Return of Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer

by Kevin on September 18, 2014

Konami

It has taken a battering in recent years but Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) may finally be able to reclaim some ground on EA Sport’s FIFA video game. Last year Konami decided to not focus on the next-generation consoles: Xbox One and PS4, but they will be making their foray this year.

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The Game Boy Evolution

by Jeremiah on September 12, 2014

Gameboy Evolution

I grew up with a Game Boy. But it wasn’t even called a Game Boy back then, it was a Game Watch. Nintendo went through a couple of different handheld video game consoles before they released the first Game Boy. And now they are not even called Game Boy anymore. But no matter, to all of us inner-children the Game Boy will always be the Game Boy.

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Casino Video Games Or Online Casino

by Kevin on July 21, 2014

Sexy Casino Video Game

The thrills of betting can be one of the most exhilarating experiences in our lives, but unfortunately not all of us are lucky enough to have access to gaming places due to our location. Thankfully these days we could simulate the experience from the comfort of our living rooms. While the experience may not be quite the same, at least we have choices.

First you can play a casino video game. As far as experience is concerned this is probably the most real, as you can walk into the casinos and be surrounded with a myriad of choices and attractive female escorts. But most video games are offline, therefore can only simulate the experience as far as graphics are concerned.

If you are in for a more real experience in terms of shooting at chances of making real money, you could play online casinos like starscasino.co.uk. You would be limited to simple graphics, but in this case function overrules form, and  the chase of money is more at focus than the glamor of casino life.

I myself am not much of a gambler, but I do enjoy the occasional crash into the casinos when I play GTA V although there’s nothing really in there.. ;-)

SEGA Alien: Isolation

The Oculus Rift takes gaming into an entirely new level with it’s total immersion and persistency. It started as a Kickstarter project by Palmer Lucky about two years ago and it is now in its second stage of development. With 110 degree stereo imagery, very low latencies and very high frame rates, the Rift could easily trick your brain into believing computer generated illusions as reality.

Now, Sega is doing a test with one of its latest demos, Alien: Isolation, and Chris Kohler from WIRED wrote a review about his experience playing the game with the latest version of the Oculus Rift:

I don’t get scared by horror movies or horror videogames. Sure, you can startle the hiccups out of me with a well-timed jump scare, but that only proves my lizard brain is firing on all cylinders. For the most part, I feel a pronounced disconnect between the frightening scenario onscreen and the safety of my living room. I don’t understand how some of my friends cannot bear to even pick up the controller and walk down a hallway in Resident Evil.

So it came as quite a surprise when I found myself so truly on edge that I almost lost it while playing Sega’s Alien: Isolation demo on Oculus Rift. The game, shown at E3 this year, is a custom VR prototype based on the survival horror game coming to PC and consoles October 7. More than that, though, it’s another compelling demonstration of how Oculus Rift has the potential to make gaming so immersive that the fantasy becomes reality.

Suddenly, I’m walking down a quiet, seemingly deserted hallway on an abandoned spaceship. The demo runs on DK2, the latest version of the Oculus development hardware, so it is clean, vivid, smooth. Lifelike, in other words, and utterly believable.

Read the entire piece here.

If you watched movies like Gamer and Surrogates then you know what virtual reality immersion could do to your brain. Of course we are just at the touch of dawn with this technology, but the Rift really shows promising (or daunting) future for both gaming and other applications.

Here’s the official video of the Oculus Rift:

and here’s a video that shows you how scary Alien: Isolation is, without the Rift:

so you can imagine how it is with the Rift:

Maracana-Stadium

As the 2014 World Cup in Brazil gets underway, billions of football fans across the world will be glued to their nearest television set to cheer their nation onto potential glory. Playing at the World Cup is the pinnacle of any footballer’s career, with fans also able to immerse themselves in the euphoria of seeing their national heroes wear the national shirt with pride.

Brazil 2014 has already provided some wonderful football, with every game featuring attacking play and a considerable number of goals that belies any previous concern over the heart and humidity levels. Although the feverous atmosphere created within every stadium and high quality football has every passionate fan on the edge of their seat, the same feeling can be experienced when playing the official World Cup game on your console. Gaming enthusiasts can take to the pitch before or during the hour break in between of each 2014 World Cup fixture to emulate what they see on television, or go one better and lead their nation to lifting the famous trophy.

Stadiums

Each of the twelve official stadiums have been beautifully replicated on the FIFA 2014 World Cup game to recreate the carnival atmosphere and vibrant colours that will be prominent throughout Brazil. From the famous Maracana to the Pernambuco, every stadium contains intricate design features which make them unique from one another, with the crowds also creating an electric atmosphere that can make the hairs stand up and put a lump in your throat throughout every game. The attention to detail makes for a wonderful game that effectively recaptures the real-life atmosphere that will be prominent throughout the World Cup that can spur you on to glory.

Gameplay

Although loyal FIFA gaming fans may feel a bit disappointed that there are no major changes in the gameplay physics and engine that were used to produce the hugely successful FIFA 14 title, the special World Cup version does not disappoint. The game allows you to play through a number of game modes that are both fascinating and dramatic as they take you through the drama of playing in a World Cup tournament, or the whole experience of playing through a qualifying campaign en route to going all the way to the World Cup final as any of the nations who make up each respective sector, whether it is UEFA or CONCACAF.

FIFA 2014 World Cup also provides the classic ‘Captain Your Country’ mode in which you can create your own pro and make a name for yourself wearing the national jersey in the hope of wearing the armband and lifting the famous trophy aloft in Brazil. There are nice subtle introductions which make the game unique and provide an extra edge, with cut shots of managers gesturing and celebrating on the touchline, in addition to fans in the stadium and in a pub, showing the raw emotions that everyone goes through during a World Cup tournament which can be a rollercoaster experience of highs and lows.

Teams and players

Taking control of your favourite nation is made possible through official licensing that allows EA to perfectly recreate the official kits for each of the thirty-two participating teams to further reduce the gap between reality and the virtual world. Many of the best players in world football have also had their real faces digitally re-mastered on the game to provide players with the ability to have the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney under their control. Their physical attributes, abilities and unique techniques are prominent throughout the game which provides enough realism to make every game feel like watching a real life fixture on television.

Best TVs for Xbox One and PS4 gaming

by Jeremiah on June 17, 2014

Microsoft-Xbox-One

There is only one thing that can truly compliment one of the several next-gen gaming consoles that have been released; an equally stellar television system to play it on. In fact, the good quality TV is arguably the most important of the lot, because without it you would be left with an elite console that is played out on a sub-par projection system, that simply doesn’t do the game’s graphics justice.

It is however, harder than it seems to find the perfect TV for your needs, with variables such as image lag and the recent introduction of 4K televisions to consider. It is advisable to take into account mid to long term technical malfunctions and buy a warranty. You should look into finding the best extended warranty for LCD TVs, plasma TVs and the aforementioned 4Ks carefully. Reliability should always be an important factor when choosing a new TV but if you’re spending the money then it’s worth making sure your product is protected in the long run with a reliable warranty scheme.

A good place to start when searching would be the Vizio E-Series TV. Whilst there are a range of televisions in this series of Vizios, they all offer value for money and do give customers the choice of HDTV programming, which is integral to a unique gaming experience. Picture quality is of the highest range, making it a better option so similar and cheaper models and with a size range of 39” to 55”, you will surely find a TV that is big enough to project all your gaming action. It does, however, lack the ability to swivel, despite coming on a stand, so you will have to ensure you have an easily acceptable slot to place the TV should you choose to purchase it, given that once it is in place there is no chance of angling it to face you.

If you have a strong a budget, you should look no further than a Sharp Series 6 TV. Despite having a price of £1500, the TV is one of the better distributors of picture quality and can offer customer’s optimal performance for their gaming needs. The speakers do however; face the back of the TV, thus offering less sound quality, but the low standing TV makes up for it with its impressive size range of around 60” to 70” TVs.

Next on the list is the Panasonic GT60. This TV is just shy of being Panasonic’s best TV range and offers customers a size range of 42” to 65”, making it easy to include in an already tightly-spaced room, or one that is waiting to be filled with new additions. There is no motion blur, the contrast is top quality and the price of this range is fairly reasonable, with a price of around £1000. Despite the high cost, the television offers lots of value due to its unparalleled picture quality and also due to the fact it is a plasma TV variant.

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