Battlefield V vs. Black Ops 4 Battle Royale

With the release of Battlefield V and Call of Duty Black Ops 4 inching ever closer, it’s time to take a closer look at this year’s hook. Video games, much like pop music, is a hit driven industry. Wildly popular trends start with a single smash hit then a mad rush to try and improve upon the winning formula.  There was an era in which it felt every second game had some sort of Zombies in it. Shortly before that an era of WW2 shooters and most recently, it’s battle royale. 

With two blockbuster shooters due to land soon, Black Ops 4 and Battlefield V are all aboard the PUGB train. Love it or hate it, with battle royale being a big part of both upcoming games, lets see how they compare.

What is Battle Royale Exactly?

The term was initially made popular by a film of the same name from the year 2000. 9th graders were left on a deserted island with nothing more than a map, food and various weapons. Of course the last one left standing could leave the island, but break the rules and your explosive collar goes BOOM.

Sound familiar? Hunger Games? Running Man? The Condemned? Well it wasn’t a new concept. Films and books had covered it before in some form or fashion but it was this time the name stuck.

Strip out the food and explosive collars, replace 9th graders with a blend of bland random characters and what do you get? Well, the biggest game of the last year, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (aka PUBG).

So in a nut-shell, Battle Royale in a game is just some form of last man standing survival. Typically with some form of ever shrinking map to keep up the intensity.

Blackout Vs Firestorm

Blackout is what the Call of Duty team are calling their PUBG copy while Battlefield is calling theirs Firestorm. While the two share a lot with their formula, there’s also a lot to split them. Lets take a look at some of the key differences;

The Setting

Blackout is set in a near future Black Ops universe with (yep, you guessed it!) AI controlled zombies. On the other hand Firestorm is of course set during WW2. The name comes from the ring of fire slowly creeping in from the edges of the map.

Player Count

Firestorm is currently set to feature 16 teams of 4 players each to reach a total of up to 64 players. Blackout is launching at 80 and developers haven’t ruled out adjusting that number up or down.

The Release Date

Blackout is set to hit October 12th with a beta going live on the 14th of September. Meanwhile Firestorm’s beta kicked off today and runs through to the 11th with the full game set for November 20th.

The Hardware Requirements

At this stage we only know the BETA hardware requirements and they are of course subject to change before release. 

Battlefield V Recommended Requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Processor : Intel Core i7 4790 / i5 8500 or Better
  • Memory: 16GB RAM
  • Graphics card : Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB or better
  • Available Disk Space : 50GB

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Recommended Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64 Bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4770k / i5 8500 or Better
  • RAM: 12GB RAM
  • HDD: 25GB HD space
  • Video:  GTX 1060 6GB or better

Keep in mind these ‘Recommended‘ settings are typically to allow for medium graphics presets at 1080p, don’t expect set the game to ultra and rock it at 4K if you only meet the requirements above.

While we don’t have any proper benchmark results of the final game yet, we would suspect at max graphics presets you will need a pretty beefy GPU to keep up. Not to mention Battlefield’s ray tracing implementation exclusive to the new range of RTX GPUs due at the of the month.

Is your gaming PC ready?

In the meantime, if you’re thinking your old gaming rig might need an upgrade to get the most of out either of these gorgeous games, you know what to do. Head on over to our custom gaming PC store page and configure your next dream gaming PC today. Build, tested & delivered to your door so your ready to join the fight on release day. 

Of course as always, you know for a fact that the PC version of the game will be the definitive. With the best graphics and mouse / keyboard controls the old consoles will be a far cry from the PC versions glory. There are plenty more details yet to be released so stayed tuned for updates if you’re at all interested in either of these two games.

Call of Duty: WWII Revealed [Trailer]

For years the Call of Duty franchise has departed from it’s WW2 roots with both modern and futuristic settings to glee of many but the frustration of fans of the original games.

Time to say goodbye to wall running, lasers, double jumping and jet-packing as today Activision released the first reveal trailer for Call of Duty : WWII developed by Sledgehammer Games hinting a strong emphasis on the European theater and a single player campaign that follows the 1st Infantry Division.

This doesn’t mean multi-player has taken a back seat, every one knows a huge number of COD fans never or barely touch single player opting to jump straight in to multiplayer from day one. In an article on Forbes.com, contributor Erik Kain detailed the four core multiplayer games modes as;

Headquarters
Offering a robust social space dedicated to engagement off the frontlines, Headquarters paves the way for all-new avenues of Multiplayer interaction, recognition and awards unlike anything experienced in the franchise to date.
Divisions
A new way to engage in a player’s Multiplayer career — Divisions immerse players in the heroic journey of enlisting in the world’s most historic war. Choose from a variety of Divisions, including Infantry and Armored Divisions.
War Mode
A new Multiplayer experience that immerses players in iconic World War II battles, where Allied and Axis clash in team-driven gameplay in the fight for strategic objectives.
Boots-on-the-Ground Gameplay
Multiplayer marks a return to iconic boots on the ground Call of Duty gameplay that fans know and love, featuring an arsenal of World War II-era weapons, and fast-paced, heart-pumping, intense run-and-gun action.

Also rumored to make a return, Nazi Zombies, a co-op wave survival mode that has been a staple of the Sledgehammer developed COD titles for years now.

Due to be released on November 3rd several more trailers are expected to be released in the meantime detailing more of the game modes and features.

While of course the game will be released on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Nintendo hasn’t confirmed or denied a Switch version although it seems unlikely.

For more on Call of Duty : WWII stay tuned and in the meantime if it’s time you upgraded your gaming PC head on over to our store page (here) and start customizing a new one to make sure your ready for November!

PC Game Release Season Approaches! September – December 2015

It’s been a slow month for new release games with nothing but a few early access and indie gems, but soon that will all change with a decent number of blockbuster AAA titles slated for release as we creep closer to Christmas.

For sports fans September kicks off the action with FIFA 16 and NBA 2K16 back to back with the first big blockbuster First Person Shooter following up shortly after in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege in early October. Racing fans get the Need for Speed reboot and The Crew : Wild Run just a few weeks later in November.

As if that wasn’t enough the two biggest titles (arguably) of the year, easily the ones we hear the most feedback and anticipation for from our customers, are set to launch one week after the other in Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront. And in the unlikely even’t you’ll be done with those two blockbusters in 2 weeks, the new Hitman from IO Interactive lands December 6th.

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Building a Custom Gaming PC for Call of Duty : Advanced Warfare (System Requirements)

Publisher Activision has finally got around to publishing their minimum system requirements for the next installment in their multi-million dollar Call of Duty franchise, Advanced Warfare. While the “Recommended” system requirements are not yet published we can get a good idea of what they might be based on the minimum requirements and the requirements of previous installments in the series.

This iteration of the game has reportedly been developed on a completely rebuilt game engine with new animation, rendering, physics and audio systems according to an interview with the developer in EDGE magazine. Continue reading “Building a Custom Gaming PC for Call of Duty : Advanced Warfare (System Requirements)”

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Due November 4th on PC and Consoles

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare PC

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We are less than a month away from Activision’s next installment of the Call of Duty franchise and with rumors frantically buzzing around the internet. What we do know so far is that the game will receive a world side launch on the 4th of November with Australians being some of the lucky first to get their hands on the game, a whole 14-18 hours ahead of the US. Continue reading “Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Due November 4th on PC and Consoles”