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Unboxing the Nintendo Switch to play Super Mario Odyssey

Unboxing the Nintendo Switch I finally purchased the Nintendo Switch. After last week’s review of Super Mario Odyssey I hinted I would get one. I wrote that review using the Switch from a friend. But I suffered from Mario withdrawal symptoms during the week which pushed me over the edge. I doled out the necessary cash for one grey Switch console and a copy of Super Mario Odyssey. I know many of you have already played the console or watched it being unboxed, but I thought I would write an article about it nonetheless. Unboxing the Switch console couldn’t be easier. The box...

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Super Mario Odyssey Review. Is it worth the price of a Nintendo Switch?

Super Mario Odyssey Review Mario is at again. After fighting Bowser for the gazillionth time (Error, not a number) while travelling on his ship – the Odyssey – he is stranded. The objective remains the same – save the princess before Bowser marries her. I won’t comment on the story, anno 2017 it may appear a little dated even for a simple hero vs. villain set up. Nonetheless, Super Mario Odyssey is the first full-fledged Mario game on Nintendo new console. The question is can the developer rise up to expectations in a world of Destiny 2, Assassin’s Creed and Unchartered? Mario is not...

Happy Halloween – Greetings from the Afterlife

Happy Halloween Hello everybody. I hope you enjoy reading articles here on SciFiEmpire.net. I can see readers are especially interested in yesterday’s review of Berlin Station. Perhaps I will add the series to my regular line-up. As some readers may have noticed the release of posts has become irregular. I have been busy, since April I have a new job and I have also focused more time on writing a book on Deep Learning. Another reason the frequency of articles was reduced is because a lot of my favorite TV shows are over. Person of Interest ended last year, Dark Matter was cancelled...

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Assassin’s Creed Origins Review – Ubisoft returns to its roots in Ancient glory

Assassin’s Creed Origins – Back in the Animus After 2 years Ubisoft has finally released another Assassin’s Creed game – this time called Assassin’s Creed Origins. The game is available for Windows PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Below I am reviewing the PC version. Origins is set in ancient Egypt, in case you were still wondering, and follows Bayek, a Medjay (protector of sorts). Set in the last stages of the Ptolemaic Kingdom the story covers the power struggle between Ptolemy XIII and his sister Cleopatra. Well, before long Julius Ceasar and the Roman Empire also get involved. Bayek tries to...

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 Beta begins today

Battlefront 2 Electronics Arts Battlefront 2 has gone into Early Access beta today (October 4th). For those who pre-ordered the game early one will have exclusive access to play several of the game modes. On Friday (Oct 6th) the game will go into Open Access beta. That will allow even those who have not purchased a copy to test the game -at least until Monday when the beta closes. Star Wars Battlefront 2 is the sequel to the 2015 game that received only a lukewarm response. The first game got good remarks for its graphics, but the number of game...

Beyond Good & Evil 2

Ubisoft announces Beyond Good & Evil 2 at E3

Beyond Good & Evil 2 So far it has been a fantastic E3 convention. The Xbox One X looks fantastic as do the many games that have been announced at pre-E3 press meetings. With games such as Anthem, Spider-Man, Destiny 2 making huge waves. However, one of the biggest surprises so far has been Ubisoft’s announcement of Beyond Good & Evil 2. The developer showed a cinematic trailer of the upcoming action adventure game to wide acclaim. The trailer itself does not feature any in-game footage, but that did not appear to lessen the excitement of lead developer Michel Ancel....

Outcast: Second Contact trailer released + delay confirmed

Outcast: Second Contact delayed A few weeks a go I wrote a short preview on the remake of the 90s classic game Outcast. Since then there have been rumors the game has been delayed. No longer would it be released in March 2017. As March has come and gone developer Appeal has yesterday announced a new time frame – fall 2017. The news is not a surprise as the developer had been quiet since last year. To make up for missing the March date an official trailer was released instead. Outcast: Second Contact Trailer  The trailer consists of the first moving images of...

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First Official Photos of Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander

Tomb Raider reboot Warner Bros. studios has unveiled the first details of its Tomb Raider reboot, including an official first look at Alicia Vikander in the starring role. Previously a few pictures of on set scenes managed to leak, but now we have official high-res pics. First look An official plot synopsis was also released. Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen.  Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the...

P.A.M.E.L.A. on Steam

P.A.M.E.L.A. Steam early access review – NVYVE Studios delivers the goods

P.A.M.E.L.A. on Steam Let me get one thing straight. This is not a review in the sense that I am passing final judgement. P.A.M.E.L.A. is an Indie game from Canadian game developer NVYVE Studios. They started development with just 4 employees and now have 8 working for them. Without a dedicated publisher to fund them they are obligated to seek funds. They managed this through the Steam Greenlight program after the trailer for P.A.M.E.L.A went viral. Now they have readied the first playable version of the game – available on Steam for 22.95 $. It is thus necessary to remember...

P.A.M.E.L.A. on Steam

P.A.M.E.L.A. set for March 9th release on Steam Early Access + Trailer!

P.A.M.E.L.A. NVYVE Studios, the producers behind the horror shooter P.A.M.E.L.A., have announced the game will become available on March 9th on Steam Early Access. P.A.M.E.L.A. made waves in 2015 with a fantastic trailer that showed that a small Indie studio can indeed compete with big budget titles. After a wave of support the game became fully financed through Steam. The trailer, which I urge you to check out here, showed a futuristic utopian setting that quickly turns sour with zombies, decaying buildings and an inspiring story. The development team started with just 4 people, now they are 8. Which is still...

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch is coming in March and here is what I think of it!

Nintendo Switch After months of speculation Nintendo has fully unveiled its upcoming console, the Nintendo Switch. Officially it is labelled as the successor to the tepid Wii U, but with its portability it has potential for more. Along with last Friday’s announcements and press unveiling Nintendo revealed the console will sell for 300 dollars from March 3rd onwards. While the price may have been a little higher than expected the console certainly received interest due to its novel concept. A portable console To boil it down. The Nintendo Switch is a portable console. It does have more in common with...

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Outcast: Second Contact – Do we really want a remake?

Outcast: Second Contact – Do we really want a remake? All too often I find that my mind has played a trick on me, as with the news of Outcast: Second Contact. My opinion of some games and movies is way better than they deserve. Perhaps ‘deserve’ is not the right word. I remember them as though they offered photo-realistic graphics and special effects. I am thinking of games such as Knight of the Old Republic and movies such as TRON. Another such a distortion is with Outcast, an adventure game set on the alien planet Adelpha and which featured protagonist...

A Happy 2017 from SciFiEmpire.net

A Happy 2017 from SciFiEmpire.net, your website for all Sci-Fi news

A Happy 2017 from SciFiEmpire.net 2016 has come and gone. For many it outstayed its welcome. Problems such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump has certainly made me apprehensive about the future. Sadly we also lost far too many celebrities: Carrie Fisher, her mother Debbie Reynolds and actor Alan Rickman to name just a few. On the last day of the year we also lost William Christopher, who played father Mulcahy on M.A.S.H for over a decade. All this makes me resolute in my attempt to make 2017 a better year. But I will talk about my new year’s resolution...

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...