Friday, 27 November 2020

6 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Phone



Worried about how to protect your phone? With a little help from us you can maintain and use it for a long time!


1. Remove unwanted apps, videos and images




Games you no longer play, photos or videos that you can move to a hard drive as well as deleting unwanted ones will keep your phone from lagging and heating up and free up a lot of storage. Closing all the apps that you are not currently using will also reduce lag and save you some battery.


2. Powering off




How many days have you kept your phone on? Never thought of shutting it down like a computer or a laptop? It is best practice to shut down your mobile phone at least once a week for some time. This will make your phone run more efficiently.


3. Best phone battery charging practice




Are you charging your phone overnight for a full 100% battery by the morning? Although many suggest that you charge your phone from 0 to 100%, it may not be a good practice. Your phone battery is built to last only a set number of charging cycles. Charging your phone multiple times a day when the battery goes below 50% and unplugging it from the charger just when it is above 90% will help extend your phone's battery life.


4. Keep your phone away while working out




It’s important to keep exercising even while at home, but while exercising, do not keep your phone in your pocket. It is a good practice to not keep your phone very close to you mainly when you know it is not waterproof. The sweat may cause water damage and your phone.


5. Protect your phone from Viruses and Malware 




Avoid downloading apps from unknown sources and clicking links that look suspicious. Your phone's performance may go down dramatically if you are not taking the right precautions. Viruses and malware can eat up your data too along with sending out your phone's information to third parties. Keep checking your data usage and get rid of such apps ASAP once you have done a thorough check.


6. Cloud Storage




Always backup your data from time to time. Save your important photos, documents or other files on the cloud storage which may be provided by your mobile manufacturer for free. Android devices can be backed up to Google Drive too. So take advantage of these free services and be prepared for unforeseen circumstances.


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Thursday, 19 November 2020

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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

"Great for second hand tech and gadgets." Says the Daily Record

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"Retailers such as CeX are also great for second hand tech and gadgets"

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Tuesday, 17 November 2020

"Eco-friendly Secret Santa gifts for every budget!" Says Voucher Codes Blog


Eco-friendly Secret Santa gifts for every budget

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Thursday, 12 November 2020

Retailers such as CeX are great for second hand tech and gadgets says the Daily Record


Retailers such as CeX are also great for second hand tech and gadgets.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2020

"Shops like CeX are also great for second hand tech if that's what you're shopping for." Says Bristol Live


"Shops like CeX are also great for second hand tech if that's what you're shopping for." Says Bristol Live





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"Shops like CeX are great for second hand" tech Says LeicestershireLive


"Shops like CeX are also great for second hand tech"

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Monday, 9 November 2020

Game Buyer's Guide


Want to know what the best games for each console are?
Are you looking for some inspiration for a present?
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Check out our Game Buyer's Guides for the consoles below!





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Sunday, 8 November 2020

Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix ★★☆☆☆


Kart racers are more often than not, a good time for everyone. Easy for even the most novice gamer to pick up, there’s a reason that they’ve been a staple of each console generation since the early 90s. That makes them a great template for transposing established IPs into the world of video games. From Star Wars to the goddamn WWE, you’d be hard-pressed to find a major property that hasn’t been given the kart treatment.

The colourful cast of Nickelodeon are no exception, who had a couple of starring roles in racing games since the early 2000s, most recently with the 2018 stinker Nickelodeon Kart Racers. Not only did it suffer from an embarrassing lack of content, but it also made the mistake of launching on the same week as Red Dead Redemption 2. I wonder which game got all the headlines? Yet everyone deserves a second chance, and the series is looking to make full use of theirs with the release of Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix. Does it do enough to redeem its predecessor? Read on to find out…

Thankfully, there’s a lot more content on offer this time around. Whereas the first game was limited to 10 playable racers, the sequel has 30 on offer, including characters from Avatar, Hey Arnold!, Spongebob and more. While it’s naturally a massive plus to have a much deeper roster, what’s perhaps even more impressive is how each racer feels unique. Every character has unique stats including top speed, steering and drift capabilities, which isn’t uncommon in kart racers, however, it’s clear a lot of effort went into making these ratings reflect the racer. The rocket-powered Invader Zim has good acceleration, whereas the more timid Chuckie from Rugrats might not be so hard on the gas pedal, but compensates with expert handling. It’s a small detail that goes a long way to make the game feel more authentic towards its cartoon counterparts. 



Unfortunately, that’s where the positive words we have for this game end. While the physical character design is good, there’s no real dialogue at all, with every racer disturbingly silent. It’s almost as if they didn’t have the rights to use any licensed audio, as the music that makes shows like Spongebob Squarepants so memorable is omitted in place of painfully generic tracks. We ended up playing the whole game on mute, as it all got painfully irritating after a while.

Broadly speaking, the level designs are equally uninspired. A few have a couple of fun nods to the shows that inspired them, but many are simply bland and unimaginative, and once you get to the final lap we wouldn’t blame you if you felt dreadfully bored. You could argue that aesthetics aren’t as important as gameplay, but when top franchises like Crash Team Racing and Mario Kart can manage to have an interesting art style as well as solid mechanics, there really isn’t any excuse not to.

And speaking of Mario Kart, we couldn’t shake the feeling that this was a complete rip off of the king of kart racers. Each course has coins that give you a speed boost as you collect them, there are comparable weapons to those in MK and even the Grand Prix format is painfully derivative. However, to be fair, there are worse games to try to emulate than Mario Kart. The only thing is, Nickelodeon Kart Racers doesn’t do it very well. The controls don’t feel responsive at all, with drifting and momentum feeling rough compared to other kart racers. When these mechanics are vital for getting the best lap times, it becomes hugely frustrating after a while. It’s not unplayable, it just comes off like the ‘Tesco Value’ version of a better game.

To wrap up, Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix has to be considered a disappointment. The extra content does make it more enticing than its predecessor, however lacklustre gameplay and a lack of authentic audio leaves it feeling boring and sterile. If you’re a big fan of Nickelodeon it might be worth a look, but when Crash Team Racing and Mario Kart are available, it’s a hard sell.

★★☆☆☆
Tom Baker




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Transformers: Battlegrounds ★★☆☆☆


The Transformers franchise has always made sense in the world of video games. Hulking robots beating the mechanical poop out of each other against a loose backdrop of world domination threats and wisecracking heroes seems like the perfect recipe for gaming fun. Yet despite having a seemingly foolproof premise, everyone’s favourite Robots In Disguise haven’t always had the best time in the digital world. For every Fall of Cybertron, there’s a Mystery of Convoy, which couldn’t even be bothered to spell its own name correctly in the title screen! Couple that with over a decade’s worth of pretty boring movies, and you’ll understand why we weren’t overly thrilled at the prospect of the latest gaming release - Transformers: Battlegrounds. 

Fortunately, it has nothing to do with the Michael Bay movieverse. As in classic series fashion, Megatron has almost got his grubby metallic mitts on the AllSpark, and it’s up to you as the new leader of the Autobots to save the day. A turn-based strategy game based on the ongoing Transformers: Cyberverse series, it’s the Autobots’ first outing in the genre since 2008’s critically acclaimed mobile game G1: Awakening. But is it another hit in a sea of misses? Read on to find out…



Firstly, this is indeed a solid strategy game, for kids. It’s a great way for younger players to get to grips with the genre, introducing them to mechanics like logic paths and tactical insights, set against the backdrop of a familiar, colourful world. There are difficulty options, with the most challenging spiking for more experienced players, but this feels like a very artificial way to boost the difficulty, rather than organically weaving it into the game. That isn’t so much a criticism, rather a disclaimer of who this game is actually for. 

Likewise, the campaign is fairly simple too, a breezy 8-10 hour experience that sees you only being able to control the Autobots. There is an arcade mode in which you can play as the Decepticons, but even with online play, I’m not sure how much longevity you’ll get out of this. 

With that being said, it’s clear a lot of passion for the series went into the making of Battlegrounds. Most of the original voice cast reprise their roles with aplomb, with Starscream hamming it up gloriously well. This adds a real sense of authenticity to proceedings, and coupled with the visuals, will prove to be a delight for fans of the series. 

What’s more, every Autobot has a unique skill set and personality. Each look, feel, move, speak, and fight like their TV show counterparts, adding a layer of depth to the gameplay to bulk out its more basic foundations.

It’s also worth reiterating just how good this game looks. The cell-shaded art style is a delight, and with sandbox-style maps on both Earth and Cybertron, there’s plenty of variety to boot. It’s a nice touch that certain environments are destructible too, as this can force you to change strategy on the fly as cover suddenly disappears.  



But ultimately, despite all these positives, we couldn’t shake the feeling that this could’ve been a mobile game. The tactical strategy genre is perfect for a touch interface, and while what it does it does well, it’s limited scope makes it no more impressive than what you’d find on the iOS App or Google Play Store. And that’s not to say mobile games are inherently bad, we just don’t like paying Triple-A prices for them.

To wrap up, Transformers: Battlegrounds serves as a great introduction for younger players looking to get into more strategy minded games. It teaches all the basic mechanics that will serve them well as they go on to more advanced titles later down the line. But there’s very little to entice more mature fans of the genre or Transformers in general, and with a hefty price point for a glorified mobile game, it’s hard to recommend. 

★★☆☆☆
Tom Baker




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Saturday, 7 November 2020

NHL 21 ★★★☆☆


The annual video game release cycle applies to many, if not all major sports from around the world, and ice hockey is no different. Although it isn’t as big in Europe as it is in the States, we were interested to find out what NHL had to offer for the uneducated fan. Would it be enough to turn us into Hockey Heads (what we presume all hockey fans are called)? Read on to find out...

Firstly, there’s been some small, but marked improvements to the gameplay. The speed of the game is much smoother and the flow of play is more refined, making for much more excitement. For example, now goaltenders are more prepared for rebounds, adding a greater sense of realism to goalmouth scrambles. It all helps to strike the best balance yet between sports simulation and arcade-y fun. 



Unfortunately, the visuals themselves haven’t seen such tweaks. From both a technical and presentation perspective, it’s almost identical to last year’s offering, with menus and animations seemingly copy and pasted over. This might be the result of EA not wanting to invest too much time and resource ahead of the next generation of console releases, but it definitely smacks of laziness. 

Looking at the different game modes on offer, Be A Pro has had the biggest overhaul and was the one we enjoyed the most. Effectively NHL 21’s career mode, it sees you take your journey from the CHL or Europe to the big time of the NHL. It’s surprisingly narrative-heavy, with lots of dialogue options with your coach and manager, as well as GMs when you get drafted to their team. What’s more, there’s even an RPG-Esque morality alignment, which means if you have bad relations with your teammates, they won’t pass the puck to you as often. It adds a layer of depth seldom seen in sports titles, and other franchises would do well to learn from this example.



All the other modes fans have come to expect can be found, without any significant changes. Franchise mode serves as the hockey equivalent of football manager, which can get pretty exciting on draft deadline day, but otherwise doesn’t do anything revolutionary. It also has its own version of Ultimate Team, which works like you’d expect in the NBA or FIFA series, meaning it can be a fun way to build the team of your dreams but is also rife with microtransactions. Your attitude towards loot crate mechanics will determine how much fun you get out of Ultimate Team, but if you can stomach them, then it can easily become the most addictive way to play the game.

To wrap up, NHL 21 offers solid, fast-paced action, making it a fun experience regardless of if you’re a hardcore hockey head (we’re determined to make it stick) or not. There’s plenty of depth, particularly with the Be A Pro mode, but long time fans of the series will be left disappointed with the overall lack of change from NHL 20

★★★☆☆
Tom Baker




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Friday, 6 November 2020

Top 10 Xbox 360 All-Time Best Games


10. Dark Souls II


Widely considered one of the hardest video games ever created, Dark Souls II’s difficulty is its selling point. While the game is often rage-quit levels tough, there is nothing more gratifying as learning an enemy’s weakness and overcoming it in battle. Few games have ever been able to replicate the truly heart-racing tension of Dark Souls II, making it an essential game for Xbox 360 owners.


9. Batman: Arkham City


Easily the finest superhero game ever made, Batman: Arkham City gives players the opportunity to become The Dark Knight in this epic open-world action-adventure. Facing off against the caped crusader’s most notorious enemies, this richly-detailed beat-‘em-up shows what the Xbox 360 was capable of – and is truly packed with content. Have you found all 400 of the in-game collectables? I thought not. Happy hunting!


8. Mass Effect II


Benefitting from smoother gameplay and a deeper narrative than its predecessor, Mass Effect II’s improved Morality meter meant that decisions in the game’s choice-based play were not taken lightly and led to drastically different conclusions and interactions. This epic space drama stills holds up as one of the finest examples of make-your-own-adventure gameplay and truly feels like it is uniquely developing around the player.


7. BioShock


One of the most atmospheric and haunting survival horrors ever made, this role-playing action-adventure mixes science-fiction, drama and action into one of the most remarkable games ever made. Revisiting the underwater city of Rapture today is still just as chilling and exciting as ever, and holds up as one of the finest games of its generation. Choose something different, choose the impossible, choose… Rapture.


6. Fallout: New Vegas


Role-playing masterpiece Fallout: New Vegas expands on the winning formula of Fallout 3 with a staggeringly expansive wasteland packed to the brim with wide-ranging quests. The amazingly detailed level, XP and reputation system combined with the game’s thoroughly remarkable choice-based structure create one of the most rewarding and endlessly replayable RPG epics.


5. Red Dead Redemption


Rockstar’s 2010 classic gave everyone the chance to live the life of a cowboy in a lawless, violent and surprisingly sprawling old West. Packed with the beloved developer’s trademark cinematic narrative structure, richly-detailed open world and engrossing story mode, Red Dead Redemption transported the gamer into a world that had never been so brilliantly explored before on consoles. Get those six-shooters ready. Yee-haw!


4. Gears of War 3


Gears of War 3 brought the original GoW series to an explosive and bloody climax in this masterful swansong to the beloved franchise. With its hilariously over-the-top set pieces and ridiculous violence, Gears of War 3 plays like a gory 80s action movie that never was. With proficient graphics and sound design to this day, Gears of War 3 still plays like one of the finest action shooters on the console.


3. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim


Fus-ro-dah! It simply isn’t a gaming best-of list without keeping one of the top spot’s for Skyrim, and for good reason. This fantasy epic – now available in everything from VR to handheld – is at its best when played on a good old fashioned home console, and the Xbox 360 edition still has a whole lot to give. The living, breathing world of Tamriel pushed the Xbox 360 to its limit and still looks, feels and plays as good as ever.


2. Grand Theft Auto V


One of the finest games ever made, Grand Theft Auto V holds up ridiculously well even on its earlier iteration on the Xbox 360. With an unprecedented scale and cinematic structure beyond what had ever been seen on home consoles, GTA V cemented Rockstar as gaming’s mightiest developer. The third highest-selling title in the history of gaming, GTA V will almost certainly never be topped in the open-world genre.


1. Halo 3


Along with a stellar campaign that brought the original Master Chief trilogy to a satisfy conclusion, Halo 3’s highlight is the stellar offline multiplayer. There’s nothing better than getting together with a few friends and blasting your way through the Halo 3 campaign in split-screen co-op, making this phenomenal trilogy closer the finest game on the 360.


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