Evolve Goes Stage 2, And Starting Today is Free To Play On PC

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Evolve, is the 4 vs 1 game from Turtle Rock Studios that was released last year to much excitement. Unfortunately that excitement quickly turned sour due to the terrible DLC and micro-transaction strategy. Well we are happy to announce that they have thought long and hard about this and decided to essentially reboot the whole game in what they are calling Evolve Stage 2.

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What that means for you and I friends, is that starting today, you can go download Evolve Stage 2 for free on Steam for PC. They have announced a plan for the people that have already bought the game in what they are calling the “founders” so that they won’t be left out in the cold, going as far as to say everything that they have unlocked will be available to them in the “new” game as well as some ongoing bonuses as well. Founders can expect such goodies as:

  • 3,000 Silver Keys, all past and future Adaptations for previously owned Hunters and Monsters, dozens of Weapon Skins, and four unique, animated Founder badges.
  • If you owned any Hunters, Monsters, or Skins previously, those will be carried over to Evolve Stage 2.

In future, there will be new, exclusive badges, skins and assorted cosmetics for Founders.

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Evolve’s very large cast of characters and cosmetics will all be unlockable in Stage 2 by using an in-game currency called Silver Keys, earned by playing. There’s no mention yet of whether you’ll be able to pay cash, although I am sure that they will be mentioning something about it soon.

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They also announced that not only are they going free to play, they are also overhauling the entire game, they gave us a small taste of the changes that we can expect to see when logging in now

Major changes include a renewed focus on the signature 4v1 Hunt mode, with rejigged classes to lighten the load for inexperienced Medics and Trappers:

  • The MOBILE ARENA is now a shared ability that always centers on the Monster, and all four hunter classes have been redesigned to be more easily accessible and have better team synergy even when you’re not playing with friends.
  • TRAPPER – With the mobile arena a shared ability, all Trapper class hunters now come equipped with a PLANET SCANNER ability that tells the hunters generally which direction the monster is located within the map. Trappers also get a speed boost when activating the ability to help them close the distance and Dome the Monster.
  • MEDIC – All Hunter classes now have passive health regeneration that automatically heals players when they aren’t taking damage.
  • SUPPORT – All Support class hunters now have a SHIELD BURST ability that automatically charges the shields of teammates that are close enough to the Support.
  • All Assault class hunters now have a DEFENSE MATRIX ability that replaces the personal shield’s invulnerability and instead provides damage reduction to the Assault character.
  • MONSTER – All Monsters now have more health and start with enough skill points to activate all four abilities at the start of a match. Alongside new found power and speed, the Monsters are back to terrorize Shear.
  • VISUAL FX and UI have been redesigned to provide a cleaner, more easily understandable experience for players of all skill levels.
  • MAPS have been redesigned specifically for HUNT using countless hours of gameplay data and player feedback since launch, resulting in maps that create consistently fair fights for Hunters and Monsters.

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If you want to see what this game is about, or maybe what has changed, you can download the new Stage 2 version starting right now on Steam.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter @DayneCody

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Demo Eating Up Records

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Capcom has announced that the recently released Resident Evil 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour, has now become the most downloaded single-player PS4 demo in the first week of its release for North America, and has now been downloaded over 2 million times globally. This with it only been released to Playstation Plus members makes us think that people really are excited for a new RE game.

The Demo is a prologue, and Capcom has stated that the demo will not be in the full game, but is a taste of the world and the feel they are going for in the full game.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is slated for a January 24, 2017 release and will be coming out on the PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and will be playable from start to finish in PS: VR.

Via- Press release

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter @DayneCody

The Technomancer, New Trailer, Game Out Now

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The Technomancer, the all new Sci-Fi Action-RPG is available now! Not only is it available for purchase now, but they also sent along this wicked launch trailer for you guys to check out.

The Technomancer is a Sci-Fi action RPG in a similar vein to Mass Effect, where you play a character who is on the run and all the while confronted by the harsh realities of the Red Planet. You must undertake a quest that takes you through forgotten paradises, cities lost under the ice, and dystopian shanties sprawled across Mars’ dusty embrace all while trying to figure out the secrets of the Technomancers.

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The Technomancer is available now on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One and is being developed by Spiders. It also happens to be 15% off during the Steam summer sale!

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter @DayneCody

ARK:Survival Evolved New Video, and Massive Sale!

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ARK: Survival evolved has announced that not only are they dropping to $16.49USD during the Steam summer sale, they are also announcing a huge new area with new dinosaurs!

Out now for existing ARK players, update v243 brings the all new Redwood forest Biome, a major extension of the Snow Biome, and new treetop structures featuring what almost look like Ewoks… (but don’t call them that) .

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But In what is possibly the biggest addition ever, they have announced that they are also including the skyscraper-sized Titanosaur

Check out the all new features being showcased in the new video below

If you haven’t jumped on this interesting looking survival-action RPG, then there has never been a better time then now, as it is on sale at over 40% off, but only until July 4th, so don’t wait, head over to Steam now!

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter @DayneCody

Albion Online Headed Into Final Beta

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Albion Online is a sandbox MMORPG in a similar vein to Ultima Online. They are creating a game similar to that, but with a new modern twist on the formula.

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Currently the game is in beta until mid July, then it will be offline while they add in the final changes, before heading into the final beta on August 1st.

Albion Online is a giant open sandbox and thanks to a system of “you are what you wear” you can truly transform yourself into anything you want, just by changing the clothes you are wearing. In this way you can be a farmer dealing with your crops, to a bad ass archer just by changing your clothes. Thus allowing any player to truly play however they want.

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They will be adding in three new, bigger biomes (area’s) for the final beta, as well as a reputation system. In the reputation system, if you are not nice, that could hold consequences such as guards hassling you or even arresting you depending on your reputation.

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When the Final Beta of Albion Online goes live, all accounts will be reset to zero, with all Founders getting the perks from their Founder’s Packs, as well as the gold bought through the website credited to their game account.

If you are interested in learning more, or signing up for the beta, you can head over to their website Albion Online

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter @DayneCody

Neverwinter Coming to PS4 on July 19th

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Neverwinter, the Dungeons and Dragons MMORPG previously out on PC and Xbox One is now coming to PS4. This is currently free to play, and it will continue to be so when it comes to the PS4 as well. They have also announced the Onyx Head Start Pack beginning on July 12, allowing players to get a head start on their friends.

The Onyx Head Start Pack will include the following items and will be available on July 12 for $19.99:

  • Head Start access to Neverwinter a week before the game launches
  • Fragile Onyx Weapon Pack
  • Onyx Keyring with 20 enchanted keys
  • Adventurer’s Helper Pack
  • Graycloak’s Legacy weapon
  • Onyx Horse mount
  • “The Onyx Adorned” title

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Neverwinter Playstation 4 will include all the existing content from the base game, including all playable classes along with the currently released 9 expansions. This also includes the games latest expansion: The Maze Engine. Neverwinter will be free-to-play for all on PS4, Playstation Plus is not being required. If you are interested in this exciting game coming to PS4, take a look at the announcement trailer below and get ready to dive in on July 19th.


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by Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter @DayneCody

Watch 25 Minutes of New Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Gameplay

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Where you wondering what the actual gameplay was going to look like for the new Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game that was announced? Wonder no more my friends, as Square has dropped this tasty 25 minute gameplay demo at our feet to take in and enjoy.


Deus Ex: Mankind divided is coming sometime in 2016 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter- @DayneCody

Official Mad Max Story Trailer Drops, Shows Us a Savage Road

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So the guys over at Avalanche Studio’s dropped this sweet new Mad Max trailer on us. It shows off a bit more of the story and some of the world, lots of in game driving footage and some of cutscenes. If you are interested in this game, it is definitely worth a watch, and after how good the movie was, we have high hopes that the game will deliver as well.


Mad Max is due out on September 1st for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

You can check out even more over on their website.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter- @DayneCody

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt- Graphics Comparison

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Today our friends over at IGN dropped this very kool video showing off the graphics comparison between the PC, Xbox One, and the PS4. All in all the take away here is that the PC version looks far and away the best, that is of course assuming you have a PC that can run it well. Take a look at the video below, and let us know what version you guys think looks the best.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter- @DayneCody

The Oculus Rift’s Recommended PC Specs released

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Today in a blog post, Atman Binstock; chief architect and technical director for the Rift, dropped the skinny on what kind of hardware you are going to need in order to get what he called “the full Rift experience”. And fair warning, it is not for the faint of heart, there are going to be a LOT of people looking to upgrade in order to play games properly on the Rift. So without further ado, here are the recommended specs to get “the full Rift experience”

  • NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater
  • Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater
  • 8GB+ RAM
  • Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output (required)
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports (required)
  • Windows 7 SP1 or newer (required)

Like I said, not for the fair not heart as those are some fairly steep requirements, and we imagine that a lot of people will be looking to upgrade some hardware over the next 6-10 months before the Rift is released.

They also went on to say that they are going to be using those specs over the “lifetime of the Rift”, and as time goes on, naturally that hardware or the equivalent will come down in price. They are using this as a standard so that “Developers, in turn, can rely on Rift users having these modern machines, allowing them to optimize their game for a known target, simplifying development.”
He also went on to explain some of the resolution and latency details of the consumer model;

A traditional 1080p game at 60Hz requires 124 million shaded pixels per second. In contrast, the Rift runs at 2160×1200 at 90Hz split over dual displays, consuming 233 million pixels per second. At the default eye-target scale, the Rift’s rendering requirements go much higher: around 400 million shaded pixels per second. This means that by raw rendering costs alone, a VR game will require approximately 3x the GPU power of 1080p rendering.

You can read the whole, very detailed blog post over here.

Still no word on the pricing for the Rift when it is released sometime in Q1 of next year, but it is great to start seeing more details trickle out.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
Twitter- @DayneCody