Maximum PC - Gaming http://www.maximumpc.com/articles/22/feed en The 10 Best Kickstarter Games http://www.maximumpc.com/The_10_best_kickstarter_games_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/the_banner_saga_small.jpg" alt="The Banner Saga" title="The Banner Saga" width="200" height="174" style="float: right;" />Great games we love made possible by crowdfunding</h3> <p>The Kickstarter scene exploded a few years back, as gamers discovered the crowdfunding platform and began to fund various video game projects. The plethora of games seeking funding ranged from new concepts to sequels that boasted new, unique features or appealed to our sense of nostalgia. Because of Kickstarter, we have seen some amazing games that have raised <a title="MPC " href="http://www.maximumpc.com/kickstart_games_one_million_2013" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">millions of dollars</span></a> in funding, such as Star Citizen and Pillars of Eternity.&nbsp;</p> <p>Still, other Kickstarter projects raised much more money than their originally stated goals, thanks to an excited gaming community willing to fund them. However, over the past couple of years we’ve seen games that received funding way above their goals, then get cancelled due to not having enough funds (or other reasons).</p> <p>Clang, a project headed by science fiction author Neal Stephenson, was cancelled two years after its successful Kickstarter campaign, because of financial issues. Double Fine, which had two successful Kickstarter campaigns, has stumbled with financial issues, too. Over the past two years, quite a few projects have fallen to the wayside or not lived up to the ambitions set by the developers.</p> <p>Despite such examples, successfully funded games have slowly made their way to the community. So, we decided to list 10 Kickstarter games, in no particular order, that we feel are the best so far. However, we narrowed our list to games that have been completed and not being sold through Early Access.&nbsp;</p> <p>But before you check out the gallery, we must give an honorable mention to <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/interview_frontier_developments_ceo_david_braben_about_elite_dangerous_video_2014" target="_blank">Elite: Dangerous</a>, which was recently released. It appears that it could easily make our "10 best" list but we didn't have a chance to play it before this article went to press. We will, however, consider updating this article with more high-quality AAA Kickstarter games as time progresses.</p> <p>Feel free to let us know which Kickstarter-backed game is your favorite in the comments below.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/The_10_best_kickstarter_games_2014#comments 10 best Kickstarter games Chivalry Medieval Warfare Defense Grid 2 Divinity Original Sin don't starve FTL Kentucky Route Zero Kickstarter games Shadowrun Returns Shovel Knight The Banner Saga Wasteland 2 Gaming Features Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:57:47 +0000 Sean D Knight 29097 at http://www.maximumpc.com Mojang Announces Minecraft: Story Mode from Telltale Games http://www.maximumpc.com/mojang_announces_minecraft_story_mode_telltale_games_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/minecraft_mojang.jpg" alt="Minecraft" title="Minecraft" width="200" height="153" style="float: right;" />A Minecraft game with a story?</h3> <p>The acquisition of <a title="Minecraft Beginner's Guide" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/minecraft_beginners_guide_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Minecraft</span></a> developer Mojang by Microsoft for <a title="Microsoft buys Minecraft" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/minecraft_developer_mojang_officially_owned_microsoft_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">$2.5 billion</span></a> took everyone by surprise and caused some debate as to whether or not the purchase was <a title="MPC Minecraft purchase debate" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/maximum_debate_microsoft%E2%80%99s_25_billion_minecraft_acquisition_worth_it_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">worth it for Microsoft</span></a>. However, the surprise doesn’t stop there as a new game has been announced. <span style="color: #000000;"><strong>Mojang has revealed that Telltale Games is developing Minecraft: Story Mode</strong></span> in collaboration with the Swedish developer and members of the Minecraft community.</p> <p>Minecraft: Story Mode is going to be a narrative-driven game that will be an episodic series similar to Telltale Games’ other titles such as The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us. As to how the community will help with the game, <a title="Mojang website" href="https://mojang.com/announcing-minecraft-story-mode/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Mojang</span></a> didn’t expand on their role except that they will help it be as “Minecrafty as possible.”</p> <p>"Set in the world of Minecraft, the series will feature an original story, driven by player choice," stated Telltale Games on its <a title="Telltale Games website" href="http://www.telltalegames.com/blog/categories/blog" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">website</span></a>. "It will not be an add-on for Minecraft, but rather a separate stand-alone product that will premiere in 2015 on consoles, computers and mobile devices."</p> <p>Mojang confirmed that Minecraft: Story Mode will not be an official story and didn’t provide any further details about the world of Minecraft.&nbsp;</p> <p>What do you think about an episodic Minecraft game being developed by Telltale Games? Let us know in the comments section!</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/mojang_announces_minecraft_story_mode_telltale_games_2014#comments episodic game minecraft Minecraft Story Mode Mojang Telltale Games Gaming News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:01:38 +0000 Sean D Knight 29118 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Omen Review http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_omen_review_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>A good sign</h3> <p>The word “omen” generally connotes bad juju for most people. For some longtime PC enthusiasts, however, it evokes fond memories of Voodoo PC’s old beautiful and powerful desktops. While HP isn’t bringing Voodoo PC back from the grave, it hopes to pay homage to the Omen namesake by rebirthing it as a modern gaming notebook.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u99720/hpomen.jpg" alt="HP Omen press shot" width="492" height="366" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The Omen isn't the most powerful notebook, but it's one of the most polished.</strong></p> <p>Right off the bat, you’ll notice that the 15.6-inch HP Omen is one sleek-looking laptop, with its machined-aluminum chassis. The anodized black finish coupled with its thin 0.8 inch body gives the notebook some added sex appeal. It’s also really portable for its class, weighing four pounds, 11.9 ounces.</p> <p>While we were a little dismayed to hear that it uses a 1080p monitor, something we’ve seen dozens of times over, this isn’t some mediocre display. It uses an IPS panel that features a 72 percent color gamut, which provides beautiful, saturated colors. It also sports a touchscreen, which makes it the first gaming laptop we’ve reviewed that offers one.</p> <p>We were generally pleased with the keyboard, which offers seven customizable color zones that you can tweak using HP’s Omen Control Panel software. The keys themselves offer a satisfying amount of travel and feel quite tactile, as a result. You also get a column of six macro keys on the left side of the keyboard, which is rare to see in a notebook of this size. We weren’t enamored of the Omen’s trackpad, however. Measuring 5.5 inches across, it’s so wide that we often found our resting fingers interfering with our swiping gestures.</p> <p>On opposite ends of the trackpad are a pair of LED lights that pulsate with the sound of your audio. It’s a unique touch that gives the notebook added flair. The speakers themselves are quite good and offer decent volume firepower. Despite being licensed by Beats Audio, a company known for its bass-heavy emphasis, the audio here is balanced.</p> <p>Unlike the sexy chassis, the specs of the laptop aren’t super fancy. It uses a 2.5GHz i7-4710HQ processor for its CPU. For its graphics card, HP went with the GeForce GTX 860M, which is the de facto GPU for thin gaming notebooks. The base model comes with two gigs of GDDR5 VRAM, but ours included four. In regard to system RAM, configs starts out at 8GB, which is fine in most instances, but our maxed-out unit came with 16GB.</p> <p>CPU performance was pretty average, performing ever so slightly faster than our Alienware 14 zero-point’s 2.4GHz i7-4700MQ processor. In GPU perf, we saw respectable gains between 20 and 60 percent. In short, our graphics tests reminds us that the 860M is a midrange card. It will run the majority of modern games at high settings with smooth framerates, but don’t expect to max out games here.</p> <p>While the laptop’s performance didn’t blow us away, neither did its fans (pun intended). The Omen isn’t silent, but it’s very reasonable under load. We’d go so far as to say HP found the perfect balance between performance and acoustics. The laptop is able to keep its cool by using dual fans that pull in cool air from the bottom, which it expels through the back. A benefit of this design is that gamers won’t have to worry about warm wrists.</p> <p>When it came to battery life, the laptop was pretty average. The first time we ran our video-rundown test, the notebook lasted a mediocre 172 minutes. When we turned off all the fancy LED lights, we got an extra half hour. Our biggest concern with the Omen really pertained to storage. While we love the fact that it uses the faster M.2 PCIe standard, we’re a little put off that it doesn’t support traditional hard drives. This means you’re topped off at 512GBs. Luckily, the drive is really fast, and allowed the notebook to boot up in 11 seconds.</p> <p>The Omen may not be the most powerful notebook out there, but it’s extremely polished and well-designed. Everything from its looks, portability, and thermals are top notch. While our decked-out unit cost $2,100, if you’re looking for a more affordable configuration, we recommend going with the $1,800 model, which includes a 512GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, and an 860M with 2GB of VRAM. It’s still a pretty good Omen.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hp_omen_review_2014#comments Gaming Hardware HP Omen laptop notebook Thin voodoo pc Gaming Reviews Notebooks Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:45:39 +0000 Jimmy Thang 29111 at http://www.maximumpc.com Hearthstone Arrives on Android Tablets http://www.maximumpc.com/hearthstone_arrives_android_tablets_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3>Welcome to the world of Hearthstone</h3> <p><img src="/files/u166440/hearthstone.jpg" alt="Hearthstone" title="Hearthstone" width="200" height="158" style="float: right;" />Hearthstone has been a major success for Blizzard that boasts, at last count, 20 million players. Released in March, the digital collectible card game continues to grow at a rapid pace and is available for PC, Mac OS X, and iPad devices. However, Android users have been left out until now. On Monday, <strong>Blizzard announced that Hearthstone is now available on Android tablets</strong>.</p> <p>Android tablet owners can now download the game, based on Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise, for free on Google Play or the Amazon Appstore. Initially, the Android version of Hearthstone was available only to players in Australia Canada, and New Zealand as part of phase one, but is now available globally. However, Blizzard advises those who picked up the Android version through a third-party channel should delete that version and download it from Amazon or Google Play.</p> <p>The <a title="Heartstone for Android tablets" href="http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/17141107/hearthstone-now-available-on-android%E2%84%A2-tablets-12-15-2014?abt=nav1&amp;utm_expid=68589644-24.yOgsCsWhSz-gOSDIbl82Wg.1&amp;utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fus.battle.net%2Fhearthstone%2Fen%2Fblog%2F%3Fabt%3Dnav1" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">announcement</span></a> comes shortly after the release of Goblins vs Gnomes, the latest card expansion for Hearthstone. As an incentive, those who decide to give the game a try on their Android tablet will earn a free pack of classic cards. All you have to do is play a complete game of Hearthstone in Play, Arena, or Practice mode and, win or lose, you’ll earn the free card pack.&nbsp;</p> <p>For those wondering if they Android device can handle the game, the minimum requirements for an eligible device is a 6-inch screen or larger, runs Android 4.0, and 1GB of RAM. Some of the Android tablets that can run Hearthstone include Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6, Asus Google Nexus 7, Nvidia Shield Tablet, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.&nbsp;</p> <p>For a list of all Android tablets capable of running Hearthstone, feel free to visit Blizzard’s <a title="Hearthstone support page" href="https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/hearthstone-system-requirements" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">support page</span></a>.</p> <p>As for when Hearthstone will be available on smartphones, Blizzard stated that more news will be provided in early 2015</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/hearthstone_arrives_android_tablets_2014#comments android Android Tablet blizzard card game hearthstone Gaming News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:34:12 +0000 Sean D Knight 29104 at http://www.maximumpc.com Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition Receives Steamworks Update http://www.maximumpc.com/dark_souls_prepare_die_edition_receives_steamworks_update_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/dark_souls.jpg" alt="Dark Souls" title="Dark Souls" width="200" height="122" style="float: right;" />Praise the sun!</h3> <p>Mention Games for Windows Live to a PC gamer and chances are that they are going to cringe. Microsoft’s online gaming service has caused many issues for the games it has been attached to and, upon the news that Microsoft would do away with it, some publishers have been making the effort to remove GFWL from their games. Today, <strong>From Software announced a new update for Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition that replaces GFWL with Steamworks</strong> and joins other developers who have made the transition.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a title="Dark Souls update announcement" href="http://steamcommunity.com/games/211420/announcements/detail/206368522048405952" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">update</span></a> will allow players to transfer their save data and achievements from GFWL over to Steamworks between now and February 16, 2015. Afterwards, the developer warns players that the new version of the game, using Steamworks, will become the default version and all save data and achievements will be lost if they haven’t been transferred. Once the game has been updated, gamers will no longer need to login to a second platform in order to play Dark Souls.&nbsp;</p> <p>Unfortunately, there have been issues being experience by some players who have mods, such as DSfix, installed. However, in the case of DSfix, there is a <a title="DSfix mod update" href="http://blog.metaclassofnil.com/?p=652" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">new version</span></a> of the mod available that should hopefully address these issues. As for other mods, that are causing problems, players might have to completely remove them for now. &nbsp;</p> <p>The update has been a long time coming ever since it appeared that Microsoft would no longer support GFWL when a support update on Xbox.com stated, “Games for Windows Live will be discontinued on July 1, 2014.” However, the message was removed and, in June of this year, the company stated that it will continue to support the service.&nbsp;</p> <p>For those who need to save their information, From Software has <a title="Dark Souls update instructions" href="http://steamcommunity.com/app/211420/discussions/0/626329187083042093/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">posted instructions</span></a> on how to transfer the game’s data to Steamworks for both digital and physical copies of the game.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/dark_souls_prepare_die_edition_receives_steamworks_update_2014#comments dark souls Dark Souls prepare to die edition from software games for windows live GFWL Steamworks Gaming News Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:02:47 +0000 Sean D Knight 29096 at http://www.maximumpc.com Valve Launches Steam Holiday Auction Event http://www.maximumpc.com/valve_launches_steam_holiday_auction_event_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/steam_holiday_auction.jpg" alt="Steam Holiday Auction" title="Steam Holiday Auction" width="200" height="174" style="float: right;" />Going once…going twice…sold!</h3> <p>As Steam users wait for the inevitable Winter Sale that will drain their wallets dry, which is allegedly starting December 18, Valve has come up with a way to empty out their Steam inventories too. <strong>Valve has launched a new event called the Steam Holiday Auction</strong> where users can recycle unused items in their inventory for gems which are then used to bid on games up for auction.</p> <p>The <a title="Steam Holiday Auction" href="http://steamcommunity.com/auction" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Steam Holiday Auction</span></a> will let users recycle items such as trading cards, backgrounds, and emoticons, from their inventory, and receive Steam Gems to use for bidding on the games they hope to get. Auctions will be held in rounds with the first round kicking off today and ending on Monday, December 15 at 7:45AM Pacific.&nbsp;</p> <p>In order to win, the Steam User needs to have the highest bid at the end of every round which is 45 minutes. At the end of the allotted time, each top bidder will receive their title and the remaining bids will carry on to the next round. Users will able to track their current bids, top bids, and winning bids in the My Bids section of the Holiday Auction page.&nbsp;</p> <p>The event will end on December 18 at 10AM Pacific. After that, those who didn’t win on the final round of auctions will have their gems returned. According to Valve, the gems will not be removed from everyone’s inventory and can then be used to create booster packs.</p> <p>There will be 100 copies of almost 2,000 titles up for auction that includes both games and software on Steam that was donated by developers and publishers. Among the vast assortment of titles up for auction are newer games such as Alien: Isolation and Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth. However, the most expensive item, that we see so far, is not even a game or software title. It is a 2014 Holiday Profile that will customize a user's profile with the current bid set at 250,100 gems.</p> <p>Will you be participating in this bidding war? If you are, what games or software will you be bidding on? Sound off in the comments below!</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/valve_launches_steam_holiday_auction_event_2014#comments bidding wars games Holiday Auction Steam Steam Holiday Auction Valve Gaming News Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:39:11 +0000 Sean D Knight 29079 at http://www.maximumpc.com 26 Pictures from Intel's Extreme Masters eSports Event http://www.maximumpc.com/pictures_intels_extreme_masters_esports_event_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/dsc02268.jpg" alt="lol " title="lol " width="150" height="267" style="float: right;" />Intel's first IEM gaming event in North America</h3> <p>This weekend Intel hosted its first <a title="intel extreme masters" href="http://en.intelextrememasters.com/season9/sanjose/" target="_blank">Intel Extreme Masters</a> gaming event in North America. The PC gaming/eSport event took place at the SAP Center in San Jose, California and featured a $50,000 League of Legends tournament and a $25,000 StarCraft II tournament.</p> <p>In addition to the aforementioned matches, which were all streamed online, there were several hardware vendors like Corsair, Roccat, Gigabyte, and more on the show floor showing gamers their latest PC hardware.&nbsp;</p> <p>We took over 20 pictures from the show floor that highlighted some of the booths, costumes, and games from IEM in the gallery below. If Intel held another event next year, would you like to go? Let us know in the comments section!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/pictures_intels_extreme_masters_esports_event_2014#comments cloud 9 esl esports gaming event intel masters extreme League of Legends lol north america StarCraft II Gaming News Features Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:39:40 +0000 Jimmy Thang 29056 at http://www.maximumpc.com Interview with Elite Dangerous CEO David Braben http://www.maximumpc.com/interview_frontier_developments_ceo_david_braben_about_elite_dangerous_video_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/elite_dangerous_braben.jpg" alt="David Braben" title="David Braben" width="200" height="141" style="float: right;" />Game will support 4K and 16K</h3> <p>Elite: Dangerous is almost upon us and we are excited, even though the game was not one of our <a title="The 20 Most Anticipated PC Games of 2014" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/20_most_anticipated_pc_games_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">most anticipated PC games of 2014</span></a>. Created by Frontier Developments, the sci-fi combat simulator is the fourth installment in the Elite game franchise that also features trading and space exploration in a 1:1 scale of our own universe. <strong>Maximum PC had the opportunity to interview Frontier Developments CEO David Braben</strong>, courtesy of Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/X5BdtK-ZdHI" width="600" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Braben, who founded <a title="Frontier Developments homepage" href="http://www.frontier.co.uk/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Frontier Developments</span></a> back in 1994, talked about how the game’s setting is a recreation of our universe and, when asked about how the universe in the game is modeled after our own, he replied, “Every single star in the night sky, that you can see, is in the game. Even the really faint ones. So we can see 6,000-7,000 in the night sky and they are all in the game. So are the full 160,000 that we got from star catalogues and other sources.”</p> <p>The interview goes on to cover other topics such as what gamers can do in the game, virtual reality support, whether or not a person can become stranded while exploring, why the developer decided to have the game support 16K, and Develop Frontiers’ decision to do regarding playing single player offline.</p> <p>“We found it increasingly difficult to do, and I think this has upset some people, is the wholly offline play,” Braben replied when asked about the single player campaign. “The game was still going to be downloaded, but the ability to play wholly offline is something we found increasingly difficult to offer.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Be sure to watch the <a title="MPC Interview with David Braben" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5BdtK-ZdHI&amp;list=UUdLWXfNqKICJBpE8jVMm6_w" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">entire interview</span></a> for his full explanation about the company's apporach to the single player campaign and let us know what you think of the interview in the comment section below.</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/interview_frontier_developments_ceo_david_braben_about_elite_dangerous_video_2014#comments 16K David Braben elite Elite Dangerous Frontier Developments interview Gaming News Features Sat, 06 Dec 2014 00:10:26 +0000 Sean D Knight and Jimmy Thang 29045 at http://www.maximumpc.com Graphics Porn (Holiday 2014): Wreckfest, Unity, Call of Duty, and More http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_porn_holiday_2014_wreckfest_unity_call_duty_and_more <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/zyucagj.jpg" alt="AC Unity" title="AC Unity" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" />Showcasing the sexiest, most photogenic game screenshots this side of the Internet</span></h3> <p>It's the holiday season, which means that gamers everywhere will soon sit down and soon have a chance to catch up on their massive backlogs. To commemorate the occasion, we've compiled a gallery of spectacular screenshots to get your gaming taste buds going. We’ve reached out to members of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/gamerporn" target="_blank">r/GamerPorn</a>&nbsp;to fill out the submissions for the this month's&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/tags/graphics_porn" target="_blank">Graphics Porn</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">Whether you've been following our <a title="screenshots" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/how_take_great_video_game_screenshots_2014" target="_blank">handy-dandy guide on how to capture beautiful-looking game screens</a>&nbsp;</span>or&nbsp;<span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">simply print-screening some beautiful wallpaper-worthy game moments, we want to be able to share your captured works of art with the world. If you think you can do better than the pictures submitted below, please email your screenshots to&nbsp;</span><a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-color: transparent; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;" href="mailto:mpcgraphicsporn@gmail.com" target="_blank">mpcgraphicsporn@gmail.com</a><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; background: transparent;">&nbsp;so we can show them off. Make sure to include the name of the game, a title for the screenshot, and a description of what's happening on-screen.</span></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/graphics_porn_holiday_2014_wreckfest_unity_call_duty_and_more#comments assassin's creed unity call of duty Graphics Porn Skyrim Wreckfest Gaming News Features Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:31:04 +0000 Ben Kim 28939 at http://www.maximumpc.com Developer of The Crew has Confidence in the Game’s Stability http://www.maximumpc.com/developer_crew_has_confidence_game%E2%80%99s_stability_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/the_crew.jpg" alt="The Crew" title="The Crew" width="200" height="111" style="float: right;" />Ubisoft’s recent record and actions might give a different impression&nbsp;</h3> <p>It has been a rough year for Ubisoft when it comes to the &nbsp;games that have been released. Earlier this year the PC version of Watch Dogs suffered from a <a title="Watch Dog Patch" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/ubisoft_working_patch_tame_watch_dog_issues_pc_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">number of issues</span></a> while the recent launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity resulted in <a title="Ubisoft gives free DLC" href="http://www.maximumpc.com/ubisoft_offers_free_dlc_assassin%E2%80%99s_creed_unity_launch_woes_2014" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">free DLC</span></a> and Far Cry 4 receiving a patch for a variety of issues. However, <strong>The Crew’s lead game designer Serkan Hasan has “confidence in the stability of the game and its performance,”</strong> according to an interview he had with <a title="Hasan Interview" href="http://www.themetropolist.com/play/latest-play/ubisoft-confident-crew-wont-repeat-unitys-mistakes/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">The Metropolist</span></a>.</p> <p>"For The Crew, we’ve reaped the benefits of a long term beta program, designed specifically to push our infrastructure as far as possible in real world situations, with thousands of players from all over the world playing the game at the same time," said Hasan.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to Ubisoft, The Crew has had four closed betas though Hasan admits that, "The launch of any online game these days has potential issues, but I hope that players will be encouraged by our open approach. If you had any doubts that we could pull this off, I hope that the betas proved our credentials and the game’s stability."</p> <p>The Crew is an online racing video game that takes place in an open world environment and is being developed by Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections. But given the launch woes of Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4, both of which launched this month, it wouldn’t be surprising if consumers are reluctant to purchase The Crew day one.&nbsp;</p> <p>But while Hasan might be confident in the product his team has developed, Ubisoft’s recent action regarding review copies could be misinterpreted as a sign that it is not so confident. Earlier this week Ubisoft announced that there would be no early review copies of the game.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The Crew was built from the beginning to be a living playground full of driving fans, so it’s only possible to assess our game in its entirety with other real players in the world," Ubisoft posted on its <a title="Ubisoft official blog" href="http://blog.ubi.com/the-crew-road-tested/" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">official blog</span></a>. "And by other, we mean thousands and thousands and thousands of players – something that can’t be simulated with a handful of devs playing alongside the press."</p> <p>“For this very reason,” the post continues. “The Crew will be available to media to begin their reviews when the game launches on December 2.”</p> <p>Are you planning to purchase The Crew or will you wait this time to see what happens on launch day?</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/developer_crew_has_confidence_game%E2%80%99s_stability_2014#comments Ivory Tower the crew ubisoft Ubisoft Reflections Gaming News Sat, 29 Nov 2014 01:40:25 +0000 Sean D Knight 29008 at http://www.maximumpc.com