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Updated: Apr 30, 2016 08:58
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Microsoft Quantum Break- Xbox One

Time itself has broken down and it is up to you to figure out how to stop it from ending as you...

3 expert reviews

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Microsoft Xbox One

If you are already committed to PS4, I don’t think that you will change your mind now. If you’re...

97 expert reviews | 2706 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 98

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS Review - This in-depth review of the Nintendo 3DS covers its design, select games...

442 expert reviews | 2331 user reviews

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Sony PlayStation 4 / PS4

Conclusions The Sony PlayStation 4 feels like a beefed-up PlayStation 3, and that's just fine. It...

64 expert reviews | 11271 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Nvidia Shield

With the Shield, Nvidia aims to deliver a powerful gaming handheld centered around the Android...

36 expert reviews | 508 user reviews

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alaScore 96

New Nintendo 3DS XL

Its name might not make it clear, but the New Nintendo 3DS XL is a solid step up from and worthy...

12 expert reviews | 667 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Nintendo New 3DS

Portable games consoles are still a thing. As the Wii U flounders, it's almost easy to forget...

21 expert reviews | 67 user reviews

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Nintendo WII U

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Sony PlayStation Vita

The original Sony PlayStation Vita was an impressive piece of technology. While the Nintendo 3DS...

96 expert reviews | 738 user reviews

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alaScore 93

Nintendo 3DS XL/LL

What we’re left with is a mid-generation upgrade that isn’t essential, but it could be at some...

40 expert reviews | 1889 user reviews

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alaScore 92

LeapFrog Leap TV

At its RRP of £120, the Leap TV is quite expensive, but it's already available on Amazon for £89...

1 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

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Nintendo 2DS

The Nintendo 2DS certainly turned a lot of heads in the gaming world as it was a handheld many...

18 expert reviews | 613 user reviews

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alaScore 92

Nintendo DS

Co-published with Laptop Magazine: Solutions for Business and Life. When Nintendo outlined its...

428 expert reviews | 3617 user reviews

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alaScore 91

Sony Playstation 3 Slim

The newest PlayStation 3 is a step down from its predecessor, with a higher price, illogically...

60 expert reviews | 2731 user reviews

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alaScore 91

PlayStation TV

The PlayStation TV is a small black box that connects to a television set via HDMI cable. Inside...

8 expert reviews | 78 user reviews

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alaScore 89

Link Super Smash Bros Series Amiibo (Nintendo Wii U or 3DS)

I like what Nintendo has done with the Amiibos. The Link one has multiple games that it can be...

11 user reviews

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alaScore 89

Microsoft XBOX 360 Premium

The Xbox 360 deserves a medal for its stunning looks and superb content, but the hardware isn't...

2 expert reviews | 553 user reviews

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alaScore 89

Power A DualShock 4 Controller Charging Station for PlayStation 4 (PS4)

DOA. I realize these things happen but I just thought I would add my review. Check out the nyko...

56 user reviews

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alaScore 89

Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Italia Edition Tx Racing Wheel for Xbox One

I wish I could give it a 4 and a half rating because you have to update the firmware first thing...

20 user reviews

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Microsoft Xbox One 1TB

for the price you can't go wrong, the SDD alone is worth $500(ish) and the controller is $150 by...

17 user reviews

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alaScore 89

Sony 711719503309

I should have bought one long ago

13 user reviews

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alaScore 89

Bowser Super Smash Bros Series Amiibo (Nintendo Wii U or 3DS)

Son loved the Bowser as well for his collection!!!!! :)

12 user reviews

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Microsoft Xbox 360

When the Xbox 360 hit in 2005 it promised to revolutionize gaming. Microsoft got most of the way...

34 expert reviews | 3128 user reviews

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alaScore 89

Sony Playstation 3 Original

The new Sony PlayStation 3 packs the same excellent gaming and media features and almost double...

131 expert reviews | 9140 user reviews

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alaScore 89

NVIDIA Shield Pro

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242 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Game Consoles

    Choosing a new video game console or portable device can be a difficult exercise. Consoles seemingly become obsolete after just a couple of years, and finding out which one is going to be the next big thing can be frustrating. Today, the market has stabilized and three major consoles and two portable units have seized the lion's share of the market: the Nintendo Wii, the Microsoft Xbox 360, and the Sony PlayStation 3, and the portable Nintendo DS and Sony PlayStation Portable.



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    Nintendo Wii – Fun for Everyone

    The Nintendo Wii is currently the most popular game console in the world. Geared toward a broad demographic of casual gamers, families, and children & adolescents, the Wii offers a vast library of titles, accessories, and support services. The Wii offers full online play free of charge.

    The Wii also offers a unique and wildly popular wireless controller interface, the famed Wii Remote, which detects movement in three dimensions. Wii games are typically very active, and players act out the motions of what they would like to do onscreen in the game world. For example, the game Wii Sports includes golf, tennis, and bowling, and in each of these games players must swing the remote like a golf club, a tennis racket, or mimic the motion of rolling a bowling ball. In other Wii games, you may be called upon to use the Wii Remote to swing a sword, throw punches at a opponent, or drive a car.

    An added advantage is that the Wii is backward compatible with the Nintendo GameCube, and gamers who upgrade can keep and play their favorite titles from the older platform. Many classic titles from even older platforms are available to play online at the Wii website.

    Microsoft Xbox 360 – Gamer's Paradise

    The Xbox 360 has been embraced by avid gamers and fans of online play. The Xbox 360 is the only platform to play games from the wildly successful Halo series, and the Xbox 360 has distinguished itself among fans of first-person shooter games and sports titles. The Xbox 360 is available in three distinct models:

    • Xbox 360 Arcade – This is the entry level version, and includes a wireless controller and five free games on a single disc: Boom Boom Rocket, Feeding Frenzy, Luxor 2, Uno, and Pac-Man Championship Edition.
    • Xbox 360 Pro – This model includes everything from the Arcade version, and adds in a detachable 60GB hard drive loaded with additional games and content, and an upgraded motherboard.
    • Xbox 360 Elite – The Elite features a 120GB hard drive, and various game bundles that include Halo 3, Fable II, Lego Indiana Jones, and Kung Fu Panda.

     

    Xbox Live is the online component of the Xbox 360 gaming experience, and offers both free and subscription account services. Xbox Live also allows users to download television shows and movies from an extensive content library. The Xbox Live Arcade service provides access to classic games from a number of different platforms.

    The Xbox 360 is backward compatible with the original Xbox, and supports the full range of older games. The Xbox can also be the centerpiece of a multifunctional entertainment system – it can play DVDs, and is HD and HDMI compatible.

    Sony PlayStation 3 – The Blu-ray Advantage

    The primary distinguishing factor of the PS3 is that it supports the Blu-ray Disc format. Not only do the games look more vivid and realistic, but you can play Blu-ray movies as well, making the PS3 the most versatile of the game consoles. For consumers looking to combine gaming with an entertainment center in one convenient package, the PS3 is a popular choice.

    The Sony PS3 has more titles than any other gaming system, and users have responded enthusiastically to the wide range of available games and entertainment. Popular titles include games of the Final Fantasy series, Metal Gear Solid, and Assassin's Creed. The PlayStation Network offers online play to PS3 users, free of charge. Older PS and PS2 titles can be downloaded for a modest fee.

    The PS3 currently offers limited backward compatibility with the PS and PS2 – some older games work, others do not. Sony has pledged to make the PS3 completely backward compatible with forthcoming software updates. In September 2009, Sony launched a new version of the PS3, the PS3 Slim, which is 33 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter and more energy efficient than previous models, and features an upgradeable 120GB hard drive.

    Nintendo DS – The World's Most Popular Portable

    The Nintendo DS is a portable gaming device with broad demographic appeal. Like the Wii, the DS features a unique input device (in addition to the standard buttons): the DS Stylus, a pen-like device that allows you to manipulate sprites and enter information on the touch-sensitive screen. The DS has limited Internet capability via an add-on cartridge. The DS also has a built-in microphone that can be used for speech-recognition, online chat, and other game applications.

    Sony PlayStation Portable – Console Gaming on the Go

    The Sony PSP has met with acclaim and enthusiasm from the hardcore gaming crowd because of its robust technology that allows a portable gaming experience that is the graphical and gameplay equivalent of console performance. The PSP uses optical discs, and has advanced multimedia functions that include a photo, music & video organizer, Internet microbrowser, VoIP access, and remote play.

    As the PlayStation Vita was first shown at E3 2011 and released in February 2012 in North America, Europe, Australia and Latin America. It was previously codenamed Sony NGP (Next Generation Portable). The PlayStation Vita is easily the most technologically advanced handheld to date, with dual quad-core processors, an 5-inch OLED touchscreen display, front and rear facing cameras, optional 3G connectivity, a rear touch panel, and a built-in accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a digital compass.

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