Month: April 2021

combat-mission-cold-warAs announced during the last Tea Time, the release of Combat Mission Cold War has been officially postponed to the beginning of June. This is to allow the implementation of the PBEM system for multiplayer.

To find out more, tune in to our Twitch channel on May 11th, for the “Home of Wargamers 2021 Live+” event.

You will not only have the chance to preview Combat Mission Cold War, but also discover other important news from Slitherine’s gaming world.

Find out more on the official Combat Mission Cold War product page.

warplan-pacificA new episode of the Warplan Pacific Tour is now available. Find out how the use of ports has been made easier and more flexible. We are also going to be discussing in detail naval blockades and how naval blockades function. Lastly, we are also covering how naval leadership interacts with ground combat, including how naval leaders can affect nearby ground battles and how ports can draw (or not draw) supply from a ground source.

Remember, the official PDF manual is now available! You can download it here.

Episode #6, More on Naval Operations

For more information on Warplan Pacific, you can check out our product page on Matrix Games.

Warplan Pacific will be released on the 29th of April.

call-of-duty-black-ops-cold-warSource: Blue’s News

Activision announces Season Three for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone will get underway on Thursday. The new free content this will bring includes four Multiplayer maps, four Operators (including Captain Price), six new weapons, the next chapter of Zombies in Outbreak, a Warzone update, and more. A post on the Call of Duty Blog has details on all that and more. Here’s an overview:

Season Three content includes:

  • Three New Operators, One Old Friend
  • Wraith
  • Knight
  • Antonov
  • Price arrives in Black Ops Cold War

Six New Weapons

  • PPSh-41: SMG
  • Swiss K31: Sniper Rifle
  • Ballistic Knife: Melee
  • CARV.2: Tactical Rifle
  • AMP63: Pistol
  • Baseball Bat: Melee

amd-radeon-software-adrenalin-2020Source: TechPowerUp!

AMD has released the Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.4.1 drivers, which introduce major updates to the soft-product that completes your AMD Radeon graphics cards. The drivers come with updates to the Radeon Software interface, and the AMD Link remote-gameplay utility. Radeon Software now comes with an improved installer with installation presets that let you choose between a Full (typical) installation, with all software features installed; a Minimal installation with an interface that only has basic settings related to the display and GPU; and “driver-only” that only installs the display driver, and no additional software.

There are several new features introduced within Radeon Software. Vivid Gaming Display Color Enhancement is a new monitor color profile that enables a more “vivid” color palette that lets you liven up “color deficient” scenes. The interface lets you take control of protanopia, deuteranopia, and tritanopia components of the color. The search bar that lets you dig through the hundreds of features, has been improved. There are many other minor UI improvements, such as stats in the Games tab, a toggle for the in-built web-browser, and global controls for the hotkeys.

The Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.4.1 beta drivers are available online at the AMD driver download page.

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Update 0.10.3 also brings the release of the full Italian Battleships tech tree, alongside visual and UI updates.

Wargaming, developer and publisher of the widely popular, free to play naval combat game World of Warships (WoWS), has today launched Update 0.10.3 to live servers with a whole host of new content to sink into.

Introducing: The German Destroyers
Headlining this update are the brand new German Destroyers which hits early access for players to take the helm and test out this new arsenal. In this first phase of the rollout, tiers VII to IX will be available, with tier X to be made available in future updates.

Players will be able to captain the Tier VII Z-31, Tier VIII Gustav Julius Maerker, and the Tier IX F. Schultz. The scourge of the Cruiser class, these ships will have incredibly accurate main battery guns with powerful AP shells, good HP pools, and long ranged torpedoes to take down heavily armoured targets.

The Return of the Hamburg Dockyard
The Hamburg Dockyard is back, and with it a brand new Tier IX German destroyer to build: the IX ZF-6. Construction of this ship comprises 22 phases, the first four of which focus on the development of schemes and diagrams before the actual build process begins. The IX ZF-6 will be unlocked with War Paint camouflage, a Commander with 10 skill points, a Port slot, and a commemorative flag. For more details of the IX ZF-6, and the other German Destroyers coming to World of Warships, see the full patch notes here.

Italian Battleships: Full Release
With the release of this update, the all new Italian battleships finally launch out of early access and will be available for all players to research. For a full overview of the tech tree, and the ships which have been making waves over the past two updates, see the full patch notes.

Watch the World of Warships 0.10.3: German Destroyers. Part 1 trailer HERE.

Alongside the barrage of new content in this update, the team has made a number of visual enhancements and quality of life improvements to the Commander’s interface, as well as updated Daily Rewards.

For full details on everything above, full developer notes can be found here.

Visit the official World of Warships website now for more game info and to sign up to play World of Warships for free!

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ComancheThe latest Early Access update for Comanche features a brand new single-player mode called “Conflicts” which offers challenging missions to master. Conflicts Mode is a set of various single-player missions, separate from the story campaign. In each mission, you will have to fulfill specific requirements in order to get all of the medals for that particular challenge. Only after earning all of the medals, will you be able to unlock the next mission.

Each medal provides its challenge, so players truly need to master their skills. Also, missions have distinctive objectives and it is up to players how they accomplish them.” – Petr Kolář, Ashborne Games Studio Manager

Check out the Conflicts Trailer HERE.

EA Update 7: Conflicts includes:

  • New single-player game mode: Conflicts
  • Conflict mission – Operation: Itzal
  • Conflict mission – Operation: Purple Nemi
  • Conflict mission – Operation: Terhen
  • Added functional cockpits with instruments
  • Changed Comanche behavior as all the helicopters are more agile
  • New Conflicts UI in Play menu
  • Each mission has its own loading screen

You can find the full patch notes HERE.

Get Comanche on Steam.

Find out more about Comanche from the games official website.

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sniper-ghost-warrior-contracts-2From extreme-range distances to up-close-and-personal, CI Games’ setting for SGWC 2 offers plenty of ways to approach your targets.

Following last month’s exciting gameplay reveal for Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2, CI Games is excited to share a closer look at the highly anticipated sequel’s setting: Kuamar. This bombastic trailer gives players a look at the variety of sandboxes they’ll complete their contracts in as they snipe, sneak, and firefight with adversaries in the best looking Sniper Ghost Warrior game thus far. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 launches on June 4th, 2021 for PS5, PS4, Xbox SeriesX/S, Xbox One and PC.

After a feverish response to the exclusive weapons and skins revealed for the physical edition of Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2, CI is expanding the rewards to the digital edition, which can be pre-ordered now on Steam. Everyone who pre-orders SGWC 2 will receive:

  • Marcus Tactical: A light sniper rifle with great stability
  • FFF-45 ACP Luring Pistol: A side arm with special luring ammo
  • Rock AS100: A punishing magazine-fed shotgun, that fires buckshot or slugs
  • Blue Servers Skin
  • Warning Stripes Skin

Kuamar is an original setting in the modern day Middle East, nestled between the Lebanese and Syrian borders. A brutal dictatorship, led by President Omar Al-Bakr and his wife, Bibi Rashida, has controlled the region for over 20 years… and their reign must now be stopped. With intel from Control, players take on the role of Raven, executing contracts across all-new locations in an attempt to topple this insidious criminal organization and bring them to justice.

Kuamar will provide players with a variety of sniper paradises, evolving the sandbox level and objective design fans loved in the first Contracts release. In Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2, there are 5 distinct maps that can be approached however a player wishes. Realistic weapons and gadgets are unlocked throughout the campaign, whilst upgrade points can be used to obtain and upgrade skills to create a custom playstyle. As players expand their arsenals and improve their skills, they can revisit each contract with different approaches to collect more rewards.

With Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2, CI Games is setting a new bar for its best-selling first person sniper franchise of all time, with 1000m+ extreme-range sniping (a record for the franchise), expansive sandbox-style maps, realistic gadgets and weapons, and upgraded visuals and gameplay engine that make this the best Sniper experience yet.

Pre-orders for physical editions on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One are available now from selected retailers, while PC players can pre-order SGWC 2 on Steam right now. All pre-orders include an exclusive weapons and skins bonus pack. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 will launch at £34,99.

For more information about Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2, head to the games official website.

patriot-viper-vp4300-m2-nvme-ssdPatriot’s Viper VP4300 is a premium PCIe 4.0 SSD powered by InnoGrit’s new controller

By Sean Webster @ Tom’s Hardware

Patriot’s Viper VP4300 pumps out fast sequential speeds of up to 7.4 / 6.8 GBps read/write and features wicked good looks, making it a top contender for our best SSDs list. Whether you’re loading up the latest Call of Duty update or scrubbing 4K or 8K content, Patriot’s Viper VP4300 delivers responsive performance. And with two optional cooling solutions included, it will keep cool and look cool during the most strenuous tasks you can throw its way.

Read the Review Here

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nvidia-geforce-logoSource: TechPowerUp!

NVIDIA has released the latest version of GeForce Game Ready drivers. Version 466.11 WHQL comes with optimization for “Mortal Shell,” including support for raytracing and DLSS. The drivers also add NVIDIA Reflex support for “Valorant” with its latest patch. The drivers also integrate NVIDIA Broadcast noise reduction feature into OBS. The list of monitors with support for NVIDIA G-SYNC grows, with the addition of LG’s 2021 G1, B1, C1, and Z1 series monitors; and the MSI MAG301RF.

Among the bugs fixed with GeForce 466.11 drivers are low frame-rates on “Supreme Commander/Supreme Commander 2,” RAW files showing up black on Adobe Lightroom; “Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 VR” stuttering on machines with hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling disabled; and some displays showing incorrect color levels after booting into Windows.

You can download the GeForce 466.11 WHQL Game Ready drivers via GeForce.com.

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