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Forza Horizon 5 Review

Forza Horizon 5 Review

I'll level with you from the start: Forza Horizon 5 is a game that I don't really know how to critique. The latest entry in the immensely popular spin-off series to Forza Motorsport, Forza Horizon 5 whisks us away to Mexico for another adventure filled with road races, offroading, and even some stunt work. All of that is great, but it all feels so familiar. We've attended this festival before, and though it is still fun to attend, it's no longer novel. So the question is: how much does that novelty matter? Does a game really have to tread new, uncharted ground in order to be good? Or can it still be good by sticking to what it does well and simply offering more of it?

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2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 Review

2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 Review

The limo has grown up, quite literally: where once the height of luxury was a long, sleek sedan, now it's the elevated presence of a six-figure SUV which signifies you've really made it. Witness, then, the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 as it goes grille to grille with recent successes from Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and others, the German automaker leaning into its cosseting sub-brand in the hope of replicating the sporting successes of AMG.

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Vaonis Stellina Smart Telescope Review

Vaonis Stellina Smart Telescope Review

While most people have gotten their heads glued down to their screens in the past 23 months, others have looked up to the skies for a reprieve from the concerns on terra firma. Different people have taken up different hobbies to cope with the pandemic, and some have invested not only time but money in observing and capturing the night skies from their yards or gardens. Astrophotography and stargazing are not exactly beginner-friendly activities, especially if you have neither equipment nor clue. "Smart" telescopes were born from a need to address both concerns, and the Vaonis Stellina is one of the latest to sell that idea to a hobbyist market. Read on to find out how it fared in our tests.

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Mario Party Superstars Review

Mario Party Superstars Review

While the Switch has seen entries from most major Nintendo franchises (pour one out for F-Zero), the showing from Mario Party has so far been underwhelming. Up until recently, the only Mario Party game on the platform was Super Mario Party, a game that was fun enough with friends but could have used some post-launch content. If Super Mario Party was a stumble for the series, Mario Party Superstars is a return to form for it. Quite literally so, too, as Mario Party Superstars is something of a greatest hits compilation that takes boards and minigames from Mario Party titles past and remakes them for the modern era.

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Kia’s concept EV restraint overshadowed Hyundai’s excess in LA

Kia’s concept EV restraint overshadowed Hyundai’s excess in LA

You wait for one three-row all-electric SUV, and along come two at the same time. Well, two concepts at least, with both Kia and Hyundai bringing their vision of electrified seven-seaters to the LA Auto Show 2021 this week. For the two South Korean automakers it's a chance to show off just how their shared E-GMP architecture can be applied, but it also proved to be an unexpected competition pitting glitz against relative restraint.

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The 2023 Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra are important EV siblings

The 2023 Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra are important EV siblings

The launch of a new electric SUV isn't exactly a rare occasion these days, but the 2023 Toyota bZ4X and 2023 Subaru Solterra are worth some attention nonetheless. Sibling EVs based on Toyota's e-TNGA platform, the promise is affordability along with flexibility when each arrives midway through next year.

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The 2023 Fisker Ocean learned from old EV mistakes

The 2023 Fisker Ocean learned from old EV mistakes

Fisker has revealed its "production intent" Ocean all-electric SUV, bringing the sub-$40k EV to the LA Auto Show 2021 after several years of promises. The base 2023 Ocean Sport will have more than 250 miles of range, the automaker says, ramping up to more than 350 miles in the Ocean Extreme trim, though production isn't expected to kick off for another year.

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Halo Infinite multiplayer first impressions: Great gameplay but questionable monetization

Halo Infinite multiplayer first impressions: Great gameplay but questionable monetization

Yesterday, Microsoft dropped quite the bombshell when it announced that it was sending Halo Infinite's multiplayer mode live early in celebration of the franchise's 20th anniversary. While Halo Infinite's campaign won't be here until December 8th, we're getting the full multiplayer experience three weeks early. We'll have a full review of Halo Infinite around the campaign's launch, but for now, I thought I'd share some early impressions of Infinite's multiplayer mode.

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The 2022 Range Rover is not like other luxury SUVs

The 2022 Range Rover is not like other luxury SUVs

Some cars only really work when you see them in the sheet metal, and the 2022 Range Rover is a good example of that. Revealed in late October, this latest generation of the founding member of the luxury SUV set felt reliably handsome and circumspect in the official photos; it's only now, as it makes its US debut ahead of the LA Auto Show 2021, that the depths of its detailing become clear.

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Halo Infinite multiplayer release date surprise: Xbox and PC very soon

Halo Infinite multiplayer release date surprise: Xbox and PC very soon

For Halo fans, this past weekend had a lot of ups and downs, as we heard rumors which claimed that Halo Infinite's multiplayer would get a surprise early launch at the end of today's Xbox 20th Anniversary livestream. Those rumors were followed by other reports claiming quite the opposite, saying that while Microsoft had initially intended to launch Infinite multiplayer early, that was no longer on the table. Thankfully, at the end of today's livestream, we learned the truth, and it's a good outcome for the Halo fans of the world.

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What is the Metaverse and How Does it Work?

What is the Metaverse and How Does it Work?

Wondering what the Metaverse is? Chances are you've already been there. There is no one perfect description for the concept, but in general, we're talking about digital interaction and human decision making in a few key ways. The term "Metaverse" comes from the Neal Stephenson science fiction novel Snow Crash, released in 1992 - but it's come to mean so much more since then.

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Secretlab TITAN XXS and our 3 favorite April Fools’ jokes made real

Secretlab TITAN XXS and our 3 favorite April Fools’ jokes made real

The folks that make Secretlab chairs had a good idea for an April Fools' joke. They'd take the design of their already-popular TITAN gaming chair and cut all the dimensions in half. The resulting piece of gaming furniture would be super funny to behold, especially with a dog sitting in it. But wait, now it's real?

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