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Resident Evil 3 Remake Review – Is it worth an hour?

Resident Evil 3 Remake Review: Is it worth an hour?

This is our Resident Evil 3 Remake Review. Is it worth an hour of your time?The survival horror game is back 14 months after the incredible Resident Evil 2 Remake was released, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis has been remade. Titled Simply Resident Evil 3.

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Saturday, 4 April 2020

Resident Evil is back 14 months after the incredible Resident Evil 2 Remake was released, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis has been remade. Titled Simply Resident Evil 3. This is our Resident Evil 3 Remake Review. Is it worth an hour of your time?

Plot

The game is set in the same universe as Resident Evil 2, set in the American Midwest in a place called Raccoon City, the city is over run by a biological threat. The T-Virus. However Resident Evil 3 illustrates the outbreak and conclusion of the incident.

You take control of Jill Valentine a member of a specialist squad of the police force known as STARS. STARS are tasked of investigating a pharmaceutical company called Umbrella. They’ve determined that the T-Virus is a biological weapon and Umbrella are behind it all. Losing several team members in the process.

It is up to Jill and other remaining members of STARS to get this truth out in to the world. Though the police department are found to be under Umbrella’s sway. Making this task almost impossible.  Especially since she is constantly chased by a monster zombie which has been dispatched to stop her, called the Nemesis T-Type.

Resident Evil 3 is a survival horror which will have you constantly in fear and relentlessly chased by the undead horde. The city is in ruins and there’s chaos everywhere.

But is it worth an hour of your time? Sit back and read/watch the Resident Evil 3 Remake review!

Well sit back, grab some popcorn and find out our thoughts on the latest Zombie game from Capcom.

Like a Movie

I’d like to firstly say that this game is just like a movie. The pacing of the story is great, the mix between gameplay and cutscenes is seamless, you really get a feel and relationship with Jill and Carlos.

From the very start you know you’re in a terrible, apocalyptic like pandemic. You can feel the urgency in the air, you can feel the unease. You are thrust straight into he action. Which is what Resident Evil 3: Nemesis was all about. It’s very much apparent in the remake. Action Action Action.

Which brings me on to horror.

 

 

Horror

This game makes you feel always on edge. Especially if you play in 5.1 surround sound. You hear everything, from a window being smashed to a bin being knocked over. You’ll find yourself looking over your shoulder in real life.

You’ll hear creepy knocks and creaks…then all of a sudden it goes quiet for no reason whatsoever. Sometimes something happens. Sometimes, nothing happens. That’s how tense this game is.

The music plays a major role in this, as it will just come into play, which makes you realise something is about to happen, you know something is around the corner but you just don’t want to go around. You have to though!

That’s the sign of an immersive game.

The REAL horror comes not from the Zombies themselves as they’re not overly scary. But the fright. The not knowing what’s going to happen next. Then BOOM. Something happens and you’ve gone from 0-100 real quick.

So PAY ATTENTION and don’t take your eyes off the ball because there will be JUMP scares. Even when you least expect it.

Zombies

The zombies aren’t overly scary but they look for lack of a better term. “Real”

They are however persistent and will stop at nothing to get you. Even when you think you have killed them you haven’t.

There was often times where I thought I had cleared a room, to then be pounced upon by a Zombie I thought I had eliminated. Remember to make sure you kill them. Give them an extra shot or two. Won’t hurt. Remember the undead can’t really die.

That’s what I loved most about the Zombies, some of them are a real challenge to defeat.

 

 

Puzzles

The Puzzles are back and they are fantastic. We cannot give too much away as we want to leave an air of mystery around them, as it’s much more enjoyable to find things out on your own than to be told how to do things.

But whilst you are scavenging. A vital part of the game. You’ll find various notes which will give you clues on how to complete puzzles or find certain collectables that you need to advance in the game

Don’t go flicking through the pages and not reading them. You HAVE to read them if you want to get anywhere fast in the game.

Don’t be the type to go back into the menu and re-read things that you should’ve read the first time around.

They’re there for a reason. They’re there to help you.

I loved this about Resident Evil 3. It gives it a much longer play time as for me anyway it made me want to explore the whole lot. I wanted to find out everything and get as much info about the area or level as I can.

Doing so allowed me to get added extras that made my life easier. So go scavenge at your heart’s content and make the game easier for yourself! Thank me later!

Overall Thoughts

Overall this game is fantastic and one that I can see myself coming back to again and again. Especially since I missed things in certain areas of the game that I wanted to go back and explore. There’s also Resident Evil Resistance to get your teeth stuck into. Various collectables to go back and collect. If you love Resident Evil you’ll enjoy this addition to the franchise. Pick it up. You won’t regret it. It’s definitely worth an hour of your time. More than hour in fact.

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Resident Evil 3 Remake: Top 7 Tips For Beginners

Resident Evil 3 Remake: Top 7 Tips For Beginners!

The Resident Evil 3 remake is finally here, but is it better than the original? Check out our Top 7 Reasons as to why the remake IS better!

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Saturday, 4 April 2020

Resident Evil 3 Remake: The top 7 tips for all you beginners out there to the franchise! Resident Evil is back 14 months after the incredible Resident Evil 2 Remake was released, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis has been remade. Titled Simply Resident Evil 3.  The game is set in the same universe as Resident Evil 2, set in the American Midwest in a place called Raccoon City, the city is over run by a biological threat. The T-Virus. However Resident Evil 3 illustrates the outbreak and conclusion of the incident.

You take control of Jill Valentine a member of a specialist squad of the police force known as STARS. STARS are tasked of investigating a pharmaceutical company called Umbrella. They’ve determined that the T-Virus is a biological weapon and Umbrella are behind it all. Losing several team members in the process. It is up to Jill and other remaining members of STARS to get this truth out in to the world. Though the police department are found to be under Umbrella’s sway. Making this task almost impossible.  Especially since she is constantly chased by a monster zombie which has been dispatched to stop her, called the Nemesis T-Type.

Resident Evil 3 is a survival horror which will have you constantly in fear and relentlessly chased by the undead horde. The city is in ruins and there’s chaos everywhere.

Now the backstory is out of the way it’s time to dive into the Top 7 Tips for Beginners to Resident Evil:

Resident Evil 3 Remake Tips #1
Scavenging

For newcomers to the series there’s an element to the game that is almost mandatory. You HAVE to scavenge and take your time.

You can speed run, but I suggest you play the game first and take it ALL in because not only is this game worth it but the perks of scavenging are there.

Look around on desks, use your flashlight to find things. You’ll never know what you’ll find which may come in useful later on down the line. Such as gunpowder to make ammo or green herb to give you health.

Notes and pieces of paper are VITAL in this game. Don’t just pick up a piece of paper and flick through it. There WILL be clues to help you proceed on to the next part of the game. I cannot show you explicit examples as that would be cheating. But trust me. You WILL need to read the notes left around the city.

Resident Evil 3 Remake Tips #2
IT’S SCARY

This game is scary. Not hide behind the pillow kind of scary but this is poop your pants scary. You’ll often find yourself swearing at the telly, because your being chased by a big ass rodent and you have no ammo left and you’re low on health and you cannot see where you’re going.

It’s a real adrenaline boost especially during jump scares and there’s a lot. You’ll often find yourself going. OH MY GOD! WHERE DID YOU COME FROM? or WHAT I THOUGHT I KILLED YOUR ASS! – Yes you got to make sure the Zombie is dead as sometimes you think there dead. Then boom. You’re zombie food.

So utilise headshots and look at your downed Zombies. Make sure they’re dead. Otherwise it will come to bite you in the ass.

Resident Evil 3 Remake Tips #3
It’s DARK

Following on from the last two points. Resident Evil 3 is DARK. Very DARK. It’s designed to act like a horror movie. It’s designed to make you jump.

The game is designed in this way to make you feel scared, it’s forcing you to scavenge and pay attention to what’s around you. 

So please don’t go cheating and turning up the brightness in the game. It just ruins the fun for both you and the game.

Like your parents used to say if you’re not going to play properly, don’t play at all. So play it in the dark. Literally, play it in the dark, at night, curtains drawn. 5.1 surround sound and turned up LOUD. Thank me later. 

You’re just a beginner but, you want to experience it the right way.

Resident Evil 3 Remake Tips #4
Play in 5.1 Surround Sound

Which leads me perfectly on to point number 4.

I suggest you play in 5.1 surround sound, if you can, to make the most of things. The game is so much more enjoyable.


It makes the game that much more jumpy, you feel your heart start to bump faster, the creepy music sets in and you know something is around the corner but you don’t want to go round there, but you have to, but you don’t wanna get scared.


That’s the sign of an immersive game. You’ll hear everything. The bumps and the cracks in a house, things being knocked over. You’ll hear a distant Zombie eurgh…..

You’ll be IN Racoon City.

Resident Evil 3 Remake Tips #5
PAY ATTENTION!

As I stated earlier , you’ll have to read, read and read again, these notes help push the story along and help you understand it better. Plus there’s clue’s left in these notes to help you find things.

I’m being cagey because I don’t want to give too much away, this is a game that relies on things not being spoiled. The pay off is better for it.

You don’t even have to know about previous Resident Evil games to play it. Just pay attention to the opening cutscene and you’ll be up to speed.

Also look around and pay attention to what’s around you, there will be things that can help you but you won’t see it unless you stop and look around.

Corners are also something you should keep an eye on. A zombie COULD be waiting for you.

Pay attention to your characters quips, there’ll be tips on how to achieve certain things. Again I know I’m being cagey, I have to. We want you to have as much of an enjoyable experience playing this fantastic game as we did.

Just pay attention to the game. No mobile phone next to you. No twitter, no facebook. Just you and Resident Evil 3.

Resident Evil 3 Remake Tips #6
RPG Elements

You need to combine things. This is kind of like an RPG element to the game, you can combine almost anything in this game.

Again, the game is trying to help you succeed. Before I ever played a Resident Evil game before this did frighten me a little and confuse me.

But it’s simple and the game helps you understand the best way to do things. You can combine health items, gun items and other general items to help you along the way.

There’ll be one thing somewhere and it’s missing something. So you got to go and scavenge and pay attention to the notes and find the other part.

See how all these different elements are combining to help create a lasting game? That’s what makes Resident Evil games so rewarding and replayable. There is so much to do!

Resident Evil 3 Remake Tips #7:
Use Your Map

Lastly.

Use your MAP. It is a godsend.

In Resident Evil 3 the map will help you see things you’ve missed. It will help you scavenge. It even encourages scavenging. The map is shown red if you haven’t looked hard enough for bits. It will show as blue when everything you can pick up has been found.

HOWEVER.

Things like bits of paper or notes, you’ll have to look for on your own. They don’t affect the map.

So there you have it, I hope you can take these tips and go out there into Racoon City and save mankind.

NOTE: IT IS HARD. Don’t play on hardcore first. Don’t make the same mistake I did you’ll be screaming at the TV for days.

Please, get out there and get saving Racoon City!

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Resident Evil 3 Remake: Top 7 Reasons why it’s better than the original

Resident Evil 3 Remake: Top 7 Reasons why it's better than the original!

Resident Evil is back 14 months after the incredible Resident Evil 2 Remake was released, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis has been remade. Here are our Top 7 tips for all you beginners out there to the franchise!

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Saturday, 4 April 2020

The Resident Evil 3 remake is finally here, but is it better than the original? Resident Evil is back 14 months after the incredible Resident Evil 2 Remake was released, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis has been remade. Titled Simply Resident Evil 3.

There are some key changes as it’s important to note that Resident Evil 3 isn’t a shot for shot remake of the original Resident Evil 3: Nemesis game. The game has also pivoted to an over the shoulder look as opposed to a somewhat birds eye view look.

So let’s dive into why the Resident Evil 3 Remake is better than the original.

Added Extras

The Remake isn’t shot for shot rehash of the original, which you’ll be glad to know. There have been added extras to keep you on your toes.

Firstly in the original there were parts in the game where you had to decide on two different options at certain points in the game. This lead to the original having multiple endings. Sure this gives users a repayable option. But in our opinion the remake is better for omitting this.

Why? Well you learn more about the overall story arc. We cannot say much but the way the story is told in the remake allows for a more cohesive, consistent narrative and as a result relate more to the characters and allows you to feel for them more authentically, than if you were to choose their outcome.

 

 

 

 

Graphics

This one goes without saying as the original came out over 20 years ago, but the game looks fantastic. No more blockiness!

Gore looks fantastic and the environment looks realistic, for those who have played Resident Evil 2 remake, you’ll feel some familiarity as it was built on the same RE Engine.

It may be a dark game but they do the dark well. There is a depth to what you’re viewing on screen and it’s not just a black wall of nothingness, there is depth and it feels real.

Zombies look for lack of a better term because you know zombies don’t exist. But Zombies look real!

The dodge move is better than evade

The original game had an evade move that was good, but not as good as Dodge.

Dodge is incredible here, it has saved my ass plenty of times.

Dodge a zombie coming to eat your face and you are able to either turn around and shoot their head off, or if you’re in a pinch run away.

There’s also a couple different types of dodge in the remake. A regular ol’ dodge that will just dodge out the way to safety, and a perfect dodge. Simply time it right when a zombie is lunging for you and it will take you juuuust that little bit further away.

Allowing you to get a better shot on or get away that much faster.

Carlos is playable –

Not only is he a playable character, he’ll have more of an impact on the game’s story than he originally did, having undergone a slight makeover for the remake.

Carlos is now a playable character!

Not only that but you’ll get to play a certain part of the game as just him. He’ll play an integral role in the story arc of the game, more so than he did before.

He also looks more of a gritty, military type guy than in the original too.

So, yes, you’ll get to make use of the assault rifle. But don’t get it twisted, this won’t make the game any easier than before.

The Zombies are still gonna eat you. Like we said in the other video, stay safe and pay attention to what’s around you!

 

 

 

Nemesis Upgraded Look and Abilities

Nemesis has been upgraded and boy does he look MEAN!

He’s scarier and a lot bigger than he was in the original game, bringing a much more scarier look to him than he was in the original version of Resident Evil 3

Not only that he also has upgraded looks, we won’t say much because we want it to be a surprise, but he also has upgraded abilities such as using weapons!

Put it this way you are going to be doing a LOT of running!

 

 

 

 

 

Racoon City

Racoon City is more explorable and less linear than it’s original.

The overall layout is more or less the same than Resident Evil 3: Nemesis but has an open world feel to it, allowing you, at points to go back and gather up intel or items that you hadn’t before. As you play through the game you’ll realise why this is very very important.

Having the ability to explore more of the city is vital to the game and it could attribute to how easily you can manage to get through certain parts of the game.

That being said Capcom have added some areas of Racoon City which are brand new. As always we’ll let you enjoy the discovery for yourself.

 

Mercenaries Mode Has Been Dropped for Resistance Mode

Mercenaries mode has been dropped in favour for a brand new mode called Resistance Mode.

In the original Resident Evil 3 once you completed it you could play The Mercenaries: Operation Mad Jackal game mode.

Where you played 3 playable characters to save Racoon city and survive across town.

Resistance is a little similar but different all at the same time, a brand new survival horror mode. Which pits 4 players against 1.

Displayed in a symmetrical view on screen, 4 players are the survivors,  who need to work together to survive.

Each character have their own set of traits and they must work together in tandem to help solve puzzles.

While the 5th player will be the ‘mastermind’ they track the players. It is their job to stop the others from surviving, by summoning traps and other zombies to stop them achieving their goal. The Mastermind can even control the zombies and become a terrifying tyrant! 

The footage you are seeing above is from the trailer as the multiplayer aspect of the game wasn’t available until after release, expect a worth an hour from us on this soon!

So that’s that, are you a Resident Evil veteran and feel the same way, let us know your tips in the comments below! Or think that the original was better, air your thoughts below!

So, what are you waiting for,get saving Racoon City!

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Range Rover PHEV

We’ve recently been on a fantastic road trip, in a beast of a car, the Range Rover Phev! This was all thanks to an app called THE OUT!

 

Firstly we want to make a note of how BEAUTIFUL this car is. PHEV vehicles enjoy the same levels of quality and refinement as other Range Rovers. The materials and finish are premium and at an exemplar level. Not only that it also comes with lots of TECH! Just what we love! Such as the Touch Pro Duo and the Interactive Driver Display. Touch Pro Duo is Range Rovers latest entertainment/information technology. They’re calling it infotainment system. It seamlessly integrates two 10” high-definition Touchscreens, allowing you to simultaneously interact with multiple features easily! The Interactive Driver Display is an optional 12.3″ HD display which will show a vast amount of driving information and active safety data. Allowing you to see a full map and control other media. Ever get into a car on a hot day and got burned?! Well to prevent overheating there’s an auto sunblind which will close automatically when passengers have disembarked and the doors locked.

Charging

To charge the Range Rover PHEV, it takes 7.5 hours to recharge using your home charging cable. However this is dependent on your local power supply. Furthermore by using Timed Charging you can specify when the PHEV charges. Allowing you to take advantage of off peak electricity tariffs. While by using this you could simply choose the best time of day to charge for you! The PHEV has been designed fantastically, for example the charging port is in the front grille! So not only does it provide an easy connection, it’s hidden from sight and doesn’t affect how the PHEV looks!

 

Intelligent Plug-In Hybrid Display

Integrated within Touch Pro Duo and the Interactive Driver Display, we are absolutely amazed by this feature. As it will tell you just how good you’re driving, including how efficient you are! So all that money spent on filling up may be down to you! The display will give you real time data about hwo the electric motor is working alongside the petrol engine.

Cabin Preconditioning

This feature would be fantastic on those cold winter mornings! You can pre-heat or pre-cool the inside of the car before you get in via the app. All this without turning on the vehicles engine! Furthermore you still maintain full electric range!

Intelligent Routing

PHEV owners will be able to see where the charging points are as they’ll be highlighted on a given route. This works alongside the InControl feature. It will also detail the most efficient route for both gradient and terrain, shown on the upper Touchscreen.

Plug In Hybrid Fuel Economy

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you are using EV mode, the engine will give a mileage limit of 25-24miles. On Longer journeys both motors (electric/petrol) will work alongside to produce an incredible 72g/km CO2 emissions! Therefore saving on fuel costs and a cleaner environment!

Quiet

The Range Rover PHEV is the quietest Range Rover! Furthermore it has a seamless transition between petrol and electric, creating a sense of serenity within the interior space.

 

 

 

 

Exceptional Capabilities

As with all Range Rovers, the Range Rover PHEV is no different. It can handle even the most treacherous of terrains with ease. It will give the most composed and capable drive across any terrain. EV mode allows for exceptional control at low speeds. Plus maintaining Ranger Rovers best in class wading capacity of up to 900mm!

 

 

 

 

Ride

The off roading is super easy with the AWD capabilities. You can attack the demands of the terrain as standard. However with the Optional Terrain Response 2 you can do so much more! The PHEV will automatically adapt to the response of the engine, gearbox, differentials and chassis system, to the driving conditions. Furthermore there’s a total of 7 different driving modes. Such as Dynamic, Eco, Comfort, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl. One aspect of what makes the PHEV have a smooth ride is the Speed Lowering System. This will use the electronic air suspension to reduce the aerodynamic drag at cruising speeds. How? Well the system will lower the vehicle ride height by 15mm from normal ride height. However, this will only happen once 65mph has been reached. Furthermore as part of the Terrain Response, the car will calibrate the suspension settings to provide a more refined drive. For example it will deliver a firmer suspension setting to accomodate a more dynamic driving style.

Help

Advanced Tow Assist will help those with trailers! It will allow you to control the direction of your trailer when reversing. The optional system, the rotary Terrain Response 2 controller, will control your  vehicles steering to achieve the desired trailer trajectory. While, Land Rover’s patented Hill Descent Control (HDC) is a standard feature. This features helps drivers with controlled descents of difficult slopes. It does this by maintaining a constant speed and applying the brake separately to each of the wheels.

Lights

The Range Rover PHEV has some incredible all round exterior LED lighting. This is as standard too! They’re pixel laser LED headlights provide 5 times the higher luminance than standard LED lights too! They become operational above 60mph when no other external lights are detected. They’ll produce clear sight for up to 55o meters!

Range Rover PHEV Safety

If a potential collision is detected drivers will get given a warning. This allows you to take action. However, if there is no action, the system will brake for you. A Lane Detection Warning system can warn you when you are unintentionally drifting out of lane. It will too notify you with a visual alert, but also give you a steering wheel vibration. Furthermore when you reverse, the senses in the rear bumper are triggered. The Touchscreen and audio feedback will indicate how close you are to obstacles. The cruise control with speed limiter will also help drivers maintain speed without continued use of the accelerator. Therefore helping to prevent fatigue!

There are also some optional added safety features:

The Drive Pack will give you Driver Condition Monitor, Blind Spot Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition and Adaptive Speed Limiter!

Drive Pro Pack features all of the above plus Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control and High-Speed Emergency Braking.

While the Park Pack has a 360° Parking Aid and Rear Traffic Monitor. Clear Exit Monitor which will alert backseat passengers to any approaching cars, cyclists or other hazards.

Also the Park Pro features the Park Pack contents and Park Assist to make parallel and perpendicular parking easier than ever by steering your vehicle into a suitable space.

Yet, if you want it all! The Driver Assist Pack contains the most comprehensive suite of drive and park technologies. Building on both the Drive Pro and Park Pro Packs, the Driver Assist Pack offers additional Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist and 360° Surround Camera.

Range Rover PHEV Technologies

Every Range Rover PHEV has a 500mb SIM card equipped. On the Essential data plan you’ll have to pay no extra. You’ll get 500mb of data per month for free for 3 years! Therefore you’ll be able to get live traffic updates and a lot more such as in-car streaming!

Enjoy all that with massage seating!  Enjoy a Hot-Stone massage whilst in the comfort of your seat! Select 25 different massage programmes which include rolling and pulse modes. This is part of optional Comfort and Comfort-Plus seating packs. Which can also come with optional rear Executive Class seats! They’ll be wider and provide deeper cushioning!

That’s not all there’s an optional FRIDGE! Yes a FRIDGE! It will be housed in the front centre console (optional extra) and accommodate up to 4 x 5ooml bottles at 5 degrees! Enjoy your drinks with another optional extra of the rear seat entertainment system which provides 2 10″ HD seat mounted articulated touchscreens!

One AMAZING feature we LOVE is an optional Land Rover Activity Key which is a fully waterproof wristband. This allows you to do things where carrying a key is less convenient. Simply leave your key in the vehicle and take your wristband with you!

Specs – Quick Look

  • Acceleration – Really quick 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds. Compared to a conventional petrol engine, the PHEV P400e gives you an additional boost in performance
  • 404hp – The PHEV p400e has incredible horsepower producing 404hp
  • 24-25mile EV Only Range – Making it able to make short commutes in just electric mode!
  • 72g/km – Incredible miles fuel economy at 85.1-74.7mpg and 72g/km CO2, making it Range Rovers most efficient vehicle to date
  • Stop/Start Tech
  • 4 zone climate control
  • Power gestured controlled boot – simply wave your foot underneath the car to open and raise the boot
  • 13 speaker Meridian sound system

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Best Electric Skateboard Ever? – Boosted Stealth

Best Electric Skateboard Ever? – Boosted Stealth

Our very own Marcus Bronzy tested out the new Boosted Boards 'Stealth' – How good is it though?….Find out more here :- http://www.howtokillanhour.com/gadgets-tech/boosted-stealthHonourable mention to DJI x LaCie with the 'Boss Drive'More about that here:- http://www.howtokillanhour.com/gadgets-tech/dji-x-lacie-co-pilotLast Boosted Model Review:- http://www.howtokillanhour.com/gadgets/boosted-boardsProducer / Directed by Marcus Bronzy – http://www.MarcusBronzy.comEdited by AR Visual – http://www.ARvisual.co

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Wednesday, 5 September 2018

We loved Boosted Boards here at How To Kill An Hour, if you remembered our review of  the original city slicker. If you didn’t here’s our run down of what we loved about that amazing board. We even did a little test to see how far it can go on one full charge. However, that board has now been superseded by a new line up of urban travelling personal vehicles. In today’s review, we’re taking the grand daddy of them all, the top of the line, the king of the ring, the Boosted Stealth!

It looks as good as it sounds too:

It’s really fast and even though a 2mph increase in speed doesn’t feel like a lot. Especially for those that drive 2mph is nothing.

However, when it is just you and the board and the open road. Boy oh boy, 2mph is HUGE! The top speed is only eligible for those that use the ‘hyper’ speed mode on the board. We advise riders to get used to all the other modes first before they go IN! As electric skateboards do take some getting used to. It’s not a case of getting on and pushing go! You need to practice!

Comparison

Here’s a comparison between the previous generations Boosted Board, Boosted Board 2nd generation + Extended Range Battery, and the top of the range current generation of Boosted Boards the Boosted Board Stealth:

 

Boosted StealthBoosted Board 2nd Generation + Extended Range Battery
RangeUp to 14MilesUp to 7Miles / 14Miles (Xtended Range)
Hill ClimbUp to 25% GradeUp to 25% Grade
Weight17lbs15.6lbs
Power 2,100 Watts2,000 Watts
Deck Super Flex Composite Deck
Flexible Bamboo
Trucks
190mm CNC Precision MachinedComposite Steel
Remote Ergonomic Bluetooth RemoteErgonomic Bluetooth Remote
Top Speed Up to 24 MphUp to 22mph
Ride Modes
5 Ride Modes
3 Modes for Normal
4 Ride Modes for Xtended Range
Dimensions 11.3in (w) 38in (L) 5.7in (H)11in (w) 38in (L) 5.2in (H)
BrakesRegenerative Brakes
WheelsBoosted Stratus 85mm
Orangatang 80mm
App
iOS and AndroidiOS and Android
Charging Time 1hr 45mins
1hr 30mins – 2hrs

Price

The current cost of a Boosted Board stealth at the time of writing is $1699.99 (UK) $1599 (US ex-VAT) the ‘Boosted Plus’ is $1499.99 (UK) $1,399 (US ex-VAT)

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Dirt 4 Review

Getting down and Dirt-y

The Dirt series has always been at the forefront when it comes to combining real world driving mechanics with a fast-paced arcade style that oozes with charm. After two failed attempts to push the franchise in different directions with “Dirt Showdown” and “Dirt Rally”, both expertly mediocre in all facets, the series has gone back to its roots with the official forth entry, Dirt 4.

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And praise the gaming gods it has. As just when racing genre was starting to turn stale, Dirt 4 drifts through the pack to show just how magical racing games can truly be.

Much like its predecessor, Dirt 3, the forth entry has a minimalist approach to why exactly you’re racing. You’re an up and comer who likes racing, and so you race. You’re here for a racing game, so what other excuse do you need?

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As you race, your character levels up by completing events and a selection of challenges given at the start of each race. As you gain more experience, different forms or race open up to you.

So, while you start off with good old-fashioned dirt rally races, by the end you’ll be taking part in massive dirt buggy events, night time speed runs, and hillside drift challenges that make Initial D look tame.

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The verity of events to tackle is mind blowing. Then you find out that the game is also randomly generated, and soon realise Dirt 4 has the potential to technically create infinite tracks for you to race on forever!

Plus, the game now incorporates random events into races to keep you on your toes. Sometimes you might be notified over the headset that another racer has broken down, and so you’ll need to keep an eye out for their car on the track.

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And at one point, a car had a crash and was wedged nicely into the trunk of a tree. These events keep the game constantly fresh and make the events feel like actual races, rather than static track you just drive along.

But when you’re not busy racing and laughing at your unfortunate opponents, you can also manage your very own team. You can buy cars from dealers or auction houses and start your own enterprise which involves hiring drivers and sorting out sponsors for your races.

While these menus are finicky and confusing at first, get it right and you’ll see a massive profit boost for every successful race you and your team manage to win.

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Looking at your best time at the end of a rally to see that your team has also secured some other good positions in the leader board is a strangely satisfying feeling often unfound in racing games.

But what really pulls it all together is the games breath-taking visuals. Lots of racing games bank on their impressive visual presentation to hide their lacklustre gameplay (lookin at you Project Cars 2), but Dirt manages to weave its visual presentation into the very core of the racing itself.

While speeding through lush woods and glistening sands, a drone might fly ahead or a fox might run across the track after a rabbit. These little visual flairs go a long way to making Dirt 4 feel alive and full of energy.

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If only the same could be said for the soundtrack.

After the masterpiece that was Dirt 2, the Dirt games have prided themselves on having star-studded soundtracks that perfectly encapsulate the rush of racing. Sadly, Dirt 4 seems to have forgotten about the joy of music and keeps it’s audible attractions to the most basic level.

Songs can be heard during menus, playback, loading screens, and diegetically through speakers when getting ready to race but that’s it. There’s no little prompt that appears on screen when a song comes on to let you know what it is, there’s no option to skip tracks, there’s not even a way to customise the music in the options menu.

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It’s a missing feature that serious racing fans won’t even realise is missing, but for those who adored the way music was incorporated into previous entries, prepare to be disappointed.

But considering how the only complaint with Dirt 4 is that the music isn’t very engaging, it goes to show just how much of a racing marvel Dirt 4 really is. With smooth and addictive gameplay, beautiful graphics and enough replayabilty to keep you driving for years, Dirt 4 comes in at first place as a must own title for any gamer.


Thanks to Koch Media for supplying a review code

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