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We normally upload a “benchmark course” video to the site's YouTube channel, dedicated to showcasing just a small part of our extensive testing methodology for each game benchmarked. The previous title we tested was GTA V, and with the launch of the Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt, focus shifts to CD Projekt Red's new game.

This video walks through our benchmark course used during video card benchmarking for the Witcher, an exhaustive process that seeks to uncover the best graphics cards at various settings. We've only got four video cards left in our test tonight, which will be followed-up immediately by an article with FPS charts and other data. More performance articles will follow shortly thereafter.

In the meantime, take a look at the game's hi-fidelity graphics at 4K resolution:

Following yesterday's release of the Zenyatta gameplay footage, Blizzard Entertainment has released twelve minutes of unedited Overwatch gameplay focused on “Mercy,” a healer / support character. Mercy is at times remniscent of the Medic in certain other team shooter games, but has a few unique powers – like temporary flight, for starters. More below.

It's been a number of months since Blizzard's Pixar-like Overwatch unveil – detailed fully in a previous article – and about two months since our hands-on preview at PAX. Following this hiatus, Blizzard today distributed an eight-minute video of Zenyatta, the monk-like zen warrior, dominating on a Point Capture / Payload map called “King's Row.”

In a move reminiscent of Far Cry's over-the-top, 80s-inspired “Blood Dragon” title, CIG has launched its “Hyper Vanguard Force IV” in-fiction mini-game using official Star Citizen ships. The arcade-style game draws basic concepts from the likes of Galaga, which is, consequently, one of a few arcade cabinets present at CIG's offices we toured.

Indie game developer Iron Dynamite recently introduced its rhythm-influenced twin stick shooter to Steam's Greenlight service, receiving early praise from Greenlight commenters. The game, aptly called “Quark,” places players into the 'body' of a sub-atomic particle that dwells within the Large Hadron Collider; our heroic Quark particle is assaulted by sub-atomic enemies, but makes use of stun blasts and detonation (AoE explosion) mechanics for defense.

Plays.tv is a program designed to record game footage and provide basic editing capabilities. It's a simple concept, which is one of the main advantages it holds over its competitors – often an amalgamation of ShadowPlay / GVR and Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere.

CD Projekt Red's highly-anticipated The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt received its official gameplay trailer today, with the game's release date on-track for May 19. The trailer mostly features Geralt's overland travels and core gameplay mechanics, including some combat, dynamic enemy AI tactics, and a few quips from the game's NPCs.

Just weeks away from the release of one of the most-anticipated games of the year, CD Projekt Red has announced two paid expansion packs for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. While DLC is all the rage, CD Projekt Red has upped the ante and aims to introduce actual content – with depth and everything – over the usual graphics tweaks or added skins. Via press release, the team had this to say:

Avast, sailors! Tasharen Entertainment is happy to announce the finalized release of Windward -- a game we praised previously -- for PC and Linux. The official release of the game will be on May 12th through the Steam platform.

Star Citizen, the highly anticipated space sim from Cloud Imperium Games, just announced its sale of the Aegis Vanguard ship to its backers. The ship has been long-awaited by fans of the yet unfinished game, serving as a United Empire of Earth deep-space fighter. CIG's sale of the ship begins effective immediately and extends through April 6.

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