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Yay! The Friday news:

SALES & DEALS

Action-packed combat/exploration/discovery/trade game, Rebel Galaxy, is free on Epic Games Store
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/action-packed-combat-exploration-discovery-trade-game-rebel-galaxy-is-free-on-epic-games-store/
Double Damage Games is currently offering its action-packed combat/exploration/discovery/trade game, Rebel Galaxy, for free on the Epic Games Store. This basically means that PC gamers can acquire their free copy by visiting its Epic store page and keep it theirs forever.
In Rebel Galaxy, players will battle pirates, explore anomalies, befriend aliens, scavenge battle wreckage, mine asteroids, and discover artifacts. Players can choose their path as a roguish do-gooder, crafty space-trader or power-hungry privateer in this space adventure.
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Those interested can acquire their free copy by visiting the game’s Epic store page.
>> Next week, the free game will be "Last Day of June".

Dota Underlords has more than double Artifact's peak player count
https://www.pcgamer.com/dota-underlords-has-more-than-double-artifacts-peak-player-count/
Dota Underlords' beta went live yesterday and, at the time of writing, it already has more than 170,000 people playing it concurrently, according to SteamDB. This is just based on Steam numbers and does not include all the Android and iOS players.

On the Humble Store there are two new sales:

At Fanatical, there are several new deals:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

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MODS/EMULATORS

StarCraft Remastered will receive a graphics overhaul on July 10th
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/starcraft-remastered-will-receive-a-graphics-overhaul-on-july-10th/
Back in 2016, we informed you about a really cool mod that transformed StarCraft 2 into a cartoon. And today, Carbot Animations announced that it has worked with Blizzard in order to bring this graphics overhaul mod to StarCraft Remastered.
Carbot Animations describes this overhaul as a new graphics setting that completely changes the game’s visuals, making it seem cute, cartoon-ish and colourful.

Alien Isolation, Bioshock Remastered, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood & more with Reshade Ray Tracing
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/alien-isolation-bioshock-remastered-assassins-creed-2-brotherhood-more-with-reshade-ray-tracing/
YouTube’s ‘Zetman’ has shared some videos, showing Alien Isolation, Bioshock Remastered, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Nier Automata and Dragon Age Origins with Pascal Gilcher’s Reshade that adds real-time ray tracing/path tracing effects via a post-processing solution to older games.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; this ray tracing/path tracing solution is not as accurate as what can be achieved with DXR. Still, this is a great way to overhaul the visuals of really old games.

GAMING NEWS

New Tales of Arise in-engine trailer introduces Shionne and Alphen
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/new-tales-of-arise-in-engine-trailer-introduces-shionne-and-alphen/
Bandai Namco has released a new in-engine trailer for Tales of Arise in which the publisher reveals the names of the brave protagonists fighting for freedom. Tales of Arise will be using Unreal Engine 4 and promises to feature a high quality animation system, as well as a dynamic action RPG battle system that will be mostly faithful to the series.

Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories is coming to the PC in early 2020
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/disaster-report-4-summer-memories-is-coming-to-the-pc-in-early-2020/
NIS America announced that Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories will be officially coming to the PC in early 2020. In order to celebrate this announcement, the team has released an in-engine trailer that you can find below.

Gears 5 will not have Season Pass or Gear Packs, DLC maps will be free, will have micro-transactions
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/gears-5-will-not-have-season-pass-or-gear-packs-dlc-maps-will-be-free-will-have-micro-transactions/
The Coalition has just revealed some new details about Gears 5. According to the team, Gears 5, or Gears of War 5 for those that fancy the older title, will not feature a Season or Gear Packs.
Furthermore, all future DLC maps will be free for matchmaking and Private Play. The team will also introduce a new system called Tour of Duty, via which players can earn content by playing the game. Players will take on Daily Challenges and seasonal Medals to rank up and earn customization content (including character skins).

Halo Reach Flight Program will most likely begin next week, Halo: Infinite PC Beta/Flight Program confirmed
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/halo-reach-flight-program-will-most-likely-begin-next-week-halo-infinite-pc-beta-flight-program-confirmed/
343 Industries has announced that the first flight for Halo: Reach on MCC PC, if everything goes according to plan, will be next week to a small subsection of registered Halo Insiders. The team claimed that it will be starting more modestly because it’s got quite a few levers to pull and wants to ensure its delivery pipeline runs smoothly and that participants can properly provide their feedback on the build.

Microsoft Flight Simulator will emphasize on simulation, is designed for PC, will support mods
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/microsoft-flight-simulator-will-emphasize-on-simulation-is-designed-for-pc-will-support-mods/
Microsoft has shared some additional details about the new Flight Simulator game that is currently under development. According to the development team, Microsoft will put more emphasis on overall simulation and has confirmed that the game will support third-party Content Development and Community Content creation (in other words, mods).

34 minutes of gameplay footage from the closed beta of the Zelda: BOTW-inspired JRPG, Genshin Impact
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/34-minutes-of-gameplay-footage-from-the-closed-beta-of-the-zelda-botw-inspired-jrpg-genshin-impact/
YouTube’s ‘Keru’ has shared a video, showing 34 minutes of gameplay footage from the closed beta phase of the upcoming Zelda: BOTW-inspired JRPG, Genshin Impact. While this is beta footage (meaning that it does not reflect the quality of the final product), it will give you an idea of how this new JRPG looks and plays.



Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

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Friday news part two:

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Story Creator has spawned a lot of farming quests
https://www.pcgamer.com/assassins-creed-odysseys-story-creator-has-spawned-a-lot-of-farming-quests/
After filling Assassin's Creed Odyssey with countless new quests, most of them free, Ubisoft decided to let players take over and start crafting their own ancient adventures. The Story Creator is based on the tools used to create the game and boasts a huge 157-page manual, though it's less complicated than it sounds. And how have these new powers been put to use by players? Farming XP, mostly.

Total War: Three Kingdoms' gore DLC includes 'equine dismemberment'
https://www.pcgamer.com/total-war-three-kingdoms-gore-dlc-includes-equine-dismemberment/
Total War: Three Kingdoms is pretty light on gore, but it's about to get some gruesome DLC that will smear blood and limbs across the battlefield. Lovely! Every Total War gets one. Unfortunately, horses are also on the chopping block this time, and their legs can be lopped off. Probably something we could all do without seeing.

Arma 3's alien expansion will add new factions, terrain and more to the sandbox
https://www.pcgamer.com/arma-3s-alien-expansion-will-add-new-factions-terrain-and-more-to-the-sandbox/
Arma 3, Bohemia Interactive's serious military sim, is going a bit X-Files. Arma 3: Contact, announced last month, is a spin-off expansion set during first contact with alien life, and while it could have been a tongue-in-cheek novelty, so far it appears to as straight-faced as its predecessor.

GTA Online's Diamond Casino and Resort will open later this summer
https://www.pcgamer.com/gta-onlines-diamond-casino-and-resort-will-open-later-this-summer/
Last week, Rockstar teased the long-awaited opening of the Vinewood Casino in GTA Online, a snazzy joint that's been in the game for years but has never actually been accessible to players. Today it revealed a little more about what's in store, including the proper name: The Diamond Casino and Resort.

EA CEO says Anthem is 'not working very well' but vows to stick with it (and BioWare)
https://www.pcgamer.com/ea-ceo-says-anthem-is-not-working-very-well-but-vows-to-stick-with-it-and-bioware/
In a lengthy interview with GameDaily.biz, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson acknowledged that Anthem was a disappointment, but said that the game is "compelling" enough at its core that BioWare and EA are going to stick with it—and tha

Dota Underlords open beta is now live on Steam and mobile devices
https://www.pcgamer.com/dota-underlords-open-beta-is-now-live-on-steam-and-mobile-devices/
Dota Underlords, Valve's standalone take on the Dota Auto Chess mod for Dota 2 (which, let us not forget, is Valve's standalone take on the Defense of the Ancients mod for Warcraft 3), is now live and free on Steam. Valve said it expects the game to stay in Early Access for "a few months," with new features added at regular intervals.

Killing Floor 2 is free this weekend to start the Back and Kickin' Brass Summer Event
https://www.pcgamer.com/killing-floor-2-is-free-this-weekend-to-start-the-back-and-kickin-brass-summer-event/
Tripwire Interactive recently kicked off its Killing Floor 2 summer event with the release of a new free content update called Back and Kickin' Brass. The steampunk-themed update adds a new "Transport" Objective mode to the game and a new map called Steam Fortress, plus limited-time skins, objectives, and cosmetics, and the return of Zeds from last year's Summer Sideshow.

Children of Morta gets a time-limited demo on Steam, and it's really good
https://www.pcgamer.com/children-of-morta-gets-a-time-limited-demo-on-steam-and-its-really-good/
Children of Morta was announced in 2014 as a roguelike action game about the Bergsons, an extended family that's served as the guardians of the mystical Mount Morta for generations. It was expected to release in 2018 but at the last minute, developer Dead Mage Studio delayed it into 2019. With launch now just a few months away, the studio has released a (very) time-limited demo that covers the first chapter of the story and two playable members of the family: John, the father, and his eldest daughter Linda.

Roadwarden's demo lets you test its cool attitude-driven conversation system
https://www.pcgamer.com/roadwarden-is-a-texty-rpg-in-an-intriguing-fantasy-world/
RPGs shouldn't have to focus on combat, shouldn't have to even feature it, and an upcoming example of the latter is intriguing text-based RPG Roadwarden. In it, you play as a sort of highway defender, protecting the roads from hostile creatures and the resurrected dead. It's a fantasy world brought to life with environmental pixel art, but mainly with big giant globs of narration and dialogue.

Time to check the GOG and Steam deals for the weekend:

+GOG

+Steam

That's all folks! Have a happy and gaming weekend.



Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

Steam / Live / NNID : jonxiquet    Add me if you want, but I'm a single player gamer.

I'm not sure I see the deal in throwing away a relatively solid foundation because even by next generation standards in all likelihood his CPU will still be decent and then he has an option of overclocking it by adding another +1GHz clock speed which will make it very competitive with next generation systems since games still rely a lot on single threaded performance. I don't see much reason to be all that scared about 8 cores when they'll likely have ~30% lower clock potential ... (good chance that he'll still hit 60FPS for next gen since 8 Zen 2 cores clocked at 3GHz+ is a relatively high standard even in the PC space so developers will just aim lower)

Other than his graphics card or system RAM, I wouldn't touch anything else ...



fatslob-:O said:
EricHiggin said:

With both next gen consoles being AMD Ryzen and AMD Radeon Navi, I don't see how a new AMD PC could be all that much of a headache when it comes to games. Unless the games you'll be playing are PC only, in which case the next gen consoles shouldn't change their outcome all that much.

Maybe he's playing with older games where AMD currently isn't all that great now or doing some console emulation where AMD is really painful ? 

If he's only looking at the performance of recent AAA titles with the latest graphics technology then I'd be inclined to agree with you that there's no rational reason to exclude AMD in that instance ... (especially when the said AAA game has a DX12 or Vulkan backend)

That's possible, and with Intel they may be able to get a decent experience either way going forward. I was more so focusing on the point they made about being ready for next gen consoles yet being against a new AMD rig, while upcoming games should run just fine if not superb on an AMD system.

fatslob-:O said:
I'm not sure I see the deal in throwing away a relatively solid foundation because even by next generation standards in all likelihood his CPU will still be decent and then he has an option of overclocking it by adding another +1GHz clock speed which will make it very competitive with next generation systems since games still rely a lot on single threaded performance. I don't see much reason to be all that scared about 8 cores when they'll likely have ~30% lower clock potential ... (good chance that he'll still hit 60FPS for next gen since 8 Zen 2 cores clocked at 3GHz+ is a relatively high standard even in the PC space so developers will just aim lower)

Other than his graphics card or system RAM, I wouldn't touch anything else ...

Yup. I'd stick with the rig for now if it's not giving them a hard time and see what the next consoles officially end up with and what their game performance is like, and then decide what to do. If they choose to stick with this rig, a CPU OC, some more RAM, and a newer GPU would do the trick. Might as well wait a year or more on that RAM and GPU and save themselves a bunch of money. An Nvidia 2000 series or Radeon 5000 series GPU should be much cheaper around the time the consoles launch.



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Hi guys!

Today I have things to do and I won't be able to make the news. And given how many of them are in any given Monday, tomorrow I'll probably only do the news from one of the two sites I usually get the news from.



Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

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JEMC said:
Hi guys!

Today I have things to do and I won't be able to make the news. And given how many of them are in any given Monday, tomorrow I'll probably only do the news from one of the two sites I usually get the news from.

That is fine! You do a ripper of a job.

EricHiggin said:
fatslob-:O said:
I'm not sure I see the deal in throwing away a relatively solid foundation because even by next generation standards in all likelihood his CPU will still be decent and then he has an option of overclocking it by adding another +1GHz clock speed which will make it very competitive with next generation systems since games still rely a lot on single threaded performance. I don't see much reason to be all that scared about 8 cores when they'll likely have ~30% lower clock potential ... (good chance that he'll still hit 60FPS for next gen since 8 Zen 2 cores clocked at 3GHz+ is a relatively high standard even in the PC space so developers will just aim lower)

Other than his graphics card or system RAM, I wouldn't touch anything else ...

Yup. I'd stick with the rig for now if it's not giving them a hard time and see what the next consoles officially end up with and what their game performance is like, and then decide what to do. If they choose to stick with this rig, a CPU OC, some more RAM, and a newer GPU would do the trick. Might as well wait a year or more on that RAM and GPU and save themselves a bunch of money. An Nvidia 2000 series or Radeon 5000 series GPU should be much cheaper around the time the consoles launch.

I say hang onto it for the time being, it still has years of life left in it.
Upgrade when you need to, rather than every time something new and shiny comes out. - Something I have started to do.



Could this be it ? Are we returning to the K8 days ? 

Even the lowest end Matisse SKU looks extremely solid and it looks like there's yet some more room left with higher end SKUs, overclocking, and higher memory performance ... 



fatslob-:O said:

Could this be it ? Are we returning to the K8 days ? 

Even the lowest end Matisse SKU looks extremely solid and it looks like there's yet some more room left with higher end SKUs, overclocking, and higher memory performance ... 

I can translate the written article text, but not the charts. Are you able to by chance?.



                                       

fatslob-:O said:

Could this be it ? Are we returning to the K8 days ? 

Even the lowest end Matisse SKU looks extremely solid and it looks like there's yet some more room left with higher end SKUs, overclocking, and higher memory performance ... 

Only a 6-core chip though...



Chazore said:

I can translate the written article text, but not the charts. Are you able to by chance?.

All are easy enough to tell ... 

multihilos = multicore

monohilo = single core 

valores en = measured in

puntos = points 

(nano)segundos = (nano)seconds 

mejor a mayor = more is better

mejor a menor = less is better

copia = copy 

escrita = write 

lectura = read

I think we can verify with @JEMC since he's Spanish ...

Pemalite said:

Only a 6-core chip though...

Hence why there's more to come since it's only the lowest of all Matisse SKUs ...

Even if it is only six cores, it's still a pretty good deal at $200 for like ~85% of the performance of a 9900K. I wouldn't be worried about next gen at all since >80% of all Steam users (which are outliers as it is) have less then 6 cores to begin with so developers will have to aim lower for them ... 

Last edited by fatslob-:O - on 24 June 2019