This week’s Totally Rated the #GoogleNestHub2 has arrived, #Megalomania runs wild and #Outriders finally ride! First up, GamesRadar cast first impressions of Outriders. Windows Central and PC Gamer run the rule over Evil Genius 2: World Domination. And in the world of tech, Tom’s Guide and Android Central rest their heads to review the Google Nest Hub 2.
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In this week’s episode, the Google Nest Hub 2 is here, Megalomania runs wild and Outriders finally ride!
First up, Outriders, and after GamesRadar spent a week stomping around planet Enoch, they came back with some first impressions.
“Outriders’ super-charged combat is fantastic for the most part,” said GamesRadar’s Alex Avard.
“It’s comparable to playing Gears of War at hyperspeed. It’s dreary in-your-face story isn’t nearly as entertaining.
“You are funneling you into exposition filled cut scenes where the only saving grace is a handful of dried humored remarks by your customizable super soldier.”
Next up – Evil Genius 2: World Domination unleashed its diabolical plan on PC by getting you to stop worrying and love the bomb!
Windows Central said it ‘draws on its past and injects some much-needed modernity, culminating in what is ultimately a satisfying strategy sandbox with a relentlessly rewarding gameplay loop and light-hearted comedy.’
And PC Gamer gave it a thumbs up, calling it one of the best management games out there.
But they did feel the gameplay is too stretched out saying: “It feels it could offer a tight 20-hour game—more than enough considering there are four different Geniuses to play as.
“But this is stretched to 30 or 40 hours by overlong missions and a whole lot of waiting for stuff to happen.”
In the world of tech, Google’s 2nd generation of the Nest Hub is here and this time it knows where you sleep – literary.
The Google Nest Hub uses the Soli radar sensing chip to see how well (or not well) you’re sleeping at night.
“Compared to the original Nest Hub, the Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen) is a more attractive smart display in every way,” said Tom’s Guide’s Kate Kozuch.
“The aesthetic upgrades, though minor, make it look more luxurious than the fair $99 price suggests.
“I already liked Google Assistant’s smart display UI, but it’s somehow sharper than before. Soli’s sensing abilities, though could be improved, make sleep tracking less cumbersome than you’d expect. Even if it’s a little creepy.”
For people looking to upgrade from the first Google Nest Hub, Android Central’s Dan Bader, thinks it’s an easy answer.
“If you already have a Nest Hub, buying an additional unit for your bedside table is a no-brainer as long as you can stomach the idea of Google listening to you sleep,” said Daniel.
“It’s as a digital photo frame and a smart home controller where the Nest Hub finds its footing — the same ground on which it stood two years ago as the best smart display you can buy.”
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