The folks at SteelSeries are no strangers to the creation of great audio products. I have reviewed a few of them before, as has Shaun Hatton when he wrote about a pair of Siberias. While I have never experienced the Siberia line in the past, I have heard lots of great things about them. A few weeks ago, SteelSeries sent Toronto Thumbs a Siberia V3 Prism to review. The V3s are not marketed as the highest tier in the line (that honour falls to the V3 Prism Elite), but they perform well and give PC gamers a nice enough option if they don’t already have a pair of good headphones, though they have a few shortcomings for the price.
If you like competitive strategy games but don’t like to take hours to play them, then you might want to keep your eyes on Prismata from Lunarch Studios. Pitched as a deckless turn-based strategy game that distills real-time strategy down to a turn-based format, Prismata is all about strategic resource assignment and forward-thinking. Matches in Prismata don’t last very long, and there is a very thin margin for error, making it very challenging. Even though the game is in its early development phases and doesn’t look as great as it could, it is still compelling based on game-play alone and deserves some attention from the card-dueling set.
Space Hulk: Ascension is attempt number two by Danish developer Full Control to translate the Space Hulk board game to the digital world. The first one, which I reviewed back in October of 2013 for Toronto Thumbs, can be summarized thusly: slow, inflexible, and did not take advantage of its medium. Fast forward a year later and we have Space Hulk: Ascension, a sorta-sequel that does what the first one didn’t – take the source material less literally.
Zoetrope Interactive’s point-and-click PC title Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder sounds promising enough, what with the H.P. Lovecraft mythos surrounding the plot and the ominous nightmare sequence we’re quickly introduced to. You play the role of a detective named Howard Loeid in the fictional town of Wellsmoth (which is supposed to remind us of Innsmouth, I’m assuming) who has recently woken up from a terrifying nightmare and can’t seem to make heads or tails of it. Worse yet, he thinks he’s only slept for a mere few hours when really he’s been asleep for days. Intriguing to be sure – but sadly, it doesn’t stay that way for long.
Building a decent gaming PC isn’t a big deal to us nerds; it’s just a matter of pulling together a set of parts, after all. However, not everyone is savvy in the ways of desktop construction, and even us nerds have to invest a fair amount of time shopping around for the best deals on parts, so as to maximize the value of our money. Enter ASUS’ Republic of Gamers G20, a small form-factor PC that has been put together to simplify the process of acquiring a decent gaming PC. ASUS sent one to us to try out, and I found that it performed very well, though there are a few small items that need to be addressed.
To me, Geometry Wars has always been the embodiment of old-timey gaming values. Back in the olden days of gaming there were no checkpoints, nor were there difficulty levels – there was just…the game. Anyone who ever poured quarters into PAC-MAN ot Galaxian knows what I’m talking about – games in which the first few waves seem almost too simple, and are later replaced by insanity. Your reflexes have to be able to keep up – or its back to square one. Those were the halcyon days where timing and wits were your only resources – and Lucid Games returns once again to these values in Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions for next-gen (and last-gen) consoles. While there are a few more twists, the essence of the game is still the same – and it is still hella fun.
Now, I’m going to start this off with something of a disclaimer: if you are easily offended by religious humour, or are a devout Christian (who is easily offended by religious humour) you might not want to read this review at all; in fact, you might not even want to know that this game exists! For the rest of you, though, know that Mutant Games’ Fist of Jesus for the PC is a 2D beat-‘em-up action game in which the humour is so tongue-in-cheek that you’ll be able to lick the outside of your face while your mouth is closed. First impressions are that the game is fun – but playing for a little while longer reveals a few bugs, as well as a repetitive concept. Still, if you are a fan of mindless combat…