zoknowsgaming.com https://www.zoknowsgaming.com Just another WordPress site Wed, 03 Apr 2019 07:16:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 Monitor 101: What Factors Should You Look at Before Actually Buying a Monitor for Gaming https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/things-to-consider-before-buying-gaming-monitor/ Wed, 19 Dec 2018 07:26:44 +0000 https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/?p=185 Read moreMonitor 101: What Factors Should You Look at Before Actually Buying a Monitor for Gaming]]> There are now so many types of gaming monitors you can choose from and it’s just so hard to make the right selection that will fit your needs. If you’re not careful enough, chances are that you might end up investing in a gaming monitor that’s too modest for your rig’s capability.

So, what exactly are the things that you should look into before making any purchase? If that’s why you’re here, then you’re in for a treat! Read on as we talk about the major things that matter when shopping for a gaming monitor.

If you want to see which gaming monitor is best for you, check out this article:

But make sure you read the guide below first before checking the link to make it easier for you to make the best selection.

Aspect Ratio

It’s unlikely for most newbies out there to even think about or consider the monitor’s aspect ratio before buying…

…but it actually matters.

In fact, most of you may already know this but for those who don’t, there are 2 very popular types of aspect ratio:

  • 16:9 Ratio – Widescreen
  • 21:9 Ratio – Ultrawide screen

The 16:9 aspect ratio or Widescreen is the standard aspect ratio these days. If you’re a casual gamer who’s just looking for a standard gaming monitor, you shouldn’t go wrong with a monitor with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

However, if you want to up your gaming experience or if you’re a serious competitive FPS gamer, then you’ll definitely want an ultrawide gaming monitor. The 21:9 aspect ratio of an ultrawide gaming monitor gives you the edge of seeing more compared to a standard 16:9 monitor. See the image below to see the difference.

If you do choose a 21:9 aspect ratio monitor, bear in mind that you’ll have to also consider whether or not you should get a curved monitor. Needless to say, a curved one will surely give you a more immersive experience, but it still boils down to preference.

Size and Resolution

The size and resolution of the monitor don’t really matter these days unless you initially want to get a 4K display gaming monitor. Honestly, anything between 24” to 27” should be fine if you’re aiming for a 1080p or a 1440p resolution gaming monitor.

In fact, 24” is the current sweet spot for a 1080p display and is even preferred by professional eSports gamers around the world. It’s because the area the eye needs to travel to spot an enemy is smaller compared to a 27” monitor.

But that aside, you should never go below 32” if you’re going to invest in a 4K gaming monitor. Some say 27” is fine for 4K resolution but hey, you’re getting a 4K resolution here so might as well get the bigger one for a future-proof investment – that is if you can spare a few hundred dollars more.

Panel Type

Another thing that you should look at is the monitor’s panel technology. There are 3 types of panel type a monitor may utilize:

  • TN – Twisted Nematic
  • IPS – In-Plane Switching
  • VA – Vertical Alignment

Competitive gamers should resort only to a TN panel because these types of monitors have the fastest response times among the 3 types of panel, usually 1ms (millisecond). We’ll cover response time shortly in detail below.

This gives gamers the competitive edge of being the first to react in any given situation. Moreover, it’s also the cheapest among the 3 types of panel. But keep in mind that they also have poor color reproduction and poor viewing angles.

Refresh Rate

The refresh rate is measured in Hertz (Hz) and this shows the number of times the screen refreshes to display a new image on the screen.

So a 60Hz monitor refreshes images 60 times every second. In most cases, this is perfectly fine for casual gaming. In fact, you won’t even have problems with it – I guarantee. Not unless you’re a hardcore FPS player who’s serious about always being number 1.

Because if that’s the case, then you should aim for a monitor with a refresh rate of at least 144Hz. The difference between 144Hz and 60Hz is night and day and the images you would see on the screen will be a whole lot smoother.

For competitive gamers, the smoothness makes it easier to hit the enemies more accurately. See the video below to see the slow motion comparison.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1cmhZs1P54

Response Time

Response time is the measure of how long it takes a pixel to change colors from gray to white, and back to gray, hence, the GTG (Grey To Grey) time. If refresh rate is measured in Hz, a response time is measured in milliseconds (ms).

If you’re going to think of it, the difference between a 1ms and a 5ms gaming monitor isn’t that big. However, the small difference means everything to a competitive FPS gamer.

Casual gamers don’t usually see the difference between a monitor with a 5ms response time from a monitor with a 1ms response time but competitive gamers do.

Ideally, anything between 4ms – 5ms should be fine for casual gamers but for competitive gamers, a monitor with a 1ms response time is the only option that should be considered – nothing more.

Adaptive Sync

If you checked the list of monitors from the link you would find at the beginning of this article, you’d notice monitors with FreeSync or G-Sync technology. Basically, what this does is that this removes screen tearing when playing games.

You’d want to get this only if you have the compatible graphics card for the monitor. Monitors with FreeSync technology only works if you have an AMD graphics card. On the contrary, monitors with G-Sync technology works only if you have an NVIDIA graphics card.

You’re lucky if you run an AMD graphics card since monitors with FreeSync technology don’t have additional costs compared to G-Sync monitors, that aren’t only compatible with NVIDIA graphics cards but also costs around $100 – $150 more.

Opting for monitors with this technology should be a priority if you have the opportunity because this gets rid of screen tearing for a smoother experience.

Final Words

There you have it! Consider the above-mentioned factors before making a purchase so you can guarantee a great investment at the end of the day.

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PC Gaming on Sale: A Quick Guide for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/pc-gaming-black-friday-cyber-monday-2018/ Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:38:54 +0000 https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/?p=507 Read morePC Gaming on Sale: A Quick Guide for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018]]>  

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 will hit on November 23, 2018 and November 26, 2018 respectively. Expect a lot of gamers snagging the best Asus motherboard or hoarding on some GTX 10 series on those dates.

Whether it’s Black Friday or Cyber Monday that you want to splurge your money into, we have you covered on the items to look forward to on those dates.

What’s Black Friday?

If you haven’t been in touch with society, Black Friday is an annual event where almost EVERYTHING is on a huge discount whether it’s bags, appliances, shoes, or, in our case, games.

If you’re up for it, then expect people to rush to the same things you want.

What’s Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday is the calmer version of Black Friday as this is an online-only basis where you can buy stuff on the internet for the same big discounts as the one last Friday.

Black Friday 2018: PC Gaming Stuff to Expect

Expect fellow PC gaming master races to run to the aisle to acquire exactly the same thing that you want.

Hope you got your strength to resist other hoarding gamers because it’s going to be a brawl to get at least a Philips monitor.

PC Parts

WePC already covered all the essential parts you need on low discounts through our review:

Check out: The Best Black Friday Gaming PC Deals This 2018.

Here are the peripherals that are sure to be available on large discounts on that day:

Graphics Cards

You should be snagging a big momma like NVIDIA GTX 1080 as it will certainly be offered at a very high price cut.

AIO Liquid Cooler

We’ve always been fond of the best liquid coolers but none are as good as the CORSAIR HYDRO SERIES H100i v2. Expect a big discount for that.

SSD

A 1TB SSD is finally available in the market and we’re pretty sure the Samsung 850 EVO 1TB is going to be on top of the list as a to-die-for SSD.

It’s SSD, what’s not to fight for?

Mouse

Do look out for a precious discount on the Razer DeathAdder Elite. Hold on to that tight.

Headset

Look for nothing else but the HyperX Cloud Revolver as your top priority to get this Black Friday.

Keyboard

Logitech G610 Orion is as good any Razer keyboard and more.

Webcam

For the aspiring live streamers, we’ve got a recommendation for you. Look for the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 on a big discount that day.

Monitor

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q has always been our favorite. We’re pretty sure ASUS ROG is going to release a big discount for this particular monitor as the brand always has every year.

Monitors on Sale

If the ASUS ROG isn’t what you have in mind, we also have other of our handpicked choices you’d want to get your hands on.

Please refer to our Black Friday list of the monitors to look out for on that day:

Read the 2018 Black Friday Monitor Deals: Find the Best Deals Here

Games

Physical copies such as Assassin’s Creed Origins, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and Prey should be within reach with a big discount.

Cyber Monday 2018: Top Deals for PC Gaming

The only thing you’ll be fighting against on this day is your own budget.

If you want to see the full list, check out our review: Cyber Monday Gaming PC Deals 2018 – Everything You Need to Find the Best Deals

PC Parts

We can’t tell which one will be on price slashes so if we were you, we’d wait on Nov. 26 for the best deals of the day.

Prebuilt PCs

Expect a couple or three to show up on Cyber Monday. We highly suspect that the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A4 and iBUYPOWER View 21 013i are going to be in the list.

Gaming Laptops

We’re stoked that the Razer Blade Pro Gaming Laptop and the MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US will be in this year’s event.

Accessories

Expect these two accessories to be seen in the Cyber Monday deals:

Games

You should be expecting a ton of the best deals to be seen on Steam this year. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to snag some free stuff on Humblebundle that day so pay attention.

Other game discounts include Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Prey and key codes for

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.

Monitors to Look Forward to

The likes of Acer, AOC, and Viewsonic are sure to offer small price tags that day.

Take a look at our 2018 Cyber Monday Monitor Deals: Find the Best Monitor Deals Here.

Non-Gaming Laptops and Macbooks

If you’re not looking for any apparatus on gaming, we also have a detailed review on the list of laptops and Macbooks you should be looking forward to on Black Friday and Cyber Monday and where exactly you can get them:

Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018: When and where to get the best deals

So that takes care of all that. Just remember to take good care of yourself especially on Black Friday; you’ll never know how much of a ruckus you’ll be getting yourself into.

Stay safe this Black Friday! Cyber Monday doesn’t have that type of hassle anyway.

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The Top 5 Greatest NBA 2K Games of All Time https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/best-nba-2k-games/ Sat, 29 Sep 2018 12:53:14 +0000 https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/?p=407 Read moreThe Top 5 Greatest NBA 2K Games of All Time]]>

Without a question or doubt, NBA 2K is a renowned sports game series that has dominated the virtual basketball scene for over 20 years.

In this article, we’ll be looking at the rise and fall of the franchise and delving deep into the games that made NBA 2K the best in its genre.

The Rise of NBA 2K

The Greatest.

That’s what the 20-year-long running NBA 2K franchise was all about. Ever since its debut back in 1999 for the Sega Dreamcast with Sega Sports NBA 2K, no one expected to have such a serious basketball game that combined the same thrill and fun of the real-life counterpart.

It has long been the biggest rival of EA Games’ NBA Live for more than a decade especially back in the early 2000s when the emergence of sports simulator games began to blow up.

But due to 2K Games’ more realistic approach on the NBA than EA Games’ focus on fast-paced arcade hoop-em-up, the basketball gaming community simply preferred the 2K series for its true-to-source-material gameplay.

In fact, people loved NBA 2K so much more than NBA Live, EA Games had to cancel their release in 2010 and 2011 after 21 years of annual basketball game releases since Lakers vs Celtics and the NBA Playoffs back in 1989.

The NBA 2K series has reached its peak from 2010 to 2015, making it a benchmark game for the basketball league.

It was like there was no stopping them.

The Fall of a Champion

It wasn’t until 2016, the year NBA 2K17 was released, when fans began feeling something awfully suspicious about the game.

2K Games claimed they have yet innovated the genre with more immersion and better shooting mechanics but it just felt more of the same except it was buggier than 2K16.

Suddenly the game has added microtransactions to make purchases like shoes and other apparel despite making them an in-game grind just how it always was.

Players tolerated that and still thought it was a pretty decent game.

But the community sparked when NBA 2K18 came out and the MyCareer mode was unplayable without having to purchase microtransactions for small things like a haircut or even a tattoo.

The DLCs were overpriced too and it would only take a sucker to bite the pill.

The game once again felt recycled. Except for the free-roaming online game lobby that used to be crowded at first and then became empty the following months.

NBA 2K18 was a shame even if a gaming media like IGN gave it a high score. Fans knew the game was turning into a shameless cash grab.

Independent critics who gave it a low score was threatened by the personnel from 2K Games and demanded to raise the scores higher.

The community lost its respect.

And now here we are, with NBA 2K19—quite possibly the most downright unfinished game in the franchise. 2K Games proclaims it’s their greatest achievement but woke gamers knew they’re just recycling at this point and slapping microtransactions and lootboxes here and there.

Fans lost its respect for the game and its publisher even more after Belgium banned them for the usage of lootboxes as a form of gambling and 2K had the audacity of pleading gamers to fight against the rule of the Belgian government so they can put more microtransactions.

It was at this moment the community knew that the reign of the 2K Games was all over.

What used to be such an innovative and feel-good game that players have come to know and love has become another by-product of corporate greed capitalizing on the gamer’s passion for the franchise.

But not everything is grim about the series.

Today we’ll be looking at the greatest NBA 2K games that fans have cherished even to this day.

Presenting the Top 5 Best NBA 2K Games in the Series:

These will be in particular order, starting from where everything started it all.

5. SEGA Sports NBA 2K

SEGA Sports NBA 2K

Let’s take a blast from the past into 1999.

Ah yes, 1999. What a great year for basketball that was: The lockup, the 3-month halt on the NBA season but hey, jokes aside, it was great to see the twin towers Tim Duncan and David Robinson win their first championship for the San Antonio Spurs.

It was also a great year for the SEGA Dreamcast, introducing their flagship NBA game, SEGA Sports NBA 2K. It was the mark of a new rivalry between two companies over a similar genre.

EA Games did feel threatened by the true-to-source-material that NBA 2K put in that rivaled their own NBA Live 2000 a lot.

When SEGA closed its doors down, the 2K series was acquired by Take 2 Interactive and made its own branches, 2K Games and 2K Sports.

It was here that the start of a new dynasty for NBA games has begun.

4. NBA 2K10

NBA 2K10

Even though NBA 2K9 got good scores from the critics, the fans were displeased by the lack of content. It was just a straight-out NBA game with nothing else.

That was until NBA 2K10 showed up and it lit up the audience like a Christmas tree. It was packed with so much content and along with the release came the much-awaited MyCareer mode and Crew.

Finally, players would know what it’s like becoming a pro in the NBA as soon as they got drafted from the D-League.

It was the most addictive part in 2K10 as it was deeply engrossing and it was basically an RPG for NBA fans.

Crew was another awesome feature that felt like the crazy ode to the fan-favorite NBA Street series by EA Sports BIG but with a more realistic touch.

People forgave 2K Sports for NBA 2K9.

3. NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13

“Executive Produced by Jay-Z”, the cover back then wrote.

NBA 2K13 was the last main basketball game that focused on the PS3 and Xbox 360 era. Thankfully, 2K13 was a great last hurrah for the two consoles that would retire for the next generation.

The most prominent feature here is MyTeam mode—it had lootboxes but they were free and very exciting as every box was a reward.

The other cool feature about 2K13 was the added cutscenes to the ever-improving MyCareer mode which made things more believable than ever before.

Crew mode got a good revamp and with even crazier gameplay that made this entry a fun while.

It was through the Crew mechanics here that would go on to transform into Pan-Am mode later on in the series.

2. NBA 2K16

NBA 2K16

For the hardcore fans, this was the last good NBA 2K16 before the company got into the corporate greed.

Forget the Spike Lee story in the game. It was the return of Pro-Am that got the fans’ attention.

It came back with so much hype and that hype was satisfied with plenty of customizations and the ability to host tournaments.

Online mode was drastically fixed and the graphics just looked better than ever.

To a lot of players, this was the GOAT in the series, but you cannot agree more to our #1 NBA 2K game;

1. NBA 2K11

NBA 2K11

You loved it, we loved it. Everyone loved it. NBA 2K11 was considered the pinnacle, not only in the NBA series but in every other sports game at the time.

It was so good, it even got a nomination for Game of the Year—a nomination that sports games hardly earn.

What’s not to love about 2K11? Everything was so good even from the little things that turn out to be worth the time.

The much-improved MyCareer mode, Dunk Contests, 3-Point Shootouts, and, two of the biggest features, Situation and Jordan Challenge.

Situation was a scenario simulator where you can be able to practice how to clutch in a tight moment like a tie-ball game with 2 seconds on the clock and the ball is with you or having to block a fastbreak dunk by a Shooting Guard from behind.

Jordan Challenge was the cream of the crop in the game as it let you relive the best moments of the Michael Jordan era in the 90s, from the Flu Game to the Finals against their archnemesis, Utah Jazz.

Another great feature here was the ability to put Michael Jordan to whatever team you want him to be in and even lets you choose which MJ you want—the rookie, the peak, or the after-retirement.

You can even battle out MJ and the Chicago Bulls with the modern teams too.

It was also the biggest overhaul in the basketball mechanics that made this the brand-new benchmark for the future releases.

Incredibly accurate shot sticks, fluid animations, signature moves from players, and a more balanced shot ratio for 3-points.

2K Games really nailed this one and will be forever remembered as the very GOAT in the series. Nothing else will be able to topple it.

Whether you were new to basketball games or a long-time veteran, NBA 2K11 was just irreplaceable.

Conclusion

As much as we want to add more in the franchise, these 5 games were the innovators for the series.

Will 2K Games ever come back to its glory days and win the love of the fans who have left the series? Only time will tell.

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Top 5 Best Mobile Phones For Playing Pokemon Go https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/best-phones-for-pokemon-go/ Sat, 29 Sep 2018 12:41:52 +0000 https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/?p=398 Read moreTop 5 Best Mobile Phones For Playing Pokemon Go]]>

Ah, Pokemon Go. Remember all the craze it garnered back in 2016 and everyone was outside as groups or by themselves, walking the streets while staring at their phone and people shouting they found Ponyta in the corner of the park?

Or maybe all the ruckus in malls and schools, where organizations were holding public events for children to go hunting for Pokemon all over the vicinity like weeaboos following a waifu pillow tied on a string?

Those were the good times.

Pokemon Go is still one of the biggest mobile games out there and people are still catching those rare Pokemon.

But don’t you just hate when you’ve finally found where Bulbasaur is, and you’re taking a deep breath hoping that you capture him, but only for your phone to either crash or have its battery drained before you could even flick your finger? Yeah, it sucks as much as trying to collect Mewtwo with a dozen ultraballs until you’re fresh out and fail miserably.

In this article, we’ll be checking out the best mobile phones to play Pokemon Go in 2018.

Before we get into the phones, we have to check what makes a good phone to play Pokemon Go.

What’s the best phone to play Pokemon Go with?

According to Niantic, Inc., here are the Pokemon Go requirements:

  • Android 4.4 to Android 6.0.1 (Android N will not support until the official Android release)
  • Preferred resolution of 720×1280 pixels (Not optimized for tablet)
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)
  • GPS and Location Services
  • Intel CPUs are not supported

This means the game is accessible to a lot of mobile phones as long as the OS is up to date.

Knowing what the best phone should be will be based upon the features that make playing Pokemon Go much better.

a. The SoC (System-on-Chip)

In layman’s term, unlike computers, a smartphone is backed up by a SoC, which is an all-in-one device that stores everything that makes up the phone–graphics processor, the signal strength, you name it.

Think of it as the equivalent of a CPU.

There are variations of SoC, such as Apple has their own kind, but for this article, we’ll be focusing on SnapDragon SoCs.

So why Snapdragon? Simply because they’re very durable and they’re the most distributed SoC for Android devices, particularly for the latest phones.

It’s developed by Qualcomm–a manufacturer whose main creations are SoCs, but the Snapdragon is considered the best in their lineup.

The Snapdragon SoC is, in fact, a very good kind of chip that powers the phone.

With this kind of SoC, you’re guaranteed to have smooth gameplay on Pokemon Go.

b. Battery Life

Just like we’ve stated earlier, the last thing you want is for your phone to shut down before you catch that rare pokemon.

We’ve included phones that will guarantee you to be able to roam around in the field for at least a good 16 hours so you can maximize your Pokemon Go play session.

c. Screen

We’ve looked at the very best phones that make the game’s aesthetics pop-up than the average phone.

These phones are made with either AMOLED or LCD technology, but either way, as long as it shows Pokemon Go wonderfully, it really shouldn’t matter much.

While most phones provide HD resolution, some step their game up with Quad HD. The latter, of course, delivers pixel-perfect display but in the case of Pokemon Go, it only needs just the standard HD to get it running well.

d. RAM

Pokemon Go runs heavily when opened and if your phone doesn’t have enough RAM to support it along with other running apps in it, then the game is going to lag and eventually crash if it’s too heavy.

On the bright side, we have a good selection of phones that have at least a decent amount of RAM to cope up with the game for a smooth experience.

e. Gyroscope

Majority of phones have this technology already but some are just above and beyond the rest.

Gyroscope plays an important part in displaying the pokemon on screen without getting jaggy.

A smooth gyroscope performance will ensure that whatever you want to capture on the screen will stay there and doesn’t shake as much as trapping a pokemon inside the ball.

The game has a built-in Augmented Reality mode (AR) but we recommend switching it off. Trust us, the gameplay is smoother that way.

Top Mobile Phones to Play Pokemon Go

Without further ado, here are the best Pokemon Go compatible phones.

Reminder that we’ll be analyzing the phones based on their performance for Pokemon Go and not the features that are irrelevant to the game.

Take note that these are in no particular order.

1.  HTC 10 — An all-around phone that is highly responsive for playing Pokemon Go

HTC 10

The HTC 10 is still one of the best mobile phones in the market right now thanks to its lower price compared to its competition.

HTC has always done well in the smartphone market but the 10 is quite possibly still one of the best in their store to date.

It has been around since 2016 but that doesn’t mean it’s outdated. Even up to today’s standards, the phone really holds well thanks to its high-performance technology.

It may look like the generic Android phone on the outside but for its price, you’d be surprised on the inside. The phone performs as much as its higher-priced competing mobile phone brands–even more at times.

Here are the features that make this a great phone:

  • 3000 mAh battery, which means you can play Pokemon Go for quite a long period of time as long as there’s not much running apps at the same time.
  • 4GB of RAM which is good enough for the game.
  • 5.2” LCD screen which shows the game colorfully.
  • Wonderful Quad HD that displays Pokemon Go in very high resolutions.
  • Fantastic sound quality, even on loudspeakers.
  • Seamless Pokemon Go gameplay thanks to its Snapdragon SoC

In today’s economy, this is one of the best cheap phones for Pokemon Go right now and if you don’t have plans to buy a fancier more elegant phone, then this is just right for you.

The phone is such a bang for your buck for all the value it gives on such a low price.

2. Moto G6–Affordable price for a high-valued premium design

Moto G6

One may argue that Motorola phones don’t have the competitive edge anymore since the glory days of Nokia, but that’s not true at all. Only mainstream phone users say that.

Let us introduce to you the Moto G6–a much-needed step-up from the G-series after the slightly disappointing G5.

Everything about the G6 has surpassed its predecessors, making this their best phone to date.

What’s more is that even just after its release date, it is still much more affordable compared to other brands. Plus you get so much value too for such a low price.

To our surprise, it didn’t perform like a phone for its price. It does more than the average smartphone in that price range and that is just remarkable.

Responsive gameplay, consistent gyroscope, and a clear HD display, this phone does so much:

  • 3000 mAh battery which lasts long enough for a day of Pokemon Go
  • A surprisingly big 5.7” screen–similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Asus Zenfone 5.
  • Crisp 18:9 ratio, supported by an HD+ resolution
  • 3D glass back design with rounded edges allow for easier grasp while playing
  • Smooth Pokemon Go gameplay thanks to its latest Snapdragon SoC
  • Storage ranges from 32GB to 64GB

While these are all good, the camera itself is a bit sluggish. The camera movement isn’t as smooth as other competing brands, but it’s forgivable.

Also, just a reminder that you can’t be able to play this on rainy weathers even if it’s just a drizzle. Unlike modern smartphones since 2016, this isn’t waterproof but that’s why the price is quite low compared to other brands.

Overall, it’s enough to get you playing Pokemon Go without worrying about performance and battery life. For a low price, it’s a sure deal.

3. OnePlus 6 — The fastest performance phone alive

OnePlus 6

If The Flash had his own phone, this would be it. OnePlus 6 is the manufacturer’s flagship phone that oozes with style and elegance.

OnePlus is considered by many Android users as a sleeper hit in the community thanks to its overall high performance.

It is also powered up by the latest Snapdragon SoC, the Snapdragon 845, introducing a new batch of phone whose powers can rival that of its big sibling laptops.

Underneath the stylish sporty design is packed with beefy specs that is just the equivalent of Chris Evans as Captain America, combining pretty boy looks and the physique of Samson.

Here are the specs that make this such a powerful phone:

  • 3300 mAh that makes the battery life die hard.
  • Astonishing 19:9 aspect ratio on FHD resolution
  • A whopping 1080×2280 screen resolution on a 6.28” display
  • 6 to 8GB of RAM which is great for multitasking while playing Pokemon Go
  • Latest gyroscope technology for seamless augmented reality
  • Premium gorilla glass design that will not have you worry about dropping it while playing
  • Storage capacity from 64 to 256GB

The only downside to this is that it doesn’t have an expandable storage but as long as you’re not worried about stacking up files. Another is the unusually subpar loudspeaker as if it was made in 2011.

But if you don’t mind all that, this is a keeper.

Seriously, this is a beast and a great buddy to have when playing Pokemon Go. Machamp would be proud.

4. Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact— A compact smartphone that packs a wallop

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

Size doesn’t mean everything. In fact, Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is the smallest phone in this article but don’t let the size fool you at all.

The size and weight are quite light yet it doesn’t sacrifice anything about the specs itself.

It’s also very beautiful to look at, especially the jet black color. It just screams out simplicity but in a very chic way.

When it comes to playing Pokemon Go, the phone is quite handy and a viable device when playing the game. Here are the specifications:

  • A decent 2870 mAh battery with a quick charger which is enough for one day of Pokemon Go session
  • Supported by the latest Snapdragon 845 CPU
  • Despite the 5” display, it shows a clear 18:9 aspect ratio with Full HD + HDR. It may be small, but it can display as much as its larger competitors in the market.
  • 4 GB RAM-ready for a long day of hunting Pokemon or dueling a wackjob from Team Instinct
  • Steady camera that augments the sprites in the game smoothly
  • Expandable storage besides its 4 to 64GB capacity

The phone is amazingly handy too that it doesn’t feel like it would slide away from you at all.

If you find larger screens to be a hassle but still want the same performance as one, this should be your priority pick.

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 — Everything that you want and need in a smartphone

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung’s very own Galaxy Note 9 is the brand’s most ambitious phone product they have ever made.

They literally crammed everything that’s good in a smartphone and put it all in one convenient package. A package that is full of surprises and heaven-sent perks.

The Note 9 isn’t just a smartphone–it’s your new best friend.

If you’re the business type of guy, this is for you. If you’re the casual techie dude, this was made for you. If you’re into mobile games including Pokemon Go, then settle for nothing else but this.

After the disappointing Galaxy Note 5 and the explosive flop of the Note 7, Samsung really showed their apologies by creating a successor to the already-great Note 8.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is like a passive companion that knows just how to aid you with all your mobile needs.

But perhaps the most relevant features of the Note 9 are its brand-new stylus and 4000 mAh battery. We’ve seen it time and time again that Samsung wanted to “innovate” the stylus but this time they nailed it.

It works well as a Mini-Me to the phone itself: as a remote, a camera clicker, and, for Pokemon Go, a controller. No, not the DualShock 4 kind of controller but rather something that makes you feel like a magician swishing the crap out of your wand but in the form of a Pokemon captor.

As for the battery, you can bet this phone can stay up more than a day even with multiple running apps.

Let’s take a look at its specs shall we:

  • A behemoth 4000 mAh battery that will literally let you play Pokemon Go all day and night
  • The phone even has a back-up self-charging in case you just need that extra effort to capture a mythical Pokemon at low battery
  • A large 6.4” infinity display, backed up by Quad HD and Super AMOLED
  • Aspect ratio of 18:5:9 that makes you look like you’re holding a picture than a phone if it wasn’t for the apps
  • Fueled by the Snapdragon 845 CPU that complements the Note 9 screen to deliver the smoothest gameplay ever
  • A good 6 to 8GB of RAM for no-lag experience even with multiple apps running
  • The most advanced stylus to date that can act as a motion controller for your play session to make capturing Pokemon more interesting
  • Expandable data storage up to 1TB

It’s no surprise that with all those perks comes the serious drawback–the price. This is by far the most expensive flagship in the Note series to date, rivaling directly at Apple’s overpriced iPhone XS except the Note 9 has more value for its loyal customers.

In short, go get the Note 9 if you have the big budget. We assure you–you won’t be disappointed at all.

Conclusion

These are the top 5 phones you’ll ever need to find all the Pokemon you need all day and night or if you just want to run to the most chill Pokestop.

  1. Your priority should be the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 as it delivers everything great about phones, both gaming, and business.
  2. If you couldn’t afford such a phone, you can always go with the OnePlus 6. It’s like Superman became a phone due to its powerful specs at a very reasonable price.
  3. If you want something smaller but packs the same punch as its larger competing phones, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is just right for you.
  4. If you’re on a tight budget but still looking for a decent phone that is still worth displaying for its good design and specs, the Moto G6 is your ticket.
  5. But if it’s just an all-around phone that you’re looking for and you only need it to play Pokemon Go, the HTC 10 will do just fine.

Also if you’re wondering whether or not Pokemon Go is still a thing, yes it is. In fact, it’s still one of the top-grossing mobile games out there even after 2 years following the mainstream hype.

Now go out there and fill up your phone with common Rattatas and Weedles or go meme on the streets with the pesky rascals of Team Instinct.

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The Top 10 Best Call of Duty Games of All Time https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/best-call-of-duty-games/ Sat, 29 Sep 2018 11:15:10 +0000 https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/?p=378 Read moreThe Top 10 Best Call of Duty Games of All Time]]>

Love it or hate it, Call of Duty is gaming’s most successful series to date. With over millions of copies sold every year, there is no stopping the shooter juggernaut that has made a huge name for itself in mainstream entertainment.

Its popularity has blown up so much, it has become a source of reference in movies, tv series, comics, and in other video games as well.

It always holds the record for being the best-selling game of the year and has always been highly praised by mainstream gaming media such as IGN and Gamespot.

Activision, the publisher of Call of Duty, gets the majority of its revenue from this IP. According to Statista.com, it has sold over more than 252 million copies for the last 15 years since its debut in 2003.

Call of duty franchise

That makes Call of Duty the best-selling video game franchise and it seems like it won’t be stopping there.

With Call of Duty Black Ops 4 arriving soon with refreshing new game modes, new class-based team system as well as the much-anticipated Blackout mode—the CoD version of battle royale, it doesn’t seem like Activision will have a run for its money.

Whether you’ve been a fan since the first game or just started playing the series, we’ll be going through the best CoD titles that diehard fanboys consider the greatest hits in the last 15 years.

Before we begin jotting down the best titles in the series, let’s take a look back at how it became so popular and how it made first-person shooter games the most mainstream genre in video games.

The rise of the FPS genre

While the late 90s was the start of the FPS genre as well as arena shooters, the early 2000s was the era where first-person shooter games began to take shape as story-driven narratives as well as high-skilled competitive gaming.

In 2001, the world witnessed some of the most amazing and ground-breaking first-person shooter games that defined the genre: Counter-Strike, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and most of all, Halo: Combat Evolved.

MoH: AA was one of EA’s most triumphant IPs at the time due to its pulse-pounding gameplay and total immersion of what it was like fighting in the beaches of Normandy during World War II. Some fans called it Saving Private Ryan: The Video Game as it was as believable and terrifying as the movie’s action scenes.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein, on the other hand, was id Software’s comeback that stayed true to its fantasy-WWII roots. Gamers praised it for its fast and thrilling gameplay as well as generally making them feel like a real bad-ass.

But the most notable FPS games of that year were two distant yet equally successful titles: Counter-Strike and Halo: Combat Evolved.

Counter-Strike was a PC-only game that helped shape the world of competitive gaming and popularize esports. CS was a modern shooter that innovated skilled gameplay, team cooperation, and tactical combat.

Halo: Combat Evolved proved the world that FPS on console is possible and having both a remarkable story-driven campaign as well as implementing a very addictive online multiplayer was a reality. It was also the first FPS game that added regenerating health and NPCs that actually help you in battle against enemies in a very non-linear way.

When these titles became instant hits, many game developers sought to do what they did, creating an overly saturated genre of a one-man-army protagonist saving the world from the bad guys in an FPS game format.

Gamers soon became tired of all the one-man army stuff in single player games and wanted to feel vulnerable to the point where they needed the aid of other allies on-screen.

2003: The year that started it all

What the world didn’t know at the time was that the developers of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, 2015 (which later became Infinity Ward and acquired by Activision), would soon transform the FPS genre with their 2003 debut, Call of Duty.

The world never saw CoD coming as it raised the bar in war games—much more believable set-pieces that put MoH:AA’s D-Day campaign to shame, smart AI teammates that were relevant and helped you from beginning to end, becoming more prone to death if you go one-man-army against a battalion of Nazis, gun recoil, iron sights, and the most immersive combat sounds to ever hear at the time.

It blew the critics’ minds with its wonderfully-executed theaters of war. It came to show that video games can be as impactful as any good action movie.

While they weren’t known for good multiplayer that time (Battlefield 1942 was the reigning class-based WWII multiplayer shooter during that era), the first game did lay the foundation of what CoD is known for these days: loud, explosive cutscenes, and just generally crazy gunfights.

Since then, Activision has been putting out a Call of Duty game every year, starting from games set in World War II, to the modern era, and to the future beyond planet Earth.

Whatever Activision’s theme for Call of Duty is ever year, it always seems to surpass their target sales.

What makes the best Call of Duty game?

In our Call of Duty game list, we’ll be counting down three major parts that make a memorable CoD title: Single Player, Multiplayer, and Innovation.

Single Player

CoD was always known for Michael Bay-esque narratives but it’s not always the explosions and over-the-top actions that made a particular title great. It had to have an engaging story, memorable missions and wonderful characters.

Take for example the All Ghillied Up mission in CoD 4 where you and your Captain were set out in a deserted Chernobyl in order to assassinate a high-priority target or the nerve-wracking Normandy Beach Landings where you had no idea how you were going to survive in the beaches of Pointe du Hoc filled with heavy enemy fire from the cliffs.

Multiplayer

CoD became known for its multiplayer in 2007 with CoD 4: Modern Warfare. That title alone has set the bar really high for addictive competitive shootouts in which players up to this day came to know and love.

It has become CoD’s bread and butter for the series and the main feature of the game. They focused so much on multiplayer that they decided to remove the single player mode and added much more multiplayer modes for CoD: Black Ops 4—a risky move that could truly make or break the series.

We’ll be counting in the multiplayer that had the best maps, best guns, and best features like the Pick 10 system in CoD: Black Ops 2 and Zombies mode in CoD: World at War.

Innovation

Last but not the least is innovation. While the gaming community may see CoD as a repetitive cash-grabbing annual shoot-fest, we’ll be focusing on the titles that made the game feel fresh from its stale predecessors.

Innovations include the perk and weapon mod systems in Cod 4: Modern Warfare, the cod points in CoD: Black Ops and the addition of double jumping in CoD: Advanced Warfare.

CoD at its best

With all that said, let’s finally dig down on the proudest moments for both CoD and its community.

These are the best Call of Duty games ranked 10 to 1.

Please take note this is based on our own picks.

10. Call of Duty (2003)

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It would be a massive disrespect if we never added the foundation that made CoD what it is today.

The original game from 2003 was the debut of the series, showing its gamers and its audience how capable a game dev can do in creating incredible war stories.

From the epic battle of Stalingrad where you see your unarmed comrades getting pierced by the MG42 as you all rush into the town square to the quiet raid with your fellow SAS squad on the night before D-Day, each mission was beautifully executed with a good mix of silent moments to explosive death-everywhere scenarios.

It did have a multiplayer but it was the usual stuff like Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag. Not as exciting as the modern CoD games but it really was a nice starter for the series.

The original 2003 game is in our list simply because the amount of production and the then-new shooting mechanics were the identities that made CoD what it is today.

9. Call of Duty Advanced Warfare (2014)

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Call of Duty Advanced Warfare (2014)

The iconic “Press F to Pay Respects” meme came from this game and while it wasn’t one of the most stand-out titles in the series, it did have quite a handful of good new features.

Not to mention the gorgeous Single Player campaign’s main characters were voiced by Kevin Spacey and Troy Baker as well as the Zombies DLC having John Malkovich in the scene.

While Black Ops 2 was set in the near future, Advanced Warfare paved the way for sci-fi shooting in the series as it is currently known today.

The campaign story may be wonderfully acted but its main plot was weak except the points where the first few missions were very good and the ending was such a shock and awe.

However, the combat in the campaign was awesome since it had lots of non-linear moments such as raiding a patrolling helicopter in the middle of a firefight and had some good change of pace that included stealth kills, making you feel like a really cool protagonist without having to explode stuff.

The multiplayer had some slight changes too.

This was the first in the series to feature double jumps, exosuits and much more verticality in multiplayer.

It also had the Pick 13 system—a more juiced-up version from Black Ops 2’s Pick 10 system.

This was also Sledgehammer Games’ very first CoD game and quite honestly, they really made a good first impression.

8. Call of Duty 2 (2005)

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Call of duty 2(2005)

2005 was the birth of the Xbox 360 and brand-new graphics cards for PCs that were capable of running The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. This was the age of next-gen gaming and Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 2 became one of the entry points for the 360 and PC.

It was, in so many ways, much bigger and louder than its 2003 predecessor.

This was the very first time CoD implemented regenerating health, secondary grenades, smarter AI on both teammates and enemies, better combat system and beefier sound design.

Many players were left wanting for more in the game due to its highly immersive campaigns from the bloody streets in Russia, the deserts of North Africa, the stormy nights in the Netherlands, and the terrifying beach landing in Pointe Du Hoc.

There were so many memorable set-pieces in the campaign that, for the first time in WWII shooters, had original storyboards on the action in both cutscenes and in-game narrative.

It wasn’t like Medal of Honor’s heavily-inspired Normandy beach landing from Saving Private Ryan or CoD 2003’s rush through Stalingrad like Enemy at the Gates.

Not to mention the multiplayer started taking shape here as players get to choose their loadout in any 16-player game modes.

7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011)

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (2011)

It was time for Infinity Ward to conclude the trilogy that helped shape CoD for what it is today.

MW3 was quite frankly the weakest in the three games but it was a sweet farewell mostly to the cast of characters that made the Modern Warfare trilogy’s campaign one of the most beloved stories in the series.

The game didn’t change much at all as they pertained 90% of MW2—same graphics engine, same-looking menus, same controls, same HUDs, same old same old.

A lot of players didn’t like the recycling at all but it was more about putting an end to what Modern Warfare was known for—both for its stellar narrative and the modern time period.

The story took place just right after the events of MW2 and fans were delighted to see familiar faces like Capt. Price, Soap, Nikolai, and Makarov.

It was also quite a scary depiction of what World War 3 would look like through the vision of Infinity Ward’s game.

It did have its share of great missions like saving the Russian president from terrorists that made CoD 4’s Mile High Club bonus mission look weak, the mission in France where you get to see the Eiffel Tower crumble, the adrenaline-rushing final mission, and so many questions from the previous games being answered through flashback sequences.

On the multiplayer side, they stuck to the words “if it works, don’t fix it” and so they didn’t change the online mode at all except for some new stuff like Kill Confirmed, Call of Duty Elite, and the addition of Survival mode.

MW3 would later become the grounds for CoD esports.

6. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015)

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Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (2015)

Activision didn’t want Treyarch (the devs behind the Black Ops series) to end CoD’s futuristic setting after Sledgehammer GamesAdvanced Warfare from the previous year. The brand new Black Ops universe took place years after the events of the 2nd in the series.

It was, at its core, nothing related to the first two Black Ops games and instead focused on a storyline that involved issues of cybernetics and humanity as well as brainwashing and mental health.

A lot of long-time Black Ops fans were very skeptical about this move as they obviously saw Activision just using the name Black Ops to generate more leads into sales since it has been the second most dominant figure in the franchise since the Modern Warfare trilogy.

While the plot had totally nothing to do with the Mason family or even Menendez’ cause, it was still quite an enjoyable campaign—not for its story much but for the overall gameplay.

For the story, it was pretty predictable and at times, bland.

However, what made the Single player mode good was the different pacing of each mission.

Treyarch introduced skill trees and an upgrade system into the mix, making players wanting to replay the 6-hour campaign with different sets of perks.

It was a refreshing addition as you didn’t have to do the generic CoD stuff like shoot bad guys at point A and then follow the NPC to point B while shooting more bad guys.

This time around it had multiple ways to finish a level and paths to discover much like Call of Duty 3 or even Black Ops 2.

The variety in the single player gameplay made up for the otherwise flat storyline…that is until you experience Nightmare Mode.

Not to mention the horrifying Demon Within campaign.

On the multiplayer side, things did have some nice additions that complemented with the Pick 10 system from BO2:

  • Players now get to play as Operators a la Rainbow Six: Siege with the tried and tested shooting mechanics of CoD
  • Doubled the verticality from Advanced Warfare
  • Wall-running
  • Swimming and shooting underwater

It was a change of pace that the now-repetitive multiplayer needed.

As for Zombies mode, this was highly regarded as the best in the series with its noir-esque 40’s era in Shadows of Evil. Also, Jeff Goldblum is there. Everyone loves Jeff Goldblum.

5. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (2012)

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Call of Duty Black Ops 2 (2012)

This was considered by a lot in the CoD community as the last true CoD game.

The campaign had an equivalently good narrative as the first BO but it was still much better than stories from 2013 to 2017.

The story is set in the near future where robotics and AI are now the main sources of warfare and a revolutionary seeks to take control of it in order to bring balance to the world.

We have to say that Menendez is one of the best-ever antagonists ever created in the franchise that you’ll think twice if he’s actually a real hero or just another villain according to your command.

Treyarch did a good job by including timeless characters from the first BO including Woods, Mason and Hudson and tie up the stories set in very different time periods. It even had a good number of plot twists too just like in the first BO.

The single player campaign featured a choice system like in any RPG that will affect the whole game including the ending—another take by Treyarch to flush out the repetitiveness of the campaign mode throughout the years of CoD.

But the game really shined the most on Multiplayer as this was the first time CoD had the Pick 10 system which balanced out the game very much. The weapons were very balanced too and not a broken weapon in-sight (like the Striker from MW3).

Oh, and also Nuketown 2025.

Pro CoD esports players hailed BO2’s online mode as the best in the franchise and the most enjoyable one.

As for Zombies mode, not so much. Tranzit was a new kind of story with brand new characters that opted out the original cast of Richtofen, Dempsey, Belinski and Masaki.

It was a change of pace with decent level design but the characters were forgettable.

The only exception in Zombies were the DLCs for it such as Mob of the Dead, Die Rise and Nuketown Zombies.

4. Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)

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Call of Duty Black Ops (2010)

For us, this was the last Goat CoD game before it turned downhill for fans who saw the game becoming repetitive each year.

Black Ops was a fresh twist in the long-running franchise and had the most interesting time periods compared to other CoD games.

It wasn’t just another military man and his buddies just shooting baddies with the face—the story had full of conspiracies and what if’s.

Honestly, this was Call of Duty’s best narrative with a compelling plot and lots of surprising revelations that made fans go “Okay what the actual f*ck?”.

What’s most interesting about the story was how well-blended Treyarch did by connecting the 2008 game World at War to the whole narrative. No one saw that (nor the unexpected return of certain characters like Reznov—who was still voiced by Gary Oldman) coming.

And also Vorkuta—what an incredibly-designed mission that felt like a mix of Shawshank Redemption, The Great Escape, and Enemy at the Gates.

Multiplayer was such a blast too. This time the game featured a new currency called cod points in which you must grind for in order to purchase new killstreaks and weapon customizations.

Let’s not forget Nuketown was born in this game.

Now for Zombies mode, it was amazing how Treyarch managed to expand the story of Richtofen, Dempsey, Belinski, and Masaki. At this point, Zombies had a lore of its own, making it one of the most beloved spin-off chronicles in CoD.

Lastly, one of the main highlights here is you can play as either John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon, and Robert McNamara. You don’t get humor from the CoD series like this anymore.

3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009)

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (2009)

Everything good that was Modern Warfare became even better in its direct sequel 2 years later.

MW2 was the peak for Activision as this brought everything good about the first MW and made it even better.

The story takes off a few years after Imran Zakhaev’s death in which he becomes a martyred hero of Russia. His successor, Makarov, wants to fulfill Zakhaev’s dream of having Russia escape from the clutches of the West by starting a war.

What does he do? Set-up a cause for war, of course.

This is where the ever-controversial No Russian mission took place. And when he knew that one of his “comrades” was actually an American spy, he shoots him right before he flees, causing a turmoil that would eventually lead the world into war.

The story had amazing plot twists and memorable missions including battles in Washington DC and the epilogue that had a very satisfying kill on the main antagonist of the story.

The multiplayer got amped up too as all of what made MW’s multiplayer great became even better—more maps, more killstreak rewards and more game modes including the coop-heavy Spec Ops mode.

Let’s not forget that this is where the whole “MLG 420 NOSCOPE GET REKT FGT” and “1v1 Rust” memes started from since the multiplayer was so highly competitive.

It dawned a new kind of gamers into the community—the aspiring pro players. Sadly, most of them were just angry 12-year-olds who kept screaming on the mic.

This was also the golden age of YouTube montages and compilations such as “FUNNY MOMENTS” or “BEST KILLS”.

It outdid the sales of MW and to this day, majority of the community calls it the best multiplayer in the franchise.

2. Call of Duty: World at War (2008)

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Call of Duty World at War (2008)

Treyarch had big shoes to fill in as they had to make a CoD game that was as thrilling in both single player and multiplayer modes.

World at War went back to its original CoD roots: WWII.

This turned off a lot of fans, most of them saying they’re playing safe and that they didn’t want to innovate. They would be wrong.

Unlike the previous world war shooters, this one was darker, grittier, and more violent than ever before. MW was violent but this was a whole new level of violence.

In fact, this has to be the goriest CoD game ever with Black Ops 3 being the close second; soldiers drag their legless bodies, intestines fly out of the stomach when hit by a grenade, heads pop off, choking from a shot through the neck—it was terrifying but highly immersive.

It was also the first CoD game to have vulgar language so when long-time fans went back in the CoD universe to play this new game, they were shocked. You should see the look on the pre-teens’ face back then.

The loading screen cutscenes were as amazing as MW’s high-tech showcase by mixing good editing and real WWII footages.

Not to mention 2 of the main characters are well-voice-acted by Keiffer Sutherland and Gary Oldman as Barnes and Reznov respectively.

World at War had a huge message for its audience: The second world war wasn’t all glory and victory but death, destruction and despair.

In fact, there were no happy moments in this game at all. Sure, you and your fellow soldiers may be cheering URA on the Reichstag but have you seen what you and your men did to both the Nazis and your comrades? Not a great sight at all.

WaW came to show people that there were no good sides in war—whether you’re American, German, Russian, or Japanese. War was war and it wasn’t good on both sides.

As for the multiplayer, it played exactly like MW except with WWII swatches. You can call it MW: WWII mod if you will.

That’s not saying it’s bad at all—in fact, it was really good at the time even to this day.

It had the same fast pacing of MW set in the 2nd world war except the killstreaks were very cool replacements: Radars were swapped with Recon Planes, Airstrikes were replaced with Artillery and, our personal favorite, Attack Helicopters opted out for Attack Dogs.

Plus it was the first (and the only) CoD game with a tank in a multiplayer. It was a shame that tanks weren’t seen in future CoD games anymore.

But the biggest highlight in the game was the addition of Zombies—a mode in which no one expected but became the most beloved.

You’d think that after rolling the credits you can rest your eyes easy after so many killings but suddenly a new cutscene happens and now you’re in a brand-new game fighting off the living dead.

It was a simple wave-based defense game but it blended so well with the mechanics of CoD so much.

It would a few months later that the game would be introduced with new Zombies DLCs with its very own original characters: Richtofen, Dempsey, Belinski, and Masaki.

1. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)

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Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare (2007)

Finally, we made it this far. This may not be a surprise for you as this is really the obvious choice for the #1 spot.

Modern Warfare is the definitive game in the series that ultimately transformed the franchise into what it is today.

In fact, this is considered one of the perfect games that deserve every 10/10, 5/5 stars and 100% from critics and gamers alike.

This is one of those games where you just can’t find a single mistake at all.

This game was what redefined modern FPS games as a whole—mixing gaming skills with simplistic gun mechanics.

Infinity Ward took a very bold risk here by cutting off the traditional WWII era that the series has been known for in the past 5 years and transformed it into one of gaming’s greatest achievements.

MW is beautiful from top to bottom: the engrossing single player campaign and the culture-defining multiplayer.

The campaign mode had a very good story about saving the world from a tyrant who wishes to turn the tides of battle into the West as well as one of the best set of characters alongside Black Ops.

The story was scary in its own right—scary in a way that the visions of war and death in a modern era can be possible in real life and that such extremist leaders do exist in the world we live in.

It has one of the best bundles of stories ever made in a single player game—All Ghillied Up, Shock and Awe, Death from Above and Mile High Club are to name a few.

Captain Price, is of course, the number one protagonist in this game (Fact: He was based on the same Captain Price from Call of Duty 2).

But let’s talk about the real broth in the soup: the multiplayer.

The online multiplayer was what put the game into the spotlight and the main Goat of the series.

It was simple yet so addictive that players have spent day and night playing.

It was the first of many that made it the foundation of the now successful multiplayer section of any CoD game—perk system, weapon mods, tier unlockables, and killstreaks.

The online mode was highly competitive, the weapons were balanced, the maps were well-designed and the community was very active.

This brought both PC and console gaming to a whole new level that it attracted the mainstream audience too.

It was the ultimate love letter from Infinity Ward and Activision—a game where they put so much time and effort with and didn’t feel like a cash-grab at all.

Ever since its rise in population, other publishers sought to compete with it but the bar was so high, nobody could topple Call of Duty at all.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare will always be remembered as the holy grail of modern FPS games.

Conclusion

So what’s your favorite Call of Duty game? Was there a memorable moment in your days of playing CoD?

That concludes our article on one of gaming’s most commercially successful Intellectual Properties of all time.

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Top 5 Best Gaming Headsets Under $100 https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/best-gaming-headset-under-100/ Wed, 26 Sep 2018 08:08:51 +0000 https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/?p=279 Read moreTop 5 Best Gaming Headsets Under $100]]>

Every gamer craves for the best headset that provides everything from godsend audio quality, most comfortable earpads that are better than your pillow in bed, and a clear microphone that doesn’t jitter.

However, to afford such kind of headset, you will need to spend a lot of money as much as $299 or even more.

But what if you only have a budget of less than $100 and still want to have a top-quality headset?

Worry no more as we will dive deep into good cheap gaming headsets.

Now let’s go over to the big question:

What makes a good gaming headset while on a budget?

Audio Quality

This may be a no-brainer but of course, top quality audio is what you need.

So how “good” should good audio quality should be?

To make things simple without getting too technical, the most important traits of a wonderful audio quality are clarity and bass.

Clarity in the sound department is important as you want to hear the game fully like you’re witnessing a choir singing in a theater. The last thing we want is to hear muffled audio while your favorite Halo theme song is playing on the main menu.

Clearer audio makes for better immersion into the game as you get to hear everything from the humming orchestra while exploring a forest, travelers chatting together from a distance, the birds chirping on the trees, and hearing every footstep your character makes.

Bass is also what makes good sound quality. Yes, some people like their sounds with more bass while some want it less; A headset that delivers the right amount of bass is good enough—not too much, not too less.

Without bass, there is a good chance that there will be bad “tearing” quality when something loud comes up such as explosions or the loud clanging of swords contacting each other. It’s very unpleasant to the ears unless the headset has good enough bass support.

Comfort

Another important trait that you must look forward to is the overall comfort of the headset.

Everything from the softness of the earpads to the adjustable headgear should be taken into account.

If the earpads aren’t comfortable enough, you will begin to feel an agitation after hours or even minutes of prolonged headset usage.

Sweat is also part of the standards for comfort. The longer you use the headset in one seating, the more sweat you build up.

The last thing you want is sweat dripping off your headphones after you take it off or sweat soaking up within the earpads and the speakers themselves, causing a rupture in the audio.

If the earpad material isn’t high-grade quality, the coating itself will deteriorate as time goes by.

A headset with good earpads should be able to absorb the sweat without feeling soaked.

Luckily, this article is full of headsets that don’t feel cheap when it comes to comfort, be it earpad comfort or sweat build-up.

Microphone Quality

Let’s face it, a lot of headphones suck when it comes to mic quality unless you’re buying something that is beyond your budget. The last thing you want is a headset with a microphone that sounds like you were talking in the sewers.

Good microphone quality is equal to good communication, especially in the competitive gaming department.

Don’t you just hate when you’re saying something important to your teammates only to have them reply with, “Huh? I didn’t get what you said.” It blows, right?

Fortunately, the budget headsets we have here are all above standard when it comes to mic quality.

Should I get wired or wireless?

The answer to whether or not you want something traditionally wired or wireless is all up to you. Just take note of the following:

Wired Headset

Headphones attached with wires are always connected with either 3.5 mm jack or USB or even both by default. This is your usual no-fuss tried and tested type of headsets which you can never go wrong with.

The only flaws here are that they get tangled easily if you aren’t careful and they only have a limited range from the input.

Nonetheless, this is generally the preferred type of headset for PC players and console gamers

Wireless Headset

Some people get easily stressed out by wires and to deal with that, wireless headphones exist. A wireless headset looks very minimalistic as an audio apparatus and is always nice to look at.

Just expect wireless headsets to be on the range of $80 to $99 for good sound quality and smooth audio without lag.

There are also downsides to using wireless headphones, however.

One of the biggest cons is that it is battery-charged. If you don’t charge your headset regularly, it’s going to break your momentum during a heated game when it dies down in the middle of a fight.

Another is that since this is signal-based, any obstructions will cause the audio to lag. You need to have a clear pathway for your audio source to your wireless headset.

Wireless gaming headsets are recommended for console and PC gamers who want no stress at all on wires.

Later on in the article, we’ll be showing the best wireless gaming headset under 100 for each platform: PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Presenting the best gaming headphones under 100

Without further ado, let’s get the show on the road and ogle at our top picks for great gaming headsets.

They all sound and feel so good that you wouldn’t want to have a higher-end headset.

Take note that these headsets are in no particular order.

1. SteelSeries Arctis 5 – The ultimate surround sound headset without blowing more than $100

SteelSeries Arctis 5

Who says you need lots of money just to have a top-quality headset when you can get one that’s below $100?

Introducing the SteelSeries Arctis 5. SteelSeries has always been known for well-made headphones but this has to be the best one yet.

Not only does it look professional, it sounds and feels professional too.

Here are its core features that make it the best in the market right now:

  • 7.1 Surround Sound RGB technology
  • Arctis implemented their award-winning audio technology in the Arctis 5, giving you the clearest and most detailed sound in any game, all under a price of less than $100
  • Features an exclusive next-gen DTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround sound that will make you feel like you’re really part of the game
  • The mic is so good for gaming, it got certified by Discord as the official best mic in gaming thanks to its ClearCast bidirectional technology
  • Illuminated earcups made with prism RGB technology
  • Adjustable volume control that helps you configure the ratio between in-game and chat volumes
  • Headgear is supported with performance fabric AirWeave cushions that feel better than pillows
  • Supported by a ski goggle suspension headband so you can wear it for very long hours

The headphones are so good, it has been awarded by known critics such as Red Dot Product Design, Tom’s Guide, and PC Magazine Editors’ Choice.

SteelSeries has proven you don’t need to spend more than $100 to have the best gaming headset.

Whether you play on PC, console, or even mobile, do not hesitate to get this.

2. Sennheiser GSP 302 Closed Back Gaming Headset—A wonderful all-purpose wired gaming headset for any platform

Sennheiser GSP 302 Closed Back Gaming Headset

Sennheiser not only proves everyone that they don’t just make one of the best audio peripherals for the general audience but they can make a bombastic gaming headset for its niche demographic too.

Meet the Sennheiser GSP 302: a gaming headset that is easy to use and easy to the ears.

Whether you’re playing on the PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch or mobile, audio quality stays the same with pitch-perfect sounds and beefy bass.

Compared to the others in this list, this is one of the most affordable headphones on the list that packs a huge punch with competent sound quality and comfortable design.

Here are the best parts about the GSP 302:

    • Uses a closed back headset design supported by high-grade memory foam that makes this the best in noise cancellation among the rest in the list
    • Remarkable bass performance that vibrates just right without getting too intense
    • Earpads are coated with top-quality faux leather for long-lasting usage
    • It may be a stereo headset but it feels like it can be surround too thanks to its clear sound delivery
    • Microphone has the clearest sound among the rest in this list
    • Fancy volume control on the right ear that feels very responsive and smooth

There are a few mishaps, however, but not that much of a deal:

Since the pads are made from faux leather, the sweat from your ears will eventually form on the cups themselves. Luckily it’s very easy to wipe it off and the faux leather itself is surprisingly soft and comfortable for the ears even after long periods of usage.

Another bit of a flaw is the cable itself. Modern gaming headset wires are usually braided to ensure it doesn’t break easily but the Sennheiser’s thin wire is quite delicate; make sure you aren’t careless with the wire or it loosens/breaks sooner than expected.

For its price, it’s beyond worth it.

If it wasn’t for the thin wire, this could’ve been our top spot but nonetheless, the Sennheiser GSP 302 is worth every penny.

3. Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless Gaming Headset—The best wireless gaming headset for PC

Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless Gaming Headset

Truth be told, only a few wireless gaming headsets stand out since most of them either have a short battery life or have a short lifespan before the audio quality and connection start to deteriorate.

We give you the Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless Gaming Headset: a wireless beauty that delivers quite a punch as wireless headphones.

If you would like to experience the goodness of Corsair’s gaming headset on console, you can always buy the Void Pro RGB USB wired version. It has the same specs as the wireless rendition minus the USB power transmitter and the wireless function.

While it may not work best on consoles like the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, it does show its best on PC.

If you haven’t known by now, it’s the direct successor to the Corsair Void—an already good headset but with slightly fewer features.

The Void Pro is very responsive with an extremely low latency that doesn’t lag up to 40 ft which are quite amazing given that this is less than $100.  Audio quality is superb, earpads are wonderfully comfortable and it’s filled with lots of features.

Let’s check out the overall specs of the Corsair.

    • Delivers 7.1 surround sound that helps you immerse into the game even more
    • Fastest frequency response time for a wireless headset: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
    • Discord-certified 50 mm neodymium speaker drivers that enhance the audio quality even more
    • High-quality unidirectional noise cancel microphone with a quick response time of 100 Hz to 10 kHz
    • Microphone is backed up by an LED mute indicator that reduces background noises for better voice quality
    • Very long battery life of up to 16 hours
    • Powered by a USB transmitter

Again, the biggest drawback here is that it only works well on the PC but not much on consoles. Yes, the headset is viable for console gaming however when we tested it on the PS4 and the Xbox One, there were unusual mishaps that we never found on PC: the audio was laggy and the microphone wasn’t performing smoothly.

In short, if you want to opt for a wireless headset for the PC, you have to have this.

4. Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Surround Sound Gaming Headset – Best Wireless Gaming Headset Under 100 for the PS4

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Surround Sound Gaming Headset

If you couldn’t afford the PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset due to its heaping price, you can always rely on the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 which works really well with the PS4.

This is truly the best PS4 headset under 100.

Here are the main features that make it the best for the Sony PlayStation 4:

    • Made with Turtle Beach’s award-winning virtual surround sound technology that makes the game more alive with its stellar audio delivery
    • Large 50 mm speakers for “crisp highs and deep thundering lows” according to their official description
    • Earpads are covered with mesh fabric that makes it one of the most comfortable wireless headsets in this list
    • Turtle Beach’s exclusive ProSpecs technology makes it highly ergonomic for gamers who wear glasses by removing the pressure on glasses
    • Has an exclusive SuperHuman Hearing technology that will have you hearing the environment even more such as approaching enemy footsteps and distant weapon reloads—ideal for competitive gaming
    • Fast speaker frequency response of 20 Hz – 20 kHz

However, unlike the PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset, this one does not feature any game mode toggle buttons. But that shouldn’t be a big issue since this is way cheaper than the PS Platinum Wireless Headset.

If you’re a PS4 player looking for an affordable wireless headset, you should consider buying this.

5. Turtle Beach Ear Force XO One Amplified Gaming Headset – Best Wireless Gaming Headset Under 100 for the Xbox One

Turtle Beach Ear Force XO One Amplified Gaming Headset

Do not worry, Xbox fans. Turtle Beach also has something good for you—the Ear Force XO One gaming headset.

This is considered as an entry-level headset according to Xbox fans but unlike other starter headphones, this one is very beefy in the audio department with features that optimize the experience of both the headset and the console.

Quite honestly, this is the best Xbox One headset under 100.

Here are the specs that make it so:

    • High-quality 50 mm speakers to hear every crisp highs and thundering lows
    • Has a small audio control panel which you can conveniently adjust for the Xbox One
    • High-sensitivity mic that delivers crystal clear chat
    • Has a bass booster that you can freely configure
    • Very lightweight thanks to its soft mesh material making you feel like wearing nothing at all
    • Works also well with mobile devices and the PC with the help of its detachable 3.5 mm connection

The only drawback here is that the provided cable is a bit too short. But that’s probably because Turtle Beach wants you to use this primarily as a wireless headset than a wired one.

Overall, you won’t find any other better budget wireless headset for the Xbox One that this.

Conclusion

There you have it, five of the best gaming headsets under 100—two of which are the best wired headphones and the three being the best wireless headsets.

If there’s going to be our personal pick, it’s really the SteelSeries Arctis 5.

What’s not to love about it? 7.1 surround sound technology, illuminated earcups, made from grade-A lightweight materials and highly ergonomic.

It doesn’t matter which platform you’re playing, just get this and cherish it for what it is since you won’t get any better bargain than the Arctis 5 for below $100.

But if you’re up for anything else, it will just depend on your preference. Whichever you pick, there is no wrong answer at all:

  1. If you want the best value out of your hundred bucks, the SteelSeries Arctis 5 is a headset to behold.
  2. If you desire something cheaper than the Arctis 5 but still want the same competent overall quality, the Sennheiser GSP 302 is your best choice.
  3. If it’s a great wireless gaming headset for the PC you’re after, go for the Corsair Void Pro RGB Gaming Headset.
  4. If you’re a PS4 player looking to buy a much more affordable wireless gaming headset, the Turtle Beach 600 Wireless Gaming Headset is your new best friend.
  5. If you’re an Xbox One fan looking for the best wireless (or wired) gaming headset, the Turtle Beach Ear Force XO One Amplified Gaming Headset is right for you.

That’s it for this article. With any of these headsets with you, you’re guaranteed to have a much more immersive gameplay thanks to the stellar sound quality and comfortable ergonomics.

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Top 5 Best Gaming Monitors for PS4 and Xbox One https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/best-monitor-ps4-xbox-one/ Wed, 26 Sep 2018 07:42:52 +0000 https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/?p=267 Read moreTop 5 Best Gaming Monitors for PS4 and Xbox One]]>

Console gaming is always perceived as only being played on a TV—an HDTV, in particular. Majority of the console gaming community use a TV but for the hardcore gamers and the ones who pursue the dream of becoming the next big thing in esports, an HDTV won’t just do.

In fact, professionals recommend getting a gaming monitor for your console, be it the PS4 or Xbox One.

In this article, we’ll be looking at monitors that are best-suited for both the PS4 and Xbox One and why you need one.

Let’s go ahead and answer the big question:

Why do I need a gaming monitor and not just an HDTV instead?

On the surface, people might think a gaming monitor is only best for PC. That is not true at all.

Right now, there are tons of monitors built not just for  PC players but also for console players too.

You may think there wouldn’t be much of a difference between a gaming monitor and HDTV but if you look through the details, you’ll soon understand why longtime gamers prefer monitors.

You may have noticed in console esports gaming like Halo, Call of Duty, or Street Fighter tournaments that the screens used there are monitors and not tv. This is because the pro players with cunning reflexes benefit from the monitor’s responsiveness without delaying even just a fraction of a second.

Better Resolution

TV manufacturers market their products to a wide general audience by showcasing picture-perfect displays, be it live-action films, animations, or even games.

Gaming monitor manufacturers, on the other hand, provide a much better display specifically designed for the gamer demographic.

The main showcase here is the fact that gaming monitors offer sharper resolutions than HDTVs, bringing out the best of the video games’ visuals.

Gaming monitors are made with exclusive technology that HDTVs don’t have to enhance the colors of video games even further—sharper color saturation, darker black tones, and some even have preset color adjustments depending on the video game be it a vibrant platformer or a dark and musky horror game.

What you need is a gaming monitor that provides a resolution for optimal visual quality; specifically, 1920 x 1080—the maximum native resolution of both the PS4 and Xbox One and up to 4K for the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.

Cheaper Price

The usual budget to afford a good HDTV is around $600 or more but a gaming monitor is usually half the price of any high-end HDTV on the market.

The biggest reason why an HDTV costs much more is that it serves as an all-in-one entertainment system—includes various sources for output devices like a laptop, DVD player or audio player, internet tv streaming like Netflix and traditional channels.

You wouldn’t need all of that if your sole purpose for buying a display is just for console gaming, right? Gaming monitors’ only purpose to exist is to bring the best out of your gaming experience for a lesser price.

That is a big advantage for gamers since they pay less while getting more value from their money than buying a multi-purpose television. It’s especially convenient for gamers who play solo.

Refresh Rate Matters

One of the most important specs for gaming, be it PC or console, is the refresh rate of the screen. The least you need to have is a display that has a 60 Hz refresh rateany other display lower than that will result in blurs and lags.

A high-end HDTV always has at least 60 Hz refresh rate but you will need to spend mad bucks on one, starting at $600. A good gaming monitor also has 60 Hz PLUS better display resolution, all for a much lower price compared to a tv.

However, you don’t need more than 60 Hz on a console since their frame rate maxes out at 60 frames per second, so any 60Hz monitor is suitable.

Quicker Response Time

Another edge that gaming monitors have over HDTVs is the faster response time.

A lot of gamers don’t know this but there is a slight delay of action on-screen when you press a button. Competitive players see this small lag as a factor to winning a game.

In short, the quicker screen response time, the lesser the lag.

You need to discover gaming monitors that have a maximum of 1ms response time and at least 2 ms response time.

Anything more than 2 ms is just not going to be a good enough gaming monitor. HDTVs, by default, are always more than 2 ms.

Exclusive Features that HDTVs Don’t Have

Another aspect that you should definitely take into consideration is the fact that gaming monitors have modes and options that will adjust to your gaming standards.

Again, manufacturers have made these displays purely for the purpose of gaming and they want you to take full advantage of that.

Some offer an equalizer technology that adjusts the black and gray palettes into more vibrant shades rather than resulting in washed-out colors while some monitors even shift the gamma automatically, depending on the colors of the game—a type of feature that you will won’t find in HDTVs.

Whether you’re playing grand-scale open-world adventure games filled with a lot of contrasting colors or a dark and moody dungeon crawler, gaming monitors are sure to double the aesthetics than they already are.

Convenience

Last but not the least, gaming monitors are simply more convenient to place in a room than an HDTV.

The most recommended size is at least 24” and a maximum of 34”. The only drawback of gaming monitors is that there are no larger screens than 34” on the market so far.

A 24” monitor is best if you’re sitting in front of a desk while 27” to 34” is better if you want to slouch on a couch at the edge of a room while playing.

If you’re planning on becoming a pro player, a 24” is good enough as you don’t have to move your eyes around the screen a lot. That also means quicker response time too.

Are there any disadvantages with gaming monitors?

There are three main cons: smaller screen size, incompatibility with previous generation consoles, and below-standard loudspeaker sound quality.

Just as previously mentioned earlier, there are no larger gaming monitors out there that exceed 34”. That means some gamers may have to lean closer to the screen in order to see distant objects, which is kind of a turn-off in terms of immersion.

With that said, you might strain yourself just for leaning too much.

The second factor, while it may not be a big deal, is that gaming monitors these days only have an HDMI jack.

If you want to play an old-school console like the PS2, the original Xbox, or something older like the Sega Genesis or Nintendo 64, you can always just plug the console on an HDTV. Or if you really want to roll it out old-school, the CRTV is still the best way to go if you still have one. Sorry for hipster gamers out there.

HDTVs are no surprise in delivering rich audio but for gaming monitors, the audio is usually either like it’s making sound from a can or the bass and treble aren’t configured well so they sometimes cause audio tears.

You will need a good 3rd party audio source or a good pair of headphones along with your monitor and console for better gaming experience.

Presenting the 5 best console gaming monitor for PS4 and Xbox One

Now that we’ve covered all of the important aspects, it is now time to get on with 5 of the best console gaming monitor.

Please take note that these are in no particular order.

1.ViewSonic VA2465SMH 24” LED Monitor—The best starter gaming monitor for consoles

ViewSonic VA2465SMH 24” LED Monitor

ViewSonic is known to make sturdy monitors for the PC, be it for work or for gaming. The same can be said here as it has all the basic features that make it a good gaming monitor:

  • A good 1080p resolution
  • Has both HDMI and VGA inputs
  • Can be adjusted up to 178 degrees
  • An exclusive SuperClear VA technology that is catered to video games for better colors
  • Blue light filter built in the screen so you don’t strain your eyes on long gaming sessions

If you’re looking to shift into the world of gaming monitors or if you’re on a budget, the ViewSonic 24” monitor is an ideal choice.

2. GAEMS M240 Pro Gaming Monitor – a 24” powerhouse that delivers great sound quality as well as great display resolutions

GAEMS M240 Pro Gaming Monitor

We may have said that gaming monitor audio quality is usually just subpar but the GAEMS M240 Pro Gaming Monitor has proven us otherwise.

This monitor looks like a rebel in our list as it wants to be a cut above the rest of the gaming monitors here by providing really good sound quality.

However, besides the great audio elements of the monitor, everything else is the standard specs that you need to have a good gaming monitor plus some added perks:

    • It delivers one of, if not, the best audio above any other monitors in this list.
    • It even has a port for an optional subwoofer if you want to have some added bass—great for explosive shooter games.
    • 1920×1080 resolution
    • 1.5 ms response time
    • 60 Hz refresh rate
    • 2 HDMI inputs—great if you own both a PS4 and Xbox One
    • Extra HDMI output
    • Lightweight
    • Has a VESA-mount that acts as both a stand and as a handle

If you want the best loudspeaker audio for a gaming monitor, this is it.

3. BenQ ZOWIE 27” Gaming Monitor—Truly a gaming monitor made for console gaming and beyond

BenQ ZOWIE 27” Gaming Monitor

BenQ has always unleashed really good monitors but this is something else.

If we had to pick the best one in this list of gaming monitors, it has to be this one.

Everything good is included in here that makes this the best gaming monitor for PS4 and Xbox One.

This is a heavy favorite among gamers due to its uncompromising features which blend very well with any game, be it a casual game or a highly competitive one.

    • Fast response time of 1 ms—no blurs, no lag, no jagged movements.
    • Quick refresh rate
    • Stunning visual resolution with a contrast of 1000:1
    • Features Blue Light filter and ZeroFlicker for reduced eye strain so you can play longer
    • Exclusive “Black eQualizer” technology that enhances the visibility in dark environments without ruining bright colors
    • Has preset filters depending on your game—RTS, FPS and Fighting mode.
    • Has 2 HDMI inputs plus D-Sub and DVI-D ports
    • Has a provided retractable headphone hook and an angular base at the back to store both your headphones and console controller.
    • Flexible VESA-mount that adjusts to an angle that you desire

Now that is a load of features just for a monitor.

No other gaming monitors come this close to be convenient enough for console players.

4. ASUS VG245H 24” Gaming Monitor – The fastest response time and refresh rate made for console gaming

ASUS VG245H 24” Gaming Monitor

ASUS has always been a worthy contender in the world of gaming and the VG245H proves once again that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Introducing the ASUS VG245H monitor—a 24” wonder that is powered by their tried and tested technology that is only exclusive to this screen.

Honestly, we had a very tough time which one between this and the BenQ was the best in the list. Needless to say, this is our 1st runner-up.

The amount of detail put into this monitor is amazing—both hardware and software.

Let’s go over to the core features that make this a good gaming monitor:

  • 75 Hz refresh rate makes this the quickest refresh rate for any monitor in this article
  • The refresh rate is thanks to the AMD Radeon GPUs stored in the monitor for seamless gaming experience
  • Adaptive-Sync technology that supports 40 Hz ~ 75 Hz for its 2 HDMI ports along with the VGA/D-Sub port
  • Ergonomic stand that swivels with ease as well as adjusting the height easily
  • Extremely swift 1 ms response time due to its GameFast Input Technology allowing for a very smooth console gaming experience
  • Features exclusive modes to enhance the colors of the game—GameVisual and GamePlus mode
  • ASUS also included their own blue light filter technology called ASUS Eye Care which prevents visual flickers and eye strain minus making the gamer feel sleepy from amber lighting

This is also much cheaper than the BenQ monitor but still includes quite the same features as its main opponent. The only things lacking here are the added hooks and storage at the back as well as excellent audio quality but those aren’t any big deals at all.

All in all, it’s still chosen by many hardcore gamers as a must-have monitor for console players.

If you can’t afford the BenQ, this is the best one you’ll ever get.

5. Acer XR342CK Curved 34” QHD Monitor – The biggest gaming monitor that can rival the likes of HDTVs

Acer XR342CK Curved 34” QHD Monitor

If you’re willing to spend as much as buying an HDTV but for the purpose of having a ridiculously wide monitor for console gaming, look no further than the Acer XR342CK.

It is still not as expensive as an HDTV, however, it still brings more quality visuals than any other television.

Here are the specs that make this worth every penny:

    • This monster is not only 34”, it is also curved, guaranteeing the most immersive gaming experience you will ever have.
    • An astonishing resolution of 3440 x 1440 that shows every detail on QHD display
    • A wonderful refresh rate of 75 Hz
    • Quick response time of 1 ms
    • 2 speakers that have the same good audio quality of an HDTV
    • Features an exclusive Acer VisionCare—their version of blue light filter that still retains safety despite its size
    • Easily adjustable stand

However, the major drawback here is that it does not have any gaming-exclusive modes in it just like the BenQ and ASUS.

But still, the fact that this behemoth of a display works really well as a console gaming monitor makes it worthwhile.

If you are looking for the largest screen where you (and even your friends and family) can sit at the end of the room and relaxing on a couch while playing hours on end with your PS4 or Xbox One, this is the best pick for that purpose.

Conclusion

As always, it all boils down to how much you are willing to spend for a good gaming monitor for PS4 and Xbox One.

Again, you only need 60 Hz to perform very well on consoles.

    1. If you truly want the best of the best in terms of both convenience and functionality for your console gaming needs, the BenQ ZOWIE Gaming Monitor is your best bet.
    2. If you can’t afford the BenQ, the ASUS VG245H should be your target as it delivers similar specs as its competing brand.
    3. If you want the best audio quality with great gaming monitor specs, get the GAEM M240 24” Pro Gaming Monitor.
    4. If you don’t want to settle for a small screen and want something grand scale that delivers the same good specs of a gaming monitor, you get the Acer XR342CK.
    5. But if you just want to play it safe since it’s your first time trying a gaming monitor for your console or you’re on a tight budget, the ViewSonic VA2465SMH is a great entry-point.

There you have it, five of the best console gaming monitors you can find in the market right now. Time to experience your PS4 or Xbox One gaming session like you have never felt before.

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Top 8 Best PS4 Accessories https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/best-ps4-accessories/ Wed, 26 Sep 2018 07:08:33 +0000 https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/?p=254 Read moreTop 8 Best PS4 Accessories]]>

It is no surprise that the Sony PlayStation 4 is an astonishing console that makes it one of the most competent gaming platforms in the industry.

That astonishment is complemented with the almost-limitless amount of PS4 peripherals.

Whether it’s a custom arcade fighting stick, a racer controller, or wireless headphones, the console is compatible to all kinds of accessories.

In this article, we’ll be looking at 8 of the top PS4 accessories any PlayStation fanboy should have.

Whether it’s for VR, controller chargers, or a webcam for PS4 livestreaming, this article should definitely help you out in picking what’s right for you.

But first, let’s answer some big questions:

What makes a good PS4 accessory?

Access

Accessory, as the word implies, should simply be an object that provides accessibility for any person.

Convenience

Convenience is the core to any good accessory. Nobody wants a gadget that makes everything more of a hassle than improving the gameplay experience.

For the PlayStation market, there are tons of accessories for the console that bring out twice the fun for the players.

The PS4 is a top-quality console and therefore we will be only looking for the likewise top-quality accessories.

What PS4 accessories do I need?

Learning what PS4 gadgets you must have will depend on your situation:

Are you finding for the most immersive driving simulator experience?

Do you aspire to be a pro player and require a particular controller that esports players use?

Need more space to download more games?

Looking for the most surround-sound experience while playing shooter games?

Are you finding for a good place to keep your controller and charge it at the same time?

It all boils down to a good yes or no for these questions. Here, we will discover what the best PS4 peripherals are just for you.

Please take note that these are not in particular order:

Top 8 Best PS4 Accessories Reviews 2018

1.PlayStation VR – The only headset you need to experience the best VR gaming on console.

PlayStation VR

Honestly, nothing else can compare against the official VR headset by Sony.

Yes, VR gaming is still a niche category but if you really want the best experience, you don’t want to settle for anything less than the PSVR.

A lot of VR headsets are reputable for their clunky motion tracking, especially the ones on PC, but PS fans are proud of what the PSVR has to offer.

    • One of those proud moments is due to the fact that the price is quite cheaper compared to the high-end VR headsets on PC such as the Oculus Rift.
    • It is also honestly one of the prettiest VR headsets ever made. It screams out elegance and simplicity—traits that Sony is known for in terms of design.
    • The comfort level is also very good compared to other VR headsets; the thick cushions are just right and hold your head gently. This means you can play VR for hours without feeling any massive pain on your forehead or temple.
    • Sony comes to show that you don’t need a PC that has specs that are lowkey NASA and a pricey VR headset since the PS4’s VR system runs much simpler than large CPUs.
    • A computer needs at least a GTX1060 or anything equivalent to that so it can run the VR smoothly. The PS4, on the other hand, only needs to run it with its own GPU.
    • No fuss and no hassle for PS gamers who want to dive in the virtual reality.
    • The headset can run 1080p games for crisp VR experiences.
    • The OLED display is at a default 920 x RGB x 1080 aka 120Hz refresh rate.
    • The latency is also acceptably low with a fixed number of 18 ms—a response rate that is above standard latency in VR headsets.
    • For such a price, this is very competitive in the VR market—particularly versus the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

However, the biggest drawback here is that when you purchase it, you only get the headset, which is obviously not enough for the full VR experience.

You need to buy the PlayStation Camera and the PlayStation Move (unless you already have that on the PS3). There is just no point in having the headset alone.

Another flaw here is the rather jaggy motion tracking of the combined headset and the Move controller.

By default, a VR player needs 2 separate cameras for the smoothest VR experience—a no-brainer set-up for PC players. But Sony wanted to keep things simpler so they thought 2 symmetrical cameras in a black rectangular box will be enough.

The motion tracking isn’t all that bad per se, but compared to its competing VR gears, the PSVR is slightly less responsive.

But overall, it is still a PS4 accessory must-have for any PlayStation gamer who wants the most affordable VR experience.

Not to mention, the VR game library is honestly quite large and full of good games such as Resident Evil 7, Batman Arkham VR, Superhot, Job Simulator, and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood.

2. PlayStation Camera – An essential for PSVR players as well as the best camera for live streaming.

PlayStation Camera

Previously, we said that you are going to need the PlayStation Camera (and the PlayStation Move) in order to play the PSVR to its full potential.

But that is not all about this camera.

  • It has two more good uses for it: live streaming and dancing games such as Just Dance.
  • If you ever had the aspiration of becoming the next big live streaming celebrity on the PlayStation platform, then the PS Camera is perfect for you.
  • This rectangular box actually has 2 cameras that are almost adjacent to each other.
  • The 2 lenses are HD with a max resolution of 1280 x 800 or 720p.
  • It also performs in a good 60 fps. And yes, you can still lower the resolution if your internet connection is slow.
  • You also do not need to buy extra microphones if you don’t have to since the Camera has 4 microphones—each of them is in between the lenses. The purpose of these are mostly for the PS4 voice control but it’s also good enough for a live streaming microphone.

Only purchase this if and only if you’re willing to spend on VR gaming, dancing games or live streaming.

All in all, it’s a very good camera with a good HD resolution and high-quality sound capture. After all, the device is powered by the Sony Cyber-Shot.

3. PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset—A very compatible and inexpensive wireless headphones for the PS4

PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset

Sony has also introduced exclusive PS4 headphones minus the stressful wires.

The Platinum Wireless Headset was designed specifically for the PS players who are looking to find a very good set of headphones that display great design, comfort, and top audio quality.

There is honestly nothing revolutionary here except the fact that it is very durable and super reliable.

For its price, it does have really cool functions:

  • 7.1 surround sound
  • 3D audio for great gaming immersion whether it’s adventure, action or horror
  • Developers have added exclusive audio modes that you won’t find in any other PS4 headsets; modes that enhance the audio experience of whatever game you’re playing
  • Has a detachable 3.5 mm jack audio cable
  • Can be used for the PC and mobile too

Honestly, even with all these nice features, it’s not really the best wireless headphones out there in the PlayStation market but it still serves as a very functional and sturdy headset.

But what this does have, compared to other wireless headsets for the PS4, is that it updates along with the firmware and will always be viable. That is why this part of our top PS4 accessories.

4. PowerA DualShock 4 Charging Station— The best storage for your controllers that also charges them at the same time

PowerA DualShock 4 Charging Station

Occasionally, we happen to forget where we placed the controller. Or worse, the controller dies abruptly while playing something hard like Dark Souls or Bloodborne and then the screen screams out YOU DIED. Bummer, right?

But what if we told you, you can now have a very safe spot for your controllers. That’s right, Sony has an official dock for the DualShock 4.

  • Not only does it provide storage but it also charges the controller simultaneously.
  • It is powered by an AC adapter
  • By the next time you have to eat dinner first and then go back to gaming, you don’t have to worry about the battery life of your controller next time.

Not to mention it is also very cheap despite looking very elegant just like the console. It’s really an essential PS4 accessory that is highly recommended for all PlayStation gamers.

5. Razer Raiju—The best custom PS4 controller for aspiring pros and hardcore gamers

Razer Raiju

We have to admit, we love the Razer Raiju. In our previous article about the best PS4 controllers, we gave the Raiju the spotlight for its functionality and customization.

This controller is like the Big Boss of the PS4 controller market due to its wonderful features. Here’s what we said in the previous article:

  • it looks like a modded PS4 on the outside but has the feel of an Xbox One controller on the inside.
  • It honestly looks like a hybrid of both, creating what could be the perfect PS4 controller.
  • Not to mention the latency is very low due to its advanced wired connection; response time is just 0.5 seconds.
  • Very ergonomic
  • The overall shape of the controller, the distance between the face buttons, smooth d-pads, bouncy touchpad, and four additional mappable buttons for both shoulder buttons and its base.
  • These additional buttons are what pro players love the most as they don’t have to move their fingers around too much, resulting in quicker responses in-game. It’s especially great for shooter and racing multiplayer games.
  • The trigger and shoulder buttons are made from aircraft-grade aluminum, making them both lightweight and extremely responsive. They’re even adjustable too, making this controller tailored personally to the player.
  • There’s also an additional control panel at the front for quick access to profiles and volume settings for chat and in-game.
  • The analog sticks are a pair to behold as these are supported by top-of-the-line high-carbon steel, allowing for some of the smoothest and most responsive thumbsticks we’ve ever experienced on any controller.

Whether you are an aspiring pro gamer who is looking to dominate the PlayStation platform or just a chill casual player who wants more enjoyment and some added twists to gaming sessions, then look no further than the Razer Raiju.

6. Logitech G29 Driving Force Racing Wheel – Simply the best PS4 steering wheel

Logitech G29 Driving Force Racing Wheel

Logitech has always maintained a good reputation for creating wonderful and durable gaming accessories and it comes to show with their latest gaming steering wheel for the PS4.

Behold the G29—a bold successor to the already awesome G27.

If you want the most immersive racing experience whether you’re playing a driving simulator like Gran Turismo or Project Cars or maybe something more arcadey and fast-paced like Dirt or Need For Speed, then the G29 is all you need.

What’s not to love about it?

  • Excellent force feedback
  • A realistic pedal board
  • Wheel rotates to 900 degrees
  • Cool LED status display
  • Wonderful leather finish on the steering wheel
  • Comfortable face button layout
  • Worth every penny for driving enthusiasts

The only flaw here is that the stick shift is not included unlike its previous model, the G27. It may not be a big deal for Grand Prix gamers but a bummer for street race players.

Overall, it is a worthy contender and simply a must-have for racing game enthusiasts.

7. HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai – The best arcade fight stick for the PS4

HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai

Playing competitive fighting games with a standard DualShock 4 controller nowadays honestly puts the gamer in a disadvantage in titles like Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat X or The King of Fighters XIV.

In the modern gaming world where esports dominates the gaming scene and fighting games adapting to the competitive world, gamers seek out the best way to virtually beat up their opponents: using an arcade fight stick.

After all, it is the type of controller layout that laid the foundation of the known beat-em-up games that we know today.

The PS4 has a huge array of great and memorable fighting games and what better way to experience all that than with HORI’s very own Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai.

HORI has always brought out the coolest arcade-style controllers for the PlayStation ever since and they still never fail to impress.

The newest Real Arcade Pro in the series is undoubtedly the best one in their series yet.

Just look at the features:

  • 8-way directional stick that isn’t clunky
  • 9-button layout where each button is placed to each other just right
  • Blends very well with any fighting game mechanic such as the 6-button mapping of Street Fighter or the 4-button mapping of Tekken
  • It comes with 4 various colors: white, black, red, blue, all of which look appealing
  • Satisfying feeling when the button clicks
  • Lightweight
  • Much more affordable versus other competing brands that offer the same functions for a higher price

HORI also updates with the PS4 firmware to ensure that the arcade fight stick will always be compatible with the console.

Don’t settle for anything less than the HORI arcade fight stick.

8. Seagate 4TB External Hard Drive – The best external hard drive for the PS4

Don’t you just hate it when you have to uninstall your favorite games just to add in new ones because your storage device is low all the time? Well, it’s a good thing there is a plug-and-play solution for that.

Behold, Seagate’s incredible 4TB external hard drive.

This particular Seagate hard drive was made exclusively for the PS4.

The 4TB external hard drive is definitely the best storage device for PS players who purchase their games digitally rather than the physical copies.

The external hard drive functionality was established in 2017 by popular demand because of how whopping the amount of data is needed to download the games.

  • It can definitely withhold up to 100 games
  • High-speed USB 3.0 for a very responsive gaming experience
  • Very fast response time just as you plug it in
  • Definitely very handy for players who don’t find the internal hard drive enough to store all of their favorite games

Just be very careful with it. It is known to be extremely fragile and prone to malfunctions if it is not handled well.

If you really need that extra storage, this external hard drive is your answer.

Conclusion

So that concludes our PS4 accessories list.

Remember, each of these will depend upon your necessity.

  1. Want to experience VR Gaming? The PSVR is your perfect choice. Just don’t forget to buy a PS Camera and PS Move for the best VR gaming.
  2. Need to go along with the PSVR, want to play Just Dance or want to have the most reliable camera for live streaming PS4 games? The PS Camera is your ticket.
  3. Do you desire a good wireless headset that delivers wonderful surround sound? Look no more than the PlayStation Platinum Wireless Headset.
  4. Sick and tired of having to find the USB wire for your controller when it suddenly dies down during a game? Or maybe you just need a stationary place for your controller while it charges at the same time? The PowerA DualShock 4 Charging Station is the best solution.
  5. Looking to be the next esports player with the most reliable controller or just want more apparatus for your hardcore gaming? The Razer Raiju is your answer.
  6. Are you a die-hard racing game fan? The Logitech G29 is the most immersive steering wheel you’ll ever have for the PS4.
  7. Want to dominate fighting game tournaments or just want to get the upper hand to defeat the final stage boss? The HORI Real Arcade Pro 4 Kai will help you become the next champion.
  8. Want to download more games but you can’t store all of them because of the insufficient internal hard drive? Then the Seagate 4TB External Hard Drive will make sure to expand your gaming library without having to uninstall some of your games.

With all of these picks, it is certain that you will make the most out of the PlayStation 4 than it already is.

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The Top 5 Best PS4 Controllers You Need to Have Right Now https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/best-ps4-controllers/ Wed, 26 Sep 2018 01:49:49 +0000 https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/?p=234 Read moreThe Top 5 Best PS4 Controllers You Need to Have Right Now]]>

There is no doubt that the Sony PlayStation 4 is a powerful console that can run high-fidelity video games.

The same can be said of its vast library of already-timeless classics such as God of War, Bloodborne, Uncharted 4, and Horizon Zero Dawn.

Your controller is how you interact with these game worlds, so having a great one can make the difference between a clutch kill and a crushing defeat.

In this article, we’ll be going through various products that are considered the best PS4 controllers in the market right now.

Whether you’re an aspiring pro player who wants the most effective controller or just a casual gamer looking to find something flashy, then this article should definitely help you out.

But first, we have to have a good background of what we should be getting.

What makes a good controller?

A lot should be considered if someone wants to find that perfect controller tailored to him/her.

Appearance

First impressions always count in whatever we desire and yes, appearance is very important.

No one wants to purchase a tacky controller or something that was straight out of a confusing “modern fashion”.

Whether the controller is something flashy or something simple yet elegant, looks do matter.

Ergonomics

Alongside the aesthetics is, of course, the ergonomics.

Ergonomics are the backbone of any product, especially when it is literally being held in your hands for hours at a time.  

When someone says a controller has a bad layout, that is the result of bad ergonomic.  

The controller’s grip, as well as its buttons being smooth and tactile, are other considerations.

Durability

It is no surprise that the longer-lasting the controller is, the higher the price.

The PS4 controller by default is $47 (formerly $60), with an average lifespan of 2-4 years depending on its usage; how rough you are on it, and the luck of the draw.  

Any other PS4-compatible controller that costs less than the default price is most likely less sturdy than the default controller.

Any price higher than the stock DualShock 4 is generally guaranteed to last very long even into the next generation of PlayStation consoles.

Responsiveness and Latency

Many controllers can be played wirelessly but some players, particularly esports professionals, are hungry for more.

Low latency is the key to increasing the chance on winning any competitive multiplayer like Overwatch, Rainbow Six: Siege or even Fortnite.

Wireless controllers may be convenient, but wired controllers have lower latency.

Low latency is good because it means your inputs are registered faster.

While this is often only by fractions of a second, it can make a big difference for competitive gamers.

What about modded PS4 controllers?

On a side note, some players just want more modifications for their controllers.

Yes, there are 3rd party PS4 controllers which look cooler than the stock controller but there can be several issues with it.

Sony usually updates the firmware for the DualShock 4 and so there have been quite a number of incidents where players could not use the modded controllers anymore.

This is due to particular manufacturers (specifically ones that sell PS4 controllers that are cheaper than $47) not being able to provide updates, rendering the controllers obsolete.

Not all PS4-compatible controllers are supported by Sony.

There are only three officially licensed modified PS4 controllers besides the original DualShock 4: Nacon, Hori, and Razer.

Sony also provides various color palettes for the DualShock 4 and limited-edition releases too. If you’re not interested in those three particular brands, there is no need to worry.

Other brands are able to keep up with the firmware updates—Crazycontrollerz and Geniusmods are good examples of 3rd party brands that support their customers with up-to-date PS4 firmware.

Are Cheap Controllers Worth It?

The best part about cheap controllers is that it simply makes your wallet happier.

Cheap controllers mean cheap parts. That results in using a DualShock 4 controller made from low-grade materials that could break easily at anytime.

If you want to be safe, just go for the pricier one or purchase the stock DualShock 4 since that is tried and tested.

Any controller that’s higher than the standard price is just simply worth the bang for your buck.

Now let’s go over 5 of the best of the best that the PlayStation market has to offer. Take note that these controllers are in no particular order.

Top 5 Best PS4 Controllers

1. Sony PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Controller – The original is always best.

Sony PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Controller – The original is always best.

We should go over the original controller extensively so we can compare it to the rest of the controllers on the list:

Sony really learned a lot from their mistakes with the PS3’s DualShock 3.

The DualShock 4 controller is now (and still is) arguably the best console controller to date;

  • Symmetrical analog sticks complemented by much-improved convex rubber tips, more tactile d-pads, smoother shoulder buttons and more ergonomic triggers.
  • The face buttons are still the same with just some slight improvements on the pressing “feel”.
  • Sony was aware enough to know that the Square, X, Circle, and Triangle buttons have always been responsive since the birth of the very first DualShock in 1997.
  • Alongside the improved features are the additional Share and Options buttons, the better grip along the baseline and an additional jack for inserting any headset.
  • But of course, one of the best features about the DualShock 4 is the built-in combination of the gyroscope and accelerometer.
  • The gyroscope and accelerometer allow for great adjustments in motion sensitivity and fine-tuning camera movement, especially for competitive video games.
  • Lastly we have the trusty touchpad—a fan favorite that serves as a multipurpose feature from browsing the PlayStation menu to specific actions in games.

All in all, the PS4’s stock controller is still good in its own right.

While it is an already good controller, the meticulous and critical PS4 player may find this tiresome and boring already. Maybe it’s due to the predictable lifespan or maybe the player just wants something more thrilling and aesthetically pleasing. Hence why we have a list of more exciting PS4 controllers.

2. Razer Raiju—The best custom PS4 controller for professional gaming

Razer Raiju—The best custom PS4 controller for professional gaming

If you’re a serious gamer who’s looking for the right controller to dominate any game, especially in competitive multiplayer, then the Razer Raiju is tailored just for you.

Razer has always been a powerhouse name in the gaming industry no matter whether it be console, PC or even mobile.

In fact, the Razer controller is quite unique compared to other controllers:

  • it looks like a modded PS4 on the outside but has the feel of an Xbox One controller on the inside.
  • It honestly looks like a hybrid of both, creating what could be the perfect PS4 controller.
  • Not to mention the latency is very low due to its advanced wired connection; response time is just 0.5 seconds.

Everything about it is ergonomic:

  • The overall shape of the controller, the distance between the face buttons, smooth d-pads, bouncy touchpad, and four additional mappable buttons for both shoulder buttons and its base.
  • These additional buttons are what pro players love the most as they don’t have to move their fingers around too much, resulting in quicker responses in-game. It’s especially great for shooter and racing multiplayer games.
  • The trigger and shoulder buttons are made from aircraft-grade aluminum, making them both lightweight and extremely responsive. They’re even adjustable too, making this controller tailored personally to the player.
  • There’s also an additional control panel at the front for quick access to profiles and volume settings for chat and in-game.
  • The analog sticks are a pair to behold as these are supported by top-of-the-line high-carbon steel, allowing for some of the smoothest and most responsive thumbsticks we’ve ever experienced on any controller.
  • There is nothing more to say here since it’s just a really good controller for both competitive and casual players.

In short, if you have the budget and you have the grit of a true professional player, then this is the perfect PS4 controller for you. Nothing else comes close to this.

3. Nacon Revolution Pro—An Xbox-style PS4 controller that pro players recommend

Nacon Revolution Pro—An Xbox-style PS4 controller that pro players recommend

The Nacon Revolution Pro is a wired PS4 controller with a very low latency of half a second.

This makes it a favorite among pro players, especially in the competitive multiplayer scene.

This is a heavy recommendation for games that demand skills and quick response time such as Overwatch, Rainbow Six: Siege, Fortnite, and Rocket League.

It has the same basics of the DualShock 4 but with some enhanced twists:

  • Asymmetrical analog sticks are tweaked with 46-degree amplitudes that allow for better accuracy in shooting games.
  • An 8-way d-pad which is very beneficial for fighting game-savvy players.
  • Behind the controller, there are four additional buttons: one for toggling two modes— “normal” and “rapid fire” (which is great for FPS games), an instant Profile button, and two buttons that act as conjoined paddles to map the face button so you don’t need to “claw” your hands on the face button.
  • Unlike any other Elite controllers, its additional buttons on the underside are much more comfortable than the usual extended paddles. They feel very much like they’re really part of the controller rather than as separate tools for mapping face buttons.
  • There have been multiple sightings of this controller in the Fighting Game Community for game tournaments such as Street Fighter V and Tekken 7.
  • While the analog sticks may be fluid and responsive, the face buttons, however, do feel awkward due to how close they are placed together.
  • If you have slippery thumbs, you might accidentally hit the Circle button whilst pressing the X button, although that wouldn’t be an issue at all for fighting game players.
  • The buttons have a satisfying click when you press them.
  • The controller also has a nice matte finish which makes it easier to grip onto even if you have sweaty palms.

Believe it or not, the price is actually very cheap for a pro controller. Other elite controllers are usually more than a hundred dollars so that makes the Nacon kind for your wallet as well as being highly functional for any gaming situation.

4. Geniusmods PS4 Elite Controller – The best PS4 controller for FPS Gaming

Geniusmods PS4 Elite Controller – The best PS4 controller for FPS Gaming

PS4 Elite controllers are abundant in the PlayStation market nowadays but if there to be an elite Elite controller that stands out from the rest, it’s Geniusmods’ craft.

A lot of other Elite controllers tend to be clunky and even awkward at times, making them feel overpriced but this one is worth every penny.

If you’re not familiar with Elite controllers, they follow the same DualShock 4 controller layout but with added features.

  • The primary addition here is the paddles on the underside: adjustable triggers that you can map for the face buttons so you don’t have to “claw” or crunch your fingers on the buttons at the same time, especially in fighting games or any game that features QTEs.
  • Another feature that Elite controllers have over standard ones are the addition of modes: some are made for shooter games whilst others for rhythm or fighting games. This particular model is made for FPS games, however.
  • This Elite controller was designed mainly for FPS titles such as the Call of Duty series, the Battlefield series, and other known competitive games like Rainbow Six: Siege and Overwatch.
  • The Geniusmods Elite controller has modes which you can toggle anytime: rapid-fire, akimbo, jumpshot, quickscope, autorun and so many more.
  • Sure, it is slightly more expensive than the Razer Raiju but this is because of the assortment of flashy-colored tints from gold to chrome blue. If you’re the type of player that wants to show-off to others in a gaming tournament or in a live stream, this the type of eye candy that you want to display.
  • The adjustable paddles are quite responsive and comfortable however the buttons and analog sticks do feel a bit stiff at first until you are able to wear it in some.
  • The metal thumbsticks don’t help much too, especially if you suffer from sweaty thumbs which may be prone to slipping off the analog sticks. At least the grip is good.

Overall, it’s a really good controller especially if you’re into shooter games and you have the big budget. Luxurious gaming at its finest. Totally worth the money.

5. Crazycontrollerz Custom Soft Touch Controller – The most comfortable custom PS4 controller for casual players

Crazycontrollerz Custom Soft Touch Controller – The most comfortable custom PS4 controller for casual players

If you’re not looking for a competitive edge and only want something cool, the Crazycontrollerz modded PS4 controller is the right choice for you.

  • It’s a vibrant controller that feels very homey for any PS4 fan who wants more flare for their gaming set-up.
  • You can choose from a wide assortment from lime green, bright red to a combination of black & gold.
  • It doesn’t have the swanky paddles or additional buttons but they’re really aesthetically pleasing to look at. Not only do they look good but they feel good too.
  • The grips have a very soft touch, providing maximum comfort for your hands especially during the sorts of long gaming sessions you might experience while playing God of War, Kingdom Hearts, The Last of Us, or Crash Bandicoot. The controller is water-absorbent too so you don’t need to worry if you have sweaty palms.
  • Other than the appearance and soft touch, everything else feels like the original DualShock 4. The same d-pad, face buttons, analog sticks, shoulder and trigger buttons, and touchpad.
  • Crazycontrollerz even has an extended warranty of 3 years and can be easily replaced if the controller malfunctions at some point.

This is not the type of controller for competitive players but it is definitely great for the ones who just want to sit back, relax and enjoy the game and the console for what they are.

Here are some honorable mentions for more best PS4 controllers:

Horipad FPS PlusGreat Xbox-style PS4 controller while on a budget. Great product if you can’t afford the Nacon but still want the competitive edge.

Horipad FPS Plus – Great Xbox-style PS4 controller while on a budget. Great product if you can’t afford the Nacon but still want the competitive edge.

Hori Fighting CommanderBest PS4 controller for fighting games. Features a 6-button layout that plays like a mini arcade stick.

Hori Fighting Commander

SADES Wireless Custom ControllerSimilar to the PS4 Elite minus the hefty price. Includes interchangeable buttons and thumbsticks.

SADES Wireless Custom Controller

Five cool PS4 controllers, five of the best in the PlayStation market right now. It really boils down to your preference and desire:

  1. Do you want the best of the best to win every match? Go for the Razer Raiju.
  2. Can’t afford the Raiju but still want the competitive edge? The Nacon Evolution Pro is the best for you.
  3. Want to be the Ruler of FPS games? The Geniusmods PS4 Elite Controller is guaranteed to help you become that.
  4. Just want to add some color to your controller without any of those fancy additional triggers and paddles? Then Crazycontrollerz is the best fit for you.
  5. If you really don’t want anything more or less, then Sony’s original DualShock 4 is no contest.

Hopefully, this article helped in paving the way for you to see what the best PS4 controller is for you. Now go out there and start winning those games!

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Top 10 Best Madden Games of All Time https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/best-madden-games/ Wed, 26 Sep 2018 01:46:27 +0000 https://www.zoknowsgaming.com/?p=225 Read moreTop 10 Best Madden Games of All Time]]>

For 30 years, we have come to love and enjoy the Madden video game franchise because it mirrors the thrilling experience we get when watching our favorite football teams in the field.

Combining the familiar football game-play with stunning graphics and other interesting elements, it’s hard not to love the Madden football games. Today, we take a look at our top 10 best Madden games of all time.

1. Madden NFL ‘95

At the top of the list is the ‘95 edition of the popular franchise. It became an instant hit to gamers and football fans and not just because it was the first to feature athletes on the cover of the video game copy.

Released in 1994, it was the first to acquire licenses of both the National Football League (NFL) team and profiles of the actual NFL athletes. Real NFL teams, stadiums, and players were all finally available to use.

We like how this release has also given players the option to remove the passing windows on the screen showing the list of receivers open. A widened camera angle is also an important adjustment.

2. Madden NFL 2004

If you’re a fan of former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, then seeing the cover alone may just convince you to name this one the best Madden game of all time. But that’s not the only good thing about this Madden game.

Madden NFL 2004 is the edition that introduced a game-changing aspect to the franchise, the Ownership Mode, giving the game a Sims treatment. Players get to play as owners, set ticket prices to games, and even relocate their teams to cities they like.

We enjoy playing The Sims, so we commend Electronic Arts (EA) for integrating its style into the football game. Funny enough, if you move your team to a certain city and the citizens feel apprehensive about their taxes; they can easily kick your team out and replace it with another.

3. John Madden Football

Clocking John Madden Football in at number three is a no-brainer when it comes to listing the top 10 Madden games. John Madden Football, released in 1988, was the first football video game to ever feature an 11-on-11 game-play, versus the 7-on-7 that other games were offering at the time.

Fun fact:  it was actually Madden who strongly insisted the game to be as realistic as possible; hence, the game-play.

It may not have featured actual NFL teams due to the lack of NFL licenses at the time, but it has many elements that can be customized such as weather conditions and player injuries that keep fans interested. Who would’ve thought that what was once just an idea of EA founder Trip Hawkins and color commentator John Madden can have this much impact on the worlds of video games and football?

4. Madden NFL 2005

Year 2005 was the year of dominant defensive plays, so our number four pick, Madden NFL 2005, was crafted to feature defensive hot routes and another new element, the hit stick, to the game. Defensive players can use this feature to inflict brutal hits by flicking the right thumb stick in any direction.

Bonuses include having the Tony Bruno Radio Show and picking Ray Lewis as the cover star. In the Collector’s Edition, fans get to choose different game modes such as Madden Moments, where you can relive and play some of the greatest moments in NFL history.

5. Madden NFL 07

Our number five pick, Madden NFL 07, sparked quite a conversation when cover star Shaun Alexander went through a series of ups and downs during the entire 2006 season when the game was released. After appearing on the cover of the game, Alexander played the whole season with a broken foot while beating Barry Sanders’ record for most consecutive games with a 10-yard plus run.

The following year, the “Madden Curse”, as fans have called it, continued to haunt Alexander as he suffered many injuries including a fractured wrist and sprained knee and ankle.

Madden NFL 07 has two new features, one of which is lead blocking. In the past, it was far too AI dependent and there is never a 100% guarantee that your teammates will clear a hole you can run through. But with the new lead blocking feature, you can control the lead blocker and then the AI will take over control of the back and run through. You can then switch back to the runner.

The other new feature is the NFL Network mode, which many football thanks were thrilled to finally have as it enabled them to learn more about their favorite teams and rivals.

6. Madden NFL 2006

Following the ‘04 game that introduced other gaming elements such as ticket prices and stadium locations, the 2006 edition makes it to our list of the top 10 Madden games by letting players create an athlete from scratch.

We like how players can basically create the life of a character even to the point where we can choose his parents to arrive at the best combination of skills possible. It may not be totally football related, but it’s still a cool addition to the game.

If you’re into player customization, then this one may just be enough to settle once and for all the question of what is the best Madden game.

7. Madden NFL 2003

If you love a good game with a great soundtrack, then you will appreciate this 2002 release. Madden NFL 2003 introduces the EA Trax, the in-game soundtrack that features alternative rock music from acts like Good Charlotte, Bon Jovi, and Seether.

We also love that this edition features the Mini Camp mode, which is a series of mini-games which allow you to improve a player’s skills.

8. Madden NFL 13

Looking for a football game that is a bit more “now”? Lucky for you, the Madden franchise digs deeper into the modern world by featuring new elements to the beloved game with the release of Madden NFL 13.

Madden NFL 13 offers voice activation features with XBox Kinect. It is also the first Madden game to include an in-game Twitter feed. In a world where almost everyone has a social media account, this is a refreshing bonus to the usual football gaming experience.

It also has a refined animation system, although there isn’t much improvement on the gameplay.

9. Madden NFL 25

Our number nine pick for the top 10 Madden games was released in 2013 so you may be wondering, why not call it Madden NFL 14, just like how previous versions were named? The number “25” was actually used on the title to signify the 25th anniversary of the Madden NFL franchise.

Madden NFL 25 improved on its predecessors by having better graphics and more realistic player movements. It also allows players to bring back historic teams such as the Columbus Panhandles and London Monarchs.

10. Madden NFL 15

Rounding up our selections for choosing the best Madden game of all time is the Madden NFL 15, which offers major improvements to the series’ previous releases. Here, you get better graphics, better game-play, and better updates.

This edition also includes new defense features that enhance the overall gaming experience.

The Madden franchise has been and will continue to be one of the forefronts when it comes to awesome football video game experience. What do you think of our list of the top 10 best Madden games of all time? Were your favorites mentioned? Are there other editions, perhaps more recent releases, that you think should have made the list?

The latest Madden franchise available today is Madden NFL 19, which was initially released by EA Sports on August 10 this year.

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