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Final Fantasy VII Remake: Features and mechanics

More screenshots, features, and mechanics!

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If you’ve been waiting for Final Fantasy VII Remake to be released, there are more things about it you can look forward to. Square Enix has been revealing little details you might want to keep track of. The most recent update has been the game’s box art, new screenshots and new gameplay mechanics!

The Final Fantasy VII Remake western box art sticks to the original as it recreates the iconic photo of Cloud looking up at the Shinra Corporation. Included in the box art are more screenshots of beloved characters, Cloud, Tifa, and Barret.

Game mechanics

As much as Square Enix has been teasing us with more tidbits of the game, you might want to pay attention to some new features game mechanics. The Final Fantasy VII Remake has seemingly stuck with an almost real-time battle system. You essentially fill your Active Time Battle (ATB) gauge as you attack which ultimately lets you pause and execute commands.

They tweaked the classic mode a bit this time though. Classic mode will stick to a more turn-based combat. Your attacks are more automated allowing you to focus on selecting and executing commands once your ATB gauge is filled. If you’re worried about executing special abilities and attacks, you might want to check out shortcut customizations so you can make your team battle efficiently.

There’s more to Final Fantasy VII Remake. On top of all that, they’ve added materia. Materia is an item you can equip to a character to buff them with special abilities. The abilities range from added attack damage to increased defences for magic damage.

Alongside materia, they’ve also released summon materia. You equip summon materia to a character. This adds a special gauge that will gradually fill up as you’re in battle. Once filled, the character summons into the battle otherworldly entities to fight alongside you and your team.

As of late, PlayStation hasn’t released much new information on the long-awaited remake. You’ll find more details and updates on the PlayStation blog. We’ll keep tabs on new and recent updates. For now, we’ll be waiting for PlayStation’s Final Fantasy VII Remake‘s official release: March 2020.

Computers

Lenovo Legion lineup gets an upgrade with new AMD Ryzen chipsets

They pretty much cover all price segments

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Lenovo’s Legion lineup is known for its gaming capabilities and has garnered a fan following of its own. In the last handful of years, Intel has powered most of the computers ever built, but it always seemed to lag behind in the gaming department. With AMD’s Ryzen series, things are rapidly changing and Lenovo has accordingly updated their product offering.

Lenovo Legion 5

Starting with the Lenovo Legion 5, it comes in two display size options — 15.6-inches and 17.-3-inches. Both the screens have a 144Hz refresh rate and Full HD resolution. It is available in multiple configurations, with the top variant sporting Ryzen 7 4800 H-series processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU.

It can house up to 16GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. On the cooling front, it has Lenovo Legion Coldfront 2.0 thermals along with a TrueStrike keyboard that offers more keyboard travel.

Lastly, the company claims it can provide 7.5 hours of run time on a single charge. The base variant (17-inch) shall cost US$ 1089 and start shipping from September 2020. The 15-inch option will start atUS$ 1019 and ship from August 2020.

Lenovo Legion 5P

The Lenovo Legion 5P, on the other hand, gets a 15.6-inch display and sports the same CPU and GPU as the Legion 5. However, it runs Dual Burn support that leverages the CPU and GPU simultaneously to improve framerates. With Lenovo Q-Control 3.0, the user can quickly switch between performance modes.

It can sport up to 32GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB of SSD internal storage. Lastly, Lenovo claims it can deliver up to eight hours of usage on a single charge. However, it won’t be going on sale in North America.

Ideapad Gaming 3

IdeaPad Gaming 3 is an affordable gaming laptop has a 15.6-inch display, can support up to AMD Ryzen 7 4800 H-series processor, and optional 120Hz display. The GPU is bumped down to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, but it can house up to 32GB DDR4 RAM and 1GB of SSD storage. It’ll start at US$ 659 and start shipping from July 2020.

Lenovo Legion Tower 5

If you’re looking for a more powerful gig, the Lenovo Legion Tower 5 can get up to AMD Ryzen 93950X desktop processor with 16 cores. Coupled along is an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 GPU that can churn out 4K framerates. It can support 2x 1TB SSDs along with 2x 2TB hard drives and 128GB DDR4 RAM.

The side panels are transparent and LED lighting within the cabinet offers more customization options to the user. For cooling, a 150W CPU cooling fan is attached and one can opt for an optional 200W liquid cooling system. The base option shall cost US$ 829 and availability starts from October 2020.

IdeaCenter Gaming 5

Lastly, the IdeaCentre Gaming 5 desktop can offer up to AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor along with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. It has Dolby Audio support and can sport up to 32GB RAM. However, it won’t be going on sale in North America.

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Lenovo unveils new gaming laptops – Legion 7i, Legion 5i
Lenovo unveils new Legion Tower 5i, IdeaCentre Gaming 5
Lenovo launches Legion 7i, new Legion gaming laptops

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Xiaomi now has a curved gaming monitor

With FreeSync and all that gaming tech goodness

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It’s safe to say that there’s no device category that Xiaomi will never explore. This time around they have unveiled the Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34”.

It sports a WQHD 3440×1440 high-resolution display and 1500R curvature for that in-your-face immersive viewing experience. Its 21:9 ultra- wide display expands the aspect ratio by 30% compared to normal 16:9 displays. It also has a 144Hz game-level refresh rate and flicker-free technology.

It also has a 121% sRGB wide color gamut: Vivid colors are complemented by up to 300 nits of adjustable brightness and a 3000:1 contrast ratio for life-like picture quality.

Lastly, it has AMD FreeSync Premium technology. The monitor seamlessly synchronizes the graphics with the monitor refresh rate when there is a high frame rate output for smoother gameplay.

Global recommended retail price is EUR 399. Pricing in other markets will be announced once the product becomes available.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi adds Electric Scooter Pro 2, Smart Band 5, TV stick to IoT lineup

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Riot Games SEA partners with the Youth Esports Program

Preparing the younger generation of players for competitve esports

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Mineski Philippines created the Youth Esports Program (YEP) in partnership with the Philippine Collegiate Champions League. This new initiative aims to bring together students from all over the country with a passion for competitive Esports.

Particularly, the partnership aims to train and develop future Esports talents, while also providing career opportunities. One such opportunity was the World University Cyber League 2020.

Now, the youth program lands another massive partnership with a global game developer and publisher in Riot Games! This partnership with Riot brings additional resources for students to learn more about the industry and the competitive Esports scene.

Furthermore, Riot also brings some of its own initiatives and tournaments for its popular deck-building title, Legends of Runeterra.

Another effect is the formal entry of their rising team-based shooter in the competitive Esports scene. YEP’s national cross-campus Esports league will now host an official Valorant tournament, along with several other Esports titles. This will be on top of other Valorant-related initiatives, such as content contests.

Schools and student organizations interested in partnering with the Youth Esports Program may email them at [email protected] or message them on Facebook.

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