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Review: Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition

15 years and a fresh coat of paint later.

Almost 15 years to the day that the original Age of Empires III was released comes the remastered Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. Love it or hate it, the original certainly left an impression on fans of the franchise. I am not saying all those impressions were necessarily good, but they were impressions none the less.

What we have here is a remastering of one of the more divisive Age of Empires games released. Upon first...
 

AMD Reveals Powerful Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 Processors

Available starting November 5.

AMD has revealed its new lineup of Ryzen 5000 processors for desktop PCs. These are the first CPUs to make use of the company's Zen 3 architecture and are, as you would expect, the most powerful processors to date. AMD even goes on to claim that the Ryzen 5900X is the "world's best gaming CPU."

Lower end models will be available and starting at $299 (USD) starting November 5. The new lineup begins with the entry-level Ryzen 5 5600X,...
 

Baldur's Gate 3 Released to Early Access Today

The long-awaited RPG is out today.

A new grand RPG based on fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons, has entered into Early Access today. That's right, Baldur's Gate 3 is now available through Early Access on PC and Mac via Steam, GOG.com, and Stadia. This is just the start of the journey towards the game's full launch.

The team at Larian Studios say that they will be working directly with the community on iterating and improving the game. This includes adding new content...
 

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Delayed

Pre-patch also pushed out to October 13.

Blizzard just said that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, the next major expansion for their still popular MMORPG, has been delayed. It has been pushed back now until "later this year" with a solid release date not yet revealed. As is typical for these sorts of delays, the delay was an "incredibly difficult decision for the team" but they ultimately feel as though it was the "right decision for the game--and for (the)...
 

Review: Crysis Remastered Is One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Maximum meh.

In 2007 the original Crysis was released for the PC. The big question on everyone's mind at the time, and even through to today, is "can your PC run Crysis?" Usually, the answer was "yes, but…" because even the beefiest of computer hardware had trouble maxing out the graphical options that Crysis brought to the table at the time.

Fast-forward to 2020 and the answer gets a bit more muddled. See, the original Crysis was very dependent on...
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  • Maneater Promises Ray Tracing, 4K, and 60fps on Next-gen Consoles

    Maneater Promises Ray Tracing, 4K, and 60fps on Next-gen Consoles

    Also coming to PC.

    Tripwire Interactive announced today that they will have some nice graphical upgrades coming to the next-gen release of their "open-water, action-RPG," Maneater. Maneater on the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X will get native 4K HDR support and run at a smooth 60FPS.

    Not only that, but the team at Tripwire promises to include real-time ray tracing to the game, which should look pretty wild given that there is a lot of reflective surfaces...
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  • Effective Tips for Optimizing and Cleaning up Your Mac

    Effective Tips for Optimizing and Cleaning up Your Mac


    Macs are very well known for their fast speed and for the ways it can help you increase your productivity. But even Macs are not immune to factors like time, even though these computers are quite long-lasting. So if one day your Mac starts running slower and slower, you may wonder why.

    Most likely, there is nothing to worry about. All your precious Mac needs is some clean up and optimization. And in other words - some regular maintenance work. And the macOS is also known for...
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  • Buying a OnePlus 6T Screen Protector

    Buying a OnePlus 6T Screen Protector


    Features

    OnePlus offers a variety of screen protectors for its collection of phones. For the OnePlus 6T, they provide the 6T 3D tempered glass screen protector. With CNC engraving and a fused design it offers edge-to-edge protection, warranting against screen cracking and chipping.

    The glass screen features 9H hardness which refers to its durability rank on the Moh scale.

    The Moh scale is a qualitative scale of mineral hardness that ranks objects by...
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  • Xbox Confident xCloud will Eventually Gain iOS Support

    Xbox Confident xCloud will Eventually Gain iOS Support

    Head of Xbox Phil Spencer is confident it will happen.

    In speaking with CNBC (relayed by Gamasutra), Phil Spencer says that he is "sure" that Microsoft and Apple will be able to resolve their differences and get xCloud support on iOS sooner rather than later. When asked about what those differences are, Spencer says that they aren't of a financial matter but rather "philosophical."

    The problem goes back to September when Apple changed its guideline...
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  • Activision Says Reports of Call of Duty Account Hack are False

    Activision Says Reports of Call of Duty Account Hack are False

    Activision denies recent reports of hacked accounts.

    On September 21, news broke that as many as 500,000 Activision accounts may have been compromised. This information was backed by several third parties that say the hack was legitimate. Today, Activision flat out denies those claims and says that no Call of Duty accounts have been compromised.

    Activision released a statement via Twitter that says, "reports suggesting Activision Call of Duty accounts have been compromised...
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  • Halo 3: ODST is Out Now on PC

    Halo 3: ODST is Out Now on PC

    Just a little reminder from your friendly Superintendent.

    This is just a friendly reminder for you all that Halo 3: ODST is now available on PC as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It can be yours through either Steam or the Microsoft Store for just $4.99 (USD). That is assuming you don't already own the full Master Chief Collection already.

    It is also available as part of Xbox Game Pass for PC, if you are subscribed to that. ...
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  • Destiny 2: Beyond Light - Europa Trailer

    Destiny 2: Beyond Light - Europa Trailer

    Baby, it's cold outside.

    A new trailer is out today for the upcoming Destiny 2 expansion, Beyond Light. In this trailer we get a better look at the frozen landscapes of Europa, where most of the next season will be taking place. Or rather, that's what we assume to be the case for next season.

    The Destiny 2 site has been updated with a bit more about Europa, including a map of "The Frozen Frontier." I suggest you bundle up, because it's gonna be a chilly reception....
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  • Nvidia Explains How they Screwed Up the RTX 3080 Launch

    Nvidia Explains How they Screwed Up the RTX 3080 Launch

    The launch of the RTX 3080 was a disaster.

    This week saw an arms race between the PlayStation 5 and the Nvidia RTX 3080 as they both tried their damnedest to be purchased by as many people as possible in as short a time as possible. Both suffered from a small supply of stock. Both suffered from busy websites crashing as people tried to get their orders in. One, the PlayStation 5, had surprised purchase windows popping up over the course of a day following its price and release date...
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  • Todd Howard Weighs in on Joining Team Xbox

    Todd Howard Weighs in on Joining Team Xbox

    It just works.

    Todd Howard, head of Bethesda Game Studios, has also decided to weigh in on today's news that Microsoft is acquiring ZeniMax for $7.5 billion (USD). Howard shared his thoughts via a posting at Bethesda.net just a short while ago today.

    He seems to view this new partnership as a match made in heaven. He and the Xbox team have long aligned in their views on gaming.



    Morrowind, an OG Xbox title (as well as PC), reportedly went on to...
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  • Over 500K Call of Duty Accounts May be Compromised

    Over 500K Call of Duty Accounts May be Compromised

    Over 500,000 Activision accounts may have been hacked.

    According to a new report from Dexerto, over 500,000 Activision accounts may have been hacked as part of a data breach on September 20. Their report says that "all Call of Duty players should be on notice after a major Activision hack has left millions of accounts in limbo."

    Activision accounts are used to log into various Call of Duty titles such as Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Call of Duty...
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  • Microsoft Acquires ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

    Microsoft Acquires ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

    It's official.

    Microsoft has confirmed that they are in the process of acquiring ZeniMax Media for a cool $7.5 billion (USD) in cash. ZeniMax is the parent company of studios like Bethesda, creator of The Elder Scrolls, as well as id Software, the developer behind DOOM.

    This acquisition is reportedly the "biggest video game purchase ever" for Microsoft.

    At present, Bethesda has two games that are slated to arrive in 2021. Those include Deathloop...
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