With Grand Theft Auto V unlocking at 1am AEST tonight and available to add to your Epic Games Store collection to keep. The offer will expire on May 21. Epic took to Twitter to make the announcement, which brings the biggest game of all time to the PC storefront. No word on how it will play with mods, but this is a pretty major scoop for the service.
As the leading brand in the laptop division in gaming, and as a super-power in lightweight on-the-go office and creative solutions for business and learning in the XPS range, Dell has updates to the aforementioned models, alongside new gaming options in Alienware, all of which look to future-proof as we phase into a new generation of both living and working, as well as gaming,
Content adoption around 8K might not seem on a ubiquitous rise right now, but if you consider how quickly everything shifted from 1080p to 4K, and factor in Moore's Law, well, it should be eight times as fast as the 4K revolution. Well, that's how our maths goes... at any rate, Samsung's impressive range of upcoming 8K QLED panels have been priced and dated for release in Australia.
Brace yourself for some truly impressive levels of detail, thanks to what Epic Games calls "nanite virtualized micropolygon geometry". Just when you thought graphics terms couldn't get sillier, Unreal Engine 5 asks you to hold its beverage. But, the end result is apparently billions of triangles on screen taken from super high-res scans to offer environment and object detail that looks totally next-gen.
In a double whammy, PlayStation Australia today announced a PSPlusPlays would be welcoming in Predator: Hunting Grounds with players submitting their best Predator kills to go in for a chance to win some pretty cool gear. Additionally, Arnie has reprised his role as Dutch from the first (and best) moofie as part of both a free update and paid-for DLC.
And given the downhill slate of games that have failed to capture the magic of at least the first four entries over the years, you'd be forgiven for thinking "meh". But, this time around it's being handled by Vicarious Visions who miraculously created a faithful version of the early series on Game Boy Advance and is a stalwart studio.
My fondest memory of Harvest Moon was playing the N64 version of it not long after I got my first editorial gig with the beloved Nintendo Gamer magazine. I'd never played a game where you're goal was to simply fix up your late pop's farm; plant and nurture crops, farm animals and hopefully catch the eye of one of the towns' single ladies. And now, decades on, the franchise is as strong as ever, and enters a tumultuous 2020 in an all-new engine with a massive world to explore.
Okay, so this is all based on rumour, leaked specs, and various sources - but if the informaion is to be believed (and YouTube channel Moore's Law is Dead has been accurate in the past) then the upcoming flagship NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is an absolute monster of a GPU. Providing an incredible 50% performance boost for games running in 4K.
Even though we've got some time on our hands before we get more juicy The Elder Scrolls VI info, we don't have long to wait before the release of the next The Elder Scrolls Online expansion. Called Greymoor it invites players to explore "the dark heart of Skyrim", with a return to the iconic location - now embroiled in a plot involving arcane magic, vampires, and the red stuff we all have inside.
Back in 2018 we got a little teaser trailer from Bethesda as part of its E3 showcase - a glimpse at some sort of fantasy landscape (Tamriel!) with the text simply stating The Elder Scrolls VI. At the time it made sense, let people know the studio was working on the next Elder Scrolls game proper - a follow-up to the seminal Skyrim. The only problem, it was and still is early in its development cycle.
Hosted by Greg Miller, Guerrilla Collective is a three day digital event happening next month that will highlight upcoming projects from a number of indie studios and publishers. With 11 bit studios (Frostpunk), Larian Studios (Baldur’s Gate III), Rebellion (Sniper Elite 4), Good Shepherd Entertainment (John Wick Hex), Funcom (Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden), Fellow Traveller (In Other Waters), and many more on board - the huge indie game showcase is set to air from June 6-8 on Twitch.
With the Sid Meier’s Civilization VI - New Frontier Pass set to deploy six DLC content packs on a bi-monthly basis beginning in May. Across the season players can expect to find eight new civilizations, nine new leaders, six new game modes, and more. Released in 2016 and now available on all platforms it's good to see Civilization VI still going strong.
We were impressed by the unique off-road driving of Spintires: Mudrunner back in 2017, and the sequel - SnowRunner - is something we've been playing quite a bit of in recent weeks.
A definite game of the year contender (and stay tuned for our in-depth making of feature with id Software) DOOM Eternal has big plans for the rest of 2020. Namely in the form of DLC expansions and updates to the game. When it comes to the latter id has posted a rundown of what to expect soon - from Empowered Demons to BATTLEMODE updates to the studio adressing "a few balance concerns and annoyances".
Called Delores: A Thimbleweed Park Mini-Adventure it was put together in isolation using existing assets from the 2017 adventure game Thimbleweed Park. Created as a prototype for Ron Gilbert's new adventure game engine, the use of existing assets means "it is not a sequel to Thimbleweed Park and is probably missing all of the small bells and whistles that would make it a commercially viable game".
The big telco, who has partnered with Microsoft to bring the subscription-based Xbox All Access to our shores, is looking for a Telstra Game Reviewer to review 10 games at $2,500 AUD a pop. Each video will be a written and video deal, running from June to November, exploring the Xbox Game Pass catalogue.