AMD Announces New Radeon VII Card To Bring Higher-End Cards A Bit Cheaper

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AMD Announces New Radeon VII Card To Bring Higher-End Cards A Bit Cheaper

At AMD's Consumer Electronics Show press conference this year, the PC parts company has sharpened its spear for the upcoming graphics card war. In an effort to face off against Nvidia's lauded GTX 2080, AMD has announced the Radeon VII, a consumer-level version of their Vegas 20 card retailing for $699.

While still quite expensive in a vacuum, the new card is AMD trying to chart a middle ground in the GPU market. By trying to take on Nividia's higher end cards, AMD hopes to not only outdo their previous flagship cards by significant margins but also give consumers another option for GPUs. 

A good breakdown of the technical aspects of the GPU can be found at Anandtech.

Detective Pikachu Film Concept Artist Shares Realistic Take On Vaporeon And Ninetales

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Detective Pikachu Film Concept Artist Shares Realistic Take On Vaporeon And Ninetales

Artist RJ Palmer is no stranger to making the typically cartoonish creatures of Pokémon look like they belong in the real world. Even before he worked as a concept artist on the upcoming Detective Pikachu film, Palmer was creating art depicting realistic versions of the iconic Pocket Monsters. While his work has spanned the various generations of the series, his latest creation focuses on two Gen 1 Pokémon.

The latest piece, aptly titled "Vaporeon and Ninetales," shows the two eponymous Pokémon sharing a friendly moment. The realistic depiction highlights just how different these two Pokémon are in their evolved states, which made them perfect for the message Palmer hoped to convey in the piece.

The Division 2 Is Ditching Steam For The Epic Games Store On PC

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The Division 2 Is Ditching Steam For The Epic Games Store On PC

Ubisoft has announced it is partnering with Epic to bring The Division 2 to the latter's Epic Games store come launch on March 15, as well as on its own Ubisoft store. It won't be hitting on Steam at that time, however meaning the franchise is effectively jumping ship.

Pre-orders for The Division 2 on the Epic Games Store are now live for the standard, gold, and ultimate editions of the game. In its press release of the announcement of this news, Ubisoft says the two companies are working together to "integrate key components of Ubisoft’s Uplay and Epic’s online services," which likely means buying the game on the Epic store will work similarly to how buying a Ubisoft game on Steam works now, including being able to access Uplay no matter what store you buy it on.

Any preorder on the Epic Games Store will get guaranteed access to the game's private beta ahead of launch. If you already preordered The Division 2 elsewhere, your access to the beta is still honored, but from here on out, Epic's store is where you go for the private beta.

Get Microsoft Rewards Points By Completing Xbox Game Pass Quests

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Get Microsoft Rewards Points By Completing Xbox Game Pass Quests

If you're an Xbox Game Pass and Microsoft Reward points member and looking to score reward points, January is your month as seven exclusive quests are available for subscribers to both programs. You can then turn around and spend those reward points on your Game Pass membership or DLC.

2,100 points are up for grabs this month (the deadlines for each may vary); some are tied to objectives in specific games like The Division, Metro 2033 Redux, and Metro: Last Light Redux, while others can be earned in any title in the Game Pass catalog. For instance, you can get 300 points for getting an achievement in three different games in different genres.

For more info, click on the source link below.

The Artoym Custom Edition Of Metro Exodus Is Ridiculous

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The Artoym Custom Edition Of Metro Exodus Is Ridiculous

Metro Exodus finally makes its way to the post-apocalyptic countryside next month and boy does 4A Games have something to mark the occasion. The developer and publisher Deep Sliver have manufactured a super rare and frankly amazing looking collector's edition known as The Artoym Edition. It comes in an ammo crate and features props of a number of prominent items in the Metro universe, including a gas mask, working bullet lighter, fully functional Nixie watch, leather map of the game's word, and a Spartan dog tag.

You can watch Dmitry Glukovsky, author of the Metro novels, show off each item right here:

All this stuff looks rad, right? Bad news if you're thinking of putting down cash for one of them: they're not for sale. Deep Silver says there are only ten in existence, with one of them going to 4A and the remaining nine being the prizes of an upcoming giveaway. Deep Silver says to keep an eye on Metro's website for more information about that giveaway once it's live.

The Artyom Custom Edition Of Metro Exodus Is Ridiculous

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The Artyom Custom Edition Of Metro Exodus Is Ridiculous

Metro Exodus finally makes its way to the post-apocalyptic countryside next month and boy does 4A Games have something to mark the occasion. The developer and publisher Deep Sliver have manufactured a super rare and frankly amazing looking collector's edition known as The Artyom Edition. It comes in an ammo crate and features props of a number of prominent items in the Metro universe, including a gas mask, working bullet lighter, fully functional Nixie watch, leather map of the game's word, and a Spartan dog tag.

You can watch Dmitry Glukovsky, author of the Metro novels, show off each item right here:

All this stuff looks rad, right? Bad news if you're thinking of putting down cash for one of them: they're not for sale. Deep Silver says there are only ten in existence, with one of them going to 4A and the remaining nine being the prizes of an upcoming giveaway. Deep Silver says to keep an eye on Metro's website for more information about that giveaway once it's live.

Nintendo Reveals Switch Online's January Games, The Legend Of Zelda II And Blaster Master

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Nintendo Reveals Switch Online's January Games, The Legend Of Zelda II And Blaster Master

Nintendo's paid online for Switch comes with NES games added to the library every month, but January is the first month that Nintendo had not already announced the games yet. Thus, today's announcement of The Legend of Zelda II: Adventure of Link and Blaster Master are the first unrevealed NES games since the paid online launch in September.

It's definitely an interesting choice, to the point where I wonder if Nintendo intentionally themed the two games together. Both Zelda II and Blaster Master switch between top-down and side-scrolling sections as their main gimmicks. Both are also known as fairly difficult games, so they're not going to be a walk in the park.

Oddly, the Japanese Switch Online service is also getting Joy Mech Fight, a Japanese-only NES release starring Sukapon, which Americans might know as a Smash Bros. assist trophy. This is odd mostly because this game isn't replaced in other regions with a different game, Japan just gets three while America gets two. Usually Nintendo also puts out surprise releases on the day the games get uploaded, though, but it has always been an edited version of an existing game on the service.

Yoshi's Crafted World Arriving End Of March, Kirby's Epic Yarn Hitting 3DS Early March

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Yoshi's Crafted World Arriving End Of March, Kirby's Epic Yarn Hitting 3DS Early March

In an odd bit of late-day press releasing, Nintendo has given dates to Yoshi's Crafted World and the equally-crafted Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn.

The Switch Yoshi game, which was revealed at E3 2017, has had scattered showings since its initial announcement. It re-emerged after a recent Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct as Yoshi's Crafted World with Nintendo adjusting the release date to 2019. They have now confirmed that the game will be launching on Switch on March 28. You can check out the newest trailer for the game below.

Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn is an enhanced port of the Wii game Kirby's Epic Yarn, a yarn-based co-op platformer released originally in 2010. The 3DS game was announced last year and adds Metaknight and King DeDeDe to the campaign. The title is releasing on March 8.

God Of War Director Says His DLC Idea Was Too Ambitious

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God Of War Director Says His DLC Idea Was Too Ambitious

Cory Barlog, the director behind Game Informer's Game of the Year God of War, was recently on video game personality outlet Kinda Funny to talk about all things Kratos. While speaking to hosts Greg Miller, and Tim Gettys Barlog was asked about God of War and DLC plans. The single-player epic really did not receive much in the way of post-launch content outside of a New Game Plus mode. The problem, Barlog said, was that the DLC he wanted to do was too huge.

"I had a really fun idea for a DLC that I only regret because I would love to have done that," Barlog said. "But it was too ambitious."

According to Barlog, the proposed DLC would have gone from a small downloadable piece of extra content and venture into a standalone campaign like Uncharted: Lost Legacy or inFamous: Second Son's First Light DLC. This dramatically outpaced the scope for what they expected to do with the DLC, thus it put the brakes on God of War DLC.

God Of War Director Says His DLC Idea Was Too Ambitious

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God Of War Director Says His DLC Idea Was Too Ambitious

Cory Barlog, the director behind Game Informer's Game of the Year God of War, was recently on video game personality outlet Kinda Funny to talk about all things Kratos. While speaking to hosts Greg Miller, and Tim Gettys Barlog was asked about God of War and DLC plans. The single-player epic really did not receive much in the way of post-launch content outside of a New Game Plus mode. The problem, Barlog said, was that the DLC he wanted to do was too huge.

"I had a really fun idea for a DLC that I only regret because I would love to have done that," Barlog said. "But it was too ambitious."

According to Barlog, the proposed DLC would have gone from a small downloadable piece of extra content and venture into a standalone campaign like Uncharted: Lost Legacy or inFamous: Second Son's First Light DLC. This dramatically outpaced the scope for what they expected to do with the DLC, thus it put the brakes on God of War DLC.