Thursday 30 July 2020

iPhone Buyer's Guide

Looking for the perfect iPhone? Can’t decide which one’s right for you? Never fear, CeX is here with our handy breakdown so you can find the perfect iPhone for you.

iPhone SE (Gen 2)

Apple's revamp of the iPhone SE brings back everything that you loved about the iPhone 7 & 8 (Including the sorely missed fingerprint scanner!) but packs it full of cutting edge tech and a great camera to give you one of the best value for money phones available right now. If you want old-school looks with new-school tech and iOS software updates for many years to come, this is the phone for you!

Screen: 4.7”
Camera: 12MP
Storage: 64GB / 128GB / 256GB
Colours: Black / White / (RED)
Processor: A13 Bionic Chip

iPhone 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max

If you’re crazy about those camera capabilities or are even just a bit of a picture perfectionist, this is the iPhone for you.

The 11 Pro range boasts 3 cameras at the back: Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto cameras & 4k video recording. You’ll also find a selfie camera that can capture slow-mo, or as Apple call it a “slofie”, and an incredible step up in Night Mode from previous iterations. The Pro and the Pro Max both come with Face ID and  Apple Pay. The 11 pro range is splash, dust and water-resistant with amazing OLED displays.

Screen: Pro 5.8” / Pro Max 6.5”
Camera: 12MP
Storage: 64GB / 256GB / 512GB
Colours: Gold / Silver / Space Grey / Midnight Green
Processor: A13 Bionic Chip

iPhone 11

If you’re looking for a newer iPhone with a big screen and some great camera capabilities, this is the one for you, with the added bonus of coming in some playful pastels too!

The iPhone 11 comes with a dual-camera at the back, 4k video recording, a selfie camera that captures slow-mo and carries an impressive Night Mode function. It’s part of the overall iPhone 11 range, so of course, you also get apple standards such as Face ID and Apple Pay. The iPhone 11 is splash, dust and waterproof resistant and is a bit like the 11 Pro’s younger, more fun cousin. What makes it more fun? Apple launched an entirely new colour range with the iPhone 11 which you can get in some amazing pastels as well as their white & black variants.

Screen: 6.1”
Camera: 12MP
Storage: 64GB / 128GB / 256GB
Colours: Green/Yellow/Purple/White/Black/Product Red
Processor: A13 Bionic Chip

iPhone XR

The XR is the perfect iPhone if you want something modern, colourful and to cover all the basics, without splashing out on features that you just won’t use.

The iPhone XR is great if you want a fun, up-to-date phone, without paying out more for extra cameras that you might not need! The iPhone XR has a 12MP camera, 4k video recording and a sharp 7MP front-facing camera for your Animoji & Memoji fix. FaceID capabilities and Apple pay feature in the phone. The iPhone XR is splash, dust and water-resistant.

Screen: 6.1”
Camera: 12MP
Storage: 64GB / 128GB 
Colours: Yellow / White / Black / Blue / Coral / Product RED
Processor: A12 Bionic Chip

iPhone XS & XS Max

The iPhone XS and the XS Max are pretty much identical, with the same specs, colour and capacity options, so it really just depends how big you want your screen to be!

The XS and XS Max hold pretty much the same insides as the XR, but with an elegant glass back design. The XS and XS Max mirror the dual camera from the previous iPhone X, with 4k video recording and a 7MP front-facing camera. As with every phone from the iPhone X range, the XS and XS Max have FaceID, Apple pay and both phones are splash, dust and water-resistant.

Screen: XS 5.8” XS Max 6.5”
Camera: 12MP
Storage: 64GB / 256GB / 512GB
Colours: Silver /Space Grey / Gold
Processor: A12 Bionic Chip

iPhone X

With the slogan “Say hello to the future” that’s exactly what it was for them, a piece of the future. For the hardcore Apple fans, grab yourself a piece of Apple history as these are no longer being produced.

Apple’s iPhone X was the first of their phones to feature a “bezel-less” design. It’s sleek, it’s shiny and was a phone full of iPhone firsts for Apple. The iPhone X boasted Apple’s first 5.8” OLED phone screen. Face ID was also introduced, removing the fingerprint scanner that you see in the iPhone 8 range, allowing for an edge to edge display. 

The back features dual 12MP cameras, with 4k video recording capabilities, as well as Apple’s first TrueDepth 7MP camera at the front. The iPhone X is splash, dust and water-resistant.

Screen: 5.8”
Camera: 12MP
Storage: 64GB / 256GB
Colours: Silver /Space Grey 
Processor: A11 Chip

iPhone 8 & 8 Plus 

If you’re not a fan of FaceID, aren’t fussed about fancy colours or just simply don’t mind not having the latest phone, then maybe an iPhone 8 is the one for you.

The iPhone 8 & 8 Plus are true to the iPhone’s original designs. It pretty much shares most of the internal bits of an iPhone X, but imagine all of that in the body of an iPhone 7 and you’ve got yourself the 8 range. Big on the inside, but smaller on the screen size.

The 8 Plus shows 12MP dual cameras on the back, whilst the iPhone 8 has one 12MP camera, both phones have 4k recording capabilities and 7MP front-facing camera. This was the last Apple phone to have fingerprint ID, it still has Apple pay. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are both splash, dust and water-resistant.

Screen: 8 4.7” / 8 Plus 5.5”
Camera: 12MP
Storage: 64GB / 128GB
Colours: Silver / Space Grey / Gold 
Processor: A11 Chip

iPhone 7 & 7 Plus

If you want a cheaper phone that still does it all, grab yourself an iPhone 7 today. 

The iPhone 7 is a great phone for those who don’t want something overly flashy, in fact, it’s currently our most popular iPhone! It’s a great starter phone for anyone just getting into iPhones, and covers all your basic needs in one device!

The iPhone 7s have a great 12MP camera on the back, with 4k video recording capabilities and 7MP front-facing camera. Both phones have Fingerprint ID, Apple pay and are splash, dust and water-resistant. 

Screen: 7 4.7” / 7 Plus 5.5”
Camera: 12MP
Storage: 32GB / 128GB
Colours: Silver / Black / Gold / Rose Gold
Processor: A10 Chip

iPhone SE

This small but mighty machine is great for anyone who’s really not a fan of the larger, thinner designs of more recent iPhones. Compact and clever, the iPhone SE might just be for you. 

If the iPhone SE had a cap it would read Tiny but Powerful. You’ll find a 12MP back camera with 4k recording capabilities that were leaps ahead of its time and a 1.2MP front-facing camera as well as Fingerprint ID. Released with an A9 chip, more powerful than its successor in the iPhone 6, and a 4” screen, the iPhone SE is more than capable of covering all of your basic needs. 

Screen: 4”
Camera: 12MP
Storage: 32GB / 128GB
Colours: Silver / Black / Gold / Rose Gold
Processor: A9 Chip

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Thursday 23 July 2020

Xbox Game Showcase Rundown - 23/07/20

Microsoft has treated fans to an exciting showcase focused entirely on its upcoming lineup of first-party titles. Read on to find out what treats they had in store.


Firstly, and arguably most importantly, Microsoft got the event off to a strong start with some truly stunning gameplay from Halo Infinite’s campaign. Dropping us into a mission that looks and feels like classic Halo, we are treated to some wonderful in-game footage full of grunts, Elites and Brutes being obliterated by the series’ beloved assault rifle. Also giving us a taste of Master Chief’s new grappling hook and some exciting new weapons, this footage was nothing short of incredible.


Next up, we were treated to a short-but-sweet cinematic announcement trailer for State of Decay 3, the next instalment in the acclaimed survival horror series. Certainly the scariest footage of the showcase, this thrilling trailer followed a young woman hunting in a frozen landscape and encountering a zombie deer. Yikes. This one looks perfect for all you horror junkies!


No Xbox event is complete without an announcement for a new Forza Motorsport title, so this one came as absolutely no surprise. But with the processing power of the Xbox Series X behind it, this one’s phenomenal graphics are going to look insane. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel!


This new title from Rare (behind recent hit Sea of Thieves) looks like a truly magical bit of video game escapism. Taking place in an “untamed natural world”, this fantasy adventure looks like it’ll boast utterly gorgeous cel-shaded visuals and some wonderful world design to lose yourself in.


From Life is Strange developed Dontnod comes Tell Me Why, a new episodic adventure following a trans man and his sister as they revisit their childhood hometown to come to terms with their past. The trailer for Chapter One promises plenty of mystery and strong characters to join on an engrossing journey.


One of the most beautiful games in recent years, Moon Studios’ Ori and the Will of the Wisps is to be updated and optimised for the Xbox Series X, making the game’s breathtaking and magical world even more immersive.


The first of two promised expansions for tongue-in-cheek favourite The Outer Worlds, Peril on Gorgon looks to build up the game’s quirky universe with “salacious secrets” and “scandalous strangers”. Fans of the game will be delighted with this first look at more of the quirky sci-fi mayhem that made the first game so much fun.


A very brief tease for upcoming first-person fantasy RPG Avowed gives off serious Sykrim vibes as we get a little sneak-peak at our hero wielding a sword in their right hand and casting spells with their left. With not much to go on from this tease, it’s hard to say much – but colour me very intrigued.


From developer INT./NIGHT comes “an original interactive drama”, with its short trailer giving us a glimpse of the gorgeous art style and stellar voice performances. This narrative-driven title looks like it could be your next gaming obsession.


This quirky and innovative new shooter from Obsidian Entertainment feels like a mixture of Honey I Shrunk The Kids and Rust, putting us in the shoes of four miniature heroes on an adventure through the back garden battling insects and critters. Certainly one of the most original titles on the slate!


This psychedelic and colourful sequel to the underrated modern classic looks to be expanding on everything that made the first film so great. Fans and newcomers alike will surely be absorbed by this game’s crazy visuals and gameplay that puts you into one of the most colourful worlds I’ve seen in gaming! Our hopes are high and we can’t wait to play this.


Enhancing the beloved Destiny 2 for next-gen consoles, this new version will run 4K@60fps on Xbox Series X and will also boast an exciting new DLC called Beyond Light that will include a new element called stasis, based on the manipulation of time. This intense shooter looks very well-suited to showing off the Xbox Series X’s strong new hardware.


This the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic PC shooter set in the creepy wasteland horror of Chernobyl promises one of the biggest and most seamless open-worlds to date, with an epic non-linear and branching story with multiple choices throughout and several endings to explore. This one looks breathtakingly terrifying.


This thrilling first-person four-player co-op game has you facing off against hordes of brutal enemies that feel somewhere between zombies and monsters, and by the look of the arsenal on offer, you’ll be able to blast ‘em all to hell. Awwww yeah.


Showing that there is still plenty of life in old properties, this utterly transcendent and dreamy new version of Tetris Effect promises optimized singleplayer and all-new multiplayer alongside truly stunning visuals that will take your breath away. 36 years on, Tetris has still got it. Will it be as popular at Tetris 99 on Switch?


From the creators of Steamworld Dig and Steamworld Heist comes The Gunk, a stylised sci-fi romp putting you in control of a lone explorer trying to clean up an alien world covered in gunk and monsters. As you explore, gather and craft, you will have to keep your wits about you as the dangerous landscape takes its toll.


This supernatural horror noir mystery, which rather bleakly claims to “all start with a dead girl”, has the player controlling two realities at the same time. Ambitious and innovative, this game looks like an incredibly exciting release with stunning visuals and one of the most interesting premises I’ve seen in gaming for a long time.


Featuring lots of hectic melee combat, vastly improved visuals and bigger, better environments, New Genesis: Phantasy Star Online 2’s reveal was scarce on details but certainly has my curiosity. Is it a remaster, or a new title, or what? Hard to say at this point, but certainly one to keep your eyes on as a 20-year update on this much loved Dreamcast online RPG.


While we already knew about this FPS title, this new trailer gives us a much closer look at the campaign and all the fun stuff that comes with it – wingsuits and stealth suits, for starters. The fast-paced military shooter follows the world’s private military corporations battling it out and looks like some good explosive fun.


Yes, the showcase saved the best for last with this stunning surprise cinematic announcement teaser. Promising a “new beginning” for the beloved franchise, this new entry looks to be acting as a reboot following on from the last release in the series 10 whole years ago. With the power of the Xbox Series X behind it, this could be one of the biggest and most immersive games of the generation and will almost certainly be a must-own for gamers. Needless to say, our jaws were firmly on the floor!

Microsoft showed off a solid lineup of new games. They have learnt from the disastrous  Xbox One launch and now understand we are here for the games. Roll on the next generation!

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Tuesday 21 July 2020

TOP 10 Nintendo Switch Racing Games

10. Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix

An often-overlooked entry in the kart racer genre, Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix deserves your attention. While you might not be able to play Mario Kart on the PS4, the addition of Nickelodeon’s pantheon of toon characters makes this a more than worthy alternative. With a much more expansive roster of racers compared to its predecessor, you can now play as characters from all eras of Nicktoons, including classics like Rocko’s Modern Life and Hey Arnold!, as well as the most popular shows releasing today. 

9. Monster Energy Supercross 3

Motocross might be a niche sport in the grand scheme of things, but you shouldn’t overlook Monster Energy Supercross 3. It builds upon its predecessor, combining realistic racing with thrilling online multiplayer for endless replayability. Throw in an intuitive track building feature, and the long-awaited inclusion of female racers, and you’ve got the best two-wheeled racer on the Switch.

8. Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

This remaster of the cult classic kart racer has managed to retain all of the charm and fun of the original CTR, making it a great game for local co-op or tearing up the leaderboards online. But this isn’t just cheap nostalgia bait, and developers Beenox has added more than a graphical update. Brand new unlockable kart parts, character skins and customisation items mean there’s even more incentive to be the fastest on the track.

7. Grip: Combat Racing

Essentially Rollcage for the modern generation, Grip is full-throttle fun. You can drive on any surface: the ground, walls and even the ceiling, in highspeed, low-gravity races. Throw in extensive vehicle customisation options and some cool course designs, and you’ve got a larger than life racer that’s not to be missed.

6. Gear.Club Unlimited 2

Featuring over 30 iconic cars, 200 unique courses and a meaty career mode to sink your teeth into, Gear.Club Unlimited 2 is an underrated gem not to be missed. Couple this with gorgeous graphics that really pop on the Switch screen and gameplay that deftly straddles the line between arcade accessibility and realistic driving physics, and you’re on to a winner. See you on the track!

5. Moto GP 20

The latest entry in the Moto GP series remains the high benchmark for motorcycle sims. An advanced AI system means your opponents react to you and other racers in real-time, meaning no two laps will ever feel the same, making for one of the most realistic motorcycling sims ever. Couple this with a meaty career mode, as well as a chance to play using bikes from some of the most famous races in history, and you’ve got one of the best racing games ever to grace a handheld console.

4. Burnout Paradise Remastered

Burnout is a legendary racing series, and the remaster of Burnout Paradise is without a doubt one of the most satisfying racing experiences on the Switch. Set in Paradise City, races and challenges are held through an open sandbox world full of traffic-heavy roads. There’s no end to the joy of finding new alleyway shortcuts, pulling off more near misses and making the most of the living, breathing fantasy race world around you. 

3. Team Sonic Racing

Often overlooked in the world of character kart racers, Team Sonic Racing is definitely worth your time. Why? Unlike many of its peers, it has a full campaign full of races and challenges, and an overall emphasis on teamwork. Whether you’re playing solo or in multiplayer co-op, you’ll have to work with a cavalcade of characters to ensure you finish at the top of the podium.

2. WRC 8

WRC 8 is the perfect game if you like to get dirty… in a muddy rally car that is! The latest entry in the storied rally championship series, WRC 8 features a comprehensive career mode, 100 unique tracks and a solid 30fps in docked mode. Like rally driving itself, it’s a difficult game to master, requiring split-second decision making. But this also makes it one of the most satisfying racing sims on this list.

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The king of the kart racers, nothing comes close to Mario Kart on the Switch. With the near-perfect balance between pick-up-and-playability and challenge, MK8D truly does cater for everyone. Whether entertaining your grandparents or duking it out with the best online, you’ll find a satisfying experience no matter what you’re looking for.

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