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It's official. The free and open Internet gets some protection (I do stress the word 'some'). The Federal Communications Commission has approved the new rules on how the Internet should be governed. Simply put, these new rules forbid paid prioritization (i.e. practice that allows cable companies to create Internet 'fast lanes' so to speak), as well as throttling. Nope, it has nothing to do with Need for Speed. No throttling means broadband providers do not degrade or get in the way of lawful Internet traffic in terms of content, applications, services or non-harmful devices.

In addition, these new rules will not allow Internet service providers to block websites. The FCC are now basically given the authority to step in and regulate the Internet as a public utility - like telephones. Hold it. And this is good? Oh the government's stepping in and everything's free? Freeedom? Hmmmm...

This means the government are being camouflaged assholes. What a surprise. 

I just have another important question: why does everyone keep writing open Internet spelled with a small 'i'? Every bloody source for this news spelled the Internet with as "internet." It was always spelled with a capital 'I'. I'm getting rusty it seems.

Vince (US citizen and our editor) on this matter - via his mobile phone: ...raises at least one question that needs to be asked. i would also throw in that its a bit of a pig in a poke as no one was allowed to read the thing until it passed. Expect Google. they got to review it Yeah ok niiiiiiiiiiice chronic capaltism...

"Ron paul said RIP internet today. while i agree its a thing congress (who are suppose to... - shaneh39199"9

The console versions of Resident Evil Revelations 2, Capcom's episodic RE game, all have local co-op options, and the same was advertised for the PC version on Steam. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case and several people have cried foul over the matter as it was advertised on Steam to support offline, local co-op.

At first, Capcom balked over the issue, claiming that they never once promised local co-op, that it would always be online co-op play. After looking into it, they quickly realized they were in the wrong and issued the following statement:

We apologise to our Resident Evil Revelations 2 PC players who purchased the game and expected to have local co-op as a feature. The feature wasn't intended for this version and that caveat was mistakenly omitted from the product description on the Steam page earlier, and then included as soon as we were made aware. This was an unintentional error and again, we apologise for the confusion this may have caused.

We are currently looking into the matter and potential solutions and we hope to have new information to share very soon, so please stay tuned. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Since then, they have confirmed with PC Gamer that they will be offering refunds for PC owners seeking them.


The next DLC for Far Cry 4, Valley of the Yetis, will release on March 10th. 

This story-driven DLC stars Ajay once again as he tries to survive a helicopter crash in the Himalayas. And of course, they happen to crash in a valley with hostile natives and yetis. As it was in the main game, players can play alone or co-op.

Valley of the Yetis is part of the Season Pass, but it can also be purchased separately.

"That dude needs to shave. - CJ_Parker"2

Square Enix has promised that the gameplay in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD provides a completely different Final Fantasy experience. As long as it's not like Final Fantasy XIII - Lightning Returns, I'll be happy.

The following new trailer shows this new gameplay, including summoning Eidolons (which has been part of the FF franchise since who knows when, so hopefully that's not what makes it so unique).

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will release on March 17, 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


Overkill is about to re-release Payday 2 for the new generation of consoles, and they have admitted that if they can make the game perform better on the PS4 than the Xbox One, they definitely will.

"They [PS4 and Xbox One] are both going to be... I don't know if I'm able to say 'identical', but basically we're going to cram in as much as we can," game producer Almir Listo told "It would be unfair of me to say that they're going to be identical, because if hypothetically speaking we can make the PS4 make better stuff than the Xbox One does, then why wouldn't we do that? If we can take it up a notch, improve the frame rate a bit or whatever, why wouldn't we do that?"

"Obviously we're aiming for parity between the platforms, but then again each platform has its own challenges and improvements from the last-generation," he continued.

If this is indeed the case when the Payday 2: Crimewave Edition releases this June for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, I wonder how many other developers will follow suit and stop paring down the game to make them equal on the consoles.


Nintendo is making the grand tour with the PAXes this year, first showing off the New 3DS XL at PAX South, and now they will bring the handheld to PAX East next month as well. However, since the handheld is already out in stores, Nintendo has something else in store for PAX attendees.

The company will also bring Splatoon, their take on a team MOBA for the Wii U. Thus far, the game has only been presented to E3 press and industry folks, marking this the first time the public will be able to try it. 

When Nintendo announced the game at E3 last year, it was met with lots of skepticism, but those who played it were won over. The biggest problem, most likely, will be that the game is a Wii U exclusive.

"Awe yeah I'm ready - Banjo-Kazooie"1

Lionhead Studios and Microsoft have officially confirmed that the upcoming action RPG Fable Legneds will be free-to-play. First check out the trailer below:

Okay, so, here's how this is gonna work. Unlike most previous free-to-play models, Fable Legends will not offer limit to game time or resources that need to recharge over time. As opposed to that, there will be 4 heroes to play with, and those are going to rotate every two weeks. If you end up liking one character that was rotated out, you may wait for it to come back into rotation with all of your experience points and equipment saved or, here's the bite in the ass, you can pay to unlock them forever.

The game features two types of payments: in-game currency, which you earn while playing or you can pay with real-world cash. According to MS, you won't be required to pay for gameplay-related content.

Fable 1 was great. This feels wrong on so many levels.

"My gripe is that it sounds like they're gonna arbitrarily require Windows 10 to play on the PC.... - Cheddar"5

Over 4 million people worldwide currently subscribe to Square Enix's online Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. This number only includes paid subscribers, not those playing with the free trial of the game.

To celebrate the occasion, Square Enix will host a free login campaign starting this Friday, February 27th and will run until Monday, March 9, 2015. During this free time, all adventurers, no matter the subscriber, can venture outside of Eorzea and play with all A Realm Reborn has to offer. This session also includes allowing free members to experience Patch 2.5.1, which features the Manderville Gold Saucer content.

I'm a Final Fantasy fan, but I still haven't popped my MMO cherry to experience Final Fantasy online. Anyone here playing it and liking it?

"Final Fantasy 14 is pretty fun for a while. Just like all MMOs it's probably a lot more fun if you... - Krunchy1736"2

Bursting onto the scene like a flaming meteor, an asymmetrical multiplayer-oriented FPS - Evolve. From the creators of Left 4 Dead and with all the hype surrounding this title, one would expect a true gem. Vince takes a closer look at the multipayer game.

When playing as the Monster players have to balance staying ahead of the Hunters, feeding on the wildlife to get their power up points and trying to use the environment in a favorable way. The maps are a mixture of jungle, rivers and bodies of water with the occasional rock outcropping and industrial complexes all mixed into one. Thrown into this mix are flocks of birds that get startled and take to the air by the approach of Monster or Hunters alike and dangerous wildlife that can attack you. The birds flying will alert the other side of the location and if your roe is savvy enough, give away your movement as the enemy. While the local fauna is needed by the Monster to power its evolution, some of the animals are hostile and can either impair your team’s efforts. They can also be used against the other team if you plan ahead and keep your wits about you.

Read our review of Evolve (PC).

"There is a difference, though. CS is a mix of 30 or so weapons with 10 people and incredible amount... - GrgoljBlaster"5

It was only about a month ago that a started to ponder a brand new PC. "Time for a sexy upgrade," says I. Then yesterday's news item happened. Man, I wasn't even aware that people are having such lousy experiences with Radeon cards. Could the situation really be that bad? I've hearing and reading a lot of shit, but mainly lousy driver support (which was more or less always the case with Catalyst drivers).

And as Cheddar pointed out yesterday, both Sony and MS have been using ATi hardware for their consoles, so once devs start porting that shite to PC, you're most likely to encounter issues if you have a rig with a GeForce card. Still, if this story is true, then the future may be brighter than we realize.

Upgrade? Maybe not just yet...

"R9 280x (3GB) never had a problem with ATI. - shaneh39199"27

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What do you we have here, a PC-flavored news item! Could it be that we're back to our old ways? Mmmmaybe. Anyway, this will make Vince happy (I think). Microsoft plans to release Direct X 12 coupled with their new upcoming OS, Windows 10.

According to a report, "a source with knowledge of the matter" mentions an "unspoken API," which is most likely DirectX 12. Apparently, one of the key innovations of DX 12 are the Explicit Asynchronous Multi-GPU capabilities. In plain English that means the API can combine different GPU resources and use them efficiently. At this point, game devs can split different tasks to each piece of hardware so to speak.

Hm, well, I must admit that this seems like a rather delicious slice of hardware wonderfulness to all passionate PC owners. It may also do wonders for more demanding games in future. I have high hopes for this. That's assuming the report is true, of course.

EvilA. Via Tom's Hardware.

"Mantle will fade away, because it is proprietary based, and developers do not like having to code... - 260077"10

The highly anticipated sequel to Hotline Miami, Hotline Miam 2: Wrong Number will release on March 10, 2015 (dang that's getting to be a popular date). Hotline Miami 2 promises to be brutal and as violent if not moreso than the original game.

Players will play different paths of factions with their own distinct "questionable methods and uncertain motivations" as they slaughter their way through the game.

Preorders are currently available as well, which includes 10% off the game and the digital special edition that also contains the original soundtrack.


Bethesda has announced that their first DLC for The Evil Within, The Assignment, will release on March 10, 2015. The second DLC. The Consequences, will release later this spring. Both DLC packs are part of the $19.99 Season Pass, and they can be purchased separately at $9.99. The DLC is available on all platforms.

Both The Assignment and The Consequences DLC will feature detective Juli Kidman and explain some of her whereabouts in The Evil Within. The trailer below will explain a bit more.

Vader didn't care for The Evil Within much, for what that is worth.


Here's one gave that won't be delayed this spring; Battlefield Hardline has gone gold on all platforms and on all regions. The news was excitedly tweeted by the official Battlefield account, so we're fairly certain this is the real deal.

Battlefield Hardline moves away from the typical military shooter into the city battlefield between cops and robbers. You can become the cop or the criminal on March 17, 2015 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

"Meh - moriwenne"3

Rocksteady's back. Scarecrow unites Two-Face, The Penguin, the Riddler, the 'Arkham Knight', Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, as they venture forth to conquer Gotham and destroy The Dark Knight.

I'm feelin' a bit of hype at last. Batman: Akrham Knight is going to hit stores on Jun 2, 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Batman: Arkham Asylum is still possibly one the best games in the last ten years.

"Good trailer! - Terminator"4

DLC. Who says DLC can't be fun? I do, but then I remember really enjoying the shit out of the DLC Dragon Age: Origins - Return to Ostagar, so if it worked then, maybe it'll work with this one. At any rate, Warner has released fresh downloadable content for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, the triple-A action adventure set in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings universe.

Here are some of the things that are included in The Bright Lord DLC:

  • Play as Celebrimbor, the Bright Lord, wielding a Ring of Power to challenge Sauron for domination
    • Wield the Power of the One Ring to dominate and defeat your enemies. Activate the ring to become invisible and tear through your enemies from the shadows
    • Deadly new Elven Archery abilities with a rapid fire bow
    • New ways to dominate your enemies and build your Army including Shadow Brand
  • New Story Campaign, including 10 new Missions
  • Face the power of the Dark Lord and his armies at the height of their power
    • An epic boss fight against the Dark Lord Sauron himself for domination of Mordor
    • Face a more powerful Uruk Army with Elite Nemesis Enemies and Warchiefs up to level 25 and deadly new abilities
  • New Celebrimbor Skin
    • Play as Celebrimbor in the main Campaign
  • New “Test of the Ring” Challenge Mode
    • Play with the new Celebrimbor abilities
    • Higher level enemies (i.e., only way to get Level 30 Runes to take back to the Main Story Campaign) with the goal to Dominate rather than kill the hierarchy
"Never played Shadow of Mordor - Banjo-Kazooie"1

Train yourselves to keep calm. There are so many frustrated and angry people out there. I run into them daily and I think the situation is similar for most of us. We are constantly surrounded by people who fail to express compassion and love. They're just disappointed in life and lash out on everyone else. Mind you, I've recenltly made an interesting discovery. When you fight a war you have to understand how the enemy works first right? If you haven't been at least a bit of an asshole yourself a couple of times, you won't have the capacity to deflect the power-attack of major assholes. Once you enter that particular state of mind, you'll realize that there's nothing there but selfishness, anger and pure hate. It's easy to get lost in the world of assholes, so don't misinterpret this. I'm not saying that you should fight hate with hate. That may bring temporary satisfaction, but it ultimately leads to bad things. I'm also not saying that you should become a part-time asshole just so you can understand other assholes. What's really important is to understand the reasons behind that hate. Then you can reach the capacity to judge. Assholes may not be the source of the problem. It's ship-sinking cockfags and all-out villains we have to worry about. Those sly and cunning ones that prosper on account of everyone else's misery.

Seriously I'm sure most of you are intelligent enough to always see the bigger picture, whether we're talking about politicians, art, the state of the video games industry or fucking gamergate, it's always crucial to maintain an open mind - even towards trolls or people who go into rage fits. An open mind eventually grants perspective.

Also, the way life's been treating me isn't half bad. I am grateful for my expereinces and I'm happy to be here with you guys.

This beautiful song made my day yesterday.

"hmm .. it seems there is light on the dark side of the force :D - kera33"26

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