2017: The Year In Games

It’s been a busy year for game releases! We’re looking back at  some of 2017’s biggest PC game releases!

Battle Brothers

Released in March, Battle Brothers sees you lead a medieval warband and immerses you in its medieval fantasy world thanks to its high-tech graphics and different world maps. Despite the annoyance of no tutorials, Battle Brothers offered a fun, engaging and rewarding gameplay.

Lone Echo

Released in July, Lone Echo took VR to the next level with an engaging game play, high-tech visuals and an immersive story. Taking you through time and space to a mining facility on the rings of Saturn where you must use futuristic tools to investigate a spatial anomaly, Lone Echo proved popular amongst gamers.

Agents of Mayhem

Release in August, Agents of Mayhem’s three heroes must stop Legion, a terrorist organisation, from destroying the world. In their fictional universe, Seoul, South Korea is earth’s technology hub, a setting that was refreshing and. Meanwhile, the ability to switch characters and weapons with ease created a fun and dynamic game play.

Destiny 2

Released in September, this Sci-fi sequel to the MMFOPS Destiny game offered the first person shooting core three classes to pick from, Warlock, Hunter and Titan. The action took you through different worlds to break down the plot where players had to build up earth’s defences after an attack, reclaim their battle gear and fight quite a few aliens!

Total War: Warhammer II

Also released in September, the latest release in the Total War series expanded on Total War: Warhammer with the addition of four new races (Lizardmen, High Elves, Dark Elves, and Skaven) and a new map. The ability to combine the new release with its predecessor for one large cross-game campaign added another dimension and level of continuity to the game.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War

Released in October, Middle Earth: Shadow of War takes place before the events in The Lord of the Rings, as players fight through Mordor and raise their own Orc army. Shadow of War promised to up the scale from Shadow of Mordor, and it certainly delivered, giving players a larger map to conquer and bringing back the Nemesis system, making it worth the wait after several release delays.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Nearly a year behind its original release date (December 2016) South Park: The Fractured But Whole was finally released in October this year. This new release promised more than twice the amount of content than South Park: The Stick of Truth, its award-winning predecessor and allowed you to create your character’s origin, explore South Park at night and recruit up to 13 members of Coon and Friends to your cause. Sadly, many gamers thought this wasn’t enough new content, especially given the extensive delays, and was too much of the same as The Stick of Truth.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Released in October and following on from Wolfenstein: The New Order, The New Colossus continued with its alt-history into the 1970s, and brought the Nazi threat to a conquered America, combining small details and creative scenarios that make Wolfenstein such a crowd pleaser.

Call of Duty: WWII

The highly anticipated WWII was released in November and returned to its roots with a boots on the ground, WWII setting. Despite the server issues on the day of its release, the return of classic Call of Duty combat, the bonds of camaraderie and the unforgiving nature of war was a hit with old and new fans alike.

Football Manager 2018

A new season brought a host of new features to Football Manager 2018 in November. Alongside the established countries, players and staff of the footballing world a new, true-to-life scouting system, medical centre and realistic transfer market helped to bring you closer to your dream job and winning the title with any of the world’s 2,500 clubs. A new interface, perfect for streaming, enabled several new tailored setup options, such as a quick start option and a bigger squad, while a new graphics engine produced the best player models, lighting and stadiums in the series’ history, and a sleeker interface that really brought this classic game to life!

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

The sequel to the 2013 Lego Marvel Super Heroes promised to be bigger and better than its predecessor. Although the LEGO game formula remained the same, the game brought a diverse range of Marvel heroes, time scales and worlds together as gamers fought to defeat the game’s villain, Kang the Conquerer, in one huge Chronopolis Open Hub World. It seems that the ability to share this adventure across Marvel time and space with four player multiplayer mode that lets you play with or against friends, was one of the standout features of the game.

Star Wars Battlefront II

Released in November, the sequel to 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront expanded massively with 14 maps, new challenges and distinct adventures across all three Star Wars eras. Like its predecessor, Battlefront II put you on the frontline of different game modes where you can change Star Wars history, but, following criticism from the 2015 game, the sequel offered smaller, more detailed conflicts that seemed to satisfy even the most avid Star Wars fans.

Steep: Road To The Olympics

Released in December, Road To The Olympics trained you for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Although lacking an in-depth, immersive narrative and character depth, the range of sports and real athlete interviews gave an insight into the world’s biggest winter sports event and made for an exciting game play.

Hello Neighbor

Released in December, the key to this Stealth Horror games was to sneak into your neigbour’s house and find out what they’re hiding in the basement. The gameplay was advertised as full of suspense with a constantly evolving game experience, courtesy of an advanced Al that learns from your every move. However, gamers were left disappointed as the gameplay lacked the stealth horror and the Al was largely unpredictable and inconsistent.

With all these games released in 2017, any many more exciting PC game releases to come in 2018, there’s never been a better time to invest in a Gaming PC!

Solid State Drives vs Hard Drives

If you’re tired of slow PC performance and are looking for more storage, you may be faced with choosing between a Solid State Drive (SSD) and a Hard Drive Disk (HDD), a decision that is not altogether straight forward. Therefore, we’ve put together a simple comparison of the two and some advice on which is the best option for you.

The Technicalities

A Hard Drive Disk (HDD) is a relatively old piece of technology and contains a read/write head above a rotating platter that uses magnetism to store data. The faster this platter spins, the faster a HDD can perform.

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External Hard Drives available with 250GB, 320GB, 500GB and 1TB of storage!

Unlike a HDD, a Solid State Drive (SSD) stores information via microchips, removing the need for any moving parts or mechanical movement, which makes it run so much faster than a hard drive.

An SSD relies on a controller, or embedded processor, to perform operations related to reading and writing data. Decisions this controller makes related to how to store, retrieve and clean up data determine the speed of the drive and therefore provide one of the main benefits of the SSD over a HDD.

AMD Solid State Drives avialble with 120GB, 240GB, 480GB or 960GB
AMD Solid State Drives avialble with 120GB, 240GB, 480GB or 960GB

Which Is Best?

Thanks to its lack of mechanical movement, SSDs carry much less weight and runS significantly faster than HDDs, offering near instantaneous data transfer and optimum computer speed, as well as extending battery life, reducing any noise, heat and vibration produced when running.

Although lacking the overall speed of SSDs,  HDDs still provide ideal storage methods for those looking for a large storage capacity on a cheaper budget.

Although both drives have significant benefits, which drive you prefer largely depends on your computer needs and usage.

Expertec stock a great range of Solid State Drives and Hard Drive Disks, so, whatever your computing preferences, you can find a drive to suit you.

First Look: Ryzen Water Cooled Gaming PC’s

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The 240mm RGB Water Cooled CPU Block installed in the Ryzen Water Cooled Gaming PC’s

The new Ryzen Water Cooled collection features a range of processors, so, whatever your gaming needs we have a processor to suit you!

Starting with a Ryzen 3 1200 at £649.99 and a Ryzen 3 1300X at £699.99, these processors offer a high speed, strong performance with more cores than most standard CPUs, all for a great value price! Meanwhile, the Ryzen 5 1400 at £749.99 and Ryzen 5 1600X at £849.99 offer two of the best multi-thread workloads, as well as providing one of the strongest, high speed performances on the market, making them ideal for a more experienced gamer looking for a more premium processor still for a great price.

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Ryzen 3 1200 at £649.99 and a Ryzen 3 1300X at £699.99

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The Ryzen 5 1400 at £749.99 and Ryzen 5 1600X at £849.99

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