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Star Wars: Commander

SW: Commander is a RTS style game that allows you to build defenses to defend against enemy attacks, upgrade heroes and offenses for attack on others players or in campaign mode as well as build resource farming units to help build those resources. This game includes in-app purchases that will allow you to speed up the “real-time” aspect of the game so you don’t have to wait for hours upon hours for defenses to finish upgrading. That also means that those who spend the most money are going to be the players who are atop the leaderboard which sort of takes the fun away from the game knowing that the only reason you are losing is because the other player most likely spent more money. You don’t need to spend money to enjoy the game, but spending money will offer a much better experience.

The balance in the game seems to favor the offense, it almost feels as it doesn’t really matter how I set-up my defense because I am going to lose to an equally ranked player and vice versa when I am o…

Cooler Master MasterCase 5 Pro

The MasterCase 5 Pro is a Free Form modular system that allows you to easily upgrade any hardware component inside your PC case. What Cooler Master defines as Free Form;

“Free Form enables you to vertically adjust or entirely remove drive cages via an intuitive clip-and-click panel, opening unparalleled flexibility to integrate replacement accessories like fans, water cooling reservoirs or even extra-long graphics cards.”
When choosing a case I wanted something that not only looked great but was also a beast in terms of being able to add more hardware to it as I built my gaming PC. Basically I wanted to future proof it in terms of having enough room on the inside for dual video cards, multiple hard-drives, water cooling options for when I overclock my machine, and something that was easy to manage. The MasterCase 5 Pro was that case! Look at the design of it, the black on it is sort of a matte black which gives it an even more bad ass look to it. The thing looks like the frigging Batmo…

The new Survival Mode

An article on GameInformer has really got me thinking about Survival mode in Fallout 4 going forward. Todd Howard of Bethesda states;

We’re doing things like you can’t save, it only saves your game when you sleep. You can’t fast travel. There’re all of these diseases. We’re trying it all. It’s a different experience. We’re not trying to make it a ton harder. It’s harder because you’re doing more things. We want the combat to feel different, as opposed to just being a bullet sponge.
I can't imagine playing a massive open world game like Fallout 4 without using Fast Travel. I know there are a ton of players who play that way but I am speaking about myself. I do love to venture out in the Commonwealth and discover new places or stumble upon areas that I have yet to discover but if I have to walk across the Commonwealth just to find a bed to sleep in to save my game that changes the way I am going to look at Survival mode. I think it will also change the way I play in terms of actuall…

EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G1 80+ GOLD

When building my gaming PC I wanted to make sure I had enough power to support the system for the next couple of years as I assume I will only add more hardware to the system of the course of time. I almost went with a 750w PSU but I asked a couple of fellow internet buddies their thoughts on a power supply and they told me to go for more power to future proof it. I decided on the EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G1 which is a 80+ GOLD certified PSU. My thinking is a year from now my GTX 970 video card will be “dated” and I might not be able to run new games on ultra unless I add a second video card and run them in SLI. If I do that I would need to make sure I have a power supply that could power both cards plus all my other hardware as well.

The EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G1 was $80 and I paid $147 for the SuperNova 1000 so it was a bit more expensive but in the long run I think I made the correct decision. I chose the the EVGA PSU because I have always had a great experience with anything from EVGA pl…

PhotoFast and i-FlashDrive One

PhotoFast CR-8800 PhotoFast has two aspects to a single product. The first aspect is the iOS card reader / Lightning port dongle (CR–8800) that you plug into your iPhone that allows you to backup your data externally. The Lightning port dongle will work on all modern iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) that have a Lightning port. The second aspect is the PhotoFast iOS application that you will need to download onto your iOS device so that you can manage the data that goes from your iOS device to your PhotoFast dongle. The first time you plug the PhotoFast dongle into your iOS device you will be prompted to download the companion application to your iOS device. The CR–8800 retails for $39.99.


PhotoFast makes it easy to back up my images and videos from my iOS device to an external device without the need for cloud services, which can be expensive if you have to pay for them every month. I am just being honest here, iCloud only offers 5GB of free storage so in reality you will nee…

Fallout Cast - Episode 1

Topics -
DLC - Season Pass info
How we became Fallout fan-boys
Tip of the week; Parson’s State Insane Asylum / Cabot House Quest Links to topics we discussed Season Pass info; https://bethesda.net/#en/events/game/fallout–4-add-ons-automatron-wasteland-workshop-far-harbor-and-more/2016/02/16/77MrMattyPlays Video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=102–zJQ29YFallout 4 Opening Weeks Sales Figures ($750 million); http://fortune.com/2015/11/16/fallout4-is-quiet-best-seller/Subscribe to Jackson on Social Media -
YouTube;https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxUZfzJqQZs4YBOvCJWmlaA
Facebook;https://www.facebook.com/Falloutnewspage/Follow Christopher on Twitter @iCrizzoFallout Cast Tumblr blog; falloutcast.com

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

Buy On Amazon ($29.90); http://amzn.to/1oBimZa

CPU Socket
Intel Socket:
LGA 2011-3* / 2011* / 1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 1151 / 1150 / 775

AMD Socket:
FM2+ / FM2 / FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2+ / AM2

CPU Support
Intel:
Core™ i7 Extreme / Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Duo / Pentium / Celeron

AMD:
FX-Series / A-Series / Phenom™ II X4 / Phenom™ II X3 / Phenom™ II X2 / Phenom™ X4 / Phenom™ X3 / Athlon™ II X4 / Athlon™ II X3 / Athlon™ II X2 / Athlon™ X2 / Athlon™ / Sempron™

Full specs; http://goo.gl/oblOzg

Running the fan at just above 50% you can see the CPU temp is only 82°.

Razer Mamba TE vs Naga Epic Chroma

I recently got back into PC gaming on Windows, which means I have been playing Battlefield 3 and 4 again since those games wouldn’t run on my iMac natively. This is a not a Windows vs. OS X post but I just wanted to mention that on my iMac I was more or less limited to Diablo 3 and StarCraft II as far as what games I enjoy playing. For those two games the Naga Epic Chroma worked wonderfully, matter of fact I am still using the Naga Epic Chroma on my iMac as I type this. I was also using the Naga Epic on my gaming PC for the last week but I realized that I didn’t like it as much for fast-paced FPS games like Battlefield and Team Fortress 2, among others. I know the Naga Epic is marketed for MMORPG style games and for those style games I would highly recommend it. For FPS games I personally feel it is just has way too many buttons to be useful. I found myself constantly pressing the wrong hotkey button when gaming in intense situations where I needed speed to either switch to a secondar…

Firewatch

A short review of the PS4 version of Firewatch.

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 SSC

When building my custom built gaming PC I decided I wanted an upper tier video but an upper tier video that didn’t break the bank. I also wanted something that I knew could run Fallout 4 on ultra settings but could also run any new PC game I purchased in the next year or maybe even the next two years on ultra settings. After much debate and some research online about different video cards to choose from I ended up going with the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 for my system.

Overall I am extremely happy with this video card, every game I booted up on it runs on ultra/high settings. Those games include; Fallout 4, Battlefield 4, Battlefield 3, Diablo III, StarCraft II, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Skyrim. I know some of those games like BF3 and Skyrim are older but they are still graphic intensive, the GTX 970 SSC handles them all like a beast. I never drop any frames during gameplay, even in games like Battlefield 4 where you have crowded fight scenes with 64-players all going crazy in one sma…

Samsung 850 EVO 500gb SSD

This thing is thin, light, and super fast! While the 850 EVO is not a good as the PRO version, which contains higher endurance MLC NAND instead of TLC NAND. It will still give you a great bang for you buck. The Samsung PRO cost considerably more than Samsung EVO but Samsung makes great  SSD so in the long run it will be money well spent!

Specs:

Capacity: 500GBForm Factor: 2.5 inchInterface: SATA 6Gb/s (Compatible with SATA 3Gb/s & SATA 1.5Gb/s)NAND Flash: 32 Layer 3D V-NANDThickness: 7.0 mmOptimized performance for everyday computing needsSequential read speed 540 MB/s; Sequential write speed 520 MB/s; Random read speed 100K; Random write speed 90KEnergy efficient - improves battery life by up to 50 minutes vs. hard disk drivesWorry-free data security with AES 256-bit, TCG/Opal v.2 and Microsoft eDrive full-disk encryptionBacked by a five-year limited warrantyCable, screws, and bracket sold separatelySoftware Compatibility: Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bi…

Supremery PS4 Controller Smartphone Mount

You can purchase the Supremery PS4 Smartphone Mount on Amazon for $19.95; http://amzn.to/1P4CtF6

This is the perfect solution I was looking for to connect my iPhone to my PS4 controller for easy access to the companion apps so many games come with nowadays. This is also handy if you want to stream videos while you game, maybe a baseball or basketball game while you play Witcher 3. If you buy this just be careful when removing it, the plastic that snaps together is really thin. I would recommend putting it on a second controller so you don't have to keep taking it on and off, unless you don't mind leaving it on your main controller. It doesn't get in the way either way, I just prefer a controller without the mount on it when I am not using the mount.