28 July 2016

Razer Naga Hex V2 - Review

Whenever I am lucky enough to be able to review any sort of hardware, things always come down to a single point, is this something I would buy for myself and thankfully the Naga Hex V2 is a mouse I would love to own.

From the moment I opened the box, it was clear that this was streamlined across the board, not only did the box itself not have layers upon layers to remove, before you even see the mouse, there was a nice welcome note, but under that, the mouse. Taking the mouse out of the box, let me see only a few little extra bits of paper and that was it. There was no excessive packaging, no convoluted cable ties holding things in place, it was as streamlined as you can get, which carries over to the mouse itself.

Holding the Naga Hex V2 in your hand, it’s easy to see its simplistic nature, but at the same time, I got this feeling there was more happening underneath. The shape of the mouse fits very comfortably in my hand, with a nice grade on the left where the thumb would sit, along with a nice lip on the right side, to keep your hand from blocking any movement. Frankly the shape is nothing all that surprising as almost any dedicated gaming mouse has a similar shape these days, but while the shape may not surprise most, it still does a great job of how it fits in the hand. As expected as well, the mouse also supports the Razer Chroma lighting system, which lets you choose how you want the mouse to look, you can let it cycle through the colours, or have it match your preferred colour. The parts that light up are limited to the scroll wheel, the side buttons and the Razer logo on the top, so you won’t be lighting up your room with bright lights.

As I just mentioned above, what give the Naga Hex V2 its edge though is the moba inspired buttons on the left face of the mouse and just like the mmo style mice before it, offers up some great rewards in game when you use it. What you get with the buttons are the numbers 1 through 7, which work the same as if you were using the numbers on the keyboard, pretty straight forward, but what makes the buttons work in your favour is that they don’t follow the numerical increase you might expect, seeing the image below will explain it better.

So while playing some Star Wars Old Republic, the mouse presented me with a more natural response than the actual mmo mouse that Razer released for the game. Taking the mouse and using it in a game like Minecraft resulted in some fast switching action, which did make things more entertaining to play, although there were a few issues with remembering the button locations. Perhaps the thing that will grate people the most is that the mouse is light, not to say that it is super light, it just does not have a lot of weight to it and without the option to adjust the weight of the mouse. The other issue people might have with the mouse is that it is corded, some mice will allow for a corded or wireless connection, the Naga Hex V2 is pure corded. Don’t worry though, the length of the cord is quite long, so no issues there and to add to it, it also uses a braided material cover, which helps keep the cord from being tangled or caught on edges.

Overall the Razer Naga Hex V2 is a great mouse, it provides a comfortable feel in the hand and the moba inspired buttons can make every game a lot easier to play. The lack of weight will give some people cause, but if you can adjust to the lighter mouse, you will find significant value for money here.

Thanks to Razer for supplying the mouse for review
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Take Another Peak Into The Garage For Forza Horizon 3

Another week and another look at the Forza Horizon 3 Garage, this week the cars in the showcase are all Holdens, from the new 2016 GTS Maloo through to the classic, 1974 Holden Sandman HQ Panel Van.

Of course, it is not just these three cars, there was a full list of cars announced, which is below. The full list, at least so far, can be found on the garage site.

Week 2 List

2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

1970 AMC Rebel "The Machine"

1998 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V600

2011 Audi RS 5 Coupé

2011 BMW X5 M

1981 BMW M1

1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport

1970 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

1966 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport

2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR

1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT

1968 Ferrari 365 GTB/4

2011 Ferrari FF

1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra

1956 Ford F-100

1991 GMC Syclone

2016 Holden Special Vehicles GTS Maloo

1951 Holden 50-2106 FX Ute

1974 Holden Sandman HQ panel van

2012 Infiniti IPL G Coupe

2015 Jaguar XFR-S

1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV

2014 Lamborghini Urus

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

2005 Lotus Elise 111S

2013 Mazda MX-5

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II

2013 Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG

1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR

2000 Nissan Silvia Spec-R

1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

2010 Renault Megane RS 250

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
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It's A Rollercoaster With All New Doctor Who Pop Figures

This August, the Doctor is back with new additions to the Doctor Who line of Pop Figures from Funko, bringing the Eleventh, Tenth and Twelfth doctors back, all with a little special touch. But on top of them will be the War Doctor and as everyone needs a baddy, a massive Darvos Pop.

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Train Conductor World Just Landed On Google Play

After launching on iOS earlier in the year, Train Conductor World has now made the jump to Android, bringing along a host of improvements as well.

The game launches on Android with more locations, a more improved coin earn rate and more adjusted difficulty curve. If you want to get in on the action, you can download the game on Android right here.
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27 July 2016

Xbox One S Gets Some New Bundle Deals

With only a few days until the release of the new Xbox One S console, Microsoft have announced that later in August, two new bundles will be released, granting players even more value.

While the machine will launch in a 2tb model, players who are unable to afford it, or have no need for a larger size, can look towards the 500gb and 1tb models, both of which come packed with both Halo The MasterChief Collection and Halo 5 Guardians

The 500gb model can be ordered from any gaming retailer or direct from Microsoft themselves and will set players back $400. Included, is the machine, games and the cables and controller.

For those looking for the 1tb model, it as well can be ordered from any gaming retailer or Microsoft direct for the price of $500 and comes with everything else listed above.

And of course, for those that do want the 2tb model, that can be ordered from the same places for $550

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Skull Rain Comes To Rainbow Six Siege Next Month

Rainbow Six Siege is getting a new update next month in the form of Skull Rain, that brings a host of gameplay improvements as well as new characters and a whole new map.

In Skull Rain, the Favela map is the most destructible and open environment to date in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Two BOPE Operators, Caveria and Capitão, have been enlisted to provide their expertise of the region and assist local law enforcement in regaining control of the area.

Caveira has a reputation for being a brutal interrogator. She is equipped with the “Luison”, a unique PRB92 with a custom suppressor and subsonic ammunition, which gives her the ability to incapacitate targets quietly. In addition, her “the Silent Step” stealth technique, allows her to lurk on prey undetected.

Capitão is equipped with the Tactical Crossbow TARS Mk0 and has the ability to fire two types of ammunition: lethal asphyxiating bolts and micro smoke grenades that deliver swift and agile assaults.

Improved Gameplay Experience
The development team is committed to continuously improving the gameplay experience by adding new content and gameplay optimization including:

  • Surrender System for Ranked Matches
If the competition becomes too rough, players can now cast a vote for their team to surrender during a Ranked match. This will end the game and allow players to move onto another match. This new feature will be available prior to the 3rd round. 

  • Custom Game Mode: Tactical Realism

Introducing a new gameplay mode available in Custom Games, Tactical Realism was created to further immersion where tension runs high as players must carefully assess, coordinate, and communicate their movements at all time.

  • New Attachment: The Angled Grip

Catering to a variety of playstyles, the angled grip accelerates the transition between hip fire and ADS, which allows for an aggressive ad fast-paced playstyle.

As with previous updates, the new Operators are immediately unlocked for Season Pass owners, with exclusive access granted for seven days. All players can then unlock the Operators with Renown or R6 Credits after the exclusive period ends on August 9. The Favela Map will be available for all players on August 2.
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