Outside of the fact that the PC version of Final Fantasy XV represents one of the most stunning releases in a long while, the underlying game is every bit the epic one could hope for. An experience quite unlike anything else, and one that could be summed up as the animated adventures of a boy band in a world filled with monsters.
That you'll fall in love with.
If one were to dig a little to find a metaphor for the entire group coming together to overcome obstacles, like the ingredients in a perfect Cup Noodle, one could easily do so. There’s substance to the subject matter throughout no matter how funny, on-the-nose, and outlandish it gets. And when the story gets suitably (or Final Fantasy) convoluted and complicated, the through line and relationship between the four main characters never falters. If anything, it keeps growing to the point where their journey adds all the weight to the underlying save-the-world from perpetual darkness storyline.
World of Tanks -- that game/brand that just never quits, has signed itself up to the Arnold Pro Strongman Competition taking place in Melbourne this weekend (March 16-18). Enlisting competitors for a Guinness World Record attempt, the World of Tanks Team is challenging the strongmen to individually pull a tank for 10 metres.
The publicity surrounds the game's 1.0 update (which is kind of crazy when you think about it). Moreover, rather than just be a stunt for promotion, the activity will be the inaugural "World of Tanks PC Tank Pull". Here's the official lines on it all:
The Arnold Pro Strongman Australia, presented by World of Tanks PC, is part of the Arnold Sports Festival founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger and will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre from March 16-18. The ‘World of Tanks PC Tank Pull’ will be the fourth of six events in the professional strongman competition, held on Saturday 17th March at 12.00pm AEDT.
Alexander de Giorgio, World of Tanks' Regional Publishing Director, said the official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt will see thirteen of the strongest men from Australia, New Zealand and across the world go head to head, with the fastest competitor to pull an eight tonne FV102 Striker tank over 10 metres, claiming the world record.
“With the completely remastered PC game, World of Tanks 1.0, set to launch soon, we wanted our 160 million players and new fans to get hyped up about this massive game update. Nothing is bigger than going for a tank pull GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title!
“We’re calling on all Australians and New Zealanders to get behind the strongman attempting the world record and witness the true power of man versus tank,“ said Alexander.
Tony Doherty, 2018 Arnold Sports Festival organiser and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s business partner, says they are looking forward to the ‘World of Tanks PC Tank Pull’.
“We have had truck pull events in the past, but this is the first ever tank pull event, so it will certainly be one to watch. Our professional strongman competitors are now gunning not only for the Arnold Pro Strongman Australia title, but they also want the tank pull GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title,” said Tony.
Well, good luck gents. It's kind of hard to top such a mammoth effort with nerdy, sarcastic words from a scrawny old games journo like me -- so that's sincere :)
LG's 32GK850G QHD G-Sync Gaming Monitor puts the well-known panel and display maker back on the map when it comes to premium and quality gaming monitors. The VA panel offers exceptional contrast and black levels with a crisp image and near reference level colour calibration right out of the box. Also, it features a spherical RGB light-wheel on the back.
When it comes to gaming monitors a lot of attention is rightfully being placed on the QHD range of panels, which produce a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels. So then, why not 4K? Like with most modern-day TVs. Well, for a screen size that sits somewhere in the realm of 27 – 32 inches, QHD is the sweet spot. One look at the monitors currently being sold, especially those designed for gaming, you’ll notice that 1080p no longer makes up the bulk of what’s available. Also, it goes without saying that modern GPUs or those that sit in the realm of the NVIDIA GTX 1070 range perform best at this resolution. Where the difference over a 1080p image is instantly noticeable.
The only problem that comes with an abundance of choice, is the age-old question of what screen to pick. LG’s new 32GK850G QHD G-Sync Gaming Monitor is certainly one to consider, a premium gaming monitor that offers exceptional performance for those with NVIDIA cards - where it can quite easily push an overclocked refresh rate of 165Hz. Not that you’d notice all that much of a difference over 144Hz.
The last announced (and known) DLC for Assassin's Creed Origins, which takes us out of realistic Egypt and into the more mystical side of it all, is now available.
Hopefully this isn't the last of Bayek's adventures in this incredible game-world Ubisoft has created. But we're not aware of anything else beyond this coming.
Here's the official line, and expect our review incoming shortly:
In the Curse of the Pharaohs, players will take on an all-new storyline, set four years after the events of Assassin’s Creed Origins, and continue Bayek’s journey as he travels to the ancient capital city of Thebes to investigate a curse that is plaguing the region. The expansion immerses players in Egyptian mythology, challenging them to battle famous pharaohs and mystical beasts as they investigate the temples of Karnak and Luxor as well as well the secret tombs of the Valley of the Kings. This new content will increase the level cap to 55 and introduce new crafting levels, resources and abilities. Players will also be able to acquire new outfits and gear, including rare and legendary weapons, all themed around classic Egyptian mythology.
If you haven't jumped into Origins yet, read our review to learn why you need to. And check out the Curse of the Pharaohs launch video below.
It's a question that any self-respecting tech geek asks at one point or another. Could I setup my own media network? Okay, so maybe not. Anyway, thanks to our friends at Netgear and Western Digital we were able to take a look at their products and decide just that. Plus, throw in game storage too. Because, well, when you're building a media storage solution. Go big.
Streaming services and cloud storage are currently the two biggest bits of tech when it comes to media and online file storage. Not having to worry about a digital collection stored on a hard drive somewhere and being able to access a vast library of content through various networks is, well, convenient. As is the process of backing up personal non-commercial files and somewhat priceless media. Family photos and what not.
But, we’re not here to talk about that – even though we’ll touch on some of those features of the hardware we’ll be using. Instead, after spending another day looking at our physical movie and TV collection and wondered how difficult it would be to turn that into an interactive media app where the data was all stored locally that we could access from any device - we decided to do just that. And go one step further, what about network storage for games that could be accessed remotely from any PC or laptop on a closed or open network?
Recently we had the chance to sit down with Katrina Garsten, a producer at Obsidian Entertainment working on Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, to talk about the upcoming RPG. Which is due to be released early next month - April 3 to be exact.
“We've known from the beginning that we wanted to make Pillars II look as awesome as possible,” Katrina tells me. “We've introduced a lot of cool tech and we've upgraded Unity. One of my favourite things that we’ve added, is that we're now able to cast shadows from 3D objects onto our 2D environments. And they cast realistic shadows which just makes everything look incredible. There's also several little things that we've added, like birds and fish and tiny things that kind of combine with each other to make the experience that much more exciting.”
Which then extends to the bigger scope and size of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, a sequel that very much lives up to the expectation of more across the board. Improved visuals, a bigger story, more relevant and meaningful narrative choices. And a sea change.
That is to say, players will be able to create "bite-size Far Cry 5 experiences" that can be played Solo, Co-Op or Competitively, as created by you, the player. The mode is called Far Cry 5 Arcade and will feature heavily as part of the community experience, but will also feature official content made by Ubisoft.
The best way to describe this is the way in which the Trials series had a map-making mode, where players built maps that were then voted on by the community.
I also had a chance to trial this mode from our recent hands-on event in, well, "bite-size" form and can report that it does look like the possibilities here are very, very broad. It'll just depend on available assets for creative map-builders, and just how it will be handled by the community on the whole. Best of all -- it's completely free for every version of the game. Watch the Far Cry 5 Arcade video description below, and below that check out a trailer showcasing the post-launch content coming to the game by way of standalone Blood Dragon-like DLC. Vietnam, zombies and space. This game just keeps on giving.
Sometimes a game's story can be enough to make it a memorable experience. In the case of The Station, from a small team of veteran developers that worked on Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and BioShock Infinite, that definitely rings true. And it's the sort of game that fans of The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, or hey, Star Trek should definitely check out.
Taking place aboard a space station that was sent to investigate a distant alien civilization, The Station bears some similarity to last year’s Tacoma. In the getting to explore a seemingly abandoned space vessel to figure out what happened sort of way. Although it features and tells the fractured stories of various scientists and their relationships with one another, The Station is more interested in exploring the bigger picture. Namely that of what would happen if we, as humanity, had not only the means to discover extra-terrestrial life in the universe but to also send a crew aboard a space station to silently observe and conduct research.