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Control hits Xbox Game Pass for PC this week

Control was a brilliant and weird return to form for Remedy, with James describing it as “a doozy” in his review—that means it’s good. In addition to being a fun game to play, it’s also one of the best showcases for ray tracing, so if you’ve recently purchased a capable card, it’s something you probably want to investigate. And that’s a bit easier now, because as of January 21 it’ll be part of the Xbox Game Pass for PC line-up. The addition was confirmed on Twitter earlier today, and it’ll join what’s becoming a very substantial line-up: check out the…

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The creators of Skyrim’s massive Enderal mod are making a commercial game

Enderal: Forgotten Stories is an ambitious total conversion mod for Skyrim, with an entirely new plot and significantly tweaked mechanics. Its creators were previously responsible for other Elder Scrolls mods like Nehrim for Oblivion, but are now moving on to a commercial project, which they say “will hopefully be announced this year.” SureAI, the German studio in question, announced this in the final set of patch notes for Enderal. The patch fixes some problems like a talent not causing the right amount of damage and bows sometimes disappearing when dropped, as well as a few typos. The modders note that…

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The Ryzen-Powered Aya Neo Tablet Debuts In February

The creator of the Aya Neo Ryzen powered gaming tablet has decided to finally launch the Aya Neo worldwide. Next month, the Aya Neo will go on an Indiegogo campaign where you can purchase the tablet for $699. The campaign will last just 30 days. The Aya Neo is a one-of-a-kind gaming tablet packed with full-blown mobile PC components in a form factor, similar to the Nintendo Switch. Specs-wise, the Aya Neo features a Zen 2 based hexa-core Ryzen 5 4500U (with its integrated Vega IGP), 16GB of LPDDR4X 4266Mhz RAM, an NVME SSD, an 800P display, and a 47WH…

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Owners of Hitman 2 on PC will get its levels free in Hitman 3 after all

IO Interactive has changed tack on its earlier statement about levels from Hitman 2 not being freely available in Hitman 3 for owners of both. An update to the Hitman 3 Pre-Launch Guide notes that, “We are continuing to work on a solution with our partners to allow PC players who own HITMAN 1 or HITMAN 2 to import locations from those games into HITMAN 3 at no additional cost.” “We can guarantee that players will NOT need to repurchase the games”, the IO site says [emphasis original].  That doesn’t mean access will be immediate. It will release “in the coming weeks,”…

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Cloud Climber is a free walking sim about exploring surreal towers

Cloud Climber is a nice way to spend fifteen minutes of your day, I think: A surreal walking simulator about exploring the environment of three massive towers, each stretching towards the sky to reach the clouds. It’s a fully voiced game with a nice, hand-drawn graphical style and casual gameplay, where mostly you just wander about, climb stairs, turn cranks, and lay planks. Classic video game stuff, really.  As you explore the clouds you’re treated to voiceover narration about why the towers were built and why you’re climbing them—the surface of earth no longer has water, and you’re going to…

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Pascal Rides Again, Nvidia Launches the GeForce GT 1010

In a strange turn of events, Nvidia quietly launched a new GPU, the GT 1010, a card which is based on five-year-old Pascal architecture. This news was discovered by YouTuber Dapz who also confirmed the existence of the GT 1010 via a live chat with an Nvidia representative. The GT 1010 is aimed towards very basic graphical workloads like 2D / 3D acceleration and Home Theaters so don’t expect this card to be in our Best Graphics Cards of 2021 lineup. But the GT 1010 should be replacing the much older Kepler-based GT 710 with a healthy boost to performance. Luckily…

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Intel Rocket Lake Price, Benchmarks, Specs and Release Date, All We Know

(Image credit: Shutterstock)Intel’s 11th-Gen Rocket Lake is purportedly headed to the launch pad for blast off in late March, promising to upset our list of Best CPUs for Gaming and CPU Benchmark Hierarchy. Rocket Lake certainly couldn’t come at a better time for Intel, either – AMD’s Ryzen 5000 processors have thundered into the desktop PC market, upsetting Intel’s Comet Lake chips and taking the lead in every metric that matters, including gaming.  Intel’s response comes in the form of Rocket Lake, and the company says the chips come with a 19% improvement in instruction per cycle (IPC) throughput and…

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game sold over 25,000 copies on Switch in under 3 hours

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 17 January 2021 16:48 GMT Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – Complete Edition has been a very successful modern re-launch, according to Limited Run Games.Though the digital version of Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game was published by Ubisoft, it was Limited Run Games that oversaw the physical release of the game.Limited Run Games is responsible for three versions of Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game – Complete Edition, and pre-orders for the Switch and PS4 versions of the base game, the Classic Edition, or the K.O. Edition opened up on January 15.“In less than 3 hours we sold…

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Cyberpunk 2077 staff didn’t think game should ship in 2020, the 2018 demo was ‘entirely fake’ and more – report

A new report has given us a deeper insight into the development and launch of Cyberpunk 2077, with comments from the studio challenging the contentious write-up after its publication.According to Bloomberg, Cyberpunk 2077’s development was even more troubled than the studio let on – even in spite of the months of delays the game eventually suffered.A massive new report over on the site (protected by a paywall) dives into the nitty-gritty of the game’s troubled development, revealing tensions between the development staff and CD Projekt’s management. One developer told Bloomberg that working on the game was like “trying to drive…

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Bloodborne PSX is an impressive fan-made PS1 ‘demake’ of Bloodborne

Ever wanted to see what hit hardcore action-RPG Bloodborne would look like as a PlayStation title? Well, you’re in luck.Bloodborne PSX is a project that’s being developed by Lilith Walther, and is effectively a demake of the massively popular From Software title that many gamers fell in love with at launch back in 2015.You can see some snapshots of the Unreal Engine project over on Twitter (thanks, The Gamer). In various tweets on the developer’s @b0tster account, you can see elements of the game in action and read up on the development history of the project so far. For todays…

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Alienware AW2521H 360Hz Monitor Review: Motion Blur Be Gone

Today’s best Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor AW2521H dealsAmazon UK View SimilarAmazonNo price informationWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricesIs the best gaming monitor about resolution, color saturation, contrast or speed? If you picked speed, then a 360 Hz monitor is for you. The 360 Hz refresh rate is the current pinnacle of smooth response and the lowest available input lag. LCD technology has spent its entire life working to overcome one major flaw, motion blur. Because each frame remains on the screen while the next one is drawn, it has been termed “sample and hold.”…

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A Way Out and Brothers developer Josef Fares thinks Xbox Series X is “a f**king confusing name”

The Xbox Series X and S naming convention has been the cause of a lot of conversation since it was announced, and it appears even A Way Out and Brothers developer Josef Fares thinks it’s a confusing name.Fares – known for his candid and energetic interviews – has told IGN that the naming convention of the latest Xbox machines is “fucking confusing” (thanks, Eurogamer).“That’s a fucking confusing name,” Fares said in the colorfully transcribed interview. “What the fuck’s going on with Microsoft? They’re losing it, man. What the fuck is going on? Like Series S, X, Mex, Next. I mean, who…

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PS5 game release dates quietly removed from CES 2021 trailer

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 17 January 2021 11:31 GMT After revealing a suite of release dates for a number of third-party PS5 exclusives during its CES 2021 keynote, Sony has quietly removed the info from its uploaded trailer.Earlier this week, Sony’s CES conference introduced us to some unexpected information thanks to a sizzle reel that included footage from a number of upcoming PS5 games with release dates tacked onto the end of the trailer.Amongst the information listed, we saw dates for Capcom’s Pragmata (pushed back to 2023), Square Enix’s Project Athia (listed as January 2022), cat-based indie game, Stray (October 2021), Kena: Bridge of Spirits (March 2021), Solar Ash (June 2021),…

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PlatinumGames hopes to share Bayonetta 3 update at some point in 2021

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 17 January 2021 10:24 GMT Bayonetta 3 has been in development for a while now, but we’ve heard very little about the game since it was announced back in 2017.But fans eager for an update on the Switch-exclusive title could be in for some good news later this year, though.In an interview on Hamster’s Arcade Archives streams, Platinum’s infamously frosty lead developer, Hideki Kamiya, was asked about how progress is going on the highly-anticipated action game.“We’ve been working on new stuff like Bayonetta 3, not that I can say too much… but I hope we can…

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After Star Wars Battlefront 2 was given away by Epic, the servers crashed

Star Wars Battlefront 2 is currently available for free on the Epic Games Store, but you might have trouble playing anything other than the singleplayer modes. Players have been seeing error codes 623, 918, and 721, all of which point to the same problem—no connection to EA’s servers. EA has been working to fix the problem, as the EA Help Twitter account explained: “An incredible number of players have joined us during our @EpicGames Store free week and we’re scaling up new servers to welcome you all to the Battlefront.”  Seeing Error Message 623 or 918 in #StarWarsBattlefrontII?Sit tight, we’re…

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Cyberpunk 2077’s development still bad mainly due to crunch, not “fake” E3 demos

A Bloomberg report into the development of Cyberpunk 2077 has shared further details of the game’s troubled creation and launch. Journalist Jason Schreier spoke to twenty current and former CD Projekt Red employees, who shared stories of crunch, poor planning, the challenges of the studio’s rapid growth, and more. Among this was the detail that Cyberpunk 2077’s E3 2018 demo was “almost entirely fake”. It’s tempting to dwell on this one fact, because it makes us, as players, the wronged party of Cyberpunk 2077’s development. Probably that should still be the developers who worked months of 13 hour days, though….

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Retailer Reveals Rocket Lake-S, Comet Lake Refresh Pricing

2Compute, a retailer over in Belgium, recently added Intel’s approaching 11th Generation Rocket Lake-S processors to its product catalog. The store has reportedly revealed the basic specifications and pricing for the 14nm chips. As is customary, we recommend approaching listings about unreleased hardware with caution, even if the listings come from a trusted retailer. It’s also important to highlight that computer hardware is typically more expensive outside the U.S. As evidenced by the F-series, Intel will continue to offer iGPU-less models for this generation. In the case of Rocket Lake-S, the processors arrive without the 12th-generation Xe LP graphics engine….

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In Acolyte it’s your job to bug-test an AI secretary

I saw a Kickstarter last year for a digital assistant called the Hybri, which came in various shapes though the marketing focused on hot cyberladies because of course it did. The idea that we’ll make artificial intelligences look and act like attractive women is a cliché of science fiction that’s bleeding over into the real world—maybe because it’s what people want, maybe because it’s just what we expect. In Acolyte you’ve just been hired to bug-test an attractive chrome personal assistant named Ana. Acolyte runs in a portrait window on your desktop (there’s a phone version in the works too),…

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Path of Exile hits all-time player high in wake of latest update

Path of Exile’s wild new Echoes of the Atlas expansion, the one that turns its endgame into a vast interdimensional fight club, has triggered the biggest wave of players logged into the game since its 2013 launch. According to SteamDB, Path of Exile had an all-time peak of 157,103 simultaneous players on January 15th, the day Echoes of the Atlas released. That’s only a fraction of the playerbase, however—Path of Exile also has a standalone client available directly from developer Grinding Gear Games.   A lot of those players are probably jumping in for the new multiplayer Challenge League, which…

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Hitman 3’s Epic Store exclusivity means Hitman 2 levels won’t be free after all (Update: Epic is looking into it)

Update: Epic CEO Tim Sweeney says he’s looking into the problem, so stay tuned. Sorry, the team is looking into this with IO. It’s never Epic’s intent to create a situation where someone who owns a game on Steam would have to buy it again on Epic Games Store to get the full benefits of it.January 16, 2021 Original story: In August 2020, IO Interactive said ahead of the start of Hitman 3 preorders that players will be able to import their progression and unlocks from Hitman 2, as well as locations from the previous two games, at no extra…