Razer Phone coming to India, Confirms CEO

The Razer Phone that released in the United States in November 2017 has finally been confirmed to be coming to India. The CEO of Razer, Mr Min-Liang Tan confirmed on Twitter that they were working on getting the Razer Phone to India during a conversation between Anuj Sharma a current employee of Razer and, Ershad Kaleebullah.

This is big news since there were a lot of people who wanted to get their hands on the Razer Phone but importing it was too much of a hassle for most people, not to mention the lack of any service centres which would also mean the lack of warranty on such an expensive phone. Mobile gaming in India has been rapidly on the rise and even though the Razer Phone might be a bit late, just the introduction into the market and giving people the choice of owning a phone that was specifically designed with mobile gaming in mind is a good step forward and hopefully, is the start of many other Razer products officially coming to India in the near future as well.

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Fortnite Season 5 Leak Teases New Map

With Season 5 of Fortnite just around the corner, data miners have already been at it to get as much information as they can. The data miners found assets in the files that could relate to what the next season might be about.

The leakers have found assets that are very strongly hinting at a “Wild Wild West” setting. This is slowly being confirmed as a Horse Carriage has already spawned at one of the locations that the leakers have been discussing about, which known as “Moisty”. There’s also a leaked map that showcases the map to have a very dusty, brown and midwest vibe to it. While, another leaker claims that there are going to be multiple islands

There’s also hints of a new LMT game mode which will be a 50v50 match with infinite respawns and no building but, one person gets to be a Leviathan and the rest have to escort it while the other team tries to stop the Leviathan. Sounds like a very interesting and fun game mode that could get people hooked even more.

Along with all this, there’s also leaks for new skins that range from the 40s-60s American style along with other regular skins.  The role of the rocket, however, is not yet known but chances are that it’ll be important to the whole makeover that the map is going to get soon. For more information about the leaks, check out Two Epic Buddies on twitter.

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Reasons Why Gaming is Bad For You?

Gaming is considered to be one of the most harmful activities the teenage race has uncovered, even more harmful than the likes of drugs & alcohol. An activity so fatal that it destroys families and leaves the victim helpless. The perpetrator behind poverty, draughts, earthquakes & what not. Yes my friend, all of these horrors are caused by gaming.  Be cautious.

Top 5 reasons why It’s so bad?

Reason 1: Often considered to be slow in class & poor in studies. Gamers are found to have a significantly better hand eye coordination than non-gamers. Yes, Mitochondria is the powerhouse of a cell, true, but good driving skills (hand eye coordination) can save your life one day.

Reason 2: It is commonly believed that gamers don’t have a social life, girlfriends or a friend circle. Sitting around all day like a couch potato. However, the bit about not having a girlfriend is true *Mr. Lonely plays in the background* (Very self aware). Online gaming enables many players to interact with each other, there is a constant communication between the players which in turn results in the development of casual relationships among them. Online gaming helps in improving social skills of players & helps them make new friends. Increased confidence whoopty-doo!

Reason 3: Poor eye sight & bad sleeping habits. Yes, as you non-gamers turn off the bedroom lights & lie down on your bed to check your phone one last time before dozing off, scrolling through endless social media posts in absolutely no light but your phone’s. Before you know it’s been 2 hours & you have blurry eyes. Super healthy! Yes, gaming does cause a poor eye sight if prolonged for hours, well, so does a normal activity of using your phone which is much more harmful.

Reason 4: Not a viable career option, you can’t make a living out of gaming.

  • Meet Tyler “Ninja” Blevin who only makes $500,000 a month by playing Fortnite. Yup, not a fruitful career option.

Reason 5: Time Killer & No Productivity. Many modern education institutions incorporate video games as a teaching methodology. Last time we checked history was a boring subject to study, not when you get your hands on Assasin’s Creed or the Call Of Duty, there is no better teacher than these two. Many modern education institutions incorporate video games as a teaching methodology.

We’re sorry, all of these reasons look more like benefits. Let’s move on & try to answer the real question as to why gaming is bad for you? 

Here’s your answer.

Oops!

 

Back to your Keyboard, Comrades!

The Crew 2: Review

A sequel to a game that had an interesting concept but disappointed when it launched but slowly got good, The Crew 2 is a sequel with a lot of new offerings. The Crew 2 brings you new ways to explore the United States with the addition of boats and aeroplanes and the ability to switch on the fly. The Crew 2 has been developed by Ivory Tower and published by Ubisoft and is out now for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. So, has this unique sequel learned from the mistakes of its predecessor or is it something similar with a shiny new touch?

The Crew 2 takes exploration to a whole new level with the skies and water bodies now being accessible. There’s a lot of different types of races and events like Drift, Rally, Street, GP and even different types of events for the planes and boats. You unlock these different events by getting more popular in the game world. However, there isn’t much of a story in this game. You start off as an unknown racer who has to make a name in the world of motorsports by winning and gaining followers which besides winning races can be gotten by doing stunts across the map.

Visually, the atmosphere for every location is bang on and the game is absolutely gorgeous. There were numerous times when I would get awestruck by how good the game looked like when you see a city in the distance during the night time while you’re on top of a huge hill, driving towards the city. However there are a few annoyances too. The game has Bad Level Of Detail which resulted on a lot of pop-in even on the higher graphical settings. This is something that really takes me out of a game and with a game this beautiful, this was a major annoyance.  Another huge annoyance is the open world destructivity. It is hard to gauge what can be destroyed and what can’t and is a problem that a lot of people are complaining about. A small rock or bush can completely stop you while at other times you can just destroy most trees in your path. The vehicle damage system has also been greatly toned down and now your vehicle will only have slight dents and bumps unlike the prequel. In terms of performance, PC performance was good on a Ryzen 5 1600, GTX 970 and 16GB RAM. I was able to hit 60fps quite consistently with most settings on high. In the consoles department, the only console to supposedly hit 60fps is the Xbox One X while the rest of the consoles run the game at a locked 30.

Now the game has a few things that I feel hamper the overall experience. There’s no proper tuning for vehicles , you upgrade your vehicle by getting loot after races or after performing certain objectives. The loot ranges from common, uncommon, rare and epic with legendary loot coming in a future update. Another one is that the price for cars can be inconsistent. Some tuned out car can cost lower than a regular, daily driver car that you think would be cheaper than the aforementioned car. Some cars are priced exorbitantly high but are also purchasable by a microtransaction-based currency. Not to mention, that cars are of specific types so if you buy a Drift RX7 and want to use it for normal races, you can’t. You’ll have to buy a variant of it which is quite annoying and can push players to use microtransactions. Rubber banding was quite evident but didn’t really ruin my experience.

 

Now, in a game that’s titled “The Crew” you’d expect to be part of a crew and race together or against each other right? Well, the game allows you to do some of it as in its current state PvP is not in the game. Supposedly, it’ll be added in the future but honestly, what were they thinking? This is one of my biggest gripes with this game and left me very disappointed. While the multiplayer has half the features it should, the single player is basically non-existent. While the map itself is huge, there isn’t much in the world that makes it feel empty most of the time. While the car races are quite good, the boat and airplane races can be quite disappointing on their own.

Onto sound and audio. The voice acting in this is bland, boring and feels fake and forced. While the VA in Ubisoft’s other titles tend to range from good to great, in this particular case it was as if they made do with the bare minimum. Music is good and has different genres to choose from and even an option to turn it off if you aren’t a fan of the choice of music in game or get tired of listening to your favourite genre after an extended period of playing the game. The vehicle sounds in the game is probably one of the best in the genre. The engines on all the vehicles sound more than just ok, they’re a joy to listen to. As you travel across various terrains and different environments, you’ll hear the tonal shift that occurs due to the change in environment. The little ambient sounds that you hear like the rattling of a hood on a tricked out car or the slight noises of parts of your vehicle cling clanging together really add to it. However, there is a real distinct lack of change in audio when you go into first person mode since there doesn’t seem to be a shift to make you feel like you’re inside a car or riding on top off a motorcycle.

Ultimately, the game tries to do a lot but in the end, it just feels like it is lacking a lot of content. The push for microtranscations with the high prices for cars really hurts the game, not to mention the lack of PvP. While there is a great sense of exploration as you drive ,fly and boat across the United States with your friends, there still exists a feeling of nothingness in many parts of the game. I’m hoping that over time with patches and updates, the game might actually be worth its money but in it’s current state I wouldn’t really recommend this game unless you get it on a sale because it just feels very incomplete.

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Hitman 2 Info Leak: He’s going back to India

There’s been a leak about the upcoming Hitman game which has been titled Hitman 2. This leak states that it is based on the data recovered from the Hitman Server version 7.3’s assets which are stored on the official IO-Interactive Server. This pdf file which contains all the info about the leak further states that it also has information gathered from the Hitman: Sniper Assassin game.

It talks about the playable demo mission that was shown to the audience at E3 2018 followed by a mission titled “Hippo” which takes place in Colombia but the mission after that is what piqued my attention. The mission titled “Mongoose” takes place in the slums of Mumbai and has an optional target named “Dawood Rangan” which could be a take on the infamous Mumbai underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim. Information regarding the mission like Disguises and Location specific items are also present in this document.

This mission would mark Agent 47’s return to India in a Hitman game after Hitman 2: Silent Assassin’s mission which took place in Punjab. It is quite a coincidence that both the times he’s been to India it’s been in the 2nd game of a series from the Hitman franchise. There’s a lot of information about the other missions as well in this document and is quite an amazing catch by data miners.

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Warface Coming to PS4 and Xbox One in 2018

Warface is coming to PS4 and Xbox One!

Dear players!

We have some very special news for you. As you know, Warface is a truly global game that unites the fans around the world. Players from over 175 countries have joined the confrontation between Warface and Blackwood. Millions play this game, and the number keeps on increasing.

The time has come to take it to a new level. Soon you will be able to enjoy Warface on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Have you ever dreamt of seizing the crown in Battle Royale lying on your sofa with a gamepad in your hands? Or clearing Anubis, whilst enjoying the ancient tombs on a huge TV screen in the comfort of your living room? Those dreams and more will turn to reality very soon.

Tell your console buddies all about the new age of Warface, as no matter how powerful you are – being one-man army is just no fun. Don’t forget that you will receive cool gifts just for signing up for the CBT.

A separate team has been composed to work with Warface on consoles, so the attention given to the “original” PC version will not be lowered in any way.

Enjoy combat the way you prefer… and stay tuned!

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Fear the Wolves coming to Steam Early Access on July 18!

Focus Home Interactive and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. veterans at Vostok Games are proud to announce that Battle Royale FPS Fear the Wolves will enter Steam Early Access on July 18.

Combining traditional last-man-standing gameplay with PVE elements and unique radiation, weather, and endgame extraction mechanics, Fear the Wolves guarantees an intense, atmospheric experience in the decaying ruins of Chernobyl.

Fear the Wolves enters Early Access with Vostok Games keen to receive feedback and improve the game alongside a growing community of players interested in the next evolution of Battle Royale. The first Early Access version already features the core gameplay and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. vibe, and there is much more already in development.

A new mode, gameplay features like leaning and crawling, more weapons, items, mutants, and weather – Vostok Games promise regular, large content patches, with a full plan of the update timeline available on the Steam page throughout development. The community will also play their part, with feedback welcome on everything from weapon balance to new ideas for Fear the Wolves’ unique weather and PvE systems.

Vostok Games are greatly looking forward to experiencing the game with the community and getting to work adding to the Early Access version ahead of a full release in 2019.

Fear the Wolves comes to PC on Steam Early Access, July 18. Consoles and full PC release in 2019  

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PlayStation Plus Games: July 2018

Your PlayStation Plus games for July are Absolver and Heavy Rain

Phew! Well, that was one heck of an E3. Not only did we get to show off a whole raft of awesome exclusives, we also kick-started our massive Summer of Plus campaign, which will be bringing exclusive benefits to PS Plus members all throughout the summer.

During our E3 Showcase we announced Call of Duty: Black Ops III would be joining PS Plus as a special bonus title, available to download until 11th July (you can grab it here) and we’ll have more exclusive discounts and extras in the weeks and months ahead. Stay tuned for all that and more, or head over to PlayStation.com for all the latest offers.

Just like always, we’ve also got our monthly line-up of games and wouldn’t you know it, it’s that time of the month again. The following are available for download from 3rd July:

Absolver

Dust off your knuckles, it’s time to get your hands dirty. Part RPG, part fighting game, part shared-world online brawler, Absolver stands alone as something a little bit different.

What’s really special is how well it all meshes: playing either PVE or PVP you’ll set out into the lost empire of Adal as a humble prospect and build your own combat style as you progress, picking up weapons, meeting new combatants to hone your skills against or befriending fellow travellers to spar with, trade secrets and impart fighting wisdom.

If you’re looking for a unique online experience to play with or against friends and enjoy mastering deep gameplay mechanics, Absolver is the perfect thing for you.

Heavy Rain

Hot on the heels of the hugely successful Detroit: Become Human we’re keeping the Quantic Dream train rolling throughout July by revisiting its break-out PS3 exclusive Heavy Rain.

Set in a rain-soaked recreation of Philadelphia, you’ll follow the trail of a mysterious serial murderer known as the ‘Origami Killer’, through the actions of four main characters, each connected somehow to the criminal.

You’ll be challenged to make tough decisions and search for clues that will help track down the killer and save a missing child.

A deep, atmospheric narrative-driven gameplay experience, Heavy Rain established the branching story-telling approach which has become Quantic Dream’s signature. Remastered now for PS4, the game looks and plays better than ever. If you love a slow-burning crime drama, or have only recently discovered the studio’s work, then you’re in for a treat.

Anything else?

We’re topping off those two titles with a pair of games each for PS3 and PS Vita leaving July’s final line-up looking like this:

Absolver (PS4)

• Heavy Rain (PS4)

• Rayman 3 HD (PS3)

• Extreme Exorcism (PS3)

• Space Overlords (PS Vita + PS4)

• Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma (PS Vita)

Not only this, as mentioned above Call of Duty: Black Ops III, is also available from now until 11th July as part of the monthly games line-up, so grab it while you can.

July’s regular line-up will be available to download on PlayStation Store from 3rd July.

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Xbox Games with Gold: July 2018

New Games with Gold for July 2018

Welcome to another Games with Gold reveal for Xbox One and Xbox 360! In July on Xbox One, blast your way through robot hordes in Assault Android Cactus, then experience one of the most innovative and humorous co-op puzzlers in Death Squared. On Xbox 360 and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, we’ll start with the classic fighting game Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, followed by the covert, action-adventure classic Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction.

All games will be available exclusively for Xbox Live Gold members for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. With Xbox Live Gold, you get the most advanced multiplayer service, free games, and exclusive member discounts on games in the Microsoft Store — get Xbox Live Gold today to get in on the action!

Assault Android Cactus ($14.99): Available July 1 to 31 on Xbox One

Death Squared ($14.99): Available July 16 to August 15 on Xbox One

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown ($14.99): Available July 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction ($19.99): Available July 16 to 31 on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Assault Android Cactus

 

Play as android cop, Constable Cactus, or nine others as you blast a bevy of baddies to protect your spaceship in this thrilling twin-stick shooter. With a taut story line, non-stop bullet-play, and beautiful visuals, the action really ramps up in multiplayer and will leave you breathless.

Death Squared

 

Cooperation, communication, and robot explosions are the name of the game in this crafty puzzler. Solve 80 unique puzzles that range from elementary all the way up to Einstein genius. Fantastic narration, inventive levels, and four-player multiplayer really set this game apart.

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown

Customize and fight as your favorite 17 characters from the Virtua Fighter franchise. This definitive version of the series includes an overhauled fighting mechanic, including “offensive mode,” a new strategic side-stepping ability to attack your enemy. Battle your way to the top and prove that you are the ultimate warrior.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction

Return to the iconic role of Sam Fisher, this time a fugitive from the government he used to serve. Silently remove multiple opponents at once, obtain high-tech gadgets, and use the surrounding environment to investigate the corruption at the heart of his daughter’s murder. In addition, take part in the separate co-op adventure that adds to the replay value of this thrilling game.

Read more about our Games with Gold program here and stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest news on Xbox. Also, check out more than 100 great games in Xbox Game Pass included in its monthly membership that you can try free for 14 days.

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#StreamerStories – Saloni Pawar

Gaming in itself has recently picked up the pace in the past few years. Streaming comes into the picture when Gaming is combined with community & presented on a more social platform.
Saloni Pawar, also known as “Meow16k” is a streamer from India. One of the very few girls in the industry!
The 18 year old streamer is set to mould the streaming culture in India, which was once very rigid. With streamers from different spheres coming together such as Twitch, Youtube & Facebook, India is soon to have it’s breakthrough.
We will let Saloni narrate her journey.
Gaming is a tough category, you will have to be strong because people are going to throw stones at you, instead of throwing stones back, you just need to keep moving!

Early Days

“I’ve been into gaming ever since I was 14. I used to play a lot of story driven games like, Assassin creed, Far cry, Prince of Persia until one fine day I got my hands on Counter Strike 1.6, I never played offline again.
I loved the idea of playing online and communicating with friends at the same time. Multiplayer games like Fortnite, PUBG, GTA & Overwatch are solely responsible for my love of online gaming”

Plunge into Streaming

“Streaming was something on the sides apart from just playing. A couple of friends suggested me to stream CSGO, so I tried & I haven’t looked back since. I started off on a really high note gaining a decently good response. I didn’t have any plans of becoming a full time streamer. Now I stream on twitch almost daily under the name Meow16K, I do a bunch of games, music and cringe. 🙂 “

Home Grown eSports

” eSports is tough to understand for people who aren’t part of this community, so convincing them to let you pursue it makes it even more tough.
There are a lot of saved videos on my Youtube channel when I newly started streaming & you can hear my mom yelling at me in the background for playing so long. I don’t blame her for not acknowledging eSports that time. Luckily to my favour, times have changed, I have her sweet support now! “

Industry Insights – Gaming

 “There’s lack of unity in the community, it gets people back against their walls. Rumours, name calling, & hate. All in all it’s keyboard warrior’s show. Everyone’s looking for ‘Masala’. There is no way eSports can grow here without togetherness.
There has to be common respect among  gamers, if we really want eSports in India to be as huge as in other countries.
Times have changed, the only way is UP!
Who knows what the future holds, keep your head high & shine on!”
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