Here come the Monday news:
SALES & DEALS
Steam's Top 10
- Remnant: From the Ashes
- StarLadder 2019 Berlin CS:GO Major Championship Viewer Pass + 3 Souvenir Tokens
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition
- Gears 5 Ultimate Edition China Only
- Spyro Reignited Trilogy
- Valve Index VR Kit
- NBA 2K20
- PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Destiny 2
GOG has two new sales:
Steam has two new daily deals:
Time now to check the Fanatical deals:
SOFTWARE & DRIVERS
Square Enix showcases next-gen characters in Luminous Engine with Path Tracing
A few days ago, we shared a video showing real-time path tracing effects in the Luminous Engine. Luminous Productions has collaborated with NVIDIA in order to create that path tracing tech demo at CEDEC 2019. However, the team has also presented some truly amazing next-gen characters.
Below you can find some of the characters that Luminous Productions showcased during the CEDEC 2019 event. As we can see, these character models look absolutely incredible. The level of detail is truly amazing, and will give you an idea of what we can expect from next-gen games.
New build of the Nintendo Switch emulator, yuzu, adds Resolution Scaler, fixes visual glitches & more
The team behind the open source Nintendo Switch emulator, yuzu, has released a brand new version of it. According to the team, this new build for yuzu adds support for a Resolution Scaler. As its name suggests, this scaler increases native resolution through a set of rules enforced by a profile.
Going into more details, when this option is active, yuzu will continuously learn more about your specific games rendering methods. The emulator will also help create a resolution profile for the games you’ll be using it. Once the emulator generates a profile, the user can then select what multiplier they would like to increase their resolution by (2x, 4x, etc).
Someone is working on a native PC version of Super Mario 64, first tech video released
Super Mario 64 is a classic Nintendo 64 platformer featuring our favourite plumber. Naturally, and like with almost all first-part Mario games, this title never came out on the PC. However, that’s about to change as someone is currently working on a native PC version of this N64 game.
This project is still in a really early development stage and is based on the decompiled repo that came out recently on github. Moreover, this project will require the Nintendo 64 version for loading its assets. In other words, you’ll need a N64 ROM for Super Mario 64.
The Witcher 3 ESR Overhaul mod introduces new mechanics, latest version available for download
Modder ‘Gondzza’ has released a new version of his ESR Overhaul mod for The Witcher 3. ESR Overhaul introduces new mechanics, and changes overall balance to make the game more diverse and challenging. According to the modder, pretty much every aspect of the game is affected.
ESR Overhaul attemps to feature smooth gameplay in terms of difficulty. Thereby, the game keeps staying challenging with a slow increase of the player’s power relative to the world around.
>> Available from Nexus Mods.
This mod brings a cool Boss Rush Mode to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Modder ‘thefifthmatt’ has released pretty cool mod for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. As its title suggests, the Boss Rush mod adds a separate game mode in which you can fight bosses and minibosses in any order, and as many times as you want.
Players are able to select bosses and minibosses from the Dilapidated Temple Sculptor’s Idol. Moreover, players win money and XP from bosses and minibosses to get items and upgrades.
>> Get this mod from Nexus Mods.
You can now play as Negan from The Walking Dead or Frost from Mortal Kombat 11 in Resident Evil 2 Remake
Modders ‘Marcos RC’ and ‘Wiwilz’ released two new cool mods for Resident Evil 2 Remake. The first one lets you play as Negan from The Walking Dead, whereas the second allows you to play as Frostyfrom Mortal Kombat 11.
Now as you may have guessed, these are simple 3D character swappers. The Negan mod replaces Leon Sheriff’s costume whereas the Frosty mod replaces Claire’s Noir Costume. The Negan 3D model was obviously ripped from Tekken 7 and the Frosty model came from Mortal Kombat 11.
Unfortunately, the Negan mod does not feature any facial expressions/animations. As such, it feels a bit awkward when Leon is speaking. Okay okay, it’s already weird listening to Leon and watching him as Negan, but still.
On the other hand, the Frosty mod allows you to remove her mask and see Claire’s face. This obviously means that her face is animated, looking similar to her default face model.
>> These two mods are also available from Nexus Mods. Here's the Negan one, and here's the Frosty one.
Take-Two attempts to shut down the “Red Dead Redemption PC Remaster” project
Last month, we informed you about a Red Dead Redemption PC Remaster project that DamnedDev has been working on. This project was basically a mod for the PS3 and X360 versions of Red Dead Redemption. Basically, think of it as all the texture packs we’ve been getting for the Nintendo Wii/WiiU games. However, it appears that Take-Two is currently trying to shut this project down.
Take-Two got in touch with the modder and demanded him to stop his work. As such, the modder decided to completely halt the development of this project, and promised to provide a video update at a later date.
>> What a shocking surprise!
A fan has built a playable version of Sid Meier’s Civilization in Microsoft Excel
A Sid Meier’s Civilization fan has recreated the 1991 classic strategy game in Microsoft Excel. Titled s0lly’s [CELL]IVIZATION, creator s0lly made the game as part of the OneLoneCoder CODEJAM 2019, a game jam that runs until September 8. “The gamejam's theme is destruction,” s0lly says, “Which is apt for this game’s v1.0 iteration, given that the only way to win is to destroy the opposing team.”
>> Get it from here.
Streets of SimCity is available to play on PC thanks to a fan patch
A Reddit user by the name of alekasm has created a patch for the chaotic racing game Streets of SimCity, allowing us to enjoy the charm of 1997 driving games on PC. The patch is called SimStreetsX and is the creator’s second Sim series patch following their work on SimCopterX.
If you’re looking to burn rubber on a rampage, SimStreetsX is available to download on the patch’s website with instructions on how to install the game in a post created by alekasm available on Reddit.
First gameplay footage released for PlanetSide Arena
Daybreak Games has shared a new video, showing the first gameplay footage for PlanetSide Arena. PlanetSide Arena is a new massive-scale sci-fi arena FPS set in the iconic PlanetSide universe. As such, this video will give you a small idea of what you can expect from it.
Cube World is coming to Steam in September/October 2019
Now here is a pleasant surprise. A few days ago, we shared a new gameplay video from Cube World. And today, its creator Wollay announced that the game will release on Steam in late September or October, 2019.
New Cyberpunk 2077 screenshot and new details about its crafting system
CD Projekt RED has released a brand new screenshot for Cyberpunk 2077, showcasing the Yaiba Kusanagi motorbike. In Cyberpunk 2077, players will be able to ride this bike that is heavily influenced by Akira and Ghost In The Shell.
GreedFall Launch Trailer
Greedfall is releasing very soon and Spiders, the developers, released a new trailer. I am not a big fan of their games, I am being honest here. They are obsessed with third-person RPG games. Unfortunately the specific genre is ruled by games like The Witcher, The Elder Scrolls or even Dragon’s Dogma. CDPR has raised the bar so high, that no game since The Witcher 3 ever came close, in terms of quality. There is Divinity 2 of course but it is far from a third-person RPG.
Greedfall won’t be using the Denuvo anti-tamper tech, no plans for DLC or mod support
Focus Home Interactive and Spiders have revealed some new tech details about the their upcoming action RPG, Greedfall. According to the teams, the game will not be using the Denuvo anti-tamper tech.
Watch Dogs: Legion’s art director talks about DedSec, London, Buildings, Progression and more
Watch Dogs: Legion is the third game of the series, made by Ubisoft. The main focus of these games have always been hacking. They are open-world games with driving and combat. The first game made a huge splash at E3, with the gameplay trailer featuring impressive visuals and gameplay. Unfortunately the final game did not represent the E3 gameplay trailer and many people reacted very strongly. That was probably the first blatant downgrade we ever saw, if I’m not mistaken and false advertising became a thing in gaming.
Shenmue 3 developers share more refund details: may take up from 20 business days to 3 months
Ys Net has posted a new update on Shenmue 3’s Kickstarter page, revealing new details about the game’s refunds. According to the team, PC refunds will be only accepted during the game’s survey refund period. Moreover, this procedure may take up from 20 business days to 3 months.
New screenshots released for GRID 2019
Codemasters has released a new set of screenshots for its upcoming racing game, GRID. These new screenshots showcase some of the game’s cars, such as the AUDI RS3 and the Renault R26. Naturally, these shots also show some of the available tracks like Brands Hatch and, GT Le Mans and the San Francisco street race.