Overwatch Official Launch Day!

Well today is the day!  Blizzard began its journey for today's official launch about 2 years ago!  Today is the official launch day for OVERWATCH!

Many fans out there have been waiting patiently for today, including some of the EVGA employees!  Official release will be at 4PM PDT and its when the world will go crazy playing Overwatch!  You can see the launch schedule via their release map below!

So you have your pre-order and your ready to start playing, but is your system up to the Overwatch requirements?  Check out the Minimum and Recommended Specs:  

Minimum Requirements

  • Operating System:  Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor:  Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8650
  • Video:  NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460, ATI Radeon™ HD 4850, or Intel® HD Graphics 4400
  • Memory:  4 GB RAM
  • Storage:  30 GB available hard drive space
  • Internet:  Broadband internet connection
  • Resolution:  1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

Recommended Specifications:

  • Operating System:  Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
  • Processor:  Intel® Core™ i5 or AMD Phenom™ II X3 or better
  • Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 or AMD Radeon™ HD 7950 or better
  • Memory:  6 GB RAM
  • Storage:  30 GB available hard drive space
  • Internet:  Broadband internet connection
  • Resolution:  1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

The next few days will be all out the Overwatch hype!  Let us know who your favorite Overwatch character is in the comment section below!!

Humble Bundle Featured Bundles and Spring Sale Encore!

The folks over at the Humblebunle.com site have some really awesome bundles and deals going on right now! There is something for everyone currently on their site.  

For those who like the Deep Silver Studios games, check out the Humble Deep Silver Bundle 2! With some awesome games like Saints Row 2, 3 and 4!  Also, for the zombie enthusiasts out there this bundle comes with Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition and Dead Island: Riptide.  There are different tiers you can pay for to get certain games or you can get them all for a low price of $13.00!

Capcom fans will be happy with the Humble Capcom Super Turbo HD Remix Bundle! Try saying that 10 times fast!  This bundle comes with some awesome games like Bionic Commando and Bionic Commando Rearmed for those nostalgic folks from the early Nintendo years.  This bundle also comes with a few different Resident Evil games for fans of that series.  Again, different tiers of pricing or pay what you want, or even unlock the entire bundle for $15

And finally to top it all off, the Humble Bundle Store is having an Encore Spring sale.  With huge discounts on many of the games on their store.  Head over to the Humble Bundle Store to check out the savings!

Let us know if you've purchased a Humble Bundle in the past or if you are planning on picking up one of the current ones being offered, in the comment section below!

Paragon: Free Beta Weekend!

The kind folks over at Epic Games have announced a Free Beta Weekend to give those who have not yet experienced the greatness that is Paragon a chance to play for free!

The Free Beta Test weekend is scheduled to take place starting May 26 through May 30th.  In order to to be eligible to participate, you will want to click on the "Beta Sign-Up" link on the Paragon website!

Remember that all of the Paragon Heroes are available to play for everyone.  There are some level requirements you need to reach for some of the heroes, but that's the only restriction on a new account.  Also, Paragon is cross platform, so if you have some friends who own a PS4, then you can have them sign up and play together!

For information, head on over to the Paragon announcement, sign up on their main page, and get ready to have an awesome time during the Free Beta Weekend!  

Dishonored 2 Release Date Announced!

Bethesda and Arkane Studios announced last year at E3 2015 that a sequel to the highly regarding Dishonored game was in the works simply called: Dishonored 2.  They had a E3 2015 trailer which you can see below and also announced that the sequel would now have the option of playing as its female main character by the name of Emily Kaldwin. 

The games prologue will first let you play as Emily, once your done with the prologue, the game will give you that chance to play the remainder of the game as Emily or as Corvo.   

 
A few days ago, Bethesda announced the official release date for Dishonored 2 would be November 11, 2016.  Bearing any delays, the game should be out before the holidays and ready to satisfy the action-adventure stealth game inch with a cool Victorian era background to it.  Let us know in the comment section below if you enjoyed playing the first Dishonored game and if you are looking forward to checking out its sequel Dishonored 2!
 

Enter to Win an EVGA Z170 Stinger Motherboard!

Introducing the EVGA Z170 motherboard lineup. These motherboards take performance to another level with next generation features like high performance native SATA 6G ports, next generation USB 3.1*, up to NVIDIA 4-Way SLI support*, Creative Core3D Audio* and more. A reimagined board and color layout with the latest EVGA GUI BIOS that focuses on functionality make the EVGA Z170 lineup a top choice for gamers, performance users and hardware enthusiasts.

The EVGA Z170 Stinger motherboard is engineered to exceed the best. Featuring a next generation Intel Z170 Express Chipset with DDR4 3200MHz+ memory support, this motherboard is built to perform. Four native SATA 6G ports, eight native USB 3.0 provide robust storage and I/O options, and the mITX form factor allows for an extremely compact performance system.

The EVGA Z170 Stinger motherboard is the ultimate small form factor choice for your HTPC, Media Streaming System or a Powerful Gaming PC in a small package! For this contest one (1) lucky person will be able to WIN an EVGA Z170 Stinger motherboard!

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 Enter to Win an EVGA Z170 Stinger Motherboard!

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Contest will run for six (6) days, starting May 18th, 2016 @ 6:00 PM PST and will end May 24th, 2016 @ 6: 00 PM PST. One (1) winner will be selected at random and announced on May 25th, 2016.

Winners Announced - Enter to Win an EVGA 750 GQ Power Supply!

I would like to thank everyone who entered this weeks contest for a chance to win an EVGA 750 GQ Power Supply!  We had a great turn out for this giveaway with tons of great comments on our EVGAGaming.com articles.

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Now for the announcement: We have randomly chosen our two (2) lucky winners from all the eligible entries, please help me in congratulating:

 Enter to Win an EVGA 750 GQ Power Supply

You are the lucky winners of our EVGA 750 GQ Power Supply contest!

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Debra C and Brandon M, we will be contacting you via your email address with further details. Again, thank you to every one who entered the giveaway! Make sure to come back and check out our new articles on gaming, events, contests, tech, and hardware!!!

SaltLake Reviews: DOOM!

There are three video game featuring Space Marine's that I really think could be classified as “Famous”. Master Chief from HALO, Space Marines from StarCraft, and the granddaddy of them all, the man simply known as “DOOM Guy”. Originally released in 1993, DOOM has been the template for First Person Shooters (FPS) ever since. DOOM Guy has also been the standard template for Space Marines in video games. Non-talkative, deadly, always angry, and has no time for explanations.

DOOM has always been close to my heart as it was one of those games, I still continue to load into and play the original two. So when I was told there would be no early press reviews I was very scared that this game was not up to the task of fulfilling that nostalgic hole in my heart. This was only reinforced by the less than stellar multiplayer beta weeks before its official release. Though DOOM has and always will be a single player in my mind. The lack of early reviews forces me to quickly play through and not enjoy everything the game has to offer, and then make a review. This is not ideal for reviewers and critics.

Before we jump into the game, I want to reflect on something that game developers just simply skip over or make you go into a .ini and change to get what you want. That is the settings page, these options are just glorious. Native support for 21:9 is a huge bonus, but it gets better. Many games have v-sync on/off, DOOM offers V-sync on/off/adaptive so those of you running Nvidia’s G-Sync or AMD’s Free-Sync can easily use this option now instead of hoping that turning off v-sync is enough. They also show that they want to remain neutral in the hardware wars by simply calling it adaptive. There are so many options and the rank from Low, Medium, High, Ultra, and Nightmare. I am currently using my wife's computer, as I tore my computer apart to find a water leak, which has a i7 4790k and a GTX 980. I actually got an error saying that I couldn’t change a setting because it doesn’t have 5gb of VRAM, and that prevented me from doing so to prevent crashes. There is just so many options in the settings.

There are 5 difficulty settings, and normally I do reviews on medium difficulty and have a easy time doing so and taking screenshots. This game gave me trouble trying to stay alive and take a screenshot in the middle of action. Those that think games are getting too easy will be pleased on the difficulty I believe. Though I have not played at Ultra-Nightmare setting yet so I’m not sure what to expect on that difficulty.

DOOM starts off right with DOOM Guy waking up looking at a rune, and you can already tell he is angry. While other FPS games will start with 5 minutes of exposition of what happened, you start with a pistol and a kill count of 4 Possessed Ones within the  first 15 seconds. This instantly felt right, no backstory, no dialogue on the history of DOOM. You simply start enraged that hell is back, and start cracking skulls. I already had those warm fuzzies about this game. This strongly reminds me of the first games where literally you start in a unknown place and just start shooting baddies. The pistol was surprisingly weak and made me worried that they were trying to make it difficult by simply lower stats of your character and guns. This is not the case, only the starting pistol has infinite ammo and you get an instant upgrade in the form of a shotgun within the first 5 minutes of the game.

That isn’t to say there isn’t a storyline, there is. Usually it is done in very short time, to keep you in the mindset of crush and smash, there are instances of random holograms saying 3-4 sentences and then moving on. It gets the job done but it’s short, simple and to the point like any DOOM game should be. The story is light and the action is deep… in blood.

The graphics are outstanding, just look at the rock where behind the helmet, the runes are carved in but faded, the gloves have different textures between the wires, leather, metal and plastic pieces. Enemies are well designed and unique, they have a firm presence that they are from hell. These aren’t even the highest level of graphics, I can’t wait to see DOOM on my fixed computer.  Taking a look outside gives me chills out how the environment looks, constant wind moving the red sands and seeing research centers in the distance. The cliffs give a sense of danger at the ragged edges sticking out. These are some of the best graphics I’ve played in some time.

Another concern is that DOOM would censor a lot of the more bloody and gruesome aspects out of the game as the game's history has been a source of controversy. I am glad to report that this is not the case. The above picture is a once clean room after a single fight. Causing this much mayhem is an art form, and to make that much blood is a skill no one should have. The guts and gore are plenty and overfilling.  The animations during melee are very fast and were well implemented. Glory Kills to a demon when they are flashing after some damage reward you with health packs, thus allowing you to continually heals as you destroy the enemies in your path.

The secrets are no longer little tiny differences in wall details but levers and more puzzles that lead to anything from a unique weapon and armor upgrades to passage to the old style game that can be played later on from the main menu. This gives a unique twist on the secrets and Easter eggs, as before it was just a gun a level earlier or extra ammo/health packs. These secrets are well hidden and sometimes require to backtrack to find them, due to you doing something like turning on the power which opens a door. I can see people losing their minds finding all the secrets.

DOOM brings back my childhood in a morbid way. The gameplay is not just a scare game, or a boring FPS but a blend of both filled with lots and lots of violence. I highly recommend that anyone that played the old DOOMS or feel their mature enough to play this game to pick it up when it comes into your price range. It is a game if you buy you will not regret and are bound to have many many hours of fun hunting down secrets and punching demons in the head. I wouldn’t change a thing, the game feels right, it plays right, and it looks right. I always nitpick at things on all the games I play. Fallout 4 had aging graphics and awful graphic settings, ARK:Survival Evolved had repetitive game play. This has so many graphic settings it’s sure to bring a smile to your face, the graphics are awesome, and the gameplay is just a ton violence fun. This is easily a game of the year candidate already.

RIP AND TEAR!

_Salt Lake