The 3-in-1 Smart Box is a pocket sized speaker

The 3-in-1 Smart Box has been designed as lightweight, easy-to-carry and importantly for an object this small, difficult-to-lose.

Fox sets 'Wayward Pines' premiere date

FOX announced on Tuesday (December 9) morning that the 10-episode thriller will premiere on Thursday, May 14 at 9 p.m. ET. And "Wayward Pines" won't just be rolling out in the United States.

Mockingjay dominates the slowest box office weekend of the year

With only one new release this weekend, The Pyramid, and everything else falling, the overall domestic box office generated a little below $80 million, resulting in the slowest selling weekend of the year.

The Devastating Impact of the Halifax Explosion

On a cold December 6, in 1917, it seemed as though the doors of hell had burst asunder in Halifax, Nova Scotia. French munitions ship the SS Mont-Blanc collided with Norwegian supply ship the Imo at 8:40 in the morning.

7 Incredible Roller Coasters Based on Movies

Providing a great day out for kids and the young at heart alike, theme parks are loved the world over. And as long you enjoy heart-stopping excitement, who can resist a roller coaster, with its twists and turns, plunging drops, inversions, and eye-popping G-forces?

Sunday, February 26, 2017

3 Reasons To Go Back To Diablo 3

Diablo 3 used to be one of those games that we loved to hate due to many unwanted changes and failed expectations. However, those have since been mostly remedied, and the latest installment in the hack-n-slash series has attained some of the appeal of its predecessors. A bunch of updates adding new areas, modes and skills certainly helped as well.

The 2.4.3 patch brings us a lot of new things – an anniversary event and, of course, new class and set items, as well as an update to Greater Rifts, so now might be the perfect time to go back to Diablo 3 for some dungeon crawling action.

Adventure Mode

Adventure Mode was a real game changer back in the day when it was released with the Reaper of Souls expansion. Instead of just going through the main story, we got some interesting end game content with completing bounties and rifts, and it really did add countless hours of gameplay.

There’s no better way to grind those paragon levels and better gear – set dungeons, Greater Rifts, you name it, they have it. It’s easier than ever to get lost in the world of Sanctuary, and then go do it on a larger difficulty level.

Frequent Updates

To keep things fresh, there are constant updates that revamp sets, add new areas and events and tweak balance of heroes and skills. The most recent patch brought an anniversary event that let players experience the pixelated land of the old Diablo.

Blizzard certainly takes care of Diablo 3 and makes sure to motivate us to go back with every patch they release. There’s always something new to do.

New Playable Characters

Back when it launched, there were five different classes in Diablo 3: Barbarian, Monk, Demon Hunter, Wizard and Witch Doctor. The release of the Reaper of Souls expansion brought us the Crusader, a new favorite of many. For the first time in the history of the Diablo series, players were able to choose the gender of the class they wanted to play as, which was a refreshing and much needed change.

Of course, each class had its own unique play style, and the revamping of sets along with the addition of runes on skills ensured that there could be a variety of viable builds for each class.

Now the Necromancer is coming, a fan favorite from Diablo 2, and it seems like the perfect time to get back into the series, get yourself acquainted with the new class, and grind, grind, grind to make your characters as strong as they can be!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Modern Warfare is still Call of Duty’s finest game

There have been mixed reactions to Infinity Ward’s announcement and trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, if we were to judge by the downvotes on YouTube. Sales projections are still solid for the new title that is going to feature some futuristic space action as opposed to the traditional boots-on-the-ground combat, so it is not easy to tell what the player base’s opinion of Infinite Warfare really is at this point.

However, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered has gotten everyone excited, and it will come packaged with Digital Deluxe, Legacy and Legacy Pro editions of Infinite Warfare. Not surprisingly, in fact, the hype for a remastered version of an old game is going strong, mostly due to the fact that Modern Warfare is, arguably, still the best Call of Duty game.

At its prime, Modern Warfare had innovative features that many games lacked, and its subtlety, simplicity of weapons and combat roles combined with the changes of pace and setting and some shocking moments made the game fresh and gave it immense replayability, much removed from an explosive crowd-pleaser that the franchise is today.

Initial impressions of the remastered game are starting to roll in, and it seems that experiencing all the nuances of the classic Modern Warfare again, but with amazing graphics and physics will be a real treat, equally so for the old fans and the younger generation that did not have the chance to play it.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Conjuring Spinoff The Nun to be Directed by Corin Hardy

Colin Hardy, the director of the animated short Butterfly, horror film The Hallow, as well as several music videos, will be directing The Nun, a future spinoff of The Conjuring. Hardy’s film The Hallow was acquired by IFC after premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. His recent works include The Crow (starring Jason Momoa), but since the film has exited Relativity studios, they’re looking for a new studio.|

New Line Cinema‘s The Nun, written by James Wan and Gary Dauberman and produced by Wan and Peter Safran will join Annabelle as the spinoff of The Crow. Annabelle also has a sequel due to come out on August 11 this year. Annabelle and The Conjuring films have earned $895 million worldwide combined, with $318 million earned by The Conjuring in 2013 worldwide and $320 million from the sequel. Both movies cost $60 million combined to make, whereas Annabelle, that cost less than $7 million, managed to pull in an amazing $257 million in 2014.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Texas Radio Station Bans Madonna Following Women's March Remarks

Have you watched Madonna’s speech during the Women’s March? Then you can guess the reason why her music has been banned from a Texas radio station.

The famous singer made the speech in Washington, D.C, in front of 500,000 people, where she shared her feelings regarding the elections. Madonna also said that she was thinking "an awful lot about blowing up the White House."

Texas radio station, HITS 105 announced on Tuesday that all of her songs wouldbe removed from their playlists “indefinitely”.

HITS 105 general manager Terry Thomas said: "Banning all Madonna songs at HITS 105 is not a matter of politics, it's a matter of patriotism. It just feels wrong to us to be playing Madonna songs and paying her royalties when the artist has shown un-American sentiments.

"If all stations playing Madonna took their lead from us, that would send a powerful economic message to Madonna."

Madonna’s fan army reacted immediately by accusing the radio station of using this incident to gain publicity.

"You have 600 likes and are just using Madonna for attention. Her remarks were on behalf of women's rights, your band is for a cheap ratings stunt," one wrote. "You are confusing patriotism with blind, partisan zeal and theatrics."

Texas radio station is not the only one who put Madonna under fire. The former White House speaker said that she “should be arrested”.

The queen of pop clapped back and wrote on her Instagram that her words were taken “out of context”.

"I want to clarify some very important things," she wrote. "I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in its entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context...

"I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things - one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt.

"However, I know that acting out of anger doesn't solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love."

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Top 10 PlayStation 4 Games of 2016

It was a great year to be a PS4 owner. Besides the litany of third party games, this year also saw the release of Naughty Dog’s first proper PS4 release, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, but it also saw the release of the much-awaited The Last Guardian. That it turned out to be a good game was nothing short of amazing and helped put a nice exclamation point on a good year of gaming available on PS4.

This year in gaming has been impressive. Unlike recent years, there didn’t seem to be any one game that everyone agreed on was far and away the best. This says to me that there was a lot of quality games and a lot of things for people to really connect with. Let’s get to the list of my favourite PS4 games from 2016!

10. Final Fantasy XV

I’ve been a Final Fantasy fan since the original on the NES. The series has had its ups and downs, but, having skipped over Final Fantasy XIII, it had been a really long time since I’ve played a new Final Fantasy game. 10 years, to be exact. Final Fantasy XII was the last one I played and it so happens, loved.

The only reason why Final Fantasy XV isn’t higher on my list is because I’ve honestly not had enough time to get deeper into it. Well, I’ve had time; I’ve been playing for over 12 hours, but I’m only on chapter 3 because I’ve been enjoying doing all of the side quests and I keep getting more! This is a huge game I can see myself playing well into early next year for sure, but I’ve played enough to know it deserves a spot on my list this year.

9. Far Cry Primal

Despite being a huge fan of the Far Cry series, I have to admit I wasn’t all that excited for Far Cry Primal. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to play it or wasn’t interested, but rather I viewed this as a spinoff that felt more like glorified DLC. I couldn’t have been more wrong. As a fully fleshed out game with scores of variety in weapons and gameplay, Far Cry Primal shows just how well the Far Cry formula can translate to other time periods and environments.

The story didn’t really register much, and even now I can only recall bits and pieces of it, but I remember very well that I had a blast playing it. A highlight for me was running up on a group of enemies who had some of my people captured, sliding on the ground, raising my bow and taking out three enemies at once with triple arrows, then charging at the remaining enemies and chaining takedowns and throwing my knife at the last enemy. If you’ve been waiting on playing this game, don’t. It’s really, really good.

8. Hitman

could have easily missed making my list. I balked at the episodic release schedule and figured I wouldn’t play it until the full game released on disc early next year. Thankfully the full first season was available during a digital sale before Black Friday so I decided to jump in at the 50% discounted price. I’m glad I did. The Hitman games satiate so many of my favourite things about games. Tonnes of options on how to solve the problems presented to you, great stealth mechanics and a dark sense of humour. Some of these levels are huge and present so many opportunities simply by roaming around and eavesdropping on conversations.

In Italy, I heard a conversation between a newly hired kitchen hand and another NPC regarding the kitchen hand being late on his first day. I went inside the apartment building, snuck into his room, stole his kitchen outfit and made my way into the kitchen. I then took expired spaghetti sauce and dumped into a put of spaghetti that was then served to one of my targets. While he was eating his poisoned meal, I made my way around the other side of the mansion to a cliff right by where he was eating, climbed into a conveniently placed bin and waited. Once the food poisoning kicked in my target came and doubled over vomiting right on the edge of cliff which happened to be directly in front of my hiding space. I climbed out, snuck up behind him, and shoved him off the ledge to his death. And that is just one of the many ways I could have taken out my target. Another involves an exploding golfball. Play the game and try that one out.

7. Dishonored 2

Another game I wasn’t overly excited to play this year, Dishonored 2 managed to surpass my expectations and deliver a challenging and fun experience. I enjoyed the first game a lot but it didn’t blow me away or anything, so when I started Dishonored 2 I figured it would be more of the same.

Except unlike the first game, when I was away from Dishonored 2 I would keep thinking about it. Thinking about how I could use my powers to navigate the large maps and avoid being spotted while I would take down enemies nonlethally. I was extremely successful making sure no one died, but not so much when it came to not getting spotted. But that’s what multiple playthroughs are for, right? The story isn’t very good, however, and seems more as an excuse to use the mechanics rather than a driving force to pull the player through.

6. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
was my favourite game of the generation. With its fun gameplay, excellent writing and performances, jaw dropping, bar-setting set pieces, I felt like I had experienced Naughty Dog at the height of their powers. With Neil Druckmann taking over for Amy Hennig as the writer and creative director, I expected Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End to at least match Uncharted 2.

Unfortunately, this turned out to not be the case. The story is the series’ best, for certain, but the pacing was off (I blame he inordinate amount of forced walking and two entirely too long flashback sequences) and the game really lacked those aforementioned set pieces outside of one that comes mid game. There are a few smaller ones later in the game, but nothing that I’ve come to expect from an Uncharted game. If it sounds weird that I’m bagging on a game so high on my list, I get it. But understand that the presentation, storytelling and performances are top notch and when the gameplay is good it’s the best in the series. I only wish that Naughty Dog would have trimmed some of the fat.

5. Tom Clancy’s The Division

I loved, loved, loved The Division. Team based, tactical combat with a ton of RPG elements, customisation, and fun combat arenas, I couldn’t get enough of Ubisoft Massive’s open world RPG. If I have any real complaint about the game, it’s that I don’t quite think they nailed The Dark Zone’s promising concept. Instead of being tense, it became a chore, because relying on other people, it just became an asshole simulator.

As a huge fan of tactical shooters and RPGs, The Division scratched so many itches that I thought for sure it would be my favorite game of the year. That it’s only my fifth favourite game of the year is a testament to the rest of the games that came out in its wake.

4. Inside

Any questions I had regarding why it took nearly six years for Playdead to release a follow up to 2010’s Limbo melted away as I was consumed with the polish on display with Inside. Inside is a visually stunning, thought provoking, nigh impeccably designed game that offers anyone willing to experience it a truly clever and original experience that takes familiar concepts and almost literally turns them on their head.
Instantly captivating with deceptively deep yet simple mechanics that offer quite a bit of variety, it’s a testament to Playdead’s talents that they are able to not only continue to surprise but keep the entire thing fresh throughout. As a work of art, it’s astounding. As a piece of commerce, it is incredibly brief, and depending on how you value one over the other, when you decide to experience this masterpiece is up to you. However, make no mistake, Inside is a game I recommend that everyone play.

3. The Last Guardian

The Last Guardian
is not a game for everyone. As someone who almost unanimously prefers gameplay to story, I can easily see the camera issues coupled with the slower controls being a real source of contention and turn off some people. Admittedly, I came close once or twice myself.

However, when the gameplay works as intended, it works really well – and the beauty of the story together with the bond and affection I came to feel for Trico overtook any frustration I had. When “The End” appeared on my screen I wiped the mist from eyes, stood up and said to myself, “I loved that”. Unlike anything I have ever played before, if you own a PS4 and have a soft spot for animals, give The Last Guardian a try. You might come away as pleased as I was that this game exists and that you were able to experience it.

2. Dark Souls III

I love Dark Souls III so much that it’s probably unnatural. This is a game I’ve played through four times on PS4 and twice on Xbox One and that’s not including the DLC which I’ve played through on both platforms. The combat has been refined to perfection, the bosses are memorable, unique and some are incredibly challenging (Nameless King), I even appreciated the trick bosses which fall very quickly once you figure out the puzzles aspect of their weakness.

Dark Souls III comes really close to being my favourite game of 2016 but when it boils down to it, there are a couple things I don’t like about the game. First would be that some areas aren’t all that great, namely Smoldering Lake and Demon Ruins. They’re just not all that interesting and don’t really add much to the game save for a few items that could have been placed in other areas and wouldn’t really change the lore all that much and would have improved the game, even if these are really brief areas. The other gripe I have is the emphasis on invasions and how Covenant items depend on invading. It’s just not something I’ve ever enjoyed in these games and in one later third area it becomes utterly obnoxious. The only way to not be invaded is to either remain unkindled or play offline. Both lock you off from playing co-op which is entirely optional. I’m sure people will read this and hurl insults at the screen but sometimes you hurt the ones you love. These really are minor gripes for a game that does so many other things incredibly well.

1. Titanfall 2

Yep. Titanfall 2 is my favourite PlayStation 4 game of 2016. An improvement on the first game (which I loved) in nearly every conceivable way,  if Respawn had simply doubled-down and released the multiplayer for Titanfall 2 as it exists now, I would still easily recommend it. They’ve tweaked the existing formula in deeply satisfying ways that extend the life of the game immensely. However, by adding a truly surprising and impeccably designed single-player campaign that is consistently fun to play, as a package Titanfall 2 is the most pure, minute-to-minute fun I’ve had with any game this year.

What are your favourite PlayStation 4 games of 2016? Let us know by commenting below!