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eir launches eir TV powered by Apple TV 4K

October 17, 2019 |

Following on from the launch of their new GoMo network on Tuesday, eir has just announced eir TV, a new TV service which will run on an Apple TV 4K as the set top box. As expected with … Read More

Google announces Pixel 4 & 4XL with 90hz Display, ‘Motion Sense’ & More

October 15, 2019 | 1

At an official announcement event in New York this afternoon, Google took the wraps off their latest hardware products including the newest installment in their smartphone range, the Pixel 4 and 4XL. They also announced a brand new PixelBook Go … Read More

Ireland’s Newest Mobile Network, GoMo, Launches Today – €9.99/Month for all calls, texts & 4G data

October 15, 2019 | 1

Ireland’s newest mobile network, GoMo, (which is working of eir’s mobile network) launches today for just €9.99 a month and offers all calls, texts and 80GB of 4G data. You also get 10GB of roaming data in the … Read More

REVIEW: FIFA 20

October 14, 2019 |

As the 1st of September every year rolls around, people all over the globe look forward to certain events that only happen during that month. On the first Monday of the month in America it’s Labor Day, the 19th is … Read More

PlayStation Now cuts price in half and adds God of War, Uncharted 4 & more

October 10, 2019 |

With the imminent arrival of both Google Stadia and Xbox’s xCloud preview programme, Sony are finally starting to kick things up a gear for their own game streaming service, PlayStation Now, by halving the monthly price and adding some blockbuster … Read More

Microsoft unveil Surface Duo phone, Surface Neo tablet & much more in New York

October 2, 2019 |

At an event in New York today, Microsoft unveiled their latest Surface devices, some of which will be available before the end of this year, while others won’t be launching until Christmas next year. The event follows on from … Read More

REVIEW: GreedFall

September 30, 2019 |

A few hours into the action-RPG GreedFall will remind gamers of early Bioware games such as the Dragon Age series, where choices of violence or diplomacy are options. But instead of being developed by the titans that Bioware, the game … Read More

Amazon announces new Echo Studio with Dolby Atmos, Echo Buds & 4 more new devices

September 25, 2019 |

At their HQ in Seattle, Amazon has just announced the newest members to the Echo family along with upgrades to existing devices. The biggest announcement of the day would have to be Amazon’s entry into the high-end home entertainment segment … Read More

REVIEW: Gears 5

September 23, 2019 |

It has been three years since we have gotten the chance to play a new addition in the long running Gears of War series. The recent struggles of Microsoft in the first party releases for Xbox One had mounted the … Read More

Huawei announce Mate 30 & Mate 30 Pro with 7680fps Super Slo Mo video capture

September 19, 2019 |

Today, at their global launch event in Munich, Germany, Huawei has finally unveiled their latest flagship devices in the form of the Huawei Mate30 and Mate 30 Pro. Both of these devices are packing some incredible hardware and photography features … Read More

REVIEW: Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Earphones

September 13, 2019 |

Launched last year, the Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Earphones have been around for quite some time now. Since then, M&D have been refreshing the line up with new eye-catching colour options for the earphones. The model we got … Read More

REVIEW: eFootball PES 2020

September 12, 2019 |

The Pro Evolution Soccer series has long trailed behind EA’s association football juggernaut. Not since the PlayStation 2 has the series captured truly the public’s imagination and more importantly, their cash. Despite some excellent entries since the good old … Read More

Apple announces the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 11 Pro Max

September 11, 2019 |

Last night, at their annual iPhone reveal event, Apple unveiled the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. All three devices offer a standard 12MP camera plus, for the first time on an iPhone, an ultra-wide 13mm … Read More

REVIEW: Sennheiser GSP 670 Wireless Gaming Headset

September 3, 2019 |

First unveiled at Computex in June, Sennheiser’s newest gaming-focused headphones are a seriously impressive set of cans. The Sennheiser GSP 670 Wireless Gaming Headset is extremely sturdy and robust with deep, clear audio but, understandably, they’re not cheap. Coming in … Read More

Sky Ireland launch new online safety app – Broadband Buddy – allowing parents to switch off internet access

August 30, 2019 |

Sky Ireland has just launched new a child safety controls app for their home broadband and phones. The ‘Broadband Buddy’ controls will let parents to turn off internet access to a child’s phone or tablet whether their at home or … Read More

REVIEW: OnePlus 7 Pro

August 30, 2019 |

When a company that’s been known for incredible value for money steps into the flagship space, should it be treated like a premium brand or should its existing brand image hold? Should we expect more than what it usually delivers?

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REVIEW: Control

August 26, 2019 |

Remedy, the developer behind Control, are now famous for creating unique yet stylish third person shooters with the iconic Max Payne a great example of this. Following on from this, Remedy then brought us Alan Wake which, released in 2012, is still a fantastically visual and intriguing survival horror title.

Jump forward to the release of Quantum Break in 2016 and you can see Remedy’s style and gameplay evolving, which brings us to Control. In development for a number of years now and releasing on August 27th, Control can be seen as Remedy’s most mind-bending and visually stunning title to date. Is it all style over substance though? Read on in our full review below.

 

Story

“Right from the get go, things get weird..”

The narrative of Control centres around a major mystery that you’re looking to solve so I’ll be sure not to cover anything that’s not been officially revealed about the game’s story so far. What we do know, from the released trailers and articles, is that you take control of Jesse Fayden as she searches for her missing brother Dylan in the mysterious ‘Oldest House’ building, the Federal Bureau of Control’s (FBC) headquarters in New York City.

 

 

We’ve also learned that both Jess and Dylan were present at an ‘Altered World Event’ (AWE) in their hometown of Ordinary many years ago as children which resulted in the FBC arriving on the scene. Now, as you arrive at the Oldest House, looking for your brother, the entire building has been put on lockdown due to the invasion of a strange other-worldly entity known internally as ‘The Hiss’.

 

 

Right from the get go, things get weird and the team at Remedy only dripfeed you updates on what’s actually going on as you make your way deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of a building that is the Oldest House.

Very quickly, you realise you’ve been chosen as the new Director of the FBC by the faceless board and you’re given the ‘Service Weapon’, a shapeshifting firearm that dictates the Bureau’s leadership and also an Object of Power (OoP). Your mission, which you have no option but to try and complete, is to clear the Oldest House of the Hiss infestation and find Dylan to understand what exactly is going on.

As I said at the start, Remedy has evolved their storytelling from previous titles to make Control one of their most clever (yet pretty confusing at times) titles to date. Sam Lake and his team have created an incredibly detailed world with themes of supernatural, superstition, luck and the unknown. It’s like a cross between The Matrix, Inception and The Shining.

Gameplay

“Watching your Service Weapon shapeshift right in front of you is a pretty cool sight.”

When it comes to gameplay, although it’s not as linear as previous Remedy titles, it’s not exactly an open-world game either. Thankfully, as you make your way around each of the different section inside the FBC’s HQ, there’s a freedom to where you go and how you can approach the multiple side missions. As you make your way through the first few missions of the game, the world starts to open up, allowing you to explore that bit more.

 

 

In a similar vein, as you progress through the various missions and develop your skills and abilities, you will find yourself backtracking to sections with areas that were once inaccessible due to your limited abilities. In terms of these abilities, with each new one you acquire, how you approach gunfights with The Hiss changes. It was only when I acquired the ability to levitate that I began noticing the sheer verticality of some of the areas which really helped me take on the possessed troopers from a completely different angle, quite literally!

 

 

The combat itself is probably the best part of the whole experience. It’s extremely satisfying being able to grab and launch all sorts of environmental objects at approaching enemies. This, paired with your ever evolving Service Weapon, makes you quite a formidable foe, once you’ve mastered how to control both to your advantage.

The fact that ammo is infinite but life if limited, you really have to think on your feet when it comes to staying alive. As your gun recharges, you’re on the hunt for dropped ‘life’ from your downed enemies in the form of bright blue light particles on the floor. You also have unlimited energy to control your various telekinesis abilities so again, you must be tactical in how you switch from gunfire to brain-powered attacks.

 

 

You are able to melee your opponents but once you get a feel for your Service Weapon and telekinetic powers, it really isn’t something you’re going to be using, only if it’s your last resort when you find yourself up close and personal with The Hiss.

The Service Weapon itself can be upgraded to allow it shift into various weapon forms. With a literal flick of your wrist, you can shift from a ‘Grip’ pistol style firearm to a ‘Shatter’ shotgun, ‘Spin’ sub-machine gun or even long distance ‘Pierce’ sniper rifle. 

 

 

Watching your Service Weapon shapeshift right in front of you is a pretty cool sight and when you find the firearm form that pairs well with your play-style, you’re really onto a winner.

One thing I also want to point out, when you’re in the heat of a battle with enemies, bullets and everything else flying all around, the level of destructibility in the environment is truly impressive and the physics on show are some of the best I’ve seen in a third person shooter to date.

For your abilities, your usage of these is tied to an energy meter that depletes the more you use them. As I mentioned early, it does replenish itself over time but this is when you’re potentially open to attack and may have to switch back to your firearm or duck for cover.

The launch ability is the first one you unlock and it’s straight up ‘Jedi’ mind-control stuff that lets you fling basically anything you can see at the enemy.  Read More

REVIEW: Jabra Evolve 65t UC Wireless Earbuds

August 22, 2019 |

We’ve been playing with Jabra’s business focused Evolve 65t UC wireless earbuds for a few weeks now and we have to say, we’re impressed. The sound quality is as good as you’ll find on Jabra’s sibling devices such as the … Read More

REVIEW: RHA TrueConnect Wireless Earbuds

August 16, 2019 |

RHA are an audio brand known for making some very well designed earphones that also produce some great sounding audio. Over the years, the Scottish company has made a number of high quality in-ear wired earphones but, with their new … Read More

REVIEW: Huawei Watch GT

August 15, 2019 |

Back in March, Huawei unveiled their brand new Huawei P30 Pro and P30 handsets at an official launch event in Paris. Jump forward to today, and Huawei have an offer currently taking place that will see all new Huawei P30 … Read More

WATCH: Brand new ‘Need for Speed Heat’ trailer

August 14, 2019 |

Ghost Games an Electronic Arts have just announced Need for Speed Heat, which is said to offer some of the deepest customisation options in the series to date, authentic urban car culture, and an ‘immersive’ narrative that pulls you into the … Read More

Vodafone switches on 5G in five cities in Ireland

August 13, 2019 |

Vodafone Ireland has just launched the first commercial 5G network in Ireland today. Live across locations in Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Galway and Waterford, they will continue expanding their network throughout the country over the coming months. 

Samsung Announces Galaxy Note10 & Note10+: Available August 23rd

August 8, 2019 |

​Samsung has unveiled the latest version of its Galaxy smartphone series featuring an updated slim, cinematic form and stylus pen better suited to creating and editing content. Revealed last night at the Galaxy Unpacked event in New York City, the … Read More

REVIEW: SEAT eXS KickScooter

August 7, 2019 |

Every day, the demand for electric mobility in urban areas is growing more and more. SEAT, in association with Segway, have spotted this demand and have decided to launch their first electric scooter., the SEAT eXS KickScooter. Is it any … Read More

REVIEW: Wolfenstein: Youngblood

August 2, 2019 |

In the recent Wolfenstein titles, we’ve taken control of B.J Blazkowicz as he blasts his way across Nazi occupied Europe and America. With the newest edition, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, B.J. has been replaced by his twin daughters, Soph and Jess, who … Read More