Category Archives: Gaming

Review: Max Payne 3 (Xbox 360 / PS3 / PC)

By now, everyone should know that the people over at Rockstar Games always create mind-blowing games: the Grand Theft Auto Series, Red Dead Redemption, to name a couple.

Max Payne 3 is no exception.

Before we begin, lets take it back and have a quick insight into the first two games.

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PC Build

PC building isn’t difficult, once you have done it once it’s very straightforward the 2nd, 3rd, 4th…..time you do it. If its your first time, I highly recommend it, you will definitely learn a lot more about computers in the process. The first and foremost thing to think about is what kind of PC do YOU want to build ? Do you want a low-budget PC to do simple tasks or perhaps a high-end PC for gaming/video editing ? Once you have made this decision you can then go on to research/source the parts and then ultimately, go on to build the PC you want.

Anyway, lets crack on shall we?…

The PC my Dad had built about 4-5 years ago was in need of an overhaul – so, yes you guessed it….an overhaul it got.

Me and my oldman decided to upgrade all the parts and start a fresh PC build. After about a month of checking out many websites and various parts, it was time to order and get this beast of a PC put together.

I won’t bore you with the specs of the old PC, but in all fairness, it wasn’t that bad. It struggled to play some games I really wanted to play on PC and when editing videos it, well, definitely took its time.

Anyways, the new PC parts are pretty biblical – Check them out below…

It’s Showtime

More inside…

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Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D Demo (Nintendo 3DS)

That’s right Snake fans, you’ll be able to download the Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D demo when it goes live over on the Nintendo eShop later this week.

The demo is set to release this Thursday (16th Feb) and will give fans and 3DS owners a taster of what to expect in the full game when it releases on the 8th of March.

Snake eater, that was originally released on the PS2, is set during the cold war era in the 60’s and see’s Snake infiltrate and wipe-out a soviet infested jungle, in order to bring back a scientist held against his will.

Speaking of infiltrating, there is also another breed of 3DS infiltrating Japan for the release of MGS: Snake Eater 3D…

A special, black snake-skin edition 3DS console plus a copy of MGS: Snake Eater 3D. This has been rumoured to be releasing in Japan only, for now anyway. So if you’re looking for this on release in the UK or the US, you’ll more than likely have to import it.

I’m quite a big metal gear solid fan so will be downloading the demo on Thursday – if my better half decides she will let me use the 3DS of course. If not, then I guess I’ll have to go out and finally pick up a copy of the Metal Gear Solid HD collection.

Overall I’m pretty excited for the MGS demo and really want to see how well its been done on the 3DS – particularly the controls!

Will you be downloading the demo ? If so, let me know your opinions of it below or over on twitter.

Tritton AX180 Universal Headset (Xbox 360/PS3/PC)

After using the standard Xbox 360 headset for about 6 years now, I decided it was well and truly time to upgrade my gaming headset. Having recently got a PS3 as well, I decided that I could not play online on the PS3 using my O2 bluetooth jabra headset as it was, in a nut-shell, complete garbage.

Anyway, after reading several reviews of different headsets and coming to the conclusion that a) I wasn’t going to spend £100+ on pair and b) they had to be universal – I decided to pick up a pair of the Tritton AX180’s.

Tritton AX180 Headset

Retail they sell for around £45 (Amazon, Game and Tesco), depending on where you purchase them, but I got these for a cool £30 in the end using some reward points.

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New Gaming/AV Set-Up

Firstly, before I get started with the main post. I just want to say I hope you all had a very merry Christmas yesterday and I wish you all the best for 2012 when it arrives. It’s been a very busy month for me, with an increase in hours at work and trying to sort things out for Christmas, free-time has been very hard to find lately.  As a result of this, I have been a tad AWOL and I will try posting a lot of new stuff when I get the chance. Right, back on topic and please excuse my crappy Blackberry phone camera (it sucks !)…

After using a 22″ BenQ monitor for most of my gaming needs over the last 2-3 years, I have finally upgraded to something a little bigger and better. Due to working quite a lot this month and the fact I’ve been wanting to buy myself a nice flatscreen TV for a good while now, I took the plunge and upgraded my 22″ monitor to this…

LG 42LW650T: 42", Full HD 1080p, Cinema 3D, LEDplus TV

The LG 42LW650T: A 42″, full HD 1080p, cinema 3D, LEDplus TV (so glad there isn’t anymore D’s, B’s, P’s or HD’s involved in the description: ”Yeah I got a..wait for it… a 42 inch full 1080p, HD, 3D, LED, Freeview HD, MP3, USB, DVD, TV” – you get the idea).

But wait theres plenty more…

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Xbox 360 Dashboard Update – 6th December 2011

As you may already be aware, Microsoft are updating the Xbox 36o dashboard tomorrow on the 6th of December. So we can pretty much all kiss goodbye to the old and welcome the brand new, totally revamped dashboard.

Microsoft have not confirmed an exact time for its release yet, but have confirmed it will be released at some point tomorrow. Everyone can expect an update as soon as you sign into Xbox Live, once the dashboard update is available.

The update brings a whole new look to the dashboard, having close similarities to the Metro design of Windows 8 and Windows 7 smartphones.

There will also be new streaming applications available for LOVEFiLM, 4OD and 5 on Demand and it will be possible to save games using the new cloud saving support function. Plus a lot more.

I will update this post tomorrow once I check the new dash out, but if you simply cannot wait that long, then I suggest reading through this in-depth review from Engadget, who cover a lot of areas of the new dashboard update in great detail.

If your an Xbox 360 user and download the new dashboard update tomorrow. Let me know what you think of it in the comments section below.

PSN – The 12 Deals of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me….

Yes that’s right folks, it’s almost that time of year again and if you missed any of the Black Friday deals you’re in luck. As Sony PlayStation have revealed their 12 days of Christmas sale on the PlayStation network (PSN).

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Steam: Massive Sale

It’s starting to get really cold over here in Scotland but Steam have made sure to keep us warm with the HOT monster sale they have on just now.

Steam’s Autumn Sale 2011 started yesterday and will finish on Sunday 27th of November. There are literally hundreds of PC games you can download at a fraction of the price and there will be even more bargains added over the weekend.

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Sony Clamps Down On PlayStation Game Sharing With Policy Update

PlayStation gamers in the UK have now had the maximum number of console/handhelds link to their PSN accounts cut, from five to two as Sony update their PSN game content usage policy.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – First Impressions

The last couple of months has seen a few big-title game releases across many platforms. Gears of War 3, Battlefield 3, COD: MW3, Uncharted 3 and of course The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to name a few.

Whilst I’ve been trying to play most of them evenly (apart from Uncharted 3 as I don’t own a PS3), it has been quite a difficult task due to starting my new job. Serves me right for splashing out on all 4 games on the day each of them were released, but hey, at least I won’t have to buy any more games for quite some time now.


Anyway back to MW3. Due to buying Battlefield 3 a few days before hand I originally wasn’t going to pick up call of duty MW3 until after Christmas, but I did anyway. Just to clarify as well, this is no Battlefield fanboy bashing MW3. I own all the COD’s on the Xbox 360 (COD 4, WaW, MW2, BlackOps and MW3), the original Call of Duty on the PC and I also own Battlefield BC2/Vietnam and BF3.

Whilst I have only played the first mission in the MW3 campaign, I’ve tallied up around 8-9 hours of online multiplayer. Moral of the story, I’ve not really spent that much time with it, so MW3 may get better with time. The latter 5 words pretty much summing up what this article is going to relate to…

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