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The Technomancer

New screenshots from The Technomancer explore the Red Planet

I’m already too excited about The Technomancer. In case you’re late to the party, The Technomancer is going to be a new sci-fi RPG, developed by Spiders and published by Focus Home Interactive. What is a Technomancer? Think “mage-warriors”, cybernetically augmented to take advantage of electrical-based powers. Some new screenshots from The Technomancer have been released recently which show concept art from an encounter on Mars. Check out the screenshots below: This is no doubt part of the main story where the Technomancer you assume the role of is completing his trial to become a full Technomancer. Entering into this “Old Dome” on Mars, you encounter looters and mutant creatures to see whether you are worthy to be a Technomancer. It sounds a melodramatic when I say it, but I’m still extremely excited to see where this goes – it’s not everyday that you see new game IP’s that bring fresh ideas ...

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Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords gets an update

Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords gets an update after 10 years

Some games get an update after a year or two, and that’s usually already a stretch. That makes it all the more surprising that Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords gets an update today 10 years after its launch on PC. And it’s no small update either with high definition resolutions added to the list of video settings as well as Steam Workshop and console controller support. The full list of features is as follows: 37 achievements to be earned through gameplay Steam Cloud saves Native widescreen resolution support Resolution support up to 4K and 5K Support for controllers, including Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, and Playstation 4, along with several others (check the system requirements for details) Steam Workshop support! We proudly worked with the Restored Content Mod Team to have their famous TSLRCM up on launch day Unlike many other games, KoTOR ...

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Patch 1.07 for The Witcher 3

Patch 1.07 for The Witcher 3 is dropping in the next 24 hours

As you probably already know, I’ve been playing The Witcher 3. A lot. It’s definitely my favourite game of 2015 so far, and I’m predicting it might still be by the end of it (Fallout 4 verdict pending). That’s not to say that it hasn’t had its fair share of bugs – oh boy, are there bugs – but CD Projekt RED has been hard at work getting Patch 1.07 for The Witcher 3 out the door. It seems your patience is about to pay off as CDPR community lead, Marcin Momot, announced that the new patch is going to be live within the next 24 hours. Patch 1.07 will be arriving on all platforms in the next 24h. Once it’s live everywhere, we will officially announce it. #TheWitcher — Marcin Momot (@Marcin360) July 17, 2015 Despite the small, incremental number change, Patch 1.07 actually changes a huge list of things ...

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Stephen Colbert grills Neil deGrasse Tyson

Stephen Colbert grills Neil deGrasse Tyson about Pluto’s non-planet title

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (a not-planet sized rock), you will have heard at least some of the chatter about the New Horizons probe sending back the first ever high definition pictures of Pluto. Of course, Pluto has most famously been demoted from planet status, and while seeing the Solar System’s outermost inhabitant isn’t anything short of amazing, The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert had a different bone to pick, in particular with renowned TV scientist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, who played a part in Pluto’s demotion. The encounter is nothing short of hilarious – check it out: Hilarious, and remarkably informative. In case you missed it, New Horizons is going to be sending back its photos of Pluto and its surrounding “objects” over the next year or more, so the most landmark space discovery of our lifetimes (probably) is still a work in progress. Even so, it’s utterly mesmerizing ...

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Patch 1.07 for The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 expansions estimated to be as big as The Witcher 2

I haven’t posted in awhile and there’s a semi-decent, not-really-good-at-all reason: I’ve been playing The Witcher 3. As you’ve no doubt read, it’s probably one of the current favourites to get Best RPG honours, if not Game of the Year, thanks to its immersive, nuanced story and side quests and simply the size of the game. As was announced with the game itself, The Witcher 3 is actually due to get even bigger, with two planned expansions to be released by CD Projekt RED. Talking to Game Reactor about the length of The Witcher 3 expansions, CD Projekt’s Konrad Tomaszkiewicz said: “The first expansion will be around 10 hours and the second expansion will be around 20 hours… and I think it’s possible that they will be bigger. “It’s always like this (that when we plan some time or hours, it’s twice or something like this), but I’m not promising anything right ...

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Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Game Series

First trailer drops for Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Game Series

We were a little skeptical when we first heard about Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Game Series – a marriage of this generation’s best video game story teller and this gaming era’s biggest time sink for gamers of all ages didn’t really seem like something that should’ve fitted together. Yet, after watching the very first trailer for Minecraft: Story Mode unveiled at MineCon, I can safely say that I am very intrigued. Check out the trailer for yourself below: While this will be the first time in a long time that Telltale Games hasn’t used its signature animation in a video game, Minecraft: Story Mode still looks like it will use the same storytelling format of heavy cutscenes with player input where choice is needed. As to whether Minecraft: Story Mode fits into the Minecraft world as it is today, CEO of Telltale Games, Kevin Bruner says: “We’ve worked closely with the ...

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Nintendo NX

Why Nintendo announced it was making the Nintendo NX but hasn’t spoken about it since

There’s a special kind of frenzy that Nintendo fans get worked into when the Japanese video game company announces that they are making a new console, but it’s quickly followed by dismay when they refuse to divulge any more details about it. That’s essentially what’s happened with the Nintendo NX, which Nintendo declared it has every intention of making earlier this year, but has failed to talk about since then. So intense has the confusion and criticism been that president Satoru Iwata has had to comment on the NX so that hopefully its fans will understand its plans. At a recent investor brief, Iwata said: “[The] NX was announced as a new platform alongside the DeNA venture. The NX was announced then to indicate that we are not retreating from game platforms and will continue the hardware business. Normally, the announcement would’ve been made later. It was like revealing a magic trick ...

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Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console

Celebrate 10 years of Forza with the Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console

The Forza series of motorsport games was launched just over 10 years ago now and to celebrate, as well as launch its eighth game, Forza 6, Microsoft has sought to incorporate its essence into a limited edition Xbox One console. Unveiled as the Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console, the console (and controller) takes inspiration from the Forza 6 cover car, the new Ford GT. Accordingly, there are swathes of blue and lots of little detail that will have avid fans clamoring in delight. Check out the unboxing video posted by developer Turn 10 Studios, hosted by Xbox Live’s Graeme Boyd: Would buy just for the engine start sound. If you’re yet to join the ranks of the Xbox One owners, and you’re a fan of cars and want Forza 6, this may be your best opportunity to marry the two things into one – the Xbox One Forza Motorsport ...

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North Korea claims to have a single drug that cures MERS, AIDS and Ebola

North Korea claims to have a single drug that cures MERS, AIDS and Ebola

I don’t think it should be a surprise to anyone that news that comes out of North Korea is generally pretty farcical, but this latest piece of news seems almost laughably unbelievable. North Korea claims to have a single drug that cures MERS, AIDS and Ebola, and is apparently made from ginseng grown specifically in North Korea. Now, I’d almost be inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt if they’d claimed the cure for one of the diseases (no, actually I wouldn’t), but to claim all three diseases is a little greedy. And let’s be honest, ginseng is really only good in tea. Naturally, this is the same drug, Kumdang-2, that cured bird flu in North Korea some years ago, but I’m almost certain the probability of that happening is about the same probability of anyone in North Korea having either bird flu, MERS, AIDS or Ebola put together – ...

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Xbox One backwards compatibility

Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida calls Xbox One backwards compatibility “interesting”

Although most of the world has decided (for reasons unknown to yours truly) that Sony had the better press conference at E3 2015, Microsoft dealt a sizable blow to Sony with its announcement of Xbox One backwards compatibility. Considering the Xbox 360‘s swathes of games, that’s actually a formidable extra library that the Xbox One has just acquired. And Sony’s response is? “Interesting,” Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida says. To illustrate just what a feat Microsoft has accomplished with the Xbox One backwards compatibility, Yoshida says that “Backward compatibility is hard. I won’t say we’ll never do it, but it’s not an easy thing to do. If it was easy we would have done that,” which sounds awfully like a backhanded compliment. Furthermore, backwards compatibility doesn’t work with Sony’s current PlayStation Now model which makes you pay a subscription to play PS3 games which are featured in its library. We get the feeling that Sony wasn’t expecting ...

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