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BU Reviews: Duke Nukem Forever

The Duke is back, baby! Duke Nukem ForNEVER? Try Duke Nukem Forever! An icon of gaming cliche returns to retail, but is the game as good as the hype? Let hal take you on a journey through time.

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

PSA: Epic Games Forums Hacked

On July 14th Epic Games forums were hacked resulting in a hacker gaining access to all the information stored in the database.

The data the hacker gained access to includes: your email, date of birth and password which we know was only an MD5 of an MD5+SALT of your password which means there is a chance your password has been decrypted.

If you use the same password in other locations, especially your email account it is suggested you change your password as quickly as possible.

Like me you can't remember which password you used for those forums you may have to spend the weekend updating passwords for everything.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Rocket League is a UE3 Carball... MUST PLAY!

If you haven't heard by now somehow, there is this game called Rocket League. It is a thing and you should buy and/or play it.

Now that I clearly have your undivided attention, let's get real. Rocket League is the sequel to Super Acrobatic something something cars that nobody remembers or played. The difference this time is that lots of people play it and it is good. The fact that as I write this the game has over 13k players playing on Steam and peaked at almost 20k today should tell you a lot, but it is also available on PS4 and has cross platform play behind the scenes making the pool of potential players pretty large. I have had no trouble finding a game at all hours of the day or night. I even got matched up to a game in the UK and lag was not much of a factor in the game. Very surprising, and VERY fun.

And you don't have to take my word for it. Everyone is giving this game good reviews. Like, Destructoid. And Gamespot. And Rock, Paper, Shotgun. And Polygon. And PC Gamer. And probably everyone else.

The game definitely deserves 9001 monkey nuts, which is why you should now proceed to go and buy and play it.

BeyondUnreal is dead! Long live BeyondUnreal!

All good things come to an end, except BeyondUnreal. Yeah, the site is in disrepair and the updates are extremely slow, but don't let that clickbait title fool you, we are here for the long haul. Unfortunately, our host for the past 4 years, AtomicGamer, is shutting down at the end of this month.

Some of you probably know that I recently took just the forums independent again. I believe we get enough traffic to keep the site running on paltry ad revenues with a little stipend out of my own pocket almost indefinitely. It has gotten extraordinarily easier to run cheap VPSes that go a long way since we started this site back in 1997 as PlanetUnreal and then making the massive transition to BeyondUnreal a year later. But that is a story for another time. At any rate, here's a short FAQ about what will happen next.

What is going to happen to BeyondUnreal?
Nothing. BeyondUnreal will continue on in it's current zombie-like state. We will be taking the site independent.

Where will you be moving?
For practical reasons, we will be moving to DigitalOcean for hosting in the near term.

What about [insert favorite BeyondUnreal hosted site here]?
In the short term, many of the current hosted sites will go offline as we transition to new hosting. However, all current hosted sites will remain available and we are hoping that going independent will give us the freedom to bring back a few old favorites, as well *coughnalicitycough*

How will you pay for this?
As mentioned above, the site generates enough traffic to mostly pay for itself right now. I have been seeding it with some money to get it to that point. We will also be adding a donation mechanism for people who want to help keep the site and forums alive and also help pay for our UT4 server.

I'm scared... hold me?
Uhh, I'm sure you can find someone else in the community to handle that for you.

Finally, I just want to thank all of our visitors now and in the past. We have been very lucky to have such a committed and vibrant community over the years and it is thanks to all of you that we do this. With the release of UE4, I suspect that the Unreal and Unreal Engine ball will start rolling again. With a new Unreal Tournament on the way, we hope the community will flourish like it did back in the old days. We might be down, but we are definitely not out.


P.S. If you want to help making the site more active please e-mail or PM hal or I to discuss it further.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition coming to PC

PC Gamers haven't had much love from Microsoft in recent years and that's because Gears of War was such a massive hit on the Xbox.

Now Microsoft is looking to right those wrongs and has announced that that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is coming to PCs running Windows 10.

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Killing Floor 2 beta gameplay: Biotics Lab

My second match in the beta for Killing Floor 2 sees the return of the Biotics Lab but it's in name only. The layout is completely different but it's a great homage to a classic KF map.