PC


Holy Editions, Batman!
Batman: Arkham Knight
Has Two Special Editions

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 23rd, 2014

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Love them or hate them, special editions of videogames definitely offer collectors a lot of goodies for the money. While the contents of these versions can add a fair bit to the price of a game that you might want, there are some compelling items within that can make it worth your while if you are a big fan of the franchises that offer them. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment recently announced that Batman: Arkham Knight is scheduled to release next year (worldwide) beginning on June 2, 2015. They also revealed some pretty cool collector’s editions that blew us away.

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Higher Learning
Algo-Bot
Preview

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 14th, 2014

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The gaming sphere is a wonderful place thanks to contributions from studios both large and small. At Toronto Thumbs, we love to play games from both sides of the coin. Sometimes, due to scheduling issues, there are titles that need exposure that we can’t get to in time – and it tears us up when we can’t help out a game that needs some extra publicity to get the support that it deserves. Fishing Cactus’ Algo-Bot is one such PC game. While this title has been green-lit on Steam, it recently missed a Kickstarter goal (that is actually quite reasonable), which is a shame since this puzzle game goes a long way to educate in the mystical ways of programming logic.

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Rituro-Active
Endless Legend Beta
First Impressions

By Rituro - September 13th, 2014

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When last we checked in with Amplitude Studios’ Endless Legend, it was in a playable alpha preview. The core of the game was intact though many features and gameplay options were either blocked off or simply not created yet. Still, what I saw was enticing enough to get me excited for the next phase of development. Lo and behold, here we are with the beta preview! Three new factions, new special terrain tiles, updated diplomacy and fleshed-out markets for resources, heroes and units are all great additions but the biggest shiny feature to be enabled – one previously un-clickable from the title screen – is multi-player. Naturally, I had to test this out for the next phase of Toronto Thumbs’ ongoing coverage of Endless Legend. Of course, I’d need a suitable opponent to put the game through its paces; thankfully, it just so happens I have a younger brother who has been brought up to appreciate the finer things in life like Daft Punk and turn-based strategy games. Thus, I proudly present the following three-part preview featuring me and special-correspondent-and-playtester-for-a-day Brayconn. Enjoy!

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Giveaway
Tropico 5
Big Cheese DLC Code

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 7th, 2014

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Earlier today, you might have seen Rituro’s review of new DLC for Tropico 5 called The Big Cheese. It looks like it wasn’t a bad addition to the game (though you can just read the review yourself to see what he had to say about it). Toronto Thumbs was lucky enough to score two codes for this, and we’d like to give away the extra!

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Run DLC
Tropico 5
The Big Cheese

By Rituro - September 7th, 2014

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Let’s say you’re running your own country. Things are going well – massive palace, fat bank account, a populace not yet attempting a mass uprising over the lack of health care – and you’ve started wondering if anything is missing in your life. You’ve got the economy, the industry, the agriculture, the fancy statue of yourself… could there be anything more? Oh my, yes! You see, there’s one thing you haven’t yet implemented – one hallmark of every ruler that would cement your legacy as the greatest despot ever to hoard cash, taunt the Russians and corner the basement rum market. Presidente, you still need cheese.

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Reviews
Sound Blaster ZxR
Sound Card

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 2nd, 2014

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Recently, we reviewed the PCI-express-based Soundblaster Audigy Fx. A “budget card”, the Fx is comparable to on-board audio, as the core is a RealTek chip – the same one used in many all-in-one motherboard solutions (and if not the same, then definitely similar). Now, what if you were looking to spend a little extra money on your desktop’s audio solution; what would you choose? Creative Labs sent us the Sound Blaster ZxR in an attempt to help us answer the question. The answer? From its distinctive look to its powerful audio delivery, this card is almost perfect for gamers with some scratch looking to take advantage of audio goodness – both in-game and out-game.

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Reviews
The Golf Club

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 29th, 2014

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The game of golf is interesting to me. Whether watching or playing, it is a game that involves patience and skill, with repeated practice resulting in great muscle control and the ability to do some very interesting (subconscious) physics calculations. Translating golf to a console in such a way as to keep the game entertaining (without sacrificing the sense of accomplishment that comes with a great round) is probably not the easiest of tasks, but HB Studios has done a really great job of doing so in their latest game: The Golf Club.

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