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Double Fine Adventure Documentary - briefly
(hx) 01:10 AM EST - Mar,05 2015 - Post a comment
Tim Schafer and the crew at Double Fine have put their three part documentary on YouTube for all to see. Enjoy!

 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,04 2015 - all
CRYENGINE - GDC 2015 Shots + video - tech
(hx) 02:57 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment / read (1)
Crytek has just released a new set of GDC 2015 screenshots for its video-game engine, CRYENGINE. The images appear to be taken from a variety of games ranging from the beautiful open-world RPG, Kingdom Come Deliverance from Warhorse Studios, Monster Hunter Online and UMBRA a new hack & slash game from Solarfall Games. Crytek also released two new trailers showing off the versatility and power of CRYENGINE.

The first trailer details the specific features of CRYENGINE, and how the accessibility of the engine enables developers of variable sizes and budgets, to create amazingly detailed projects. Some features include Physically Based Rendering, 3D HDR Lens Flares, and multiple other features, that can bring stunning game worlds to life from CRYENGINE licensees and EaaS subscribers.

The second one demonstrates work From CRYENGINE licensees, form well known studios, to smaller independent developers, working with CRYENGINE as a service (EaaS) subscription model. Featuring footage from both Monster Hunter Online and Evolve, it demonstrates the immense potential of the CRYENGINE in creating beautiful gaming experiences.



Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Announced - briefly
(hx) 02:43 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment
Bethesda has announced a standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order called Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jager and the Den of Wolves, finds Blazkowicz is up against a "maniacal prison warden" as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein. His mission is to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead's compound. In part two, The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs, while searching for the coordinates Blazkowicz ventures to the city of Wulfburg. Here, an "obsessed" Nazi archaeologist is exhuming artifacts which are poised to release a dark and ancient power.

In development at MachineGames, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will be available digitally and at retail for $19.99/£14.99/€19.99/AUS$39.95 on PC and PlayStation 4. It will be a digital-only title for Xbox One and is set for a May 5 release. Additional gameplay will be revealed during PAX East at 3.30pm GMT on both Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 on Twitch

RISE Oculus DK2 Tech Demo Trailer - tech
(hx) 02:24 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment
Nurulize has released a 4K GDC 2015 trailer for RISE Oculus DK2 tech demo, powered by Unreal Engine 4. RISE is a fully immersive virtual reality experience that tells the story of a robot uprising from the perspective of a sentient robot agitator who's been captured. This tech demo features real-time display of VFX assets, dynamic physical camera simulation for accurate depth of field, as well as a full 16-bit float scene for dynamic, accurate exposure adjustment.

Quixel's Megascans GDC 2015 Demo Reel - tech
(hx) 02:22 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment
Quixel, an industry leader in high-end texturing solutions, specializing in art tools for the games and VFX industries, has released a new GDC 2015 trailer. This demo reel features content textured using Quixel Megascans and Quixel SUITE in V-Ray 3.0, Unreal Engine 4, Frostbite, Unity 5, Redshift, CryEngine, Marmoset Toolbag 2 and Octane Render.

Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide Trailer - movie
(hx) 01:53 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment / read (2)
Fatshark Games has released a gameplay teaser trailer from the pre-alpha version of its upcoming Warhammer title, Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide. Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide is described as a co-operative action first person shooter and melee combat adventure set in the End Times of the iconic Warhammer Fantasy universe.

The game is planned for release in the second half of 2015.
Nvidia Shield 4K console announced - console
(hx) 01:34 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment / read (1)
At GDC 2015 in San Francisco, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced the chip vendor's latest hardware effort, the Shield, which is the world's first 4K Android TV that also doubles up as a game console. The Shield comes with an H.265 decoder that can handle 4K at 60Hz with 10-bit video processing. Another highlight is the ability to search for content on the Play Store using voice. Made of one-piece diecast aluminium, the Shield is ultrathin and features Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi ac connectivity as well as USB connectors. Under the hood, the console is powered by NVIDIA's Tegra X1 chip that is claimed to be 35 times faster than Apple TV.

NVIDIA has also announced a Bluetooth-enabled Shield Remote that features an iPod-like spin button. There's also a Shield game controller that is good for 40 hours of gaming on a single charge. Each SHIELD Android TV will come bundled with a Shield game controller for free. NVIDIA is making a content-curated store that features the "best of the best" games tailored for the Shield game console. At the time of launch, over 50 games will be available, including titles like Half Life: 2, Contrast, and Borderlands. The price for all these features? $199. As for a launch date, Huang mentioned that the Shield console will launch in May.

Unity 5 - The Blacksmith - GDC 2015 - movie
(hx) 12:45 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment
Rendered in real-time in Unity 5, The Blacksmith is a really impressive narrative focused tech demo shown today at GDC.

Witcher 3 Gameplay from GDC 2015 - movie
(hx) 12:18 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment
Witcher 3 will be releasing on 19th May, 2015, for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Valve Announces Source 2, Steam Link, Steam VR - briefly
(hx) 12:13 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment / read (1)
Valve has revealed Steam VR, Source 2 and Steam Link at the Game Developers Conference today. Steam Link will enable game streaming from Steam Machines, PC, Mac, and Linux PC within a network. It will support 1080p gaming at 60Hz . Steam Link will be available this November for $49.99, and users can add $49.99 on top for a Steam Controller. Valve will announce worldwide pricing closer to launch date. Valve also detailed two new technologies which will be part of its virtual reality headset, Vive; a "room scale tracking system" called Lighthouse, and a VR input system. Simply put, Lighthouse will help Valve's VR achieve higher resolution and higher speed tracking for a lower hardware cost. It will be available for free to hardware manufacturers who are interested. Vive will ship this year in April for developers, and November for consumers.

In addition, Valve revealed the Source 2 engine, a successor to the Source engine which powered games such as Counter-Strike and Half Life 2. Source 2 has been made with a focus on "increasing creator productivity." Source 2 will be free to content developers, allowing "gamers themselves to participate in the creation and development of their favorite games." It will be compatible with Vulkan, the name of the graphics API Valve teased earlier this month.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Release Dates - briefly
(hx) 12:06 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment
Konami has announced that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be released worldwide starting on September 1st, 2015. The Steam version will be released on September 15th.
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced today that the highly anticipated conclusion to the METAL GEAR SOLID V Experience, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN, will be released worldwide starting September 1, 2015.

METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN is the series’ largest and most ambitious edition to date, expanding upon themes and content seen in the METAL GEAR SOLID V Experience prologue: METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES. Set within huge open-world environments, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN is brought to vivid life with realistic weather patterns and day/night cycles. Thus, players can adapt their tactics to match the changing environment, creating an intuitive and non-linear gameplay experience. Similarly, a host of acclaimed METAL GEAR SOLID troops return in hugely advanced forms, including expanded CQC (Close-Quarter Combat) skills, vastly improved enemy AI, online elements that complement the single player campaign, and an all-new version of METAL GEAR ONLINE, a competitive multiplayer mode, included within the main game.
PS Plus: Free Games for March 2015 - console
(hx) 12:05 PM EST - Mar,04 2015 - Post a comment
The PlayStation.Blog has been updated with the list of PS Plus free games for March 2015.

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Bombshell Official Gameplay Trailer - movie
(hx) 07:26 PM EST - Mar,03 2015 - Post a comment
Interceptor Entertainment and 3D Realms have released a new gameplay trailer for Bombshell, an isometric action role-playing game set for release on the PC.

Resident Evil Revelations 2 PC split-screen beta - briefly
(hx) 07:19 PM EST - Mar,03 2015 - Post a comment
Capcom has added local co-op to the PC version of action horror game Resident Evil Revelations 2. Be warned: this option may not be 100 per cent polished.
Here's how it works:
    - Campaign Mode: press the START button on Player 2 game pad upon entering active gameplay. Ending the game or exiting to the main menu will automatically return to full screen single player mode.
    - Raid Mode: pressing the START button on Player 2 game pad in the Vestibule (the staging area) will activate split-screen mode. Select character, configure your loadout, and select Raid missions as normal. Exiting the Vestibule and backing out to the main menu will automatically end split-screen mode.
    - Alternatively, simply disconnecting the 2P controller will force the game back into full screen single player mode.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 is an episodic Resident Evil game, with episodes released weekly. The first came out last week, and the second is due today.
Loading Human Demo - Video - movie
(hx) 07:13 PM EST - Mar,03 2015 - Post a comment
Loading Human is currently in development for PC and Mac, and has had its concept approved for PlayStation4's Project Morpheus virtual reality system. The game is designed to support the Oculus Rift VR headset, and motion-based controllers like the Sixense STEM, Razer Hydra, YEI Technology PrioVR and Virtuix Omni.

Unreal Tournament - New Update - briefly
(hx) 05:58 PM EST - Mar,03 2015 - Post a comment
Epic Games has released a new update for Unreal Tournament that includes a revamped launcher, a new customized Unreal Editor for UT, and the new Unreal Tournament marketplace. In addition, this new content includes the Malcolm and Necris characters, as well as Outpost 23, the first beautiful map that's designed to show where UT can go. Since Unreal Tournament is free, everyone can go ahead and download it from its official website.

Battlefield 4 Winter 2015 Patch - patch
(hx) 05:54 PM EST - Mar,03 2015 - Post a comment
According to it, this new update for BF4 comes with several AMD Mantle optimizations and graphical performance improvements. In addition, this update adds Squad Obliteration game mode and brings a number of bug fixes.
Battlefield 4's Winter Update is here, looking to warm the hearts of many who still frequent DICE's military shooter one year and five months after launch. The major game update is now rolling out on all platforms, a roughly 1.34 GB patch on consoles and 400 MB patch on PC. Among some of its most notable features is the introduction of the Squad Obliteration game mode, an eSports-oriented game mode that developer DICE LA hopes will offer "something fast and challenging for the players and an entertaining experience for those who watch the matches."

Settings that differ from the original Obliteration game mode include:
-  No vehicles, no parachute spawns
-  Secondary base spawns are made available
-  First team to destroy two out of three bases wins the round
-  Bomb carrier position is only known to the enemy team if spotted

The update also introduces new Premium playlists - 'Large Scale Battles', 'The Battlefield', and 'Close Quarters' - through the game’s new and improved Quickmatch menu. Here are a few of the specifics:
-  New player gating: New players can now matchmake into special servers until reaching rank 10, giving them a chance to learn playing Battlefield 4 against other new players.
-  Ranked Preset support: Players now have the added option to Quickmatch into Ranked servers as an addition to the Official preset available in the past.
-  Premium Playlists: Three new playlists are added catering to various play styles and including maps from all expansions and base game combined.

Netcode improvements are also present, including:
- Network prioritization and filtering has been improved. This now prioritizes health/damage, enemy players and vehicles above all.
- Vehicles now use a larger (front) hemi-sphere shape for collision improvements
- Aiming down sights, or zooming in sitting in a vehicle or on foot, utilizes an even longer range cone for better target acquisition at a distance
Firewatch - Gameplay Video - preview
(hx) 03:47 AM EST - Mar,03 2015 - Post a comment
Gone Home, a first-person exploration game that hit PCs back in 2013, was a breath of fresh air for gaming in that it demonstrated how to make an affecting game without ever needing a gun. Firewatch looks like its natural successor, as watching 17 minutes of gameplay, courtesy of IGN, is a fascinating and singularly engrossing introduction into the life of a fire lookout.

Bloodborne - 'The Hunt Begins' TV Commercial - console
(hx) 03:43 AM EST - Mar,03 2015 - Post a comment
Bloodborne is so close you can almost smell its coppery tang on the wind – and also you can watch commercials for it. Bloodborne arrives on PS4 at the end of this month (March 24 North America, March 25 Europe, March 27 UK).

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Umbra GDC 2015 Trailer - movie
(hx) 04:42 PM EST - Mar,02 2015 - Post a comment
There's a trailer out for the upcoming Action RPG hack and slashathon Umbra. Being developed by SolarFall Games using CryEngine, Umbra looks to take everything we love about hacking and slashing enemies to pieces for loot, then add a coat of additional awesome over the top. Besides the jaw-dropping visuals, there's the promise of an open world and a no-class character system. In layman's terms, you'll be able to create a character that suits your play style rather than having to fiddle with a bunch of perks and abilities to make something half playable.

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