GameSentral Rewind #034

Editor’s Note: This is the GameSentral Rewind, a daily recap of the top gaming headlines.

Fallout 4 companion can call you “Mr. F**kface,” among other names

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Codsworth, the robotic assistant in Fallout 4, possesses the talent of saying your name – voiced by Stephen Russell (known for voicing Thief protagonist Garrett), who did some extra work with Bethesda to personalize your performance.

“[Codsworth] does say your name, if you guys remember that. So we had Stephen [Russell] record, like a thousand of the most popular names, as well as other things that we find people like to name their characters.”

-Todd Howard, Fallout 4 director

Here are a few of the names Codsworth is capable of recognizing and saying out loud:

  • Angela
  • Matthew
  • McFly
  • Katniss
  • Boobies
  • F**kface

Nvidia helping to fix Batman: Arkham Knight’s PC port

Nvidia is working to fix Batman: Arkham Knight’s PC port, according to Nvidia distinguished engineer Tom Peterson.

“We’re fixing a ton of things that ware not necessarily related to us. Some of it may be related to our driver, some not, but at the end of the day the game is the focus and we’re going to make it great.”

-Tom Peterson, Nvidia distinguished engineer

Peterson is part of the Santa Clara, CA-based company’s Gameworks group, which works to provide tested solutions for bleeding edge game effects.

“We have 200 to 300 engineers that are really visual scientists. They’re the best out there. Artists, Ph.D.s. … We’ve taken the approach that says let’s capture what they’ve got in their minds, convert it to algorithms … test it and QA it, and then provide it as middleware effectively to game developers.

“I look at [Arkham Knight] as an example of where Nvidia can help a developer get to market with a quality game. Warner Bros. … made a few mistakes getting the game out. It wasn’t fully performance optimized for PC. So now we’re deploying our QA resources and our engineers to make that game as good as it possibly can be.

“I gotta tell you on the releases I’ve seen it is a fantastic game. It plays great, it’s tons of fun and the effects are making. And I can tell you that when Warner Bros. makes it available on Steam again that people are going to be delight.”

-Tom Peterson

GameStop isn’t waiting for new, beefier PS4 models

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GameStop is selling a refurbished “Supercharged” PlayStation 4 with a 2TB hard drive, double what Sony provides in its beefiest console.

The custom PS4 retails for $479.99, according to a NeoGAF user. A new 500GB console bundled with Batman: Arkham Knight is $399.99, and a refurbished 500GB PlayStation 4 without a game costs $359.99.

The Witcher 3 getting new Game+ mode in final free DLC

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The final piece of free downloadable The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt content will add a “New Game+” mode to CD Projekt Red’s open-world role-playing game, according to a Facebook post from the developer.

The New Game+ mode is aimed at players who have already completed the game.

“[The release] won’t happen this week – we need a little bit more time to finish it.”

-CD Projekt Red, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s final add-on launching August 4th

Reckoning, the final DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, will come to the Xbox 360 and Xbox One on August 4th, according to publisher Activision.

Included in the DLC are four new multiplayer maps and the final episode of developer Sledgehammer Games’ Exo Zombies mode. Titled Descent, the final episode sees the characters battling new “fused” Exo Zombies and their former ally.

The add-on, which is $14.99 on its own and included in Advanced Warfare’s $49.99 season pass, adds the following competitive multiplayer maps:

  • Overload: Enjoy the grand view of downtown New Baghdad from this exotic compound, complete with fountains, gardens and decorative plasma lamps. The map’s multiple levels and long perimeter site-lines highlight medium to long-range combat, and firing a shot at the lamps will send enemies flying in a burst of enemy.
  • Quarantine: Following a deadly viral outbreak, the island has been converted into a biological testing center. This medium sized map’s tight corners dial up the sped and open areas combine to allow for any style of gameplay. Activate the map-based scorestreak to unleash a devastating ship-fired missile strike.
  • Fracture: Discover what secrets are locked in the ice in this arctic excavation site. Take refuge behind wind turbines and heavy equipment through large combat areas cradled on the shelf of a glacier. Stay alert as the timed event cracks the ice sheet, sending one lane sinking ot the depths.
  • Swarm: Reconstruction is underway in Seoul, South Korea, congesting narrow corridors of this small to medium sized map with vehicles and equipment. Take position in war-scarred storefronts that provide plenty of cover over the streets or flank the enemy through close quarter interiors in the center of the map.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Reckoning DLC will launch on PlayStation and PC after its Xbox launch.

Street Fighter 5 beta taken offline, postponed indefinitely

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Capcom has taken Street Fighter 5’s beta servers offline for extended maintenance, according to the publisher, and postponed the planned beta until further notice.

“After three days of testing, while we were making progress and collecting valuable data, we felt the majority of players were not having a good experience, and the best course of action would be to take the servers offline for extended maintenance. We will be postponing our first beta phase until we believe the experience is going to be a positive one for players.

“While the purpose of a beta is to work out these type[s] of issues, it was very clear that the issues we faced were more severe than we were prepared for.”

-Capcom, in a statement

Hori delivers PS4 keyboard/mouse controller

Hori Tactical Assault Commander 4

Hori, maker of fighting sticks and other game controller accessories, plans to release an updated version of its PlayStation 3 mouse and keyboard controller for the PlayStation 4 this fall, according to Amazon.

The Tactical Assault Commander 4 delivers a wired mouse controller and a specially designed keyboard-esque gamepad.

The pad features 18 buttons – including a PlayStation button, dedicated “walk,” “share,” “options,” and “quick” buttons – and switches for multiple profiles. Four of the buttons are marked to be used as the W, A, S, and D keys on a keyboard. There’s also a light array that denote the pad’s programming.

The mouse connects to the pad with a USB cable.

The Hori Tactical Assault Commander 4 launches in the UK for £86.35 ($135).

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