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News Blast for the Week: 20/04 / 27th of April 2015

This week has seen a few announcements, including the unveiling of the first ever gameplay footage from Avalanche Studios’ Mad Max (more on this later), the PC specifications for Rocksteady’s Arkham Kight were revealed and there was the announcement that Konami’s P.T. demo was to be pulled from the PlayStation Store, but first, a short piece of news on this year’s Call of Duty.

It emerged this last week that developer, Treyarch, have been working on Black Ops 3 for around three years, so this is set to be the longest development period that the team have had to create any entry into the multi-platinum selling series. What does that mean for the game itself? Well, much like its predecessor, Advanced Warfare, Black Ops 3 is set to feature augmented soldiers, cybernetically enhanced to meet the needs of a post-cold war world (this being the ending to Black Ops 2), and so the extended development time has apparently allowed the team to introduce a new movement system that will enable combatants to wall run (much like Titanfall I suppose), allowing for a more dynamic and engaging battlefield.

Aside from mimicking the works of former CoD developers, Treyarch have been able to implement a campaign mode that will feature four player co-operative play throughout, with campaign characters now featuring some customisation and progression, rewarding repeat play. Additionally, it has emerged that like Gears of War, playing co-operatively will enable players to see the campaign play out from different perspectives, which Treyarch hope will also encourage CoD fans to sample this mode on more than one occasion.

Meanwhile Rocksteady are almost ready to unleash their third, and supposedly final, Arkham game upon an eager public, but for those looking to savour this latest release on their PCs, the required specifications are rather high, so take note

PC minimum spec:
CPU: Intel Core i5-750 at 2.67 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 965 at 3.4 GHz
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
Memory: 6Gb RAM

PC recommended spec:
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 at 3.4 GHz/AMD FX-8350 at 4 GHz
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
Memory: 8Gb RAM

These specs were provided by NVIDIA themselves to the chaps over at Eurogamer, hence the omission of AMD graphics hardware, though for the minimum specs, Arkham Knight will require 2Gb of on-board graphics memory, with an additional 1Gb needed for both the recommended and ultra-settings. In short, Arkham Knight needs a pretty hefty piece of kit to be played!
As part of the continuing Kojima-gate scandal, or so it would seem, Konami have chosen to remove Hideo Kojima’s Playable Teaser (P.T.) from the PlayStation Store as of Wednesday 29th of April. There’s no official word on why as of yet, but the highly acclaimed demo was set to lead on to a brand new Silent Hill game headed up by Kojima, with director Guillermo Del Toro and Walking Dead star, Norman Reedus. PlayStation 4 owner who have yet to sample this may wish to download it before it disappears, because it may just be your last chance to experience it.

Lastly, Just Cause developer, Avalanche Studios, finally unveiled the first gameplay trailer from their upcoming, open-world Mad Max game, and, perhaps surprisingly, it looks to be a rather intriguing prospect after all. With a desolate environment, unpredictable weather, driving, vehicle customisation and an Arkham Asylum inspired combat system (really, it looks identical), Mad Max is shaping up to be something rather special when it launches on the 4th of September for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Oh, and if all of that wasn’t enough to tempt you into picking up a copy, there are factions to work both for and against, and perhaps best of all, it’s even got the Thunderdome! Now, if only Cundalini could get his hand back, we might be able to engage in a little PvP…

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