We mod Watch Dogs and compare its visuals against the vanilla stock version!
While our Graphics Analysis feature normally compares a game's various graphical settings, with the recent controversy surrounding the hidden "E3 2012" files that supposedly make the game look better without much of a performance hit, we thought we would dedicate this particular graphics analysis around comparing the "modded" version of Watch Dogs vs. it's vanilla stock incarnation.
To do this, we’ve enabled The Worse Mod 0.7 and SweetFX to showcase what the game looks like with mods enabled. Below you'll find a smattering of comparison pictures and video. Which version do you prefer? Let us know in the comments.
If you have been curious about Evolve, a co-op shooter that pits four players against a player-controlled monster, then you might get your chance. Developer Turtle Rock Studios has announced that sign-ups are being accepted for the Evolve alpha test.
No, you did not visit the wrong website. Yes, you did read that right. Sister site PC Gamer is giving away one million SpaceChem Steam keys. This is part of a five million Steam key giveaway happening over the next five weeks, with SpaceChem being the first title currently up for grabs.
Disabled visual enhancements found in the game’s code
The PC version of Watch Dogs has caused quite a bit of frustration for PC gamers since its release back in May. The game’s launch was hampered by Uplay issues, Ubisoft’s digital distribution platform, and overall performance issues. But the latest controversy has caused Ubisoft to respond to the discovery of deactivated settings for the PC version of Watch Dogs.
AMD exec doubles down on assertion that Nvidia Gameworks presents a threat to PC gamers
This week on episode 226 of the No BS Podcast, AMD graphics guru Richard Huddyjoins the Maximum PC crew. For those unfamiliar with the AMD exec, Huddy has spent time working at ATI, AMD, Nvidia, Intel, and is now back at AMD. He’s also widely considered one of the pioneers of DirectX. Suffice it to say, he knows his stuff.
In this special edition of the podcast, we pick his brain on a variety of topics relating to AMD. Easily the most exciting part of the discussion is the fact that Huddy doubles down on AMD’s assertion that Nvidia Gameworks presents a threat to PC gamers, most notably by adding lines of code to games that would hinder performance on AMD graphics cards (It’s some pretty damning assertions).
Been wondering what to spend your hard-earned money on this summer? Well Valve’s Steam Summer Sale 2014 has begun and your wallet will never be the same way again thanks to the various sales, daily sales and flash sales that will entice you from June 19 to June 30. However, with this year’s summer sale, there is the Summer Adventure you can participate in that focuses on Valve’s Steam trading cards that were implemented last year.
There were quite a few games released in May 2014 with Wolfenstein: The New Order, Tropico 5, The Wolf Among Us: Episode 4, Final Fantasy III, and Watch Dogs debuting on the PC platform. However, Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs was the only new title to break into Raptr’s “most-played games on PC” list for May 2014.
Star Citizen has been making waves with the unprecedented amount of money it has made from crowdfunding which is currently around $46 million. Maximum PC editor Jimmy Thang was able to interview famed video game designer and Star Citizen creator Chris Roberts about his new IP.
Plus, Android laptops, reader questions, and more!
This week, on episode 225 of the No BS podcast, the Maximum PC gang gathered to flap their lips to wonder if it’s time to ask if Steam Machines are losing steam and spill detail’s on Intel’s Pentium “K” and Devil’s Canyon parts. The crew also talks abou the possibility of cheap 4K monitors and ponders if any of them would actually want to run a 4K monitor at home over a standard 1080P panel. There’s also a lively discussion about why HP would put Android on a its new laptop and if Chromebooks are “worthless.” That plus staff picks, questions from readers, and a full helping of bile and sarcasm from one of Gordon’s signature rants.
Could we see new Batman, Mirror's Edge, and Mass Effect games?
E3 2014 is nearly upon us and with the new consoles firmly into their sophomore year we’re expecting to see an even bigger explosion of games. While many studios only teased their games last year they may finally showcase actual gameplay at this year’s expo in Los Angeles. Maximum PC will be on the scene to catch all the new games and hardware, but we’re jumping the gun to lay out the 14 of the most anticipated PC games we’re hoping will be unveiled.
What are you looking forward to at E3 2014? Let us know in the comments!