Sunday, September 10, 2017

Say "Hello" to Meizu Pro 7!!

So last week, I got an invite from the folks at Meizu Philippines and Hellotronics, for their event where they would unveil their latest phone offering; the Meizu Pro 7:

Yep, its finally official, the Meizu Pro 7 (and its higher end sibling; the Pro 7 Plus) is now coming to the Philippines. The Meizu Pro 7, is known not only for its amazing build quality, but for it's much talked about secondary screen on the back of the unit (as shown in the pic above). Sounds weird? Interesting? Feels like a gimmick? Well, before we run through my experience of the secondary screen, let's do a quick run through of the specs first:

  • SCREEN: 5.2-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display @ 1920 x 1080 pixels (front facing screen) & 2-inch AMOLED display @240 x 536 pixels  (rear screen)
  • CAMERA: Dual 12-megapixel with Dual LED Flash (rear camera) & 16-megapixel (front-facing camera)
  • CPU: MediaTek Helio P25 Octa-Core Processor
  • GPU: ARM Mali-T880 Processor
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • STORAGE: 64GB Internal Storage
  • BATTERY: 3000mAh Battery (with mCharge fast-charging technology)
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat with Flyme OS6

  • SCREEN: 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Full HD display @ 2560 x 1440 pixels (front facing screen) & 2-inch AMOLED display @240 x 536 pixels  (rear screen)
  • CAMERA: Dual 12-megapixel with Dual LED Flash (rear camera) & 16-megapixel (front-facing camera)
  • CPU: MediaTek Helio X30 Deca-Core Processor
  • GPU: IMG PowerVR 7XTP Processor
  • RAM: 6GB RAM
  • STORAGE: 64GB/128GB Internal Storage
  • BATTERY: 3500mAh Battery (with mCharge fast-charging technology)
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat with Flyme OS6

Now how does the Meizu Pro 7's unique secondary backscreen feels like in use? In a word, revolutionary. It's the kind of feature that makes people scratch their heads when they first hear it, but once you get to grips of how it works and its applications, its something that you'd prolly wish other smartphone manufacturers would adopt in their phones as well.

It works specially well with the Meizu Pro 7's dual lens rear cameras. For selfie-lovers, this is a boon and definitely well-worth getting one, for high quality selfies. None of that struggling to get the right selfie shot, as you can see exactly where you are in the frame using the 2-inch AMOLED backscreen. :D

If you want to see it in action, I've put together a quick hands-on video of the back screen:

The Meizu Pro 7 is priced at Php22,990 (roughly $450) while the higher end Meizu Pro 7 Plus is priced at Php 31,990 (roughly $620). The Meizu Pro 7 will be available on October this year, via Meizu's online shop, via Lazada (care of the folks at Hellotronics), and on authorized retail shops in malls all-over the Philippines.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

[PR Post] Playpark Philippines launches Toykart!!

Introducing the Top Fantasy Racing Game filled with tons of laughter - TOYKART! Fans of drifting, boosting, and crushing your enemies with items rejoice. You want it, we got it. Be the top racer by strategically selecting your Characters, upgrading the coolest Karts and using your epic Pets. Maximum Speed, Ultimate Fun! Let’s race!
  • Control made easy. Compete to master the rank.
  • Hundreds of Karts to ride and upgrade.
  • Enjoy mixing and matching different parts to create your Ultimate Kart!
  • Cutest Characters, each with their own unique skills.
  • Race against other players alongside your pets!
  • Different racing terrains to race on – from the stormy desert to the starry space
  • Single and Co-op Mode available.
  • Achievements to be unlocked.
  • Daily missions and freebies are available.
  • Be the Top Racer in Ranking Mode

Toykart’s Southeast Asia release will be on Tuesday, 25 July 2017. Countries included in the region are Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. It will be running in two languages, Thai and English. 

Join the launch celebration activities including Pre-registration here: and get loads of free items including Kart and Character! 

Toykart: Maximum Speed, Ultimate Fun!

Official Page :

Monday, June 26, 2017

SNES Classic Edition launching on September 29, 2017!!

It's finally happening folks!! Nintendo just recently announced that they will finally release the legendary Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) under the Classics edition. Last year's NES Classic Edition was such a hit, that stores are having a hard time keeping up with the demand for the unit. And it looks like Nintendo is at it again, this time with the SNES.

The 21 games that are bundled in are actually quite impressive as follows:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars™
  • Donkey Kong Country™
  • EarthBound™
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO™
  • Kirby™ Super Star
  • Kirby’s Dream Course™
  • The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past™
  • Mega Man® X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox™
  • Star Fox™ 2
  • Street Fighter® II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV™
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts®
  • Super Mario Kart™
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars™
  • Super Mario World™
  • Super Metroid™
  • Super Punch-Out!! ™
  • Yoshi’s Island™
The list is a tad short compared to the NES Classic which had 30 games pre-installed, but considering the line-up its quite decent to say the least. I AM a little bummed out that Chrono Trigger didn't make the list, but Final Fantasy III more than makes up for it.

Also, look at the sweet European version right here.

Growing up with a Super Famicom, its clear that I'll be going for the European version. :D

Here’s a brief synopsis of the hardware, via Nintendo:

"The mini system, which contains 21 pre-installed classic games and can easily be plugged into any high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable, will be available at a suggested retail price of $79.99. And for the first time, players who pick up the system can enjoy the intergalactic adventure Star Fox 2, the sequel to the original Star Fox game that was created during the Super NES era but never released … anywhere!"

Included with the SNES Classic Edition are one HDMI cable, one USB power cable with AC adapter, and two wired SNES Classic Controllers, perfect for playing multiplayer. No more extra controller issues here!

The SNES Classic Edition launches on September 29, 2017, for a retail price of $79.99

For more info, visit:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Latest JoJo Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable liveaction trailer is a beautiful duwang!!

As a long-time JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fan, I have been excited upon hearing the news of a live-action movie being made on the series. And now a brand new trailer showing off the series' popular mainstays; the Stands.

I thought the CGI was well-done, and I think Kira Yoshikage said it best

Can't wait to watch the movie soon!! :D

PLAYPARK ALL-STARS 2017 FINALS: The battle for supremacy ends on July 2, 2017


Playpark All-Stars 2017 FINALS is here. The journey heads to its climax this July 2, 2017 (Sunday) at SKYDOME SM City North EDSA. Join the Playpark community witness the clash of the ultimate contenders from Special Force Online, Special Force 2, Cabal Online, Audition, Perfect World PH and Kritika Online. Only one team can rule them all.

In partnership with SKYDOME SM City North EDSA and PLDT Home Fiber, thousands will witness the rise of a new generation of champions to greatness. After the nationwide search of Playpark All-Stars 2017, these tournaments will finally crown a victor.

  • Special Force Philippine Championship
  • Special Force 2 Ultimatum 2017 Philippine Championship
  • Cabal Online Carnage 5V5: Road to Thailand
  • Audition Philippine Championship
  • Perfect World PH Phoenix Council Wars 2017
  • KritikaSS: Seize and Secure Tournament
  • Destiny of Thrones DOTDOTAN 2017
  • Tournaments will be hyperlinked to the mechanics


Even better, Special Force Online, Special Force 2, Cabal Online and Audition will have their respective Team Philippines who will be in the running to represent the country on the international stage. Good luck to all the teams.

Playpark All-Stars 2017 will satisfy your hunger for action and for REWARDS. Event attendees can sink their teeth into Early Bird items, Door Prizes, and Bundles from their favorite games. On top of that, there will be a Grand Raffle for all attendees, Passport, Side Events and merchandise available at the event - not to mention the surprises in store from our event partners. Best of all, the community will rally together to celebrate the anniversaries of Cabal Online and of Perfect World PH.

All of these will be for a meager entrance fee of Php 100.00 only. It is an event you can’t miss.

More details will be posted on our official channels so stay tuned:

Saturday, June 3, 2017

“RAGE ART” Philippine Tekken 7 launch tournament @ Playbook Results!!

After hours of heated matches in the finals, the “Rage Art” Tekken 7 champion has finally emerged on top of his competition, victorious.


Meet Echo Fox’s JDCR; the champion of this year’s Rage Art; Tekken 7 launch tournament.

He fought and had a highly intense and impressive match against our very own; PBE Doujin, at the finals, taking home the grand prize of Php 100,000.

Second place; PBE Doujin, fought valiantly against the Korean; Echo Fox – JDCR, and gave him a tough time in the grand finals having been the one who dispatched and send another Korean competitor; Echo Fox – Saint, to fourth place.

Here’s the complete list of results in today’s tournament:

TOP 16

  • Sephrix
  • Muzikat
  • Elite.ErrorQueen
  • Dobu_Orochi
  • SquareSquare
  • Sakuraagi
  • PBE – Maru
  • Grounderz


  • Noelittle
  • IPT.El
  • Prime
  • Coffee_Prinz

Fourth Place

  • Echo Fox – Saint

Third Place

  • PBE – AK

Second Place

  • PBE – Doujin

Tournament Champion

  • Echo Fox – JDCR

It was truly an impressive showing of our Filipino fighters, that even EVO world champ; Ryan “Filipino Champ” Ramirez (@fchampryan) had this to say:

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Playbook’s Richard Brojan mentioned, that “Rage Art” is but a start of more Fighting Game tournaments they plan on hosting in the future. Next up will be their upcoming “Rev Major Philippines”, where aside from Tekken 7, will also host other Fighting game titles such as; Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros, Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3, Injustice 2 and Guilty Gear Xrd. He hopes that with Rev Major Philippines, more Fighting game fans will compete and test their skills against fellow competitors locally and develop a healthy level of competition in the Philippines.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Netflix's Castlevania: Vengeance trailer is here!!

So I woke up this morning to this wonderful trailer from Netflix. I watched and rewatched the trailer a couple of times and first off the music (which is a trademark of Castlevania games) is amazing in the trailer, and definitely sounds Castlevania to me. :D

Next, I LOVE the fact they used the same art style as Vampire Hunter D. That was one of my main concerns for the project when they announced it, and I'm happy to see they aren't screwing the franchise around. :D Kudos to the team! Here's a clip of Vampire Hunter D to those who haven't seen it:

I also love that NES boxart!! And looking at the art, this could probably be the poster for the show? Also, if you look closely, it gives you a sneak peek of how Count Dracula might look like:

Another highlight of the trailer, is a sneak peek of every Castlevania fanboy's (or in this case, fangirl's) dream; Alucard.

Plus points for the team since Alucard is depicted in his Symphony of the Night look (long blond hair) instead of his original NES look (spiky short black hair and fugly all around). I mean just look at the image below:

Another thing to note, Alucard's tomb seems... steampunk-ish? Could this be taking cues as well from the world of Vampire Hunter D?

Speaking of depictions, I'm also glad to see Sypha's look in the trailer

Here, she's sporting a short hair (which makes sense as in the game Trevor and his team thought she's a man) and the blue cloak was a nice throwback to her Symphony of the Night look, as seen below:

Also saw a glimpse of Count Dracula, and he looks just as imposing as he is in-game!!

From the backside, he seems to take his appearance from the game Castlevania: Chronicles with jet black hair and long robes.

Also, if you look closely, the room where Dracula is seen, feels like an homage to the room where you fought Dracula in Super Castlevania IV (SNES), just look at this screenshot:

That said, I do have some slight issues with the trailer.

I am not digging Trevor/Ralph Belmont's look.

While I do like the fact they retained some elements of Ayami Kojima's depiction of him from Castlevania: Curse of Darkness as seen below:

And that nice touch of giving him a cloak, and him standing in front of an altar of sorts, was a clever nod to his intro in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.

But the scar on his eye makes no sense in the trailer as seen here:

That's because originally he gets that scar from his battle with Dracula (as hinted on the Curse of Darkness prequel manga).

Also, where the hell is Grant Danasty?!

I could barely see anybody looking like a pirate in the trailer! D: I DID see someone throw a ton of knives in the trailer, but he looks similar to Trevor Belmont, so I assumed it was Trevor and not Grant. Oh well, we'll see.

Also, where are Dracula's two Devil Forgemasters; Hector and Isaac?

Those two are referred in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness to have been responsible in the creation of most of Dracula's monsters and demons inside Castlevania. They are also his two closest disciples (similar to Shaft only more powerful and is said to rival the power of Death himself) are also key to unleashing the fabled "Dracula's Curse" in the first place. They should atleast appear in some form in the series, specially if Netflix is thinking of doing a second season of the show, as Castlevania: Curse of Darkness is a direct sequel of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse.

Anyway that aside, looking forward to seeing this in Netflix soon! Castlevania: Vengeance will be arriving on Netflix this July 2017!!