Amnesia: Rebirth Review

Amnesia: Rebirth Review

Back in 2010, developer Frictional Games set the tone for PC indie horror games with Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Focused heavily on story, it created its scares through an intensity of atmosphere and an emphasis on powerlessness. With Amnesia: Rebirth, it feels like Frictional has fully refined its particular approach to horror. You’re trapped in a deadly, smothering world, struggling against your character’s limitations and even her perceptions. Rebirth is Frictional’s best game yet, marrying a deep, mysterious story to the signature mechanics the developer has been refining over the course of 13 years of horror games.Amnesia: Rebirth continues Frictional’s specific approach to story and horror, which emphasizes avoiding conflict, hiding, and mastering your character’s own fear. It also adds to the story told in The Dark Descent, although you don’t need to know that game well to follow this narrative of this one. (The narrative doesn’t link to Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, the 2013 follow-up to The Dark Descent.) You play Tasi Trianon, a French woman who joins a mining expedition to Algeria in 1937. In the opening moments of the game, the expedition’s plane experiences some supernatural shenanigans that cause it to crash in the desert. Tasi wakes up soon after, alone in the plane, with few memories of what has happened and strange black tendrils creeping into her vision. As she goes searching for survivors, she discovers that the strange bracelet she wakes up wearing can open portals to a dark, ruined parallel world. Tasi goes searching through caves and tunnels for her friends, and the story often pulls her into the alternate dimension as she tries to find her way forward.Rebirth brings back the main mechanics from The Dark Descent, and really, all of Frictional’s games deal in similar sets of ideas. You trace the survivors’ path, gathering notes and uncovering clues as to what happened. As you explore the caves, you’re quickly plunged into darkness, and as in The Dark Descent, the dark increases Tasi’s fear and has palpable effects on her psyche. You’re not dealing with a loss of sanity that changes how you perceive the world like in that game, however. Instead, Tasi’s increasing fear causes the black tendrils to reappear and her heart to start pounding, and if she gets too afraid, the blackness overtakes her entirely, causing her to lose herself and wake up somewhere else with no memory of…
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Cyberpunk 2077 Preorders Are Less Than $50 on Amazon Again

Cyberpunk 2077 Preorders Are Less Than on Amazon Again

It’s one of the most anticipated video games of the generation, and you don’t even have to pay full price for it at launch. That’s right Cyberpunk 2077 is available for just $49.94 on Amazon right now, which is over $10 off the typical $59.99 list price of the game, and most other blockbuster titles that are about to launch. If you haven’t already preordered the game, this could be a great time to score yourself a copy on PS4, Xbox One, or PC. This is even better for Prime members, as you will also be getting that sweet free delivery on launch day. To those who aren’t members, to avoid paying delivery fees, you could always sign up for a free 30-day Prime account as well, just make sure to turn off the auto-renewal. Cheapest Cyberpunk 2077 Preorder Deal [poilib element=”commerceDeal” parameters=”slug=cyberpunk-2077-preorder-2″] Will Cyberpunk 2077 Work on PS5 and Xbox Series X? Yes. The game is fully compatible and will work from the get-go on both systems. There will be a next-gen re-release, anticipated for 2021, but owners of the game won’t have to pay an extra dime as the upgrade – including all the new graphical and performance boosts – will come at no extra cost. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/cyberpunk-2077-seize-the-day-trailer”] Why Should I Preorder Cyberpunk 2077? One of the big reasons is the current price, and there’s no guarantee the game will stay so cheap come release day. Not only that but there a whole lot of free goodies including with all preorders of the game. Physical copies of the standard edition come with the following items by default: Physical Items: World Compendium detailing the game’s setting and lore Postcards from Night City Map of Night City Stickers Digital Items: Game soundtrack Art booklet featuring a selection of art from the game Cyberpunk 2020 sourcebook Wallpapers for desktop and mobile [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/06/25/cyberpunk-2077-how-2-ign-editors-played-it-differently”] For more on Cyberpunk 2077, check out our full 4-hour preview of the game, the complete preorder guide, and everything we learnt from the latest episode of Night City Wire. Cyberpunk 2077 has also gone gold, so don’t expect any more delays along the way. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Robert Anderson is a Commerce Writer for IGN. You can follow him @robertliam21 [widget path=”ign/modules/recirc” parameters=”title=&type=articles%2Cvideos&tags=us-shopping&count=3&columnCount=3&theme=article”]
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PlayStation 'Looking Into' Negative Feedback on PS4 Party Changes

PlayStation 'Looking Into' Negative Feedback on PS4 Party Changes

Sony has revealed that it is “looking into” negative feedback surrounding the changes to the PS4 party system that arrived as part of the 8.00 system update. The 8.00 update was pushed to consoles worldwide last week and changed the way parties work, combining the Party and Messages features into one system. This has complicated the invitation process for some, and led fans to voice their concerns online. Players now need to open a message group in order to invite other players to create a party, and many players who used to use the private party system to avoid in-game chat now have more limited options. In light of the outcry, Sony has announced on Twitter that it is looking into the negative feedback received about the party chat changes. The tweet mentions that it will keep players posted, which suggests that changes or clarifications may be on the way. Hey folks – just wanted to let you know that we’re looking into your feedback on the recent changes to Parties on PS4. Thanks for speaking up – we’ll keep you posted — PlayStation (@PlayStation) October 17, 2020 For all of the details on the 8.00 update, check out this article which runs through all of the major features introduced in the latest patch, including free avatars from PS4 exclusive games. Sony recently clarified its position on another controversial facet of the 8.00 update, which allows players to record voice chat clips and send them to moderators to report online abuse and harassment. In a statement from SIE’s VP of Global Consumer Experience Catherine Jensen, Sony clarified that the feature “will not actively monitor or listen in on your conversations.” It seems that these changes will only affect PS4, as a breakdown of the PlayStation 5 UI showed a more streamlined chat system than the current -gen console offers. We called the smoother friend interactions one of the five biggest gamechangers in the PS5 UI. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/10/15/first-look-at-the-ps5-ui”] [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.
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NBA 2K21 Quietly Adds Unskippable Ads Into Loading Screens

NBA 2K21 Quietly Adds Unskippable Ads Into Loading Screens

Advertisements have been quietly added to NBA 2K21’s loading screens, which players are unable to skip. Stevivor is reporting that ads for the Oculus Quest 2 have appeared during pre-game loading screens in NBA 2K21. Videos show that the loading screens are longer than the ads themselves on PS4 and Xbox One, with no option to skip the adverts given until after they’ve finished being shown. More gallingly, NBA 2K21 does offer the option to interact while matches load, allowing you to edit your lineups – but even that option is unavailable while the commercial plays. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/08/17/nba-2k21-review”] The advertisements have been confirmed on current-gen consoles, but it remains to be seen whether they will be present on the next-gen versions of the game arriving in November. We’ve contacted 2K for comment. The move has caused controversy since its addition, not least because the game is still retailing at full price. EA recently tried something similar with UFC 4, dropping in ad placements weeks after release. A fan outcry led the publisher to remove the advertisements from the game. We reviewed NBA 2K21 back in September, scoring it a 6 and noting its “persistent addiction to obnoxious microtransactions.” [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.
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Sony Will Update The PS5's Fan Based On Game Data

Sony Will Update The PS5's Fan Based On Game Data

The PS5’s cooling fan will be optimized in future firmware updates, depending on how hot or cool future games cause the console’s processing unit to become. In an interview with 4Gamer.net (translated by orzkare on ResetEra), PS5 Mechanical and Thermal Design Engineer Yasuhiro Ootori revealed that Sony plans to update the fan based on the effects upcoming games have on the console’s APU. The APU, or Accelerated Processing Unit, is the chip that powers the PS5 – it’s a hybrid CPU/GPU. “Various games will be released in the future, and data on the APU’s behaviour in each game will be collected. We have a plan to optimize the fan control based on this data,” says Ootori. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/10/07/ps5-teardown-official-hardware-deep-dive”] Ootori also notes that there are three temperature sensors on the console’s mainboard and another sensor within the APU itself. All of the above will be used to control the fan speed, based on the “internal temperature of the APU and the highest temperature of the three temperature sensors.” Ootori also spoke about how the team at Sony used computer-aided engineering and real-world experiments to optimise the console’s airflow. “We made a transparent model of the chassis and observed the dry ice smoke flowing through it, and took temperature readings in each part of the system as we made improvements.” Hopefully, Sony will decide to release a transparent model of the PS5, as that sounds incredibly cool.  [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/10/15/first-look-at-the-ps5-ui”] It’s yet more proof of how seriously Sony is taking the issue of heat buildup, cooling, and console noise – shown best by the fact that the console’s size is almost entirely to keep it cool and quiet. In other PS5 news, here’s a helpful comparison between the Xbox Series X and PS5 launch titles. Preorders for the console are currently sold out, but if more go up they’ll be in our PS5 preorder guide right away. For everything you need to know about PlayStation 5, check out our PS5 guide. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=confirmed-playstation-5-games&captions=true”] [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN who thinks transparent consoles should make a comeback. Follow him on Twitter.
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Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 specs, benchmarks and testing in The MagPi magazine issue 99

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 specs, benchmarks and testing in The MagPi magazine issue 99

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 brings the latest technology to embedded devices.
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Warframe's Halloween Event Is Now Live

Warframe's Halloween Event Is Now Live

Warframe’s Nights of Naberus event has launched, introducing a chilling new story and, of course, a bunch of limited-time spooky items for players to get their hands on in time for Halloween.Nights of Naberus piggybacks off of Hearts of Deimos, Warframe’s latest big expansion. Though Hearts of Deimos is already spooky enough to constitute a Halloween theme on its own, the Nights of Naberus event really ups the ante, dressing Daughter up in a ghoulish new costume as the vendor for the event’s themed store.The Whispering Naberus Mobile is the main new item added, which is available in exchange for Mother Tokens. The mobile unlocks a chilling story narrated by Grandmother about the ancient origins of the Orokin’s Naberus festival. You can also unlock Glyphs, Emblems, Skins, and Blueprints from Daughter’s store until the event ends on November 9.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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