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Game review: NHL 20 (PS4)
EA Sports serves up this year’s ice hockey bonanza, NHL 20.
Aspera Mobile launches the Jazz 2, a dual-SIM, budget smartphone
In an age where the ticket price of mobile phones seems to be ever increasing, such a low-cost alternative definitely has its place.
Game review: NBA 2K20 (PS4) makes you work for success
2K continue to push the envelope to give us yet another slick, gorgeous-looking entry to their long-running basketball franchise.
Game review: The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening on the Switch
Link’s Awakening on Nintendo’s Switch is as if the developers had taken my rose-tinted memory of the original Game Boy game and put it in my Switch.
Hands-on review: Norton Security gets the safety and freedom balance right
The folks at Norton understand that there are those of use that like to walk on the wild side. But even a seasoned Internet adventurer like myself likes a degree of protection.
Australian distie Alloys launches MakerBot Method 3D Printer
Alloys hosted a special launch event for resellers at their Melbourne showroom. The event introduced the new arrival to the MakerBot family of 3D printers and emphasised how this new technology is changing our world. The distributor kindly invited ChannelLife along to take a look.
Game review: Control (PC)
Telekinetic abilities allow Jesse to send out a powerful melee blast, launch object into the air, evade attacks by moving quickly, make a shield from debris and even levitate.
Game review: Madden NFL 20 (Xbox One)
On the outside, American football is a bit like the bizarre offspring of rugby and a game of chess, where the pieces are huge refrigerator-sized men. If you think a game of rugby union is a bit stop-start, it's got nothing on NFL.
Control your appliances with a D-Link mydlink Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug
The device can be set to turn your TV off when you’re asleep, power on your coffee maker before you wake up, or automatically turn on your living room lamp while you’re on holiday.
Game review - Wolfenstein: Youngblood
The game is designed to be played co-operatively, with each player controlling one of the sisters. You can play solo with an AI sister, but it’s pretty clear that the developers have not refined the game for Johnny-no-mates players.
Hands-on review: Micron Ballistix Elite Gaming Memory DD4-3600
Darren Price takes a look at 16GB of Micron’s Ballistix Elite DDR4-3600 gaming memory.
Game review: Planet Coaster - Ghostbusters expansion (PC)
Theme park management game, Planet Coaster, gets a rather spooky expansion with Planet Coaster: Ghostbusters.
Game review: F1 2019 (PC)
The game models tyre wear, fuel efficiency and aerodynamics among other physical attributes of the cars. Expert players can tune cars with more efficient set-ups and even make adjustments on the fly - whilst racing.
D-Link Launches the DWL-7620AP Wireless Access Point
Designed for both small to medium businesses or larger enterprises, the DWL-7620AP provides administrators with a medium to large scale Wi-Fi network deployment solution.
Game review: My Friend Pedro (PC)
If Deadpool was a 2.5D shooter, it would be My Friend Pedro, with the banana Pedro being a surrogate for the Marvel madman’s internal monologue.
Game Review: The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr (PC)
Elsweyr is this year’s major helping of new content, significantly more that than found in the steady stream of DLC that the players enjoy throughout the year.
Game Review: Total War: Three Kingdoms (PC)
This is probably the best-looking Total War game, ever.
Cyberpunk 2077 now available for pre-order
The Cyberpunk 2077 Collector’s Edition is also available for pre-order and comes packed with a number of high-quality collectibles.
Games in review: The amazing versatility of Nintendo characters
Darren Price tales a look at Mario Tennis Aces and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition.
PC game review: Observation
Observation casts players in the unusual role of the on-board space station AI, called S.A.M. As the game starts the AI is rebooting after an incident of some sort. There’s very little in the way of hints as to what to do. And this makes sense, as S.A.M.’s memory cores have been damaged.
Hands-on review: DJI Osmo Pocket
Famed for providing amazing drone photography equipment, DJI have adapted their gimbal and camera technology for mobile phone users.
Game review: Blood & Truth (PlayStation VR)
SIE London Studio releases VR action-movie inspired cockney crime caper, Blood & Truth for PlayStation VR. FutureFive’s Darren Price takes a butcher’s.
Game review: Rage 2 (PC)
The similarities between Mad Max and Rage 2 are very apparent. The overall setting and design aesthetic are clearly inspired, if not from the Mad Max game, from the Mad Max movies.
Hands-on PSVR preview: Blood & Truth
PlayStation VR fans who picked up a copy of VR Worlds with their headset will have had a taster of SIE London Studio’s Blood & Truth.