E3 2021

Rocksmith+: Learn how to play guitar easily

With a massive song library, progress checks, and real-time feedback




I have an acoustic guitar at home, yet I’ve never really taken the time to learn it. In my younger years, I watched YouTube videos and still couldn’t place my fingers properly to strum a chord. Now, I’m pretty sure a lot of other people feel the same way, and you’re looking for easier ways to learn. Fear not, Ubisoft is here with its new music-learning service, Rocksmith+.

Announced during the company’s E3 2021 presentation, Rocksmith+ takes its roots from the 2011 music video game, Rocksmith. Essentially, this subscription service allows you to learn and play chord charts and arrangements of a wide variety of songs. Unlike the 2011 video game, Rocksmith+ has a music library that isn’t limited to just rock music.

Another great feature this service will bring is real-time feedback and progress tracking, especially for beginners. If you download the service’s companion mobile app, it will pick up any guitar you’re playing on through your phone’s microphone. This way, Rocksmith+ will keep track of the chords you know and even show you where to place your fingers for other chords.

Rocksmith+ will be available through Ubisoft Connect for the PC, Android, and iOS, and you can sign up for a closed PC beta starting today until July 22. It will also be available for both the current and next-gen consoles.

E3 2021

Razer unveils its new Raptor 27 gaming monitor

Higher refresh rate, and more RGB to boot



During Day 3 of E3 2021, Razer kept their announcements simple and straight to the point. Apart from the new laptop and portable charger, the company also unveiled a new iteration of their gaming monitor. If you’re a big fan of RGB setups, the new Razer Raptor 27 might just be the monitor for you.

The new Razer Raptor 27 comes in a similar form factor as its predecessor, with an RGB base at the bottom. Unlike its predecessor, it now comes with a 165Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response rate. For competitive gamers, this is a huge plus to capture higher frame rates without missing a beat. Also, with a 95 percent DCI-P3 color gamut, you can expect more vibrant colors suited for creatives, as well.

Another feature that creatives will also appreciate is that the Razer Raptor 27 is now THX-certified. This means that the 27-inch IPS display will project stunning picture quality according to how creators intended them to. Along with Razer’s Synapse 3 software, you will also be able to control its settings for your preferred viewing experience.

The Razer Raptor 27 will be available early Q3 2021 at US$ 799.99.

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E3 2021

Nintendo announces the arrival of Metroid Dread

After sixteen years of lingering, Samus Aran is back



Metroid Dread

Nintendo kicked off the final day of E3 2021 with a ton of game releases on deck. Apart from a couple of games getting ports for the Nintendo Switch, there were a handful of new releases to watch out for. One of these is a return to the old days of 2D-style movement and the return of Samus herself in Metroid Dread.

The game serves as the mainline series’ fifth installment, following Metroid Fusion. Although, it suffered through sixteen years of “development hell” since its inception in 2005. Originally, Nintendo planned Metroid Dread for a Nintendo DS release but the technology had its limitations at the time. Now, under both Nintendo and MercurySteam, it will return for the Nintendo Switch nineteen years after Fusion‘s release.

In this game, Samus sets on a mission to uncover a mystery behind the supposedly surviving X Parasites from the events of Fusion. Initally, the Galactic Federation dispatched a unit of E.M.M.I. robots to investigate, but disappeared upon arrival. Samus’ adventure rages on as Metroid Dread will be available on October 8, 2021.

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E3 2021

Microsoft laid out a ton of Xbox exclusives at E3 2021

A ton of titles coming to both current and next-gen Xbox consoles




One of the big highlights of Day 2 of E3 2021 was the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase. Earlier this year, Microsoft acquired Bethesda in a massive and expensive deal, which ideally expanded the Xbox game library by a lot. Back then, the console world’s Team Green promised more exclusive titles in the works now with Bethesda by its side. It all culminated in a two-hour showcase featuring some fantastic exclusives coming to the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.

Explore the constellations with Starfield

Right off the bat, the showcase begins with the unveiling of Bethesda’s brand new game, Starfield. During the presentation, they didn’t really show any gameplay but it’s a first look into the world you will play the game on. See, Starfield is an RPG set in the vast world of outer space; much like other Bethesda games, you will design your own character from scratch. The game will come out on November 11, 2022.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 takes us deeper into the horrors of apocalyptic Russia

Another huge announcement during the showcase was a look into the gameplay for GSC Game World’s S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl. Set in post-apocalyptic Russia, the open world survival horror game takes you straight into the desolate wasteland as a lone stalker on the hunt. This time around, you will be facing tougher and deadlier enemies while making even tougher decisions along the way. In the end, you will decide your fate at the heart of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on April 28, 2022.

Confirmation of Halo’s release date and game modes

While not exactly a new release, Microsoft also gave us more gameplay to digest for Halo Infinite that will come out Holiday 2021. This time around, it’s a first look into two of the game modes available upon launch: Campaign and Free-to-Play Multiplayer. Specifically for the Multiplayer aspect, 343 Industries designed it in a way that brings both old and new Halo players into the fold. From grappling hooks to customizable armor, it will bring an entirely grand experience come launch time.

As for the Campaign mode, it basically jumps off from the events of all the previous Halo games. After Cortana goes rogue and no longer assisting him, the Master Chief finds himself floating through ship wreckage in search for Cortana. Instead, he meets an unnamed A.I. who tells him that Cortana was supposed to be deleted by him, to which he has no knowledge of. In seeking the truth, these two join forces and the trailer ends there.

Ride through the bustling streets and terrain of Mexico in Forza Horizon 5

Back to the new releases, another Xbox exclusive in the horizon is Forza Horizon 5, which features the sprawling terrain of Mexico. In a stunning reveal trailer, Forza Horizon 5 takes off-road vehicle driving to the next level as you drive along volcanic terrain and bustling village streets. Apart form this, the new installment in the Horizon series will also feature a campaign, multiplayer arcade and map editor mode. Essentially, it turns the experience into a personal and creative outlet with your friends online to do the whackiest challenges in the streets. All of these, and more will come on November 9, 2021.

The one final reveal: Redfall

At the end of the presentation, Xbox and Bethesda indeed saved the best for last with a first look at Redfall set for a Summer 2022 release. Developed by Arkane Austin (Prey and Dishonored), the game takes place in the titular town in Massachussets held under siege by vampires. As such, you step in as the hero along with your fellow vampire slayers to rid the town of the nuisance. Of course, the battle takes place in an dark, desolate open-world, with your own choice of heroes and loadouts to master.

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