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What a hectic week it’s been on The Effect, with new products from Microsoft, a ton of new TV shows coming out, PS4 got to 2.0, we reviewed Sunset Overdrive and Marvel unveiled NINE movies. Let’s get cracking with this week’s ‘The Sunday Effect’!

This week’s big stories:

Sunset Overdrive – The Review

sunset_overdrive_review_theeffect3Sunset Overdrive has been one of the most anticipated games of the year for Xbox One owners. The game was one of the first to be announced for the console and is the first console exclusive title, Insomniac Games, has produced for any of Microsoft’s consoles. Most of you probably know Insomniac Games from their Ratchet & Clank platform games, where a well-armed cat and witty robot sidekick gallivant around the universe. However, before you dismiss Sunset Overdrive as a kids game or an adult version of Ratchet & Clank, Chris is here to you assure it’s not. It is so much more.

Microsoft announces Microsoft Band

Microsoft Band

After months of rumours and speculation, Microsoft has entered the wearable devices market with Microsoft Band, a fitness band/smartwatch mashup.

It’s a mixture of fitness features and useful smart watch features, as Band tracks your heart rate, steps and sleep but also has Cortana integration so you can speak reminders to it, or use it to glimpse at incoming calls, texts or emails and it can even tell you the UV level by using an external sensor. Check out more in our look at the Band.

Marvels unveils phase 3 movies with Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Avengers: Infinity War


Yikes! DC have their work cut out for them after this announcement from Marvel. What announcement? Well, Marvel have only gone and unveiled every movie from phase 3 of their movie universe! Find out more here!

YouTube Finally Allows You To Watch Videos In 60FPS

You can check it out above, it’s pretty awesome! Find out more in our post here.

New Update Video For The Project Ara Smartphone From Google


Phonebloks, the creators behind the intriguing Project Ara smartphone which Google snapped up have just released an update video showing you how they’re getting on with their slidable, clickable, highly-customisable phone concept.

The video shows us a project Ara demo phone known as Spiral 1 booting up and not surprisingly, it’s running Android and Toshiba are said to be working on chips for the next demo phone, Spiral 2. Google are also planning on holding 2 Project Ara developer conferences in January next year. Find out more in our post!

PlayStation 4 System Software Update 2.0 General Overview

System update 2.0 for PlayStation 4 is out now and if you’re keep (like us) to know whats included, look no further. The video above goes through the update in detail. You can also find out about SharePlay in our post.

Benedict Cumberbatch set for Marvel’s Doctor Strange


Benedict Cumberbatch has reportedly been cast as Marvel’s Doctor Strange for the upcoming film in 2016 about the damaged, but talented, surgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme. Cumberbatch is known for his memorable portrayal on TV as the titular Detective Holmes in BBC’s Sherlock; and he is no stranger to large fan films portraying John Harrison (aka Kahn) in Star Trek Into Darkness and the voice of Smaug and the Necromancer in the Hobbit films. Find out more in our post!

What we’re watching this week:

Constantine – S01E01 – “Non Est Asylum” Review


We got to check out the screening of the pilot episode, “Non Est Asylum“, of NBC’s new series Constantine (you can check out the trailer here) whilst at NYCC in October. The series is based on the much beloved Vertigo character of John Constantine and the widely popular and successful Hellblazer comic series. In the spirit(s) of the season here is my take and review of “Non Est Asylum“. [Beware the full episode SPOILERS in the post].

Arrow – S03E01 – The Calm” Review

3615791-2153160717-arrow-trailer-for-season-3-of-arrow-a-look-at-arsenalArrow is back for it’s third season this week and our review is in! [Beware the full episode SPOILERS in the post].

And lastly… we want to see your best photos!

Bono & The Edge artwork taken on a Nokia Lumia 930.

Bono & The Edge artwork taken on a Nokia Lumia 930.

We love photography and have reviewed many cameras and compared a ton of phones’ cameras in the past, but now we want to see what you can do. We’d love to see what you’ve snapped, so send us your best photo that you’ve taken over the last week or two and we’ll highlight them on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Remember to tell us what camera/phone you took the photo on and what filters or editing effects you’ve done (be honest!). You can tweet us your photos @theeffectdotnet or reply to this post on Facebook with them.

That’s it for this week! What do you think? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook or Twitter pages. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for reviews, previews, hands-ons and more.

David McGinley

Irish Writer, Ad man and lover of tea, all things digital, gaming, coffee, photography, gadgets, writer @TheEffectDotNet. Views are my own.

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