January 2016


PAX South 2016: HyperX Reveals Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset

Kingston’s HyperX brand has largely been known for gamer-targeted, performance-focused computer components, but HyperX has started jumping into the gaming headset buiness recently, and with smashing results. The HyperX Cloud and Cloud II, priced at $79.99 and $99.99, are among the few well-regarded gaming headsets in the audiophile community in their price range. The headsets have good noise isolation, good sound for gaming, are remarkably comfortable, boast durable metal construction, and have detachable microphones. The Cloud II differs from the Cloud I in that it comes with a memory foam headband, and a 7.1 USB DAC for virtual surround sound. As well, the Cloud Core for $59.99 at Gamestop cuts out some of the optional acessories such as the travel pouch and optional earpads.

HyperX is going to introduce two new headsets later this year that will improve on the base Cloud models: the Cloud Revolver and Cloud Revolver S will feature angled drivers and an AKG-style headband system that provides a better soundstage than the Cloud Core, with the Cloud Revolver S boasting a Dolby Surround card for PC gaming. These will both use TRRS plugs for mobile compatibility as well, and the Cloud Revolver will start rolling out …read more


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PAX South 2016: ‘Warbits’ Brings ‘Advance Wars’-Inspired Turn-Based Strategy to iOS Soon

So, Warbits has been in the works for a long time now – we wrote about it back in 2014, and it’s been in development for about 4 years now. But it’s finally nearing completion, and it’s looking really, really impressive. It’s very much inspired by and a streamlining of the influential turn-based strategy game Advance Wars – many of the systems and unit types directly resemble ones from that game. Plus, the whole thing has a quirky and humorous feel to it, with robots arguing about whether ketchup goes on scrambled eggs. The villains say yes, and frankly, I agree. Hot sauce on scrambled eggs is good too, but sometimes I like some ketchup on there. But there’s a reason why I’m the villainous Carter Dotson, after all.

Warbits will feature both a singleplayer campaign and multiplayer with online play. You’ll be able to compete in what they’re calling tag leagues, where you’ll be able join leagues based around a certain hashtag with rankings therein. So, you can battle it out in #toucharcade, for example. Warbits looks really slick and plays well in the demo I received, and the devs at Risky Lab are already doing a beta …read more


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Jonathan Blow on The Witness’ Sales Numbers

The Witness is on par to sell more copies in its first week than Braid sold in its first year. Creator Jonathan Blow told Twitter that he isn’t able to talk about exact numbers without breaking any non-disclosure agreements, but will post again when The Witness officially breaks that record.

It’s hard to talk about numbers without breaking NDAs, but The Witness is on track to sell more in a week than Braid sold in its first year,

— Jonathan Blow (@Jonathan_Blow) January 31, 2016

Braid, Blow’s award-winning 2008 puzzle-platformer, is said to have brought in around four million dollars total—all of which was reportedly used to fund The Witness. With Braid priced at $15, and The Witness at $40, it’s likely Blow will pull in a lot more.

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Super Bowl: Deadpool, X-Men to Have Major Presence

Fox’s highly anticipated superhero flick Deadpool will have a major presence at the Super Bowl, as well as X-Men: Apocalypse, Independence Day Resurgence and several other films.

According to THR, not only will Deadpool likely have a TV spot during the February 7 game, but a number of publicity events are planned as well. In fact, leading man Ryan Reynolds will reportedly be handing out chimichangas from a food truck this coming Friday before the big game.

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New Final Fantasy 15 Character Revealed

During an Active Time Report for Final Fantasy XV tonight, director Hajime Tabata and marketing manager Akio Ofuji introduced a new character: Aranea Highwind.

Highwind is the commander of Niflheim’s Third Army Corps 87th Airborne Division, according to Square Enix, and a “skilled aerial combatant known as ‘Dragoon’ within the Imperial military.”

The ATR included battle footage of Aranea in action, as well as a new look at combat with magic in use. Tabata also hinted that another playable demo could be on the way, but that more details won’t come until March. Following the stream, Square Enix revealed a few new screenshots and new key art:

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Bayonetta and Corrin Come to Smash Bros. Next Week

Bayonetta and Corrin will join the roster of playable fighters in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS on February 3.

Nintendo announced the release date in a post on Twitter, confirming both characters will be available in the afternoon. In a subsequent post, the company revealed the sixth wave of Mii Fighter costumes will launch at that time as well.

Bayonetta and Corrin were announced last month, the former of which was the overall top choice in the Smash Bros. character poll.

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Super Replay – Beyond Good & Evil (Part Ten)

One of the most criminally overlooked games from yesteryear, Beyond Good & Evil is a story-driven adventure that follows a photojournalist named Jade and her mechanic friend Pey’j. We won’t spoil where this journey goes, but fans of Zelda, Pokémon Snap, and fun science fiction stories should either watch our playthrough or pick up the game and play it. This is an exceptional game from developer Ubisoft Montpellier and legendary creator Michel Ancel.

Beyond Good & Evil was originally released for PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and PC on November 11, 2003, but to make it look better on your massive displays, we’re playing the HD re-release from 2011, which we downloaded through Xbox One’s snazzy, new backwards compatibility.

Unlike other Super Replays, we’re airing these episodes as soon as we finish them, and we won’t record more until you’ve watched and commented on the newest chapter. We want you the viewer to be a part of this journey as well. We plan to read as many comments as we can during the next episode. If you have any questions for us about Beyond Good & Evil, Replay, or video games in general, list them in the comments section below, or on <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" …read more