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Shadowrun Trilogy is free to claim on the GOG store
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The final week of GOG's summer sale is upon us, and to finish things off with a bang, the DRM-free storefront is back with another giveaway. This time, it is Shadowrun Trilogy that's available for free, a collection containing complete editions of three titles from the popular cRPG saga.
The Harebrained Schemes-developed games offer a cyberpunk fantasy mashup that uses the setting of the tabletop role-playing game of the same name. Aside from the old-school role-playing game experience, the games also have tactical turn-based combat for when dialog options aren't the best way to go.
The trilogy offer has Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director’s Cut, and Shadowrun: Hong Kong - Extended Edition in its innards. Aside from the games, bonuses like artbooks and soundtracks from the adventures are included here as well.
The Shadowrun Trilogy offer can be claimed by heading to its GOG store page and following the link to the giveaway, or by simply clicking the glowing claim button on the store's front page. The DRM-free giveaway will last for three days this time, giving you until 1 PM UTC on June 28 before the promotion runs out, which is also when the GOG Summer Sale comes to an end.
Micro Center apologizes for calling AMD GPUs high-maintenance and outdated
by Sayan Sen
via MAHSPOONIS2BIG (Reddit) At the moment, finding graphics cards is especially difficult due to the global shortage of chips, although the situation might be improving according to more recent trends. But other times when they are more readily available, deciding between Nvidia and AMD GPUs can be a hard choice to make for most gamers. And things could get even trickier when Intel also enters the scene.
Computer retail giant Micro Center appears to have thought of lending a helping hand by publishing some buying advice of its own. The company wrote certain things that likely didn't go down well with AMD and its fans. Here's what was written:
via Fidler_2K (Reddit) Controversial to say the least, as the post not only called AMD graphics high-maintenance, it also suggested that installing them is more difficult compared to Nvidia's options. It went even further to implicitly state that AMD GPUs don't support modern gaming technologies like Ray Tracing. To sum up, that's a lot of misinformation in a supposed buying guide from one of the largest retailers in North America.
Realizing its mistake, Micro Center hopes to redeem itself and today the company's President and CEO, Rick Mershad, has issued a formal apology about the matter:
There doesn't seem to be an official response from AMD as of yet but we will be sure to let you know if anything pops up.
Steam 2021 Summer Sale is now upon us featuring thousands of deals
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Another Steam Summer Sale has opened its doors, giving PC gamers two weeks of massive discounts to hopefully make their wishlists a little smaller. The annual sale is once again offering deals across almost the entire Steam library, though as usual, the servers are having a little trouble dealing with the initial rush of gamers trying to see the latest discounts.
The front page currently has highlights centered on Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Red Dead Redemption 2, Battlefield V, Monster Hunter World, Valheim, Crusader Kings III, and many other games. Although the discounts won't be changing as the sale goes on like in the old days, the front page's promoted titles – from indies to AAA hits – will still rotate every day to get more eyes on them.
As for the special event accompanying this sale, Valve has a "Forge Your Fate" section that gives out chat stickers for completing a choose your adventure-style storyline. Essentially, it is prompting Steam users to check out dedicated genre pages of the sale that they may not usually browse. For those looking for more profile customizations, the Steam Points Shop has been augmented with a score of novel items including profile bundles, while card collectors can grab one a day by perusing their Discovery Queue.
The Steam Summer Sale 2021 will continue from now until 10AM PT on July 8, giving everyone two whole weeks to look over the behemoth promotion's wares.
Sonic Mania and Horizon Chase Turbo are free on the Epic Games Store
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Epic Games is finishing off its packed June giveaways schedule today, and the store has now brought in copies of Sonic Mania and Horizon Chase Turbo to claim for free. With this, the freebie duo from last week, Overcooked 2 and Hell is Other Demons, have now gone back to their original prices.
The Sonic Mania giveaway lands just as everyone's favorite blue hedgehog celebrates his 30th anniversary. Released in 2017, the side-scrolling platformer has Sonic, Tails and Knuckles speeding through fresh landscapes and remade zones from classic titles in a mission to take down Dr. Robotnik and his henchmen.
Meanwhile, Horizon Chase Turbo comes in as an arcade racing game inspired by classic racers from the 80s and 90s. Other than a competitive ghost mode and leaderboards, any other online multiplayer functionality is not featured here, though there is local four-player split-screen multiplayer support just like in the retro ventures.
Epic Games is offering the Windows versions of both titles. Here are the minimum requirements:
Sonic Mania Horizon Chase Turbo OS: Windows 8/10 CPU: Core 2 Duo GPU: DirectX 9.0c compliant video card 256MB Memory: 2 GB RAM Storage: 400 MB available space DirectX: 9.0c OS: Windows 7 or newer CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz or better GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000 or better Memory: 2 GB RAM Storage: 500 MB available space DirectX: 9.0c The Sonic Mania and Horizon Chase Turbo giveaways will be available through next Thursday, July 1, and claiming a copy means owning it forever via the Epic Games Store. The Spectrum Retreat will be the next giveaway.
AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution is now available in Dota 2
by Sayan Sen
With its display driver version 21.6.1, AMD introduced support for its long-awaited image upscaler dubbed FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR). At its launch, FSR was already present in a few titles like Anno 1800, Godfall, The Riftbreaker, Terminator: Resistance, among others, and AMD also promised that more games (image below) with the technology baked-in will follow soon. This announcement also confirmed the previously rumored game support list.
In its latest update, Valve has announced that its massively-popular online battle arena multiplayer Dota 2 is incorporating AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution. This is good news for AMD and its fans as the game becomes the most popular title to receive support for the tech and it has happened within just days of the initial announcement. Close to half a million gamers have played the game in the last 30 days according to Steam. And FSR will also help those Dota players get some extra frames without losing too much in the way of image crispness.
You can run Dota 2 using either DirectX 11 or the Vulkan API and AMD FSR will work with both. In order to enable the setting, head over to the Video options and turn the "Game Screen Render Quality" to less than 100%, and then toggle the "FidelityFX Super Resolution" checkbox on.
The update also brings the new Nemestice Storm event mode and the Nemestice Battle Pass. You can find more details about the new additions here.