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    by Published on February 19th, 2016 07:00 AM  Number of Views: 7941 
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    Time for another Flashback Friday article! You don't want to miss this one. We are just past the half way point for this decade, the 2010s. This article takes from all of our Game of the Year articles, but instead of looking at the best games of one year, we're looking at the best games of the previous decade, the 2000s! More specifically, we're looking at all games from the years 2000-2009.

    It was an interesting decade with a lot of experimentation and change, with many changes being for the worse primarily toward the end of the decade. Still, 2007 stands out as one of the best years in gaming history with many great releases.

    The awards given out are mostly the same as the ones we use for Game of the Year, although some will be excluded since it's too hard to choose a single game for some of these awards. This includes an overall Game of the Decade award, as this is just too subjective and there are too many games belonging to too many different genres to choose from. Also, expansions and even mods that equate to a whole game (like Natural Selection mod or Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer expansion) are now eligible for awards. We're even including a few new awards! These new awards may even be included in future game of the year articles. But for now, go on to the next page to continue reading.

    Special thanks to InfaRedd, aka Valkayria for the basic idea behind this article.

    Best Sound Effects

    Game Title: BioShock
    Release Date: 2007 (2009 for Mac)
    Developed By: 2k Boston / 2k Australia
    Published By: 2k Games
    Platforms: PC / Mac / PlayStation 3 / XBOX 360
    Genre: FPS

    This award was extremely closely contested. BioShock (2007) takes home the gold. While Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason uses higher quality sound recordings/files for things like object collision, it is the advanced OpenAL sound processing and EAX 5.0 that puts BioShock ahead of perhaps every game. It is one of the absolute best demonstrations of hardware accelerated sound (3D object based sound) and EAX (along with Penumbra which came out at around the same time). The reason it wins the award over Penumbra is because Penumbra has no support for subwoofers, outside of integrated 2.1 PC speaker setups. On a 5.1/7.1 surround setup, Penumbra will not use the subwoofer while BioShock will.

    But it should be noted that Penumbra's 3D HRTF is actually slightly better ...
    by Published on February 18th, 2016 06:00 AM
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    It's been over two years since we last reviewed a QPAD product, and more than 5 years since we reviewed their QPAD 5K as part of our Gaming Mice Mega Test where it took home the prize for being the most comfortable mouse! Now we're back with the QPAD 8K which continues with their iconic palm grip design. Available for £59.99 the 8K has a laser sensor which a maximum DPI of 8200 and 7 programmable buttons, of which 2 are to change ...
    by Published on February 5th, 2016 09:00 AM  Number of Views: 2032 
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    Time for another Flashback Friday article. We created these types of articles in order to write about things we never got a chance to before, like our upcoming Game of the Decade article, or reviews of games that were released before GND-Tech was around. In this article we bring you a review of a hidden gem, Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason. It is a psychological horror game developed by Action Forms, published by 1C Company, Aspyr, and others, and released exclusively for PC in 2009. It was also a nominee for Dark Horse of the Decade in our aforementioned Game of the Decade article, it won Best Sound Effects of the Decade, and it has earned an entry in our ten best stories in video games article.

    In our Flashback Friday reviews like this one, we score its graphics quality with regard to its time period in order to make it more fair. So keep this in mind! Continue to the next page for the review.

    Art by Hell Site.

    Once upon a time, Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason was actually well known. It was marketed heavily by NVIDIA for its use of NVIDIA's PhysX engine (originally AGEIA PhysX before NVIDIA acquired and expanded upon it). It was also promoted heavily by EVGA, a company ...
    by Published on January 25th, 2016 08:00 AM  Number of Views: 855 
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    One year ago today the world lost a great entertainer. His name was Colin Wyckoff, better known as Kitty0706 on YouTube. Complications from treatment of Leukemia claimed his life, but we like to remember what he brought to us in life: absolutely hilarious Garry's Mod videos, parodies, filled with video game references, tropes, and more. He made videos right up until the end.

    Those who never browsed ...
    by Published on January 1st, 2016 07:00 AM  Number of Views: 2496 
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    It wasn't too long ago that we saw the release of Fallout 4, which was our pick for Game of the Year and Best RPG of the Year. But the game wasn't flawless, far from it actually. Despite it winning Game of the Year we discussed many of its flaws in our review of the game. Fallout 4 got us thinking about Fallout: New Vegas again, the previous installment in the franchise. The more we compared Fallout 4 to Fallout: New Vegas, the more we looked to compare other games to Fallout: New Vegas, including Fallout 3, Fallout 2, Fallout, Wasteland 2, Dragon Age franchise, The Witcher franchise, and more. Through these comparisons we remembered just how amazing Fallout: New Vegas is, for many different reasons.

    This article is dedicated to Fallout: New Vegas because we find it to be one of the most underrated games of all time, one of the most ambitious games of all time, and somewhat close to our idea of the greatest game of all time. All of this praise despite the fact that the game was rushed by Bethesda ...
    by Published on December 20th, 2015 09:00 PM  Number of Views: 7432 
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    Fallout 4's appearance at E3 (or rather the evidence of its appearance leading up to E3) was probably the most pleasant surprise of 2015. It was a late announcement, only months before the release of the game. Last year nobody was even anticipating Fallout 4, since nobody knew when it was going to release. Fallout 3 received critical acclaim, and every game from Bethesda Game Studios except for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind was consensus game of the year. In fact, every single one of their games including Morrowind are our pick for game of the year. Does Fallout 4 continue this streak of excellence? Read our review to find out.

    Fallout 4 is a multiplatform action role-playing game, although being made by Bethesda Game Studios you can expect lots of catering to the PC version. This is most evident with mod support. Mods have already been available for a long time on Nexusmods, and Steam Workshop support is promised for 2016. Note that as of December 7, 2015, mod support is partially broken and a workaround is needed to get modded files to work (Nexus Mod Manager is the easiest one, and be sure to not use Fallout 4's launcher and use Fallout 4 Configuration Tool instead).

    The reason our review is later than usual is because Fallout 4 is an absolutely massive scale game, and we really seek to know the game inside and out before delivering a review. That, and because we don't receive the game early to review. But hey, this way you can be sure you're getting an unbiased review.

    Fallout 4 includes a launcher which you must go through to launch the game. In it you can configure graphics options (you can't configure most of them in-game), mod files, and other settings. Note that there is no built-in method for changing FOV or disabling mouse acceleration. You must edit two INI files manually (follow this guide to do so) or use Fallout 4 Configuration Tool (which is a GUI application that edits the INIs for you). Configuration Tool is recommended since it's easy to use and has other options like disabling the intrusive compass.

    What is incredible is that the game lets you choose any HUD color and any Pip-Boy color you want, by providing RGB sliders for each. A small feature that goes a really long way. You can also adjust HUD opacity as with their previous games.

    Fallout 4 is a third-person and first-person game, allowing the player to choose at a whim. It is the same type of game as Fallout 3. If you look at it as an improved version of Fallout 3, using some ideas from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, then you have the right idea. It's not much like the first two Fallout games, which are isometric turn-based RPGs with far more role-playing, and far more challenging and tactical gameplay that's obviously more limited than the open world Fallout 4.

    Nor does it have the writing excellence of Fallout: New Vegas. Bethesda games are about gameplay freedom; allowing the player to role-play as whatever type of person they want, whether it's an action hero, a greedy raider, a drug addicted gangster, anything that comes to mind. The game is about giving ...
    by Published on December 19th, 2015 09:00 PM  Number of Views: 6475 
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    2015 was just full of surprises, most of them pleasant. Last year, we weren't expecting 2015 to be a spectacular year for gaming, but much to our surprise it turned out to be one of the best ever. No, it didn't have as many noteworthy games as 2007 or 1998, but remember: quality over quantity. Even with just two of this year's releases, which we'll mention later, it would have been an excellent year.

    So let's continue with the ceremony. Some of you may notice the absence of the Mod of the Year - Overhaul award this year. This is because we didn't find new any overhaul mods for any game that really blew us away. In addition, there is no "Biggest Letdown" award this year, since truth be told, we weren't really let down by any game. This doesn't mean we liked every game this year, it just means every game either met or exceeded our expectations, even if those expectations were initially extremely low.

    Without further ado, the awards start on the next page!

    Mod of the Year - Overhaul

    An overhaul mod is a mod that is installed on top of a game and is designed to simply improve the base game. It has minimal new content, meant to preserve the original game and just enhance it. Few overhaul mods are as impressive as this year's winner, GMDX 8.0 for Deus Ex.

    This mod includes several other mods, like New Vision and Project HDTP which are both graphics overhauls, the former adding a DX9 renderer to the 2000 FPS classic while Project HDTP replaces all world textures with high resolution ones. It adds new gameplay mechanics like mantling (climbing any edge), variable scope zoom, and rebalances the gameplay. Realistic difficulty showcases the best balance.

    One of the biggest features ...
    by Published on December 8th, 2015 09:11 AM
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    Old-school gamers know a thing or two about getting extra points, whether it was Ms. Pacman getting to the fruit in the middle or someone activating a “Sugar Crush” on Candy Crush Saga with 15 moves still left.

    Savvy gamers know about all the ways to get bonus points for the things they buy and the games they play, too. Reward programs are great for giving ...

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