I've put up a few posts over the past month about some of the leaders in the upcoming Civilization VI. As with any PC game there are some specs that need to be met if you even want the chance to run your own civilization, and 2K has posted the minimum and recommended specs to run Civilization VI.
For starters, they have the listed OS being Windows 7, 8.1, or 10, but they also list each as 64 bit, so if you're still running a 32 bit system, you might be out of luck. Either an Intel Core i3 or an AMD Phenom II is required as is 4 GB of RAM, 12 GB of hard drive space, and a 1 GB DX 11 video card which they listed either an AMD 5570 or an NVIDIA 450. Not too terribly bad as I'm sure a lot of gamers probably have most of this already covered.
The University of California–Irvine will pay for half your college tuition but, oh bummer, you have to play video games to get the scholarship. Time Magazine took a stab at making a Top 50 Video Games of All Time list last month; it might be the first one of these you've seen that puts Half-Life 2 at #17, and where Pong rubs elbows with Castlevania and ESPN NFL 2K5. And while the United States might have new Star Trek and Wonder Woman stamps, Poland has a stamp of The Witcher.
What are you playing this weekend?
Russell Archey, Staff Writer, @NeoScyther
I'm closing in on finishing up Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim. I'm about halfway through the final dungeon and have taken care of most of the optional stuff outside of the three optional boss re-fights. Beyond that, it's just grinding my way up a few more levels to prepare for the final boss. I'll also be starting up Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary in preparation for my review. It's been far too long since I've fired up a Boulder Dash game, so I'm really looking forward to this one.
Sean Cahill, Staff Writer, @seancahill24
This weekend I will be playing the game called "Flying to Chicago" where I'll be spending the weekend with family and taking in a Chicago Cubs game. This means busting out the handheld systems, so I look forward to diving into Bravely Second for the first time.
Sean Colleli, Staff Writer, @scolleli
After completing BioShock Remastered, I'm moving on to the second game in the Collection, BioShock 2. Charles scored the original version a 9.5, and I still maintain that BioShock 2 is the best game in the series. It lacks the initial first-impression punch of the original, but it also lacks the freshman clunkiness, its insecurity-driven need to be about something, and thus the bluntness of its story. Instead, BioShock 2 is a more subtle, more elegant, and more human evolution of both the story and gameplay that made the original so good, and thus the sequel is even better. Its DLC chapter, Minerva's Den, is also a beautifully poignant bookend for the whole series. BioShock 2 was unfairly maligned as a shameless cash grab when it was released in 2010. It is anything but. Now that it has been re-released in the remastered BioShock: The Collection, I encourage anyone who missed it the first time to give it a chance. I'm betting you will be pleasantly surprised.
Randy Kalista, Staff Writer, @randykalista
I'm falling in love with Mad Max. I'm only half a dozen hours in, so I don't know what the longview looks like. But I dig the gameplay loop so far: bolt stuff onto car, smash War Boys, find Guzzolene, drink water, burn rubber. It's a simple life, but I'm a simple guy. Then, just to drive the breakdown of societal norms into the ground, I got This War of Mine on mobile. Seeing the civilian side of the Siege of Sarajevo in Bosnia should make for a sobering weekend. I'm great at parties. Also, yes, I'm that dude downloading the free Dear Esther: Landmark Edition dynamic theme to my PS4. Long live the walking simulator. I reviewed the game. It's still fantastic. A fantastic 9 out of 10.
Aidan Kelly, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend I'll be working on getting my Dark Souls III Bloodshades character up to the SL140 meta. I'm certainly not a good PVP fighter but shenanigans are to be had and I'm all for that. Destiny: Rise of Iron looks great and I'm excited to see how the new raid mechanics are going to work. Other than being a skeleton and drooling over the new Destiny armors, I'll be involved in some Battlefield 4 bouts in anticipation for Battlefield 1. The delayed GTA V graphics overhaul came out this week and I'll be looking forward to seeing the awesome work done by the modding team.
Rob Larkin, Staff Writer, @Rob_GN
Whole lotta Destiny this weekend. Played the first mission of the new expansion, Rise of Iron, while on my lunch break the day it came out. I'll be exploring all that's on offer for the vast majority of my time, and gearing up with my clan to have a go at the new raid on Sunday. While waiting for the release, I did get back into Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag last week and if anything is going to pull me away from Destiny, it might be that for a few minutes a day, but not much more.
Matt Mirkovich, Staff Writer, @Stillmywords
For me, it's all about Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. I'm also trying to work on a backlog that only grows more and more insurmountable by the week. I haven't finished Deus Ex yet, BioShock has my attention again thanks to the HD remasters, and I'm even looking at Skyrim again now that my PC has the power to create small universes with ease. And then there's always something that Final Fantasy XIV needs from me, now I feel like leveling another tank class since Paladin has fallen way out of favor, and patch 3.4 drops next week with a massive wealth of content. Don't cry for me, I'm already dead.
Relic is working on a brand new Dawn of War and today they are giving you the first look at the Eldars in WARHAMMER 40,000: Dawn of War III.
The Eldars rely on psychic powers and technology and they are the last of an ancient civilization. They've been all the Dawn of War games and will be making their third appearance.
They are stronger ranged fighters than melee and can also teleport. Not one to mix it up, they favor a hit and run tactic.
Dawn of War III is set to be released sometime next year on the PC.
WWE 2K17 is almost here and 2K and released the details about all of the DLC that they will be offering this year including NXT, WWE, WCW and WCCW characters.
The Season Pass this year will cost $29.99 and include the following content
There will also be a Digital Deluxe Edition for the PS4 and Xbox One which will cost $89.99
Here are the details on all of the DLC this year including what is included in each content pack.
Future Stars Pack ($8.99)
Hall of Fame Showcase ($9.99)
Legends Pack ($8.99)
MyPlayer Kick Start (PS4 and Xbox One Exclusive) ($9.99)
New Moves Pack ($3.99)
NXT Enhancement Pack ($9.99)
WWE 2K17 releases on October 11th for PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360
Look, you lost, okay? XCOM lost. It doesn't matter if you beat XCOM: Enemy Unknown [GN score 9.5] or XCOM: Enemy Within. XCOM 2 [GN score 8] takes place 20 years later, and I hate to break it to you, dude, but the aliens won.
That mike make it a little more palatable when XCOM 2 launches on console next week, and the alien overlords are stomping a mudhole into the middle of your forehead. XCOM is the underdog now. On the upside of that, however, is that XCOM is calling the shots in a different way. XCOM is more agile, responding to the threats it wants to, in the order it wants to, dismantling the alien government how it wants to.
XCOM 2 lands on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next week on September 27. (It's been on PC since February 5.)
In just a little over a week, the calendar will be turning once again and we will move into October 2016. A new month means new free games on all of your favorite console digital services. Microsoft has been the first to step up and reveal their plans for their next batch of free games.
Xbox Live subscribers will be getting the following at no additional cost for October 2016:
Both of the Xbox 360 games will be playable on the Xbox One console thanks to backwards compatibility.
Obsidian Entertainment is hard at work on their upcoming strategy RPG, Tyranny, but the developers took some time out of their schedule to make this dev diary discussing the art of the game. In this video the game director and the art team discuss how the lore, setting and character personalities shaped the art style of the game, and how the artists tried to make the world of Tyranny feel like a place people lived in day-to-day. Most amusingly, when the artists couldn't find any animation references for the characters, the developers acted out the desired animations themselves.
If you would like to get a closer look at Tyranny, Obsidian will be hosting a livestream today at 4:00 PM Pacific Time, at their Twitch page here.
With the holidays just around the corner, we are about to see a huge influx of new console bundles coming from all directions. One of the first one’s that has been announced for the season is Microsoft’s new bundle for their newer, smaller Xbox One S.
The Xbox One S Minecraft bundle is currently making its way into stores and will include a Xbox One S console and a variety of Minecraft content. This content includes download codes for the Xbox One Edition of Minecraft, the Xbox One Edition Fan Favorites Pack, and the Xbox One Edition Builder’s Pack. In addition to the main game, this gives players access to a wide variety of additional costumes and texture packs for the game.
Only a month left until Battlefront 1 is released (earlier for Early Enlisters) and with it time to to conduct recon operations on the new maps on modes which will be available on release.
Maps:The launch of Battlefield 1 will bring 9 multiplayer maps (one less than Battlefield 4 on release) but promises another map before Christmas for free.
Join the final offensives along the Meuse River in 1918. Here, fierce fighting in trench lines is quickly replaced by the untouched beauty beyond hell. A massive French chateau, previously home to officers beyond the rear lines, is now the scene for a battle with both tanks and flamethrowers. The chandeliers are shaking from the barrage as the American forces push for the final railway hub at the edge of this map.
The shadowy depths of the Argonne forest is the scene for some of the most brutal close quarter combat in Battlefield 1. The world inside this forest features devious defensive setups combined with a labyrinth of bunkers and machine gun nests. Camouflaged field guns firing at point blank range, Stormtroopers clearing out bunkers with gas, and the best use of sharpened spades will determine who owns the depths of this forest. Heroes are forged surviving the intensity of this infantry focused map.
Join one of the earliest amphibious landings of the Great War as the British Empire struggles to secure the oil on the Al-Faw Peninsula. The majestic Ottoman fortress of Fao guards the entrance and is not falling uncontested. Here you will fight through marshlands and dunes, over bridges and shallow coves. The assault finally enters the ancient fortress itself. The quest for oil begins here. The Dreadnought needs to feed.
A struggle for the most vital supply line of World War I. Even though it was considered impossible, the Ottomans crossed the desert of Sinai and threatened the canal. Join the fight by the banks of the grand canal and make tactical use of the dunes. Fight through shallow defenses, with field guns or mortars, through the outskirts of Kantara and into the deep desert beyond.
THE ST. QUENTIN SCAR
A massive attack on the scarred battlefields of northern France. As part of the Kaiser's battle, the German army throws everything they have to try to break through the British lines. Prepare for truly cataclysmic assaults as you push through the trenches of the St. Quentin Scar. Be the first soldier to break through the fortified lines and assault the pristine village of Travecy, untouched by the war… until now.
Engage in all-out war in Sinai Desert, a scorching hot battlefield located just East of El-Jifar. From infantry skirmishes in the narrow streets of the village of Bir el Mazar to dogfights above the majestic cliffs, you’ll need to make tactical use of the dunes as you engage in explosive battles. When all hope is lost, reinforcements will arrive in the shape of a powerful Behemoth: a deadly Armored Train charging through the desert sands.
A destructive clash in a majestic city. Fight on the streets and squares in French city of Amiens during the German spring offensive. A struggle in crumbling alleys, a courthouse, around bridges and railways where the British and the Germans desperately seek to control the depths of the city.
Take part in one of the final battles among the peaks of kings in the Venetian Alps. High up above the clouds a desperate fight for control of mountain forts are challenging even the toughest soldiers. Utilize the massive fort cannons to stop the advancing enemies as they scale the mountainside. Up here, in this furious struggle, the Austro Hungarian Empire holds the upper hand, but the Italian Army won't stop until they've taken back what's theirs.
Along the Adriatic coast a fierce struggle for land and life is taking place. A rugged but fortified shore becomes the battlefield for an empire under siege. What was once a beautiful Mediterranean village by the coast is now transformed by mechanized war, where waves and dreadnought battleships pound the remains of Italy’s Great War.
FREE IN DECEMBER: GIANT’S SHADOW
Prepare to take part in the Battle of the Selle in the cold autumn of 1918. Here, the fighting moves out of the trenches and into open country where a massive crashed airship casts its shadow onto the battlefield. The British forces have broken through the Hindenburg line and are now in pursuit towards an important railway center. Fierce infantry and tank engagements ensue on the open ground and river banks alongside the Cateu-Wassigny railway where an armored train can still turn the tide. Giant’s Shadow will be coming to Battlefield 1 as part of a free update in December.
Conquest: An all-time fan favorite of Battlefield players, Conquest is a large-scale game mode with up to 64 players fighting for the control of key objectives. With large armies on foot or behind the wheel and the addition of fearsome Behemoths, Conquest brings together all the elements of the signature Battlefield all-out war.
Domination: Domination offers a fast-paced infantry focused combat in close quarter locations. It’s a smaller, but more focused version of Conquest, and the fighting revolves around strategic objectives. Ready your shotgun and sharpen your hatchet--in the Domination game mode things tend to get close and personal.
Operations: Operations offer epic journeys across several maps based upon real battles of World War I. We wanted to offer a large and epic experience with a focus on teamplay and frontline combat. Adding this meta-layer to the game mode, and stretching it across multiple interesting locations that both look and play very differently, adds a whole new layer of scale and variety to the battles in Battlefield 1. Your team can win on one map, proceed to the next map, and actually see the map you previously fought over on the horizon.
Rush: Communications and artillery were crucial during World War I, and Rush mode will have you interacting with both of them. In Rush, the attacking forces must find and destroy the defending force's Telegraph Posts, which the defenders can use to call in artillery strikes. The Defenders can deny the attackers by disarming the explosives they plant, but should the Telegraph Posts be destroyed, the defenders must fall back to another sector. The attackers win the battle if the Telegraph Positions in every sector are destroyed. The defenders come out victorious if they're able to run the attackers out of reinforcements, or by having at least one Telegraph Position left intact when time runs out.
War Pigeons: During the Great War, man-made communication systems were still crude and unreliable, so dogs and pigeons were used extensively to carry messages. In the War Pigeons game mode the opposing sides compete to use messenger pigeons to call in artillery barrages on the enemy. When the game starts, a pigeon coop with a messenger pigeon is placed somewhere on the map. Locate the pigeon before the enemy and carry it to a safe location out in the open. There you prepare a message and send it off, calling for artillery support. Once a message is successfully sent an artillery barrage will strike the enemy.
Team Deathmatch: In many ways World War I changed the notion of how war was fought, but the end goal was still to inflict as much damage as possible to force the enemy to surrender. Team Deathmatch hones in on the brutal simplicity of infantry warfare: kill or be killed. This mode pits your side against the enemy and you need to defeat as many enemies as possible while protecting yourself and your team mates. At regular intervals a powerful Elite Class weapon is dropped somewhere on the map. Grab it to get the upper hand in terms of firepower. The winning side is the one that inflicts the most casualties to the enemy. If the timer runs out, the team that has killed the most enemies win.
Soon we'll be traveling back to the age of horse drawn artillery, trench assaults and prop planes. With that said its time to check if your old war horse or fresh steed is up to the task of running Battlefield 1. The system requirements and recommended systems are as follows: