Category: Computer Games

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Diablo 3: The Eternal Collection Nintendo Switch Review

Diablo 3 I own a Nintendo Switch for about a year now, and I am still trying to make up my mind about it. On the one hand, it is compact, has some really good first party games as well as a vibrant indie game market. On the other hand, the lack of third-party triple A games remains a sensitive nerve. There is a lot about the Nintendo switch that reminds me about the GameCube. Yet that console had Metroid Prime, Star Wars Rouge Squadron 2 and Beyond Good and Evil just to name a few. No Star Wars The Nintendo...

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Exapunks Review – learn to program while gaming!

Exapunks Review Zachtronics is back with another ‘programming’-like puzzle game for the PC. The small game developer headed by Zach Barth has been making a name for itself with creating whacky engineering games that require the player to rub all of their braincells together. Exapunks is no different. It has a storyline inspired by the Cyberpunk genre. Set in an alternative 1997 you the player are a hacker who needs to cure himself a computer born illness called The Phage. With medicinal doses running up to 700 dollars per day the user is required to start hacking for money. It beats...

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Happy Halloween and schedule for the remainder of 2018

Happy Halloween Hello everybody, and a Happy Halloween. I am posting this today because tomorrow (October 31st) I won’t be in. After an absence of several months I have decided to again post articles for SciFiEmpire.net. I know that some readers will know that its my 3rd restart in as many years, but I don’t care or otherwise I would not be writing this. I suppose the summer period is always a bit of a drought, one that this year took longer to get over. But with the changing seasons – and my tendency to stay behind the computer longer –...

SciFiEmpire.net celebrates it’s 7th anniversary! + Book Giveaway

SciFiEmpire.net celebrates it’s 7th anniversary! Today marks the day that seven years ago I started SciFiEmpire.net. In fact the website had been up running for a week or two back then but I was still choosing a layout. July 3rd 2011 I wrote my first post. Since then SciFiEmpire.net has gone through various incarnation until things settled down a few years ago. Seven years had brought a lot of change. My first review was on Deus Ex Human Revolution. Eureka was still on the air, as was Alphas. Since then I have provided coverage of Person of Interest, Revolution, Fringe...

Round-up of Science Fiction Games at E3 2018

After an extended vacation I am back writing for ScifiEmpire.net. First on my todo list is a write-up on the best things I saw at this years E3 show in LA. Below are 10 Sci-Fi games I am looking forward to. Cyberpunk 2077 CD Projekt RED’s Cyberpunk was the darling of this year’s E3. Unlike us mere mortals the press was given the opportunity to see the game in action. It was a 45-minute walkthrough and ever since none of the game journalist present have shut up about the game. The rest of humanity had to make with due with...

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Vampyr Review – Dontnod succeeds with Moody Action RPG

Vampyr Review Finally, after months of salivating at the idea of sinking my teeth into this game I can play it. This is a review of Vampyr, the latest game by French developer Dontnod. Now, I got only got the game since Tuesday morning and my opinion below is formed based on around 6 hours of gaming. Set in 1918 in London – during the last days of The Great War and the start of the Spanish flu – you play as Doctor Jonathan Reid. Dr. Reid has recently returned from the front, but in London he was attacked, turned into...

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Playing with the AIY Google Vision Kit: Part 1 – Assembly and Demos

AIY Google Vision Kit For a few months now I have been salivating at the idea of owning an AIY Vision Kit. The kit is sponsored by Google and allows makers to build their own intelligent camera for object and face recognition. As I have caught the maker and Deep Learning bug some time ago I felt this was the ideal project to combine both. However, the first series of kits were not without its flaws, but now Google has rolled out version 1.1. Based on the Raspberry Pi Zero W (wireless) Google has added what they call the Vision...

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Vampyr Preview – A Macabre Action RPG from Dontnod Entertainment

Vampyr Preview When SciFiEmpire.net first started in 2011 one of the first articles I wrote was on a game entitled Adrift – by Dontnod entertainment. The game studio was totally unknown to anyone, but what caught my eye was that they were French and were producing a Science Fiction action game. Adrift was only a production title and it would later in become known as Remember Me. Sadly, despite the impressive artwork and graphics the game suffered from a linear gameplay style and could not live up to expectations. Instead, Dontnod Entertainment continues to exist and is soon scheduled to release...

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Beyond Good and Evil 2 new gameplay footage 2018 – Ubisoft teases before E3

Beyond Good and Evil 2 new gameplay footage 2018 One of the games I am most excited about, besides Cyberpunk 2077, is Beyond Good and Evil 2. Today, Ubisoft released footage of early-alpha gameplay. This gives us the first indication of the direction the game is set to take. I did a preview of the game during last years E3 show (you can read it here) in which a senior developer showed footage of a tech demo. Today’s footage seems to build on that. The 3 minute montage reveals shots of the protagonists fighting with sticks, dual blades and as...

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider set for September 14th on PC Xbox One and PS4

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Coinciding with today’s release of the Tomb Raider movie Square Enix has released a teaser for the third game – Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The game is set for a September 14th and will cap off the trilogy known as the ‘third era’. This era started in 2013 with Tomb Raider and received a much lauded sequel in 2016 with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was rumored to be in production since 2016 when a developer was spotted working on a presentation on a train. Since then we only got...

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Franzis Retro Arcade Kit – tinkering with old-school Pong through the New Year

Franzis Retro Arcade Kit During the Christmas holidays I was in Berlin. There I visited the famous Dussmann bookstore – 4 stories worth of books, Blu-ray’s, trinkets and electronic kits. The latter surprised me and I could not resist picking up a small DIY Pong Retro Arcade kit. It is essentially a long title for a kit that allows you to put together your own small 70s console that plays Pong. At 29.99 euros I decided not to look this horse in the mouth. It is produced by a company called Franzis, but an older version of the kit is...

A Happy New Year from SciFiEmpire.net

A Happy 2018 from SciFiEmpire.net, your website for all Sci-Fi news

A Happy 2018 from SciFiEmpire.net I want to wish every reader of SciFiEmpire.net a Happy 2018. I think it will be easier this year. Last year we had just lost Carrie Fisher and her mother and the election of Donald Trump was weighing on the minds of a lot of people. Yet, since then things have changed considerably. Looking back on 2017 And so 2017 has also come and gone. As I am growing older it feels like the years are passing by more quickly. Well, what a year 2017 has been. Donald Trump was in the news more often than...

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Skyrim on Nintendo Switch Review – a mostly successful second lease of life

Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch Review One of the games first announced for the Nintendo Switch was The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim by Bethesda. Skyrim was previewed in the Switch announcement trailer back last year. My initial impressions were not favorable, I did not want the new Nintendo console to become the dumping ground for ports of 5 year old games. Nonetheless, I believe the initial announcement did make the Switch more palatable for gamers and developers. Now Skyrim has been finally released for Nintendo’s new console and it comes hot on the heels of Super Mario Odyssey. One thing that Bethesda has done new is...

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Wishing everybody a Happy Thanksgiving + some Black Friday tips

Happy Thanksgiving I wanted to wish everybody a happy Thanksgiving. I am sure that after all the roast turkey, pastries, marshmallows and drinks you will be looking to do something else. Perhaps even browse the internet to see what is worth your money on Black Friday. So what can you do during thanksgiving if all the fine dining is over? Well, if you need any persuasion in playing Super Mario Odyssey or Star Wars Battlefront 2 here are links to my reviews. Of course for Super Mario you will need a Nintendo Switch. I have uploaded an unboxing article just recently....

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 Review – finally a Star Wars story campaign to remember

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Review Finally I have been able to spend some decent quality time with EA’s latest Star Wars offering. Star Wars Battlefront 2 is the official successor to the lackluster Battlefront 1 from 2015. That game, whilst very pretty lacked a campaign story and suffered from repetitive multi-player. For Battlefront 2 EA and Disney have tried to address these major gripes, and mostly succeeded. I won’t go too much into the micro-transactions debacle that has been reported on. Lets just focus on the game. Single-player Campaign Finally Star Wars fans are able to once again play a single-player story....

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Outcast Second Contact Review – Revisiting Adelpha with Cutter Slade

Outcast Second Contact Review Besides Super Mario Odyssey and Star Wars Battlefront 2 there is another game I have been looking forward to this fall – Outcast Second Contact. Developed by an re-incarnation of developer Appeal the game exists somewhere between a remaster and a remake of the 1999 game Outcast. Fans of the original have managed to keep the game working to this day. But now a proper redevelopment has seen Outcast’s graphics overhauled to such an extent that one would be forgiven to think this is an entirely new game. The original Outcast was considered to be ahead of its time...