Month: January 2021

January 23, 2021 Off

Nuts Review – IGN

By tracy
What are all of these squirrels up to? This is the question I asked myself for three hours straight as I played through Nuts, a peculiar puzzler adventure. It tells a tightly written tale that reaches a satisfying conclusion without ever taking too many risks on a storytelling or gameplay level. It’s short but sweet, and like its furry stars stashes its most fruitful moments away until the end, just before becoming tired.As a rookie rodent researcher at Viago University, you’ve been assigned the role of keeping an eye on the squirrel inhabitants of Melmoth Forest, an atmospheric setting that is tranquil to the point of being eerie. To begin with, you must find and follow a single squirrel to its stash of nuts. Sounds simple enough! The problem is that these critters only make their movements at night, so you’ll need the assistance of your surveillance equipment.You’ll position up to three cameras during the day so you can keep track of a squirrel and follow them through the trees. Then, once you’re happy with where your cameras are placed, you head back to your office/caravan to hit record on your VCR. Positioning these cameras is amixture of
January 23, 2021 Off

Which game has the most brutal beginning?

By tracy

The tutorial of 1999 open-world crime game Driver is infamous. It recreates a scene from 1978 movie The Driver, by making you performing a checklist of stunts and maneuvers in a cramped parking garage to prove your skills as a getaway expert. Burnout? Handbrake? Easy enough. Now imagine you are a young videogame-enjoyer sitting down to play your exciting new videogame, and then being instructed to perform a “slalom” with no explanation what the word even means. You have not been alpine skiing, because you are a literal child. By the way, there’s a time limit. Good luck!

That’s a classic unforgiving tutorial, but there are plenty of platformers with punishing first levels, RPGs out to kill you in the starter dungeon, and survival games that throw you in at the deep end.

Which game has the most brutal beginning?

Here are our answers, plus a few from our forum.

Andy Chalk: The Temple of Trials in Fallout 2. Basically you’re given a stick and thrown naked into a cave complex filled with giant ants and scorpions, and you have to fight your way through it in order to prove you’ve got the stones to actually play the damn

January 22, 2021 Off

Asus ROG Delta S Review

By tracy
The Asus ROG Delta S has the full package. It creates a nuanced, clear sound. Its triangular, RGB-laden cans have a unique look that makes a strong impression. It’s light on your head, so it’s easy to wear. Asus’ new premium headset even has a few extras, like rendering support that allows you to get the most out of MQA specialty music files. Despite a few small kludgy details, the Delta S nails all the major aspects of the PC-forward gaming headset.

Asus ROG Delta S Review

Asus ROG Delta S – Design & Features

The Asus ROG Delta S features some strong technical upgrades, but the design of the headset is largely a carryover from the original ROG Delta headset, which launched in 2019. With vaguely triangular “D-shaped” earcups, lined with RGB light bars and logos, its flashy, eye-grabbing look comes on very strong. Even with the lighting off, the Delta S design feels like a statement piece that’s meant to stand out.

The Delta S is primarily furnished in black plastic hardware, with a plastic and steel frame. The top band is coated in black leatherette stamped with the full “Republic of Gamers” name on top, and

January 22, 2021 Off

Mass Effect 2 Developers Cut Jack’s Same-Sex Romance, Seemingly in Part Due to Fox News

By tracy

According to one of the game’s writers, the Mass Effect 2 character Jack was originally written as pansexual, but her romance options were apparently changed late in development to only allow for a heterosexual romance, seemingly because of critical response to the first game’s sex scenes, and a Fox News panel on Mass Effect.In an interview with The Gamer, Jack’s lead writer, Brian Kindegran, said that the character was “essentially pansexual for most of the development of that romance.” There are references in Mass Effect 2’s dialogue to Jack’s interest in men and women, which is why many fans have since wondered why Jack was only romanceable by a male Commander Shepard.

Explaining the reasoning behind the change, Kindegran pointed to criticism from media outlets in the US: “Mass Effect had been pretty heavily and really unfairly criticized in the US by Fox News,” Kindegran told The Gamer, referring to a 2007 panel about the use of sex scenes in the first game.”“The development team of Mass Effect 2 was a pretty progressive, open-minded team, but I think there was a concern at pretty high levels that if Mass Effect, which only had one gay relationship, Liara

January 21, 2021 Off

Alienware AW3821DW Review – IGN

By tracy
Alienware is the Porsche of the gaming world. This is a backhanded compliment – the company’s desktops, laptops, and gaming monitors often look stunning and perform well, but they’re clearly not trying to compete on price.The new Alienware AW3821DW is no exception. Priced at $1,529.99, this 38-inch ultrawide commands a premium. In fact, this Alienware is more expensive than the larger Samsung Odyssey G9, which I recently reviewed.

Alienware AW3821DW Review

Its high price is partially justified by the AW3821DW’s collection of cutting-edge features, but what you’re really paying for is a luxury gaming experience – and Alienware delivers.

Design

Most gaming monitors, truth be told, are design disasters. They make little effort to offer a unique look, and when they do, they’re often gaudy and feel inexpensive.

Alienware’s AW3821DW bucks this trend. I liked the look and feel of Samsung’s massive Odyssey G9, but the AW3821DW leaps ahead of even that impressive monitor. Alienware’s “Legend” design language puts everything else in the gaming market to shame. It’s attractive, unique, and futuristic, yet also subtle and elegant.

This Alienware is a hefty piece of kit. The gigantic monitor arm, which is used like a handle to remove

January 21, 2021 Off

Resident Evil Village: ‘Re:Verse Mode’ and Deluxe Edition Details Leak

By tracy
A Humble Bundle store page listing has revealed that Resident Evil Village will feature a mode called Re:Verse. Further details about what bonuses will feature in the game’s deluxe edition have also been revealed ahead of today’s Resident Evil Showcase stream.Twitter user Edward_Outcast first spotted the leak, posting it to Twitter. The copy they’ve screen-capped is sourced from the Humble Bundle store page for Resident Evil Village, which is still live as of writing. The description mentions that both versions of the game will include a new mode called Re:Verse. It’s not clear yet whether this is a multiplayer mode or something else, but the copy surrounding it mentions “end of service” and its availability suggests as such.

“Details of the operational period for Resident Evil Re:Verse, including commencement of availability and any potential announcements relating to the end of service, can be found on the official website,” the copy reads. “Please note that, depending on the timing of your purchase of Resident Evil Village, Resident Evil Re:Verse may already no longer be available, and/or the title may become available through other means in the future.”

The description also links to a website for Re:Verse, which isn’t live just