With the newly released Soulcalibur VI, and its online ladder system, many players have been excited about the prospect of playing fighting games on the PC where they can more easily manage their streams and YouTube recordings. A potential problem with playing a competitive fighting game on PC lies in the need for a new controller; however there are great options available. With the presence of quality third party controllers, there are a number of great options that are both reliable and inexpensive, all of which will enable you to play competitive fighting games on the platform of your choice.
The ZD-V+ is a no frills controller that will perform consistently over time. Styled like the PlayStation controllers, the familiar shape of the upper-left D-pad with two joysticks is perfect for quick inputs utilized in fighting games. The ZD-V+ is also a Plug and Play controller, ready for use immediately, and compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10. Additionally, this controller can be used for playing games through Steam, which, although not relevant to many of the competitive fighting games, can definitely be an added benefit for those interested in playing other games with a traditional console controller. As Amazon’s Choice for PC game controllers, this controller has maintained a 4 star review from over a thousand customers, and definitely offers a great deal of quality for the price.
- Written by Eddy D. | Last Updated on 11 November 2018
The latest game in the Soulcalibur series is upon us, and there are plenty of pros and cons to discuss. The game both brings radically new features to the genre while maintaining much of what made Soulcalibur so compelling over the years, culminating in a mix that, overall, is successful. In this article we will break down a few of the component parts of Soulcalibur VI, analyzing each piece and how it fits into helping, or harming, the gameplay itself.
Pro- 8-Way Run is Alive and Well
As one of the single most unique elements of the Soulcalibur series, the 8-way run movement system is still utilized in Soulcalibur VI. The ability to seamlessly move forward, backward, and around the screen relative to your opponent is a feature that has always allowed the combat in the Soulcalibur games to be fluid and exciting, and SCVI not only maintains the elements of this movement system seen in previous games, but also seems to reinforce it, as the movement in this installation seems quicker and more responsive.
- Written by Robin G. | Last Updated on 09 November 2018
In this article we move through the third installment of our discussion regarding the best video game soundtracks of the last 40 years. Here, we take a look at video game music in the first decade of the 2000s, where soundtracks have moved away from utilizing the actual console hardware and instead into recorded music that adds a refinement previously not seen. Much of the video game music from this decade is indistinguishable from pieces recorded for other purposes, such as radio, film and animated movies, and many of the composers discussed worked on projects entirely outside the video game industry. Although perhaps not as delightfully retro as the soundtracks from the 80s and 90s, the 21st century brought with it a number of fantastic video game soundtracks that continue to impress listeners today.
Composed and produced by Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori, the original Halo soundtrack is a shining example of the incredible diversity video game music of the 2000s had to offer. Throughout the game, O’Donnell and Salvatori provide players with a wide-variety of styles and sounds including strings, percussion, wind instruments, and chants. These eclectic sounds were produced utilizing samplers and synthesizers, but also with full orchestras and live vocals. The composers themselves even contributed, serving as two of the chanting monks featured in the iconic opening theme for the game. The soundtrack for Halo fits extraordinarily well with the gameplay, presenting the listener with a sense of mystery, awe and discomfort that perfectly parallels Master Chief’s exploration of a foreign and hostile land; the chants and drums communicate something ancient and foreboding, the shrill strings something new and exciting, and the lingering single notes bridge these emotions with a recognition of how distant you are from home. The music, however, does not require the gameplay itself for listening, a hallmark of great video game soundtracks from this era.
- Written by Vincent A. | Last Updated on 07 November 2018
As a game of both chance and incredible skill, poker is one of the oldest and most enduring games of strategy in the modern era. The iconic card game is, at its core, a complex interaction of multiple players, psychology, math and luck, and the massive variation from session to session makes no two iterations alike. Poker is exciting and intense, and, although the game can technically be played at almost any table, the ambiance of cup holders, felt, and bet lines can create the immersive experience all gamers seek. Expensive dedicated poker tables, however, can be impractical for most people, despite their impressive appearance, and can take up an exorbitant amount of space. Instead, a disguised poker table can provide the authentic card room feel while functioning as a real table during normal hours. Additionally, these tables can be found at a fraction of the price of a full poker table, making them great options for casual and hardcore players alike.
Decorative and ornate, the Hillsdale poker table will easily pass for a traditional dining room table when covered. Boasting a real oak finish and a pedestal base, this imported piece communicates class and sophistication in even a formal setting. This table also provides all the desirable features of a poker table when transformed. The Hillsdale Nassau has a felt top, cup holders, and built-in space for poker chips to avoid clutter and toppled stacks. Despite its compact size, the table also manages to seat eight, and is perfect for well-attended poker nights. Priced under $1000, this table is an excellent example of how you can achieve practicality and indulgence without excessive spending.
- Written by Robin G. | Last Updated on 05 November 2018