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7 must-play re-released video games in HD

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With the number of quality titles coming out these days, there’s never been a better time to be playing video games. That doesn’t mean old games aren’t worth revisiting, though! Thankfully, taking a trip down memory lane is easier with all the HD remasters and remakes of the classics.

Let GadgetMatch help you pick out the best of the re-releases that both fans and new players can enjoy.

Resident Evil HD Remaster

Relive the nightmare in the iconic Spencer Mansion of Resident Evil in all the gory detail that Full HD brings. Resident Evil HD Remaster is based on the GameCube remake of the original, which already looked great in 2002 and boasted a ton of new features. Everything from that package is in this remaster, but with all the visuals touched up and looking crisp in 1080p. What this version adds is the option to switch between control schemes, letting players pick either the old-school “tank” movement or modern omni-directional analog controls.

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Find out how the Indiana Jones of video games earned that lofty reputation of swashbuckling spectacle with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. Featuring all three Uncharted games that debuted on the PS3, this remaster updates each title’s graphics to look like they belong on the PS4. The hardware’s horsepower also gets the games running at a much smoother 60 frames per second for more responsive control. The added Photo Mode lets you take pictures of any breathtaking moment, providing all sorts of camera customization and effects to pretty up your shots.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

As one of the less popular, daresay divisive entries in the Final Fantasy franchise, Final Fantasy XII gets a remaster treatment worth nothing but praise in Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. You won’t mistake this PS2 game for a AAA title released today, but the Full HD reworking of the visuals and the updated orchestral soundtrack are nevertheless impressive. Since this is based on the 2007 Japan exclusive re-release Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System, it also has the more tactical character upgrading mechanics, Speed Mode to make grinding easier, Trial Mode for rewarding challenge runs, New Game Plus to carry over your progress, and two difficulty options.

Grand Theft Auto V

Released on the tail end of the previous console generation, Grand Theft Auto V was already a technical marvel on the PS3 and Xbox 360. The re-release for the PS4 and Xbox One takes the graphical fidelity to the next level. The fictional world of San Andreas looks bigger and feels livelier thanks to the modern hardware the game runs on. Immerse yourself even deeper into the criminal lifestyle with its first-person mode, making you literally see through the eyes of the character you control.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 came out on the Wii U in 2014 to critical and commercial acclaim, becoming both the fastest- and highest-selling game on that console. So it made perfect sense for Nintendo to put out an updated version of the beloved kart racer for its more popular platform, the Switch, and it’s kind of amazing how the company managed to improve on near-perfection. Sporting all the DLC of the initial release, a revamped (and way more fun) Battle mode, a host of new content and gameplay features, and the portability of the Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a clear winner. Read our review for a full breakdown!

Grim Fandango Remastered

Unravel a crazy criminal conspiracy in an epic journey through the Land of the Dead, laughing all the way through the charming absurdist humor of Grim Fandango Remastered. Despite its award-winning debut in 1998, this 3D puzzle adventure with Dia de los Muertos stylings was a commercial flop (and heralded the decline of the entire genre). There’s no denying its quality though, so its cult classic status led to this beautifully up-res’d release with improved lighting to better reflect the game’s noir atmosphere, a soundtrack that is now fully orchestrated, more conventional controls, and insightful developer commentary.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

As the PlayStation’s first unofficial mascot, Crash Bandicoot has seen better days. Jump back in time to the halcyon years of the attitudinal marsupial with the glorious remakes of the three original PSX platformers in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. The 90s are ages (and tens of thousands fewer polygons) ago, so the complete visual overhaul for each entry to look like they just came out today is absolutely welcome. The addition of contemporary saving mechanics, a time trial mode, and the option to play as Crash’s sister Coco through all three games all make for a more accessible and more satisfying experience for hardcore Crash aficionados and newcomers.

SEE ALSO: 7 quick play video games you should try now

Camera Shootouts

Flagship Smartphone Camera Shootout: Best of 2017

Find out which premium smartphone comes out on top

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The iPhone X, Pixel 2, Mate 10 Pro, and Galaxy Note 8 — they may all look different, but they share one important feature: an excellent set of cameras.

Join us as we compare photos taken by each of these flagship smartphones around Indonesia and Singapore. Which shooter comes out on top? Watch and find out!

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Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre cordless vacuum hands-on

The future of housekeeping

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Made a mess? Dyson’s got you.

The V8 Carbon Fibre, the newest addition to Dyson’s renowned cordless vacuum line, has just been launched in Southeast Asia.

The new cleaning device utilizes the same technology from previous Dyson innovations, which ensures optimum performance of this lean, mean, cleaning machine. Certain features — like a better battery and a more powerful engine — are improved on this new vacuum release.

Dyson engineer Sam Twist explains what the V8 Carbon Fibre can do

Dyson engineer Sam Twist explains what the V8 Carbon Fibre can do

At the launch in Bangkok, Thailand, I got to go hands-on with the device. Quite literally, I made a mess and cleaned it up with the V8 Carbon Fibre. Here are some initial observations:

Easy to handle

What amazed me most is how intuitive this device is. There was no learning curve. I picked it up for the first time, pulled a trigger that’s perfectly positioned in the area where my hand goes, and voila, I was vacuuming!

Now, call me uninformed on the workings of a vacuum (and general housekeeping) but I always thought vacuums were heavy. At least I didn’t expect something with this power to be as light as it was.

Like their Supersonic hairdryer, the V8 Carbon Fibre is ergonomically balanced. Simply put, it’s designed in a way that ensures easier handling.

Power!

This engine, tiny and light as it is, isn’t just a load of hot air (pun intended).

This device has 30 percent more suction power than its predecessors. That capability was shown off in a curious exhibition, one that entailed a vacuum-sealed container and some water. Yep, this vacuum sucks, in the best possible way.

This device tests the vaccum’s suction power! You can see the water rising as the device is turned on.

From corn chips to oregano, sprinkles to baking soda; we tried the vacuum and another Isa-made mess was averted.

Leave no dirt in sight

And, if the newly cleaned surface isn’t enough proof for you, you can just take a gander at the dirt you’ve picked up in the vacuum’s compartment.

This machine runs on an improved battery that’s capable of 40 minutes of non-stop, cord-free cleaning on low mode.

Very versatile

Aside from the fact that it’s a pretty capable machine, this thing also works well on different surfaces and different scenarios.

Different Dyson-engineered heads allow for cleaning a variety of textured spaces. There’s a tool specifically designed for carpets, hardwood floors, mattresses, and even one for “mess-free dog grooming!” Various accessories also mean that you can modify your vacuum specifically for the spot you want to clean — imagine a multi-angle brush attachment that allows you to clean hard to reach areas.

An added feature is that these vacuums have a wall-mounted charging dock, which is the most convenient thing. I’m definitely reserving a spot for this device in my future hypothetical high-tech house!

Now, these are just my initial thoughts on the V8 Carbon Fibre, but it’s enough to get me excited over vacuuming — who would’ve thought?

Quite honestly, I’ve never really enjoyed cleaning up my messes, but this thing might just change that.

The Dyson V8 Carbon Fibre will retail for PhP 47,500 in the Philippines starting February 21. It will be available in Thailand come March.

SEE ALSO: Dyson Supersonic review: Bladeless hair dryer

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CES 2018

Episode 001: Getting lost at the world’s largest tech show

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In this first epidose of GadgetMatch Podcast we talk about the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) which just wrapped up in Las Vegas. Michael Josh and Isa share behind the scenes challenges of covering the world’s largest tech show. And the team talks about the most attention grabbing tech from the show including an entire range of Artificial Intelligence and Google Assistant gadgets, Vivo’s new phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor, Sony’s new robot dog, and Razer’s Project Linda.

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