Exploring the wilderness beyond the deceptively safe walls of Novigrad, Geralt wandered upon a couple in danger. The Novigrad guard wouldn't let them pass - sentencing them to certain death in the harsh, dangerous lands surrounding nearby Velen. The Witcher provided clear passage to the booming metropolis by relieving the guards of a few limbs, promising a better life beyond the walls of the free city. A pair of lives which had unknowingly welcomed the help of their executioner.
Things are going rather swimmingly for Oculus at the moment. Despite my own thoughts on the release window for the very first consumer version of the Rift, the Facebook-owned VR giant is very much on track to achieve what their 2012 Kickstarter began all those years ago. But did the Oculus spawn from a little industrial espionage a little over a year before?
There have been numerous leaks, mock-ups and renders of what AMD's upcoming Fiji line of cards might look like, with the R390X unsurprisingly claiming the majority of interest. AMD is expected to reveal these new cards at Computex next week - although it seems like a lucky few already have their hands on the card. And they're taking some photos.
The Witcher 3 is a gorgeous game regardless of the platform you pick it up on. The scenery is blossoming, the lighting is exquisite and the attention to detail is astounding. One thing that consoles are without is the fancy Hairworks feature that works pretty well on PC. Or at the very least, on Nvidia cards - although there's a fix for the AMD crowd out there.
For a game that was dormant for months, Overwatch seems to be gearing up for something if the past two weeks are anything to go by. Last week we got a good look at the busy, robotic monk Zenyatta in action - and for a support he looked incredibly fun to play. This week things are a little more on the offensive side, and Overwatch's very own cowboy doesn't play as you'd expect.
By now I'm sure a lot of you finally have your hands on The Witcher 3, in some way or form, and are busy exploring the grassy outskirts of Novigrad and the dangerous Isles of Skillege. I've been neck deep in the game for just under a week, but my excitement wasn't dampened for the release yesterday. That's because nearly a year ago I ordered one of the biggest Collector's Editions I ever have - and I just had to show you what's inside.
It feels like we've been talking about High-bandwidth memory (or HBM) for ages now, and there's a good reason for that. HBM is going to change the face of desktop and laptop GPU computing - and AMD is desperately eager to be the first out the gate with their new Fiji series of cards. But just what is HBM? And, more importantly, how is it going to affect you?
Oculus, the pioneers in bringing back Virtual Reality to gaming, are finally ready to release their consumer version of the Rift. It is, however, still a product that has yet to be shown publicly for the first time - something many would've expected to take place at E3 next month. That's still sort of happening, if not just a few days before.
I must admit - I'm quite addicted to GTA V at the moment. While the recent release on PC has been keeping me busy with some truly fun online heists, it's the single-player that has me hooked. Sure it's often crass, sometimes silly and always far too serious for its own good, but it really is a fun ride to accompany the three crazy protagonists on. And who knows, we could finally get a bit more to chew on in the future.
If you're an avid RPG fan from any corner of the globe, this is the day you've no doubt been waiting for. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the concluding chapter in Geralt's story, is finally out for mass consumption - and so far I've been having an absolute blast with its incredible storytelling. It adapts beautifully well to your Witcher 2 import, as long as you can get it to work.
Geralt doesn't have to solve people's problems. It's a stigma that's present in so many modern RPgs - you go here, solve this problem, kill this many enemies and return for a reward. It doesn't matter if you're a proclaimed messiah, an omnipotent ruler or a common villager on the path to heroism. Along the way, you're going to have to do things that seem beneath you. Geralt doesn't do that.
Civilization: Beyond Earth could have been a huge change for the franchise. Moving from historical simulation into the future (and on to new planets), it had the potential to be a revolutionary new kind of Civilization. Unfortunately, many feel they didn't do enough to make it truly unique. That's about to change with a new expansion, Rising Tide.
Last week media outlets from all corners of seemingly just the northern hemisphere (I'm still sulking) made their way to Konami HQ to get their hands all over The Phantom Pain. Their impressions are still embargoed until next month, but that didn't stop some over eager journalists to tweet out their thoughts every few seconds. Tweets which revealed a surprisingly hefty amount of new information about the game.
Oh Windows Gaming, how you’ve kept me entertained over the years when I literally had nothing better to do with my time! I remember playing Minesweeper as a kid, mindlessly clicking them teeny grey blocks because I had no idea how the game worked. I remember playing solitaire with my only goal being to win so I could watch those cards jump out of their holders and fill the screen in a glorious manner. The kids of today will never know those little joys, especially when Windows 10 lands, bringing with it a preinstalled copy of Candy Crush Saga.
If you’ve ever considered getting into the MOBA scene, Heroes of the Storm is definitely the best entry point. Blizzard stripped away a lot of what makes the genre difficult, making their game accessible to even the most inexperienced players. This is not to say it is easy though – it’s still very much competitive and difficult to be good at, and if you’re really good, you can now turn that skill into money. Blizzard have announced a World Championship for their MOBA title.