Author - Jerry Paxton

Assetto Corsa Competizione Announcement Trailer

CALABASAS, CALIF. – February 21, 2018 –  Assetto Corsa Competizione, from Kunos Simulazioni and indie publisher 505 Games, will be speeding onto Steam Early Access this summer. Featuring an extraordinary level of simulation quality that allows players to experience the real atmosphere of the GT3 series, players can compete against official drivers, teams, accessing to all cars and circuits with the highest level of accuracy and attention to detail.

Taking full advantage of Unreal Engine 4, Assetto Corsa Competizione will ensure the highest quality rendering with photorealistic weather conditions and graphics to reach a new standard in driving realism and immersion racing. Players will experience highspeed torque as they get behind the wheel of luxurious speedsters including Ferraris and other prestigious GT cars reproduced with an outstanding level of detail. Motion capture technology is used to create the animations of mechanics and drivers in an even more realistic fashion and guarantee a high level of player engagement during races, pit stops and driver changes.

Assetto Corsa Competizione will be zooming onto Steam Early Access this summer, allowing players to test in advance features and content that will be progressively disclosed. The final version of the game will include:

  • MULTIPLAYER AND SINGLE PLAYER CAPABILITIES: Offering a well-structured ranking system, Assetto Corsa Competizione will evaluate individual performance and driving behavior to reward the most virtuous drivers and promote fair play in online competitions. Efficient matchmaking functions will ensure players can compete with opponents of similar skill level and easily find and join races online. Leaderboards will allow players to compare single lap performance with virtual pilots from around the world with the same car, circuit and weather conditions. Career, Championship and Free Play modes will also be available, offering a customized racing experience for all skill levels.
  • REALISTIC WEATHER CONDITIONS: Competitions of different durations, from Sprint 60’ races to the famous Spa 24H Endurance race, Assetto Corsa Competizione will give players the opportunity to compete in different moments of the entire 24-hour arc under a dynamic weather system, thanks to a highly realistic graphical reproduction of weather conditions and visibility.
  • ACCURATE CIRCUITS: With laser scan technology, every official circuit is recreated with the highest level of precision: All curbs and details perfectly fit their real counterparts to grant a gaming experience as faithful to reality as possible.
  • ADVANCED GRAPHICS AND AUDIO EFFECTS: Unreal Engine 4 guarantees photorealistic rendering and with multi-channel audio sampling of real GT cars, Assetto Corsa Competizione conveys captivating and immersive acoustic surrounding and realistic environmental effects.

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Preview

Recently, I got the chance to play some of Obsidian Entertainment’s upcoming RPG, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. Having been a fan of the first Pillars of Eternity as well as Obsidian’s last RPG, Tyranny, I was looking forward to seeing how Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire would play. Our preview build saw our characters start at level 7 and did not include the intro/tutorial area. Once the game had started up and my group of adventurers found themselves in a strange land just having docked at port, the character creation screen appeared so I could give my group some individuality. Character creation is pretty straight forward, but it should be known that Obsidian Entertainment has added the ability for characters to multi-class! This is such a cool addition to the game and adds a lot of replayability to find out what combinations work best together, etc. Also, creating your characters is much more forgiving to new players as there are several places where abilities are explained a bit.

Combat has been overhauled in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire with a focus on more important encounters rather than numerous combat sessions with hordes of throwaway monsters. The combat is still in real-time with the ability to pause it and issue commands, though part of me wishes they would include a full turn-based mode with initiative, etc. That more tactical approach to isometric RPG combat is something I always loved in various games of my youth. This must have been some sort of thought among the developers as, while the combat is not turn-based, it definitely has been slowed down slightly in comparison to the first Pillars of Eternity title. This is a terrific choice as combat in the first game could get so crazy it was easy to lose track of where each character was and what was happening overall. Another combat addition for Deadfire is that character skills and spells recharge after every fight! Also, spells have been further enhanced by allowing players to re-target them in mid-casting! It was always an annoyance in the first game where targets would move out of the fray while your wizard was mindlessly casting away at an place with no enemies.

Visually, Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire looks great for this kind of game, and the camera seems somewhat closer than in the previous game. This gives the game a more intimate feel – especially when taking into account that your maximum party limit has been decreased to 5. You end up caring a lot more about your individual characters and the story in general. Speaking of which, the overall quest writing and progression system have been greatly-improved in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. Now when talking with NPCs, you can hover your mouse cursor over certain words and symbols to get a brief definition. Additionally, side quest quality has increased quite a bit, with plenty of twists and turns that I didn’t expect to find. Usual side quests end up being somewhat simple in comparison to the main plot of the RPG. Not in this case, the world is replete with things to do and quests to complete.

A big addition to the Pillars of Eternity world with Deadfire is the ship management and ship to ship combat systems. Now you captain your very own sea vessel across the high seas, which is basically your home base/stronghold for the game (that we know of). While this opens up your options as a player in terms of deciding where to go and what to do, the system itself does take a little getting used to. You will have to care for the needs of your ship’s crew (those mangy bilge rats need food and money) as well as modify your vessel to stay alive. There are multiple ship types to eventually command, so I am sure those will each have their strengths and weaknesses. In traveling around the seas, you can also run into random encounters which present consequences all their own. Ship to ship combat is handled in an intriguing narrative manner, in which you are presented the combat encounter in a sort of book. You are presented with a number of options as combat unfolds and it is one of the most intriguing ways I have seen combat play out in a game before.

Overall, Obsidian Entertainment’s upcoming Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, is going to be a must-play RPG for both fans of the first game as well as Obsidian’s previous RPG, Tyranny. Deadfire’s gameplay has been optimized in many ways over the first game, and I look forward to playing the finished product when it launches on April 3, 2018 for the Windows PC platform.

TransRoad: USA Now Available on MacOS

Moenchengladbach/Germany, February 19, 2018 – Until now truck and logistics fans were only able to discover the endless freedom of the famous US highways in TransRoad: USA exclusively on PC. Today developer Deck13 Hamburg and publisher astragon entertainment are very happy to announce the release of their challenging business simulation for macOS® – now available for 24.99 Euro/24.99 USD/22.99 GBP on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/494670/TransRoad_USA/.

Three exciting game modes (campaign, quest and sandbox), up to five AI-controlled competitors, 37 US-American cities and a potential client base consisting of 77 businesses from 14 industries await the ambitious entrepreneur on the challenging way to his very own logistics empire in TransRoad: USA. Other features include seven different trailer types, hundreds of trucks, lots of drivers and of course a wide range of interesting challenges such as economic upturns, financial crises, demanding (and therefore especially lucrative) special orders as well as tricky missions in the quest and campaign modes.

The game’s freely zoomable 3D map ensures that the virtual manager will always stay on top of things when it comes to his trucks, contracts, clients. How about a little bit of relaxation between difficult decisions? The truck camera allows he player to follow individual trucks on their way across the whole country and to enjoy the lovingly modeled scenery. 19 famous landmarks such as the Hoover Dam, the Statue of Liberty or the Golden Gate Bridge can also be discovered by the player and will create a feeling of really travelling across the USA.

In addition to its own country music inspired soundtrack TransRoad: USA offers its players an internet radio plug-in that will give them the opportunity to add their favorite radio stations to the game and thus create the perfect musical score for their very own trucking adventure.

TransRoad: USA for macOS® is available now for 24.99 Euro/24.99 USD/22.99 GBP on Steam™.

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Universal Studios Lunar New Year Celebration 2018

Universal Studios Hollywood once again celebrates the Chinese Lunar New Year with the help of the Po and friends from the Kung Fu Panda films. Most of the Lunar New Year events are located inside the Universal Plaza area of the upper lot. You can take photographs with Po and Tigress, speak with a very cool Mr. Ping at Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop – where you can also buy special Lunar New Year food items! My favorite of the bunch were the stir-fry noodles but the pot stickers were also really good.Feng the Palace Artist’s Studio is an area in the Universal Plaza where you can learn to draw your favorite characters from the Kung Fu Panda films. Each audience member is lent an easel and drawing instrument and you just have to follow along with the instructor.

Additionally, there are martial arts stage demonstrations throughout the day which showcase some very talented people. There are also traditional wishing trees setup for you to write down and leave your wishes on for good luck! The plaza is absolutely stunning decked out for the celebration and park decorators should be commended for their efforts. Outside the Universal Plaza, the Lunar New Year celebration continues as guests can meet a Mandarin-speaking Megatron characters outside the Transformers: the Ride cue area in the lower lot. Also, you can take pictures with the Minions all dressed in traditional Chinese attire.

Of course, you are still able to access all of the wonderful attractions you have come to love at Universal Studios Hollywood, the Lunar New Year celebration is in addition to all that good stuff. Heading over to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they are still selling the legendary “hot butterbeer” drink, which is absolutely a must on a blustery day. It warms you up and tastes delicious. You can also checkout the Animal Actors stage show which features some highly-trained animals of all kinds. The studio tour is also a favorite of movie lovers and fans of the park in general. If you get the chance, I’d check it out on a weekday as you might see some stuff being filmed! The Shrek 4D attraction, now closed, is being transformed into the Dreamworks Theater, which is eventually going to house a new Kung Fu Panda short film and feature interactive effects and elements. Construction is currently underway on that attraction.

Overall, Universal’s Lunar New Year celebration is a whole lot of fun for the entire family and is well worth your time to check out. The Universal Studios Lunar New Year Celebration runs from now through February 25th, 2018. After that, it’s gone, so don’t wait!

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Eureka Sit-Stand Desktop 46 Review

Eureka Ergonomics was a name I had not been familiar with until recently when I got the chance to try out one of their Sit-Stand Desktop units. These allow computer users to transition their desktops from a seated to a standing position, which is a healthy thing to do – especially when your Apple Watch keeps reminding you to stand up every hour or so. Now you can stand up and continue working or playing!

The model I got the chance to check out was their gamer-focused, 46-inch variant. Mostly black with a trim of blue, the Sit-Stand Desktop 46 is a very large unit and weighs almost 70 lbs, so make sure your desk and support its weight – and remember you still have to put your monitor(s) on top of it! The unit weighs this much because of its transitioning mechanism and overall craftsmanship. The Eureka Sit-Stand Desktop is built like a tank and feels rock solid. After sitting the Sit-Stand Desktop 46 on your base desk, place your keyboard, mouse, and monitors where you like them and make there their respective cables have play to stretch out and retract.

When you are ready to transition the Sit-Stand Desktop 46 into the standing mode, simply stand up and squeeze the two levers underneath each side of the unit. Then slowly pull upwards and the Sit-Stand Desktop will move with ease. When you have the height adjusted where you want, let go of the levers and it will lock into place. Unlike most sit and stand desktops utilizing mechanical springs, which make a bit of noise when transitioning, the Eureka Sit-Stand Desktop is whisper quiet and won’t disturb your office neighbors. This smooth and quiet operation is due to the unit’s advanced gas strut system.

I actually utilized the Sit-Stand Desktop 46 in a multitude of ways – of course, gaming was the primary use. I blasted a large number of Stormtroopers while standing at this desk but, also, I watched movies, listened to music, and worked on various web programming projects I am in the middle of. I can’t say enough positive things about this Sit-Stand Desktop.

As previously-mentioned, this Sit-Stand Desktop is focused on gamers, and its overall desktop cut-out shape reflects that with modern angles and style. However, if you are looking for something smaller or even more conservative in design, Eureka Ergonomic offers a variety of sizes and styles. Most standard users would probably do fine with their 36 inch model, which retails for about $400 dollars.

Overall, the Eureka Ergonomics Sit-Stand Desktop 46 is an outstanding desktop accessory that will enable you to easily transition your workspace from seated to standing modes. Its rock-solid construction should appeal to those curious if the $600 dollar investment is worth it, and its wide open desktop space will appeal to gamers who need room for various peripherals. If you are looking into purchasing a standing desktop accessory, I highly suggest you check out one of the Sit-Stand Desktop from Eureka. You can order your own Eureka Sit-Stand Desktop 46 over at their official website.


Eureka Sit-Stand Desktop 46 Review Score

(5 out of 5 Stars)


Marvel Studios Avengers: Infinity War – Big Game Spot

Tonight, during the Big Game, fans got a special, brand-new look at Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. Feel free to share it with you readers!

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR opens in U.S. theaters on May 4, 2018.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR

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An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, which is produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.

OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes Review

OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes began its journey on the Cartoon Network in February of 2016 as a series of shorts. Now a full cartoon series, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes follows the exploits of K.O., a young boy with dreams of becoming the best hero ever. Now, you can play as K.O. in Cartoon Network Games’ OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes. Released on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC platforms, OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes features the same voice talents from the cartoon series as well as the show’s signature visual style. Developed by Capybara Games, a company mostly known for handheld and casual titles, OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes is a very well-polished game that demonstrates a mastery of their craft. The game is very easy to pick up with simply keyboard/gamepad controls and satisfying beat ’em up combat. Players navigate K.O. around the various levels, completing quests for various characters along the way. These quests usually involve combat with one or more opponents, and most combat takes place in a very Final Fight way. Along the journey, you will collect Pow cards, cards which allow you to use special abilities in combat. These powers can evolve over time, making them even better. The whole Pow card system figured closely to the game’s plot, so I’ll stop before spoiling anything.

Unfortunately, because the game is very closely-tied to its namesake show (as it should be), it is not as engaging for someone who has yet to watch. Now, in a more complex title like South Park: The Fractured But Whole, this is not a problem as there has been so much cultural saturation of that IP that most people can pick up what’s going on and what characters are which. Because OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes is far younger and has yet to achieve that cult status, a non-follower of the show won’t stick around for very long given the “lite” gameplay mechanics – which is not to say they are dull in any way, they are a lot of fun. It’s just without a frame of reference, there are far more satisfying games out there to explore.

I mention this because I have yet to see an episode of the show and had to bring in a younger family member who had seen the show to brief me on what I was doing. In their super-fandom of the show, they LOVE this game beyond words. Also, in exploring this game’s environment and story, I have been challenged and am interested in watching the show so that is something the game will be very good at doing if given a chance. There is some good synergy there!

Overall, OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes is a fun casual beat ’em up that fans of the show will love and can even be enjoyed by people who never saw a single episode, although probably not as much. Nicely, OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes retails for $19.99 which is cheap enough that you won’t feel guilty for buying it either way!


OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes Review Score

 (4 out of 5 Stars)


 

Celebrate Charlie Brown Day at Knott’s Berry Farm

February 2, 2018 – On Sunday, February 4th, Knott’s is celebrating Good Ol’ Charlie Brown by introducing the park’s first ever Charlie Brown Day during the Knott’s Peanuts Celebration. The park invites guests to enjoy the celebration as the park attempts to set a record breaking moment with the most Charlie Browns in one picture in honor of the lovable blockhead himself, Charlie Brown. Attendees will be encouraged to pay homage to Charlie Brown by sporting his signature bright yellow zig zag stripped tee and red baseball cap outfit.

At 1pm all guests dressed as Charlie Brown will be invited to gather at the Calico Mine stage for a once in a lifetime photo opportunity as a crowd of Charlie Browns will pose alongside the park’s very own Charlie Brown for the first record breaking attempt in the history of Knott’s. Plus, don’t miss out on all the fun activities, shows and themed food offered at the Knott’s Peanuts Celebration taking place on weekends starting January 27th to February 25th, plus President’s day.

For more information on Knott’s Merry Farm please visit knotts.com; or join the conversation by using #KnottsPeanutsCelebration or #CharlieBrownDay on FacebookTwitter or Instagram

Hereditary Trailer Looks Scary Great

A24 films has released the first trailer for the VERY cool-looking horror film HEREDITARY. HEREDITARY comes out on June 8, 2018 and stars Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, and Milly Shapiro.

RELEASE DATE: June 8, 2018
DIRECTOR: Ari Aster
CAST: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, and Milly Shapiro

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