My Summer Car – First Look

Published on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

My Summer Car is probably the most hardcore driving game you will ever play! Developed by AmisTech Games, My Summer Car may not be beautiful but what it lacks in aesthetics it makes up for in silliness, complexity and, most importantly, beer! Not that any of us condone drinking and driving (at all, ever), but in… Read more »

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Battlezone – VR Tank Warfare

Published on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Battlezone: Armchair FPS VR, I mean, it’s about time someone fitted a recliner into a tank, right? Battlezone, by Rebellion, is one of those games that came to my attention completely by accident, I had heard very little about it prior to EGX 2016 and the opportunity to try it almost passed me by. I… Read more »

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The Final Station

Published on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Trains, survival, guns, crafting AND story? The Final Station provides all of this and more! The Final Station is a 2D sidescrolling adventure/survival game set in an apocalyptic world with a brilliantly conceived story, basic crafting elements and trains! Developed by Do My Best and published by Tiny Build with all the love and attention you… Read more »

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Kingdom: New Lands

Published on Friday, August 12th, 2016

New lands to explore, new bonuses and buffs and more chances for your reign to end prematurely! Kingdom: Classic has been around for some time now, but the devs have not been idle, in fact, they have been very busy improving this already polished title, the result is Kingdom: New Lands, a new title in… Read more »

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Rimworld Alpha 14 and Steam Release

Published on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Some people just want to watch the world burn, now you can! Some of you may remember Rimworld from my posts on Davechaos.co.uk, well, there have been a great many updates since then, the most recent being Alpha 14 and the long awaited Steam early access release. The devs at Ludeon have been very busy… Read more »

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

ZOTAC International, a global innovator and leading manufacturer of graphics cards, ZBOX Mini PCs, and Solid State Drives (SSDs), ramps up a new line of storage aimed at offering enduring speed in desktops, notebooks, and external storage as it becomes an essential to every PC.

Premium Edition

Available in 240GB and 480GB capacities, the Premium Edition SSDs bring with it a suite of features. At the heart sits a quad-core Phison SSD controller and outstanding MLC NAND for marathon reliability with up to 480 TBW and up to 3,000 PE cycles. With robust performance delivering sequential read/write speeds of up to 520MBps and 500MBps, the Premium Edition SSDs are within a hair’s width of the SATA III bandwidth saturation point.

Data Protection

With data moving in and out at incredible speeds, data corruption can be an occurrence. The ZOTAC Premium Edition SSDs feature technology that enhances data protection, including:

  • End to End Data Path Protection – detects and corrects any errors along the paths that your data takes between the DRAM, controller, and NAND
  • SmartECC – reconstructs bad/faulty pages when regular ECC checks fail
  • SmartRefresh – monitoring the health status of ECC blocks and refreshing blocks intermittently to advance data retention
  • Power Failure Protection – minimizing the time data is housed in the cache to prevent data loss during unexpected power outage
  • Dynamic Wear Leveling – ensuring that the use of the NAND is spread out to extend the SSD’s lifespan

 All ZOTAC SSDs are backed by a limited three year warranty.

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Written by Andrew on Monday, January 4th, 2016

MSI’s Z170 XPOWER Titanium board is pretty high end, with it’s great overclocking features, white, silver and black styling, and the plethora of connectivity. If you are looking for a great overclocking board, this should be on your shortlist with it’s OC dashboard – a small ad-on PCB with hardware buttons allowing you to easily increase your overclocks with hardware buttons, while still easily accessing your voltage checkpoints. I can also see the board being used as a style piece in one of those amazing showcase builds – with the currently pretty unique colour scheme, and general nice design – it’s certainly a looker too. Something to note though is that even though it’s relatively expensive for a Z170 motherboard (something like their Gaming 7, or Asus’ Hero or Ranger boards being between £50 and £100 cheaper) it doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles since it’s more focuses on overclocking. You miss out on things like USP 3.1 Type-C, Thunderbolt 3, U.2 (although can be converted from one of two 32GB/s M.2 slots) and a few other features that similar and sometimes lower priced boards come with – so this is definitely a compromise – but certainly not by much. Feel free to watch the video for more info on the board!

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Monday, May 9th, 2016

ASUS and Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced ASUS Signature X99-Deluxe II, X99-A II and X99-E, along with ROG Strix X99 Gaming from the latest ROG Strix Series line-up — four all-new ATX motherboards based on the Intel® X99 chipset and loaded with exclusive technologies to maximize the potential of the new Intel Core™ i7 processor family for socket LGA 2011-v3.

Commenting on the new product line-up, Joe Hsieh, ASUS Corporate Vice President & General Manager of Motherboard Business Unit said: “Our X99 motherboards have won awards from many respected publications and editors around the world, with ASUS consistently praised as the number-one motherboard brand. We are keen to offer best-selling, easy-to-use, stable and trusted motherboards — that’s why we call them BEST. And we’re proud to introduce our all-new X99 motherboards allowing users to customize their experience and maximize performance in ways that simply aren’t possible with any other brand of motherboard.”
Pushing boundaries: Advancing award-winning heritage for maximum performance and style

The best-selling and award-winning ASUS X99 Signature motherboard range returns to push the boundaries of PC hardware beyond the accepted limits, while adding many new features and technologies to elevate both performance and aesthetics — enabling PC-builders to create custom rigs on the finest foundations.

The new X99 Signature motherboards features include the pioneering OC Socket to drive CPU and DDR4 performance beyond all expectations, and exclusive 5-Way Optimization for one-click overclocking and cooling. With the newly upgraded Fan Xpert 4, X99 Signature motherboards elevates customized cooling to new heights, with the ability to detect PWM/DC fans on all headers, use high-amperage fans and control water-cooling pumps in both software and the media-acclaimed ASUS UEFI BIOS.

The new boards also feature ASUS Aura, with onboard RGB lighting and a 4-pin LED-strip header to create stunning illumination effects — all easily synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable ASUS hardware.

The latest-generation X99 Signature motherboards are engineered with ASUS SafeSlot. This reinvented, strengthened PCIe slot uses a new insert-molding process to bind the slot to fortifying metal for superior 1.6X retention and 1.8X shearing resistance.

Next-generation connectivity is also a major theme of the refreshed X99 Signature series, with up to dual U.2 and M.2 slots to tap into 32Gbps of PCIe® bandwidth, 3×3 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible Type-C. X99-Deluxe II also includes ASUS ThunderboltEX 3, a quick-to-fit expansion card for blistering transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps.
ROG Strix X99 Gaming: Join the Republic, release your inner rebel

ROG Strix is the newest recruit into the Republic of Gamers — and ROG Strix X99 Gaming is the first ROG Strix motherboard. ROG Strix X99 Gaming delivers premier performance, innovation, and confident dynamism to release the gamer’s inner rebel, with a bold design and bright, customizable colors that channels the spirit of fierce individualism.

ROG Strix X99 Gaming has great gaming aesthetics that enables passionate gamers to illuminate their builds with multicolor magnificence. Ten LED effects can be customized with ASUS Aura, the intuitive lighting control software for the built-in RGB LEDs and attached RGB strips via the integrated 4-pin RGB -strip header, allowing easy custom illumination that can be perfectly synchronized. Included decals allow gamers to color-match lighting effects with their case design and decoration.

ROG Strix X99 Gaming is made for gaming with SupremeFX, Sonic Radar II, Intel Ethernet, and GameFirst technologies. Shielded SupremeFX delivers flawless high-fidelity audio with a remarkable 115dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), so only the very best is heard on gaming headsets or speakers. Sonic Radar II displays a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to on the battlefield, while tournament-level Intel Gigabit Ethernet has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, significantly reducing the processor’s workload to free up power for the game. The all-new GameFirst IV optimizes network traffic for faster, lag-free online gaming — helping gamers dominate with epic speed and agility.

To maximize performance, ROG Strix X99 Gaming also has 5-Way Optimization for one-click auto tuning, including Fan Xpert 4 for ultimate cooling and control, plus OC Socket for maxed-out DDR4 and processor performance.

Gamer’s Guardian offers real-world protection for ROG Strix X99 builds, including the all-new ASUS SafeSlot and loads of brilliant defenses, highly-durable components and smart DIY features. ROG Strix X99 also delivers great data transfers, with onboard U.2, USB 3.1 Type-A and C, M.2, 2×2 Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO. Uniquely-intelligent RAMCache technology effectively caches an entire storage device to launch favorite games and apps at breakneck speeds.
Ultra-fast transfers: ThunderboltEX 3 add-on card drives blistering speeds of up to 40Gbps

The new ASUS Signature X99-Deluxe II, X99-A II, X99-E and ROG Strix X99 Gaming motherboards all support ThunderboltEX 3, an Intel-certified Thunderbolt™ 3 card that enables breathtaking bi-directional speeds up to 40Gbps — four-times faster than other PC data-transfer cables with twice the video bandwidth for the latest 60Hz 4K UHD displays. Thunderbolt 3 also supports daisy-chaining of up to six devices, and has a reversible USB Type-C connector for compatibility with the latest USB 3.1 Type-C devices. It also supports the USB Power Delivery specification for fast, high-power charging of up to 36W. ThunderboltEX 3 is included with X99-Deluxe II.
EZ DIY Kit: For hassle-free DIY experiences

ASUS encourages DIYers and cares deeply about giving them the very best experience when assembling their rigs. The EZ DIY Kit includes a 45-in-1 screwdriver with ergonomic, slip-resistant handles that is suitable for a wide range of fastenings. The kit also includes a retractable and pneumatic ASUS VGA holder that provides support for up to three heavy graphics cards to prevent slot damage and motherboard bending. The holder has a smooth finish and multiple height adjustments for easy installation. The EZ DIY Kit is available to purchase separately worldwide.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS Signature X99-Deluxe II, X99-A II and X99-E, and ROG Strix X99 will be available from mid/end May in the UK. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,368 awards in 2015 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 17,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of over 5,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2015 was approximately US$14 billion.

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Monday, May 9th, 2016

2016—NVIDIA today announced the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 — the first gaming GPU based on the company’s new Pascal™ architecture — providing up to 2x more performance in virtual reality compared to the GeForce GTX TITAN X. (1)

Pascal offers massive leaps in performance, memory bandwidth and power efficiency over its predecessor, the high-performance Maxwell™ architecture. And it introduces groundbreaking graphics features and technologies that redefine the PC as the ultimate platform for playing AAA games and enjoying virtual reality.

“The PC is the world’s favorite gaming platform, and our new Pascal GPU architecture will take it to new heights,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of NVIDIA’s PC business. “Our first Pascal gaming GPU, the GeForce GTX 1080, enables incredible realism in gaming and deeply immersive VR experiences, with dramatically improved performance and efficiency. It’s the most powerful gaming GPU ever built, and some of our finest work.”

Five Marvels of Pascal
NVIDIA engineered the Pascal architecture to handle the massive computing demands of technologies like VR. It incorporates five transformational technologies:

  • Next-Gen GPU Architecture. Pascal is optimized for performance per watt. The GTX 1080 is 3x more power efficient than the Maxwell Architecture.
  • 16nm FinFET Process. The GTX 1080 is the first gaming GPUs designed for the 16nm FinFET process, which uses smaller, faster transistors that can be packed together more densely. Its 7.2 billion transistors deliver a dramatic increase in performance and
  • Advanced Memory. Pascal-based GPUs are the first to harness the power of 8GB of Micron’s GDDR5X memory. The 256-bit memory interface runs at 10Gb/sec., helping to drive 1.7x higher effective memory bandwidth than that delivered by regular GDDR5.
  • Superb Craftsmanship. Increases in bandwidth and power efficiency allow the GTX 1080 to run at clock speeds never before possible — over 1700 MHz — while consuming only 180 watts of power. New asynchronous compute advances improve efficiency and gaming performance. And new GPU Boost™ 3 technology supports advanced overclocking functionality.
  • Groundbreaking Gaming Technology. NVIDIA is changing the face of gaming from development to play to sharing. New NVIDIA VRWorks™ software features let game developers bring unprecedented immersiveness to gaming environments. NVIDIA’s Ansel™ technology lets gamers share their gaming experiences and explore gaming

“We were blown away by the performance and features of the GTX 1080,” said Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games. “We took scenes from our Paragon game cinematics that were designed to be rendered offline, and rendered them in real time on GTX 1080. It’s mind-blowing and we can’t wait to see what developers create with UE4 and GTX 1080 in the world of games, automotive design, or architectural visualization — for both 2D screens and for VR.”

VRWorks: A New Level of Presence for VR

To fully immerse users in virtual worlds, the enhanced NVIDIA VRWorks software development kit offers a never before experienced level of “VR presence.” It combines what users see, hear and touch with the physical behavior of the environment to convince them that their virtual

  • 2x VR Graphics Performance: VRWorks Graphics now includes a simultaneous multi-projection capability that renders natively to the unique dimensions of VR displays instead of traditional, 2D monitors. It also renders geometry for the left and right eyes simultaneously in a single pass.
  • Enveloping Audio: VRWorks Audio uses the NVIDIA OptiX™ ray-tracing engine to trace the path of sounds across an environment in real time, fully reflecting the size, shape and material of the virtual world.
  • Interactive Touch and Physics: NVIDIA PhysX® for VR detects when a hand controller interacts with a virtual object, and enables the game engine to provide a physically accurate visual and haptic response. It also models the physical behavior of the virtual world around the user so that all interactions — whether an explosion or a hand splashing through water — behave as if in the real world.

NVIDIA has integrated these technologies into a new VR experience called VR Funhouse.

“GeForce GTX 1080 promises to be the ultimate graphics card for experiencing EVE: Valkyrie,” said Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP Games. “We are looking forward to bringing NVIDIA’s new VRWorks features to Valkyrie to take the game’s visuals and performance to another level.”

Ansel: Capturing the Artistry of Gaming

NVIDIA also announced Ansel, a powerful game capture tool that allows gamers to explore, capture and share the artistry of gaming in ways never before possible. With Ansel, gamers can compose the gameplay shots they want, pointing the camera in any direction and from any vantage point within a gaming world. They can capture screenshots at up to 32x screen resolution, and then zoom in where they choose without losing fidelity. With photo-filters, they can add effects in real time before taking the perfect shot. And they can capture 360-degree stereo photospheres for viewing in a VR headset or Google Cardboard.

Availability and Pricing
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 “Founders Edition” will be available on May 27 for $699. It will be available from ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, NVIDIA. Palit, PNY and Zotac. Custom boards from partners will vary by region and pricing is expected to start at $599.

The GeForce GTX 1080 will also be sold in fully configured systems from leading U.S.-based system builders, including AVADirect, Cyberpower, Digital Storm, Falcon Northwest, Geekbox, IBUYPOWER, Maingear, Origin PC, Puget Systems, V3 Gaming and Velocity Micro, as well as system integrators outside North America.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 “Founders Edition” will be available on June 10 for $449. Custom boards from partners are expected to start at $379.

More information on the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 is available at www.geforce.com.

Ansel will be available in upcoming releases and patches of games such as Tom Clancy’s The Division, The Witness, Lawbreakers, The Witcher 3, Paragon, No Man’s Sky, Obduction, Fortnite and Unreal Tournament.

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) is a computer technology company that has pioneered GPU-accelerated computing. It targets the world’s the most demanding users — gamers, designers and scientists — with products, services and software that power amazing experiences in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, professional visualization and autonomous cars. More information at http://nvidianews.nvidia.com/.

 

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Written by Thomas Broomhall on Monday, February 22nd, 2016

The GateKeeper 2.0 Wireless (Bluetooth) PC security device is an extremely useful little tool for anyone using a computer in a public place, such as an office, as it’s main functionality is that when you walk away from your PC, you’re taking access to the PC with you!

The GateKeeper comes in two parts, a little key chain and a tiny USB device, with Bluetooth 4 as the wireless solution. In the software, you can choose the range that has to be between these two parts for the computer to lock down. When you return to the computer, depending on your preferences in the software, it can automatically log you back in, or it can ask for another authentication step before you can touch your precious and private data. There is also a free app for both iOS and Android devices, that when paired with your keychain, can be used to make the keychain emit a beeping noise to locate your lost keys / chain (or whatever you have connected your device to).

Priced at $50 USD on their website, the GateKeeper uses “military grade security” to protect your PC. There is also an Enterprise Starter Pack at $249.99, which includes 5 devices and a 3 month subscription to their enterprise solution, including all support and assistance from their engineering team to help you set it all up for your needs.

GateKeeper

USB Lock and Keyfob

Security

Military grade AES-128 and AES-256 encryption

Compatibility

Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10; Mac OS X

App

Android 4.3+, iOS 7.0+

Battery Life

6 months (CR2032 battery)

Range

30 feet

Wireless

Bluetooth 4

Size/Weight

45mm x 25mm x 6mm; 10gm

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Written by Dave Bagnall on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Logitech (SIX:LOGN) (NASDAQ:LOGI), a leading innovator of gaming peripherals, today announced the Logitech® G920 Driving Force™, its first force feedback racing wheel available for Xbox One®, as well as PC, will be available this fall. Built for precision racing and long-lasting reliability, the Logitech G920 Driving Force features Logitech’s powerful dual-motor force feedback transmission with anti-backlash helical gearing, hand-stitched leather-wrapped rim, and stainless steel throttle, brake, and clutch pedals. The wheel is also compatible with the optional Driving Force Shifter, a six-speed manual gear stick with push-down reverse. This is the first Logitech racing wheel available for Xbox One.

“The G920 is the wheel fans have been asking for on Xbox One,” said Ujesh Desai, general manager of the Logitech gaming business. “We built on our history and legacy of previous generation driving wheels to deliver on a truly immersive experience for Xbox One gamers. I personally can’t wait to get behind our new wheel to play Forza Motorsport 6.”

“This is great news for all of the Xbox One racing fans who used a Logitech wheel in the past and have been asking for this on our system,” said James Hunter, Director of Business and Strategy, Xbox Accessories. “With the release ofForza Motorsport 6 later this fall racing enthusiasts will now have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the game with the Logitech G920 Racing Wheel.”

Realistic Force Feedback

Engineered with dual-motor force feedback, the Logitech G920 Driving Force realistically simulates the feel of weight shift, road conditions, and tire wear, so you can sense under- or over-steering, traction loss and more. With helical gears modeled after the gearing used in real world car transmissions, you get exceptionally smooth, quiet and precise steering action. Anti-backlash hardware also keeps the wheel and pedal input tight to maximize control.

Durable Design

Built to last, the Logitech G920 Driving Force features solid steel ball bearings in the wheel shaft, anodized aluminum spokes, and stainless steel paddle shifters and pedals. High-quality, hand-stitched leather gives the Logitech G920 Driving Force the look and feel of a high-performance racecar wheel, and ensures a more comfortable and durable user experience. Additionally, built-in clamps and bolt points allow you to securely mount the wheel to a table or racing rig to minimize shifting or wobbling during aggressive maneuvers.

Easy Access to Game Controls

For seamless access to racing controls, the D-Pad, console buttons and semi-automatic paddle shifters are conveniently located on the Logitech G920 Driving Force.

Responsive Pedal Unit

The Logitech G920 Driving Force comes with a separate floor pedal unit that lets you comfortably brake, accelerate and change gears, just as you would in an actual car, and also allows you to maintain a more realistic body position for driving. The nonlinear brake pedal mimics the performance of a pressure-sensitive brake system for a responsive, accurate braking feel. Additionally, the G920 includes a dedicated clutch, so gamers who want to test their abilities can have a truly immersive racing experience.

Optional Driving Force Shifter

Available as an optional add-on, the Driving Force Shifter is a six-speed manual gear stick with push-down reverse. The Driving Force Shifter features quality construction, with a solid steel gear shaft and hand-stitched leather boot and knob cover. Built-in clamps and bolt points also allow the Driving Force Shifter to be mounted securely.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech G920 Driving Force is expected to be available at global retailers including Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg in the U.S, beginning in October 2015, for a suggested retail price of $399.99. Driving Force Shifter, a six-speed manual gear stick with push-down reverse, is also expected to be available as an optional add-on, for a suggested retail price of $59.99. For more information please visit our website or our blog. The Logitech G920 Driving Force will be featured in the Xbox booth in the South Hall during E3 2015.

About Logitech

Logitech is a world leader in products that connect people to the digital experiences they care about. Spanning multiple computing, communication and entertainment platforms, Logitech’s combined hardware and software enable or enhance digital navigation, music and video entertainment, gaming, social networking, audio and video communication over the Internet, video security and home-entertainment control. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).

Logitech, the Logitech logo, and other Logitech marks are registered in Switzerland and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information about Logitech and its products, visit the company’s website at www.logitech.com.

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My Summer Car is probably the most hardcore driving game you will ever play!

Developed by AmisTech Games, My Summer Car may not be beautiful but what it lacks in aesthetics it makes up for in silliness, complexity and, most importantly, beer! Not that any of us condone drinking and driving (at all, ever), but in a game like this nobody will judge you, except for the random police stops, they certainly won’t hesitate, or forgive you for that matter.

So, what is it all about? Well, imagine an Ikea for cars, except it’s not Ikea and you’re not in Sweden. In fact, it has very little in common, apart from the single missing part (as is inevitable in any DIY project, fear not, it’s available at the shop). The car does come in many pieces but you’re in rural Finland and there are no meatballs in sight. In deference of other creative titles, My Summer Car is significantly more complicated, let me provide a little context, having no knowledge of cars (I don’t even drive) it took me around 19 hours and a large amount of frustration and swearing to finally construct the mess you see below.

My Summer Car is also a life sim, ensuring you’re fed, hydrated, sleep enough, washed and don’t have a full bladder are all important. Earning money is also essential; pumping sewage for your neighbours, delivering firewood and even acts of vandalism can be considered work, living is expensive after all. Aftermarket parts, inevitable repairs, food, drink and even police fines are all expensive.

It's a mess, but it's my mess and I'm rather proud of it!

It’s a mess, but it’s my mess and I’m rather proud of it!

It’s not without problems, part placing hitboxes can be a bit small or unreliable, graphically it isn’t particularly beautiful, you can fall through the world (still trying to replicate), other minor bugs are also plentiful, although, I have never had a crash and with luck I won’t in future. As it stands there is only one car you can build and a selection of upgrades, maybe we’ll get more later? For an early access title it’s quite remarkable how polished My Summer Car is. This is obviously a labour of love for Amistech.

My Summer Car isn’t all serious, in fact there are keys assigned to things like urination, swearing and presenting a finger to those who annoy you, some might even have witty retorts for you. From the copious amount of beer you’ll likely consume, using a sauna to get clean, urinating on police officers (don’t try this at home) and forcing other drivers to crash (also, never try this at home), let’s just say, you won’t be bored.

The feeling of accomplishment when you complete the car, when the ignition turns and the engine starts for the first time, when you participate in your first rally, even getting the bodywork repaired; all of these are special moments and will make the time and effort you put in all the more rewarding. Especially since it’s permadeath (optional), good luck with that!

In summary, a highly enjoyable game with depth and humour, definitely one to watch as development progresses. I would love to see some form of cooperative multiplayer in the future. Only time will tell.

Pumping sewage isn't pleasant, but it pays well.

Pumping sewage isn’t pleasant, but it pays well.

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Written by Ex0du5_2169 on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Battlezone: Armchair FPS VR, I mean, it’s about time someone fitted a recliner into a tank, right?

Battlezone, by Rebellion, is one of those games that came to my attention completely by accident, I had heard very little about it prior to EGX 2016 and the opportunity to try it almost passed me by. I took the chance, having never even tried VR before, and I certainly don’t regret it. A gentle merger between full VR and standard controller-driven gaming, with a traditional FPS feel to ease new players into the experience.

While I felt somewhat disappointed with the lack of levers to pull and buttons to press, the sort of interaction you might expect from a VR experience, this would have added too much complexity, there are plenty more games out there that cater to those who want a realistic experience. The result is a fast-paced shooter with a retro sci-fi arcade feel, even the enemy tanks have a ‘Tron’ aesthetic.

They didn't have tanks in Tron!

They didn’t have these tanks in Tron!

 

Battlezone features an immersive cockpit and the freedom to look around it at your leisure, much like Elite Dangerous, for those who appreciate such things. Available panels contain various useful information, including current loudout, installed upgrades and even flavour text; such as news reports and other information. The controls are smooth, allowing for fast manoeuvring and precise aiming.

Graphically Battlezone looks lovely, it perfectly defines itself as a sci-fi shooter and the retro style lends itself well to the overall appeal. With all things considered, add the availability of cooperative play throughout the campaign, stir gently with the randomised campaign map and you have a recipe for replayability, the differing loadouts simply add icing to the cake!

Overall I had a large amount of fun playing Battlezone and would certainly recommend this title to anyone who wants a fast, frantic experience whether on a casual basis or a long gaming session. Comfortable chair recommended!

Why have a HUD when you can build it into a detailed cockpit?

Why have a HUD when you can build it directly into a detailed cockpit?