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UPDATE: Paragon open BETA !

Update: A new open beta for Paragon has begun, the first phase has begun and will run until May 1. The second phase begins on May 5 and will be playable until May 8. The servers will be online from 9 AM PT/5 PM UK time for both events.  Please note, Epic Games have said “The first stress test will include invites for the first 500,000 people who signed up for the beta only, the second stress test will include invites for anyone who signs up before May 1.”

You can sign up for the beta, or buy a Founder’s Pack for early access at www.paragon.com.  Founder’s Packs include Master Challenges, which let you level your heroes to achieve mastery and claim unique rewards, completing a Master Challenge unlocks a taunt and the exclusive Master Skin that showcases your dedication and skill.

Paragon is designed so that every player can compete and win without ever having to spend money.  New heroes every three weeks, community events, and daily and weekly rewards give you the opportunity to hone your skills and try out new play styles.  This is a game where skill matters – where you aim, when you attack, and how you move – putting you in direct control of the action in a fully 3D world.

Cards give your heroes unique powers and capabilities on the battlefield.  You build up your collection by playing, and can create decks that will hopefully lead your team to victory – because cards affect power in game, they can only be earned by playing the game.

We’ve been happily testing Paragon out with a mix of gaming hardware and as you can see in our GTX960m Gaming Laptop test below, the game is looking great!

 

Just Landed in NZ – ROG GX700 Liquid Cooled Laptops

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UPDATE: Well then, this was totally blown out of the water by the new GTX 10 series gaming laptops wasn’t it!

The Republic of Gamers GX700 is one of the most highly-anticipated laptops this year, and rightly so with a radical design that enables a whole new level of cooling and potential for the highest possible performance – it’s a genuine portable desktop replacement.

This gaming beast of the machine sets itself apart from the rest with the a fantastic liquid-cooling dock system for the laptop and this enables some rather extreme gaming performance along with overclockability while fully utilizing the intel HK-Series Skylake processor, and the mighty desktop GeForce GTX 980 in a notebook form factor – that’s the Nvidia GTX 980! (not GTX 980M).

That’s one crazy graphics card for a laptop!  The ROG GX700 is one of the several enthusiast grade laptops packing this extreme hardware, and it’s not a toned down version either.  This GTX 980 has more CUDA cores and texture mapping units than the GTX 980M and performance aligns with the desktop version of the graphics card.  It’s also worth noting that the GX700 GTX 980 has 8GB of memory vs the 4GB available on a desktop card like the Asus Strix GTX 980.

ROGGX700OnePlugWith its beautiful design, powerful specs + that oh so cool cooling system the GX700 has blown us away 🙂

Full credit to Asus design team for how easy it is to dock the cooler onto the back of the laptop and also for little touches like the single power cable to help reduce clutter.

Even without the cooler having a laptop with so much power to take with you is great but when you add in the liquid cooling system as well this new ROG creation becomes a excellent option for the travelling gamer or video editor on-the-go.  Asus even include a great custom case for both items so you can travel safely with your awesome laptop 🙂

Just a few of these marvelous machines have landed in New Zealand, so if you’re after one don’t delay – grab yourself a GX700 ROG Gaming Laptop today!

 

DOOM – Open BETA begins!

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Tis’ a weekend of game testing it seems!  Hot on the heels of Battleborn comes the latest DOOM open BETA test, you can start the download now via steam.

In the DOOM Multiplayer Beta, fans will have the opportunity to play the brutally fun and challenging shooter weeks before its release. The Beta will feature two maps, Heatwave and Infernal, and two modes, Team Deathmatch and Warpath, along with never-before-seen weapons, armour sets, taunts and hack modules.

We’ve begun our gameplay FPS tests on the GGPC YouTube channel so you can check the performance out on various gaming hardware 🙂

I love the way the glyphs on the walls glow to show that a Revenant is nearby – little things like this make for some excellent gameplay!

GAME ON!

Battleborn – Open BETA now live!

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The PC open beta for Battleborn has just begun!

There is no ban on sharing this time around so we can all stream, record video, and play Battleborn to our heart’s content!

During this Open Beta, you’ll be able to experience the natural progression of Battleborn; including two Story Mode episodes, two Competitive Multiplayer Modes, 25 heroes (some instantly available, some will unlock as you progress).  Playing either Story Mode or Competitive Multiplayer Modes will earn you XP towards temporary Helix augmentations as well as persistent Command Rank and Character Rank levels. On every map and in every Mode, you’ll find strategically located, buildable tactical structures. These buildables can purchased – and upgraded – using Shards found throughout each level.

You can install the battleborn beta via Steam – We’ve just begun testing various hardware out and we think you’ll agree – this game is a blast!

Good Graphics – The Division

New York is in trouble. A devastating epidemic sweeps through the city and in the wake of the disease basic services fail one by one. Without food and water, the streets are in chaos and new factions rise to profit from the mayhem. Amid the chaos, a classified unit of self-supported sleeper agents known as The Division is activated and tasked with one mission: take back the city.

We’ll be fighting to piece the city back together one block at a time in this latest Ubisoft release and whether you like to play solo, support a group of friends, or sit back and dish out damage with the biggest gun possible – you’re going to need some heafty hardware to run this one well, things have been turned up a bit since the BETA!

looking first at a very popular Gaming Laptop configuration, the Nvidia GTX 960m inside is quite happy making a mess inside this sports centers diner, and check out that 7GB RAM usage!

Next up on the desktop side, our GTX 960 Graphics Card + intel i5 quad core combo from the GGPC Assassin Gaming heats things up in this festive looking department store 🙂

While the main missions contain what is certainly the most graphically impressive moments we’ve encountered in the game so far, there is an open-world RPG experience to be enjoyed running around within the darkzone fulled with tactical decisions, RPG action, trading and more loot than you can fit into your pack.

GAME ON!

 

Good Graphics – Far Cry Primal

Far Cry Primal takes us on a wild ride back to 10,000BC and in this stoneage world there will no machine guns or grenade launchers to hunt with, just arrows and our wits (plus a few friendly animals if you want to play that way 🙂  It’s taken some of our favourite parts of the previous titles and is a welcome additional to the already pretty excellent Far Cry series.

As we’ve come to expect from the Far Cry team, the landscape of Oros is pretty good looking indeed, from the dense lush forests to vast fields of drying grass where mammoths graze.  The animals have a wonderful fur effect to them as well and are animated realistically making that first ­sabre-toothed tiger rather frightening.  Of course these sweet effects are going to need some decent gaming hardware to power things and we’ve tested out our Gaming Laptop and Desktop Gaming PC ranges so you can check things out quickly and easily.

First up, a popular configuration for gamers with the GTX 960 Graphics Card + intel i5 quad core in our GGPC Assassin Gaming PC decimates the defenders of the first bonfire.

Next we’ll take to the snowy mountains with the 15.6″ GGPC G960 Gaming Laptop as we use every arrow, spear and club to conquer this Udam camp!

There’s a heap of cool of stuff to do in the game. If you’re in a relaxed mood a little light hunting is great and if as you explore the caves and mountains you’ll often find great moments and locations to get tangled up in.  When it comes to pure action raiding the outposts of rival tribes gets pretty exciting and you’ll have the chance to take on some pretty brutal leaders along the way – I don’t want to spoil things so I’ll stop writing now 🙂

There is a lot of fun to be had in the wilderness and you can check out even more (spoiler free) quick tests via our GGPC YouTube Channel.

GAME ON!

Good Graphics – Street Fighter 5

UPDATE: GGPC Street Fighter 5 YouTube Playlist

We’ve stepped in the ring with Street Fighter 5 to check how well the graphics card in our Gaming Desktops and Gaming Laptops perform in this new Capcom fighter and it’s pretty good looking stuff!

To get the best performance on the gaming laptop we found the GTX 970m was the first laptop graphics card able to handle the game of max settings, with a little tweak of the in game settings our GTX 950m was looking great and playing well with the GTX 960m just glancing  on high settings as well.

 

With our Custom Desktop PC the GTX 960 proved itself to be more than a match for this – but what peeked our interest was how well the GTX 950 held up when running on max settings as well, the game does lag a bit during player intros, supers or when playing the New Zealand map and this causes a slow motion effect which is pretty fun but the actual fighting itself is pretty solid  – we would have to recommend high settings for the 950 in general but with a little optimisation we look forward to testing things out again with the coming updates.

The release today for Street Fighter 5 features a short storyboard arcade mode consisting of single round matches that take you through each character. Apparently, that’s just going to be the tip of the iceberg though 🙂 Coming in June is an update with over an hour’s worth of cutscenes for us to enjoy.

Capcom have also talked a bit on how they’ll be handling the “Fight Money” in-game currency and this will be used to buy DLC characters down the line, though we don’t know for sure if we’ll be able to buy all characters by simple playing the game – we sure hope so! You can earn more by completing arcade or survival modes with different characters, as well as ranking them up individually.

We’ll be busy fighting our way through the game to fatten our wallets for some new characters, the first of which is scheduled to show up in March.

GAME ON!