Day: August 4, 2020

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Necrobarista Review – IGN

By tracy
It’s a downright tragedy that Necrobarista was released when the whole world is participating in social distancing. All through my playtime, I kept thinking how nice it would be if I could just grab my laptop and knock out this review at my nearby coffee shop.
God, do I miss coffee shops.

The traditional text boxes and flat character sprites of a visual novel can often feel like similarly static affair to the mundanity of sheltering-in-place, but Necrobarista supercharges that formula by fully animating the action. Couple that dynamic presentation with a colorful cast of characters and it offers up an engrossing story set in a supernatural coffee shop.

While that tale is a fantastical tearjerker about the mundanity and melancholy of death, Necrobarista is really about spending five hours with a loveable cast of misfits. There’s the coffee shop’s boss Maddy, her co-worker Chay, a young engineering genius named Ashley, the recently-deceased Kishan, the infamous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, and a couple of other passers-by, all of whom are as charming as they are funny.

Necrobarista – Screenshots

Maddy and Chay quickly establish themselves as the stars of the show, and their relationship forms the heart of this ghost

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Grab this 10th Gen Core i7 HP Pavilion 15t laptop for just $779 ($350 off)

By tracy

First a warning: This is not a gaming laptop. Yes you can game on it, sort of, but if you’re eyeing up the back to school deals that are starting to surface with gaming in mind, then you probably want to hold off for a laptop that packs some serious polygon pushing silicon. This ain’t it. 

What this HP Pavilion machine is however, is a decent deal that features the latest 10th gen Intel architecture. You’re looking at an Intel Core i7 1065G7 (that’s a 10nm Ice Lake chip ladies and gentlemen), with 16GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, and the kind of weird and wonderful storage subsystem that you can only get from an Intel machine—512GB Intel SSD and 32GB of Intel Optane memory.

All good so far. The chassis is a bit uninspiring, but it will get the job done. Where some of you will probably turn away is when it comes to the screen. The 15.6-inch display has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 (yeah, I’ve checked, it’s still definitely 2020), but you can drop an extra $130 on it to jump up to a 1080p IPS panel. 

If you’re in the market for torturing yourself, then

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Superhot: Mind Control Delete Review – Forward Motion

By tracy

The first-person shooter genre is well-worn territory, but 2016’s Superhot effectively innovated by creating a unique scenario where the action only unfolds when you move. The result was a more strategic, almost puzzle-like shooter, giving you time to plot your next move as you act as a one-person wrecking crew. Superhot: Mind Control Delete uses a variation on this formula; you’re still clearing rooms of heavily armed enemies, but now you have access to myriad gameplay modifiers and new abilities within a roguelike format, elevating this sequel beyond the original.

Much like the first game, you’re tasked with wiping out enemies that can only move when you do – otherwise, the action remains frozen in time. You’re always outnumbered, so this helps you even the odds, as you can take time to identify the best approach to each combat situation, then work to execute your plan. Dodging bullets, grabbing weapons out of the air, and nailing a steady stream of headshots is immensely satisfying. A perfectly executed sequence makes you feel like John Wick at the top of his game, and watching it back at normal speed shows just how awe-inspiring your moves are.

Mind Control Delete is spread out