Reviews

Inspired by arcade classic Robotron 2084, Ultratron puts players in the place of one heroic robot (or two) fighting against an evil robot army to avenge the human race. Can Ultratron compete against other arena-based twin-stick shooters? See our detailed review with video to find out!

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Review - StarTech.com adapter bundle for Surface Pro 3

Do you find yourself carting around your Surface from place to place, connecting to TVs, projectors, monitors, and networks? Sounds like you could use the StarTech.com adapter bundle for the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3.

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Review: Halo Spartan Strike on Xbox for Windows

Halo Spartan Strike is the follow-up to 2013's Halo Spartan Assault, and marks Halo's first outing on iOS (in addition Windows 8.1 touch devices and PC). I've been hands on with the game for some time now, and here are my thoughts.

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Review: Mortal Kombat X for Xbox One

Mortal Kombat has been bloodying our screens since 1992, and its violence is credited with helping create the ESRB ratings system. The mainstream press has largely ditched its crusade against video game violence, leaving me hoping I can find substance amidst all those gory gimmicks.

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During Microsoft's annual Build conference last week, the company gave out thousands of HP Spectre x360 Ultrabooks to attendees. Granted, the more than $2k price tag that it takes to attend Build subsidizes the 'give away', but the tradition is always one of the fondest moments of the day one keynote.

Mark Guim and I have been using the Spectre for a few days now. His laptop is loaded with the default Windows 8.1, while mine is sporting Windows 10 build 10074.

Truth be told, neither of us are fans of HP's laptops. However, the Spectre is different. It is built with some assistance from Microsoft's engineers, and it shows. In fact, I find it hard to put down as you will find out in our detailed, 13-minute video review.

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I firmly believe State of Decay is Microsoft's not-so-secret weapon in the increasingly voracious console war.

World of Warcraft lead programmer Jeff Strain left Blizzard to head up Undead Labs, and from day one, the end goal was a full-blown zombie apocalypse MMO.

State of Decay is not an MMO, however - it is purely single player. The game acts as proof of concept for Undead Labs' long-term plans. To describe State of Decay and its Xbox One edition as prototypes is a disservice because I believe with conviction that this is amongst the best games on Xbox today.

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Review: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for Xbox One

Is this former PSP game another shallow HD cash-in? Or a hint of greater things to come?

Final Fantasy Type-0 began life as a Japan-only PSP game set in the Final Fantasy XIII canon. Eventually the project span out into its own identity, yet still carrying remnants of the Final Fantasy XIII mythos.

FF Type-0 was well received in Japan, selling almost 80% of its shipments in the first week. Famed Japanese gaming outlet Famitsu gave Type-0 39/40, praising the story and gameplay but, Famitsu also gave Final Fantasy XIII 39/40, a game that I unashamedly loathe. Will I loathe Final Fantasy Type-0 in kind?

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Sure, the beloved Lumia 1520 phablet may have been discontinued in Microsoft and AT&T stores, but it's still currently one of the best Windows phones out there.

And despite its lack of availability, those of us who have one still want to keep it safe, hopefully without adding much more bulk to its already large chassis. Incipio's NGP impact resistant case for the Lumia 1520 is at the top of the list of contenders.

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Welcome to the latest installment of our semi-weekly feature, Steam Spotlight! Here we will look at interesting games available on Steam, the popular digital distribution platform for Windows computers. Today's Spotlight title is Harold from Moon Spider Studio, not to be confused with horror game Hektor from Rubycone. All those H names!

Endless running games: you can find about a million of them on mobile and PC, and they kind of blend together after a while. Harold dares to be different by combining endless running with genuine hardcore puzzle mechanics. The result is a game that looks like a platformer but plays like a tough-as-nails puzzle game. It also boasts a beautiful art style and a truly unique premise (you play as a guardian angel for the world's worst distance runner), so there's that.

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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Xbox One review

When Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel launched on previous-gen platforms in October of 2014, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 had already been available for nearly a year. Many Borderlands fans like me who would otherwise be the prime target of The Pre-Sequel had already moved on to new consoles. We all hoped and/or expected Gearbox and 2K to port the game to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 where it would look and run better than any Borderlands console game before it.

This year, we got our wish! Not only did The Pre-Sequel recently make its way to new-gen consoles, it also brought Borderlands 2 along for the ride. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection bundles the second and third games in the series (but not the first) and all of their downloadable content (that's a LOT of DLC) in one $60 retail or downloadable package. No, you can't get them separately.

Players who have already completed both games on other platforms might not be eager to buy this new collection, but everyone else – even if you already played one or the other – should give The Handsome Collection a serious look. Read on for our detailed review with gameplay video!

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Review: Oddworld: New n' Tasty for Xbox One

Oddworld: New n' Tasty is a ground-up reconstruction of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, a legendary PS1 puzzle platformer.

Developed in conjunction with Oddworld Inc. and Just Add Water, New n' Tasty has hit 2.4 million sales to date, partially owing to its usage of Unity, a popular games engine for targeting multiple platforms.

It's difficult to review a game that holds so much nostalgia for me personally. I spent countless hours as a kid meticulously rescuing each and every Mudokon throughout the game's sprawling side-scrolling world. New n' Tasty hopes to both serve fans of the classic Oddysee, as well as bring in new fans for its truly Odd franchise.

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Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is the follow up to 2013's Xbox 360 hit that brought the addictive fruit slicing game from phones to your living room. As where the original game was a Kinect version of the mobile app, this time it adds some unique gameplay modes that are only available on Xbox One. That being said, the limitations of Kinect are still its biggest drawback.

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Welcome to the latest installment of our semi-weekly feature, Steam Spotlight! Here we will look at interesting games available on Steam, the popular digital distribution platform for Windows computers. Today's Spotlight title is Gurumin: a Monstrous Adventure from Nihon Falcom (makers of the Ys series) and US-based publisher Mastiff.

Gurumin is a 3D platformer starring a girl who wields a drill against the evil monsters who threaten the peace between the human world and kindly monsters. Along the way she'll collect new parts for her drill, equip an arsenal of hats and outfits, and rebuild the friendly monsters' village one piece of furniture at a time.

With cute characters, bright and cheerful colors, and old-school 3D gameplay, Gurumin is not your average Steam game. Find out more in my detailed review with video!

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Review: Battlefield Hardline on Xbox One

Battlefield swerves away from the military to deliver fans of Xbox One a cops and robbers fantasy.

How frequent should multiplayer shooters see releases? Call of Duty enjoys a yearly launch cycle headed by three separate studios (and a bunch of additional collaborating studios). Some argue higher frequency of releases leads to stagnation. Some resent the lack of innovation, and more and more of us are refusing to purchase annual franchised game releases that fail to innovate.

Sections of the community are concerned that Visceral's Battlefield Hardline could represent the same for the Battlefield franchise. Just how far does it go to differentiate itself from Battlefield 4, which launched just 18 months ago?

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A spill of drink or a nasty fall can mean the untimely end for your smartphone. Whether you work hard or play hard, your phone sometimes pay the price. So some of us need a little extra protection, even if it is for a budget device, like the Lumia 521.

Amzer, a well-known name in quality cases, has just the thing for those of you that need to shield your Lumia 521 from bumps and bruises. Their Hybrid kickstand case combines the shock-absorbing cushion of silicon with a rigid plastic outer shell, giving you a double layer of protection against most of what you can throw at it.

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The Xbox One has no shortage of puzzle platformers thanks to games like Max: the Curse of Brotherhood, Kalimba, and Thomas Was Alone. They all manage to be quite different from one another, simultaneously satisfying the itch for solving puzzles and running and jumping through levels. Now Xbox One has another distinctive puzzle platformer, thanks to the good folks at Curve Digital.

Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones (sequel to the original game for PC, PlayStation systems, and iOS) launched first on Xbox One last week, followed by Windows and PlayStation versions this week. That's progress, baby! Stealth Inc 2 lets players sneak through a variety of trap- and puzzle-filled levels, and even create and share their own levels. You'll also need to work together with AI-controlled clones of your character, which feels pretty unique.

Continue reading for my full review and gameplay video!

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Review - Amzer Pudding TPU Case for Nokia Lumia 520

The Lumia 520 series is one of the most popular Windows phones around the world, not to mention the most affordable. But just because it has a low price point doesn't mean that you don't want to protect it from harm.

The Amzer Pudding TPU case for the Lumia 520 is a simple, economical way to keep your Lumia 520 from getting scratched, dinged, or busted up.

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10tons is best known for its casual games like Sparkle 2, King Oddball and Tennis in the Face. But way back in 2003, the developer also made a fairly hardcore twin-stick shooter called Crimsonland and later remastered it in 2014. Last week, Crimsonland finally arrived on Windows Phone and Windows 8.

With dozens of weapons and perks to unlock, several game modes and tons of blood to spill, Crimsonland is an exciting release for genre fans. Read on for our full review of the Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Steam versions of Crimsonland – complete with video review.

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The undead of Resident Evil are a fitting metaphor for a franchise with one foot in the grave.

Since the departure of Shinji Mikami, Resident Evil has arguably become a decrepit shadow of its former self, mutated with spin-offs and genre hybridity as Capcom seek to broaden the brand's audience.

Resident Evil 2 is widely regarded as one of the greatest horror games ever made, and is a personal favourite. Watching the franchise rot like one of its iconic undead monstrosities has been a painful endeavour. What made Resident Evil 5 scary wasn't to be found in chilling atmosphere, tense and vulnerable gameplay, but instead in catastrophically poor design choices. Resident Evil had become a linear action arcade shooter with wilfully awful controls and an utterly absent minded plot. Resident Evil 5 had no idea what game it wanted to be, and I felt so wronged by it that I haven't touched the franchise since, until now.

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