Batman: Arkham Knight October Re-Release Performance Update


Yawn! Seriously, the third time we’ve returned to a game. Maybe it was my fault being a bit hasty on the last large update, but that update was the serious graphical update that everyone on the PC was waiting for and it seemed to have worked for a large proportion of gamers. Some still found issues with this update, but because it wasn’t a re-release, it sort of got swept under the carpet.

The re-release was put back onto the Steam store at approximately 5pm on October 28th and it hasn’t got off to the best of starts either. The performance is still not what people expected and Warner Bros even make the ridiculous claim that Windows 10 users would require 12GB of RAM to get the best possible experience. I’m not one for giving up, but I would have gone home and cried by now if this was one of my games.

Again, we are setting ourselves up with the task of testing all of the latest graphics cards from the NVIDIA GTX 900 series and AMD R9 300 and Fury range against the latest update. This time around there will be a comparison compared to the original launch, the re-test that was completed a few weeks ago and the newest results to see how far the performance and playability has come.

Let’s begin shall we?

October Is Back – Let the Halloween Inspired Events Begin!

October is well-known for one thing these days. Halloween. With it comes all kinds of spooky sales and events so this year we’ve decided to give you an outline about some of the events you can do for Halloween.

First comes the video game sales, which we know come every year. Currently, the Humble store has a sale on for all of your undead needs. With games like Dying Light for £24 and the Dead Island franchise pack for 80% off for Dead Island 1 and 2 (including DLC) costing you only £5, there are deals to be had. Secondly the event that all PC gamers fear, the dreaded Steam sales. While their dates are not released early, we’ve had enough in recent years to be able to predict (with some accuracy), to the point where starting from the 29th October you can expect Steam to warn you about their great deals till the first of November.

If you don’t feel up for living with the horror, why not sit back with some friends and watch a film instead? It should be noted that all release dates we mention are subject to change, but let’s get on with the fun stuff.

First the big date. October 16th. How many people have forgotten about this movie? I will sadly admit I had, but Jack Black plans to grace our screens yet again with a children’s classic. Goosebumps. Is that enough said?  Well if not, with comparisons being made to Jumanji it looks to both scare and excite us like the classic R.L Stine books and tv series once did. If you are interested, you can find the trailer beneath, or save your excitement up for the 16th.

Next up is October 23rd. Vin Diesel is back, not as a talking tree but this time as an Immortal Dungeons and Dragons character. No, I’m being honestly serious, his new character is based off his love for D&D. The Last Witchhunter sees Vin Diesel chasing down all manners of nightmarish creatures, with everything from a beard to a flaming sword. Again, the trailer is beneath but be warned, it contains scenes of immense action and coolness.

Do you have any ideas or activities that you like to do over Halloween? Feel free to share in the comments below.

New World Rally Championship Revealed

Racing fans have something to look forward to as the launch trailer for the new World Rally Championship game has been shown off and we have been given an official time of release. WRC5 is the latest installment in the series and almost everyone will be able to play this new game, as it will be available on a multitude of systems.

Playstation Vita, PS3, and PS4 owners will all be able to play this game and so will Xbox 360 and Xbox One users. PC players aren’t left out either as the game also will be available through Steam. This covers most households, meaning there isn’t much to hold you back from experiencing the latest rally game from Bigben Interactive.

While the trailer doesn’t explicitly state that the footage shown is from actual in-game recording, the images speak for themselves. The driving might be pre-scripted for the purpose of creating the video, but otherwise it looks like genuine in-game footage.

Speaking for the above statement is the previous seen in-game footage shown off during E3 this year. Back then we saw some gaming with an early version of the game and it already looked sweet there.

Thank you Rock Paper Shotgun for providing us with this information

iPhone 6 Plus Hammered by new Samsung Advertisements

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Samsung have come out of the blocks with both arms swinging – producing a series of advertisements targetting competitor Apple’s latest technology.

Samsung has a long standing battle with Apple. Not only are they the main competitors on the telecommunications market, but Apple and Samsung have a legal history to boot.

What better way to get back at Apple than a funny ad campaign targeting their champion product? This advertisement takes no time in pointing out the similarities between Apple’s new iPhone 6 plus and Samsung’s long-standing Galaxy Note series, alongside showing that the note was ridiculed for its size and proudly displaying negative initial reviews of the series. One quote had us chuckling – “you’ll look like you’re talking into a piece of toast”.

The message of the video as a whole conveys the fact that Apple have “followed” or “copied” Samsung in making a bigger device to try and keep up with their developing technologies. All of this is backed up by supplying a few Apple skeptic tweets from the public, further reinforcing their innovative Samsung technology and then finally promoting their “next big thing”; the Galaxy Note 4.

It doesn’t quite matter which side of the fence you sit on, it’s always quite funny to watch two heavyweight companies battle it out in an ad campaign.

How will Apple reply? Will Apple reply? Here’s hoping that it all goes to plan.

Featured image courtesy of Phandroid

Assassin’s Creed Unity Launch Delayed

The newest addition to the Assassin’s Creed series, Unity, should have been released in October, but has now been postponed. It is however not as bad as we’ve seen it in the past from Ubisoft titles *cough Watch_Dogs cough*.

Assassin’s Creed Unity has been delayed 2 weeks to allow the developers to fix the last small bugs and put the last finishes on the game. So about the same thing we hear every time a game is delayed. The new date is now November 11. in the United States and November 13 in Europe. The news came from a blog post made by Ubisoft.

Now that the team has a near-finished game, those extra two weeks will allow them to focus on those minor adjustments that can make a big difference – and ultimately help Ubisoft deliver on the promise of the game. “We’re very confident in the game we’re making,” Pontbriand says.

The second new game in the series, Assassin’s Creed Rogue will be released on the same day. That however is sadly a console exclusive from the looks of it, at least for now, coming to Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Thank you Ubisoft for providing us with these information.

Image courtesy of Ubisoft.

China to Release its own Operating System

State-run Xinhua news agency has reported that China may have their very own developed operating system by this October. China isn’t the first place to take on this kind of task either – Northern Korea already has one of their own.

In a country that already heavily controls its populations use of social media and other various websites, it’s obvious that China takes their technology policing seriously.

Ni Guangnan is leading this software development alliance which was established in March 2014. He’s told Xinhua news that this operating system is originally being developed for desktop computers, with a mobile version to be released at a later date. Ni also commented that there are still problems with the software, including a lack of research funds and too many developers all wanting it their way.

Ni commented:

“China has more than a dozen mobile OS developers with no independent intellectual property rights because their research is based on Android” Xinhua news

He also mentioned that the end of Windows XP and the Chinese government ban on Windows 8 means the door has been opened for local development studios to have a shot.

In closing comments, Ni said:

“Our key to success lies in an environment that can help us compete with Google, Apple and Microsoft” Xinhua news

What do you think this means for the Chinese population? Is is going to provide a valid alternative to what is currently on offer, or is this a way for its population to be heavily restricted and monitored?

Image courtesy of Raw Story

Razer’s Nabu Smartband Said To Be Rolling Out In October

Razer looks to be closer to a final release date for its Nabu smartband than initially thought. A press release earlier this month indicated that Razer is working with mobile gaming developer, Tencent Games, in order to bring ‘Timi Run Everyday’ to the smartband, as well as revealing a fourth quarter release date.

A number of developers and at least 1,000 Razer fans, who got to smartband for $1, have been granted beta access to the device so far. The first changes in the Nabu smartband were noticed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June, when the 32 x 32 pixel display was removed due to user feedback. Also, the upper screen is said to have been ignored most of the time, leading to its complete removal and changing the way the larger screen activates.

Even though Razer pointed to the last quarter of 2014 as a release date for the smartband, it is aiming to release the Nabu smartband sooner rather than later. This is why October is said to be the most suitable release date. Also, developers such as Wargaming, Techland, Halfbrick and Shortbreak Studios have signed on for the Nabu smartband. However, no details on what projects they might be working on was released.

Thank you Electronista for providing us with this information

Windows 9 Rumored To Be Released This Year, Way Off The April 2015 Preditictions

There is a lot of tension as we approach April and the moment when Microsoft will reveal Windows 9 and release the latest big update for Windows 8, which is expected to fix and add features noted by users along the way. We will be able to see and probably know the exact path Microsoft is going to take with the latest Windows platform, but until then, we hear of more rumors, this time regarding the release date of Windows 9.

News has been spreading that Windows 9 will not be released in April 2015, as previously noted. According to “WZor”, who is said to be a credible source with solid information from inside Microsoft, the new operating system will be released somewhere at the end of October, noted to be the 24th of October on his Twitter page. The date mentioned is said to be the deadline for Windows 9 RTM, which should be sent to PC manufacturers in order to start shipping new PCs and laptops with the latest operating system.

This means that the April 2015 date has been way off. We can even see a service pack being released for Windows 9 until we get to April 2015. But, as always, take the information with a grain of salt. We should be able to get more official information when we reach the BUILD conference in April, and possibly a roadmap for Windows 9.

Thank you BGR for providing us with this information