EWin Champion Series Review

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Gaming chairs have become a hot topic over the last few years. If you’ve watched any Esports coverage online or follow gaming channels on Youtube, then you’ve probably seen the race car inspired gaming chairs on more than a handful occasions. And there’s a good reason for that! The ergonomics of these chairs can transform your gaming experience. The added immersion and health benefits are difficult to describe without experiencing them yourself. Imagine sitting in a soft arm chair for the first time after years of suffering with a wooden bench. There’s a sense of relief that makes an immediate impression. I can personally vouch for the improved experience as someone who’s made the transition back in 2015 and never looked back. Returning to a typical office chair now would feel like punishment.

Over the last two years, I’ve been fortunate enough to test more than a handful of different chair models from varying manufacturers. Each company tries to bring a unique element to their blueprint, but they all share the same DNA when it comes to fundamental design. This is a good thing too, because the race car inspired skeleton is used for a reason: it works! This consistency allows manufacturers to focus on other aspects of the design, such as materials and improved assembly process.


"The contemporary aesthetic is perfect for a clean and modern gaming setup. Tech enthusiasts who prefer a sleek and stylish work space will love EWin’s elegant curves and clever design accents."

Today, I’m taking a look at the EWin Championship Series gaming chair. EWin manufactures premium-grade gaming chairs with extremely competitive pricing.Their materials and build quality rival the superb AKRacing Arctica gaming chair, a behemoth that retails for a whopping $499. EWin’s Championship Series, on the other hand, is currently listed for only $279. This price and quality combo is going to be tough to beat. I’m not sure how EWin is able to keep the price tag so low, but whatever they’re doing is certainly placing them above their rivals.

The Champion Series is a real looker, and the model comes in a variety of colorful choices: light pink, dark pink, red, blue, green and white. The shoulder wings have a subtler slope compared to other models I tested in the past. This gives gamers with larger shoulders added comfort when leaning back. EWin has also gone the extra mile and pre-assembled the back cushion onto the back piece to minimize assembly time. It took me no longer than 15 minutes to assemble the entire chair, and I didn't require any assistance.


"It’s sturdy enough to provide proper back and neck support, but remains soft where necessary thanks to its high density memory foam."

The contemporary aesthetic is perfect for a clean and modern gaming setup. Tech enthusiasts who prefer a sleek and stylish work space will love EWin’s elegant curves and clever design accents. The Champion Series isn’t just easy on the eyes, but it’s thoroughly well constructed. You’d think EWin would cut corners with other parts of the chair, but that’s simply not the case. The handles and the plastic covers that fit on the sides are all sturdy and well made. Nothing feels cheap. The steel frame impresses when you actually see how it stretches throughout the chair body, and in combination with the gas lift, it can hold up to 330lbs.


"EWin's materials and build quality rival the superb AKRacing Arctica gaming chair, a behemoth that retails for a whopping $499. EWin’s Championship Series, on the other hand, is currently listed for only $279."

I’ve spent a lot of time with the EWin Champion since I’m in front of the screen for both my work and hobby each day. This is a remarkable chair and it grew on me instantly. It’s sturdy enough to provide proper back and neck support, but remains soft where necessary thanks to its high density memory foam. Much like the AKRacing Arctica, the EWin Champion has adjustable armrests that have front/back left/right sliding functions, clockwise/counterclockwise rotations and vertical adjustments. The lever operated back recliner allows for 85-155 degree adjustments in case you decide to take a nap between gaming sessions. The larger back pillow is another welcome feature. My older DXRacer had a rounder pillow that pushed my lower body too far forward. The flatter and taller pillow follows my spine curvature more naturally, allowing for a better fit when leaning back.

It’s very hard to find faults with such a solid product. If I really had to nitpick, I’d say the wheel design comes off as a little tacky with its Hot-Wheels looking design. But let’s be real here, this hardly classifies as criticism.


Conclusion: The EWin Champion Series is a real surprise, and possibly one of the best gaming chair deals currently on the market. The high quality and low price is really what sets this model apart. Gaming chairs aren’t a cheap investment, but paying $279 for something that has immediate benefits and can potentially last a lifetime is a worthy commitment. If you’ve been on the edge about adding more comfort to your gaming/work setup, EWin’s selection will hopefully solidify your decision to make the transition.  


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Warriors All-Stars Review

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In 2014, Koei Tecmo’s crossover project with Nintendo initiated a new path for the veteran brawler aficionados. The idea of combining Zelda with Warriors-style gameplay got everybody in the gaming industry talking. This unusual marriage of ideas turned out to be one of Koei Tecmo’s most commendable moves. Hyrule Warriors’ instant success has resulted in a handful of unexpected collaborations between Koei Tecmo and popular Anime creators of franchises like Dragon Quest, Attack on Titan, Arslan, Berserk and soon, even Gundam. For a company that focused on almost nothing but sequels for their Dynasty Warriors brand and its spinoffs for years, the introduction of other prominent series has transformed their familiar formula into something a little less predictable.

Within this avalanche of new, quirky Warriors titles, we’re introduced to Koei Tecmo’s latest experiment, Warriors All-Stars—a culmination of the company's most popular heroes coming together for the ultimate face off. As someone who has enjoyed the series since the PS2 generation, I couldn’t be happier with how this absurd concept mashes together. While it’s not going to meet everyone’s expectations of what a definitive Warriors “Greatest Hits” title is meant to encompass, most fans will hopefully agree that the end result is a charming homage to the developer’s long history with these characters.


"As someone who has enjoyed the series since the PS2 generation, I couldn’t be happier with how this absurd concept mashes together."

What’s even more impressive is how well the PC release compares to its console counterpart. Warriors All-Stars is a genuine PC release with a plethora of graphics/gameplay settings and solid optimization. PC gamers no longer have to feel like they’re stuck with the lesser version. Warriors All-Stars on the PC is, in fact, the definitive version thanks to superior performance and improved visual fidelity.

Higher resolutions can have a notable performance impact on older cards due to high NPC numbers filling the screen, but newer generation GPUs should have no problem running Warriors All-Stars at 60fps with higher resolutions and settings. With a 970, I was able to max out the game at 1080p, and at 1440p, I was still able to keep the quality at Medium to High (mostly high) while maintaining a steady 60fps. There is still plenty of room for improvement, but this port is a substantial step up from Koei Tecmo’s past PC releases.


"Warriors All-Stars on the PC is, in fact, the definitive version thanks to superior performance and improved visual fidelity."

Warriors All-Stars makes an unusual first impression. I’m used to Koei Tecmo’s ridiculous writing and bizarre characters, but Warriors All-Stars is something else. The plot is messy, chaotic, nonsensical, and yet, it’s equally alluring. The story takes place in a magical kingdom whose king recently passed, and the spring which gives the inhabitants life has begun to wither. In hopes of restoring the spring, a handful of royals attempt to summon heroes from far away universes to aid them in their quest, but things don't go as planned. The heroes are scattered across the land where the starting point for the player is introduced. Your starting location is determined by the character you choose. It’s a rather uninspired way of bringing these fun characters together, but thankfully the sublime action makes up for the lack of interesting storytelling.

I chose Kasumi from the Dead or Alive series because I wanted to see how well her combat technique translates from the fighting games to a more open-world brawler. Kasumi’s fast fists complement the game’s button-mashing nature beautifully, and I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic for classics like Streets of Rage and Final Fight. The Warriors games have always been my go-to series for reliving childhood memories of playing beat ‘em ups on retro consoles and arcades, and Warriors All-Stars reminds me once again why I never tire of old school button mashers. I’ve said this many times in my other Warriors reviews before, but if you’re looking for stress relief, these games are remarkably therapeutic.

Gameplay remains identical to what is expected from the series. Warriors All-Stars is a button masher that doesn’t require much skill or strategy, but provides countless hours of brainless fun. I’ve always considered the Warriors releases like a snack between the heartier AAA meals.


"Koei Tecmo has made the right move in pursuing quirkier ideas for their brawler projects, and I hope they extend their experimentation towards more unique gameplay changes."

The best part of this release is the ability mix and match your favorite Koei Tecmo heroes into a personalized team. Prior to each battle, you select your main hero and four supporting heroes that are assigned to each direction on the D-pad. You can call up a single hero to aid your main avatar, or you can select all supporting brawlers to form a long chain of characters, letting you to control everyone at the same time. Depending on the active hero, a special attack can be initiated specific to that hero, or you can press the R3 button to call in a cheer that boosts your stats temporarily. During this “cheerleading” mode, you basically turn into an indestructible force that lets you rack up insane combos while the timer counts down.

Seeing your favorite Koei Tecmo characters perform their signature moves in this Warriors-style setting is really fun if you’re someone who has familiarity with the source material. For example, if you pick Millennia from Deception, she fights using viscous traps straight from the Deception series. These fan service tidbits aren’t going to excite everyone, but this release is very clearly designed for us niche fans who find enjoyment in these quirky mashups.

Conclusion: Warriors All-Stars remains true to Koei Tecmo's Warriors DNA, but the unique hero variety brings much needed change to what is slowly becoming a stagnant formula. Koei Tecmo has made the right move in pursuing quirkier ideas for their brawler projects, and I hope they extend their experimentation towards more unique gameplay changes. I had an absolute blast playing through this release, and I can easily recommend it to any fan of the genre, but if you were hoping that this release would be more receptive towards newcomers, you may have to wait for something else. But despite its lack of innovation, Warriors All-Stars is a game I’ve been waiting for since the PS2 era, and I’m personally content with what Koei Tecmo has come up with.

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana Review

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Every once in a while, a game comes along that catches me by surprise and completely overtakes my social life. Prior to writing this review, I didn't know what to expect from NIS America’s latest JRPG: Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana. My childhood memories of playing the retro titles were foggy, and I didn’t follow any of the game’s announcements until recently. I’m glad I walked into this gem with little expectations, because the experience turned out to be one of the most pleasant RPG surprises of the year.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana begins like a conventional JRPG. Our hero Adol finds himself as the passenger of the Lombardia ship headed from Xandria to the continent of Eresia. After an unexpected sea monster attack, Adol awakens on a mysterious island whose mythical stories have bewildered adventures for decades. He soon finds some of the ship’s survivors, including the captain and another curious traveler, and they decide to map out the strange island while searching for other survivors.

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana beautifully captures the vibe from the PS2 generation, a time I personally consider the golden era of JRPGs in the West. There isn’t one particular things that makes Ys VIII such a standout title, but it’s rather the combination of different gameplay elements and influences from both its own predecessors and other RPGs that ties everything together into a genuinely impressive and enjoyable experience.


"Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana beautifully captures the vibe from the PS2 generation, a time I personally consider the golden era of JRPGs in the West."

The plot delivers enough charm, personality and surprises to separate itself from other role playing adventures, despite being filled with JRPG tropes. Thanks to the game’s more action-oriented pacing, Ys VIII doesn’t waste much time before it tosses players into action. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana is a third-person action RPG at heart. Strategic team management plays a big role, but the emphasis remains on exhilarating combat that runs at a solid 60fps.

The gameplay is very reminiscent of Koei Tecmo's Warriors franchise, but on a smaller, more concentrated scale. Even though you’re not fighting hundreds of NPCs on screen, the fast action delivers a similar energy and flashiness, which works wonderfully when contrasted with the other, more exploratory side of the adventure.


"The fast action delivers a similar energy and flashiness to Koei Tecmo's Warriors franchise, which works wonderfully when contrasted with the other, more exploratory side of the adventure."

You have full control over your team of three warriors, and can easily switch between characters mid-combat to better suit different scenarios. Each character has a combat specialty (or preference) that’s suited for fighting specific enemy types, so the avatar switching is an imperative tool for varying your strategy. You can assign up to four abilities to face buttons that are triggered by holding down R1, a similar mechanic seen in Bioware’s Dragon Age. This simplicity keeps Ys VIII from becoming stale during grindier parts of the narrative, and it’s a tremendous advantage this latest adventure has over similar titles in the genre.

As the plot progresses, a new lead is introduced. Her journey of fulfilling a sacred maiden duty begins to unfold alongside Adol’s tale of uncovering the island's secrets. The story isn’t groundbreaking by any means, but there’s definitely enough lore building to keep role playing fans intrigued throughout. So far, I’ve put in approximately 60 hours into the campaign, and I never felt the narrative overstayed its welcome.


"Mix in a surprisingly memorable story and characters with excellent performances across all platforms, and you have yourself a journey that simply has to be experienced."

The PS4 and PC releases of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana are ports of the VITA release, and I have to say the game looks impressive across all platforms. While it’s not the technological marvel like Horizon Zero Dawn or Uncharted, Ys VIII brims with charisma and personality. The charming visuals are accentuated by the rock solid 60fps performance from beginning to end. I think a lot of younger gamers who grew up with modern AAA behemoths aren’t going to be particularly impressed with the aesthetic simplicity, but if you’re like me and you’ve spent your entire young adulthood playing titles like Dark Cloud, Rogue Galaxy or Dragon Quest, you’ll appreciate the style Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana is going for.

Conclusion: Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana is a no-brainer for adventure fans. The game’s sublime combat will keep you immersed for countless hours, and the nostalgic vibe is endearing for anyone who fell in love with JRPGs from the good ol’ PS2 days. Mix in a surprisingly memorable story and characters with excellent performances across all platforms, and you have yourself a journey that simply has to be experienced.

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HyperX Alloy FPS Pro Review

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As someone who prefers minimalist keyboards, I was ecstatic when HyperX released the Alloy FPS—a lean, portable powerhouse for competitive gaming that’s conservative on extras, but delivers superb performance and remarkable build quality. It’s been my favorite piece of gaming gear for nearly a year now, and to my surprise, HyperX has decided to take the original design approach a few steps further with the new Alloy FPS Pro.

The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is basically a 1.2 version of last year’s model. It’s constructed using the same sturdy steel frame and boasts identical red backlit keys with dynamic lighting effects. Even though it lacks tuning software, micro keys and proprietary media controls, most of the important settings can be adjusted with secondary key commands via the FN key, like Game Mode, 100-percent Anti-Ghosting and N-key rollover functions, volume, video playback, brightness, etc.

Features:
• Solid steel frame
• CHERRY® MX mechanical keyswitches
• Portable design with detachable cable
• Game Mode
• 100-percent Anti-Ghosting and N-key rollover functions
• HyperX red backlit keys with dynamic lighting effects


"Despite lacking advanced tuning features, the Alloy FPS Pro is practically flawless right out of the box."

Like its predecessor, the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro is designed with portability in mind. This is where the Pro model provides the most immediate difference. All the keys on the right number pad have been removed to make the body more compact. Having more than 10% extra space makes the portability factor even more appealing. I’ve never seen myself as someone who takes keyboards on the road, but HyperX has presented the concept in a very attractive package and I can see myself taking the keyboard with me on my next trip.

For MMO gamers who rely on macros, the FPS Pro isn’t the best choice. If, however, you don’t care for extra keys and adjustable tuning software and only want the best possible performance on a budget, then this model is the best option on the market this year. Despite lacking advanced tuning features, the Alloy FPS Pro is practically flawless right out of the box. The keyboard performs like a champ, and the keys are as snappy as the pricier HyperX alternative, the Alloy Elite.

The FPS Pro, as the name implies, is primarily designed with competitive shooters in mind, so it’s no surprise that it impresses the most when playing within that genre. The compact size and ergonomic design are perfect when gaming with the keyboard positioned at an angle. It provides more real estate on the desk to slide the mouse pad further inward. My right arm no longer flies off to the right when flicking the mouse quickly from left to right.


"Cosmetic changes aside, the new Pro version remains identical to last year's model. This is a fantastic keyboard that certainly feels and plays like a premium product, despite the price tag telling a different story."

SInce I’ve been using the Alloy FPS as my primary keyboard for almost a year, the transition to the smaller model felt very natural. While primarily a gaming keyboard, the FPS Pro also works superbly as a business solution for everyday typing. The multi-purpose appeal is what makes these HyperX keyboards such a great deal, and as with the company’s other releases, this one is perfect for gamers seeking a keyboard that’ll keep the covered across all areas of usage.

I’ve been using this model for a few weeks now, and I can’t think of any faults or negatives worth discussing. The HyperX Alloy FPS Pro skimps on extra features, but that’s kind of obvious considering that the whole purpose of its design is to offer a more streamlined version to what’s typically expected from a gaming keyboard.

Conclusion: Cosmetic changes aside, the new Pro version remains identical to last year's model. This is a fantastic keyboard that certainly feels and plays like a premium product, despite the price tag telling a different story. Retailing at only $79.99 on Amazon (at the time of this review), the FPS Pro is an absolute steal, and an easy recommendation for gamers on a budget.

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Samsung's Game Mode Remains Broken and Gamers Are Furious

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Samsung's KS8000 model is one of the most recommended TVs for gaming across countless media sites. Thanks to its low input lag, superb image quality and great price point, it has become a big seller for Samsung this gaming generation. Unfortunately, it has also become one of the most talked about TVs among videophiles and gamers for all the wrong reasons.

Plagued by constant picture blackouts, odd color separations and settings not switching in Game Mode (not counting the panel separation issues, but that's a whole other topic), the KS8000 is turning out to be a nightmare for gamers who've rushed to purchase this model based on all the glowing media recommendations.

And don't feel like you're alone in this! We too are victims of Samsung's poor quality control and customer service. I can't remember the last time I had a gaming session without the picture flickering, the color separating, the audio glitching, the remote not responding...I can't even count the number of issues I encounter daily. If the countless threads on PSN forums and AVS forums aren't enough to get Samsung to provide an official answer, then I don't know what else it's going to take.

Skimming though Samsung's very own forums, we can clearly see a Samsung representative acknowledging the issue back in May...


and then again in June...


We're getting close to September now, and the 1201.6 Firmware is out in the wild but still no word on Game Mode improvements.

At this point, we're just trying to gather more reports from users so that we can hopefully receive a more direct answer from Samsung when we reach out to them again.

Have you experienced similar issues, and has anyone found a fix? Please share any screenshots or video links as they will help us provide a more thorough report. I know there are a lucky few with perfect sets, but this issues has been spreading like wildfire since 2016, and it only seems to be getting worse.

Image courtesy of tyrantxtoast from the Samsung Community Forum.

LawBreakers Review

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There is no denying that Blizzard’s Overwatch has left a tremendous impact on the gaming industry, especially the FPS culture. Thanks to the game’s success, we’re seeing developers shifting towards more experimental and unique ways of designing competitive shooters. Hero shooters, a character focused FPS sub genre with light MOBA elements, aren’t particularly new, but they’re finally getting the wide-spread audience they deserve. This is a genre brimming with potential, and many of the recent Overwatch inspired releases like Paladins, Dirty Bomb and now LawBreakers are proof that fresh ideas are far from exhausted.

Cliff Bleszinski’s return from retirement has given birth to a fantastic new hero shooter. While LawBreakers doesn’t make the most thrilling first impression, it’s the kind of game that gets increasingly better with time. Aside from a handful of core ideas, LawBreakers has very little in common with Overwatch. It is its own game with its own niche gameplay. Gamers willing to dig into the nitty-gritty of what LawBreakers has to offer will discover a complex shooter that masterfully blends the old with the new. Classic, arena-style FPS games from the 90’s are an obvious influence, but those old-school mechanics are presented in a more contemporary package.


"Cliff Bleszinski’s return from retirement has given birth to a fantastic new hero shooter. While LawBreakers doesn’t make the most thrilling first impression, it’s the kind of game that gets increasingly better with time."

LawBreakers is fast and punishing. Expect to die often early on, and if you’re somewhat new to competitive shooters, expect some confusion due to a complete lack of tutorials and mode descriptions. But this is what makes LawBreakers appealing. The game doesn’t spell everything out. Its rules are left for the player to discover, and it’s this lack of handholding that makes LawBreakers a worthy commitment.

It took me a good twenty matches before I fully grasped how the game functions beyond the basic shooter principles. The key to a successful match lies in balancing teamwork with offensive dueling. Dueling is one of LawBreaker’s most exciting gameplay elements, and it’s another feature that’s discovered through prolonged play. Dueling begins when you lock iron sights with an enemy and engage in a wild cat and mouse chase by zigzagging across the environment. Thanks to the anti-gravitational fields scattered across each map, you can perform incredible acrobatics once you grasp how each individual hero controls.


"LawBreakers will make you feel like a participant in a modern version of Schwarzenegger's Running Man."

The dueling may seem intimidating to new players if they’re thrown into a pro match because they’ll have little chance escaping advanced acrobatics and chase tactics. It’s a good thing then that LawBreakers is structured fairly. None of the characters have exploitable disadvantages or unfair advantages, and this gives newer players a greater chance of survival when dueling with pros.

This kind of balancing also means that teamwork can be harder to achieve when everyone ignores the objective and just focuses on their K/D ratio. During these matches, LawBreakers will make you feel like a participant in a modern version of Schwarzenegger's Running Man. This can be fun in its own chaotic way, but actually winning matches becomes problematic. Fortunately, these types of players phase out quickly because they discover that LawBreakers emphasises teamwork above all else.

Despite its $29.99 price tag, LawBreakers delivers a robust package. There aren’t as many heroes and maps compared to other hero shooters, but what is there is tweaked to perfection and an absolute joy to play. There are four major modes of play, each randomly selected via the quick-play menu: Blitzball, Uplink, Turf War and Overcharge. Blitzball revolves around scoring goals by carrying a giant sphere to your enemy’s territory. Uplink has you defending data from enemies while it’s downloading to your team’s base. In Turf War, there are three zones scattered across each map, and your team has to be the first to lock the majority of zones while aiming for the high score. And lastly, Overcharge revolves around stealing a battery and taking it back to your base for a charge.


"When you combine the gladiator-like combat mentality with the elegance and precision of anti-gravity gymnastics, you have a title that offers a genuinely refreshing multiplayer experience!"

All modes are unquestionably fun, but Blitzball is, in my opinion, the most standout offering. This mode encourages players to experiment with lightning fast, uninterrupted map traversal. Once the ball is seized, you have to make a flawless run for the goal while pursued by the opposing team from every angle. Map memorization is paramount here, and successfully finishing off a chase with a score is one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve had in a multiplayer game in years.

LawBreakers may be a hero shooter on the surface, but the game’s roots have Quake Arena style action at their core. This means that all characters are designed with offensive abilities in mind, and even the support characters carry as much punch as their battle-centric teammates. This emphasis on offensive play in combination with the anti-gravity element creates unpredictable and chaotic combat scenarios unique to LawBreakers. Similarly to Titanfall, there is a reliance on building momentum, but since every hero behaves differently, the momentum is achieved differently depending on how the character’s boost impacts movement. When you combine the gladiator-like combat mentality with the elegance and precision of anti-gravity gymnastics, you have a title that offers a genuinely refreshing multiplayer experience!


"LawBreakers, much like the recently released Hellblade, is a superb mid-tier release that offers a ton of value for a modest price."

My major gripe, but also the only significant downside, would have to be the overall art direction. Characters look like early concept designs that didn't go through enough revision cycles. I appreciate the realism LawBreakers aims for, and the diversity is applaudable, but I wish the default designs were a little more creative. Some of the unlockable skins are fantastic, but visually, LawBreakers will have a hard time amassing a similar following to Overwatch. It also doesn’t help that the maps lack personality and aesthetic diversity. LawBreakers isn’t ugly by any means, but it lacks the artistic spark that this genre is usually known for.

Conclusion: LawBreakers has exceeded my expectations. I approached the final release with great hesitation because the laggy beta left a bad taste in my mouth, but I have to commend the devs for fixing nearly every issue for the final code. LawBreakers, much like the recently released Hellblade, is a superb mid-tier release that offers a ton of value for a modest price. It won’t replace the top dogs of the genre anytime soon, but it doesn’t need to. LawBreakers offers enough originality and polish to stand on its own, and I’m excited to see how much further Bleszinski’s team is willing to go with this excellent new IP!    

Reviewed on: Playstation 4

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HyperX Alloy Elite Review

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HyperX entered the keyboard scene as a serious contender when they released the superb HyperX Alloy FPS back in 2016. By strictly focusing on high-quality materials and raw performance, HyperX managed to stand out amongst competitors by offering a leaner alternative to traditional gaming keyboards. A little less than a year later HyperX has returned with two new models, the HyperX Alloy Elite and the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro, proving that the minimalist approach is exactly what the gaming keyboard market needs at the moment.

For the past two weeks, I’ve been testing the HyperX Alloy Elite model, and it has quickly become one of my favorite keyboards for competitive gaming. The HyperX Alloy Elite impresses in just about every way. The design, performance and price are perfectly balanced, making the Alloy Elite one of this year’s best values for FPS enthusiasts.

The HyperX Alloy Elite boasts an elegant design aesthetic. The sleek and modern style is an extension of last year’s Alloy FPS, and it looks fantastic when in action. The matte black surface accentuated by vividly lit LEDs is a real treat for the eyes, and the added light bar situated towards the upper end provides a nice visual touch.


"The HyperX Alloy Elite impresses in just about every way. The design, performance and price are perfectly balanced, making the Alloy Elite one of this year’s best values for FPS enthusiasts."

Its most immediate standout feature, however, is the weight and overall sturdiness. The Alloy Elite is a 3.2lb tank. The steel frame is designed to withstand rigorous gaming sessions, and the extra muscle ensures a steadier foundation while gaming. I absolutely adore the heavy, industrial build quality as it makes the keyboard feel like a premium product.

Much like its predecessor, the Alloy Elite omits a handful of features commonly seen across other popular brands, like programmable macro keys and a management software. HyperX is all about effortless, raw performance. While it does offer features like light controls and a game mode switch, it’s a more streamlined gaming device that’s geared towards users that seek premium quality on a budget. And frankly, the added multimedia buttons and volume dial are so practical, they make up for the lack of extras.

The HyperX Alloy Elite ships with three different options: CHERRY MX Blue, Brown, or Red keyswitches. Blue switches are for gamers who prefer old-school, mechanical keyboards. They provide substantial aural and tactile feedback, which is a love or hate situation depending on the user preference. Brown switches are the most balanced between speed, accuracy and comfort. They still deliver satisfying clickiness but drop the extra weight and resistance. Red switches are the most quiet, boasting ultra-rapid responsiveness with minimal tactile feedback. They’re certainly not as soft as membrane switches, but rather somewhere in between. Our review unit came with the Red switches.


"The steel frame is designed to withstand rigorous gaming sessions, and the extra muscle ensures a steadier foundation while gaming. I absolutely adore the heavy, industrial build quality as it makes the keyboard feel like a premium product."

There is barely any learning curve when first using the Alloy Elite, and the snappy Red Cherry switches feel natural within minutes. The responsiveness is particularly helpful when using the number keys. A subtle touch is enough to get a response, which brings great relief to my aching hands after hours of gaming.

The keyboard also ships with replaceable textured WASD keys that provide tactile aid while gaming. They’re a great addition to the package, and they add a notable benefit when moving your hands across the keys blindly.


"The Alloy Elite is a superb offering for those who crave the snappy performance of gaming keyboards without any of the extra bells and whistles."

My only minor complaint would have to be the thick cord that sticks out like a sore thumb. Compared to the Alloy FPS, the cable is substantially thicker and doesn’t allow for much flexibility. But to be fair, this is just a nitpicky flaw that never interferes with the keyboard’s performance.

Conclusion: The HyperX Alloy Elite is yet another phenomenal entry from an unexpected manufacturer. The Alloy Elite is a superb offering for those who crave the snappy performance of gaming keyboards without any of the extra bells and whistles. It looks fantastic, feels great and delivers smooth action with impressive precision.

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