Microsoft just pulled back the curtain on their newest retail location, right in the heart of Toronto’s Eaton Centre. To celebrate the store launch and drum up a little enthusiasm, they had announced a day-of promo price for both 4GB Xbox 360s and Dell Venue Pro 8s. The consumer reaction was considerable, to put it mildly. For those of you who know the Eaton Centre, there were crowds in roped-off sections of the mall from the central fountain right to the Old Navy. Several of the more die-hard fans had camped out overnight. The place was packed.
Vehicle simulation games are not for everyone. Unlike other games, there usually is no story, and the level of detail involved in game-play is usually very high. In fact, the better the simulator, the more true-to-life the game is to whatever it is that you are driving/piloting, be it cars, airplanes, and yes, trains. Dovetail Games’ Train Simulator 2015 carries on the proud tradition of the Railworks line, giving players the ability to don a figurative locomotive engineer’s cap and learn all there is to know about driving trains. It may not be an exciting-sounding prospect – but it can surprisingly fun engaging in its thoroughness, and the production value enhances it even further.
Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive is a trip and a half. There’s no other way to neatly sum up the game better than that. This Xbox One exclusive is familiar enough in its control scheme to be accessible and fun, while dazzling you with its over-the-top colour palette, engaging characters, fantastically odd story, and its never-ending self-referential humour. If you own an Xbox One, enjoy having irreverent fun, and have a pair of sunglasses handy, grab yourself a copy of this game and make sure that you have plenty of energy drinks on hand so that you can get crazy!
Last week, Assassin’s Creed Unity hit the shelves. Edge, makers of shaving things, have partnered with Ubisoft to create some interesting branding for their Shave Gel line. Edge is also allowing us to offer up some prizes up to celebrate the release of Ubisoft’s latest Assassin’s Creed game. The bundle is worth $150, and includes a copy of the game!
There is nothing quite like piloting a quadricopter. Parrot’s AR Drone 2.0 is a lot of fun to fly – but for a good number of people, it’s hard to justify the purchase, as it is a little expensive. It also makes some people nervous; even though it comes with a protective shell for indoor use, it’s relatively large, making it an intimidating prospect to play with inside one’s house – especially for beginners. Thankfully, Parrot has another option for those people who are jonesing for a chance to play with a remote-controlled helicopter without breaking the bank (or that vase you got as a gift from your aunt Betty): the Rolling Spider.
I’m standing outside an aged industrial building in Toronto’s East end in the cold and dark of a November night. The bitter air has sapped the warmth from my body and my joints are stiff. There’s a vague mechanical drone in the air, broken only by the odd passing car. I am alone, and I’m staring at the nondescript heavy door that separates me from my fate. After resigning myself to suffering the unknown ordeal that awaits me inside, I place my hand on the door and push.
“Drop your bag! Arms up!”
Last year, the Thumbs homestead purchased an Eton Scorpion Windup/Solar Radio to be used when camping. Inclement weather is always a concern when we go into the wild, and while there is little we can do to control the heavens, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared for what may be coming one’s way. The unit came in handy when the ice storm hit Toronto at the end of the year, as well; when the power went out, we had a way to keep tabs on things (radio) as well as the ability to see at night (flashlight). It is a purchase that we did not regret. Champ, makers of emergency-preparedness gear, also have a similar product called the Survival LightStick (which they sent us to review). Like the Scorpion, the tool has many functions, and while the LightStick lacks a carabiner-style clip, it has a few more features that make it an invaluable companion to have on hand – especially in emergencies.