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Best Video Games of 2017 (Q3 Edition)

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Deep into 2017, there’s still no end in sight to the flood of excellent video game releases. To help keep you from drowning in the goodness, here are the ten best games of Q3 2017 ordered by release date.

Splatoon 2

Nintendo’s funky fresh team-based competitive shooter is back and better than ever. Splatoon 2 features the same solid foundation of spraying ink to control space and eliminate opponents, but with new weapons, new skills, and new modes. The biggest change is that you can now play it on the go, as it’s on the Nintendo Switch.

Available on Nintendo Switch (July 21)

Pyre

What do you get when you cross basketball with fantasy and visual novel mechanics? You get Supergiant Games’ Pyre. It’s a character-driven drama played at the spaciest of arenas and with the highest of stakes: freedom. Revel in the art and ruminate on heavy decisions that will stick with you for a long time. Read our review for a more in-depth breakdown!

Available on Windows and PlayStation 4 (July 25)

Tacoma

There’s a mystery in the space station Tacoma, and it’s up to you find out what happened to its missing crew. Rifle through drawers, access personal computers, and scrub through conversations of holographic projections in real time. Unfold the untold stories of every staff member in a chill yet eye-opening experience.

Available on Windows and Xbox One (August 2)

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Mental illness has never been quite so sensitively depicted in big, blockbuster games until Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. You take control of Senua, a Celtic warrior dealing with psychosis that’s made worse after a traumatic event. Cut down enemies, recognize patterns in the environment to solve puzzles, and wrestle with your inner demons in a harrowing visual tour de force.

Available on Windows and PlayStation 4 (August 8)

Sonic Mania

SEGA’s old blue furry mascot has seen better days. It makes perfect sense then that Sonic’s best adventure in years is a trip back to the golden years, but with a twist. Sonic Mania has you replaying old favorite stages remixed for the modern era alongside brand new levels that match the design of a 90s child’s wild imagination.

Available on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch (August 15)

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Nathan Drake’s treasure hunting days may be over after Uncharted 4, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had exploring ancient architecture and shooting mobs of mooks. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy puts you in the boots of sassy thief Chloe Price and partners you with stone cold mercenary Nadine Ross in a tightly paced, action-packed caper through the jungles and caves of India. Check out our review for a full analysis!

Available on PlayStation 4 (August 22)

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Who would have ever imagined that putting guns in the hands of Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Princess Peach would turn out to be a good idea? The makers of Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, apparently, as this cutesy turn-based strategy mash-up with the raving Rabbids is the best video game crossover of the year. Put your thinking cap on, and lead your crack squad of Nintendo icons to tactical triumph in a colorful world.

Available on Nintendo Switch (August 29)

Destiny 2

Fighting aliens was the only consistently good thing in the first Destiny. Destiny 2 makes everything else about this online sci-fi first person shooter bigger and better. Whether you just want to shoot your way through spectacular set pieces by yourself or team up with friends to conquer hardcore coordinated challenges, you’ll be having fun and looking cool while you’re at it. Get all the details by reading our review.

Available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (September 6). To be released on Windows (October 24).

Divinity: Original Sin II 

If you’re looking for the closest thing to authentic Dungeons and Dragons-style role playing in a good-looking computer game, your search stops with Divinity: Original Sin II. No other RPG right now respects player choice in character creation, combat, and conversations, and rewards it with satisfying battles and superb narratives. Play it by yourself or with a companion!

Available on Windows (September 14)

Metroid: Samus Returns

Although it’s technically a reimagining of a classic, there are enough changes to the elegant 2D side-scrolling action adventure formula in Metroid: Samus Returns to justify revisiting it. New controls and abilities give you more options to fight and traverse, while the sleek visual upgrade highlights the fun like never before. It’s a good reason to dust off that 3DS!

Available on Nintendo 3DS (September 15)

SEE ALSO: Best Video Games of 2017 (Q2 Edition)

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro Unboxing & Review: About Time!

Killer specs at a reasonable price

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It seems like Google’s Pixel 5 announcement didn’t stop Xiaomi from announcing their newest Mi 10T series.

As confusing as it might be, the new Mi 10T Pro is the successor to Mi 9T Pro, last year’s popular midranger. But the thing is, Xiaomi’s newest phone isn’t a midrange device anymore.

Packed with Snapdragon 865, set of brilliant cameras, and a gaming-centric 144Hz display, the new Mi 10T Pro might just be establishing a new smartphone category with flagship-tier specs at a midranger’s price.

Curious to find out what was added and removed? Watch our review of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro here.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Unboxing and Review: Not What You Think!

Samsung’s answer to their pricey flagship smartphones

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Galaxy S10e, S10 Lite, and the Galaxy S20 FE, three phones meant for the less tech-savvy consumers. Samsung may not be consistent with naming their phones, but they’re still consistent in giving fans the best of specs.

The Galaxy S20 FE is a follow-up to Samsung’s S20 Series — packed with no-compromise specs at a reasonable price. But in order to bring down costs, they have to make adjustments for it to have a retail value just below the US$ 700 mark.

Are these cuts acceptable for it to be called as one of 2020’s “cheapest” flagship smartphones?

You can watch our Samsung Galaxy S20 FE review by clicking this link.

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realme Buds Q: Keeping up with the ‘new normal’

Wireless is the new normal

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When this year started, I’ve already laid out most of my personal plans: do more outdoor activities, travel to different places, and slowly pick myself up from the emotional downhill I experienced last 2019.

But what do we know, the universe has much bigger plans.

The past few months of quarantine has been a wild transition for me, especially as a person who finds solace in the outdoors. Staying indoors for a long time has challenged my mental health, and it’s still an ongoing battle that I face every single day.

A total shift in my personality

During this collective isolation period, the first thing I did is try to make peace with things I can’t control. I started channeling my energy into doing what is feasible for now — both in my career and personal life.

I began doing activities that are completely opposite from my usual hobbies, starting with yoga and meditation to help me become more present.

realme Buds Q

It is also the same time I shifted to using wireless earbuds after years of using wired earphones. I have tried several brands for a while, and currently, I am using the newly released Realme Buds Q.

Light and portable device that is compatible with all my new activities

Doing yoga in the morning is easier — the Realme Buds Q fits just right and it’s light in the ears. Personally, I really prefer using earbuds rather than open-type ones. The latter hurts my ear in the long run, so the Realme Buds Q is a nice fit for me.

I can do all the poses with ease and without worrying they might slip off my ear. It has IPX4 water resistance, so I don’t bother sweating a lot during and after every session.

I also use it during my meditation, and every time I go jogging.

Buds Q is also a handy companion to all my other activities with its intelligent touch controls. Playing music and answering calls is easy with just a few taps. It’s perfect for multi-taskers like me who usually attend Zoom meetings while preparing food away from my laptop.

Wireless is the new normal

While I still keep my wired earphones, the wireless technology is totally heaven sent. It’s essentially helpful in a lot of ways especially now that we need less contact as possible.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

Personally, the design is nothing too grand, just quite similar to the other earbuds I have tried before. The lightweight feeling is a plus for me — it weighs only 3.6 g, lighter than a sheet of A4 paper!

However, this newest earbuds offering is quite underwhelming in the sound department. While it’s good for upbeat songs with its dynamic bass boost, the overall sound is really not that impressive. Still, it’s a decent buy with its 40mAh battery life, which is longer compared to other brands.

SEE ALSO: realme 7 Pro review | realme 7 review


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