Buy a GeForce GTX 1060, 1070 or 1080 get free copy of Monster Hunter: World

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One of the great things about buying PC components is that there seems to be freebies a plenty that get tacked onto your purchase.  Case in point is the promotion being sponsored by Nvidia is giving away a free copy of Monster Hunter: World (GN Review)with the purchase of select GTX Graphics Card.

The promo isn't specific to any brand of card, but applies to any GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, GeForce GTX 1070 or GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. In addition, the game must be redeemed via NVIDIA Redemption Portal on a desktop with qualifying graphics card installed.  So if you are thinking about buying a new card, not only can you get the benefit of the 2000 series reducing the price of the 1000 series, you can pick up a free game from today (October 23, 2018) through November 29, 2018 or while supplies last

Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. already uncovering some issues

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When companies release something into to Beta, they are close to being finished, but want to find any issues that may have eluded them, or see just how back some known problem areas are when a full stress test is put on it.  With the release of the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. on the Xbox One today for those that pre-ordered the game, the feedback is starting to come in.

Initial reports are centered around login issues and account linked to profiles.  So all-in-all, not bad for the first day, but I am sure more will come.  Keep in mind that you can always hit up the Bethesda Support Official Page to research or report any issues.

Samsung announces the HMD Odyssey+

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Windows Mixed Reality is really a good platform after recent updates have added a lot of great features to it. I own a Samsung Odyssey and until recently, it has been my go to HMD for VR.

Yesterday, Samsung announced an update dubbed the Samsung HMD Odyssey+. This iterative update looks to improve upon many of the criticisms of the Odyssey.

You're looking at a lighter headset with a similar design as the previous one. What I'm really interested in seeing is the Anti-SDE Amoled that looks to greatly reduce the screen door effect in a lot of headsets. I think they're doing a diffusing effect to achieve this, but it remains to be seen how effective this really is.

The nose area has expanded as well as the eye box while retaining the IPD adjustment but keeping the same FOV. A great addition is the Bluetooth module that the controllers rely on. Hopefully, this eliminates many of the Bluetooth issues that some folks have seen.

Reports are the Odyssey+ is available today for $499, but so far I haven't seen it on the Samsung site or the Microsoft site to be purchasable. I'm seriously considering of upgrading my Odyssey to the Odyssey+ for my virtual sim needs as the improvements in the screen would really improve the level of immersion in the setup.

Rockstar showing off "Family Portraits" for Red Dead Redemption 2

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You have to love the Rockstar marketing team, as they have been going all in with their viral marketing for Red Dead Redemption 2 ahead of the launch this Friday.  The latest is a series of tweets that is giving us what can only be called "Family Portraits" of the groups of NPCs within the game.  Below is a running list of the Portraits, along with a brief description of each one:

Dutch and Hosea. The originals.

Dutch and Hosea met in their early twenties, two talented young con men with similar ‘gentleman thief’ aspirations and subversive ideals. They ran as two-man team for a few years until they started to pick up waifs and strays along the way.

 

Abigail, Jack and John. An unconventional family.

John has been with the gang ever since Dutch saved his life when he was just twelve years old. Abigail joined up with Dutch five or six years ago - and for young Jack, the gang is all he has ever known.

 

Some rivals. The Van der Linde gang aren’t the only outlaws in the West... One such band of desperados and mercenaries are the Del Lobos - known for their vicious robberies and revenge killings...

 

...while the O’Driscolls, long-standing rivals of Dutch’s gang, are a big crew that cover a lot of ground, attracting a seemingly endless supply of young guns ready to risk it all.

 

The Van der Linde Gang. Outlaws for life.

A gang of criminals, dissidents and free-thinkers who have chosen to reject a corrupt system of power and live instead by their own code. As the price on their heads continues to grow, so does the struggle to remain free.

PS4 pre-orders get these in-game goodies 30 days before Xbox One gets them

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I'm of two minds over pre-order/exclusive content. On the one hand, sure, I'd love for my Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2 to rock a cool new outfit, or saddle up a good, strong horse, or click-clack a fresh firearm for all my haters. 

On the other hand, I want to essentially share in the experience everyone else is going to go through, without a leg up on the competition, single-player, multiplayer, or otherwise.

Well, it's too late for me. I pre-ordered RDR 2 because, frankly, I wanted the ability to pre-download the game this week—not be stuck with a 150 GB download on PS4 on launch day. Hey, I live out in the woods of Oregon. It took a full workday to pre-download all those gigabytes. That's not how I would've wanted to spend my day off.

So, whether you want the pre-order goodies or not, on PS4 you'll have them early for 30 days before the Xbox One audience can get their hands on them. There's the Grizzlies Outlaw Outfit, which appears to be purely cosmetic. There's the Red Chestnut Arabian Horse, known for its speed and handling. The Alligator Skin Ranch Cutter Saddle, providing health and stamina boosts for your horse. And the High Roller Double Action Revolver, highly customized with a quick rate of fire, available day one in Red Dead Online (remember, you get Red Dead Online essentially for free when you buy Red Dead Redemption 2).

The video hints that there's more early access content coming to Red Dead Online if you pre-ordered. None of this has me going through the roof with excitement. Which probably just goes to show how excited I already am for vanilla RDR 2. What could an in-game pre-order goody give me that'd already exceed my current hype level? 

Red Dead Redemption 2 and, subsequently, Red Dead Online, launch October 26 on PS4 and Xbox One.

Ion Maiden coming to consoles next year

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Games like Doom and Duke Nukem 3D were my life growing up and while I still have a love for FPS games 20 years later, Doom and Duke Nukem are games that I can still go back to and enjoy today. They will never get old. Well whats old is new again as 1C Entertainment is currently working on Ion Maiden and have announced that it's coming to consoles next year. 

Ion Maiden was made using the same technology that was used to make Shadow Warrior and Duke Nukem 3D so this isn't a game that is trying to be like a classic FPS game. This IS a classic FPS game updated with new features for modern day. 

Ion Maiden will launch in 2019 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC. 

If you interested in trying out the game, it's currently available in Steam early access and the game is currently sitting at an "Overwhelmingly Positive" user rating.  

Hilarious God of War blooper reel is a reminder of how hard it is to make games

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Ok, this video is funny. It's a video of some of the bugs that God of War experienced while in development. Starting with the boy, Atreus, it looks at a "perfect example of the bizarre s*** happening with the kid's face. That's some creepy, like, Fringe s*** right there. That's like Hellraiser," says Cory Barlog, Creative Director. And it just gets funnier from there, looking into combat, wacky cinematics. All of it is just a great reminder of how stuff goes wrong during video game development, and the developers just have to become programmer-detectives in order to figure out what's even going on with their animations.

Watch to the very end. I'm laugh-crying right now.

God of War is a PS4 exclusive and launched on 4/20 earlier this year. This video is an offhanded reminder that you'll be seeing this one appear on a lot of game-of-the-year lists in the coming months. Heck, I gave it my second-highest score all year.

All locations revealed for Hitman 2 in new "Untouchable" trailer

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One of the most anticipated parts of a Hitman game is seeing all of the various locations that Agent 47 will travel to to carry out his assassinations. The 2016 reboot of Hitman featured some beautiful locations from around the globe including Thailand, Japan, and France and Hitman 2 will continue that tradition. 

WB has released a brand new trailer for Hitman 2 titled "Untouchable", revealing all of the locations we will be traveling to. Agent 47 will be traveling to Miami, Columbia, Hawke's Bay New Zealand, Vermont, Mumbai and the Isle of Sgail. I absolutely love the variety we see in the trailer as well. From the beautiful Miami filled with tons of people during the day, to a dark beach in the dead of night, to a quiet suburban town. 

Hitman 2 launches on November 13th for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Call of Cthulhu has gone gold

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Call of Cthulhu has gone gold and to celebrate, a new trailer called "Preview to Madness" has been released. With the game releasing in about a week, members of the press have already had the chance to check out some of the early hours of the game and the new trailer not only shows some of the praise the game has received so far, but also some of the Lovecraftian atmosphere players will experience when the game launches on October 30th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.  Is everything real or illusory?  In Call of Cthulhu, nothing is as it seems.


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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales now availble

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The next game in the Witcher series is here with the release of Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. Set in universe of The Witcher, Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is a brand new RPG adventure that has players experiencing a mature choice-driven tale where they'll meet new characters, take on challenging puzzles, and fight in story-driven battles. The game will also come with some digital additions including the official game soundtrack, concept art, digital versions of the "GWENT: Art of the Witcher Card Game" artbook, and The Witcher graphic novel "Fox Children" from Dark Horse, as well as a few things for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game.

Players can purchase the PC version now over on GOG.com, while PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users will be able to purchase the game on December 4th and can currently pre-order the game over on witchertales.com.


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