Author: Jesse Cabral

Google Home Mini (Hardware) Review: A Little Helper

Home assistants are quickly becoming an invaluable piece of hardware for the modern person. The access to quick Internet searches, music playback, and integration with many of the programs we use on a daily basis, shows how convenient home assistants are. Around half a year ago, Google released the Google Home. Now, Google wants to put more access to it’s assistant throughout your home with the release of the Google Home Mini. Google Home Mini (Image credit: CGM Staff)  The Google Home Mini does live up to the mini in its name. Coming in at only around 2 inches tall ... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ1 (Smartphone) Review – Boringly Great

Owning a phone is a necessity. Most of modern life is conducted through our phones and without them we would be lost. It goes without saying, that having a flagship phone is beneficial for a variety of reasons. When someone purchases a flagship phone, they expect the latest in technology and style. Sony released their latest flagship, the Sony Xperia XZ1. This phone is set to stand alongside the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, Apple’s iPhone X, and LG’s G6. Surprisingly, this phone has the ability to stand shoulder to shoulder with the big boys. Let’s talk about the biggest ... Read more

Square Enix Unveils New Dissidia Opening Cinematic and Cutscene

Square Enix has released two new videos for their upcoming Final Fantasy fighting game, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. The new videos include the game’s opening cinematic and the introduction cutscene to Noctis from Final Fantasy XV. The opening cinematic features iconic Final Fantasy heroes and villains fighting against each other. Heroes such as Lightning, Squall, Tidus, and Noctis are showing fighting against villains such as Garland, Sephiroth, and Ultimecia. The video that details the opening of Noctis’ story within the world of Dissidia was also unveiled. Noctis is pulled into the conflict as a hero of light fighting for Materia, ... Read more

Hi-Rez Studios renews Hosting Agreement partnership with INAP

Hi-Rez Studios, the studio behind the games SMITE, Paladins, and Hand of the Gods, has announced a multi-year renewal agreement for managed hosting and network services at INAP’s Atlanta data centre. After 10 years of partnership, Hi-Rez chose to stay with INAP due to their ability to support a flexible managed hosting solution built to improve scalability and redundancy. This includes a completely redesigned storage platform to fulfill Hi-Rez’s critical low latency needs. “Our relationship with INAP has been one of partnership over the years,” said Todd Harris, Co-Founder & COO of Hi-Rez Studios. “INAP’s understanding of our business model ... Read more

Razer Basilisk Review – Clutching Change

I certainly have never seen a basilisk in real life. I have seen many of them in different games I’ve played and they have all had unique differences. So I guess it should be no surprise when the first basilisk I see in real life is not a scaled monster of legend, but instead the latest mouse from the folks over at Razer. The Razer Basilisk promises to be the world’s most advanced FPS gaming mouse. With a 16,000 DPI sensor, adjustable scroll wheel resistance, and the DPI clutch, Razer plans to bring everything that an FPS gamer might need. ... Read more

Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 Review – Portable Classic

I spend a lot of time with keyboards. Between writing my articles and playing all manner of games on PC, my fingers are usually hitting keys. As such, I like making sure that I have a solid keyboard that I can use. While I have yet to find the perfect keyboard for me, Razer’s Blackwidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 did happen upon my desk. So I did what any sane person would do. I took the keyboard for a while and played any and everything that I could to really get a feel for the keyboard. To start with, let’s ... Read more

Divinity Original Sin 2 (PC) Review – A Modern RPG Classic

I am a huge fan of RPGs. As a kid I would find a new RPG and play it for months, exploring every inch of the game. Over time, I branched out from RPGs. As life grew hectic, I found myself unable to devote hundreds of hours to a single game and instead played much smaller experiences. Larian Studios released Divinity: Original Sin back in 2014 and the game immediately consumed my life. Happily, Larian Studios has released a sequel to the game, aptly named Divinity: Original Sin 2, and once again I find myself getting lost all over again. ... Read more

Digital Extremes Responds to Warframe Pricing Error

A Steam pricing error has left many players of Digital Extreme’s Warframe in a happy position. Players were temporarily able to purchase a pack of digital currency and in-game items that normally costs $140 for the absurdly low price of $9. The bundle, known as “Hydroid Prime Access Tentacle Swarm Bundle” includes the latest warframe in the game, Hydroid Prime, along with other bonuses. These bonuses include two weapons, Nami Skyla Prime and Ballistica Prime, two exclusive Hydroid Prime Profile Glyphs, Spritsail Prime Armor, the Sardin Prime Sugatra, a 90 day affinity booster, a 90 day credit booster, and 3,990 ... Read more

MSI Stealth Pro (Hardware) Review – Powerful Mobile Gaming

Gaming on a PC can be cumbersome. With the best setups being large hulking machines that primarily live underneath our desks, PC gaming isn’t a very mobile hobby. In response to this, gaming laptops have been on the rise to meet the demands of players looking for a mobile solution that can still provide them with power comparable to their home systems. MSI has stepped up as one of the premier builders of portable gaming machines. Recently, I’ve gotten my hands on an MSI Stealth Pro laptop, a portable machine that features much of the same hardware that can be ... Read more

Absolver (PC) Review—Master Your Kung-Fu

I’ve spent the better part of the last two weeks in a world of constant fighting. My time there has felt like I was the star in a Kung-Fu movie, throwing together punches and kicks that would make any fight choreographer jealous. The game I’m talking about is Sloclap’s Absolver. A game where players are put into a strange world where all they know is to fight. Absolver (PC) – gameplay images via Devolver Digital Of course, the world where I have been fighting is a very beautiful one. The world has a somber feel to it with simplistic visuals. ... Read more

A Classic Final Fantasy is Seeing a Release on PlayStation 4

A classic Final Fantasy game is seeing a re-release on Sony PlayStation 4. Final Fantasy IX is available now for download on the PlayStation Network Store. The classic Final Fantasy IX was released back in 2000 for the original Sony PlayStation. Now, 17 years later, the game is being re-released on the newest iteration of the Sony PlayStation. The re-release will feature: High Definition movies and character models Auto-save Functionality Seven Optional Booster Features including: High Speed Mode No Encounter Mode Master All Abilities Booster Features to maximize character levels, Magic Stone counts, and Gil PlayStation 4 Trophy Support. Share ... Read more

Apple Wants to Revolutionize Smartphones with iPhone X

Apple has officially confirmed the release of the iPhone X, the newest and latest iPhone that is aiming to set a new standard for premium smartphones. The iPhone X was announced during a keynote presentation where Apple presented the latest releases and products coming out this year. To hear an experts’ opinion on the new phone, check out the article we wrote. The iPhone X is a stunning phone with an all-glass exterior and a back that no longer features the polished metal exterior of previous models. This exterior ensures that the newest iPhone is water and dust resistant. It ... Read more