AFTERSHOCK MX-15

The Aftershock MX-15, a laptop specially designed for performance, gaming. Engineered for epic performance with unbeatable pricing(being only SGD $1142-$1384). You are able to enjoy any type of game at high frames per second because of its great Graphics Processing Unit and Central Processing Unit. Running most games at around 220 frames per second 7th Gen Quad Core i7-7700 3.6GHz processor)even with the best graphics set in the game.

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Its a bang for your bucks, why? A 15.6-inch Full-HD gaming notebooks have been available for a couple of years, but they haven’t been exactly affordable. Having an Acer Predator or Dell Alienware notebook with Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU will cost you around SGD $2500 or more, which is steep compared to what a regular notebook cost these days. While the MX-15 is only SGD $1142 even with a 15.6-inch Full-HD IPS Matte Display, 7th Gen Quad Core i7-7700 3.6GHz processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB GDR5 RAM, 8GB of DDR4 RAM plus 120GB SSD with 1TB HDD. There’s also a generous number of ports including 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 (Type A) and 1x USB 3.0 (Type C). There’s also a single HDMI and two mini Display ports so you can connect to up to three external monitors!

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With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU having 6GB GDR5 RAM and the 7th Gen Quad Core i7-7700 3.6GHz processor, it allows high and maximum frames per second running lots of games smoothly though with best graphics. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU can run games like counter strike global offensive max graphics at around 160 frames per second which is ideal for gamers. The 7th Gen Quad Core i7-7700 3.6GHz processor also helps out with maximizing the graphics processing unit.

Even though the MX-15 is cheap, it contains most gaming laptop functions, for example, its keyboard. The keyboard has RGB backlights which you can set to up to highlight your hotkeys and controls in different colours.

In my opinion, MX-15 is a must for people who wants cheap but awesome gaming laptop, its really great compared to some overpriced gaming laptops which cost around SGD $2600 with worse performance.

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Lenovo Yoga 920

The Lenovo Yoga 920 keeps everything i liked about its predecessor, the 910, and fixes almost everything i didn’t. A world-class performance, standout style and immersive entertainment, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is in a league of its own. Sleeker than ever and packed with speed and power to streamline your day: long-range voice-activated support, a nearly edgeless 4K display( 2160p) a resolution of 3840 pixels × 2160 lines, an optional digital pen featuring pinpoint accuracy, and more. Stand apart.

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The Lenovo Yoga 920 adds in Intel’s latest eighth-generation Core i-series processors that do deliver better performance while keeping its battery life good and long. Priced at SGD$2100, in my opinion it can be lesser and cheaper to be more affordable. But Lenovo Yoga 920 features can actually make up for that. Lenovo Yoga 920 is also slim and able to fit into most laptop bag and being easy to bring around. Its design is also a great feature. Being attractive and slick, it can make most people “wow!” on the laptop.

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From the super slim bezels around its display to the sturdy all-metal chassis to its unique watchband 360-degree hinge, the 920 looks and feels like a premium laptop. At 1.4 kg, it’s a little heavy but far from a burden and forgivable considering you’re getting a 13.9-inch screen in the same space as a typical 13.3-inch laptop. Plus at half an inch thick (12.7 mm), it easily slips into most laptop bag.

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The precision touch pad stays just about perfect. Fingers glide easily over its smooth surface, and you would never experienced any cursor jumps caused by a brush from your palm. There are multi touch gestures that are easily adjusted within Windows’ settings, so you can turn off controls like pinch-to-zoom or three-finger swipes if you want. A fingerprint reader to the right of the touch pad lets you sign in quickly with Windows Hello, which makes your login smooth and fast.

Overall i think Lenovo Yoga 920 is a great laptop and worth your money.

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Free Fire – Battlegrounds

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Free fire, a third person shooter about survival in the form of battle royale. The name Free Fire – Battleground, comes where you can freely fight and fire in the battleground. This game is just like the movie Hunger Games, where you get sent to a island where you would not know whats going to happen.

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The meaning of battle royale refers to a fight involving many combatants that is fought until only one fighter remains standing. Free Fire is a game like H1Z1 Player Unknown Battleground which puts you in a island where you wait for a plane that travels you to another bigger island where you drop at a certain area to get items to survive and fight till you are the last man standing.

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Some of the items in the game are : Med kit(used to heal yourself), Guns(AK, M4A1, M14, AWM with scopes for each gun) . This items are used for you to survive through 50 plus people that are sent to the battleground. To make the game even more interesting the battleground shrinks as time goes on, forcing players to engage each other in a tactical and diverse environment. The blue circle that shrinks as time goes on does 7 damage to you per second if you outside. But do not worry, the circle shrinks very slowly and so you can catch up to it.

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Overall, Free Fire is a great game with realistic graphics and easy-to-use controls. The map and items in the game are really easy and simple to use.

The only bad thing about this game is that the guns recoil and aim assistance. The aim assistance is simply too much that it is too easy to kill opponent or what i can say that it is a soft aim lock where your cross hair locks onto opponents. The recoil is just too less and too easy to control unlike other battle royale games. Also in my opinion Free Fire should come out with a custom head-up displays and cross hair and so allows players to be more comfortable with their settings. To end it off, i would say Free Fire is a good game and you should check it out yourself !

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Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy

Probably the most frustrating game I have came across, Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy uses a simple concept of flinging yourself up using a tool and made it a extremely addictive (and frustrating) game to play.

The game uses different surfaces to make each “stage” more difficult. By that I mean from climbing normal rocks at the start to ascending icy mountains. Bennett Foddy design the game in such a way that when you fall from a section you are most likely to end up not too far behind. However if you are to fall down again, you will end up even further back. Therefore it is essential that you be alert when you fall not to fall again and lose more progress. Aside from flinging yourself up to ascend further. You can place the hammer under you and push yourself up. Be careful of how you position yourself as your character’s lower half is replace with a cauldron so you can slide off the surface in a matter of seconds.

The experience of the game can be both satisfying and annoying at times. Imagine reaching the last level of a game and losing your progress in one wrong move, repeatedly. The satisfaction comes when you finally get over every obstacle that you may come across. Bennett Foddy created the different “stages” by making a way in which will be hard to fall even further back so it works like a checkpoint. The game used the simple concept of flinging yourself up with a hammer and made the game challenging by testing you on how well can you put that concept into action and be flexible about it. Once you reach the top, you will be shown the credits and a short note from Bennett Foddy himself. After that there will be a secret reward.

The game is developed by Bennett Foddy. The game was released as part of the October 2017 Humble Monthly, on October 6, 2017 where it was played by over 2.7 million players. A Steam version of the game was later released by him on December 6, 2017. The game was also released on iOS that same day.

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Growtopia

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Its a multiplayer sandbox platformer with crafting, building, punching and socializing. There are no goals, just an infinite number of worlds where you create whatever you want with all your friends. Farming in Growtopia are the most interesting thing to do! Farm by planting and breaking them after they can be harvested. Examples of farmables are: Fish tanks, Pin balls and of course Chandeliers! Farming is one of the most easiest to profit in world locks(a item where you use it as a currency in game, able to do lots of things!)

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Can’t get farmables? There is a simple way of earning them! Enter a world by any name you want to and all you need to do is start punching dirt, cave background and lava. After clearing the whole world, you will get gems and able to buy packs consisting splicing or clothes. You can also save up to buy a world lock and lock a world of your own! Slowly progress through this game with all those and even start getting your own built world! Easy once you got 2 to 3 world locks where you can buy lots of farmables, gain more by farming and getting more world locks

Disadvantages:

People in game might sometimes be rude and swear, but there is a solve! Growtopia has a settings where it blurs out the rude words and makes rude players speak gibberish. Another bad thing is that new players will get laughed and scammed easily, game knowledge is needed to know pricing of items that the new players might get. New players can solve this problem by going to worlds with correct pricing of items and find out how much their items cost. Competitiveness is also another problem, it makes players angry if they could not sell an item .

Advantages:

Growtopia is a game that makes time pass very fast and is a very fun for players who likes excitement and competitiveness. Socializing in game can help you with your own language and Emotional Intelligence(E.Q)

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Anyways, i feel that growtopia is a good game to spend your time on. With its wide variety of items and things you can do, you will never be bored!

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Critical Ops (FPS game)

 

I will be talking about Critical Ops, a first person shooter. A game with good graphics and nice gun/skins. Critical Ops is a fast-paced FPS that will test your reflexes and tactical skill. There are 18 weapons excluding the knife.

There are 2 game mode, Defuse and Death match. Defuse is a game mode where there are 2 different team, counter terrorist and terrorist, 2 different bomb sites A and B. A game mode where terrorist will have a bomb to plant while the counter terrorist needs to defend bomb sites and kill each other.$800 will be given to each player at first and the money will increase on whether you win or lose, you will need to use the money to purchase guns.

There is a timer of 1 minute 40 seconds, if time runs out without terrorist planting the bomb, counter terrorist wins. If terrorist plants bomb at a site and after 35-40 seconds counter terrorist does not defuse it, bomb will explode and terrorist will win. If you are near the bomb, you will take a lot of damage and might die. if teams kill each other and if all of the teammates dies, the team who survives win.

Death match is a game mode where you get any game you want and there are still 2 teams of counter terrorist and terrorist but this time you get to go wherever and kill the opponent. You will respawn every time you die. There is a timer of 8 minutes, 1 kill 1 point added to the scoreboard. 

The graphics are stunning with a maximum of 60 fps(frames per second) here are some pictures of the maps in-game. Requires Android 4.1, iOS 8.4 or later. Works best with a IPhone 6 or Samsung S6 or up

There is a control setting containing shooting/crouching/jumping/scoping layout settings like changing the x and y sensitivity and where the shoot button will be. There is also missions, complete missions and get around 20-30 credits. You will need 200 credits to buy a case. You can get skins for cases, skins are ranked from tier 1-7 . Tier 1 are commons while tier 5 are the maximum/legendary tier for normal guns, tier 6 are different type of knives without skin while 7 are knives with skins. In-app purchase are:

-240 credits for $2.98

-400 credits for $4.48

-1400 credits for $14.98

-3000 credits for $28.98

-10000 credits for $68.98

Overall i think that Critical Ops is a really good game to try out, it is not pay to win and can relax minds. Killing opponents allows you to relieve stress and have fun. Critical Ops a no-nonsense, action packed first person shooter, playing it can allow you to be amazed.  

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Portal 2

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Overview:

Portal 2 is the long awaited sequel to Portal, made by Valve, the same developer of half-life, Team Fortress 2 and Counter strike.  The puzzle game challenges people to use their mind and navigate through the now decrepit Aperture Science facility with only a portal gun in hand to try to escape. Along the way you may find yourself solving test chambers the evil AI GLaDOS has set up, exploring the buried old Aperture Science facility and meeting new characters like Wheatley, an AI personality core that assists you as you escape.

Mechanics:

Other than the unique portal mechanic added with the first Portal, all new mechanics have been introduced to enhance the puzzle solving experience. Some of the new mechanics include lasers, laser redirecting cubes, bridges of made of light and gels that give surfaces and objects new properties.

Features:

One of the most long awaited feature is the 2 Co-op mode. Named the cooperative testing initiative, you play as 2 robots built by GLaDOS, Atlas and P-body. In the co-op mode, there are all new maps and puzzles to solve, pushing for communication and co-operation between the 2 players. Another new feature is the The Perpetual Testing Initiative, allowing players to make their own puzzles for others to solve.

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Story:

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The game occurs an unspecified amount of time from the original game, but the state of the surroundings show that the time difference is quite sizable. You play as Chell, a portal gun wielding test subject from Aperture science. Woken up by Wheatley, an AI personality core, you try to escape the facility, accidentally reactivating GLaDOS. Eventually you defeat GlaDOS, and Wheatley takes charge of the facility. This drives Wheatley mad with power and knocks you down into the old Aperture facility. While doing so, he also puts GLaDOS into a potato. After exploring the old facility and uncovering the backstory of GLaDOS and the Aperture Science, Chell together with GLaDOS find a way back, put GLaDOS back in charge and send Wheatley to space.

Conclusion:

This is a great game with compelling story and interesting characters and the feeling of finally solving a puzzle on your own is a very rewarding one.

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Corsair Void Surround

Corsair’s products have been ergonomic and eye catching. The Corsair Void Surround is no different. One of the 5 Void headsets on sale, the Void Surround has a few things the other Voids don’t.

To start off, imagine a peripheral device that can be used on pretty much anything that is up to date. That is the Void Surround. It is able to be used on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and even on mobile devices, if they have a 3.5 mm audio jack. The versatility of this headphone is one of its strengths. However it is still able to be used on older platforms, some however might require an adapter.

Another feature is a Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound, by using the USB Dolby Headphone adapter. What does this mean? You can have surround sound while playing your favourite games on console. So if you want to experience The Last of Us or Uncharted with surround sound to have the best experience possible, this is also a good pick.

The microphone and the frame is not to be underestimated. Corsair teamed up with a few designing experts from BMW to make an ultra-iconic and ultra-comfortable design. The ear cups are ear-shaped and fit around your ear instead of rubbing against them. This itself allows a long lasting gaming marathon without fatigue kicking in very quickly. The icing on the cake for comfort is that the ear cups have memory foam microfibre wrapped around it.

The microphone itself has a program called InfoMic. On the tip of the mic, there are two lights, one to notify you about battery life, microphone mute condition and some settings. Unlike most other headphones, the buttons to toggle mute, adjust volume or swapping presets are not on the cords. Instead of making the cords look slightly weird, with that little bulge,  the buttons are on the ear cup to make it more comfortable and efficient to use and there is no need to fumble about to find that bulge.

Sound quality wise, it is still something to look up to. With 50mm neodymium drives and the aforementioned Surround Sound, listening experience are both gaming and music are equally good. Due to its strong drivers, the bass is strong and its pirmary focus. It also has a very wide dynamic range. The mid-range and high-end might not be on par with the bass’ quality, they are regardless still very good and decently clear.

So, if you want a gaming headset that looks nice, have quite a good sound quality and have a microphone that updates you about its status. This is one of the best choices. The surround sound is an ad-on that quite some people will like, giving more immersion to those epic singleplayer games and campaigns. With a price of 115SGD, this headphone is a good deal for its price.

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Destiny: Rise of Iron

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The final chapter before Destiny 2 comes out, Rise of Iron focuses on bring nostalgia to old players in several ways and  explaining a group of people, known as Iron Lords. Their names plastered on high end weapons in Year 1.

The story summed up begins before the original events of Destiny occurs. The Iron Lords were searching for SIVA, a nanotechonogy that can make anything with direction. They found it, but a Warmind, Rasputin used it to attack the Iron Lords. In the end, only Lord Saladin, the protagonist survives. After the events of the Taken King, SIVA is rediscovered and reactivated by the Fallen, which corrupts a part of the land, now known as the Plaguelands. You will need to defend the old base of the Iron Lords and find the source of SIVA, stopping the production of the mites. In the last mission, you encountered SIVA-fied versions of the Iron Lords and kill them, putting them to peace.

Overall, the atmosphere of the expansion is quite medieval. The SIVA tendrils is a good contrast to the bleak snowy landscape in the Plaguelands. The Splicers, the enemy, is a modified version of the original Fallen which has new abilities that might surprise new or inexperienced players. The soundtrack is beautifully composed with a fan made track for one of the Strike bosses.

As of 2017, all Strikes are playable and remastered, letting new players enjoy and try out the original Strikes with an additional mechanics from old raids and more things to do to kill the boss. This keeps the idea of nostalgia really well. With raid mechanics, some might speculate that the old raids will be remastered.

The raid is one of the best in Destiny, being unforgiving but at the same time not mechanical and fun. The raid contains a secret, which requires the team to find certain monitors and activate them. To finish the puzzle, the team will also require knowledge in binary. The bosses are well designed and the rewards for completing the raid is very rewarding, giving you one of the best weapons in Destiny.

Being the last content update for Destiny, this is a well made and polished expansion for the last chapter of Destiny.

The price of the expansion alone is 30 SGD and the full collection which includes all other expansions costs 50 SGD.

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Destiny : The Taken King OST

No matter how critics react to Destiny , the soundtracks are still the golden thing that was quite well received. This is the second official soundtrack for Destiny, but it also contains the soundtracks of all expansions, The Dark Below, The House of Wolves and The Taken King. Since there is about 2 hours of audio to listen, I will select 6 soundtracks that stood out to me as favorites.

Track 2 – Regicide

This soundtrack raised the hype metre for The Taken King when the first trailer of the DLC was made public. The start is very loud to begin, combine it with the brass and percussion, it is the most epic theme in the whole album. The brass is repeated in the second minute but the main melody are from the string instruments. Though after the first minute, the epic feeling of the song subsides, with the string and brass being focused too much with  different keys. Most of the soundtrack is mainly consists of the less epic melodies. However, at the end of the song, the epic feeling is once again put back. To be honest, this soundtrack fits Oryx quite well. The main theme is played in some cut scenes too.

Track 39 – Dark Blade

This is the soundtrack for Alak-Hul, the final boss of the strike The Sunless Cell. Unlike the other soundtracks of this review, this is quite electronic to begin with.  It has an ominous start, which fits the boss fight really well a you cannot see him due to the fact that the arena has no visibility at all and he teleports. The soundtrack is mainly soft to begin with, in game it is not really noticeable, but it gradually increases in volume. By the 3 minute marker, the volume has reached its loudest. The melody is injected with more melodies that form the part when the boss becomes stronger and teleports even more frequently. It ends of with the same ominous tune from the start.

Track 10 – Surge of Light

This is one of the soundtracks that is used in the trailers for The Taken King. It is used for the missions for the new subclasses. It starts off with the the string instruments which forms the main melody of the soundtrack. It does share some melodies with Regicide here and there in a discreet way. With the its own melody and Regicide’s it does send sone form of anticipation to those who watched the trailer or played the subclasses’ qust

Track 28 – Soul of Crota

This is the soundtrack for the second raid boss of Destiny, Crota. Till this day, people still run this raid for the nostalgia or for the challenge of soloing it. The sound track is played throughout the entire raid. It starts off with the brass and some background effects, it makes you feel that you have no hope in beating the raid, helpless and weak. After the start of the soundtrack, the brass becomes more high pitched and louder, it does not feel as helpless as the first minute, the drums also seemed more noticeable after the first minute. The tune with the brass is basically repeated over and over as it is the main melody of the soundtrack. After the second minute, the feeling of being a hero has taken over the original feeling, with the drums being even faster and more noticeable. In the end, this suits the raid a lot. Considering the things you have to do to reach Crota is painstaking hard, this is fitting to the entire raid. Some parts of this soundtrack is also used for other bosses too.

Track 34 – Fallen S.A.B.E.R

This soundtrack is really uplifting, but don’t let it fool you, as the strike that accompanies it is one of the most rage inducing ones. This soundtrack can be heard throughout the entire strike from the start to the very end. Most of the soundtrack is composed of string instruments for example the melody and  there is some resemblance to another community favorite soundtrack The Last Array.

Track 20 – Cabal Breach

The theme for the Cabal in The Taken King, this soundtrack is the succesor of Cabal Stomp, which is an inconic soundtrack within the community itself. Using mostly brasswind instruments to make it have this Roman legion feel to the song. Unlike Cabal Stomp, this is less catchy by a lot.

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