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  • Black Ops 4 Blackout PC Review

    Featuring the first Battle Royale mode of the popular game series, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, Blackout had a lot to prove. Would it follow in Fortnite's successful footsteps who also followed the Battle Royal genre? Or, would it disappoint existing Call Of Duty fans? Find out in our Black Ops 4 Blackout PC Review.

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    The Plot

    88 players parachute onto the expansive map, collecting equipment and weapons and fighting opponents to become the last player standing. Sounds pretty standard.

    However, the attention to detail in the maps, characters, weaponry and graphics is where Blackout really comes into its own.  In fact, Blackout steps apart from its competitors almost instantaneously with the ability to quickly drop from your helicopter, as opposed to waiting, rather impatiently, in the sky, as  on Fortnite.

    The Maps

    Perhaps one of the most standout features of Call Of Duty, the maps on Blackout are truly something to behold. The maps showcase the most popular maps from the Black Ops series such as Firing Range, Cargo and Asylum. These have been adapted to fit the battle royale genre whilst still keeping their original charm.

    The result is that everything from the cities to the sightlines feels individually handcrafted, interesting and unique yet simultaneously familiar and welcoming. A far cry from the copycat, traditional battle royal experience of hiding behind trees and fighting across sparse landscapes, the maps on Blackout provide a vivid player experience that former battle royale games, like Fortnite, fail to deliver. Add to this the nostalgia these maps provide for seasoned Call of Duty players, and the experience is one that cannot be rivaled.

    Equipment & Controls

    As you would perhaps expect from a Call of Duty game, the arsenal of weapons available in Blackout is extensive, practical and detailed, making them fun to use and ensuring every piece of equipment found is a new favourite.

    Unlike other battle royale games, Blackout has improved the clunky, one-dimensional control properties when it comes to equipment use. Perhaps one of the best equipment advancements is the ability to fire your weapon while simultaneously using other equipment, or even operating vehicles.

    Despite these revolutionary battle royale improvements, Blackout sadly falls short during the product inventory. The inability to display more than one weapon at a time, the inability to drag or re-position items or ammunition on PC and the inability to pick up items based on proximity makes for a clumsy and frustrating player experience that sadly tarnishes the weaponry, no matter how good it looks.

    Graphics

    Unlike its battle royale competitors, Blackout was not released as an early access. As a result, the graphics are clean and the frame rate is consistent. When played on a high-end PC, such as the Core i7 7700 Kaby Lake 7th Gen Gaming PC 4GB GTX 1050 Ti Windows 10 Pro 16GB, the graphics and attention to detail is second to none and far surpasses Fortnite.

    acoolcsquartzblue_1 Core i7 7700 Kaby Lake 7th Gen Gaming PC 4GB GTX 1050 Ti Windows 10 Pro 16GB - £819.96

    Characters

    The advancements in characters and action on Blackout is one of the most standout developments of the game.

    The ability to fight while using vehicles, shoot whilst swimming and heal whilst moving, as opposed to standing still, are revolutionary features that make the game last longer, allow you to explore more advanced techniques and tricks to overall create intense, fast paced fights that break the typical plot of battle royales.

    Our Thoughts

    Overall, Blackout has managed to combine the dynamic battle royale genre with the familiar, creative detail of the Call Of Duty series to deliver a polished, enhanced game that rivals its competitors. Yes, there are sadly a range of technical issues on PC, and yes, as Call of Duty goes, the game is relatively slow pace. However, this doesn't discount that the game is fast paced for the battle royale genre. Nor does it take away the joy that comes from playing an outstanding battle royale experience that is combined with one of the most well-developed, innovative gaming series or the immense sense of achievement you feel when, if ever, you actually achieve the last man standing title.

  • Introducing Our New Gaming Bundles!

    Get the full gaming package with our new, great value Gaming bundles.

    Gaming PC

    Including either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 Gaming PC, our new PC bundles include the latest Intel technology such as Turbo Boost, Hyper-Threading and range from 4-8 cores to provide the best gaming experience for the best price!

    Our lowest priced gaming bundle at £758.04 includes an Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake 7500 8GB 1TB GTX 1050Ti 4GB Gaming PC Our lowest priced gaming bundle at £758.04 includes an Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake 7500 8GB 1TB GTX 1050Ti 4GB Gaming PC

    Monitor

    Our bundles feature either a single or dual AOC E2470SWHE 23.6 Wide TN LED Monitor worth £111.99. This high-tech monitor features a 23.6” screen, 30 Hz – 83 Hz refresh rate, TN panel type, 1920 x 2080 resolution, 2 HDMI ports, 1 VGA port and can be used as a stand alone monitor or mounted to the wall.

    Intel CORE i7 Gaming PC Kaby Lake 7700 8GB 1TB GTX 1050Ti 4GB ULTRA FAST - Dual Monitor with Gaming Keyboard Bundle - Expedition Blue - £988.04 Intel CORE i7 Gaming PC Kaby Lake 7700 8GB 1TB GTX 1050Ti 4GB ULTRA FAST - Dual Monitor with Gaming Keyboard Bundle - £988.04

    Gaming Keyboard, Mouse and Mouse Pad

    The Game Max Raptor Keyboard, Mouse, Headset and Mouse Mat featured in red with the Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake 7700 Gaming PC with a dual monitor - £983.04. Game Max Raptor Keyboard, Mouse, Headset and Mouse Mat featured in red with the Intel Core i7 Kaby Lake 7700 Gaming PC with dual monitor - £983.04.

    Available in blue and red, our gaming bundles include a Game Max Raptor keyboard, mouse, headset and mouse mat to complete your gaming set up.

    Featuring full LED lighting, these gaming accessories are perfect for use even in low light conditions and give a stylish edge to any gaming set up.

    The ergonomic design of the headset, keyboard and mouse provides a natural and comfortable experience for even the longest gaming sessions.

    The avago 5050 optical mouse sensor and user selectable mouse resolution, provides high performance, tracking and precision. Meanwhile, a built-in microphone and noise cancelling technology makes this headset ideal for multiplayer gamers.

    Starting from just £758.04, our gaming bundles offer a complete gaming set up for a great value price! So, what are you waiting for? Shop our new range of bundles today!

     

  • Win A Discovery Gaming Case With A Single Led Front and 1 x 33 LED Perspex Window!

    How would you like to win a Discovery Gaming Case with a Single Led Front and 1 x 33 LED Rear Perspex Window? You can, thanks to Expertec’s July giveaway!

    cit discovery case Win A Cit Discovery Gaming Case thanks to Expertec!

    ABOUT THE PRIZE

    The Cit Discovery Gaming Case features a clear perspex window allowing you to show off your internal components. Meanwhile, the black coated interior and the ABS and hot stamping front panel with a blue LED light provides a sleek appearance to match the case's high tech specification.

    The case's cooling system features a 1 x 120mm 33 LED Blue  fan at the back and internal cable management to allow for increased airflow throughout the case so you can keep your cool while gaming. The Cit Discovery case also comes with USB2.0 x 2, USB3.0 x 1 and HD Audio ports that are easily accessible at the top of the front panel.

    HOW TO ENTER

    To be in with a chance of winning this CiT Discovery Gaming Case with a Single Led Front and 1 x 33 LED Rear Perspex Window simply retweet or share our Facebook or Twitter competition post and then follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Entry to this competition closes on 31st July 2018 and the winner will be chosen at random.

    So, what are you waiting? Enter today and upgrade your Gaming PC with this great case!

  • The Heart Of Your PC - Choosing Your Graphics Card

    Put simply, your graphics card is like the heart of your PC, pumping pixels from your tower onto your screen. If your graphics card isn’t quite up to speed your whole PC and gaming experience is going to be affected. Here, we take a look at our collection of graphics cards in our build your own PC range to help you find the best graphics card for you.

    Palit GT710, 1GB DDR3 - £33.94

     palit GT710

    Our lowest priced graphics card at £33.94, the Palit GT710 is a great entry level graphics card for your new machine. With a 954MHz clock speed, 1GB of memory and 192 CUDA cores, this great value graphics card is equipped to process high quality images quickly to provide a realistic gaming experience.

    Asus GT710, 2GB DDR5 - £49.99 

    asus GT710

    The Asus GT710 graphics card has a 954MHz clock speed, 2GB memory and 192 CUDA cores to provide premium quality graphics for a great value price. Meanwhile, the GT 710’s 0dB thermal design and AUTO-EXTREME technology enhances efficiency, reduces power loss and decreases component noise.

    Palit GeForce GT1030, 2GB DDR4 - £81.28

     

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    The Palit Ge Force boasts an impressive 384 CUDA Cores, a 1227MHz clock speed and 2GB DDR4 memory to provide. This combined with the latest NVIDIA technology, accelerates your entire PC and produces high-performance, state of the art graphics for a great price!

    Palit GTX1050 StormX, 2GB DDR5 - £151.87

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    Play classic and modern games at 1080p @ 60 FPS with the most advanced GeForce FTX graphics card in our collection. With 2GB DDR5 memory, 640 CUDA Cores, 1354 MHz clock speed, power efficiency, TurboFan blad and all new NVIDIA Pascal architecture, the Palit GTX1050 is the perfect graphics card for the avid gamer.

    Asus Cerberus GTX1050 Ti Advanced 4GB - £199.87

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    With 4GB GDDR5, dual fan design, Super Alloy Power II, 768 CUDA Cores and 1303 MHz base clock speed, the Cerberus GTX1050 offers enhanced reliability and gamer performance for fast paced gaming marathons.

    With a great range of graphics cards to suit a variety of budgets and gaming needs, our build your own PC range offers high quality gaming for everyone. Shop online now!

  • Win A Dell 780 USFF C2D, 2.9ghz Processor 4gb RAM With A 17” Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse

    How would you like to win a Dell 780 USFF C2D, 2.9ghz processor 4gb RAM with a 17” Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse? You can, thanks to Expertec’s June giveaway!

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    About The Prize

    Thanks to its Intel Core 2 Duo 2.9GHx dual-core processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM and variety of ports, the Dell 780 is perfect for all business and home uses.

    The 500 GB hard drive provides adequate storage for music, photos and data, while the build in DVD ROM enables you to read CDs and DVDs.

    Meanwhile, the 17-inch Dell TFT LCD flat panel monitor with a 450:1 contrast ratio, 1280 x 1024 resolution, adjustable stand and 12ms response time allows you to view high quality, sharp images and text.

    The Keyboard and Mouse are the perfect accessories to this amazing prize and make it a practical, efficient addition to your home or office!

    How To Enter

    To be in with a chance of winning this PC, monitor, keyboard and mouse combination, simply retweet or share our Facebook or Twitter competition post and then follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Entry to this competition closes on 30th June 2018 and the winner will be chosen at random.

    So, what are you waiting? Enter today to win this amazing Dell PC with a 17” TFT monitor, keyboard and mouse!

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