Oh boy, outside of the brilliant Zelda, the Nintendo Switch launch has been one marred by a number of little issues. From Joy Con controllers losing sync to dock's scratching screens and more. And now we can add the Switch looking for Wi-Fi networks causing massive frame-drops in games. This is something we've witnessed in person, with the reliably 60fps Fast RMX turned into a stuttering mess inexplicably when showcased out of the home.
But with a whatchamacallit, the option to pay money to get more stuff. In the name of all the champions for you to play with from day one in a conveniently titled 'Champions Pack'. In speaking with Polygon, id Software's Creative Director Tim Willits stated that Quake Champions is “at its core, a free-to-play game." Which, isn't all that surprising.
Compared to the likes of Super Mario 64, which outside of its low-fi presentation has aged as gracefully as a fine wine, Crash kind of looks like a glorified endless runner. Now, it's no secret that the Crash Bandicoot series getting the full remake treatment is like a dream come true for many '90s kids -- but the end result may just tarnish a few rosy memories. It certainly looks good though.
With the Australian iPad launch happening ahead of the global release. Having played a bunch of The Elder Scrolls: Legends beta, which is Bethesda's take on the whole CCG genre, we can safely say that if you enjoy this style of game then you'll definitely want to check this out. In addition to the iPad launch in Australia, The Elder Scrolls: Legends is also available now on PC for free via the Bethesda Launcher.
And based on that title you can be sure that it features blood stained floors and fancy stained glass windows. With sign-ups for the upcoming Closed Beta for the game still open, we should start to see a lot more Quake action in the coming months. And for those with a discerning eye, you might pick up that 'Blood Covenant' is based on Q3DM6.
Thanks to the re-introduction of the Australian Interactive Games Fund (AIGF) and a government investment of $4 million over four years to help independent developers and studios create games. Previously, this fund (which was a mix of loans and grants) was operated at a national level, but was axed as part of the Abbott government's 2014 budget cuts. Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam who was a vocal supporter of the fund in 2013 is once again a key component of this new measure.
Following on from similar reports for the Americas and Europe, comes the first bit of Nintendo Switch sales info for Australia and New Zealand. And it's good. Surprisingly so, considering the seemingly lack of public awareness on the Switch as little as a month ago. Although we don't have hard numbers, according to Nintendo Australia launch weekend sales for the Nintendo Switch have made it the most successful Nintendo hardware launch in Australian history.
After a lackluster launch, well, one that sold incredibly well but failed to meet the enormous (ginormous even) expectations for No Man's Sky prior to release, the game is starting to feel more and more essential. With the new update, which adds planetary buggies and other vehicles, the first hints of multiplayer and a shared universe is starting to take shape with the ability to find or visit someone's base.
With a note stating that if you want to crank up the resolution and all the different effects to max, you'll probably need at least a GeForce GTX 1070. In terms of hardware requirements, like with Battlefield 1 before it (also running on the Frostbite engine) Mass Effect Andromeda is all set to scale fairly well across a wide range of hardware.