30 December, 2014

Melbourne - A livable City

MELBOURNE, one of the most livable country in the world. Cosmopolitan and elegant, Melbourne has a welcoming heart. From adventurous activities to family activities, from museum to dance clubs, from restaurant to bars, from walking to ballooning, from zoos to beaches, form heritage to global fashion, from tennis to cricket, the city possesses all. Being, one of the most populous city of the Australia, the never sleeps and is always ready to suprise visitors. If you are travelling to South Hemisphere, you must visit this city.
Below I describe some places you should visit if you're visiting this great city.

National Gallery of Victoria

Made up of the NGV International and The Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest public art gallery and proudly exhibits a wide range of artworks from around the globe. A visually striking building, the slate exterior is enveloped by water as you walk towards the open entrance and are greeted by the gallery’s famous Waterwall. Sheets of glass are brought to life by rainwater collected on the roof of the NGV International building, which is recycled through the drainpipes and water treatment plant. With water shortages in Australia as an on-going concern, it is innovative design ideas such as this that make the NGV stand out.

Heide Museum of Modern Art

Located in the Melbourne suburb of Bulleen, the Heide Museum of Modern Art has had a flourishing history since the property was purchased by John and Sunday Reed in 1934. The renovated farmhouse attracted some of the most prolific figures in Australian art and culture at the time, and has since become one of the most respected houses of modern art in Australia. Consisting of the Heide Collection which is still growing today through various acts of generosity and contributors, as well as public, private and solo artist exhibitions, the museum upholds a tradition of promoting living contemporary artists who are predominantly Australian but also with a noteworthy international influence. Now comprising of three buildings (Heide I, II and III), the history can be seen from the architecture, with the old beautifully renovated Heide I standing in stark contrast to the black zinc exterior of Heide III. In addition to the museum, the public also have access to the beautiful fifteen acres of garden which boast an eclectic selection of herbs and vegetables.

Vue De Monde

Featured among Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants in the World, Vue de Monde is a fixture on Melbourne’s fine dining scene. Chef Shannon Bennett serves four- and 10-course tasting menus in a recently renovated dining room situated 55 stories above the city. Those looking for an extra exclusive experience should book the Dom Perignon Room, a Joost Baker-designed private space that seats up to 14 guests.



1806 is, apparently, the year that the term cocktail was first defined in print and so it comes as little surprise that the cocktail, its history and its glorious present are a source of celebration and reverence at this elegant Exhibition Street bar. The room itself is a bit poky, but some smart use of wood panelling and red velvet makes gives the space a kind of clubby charm. The walls are lined with cabinets housing an array of vintage cocktail related paraphernalia - but all of this is mere backdrop for the main event, the drinks themselves. The list is exciting and varied, with drinks dating back to the birth of the cocktail. They use premium ingredients and have an inventive list of contemporary cocktails, which are delivered with equal care and attention to detail. They serve other drinks and have a decent wine list, but to be honest, you’d be remiss not to at least sample one of their cocktails when they’re as good as this.


Go Go Bar is the mysterious, atmospheric cocktail bar that you'll find below the popular restaurant, Chin Chin. It's the little quirks that make this place one of a kind, like the dark ambience, seasonal cocktail menu, the DIY Champagne Cocktails and a melancholic neon sign that reads 'Lonely for you only'

Moonlight Cinema

Australia’s favourite open air cinema showing advance screenings, new release and cult films in iconic inner city green spaces in Melbourne. A must visit.

Melbourne Balloon Fight

Balloon flights are perfect for visitors to Melbourne, special occasions or anyone who simply wishes to enjoy this great adventure. To top it all off after the flight you head back to level 35 of the luxurious Sofitel Hotel to enjoy a glass of champagne, a sumptuous breakfast and relive a great morning whilst still enjoying one of the best views in Melbourne.

Port Phillip

Snapper is the big catch around Melbourne – it comes into Port Philip Bay as early as September and stays until around March. Flathead and whiting also populate the bay. Covering 1,950 square kilometres, Port Phillip is the entrance to Australia's busiest port and is one of Victoria's most popular recreational destinations. Although Port Phillip is commonly referred to as 'the Bay' or 'Port Phillip Bay', Port Phillip is actually not a bay at all. It's a local port area that is actually made up of over 16 bays.

Melbourne Zoo

Over 250 species from around the world can be found in the beautifully landscaped settings of Melbourne Zoo, just five minutes from the city centre. Stroll through Asian and African rainforests, where tigers roam through the trees and monkeys swing from the branches, then take the time to stop and see eye to eye with beautiful orangutans in their special elevated exhibit. Explore the award-winning Trail of the Elephants or view koalas, platypus, kangaroos, wombats and other unique native wildlife in the Australian bush setting.

Natskin Day Spa

Natskin Day Spa Retreat, South Melbourne is a true urban day spa. Indulge yourself with one of their luxurious skin, beauty or body care treatments. You can even spend a few hours or the day in Natskin's spa retreat and experience a truly rejuvenating, sensory and relaxing spa package.Situated on boutique Coventry Street, which is only a tram away from Southern Cross Station, the spa is in the midst of great food, great shopping and great atmosphere. The spa offers first class signature treatments and water therapies, within a warm beautiful environment in which to spend some quality time with yourself.

PS - Looking forward to visit Melbourne :D

Contest for Readers :)
If you ever visit which of the above places or some other place you would visit in Melbourne?
Also, if you've visited Melbourne earlier please share your experience with us :)
( The contest will close on 5 Jan, 2014 11:59:59 PM)

This is a post for Indiblogger. Link to "Come Alive in Melbourne and Tourism Victoria website

02 August, 2014

Xiaomi Mi3

Xiaomi, often known as the ‘Apple of the East’ has gained a lot of fan following with its flagship phone Mi3.


Xiaomi Mi3 looks and feels premium, and the matte finish plastic on the back panel could almost be mistaken for metal. The phone's built from an aluminum-magnesium alloy frame that gives it a kind of sturdiness that should translate to durability. At 8.1mm, the Mi3 is not slim by any measure, and the long frame has sharp corners. The phone is pretty comfortable to use and hold in one hand.


The Xiaomi Mi3 sports a 5 inch Full HD IPS LCD display which offers crisp text and pictures with pretty good viewing angles. The color rendering of the 1080 p display with 441ppi density is impressive and quite vivid. However, the screen is very reflective, and has sub-par legibility outdoors in sunlight. Powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB RAM, the phone packs quite a punch and the performance is snappy. The 16GB internal storage with the absence of a memory card slot would disappoint most.


Xiaomi smartphones are powered by MIUI, a heavily customized Android fork based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project). The MIUI version in Mi3 runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat but mimics iOS a lot. MIUI allows uninstalling pre-loaded apps, and is a welcome feature. Few security features included in MIUI are pretty good and take care of the usual Android annoyances. There's a built-in virus scan and an innovative permission manager for apps through which you can allow or deny an app access to a certain feature or functionality.


The Mi3 is nicely built phone with great pricing. It is one of the best gadget of 2K14.


Xiaomi is pronounced by Zio-mi by some, Ziaoo-my by some, but actually it is pronounced as SHAO-ME. xD 

29 July, 2014

Technology Buzz of July

Facebook Messenger

Facebook forces users to download its only messenger app. Facebook has given users one week time to download its standalone messenger app. They are about to remove chat from their main app and shift everything to its messenger.

Apple MacBook Pro Retina 

According to rumors, Apple to release its updated Retina MacBook Pro today (07/29/14). According to an image leaked it features 16 GB RAM, 1 TB Hard Drive. Official pricing and release date are not clearly available.

ASUS ZenFone

ASUS releases its incredible ZenFone 4,5 and 6. Get to know about it here --> ASUS - ZenFone.

Karbonn A50s

Karbonn A50s, £26 phone can cause worry to Apple and Samsung. Officially it is only on sale in India but Britons can buy it online and get it shipped to the UK for a small charge, and because of its cheapness it attracts no duty charges. You get 512 MB RAM and SDcard support up to 32 GB.

Imoji app

A new app let you turn your selfies and other images into text-able emojis. An app called Imoji allow users to turn a pic into emoji. One can edit its background also. Users can also choose to make a sticker private or allow others to use it by making it public.

Sources : Google News

26 July, 2014

ASUS Incredible Zenfone 4, 5 and 6

Asus introduce Zenfone 4,5 and 6, all of which are truely flagship phone and they have taken the market by storm. All the phones are simply built with some awesome camera features addition to the new ZenUI.


All the 3 phones are well built with mostly plastic body. All the phones share the same design philosophy. The design with simple but beautiful. The phones comprises fairly large bezels which is quiet not so attractive. Overall the phone is fairly good-looking. Zenfone 4, 5 and 6 weighs 115g, 145g and 196g respectively.


Zenfone 4 comes with Intel Atom Z2520 Dual-Core 1.2 GHz Processor, Zenfone 5 with Intel Atom Multi-Core Z2560/Z2580 Dual Core 1.6/2.0 GHz Processor featuring Hyper-Threading Technology and Zenfone 6 with Intel Atom Z2580 Dual Core 2.0 GHz Processor. Zenfone comes with 1 GB RAM, whereas both Zenfone 5 and 6 comes with 2 GB RAM. Zenfone 4,5 and 6 comes with 1200/1600, 2110 and 3300 mAh battery respectively. Zenfone 4 comes with 8GB internal storage, Zenfone 5 comes in two variants of 8/16 GB internal storage and Zenfone 6 in three variants of 8/16/32 GB internal storage.All the phones have 64 GB MicroSD Card slot.


All the phones come with Android OS 4.3, Jelly Bean but are upgradable to KITKAT OS. The major flagship of the phone is its ZENUI. This new UI is innovative, simple, elegant and beautiful. It features some interesting things like DO IT LATER, What's Next, Zen Link and some more. The UI is awesome and I actually love it.


The flagship of the phone is its camera. The camera of all the phones are capable of taking breathe taking photos. Zenfone 4 comes with 5 MP camera, 5 with 8 MP camera and 6 with 13 MP camera. All camera comes the PixelMaster feature, which is awesomely built by ASUS. It is brilliantly developed by Asus which delivers incredible images. It possesses Low Light Picture Mode, Time Rewind Mode (which is an awesome feature), Image Stabilizer, Selfie Mode (for all those who are addicted to selfies), Panorama, Depth of Field, Clear Zoom, Always in Focus, All Smile, Smart Remove. It also have effects like Beautification, GIF Animation and much more. The camera of the Zenfone is undoubtedly Incredible. 


The Zenfones are serious contenders.ASUS has done well with all the phones and has come out with real winners. They are also doing well with the phone promotions. The phones are simply build and are not to hard to handle. ZENUI is easy to operate. Camera is just awesomely incredible.

15 July, 2014

The Nokia 3310 Classic to get a makeover..

The Nokia 3310, as you know one of the most successful phones is getting a modern makeover. Its very alluring that 3310 model is getting a 41 MP PureView camera with Zeiss Optics Xenon Flash and has a same design as the original one.
When it was originally released in the year 2000, over 125 million units were sold.
Well coming to its design, there are three 'soft touch' navigation keys, one of them features Windows phone Home button which will take you straight back to start screen. Nokia 3310 PureView will come in classic metallic blue color with red, yellow, green and blue.


Dimension - 113×48×22 mm
Weight - 133 g
Display Size, Resolution - 3 inch 'Clear Diamond', WXGA (1280×768)
Display Features - Nokia Glance screen, Sunlight readability enhancements, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Pure Motion HD+, Sculpted Glass
Sensors - Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Barometer 
Battery - 1430 mAh, 3.7 V, removable battery 
Processor - 1.5 GHz Dual-core
RAM - 2 GB

Camera :
Primary Camera - 41 MP, PureView (Auto Focus)
Camera focal length, minimum focus range - 26mm, 15cm
Flash type - Xenon Flash
Primary Camera features - 6-lens optics, Backside-illuminated image sensor, High resolution zoom 3x, Optical image stabilization
Camera Video resolution - 1080p (30 fps)

A side-mounted MicroSD card slot offers additional storage expansion. This classic phone remake comes with four pre-installed applications - Snake II, Pairs II, Space Impact and Bantumi (a currency convertor) . 

03 July, 2014

LG first smartwatch, LG G Watch

LG announced it LG G Watch on March 18, 2014 to have some marketshare of smartwatches. The watch was introduced to give some competition to Samsung Gear.


OS - Android

Screen Size - 1.65 inches

Screen Resolution - 280 x 280

CPU - 1.2 GHz

RAM - 512 MB

Bluetooth - 4.0

Storage - Internal Storage, 4GB

Screen Type - Capacitive 

Battery - 400 mAh

Weight - 63g

28 June, 2014

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26 June, 2014

'Samsung Z' First Tizen Phone

Finally Samsung has presented its first Tizen phone, Samsung Z. This Tizen based device will feature 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display and a Quad-Core processor. It will be running on the version 2.2.1 of Tizen.

The 4.8 inch display in not full HD but is limited to 720 x 1280 pixels. But on the other hand it has 3 GHz Quad- Core CPU and will come with 2 GB RAM which is its power point.

Like Samsung Galaxy S5, it has 8 MP camera, Heart Rate Sensor and its "Home Button" comes with a built in fingerprint-scanner. It will also feature Samsungs new Ultra Power Mode for keeping the phone alive as long as possible when the battery is almost empty. Its battery will have 2600 mAh which may deliver about 9 hours of call.

Image courtesy : tizenphones.com

08 June, 2014

LG launches G3, company's best phone till date

LG unveiled its high-end smartphone G3 at press event on 27 May, 2014. It is the successor of 2013 G2. The phone possesses quad HD display and is the company's best phone till date.


146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9mm (curved)
5.26 oz. (149g)
Screen size
5.5 inches
Screen resolution
2,560 x 1,440 (534 ppi)
Screen type
3,000mAh Li-Ion (removable)
Internal storage
External storage
Up to SDXC standard/2TB theoretical
Rear camera
13MP with OIS
Front-facing cam
Video capture
3,840 x 2,160 (4K)/30 fps
Operating system
Android 4.4.2 (near stock)


  • Great Camera
  • Solid Performance 
  • Battery Life


  • Additional Softwares

07 June, 2014

ASUS intros Transformer Book T300 CHI

Asus announces a super-thin hybrid laptop, Transformer Book T300 CHI, with the whopping display of 2560x1480, on 02 July 2016


Processor - Next Gen Intel® Core™ Processor

OS System - Windows 8.1/Windows 8.1 Pro

Memory - LP DDR3 1600MHz 2GB/4GB

Storage - iSSD

Display - 12.5" WQHD(2560 x 1480)

Graphic - Intel® HD Graphics

Camera - HD Camera

Battery - Li-Polymer

Price - Yet to be announced


  • Good Display
  • Thin


  • Only one micro-USB port
  • No micro-SD card slot

04 June, 2014

Best Mobile Phones in the market (Part 3)

Sony Xperia Z2 

The Sony Xperia Z2, codenamed 'Sirius' is an android smartphone manufactured by Sony. The Xperia Z2 is also waterproof and dustproof just like its predecessor Xperia Z1.

Dimensions : 146.8 × 73.3 × 8.2 mm
Weight : 163 g
Operating System : Android 4.2.2 KitKat
 System on chip : Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974AB 801
CPU : 2.3 GHz quad core Krait
Memory : 3 GB RAM
Storage : 16 GB (32 GB for SO-03F variant)
Removable Storage : upto 128 GB
Battery : 3200 mAh (non-user removable)
Rear Camera :  20.7 MP back-side illuminated sensor with pulsed LED flash 4K (2160p) video recording @ 30 frames/s; 1080p video recording @ 60 frames/s; 720pvideo recording @ 120 frames/s
Front Camera : 2.2 MP (1080p video recording)

HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 is and Android Smartphone manufactured by HTC. One M8 was officially unveiled on 25 March, 2014. 

Dimensions : 146.3 × 70.6 × 9.4 mm
Weight : 160 g
Operating System : Android 4.2.2 KitKat
 System on chip : Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
CPU : 2.26 GHz quad core
          2.45 GHz quad core
Memory : 2 GB RAM
Storage : 16 or 32 GB
Removable Storage : upto 128 GB
Battery : 2600 mAh
Rear Camera : 4.0-megapixel, 2.0 μm camera with autofocus, UltraPixel BSI image sensor, dual-LED flash, F2.0 aperture, 28 mm lens, dedicated imaging chip, continuous shooting, 2.0-megapixel depth of fieldsensor.
Front Camera : 5.0-megapixel, 2.0 μm camera, BSI image sensor

02 June, 2014

Microsoft announced new Surface Pro 3

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a Surface Series Windows 8.1 tablet. It was announced on 20 May, 2014 in a event in New York. It is the successor to the Microsoft Surface Pro 2.

Surface Pro 3 Tablet Specs:

Display : multi-touch 12-inch clear full HD 2160x1440 resolution

Processor : i3, i5 or i7 Intel Core 4th generation/ TPM Chip

Storage : 64GB or 128GB (4GB RAM); 256GB or 512GB (8GB RAM)

Software : Windows 8.1

Cameras : 5.0 mp rear ; 5.0 mp front

Connectivity : Wi-Fi 802.11ac/802.11 a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0

Battery : 9 hours

microSD card reader; Full-size USB 3.0; Mini DisplayPort; Headset jack;

Cover port

Size: 11.5 x7.93x0.36 inches (292.1x201.4x 9.1 mm)

Weight: 1.76 pounds or 800 gm

Ambient light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer
Features multiple kickstands


  • Bigger Display Screen
  • Long Battery Life
  • Table Cover


  • Expensive
  • Microsoft App World
  • Uncomfortable Stylus

04 March, 2014

Samsung unveils Gear 2 and S5

Samsung unveiled Galaxy S5 on 24 February at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Spain. Galaxy S5 is expected to release on April 11, 2014. Samsung also unveiled Gear 2.

Galaxy S5

As with the S4, the S5 is an evolution of the prior year's model, placing a particular emphasis on an improved build quality, dust and water resistance, a more refined user experience, new security features such as a fingerprint reader, and an updated camera.


5.6*0.32*2.85  inch
145 gm
Operating System
Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
16/32 GB
Removable Storage
Upto 128 GB
Rear Camera
16 MP
Front Camera
2.1 MP

Gear 2 

The Samsung Gear 2 is a Tizen-based smartwatch produced by Samsung Electronics. The Gear 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Gear which was based on Android. It was announced on 23 February 2014, a day before the Mobile World Congress. The Gear 2 will feature a mid-range counterpart model Gear 2 Neo.

A third device, the Gear Fit, features a curved AMOLED display and is aimed towards fitness tracking. The Gear 2 will have a 2MP camera stuck on its body for smart image capturing. It is specially designed for fitness and styling purpose and is going to accompany apps such as:

  •  Heart Rate sensor 
  •  Pedometer 
  •  Exercise Standalone Modes: Running, Walking 
  •  Companion Modes: Cycling, Hiking 
  •  Sleep & Stress

23 February, 2014


Today's world is not a fun world anymore, seriousness has grabbed most of the peoples mind. Seriousness has become a serious disease . We encounter a serious person in every phase of our life which makes us to feel why on earth we met them and just want to escape from that person or that situation. From that annoying aunty, who’s more concerned about your life than your parents are, to your boss/professor, who’s more punctual than time are some of them. We all are surround by people jinki #ConditionSerioushai. I too encountered a person jiski condition bahut serious thi.

Last week, I met a friend who recently had break up from her girlfriend after two and half years. I was in complete depression and his condition was damn serious. I went his home to console him only. He greeted me with the song “Bhula Dena Mujhe”. He was continuously murmuring the song’s tune.

He was wandering in the house murmuring the tune. When i asked him something he just started murmuring the tune louder thus scaring me and after two minutes asking me the questions what i've asked him. His condition was damn serious I must say.

He is not a serious type of guy but the break up made him so. In reality he is a very fun-loving and easy going boy but the break up had a great affect on him. And it was obvious to have situation as the break up was just beyond everyone’s thinking. They were the best couple in the school and everyone admires them. Everyone couple in the school wants to be like them. Their understanding was better than most of best friends of the school, they trust each other like anything and their love was inexplicable. But after the graduation I don’t know what happened, their relation got sour and their condition became serious day by day.

My friends condition was getting serious day by day and staying with him or interacting with him was very difficult. His only work is the murmuring of tune of song Tujhe Bhula Dena. Ask him question, crack a joke in front of him, give him some advise, or just a normal talk, you will only listen the tune of Tujhe Bhula Dena. The only solution to this problem was the patch up which was not possible or some good time with best friends, which he has denied thousand times. But this time at any cost I would take him to my house for a small part with all school friends.

I asked him several times but I only got to hear the tune. I love that song but now the song is something I never want to hear. His continuously murmuring made me furious and I started shouted at him but still he just murmured the song tune. I have lost my all hope but suddenly I thought of a plan. I called all the friends to bring all the party stuff (wines, beers, chocolates, chips and much more) to his home. In half n hour they all were at his place.

With lots of requests and beggings he joined as. But he made it clear that he will not take any liquor, only chocolates and chips. He first ate Diary Milk and the condition remained same, then he ate 5-star and his condition got better. He then became friendly with us, shared his pain with us while taking a peg. After taking 2-3 pegs his condition got better and he shared his all pain with and cried. We console him and give him optimistic thinking. After some days with the company of friends his condition got better and better. After some time he got his relations with her girlfriend got better and they were again together. And me and my friends felt very blessed as we help our friend to get his #ConditionSeriousHai to #ConditonAwesomeHai.

Only friends, some wine and some chocolates (especially 5-star) can make someone’s #ConditionSeriousHai to #ConditonAwesomeHai.

11 February, 2014

Why I choose UK Education

In todays world education is the most necessary thing required to lead a prosperous life. Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”.
It is said that if u give food to needy he will survive for 1-2 days, if money is given he will survive for 1-2 months but if we will give him knowledge and education he will make his own life. Today, knowledge is the greatest asset.

Nowadays education has taken very wide shape. Each country in the world is providing better education system to the students. From USA to China, UK to Australia, India to New Zealand, every country is providing different education system. Once US was top on the list of best education given to the students but now the shift has been made and UK is emerging as one of the best countries to give the students the best education. Students from all over the world (from US also) are pursuing their education courses in UK. UK is providing their students a fair chance of getting high education and better job facilities without much discrimination. Courses in UK are generally shorter than courses provided by many other countries thus, making tuition fees less than what other countries take . Also, being a Indian i would opt to study in UK as UK is also providing Indian students a good amount of facilities. The study methodology in the UK is far better than more countries. Also, the people living in UK are more friendly and they mix with us very easily, making a student from different country comfortable with them. Also UK have diverse culture and a student will find many people of his own religion or caste. This all makes study in UK simple and easy-going. That’s the reason I want to pursue a course in UK.

I want to pursue a MBA course from UK. Everybody dream of Cambridge and Oxford but in my case it is a different story. I want to pursue a MBA course from London Business School (LBS), one of the renowned business school of the world. Established in 1964, it is consistently ranked one of top 2 schools of Europe, one of the best in world. It is a dream school for students who want to pursue in MBA. The school has over 35000 alumni in more than 130 countries. The LBS campus located in Marylebone is one of the finest campus according to me and it always fascinates me. The school also have an astonishing international profile and have strong partnerships with Columbia Business School, Hong Kong University Business School, the Indian School of Business and the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS).

The MBA Programme at London Business School has one of the world's largest international exchange programmes. Each year approximately 35 per cent of second-year MBAs spend a term abroad at one of over 30 partner schools, including NYU Stern School of Business, IESE Business School, Booth School of Business of the The University of Chicago, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA Anderson School of Management, the MIT Sloan School of Management, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Columbia Business School, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, Indian School of Business among others, which is completely jaw dropping and this always attracts me to this prestigious school. The school has his own reputation and own fame in this world. Studying in this eminent and honoured institution is a great gratification. And I will give me very best to be a part of this leading institution.

02 January, 2014

Top PC Games of 2013

Tomb Raider

Vulnerability and survival are the watchwords for this reinvention of the Tomb Raider series, which finds a young and unworldly Lara Croft shipwrecked on an island - a far cry from the backflipping, dual-wielding daredevil treasure-seeker who murdered her way through polygonal archeological hoards during the mid-nineties. Crystal Dynamics are certainly brave in taking this iconic character in such a dark, mature direction - but will the cost to our heroine’s empowerment prove too great a price to pay?


Minecraft with guns, realistic graphics, and both ground and low-orbit construction. Interested? Starforge is a ridiculously ambitious crowd-funded indie project that's already come a remarkably long way. You deform terrain and build a fortress to protect yourself from aliens, and when all else fails, use a shotgun to blast them into pieces. If the small team can make those weapons feel nice to fire, it'll be a winner.


Perhaps keen to prove that there’s more to Unreal Engine 4 than high-definition beefcakes gunning down space goblins in the destroyed beauty of a future city, Epic Games’ first proof of their new technology will be the cartoonish tower defence game, Fortnite. The clean, chirpy visuals belie technological innovation, however: UE4 will allow players huge freedom in the way they construct their anti-zombie fortifications, editing each wall with a 3x3 grid. The plan is that the game will have a long-tail, with many post-release updates, eventually allowing players to construct Rube Goldberg-style machines of death.

Remember Me

“We’ll always have Paris,” as the saying goes - not so much in the Neo-Paris of 2084, when memories can be erased or altered by Memory Hunters. You play as one such mnemonic saboteur, called Nilin, herself rendered amnesiac by agents of the oppressive Parisien regime. Third person acrobatics and assassinations ensue as you try to piece together the conspiracy, and featuring the world’s most complicated sounding combat system. You also get to wreck men’s minds by jumping into their memory and replaying events to reconfigure their recollection. Convince someone they killed their girlfriend during an argument, for instance, and you may just drive them to suicide. How lovely.

Lost Planet 3

Previous instalments in this thirdperson shooter series have been an intriguing but not always comfortable mix of Gears of War and Shadow of the Colossus, with players cooperatively slaying giant beasts and hordes of future-pirates on the world of EDN 3 - in the first instance a bleak ball of ice, thawing to a steaming jungle in its sequel. This game promises to be a prequel, so we can assume a few stiff breezes and frosty mornings. It also promises to be more narrative-led - which is worrying given the entirely charmless fiction of previous games. More worrisome still is the fact that the original developers aren’t on board, replaced by Spark Unlimited, responsible for crimping off the reeking digi-turd which was Turning Point: Fall of Liberty. Brr.

Dead Space 3

The sudden appearance of a co-op mode in this venerable space-horror franchise may sound like the marketing department got a little trigger happy with the back-of-box checklist, but there are reasons to be optimistic. Firstly, didn’t we all the say the same gloomy things about Mass Effect 3’s excellent multiplayer? Secondly, Dead Space already showed it could deliver terror to a twosome in its (actually terrific, sadly undersold) Wii light-gun game. What’s more, the game’s roots have hardly been forgotten: it's still perfectly possible to play the game on your tod. This one promises to add themes of insanity and perception to the traditional jump-scares and body-horror.

DmC: Devil May Cry

There were wails of anguish in console-land when this reboot of beloved demon-bashing combo-brawler Devil May Cry was first announced. But if the word from those with review code is good - and so far the mutterings are most auspicious indeed - then few complaints will survive the game’s release. It seems that British devs Ninja Theory may have the moves to make even Bayonetta blush. The one worry is how well it’ll port to PC, a duty outsourced to Polish team QLOC - but a promised 60 FPS, with no maximum limit, is a rather good start.


A shooter with six-axes of freedom, Retrovirus matches the zippy pace of FPS games of yore with the stomach-spinning spatial freedom of disorienting shooter classic, Descent. As an agent of the resident anti-virus program, you must defend a computer system from an infectious onslaught with a slew of physics-enhanced weaponry like gravity wells and chain reactions.