Day: 24 February 2021

Ghosts N' Goblins Resurrection Review 6

Ghosts N’ Goblins Resurrection Review

When I was a kid—back in the NES days—I only encountered Ghosts n’ Goblins once. I was visiting one of my older cousins and while I was there I watched her play both Castlevania and Ghosts N’ Goblins; although at the time, I never learned the names of either of them. As a kid, I never played either of them, which was probably for the best, for if I had experienced the raw, volcanic punishment that was either of those games, I may have hung up my controller for good.

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EA Announces Anthem NEXT is Scrapped

EA Announces Anthem NEXT is Scrapped

EA made the announcement today that redevelopment of Anthem, dubbed “Anthem NEXT”, has been scrapped. The original action-RPG was released in 2019 and the launch was rocky at best. BioWare had vowed to update the game, making it more enjoyable, but the company has since decided to halt production altogether.

Executive Producer Christian Daily posted today about the direction the company has chosen to move with the game. The company decided toward the end of 2019 to restructure Anthem. Since then, they have released sneak peaks of the developers work through social media, and they were happy with the reactions they were getting from fans. However, with the current global pandemic, working from home took its toll on BioWare, and they couldn’t meet demands on all the projects they currently have in the works.

Needless to say, fans of Anthem are not pleased. Many took to Twitter to rant, demanding refunds, and attacking BioWare for using the pandemic as a cop out for a failed project. Others are saying the company is done after it already failed to deliver on big titles like Mass Effect: Andromeda. EA is also being blamed for rushing their developers, overloading them with new content.

The team working on Anthem will now be put toward the sequel to Dragon Age which they announced in 2020. Dailey mentioned Mass Effect and Star Wars: The Old Republic receiving more attention as well. The fans of Anthem won’t be completely disappointed though, even though Anthem NEXT has been scrapped, BioWare announced the Anthem live service will remain running as it is today.

Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #1 Review

Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #1 Review

Hold on to your lightsabers Padawans, Star Wars is going into 2021 strong. Star Wars has their hyperspace coordinates set to 200 years before the Skywalker Saga. Star Wars: The High Republic is a brand new massive inter-connected storytelling adventure from the House of Mouse and it’s off to a fun start.

To dip my feet into the High Republic I started with Marvel Comics Star Wars: The High Republic #1. Writer, Cavan Scott has done a great job setting up the story alongside art by Ario Anindito and ink by Mark Morales. It’s pure fantasy fun and feels like a fresh more playful take on Star Wars.

In the opening scenes we meet Padawan Keeve Trennis who is currently training with a Trandoshan Master named Sskeer. Sskeer has one arm at the time of us meeting him and is cool as a cucumber. It’s incredibly refreshing to see a jedi that is not a human right out of the gate. On top of that, we really haven’t seen many Trandoshans in the Star Wars universe and especially not ones who are Jedis.

Keeve herself is a wonderful new character and having her introduced at the cusp of her knighthood, is a brilliant storytelling choice. She’s full of personality and seems like the perfect blend of awkward and badass. She certainly likes to swear. She also is overly excited especially when meeting other Jedis. Can you blame her? I’d be stoked to meet them as well.

Overall the story is pretty self contained and is really more of a teaser than anything else. For those reading the other High Republic media, this takes plast right after the events of Charles Soule’s Light of the Jedi (Which is next on my reading list) and hours before the dedication of the Starlight Beacon. The galaxy is recovering from The Great Hyperspace Disaster that destroyed countless lives as starship debris ravaged the Hetzel system at lightspeed.

We see Kreeve training with Sskeer in her Jedi Trials wielding her sweet double-bladed lightsaber that can be broken into two separate blades. Her impossible seeming task is made all the more difficult with the local insectoids called Ximpi, buzzing in her ear. She also meets a sidekick of sorts with Kanrii who provides some of the comedic relief.

While Kreeve tries to pass her test we are introduced to Jedi Master Avar Kriss, who is one of the main heroes in Light of the Jedi, Kessurian Jedi Estala Maru as well as Jedi Grandmaster Veter. The latter sharing a title with none other than Yoda himself.

Dialogue is all together brief, but there’s plenty of action and set up in this first issue. It showcases a wide range of characters and sets the tone of the series. I’m very excited to see where the series goes next and to learn more about our new heroes. The last few pages really have my mind racing and thinking about what’s next.

Star Wars: The High Republic #1 is available now wherever comics are sold.

Leaks Suggest Nintendo Switch Could Get “Super” Improvements

Leaks Suggest Nintendo Switch Could Get “Super” Improvements

The Nintendo Switch is making waves as leakers have revealed the possibility of a brand-new system on its way. Nintendo hasn’t released an update to the system since the Nintendo Switch Lite so this is big news for fans. Rumours that the system will be comparable to the PS4 and Xbox One in power and graphics have people buzzing.

Resetera forums have been busy with speculations on how the new system will perform and how it will compare to its competition, the PS4 and Xbox One. Popular leaker Nate Drake made comments on the forum, stating the new system will be “like a PS4 with DLSS and a more capable CPU”. While the current Nintendo Switch supports 1080p while docked and 720p in handheld mode, fans are excited for the possibility of a 4k The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild adventure and more.

Originally it was speculated that the new system would be called the Nintendo Switch Pro, but now rumours are swirling that it could be called the Super Nintendo Switch. This new title gives fans a mix of both past and future in a brand-new system, a nice nostalgic touch, as it would be a tribute to the 90s system Super Nintendo.

WhatCulture, a popular gaming YouTube channel, released an informative video about all the possible excitement the new system can bring. The channel does make a point to mention that leaks are sometimes just rumours, nothing more, and that nothing has been officially verified yet. In the past gamers have been let down by leaks not equalling facts.

Hopefully fans can look forward to higher resolution while docked, as well as a better overall handheld experience with a larger improved display. The Super Nintendo Switch is said to be upgraded and released sooner than players believed, with a possible release date sometime in 2021.

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Hogwarts Legacy Under Fire Due to Controversial Developers

The much anticipated action role-playing game Hogwarts Legacy is taking a beating after yet another person involved has unapologetically posted bigoted content, this time in the form of YouTube videos. Lead designer Troy Leavitt has been called out for his YouTube channel that included content attacking the #MeToo movement, Gamergate and downplaying sexual harassment as a whole. This is a serious blow for the Warner Bros. game as people were already concerned with its connection with J.K. Rowling after her transphobic tweets this past year.

The internet is not playing around with the hatred involved with the Harry Potter universe. Resetera, one of the largest independently owned video game forums, has washed its hands of the game completely. The forum is home to some 50 000 members, and they have made the tough call to completely ban all promotional media for Hogwarts Legacy. Resetera is concerned that Leavitt bringing further negative attention, plus the sheer reach of J.K. Rowling, will only attract controversial and hate filled comments.

The game is being developed by Avalanche Software, which is owned by Warner Bros. and known for the Disney Infinity series of games. Leavitt revealed that when being hired by the company he fully disclosed his YouTube channel and no one showed concern.

“I’m happy to say that, even though I disclosed my YouTube channel to WB Games, it didn’t appear to be an issue for them.” Leavitt explained “Not that they endorse anything that I’ve said, of course, but at least they seem more concerned with making good games than with pushing some kind of a social justice agenda, so there is hope.”

People on Twitter are waiting to see a response from Warner Bros., and see how they handle both the controversy, and the fact that they knew ahead of time.

Hogwarts Legacy was announced in September 2020, and was met with plenty of enthusiasm from fans. Whether Leavitt’s bigotry or J.K. Rowling’s unpopular views hurt the project still remains to be seen. Resetera set a standard for how to give its members a safe space while offering gaming discourse, and it will be interesting to see if any other forums follow suit.

Everything You Need to Know About the Outriders Demo 2

Everything You Need to Know About the Outriders Demo

Originally scheduled to release in 2020, Outriders is finally set to debut on April 1st, 2021, and to tide you over until then, the developers at People Can Fly are releasing a sizable demo.

The demo of the game is available tomorrow to all players and it includes the full prologue as well as the opening to the game, which the developers say takes around three hours to complete. Back in January of 2020, I was able to play a four-hour chunk of the game which I felt captured the couch-co-op spirit through fast, fun, and ability-laden gameplay. It’s unclear how the opening has changed since then but you’ll be able to choose from any of the four classes (Trickster, Pyromancer, Technomancer, and Devastator) and be able to play through it in either solo or co-op mode. What’s more, is that progress from this demo will transfer to the final game so you won’t have to play through the beginning again if you don’t want to.

One of the aspects that the team highlighted is the ability to choose the way you want to fight, whether it’s through the different classes, weapons, and how you approach enemies. Outriders’ Creative Director Bartek Kmita highlights that while playing aggressively is a viable strategy in Outriders, there are other ways to play the game.

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Outriders – Square Enix

“We don’t have a game with one established gameplay. We are trying to convince people in the demo to play aggressively and to play differently but we know that more experienced players will break it. One of the coolest factors of our game is that you can break out of what we initially give you,” says Kmita.

The demo features a complete crossplay experience, so you can play with your friends no matter what system they may have. Crossplay is turned off by default but you can toggle it on in the gameplay options menu. In addition to the main quest, you can explore several side quests in the demo which are also replayable. In Outriders, you can customize the appearance of your player and you can also change it at any camp found in the game. This means that you’re not tied to the character you create at the beginning and it’s a neat feature to have.

Class-based powers are one of the most interesting parts of Outriders and you unlock more the farther you progress in the game. Kmita says that developing class-based powers was a new challenge for the studio but a welcome one.

Everything You Need to Know About the Outriders Demo

“It was challenging to deliver classes that on one hand are clear as to what their purpose is but on the other hand have something new to them. There were a lot of things that we had to take into consideration during creation and we are happy with them,” says Kmita.

Each power has a cooldown but the dev team tried to make them as quick as possible. The demo features four out of the eight powers currently revealed for the game and they range from fire blasts and ground spikes to upgraded weapons and time alteration.

People Can Fly took a few minutes to talk about the specific PC experience, starting with the system requirements. The minimum specs include an Intel i5-3470/AMD FC 8350 CPU, AMD Radeon R9 270x/Nvidia GeForce GTX 750TI GPU and 70GB of storage. On the recommended side they highlight an Intel i7 7700 CPU/AMD Ryzen 5 1600, 16GB of Ram, an NVidia Geforce GTX 1060 6GGB/AMD Radeon RX 4480 8GB GPU, and the same 70GB of storage.

On the graphics side, you can turn off the FPS Limit and increase/decrease the field of view as you see fit. Outriders will feature Ultra Wide Screen support, up to 3440×1440, and NVIDIA DLSS, which helps boost frame rates. There’s also a full PC spotlight video on Outriders YouTube channel.

Outriders is coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia on April 1st, 2021. Hopefully, this release date isn’t an April Fool’s joke.

Razer Viper 8KHz Mouse Review

Razer Viper 8K Mouse Review

If I’m honest, the mouse is probably the part of my computer that I think about the least. I’ve used regular old consumer grade mice, fancy gamer mice, and even old trackball mice, and, apart from having to clean funky old rubber balls, the differences have always been minor at best. That seems to be the way that it is with mice technology, you’re never making huge noticeable leaps, but really it’s a game of milliseconds and micro seconds. Now, that’s not to say that these improvements are not welcome, it’d take something huge to get me back on an old trackball, but more to say that the incremental improvements in mouse technology are often hard to discern when you first get your hands on it.

So Razer’s got a fancy new gamer mouse on the market, the Viper 8KHz, and it sure sounds like one swanky gizmo. It’s an ambidextrous, wired mouse with top of the line switches, two additional buttons on either side, a high end optical sensor, 5 DPI settings, and something called Hyperpolling. All of that stuff sounds very impressive. The DPI presets can be cycled with the press of a button on the mouse’s underside, signified by a small LED light near one of the three smooth raised glide pads. The switches are extremely responsive, sometimes giving up a surprising click when I was resting a finger against one of the mouse panels, which wasn’t a problem but was definitely something to be aware of and get used to. Similarly the mouse wheel feels great with a tactile ridged surface and little to no dead zone when spinning it and pressing it. Some people might be turned off by the hardwire, but it’s tough and surrounded by a sleeve to deter any sort of snags as it glides wildly along your desk.

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Razer Viper 8K – Razer

There was one word up there in my description that seems a bit odd: Hyperpolling. That is the Viper 8KHz’s claim to fame and its namesake. So, polling describes how often a mouse reports data to a computer, usually data about where and how far a mouse has moved. Most mice come in at 1000KHz, meaning that it sends data 1000 times a second, so you can expect about a millisecond of input lag whenever you move your mouse. The Viper 8KHz, as its name would imply, polls 8000 times per second, cutting that input lag down into the microsecond territory. Sounds impressive on paper, but in practice the difference was extremely subtle.

This is a mouse for people who are serious about gaming and looking to make any improvement where they can. 8KHz polling is not something found in any other mouse that I am aware of, and the benefit is very granular. Furthermore, if you aren’t using it with a high refresh rate monitor, a decent cpu, and graphics card, it’s very likely that you won’t see any change at all. The Viper 8KHz is absolutely designed with professional gamers in mind.

Now, with all this fancy kit, the Viper 8KHz looks to be pretty modest, design-wise. In fact, it looks nearly identical to Razer’s previous, non-hyperpoling Viper mouse, which was a fairly conservative looking gamer mouse. The Viper 8KHz doesn’t try to mold the player’s grip into any awkward or intense angles, but sits comfortably under one’s hand with some nice grips on either side to rest a thumb against. It does bear the Razer symbol glowing colourfully on the rear, but otherwise it’s a fairly nondescript black mouse.

Now, it the world of gaming mice, the Viper 8KHz is a little pricey, coming in at nearly double what most popular options retail for. For that price you do get to fiddle with some unique and cutting edge technology. That tech definitely can provide benefits, a smoother, more responsive experience that hasn’t been matched by anything else on the market, but without an already nice computer, you may not even be able to see those benefits. The Viper 8KHz is a great mouse with some nice features, but for the price and the granular level of improvement one can eek out here, this is best suited with professional gamers and esports competitors.  

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TerraMaster Introduces Upgraded D8 Thunderbolt 3 8-Bay DAS for Professional Creators

TerraMaster, a professional brand that specializes in providing innovative storage products including direct-attached storage (DAS) devices, introduces the upgraded D8 Thunderbolt 3 (D8-331) 8-bay professional-grade RAID storage. The new D8 Thunderbolt 3 model features an upgraded RAID controller that delivers faster data transmission by up to 30% over the previous model. The new model delivers speeds of up to 2100MB/s in RAID 0 using eight SSDs (old model 1600MB/s). The D8 Thunderbolt 3 RAID storage is designed for professional creators such as video editors, animators, photographers, and others. Now, creators can enjoy even faster data transmission speeds to get work done faster.

The TerraMaster D8 Thunderbolt 3 is ideal for small- and medium-sized enterprises in need of high-speed, large-capacity storage for content creation, perfect for creators working on applications like Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Lightroom, DaVinci Resolve, and others. The RAID storage also comes with two 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 ports that are fully compatible with the latest macOS Big Sur system version.

Professional-Grade RAID

The TerraMaster D8 Thunderbolt 3 professional-grade RAID storage leverages the benefits of RAID performance and protection. The upgraded RAID controller delivers high-performance data transmission. Hardware RAID protection of RAID 5 and RAID 6 protects the stored data from the impact of 1 or 2 disk failures, which effectively protects the data – a protective feature crucial for content creators working on video editing and rendering.

Lightning-Fast Storage for Creators

The D8 Thunderbolt 3 comes with a pair of Thunderbolt 3 40Gb/s connectors that delivers lightning-fast speeds, delivering 2100 MB/s in RAID 0 array mode with 8 SSDs. Under RAID 5, this RAID storage can achieve a speed of up to 1800 MB/s using SSDs, the old model only achieves up to 1100 MB/s. The new D8-331 model delivers faster data transmission to enable creators to access, share, and work on data even faster.

Large-Capacity Storage

For demanding creators in need of large-capacity storage, the D8 Thunderbolt3’s 8-bay storage offers a total storage capacity of up to 144TB (8x18TB HDDs). Also, users can daisy-chain with other storage devices via Thunderbolt 3. Linking together six D8 Thunderbolt 3 can create an enormous 800TB storage. Aside from 3.5-inch HDDs, the D8 Thunderbolt 3 also supports 2.5-inch SSDs which come with faster data transmission speeds.

Safe and Portable

The TerraMaster D8 Thunderbolt3 is portable and portable, built to withstand long operations. It is built with a heat-dissipating aluminum casing with two 90mm temperature-controlled smart fans, keeping it cool and stable at all times. The fans also come with three fan modes: Off which shuts off the fan for silent operation, Auto for temperature-based cooling performance, and Fast for maximum cooling.The sturdy aluminum chassis with double handles makes it easy to move the D8 Thunderbolt 3 to meet the needs of the studio and fieldwork.

For Professional Workspaces

The TerraMaster D8 Thunderbolt3 enables smart workspaces using the Thunderbolt 3 and DisplayPort 1.4 interfaces. It can support multi-displays of up to three monitors or daily-chain up to six Thunderbolt 3-enabled devices to create a smart workspace and maximize productivity.

Call of Duty Mobile eSports Player "Sol" Killed in Brazil

Call of Duty Mobile eSports Player “Sol” Killed in Brazil

Note: the story contains graphic subject matter which may be uncomfortable to readers.

Female Call of Duty Mobile eSports player Ingrid Oliveira Bueno “Sol” da Silva was reportedly killed by fellow player “Flashlight” earlier on Monday, according to ESPN Brazil and Argentinian professor Lola Aronovich.

In a tweet, Aronovich claimed she was sent an email with videos from the alleged killer. Links were included under “a commendable act” and suggested evidence of the murder being filmed. Guilherme “Flashlight” Alves Costa was arrested by authorities in Brazil after he confessed to meeting Sol online and carrying out a planned murder. The arrest was also filmed 30 minutes after the murder, with Costa stating he wanted to commit the act and his “sanity is completely fit.”

Sol, 19, was found stabbed to death in Costa’s home in the Pirituba neighbourhood north of São Paulo. Shortly after the murder on Monday, February 22, videos and images of Sol’s body were uploaded to friends over a WhatsApp group. Other posts from Costa came with written messages containing hate speech and threats of terrorism.

Sol’s own Call of Duty eSports team Jaguares Gaming posted their own condolences online, wishing her friends and family the best during the difficult period. “Women report abuse on a daily basis, but don’t get much attention from society,” the team stated in a translated follow-up tweet, adding female players struggled to find safe spaces from opponents.

Costa is currently in custody and is due for a hearing in a Brazilian court. According to the R7 portal, the case is being considered a homicide while a further investigation is underway.

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