Direct x12 Support Found In Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Launcher

It looks like the planned DirectX 12 support for Square Enix’s recently released PC port of Rise of the Tomb Raider may still exist in the game’s files. By updating the game’s Steam version to the latest build and then replacing the main executable with the 1.0 found on the installation DVD an Enable DirectX 12 option will appear.

Reddit user -Olek found out how to enable these menu options and quickly posted them to the /r/PCGaming sub-reddit. Files referencing DirectX 12 can be found in the V1.0 files on the original installation DVD. Here are the exact steps that -Olek followed:

Wanted to post this asap.
Messed around with the Rise of the Tomb Raider files on the latest Steam version.

“Monitor” launches the game and it stops working after the developer startup screen.
“Exclusive Fullscreen” opens the setup menu.
“Display” opens the official website page for the game.
“Graphics” opens the official Tomb Raider facebook page.
“Options” opens the official Tomb Raider youtube page.
“Stereoscopic 3D” opens the Square Enix support page.
“Enable DirectX 12” closes the launcher.

Forgot to clarify that this was achieved by replacing ROTTR.exe with the original executable from the retail version.

Earlier last year there was some speculation that Rise of the Tomb Raider might be the first Xbox One title to use DX12 technology however it appears as if that was never formally confirmed. Could Square Enix unveil a DX12 patch for Rise of the Tomb Raider somewhere down the line? Or are these references to DirectX 12 simply left overs from the development process?

Here is a look at the DX12 enabled launcher:



Nintendo eShop Sales for February 4th, 2016

I’ve decided to split this off from the regular weekly Nintendo Download to give a little more of a deep dive into each newly added item to the eShop sales list. So what’s been on sale previously will have the same list you remember, but new entries will also have more detail at the top of the page.

Typoman, which just had a demo released this week, is also on sale for two weeks. So if you enjoy the demo it’s the perfect time to take the plunge and try the full game! Plus Snow Moto Racing 3D from Zordix Games is 50% off in the 3DS eShop.


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Rumor – Red Dead Redemption 2 release date set for Q4 2016?

Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on Xbox One, PS4 and PC in the fourth quarter of 2016 and gamers will have the chance to view the upcoming game at this year’s E3, according to a new rumor going around. This rumor comes right after Red Dead Redemption was temporarily playable on Xbox One via backwards compatibility. The ability to do that has since been removed, but clearly it’s on it’s way soon.

“I pretty much know the ones that I can assure you are permanent. It’s obvious that GTA is a permanent franchise as long as we keep delivering this incredible quality; it seems quite obvious that ‘Red Dead’ is a permanent franchise, again with the same caveat, or Borderlands, for example, and NBA and others,” Take Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick said in a 2014 interview.

Zelnick was also asked why the the game is not annualized. The CEO explained that non-sport titles are best served not on an annual basis because it creates higher demand and anticipation from gamers. It’s extremely refreshing to hear that from a high-level game executive and gives me hope that Rockstar’s various studious will continue to produce quality games like the GTA franchise.

There are also a few details on the setting of the new game included in this rumor: many fans had speculated that the franchise would move to Japan in the EDO period when much of Japan was rapidly modernizing and guns were becoming common. However this would move the game from it roots as a Western and many fans have expressed discontent with that setting. Personally I hope we see a return to the frontier of the US. Other rumored locations include more states in the U.S., including Utah, Arizona, Denver, New Mexico, Texas, Mexico, South Dakota and Louisiana. Whatever ends up happening, I hope we get to see a first look at the game at E3. Be sure to stay tuned as yours truly will indeed be at E3 reporting from the floor!


Titanfall 2 Campaign & Television Spin-off Details Drop From Orbit

Fans of giant mechs, parkour-infused combat and future warfare rejoice because details about the single-player campaign, setting and spin-off television series for Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2 have final landed.

The lead writer of the sequel, Jesse Stern spoke to financial focused major news outlet Forbes and the juiciest tidbits finally found their way onto the popular gaming forum Neogaf.

In bullet form here are some of the things that Jesse revealed about the world of Titanfall 2 and how it will change when compared to the 2014 original:

  • The world of Titanfall 2 will include the use of magic – an element that was absent entirely from the original game. Stern promises that the use of magic will still be grounded in a world that was primarily centered on humanities’ early attempts at space colonization with no pristine Star Trek-esque future tech to be found.
  • A dedicated single-player campaign has been confirmed for Titanfall 2. The original game was an online only multiplayer-focused affair that offered narrative details in the form of pre / post-match dialogue sequences.
  • A tie-in television series is currently in development at Lion’s Gate TV which will be episodic in nature.
  • The developers are currently targeting a multiplatform release for Titanfall 2. This presumably means that the game will be available on Windows PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
  • America’s founding Revolutionary War and the American Civil War are cited as influences for the game’s setting and narrative. Respawn wants to explore the consequences of the first groups of humanity’s refugees colonizing the far reaches of space.
  • Respawn is only a year into development and publisher Electronic Arts expects to ship the title before March 31st 2017

[Source] [Via NeoGaf]

Return to PopoloCrois

Return to PopoloCrois Releasing on March 1

Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale launches on March 1 in North America. The game developed by XSEED is a crossover between the Harvest Moon series (Which is known as “A Story of Seasons” in Japan) and manga series PopoloCrois. The manga has already spawned several spin-off games that were localized for the West, the last of which was released over ten years ago for PSPReturn to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale will get both a physical and digital release in the States, but will be restricted to a digital only release in Europe.  A trailer showing off some of the features of the game can be found below the jump. Read more »

Why I Love Fallout 4’s Trans Character

This guest editorial was written by Zoey Wolfe, whom you can find on Twitter @CustomRetrofit 

I’m a woman, baby, can’t you tell?” The first time I heard Fallout 4’s native Robot to Female transsexual, KLE0, speak those words, I was stunned. My jaw, as cliche as this is, actually dropped. Was this going to be a very unfunny joke? Had I paid 60 dollars for the privilege of being insulted by Bethesda’s mediocre writing team? Or was it possible that against all odds, and previous experiences, a miracle would occur and a Real Live Trans Robot could be my friend? I was curious where they were taking it.

When you first enter Goodneighbor, Fallout 4’s hamlet of misfits and rogues, you are greeted with a minor cutscene where the mayor stabs a man in the town square over a mere trifle and then welcomes you to town with a smile and handshake. Goodneighbor is just that kind of place, one that grants freedom with one hand and proffers a knife with the other.


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H1Z1 is being split in to two paid games

Later this month H1Z1 will be split into two separate games—the open-world survival mode being one, and the competitive Battle Royale mode being the other—and each will be sold separately. Truthfully the meteoric rise of this game leaves the studio Daybreak Games with little other choice. Open world zombie survival is no longer all the rage, but the Battle Royal mode that was meant to be a supplement to the game ended up eclipsing it.

So heres the skinny. One game will be called H1Z1: Just Survive this one is classic H1Z1, and will likely be the one most people leave behind.  The wildly popular Battle Royale plus some new planned competitive modes, will be the second game called: H1Z1: King of the Kill. Each game will be sold at retail for 19.99. The games will separate from each other beginning on February 17.

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If you already bought H1Z1 in early access you are in the clear, you get both games, no extra charge. If you have ever had any interest in H1Z1 now is the time to buy, as this with this announcement Daybreak are giving both games to anyone who buys in to early access right now until that February 17th date. If you have any, you’ll get to keep cosmetic items, keys, unopened crates, and event tickets you’ve acquired or purchased before the game splits in two. After the split, premium items collected in one game won’t be available to your character in the other, even if you own both games.

For release dates, King of The Kill will leave Early Access sometime this summer (at which time it will also appear on consoles) at a price of $19.99. The second half H1Z1: Just Survive, has no confirmed release date. Each game will it seems also be coming to a console near you when it finishes its current development cycle.


Nintendo Canada Hosting Fire Emblem Fates Launch Event

Live in the Toronto area? Nintendo is hosting an event next Friday to celebrate the launch of Fire Emblem Fates on the Nintendo 3DS!

Grab your friends and come out to play these two highly anticipated Nintendo 3DS games on February 12th. Both will be launching for the Nintendo 3DS the following Friday, February 19th. There will also be exclusive T-shirts given to the first 100 people to choose each path!

Event Details: restricted to ages 13+
Date: February 12, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Snell Hall, 65 Church St., Toronto, ON M5C 2E9

Space is limited, so if you’re interested in attending you can RSVP HERE.

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Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon: “There Can Be No Bravery Without Madness!”

Darkest Dungeon is the birth child of indie game developers Chris Bourassa and Tyler Sigman with the help of their studio, Red Hook Studios. This is their first game and they are coming out of the gate strong! Darkest Dungeon is a Kickstarter funded, Roguelike Gothic RPG, and was successfully funded back in February 2014 and earned over $300,000 when only asked for $75,000. It is quite impressive to see what a group can come up with when they do not have large pockets to work with. A year later on February 3rd, 2015, Darkest Dungeon Early Access was launched on Steam, garnishing the game with overall very positive reviews and a Metacritic score of 86/100  This game has gone on to sell over 700k copies since its release on January 19th, 2016.


So what makes this game good? Did they stumble upon the underwater city of R’lyeh and prey to The Great Old One for inspiration and guidance? Maybe…let’s find out!

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Valve Launches Lunar New Year Sale On Steam

Valve has launched a brand new steam sale to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Each day until February 12th they’ll be featuring new deals on the front page of the store, reminder that all of the discounts stay the same throughout the sale as Flash Sales and Daily Deals no longer exist. So if you’re waiting for one of your most anticipated games to go on sale but are waiting until payday you have time.

New to the store for the Lunar Sale are “obstacles” – questions like “There is a massive body of water in your way what do you do?” appear on the page and If you select “swim” like I did then Steam will serve you a page of aquatic themed games. Sadly there aren’t any apparent trading cards tied to this new activity.

We will update this post with some of the better deals as we dig through the thousands of games that are on sale. Here are today’s featured deals:

  • Tomb Raider Franchise Up to 75% Off
  • Rust for 50% off
  • Older X-Com games for up to 80% off (doesn’t include X-Com 2)
  • Killing Floor 2 for $21.99 CDN
  • Counter Strike GO for $8.24 CDN
  • ARK: Survival Evolved for 33% off

SEGA sales down, due to not releasing games

When SEGA announced they would be stepping down their development for consoles most folks assumed that meant the video games giant was about to die. Well they have proved us naysayers wrong. While the company’s operating profit has shown an increase, overall sales have declined. In 2015 SEGA reported 245 billion ($2.9 billion), which is an eight percent decline  in operating profit, but sales were ¥12 billion ($103 million), an increase of 11 percent over 2014.

This is actually quite encouraging news for SEGA, who should see this as an indicator that they are on the right path (even if that’s not the path its fans might want) it also noted in its earnings release a “gradual recovery of the overall Japanese economy continued, despite a lackluster performance in certain respects.” While we don’t know what those lackluster performance areas are, its encouraging to see a video game company saying that they had a good final quarter.

Many SEGA fans will remember that SEGA has been pushing hard for digital games for smart devices. According to their earnings release that segment continues to grow at a “moderate pace” in Japan. As smartphones spread, the competition intensifies, so Sega expects it will invest in “higher-quality content” and as a result will see a trend of “longer development lead times.”

Even though SEGA themselves have said that the physical video game market is a  “persisting harsh market environment” that they are seeing “demand grow in line with the penetration of new-generation hardware.” That is a very good thing, it should mean that we have SEGA games for new consoles for the near future. Since SEGA basically really only has major franchises at this point it comes as no surprise none of them are mentioned in the earnings report.

The next major video game Sega is set to publish is Persona 5. The game and it’s release date were not mentioned in the financial reports. Persona 5 was originally announced as a PS3 game back in 2013. It was then confirmed for release on PS4. Clearly SEGA has come down a long time way since they were releasing new IPs and making a huge impact on games, but if they can turn profit hopefully they will be able to invent more in development of games. or at the very least prevent what happened earlier this year, when the company announced plans of downsizing  and relocating its offices in North America.



Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault coming to Play Station

Aegis of Earth is a dynamic tower defense game with a story delivered in a visual novel-style. Defend the last bastion of humanity against an onslaught of monster attacks. From a central citadel – the player assumes the role of military leader charged with creating, developing, and updating a city with weapons and defences, balancing and aligning the city’s resources to better survive against prolonged monster attacks.

To help in battle against the enemy onslaught, you can recruit and level up supporting characters – tactical operations staff who each bring unique skills to your control room! The game features, city building and defense, with a unique mechanic that allows you to rotate your defenses around your central tower to concentrate your fire. Several team members each with specific unique abilities.  A campaign in story-driven episodes that move the player around the world to experience different urban environments. and resource collection

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Learn About Ken Masters In This SFV Character Introduction Trailer

Capcom has released the first character introduction video for their upcoming Street Fighter V. This two-minute long video will give viewers a crash course about some of the changes coming to series staple Ken Masters.

Ken isn’t just about spamming hadukens or being a slight pallet swap for Ryu anymore. Thanks to the introduction of new mechanics like V-Skills Ken finally has quite a few differences from his long time rival that help set him apart. His V-trigger provides him with an extension on all of his combos and gives him a slight damage boost while active and his V-Skill allows Ken to run forward charging at his opponent for a short time.

Make sure you watch all the way to the end to hear Capcom Fighting community manager Matt Edwards give some helpful split second advice that could give Ken players the upperhand.

Street Fighter V will be released on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC in just 12 days – Feb 16th.


February 4th Nintendo Download

Nintendo Wii U eShop

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U DLC – Bayonetta from the  Bayonetta series and Corrin from the Fire Emblem Fatesgames are now available for download in the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U games. Prices are $5.99 for each character in one game version, or $6.99 for each character in both game versions. In addition, new costumes, bundles and a new stage are now available for purchase in both versions.

ShütshimiShütshimi, a shoot-‘em-up game starring a muscle-bound fish with memory problems, is available now on the Wii U console. This family-friendly game features a chaotic four-player local co-op mode and off-TV game play.

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Doom Alpha

Id Software’s DOOM Reboot Dated For May 15th Release

Today Bethesda and id Software finally revealed the release date for their long in development reboot of the classic DOOM. The game will hit the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC on May 15th in Europe (and presumably May 12th in North America) the two companies announced in a press release this afternoon.

Alongside confirmation of the games’ release date was the announcement of a limited collector’s edition of DOOM featuring a limited edition Revenant, steel collector’s game case and in-game skins * emblems. If you’re looking to put a physical piece of DOOM on your shelf full of games it’ll set you back about $119.99 USD, no price has yet to be confirmed for Canada.

Here is how Bethesda described the collector’s edition of doom in their release:

“The limited DOOM collector’s edition, created in conjunction with TriForce, includes an exclusive, fully-realized 12” tall collector’s statue of one of the game’s most iconic demons: the Revenant. Modelled from actual in-game 3D files and striking in appearance, the demonic Revenant stands on an LED-lit base with internal, slow-spinning turbine from the UAC facility on Mars. The DOOM collector’s edition also includes a copy of the game packaged in an exclusive, battle-worthy metal case.

The development process behind the latest version of DOOM has been quite long, with mentions of the game dating back all the way to 2009. It looks like after several false starts the world will finally get to frag some hellspawn on current generation consoles this May.

Bethesda has also released a new trailer focusing on the game’s single player campaign. You can check it out below.

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