Tuesday, May 6, 2014

AOC Monitor, Sony Pulse Elite Headset, Cabela's Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts

AOC 29" 21:9 Monitor

Saw some reviews of these larger monitors and I wanted to try it out on my 3 Monitor rig.  The only issue I have with playing on 3 monitors is that the image is stretched on the side monitors so while it's good for peripheral vision it's not much use for anything else.  The AOC monitor has a resolution of  2560x1080 so you see more of the screen horizontally and it gives you quite a bit of the peripheral vision without the distortion of the image.  Also since the resolution is less than a full 3 monitor setup it doesn't take as much graphical power so I can run every game smoothly. 

It's an IPS panel so the colors are rich and deep and the viewing angles are much better than the TFT monitor I was using.   I don't play every game with 3 monitors so I wanted a better center monitor for those games as well and this blows the other away, it really looks sharp.  On racing and FPS games the extra resolution really makes a difference.  I thought about a 4K monitor but they are too expensive now and require to much hardware to push that resolution. Not all games support the 21:9 resolution so you can either stretch the image or have black bars.  I tried Diablo 3 and I'm not sure why it doesn't support that resolution but the stretched image didn't look too bad. 

I took my other 2 monitors and rotated them to portrait mode and I really like it, browsing webpages in portrait mode is quite nice. Also it makes placing my side speakers a lot easier.   I'm debating picking one up for work as I use two monitors there and I don't really have the space to sit two monitors effectively. 

Sony Pulse Elite Headset

I have a Logitech G930 headset, but really don't like the bass output as it sounds very muddy.  I've played around with the equalizer settings and haven't been able to fix the issue.  I saw a review of the Sony headphones and thought that I'd give them a try, plus they were on sale.  They are designed for the PS3 and PS4, but work with a usb dongle that can be plugged into a PC.

The interesting feature is the Bass Pulse, it kind of works like the buttkicker speakers where it will pulses(rumbles) when the bass notes are played. It's great and really adds to the immersion, I haven't setup my actual buttkicker yet so it should be awesome to have both going at the same time. 

The sound is much better on these than the G930's and they are a bit more comfortable.  The only gripe I have is the 5 hour battery life but I usually don't play that long on that PC anyway so not that big of a deal. There is an app that you can use for PS3 games that will set the headphones equalizer to maximize sound in certain games, I need to try this.

Overall I'm very impressed by these headphones and recommend them to any one looking for a nice set of wireless headphones. 

Cabela's Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts (Steam)

Usually these games are awful but they made an awesome hunting sim with this version of the game.  I was hesitant to buy the game even with it being half off but after reading some user reviews I decided to give it a chance and I've had a great 2 hours so far.  The game plays like a simulation where you have to purchase gear and fill your backpack with different hunting items and then go out into the wilderness and find your prey.  You have to be wary of the wind direction and the amount of noise you are making. 

Once you find your prey it's time to shoot and here is where the game gets cool.  When you shoot it goes into slow motion and gives you stats about the bullet as it follows it's trajectory and as it gets close to the prey it will show an x-ray of where the bullet penetrates so you can see the bullet hit bones are lungs or other vital organs, the sound effects are awesome as well.  If you just graze the animal then you have to track the blood trail in order to find where the animal ultimately falls. 

There is a career mode that I've just started so I can only hunt deer and boars for now but will get to hunt bears and other larger creatures.  The game has many weapons and accessories that you can buy including bows and calls so there is a ton of content. I've really liked what I've played so far it doesn't feel restrictive and gives you a huge world to explore. 

​New Releases - Another week and some good releases.  Bound by Flame and Tesla Effect.


Age of Mythology: Extended Edition (download - $30)
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure (download - $20) - A new Tex Murphy game with FMV. 
Bound by Flame (download - $40) -  Looks interesting. 
Sweezy Gunner (download)
Coldfire Keep (download)

PlayStation 4

MLB 14: The Show
Bound by Flame
Sportsfriends (download - $15)
Stick it to the Man! (download - $15, free for PlayStation Plus)
Titan Attacks (download)

Xbox 360

Bound by Flame
Peggle 2 (download) -  Sure wish this would come out on the iPad or PC.

PlayStation 3

Bound by Flame
Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi
Sportsfriends (download - $15)
Titan Attacks (download)


God of War Collection
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse (download)
Titan Attacks (download)

Nintendo 3DS

Mega Man 2 (Game Boy) (download - $5)
Mega Man 3 (Game Boy) (download - $5)
The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll (download)
Grinsia (download)

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