Far Cry 5 is now free to play this weekend

It’s time to return to Hope County to raise some heck as Ubisoft is making Far Cry 5 free to play all the way until the weekend.

The base game which means the full single player campaign and all its lush splendour including its bizarre arcade mode are available for you to experience until sometime until 5AM on 1st June  in Malaysia. 

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This gives you about 72 or so hours of absolute mayhem in Hope County taking on the partially bonkers cult leader John Seed and his army of hygiene challenged, gun-toting lunatics. While it’s a stretch to finish it on the highest difficulty level, it’s very viable on normal and easy, assuming you down a couple of Red Bulls and forget about sleep for a night or two.

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Don’t worry, he’s just taking a nap.

As it stands, I prefer the base game over its successor New Dawn on account of its saner looking, more scenic locales. Far Cry New Dawn is set in the same location after a nuclear apocalypse but has a truly off kilter neon pink landscape overrun with bougainvillea that looks garish after staring at it even after a couple of hours. And the Mad Max vibes from the salvaged weapons do no favours from the factory-fresh guns you get in Far Cry 5 as well. 

You can refresh your memory on how both games play in our Far Cry 5 review and Far Cry 5 New Dawn review.

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Best. Character. In. Far. Cry. 5. Who’s a good boy?

If you aren’t able to finish the game, fret not as progress will carry over if you buy the full game which is currently on special at the moment at a generous 75% off. You can also pick up the deluxe version, season pass and individual DLC for 50% off. For more details visit their official page here.

 

Razer announces first Southeast Asian Invitational 2020

Razer Southeast Asian Invitational 2020

If there’s one thing that’s booming across the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s gaming and Razer is taking the lead by launching the inaugural Razer Southeast Asian Invitational 2020.

The Razer Southeast Asian Invitational 2020 aims to prepare the region’s e-sportsmen for the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam next year, with a slated commencement date of 22 June 2020 with the grand finals slated for 3rd to 5th July 2020.

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In terms of the games slated for the Razer Southeast Asian Invitational 2020, the event will feature Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile (PUBG Mobile), Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2) and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB). That basically means one battle royale game and two MOBA games are up for the invitationals.

This prestigious competition is held in partnership with Tier One Entertainment and viewers can tune into Team Razer’s social channels on YouTube, Facebook and Twitch for live streams as matches occur. Participation in the Razer Southeast Asian Invitational 2020 is by invitation only via recognised e-sports federations who will individually elect their own participants via various qualifiers held all the way until June. For more details, swing by Razer’s official page at www.razer.com/sea-invitational

Refreshed Alienware m15 & m17 R3 gaming notebooks and Aurora R11 desktop inbound for Malaysia!

The Alienware brand of gaming notebooks by Dell has gotten a significant addition to their line-up as they’ve announced that the Alienware m15 R3 and the Alienware m17 R3 gaming notebooks and the Alienware Aurora R11 gaming desktop are all coming to Malaysia in the coming weeks.

According to Dell Malaysia’s latest update, the Alienware m15 and m17 gaming notebooks will be available from 22nd May 2020 while the Aurora R11 will be available from 30th June 2020 onwards.

Alienware m15 R3 & Alienware m17 R3 Price & Specifications


The Alienware m15 R3 and m17 R3 offer a significant variety of configurations for various markets. On paper the Alienware m15 R3 comes with 15.6-inch Full HD 144Hz 7ms 300-nit displays as standard which can be upgraded all the way to a 15.6-inch OLED UHD 60Hz 1ms 400-nits model with Tobii Eyetracking tech for selected games.

In terms of processor options the Alienware m15 R3 variants all come with the latest 10th Gen Intel Core processors with the stock configuration packing an Intel Core i5-10300H CPU and the highest possible variant being a 19-10980HK CPU while the GPU can be maxed out to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM with Max-Q. Storage options max out at 32GB RAM and up to a pair of 2TB SSDs in RAID 0 configuration with a 512GB SSD for storage. We don’t have the full specifications yet but the Alienware m15 R3 with an i7-10750H CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce 1660Ti graphics card will be priced at RM9,899.

 

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The Alienware m15 in Lunar Light

The Alienware m17 R3 is a larger sized variant of the m15 R3 with much of the same design aesthetics with a larger display and most of the same kit under the hood. DIsplay options start out at a 17.3-inch 144Hz Full HD display and max out at a 17.3-inch 25ms 100% RGB colour gamut compliant UHD display with Tobii Eyetracking. Processor options are all 10th Gen Intel processors with the ground floor variant being an i5-10300H, the midrange being an i7-10750H and the highest end being an i9-10980HK. In terms of GPU, the notebook maxes out at a beefy Geforce RTX 2080 SUPER with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM. In Malaysia, the confirmed variant will be one packing an i7-10750H processor with an NIDIA GeForce RTX2070 with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM for RM12,199. More detailed configuration specifications and variants will be revealed on the launch date itself on the official Dell website.

Alienware M17 R3
The larger Alienware m17 R3 – note the numeric keypad and larger screen


Alienware Aurora R11 Price & Specifications

The Aurora R11 gaming desktop retains the same striking aesthetics with a unique looking chassis silhouette and a variety of configurations that max out at a 10th gen Intel COre i9 10900KF decacore processor, up to 64GB 3,200MHz DDR4 RAM, up to a 2TB NVME M.2 PCie SSD with options for Intel Optane and up to a dual NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM with NVLink SLI enabled cards.

Alienware Aurora R11

For Malaysia, the confirmed option, excluding possible variants later on is one with a 10th Gen Intel Core i6 processor – either 10400F or 10600KF and an NVIDIA GeForce 1660 Ti with 6GB GDDR6 VRAM for a princely RM9,899. The Aurora R11 is slated for arrival on 30th June 2020.

For all the above model and their exact configurations, swing by Dell’s official page at www.dell.com.my

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Rainbow Six Siege: The Grand Larceny event is now live

Rainbow Six Siege Grand Larceny

Saddle up and safeties off as Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is getting a free limited-time game event dubbed ‘The Grand Larceny’ that’s ongoing till May 19 for all platforms.

The limited time ‘The Grand Larceny’ event is inspired by tales of the British mob of the 1920’s with a 5 vs 5 revamped version of the Hereford map and a unique mode dubbed ‘The Stolen Goods’. The Stolen Goods game mode differs from the norm with the omission of Hostages, Areas to secure, Bombs to defuse and no Preparation phase. 

Rainbow Six Siege Grand Larceny area

Defenders have to defend a series of safes spread across the map and take out all their opponents while Attackers have to get as many safes as possible or take out all the defenders.

 Most operators are assignable for the map and will have a primary shotgun as well as event specific weapon skins though some are not usable due to their unique abilities like Glaz, Nomad, Buck, Montagne, Blitz, Caveira, Kali, Clash, Blackbear, Lion, IQ, Tachanka, Recruit, Twitch and Mozzie. 

Rainbow Six Siege Grand Larceny

The new game mode isn’t just for a lark as you can get a unique Grand Larceny pack which consists of 31 skins for selected operators that can be earned by completing special Event Challenges or by buying them for 300 R6 credits or 12,500 Renown each.

Rainbow Six Siege Grand Larceny guns

There’s also a Roaring Riches Bundle which has a series of Deco Artistry signature weapon skins and a Crafted Six charm as part of the bundle to class up your guns. For more details swing on The Grand Larceny event, swing by their official page at https://www.ubisoft.com/en-gb/game/rainbow-six/siege/events/grand-larceny

 

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla announced with you as a rocking VIking raider

There’s something to be said of the Vikings. For their time, they were the equivalent of rockstars with the best boats that technology could offer at the time, seriously rocking hairdos and a rich mythology that continues to be explored to this day. Now, you get to be a part of it as Ubisoft has just announced Assassin’s Creed Valhalla that’s coming this holiday 2020.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla male

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will come for the Xbox series, Playstation 5, the Xbox One, the Playstation 4 and Windows PC on both the Epic store and Ubisoft store.

Set during the Dark Ages when anesthesia was a bonk on the head with a mallet, you play as one Eivor, a Viking raider ought to carve their mark on history. You get to be either male or female, and lead a clan of Norsemen to England in order to carve a future out for the clan.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla battle

The combat system will feature dual wielding and there’s a ‘hometown’ mechanic where you get to upgrade your small settlement, raid enemies to secure plunder and resources and take on King Aelfred of Wessex who has a serious chip on his shoulder against the VIkings.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla edition

The game will arrive in three different flavours with the basic game itself, a Gold Edition which includes the Season pass, an Ultimate edition which includes not only the game, the Season pass and an Ultimate Pack with additional gear that include set of Berserker gear and Rune upgrades.

if your pockets run deep, a Collector’s Edition that comes with a female replica of your alter ego that’s 30cm in height, a Collector’s case, a Steelbook with unique artwork and numbered certificate of authenticity, a male version of Eivor that’s 5cm in height with an axe and raven and a soundtrack.

The game is now out for preorders on all the aforementioned platforms so bring forth your battle axes and plastic and set forth for plunder and glory! For more details swing by their official page at www.assasinscreed.com

You won’t like him when he’s angry.Va

Sony is giving away 2 top tier games for Play At Home initiative

Sony is now offering an amazing proposition for those of us stuck at home as they are giving away two amazing games for absolutely free as part of their Play At Home initiative. For the low price of nought, PlayStation owners can login and add Uncharted: The Nathan Drake collection and Journey to their account to keep for life.

Both games are free for digital download until 5 May 2020 8PM PDT under the Play At Home initiative but once you have redeemed these games and added them to your account, you effectively are able to keep it forever. Yes, forever.

For the uninitiated, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection compiles three games – Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception for the PS4. The games are third person action shooters with a rich storyline and hours upon hours of gameplay and to get it all for free is a massive bonus.

Sony Play At Home Nathan Drake

Journey is as much an art piece as it is a game as you play a nameless traveller in a quest to get to a mountain on the distant horizon through a vast desert filled with the ruins of a forgotten civilisation. It offers beautiful art direction and level design that makes the journey every part as interesting as the ending.

Sony Play At Home Journey

To get both games for free, just login with your Playstation account and then add them to your account. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have some treasure to hunt for with an old friend and a long journey ahead of us.

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PUBG Mobile raises the chill factor with new Arctic Mode

PUBG Mobile, the granddaddy of the battle royale genre has just gotten an interesting update that adds survival elements over the usual concerns of not getting shot from rival players dubbed Arctic Mode.

PUBG Mobile arctic mode

The new Arctic Mode in PUBG Mobile is a free content update for the game that turns the usual map of Vikendi into an arctic wasteland with players having to also manage their own body temperatures by foraging for branches to build fires and – oddly enough – to hunt down wild chickens for eventual roasting and eating.

Seeing as everything is covered in snow, you’ll also find snowboards all over the place and the map will also add in remote recon drones. You can check out the new content update and download the game on the Apple App store and the Google Play store now.

Meet the shiny new Sony PlayStation 5 DualSense controller

A few weeks ago, Sony shared details about the hardware underneath the upcoming PlayStation 5 that’s due to release near the holiday season. Today, they’ve just revealed a firsthand look at what the PlayStation 5’s DualSense wireless controller will look like in official renders.

The aesthetics of the DualSense wireless controller are like something from Mass Impact with a clean white finish complemented by black trim and blue lighting in strategic spots. Button placement is faintly familiar to its predecessor the DualShock 4 but has multiple refinements based on customer feedback and the new generation of games that will grace the platform. 

Sony PlayStation 5 DualSense loseup

The DualSense, befitting its name has haptic feedback and sports adaptive triggers in the L2 and R2 buttons and has a new ‘Create’ button with as yet unexplained functionality that replaces the old ‘Share’ button. Another addition is the inclusion of a built-in mic so you needn’t have to pack a separate headset to get a quick chat done though you’ll still look odd shouting into your controller.

Barring these details, the official post doesn’t elaborate more beyond that but this small glimpse of the DualSense controller is a likely hint as to the final design of the PlayStation 5 which may likely come in a similarly white finish with black trim. We’ll keep you posted on any developments as they occur.

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Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital Edition free on Xbox One until 22 April

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital

In the off chance that you do happen to own an Xbox One, you’ll be particularly pleased to know that Ubisoft is unlocking their star-spanning Starlink: Battle for Atlas game as a free to play experience until April 22nd for the Xbox One.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an open world sci-fi game that has you puttering across 7 planets while using 4 different starships, 6 unique pilots and over a dozen swappable weapons. There’s quite a bit of story to explore and some fun gameplay though only the Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital Edition ins unlocked for free play for now.

 

Progress is fortunately saved if you are keen enough to purchase the game after the trial period. For more details swing by their page at www.starlinkgame.com

Republic of Gamers reveals Strix SCAR 17 gaming laptop with 300Hz/3ms display and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics

ROG Strix SCAR 17 angled

Even in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Asus is going in at full tilt with a slew of new models from their Republic of Gamers (ROG) line-up that include this rather princely beast of a gaming laptop dubbed the Strix SCAR 17.

Strix SCAR 17 front

While most would figure the designation SCAR to be related to some cosmetic mishap, it’s not. The term SCAR, as ROG would put, pays homage to the Fabrique Nationale Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle aka the FN SCAR which has been adopted in limited numbers by the US military.

Homage aside, the ROG Strix SCAR 17, like its namesake, is a powerful and sturdy looking gaming rig that’s designed for intensive gaming and for e-sportsmen looking to gain an edge over the competition.


ROG Strix SCAR 17 Specifications

The hardware is suitably impressive with the ROG Strix SCAR 17 coming with a 17.3-inch Full HD display that has a blazing fast 300Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. The hardware consists hasn’t been fully nailed down yet but can include up to a 10th generation Intel Core i9-10980HK processor and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics card.

ROG Strix SCAR 17

Seeing the beefy hardware on offer, the ROG Strix SCAR 17 also packs equally impressive cooling hardware too with four heatsinks versus the three seen in more conventional Strix gaming rigs along with an extended heat spreader and a whopping six heatpipes with the slight tradeoff of a 1.4mm increase in height to accommodate the more powerful cooling module.

The laptop also integrates an enhanced thermal conducting compound on the CPU versus the usual thermal paste in order to dissipate heat better and which will see use in other Asus laptops further down the line such as the ROG Strix G15 Electro Pink edition and the massive Zephyrus Duo 15.

Depending on region, you can get up to 32GB DDR4 RAM shoehorned into it along with the option for a pair of M.2 NVMe PCIE  3.0 SSDs in RAID 0 configuration with an additional bay for a storage SSD for a grand total of 3 SSDs.

ROG Strix SCAR 17 rear

Other mod-cons include a backlit per-key RGB backlit Chiclet style keyboard, WiFi 6 (Gig+) (802.11ax) support augmented by ROG’s RangeBoost tech for stronger signal strength, Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity and a rather nifty unique underglow light bar that wraps all around the base of the laptop that can be customisable in the ROG Aura Creator application bundled with the laptop.

There’s no word on price or local availability yet but we’ll keep you posted!