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Halo Infinite’s Latest Technical Preview Enhances Performance Mode

Halo Infinite’s Latest Technical Preview Enhances Performance Mode

343 Industries will host its latest technical preview of Halo Infinite this weekend. This opens up more of the game’s features to potential players. This test introduces new Halo Infinite modes that Halo enthusiasts can check out before its December launch. This test allows for deeper analysis of the performance of Halo Infinite and comparisons to other technical previews. One comparison revealed that Halo Infinite’s Performance Mode on console seems to have been significantly improved.

To clarify, Performance Mode is a graphics option that consoles offer. It typically reduces resolution and other visual features to get a faster frame rate. Digital Foundry’s recent analysis found that Halo Infinite’s new Performance Mode on Xbox Series X gave an impressive improvement over previous tests. Halo Infinite can run at 120 fps with the latest Performance Mode improvements on Xbox Series X. However, the game’s resolution drops below 1440p. Rarely, it drops down to 1080p.

Players couldn’t toggle between Quality Mode and Performance Mode in previous versions of Performance Mode on Xbox Series X. It was believed that the toggle was bugged. This meant that players were stuck in 60 fps quality mode, regardless of whether they switched to Performance Mode. Digital Foundry doesn’t believe there is a bug in the technical preview. This causes Halo Infinite to switch back to Quality Mode after the game resets. Players must then change it back back to Performance every time they start the game.

However, the Xbox Series X was not the only console that received improvements to Halo Infinite’s Performance Mode. Digital Foundry also discovered that the Xbox One X console received a boost in performance. The console’s performance mode now delivers a steady 60 frames per second frame rate. It also maintains a 1440p resolution, with occasional dips to 1080p. The Xbox One X Performance Mode was previously unable to consistently deliver 60 frames per second.

One other difference exists in Performance Mode for a different Xbox platform. The Xbox Series S had a Performance Mode that reached 120 fps prior to the technical preview. This mode has been removed. Halo Infinite now only supports a single 60 fps mode for the next-generation Xbox console. The Xbox One S has a single graphics mode that can only display 30 frames per second.

This is a surprising amount of choices for potential Halo Infinite gamers. Xbox Series X gamers with monitors or televisions capable of supporting 120 fps will be in the minority. However, 343 has a great mode that they can use regardless. The Xbox Series X’s dynamic 4K quality mode with 60 fps should suffice to satisfy Halo fans.

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Valve Cancels Ticket Sales for Dota 2’s The International 2021

Valve Cancels Ticket Sales for Dota 2’s The International 2021

Like many other gaming competitions and conventions in 2020 the International Dota 2 annual Esports Championship was delayed indefinitely because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Due to the delay, Dota 2’s The International competition reached over $34million by August 2020.

Due to the lifting COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in July 2021 Valve announced that Dota 2’s The International tournament would be held in Bucharest in October. Tickets for the live audience went on the market in September. Participants would need to be fully vaccinated, and must wear masks throughout the event.

Only a few weeks ago, tickets for The International went on sale. However, Valve has now canceled all ticket sales. The rise in COVID cases in Romania has resulted in new restrictions in Bucharest. Tournament administrators are no longer able to ensure safety and health for both participants and competitors. The International Dota 2 will still take place on October 7. However, there will not be public attendance. Those who purchased tickets already will receive a refund.

While ticket costs will be refunded, cancellations of the public portion The International Dota 2 championships less that a week before event start may cause inconvenience and even loss of money. Many attendees are already in Romania as a result of comments made on social media. Others have booked hotels, bought plane tickets and taken days off work to make arrangements such as pet sitting or house sitting.

The 2021 event, unlike 2020’s cancellation of The International completely, will still be held and fans can view it online. Details about how and where viewers can tune-in are still not available due to the recent cancellation announcement. It seems likely that Dota 2’s The International 2021 will be streamed live on Valve’s Twitch, YouTube channels or both.

The International Dota 2 Championships will have two stages. The group stage will take place from October 7-10. During this time, the participating esports teams are divided into two groups. They will then play in a round-robin format. The top four teams advance to the main event’s top bracket, while the bottom team is eliminated and the rest of the teams are placed in the lower bracket. The main event will be held from October 12-17, after a one-day break. It is not yet clear if all 10 days of The International will be streamed live or just the main event.

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Veteran Final Fantasy Developer Working on New Dungeon Encounters Game

Veteran Final Fantasy Developer Working on New Dungeon Encounters Game

Square Enix has revealed Dungeon Encounters, the new Final Fantasy-inspired dungeon crawler game. Ito is known for his three Final Fantasy games, as well as being the creator of the iconic Active Time Battle system. Now it seems that he’s taking a different direction with a minimalist title that takes dungeon crawling back down to its roots.

Dungeon Encounters’ announcement trailer may bring back memories of Final Fantasy games past and present. It features beautiful art, solid character models and nearly blank maps. Dungeon Encounters offers players layers upon layers of board-game-like labyrinths to explore, instead of rich settings or vibrant environments.

The squares the player has walked on before are colored white. Unexplored squares are transparent. The trailer suggests that the game will be both a puzzle and a dungeon crawler. In fact, the player will be rewarded for exploring every level. Square Enix’s upcoming RPG will not be the only one to draw attention for its unique design choices. However, Dungeon Encounters’ stark minimalist aesthetic and complex puzzle mechanics might make it stand out from other Final Fantasy titles.

Ito isn’t the only Final Fantasy character involved in Dungeon Encounters. Hiroaki Kato was also the producer of Final Fantasy 12 The Zodiac Age. He worked on Tactics Ogre Let Us Cling Together as well as two Final Fantasy Tactics games. Nobuo Uematsu (the musical director) will join them. Ryoma Ito is contributing character art and Ryoma Ito (the designer) will also be joining them. Fans may find it a dream to see all these franchise titans work together on a Final Fantasy-inspired video game.

There are a variety of characters that can be played in the game, most of which fit into existing Final Fantasy archetypes. However, some characters, such as the sizable, round cat called Sir Cat and Jufren (a dachshund who wields a similar sword to Sif in Dark Souls), seem more experimental. Although the trailer doesn’t give much information about the mechanics of each character, it does show that some characters will have their own move sets. Square Enix claims that there will be 100 levels of challenging puzzles in the game, which could indicate that it will be more puzzle-oriented than any other title.

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Minecraft Player Creates Cover of ‘Still Alive’ From Portal Using Note Blocks

Minecraft Player Creates Cover of ‘Still Alive’ From Portal Using Note Blocks

Minecraft offers a wide range of creative possibilities, including a complete wiring system, hundreds upon blocks, and even music tools. One Minecraft player took the music elements and created a cover of Still Alive by Portal.

The Note Block is one of the many blocks in Minecraft. It can be tuned to particular pitches and will play a note or percussive sound depending on which block it is below. To play complete songs, some composers make large chains of note block blocks.

A Minecraft player named minoan8128 covered the Portal’s iconic ending song, Still Alive. A song cover is made up of hundreds of note blocks linked together in a huge chain. The minecart tracks carry the player, so that the sounds don’t get out of range. The background features detailed dioramas that resemble Portal’s test rooms. Carefully timed falling blocks add an impressive amount to the build and sell the idea of portals working. Banners are cleverly used to create turrets and even small details such as flickering lights and security cameras.

Minecraft is known for its dedication to projects. Some, such as Half-Life 2, took over a decade. Minoan8128 joked that the Still Alive cover took “approximately 1 pandemic” to make. While the composition is very similar to the original, it retains its own style and visuals help keep the Portal aesthetic in the forefront.

Although the song cover is amazing on its own, the original poster claims that it was entirely created in vanilla survival Minecraft. It would be an incredible achievement if this claim is true. The large, detailed building in which the majority of the cover is displayed is huge. It also showcases many more construction projects. With the lack of flying and material gathering required for survival, such massive constructions would have been very time-consuming.

Even though spinoffs such as the Minecraft movie’s fate remain uncertain, the community keeps the game alive with creative projects. The current developers also keep the game updated with new features regularly. Minecraft has a lot of potential and fans will continue to support it.

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Half-Life: Alyx No VR Mod Looks Promising in New Update

Half-Life: Alyx No VR Mod Looks Promising in New Update

Half-Life: Alyx was created to show what VR can do. However, some people find it difficult to use. A team of mod developers has created the game to be more accessible for all players by making it more similar to the classic Half-Life games.
Half-Life: Alyx, a VR title is meant to be used with two track controllers that simulate the hands of players. While they are great in VR, the hands do not work in VR. They also remove the game’s control scheme from its keyboard and mouse.

A group of modders known collectively as SoMNst released a video showing improvements to the “No VR Mod” for Half-Life. This video features 37 minutes of gameplay, and highlights important changes made to make Half-Life classic gameplay available for non-VR. The UI and puzzles have been redesigned to allow for traditional first-person shooter gameplay. Each change seems to have been inspired by Half-Life 2. The UI design is very similar to the original titles. Additionally, the process of picking up physics objects has been reworked to be very similar to previous games.

Half-Life: Alyx was praised for its VR format. Taking it out of its context gives you an interesting perspective on what VR needs to change. It is a great simplification that makes VR feel more meaningful than a flatscreen format. The emphasis on upgrading weapons rather than the various arsenals from previous Half-Life games is a fascinating one. VR is still in its infancy, so Half Life: Alyx’s design allows for players to feel at ease as the format changes.

Half-Life: Alyx is more horror-oriented than the rest of Half-Life. Despite the gameplay shift, the No VR mod makes Half-Life: Alyx accessible without the need for expensive VR equipment. It also serves as an interesting case study on how VR affects game design. It can also be used as a parallel to convert existing games to VR formats as demonstrated by the BioShock: Return to Rapture Mod.

Valve has been known for their modding skills. Major esports titles such as Counter-Strike or Team Fortress started out as mods for Half-Life. Modders can create custom maps and campaigns for Half-Life, Alyx, and they can even integrate haptic suits and complete conversions to make this a completely new experience.

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Cheaper Xbox Series X Expansion Drives Are Coming From Seagate

Cheaper Xbox Series X Expansion Drives Are Coming From Seagate

Due to the possibility of multiple upgrades for video games, the next-generation consoles were much anticipated long before their 2020 release. These consoles were generally praised for their faster loading times and higher graphics fidelity. Fans shared one concern, however, other than the price, which is the storage capacity of next-gen consoles. Owners of the Xbox Series S/X may not have to wait any longer to obtain a new expansion drive.

Modern AAA video games require more storage than ever before. The Xbox Series S only has 512GB storage, while the Xbox Series X can store 1TB. This is a problem when games such as Microsoft Flight Simulator or Modern Warfare easily exceed 100GB. Seagate currently offers a 1TB storage drive for the Xbox Series X/S. It fits perfectly into the available storage space on both the consoles. The 1TB Seagate drive provides almost double the storage space for Xbox Series X and takes advantage of next-gen hardware’s loading speeds.

S, it comes with an incredibly hefty price tag of $220 USD ($280 CAD). There are many storage options that are less expensive, like an external HDD, or SDD. However, they will not benefit from the Xbox’s fast loading times. According to a leak, Seagate is soon going to sell a smaller version of its 1TB storage drives. The new 512GB expansion drives have been leaked to retailers. According to an anonymous source who spoke with WindowCentral, the storage drives could also be sold during the holiday period.

A USB Game Drive for Xbox SSD was also revealed in the leak. Users can use it to store their games later. This could theoretically be a quicker solution than redownloading all the games. The USB SSD can be used to transfer the games to the internal SSD.

Although it is not yet known how much the new 512GB expansion drive would cost, it’s likely that it will be less than half the price of the 1TB drive. S another alternative than paying $220 USD for another expansion drive. These solutions offer a promising solution for owners of next-generation Xbox consoles who struggle to store their limited storage space.

The 512GB expansion drive is slightly more expensive than the 1TB drive. The Xbox Series X owners will be happy with the 512GB expansion drive, which has 1TB of storage. However, the Xbox Series S owners who have 512GB internal space might not find it sufficient. As the new Xbox consoles approach their one-year mark, it is possible that cheaper storage options will soon be available.

 

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Elden Ring Is In Final Stages of Development

Elden Ring Is In Final Stages of Development

The highly anticipated title Elden Ring from studio FromSoftware is a highly-discussed title. George RR Martin, a critically acclaimed fantasy writer, only adds to the excitement. Although the game did not make it to the Tokyo Game Show, fans who had been eagerly awaiting its arrival were given an update through another show. Manager Yasuhiro kitao, who is launching the game early next year, made a brief appearance and answered some questions about the game.

Famitsu hosted a short appearance by Kitao on a video show. One of the questions was about Elden Ring’s content. Kitao reaffirmed what type of game it is. It is FromSoftware’s culmination in dark fantasy action, with fans expecting the same level of adventure and difficulty as Dark Souls. He also spoke about the large number of dungeons in the game’s open world.

Elden Ring’s map, fast travel functions and other details were also discussed. This will be a major departure from previous games by the company. Kitao explained that the map would be larger than usual and more unconventional. The player can piece together their locations by finding pieces of the map in the overworld. This allows the player to choose how they want to explore.

Kitao stated that the game is in its final stages and is moving along quietly. He addressed the eagerly awaiting fans with a touch of humility and a message. He began by addressing the gap between Elden Ring’s E3 2019 announcement and the June video. He said, “I thought it would go forgotten until then but there were many people who were waiting for it, so I want to thank them again.”

After his brief appearance, he said that he hopes fans’ expectations are met as the team develops Elden Ring. Kitao was only able to appear on Famitsu for ten minutes due to his busy work at FromSoftware. However, his appearance highlighted many features that fans should be excited about for the upcoming title.

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Atelier Sophie 2 Officially Announced By Koei Tecmo with February 2022 Release

Atelier Sophie 2 Officially Announced By Koei Tecmo with February 2022 Release

Rumours about Atelier Sophie receiving a sequel have been floating around the fanbase for a while, but they gained credibility after the game was ported over to the Switch at beginning of this year. It was also rated for Australian audiences earlier in the month. Many Atelier games have been ported as digital games to the Switch since the original 2015 release of the game, including the Atelier Mysterious Trilogy which includes Atelier Sophie. A sequel has been confirmed.
The Atelier franchise keeps the same beloved art style as the original Atelier Sophie, but with high-quality graphics. The RPG elements, as well as the core mechanics for creating alchemical synthesis and gathering material, are all still the same. The trailer below shows some elements returning with minor changes. Similar to Atelier Ryza 2, players will have a wider world for collecting material, fighting monsters, or launching character combination attacks.

As they travel to Sophie’s home, Plachta and Sophie discover a tree that is identical to the one Plachta had hoped for. The pair are drawn into a strange vortex when they look closer. Sophie wakes up alone and hears about Plachta, an alchemist who lives nearby. Sophie doesn’t recognize Plachta, despite her name being the exact same. This mysterious story unfolds in the new Atelier game as Sophie searches for her friend. She meets new friends along the way and creates new synthesis.

Common turn-based elements will be found alongside an updated system. They will be able to start battles immediately after their initial encounter. This is a first for the series. A pair of three-man battle parties has been added, which allows for multi-linked turn-based battles between two teams. This allows gamers to use a wide range of combat strategies to defeat their enemies.

There are many mechanic-based updates in the new game to look forward to. Fans speculate that Sophie’s success with Atelier Ryza 2 may be responsible for her own sequel, as sequels are very rare in the franchise. Atelier Sophie received one of the highest-performing franchise receptions at the time of its release. It is not surprising that her story will continue, despite the seven years gap.

NIS America has pre-orders available for the Limited Edition set. It includes an Atelier book, background music and a fabric poster. A keychain for Sophie’s whale necklace is included as well as a code to download Sophie’s “My New Look” costume and a collector’s set. Fans should not be disappointed if they get a different edition.

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Marvel’s Avengers Player Shares Skin Concepts for Iron Man, Captain America, and More

Marvel’s Avengers Player Shares Skin Concepts for Iron Man, Captain America, and More

The game’s community is very concerned about the cosmetics used by Marvel’s Avengers. Fans are vocal in their requests for alternate outfits for their heroes. This is why the discussion about skins is a constant topic of conversation within the Marvel’s Avengers community.

Fans continue to create new cosmetic designs, regardless of whether they are inspired from comic books or television adaptations. BrockSolid Designs, a fan of the game, has created elaborate concepts that let them share their passion for the iconic characters.

BrockSolid Designs offers custom skin cosmetics concepts that they wish to see in Marvel’s Avengers. Skins have been created for Captain America, Iron Man and Hawkeye as well as Wolverine. BrockSolid Design offers two different Captain America cosmetics. The first is the 1941 Captain America appearance, while the second is the zombie Captain America, as shown in Marvel’s What If …?. Anthology. The 1941 classic look is striking, with bright pops in blue, red, and white. While the zombie look shows a blue discoloration to his skin underneath his MCU gear.

BrockSolid Design’s models for Iron Man include a Model 51 Prime and a Proto-Classic cosmetic. The latter is an alteration to Marvel’s Illustrious skin, which BrockSolid Design designed for Iron Man. Marvel’s What If is another Marvel’s. A skin featuring a zombified Iron Man wearing no helmet is also included. Clint Barton’s Hawkeye is not given an original or unusual outfit. Instead, he gets the Civil War-inspired Civil War skin.

Spider-Man will still be able to visit Marvel’s Avengers in 2019, but it is not clear what his default look will be, nor which cosmetics he may wear. While players may be able predict MCU-inspired skins that look similar to those in Marvel’s Spider-Man comics, it is not clear how the character will look. BrockSolid Designs has however created a classic look for the web-slinger with Marvel’s Spider-Man’s Classic Suit. However, they have added large silver web-shooters to his wrists. You can also get larger mask lenses.

Additionally, Wolverine is not yet announced for Marvel’s Avengers. This makes Wolverine a fan-requested character that could or might not be considered for downloadable content post-launch. BrockSolid Designs’ Wolverine cosmetic design was modeled after the Sideshow character in his iconic yellow and blue outfit.

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Metal Gear Solid 5 Quiet Actress Working on New Game Vengeance is Mine

Metal Gear Solid 5 Quiet Actress Working on New Game Vengeance is Mine

Metal Gear Solid is filled with memorable characters that are brought to life by talented individuals. Quiet is from Metal Gear Solid 5 – The Phantom Pain. Now, Stefanie Joosten will be the creative director for a new mech combat video game titled Vengeance Is Mine.
Joosten, who almost played the role of Fragile in Death Stranding’s, recently announced the new game through a Twitter video. She briefly described Vengeance Is Mine as a game that blends genres, themes, and ingeniously innovates on industry standards, as well as being able to describe it as a game that fuses genres and themes in surprising ways.

According to the official blurb Vengeance is mine tells the story about Gabriel Jaeger who is executed by three time travelers traveling to 1664 to find an old piece technology that will give them a terrible power. Charles Jaeger uses technology to activate Deacon, an abandoned military facility buried beneath the streets of New Amsterdam. This is a plot that would be right at home in Metal Gear Solid. The people are then able to rally around Robert Wright, their spiritual leader “beyond time and space.” Gabriel Jaeger survives his execution but prepares to exact his revenge with a prototype HYDRA suit. This is shown during the video.

110 Industries will publish Vengeance is Mine. It will feature a time manipulation mechanic similar to some action games’ bullet-time functions. It will allow players to adjust combos or cheat death, speed up or slow down time, and even readjust their timing. Joosten, a Metal Gear veteran, says that the title is more than a game. This may be because she borrowed some ideas from Hideo Kojima’s famously creative and bizarre book.

At the time of writing, Vengeance is Mine’s announcement has elicited excitement from Joosten’s fans. One Twitter user stated that Joosten’s presence was enough for them to be excited about the game. This may be a reflection of how Hideo Kojima’s followers feel about him. Joosten was greeted with many congratulatory messages. Another fan immediately promised to play the game, and another reported that Vengeance is Mine would be a great learning experience.

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