Here come the Monday news that, after 3 days, are even longer than usual:
SALES & DEALS
Steam's Top 10
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Football Manager 2020
- MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD
- Destiny 2: Forsaken
- PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
- Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Digital Deluxe
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition
- Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
- Valve Index VR Kit
- Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Digital Deluxe Edition
GOG has three new sales:
On the Humble Store we find a The Sims 4 sale, with up to 63% discounts for the next 3 days. The keys are for Origin, obviously: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/the-sims-4-sale/
And at Fanatical there are 4 new deals:
SOFTWARE & DRIVERS
Epic Games Store is adding Open Critic reviews and wishlisting
Epic Games has rolled out an update to its digital storefront that gives users the ability to view trending games, browse by genre or features, see what's on sale, what's been recently updated, and more. It also shared a look at some of the big new features in development, including a wishlist, continued improvements to the library view, and critic reviews on store pages.
The Open Critic partnership is interesting because Epic has been very careful about how it handles reviews on store page. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said last year that Epic was working on a review system, but that it would be opt-in for developers in order to avoid issues with review bombing. But some gamers, such as in this Reddit thread, believe that an opt-in system will enable developers to avoid valid criticism; integrating Open Critic reviews into its store pages will make it easier for users to figure out which games may be worth their time, but it doesn't address the core complaint that people, individually or in groups, should be able to use reviews to express their displeasure about whatever.
Reshade 4.4 available for download, features better DX12 support & experimental Vulkan support
The team behind Reshade has released a brand new version of it. Reshade 4.4 adds experimental support for the Vulkan API. Moreover, it features better DX12 support, and brings numerous performance improvements to all APIs.
In case you weren’t aware of, ReShade is a generic post-processing injector for games developed by crosire. This tool allows you to implement better ambient occlusion, real depth of field effects, color correction, sharpening and more. However, do note that this version does not feature Marty McFly’s Ray Tracing effects.
Going into slightly more details, Reshade 4.4 adds lots of improvements to D3D9/10/11 depth buffer detection. It also improves D3D11 performance by removing global locks, as well as D3D12 performance by reusing a single command list. Furthermore, it fixes a number of crashes, stutters and bugs.
Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Remake in Unreal Engine 4 – Version 2019/Update #4 available for download
CryZENx has just released a brand new version of his The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Remake in Unreal Engine 4. This 2019 version of this remake features new areas and better visuals. As such, we strongly suggest downloading it, right now.
What’s really cool about this fan remake is that Nintendo has not attempted to shut it down. CryZENx has been developing this fan remake for the past few years, without receiving any C&D letter. Therefore, I’m pretty sure that a lot of Zelda fans will be pleased with his work.
In this latest 2019 version of this remake, players can interact with NPCs and fight some enemies. Players can also play the ocarina, collect hearts, break some vases and more. Furthermore, it will allow you to explore new areas that were not featured in previous versions.
>> You can download it from its Discord channel.
Modder aims to overhaul the graphics of STALKER with Ray Tracing, Soft Shadows, DirectX 11 and more
Strelokkkkk is currently working on a graphics overhaul mod for the first STALKER game, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl. STALKER SoC Remaster will introduce a DirectX 11 renderer, soft shadows, as well as Ray Tracing effects.
The modder will be using Reshade Ray Tracing in order to enhance the game’s Ambient Occlusion and Global Illumination effects. In other words, this is a post-process effect and not native Ray Tracing support. Furthermore, it isn’t clear yet whether the modder will be able to include Pascal “Marty McFly” Gilcher’s Reshade to his mod. After all, Gilcher’s Reshade is behind a Patreon wall right now.
Alongside the aforementioned effects, the modder plans to include high quality textures. Some of them will be 2K, some of them will be 4K, and some of them may even go as high as 8K. The modder will also add enhanced Godrays, grass shadows, high quality tessellated models, improved steep parallax mapping and more.
New demo released for the Sonic 2006 fan remake in Unity Engine, Project ’06
Back in April, we informed you about a Sonic 06 fan remake in Unity Engine, called Project ’06. As its title suggests, this fan game aims to remake Sonic the Hedgehog (from 2006) in Unity Engine. And today, I’m happy to report that ChaosX released a brand new demo that you can download and play.
This new demo contains the stages Wave Ocean, Dusty Desert, Radical Train, Flame Core & Kingdom Valley. It’s also more polished than the previous demo, something that will please a lot of Sonic fans out there.
>> You can download the demo from either here or here.
This mod adds GTA5-like bullet knockback ragdoll physics to Fallout 4
Tehsham has released a new must-have mod for Fallout 4. This mod adds bullet knockback ragdoll physics like those in Grand Theft Auto 5. As such, this mod makes the game more believable and fun, and it’s something you need to download and install.
Moreover, the mod enhances gameplay combat and adds life to stiffness. The mod makes pistol and automatic weapons weaker so they only work on some races. It also introduces different impact force for different types of weapons.
The modder also suggests using Ragdoll Collision, Corpse Collision and Realistic Death Physics, otherwise targets get blown away.
Last but not least, you can download this Ragdoll Bullet Knock-Back Physics mod from here. Also note that it comes in four versions for you to try.
New demo released for the Blood vs Doom mashup, Bloom, featuring 4 maps and 30 hybrid enemies
Drugod has released a new demo for his Blood vs Doom mashup, called Bloom. As its title suggests, this mod aims to combine together these classic shooters by allowing players to fight enemies from both of them.
The new demo adds three new maps. Therefore, players can battle their way in 4 maps in total. Moreover, this demo comes with 30 hybrid enemies (though you can freely disable that).
Furthermore, players can use any commercial iwad as base (DOOM II, ULTIMATE DOOM, FINAL DOOM and even SIGIL) and play old maps with Caleb or Doomguy. Not only that, but the demo is compatible with any vanilla custom map. Thus, gamers can play their old vanilla maps and replace the old monsters with the new hybrid ones.
Halo: Reach – Official minimum 1080p & 4K PC requirements revealed, cross-play support detailed
343 Industries has revealed the minimum 1080p and 4K PC requirements for Halo: Reach. In addition, the team detailed the game’s cross-play support. According to the developers, Halo: Reach will only support cross-play between the Steam and the Windows Store versions at launch.
New Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Paris 2019 Games Week Trailer showcases Vegito and Super Buu
Bandai Namco has released a brand new trailer for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. This new trailer showcases the birth of Vegito during the Buu saga. In case you weren’t aware of, Vegito is the potara fusion of Goku and Vegeta.
Warframe The Old Blood Update is now available on the PC, brings major upgrades to melee combat
Digital Extremes has released a new update for Warframe. According to the press release, The Old Blood introduces the Kuva Lich and a brand-new Nemesis-like game system. It also debuts the 42nd Warframe, the insatiable Grendel.
Greedfall Update #3 released; improves stability, fixes collision issues, and more
Spiders has released a brand new update for its latest action RPG, Greedfall. According to the release notes, Update #3 came out yesterday, October 31st, and fixes numerous Quest bugs. Moreover, this patch fixes some gameplay issues, as well as some grammatical mistakes.
First gameplay trailers released for Lunacy: Saint Rhodes and Transient
Iceberg Interactive has released the first gameplay trailers for Lunacy: Saint Rhodes and Transient. Both of these games will be coming to the PC in 2020.
Lunacy: Saint Rhodes is a first-person survival horror game where every decision you make changes the course of the game. On the other hand, Transient a new first-person game that aims to blend together H.P. Lovecraft and Cyberpunk.
NVIDIA confirms that Red Dead Redemption 2 will not have any Ray Tracing effects
Yesterday, we shared some new screenshots for the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2. Those screenshots came from NVIDIA and had a GeForce RTX logo in them. As we guessed, that logo only promoted NVIDIA’s RTX 20 series graphics cards. NVIDIA did not plan to hint at any Ray Tracing effects. And it appears we were right.
>> And here are 17 more screenshots.
First WWE 2K20 patch available for download; addresses gameplay, controls, graphics, hair physics and more
2K Games has released the first update for WWE 2K20. This patch will update your game’s version to 1.02 and promises to addresses a lot of the game’s issues.
Here are 11 minutes of gameplay footage from Terminator: Resistance
Reef Entertainment has released two new trailers for Terminator: Resistance, showing 11 minutes of gameplay footage from it. The first trailer shows the game’s first 10 minutes, while the second trailer showcases its combat mechanics.
Take-Two CEO: “When we consider a console release, the PC format can be 40% or 50% now of that revenue.”
Take-Two CEO, Strauss Zelnick, shared some interesting thoughts about the potential PC sales of the company’s games. According to Zelnick, the world has changes and the PC format can now account for 40% or 50% of a multi-platform game’s revenue.
>> And that's why they still treat PC users as second class gamers by releasing RDR 2 one year later, right?
Blizzard officially announces Overwatch 2; first details, cinematic and gameplay trailers
Activision and Blizzard have officially revealed Overwatch 2; a supercharged sequel that will send players deeper into the world and story of Overwatch. The game promises to build upon the original game’s critically acclaimed foundation of world-class PvP competition, and below you can find the first details for it.
>> And here you can find almost 2 hours of gameplay.
Here are 28 minutes of brand new gameplay footage from Need for Speed: Heat
Need for Speed: Heat releases in a few days and below you can find a video, showing 28 minutes of brand new gameplay footage from it. This gameplay video will give you an idea of what this new racing game is all about, as it features both day and night races.
>> Plus new screenshots:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare receives a new 8GB update on the PC, full patch notes revealed
Infinity Ward and Beenox have released a new huge 8GB update for the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. This patch will update your game’s version to 1.06 and comes with a number of tweaks and fixes.
Diablo 4 has been officially announced, gets cinematic and gameplay trailers
Blizzard has officially announced the fourth part in its Diablo series. Diablo 4 will be an action isometric RPG, will have three classes, and its new “diablo” will be Lilith. The game will be darker and grittier than Diablo 3, and will have a similar style/tone to Diablo 2.
>> And also screenshots.
Diablo 4 will be always-online, will not feature an offline mode
Blizzard has confirmed that Diablo 4 will not have an offline mode, and will require a constant Internet connection. Blizzard claimed that the game features a shared open world, and that it will be always-online.
Bioware teases Dragon Age 4 reveal for December 4th
Bioware has teased a possible official reveal for Dragon Age 4. Although the team did not reveal any specific details, it tweeted that it will join the Dragon Age community party on December 4th. Furthermore, Bioware ended its tweet with “Dragon 4ge”, clearly hinting at the fourth part of the franchise.
Here are 26 minutes of leaked gameplay footage from the latest Cyberpunk 2077 Italian Demo [Off-Camera]
Last month, we shared two videos from the PGA2019 demo of Cyberpunk 2077. And today, we have for you a new video from the game’s Italian demo, showing 26 minutes of gameplay footage. However, do note that this is off-camera footage.
Death Stranding’s director Hideo Kojima talks about why he likes complex games
Death Stranding is the forthcoming exploration game developed by Kojima Productions. It’s the first game from Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions after leaving Konami back in 2015. It is really admirable that within this time Kojima created a new studio and a new IP.