No Man's Sky is the most pointless low vs. medium vs. ultra PC settings I've seen in any game yet. "Pointless" in the sense that, sorry, I'm just not seeing much of a difference here. Certainly not a difference worth chopping off your frame rate at the knees. Only in one of the shots—where you're staring right at the ground at your feet—did I note a tiny bit more detail for the ultra settings, and the ultra settings had to go from 100+ frames per second down to 40 in order to pull it off. Oh don't worry, No Man's Sky has had plenty of technical problems across the board. Personally, I'm one of the players catching the crash-after-an-hour-of-gameplay-for-no-reason bugs.
But you might have better eyes than mine when it comes to this video. It doesn't matter because I'm a console plebe anyway, getting my procedural mathematics fix on PlayStation 4. But you, yes, you there, with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card: Perhaps you can explain to the rest of the class what we're missing?
No Man's Sky launched on PlayStation 4 and PC about two weeks ago. The hot takes and the thinkpieces have been a heated battleground. Our review is coming down the pipe.
Suplex City's population keeps going up as 2K has announced twenty-nine more names to the WWE 2K17 roster. This week's additions include:
|Alberto Del Rio||Big Show||Bray Wyatt||Brock Lesnar||Carmella||Chad Gable|
|Big Cass||Darren Young||Dash Wilder||Diamond Dallas Page||Earthquake||Enzo Amore|
|Goldberg||Jason Jordan||JBL||Mark Henry||Paige||Razor Ramon|
|Ric Flair||Rusev||Sami Zayn||Samoa Joe||Sasha Banks||Scott Dawson|
|Sheamus||The Miz||Titus O'Neil||Typhoon||Zack Ryder|
Nothing too surprising on the list but I like the addition of American Alpha and The Revival. I'm also surprised to see that Brock Lesnar and Goldberg are on this list. I mean, it's not like we already knew they were in the game or anything. Sarcasm aside, the roster is looking pretty good right now and has a decent NXT presence, but with most of the big names getting called up to the main roster this year it's going to be interesting to see who else from NXT will get added.
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System turned 25 yesterday, and to celebrate games journalist Jeremy Parish started a new series exploring the history of its games. titled Mode 7, the first episode appropriately looks at F-Zero, the game that used the SNES's Mode 7 texture scaling to create a surprisingly tense and frenetic scifi racing experience.
I've always found Mode 7 to be fascinating, because it looks so primitive even compared to contemporary games like Doom, but at the same time it's a clever graphical sleight of hand and at launch it had gamers picking their jaws up off the floor. It was really the only way for the SNES's underclocked CPU to match the speed of the Sega Genesis, but ultimately I think the quality of SNES games were a cut above most Sega offerings.
If you have the VR rig to handle it, Pinball FX2 VR is getting its season 1 table pack today. Featuring five new boards, including CastleStorm, Wild West Rampage, BioLab, Paranormal and Earth Defense. This pack will run you $24.99, which I personally think is a bit steep so I might wait for a sale. Check out the trailer below to get a feel for the new tables.
FromSoftware is continuing to support Dark Souls III with a healthy stable of DLC, and the latest chapter is the most sizable addition yet. Ashes of Ariandel launches October 25th and has you exploring a new, icy landscape that holds a terrible secret. Naturally the pack also includes a new host of weapons, armor, and features for the notoriously sadistic competitive multiplayer mode.
I still don't understand the masochistic appeal of this series but then again I might just be getting old and tired. Check out the trailer below for more.
Paragon is an upcoming MOBA from Epic Games and one of the few cross platform games that will allow PC and PlayStation 4 folks to play against each other. The open beta is happening right now, and you can grab some coins for a nice head start, two skins, and some challenges if you pick up a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 card or notebook.
NVIDIA is giving away about $115 worth of free items for Paragon with the following purchases:
You have until September 19th to redeem this offer so a few more weeks before it's all gone.
Inside is on PlayStation 4 today for a crisp $19.99 bill, completing the console-release trifecta. It launched on Xbox One on June 29, a week later for Windows on July 7, and now seven-ish weeks after that on PlayStation 4. I've been wringing my hands, waiting for this one.
Developer Playdead released an Inside launch trailer to coincide with the PS4 launch. It's a simple, slow, quietly disturbing scene juxtaposed with a victory lap of critical praise: 5 out of 5's, and 10 out of 10's. Our own Nathan Carter rated it "9.5 – Exquisite," starting his review by saying that it's the most surreal and amazing game he's played this year.
There are some dark minds at work over at Playdead. I can't wait to get my hands on this adventure. Again: Inside launched Tuesday, August 23 for PlayStation 4.
This is something that I have been meaning to do for a while: highlight landmark anniversaries related to the gaming industry. Perhaps it was the date of a milestone console / game release, or maybe it was the day of a major announcement, either way I have wanted to highlight important dates in gaming for a while. Today just happens to be an important one so I figured it would be the perfect time to kick it off. It was on this day, exactly 25 years ago that Nintendo released the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in North America on August 23, 1991.
The SNES was Nintendo’s answer to the Sega Genesis and the company’s foray into the 16-bit generation of consoles. Having launched in Japan nearly a year earlier, the system entered U.S retailers with a price tag of $199.99. This was, of course, back in the day when systems included a game with your purchase, and the SNES came with what is arguably one of the best Mario games to date: Super Mario World. The launch lineup consisted of 5 titles: Super Mario World (packed in with system), F-Zero, Pilotwings, Gradius III, and SimCity. The system had a very strong shelf life, remaining in production all of the way until 1999 (2003 in Japan), selling more than 49 million systems worldwide. It would end up being the highest selling system of the fourth console generation. This include competitors such as the Sega Genesis, CD-i, Neo Geo, and the TurboGrafx-16.
I know that, at least for me, the SNES ranks as one of my all time favorite systems. There were so many games that I enjoyed during the console’s lifetime, such as A Link to the Past, Turtles in Time, and the many WWE games from Akklaim. The system also had one of the most memorable commercials in all of gaming, showcasing every kid’s dream of playing video games on a movie screen. In the case of the SNES, there was a kid playing on a drive-in movie screen. Hopefully Nintendo has some plans in the works to release an anniversary edition console, similar to their upcoming NES release in November.
If you have any memories of the SNES or the 16 bit era of gaming, feel free to share them in the comment section below.
I apologize for those of you that come on here to see the Rock Band 4 DLC announcements, as I have been a bit behind the last few weeks. So let’s play catch up with this news posts, and cover all the DLC that has come in so far in August, and those that are coming later today.
So far this month, we have seen the following new tracks released:
Now that we are caught up, this weeks DLC is Jason Mraz’ “I’m Yours” and Nicki Manaj’s “Starships”, again less rock and more band.
All tracks are $1.99 each as usual.
Tekken 7 is coming to the PC and some of you will probably want to run it in 4K with your brand spanking new GeForce GTX 1080. NVIDIA has provided a look at the game doing just that as well as an interview with producer Katsuhiro Harada.
Matt took a look at Tekken 7 a few months ago at E3 and really liked what he saw from this Unreal Engine powered fighter. The game will be out sometime in 2017 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.