Crytek shows ray tracing running on AMD GPU in Neon Noir Cryengine demo

about X hours ago from

In a new demo, the maker of Cryengine has shown off real-time ray tracing running on non-Nvidia hardware.

Since the reveal of Nvidia’s Turing GPU generation last year, much of the green team’s pitch for the new RTX cards revolved around their capability to run ray-traced games in real time. Up until that point, the dream of real-time ray tracing was just that; a dream.

Everyone assumed Nvidia will have the tech on lockdown for a while, but the situation is seemingly changing. Crytek, creator of the Cryengine, has debuted a new demo called Neon Noir. In it, the developer shows the latest version of the engine’s Total Illumination tool, which is seen producing real-time ray tracing lighting.

The Division 2 reviews round-up, all the scores

about X hours ago from
The Division 2 reviews round-up, all the scores

Ubisoft Massive takes us back into the world of The Division to delve into the aftermath of the Black Friday virus for the sequel, but how does it measure up?

The Division 2 launched last week, and drops players into Washington D.C. seven months after the outbreak in New York. A lot of the gameplay and mechanics will feel familiar, but there are some new elements to spice things up for returning players, including the overhauled Dark Zone.

There’s a clan system this time around, and for the first time ever, we’ll see raids in the game. Dark Hours is the first, although it doesn’t have a release date, and hasn’t been officially announced just yet.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice trailer neatly outlines everything you can expect

about X hours ago from

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has received one of those breakdown trailers.

It’s hard to imagine a From Software game getting that sort of features overview trailer, but Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is certainly special. Being published by Activision does have its perks, which in this case is a long, narrated gameplay trailer designed to introduce new players to the game.

The video takes a deep dive into Sekiro’s main components. Those being story, combat, and stealth. The different upgrades you can use with the prosthetic arm are also given special attention, a good reminder of how versatile the game’s combat can be.

The Division 2 guide: everything you need to join the SHD

about X hours ago from
The Division 2 guide: everything you need to join the SHD

There’s a lot to get your head around in The Division 2, with changes to how the modding system works, new specialisations and skills and a much larger map.

The Divison 2 is set in Washington D.C. and just like its predecessor, there’s a lot to be getting on with. There are new Dark Zones and strongholds for you to raid, a bunch of story and side missions and lots of loot to find.

In this guide, we’ll look at the best weapons in The Division 2, location guides for comms and walkthroughs for certain missions, as well as where to find collectables and chests.

The Division 2 review – a game with nothing to say but plenty of tactical bumbags

about X hours ago from
The Division 2 review – a game with nothing to say but plenty of tactical bumbags

If modern politics have taught us anything, it’s that civilisation is a stubborn bastard.

The Division 2 takes place seven months after a pandemic outbreak in New York. Over 200 miles away in Washington DC, society has also collapsed. I have no idea why. I could google the official plot synopsis and rewrite it like I’m sure some reviews did, but here’s what I gathered from actually playing the game.

Nature has reclaimed the city. In just seven months, vines snake their way up buildings, roots break through the roads, and deer prance around the streets. Whatever happened, people abandoned their cars, but they still had time to make sure all their rubbish was in nice big piles around the city. The garbage collectors are all dead.

Rage 2 devs went with 1080p 60fps for PS4 Pro, Xbox One X

about X hours ago from

Rage 2 developers chose framerate over visuals for the more powerful consoles.

Rage 2 is a shooter heavy on the action. With combat inspired by the Doom reboot, it makes sense for developers id Software, and Avalanche to prioritise framerate, but only on hardware that can handle it.

At a recent preview event, id Software studio director Tim Willits confirmed to Hardcore Gamer that Rage 2 will run at 1080p 60fps on PS4 Pro, and Xbox One X.

Halo Master Chief Collection on PC will be “ready when it’s ready”, but you can sign up to play early

about X hours ago from

343 Industries has confirmed that Halo Insider is coming to PC.

Halo Insider is a testing program 343 debuted when it decided to go back and fix all remaining Halo: The Master Chief Collection issues last year on Xbox One.

The same program is coming to PC, and it’s how players will be able to play the PC ports announced last week early, starting with Halo Reach. This time, Halo Insider also includes Steam, since all games will be available on Valve’s platform at launch.

The Division 2: Castle settlement bug addressed in latest patch, but players are still experiencing issues

about X hours ago from
The Division 2: Castle settlement bug addressed in latest patch, but players are still experiencing issues

Ubisoft has been hard at work addressing a few bugs this weekend as many players reported an issue with the Castle Settlement and story progression.

The Division 2 has settlements you can access as you progress, but players couldn’t get to the Castle Settlement as it either remained permanently greyed out, or they were caught in a cutscene loop and couldn’t progress with the story.

This bug was addressed in the latest patch over the weekend, so if you replay the mission you should now be able to progress beyond the Seven Survivors cutscene and the Jefferson Plaza mission should now be available for the majority players.

The Division 2: early Dark Hours raid details datamined

about X hours ago from

Those already deep into The Division 2’s endgame have one upcoming addition they’re looking forward to the most.

That being the Dark Hours raid, the first ever raid in The Division 2. Though Dark Hours has yet to be officially unveiled, or given a proper release date, it’s something completely new to the series and everyone is rightfully excited to learn more.

Over the weekend, one Reddit user provided some vague answers after digging through the game’s files. According to Kevindavid40, the raid takes place on the Arlington Island, and you’ll have to cross the Arlington Memorial Bridge to get there.

The train is the best character in Metro Exodus

about X hours ago from
The train is the best character in Metro Exodus

It’s called the Aurora: a lumbering mass of rusted metal, quick fixes and alterations, spewing out steam and chugging its way across a post-apocalyptic Russia. It is the thing connecting the patchwork regions of Metro Exodus, the site of its most tender moments, and product of the world and people inhabiting it. It is a train, and it is the best character.

I do not love Metro Exodus as a game as much as I love its train. Playing as seasoned Ranger Artyom, you explore irradiated wastelands, from wide open deserts to dank underground corridors – all wonderfully-crafted and getting across the grittiness of survival. The train connects it all together. The train makes it feel like a journey.