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Need for Speed Rivals Review: The Best Need for Speed to Date?



The Need for Speed racing game series has always been about fast-paced action, as you drive the latest and hottest sports cars through an assortment of realistically-rendered locations, sometimes with the police on your tail. The latest installment, Need for Speed: Rivals, stays true to the tried and tested formula, but offers a rich, more engaging gameplay experience.


Unlike in the other games in the series, there is no pretense of a story in Rivals. All the player has to do is choose a side — racer or cop — as he or she sets out to defeat the other side in various challenges involving hot cars. The action takes place in Redview County, a fictional area of the United States filled with many unique locations and unseen trails just begging to be discovered.

While there is no story, the ability to unlock new levels and cars, as well as numerous other perks, provide plenty of motivation to see challenges to the end.


The gameplay in Need for Speed: Rivals is solid and is arguably the best yet in the franchise. It combines the best bits from each of its predecessors, such as the awesome open world experience that made Most Wanted the best game in the series, and the fast-paced driving and cop chases that made Hot Pursuit a cult hit. A dynamic weather system greatly contributes to the game’s sense of realism.

Speed points are gathered as you play, which can be used to customize your car in many different ways. And as expected, there are many sports cars and supercars to choose from, and they all look and feel great. As a racer, you can enhance them with such cool features as nitrous or turbo boosts; as a cop, your options include spike strips, electric shocks, and numerous other gadgets that shut down any illegal racer. Considering that we have seen most of the cop weapons in Hot Pursuit, a little more variety would have been appreciated.


The multiplayer system is a key highlight of Rivals. Called ‘AllDrive’ and described as “destroying the line between single player and multiplayer”, it blends seamlessly with single-player mode, allowing players to transition from single-player mode to playing with friends almost seamlessly. Co-op play is also part of the packaged experience.

Graphics & Sound

As hinted earlier, Rivals is the best-looking Need for Speed game to date, benefiting from some of the latest in graphic technologies. Complementing the nicely-detailed and rendered cars are beautifully-imagined locations that sometimes make you want you to pull over to take in the scenery.

Like the graphic, there was no corner-cutting with the game’s sound. The cars sound as they should, while the selection of background music is composed of the latest in rock, hip hop and dubstep. Everything sounds great, adding to the impressive sense of immersion.


In the end, Need for Speed: Rivals brings a solid racing experience that will surely be fun for anyone remotely interested in fast cars and driving fast. Even if it suffers from a lack of variety at times, it more than makes up for it by giving us a detailed game world that we can easily sink hours into. And for that, it gets an 8 out of 10.


In Cyberpunk 2077, Lifepaths And Optional Companions Can Change Your Playthrough



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This is a game you will gladly play more than once.

CD Projekt has shed more light on Cyberpunk 2077, giving us a better idea of what players can expect from the single-player story.

The adventure by choosing between three different lifepaths for your custom character, each with a different starting location and story background that are strongly connected with the origin story for protagonist V. You can be a Nomad, Corpo or Street Kid.

Not only do the lifepaths define how Cyberpunk 2077 begins, but they also have dramatic consequences on specific missions. A Nomad, for example, will have more street smarts than a Corpo, but he might be out of his element in a board room, unable to properly lead a conversation.

When coming up with challenges, CD Projekt thought of how the different lifepaths could solve them as effectively as possible given their unique skill set. By delivering completely new experiences, the developer intends to give players plenty of motivation to play the game multiple times.

The class you choose also impacts how quests potentially play out.  Cyberpunk 2077’s fluid class system provided designers more opportunities to make quests even more nonlinear and develop new gameplay options that can change the story.

Finally, the game features optional companions that have their own motivations. Taking them along on certain quests can greatly change the outcome .

CD Projekt promises that each quest is handcrafted and has its own storyline, ranging from short skits to epic, multi-layered missions. There won’t be any fluff material like procedural missions.

By the look of things, expect to play through Cyberpunk 2077 at least three times. The game releases on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on April 16, 2020.

What are you most excited to experience?

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Gears 5 Players Get 5 Days Of Boost, 600 Scrap As Apology For Launch Troubles



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It’s quite the way to take accountability for the errors of one’s ways.

Those who suffered through the server issues that plagued the Gears 5 Ultimate Edition early access launch were not forgotten.

The game was marred by significant matchmaking and connection problems, with every game mode — campaign, Horde, versus multiplayer, etc. — experiencing extended matchmaking times. Players were even randomly kicked with a myriad of errors.

As apology for the shaky launch of an otherwise excellent game, Gears 5 developer The Coalition gifted all player with five days of boost for all XP earnings, as well as 600 Scrap.

Scrap, in case you didn’t know, is used to craft skill cards, something players missed out on earning as a result of the game constantly disconnecting.

Did you run into any of the Gear 5 launch problems, and do you think The Coalition did enough to make it up to players? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Get Ready To Play Overwatch On The Nintendo Switch



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One of the most popular games of this console generation has come to the Switch.

Nintendo has officially announced Overwatch for the Switch.

Dubbed ‘ Overwatch Legendary Edition’, the game makes it Nintendo debut on October 15.

Overwatch on Switch has been requested since the console’s launch. Now that it’s here, what exactly are gamer getting?

For starters, you get all of the content that has been released so far, plus motion controls and other features.

Now for the bad news: considering the Switich’s weaker specs compared to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, this version of Overwatch run at 30 FPS in both docked and undocked mode, while resolution is different between the two modes.

Overwatch running at 30 FPS was somewhat expected, but the fact that the high-speed nature of the game requires a smooth frame rate, makes it disappointing.

The lower frame rate may also be a problem for the future implementation of cross-platform play, seeing as the game runs at 60 FPS on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Will you be getting Overwatch Legendary Edition for the Nintendo Switch? Let us know in the comments below.

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EA Sets New Guinness World Record For Most Downvoted Reddit Comment



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Records are usually to be admired, but definitely not this one.

Electronic Arts has won what has to be one of the worst Guinness World Record of the digital age.

The American game publisher has received the 2020 Guinness World Record for the most downvoted Reddit comment as a result of its controversial comment on Star Wars Battlefront 2’s lootboxes back in November 12, 2017. This dubious yet impressive feat was spotted in the Guinness World Records by Reddit user -amsha-.

EA’s unpopular comment received an almost unbelievable 667,821 downvotes, handily beating the second most downvoted comment by more than 600,000 votes. Oddly enough, it also received 109 Reddit Gold awards.

Here is the comment in full:

The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes.

As for cost, we selected initial values based upon data from the Open Beta and other adjustments made to milestone rewards before launch. Among other things, we’re looking at average per-player credit earn rates on a daily basis, and we’ll be making constant adjustments to ensure that players have challenges that are compelling, rewarding, and of course attainable via gameplay.

We appreciate the candid feedback, and the passion the community has put forth around the current topics here on Reddit, our forums and across numerous social media outlets.

Our team will continue to make changes and monitor community feedback and update everyone as soon and as often as we can.

EA’s comment is hated on a scale never before seen in Reddit history, and we don’t think it will be beat in the foreseeable future.

Simply creating a free account on the Guinness World Records website will allow you to look up every record to date, including the EA record, which is listed under “Most downvoted comment on Reddit.”

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Top 400 Women In eSports Combined Earn A Fraction Of What The Top Man Makes



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Women’s esports has a lot of improving to do.

For people who deny that there’s a gender pay gap, eSports will probably make you reconsider your position.

The top 400 women in esports combined earn less than half of what the top male eSports pro has made alone!

Data gathered from EsportsEarnings that looks into the money generated by the top female esports reveals the cold-hard facts (see the chart below).

In addition to their combined earnings falling far below that of the top male player, not a single woman can be found in the top 300 earners in esports.

The top male earner is Johan Sundstein, a Dota 2 player who has earned $6,889,591.79 from tournaments.

Starcraft player Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn ($333,456.35) and Halo: Reach player Katherine “Mystik” Gunn ($122,000.00) were the top earners one the women’s side. The top 400 women combined have earned $3,030,000.

As the only woman in the top 500, Scarlett ranks 329 on the list of highest paid esports professionals.

Female eSports Gamers Earnings
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The Borderlands Games, And Handsome Jack



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The Borderland games helped define two generations of gaming.

Most gamers know about Borderlands in one way or the other, whether in passing or because of a strong desire to become the best gun collector,. You may play it for the story, you may like the characters, or you simply want to kill everything in sight in as many different ways as possible — no matter your compulsion, each of the three Borderlands games will give you a blast!

Now, what can we say that hasn’t been said already? Will you have fun with these games? Yes, absolutely, in fact, fun turns into a rather misleading word when it comes to this franchise in particular. Will you have freedom in this game? To an extent. Many story-driven games do not have such an open concept when it comes to gameplay compared to what Borderlands puts on the board.

This franchise offers plenty of aspects that help to create the feeling of freedom – from 4 playable heroes to millions of usable weapons, to how you approach the fight – and even with these in mind, Borderlands games cannot be regarded as an open-world release; and it’s for the better. The compact stories that go from title to title give a sense of roundness, and this feature is often lacking in the more open-ended titles.


Let us start at the beginning: Borderlands was released in 2009, almost a decade ago. And it still holds up! With the engaging story, hordes of enemies and the continuous race towards the prize, Borderlands carved out a place for itself in the hearts of many fans. There are at least two amazing, title-defining features in this one. First one is the art-style, exceptionally unique to Borderlands games.

Borderlands Vibe & Style

It might seem inconsequential at first gaze, but when most releases in the gaming industry try to polish their graphics, thus making them look as smooth as a movie scene. There’s something refreshing to see an echo of a comic-book style, accompanied by the whimsical details and outlines, all seemingly coming back to life right from your first glance. This original style became as much of a staple in Borderlands as the weapon system.

RNG Weapons 

And even the first Borderlands game had a fair share of weapons! This brings us to the next defining element of the series: random weapon generator. The famed and beloved feature has become the main talking point when it comes to Borderlands games; there’s nothing more bonding than gathering your friends, grabbing a cup of coffee, and comparing which one of you was the most blessed by the RNG gods!

The More – the harder

The first Borderlands also offer a solution to the players who beat the game but still want more. To put it simply, the game raises the difficulty with each playthrough; so if you thought you will get to mow down the enemy and laugh at how pathetic they are, you will instead get to mow them down and laugh at how they are no challenge to you even when almighty. Borderlands games engine boosts them even further! And this rise in difficulty is applied to the whole system in general – your quests and DLC content also climb the ladder the more you play – endless fun!

Borderlands 2

The second addition to the series also keeps much of the same charm – only now you add a concrete villain in the mix. So, each time you shoot at some cannon fodder, you can imagine that smug face, till finally, you can put a bullet – or a dozen – in it too! The number of playable characters increased as compared to the first instalment of Borderlands games, so you can freely adjust the gameplay to your style. The greatly beloved sense of exploration returns, as some of the missions in Borderlands 2 now have multiple ways it may be resolved. 

Weapons for Practicality

But the greatest change from the first is (once again) weapons system. While the randomness remains, there’s also the differentiation between the manufacturers of the guns. Depending on who made your weapon, its stats and features will be different. Thus, keeping a close eye on your loot and weighing your options is important here – or you can always just pick the biggest gun and see where that gets you!

Borderlands The Handsome Jack

Borderlands games also offer an extensive insight into the backstory of the villain from Borderlands 2, Jack. The game, wonderfully titled Pre-Sequel, follows him and his companions on their journey to become the tyrant… or gain vengeance of the evil Colonel, whichever comes first. The game employs many of the same systems as the second game in the series, but with a few minor additions. Basically, it’s a great continuous play when put together with Borderlands 2.

Borderlands 3

And this brings us to the latest instalment to the famed Borderlands games! Well, the following iteration is still in the works, but it still counts, probably even more. Borderlands 3 will feature 4 new playable characters, many of the previously known faces will return as NPCs (as is the tradition for the series by now), and the game boasts with the chance to travel outside of the enemy-infested Pandora as here, you’ll battle a horrendous cult and its leaders.


The combat system has been adjusted in accordance with the previous games’ success and many of the previous issues will now give players ‘longer’ fighting chance as NPCs can revive them and vice versa. Also, weapons will have an alternate fire mode, so imagine the possibilities with this one! The newest from Borderlands games, also adds new vehicles, new environments, new goodies and a lot more. It’s quite a paradise for the shoot-and-loot genre fans, truly. So, just ask yourself this: what more could you expect from a genre-defining shooter series? Nothing but excellence.

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