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)
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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!
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.
Quakecon 2018 is underway in Texas and with it came some big announcements from the teams at Bethesda and ID Tech. As well as an extensive Rage 2 game-play trailer the keynote included an announcement that Quake Champions will be permanently free to play and of course a long awaited in-game demo of the long awaited followup to the 2016 Doom remake, Doom Eternal.
From the rather extensive trailer it looks as though the development team are sticking to the fast paced run & gun action with plenty of gore and heavy metal formula of it’s predecessor, with a few refinements and additions. This means if you were a fan of the 2016 game you’ll be in for a treat but you were hoping for a return the slower paced horror / jump scare Doom games like the 2004 release, you might be disappointed. Here is a run down of what we’ve learned so far;
No release date just yet but the game looks pretty far along so hopefully it makes it in time for Christmas this year.
Plenty of new weapons including a shotgun mounted grappling hook to latch on to and propel yourself towards enemies across the environment.
Multiplayer will be a bigger focus than the original and completely developed in house by the primary team.
The game will simultaneous release on all three major consoles (including switch) along side the lead platform PC edition where the Doom legacy started, will offer the highest fidelity graphics and of course where the obviously superior control method of mouse & keyboard is the only way to REALY play the game.
So without further a’do here’s the trailer.
Don’t forget the season of big game releases is fast approaching! Is your gaming rig ready to take on Doom Eternal, Rage 2, Battlefield V, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, Fallout 76, Just Cause 4, Darksides III, Total War Thrones of Britannia, Hitman 2, MechWarrior 5, Escape from Tarkov and much much more? If your answer is no, maybe you should checkout our custom gaming PC range today and make you get your order in quick so we can build, test and deliver to your door before it’s too late!
E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is right around the corner and traditionally it’s the time when all the big game studios make announcements for upcoming PC game releases. This year, like most, a lot of the content that will be shown at the show is being teased by the publishers in the weeks lead up to it.
While there are still surely some big name titles that will be announced during the show that we’re going to miss on this list, below is a ‘Pre-E3’ top five list of games we’re personally looking forward to the most this year. If there are enough additional games announced at the show we’ll be sure to follow up with a ‘Post-E3’ list also.
Call of Duty : Black Ops 4
All aboard the battle royal train! Activision and Treyarch have their eyes on that PUBG and Fortnite money and for the first time ever in a call of duty title, a massive open world large scale battle royal style survival mode is on the way. Dubbed ‘Blackout’ it will sit along side the traditional multi-player modes the game franchise is known for and of course it’s beloved ‘Zombies’ mode.
Stepping down to make way for the Blackout mode is single player much to some fans disappointment however the stats showed that most Call of Duty players never really played it anyway, so maybe it’s a good move? Let’s wait and see how well they pull off the rest of the game before making that judgement.
Release Date : October 12th
The long awaited RPG built in the Unreal Engine by french studio Dontnod Entertainment has already gone gold and just a few short weeks away. This third person action game follows the protagonist doctor turned vampire as he progresses through the open world story line with the 60 inhabitants of 1918’s Spanish flu ridden London.
The player has the option of killing characters to level up powers and gain new abilities but the developer insists the game is beatable without making a single kill and the story and game endings shift dramatically with each character that dies or survives.
Release Date : June 5th
Jurassic World Evolution
Triple A big studio sim or RTS games are few and far between these days but British developer Frontier Developments of Planet Coaster and Roller Coaster Tycoon fame has been working on a theme park simulator based on the 2015 film Jurassic World for the past few years and the end result is about to be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Listed as a ‘strategy and economic simulation’ game by Wikipedia and Steam, it has all the classic tropes from a theme park simulator game with guests paying for entry tickets, wondering from attraction to attraction and stopping to buy over priced snacks in between, only this time around they have the very real chance of becoming a T-Rex snack before making it to the gift shop.
A big take away from the trailers released so far is the visuals. The game looks great for a theme park simulator enhanced by some real first class animations and weather effects to add that all important extra layer of believably.
The Crew 2
Published by Ubisoft, the Crew 2 is right around the corner with an open world map, single and multiplayer modes, an overhauled game engine and not only cars and bikes but the addition of planes and boats!
Release Date : 29th of June
Battlefield V (Vietnam or World War 2?)
It’s only been teased by EA with nothing more than a logo and a 3 second video but with the full announcement happening within the next 24 hours there are lot of avid Battlefield fans eagerly awaiting news of what will no doubt be one of the biggest multi-player shooters of the year.
With the emphasis on the ‘V’ in the title and the very long time since we’ve had a Vietnam themed Battlefield game it seemed like a no brainier! That was until EA released a 3 second clip of an in game cut-scene in which a blurry looking iron cross logo in the corner, not there is a lot of speculation around V standing for ‘V for Victory’ world war two slogan famously adopted by Winston Churchill in 1941.
Release Date : TBD Q4 2018 (November?)
Bonus : Rage 2 (2019)
While the first Rage game left a lot to be desired in the game play mechanics, the art direction and overall theme (very ‘Mad Max’) was a winner. The sequal moves away from the idTech engine of the original and this time around is using the Just Cause engine (Apex by Avalanche Studios) more suited the large scale open world it’s going for.
Leaked by several major retailers prior, Bethesda finally made it official on May 14th and released a trailer that definitely didn’t disappoint. Targeting a hard R18 rating with a focus on over the top hyper stylized combat with customisable weapons, vehicles and large scale environments it’s definitely one to watch closely if your a fan of FPS games or the apocalyptic wasteland settings of games like Fallout and Borderlands.
Release Date : Q1-Q2 2019
Time for a new gaming PC?
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Our first class support teams are always standing by if you need any extra assistance, so just click that ‘contact us’ button if you get stuck and we will get back to you ASAP.
Even if you don’t know your CPUs from your GPUs or your RAM from your SSDs, you should know that flashy RGB LEDs and tempered glass won’t make your games run any faster. They sure can be pretty but when your gaming, you are looking at your monitor not your hardware right? If anything the glow of the LEDs could be a distraction and every dollar you sink in to the aesthetics is a dollar not going towards performance!
That’s how we used to think about it anyway, but it seems more and more customers are going for the premium looks over the best possible price / performance ratio and configuring rigs with aesthetics at the forefront of their mind, and who are we to judge? That’s the beauty of Evatech’s level of customisability, no mater what side of the issue you fall on you can get exactly that you want with none of the bundled in rubbish you don’t need.
If you haven’t already, checkout our custom gaming PC builder page (link here) and find out why we’re Australia’s premiere custom PC provider, with built in error detection, game performance indicators and the widest range of options to choose from selecting only top quality hardware and latest generation gear.
16 months after it’s original release back in October of 2016, Battlefield 1 is still getting fresh content and it’s not just hats and horse armor! Still one of the best looking FPS titles available with frequent updates and huge community of active players, the Apocalypse expansion contains 5 new maps, 7 new weapons, new aircraft, new gadgets, new assignments, new unlocks and an entirely new game mode.
Free for premium pass owners, which if you are at all a Battlefield fan is well worth the money at this point with a huge array of great content and at as of right now is on sale for only $18 over on Origin.
New maps include the iconic Belgium countryside battle of Passchendaele, the mountains of what was once Austria-Hungary (now Slovenia) at the battle of Caporetto and the shores of the River Somme in northern France.
The entirely new game mode of Air Assault comes with two maps of it’s own. One that takes place of the skies of London and another over snowy mountainous peaks called Razors Edge. This game mode probably won’t be for everyone, the aircraft controls can be tricky at the best of times and it’s a big departure from how the game plays out on the ground but for a percentage of Battlefield fans it’s sure to be exactly what they are looking for.
If you’ve been meaning to jump in to Battlefield 1 but still haven’t got around to it, there’s never been a better time. If your old gaming PC is struggling to keep up or you always wonder what your missing out on by not being able to crank all the visual settings up to max? Maybe it’s time you looked in to a new gaming PC? 100% fully custom options are available now at evatech.com.au and for Battlefield 1 at high settings / 1080P we would recommend an i5, GTX 1070 TI and 16GB of RAM. If you want to go all out at 1440P or 4K, you can stick with 16GB of RAM still but 1080TI will be your best bet for the best possible frame rates.
Have a question or need some assistance, just hit the contact button on our store site at any time and drop us a line! We’re always happy to help.
With the much anticipated title due out exclusively on Battle.net October 24th you could get your hands on a free copy with any custom gaming PC powered by a GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 TI when you order before November 21st.
The PC version of the game looks spectacular and will support uncapped frame rates, 4k, higher resolution and detail textures and effects plus a myriad of other improvements over the console counterpart that was released a few weeks ago.
Don’t just take our word for it, check out Bungie’s latest PC trailer captures all in engine on PC.
Whether your a fan of the original, the Halo universe or simply in to gorgeous looking sci-fi first person shooters this is definitely a title worth trying out and a great added bonus to any new high end gaming PC.
Bonus! Find this news post on our Facebook page and tag a mate who needs a new gaming PC. If they order we will send you a free copy of the game too so you can team up and save the universe together! #
# Order must be placed during the valid promotional period and contain a custom PC with a GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 TI GPU. To redeem the offer simply email us the order number once it's been completed. The game will be provided digitally and will require a Battle.net account and internet connection to download and play. Valid while stocks last.
As of this afternoon, pre-orders for the upcoming, long awaited new flagship GTX 1080TI gaming video card are now available across the range of custom gaming PCs.
Get in quick as stock is severely limited and is strictly allocated on a first in first served basis. First shipments should land late next week with system builds beginning the moment the stock arrives.
The first few weeks will be limited to the founders editions provided by Nvidia with AIB partners like MSI, Gigabyte and Asus adding their custom designed coolers and PCBs to the mix roughly a month or so after the first cards land in Australia.
Nvidia boasts that this is the biggest and best TI release with the largest performance increase of any TI edition model in history (Up to 35%).
With 3584 cuda cores, 11GB of GDDR5X memory and 11Gbps throughput this is a beast of GPU by any measure and truly secures Nvidia’s place at the top of the GPU game for the near future.
Worth noting that Nvidia has also dropped the DVI cable support natively and while there are HDMI to DVI adapters, the card itself will only come with HDMI and DisplayPort inputs. However if your monitor doesn’t support HDMI or DisplayPort maybe a new monitor should be at the top of your shopping list instead of this card (which should be second).
So what are you waiting for, head on over to our store page and start customizing your next GTX 1080TI powered gaming PC today and be among the first in the world to bask in the glory of having the worlds fastest consumer gaming GPU on the market.
We (Evatech) was proudly one of the first Australian retailers to offer a fully featured website that put customers in control of their custom PC builds, while ensuring you don’t accidentally order a system that isn’t compatible. Over the years, we’ve heard from our customers that our website is the best experience they’ve found, and we thought we’d check out what the competition has to offer.
We were fairly surprised to see that nobody has caught up to us. Here at Evatech, since launching our custom PC builder, we’ve never stopped coming up with ways to make it better or easier to use. Yet our competition are still years behind, lacking even the most basic features.
Instant on page incompatibility checking on all major component combinations (tens of millions of possible combinations) !
On page PSU wattage requirement calculator, because higher wattage means nothing if your not using it!
Performance indicators for all the latest and greatest PC games so you know what to expect before you spend a dime.
Order tracking from the moment you checkout so you can check in on every state of the process from invoicing to building, testing, packing and dispatch.
The ability to save configurations indefinitely, re-edit them, share them with friends or family for advice and come back later when it’s most convenient for you.
A physical location in Melbourne where local customers can drop in and get real advise from the team who are happy to walk you through every step of the process and take the order right there over the counter.
Secure, well packaged and fully insured courier delivery. We’ve shipped tens of thousands of fragile high powered custom PCs nation wide and know how to do it right.