It’s been three days since a goth witch with a cute haircut pulled you out of a tomb. You hear the Abbey waking up, complete with the usual sounds of bickering, wisecracks, and your Superhero Twitter feed buzzing. You’re eager to get the next few mission to, you know, save the world, but your laundry list of chores grows long. You’ve got to pet the dog, listen to Iron Man be a dick, train in the yard, and figure out where the fire gem was hidden to unlock cosmetics. Endless tasks; that’s the vibe of Marvel’s Midnight Suns.
A wise man once told me that while getting to your destination is nice, the journey there is the true reward in the end. Spoiler: It’s me, I am that wise man. At the core, Desperados III is a Rube Goldberg machine masquerading as a spaghetti western. It’s the video game equivalent of a packed freeway, with you being a jumped-up motorcyclist who has a perpetual hard-on for “shooting the gap.” You’ve got to be fast, accurate, and adaptable, or this one may not be for you. I beat this game in 40 hours; here are my thoughts.
Samsung does many things extremely well, but one of the areas where they really shine is in their monitors and televisions. It’s never a dull moment when Samsung starts refreshing anything with a screen, and they’ve certainly released a slew of exciting monitors at CES 2023!
You gaze into the sunrise as the blightstorm and barrier fade away. Terrible yet beautiful, it has once again scoured the land and reduced all you have toiled for into naught but ash and ruin. The cycles are unending, an inferno that knows no mercy. But it’s time; time to set out into a world striving to repel your very existence and forage fuel to keep the fires burning. You are not deterred. You are loyal to your people and to your Queen. You are the bending reed amidst the hurricane. Against the Storm, you will not be broken.
Control Ultimate Edition is a bit of a strange one; I’ll come right out of the gates with that notion. Numerous people in my life applaud Control, and others have gotten very frustrated with it. As I played it for my review, I could absolutely see both camps’ merits. It’s a detailed narrative/world that didn’t engage with me; it’s intricate yet simultaneously straightforward in terms of progression, and it has a few satisfying gameplay elements that failed to hook me for more than a few hours at a time. I beat this game in 25.1 hours; here are my thoughts.
In my opinion, the recent rash of superhero games has been predominantly pish. All Flash and no substance, more akin to a Beast than beauty; you’d have to be a real Iron Man to stomach some of them. Now that I’ve gotten those superhero puns out of my system, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered for the PC (Developed by Insomniac Games/Nixxes Software, Published by Playstation PC LLC) stands out from the pile by being competent…and that’s a huge compliment. I basically 100%-ed the game in 40 hours; here are my thoughts.
I’m going to come clean; I bought this game because I thought I’d hate it. Out of the box, Days Gone read as “an open world game with shallow mechanics that tried to be too badass and edgy.” With bikers vs. cultists vs. bandits in a zombie apocalypse as the setting, can you blame me? For the first two hours, the game did nothing to suppress my acid reflux, but the more I engaged with it, the more pleasantly surprised I became.
Lenovo makes fantastic Chromebooks. They also make amazing gaming computers. Now they’re combining the solid and affordable ChromeOS with the power and flash of a Lenovo gaming PC to create the IdeaPad Gaming Chromebook!
Steam Next Fest 2022 runs from October 3rd – October 10th this year. This is the week where developers and studios from all over the world get a chance to livestream their upcoming products, provide demos for potential customers, and engage with the community. There are hundreds of titles being showcased right now, but here are the six I’ll be keeping an eye on ahead of their official releases. These are not ranked in any particular order, and there is zero analysis to be found here, just my thoughts pouring onto the page.
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment) is a post-apocalyptic merger of “Zelda:Breath of the Wild” and Transformers. You play as Aloy, a former outcast tasked with solving the problems of the community that ostracised her. The twist that differentiates this product from the pile of open-world, map clearing, objective hunting games is that in this one, the large majority of your obstacles will be in the form of giant machines shaped like animals. These machines are big, these machines are aggressive, and these machines want to kick the tar out of you.
It used to be the height of high-tech setups to have more than one monitor. But monitor technology is always improving, and LG is leaping forward with their UltraGear OLED Curved Monitor and UltraFine Ergo AI displays!
When you think “gaming laptop,” it’s impossible not to think of Dell and Alienware. They set the gold standard for gaming rigs year after year, and the new AMD-powered Alienware m17 R5 and the more budget-friendly Intel-powered Dell G16 continue that trend.
If you’re a hard-core gamer, you know you’re only as good as your peripherals. You’ll especially want to make sure your monitor is keeping up because the more details you can see, the better you can destroy the competition. If you’re serious about gaming, you should check those couch cushions for A LOT of spare change and get in on the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 reservations!
We’re used to Lenovo providing uniformly excellent devices to keep you productive and on the go, but they don’t just excel at work. If you’re in the market for a gaming laptop, Lenovo Legion has an impressive lineup for multiple budgets and uses. They’re expanding that even further now with the new Lenovo Legion Slim 7 series and the Lenovo Legion 7 series refreshes!
I’ve made no secret of my love of Master & Dynamic headphones. So when the company released their Master & Dynamic MG20 Gaming Headphones, I knew I wanted to check them out. And while the MG20 is designed for gaming, as we will discuss, they aren’t just for gamers.
Lenovo Legion might sound like a small army of robots from a science fiction movie, but it’s actually Lenovo’s line of impressive gaming laptops, desktops, and accessories. They have new laptops in the form of the Legion 5i/5 Pro, Legion 5, and the Legion 5i, plus monitors, keyboard, and mice to bring your gaming to the next level!
Twinkly makes light solutions that can be used year-round in a variety of settings; their new generation LED light strings are easily configured with smartphone apps using WiFi and Bluetooth, and their latest offerings are the Twinkly Line and the Twinkly Flex.
Samsung has announced its new gaming and productivity monitor lineup for 2022. Their new monitor portfolio is focused on bringing out the best experiences for users while they are working, gaming, or watching content at home. Each has different bells and whistles, and each takes monitor technology to a new level.
My youngest son recently purchased a pair of Raycon Everyday wireless earbuds with his own money. Not only was he super proud of his purchase, he absolutely loves the sound and battery life. At CES, Raycon is debuting a new line of gaming headphones and two new speakers to its already popular line.
Master & Dynamic makes some of the best headphones on the market. Their MW65 over-the-ear headphones are stylish, well-built, have excellent ANC, and sound fantastic. The MW08 Sport true wireless earphones also look and sound amazing. They, too, have superior ANC and are comfortable for extended listening sessions. The newly announced Master & Dynamic MG20 Wireless Gaming Headphones look to be equally impressive.
Xbox systems come with 512GB to 1TB user memory, and PlayStation systems come with 500GB or 1TB user memory. Even with no games installed on either gaming console, the device’s software and systems will use some of that stated user memory. Considering that the average Xbox and PlayStation games require 40GB of memory for storage, it’s easy to see how memory can suddenly become a very precious commodity once you start loading games to either console. Rather than picking and choosing, or worse, deleting games, the WD_BLACK D30 Game Drive SSD proposes itself as a solution.