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Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore

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So Much Missed Potential

Sea of Thieves was meant to be a return to form for Rare, a game studio with a loved history that had been relegated to Kinect-hell for years. How does it fare in the end? Kinect-hell might not have been so bad after all.


 Echogear Monitor Mounts - Taking Your Game To New Heights

Have you ever considered mounting your monitors? Getting a display off the desk saves valuable space and can give you the kind of movement and adjustment a normal stand just can’t. Today, we’re looking at Echogear’s dual monitor stand. You might know them from their excellent TV mounts but are they good enough for your PC? Let’s find out.


Launch Impressions - A Broken, Shallow Pool

Sea of Thieves is the game many people have been looking at saving Microsoft from the idea that they have no first party titles worth purchasing. Sea of Thieves, in the end, is not that game.


Yakuza 6: Song of Life Review - A Fitting End To A Legend - The RPG Files

As someone who has never played a Yakuza game until now, I was initially tentative in picking up Yakuza 6: The Song of Life to review. A game with such a storied and beloved history felt like something a newcomer such as myself just couldn’t navigate. Yet within the first hour I was hooked.


Total War Arena Review - A Good Concept Mired in Issues

Total War Arena is an interesting entry into the overall franchise. While not a fully fledged Total War game, it strives to turn the historically large scale single-player battles from previous entries into set piece battles you play a smaller role in with other players. How does the team at Creative Assembly do in accomplishing this? Results are, unfortunately, mixed.


Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age PC Review - Ivalice Never Looked So Good

In many ways, Final Fantasy XII really established the nature of the series we can still see with newer releases such as Final Fantasy XV today. Flashforward eleven years and the game has finally found its way onto PC with the remaster which originally released on PlayStation 4 last year. And with the PC release comes a myriad of changes and additions that make Final Fantasy XII on PC the best way to experience its story yet.


XFX Rx 570 RS 8GB Black Edition Review: Powerfully Cool 1080p Card

AMD’s 570 Polaris architecture is a compelling reason to choose PC gaming over console in normal circumstances. But how does the newest Rx 570 in the XFX line hold up compared to the Rx 580, and is it a good enough value when you look at how mining has changed the GPU pricing landscape?


Victrix Pro AF Headset - Interview with Victrix General Manager Oz Maker

Victrix made news in recent weeks thanks to its partnership with Team Kaliber, an eSports team and winner of CWL Dallas, equipping the eSports pros with its debut product, the Victrix Pro AF. This headset has been built from the ground up for eSports events and LAN tournaments, making its debut at CWL New Orleans earlier this year.


Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia Hands On Impressions and Interview

It’s 878 AD and The Great Heathen Army has been defeated at the hands of the West Seaxet King Alfred the Great. An uneasy peace as settled across the land that will become Britain and Ireland a millenia later. Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia has one of the more interesting settings in a Total War game, and its this setting that gives the first of the Total War Saga games a lot of its flavor.


Plextor M9Pe M.2 NVMe SSD Review: Cosmic Speeds, Itty-Bitty Size

Gamers and content creators alike rely on the ability of their PCs to quickly access large data sets. M.2 drives have become more and more mainstream, and Plextor means to add another quality drive to their line-up. The question is: does the drive live up to the claims Plextor is making?


Astro A20 Review - Great Package for the Cost

Astro headsets are generally synonymous with one of gaming’s greatest audio brands. So does the Astro A20 live up to the name, or is it just an overpriced headset in a saturated market? The A20 is actually quite good.


AMD Vega 64 Reference Edition - Was the Hype Worth the Wait?

AMD Vega has been somewhat of a mixed product. The incredibly hyped, yet often delayed graphics architecture from AMD was finally released, but it’s release wasn’t without its issues last year. From stock issues thanks to low supply and demand from ethereum miners to a confusing way of packaging the product with monitors and game discounts, AMD Vega had a lot to live up to. So, was the hype worth the wait?


PUBG On XBox One - How Did THIS Happen?

Jumping into PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One this week, almost immediately I was met with something that just didn’t look or feel right. Having logged over 150 hours on the PC version, I went into PUBG on my Xbox One X expecting the same fevered gameplay with the obvious compromises consoles bring with them - controller in a reactive shooter, 30 frames per second and a reduction in visual quality. What I got, however, was worse than you could probably imagine.


Developer Interview & Final Thoughts from G-Star 2017

As I sat across the table from Hyung-Jun Kim at GStar 2017 in Busan, South Korea, you could tell Ascent: Infinite Realm was clearly something Bluehole was passionate about. Even through the translator that passion came across - everything Kim spoke of lit his eyes up. There were so many questions to be answered, so many issues encountered during our gameplay session - especially with A:IR’s flagship (see what I did there?) feature - airship to airship combat.


Hands On PvE Impressions from G-Star 2017

Starting my adventure, I first spoke to a fox-like being who set me on the path to learn how to fly. Funny, a fox, teaching me - a human - how to fly. Yet that is the type of stuff you can expect to see while you level to the end game in Ascent: Infinite Realm, the upcoming MMO from Bluehole.