Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth Release Date and Gameplay

If you have ever played Civilization games, you’ll want to check out 2K and Firaxis’ upcoming next-generation strategy game, Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth. Beyond Earth sets the development of civilization beyond the traditional timeline, far into outer space. Players will have a chance to discover an entire alien world that you can manipulate into your own liking. Some features include:

Alien World: Exploring the benefits and dangers of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, mystical resources and hostile lifeforms unlike those of Earth, players will build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes to create prosperity for their people.

New Technology Web: Reflecting forward progress in an uncertain future, technology advancement will occur through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind. The tech web is organized around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.

New Orbital Layer: Players will build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific satellites that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit.

Below is a gameplay video:

The game’s planned release date will be this October 24, 2014, on the PC. So mark that down on your calendars, strategy gamers, because this game has a lot of potential to live up to.

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Windows and Mac Minimum System Requirements

For those of you who are worried if you’ll need to upgrade your computer for the upcoming graphical character model improvements for the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion pack, Blizzard Entertainment has stated not to worry in the WoW forums. If your computer is slow, the new models can be disabled by setting the in-game graphics quality to low. If you are currently satisfied with the graphical performance in the game, you shouldn’t need to upgrade any components. Thus, the expansion’s minimum and recommended system requirements should be reflect upon the current requirements for World of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft Minimum System Requirements

Operating System: Windows® XP / Windows Vista® / Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 8.1 with the latest service pack
Processor: Intel® Pentium® D or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 6800 or ATI™ Radeon™ X1600 Pro (256 MB)
Memory: 2 GB RAM (1 GB Windows® XP)
Storage: 25 GB available hard drive space
Internet: Broadband internet connection
Media: None for the recommended digital installation
Input: Keyboard and mouse required. Other input devices are not supported.
Resolution: 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

Operating System: OS® X 10.7.x (latest version)
Processor: Intel Core™ 2 Duo
Video: NVIDIA® GeForce 8600M GT or ATI™ Radeon HD 2600
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Storage: 25 GB available hard drive space
Internet: Broadband internet connection
Media: None for the recommended digital installation
Input: Keyboard and mouse required. Other input devices are not supported.
Resolution: 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

Why you should install 64 bit version of Google Chrome browser now

Google recently released their 64 bit version of their popular browser Google Chrome. We highly suggest that anyone who uses Google Chrome as their main desktop browser should download this update from Google, as you will gain performance speed as you browse around today’s web, including watching high-definition YouTube videos. For instance, Google has stated that the VP9 codec that is used in HD YouTube content shows a 15% improvement in decoding performance. We think that is a huge improvement over the 32 bit version of Chrome. Moreover, it offers increased stability and security.

To download the 64 bit Google Chrome, click here.

Premade Groups details in Warlords of Draenor expansion pack

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that the in-game Group Finder is having a great feature upgrade once the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor releases later this year. In the Premade Group option, players can search and invite more people to a current active group for a Normal or Heroic raid, or even needed help finding players for a group quest. This is probably the single best feature addition in the World of Warcraft universe for some time, as players can now easily find like-minded strangers to help on their quests, and make new friends.

Nintendo Announces 2DS: A New Entry-Level Handheld System

Nintendo just announced a new handheld gaming system: The Nintendo 2DS. This is an entry-level console that plays all of your 3DS and DS games. It will be available in black in blue trim or red trim.

The 2DS is built more like a tablet with two screens. In other words, you cannot fold the screens, unlike 3DS. 2DS also cannot produce 3D images. Nevertheless, this new gaming handheld console will retail for $130, compared with 3DS which currently sells for $170. We felt this is a great move for Nintendo, as it will attract more customers to appreciate games that is made for Nintendo handheld gaming.

What’s in Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition?

2K and Gearbox Software have confirmed what’s going to be in the upcoming Game of the Year Edition bundle for Borderlands 2. It will be available on October 8 in North America for $60. The Game of the Year Edition includes:

– Borderlands 2
– 4 DLCs (Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt, Mr Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep)
– Creature Slaughter Dome
– Premiere Club content (Vault Hunter’s Relic, A Golden Key, Gearbox Gunpack, The Mechromancer)
– Psycho character class
– Collector’s Edition heads and skins
– Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1

Borderlands 2 has been well-received by gamers, shipping over 7 million copies since its initial launch back in September 2012.

Will GTA 5 Release on PS4? Perhaps sometime in 2014

Future PlayStation 4 owners got really excited when Sony mentioned on twitter that GTA 5 will be coming to the upcoming PS4 console. Sony later said it was a mistake, stating that it will be releasing on the PS3 platform instead. Judging from what Rockstar Games have done in the past for the GTA franchise, and how well will GTA5 receive on the Xbox 360 and PS4, releasing on the PS4 and PC platforms might be a reality sometime in 2014.

PlayStation 4 Preorders a Huge Success for Sony

According to Sony, the amount of PlayStation 4 preorders has been a overwhelming success, exceeding well over one million units. This is likely due to a lower price point than its competitor, Xbox One, which sells for $100 more than a PS4. Microsoft have not revealed preorder figures as of yet, but we would guess it should be a very close race due to the amount of fans that is currently using Xbox Live service, which will be carried over onto the Xbox One console.

Bethesda Don’t Want Xbox Live Gold Fee for Elder Scrolls Online

Bethesda, game publisher for the upcoming MMORPG, Elder Scrolls Online, is trying to sway Microsoft to drop their Xbox Live Gold membership fee on top of their $15 monhtly subscription fee for the game. The current Xbox Live Gold membership fee is around $5 per month, so that means fans could pay up to $20 a month to play Elder Scrolls Online. In our opinion, dropping the Live gold membership fee probably won’t happen, because that means they would have to drop it for every other game that uses the Gold membership service.

The Elder Scrolls Online is stated to release early 2014, on the PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

EA Announces Battlefield 4 Release Date on October 29, 2013

Electronic Arts and Dice have announced that their upcoming first-person shooter game, Battlefield 4, will be released on October 29, 2013, on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The game will be also available at a later time for the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. Battlefield 4 is considered to be one of the most anticipated games of 2013 due to its high fidelity graphics and effects.

EA have also recently announced that the open beta for BF4 will commence in early October, featuring Conquest mode on the Siege of Shanghai map.

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