SteelSeries Siberia V3 Review

We have reviewed the Siberia V3, a revision of the famous V2 from SteelSeries

Fractal Design Node 804 Review

We have reviewed the Node 804, a very compact computer case from Fractal Design

SilverStone AP81, FW81, FQ81, FM84 Review

We have reviewed four 80mm fans from SilverStone

Thrustmaster Y-250CPX Review

We take a look at the Y-250CPX, a versatile gaming headset from Thrustmaster

Sharkoon Skiller PRO Review

Here's our review of the Skiller PRO, an affordable gaming keyboard from Sharkoon

Friday, 24 April 2015

Dungeons 2 is Unleashed today

The Ultimate Evil has arrived and a new Dawn of Terror is upon us. Especially if you are a unicorn, he hates unicorns. Snots throughout the underworld, prepare to quiver in your boots as Dungeons 2 launches for Windows PC, Mac and SteamOS today.

Featuring a unique mixture of classic dungeon simulation and real-time strategy gameplay, Dungeons 2 challenges players to assume the role of The Dungeon Lord, craft a network of terrifying dungeons and use its resources to fuel a campaign against the forces of goodliness. Order your servant snots to do your bidding and fill your coffers with gold, amass an army of lurching minions and then head to the surface world of the humans to conquer The Overworld.

To celebrate the Ultimate Evil’s momentous return, there is a brand new gameplay trailer available to watch below, featuring some of the terrifying creatures who roam your dungeon as well as the loyal (but stupid) Snots eagerly mining gold while avoiding a slap from the ‘Hand of Terror’.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Sharkoon releases the SHARK ZONE H40 Gaming Stereo Headset

The illuminated SHARK ZONE H40 Gaming Stereo Headset is specifically designed to meet the demands of gamers. The yellow LED illumination of the SHARK ZONE logos on the outside of both ear cups underlines the trendy design of the series. It persuades with its padded, adjustable headband; lightweight design of only around 350 grams and generous, soft earpieces: The H40 provides excellent comfort during wear, especially during long gaming sessions. Thanks to the metal reinforcing headband it is very sturdy and can withstand high stress.

Two professional 50 mm premium speakers provide superior sound with penetrating bass and crystal clear highs. The H40 was specifically designed to meet the sound demands of gamers, so no game deciding details were overlooked. Through the ergonomically designed in-line controller, which is even sleeker on the SHARK ZONE designed connection cable for an easier hold, the volume and microphone mute function can be easily controlled.

The side-mounted microphone arm is fully customizable and is smoothly integrated into the design. With the microphone's LED indicator, the selected operating mode is displayed at all times. Is the microphone activated? As soon as it is activated, it is illuminated yellow. It's no longer necessary for gamers to check the status of the microphone by looking at the in-line controller; they can now fully concentrate on what is happening on the game.

The SHARK ZONE H40 Gaming Stereo Headset connects via two gold-plated 3.5 mm stereo jacks, each for the microphone and headphones, as well as a gold-plated USB plug in SHARK ZONE design for the illuminating function. The 2.5 meter long cable also offers a lot of roaming ability for the gamer. Included is a useful transport bag to use for the next LAN party.

End customers will find the Sharkoon SHARK ZONE H40 Gaming Stereo Headset available for the suggested retail price of 44.90 euros from authorized retailers.

Official Website: Link

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Contra Minigame Launches for Star Wars: Force Collection

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today released their newest update for Star Wars: Force Collection, which includes a Star Wars-themed Contra minigame. The update also includes additional cards and a new Boss Event to further expand the Star Wars: Force Collection player experience.

Capturing all of the fast-paced platforming action of the arcade and NES classic, the minigame puts players in control of Chewbacca as he fights off Stormtroopers across four levels inspired by the original game, ranging from the forests of Endor and the treacherous halls of an Imperial facility to help the cause of the Rebel Alliance. After completing the tutorial for Star Wars: Force Collection, players will be able to access the Contra minigame and will be rewarded with a special trophy for playing.

In addition, the update introduces iconic Droids C-3PO and R2-D2 Cards to Star Wars: Force Collection, adding to the more than 300 heroes, villains, and vehicles available for players to construct a winning deck. Players will need all of the help they can get to take on Super Star Destroyer in a new Boss Event, also introduced in the update.

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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, to receive two expansions -- Hearts of Stone & Blood and Wine

The Witcher is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a visually stunning fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher, you play as Geralt of Rivia, a professional monster slayer tasked with finding a child from an ancient prophecy.

“With the development of Wild Hunt coming to an end, the team has embarked upon the creation of two new really big adventures set in The Witcher universe,” says Marcin Iwinski, CD PROJEKT RED co-founder. “We remember the time when add-on disks truly expanded games by delivering meaningful content. As gamers, we’d like to bring that back. We’ve said in the past that if we ever decide to release paid content, it will be vast in size and represent real value for the money. Both our expansions offer more hours of gameplay than quite a few standalone games out there.”

Hearts of Stone will take Geralt on an all-new, 10-hour-plus adventure into the wilds of No Man’s Land and the nooks and alleys of Oxenfurt, where he’ll try to complete a contract from the mysterious Man of Glass. Caught in a thick tangle of deceit, Geralt will need all his cunning and strength to solve the mystery and emerge unscathed.

Blood and Wine, a 20-hour-plus tale that will introduce the all-new in-game region of Toussaint, will take Geralt to a land untainted by war, where an atmosphere of carefree indulgence and knightly ritual masks an ancient, bloody secret.

“While we’re offering the Expansion Pass now, we want to make one thing clear: don’t buy it if you have any doubts. Wait for reviews or play The Witcher and see if you like it first. As always, it’s your call,” Iwinski concludes.

The upcoming expansions will offer gamers new adventures, gear and foes and will feature characters both new and dearly missed -- all crafted with maximum attention to detail and quality by the joint forces of CD PROJEKT RED’s Warsaw and Cracow studios.

Hearts of Stone will premiere in October, while Blood and Wine is slated for release in the first quarter of 2016.

Both expansions will be available on all three platforms: Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4.

Official Website: Link

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

SteelSeries Siberia V3 Review

Back in January and during my review of the SteelSeries Sensei Wireless, I questioned and applauded SteelSeries' audacity to try and reinvent one of their favorite products on the market. The product I'll be reviewing today is no different, for the last ten years, the Siberia brand has been synonym with some of the most competent and relatively affordable headsets on the market. Unlike the Sensei Wireless, this new addition to the Siberia line-up is a lot more subtle when it comes drastic changes. It retains the same basic formula, changing only a few things here and there. But has SteelSeries done enough to justify the investment over the V2? Let's find out.

In terms of packaging it's SteelSeries standard, black and orange cardboard box, with lots of pictures and features listed on all sides in order to properly enlighten and inform the consumer before purchase.
Inside you won't find a ton of things, just the essentials, like the manual, sticker and an adapter/extension used to connect the V3 to your PC.
It's definitely not the greatest bundle ever, some might even argue that it is somewhat lacking in terms of accessories and extras. I would have to agree, this type of bundle feels lackluster in comparison to some competitors.

It's hard to talk about the V3 in terms of visual design since it looks almost exactly like its older brothers. Aside from a few changes in terms of size and slightly different ear-cups, the original Siberia design is still alive (and well).
The classic suspension system is still present and has been improved thanks to the reduced weight of this new model.
Probably the biggest change in terms of visual design and functionality would be the removal of the in-line volume controller, it's actually something that baffles me, with the Siberia V3 there's simply no easy way to adjust your audio on the fly. Why SteelSeries though this was a good idea is beyond me but it's a definite no-no in my book.

I would say that comfort is the V3's biggest strength, the lightweight structure combined with the always amazing suspension system and the new ear-cups allows the V3 to be used for hours on end without much distress to your head or neck. I would say that this is the first headset from SteelSeries that competes with the 9H in this department.

Unfortunately, and outside of games, the sound quality of the V3 is probably lower than the one from the V2 or the aforementioned 9H. In-game though, the V3 performs admirably well, with footsteps, explosions and that sort of thing coming to life and allowing you to improve your game.
The retractable microphone sounds ok but feels very quiet in my opinion, almost demanding a boost.

Final Thoughts

It's hard, maybe even impossible, to talk about the V3 without mentioning or comparing it to the famous and popular V2. Unfortunately for SteelSeries and gamers around the world, this new revision feels weaker in almost every aspect, I'm not saying that the V3 is bad, I'm saying that the V2 edition was one of the best headsets to ever be produced and its successor, the V3, falls short by comparison.
With that said, if you can't find the V2 on shops anymore, the V3 is still a very decent gaming headset. If you can spare the extra cash though, I would opt for the superior 9H.

The Good
+Familiar territory
+Visual design
+Great sound for games

The Bad
-Microphone sounds very quiet
-No volume controller
-Lack of extras
-V2 is still a better choice

Thanks to SteelSeries for providing the review copy

Friday, 13 March 2015

Etherium gets a release date and details Conquest Mode in new gameplay video

Etherium, the new real-time strategy game for PC from Tindalos Interactive, will release in two weeks, on March 25. Anticipating this imminent release, and following the previous gameplay video that offered a global overview of the game's features, Etherium details its Conquest mode through a dedicated gameplay video.

In Conquest mode, a real galactic conquest awaits you. In this entirely non-linear mode, plan your tactics in turn-based, building invasion fleets, developing your technology tree to unlock new units and skills, spying on the enemy and sabotaging them, and ultimately invading their territories and planets in real-time strategy battles! You are free to decide how your conquests progress. Manage your resources, expand your colonies and extend your control of the map to assemble an army capable of crushing your opponents.

When invading an enemy planet or territory, you are sent to real-time strategy mode, where epic battles will ensue between formidable armies comprising numerous units: infantry, tanks, aircraft, and even gigantic colossi of war several dozens of meters high; real machines of destruction! Technological advancements made during turn-based view will let you use increasingly more powerful or specialized units: use scientific research to develop a tech tree enabling you to unlock new units and upgrades, access new structures to develop your colony and to use new special skills.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Episode 2 of Critically-Acclaimed 'Tales from the Borderlands' Coming Next Week

In this second episode of the season, 'Atlas Mugged,' the discovery of the Gortys Project fuels a madcap race to find just what the Atlas Corporation was up to prior to Hyperion's take over of Pandora. Our intrepid heroes are not the only ones on the trail. Vault Hunters, Bounty Hunters, Vasquez, and a giant monster thing with a mouth that looks like a... well, you'll see... are all in pursuit. And to complicate matters, Rhys is being haunted by visions of a dead despot AND what Vaughn looks like without his shirt on. Can Fiona and Sasha hold everything together?

The episode is expected to be available for digital download the week of March 17th on PC/Mac via the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution outlets, and on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Android, and iOS devices.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Lords of the Fallen: Ancient Labyrinth DLC Now Available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Game developer, publisher, and distributor CI Games today announced that the first major downloadable content for their hit title Lords of the Fallen is now available for download on PC, PS4, and Xbox One for $7.99. Lords of the Fallen: Ancient Labyrinth builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline of the popular action-RPG. Players can expect the same challenging gameplay that made the original release a fan-favorite, but with more rewards for playing through multiple times and exploring every dark corner of the Ancient Labyrinth.

View the official launch trailer below.

La-Mulana EX Now Available on PlayStation Vita


Get ready to explore the vast labyrinth of ruins as you dive into La-Mulana EX, now available across North America on the PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system from Rising Star Games and Pygmy Studio.

One of the original archeological exploration action games, La-Mulana EX is packed with challenging enemies, treacherous locations, huge bosses, and absolutely punishing but ultimately rewarding gameplay. La-Mulana EX is available now.

Celebrate the release and get a taste of the challenge that awaits you by watching the all-new La-Mulana EX Launch Trailer below.

Monday, 2 March 2015

3DRealms Returns and Drops A Bombshell

Interceptor Entertainment partners with 3D Realms to bring the world Bombshell, an isometric action role­playing game set for release on PC and consoles.

From the creators and producers of Rise of the Triad, Duke Nukem and Max Payne comes Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, bomb technician turned mercenary for hire. A fierce gunslinger with a personality as powerful as her mechanical arm, Shelly Harrison is set to blow her enemies away with skill and style.

Shelly lost her arm and her squad after failing to disarm an otherworldly bomb in what became known as “The Washington Incident.” Held responsible for the explosion, Shelly was discharged from the Global Defence Force and later approached by a private military contractor with the promise of a second chance: an arm constructed from technological remnants found in the wake of the incident.

Follow Bombshell’s quest for redemption as she fights through surreal alien worlds to rescue the President and save Earth using a growing array of special skills. With her own tech­tree upgrades, destructive weaponry and fierce combat abilities, Bombshell and her countless arm configurations make her the perfect soldier to stop the Kyrr, an evil alien race lead by diabolical scientist­ turned­madman Jadus Heskel.

Bombshell never lets up. Fast­-paced shooting, role­playing style mechanics and an exciting story evoke a level of depth and intensity the genre has never seen before. Bombshell blends first­-person shooting controls with an isometric perspective, empowering the player to save the world with deadly speed and accuracy.