All posts by Vic B'Stard

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice PS4 review

Before I start, I’d like to point a few things out. Sekiro will likely already have a feverishly loyal user base, and they will love the game, just as they loved From Software’s Dark Souls games and Bloodborne. This review is not for those guys, who should go out right now and pick up Sekiro. This review is for the rest of us. Continue reading Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice PS4 review

D-Link D-Fend AC2600 Wi-Fi Router review

D-Link’s D-Fend AC2600 Wi-Fi Router looks like a slick bit of mainstream consumer tech aimed more at novice users wanting a bit of internet security. In truth, the device is so much more, as I found out.

In the interest of full disclosure, this device is probably not aimed at the likes of me. Despite, choosing, rather awesomely, to launch the product in Australia, with an advanced screening of Captain Marvel, the D-Link’s D-Fend seem more of a device for those with grave concerns about internet security than for cynical tech-types like me. Continue reading D-Link D-Fend AC2600 Wi-Fi Router review

Huawei P30 Pro review

The P30 Pro is the latest top end-mobile phone from Huawei. Launching mere months after the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, is it too soon?

Huawei are on a roll at the moment. Their Mate 20 Pro is the most impressive mobile phone that I’ve ever used. The Huawei P30 Pro builds upon its stablemate’s technology to give users a better camera setup, with little compromise and a similar price-point. The phone’s NZ$1500 price tag is about the same as a Mate 20 Pro, right now. Continue reading Huawei P30 Pro review

The games that keep on giving

You may have enjoyed some of the best games that the last twelve months had to offer, but it’s worth being mindful that many of those games have even more post-launch content to enjoy.

Downloadable content, or DLC, has come a long way since Bethesda’s DLC horse armour mis-adventure with Oblivion. For some, DLC is content that developers should have included in the purchased game, and for short titles, that may, indeed, be the case. For three of the very best titles from last year, games that already featured hours and hours of adventure, the additional DLC is well worth the price of admission. Continue reading The games that keep on giving

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 PS4/PC review

The Division 2 is another of Ubisoft’s military shooter to posthumously carry the Tom Clancy name. As with the first game the late novelist had zero input with this post-apocalyptic looter-shooter. But that doesn’t necessarily make it bad. In fact, The Division 2 takes what was good about the first game and makes it a whole lot better. Continue reading Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 PS4/PC review

5 signs it may be time for a memory upgrade

For years I’ve been listening to PC owners lamenting to me about how their PC has a “virus” or that their CPU needs replacing due to poor performance. My first question, before they go and spend hundreds of dollars on a new machine, is “have you considered upgrading your RAM?”.

Back it the day, a couple of gigabytes of memory would have done you. In fact, a couple of gigs would’ve been all you PC could actually use. With modern 64-bit operating systems like Windows 10, sky’s the limit (or more likely 64 GB) when it comes to the amount of RAM you have in your machine.  The more RAM, the more applications, and better games, you can have running without your PC grinding to a halt. Continue reading 5 signs it may be time for a memory upgrade

Epson innovations and F1’s Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

The world’s greatest motorsport event, the Formula One Grand Prix World Championship, descended on Melbourne’s Albert Park over the weekend for the first race of the 2019 season. Valtteri Bottas took first place, with his team-mate Lewis Hamilton coming second. This is another huge success for their team, Mercedes-AMG Petronas, and their long-term partner, Epson.

Epson Australia invited me to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how their partnership with the reigning Formula One World Constructors’ Champions, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, helps them innovate and develop new technology.

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Trials Rising PS4 review

Ubisoft’s impossibly moreish Trials series unleashes its latest entry on an already sleep-deprived gaming audience.

If ever there was a gaming franchise that the phase “just one more go” was made for, it would be RedLynx’s trial games. Whilst the game has been about since 2000, it was Trials HD in 2008 that turned a whole legion of Xbox 360 owners into cursing, insomniac wannabe motorcross riders.

Trials Rising is more of the same, exquisite, obsessive fun. Continue reading Trials Rising PS4 review