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Here's almost everything you need to know about Battleborn

With 25 characters, various multiplayer modes, and story missions there is a lot to learn about Battleborn and what it truly means to be a badass.

Battleborn has quite a bit of content to a lot to take in and even more to learn. The team behind Battleborn knows that and decided to make a 12 minute long video to tell people what they are doing and why they are doing it. They show everything players needs to know. It's really handy!

The open beta for Battleborn has just started on Playstation 4 while PC and Xbox One players will get to join the chaos on April 13.

Battleborn will launch May 3 on Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC.

Hyper Light Drifter launches local co-op Beta

Good news everyone! Heart Machine, Develeper of the hit Indie Action RPG, Hyper Light Drifter, have announced the launch of a Beta for the game's local co-op mode. Apparently the developers were planning on including the mode with the final version of the game at launch, but due to time constraints, had to cut it.

Now the Developers have decided to take another crack at it, and the co-op mode is available to try right now but only until May 2nd. Once the beta is completed, the developers say they will compile and incorporate feedback before releasing the mode as an update for free.

Here's how to download the co-op Beta.

  • Right click on Hyper Light in your Steam Library, then navigate to Properties > BETAS tab, click the drop down and select “coop” 
  • You’ll need at least one controller – Player 1 can use the keyboard and mouse while Player 2 uses a controller, or both can use separate controllers. 
  • To turn on co-op on, enter the pause menu, select “settings”, and the first option will be “Co-Op” to switch on or off.

Heart Machine has been hard at work continuing to support Hyper Light Drifter post-launch as feedback has caused the development team to carefully consider the game's incredible difficulty. 

Source: [Steam]

PSA: Gears of War 4 beta starts today for Ultimate Edition players

The Gears of War 4 beta is finally about to begin! The "early access" beta begins today, as codes are being sent out to eligible gamers.

Gamers who played the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition before April 11 are eligible for the early access of the Gears of War 4 beta. According to Gamespot, the codes are being sent out chronologically, so gamers who played the Ultimate Edition the earliest will get access to the beta sooner than late players. The last ones to get their codes will get them on Thursday, April 21.

The beta will officially open to everyone on April 25, with those that have early access due to playing Ultimate Edition having an advantage of getting to level 20 before everyone else — leveling to 20 in the beta will earn you some sweet rewards in the full game when it releases later in October.

If the beta isn't enough to get gamers hyped for Gears of War 4 then there is always that remixed version of the Gears 4 trailer that combines the trailer footage with Mad World to get the hype flowing.

Overwatch getting another PC beta this weekend

Overwatch is hosting yet another beta, and this time even more players will be allowed to participate. All of the 21 characters will be available as well as three different maps.

Blizzard's upcoming FPS game, Overwatch, has hosted a few closed betas in the past, but over the weekend even more players will get to try the game. The beta is from  9:00am PT (12:00PM ET) April 15 through 9:00pm PT April 16 (12:00AM ET April 17), and only PC players will get to participate.

This will beta will be used by Blizzard to stress test the servers and its hardware, they have also asked for feedback on how the game handles an increased amount players. Blizzard has warned beta participants that they will probably experience problems during  the test, after all, that is what betas are for.

Those who participated in previous betas and want to join in on this stress test beta can either reinstall their Overwatch launcher or log onto their Battle.net account and choose to opt-in for the beta. If you are selected to join the beta you will get an e-mail informing you, but an Overwatch license may appear in on your Battle.net account before the e-mail arrives. Just click the install button and Overwatch will be ready to play.

Overwatch will get a console beta later in May, before the game itself launches May 24.

With Blizzard hosting a beta for Overwatch and a Bonus XP event in Heroes of the Storm it almost looks like they are trying to draw away the attention from Battleborn's beta.

Source: VG247

iD Software addresses DOOM Beta feedback from PC users

The Open Beta for Bethesda's upcoming reboot of the classic shooter, DOOM didn't get a whole lot of love from the PC crowd. While many players voiced their displeasure over how the game played, apparently a whole lot more voiced concerns over the lack of advanced options than were present. iD Software's CTO, Robert Duffy acknowledged this, and took to the official Bethesda website to offer an explanation and reassure the PC base that the final version will be up to specifications.

Said Duffy:

PC gaming is in our DNA here at id. Just like so many of you, we also love to tinker with settings to get the exact experience we want – and every ounce of performance our systems can handle. We will be running an uncapped framerate on PC at launch, supporting ultra-wide 21:9 monitors, allowing wider FOV, and providing a wide variety of advanced settings that allows any PC connoisseur the opportunity to make intelligent tradeoffs between visual fidelity and performance.

Duffy went on to list what we can expect from the Advanced setting in the final version and they are as follows:

  • Manually Lock Framerate (un-locked by default)
  • Lights Quality
  • Chromatic Aberration Toggle
  • Shading Quality
  • Post Process Quality
  • Particles Quality
  • Game F/X Quality
  • Decal Quality
  • Directional Occlusion
  • Reflections Quality
  • Depth of Field Toggle
  • Decal / Texture Filtering
  • Motion Blur Quality / Toggle
  • Sharpening Amount
  • Lens Flare Toggle
  • Lens Dirt Toggle
  • Texture Atlas Size
  • Show Performance Metrics
  • Resolution Scaling
  • UI Opacity
  • Film Grain
  • Rendering Mode
  • FOV Slider
  • Simple Reticle
  • Show First-person Hands Toggle
  • Use Compute Shaders
  • Vsync (support or triple buffering)

No mention was made regarding the feedback many Steam users left regarding the gameplay, but we remain hopeful that they took it to heart in the lead up to the game's launch on May 13th.

Source: [Bethesda.net]

PSA: The Battleborn PC and Xbox open beta goes live today on Xbox One and PC

The open beta for Battleborn goes live on the Xbox One and PC later today, giving tons of gamers access to the open Battleborn beta.

PlayStation 4 players have already been able to access to the open beta since April 8, but now PC and Xbox One owners are joining in on the beta.

Today at 10AM PST (1PM ET), the open beta will go live on the PC and Xbox One with access to just as many features as the PlayStation 4 players, but for a shorter duration. The beta ends for everyone on Monday, April 18 at 7AM PST (10AM ET).

The Battleborn beta is pretty big with 25 heroes, three leveling systems, two single player modes, two multiplayer modes, and more. So get ready to play as much as possible during the limited time that the beta is open for.

Gearbox and the Battleborn team also released a helpful video that explains the whole game, as well as the mechanics in about 12 minutes. Very handy.