September has been a cracking month of gaming! With three brilliant gaming peripherals in for testing – the Razer Tartarus Pro, Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED Mechanical Keyboard and the GameSir G4 Pro, I have spent quite a bit of time in a wide range of games. These are the ones that best grabbed my attention this month.
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I have long been a fan of EA Sports and their entire catalogue of sports games. We have a relationship going back to the 90s, so these games are now embedded in my DNA. The problem is that, since I gave up on console gaming and moved to the PC, I just haven’t been able to enjoy these games like I used to.
Then GameSir sent me the G4 Pro and all of a sudden, sports games feel just like the good old days! In my book, a good controller is a must for fully enjoying these games, and fully enjoy FIFA 21 I have! As I haven’t seriously played a FIFA game for a couple of years, I was extremely impressed with how refined the experience now is. The experience of scoring my first goal in front of a home crowd (in a local derby, no less) was enough to put a huge smile on my face. The crowd erupted and people spilt out of the grandstand in celebration! The atmosphere in this game is fantastic!
Having EA games in the GamePass catalogue is brilliant! FIFA 22 is just around the corner, and I might just have to dust off Madden next…
art of rally
I was intrigued by this game when I first read about it several months ago, so it was fantastic to see it pop up in the Game Pass library! art of rally is a unique rally game that is incredibly hard to describe. In many ways it is a very simple game, with understated graphics and simplistic game play, yet it is also somehow refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable. There are no intricately detailed, licenced car models or cockpit views – art of rally harks back to simpler times with top-down views and stylised environments.
Fans of the glory (I.E. EXTREMELY DANGEROUS) days of rally from the 60s to the 80s will enjoy the nostalgia on offer here – especially when in control (or not) of the Group B cars. If you are not from that era, there is still plenty to enjoy as you try to master the legendary Scandinavian flick! Best played with a controller such as the GameSir G4 Pro, but also a lot of fun with the Razer Tartarus Pro.
Superliminal was a surprise find in the Game Pass catalogue. Escape rooms had been a recent topic of conversation, so Superliminal seemed like a logical choice to try. It is unlike anything that I have ever played before. The controls are fairly simple, and in many ways so is the game play, but the mind-bending perspective physics that is at the heart of Superliminal is enough to keep me hooked! There is not a whole lot in the way of explanation or tutorial – just head on into each room and figure it out.
My only slight issue with Superliminal was the eventual motion sickness. Interestingly, I played for quite a while before it suddenly kicked in and I had to have a lie down. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the game and look forward to working through the rest of the puzzles. Superliminal worked very nicely with the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED Mechanical keyboard!
The Artful Escape
This is another surprise from left field! The Artful Escape combines old-school platform action & adventure with beautiful, psychedelic landscapes and excellent guitar riffs. I’m not sure any of it really made much sense, but then again that seems to be the point! Transform from a boring and not-particularly-talented nephew of a folk hero trying feebly to follow in his footsteps, into a unique character of your own making and enjoy this beautiful, wild ride!
I’ll find any excuse to spend some quality time playing Battlefield V! With three quality peripherals in for review, it’s fair to say that I have played this game quite a bit. There are few better ways to relax and unwind than engaging in WWII-style all-out warfare with up to 63 other random humans.
Best of all for me, both the Razer Tartarus Pro and the Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED Mechanical Keyboard work fantastically with Battlefield V! The customisable lighting options have been particularly valuable, while lightning-fast inputs provide an edge over regular keyboards. In short, I have very much enjoyed actually scoring some kills in the game!
Blog of Dad Test Setup
Blog of Dad has been busy reviewing some of the best PC gaming gear around! Check out my 2021 build for a great balance between performance and value –
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5600X
- Cooling: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4
- Motherboard: MSI B550 TOMAHAWK
- Memory: 32GB (2x16GB) XLR8 DDR4 3200MHz
- Graphics: PNY GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition
- System Drive: 250GB Samsung 980 PRO PCle 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD
- Game Drive: Samsung 980 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD
- Case: be quiet! Silent Base 801
- Steering Wheel: Logitech G920 Driving Force Racing Wheel
- Keyboard: Logitech G915 LIGHTSPEED Mechanical
- Mouse: Logitech G703 Gaming Mouse
- Optical Switch Gaming Keypad: Razer Tartarus Pro
- Gamepad: GameSir G4 Pro
- Monitor: PRISM+ XQ340 PRO 34″ UWQHD Monitor
- Touchscreen Monitor: espresso Display 15″
- Sound: EPOS SENNHEISER GSP 601 Gaming Series headset and EPOS GSX 300 External Soundcard