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The Biggest (And Sometimes Scariest) Video Game Trends Of 2016

2016 was a long year. Longer then most actually, being a leap year with an extra day. Which helped since we needed the extra time catch up with all the happenings that that took place in gaming this Year. Virtual Reality Gains Momentum With both Occulus Rift and HTC (and Valve’s) Vive becoming available to the public in 2016, the stage was clearfor VR to be part of the mainstream. Or at least for gamers with high end PC and budget for what is,effectively, a very expensive display. There was some furor over Occulus underhanded tactics to lock games to platform, and about its privacy policy. Vive was lauded for its more ‘open’ approach. VR still lacked killer apps though – most games seemed to be little more than short tech demos. Playstation VR debuted later in the y...

Best of 2016: Top 10 Shooters (First Person Shooters & Third Person Shooters)

2016 was a great year for shooters. From the demon infested hellish pits of Doom to the colorful booty-filled arenas in Overwatch, shooters saw an unexpected comeback, in what had become a tiresome genre. Here are the best shooters from 2016 that you absolutely must play: Overwatch Release Date: 23rd May, 2016 Platforms: Windows PC, PS4, XBONE While it can be put simply as Team Fortress with waifus, Blizzard’s hero shooter Overwatch is absolutely fantastic. And while Overwatch is not strictly just a shooter, you are shooting the whole time, be it shooting bullets, grenades, at your enemies or streams of health at your friends. Blizzard keeps it simple, giving you just a few modes and maps, but gives you a range of characters with unique abilities and playstyles. It’s easy to ge...

Overwatch Bags Game Of The Year Award at The Game Awards 2016, Here Are All The Winners

Blizzard’s competitive multiplayer shooter, Overwatch was showered with laurels as it took home the Game of the Year Award at this year’s The Game Awards. Check out the list of winners in all the categories below: GAME OF THE YEAR For a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields. Doom (id Software/Bethesda) Inside (Playdead) Overwatch (Blizzard) Titanfall 2 (Respawn/Electronic Arts) Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment) BEST GAME DIRECTION Recognizing a game studio for outstanding creative vision, game direction and design. Blizzard (for Overwatch) Dice (for Battlefield 1) id Software (for Doom) Naughty Dog (for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End) Respawn (for Titanfall 2) BEST NARRATIVE For out...

Meet MiniDOOM, A Cutesy Sidescroller Tribute To DOOM

DOOM is well known for being one of the premier and the most influential FPS games ever, and this year saw the game make a tremendous comeback. But ever wonder how it would look as a 2D shooter? To satisfy your curiosity, here comes MiniDOOM. MiniDOOM is a fan made project based on the first DOOM, and although a short parody game, it still looks and feels really cool. I mean, given the plot where you’re a angry space marine tasked with shooting (or blasting or vapourizing or beheading) demons and monsters, it might not seem like a paradigm shift. BUT, this game doesn’t need to try too hard to make sure the original remains as “metal” as it has always been, and that’s quite a feat. I mean, considering the sprites look kinda cute. Have you seen that Cacodemon? C...

DOOM Free Update 4 Out Now, With An Arcade Mode

Free Update 4 for DOOM is out, and it adds a ton of content to keep your guns pumped. Here’s the official announcement, as on the official Bethesda website: “We’re unleashing more DOOM content today with Free Update 4. This update includes the much-anticipated Arcade Mode, which transforms DOOM’s critically-acclaimed campaign into a competitive fast-paced, score-based challenge. Play every level with all guns, Runes and equipment upgrades fully unlocked. Customize your DOOM Marine’s gear, guns and Praetor suit before each run to see what combinations will give you an edge. Compete against friends and players worldwide for the highest score by attacking demons quickly, avoiding their attacks and grabbing multipliers along...

What If Sunny Deol Was In Video Games?

Sunny Deol is known for many things, his acting and dancing not being the two of them. But his antics make him a perfect candidate for the main role in a lot of video games (unless you’re playing Dance Central), and it would be unfair if we didn’t honour the angry, not-so-young man on his birthday. So, here is our list of the top five games that would have been perfect for Mr. Deol. Sunny of War (God of War, duh) Kratos doesn’t hold a candle to our Sunny paaji. Let’s face it, the anger, the rage and the struggle, these are all iconic trademarks of this great man. The Greek Gods shit their pants when he roars. If you don’t believe me, check out this clip of this underrated superhero pulling out a hand pump from the ground and then tell me if Zeus stands a chanc...

True Visionaries In The Gaming Industry (Pt.1)

Making a video game isn’t a one man job, well at least making a good one isn’t. Everybody from the director all the way down to game testers, play a crucial role in determining how good or bad the game will turn out. All these people work together toward a common goal, which is to make a game that leaves an impression on gamers across the world, achieving success in both critical acclaim and sales. However, there usually is one person who leads the development of a game or of the industry in general. Their vision is what pushes the rest to work toward a goal. It’s hard to come up with a brilliant idea, but it’s harder to convince others of the same. It takes a lot of courage and belief in an idea for one to rise above the rest and see that i...

Gamer Rebellion — Indraprastha University

The Gaming Central team just got back from the second Gamer Rebellion at Indraprastha University, Dwarka and it was pretty damn good. First off a shout out to all the guys and three girls who made it to the event. It was great meeting all these students who were extremely helpful and way too polite (they kept calling me sir!). Gurnoor and I started the show with our lame jokes and constant fumbling up of words, but the students seemed to have a blast though. We had presentations by Shrey and Manas about AMD, G2A and Gaming Central. After which we did an interactive quiz with the attendees and gave away some goodies. We also had Nishant with us (the guy who won a RX 480 at it’s launch) and we presented him with his brand new RX 480. After that we opened the floor for the students to e...

Metal AF – DOOM Review

Demons, Hell and Big F***ing Guns. That was what DOOM was about back in 1993, and that is precisely what DOOM is about in 2016. At its best, it’s everything that you can want it to be: you, a lone soldier on a mission to eradicate demons, making his way from Mars to hell and back, and kicking ass all along. It delivers the same cathartic experience you had when you played it for the first time in pixelated graphics, using your imagination to see a floating monster head blow up with blood on your face in those tiny squares. While id software’s previous attempt to modernize DOOM with the third game may not have been that amazing an experience, they seem to have hit all the right notes with the fourth one. The game doesn’t pretend to be any more than what it is, and thatR...

DOOM Updates: New Modes, Guns, Armour and PartyPlay

After the classic center gun mode and the Vulkan API, id Software’s DOOM is getting another update this week. Free Update 2 includes two new multiplayer modes: Exodus and Sector. Exodus is a single flag “capture the flag” mode with a twist; the bases and flags keep moving constantly. Sector is more like a “capture and hold” game mode where one team captures an objective and defends it against the opponents in order to score points. Both the modes will be available to play on existing as well as new maps. The update will also add some new features to SnapMap, including customizable weapon wheel functionality – so players can carry and select multiple weapons, just like the campaign; jump pads with logic to set distance, speed and direction; 30 brand-new Hell-th...

New Update For DOOM Adds Vulkan Support

id Software has announced the availability for the Vulkan™ version of DOOM that relies on innovative features to deliver incredible performance. As you may already know, the Vulkan™ API is a descendant of AMD’s Mantle that supports close-to-metal control across Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, and Linux®. Compared to OpenGL, Vulkan™ substantially reduces “API overhead” – the background work a CPU does to interpret what a game asks of the hardware – to deliver meaningful features, performance, and image quality and expose GPU hardware features that wouldn’t ordinarily be accessible through OpenGL. DOOM benefits from Vulkan support by using several great features: Asynchronous Shaders Shader Intrinsics or Shader Intr...

AMD RX 480 Price and Leaked Benchmarks: Both Better than Expected

Disclaimer: Gaming Central does not vouch for the accuracy of any of these benchmarks. They were leaked online and were deleted soon after. However, a YouTuber by the name of Alex was able to quickly upload these on his channel.  The AMD Radeon RX 480 is available in two variants, a 4 GB and 8 GB . Powered by 2304 cores, this card is capable of gameplay at very high resolutions and VR as well. The memory on the Radeon RX 480 graphics card is clocked at 8 GB/s which gives us a total of 256 GB/s bandwidth on the graphics board along a 256-bit wide bus interface. Here are the specifications as given by TechPowerup. With these amazing specifications, it’s hard not to expect an equally amazing performance. And for a price tag of $200, the RX480 is a beast. Without further ado, l...

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