Need For Speed Coming Fancied-Up To PC In March

The PC version of the new Need for Speed [official site], named simply Need for Speed as if that won’t get confusing with two dozen other games bearing the name Need for Speed, was delayed for our own good, we were told. While console versions launched in November, ours was pushed back to spring to add features like an uncapped framerate. Well, open up your pencil case and remove the highest FPS pen you have (I favour a 144fps thin-tip marker in blue, myself) and draw a circle around March 17th. That’s when it’s coming. Here, see the PC version in motion:

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Call Of Fruity: Aubergine Warfare

Courgettes

This morning I have been documenting a fruit and vegetable market in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. I think I was supposed to be rescuing a president or something but the shiny fruit looked more interesting. I don’t mean that as a sick burn or anything. I just got distracted by some nice fruit.

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Call Of Duty 2016 Confirmed, Infinity Ward Really Proud Of Office Signage

Gosh! Is it time for the annual “Activision have confirmed Call of Duty [official site] still exists and is still getting its annual instalment” post already? But it was only just Christmas! Where does the time go?

Anyhoodle: Activision have confirmed Infinity Ward are working on Call of Duty 2016 and it will be released in Q4 (it’s usually during the first half of November if you haven’t been keeping track).

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Towering: Consortium Free Until Noon Tomorrow

Consortium [official site] is a fascinating game and I’ll go into a proper sulk if the sequel’s Kickstarter fails. Things aren’t looking good, with $310,000 left to raise and only a week of the campaign left. The original is an immersive sim that feels like a version of the ‘single city block’ game. One location and characters that seem to exist and act even when the player isn’t there to watch them. To raise awareness of the sequel and its potential qualities, the original is freely available from GOG until 1:59pm GMT tomorrow.

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Five Nights At Freddy’s World Re-Released For Free

FNaF World [official site], the RPG spin-off from animatronic scare ‘em up Five Nights at Freddy’s, has returned and is now free. Creator Scott Cawthon released it in January, a month earlier than he’d previously planned, and some responses to the game made him rethink that. Really rethink that. He pulled the game from sale, decided to refund the $10 of everyone who bought it, and said he’d work to improve it before re-releasing it for free. Which he now has. That’s fondness for one’s players. Happy almost-Valentine’s-Day!

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Is Your Feeble PC Ready For VR?

This is not virtual. This is reality. The two big beasts of the coming VR revolution are lumbering into view. It’s actually happening. By the end of April both the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive VR headsets will be on sale. Things you can actually buy. Yes, yes, virtual reality has had several false starts. But this time, you can sense it. This time, it’s different. Well, probably. Oh, OK, nobody knows how big an impact VR is going to have in the next few years. But what I can do is help you to understand how much PC power you’re probably going need to get the most out of the new headsets.

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XCOM 2: Lucky Men & Lousy Hackers

I’m playing and diarising XCOM 2 on Commander difficulty in Iron Man mode, using characters based on the staff of RPS, replaced by readers as and when they die or go out of action. Full explanation and intro here, download the characters for your own game here.

Important lessons learned: Alice is a dangerously incompetent hacker, Pip can’t run very far and Adam is a dirty, dirty boy.

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Rocket League Kicks Off Season 2 With New Update

“Game on! Kickoff! Let’s ball this! Net it!” These cries and more signal news that motorcarball ‘em up Rocket League [official site] has launched into its second season of competitive play. Along with a new ranking system, this update brings our favourite game of 2015 a smattering of new items and tweaks enjoyable even by folks who don’t get much into competition.

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Put Your Knives Away: No New Assassin’s Creed In 2016

Since 2009’s Assassin’s Creed II, Ubisoft have released a new open-world murder playground every single year. Not in 2016. AC will indeed be taking a rest for a bit of a reworking, as was rumoured. I wonder if that means the Ancient Egypt setting for the next entry that rumourmongers mentioned is real too. Point is, Ubi are skipping 2016 and planning to return later with something fresher. Say, I wonder if Watch Dogs 2 will fill that October/November slot now open in Ubi’s lineup for this year.

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