Review – Conan: Road Of Kings #11

Script: Roy Thomas
Pencils: Mike Hawthorne
Colors: Dan Jackson
Letters: Richard Starkings
Cover Artist: Aleksi Briclot

With the Plot of Aquilonia’s tyrannical leader dethrone…Conan continue’s his adventures but not without helping himself of a few pounds of  the royal palaces gold……

Conan: Road of Kings #11 Has our Cimmerian hero on his way to Messantia through cattle-scow transport.Once reaching  Messantia conan ask’s for direction to The Black Stag tavern, where he plans to rest and fill his belly while walking through the alley Conan see’s two strangers trying to mug what looks like a solider who turns out to be Ivanos, a companion of his during his adventures as a seamen. they have brief conversion about  the events that took place during that time and together they make way to the tavern After a  few drinks Ivanos introduces Conan to Shandi who’s a waitress at the tavern, Conan ask’s Ivanos if Argos is still looking for mercenaries to which Ivanos informs him that his lack of armor will not help him.[spoiler show=”Story Spoilers” hide=”Story Spoilers”] So he sends Conan to a local armory shop own by Publius who after seeing the gold Conan promised as payment try’s to lead Conan to a trap he has set up in a back room, knowing it’s a trap Conan follows him and with a infuriding grim Conan tells Publius he’s aware of the trapdoor beneath his feet, what should stop him from throwing him down the trapdoor. A fearful publius tells Conan if speared he can keep his armor for free, which Conan tells him he plan to do so anyway. Meanwhile at the tavern Shandi is harassed by the captain of the Kings guards who insults her and grabs her.

A furious Ivanos demands the Captain to release her, who then attacks him but is quickly struck in the chest by Ivanos. Knowing the trouble that will follow with killing a captain, they flee into the night. Oblivious of what has taken place in the tavern a  half intoxicated Conan joyful walks inside and is quickly spotted and approach by friends of the captain who attack him, As he fights his way out  of the tavern he runs into a passerby who causes him to drop his newly acquired helmet at that moment a man sneaks behind him and strikes Conan in the back of the head knocking him out cold.

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This issue  is a bit slow in the action department and understandably so with the Aquilonia story coming to a conclusion you would figure an issue or two would be slow as another story develops, Road of kings #11 gives you glimpse of whats to come in the next issue which is good, With Ivanos introduce and the problem he has place upon himself  I’m interested on how its going to play out. As far as the art Mike Hawthorne picks up where Dan Panosian left off and does a solid job.

Release Date: December 21, 2011

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

PDP rolls out their final Collector’s Edition TRON controllers

That’s not true, it’s the final line of controllers related to the license, if it was just their final controller it would be a crazy battle of the TRON fans for who gets it.

Moving back to the topic, PDP is here with their final collector’s edition for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in white. For those who haven’t seen TRON, come on man… for everyone else, these do pay a nice tribute to the movie with their styling on these models. Personally I love things that glow but that’s a given because of my wish to light every section of my PC case right now. Without carrying on too much more, here’s the breakdown.

Platforms: Xbox 360, Playstation 3
Price: $49.99
Developed by: PDP
Connections:  Wired (Xbox 360) | Wireless (PS3)
Buy it from PDP – Xbox 360 | Playstation 3

Check out the images below and try to say you wouldn’t want one of these hanging around in your collection. Both models stick to their genuine controller styles. No excess bulk or strange additions, just straight up gaming goodness with a bright super white glow.

Corsair announces new Apple memory and Vengeance line available now

Are you a Corsair fan? If you aren’t you might just have 6 new reasons to consider being one, the company has gone on a press release frenzy pushing new memory products for the 2011 Apple line and new gaming products for their enthusiasts and people who just like really amazing things to look at.

Vengeance line 60 series

With the K60 the target here is the FPS player, you can tell as it sports a special wrist pad just for the ASDW hand placement and Cherry MX Red mechanical keys across the board and a custom colored and textured set of keys for the ones you’ll abuse the most. For some the pondering will be “what’s the big deal with mechanical keys?” It’s simple though, they prevent the annoying clicks or bumps often found in standard keyboards. Mechanical is always faster response and without worry of a key sticking halfway into a press.

 

There are a few other perks, 1000 reports per second to make sure your keys no matter how fast you’re pressing get through when you input them. The ability to support anti-ghosting is a relief as it only reinforces the perk of the high polling rate that smooths out all of your inputs. Finally they package it with a key removal tool to swap your gaming keys for normal use and an aluminum body to hold the thing together.

Moving over to the M60, it’s not so radical for changes as it’s fighting in a market flooded with high-end products. The M60 brings 5700DPI to the table so they’re competitive on the precision front and dedicated ergonomics for FPS gaming including a thumb sniper button placed on the side that lowers your DPI in those crucial shots so you’re not fumbling all over. The M60 also sports the familiar weight tuning options that have come up in the past 5 years or so which will prevent any unfamiliarity when handling it,  speaking of that, it also has lift detection to keep powering on while you adjust your mouse.

 

The rest of the features are solid, having selectable response times is pretty standard, solid mass wheels have been going on since the G9 era and low friction pads are basics if you plan to be remotely competitive.

Vengeance line 90 series

The K90 is another story, taking a cue from popular programmable boards like the G series from Logitech you get a board designed around macro keys and custom calls for MMO gaming. The K90 packs 18 customizable G-Keys allowing 54 functions from 3 swappable banks that can be programmed on-the-fly and activated just as fast. It also packs the Cherry MX Red mechanical keys to make sure that even when raiding you’re never stuck in the middle of an action and can continue to chain up your opponents.

 

Outside of that the K90 mirrors the K60 with small accents like backlit keys, I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in saying this but FPS players like backlit keys as well, in fact the Auravision and Razer boards used backlit keys for the FPS crowd years ago. Kind of a slight toward the audience but fps players can always sacrifice on the textured keys and grab the K90 instead. Also the board gets multimedia keys on top allowing for the usual volume and control keys you need to get by.

The M90 draws the Vengeance line to a close, the first thing to notice is the full body design instead of the more extreme ergonomics of the M60. That might also be due to the 15 buttons and 9 macro keys placed into the thing, while MMO players do rely on some speed the 5700DPI sensor should be more than enough to carry them through anything a raid can throw at them. Other exclusives include quick profile selections thanks to 6 profile banks in the mouse, a feature that has proven handy to other companies as well.

Overall the Vengeance line is set up to compete with the current market and it meets the current bar out there by taking notes from the top groups in PC gaming. A hands on would probably show more but Corsair is very forward with all the work they’ve put into this line making it easy to get a feel for the hardware without even putting hands on it.

Corsair Apple memory line

Keeping up on your Apple laptop or desktop is a fairly easy task, with so much controlled by Apple they leave you with only the basics to manage on your end. Today those basics get a huge bump in capacity as Corsair unleashes an 8GB and 16GB kit upgrade for your systems.

The DIMM’s are able to upgrade the iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro systems allowing users to get enough memory for those demanding video and design applications that gobble up all the memory they can find.

If you’re reading this and jumping at the chance to order, look no further than Corsair or the spec sheet so you order the right part online.

Size Speed # of DIMMs Part Number
16GB 1333MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V 2 CMSA16GX3M2A1333C9
8GB 1333MHz, 9-9-9-24, 1.5V 1 CMSA8GX3M1A1333C9

Armored Core V screenshots arrive

The future is bleak, the war is real and everything is wrecked. Sounds like the basis of something awesome right? Well it is because it means another Armored Core game is coming, the 5th actually in the primary story line and it promises to bring that mech action that everyone loves so much back into the front lines.

Check out this debut gallery for all the goods.

Ninja Gaiden 3 gets a ship date and pre-order and collectors edition details

Mark March 20th on your calendars, Team NINJA is bringing Ninja Gaiden 3 to the PS3 and 360 in just a few months and they’re also packing some perks with the new release.

Pre-orders at GameStop and Amazon will get the treat of a special downloadable demo stage with two characters from Dead or Alive 5, players will get a chance to experience a shot at the new title before it launches later in 2012. Those who really want to step it up can also get the Collectors Edition which offers the same game perk and a game art book for Ninja Gaiden 3 called “Unmask”, a soundtrack CD and a “Duel of the Masked” figure not available anywhere else. The Collectors Edition is available at GameStop and EB Games only.

Pre-order breakdown:

  • GameStop: Demo stage with Ryu vs Hitomi – $59.99
  • Amazon: Demo stage with Ayane and Hayate – $59.99
  • Collectors Edition: Demo stage with all 4 characters – $99.99

For those who have not heard any news of Ninja Gaiden 3, it was a big debut at E3 this year and takes players back into the control of Ryu as he takes on new challenges and gains a few twists to his arsenal. Changes include options of giving mercy or bringing vengeance upon all. The challenges of being a hero like Ryu will bring a new dimension to the game instead of just making it 100% hack and slash as you take on impossible situations.

If you’ve missed out on all the goodies so far, check out our gallery on the game and catch up a bit. We wont bug as you stare at the high detail shots.

Day 10: The final day of the 10 Billion download 10 cent sale oh no!

We’re here, day 10, for some reason the app market at the time of writing online says day 9, so it’s a double day for the moment. In the meantime the Day 10 specials are already available on phones so we’re rolling the news out and I’ll update as needed for games that might pop in later in the day.

It’s a big bang closing event with Sentinel, Heavy Gunner and so many other games helping highlight the potential of 3D gaming on the Android platform. Many still have the idea of simple 2D gaming but programmers have already gone to the next level. Also Camera ZOOM FX and Star Chart are probably two of my favorites. There’s a lot of winners to pick from on the final day and Google made sure to end the sale on a high note. With that said jump in and get picking away on this day 10 sale!

Trailer – G.I. Joe: Retaliation

With newly released Cobra Commander. Zartan frames all G.I. Joe operatives as traitors and wipes most of them out in a sneak attack, leaving only Duke, Roadblock, Snake Eyes, Flint and Lady Jaye. Out numbered, and outgunned the Joes make a desperate plan to expose the truth and stop Cobra.