If you’re looking for the perfect way to customize your steam deck from its normal black look, then look no further than the JSAUX Transparent Cover Series. This series of covers has been specifically designed to fit Steam Deck products, providing a snug fit that won’t leave any air gaps in the case/shell. I recently had the chance to do the whole tear-down and installation of the new transparent case and wanted to share our review with you. Keep reading to learn more about this Transparent Cover and why it may be the perfect way to customize your Steam Deck! For most of the article, I will be refining to them as a case/shell, enjoy, and thanks for reading.
Meet the JSAUX Transparent Cover Series
Welcome to our in-depth look at the JSAUX Transparent Cover Series for Steam Deck! This series of covers is designed to provide top-notch protection for your Steam Deck, and we were excited to put them to the test. Made from high-quality materials and have high durability, ensure a long-lasting case/shell for your Steam Deck.
The transparent design allows you to showcase the sleek look of your Steam Deck insides while keeping it safe from dust and dirt with mesh covers for all the vents, even the speakers have them.
One standout feature of the JSAUX Transparent Cover Series is its precise fit. These covers have been specifically designed to perfectly fit the dimensions of the Steam Deck, providing a snug and secure fit. Plus, there are no air gaps, ensuring it will snap together from all angles.
Overall, we were highly impressed with the JSAUX Transparent Cover Series for Steam Deck. Its excellent build quality, perfect fit, and compatibility make it stand out above the rest.
When it comes to ease of use and installation, the JSAUX Transparent Cover Series for Steam Deck it’s not for the faint of heart, and you will need to have some skills at taking things apart and putting them back together. These have been designed with the user in mind, giving you every tool and screw to get the job done, it even comes with a mini suction cup to help pull off the screen.
Installing the JSAUX Transparent Cover Series wasn’t too hard and only took me 4 hours to do with little breaks in between. Plus the tools JSAAUX provides with it made it a breeze for me. Now cleaning it is safe to do and maintenance is no different than the original shell/case on the steam deak.
Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or new to the Steam Deck and want to customize it, you’ll appreciate the convenience of the JSAUX Transparent Cover Series and the arsenal of documentation and tools they have to get the job done. So if you really want to customize your steam deck this is the way to go and definitely worth the investment for any Steam Deck owner.
After thoroughly testing the JSAUX Transparent Cover Series for Steam Deck, we can confidently say that it is absolutely worth buying. The high-quality materials used in the construction offer durability and long-lasting protection, making it a worthwhile investment. Overall, the JSAUX Transparent Cover Series for Steam Deck exceeds expectations with its excellent build quality, precise fit, documentation, and tools to use. Plus at a price point of $49.99, it’s a steal in my book as the tools alone are worth $30 bucks easily.
Here we are again, another week featuring game announcements. This time it’s from developer/publisher Limited Run Games. So just like every other time, I have the list of games for you with just their trailers. You know you’d rather just watch trailers for what you want to know about and not all of the other needless talking and trailers that don’t appeal to you. Let’s go!
Castlevania Advance Collection Physical
Rise of the Triad Ludicrous Edition Physical
Scarlet Symphony Physical
Tiger Heli/Twin Cobra Remake Physical
TMNT Soundtrack Collection (9 Games on Vinyl, CD, Cassette)
What lurks around the corner? What creeps inside the back of your mind? What souls are damned to this place? How do wretched creatures hunt? There are tons of terrifying questions that one could feel consumed by in their life. Layers of Fear set out to introduce even more horrific questions into your mind that you can’t ignore. Take my hand as I list out what makes this “remake” great…and not so great.
Today, Bloober Team and Anshar Studios are proud to announce the global release of Layers of Fear (2023), the crowning achievement of the celebrated Layers of Fear series, out now on Windows PC, Apple (Silicon) Mac, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. As one of the first horror games built from the ground up using Unreal Engine 5, Layers of Fear (2023) is the definitive way to experience the critically acclaimed franchise, featuring the original Layers of Fear, Layers of Fear 2, and all DLC’s, including a brand new chapter exploring the story of The Writer, whose tale ties together the overarching narrative of the series.
The Ultimate Layers of Fear Experience-The series’ crowning work casts an overarching narrative over the entire franchise.
Horror Reimagined-Everything in the Layers of Fear series melds together into a single experience, including all DLCs, so players can find all the answers they seek.
Shocking New Looks-Enhanced with Unreal Engine 5’s improved technology. This version offers a more immersive horror experience with the addition of Ray Tracing, HDR, 4K resolution, and the Lumen system.
Psychological Horror-A grim but gripping first-person psychedelic horror game focused on tense exploration, puzzle-solving, and immersive storytelling. Discover what lies in the depths of the human psyche with this mature, cathartic game.
New Tricks-New brand-new core mechanics that will be introduced to Layers of Fear and its sequel, as well as additional features, so all the chapters and stories will blend seamlessly.
Horror Through the Many Lenses of Art–Explore the depths of obsession with three different stories of craft-obsessed protagonists (The Painter, The Actor and The Writer) which are interwoven to create a truly immersive experience and gripping storyline
Classical, Ominous Soundtrack-Hauntingly beautiful soundtrack composed by the highly-acclaimed musician Arek Reikowski. He has composed a hypnotic score that adds an extra layer of tension to the game and will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Bloober team has combined their main Layers of Fear games and DLC into one complete package, providing a more immersive and cohesive narrative experience.
The writer’s story is built directly into the game, offering a unique and captivating format for storytelling.
Layers of Fear feels like a horror anthology with individual stories sharing a universe, making it fresh and engaging for players.
Optional mini-campaigns revolving around the painter’s daughter and wife add depth to the plot.
Layers of Fear offers subtle changes and improvements to keep the terror fresh, subverting expectations.
Players can expect ample replayability with four distinct stories and multiple endings.
Layers of Fear 2 has done more with its setting and story than the rest of the series combined.
Enhancements to textures and lighting are remarkable, creating an impressive level of realism on modern consoles and PC.
The game utilizes clever perspective tricks to increase suspense and unsettle players.
The use of Unreal Engine 5 elevates the title’s photorealistic horror to a new level.
The new flashlight adds stimulating gameplay elements like discovering ghostly echoes or animating mannequins.
Players can use the flashlight to stun stalker enemies or solve puzzles in certain situations, making for a more interactive experience.
The game’s horror is thematically appropriate, adding to the engagement and intrigue.
The game includes accessibility options and quality-of-life additions to enhance the player’s experience.
Light combat elements have been added to address past complaints, improving the interaction within the game.
Layers of Fear 2’s cruise ship setting creates a unique and unforgettable experience.
The narration by Tony Todd adds to the tenor of the game.
The balance of tension and release in the game needs improvement.
At times, the flashlight tips the balance of power toward the player, making the enemies less scary.
Experienced survival horror fans may find the puzzles in Layers of Fear too easy.
The constant use of geometry-jumbling techniques and predictable jump scares can feel repetitive.
Some parts are retreaded from the previous releases, so it may not be as engaging if you have already played them.
Confusing puzzles affect the overall experience of the Inheritance DLC.
The gameplay largely consists of walking and opening doors, lacking diversity and balance.
The game lacks true threats, relying solely on “smoke and mirrors,” potentially making it less engaging and scary. This may affect the upcoming Silent Hill 2 game.
At a price tag of $30 Layers of Fear represents a great value for its quality and length. This means that you’re not needing to pay for all of the previous games and their DLC anymore. We recommend not bothering if you’ve already played everything unless you care about the one new chapter.
The delivery of the game’s story is compelling, providing a unique experience within the horror genre. It could just stand to give the enemies more bite and mix up the overall formula to keep it fresh.
This new edition is built on Unreal Engine 5 enabling the game series to have visual bells and whistles that their titles didn’t previously have.
I love spooky, eerie, terrifying games. Some of them I can’t put down and others, I can’t pick up! The best terrifying games give you just enough challenge to not “scare” you off but also feature the right amount of dread and atmosphere. Today, we’ll be discussing the good and bad of Amnesia: The Bunker (Frictional Games, $24.99) on console. Is it worth your cash? Let’s talk about it.
Amnesia: The Bunker is a first-person horror game from the makers of SOMA and Amnesia.
Left all alone in a desolate WW1 bunker with only one bullet remaining in the barrel, it’s up to you to face the oppressing terrors in the dark. Keep the lights on at all costs, persevere, and make your way out alive. A truly intense horror experience.
Immerse yourself in the multiple ways of tackling survival. In the shoes of the French soldier Henri Clément, you are armed with a revolver gun, a noisy dynamo flashlight, and other scarce supplies to scavenge and craft along the way. With randomization and unpredictable behavior, no play-through is the same.
Hunted by an ever-present threat reacting to your every move and sound, you must adapt your play style to face hell. Every decision will change the outcome of how the game responds. Actions bear consequences.
Escaping the nightmare
Solve things your own way in a semi-open world. You must explore and experiment to make your way out. Figure out what’s going on down here – what has happened to the other soldiers? Where have all the officers gone? What diabolical nightmare lurks underneath this hellscape? Unravel the mysteries of the Bunker and get to know the nooks and crannies of this cruel sandbox to up your odds of survival.
Amnesia: The Bunker is a highly immersive horror game consisting of only the player, the monster, and a terrifying environment. The game features a randomized item placement system, which makes every venture outside the safe room unpredictable and unnerving. The game emphasizes careful exploration and strategic decision-making to survive, with actions like running, cranking your flashlight, or firing a weapon affecting the likelihood of the monster appearing. My hands are trembling just remembering the pressure I felt!
The game’s story is a haunting contraction that creates a devastating emotional impact when the pieces finally come together. Players gradually uncover the story through exploration using notes and diaries, more on that later. Waking up in an empty bunker and discovering the expansive cast of now-deceased French soldiers adds depth and intrigue to the experience. The game’s limited inventory system emphasizes the importance of managing scarce resources like fuel, healing consumables, and grenades. Again, lots of pressure.
I found that the title’s claustrophobic design maximizes atmospheric dread and tension, and requiring us to use a generator time and again created even more pressure for me. Thus increasing the thrill and dread-inducing fear in my gameplay experience. The memorable level design and superb sound design build a sense of unease and let’s not forget about those nasty jump scares. With a nonlinear, labyrinthine world and multiple routes to explore, the game challenges players to think strategically to survive, more on that later.
Amnesia: The Bunker is a departure from Frictional’s previous horror games, focusing on the horror of war and what humanity does to itself. I try to not to get too deep or heady in reviews, especially with topics you’re supposed to realize yourself. But the seeting of The Western Front being a battlefield creates a pulse-pounding terrifying hellscape. Best of all, the game’s immersive elements are described in detail, providing a clear picture of the game’s setting and atmosphere.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent was a landmark release which brought the survival horror genre back to its roots (at least in my opinion). The game relied on players’ imagination and fears rather than jump scares or brutality. That means to us horror fans, Amnesia: Rebirth had big shoes to fill. It definitely still delivers in many respects, but truth be told, it may not be for everyone. The game’s limited scope may feel restrictive or repetitive for some players. That’s not to say it’s boring, that’s to say that you’re going to be going back and forth a lot. And then some players may find the game’s pushing of note reading and investigation to be tedious or…boring.
The game’s horror elements, such as the monster, mutated rats, and traps, may be too intense or frightening for some players. If so, I recommend starting off with easy mode. That way you can just get the story and a touch of atmosphere. However, others might find that the entire experience doesn’t deliver compared to previous titles from the developer. This remains to be seen as more and more reviews and public opinion hit the internet. Additionally, the game’s emphasis on managing limited resources can feel frustrating or overwhelming at times, especially given the gameplay loop of dying and resetting at the safe room. Not all of the time, mind you, but sometimes I didn’t want to continue, as if I was stuck. Not to mention that dying time and again can take away from the game’s atmosphere.
And the story is given via diaries, notes, and photographs, which I found a bit slow going and kept me out of the actual gaming for longer. I wish they had built a system where I could’ve experienced it through radio or quick writings on a wall, etc.
Speaking of gameplay, the cramped level layout and bottlenecks between different sections can be restrictive. This may further hamper your natural feeling of exploration and investigation. The gameplay mechanics overall didn’t quite give me enough information to keep me interested in the game’s story or characters. It was all about the scares in the long run and trying to get that pulse-pounding rush.
In my opinion, I don’t believe this installment quite reaches the heights of The Dark Descent. Having said that, it is still a worthwhile purchase. Amnesia: The Bunker offers unique gameplay elements and, at its reasonable price of $25, it is a no-risk purchase. Moreover, the game’s replay value is a plus factor since even if you play it to experience the story on easy mode (no big scares) there are additional difficulties that allow you to play upon secondary playthroughs. While it is not a new game plus, the more you play the game, the more rewards you will receive.
Personally, the game provided me with an enjoyable and thrilling experience, and this was only after playing a limited amount due to the embargo. There are still areas of the game I am yet to explore, and I am only two hours into the game! The game is not only fun but also challenging, with some truly terrifying moments.
The PC Gaming Show is notorious for its bits and sketches to connect the trailers they show. And they show a LOT of trailers. Today, I just want to give you the trailers and leave out the dad jokes. Enjoy!
Today I’m covering a game that I feel so many people wanted to see made and so many others thought that it didn’t need it. We’re talking of course of a remake of the original PC game, System Shock. I want to preface the whole review by saying that I have never played the original System Shock, seen gameplay, or even screenshots. I’m a little too young to have been part of that generation of gaming. So this won’t be a comparison with the original game. It will exclusively be a review of this game and everything that comes with a review of any brand new game that I cover. Let’s do it!
A first-person fight to the death in the depths of space!
System Shock is a remake of the beloved PC classic. Updating mechanics, graphics, and enemy A.I. – System Shock is here to offer a new generation of players a chance to go toe-to-toe with one of gaming’s iconic enemies: SHODAN. Fight, hack, and save humanity from a fate worse than death itself.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS MINIMUM: Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit only) Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better Memory: 4 GB RAM Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better DirectX: Version 11 Storage: 2 GB available space
RECOMMENDED: Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit only) Processor: Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better Memory: 8 GB RAM Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better DirectX: Version 11 Storage: 2 GB available space
The game has a great modern look to it. Players of games that are in the same vein will appreciate the art style I believe. It’s got plenty of darkness with bursts of light and color. I’m thinking specifically of games like those in the BioShock franchise. Word on the street is that BioShock is in the same vein as the original System Shock, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the developers lifted that same kind of design and color palette of BioShock.
The minimum requirements say that this game can work on Windows up to Windows 10. Surprisingly, I didn’t see that before I installed it. I have a Windows 11 machine as my daily driver. I found no hiccups whatsoever, so if you have a Windows 11 machine, you’ll likely be able to buy, install, and play this game just fine.
One of my more favorite aspects of System Shock is that the title encourages self-sufficiency. There’s a certain thrill in feeling the weight of the odds against you. The game has a sense of risk versus reward when everything is stacked against you. And when you accomplish the puzzle or beat the baddie and get to continue, it feels good. It feels like you’ve earned it as opposed to struggling over a puzzle or fighting something and dying again and again. Nobody likes spinning their wheels in an unbalanced game. Just make sure the difficulty is correct for your skill level.
Before I mentioned having your difficulty setting correct for your skill level. One of the great things about the difficulty choices is that easy exists, which is not always a normalcy. Once you set the difficulty to easy (which according to the marketing for the game never existed in the original) you have the benefit of having an included waypoint system to guide you along.
The game rewards exploration such as litter-picking. The game’s puzzles are immersive and enjoyable and almost something I wish I had as a standalone game without the fighting and traversal aspects.
The futuristicness of it all is great and the hacking section feels like a fever dream. I certainly don’t know how the original game faired in this regard. I’m guessing it was mind blowing 29 years ago, but this feels like something with a bit more visual staying power..
The game combat is strategic and fought just as much with your mind as much as with the fingers, matching the right weapon or ammo type to their target. That’s not to say you can’t run up and fight the baddies (aka struggle), but you’ll have to take a bit more “Breath of the Wild” approach to the foes.
The game has a maze-like Citadel Station again, which makes it feel really damn annoying having to go back and forth through that section over and over again.
Playing the game on a difficulty higher than easy can be unyielding and quite punishing, making it less attractive to players used to modern problem-solving. I had to change the whole thing to easy mode to get as far as I did. Your mileage may vary, of course. I moreso recommend starting on a lower difficulty and working your way up in each playthrough.
The story doesn’t always outwardly present itself, leading me to hunt for audio diaries to get PIN numbers to discover clues for the AI’s story.
This is a great game, it truly is. I’m uncertain if people will remember this game compared to the original though. The original had staying power because of a few solid reasons. First off, there weren’t the same quantity of games back then as there are now. So something revolutionary had a chance to get its head above water and be seen and ultimately remembered. This is not something that a modern game has the opportunity to do as easily unless they have tremendous amounts of marketing. Second of all, the whole “revolutionary” part of it is missing. This game is modernized and remade, but it isn’t doing anything particularly new. If you like games like BioShock and you have $40, you’ll be right at home. If you’re still in doubt, there is a demo as well to try out.
I saw online from people that the demo of this game worked on their Steam Deck, but I couldn’t get my review copy to even start on the Steam Deck. It would open for a split second and then crash back out to Steam OS. After the game came out, I tried again, thinking maybe it had something to do with a release date, still no success. I saw there was an update for my Steam Deck, so I installed the update and still didn’t have success. Then as of the morning of writing this, I got the notification to update the game on my Steam Deck. The game finally worked and now I can add in a Steam Deck review for this game. Stay tuned for that if you want to know more about it.
Today we have a game review of a game that was shadow dropped on everyone and is a game from a beloved franchise. You’re likely wondering if it can hold a candle to the games in the series that you do love from the past. We’ll get into that as we talk about Magical Drop VI (Highball Games, Storm Trident, Forever Entertainment; $29.99).
Magical Land is threatened by divisions. The heroes are turning against each other and nothing is the same as before. Will they manage to unite and make order reign again in the world of Magical Drop? Embark on a magical journey combined with dynamic puzzles and help to unite the land!
The Magical Drop series has become a beloved classic in the world of puzzle games. Thanks to its colorful graphics, catchy music, and addictive gameplay, the franchise continues to hold a special place in the hearts of many gamers.
• 15 playable characters each with their own unique story and music tracks
• Local and online multiplayer modes
• Dozens and dozens of challenges
• 6 Solo game modes
• …And many more surprises!
Single Player Modes. There are various modes available in Magical Drop VI. So if you’re someone that is thinking that you’re just going to play single-player or against a friend, THINK AGAIN. Each one of the modes offers distinct game mechanics. You’re definitely going to feel a connection to at least one of the modes, I know I am in love with one of them in particular. Among the single-player modes are Story, Match, Survival, Puzzle, Caravan, and Path of Destiny.Honestly, it’s a lot to explain each mode to you. But let me see if I can simplify these modes down to their lowest common denominator real quick for you.
Story mode has you playing various activities and experiencing story-telling dialogues between characters based on tarot cards, such as World, Justice, and Fool. Playing on a game board with various paths composed of different fields can trigger special events and give you insight into the Magical Land.
Match mode is a classic mode where you select your character and battle against AI opponents. You can choose from three difficulty levels and face all the unlocked characters.
Survival mode is easy to explain. You try to survive as long as possible and set the new high score. The rate of drops slowly accelerates as the levels progress going from Easy to Hard difficulty.
Puzzle Mode is a game where you have to solve puzzles by moving and arranging drops in a special way. To win, you have to clear the game board using as few moves as possible before the time runs out. You have 50 seconds to finish the game. If you don’t finish in time, a wall will quickly come down and end the game. But if you finish in time, the wall will go back up and you can move on to the next level. If the wall comes down and you still have drops left, the game ends.
In Caravan mode it’s similar to Survival, but you must clear the board and make combos to stay afloat. This game is designed to run for mere minutes, but maybe your run time can outlast others’!
Path of Destiny is a game where you test your luck in three matches. The game field is similar to a classic board game. On each turn, spinning a roulette determines the number of moves you can make. Each landing spot has its own unique purpose, either positive or negative. For example, landing on a star will trigger a mini-game, and if you lose, you’ll get a penalty. Landing on a question mark will give you a random event, like gaining coins or starting a mini-game. The game ends when you or your opponents reach the Goal field.
Multiplayer Modes. Magical Drop VI takes multiplayer to the next level (pun intended)! You can play with your besties/enemies using one console and two controllers. Or if you want, you can play online against a pal from afar with two Nintendo Switch family systems. And if you’re feeling extra confident, show off your mad Magical Drop skills in online multiplayer matches against players from all around the world! With three different modes to choose from – Regular Match, Quota Crush, or Time Crush – the possibilities for fun and competition are endless…unless you keep rage-quitting.
Gameplay.Now we can finally talk about the gameplay. I decided to talk about the modes first since most people already understand how to play a game like this. Magic Drop VI has new abilities with the orbs, as one would expect, but the core gameplay is still in classic form. If you haven’t played a game like this previously, then let’s talk about that. The Magic Drop franchise has been known for decades for its highly addictive “match three” gameplay style. This type of game is easy to learn but difficult to master. The aforementioned modes all introduce challenge on top of the simplistic and challenging gameplay. To match three, you match three of a given color/design/pattern. The game further rewards you if you match more than three at a time. So yeah, I’m sure you can see how swapping, pulling/throwing the orbs will start off easy but then crank up to 11 really quickly!Match-three games are one of my favorite puzzle games after Tetris. I really dislike playing them on tablets/iPad though because you can simply sit there and drag your hand around on the screen and swap stuff rapidly and pass stages. Here you have to manually pull an orb(s) down to you and throw it up to a like color. You can hold several at a time too, thus making the gameplay even more of a hoot. I am very in tune with playing the Survival mode! I like challenging myself against myself, versus playing against another character. Speaking of other characters, I also think it’s adorable how many unique characters that there are. And each of them has their own music, thus filling out the game more and not letting the visuals or sounds feel monotonous.
Extras. This game has more to come across than just what is playable on the main screen. The official marketing information has said it best, and since this part isn’t opinion based, I’ll share with you what they said about the extras in the game. “Magic Shop: in the Path of Destiny, you can win lottery tickets, redeem them in the Magic Shop, or use gold coins to buy additional items which can help you throughout the game. Gallery: access Magical Drop VI’s key illustrations and unlock the three remaining ones by buying lottery tickets in the Magic Shop! Once a full illustration is unlocked prices in Magical Shop will be lowered! Music Room: enjoy Magical Drop VI’s soundtrack and sound effects at will!”
DLCs?! Magical Drop VI will be officially released on April 25th, followed by the release of four free DLCs which will add new content. Each DLC will bring new characters, game modes, and features. The downside? There is no official release date yet for these DLC packs. The DLCs will be released at least once every six months, providing two years of new content for the game. Mid 2023, late 2023, early 2024, and mid 2024. The picture below further breaks down what you can expect to get in the packs. Man, this title already has so much content as it is for the price, but why not more?!
Difficulty. For some reason, I can play a lot of the other game modes and get really far into them without issue. When it comes to playing the Story mode on the easiest difficulty, I was getting my butt kicked. And hard. Even when I thought I was acing the match, I would still end up losing. And when I say I would end up losing, I mean in the very first match. What sucks about that the most is the fact that then the game takes you back out to the main menu instead of letting you simply try again. You get one chance to replay the match, but not without 60 seconds of dialogue in between. Then if you fail it again, the game shrugs and says “better luck next time” and then boots you back to the main screen. And that is literally my only complaint about this game.
Overall, I really, really do like this game. I’m bad Story mode so I rarely go back to that, so I only care for one type of gameplay. But— all in all, if you’re a puzzle guru you’re going to like it more than me. And with a $30 price point, it’s exactly priced for all of the sheer content you get. So if you’re like me and you only go in to play one mode, you’ll already get your money’s worth. And that’s all technically before the free DLC drops. But the game is just so much more than that. This game is a true return to form for the franchise and includes plenty more new additions that are sure to be loved by OG players of Magical Drop!