Steam Controller Review

Review By: Robyn Robo

Valve has been releasing new in-house and licensed hardware at a breakneck pace lately, and the Steam Controller is a core component backing up their bid for the living room. Unlike classic console manufacturers, however, Valve has had to bend over backward in accommodating games built for the desktop and, overall, has done well. Read more »


In-Engine Total War: Warhammer Trailer Released

SEGA and Creative Assembly have teamed up to give us the first in-engine look at the upcoming Total War: Warhammer which launches in April 2016. Thirst glimpse of the campaign gives us a look at some of the goblin encampments as they plan to wage war all the way from the Badlands to the Chaos Wastes.

Total War: Warhammer will feature similar gameplay to other titles in the Total War franchise – minus the historical accuracy. Basically replace the roman empire with Orks, The Empire (humans), Dwarves and Vampire Counts.  Also unlike other games factions in this game may also have access to flying units – something that the time periods and real world settings of the other Total War franchise don’t allow for.

Check out the trailer below.

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The Laymen’s Gamer’s Fallout 4 Log – Day 14

Fallout 4 Vault Boy Gunner

The Obsession Sets In

November 25th, 2015

It’s starting to happen and I can slowly feel it: even though I know there’s better games out there, much less in my PlayStation 4 collection, alone, I find myself coming back to Fallout 4 every single time. There are days where, in spite of the fact that there is an autosave and dedicated saving features, I simply refuse to turn the game off. These are all signs that this game has its hooks in me, hardcore: kind of like McDonald’s, you know there’s better food out there and you’d enjoy it much, much more, you find yourself hankering for their food every so often in spite of that. This game’s like a drug. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing, or not, because I’m still scared of doing certain things due to glitches that haven’t been addressed, but I keep going anyway.

Fallout 4 Perception Shot

“This Gun is the Best Gun Ever.”

So, I have to admit that building settlements and modifying weapons and armor are probably two of the best parts of this game, mostly because the materials, weapons, and armor you find out on your own are… how to put this… crap. However, though, in being rather obsessive about collecting legendary weapons and armor, I’ve been able to find and modify my daily drivers: a legendary shotgun whose bullets explode on impact, doing 15 points of AOE damage, modified to the point where it’s doing 139 base damage, has a fire rate of 181, a range of 53, and accuracy of 42, meaning this bad boy can tear up a close range battle in no time, flat; a legendary sniper rifle that boosts base damage by 25%, with a base damage of 102, a fire rate of 3, a range of 197, and an accuracy of 98, meaning unprotected and unwary enemies may be dead before they even see me; and, finally, almost a full set – I’m only missing the right arm piece – of Heavy Combat Armor modified to be deep pocketed and have the BOS paint for added radiation protection. I’ve gotten rather crazy about my modifications and, as perks allow, things will only get better. I mean, I can even use this shotgun in long range situations as each bearing in the shotgun shell explodes on impact, meaning that even if you miss by a fairly large margin, you would still do some nice damage, especially if there’s explosive barrels in the vicinity. I am blowing through the game now and taking names now that I’ve modded that shotgun.

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Here Are The PlayStation Plus Games For December

Sony has revealed the December games for PlayStation Plus subscribers ahead of next weekend’s PlayStation Experience. PlayStation Vita owners are in for a real treat with the JRPG hit from last year – Freedom Wars. PlayStation 4 owners can experience the 2014 reboot of the arcade classic Gauntlet free of charge and finally PlayStation 3 owners will be receiving EA’s 2012 reboot of the SSX franchise and Ubisoft’s Far Cry: Blood Dragon!

Here’s the full line-up:

  • Far Cry 3: Blood DragonPS3
  • Freedom WarsPS Vita
  • Gauntlet: Slayer EditionPS4
  • King’s Quest — Chapter 1: A Knight to RememberPS4
  • Rocketbirds: Hardboiled ChickenPS Vita
  • SSXPS3

Do any of these games excite you? I’ll probably try Gauntlet at least for a little bit and it’ll be nice to have a digital copy of Freedom Wars in my library despite the fact that I already own the game on a physical cartridge.

All of these games are expected to go live next Tueday, December 1st, when the PlayStation Store updates.



December 2015 Games With Gold Unveiled – Extra Games For The Holidays

Microsoft has taken the wraps off of the games that Xbox Live gold subscribers will be receiving for free over the holidays (heh heh .. it’s a pun!). Sneaking into the shadows is Thief for Xbox One, exploring ancient dungeons are The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing for Xbox One and Sacred 3 for Xbox 360. Bringing up the rear is Flashpoint: Dragon Rising for Xbox 360.

Here’s the full line-up with dates and MSRPs

December 1 – 31st

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing – Xbox One – $14.99
Dirt 3

December 1 – 15th

Castlestorm – Xbox 360 – $9.99

December 16 – 31st

Sacred 3 – Xbox 360 – $19.99
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising – Xbox 360 – $9.99
Thief – Xbox One – $29.99 (free until Jan 15th)

Remember that all Xbox Games with gold are guaranteed backwards compatible on Xbox One! What do you think of Microsoft’s free holiday offerings? Let us know in the comments.


Star Wars Battlefront’s First DLC will add new map and game mode


One of the major complaints about the newest Star Wars game is that it just doesn’t feel like battlefront one and two did. It doesn’t have the scale. There is no galaxy map to conquer, and even the large walker assault mode feels empty at times. It seems EA is looking to rememdy this with the Battle of Jaku DLC. In a recent blog post  they have announced that the newst mode, which is to be called turning point, will have massive 20 on 20 action.  The game mode will have Rebel forces pushing hard to capture a series of increasingly difficult checkpoints en route to taking an Imperial base on the surface of the planet, while the Empire’s minions must hold the line against them.

The new map will feature three control points, each of those points will need to be captured, but in a twist on classic take and hold, the rebels will be the only ones taking. I haven’t seen this mode in action, but it really sounds similar to almost every single other point based capture mode, even reminding me of the recent Overwatch Beta which had a map where you had to conquer two points one after the other. Battlefield also had its “rush” mode where you were tasked with capturing two or three points in a row to win. All of that being said, it doesnt really seem like this is a new mode, so much as it is a walker assault with out the walkers involved.  The major diffrence seems to be that the assault is timed, so its capture a point in an amount of time, then capture another, and finally the Rebels will get to assault the Imperial base. EA have said that Air speeders and AT-STs will be prominent in this mode.

EA have especially mentioned that this mode will not be as frustrating to rebels as walker assault is, specifically saying “the out come is never sure” well that one ill believe when I see it. At least this means we are getting a new tileset for a map, when asked about the new maps DICE Concept Artist Anton Grandert explained:  We wanted to portray a battle completely surrounding you, in every direction, Debris is falling from the sky, telling the story of battles above. On the surface of the planet you can see ground troops as well as X-wings, all taking part of the fight.”

perhaps most interesting of all The Battle of Jaku DLC is going to be free. The Battle of Jakku DLC will be available to anyone who preordered Star Wars Battlefront on December 1, while everyone else can get their hands on it a week later. Perhaps EA have re-considered the idea of charging the price of the full game for their DLC?

Heroes of the Storm: Towers of Doom Overview

Blizzard showed us at blizzcon their next map for Heroes of the Storm: Towers of Doom. Now they have released the official overview of the map. Its startling different from any of Blizzards other maps for HoTS though it still features a traditional lane play, players will not be able to damage the core, instead using a series of shrines on the map to activate their towers and oh it gets very complicated after that. I suggest you just watch the video.


Does AMD’s Crimson Driver Suite Really Increase Performance By 20%?

As we reported earlier this week AMD has released an elaborate overhaul of both it’s Windows 10 / 8 / 7 drivers for AMD Radeon Cards that support the Graphics Card Next (GCN) architecture. In the interest of performance, I’ve decided to test the performance of the last AMD Catalyst Software / Driver versus the newly released AMD Crimson. Check out my testing methodology, suite of games and results after the jump! Read more »


Huge Black Friday Sale Hits Heroes of the Storm

If you’re staying in this holiday weekend perhaps you might want to look into playing a few rounds of Blizzard’s addicting MOBA Heroes of the Storm. This weekend all of the mounts, skins and heroes in the Nexus are reduced by 50% (off of their cash purchase price, in game gold prices remain unaffected).

Blizzard has also released a limited time Second Chance bundle which allows you to gain access to some of the timed exclusive mounts from the game’s past. These mounts include the Lunar Tiger, Red Carpet mount and the Reindeer mount!

If you’re a really dedicated player within the Nexus then this is your only chance to grab the 365 day stim pack which grants you additional gold & experience for an entire year. Normally the stim packs are sold in 7 and 30 day allotments for $3.99 and $9.99 respectively. The 365 day stim pack is currently priced at $59.99 USD and will not be available after this weekend’s sale.

Personally I picked up the Ranger-General Sylvanas Skin for $3.99 – I just couldn’t resist the idea of having a living elf Sylvanas now that I’ve got her to a high level!

  • All Heroes, Mounts, and Skins will be on sale at a 50% real money discount
  • A new 360 Day Stimpack will be available at a deeply discounted price.
    • Please note: The 360 Day Stimpack is a limited-time item that will ONLY be available during the Black Friday Sale. 
  • A new Second Chance Bundle will be available with the following items:
    • Winter Veil Jaina Skin
    • Greatfather Winter Rehgar Skin
    • Reigndeer Mount
    • Nazeebra Mount
    • Lunar Tiger Mount
    • Magic Carpet Mount



Holiday Weekend Sales Give Us All A Reason To Stay In-Doors & Game

All of our American editors are enjoying their time with family over the holiday weekends. As countless people are traveling across the continent to see family members and love ones that they may not have shared physical space together in many months. If you’re like me a long 8 hour flight with multiple lay-overs can be a great time to catch up on games that I might have ignored for quite some time.

I am of course not American – I’m Canadian – so I won’t be traveling anywhere this weekend. This doesn’t mean that some of the jaw dropping deals that large worldwide corporations have cooked up to coincide with a holiday steeped in colonialism. Some of these deals are USA only, most of them are open to everyone in USA & Canada and at least one is Canadian only.

PlayStation Store Co-Op Sale

Check All PlayStation Deals Here


  • Battlefield Hardline Hardline Edition – $19.99
  • Super Street Fighter IV Ultra – $14.99
  • Far Cry 4 – $23.10 (such an odd price)
  • Payday 2: Crime Wave Edition $20.00
  • Evolve – $18.80
  • Rayman Legends – $10.80

PS Vita

  • Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z – $6
  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 – $17.99
  • Rayman Legends – $10.80

Origin Black Friday Deals

All Prices in USD

Check out all of the Origin PC deals

  • Sims 4 – $24.99
  • Battlefield 4 Premium Edition – $19.99
  • Dragon Age: Inquisitions – $14.99
  • Battlefield Hardline Standard Edition – $11.99
  • Sim City Standard Edition (2013) – $9.99

Humble Codemasters Bundle

All Prices In USD

Check Out All of Humble’s Deals Here

Donate at least $1 for access to:

  • Grid 2 + Drift Pack DLC
  • DIRT Showdown
  • Overlord
  • Operation Flashpoint Complete + Dragon Rising + Red River
  • Hospital Tycoon

Beat the average (currently $4.69 USD)

  • Grid Autosport + Road & Track Car Pack
  • Overlord II
  • Overlord Raising Hell Expansion
  • Grid 2 Track Pack

Donate $15 for all of the above plus

  • Grid Auto Sport Season Pass
  • DIRT 3 Complete Edition
  • All released GRID 2 DLC

Illaoi, the Kraken Priestess Gets Her Own Browser Game As Riot Releases New League of Legends Champion

Illaoi, the Kraken Priestess, is the newest playable character for Free To Play money printing machine and biggest E-sport on Earth League of Legends. To celebrate, Riot has created a promotional browser-based minigame meant to show off her powers and backstory.

Really it’s nothing more than a cutscene and a bunch of quick-time events, but it is a pretty neat way of introducing a new Champion to the roster. I’ve always liked how much effort Riot puts into making sure all the designs for their Champions are distinctive and have a clear personality to them. Let’s hope this new one doesn’t break the game. Again.


Fig Crowdfunding Service Opening Up To Smaller Investors

Fig, the crowdfunding platform that apparently already existed prior to me writing this news story, is changing it’s rules in regards to crowdfunding and “investors”. Fig’s signature feature is that if a minimum of 1000 dollars is given to a campaign, one will share in a portion of the profits proportional to the amount put in. These “investors” as Fig calls them were only allowed to participate if they had a yearly salary of at least 200.000 dollars, or a net worth of at least 1.000.000 dollars. This restriction has now been lifted for people wanting to invest anywhere between 1.000 and 10.000 dollars, although for amounts above 10.000 dollars the restriction still applies.

Fig is not only very selective of its special backers, but also of its campaigns. As of right now, only two campaigns have ever gone up on the service. Outer Wilds, which just managed to scrape in its 125.000 dollar asking price, and Anchors in the Drift, which didn’t even pass one third of the 500.000 dollar mark it was aiming for. It is fair to say that Fig as a crowdfunding service hasn’t been making too many splashes. I also fail to see the reasoning behind gating off its one distinguishing feature behind a salary wall. Still, I do think there’s a place for a more curated crowdfunding platform besides Indiegogo and Kickstarter. Let’s face it, the quality of the projects that go up on Crowdfunding sites can be….lacking, and a platform that strictly curates and vets its campaigns is an interesting prospect. Who knows, Fig might find its bearings after this change. I’ll certainly be interested in checking out what they choose to host as their third campaign.

Fnatic launches peripherals range

Fnatic has decided to expand beyond simple T-shirts and branded soft goods with a newly announced line of gaming peripherals. The announcement was made via the teams page and they are running a IndieGoGo   to get the line off the ground. The design choices may seem out of place but Fnatic has taken great care on their site to explain the motivation behind the design. The price certainly is hi-end with the full keyboard and mouse set available in the IndieGoGo for 167$.

So what do you get for your almost 170$? The full set consists of the Flick G1 optical gaming mouse, the Rush G1 mechanical keyboard with Cheerry MX red switches, and the Focus G1 mouse pad (cloth), or the Boost G1 (polycarbonate) mouse pad.  The products are set to ship out in December and January of 2015 and 2016. That’s a pretty impressive turn around time for anything physical on Indie Go Go. The Keyboard looks to be fairly hi end, including two additional USB ports, LED backlighting, and several on board profiles no one is going to accuse the keyboard of being low end.


The Flick mouse is equipped with a “pro-grade optical sensor, an ergonomic feel for the hand, and three customizable profiles” This at least is refreshing to see, as many hi end gaming mice do not support any on board profiles. As for the lower DPI of the sensor the officail word from the Indie GO GO is that they did not need a high DPI sensor, and that instead they wanted something which performed reliably.

Keypoints mouse

The final portion, the mouse pad is perhaps the most interesting of all. A variably sized mouse pad in two different types of materials a cloth and a PVC, a well as several sizes. The focus G1 and Boost G1 are the two mouse pads which each come in three sizes so that no matter how large or small your mousing surface is, you can still use one of them.

Kp mousepads

It remains to be seen weather or not these new gaming peripherals will make a dent in the already crowded market of high end keyboards and mice that are marketed exclusivly to gamers, but I for one would at least like to see the product before I pay 170$ for it.

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Witcher 3 price cut alert

TheWitcher 3 Gets Biggest Price Cut Ever in New GOG Sale

The game is on sale as part of the retailer’s new “Only on” promotion. GOG has been incredible recently about undercutting literally everyone else on the market in terms of price. This is holding true to their in house development project The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The most recent entry in the Witcher series The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, traditionally sells for 60USD. It is currently priced at 30USD a 50% discount.

This sale is a part of the GOG “Only,” sale, which kicks off today.  When asked about the sale GOG said in a statement about the “’s team of digital archaeologists and detectives work tirelessly to track down favorite games that have been lost to time, but never forgotten Committed to restoring the classics, each game is fully compatible with modern computers, with the original manuals and supplements preserved in digital format.”

Also included in the sale are:

  • D&D: Classic Bundle (up to -80%): featuring the classic editions of Baldur’s Gate, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights. 10 games in total.
  • D&D: Gold Box Bundle (up to -50%): featuring three tomes of Forgotten Realms: The Archives (with Eye of the Beholder, Pool of Radiance, Dungeon Hack, and more) as well as Al-Qadim, Dark Sun, Krynn, Ravenloft, and others. 18 games in total.
  • Warhammer Bundle (up to -50%): featuring 4 games: Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,000, Warhammer 40,00: Chaos Gate, Warhammer: Shadow of the Horned Rat, Warhammer 40,00: Rites of War.
  • Star Trek Bundle (up to -60%): featuring 4 games: Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, Starfleet Academy, Starfleet Command, Judgment Rites.

This sale period runs for five days, ending on November 29 at 5:59 AM PST. Head to to see all the deals.


AMD Crimson Driver & Software Suite Rumored For Imminent Release

Owners of AMD cards have been seeing some inferior benchmarks when compared against comparable Nvidia hardware with recent titles like Batman: Arkham Asylum and The Witcher III. Many tech journalists and enthusiasts users have speculated that this disparity may have to do with these titles utilization of Nvidia’s proprietary GameWorks technologies. Rain effects in Batman, Lighting in Fallout 4 and hair in The Witcher III all utilize Nvidia exclusive technologies that AMD owners have had to tone down or disable entirely in order to achieve the same framerates as GeForce owners.

It looks like AMD might finally have an answer with the (rumored) impending release of AMD Radeon Crimson – a brand new driver and software suite that according to leaked marketing material will provide a number of benefits to owners of existing and future hardware.

On the r/PCGaming sub-reddit a user by the handle of BehindaCorpFirewall posted a link to over a dozen presentation slides that outline the AMD Crimson software. Here are a few of the more interesting points, at least to me:

Higher Frames Per Second

  • Asynchronous Shaders allow for breaking serial workloads into parallel tasks
  • Idle GPU resources used for this task instead of queuing
  • Improved multi-threading performance

Low Frame Rate Compensation Technology

  • Smooths out gameplay when application frame rate falls below monitor refresh rate
  • Algorithms adjust GPU output and refresh-rate to prevent game stuttering
  • No additional hardware or configuration required for this feature.

Custom Resolutions Support & Better Up-Scaling

  • Allows users to create custom resolutions.
  • Control over pixel density & refresh rate.
  • Improved 2k (1080P) à 4K (UHD) scaling

What do you think of some of these rumored changes that the Crimson driver & software may bring? If these leaked material are even close to accurate we could see the rollout of this new software package in the coming days. If you head-on over to the AMD website you can already watch a preview video outlining some of the work that has gone into Crimson.

Right now all of this should be considered a rumor, as an AMD owner I’ll be sure to take some bench marks in some of the games I regularly play and report back after the rollout.


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