It’s a space simulator like no other: The Sims meets Elite meets Stephen Hawking’s archives. In Universe Sandbox² you control time, gravity and all celestial objects and happenings within them.
If you want to play intergalactic pool where the balls are planets and the pockets are black holes, you can. If you want to sit for hours watching comets cross your carefully constructed galaxy, then you can do that, too. Find a rock and terraform it into a new Earth with a perfect climate. If only Matthew McConaughey and the crew in Interstellar had this at their disposal.
The first Universe Sandbox was created after 15 years of work by one man, Seattle programmer Dan Dixon. He is now the head of a team of computer scientists, astronomers and climate modelers who ensure their game is realistic and incredibly detailed.
The open-ended format, with no scores, levels or enemies, is polarizing: You will love or hate this after two minutes of play. But the lovers will be entering a world of worlds that is truly compelling. The satisfaction of seeing your all-powerful handiwork pay off is immense, be that a chain- reaction of exploding suns or a harmoniously perfect solar system just being a solar system. When the sole purpose of a game is to have ideas above your station, as it is here, then it’s a winner.
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TT ESPORTS LEVEL 10 M
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LOGITECH G502 PROTEUS CORE
For surgical precision: The Proteus Core is currently the most accurate gaming mouse on the market. Can also beusedasa spaceship in your sci-fi home movies.
MAD CATZ R.A.T. 9
Crazy design but with super- intelligent innards, and it can also be easily adjusted so that you have the perfect thumb position, whatever the size of your palm and digits.