Secretlab Gaming Chairs Now Available In New Zealand

With a growing base of passionate gamers playing on PC in New Zealand, Secretlab has noticed a high uptake in orders from the Australian and Singapore distribution centres, often costing gamers a premium in import costs. 

Secretlab CEO Ian Alexander Ang says that setting up a local store would allow gamers to purchase the specialised chairs at a lower cost. 

“We’ve consistently seen customers in New Zealand pay extra for shipping from our Australia store, with some early adopters even going out of their way to ship their chairs from Singapore. As a result, we wanted to set up a local store so they could get our chairs more readily, at a lower cost, and with quicker warranty support”, Ang said. 

New Zealand’s growing game development market was also another reason Secretlab felt the expansion would be a good on the back of continued growth in gaming during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

“New Zealand is a country of avid gamers, and it boasts a thriving game development market. It is also home to Grinding Gear Games, the developer of Path of Exile, one of the most popular action role-playing games in the world.” 

Customers will be able to order the OMEGA and TITAN versions of the chair starting on Thursday July 16 from www.secretlab.co.nz 

Secretlab is the top choice of the world’s most successful esports teams and the biggest gaming tournaments, including Dota 2’s The International and the League of Legends World Championship. 

The world’s winningest teams and esports athletes across the largest and most popular esports titles choose Secretlab to equip them with the extra performance edge they need to bring home even more trophies, from back-to-back The International winners OG to esports legacy powerhouse Team Liquid.

Google Stadia Signals Potential Shift In Gaming Industry

Google Stadia is set to release in 2019 and could, potentially, be the cloud-based streaming platform for gamers that will change an industry at the peak of its powers.

With eyes transfixed, Google announced ‘Stadia’, a new streaming platform that will provide a revolutionary change to the gaming industry. Stadia isn’t a new piece of hardware to unbox (although Google did show off a controller), but it is a cloud-streaming platform that will allow gamers to play on any device that supports web browsing.

Stadia will feature the ability to play on phones, tablets, computers, and on TV’s, with Chromecast functionality also available.

Stadia is described as a ‘Netflix for gaming’ and requires a fast and reliable internet connection. Users simply open a new tab in Chrome, wait five seconds, and the process is complete. Gamers can use mouse and keyboard or connect the Stadia controller using Wi-Fi.

All the back-end work is done through Google servers, not like traditional gaming platforms where graphics and gameplay works through the internals of the hardware.

This is a big deal for gamers because it doesn’t force them into buying hardware, though Google gave no indication on the cost of games for Stadia nor the official controller.

Expect games to retail for a similar price as digital releases currently, but also, monthly subscriptions to the service are also likely (like Netflix) with varying packages on offer. Upcoming shooter Doom: Eternal is confirmed to be releasing on Stadia, but no other announcements about launch titles were given. 

Google promises 4K resolutions, but interestingly, Stadia features a built-in Google Assistant feature that will allow gamers to seek help in game (for passing a certain level or finding a treasure etc.) without having to switch screens.

Stadia will release in the US, Canada, Europe, and in parts of the UK later this year.

Far Cry 5 Promises to be a Mixed Bag

I’m a little embarrassed to say that I never played either Far Cry 4 or Primal. After completing and absolutely loving my time with Far Cry 3 back toward the latter end of the PS3 generation, somehow I managed to skip the next two instalments in the franchise.

What I remember about FC3 was its large, flush, and vibrant open world where the mixture of story missions and side quests ensured that there was always something worthwhile to do. Ok, climbing the communication towers to unlock different parts of the map became tedious quickly, but the in order to continue your adventure as Jason Brody battling the creepy villain Vaas, it was a rewarding necessity. The other memorable aspect to FC3 was its gunplay, where shooting wave after wave of enemies increasing in difficulty took up a large part of the mission structure. For some, this was fun, but for others, it became tedious.

Below is IGN’s 2012 review of Far Cry 3:

Far Cry 5 Moves to Hope County, Montana 

With the series moves to Hope County; a fictional setting based in Montana, this marks the first time that a Far Cry game has been set in the United States.

A religious and political thriller will tell the story of Joseph Seed, leader of the Eden’s Gate cult that has taken over Hope County. Your role is to stop Seed and his cult, which is pretty cut and dry for any shooter, but the wider-reaching religious and political elements of this game are sure to stir some controversy after the game launches on March 26.

If nothing else, the Far Cry games are fantastic at story-telling and creating a feeling of both enjoyment and discomfort for the player. This latest instalment promises to be no different. Buckle up and get ready.

Exploring the world of Hope County also promises to be as intriguing as the story mode itself. All the usual Far Cry adventures will be featured, from paragliding to off-road ATV adventures. Furthermore, activities like fishing and stunt racing also make their way to the game. Big rigs (trucks) will be welcome driving additions, but by far the coolest aspect to what FC5 has to offer is the ability to fly planes and helicopters, plus interact and use animals such as dogs and bears to your advantage throughout missions.

Will Far Cry 5 Become a Tedious Experience?

But with all the promise that FC5 has in its offering; some very big concerns remain heading into launch. My first concern is the nature of the missions. Just how many gunfight battles in large compounds are there going to be? Will players simply go from overthrowing one cult compound in Hope County to another? It is crucial that FC5 has variety in its missions, otherwise, the experience will stale quickly and gamers may not be compelled to see it through till the end.

Secondly, my other big concern is microtransactions. Reports have already surfaced that suggest Ubisoft will offer a quicker alternative through FC5’s story mode, with additional weapons, vehicles, and abilities being some of the rewards for real-world money transactions. Assassins Creed Origins, the last big release for Ubisoft, did feature microtransactions but not on the same level that reports surrounding FC5 have suggested. All this remains to be seen but given where the gaming industry has headed over the past couple of years, expect Ubisoft to try and milk as much out of gamers wallets as they can.

Final Thoughts

Far Cry 5 promises to be the best instalment of the famous franchise yet, but it won’t come without its problems and it certainly won’t get perfect reviews. But for one of the big releases in 2018 outside of some noteworthy counterparts, this is a game that will be worth taking a good look at on launch day.

E3 2017: Xbox One X releasing in November

Xbox One X will launch worldwide on November 7th.

Microsoft’s new console was announced immediately at their E3 2017 briefing. Over 3 years of engineering was put into the console, previously known as Project Scorpio.

All current Xbox One games will work on the new console, and according to Xbox, gamers won’t need to invest in a 4K television to enjoy all the graphical benefits.

Microsoft didn’t utter the phrase “next generation” when revealing the Xbox One X – instead insisting that the console will work alongside existing versions of the Xbox One.

A total of 42 games were shown off – 22 of which exclusive to Xbox.

 

 

E3 2017 Conferences LIVE on The Real Michael Pulman

The two big conferences by Microsoft and Sony will be live-blogged right here on The Real Michael Pulman on Monday June 12th and Tuesday June 13th.

Microsoft will be providing more detail on the Xbox Scorpio, and a price is also set to be revealed alongside a release date. But perhaps the bigger question is about the games – just what will Microsoft bring to the party?

Rumors have been rife that Naughty Dog will close out Sony’s E3 conference with some gameplay footage of The Last Of Us: Part II. But could there be more coming? Expect a release date for Days Gone and the new God of War.

Microsoft’s E3 Conference: Monday June 12th @ 9.00am 

Sony’s E3 Conference: Tuesday June 13th @ 1.00pm 

Following the conferences – there will also be a full reaction podcast to be uploaded onto the site shortly after.

Call of Duty: WWII must succeed for gamers wanting a change

Call of Duty: WWII’s new trailer is set to drop as Activision announces their new shooter for 2017.

Call of Duty is one of the most anticipated, and scrutinised, games releases annually. Since its conception the series has radically changed styles, most noticeably in 2016 when Infinite Warfare took players into space. The decision was highly criticised because gamers felt that 1) there were already too many games on the market doing similar things and 2) it couldn’t live up the likes of Halo, the king of space shooters.

EA’s Battlefield 1 forced the hand of Call of Duty with its decision to go back to a proper wartime shooter. Battlefield 1 received mostly positive reviews, meanwhile criticism for Infinite Warfare only increased.

With Call of Duty: WWII, developed by Sledgehammer Games, the series has a chance to get a much-needed freshness added to it. Not only that, WWII sees Call of Duty return to its roots and will offer its highly successful multiplayer component something a little different too.

But that doesn’t mean a season pass won’t be available -leaks this week confirmed that gamers will have the chance to purchase additional content that developers say “enhance the experience”.

WWII will also feature a standalone co-op story mode that provides multiplayer experience for the games campaign.

 

Rockstar Games: A studio like no other

Red Dead Redemption 2 promises to be the best title of 2017 for gamers, but this certainly won’t be anything new for Rockstar Games.

Some of my all-time classic gaming moments have been from games made by this studio. Rockstar Games simply aren’t afraid to ‘push the boundaries’ and have always released games that have stirred up some kind of controversy.  Continue reading Rockstar Games: A studio like no other

Red Dead Redemption 2 officially announced

After months of speculation, Rockstar Games has finally announced Red Dead Redemption 2 and will launch the Western-based shooter next year.

Due to release next Spring in the US (Autumn in New Zealand), Red Dead Redemption 2 will be Rockstar’s next big release following the phenomenal success of GTA V in 2013.

Since then, gamers have been desperate for news on just when the series would return, with speculation being rife for months. During the past week, Rockstar have released several pieces of artwork teasing the game before officially confirming its existence days later. Continue reading Red Dead Redemption 2 officially announced

Xbox Scorpio is already beating PS4 Pro

Microsoft Scorpio is an impressive system, but could it be the next-gen console it has the timing to be?

We are in the middle of a big change to the console gaming space, and it is Sony that has suddenly become the big loser. With the big push toward 4K gaming, both Sony and Microsoft are releasing ‘more powerful’ versions of the PS4 and Xbox One.

Starting with the PS4 Pro, Sony will be the first to drop their upgrade this November, and yes, it will be more expensive than the existing consoles currently on the market. Continue reading Xbox Scorpio is already beating PS4 Pro

Red Dead Redemption 2 Likely For 2017 Release

Following its re-launch on Xbox One, Red Dead Redemption 2 is now a question of when, not if.

The original Red Dead Redemption was one of the best games of the Xbox 360/PS3 console generation. Dubbed “GTA but with horses”, the game followed the adventures of John Marston, a horseback rider gunman of sorts, and

The game would go on to sell millions of copies. Continue reading Red Dead Redemption 2 Likely For 2017 Release