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Killing Floor 2 - NVIDIA FleX Technology

If you ever played the original Killing Floor, you know that it was one game that would be considered an incredible gore fest. Killing Floor 2 brings that back with even more intensity. Killing Floor 2 starts shortly after the end of the original and is set in Europe where the failed experiments of the Horzine biotech company have taken hold. Civilization is a complete mess with all communication, government, and military forces destroyed. Some of the survivors of the devastation have decided to fight the outbreak of Zeds and they have funded operations to exterminate the threat. They have turned up the gore level with a system they call M.E.A.T. (Massive Evisceration and Trauma). This goal of the developers was enhanced through the use of NVIDIA Flex technology. In fact, it is the first game to use this technology.

Killing Floor 2 Nvidia Flex

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Grand Theft Auto V - Shadow Technologies Showdown

GTA V Shadow Technology Showdown

The technologies used in games are getting more and more advanced as more powerful hardware becomes available. It won’t be long before it is normal to be fully immersed into a game world with realistic scenery. Thankfully both AMD and NVIDIA have continued to innovate with the way rendering is handled and in particular their most recent innovations were with regards to shadows. AMD has their CHS (Contact Hardening Shadows) and NVIDIA has their PCSS (Percentage-Closer Soft Shadows), but the real question is which one looks more realistic. AMD CHS works by hardening or softening a shadows edge depending on the calculated distance from the light source, while NVIDIA PCSS works in a similar fashion with a few added filtering elements and buffering elements to prevent super dark portions of a shadow.

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Assassin's Creed Unity Performance and Overview

Assassin's Creed Unity Performance and Overview

Personally, I love to get engulfed in a great story. It doesn’t matter if it is a great movie, a book, or a game with a storyline. There is nothing as interactive, though, as a good game. Books certainly can make you think and suck you into a story, and most movies are a good opportunity to zone out, but a great game can provide so many hours of entertainment. I also firmly believe that games used properly can be a great way to learn about many things. This can range from solving puzzles and working the mind, or learning history, and math.

Assassin's Creed Unity 

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Borderlands The Pre-Sequel Performance and PhysX Review

Borderlands The Pre-Sequel Performance and Physx Review

Handsome Jack is back for another round in the Borderlands series. We are not talking about Borderlands 3 here, though, this is Borderlands The Pre-Sequel. This time, the landscape you will be traversing is the moon of Pandora (Elpis). Similar to Earth’s moon, Pandora’s moon is a low oxygen and gravity environment, and this brings some new game play features into play, like maintaining oxygen levels. However, it wouldn’t be Borderlands without some other twist; the O2 kit that you wear actually allows you to double jump and do a gravity slam on your opponents (otherwise known as a butt slam).

Borderlands The Pre sequel 

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Watch Dogs Review

Watch Dogs Review

When was the last time you found your friend's PC still opened up to their Face Book page? Did you get on it and change some statuses? ZOMG HACKER! Or maybe you play games, like Call of Duty or one of the Battle Fields, and someone is always talking about hacking your account, that or maybe spending a lovely evening with your mom. How many people really think they could “hack” into some secure server or even just somebody's PC with a basic password on it? Is hacking like what we see on TV where someone just starts mashing buttons on a keyboard and little “loading” bars start popping up everywhere? I doubt it, but what I know about hacking or breaking encryption on computers could fit in a thimble and leave room for a sip of water.

Watch Dogs Gaming and Performance Review

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Riptide GP2 for Android Review

Riptide GP2 for Android

Anyone born after 1998 have most likely never been or even seen a video arcade in person before. They have all, unfortunately, died out as console games increased in popularity, but for a time they were ubiquitous and everyone would wait in line, quarters in tow, for their turn on the latest games. They survived for a while because it took some time before consoles caught up to the arcade level of graphics and eventually surpassed it. By the time consumer high-definition displays came out, major arcade game tournaments outside of Japan, such as the annual Evolution tournament in Las Vegas, have opted to use console games instead of a full-sized arcade cabinet. The social aspect of arcade gaming was something consoles could never replicate until online gaming came along. It wasn’t the same experience seeing your opponent eye-to-eye before you challenge him to a game, but online gaming instead allowed players to challenge a wider set of players beyond their local arcade. With online gaming, not only can players prove they are the best in their city, but can also test their skills against the best players around the world. Competitive gaming has evolved even further with the availability of gaming-capable tablets and portable consoles, such as the NVIDIA Shield. This allows racing games, such as Vector Unit’s Riptide GP2, to extend replayability beyond what is expected from a mobile game.

Riptide GP2 for Android

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Unigine Oil Rush for Android

Unigine Oil Rush for Android

We all are aware of the reality that crude oil is in limited supply. What this means, of course, is that everything which has a petroleum base, such as plastic, gasoline, and heating oil, are all in limited supply. Wars have been fought through the centuries over resources that are in limited supplies, take for instance salt. There was a time in this world that salt was more valuable than gold. Unigine has taken the idea that oil is a limited resource and built a tower defense RTS style game around the concept. Oil Rush is a naval strategy game built on the Unigine graphics engine. A demo version, as well as full version, will be available for Android devices with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip.

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Assassin's Creed 3 Review

Assassin's Creed 3 Review

The years 2012 and 2013 are filled with sequels, not just in terms of blockbuster movies but AAA video game titles as well. Each vying for the coveted game of the year spot, game developers strive to push for bigger, bombastic projects. Finding the balance between improving upon the previous titles without completely changing the tone and the charm of what made the original a hit to begin with is something they wrestle with. Gamers also have to accept the fact that some change is inevitable and just hope the end result is for the better.

Assassins Creed 3 Performance Review

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II Review

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Review

As I write this article, the fourth bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao is on the horizon, which makes a lot of people excited but, at the same time, tentative. It is probably the biggest boxing match of the year after almost a decade and three previous inconclusive matches. While most boxing analysts say that not much will change and the outcome will not be too different from the previous events, it will still definitely be hugely profitable and, just by mere size, raise the profile of boxing beyond the hardcore boxing fan base. Fans know what to expect and it might get predictable but, at the same time, knowledge of the familiar is always comforting.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Performance Review

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Borderlands 2 PhysX Performance Review

Although I have enjoyed Gearbox Software’s previous offerings prior to Duke Nukem Forever, a game which I often describe with a word that starts with “S” and rhymes with “hit”, I was cynical about Borderlands 2. While I knew it had a cult-following and a unique art-style, I came across the game late and it sat on my shelf unopened for 2 years before I installed it and by then all my friends had stopped playing on the PC.

Borderlands 2 PhysX Performance Review

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