HITMAN™ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Katharine Castle)

HDR on PC continues to be a bit of a mess these days, but provided you haven’t been put off by the astronomical prices of the best gaming monitors for HDR or, indeed, the ongoing debacle surrounding Windows 10 support for it, then the next step on your path to high dynamic range glory is to get an HDR compatible graphics card.

Below, you’ll find a complete list of all the Nvidia and AMD graphics cards that have built-in support for HDR, as well as everything you need to know about getting one that also supports Nvidia and AMD’s own HDR standards, G-Sync HDR and FreeSync 2. I’ve also put together a list of all the PC games that support HDR as well. There aren’t many of them, all told, but I’ll be updating this list with more titles as and when they come out so it’s always up to date.

(more…)

Call of Duty®: WWII - SHG_Hammer
Hey PC community!

PC Free Access Multiplayer Weekend for Call of Duty: WWII is now live until 1PM PDT Sunday, July 22 on PC-only.

Details:
  • Only Multiplayer is available
  • MP Soldier progress carries over when you purchase the game (this includes loot/unlockables earned in MP)
  • Players who took part in past WWII Free Weekends but did not purchase WWII will be able to play again, with their MP progress intact
  • Valve is running COD Game/Season Pass discounts on Steam

If you've already got Call of Duty: WWII on PC, but have some friends who don't, this is a great weekend for you all to jump in and play together!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/476600/Call_of_Duty_WWII/

Enjoy!

Love,
Sledgehammer Games
HITMAN™ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Katharine Castle)

Graphics card HDR header

HDR on PC is a bit of a mess, but provided you haven’t been put off by Windows 10’s hazy support for it or the astronomical prices of the best gaming monitors for HDR, then the next step on your path to high dynamic range glory is to get a graphics card that actually supports it. Below, you’ll find a complete list of all the Nvidia and AMD graphics cards that have built-in support for HDR, as well as everything you need to know about getting one that also supports Nvidia and AMD’s own HDR standards, G-Sync HDR and FreeSync 2.

We’ve also put together a list of all the PC games that support HDR as well. There aren’t many of them, all told, but we’ll be updating this list with more titles as and when they come out so it’s always up to date.

(more…)

Dota 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

biggest-steam-games-2018

We’ve just passed the half-way point of 2018, so Ian Gatekeeper and all his fabulously wealthy chums over at Valve have revealed which hundred games have sold best on Steam over the past six months. It’s a list dominated by pre-2018 names, to be frank, a great many of which you’ll be expected, but there are a few surprises in there.

2018 releases Jurassic World Evolution, Far Cry 5 Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Warhammer: Vermintide II are wearing some spectacular money-hats, for example, while the relatively lesser-known likes of Raft, Eco and Deep Rock Galactic have made themselves heard above the din of triple-A marketing budgets. (more…)

Call of Duty®: WWII - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dominic Tarason)

Call of Duty: WW2

It’s very nearly Explosion Day in America, so that means that every online shooter is doing its best to bludgeon us senseless with loud guns and louder outfits. Call of Duty: WW2 is no exception, but accompanying the Liberty Strike event‘s obligatory and garish red/white/blue-painted weaponry and outfits is a juicy little cherry of daftness on top. While Call of Duty isn’t my usual cup of shootybang tea, I love the sound of this week’s time-limited playmode, available now until July 9th – Wanderlust Mosh Pit – as it seems delightfully> stupid.

(more…)

Call of Duty®: WWII - SHG_Hammer
Hey PC community,

Thanks for being patient while we prepared the latest game update for you all. Below are the details on fixes and new features.

New week, NEW CONTENT! We weren't going to leave you hanging for Independence Day. That's why we're serving you with some awesome new stuff to celebrate. Check out the trailer for our new Liberty Strike Community Event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYRw-LrejPs

And with all the new stuff, came more fixes for some of the top issues that have popped up since we launched DLC 3 last week. Details below:

FEATURE UPDATES
  • NEW Liberty Strike Community Event is now live!
  • NEW Weapons: ZK-383, De Lisle, AVS-36, and Push Dagger
  • NEW Content: Weapon Camos, Weapon Charms, Helmets, etc.
  • NEW Community Challenge: 260 Million Multiplayer Match Wins!
  • NEW Ranked Play Season 5 is now live! Keep an eye out for top 100 rewards from Season 4.
  • NEW Division: CAVALRY - The Cavalry is an objective-focused Division that leads the way forward to victory. This new Division wields the Cavalry Shield, which offers protection against enemy attacks. The Cavalry Division also has improved objective capabilities, which include capturing Domination flags faster, planting bombs in S&D quicker, and swiftly building and destroying walls in War Mode. To make this the true team-play Division, the Cavalry also gets more score from objectives, and every two assists equal a kill. Lastly, the Cavalry can get back to the objective quicker (and ram enemies on the way) by entering a Shield Charge while sprinting. When used expertly, the Cavalry can change the tide of battle and get that tank across the line. See below for more details on what “improved objective capabilities” entails.
  • NEW Basic Training: Escalation - If you love rushing with an SMG, then the Escalation Basic Training was made for you. After each kill, you can aim down sights twice as fast for a short period. This allows you to snap on to targets and take them down in rapid succession. Double Kills with Escalation instantly refill your magazine, so that you can keep slaying the opposition.
  • NEW Basic Training: Wanderlust - The new Wanderlust Basic Training is similar to personal Gun Game. Each life, you respawn with a new random gun (which has up to 6 attachments). And pressing TRIANGLE or Y (weapon switch) will provide a new weapon. This unusual Basic Training makes each life feel unique as you use whatever weaponry is available.
  • NEW Basic Training: Specialist - When equipped, Specialist allows you to select 3 Basic Trainings to earn instead of Scorestreaks. At 200, 400, and 600 score, you unlock each Basic Training. And at 800 score, you are granted all Basic Trainings in the game. Progress resets on death, so stay alert. Specialist allows skilled players to feel the power of having multiple Basic Trainings at once.
  • Infected mode continues! Find it in the Party Games tab.

MULTIPLAYER

Connectivity/Spawns/Performance/Split Screen/Mechanics
  • Fixed functionality issues experienced when restarting the game after backing out to a previous menu
  • Fixed split screen issue where players would get stuck while viewing another player using a mounted LMG
  • Fixed issue where players would crash when trying to load into MP after idling for 5 minutes
  • Fixed issue where CWL Team Pack Weapon Camos were locked in LAN

Maps
  • Fixed issue where players were receiving memory error messages when attempting to load into Gibraltar
  • Fixed wall exploit in Valkyrie
  • Fixed issue where camera is zoomed in when players load into War Mode on Operation Neptune HQ
  • Fixed issue where players were able to start 1v1 matches in the Firing Range
  • Fixed issue where players were unable to take on obtain Contracts
  • Fixed issue where players were unable to edit reticles for various Division slots

Modes
  • Fixed split screen issue where players would crash in between rounds of a War Mode match
  • Implemented AFK timer for Infected

HQ
  • Fixed Paintshop menu issues caused by the Combat Knife
  • Fixed display issues with Paintjobs on the Fire Axe
  • Fixed functionality loss issue experienced when players tab to the Contracts option in Quartermaster

UI/Art
  • Fixed issue where white background was appearing in Match selection menus
  • Fixed issue where incorrect Uniform was showing up when players selected a Helmet
  • Various UI fixes and improvements (typos, text descriptions, error messages, notification icons, AAR, ammo counters, menu navigation, Firing Range, weapon animations, supply drop menus, Quartermaster menus, Ranked Play menus, floating gamertags in split screen, Calling Cards)
  • Fixed UI functionality loss issue experienced when players were in the process of Prestiging
  • Fixed issue where Prestige Unlock Token UI was present when it shouldn’t be

Audio
  • Fixed issue where audio was not present when rotating or changing Paintjob decals

RANKED PLAY
  • Fixed issue where when a match ends due to a disconnect, all players were receiving losses for Placement matches instead of a voided result

WEAPONS/SCORESTREAKS
  • Fixed issue where shotguns loaded with Incendiary Shells were disappearing when players were killed
  • Adjusted angle at which Mortar Strikes and Artillery Barrage fire, so that these streaks’ paths behave as expected

DIVISIONS/BASIC TRAINING
  • Fixed issue where switch Cavalry to another Division would cause players to have 2 Primary Weapons

Cavalry III Improved Objective Capabilities:
  • Search and Destroy/Demolition: Quick plant/defuse, Silent plant/defuse
  • Domination: Quick Cap
  • Hardpoint: Held XP (awards for staying in the zone)
  • Capture the Flag: Flag location on mini-map updates less frequently, plus 20 health shield when holding flag
  • Gridiron: Ball location on mini-map updates less frequently, plus an extra 30 health shield when holding flag (total of 130 health shield while holding flag)
  • Team Deathmatch/Free-for-All: Every two assists/crossfires awards a "Cavalry Assist/Crossfire," which equals a kill

War Mode:
  • Core Objective speed is not affected (i.e. Tank push speed unaffected, objective bomb plant speed unaffected, captive-untying speed unaffected, flag raise speed unaffected, etc.)
  • Quicker Builds/Destroys (of walls, barbed wire, tank spikes, etc.)
  • Receive XP while Securing hardpoint zones
  • Receive XP while Escorting Tank and at Tank Checkpoints

ZOMBIES
  • Fixed UI issue with chapter progress boxes in split screen
  • Fixed issue in The Tortured Path with Geist Bomb steps in Sword of Barbarossa
  • Fixed UI issue where Special Camos were unlocked and appearing twice in menus
  • Fixed UI issue in The Tortured Path where incorrect wave number was displayed in AAR after players failed an objective wave
  • Fixed issue where players’ progression on The Tortured Path was being interrupted by playlist updates
  • Various UI and art fixes and improvements (Camouflage menus, subtitles, supply drop icons, description text, timers, AAR, typos, prompt messages, ammo counters, objective UI, weapon animations, Jack in the Box cards)
  • Fixed issue where players were loading in with default “No Preference,” despite having selected a character preference
  • Fixed UI issue with chapter progress boxes in split screen
  • Fixed issue where players attempting to navigate Orders menu were redirected to Contracts Menu

MOONRAVEN: Recently, we’ve been trying out new ways to connect the Multiplayer and Zombies communities and create more crossover between the modes. Hence, our Attack of the Undead Community Event, which featured zombies in MP. This time, we’re giving the community more opportunities to get awesome gear that is native to Zombies, like the Moonraven Character/Uniform.

That’s why we rolled out new Contracts that are available in both Multiplayer and Zombies and that unlock cool new Zombies stuff in both modes. Whether you get these Contracts from Rideau, the Quartermaster in Nazi Zombies or from Captain Butcher, the current Quartermaster in Multiplayer, you have a chance to earn Moonraven variants. Once you complete one Contract (starting with the Moonraven Mountaineer Contract), another one will subsequently become available for you to complete.

To see the order in which these Contracts will roll over, head to the Liberty Strike Community Event page on the Call of Duty website and check out the Zombies Contracts chart. Have fun, everyone, and let us know what you think!
Call of Duty®: WWII - SHG_Hammer
Hey everyone,

We pushed out some hot fixes today on PC for a few top issues that popped up since our title update last Tuesday. Below are the details:
  • Fixed Attack of the Undead Community Challenge UI issue with Zombies kill counter (All kills have still been tracking and counting properly. This was only a UI issue.)

  • Fixed issue with UI displaying incorrect end date of the Attack of the Undead Community Event. The event ends on June 26 at 10AM PDT.

  • Fixed issue where end of Ranked Play Season 2 Helmet rewards for the top 100 players were displaying the wrong Season number

  • Distributed end of Ranked Play Season 3 Helmet rewards for the top 100 players (Check your Mail)

  • Fixed issue where Camos and Paintjobs were being removed from weapons and not displaying properly

  • Fixed issue with incorrect spawn site placements for S&D on Sainte Marie du Mont

  • Fixed issue where party members were able to join a match via the new playlist tiles without the party leader
Thanks, everyone! Please let us know if you continue to experience any issues with the above.
Call of Duty®: WWII - SHG_Hammer
Hey PC community,

This morning, we rolled out a MASSIVE game update for Call of Duty: WWII. We've launched our new Community Event, Attack of the Undead, and HQ is swarming with Nazi Zombies. Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our livestream about it! Now, without further ado, here's a list of the top new features and fixes that went live this morning:

FEATURE UPDATES
  • Attack of the Undead Community Event is live!
  • New Community Challenge is now live! Get 3 BILLION Zombie Kills! (Blog with more info coming soon. Kills in both Nazi Zombies and MP count towards community total)
  • Zombies HQ is live
  • Infected mode is live! (Hordepoint and Relic of the Undead coming soon)
  • Call of Duty Endowment ‘Fear Not’ Pack now live in US and UK
  • New Community Event MP map: Gröesten Haus (live for Infected mode, Hordepoint and Relic of the Undead coming soon)
  • 7 new weapons (Blunderbuss, Nambu Type 2, Lever Action, PTRS 41, M1919, Fire Axe, Claymore)
  • New Supply Drop content
  • Master Prestige players now receive 300 AC log in bonus (more rewards are still in the works)
  • New item type: Face Camos (located in the Customize Division menu)
  • Ranked Play Season 4 is now live!

MULTIPLAYER

Connectivity/Spawns/Performance/Split Screen/Mechanics
  • Fixed issue where players were losing tokens after Prestiging
  • Fixed rare issue where players would crash after disconnecting their controller while accepting a party invite
  • Fixed rare issue where third card in supply drops would not flip over
  • Fixed issue where Paintjobs were disappearing and turning black
  • Fixed issue where players lost functionality and received error message during the After Action Report
  • Fixed issue where error message prevented players from accessing Local Play
  • Fixed issue where players receive error message when selecting attachment slots for the Type 38
  • Fixed rare issue with splitscreen crashes on Gustav Cannon
  • Fixed functionality loss issue when players attempt to collect AC from the Mail Vendor
  • Fixed functionality loss issue when players are pulled into a lobby while viewing Emblems
  • Fixed issue where players in Emblem Editor are joined by their party leader and then are booted with no saved progress on their Emblem
  • Fixed splitscreen issues in S&D
  • Fixed issue where splitscreen players lost functionality when simultaneously pressing Back and Select
  • Fixed issue where green star notification and AC were not appearing after opening supply drops until the Call of Duty: WWII app was restarted

Maps
  • Fixed issue on Egypt where Glide Bomb was not reaching the far corners of the map
  • Fixed map exploit on Dunkirk
  • Fixed issue on Operation Husky where players were unable to earn certain Scorestreaks during the dogfighting sequence

Modes
  • Fixed issue in Gun Game where players would not progress to the next weapon after gaining a kill with a mounted LMG

HQ
  • Fixed issue where some players’ Paintjobs were appearing on other players’ weapons in the Firing Range
  • Fixed rare issue where players were unable to navigate menus after sitting in Firing Range for extended period of time
  • Fixed functionality loss issue when pressing Options after loading into HQ
  • Fixed issue where players lose functionality after leaving the Theater
  • Fixed issue where players go into Firing Range with incorrect loadout

UI/Art
  • Fixed UI issue with opening supply drops after being pulled into the 1v1 pit
  • Fixed UI issues with the Dynamo variant in Multiplayer
  • Various UI and art fixes and improvements (menu navigation, select functionality, text prompts, typos, weapon display, Paintjob display and controls, Reticle display, floating Lens Sights inspect animations, clipping issues, Daily Order descriptions, Find Match menu, Soldier menu, incorrect error messages, supply drop cards, Firing Range, 1v1 pit, green star notification issues)
  • Fixed various issues with Orders not appearing to track properly
  • Added expiration message in the Orders menu for non-Community Event Contracts

Audio
  • Fixed issue where VO announcer audio was missing for Scorestreaks
  • Fixed issues with missing audio for various weapon actions and motions

WEAPONS
  • Fixed fire rate issues experienced when player has Combat Shotgun equipped with Incendiary Shells and Rapid Fire

DIVISIONS/BASIC TRAINING/ATTACHMENTS TUNING

Airborne: Buffed “Sprint faster over time”
  • Old: 4% faster and increase to 10%
  • New: 7% faster and increase to 10%
  • Explanation: The Energetic Basic Training is a flat 7% faster, so this change puts Airborne back on the map as the movement Division.

Saboteur Basic Training: Nerfed effectiveness of Satchel and S-Mine when using Saboteur Basic Training
  • Old: 0.0 sec fuse for Satchel and 0.1 sec delay for S-Mine detonation
  • New: 0.5 sec fuse for Satchel and 0.2 sec delay for S-Mine detonation
  • Explanation: We’ve heard your feedback about Saboteur and so we added a small delay before Satchel and S-Mines detonate to reduce strength. We’ve adjusted how Saboteur interacts with the Flanker Basic Training so that it no longer cancels it out and has its own detonation time.

Rifle Grenade Attachment: Buffed explosive min and max damage
  • Old: 25 min damage and 120 max damage
  • New: 35 min damage and 125 max damage
  • Explanation: The Rifle Grenade was relatively weak and wasn’t as useful as we intended it to be, so this buff should make it a more viable option.

Launched Basic Training: Buffed by increasing launcher damage when using Launched Basic Training
  • New: Launchers now deal 30% more damage with Launched Basic Training than before
  • Explanation: When we rolled out our Divisions Overhaul in April, we nerfed the strength of launchers to ensure that they wouldn’t dominate the play space and would rather be used primarily to take out Scorestreaks. This change makes this Basic Training and the use of launches a better option for a wider variety of playstyles.

Bayonet Charge/Attachment: Added a sprint speed increase while charging
  • New: +4% sprint speed
  • Explanation: With the addition of unlimited sprint for all, the Bayonet Charge lost its movement advantage, so we added a speed increase while charging that makes it more viable for closing space between you and an enemy.

Tactical Knife Attachment: Buffed by adding a melee speed increase when you have Tactical Knife Attachment equipped
  • New: 15% quicker than standard melee speed
  • Explanation: Now that Tactical Knife fills an Attachment slot, there is less of a reason to use it over a melee weapon. This small buff makes it more usable.

Shifty Basic Training: Buffed by increasing number of additional Pistol Attachments
  • Old: 1 additional pistol attachment
  • New: 2 additional pistol attachments
  • Explanation: Shifty Basic Training is currently on the low-end of Basic Training usage. This change should make using pistols more viable outside of the Infantry Division.

GAMEBATTLES/CoDCASTER/ESPORTS MODE
  • Fixed issue in GameBattles where Restricted Items were displaying in default loadouts
  • Fixed issue where when spectating in CoDCaster mode, players with Infantry Division equipped will not appear to have a Division patch in the Division info display

ZOMBIES
  • Fixed UI issues with the Dynamo variant for Nazi Zombies
  • Fixed functionality and UI issues with post-match lobbies
  • Fixed UI issue where notifications where not populating properly
  • Fixed issue in The Shadowed Throne where ammo was not able to be replenished for the Ripsaw
  • Fixed issue in The Shadowed Throne where players were able to kill to kill the human, as well as the zombie, in vignettes
  • Fixed various map exploits on The Shadowed Throne
  • Fixed issue where splitscreen players lost functionality when simultaneously pressing Back and Select
  • Fixed issues with completing certain quests in The Shadowed Throne
  • Fixed UI issue where incorrect rarities were displaying for Supply Drop item cards

We'll be sharing more info with you on all the Community Challenge details. Now go grab your friends, try out Infected, and get grinding on those Zombie kills!

Cheers,

Sledgehammer Games
XCOM® 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Whatever your weapon of choice–plasma rifle, axe, M1 Garand, or raw capitalism, baby!–you may well be able to dabble in your favoured violence this weekend for free. The full versions of XCOM 2, For Honor, Call Of Duty: WWII‘s competitive multiplayer (okay, so not really the full version), and Offworld Trading Company are all available in free trial weekends for the next few days – mostly through Steam. (more…)

Call of Duty®: WWII

Got some time to kill this weekend, and an urge to dive into an existential struggle for the future of Europe, and indeed the entire world? Then I have good news for you, my warmongering friend, because Activision is once again making Call of Duty: WWII multiplayer free to play for everyone. 

The free-to-play period is already underway, and will run until 1 pm PT/4 pm ET on May 6. To take part, just hit the "Play Game" button under the Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer listing on Steam, wait for the download to complete (it's a big one, about 57GB in size), and then have at it. 

Character progression, inventory items, and unlockables will all carry over to the full game if you decide to buy it. To that end, it's also on sale, for 33 percent off—$39/£29/€39—until May 7. 

...

Search news
Archive
2020
Mar   Feb   Jan  
Archives By Year
2020   2019   2018   2017   2016  
2015   2014   2013   2012   2011  
2010   2009   2008   2007   2006  
2005   2004   2003   2002