Battlerite - Not Just Another MOBA

 

Every once in a while we get a game that does things "rite". It seems like this game blew up overnight and it was not due to some gimmick or an elaborate marketing scheme. This game is getting popular because of its ease of access, smooth gameplay and it is not trying to invade an over-saturated market. Before we start with this article, I would like to point out that this game is NOT a MOBA, it may have some mechanics derived from such games but it is not comparable. Battlerite has taken may great features and gameplay styles from other titles and combined them to create something fresh. This game is a action-fueled, arena brawler that aims to be a competitive at its core. 

 

 

If you are familiar with a game call Bloodline Champions then you will get the basic concept of this game. If you have never heard of that game it is okay, what Battlerite emphasizes is a competitive arena experience. The combat style is similar to that of League of Legends and Dota 2, a top-down shooter with cooldown abilities. The difference here is that there will be no time-consuming grinding involved, allowing you to jump right into the action. You will compete in either 2v2 or 3v3 matches that require precision, teamwork and skill. Users with World of Warcraft arena experience will pick up this game easily as it is the same concept. This game is quickly picking up with the community and there are many small tournaments in the making.

 

Battlerite is available now on Steam and the required specs are insanely low:

MINIMUM:

    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 3000
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

 

Osiris: New Dawn

 

Ever wonder what No Man's Sky could have been if they met all their promises? I understand that we are all weary of sandbox space games now but this one could be the one. Osiris: New Dawn is the newest space, early access game that became available on Steam yesterday. This game won PAX West 2016's Best Survival Game and PAX's Best Indie MMO awards. These accomplishments alone bring a lot of promise for Fenix Fire Entertainment's new title. 

Let's start with the best feature of this game and that is.. online multiplayer. But wait! How can they have multiplayer when NMS could not? It appears that Origin: New Dawn will be sacrificing the procedural generation of 18.4 quinitillion planets in order to make room for your friends. I'd much rather prefer to explore a single solar system with a close group of friends than spend an eternity with disfigured dinosaurs. 

Players will be able to build a thriving colony alongside their friends and defend their structures from alien species, environmental dangers and assaults from other players' colonies.

 

 

Now I would once again like to restate that this game is in early access, meaning the developers acknowledge that it is not finished yet and you will definitely be running into some bugs and glitches. If you are fine with playing an unfinished game then this looks like a great pick up. If you are expecting a polished experience then you may want to wait a while before getting this. I'd like to think of this as Rust in space and Rust does have a huge payer base. 

 

 

In regards to graphics, it is claimed to have a "light-year visual difference" with qualities being compared to AAA titles which means you will need to have some good gear. Here are the minimum and recommended requirements:

MINIMUM:
    • OS: Windows 7 | 64-bit OS
    • Processor: Intel i5 | 3.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
RECOMMENDED:
    • OS: Windows 10 | 64-bit OS
    • Processor: Intel i7
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980
    • Storage: 5 GB available space

Check out the launch trailer:

 

Do you guys still have faith in these space exploration games? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda in 4K!

The next installment of the ever popular Mass Effect franchise is in the works and the previes thus far are very impressive.  The new game titled: Mass Effect : Andromeda is set to release early 2017

Devs released a very impressive trailer below in 4K showing off some early gameplay and cut scene a few days ago.  Even though you may not have a 4K monitor to view the trailer on, you can still view it without issues and see the super rich and detailed characters. 

 
The next trailer to be released will be on N7 day which is November 7th, 2016.  I for one cannot wait to see what they show us next and I am excited to see the final game once released.  Having played all of the previous Mass Effect games, this is one of the top games on my list for 2017!
 
Let us know what you think of the early gameplay trailer in 4K and let us know who your favorite Mass Effect character is, down in the comment section below!
 

Overwatch Upgrading Servers to 63Hz!

 

Blizzard is currently in the process of upgrading the Overwatch servers to run at 63Hz but what does this mean? If you are familiar with first-person shooter games then response time will mean a big thing to you. The servers used to be 21Hz meaning the servers were making 21 communications a second to everyone and back, moving the servers up to 63Hz means the servers and clients will communicate 3 times as much. Getting shot around a corner will be less likely to happen, you will not have to lead your shots as much and inputs will feel a lot more responsive. 

 

 

The servers were originally set at 21Hz to prevent any crashing when the servers were first launched. 63Hz has been available but only exclusive to Custom Games, the change of the servers won't be affecting the esports scene at all because they have been competing on 63Hz servers. It will change the experience for matchmaking players.

While you may not notice it as much in the beginning, I'm sure you will eventually. In the Counter-Strike: GO scene, the matchmaking servers are at 64Hz (or tick) but there are also premium servers that run at 128tick. These 128tick servers are the standard when it comes to competitive play. Higher tickrate usually means the skillcap is higher, this awards faster reaction. It would be very unlikely for a game like Overwatch, which implements abilities rather than just gunplay, to need a server running at 128Hz but hey, I'll take the 63Hz. Matchmaking in Overwatch should be a lot more enjoyable and snappy now.

 

What are you guys' thoughts on this change? Do you feel your play style will change at all? Let us know in the comments below!


Return to Karazhan Patch 7.1

 

The first patch for Legion will be bringing a lot of memories back. Return to Karazhan will be bringing back one of the most exciting raids from Burning Crusade. Although this will no longer be a 10-man raid, we will get to experience Karazhan as a 5-man extended dungeon much similar to Blackrock Depths. It is interesting that they are going this route because smaller dungeons always have more closely knit groups and in my opinion, it is a more enjoyable interaction. Larger dungeons seem to be slightly hectic especially if you don't talk to anyone else in your group. If you haven't had the opportunity to obtain the mount from the original Karazhan, don't worry, they aren't replacing the original instead there will be new entrance.

 

 

Karazhan will be similar to the Mythic difficulty but slightly harder. It seems to be a full on raid but with just 5 people, the dungeon will be revamped and hopefully we will get a redesign that trumps the visuals from Burning Crusade. There will be 9 bosses for us to defeat (and hopefully a new mount to farm). Return to Karazhan will be release on the PTR servers in the next couple weeks according to Blizzard but we do not have a solid date for release on live servers as of yet. This will be the first patch of the many that Blizzard has in store for Legion and it will be a notable one for them. Legion is suppose to be the longest and most content-packed expansion so far and I can't wait to see what will be coming in the future. 

 

Do you guys enjoying with large groups or smaller groups? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Battlefield 1 Open Beta !

 

The Battlefield 1 Open Beta began on August 31st, keep in mind this is open beta! Everyone can try the game! I just had the opportunity to try it out last night and it was a blast! There are currently tons of people playing right now and it is so quick to find a match. You'll get to try out 2 games modes, Conquest and Rush.  If you aren't familiar with Origin, all you need to do is head over to their website, create an account and download their launcher. Once you have the launcher you can install the open beta. 

 

 

There is currently only one map you can play on right now and that is the Sinai Desert map. It's a fairly open desert map with some cliffs on one side of it. There is a train that runs through the populated area of the map allowing some neat destruction. My favorite pass-time currently is riding down players while on a horse, Game of Thrones style. The only complaint I have is that it takes longer to get on a horse than it does to get in a car, it should definitely be the other way around!

The gameplay is very smooth and as it should be for a AAA game. I haven't noticed any bugs in my 3-4 hours of playing. With my new EVGA GTX 1070 and my i7 4790K, I am getting around 120-130 FPS on ultra settings and 1080p. 

I highly doubt that they will be releasing a second map for us to test on but this map is great. If anyone would like to party up an play, you can add me on Origin. My Origin name is "hudsonrio". The end date for the beta is not currently set in stone, so just try it out while you have the chance. I would recommend everyone try out this game this weekend even if you haven't played a FPS shooter before, the timelime this is set in allows some extraordinary features. 

 

 

Here are the minimum requirements for this beta:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350
  • Processor (Intel): Core i5 6600K
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
  • DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
  • Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
  • Hard-drive space: 10GB

 

Winners Announced - Enter to Win an EVGA TORQ X5L Laser Gaming Mouse!

We would like to thank everyone who entered this weeks giveaway for the EVGA TORQ X5L gaming mouse. We had an awesome turn out for the contest and and lots of great comments posted the EVGAGaming articles!

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