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GTA Online player claims to have figured out why the game loads so slow, offers fix

A GTA Online modder has apparently been able to reduce loading times by up to 70% and has offered the fix to players wanting to cut down their own loading times, too.Modder T0ST has published an article digging into the infamously appalling loading times in GTA Online. After doing some research and writing a unique program to interact with the game files, T0ST managed to reduce loading times by as much as 70%.Turns out that the game doesn’t necessarily struggle to load thanks to its open-world nature, but because there’s a CPU bottleneck that will be most felt on low-…

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Pokemon Go Battle League Season 7 dates, ranks, cups, rules, rewards, and more

The Pokemon Go Battle League continues on in its new format – with Season 7 of the battle league set to bring players a new chance to rank up and a new suite of Go Battle League Rewards. In late 2020, the Pokemon Go Battle League took on a different format as part of the GO Beyond update – and that format is now continuing with the seventh season, which will debut on March 1st 2021. Go Battle League seasons are now closely tied to Pokemon Go’s other themed events – so Season 7 will conclude alongside the Season of…

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Apex Legends tops 198,000 concurrent players on Steam

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 February 2021 16:42 GMT Respawn’s free-to-play battle royale title Apex Legends has hit a new concurrent user record on Steam, proving it’s still a very popular title.Apex Legends was released on Valve’s storefront back on November 5, 2020, and since then it’s been a pretty popular and enduring PvP game.Even by November 10, we saw the game claim the accolade of fourth-highest concurrent player count on Steam – an impressive feat for a game that had been on the storefront for only five days.Now, though, the game has hit an impressive 198,235 simultaneous players on Steam. The…

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Watch the whole Act 1 of Hamilton remade in Animal Crossing: New Horizons here

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 February 2021 15:36 GMT A creative and dedicated Animal Crossing: New Horizons player has spent an impressive seven months recreating the opening act of Hamilton in the relaxed Nintendo Switch game.One of the best parts of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the tool case it gives to players to be creative; in the past, we’ve seen players recreate Revenge of the Sith, the entire Sinnoh map from Pokemon Diamond & Pearl, early 2000s music videos and The Wizard of Oz in the game.But perhaps the most impressive feat we’ve seen achieved in the title is the painstaking recreation of the…

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Doom Eternal has raked in over $450 million since launch

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 February 2021 14:36 GMT Doom Eternal has generated over $450 million in the first nine months of its release, according to a statement made on a former id Software employee.David Saunders, former product management lead at id Software who held the role from 2017 to 2020, has posted a Linkedin update revealing that the most recent Doom game has raked in over $450 million in revenue since it launched on March 20, 2020 (thanks, Resetera).Doom Eternal, per Saunders, was a “major focus” for developer id, and that dedication to the series clearly paid off, because…

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E3 2021 live event has been cancelled – report

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 February 2021 13:19 GMT The live component of E3 2021 has been canceled according to documents released by Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Commission.A document published by the Board of Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Commission (spotted by Resetera user Rösti) notes that E3 2021’s physical event has been canceled.The document notes that the convention commission is working with the ESA (the E3 organizer) to work out broadcast solutions for an online-only E3 later this year.Earlier this month, we heard that E3 2021 was planning to be a digital-only show, though official comments from…

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Cancelled Google Stadia projects reportedly include episodic Kojima Productions horror game

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 February 2021 12:07 GMT Reports detailing the situation behind Google Stadia‘s canceled projects shed a little light on a reported Kojima Productions episodic horror game.A VGC report has revealed that Google was talking to Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima about making an “episodic horror game” for the ill-fated cloud streaming platform, Google Stadia.The game may be what Kojima was referring to in Summer 2020 when he vented his chagrin after a game that he’d been working on was killed. The outspoken designer and director told a Japanese publication a “major” project had been canceled….

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Microsoft is reportedly testing 1080p streaming for Xbox Game Pass cloud games

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 February 2021 11:04 GMT Microsoft is testing a higher resolution streaming solution for the Xbox Game Pass streaming service Cloud Gaming, previously known as xCloud, ahead of a larger upgrade to the service later in the year.According to a new WindowsCentral report, an unnamed (but ‘trusted) game developer source recently shared an image of Hellblade running via xCloud which revealed that the resolution of the streamed game was 1080p – a big improvement from the restricted 720p that’s been available via the service up until now.Most mobile handsets operate at a resolution of at least…

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Terraria back in development for Google Stadia

After a bit of an issue, Re-Logic’s Terraria is back in development for Google Stadia.Earlier this month it was revealed that Terraria for Stadia has been canceled due to Google having disabled the studio head’s Google account without warning, and being unable to address the problem.Basically what happened was that for some reason, founder Andrew Spinks’ Google account had been disabled without reason. According to Spinks, he did not violate the terms of service or do anything to cause the account to be disabled (thanks, Neowin).“My phone has lost access to thousands of dollars of apps on Google Play, I had just…

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint players can look forward to new content throughout 2021

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 27 February 2021 17:12 GMT Ghost Recon Breakpoint players can expect new content for the game to be released in the coming months.According to the developers, Ghost Recon Breakpoint players can expect updates based on feedback and a few surprises thrown in.Surprises could mean new cross-over events such as the one with Rainbow Six Siege which occurred back in January.“We will keep working to add more to the game and offer you all some exciting content for the months to come,” reads the statement. “We are designing the future of our game based on your feedback…

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Frogwares is asking folks not to buy The Sinking City on Steam

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 27 February 2021 16:22 GMT With The Sinking City having returned to Steam, Frogwares is asking that you not purchase it.According to a tweet from Frogwares, the version of The Sinking City up for sale on Steam was “not created” by the team.The studio has not published any additional updates on the matter, but it likely has to do with a dispute between the developer and the game’s publisher Nacon, formerly Big Ben Interactive (thanks, GI.biz).Back in 2020, the studio pulled the game from the marketplace and terminated its contract with Nacon due to claims of…

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SNK is working on rollback netcode for The King of Fighters 15

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 27 February 2021 15:23 GMT The King of Fighters 15 team is working hard to implement rollback netcode into the fighting game.The feature, which will aid online matches providing improved performance and functionality, is being worked on for The King of Fighters 15. Previous iterations in the series used a delay-based netcode (thanks, ScreenRant).According to the game’s producer Yasuyuki Oda, the team at SNK has been “working hard on an internal rollback solution” from early in the development cycle.“There is still a lot of work remaining so we can’t make any promises yet, but please be…

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Druids arrive in Baldur’s Gate 3 alongside a hefty patch

If you’ve been away from Baldur’s Gate 3 for a while, you may want to log in and apply the latest update.The Druid class has arrived in Baldur’s Gate 3 in a really hefty update.With Patch 4: Nature’s Power, Druid characters will be able to use the Wild Shape ability to transform into a variety of different animals, each of which has its own unique abilities such as heavy attack options in combat, or strategic and defensive maneuvers.Like their D&D equivalents, Druids in the game can choose a Druid Circle subclasses that impact interactions in the game: Circle of the…

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Dying Light is free to play on Steam this weekend and on sale for 66% off

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 26 February 2021 19:51 GMT Techland is celebrating Dying Light’s sixth anniversary by making the game free to play for the next couple of days.Steam users can play Dying Light for free all weekend.If you end up liking what you play, the game is on sale for 66% off at $13.59. You can opt to grab the Enhanced Edition instead for 70% off at $17.99. All progress from the free weekend will carry over to the full game upon purchase.In the game, you explore the post-apocalyptic city of Harran which has been taken over by zombies. Using…

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Stonefly is a chill, mech adventure coming out this summer

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 26 February 2021 17:54 GMT Pilot a mech through an enchanted forest.Indie studio Flight School has announced its latest title, Stonefly.The title is described as a “captivating mech adventure” with users taking on the role of Annika, an inventor whose mech you pilot through an enchanted forest. The studio previously released Creature in the Well back in 2019. Stonefly is coming to PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC via publisher MVM Interactive.“Stonefly is an exciting next step for our small development team. We’ve designed a game that mirrors Annika’s journey to…

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CoD Cold War Outbreak: best guns | The best loadout for zombies

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War‘s new Outbreak mode sees you once again facing off against a zombie threat.Before you travel to the Ural Mountains and begin your investigations into the Dark Aether, you’ll want to take some time to plan your loadout for the mission.Read on for our recommendation of the best guns, weapons, and upgrades to pick when playing Outbreak mode: Best Gun: The M16 Best Wonder Weapon: Ray Gun Best Melee Weapon: Machete Best Field Upgrade: Ring of Fire Best Gun: The M16I’m a fan of the classics, and the already well-established benefits of the M16…

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New Pokemon Snap gameplay video shows off the game’s features

During the Pokemon Presents stream today, another look at New Pokemon Snap was presented.The previously announced New Pokemon Snap has you taking on the rolled of an apprentice Pokemon photographer in the Lental region. Here, you will work with Professor Mirror who is doing an ecological survey to photograph Pokemon in nature.In the Lental region, wild Pokemon thrive on the various islands where environments can differ greatly, You will be able to get the attention of the over 200 Pokemon by throwing fluffruit which will help when taking shots of the creatures.You will also be able to use an Illumina…

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Outriders Classes | What’s the best class for starters and solo players?

Whether you’re solo or starting with a team, choosing your best class in Outriders will shape your experience for the better.Despite boasting 4 unique classes to choose from – due to the number of hectic, flashy abilities on-screen – Outriders only supports 3-player co-op, making it extra-important that you round off the rough edges of your squad.Across hands-on preview events and the free demo, we’ve played through all of the available Outriders content close to 10 times – and here’s what we’ve picked up regarding the best classes to start with.We’ll update this page as more of a meta emerges,…

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Outriders Reiner Boss | How to defeat Captain Reiner in Payback

As the recently thawed Outrider carves a path towards the solar tower to reopen Shira’s supply line through No Man’s Land, they come across a wounded friendly soldier with one thing on her mind: Payback.She wants to settle a score with someone the Outrider has beef with too. A tough-as-nails insurgent captain, Reiner – who captured the Outrider after they came out of cryosleep and set them off to die.After accepting the Payback quest at the crossroads, head through the door next to the soldier to the quest area and begin your push towards Reiner.Outriders Payback quest – how to…

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343 says graphics improvements “finally coming together” for Halo Infinite

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 26 February 2021 17:02 GMT Follows the game’s visuals failing to impress when it was shown off last summer.Developer 343 says that its efforts to improve Halo Infinite’s graphics have “finally come together.”In the latest Inside Infinite over on the Halo website, graphics producer Alex Le Boulicaut said that the various teams at 343 had been polishing the title’s visuals since its gameplay reveal in July 2020. This demo failed to impress fans, with 343 admitting later that it had “work to do” in the game’s graphics.“Following the Campaign demo last July, the team has been…