Baldurs Gate is a favourite amongst many gamers, who remember playing it 18 years ago when it was first released. With its enhanced edition bringing new life to the game it seems like we’ve finally received more information about the expansion and the options you have if you want to enjoy it.
Releasing on March 31st, Baldur’s Gate Siege of Dragonspear will come in three versions. First up you have the standard edition for $19.99 which will feature just the expansion on its own, following this is the $39.97 digital deluxe version which will feature not just the siege of Dragonspear expansion but the full soundtrack of the original game, the enhanced edition and the expansion’s soundtrack.
Finally, the one everyone wants but you can rarely part with your money for, the collectors edition. At $129.99 (plus postage), the collectors edition features a DRM-free copy of Baldurs Gate: Enhanced Edition and a copy of Siege of Dragonspear on a DVD. Carrying on from the Digital Deluxe edition you can enjoy the soundtracks and continue with a collection of additional collectables. First up is the map of the Sword Coast, a cloth map none the less for those who feared piece of laminated paper. Following on you will find a spiral bound copy of the Baldur’s Gate Adventurers guide with updates rules and mechanics and even a full-colour copy of Bence Duncan’s Field Report with a removable, collectible coin to enjoy with it. If you prefer more traditional gifts, a dragon’s head amulet will also be yours alongside 7 Baldur’s Gate themed dice for those brave enough to venture into the realm of D&D.
We’ve been reporting pretty close on the new AMD R9 300 series since launch and with multiple reviews, we know a thing or two about them such as the huge performance difference between the R9 380 and R9 390 graphics cards. Today we take a look at the brand new R9 380X provided by XFX. Based on the Antigua XT GPU with GCN 1.2, this is the newest architecture to come from AMD apart from Fiji which is featured on the R9 Fury range.
When we tested the R9 380, it just didn’t have the grunt to push acceptable frame rates at 1440p, but the R9 390 was too expensive to justify those few extra FPS. This is where the R9 380X comes in, priced at just under £190 ($240), this is almost slap bang in the middle of the two. As with most of the R9 300 series, this card has DirectX 12 support, FreeSync Technology, Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) and Frame Rate Target Control which effectively caps your total FPS to save power in non-demanding games such as Tomb Raider.
Generally at this point we would take a look at the packaging and accessories, however, this was a press sample which came in a boring brown box and we don’t want any pictures of that, do you?
There’s been a whole heap of 7790’s coming through my door recently and it doesn’t look like the flow is going to stop just yet. Never before have I had so many partners eager to get their products tested and reviewed for a particular launch, but as we know, Bonaire has stirred the entry level market right up and consequently every one wants a slice of the pie when it comes to sales. When it comes to the review side of things, what this means for both myself and you, the reader, is the I can give a better representation and judgement on how different cards perform and show their worth.
Next to come to the table with their version of the 7790 is XFX. After a little time of not seeing one of their cards with the Double Dissipation cooling system, Ghost thermal technology and in the case of the particular card that I’m looking at today, hand picked and binned components which mean that they have been selected for the Black Edition moniker that XFX pride themselves for as their top of the line range.
So what’s the advantage of chip binning I hear you ask; well only a few manufacturers sell cards that have hand picked and selected components, but these components that have been selected are in essence the cream of the crop and perform the best when tested, which for you the user means that when it comes to performance, they have just the little bit more to give. For the over clocker it means that there is potential for pushing it that little bit further as I will come on to later whilst consuming less power.
XFX tend to keep their bundles quite simple, but whilst this means that the box contains mostly paperwork, along with a Black Edition case badge, it also means the cost of having to include accessories that most users will keep in the box is eliminated, bringing the cost to the end user down at the same time.
We have all been there, no matter if we are nerds or just the old school style of gamers where we have enjoyed, not the world we are in, but the one we can create in our minds. Tabletop was one of those things that was only really limited by what the mind could create. Sadly, as the computer world has grown, very few games offer such a wide social aspect that used to come with three or more people chilling around a table and then just “letting the dice roll”. There have been several attempts at making games that people feel they could become part of the world within, most of these were thrown under the title of “RPG” or “MMORPG” but none of them really came close, in my opinion, to what a tabletop game was all about.
With the introduction of the likes of iPhones and iPads, it seems that Apple would be interested to capture another gaming aspect that has since yet escaped them, who do they have to thank for this possible conquest? Eon Altar. What is this many of you cry! Well, I shall not tell you until you have a look at this gem of an introduction.
Eon Altar is about five months in the development line and it looks sweet already! This might be the thing that will encourage me to actually go for an iPhone, even if I feel like I’m following a trend. The game itself is very close to a typical RPG with a set of styles and the like, but I can see coming from a vast amount of modding, expansions and holy heck was that a walking tiger?! But anyways, I digress. I personally find the game to be very promising and the fact that it is almost a local LAN party right there on your phone it seems to me that this would show the way towards something beautiful. I’ll keep you posted! That is for sure!