Panzer Paladin Review (PC)

Panzer Paladin Review (PC) - Pixelated Gamer

Tribute Games has released a retro action-platformer that features a powerful mech, swords and a highly capable android pilot that can personally press forward and complete the objective if called upon.  It’s time to suit up and save humanity!   Doomsday on Earth     Panzer Paladin has incorporated gameplay elements from some of the all time NES greats.  You’ll see sprinkles of Mega Man, Blaster Master and Castlevania throughout the 17 levels packed in this adventure (11 main missions, plus 6 extra areas leading up to the Final Boss Fight).  Players can select the order in how they tackle each mission and boss, which was often seen in the 8 and 16-bit eras.  The graphics, colors, animations and effects are just brilliant.  It’s a…

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Hellbound Review (PC)

Hellbound Review (PC) - Pixelated Gamer

Saibot Studios and Nimble Giant has released their take on the blistering fast pace shooters that took the world by storm in the 90s’.  Hellbound is now out on Steam and it’s time to lock and load for a serious gorefest.   Old Testament Vengeance     Gamers take the role of Hellgore, the last of his race seeking revenge at any cost.  He instantly fits right in with this genre, firing off quick grumbly remarks, usually explicit packed quotes regarding a bloody payback.  The team no doubt enjoyed a few games of Duke Nukem back in the day.  The controls feel pretty much perfect across my Roccat gaming mouse and keyboard.  Hellgore moves with impressive speed and covers ground in quick order.  I was…

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Bite the Bullet Review (PC)

Bite the Bullet Review (PC) - Pixelated Gamer

Mega Cat Studios is back with another 16-bit themed title, this time modeled after the iconic 2D shooters like Contra and Metal Slug.  Bite the Bullet is an ambitious release.  It features some very unique Action-RPG elements that have never been seen before in this genre or any other for that matter.   You are what you Eat   In Bite the Bullet, gamers are facing a post apocalyptic setting, where humanity has been hit hard by a tremendous food storage due to the toxic atmosphere surrounding them.  In order to prevent extinction itself, implantable bionodes were created that allows our protagonists to consume pretty much anything.  You are the equivalent of a tiger shark on land. No matter what enemy you face, whether it…

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Aperion Audio Planar-Magnetic Flat Ribbon Super Tweeter Review

Aperion Audio Planar-Magnetic Flat Ribbon Super Tweeter Review - Pixelated Gamer

Aperion Audio has a solution for those looking to increase the top end performance from their home theater system.  Say hello to the Planar-Magnetic Flat Ribbon Super Tweeter.  Let’s get into it.   Turning up the Treble     For this test, we are connecting the Planar-Magnetic Flat Ribbon Super Tweeters to our Novus Series Towers.  Each one already has an impressive 1″ silk dome tweeter in place, so this will be interesting to see how much further depth is added on the higher spectrum.  This pair comes in at $299.99 and there is a lot of adjustability at play here for this price.  Located on the back of each Super Tweeter, is a selectable 5 point crossover.  The switch starts at OFF and from…

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Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset Review (Xbox)

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset (Xbox)

Turtle Beach is back with Gen 2 of their best-selling Xbox One headset, the wireless Stealth 600.  This latest model is also compatible with the upcoming Series X.  Let’s see what improvements have been made and test out some games!   Stealth 600 | Gen 2   The Stealth 600 series from Turtle Beach is well known for being one of the most popular entry-level wireless gaming headsets for the Xbox One and PS4.  Today we are reviewing their newest Gen 2 version for the Xbox One.  Simply off first impressions and the feel of the headset’s components, you can tell this is quite the upgrade.  I absolutely love the white, grey and silver color scheme.  It’s immediately apparent the fit and finish from top…

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Inertial Drift Review (Nintendo Switch)

Inertial Drift Review (Switch) - Pixelated Gamer

There is no shortage of racing games on the Switch, but the crew at PQube and devs at Level 91 has created something quite unique with their latest release, Inertial Drift.  Let’s jump right in!   Going Sideways   The wonderful art style and slick presentation in place on this title will make you feel as if you are playing Initial D, the video game.  It sports 16 JDM cars and 20 neon infused tracks to slide them around on.  It has a hint of Ridge Racer in its DNA, but with far more depth in core driving mechanics.     My first few laps were driven in a feisty yellow hot hatch.  I must have hit every wall in the early going, as I…

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Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless Headset Review - Pixelated Gamer

Alongside next generation consoles, we have next gen headsets launching as well.  We tested the latest 600 series last week and were really impressed with all the improvements on board.  Now it’s time to slip on the flagship model within this series, the wireless Stealth 700 Gen 2 headset.   Welcome to the Next Level   The Stealth 700 Gen 2 model welcomes you with sleek lines and large deep earcups, containing incredibly comfortable memory foam.  As you place them on your head, they form a nice, solid seal;  while also keeping you cool thanks to their patented Aerofit cooling gel enclosed within each cushion.  The additional padding and premium earcups are immediately noticeable.  Behind each earcup are adjustment tabs for those that wear glasses. …

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time Review (PS4)

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time Review (PS4) - Pixelated Gamer

Crash Bandicoot has seen a rising resurgence lately.  Years ago, fans were treated to remasters of the original trilogy.  Today we are covering a brand new chapter and the 4th entry in the series, in Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time.  For those wondering if it can possibly live up to the lofty expectations in place, we’ve got some great news to share ahead within our review.   Don’t Call it a Comeback     It has been over 10 years since Crash has seen a new adventure and we’ve sorely missed this iconic bandicoot.  This fourth venture is running on Unreal Engine 4 and was developed by Toys for Bob.  This talented crew is responsible for both the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and…

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ROCCAT Elo Gaming Headsets Review

ROCCAT Elo Gaming Headsets Review - Pixelated Gamer

ROCCAT is branching out from mechanical keyboards and high performance mice to throw their hat in the gaming headset market.  Since being acquired by Turtle Beach in 2019, you’ll see some familiar tech here.  Today we are taking a look at their brand new Elo Series, specifically the wireless Elo 7.1 Air and wired Elo X Stereo models.   Build quality and Design     The Elo series from ROCCAT is comprised of three models including: 7.1 Air (wireless), 7.1 USB and X Stereo (wired).  Prices range from $49.99 – $99.99.  The overall design is practically identical across each model, with each unit having a self-adjusting metal headband, leatherette wrapped ear cushions with memory foam (rotatable) that features extra padding for those with glasses and…

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Vertagear Racing Series SL5000 Gaming Chair Review

Vertagear Racing Series SL5000 Gaming Chair Review - Pixelated Gamer

Picking the right Gaming Chair can be overwhelming in today’s market.  There are so many options, colors and trim levels to choose from.  For those looking for a midrange chair with tremendous fit and finish, the SL5000 series from Vertagear is a great option.  It also is compatible with their latest Wireless RGB LED Kit.  Let’s take a closer look at what gamers can expect from this line.   SL5000     Vertagear sent over two color variants of their SL5000 model, plus their optional RGB Kits.  First up is the Blue/Black trim.  Pictures don’t do justice in how impressive this combo is in person.  Let’s back up though and detail what you are getting for $389 (RGB Kit is an addon). This is their…

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