Ahead of it’s upcoming October 12th release date, the latest Call of Duty game has dropped a new trailer. At this stage most of the game is a known quantity, especially after the multiplayer and blackout mode beta. All the Black Ops staples are present and accounted for, including plenty of gadgets, a big multiplayer emphasis and a zombie mode.
The Good and the Bad
Hype around the Blackout PUBG clone battle royal mode is very high, especially from the PC gamer crowd with many online stating it’s the only reason they’ll be getting the game. It’s not all roses though, there is some controversy around the server performance, especially in the early game when there is potentially up to 88 players on the map. The server tick rate (the rate at which the server sends and receives updates) starts at just 10Hz before jumping to 20Hz once a few players have died and there is less action to track.
To compare this against a faster paced competitive shooter, CS:GO has a variable tick rate with the pro’s playing between 64 and 128hz. (that means 64-128 server updates per second)
So lets cross our fingers and toes that the launch goes smoothly and there is plenty of servers on day one to keep up with what will undoubtedly be a tremendous amount of players trying to get in to a blackout match.
Battle Royale games have been all the rage since PUBG burst on to the scene and took the PC gamer world by storm. Yes there as a lot of similar open world survival games but the addition of an ever shrinking map and no respawns really set it apart.
Now there is a ton of copy cat’s, most notably Fortnite, the up coming Call of Duty Black Ops game and even possibility a Battlefield V game mode. Any why not right? It’s hugely popular, undeniably fun and every game is going to deviate slightly to try and deliver a slightly new experience.
Well flying under the radar of big up coming game releases, the developers of Dying Light have been working on a new free to play addition to the genre coming out in just under a month from today! The best part is, it’s not your typical Battle Royal clone.
So what is it exactly?
At the start of the round you get dropped off by a helicopter to random point on the map and that’s almost where the similarities end.
Instead of an ever shrinking playable area and only other players on the prowl, bad blood pits you against hordes or Zombies as well and makes you scavenge the map to collect samples from hives. For every sample they collect they level up and get bonus attributes like health, speed and damage.
Once any player reaches the top level, they can call in an escape chopper. Of course in doing so you alert every player still alive to the chopper’s landing position and the round culminates in a mad dash to the chopper to escape where the last player left standing in the pickup zone after it arrives wins.
Sounds like fun right? But wait, there’s more. The game is running in the same gorgeous game engine as the previous Dying light games with a huge array of different Zombie types and weapons. Just as with the previous games in the series, there is a big focus on melee weapons and a very well polished fluid parkour system allowing the player to traverse the map quickly and efficiently ‘mirror’s edge’ style.
Weapons include grenades, molotovs, bow and arrows plus a host of blunt and bladed melee weapons, all with different attack speeds and damage ratings.
Checkout this 12 minute play through with Ian from Eurogamer at this weeks GamesCom event in Germany.
The Take Away
Free to Play
Stand alone, early access coming to Steam in September
12 Player PVP + PVE (Zombies)
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While those of us who were holding out hope for a long overdue Vietnam themed Battlefield game were a little disappointed at first, there is definitely enough awesome new features in Battlefield V’s return to WW2 to get any fan of the franchise excited for it’s release this October.
There is an absolute deluge of new features and changes from last Battlefield game and if they manage to pull it all of like they usually do, we are surely on to a winner.
No more ‘Season Pass’ or any form of ‘Pay to Win’ unlocks, all maps FREE!
Co-Op and single player ‘War Stories’ modes in addition to classic Multi-player
Fortification building (Sand bags, fox holes, machine gun nests etc)
All classes can build fortifications but only the support class can build offensive fortifications and done so much quicker.
Bullet penetration on surfaces for large caliber weapons
Improved destruction system, higher detail and more realistic.
Reinforce or rebuild buildings and fortifications
Attrition health system with segmented health bar and only partial health re-generation
Attrition supply system with limited ammo and health kits
Completely overhauled gun mechanics, recoil and ballistics.
No more HUD or map spotting
No more instant revives, takes several seconds and locks you in to animation
All classes can revive but only the medic revives a player to full health and does so much faster.
Everything requires player interaction, no more passive ammo or health collection simply by passing close enough by it.
Rainbow Six Siege style prone system and diving in all directions not just forward.
Catch, throw back or shoot grenades out of the air
No more elite classes or bohemoths
Nearby non-fatal explosions can knock players over
Last but most importantly, the release date is currently slated for October 19th of this year.
For a full rundown of the details, JackFrags has you covered in this 25 minute YouTube video.
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So it’s getting close to that time of year where the first big releases drop and you start to look at your old gaming PC and wonder, is it time? Do wait a little longer or do I bite the bullet and just get it now? Well, lets see if any of the up coming releases are enough to tempt you.
Although a lot of the titles that will be landing in Q4 this year may have not been officially announced, there is still plenty look forward to that we already know about. Far too many to cover in a single article but we’ve polled the team and chosen a few of our most anticipated games of 2018.
Despite a few of the trailers being plastered with XBOX logos by Microsoft marketing departments, these games are definitely coming to PC and in most cases the PC version will be the flag-ship, lead platform and definitive edition.
Metal Gear : Survive
What is it : After a 30 year run, this is the first installment since Kojima (the series creator) has stepped down from his own studio. Survive is set (at least partially) between the events of Ground Zero and Phantom Pain and doesn’t feature the series main protagonist (Snake) at all! Instead this time around custom characters fight for survival after being sucked in to a wormhole and landing in an alternate universe full of, yep, you guessed it. Zombies.
Why it could be awesome one you wait for reviews of first : Rumors have it even single player contains micro-transactions and requires and ‘always online’ DRM requirement. That plus it’s the first Metal Gear game without the oversight or direction of Hideo Kojima, so it’s not necessarily an instant winner even for the most die-hard fans of the franchise.
When? February 20th
Far Cry 5
What is it : Running on the latest version of the always beautiful Crytek game engine, the 5th installment in the main franchise is set in back country Montana pitting religious cults, anti-government separatists and the locals against each other with plenty of bullets, explosions, fire and deadly wildlife the serious is known for.
Why it could be awesome : A pretty good franchise track record, a massive budget, a game engine that can look absolutely stunning when executed right and plenty of game-play trailers floating around that look like the developers might have done just that. If your a Far Cry fan and have been putting off upgrading your old gaming PC, this might be the game that pushes you over the edge. You’re going to want to crank the settings up to high on this one to get the full effect.
When? March 27th
What is it : Featuring the voice of Terry Crews as a playable character, this sci-fi over the top GTA’esc open world action game features a single player campaign, co-op and competitive multiplayer modes and a boasts a fully destructible city.
Why it could be awesome : For those who know and love the Crackdown series, it looks like more of the same, dialed up to 11, a little Terry Crews, more destruction and mayhem and actually getting a day 1 PC release!
When? TBD Q2 2018 (Delayed from November 2017)
Age of Empires 4
What is it : A long (loooooooong) awaiting installment in the franchise with fans waiting since the launch of the 3rd game in 2005. Real time strategy games are few and far between these days which is a real shame of those of us who love them and it’s sufficed to say anyone who does is really looking forward to this one.
Why it could be awesome : Hopefully staying true to it’s roots and not straying too far the core mechanics that made AOE3 such a classic, this one is being developed by Relic. You may know these guys as the developers behind Dawn of War and Company of Heroes which is arguably two of the best RTS franchises of recent memory (although granted there isn’t many to choose from).
When? TBD 2018
What is it : A fantasy sci fi open world action shooter with RPG elements reminiscent of the Destiny games. Not too else much is known about the game at this stage aside from a trailer released last year but it’s enough to give you an idea of the look and feel the developers are going for.
Why it could be awesome : Developing it is the same Bioware team that is responsible for the Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic games.
When? TBD Q3 2018
Jurassic World Evolution
What is it : Imagine a theme park tycoon game with a it’s core mechanic being essentially a business simulator as you adjust ticket prices, build attractions and make sure your gift shop is placed right at exit. Now add giant murderous dinosaurs and a chance that if you mess up, your main attractions could violently murder all your customers.
Why it could be awesome : Who better to develop a game like this than the team behind RollerCoaster Tycoon. We can rest assured at the very least the theme park sim mechanics will be pretty sound. Let’s just hope they get the murderous dinosaur violence right too.
When? Q3 2018
The Crew 2
What is it : Something for you racing fans to be excited for, this time around with boats and planes! The trailers set a high bar, lets hope Ubisoft can live up to the hype they are building and that it’s not packed full of micro-transactions.
Why it could be awesome : The developers are ex Eden Games who worked on Need for Speed, Test Drive Unlimited, the original The Crew and V-Rally so their qualifications check out. Visuals look great and if they don’t mess up the core mechanics or force those of us who just want to stick to the cars and bikes to have to grind through boat or plane races to progress, it should be a winner.
When? Q2-Q3 2018
Not too much is known about these titles, some don’t have solid release dates or even release windows to expect but they are all due sometime this year.
Dead Island 2
State of Decay 2
Dark Souls Remastered
System Shock 3 (Maybe)
Monster Hunter : World
Sea of Thieves
There are so many more titles than we mentioned here in this article, and probably a few absolute gems too. We just wanted to highlight a few of the ones on our own radar for anyone who hasn’t already in the know.
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For years the Call of Duty franchise has departed from it’s WW2 roots with both modern and futuristic settings to glee of many but the frustration of fans of the original games.
Time to say goodbye to wall running, lasers, double jumping and jet-packing as today Activision released the first reveal trailer for Call of Duty : WWII developed by Sledgehammer Games hinting a strong emphasis on the European theater and a single player campaign that follows the 1st Infantry Division.
This doesn’t mean multi-player has taken a back seat, every one knows a huge number of COD fans never or barely touch single player opting to jump straight in to multiplayer from day one. In an article on Forbes.com, contributor Erik Kain detailed the four core multiplayer games modes as;
Offering a robust social space dedicated to engagement off the frontlines, Headquarters paves the way for all-new avenues of Multiplayer interaction, recognition and awards unlike anything experienced in the franchise to date. Divisions
A new way to engage in a player’s Multiplayer career — Divisions immerse players in the heroic journey of enlisting in the world’s most historic war. Choose from a variety of Divisions, including Infantry and Armored Divisions. War Mode
A new Multiplayer experience that immerses players in iconic World War II battles, where Allied and Axis clash in team-driven gameplay in the fight for strategic objectives. Boots-on-the-Ground Gameplay
Multiplayer marks a return to iconic boots on the ground Call of Duty gameplay that fans know and love, featuring an arsenal of World War II-era weapons, and fast-paced, heart-pumping, intense run-and-gun action.
Also rumored to make a return, Nazi Zombies, a co-op wave survival mode that has been a staple of the Sledgehammer developed COD titles for years now.
Due to be released on November 3rd several more trailers are expected to be released in the meantime detailing more of the game modes and features.
While of course the game will be released on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Nintendo hasn’t confirmed or denied a Switch version although it seems unlikely.
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With the long and much hyped lead up the release AMD’s latest chipset and CPU’s, we’ve field hundreds of customers questions with the same answer. “We don’t know yet, nothing is official, it’s all just rumours!”. Today, that has changed! AMD has lifted the vale (NDA), announced the release date and allowed its motherboard partners to release the details of their line ups.
Stock is due to land March 3rd and the our newest edition to the Evatech custom gaming PC line up is now available for pre-order in the form the Wraith.
At this point in time there is two motherboard chipsets to choose from, the X370 at the high end and the B350 for mid range. There is also only 3 different CPU’s to make decision making a little easier.
R7 1700, the entry level R7 model sports 8 cores and 16 threads like it’s bigger brothers but at a slightly lower clock speed and no build in precision auto overclocking features.
R7 1700X is the next step up with a boosted base clock speed and the addition of auto-overclocking.
R7 1800X, the top dog of the lot at the highest clock speed and presumably cherry picked from the manufacturing process for the best ‘overclockability’.
While performance per core means the Kaby Lake CPU’s might still be best overall consumer gaming option, Ryzen’s twice as many cores gives it a real leg up in heavily multi-threaded gaming (and non gaming).
For previous AMD owners who was left with a bad taste in their mouth after forking out for the FX 9XXX series CPUs riddled with heat and stability issues and underwhelming performance, Ryzen is definitely worth giving AMD a second chance. With these 8 core CPUs now on the same 14nm process as Kaby Lake and only having TDPs of just 95w we don’t anticipate any heat issues with it only being 4w higher than Intel’s quad core i7 range which are extremely heat efficient.
I’m sure benchmarks and videos from YouTube reviewers will be flooding the internet shortly but we can already confirm, AMD is back in the CPU game and Intel better watch out if it wants to keep it’s current dominant market share in the desktop CPU market.
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Fans of the franchise have been waiting almost 5 years since Resident Evil 6, but the wait is finally over with Resident Evil 7 : Biohazard launching today worldwide and unlike last time, the PC release is day and date with Xbox and PlayStation.
Despite the concerns that come with traditionally console franchises getting PC releases as to the quality of the ‘port’, optimization for mouse and keyboard input and general performance and visuals, Capcom has risen to the occasion and by all reports pulled together what is arguably the best version of the game for PC.
With very high reviews across the board for all versions of the game, PCGamer was particularly impressed, scoring it 90/100 siting it’s return to the original games slow burning horror game-play and extremely well realized dark gritty atmosphere as the games true highlights.
With the game being equally well optimized for each platform by all reports, the PC version shines through as it should with higher resolutions, texture quality, lighting effects and filtering possible on mid-range to high end systems.
Now we know it’s a quality release, it’s a great game and your a fan of the previous games? The question now becomes, can your rig handle it.
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With a GTX 1080 TI GPU from Nvidia all but inevitable, rumors have been swirling around the internet since the launch of the GTX 1080 back in June as to the specs and release date.
Sweclockers reported earlier this week that leaks from a Chinese forum known to be reliable from past releases detailed the specifications of the card and mentioned a release is slated for January 2017.
Titan X (Pascal)
GTX 1080 Ti
16 nm TSMC
16 nm TSMC
16 nm TSMC
16 nm TSMC
1 417 MHz
1 503 MHz
1 607 MHz
1 506 MHz
1 531 MHz
1 623 MHz
1 733 MHz
1 708 MHz
12 GB X
12 GB X
8 GB X
3x DP 1.4
3x DP 1.4
3x DP 1.4
3x DP 1.4
Bare in mind these are still unofficial, pricing is unknown and release dates are uncertain. Anything could change between now and the release of the the GTX 1080 TI, but from what we can see, these specifications would make a lot of sense.
Founders editions cards are likely to be all that’s available with the first shipment or two out of Nvidia but we expect all the usual suspects (Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, EVGA etc) to bring factory overclocked non-reference editions to market shortly there after.
Stay tuned to Evatech for more details as they arise.
Did you love the original Deus Ex or even the 2011 Eidos-Montreal remake, Human Revolution? We definitely did! So when we saw leaked screenshots and rumours of a new Deus Ex game circulating around the internet today, we just couldn’t resist delving in to get as much details as we possibly could.