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10 best overlooked PC shooters that you shouldn’t ignore

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10 best overlooked PC shooters that you shouldn't ignore

Whether your preferred weapon of choice is an MP5 or a plasma assault rifle, the extensive list of PC shooters has an epic history that stretches right back to ID Software’s Hovertank 3D – a predecessor to Wolfenstein and Doom released in 1991 by the (now) legendary ID Software.

After the enormous success of Doom and other shooting games that ruffled sensitive feathers back in the early 90s, the first-person shooting genre is packed full of titles spanning virtually every country, world or theme you could ever think of.

We’ve rounded up some of the most overlooked PC shooters you might not have played that are still worth playing today – many of which can be played on a computer with very modest specifications.
 

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10 best racing games on PC to strap yourself into

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10 best racing games on PC to strap yourself into
Few genres manage to unite people from all walks of life like a good racing game. Whether your preference is for outlandish fun or intense realism, the vast collection of racing titles available for PC is sure to offer something that gets your pulse racing and your cheeks aching.

In 2016 the list of best racing games is seemingly endless – every single genre of motor racing is covered in some capacity. Fortunately for you, we’ve managed to narrow down the selection and pick out some of the best PC racing games out there today.
 

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Blockstorm Review for Gioteck Recon

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Blockstorm (6)Blockstorm comes from Ghostshark games, an Italian developer who’ve taken ideas of a voxel-based FPS that were originally born in Minecraft, and made them in to a standalone game that has great potential.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order Gioteck Review

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Wolfenstein1All the way back in 1981, Castle Wolfenstein first appeared as an 8-bit 2D adventure game on the Apple II and later, MS-DOS, Atari and C64.  A sequel followed in 1985, however it was the 3D edition that launched in 1992 that firmly setup Wolfenstein in the hall of fame.

 

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Archos GamePad 2 Review

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IMG_0009In February 2013, Archos released the original Gamepad.  As the first gaming-centric Android tablet it received reasonable attention, but failed to inspire any real buzz around it.  This was mostly because it looked like a tablet with hastily added on gaming controls that were neither responsive, or pretty. Fast-forward a year and Archos hopes to produce a tablet that can be considered a proper gaming machine.  Did they succeed? Let’s find out.


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The Elder Scrolls Online: Review

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tesoFor many (including myself), The Elder Scrolls series has come to represent the crown jewel of single-player RPG’s. The series, last served by an immensely popular fifth instalment, is what most tend to think of first when it comes to this genre, and for good reason! My own interest in The Elder Scrolls series comes not from long-time fan loyalty, but from a critical admiration of the series’ focal design ethic, and the consistent level of quality that it is delivered with. After putting in thirty to forty hours in the beta and retail release, I felt ready to pen my thoughts – read on to find out what they were.


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Edifier Bric Connect

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IMG_4256 copyHaving taken a look at previous Edifier speakers I was keen to see what they could do with a bigger portable speaker than the Sound-To-Go I reviewed last time.  Edifier produce some nicely built products that sound great for the money and despite the Bric Connect not being a contender for the high-end portable speakers from Bose, there’s a hotly contested market out there consisting of a large number of Bluetooth speakers that the Bric Connect has to contend with.

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Rezzed: The PC & Indie Games Show 2013

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rezzedIn its second year, the Rezzed game show is still somewhat of a ‘cosy’ gathering.  Covering half of one of the Birmingham NEC show halls, it’s not on the scale of the show organised by the same folk at EuroGamer Expo. Rezzed caters for the PC game sector showcasing some of the latest titles about to hit our shelves as well as Indie games from smaller studios.  There was a great showing from UK-based developers so read on for some of the games we got hands-on with!

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Gioteck SC-1 PlayStation 3 Sports Controller

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image (6) copyMany of us have a favoured console. And for the majority of gamers are devised between two factions. Some prefer the media-rich PS3, and others the more social Xbox 360. They each have their pros, but they also have drawbacks. These are the lack of certain titles and franchises, hardware faults (Xbox, why you no Blu Ray). The one thing that can be very important but is often overlooked is the controller.

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Nostalgia of a Gamer

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sonicSo, I have downloaded a classic on Xbox live and opened up a door to the past emotions created by great games. There are events throughout your life that stick with you and change you, for better or worse. Games are no exception. They have been a large part of my life since I was young, and some of the great titles have stuck with me. They have taught me morals, history, and aided many an hour of procrastination. 


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Video Games: America’s new ‘Sin Tax’

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mortalmikeyI hear Barack Obama has agreed funding research into violent video games in the wake of another school massacre. How many times do we need to flog this dead horse? Perhaps Barack should fund research that determines whether violent games make young men and women join the REAL army to shoot at real people ‘legally’. Some people have told me that this funding isn’t just about video games violence but a push for research on all things that contribute to this kind of violence, which I think is fine.

 

In the grand scheme of things I find even mentioning violent video games an absolute insult and hypocritical. I’d like to think we’re better than this, that we are passing on what we’ve learnt from the actions of our elders and have learnt from their mistakes.


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Hauppauge HD PVR 2 ‘Gaming Edition’

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Hauppauge HD PVR 2Hauppauge have been a well regarded name in the field of PC video capture for many years now.  My first ever analogue PC-TV tuner was made by them and back in 1999 seemed like a cutting-edge piece of hardware.  Hauppauge have since branched out in to other forms of video capture and ever since people have become competitive with online console gaming, there’s been a desire to capture this footage in a universal way – The HD PVR ‘Gaming edition’ is Hauppauge’s 3rd attempt at such a beast, so let’s see how it fares.

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Dishonored – Review (PC)

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As you may know if you’ve read my other articles on gaming, it takes a lot for me to get excited by a game. Dishonored has been described as ‘steam punk’ with a unique art style and whilst I’d been intrigued by previews of Dishonored at E3 2011 it had seemingly come out of nowhere, so I thought I’d give it a go. To push the Unreal engine to it’s best I reviewed it on PC.


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Why do I get bored of games so quickly?

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It was Christmas 1990. I had just got my breath back after running round my parents house at break-neck speed to celebrate my elation at receiving the toy of my dreams – The Nintendo Game Boy. Having been launched just 3 months prior to Christmas, Nintendo had given me just enough time to marvel in the latest copy of Games-Master magazine at what I hoped ‘Father Christmas’ would bring me.

Hundreds of AA batteries later I was completely hooked on the new generation of console gaming.


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Portal 2 – Review

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Valve has been at the forefront of quality first person shooters for years now, but fans are often disappointed at the relatively low release rate of new titles.

You can however always count on the Washington-based studio to release a quality title that will grip you for days or even weeks to come. Their latest title, Portal 2 is another Steam-driven first-person puzzle game that is of incredibly high standard… Just a shame that their promises of cake have so far gone unfounded…


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