Month: July 2015

just-cause-3-logoFollowing an incredibly successful E3 for Just Cause 3 – with 10 award wins and over 20 nominations – Square Enix and Avalanche Studios are proud to share the new ‘Official E3 Playthrough’ trailer.

The island republic of Medici is the ultimate sandbox. With Rico’s new abilities and countless weapons and vehicles, there’s an infinite amount of possibilities around every corner. Each obstacle presents countless options for an explosive outcome – how creative can you be with Rico’s vast arsenal of equipment?

In addition to this, we’re also sharing the multi-path, ‘Choose Your Own Chaos’ trailer from the E3 show floor – an expanded version of the ‘Official E3 Playthrough’ allowing you to choose how the action unfolds at key moments.

More game information available at the Just Cause 3 website.

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call-of-duty-black-ops-3-logoZombies return in all of its undead glory with “The Giant,” a research facility featuring the weapon upgrading Pack-A-Punch Machine. Re-live the chaos of Treyarch’s classic “Der Riese” Zombies map, picking up the Zombies story with Dempsey, Nikolai, Richtofen, and Takeo where Origins left off.

“The Giant” is a bonus map included with the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Collector’s Editions. Pre-order from the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 website and secure your copy now.

Watch The Video Here

Matrix Games and WarfareSims have updated Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations to version 1.08. This is a very huge update (over 20 pages!) with new features, fixes, additions and the databse completely incremented!

Some of the highlights of the new free update:

  • New toys to try out: Anti-torpedo torpedoes and related torpedo-warning systems, new warhead types such as “superfrags”, new weapon types such as “Contact explosive” (for the discerning saboteur or suicide terrorist), a brand-new ship type (Mobile Offshore Base (aka “Battle Island”)), and more.
  • User interface enhancements: Players can now observe the engagement arcs of a unit mount, permission-dependent color of targeting vectors, coastline/border fade-out on zoom (as in GE), the manual weapon allocation window can present to the player the “soft” restrictions (WRA/WCS/other doctrine settings), various tweaks to mission editor UI. etc.
  • Simulation improvements: Major speed boost on large scenarios, more accurate uncertainty areas for long-range passive detections (SOSUS, ESM etc.), reliable sub battery recharge, improved sub-captain AI on chasing after unreachable targets, snap-up/down limits for AAW guided weapons, side-firing gunships (e.g. AC-130) now manouvering properly, more realistic UNREP transfer rates, speed-dependent aircraft IR signatures (that supercruise may now really cost you if the enemy has decent IRSTs), tweaks to damage modelling related to light-caliber automatic weapons, realistic “no scan while painting” limitation on older mechanical radars, and more.
  • Scenario Editor improvements: “Can Auto-track civilians” side-level ability, Lua speed enhancements and more.
  • Updated & rebuilt versions of all official scenarios, plus a new scenario addition to the official-bundled scenarios (Pyrpolitis 1-14, from the community scenario pack).
  • A brand-new series of tutorial videos by Baloogan.

But the changelog is very long so be sure to check it here.

You can download the patch from here.

Get more information on Command: Modern Air/Naval Operations from its official product page.

The kurultai has concluded and good news, my lord! You have been chosen the Great Khan! Paradox Development Studio arms you with new territories, new armies and new ways of ruling the restless hordes at your disposal in Horse Lords, the newest expansion to Crusader Kings II, our best-selling medieval strategy simulation.

Lead grand armies to victories on the steppes of Asia as you cut new paths towards the wealth of the Silk Road, India and Europe. Force mighty foreign potentates to become your tributaries and manage the cutthroat rivalries and feuds of nomadic society as only a Great Khan can.

Horse Lords introduces a wide range of new tools and mechanics to add even greater variety to what is already one of the most diverse titles in strategy gaming history.

  • Larger Map: The steppes of Central Asia are now open for you to conquer or develop.
  • New rules for nomads: Now distinct from other pagan tribes, the Mongol and Turkic nomads draw strength from open pastures and large populations.
  • Clan management: Struggle alongside rival clans within your nomadic nation, even launching civil wars to keep your khan on top.
  • Tributaries: Vassals are often a lot of trouble, so why not simply force a conquered enemy to send u a load of gold every now and then?
  • The Silk Road: This great historical trading route linked the Mediterranean and the Far East. Exploit its wealth or pillage its trade posts.
  • Forts: New temporary structures you can build to hold enemy territory while your army marches onward.

And more! Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords is available now from major digital retailers.

For more information on Crusader Kings IIclick here.

blitzkrieg3-logoNival, an independent game developer renowned for their strategy games, have announced the largest update so far for Blitzkrieg 3 in the form of the new and much requested PvP mode: Active Defense.

Blitzkrieg 3′s multiplayer is a simulated front line, in which one player attacks the key points of an opponent’s fortified garrison while the other player defends them. Up until now, the multiplayer mode in Blitzkrieg 3 was always “asynchronous” where the defending side was chosen from players currently offline. After feedback from its community, Nival has now introduced real time PvP to Blitzkrieg 3, where both players – attacking and defending – are directly controlling their units in real time.

“We were looking for some really fresh ideas for the continuation of the Blitzkrieg 3 series, and the “attack-defense” tactical scheme as the basis for online battles seemed to be an interesting solution”, commented Sergey Orlovskiy, founder and CEO of Nival. Orlovskiy continued, “While in a real war sides are never put in symmetrical conditions, the PvP modes in games invariably present abstract duels in which opponents fight in equal conditions. The only wide-known exception to this so far has been CounterStrike and we thought that implementing this tactical scheme as the basis for online battles not in a shooter but in a strategy genre might be that fresh idea that will breath new life in to the RTS genre.”

In this sizeable update the in-game matchmaker will look for players online initially. If players are not able to directly control the defense of their garrison the AI will do it for you, exactly as it was before.

Blitzkrieg 3 is currently in Steam Early Access and the playing community continues to provide valuable input and feedback in to the development of the game.

The Early Access launch trailer can be viewed here.

For more information on Blitzkrieg 3 head to the games official website.

asus-strix-r9-fury-dc3-video-cardAuthor: Brent Justice @ HardOCP

AMD’s Radeon Fury X is here, the AMD Radeon R9 Fury presents itself and we evaluate a full retail custom ASUS STRIX R9 Fury using ASUS’ new DirectCU III technology. We will compare this to a GeForce GTX 980 using the new drivers AMD just released and find out what kind of gameplay experience the R9 Fury has to offer.

Read The Review Here

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sapphire-radeon-r9-fury-tri-x-oc-video-cardWritten By: Nathan Kirsch @ Legit Reviews

When the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X video card that is powered by the Fiji GPU was revealed to the world in June 2015 we were promised by AMD that the less powerful, but more affordable AMD Radeon R9 Fury video card would be coming. Reviewing the flagship AMD Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB HBM memory card showed that AMD was able to catch back up to NVIDIA, but not everyone wants or can afford a $649 water cooled graphics cards for their gaming PC. The new AMD Radeon R9 Fury video card is basically a cut down version of the Fury X with slightly lower core clock speeds and air cooling for a suggested retail price of $549. Our friends over at Sapphire hooked us up with the Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury Tri-X OC video card for this launch. The number of cards was very limited for this launch and we actually drove to meet Sapphire and picked up a card for testing that just came back from another site on June 9th. By the time we got the card on the test bench there was less than 16 hours before the embargo lifted, so that is why this review is posted up a little later in the day than usual. As soon as we are done we are packing the card back up and it’s out the door on Monday.

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just-cause-3-logoIncludes Community-Voted Replica Grappling Hook, Medici Map and More

The community has spoken — Square Enix Inc. today revealed the items that will be included in the Just Cause 3 Collector’s Edition, the ultimate collection for the open world action game launching December 1. In addition to the Day One Edition of the game, the Collector’s Edition will contain a variety of collectibles, including the fan-voted centerpiece — a faithfully recreated 15-inch display version of Rico’s trademark grappling hook. Players interested in this community-curated collection can pre-order now from participating retail sites for $109.99.

“Much like the high-octane action of Just Cause 3, we wanted to give fans a Collector’s Edition that speaks to their breed of fun,” said Senior Product Marketing Manager, Damian Garcia. “Out of all the items we offered, the grappling hook was by far the most popular, and the fans made a solid choice to elevate this collection.”

The Just Cause 3 Collector’s Edition includes:

  • Day One Edition of Just Cause 3
  • Replica version of Rico’s famous grappling hook
  • Weaponized Vehicle Pack in-game content
  • 24-inch by 24-inch poster map of the Mediterranean archipelago of Medici
  • 32-page, hardcover art book

Just Cause 3 launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC on December 1, 2015.

More game information available at the Just Cause 3 website.