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So you got Overwatch in your Humble Monthly… (part 2)

You’d be forgiven if you’d think that Overwatch is a simple game to play. You point, you shoot. And sure, you can dive in and have a go at it. But as with all Blizzard games, things can be a bit more fun if you know what you’re doing.

These are some of the best tips around on how to survive and win in the game.

If you are more in a story mood, check out the backstory behind the characters here.

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So you got Overwatch in your Humble Monthly… now what?

So you got your Humble Monthly and now you own Overwatch. You jump into the game and immediately find yourself in the midst of a frantic battle. Different characters are making your life hell and you wonder… what does it all mean?

Blizzard has made a conscious choice not to tell the story of Overwatch inside the game. But immediately to make it available through other means like animated shorts.

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Logitech G305 review, wireless gaming mouse for the masses?

Logitech has made some killer mice the last few years. This new series of gamer mice are equipped with a 12,000 dpi sensor that just rocks. Now the Swiss company is launching the G305, a wireless gaming mouse for as little as $60. But bringing the cost down means some tradeoffs.

The specifications of the mouse are as you’d expect from the Logitech gaming series. Including the HERO sensor and the 12,000 dpi sensor. The G305 also comes with a wireless receiver running on USB and an AA-battery.

Full Specs:
Sensor: HERO™
Resolution: 200 – 12,000 dpi
Zero smoothing/acceleration/filtering
Max. acceleration: > 40 G1
Max. speed: > 400 IPS1
USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1ms)

Battery life

According to Logitech the new G305 will run for 250 hours off of one battery. This seems to be an accurate number. I’ve been running this mouse for the better part of a week now and the battery is still going strong. The battery status is not apparent on the mouse though. If your battery level is low, the one led that is present on the mouse will light up. If you want to know your battery level before your gaming session starts, you’ll have to look in the Logitech software.

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I can’t fault Logitech for the sensor. It’s smooth, accurate and gets the job done with no hitches. It even tracks well on the glass of my smartphone, although I wouldn’t recommend using your phone as a mouse mat. The Logitech G-Software lets you set the five different dpi levels that you can switch between with a button on top of the mouse. Personally, my maximum dpi has been 6000, only using about half this mouse can handle.

There have been some cost savings on this mouse though. One of those factors is the buttons. You get a generous five button mouse, but the buttons are a little bit loud and oddly shaped. They feel a bit cheaper, and the side buttons are strangely small, which makes them rather hard to hit. Fortunately, the buttons do offer some resistance so you can rest your hand comfortably on the mouse.

The mouse wheel is rather odd. It’s made with a rather strange feeling rubber and is a little bit too ‘clicky’ for my taste. But if that is something you like, then it won’t be a problem.

Shape

This is one specific to your taste. The G305 clearly is a basic mouse. There is no ergonomic shape to it, which adds the possibility that this mouse can be used by left-handed people without a problem.

That being said, its a rather small mouse, so people with large hands will have to ‘claw grip’ it or it won’t do much for you. My hands are relatively small, so I don’t have any trouble holding the mouse. Just be aware it is about the same size as the Pro and G203 mice.

Verdict

The G305 is a rather basic wireless mouse. The secret sauce that Logitech adds is the HERO sensor and the lightspeed connections that does make this mouse about as fast and accurate as a wired one. The G305 does have some drawbacks: the mouse wheel is rather strange, the buttons are a bit loud and no RGB. But as a barebones wireless gaming mouse, this does the trick quite nicely.

Comfort 7
Finish/extras 5.5
Product Quality 7
Price/quality 6.5

Looking for something a little more elaborate and wired? Maybe the G403 is something for you. (We reviewed it too!)

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D-Day retold through videogames

It’s 74-years after D-Day, one of the most important military operations of the 20th century. The allied invasion of Normandy in France has been one of the most influential moments in the history of Europe and the World. It has also been a frequent inspiration for video games and movies. And of course a lot of documentaries. These are some of the most intense gameplay videos of the operation.

Call of Duty WWII – D-Day

Days of War – Normandy Landings

Call of Duty 2

Medal of Honor

And there is always the History Channel for context

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Strategy fest at Paradox Con

Blizzcon is not the only convention for gamers. Strategy giant Paradox has its own convention in Stockholm this weekend. The makers of Cities: Skylines, Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis know how to throw an announcement party.

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The other type of games

You can, of course, watch the show in its entirety below. But to give you a quick rundown: new game, expansions and a board game. Yes, you read that right. A board game. Now that is an interesting turn of events. A computer game maker getting into physical games.

Now don’t think this is new. Firaxis went for this play as well with the Civilization board game. Well, there have been a lot of game publishers that wanted to conquer the tabletop. That being said, Paradox looks pretty serious about this not being a one-off.

And then there was Imperator: Rome

Yup. It’s a thing. Although the trailer doesn’t give that much away, we know the sort of game that we can expect from Paradox. The VP of Paradox called it a “grand strategy game” and it is slated for release in early 2019. Oh, and there will be war elephants.

The Entire Main Event

There are of course a lot more announcements from PDXCon. These include several expansions for existing games like Hearts of Iron and Crusader Kings. And Europa Universalis gets another expansion too. Watch the entire show here to catch all updates: