Day: June 23, 2020

June 23, 2020 Off

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated Review

By tracy
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated marks the return of one of the most iconic licensed characters to enter the 3D platforming fray. Sadly, this flashy remake feels more like a skin-deep remaster in practice, doing little to fix the issues that plagued the original adventure. Its graphical update is accompanied by some imaginative improvements, but those few bright spots aren’t enough to bring Battle for Bikini Bottom’s passable but simplistic and collectathon-heavy gameplay up to the standard you’d expect from a platformer released in 2020 – especially with remakes like the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Spyro Reignited Trilogy showing how a revival like this should be done.In our October 2003 review of the original Battle for Bikini Bottom, reviewer Mary Jane Irwin said: “The love for the SpongeBob franchise really shines through in Battle for Bikini Bottom — and if it weren’t there this would be a very dreary title.” As I replay it nearly 17 years later, that feels extremely accurate – and what’s dreariest about Rehydrated’s 10-ish hour campaign is all the missed opportunities to truly modernize this adventure for first-timers and those of us who look back on it fondly alike.
June 23, 2020 Off

Best VPN for PC gaming 2020

By tracy

The best VPN for gaming might seem like some serious oxymoronic phraseology, and that’s because of the age-old truism of the ol’ virtual private network: don’t use one while gaming online, they’ll only slow you down. Now, that is definitely still the case when you’re using a bandwidth-limited free service, such as Hola or the basic TunnelBear package, but if you pick wisely you might actually find the best VPN for gaming can improve your online performance.

Wait, what? Yes, a good VPN service will keep you safe and secure, and can actually improve your ping results in-game. Now, it’s not always some magic bullet that will suddenly turn a slow internet connection into a lightning quick one, but you will find that the best VPNs for gaming will often have superior routing compared to your current internet service provider (ISP). That means you may find that you get less packet loss via a VPN and you might even see a lowering of your ping, making your connection more responsive in-game.

I run a generally reliable, 100Mbit+ fiber connection at home, and yet I still experience some packet loss when I’ve got boots on the ground in Battlefield V.