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Crysis and Crysis Warhead 7+ Years Later
     Thu, Apr 02 2015 | 2:06P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Should we put the Nanosuits back on and uncover the alien threat again? If you are looking for a good and beautiful FPS, then I can definitely recommend these classics. Yes I do feel that Warhead is the better of the two, as far as gameplay is concerned, but I do not think it should be played without also playing the original Crysis. It provides context, and despite its faults, is still a good game. The graphics are still top-notch, the stories are good, and while the gameplay can have its issues, both games offer a pretty solid experience. Performance could be a problem for some, depending on their hardware. Even though my GTX 980 was only able to keep the games in the 30s, that does not mean lesser cards cannot do the same, even at max settings, as I am suspicious of the games' optimization. Besides, turning down the graphics is not a bad thing if it lets you get in the game.”

Battlefield Hardline VGA graphics performance review
     Wed, Mar 25 2015 | 12:26P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this article we benchmark Battlefield Hardline - over twenty graphics cards are being tested and benchmarked. We have a look at DX11 performance with the newest graphics cards and technologies. We'll also look at frametimes, graphics memory and a thing or two more.

CM Storm Alcor Optical Gaming Mouse Review
     Mon, Mar 23 2015 | 12:25P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Alcor has proven to be a very popular mouse in recent months, when it launched alongside the Mizar we opted to put the Mizar to the test, so it only seemed right that we should follow-up with its brother, the Alcor, for our latest review. Both the mice are named after stars, hence the space-themed promotional video below; pretty cool. The Alcor offers all the usual features you would expect from a mid-budget gaming mouse. It’s got on the fly DPI adjustments, an ergonomic design for right-handed use, a 4000 DPI Avago 3090 optical sensor and customizable LED lighting; not bad for a mouse that only costs around £30 from most major retailers.

BioShock Infinite Is The Latest Game Showing
     Mon, Mar 23 2015 | 12:25P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This week's release of BioShock Infinite for Linux reinforces the common recommendation by Linux game developers that those seeking the best support and performance should use the proprietary NVIDIA graphics driver. Here's an initial look at the BioShock Infinite performance on Ubuntu between AMD and NVIDIA graphics."

FUNC MS-2 Gaming Mouse Review
     Tue, Mar 17 2015 | 12:00P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are looking at the latest gaming mouse from FUNC, the MS-2. With a street price that’s expected to level out around £44, it is almost £15 cheaper than its big brother, the MS-3, which launched 18 months ago. This is a mid-sized gaming mouse and according to Func, has been designed to accommodate different grip styles with minimal stress & strain to your poor hand.

Sunless Sea
     Sat, Mar 14 2015 | 4:03P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
One of my favourite games of all time is FTL, Faster than Light. It’s a game where you take your spaceship through a bunch of sun systems to escape the Rebels. It’s fun and it has limitless replayability as you most certainly die or even when you finally win, you want to do it again since each play through is different. Sunless Sea is a game that reminds me a lot of FTL, although set in an alternate reality where in the 1800 London fell through a hole in the ground into the underground and you now sail around a sunless sea (the unterzee) with your ship. It’s a game that won’t satisfy those gamers who just want action but which offers a lot for the gamer who is after an exploration game.

Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS Challenger Prime Gaming Keyboard
     Thu, Mar 12 2015 | 7:20P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The Challenger Prime is a bit of everything, which is the main reason why it just doesn't do anything particularly well. I started off loving the keyboard for its lights and low price. Slowly over a few weeks, I grew to dislike the keyboard. Not because it was bad, but just because I saw what it could have been. It seems odd to give the keyboard thumbs up when I bash on it so hard, but you have to remember that this is a budget keyboard with budget features. It is unbeatable at this price, but the flimsy frame and non-existent tactile response, will leave you wondering if it was worth the asking price. Not everyone has a large amount of money to burn and this keyboard could be that answer for a casual gamer who really does not need a really fancy keyboard”

State Of Unreal Engine
     Thu, Mar 12 2015 | 12:00P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
During one of EPIC’s “State Of Unreal Engine” briefing session out at the Game Developer’s Conference, Tim Sweeny talked about the need for more powerful GPU technology to bring us closer to true photo-realistic rendering. At that point in his talk, Sweeny asked if there was anyone in the room that could answer that call, and NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang entered the room carrying a box, concealed within a large jacket...

Evolve Gameplay And Performance Review
     Wed, Mar 11 2015 | 12:02P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It was being hunted... The monster had been avoiding a team of four hunters ever since it saw them jump out of the spaceship. But by the time the hunters’ feet had touched the ground, the monster was already distancing itself, jumping over large boulders and running through trees in order to get away from the human threat. Along the way, it would slay any of the indigenous wildlife in its path, to devour, in order to evolve and become stronger...

Cougar 200K gaming keyboard review
     Tue, Mar 10 2015 | 12:01P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Mechanical switches are not the only option available for the enthusiast user. Along with the traditional membrane keyboard that everyone graduates from at some point, there is the middle ground. The scissor key, (which is used in almost all laptops due to how low profile it can be), offers an improved experience over a membrane board by shortening the travel distance of the key with a scissor like design. This is what Cougar has opted for with its 200K keyboard. It is built with gamers in mind, but is it any good?

Homeworld Remastered Collection Benchmarked
     Fri, Mar 06 2015 | 12:03P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Following its original release in 1999 and a successful sequel in 2003, it's been too long since we've heard about the Homeworld series. Although fans haven't been lucky enough to receive a brand new game, they are now able to relive the magic at high resolutions with a full graphical makeover. The remastered versions have high-res textures and models, new visual effects, recreated cinematic scenes, and support for HD, Ultra HD and 4K resolutions.

NVIDIA Made To Game SHIELD Android TV Console Launch Event Coverage
     Thu, Mar 05 2015 | 12:00P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang just got done speaking at the Made To Game event tonight in San Francisco and he had some major announcements that will change gaming forever. It is clear that gaming has gone to the living room. The first big announcement tonight is the NVIDIA SHIELD set top gaming box that that is the world’s first Android TV console designed for use in the living room.

XTracPads Carbonic Ripper Ripper XXL Review
     Thu, Mar 05 2015 | 10:36A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
From a casual gamer perspective, I am sure someone who can game competitively will likely notice a greater improvement than I. Personally, I have had trouble with mouse pads that were too hard, not stiff, but solid cutouts of plastic (I don`t even know if they are made anymore really). I have also had issues with mouse pads that accumulate a bunch of gross after a bit of use. I can live with poor or cheap mouse pads, but now that I have had a taste of the other side I really don`t want to anymore. I would easily pay $22 at this point to use some of such high quality as the XTracGears. No, I would not likely purchase the monster RipperXXL (that is well outside of my needs), but I see no problem with the others. I do wish they had more interesting designs, but if wishes were fishes, my computer would continuously evolve into the highest end gaming machine available. There are no real downsides to getting an XTracGear gaming mouse pad and at least a couple upsides, so go get one."

Chillblast Fusion Barbarian Gaming PC Review
     Wed, Mar 04 2015 | 2:59P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Combining the market’s current bang-for-the-buck kings, Chillblast builds its Fusion Barbarian gaming system around the Devil’s Canyon Core i5 4690K processor and Gigabyte’s G1 Gaming GTX 970 graphics card. Backing up the powerful frame-rate generators are 16GB of DDR3 memory and a 120GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD. How does the Chillblast Fusion Barbarian gaming system perform outside of its specification sheet?

Mantle and DirectX 12 flaunts
     Tue, Mar 03 2015 | 2:04P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This is what Mantle and DirectX 12 flaunts: lots of draw calls for lots of objects on scene. It also allows reduced CPU usage as each thread is easier, and multiple cores can pitch in, all of which leads to less power consumption (especially useful for mobile apps that draw a lot of simple objects). Vulkan does all of this. Creating “Command Buffers” can be done on multiple threads while another thread assembles and manages a queue of commands to push to the GPU."

EVGA TORQ X5 Gaming Mouse Review @ ThinkComputers.org
     Tue, Mar 03 2015 | 9:29A | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
EVGA is a brand that we typically know for graphics card and motherboards, but they actually make quite a lot of other products. One of those products happen to be gaming mice. Today we will be looking at their TORQ X5 gaming mouse which features a 6400 DPI optical sensor, OMRON switches, 8 programmable buttons and an ambidextrous design. Will this be the perfect mouse to add to your gaming arsenal? Will this make EVGA a company we think about when it comes to gaming? Read on as we find out!"

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