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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Review

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Review

If the idea of blood puke turns you off, I suggest you tap back immediately. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is not a game for children or the faint of heart - or stomach. While most reviewers will be coming in to this game a hardened fan of or having despised the first installment, we're coming in with fresh eyes. Here we've got a game where you control an ancient vampire in a modern-day (or even futuristic) world from a third-person perspective with enough cutscenes to choke an elephant.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

Lenovo has rolled out a variety of business-chic ThinkPad laptops over the past few months, as well as the wonderfully flexible Yoga 2 Pro. We've reviewed several of the company's devices in recent times, including the T440s, the X240, and the ThinkPad Yoga. While they're all fine machines, none of them live up to the sheer beauty and svelte thin profile that is the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. With this laptop comes an ultra-thin profile that tapers into an edge so thin, one is tempted to think it can slice bread, a high 2560 x 1440 resolution display that is aptly described as eye-candy, and the iconic ThinkPad design.

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Thief (2014) Review

Thief (2014) Review

Released on a number of platforms at once, Thief is a game that - make not mistake about it - is about taking things that don’t belong to you. We’re looking specifically at the PlayStation 4 version of the game in this review - until you see specific notes about additional coverage - while the game is also coming to Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. This isn’t the sort of game you’re going to want to play if you’re a big fan of short bursts of entertainment - this game is involved, and it requires your full attention for long spans of time.

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Nokia Lumia Icon Review

Nokia Lumia Icon Review

Verizon has needed a new Windows Phone 8 flagship, and Nokia was the obvious choice to deliver it. Don't mistake the Lumia Icon for a side-thought in Nokia's smartphone schemes, however. On paper, at least, it takes the key things we loved from AT&T's Lumia 1520, and distills them down to a more hand-friendly scale. Does reality live up to those high expectations? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti Review

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti Review

With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 and 750 Ti comes the company’s first implementation of their 1st generation Maxwell GPU architecture. Maxwell brings what NVIDIA suggests is the most efficient GPU on the market - efficiency, that is, doing more with less. NVIDIA says they’ve increased the performance of Maxwell up per watt up 2x over Kepler.

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The LEGO Movie Review

The LEGO Movie Review

I took my 3-year-old daughter to The LEGO Movie this week and she sat through the entire 100-minute film in quiet reverence. End of review. I'm an adult male who grew up with LEGO and, with my daughter, continue to play with and enjoy the creative building toy today - and I was entertained by the movie from start to finish. My daughter and I are two of the types of audience members the creators of this movie appear to have aimed for directly.

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2014 Lexus IS F Review

2014 Lexus IS F Review

The 2014 Lexus IS F is an anachronism. Latest - and potentially last - in a line of performance sedans, its 416 HP, 5.0-liter V8 engine and Fuji racetrack tuned chassis spawned the F SPORT brand with which Lexus is now attempting to massage its reputation from Nyquil-on-wheels to automotive madness. Problem is, the IS F faces forced retirement from inside Lexus itself, squeezed out by the 2015 RC F Coupe and hotter - more affordable - versions of the regular IS. So, does the IS F go out with a bang, or a whimper, and should we prepare to mourn its $64k passing? We dried our eyes and slipped behind the wheel to find out.

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Acer C720P Touch Chromebook Review

Acer C720P Touch Chromebook Review

In October, we reviewed Acer's C720 Chromebook, a Haswell-harboring notebook with excellent battery life and performance to match. The one thing it lacked, however, was a touchscreen, something Acer has addressed with its latest Chrome OS offering: the Acer C720P Touch, a similarly-designed laptop with a touchscreen display. We've got our hands on the Chromebook to see how it holds up compared to its non-touch brethren, which we've detailed for you in our full SlashGear review.

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Outlast PS4 Review

Outlast PS4 Review

When you happen upon Outlast for PlayStation 4, you'll find it tagged with some rather heavy-looking warnings. Heed them all. This game is not for the weak-hearted. If you've got a PlayStation Network account you'll be able to download the game for free - otherwise it'll cost you a cool $19.99 - completely reasonable for one of the most highly rated horror games of 2013, right? Ten minutes of download time (at least) might have you reconsidering.

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Facebook Paper review: Zuckerberg finally “gets” mobile

Facebook Paper review: Zuckerberg finally “gets” mobile

Facebook and mobile haven't had an easy run of it. Facebook Home, an attempt to capitalize on mobile with a near-walled-garden met with derision and faded with barely a whimper; so far, the only real success stories Facebook has had on smartphones have been the results of acquisitions, not its own development. Paper, new for 2014, aims to change all that, an iPhone-exclusive news reader that promises the best shared content from your friends as well as trusted third-party sources. It's a handsome app, that's clear, but does it do enough to usurp Flipboard, Pulse, and others from the homescreen?

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