Category: PS Vita

Watch the epic launch trailer for Ragnarok Odyssey

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Ragnarok Odyssey is set in an original world based on Norse mythology where a battle is being waged between humans and giants after the fall of the gods had previously separated the races. Players create their characters from over 20,000 possible combinations based on customizable physical features, then select one of six specialized job classes. The game’s real-time battles are fast and furious as players can fling enemies skyward, follow them into the air for gravity-defying strikes, then finish off the combo by smacking them clear across the stage. Gameplay is driven forward by story-advancing and optional quests, and up to four players can fight together in online co-op mode.

Gung Ho Online releases Ragnarok Odyssey on PS Vita

Ragnarok Odyssey                         GmP Gaming   image   PS Vita cover art 1Highly Anticipated Norse-themed Action RPG Now Available as Digital Download on PlayStation Store exclusively for PlayStation Vita

GungHo Online Entertainment America, a multiplatform publisher for the online gaming community, is pleased to announce today the company has released the visceral action RPG hack and slash title, Ragnarok Odyssey, in Europe,

Australia and New Zealand exclusively on the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system as a digital download on the PlayStation®Network for a price of €29.99. Based on Norse-mythology, Ragnarok Odyssey tells its own story set within the popular Ragnarok Online universe, and provides hand-held players with an all-new high-octane action RPG experience that is equally rewarding as a single player or multiplayer adventure. To celebrate today’s release of Ragnarok Odyssey, GungHo Online Entertainment America has also premiered an all new trailer.

Players begin their journey in Ragnarok Odyssey by first creating a unique character from a diverse selection of customizable visual elements consisting of over 20,000 possible combination variants. After applying physical features, players will then select their character’s play style from a stable of six diverse job classes, including the Sword Warrior, Mage, Assassin, Hunter, Cleric and menacing Hammersmith. Upon entering the game’s open-world environment, players will be tasked with exploring a realm filled with heavy action, in which giants and humans remain in constant conflict with each other.

Ragnarok Odyssey features a robust multiplayer mode — players aren’t forced to go their journey alone, and are encouraged to recruit up to four friends to get together for chaotic and action-packed ad-hoc and online cooperative play. When a particularly difficult boss shows up, players can always count on their friends to help them through a tough fight.

Ragnarok Odyssey was developed by Game Arts together with GungHo Online Entertainment in Japan and is now available for download at a price of €29.99 on the PlayStation Network in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand courtesy of GungHo Online Entertainment America.. The game is rated PEGI 12 in Europe and PG in Australia and New Zealand.

For more information, visit GUNGHO ONLINE . Fans can also follow on Facebook  and Twitter.

Urban Trial FreeStyle PSN dates confirmed.

Urban Trial Freestyle                           GmP GamingTate Multimedia S.A are delighted to announce that the dynamic Urban Trial Freestyle will be released on PlayStation® Network on 20th February, for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. In addition, brand new screenshots are now available for the Nintendo® 3DSWARE version which will also be released in Q1 2013.

Urban Trial Freestyle™ will have you competing against the clock, performing dangerous stunts, while racing across five varied 3D urban surroundings – all in pursuit of the perfect score. With over 100 different leaderboards in-game there will always be a score to beat. The game’s level-editor, exclusive to Nintendo® 3DSWARE, will ensure endless replay-ability as players share and compete in user-made tracks.

Urban Trial Freestyle™ brings the physics-based motorcycle arcade style game with a gritty setting and dynamic environments to the Nintendo® 3DSWARE. The new screenshots highlight the excellent quality of the title that has been specifically optimised for the platform.

For more information on Urban Trial Freestyle™ please visit URBAN TRIAL FREESTYLE.COM or join the revolution on URBAN TRIAL FREESTYLE/FACEBOOK .

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken hatches on PlayStation® Vita today

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Look out in the hen house! Ratloop Asia, an independent publisher and developer of high quality, innovative games, today launched its cinematic platform adventure game, Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken on PlayStation® Vita. With a variety of unique new features including new chapters, puzzles, and plenty of fowl humor, Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is rated “16” by USK and “12” by PEGI and will retail for €7.99 or £6.49.

The current PS3 version has been amped up for the PS Vita and notable differences from the PlayStation 3 game include tilting screens, both Ad-Hoc and Online co-op and two difficulty settings. The Vita version has a new end boss as well as improved graphics – several chapters have been modified to improve both graphics and flow.

Players who have already launched into Rocketbirds on the PlayStation 3 will be rewarded with two additional co-op characters, Sniper Budgie and Agent H – the bird behind the sci-fi rock band New World Revolution. To thank the fans who bought the PlayStation 3 game, Ratloop Asia will give them a 20% discount when they buy the Vita game and PlayStation Plus users should be on the watch for special offers on Rocketbirds.

Sandra Pondaag, a spokesperson for Ratloop Asia that hails from the Netherlands, is especially proud to launch the game in Europe.

               “The game is clearly influenced by the American ‘80s movies we watched when we were kids, as well as European comics that we read. The sarcastic undertone and the impact of war on everyone involved in it is a second layer that was very important for me and gives the game and story more depth. Of course players can see Rocketbirds as a fun action adventure where the main character who was brainwashed in the past by the Penguins, wants revenge and destroy the evil regime, but we wanted to put in hints that the “baddies” are not what they seem. The penguin soldiers are reluctantly doing their job, Il Putzki doesn’t want to be an oppressor but was put in this leadership position due to his family history. He probably just wanted to become an actor and be loved by everyone!”

In Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for PS Vita, players will take control of Hardboiled Chicken, the original Coq of War (a chicken so tough, he survived being boiled as a fetus), to lead the rebellion against the draconian penguin oppressors to overthrow their hold on Albatropolis! It’s an old-school cinematic action-adventure set in the Rocketbirds universe, a world filled with some despicable and often violent birds.  The game sports jetpacking sections, stab-action in the Hardboiled difficulty setting, mind controlling brainbugs, some pretty nifty PS Vita controls, sweet music videos and an Ad-Hoc / Online cooperative mode with its own separate campaign!

The single player campaign in Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken takes players through 15 chapters of Penguin destruction. For the PS Vita version, Ratloop has wired the screens to the built-in motion sensors, so players can tilt the detailed, non-scrolling screens at will. For more information about the game, please visit:  In Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for PS Vita, players will take control of Hardboiled Chicken, the original Coq of War (a chicken so tough, he survived being boiled as a fetus), to lead the rebellion against the draconian penguin oppressors to overthrow their hold on Albatropolis! It’s an old-school cinematic action-adventure set in the Rocketbirds universe, a world filled with some despicable and often violent birds.  The game sports jetpacking sections, stab-action in the Hardboiled difficulty setting, mind controlling brainbugs, some pretty nifty PS Vita controls, sweet music videos and an Ad-Hoc / Online cooperative mode with its own separate campaign!

The single playercampaign in Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken takes players through 15 chapters of Penguin destruction. For the PS Vita version, Ratloop has wired the screens to the built-in motion sensors, so players can tilt the detailed, non-scrolling screens at will. For more information about the game, please visit:    In Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for PS Vita, players will take control of Hardboiled Chicken, the original Coq of War (a chicken so tough, he survived being boiled as a fetus), to lead the rebellion against the draconian penguin oppressors to overthrow their hold on Albatropolis. It’s an old-school cinematic action-adventure set in the Rocketbirds universe, a world filled with some despicable and often violent birds.  The game sports jetpacking sections, stab-action in the Hardboiled difficulty setting, mind controlling brainbugs, some pretty nifty PS Vita controls, sweet music videos and an Ad-Hoc / Online cooperative mode with its own separate campaign!

The single player campaign in Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken takes players through 15 chapters of Penguin destruction. For the PS Vita version, Ratloop has wired the screens to the built-in motion sensors, so players can tilt the detailed, non-scrolling screens at will. For more information about the game, please visit:    RocketBirds Hardboiled Chicken/ Playstation Vita

Ratloop Asia reveal the Rocketbirds Hardboiled Chicken PS Vita launch trailer

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Ratloop Asia, an independent publisher and developer of high quality, innovative games, today announced that its cinematic platform adventure game, Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, will arrive on the PlayStation® Vita next week. The game has already seen success in Asia; despite being a purchase exclusive to PlayStation Plus members, it remained in the top three downloads since launch. Now players in the USA and Europe will be able to experience the high flying action as well. With a variety of unique new features including new chapters, puzzles, and plenty of fowl humor, Rocketbirds is ready to flock!

Corpse Party Book of Shadows Review

Corpse Party Book of Shadows     GmP Gaming image   cover art 1Named as the sequel to 2011’s  hit horror title for the PSP, Corpse Party, XSEED Games has launched their English localized release of Corpse Party: Book of Spells (BOS) for PSP/VITA.

The first title follows the tales of a group of Japanese high school students trapped in an alternate reality. BOS tells the same series of tales of the characters introduced in Corpse Party and explores some other scenarios, and answers the “What if?” questions.

BOS isn’t just a rehash of the events from Corpse Party. Some chapters take place before Corpse Party, while other chapters give a glimpse into an alternative universe where the same students experience death in a different way. The eighth and final chapter, called Blood Drive, acts as the sequel to Corpse Party. What was once a game made entirely of 8-bit sprites and exploration, is instead swapped for a simple Zelda type map design and single background rooms. Most of the game play consists of an all new point-and-click mechanic. Move the cursor around the room, once it turns blue, you can click using the X button on the item to interact with it. This cuts down on the time wasted from Corpse Party spent wandering around the abandoned halls of Heavenly Host Elementary School for a key or obscure puzzle object.

Corpse Party Book of Shadows     GmP Gaming image 4The greatest innovation to this sequel is the option to fast-forward/pause the text using the R button and circle button. When you are replaying a scenario for the second or third time after getting one of the bad endings, it’s helpful to just fly past the text that you have already read. The cut scenes do a great job of creating suspense, but this is shattered by a lack of follow-through. It’s hard to feel scared about something chasing you, when you know you can spend hours checking the map and getting to the next destination. Accessing the menus and maps are easy as tapping the L button and the triangle buttons. When first loading the game up, you can visit the bonus section, which lists all the unlocked images, music tracks, and VA commentaries, but doesn’t have the Name Tags or Endings List. To check these items, head to the options menu. It’s odd that the Name Tags and Endings List are in the options menu, but you can access the options while in-game and you can’t access the bonus menu.

In BOS, all conversation is voiced over in Japanese. The music track list is pretty diverse and often offers just the right track for each setting. When coupled with the sound effects which are equally well used, the sound plays a contributing role just as much as the other aspects of the game. All sounds and background noises are captured wonderfully with binaural 3D sound for gamers playing with headphones. In addition, the opening theme “Hana no Saku Basho” by Imai Asami, when coupled with the CG artwork, complements BOS well.  The CG artwork is beautiful and does the job well of depicting the scene and mood intended. With a genre that relies so much on the visuals and audio alone, it’s good to see that BOS uses both so wonderfully.

number-8-pool-ballFor those who have played the first game, you will definitely have an advantage when it comes to making some sense of the intertwining stories in BOS. New players to the series will likely be confused easily as the story hops from character to character, but you shouldn’t be discouraged to play. It is highly recommended that you should play or read up on the events of Corpse Party. This is a mature title for excessive violence and gore.            Overall 8 out of 10.

 

 

Corpse Party PlayStation  Network


Developer: Team GrisGris


Publisher:
XSEED  Games

 

about the author:

Carrie Rose is the Nintendo Editor at GamesMediaPro, and also ‘Numero Uno’ when it comes to all things handheld. ( oo-er, Matron ). A professional journalist, and accomplished blogger and writer, Carrie brings with her a wealth of experience and an unsurpassed knowledge of videogaming. A welcome and well-respected addition to the GmP team, not least because she supplies the biscuits at coffee breaks. Expect to see a great deal more from our newest recruit.

Toshiba Canvio Stor-E 1TB External USB 3.0 HDD review

toshiba canvio stor-e             GmP Gaming       image 1Hot on the heels of the latest console launch from Nintendo, with their highly anticipated Wii U, comes the answer to the brow-furrowing issue of the units memory space, or the lack there of. But thanks to Toshiba’s cracking new collection of external HDD’s for the discerning gamer, and in particular the Canvio Stor-E 3.0 USB HDD, with their whopping 1TB worth of untapped resources, these extremely versatile hard drives are helping to put paid to any doubts that they will ever need anything else to secure all of the important data and game saves.

Ever since the specifications were revealed for the Nintendo Wii U, followers of the legendary gaming corporation have been getting it in the neck from their fanboy counterparts, firmly ensconced in the Sony and Microsoft camps, that the Wii U is as under powered as it is understated. Well, thanks to the latest third-party peripherals from Toshiba, in the shape of the rather excellent Canvio Stor-E 3.0 HDD’s, all of those headaches and troubles seem so far away, almost like yesterday….? ( stop that right now!  Ed )

The Canvio Stor-E 3.0 1TB HDD comes in a neat little bundle in its snug fitting 3.5″ durable hard plastic shell that it is capable of withstanding just about any rage quitting temper tantrum that even the most potty-mouthed anarchic gamer may choose to throw at it. Tough, hardworking and easy on the eye, in its optional colour schemes of solid black or white, or a mixture of both, the Canvio Stor-E is perfectly suited to settling in nicely alongside either your white Wii U, or your sleek all black version should you have made the decision to opt for the Deluxe model.

But, here is the beauty of the Canvio Stor-E for Wii U gamers. Regardless of which system you plumped for, whether it was the entry-level 4GB model with its lower end memory specifications, or whether you chose to go all out on the top end of the deals and purchased the 32GB Deluxe Edition, you are now all equals in the eyes of the gaming public thanks to Toshiba’s whopping 1TB of available space.

toshiba canvio stor-e             GmP Gaming       image 2This now means that instead of shelling out an extra £100+ for the Deluxe Wii U, and then still at some point in the future having to fork out even more of your hard-earned cash for the external HDD that any gamer worth their salt will tell you that you will need, all you have to do, instead, is to choose the cheaper option of the basic 4GB package, and then off you trot to the local Toshiba salesman with your bonus wedge of saved cash and instead of getting a mere 32Gb for your £100 you will now get a staggeringly attractive 1TB of much-needed memory space. As a certain well-known furry rodent would say ” Simples! “.

It really is a no-brainer when it comes to a sound financial decision, and one that will pay off regardless as the Canvio Stor-E can also be hooked up to anything that uses a USB 2.0 and 3.0 thanks to the compatible connections. So, with that, you may opt to have multiple consoles connected to the Canvio Stor-E, or your PC or lap top even, and then split the memory as you see fit across a wider range of you technological necessities.

Connection itself is simplicity to the point of A-B-C with little more required of the user other than merely hooking the Canvio Stor-E across to your Wii U via the provided USB cables and then powering up using the AC adaptor. Although it has to be said that thanks to the Canvio Stor-E having multiple USB ports at the rear of the unit, it does make things a whole lot easier for those gamers who have their set up in an entertainment centre, and would wish to connect, say, both there Xbox360 as well as their Wii U to the Canvio Stor-E, or Playstation 3 whatever is your want. As the available USB ports are al now within handy reach of each other and so offer flawless performance.

toshiba canvio stor-e             GmP Gaming       image 3The super fast connections offered up by the Canvio Stor-E’s 3.0 USB is second to none, and there are also the extremely beneficial features that see’s password encryption there should you require it, as well as a truly easy to understand, and even easier to operate, back up software set up built  right into the unit itself. There is optional file formatting for Mac users also, as well as the availability of even greater memory space, should you require it, with the whooping 2TB and 3TB versions both for little extra cost.

Speaking of the Canvio Stor-E’s price tag, which we hinted at earlier when mentioning the savings to be made, should you follow our advice and go out and select the 4GB version as opposed to its more expensive Deluxe Edition sibling, and we have to say that with Toshiba’s outstanding Canvio Stor-E 1TB HDD that you do get a whole lot of bang for your buck, as our American cousins may say.

Coming in well under the expected £100 mark for any other similar quality product in its class, the Canvio Stor-E is readily available across multiple sites and retailers for as low as £80 and £83 from both Kelkoo and Best Price.com ( UK ) respectively. In fact it has to be demonstrated that Amazon UK  have the humongous memory monster that is the Canvio Stor-E 2TB and the simply must have Canvio Stor-E 3TB versions for a mouth-watering £103 and £111 respectively. Now if that doesn’t tempt you into making the right decision then nothing will.

All in all, then, if you are a gamer, Nintendo or otherwise,  who cares about hanging on to their saves, music, photographs, video’s, installs, gamer pic’s, themes, updates and so very much more, then the Toshiba Canvio Stor-E has to be the one for you. Whether you choose the 1TB, 2TB or the seriously impressive 3TB version is entirely your decision but when you weigh up all of the Canvio Stor-E’s many endearing and imperative pro’s against the myriad list of cons, then to even say it is a ‘no-brainer’ is to credit the decision with too much intelligence.

number 10 pool ballThe Canvio Stor-E is the best option for Wii U owners bar none, and one, we feel, that will continue to serve its purpose with a more than adequate performance for many a year to come. When all is said and done the decision to buy is yours, but the decision, we hope, has been helpfully tipped in favour of not only Toshiba, but also your wallet and your console, with the unsurpassed quality of any one of the Canvio Stor-E range.  If ever an external HDD deserved a maximum  then it is the Canvio Stor-E, and it gets its just rewards for delivering on promises of perfect design, performance, reliability, longevity and affordability.   10 out of 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a look at the features trailer in Wired Productions ‘Lets Fish’

 

Take a closer look at Jamie in the first of our four character videos for upcoming PS Vita exclusive Let’s Fish! Hooked On, from Wired Productions.

In Let’s Fish! Hooked On players are taken through a story mode centred around the game’s four anime-styled characters, each with their own story line and unique abilities. This video offers glimpses of Jamie’s feisty character as she competes on the World Tour, forming both friendships and rivalries on the way.

Elgato HD PVR review

gchd-gallery-05Once every so often an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, the resulting collision sends shock waves throughout the surrounding realm and changes the outlook of that environment forever. Never again will things be quite the same as they were before the arrival of the inbound meteorite. Such things occur within the boundaries of the entertainment industry with great infrequency….until now.

Ask any gamer who frequents the internet, and in particular such websites as our own Youtube channel, or Twitch TV page, about which video’s they watch to further glean all of the necessary information that they require to further aid their progress in their desired videogame, and to a man, ( or woman_EiC ), they will all point to channels and websites that feature gameplay captured by ‘genuine gamers’ during their own play through. Delve deeper into the event,  to put a question to the director of said video’s regarding the very hardware and software that they used to make this magic happen and it used to be the case that to a ‘person’, ( happy now Ed? ), they would all have been capturing their exploits via any one of two options, The first up being the Hauppauge PVR, the second the Roxio.

Of course, there were always cheaper, and less fruitful choices on offer to the player who was looking to save a few meagre shekels in their pursuit of a Youtube partnership, but if the truth were told the fact of the matter was  that the Roxio and the Hauppauge were the only two legitimate options on the market.

This continued for some considerable length of time before options such as FRAPS and the expensive Black Magic reared their heads, but it is with the birth of one of the gaming scenes more youthful contenders that our attentions now lie, thanks in no small part to the hardware’s second to none features and simply flawless production values, and that is the all-new Elgato HD PVR video capture unit.

With the advent of this seminal set up we have been given a rare opportunity not yet afforded to any other website, and that is that we have been granted authorised permission, for the very first time, by both concerned parties, to conduct the very first official comparison of the Hauppauge  and Elgato HD PVR’s. We relish the challenge, as well as the prospect. Without further ado, then, we will put to the test the latest HD PVR Game Capture 2 from Hauppauge, as well as the super slim Elgato HD PVR. May the best man win.

Elgato HD PVR                 GmP Gaming    image 2First off we will compare, right of the box, the contents that consumers will receive when they part with a similarly matched price tag of around £170, and right from the word go gamers should be instantly impressed by the sheer lack of clutter and cables that come with the sleeker version of the gameplay capturing units. Whilst the Hauppauge may indeed be the ‘elder statesman’ and current ‘King of the Hill’, as far as the internet gaming communities are aware, the assorted metres of PS3 component cables, and the noticeable lack of a compatible Xbox360, Wii U or even PC friendly HDMI cable, should not come as any great shock to those who have sampled the earlier versions of Hauppauge’s capture devices. Albeit that they have, indeed, been rectified with the latest PVR 2.

In stark contrast to the veritable smorgasboard of wires and attachments of the Hauppauge, the Elgato HD system comes with scant cabling to confuse and confound the customer. Offering up little more in the packaging than the bare essentials required to make bringing your latest MOAB or 24789-1 killstreak to your ever faithful Youtube viewers. The Elgato HD does exactly was it says on the box, but with the littlest amount of fuss and headaches.

So what’s in the box?:

Game Capture Device | AV Cable(PS3) | Unencrypted HDMI Cable(Xbox or use as pass-through) | Component Cable | Micro USB – USB cable.

Minimum system requirements:
* Mac: Mac OS X 10.7, 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU.
* PC: Windows 7, 2.0 GHz dual core CPU.
* Sound card | 4 GB RAM | Built-in USB 2.0 port | You will also need an internet connection to download the software from Elgato’s official website as there is no software disk required.

gchd-gallery-02Trusting the users desire for the mot effective format with the least amount of headaches the Elgato HD has to come out the clear victor by way of its super sexy sleek black system with little more required of gamers to operate it other than plugging in their console and PC via the included cables, HDMI as well as USB, and then installing the software free of charge from the manufacturer’s website. The Hauppauge HD PVR 2, on the other hand, comes with a myriad of multiple cables, all of which produce varying effects depending upon the console that you input the wires too, as well as the editing software that you decide to run with. ( even though the Hauppauge does, in fact, come supplied with the Arcsoft Showbiz edit suite, this is not always the best option as, more often than not, the complimentary software always seems to fall short of either offering up A)  the most basic of functions, or  B) the latest, whichever is you want? ).

Speaking of software, ( stay with us here we do have a point mixed in among all of this waffle, honest we do! ), and the crux of the biscuit is no longer the ‘apostrophe’, as according to the late great Frank Zappa, but moreover it is in the fact that the Elgato HD PVR is quite literally light years ahead of its well-known competitor’s thanks, in no small part, to the constant free upgrades and updates that come in thick and fast to ensure that the product you have purchased always stays one step ahead of the competition.

A quick example of this would be the additional feature that allows players to upload directly to either Youtube via the video capture in saved file format, or the outstanding inclusion in the latest software update of the ‘Live Streaming’ feature that will allow Elgato HD PVR users to upload live commentaries and live gameplay ‘as it happens’ directly to the new kid on the block in social media platforms such as  Twitch TV. ( an example of this can be found on the GamesMediaPro Twitch TV account here ).

The sheer ease of use and undoubted superior quality of the Elgato HD PVR is self-evident in the peerless performance of not only style and design, but also in actual production and output thanks to a second to none format that allows users to capture, or live stream, their chosen gameplay with a whopping 1080p throughout the Xbox360 and Wii U consoles, and a truly impressive 1080i even from the PS3, ( which suffers none of the headaches of the rival Hauppauge’s and Roxio’s of this World due to Sony’s encrypted HDMI output signal )

Speaking now of output, we will walk you through the uncluttered and uncomplicated set up of the Elgato HD PVR connectivity, admittedly there is a similar process, now, for the Hauppauge HD PVR 2 which is severely lacking in the earlier edition, but neither the Hauppauge, nor indeed the Roxio, the two heavyweights at the top of the PVR challenge tree, come even close to the simplicity of the Elgato HD, nor do they produce anything like similar results.

gchd-gallery-01First up, then, we will take you through the ‘idiot proof’ Elgato with its A-B-C set up that offers as painless an experience as you are ever likely to encounter with any tech, let alone an HD PVR:

Step 1) Download the game captures software.

Step 2) Connect your console to the ‘Game Capture HD’ using the appropriate cable:

– PS3: You need to use the AV cable rather than HDMI cable, this is because the PS3’s HDMI port is encrypted (You can still get 1080i quality).
– Xbox & Wii U: Use the HDMI cable provided.

Step 3) Link the ‘Game Capture HD’ and HDTV together via HDMI cable.

Step 4) Insert the USB cable included to both your computer and ‘Game Capture HD’.

Step 5) Load up the software.

Step 6) Turn on your console.

Enjoy!

PLEASE NOTE *PS3 Information: Playstation 3 owners will need to go to their PS3 “Settings” and then onto  “Display Settings” – “Video Output Settings” and ultimately “Components / D-Terminal” to achieve the desired effect.  Users should also take into account that when selecting resolution that they should ensure  “1080p” is NOT selected, and instead PS3 users must select only the ” 1080i ” option.

This is due to the Playstation 3 HDMI output signal being encrypted at source by Sony for anti piracy measures.

So, after hooking up your all-new Elgato HD PVR, which took up a whopping great 3-4 minutes of valuable gaming time, what results can you expect from the three major consoles that are currently the cream of the crop in home entertainment for the videogaming masses? Well, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, as they say, and so with that we will let you decide for yourselves what you think of the quality of each consoles with the results being shown in the video below:

As is expected the Wii U and the Playstation 3 both offer up clone quality performances care of the Elgato’s spectacular system, and examples of both of these consoles performing perfectly using the market leading game capture device can be found on both our Twitch TV account, as well as out Youtube channel by following the links displayed on the corresponding names. ( Hell, you can even hit that ‘subscribe’ button while you are there! )

Of course, we are not going to say that the Hauppauge and the Roxio systems both do not offer up quality game capture, because they do, particularly when utilised with a more powerful editing suite. But, if straight out of the box, no-nonsense results is what you are looking for then the Elgato HD PVR is the clear winner of this three horse race by a country mile.

To take on additional software such as a Sony Vegas Pro 11 or a Camtasia 8 is to take the supreme qualities of the Elgato HD even further past the reaches of its two main rivals, regardless of software, edit suites and additional extra’s that you may have been told will enhance their performances.

When all is said and done, the main point of this review was to offer up the services straight out of the box, and not with added features and bonus extra’s from third party software that does not come as standard with any of the three big players of the HD game capture market. So, with that in mind we can come to but one conclusion and that is that the Elgato HD is by far and away the most bang for your buck, whilst still being highly affordable for the every day gamer.

number 10 pool ballThe quality, ease of use, connectivity and outright customer care shown by the manufacturer and distributor of this genre defining peripheral is absolutely top drawer and flawless in both its performance and product. Far neater, smaller and much more compact this sexy little number would look good adorning the entertainment centre of any pro gamer or online gaming commentator, and the fact of the matter is that it probably already does. Elgato HD PVR’s may well be ‘The New Kid on the Block’, so to speak, as far as game capture devices are concerned, but this young upstart has come into the arena with weighted gloves and a whole list of special moves and outstanding finishers with which to record a flawless victory for you in more ways than one. Quite simply the very best game capture device on this or any other market.             10 out of glittering 10

 

 

 

Tritton Kunai review: Mad Catz light the way for Nintendo and Sony gamers

Following the launch of their delightfully delicious Tritton Warhead 7.1 headset for Xbox360 gamers, Mad Catz, never one to rest on the laurels, have gone straight for the jugular of rival manufacturers with their latest piece of peripheral perfection; The Tritton Kunai Headset for Wii U players.

Fresh off the production line this cracking collation of the latest technology and ergonomic design grants Nintendo users a level of interaction and comfort  previously unheard of for the gaming giant. Yes, the outgoing SD console may have had a few third-party bones tossed its way, but nothing comes close to matching the level of the Kunai’s.

Sleek in their design the latest headset from Mad Catz does its best to offer Wii U players a high-end feel for a budget price tag, and we have to agree with Mad Catz Head of PR and Marketing Alex Verrey here when he stated that the ‘there is nothing quite like the Kunai currently on the market for Nintendo gamers’.

After a solid seven days of online and offline action, trying and testing all that the wonderful Kuna’s have to offer, we have come to the conclusion that should you be looking for a set of scintillating gaming headphones, that offer up al of the depth of clarity, as well as a fantastic range of built-in features, then the Kunai’s just have to be it. But dd to that the bonus bonanza that comes by way of the fact that the Mad Catz magnificent muff’s are also just as at home on the 3DS, Playstation Vita, Playstation 3 as they so obviously are on the Nintendo Wii U, and what you have is a staggering amount of confident connectivity across for of the gaming industry’s top platforms for the meagre price of£49.99. ( some stores are even offering these little beauties for as low an asking price as a quite unbelievable £34.99?  )

Straight out of the box the Kunai’s look, and feel, a far more expensive product than their retail tag would suggest, but truth be told they deliver on all fronts. As anyone with an ounce of common sense should know that when someone is offering you a deal that, on paper, looks too good to be true, it is usually because ‘it is’. Not so in the case of the Kunai, where the manufacturer had put together a product of such remarkable design and engineering, giving it a healthy dose of the ‘pretty’s along the way, that customers feel so pleased with their purchase that it is almost like you have put one over on the retailer by managing to get away with such a classy headset for little to no money.

Constructed from tough wearing dura-palstic with a glossy finish in any one of three vibrant colours, the Kuna’s from Mad Catz give as good as they look with a sound system that is simply second to none, for their price bracket. But when you consider that this is a headset that has such functionality across not just multiple handheld systems but across a selection of home consoles too, then you begin to see some of the blatant value for money that just oozes from these sexy little numbers.

Although not blessed with the same Wi-Fi set up as their Xbox360 related sibling, the Tritton Warhead, it is perfectly understandable when you consider the sheer connectivity afforded the Kunai’s across multiple formats, especially with the handhelds. So, taking that into account is to forgive Mad Catz their decision to install the Kunai as a wired headset, as opposed to wireless.

Set in motion with some crisp sounding 40mm Neodymium speakers in an in-line aural cup setting, which allows for perfectly presented separate functions of voice and volume controls, the Kunai packs a lot of punch into its compact design. The sound quality is quite remarkable, considering these are not touted as the most expensive headsets ever to grace the market, but that should allow for a far greater customer base to sample all that Mad Catz has in store for them with these wonderful USB powered princes.

One surprise that we were more than pleased with was the sheer ease of use, considering once again the amount of systems that the Kuna’s are compatible with. Gamers from both the Sony and the Nintendo camps would be forgiven for thinking that there were bound to be issues when switching even from handheld to home console, let alone from Playstation 3 to Wii U, or even more seemingly convoluted, the move from PS Vita to Wii U, or 3DS to Playstation 3. But Mad Catz have taken care of any such worries with a simple design that is genius in its uncluttered and uncomplicated presentation.

All customers need do, to operate the Kunai’s on any one of its four major platforms, is to merely connect whichever system ou are currently opting for through either a very simple 3.5mm jack, or should ou be going for the consoles then its just a case of using the corresponding composite set up that you have always used via any other gaming headset, and that really is it. Nothing more and nothing less, the Kunai really is that easy across all formats.

The design also allows for extreme sessions of multiplayer madness, or extended solo sessions as you run rampant through Skyrim in some epic 14 hour expedition thanks in no small part to the excellently outfitted headband and ear cups. Both have been fitted with extra padding that afford the user superb levels of comfort that permit marathon sessions to go unhindered by the usual suspects of cramp, headaches and ear bleed from excessive white noise.

In a nice touch Mad Catz have also introduced the all new feature of the ‘Voice Mute’ button on their in-line remote. This is an extremely handy function that completely obliterates the idiotic ramblings of some inane random across Playstation Network who thinks that his pathetic attempts at trash talking are actually the life and soul of the lobby. It is not. It never has been, and it never will be. But thanks to the ‘mute’ option players may eradicate all of that dribbling drivel from spoiling their fun at the mere flick of a finger and instead opt to listen only to the in-game sound effects and dialogue. Bliss!

But we all know that functions and features are but assets to the overall picture of a new gaming headset, and what the readers really want to know about is the sound quality delivered by the product. Well, this is where Tritton have come into their own. If you thought that the sound quality of the bassy Warhead’s was good then be prepared for a shock as the lower priced Kunai’s produce more of the same bang only for considerably less buck.

Deep bassy rumblings blend with the singling out of solitary sounds of a higher tone with these perfectly pitched headsets. Players who like to go into online match ups of a certain shooter will be pleased to know that not only can you pick out the encroaching footsteps of an advancing enemy, but that you can also even make out the magazine changes being hurriedly completed by your opposite number as their feverish fingers fumble with the rounds, allowing you to know the perfect time to leap out from behind cover and spray his innards all over the multiplayer map. Sweet!

All told the Mad Cat, Tritton, Warheads were a thing of beauty to behold, and so to are their Nintendo and Playstation brothers in arms, the Kunai. Versatile and very reasonably priced players are now able to get high-end performance for entry-level prices. East to use, simple to set up and a delight to don atop your mullet, the Tritton Kunai are the must have headsets for the Nintendo Wii U gamer for all the right reasons, the fact that they also work across the 3DS, PS Vita as well as the Playstation 3 just make them altogether that much more attractive than they already are.  A true 10 out of 10 product if ever we saw one!