Titanfall Xbox One Controller

Titanfall is one of the most-anticipated games of 2014, and when it launches fans will be able to purchase a special Titanfall X-box One controller to express their epic fanboy status.

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The controller will be sold alongside Titanfall on March 11th. However it does come at a higher price than the game itself, $64.99 US.

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You can go and pre-order the controller yourself at Microsoft’s online store, which is currently out of stock.

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Kindle Fire Attempts to Humiliate iPad Air in their new Commercial

In a new commercial for the Kindle Fire, Amazon directly compares the Fire to its biggest competitor, the iPad Air. The commercial also pokes some fun at Jony Ive’s soothing british accent often featured in Apple’s commercials. Although the commercial to seem to be making a serious point – that the new Kindle Fire is outclassing the iPad Air in almost every aspect. But then again, Amazon didn’t mention anything  about processing speed or graphical power… What do you think? What is the best tablet? iPad? Kindle Fire? Or maybe something completely different? Post your opinions below.

      

Update: Dropbox Redone with iOS 7 in mind

Thank goodness. Dropbox was looking was really looking bad there for a while, what with the iOS 6 theme sticking out like a sore thumb in the midst of all the clean new iOS 7 apps.  Now that I’ve updated, Dropbox looks, well, perfect. I love it.

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Well done developers. The subtle blue lines standing out on the sharp and clean mostly white layout looks … wonderful.

News: Skype updated for iOS

Today, Microsoft rolled out an update for Skype on iPhone and iPad, with two-way HD video calling, as well as improvements to the messenger.

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The main feature for this update is the enhanced resolution video call, which is great but unfortunately is only supported by Apple devices with the new A7 chip, which is used to power the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display.

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Before you go deleting the update notifications, there’s still reason to update Skype. The messaging department also got much needed upgrades. In the past Skype had to be running in the background to be able to receive push notifications, now with Skype’s integration with Apple’s Notification Center it can now show message alerts even when the app is closed. Also Skype promises for a faster sync across your devices – no more old messages popping up every time you open up Skype.

Review: Batman Arkham Origins

With a new company — Warner Brothers Games Montreal — taking over the Batman: Arkham series after the switch from Eidos, the big question was: can Batman: Arkham Origins live up to its predecessors? Personally, I think WB Games Montreal did a splendid job in this passing on of the Arkham torch.

Gameplay:

Arkham Origins brings back previous Batman titles’ punchy and quick combat system. The controls are simple and well-done, and I recognized a lot of the counters and finishers from the earlier games. I was pleasantly surprised by the combat in Origins, and although I got what I expected — not a huge change from previous titles — everything Batman did seemed to have a little bit more energy and gusto. One of the things I’ve really enjoyed with the Arkham series is the level of difficulty — never too easy like AC, what with the interesting puzzles and tough boss fights, but never so hard that it got too the point of me turning off the console and, well, rage-quitting. Origins lives up to this (in my opinion) perfect difficulty level, and I enjoyed using new tools and features such as reconstructing a crime scene.

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Graphics:

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A lot of people are talking about the change in the way Batman and the world around him look in Origins, many with mixed feelings about this. In my opinion, the graphics weren’t “down-graded” as some described them, more that the style of art in general was redone. In fact I thought the animations, environments, and especially character models were very well done. My only complaint was that sometimes the facial animations seemed clunky and rushed — but then again, the protagonist and antagonist in the game both wear masks, so facial animations don’t seem as important as other games, say Uncharted.

Story:

I thought the story in Arkham Origins was fairly good, with the introduction of many infamous Batman villains as “assassins” for Black Mask, trying to hunt down Batman on Christmas Eve for a fifty million dollar bounty. The beginning seemed slightly abrupt to me, and probably not quite on par with Arkham City. I think it would have been a more interesting storyline if the game was similar to Frank Miller’s: Batman Year One, with the plot starting at the very beginning of Bruce Wayne’s crime-fighting career. I say this because although the game was titled Arkham: Origins, it wasn’t so much an origin story as it was a tale of Batman’s earlier career, when he didn’t have as good a relationship with the Gotham Police Force, and people still weren’t sure who or what Batman really was. On that point, I thoroughly enjoyed the younger, more angry and unpredictable Batman portrayed in Origins. Unlike in previous games that took place later in Batman’s career, I was never sure how far Batman would go when it came to violence and interrogation.

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Things parents should know:

The Arkham series has been fairly kid-friendly, keeping the rating of all the Batman games to a T for Teen, the second-lowest age rating. Batman is more — well what can I say — mean in Origins, yet on the other hand their is significantly less of an overall horror or slightly creepy theme to Origins. There are some portrayals of women you might not feel comfortable letting a very young child see, for example the Penguin’s girlfriend, who wheres skimpy clothing and acts suggestively — classic mobster girlfriend. If this seems like something you’re uncomfortable with, you can skip over the scene at any time. There is very little foul language if any, and nothing extremely offensive. There is a torture scene in which the Penguin beats and zaps a rival mobster with a tazer, so if you don’t want your kid to see that kind of violence, I would recommend skipping over that scene as well.

Overall:

All in all I really liked Batman: Arkham Origins, and was happily surprised by what a quality game it truly is. If you have any questions about the game feel free to ask me in the comments below, and if you enjoyed the review why not share it, or leave a like ;D.

Review: Assassin’s Creed 3

Introduction:

I liked this game a lot. I’m a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed series – I like the story, gameplay and visuals. When this game came out I was super hyped, because it involved the AC storyline, plus American Indians, naval ship battles, and awesome close-combat sword action. All these elements of the game are things that make this game very cool. The combat is seamless with awesome moves and cool finishers. Not to mention the cities in the game; they are huge and faithfully accurate to their real life counterparts, and are exciting to explore by rooftop – the assassin’s way.

Gameplay:

The control interface was very simple to use, the buttons were laid out much like previous games. The gameplay itself offered a varied set of things to do, from eavesdrop on enemy fortresses to sabotaging ship cannons. One of my few gripes about this game was the ease of fighting gameplay – it seemed as if I could take downs dozens of enemies without even getting scratched. AC-3 also has a huge open-world, one which I gladly explored. The environments are chock full with hidden treasures, side missions and other various things to do.

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Issues parents should know about:

The main reason this game has an M rating is that it has a lot of bloody violence in it. Almost everything you do to progress in the game has some sort of violence involved, with blood. This is about as bloody as it gets in AC3:

Other than that the only things you guys might worry about are sexual references in the dialogue of the game. One guard says something like: “I slept with your sister.” There are also uses of course language in the game, but I don’t think that’s a big deal, considering most kids here that kind of stuff in school nowadays.

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Story:

AC-3 follows Connor Kenway, a half Native American assassin who fights for America’s freedom in the Revolutionary War. To my disappointment, the game also follows Desmond Miles, ancestor of Connor and recurring protagonist of the present day side of the series. Although I enjoyed the parts of the story with Connor, the Desmond saga was all too sci-fi and predictable, jolting me out of the awesome feeling of being a super-awesome American Indian assassin.

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Overall:

All in all I thought AC3 was a really outstanding game, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, although the story was disappointing at times. If you’re a fan of the series I say go and get it — you won’t be disappointed.

Review: Temple Run 2

Clocking in at over 170 million downloads over many mobile platforms, Temple Run had set a new standard in mobile gaming. Recently Imangi Studios gave us the much-anticipated sequel, Temple Run 2. TR2 is already catching up to its predecessor with over 50 million downloads during the first few opening days.

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At first glance the game looks pretty similar to the original version, however Imangi has put in some new features and tweaks, but is that enough secure the top download position on the App store?

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Graphics:

As soon as you tap play you are greeted with much improved graphics; detailed environments, vivid colors and fluid animation. These enhancements make running away from a man-eating mutant monkey much more appealing to the eye. Built from scratch using Unity game engine, Imangi developers have made the game look really good, while keeping it compatible on devices over 3 years old.

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The original Temple Run had you sprinting through a dense forest – in Temple Run 2 you are running for your life in a mysterious floating temple. The basic swipe controls remain the same, however Imangi Studios added many new obstacles and environments. Upgrades such as fire-breathing sculptures, dips and ups, and spinning grinders add more unexpected dangers to the game, keeping you on your toes at all times. Additionally, the landscape in Temple Run 2 is more dynamic in general, with waterfalls and zip-lines replacing the dull t-junctions featured in the first game.

            

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In-game Store:

With the coins you collect while playing the game you can upgrade your abilities to help beat your high scores. These include increased shield duration or doubled coin value, among others. Temple Run 2 has seven different characters – sometimes there are special offers like Usain Bolt. Each character has their very own unique powers, however buying characters can be costly – upgrading your power ups might be a better idea.

Conclusion:

 Overall, Temple Run is a great game with beautiful animations and simple controls making the game very enjoyable. If you liked Temple Run you’ll love Temple Run 2, or if you’re new to the series and like endless-running games, give it a try it’s only few taps away – Oh wait! Did I mention that this game is free?

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Review: Fujifilm X-20 Digital Camera

The Fujifilm X-20 is an amazing mid-sized compact camera, perfect for the casual or serious photographer. It has an elegant design, functions well, and is very fun to use.

Specs:

The X-20 is a good all-rounder, with 12 million effective pixels and a Fujinon 4x optical zoom lens. This isn’t an incredible lens, but it serves its purpose and keeps the camera in the compact category. The X-20 has a beautifully clear 2.8 inch L.C.D screen, but a particularly interesting feature of this camera is its digital viewfinder. A viewfinder can be extremely difficult to find on a compact camera, let alone a really quality one. The X-20 however has a great digital viewfinder, with a digital display showing when the camera is focused among other things. The X-20 uses manual zoom; to zoom in or out, twist the zoom ring built into the lens. The X-20 come in two different colors: silver and black, or all black.

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Modes:

The X-20 has a variety of modes to choose from, like just the normal camera, SR+ where the camera finds the optimal settings for the situation, Advanced mode to apply various filters and effects to the photos, or Portrait mode for photographing people, among others.

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Interface:

The buttons and rings on the camera are fairly simple, but also elegant and good looking. It may take a few reads through the manual to get the hang of using the camera, but it’s simple enough.

Performance:

The X-20 takes very clear photos, and auto-focuses very quickly and efficiently. It seems to be able to shoot fine in all conditions, except the extreme extreme cold, in which the buttons started to get sticky and hard to use.

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Overall:

I think the X-20 is a great camera for almost all occasions, whether shooting wildlife or scenery, or just taking family photos.

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Review: Logitech Gamepad F-310 Controller

The logitech gamepad f-310 is a great controller for any beginning pc gamer. I think it is a great alternative to a dualshock or xbox controller for those who want solid gaming performance without having to empty their wallets.

Feel:

The f-310 feels as if logitech got an xbox controller and a dualshock 3 and merged them together to a create a fusion of the two. The overall feel of the controller reminds me very much of my dualshock 3, yet the buttons on the gamepad match the x-360 controller, with the clicking buttons, lettered buttons, and the arrows in one solid piece.

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Connectivity:

Probably the biggest downside of the logitech f-310 is it’s lack of wireless controlling. The gamepad must be plugged in to a USB port at all times, and although it has a surprisingly long cable, this makes it much less efficient.

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Compatibility:

Another downside with the gamepad is its lack of compatibility with some games. Often the gamepad would be not properly programmed for the game I was playing, and unless I wanted to go to the trouble of programming the controls myself, I tended to go back to keyboard and mouse in situations like that.

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Software:

The logitech gamepad comes with an installation disc for its very own button programming software. Unfortunately, I found the program to be confusing, difficult to use, and often faulty. Perhaps if logitech had given some sort of instructions I would be using this tool more often.

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Overall:

I wouldn’t recommend the gamepad as a primary controller, but despite its flaws, the logitech gamepad f-310 is an overall well-made controller, and is a good choice for entry-level gamers looking for a cheap alternative to console controllers.

 

Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/lg84dwm