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The end for SciFiEmpire.net - So long and farewell!

The end for SciFiEmpire.net – So long and farewell!

The end for SciFiEmpire.net – So long and farewell! Readers of SciFiEmpire.net may have noticed I have been absent from posting for a few weeks. I had a lot of work to do and there are some big changes coming in my life. After some hesitation I decided the best decision was to stop posting on SciFiEmpire.net. Effectively that means the end of this blog. If anyone wants to continue the torch feel free to contact me. The decision to stop was not easy. Especially today. I was planning to post a review on the last Person Of Interest episode of...

All 4 LEDs are on. Flashing your BeagleBone Black eMMC with Debian

Flashing your BeagleBone Black eMMC with Debian

Flashing your BeagleBone Black eMMC with Debian As many of you may know I am writing an introductory book on Linux and Programming. I have already posted some sample chapters. Yet, as a TA and Software Engineer I am frequently asked a question regarding the BeagleBone Black. The BBB won’t be a part of my book but I thought I would post my answer anyway. One of a the recurring problems I have with the Beaglebone Black and one I am frequently questioned about is “How to flash the Beaglebone Black eMMC?”. Honestly, is not that hard. Sadly many online tutorials just get it wrong. They...

Quantum Break review - stopping time when it matters

Quantum Break Review – Remedy bends time to its will

Quantum Break Review For some time now I have had Quantum Break on my radar. After playing through Alan Wake I was looking forward to a sci-fi time travel shooter with a strong story. Remedy has not disappointed. Yet, Quantum Break is not a polished product either. The game has some flaws. To find out if it is worth the money read this review. Setting Quantum Break is set in the North Eastern United States. After a time travel experiment failed two of the story’s main characters, Jack Joyce and Paul Serene, were granted special powers. Serene can see into the future...

A Happy New Year from SciFiEmpire.net

A Happy New Year from SciFiEmpire.net

A Happy New Year I would like to wish all readers a Happy New Year. I am sure 2016 will be a wonderful year filled with family happiness, job promotions and of course exciting Science Fiction! To get a glimpse of what you can expect from the new year you can read my two previous posts. The first previews upcoming sci-fi games and the second upcoming movies. The start of 2016 is also very promising. This evening the BBC will air a one-off special episode of Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. I will post a review tomorrow. The day...

Deus Ex Mankind Divided. Upcoming Sci-Fi Games of 2016

Upcoming Sci-Fi Games of 2016

Upcoming Sci-Fi Games of 2016 Arguably 2015 was not the best year for Sci-fi games. Fallout 4 was excellent, but not without flaws. Several games that were originally slated for release this year slipped into 2016. Some delays can be expected, games such as Star Citizen (scheduled for 2017) and No Man’s Sky are groundbreaking with their technical innovations. One innovation that has also slipped into 2016 is VR. Head-mounted displays such as Oculus Rift have finally reached the end-state of their development and soon users will know if they are worth it and whether games that support such devices do so...

SciFiEmpire christmas tree in winter. Wishing you the Seasons Greetings

Wishing you the Seasons Greetings

Wishing you the Seasons Greetings Christmas has almost arrived and the year is almost over. As such I wish every reader of this website the seasons greetings. I hope you will enjoy your holiday. I know I will. I will probably end up viewing The Force Awakens at the cinema for a second time this week. If you haven’t seen it yet, do go! For those who worry about a drought in articles can rest assured. I will post plenty over the coming week or so. For a start there is an update on Star Citizen, a preview of 2016, a...

Fallout 4 Review

Fallout 4 Review – From Bethesda with love!

Fallout 4 Review – Bethesda wins over gamers again! For just under a week now I have been playing Fallout 4, Bethesda’s second iteration of the Fallout 3 franchise it inherited from Interplay Entertainment. Fallout 4 continues the familiar setting from the third game, a open-world RPG with shooter elements. Those familiar with other Bethesda games such as Oblivion or Skyrim will instantly feel at home with the gameplay, but instead of a fantasy setting the Fallout series is set in a post-apocalyptic world several hundred years in the future. Or at least, a future as would have been imagined from the...

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Rebel Galaxy Review – the game that bests Elite Dangerous

Rebel Galaxy, an indie game that may just beat Elite Rebel Galaxy is a game available for download on Steam and produced by Double Damage Games. It is available for PC and MAC OS X, there is also a PS4 version in the works. The game is a space-faring action shooter similar to Freelancer and Elite but one that concentrates on ships that are larger. Gameplay is set on a two-dimensional plane but with all the graphics cheats it has a gorgeous 3D look. The ship-to-ship gameplay seems inspired by Star Trek Online. You can place a vast array of offensive and defensive...

Syfy cancels Defiance

Syfy cancels Defiance – After 3 seasons fans will have to switch to Dark Matter, Killjoys and The Expanse

Syfy cancels Defiance In a surprise twist Syfy has cancelled Rockne O’Bannon’s futuristic series. Defiance has only completed its third season this summer, but the steadily dropping ratings were cause for Syfy to cancel it entirely. Defiance first aired in 2013 and was an experiment at a transmedia franchise. At the time of the TV-series launch a Massive Multiplayer Online game set in the same universe was released by Trion Worlds. The MMO game continuous and last year became free-to-play using micro transactions for revenue. Defiance starred Jaime Murray, Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Tony Curran and Stephanie Leonidas. Reasons In a statement released by...

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Star Citizen Preview – Chris Roberts strikes back at doubters at the 2015 CitizenCon

Star Citizen is back! Last weekend the founder of Cloud Imperium Games, Chris Roberts, held the annual CitizenCon in Manchester. For some years he has been busy developing Star Citizen, an ambitious MMO-space simulator that harkens back to his early years (Wing Commander and Freelancer). After some delays, the release date has shifted to early 2017 for the MMO part and 2016 for the single player campaign. Chris Roberts came under attack from rival game-designer Derek Smart for being the reason the game was delayed. It is difficult to say who is right, though I have decided to give the benefit of the...

PAMELA Preview - bloom effects on the promenade

PAMELA Preview – open-world survival horror mixes BioShock and Mass Effect

Nvyve throws caution in the wind – PAMELA Preview One of the most sought after games for 2016 is the open-world survival-horror game PAMELA, stylized as P.A.M.E.L.A. The game has been in development with a small indie game producer NVYVE Studios. NVYVE has only six employees who are working full-time to bring the game to release for STEAM. PAMELA is being produced using the Unity engine which so far is mostly used for Android games and budget console games. Yet the quality of the screenshots speak for themselves. NVYVVE Studios has released a trailer for the game which shows how a utopian world called Eden in which the...

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World Of Warships Review – Wargaming turns to the sea with its BigWorld Engine

World Of Warships Review Last Thursday Wargaming unexpectedly announced that its latest free-to-play MMO World of Warships would be released to the public. The game had only been in open beta for a short period and so the news came as a surprise. That said, World Of Warships feels polished and in the game industry the saying goes ‘when its done, its done’. It’s time for my World Of Warships Review. WOWS (World of Warships) is the spiritual successor to World of Tanks, the game that put Wargaming on the map. You can download the WOWS game client from the Wargaming...

Aidain Gillen in Quantum Break

Quantum Break Preview – a Remedy blend of games & live-action

Quantum Break, the new Alan Wake or Max Payne? Xbox One is already 18 months old and so far is at has not managed to win over as many gamers as the PS4. However, the consoles best days may still be ahead. Halo 5 will release in the fall while Remedy Entertainment announced their hotly anticipated game Quantum Break will be released on April 6th 2016. That is still a long wait but at GamesCom in Cologne the studio also announced there will be a Live-Action TV show released to go with the game. Just like the game the live-action show will be...

Remake of Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic for XBoxOne

Remake of Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic may be in production

Remake of Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic Firstly, before I continue with this article I have to apologize for being absent for a week. I just started a new job and the first week was tough, but now that I have recovered SciFiEmpire will continue as usual. This week there was GamesCom in Cologne, Germany and besides the exciting announcement of the Quantum Break game and TV show there was also a rumor floating around. Neither LucasArts, EA nor Bioware will confirm this but it is likely that the 2003 hit RPG game Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic will...

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Cyberpunk 2077 – CD Projekt RED take on a tabletop RPG

Cyberpunk 2077, an announcement too soon! One of E3’s biggest surprised and disappointments this year was Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED’s action role-playing game. The producers of The Witcher 3 had announced the game’s existence back in 2012. It was hoped some details would leak or that even a teaser trailer would be shown at the game convention. Sadly, little new was announced. CD Projekt RED did state the release date had slipped into 2017 and that they would not release any details until some months beforehand. This follows a tactic similar to Fallout 4 which had it big unveiling at E3, but which has a stated release...

Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker duel on Hoth - Star Wars Battlefront Preview

Star Wars Battlefront Preview

Star Wars Battlefront Preview It has been just over two months since I reported a new Star Wars Battlefront game was in production. At this years E3, LucasArts showed an extended 5 minute in-game trailer that just blew everyone away. Now it is time for an in-depth preview and see whether this new game is worth the hype. So what is Battlefront? The game is a reboot of the original two battlefront games that were released over 10 years ago. They were so-called sandbox shooters that allowed players to jump into ground vehicles, spaceships and fight as infantry. Essentially they were...