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Nidhogg 2 for PlyStation 4 Game Review

The best thing about Nidhogg was its simple gameplay and players those who have played the first Nidhogg game would understand what we actually mean. The initial game possessed a minimalistic style as well as only two button gameplay that offered the player a wonderful, focused as well as streamline experience. However, things have been changed in Nidhogg 2, where the Messhof developers have tried to offer a lot more things in the multiplayer mode by adding more maps, a whole new art style and a lot of new weapons in the Nidhogg 2 game. Most of these additions are really good and enhance the overall fun and excitement of this excellent multiplayer party video game.

The second part of the game picks its concept from its predecessor, where being the main character you still need to hack slash and stab your opponent and move past their dead bodies on to the next screen. You will see that within some time, that that enemy will respawn in the new screen fighting again and hindering you from reaching your final goal. By the way, the final boss is nothing but a giant hungry worm in Nidhogg 2. The players can swing the sword in 3 different heights, one towards the head, second towards the torso and third below the torso towards the legs. Now you also have an option to throw the sword towards the enemies killing them instantly for long-range attack. However, you need to be really careful while throwing the sword since you are left vulnerable and any enemy can kill you instantly. The same goes when you attack the enemies at wrong height creating various openings for them to counter-attack and harm you.

The second part of the game picks its concept from its predecessor, where being the main character you still need to hack slash and stab your opponent and move past their dead bodies on to the next screen. You will see that within some time, that that enemy will respawn in the new screen fighting again and hindering you from reaching your final goal. By the way, the final boss is nothing but a giant hungry worm in Nidhogg 2. The players can swing the sword in 3 different heights, one towards the head, second towards the torso and third below the torso towards the legs. Now you also have an option to throw the sword towards the enemies killing them instantly for long-range attack. However, you need to be really careful while throwing the sword since you are left vulnerable and any enemy can kill you instantly. The same goes when you attack the enemies at wrong height creating various openings for them to counter-attack and harm you.

This was the basic gameplay that we saw in Nidhogg. In the new game there are some new elements introducing new possibilities to the puzzle game. There are 3 new weapons that have been introduced in Nidhogg 2. They include arrows which can only be fire at the bottom or at the middle direction. These arrows can also be hit back in the opposite direction. The broadsword is no thicker when compared to the previous game and the player can swing it from top to bottom. You can also throw the sword in the middle direction but that will leave you vulnerable as we told you above. But you can use the arrows for long ranged kills that won’t leave you defenseless unlike killing enemies from long range using the sword. There is also a dagger that you get which is smaller in size when compared to other weapons and also possesses a shorter reach but is perfect for quick stabbing.

The addition of new weapons also adds depth to the game like taking out the Dagger from the shear take some seconds. The Game also does not tell you which weapon you will possess in the next respawn. So it may happen that you are left frustrated trying to swipe of a sword again and again but failing because you actually hold a bow or a dagger instead. However, in the tournament mode, you can customize the sequence of weapons to pick the one you wish to respawn with. However, these weapon customisation options are not available in the quick play online multiplayer or arcade mode.

The balance of the game in also been disrupted by the introduction of different types of weapons. Each and every weapon has its own weakness. When you are using the dagger you will feel somewhat powerless since using it is really very tricky and you must possess the speed to really harm the opponent. Things turn even difficult when your opponent is holding a sword in his hand as well. Bow and arrow are good for long range tickling but the only problem with them is that they take too much time to fire. So, if your opponent is quick he can easily beat you with his quick moves while you are still charging the bow and the arrow. Not only that, sometimes the enemies are able to dodge your attacks very easily frustrating you to the limit if you are not able to take down a particular quick enemy.

There have been changes to the art style of the game as well. it looks like that the developers have followed a similar concept of “ bigger is better” while developing the game. The minimalistic element that was really loved in the first Nidhogg game is lost. The lighting and the background are really amazing with great color range allowing a lot more varied locales when compared to the previous game. However, this much variety of colors on the screen makes it really hard for the player too quickly see and grasp what actually is happening on the screen. The developers have also rebuild the maps and added few more to the game. The new maps have all the new locations and they also contain a lot of environmental hindrances like long grass, pits, sliding ice etc. to add up to the level difficulty.

These new additions might not be liked by everyone but they actually are good and offer some competitiveness in the game. The game is successful in creating an environment full of tension and interest for the players.
Every time you swing your sword or the weapon that you are possessing to move forward, it will seem a huge step towards the victory. The controls of the game remain the same as we saw in the first Nidhogg game. With simple controls, players can actually pull off even the toughest plan or strategy with an ease. Also, once you get the strategy that the opponent is using, you can actually respawn again and again before reaching the finishing line in order to win the tournament.

All in all, we actually like the Nidhogg 2 game which offers a lot of new things without adding too many things in the new game. The new weapons can be frustrating at times, but the amazing gameplay covers it up. Nidhogg 2 is really dramatic, amazing, tragic, gross as well as funny with a simple artistic design that you are definitely going to enjoy with your friends.

You can watch the gameplay of Nidhogg 2 in the below video:

 

Last Day of June PlayStation 4 Game Review

We all go through a lot of tragedies in our life. Most of us also wish that what if we had the power to change things what had already happened. What if we had some kind of rewind button so that we can go back in time to change all the wrong things that we have done. However, this is not possible in real life and this is not how the reality works. But the game we are going to review here revolves around the similar concept.  Last day of June is a game that deals with the hope frustration, grief and anger of a lonely and desperate old man. The concept of the game is based on the belief that altering one single event in our past can change the entire course of events that followed and could ultimately save a person from an untimely death.

Carl and June are the main characters of “Last day of June” game that are deeply in love and living happily.  They plan to take out one day from the busy life and go out on an outing to one of their favorite places. After having an amazing day and enjoying each other, while they are returning back to the home their car meets an accident in which June is killed and Carl’s body gets paralyzed below the waist.

Now, years after the event, Carl is still sitting in his chair thinking about the tragedy and trying to relive the time just before June’s death over and over again. He relives this time from the perspective of all the characters that used to stay along with them in their small community.  As a player, you have the power to relive and change the outcome of the story by altering the actions of each and every character.  As you slowly alter the outcomes of each story you also modify the events that happened that day ultimately trying to save June from dying somehow.

Last Day of June has been developed beautifully in an art style manner with superb animation and where grief is palpable. However, there are no words or dialogues in the entire game.  Last Day of June feels so real that you can literally feel the desperation that is inside Carl in yourself. It is possible that some of the players might find the starting of the game and follow up a bit confusing since all the characters just mutter and talk in a slow indecipherable tone and manner.  But once you keep playing it, and in the later part of the game when you are really comfortable with these conversations,  you will be able to easily understand what each and every character tries to convey as well as their emotions.

We would really like to commend the gorgeous art that has been put in this game. the entire game looks like a beautiful color painting,  where unimaginable colors poping out blending with superb pastels and brush strokes.

The concept of the game is pretty interesting however reliving the memories again and again might cause frustration as well as irritation to some of the players.  You just move around and try to complete the quick time events which is not an issue. However doing these things again and again is something that can bug you. You will find yourself pressing the same buttons again and again, moving down the road again and again, completing the entire day again and again just to find out is there any change waiting for you at the end of the day or not. There is a huge possibility that you might see the same things again and again without any change in the outcome.

You enter the game with an emotional mind,  but the repetitiveness reduces the emotional impact of the game.  The first time you will feel a lot about June’s death,  but watching it for the 12th or the 15th time is definitely annoying.  We wish there was an option where one could skip this and find out what happens in the end directly. But the player also needs to find out what he needs to do in order to save June,  and figuring that out is really interesting.

Not only this, the repeating element also affects the course of the event itself because the player needs to go back again and again and redo all the character arcs that he or she might have already completed just sometime back.  We just wish that there was some way to skip these cutscenes and reach the end of the day without re-living every moment of the day back to back.

Another problem that we found in last day of June was the long loading time.  the player needs to wait and stare at the loading screen for around 30 seconds every time they load back into the game and when each day concludes.  This problem is even worse in PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 4.

But there are some shining moments too.  the side characters are so vignetted that they provide strong richness as well as flavor to the story.  You not only come to know Carl and June, but also the side characters in detail. We really want to give a heads up to the developers for portraying the gravity, unintentional inputs as well as the importance of each and every role so well that they have a direct effect in June’s demise.

Last day of June is a different type of game that might attract a lot of players looking for a different gameplay.  the ability to alter past events in order to change the present condition is something that almost all of us have fantasized but never experienced.  the game somehow gives you a glimpse of the power to reshape the present by changing the past. Also, there are very little games that perfectly portray the struggle between a man’s determinism and free will Very uniquely. If the repetitive thing is something that doesn’t bother you,  the love story of Carl and June Is definitely worth playing.

You can watch the gameplay trailer of Last Day of June below:

New Augmented Reality Walking Dead Game brings Dead to your Home

Augmented Reality is the new technology which has gained a lot of popularity and last couple of years and especially after the release of Pokemon Go. Augmented Reality focuses on bringing the fictional characters in the real world, and now many other companies are working on the concept to come up with real-life based video games for the users.

Well, we don’t know about all the companies out there, but it looks like AMC as well Next Games have achieved a milestone in this Augmented reality game development. They have recently announced a brand new location based AR video game with the name “The Walking Dead: Our World”. The company said that the game will be available for most of the smartphones and smart devices very “soon”. However, no date was announced by the officials regarding the release of the game.

The player will have to use their mobile phone cameras to see a dead chasing you, hiding behind avocados and creeping up you family and friends. You get the same characters in the game as present in the TV series. They include Daryl, Michonne as well as Rick that will appear sometimes to help you fulfill your quest. There are various items which you can interact with while you are fulfilling any quest. These items might include new weapons or supplies to dealing with the dead in a better way.

 

You can watch the trailer of the upcoming “The Walking Dead: Our World” game below. However, the game does not offer a lot of information about the game but it looked really fun. It is the second game after Pokemon Go that features Augmented Reality, and the first game which takes the technology to whole new level. However, the players need to be really careful where they are heading in the real world. If you are not so careful with your surrounding, it is possible that you might harm yourself before you encounter any zombie on your smart device screen.

If you are a Walking Dead show fan, the eighth season of the TV series will return on October 22, 2017, on AMC.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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HP Brings New Gaming Laptop Omen X for Gamers: Review

 Earlier this year, HP came up with a whole new range of gaming products with the name, Omen. While we’ve seen HP produce some cheaper gaming laptops and a high-end glowing desktop cube so far, we’ve been waiting for a high-end Omen laptop for enthusiasts. Today at GAMESCOM, HP is going to bring forward the Omen X laptop, what is expected to offer you high definition gaming to the consumers.

HP has opted for a 17-inch 4K display for the top model, or a 120Hz 1080p display for those who want more performance instead of a higher resolution. Both of these models possess the Nvidia Sync technology, making it easer for the consumer’s freedom to pick any one they like. Not only that, the users will also have an option to connect two external display along with it. There is a separate support for people who love overclocking their GPUs and CPUs.

There is another unique feature that HP offers to the buyers along with the laptop. Many of the gamers wish to upgrade their laptop with one or the other internal part, HP Omen allows, you to upgrade quite a few of them. HP is providing single panel access to the HDDs, SSDs, and RAM, making it easy to upgrade all three with just a Philips screwdriver. Otherwise, it’s a relatively standard high-end laptop.

HP is using Intel’s 7th generation Core i7 CPUs inside, not the newly announced 8th generation. The base model of HP Omen will ship along with a GTX 1070 with a 1080p display, 16GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD / 1TB HDD for $1,999. You will have to spend around $369 for the better model which comes along with GTX 1080 and 4K display, 32GB of RAM, and 2 x 1TB of SSD storage / 1TB HDD. The top model also includes an overclockable Core i7-7820HK processor instead of the Core i7-7700HQ found on the entry and mid-level models. There is a mid ranged model as well which offers a 4K display with a GTX 1080 and 32GB of RAM, priced at $2,349.

On the laptop itself, HP has used mechanical switches for its keyboard, producing 2.5mm of key travel. You have an option to optimize each and every key with RGB LED lighting, and there’s an oversized space bar you can reach for during frantic gaming sessions. Connectivity includes three regular USB ports, two USB-C Thunderbolt ports, a HDMI port with HDR support, mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, and a card reader slot.

HP is planning to make the Omen X laptop available in November, starting at $1,999.

Reasons Why OMEN By HP Might Be The Perfect Gaming Laptop

We’ve said before that nothing beats gaming on a PC. Computers are easier to upgrade, offer superior controls and the best part is, they can double as powerful productivity tools. The problem is that people need their devices to be mobile.

Stationary gaming desktop PCs are great, but what if we found you something that offered that kind of user experience in a portable package?

Well, we think we have. It’s the OMEN by HP Gaming Laptop. There are plenty of laptops that are capable of gaming, but the way HP has packaged this particular machine definitely has its advantages. Let’s run you through them now.

1.Tonnes of Options Available

Before touching on any other aspect, the first thing to note is that this laptop can be customised to suit your budget and needs. Want an affordable all-in-one solution? The base model still comes with a quad-core i7 Processor and an Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card. Got some extra cash to spend? Opt for a better screen, more RAM or a larger battery.

2.It’s an absolute Audio as well as Visual Treat

If you’re familiar with PC building, you’ll know just how expensive the peripherals can get. A decent set of speakers and a good monitor can end up costing as much as the computer itself. On the OMEN by HP, you get HP Audio Boost, Bang & Olufsen speakers as well as a DTS Headphone:X jack. What’s more, you can have the Omen by HP laptop in two sizes: 15.6” or 17.3”.
It doesn’t stop there. The 1080p IPS display has a super high refresh rate of 120Hz, but if you want some extra pop to your visuals, there’s an FHD display available for a small fee. Rest assured, the laptop can handle that kind of video output.

3. There is Effective Heat dispersion

For one, the components that get warm – the CPU and GPU – are placed on the top right corner. This means that you don’t feel much heat emanating near the W, S, A, D keys. When gaming, a warm keyboard can lead to sweaty fingers and an overall unpleasant experience.

As these are pretty powerful chips, the OMEN by HP has two large fans to cool them off. The smaller 15” model has three heat pipes while the 17” has four to ensure maximum heat transfer and dissipation.

4. HP Omen possesses the best hardware

The OMEN by HP is one powerful laptop. Even its base configuration, it comes with the latest Intel Core i7 processor. This is a true quad core i7, unlike some other laptop-grade i7 chips. Not only that, but you can upgrade the graphics card up to a GTX 1070 with 8GB of dedicated GDDR5 RAM for video and up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM for the entire system. Way more than what’s necessary to play all the latest game at high settings.
What’s more, you even get an SD card reader. This will allow you to use one laptop for work and play.

5. A quality approach to construction

You also get a really tough hinge mechanism which feels like it’ll last the lifetime of the product. Another smart decision by HP is the use of materials. The palm rests below the keyboard are finished in high-grade plastic which will age well without discoloration. Meanwhile, there’s a soft touch exterior that gives it a premium look and feel.

6. Plenty of Storage options

HP does not want to give any chance to the consumers to complain regarding the storage space. That’s because the laptop has room for both M.2 as well as traditional SATA drive. M.2 SSDs are 17 times faster than your regular laptop hard drives, but they are also extremely expensive. This laptop will let you have a smaller SSD for Windows and a couple of games, as well as a 1 Terabyte hard disk for your videos, music, and pictures.

7. It possesses spectacular looks

If any one of us is investing so much in a gaming laptop, it is important to make sure it looks good as well. Well, the OMEN by HP has some powerful looks. The red-on-black theme is really quite aggressive looking and they’ve gone the extra mile to make sure even the USB ports are color-matched.
15” and 17” aren’t exactly ultraportable, but HP has done well to cut down the unnecessary bulk. The power adapter, for instance, is rather slim for the kind of workload it can take.

8. HP Omen Laptop is user-upgradeable

In 2017, we saw a lot of smartphones with sealed batteries. We also saw more laptops with sealed in components. Thankfully, this is not the case with the OMEN by HP. Even if you get the base model when it arrives, you can easily upgrade the RAM, add an SSD or get a bigger hard drive when you have the money. Of course, you ought to only do this after the warranty period is over.

This is one of the new OMEN by HP’s strongest selling points. The FHD display, processor, and graphics card are going to be relevant for years, so it’s great that you can push other aspects of the hardware as time goes by.

21 Best Games like Skyrim You Should Play Today

In 2011, Bethesda Softworks reached the very zenith of RPG genre, by releasing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, one among the best handiwork of the company ever. The game has a vast community, and RPG fans have been craving games like Skyrim ever since. The epic universe, action, storyline, quests and the dynamic protagonist: The Dragonborn, shall always remain as indelible memories in our soul.

Nevertheless, there are tons of games similar to Skyrim out there. Most of them may not be as good as Elder Scrolls 5 but could be considered among the games like Elder Scrolls.

Hence, especially for you readers, we have enlisted some of the best games like Skyrim that will console your heart. Maybe a few of them don’t belong to the RPG category, however, they do feature some marvelous historical fiction and mythology. Now let’s get into the games list and their details.

21 Best Games like Skyrim

1. Star Wars: The Old Republic

Taking over from the original Star Wars MMORPG Star Wars Galaxies in 2011, Star Wars: The Old Republic was not free at release at first. But it has since, like so many games of this kind, adopted the free-to-play model. If you want to get Sith kicks, this is the best way to get them for free.
However, subscriptions are still available, giving you more in-game potential. All the story missions are available without a sub they just might take you that bit longer.
It’s worth the download simply to experience the Star Wars universe from different perspectives, like the hyper-professional Imperial Agent and Bounty Hunter. If you want to go with the dull option and just have a generic Jedi Knight, though, that’s fine too.

Platform: Windows, Xbox 360

2. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

The popular open-world role-playing game by Capcom, Dragon’s Dogma, serves as a possible alternative to Witcher 3 if you don’t favor eye-candy visuals. The critically acclaimed title features one among the best combat systems ever and hence qualifies to be listed as one among the best games similar to Skyrim.

You can climb enemy bosses and attack them, which is rare to be found in most of the games. The title is heavily inspired by the Dark Souls franchise.

The game primarily features a similar concept like ‘Dragonborn’ in Skyrim. The chosen one here is however named as ‘Arisen’. Throughout the game, you shall follow the footsteps of Arisen and save the world by fighting beasts and dragons till you discover the hidden truth.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is rather a polished version of the game, and features some additional content. It’s one among the best games like Skyrim and Witcher 3, you can find, on the basis of an engaging quest line, combat system, dynamic world but at the cost of downgraded graphics.

Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, Windows

3. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Hellblade is not an RPG but rather an action-adventure-hack-and-slash game centralized on the story of Senua, a Celtic female warrior.

To what we consider this as one among the best Skyrim like games, you have to progress through the world, inculcated with your psychotic manifestations.

Hence, this psychological thriller could drool your eyes when you shall be experiencing traumatic visions in the game. Developed and published by Ninja Theory, Hellblade will supposedly feature a strong plotline.

We pass this judgment because the company emphasizes a lot on building strong characters and connecting them to the story, in most of its titles.

Platforms: PS4, PC

4. Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor

If you like a little bit of  Assassins Creed peanut-butter goodness in your chocolatey Skyrim open world fantasy, you might like Shadow of Mordor. This action adventure title combines the parkour-filled stealth of the former with an RPG-lite experience system and the most iconic setting in Western fantasy.

The real fun lies in the game’s nemesis system. Remember that one bandit who really kicked your ass early on in Skyrim? Everyone had at least one. Well, now you can watch that Bandit rise through the ranks of the enemy as you kill off his superiors one by one until finally when he’s sitting high and mighty at the top of the food chain, you swoop in and cut him down like the dog he is.

The most magical moment… Sometimes that nemesis is named Dush and you giggle like a child as you get your revenge.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh operating systems

5. Fallout 4

You can’t have a list of Skyrim alternatives without mentioning Bethesda’s other big open world extravaganza, Fallout4. While I might prefer the storyline and world of New Vegas more, it’s hard to deny just how open and awesome the world of Fallout 4 is.

You can build settlements, join factions and generally cause chaos as you roam the wasteland steadfastly ignoring Bethesda’s main plot about your dumb ugly kid.

It’s also been confirmed that Fallout 4 will be coming to VR in the near future, possibly as part of the mysterious Project Scorpio. So if you’re thinking of investing in VR, it might be a good time to do so. The most magical moment is Having a robot companion who’s also a 1930s private eye for some reason.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

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6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

From the ghastly lands of Velen to the beautiful isles of Skellige, venture into an epic adventure of mystery and hidden conspiracies with Geralt of Rivia, the Master Witcher, known by the name, Whitewolf.

Winner of many awards from reputed publications and events, Witcher 3, to be very frank has overtaken the likes of Skyrim and is considered as one among the best RPGs like Skyrim ever created, all thanks to its vast open world and lucrative visuals.

Apart from the main quests, you would definitely love to get involved with the side missions that are very engaging. If it gets tiresome for you after completing Witcher contracts and eliminating gigantic beasts, visit any pub located nearby, to relax and play some Gwent. In the elite list of games similar to Skyrim, Witcher 3, has a lot more to offer than you can even imagine.

Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One

7. Shadow Of War

Alas, Talion and Celebrimbor are back to action with the upcoming Shadow Of War, one among the best Skyrim like games, one can ask for. Do not be confused. It’s not an RPG but rather an open-world story-driven action adventure game based on the universe of Tolkien’s epic fantasy series, Lord Of The Rings.

The prequel, Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor was critically acclaimed for its fluid combat mechanics, gameplay, script writing, inspiring plotline and most noteworthy, its Nemesis system.

Nemesis System enables the NPCs especially the enemies to adapt to the surroundings and dynamically attack the player based on past experiences. While you eliminate, the captain of a squad, someone else will take the dais, and face you later on. The best option would be to brand enemies, to forge your own army, while you prepare for the ultimate battle.

So, how’s the sequel, Shadow Of War gonna be different? Be wary Ranger, as your own allies might betray you. Furthermore, the game’s reportedly gonna feature, a vast open-world, this time though with multiple sprawling cities. Developed by Monolith and published by WB Games, the game will be out by August 22, 2017.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

8. Far Cry 4

If you loved the open world gameplay of Skyrim, but got a bit burned out on all that magic and dragons nonsense, it might be time to give Far Cry 4 a try. The game features a massive open world full of enemy bases to blow up and vehicles to commandeer. There’s also an experience system that lets you unlock new abilities and skills, so you won’t have to give up that sweet, sweet RPG fix.

The world of Far Cry 4 isn’t just filled with generic soldiers, though. Like Skyrim, the countryside of Kyrat is filled with local wildlife, both benign and bloodthirsty. Some will ignore you, some will try to eat you and some can be ridden.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

9. Nioh

It was notably released on February 7, 2017.The protagonist of this RPG title portrays a close resemblance to “Geralt of Rivia” (Protagonist of Witcher series). Hence, he is widely known as “Jeraltu: The Samurai Witcher”. Developed by Team Ninja and published by Koei Temco in collaboration with Sony Interactive Entertainment, Niohis a medieval action RPG.

The game is set in Japan during the early 1600s, a period of conflict between the warring clans. You will play from the perspective of William Adams, an English navigator who eventually gets converted to a “Western Samurai”.

The gameplay elements have been heavily inspired by the Ninja Gaiden, Onimusha, and Dark Souls series respectively. Indubitably, the universally acclaimed title is one among the best games like Skyrim.

Platforms: PlayStation 4

10. Lords Of The Fallen

But Lords Of The Fallen is a game for PC and consoles! Is it possible that they released one especially for Android? Yes, my dear friends, you are very right. However, this version has quite some variations compared to its PC & console counterpart.

The hack and slash mechanic remains the same with a few RPG-like elements. It’s somewhat story driven. You can craft weapons and armor, gain experience points and level up to fight smoothly against gigantic bosses.

Platforms: Android

11. Wildstar

Without seeing more than a few screenshots, you might think Wildstar is a new IP from Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games. It’s colorful and cartoony enough to sit alongside the same catalog as Spyro, but this is no casual free-to-play MMO, which may be the reason it didn’t do as well as expected sales-wise.

If you like Blizzard games, such as World of Warcraft, Wildstar will undoubtedly quench your thirst since many of its developers at Carbine Studios came from the beloved Activision Blizzard subsidiary.

Despite not landing as “the next evolution of the modern MMORPG,” according to its IGN review, Wildstar holds its own as a traditional MMO that, before going free-to-play, had a unique subscription method based on actual player progress along with some colorfully stylized graphics.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

12. Eve Online

In 2003, Icelandic developer CCP Games unleashed unto the world Eve Online, an immersive and in-depth “sci-fi experience” that would eventually garner the attention of well over 500,000 players. Eve Online is unlike any game in its category, thanks to the vast range of activities to take part in as well as its (appropriately) out of this world in-game economy.

Unfortunately, the Eve Online player base has been on the decline since 2013. It should come as no shock that as time goes on, fewer and fewer gamers are interested in paying a subscription fee for a glorified space sim with a steep learning curve. As of the Ascension update, which released in November 2016, Eve Online has gone free-to-play – at least to an extent.

The new ‘alpha clones’ system featured in Eve Online is similar to the “unlimited free trial” featured in World of Warcraft. You can still engage with other players in mining, piracy, manufacturing, trading, exploring and combat, but certain skills will be off-limits. As long as you don’t mind finite access to some of the game’s most lumbering ships, Eve Online won’t cost a cent.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows

13. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

The game will release sometime in 2017.Voila! You have yet another RPG that doesn’t feature any magic or spells. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord serves as the prequel to its predecessor, Warband, and is set 200 years before the events of the game. If you are on the lookout for RPGs like Skyrim, then this is a title worth to look at.

An indie title, the events of Bannerlord’s plotline occur during the fall of the Calradian Empire. This sequel to Warband features eight different factions with each exhibiting their own respective lore, classes, and characteristics.

You will get to see sprawling cities with diversified landscapes. NPCs will reportedly play a huge role in determining your fate. The AI has been heavily tweaked, and you won’t be given any hint about your quests at all. You are on your own as you play this game.

Developed and published by TaleWorlds Entertainment, Mount & Blade II very well deserves to be in this list of games like Skyrim.

Platforms: Windows

14. Conan Exiles

Yup, it’s an indie title, and certainly, we aren’t joking around, including it in the list of best games like Skyrim. Conan Exiles developed and published by Funcom Games, is an open world survival game, that demands your instincts and analytical abilities, in a huge barren wasteland.

You will be exiled and must cater to your own survival, thus challenged by blazing heat, hunger, and unpredictable enemies. Hence, players have to start everything from scratch. Harvest crops, build settlements, craft weapons and build your tribe to forge an empire in the wasteland.

Alongside solo mode, the game also gives you the privilege of competing online in the multiplayer mode. Maybe not exactly an RPG but because of its well-designed eye-candy gameplay mechanics, Conan Exiles is one among the best games similar to Skyrim out there.

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Windows

15. Marvel Heroes Omega

After DC Universe Online was released back in 2011, Marvel had no choice but to compete with its own MMORPG. It took two years, but the end result was a fun but shallow action RPG featuring a wide variety of play styles for over 21 playable (and, hopefully, familiar) characters. Six years later, the game has been rebooted twice and subsequently ported to consoles, jam-packed with content to make up for its previously limited gameplay.

You can now, for instance, level up any character in story mode – of which there are over 100 to choose from – and timed drops mean that you don’t have to spend real, hard-earned currency to unlock additional characters. As of 2015, raids were introduced as well, so as to draw more traditional MMO players, and somehow, somehow the X-Men are still there despite Marvel’s differences with 20th Century Fox… even if the Fantastic Four haven’t seen the same luxury.

Platforms: PC

16. Paladins

It’s not hard to see why Paladins catches a lot of flack for its resemblance to Overwatch. At the same time, the team-based shooter bears many distinctions from that of Blizzards. Abilities are upgraded based on a collectible card system, which can completely change the way each character plays.

What’s more, unlike Overwatch, Paladins is completely free-to-play. While cosmetic items are available to buy using real-world currency, everything else can be unlocked simply by playing the game. For instance, you’ll start Paladins with a single deck of basic cards, and from there, more dramatically impactful decks can be unlocked.

Regardless of how you choose to play Paladins, you’ll get XP as you play. As long as you’re completing the daily quests and achievements featured in the game, you’ll be rewarded with Radiant Chests and Gold. These can be used to purchase more cards, costumes and weapon skins to make your characters more unique and skillful on the battlefield.

Platforms: PC

17. Bloodborne

“The blood makes us human….makes us more than human…makes us human no more!”

Alas, this is the tagline of the survival horror RPG title which happens to be one among the best games like Skyrim. The sheer work of the Dark Souls developer, Bloodborne takes you into the ghastly city of Yarhnam hit by a plague.

You play from the third-person perspective of a Hunter with the motive to search for the ‘Paleblood’ with reasons unknown. The protagonist unravels various mysteries and facts as he/she progresses in the game.

Developed by FromSoftware, and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, if you happen to be a fan of horror games, this is a game to look out for.

Platforms: PS4

18. Fallout: New Vegas

A.k.a the best modern Fallout game, Fallout: New Vegas is a spinoff sequel to Bethesda’s Fallout 3, set in and around Sin City. You take the role of the Courier, a hapless messenger who got shot in the head for the platinum poker chip they were carrying. Thanks to a kindly old doctor and your own gumption, you get patched up and set off on a quest for revenge. Or maybe you don’t. Maybe you just feel like wandering around for a while, or slaughtering every single member of Caesar’s Legion in the Vegas area, or chilling out with your drunk cowboy friend Cass. It’s pretty much up to you.

There’s a lot of choice in Fallout: New Vegas, and a whole lot of factions that want you on their side. It’s up to you who you side with, or whether you choose to side with anyone at all.

Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows

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19. Paragon

For years now, developers have tried and failed to adapt multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games for the TV. Now, however, if you’re one of many with a computer tucked under your living room entertainment setup, Paragon may be the MOBA you’ve been searching for.

Also available on the PlayStation 4, Paragon takes what League of Legends and Dota players have enjoyed for years and optimizes it for consoles and entertainment rigs by rotating the camera behind your character. By inciting the illusion of a traditional third-person competitive shooter, Paragon aims to broaden the appeal of not only MOBAs but eSports as a whole.

The asymmetrical maps, team-based base destruction and “hero” system are all intact. Paragon is an MOBA for newcomers.

Platforms: PC

20. ELEX

ELEX is an upcoming medieval sci-fi RPG, published by Piranha Bytes and developed by Nordic Games. It could be one of the best Skyrim like games, who knows?

The events of the game are based on a planet named Megalan. As a matter of fact, the planet gets affected by a giant meteorite strike right at its center. Later, it’s discovered to have brought a mysterious yet powerful and rare element with it. People hence, name it as ELEX.

Subsequently, it turns out to be of great use to power machines, reanimate the dead and procure artifacts. Hence, this develops a thirst amongst the mankind for possessing the very rare element ELEX.

Soon, it leads to an all-out war, as mankind gets divided into various factions. Each faction has distinct motives about possessing ELEX. Hence, you play as the protagonist belonging to a faction of your choice. Hence, in the end, it’s entirely up to you to decide the fate of mankind. Amp yourselves up to play one among the best Skyrim like games that’s yet to be released.

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

21. WILD

WiLD is an upcoming open-world survival adventure, which we think well deserves to be in the list of Skyrim like games. It will take you back to the neolithic era (6000-500 BC). Most noteworthy, you shall be playing as a Shaman, in a third-person perspective.

It mainly borrows the concept of Far Cry Primal. However, the game lives up to its own expectations, you would be able to tame beasts and alongside control them, i.e. the POV transfers to those creatures when you possess them. Notably, each and every animal has its distinct set of abilities.

The game gives you the privilege to upgrade and customize those very abilities to help you in stealthily invading enemy camps and frequent combat situations. Developed by Wild Sheep Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, WiLD is definitely a game to look out for if you are much into the pre-historic era.

Platforms: PS4

Final Fantasy XV for PC Announced: Here’s Everything You Need to Know!

There is a good news for all the Final Fantasy Lovers out there, the next edition, i.e. Final Fantasy XV is definitely coming to PC. The news has been confirmed by Square Enix itself and they have said that the game will arrive at PC platform next year in 2018. However, we have seen late development for the PC platform from the developers in the past, but it is finally a relief to see a schedule for release. Not only that, you would also be glad to know that the developers have updated several elements in the game transforming the entire game into an online multiplayer platform.

There is a huge list of additional content that the PC gamers will be receiving apart from online playing. If you wish to know more about it, here we have consolidated everything that we know about Final Fantasy XV PC edition.

Final Fantasy XV: First Person

Till now, all the Final Fantasy games have been mostly third person role playing games. However, this is going to change in the upcoming Final Fantasy XV. Players will be able to play the game in first-person mode. It is definitely an exciting addition to the game and we would love to see the rapid combat system working in this new mode. The game’s Steam page said that “Players can also explore the world of Eos through Noctis’s eyes in an all-new first-person mode”.

Final Fantasy XV: Graphics

You might have played the Final Fantasy games in consoles, and might think what new could be introduced in terms of visual improvements in the PC version. But you are wrong.In reality, the PC version of the game looks a lot more pretty when compared to consoles. The game could be run in both 4K as well as 8K along with HDR10. Well, it would be wrong to ask more than that since we don’t believe our consoles can handle that much of stress. However, in the PC version, the new Nvidia technologies brings the best out of the game.

Nvidia’s tech has played a major role in the development of game’s graphics. The Nvidia flow dynamics added life to the natural elements like water, fire, and smoke. The ShadowWorks helps in deciding and casting shadows etc.
With all these technologies already coming in from Nvidia, we are not surprised to see seamless integration of the game with Nvidia GeForce Experience. The GeForce Experience is a software that allows the players offering some cool options like capturing your heroic moments.

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Final Fantasy XV: DLC

Well, if you are planning to buy this game for PC, you also will be receiving plenty of extra bonus content along with it that it will include the updates for console versions, as well as paid- Season Pass of DLC.
So, as a PC gamer, you get all the episodes of Final Fantasy XV. So the player can play three different short stories which focus on three different members of your party. These three members are Prompto, Ignis, and Gladiolus.

There is another extension pack with the name of “Comrades” that brings the online co-op multiplayer features to the game. So, you as well as your friend, both can form a single party and head into the world of Eos together. The developers have tried to experiment a lot of new features in this version, which also makes it the most experimental Final Fantasy game as well,

Final Fantasy XV Release Date

Final Fantasy XV is set to release in early months of 2018. That is more than a year after the console version of the game came out. However, the company already informed the gamers that porting the game to PC will be a tough job and could take some time.

Earlier in 2017, Square-Enix refused to confirm that whether the game will head on PC or not. But now we have their confirmation.

Final Fantasy XV: System Requirements

The company has not come up with a system requirement yet. But you will definitely need a high-end gaming PC to run this game smoothly. But from the description, we saw on the launch, but later that was taken out of YouTube as well. So, we have no strong evidence to claim what all your PC will need to run this game with all its potential.

Well, that is all we know about the upcoming Final Fantasy XV PC version. However, we are constantly going to have an eye on the upcoming news on this game and will update you with more info in near future.

The Famous Adventure – Puzzle, Hob is coming to PS4 and PC on September 26

Many of us are looking for some interesting Puzzle plus Adventure game to play in our pass time. And one such upcoming game is Hob, which has been developed by Runic Games coming to your PC and PS 4 console next month on September 26.

If we look at the game, it is going to be an adventure game with lots of action elements in between and puzzles too. The players will have to solve those puzzles in order to progress further in the game. You play in a different evil and brutal world filled with chaos. As you go deeper in the game, you will understand that you need to have the responsibility of saving this strange colorful world by exploring it and solving its mysteries.

The gameplay is a bit different than many other platform puzzle games. It is a story without narration, without any kind of dialogue. The only way to explore what the game is about is to explore the surroundings. And this is what makes it even more interesting to play. The players get to see various kinds of living beings; it is really fun to interact with them to extract information that would help you to move forward. You will really have to look keenly to find what actually is going on in this world you are in.

The game will hit the stores coming fall and you can pre-order the game at 10 percent discount for PC and 20 percent discount for PS4. Not only that, if you are a PS Plus subscriber, there is 20 percent discount for you as well. Apart from these offers, people who pre-order the game will get access to an additional feature “World Shift” dynamic theme.

 

 

People who loved simulation games will love it too as it involves a lot of interaction, utilization of resources, solving puzzles and special glove arm abilities. In case you wish to know more about the game, you can head over to the game developer’s web site, i.e. runicgames.com.

Best Gaming Console to Buy in 2017

If you are a hardcore gamer just like us, definitely now is the right time to get a gaming console for yourself. There has been a tremendous advancement in the gaming consoles in past 3-4 years, and as a result, you can find some really powerful consoles like PS4 Pro, Project Scorpio, Xbox One S etc. in the market right now.

Gone are the days when PC was much more powerful than gaming consoles. However, now the new consoles might seem a bit costly to you, but still, they are more affordable, efficient and preferred for high-end gaming when compared to gaming PCs. In addition to that picking the best console that fulfills all your requirements, is a tough job. And though there are only three manufacturers in the console market – Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo – all of them offer various models, some old, some new possessing their own list of pros and cons.

Still, the console that you should get is totally dependent upon your special needs. If you are someone who could spend hours in front of your television playing games, Xbox with the 4K display may be perfect for you, or if you travel a lot but and need something to play on the go, Nintendo Switch is the one you need.

Similarly, there are many console and console models that could go with all kinds of gamers. Also, many consoles offer a lot of other entertainment and connectivity features like Television streaming, Skype, and the internet etc. which are perfect for those who are seeking a complete package for their drawing room. At the same time, it is very hard to get a single console that could take care of all your wishes as each one of them possesses a unique big advantage unavailable in other consoles. This makes the selection process even difficult and this is why here we are with a list of best consoles that you can buy in 2017.

PlayStation 4 Pro

There is no doubt in the fact that PlayStation 4 Pro is the best gaming console that is available to us today. The Sony console comes with HDR 10 as well as 4K display compatibility and possessing some really powerful components to offer high-end gaming experience to the users.

If you are thinking about Xbox One libraries, you will be glad to know that both PS4 as and Xbox One libraries, both are available for both the consoles. However, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro receive only limited access to popular indie games. Also, you get some really popular games that are exclusive to PS4 only.

Most of the gamers planning to buy a console are confused between Xbox One, Wii, and PS4. But, right now PS 4 is the only console that offers PlayStation VR support as well, which makes it the only console supporting VR gaming at present. Various rumors indicate that Xbox One might also receive support for Oculus Rift, but that might or might now come in future, nothing could be said confidently about that. But, if you want to take your gaming experience to VR level, PlayStation 4 is the only way to do it.

Sony updated the PlayStation 4 to introduce new features like HDR support and also to improve the game processing to make them even more impressive than before.

Why Buy it:

• You should buy it to experience 4K HD gaming. • If you wish to experience VR gaming on your Gaming console.

 

Xbox One S

Xbox One S is not just a console but also takes care of all your other entertainment needs as well. This is one thing we miss in PlayStation 4. Microsoft has aimed its latest console to be a full family entertainer instead of just a gaming console. This refreshed or upgraded the Xbox One features 4K Blu-Ray player as well as support for 4K HDR movies and videos. So, the player has an option to watch a movie or play a game or to toggle between both without any hassle.

The major and the most noticeable change in Xbox One S is the 4K “Media Options”. Note that we are not talking just about gaming options, but other media options too. These additions make the visuals even more impressive when compared when compared to the previous Xbox version.

The console also looks great in terms of design but that is something we are least bothered about in this post. But the best part about Xbox One S console is that it offers you a huge library of games that include almost all the recently released titles as well as the one which will be released in coming years. Some of the popular titles that you can enjoy on this console include Forza, Gears of War, latest Halo releases etc.

However, if you are upgrading your console from Xbox One or Xbox 360 to One S, you can easily run your entire favorite old console games on new Xbox One S as well. This backward compatibility is something that is not available for all consoles in the market.

Why should I buy this:

Xbox One S targets the gamers who are looking for a single machine that could take care of their gaming as well as entertainment requirements. It is also a good pick if you wish to connect to other Xbox One S gamers over Skype or wish to surf the internet directly from the console.

Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo has been entertaining with its consoles or complementary consoles since past many years. But, as the gaming technology advanced, Nintendo also upgraded its gadgets and as a result, we have Nintendo 3DS XL as the best complimentary console that comes along with a lot of new games.

The biggest drawback that Nintendo’s other consoles like Wii and 3DS faced till now was limited games library and lack of dev support. However, that is not the case with the new Nintendo 3DC Xl which allows you to access a whole new set of games that are unique with respect to 3DS Xl and are not available on any other gaming platform. Some of the games that you get exclusively with Nintendo 3DS XL include Animal Crossing, Mario series, Zelda and the famous Pokemon versions.

In addition to that, the company has also made available the “virtual console” game store from where one can easily get the games foe new Nintendo 3DS Xl as well as for the old-school favorite consoles alike SNES, Game Boy and NES as well. However, Wii U is not bad as well, it is thin and comes at a bit higher price, but lacks some great games popular in 3DS XL like Phoenix Wright, Rune Factory, and Animal Crossing etc. Why should I buy this: This console is especially for Nintendo lovers and for those who like to play small, simple games instead of high-definitions ones. Also, if you travel a lot and like to have a small gaming console to pass your time by your side, Nintendo 3DS XL is the perfect gaming console you should buy for yourself this year.

Best Gaming Console for Small Kids

Nintendo NES Classic

People might not know but introducing young children to video games actually, help in the overall development of their brain. Kids learn to make an immediate decision and acting appropriately to the situation while playing video games. And if you wish to get a new video game console for your kid, NES Classic edition is the best option available right now in the market.

The Nintendo mini-emulator brings the old famous games like Super Mario Bros., Mega Man II, Final Fantasy etc. that we loved to play as kids, for the users.

Since the NES classic edition resembles the old video game devices, it lacks many features that you can find in the advanced gaming consoles like connecting to the internet, storage expansion etc. However, at the same time, you will be glad to know that your kids will be able to play the games without any connectivity issue or exposure to offensive stuff.

The NES Classic console is accompanied by NES controller which is more or less similar to the original NES controller. The player can connect it to the console via the port present at the bottom of the Wii remote. This allows the players to enjoy the NES games on their Wii as well as Wii U virtual console. Also, if you already have Wii Classic Controller or Wii Classic Controller Pro, you can use it with NES Classic as well. The NES Classic console features 2 ports for connecting the controller and around 16 out of 30 games support the multiplayer mode, playing which is really a lot of fun.

We would like to mention again that the games you get in this console are very basic and it is possible that the kids might get bored of them one day and try to move on to better games. But there is nothing cheaper and better than a basic gaming console, with no extra cost for games, to offer to small kids who have never played any game in their life.

Why Should you buy it?

The NES classic console is not a perfect gaming machine for sure. Still, the players get a great gaming experience a really low price of $60. Also, it is the best console for introducing young kids to the gaming world. There are many other ways you can enjoy the old NES games, like on virtual emulator on PC etc., but that won’t be appropriate for small kids.

Best VR Gaming Console

HTC Vive

HTC Vive is the best VR headset available out there for playing virtual reality games. The headset is manufactured by NTC in collaboration with Valve. Valve is the same old PC game manufacturer who has introduced its gaming ecosystem in HTC’s VR headset.

All in all there are 70 sensors that offer the player a full 360-degree head tracking. The 90 Hz refresh rate along with the sensor prevent the user from any kind of head sickness as well.

However, there are not many apps available for the VR headset. There are many with which you can play around and they are not bad at all. But you will have to wait for some more time before someone comes up with a killer app for HTV Vive.

The best part about HTC Vive is the Lighthouse room tracking feature. This feature allows the user to move around the house easily without taking it off. For this, there are some sensors mounted on in your house walls and other areas as well. Finally, the player is able to bring almost all the object in the room to virtual reality. Isn’t it really amazing?

Not only that, the TPCast module makes the Vive wireless. The company has also promised new eye tracking feature along with some other cool stuff soon. If money is not a problem for you and if you are really interested in virtual reality, HTC Vive is the best option you have right now in the market.

Top 5 Processors for Gaming 2017

Not many years have passed when processors like Intel Core 2 were serving the PCs and most of the time, they were not gaming processors but successfully handled handle heavy games but failed to offer seamless performance and high-end gaming experience to the gamers. But, processors have come a long way and the “I” series from Intel is literally ruling most of the high-end PC’s their release back in 2008. The Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors still come with new PC models and are undoubtedly the most suitable units that you should have in case you are expecting outstanding performance from your machine.
However, you should not take it lightly as it is the most important component of your PC and takes care of almost all the tasks and processes running on your system. But with the advancement in technology, there are some other parts as well which play a crucial role in running your PC to its full potential. RAM, Graphics card etc. share the load exerted on CPU but it is something you should not compromise with, in case you are getting or assembling your PC especially for gaming.
The games released now days are really very demanding and you cannot enjoy them until and unless your PC meets its required specifications. So, here we aim to help you in selecting the best processor for gaming that you can get in the market right now.

Best Gaming Processor of 2017

1. AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

AMD Ryzen is the best high performance and a budget gaming processor that you can get in order to satisfy your high-end gaming needs. Many people still doubt but Ryzen 5 is way better than Intel i5 processors. You can see the difference while playing latest heavy games, which is pretty huge.

AMD already have a better version, i.e. Ryzen 7 1800X, which is a better version of Ryzen 5, in the market. But, it looks way ahead of time as it offers 8 cores which are not even required for even heaviest of games, and is too expensive. The extra two cores hardly contribute to the gaming performance and you will have to pay a hefty sum for it too. So, Ryzen 5 1600X is more efficient and productive.

You may find better frame rate with Intel i5 processor, but AMD offers you extra multi-threading in Ryzen 5 along with an amazing heat spreader. Ryzen R5 offers thrice the thread count offered by i5 processors

The best part about this processor is its price. You get a 6 core, 12 threaded gaming beast just for $219. A high-end quad-core gaming processor would even cost more than AMD Ryzen 5 1600X.

2. Intel Core i7-6700K

Intel Core i7-6700K is one of the most popular and common gaming processor which offers everything a gamer could ask for. You can run almost any RAM on it as it supports both DDR4 and DDR3 RAM chips. Not even this, the i7 processor supports the 4K resolution and could be overclocked to get the extra performance for intense gaming.

The new Skyline architecture introduced by Intel makes the overall processing a lot more streamlined as well as smooth. And, In case you have an assembled PC or are assembling a PC especially for gaming and are using a lot of other cards as well, Intel Care i7-6700K is the one you should go with.

3. Intel Core i7 6800K

Intel Core i7 6800K is designed on company’s latest highly advanced architecture, i.e. Skylake. Intel i7 6800K is another best six-core CPU that you can get out there right now. Not only that, it offers 12 PCle lanes to the CPU, thus running the hard disks, graphics processor and other chips at their full efficiency.

The CPU has unlocked multiplier, you once can easily overclock it over 4 GHz for better performance. However, the only drawback is that by default it comes with a weaker clock speed. Also, you will have to pay around $87 more for Core i7 6800K when compared to Core i7 6700K processor. But, at the same time, it is way cheaper than AMD Ryzen R7 1800X CPU.

4. Intel Core i5 6600K

Intel Core i5 6600K is a very popular, most common and one of the best gaming processor fort those who do not wish to spend a fortune on the processors and are looking for something which can handle normal to high-intensity games as well as other imaging software. The i5 6600K CPU is capable of providing superb performance in all kinds of scenarios. One can overclock it easily to get better performance, but we think that the power it provides at default clocking is more than enough for seamless performance.
Rendering high definition complex designs as well as rendering videos is not a problem for the i5 6600K processor and thus can handle a PC built for gaming as well as development.
But there are few drawbacks as well. In case you ever clock the i5 6600K processor for extra performance, it might effect the screen rendering performance a bit. The processor supports both DDR3 as well as DDR4 RAM along with 4K display support. Also, you might face some overheating problems while heavy gaming. But you can easily solve that with the help of a cooling and or other similar components.

5. Ryzen 7 1700

Ryzen 1700 Gaming Processor

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 is a highly advanced processor and this is also its drawback. Ryzen 7 is a 8 core processor which are more than we are gonna use in near future, even for heaviest of gaming. You might think that 8 cores will boost up your performance, but it struggles to surpass the Intel Core i5 6600K processor’s performance in few games. The processor also supports 4K display but you will have to pay around $1000 for it. Obviously, it is very costly and one can easily find cheaper alternatives. But if budget is not a problem and you want to have the best of the best for you PC, you can get nothing better than Ryzen 7 1700 processor for the long run.

5 Common Problems Faced by PC Gamers and How to Solve Them

Trust us or not, but playing a game on PCs is the best way to enjoy intense gaming. Obviously, various other powerful consoles like Xbox One and PS4 etc. are available to us, but PC gamers will prefer the huge desktop machines over any console anytime and that is just because of outstanding control you get with keyboard and mouse in your hands.

Still, we can see people moving over to consoles because of their simple hardware. There is no doubt in the fact that PCs are a lot more complex and require high-end standard parts in order to provide an outstanding experience to the gamers. Many times, you might have to upgrade those components and replace them with the latest upgraded models to experience seamless high definition gameplay. And even if you upgrade your system with new components, you can never be fully sure whether the game will run on the desktop or not.

However, it is not the case with gaming consoles as the games released for a particular console will definitely run on it and you don’t have to worry about the internal components, OS or the compatibility of the system as well.

If you are a PC gamer, you might have faced some kind of sluggishness or some other kind of problem while playing multiple games. This is because different games have different requirements for PC and it is possible that your PC might not be able to fulfill all of them. But that does not mean that you cannot resolve those problems. Here in this article, we are going to address few of the most common problems faced by PC gamers along with some solutions that will definitely solve these issues for you.

The Glitches

Glitches which are also known as Artifacts, are very common with games coming with high requirements. Also, one can easily identify them in areas with detailed and dense graphics, in the game. There might be some distortion in the game geometry or texture, some of the graphical pieces might be missing, some areas of the game might be pixelated, awkward colors might occur during gameplay or you screen might flicker when you get into combat in the game etc. All these problems will ruin your gaming mood obviously and you definitely don’t want them to be occurring again and again for every other game.

Your graphics card is mainly responsible for these kinds of errors. Basically, your GPU is mainly responsible for sending the game data to other parts and if there is any issue or fumble while transmitting this data, the glitches appear on your screen. If your graphics driver is too old, the best way to resolve the reoccurring glitches is to get a new powerful GPU unit for your system.

Sometimes, the problem might occur because of outdated drivers. The old or beta drivers, which might be already installed on your system, and it may contain glitches or piece of code that might not support the installed GPU unit.  You can also check the latest driver for your GPU on the internet and then update it if it is not the latest version.

Another very common cause of these glitches is GPU overheating. As your GPU unit gets old, its efficiency keeps on decreasing. It is possible that after a time, you GPU is not able to handle a very heavy load and might get heated really fast. In some cases, it might also cross the 100 degree Celsius point. In that case, you need to monitor the GPU temperature and if it is touching high figures even for small games, you might have to replace it. You can also take various stress tests available on the internet to determine your GPU capability which in turn will help you to understand the types of games that you can still run on your machine.

Screen Freezing

Ideally, all the games must run seamlessly on your PC and that too on any kind of platform. But we know that the ideal scenarios do not exist in real life. Freezing or game hanging is a very common problem in which the frame on your screen gets stuck or freezes for few or several seconds thus interrupting your gameplay. In addition to that, the frozen screen might or might not resume after some time and you might have to restart your game, thus losing all your unsaved progress.

These sudden hands occur when your PC runs out of required resources and is mostly dependent upon your PC’s performance. In order to avoid these, you need to check your computer’s processor, RAM, and HDD so that it matches the requirements of the game in which you are facing lags. If they do not meet the requirements, the best solution is to get them upgraded. You can also try to download various graphics drivers and remove the unused applications from your PC to enhance the overall performance of your PC. Obviously, freeing up the system and hard disk memory will help in running the game smoothly, but that is not the permanent solution in case your components do not meet the game specification

Screen Stuttering

Many of the gamers get confused between game freezing and game stuttering. However, both of them are different things. Game stuttering, unlike freezing, occurs at a very high frequency and in addition to that all the lags or hangs that you experience on the screen last for at least 1 millisecond. It is very hard to notice it and is more visible while playing heavy games.

The main reason why the problem occurs is more than one GPU settings. It is possible that you might have two setups on your PC and they might not work in sync. This result in an uneven arrival of various frames which causes stuttering.

However, one of the simplest ways of getting rid of this problem is getting rid of one of the video cards. In case you are not satisfied with any of them, you can disable both and then install the upgraded, latest and the most suitable model to get unhindered gaming experience.

Screen Tearing

Screen Tearing, as the gamers would understand, is very annoying and especially when you are playing your favorite game. Basically, during screen tearing, the upper and bottom part of your screen splits and they do not align. In some severe cases, the screen might split into many parts as well.

This is one of those issues which occur when your computer is performing normally but your monitor or screen isn’t able to cope up with the game. Most of the screens which generally gamers possess have a refresh rate of 60 frames per second. So, your monitor refreshes the screen 60 times in a second. But it does not mean that your game will run at the same rate. If you games start sending more frames in less time, it is possible that a single refresh might contain data from various frames and which it is not able to handle.

However, there is a very simple solution to this problem called as V-Sync. V-Synch locks the number of frames coming from the game to a certain number (mostly 60 fps) so that your monitor is never under stress. You can also get rid of the problem permanently by getting a better monitor with better refresh rate.

Online Lag

If you are an online gamer, you will understand the pain of online lag. You try to kill your opponent with a gun, you shoot and celebrate his death, but then you realize that it was of no use as he already left while you faced a severe lag. Mostly lags vary between 100ms – 400ms, but they can vary depending upon your internet connectivity. If you are really into online multiplayer gaming, you should have a good internet connection all the time. You might have to pay a certain sum, but that depends upon your budget. But also before you start any game, look for any ongoing downloads or streaming videos that might be eating up your bandwidth.