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What's the difference between Jose Otero and Jose Sanchez? Greg barely knows, but he knows that he loves them both.
Marty went to Montreal to play Watch Dogs and tells us about his experience.
MSI has announced its new line of high-powered gaming laptops equipped with Nvidia's brand new GeForce GTX 800M series GPUs, which are capable of supplying speed improvements ranging from 15% to 60% in terms of power when compared to the previous generation. The GT Dominator will be offered with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M and 880M GPUs, and the GE Apache can be picked up with GeForce GTX 850M and 860M graphics cards.
MSI GT Dominator
Although Nvidia just launched the new GTX 750 on desktops last month, its laptop line today moves up a class with the reveal of its new 800M series GPUs. The lineup, which includes the new gaming-centric GTX 880M, GTX 870M, GTX 860M, GTX 850M, and mass market-focused 840M, 830M, and 820M. Each of the new GTX 800M chips offers significant speed improvements over the previous generation, with gains ranging from 15% to 60% in terms of overall power. The GTX class chips, Nvidia says, are capable of running games at 1080p at high or maxed out settings at 30FPS or above.
Several laptop makers are introducing new and updated laptops to take advantage of the chip, including the Alienware 17, Lenovo Y50, MSI GT 70, GT 60, GS 70, and GS 60, and Razer's new Blade Pro and staggeringly high-resolution Blade.
Sometimes the greatest rewards of discovery spring not from encountering new realms, but in knowing exactly where we are. Take my visit to Ivarstead in Elder Scrolls Online's vision of Skyrim. Centuries hence, I knew, a chap known as the Dovahkiin would cross the bridge on my left to take Krinnek's bundle of grub to the Graybeards on High Hrothgar. The bridge was wood now, not weathered stone; the nearby buildings shaped in that gangly, over-tall style common to ZeniMax's take on Tamriel. But no disciples of Paarthurnax awaited me up the snowy path, instead, avalanches and barriers barred me from the spot in ESO I wanted to see the most. The Graybeards wouldn't be getting their food this time, and I'd learned a little about the limitations of exploration in ZeniMax's upcoming MMORPG.
In January, we named the Razer Blade as our pick for the Best Laptop of 2013 for its incredibly compact form factor and powerful gaming performance, but as our review pointed out, there was one aspect in need of improvement: its 900p, low-contrast display. As it turns out, Razer was listening. For 2014, the company is pushing the Blade's display to new extremes with a staggeringly high-resolution 3200x1800 touchscreen display — the highest pixel count for any 14" laptop on the market, it claims.
The new Blade's display pushes past Apple's both the 13" and 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display in both overall resolution and pixels-per-inch — a whopping 262ppi vs. Apple's 227ppi and 220ppi, respectively. But perhaps even more importantly, Razer has drastically upgraded the quality of the display, swapping out last year's TN panel for an IPS IGZO for improved color representation, brightness, and viewing angles. The screen is also now encased in edge-to-edge glass and incorporates ten-point multitouch support — ideal for its preinstalled Windows 8.1 OS.
Take a look at all the goodies you'll get for pre-ordering WildStar.
Destin sucks at Hearthstone. Tate's helping him get better in the Arena, but how is he going to do against a Warrior? Do his tactics need to change?
Update: Respawn has announced it's resolved the issues affecting Titanfall on PC.
"Our team has resolved the PC connectivity issues and you should now be able to connect to matchmaking servers," a tweet from the game's official Twitter explained.
Original story follows.
Original story: Titanfall is experiencing a range of issues on PC following its launch in North America.
Users are reporting several connection issues, including one involving Origin titled Error Code 503.
The release date of WildStar, the upcoming MMO from Carbine, has been announced. Get ready to jump in to Nexus on June 3. This announcement confirms what this week's leak led us to believe to be WildStar's release date.
The Standard Edition of WildStar will hit shelves for $60 and includes 30 days of game time, three guest passes to invite some friends to join you, and an Eldan housing item.
The Digital Deluxe Edition, which costs $75, is packed with everything in the Standard Edition, along with a bunch of other goodies. Those who opt for this version will get an Eldan Hoverboard mount and costume set, a Player Title, and rare Green and Gold dyes to permanently add to their collection.
MMORPGs aren’t typically well-known for their high quality PvP content. Often it's an afterthought, with a couple battleground and arenas tacked onto the side of an otherwise dedicated PvE game. WildStar’s developers at Carbine Studios, however, firmly believe that MMOs have the power to support compelling and engaging PvP by forcing players to make dynamic strategic and tactical decisions throughout combat. They recently pulled back the curtain on WildStar’s PvP systems, featuring many of the staples of other MMORPGs, but with their own twist on the design to keeps things fresh and innovative. In addition to adding their own touch to familiar content, the developers also unveiled a brand new system, WildStar’s massive 40v40 Warplots.
Compelling end-game content is an essential element in a successful MMORPG. Players have proven time and again that they will remain loyal to a game with interesting and rewarding end game challenges, but will abandon one that fails to keep them meaningfully engaged. Carbine Studios understands the importance or providing a strong end game experience and has recently revealed the full extent of their plans for WildStar’s end game at launch. Referred to as ‘Elder Game’ content, WildStar’s end game aims to appeal to casual soloers and hardcore raiders alike.
When players hit the level cap at 50, they will begin their journey into the Elder Game immediately. The first step is with solo content, where players can earn gear through reputations and the end game currency, Elder Gems. High level zones such as the Crimson Badlands and Malgrave will feature an area called the Post-Cap Playspace (PCP). These areas are specifically set aside for max level players, and will have reputations, daily quests, and all of the standard bells and whistles of an end-game zone. What makes these zones more interesting, however, is that they will each feature zone-wide public events, which are multi-part quests that scale to the number of participants working on them. Public events will require players to fight monsters, solve puzzles, bypass gauntlets, and coordinate with other players in the world. Players who manage to complete these public events will unlock a zone-wide buff for their faction, as well as for everyone in their faction capital. By building on reputation rewards and high level solo quest item rewards, players can gear up and prepare for group content.
Mafia 3 could take place in an open-world Louisiana, if a casting call from Take-Two is to be believed.
The casting call was published online by AGB, and reveals that Take-Two, the parent company of Mafia publisher 2K, is looking for three actors for voice over, motion capture and facial scans. All three characters it's looking to cast were born in Louisiana.
The trio of Louisiana natives are Franklin, Tony and Mickey. Franklin is in his early 20s, and "knows how to get a job done at any cost". Tony is in his early 30s, and is apparently "a genius with numbers and statistics who runs sports betting operations". Finally, Mickey is in his late teens, who "likes to run his mouth" and acts as a street hustler. Sadly, he can't back his big talk up with much.
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor will be available on or before December 20, 2014.
Ubisoft Montreal has revealed Watch Dogs' minimum system requirements for the PC version of the game.
Answering fan questions on Twitter, creative director Jonathan Morin listed the following as the minimum your rig will need to run Watch Dogs:
- Processor: IntelCore 2 Quad Q8400 2.66Ghz or AMDPhenom II X4 940 3.0Ghz
- Memory: 6GB RAM
- Video card: 1024 VRAM DirectX 11 Shader 5.0
- Sound Card: DirectX9
- Hard drive: 25 GB
Morin says that these are the official minimum specs. Recommended specs have not been announced yet.
Publisher Bethesda has defended the $15 monthly subscription fee for its forthcoming Elder Scrolls Online MMO, saying that the price is justified with regular additions of new, "significant" content.
"We feel pretty strongly about the support we're going to have for the game and what you're going to get for those dollars," said vice president of PR Pete Hines, speaking to Gamespot. "We're also very confident in our ability to support it with content."
Irrational Games has announced that pre-orders are open for a limited run of Bioshock Infinite "Elizabeth Noir" figurines.
Featuring the Infinite star dolled up in her noir outfit from the Burial at Sea DLC, the statue stands one foot tall and weighs four pounds (she's not a toy, as Irrational's blog post says emphatically). Each statue is individually numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Activision Blizzard chief executive officer Bobby Kotick has received a $7.85 million cash bonus for his performance last year, authorised by the company's board compensation committee.
Reported on GamesIndustry, the bonus marks a large increase from Kotick's $2.5 million bonus granted in 2012. The Activision Blizzard CEO's base salary was also increased to $2.1 million last year.
The announcement follows on from recent news of chief operating officer Thomas Tippl receiving a raise, bringing his annual base salary to $1.25 million. In 2012, Kotick saw an 800 percent raise in potential earnings as a result of a new contract. New stock options granted the executive up to $64.9 million extra in the bank.
According to the report, GMI Ratings corporate-governance consultant Nell Minow questioned how Kotick's compensation figure was calculated, calling for more transparency on how the figures were determined. Today Activision responded that Kotick could have been awarded more, according to the company's 2008 incentive plan.
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A giant light-up statue highlights Titanfall's mammoth Collector's Edition. We unbox it.
Take a look at what's coming in the March update of Everquest.