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Wolfenstein: The New Order Review

Gamers may argue over who was the first to do a 3D first-person shooter, but no one denies that Wolfenstein 3D was a historic experience. Made back in 1992 by a little company called Id Software, it set the tone of the FPS for years to come and can still be purchased today. But in the time since, the rest of the industry has caught up and passed it in nearly every way. To do an FPS now means competing against multi-billion dollar companies using hundreds of people working around the world. So, how does Wolfenstein 3D’s legacy survive into the modern era?

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Linksys WRT1900AC Review

Don’t be fooled by the old-school styling of the Linksys WRT1900AC—it may look like a blast from the ancient past, but it schools the modern competition, including our previous favorite AC router, the Asus RT-AC66U. The new Linksys model is faster, easier to set up, and has more ports to play with.

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Age of Mythology: Extended Edition Review

Ah, revamps. Ah, Age of Empires. We can remember, with much fondness, the rise of Ensemble Studios’ great entry into the real-time strategy world of the 1990s. In an era otherwise dominated by the RTS heavyweights—Command and Conquer, Warcraft II, and eventually Starcraft—Age of Empires offered up a unique, resource-driven spin on the typical rush-or-turtle gameplay of its peers.

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Enermax Liqtech 240 Review

If there's anything we've learned about hardware companies over the years, it's that diversity is the key to survival, much like life in the jungle. For companies like Enermax, that seems to mean branching out beyond the power supplies and case fans that it's built a reputation on. In recent years, the company has expanded into the CPU cooling sector, and the Liqtech 240 is its latest new hotness. But we'll tell you right off the bat that this 240mm closed-loop liquid cooler is not a mold-breaker. Then again, a company doesn’t need to re-invent the wheel to be successful.

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Asus ROG Matrix Platinum Radeon R9 290X Review

In the world of video cards, we generally have three tiers of design. There’s the stock or “reference” version from AMD or Nvidia, then the cards with proprietary cooling, and finally the cards with both special cooling and even redesigned circuitry on the board itself. The Republic of Gamers (ROG) line from Asus has long been reserved for the company’s most premium products, with ROG video cards getting a “Matrix Platinum” tag to further distinguish them.

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Alienware 17 Review

This desktop-replacement-of-a-gaming-notebook might look familiar to you if you’ve read our January 2014 issue. It does, after all, use the same 16.2x11.7x1.9-inch chassis as the older Alienware 17 we reviewed back then, and this version also weighs over 11 pounds. But while it may look the same as its predecessor, it has been updated with some very key components that make it stand out.

 

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Origin PC Genesis Review

We all know the PC OEM business is a commodity parts game with every vendor having the exact same access to PC hardware as everyone else. It’s a bit like trying to impress the paparazzi on the red carpet with the same off-the-rack dress as every other starlet.

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Func HS-260 Review

The HS-260’s audio cable and microphone are both replaceable, and can be plugged in on either side.Func’s foray into gaming headsets starts on solid footing

Func’s not a new brand, per se—the company has been making gaming peripherals since the turn of the millennium. However, until just over a year ago, it was only known for mousepads, so its recent foray into mice and keyboards represents quite a step up, at least in terms of ambition. Now, with the HS-260, Func is ready to complete the trifecta and take on gaming headsets as well.

Note: This review was originally featured in the July 2014 issue of the magazine.

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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Review

A much-needed kick in the pants revamps the franchise

A much-needed kick in the pants revamps the franchise

When we last left our hero Diablo, the Lord of Terror wasn’t all that scary anymore. In fact, he’s probably been a bit lonely. The joy of killing Diablo 3’s big boss alongside Blizzard’s army of players has long since faded for those who haven’t already abandoned the game at some point since its May 2012 release.

Note: This review was originally featured in the July 2014 issue of the magazine.

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Silverstone Raven RVZ01 Review

An SFX power supply mounts vertically inside the RVZ01.

This DIY micro-tower takes flight

It’s official: micro-towers are now definitely a “thing.” Unfortunately for DIYers, being able to truly build from scratch hasn’t been an option—until now.

Meet Silverstone’s Raven RVZ01, a micro-tower that somewhat resembles a game console but has enough room inside for a high-powered PC. We actually used this enclosure in a recent Build It, and now we’d like to give it a proper review. The short version is that you can pack some powerhouse computing in here, but there are a few caveats.

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