Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Master review Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3070 Ti

Posted on July 5, 2021 by


Is this the first time in recent memory where we cover a card that you can buy? And better yet, one that’s trending down in price? Nvidia’s hash rate limiter could be the reason that cards are making into the hands of gamers and not those of miners. Or is it that lower crypto prices mean that buying up container loads of GPUs is riskier than it was earlier in the year? Anyway, who cares! There’s a new card to review, and what a beauty it is. Say hello to the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Master. Just look at it, after 5 seconds are you left with any doubt that this isn’t your run of the mill GeForce RTX 3070 Ti?

The RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition didn’t wow us like some of the other RTX 30 series cards did. It feels more like an overclocked 3070 than something to close the wide gap between the standard GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080. The Aorus Master, however, is built to extract everything it can from its version of the GA104 GPU. 

Like all RTX 3070 Ti cards, it makes use of the fully enabled chip, with the maximum 6,144 cores unlocked. This compares to the 5,888 of the RTX 3070 and 4,864 of the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. The bigger upgrade, though, is the switch to faster GDDR6X memory. This alone provides a bandwidth gain of over 30% over the RTX 3070. 

We’d like to have seen 16GB of the speedier video memory on board, but then that would make the RTX 3080 and more recent GeForce RTX 3080 Ti look under spec, not to mention adding even steeper power requirements on top of the base 290W TDP.

For a full analysis of the hardware at its heart check our breakdown of the RTX 3070 Ti's specs

This Aorus Master is Gigabyte’s flagship RTX 3070 Ti. It’s a huge card. And, as a four slot card, you can pretty much forget about using it in a SFF system. It comes with a 1,875MHz boost clock, a very nice 105MHz increase over the FE, and to deliver the necessary juice it sports one 6-pin and two 8-pin power connectors, dual BIOS and as you’d expect, lashings of RGB lighting. How about that LCD on the side? It can show real time GPU monitoring info or your choice of custom text and GIFs. 

Hiding it inside a case would be a travesty.

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Aorus RTX 3070 Ti specs

GPU: Nvidia GA104
CUDA cores: 6,144
Boost clock speed: 1,875MHz
Memory capacity: 12GB GDDR6X
Memory speed: 19Gbps
Outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1.4a, 2x HDMI 2.1, 1x HDMI
Power connectors: 1x 6-pin, 2x 8-pin
Price: $979.99

Those are just a few of the characteristics that set it apart from an ordinary RTX 3070 Ti. It also packs in no less than six display outputs, of which you can use any four at once. These are 3x DP 1.4a, two HDMI 2.1 and a single HDMI 2.0 port. This opens up a wide range of connectivity options. For example you could connect a multi monitor setup, a big TV or a VR headset all at the same time. Not many cards can do that without having to switch cables. You’ll be pleased to note that it comes with up to four years of warranty. 

Not many cards come equipped with four-slot coolers. This means we expect nothing less than class leading acoustics and/or cooling performance. It does a superb job at the latter, but the former isn’t as good as we’d hoped for.

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Gigabyte appears to have tuned the cooler for maximum performance. During a stress test, we saw a peak temperature of just 68°C which is great, but it does come at the expense of an elevated level of noise. In fact the card’s fans ramped as high as 70%. 

It’s not an intrusive noise, and its sound is more like the movement of air rather than the mechanical whirr of fans. We’re left wondering if the cooler shroud is a little too restrictive. Does it have the effect of trapping some hot air inside? We aren’t too critical though, it’s easy to adjust the fan curve to achieve lower noise levels, though at the inevitable expense of a bit of boost clock.

We ran a test with the silent BIOS mode enabled. This resulted in a long run fan speed of 68%. Compared to the 70% of the default BIOS, the difference is minor, but with no loss in performance noted, we’d be inclined to use the silent BIOS all the way.

Speaking of boost clocking, the excellent thermal performance of the cooler means the card is able to boost to very high levels. In fact, the card was able to hold a boost clock of 1,980Mhz after 10 minutes of load. There might be RTX 30-series cards that boost higher under stock conditions, but you can probably count them on one hand. The Aorus Master consistently ran 80MHz higher than a Founders Edition sample and an impressive 65MHz more than the MSI Gaming X, though the MSI was all but silent.

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Test rig

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
Motherboard: Asus Crosshair VIII Dark Hero
RAM: 2x 8GB T-Force Xtreem ARGB DDR4-3600
Storage: 2TB Adata S70, 500GB Samsung 980 Pro
Cooling: NZXT X73 360mm AIO
PSU: Corsair AX1000

Compared to the RTX 3070, the RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition may not have given us the frame rate leap we hoped for, but with the additional cooling capacity of the Aorus Master, it’s possible to squeeze every last drop of performance out of the GA104 GPU. It’s perfectly capable of performing well at 4K but it’s better suited to a 1440p gamer with a high refresh rate monitor. 

The Aorus Master is consistently faster than the FE but at the cost of some 20w+ of additional power consumption. Once you start hitting 310W+ you’re getting near RTX 3080 territory, and that’s a much faster card. AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 remains a very competitive offering, but you can't forget Nvidia’s strong feature set and ray tracing performance advantage.

Because it's already seemingly at the limits of the GPU already, our Aorus Master sample only had a little overclocking headroom, likely due to power limits. Still, being able to hold a clock of over 2GHz is impressive. 

The card had a lot of memory overclocking headroom, however. We were able to set the memory to 1,438MHz, an increase of 250MHz from the default 1,188MHz. This resulted in a bandwidth increase from the stock 608.3 GB/s to 736.3 GB/s. That’s over a 20% gain. Using Metro Exodus at 1440p as a test, the final OC result was 90.1 fps compared to the default result of 85.9 fps and the FE’s result of 84.0 fps.

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The Aorus Master offers everything you’d hope for in a flagship version of a GPU. It’s got loads of outputs, an attention grabbing LED screen, a highly capable cooler (albeit one that’s a little too loud under its default setting) and a four-year warranty. 

It’s faster than the 3070 Ti FE too, but is it a card you should buy? If you consider your PC to be a piece of art as much as a box stashed under the desk then the answer is probably yes. But the market is changing. Cards are coming into stock, and prices are even coming down in some countries. Ask yourself if you want a gorgeous and feature rich card, or would you rather spend a bit more on a basic but much higher performing RTX 3080? 

Similar questions are posed when considering any top tier card. Do you care about 180 fps vs 220 fps in an esport game at 1080p? 60 fps vs 75 fps in a AAA title at 4K? If the answer is yes then consider an RTX 3080, but if you look at your rig as much as you do your monitor, then the Aorus Master is a card that won’t be out of place in any show piece system.

Apex Legends playlists hacked to complain about Titanfall hackers

Posted on July 5, 2021 by

Hackers are protesting Titanfall hacks by… hacking Apex Legends.

Apex Legends has had a bit of rough weekend. The game’s various playlists have been taken over by hackers, who removed their official descriptions and replaced it with messages urging players to “save Titanfall”.

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The hacked messages were initially limited to PC, but later spread to PlayStation and Xbox, according to Alpha Intel. The messages also advertised a website – SaveTitanfall.com, though hackers say they’re not affiliated with the website.

When this happens, hacked playlists become inaccessible, preventing most from playing Apex Legends. This was particularly frustrating in the US because of the Fourth of July long weekend.

The issue hackers are trying to amplify has been affecting both Titanfall games for months. Titanfall games have been under constant DDoS attacks. Though these problems make the games’ multiplayer unplayable, they’re even more catastrophic in the case of Titanfall 1, whose “single-player” campaign requires an internet connection to be played.

The site in question pleads with EA to solve the issue once and for all, or stop selling Titanfall to new players. Some of these DDoS problems did spill over to Apex Legends, but they’re usually taken care of more swiftly. The delay of the fix for Respawn’s legacy titles has some complicated reasons behind it, so it’s not something that could be easily fixed, seemingly.

Respawn has since responded on Twitter, initially saying that it’s investigating the hack. Following hourly updates, the developer confirmed that Apex Legends’ matchmaking is back to normal, and that everyone can once again enjoy the game.

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Great moments in PC Gaming: Performing an autopsy in Disco Elysium A man stares at himself, hanging from a tree beneath a disco ball

Posted on July 5, 2021 by


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Great moments in PC gaming are bite-sized celebrations of some of our favorite gaming memories.

Disco Elysium

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Year: 2019
Developer: Zaum

Disco Elysium makes you feel incompetent. Especially at the start, when you've just woken up with a hangover of apocalyptic intensity after a binge of drugs and misery. You might try to skip out without paying your hotel bill, and fail. You might try to intimidate a child, and fail. I failed at my job, which is being a detective. There's a murder victim hanging from a tree in his underpants and boots, but I can't examine him because I vomit when I try to get close.

Fortunately, my far more competent partner Lt. Kim Kitsuragi has a solution: I should get my shit together. Which I do by equipping a thought called Volumetric Shit Compressor, because Disco Elysium is a game that lets you equip thoughts and has skills that talk to you. (One of them keeps telling me to take speed.)

Finally, I approach the corpse. I can't get him down without a whole other embarrassing trial, however. In the meantime, I experience a single shining moment of competency. I've put points into Perception and Visual Calculus to make myself a Sherlock Holmes-style observer, which pays off when I spot footprints around the tree. The world shifts and reshades and I can count how many people trod this dirt, can tell their shoe sizes and approximate their weight. Kim is impressed. For the first time he sees why the drug-humped lump before him was ever allowed to be a detective. His approval is delicious and I want more.

When the body's finally down we perform a field autopsy. There's a form for this, which makes it easier. I just fill it out while Kim analyzes. Meanwhile, the voices in my head feed me bad ideas. Stroke the corpse's hair, touch his genitals, steal his boots. But then the Perception skill pipes up. There's something wrong, it says. Something you missed. 

When we come to the end of the form I tell Kim I can't tick the final box just yet. I put my hand in the corpse I wasn't even able to walk up to not long ago, and I rummage. I rummage until I find something hidden in the meat that turns this whole case upside down. The reward is another hit of Kim's approval, a drug so potent it makes me decide on the spot to chase more of it instead of taking that speed.

Final Fantasy 14 just broke its concurrent player record on Steam The many characters of Final Fantasy 14

Posted on July 5, 2021 by


Final Fantasy 14 hit a concurrent player count of 47,542 in the last 24 hours, according to SteamDB. That beats its previous record of 41,200, which it set in June of 2020 as players returned for the Shadowbringers expansion (numbers  courtesy of SteamDB). The thing is, this time those players aren't here because of any new additions to Final Fantasy 14. Endwalker won't be out until November. They mostly seem to be disgruntled World of Warcraft players who've followed popular WoW streamers like Asmongold, taking up another MMO while WoW is in a lull.

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Starting Final Fantasy 14 for the first time? Check out our beginner's guide to Final Fantasy 14 to make the most of your first character while avoiding some headaches. If you're a returning player, here's our guide to getting back into Final Fantasy 14.

That peak in player numbers came a day after Asmongold began streaming it to over two million followers. He's not alone, with CohhCarnage recently picking up it up as well. Their viewers, and those of every WoW streamer who grew dissatisfied during the 218-day wait for the Chains of Domination update, have been getting a taste of the best MMO you can play in 2021. So far, they seem to like it.

In the past, all it's taken for Blizzard to win back WoW players is to knock it out of the park with the next update or expansion. Maybe that'll happen again, or maybe FF14 has what it takes to hold onto these new players. I've been reliably informed that it's a critically acclaimed MMORPG with a free trial up to level 60 including the Heavenward expansion.

The Australian PC Awards 2021 recap: watch the festivities here Australian PC Awards 2021

Posted on July 5, 2021 by


Update, July 5: Entries for the APCA 2021 competition have closed. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 11.

All three episodes are still available to watch below, or you can check out the full list of APCA 2021 winners.

Original story:

The Australian PC Awards 2021 may technically be over, but you've still got until the end of Sunday (July 4) to enter its generous competition pool. Proceedings took place June 23-25, and you can watch each episode below. To enter the prize pool, you'll need to find the secret code word in each episode, and then click the relevant link below.

The APCAs celebrate the best PC hardware and components available in Australia, as voted by expert editors across TechRadar, T3, PC PowerPlay and TechLife.

Episode #1:

Prefer to watch Episode #1 on YouTube? Click here!

Enter the Episode #1 competition here or check out the full comp details below

Award categories in this episode: Motherboards and Graphics Cards.

Episode #2:

Prefer to watch Episode #2 on YouTube? Click here!

Enter the Episode #2 competition here or check out the full comp details below

Award categories in this episode: CPUs, Storage and Systems.

Episode #3:

Prefer to watch Episode #3 on YouTube? Click here!

Enter the Episode #3 competition here or check out the full comp details below

Award categories in this episode: Peripherals & Components, Reseller, Excellence and Gold.

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Episode #1 competition

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If you watched Wednesday's episode and found the secret code word, you'll need to click this link and submit your entry for a chance to share in AU$4,935 in PC gear. Prizes from the first episode include:

Aorus 15G YC laptop worth AU$3,499
AMD Radeon 6700XT graphics card worth AU$749
AMD Ryzen 3600 CPU worth AU$289
Corsair K70 TKL keyboard worth AU$299
Corsair Sabre Pro RGB mouse worth AU$99

Fill out the form here to enter

Please note that this competition is open to Australian residents only. Entries close July 4, 2021.

Episode #2 competition

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If you watched episode two and kept an eye out for the secret code word,  click this link to head to the competition page where you'll submit your entry for a chance to share in AU$4,593 in PC gear! Last night's awesome prizes include:

Gigabyte AERO 15 XC laptop worth AU$3,099
Aten UC3022 CamLive Pro worth AU$679
MSI CH130X Gaming Chair worth AU$399
MSI Sekira 100R Case worth AU$219
MSI Vigor GK50 Elite Keyboard worth AU$119
MSI GM41 Wireless Gaming Mouse worth AU$78

Fill out the form here to enter

Please note that this competition is open to Australian residents only. Entries close July 4, 2021.

Episode #3 competition

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If you want to win some cool stuff, you'll need to watch tonight's episode and keep an eye out for the secret code word. Once you've got it, click this link to head to the competition page where you'll submit your entry for a chance to share in AU$5,796 in PC gear! Tonight's awesome prizes include:

Gigabyte AERO 17 KC laptop worth AU$2,999
Thermaltake Citadel Gaming System PC worth AU$2,399
Corsair K70 TKL keyboard worth AU$299
Corsair Sabre Pro RGB mouse worth AU$99

Fill out the form here to enter

Please note that this competition is open to Australian residents only. Entries close July 4, 2021.

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Australian PC Awards deals

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For the 2021 APCAs, the team has partnered up with this year's Awards sponsors to bring you a selection of special Aussie deals on some of the top PC hardware and software from Adata, Aftershock PC, Asus, Aten, Eset, MSI, Mwave, PC Case Gear, Razer and Western Digital including:

Laptops & PCs
Gaming keyboards
Gaming mice
Wireless routers
SSDs & hard drives

…and more!

See all the deals on TechRadar here!

About the awards

The 2021 Australian PC Awards kick off tonight, Wednesday June 23, at 7:30pm AEST. This evening's livestream is the first of three, with proceedings set to continue on Thursday and Friday evenings. Each night will bring new verdicts, prizes and shenanigans.

The APCAs celebrate the best PC hardware and components available in Australia, as voted by our expert editors across TechRadar, T3, PC PowerPlay and TechLife. If you're keen to follow along live, you can tune in here tonight, or visit this page on TechRadar, or watch on YouTube.

Why three nights? Because there are 26 categories, ranging best graphics card through to best reseller. It's a big event, and to celebrate it, the APCAs are giving away AU$15,254 worth of PC gear—a big chunk of it gaming centric. 

Check out the prizes:

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  • Aorus 15G YC laptop worth AU$3,499
  • Gigabyte Aero 15 XC laptop worth AU$3,099
  • Gigabyte Aero 17 KC laptop worth AU$2,999
  • Thermaltake Citadel Gaming System PC worth AU$2,399
  • AMD Ryzen 3600 CPU worth AU$289
  • AMD Radeon 6700XT graphics card worth AU$749
  • Corsair K70 TKL keyboard worth AU$299
  • Corsair Sabre Pro RGB mouse worth AU$99
  • Aten UC3022 CamLive Pro Dual HDMI to USB-C UVC Video Capture worth AU$679
  • MSI CH130X Gaming Chair worth AU$399
  • MSI Sekira 100R Case worth AU$219
  • MSI Vigor GK50 Elite Keyboard worth AU$119
  • MSI GM41 Wireless Gaming Mouse worth AU$78
  • Corsair K70 TKL keyboard worth AU$299
  • Corsair Sabre Pro RGB mouse worth AU$99

You can read more about what's up for grabs here.

How to watch

Each episode goes live at 7:30pm AEST on this very page, on YouTube, and also at www.australianpcawards.com.au. Here's what you can expect from each broadcast:

EPISODE 1 – Wednesday June 23 @ 7:30PM AEST

MOTHERBOARDS
Best Motherboard Maker
Best Value Motherboard
Best Premium Motherboard

GRAPHICS CARD
Best Graphics Card Maker
Best Value Graphics Card
Best Premium Graphics Card

EPISODE 2 – Thursday June 24 @ 7:30PM AEST

CPU
Best Value CPU
Best Premium CPU

STORAGE
Best Internal Storage Maker
Best External Storage Maker
Best SOHO or Home NAS

SYSTEMS
Best Value Laptop or 2-in-1
Best Premium Laptop or 2-in-1
Best Gaming Laptop
Best Desktop PC Maker

EPISODE 3 – Thursday June 25 @ 7:30PM AEST

PERIPHERALS & COMPONENTS
Best Memory Maker
Best Cooling Product
Best Monitor
Best Keyboard
Best Mouse
Best Gaming Headset
Best PC Case
Best Router

RESELLER
Best Reseller

EXCELLENCE
For the person, product or technology that advanced the PC more than any other.

GOLD
A reader-voted award for the Best Company, chosen from all this year's finalists.

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Five new Steam games you probably missed (July 5, 2021) Doki Doki Literature Club

Posted on July 5, 2021 by


On an average day, about a dozen new games are released on Steam. And while we think that's a good thing, it can be understandably hard to keep up with. Potentially exciting gems are sure to be lost in the deluge of new things to play unless you sort through every single game that is released on Steam. So that’s exactly what we’ve done. If nothing catches your fancy this week, we've gathered the best PC games you can play right now and a running list of the 2021 games that are launching this year. 

Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!

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Release:‌ July 1
Developer:‌ Team Salvato
Launch price:‌ $13.49 ‌|‌ ‌£10.25 ‌|‌ ‌‌AU$19.35

Doki Doki Literature Club! originally released in 2017 and chances are you've heard of it. It looks like the kind of visual novel that has flooded Steam for years now, except with this one there's something… unusual going on. The more you say about Doki Doki the less effective its core appeal is, so suffice it to say, that this new Plus! edition includes the original game with a whole lot of new stuff: six new side stories, a lot of new music, and a full HD visual upgrade. This game is beloved for a reason, but it's also among the hardest to sell without ruining it—especially to folk who aren't fond of anime-style visual novels. Just dive in.

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights

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Release:‌ ‌June 21
Developer:‌ Live WIre, Adglobe
Launch price:‌ ‌$25 ‌|‌ ‌£22 ‌|‌ ‌AU$32

This Souls-inspired Metroidvania actually released out of Early Access in mid-June but it's extremely worth bringing it to your attention. Ender Lilies' 2D art is gorgeous, coming across as a more tasteful Bloodstained, or a less cartoony Hollow Knight. Its focus on difficult boss encounters (with the usual rhythm of pattern recognition dashing and dodge rolling) is reminiscent of Salt & Sanctuary. It's been a great time for sprawling 2D adventures of late, and this one is getting some heavy duty plaudits. If you're after something with more pixels, the recent Astalon: Tears of the Earth is another great one.

The Fermi Paradox

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Release:‌ July 2
Developer:‌ Anomaly Games
Launch price:‌ ‌$17.09 |‌ ‌£13.04 ‌|‌ ‌AU$24.25

Launched into Early Access last week, The Fermi Paradox is a narrative driven strategy game that has you playing god with alien civilizations, with these ranging from "nightmarish deep sea creatures to graceful sapient plant beings." Every choice you make will determine the relationships between these civilizations, and thus the nature of the entire galaxy. As you'd expect, with the range of civilizations at hand and the myriad ways they can be at peace or war, this is pitched as a highly replayable game. The game is expected to stay in Early Access for "around a year," while new species and other features are added.

Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World

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Release:‌ ‌June 29
Developer:‌ G CHOICE, Monkey Craft
Launch price:‌ ‌$34.99 |‌ ‌£31.49 |‌ ‌AU$49.95

This is a remake of the 1994 Sega platformer Monster World IV, so be prepared for some very '90s oriented action despite the modern veneer. Still, it's by all reports not as orthodox a remake as Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap was, with a more fluid and modern moveset. Given how many thousands of action platformers there are to chose from in 2021, it's hard to tell if Asha in Monster World will have much appeal to anyone without a lingering nostalgic fondness for the series. If you're too young to care, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom—a whole new game borrowing heavily from the old ones—is probably the best place to start.

The Wicked Days

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Release:‌ July 1
Developer:‌ Alien Intelligence UAB
‌$20 ‌|‌ ‌£15.49 |‌ ‌AU$28.95

Another new Early Access title, The Wicked Days is a top down shooter set in the weird back water town of Beavercity. Protagonist Colonel Marvin Todds is a war veteran who, thanks to a strange accident, has superpowers. Anyway, whatever the actual narrative backdrop of The Wicked Days is, is beside the point, because this game is all about shooting zombies, bashing zombies, and driving over zombies in vehicles. The final game will apparently add even more protagonists, as well as new dungeons, weapons and more.

These games were released between June 28 and July 5 2021. Some online stores give us a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Read our affiliate policy for more info. ‌

The latest indie about chaotic animals is one with penguin pals pulling heists A penguin belly sliding under a laser

Posted on July 4, 2021 by


Maybe I've just watched too much Wallace and Gromit, but it doesn't take a lot to pitch me on the idea of penguins doing crime. The Greatest Penguin Heist Of All Time is solely about that.

"One heist will have you stealing boats full of fish, another might have you stealing valuable works of art, and yet another may require you to kidnap an prized chef," says the store page description, going on to clarify that is up to the penguin whether to go in "loud or silent, lethal or non-lethal". I both respect and fear the emphasis put on '"lethal or non-lethal", because I do believe in a penguin's ability to do a murder, if they so choose. 

The stealth game is a online co-op game for up to four players, with full character customisation. From the looks of the trailer, this includes hats, glasses, and even little jackets, which is kind of precious. The penguins also have "realistic penguin nooting", as well as the less realistic ability (I hope) to carry around baseball bats to thwack people with.

"Chaotic animal games" is a niche genre, but it's a good one. Untitled Goose Game was a runaway hit, but before that we had Goat Simulator, and Catlateral Damage. Sometimes, you just want to cause havoc: even better to do it with your friends.

The Greatest Penguin Heist of All Time is available on Steam Early Access for £11.39, where it currently has an additional launch discount of 20%.

Check out the latest System Shock remake teaser trailer here

Posted on July 4, 2021 by

System Shock

Nightdive has released a new trailer for the System Shock remake, and it’s a seven-minute-long deep dive into the game and its iconic world.

“How can you challenge a perfect, immortal machine?” asks the new lengthy trailer, which takes us through the research section of the Citadel Station in the game. If you’ve wondered what this long-in-development game looks like in terms of its exploration and its combat, you’re going to want to wrap your eyes around this.

Nightdive is giving the game a full makeover, bringing all-new HD visuals, updated controls, revamped hacking, and a renovated Citadel Station with all sorts of new areas and secrets to uncover to the classic experience.

Check out the trailer below to learn more about his ambitious revisit to one of gaming’s most iconic properties.

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The developer has also announced that anyone who pre-orders the remake will receive System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition for free.

System Shock is releasing for PC and Linux via Steam, GOG, and the Epic Game Store for $44.95 – and the new demo is available via those storefronts, too. There is no set release date, though the game’s Steam page still says ‘Summer 2021’.

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Nintendo is working on a Donkey Kong game and animation project – report

Posted on July 4, 2021 by

Donkey Kong

Nintendo is apparently planning to bring the Donkey Kong franchise back into the spotlight and will use a new game and animated project to do so.

Nintendo insider Zippo and Nintendo Life have both noted that Nintendo is aiming to resurrect the IP in time for its 40th anniversary and give it the same loving treatment Mario got for his 35th anniversary (thanks VGC).

“I’ve been told by multiple people that Donkey Kong is the next franchise in line to follow Mario in Nintendo’s push for their game franchises to become multimedia juggernauts,” says Zippo.

“Donkey and co. aren’t just getting a new game, they’re getting animation (Before this catches fire, my sources did not specify whether or not this was a movie or a show, just that an animation featuring DK characters was early in the works.) a big theme park expansion, merchandise, etc.

“This new game is not just a one off, DK is being taken seriously at the big N again, and that should be good news for fans everywhere.”

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That’s encouraging for fans of everyone’s favourite mischievous ape, then. The theme park expansion mentioned here is for Super Nintendo World, and it’d make sense for the company to have a multi-pronged approach to DK’s long-overdue resurrection.

Zippo has previously suggested that Nintendo is working on a new DK game: “It’s the big ape’s 40th anniversary, and while I’m not sure how Nintendo is celebrating the occasion, there is a new 2D DK game being developed by EPD Tokyo,” they said.

“Retro is obviously busy with other things, so Nintendo has taken it upon themselves to bring DK back in as internal series. Don’t expect the ‘Country’ moniker to return, as EPD Tokyo are not interested in making a sequel to games they didn’t make.

Take all this with a pinch of salt, of course; Nintendo has announced nothing itself yet.

We haven’t seen too much of Donkey Kong lately. Back in July 2020, we saw Donkey Kong Country and two other games arrive on Nintendo Switch Online, and then in September 2020 Switch Online added Donkey Kong Country 2.

A new game and animated project, then, would likely go down well.

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Studio behind Metro Exodus are hiring for a new IP Metro Exodus

Posted on July 4, 2021 by


4A Games, the studio behind Metro Exodus, have advertised a number of job listings explicitly for a "new IP". While 4A appear to be hiring a large number of staff in general, there are six roles that are labelled as for a new IP: three design roles, and three artist roles.

There isn't much that can be divined about any future game from the job descriptions, though the listing for a senior technical artist goes to some interesting places, tonally: "Never use the word 'impossible'." "Doing R&D means digging your own path ignoring doubts." Many of the other listings on 4A's site seem to avoid the 'games wizard/ninja/jedi' tendencies that pop up in passion-based industries, emphasising the importance of taking on critical feedback and being receptive to other people's ideas, which makes this particular one stand out.

Metro Exodus, which was released in 2019 and saw an enhanced edition release back in May, is an incredibly visually impressive game—if demanding on your PC. It makes sense that they'd plan to continue in kind for future projects. Details from other listings ask that applicants are experienced "with 1st person or 3rd person action titles" and have a "passion for FPS games", so it doesn't look like they plan to move too far away from the mechanics they're familiar with.

In his review of Metro Exodus, Andy Kelly found the expansive game to be "full of surprises and stunning scenery", even if he was disappointed that his primary engagement with the world was with shooting at it.

A series of job listings is not an announcement though: we will likely have to wait a while before 4A have anything official to say.

Thanks, PSU.