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Back then, people have this notion that the only games that are worth playing on the Android platform are those that you have to spend money on. While I do agree with this to some extent, that has changed immensely through the years.

Some companies are adopting ‘freemium’ models where the base game is free and you can spend money to buy new armor skins or weapons, and there are also some that are actually really good without spending a dime.

Today, I am going to focus on the latter and highlight some of the best free android games that will surely kill your boredom.

Best Free Android Games

1.Monster Legends

Monster Legends

If you want a game that is a combination of Pokemon and Neopets, then Monster Legends is for you. The game’s tagline is ‘breed, feed, and train’ and that is basically what you will do to build up your army.

Basically, you train different monsters (700 of them in total) and battle it out with other trainers to gain experience and make them even better. You can unlock more abilities by going to the Monster Lab.

There was a newly released patch wherein mythical creatures are now available, which makes this game even more fun to play.

2.Marvel Strike Force

Marvel Strike Force

In the past, there was a game on Facebook called Marvel Alliance and at that time, it was the most popular game on the platform. Because of contract disputes with Disney, Facebook lost the rights to it and the game that was once loved by many was taken out of the popular social media site.

If you want a dose of nostalgia, the Marvel Strike Force is actually an improved version of it. The graphics are now in 3D and you can choose a bevy of Marvel characters- from Iron Man to Captain America (and more).

Although the base game is free to play, you can spend a little bit of money to make some things so much easier for you.

3.Call of Duty: Mobile

Call of Duty Mobile

Without a doubt, the Call of Duty franchise is one of the best in first-person shooting games out there. And, since gaming phones have become quite ubiquitous these days, you can now enjoy Call of Duty on your Android phone.

Its interface is similar to the PC version of any CoD game so if you have played any of the past titles, then this one should be easy for you to navigate.

There are various game modes, including the newly introduced Battle Royale which many people really love.

While the base game can be played for free, you can also choose to spend a bit of your cash to buy armor skins and a whole lot more.

If there is one thing to note here, it would be that your phone has to be capable enough of driving 3D graphics because this particular title needs a capable device.

4.Shadowgun Legends

Shadowgun Legends

If you do not like PvP and you would rather shoot some alien skulls, then Shadowgun Legends is for you.

You will play as a mercenary as you take on missions to either infiltrate or just outright eliminate the alien invaders.

Customization seems to be the strongest point of this game, as well as it allows you to join in on co-op missions by going with other players on some missions (which makes it even better).

Considered as the best sci-fi FPS game on Google Play, I see no reason why you shouldn’t have this one installed on your Android phone.

5.Dragon Ball Legends

Dragon Ball Legends

Dragon Ball is one of the most popular anime titles in existence. In fact, I grew up watching it and I am glad that I did.

If you are like me who loves Goku’s journey as he becomes the best Saiyan there is, then this game is something that you will surely love.

Dragon Ball Legends is an RPG game that lets you control Goku, Vegeta, and the rest of the protagonists to fight against the evil forces.

Although it is not an action game, per se, you are presented with a card-style match that allows you to control the players quickly and easily.

Aside from the main story missions, you can also choose to play against other players as well.

6.PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile

Aside from CoD:Mobile, Players’ Unknown Battle Ground or known simply as ‘PUBG’ is another great FPS to play on your Android smartphone.

For those of you who do not know, PUBG is actually a battle royale game. The mechanics are simple: You are pitted against 99 other individuals and only the last player standing wins it all.

Once the game begins, you will start parachuting down and you will need to find other players once you land on the ground.

You can find an array of different weapons that you should pick up in order to eliminate the opponents.

This game has been consistently ranked high among the free android games that you can play so this is definitely a must-have.

Just like CoD:Mobile, you should have a mid-range phone at the very least to be able to play this game without a hitch.

7.Fortnite

Fortnite

The game that started the Battle Royale genre, Fortnite is beloved by many. It is one of the most popular, exciting, and lucrative games out there simply because it has amassed a huge following.

What makes Fortnite more enjoyable than other battle royale games is its unique feature wherein you can also build forts (hence the name of the game) or structures that can help you gain an advantage over your enemies.

You will still go against 99 players or you can team up with 3 others in a battle to eliminate all others.

True enough, people are praising the game for its ingenuity and if you want to play the game that started an entirely new genre, then I highly recommend this one.

8.Brawl Stars

Brawl Stars

Fans of Clash of Clans will surely love this next game. Brawl Stars borrows the same graphics from the aforementioned title and no, you do not have to sink hours into creating your own settlement, but rather, you are going to play in an arena brawler style game.

Just like CoC, Brawl Stars lets you go against enemy AI or other players which is pretty nice (and can be competitive at times).

There are different game modes to choose from and you will never be bored since the modes that you can choose from change every couple of hours.

You do not have to spend hours just to enjoy a single game since it only lasts less than 3 minutes anyway.

You can either play competitively or you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy your time.

9.Mobile Legends

Mobile Legends

If you like playing MOBA games like Dota 2 or League of Legends, then Mobile Legends is going to be a really nice game for you.

You and your team will go against 5 others in a battle for supremacy. You can choose among a bunch of different characters that all have their own unique abilities.

There is a ‘talents’ section where you can use different attributes to help you bolster your chosen characters even more.

The game is free to play, though you can spend your money to buy character skins or in-game currency.

10.Asphalt 9 Legends

Asphalt 9 Legends

I used to play Need for Speed games back then but it seems that the franchise is dead as there are no new versions of it anymore.

If you are a fan of racing games, Asphalt 9 is definitely something that you want to try out. The game is a 3D racing title that allows you to collect as many cars as you want by either purchasing them or earning them by playing the career mode.

Fans of the Need for Speed franchise will also love the fact that this game also comes with a Nitro Boost mode that allows you to ramp up your car’s speed for a brief period of time.

The game is for free but it does have some microtransactions that will allow you to unlock more cars, gain more money, and so much more.

11.Sky Force Reloaded

Sky Force Reloaded

People who frequent the arcades back then will surely love Sky Force Reloaded. This is a game where you take control of an aircraft to blast the enemy to pieces.

The game is pretty simple to play and there are also power-ups that can help you destroy a lot of enemies at one time.

It is quite polished, you can choose from a variety of different difficulty settings, and you can unlock various things- including weapon upgrades, new missions, etc.

12.Hearthstone

Hearthstone

Hearthstone is a popular card-based game that was released by Blizzard Entertainment a few years ago. The good thing is that you can actually play the game on PC and continue playing on the go by logging into the same account, which is a nice bonus.

The game is expansive in the sense that it has received a lot of content, so there is so much to unpack here.

Its premise is actually quite simple for people who are not familiar with the title. You basically build your own deck of cards and you go against other players worldwide.

Of course, the building process is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the game because you will have to find the best ones to beat the others.

This is more of a laid back title that requires more strategy than pinpoint accuracy. But hey, it definitely deserves a spot on this list for sure.

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Amazon Luna- Everything You Need to Know About Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service

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It seems that cloud gaming is the future as a lot of companies are pooling their resources just to make things happen.

Amazon Luna is Amazon’s foray into cloud gaming and it is going to be available soon. Read further to find out more information about this new experience.

Channel-based Platform

Amazon Luna Platform

Google has paved the way for cloud gaming to come to the fore with the release of the Stadia not too long ago. Although it was mired with a lot of different issues, it seems that the company has found a way to make things work.

Amazon also wants in on the action and although there are some similarities with Luna and Stadia, there are also some stark differences as well.

Before I begin, I just want to explain the concept of cloud gaming. Basically, instead of downloading games to your gaming PC or whatever platform you choose to install them, you will just stream those games using data centers that are scattered all over the world.

It should go without saying that you need to have a fast internet connection to make this happen and so that you will not experience high latency (which was a huge problem when Stadia launched).

That being said, the premise of Google Stadia is that you need to either purchase an individual game so that you can play it at any time (forever) or you could subscribe to the monthly plan and play the games that are on offer every month (and continue to play them so long as you’re subscribed).

With Amazon Luna, you will be presented with different channels that you can subscribe to. Each of these channels has different games on offer which makes this quite appealing for game developers to show their mettle.

Right now, the platform is still in beta and there are only two channels available at the moment- Amazon’s own Luna Plus and the Ubisoft Channel. The latter will have 50 games that you can play right away and more Ubisoft games will be added in the future.

Keep in mind that this channel-based system makes it so that developers can price their services accordingly. It remains to be seen how much Ubisoft will charge individual users, so stay tuned for that.

1080p and 4K Gaming

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna will support both 1080p and 4K resolutions. Of course, the latter would be more taxing and you will need a fast internet connection to be able to enjoy high-fidelity gaming. I suggest that you get a WiFi 6 router and a compatible device to make the most out of your experience.

Cross-Platform Support

Amazon Luna Cross-Platform

Unlike Stadia, Amazon Luna is more flexible in that it supports a lot of different devices. Not only can you play on your PC, but you can also choose to play it using your iOS devices, Android phones, and you can even utilize the company’s own FireTV devices as well.

Now, there has been this entire debacle about Apple’s 30% cut on every app in its App store but the good news is that Amazon can circumvent that.

You see, when you are going to play on your iOS devices, the application will actually be a PWA or a Progressive Web App. Basically, the game that you want to play will run in a contained web browser instead of it being an actual application that you install in your device. This bypasses the whole 30% cut issue which is a good thing.

NVIDIA Hardware Use

According to a recent Steam survey, the vast majority of PC users are all using NVIDIA graphics cards. This is a good thing for Amazon Luna because it means that it can support a lot more people.

That is because the company’s cloud gaming service will use NVIDIA GPUs instead of AMD cards (which Stadia uses for graphics processing).

Supposing that Amazon Luna will be more popular than any other cloud gaming service out there, NVIDIA will enjoy huge profits as a result.

Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites

Amazon Luna Controller

Twitch is arguably the most popular streaming platform today and Amazon is looking to forge a partnership with the said service to allow you to stream your games to the popular website.

The said platform is widely used as a means of generating revenue- something that is quite popular today due to the recent pandemic.

This move also makes it appealing as well as more and more content creators can use Amazon Luna to reach a broader audience.

New Controller with Alexa Support

Amazon Luna Controller 2

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna also requires you to get a special controller. The good thing is that the control will have a microphone so that you can use Alexa for specific voice commands.

What’s interesting about the Luna’s controller is that it is completely connected to the Cloud, which means that you do not have to pair it with the specific device you are going to use to play games online.

According to Amazon’s website, it should have a grippy texture and will feature low-friction thumbsticks that provide maximum performance across the board. By using the controller’s microphone, you can actually tell Alexa to fire up the specific game that you want to play, so long as it is inside the channel that you’ve subscribed to.

Conclusion

Amazon Luna is quite enticing, at least, on paper. It is shaping up to be a better cloud gaming service compared to its competitors but the service is still in beta, so there are more things that need ironing out before its official release.

Right now, there are only two channels that are available and Ubisoft hasn’t imposed its pricing yet. The Amazon Luna channel is priced at $6.99

If you are interested in getting in on the action, you can be an early beta tester by subscribing to the service.

Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.

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Acer Nitro XV340CK Review- A Greatly Competitive Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Under $500

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Ultrawide monitors used to be a niche display in that the only people who work on productivity tasks and creative workloads usually buy them.

Fortunately, the display technology has evolved and gamers, too, can enjoy a much wider screen.

Today, I am going to review the Acer Nitro XV340CK which is a 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that is priced competitively. 

Design

Even though this is marketed as a gaming monitor, the Acer Nitro XV340CK actually doesn’t look like it. It looks simple and I love the aesthetics, especially if you want to place this in your office.

The only thing that might make you think that this is a gaming display is that red accent that you can find on the base of the monitor but that’s about it.

Anyway, let’s start with the stand. Aside from the aforementioned red accent, the stand provides good ergonomics.

It gives you the ability to swivel the monitor a complete 360 degrees, you can tilt it to 35 degrees back and you can adjust the height up to 5.9 inches. Because this is an ultrawide monitor, you cannot put this thing in portrait mode.

I love the fact that this monitor has slim bezels. At only 0.4 inches, you can place another monitor right beside it and it wouldn’t really take a lot of screen real estate at all.

The overall build quality is good. Despite the fact that it doesn’t feel premium, at least when compared to the best gaming monitors out there, it still feels sturdy nevertheless.

For the ports, you get two Displayport 1.4 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. Due to the wealth of ports on offer, you can use this for your PC or your game console.

The only thing that might be cumbersome for some users is that the OSD controls are situated at the back of the monitor- particularly on the bottom right side. The buttons are also a bit smaller than usual, so you may have a hard time pressing the right ones.

Display

Acer Nitro XV340CK Review 2020

The Acer Nitro XV340CK has a 34-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21:9. It is the same as other ultrawide gaming monitors that you can find on the market so there is no problem with that.

You do have the option to enable the picture-in-picture mode so that you can divide the display in two if you wish to fire up two different programs at the same time. This is why it is not only a handy gaming monitor, but it can also be used for office work as well.

Its contrast and brightness leave much to be desired. With a native contrast ratio of 1048:1 and peak SDR brightness of only 247 nits, it is not the best display when it comes to these things.

However, its redeeming quality is that its colors are accurate. After calibration, I got 95% sRGB, 82% AdobeRGB, and 81% DCI-P3. It is relatively color accurate and it would have been nice for creative workloads, but its peak brightness just falls short of making it an ideal display for such use-cases.

It is also worth noting that if you are in a well-lit room that the brightness could be a huge issue. The good thing is that the display’s matte finish can help reduce glare significantly, though you will still find that it is not bright enough in some situations.

I am surprised by the fact that there is literally no color bleed on the Acer Nitro XV340CK. This is unheard of, especially since ultrawide monitors are notorious for this.

Performance

Sure, its peak brightness and contrast could have improved, but gamers are not especially focused on those things. If anything, it is the performance of the display that usually takes the cake and I am happy to report that you won’t be disappointed with the Nitro XV340CK.

Normally, with IPS panels, they tend to not have a good response time, but that is actually not the case here. At just 5.3ms, it is definitely one of the best out there even when compared to other, more premium models.

How about input lag? This is a speed monitor and as expected, input lag is minimal. At just 4.2ms, I am really blown away by the performance of this thing. Every keypress on your gaming keyboard will register almost immediately and that is really great from a competitive standpoint.

It is also worth noting that its 144Hz refresh rate is ideal, especially since most gamers are clamoring for high refresh rate displays anyway.

This is a FreeSync gaming monitor and you can enable this variable refresh rate feature in both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

To get a hold of the said features, it is important for you to know that you should use the DisplayPort cable that is included in the box. There is also an included HDMI cable if you want to use this display for your Xbox or Playstation consoles.

Acer Nitro XV340CK

Verdict

With all of those things being said, if I were to ask you how much this thing costs, what will be your guess? If you’ve guessed around $700, you’re wrong.

The Acer Nitro XV340CK is priced at just $450! At that price, you are getting a relatively color-accurate monitor, a really fast display with minimal input lag, and a vast number of ports that you can use for your PC or game consoles.

Sure, its contrast and peak brightness could have been improved, but if you are talking about raw gaming performance, the Acer Nitro XV340CK blows other ultrawide gaming monitors out of the way.

Just make sure that you have a nice gaming PC for this thing to work nicely. Other than that, I highly recommend the Acer Nitro XV340CK for its price and performance.

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HyperX Cloud Stinger S- A Comfortable 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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As an audiophile, I’ve always loved HyperX’s gaming audio solution. They are inexpensive and for the price, you are actually getting sound quality that you normally would only hear from expensive products.

In today’s article, I am going to review the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. This is a budget offering that aims to improve upon the original Cloud Stinger with the inclusion of a 7.1 surround sound option.

Do I recommend this headset? Find out later on in the article.

Design

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S is actually quite similar to the original version. It has the same pleather ear cups that envelope your ears quite nicely and the clamping force of the headset itself is actually quite okay.

I’ve been receiving reports that there are some people that have problems with the tightness or, shall I say, how loose this thing can be. But that will probably be a result of the size of your head and not the actual product itself. For me, the fit was okay, but your mileage may vary.

Although this thing is predominantly made in plastic, the overall build quality is good, though I would advise you not to throw this headset when you lose a round in a MOBA game or first-person shooter.

There is a microphone on this headset and just like the original, it is not removable. It would have been nice if you could remove it when you are not using it because even if you fold the microphone (which also acts as a way of muting it), you will still see it which can be annoying at times.

This thing is quite simple and all you have for the controls is the volume slider that is located on the right ear cup. 

While other HyperX gaming headsets come with a carrying pouch, I am sad to say that the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t have one.

All you get in the box aside from the headset is a USB dongle that is attached to a relatively long cable and some documentation. And, since you use this thing completely wired, it can also be used in your Playstation or other game consoles as well.

The 3.5mm analog cable should be inserted in the USB dongle if you wish to use its 7.1 surround sound implementation, but if you are just going to watch movies or play non-competitive games, I suggest that you do not use it.

Audio Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S Review 2020

There are two modes that you can utilize if you are going to use the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. You can use its 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy stereo sound or you could insert that into the included USB dongle and use the 7.1 surround sound feature.

Keep in mind that if you are going to use the 7.1 output that it is only supported on the PC since you will need the NGENUITY software to enable it.

That being said, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S’ sound signature leans more toward being bright and with a little emphasis on the bass. This seems to be the preference of the majority of gamers since lower frequencies can make those in-game sounds pop-out more.

I also love the mid frequencies as it is quite balanced as well. I’ve had no problems listening to in-game dialog and when I am using the microphone, it just works really well.

Although the high frequencies are okay, I would say that it is the weakest of the bunch, though not so much as to diminish the overall sound quality. You will still hear the sibilance of the cymbals and lead guitars, but it is not as pronounced as the lower and mid frequencies.

As for the 7.1 surround sound, you should enable it in the companion software and it is only available when you are on the PC.

Anyway, its surround sound is okay but I say this because it is a budget gaming headset. If you compare it to the more premium ones, this is subpar at best. Still, you could enable it in your favorite games but I will advise against it if you are just listening to music or watching movies.

Despite a relatively good clamping force, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t do so well in terms of sound isolation. People around me can still hear what I was listening to, so this might not be ideal if you are playing at night and there are people sleeping.

Microphone Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S

There is usually this notion that budget headsets have horrible microphones but not the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. In fact, I would go on to say that it has one of the better ones on the market.

Instead of sounding tinny, the microphone quality of the Cloud Stinger S is full-bodied and my teammates can hear every word I said without any problems.

The volume of the microphone is also quite good as well. Normally, with budget offerings, you tend to sound a bit ‘too far’ but that is not the case here.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the microphone. The only thing that I do not like is that the flippable microphone may impede your vision sometimes, but I think that you can adjust to this.

Verdict

For a budget headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is definitely one of the better sounding ones. I also love the fact that the microphone’s quality is top-notch and it can even go head-to-head against its more premium counterparts.

I am just a bit disappointed that you do not get a carrying pouch with this one because other HyperX gaming headsets have them. But, this is a minor inconvenience.

I did not feel the need to talk about the NGENUITY software mainly because it is pretty barebones and all you can do with it is to enable the 7.1 surround sound, adjust the volume and microphone, and that’s about it. There is no equalizer present which is quite odd.

Still, for what it is giving you, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is highly recommended. This thing costs $60.

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12 Best Free Android Games That Will Surely Kill Your Boredom

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Back then, people have this notion that the only games that are worth playing on the Android platform are those that you have to spend money on. While I do agree with this to some extent, that has changed immensely through the years.

Some companies are adopting ‘freemium’ models where the base game is free and you can spend money to buy new armor skins or weapons, and there are also some that are actually really good without spending a dime.

Today, I am going to focus on the latter and highlight some of the best free android games that will surely kill your boredom.

Best Free Android Games

1.Monster Legends

Monster Legends

If you want a game that is a combination of Pokemon and Neopets, then Monster Legends is for you. The game’s tagline is ‘breed, feed, and train’ and that is basically what you will do to build up your army.

Basically, you train different monsters (700 of them in total) and battle it out with other trainers to gain experience and make them even better. You can unlock more abilities by going to the Monster Lab.

There was a newly released patch wherein mythical creatures are now available, which makes this game even more fun to play.

2.Marvel Strike Force

Marvel Strike Force

In the past, there was a game on Facebook called Marvel Alliance and at that time, it was the most popular game on the platform. Because of contract disputes with Disney, Facebook lost the rights to it and the game that was once loved by many was taken out of the popular social media site.

If you want a dose of nostalgia, the Marvel Strike Force is actually an improved version of it. The graphics are now in 3D and you can choose a bevy of Marvel characters- from Iron Man to Captain America (and more).

Although the base game is free to play, you can spend a little bit of money to make some things so much easier for you.

3.Call of Duty: Mobile

Call of Duty Mobile

Without a doubt, the Call of Duty franchise is one of the best in first-person shooting games out there. And, since gaming phones have become quite ubiquitous these days, you can now enjoy Call of Duty on your Android phone.

Its interface is similar to the PC version of any CoD game so if you have played any of the past titles, then this one should be easy for you to navigate.

There are various game modes, including the newly introduced Battle Royale which many people really love.

While the base game can be played for free, you can also choose to spend a bit of your cash to buy armor skins and a whole lot more.

If there is one thing to note here, it would be that your phone has to be capable enough of driving 3D graphics because this particular title needs a capable device.

4.Shadowgun Legends

Shadowgun Legends

If you do not like PvP and you would rather shoot some alien skulls, then Shadowgun Legends is for you.

You will play as a mercenary as you take on missions to either infiltrate or just outright eliminate the alien invaders.

Customization seems to be the strongest point of this game, as well as it allows you to join in on co-op missions by going with other players on some missions (which makes it even better).

Considered as the best sci-fi FPS game on Google Play, I see no reason why you shouldn’t have this one installed on your Android phone.

5.Dragon Ball Legends

Dragon Ball Legends

Dragon Ball is one of the most popular anime titles in existence. In fact, I grew up watching it and I am glad that I did.

If you are like me who loves Goku’s journey as he becomes the best Saiyan there is, then this game is something that you will surely love.

Dragon Ball Legends is an RPG game that lets you control Goku, Vegeta, and the rest of the protagonists to fight against the evil forces.

Although it is not an action game, per se, you are presented with a card-style match that allows you to control the players quickly and easily.

Aside from the main story missions, you can also choose to play against other players as well.

6.PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile

Aside from CoD:Mobile, Players’ Unknown Battle Ground or known simply as ‘PUBG’ is another great FPS to play on your Android smartphone.

For those of you who do not know, PUBG is actually a battle royale game. The mechanics are simple: You are pitted against 99 other individuals and only the last player standing wins it all.

Once the game begins, you will start parachuting down and you will need to find other players once you land on the ground.

You can find an array of different weapons that you should pick up in order to eliminate the opponents.

This game has been consistently ranked high among the free android games that you can play so this is definitely a must-have.

Just like CoD:Mobile, you should have a mid-range phone at the very least to be able to play this game without a hitch.

7.Fortnite

Fortnite

The game that started the Battle Royale genre, Fortnite is beloved by many. It is one of the most popular, exciting, and lucrative games out there simply because it has amassed a huge following.

What makes Fortnite more enjoyable than other battle royale games is its unique feature wherein you can also build forts (hence the name of the game) or structures that can help you gain an advantage over your enemies.

You will still go against 99 players or you can team up with 3 others in a battle to eliminate all others.

True enough, people are praising the game for its ingenuity and if you want to play the game that started an entirely new genre, then I highly recommend this one.

8.Brawl Stars

Brawl Stars

Fans of Clash of Clans will surely love this next game. Brawl Stars borrows the same graphics from the aforementioned title and no, you do not have to sink hours into creating your own settlement, but rather, you are going to play in an arena brawler style game.

Just like CoC, Brawl Stars lets you go against enemy AI or other players which is pretty nice (and can be competitive at times).

There are different game modes to choose from and you will never be bored since the modes that you can choose from change every couple of hours.

You do not have to spend hours just to enjoy a single game since it only lasts less than 3 minutes anyway.

You can either play competitively or you can just sit back, relax, and enjoy your time.

9.Mobile Legends

Mobile Legends

If you like playing MOBA games like Dota 2 or League of Legends, then Mobile Legends is going to be a really nice game for you.

You and your team will go against 5 others in a battle for supremacy. You can choose among a bunch of different characters that all have their own unique abilities.

There is a ‘talents’ section where you can use different attributes to help you bolster your chosen characters even more.

The game is free to play, though you can spend your money to buy character skins or in-game currency.

10.Asphalt 9 Legends

Asphalt 9 Legends

I used to play Need for Speed games back then but it seems that the franchise is dead as there are no new versions of it anymore.

If you are a fan of racing games, Asphalt 9 is definitely something that you want to try out. The game is a 3D racing title that allows you to collect as many cars as you want by either purchasing them or earning them by playing the career mode.

Fans of the Need for Speed franchise will also love the fact that this game also comes with a Nitro Boost mode that allows you to ramp up your car’s speed for a brief period of time.

The game is for free but it does have some microtransactions that will allow you to unlock more cars, gain more money, and so much more.

11.Sky Force Reloaded

Sky Force Reloaded

People who frequent the arcades back then will surely love Sky Force Reloaded. This is a game where you take control of an aircraft to blast the enemy to pieces.

The game is pretty simple to play and there are also power-ups that can help you destroy a lot of enemies at one time.

It is quite polished, you can choose from a variety of different difficulty settings, and you can unlock various things- including weapon upgrades, new missions, etc.

12.Hearthstone

Hearthstone

Hearthstone is a popular card-based game that was released by Blizzard Entertainment a few years ago. The good thing is that you can actually play the game on PC and continue playing on the go by logging into the same account, which is a nice bonus.

The game is expansive in the sense that it has received a lot of content, so there is so much to unpack here.

Its premise is actually quite simple for people who are not familiar with the title. You basically build your own deck of cards and you go against other players worldwide.

Of course, the building process is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the game because you will have to find the best ones to beat the others.

This is more of a laid back title that requires more strategy than pinpoint accuracy. But hey, it definitely deserves a spot on this list for sure.

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Amazon Luna- Everything You Need to Know About Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service

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It seems that cloud gaming is the future as a lot of companies are pooling their resources just to make things happen.

Amazon Luna is Amazon’s foray into cloud gaming and it is going to be available soon. Read further to find out more information about this new experience.

Channel-based Platform

Amazon Luna Platform

Google has paved the way for cloud gaming to come to the fore with the release of the Stadia not too long ago. Although it was mired with a lot of different issues, it seems that the company has found a way to make things work.

Amazon also wants in on the action and although there are some similarities with Luna and Stadia, there are also some stark differences as well.

Before I begin, I just want to explain the concept of cloud gaming. Basically, instead of downloading games to your gaming PC or whatever platform you choose to install them, you will just stream those games using data centers that are scattered all over the world.

It should go without saying that you need to have a fast internet connection to make this happen and so that you will not experience high latency (which was a huge problem when Stadia launched).

That being said, the premise of Google Stadia is that you need to either purchase an individual game so that you can play it at any time (forever) or you could subscribe to the monthly plan and play the games that are on offer every month (and continue to play them so long as you’re subscribed).

With Amazon Luna, you will be presented with different channels that you can subscribe to. Each of these channels has different games on offer which makes this quite appealing for game developers to show their mettle.

Right now, the platform is still in beta and there are only two channels available at the moment- Amazon’s own Luna Plus and the Ubisoft Channel. The latter will have 50 games that you can play right away and more Ubisoft games will be added in the future.

Keep in mind that this channel-based system makes it so that developers can price their services accordingly. It remains to be seen how much Ubisoft will charge individual users, so stay tuned for that.

1080p and 4K Gaming

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna will support both 1080p and 4K resolutions. Of course, the latter would be more taxing and you will need a fast internet connection to be able to enjoy high-fidelity gaming. I suggest that you get a WiFi 6 router and a compatible device to make the most out of your experience.

Cross-Platform Support

Amazon Luna Cross-Platform

Unlike Stadia, Amazon Luna is more flexible in that it supports a lot of different devices. Not only can you play on your PC, but you can also choose to play it using your iOS devices, Android phones, and you can even utilize the company’s own FireTV devices as well.

Now, there has been this entire debacle about Apple’s 30% cut on every app in its App store but the good news is that Amazon can circumvent that.

You see, when you are going to play on your iOS devices, the application will actually be a PWA or a Progressive Web App. Basically, the game that you want to play will run in a contained web browser instead of it being an actual application that you install in your device. This bypasses the whole 30% cut issue which is a good thing.

NVIDIA Hardware Use

According to a recent Steam survey, the vast majority of PC users are all using NVIDIA graphics cards. This is a good thing for Amazon Luna because it means that it can support a lot more people.

That is because the company’s cloud gaming service will use NVIDIA GPUs instead of AMD cards (which Stadia uses for graphics processing).

Supposing that Amazon Luna will be more popular than any other cloud gaming service out there, NVIDIA will enjoy huge profits as a result.

Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites

Amazon Luna Controller

Twitch is arguably the most popular streaming platform today and Amazon is looking to forge a partnership with the said service to allow you to stream your games to the popular website.

The said platform is widely used as a means of generating revenue- something that is quite popular today due to the recent pandemic.

This move also makes it appealing as well as more and more content creators can use Amazon Luna to reach a broader audience.

New Controller with Alexa Support

Amazon Luna Controller 2

Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna also requires you to get a special controller. The good thing is that the control will have a microphone so that you can use Alexa for specific voice commands.

What’s interesting about the Luna’s controller is that it is completely connected to the Cloud, which means that you do not have to pair it with the specific device you are going to use to play games online.

According to Amazon’s website, it should have a grippy texture and will feature low-friction thumbsticks that provide maximum performance across the board. By using the controller’s microphone, you can actually tell Alexa to fire up the specific game that you want to play, so long as it is inside the channel that you’ve subscribed to.

Conclusion

Amazon Luna is quite enticing, at least, on paper. It is shaping up to be a better cloud gaming service compared to its competitors but the service is still in beta, so there are more things that need ironing out before its official release.

Right now, there are only two channels that are available and Ubisoft hasn’t imposed its pricing yet. The Amazon Luna channel is priced at $6.99

If you are interested in getting in on the action, you can be an early beta tester by subscribing to the service.

Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.

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Acer Nitro XV340CK Review- A Greatly Competitive Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Under $500

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Ultrawide monitors used to be a niche display in that the only people who work on productivity tasks and creative workloads usually buy them.

Fortunately, the display technology has evolved and gamers, too, can enjoy a much wider screen.

Today, I am going to review the Acer Nitro XV340CK which is a 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that is priced competitively. 

Design

Even though this is marketed as a gaming monitor, the Acer Nitro XV340CK actually doesn’t look like it. It looks simple and I love the aesthetics, especially if you want to place this in your office.

The only thing that might make you think that this is a gaming display is that red accent that you can find on the base of the monitor but that’s about it.

Anyway, let’s start with the stand. Aside from the aforementioned red accent, the stand provides good ergonomics.

It gives you the ability to swivel the monitor a complete 360 degrees, you can tilt it to 35 degrees back and you can adjust the height up to 5.9 inches. Because this is an ultrawide monitor, you cannot put this thing in portrait mode.

I love the fact that this monitor has slim bezels. At only 0.4 inches, you can place another monitor right beside it and it wouldn’t really take a lot of screen real estate at all.

The overall build quality is good. Despite the fact that it doesn’t feel premium, at least when compared to the best gaming monitors out there, it still feels sturdy nevertheless.

For the ports, you get two Displayport 1.4 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. Due to the wealth of ports on offer, you can use this for your PC or your game console.

The only thing that might be cumbersome for some users is that the OSD controls are situated at the back of the monitor- particularly on the bottom right side. The buttons are also a bit smaller than usual, so you may have a hard time pressing the right ones.

Display

Acer Nitro XV340CK Review 2020

The Acer Nitro XV340CK has a 34-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21:9. It is the same as other ultrawide gaming monitors that you can find on the market so there is no problem with that.

You do have the option to enable the picture-in-picture mode so that you can divide the display in two if you wish to fire up two different programs at the same time. This is why it is not only a handy gaming monitor, but it can also be used for office work as well.

Its contrast and brightness leave much to be desired. With a native contrast ratio of 1048:1 and peak SDR brightness of only 247 nits, it is not the best display when it comes to these things.

However, its redeeming quality is that its colors are accurate. After calibration, I got 95% sRGB, 82% AdobeRGB, and 81% DCI-P3. It is relatively color accurate and it would have been nice for creative workloads, but its peak brightness just falls short of making it an ideal display for such use-cases.

It is also worth noting that if you are in a well-lit room that the brightness could be a huge issue. The good thing is that the display’s matte finish can help reduce glare significantly, though you will still find that it is not bright enough in some situations.

I am surprised by the fact that there is literally no color bleed on the Acer Nitro XV340CK. This is unheard of, especially since ultrawide monitors are notorious for this.

Performance

Sure, its peak brightness and contrast could have improved, but gamers are not especially focused on those things. If anything, it is the performance of the display that usually takes the cake and I am happy to report that you won’t be disappointed with the Nitro XV340CK.

Normally, with IPS panels, they tend to not have a good response time, but that is actually not the case here. At just 5.3ms, it is definitely one of the best out there even when compared to other, more premium models.

How about input lag? This is a speed monitor and as expected, input lag is minimal. At just 4.2ms, I am really blown away by the performance of this thing. Every keypress on your gaming keyboard will register almost immediately and that is really great from a competitive standpoint.

It is also worth noting that its 144Hz refresh rate is ideal, especially since most gamers are clamoring for high refresh rate displays anyway.

This is a FreeSync gaming monitor and you can enable this variable refresh rate feature in both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

To get a hold of the said features, it is important for you to know that you should use the DisplayPort cable that is included in the box. There is also an included HDMI cable if you want to use this display for your Xbox or Playstation consoles.

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Verdict

With all of those things being said, if I were to ask you how much this thing costs, what will be your guess? If you’ve guessed around $700, you’re wrong.

The Acer Nitro XV340CK is priced at just $450! At that price, you are getting a relatively color-accurate monitor, a really fast display with minimal input lag, and a vast number of ports that you can use for your PC or game consoles.

Sure, its contrast and peak brightness could have been improved, but if you are talking about raw gaming performance, the Acer Nitro XV340CK blows other ultrawide gaming monitors out of the way.

Just make sure that you have a nice gaming PC for this thing to work nicely. Other than that, I highly recommend the Acer Nitro XV340CK for its price and performance.

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HyperX Cloud Stinger S- A Comfortable 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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As an audiophile, I’ve always loved HyperX’s gaming audio solution. They are inexpensive and for the price, you are actually getting sound quality that you normally would only hear from expensive products.

In today’s article, I am going to review the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. This is a budget offering that aims to improve upon the original Cloud Stinger with the inclusion of a 7.1 surround sound option.

Do I recommend this headset? Find out later on in the article.

Design

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S is actually quite similar to the original version. It has the same pleather ear cups that envelope your ears quite nicely and the clamping force of the headset itself is actually quite okay.

I’ve been receiving reports that there are some people that have problems with the tightness or, shall I say, how loose this thing can be. But that will probably be a result of the size of your head and not the actual product itself. For me, the fit was okay, but your mileage may vary.

Although this thing is predominantly made in plastic, the overall build quality is good, though I would advise you not to throw this headset when you lose a round in a MOBA game or first-person shooter.

There is a microphone on this headset and just like the original, it is not removable. It would have been nice if you could remove it when you are not using it because even if you fold the microphone (which also acts as a way of muting it), you will still see it which can be annoying at times.

This thing is quite simple and all you have for the controls is the volume slider that is located on the right ear cup. 

While other HyperX gaming headsets come with a carrying pouch, I am sad to say that the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t have one.

All you get in the box aside from the headset is a USB dongle that is attached to a relatively long cable and some documentation. And, since you use this thing completely wired, it can also be used in your Playstation or other game consoles as well.

The 3.5mm analog cable should be inserted in the USB dongle if you wish to use its 7.1 surround sound implementation, but if you are just going to watch movies or play non-competitive games, I suggest that you do not use it.

Audio Quality

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There are two modes that you can utilize if you are going to use the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. You can use its 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy stereo sound or you could insert that into the included USB dongle and use the 7.1 surround sound feature.

Keep in mind that if you are going to use the 7.1 output that it is only supported on the PC since you will need the NGENUITY software to enable it.

That being said, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S’ sound signature leans more toward being bright and with a little emphasis on the bass. This seems to be the preference of the majority of gamers since lower frequencies can make those in-game sounds pop-out more.

I also love the mid frequencies as it is quite balanced as well. I’ve had no problems listening to in-game dialog and when I am using the microphone, it just works really well.

Although the high frequencies are okay, I would say that it is the weakest of the bunch, though not so much as to diminish the overall sound quality. You will still hear the sibilance of the cymbals and lead guitars, but it is not as pronounced as the lower and mid frequencies.

As for the 7.1 surround sound, you should enable it in the companion software and it is only available when you are on the PC.

Anyway, its surround sound is okay but I say this because it is a budget gaming headset. If you compare it to the more premium ones, this is subpar at best. Still, you could enable it in your favorite games but I will advise against it if you are just listening to music or watching movies.

Despite a relatively good clamping force, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t do so well in terms of sound isolation. People around me can still hear what I was listening to, so this might not be ideal if you are playing at night and there are people sleeping.

Microphone Quality

HyperX Cloud Stinger S

There is usually this notion that budget headsets have horrible microphones but not the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. In fact, I would go on to say that it has one of the better ones on the market.

Instead of sounding tinny, the microphone quality of the Cloud Stinger S is full-bodied and my teammates can hear every word I said without any problems.

The volume of the microphone is also quite good as well. Normally, with budget offerings, you tend to sound a bit ‘too far’ but that is not the case here.

Overall, I am quite pleased with the microphone. The only thing that I do not like is that the flippable microphone may impede your vision sometimes, but I think that you can adjust to this.

Verdict

For a budget headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is definitely one of the better sounding ones. I also love the fact that the microphone’s quality is top-notch and it can even go head-to-head against its more premium counterparts.

I am just a bit disappointed that you do not get a carrying pouch with this one because other HyperX gaming headsets have them. But, this is a minor inconvenience.

I did not feel the need to talk about the NGENUITY software mainly because it is pretty barebones and all you can do with it is to enable the 7.1 surround sound, adjust the volume and microphone, and that’s about it. There is no equalizer present which is quite odd.

Still, for what it is giving you, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is highly recommended. This thing costs $60.

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