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The Game Awards 2018 – Full WrapUp & Videos

Worlds Will Change…

With a full orchestra, dozens of world premieres, and world famous presenters from within the entertainment industries, The Game Awards 2018 took place in the Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, California) and is one of the most digitally distributed products of all time and was streamed live in 4K HDR resolution as well as VR formats around the globe on more platforms than any other industry event or live awards show in history. In this article we will cover the play-by-play as well as provide coverage of the awards, world premiere announcements, game trailers, some commentary, and the full high definition replay footage of the event in case you missed the incredible ride.

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Fallout 76: My First 76 Hours Reviewed (v1.03)

Fallout 76 is an online-only exploration and survival role playing shooter game quite unlike any other. This spin-off title was developed by BattleCry Studios (which was folded into Bethesda Game Studios in March 2018), and while the release has been marred by various controversies surrounding leaks, the game’s launch, and the handling of customer relations, this review will seek to discuss the actual game itself after an extensive amount of gameplay and deep dive on what this live experience has to offer for those who are still interested in playing.

This is my first 76 hours reviewed with the majority of game time spent on versions 1.01 (launch version after day-one patch) and version 1.02 as well as some time spent seeing the improvements and changes that came from the version 1.03 update. Subsequent articles will cover evaluating future changes to the game. For more on that, head over to our Fallout 76 Section and catch the latest. Now that we’ve got that out the vault, on to our full review.

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Beatz N’ Bitz Podcast – One Week ‘Til Smash

On this week’s episode of Beatz N’ Bitz Podcast Jon Iro and DJ Killzown Jones come together to discuss a plethora of issues in the game industry as well as hip hop’s recent shenanigans. 50 Cent, 6ix9ine, and the rap beef genre being used to generate fame / street cred is evaluated while loot boxes and their affect on gaming is also a major theme. This week’s show discusses government intervention on the microtransaction issue in modern video games as well as their proven link to gambling among young adults and problem gamblers.

In addition to these topics, PS4 hacking, Nintendo Switch leaks including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the affect they may or may not have on sales is discussed as well as the link between big online retail companies like Amazon and the problem with stores shutting down to the industrial growth complex. Death Stranding is rumored to have a particular release date, which gets discussed in the outro, but be sure to check out everything in store in this week’s brief but detailed show where we kept it in-depth and got right to the juicy points of each segment. Keep it real, keep it gaming! Peace.

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Gamescom 2018: NVIDIA RTX Press Conference Full WrapUp & Videos

Jensen Huang (CEO of NVIDIA) took stage in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany where almost half a million press, analysts, distributors, and other industry professionals meet yearly for Gamescom to host a special NVIDIA RTX 2018 Press Conference. During this full length presentation we were given the unveiling of a brand new graphics card series that had been heavily rumored for some time now. Incorporating next-generation video memory of top tier quality, a new 12 nano-meter manufacturing process, and a new focus on Ray Tracing, the NVIDIA RTX line of GPU hardware will be set to release this year with the first model becoming available next month on September 20, 2018.

There’s a lot of controversy surrounding the sudden change from GTX to RTX and it has left many gamers and tech experts scrambling to gather information about whether or not the RTX will be as big of a leap or as immediately compatible as NVIDIA claims. The jury is still out on that, and it would be best to both pay attention to emerging analysis as well as keep an open mind over the coming months, for now though, here’s everything we know…

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Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. release date announced by Bethesda Game Studios

October 2018 will be a very special time for those who still pre-order once in a while in an age where many game companies make us want to “wait-and-see” instead. Big bro Todd Howard (a.k.a. Godd Powered) has announced on Twitter that the time for enjoying Fallout 76 is approaching. Exact details are still being worked out but the game’s B.E.T.A. (Break-It-Early Test Application) period will launch in October for Xbox first, then PS4 and PC. That means there should be plenty of footage, impressions, and examples of gameplay for those still on the fence to view before the game releases November 14, 2018.

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Fortnite Replay Theater, new shotgun, easter egg gun, flame grill trap, and new leaks

Players of the most popular battle royale game in the world will likely be excited to hear that a wide range of new features are being added to the game in an ongoing campaign to perfect the sub-genre of last man standing, open-world, loot scavenging mayhem.

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PUBG is married to China, smaller map coming, and creator regrets bad mouthing Fortnite

For many battle royale players around the world, PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds remains the game of choice. Enjoying its new home with over 5 million registered players on the Xbox ONE game console in USA, Europe, Canada, etc., PUBG is remaining a household name and changing itself for the better. A smaller 16km² map will soon release giving quicker paced rounds to players.

But not all of the changes happening to PUBG are what you’d expect, and the direction of the game is not really aimed at pleasing its western world audience. When the reality of this game is analyzed it becomes more obvious that China is PUBG’s area of focus, and with good reason.

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Best VR Game of the Year 2017 – The Game Awards

Capcom is just like Square Enix in that they’ve had a troubled road in recent times but have gracefully recovered and regained their triumphant spot in Survival Horror. Fans were not very pleased with Resident Evil 6, and a few other business scandals Capcom found themselves woven into. All of that seems like such a distant past though, now that Resident Evil 7 has come to the franchise rescue and Capcom has regained their financial status as well with better business decisions.

Back in April of 2016 RealGamerNewZ rumored accurately that Resident Evil 7 would be a re-imagining of the series merging new age horror gaming elements with back-to-their-roots presentation and experience.

We also predicted that the game would utilize PlayStation VR as a way of bringing across this type of vibe. Today, we are proud to congratulate Capcom on their award as Best VR Game of the Year 2017 as bestowed upon them by The Game Awards. Check out some high quality gameplay footage for the game if you haven’t seen it yet after the fold.

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Most Anticipated Game of the Year 2017 – The Game Awards

Hopefully to be detailed a lot more this weekend at another upcoming game industry event, the winner of this award seems to have been ineligible for other various awards as we’re still awaiting its release. However, that can perhaps only even more so cement the title’s anticipation overall.

Naughty Dog broke the mold while at the same time delivering intuitive, familiar gameplay mechanics with The Last of Us. Notably good multiplayer was also present in the game with a new spin on the dead and broken Gears of War formula. Tactical, fine-tuned, precise, squad-based survival shooter experiences could be had in a different way than seen before. This new arrangement of gameplay elements in addition to a story-driven, gripping narrative are what brought the experience to the forefront of gaming.

After playing The Last of Us for the first time, many gamers walked away saying that they felt like they had just played a movie. The title is also sparking debate within a censorship community versus the violent and disturbing imagery often found in the title’s content as well as promotion. Sony is also under fire for Jim Ryan, Presdient of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s statement that “The game is made by adults to be played by adults.” Although very true, this type of logic is not always enough to calm naysayers.

The Last of Us 2 is the Most Anticipated Game of the Year 2017 and will star Ellie from the first title as the main character in a new, intense narrative written by Naughty Dog with help from newly hired on Westworld Writer Halley Gross (confirmed by TLOU2 Game Director). Check out a trailer for the title after the break below.

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Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV Now Available for PS4 VR

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Fishing in Final Fantasy XV turned to a full fledged side-game which has now been fully realized for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro owners of the FFXV fanbase.

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 Announced for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox ONE [Gameplay Reveal]

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“The continent of Europa is engulfed in the flames of the Second Europan War between the Atlantic Federation and the Autocratic Eastern Imperial Alliance. Although the Federation struggles valiantly against the Empire’s forces, the relentless imperial military machine threatens to consume them. With victory slipping away, the Federation executes Operation Northern Cross: a last-ditch attempt to capture the imperial capital and end the war.

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PC Gamer Builds – March 2017 (Intel, NVIDIA)

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Intel and AMD offer varying differences in specs and price point but also use variations on the same measuring principles in regard to logic cores. This practice paired with often times non-sequential model numbers has led to some amount of confusion about the performance of each hardware. Presented below are two humble builds for gamers looking to jump into PC Gaming at Entry Tier or Mid Tier and need help picking parts. Although, be warned, we want your games to run well so we won’t be recommending anything below modern acceptable standards.

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Entry Tier: Intel + NVidia Build:

$204.99 (NewEgg) – Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
$86.99 (Amazon) – Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
$52.99 (NewEgg) – G.Skill Aegis 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory
$89.99 (Best Buy) – PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
$77.95 (Amazon) – Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
$134.99 (Amazon) – EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card
$40.99 (Amazon) – Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case
$55.98 (NewEgg) – EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

$744.87 Total in Parts.

Also Recommended: 1080P Monitor or HDTV, Keyboard, Mouse, Xbox Controller.

While some may see this as slightly more than they might want to spend, an entry level gamer won’t have to worry about upgrading but will also have the ability to do so without needing a whole new machine. The discreet motherboard and economy budget case combine to provide an adequate support for an i5-7500 that allows our gamer the luxury of fast windows loading times on a 240GB SSD, a vast library of Steam games on a 2TB HDD, and a sufficient amount of DDR4 RAM paired with NVIDIA’s budget gamer deluxe package the GTX 1050 Ti which comes with 4GB of Video Memory. This can easily be upgraded later to a GTX 1080 if the owner wishes to experience higher levels of graphics as well – but isn’t necessary to enjoy the latest in PC Gaming with friends online.

Each build will be broken down in $ Total in Parts. Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Xbox Controller also recommended. We endorse the use of PCPartPicker.Com to track price change trends, and continue refreshing builds as new parts release onto the market and prove worthy of replacing old recommendations.

 

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Mid Tier: Intel + NVIDIA:

$313.89 (Amazon) – Intel Core i7-7700 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
$102.98 (NewEgg) – MSI Z270-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
$99.99 (Amazon) – Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory
$246.34 (Amazon) – Toshiba OCZ TRION 150 960GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
$569.98 (NewEgg) – Asus GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX Video Card
$71.00 (Amazon) – NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
$99.99 (Amazon) – EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

$1504 Total in Parts.

Also Recommended: 1440P Monitor or 4KTV, Keyboard, Mouse, Xbox Controller.

Coming Soon on RealGamerNewZ.Com . . . 

High End Gaming Builds Are Discussed, Where does the value proposition lie in high-end hardware and which technologies are on the bleeding edge but still worth considering for a high-end build.

Additional Topics: AMD Entry / Mid / High-End Gaming PC Builds, VR Gaming, Driving / Racing / Flight Simulation, and more.

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Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20170411 and was last modified on 20170410 .

Xbox Scorpio – Knowledge Is Power

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Microsoft has packed everything they can into a new Xbox designed for ultimate performance on the latest 4K HDR Smart TVs with no input lag for gaming on 4K HDR modes (see websites like rtings.com for lists of compatible TVs and the latest deals). Xbox Scorpio was originally announced as a power-house machine that will dramatically push the Xbox console specs and gaming performance as well as further progress the ubiquity of Microsoft’s approach to Xbox Anywhere, Xbox Early Access, Xbox 360 / Xbox One backwards-compatibility, and other new digital ways to play games at high level.

Performance is where Xbox Scorpio focuses, but is not the only place the system lands. It also finds time to provide the luxury features to make the new Xbox more durable.

  • Liquid Cooling with Silent Super-Speed Fan designed together for Vacuum Cooling.
  • Digital Voltage Regulator. Minimal Power Consumption and Built-In Power Protection.
  • 1TB 2.5″ HDD, UHD Blu-Ray + Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Drive, 12GB GDDR5X (326GBps).
  • 8 “custom-x86 cores” @ 2.3GHZ Each, 40 Radeon “compute units” @ 1172MHZ

The Xbox Scorpio’s goal is to provide a uniform experience in upgraded performance for all Xbox games including existing Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, without the need for a patch. This is made possible by providing a generational leap in hardware between each unit. By blurring the line between a revision and a totally next-gen hardware, Microsoft has made a machine powerful enough to simply render the entire Xbox dashboard environment at a 4K HDR resolution and sample games up from 900P, 1080P, 1440P, and etc. into one standard resolution in which performance can be maximized using existing code without the need for patches and updates. We await the unit’s release to evaluate the success of these claims, but analysts are pleased to see the specs of the Xbox Scorpio thus far in relation to these claims including experts such as Digital Foundry.

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The Real Question: Native 4K?

There’s been a lot of buzz-words going around with the release of the PlayStation 4 Pro and announcement of the Xbox Scorpio pertaining to 4K Gaming on a console and while it’s exciting that these affordably priced machines (compared to mid-to-high-tier 4K PC Gaming rigs) are offering 4K visuals we have to set our expectations realistically. As it stands PC Gaming is still adapting 4K as a standard and currently running games in that resolution requires a lot of power. Forza Motorsport 7 is said to be running native 4K at 60 frames per second on the Xbox Scorpio in private, behind-closed-doors showings between Microsoft Studios and Digital Foundry – but will this translate to other games?

What the PlayStation 4 Pro was intended to produce for games is more similar to what the Xbox Scorpio explains itself as for existing games as well. That is, a uniform resolution boost – like running your old PC games on a better PC and Monitor a few years down the line. This is a way console gaming has learned from PC Gaming over the years. Xbox Scorpio may be able to even better perfect this concept, given the higher amount of processing power packed into every unit.

But the real question is, will the Xbox Scorpio really be able to pull off native 4K Gaming? It remains to be seen, but it’s the most powerful home console currently in plans and Microsoft has seemingly done everything possible to pack the punch the player needs – perhaps a risky move for a giant corporation to take, but one gamers will appreciate if it pays off big and wins the affection of the high-spending but niche and hardcore demographic.

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Xbox One Vs Xbox Scorpio – Performance Breakdown

Xbox Scorpio performs around 4.5 times faster than Xbox One when rendering data for graphics and virtual game world environment simulations (notorious for requiring significant amounts of equations to be solved rapidly in succession). This is also significantly more powerful than Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro and begins to make a value proposition challenge to the realm of PC Gaming again – something we haven’t seen in a long time from consoles. It remains to be seen if Sony will later respond with another hardware update, and we know that NVIDIA is planning to launch a new line of graphics cards this year – so Xbox Scorpio certainly has no shortage of competition.

Price Predictions:

Xbox One should be expected to be replaced by Xbox One S as the Scorpio model hits the market. This will shift the pricing of the Xbox One S to be more in line with the holiday bundle deals seen for Xbox One during last winter. $249 – $299 for the Xbox One S with or without a game / special color and skin (depending on the current promotions going on at the time of each model’s release) is a safe expectation to have for the base hardware which will still be able to play all of the games that Xbox Scorpio leads development for – just not at the same performance level.

$499 would be an acceptable launch price for the first units of the Xbox Scorpio with a free game included, maybe a special color / skin, and once the unit has had time for mass production a bare bones model with no special color / skin and no game should be made available to gamers for $449 so that they may get into the luxury experience and begin buying tons of Microsoft’s software offerings in the Xbox Store. This particular suggestion may be in line with what Microsoft has planned, or it may not, but at this point I’m just voicing my own opinion on the price point for Xbox Scorpio – so take it as a grain of salt and be on the look out for official confirmation when Microsoft decides to tell us their plans.

Xbox Exclusives – The Final Puzzle Piece

If Microsoft expects the Xbox Scorpio to take off in the way that the gaming industry needs, 4K Gaming out of the box in high-spec at a low-price will mean nothing without heavy-hitting software to showcase its strength. There is a high likelihood that Microsoft Studios has been preparing for the Xbox Scorpio launch for quite some time, and has put aside enough surprise projects to shock the market with the launch of the HDR Xbox. Gamers expect E3 2017 to reveal the final puzzle piece to Xbox Scorpio’s offerings.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20170410 and was last modified on 20170410 .

Everything You Need To Know About Destiny 2: Confirmed

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News bulletins around the world rang March 27, 2017 as the perhaps infamous shooter development studio Bungie and publishing partner Activision | Blizzard confirmed the sequel to Destiny by a simple image reveal of the logo in grand gesture.

Destiny 2 will be “a completely different game” according to early reports and could support cross-play between the PC, PS4, and Xbox ONE playerbases – granted Sony and MS honor their word about allowing this type of connection to occur. The last game to do such a thing in a major way was Final Fantasy XI which enabled play between PlayStation 2, Original Xbox, and Windows PC players across an MMORPG experience that kept players engaged for years on end, expansions, updates, monthly fees, and new quests expanding and withstanding.

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This in addition to other development ideas for the game could end up creating a success out of an IP many felt failed to reach its full potential while still serving as a flavor of the month for some and a dedication to others.

In Mitch Walters’ recent rumor mill post, this Destiny 2 Leaked Poster pointed to a September 8, 2017 release date.

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New ‘For Honor’ Gameplay – Online Battles Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox ONE, PS4 NEO, Xbox Scorpio

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With a release date of February 14, 2017, For Honor heads to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE. Enhanced performance may be present in the frame-rate, native texture resolution, and general processing power for owners of the PS4 NEO.

Ubisoft Montreal are behind this new spin on online multiplayer hack and slash taking into account medieval weaponry combat styles to the feel of fast-paced online battles. The following footage has been released by Ubisoft and our friends over at GamersPreyHD for the upcoming title. For Honor will also be available on Windows PC.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20160905 and was last modified on 20160905 .