EVGA Bundles Grey Goo With Select Power Supplies

Getting free games bundles with your graphics card or motherboard isn’t something new, that has been around for quite a while now, but it is a rarity that we also see games being bundled with power supplies. In fact, I can’t remember it happening before myself. However, that is exactly what EVGA has done as the have gone ahead and bundled Grey Goo Definitive Edition with select power supplies.

The game isn’t just bundled with a one or two power supplies, this offer applies to pretty much the entire 80Plus Gold, Platinum, and Titanium rated power supply lineup, as you can see in the list below. Ranging from entry level 550W models all the way up to impressive 1600W models, the offer is made available for most people.

Grey Goo is a real-time strategy (RTS) game that combines classic strategy mechanics and a balanced combat system with an emphasis on large-scale decision-making. It puts you at the centre of a tactical struggle for survival – and ultimately, control of Ecosystem 9.

The game features both a single-player campaign as well as multiplayer action with your friends and enemies. In single player, you have the option to play one of three factions: Humans, Beta, and the Goo. The Humans are the masters of defensive architecture while the Beta only is described as a proud and versatile alien race. The Goo is probably what most people will want to play tho as that is the enigmatic and highly mobile life form made up of, yes you guessed it, grey goo. In the multiplayer part, you also get a fourth faction, the disruptive and unpredictable Shroud.

As always with this kind of offer, there are a few conditions to get the free game. You’ll have to have purchased the power supply on March the 25th, 2016 or later from an authorized reseller. You’ll also need to register the purchased product to get the game key. Once you’ve followed the redeem guide, you’ll get a game code emailed that you then can activate through your Steam app as you most likely have done with so many games before.

All the fine-print and the links to redeem your game can be found on the official mini-site for this Grey Goo offer.

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Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War Free To Play on Steam This Weekend

The Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War franchise is free to play on Steam this weekend, SEGA has announced. The real-time strategy games, based on the Games Workshop tabletop wargame of the same name, are free-to-play right now, and will be until midnight GMT (1pm PDT) on Sunday, 27th September.

SEGA has also included a number of bonuses to satisfy existing players, which includes the following:

  • The Temple of Cyrene is a brand new, official multiplayer map we’re adding into the Dawn of War I rotation. This map will be playable in DoW I, as well as the Dark Crusade and Soulstorm expansions. The Temple of Cyrene sits on the blasted landscape of a world scoured clean by the Exterminatus of the Imperial Inquisition. Homeworld of Gabriel Angelos, Cyrene is now a ghost-world of ruined cities and ashen fields. Fight for supremacy amidst the remains of Cyrene’s once-mighty temples. Claim the three critical locations at the heart of the ruins or drive into enemy bases and deliver annihilation.
  • In Dawn of War II, we’re giving away four free sets of Wargear; The Vanguard, Sniper, Sternguard, and Destroyer, to equip in the main campaign that were previously only available as pre-order DLC, or as rare loot drops. Now everyone will be able to equip items like the Veteran’s Grenades, Blade of Ulyus, Armor of the Destroyer, and many more to complete your sets!

The Warhammer games eligible for free weekend play are Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, including the Dark Crusade, Soulstorm, and Winter Assault expansions, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II, plus the Chaos Rising and Retribution expansions.

Thank you Dark Side of Gaming for providing us with this information.

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Cinematic and Release Date Revealed

These days, it’s often possible for pre-orders to start for a game before the developer has even announced the launch date. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void is no exception with pre-orders opening up 2 months ago but no launch date yet. That has been rectified today with Blizzard announcing that the third and final installment of StarCraft II will launch on November 10th 2015.

Along with the announcement, Blizzard released yet another one of their glorious cinematics. In it, the Protoss struggle to hold their ground as they warp in reinforcements to reclaim their homeworld. Like the title suggests, the last expansion in the series will focus on the Protoss and their legacy as well as wrapping up the story for the rest of the characters like Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan.

Interestingly, the date Blizzard has chosen, November 10th, is already claimed by two other major titles, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fallout 4. This means for more budget gamers, they will have to choose which game to first spend their hard earned cash on and which one to play first. While Blizzard can gamble that RTS players and fans of the other games aren’t the same, there will invariably be overlap. For now, be sure to check out the opening cinematic below.

Sega and Relic Want to Revive the Company of Heroes 2 With a New Expansion

It’s been a long time since I heard about any news regarding the Company of Heroes title. The hype around it suddenly died soon after it got released, though the expansions that came after it did try to keep it going. The latest one, Adrenaline Assault, also shifted the focus on the eastern World War II front, taking the focus off the Allied forces and placing the Red Army in the spotlight.

This time around, the focus will move to the Brits and their forces. The upcoming expansion will be called Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces and will introduce fifteen new unites and six commanders, along with eight new multiplayer maps. It will also be a standalone multiplayer expansion, which means you don’t need to have Company of Heroes 2 in order to play it.

In addition to the expansion, Relic and Sega is planning a big update for all Company of Heroes 2 titles too. The latter will feature an improved balance between all factions, improved animations and visual improvements to the majority of units. It’s nice to see they are still supporting the Company of Heroes 2 title, but will this move to attract more players actually work this time?

The expansion and update are said to arrive on the 3rd of September, having the expansion cost £9.99. Sega said it will also offer a 20% discount to players who already own any Company of Heroes title, but only for pre-order purchases.

Thank you Rock, Paper, Shotgun for providing us with this information

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Former Age of Empires Devs Announce New RTS Title

The team over at BonusXP, which are mainly made up of ex-Ensamble veterans who worked on the Age of Empires series, announced that they are now working on another RTS title. This time, they are taking a more sci-fi approach.

The devs are said to be working on a title called Servo, an RTS similar to Total Annihilation from what it seems at first glance. It tells the story of the human race who has abandoned Earth many years ago, only to return in search of a rare resource called “Bloom”.

Players are said to be given a 25 mission campaign which tells the story of humanity and its quest, while the multiplayer side is focused on player-versus-player and co-op missions. The title is said to have its early access launch “in the coming months”, being currently available for pre-order for $20. More information on it can be found on Servo can be found on their website here.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

Starcraft Mod Lets You Play the Original Campaign in 2 Players Co-Op

Co-op multiplayer mode is usually though for genres such as FPS, RPG and others, having co-op as a last alternative mode for RTS games. Normally, co-op RTS are summed up to skirmish matches, such as the case of Command and Conquer series, where players can enjoy a small game in pairs against computer enemies or other players.

This is about to change thanks to the people over at TyrZ who thought that the original Starcraft game could do with a co-op multiplayer campaign mod. Their inspiration is said to have come from the skirmish modes, where both players are left in charge of their own units and bases. Both players are said to be able to take control of faction units, depending on the current mission.

The final mission in the Vanilla version of the game lets you control both Terran and Protoss units, which is kind of tricky for a 2 player campaign mission. That is actually a good question to find the answer out while you go through the campaign with a friend.

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It is said that the modders haven’t just placed a simple mod on the game, but actually tweaked each campaign mission in both terrain and difficulty in order to compensate for two players. Players who used to storm a Terran base with zerglings in the past are said to change their strategies for this mod. An ‘Insane’ mode is said to have been added for both the solo and co-op, where you have to quickly adapt in both defense and offense in order to survive from the very start of the mission.

Those of you interested in this game-changing mod can head over to TyrZ’s website to download all the co-op missions for the original game and Brood War expansion.

Thank you Co-Optimus for providing us with this information
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EIZO Anounces the 6mm Ultra-Slim Frame 23.8″ FORIS FS2434 Gaming Monitor

EIZO has just announced its latest addition to its gaming monitor series, the FORIS FS2434, featuring a 6 mm Ultra-Slim frame, vivid display colours and EIZO’s “Smart” technologies for a more delightful gaming experience, having the monitor said to be ideal for RTS, MOBA and MMORPG genres in terms of PC gaming, as well as all genre types in terms of console gaming.

The 6 mm frame is said to consist of a 2 mm bezel and 4 mm border at the LCD panel edges, creating a smooth viewing when in a multi-monitor working environment, as well as providing an immersive gaming experience. Also, the FORIS FS2434’s IPS LCD panel along with its wide 178 degrees viewing angle is said to provide vibrant colors with few contrast changes, while the extremely low 0.05 frames input lag is said to provide no delay between signal input and image display on the screen.

Being a FORIS FS monitor, the 23.8″ 6 mm frame FS 2434 display also comes with three of EIZO’s own Smart technologies in order to improve visibility and clarity during gameplay. The first is Smart Insight 2, available in the “Game” preset mode, having it identify and enhance dark areas of an image by increasing the brightness in order to make it easier to see enemies. The FS2434 also adds an extra feature to the Smart Insight 2, having it enhance saturation in addition to brightness in order to bring greater contrast between characters and the background in a game.

The second technology is Smart Resolution, having it analyse an image for noise and blur in order to correct the blur without accentuating the noise, having to adjust only the areas where it is most needed. The third is Smart Detection, where the technology identifies the designated area on the screen where a video or game is played and applies the Smart Ironsight 2 or Smart Resolution whenever required.

Other technologies included in the FORIS FS2434 consist of the LED backlit, having it be controlled by a hybrid direct current and high-frequency pulse-width modulation in order to grant a flicker-free viewing at all brightness levels, as well as having a remote control and the company’s G-Ignition utility software. The G-Ignition is said to grand gamers access tp download presets created by professional gamers from gaming.eizo.com or export the user’s own customised colour modes to other gamers who also own a similar display. The software can also be used to assign hotkeys in order to quickly turn the monitor’s power and mute to ON/OFF, adjust the colour mode and aspect ratio.

In terms of connectivity, the FORIS FS2434 comes with two HDMI and one DVI-D ports, having it be compatible with PCs, consoles, Blu-Ray players and cameras. In addition, a USB 3.0 hub featuring one upstream and two downstream ports grant users the ability to connect to USB 3.0 storage devices or even connect their keyboard and mouse directly to the monitor. Also, the line-out jack allows for external speakers to be connected directly to the monitor as well, while the headphone jack grants further audio functionality.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information
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New Video Released For Upcoming RTS ‘Etherium’

Etherium is the latest futuristic real-time strategy title from developer Tindalos Interactive (creators of Stellar Impact). This first teaser sets the scene of the universe of Etherium and shows the first colony of the Consortium, one of the three playable factions in the game, landing on Serenade, the desert planet rich in etherium. The Consortium is deploying its forces in preparation for the struggle against the Council and Galaad, the two other factions in the game that will soon invade the planet in an attempt to seize control.

In Etherium, three empires are locked in a ruthless struggle to control the etherium, a mysterious and precious resource found only on a handful of planets. Take the lead of one of the three factions, each with its individual characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, technologies and special skills such as climate control, espionage and precognition.

The solo campaign in Etherium is non-linear: you are free to decide how your conquests progress. Manage your resources, expand your colonies and extend your control of the map to assemble an army capable of crushing your opponents. Epic battles will ensue between formidable armies comprising numerous units: infantry, tanks, aircraft, and even gigantic colossi of war several meters high; real machines of destruction! You will also use scientific research to develop a tech tree enabling you to unlock new units and upgrades, access new structures to develop your colony and to use new special skills.

In short, it’s fairly typical RTS action, waring factions, build big armies, epic battles. Etherium also has a unique and dynamic weather system that has a direct impact on your strategy. Use a sandstorm to approach the enemy base unseen, or mount a rearguard attack by crossing a freezing river. Each of the 7 planets has diverse environments, and varied terrain that will force you to adapt your strategy: arid desert, swamps that impede tanks, icy worlds, island archipelagos. Finally, the game will also come with an online mode where up to four players can compete simultaneously.

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Thank you Etherium for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Etherium.

Tropico 5 Teaser Trailer And Game Details Revealed

Kalypso Media have just revealed the teaser trailer for Tropico 5 which you can see below. The game will reportedly be available on Windows, Mac and Linux for PC, though will not be making an appearance on any consoles. The full announcement of the new game can be seen here. Haemimont Studios expect the game to be ready for a “2014 release” though no specifics were given. Let’s hope we are going to get a truly new Tropico game because as good as Tropico 4 was, you couldn’t help but feel there was way too much recycling of Tropico 3 going on in the game.

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Below is a description of the new game from Kalypso Media:

‘Return to the remote island nation of Tropico in the next installment of the critically acclaimed and hugely popular ‘dictator sim’ series.’ Expand your Dynasty’s reign from the early colonial period to beyond the 21st Century, facing an all-new set of challenges, including advanced trading mechanics, technology and scientific research, exploration and for the first time in Tropico history — cooperative and competitive MULTIPLAYER for up to 4 players.

  • The Dynasty – Each member of El Presidente’s extended family is present on the island and may be appointed as a ruler, a manager, an ambassador or a general. Dynasty members gain skills and experience based on their individual assignments.
  • Research and Renovate – Advance your nation by discovering new buildings, technologies and resources. Renovate your old buildings to more efficient modern buildings.
  • Advanced trade system and trade fleet – Amass a global trade fleet and use your ships to secure trade routes to neighboring islands or world superpowers, both for export and import.
  • Explore your island – Discover what lies beyond the fog of war. Send prospectors to look for new deposits, but be wary of hostile animals and native tribes.
  • All new art – All artwork has been re-designed from scratch to provide Tropico 5 with a unique visual identity. Choose from over 100 buildings from each of the individual eras.
  • Cooperative and competitive multiplayer — Up to 4 players can build up their own cities and economies on any given island map. Players can choose to share resources, supplies and population or declare war on each other.

Image courtesy of Kalypso Media (YouTube)

Genius Releases GX Gaming Maurus X FPS/RTS Gaming Mouse in North America

Genius has launched the GX Gaming Series Maurus X FPS/RTS gaming mouse, in North America. With its large, ergonomic design, customizable lighting, six buttons, and quick-change DPI function, the Maurus X looks like it could offer a great and budget friendly solution to the gaming world. We’ve got full spec and details below, although I’m curious if this will be better than the Shogun Bros MK-1.

Bigger is Better
Larger and heavier than the original Maurus, the Maurus X is designed for maximum comfort, so gamers can play for hours without experiencing any wrist or hand soreness. And thanks to its 50g (1.8oz) metal weight, precision movements can be executed with ease.

Performance Plus Style
The Maurus X not only performs like a high-end gaming mouse, it looks the part too. The rear logo and mouse wheel light up in a bold red, and the intensity and pulse rate can be modified. Meanwhile, the top of the mouse features a polished black and red surface, while the sides have textured, rubbery grips for total control.

Assign Up to 8 Macros
All six buttons, plus the scroll up/scroll down mouse wheel inputs, are fully customizable, so gamers are able to assign up to eight macros. The intuitive Maurus X GUI makes creating macros a breeze, and also lets users quickly switch between five profiles.

Adjust DPI on the Fly
Changing the DPI on a mouse has never been easier. With a press of a button, gamers can adjust the DPI from 800 up to 4000. Plus, with its overclocking SG-Core-i sensor and up to 1000hz adjustable polling rate, the Maurus X provides highly accurate targeting even at low DPI settings.

Price and Availability
The Maurus X is currently available in North America for the suggested retail price of $49.90.

Technical Specifications:

  • Image processing: 6400fps
  • Acceleration: 20G
  • Motion detection: 60IPS
  • Lift height: 1-5mm
  • Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4cm (4.7 x 3.2 x 1.6in.) (L*W*H)
  • Weight: 178g (6.3oz)

Thank you Genius for providing us with this information.

TteSports Theron Gaming Mouse Review

In the office today I have the fairly unique looking Theron gaming mouse from TteSports, a gaming mouse targeted right at the heart of the RTS scene and if previous TteSports products are anything to by, I really can’t wait to get this thing plugged in and put it to the test.

TteSports have a rock solid reputation in the gaming community and as the eSports scene and its supports grow, so too does TteSports. As a company they are firmly rooted in the gaming community, attending events, sponsoring gaming teams, they have their peripherals by some of the biggest gamers in the industry (White Ra for example). All of this adds up and it’s always been clear to me that TteSports really care what gamers thing and that they listen to what gamers want.

There are three things that really stand out in the TteSports range, unique designs, plenty of features and wallet friendly price tags, and it looks like the Theron has already ticked off one of those by being priced at £50, although a quick online search can easily find you one closer to £40. This puts it in line with a lot of other gaming mice that are on the market, but price is almost irrelevant if you don’t have the features and performance to match it, so lets move and take a closer look at what TteSports have to offer in terms of design, features and performance.

The box for the Theron is really nicely designed, in fact all TteSports products come well packaged and the fact that they’ve taken time to design fancy graphics, show clear images of their products and have technical details on the box show that they’re confident in their products.

As with some of the other Tt products, there is an endorsement from one of the biggest eSports players around giving his approval for this mouse, definitely a good sign.

The box folds out given us a direct look at the mouse, as well as a break down of some of the major features.

In the box I found a nice little bonus, a soft zip-up pouch for storing the mouse, handy for when you want to chuck it into your backpack to head out to a gaming event.

The mouse its self is hard-wired with a nice high quality braided cable, it also features a permanently attached velcro strap to aid with storage and a custom moulded, gold-plated USB connection.

The mouse features a steep ergonomic slope towards the front, this promotes a palm rest play style, but also offers plenty of clearance for those who prefer a claw like grip on the mouse. The left and right mouse buttons are formed from the main shell of the mouse thanks to a split design and the center of the mouse features a nice quality notched scroll wheel and a pair of toggle switches.

Down the left side we have another pair of switches, as well as some more ergonomic lumps and bumps.  Further towards the back we have a clear panel that covers some LED indicators and a back-lit Tt dragon logo.

The right side of the mouse features yet another switch, bringing the total up to 7, not counting the clickable scroll wheel.

Overall the design is really nice and the shape of the chassis is a little unique compared to many other gaming mice on the market, giving the Theron a very defined and bold look.

Two large Teflon surfaces should provide us with plenty of glide, but the real good stuff comes from the on-mouse polling rate switch, a profile select switch and a lock / unlock settings switch. This gives you extra flexibility over your settings without leaving your game, meaning you can drop out to a more offensive or defensive macro preset between respawns, handy!

Another welcome feature comes from the removable cover, behind which you will find 5 x 4.5g weights and a rubber mounting block. This helps you customise the overall drag/glide of the mouse to your liking.

Setup & Installation

Setting up the Theron couldn’t be any easier, if you want to get straight into the action and enjoy the basics of the DPI settings and polling rate, then you can. Just plug and play and your straight into the action. Yet I strongly recommend you download the excellent software from the TteSports website as this allows for customisation of Macros, tweaking of the LED lighting, profile configuration, DPI adjustments in steps of 90DPI up to 5600 with four settings configurable to each profile. You can also configure the complete button layout to your liking, something that you don’t often see on mice in this price range.

Performance

There are some nice features on the Theron and the software is pretty flexible too, the high DPI sensor is perfect for RTS gaming but I would have liked to have seen configurable X and Y speed settings, but only having a combined setting is hardly a deal breaker really. I performed some simple acceleration tests on the sensor at multiple DPI settings and there is definitely some very light acceleration at lower DPI and a subtle deceleration at higher DPI settings when moving the mouse at high velocities. This is quite common however and while it may bug enthusiast FPS players, this likely won’t be an issue for the RTS or MMO crowd. There were no acceleration issues at lower velocities.

Angle snapping is auto-set to off and didn’t provide any issues for me, prediction and angle snapping might be handy for some day-to-day desktop tasks (albeit I can’t think of any) but it’s definitely not a feature you want in your gaming.

Liftoff distance isn’t great, hovering close to 2mm! This isn’t ideal for those who like to play with a lift-off technique, but it’s not the worst I’ve seen either. Unfortunately this isn’t configurable and is generally something you would have to take into consideration if you play with a lift off technique.

The Theron didn’t disappoint when put to the test in RTS games, Starcraft II and End of Nations benefitted greatly from the macro settings, but most enjoyable for me has to be that this mouse offers “just enough” in terms of features. It’s not too fussy and this meant I could focus on my game without glancing at my mouse ever other minutes looking for macro keys.

FPS gaming wasn’t too bad, it’s perfectly capable of getting you through a few games of Battlefield but for FPS gaming I would suggest you stick with something like the TteSports Saphira. The Theron is better suited for MMO and RTS gaming, there is no doubt about that.

Final Thoughts

I really like this mouse and when it comes to RTS and MMO gaming it is an absolutely joy to work with, it gives you all the features you need to bring the pain to your enemies and having multiple profiles for DPI settings and macros only goes to extend its feature set. I found this especially handy for games such as League of Legends, where I like different settings for different champions.

Day to day usage is also pretty cosy, the ergonomics of the mouse lend well to heavy usage and a few days of using this mouse in Photoshop, checking Facebook, working on reviews etc proved very favourable. The only downside for me is the acceleration / deceleration issue, it is however only a minor occurence of it and I doubt many will even notice it! The lift off distance is high too, but since I don’t play with a lift-off technique, this isn’t something I have issue with, but worth taking note of if you’re a player that does.

Those two minor issues are the only things I can things I can find wrong with the Theron and for a product that I can go purchase for just £40 that is a pretty awesome trade-off as I find there is more often than not at least one or two things I don’t like about near any gaming product on the market. Yet given its feature set, stylish design and above average performance for this price range, the Theron is surprisingly good value for money and if your on a tight budget and take your RTS / MMO gaming seriously, you’ll be hard pushed to find better for this kind of money.

Pros

  • Cool design
  • High quality build
  • Braided cable
  • Easy to use software
  • Customisable weight
  • Nice ergonomics

Cons

  • Mild acceleration / deceleration issues at high velocities
  • High liftoff distance

eTeknix says: “TteSports have done it again, providing a uniquely styled product, that packs plenty of features and still offering a super competitive price tag that is going to make a lot of gamers happy”.