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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare review

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare transplants the popular characters and weapons from the casual franchise into a first-person shooter.

Pros

Hectic multiplayer action: Surprisingly, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare holds its own as an entertaining shooter. Up to 24 players can engage in battle. Matches are competitive yet comical, thanks to the colorful, cartoony nature of the game.

Class diversity: In Team Fortress style, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare offers basic disciplines to fit the most common styles of team-based shooters. The flower team has the standard peashooter class and healing class, while the zombies have units like engineers with … Read more

E3 2014 recap: New PC games

Start saving your pennies and spring-training your thumbs. At this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), developers announced dozens of games for every platform and showed some enticing trailers to boot. Many games won't be out until fall, or even next year, but a handful come out this month, and you can sign up for some betas.

Read on to find out which games are coming to PC in 2014 and 2015. For console news, GameSpot has the release lists for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Wii U.

PC games with release dates Alien Isolation, … Read more

Keyword VS review

Keyword VS is a quick and innovative social word game that you can play with your friends or against a random opponent. Find three words in a 5x5 grid on each turn, and use your boosters judiciously to maximize your score and earn more coins.

Pros

Play anytime: Whether you have friends who are into the game or not, you can always find someone to play a game with through the app's random opponent option. This feature will send a game request to another player, and once they accept it, you're good to go. You can also start … Read more

Plants vs. Zombies review

Plants vs. Zombies is a game by PopCap in which you have to plant various species of flowers in your garden to keep the zombies at bay. Whether you're nailing them with Pea Shooters, blowing them up with Cherry Bombs, or running them over with your lawn mower, those zombies don't stand a chance.

Pros

Good introduction: When you first open the app, you can jump right into playing, as the app walks you through the first few levels. This way, you'll get the basics down quickly and can continue to apply them as the levels increase … Read more

Plants vs Zombies 2 Game Guide review

As a 33-page guide to the popular tower defense mobile and PC game, Plants vs Zombies 2 Game Guide does help you become a better player, but it reads awkwardly at times. Don't expect to find any cheats or special tactics in it.

Pros

Concise: Plants vs Zombies 2 Game Guide tells you the essentials about the game, covering the gameplay and all the plants and zombies you must deal with. It's a quick read from start to finish.

Includes graphics: Every plant and zombie covered in this guide has its own icon, so that you can easily … Read more

The 404 1,446: Where we feel a draft (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- "Naked and Afraid" is the craziest show on TV.

- The stress of being a computer programmer is literally driving many of them crazy.

- Another AirBnB horror story -- will these ever get old?… Read more

Frogs Vs Pests Seasons review

Frogs Vs Pests Seasons is a game that pits the frogs protecting their lily pads from the bugs that want to come eat the flowers. It's your job to make sure the flowers stay intact, and the bugs are the ones who get eaten. Potential attackers come from all directions, so you have to be ready to rotate 360 degrees to head off their advances.

This app has an intuitive interface and comes ready to play. The first level gives you a good chance to get used to the controls, as the flies and other bugs don't come … Read more

Mastering engineer says the LP is the most accessible high-resolution music format

The timing of my visit was perfect, I strolled into Alex DeTurk's studio at Masterdisk just as he was cutting an LP. DeTurk was moving to the music, totally engaged with the sound as the big record mastering lathe was literally cutting the groove into the disc. After the side was complete he examined the grooves with a microscope. DeTurk then said, "Vinyl is the most consumer-friendly high-resolution format around." Right, more people are buying LPs than true high-resolution 24 bit/192 kHz files, the ones that can sound better than CD-quality FLAC or Apple Lossless files. … Read more

Apple iPad Mini Retina vs. the new Google Nexus 7

It's a Prizefight punchout between Apple and Google once again and both sides of this longstanding have brought their best 7-inch tablets to the table.

Apple's iPad Mini finally brings its Retina Display, the best-designed 7-inch tablet, and the power of its iTunes and App Store ecosystems.

The new Nexus 7, which is one of the most feature-packed 7-inch tablets on the market today, is pushing the 7-inch tablet into new territory with its full-HD display, and the Google Play store is no longer a weak spot for Android.

Which tablet will reign supreme? Apple's iPad Mini … Read more

U-Turn Orbit: An audiophile-quality turntable for $179

Most cheap turntables sound cheap -- they're rumbly, thin and distorted -- but the U-Turn Orbit Basic suffers no such faults. Before the $179 Orbit's debut, audiophile turntable prices started at around $400. And while used turntables might be a way to get into vinyl for less, turntables are rather delicate devices, so used buys can be risky. If you're ready to take the plunge and explore new vinyl frontiers, you need a decent turntable to hear what the fuss is all about. The Orbit Basic will take you there.

I first heard about the Orbit when … Read more