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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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  • Upload Directly to YouTube Coming to Xbox One Tomorrow

    Upload Directly to YouTube Coming to Xbox One Tomorrow

    Tomorrow, some nice updates will be rolling out to the Xbox consoles. First up is the GoPro Channel for the Xbox 360, which will let you see a bunch of content created by GoPro users. That's a thing, I guess.

    The bigger news here is the upcoming coming to the YouTube app for the Xbox One. This update will integrate with the Xbox One Game DVR feature and you will be able to upload your video clips directly to YouTube.
    Now, use Game DVR to capture epic gaming moments,
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  • Goat Simulator Getting Free DLC Including Local Multiplayer and a New Map

    Goat Simulator Getting Free DLC Including Local Multiplayer and a New Map

    The 1.1 patch for Goat Simulator will add some fresh content for free to the game. Included in the update will be a new playable map and local multiplayer!
    ATTENTION GOATS A lot of you have been asking for DLCs for Goat Simulator. However, we wanted to do a free update instead, because goats don't like to charge for new content. Patch 1.1 for Goat Simulator will be adding a whole new playable map, roughly the size of the original map, local splitscreen multiplayer, new achiev
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  • GeForce 337.50 Beta Driver Offers Up to 71% Performance Gains in DirectX 11

    GeForce 337.50 Beta Driver Offers Up to 71% Performance Gains in DirectX 11

    Nvidia released the 337.50 beta drivers today that promise some rather significant gains for DirectX 11 titles and SLI performance.
    By remaining laser-focused on DirectX 11 (and the forthcoming DirectX 12), we have dramatically enhanced the efficiency of our DirectX 11 driver, enabling performance gains of up to 71% in DirectX 11 games, and additional benefits in games with multi-GPU SLI support. Unlike changes tailored around custom graphics APIs, our new optimizations can benefit all DirectX
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  • New Content Coming to The Elder Scrolls Online with First Adventure Zone Craglorn

    The Elder Scrolls Online was just released and already Bethesda and Zenimax Online Studios are offering up the first glimpse at fresh content coming soon. The game's first Adventure Zone is called Craglorn and it includes new four-player and 12-player content.


    Still wondering if you should pick up ESO? Be sure to check out our recent pre-review review for The Elder Scrolls Online that went up just a few short days ago....
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  • Rumor: Next Borderlands Game is a Pre-Sequel

    Rumor: Next Borderlands Game is a Pre-Sequel

    If this rumor is true, Gearbox's Randy Pitchford wasn't lying when he said that Borderlands 3 wasn't yet in development at the studio. The latest rumor going around is that the next Borderlands title is a "pre-squel" and is actually going to be pegged as Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

    What this means is that the next game will take place in the span of time between the first Borderlands game and Borderlands 2. You will reportedly play as four new characters and it will take...
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  • Meet the Stadiums in MLB 14 The Show

    Meet the Stadiums in MLB 14 The Show

    The latest trailer for MLB 14 The Show for the PlayStation 4 shows off a variety of the MLB stadiums you will get to run, dive, hit, and throw in when the game releases next month....
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  • EA Sports UFC In-Game Footage is Full of Sweat

    EA Sports UFC In-Game Footage is Full of Sweat

    The following trailer for EA Sports UFC was allegedly taken all from in-game footage. It's got a lot of blood, sweat, and Bruce Lee going for it.


    As we revealed last night, EA Sports UFC will come out on June 17 and will include a special pre-order bonus of the legendary Bruce Lee....
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  • How to Unlock Phantom Trainee Assignment for Battlefield 4

    How to Unlock Phantom Trainee Assignment for Battlefield 4

    Similar to the unlocking method of the Phantom Prospect assignment for Battlefield 4, comes word that the password has been discovered for the new Phantom Trainee assignment.
    Prerequisites:
    • You must have Battlefield 4 Premium.

    Steps to unlock:
    1. Go to Battlelog and log in
    2. Click on Leaderboards
    3. Scroll to the bottom of the Leaderboards page
    4. At the bottom left of the page is a small, faded skull icon (See Screenshot)
    5. Click on the skull icon
    6. When the dialogue prompts you for
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  • EA Sports UFC Releasing June 17 and Includes Bruce Lee as a Pre-Order Bonus

    EA Sports UFC Releasing June 17 and Includes Bruce Lee as a Pre-Order Bonus

    Not only was the cover for EA Sports UFC revealed a short time ago, some promotional shots of posters for the game revealed a neat pre-order bonus. First up, the game is slated for release on June 17 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.


    An image snapped of a piece of promotional material in a store shows off that Bruce Lee is a pre-order bonus character for the game.


    The image comes courtesy of Coolade from NeoGAF and I can only assume...
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  • Phil Spencer Hints at Policy Change for Forcing Apps Behind the Xbox Live Paywall

    Phil Spencer, the new head honcho over at the Xbox division at Microsoft has been on a fantastic streak lately of bringing back positivity towards the Xbox brand with consumers. His latest act seems to be a hint that some of the apps that are currently locked behind an Xbox Live Gold subscription may not be that way for much longer...
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  • Watch Dogs PC Recommends an 8 Core CPU

    Watch Dogs PC Recommends an 8 Core CPU

    Wipe those tears of laughter out of your eyes, that headline is serious. Ubisoft is actually recommending an eight core CPU for the PC version of Watch Dogs. These required and recommended specs come directly from the Steam store listing for the game.
    Minimum
    OS: Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8 (Please note that we only support 64 bit OSs.)
    Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 @ 2.66Ghz or AMD Phenom II X4 940 @ 3.0Ghz
    Memory: 6 GB RAM
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