Let us reiterate- this is one those times when a Game of the Year tag is completely worthy. The Witcher 3 is arguably the best game of this generation, and if you’ve been missing out you will soon have no more excuses. The only thing you have to lose is every minute of your free time for the next few months!In other Witcher news, the hugely anticipated standalone Gwent, a multiplayer version of the addictive card game from the series, is on its way. A beta was supposed to be sent out to waiting players next month but CD Projekt delivered the sad news yesterday that it has been delayed a month to October 25. But the company is not known for rushing out its products until they are done, and as the delays for The Witcher 3 showed they are generally worth the wait.Considering how much fun Gwent is in the main game, this multiplayer game has the potential to completely take over our lives, just when we thought we were out. If you have yet to sign up for the beta, you can do so here. If you waited on picking up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, there’s no two ways about it- you missed out one of the finest game experiences of 2015.But it turns out that waiting made sense for the more budget conscious of you, because you will soon be able to jump into the definitive edition. It was officially announced today that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition will release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC this August 30, quelling months of rumors.This GOTY version will come with the most recent patch, which improves the already wonderful game in numerous ways, as well as every bit of DLC and the two major expansions Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. This effectively puts the game up above the 150 hour gameplay mark. The expansions in particular add dozens of hours of quests, and Blood and Wine stresses the fun and silly moments to be had with the series, acting as the perfect send-off for Geralt of Rivia. If you haven’t played those two you’re really missing out on the true ending. <>
Square-Enix Officially Announces New Tomb Raider GameBest Games to Get for the PlayStation 4 Pro Stay on target The Xbox One X is set to launch in just a few short weeks. As Microsoft has touted, this machine will be “the most powerful console ever.” One title that will take advantage of the system’s six teraflops is Rise of the Tomb Raider. This game already looked great on Xbox 360, PC, and PS4. How will it appear on Microsoft’s upcoming system? I had a chance to check out the game last week and saw the enhancements first-hand. It is safe to say that Xbox One X owners will be happy about this one.As you would expect, Rise of the Tomb Raider (RotTR from this point forward) runs at a native 4K resolution on Xbox One X. It was developed by Nixxes, who also handled the PC, PS4, and Xbox 360 ports. The company has proven it knows how to get the most out of hardware. On Xbox One X, Nixxes was able to take things to another level.Like the PS4 version, this port of RotTR has a slew of graphical options. There is the aforementioned 4K mode which delivers a pure 2160p signal. Enriched 4K mode contains more graphical in-game effects such as volumetric fog, increased anti-aliasing, increased foliage, and more. The game runs at 30 frames-per-second on both 4K modes. Lastly, users have the option to play at a standard 1080p resolution. While this mode displays fewer pixels than either of the 4K modes, it does enable the game to run at 60fps. Because of this, gamers can choose between performance or resolution.I’ve played RotTR several times on each of the available platforms. As I made my way through the Syrian level’s familiar caves, hidden chambers, and aqueducts, it was like playing for the first time. There were a few instances where I almost botched certain jumps or got caught in easily avoidable traps because I was too busy looking at all of the new details. I was especially impressed by the lighting and how the environment was affected by it.I was told that it wasn’t hard to port RotTR to Xbox One X. The game was already a graphical powerhouse even on the Xbox 360. It was really just a matter of further enhancing what was already there and optimizing it for the system. The build I played was actually an alpha version. Since development is still ongoing, it’s reasonable to believe it will look even better when the patch is eventually released.Those who already own the game on Xbox One can enjoy the enhanced Xbox One X edition by simply installing a patch. RotTR on Xbox One is fairly cheap these days, so securing a copy won’t break the bank. By releasing this as an update, Microsoft is wisely ensuring that both old and new customers are treated fairly.Square-Enix and Crystal Dynamics have certainly gotten a lot of mileage out of RotTR for the past two years. This isn’t an issue since the game is truly one of this generation’s best. Its fitting that this former Xbox One exclusive is also a showcase title for Xbox One X. Even those (like myself) who are somewhat skeptical about iterative consoles will have a hard time denying how impressive this port looks. It’s certainly worth it for those looking forward to purchasing “The X.”Rise of the Tomb Raider has at last revealed its final form.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster As Doctor Who season 11 came to a close Sunday (with more of a whimper than a bang), the BBC announced that series 12 will follow in “early 2020.”The whole gang is set to return, including showrunner Chris Chibnall, Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker, and companions Mandip Gill (Yaz), Tosin Cole (Ryan), and Bradley Walsh (Graham).“We’re off again! Well, we never actually stopped,” according to Chibnall.“As Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and friends have been winning the hearts of families across the nation this autumn,” he continued, “we’ve been busy with a whole new set of action-packed adventures for the Thirteenth Doctor.”Consistently tight-lipped, the head writer is leaving all the details up to our imaginations.“We adore making this show and have been blown away by the response from audiences,” Chibnall said in a statement. “So we can’t wait to bring more scares, more monsters, and more Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole to BBC One. Brilliant!”Following much pomp and circumstance over the first female Doctor and her new boss, Whittaker’s October debut became the highest-ever Doctor Who series launch since its return in 2005.Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor (via BBC)Premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” was seen by a whopping 11 million viewers. (For reference, 2005 opener “Rose,” which marked the end of the show’s 16-year hiatus, was watched by 10.8 million people.)The consolidated volume also made Doctor Who the second-biggest drama this year across all channels; it also placed among the BBC’s top 10 programs in 2018 (so far).Despite criticism from pouty fans over the space-and-time-travelling alien’s sex change, folks still turned up and tuned in to see what a new lead actor would bring to the series.(A lot of action, humor, heart, nostalgia, and purpose, it turns out.)“We’re delighted that the Doctor and her friends will be returning to thrill audiences in 2020,” Charlotte Moore, director of content at the BBC, said. “I know Chris and the whole team are already working on a whole new set of exciting adventures. In the meantime, we’ve got a very special episode on New Year’s Day for everyone to enjoy.”And enjoy it we shall, since Whovians face more than a year’s wait for the next full season of Doctor Who.Missed episodes nine and 10? Check out our recaps of “It Takes You Away” and “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos.” Also, satisfy your cravings with three new Thirteenth Doctor novels—by Una McCormack (“The Molten Heart”), Steve Cole (“Combat Magicks”), and Juno Dawson (“The Good Doctor”)—on sale now.More on Geek.com:‘Doctor Who Gifts for the Ultimate Whovian15 Historical Figures Who Appeared on ‘Doctor Who’8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Old Sci-Fi Flicks