Rise of the Tomb Raider Recommended Specs

Square Enix is gearing up for the official release of Rise of the Tomb Raider, which will be tomorrow January 28th, 2016!  The next iteration of the popular Tomb Raider series,  Rise of the Tomb Raider has a whole new feature set and amazing graphics options to make the game look its best.

In order to get that feature rich gameplay, Nvidia & Square Enix have released their recommended GPU's for the game and details on how ensure you get 60 FPS gameplay here!!  The recommendations for 1080P resolutions is a GTX 970 and for 1440P resolutions they recommend a GTX 980 Ti.

The recommended system specifications have been released as well.  There were rumors that the game would be locked to Windows 10 users only, but it appears that this requirement has changed as they recommend Window 7 in their minimum requirements.  See the rest below:

OS: Windows 7 64bit
Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD equivalent
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 650 2GB or AMD HD7770 2GB
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 30 GB available space

Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.40GHz or AMD FX-8350, 4.0Ghz
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290x
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Disk Space: 30GB

Check out the PC Tech Feature video above and to get further details check out the Geforce site for recommendations on settings and to download the latest Nvidia graphics driver to get the most of our your Rise of the Tomb Raider experience
Lets us know if you will be picking up the Rise of the Tomb Raider game or if you have already pre-ordered it, down in the comment section below!

Latest Heroes of the Storm Updates

The latest update from Blizzard from for Heroes of the Storm was released on January 26th, 2016!  The latest patch notes includes 2 new heroes, new custom character skins, and mounts.

Two new heroes join the ranks which include Xul the Diablo 2 necromancer and Li-Ming the wizard from Diablo 3.  The video below shows their alternate character skins for both heroes.  You also get to see small bits of gameplay showing the heroes skills and special themed abilities.  

Also in the video you will see the Lunar Festival skins for other heroes and Lunar festival themed mounts which include the Star Chariot,  the Cloud Serpent, and Lunar Dragon festival variants.  

Let us know your thoughts on the new Heroes and the Lunar Festival variants in the comment section below!

Tom Clancy's The Division PC Requirements

Tom Clancy's The Division is the much anticipated open world third person shooter of 2016 from Ubisoft.  A lot of information has been released in the past few weeks about the game such as first game impressions, unofficial system specifications, and features.  

 First, from Ubisoft Russia, is the full system specifications which you will want to have to run the game.  Check out the minimum and recommend specs below: 

Minumum Options:
OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10(64bit only)
CPU: Intel i5 2400 @ 3.1Ghz or AMD FX 6100 @ 3.3Ghz
Graphic card: Nvidia GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 7770 (2GB VRAM)
*Sound card should support Direct X 9.0C
HDD space: 40GB

Recommanded Options:
OS: Same as minimum
CPU: Intel i7-3770 @ 3.5Ghz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0Ghz
Graphic card: Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB VRAM) or above
*Sound card should support Direct X 9.0C
HDD space: 40GB

Geforce.com has also released their recommended GPU for Tom Clancy's The Division Beta Test, the lucky winner is the Geforce GTX 970 graphics card or higher.  

Be sure to check out the RPG gameplay trailer below.  Let us know what you think about the fist impressions and specifications down in the comment section below!  Also, be on the lookout for the Closed Beta Test and the official release scheduled for March 8th 2016!


Homefront: The Revolution Release Date

Deep Silver, the publisher of title such as Saints Row IV, Risen 3, and Dead Island 1 & 2, have confirmed that their new action FPS game called Homefront:  The Revolution is set to be released May 2016.

If you didn't know what Homefront: The Revolution is all about.  It takes place in a futuristic alternative universe in the year 2029.  Only 2 years after the events of the original Homefront game, and now four years after the Greater Korean Republic invasion of the USA.  

A revolution is brewing and you are set right in the middle of the action.  You will be on of the freedom fighters a resistance, destroying high value targets and taking out high value targets.  

Check out the latest Homefront:  The Revolution trailer and let us know what you think of the game in the comment section below!


Humble Square Enix Bundle 3!

I know most gamers these days are aware of the Humble Bundle site, where you can get some really good bundled deals for a really good price and a good cause.  Each time you purchase a bundle you have the option of dividing up your payment to go towards the Charity, the developer, and the Humble Bundle team.  Every now and then they have an awesome deal like the current Humble Square Enix Bundle.  

The current bundle as it is right now, come with Tomb Raider 1, 2, 3 and the newest Tomb Raider 2013 version.  Also, Just Cause 1 and 2, and Hitman Absolution, and a few other titles like Murdered Soul Suspect, The Last Remnant, and Life is Strange Ep. 1. 

My personal favorite out of the current bundle is the Final Fantasy XIV:  A Realm Reborn.  This is an MMORPG, which does require a subscription, but new users receive a 30 day trail of game time.  This is my first Final Fantasy game (I know, I know, I'm late to the party), except maybe the 15 mins I spent on Final Fantasy XIII.  

The for being a game that was first released back in 2013,  the graphics are still amazing and gameplay is really fun.  The story line keeps the player engaged and interested in continuing.  All aspects of Final Fantasy games that I have heard from other friends who have played parts of the series.  I would honestly say, that FF XIV game is worth the bundle alone!  

If you are interesed in checking out the current Humble Bundle then head on over to their site and make sure to check out their other bundles from time to time!  Let me know what you think of the current games they are offering in this bundle in the comment section below.  Do you currently own any of them?  Or have you played them in the past?  Which one would you say would be worth getting the current bundle?

American Truck Simulator!

SCSSoftware the creators of Euro Truck Simulator 2 announced that they would be making an American version of their popular sim game.  Their most recent announcement is that it will be ready for everyone's enjoyment on February 3rd, 2016!  

American Truck Simulator is set to have a couple of trucks at launch and will will feature the state of California to start off with.  Their grand vision is to cover all of North America and have every truck manufacture in the game for you to choose!

I myself do own Euro Truck Simulator 2 and have found it actually very entertaining.  Most may not think so, but once you try it, you'll be hooked!  It will be cool to see how they represent North America in their upcoming title.  If its anything like the European version, we can expect to have details landscapes, and vehicles with awesome graphics behind it.   Pricing has yet to be announced.  

Let us know if you own or have played the Euro Truck Simulator series and your thoughts on the new American Truck Simulator game in the comment section below!

Fallout 4 Review

Our good friend SaltLake, also known as Ark Survivor and author of the "Diary of Ark series", has provided us with a fun and in depth review of Fallout 4 game from Bethesda!  Hope you find it as useful and entertaining as I did.  Enjoy...

At this time I am sure nearly everyone has heard of Fallout or its sister-game The Elder Scrolls. If you haven’t, Fallout is an alternative future splitting from our timeline in the 1950s. While both Elder Scrolls and Fallout are RPG’s, Elder Scrolls fits snuggly in a fantasy genre, Fallout is a post-apocalyptic game with a theme similar to steam-punk mixed with nuclear technology which I have dubbed nuke-punk. Haphazard weapon and technology are found everywhere in the environment. Weapons look jury rigged together and finished, just enough, to work with fusion cells. Though you will find kinetic based weapons that use bullets are more common.

Character creation in Fallout 4 has been much improved, except you make you and your spouse which actually effects the outcome on how your child looks. There have been some awesome creations of famous people and of gamers themselves. I am not creative so I chose one of the preset faces, which is usually stuck inside a combat helmet or power armor hiding your face. For those of you that spend hours making the perfect face, you will enjoy it. There are people on the internet who have recreated their face in Fallout 4, with great degree of accuracy. Not to mention others that made comic book/fictional character, the Joker comes to mind. I tried though, and didn't find it to my liking as you can see below.

Graphics are better than prior games like Fallout New Vegas and Skyrim, and all 3 use Creation Engine for their graphics. Skyrim gets a boost with its high res texture package, this gives Skyrim competition if not an edge over Fallout 4. Fallout 4 desperately needs a high res texture package if it is coming. Modders have already found hidden files or modded files to show off better textures and use less memory. If it was this easy for non-professionals to develop these, then honestly Bethesda could have done better. I have a feeling they didn’t want the PC and console graphics to be vastly different at first, and later will release a free texture pack.  This practice though is rather depressing to think of, if that is what they are doing.

The dialogue leaves much to desire unfortunately, it never feels like what I choose effects the storyline or the NPC I am talking with. I try to say something harmful to a NPC, which they respond with a single sentence, and the same dialogue will continue after that with the same dialogue as any other choice. Also your options do not say the full sentence, but only a description of what you are going to say. I miss how they would allow you to have conversations like in Fallout 2 choices when talking to the enclave (simply search “fallout enclave conversation” on YouTube to watch it, though it does have profanity). The dialogue responses were hilarious, and show how it is supposed to be done. There is a silver lining and that is the “Sarcasm choice” which does make me crack a smile at times at how the character makes a wisecracking comment.

The storyline, and I will not say spoilers, is decent. If you have any children will be able to relate to it more than those who do not. If you enjoyed previous Fallout/Elder Scrolls, you will probably enjoy this one. I know some people who rave that they main story is great, me personally I prefer the side quests and faction quests. I don’t have much to say, because I do not wish to give away spoilers.

immersion though, this is the peak of Bethesda. Their environments are so great. Everything from seeing a soldier and their significant other holding hands in the subway. Their skeletons still clinging on for eternity to the fateful day the nukes fell. Or another scene in the same subway tunnel where eerily a teddy bear holds a bone cutter and is about to perform surgery on another teddy bear, while its teddy bear family waits outside the curtain. Who thinks of these things and then implements them into the game are on the verge of genius and insanity. The power armor is heavily disputed, but in my experience it was great. No longer does the power armor feel like just another piece of armor you wear. It feels as though you are in an actual suit, the HUD changes, you feel the weight of the armor as you run or jump off a building. Power armor feels like it is this pinnacle of military research and just as powerful. You can now replace pieces and upgrade them just like any piece. Finally you get what fans have asked for and modded in prior games and that is jump packs. The one immersion breaking item is the voiced antagonist. I decided to play a high strength, low intelligence character that was rivaled by only that of the super mutants. I wanted to play this game through thinking myself as a sort of Hodor/George causing massive damage with my fists. The voice sounds educated though, not fitting my character. If you are an immersion player, and deviate from what the voice sounds like it is utterly immersion breaking. Oh also you can shoot the limbs off of NPC's a much downloaded mod for Fallout 3.

The there is the curse of every Bethesda game and that is the bugs. I have 3 main ones that plague me. One is when I alt+tab sometimes my screen will offset but its only noticeable when I go into the escape menu or aim down a scope, or when I die, and sometimes when I talk to someone. The second is a graphical glitch that happens and take a single texture and stretches it to infinity and beyond. The last and the hardest to replicate is the Screenshot within a Screenshot. For some reason when I take a screenshot it will show my previous screenshot in the upper-right. I'm not sure what happens when I attempt to take screenshots and even then its rare.

I have an invite to the PTU of Star Citizen 2.0, while sitting installed on my computer is AC: Syndicate, Rainbow 6 (thank you for both with NVidia’s Bullets or Blades bundle), CoD: Black Ops III, Ark: Survival Evolved, Just Cause 3. Despite all these games and all the bugs with Fallout 4, I cannot stop playing it. It keeps drawing me in, it is addicting with all the places you can explore. Overall I wish they released G.E.C.K (a moding tool) and their high res texture pack at release, improved settlements building and tutorial, and finally give us back the old Fallout 3/New Vegas Dialogue options with a mute character. Overall I believe this is going to be a great game and mods will only improve it, I cannot wait for the DLC’s that are inevitable to come. In a wrap, its not a perfect game, but when it does something right it feels really right, except the vocal antagonist.

(A brief history of the Fallout universe)

In this world humanity continued life after WW2, but microprocessors such as modern CPU’s were never discovered. The world also continued to ineffectively use resources at an alarming rate. China rose to power furthering consumption of resources, and eventually they started to run out. U.S.A discovered cold fusion allowing them to be less reliant on natural resources, nuclear technology was used everywhere even cars and cooling fluid replaced gasoline. U.S.A would then began processing the very first microprocessors being utilized in PIP boys and power armors.  China desperate asked for this technology and was denied, as U.S.A was under their “Red Scare” still and wish to cripple communist states. China responded by invading Alaska, which would be the start of “The Great War”, U.S.A with use of their new found power armors were able to push the China back and then shortly thereafter annexed Canada. U.S.A retaliated and attacked China and just as they were on Beijing’s doorstep, in an act of desperation, China launched their nuclear arsenal setting off the chain reaction of nuclear launches, causing nuclear winter. Large shelters called “Vaults” were created just for this purpose, those that were able to fled to safety in these vaults.