Playstation at E3

This year at E3, the pressure was on Sony to match the hype generated by the Xbox One X. Many are those who believe it did when revealing a mouth-watering list of exclusives which the community has eagerly waited for over the years. These are all the announcements from Sony’s time at E3 2017. Knack 2 was announced – another title from the inventors behind Until Dawn Gran Turismo Sport – the elusive game has finally gotten a form of release date and seems to be a turning point in racing games Hidden Agenda – a dark, crime thriller with many decisions to make for players Playlink – a new concept in which one’s phone plays an essential part of gameplay which will be included in future titles such as Hidden Agenda above. Matterfall – frantic sci-fi shooting in one package coming this August. Superhot – the popular VR game will find its place at PSVR to entice VR enthusiasts. Undertale – ‘the RPG game where you don’t have to destroy anyone’ was announced for PS4 and PSVita. PSX 2017- all details revealed of future event Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – the series moves away from Nathan Drake and into a new partner dynamic which will look to be a fantastic looking game and as puzzling as prior entries. Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds - the first DLC which will continue the much loved story into a cold chapter. Days Gone – the apocalyptic zombie world was revealed in 4K yet with no release date. Monster Hunter World – finally another Monster Hunter after 6 years of wait which is set to release in 2018 Shadow of the Colossus – this game shook the audience, being a huge surprise to everyone. All fingers point towards another remake instead of a remaster. Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite – two distant worlds will be united in an epic fighter to satisfy fans of both sides of the spectrum. Call of Duty: WW2 – a brand new trailer dives into the multiplayer content, expectations keep growing for this shooter. With paratrooping, face-to-face combat, planes, tanks, gore and classic arms ; WW2 in a nutshell. PSVR Games – all after eachother, 5 VR titles were shown to increase support for the recent development. These include; FFXV, Star Child, Bravo Team, Moss and The Inpatient God of War – the hyped exclusive was displayed, a creative imagination of the game with aspects of fatherhood and open-world never seen before. Detroit: Become Human – a new trailer keeps the community guessing with a portrayed decision making aspect expected from David Cage. The title still avoids a release date. Destiny 2 – a bad-ass villain, new futuristic weapons, exclusive content for PS4 and a reduced release date. Destiny 2 is certainly a shooter to look out for. Spiderman – more footage was shown, all in glorious 4K, to fulfil the expectations. Those are all the releases from Sony at E3, with the PS Vita noticeably forgotten compared to last year. All trailers are available for viewing on Youtube and social media. Many of the future titles will be available in 4K, making the PS4 Pro more persuasive than ever.

Ubisoft at E3

Ubisoft needed to impress at E3 with new games and well developed sequels, this was definitely accomplished. Portraying a wide variety of games and genres, Ubisoft showed its plans for the year to come; all we need to do is show our money. Here are all the pieces of news in one little list; Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle’s; this trailer started the event, a pleasant surprise for all Mario fans, looking to be a ball of fun and laughter. Uniting universes is always a beautiful thing to witness. This hints at the partnership between Nintendo and Ubisoft. Assassin’s Creed Origins – a second trailer after Xbox’s show to feed community with more details. This prior reveal did reduce the surprise, obviously, yet nevertheless it should raise the series back to where it once was. The Crew 2 – the inventive racing game is back at it again, but with no limits by conquering the skies and seas. Expect the similar engine-rumbling action to return in all dimensions of racing. A prominent competitor to the upcoming Need For Speed. South Park: The Fractured But Whole – the game was already announced but I don’t think anyone can complain about a new explicit trailer. Along with this, a mobile game was revealed to hit the Mobile Stores this year. Transference – a new VR game, consisting of psychological thrill and Elijah Wood. ‘We want you to take off the gear and still feel unsettled.’ - a concise summary from a developer. Skull and Bones – a unique pirate based multiplayer naval combat game which will hit all platforms, except the Switch, to give the community a different experience with gangs, a giant kraken and eerie waters. Just Dance 2 – the crowd at E3 was hit with a colourful busting of moves on the stage by divas, pandas and ninjas alike. To be released for ‘all consoles’ this October. Starlink: Battle for Atlas – another toy-to-game title from Ubisoft but this time with modular sci-fi ships and rockets. For PS4, Xbox and Switch. Steep: Road to the Olympics – expanding on the base game, this first bit of DLC will be available December. Far Cry 5 – two trailers were shown, with more gameplay and story hints. Producers came on stage to talk about the game and the process of creating it. No release date has been given. Beyond Good & Evil 2 – following multiple years of tantalisation a cinematic trailer appeared at E3, consisting of very strong language and a few characters. There was also a presentation given by directors. Nearly a dozen games were promised by Ubisoft at E3, all of which buzzing with the creativity and diversity that Ubisoft is known for. It’s looking like a promising year for the publisher. Revealed gameplay and trailers are free to watch on Youtube and social media, don’t miss out!

Bethesda at E3 2017

Bethesda’s conference at E3 2017 was bursting with surprises which nobody could predict. Obviously, games were the forefront of the publisher’s conference, but to everyone’s amazement a theme park was revealed based on relevant title. ‘Bethesdaland’ will surely become a popular destination for all gamers alike. Back to the games, many sequels and expansions were shown along with exciting new hardware adaptations. Let’s take a look: Doom VR – if you thought Doom was crazy fast, imagine being completely immersed in all the gore and violence. Sounds pretty epic to me. An ingenious idea to truly capture the essence of Doom. Fallout 4 VR – a full version of the original game, yet glued to your eyes will release. Get ready to storm the post-apocalypse head on. The Elder Scrolls Online: New DLC – impatient fans have finally been given add-ons and DLC packs to quench there ever-growing thirst for more gameplay. All revealed DLC will be released this year. The Elder Scrolls: Legends – the card game adaptation of the above game will also see new added content. One of the only mobile games shown at E3 until now. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at Nintendo – the Switch will soon support the Bethesda title with some original content created solely for it. It’s great to see publishers taking interest in the Switch and expanding its small library of games. Creation Club – Bethesda feels it just to allow third-party developers and the community itself to have a hand at content creation. Will such an initiative thrive or fail? It’s in the community’s hands. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider – Another sequel with another playable character. Bethesda have described the game as a suitable starting point for newcomers to the series. The Evil Within 2 – an upcoming horror which looks to reduce one’s sleep considerably. When else should such a game be released then Friday 13th of October. After 3 years, Tando Gameworks fancies terrifying the community yet again. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus – a quirky trailer from a few decades ago revealed the sequel to everyone. Not too many details has successfully created a sense of mystery in the community. What everyone is sure of, however, is the presence of B.J. Blazkowicz. Quake Champions – the mentioned above character from Wolfenstein has been added to the Champion roster with an available beta. Along with this, play through tournaments such as the World Championships coming up will surely propel this title into the competitive scene. All trailers and gameplay may be found on Youtube and social media, be sure to watch them. If one seems truly convinced, many of these titles have become available for pre-order.

Everything Microsoft at E3 2017

Microsoft has certainly used its time at E3 very well, revealing a brand new console, the Xbox One X to the world. This console was previously known to the world as Project Scoprio. The console in question will be released November 7th and appears to be aimed directly at competing with the PS4 Pro. With similar in cost and 4k potential, the Xbox One X has managed to retain a much smaller form, which is quite noticeable when placed next its future rival. Apart from the console, the company showed off its power with many game trailers, more than anyone expected. With such a long roster, below is a list of all the gameplay glimpses. Of course it would be difficult to write about each title; Anthem - an open world shooter Assassin’s Creed: Origins – the series returns after two years of development to surprise all Crackdown 3 – after much wait, the game is back with Terry Crews in the trailer Dragonball Fighter Z – an exhilarating fighter with 3v3 gameplay shown Middle-earth: Shadow of War – more reveals of the exciting open world novel adaptation Playerunknown’s Battleground – this PC title will release on Xbox One this year Sea of Thieves – online exploration game by Rare State of Decay 2 – zombie apocalypse third person shooter, looks to have great story Metro: Exodus – a third Metro to be released after many years due to bankruptcy Forza Motorsport 7 – the iconic racer on Xbox One returns, still exclusive Deep Rock Galactic- dig deep into masses of enemies Tacoma – Xbox One Exclusive Ori and The Will of The Wisps – seems to be a tear-jerker from the trailer Life is Strange: Before the Storm – the story continues with more mysteries than ever Black Desert – trailer consisted of huge beasts which I assume need killing The Last Night – trailer The Artful Escape- trailer Code Vein Heroes & Demons- created by Dark Souls publishers after complete series Super Lucky’s Tale- a happy and joyous platformer aimed at younger audiences Cuphead – trailer and release date Ashen – full of monsters and riveting battles Minecraft in 4K – set to stun and add Xbox to the cross-platform game The Darwin Project- reveal trailer All trailers should be available on youtube to rewatch and rewatch until one stops screaming.

Samsung Redefines the Ultrawide Monitor!

Everyone loves an ultrawide monitor, with increased estate, immersion and muli-tasking capabilities. 2016 saw a wild increase in this modern product, with many outtakes by respectable computing companies. However, quite recently, Samsung has challenged the limits of the ultrawide market, with the CHG90; a stunning monster. This new monitor truly puts the ‘ultra’ in ultrawide, heck, many are deeming it ‘super ultrawide’ to justify its epic proportions.  A 32:9 ratio is supported; to put it into perspective a normal monitor would be 16:9. Samsung has carefully designed the CHG90 to show that if done right, an aspect ratio of this size is completely possible. Firstly, to avoid much neck damage, a sexy curve has been implemented to make viewing all of its glory possible. Then comes the stand, a sturdy piece of steel to perfectly balance the hefty piece of hardware. Apart from that, the monitor is lined with impressive specs which will undoubtedly satisfy any gamer. After all, this is part of Samsung’s gaming monitor line up. Sporting a resolution of 3840 by 1080 easily implies that two common 1920 by 1080 screens may be harboured onto the monitor. Pushing so many pixels would be a troublesome task, were it not for AMD’s FreeSync 2 technology which drastically improves visuals in its 178° viewing angle. The gorgeous display is also powered by Samsung’s QLED Quantum Dot technology along with HDR10. Finished off with a 1 ms response time and a delightful 144 Hz refresh rate makes this 49 inch monitor a treasure to behold by all, not just gamers. Understandably, Windows 10 was never created to handle a beast like the CHG90, soSamsung has designed its own software to implement the operating system onto each pixel. The software is extremely user-friendly for setting up the many available ways the screen may be split; it ridiculously resembles a jigsaw puzzle. For any daring gamers out there, the $1500 CHG90 is available for pre-order right now on Amazon, but would this giant fit through your door? Is your room wide enough? Such questions have never been asked before when considering the purchase of a monitor.

Fnatic Overwatch Roster Dismantled

With European qualifiers for the Overwatch Contenders at the doorstep, Fnatic have decided to back out of the esport by releasing all players along with exceptions to remain as streamers. Such a decision was surely not determined by lack of achievement; following a successful year with multiple top tier placements. So why did Fnatic leave Overwatch? Let’s find out.                A possible reason is the recognition of recent patterns in the esport. Some of the largest European competition, in the past month, has also left the party. Five of them include Splyce, Denial, Red Reserve, Team Dignitas and TSM; respected organisations in the esports spectrum. Perhaps Fnatic didn’t wish to continue competing, knowing that winning won’t even certify ‘being the best.’  Of course, Fnatic has released a statement which justifies their decision; We still think it's an awesome game; one that we hope will grow and thrive in the many years to come. At this point though, we feel it's best that Fnatic take a step back to evaluate the game as a competitive title and give ourselves a healthy amount of time to explore our options. As expected, the dismissed players are now looking for new opportunities. Expect names such as ‘Realzx’ and ‘Stoop’ to be floating around the competitive scene and fitting into new teams.  One player, namely ‘buds’ has already joined another team, FNRGFE, and will miraculously compete at Overwatch Contenders. Can success be expected from such a rushed manoeuvre? Reassuringly, Fnatic wishes to remind everyone that they haven’t completely backed out, with hope for a promising future and a grand return to the game. Basically, Fnatic expects Overwatch to mature as a competitive title, driving more attention and raising stakes higher than ever. However, if one thinks about it, how can Blizzard be expected to fuel and nurture an esport when many teams are leaving and reducing competition? Certainly something to ponder.

Playstation Gold Wireless Headset Review

Great headsets don’t often come cheap, with a common price tag soaring over €100. Budget gamers will oftentimes have to delve under this price, into the realm of low-cost headsets. These will almost always sacrifice either build, sound, microphone or comfort quality somewhere to weigh down the price tag. However, at €80, does the Playstation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset come close to being the best bang for your buck? Let’s find out. Starting with the feel and look of the headset, the Gold Headset is somewhat bulky and wide but manages to sport a slim and stylish look. It comes in two different colour schemes; being blue and black or blue and white. Along the circumference of the left ear cup are all the physical buttons, including a volume rocker, VSS(virtual surround sound) toggle, a mute option, sound to chat proportionality rocker and the power slider with options ‘off’, ‘1’ and ‘2’. All buttons have a pleasant feel with proper clicky feedback except the power slider which may sometimes require more force than you’d think with it being rather annoying to select option ‘1’. With all buttons on the left ear cup, remembering localities is easy to pick up. Regarding connectivity, a usb dongle is required for syncing. The dongle doesn’t have the largest range, especially when placed at the back of a PC, but fits in perfectly with the PS4’s design language. There is no Bluetooth connection. Continuing with build quality, the headband is lined with a plush cushion which readily comforts one’s head in those long gaming sessions. The ear cups have an equal level of softness, due to a thick layer of fake leather and inclined drivers which add much needed space in the cup itself. These cups are adjustable, moving up and down a hidden track; this system may be a pain to adjust and a minute will be expected to be taken to find a perfect fit. On the other side is the plain exterior of the headband, finished with matte which easily attracts fingerprints and the most delicate of scratches.The backplates at the corners of the headband may be swapped for extensive customisation, but this concept is rather gimmicky and extra. The headset itself attempts to increase its portability, and does successfully utilising a folding mechanism. However, the hinges are plastic, so a level of caution is recommended. Apart from that, the plastic will become increasingly croaky over the weeks and feel close to breaking. The build quality is of a high quality, when looking at this price point, with a sturdy uni-body plastic build while exercising an aesthetically satisfying neutral look. Moving on to what a headset’s all about; the sound. An over-ear experience, unless one’s ears are utterly huge, is graced by the virtual surround sound. Hostile footsteps stand no chance creeping up this time. Note, that this is ‘virtual’ SS and ‘real’ SS will obviously sound much better, yet this is the most recent 7.1 VSS. The moderately immersive audio includes a solid definition of mids and highs with a lacklustre bass. Regarding the different power options; the first option ‘1’ activates the headset with average stereo sound, recommended for PC usage and the second option ‘2’ involves the virtual surround sound and thus, much better audio. This second setting may only be used when connected to the PS4, when the audio profile may be adjusted using the companion app to ensure a great sounding console experience. Unfortunately, when used on PC, there is no VSS or customisation and one will simply be left with an average wireless stereo headset comfortable with ordinary media consumption. This headset has no problem getting loud and with an open ended design, anyone in the vicinity will hear what you hear. Like any other gaming headset around, there is a form of microphone and on this headset it’s cleverly hidden. Only visible when the left ear cup is pulled all the way down, it’s represented by a small spot. Microphone quality is average when used with the PS4 but is potentially horrible when used on PC. Another aspect to this headset, it being wireless, is the battery, how long will it last? A full charge will marginally hold 8 hours of gaming on the PS4 and approximately 10 hours of PC use. Definitely a respectable battery life, charged by a micro-usb port near the auxiliary jack. For the €80 price tag, it may already appear worth the money, but the packaging comes with other items. First of all, the regarded packaging is phenomenal, a sturdy cardboard box with a seamless unboxing experience. Along with the headset comes a short micro-usb cable, an auxiliary wire to connect to most mobile devices, a lovely carry case and all the documentation. The carry case, as I referred to it as ‘lovely’, is such since it elegantly fits the headset along with any cables into a soft material comfortably. To summarise, the Playstation Gold Wireless Headset is a product to consider, with an attractive €80 price tag, proper sound in the right circumstances, pure comfort and solid packaging with delightful accessories. After a year of personal use, the build quality is yet to fail me and the battery capacity remains regular. With the Playstation Platinum Wireless Headset having just released, one could easily grab the previous model for cheap; truly a golden opportunity.   Pros; Bang for your buck Wireless headset Stylish and not overwhelming Extra features with PS4 connection Strong and bulky build quality Foldable for portability Accessories 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound on console Connects to PC easily Gets very loud Good mic for Ps4 Impressive battery life Old-ish product means prices may drop further Mids and Highs are alright Very comfortable May connect to peripherals with audiojack. Cons; Plastic hinges are frightening Matte finish attracts fingerprints and scratches Cups may be a pain to adjust Plastic will creak Open-ended; nearby people will hear everything Poor mic on PC No VSS on PC Range on dongle could be better Lacks a strong bass Power buttons requires force and may induce scratches on the cup If the dongle is lost, most function is lost and headset nearly useless. No Bluetooth connection. Target audience; Playstation gamers who do not game seriously on PC Budget gamers for PS console and PC Budget gamers who want wireless experience. Budget gamers who desire a good-looking headset. Who it isn’t for; Xbox or Nintendo gamers No budget gamers Competitive PC gamers Audiophiles Skype video callers

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