Gaming Reviews

Nintendo Switch review: Excellent hardware with one roadblock

Nintendo Switch review: Excellent hardware with one roadblock

I have something of a love/hate relationship with Nintendo consoles, especially in recent years. While I grew up with consoles like the Super NES, Nintendo 64, and Gamecube, in the time since then my preference has shifted to Nintendo's handhelds like the DS and the 3DS. Now that the Nintendo Switch is on the scene, Nintendo is looking to bounce back from a horrible console cycle with the Wii U, while at the same time blending the worlds of console and handheld gaming. How successful is it in doing so?

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Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 Review: Top Marks

Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 Review: Top Marks

Razer's mechanical gaming keyboard line BlackWidow got a redesign with a new name: "V2". Today we're checking out the action on the keys, the color under the keys, and the build quality of the whole keyboard. Razer changed up their game 4 years after launching the BlackWidow mechanical keyboard line with programmable rainbow "Chroma" lighting and by manufacturing their own brand of mechanical switches for the first time. Here in 2017, Razer gave the BlackWidow keyboard a major redesign - refined for a new generation.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV Review (Gen2, 2017)

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Review (Gen2, 2017)

Over the past two years just one device has been in near-constant use at my home - that's the original NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV. This piece of hardware sits quietly to the side of my television and serves content to my family almost every day of the year. Unlike any other device I've used over the past half-decade, the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV has never failed to feel like a natural part of my everyday routine - without the need for an over-abundant amount of software updates, and completely functional in every way I'd needed it to be. That's why I was skeptical when NVIDIA announced they'd be releasing another newer NVIDIA SHIELD device this year.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Controller Review (Gen 2, 2017)

NVIDIA SHIELD Controller Review (Gen 2, 2017)

In our first hands-on experience with the NVIDIA SHIELD TV, I made a strong suggestion that the Game Controller was the major upgrade of this generation in SHIELD hardware. As such, I've separated this review from our primary review of the NVIDIA SHIELD TV. The review here suggests that this new controller is largely worth purchasing on its own if the user already owns the Gen1 NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV device, and will be a positive piece of the puzzle for those that purchase Gen2.

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Xbox One S Review

Xbox One S Review

I've been using the Xbox One S for a while now, and it's become clear that Microsoft has a winner on its hands. Not just because the device is better than its predecessor - and less expensive. The Xbox One S is better than the Xbox One, the PS4, and the PS4 Pro, not least of all because it looks so extremely nice - even when it's modified to look like it's been attacked by wild animals.

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PlayStation 4 Pro Review Part 1 – The Big 4K Question

PlayStation 4 Pro Review Part 1 – The Big 4K Question

It’s that time of year again, when gamers wait with bated breath for new treats to fill their holidays. But instead of new gen consoles to drool over or kill for, gamers will, instead, see a refinement. After all, why change a winning, not to mention very profitable, formula? Sony announced the PlayStation 4 Pro last September, and now we’re finally diving deep into what was formerly called the PlayStation Neo. And while we walk through everything that came in the box, as well as some that didn’t, we keep in mind the biggest question of all: is it worth the upgrade?

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Pokemon Sun and Moon Review: The finest Pokemon games in years

Pokemon Sun and Moon Review: The finest Pokemon games in years

Pokemon games are nothing if not formulaic. Pokemon Red and Blue were released in North America 18 years ago, and subsequent games have largely felt like iterations on the structure of those initial titles. Little improvements were made here and there along the way, but for the most part, the core of Pokemon stayed the same. Now, in anticipation of Pokemon’s 20th anniversary, Nintendo has released Pokemon Sun and Moon in an effort to give us something that feels both like a Pokemon game and a fresh start at the same time. For the most, it’s successful in doing so too.

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GPD WIN Review: Mobile Windows 10 for gaming

GPD WIN Review: Mobile Windows 10 for gaming

Windows has indeed changed, partly thanks to some strategic licensing changes. Previously only seen in desktops and laptops, Microsoft's operating system can now be found in all sorts of devices, even those not blessed by Redmond. Those range from cheap 2-in-1 tablets to mini PCs to project to, well, gaming handhelds.

GPD, short for GamePad, has made gaming devices before, but all of those ran on Android and exploited emulators, probably the easiest thing to do. With GPD WIN, however, the China-based company decided to try its hand at delivering the same experience with a very big twist. This review dives into one of the first attempts at a portable, full Windows 10 machine intended for gaming.

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Xbox One S Gears of War 4 mini-Review in blood red

Xbox One S Gears of War 4 mini-Review in blood red

This special limited edition version of the Xbox One S is no average re-coloring. The folks responsible for tricking this console out have taken extra steps to make certain the device was no simple skin-job. This device looks like it's been customized personally - cut into by miniature beasts of war with claws of death. This comes from The Swarm - we'll see them again once the game is ready to roll later this month.

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Corsair Lapdog Review

Corsair Lapdog Review

If I’m gaming in the living room on my couch, there’s really only one input device that I generally want to use. For years I’ve struggled with the idea of using a keyboard and mouse, as I’m typically a PC gamer. However, a controller is just easier to accommodate when you aren’t sitting in front of the desk. And that’s the exact problem that Corsair is trying to solve with their new Lapdog.

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Razer Turret Review and my living room keyboard dreams

Razer Turret Review and my living room keyboard dreams

I'd been waiting a long time for this keyboard to be released. This, the Razer Turret, a keyboard, mouse, and mousepad made for the living room. I first saw it back at CES 2015. Back then, it went hand-in-hand with the Razer Forge TV, a device that was revealed just before its biggest competitor, the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV. I was more excited about having a handy keyboard and mouse for my couch than I was for the Android TV platform, no matter the manufacturer. Razer had made the ideal set of controllers for lounging and gaming. It'd be months before I got the opportunity to use this device duo at home.

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Pokemon GO is the best game EVER: here’s why

Pokemon GO is the best game EVER: here’s why

Today is the first day I'm able to speak in public about my experience with Pokemon GO. It's been about a week and a half since I first started playing in the Field Test - very similar to the Beta most people were playing (likely identical) - and it's time to let loose. This game is fantastic. Not in the same way a visually spectacular game like Fallout 4 or DOOM are fantastic, but in a new way. A way that's not like any game I've played before. Pokemon GO is a real game-changer.

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