Day: September 4, 2020

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Iron Harvest Multiplayer Review – IGN

By tracy

[Editor’s Note: This review and score cover only the multiplayer of Iron Harvest; you can read our review of the single-player campaign here.]

Iron Harvest’s multiplayer is a unique take on the tactical real-time strategy game. It tries a new mix of balance of strategy, tactics, and speed that works in some ways, but is frustrating in others. Like I said in the single-player review, this is a very ambitious game, and the multiplayer has that same ambition – but it’s not quite as well realized here. There are only six maps at launch, for example, though more are promised in the coming month. As it stands at launch the bigger ideas are fun, but the deliberate balancing just isn’t there yet.

There are three factions: Light, fast, harassing Polania with its long-range units; fearsome Saxony with its damage-resistant mechs that rarely give up ground; and Rusviet, the fierce, close-range fighters who specialize in finding and exploiting an enemy’s weak points. The balance between the factions is pretty good, though some factions suffer in specific ways more than others. Rusviet, for example, has to rely on infantry or heroes for anti-armor since their mechs aren’t very good at

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EVGA’s Z490 Dark Kingpin motherboard is now available for $600

By tracy

How do you justify spending $600 on a motherboard alone? Most people don’t, but for those who are willing to pay that kind of premium, EVGA’s Z490 Dark Kingpin (because I refuse to type it as “K|NGP|N”) attempts to earn its high price by batting users over the head with overclocking amenities for their Intel Comet Lake setup, like a triple BIOS and dual DDR4 memory slots.

Wait, just two memory slots? (This is the last question I’ll ask, I promise. Cool with that?) Having just two DIMM slots is usually an indication of a small form factor (SFF) motherboard, but this one is actually bigger than even a standard ATX mobo, falling into the extended ATX (E-ATX) category, measuring 12 inches long by 10.89 inches wide (304.8 x 276.6 mm).

EVGA is not skimping on memory support to save a buck. For the most part, overclockers who chase world records often do so with just a single stick of memory, and sometimes two, but rarely more than that. In this case, the Z490 Kingpin Edition supports up to 64GB of DDR4-5000+ memory, versus 128GB of DDR4-4400+ memory on the regular model. So you get fewer DIMM slots, but a

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Marvel’s Avengers Review – A Powerful Superhero Experience

By tracy

Like the rampaging Hulk and his transformation into the brainy Bruce Banner, Marvel’s Avengers is a game of shifting personas and experiences. Developer Crystal Dynamics delivers a powerful superhero showcase that taps into each Avenger’s unique abilities to light up the battlefield in thrilling ways, but when the dust settles, it slows down to show a softer, human side that is every bit as engaging, placing a character you wouldn’t expect in the central role.

Crystal Dynamics makes a huge gamble right out of the gate, delivering the message that even though the name Avengers is on the box, this is actually a story about a young girl named Kamala Khan – a huge fan of the super team.

The opening moments show Kamala at an Avengers convention, geeking out when she meets the likes of Captain America and Black Widow. Kamala’s viewpoint as a little kid is a refreshing change of pace, and her excitement is likely in line with the player’s, showing an appreciation for these awesome heroes. It’s a fun way to kick off this story, but I was shocked by just how little screen time the Avengers get in early parts of the campaign. They are