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Screamride

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 25th, 2015

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‎Screamride, by Frontier Developments, must be some sort of preschool for evil geniuses and supervillains. In this construction puzzler for the Xbox One, you are tasked with the creation of mind-bending rides for the purpose of thrilling the riders and destroying property (you have to push the heart rates of the riders to the limit). For many fans of the Roller Coaster Tycoon series, this might be a nice way to change up the formula while maintaining that thrilling feeling of riding a coaster. Unlike its spiritual predecessor, though, there are a number of twists that add a lot of value and fun to the game.

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Dungeon Defenders II

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 23rd, 2015

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A few years ago, I reviewed Trendy Entertainment’s interesting take on tower defense called Dungeon Defenders. The game was a great mix of tower defense, action and RPG, and Ricky and I had a lot of fun trying it out. Now, Trendy is working on a sequel Dungeon Defenders II, which is in early access on Steam. I played with it for a while and am pretty impressed with what I have seen so far.

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Dokuro
PC Version

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 22nd, 2015

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‎Dokuro is a fun title developed by Game Arts that came out for the Playstation Vita a few years ago. This puzzle-platforming game is fun, and its chalk-drawing world looks great on the intended platform. ‎The publisher, Gungho, saw fit to port it over to the PC, and while it looks fine, I think that it makes a much better Vita title.

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Avernum 2: Crystal Souls

By Dave McLean - March 21st, 2015

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To me, playing Spiderweb Software’s Avernum 2: Crystal Souls for the PC feels just like playing Dungeons & Dragons. Now, I haven’t played legitimate, tabletop D&D in almost thirty years, and I didn’t really think I missed it since computer RPGs seemed to fill that gap pretty effectively – especially nowadays. When I look at a game like Skyrim, which is huge and beautiful and dynamic, with a first-person view that figuratively puts you right in the boots of your character – when you’ve got all that, who needs a bag of dice and some shoddily painted figurines? But ten minutes into playing Avernum 2, I felt a really powerful nostalgia for those old D&D days. I don’t know if that effect was achieved by design or by accident, and I don’t think I want to know, but I know why it feels so much like old school D&D: it’s all in the exposition.

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Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 20th, 2015

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‎If you have never had the chance to use a gaming mouse, you don’t know what you are missing (yes, even if you are not a “gamer”). Gaming mice tend to be more comfortable than your typical run-of-the-mill pointing devices; on top of that, they are also very precise. Though they carry a higher price point than their “plain” cousins, I think that they more than make up for this thanks to their high level of tracking and durability. For those that still are unconvinced, you can take the plunge with the relatively inexpensive Satechi Edge Wireless Gaming Mouse. Not only is it easy on the wallet, it is also a surprisingly capable interface for gaming and non-gaming applications.

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Noir Headphones
Degauss Labs

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 20th, 2015

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For the record, this review was written after the site closed. However, due to some shipping shenanigans, I didn’t receive it until the second last day – definitely not enough time to review it. So I am back-dating this post because I am anal retentive and I promised I would review this piece of tech. – ed.

‎Degauss Labs has been on the mark with their Android-friendly headphones. The last pair that I reviewed, the Dual Driver, was impressive – especially at the price point it occupied. Degauss’ latest product, the Noir, demonstrates their continuing commitment to quality and great sound. These headphones are a little bit more expensive than their Dual Driver cousin – but they are worth every cent of that small jump in price.

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Cities XXL

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 19th, 2015

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Focus Home Interactive’s ‎Cities XL has always been my favourite go-to city-building series. The sheer size of the cities that can be built makes for long-term fun, and with the ability to build multiple cities around a virtual world (that interact with each other), players who enjoy this genre should never get bored.

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