Razer is great for one product and that’s their Naga

For a couple of years now, I have stayed as far away from Razer products as I could. I had no luck with the Razer Lycosa and the Razer Onza TE was another nightmare. In fact, only Razer product I ever “loyally” used after that fiasco was a basic Razer Lachesis mouse. My keyboard replacement for the Lycosa was a Logitech Illuminated keyboard and the Xbox 360 controller? Never used again (in general)! I stopped playing any console games and actually made the switch to PC gaming. Best decision ever too!

The main title I’ve been playing for the last few years has been an MMORPG called Rift. Actually, it’s weird saying “few years” because it still only feels like I’ve been playing this game for a few months. Anyway, so as my experience grows in the MMO world, I have come to realize relying on just your keyboard for some insane keybinding combinations is really awkward. There’s only so many ways to combine Shift and ALT with letters and numbers. So.. a friend of mine kept telling me that I needed to buy a Razer Naga. The price was the main factor that prevented me from investing in the Naga.

Eventually, I caved in. I bought the Razer Naga and I do not regret it at all. It’s made my gaming and work life much more productive and easier. I admit that I was completely hesitant to drop more money on a Razer product but so far, I am proving myself wrong. They might not have reliable keyboards (at least for the Lycosa series) or controllers, but damn do they make good mice. My Lachesis went through a lot of uh, abuse and usage. My Naga just gets a lot of usage from work and gaming but it’s held up really well. My only qualm? I wish it was a little easier to dismantle to clean it out (on the inside) but I can’t complain.

10/10 – Would buy another Razer Naga

Razer Onza TE and the issues it has

I honestly was hoping I wouldn’t have to write another poor review on a Razer product but unfortunately I feel I have to. I’ve had my Razer Onza Tournament Edition for exactly one month now. I had been looking forward to it since it was announced at 2010’s CES. I pre-ordered it the second it was made available in January, so you can say I was definitely excited for it.

razer onza te

I got used to the controller fairly quick but the first issue that arose from the controller: Serious feedback from any mic being used with it. I tried it out with a pair of Astro A40s, Tritton AX 720s and then just the official Xbox 360 headset. Two of the three had severe feedback–it was bad enough that the feedback would output to people in my XBL party. The Xbox 360 feedback was only audible [to myself] when people were talking. It would pop/crackle when someone started talking and hiss/pop once they stopped talking. It was passive enough that I just did my best to ignore it. It sucked having to stop using headsets I dropped insane money on because of feedback.

That issue started the minute I used the controller unfortunately. If that was the only problem with it, I’d be content and deal with it. But it wasn’t. Two weeks ago both of the analog sticks started to have response issues. I should note that I had absolutely no slowturn issues at all. I ran the test and it passed 100 across the board. The issue I had was that the analog stick would just stop sending out a signal that it was still in use. While I was playing Modern Warfare 2 MP, a perk I often run with is marathon pro. That gives me endless sprint. So all I need to do is push/use the left analog stick and I’m running non-stop. Well, that definitely didn’t happen. I would constantly stop as if some invisible wall was spawned in front of me.

Then when I’d try to sprint again I would only be able to move what can be construed as 2-3 steps before I’d have to let go of the analog stick and then push it forward. This is frustrating because despite unplugging the controller (and eventually restarting my 360 Slim) the issue was still present. So not even 20 minutes later, I started to have issues with the right analog stick. It had the seem lack of response–it would stop accepting that I was moving the analog around and stick to the last position it was in.

Knowing all of the frustration I went through with my Razer Lycosa, I knew that I was not going to live with it and deal with it. I want a controller that works! I love the Onza TE, especially being able to map the buttons AND change the tension for the analog sticks is a GODSEND! The controller is slick, light-weight and response time with the buttons is amazing. I just am not going to use it with the analog stick issues. Whether or not it’s a bad controller or the entire batch, I’m hoping I can get an exchange for the Onza TE as soon as possible.

Going from the Onza TE to my old Xbox wireless controller is brutal!

ilomilo secretly available in XBLA


If you’re into logic/puzzle games, then you should definitely get into ilomilo, an upcoming Xbox Live Arcade game developed by SouthEnd. Want to try it out but don’t see it available in the XBLA Marketplace? That’s because they made a super secret site that will generate a code for you so you can redeem it to gain access to the trial version. And if you enjoy the game enough that you want to buy it then you can do so right from the IloMilo trial itself! The game will run you a very meager 800MSP.

Haven’t heard of ilomilo before? Check out the ilomilo trailer to get a glimpse of the (awesome!) game. The marketplace also has an ilomilo theme you can grab.

Black Ops: Achievements Leaked

Earlier today all achievements for Black Ops were leaked. In total there are 50 achievements (or PS3 Trophies) to obtain that are worth 1000 gamerscore. Of those 50 achievements, 1 is worth 100 gamerscore (or a ps3trophy) that you will receive upon completing the game in hardened or veteran mode. There are currently 3 secret achievements that are worth 45 gamerscore (or 3 ps3trophy.)

Black Ops Achievements

Sacrifice 10 gamerscore ps3trophy
Ensure your squad escapes safely from Cuba

Death to Dictators 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Use a single round to bring down Castro

Vehicular Slaughter 25 gamerscore ps3trophy
Destroy all enemies on vehicles during the prison break

Give me liberty, or give me death 10 gamerscore ps3trophy
Escape Vorkuta

Slingshot Kid 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Destroy all slingshot targets in 3 attempts

VIP 10 gamerscore ps3trophy
Receive orders from Lancer

A safer place 10 gamerscore ps3trophy
Sabatoge the Soviet space program

Tough Economy 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Use no more than 6 TOW guided missiles to destroy the tanks in the defense of Khe Sanh

Looks don’t count 10 gamerscore ps3trophy
Break the seige in the battle of Khe Sanh

SOG Rules 10 gamerscore ps3trophy
Retrieve the dossier and the defector from Hue City

Raining Pain 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Rack up a bodycount of 20 NVA using air support in Hue City

The Dragon Within 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Kill 10 NVA with Dragon’s Breath rounds

Heavy Hand 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Use the Grim Reaper to destroy the MG emplacement

Up Close and Personal 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Silently take out 3 VC

Double Trouble 10 gamerscore ps3trophy
Use only dual wield weapons to escape Kowloon

Broken English 10 gamerscore ps3trophy
Escape Kowloon

Lord Nelson 25 gamerscore ps3trophy
Destroy all targets and structures while making your way up the river

Never get off the boat 10 gamerscore ps3trophy
Find the Soviet connection in Laos

Pathfinder 50 gamerscore ps3trophy
Guide the squad through the Soviet outpost without them getting killed

Mr. Black OP 50 gamerscore ps3trophy
Enter the Soviet relay station undetected

With Extreme Prejudice 25 gamerscore ps3trophy
Get to the POW compound in the Hind using only rockets

Russian Bar-B-Q 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Incinerate 10 enemies with the flamethrower attachment in the POW compound

Light Foot 30 gamerscore ps3trophy
Escape the ship with 2:15 left on the timer in Veteran.

Some Wounds Never Heal 10 gamerscore ps3trophy
Escape the past

I Hate Monkeys 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Kill 7 monkeys in under 10 seconds in the Rebirth labs

No Leaks 50 gamerscore ps3trophy
Make it through the NOVA 6 gas without dying on Rebirth Island

Clarity 10 gamerscore ps3trophy
Crack the code

Double Whammy 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Destroy both helicopters with one TOW guided missile from the deck of the ship

BLACK OP MASTER 100 gamerscore ps3trophy
Complete the campaign on Hardened or Veteran difficulty

Stand Down 35 gamerscore ps3trophy
Complete the campaign on any difficulty

Frag Master 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Kill 5 enemies with a single frag grenade

Sally Likes Blood 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Demonstrate killer economic sensibilities by taking down 3 enemies with a single bullet

Unconventional Warfare 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Use the explosive bolts to kill 30 enemies

Down and Dirty 25 gamerscore ps3trophy
Complete “SOG” and “The Defector” on Veteran difficulty

It’s Your Funeral 25 gamerscore ps3trophy
Complete “Numbers,” “Project Nova” and “Victor Charlie” on Veteran difficulty

Cold Warrior 25 gamerscore ps3trophy
Complete “Operation 40“, “Vorkuta“, and “Executive Order” on Veteran difficulty

Not Today 25 gamerscore ps3trophy
Complete “Crash Site,” “WMD” and “Payback” on Veteran difficulty

Burn Notice 25 gamerscore ps3trophy
Complete “Rebirth” and “Redemption” on Veteran difficulty

Closer Analysis 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Find all the hidden intel

Matinee 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Watch a film or clip with a friend

Gamblin’ Fool 20 gamerscore ps3trophy
Finish 5 Wager Matches “in the money”

You Can Do It 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Reach rank 10 in Basic Training

The Collector 20 gamerscore ps3trophy
In Zombie mode, buy every weapon off the walls in a single game

Hands Off the Merchandise 20 gamerscore ps3trophy
Kill the Pentagon thief before it can steal your load-out

Sacrificial Lamb 15 gamerscore ps3trophy
Kill 6 zombies after getting shot by a Pack-a-Punched Crossbow bolt

“Insert Coin” 10 gamerscore ps3trophy
Access the terminal and battle the forces of the Cosmic Silverback in Dead Ops Arcade

Easy Rhino 5 gamerscore ps3trophy
In Dead Ops Arcade, use a Speed Boost to blast through 20 or more enemies at one time

Secret Achievement 15 gamerscore ps3trophy

Secret Achievement 15 gamerscore ps3trophy

Secret Achievement 15 gamerscore ps3trophy

Temple of Light Walkthrough

This video is for a walkthrough for Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on the first level “Temple of Light.” You will end up doing about two walkthroughs for this level (and probably for the others as well) as your first one will require you to get 7 of the 8 challenges completed. Because you’ll be going for all challenges it will take you longer than 6 minutes to run through it this why you need to play through it twice. The last challenge you’ll get will be to play it within 6 minutes or less.

This level is fairly easy in terms of the puzzles you need to solve but as you progress in the ‘story,’ they will become a little more difficult and require you to put a little more thought into solving the puzzles as well as mapping out your gameplay throughout.

You will also receive three achievements during your playthrough:

Overachiever Overachiever 15 gamerscore
Complete any level-specific Reward Challenge

Breadwinner Breadwinner 25 gamerscore
Earn the top score objective in any level

Seeing Red Seeing Red 20 gamerscore
Collect all 10 red skulls in any single level