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Review: HP Pavilion Power 15 Gaming Laptop

We’ve reviewed HP’s high-end Omen gaming laptops in the past, and while the devices are certainly impressive, it’s natural to wonder what the brand has in store for the ones who are more budget-conscious. So today we bring you the HP Pavilion Power, the entry-level gaming laptop that comes with everything you’d want in a gaming laptop, except the label. Tech Specs Processor Intel Core i7-7700HQ RAM 8GB DDR4 Graphics Card GTX 1050 4GB Display 1920 x 1080 FHD IPS Storage 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD Ports USB 3.0, USB Type-C, 3.5mm jack, SD Card Reader, LAN, HDMI The HP Pavilion Power comes with an Intel Core i7-7700 HQ Kaby Lake processor along with a Geforce GTX 1050 GPU with 4GB VRAM and 8GB DDR4 RAM. For storage there is a 128GB SSD for the OS while a secondary 1TB HDD tak...

Review: Rapoo V500Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Mechanical keyboards with Cherry MX switches are known for being really good, and really expensive. That might be about to change, because today we play around with Rapoo’s newest edition to its gaming lineup, the V500Pro gaming keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches. It’s cheap, it’s Cherry, but is it worth it? Let’s find out. The Rapoo V500Pro checks all the boxes when it comes to the basic features that would appeal to gamers. It has multi-RGB backlighting with each key lit individually. It is a full-size keyboard with a numpad and of course there are the Cherry MX Blue switches. That being said, on the very first look one can tell easily that it’s not a premium piece of equipment. The build quality is not bad per se, but the plastic body with the metallic t...

Revere Automata – Iconoclasts – Review

A lot of 2D action platformers these days are heavy on their Metroidvania and Roguelike inspirations. Very few of them have a compelling narrative to them. Fewer still are able to merge that strong narrative and tight gameplay into one excellent package. Welcome to Iconoclasts – a game that has been seven long years in the making, and the final product more than shows the work that has been put into making it. You play as Robin, a mechanic without a licence in a world where machinery and technology are intertwined with magical forces revered in the hearts and minds of the common folk. Without her licence, Robin, becomes a target of the game’s central authoritarian powers, and she then sets out on a path that could shake the very foundation of the world. It’s a heavy plot that builds ...

Capcom Offering £50,000 Reward If You Can Find Evidence of Real Life Monsters

To mark the launch of its latest game Monster Hunter: World, Capcom is offering real-life monster hunters a huge £50,000 reward to find comprehensive evidence for the existence of ten famous global beasts, including the Loch Ness Monster and Big Foot. Many of the monsters, some of which have not had evidence discovered for over 50 years, will come back on the radar, as budding hunters have until 30th June 2018 to claim their prize. The recently launched Monster Hunter: World sees players gear up to venture on quests and battle against fearsome creatures, progressively improving their hunting abilities as they play. To bring the game to life and replicate how players are rewarded with loot from fallen foes, Capcom has enlisted real-life monster hunter and Cryptozoologist, Jon Downes to help...

SEGA Europe Partners With Interior Night Enter To Publish New Game

SEGA Europe and the recently formed studio, Interior Night have today announced that they have agreed a publishing partnership that will see both companies collaborating on the development and launch of a brand-new narrative driven IP. Interior Night was formed in October 2017 with the goal of developing narrative games aimed at a mature TV audience. The studio, which has recently been on a recruitment drive to source some of the industry’s finest in developing social and narrative driven games, currently boasts talent whose credits include ‘Heavy Rain’, ‘Wonderbook: Book of Spells’ and ‘Beyond – Two Souls’ from triple A studios like Quantic Dream, Sony and Slightly Mad Studios. The publishing partnership with Interior Night underlines SEGA’s ambition to work with some of the best studios ...

Microsoft acquires PlayFab To Grow Cloud Connected Games

Today, I am pleased to welcome PlayFab to the Microsoft family. PlayFab is a complete backend platform provider of services to build, launch and grow cloud-connected games. PlayFab’s tools are designed to be used by game developers across all platforms (mobile, PC and console). This acquisition extends the investments and work we’ve done on Microsoft Azure to provide a world-class cloud platform for the gaming industry. As Satya Nadella noted in our annual shareholders meeting, “We’re mobilizing to pursue our extensive opportunity in a 100-plus-billion gaming market. This means broadening our approach to how we think about gaming end to end, about starting with games and how they’re creating and distributed, and how they’re played and viewed.” Over 1 billion people play games, fueling a th...

PixARK Announced for PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC

Today, Snail Games announced that open world voxel-based sandbox survival game PixARK will be entering Early Access on Steam and Xbox Games Preview in March 2018. Inspired by the world of the multi-million selling ARK: Survival Evolved, PixARK will be coming via retail and digital distribution to PC, Microsoft Xbox One and Xbox One X, Sony PlayStation 4 entertainment system and the Nintendo Switch later in 2018. “With PixARK, we’ve taken the action and excitement that older players know and love in ARK to a new direction in order to introduce that world to an entirely different audience,” said Peter Kang, director of live operations and business development, Snail Games. “PixARK is a fun, colorful game that introduces players of all ages to ARK while adding creative building modes and a cl...

Dead Cells coming to PS4, Xbox One and Switch in 2018

You grew up with the roguelikes, witnessed the rise of the roguelites and even the birth of the roguelite-lites? We’d now like to present for your consideration our RogueVania, the illegitimate child of a modern Roguelite (Rogue Legacy, Binding of Isaac, Enter the Gungeon, Spelunky, etc.) and an old-school Metroidvania (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and its ilk). Key Features • RogueVania: The progressive exploration of an interconnected world, with the replayability of a rogue-lite and the adrenaline pumping threat of permadeath. • 2D Souls-lite Action: Tough but fair combat, more than fifty weapons and spells with unique gameplay, and of course, the emergency panic roll to get you out of trouble. • Nonlinear progression: Sewers, Ossuary or Remparts? Once unlocked, special permanent ...

Aegis Defenders Coming to PC, PS4 and Switch on 8th February

Aegis Defenders is a Metroidvania-style action-platformer truly unlike any other game you’ve ever played. Borrowing tower defense combat elements, combined with the look, feel and scale of 16-bit era titles like Super Metroid, Aegis Defenders reignites the magic of the old school adventure genre for a unique blend of gameplay and rich narrative setting the stage for an instant classic. In a world where control over once lost technologies equals power, you play as Ruinhunters Bart and his granddaughter Clu to explore ancient ruins and uncover the one thing that can save their world from the ruthless Empire: a legendary weapon known as Aegis. Bart, a machinist, specializes in building structures. Clu, on the other hand, is a skilled hunter and trapsmith. Together the two must wage war agains...

Review: HP Omen 17 (2017) Gaming Laptop

HP made finally launched the Omen series of gaming laptops last year. And while we reviewed the Omen 17 earlier, HP has refreshed the model with a new, better design, one that’s bound to be much more appealing to gamers. Let’s see how it compares, shall we? Tech Specs Processor Intel Core i7 7700HQ RAM 16GB DDR4 RAM Graphics Card GTX 1070 8GB Display 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS 120Hz Storage 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD Ports USB 3.0, USB Type-C, 3.5mm jack, SD Card Reader, LAN, HDMI HP has upgraded the older model with a better processor, replacing the i7 6700HQ with the latest i7 7700HQ processor. Accompanying that is a GTX 1070 GPU along with 16GB DDR4 RAM. There’s a 256GB SSD that has enough space for an OS and a couple of games, and for the rest of your storage needs, a secondary...

Castle of Heart Announced for Switch

Castle of Heart is a classic action platformer at the genre’s best and most challenging, with plentiful of new twists on the formula to experience. Players take control of a cursed knight who has been turned to stone by an evil sorcerer’s spell, but who is ready to prove that love and courage can conquer even the darkest magic. Your brave hero must travel all the way from their petrified village to the dark ruler’s castle, mastering 20 levels set in 4 distinct environments. Each is full of enemies that require different strategies to be beaten successfully and includes sudden gameplay changes. All this translates into exciting, dynamic action sequences. The selection of progressively more powerful weapons, from the humble sword to a powerful magical arsenal, as well as power-ups, will aid ...

Soulcalibur VI Groh, Kilik, Nightmare and Xianghua Details

The stage of history is set, does your soul still burn? Soulcalibur is back with its unique weapon-based combat as new and returning characters battle it out against gorgeous 16th century fantasy settings. Today we are detailing the return of Kilik, Xianghua, and Nightmare, as well as a brand-new fighter, Grøh, entering the fray. Grøh The mysterious Aval Organization was a secret group with origins rooted in ancient times. They say the group came to be when a king used the spirit sword to defeat its cursed counterpart, and with his dying breath, entrusted them with both the blade and his unfinished mission. Each new generation has taken on the group’s mission to rid the world of “Outsider” — those connected with the cursed sword. One such member was Grøh, about whom little is known save fo...


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