 NVIDIA Bundles - briefly
(hx) 05:52 PM EDT - Sep,20 2016 - Post a comment
The GeForce website has details on how purchases of select NVIDIA graphics cards and laptops will come with a free copy of Gears of War 4. Here's the deal:
Gears of War 4 launches October 11th on both PC and Xbox One, and includes cross-platform online campaign co-op, cross-platform online Horde mode gameplay, and platform-specific competitive multiplayer. In addition, the PC version boasts enhanced graphics, support for 4K and 21:9 resolutions, and a multitude of options that enable PC gamers to customize the experience to their liking.

The Microsoft recommended GPU for Gears of War 4 is the GeForce GTX 1060, which will deliver an incredible experience on PC. But if you’re looking for even more power for higher resolutions and framerates, select GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 graphics cards, systems and laptops are now bundled with a full game download of Gears of War 4. Additionally, as an Xbox Play Anywhere title, bundle buyers can also play Gears of War 4 on Xbox One for no additional charge.
NBA 2K17 Available - briefly
(hx) 05:49 PM EDT - Sep,20 2016 - Post a comment
2K Games announces that NBA 2K17 is now available for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. They say the new installment in the basketball simulation series will appeal to new and old fans alike
  • Best-in-Class Gameplay: NBA 2K17 puts shot creation and making in your hands like never before. Advanced Skill Shooting gives you complete control over the power and aim of your perimeter shots as well as your ability to finish inside the paint;
  • USA Basketball: Take the court as the USA Basketball Men’s National Team with Coach K on the sidelines, or relive the glory of the ’92 Dream Team. Earn USA Basketball MyTEAM cards and gear up your MyPLAYER with official USA Basketball wearables;
  • MyCAREER: It’s all-new and all about basketball in 2K17 – and you’re in control. Your on-court performance and career decisions lead to different outcomes as you determine your path through an immersive new narrative, featuring Michael B. Jordan. Additionally, new player controls give you unparalleled supremacy on the court;
  • Unrivaled Presentation: The most realistic and dynamic in-game commentary to date featuring the most broadcasting talent ever assembled in a sports game, including new additions Chris Webber, Steve Smith, David Aldridge & Brent Barry. For the first time in a sports videogame, broadcast teams will change from game to game to ensure a unique experience each time you play;
  • 2K BEATS: Imagine Dragons, Grimes, Noah “40” Shabib of OVO Sound and Michael B. Jordan curate another electric 2K soundtrack, featuring 50 songs;
  • MyNBA2K17 Mobile Companion Application: Available for free in the App Store for iOS and on Google Play for Android, MyNBA2K17 directly connects players to the console version of NBA 2K17, including the debut of all-new face simulation technology, enabling fans to bring their visual appearance in-game.
Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom Trailer - movie
(hx) 05:46 PM EDT - Sep,20 2016 - Post a comment
Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom, the upcoming Action-RPG from Enigami, is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this December. This Behind-the-Scenes video tells the story of the birth of Shiness, and how a seven year-old Samir Rebib - creative director - imagined Shiness' magical universe 20 years ago when he drew his manga, before adapting his universe into a video game. In this video, Enigami studio is opening the door to their imaginary world and describe how they created the enchanting lore of Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom.

The development team also tells us more about Shiness' fast-paced battle system, which blends RPG elements with classic fighting game mechanics. Mastering the real-time blocking, parrying, dodging and combos are key to progressing in your quest, with distinct playstyles across 5 different characters. Each character also has their own special abilities used outside of battle, vital for resolving the many puzzles scattered across the lands of Shiness.

Raiders of the Broken Planet gameplay - preview
(hx) 12:38 PM EDT - Sep,20 2016 - Post a comment
Raiders of the Broken Planet is an upcoming online action video game by Spanish studio MercurySteam. It is set to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016.

Forza Horizon 3 Official Launch Trailer - movie
(hx) 11:42 AM EDT - Sep,20 2016 - Post a comment
Microsoft has released the launch trailer for Forza Horizon 3. In Forza Horizon 3, players will be able to customize everything, hire and fire their friends, and explore Australia in over 350 of the world's greatest cars, including the debut of the 2017 Lamborghini Centenario. Forza Horizon 3 releases on September 27th

Is Paladins of the Realm a ripoff of Overwatch? - briefly
(hx) 09:38 AM EDT - Sep,20 2016 - Post a comment / read (1)
Paladins is a First Person Shooter game developed by Hi-Rez Studios, creators of the MOBA SMITE. The game is rooted in a colorful sci-fi fantasy setting featuring Champions, playable characters that have their own unique fire-function and abilities. Combat in Paladins is also nearly entirely skillshot-based, meaning projectiles can be dodged. Although each champion has its own personality and core skills, to get around Paladins' Maps the real character variation comes from a deckbuilding Cards System that augments a champion in different ways.

Here's the official response of Hi-Rez CEO about Paladins/Overwatch similarities.

Some people have asked us about why we 'copy' the overwatch classes. Here is a bit more clarification:

This is more of a reddit response, but I can no longer post on reddit)

Games are inspired by other games, especially since there are a limited number of options in some genres like FPS games. Some people will not stop the spam about where Paladins got most of it’s inspiration from (Global Agenda in the case of Paladins).

Paladins is most often compared to Overwatch, and while Overwatch is a great game it’s not where Paladins got it’s inspiration (although we do reference it now since it’s in the same genre). Here is a bit of background to give you a better sense of where

Valve developed Team fortress 2 in 2007, widely believed to be the first new generation hero based shooter game (Obviously there was Team Fortress first, Tribes, and many other types of FPS games before TF2)

Hi-Rez developed Global Agenda and released in 2010 (development started 2005). Global Agenda major inspirations were City of Heros, Team Fortress 2, and Tribes. Paladins was started late in 2013 as a reboot to Global Agenda PvP.

Overwatch was announced by blizzard at the end of 2014 and released 2016

Some basic comparisons:

Overwatch offers 3 game modes; Escort, Control, Assault. All three game modes were available in both TF2 and Global Agenda (along with many other game modes) TF2: https://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/List_of_game_modes Global Agenda: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Agenda

Ultimate system was found in both TF2 and Global Agenda. TF2 has one class (Medic) with an ‘Ultimate’ that builds up https://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/%C3%9CberCharge Global Agenda has class based ‘ultimates’ with buildups known as team boosts (8 different ultimates) http://globalagenda.wikia.com/wiki/Boost

Here are some class examples in Overwatch, you can find similar references for almost all hero abilities in Overwatch within TF2, GA, and popular games like Smite/Dota/CoD/etc.

Rocket Launcher Class: TF2 (2007) - Soldier Class with Rocket Launcher https://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Soldier Global Agenda (2010) - Assault class with Jetpack and Rocket Launcher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP1mwpq86XY Overwatch (2015) - Pharah with Jetpack and Rocket Launcher

Sniper Class: TF2 (2007) - Sniper with zoom and power up https://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Sniper Global Agenda (2010) - Sniper with zoom, power up, poison mine, and an enemy wall hack ultimate https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xL2CbIsPVss Overwatch (2015) - Widowmaker Sniper with zoom, power up, poison mine, and an enemy wall hack ultimate

Turret Class: TF2 (2007) - Engineer with turret and shotgun https://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Engineer Global Agenda (2010) - Robotics with turret and shotgun and hammer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX6a1Js7Y_8 Overwatch (2015) - Torbjorn Engineer with turret and shotgun and hammer

Healing Medic: TF2 (2007) - Medic with medi gun https://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/Medic Global Agenda (2010) - Flying medic with a biofeed back beam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlzMxwybNoM

Battlefield 1 System Specifications - briefly
(hx) 04:54 AM EDT - Sep,20 2016 - Post a comment
Battlefield website now offers the official system requirements for Battlefield 1. These come along with a couple of videos highlighting the HUD-less interface in the upcoming World War I shooter. Here are the minimum and recommended system specifications:
2K Games has revealed the official PC requirements for Mafia III. PC gamers will need at least a modern-day quad-core CPU with 6GB of RAM, 50GB of free hard-disk space and a Radeon HD7870 or an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660. You can view the full PC specs for Mafia 3 below.

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 64-bit
INTEL CPU: I5-2500K or AMD CPU: AMD FX-8120
RAM: 6GB
GRAPHICS CARD: AMD GPU: Radeon HD7870 or NVIDIA GPU: GeForce GTX 660
VIDEO MEMORY: 2GB
HD: 50GB (free space)

RECOMMENDED SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7 64-bit
INTEL CPU: I7-3770 or AMD CPU: AMD FX 8350 4.0 Ghz
RAM: 8 GB
GRAPHICS CARD: AMD GPU: Radeon R9 290X or NVIDIA GPU: GeForce GTX 780 or GeForce GTX 1060
VIDEO MEMORY: 4GB
HD: 50GB (free space)
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,19 2016 - all
Battlefield 1 Beta Appears To Be A Glitchy - briefly
(hx) 06:31 PM EDT - Sep,19 2016 - Post a comment / read (1)
Alpha and beta glitches that will probably get fixed as usual. Just a parody trailer. As you can see it really catches the horror of WW1.

FYI, the official Battlefield website has listed the minimum and recommended PC specs for Battlefield 1. Overall the "recommended" system specs look pretty beefy requiring 16GB of memory, an Intel i7-4790 and 50GB of hard drive space
TEKKEN 7 - new trailer - movie
(hx) 10:44 AM EDT - Sep,19 2016 - Post a comment
Bandai Namco has released a new trailer for TEKKEN 7. The game is powered by Unreal Engine 4 and is planned for an early 2017 release.

Gears of War 4 - Gameplay Launch Trailer - movie
(hx) 10:42 AM EDT - Sep,19 2016 - Post a comment
A new saga begins for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends, Kait and Del, must rescue the ones they love and discover the source of a monstrous new enemy. Gears of War 4 releases on October 11th

Bioshock Comparison: Original vs. Remastered - movie
(hx) 10:41 AM EDT - Sep,19 2016 - Post a comment / read (2)
A graphical comparison of the original Bioshock 1 & 2 from 2007 & 2010 with their current remastered counterparts of "Bioshock - The Collection" from in HD.

 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,18 2016 - all
Steam's Weekly Top Sellers - briefly
(hx) 04:59 PM EDT - Sep,18 2016 - Post a comment
Here are the ten top selling titles on Steam for the week as reported by Valve:
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Divinity: Original Sin 2
Mad Max
NBA 2K17
ARK: Scorched Earth - Expansion Pack
Grand Theft Auto V
Rocket League
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition
Batman: Arkham Knight
EVERSPACE
Weekend game, movie, hardware deals - briefly
(hx) 04:15 AM EDT - Sep,18 2016 - Post a comment
Here's a selection of this weekend's PC / Blue-ray movies, hardware deals.
  • Fallout 4 - $27.34 (32% off)
  • Marvel's Captain America: Civil War (3D BD+BD+Digital HD) [Blu-ray] - $22.99 (43% off)
  • The Jungle Book (BD + DVD + Digital HD) [Blu-ray] - $22.96 (43% off)
  • Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition - (BD+DVD+DIGITAL HD) [Blu-ray] - $22.96 (43% off)
  • Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season [Blu-ray] - $39.99 (47% off)
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition Blu-ray + Theatrical Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) - $24.65 (32% off)
  • The Big Bang Theory: Season 9 (Blu-ray + Digital Offer) - $29.99 (40% off)
  • Finding Dory - BD Combo Pack (2BD + DVD + Digital HD) [Blu-ray]  - $24.99 (38% off)
  • Linux BASH Programming Cookbook - free download
  • JavaFX Programming Cookbook - free download
  • Android Programming Cookbook - free download
  • Shell Scripting: Expert Recipes for Linux, Bash and more--Free Sample Chapters - free download
  • All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) - $49.99
  • ASUS VS228H-P 21.5" Full HD 1920x1080 HDMI DVI VGA Back-lit LED Monitor - $109.99 (39% off)
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,17 2016 - all
NieR Automata - gameplay videos - movie
(hx) 06:55 PM EDT - Sep,17 2016 - Post a comment
NieR Automata is a third-person action RPG - featuring also some 2.5D sections - that tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim a machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful weapons known as machine lifeforms. NieR Automata will be released in early 2017, is being developed by PlatinumGames and looks really fun.



Metal Gear Survive Gameplay Demo - movie
(hx) 06:47 PM EDT - Sep,17 2016 - Post a comment
Konami reveals the first gameplay demo of Metal Gear Survive at Tokyo Game Show 2016, showcasing fifteen minutes of gameplay from the controversial Metal Gear Solid spin-off. Metal Gear Survive will be released in 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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