Month: August 2020

August 31, 2020 Off

iBuyPower Element CL Plus Review

By tracy
With the rise of all-in-one liquid cooling units, it’s not uncommon to see prebuilt gaming PCs with water cooling inside. But iBuyPower’s Element CL takes things a step (or three) further, by building a custom, hardline water cooling loop into a plug-and-play system.

iBuyPower Element CL Plus

There are a few different configurations for the Element CL, with the lowest-end model running about $1,599. We tested the high end Element CL Plus at $2,199, with these specs:
  • Model: iBuyPower Element CL Plus
  • Processor: Intel Core i9-10900K
  • Motherboard: ASUS PRIME Z490-P
  • Graphics: MSI RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB VENTUS GP OC
  • Memory: 32GB DDR4-3200 G.SKILL Trident Z RGB
  • Cooling: iBuyPower custom CPU and GPU water blocks, fittings, and hardline tubing, with 4 x 120mm ARGB fans and one 360mm radiator
  • Power Supply: High Power 700 Watt 80 Plus Gold (Model HP1-J700GD-F12S)
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Storage: 1TB ADATA SX8200PNP PRO M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 3.5mm headphone, and 3.5mm microphone on front of case, plus all the rear and internal ports available on the ASUS PRIME Z490-P motherboard
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac, Bluetooth
  • Accessories: iBuyPower Gaming Keyboard and Mouse
  • Dimensions: 460 x 215 x 460mm (18.1”H x 8.5”W x
August 31, 2020 Off

Gamescom 2020 Highlights: The Biggest Game Announcements, Trailers, and Gameplay

By tracy

Gamescom has officially arrived and, from August 27-30, there will be a ton of incredible announcements, trailers, and gameplay videos from some of the most anticipated upcoming games.It can be a lot to keep track of, so we’ve gathered the best parts of gamescom 2020, and we will be updating this article throughout the weekend!

Biggest gamescom 2020 Announcements

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart Confirmed for PS5 “Launch Window” Alongside Gameplay Trailer

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart for PS5 got an extended, uncut look, and developed Insomniac Games confirmed that it will be a “launch window” game for the PlayStation 5.

The demo, which you can see above, showed the traditional third-person Ratchet and Clank gameplay with the new rift shifting feature following an encounter with the one and only Dr. Nefarious.

Dragon Age 4 First Look and Behind-The-Scenes Trailer

Dragon Age 4 received a first-look trailer with behind-the-scenes footage featuring its developers from BioWare. The team also shared concept art, in-development footage, and showed the return of Solas from Dragon Age: Inquisition.

We were also briefly introduced to Bellaria and Davrin, who will be played by Jee Young Han and Ike Amadi, respectively.

Sea of Thieves Adds Dog

August 30, 2020 Off

Tell Me Why Review – Too Much Left Unanswered

By tracy

Developer Dontnod doesn’t shy away from difficult topics, even if it means some missteps along the way. On one hand, this is admirable; the studio has helped push the medium forward in the stories it can tell, exploring challenging subjects like mental health and racism. On the other hand, this is new territory, and there’s still plenty to learn. Tell Me Why showcases this quandary; Tyler breaks new ground as a transgender protagonist, but Dontnod also delves into topics such as grief, panic disorder, and the importance of therapy. For all these steps forward, this game still stumbles with some portrayals and plot holes.

Tell Me Why centers on twins Tyler and Alyson, who are brought back together after being separated for a decade. While happy to be reunited, the occasion hits a somber note since they must prepare to sell their deceased mother’s house – which also means confronting the tragic event that caused her demise and separated them all those years ago. Tyler and Alyson’s bond is powerful and sincere, and I enjoyed every scene between the two of them, whether it was just banter or facing their difficult past. Dontnod does a great job at surfacing memories

August 29, 2020 Off

Chadwick Boseman’s Death Mourned by Marvel Family, Hollywood

By tracy

The death of actor Chadwick Boseman from cancer has shocked not just the film industry but the entire world. Boseman was a man and an artist in the prime of his life and career, the star of one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most significant films and biggest creative and commercial successes … and now he’s gone.Those who worked with Boseman, including the community of the MCU, have been sharing their condolences and thoughts on his death on social media.

Marvel Studios saluted Boseman, promising: “Your legacy will live on forever.”

Marvel Studios President and Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige, who produced Black Panther, issued the following statement to IGN via Disney:

“Chadwick’s passing is absolutely devastating. He was our T’Challa, our Black Panther, and our dear friend. Each time he stepped on set, he radiated charisma and joy, and each time he appeared on screen, he created something truly indelible. He embodied a lot of amazing people in his work, and nobody was better at bringing great men to life.

August 29, 2020 Off

Wasteland 3 Review — A Cold Day In Hell

By tracy

Wasteland is a series about survival. As one of the Rangers, your journey takes you to frigid Colorado, where the Patriarch needs your help reuniting his incredibly messed up family in the city of Colorado Springs. Do you help the highly questionable despot for the good of the people? Maybe you recruit some of his kids and crush dad’s legacy. Hell, maybe you just kill everyone and take over the city yourself, Ranger creed be damned. Wasteland 3 is about constant, meaningful choices. The story is set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world, and over the course of a playthrough, I both loved and hated my decisions, which rippled from character to character and faction to faction.

Combat is clean, smooth, and easy to understand in terms of movement and actions – an improvement over Wasteland 2. Everything comes down to action points. Firing a rocket launcher costs you more exertion than shooting a pistol, for instance. Executing a special move costs more than moving a tile. Cover is critical to defending yourself from the endless hail of bullets and beams, so choosing where to end your turn becomes an important tactic. Your effective range is nicely highlighted in the UI,