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Nickelodeon announces new kart-racing game

More and more 90s nostalgia coming your way

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Looks like even Nickelodeon is riding the nostalgia trend with games in 2018. The popular network that produced many of our lovable 90s cartoons is bringing them into the world of gaming — in a new kart-racing game. The network announced the arrival of Nickelodeon Kart Racers in partnership with GameMill Entertainment.

The game will feature your favorite Nickelodeon characters from the 90s in a Mario Kart-style racing game. Playable characters for the game include SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy from SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Arnold and Helga from Hey Arnold, and Tommy, Angelica, and Reptar from Rugrats. The game will also feature 24 different race tracks patterned after places these cartoons are set in. The network expects to include characters from a total of 12 different series by launch time.

Apart from the wide range of characters, the game will also give you the ability to customize carts. There are several elements in the game that will add more nostalgia and competitive spirit, such as weapons and slime on race tracks. There are options to play the game in team co-op mode and local free-for-all multiplayer.

This is not the first time the cable network put out a racing game. Back in 2000, Nickelodeon released Nicktoons Racing for the PC, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, and PlayStation. The network also released the game as an arcade system in 2003, and it featured a handful of characters as well. Two more games followed Nicktoons RacingNicktoons Winners Cup Racing in 2006 and Nicktoons Nitro in 2009.

Nickelodeon Kart Racers will be available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch on October 23.

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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 review: A fun beat’em up

Relive the story without having to replay hundreds of episodes

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Have you ever wanted to play as your favorite One Piece character while mowing through mobs like a one-man army? Then One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is for you.

This game from Omega Force incorporates One Piece’s well-loved story and characters with gameplay from the Dynasty Warriors franchise — the property that the developer is most known for. This is the fourth installment in the series and is the follow-up from the 2015 One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3.

It adds more to the story, some game elements, and the most noticeable is the character roster that’s massive compared to previous entries. It’s available in Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows platforms.

Simple game modes

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 has three modes: Dramatic Log, Free Log, and Treasure Log. Dramatic Log is where all of One Piece’s story so far. It’s crammed into ten plus hours of chapters and episodes which is no easy feat especially for a long-running series like this one.

While the efforts are commendable, a casual fan who hasn’t closely followed the manga or anime would have more questions than answers. I can understand that this game is geared towards One Piece fans. Anyone who has read the manga up to the latest chapter or watched the latest episode of the anime should have no trouble keeping up.

Free Log is where you can go back to the episodes you’ve already cleared in Dramatic Log with any unlocked character. The last mode, the Treasure Log, is where you go through missions to gain materials for upgrades. Some characters can be unlocked by completing a certain number of missions in this mode.

One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 also has a multiplayer feature. You can play co-op with other players to aid you in your missions. Luckily for me, it didn’t have the connectivity issues that frustrated me in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Unlike in that game, it’s easy to join other players’ sessions as long as they’re available.

Most characters can be unlocked by progressing through the Dramatic Log while some others by meeting certain conditions.

Unapologetically a beat’em up game

Pirate Warriors 4 is an action-adventure beat ‘em up game. That means you get to through hordes of pirate or navy lackeys like an absolute badass until the boss shows up. You go through main missions with mini objectives sprinkled here and there. These include eliminating certain characters or protecting allies from getting their HP reduced to zero.

Stronger enemies have armor gauges under the HP bars that are needed to be depleted in order for you to inflict damage. Controls are easy to get a grasp of: two buttons for attack, one for dashing/dodging and one for jumping.

I started the game mindlessly mashing the buttons until I found out my favorite button combinations through experimentation. I learned later that the moves list can be found in the menus with enough digging.

One thing I found challenging was controlling certain characters that are naturally airborne. It can be hard to hit grounded enemies when you can’t control your character’s elevation and have to wait until when you’re just hovering above ground.

This is one of the reasons why I shied away from using Luffy’s 4th gear form or Sanji unless I’m required to in Dramatic Log. Using the camera lock on stronger enemies like bosses alleviates this a bit but the controls still require a bit of a learning curve.

The game also allows for customization options. By earning the required materials and enough of the in-game currency, you will be able to upgrade your character’s stats, skills, and special moves.

There’s a common attribute and skill tree that can be used by all characters. Then there’s also character-specific ones that can be unlocked once that character reaches a certain level.

Thanks to my usual habit of hoarding in-game materials, I didn’t bother with this until later on in the story where I noticed that I’m not dealing enough damage and the missions are becoming more time-consuming. I breezed through the rest of the story after upgrading my offensive capabilities.

You can upgrade your attributes and even gain skills and specials. The Beginning Map applies to all characters while there are maps specific for characters.

A fun way to recap One Piece

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4  lets you relive the story without having to replay hundreds of episodes of the anime. Beating up hordes of enemy pirates as your favorite character from the series while feeling like a one-man army just feels great.

I found it time-consuming at first but once you’ve upgraded your stats, you can easily sneak in a round or two during your short breaks. The menu layout requires a bit of digging to find what you want or need (like reviewing the objectives or your moves list) and some controls can use a little improvement.

I enjoyed playing One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 and I’m sure a bonafide One Piece fan would feel at home. Now, it’s  time to pick up the manga so I can be filled in with the things I missed in the story.


This game was reviewed on a PS4 by Lance Aquino. He juggles multiple hobbies while working in the BPO industry. Outside of gaming, he mostly tries to learn how to draw and write short stories that are often inspired by the anime or manga that he watched or read.

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ASUS TUF Gaming A15, A17 now official in the Philippines

New look, better specs, still TUF

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The newest iterations of ASUS’ TUF Gaming series come with improvements on the inside and on the outside. New to the lineup are the 15-inch ASUS TUF Gaming A15 and the 17-inch ASUS TUF Gaming A17.

Both laptops come with the latest 4th Gen AMD Ryzen processors and in the new Fortress Gray design. The TUF Gaming series are now in smaller but without any compromises as it adds more input ports like a USB 3.2 Type-C port for 4k display output.There’s also the DTS X: Ultra Audio speakers for audio improvement.

While some things changes, other stayed the same.The signature Military Grade Standard Durability that the TUF series has been known is still here.

Working in tandem with the Ryzen chips to deliver a powerful gaming experience is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU and up to a Ryzen 9 4900H CPU. Adding some smoothness is support for up to a 144Hz refresh rate display supported by Adaptive Sync Technology.

Pricing and availability

The first model for the ASUS TUF Gaming A15 will be the FX506IU-AL111T, equipped with the latest R7-4800H, GTX 1660Ti, with 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD + 512 SSD storage, topped off with the 15” FHD 144Hz IPS display.

The price is PhP 69,995.00 and will be available starting May 22, 2020.

Here are details for the rest of the models:

Series MODEL LCD LCD TYPE CPU RAM HDD VGA COLOR BUNDLE SRP ARRIVAL DATE
TUF GAMING A15 FX506IU-AL111T 15” FHD IPS 144HZ R7- 4800H 8G 1TB HDD + 512 PCIE2 GTX 1660ti

6GD6

Fortress Black TUF Backpack PHP 69,995 May 22, 2020
TUF GAMING A15 FX506IV-AL129T 15” FHD IPS 144HZ R9- 4900H 8G 1TB HDD + 512 PCIE2 RTX 2060 6GD6 Fortress Black TUF Backpack

TUF M5 Gaming Mouse

PHP 79,995 June 2020
TUF GAMING A15 FX506II-AL120T 15” FHD IPS 144HZ R7- 4800H 4Gx2 1TB HDD + 256G PCIE2 GTX 1650ti 4GD6 Fortress Black TUF Backpack PHP 61,995 June 2020
TUF GAMING A15 FX506II-AL049T 15” FHD IPS 144HZ R5- 4600H 4Gx2 512G PCIE2 GTX 1650ti 4GD6 Fortress Black TUF Backpack PHP 51,995 June 2020
TUF GAMING A17 FX706II-H7082T 17” FHD IPS 120HZ R7- 4800H 8G 1TB HDD + 512 PCIE2 GTX 1660ti 6GD6 Fortress Black TUF Backpack PHP 71,995 June 2020
TUF GAMING A17 FX706II-H7088T 17” FHD IPS 120HZ R7- 4800H 8G 1TB HDD + 256G PCIE2 GTX 1650ti 4GD6 Fortress Black TUF Backpack PHP 64,995 June 2020

 

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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 arrives in the Philippines

Powered by the latest AMD chip, in a sleek, personalized package

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ASUS Philippines is set to unveil the arrival of one of the most sought-after gaming laptops. Announced back in CES 2020, this version now comes with the latest AMD processors and gaming hardware suited for everybody. Also, it will come with one of ASUS’ most creative technologies in any gaming device out in the market.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 is arriving in the Philippines, and looks to be the most powerful gaming laptop in the market. It sports the latest AMD Ryzen 4000 Series processors inside, with up to an NVIDIA RTX 2060 GPU. It also comes with up to 16GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD storage, and with a 14″ 120Hz FHD display for a smooth gaming experience. All of this packed together in a Moonlight White colorway for a more professional look.

The star of the show is the AniMe Matrix on the lid of the device. It is customizable to the point that you can put text, GIFs, and even your own logo on it. In essence, not only will you own a solid gaming device, but you can be creative with it, as well. The device also comes with WiFi 6 Connectivity with access to faster and longer internet connectivity, and USB-C Power Delivery.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 will be available on May 29, 2020 in two configurations. First is the configuration priced at PhP 99,995, which features the latest AMD Ryzen 4000 processor and an NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti inside. The second configuration follows the same processor except that it’s the one that comes with an NVIDIA RTX 2060, and is priced at PhP 109,995. If you purchase any of these models, you will also be given Sole Academy gift certificates worth PHP 5,000.

Here are the rest of the bundles available:

Series

MODEL

LCD

LCD TYPE

CPU

RAM

HDD

VGA

COLOR

REMARKS

BUNDLE

SRP

ARRIVAL DATE

ROG Zephyrus G14

GA401IV-HE247T

14″ FHD

IPS 120HZ

R9-4900HS

8Gx2

1TB PCIE2

RTX2060 6GD6

Moonlight White

AniME Matrix LED

ROG Sleeve, ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Eye Web Camera

PHP 5,000 Sole Academy Voucher (May 29-June 7, 2020 promo)

PHP 109,995

May 29, 2020

ROG Zephyrus G14

GA401IU-HE137T

14″ FHD

IPS 120HZ

R9-4900HS

8G

1TB PCIE2

GTX1660ti 6GD6

Moonlight White

AniME Matrix LED

ROG Sleeve, ROG Strix Impact Mouse, ROG Eye Web Camera

PHP 5,000 Sole Academy Voucher (May 29-June 7, 2020 promo)

PHP 99,995

May 29, 2020

ROG Zephyrus G14

GA401IU-HE045T

14” FHD

IPS 120HZ

R9-4900HS

8G

1TB PCIE2

GTX1660ti 6GD6

Eclipse Gray

ROG Sleeve, ROG Strix Impact Mouse

PHP 89,995

June 2020

ROG Zephyrus G14

GA401II-HE058T

14” FHD

IPS 120HZ

R7-4800HS

8G

512G PCIE2

GTX 1650Ti 4GD6

Eclipse Gray

ROG Sleeve, ROG Strix Impact Mouse

PHP 74,995

June 2020

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