SCUM – The latest survival game to explode in popularity

We’ve been through a lot of survival games together. DayZ, Rust, 7 Days to Die, Alien: Isolation, Ark: Survival Evolved, Dying Light: Bad Blood, and of course the ever-popular Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), and Fortnite.

But, things are about to get a whole lot more interesting…

Enter SCUM: A game that promises to evolve the survival game genre with unprecedented focus on character customisation, control, and progression.

As the player, you’ll have to choose an avatar to represent you: pick your gender and race. This is just a visual choice, and won’t have any influence on your performance.

Clothing

At the start, all characters are dressed in the same orange prison jumpsuit. Players can change clothes as they find them. The clothes are not just visual, the complexity of the game begins right here. Certain clothes can offer some camouflaging which helps reduce your visibility. Secondly, clothes provide protection against weather conditions and extreme temperatures. Some options are better for protection from rain and therefore reduce the chance of illness. Wear warmer clothes in cold weather, etc.

Attributes

The four main attributes are: Strength (S), Constitution (C), Intelligence (I), and Dexterity (D). Each of these attributes range from 1 to 5. “3” represents an average value, while numbers above or below indicate above or below average respectively. You will have a fixed number of points to distribute between attributes. During the game, these attributes can be increased or decreased for a limited time or even permanently (if the player gets wounded, falls ill, is drugged). It’s much more demanding to change the attributes in the longer run. This usually happens if the player manages to survive long enough for the body to evolve to the next level.

Age

Age will also impact your attributes. For example, a young player will get a (D) boost, as they are generally quite agile. mid-twenties players start getting some (S) and losing their (D), early-thirties sees (D) dropping even more, but gaining on (C). Older characters will have more (I).

Strength Attribute (S)

  • How much weight you can carry without being slowed down; if load capacity is exceeded, you will perform at a slower pace
  • How fast you can move a heavy object. If object is too heavy for your character, you will not be able to move without help from another player
  • How much damage you can inflict on opponents during melee combat
  • More calories burned by your player daily

Constitution Attribute (C)

This refers to everything related to physical endurance and stamina.

  • How many health points you have initially
  • How well your body handles stress, pain, weather, shock, poisons, and physical damage
  • Endurance: how long it takes until you get tired, and how long it takes to restore energy
  • High (C) means calories are spent more efficiently, decreasing calorie consumption speed

Intelligence Attribute (I)

Refers to perception and capability of performing a task successfully.

  • Improves chance of you hitting the aimed target
  • Higher (I) adds additional skill slots
  • Able to learn skills faster

Dexterity Attribute (D)

Refers to everything connected with the speed of movement and reaction in general.

  • How fast you can move, walk, run, and sprint
  • How fast you can perform everyday actions such as crafting, eating, reloading, etc.
  • Improves your chance of performing complicated actions such as surgery, fixing electronics, etc.

What do these attributes mean?

Just buy it!

Link to SCUM on Steam

There are so many more levels to this game than what I’ve outlined above – in fact, that’s probably just the first few minutes of gameplay in the character creation menus. The gameplay adds in a lot more complexity, but in a meaningful and fun way that will start to make sense. Once you learn the ins and outs, it can start working at your advantage.

The game is meant to be a next-generation survival game – so it’s best to check if your PC will meet requirements for SCUM.

I can’t wait to see what becomes of this game, and what other games will do to rival this. It’s not exactly the first time we’ve seen some of this – remembering GTA San Andreas with the eating, exercising, etc.

If you are in the market for a new gaming PC suited to playing SCUM, look no further than our customisable Valkyrie gaming PC.

48 Minutes of Cyberpunk 2077 PC Gameplay [NSFW]

It’s quickly becoming one of the most anticipated PC games on the horizon. Cyberpunk 2077 is CD Projekt RED’s ‘Blade Runner’ style sci-fi RPG taking the internet by storm. The Polish developers behind the Witcher have shifted gears to sci-fi and it looks amazing. Think Dues Ex in a gorgeous new engine and on the scale of the Witcher 3.

Announced back in 2013, the game is finally edging closer to a firm release date. It’s unlikely to be this year but with a bit of luck we’ll get our hands on it in the first half of 2019. In a recent interview the team behind the game proudly announced the it was playable from start to finish and they are just working on the final assets, testing and optimization.

Just a couple of days ago, the official YouTube channel for the game uploaded a whooping 48 minutes of game play. Showing of a lot of the core mechanics and giving you an idea of the overall look and feel of the final product this video does not disappoint, even this early before release.

Just a quick warning before clicking play! This is definitely an adult themed game from start to finish, and we don’t mean just the violence. View discretion is advised.

Cyberpunk 2077 Game Play Reveal.

In just a matter of 48 hours this VERY long game play video has racked up almost 7 million views. That’s amazing, doubly so when you check the re-actions online. Even the notoriously vile ‘YouTube comments’ are extremely positive.

Battlefield V is right around the corner and everyone is talking about this single player RPG without a release date. We’re also happy to report the game’s lead development platform is the PC #pcmasterrate. So of course as usual the PC edition will be the definitive version of the game!

Do you think your gaming rig is up to the challenge of running Cyberpunk 2077? We will have to wait until closer to launch before we see the official hardware requirements. However judging from the video above and previous versions of the game engine (Witcher 3) we can take a guess. It’s fair to say if you want to crank up the graphics settings, this will be a game to truly put your gaming PC to the test.

So if you’re gaming PC is a little behind the times but you don’t want to miss out of Cyberpunk 2077 in all it’s glory, maybe it’s time to start thinking about a upgrade. Don’t worry, you have plenty of time. Just keep an eye out for the release announcement and head on over to our custom gaming PC builder.

Nvidia’s ‘RTX’ and ‘Ray Tracing’ Explained

So you’re in the market for a new PC and perhaps friends have told you to wait until the great new RTX graphics cards come out first. Or maybe you’ve heard about ray tracing… and you’re wondering what all this means. Thankfully, we’re here to break it down.

Firstly, let’s start simple. Nvidia’s new generation of graphics cards is called RTX instead of the historical GTX, and it’s named this way as it focuses on Ray Tracing Technologies.

What is ray tracing?

There might not be many people who knew what ray tracing was prior to a month or two ago, but there were very few people in the world that haven’t already seen it in action.

Ray tracing is a modern technique that movies use to generate and enhance special effects. Think about the latest action movie you saw and the realistic reflections, shadows, and refractions. Compare them to a much older action movie you’ve seen. Good ray tracing results in convincing special effects which appear lifelike.

Ray tracing develops images that can be indistinguishable from real world photos. Live-action movies utilise computer-generated effects and images captured seamlessly, animated films digitally generate scenes in light and shadow creating an entire world of their own.

The easiest way to think of ray tracing is to look around you. Every object you’re seeing is illuminated by sources of light from your environment. Now, turn that around and follow the path of those light sources backwards from your eye to the object the light interacts with. This is ray tracing.

Why do we need it?

An example of reflections in games previously

Until now computer hardware hasn’t been fast enough to use these techniques in real time, such as for games. Movie makers can take as long as they like to render a single frame since it doesn’t need to be on-demand. For reference, Disney’s Frozen features a scene where Elsa walks onto the balcony of her ice palace. The scene is 218 frames long, which includes the film’s longest frame to render. A single frame took over 132 hours to complete (five-and-a-half days). This practise is extremely common with animated movies.

Gaming requires anywhere from 20 frames per second (FPS) to 240FPS – while between 40-60FPS is considered enough for most. As a result we don’t have the luxury of the 5 day render time. Instead, games have relied on rasterisation. Rasterisation is a technique that gets 3D objects onto a 2D screen quickly. This method has been refined over the years, and within game engines, and has gotten very good. It is not as good as what ray tracing can achieve.

Real-time ray traced reflections (note the reflection on the balls of the windows that are out of scene)

Ray tracing calculates the colour of pixels by tracing the path that light would take if it were to travel from the eye of the viewer through the virtual 3D scene. As it traverses the scene, the light may reflect from one object to another (causing reflections), be blocked by objects (causing shadows), or pass through transparent or semi-transparent objects (causing refractions). Each of these interactions are combined to produce the final colour of a pixel that is then displayed on the screen.

Where does RTX graphics cards come into this?

RTX capable graphics processing units (GPUs) include dedicated ray tracing acceleration hardware and use an advanced acceleration structure enabling real-time ray tracing in games and other graphics applications. Ray tracing acceleration is achieved by developers via Nvidia OptiX, Microsoft DXR enhanced with Nvidia ray tracing libraries, and the Vulkan ray tracing API.

Nvidia’s RTX brings more than just ray tracing

RTX cards will bring a few APIs (Application Programming Interface) and SDKs (Software Development Kit):

  • Ray tracing (OptiX, Microsoft DXR, Vulkan) – covered extensively on this page
  • AI-Accelerated Features (NGX)
  • Rasterisation (Advanced Shaders)
  • Simulation (CUDA 10, PhysX, FleX)
  • Asset Interchange Formats (USD, MDL)

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The areas in white were intelligently filled in

NGX SDK is a new deep learning powered technology stack bringing AI-based features that accelerate and enhance graphics, photo imaging and video processing directly into applications. NGX features utilise Tensor Cores to maximise the efficiency of their operation.

Temporal Anti-Aliasing vs Deep Learning Super Sample
Up-Res provides improved image clarity over Bicubic filterting

Rasterisation

The Turing architecture’s new Streaming Multiprocessor (SM) includes advanced shading technologies, as well as new features designed to accelerate the graphics pipeline.

Simulation

Source: Reddit u/hightechkid9

Making something both look and behaves as it would in reality. With more than a decade of development, the RTX platform features APIs such as Nvidia’s PhysX, FleX, and CUDA 10, to accurately model how objects interact in the real world in games, virtual environments, and special effects.

Asset Interchange

With the growing complexity of pipelines and application workflows, standard file formats significantly help creators and developers achieve better asset interchange between applications.

Who needs the RTX?

Architects and designers can showcase how light interacts with designs
  • Gamers who are after the most lifelike gaming experience the industry has on offer for consumers
  • Designers/Architects working with the likes of Autodesk to produce design mock-ups
  • Anyone after the new world’s most powerful GPUs

Now, it is important to note that ray tracing takes a significant hit on GPUs. Therefore, when turned on it will result in less frames per second, similar to the early years of Anti-Aliasing (AA). For competitive gaming it’s noteworthy that ray tracing is going to cause too much frame loss to make sense. Single-player picturesque games like Far Cry, Tomb Raider, Hitman, Doom, Fallout, and Resident Evil. These are certainly some examples of games you’d want to experience with ray tracing turned on.

Benefits of RTX cards now

A list of games that will feature real-time ray tracing

  • Assetto Corsa Competizione
  • Atomic Heart
  • Battlefield V 
  • Control
  • Enlisted
  • Justice
  • JX3
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
  • Metro Exodus
  • ProjectDH
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Not an actual example – but, because who doesn’t love a meme?

A list of games to have ‘Deep Learning Super Sample’

  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Atomic Heart
  • Dauntless
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Fractured Lands
  • Hitman 2
  • Islands of Nyne
  • Justice
  • JX3
  • Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • The Forge Arena
  • We Happy Few

It won’t surprise us at all when even more games adopt some of the new technologies RTX cards bring to the table. Maybe at some stage in the distant future, perhaps even console gamers can get a taste.

The future of gaming is here

I’d be surprised if this wasn’t slowly but surely adopted across the entire gaming industry. As stated above, just like AA is now standard. Ray tracing would dramatically help the realism of virtual reality, but this is probably a little further off in the distance.

Sadly the ray tracing feature won’t be available right at the launch of the graphics cards as it will require a DirectX update from Microsoft. The update is expected within a few weeks of the launch date.

Conclusion

There you have it, that’s everything you needed to know about RTX cards, and the buzz around ‘ray tracing’ specifically. We’re eagerly anticipating the release of the new cards as they will be the most powerful gaming graphics cards in the world.

At the end of the day, who doesn’t want a more immersive, lifelike experience when gaming? Something that would really nail virtual reality gaming. Imagine a Grand Theft Auto world that looks like our own. All this, and more, coming to a screen near you.

We put high-quality graphics first and foremost, so if you want to get your hands on a gaming or workstation PC with the RTX graphics cards, be sure to check back with us regularly! We are already offering the RTX cards for pre-order, and will continue offering them once they are readily available.

Head on over to our website and customise yourself a gaming or workstation PC. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us.

Zombie Survival Royale! – Bad Blood

Battle Royale games have been all the rage since PUBG burst on to the scene and took the PC gamer world by storm. Yes there as a lot of similar open world survival games but the addition of an ever shrinking map and no respawns really set it apart. 

Now there is a ton of copy cat’s, most notably Fortnite, the up coming Call of Duty Black Ops game and even possibility a Battlefield V game mode. Any why not right? It’s hugely popular, undeniably fun and every game is going to deviate slightly to try and deliver a slightly new experience. 

Well flying under the radar of big up coming game releases, the developers of Dying Light have been working on a new free to play addition to the genre coming out in just under a month from today! The best part is, it’s not your typical Battle Royal clone.

So what is it exactly?

At the start of the round you get dropped off by a helicopter to random point on the map and that’s almost where the similarities end.

Instead of an ever shrinking playable area and only other players on the prowl, bad blood pits you against hordes or Zombies as well and makes you  scavenge the map to collect samples from hives. For every sample they collect they level up and get bonus attributes like health, speed and damage.

Once any player reaches the top level, they can call in an escape chopper. Of course in doing so you alert every player still alive to the chopper’s landing position and the round culminates in a mad dash to the chopper to escape where the last player left standing in the pickup zone after it arrives wins.

Sounds like fun right? But wait, there’s more. The game is running in the same gorgeous game engine as the previous Dying light games with a huge array of different Zombie types and weapons. Just as with the previous games in the series, there is a big focus on melee weapons and a very well polished fluid parkour system allowing the player to traverse the map quickly and efficiently ‘mirror’s edge’ style.

Weapons include grenades, molotovs, bow and arrows plus a host of blunt and bladed melee weapons, all with different attack speeds and damage ratings.

Checkout this 12 minute play through with Ian from Eurogamer at this weeks GamesCom event in Germany.

The Take Away

  • Free to Play
  • Stand alone, early access coming to Steam in September
  • 12 Player PVP + PVE (Zombies)

With so many big new releases creeping up right around the corner, is it time you retired your old rig and got yourself a new one? Checkout our 100% custom gaming PCs at our store page over at www.evatech.com.au

Wraith Gaming PC in Corsair Carbide Spec Omega Tempered Glass RGB Black

Another maxed out Ryzen build here: 240mm Liquid Cooled 2700X, 32GB of RGB DDR4 RAM, 256GB NVMe M.2 SSD, 500GB ProSpec SATA SSD, 4TB HDD, GTX 1080 TI 11GB OC, Asus Strix SOAR sound card, Superfast AC WiFi card, grey sleeved PSU extension cables, an 850w gold PSU all inside of the new Spec Omega RGB case from Corsair... oh, and 2x extra RGB fans, and RGB LED strips yknow, for those days where you cant find the light switch?

Okay, enough RGB text. Who wants some undeniably awesome pictures of the build? You do!

The RGB accent on the front of the case really matches GSkill’s RGB RAM modules…
This does it for us!

We like a good RGB product. No really, just take a look at the keyboard yours truly is using to write up all these blog posts!

The keyboard of Ryan.

Valkyrie Gaming PC in Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Black RGB

This particular build showcases the efforts our techs will go to (without being asked) to create a theme that they pick up on from the components a customer orders for their build. This particular customer ordered red LED fans, and red PSU extension cables, so our tech selected red for the CPU cooler, and also changed the RGB case fans to red (front of case). The customer can of course change the RGB CPU cooler and RGB front case fans, but this out of the box experience is sure to catch the eye of our customer as soon as it powers on for the very first time in their home.

The black and red contrast really well throughout the entire build.
Most satisfying picture of the week!

Want to put your next gaming build in the hands of our highly sought after technicians? Just purchase your custom PC build from our website, and we’ll take care of the rest. Who knows, maybe we’ll feature your build on our blog!

Zurich Workstation in Corsair Air 540 Black

Okay, it’s not often we post a home/business/workstation PC as one of our featured builds, but we had to make an exception for this build. I think you’ll see why, and you’ll appreciate our decision.

As you may know, our PC is specially developed to allow true PC customising, but sometimes that just doesn’t cut it for customers with specialised requests – and for these customers we are happy to work with closely to come up with a truly one-off configuration to suit their needs. That’s what we’ve got here.

  • MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon
  • Intel 7820X 8 Core upto 4.3GHz
  • Corsair H100i Pro RGB 240mm Liquid Cooler
  • 64GB of DDR4 RAM
  • 3x MSI GTX 1080 Ti 11GB OC Duke
  • Samsung 250GB 970 Evo M.2 SSD
  • Samsung 500GB 970 Evo M.2 SSD
  • 2TB HDD
  • 1500w Platinum PSU
  • TP-Link Archer T9E AC1900 Dual Band WiFi PCIe

Sure, we’ve done PC builds with better motherboards, better CPUs, more RAM, more SSD storage, and even more GTX 1080 Tis per system… but this system represents a balance between “going all out” and “enough to get the job done”. At a price tag of just over $8,500 for the PC, we’re pretty certain that whatever machine our creation is replacing is going to feel pretty sad and neglected very soon. 

If you have a special request for us that you can’t get done with our easy-to-use website, then we’d love to hear from you! Let us know, and we’ll work tirelessly with you until we have it ironed out.

Checkout our custom PC builder, or contact us for special requests & info.

Wraith Gaming PC in Corsair Crystal 570X Black & White

We don’t get as many AMD builds as Intel builds, that’s no secret and no surprise since Intel is generally considered better at gaming – and Evatech is all about gaming. With that said, whenever we do get an AMD build requested by a customer, they usually go all out. This build is no exception.

Top of the line CPU & motherboard, a killer Corsair 240mm liquid cooler, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, our trusted Samsung 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD, a 4TB HDD, the current world’s best gaming graphics card; GTX 1080 TI OC, with a 1000W gold rated PSU, we imagine this customer plans to add more graphics cards in the future, but this is going to be more than enough for right now.

Ready to jump into the wonderful world of modern PC gaming? We know you are, so head on over to our website where you can customise the gaming PC of your dreams exactly the way you want it, with everything you want and need, and nothing you don’t want which needlessly adds to the price tag. It’s the only way to do it!

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Hitman 2 Trailer Shows off Scale

With a PC release date of November 13th creeping up fast, the team at IO Interactive have released a new trailer for latest Hitman game titled ‘How to Hitman, part 1’. With a name like that, we can expect a few more.

Boasting a bigger better larger scale version of the previous Hitman game, fans of the genre will very familiar with the word shown off in the latest video, with the level on display looking like a Formula 1 race track where a driver is your target.

Scale a drainage pipe to slap a guy in the face with a fish after kicking his buddy off the roof? Yep, Agent 47 is back.

If you missed the previous Hitman game from 2016 you can now play 2 full story mode missions for FREE on Steam before you decide if you want to buy the whole thing or just cherry pick episode packs for $6.99 each to get your fill while you wait for Hitman 2.

While we expect the game to be running in an upgraded and tweaked version of the original engine, the increase in scale suggests an increase in the hardware requirements you’ll need to keep a smooth frame rate up in large crowds. If your gaming rig is getting a little old and could use an upgrade checkout our custom gaming PC range at our store pay today and get one delivered before it’s too late!

Battlefield V Gamescom Trailer

Gamescom kicks off next week in Cologne, Germany and a few games have already dropped new trailers just ahead of the show. Alongside Hitman 2, Tropico 6, a new Rainbow Six Siege operator trailer and a handful of indie games came a new Battlefield V trailer titled ‘Devastation of Rotterdam.

We are expecting a lot more of the feature and game-play specifics to be confirmed during the show but the trailer shows off a few snippets in-game footage to give  you an idea of the look and feel of the game as well as plenty of montages showing off the planes, tanks, APCs, destruction and scale of the maps. 

Right at the very end, a ring of fire is shown engulfing a a village with a tank and soldiers all running towards the middle in what a lot of people are speculating is a teasers for a PUBG’esc battle royal mode to compete with the already official ‘Blackout’ mode of the same vein. Take a look for yourself.

Battlefield V for PC is due out October 19th with an open beta for pre-order’ers kicking off on the 11th. Is your PC ready to crank the settings up to max and dive in? If not, checkout our custom gaming PC range today at our store page to get one delivered to your door.