Danger, Sid Meier! Many of the smaller new wrinkles in Rise and Fall, such as late-game “emergencies,” similarly address structural gameplay issues without really enhancing the fiction. When a player does one of a handful of powerful actions such as use a nuclear weapon, convert an enemy holy city, or conquer a city-state, the rest of the world is given a chance to unite together against them. Those that agree to the pact have a limited time to perform a goal (such as liberate the captured city-state) and earn a permanent bonus, at the risk of it backfiring and making their opponent that triggered the Emergency even stronger if they fail. … [Read more...] about ‘Civilization VI: Rise & Fall’ review
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That carries over to its feel. Tapping a key reveals reasonable travel, but the bottoming action is vague. There’s also a ton of space between each key – too much, I’d argue, which means the key caps are slightly smaller than they need to be. And Asus’ made the decision to cram a numpad into the device. We know that will please frequent Excel users, but it means a reduction in overall key size, and forces the keyboard off center with the touchpad and display. … [Read more...] about Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW review
I don’t typically begin a review by discussing my personal biases, but in this case I think it is important to frame the man-crush I have for NBA2K11. I have never been a fan of basketball video games, but I really, really wanted to be. I love basketball. I went to the University of Kansas, where basketball is a religion, and figures like James Naismith are legends that have streets named after them. I have played several basketball games over the years, both college and pro, and on all the systems that I have owned throughout the years — of which there have been many — I enjoyed many basketball games, but generally played them and forgot about them. So please understand that I am not exaggerating when I say that NBA2K11 is without question, the best basketball video game I have ever played. … [Read more...] about NBA 2K11 Review
User experience, audio, and video Disney+’s user interfaces leaves something to be desired. On logging in, both services greet you with curated lists of things to watch, but finding new, lesser-known material can be cumbersome. On Disney+, you can filter content by franchise, which helps, but if you’re looking for more obscure properties prepare to do a little bit of browsing. Disney+ launched without some key features, with no way to even keep your place in movies and shows you’re watching. It’s since improved, but its search functionality is currently still pretty terrible. … [Read more...] about Hulu vs. Disney+: Which streaming service is best?
Dell’s 5K monitor is a bit hard to find these days, but generally sells for slightly more. It works with Windows and MacOS and beats the LG Ultrafine 5K in both color gamut and accuracy, though it does lose in contrast. Ironically, it has a far more attractive aesthetic, and pairs nicely with a new Mac — though you will need a video adapter. … [Read more...] about LG 27MD5KA‑B Ultrafine 5K review