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Thrustmaster T.Flight Full Kit X for PC and Xbox Review

Getting the right controller setup for your favorite flight, space, or driving sims can be a challenge. Full HOTAS kits, consisting of pedals, stick, and throttle quadrant can cost quite a lot of money. Thankfully, Thrustmaster has come to the rescue with the T.Flight Full Kit X. The Thrustmaster T.Flight Full Kit X is an all in one box containing everything you need to start flying – all for a very inexpensive price point.

The T.Flight Full Kit X consists of three main parts – the flight stick and throttle units as well as a set of rudder pedals. Those with a keen eye might recognize the stick and throttle as the Thrustmaster T.Flight HOTAS One unit. This stick and throttle setup can link together in a jigsaw like fashion, essentially becoming one peripheral. It can also be separated out into to individual components to be better integrated into your desktop cockpit arrangement. The T.Flight HOTAS One is not modeled after any particular aircraft or spacecraft – it is a generic, ergonomic design by Thrustmaster. The feel of the stick and throttle is comfortable, with the body of each being mostly plastic. It doesn’t feel anywhere near as realistic as the Thrustmaster Warthog but it isn’t meant to – it also doesn’t have the Warthog’s much steeper price point. The T.Flight HOTAS One has enough buttons to assign essential functions to your sim or game but probably not enough to get a true “hands on throttle and stick” experience in something like DCS World. One very interesting feature of the T.Flight HOTAS One is that it has two built-in rudder controls. One is in the stick itself, which can be unlocked to twist clockwise and counter clockwise. I haven’t seen a rotating stick since the old Microsoft Force Feedback 2 (loved that venerable flight stick) and it is a welcome option. You can also utilize the rudder via a lever underneath the throttle grip. It’s ingenious and also very welcome. However, having a rudder feature on the stick or throttle don’t mean too much when considering that the T.Flight Full Kit X comes with dedicated rudder pedals.

 

The TFRP (T.Flight Rudder Pedals) rudder pedals kit is solidly built using the S.M.A R.T – Sliding Motion Advanced Rail Tracks system for smooth sliding. I was very impressed by how smoothly the pedals would press – even with very small movements. A lot of cheap rudder pedals provide jarring, inelegant spasms when performing small corrections but not the TFRP. It also features independent brakes on each pedal which is a must for flight sims. The only real drawback with the TFRP is that the pedals are very close together – more resembling a racing pedal kit in spacing. This is most likely to save on cost as larger pedals need more materials and bigger packaging – but, I digress. Also, the pedals are not the biggest set ever and if you have Size 12+ (US sizing) feet you may need to remove the heel of the pedals to accommodate your clod hoppers.

I tested out this combo kit with both DCS World and Microsoft Flight Simulator. DCS World required a bit more decision-making as to which button to assign to which control. This is exacerbated by the fact that each aircraft in DCS World can have different controls. So you will probably need to rely on your keyboards quite a bit – however, once you have programmed all of that the actual functionality of the T.Flight Full Kit X in the sim is outstanding. The stick and throttle are smooth and provide for a very fun gaming experience. In Microsoft Flight Simulator, the setup was far easier but the end result was the same – this is a great all-in-one flight sim peripheral boxed set.

Overall, the Thrustmaster T.Flight Full Kit X for PC and Xbox is an outstanding value well worth your hard-earned cash. It is available now for $199.99 and will let anyone get flying on your Xbox or PC gaming platform.

Corsair M65 RGB ULTRA WIRELESS Tunable FPS Gaming Mouse Review

Gaming mice are a dime a dozen these days, with models ranging from $10 all the way to $200 dollars, so it takes technical knowhow and something… special to make a new mouse stand out from the crowd. They are a key component to a PC gamer’s arsenal and can give someone a leg up on the competition depending on its features. Corsair has been making gaming mice for a long while and we finally got the chance to try out their M65 RGB Ultra Wireless Tunable FPS Gaming Mouse. It is said to feature a blazing-fast Corsair Slipstream wireless technology, gesture controls, tunable weights, and much more. Will the M65 RGB Ultra Wireless Tunable Gaming Mouse live up to its potential? Will it really provide a lag-free wireless experience? Is there a place in gaming for tilt-based gesture control? All of these questions and more will be answered. Read on, dear reader!

The Corsair M65 RGB Ultra Wireless Tunable FPS Gaming Mouse features the “Marksman” optical sensor with a maximum DPI of 26,000! That’s a great deal more sensitivity than I think any human can really use – at least anyone I know. However, what that means is that you have a huge range of flexibility when it comes to how much sensitivity you want in your gaming mouse. Having bounced around from laser to optical sensors throughout my gaming career, I have to say the Marksman sensor is crisp and precise. There was not an ounce of acceleration effect here, it provided consistent mouse response our testing.

Initially, I never really understood the need for making a mouse heavier or lighter. As I matured as a gamer, so did my understanding and experience. That’s when I realized that a heavier mouse can provide a smoother, less jumpy experience. However, some gamers like to be able to fling their mice about – mostly in those fast/twitch movement based games – at the end of the day, it’s all about preference. So, the M65 RGB Ultra Wireless Tunable FPS Gaming Mouse features six removable weights which allow you not only to make the mouse heavier overall (110-128g heavier) but also adjust its center of gravity by intentionally placing more or less weight at one of the three weight tuning areas of the mouse. This makes it extremely customizable for your needs. The weights are extremely easy to insert and remove from the underside of the mouse, and I found I liked the mouse a bit on the heavier side – again, your mileage may vary based on preference.

Wirelessly connecting the M65 RGB ULTRA WIRELESS Tunable FPS Gaming Mouse to your PC can be done in two ways – the first is via the Corsair Slipstream dongle. This proprietary technology offers up to 2,000Hz hyper-polling and touts a lag-free experience. It can also connect via Bluetooth and, while Bluetooth is not as gamer-focused of a technology, it is widely adopted and can allow the M65 to be used with systems that otherwise might not be able to do so. As mentioned earlier, this mouse was super-responsive and I never experienced any signal interruption or lag while utilizing the Corsair Slipstream dongle. Additionally, it had amazing battery life. The specs say up to 90 hours of continuous use while in Slipstream mode! In practice, my M.O. is to charge the mouse at the end of each day. With this mouse, I would instead feel comfortable doing that every few days.

The mouse also features something I have never seen in another gaming mouse – tilt-based gesture control. Inside the mouse is a 6-axis gyroscope that allows you to program various tilt gestures to mean whatever command you desire via the iCUE software. I personally liked having my right-tilt gesture set to the letter “R” which would reload my weapon in the FPS title I have been playing, but you can also set the gestures to macros instead of one key clicks. Corsair’s iCUE software provides you the ability to adjust and customize the mouse’s various functions and settings. Initially, iCUE was a software suite I had reservations about but, it has become an exceptional peripheral control suite that I enjoy using to setup my mouse and keyboard. It has, perhaps, the most full-featured mouse configuration toolset I have ever seen.

Now… For some things that could have been better in my experience with the mouse. First is that it seems to be designed for a “claw” gamer, meaning someone who grips the mouse with more of a claw like hand position. I am a “palm” gamer, meaning I prefer to set the palm of my hand on the mouse when using it. The mouse is a little smaller than I would like for a palm style mouse – it lends itself a lot better to the claw gaming experience. Of course, it depends on the size of your hands as well, and mine are fairly average in size. Also, if you are a fan of a lot of RGB lighting in your peripherals, you’ll probably be disappointed in the M65 RGB Ultra. Despite having “RGB” in its title, there is really just one point of RGB in the mouse and that is in the Corsair logo that your hand covers up while in use. I don’t know if this was done to squeeze out even more battery life from an already-impressive amount or what – but its worth noting.

Overall, Corsair’s M65 RGB ULTRA WIRELESS Tunable FPS Gaming Mouse is an outstanding performer for those gamers out there needing a responsive, claw-grip mouse. The mouse is available now for $129.99 at Corsair’s official website.

The Wonderful Winter of Mickey Mouse Official Trailer

Today, Disney+ announced the premiere date and released the trailer and key art for “The Wonderful Winter of Mickey Mouse,” launching the second season of “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse.” The second installment consists of four extended-length specials that are themed to each season – winter, spring, summer, and autumn. “The Wonderful Winter of Mickey Mouse,” premieres February 18, exclusively on Disney+.

“The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” spotlights the endearing, adventurous and comedic antics of Mickey Mouse, Disney’s #1 star, and is geared towards kids, families, and fans of all ages. The series is produced by Disney Television Animation with Emmy Award-winning artist and director Paul Rudish serving as executive producer and supervising director. Christopher Willis, the Emmy Award-nominated composer of the “Mickey Mouse” shorts, also provides the music for this series. Philip Cohen is the series producer.

Dovetail Games and Amtrak Collaborate to Celebrate 50th Amtrak Anniversary

Dovetail Games today announced that they have collaborated with famed railroad company, Amtrak, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the American passenger rail carrier. To celebrate the milestone, Amtrak has wrapped one of their modern ACS-64 electric locomotives in a custom version of the historic Phase III livery as applied to AEM-7 locomotives throughout the 1980s. The wrap is sponsored by Train Sim World 2 and is on locomotive #662, running on services in the Northeast Corridor, which includes stops in Boston, MA and Providence, RI throughout the rest of its Anniversary year.

”This year we painted six diesel locomotives to commemorate our fifty years of service as America’s Railroad,” said Doug Duvall, Amtrak’s Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications, “We are honored to collaborate with Train Sim World 2 to bring a special livery to an electric locomotive that fans, employees and passengers in the Northeast can enjoy.”

Additionally, Dovetail Games will be releasing an update for Train Sim World 2 on PC via Steam and the Epic Game Store, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. The Boston Sprinter route, part of the Rush Hour series, will receive a free update allowing players to operate the ACS-64 with this custom 50th Anniversary livery in-game as they traverse the Northeast Corridor.

“Amtrak is one of the most iconic American passenger services and it’s exciting to be able to realize a long-term dream of ours to collaborate with them on a real world livery,” said Dovetail Games VP of Marketing Keith Anderson, “Railfans can enjoy seeing this both as they travel in the real world on the locomotive and virtual with Train Sim World 2.”

For more information on Train Sim World 2, visit www.trainsimworld.com and follow the game on Twitter @trainsimworld, Instagram @trainsim, and Facebook @trainsimworld. Keep up with all the latest simulation news from Dovetail Games at https://live.dovetailgames.com/. This title is rated “E for Everyone” by the ESRB.

This Is The President Official Launch Trailer

Today is the day. Time to take command and become the next President of the United States of America. For the greater good? More like, for your own good. Don’t forget, you’ll need to get the 28th Amendment to the Constitution ratified, no matter the cost. To do so, you’ll need to maintain a good approval rating, so you’ll have to work on creating some popular policies. Maybe regulating those nasty video games to protect the children? Or create a legal framework on the harmonious coexistence of Man and Robot? How about running a campaign to increase the birthrate by encouraging the citizens to … uhm, reproduce more?

How you run the office is in your hands – but make sure the amendment gets ratified before your time in the Oval Office is up, or the next room where you’ll spend time in will be neither oval nor an office.

The dark and gritty political thriller This Is the President launches today, December 6th, 2021 on PC for an SRP at $ 14.99 | € 14.99 | £ 11.99.
This Is the President on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/730430

Dovetail Games and Asmodee Entertainment Partner to Bring CATAN to Consoles

Dovetail Games and Asmodee Entertainment are delighted to announce a partnership to bring CATAN to the PlayStation®4 home computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X.

The island of Catan emerges on the screen for an immersive game experience like no other. Barter for resources, place roads and settlements to claim single or multiplayer victory in the digital version of the world-famous award-winning tabletop game.

The digital tabletop version of CATAN will bring the power and functionality of games consoles and combine that with the mechanics and themes of one of the world’s greatest board games.

“I have been a board game enthusiast and a committed CATAN player for many years, so it’s a personal thrill for me to be able to bring this much-loved experience to the Xbox and PlayStation platforms,” said Jon Rissik, Dovetail Games CEO. “Creatively, we are working with the team at Nomad Games who bring a wealth of experience in crafting high-quality digital board game experiences. We can’t wait to be able to bring the world of CATAN to life in a way that hasn’t been seen before on digital platforms.”

“We are very excited that CATAN will be adapted for PlayStation and Xbox and are looking forward to working Dovetail and their developers at Nomad on this version,” said Benjamin Teuber, Managing Director of CATAN GmbH.

Andy Jones, Managing Director of Asmodee Entertainment said “Bringing CATAN to the two major console platforms was a top priority for us and to be working with Dovetail gives us huge confidence that this will be an amazing game for both CATAN aficionados and new players alike.”

Microsoft Reveals XBOX 20th Anniversary Celebration Day on Nov 15

Join us on November 15 for the Xbox Anniversary Celebration. We are excited to mark this milestone with you as we celebrate some of our favorite moments from the past 20 years of Xbox. It’s been fun to reminiscence on all the memories we’ve shared with the Xbox community over the years and are excited about what the next 20 years with has in store as we continue to play.

Here are the details on how you can join in the fun:

  • The celebration will air on Monday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. GMT
  • You can watch the broadcast on the official Xbox channel on YouTubeTwitch, or Facebook.
  • Subtitles will be available in German, French, BR Portuguese, LATAM Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified), Castilian Spanish, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Malay, Norwegian, Persian (Farsi), Portuguese (EU), Slovak, Swedish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
  • The easiest way to find your preferred language is to watch the broadcast on the official Xbox YouTube page at YouTube.com/Xbox and select the “gear” icon in the lower right corner to select your language.
  • You can also watch with American Sign Language (ASL) and Audio Descriptions (AD) in English on the official Xbox YouTube channel.
  • For those planning to costream or create post-celebration breakdowns in the form of VOD coverage, we recommend you do not use any audio containing copyrighted music to avoid any action by automated bots, and to also abide by the terms of service for your service provider.

The Machine is Getting A Physical Edition for Nintendo Game Boy

Retro publisher Incube8 Games, games producer Spacebot Interactive, and indie developer Ben Jelter, announce the upcoming physical cartridge release of The Machine, for the Nintendo Game Boy.

In The Machine, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue numerous different storyline paths in an original dystopian world, exploring the inner workings of a gigantic machine and the people who inhabit it in the throes of an election that could dramatically shape the future. In this hierarchical society, your place in the world is determined at a young age through an aptitude test, which will allow you to experience each playthrough as a factory worker, a police officer, or more. Get to know those around you, and make decisions that could dramatically impact the future of your home and its inhabitants.

More details on the game, including the release date, will follow.

Features

  • 2D pixel art

  • Multiple possible ending

  • Fully compatible with all Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance handhelds

World War Z Stampedes Onto Nintendo Switch with Launch Trailer

Saber Interactive has released World War Z, the best-selling zombie shooter inspired by Paramount Pictures’ blockbuster film and experienced by over 15 million players worldwide, on Nintendo Switch. World War Z is available today on the Nintendo eShop and at major retailers for $39.99. World War Z – Deluxe Edition, featuring a bounty of bonus weapons and skins, is available digitally for $49.99.

World War Z is the biggest zombie game on Nintendo Switch, delivering a thrilling action experience powered by Saber’s dynamic Swarm Engine™ and developed by the team at Saber that produced the acclaimed Switch edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Battle for humanity’s survival against the relentless forces of the undead apocalypse alone or in up-to-four-player co-op in thrilling story campaign episodes in New York, Moscow, Jerusalem and Tokyo. Take on massive hordes of hundreds of bloodthirsty zombies across multiple game modes with seven unique classes and an arsenal of deadly weapons, explosives, turrets and traps.

World War Z on Nintendo Switch features:

  • Battle the Terrifying Zombie Swarm: Face hundreds of zombies on screen for the first time ever on Nintendo Switch, all brought to life in gruesome detail with incredible set-piece battles featuring explosive firepower and action.
  • Story-Driven Co-op Campaign: Outlive the dead through intense campaign episodes around the world set in New York, Moscow, Jerusalem and Tokyo. Play solo with AI teammates or in squad co-op for up to four players.
  • Get Stronger & Never Surrender: Choose from seven distinct character classes, unlock powerful weapon upgrades, and take on even greater battles in Challenge mode.
  • World War Z – Deluxe Edition, available digitally, features bonus content including the Lobo Weapon Pack, Biohazard Weapon Pack, Military Weapon Pack, Last Aid Weapon Pack, Signature Weapon Pack, War Heroes Character Skin Pack, and the Professionals Character Skin Pack.

World War Z’s Horde Mode Z game mode and the Marseille story missions episode will arrive on Switch as free post-launch DLC at a future date. The PvPvZ game mode is available now as a free download in North America and is coming soon to all other Switch players around the world.

World War Z is also available on PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One as the newly updated release World War Z: Aftermath.

NACON Unveils RIG MG-X Mobile Controller

NACON, a major player in the design and distribution of video games and gaming accessories is happy to announce that the RIG MG-X, an official Xbox controller especially designed for mobile gaming on Android, is now available in the US from Walmart and Target at the recommended retail price of $79.90.

Available starting today, the RIG MG-X will be the first accessory from the brand-new RIG MG-X Series, made to offer an optimised gaming experience to all owners of the Game Pass Ultimate.

Sporting the same functionality of official game controllers, the RIG MG-X allows Xbox fans to enjoy an enhanced level of comfort with every Android smartphone that has a screen up to 6.7 inches. In just a few taps, the smartphone integrates the RIG MG-X and wirelessly (Bluetooth 4.2) connects to the controller. Equipped with a rechargeable battery, the RIG MG-X provides up to 20 hours life-time. Its compact format makes it easily transportable, while the textured back grip provides great ergonomics for all types of gamers.

RIG MG-X features*:

  • The Xbox experience wherever you are: A Designed for Xbox mobile holder, ideal to enjoy the Game Pass Ultimate offer or play any other compatible mobile game.
  • Pocket-sized controller: Compact and robust, the RIG MG-X is the perfect companion for all mobile gamers. Its textured grip ensures optimal comfort.
  • Fully secured: Adjustable opening securely holds the smartphone for maximum stability.
  • Wireless connection: Easy pairing of the smartphone to the RIG MG-X with Bluetooth 4.2.
  • 20hours life-time: Built-in rechargeable battery with USB-C input, (charging cable included), offering long hours of gaming when travelling. Check on the battery status with the LED indicator.
  • Universal compatibility: Works with all Android smartphones equipped with Android 6 and later systems, up to 6.7 inches (152.4 mm) screens.