It’s been a wild year for VG247, so to celebrate we’re going to be republishing some of our favourite work published in 2018 – opinion pieces, features, and interviews, that we’ve enjoyed writing and reading, and which we believe showcase some of our best work. Enjoy! Red Dead Redemption 2 – how advanced AI and physics create the most believable open world yet was first published on October 23, 2018. It has been five years since GTA 5 released and it’s still the king of its genre. From the way the audio distorts when you drive through a tunnel to how enemies tumble down a hillside when downed in a precarious position, the small details in GTA 5 come together to pull you into its grimy, crime-ridden rendition of Los Angeles. With Red Dead Redemption 2, Rockstar is pushing the boundaries once more – this time in a huge slice of the Western frontier, including mountain ranges, stretches of farmland, the swamps of the bayou, big cities, towns, … [Read more...] about Best of 2018: Red Dead Redemption 2 – how advanced AI and physics create the most believable open world yet
Expectations ripple 2018
Valve, the company behind the PC gaming service Steam and developer of DOTA 2 and Half-Life has announced that it will be at Gamescom 2018. Valve doesn’t attend many shows but when it does, it sends ripples across the gaming community, so this is big news for the German gaming event. Nobody knows exactly what Valve is showing, but it is likely that the studio will be showing off Artifact, a card game that the company announced during the DOTA 2 2017 Championship. The digital card game is scheduled to release sometime this year, so it’s possible that Valve could announce the release date at the event. Earlier in the year, Valve’s President Gabe Newell said: “Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us.” This statement by Newell sent fans into a speculation frenzy, people were wondering what games the company is working on. As expected some people took this as confirmation that the much-wanted Half-Life 3 was in … [Read more...] about Valve Is Attending Gamescom 2018 but What Are They Showing?
What did you think of the E3? Good? Okay? Notice anything unusual? While some great games were announced - some new things and fantastic looking titles - something was lacking. Mainly, the megaton, holy shit, I can’t believe this happening moments. The E3 2018 games we saw were good, solid stuff but oddly lacking the explosions of past years. And that’s because the next generation is coming and everyone’s holding back the big guns. We know the next generation is coming, both PlayStation and Xbox has said as much. In an investment call this year, Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO John Kodera mentioned the PS4 is "finally entering the final phase of its console life cycle." While at this year’s Xbox conference head of Xbox Phil spencer talked about how Microsoft is “deep into architecting the next generation of Xbox consoles.” But to watch E3 this year was to actually see the end begin: there were no really, truly massive … [Read more...] about E3 2018 was all logo reveals and promises because PlayStation and Xbox are already focused on the next generation
For cryptocurrency investors, it's been a rocky 24 hours. On Tuesday, reports that China and Russia may enact more regulations around cryptocurrency exchanges sent Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple dropping billions off their market caps. Bitcoin was sitting at around $14,000 before it dropped to below $10,000, though it's climbed back up to more than $11,000 on Wednesday. It's still sitting at nearly 18 percent down since last week, according to Coinbase. It's also been a bad week for PC gamers looking to buy new graphics cards, as the prices are exorbitant thanks to dwindling stock and rampant mining. And unfortunately, crypto's woes are unlikely to lead to more graphics card stock right away. This isn't the first time Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have seen huge swings in value. Just recently, in mid-December, Bitcoin dropped from $19,000 to about $12,600, before climbing back up. This time is likely no different, but the reasons behind it could point to more significant, long-term … [Read more...] about Cryptocurrency prices tank due to regulatory fears
Post-processing tools for games aren’t new – hello Reshade and SweetFX – but the world of dramatically altering a PC game’s appearance with what could loosely be described as real-time Instragram filters has always been a scrappy wild west. Nvidia have this week built themselves a governor’s mansion on this new frontier, introducing a feature called ‘Freestyle‘ to the GeForce Experience suite of game optimisation, streaming and screenshotting tools. It might lack the open source and community-driven scope of ReShade, but it’s easier and slicker to use on the games that support it – and the results can be dramatic. Gimmicky, sure, but making a game you’re otherwise tiring of into a neon fever-dream can be a real shot in the arm. Presenting for your wide-eyed delectation and howling disapproval – Plunkbat: The Animated Series, Assassin’s Creed Oranges: Vice City and American Truck Simulator: Grindhouse Edition. … [Read more...] about Cel-shaded PUBG, ’70s Truck Sim and zinester Assassin’s Creed with new Nvidia tool