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  • Best PC Games 2018

    2018 has been one hell of a year for PC games. As the year draws to a close, we take a look back at some of the best PC games of 2018.

    Black Ops 4

    No surprises here. We loved Black Ops 4 at Expertec, especially Blackout.

    In spite of some technical issues when the game runs on PC, Blackout effortlessly combines the battle royale genre with the familiar, creative world of the Call of Duty series to deliver an industry leading leading game with detailed plot, intricate maps, extensive arsenal of weapons and clean graphics.

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    Read our Black Ops 4 Blackout Review here.

    Fallout 76

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    Again, Fallout 76 is hardly an entirely new experience, but instead, take a familiar game play experience and adapts it to multiplayer.

    Despite an uninteresting story that makes missions easily forgettable, Fallout 76 is a largely fun game play with perk cards and character progression the key focus. Although other players can impede your session, the group play mode is largely rewarding and enables you to enhance players' abilities individually to create an overall strong team.

    To find out more about Fallout 76, read our review here. 

    Assassin's Creed Odyssey

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    As the 11th core instalment of Assassin's Creed, and 20th in the overall series, Assasin's Creed Odyssey had a lot to live up to.

    Thankfully, it delivered. Combining the vast open worlds Assassin's Creed is known for with innovative new quests Odyssey broke the repetitive stereotype that role-playing genres, and indeed the Assassin's Creed series, has been critiqued for.

    Battlefield V

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    The latest in the Battlefield series has a relatively simple plot with minimal changes to the general format of the series.

    And, although there were several technical issues such as bombers being overpowered and jaunty camera movements, the nostalgia of returning to the World War II setting for seasoned Battlefield gamers, the solo missions and extensive maps, which boast some of the series' best, put Battlefield V up there with our top games of 2018.

    Fortnite

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    It's the game everyone was talking about in summer 2018 and obviously it's in our top games of 2018.

    Although missions become a little repetitive at times, Fortnite shook the Battle Royal genre with its immense simplicity and created a game that provides immense fun, and at times frustration, for both individual and team play.

    Our Fortnite gaming pc bundle comes with an Intel Core i5 2nd Gen refurbished PC, rebuilt in a Game Max Mini Kallis gaming case, AOC 17" monitor, and GameMax Gaming Keyboard, Mouse, Pad and Headset. All for just £469.43!!

  • Christmas Gifts at Expertec...

    Struggling to find the perfect gift this Christmas? Here at Expertec we have a selection of stocking fillers for any partner, son/daughter or sibling! Check out some of our featured accessories below...

    GameMax G200 7 Colour RGB LED Gaming Headset and Mic

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    This GameMax headset comes complete with 7 different breathing colours, a thunderous 50mm driver to enhance sound and provide location accurate audio. Also, the G200 comes with environmental noise cancellation to improve the audio sound quality.

    It has a self-adjusting and durable design. The volume controller is situated on the side giving the gamer easy control over sound while playing. Soft ear pads also make headset comfortable during long hours of gaming.

    Expertec price: £23.99

    Sumvision Nemesis Kane Pro Edition Chaos Bundle

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    Everything you need to get your gaming setup ready! The headset comes complete with a built-in microphone and LED backlight. The headset is stylish but also provides clear audio feedback for an immersive gaming experience.

    The large 430mm x 320mm mousemat is waterproof, with a heavy-duty rubber grip to prevent sliding while gaming. The 3 colour backlit LED keyboard has a simple design with 3 LED colour lights, 4 different brightness levels and braided cables. The stylish gaming mouse has backlit LED lights and has up to four different DPI settings.

    Expertec price: £41.99

    500GB High Speed USB 3.0 External HDD

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    This drive is perfect for storing all of your documents and media. Built to be lightweight and portable for all of your storage needs. Plug and play you don't need to worry about installing any extra software.

    Expertec price: £32.99 
  • Black Friday is HERE!

    This Black Friday Expertec are putting on only the very best deals for its customers! So, whether you're looking to treat yourself to a new Gaming PC, or you want to buy a Christmas gift for someone special we have the best prices for quality PCs and accessories.

    We are offering 5% off EVERYTHING when you use the code XTEC.

    Our offer includes everything from Gaming PCs, Desktop PCs, Gaming Bundles and Gaming Accessories. Offer ends on the Sunday 25th November 2018.

    Black Friday Spotlight Products

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    Ryzen 7 2700 3GB 1060 8GB Water Cooled Gaming PC

    PC Specification:

    • Ryzen 7 2700 CPU
    • 8GB DDR4 RAM
    • GTX 1060 3GB Graphics Card
    • 1TB HDD
    • 120GB SDD

    Black Friday Price: £923.92

     

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    Core i7 8700 1050TI Coffee Lake 8th Gen Gaming PC.

    PC Specification:

    • Intel Core i7 8700 CPU
    • 8GB DDR4 RAM
    • GTX 1050Ti Graphics Card
    • 1TB HDD

    Black Friday Price: £761.89

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    Ryzen 5 1060 Water Cooled Gaming PC Windows 10 Pro

    PC Specification:

    • Ryzen 5 1400 CPU
    • 8GB DDR4 RAM
    • GTX 1060 3GB Graphics Card
    • 1TB HDD
    • 120GB SDD

    Black Friday Price: £731.49

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    Intel Core i5 Gaming PC Kaby Lake 7500 8GB 1TB GTX 1050Ti 4GB - Dual Monitor with Red Gaming Keyboard Bundle

    PC Specification:

    • Intel Core i5 7500 CPU
    • 8GB DDR4 RAM
    • GTX 1050Ti Graphics Card
    • 1TB HDD
    • Includes 2 x monitors, keyboard, mouse and headset.

    Black Friday Price: £824.64

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    Dell Optiplex (DT) Core 2 Duo 4GB 320GB + 17" TFT & Windows 7 Pro - Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse

    PC Specification:

    • Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
    • 4GB RAM
    • 320GB HDD
    • Includes monitor, keyboard and mouse.

    Black Friday Price: £80.69

  • Gaming PCs Under £500

    1) Quad Core Gaming PC Tower With WIFI & 8GB 1TB HDD + 1GB Graphics

    This gaming PC has been built by our expert in-house team. It's perfect for both gaming, and office work.

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    What do you get?

    • CPU: AMD A8 9600 3.1GHZ x4 (Turbo) Processor
    • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A320M-DS2
    • RAM: 8GB DDR4 2133MHZ Memory
    • Graphics Card: 4GB 1050Ti
    • HDD: 1TB
    • Case: CiT Blitz

    Total PC price (including graphics card): £469.98

    2) Quad Core Bristol Ridge Gaming PC with 8GB 1TB + 2GB 1050 Graphics

    This Bristol Ridge Quad Core Gaming PC is running on affordable AMD A8 technology.

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    What's included:

    • CPU: AMD A8 9600 Processor
    • Motherboard: AM350 USB 3.0
    • RAM: 8GB DDR4 2400MHZ Memory
    • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
    • Case: CiT F3

    Total PC price: £419.99

    3) Core i5 Fortnite Gaming Bundle, 8GB RAM, 4GB 1050ti, 1TB with Windows 10

    This gaming PC has been refurbished and fully rebuilt by our expert in-house PC builders. We offer a full one year warranty with this superb affordable gaming PC.

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    What's inside?

    • CPU: Intel Core i5 2nd Gen Processor
    • RAM: 8GB DDR3 Memory
    • Graphics Card: 4GB 1050Ti
    • HDD: 1TB
    • Case: Game Max Explorer
    • Bundled Items: WI-FI, 21.5" LED Monitor, Gaming Keyboard, Mouse and Headset

    Total bundle price: £469.43

    4) 6 Core FX Gaming PC with 8GB 1TB + 2GB 1050 Graphics

    This gaming PC is running on affordable AMD FX 6 core technology. The FX is perfect for new gamers!

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    What do you get?

    • CPU: FX 6300 6 Core 3.5GHZ Processor
    • Motherboard: TA970 AM3+ USB 3.0 Motherboard
    • RAM:  8GB DDR3 1600MHZ Memory
    • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 2GB
    • Case: CiT Blitz

    Total PC price: £451.99

    5) Core i5 Gaming PC Computer WiFi 1TB 8GB + 4GB 1050ti Graphics & Windows 10

    This gaming PC has been refurbished and fully rebuilt by our expert in-house PC team. We offer a full one year warranty with this. An excellent PC for a student that needs to run multimedia applications and office programs but wants the option to play games too.

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    What's included:

    • CPU:  Intel Core i5 2nd Gen ProcessoR
    • RAM: 8GB DDR3 Memory
    • Graphics Card: 4GB 1050ti
    • HDD: 1TB
    • Case: CiT F3

    Total PC price: £364.99

  • Fallout 76 Game Review - The Pros and Cons

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    OPEN WORLD

    It's important that a game world doesn't feel too small, but world's that are massive tend to be tedious. But Fallout 76 seem to have sidestepped this issue. The addition of CAMPS (Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform) encourages group exploration and makes it almost addictive.

    The first game objective is to track down the Overseer. She plays the important role in guiding you through the main story and overcoming the surprising events along the way.

    The endless extra events and activities may lead to gaps between story mission. Holotapes are recordings of past happenings that players can find all throughout the game, that tell the brunt of the story.

    THE FIGHT

    Gunplay and combat are best described as functional at best.  However, this weakness is compensated by the wide range of weapons you can find, craft and modify. This works because it gives you the incentive to explore to find new resources.

    Multi-player now works in real-time, and continues to help players line up shots for more effective combat. This system can be upgraded so that more areas on enemies can be targeted.

    Players can fight other players at any time, which opens the risk of experienced players griefing newcomers. You must be level 5 before you can fight, or be targeted by other players. Plus, there is a bounty system in place to identify who has murdered who. Murder "one-sided combat that ends in the death of the passive participant".

    You won't lose your stuff to some random player who's killed you, and death also doesn't set your character's progress back.

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    TEAMWORK

    Fallout 76 definitely promotes teamwork. It's designed for up to four players in mind, with the odds of surviving better together! You don't have to stick to your group, as you can venture off and then fast travel back to your teammates (which is a very convenient and liberating feature).

    Everytime you level up, you get rewarded with perk cards where you can get abilities and unlock passives. Perk cards can be upgrades, and shared among your group. The abilities include boosts to the effectiveness of stimpacks and much more.

    If you work together, each group member can focus on upgrading different abilities so each player brings different passives to the group. Teams can also band together in settlements.

    There is no friendly fire in the game, so during an intense combat session, you don't have to worry about your peers.

    CONCLUSION

    Fallout 76 feels like the sequel to Fallout 4! It's definitely not an entirely new experience, but instead a familiar one translated to multiplayer.

    Pros:

    • Fun gameplay
    • Rewarding group play
    • Survival-combat setting is fun
    • Fast travel back feature
    • Enemy's - Lots of variety in the NPCs
    • Plenty to do!
    • Perk card system offers lots of customisation
    • Large and varied map
    • Character progression - diverse cards

    Cons:

    • Graphics could be improved
    • Other players can easily ruin your session
    • Story is uninteresting
    • Frame rate not great
    • Story missions are easy to forget about
    • Bugs!!

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