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Elite Force H&K M27 IAR by VFC Review

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There is plenty of controversy surrounding the United States Marine Corps. decision to phase out the M249 Light Machine Gun (LMG) and replace it with the H&K M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle (IAR). Opponents of the decision say that the M27 IAR is a poor replacement because of its use of standard, 30-round STANAG magazines instead of the M249’s use of  belt-fed box magazines. They also claim the M27 IAR does not suppress enemy units like the M249 does. Proponents of the decision tout the M27’s increased accuracy and lighter weight over the M249 as well as cross-familiarity of existing M4 platforms – not to mention the M27’s longer range. Whatever side of the fence you fall on, one thing everyone can agree on is that the Umarex / Elite Force H&K M27 IAR airsoft electric gun is one beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

Using the same body as their limited edition M27 IAR (in the multi-colored desert scheme), this model is all black and features the M27 IAR’s aggressive look. It also shares H&K’s stylish and comfortable butt stock, similar to the one found on the company’s 416 and 417 series rifles. The M27 IAR comes with front and rear flip-up iron sights and a very comfortable pistol grip which even feels great when wearing padded tactical gloves. This airsoft gun is OEM’d by VFC, which has a good reputation for out of the box airsoft rifles. With the VFC manufacturing, you know the quality in this airsoft rifle is going to be good – especially in its exterior details.

Out of the box, we found the M27 IAR to shoot between 385 and 390 FPS using .20g BBs, which is great for those of you playing at 400FPS or less fields. We have a lot of those fields down here in Southern California, so I was able to play with the M27 IAR for a number of games over a couple month-long period. It has a rugged build quality and, despite my inadvertent smacking it into walls, ledges, and the occasional dropping it to the ground the airsoft rifle continues functioning without problem. If you like the Umarex / Elite Force H&K 416 D airsoft rifle, you can expect a lot of the same feel during play save for the M27 IAR’s longer barrel and rail system.

While the role of the gun in real life is a hot button among the gun community, the airsoft version has its own version of this controversy – albeit to a much lesser extent. In military simulation (MilSim) airsoft games, effort is put into making sure that teams are made up of classes, similar to those found in your favorite Battlefield or Call of Duty title. There are assaulters, snipers, designated marksmen, support gunners, and more. In many of these games, the support gunner role is the only player that can field a box or drum magazine and, in more extreme cases, use fully-automatic fire to simulate its real-world suppressing fire capabilities.

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Even though this weapon is now a dual-purpose support gun/designated marksman rifle for the USMC, some airsoft game hosts are still deciding in what role this airsoft gun can be used in. This is important depending on what your purpose for this airsoft rifle is. If you are picking it up for public games at your local field, you probably won’t have any issues. However, if you are picking it up to attach a box magazine to and use as a support gun in MilSim games, you might not be allowed to do so.

Despite this, the Umarex / Elite Force H&K M27 IAR is one classy and high-performing airsoft rifle. I was able to run and gun with it in both assaulter as well as support gunner roles thanks to a nifty box magazine I picked up from my local airsoft shop. It is, plain and simple, a lot of fun to field and shoot. The M27 IAR may be a little beefier than your standard M4 style airsoft gun, but when you bring it out on the field, I guarantee you that heads will turn. The Umarex / Elite Force H&K M27 IAR is available now and retails for around $450 dollars depending on the retailer you buy from. We recommend Evike or AirsoftGI when possible as they usually have good customer service.

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MAINGEAR Releases First X99 Small Form Factor Gaming PCs

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Kenilworth, New Jersey – April 10, 2015MAINGEAR, an award-winning PC system integrator of custom gaming desktops, notebooks, and workstations, unveils the world’s first lineup of high-performance compact mini ITX based gaming systems with Intel’s X99 chipset Intel Core i7 extreme edition processors.

Designed to deliver unmatched performance in full-sized desktops, Intel’s X99 chipset is now available in Super Stock editions of the compact POTENZA with VRTX cooling, the console-sized and STEAM ready DRIFT, and the fully custom liquid-cooled ultra-compact TORQ.  Each desktop is fully customizable, comes standard with liquid cooling, and is available in MAINGEAR’s true automotive paint finishes.

“Our selection of compact gaming beasts with the X99 and extreme edition processors are roadsters with the power and performance of V8 engines,” states Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR.  “Our goal is to provide the best in computer gaming and our selection of world’s first small form factor X99 desktops proves that MAINGEAR is still the leader.”

The X99 chipset delivers massive gaming output in a small form factor by supporting up to the Intel i7 5960X 8 core hyper threaded processor and ultra-fast DDR4 memory.  It is compatible with all Haswell-E Intel Core i7 processors with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, enables overclocking for even faster speeds, and features an array of speed boosting features designed to maximize performance.

MAINGEAR’s compact line of gaming systems with Intel’s X99 platform is now available at www.maingear.com/sffx99.  For more information about MAINGEAR’s lineup of high performance gaming units, visit www.maingear.com.

Order of Battle: Pacific Release Date

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Epsom, UK – April 10, 2015 — “Our armament must be adequate to the needs, but our faith is not primarily in these machines of defense but in ourselves.” (Chester W. Nimitz – US Fleet Admiral)

The Pacific Ocean: more than 160 million square kilometers of water. December 1941 – On one side theImperial Japanese Navy with more than 400 ships and 1750 planes. On the other, the US Pacific Fleet with more than 200 vessels and hundreds of planes. An intense and merciless hide and seek game is about to start on the world’s largest ocean!

In Order of Battle: Pacific, players will be able to take command of both nations in a dynamic series of campaigns for supremacy in this strategic Theater of Operations. Iconic battles will be featured, but the performance of the players will directly influence the course of each campaign. Only commanders who know how to effectively combine land, air and naval units will have the chance to plant their flag on the multiple Pacific Islands.

Order of Battle: Pacific has now an official release date, as the game will be available on April 30!Developer The Artistocrats are now working on the final details to ensure a safe and successful ceremonial ship launching, later this month.

In the meantime, the official trailer of the game, introducing the Theater of Operations and some of its iconic units has just been released alongside the official Steam page.

Get more information on Order of Battle: Pacific from its official product page.

EVGA Announces Pro SLI Bridges

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April 9th 2015 – EVGA has amped up the bling with the EVGA PRO SLI BRIDGE V2. These redesigned bridges come with several improvements over the previous generation SLI bridges. Not only do these new bridges light up and look great on select graphics cards, they also have a high quality aluminum shroud and are optimized for the next generation display resolution and refresh rates, with a high pixel clock frequency design that gives best performance for 120Hz+ and 4K+ gaming!

Next Generation Features:

·         Separate models to support 2-Way (Short), 2-Way (Standard), 3-Way SLI or 4-Way SLI.

·         High pixel clock design optimized for 4K+ and 120Hz+ gaming.

·         EVGA logo illuminates on select GeForce GTX graphics cards.

·         Compatible with all SLI enabled graphics cards.

·         Looks super awesome!

Compatibility:

SLI functionality works on all SLI enabled graphics cards. LED functionality works on the following cards:

·         All EVGA GTX TITAN graphics cards.

·         All EVGA GTX 980 graphics cards.

·         Select EVGA GTX 970 graphics cards.

·         All EVGA GTX 960 graphics cards.

·         All EVGA GTX 780/780 Ti graphics cards.

·         Select EVGA GTX 770 graphics cards.

Learn more about the EVGA PRO SLI BRIDGES V2: www.evga.com/articles/00919/EVGA-Pro-SLI-Bridges-V2/

Act of Aggression US Gameplay Trailer

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April 9, 2015 — Set in a near-future setting, Act of Aggression – from Eugen Systems, developers of the million selling Wargame series – draws inspiration in its three unique factions from real life technology and cutting-edge prototypes. In a series of trailers designed to showcase the strengths and weaknesses of each of the three factions, let us introduce the US Army, battle hardened following years of conflict.

Take a look at the video below to find out exactly how the US Army deals with an Act of Aggression:

The US Army are a tough veteran force taking advantage of heavy specialization, with some of the strongest individual units in the game. What it lacks in versatility it more than makes up for in brute force – especially when it comes to the M1A1 Abrams Tusk, an upgradeable battle tank to be reckoned with.

Next time, we’ll be taking a look at the Chimera – a UNO funded taskforce designed for quick, efficient strikes anywhere in the globe. For a reminder of each of the three factions, including the shady Cartel, take a look below.

  • The Cartel, stealthy operatives born out of private military contracts, with the latest prototypes. Fragile and expensive, but stealthy and powerful this secretive faction is difficult to master.
  • The US Army, exhausted by endless fighting across the world, are a brute-force of veterans; they can skill up in specific roles and improve their veterancy, but use current generation technology.
  • The Chimera, a UNO funded task-force designed to have a plan in mind for every situation. You can mould their units through upgrades into specific roles, or leave them as a jack-of-all-trades.

Across large, authentic maps, players will harvest resources, build bases strategically, defend them, and produce all kinds of units to match the wit of their opponent. Extend your base network with off-base refineries for harvesting resources, and protect supply networks ensuring a stable income of cash and minerals. You’ll even fight other players for occupied banks as a supplementary income, and capture crews bailing out from tanks and planes or wounded on the battlefield to take as prisoners of war.

There will be a VIP multiplayer beta for Act of Aggression in the coming months – otherwise, Act of Aggression launches Spring of 2015.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Announced with Trailer

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Montréal (April 8, 2015) Square Enix® and Eidos-Montréal®, the award-winning studio behind the critically acclaimed, multimillion-selling Deus Ex: Human Revolution®, today announced that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the next chapter in the legendary Deus Ex® franchise, is in development for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC. The action role-playing game brings one of the most well-known, immersive and discussed worlds to the newest generation of consoles and high-end PCs.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided takes place in 2029, two years after the events of Human Revolution and the infamous ‘Aug Incident’ in Panchaea that resulted in the death of millions at the hands of those who had installed augmentations. This event has created a huge divide between those who have augmentations, and those who do not. Amongst this emotional turmoil are various factions looking to manipulate the public by twisting public opinion of augmentation to further their own agenda and hide the truth of what really happened.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided also continues the story of Adam Jensen, a former biotech company security chief turned super-augmented, anti-terrorist agent playing by his own rules. Jensen has been empowered with all new augmentations, enabling him and the player a greater sense of self-control as they explore all new locations in-game. As social and political tensions reach a major turning point, Jensen and conspiracies surrounding the Illuminati continue toward an inevitable crossroads … and possibly, an epic showdown.

“For 15 years, Deus Ex has been a point of conversation across the games industry and beyond, whether the topic is the franchise’s unique gameplay or topical narrative focused on advanced biotechnology and human augmentation,” said David Anfossi, Head of Studio, Eidos-Montréal. “What began with Deus Ex: Human Revolution goes to a whole new level in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, diving even deeper into this discussion and, in turn, offering fans an all-encompassing experience, one which will challenge their skills as players and emphasize decision-making based on real world topics.”

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will also mark a new era in Eidos-Montréal’s technology, utilizing the advanced visual and immersive capabilities of the Dawn Engine™, specifically built for the recent generation of consoles and PC. Under the umbrella of the Gaming Evolved program, AMD and Eidos-Montréal have been collaborating on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and the game will feature Microsoft’s DirectX® 12 support as well as AMD’s TressFX™. These features will not only raise the bar in game performance but bring unrivalled visual fidelity to the Deus Ex franchise..

The release date for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be announced at a later date.

Exclusive details and developer commentary for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided can be found in Game Informer’s May issue. Visit GameInformer throughout the month for ongoing coverage.

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Geek & Sundry Announces 2015 International TableTop Day Plans

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April 7, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA – Geek & Sundry is upping the stakes with their pledge to donate a board game for every registered event on tabletopday.com for the 2015 International TableTop Day on April 11, 2015. With the help of game publishers such as Looney Labs, AEG, Calliope Games, and Steve Jackson Games, Geek & Sundry will donate thousands of board games to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and their national associates.

Felicia Day says, “Geek & Sundry is thrilled to celebrate another year of International TableTop Day and help spread the love of gaming throughout the world. Working with Big Brothers Big Sisters to give kids the opportunity to play more games is a wonderful way for us to unite the spirit of this day with an amazing charity.”

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater LA is delighted to be a part of International TableTop Day,” adds Tiffany Siart, BBBSLA President & CEO “And we are grateful to be the recipient of all these board games which will allow our volunteers and kids to have their own year-round TableTop day!”

In 2014, over 3,000 events took place around the world in 80 countries across all 7 continents.Twitter hashtag #TableTopDay proudly trended for 12 straight hours worldwide and generated over 75+ million social media impressions. This year, over 800 fans and VIPs will join Felicia and Wil and members of BBBSLA at the sold out flagship event in Los Angeles, which will be streaming live from 11:00 -6:00pm PST, from the Legendary Digital Network Soundstages on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel (http://www.twitch.tv/geekandsundry).

Wil Wheaton says, “When I created TableTop, my goal was to inspire people all over the world to play more games. Every year, International TableTop Day gives me the opportunity to see how I’m doing. As we approach our 3rd annual TableTop Day, I’m happy to report that all is going according to plan.”

For the avid gamers, premium gaming kits are now in stores across the country at Books-A-Million, 2nd & Charles, Tradesmart, Hastings and others who are also hosting hundred of events. Sponsors Plaid Hat Games, Japanime Games, Asmodee, North Star Games, Mayday Games, Playroom Entertainment, and Fireside Games have helped make the 3rd Annual International TableTop Day possible and are a proud part of this year’s promo and premium game kits. Geek & Sundry will also be giving away a limited number of these exclusive kits to fans who create events on TableTopDay.com as part of the “What’s Your Game Plan?” International TableTop Day 2015 Fan Contest.

For more information on International TableTop Day and to find out how to join an event near you – or create your own! – visit www.TableTopDay.com!

Zen Studios Announces Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Pinball

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San Francisco, CA – April 7, 2015 Zen Studios, a maker of hit digital games including Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball 2, has revealed their latest table inspired by the Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron film. The Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron pinball table will bring the blockbuster action of the upcoming film to Zen’s pinball universe on PC, consoles, and mobile platforms including Zen Pinball 2, Pinball FX2, and Marvel Pinball starting on April 21, 2015.

The Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron table will allow players to relive the struggle of Earth’s mightiest heroes, including Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye against Ultron and his seemingly endless army. The table features dedicated game modes for each member of the Avengers team, including a first-person sharpshooting mini-game starring Hawkeye, a spectacular aerial melee combat sequence between Iron Man and Ultron, and selectable difficulty levels to cater to each player’s individual skill level.

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron pinball will be available on consoles, PC, and mobile beginning onApril 21, 2015. For more information on Zen’s other tables based on Marvel properties, please visitwww.marvelpinball.com, and for more information on Zen’s library of digital titles, please visit blog.zenstudios.com.

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RIDE Pushed Back to June 23

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April 6, 2015 — Milestone s.r.l., and BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. will be moving the release of RIDE for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 (digital only), PlayStation 3 (digital only) and STEAM to Tuesday, June 23rd.

From the grease of the garage to the sight of burning rubber on the racetrack, RIDE offers motorcycle enthusiasts and gamers alike a complete racing experience as players take on four different categories of racing – more than 100 Superbikes, Supersports, Naked, and Historical bikes. The title offers extensive vehicle and rider customization, presenting gamers with a vast array of options to keep gameplay fresh and exhilarating through a huge selection of circuits that range from city, country, and historic tracks from the world of motorcycling.