Author: GGPC

Good Gaming – Dauntless Open BETA

The Dauntless Open Beta is set to begin on May 25th here, bringing huge improvements as the team opens the doors of Ramsgate to the entire world!

This is the perfect time for all those who have missed out on the closed BETA testing to join in on the fun, and the dev team at Phoenix Labs has also hinted at some sweet bonus items are going to be up for grabs for players taking part in this two-day testing event!

For those just jumping in, Dauntless is an action RPG game quite similar to Monster Hunter, with giant monsters to be hunted down co-op with friends. The early testing has proved to be an extremely fun time for all and with the full game set to be released in 2018, it’s looking very polished now.

 

Good Gaming – Far Cry 5 BONUS with Gigabyte AORUS Motherboards

**This promotion has now ended**

Now with more motherboard options! Promotion is valid on purchases from April 1st – June 30th (or while code stocks last) Completed registrations will still be accepted by GIGABYTE until July 15th, 2018.

For a limited time and while stocks last, get yourself a Gigabyte Aorus Motherboard from the range below and you can register to redeem a Far Cry 5 Game Code bonus!

Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 3 Pro

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 7

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 5

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 3

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming

Gigabyte Z370XP-SLI 

X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Pro

X299 AORUS Gaming 7

X299 AORUS Gaming 3

X299 UD4 Pro

Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming WIFI

Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming 2.0

Z370N WIFI

H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI

H370 AORUS Gaming 3

H370N WIFI

B360 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI

B360 Gaming 3

Once you’ve got your awesome new motherboard simply follow the steps below to register and redeem your game code.

STEP #1: Visit www.au.aorus.com/login and sign into your AORUS Club account, or create a new one. Be sure to remember the details used as you’ll receive your game code via this email.

STEP #2: Visit https://au.aorus.com/game_bundle.php?Page=137# and enter the details for your product.

STEP #3: Now that you have registered you’ll swiftly receive your game code from the Gigabyte team via email, once you’ve received it head to www.farcry5-redeem.ubi.com/en-US/login, login to your Uplay account (or create one) and enter your code!

STEP #4: You’ll now get your game code sent to the email you signed up with, from here we just need to download or run the Ubisoft UPLAY Launcher

STEP #5: Once in the Uplay launcher you can activate the game code as shown below, once that’s done you’ll have the game added to your library available for download.

STEP #6: GAME ON!

Now you’re in for a treat! Far Cry 5 is a multiplayer masterpiece, you take on the role of the local Sheriff for the Montana town named Hope County, and while you could just spend your time hunting and fishing (with grenades) there is an ominous doomsday cult rising up and causing some problems around town… better get onto that!  With most of the game world being accessible to players after completing the game’s introductory missions, once complete you’re going to be pretty much free to rush through the world causing chaos as you see fit.

Good Gaming – Free to Play PC Games

We’ve been playing a fair few games lately (as always :P) and recently we’ve been diving into as many free to play PC games as we can, this blog will be a sticky one that we constantly update with new games as we play them but for now we’ll start things off with a few unique and rather good games for your PC that will cost you nothing but the data to download them 🙂 (the titles for each are download links, videos are short gameplay tests captured by GGPC NZ)

Currently checking out Duelyst and Warhammer: Eternal Crusade \o/

Fortnite – It’s still claiming to be a beta but Fortnite is very polished. More than just you vs 99 battle royale with even changing modes available (50v50 is great!) what really sets this one apart from other 3rd person shooters games is the building system, with almost all the objects in the map being able to be smashed apart into useful wood, stone, and metal. These can then be used to build ramps, walls, floors etc to create a defensible building, protect your team, or access a hard to reach area and flank your opponents. It all takes place in one large map, with a zeppelin battle bus full of opponents (and some friends) all scrabbling to grab a whole lot of guns. Construct and destroy environments while engaged in intense PvP combat, explore, or just riding around in golf carts if that’s what you do – with so many players no matter what you’re op to it’s likely you”ll stumble into some crazy fun times along the way!

War Thunder –  This one gives us action packed battles both on the ground and in the skies (also boats are in BETA!), it’s crazy how good this game is with beautiful graphics and a massive line-up of tanks and planes for us to use in the PVP battles + recently the games creators added a new PVE game mode named Assault which is a blast to play. A perfect game to enjoy with friends this one has options from Simulation to Arcade, it’s similar in many ways to World of Tanks and World of Warships but ultimately War Thunder wins the day with it’s seamless combination of modes and unmatched intensity of aerial dogfights. A truly great game that deserves a download 🙂

Path of Exile – You are an Exile, struggling to survive as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you. Created by NZ game studio Grinding Gear Games, Path of Exile is an isometric online action RPG is set in the dark fantasy world of Wraeclast. It offers excellent co-op gaming with extremely deep character customisation, the best skill tree we’ve seen in a long long time and even a hardcore mode in which staying alive actually matters 😛 The game is completely free and will never be “pay to win”, the community is excellent and graphics are top notch. All in all this is our most recommended game right now, crazy good times to be had playing on your own but in a group with some friends the game really shines.

Mechwarrior Online – A slower paced, tactical online shooter set in the BattleTech Universe. Victory requires a mastery of tactical positioning, teamwork, and firing discipline to prevent overheating and the dreaded shutdown (overload only works so much!). Each battle will reward you with credits depending on performance and these can be spent on new weapons, equipment and mech chassis to full your hangers. For new players there is a rotation of free to play pre-configured mechs to take into battle and these will give you a good taste of how each weight class performs so you can spend your credits wisely. Once you’ve brought a BattleMech of your very own there is a faction warfare system and if you spend a little time in each jumping from faction to faction you can quickly amass a bunch of personal hangers to store more and more of your own mechs in, this becomes more important with multiple variants of the same frame offering different hardpoints to mount weaponry on and new skills to unlock as you progress. It’s not an easy fight and don’t expect to just run in and win, this is a thinking persons shooter for sure.

Warframe – A team based hack’n’slash shooter with some pretty action packed moments, heaps of gear and hours of fun 🙂 The massive “Plains of Eidolon” update introduced a massive open world in which hack some enemies to pieces but they haven’t stopped there, new updates introduce new ways to play constantly. You play as a Tenno, an agile weapon master who wields the mighty Warframe and commands some awesome powers – Overpowered but unprepared and often forced out of your comfort zone, you must find it in yourself to improvise, not just to save yourself but the fate of all Tenno.

Battlerite –  If you enjoyed League of Legends but just want the team fights, you should check out this one for sure. A​ ​PvP​ ​arena​ ​brawler​ ​and​ ​the​ ​spiritual​ ​successor​ ​to​ ​the critically​ ​acclaimed​ ​Bloodline Champions.​ The​ ​unique​ ​combination​ of a ​​top​-down​ ​shooter​ ​meeting a ​fast​-paced fighting​ ​game and take ​part​ ​in​ ​highly​ ​competitive,​ ​adrenaline-fueled​ ​2v2​ ​and​ ​3v3​ ​battles.​ ​Engage​ ​in quick​ ​and​ ​intense​ ​action​ ​as​ ​you​ ​take​ ​control​ ​over​ ​one​ ​of​ many Champions,​ ​each​ ​with unique abilities to master.​ ​Welcome​ ​to​ ​a​ ​world​ ​where​ ​Champions​ ​dedicate​ ​their​ ​lives​ ​to​ ​the Arena.

EVE Online – The new free to play mode in EVE will allow you gain a lot of skills with no money down 🙂 Leveling up an EVE Online character has always been a little different from most MMORPG, every player in the game controls a clone which they train in new skills over time (even when you’re not logged in) as opposed to the far more common “kill this and fetch that for XP”. As your clone learns more and more you will be able to fly more ships and kit these out with new modules and equipment. When you die you respawn into another clone but depending on when you last did a clone imprint that new clone may or may not have the skills you previously acquired and it’s this investment in time that makes up one of many factors that gives each life in EVE a real feeling of value – there are of course the in game monetary losses involved with death in EVE, losing your favourite ship certainly hurts! The new alpha clone state will allow you to get some pretty potent ships like the Caracal below, armed with many heavy missile launchers you’ll be a fine addition to fleets around the univese 🙂

Cloud Pirates – Arcade airship based combat awaits you in this science-fiction fantasy battleground game 🙂 Remarkably tactical but also good fun early on for a casual run-and-gun play style, as you progress though you’ll gain access a bunch of unique upgrades for your airships, captain and crew which leads to much more challenging matches and modes as you progress.  There are numerous visual customization options to tinker which as you go and plenty of airships to choose from each with their own unique handling and firing arcs – snipers, tanks, dps, tackle – there really are a lot!

ARGO – A hardcore tactical first-person shooter, jump straight into combat in this official standalone FREE total conversion of Arma 3. This one has us fighting for supremacy in a familiar but new setting – the Mediterranean island of Malden, complete with dense urban areas and wide open plains ideal for snipers you’ll find each location has been built to provide an optimal experience for each game mode 😛 What really makes this one stand out for us here at GGPC so far is the new Combat Patrol CO-OP mode in which you can team up with some friends and fight against AI opponents with both randomized objectives and procedural generation of enemy forces making each session of Combat Patrol unique. Combine this with three competitive game modes and a pretty good looking Scenario Editor with which you can create your own missions with and you’ve got ARGO, it’s a pretty darn impressive free to play war gaming experience 🙂

Dreadnought – This is a medium paced arcade action game which puts you in command of a massive sci-fi battleship, similar in many ways to Fractured Space and Cloud Pirates below but with some really beautiful landscapes to wage war on this is one can be a stunner with settings cranked to high. Customisation for your starship is first class from guns and turrets to coatings and decals and there are a range of configs for each ship class so you’re sure to find one that fits your playstyle perfectly. Massively enjoyable in a group or alone, we’ve been playing this one since early BETA days and it just keeps getting better!

Atlus Reactor – A rather refreshing and unique take on turn-based tactical combat. Engage in 4v4 team battles with a short moment between each round to lock in your players actions after which all eight players will execute their command lists. Each character has a range of moves available to them that will initiate at different times in the action que depending on the type of move selected, this makes playing Altus Reactor a game of predicting what your opponents might do which just keeps getting better the more familiar you become with the growing roster of freelancers available (numbering 25 as I write this). Once you reach level 10 there is also a “Seasons” XP event in which players can complete challenges and receive some extra bonus loot to customise their characters.

Blade and Soul – A rather fun MMO set in a world of martial arts masters and mythology 🙂 A tale of revenge at its core that will have you exploring a beautiful, cinematic world inspired by the distinct visual style of acclaimed artist Hyung Tae Kim. This one’s got detailed character customization tools, offers some brilliant PVP matches and has an excellent action based combat system. The story line is very enjoyable, especially the introduction to the game world.

Planetside 2 – It’s a very different experience from most first person shooters because instead of the usual 24v24 firefights – battles in Planetside 2 can typically involve a few hundred players. This war takes place over several continents each of which has a defined landscape, there are 3 factions to choose from each with there own infantry weapons, ground vehicles and aircraft. The scale of the game can be quite daunting at first but for new players if you go Engineer class and get a Sunderer vehicle you’ll rapidly begin leveling up while being a great addition to the war effort, doing this will allow you to quickly amass enough experience points to buy new weapons, vehicle mods or abilities. The game world is large, but getting around is easy thanks to an instant action button on the map screen that will take you into hot spots, you can also hover over locations to see just how many players from each faction are fighting in that specific sector which is excellent. Community wise (NZ players) we highly recommend jumping into this one on a Sunday afternoon, it’s pretty crazy!

Fractured Space – Another MOBA at its core but very different from Paragon above, this one has us controlling a large battleship in space based 5v5 combat pushing our way towards a large enemy base that your team can only reach by pushing a spacelane all the way up. Each multiplayer match provides some pretty intense team battles and also some smaller skirmishes with ships able to quickly warp to other locations on the map. The starships themselves look beautiful, there are three factions/manufacturers in the game right now each with their own unique art style for each class of ship available – each class backs some pretty awesome weapons and abilities that you can further tweak to suit your play style as you progress in the game. Fractured space is in early access now and we’ll be excitedly watching this one as it evolves, right now though it’s in pretty excellent shape and certainly a blast to play!

DOTA 2  Originating as a fan-made Warcraft 3 modification, Dota was an instant underground hit. After coming to Valve, the original community developers have bridged the gap to a more inclusive audience, so that the rest of the world can experience the same core gameplay, but with a level of polish and depth that’s unmatched. Much like League of Legends, Dota is a competitive game of action and strategy. Players can choose from a roster of over a hundred unique heroes, forming two teams of five players. Radiant heroes then battle their Dire counterparts to control on a beautiful fantasy landscape, battling one another with cunning, stealth, and outright warfare.

League of Legends – A popular take on the multiplayer online battle arena game type that first came about as a mod for Warcraft 3 named DOTA back in 2003… or was it 2002, anyways it was a while ago 🙂 League of Legends released to the public in 2009 and it has since become one of the most played games in the world today with some very cool new heroes to play as and more joining the ranks constantly. It’s quite a wonderful game to play if you’re a gamer that’s short on time with matches lasting from twenty minutes to one hour depending on how well each team performs. The game is both newbie friendly and deep enough to keep a long term player interested, the roster of heroes to play as changes often and there is even a rune loadout enabling you to tweak you heroes slightly using various power-ups you can purchase using currency accrued as you play matches.

Killer Instinct – This one has been made available via the Windows Store so you’ll need a Windows 10 Gaming PC to try it out. It’s the same Killer Instinct we remember playing in movie theatres wayyy back in the 90’s but with some wonderful new graphics to enjoy 🙂 The free version of this one gives players a single character with which you can access all game modes, including online multiplayer!

Paladins – A team-based shooter set in a vibrant fantasy world and features a diverse cast of Champions ranging from sharpshooting humans to mech-riding goblins, mystical elves, jetpack-clad dragons, and bomb golems. Each Champion brings a unique set of abilities to the battlefield and new Champions are regularly added to Paladins, keeping the game exciting.  With strategy elements and character customisation through a unique collectable card system, players can amplify and augment a character’s core set of abilities to play exactly how they want to play.

We’ll continue adding to this list as we test more and more Gaming PC, we’ve got our eyes on Battlerite but if you know a great new free game you think we should test out please drop a comment in via our GGPC YouTube channel – we are on the hunt now for a nice driving game!

GAME ON!

Good Bonus – Get Steam Credit with Selected Asus Motherboards

**This promotion has now ended**

Asus has a sweet register to redeem Steam Gift Voucher bonus on selected motherboards! There are two tiers of credit available depending on which motherboard you buy and this offer is valid on purchases from 01/05/2018 through to 30/06/2018! Entries must be submitted BEFORE 10th July.

Eligible models for $20 Steam Gift Card:

• TUF Z370-PRO GAMING
• TUF Z370-PLUS GAMING
• TUF H370-PRO GAMING (WI-FI)
• TUF B360-PRO GAMING
• TUF B360M-PLUS GAMING

Eligible models for $40 Steam Gift Card:

• ROG STRIX Z370-H GAMING
• ROG STRIX H370-F GAMING
• ROG STRIX H370-I GAMING
• ROG STRIX B360-G GAMING
• ROG MAXIMUS X FORMULA
• ROG MAXIMUS X CODE
• ROG MAXIMUS X HERO
• ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-G GAMING (WI-FI AC)

Once you’ve received your awesome new motherboard simply visit this Asus Redemption Site and fill in the form at the bottom of the page to claim your voucher code.

 

GGPC X Logitech G Mega MAY Winner Announced!

 

Congratulations to our MAY WINNER Julie W! – June GGPC promotions have begun here

Throughout May, if you grabbed yourself a Good Gaming PC you could register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, the G240 provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement!

A great mousepad for any mouse, but this will also put you into the draw for our MASSIVE Logitech Gaming Prize Pack which will be going out to one lucky gamer!

Our grand prize for May consisted of three distinctly impressive pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, the first being just released Logitech G512 Linear Gaming Keyboard!

G512 is a high-performance gaming keyboard, delivering 1 ms report rate and featuring advanced Romer-G Linear mechanical switches. Full-spectrum RGB combine with LIGHTSYNC technology that takes the LED experience with your games to a whole new level! The aluminium alloy gives the G512 a bladelike chassis with a beautiful brushed metal finish, on the back you’ll also find a handy USB port for convenience – plug in a device to charge or plug in a mouse, without missing a beat.

And speaking of a gaming mouse – we’ve got a great one to go with this!

Included in this months GGG Prize Pack is the outstanding Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Gaming Mouse which is one of the top-rated Gaming Mice in the WORLD!

The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse with full RGB LED Lighting and tunable weight options included. Get maximum tracking accuracy from the responsive PMW3366 optical sensor which works with exclusive Logitech G Delta Zero optical sensor technology to minimize mouse acceleration and increase reliable targeting. Adjustable RGB lighting lets you select from up to 16.8 million colours and as our lucky winner is going to have a complete setup, Logitech Gaming Software will allow them to choose lighting to match their style, and then set this theme over the whole kit – synchronizing lighting patterns and effects to bring the gaming setup to life with breathing or light cycling light patterns!

Ohhh that’s a pretty amazing setup we’ve got here, but it’s not over yet!

Completing the setup is another new release from Logitech G, the sleek, black, G533 Wireless DTS 7.1 Gaming Headset!

Featuring Pro-G audio drivers using hybrid mesh materials, the G533 delivers audio performance normally found in high-end audiophile headphones. DTS Headphone:X technology accurately replicates 7.1 speaker placement and audio positioning, allowing this headset to recreate the in-game environmental effects and positional audio game designers intended you to hear. You can even tune the volume levels for each of the 7 audio channels to amplify game sounds coming from rear channels to hear what’s behind you! With advanced lossless digital audio transmission, the G533 delivers wireless convenience and incredible high fidelity sound with up to 15 meters range, designed to maintain a strong connection even in noisy EMI environments such as when there are multiple competing wireless signals nearby.

What a bunch of prizes!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC and awesome Logitech G prizes at our retail partner PB Tech NZ, and keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of April!

GAME ON!

GGPC X LOGITECH G APRIL WINNER ANNOUNCED!

APRIL WINNER ANNOUNCED: CONGRATULATIONS BRODIE S!

**new monthly promotion has begun**

It’s APRIL so that means it’s time to bundle some BONUS Logitech G Gaming Gear with GGPC Gaming Rigs!

That’s right folks, grab yourself a Good Gaming PC this month and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, the G240 provides just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Your gaming will benefit from the edge-to-edge performance on a clean, consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement!

A great mousepad for any mouse, but this will also put you into the draw for our MASSIVE Logitech Gaming Prize Pack which will be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus – to do this please use the form below!

Our grand prize this April consists of three distinctly impressive pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, the first being the latest Logitech G560 Speakers System!

Enjoy amazing audio with 240 watts of peak power feeding an explosive, down-firing subwoofer and two satellite speakers with wide-angle drivers for a full range of clear, pure sound. The DTS:X Ultra engine renders 3D surround sound from PC games and also music, delivering heightened realism, accuracy, and a competitive edge.

These aren’t just great sounding speakers though! Featuring Logitech LIGHTSYNC these speakers can actually react to the action happening in-game! Playing GTA V and getting into trouble with the cops? Your speakers will be flashing blue and red while to race to escape the fuzz! With four lighting zones, two front facing and two projecting backwards you can customise from nearly 16.8 million colours to perfect your gaming setup.

And speaking of a perfect gaming setup – you’ll be needed a great RGB Gaming Mouse for this!

Included in this months GGG Prize Pack is the outstanding Logitech G703 RGB Lightspeed Gaming Mouse which features superior wireless technology pioneered by Logitech!

Become more accurate than you’ve ever been before, this G703 features the epic PMW3366 sensor used by eSports pros worldwide (widely regarded as the world’s most advanced gaming mouse sensor) it’s exceptionally precise and consistent, with zero smoothing, filtering, or pixel rounding across the entire (200-12000) DPI range – giving gamers the confidence that comes with natural, more accurate targeting.

With an incredible 1ms reporting rate + end-to-end optimised wireless connectivity, this G703 Gaming Mouse will deliver incredible responsiveness and competition-level abilities – even without the cables!

That’s some pretty epic gear so far, but you’re really going to love this keyboard!

It’s the first Logitech G keyboard to carry the name Pro 🙂 Designed and built to the exacting standards of some of the world’s top esports athletes, our lucky winner is in for a treat with the Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard on their desk! Engineered for extreme performance and designed to win, the short-throw Romer-G switches actuate at just 1.5mm, making them around 25% faster than the competition’s standard mechanical switches.

Providing a perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance, this Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard is the stealth assassin of mechanical gaming keyboards.

Ohhh that’s a pretty perfect setup we’ve got here, isn’t it!

With all devices being Logitech G RGB you’ll have complete control within a single software package. Tweak the lighting and effects across all devices with ease, have them change automatically depending on what game you’re playing or customise each to suit you – whatever the case, our lucky winner is going to have a setup worthy of a top-tier pro!

Keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of April!

GAME ON!

Good CPU – Ryzen 2600, 2600x, 2700 and 2700X!

UPDATE: 2nd Gen Ryzen CPU are available now!

There are two new Ryzen 5 versions with another two Ryzen 7 versions releasing.

Essentials…

Ryzen 5 2600 6 Core, 12 Thread @ 3.9GHz Max Boost <- Wraith Stealth Cooler

Ryzen 5 2600X 6 Core, 12 Thread @ 4.2GHz Max Boost <- Wraith Spire Cooler

Ryzen 7 2700 8 Core, 16 Thread @ 4.1GHz Max Boost <- Wraith Spire RGB Cooler

Ryzen 7 2700X 8 Core, 16 Thread @ 4.3GHZ Max Boost <- Wraith Prism RGB Cooler Included!

These new AMD Ryzen 2000 Series desktop processors still use the AM4 socket, but as with every new release our existing AMD 300 Series motherboards will likely require a BIOS update in order to use them, for those not jumping in on day one there is also a new 400 series of AM4 motherboards releasing on the 20th that will be good to go with these new CPU – and those will sport the badge below for easy identification.

These new X470 motherboards are reported to have improved power infrastructure for higher clocks on second-gen Ryzen CPUs and also feature AMD StoreMI technology, which allows for an SSD to be used as a cache for a traditional hard drive.

Quick links below!

Gigabyte X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING for AMD Ryzen

Gigabyte X470 AORUS GAMING 5 WIFI for AMD Ryzen

Gigabyte x470 AORUS GAMING 7 WIFI For AMD Ryzen Socket AM4

ASUS PRIME X470-PRO ATX for AMD Ryzen

ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VII HERO (WIFI) ATX for AMD Ryzen

In addition to the new CPU we also get a very cool, new cooler. This latest one is called the Wraith Prism and it’s included with the Ryzen 2700X, many improvements have been made over the current Wraith Max with the height having been adjusted to allow for more memory clearance as well as the fan now being semi-transparent to catch more of the glorious RGB 🙂

Pretty exciting stuff! The new CPU speeds look enticing, the new coolers look… cool… you can order yourself a Pinnacle Ridge in the NZ AMD Store now and we’ve already begun building some Gaming PC with ours for release on the 20th as well!

Keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog for the latest, and enjoy the Hardware Unboxed Unboxing Boxes as Steve and Tim tear into the press kits 🙂

Good VR – HTC Vive Pro Available Now in NZ + VIVE DAY Bonus Games!

The new HTC Vive PRO VR Headset is available now in New Zealand, and better still, in addition to this new product release is an event known as VIVEDAY! The annual celebration from those top chaps at HTC Vive and with it comes a range of free games to download for your existing VR setup, or the new one 😛

This year they’re giving us four wonderful reasons to celebrate, we’ve setup direct links to the free downloads for each of the titles below so you can easily grab the ones you want – now that’s done let’s take a quick look at the games!

First up, Front Defense

From the opening salvo, Front Defense uses the power of VR and the precision of Vive’s room-scale to deliver one of the most intense war shooter experiences ever created. Created by Vive Studios’ first-party developer Fantahorn Studio, Front Defense is a highly polished, arcade-style room-scale VR shooter set in the final days of World War II’s European theatre. Front Defense immerses players in the role of an Allied Forces hero fighting the last relentless onslaught by the Axis in a fictional European town. Hunker down behind well-armed positions as you duck, dive, switch and reload weapons, throw grenades, and man-mounted guns to fight back the enemy assault. Use heavy weaponry against increasingly brutal enemy soldiers, arm the Bazooka or call in airstrikes against armoured cars and heavy tanks, and man the thunderous 50-Cal to take down suicidal Stuka dive bombers.

• Experience an intense WWII shooter as never before in a superbly polished game designed explicitly for Vive’s room-scale VR and precision tracking
• Defend strategic positions in a beautifully detailed European town slowly being destroyed by a brutal enemy
• Seamlessly switch between a variety of weapons, from light and heavy firearms to mounted machine guns
• Use bazookas, grenades or call in airstrikes to take on an entire armoured division, from well-armed infantry to armoured cars, tanks and dive bombers
• Take on the mysterious Axis super weapon in an epic boss fight finale
• Increasingly challenging stages and global leaderboards deliver hours of gameplay and high replay value

Coming in at number two, Front Defense Heroes

Front Defense: Heroes, is the multiplayer version of the VR shooting game above and can support online battles with up to 5 VS 5 players. Armed with classic WWII weapons and intuitive controls you’re able to explore the battlefield freely, make strategic movement decisions and engage in a realistic combat. Charging, jumping, hunkering down and crawling forward are no longer just animations shown after buttons are pressed. In this game, players need to use their own extremities in combination with the intuitive Vive controllers, dodging incoming fire to survive the fierce battles!

• 3 different multiplayer fighting modes: Deathmatch, Flag, and Defend/Offend.

And number three Super Puzzle Galaxy Lite

Strap a VIVE to your face. Solve puzzles in outer space. (In that order) Come play with the sands of fun in our outer-space physics sandbox. Sculpt sand in 32 levels to direct the ball into the goal in this physics puzzle game. Jump over danger and phase through obstacles using special abilities in the 16 devious challenge levels. Devise ever-faster ways to solve levels and rule the leaderboards. (please note this is the LITE version, and is different to the STEAM version of the game)

And to round our list off, Arcade Saga

Futuristic and action-packed, this compilation game uses 360⁰ gaming, motion controls and positional audio with a nod to Arcade games of the past. Leaderboards for all allow you to gauge your progress against friends and family. Arcade Saga allows you to take the role of a newly sentient being and battle for survival against A.I. Overlords determined to destroy you and your free-thinking. Through 3 different futuristic sports you’ll harness your reactions and strategic thinking to shoot and dodge viruses, break firewall bricks and spin data-balls past the Overlords and their minions. You will need to use your reflexes, wits and changing strategies to survive.

• 3 action games built specifically for VR in one package – Fracture (40 levels), Smash (20 levels), and Bowshot (24 levels)

Well, that is a pretty good games bonus isn’t it, VIVEDAY promotions run from today until the 8th of April so get in quick and you can check out the latest in the NZ HTC Vive VR Store and be sure to keep your eyes on our GGPC PC Gaming Blog for the latest!

GAME ON!

Good eSports – Waikato Arena Rampage

The Hamilton Fighting Game Community began as most good things do, just a bunch of friends getting together to have a good time doing the things that they enjoy. As the group began to grow a points system known as ranked battles (Ranbats), was instigated so that a champion could be crowned at the end of each gathering (Though in Hamilton it is affectionately referred to as Hambats :).

From those early beginnings, the Hamilton Fighting Game Community has evolved to have a membership of over 300 and host 15 Hambats for members per year at the Western Community Centre, this group is a registered organisation and its members participate in wider community events such as NerdFEST, Treats in the Park and the LetsPlay.Live World Tour.

In April 2018 they take the biggest step yet, hosting Hamilton’s first-ever nationally recognised Fighting Game event at Sky City Casino Hamilton! This event is made possible with the support of the Waikato United Gaming Society (WUGS for short), Final Round: Fight!, Standing Fierce, and Digital Native Academy.

And that brings us to the Waikato Arena Rampage eSports Event!

W.A.R will take place from 13 April 2018 to 15 April 2018 and will be held at Sky City Hamilton. Competitors from all over the country will descend on Hamilton city to battle it out to become the inaugural champion in one of the 6 competition games, Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel V Capcom: Infinite, Super Smash Bros: 4 and Super Smash Bros: Melee.

W.A.R is free for spectators and will provide free to play areas for spectators to try out some of the games on display. For entrants and competitors, we will have specially designated areas for them to showcase their skills and special activities that only they can participate in. For those unable to make the local event, W.A.R will be streamed live via the Standing Fierce Twitch Channel and we will have an audience area where spectators can watch some of the country’s best fight it out.

The main prizes include flights and accommodation to represent the NZ Fighting Game Community at Australia’s biggest esports tournament, Battle Arena Melbourne. There will also be cash prizes up for grabs!

This event isn’t just about fighting games though, there is also a BYOPC LAN party and competitions hosted by Tom “Mad Scientist” Featonby of WUGS which includes;

Friday 13th April – Setups and social gaming! Fortnight antics and more fun multiplayer antics.

Saturday 14th April – WUGS will be running 2 main tournaments: Overwatch and Rocket League! These two tournaments will be 1v1 and will not only be for cash prizes (a minimum of $50 for the winners, this number will go up with the number of attendees) but will also be for $50 PB Tech Gift Vouchers!

Sunday 15th April – More social good times, the WUGS community plays all sorts of games at their social LANs such as (but not limited to), Blur, Garry’s Mod, AoE II, Quiplash, PUBG, Gang Beasts and Chivalry. There will also be fun mini-tournaments and competitions for LAN attendees and spectators to join in the fun.

For the most up to date infomation it’s a good idea to follow the WUGS Twitter feed, and also Aaron “Booze Bender” Rippingale, Daniel “Terrorist” RikihanaDeane “Arahshii” Mason-Loveridge and Reno Musumeci

GAME ON!

 

Good Gaming Headset – Logitech G233 Prodigy

That awesome design team at Logitech G have just made a headset that ticks all the boxes for a gamer on the go, the G233 is a new gaming headset with removable boom microphone and interchangeable in-line controls that are perfect for PC Gaming, and also a sweet set of headphones if you’re playing Sea of Thieves on your XBOX console, PUBG on mobile or just about anything else you want to do – a seriously good spread of connection options are included. The G233 Gaming Headphones are intended to be taken everywhere, so you can play anywhere, and with this is mind the G233 headset has an understandably durable design, with a sports mesh that’s removable and washable – best of all though they lightweight and extremely comfortable making them ideal for just about anything.

The removable boom microphone is one of the best features on this headset and features noise-cancelling with a micro-pop filter to help ensure clarity when on comms, you can actually have this connected along with the in-line mobile cable and enjoy some pretty clear vocals if you’re using the discord app on your phone. The audio drivers in the G233 are optimised for both analogue and digital sound reproduction so it doesn’t really matter what you connect them to, games, music, movies – they all sound great!

These fine headphones aren’t the only new thing Logitech G have on the table right now, so if you’re on the hunt for 7.1 surround sound when gaming on your PC be sure to check out the new G433.

GAME ON!