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Nier : Automata

Nier Automata

Liyo Kikon

Swinging sword and fighting giant robots is definitely my cup of tea and Nier: Automata certainly has that and a lot more! Brought to you by the genius director Yoko Taro, Nier: Automata brings life to a futuristic earth where humans have abandoned it to live on the moon several hundred years back and they left Androids behind to fight a war against an alien invasion. This game is titled as an Action Role Playing Game, but unlike most other ARPG, it does not focus much on character development and to be honest, I don’t think that is much of an issue, simply because this game has one of the best fight scenes in recent games and most of the time, it feels like you are inside an anime movie. The story is also very “anime oriented” since some enemies act like bratty teenagers from anime movies, but don’t let that little detail take you away from the main plot, which is actually rather interesting and since there are multiple endings to the story based on the decisions you make in the game, it gives the game a great re-play value. Aside from the main quest, there are several side quests which you can go through to help your fellow androids. (more…)


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GPD Win

By Liyo Kikon

This one is for the gamer on the go, the kind of gamer who want to play real games instead of mobile games, the gamer who wants to say “I got Skyrim in my pocket!”. The GPD (GamePad Digital) Win is a portable PC powerhouse which runs a full 64 Bit Windows 10 on a device the size of a Nintendo DS. Sure, there are lots of other small companies which produce portable PC and there have been lots of portable PCs in the past but the GPD shines simply because of the fact that it can run high end games on such a small device. It comes with a 5.5 inch IPS multi touch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display with a resolution of 1280×270 and pixel count of 267ppi, which is more than enough for such a small device and since it packs a punch with the Intel Atom Cherry Trail x7-Z8700 Quad Core Processor running at 1.6GHz and turbo boost upto 2.4GHz, it can run almost any game you throw at it. Sure, you will certainly have to lower the graphics quality to get good frame rate, since it only has the Intel HD graphics, but that’s not much of a deal breaker simply because of the fact that the screen is not large enough for you to notice much difference in the first place.
When you flip open the GPD, the first thing you notice is the full qwerty keyboard. Even though the keys are a tad too small, they work as you would expect them to. Just above they keyboard is a pair of joysticks, a D-Pad and ABXY game controls, needless to say, anyone can easily tell that this device is meant for gaming. They joysticks have a few tricks up its sleeve since they can be toggled to perform different tasks using the switch in the middle, there are three modes – D Input, Mouse and X Input. The D Input is generally used for playing older games, the X Input is the one commonly used for almost all modern games and the Mouse mode will turn the joystick into a mouse which you can use to navigate around. In mouse mode, the right joystick will move the cursor around while the left joystick acts as a scroll wheel which anyone can quickly get used to. There are L1, L2, R1 and R2 Buttons on the top of the device just like an X-Box controller and even though most people say that they are flimsy, they can last a long time and again, they work! The L3 and R3 buttons are just on the right side of the front keyboard, along with the power button, a dedicated X-Box button, volume buttons and other buttons. The GPD has all the keys to run just about anything. Apart from the buttons and keys, there are several ports such as a full standard USB Type-A which you can use to connect external keyboard and mouse if you want, or other devices such as pen drives. It also has one USB Type-C which is primarily used for charging the device and this supports fast charge as well, an HDMI C-Type connector for you to connect to an external monitor or television, a 3.5mm standard audio jack for your headphones and an expandable memory slot which supports upto 128 GB TF card. Internally, this device has a memory of 64 GB where you install the operating system, along with most softwares and games, but it is reported that even if you install games on the TF card, they still run smoothly! That’s a bonus indeed. And even though the GPD only has 4GB DDR3 memory, it can run most games smoothly. For example, Skyrim at moderate graphics settings, run at around 40fps. The battery on this device is another matter, it has a 6700mAH battery and surprisingly, it can last for around 2 hours while playing heavy games and it generally lasts around 6 hours or more if you are just surfing the web or watching some videos. With Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11 WiFi, you need not worry about connectivity, it’s like the guys who built the GPD thought of everything!
At this point it is obvious to see that this device is tailored for a specific group of people, it is meant for the gamer on the go. Sure the tagline on the GPD official website says that this is “A laptop fitting in your pocket”, and since this tiny device can run a full Windows 10 out of the box, I’d say that this can certainly replace the conventional laptop for some users but the main thing is that this is a gaming machine and since it can run most games, it’s definitely not a gimmick. There is a new campaign for another GPD on indigogo, but that one does not have the joysticks and it might be the one for you but the GPD Win is available today on most online stores for around Rs. 25,000.


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The Legend of Zelda – Breath of the Wild

Liyo kikon

Zelda has always been close to my heart since I remember playing it around 20 years back on my old Nintendo console and I can say that Zelda was the game which ignited my imagination into the fascinating world of Video Games. So far, all the sequels to Zelda have never been able to live up to the original but all that is about to change with the latest Zelda, Breath of the Wild. You can be assured that this game is indeed a masterpiece since IGN, Gamespot and all the biggest names in game review sites have all given this game a 10/10 rating! I mean, only a handful of games ever got such high ratings and I gotta say, it makes a Zelda fan like me so darn happy to see that Nintendo finally did it.
The game starts off with Link waking up to the mysteries of Hyrule, and this time the game takes an open world approach, where you can go literally anywhere without any map limitations. You can climb any surface and travel at any direction to explore the vast and beautiful land of Hyrule. (more…)


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The LG G6

While most companies these days try to make their phones slimmer, remove essentials like headphone jacks and try to top the chart at the performance game, LG has taken a different approach with their latest phone, the LG G6. What LG did with the G6 is that they simply gave the people what they wanted! No one cares much about slimmer devices because even if they look great at first glance, they are quite impractical when you use it for long. Instead, the one thing most people want is a slightly thicker phone with bigger battery. And everyone hates the camera bump on the back of the phone since the device can’t lay flat on a table. So, taking stuff like these into consideration, and considering the fact that LG had a major flop with the G5, they took a step back and concentrated on the things which matter most to the users. (more…)


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Smartphone Gimbals

By Liyo Kikon

Are you a vlogger? or planning to start your own vlog (Video Log) and upload to social media? or maybe you just enjoy taking videos on your phone. Which ever the case may be, if you are a mobile videographer, then you definitely noticed that taking videos on your phone can be real pain in the back since it is extremely difficult to take stable shots, especially while walking or simply panning around to get that perfect scene. And this is where Smartphone Stabilizers or Gimbals come to the rescue. More and more companies have joined in to create these amazing devices which can radically bring up your game in smartphone videography. (more…)


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Offline games for mobile

Happy Valentine’s day! Well, sort of, since the bandh in Nagaland has caused all mobile data to be cut off. Moreover, if you are single today and don’t have WiFi, I feel for you since you can’t play those great online games like Clash of Clans. The only option is to look for offline games, so strap on your boots and run to your friend’s house to get WiFi and download any of these games to keep you entertained! Here are my choices for the best and latest offline mobile games.

Snail Boy – Rise Of Hermitron
If you are looking for a simple puzzle game with tons of levels for your iOS device, then this is the game for you! With great voice acting, really cute graphics combined with fluid animation, this game is one of the best puzzle game which is guaranteed to keep you entertained for a long time. In this game, the main character, “Snailboy” jumps around the ocean floor to collect items and try to save the Coral Kingdom from the evil hermit crab known as Hermitron. (more…)


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The Best Drawing Tablet

Here’s a question if you are a professional artist/illustrator or a hobbyist looking to create beautiful digital artwork, “What drawing tablet should you get?”. There are so many tablets these days but these three mentioned here are the biggest names in the game. I have been using a Wacom Intuos tablet for many years and I am very comfortable drawing on it but since the Intuos does not have a display, I need to have a computer connected to it and if you are like me and looking to buy a good drawing tablet for yourself, this comparison between the three giants might help you. (more…)


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Resident Evil 7

By Liyo Kikon

Creepy environment and haunting atmospheric sound! these two elements make Resident Evil 7 one of the scariest game available today. Taking a hint from the original Resident Evil games where it was mostly about horror survival rather than action, the seventh game made the right moves in my opinion. This is indeed a proper horror game but unlike most horror titles, there are rarely any monsters or rather zombies jumping out from corners to get you, the main scare for the game comes from the brilliantly designed sound. Yes, the atmospheric sounds, the way the floor creeks, those little sounds you hear from the distance will bring chills to your bones.
This game is best played with a set of good headphones and like the old Resident Evil games, its all about uncovering the story line while being on suspense the entire way. Combat is quite easy when compared to other first person shooters since all enemies except the bosses move slowly and you can take your time to carefully aim and get a head-shot without much effort. But this game was not designed to be a action title so I have no complaints there. Except for some moments where you will surely panic when a zombie appears suddenly and you have to shoot quite a few rounds to take them down and since most of the action happens in small corridors and rooms, there are rarely any place to run. (more…)


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Star Wars : Force Arena

By Liyo Kikon

I have been waiting for a good Star Wars game to play on the go and I have finally found the one! Force Arena is a PvP (Player versus player) game with great graphics and fast paced gameplay. In classic Star Wars style, there are two sides – The Rebels and The Empire and players can choose any side they want before each match. The player has a main leader whose movements can be controlled via tap and a deck of cards to deploy allies. The objective of the game is to destroy your opponent’s shield generator before they destroy yours. Both players have turrets protecting their shield generators and destroying the turrets usually determines who will win. During gameplay, there is a time of three minutes and the players must try to destroy the shield generator before the time runs out. However, if the time runs out, then the winner is determined by the number of turrets they destroy and if both team has the same number of turrets when the time runs out, then we get an extra minute where the player who gets to destroy just one more turret will win the match and if no one can destroy another turret, then the game is declared a draw. (more…)


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CES 2017

On 5th to 8th January 2017, the biggest tech event in the world took place in Las Vegas and with all the top companies coming together to showcase their latest products and concept designs, every single tech nerd went crazy. The great thing about Consumer Electronics Show ( CES ) 2017 is that we get a glimpse of what the technology of tomorrow is going to be like and one thing is for sure, that is the fact that there are a lot of gadgets to look forward to in the coming days. Here are some of the best gadgets which caught a lot of attention during this event.
# Razer Project Valerie
All gamers know the Razer company and they are the only company that creates ultra thin and light gaming laptops which are almost as powerful as their desktop counterparts. And this time they blew everyone’s mind away with their TRIPLE DISPLAY gaming laptop! At first glance, I thought it was similar to the “slide n joy” display which was a hit on kickstarter a few years back but this Razer’s Project Valerie is a whole new animal since the display are embedded into the laptop and with the touch of a button, the 4K displays will slide out automatically to form the triple display. At its core, the system packs an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card which is capable of handling any game you throw at it. Project Valerie is currently at a prototype stage and Razer may release it in a few years but for now, all we can do is ogle at its beauty. (more…)