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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...
 

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...
 

PlayStation 5 Starting at $400, Launches Starting November 12

$400 for digital-only, $500 for the full system.

The next-gen is now fully in gear. With Microsoft announcing the price and release date of their Xbox Series X, the only piece of the puzzle that remained was what Sony would do with the PlayStation 5. Today, the company announced that the Digital Edition will retail for $399.99 (USD) while the "regular" version with a disc drive will retail for $499.99.

Both consoles are expected to launch in select countries...
 

EA Kills Off Origin

Origin to be replaced by more generic naming convention.

First, EA ditched their EA Access and Origin Access branding in favor of EA Play. This happened almost exactly one month ago in August 2020. Now, EA is ready to ditch their Origin desktop client with something a little more generic.

EA is changing the name of their Origin client to "EA Desktop." EA is calling their new app a "next-generation PC gaming platform."

This renaming will...
 

Xbox Series X Officially Launches on November 10 for $499

Next-gen begins on November 10.

Microsoft has kicked down the doors of the next-gen waiting room and come out swinging. Yesterday, they revealed that the Xbox Series S would be released on November 10 for a price of just $299 (USD). Today, Microsoft reveals that the more powerful Xbox Series X will also launch on November 10 for a very affordable $499 (USD).

Pre-orders for both consoles will begin on September 22.

In addition to this, Microsoft announces that...
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  • Improvements Made to Platoons in Battlefield 4

    Improvements Made to Platoons in Battlefield 4

    Some new updates and improvements were rolled out to the Platoon system in Battlefield 4.
    Locate Your Platoon Members
    Increased Member Cap W
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  • GTA Online Capture Creator Coming Friday as 1.12 Update Releases Today

    GTA Online Capture Creator Coming Friday as 1.12 Update Releases Today

    The 1.12 update for GTA Online was released today. On Friday of this week the Capture Creator content will drop. Let's take a look at the 1.12 patch notes and some of the recommended Capture Jobs from Rockstar. The rest of this news is all just copy and pasted from the press release (except for formatting), so my work here is done.

    Changelog for GTA Online for the 1.12 patch for April 8, 2014
    Top Changes A new Lester ability has been added. Players will now be able
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  • Gameplay Trailer and Alpha Registration for Epic's Fortnite

    Gameplay Trailer and Alpha Registration for Epic's Fortnite

    A new trailer and information on registering for the alpha of Fortnite has come out today. First up, let's take a look at that new trailer.


    In addition, you can try your hand at being selected for the Fortnite alpha that will be coming down the line. The Fortnite alpha survey is about ten questions long and should only take you a few minutes to fill out....
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  • Yoshi, Sheik, and Zero Suit Samus Confirmed for Super Smash Bros. Roster Plus Fresh Details

    As part of today's ongoing Nintendo Direct, Nintendo has revealed some new additions to the confirmed roster list for Super Smash Bros.. They have already confirmed that Yoshi, Sheik, and Zero Suit Samus will be included in the game's roster. In addition, Nintendo has revealed that Poke Balls return to the game, including Master Balls with rare and legendary Pokemon. Additional details note that online play will make use of your NNID and there will be two main modes. The "For Glory" mode i...
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  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor PC Requirements Revealed

    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor PC Requirements Revealed

    The Steam store listing for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor have shed some light on the system requirements for the PC version of the game.
    Minimum
    OS: 64-bit: Vista, Win 7, Win 8
    Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
    Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 | AMD Radeon HD 6950
    DirectX: Version 11
    Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Hard Drive: 25 GB available space

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  • There's "Nowhere to Run" in the Latest Wolfenstein Trailer

    There's "Nowhere to Run" in the Latest Wolfenstein Trailer

    It's the 1960's and the Nazis control the world. Man, that sucks! Fortunately, B.J. Blazkowicz is around and he's in the killin' Nazi business and business is boomin'.
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  • The Crew to Run at 1080p and 30FPS on Xbox One and PlayStation 4

    The Crew to Run at 1080p and 30FPS on Xbox One and PlayStation 4

    Ubisoft has confirmed that their online only racing title, The Crew, will run at a 1080p resolution but only at 30FPS on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

    If you thought that the 30 frames per second was bad, you may not find much comfort in what Creative Director Julian Gerighty continued on to say.
    (Ivory Tower is) "really trying to get parity across all versions, so it's something that's important to us not to branch out and not do individual things for individual
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  • Johnny Gat Joins Divekick Roster

    Johnny Gat Joins Divekick Roster

    Everyone's favorite character from the Saints Row series is coming to everyone's favorite game about diving and kicking. Just revealed, Johnny Gat will join the roster as part of Divekick Addition Edition +.

    Johnny Gat will first show up in the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game. He will then be added, for free, to the PlayStation 3, Vita, and Steam versions a short time later....
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  • Watch Dogs on PC Will Require Uplay

    Watch Dogs on PC Will Require Uplay

    This should come as no surprise to anyone, but the PC version of Watch Dogs will require the use of Ubisoft's Uplay service.

    This news was confirmed by an Ubisoft representative speaking with IGN.
    "Like some of our other AAA releases, including Far Cry 3, Splinter Cell Blacklist, and Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag, Watch Dogs will be available on Steam and will leverage Uplay to support the games services."
    This comes just a few days after it was revealed that the PC...
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  • Hotline Miami 2 'Dial Tone' Trailer

    Hotline Miami 2 'Dial Tone' Trailer

    This here is the new trailer for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number. If you hate gory, digital violence and a freaking amazing soundtrack, you should probably not watch this.

    Everyone else? Enjoy!

    Hotline Miami 2 is slated for release later this year for the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita....
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  • Stardock CEO Claims that DirectX 12 Will Double Xbox One GPU Performance

    Stardock CEO Claims that DirectX 12 Will Double Xbox One GPU Performance

    In an article written for Neowin, the CEO and Founder of Stardock, Brad Wardell, claims that when DirectX 12 finally ships in late 2015, it will result in a "doubling of performance" across identical hardware.
    The results are spectacular. Not just in theory but in practice (full disclosure: I am involved with the Star Swarm demo which makes use of this kind of technology.) While each generation of video card struggles to gain substantial performance over the previous generation,
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