Special thanks to Apex Interactive for supplying the Review hardware
Special thanks to Apex Interactive for supplying the Review hardware
Special thanks to Prima interactive for supplying the review copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 on Xbox One
This past weekend I attended a wedding at a really nice farm out in Mpumalanga’s countryside. Before I left home I made sure to pack my backpack with a handful of action figures in case there were photo opportunities. The results were amazing and I’m still in the process of periodically uploading them to my Instagram feed, but looking back, this got me thinking. The action figures are only part of the joy in collecting and I think any collector would agree that the hunt is just as exciting.When it comes to collecting action figures there’s more to it than just picking one that looks cool. We are drawn to the characters that resonate with us and owning a physical version of those characters is like a symbol of the fond memories we have of watching them in our movies, series or video games. We get to embody our enjoyment of the character. Some collectors prefer to keep them in their boxes on their shelf, others display them in poses in their room but people like me enjoy bringing them to life in pictures. To tell a story that only I can tell with them. I would never see Boba Fett hunting down Rick and Morty anywhere else but in the scenarios that I create with my figures. Sharing these pictures I take with a much wider community gives me a sense of accomplishment and seeing others post their shots on Instagram inspires me. This is all just part of it, though. What excites me the most is the hunt. There aren’t many local shops that sell these things around here so I’m forced to look on the internet and spot action figures that catch my eye. For example, a Mezco Judge Dredd: Cursed Earth figure that comes with a jumpsuit, weapons with removable magazines as well as a nifty poncho. After spotting my prey I do some research which normally includes seeing how popular the figure is on Instagram and seeing what other people are doing with it. Then I move onto watching reviews to hear about the pros and cons of the figure which normally ends up making me want it more. Finally, I move onto looking at my other figures to see what kind of stories I can craft. Judge Dredd would fit in nicely with my classic Robocop figure as both are 80’s icons of dystopian law enforcement. Then comes walking around my house and yard, taking in all the information I have about the figure’s pose-ability and planning pictures around that before actually thinking about getting the figure. A lot of times I go through this process and end up not getting the figure in question. One thing a collector must accept from the beginning is that you can’t get them all. But for the ones you can get, the hunt is part of the fun. Whether it’s stumbling across it in a shop or seeing it online, the idea of having it stirs as soon as one’s eyes fall upon it. With the lack of stores that specialise in these things does seem to hinder the South African geek culture. In my area, we don’t have these things besides a Toys R Us but that isn’t a comic book store that specialises in catering for us geeks. There are a few in the bigger cities but not many people know about these things. Does South African Geek Culture need a larger soapbox to shout from? Do we need to show retailers that there is a market for these things? Wouldn’t it be nice if we had more stores across the country that catered for our need to collect and admire our collectibles? I personally think we need to be more vocal and support what little market there is in this country. South Africa was a tad late to the party on the concept of collecting action figures as only recently have I seen Funko Pops appear in stores local to me. The bigger cities are getting them first, no doubt. But I remember a few years ago not many people here knew what a Funko was while my family in New Zealand was raving about them.
Either way, whether the market for it is strong or not, the hunt for plastic never dulls.
What do you think? Do we need more comic book shops in South Africa?
Do you collect anything?
Let us know in the comments.
Star Wars: Knights of The Old RepublicThis game is a fond memory for a lot of gamers that I’ve spoken to over the years. But for me, it was my first RPG and it was set in the Star Wars universe which I’ve been a fan of since I was five. The story was brilliant, the semi-open world was beautiful at the time and the combat opted for a more strategic approach than a button basher. The moral choices and character builds promoted replayability more than other games I was playing at the time. I replayed this game so many times that I lost count. It is of the opinion of many that this is the best Star Wars game ever made. And thinking back, I have fond memories that remind me why that is not just a mere opinion but a well-grounded fact. We need more Star Wars games like this.
Do you agree with my list?
Which games do you have fond memories of?
Let us know in the comments!
Special thanks to Apex Interactive for supplying the review headset
Thanks to Apex Interactive for supplying the review game
Thanks to Prima Interactive for providing the game for this review
Special thanks to Brendon Jacobs for the review
Special thanks to Prima Interactive for supplying this review game
thanks to Prima Interactive for supplying the review titlewritten by Aiden Markus edited by JP du Preez
This review title was provided by Prima Interactive
a very special thanks to Apex Interactive for supplying me with this review copy
Special thanks to Apex Interactive for supplying the Review game
As always a very special thanks to Apex Interactive for generously providing this headset for review as well as making it available to become a prize of a lucky Early Axes member!
A special thanks goes to Megarom Interactive for sending me this headset to review.
Thanks to Apex Interactive for supplying this game for review
Thanks to Apex Interactive for being so generous and allowing me to try this game out.
Special thanks to Apex Interactive for so kindly supplying this review headset
Once again a special thanks to Apex Interactive for always being at the forefront of the latest and greatest tech and allowing me to review them as they arrive!
A special thanks to Aiden and Alex for taking the time to visit FANCON and flying the EARLY AXES flag.
I would jump into Burnout Paradise Remastered in a heartbeat to simply relive the nostalgia, therefore I rate it...
Special thanks to Prima Interactive for supplying me with this review copy.
Like the look and feel of the Electra V2, the audio follows suite. It is, simply put, a little boring. Not in a bad way at all. But you will never hear anyone rant and rave about the punchy bass, or the boosted upper range to hear the footsteps of someone lurking around in PUBG. Instead, everything is rather unremarkable. Nearly every headset in this price range uses punchy bass and elevated highs to hide the, sometimes cheaper, smaller drivers that is used to drop the price tag. The Electra V2 does not do that. It does not hide the fact that it uses 40mm drivers instead of the more commonly used 50mm drivers.The bass region I found to be rather shallow, but as expected from the 40mm drivers fitted to the Electra V2. Mids are a touch veiled but gives just enough to make vocals nice to listen to. At times the highs were slightly too gentle for my liking but they still provide enough detail to allow a good image. A good comparison would be like wearing a comfortable, yet bland t shirt. The Electra V2 delivers a rather flat but gentle sound which can pass quite easily for the less hardcore gamer or someone who plays in a rather quiet environment which will not overpower the 40mm drivers as they try their best to give you their best. The Razer website states that the Electra V2 produces a balanced sound. Never has any statement been more true than this one, which I suppose creates no illusions on the capabilities of the Electra V2 headset. Razer does not advertise them as phenomenal, ear-shattering headsets. It is a normal blue-collared headsets that does its' job as advertised. Nothing more. Nothing less. I did find the Electra V2 to be slightly on the soft side in my opinion, even with the volume slider turned all the way to the maximum at times it felt just that little bit too soft.
Special thanks to Apex Interactive for providing this review item.
special thanks to Apex Interactive for supplying me with the review item.
As the title suggests, this is a first look at a UFC title, so be aware I have zero reference points... Gloves on, mouthpiece in! Time to step into the octagon.
I have never touched a UFC title before, well maybe a demo… I think. So for me this is completely out of my comfort zone in terms of gaming. New territory I have only seen in videos.
So my impression of UFC 3 was, at most, daunting because I had no idea what I’m getting myself into. So I took a deep breath and Pressed Start.
So I jumped in and went straight for the Create-A-Fighter mode, I was greeted with a fair amount of options to play with. I am happy that there is variety in the mode to create all manner of fighters.
After creating the perfect representation of myself, a chiseled behemoth of a fighter, with dashing good looks ( I have to recreate myself you know ;) ) I proceeded to a few practice fights. I quickly realized that the beat’ - em - up style is vastly different from those of Tekken and Dead or Alive. So I had to adapt or this wasn’t going to go south, rather quickly!
I took my newly created fighter into Career mode, and adapted style of playing a beat’em game, to the Octagon to see how it goes. It didn't. I lost by way of submission.
My early impression thus far is good. I got my butt kicked in the first fight, but instead of making me want to quit, it made me want to learn from this and adapt even more, which I did and won by knock-out. It felt great landing that knock-out punch, so much that I wanted it more. So my journey as UFC fighter began.
The game has an extremely solid feel to it. This is further enhanced by the incredible graphical detail of each fighter.
The movement is different from what I am use to in games like Tekken. I want to say a delay but the word delay must be taken with a pinch of salt. This style makes me plan my offence and defense very carefully. With this slight "delay" comes a sense of strategy, aimless button mashing will get you knocked down and out before you hit your second sequence of buttons. Strategy is key. Well timed and thought out attacks are devastatingly effective compared to button mashing a front hand jab hoping to drop your opponent eventually.
The character model movement is spot on. How they react to getting punched and kicked gives you the visual feedback that you actually doing damage.
UFC 3 matches are not to be considered a sprint race, quite the opposite they are marathons. If you go all out throwing punches and kicks like you playing an arcade brawler, you will lose, badly. You have to manage your stamina and decide when the right time to attack is. Landing a blow against an opponent that is blocking compared to missing entirely, I would rather take on a block.
The grappling side of things is a monster in its own right, this is truly a art form that when mastered can be magnificent but as a beginner it can be tough to get to grips with. The ground game can be handled easy, but when it comes to a submission move, it is difficult for a new comer as the feedback on that is rather minimal. It is easy to lose at submissions when you are new to UFC, but as they say, practice makes perfect.
Damage is also indicated accurately like a real UFC fight. Faces swell up and blood get spilled, and when landing a heavy damage dealing blow, the screen tilts and wobbles as your opponent stumbles, all while the crowd goes wild. It may sound like you are winning, but the fight can drastically turn with just one well-placed kick to the face. So it is always best to keep your guard up.
As far as the graphics go, it looks really great. You would easily mistake the game for a live UFC match on the TV if you gave it a quick glance.
The character models are super accurate and when landing those punches to your opponents face, you can see the blood, sweat and fortunately no snot, flying off your opponents face. Keep in mind also, it counts for your fighter too, but it still looks great none the less.
I will be honest about a few things. Some of the character models look weird, almost like cartoonish, but this does not mean they don’t pack the punch they are famous for.
In game there are some graphical oddities like certain head movements when punched or kicked, arm movements and even fighters walking into the ring barrier like it’s an invisible wall, but these are not game breaking or even enough to take you out of the moment.
All in all, the game looks great from start to finish and custom characters fits in like they were meant to be there.
UFC 3 has all the bells and whistles like any other beat’em up title. Fight Modes, Career Mode, Practice Mode and Online Fights.
Fight Mode is your straight up jump into a fight and enjoy with no loss or gain, just plain old fun. It is also the best place to get a feel for the game in a real fight. You can get the same in Practice Mode but in my opinion it’s only good for practicing to land punches and kicks. It also makes you a tad lazy in managing your stamina.
Career Mode is where the game really shines. You can either choose any of the existing fighters in the roster, or create your own, and yes there is even a feature to upload your own face to your fighter. After you tinkered with your fighter’s appearance and style, you start your career with a starter fight to lead you into what the UFC is about.
In career mode your stats do not simply build until you are a unstoppable force with a iron chin. You have to train to keep your health and stats up for each upcoming fight to ensure you have the best chance of winning. You are assigned points you can spend on various activities during your training. From gym sessions to self-promoting to create hype. This does give you the sense of being more involved with your fighter’s progress, making each victory well earned.
I decided to go onto the online octagon and see how I would stack up. I obviously expected to get my butt handed to me on a silver platter.
I didn’t do too badly actually, I still lost, but It was exciting and fun. I still have a long way to go if I want to be an online champion at UFC 3, but until that day, I will have to train hard.
UFC 3 also boast and Ultimate Team mode, which does have a fair share of loot boxes but this is only within the Ultimate Team mode. You can also acquire other items via the store that you buy with in game currency. Items switch up after a time limit so it’s never the same.
From all that is on offer, UFC 3 is a rather beefy package to sink your teeth into.
UFC 3 was nowhere near on my radar of games I would try, but I’m sure glad I did. It’s a proper brawler that I can see being used as a way to settle arguments.
It isn’t everyone’s type of fighter, but I would recommend it if you are a gamer that enjoys these type of games with friends.
I will be spending more time with UFC 3 because my victories feel earned. I genuinely get stoked when I get a knockout on my opponents.
Just like the real UFC, I stepped out of comfort zone and gave this game a try only to discover I loved it.
Special thanks to Prima Interactive for sending me this review copy.
Written by: Ghost86 Edited by; BigJapester11
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From the moment of opening the box, you can tell the SteelSeries Apex M800 is gaming keyboard that means business and it comes with all the bells and whistles to do the job.
Before plugging it in, I took some time to inspect the hardware. It is a sturdy keyboard and feels strong. Strong enough to whack your friend over the head for taking the last slice of pizza during the LAN session. (Please don’t as this theory has not been tested)
The M800 is somewhat different to a normal mechanical keyboard. The switches is of a linear design, so you won’t be getting that clicking sound when pressing on the keys. It’s also worth mentioning, because of this design, the key stem is 1mm shorter than the traditional 4mm, making it very responsive and quick.
Another striking feature is the spacebar, yes that landing strip in the middle. Most people, including myself, will find it strange because of the size but it works well as it is always in reach. This makes the design of the keyboard great for gaming and typing. What?! Typing? On a keyboard? Nooooooooo *mindblown*
The USB cable is threaded making it more durable than normal rubberized cables. There is two USB plugs, one for the keyboard itself and one to power the two USB ports at the back. These can be used for your flash drive, mouse or even a desk fan.
The Apex M800’s main feature, besides being a mechanical keyboard, is its RGB illumination. When plugging it in, it lights up like a Christmas tree with its bright LEDs. The colour switching across the board is mesmerizing and extremely fun to play around with using the SteelSeries Engine 3 app. It is where you can tinker with all that is on offer.
I have played around with colour switching for a good while and it is just amazing what you can configure. My favourite setting is the Equalizer. This is exactly what it sounds like and to see it in action puts a rather stupid looking grin on my face.
Button Mapping is easy and the whole keyboard can be mapped to your liking. Same goes for the LED configuration, you can either use the pre-sets from the app or you can crazy and give each key its own colour and effect.
That being said, keys can be configured for Discord, CSGO and Dota 2 by default with the option to even make your own app. (This option shall not be reviewed). With 6 Macros buttons on the left side for dedicated mapping, again, this makes the M800 perfect for gaming or work related tasks.
Underneath the M800 you have four large rubber feet to keep the board in place. The two back feet can be interchanged with the bigger ones for those who prefer a keyboard at an angle. However, even when lying flat, it still feels incredible and is a joy to use, so the raised back is down to preference.
LIFE WITH THE M800
As an everyday PC user, and owning a rather older mechanical keyboard, I have grown to love mechanical keyboards and I don’t think I will ever go back to normal keyboards, also I don’t think my hands will allow it either. Mechanical keyboards are just amazing and believe they must become the standard.
But how has my experience been with the M800? It is one of the best keyboards out there, it feels great and is fun to look at when you made a setup on the app for a custom colour configuration.
Traditional mechanical keyboards make you sound like a pro hacker at work when you just to normal typing and use in general, due to the clicking sound of the keys. With M800 you can game and type away without sounding like a machine-gun on full auto at 12am.
The SteelSeries Apex M800 is a fun and serious keyboard.
With the ability to setup each key individually for binding and colour, great for gaming, comfy for work and just so damn pretty to look at, I recommend it to anyone.Once again I would like to thank Megarom for providing me with the hardware that I have done this review on. Written by Ghost86 Edited by BigJapester11
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As always I would like to say a special thanks to Prima Interactive for providing me with this review copy.Written by: Ghost86 Edited by: BigJapester11
As always thanks to Apex Interactive for allowing me to test this magnificent piece of hardware!
thanks to Prima Interactive for supplying us with this Review copy!written by : Ghost86 Edited by: BigJapester11
Once again A BIG thank you to APEX INTERACTIVE SA for supplying me with the headset
My Final Rating for this game is 8 ½ out of 10
written by Willie Botes, Edited by JP du Preez
500GB XBOX One S + 12 Month Live card + FIFA
4 TB External Drive (Because we NEED more space for our games!)
500GB Xbox One + FIFA17
500GB Xbox One + FIFA17 + The Evil WithinHave a good weekend fellow humans!
Then I met the Xbox 360 and my entire life changed, Not in an instant but over time, especially when the Xbox One came along. This is where I truly engulfed myself in weird and wonderful environments, spending countless hours trying to explore the entire map, find that one last puzzle piece or slaying that final beast.
Xbox has changed everything that gaming meant to me, not due to the games but due to the community. Xbox has something uniquely different to offer, a lot of folks would disagree and say but PlayStation is also a console with a great community and has better exclusive games. It also might just be personal preference, but have you ever asked yourself why a certain console just seems right?Firstly, the great community. I have played games that I would never even thought of buying just because members in the community recommended it and I never regretted it once. Secondly, I have made and met actual friends and what I mean with actual friends is, that the Xbox community is such an amazing bunch of people that I have actually made real long term friends, from gaming together to “braaing” together. There is absolutely nothing better than to go online and quickly have a party chat with your friends without even starting up a game. Thirdly, the Xbox offers more overall, I have 2 little ones running around and I am adamant to teach them everything I know of gaming, my daughter is 5 years old and she is a Star Wars Fanatic so with Co-pilot we can Play together, her hands aren’t that big to reach all the buttons yet, but seeing that face light up as she shoots something is a feeling you can’t describe and the same goes for my son who is 3 and can’t get enough of Cars (the movie) and cars in general (I have probably watched Cars 1 and 2 a hundred times by now) But having co-pilot once again I can spend real quality time with him playing Forza Horizon 3. We do hundreds of stuff together apart from gaming but Xbox offers you a full family experience like nothing on earth and that is my reason for owning an Xbox and also why I will never part ways with it. Gaming is a magnificent place to spend time in, but Gaming on Xbox is life changing and really caters for all. Give us your Xbox Story and you could win a 3 Month live Gold voucher. Comment your story below.
3. Destiny 2 BetaThis is what a lot of gamers have been waiting for. You can finally get your hands on Destiny 2’s beta sessions. Players that have Early access to Destiny 2 ‘s beta can jump right in on the 19th of July. For those without early access to the Beta do not fear as you will only need to wait 2 days until you can play to your heart's content. Open Beta starts on the 21st of July. 4. Fortnite Fortnite is a cooperative sandbox survival game and it is all about exploration, scavenging the lands for items, building and fortifying structures and creating epic weapons. Your aim will be to work together to scavenge loot and build your fortress by day and defend it by night from waves and waves of monsters. Fortnite arrives on the 25th of July Before I head off to my normal life cycle and prepare myself to level up (although I still have about 3 months to go before that happens) make sure to pop in at our resident Tech expert Bigjapester11 for your daily dose of everything Xbox and be sure to go check out Cod3bend3r as she brings you the hottest current gaming and Xbox deals and indulge yourself in her epic reviews of current and older games.
1 - 31 July: Grow Up | Open world adventure
16 July - 15 August: Runbow | Fast-paced action party game
1 - 15 July: Kane & Lynch 2 | Third person shooting
16 - 31 July: LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean | Lego themed action adventure
Like to sail the seas, go treasure hunting and shout random words that end off with arrrrrrrrrr…. Well this might just be the game for you.
I had my first experience this weekend within the insider program and had a chance to play for about 2 hours and I must say this is a CRAZY lot of fun.
Sea of thieves has a strong emphasis on multiplayer and playing alone does not reap any rewards. From sailing and navigating to letting down the anchors and reloading cannons, every single aspect is team based and must be done by the player. The creators definitely went for realism but still keeping it extremely fun within a stunning game world.
I definitely recommend that you sign up with the insider program.
Click here to become an Insider: Sea of thieves Insider
2. ELEXThis is a game to keep an eye out for, a completely new IP from Piranha Bytes who also brought us the Gothic and Risen series. ELEX is an upcoming sci-fi fantasy RPG that blends sci-fi fantasy with normal Fantasy and takes place on the stunning world of Magalan. I’m a sucker for open world games and RPG’s and from looking at some gameplay footage, ELEX grabbed my attention immediately. Magalan is a planet struck by a meteor that caused massive destruction and threatens to undo everything the people of the world accomplished. Those who survived the impact now struggle to survive against nature and each other as faction’s battle for control. At the center of this war is the new element ELEX which is a precious and limited resource brought by the meteor impact and can power machines, grant magical properties and even sculpt new life. ELEX releases on Xbox One October 17th, 2017. Make sure you check out this awesome trailer of ELEX 3. Dragon’s Dogma Dragon’s Dogma came to Xbox 360 and was a game that slipped in silently but made a huge impact with its awesome play style, game mechanics and party system. Now Dragon’s Dogma returns to Xbox one and if you haven’t played it or heard of it make sure to keep an eye on it. In, Dragon’s Dogma, your character must track down the dragon that curb-stomped you in the intro and literally stole your heart. The game allows you to create an AI companion called a Pawn, and even hire Pawns created by other players. The combat is fast and brutal, like Devil May Cry, with the ability to scale larger enemies like Shadow of the Colossus. Dragon’s Dogma has no official release date but the studio has confirmed a 2017 release.
If there are other Open World games or RPG's you cant wait for let me know in the comment section. Hope all of you have an Amazing Sunday because tomorrow its all back to grinding away at normal office hours.