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SALES & DEALS
VR game Apex Construct sales spike after players mistake it for Apex Legends
In a case of mistaken identity, VR action game Apex Construct—which came out in March last year—has seen Steam page views rocket 4000% in the last two weeks, and it has sold more copies in China in a week that it did in the whole of 2018. And it's all because it shares part of its name with Apex Legends, the free battle royale game that's taken the world by storm.
According to Fast Travel Games communications manager Andreas Juliusson, players who are searching for Apex Legends have stumbled across Apex Construct and paid for the game by mistake, apparently not knowing that Apex Legends is free. It probably doesn't help that the logos are pretty similar, which might have confused some people.
The downside is that some buyers have been leaving negative reviews, feeling as if they've been scammed. "Fortunately the Steam Community team is looking into this right now. Somewhere, there are massive misunderstandings going on," Juliusson said. Let's hope Valve are able to resolve the issue soon.
GOG has decided to celebrate the Year of the Pig from now until Feb 25th with the Lantern Festival, with over 200 games up to 85% off. Go check it out
Meanwhile at Steam, the daily deal is the Early Access game Rise of Industry, 33% off: https://store.steampowered.com/app/671440/Rise_of_Industry/
And at Fanatical
NVIDIA comments on DLSS restrictions and image quality in Metro Exodus and Battlefield 5
A lot has been said these past few days about DLSS. DLSS was meant to improve performance and image quality by utilizing the AI, however its implementation in both Battlefield 5 and Metro Exodus was disappointing. And it appears that NVIDIA has officially commented on everything regarding this new technology.
As Andrew Edelsten, Technical Director of Deep Learning at NVIDIA, claimed, DLSS is designed to boost frame rates at high GPU workloads which is why there are currently specific resolution restrictions.
NVIDIA aims to remove TAA blurring and ghosting artifacts with adaptive ray tracing in games
At GDC 2019, NVIDIA will be hosting a session in which Adam Marrs, Senior Graphics Engineer at NVIDIA Corporation, will talk about how the green team aims to enhance/improve the most well know anti-aliasing solution to date, TAA, with real-time ray tracing.
According to the session description, NVIDIA will discuss a pragmatic approach to real-time supersampling that extends common temporal antialiasing techniques with adaptive ray tracing, and attendees will learn how to add next generation antialiasing to their game engine by improving TAA with adaptive real-time ray tracing.
Razer shutting its digital game store this month, less than a year after it opened
Gaming hardware manufacturer Razer is shutting its digital game store later this month, less than a year after it opened.
In an https://gamestore.razer.com/lp/closure">announcement posted on the store, Razer said game sales would stop on February 28 as part of the company's "realignment plans".
Madden 19, Gone Home and 5 Star Wars games added to Origin Access vault
EA has added Madden 19, Gone Home and five Star Wars game to its Origin Access vault, meaning anyone with the basic $30/£20-a-year subscription can play them for an unlimited time.
The Star Wars games are The Force Unleashed 1 and 2, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars and Star Wars TIE Fighter Special Edition, the 1994 space flight sim that I think everyone should play at least once.
NBlood, Blood port based on EDuke32, is now available for download
Duke4’s forum member ‘NukeYKT’ has released NBlood; a Blood port that is based on EDuke32. NBlood comes with support for multiplayer (though it’s not stable yet), features software and OpenGL (polymost) renderers, CD audio, accurate FM OPL3(SB/AdLib) emulation and support for DEF/HRP.
It will be interesting to see whether this free offering – it requires the original Blood files so you won’t be able to play the game by simply downloading this port – will be better than the official remaster version of Blood that is currently under development.
>> Check the article for the link to the mod as well as the instructions to make it run.
You can now slay monsters as Genji Baihu & Genji Oni from Overwatch in Monster Hunter World
Overwatch and Monster Hunter World fans, here is something for you today. The DMQW modding group has released a brand new mod for Capcom’s monster hunting game that allows players to play as Genji Baihu or Genji Oni from Overwatch.
Contrary to the The Witcher 3 Triss Merigold and the Metroid Prime Samus mods for Monster Hunter World, this one feels more like the NieR Automata mod. In other words, alongside the characters, the mod also brings their weapons from Overwatch to Monster Hunter World.
>> Get this mod from Nexus Mods.
Xenoblade 2 Pneuma mod released for Monster Hunter World
Similarly to the Overwatch and NieR Automata mods, this Xenoblade 2 mod also brings Pneuma’s weapon to the game, allowing gamers to feel more like Pneuma (than simply using her 3D model in a different game).
It’s really cool witnessing characters from other games coming to Monster Hunter World via these mods. I mean, even Capcom itself is bringing characters from other games like Geralt from The Witcher 3. Now if only there were more monster replacements than what we’ve seen so far…
>> This one is also available from Nexus Mods.
Someone is working on a Silent Hill 2 first-person remake in Unreal Engine 4
Silent Hill 2 is considered by many as the best part in Konami’s horror series. And even though Konami does not plan to release any remake similar to the one that Capcom offered for Resident Evil 2, someone is working on a proof of concept project, aiming to bring some scenes from this game to Unreal Engine 4.
Now what’s really interesting with this fan remake is that YouTube’s member ‘unknownexe96’ has implemented a first-person perspective that makes this Silent Hill 2 project look quite interesting. In case this YouTuber’s name rings any bells, he’s the same guy responsible for the Resident Evil 3 proof of concept fan remake in Unreal Engine 4 we shared last week.
>> I doubt Konami will let it happen.
Turok 2 and Crusaders of Might and Magic get ESRGAN AI-enhanced HD Texture Packs
Now here is something special for Turok 2 fans and for all those that remember Crusaders of Might and Magic. Thanks to the latest AI-enhanced techniques, a new HD Texture Pack has been released for them.
Created by ‘elvis09’ (kudos to Sergey for informing us), this Texture Pack uses ESRGAN in order to overhaul the game’s textures. Unfortunately elvis09 did not provide any comparison screenshots, however you can find below some screenshots showcasing the modded version in action.
Crusaders of Might and Magic is a third-person action RPG that came out in 1999. Since we’re talking about a 1999 title, you should not expect to be blown away by its visuals. Furthermore, I have to be honest that I was not impressed by the visual improvements, especially after witnessing the incredible results that we got for Doom and Morrowind.
>> Check the article for the links.
Black Mesa Improved Xen Mod version 0.5 released, features photogrammetry and better graphics
While the official Xen levels for the faithful Half-Life remake in Source Engine, Black Mesa, have not been released yet, modder ‘zloikot’ decided to remaster himself those alien levels so that gamers could experience them. And today, the modder released a brand new version of his mod.
Now while this Xen recreation is not as advanced as what the Black Mesa team is currently working on, it’s better than Half-Life players have been experiencing this whole time. And since it’s taking the Black Mesa team a lot of time in order to release the Xen pack, we strongly suggest downloading and playing this unofficial Xen remake.
>> This mod is available from ModDB.
Fully naked Claire Redfield mod for Resident Evil 2 Remake is now available for download
A few days ago, we informed you about the first nude mod for Resident Evil 2 Remake. This first attempt introduced a topless Claire Redfield, however we are pretty sure that a lot of gamers were looking forward to a full nude mod. And today, the first fully naked mod for Resident Evil 2 Remake has been released.
This nude mod for Resident Evil 2 Remake allows players to control a fully naked Claire Redfield. In order to use it, after installing it, you’ll have to select the Elza Walker outfit. Once again, there is no such mod yet for Leon Kennedy (and at this point I don’t know whether modders are interested in releasing such a male nude mod).
>> And just like the other mod, this one is also available from Nexus Mods.
Resident Evil Code Veronica X Topaz Gigapixel AI-enhanced HD Texture Pack Released
Created by Resetera’s member ‘Fukuzatsu’, this Texture Pack uses Topaz’s Gigapixel (an upscaling software that uses AI in order to improve textures) and you can download it from here. Now since Resident Evil Code Veronica X never came out on the PC, you’ll need a Gamecube version and the Dolphin emulator in order to enjoy this “remastered” version.
In other words, this is a similar GameCube Texture Pack to the one we shared a while back for Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2, that can only be enjoyed on the PC platform.
>> Download the mod from here (Mega).
This Amnesia mod is a standalone Lovecraftian tale without any scares
If you loved the world of Amnesia: The Dark Descent but found it all too scary, then The Shadow of the Ramlord might be more your speed. It's an hour-long Lovecraftian adventure built using assets from The Dark Descent and its sequel, A Machine for Pigs, and promises to be light on scares but heavy on environmental storytelling, atmosphere and necromancy.
"Our custom story is very much directed towards the player who enjoys a deliberate pace, absorbing the narrative and level design clues, and feeling immersed in a story-first experience," says the development team at Dark Craft Studios. They say it'll appeal to those who enjoyed SOMA, the semi-scary, philosophical survival horror from Frictional Games, the same developer that made the Amnesia games.
>> Get this mod from ModDB.
Latest Resident Evil 2 Remake fixes Spark Gun framerate drops, The Ghost Survivors DLC available for download
Capcom has released the first free DLC for Resident Evil 2 Remake, The Ghost Survivors. Alongside this DLC, the Japanese company has issued a new update that thankfully fixes one really annoying performance issue that plagued this title.
>> And it also brings the '98 costumes.
Star Citizen developer comments on real-time ray tracing; “a massive headache”, “might give us subtle improvements”
Since real-time ray tracing is the hottest thing these days, some PC gamers wanted to know whether ths highly anticipated space opera game, Star Citizen, will support it. And while we don’t have any confirmation yet, Cloud Imperium’s Ben Parry has shared his thoughts regarding this new tech.
Yakuza Kiwami 4K PC Screenshots Gallery
Yakuza Kiwami releases in a couple of days on the PC and below you can find some 4K screenshots from it. In order to capture these screenshots, we used our NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti graphics card (and we’ve included MSI Afterburner in order to give you an idea of the in-game performance).
Was Metro Exodus downgraded? E3 2017 trailer vs Final/Release version Comparison Videos
Metro Exodus has just been released and a lot of gamers have been wondering whether the game has been downgraded from its E3 2017 reveal trailer. And while we haven’t reached the outdoor level that was showcased in the E3 2017 reveal trailer, we’ve decided to share below two videos that compare the final version of the game with its E3 2017 build.