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White Knight Xbox ONE Review

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A newly released indie style game developed OSome Studio for publishing firm Activision, White Knight takes place in the 1930’s, the same decade as the great depression. Being that it is in that era players get a Noir feel for the game with the old school hats and suits – more or less everything in the game right down to the decoration in the house the game takes place in. During your time in this house you must survive. Yes, another curve ball is thrown. Not only do you get the Noir feel for the game but it is also a survival horror puzzler game as well. While in the house you uncover clues of what seems to be a spirit or ghost named Selina. Do something wrong or open the wrong door and Selina will end you.

The gameplay in White Knight has its up and downs. You must not judge the gameplay when you first start the game though since it does start off slow but then picks up rather nicely. So don’t judge it for the first chapter or so of the game and allow an open minded opinion to form as the game progresses for a much more enjoyable experience.

On the subject of controls I think that this is one thing the game has going for it, and I’ll explain why. With how deep you get into White Night looking for clues and paying attention to sounds and all details, the controls are simple. I believe that helps a lot. Having the controls remain basic is a genius move in my opinion because of all the other detail going on in this game.

The characters in White Night have somewhat of a background at the same time though it is kind of plain in a small way. You do get a history of the evil like spirit in the game that goes by Selina. There is also the owner of the mansion and the detective-like character you play as trying to get to the bottom of this creepy mystery. The back-stories could have been better fleshed out, but are at least existing and serve their purpose.

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Graphics / Art Design:

This is one of my favorite aspects of White Night. The graphics are really not something you see every day. The game is all done in black and white, and don’t get me wrong there couldn’t have been a better choice of art style for a game like this. The colors and the way they are used in a cartoon-like manner really make the game pop and I for one really enjoyed the visuals.

Multiplayer: N/A

Replay Value:

This particular game does not have too much replay value, if any at all. That, however, is not a deal-breaker with White Night. This is one of those games where when you’re finished with it, unless you want to try and experience the suspense again, you really don’t need to replay it. Not that that is a bad thing, a good way to put it is when you are done with White Night you will be satisfied with it.

Performance:

The overall performance of White Night is spot on. I did not experience any lag or stutters, or anything that would turn me away from this game during my play-through of it.

Final Verdict:

My final verdict to White Night is that I give it an 8 out of 10, making it one of RGN’s Silver Games of 2015. I love the art style of the game as well with the simplistic controls. This game is almost like reading or watching a good detailed mystery murder book or show, with some ghostly encounters as well. I enjoyed playing White Night and would recommend this game to people that like to watch or play things where the plot of it can turn on you and it changes the entire way you look at the game. If you pay attention to detail this is a great indie title developed by OSome Studio for a major publisher Activision and I’m glad they gave it a chance to be distributed to the world digitally.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8 / 10
RGN Rating: Silver Game
Developer: OSome Studio
Publisher: Activision

Available On: XO | PS4 | Windows PC | Mac OS X | Linux

Played On: Microsoft Xbox ONE

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.

Written by Shanerr123 Of Geek Essentials for RealGamerNewz

MSI Z87 XPower Motherboard Review

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So I was looking at motherboards a week or so ago and saw that the XPower was on sale for 60% off on Newegg and thought “Hey this might be a nice board if I went Devil’s Canyon.” I did look at the reviews to see why it had such a low rating and it was mostly BIOS issues from the looks of it. So about 3 days passed and I ended up placing the order for the XPower board and wanted 1 day shipping which turned into 3 days. I received the board last Thursday and immediately took it out of the box and took some photos of it.

My first thought when I was holding the board was, “Holy hell this thing is big and has some weight to it!” I started to look around on the board and noticed it had 1 mSATA port, a BCLK speed stepping switch (.1/1MHz) for on the fly BCLK adjustments, it had the “Ceasefire” switches which was the the PCI-E disable switches. It has a switch labeled OC, but I haven’t found out what it does yet. It also has dual BIOS which in togged VIA a switch near the chipset heatsink. Some things I did like about this board is it had 4-Way SLI and Crossfire support VIA a PLX Chip, the 32Phase Power delivery, 10 total SATA III ports(4 VIA 2 different AsMedia Controllers), Post Code LED Read out, and finally all of the USB 3.0 Ports on the Rear I.O.

I got around to testing the board to make sure it would post which it did. Afterwards I got a quick shot of just my NH-D14 Installed with the board on in my case before getting around to installing everything.

Here Are Some Stats and Unboxing Pictures of the MSI Z87 XPower Motherboard:

Unboxing

MSI Command Center XPower Z87

After I got everything installed, I first went into the Board’s BIOS to see what it was like and I felt like I was in another world at first until I was noticing where things were and how they worked. It is overwhelming to say the least at first glance. It has alot of overclocking settings that I can’t even begin to list (Might post BIOS Screenshots later). I finished poking around in the BIOS did a new install of Windows, and noticed that the Killer E2200 NIC wasn’t working at first so I grabbed the driver disk to see if it would install the driver, and behold it’s a driver that does not work with windows 8.1 at all. It wouldn’t even install no matter the compatibility mode. I was pretty annoyed about it at first but then said “eh, I’ll just download them on the laptop,” updated the BIOS and installed the E2200 drivers and restarted.

Well, the BIOS update for some reason broke the Windows install. So I did another re-install, and finally got everything updated and running. Some of the software is sort of confusing at first but pretty easy to navigate and figure out with some Googling. The MSI Command Center for the XPower board has some really nice controls in Windows which is very nice. I like the LiveUpdate 6 tool that they have since it actually works, unlike Asus “EZ Update” which seems to never work.

So overall, the XPower Board is one I was glad I took the risk of buying. I have been able to run less voltage for my normal 4.3GHz 24/7 OC making my peak temp 67C, plus it’s a very nice and extremely well built board. Would I recommend it to someone? Honestly no, unless you needed the additional overclocking features that the board has or just want something extremely overkill.

Written by KingCry Of GeekEssentials for RealGamerNewz

BOID Steam Early Access Review

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BOID is a game that reminds me a lot of StarCraft – but not in a good way since it doesn’t live up to that potential influence in a meaningful way. The graphics are decent but the gameplay looks like something you would get out of a Health book. The graphics are also not only if you keep in mind this is an indie RTS game. The game does not keep my attention, and that’s not to say that there is nothing to do in the game, it’s just not as much as there could be to do in a game like this. The controls are mediocre and the game could be better. I wish it was controller supported but really the controls are nothing more than drag and drop with the mouse so I’m not sure how that would work anyway.

There are a lot of ways that BOID could be better and I really do wish it had more to it since it doesn’t keep my attention for too long, doesn’t look optimized for 1080P. This looks a lot like something that could be more well received on Android tablets and iPad but seems not really meant for a PC monitor display. With that being said I would like to see the development studio put out a better version of BOID on something touchscreen. I believe it would work flawless on a touch screen. It’s not that intensive of an experience and the game is not that hard. Again, I wish there was more to it and that it was much harder to play therefore able to keep my attention. There’s a lot of games that do a better job than BOID at bringing the strategy genre to the indie world. I wish it had more to do with the whole StarCraft phenomena but it doesn’t. It’s lackluster and the game could use more weapons to send your spawners too.

Editor’s Note: This is a Review of the Steam Early Access version of the game which may be subject to changes / updates in final build.

Check out the GeekEssentials Video Review below created for RealGamerNewz for more info.

Video Review:

Overall Score: 6 / 10
RGN Rating: Below Bronze
Developer: Mokus
Publisher: tinyBuild

Available On: Windows PC (via Steam)

Review Copy Info: Eight digital copies of this game were provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.

Written by Shanerr123 and TecRev of Geek Essentials for RealGamerNewz

Distance Steam Early Access Review

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This game has qualities that are reminiscent of Wipeout. It runs great and keeps its frame-rate at a smooth 60 frames per second even when you’re going at high speeds and when things get hectic. The only thing that keeps this game from getting a full 10 out of 10 is that we find the flying sequences break the immersion unfortunately keeping the player from getting in that full focus. Overall the game provides a psychedelic feeling of pleasure similar to what Wipeout could induce when playing. Even with the issue of flying sequences being troublesome, this game can still give you that feeling and players will have a crazy time playing it.

Players will sure feel that impossible feeling of Dark Souls mixed with the funky racing of Wipeout. You will die many times in many ways before you get it right. The boosting feature keeps you in check by making you overheat and you will die after keeping it on for too long. The enemies of the game are simple barriers to lasers that will cut you up and they make it hard to avoid them at times. This game is easy to learn and hard to master but it’s a heck of a lot of fun.

Editor’s Note: This is a Review of the Steam Early Access version of the game which may be subject to changes / updates in final build.

Check out the GeekEssentials Video Review below created for RealGamerNewz for more info.

Video Review:

Current Score: 9 / 10
RGN Rating: Gold Game

Developer / Publisher: Refract

Available On: Windows PC | Mac OS X | Linux (via Steam)

Coming Soon to PlayStation 4

Written by Shanerr123 and TecRev of Geek Essentials for RealGamerNewz

Review Copy Info: Two digital copies of this game were provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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Uncompressed High Quality Screenshot Feature Coming to Xbox One

ScreamRide Xbox ONE Screenshot Uncompressed

The Xbox ONE next-generation all-in-one multimedia / video games system will soon be getting a new Screenshot feature. Unlike the PlayStation 4’s similar feature, Xbox ONE’s interpretation of this is to allow users to do so without compression. This should, if all goes according to plan, allow for higher quality images and not mask the true quality of the games folks are uploading screenshots of.

An example is shown above of the upcoming title ScreamRide for Xbox ONE releasing March 3, 2015 (RGN Review hits a day before on March 2). This title was made by the original developers of the RollerCoaster Tycoon series and a trailer for it was released recently.

Click here to view that ScreamRide Xbox ONE Trailer now.

Northerlime of GeekEssentials explains the upcoming feature to the RealGamerNewz audience in the following video below.

Source: Microsoft

Sunless Sea Review

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Sunless Sea is a sea faring game that involves strategy and relationships between your crew mates. Balancing inventory management, and keeping your crew alive by keeping food stock in check while delivering cargo are major gameplay elements. In terms of engine performance, the game runs pretty well for a top down perspective giving it a old world feel with a new world look.

I found the controls were pretty sharp in terms of keeping the ship stable and keeping ammo under control. If you’re looking for a visceral battle system, then this isn’t the game for you. But if you’re at all familiar with the Victorian Gothic mythology theme then you’ll appreciate small touches it has to offer.

Unfortunately Sunless Sea seems to  lack graphical polish / luster and by being overhead it looks like a Nintendo 3DS game which is not necessarily a bad thing but most PC Gamers probably need to know that up front. Controls with W, S, A, D moving the ship through the sea are quite standard but the fun really heats up with the challenge of finding ports to drop off cargo whilst fighting random monsters. Keeping the crew alive and sane requires micro-managing fuel and an attentive eye to the goings on of minute by minute gameplay.

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Players start off with two party members and get more over time. The combat system is a bit on the slow side making it hard to really get into combat and doing anything that would be remotely interactive as navel ship battles. If you have a good pair of glasses, break them out. This game’s writing is very in-depth and interesting. There’s a whole universe here with many ins and outs, and though this may seem a bit confusing at first players will appreciate it once they’ve given it the proper time and attention. The same thing won’t happen twice, so replay value is decent here.

I award this game 7 even points due to the art style and how well it portrays its story to the player, but can not give it any more points than that since most will be turned away by the gameplay or lack thereof. Those who can’t tolerate tons of menus, run away. Those who can appreciate a strategic experience with detailed systems behind it, check out Sunless Sea.

System Requirements for Sunless Sea:

MINIMUM:

OS: Windows XP or later // Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Processor: 2Ghz or better
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: 1280×768 minimum resolution, DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 7 / 10

RGN Rating: Bronze Game

Developer / Publisher: Failbetter Games

Available On: Windows PC / Mac OS X (Steam)

Review Copy Info: RealGamerNewz received a digital copy of this game from the publisher for the purpose of this review

Written by Nicky S of GeekEssentials for RealGamerNewz

#GamersRyseUpAgainstHate – Xbox One Misinformation Channels Starting Their Own Internet Mob

GamersRyseUpAgainstHate - Xbox One Misinformation Channel Starting Their Own Internet Mob

A so-called movement has arisen online in which YouTube channels spreading false information about the Xbox One have vowed to defend each other in Internet forums against anyone trying to provide educational information against their content. While using the appearance of being against bullying, they are actually committing bullying against anyone who comments on their videos and calls them out on the spreading of false information.

Grow Home Steam Review

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Gameplay

The gameplay in this game is all around decent. It’s very simple, yet surprisingly fun. The game environment resembles a grid, what I mean by this is that you’re constantly doing the same objective or trying to complete the goal. In Grow Home the object is to explore and help the ecosystem. To do this you harvest crystals, flowers, also make larger plants grow. When you’re doing this you must climb many as well as tall mountains and objects.

This task really adds a unique element to the gameplay because it is not something done in most games. One particular thing I also noticed with the gameplay, but which I did not really care for at all, was the fact that BUD the robot you play as in Grow Home seemed rather “floaty” or “wobble like”. or another way to put this is when walking or jumping it feels almost like walking on the moon. but all and all the game play is not to bad matter of fact its rather fun. Anyone looking for a decent abstract action / adventure inspired platformer title and you enjoy a good old grind in a game I would recommend Grow Home.

Characters

In Grow Home the Ubisoft action platformer title you play as a robot names BUD. He doesn’t have much character to him beings he does not speak. there are no voice overs in Grow Home. Another character in Grow Home is M.O.M. This character is more or less the narrator of the game. Only the narration of Grow Home is done with text and hints rather than voice. I found this a little lackluster but nonetheless it does not take away from the fun factor of this game enough to really punish heavily for it, but could serve as an area of improvement for the future updates or sequels of Grow Home.

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Controls

The controls in Grow Home are not bad by any means. They are actually rather simple. If you are familiar with almost any action 3D platformer it’s not really difficult at all to play. On the Xbox One controller just install the Official Microsoft Xbox One Controller for Windows drivers, plug in, and play. You have your basic A for jump X for action as well as Y and B for backing out of things. A neat control feature to this game is you can pick between the L and R triggers, or bumpers to press one after the other in a left to right pattern to climb structures and or mountains. And as in just about every game you play in this genre, or with a controller for that matter, L stick moves and R stick looks around. Although the controls are simple and not all that innovative it does not take away anything from Grow Home, it is a well put together game when looked at from the control aspect.

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Final Verdict

Overall, Grow Home is amazing. Ubisoft has hit somewhat of a minor home-run with this game. Though it has his quarks and glitches it and could be a little bit better, it’s a fresh experience and overall feels like a complete game release. Your controller gets a workout. I love the way Ubisoft Reflections made the graphics and thankfully the gameplay is better than what I thought it could be. Grow Home is definitely worth the pickup on Steam or UPlay, and hopefully it comes out for the Xbox One, Sony PS4, Android micro-consoles, tablets, and smartphones as it seems to be fun for any kind of gamer. I want to play it over and over again, and you’ll probably feel the same. We need to see more in the form of updates or sequels, but we’re glad this game stands on its own without the crippling need for any DLC or micro-transactions. It’s just a whole lot of fun, and a true gamer’s game.

Official Trailer:

GeekEssentials Video Review:

Overall Score: 8 / 10

RGN Rating : Silver Game

Developer: Ubisoft Reflections

Publisher: Ubisoft

Available On: Windows PC (via Steam)

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.

Written by TecRev and Shanerr of GeekEssentials for RealGamerNewz