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Veteran GTA modder JulioNIB is at it again, bringing a new superhero into GTA 5. This time it's Superman, and in the video above you can see what happens when Michael becomes the Man of Steel and takes on some gang members with super speed (represented as slow motion), flight, and heat vision.

Also note how the bullets spark when they hit him: one of the many perks of being an indestructible alien.

The script is a work in progress, though in his post JulioNIB states that he expects it to be playable within two or three weeks. Patreons can get access a week earlier, however. In addition to the Kryptonian's powers shown in the video, you can also expect Supe's wind-blow attack, super strength for throwing cars around, and special vision modes: x-ray vision, perhaps?

We'll keep an eye on the mod's progress and let you know when it's out.

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Team Fortress? More like Scream Fortr oh, I see Valve already did that, as it's the name of TF2's annual Halloween event. Joe brought the slightly disappointing news that there would be no all-new giant spookathon this year; instead, the game is getting a few new titbits, while all the old Scream Fortresses will be returning, as with last year.

The TF blog announces that Scream Fortress VIII has just kicked off, bringing with it "three new Halloween maps! All classic Scream Fortress Maps! All-new contracts! New taunts! And a Creepy Crawly Case with the chance to get our newest unholy Halloween creation: a taunt Unusualifier!" Yeah, that's right, an Unusualifier look it up in your Lexinomicon.

What's more, for the duration of Scream Fortress VIII, "all unusual cosmetics that you unbox from any case or crate will have a Halloween 2016 unusual effect, and the chances of receiving an unusual cosmetic across all cases, even old ones, will be DOUBLED," says Valve. Double-things are almost always good news whoever heard of Single Fine, for example?

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We cited Small Radios Big Televisions back in February as one of our best games of 2016, which is in fact more of a hopeful wish list rather than an assessment of the year's offerings. Based on the new trailer released today to mark the announcement of the game's November 8 launch date, I'd say that hope was (and is) well-placed.

I have a natural curiosity about games that can't be readily explained in a press release or trailer, and Small Radios Big Televisions certainly seems to fit that bill. "Strewn across the floors of empty monoliths are lost data cassettes containing visions of a time long gone. But more than showing you, your mysterious tape deck instantly transports you to these boundless virtual worlds. In Small Radios Big Televisions, reality is just as interchangeable as the media we consume," the announcement explains, not entirely helpfully. "Solve mechanical puzzles to collect all the cassettes tapes and discover the secrets of the abandoned factories. Explore and manipulate the audio-visual data to reconstruct the past, discovering strikingly retrowave tunes along the way."

So it's The Talos Principle, but you can dance to it? That's probably not quite on the money, but I dig the visual style and I really want to know more about the vaguely threatening feeling that hangs behind what appears at first to be a pleasantly idyllic setting. Is the tape a lie?

More information about Small Radios Big Televisions can be found on Steam or at smallradiosbigtelevisions.com.

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Computer opponents in 4X are usually pretty dumb. When a game like Civilization tries to make them think and act like humans, they re about as convincing as two kids in a big coat trying to pass as Queen Victoria. Civ 6 has avoided this problem by instead focusing on making each AI leader an interesting challenge for a human player to unravel using clever systems like Agendas and the new casus belli civics, creating the most intricate and enjoyable diplomatic climate we ve ever been treated to in single-player Civ.

I talked about how game-changing AI agendas were in my discussion with Tom about the biggest new features, but it bears repeating. In previous Civ games, AI leaders were programmed to act like a friend playing with you on LAN. They d play to win, entertain mutually beneficial alliances, and often backstab you out of nowhere if they felt it would help their chances of victory.

China gets jealous when another civ builds a wonder, so I have to weigh whether the science bonus from the Great Library would be worth the economic cost of a war against them.

When a real player declares a surprise war on you and plunges the world into chaos, it creates an entertaining rivalry. But when a computer player does it, it usually seems unfair especially if you feel like you did everything right to make those duplicitous lines of code like you. We understand people being jerks and betraying us. But we understand pre-coded systems have to have rules. And we want to feel like we have the agency to play by those rules and achieve a desired outcome.

AI agendas fix this by creating a more comprehensible web of relationships with exposed knobs and levers. At the same time, it avoids the trap of making it really easy to stay best buds with everyone forever. China gets jealous when another civ builds a wonder, so I have to weigh whether the science bonus from the Great Library would be worth the economic cost of a war against them. When Germany's Barbarossa calls "dibs" on every city state, I know immediately that we re going to become foes even if we re not in competition for land or resources. I m constantly making interesting decisions between restricting the paths my empire can choose or letting relations with another leader sour. And that s not even bringing the randomized, hidden agendas (which give a new, very important role to the espionage system) into the conversation.

Pete the Great doesn't seem super stoked about this.

Why we can’t be friends

Civ 6 has also followed games like Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis by implementing casus belli: reasons to go to war. These are unlocked by civics on the new, culture-based tech tree, and lessen the diplomatic penalty you get for warmongering if you have a good reason. Unlocking Holy War allows you to rebuke someone who converted one of your cities. Unlocking Colonial War makes any civ a certain number of techs behind you fair game. You don t need a casus belli, but going to war without one requires you to either launch a Surprise War (which is likely to turn the rest of the world against you), or issue a formal Denouncement and wait five turns at which point, your opponent probably knows what s coming and has prepared their defenses.

This system not only creates a context for war and interjects some historical flavor relating to why real-world conflicts break out in the first place, but it weaves in with the agendas to create a web of friends and foes that helps the game of empires feel more complex and realistic. The other leaders aren t trying to act like your flesh-and-blood buddies. They re acting in the way that will give you the most enjoyable, challenging, and interesting experience as the sole air-breather at the table. And that design philosophy is extremely refreshing for someone like me, who spends the vast majority of his time in singleplayer.

As much as some players would like to believe that 4X is about universal symmetry between sides, it s really one of the genre s greatest myths. I d love to see more strategy devs show recognition that single and multiplayer are completely different animals, and AI should be designed around making the former the best experience it can be. What s fun and engaging for a solo conqueror is going to be very different from what makes LAN brawls great. And it s the mark of a great game when each experience is tailored to be distinct, but both perform admirably in their own way.

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It's big-budget game season, and you know what that means: driver updates. Both AMD and Nvidia have packaged up new sets of drivers containing optimizations for several newly released and upcoming games, including Battlefield 1, Civilization 6, and Titanfall 2.

AMD released Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.10.2 for Radeon graphics card owners. The new driver set adds support for all three games mentioned above, plus Serious Sam VR Early Access and Eagle Flight VR.

There's just one new Crossfire profile in the Crimson 16.10.2, that being a DirectX 11 profile for Civ 6. Otherwise, the rest of what you'll find here are a handful of bug fixes. They include:

  • Fan speed may sometimes remain elevated on select Radeon RX 400 series graphics products even when an application has been exited.
  • Eyefinity group settings may not be retained after driver upgrade when using AMD CrossFire configurations.
  • Gears of War 4 may experience an application hang when using select high resolution and quality configurations in some specific game maps.
  • DirectX12 content may be unable to launch on some older CPUs that do not support popcnt instruction.
  • Battlefield 1 AMD CrossFire profile updates for game launch.

You can download the latest Crimson release here.

Moving on to Nvidia, its 375.57 WHQL driver package boasts Game Ready status for Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, and Civ VI and the same two VR titles, which fall under Nvidia's Game Ready VR designation.

Nvidia's latest driver release also adds an SLI profile for Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance and 3D Vision profiles for Civ 6 (marked as "good") and Titanfall 2 (also "good").

Like AMD, Nvidia used the opportunity to fix a small number of issues, though there are only two specific to this driver package. They include:

  • [SLI, Geforce GTX 980M] Mirror's Edge Catalyst flickers on Ansel UI when image moved with mouse pointer. (Windows 10)
  • [GeForce GTX 650] Dots on all the characters in Grand Theft Auto 5. (Windows 7 through 8.1)

You can grab Nvidia's latest drivers here.

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Although League of Legends' upcoming semifinals dominate the headlines this weekend, there's plenty to watch from top-tier CS:GO on both sides of the Atlantic to fantastic Street Fighter V to Rocket League and Smite. Have a great weekend!

League of Legends: World Championship Semifinals

Not long now until League of Legends crowns its 2016 world champions. This weekend, the four remaining teams will convene in Madison Square Garden to determine which two Korean teams have what it takes to advance to the grand finals. One of those teams could be European hopefuls H2K, of course, but... yeah. We'll see. Check out Cassandra's preview for more on the semifinalists, and find the livestream via LoLesports.


CSGO's Friday night cable TV league starts up again today with $1,100,000 to play for between now and early December. Group A including mousesports, C9, FaZe and Immortals will play tonight from 15:00 PDT/midnight CEST. If you don't have TBS, you can also catch the games on Twitch.

CSGO: Epicenter 2016 Playoffs

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, the best of European and CIS CS:GO clash in Moscow for a share of $500,000. Play begins at 02:00 PDT/11:00 CEST on Saturday and an hour earlier at 01:00 PDT/10:00 CEST on Sunday. Epicenter's Dota 2 finals earlier in the year were fantastic, so the CS:GO community should be in for a treat. Watch the livestream here.

Rocket League: League Play

There's another weekend of Rocket League season 2 play ahead, with NA going at it on Saturday from 12:00 PDT/21:00 CEST. On Sunday, the best of Europe will compete from 09:00 PDT/18:00 CEST. The official Rocket League Twitch account has the stream.

Capcom Pro Tour: ranking events

A relatively modest weekend of fighting games ahead after a busy couple of months. This weekend sees two ranking events: Malaysia's FV Cup and an online event in Asia-Oceania. Many top Asian Street Fighter V players are attending FV Cup, along with the UK's Ryan Hart. Play continues throughout the weekend, starting at 20:00 PDT every evening, which is 05:00 CEST the following day. Here's the livestream.

Overwatch: Alienware Monthly Melee

Despite the Blizzard scene being deep in preparation for the opening week of BlizzCon next week, there's still some Overwatch to be found if you know where to look. Another round of the Alienware Monthly Melee will take place this weekend, with a selection of top NA teams competing for a share of $5,000. Play kicks off at 14:00 PDT/23:00 CEST and you can find the livestream at GosuTV.

Smite: SPL Fall Group C and European Challenger Cup Finals

The Smite schedule is only going to get busier ahead of the Super Regional in November. The two remaining teams in the European Challenger Cup will fight for a spot in the big leagues on Sunday, while group stage play among the top teams continues from today through to Sunday starting at 10:00 PDT/19:00 CEST. Catch the action at HiRezTV.

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Ark: Survival Evolved's feature-filled journey through Early Access has seen the open-world survival 'em up receive a fair few updates the latest of which marks number 248.

Besides three new creatures and a new Explorer Note system, the most recent patch brings with it "infinite" procedurally generated maps, where "players can determine a myriad of landscape options", including the heights of mountains, depths of valleys and specific choice of biome.

On the creatures front, patch 248 welcomes the water-based, high-speeding, solitary-hunting Kaprosuchus; the territorial, however otherwise peaceful, herbivore Chalicotherium; and the swamp-dwelling, oxygen-giving, amphibian Diplocaulus. Scattered across 130 chests throughout the island, the new Explorer Note System is a catalogue of diary-like stories from the archipelago's past inhabitants that also serve to buff XP upon discovery.

"These 3D Explorer and Story Notes are punctuated with powerful personalities from a Roman Centurion to an Ancient Chinese Warrior to an Egyptian Priestess, each one chronicling their experiences on ARK and unveiling kernels of the story secrets they have uncovered," reads a Steam Community post.

The update also adds a slew of less significant, although welcomed, adjustments for example, you're now able to directly wield your weapons when mount-riding smaller dinosaurs, which is handy all of which can be found here.

In separate Ark news, the somewhat controversial Scorched Earth DLC which developer Studio Wildcard has since addressed is currently on sale alongside the update, should that be something you're interested in checking out.

New to the world of dinosaur survival action? Read James' guide on how to get started in Ark: Survival Evolved.

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It's Friday folks, which means it's almost time to kick back and relax for the next couple of days free of stress and full of videogames. Which means you might be interested to know that this weekend The Witcher and Fallout series are hosting separate sales on games both old and new via Steam, with discounts ranging between 15 and 85 percent.

First, The Witcher: in celebration of the fantasy action-RPG series' ninth birthday, last year's esteemed third main series entry, The Witcher 3, is subject to a 33 percent discount, selling for 16.74/$26.79. Its Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine DLCs the latter of which is essentially a full game in itself are also going cheap at 6.79/$8.49 and $13.59/$16.99 respectively. Going back a little further, the Enhanced Editions of both the first and second series entries The Witcher Adventure Game and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings are going for just 1.04/$1.49 and 2.24/$2.99 with 85 percent discounts.As an alternative, GOG is running a similar Witcher ninth anniversary-inspired sale which is also absolutely worth checking out. Head in this direction for that.

The Fallout sale, on the other hand, sees Fallout 4's price tag cut in half, now selling for 19.99/$29.99. The Season Pass which includes all of number 4's add-ons costs 26.79/$33.49, while Fallout 3 costs 4.99/$4.99. The original Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics are going for 3.99/$4.99 each, however the Fallout Collection rounds up all three for 6.99/$9.99.

Fallout: New Vegas is easily one of my favourite games of all time and is half price at 4.99/$4.99. If you're yet to play it, I recommend picking it up and, if you can splash out on the Ultimate Edition now selling for 8.99/$11.99 you'll also net yourself its four add-ons which are totally worth the extra four quid/seven dollars.

Both sales are live right now with The Witcher's wrapping up at 10am PST/6pm BST on Monday, October 24; and Fallout's at the same time the following day.

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Skyrim Special Edition arrives next week in time for the original game's fifth year anniversary. After announcing its system requirements last week, Bethesda has now revealed exactly when it'll unlock depending on where you are in the world. What's more, the developer has also outlined the prerequisites existing owners will need to ascertain in order to nab the HD remaster for free.

Boasting a range of new features designed to make the fifth Elder Scrolls series entry "feel fresh again", the Special Edition will introduce things like remastered art and effects, volumetric lighting (better known as 'god rays'), and new snow and water shaders, among other aesthetical tweaks. It's universal release is set for October 28 at 12am UTC, which translates to:

  • 5pm Pacific Time (October 27)
  • 8pm Eastern Time (October 27)
  • 1am British Summer Time (October 28)
  • 2am Central European Summer Time (October 28)
  • 11am Australian Eastern Time Zone (October 28)
  • 1pm New Zealand Time (October 28th)
  • 2pm Japan (October 28th)

As per this Steam Community update, if you already own Skyrim and all three of its separate DLCs that's Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn or the Skyrim Legendary Edition, you'll receive the Special Edition free-of-charge. A disclaimer notes that "if you do not complete your Skyrim [and] all DLC bundle until October 28th, your free upgrade to Skyrim Special Edition may take up to 36 hours to apply to your account."

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Battlerite, the topdown brawler which already boasts 200,000 players in Early Access, is getting its first major update tomorrow. Patch 0.8 or the "Halloween Update" if you don't suffer numbers ushers in two new playable champions as well as some Halloween-themed swag.

The characters include Jumong The Beast Hunter and Ruh Kaan The Crypt Warden. The former is a "a trophy collector who wandered the wildlands in pursuit of a worthy challenge", who can trap foes and then murder them with his "mighty" bow. Meanwhile, Ruh Kaan wields dark powers and likes to consume his opponent's souls.

There's also a new nighttime version of the Blackstone Arena, and new legendary mounts and weapons are available. And it wouldn't be a Halloween themed update without a bunch of Halloween-themed cosmetics, so look forward to "a plethora of items" to that effect.

Check out the trailers for each new character below, and check out the full details here. The update rolls out tomorrow.


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