Time for the Monday news:
SALES & DEALS
GOG's new weekly sale features up to 90% discounts: https://www.gog.com/promo/20190715_weekly_sale
Steam has two new daily deals:
The Humble Store has a new sale with Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus, 35% off for the next 15 days: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/warhammer-40k-mechanicus-sale/
Fanatical there are three new deals:
SOFTWARE & DRIVERS
GOG Galaxy 2.0 update squashes bugs and lets users hide games in their library
The latest update for GOG's unifying game launcher, Galaxy 2.0, squashes bugs and adds more tutorials to the closed beta. Users can also now hide games from their library, which seems especially important for a client that lists every game on your PC, and even beyond.
GOG also took some time to lay out the known issues it's working to address. Most notably, the client still doesn't have compatibility for Xbox Play Anywhere games. You also can't import games manually, but that's on the way. Some games may also still appear as "Unknown" in your library.
Nintendo Switch emulator, yuzu, can now run Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 & more
John GodGames Emus has shared some new videos, showing the latest version of the Nintendo Switch emulator, yuzu, running numerous games. Yuzu is an experimental open-source emulator for the Nintendo Switch from the creators of Citra and while it’s still in a very early stage, it can finally run some games.
The games that can now be booted, go in-game and are being showcased below are: Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Gear.Club Unlimited, Code of Princess EX, Ginger: Beyond the Crystal, Arms and Super Mario Maker 2.
Resident Evil 3 HD Mod is now available for download, upscales FMVs, backgrounds & 3D model textures
Resident Evil 3 fans, here is something really special for you today. Mathieu Philippe has shared a HD mod for Resident Evil 3, called Resident Evil 3 – Seamless HD Project. This project upscales the game’s FMVs, backgrounds and 3D model textures, resulting in an unofficial remaster that only PC gamers can enjoy.
Going into more details, this fan HD remaster project for Resident Evil 3 upscales backgrounds with vectorized masks, restores integrated texts, upscales 3D model textures, upscales the FMVs, and upscales the menu elements as well as the HR portraits. The modder has also used custom-made tools to prevent the apparition of seams where the masks are displayed on top of the backgrounds (this was done by recreating the Mask textures from fully processed backgrounds through analyzing and exploiting the game’s data).
>> The mod is based on the Gamecube version of the game, so you'll need Dolphin to run it and an ISO of the game, plus doing a few extra things more that the article explains.
Counter-Strike: Source gets a 2019 graphics overhaul mod, available now for download
Modder ‘gEck0_’ has released a graphics overhaul mod for Counter-Strike: Source, called Counter-Strike: Re-Source (2019). Counter-Strike: Re-Source is basically a compilation of countless textures, models, skins, shaders and more that aims to greatly improve the visuals of this 2004 Counter-Strike game.
Counter-Strike: Re-Source (2019) aims to be as close to the original vision as possible and retain its authentic art/visual style. Now obviously this could have been easier with an ESRGAN AI-enhanced mod, however it’s still cool witnessing such a more “traditional” overhaul mod.
>> Available from ModDB.
The Witcher AI-enhanced HD Texture Pack for characters, monsters and animals available for download
Modder ‘hub997’ has released a brand new AI-enhanced HD Texture Pack for the first The Witcher game. This pack upscales all of the textures for characters, monsters and animals in 2K. Furthermore, the modder has also provided a HD Texture Pack for skyboxes that improves the textures of sky, stars, sun and moon.
The modder claimed that he has used the textures and models that are available in the Rise of the White Wolf Enhanced Edition – Return of the White Wolf Extended Edition mod. As such, there might be some visual differences between the vanilla and this modded version.
>> Get this mod from Nexus Mods.
One modder has been adding convenient HUD removal mods to dozens of games
For everyone that has ever sought to capture the perfect candid screenshot or video clip in a game, a messy HUD can be distracting and ugly. Many games nowadays have settings to disable many or all HUD elements, but it's a cumbersome process to turn them on or off each time you want to snap a pic.
Thankfully, Nexus Mods user TheJanitor has spent the last year creating simple and convenient mods that disable and enable all HUD with a hotkey in dozens of screenshot-worthy games. First pointed out by Reddit user gAto in a now-removed post on r/Games, TheJanitor's mods include HUD toggles for Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Mad Max, Call of Duty: WWII, Hitman: Absolution, Far Cry 5, and a bunch more.
New gameplay footage from WRC 8 surfaces, showing a night race in rain
YouTube’s ‘Project Racing’ has shared a video showing a night race in rainy conditions. This video appears to be from a preview build of the game so it will give you an idea of what you can expect from it (though it may also not represent the quality of the final product).
The Dark Pictures Anthology – Man of Medan Official PC Requirements, requires 80GB of free hard-disk space
Bandai Namco has revealed the official PC requirements for The Dark Pictures Anthology – Man of Medan (via the game’s Steam store page). According to the publisher, the game will at least require an Intel Core i5-3470 or AMD FX-8350 with 8GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or an AMD Radeon HD 7870.
New videos showcase more than one hour of gameplay footage from The Surge 2
Gamersyde has shared seven videos for The Surge 2, showcasing over an hour of gameplay from this upcoming game that is heavily inspired by the Dark Souls games. Furthermore, one of the videos shows off the game’s character creation system.
The Surge 2’s head of production talks about character creation, dismemberment, ranged combat & more
Recently Johannes Bickle, head of production of Deck 13, spoke to Dominic Leighton of TSA and shared some interesting new details about The Surge 2, which is currently scheduled to be released on September 24th.
>> Original article here.
New Cyberpunk 2077 details about player aggressiveness, garages, radio stations & branching stories
Just a few days ago, a reddit user, asked CD Project Red about the limitations of acting violently towards NPCs (non-player characters) within Night City. CDPR responded by saying pretty much what we already have seen in games like Skyrim. You can basically attack almost anyone, except key characters tied to the story and of course children NPCs.
New Shenmue 3 screenshots revealed during Yu Suzuki’s JapanExpo masterclass
Deep Silver has released a new set of screenshots for Shenmue 3 that were revealed during Yu Suzuki’s JapanExpo masterclass last week. These screenshots showcase some of the game’s characters, as well as some of its environments.
First NBA 2K20 screenshots show LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler & Kemba Walker
2K Games has released the first screenshots for the next part in its NBA basketball video game series, NBA 2K20. These first screenshots showcase the in-game 3D models for LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler and Kemba Walker.
Here are 25 minutes of gameplay footage from Gears 5’s Escalation Multiplayer Mode
YouTube’s member ‘LANDAN2006’ has shared a video, showing 25 minutes of gameplay footage from the Escalation Multiplayer Mode of Gears 5. In Escalation, two teams of five players battle to control three rings, and now has more strategic options and increased reliance on teamwork.
50 minutes of gameplay footage from the PC version of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint
Last month, YouTube’s ‘BooredGamer’ shared a video showing 50 minutes of gameplay footage from the PC version of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint. As always, we strongly suggest avoiding this video in case you want to experience the entire game yourselves.
Moons of Madness: 12 minutes of gameplay
Madness, madness and stupidity, as Tywin Lannister would say. Madness most certainly as the title says. Now regarding stupidity, I hope not as we already had enough of it lately. Moons of Madness is a first-person, story-driven cosmic horror game. The game draws inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft. It was scheduled for a 2018 release but got delayed, and its final release date is now set for October 27th.
GRID Official PC Requirements; supports DirectX 12, requires 100GB of free hard-disk space
Codemasters has revealed the official PC requirements for its upcoming racing game, GRID. According to the specs, GRID will support DirectX 12 – like F1 2019 did as the game is powered by the EGO Engine – and will require 100GB of free hard-disk space.