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Week in Review (2015/Week 03)

Week in Review (2015/Week 03)

Quick, they’re getting away! GTA V PC slips to late March

Sorry, folks, Christmas is cancell… GTA V is not coming to your PC on Jan 27th. Rockstar Games have announced that the game will now be coming to its natural home two months later than the previously established release date. The latest instalment in the Grand Theft Auto series will now be kicking down our doors on March 24th. And as much as it pains us to say so right now, it is quite comforting to see the R* folks being rather honest about the reasons for the postponement:

“Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be. Moving a release date is never a decision we take lightly and is a choice we make only when we know it is in the best interests of the game and our fans. Thanks everyone for your understanding and we assure you these few extra weeks will be worth it when the game does arrive in March.” – Rockstar Games

In addition to announcing the delay, Rockstar also told us a bit about some more of the PC version’s core features, such as the GTA Online mode supporting up to 30 concurrent players per session, GTA Online Heists, and support for 4K resolution and triple-display configurations. But the most important news not related to the delay is the PC hardware reqs:

Minimum specifications:
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2* (*NVIDIA video card recommended if running Vista OS)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
Memory: 4GB
Video Card: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
DVD Drive

Recommended specifications:
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (8 CPUs)
Memory: 8GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
DVD Drive

Do you feel lucky, cyberpunk? Shadowrun: Hong Kong Kickstarted in a mere two hours

It took fans less than two hours to pump enough money into its  Kickstarter page to completely fund the development of a new Shadowrun game by Harebrained Schemes. This is not so much a surprise when you consider that Shadowrun Returns and its DLC has become a highly acclaimed title, by players and the gaming press alike. It’s still mighty impressive though, and as I type these words, the project has already amassed over USD 538,000, thus unlocking eight additional stretch goals. With 29 days remaining until funding closes, it’s almost certain that the game will break the 700 K  barrier, unlocking all 11 additional features.

This new entry in the Shadowrun RPG system will be set in a futuristic Hong Kong of 2056. But why there? Because it “contains fantastic elements for a new Shadowrun setting: an underworld of triads, tongs, and gangs to navigate, wild magic to harness, and bleeding edge cybertech to equip. Plus, Hong Kong’s culture is steeped in ‘guanxi’ – a network of influence and relationships based upon a combination of social status, and prestige. All of these elements add up to a great new setting for running the shadows. […] Hong Kong story will feature a crew of flawed, dangerous runners with backstories that can only happen in the tech-meets-magic Shadowrun setting.“.

Trouble Down Under: Hotline Miami 2 banned in Australia

Them Aussies are generally a funny, sociable bunch. But funny sometimes changes into awkward and barely understandable. And that’s not because of the beer they drink, but the somewhat strange legal regulations preventing violent video games from entering Australia. The latest game to be banned in the land of kangaroos is Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number.

On January 14th the upcoming top-down action game from Devolver Digital and Dennaton received a negative classification decision (RC – Refused Classiffication [=BANNED]) in accordance with the Australian National Classification Code, Computer Games Table. The decision, which effectively means that the game cannot be legally sold in Australia, was largely based on an alleged rape scene supposedly present in the game. And Australian legal regulations – with regards to video games – forbid publication and sale of titles which contain scenes of sexual violence.

The guys from the PlayerAttack website contacted the Hotline Miami 2 developers and asked them for their comments on the issue. Their official word was that they will respect the NCC decision, even though it stretched facts and exaggerated the issue. Not to mention the fact that the game allows players to turn off violent cut-scenes completely if they wish.

But in a Reddit post on Friday, the game’s developer, Jonatan Söderström, also known as ‘Cactus’, went so far as to state that “If it ends up not being released in Australia, just pirate it after release. No need to send us any money, just enjoy the game!”

Honestly, it is sad to see that there are still territories where ways of fixing issue are still hidden from society… Come on, Tony, how about you finally let grown-ups decide for themselves what’s good for them and what’s not?

You can watch the supposed rape scene in question for yourself (video below) and make up your mind whether it’s so disturbing that the entire game should be completely prevented from being made available to adult citizens of a 23-million-strong country.

Warning – NSFW content, discretion is advised

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