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Streets Of Rage & Hilarious Perversions: Yakuza 0 Review

My main experience with games heavily influenced by Japanese culture and beliefs have either been JRPGs like Nioh, Valkyria Chronicles, a little bit of Final Fantasy, and some adventure games from Sony’s Japan Studio, like The Last Guardian. And while these games do have strong Japanese references in them, none of them are grounded in a more real world setting, filled with weirdness and absurdity that can only come from a place that has been nuked twice. Yakuza jəˈkuːzə/ Noun A powerful Japanese criminal organization. a member of the Yakuza; a Japanese gangster or racketeer. plural noun: yakuza And here we have Yakuza 0, sequel to the long running Yakuza series, that tells the tale of two protagonists in 1988’s crime riddled Japan. And as you unravel this tale of corrupt and power hungry c...

Not So Fantastic Four: Ghost Recon Wildlands Review

Ubisoft has its fair share of open world games, and for the most part they do a great job of making those open worlds enjoyable to explore, while giving you tons of activities to keep you hooked to the game. And Ghost Recon Wildlands is a definitely a good open world game. It’s not without its faults, many of which have been repeated in past Ubisoft games. However, the game is fun, looks absolutely fantastic, and might be the biggest, most dynamic open world game Ubisoft has made yet. Set in Bolivia, the you play as one of four Ghosts, while the other three can either be AI controlled or or controlled by up to three other players to play the game cooperatively. Your mission is to take down the narco hierarchy in Bolivia, primarily the Santa Blanca cartel, by eliminating its leaders and fin...

Affordable Core Act : Ryzen 7 1800X Review

The CPU market has sort of been an Intel monopoly for the past few years, but with the Ryzen series of processors, the competition surely seems to be revived. The Ryzen CPUs are based on the new AMD Zen architecture and the AM4 socket, the direct successor to AMD’s Piledriver based FX processors with the AM3 & AM3+ sockets released over five years ago. It’s been a long time coming. The Ryzen 7 series is Ryzen’s high-end line of processors, with eight cores and 16 threads, making them the AMD counterparts to Intel’s i7 range. We’re reviewing the Ryzen 7 1800X, the top end of the Ryzen 7 series. Check out the tech specs below: Tech Specs CPU 1800X Cores 8 Threads 16 Socket AM4 Base Clock 3.6 GHz Boost Clock 4.0 GHz TDP 95W The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X has a base cl...

Glorious Basterd: Sniper Elite 4 Review

Sniper Elite 4 follows up directly the aftermath of the events in Sniper Elite III, and continues the adventures of Karl Fairburne. Set in Italy in 1943, you are sent to find out about a Nazi ‘super weapon’ of sorts, and then go on to tactically eliminate high ranking Nazi officers by any means necessary. I usually preferred relieving them of their testicles in a fatal manner. Oh, and it looks damn cool in slow-motion X-Ray vision. Sniper Elite 4 retains the unique style of the series, and cranks everything up to ten. The game sure does look great, specially the huge landscapes and gorgeous vistas. Italy looks absolutely fantastic, and there’s a lot of variety across missions to keep you hooked to the very end. The levels are bigger than ever, and as you sit atop a bombed...

Review: Gamdias Hermes 7 Colour Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Gamdias isn’t exactly the first word that comes to mind when one thinks about gaming peripherals. For those who don’t know, Gamdias is relatively new and up-and-coming brand that makes keyboards, mice, headsets and other accessories for gamers. The brand takes inspiration from Greek mythology, which is reflected in the product names as well. Today, I review the Hermes 7 colour mechanical gaming keyboard that makes use of Gamdias certified blue switches. Take a look at the tech specs below: Specifications Key Switch GAMDIAS certified mechanical switches Key Switch Type Blue Dimensions 458 x 220 x 44 mm Weight 1.1 Kg Built-in Memory 8 KB Polling Rate 1000 Hz Additional Macro Keys NA Programmable keys NA Multimedia Keys 7 Switch Lifecycle 50 Million Backlit 7 colors N-Key Rollover...

There’s Only Shame In Defeat: For Honor Review

From the very onset, For Honor makes one thing absolutely clear. It is not a hack and slash game, but it’s a fighting game. You may run around in open arenas killing random brutes that act as cannon fodder, swinging big weapons and feeling like a warrior-god-among-men. But what For Honor really is about is its one-on-one multiplayer combat, and is intense, calculated, and very methodical. Before we get into the meat of the game, which is its multiplayer, lets talk a bit about it’s single-player campaign. The plot here is pretty throwaway, as three warring factions squabble over land and resources, and just keep brutally murdering each other. However, the campaign is fairly enjoyable, and has some great set-piece moments, that look incredible and are really fun to play through. ...

Review: Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro

Samsung might have screwed the pooch with the Galaxy Note 7, but they’re coming back, and they’re coming back strong. One of the latest additions to the Galaxy family is the C9 Pro, the mid-range beast of a smartphone. It is as fast and powerful as the Galaxy S7, Samsung’s flagship phone. Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro Key Tech Specs 1.95GHz Snapdragon 653 Octa-Core Processor 6GB RAM With 64GB ROM 6 Inch FHD AMOLED Display Dual Micro SIM 16MP Camera With Dual Tone LED Flash 16MP Front Camera 4G VoLTE/WiFi USB-Type-C NFC Fingerprint Bluetooth 4.2 4000mAh Battery. The Galaxy C9 Pro packs a powerful 1.95 GHz octa-core processor at its core. Not only that, this is also the only Samsung smartphone in the market right now that comes with 6 gigs of RAM and a USB Type-C connector. Though ...

Review: WD Blue SSD 250 GB

WD Blue SSDs are the brand’s first consumer SSDs after WD acquired SanDisk last year. With PC users favouring faster data transfer rates and better safety features, SSDs are slowly becoming a viable replacement for hard disk drives (HDDs), as they can greatly reduce boot and load times, and are a lot easier to maintain and carry around than an HDD.   The WD Blue is a SATA SSD available in two form factors: a 2.5″ and an M.2 version, and comes in three variants: 250 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB. It is supposed to be their mainstream SSD that focuses on PC enthusiasts, gamers and content creators. Like most Solid State Drives, the WD Blue 2.5″ is rather compact, only 7 mm in height. It comes in a black metal case which is mostly covered with stickers on both sides. While the to...

Review: GIGABYTE GTX 1060 Xtreme Gaming 6 GB Graphics Card

The GTX 1060 is NVIDIA’s response to AMD’s RX 480. Built on the 16nm GP106  Pascal architecture, it offers better performance compared to the previous gen $300 GPUs at a price point of close to $250. GIGABYTE has their own versions of the card, the G1 Gaming Edition and the Xtreme Gaming Edition, the latter being the company’s most powerful rendition with 6 GB VRAM and factory overclocks for both the base clock speed and the memory clock. Tech Specs Chipset GeForce GTX 1060 Core Clock Boost: 1873 MHz / Base: 1645 MHz in OC Mode                                                                 Boost: 1847 MHz / Base: 1620 MHz in Gaming Mode Process Technology 16 nm Memory Clock OC mode: 8316 MHz                                                                                 ...

Mechanical Squids & Tamagotchi: Dark Train Review

Dark Train is Paperash’s unique take on modern adventure puzzle games. And don’t let the term adventure game dissuade you. What Paperash has created in Dark Train is a wonderful setting, great visual aesthetics, and clever challenging puzzles. Oh, and did I mention the mechanical squid? You play as the mechanical Squid Ann 2.35f, in control of the Dark Train. The train consists a creation of the inventor D. W. Tagrezbung, which needs to be delivered to a client. Without getting too deep into the story, and spoiling anything, I’ll say that the story is actually really interesting, specially for a modern adventure game. The game tells its story visually via the environment. There’s no written text or dialogue. The fact that Paperash has managed to convey a compelling ...

Transcending The Medium: A Transistor Review

Awe-inspiring, jaw dropping and absolutely mesmerizing, Transistor is all of that and so much more. A game that genuinely struck a chord with me and impressed me so much that it left me craving for more after I had finished it. It draws you in on an emotional level that makes you empathise with Red and, the events that have unfolded around her and are about to unfold. And just like Red, I was left speechless with the beauty of it all. Transistor is a sci-fi action RPG game developed and published by Supergiant Games, famous for their previous, critically acclaimed title ‘Bastion’. The game is set in a very cyberpunk futuristic city known as Cloudbank that is run by Administrators to keep the world safe and to satisfy people by letting them decide on things such as the weather c...

Review: BenQ Zowie XL2540 240 Hz E-sports Gaming Monitor

The rise in the popularity of e-sports has led to a tremendous boom in both the volume and quality of hardware and peripherals catering specifically to the competitive gamer. BenQ, a well-known name in the display industry, after acquiring Zowie, a similarly famous name in the gaming industry focuses on produces high quality displays focused towards professional and competitive players. One such product is the Zowie XL2540 monitor, a 24.5 inch 1080p display with an ultra-fast refresh rate of 240 Hz. And that is native, people. Check out the tech specs below: Technical Specifications Screen Size 24.5 inches Resolution 1920 x 1080 Aspect Ratio 16:09 Panel Technology Twisted Nematic Film Refresh Rate 240 Hz Response Time 1 millisecond Contrast Ratio 1000:1 / 12000000:1 (dynamic) Brightness 40...

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