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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Review

Yes, the game sends watery tornados into your path. No, you do not want to be in their path.

How much rum can one possibly plunder?

If you’ll allow this prospective pirate to get personal for a moment, we really didn’t want to like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Having spent far, far too long killing this and that in the ol’ Animus throughout the five previous major titles in the six-year franchise, we’re starting to get the feeling that Assassin’s Creed is borrowing a page from the Call of Duty franchise—it refuses to just up and die.

Note: This article was originally featured in the February 2014 issue of the magazine.

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Sapphire Radeon R7 265 Dual-X Review

Sapphire Radeon R7 265 Dual-X

Meet the new king of budget GPUs

In the roundup of budget GPUs from the May 2014 issue, the Sapphire Radeon R7 275 is the odds-on favorite due to its impressive specs and the fact that it consumes more than twice the power of Nvidia cards. Sure, it's an unfair advantage, but hate the game, not the player. This board is essentially a rebadged Radeon HD 7850, which is a Pitcairn part, and it slides right in between the $120 R7 260X and the $180ish R7 270. This card actually has the same clock speeds as the R7 270, but features fewer streaming processors for reduced shader performance.