Surprise! Today the news come a bit earlier than usual as, but don't worry, there's still a lot of them:
SALES & DEALS
Steam's Top 10
- Survivor Pass 4: Aftermath
- PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
- Valve Index VR Kit
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
GOG's weekly sale is "space, the middle ages and something in between", with basically a bit of everything up to 90% off: https://www.gog.com/promo/20190729_weekly_sale
Steam has two new daily deals:
And at Fanatical there are two new deals:
SOFTWARE & DRIVERS
Download this hotfix if Nvidia’s recent GPU driver made your mouse act wonky
Nvidia earlier this week rolled out a GeForce driver update (v431.60 WHQL) that introduced official support for the GeForce RTX 2080 Super and optimizations for Wolfenstein: Youngblood, but it also broke the normal operation of some mice. If your mouse cursor has been acting erratically since applying the driver, there is a hotfix available for that very issue.
According the support page for the hotfix driver (v431.68), it addresses an issue where the "mouse cursor may render incorrectly after exiting a game."
>> Available from here.
The Khronos Group announced the OpenXR 1.0 specifications for virtual and augmented reality
The Khronos Group announced today the ratification and public release of the OpenXR 1.0 specification together with publicly available implementations and substantial ecosystem momentum. OpenXR is a unifying, royalty-free, open standard that provides high-performance, cross-platform access to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)— collectively known as XR—platforms and devices. The new specification can be found on the Khronos website and via GitHub.
TopazGigaPixel AI-enhanced HD Texture Packs released for over 150 classic Nintendo 64 games
Nintendo 64 fans, here is something really special for you today. Gaming Revived has been releasing AI-enhanced HD Texture Packs for a lot of Nintendo 64 games that PC gamers can enjoy via various emulators. What this means is that we can finally enjoy all the classic N64 games with better textures thanks to the newly introduced AI enhancement techniques.
Gaming Revived has released HD Texture Packs for a lot of classic Nintendo 64 games, such as Baanjo Kazooie, Conkers Bad Fur Day, Crusin USA, Destruction Derby, Diddy Kong Racing, Donkey Kong 64, F-Zero X, GoldenEye 64, MarioKart64, Mission Impossible, Mortal Kombat 4, Perfect Dark, PilotWings 64, Pokemon Snap, Quake64, Rayman 2, Ridge Racer, Road Rash, Rogue Squadron, Shadow of the Empire, Star Fox 64, Mario 64, Zelda Ocarina of Time, Turok and more.
>> You can download these AI-enhanced HD Texture Packs by joining the Discord server for the project. The emulator is up to you.
New version of first-person mod for Mass Effect Andromeda removes head bobbing, packs various fixes
Modder ‘wavebend’ has released a new version of his cool first-person mod for Mass Effect: Andromeda. This mod lets you experience the latest Mass Effect game via a completely different camera perspective, supporting both exploration and combat scenarios.
Version 1.1f features a reworked sniper scoping camera for first person as the previous one had incorrect height while crouched and very badly positioned overall. Moreover, it removes head bobbing action while zooming/aiming down sights in all scenarios.
>> If you want it, head to Nexus Mods.
Unreal 1998 Fan Remake in Unreal Engine 4 showcased with Ray Tracing effects
Back in 2018, we informed you about a fan remake of the first Unreal game in Unreal Engine 4. DKG-Prog has been working on this project since then and has shared some new screenshots showing some RTX ray tracing effects that were implemented thanks to Unreal Engine 4.
Demo for Unreal Gold port in GZDoom Engine is now available for download
Let me start this article by saying that I really don’t know why someone has decided to port the classic Unreal game into the GZDoom Engine. I mean, GZDoom is not THAT advanced compared to Unreal Engine so I don’t really know what is happening here. Still, I find it really cool witnessing a 1:1 port of Unreal in a completely different engine, which is why I decided to share it with you.
Modder ‘dbdarius1’ has released a demo of his Unreal Gold port in GZDoom Engine so that everyone can download and test it. This demo features the Vortex 2 map and lets you test some weapons, mechanics, atmosphere, items and more.
>> The reason to do something like this is easy: because he can. In any case. you can get the demo from ModDB.
Someone is working on a Far Cry Remake in CRYENGINE 5 that already looks better than the original
Earlier this week, we reported on a Far Cry total conversion mod for Crysis, Far Cry Reloaded. Now I know that some were disappointed with that fan remake as – and even though it’s a fan WIP project – it did not look particularly impressive. However, another Fan Cry remake project that aims to bring Crytek’s classic shooter in CryEngine 5 is currently in progress, and it already looks better than the original version.
2Key [D. Ray] has been working on this project for a while and has recently shared a video, showcasing its latest build. Now the good news here is that this Far Cry Remake looks way better than both Far Cry Reloaded and the original Far Cry game.
Far Cry 3 Redux mod available for download, overhauls & improves various gameplay features
Far Cry fans, here is something for you today. Modder ‘Hunter’ has released version 1.0 of Far Cry 3 Redux; an immersion focused project that aims to overhaul various aspects of Far Cry 3. This mod is similar to the Redux project that was released for Far Cry 2 (though it obviously changes/improves/overhauls different features).
Going into more details, Far Cry 3 Redux disables auto reload , improves weapon model FOV, slightly rebalances crafting, improves weapon range and ballistics, replaces minimap with a simplified compass, removes all world icons for extra immersion, removes the crouch icon and blinking objects, adds more weapon attachments, adjusts store prices, removes or simplifies many unnecessary button prompts, adds camo outfits and removes the blur effect from distant islands.
>> Available from Nexus Mods.
Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch 2.0.8 available for download, fixes numerous Quest and Audio issues
The team behind the Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch project has released a brand new version of it, aiming to fix numerous issues that still plague Bethesda’s RPG. In case you weren’t aware of, Unofficial Fallout 4 Patch is a comprehensive bugfixing mod for Fallout 4 that aims to eventually fix every bug with Fallout 4 not officially resolved by the developers to the limits of the Creation Kit and community-developed tools.
According to the release notes, UF4P 2.0.8 addresses a landscape collision issues that was present at Hopesmarch Pentecostal Church, and fixes a cleanup issue with the corpses at Kingsport Lighthous.
>> You can get it from Nexus Mods.
Someone decided to mod a gun into Fallout: New Vegas that fires extremely deadly baseballs
Guns shoot bullets. This is a well-established standard feature of guns since the invention of guns. Except in some videogames, when guns shoot different things instead of bullets. Maybe sawblades or lasers or, if you wanna get really weird, skunks. This gun, which someone has modded into Fallout: New Vegas nine years after its release, also does not shoot bullets. It shoots baseballs. "My first mod for Fallout: New Vegas adds a .44 Baseball shotgun (?) revolver that can be found in the Vikki and Vance Casino in Primm," writes modder T3MBONE on Nexusmods. I love many things about this. That people are still tinkering with Fallout: New Vegas, that new modders are still modding New Vegas, and that T3MBONE thought about what to do for their first mod, and went, hmm... "baseball gun?"
World of Warships update 0.8.6 introduces first French Destroyers, new missions and map
Wargaming has launched the new major update 0.8.6. for its popular naval combat game World of Warships. The update gives players the opportunity to unlock the upcoming French Destroyers early through new directives and missions. The first update of the French arc also comes with a brand new map and new seasons of Clan and Ranked Battles.
Doom 64 has been rated by PEGI for PC and PS4
Doom fans, here is something really special for you today. It appears that the unique Nintendo 64 version of Doom, Doom 64, will be officially coming to the PC. PEGI has just rated the game for both PC and PS4.
Aion Version 7.0 is now available, features a brand new region and class specialization
Gameforge has released a comprehensive update for its fantasy MMORPG AION in Europe. As the press release reads, with the launch of version 7.0, Gameforge unlocks the new region of Dumaha with the PvE instance ‘Stella Development Laboratory’ and provides Artist class players with a second specialization to select.
Squad – Next Generation Modding Tools and first official free DLC are now available for download
Offworld Industries has announced the launch of Modding 2.0, the next generation of tools built to enhance the way modders share their work with the Squad community. The team has also revealed the Canadian Armed Forces, a faction that originally started as a mod, as the first official free DLC coming soon to Squad.
Microsoft Flight Simulator Insider Program begins in August 2019
Microsoft has announced that the Insider Program for Microsoft Flight Simulator will begin in August 2019. The team is now preparing the first batch of content for the Insider Program members that will be delivered in early August.
Here are 48 minutes of brand new gameplay footage from Doom Eternal E3 2019/QuakeCon 2019 Demo
At QuakeCon 2019, id Software presented the same Doom Eternal demo that was available for the public to play at E3 2019. And thankfully, Bethesda has livestreamed a demo playthrough, giving everyone a glimpse at that demo.
>> And there's also new screenshots that show Battlemode, the new multiplayer mode .
First Blue Protocol alpha videos released, showing 60 minutes of gameplay footage
The closed alpha phase for Blue Protocol is currently under way and the first gameplay videos for it have surfaced online. Below you can find five videos, showing 60 minutes – in total – of gameplay footage from the game’s alpha build.
Destiny 2 Update 2.5.2 releases next week, full patch notes revealed
Bungie has announced that it will release a brand new update next week in order to add support for the new Solstice of Heroes event. Moreover, this patch will bring some balance to Lord of Wolves, and it will include a few more changes and fixes.
Fallout 76 Wastelanders will offer a dialogue system similar to Fallout 3 and not to Fallout 4
As we reported last month, Fallout 76’s Wastelanders free DLC will add a dialogue system to the game. And during this year’s QuakeCon, Bethesda revealed that this system will be similar to the one featured in Fallout 3 and not to what we got in Fallout 4.
DRM-free version of Blair Witch will not be coming to GOG at launch, pre-orders refunded
Blair Witch releases on August 30th and while it was meant to be released on GOG, it appears that it won’t be coming to CD Projekt’s store at launch. While the game was available for pre-order, GOG has disabled pre-order for this particular title and is now offering refunds to those that have pre-purchased it.
>> Another example on why it's not wise to pre-order a game.
First official gameplay trailer released for Blair Witch
Bloober Team and Lionsgate Games have released the first official gameplay trailer for the upcoming Blair Witch. According to the press release, this trailer showcases the fan-favorite canine companion – Bullet – and gives as a look at some of the gameplay elements of the first-person psychological horror game.
Story trailer released for Remedy’s supernatural action adventure game, Control
505 Games and Remedy have released the story trailer for their upcoming supernatural action adventure game, Control. Control is set in a unique and ever-changing world that juxtaposes our familiar reality with the strange and unexplainable.