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Wondershare Filmora review – video editing made noob-friendly





Wondershare is an emerging software manufacturer that focuses on offering affordable alternatives to mainstream software. The company has various software suites available, but today we will be checking out the Filmora video editing suite. With the emergence of vlogging and video sharing as a job, people who want to try and provide high quality video content to their viewers are oftentimes searching for entry-level software that will let them start off their Youtube business for a lesser investment and with an easy-to-use video editing software. Filmora caters to beginners and advanced users at the same time, with the free video editing suite capable of basic editing and the full license software offering hundreds of editing tools and galleries that users will be able to incorporate in their videos.

Video editing is no longer the difficult and time-consuming task it was just a couple of years ago. The market is saturated with video editing and converting software that cater to the millions of content creators who are trying to make a living on Youtube, Twitch, Periscope, Vine, Vimeo and more. Social media and good quality content are important aspects to keep in mind when starting a Youtube business for example, but software and editing skills are also very important. Although you could just upload your videos as they are without editing, if you’re good, but most times, a bit of editing will be needed to make your content engaging.

Video makers can use software like Filmora to make their content and videos more eye-catching, Subscribers and consumers on various video sharing platforms tend to appreciate nicely edited videos more than high-quality content, and while that’s a shame, there is truth in it. Video editing software helps creators add effects and animations to their videos, so that the vlogs that they make don’t get boring, the tutorials that they create offer extra information and the gaming videos that they upload sync up perfectly. Adobe’s Premiere, Sony’s Vegas Pro and various other video editing software offer high-end video editing experiences, but at a considerable premium. Those of us who are just beginning to understand the inner workings of content creators and want to get in on the fun might not have the funds to start off with such software, and in the end, beginners don’t really make use of the tools these advanced video editors have to offer.


Wondershare saw the gap between free entry-level video editing software such as Windows Movie Maker and premium advanced editing software such as Sony Vegas Pro. Filmora wants to be right in the middle of the spectrum, being able to cater to beginners and advanced users at the same time. The tools and features of the free video editing version of Filmora will help beginners understand the basics of video editing thanks to the intutive menus and tutorials that are built-in. Advanced editors will also get a good experience out of the licensed Filmora software, too, because it adds a user interface that is similar to what they are used to from other programs like Adobe Premiere Pro, but keeps the UI easy to use and intuitive, so that even beginners can learn how it works pretty easily.

Wondershare approached me to make a review about Filmora and I seized the opportunity because I’m what Filmora is: in the middle. While I do have a bit of experience with movie making, thanks to the short stories I wrote, directed, filmed and edited in high school, I never learned how to fully exploit all the features of advanced software. That was because tutorials were scarce and the programs that I had tried were complicated, with non-intuitive work-flow. When I heard about Filmora, I thought: let’s see how far I can get with this software and if I can do a basic video in under an hour. That would be an achievement for me, so this review is from the perspective of a beginner in video editing. Let’s get down to it.

You can download Filmora for a trial or you can get a license, which costs only $30 for a year, $50 for a life-time license and $120 if you want a business license, which will let up to 5 different users access the full suite. As you can imagine, it’s a pretty cheap option, compared to Adobe’s or Sony’s alternatives. The latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro price is $25 per month for an individual user, Adobe offers its apps in bundles for those that use multiple apps from their portfolio, and that’s priced more affordably. But the problem is that beginner content creators will also have to invest time and money into learning how to effectively use the software. That’s not the case with Filmora, which if you use it properly, will take you through the most important steps of creating a good video.

Filmora review – Easy Mode

Once you start up Filmora, which you can do so on a Windows machine or a Mac machine (there are different licenses for each, so pay attention when downloading or buying), you are greeted by a minimalist splash screen that shows you your options. You can choose to create a new movie or open a recent project, you can choose the aspect ratio that you want to be working in and you can choose whether you want to use Easy Mode or Full Feature Mode, the latter being the more standard application that works similarly to Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas Pro.

There is not much else you can do on the splash screen, but you can access information about the software. First, we are going to look at the Easy Mode within Filmora so that we can explain why the software is geared towards beginner video editors. Easy Mode is an intuitive interface that feels like AI. Basically, it does your job, as all you need to do in Easy Mode is select the video you want to edit, add the photos you want to include in a video slideshow, pick a theme from the ones offered by Wondershare, pick the music and Filmora will do the rest for you. It will import, edit and export your video without much interference from you. Moreover, rendering times are really fast in this mode, which is expected since there’s not a lot of actual editing going on.

Beginner video editing software should focus on the UI more than its features, and that’s what Filmora’s Easy Mode is doing. Once you select Easy Mode from the Filmora splash screen, you are taken to a window that is similar to the old-timey installer wizard from Windows in the sense that it works in a similar way, and it’s good. Apart from the slight glitch that prompts for you to update only once you choose an editing mode, the interface is unobstructed and easy to understand.

The Filmora wizard will ask you to add a video file, to select a theme, add music and then share the video that you’ve created. Unfortunately, Filmora only has about 6 themes that you can choose from in Easy Mode, including travel, old days (which is something Instagram users will find familiar), sport, simple, happy and love. These themes add visual effects and animations to your video, to make it look like a professional take. Now the videos that you create in Easy Mode have the downside of being very static. While I wouldn’t recommend Easy Mode for content creators who make a living out of their videos, the editing mode is still suitable for those who want to make a quick video update to their channel, publish a travel diary for their friends and family, create a quick school project that doesn’t require a lot of time and will still look professional or for simple vlogging. Since you can’t do a lot of editing in Easy Mode, expect the results to be a bit bland.

Easy Mode in Filmora is more of a time-saving mode than an easy-to-use mode, because it cuts down on the time you would normally require to edit such a video to less than half. The video embedded in this post was made in under 10 minutes, and that timeframe included the rendering time. That makes the software ideal for those who want to get their videos uploaded to their site, channel, platform as quickly as possible. For example video samples, travel diaries, product introductions and things like that filmed in one take are easy to refine with Easy Mode. It might not be suitable for every type of content, because it adds its own animations and transitions depending on the theme you picked. For a quick video about your recent visit to Disneyland, it does the job rather well.

Easy Mode lets you add the music from the Filmora library, but you can also add your own music to the video, if you want to. The music Filmora has is, as expected, not that interesting, but it’s royalty free music, which means you can use it without worry. What you might notice in the wizard, however, is the fact that Filmora doesn’t store the themes and music on your device, which means you need an internet connection to use Easy Mode with, if you’re using it for the first time. Once the library is downloaded, it will stay there until your next reboot. Since everyone and their mom has internet access nowadays, this is more of a feature than a problem, in my opinion,

Once you select the music, theme and upload your video file to Filmora, the wizard will guide you through to the preview. This is when the video is rendered, so depending on the length and quality of the video you have chosen, it will take some time. I would estimate that for MPG files, rendering time is about 1 minute for 1 minute of footage. What’s annoying at this point that you can’t see the full length of the video you uploaded in minutes or seconds and the preview that Filmora generates doesn’t say how long the finished video lasts. At the same time, Filmora adds animations, film reels, titles, transitions and effects to the video and cuts parts of it. This is an interesting process and the results are pretty amazing 95% of the time.

For example, the first time I used Filmora and started testing Easy Mode, I uploaded some random footage of me and my boyfriend, cats and our apartment, taken as a means of testing a new smartphone camera. Now this was random footage with bad camera angles, bad shot compositions, blurry images, bad lighting and constant moving around. If I would have started up Full Feature mode in Filmora and taken the clip to try and make it into something entertaining, it would have taken me, as a beginner, at least three hours of cropping, adjusting, speeding up, slow-mo, effects, animations and a headache. Filmora did it in five minutes and the result was footage that focused on cats, with laughs from us and an extra filmreel with miniclips on the bottom of the video showing a few seconds of laughing in each. Pretty darn good for an automated feature.

Filmora’s Easy Mode is definitely one of the perks of the software and while there are missing things like a video timer, effect identifier and things like that, it does what it advertises: it creates beautiful, fun videos that look like they were edited by a pro. The fact that you can notice it’s an automated theme remains, but it’s less obvious than I would have expected. I generally liked what Filmora’s Easy Mode did when I uploaded footage about people, but it didn’t do so well with footage focused on objects like an unboxing video. It did produce a pretty nice video, but it wasn’t as streamlined as the ones I get with amusement part footage, museum footage, vlog footage or generally footage that had people in it. For the most part, Easy Mode is pretty neat to use if you want to cut down on your editing time.

Once Filmora is done with rendering, you can write and add your own titles where the theme allows and then you can select how you want to save the video. In this window, you can finally find out how long your finished video is and how much space it will occupy. From this screen, you can either choose one of the presets or access the Settings panel and choose your own quality, encoder, audio,  resolution, bit rate, sample rate and frame rate settings. Presets are categorised into device types (iPad, TV, smartphone, Galaxy S5 for some reason), format types (avi, mpg, mp4, etc) or allow you to upload directly to Youtube, Facebook and Vimeo. This is a welcome feature, because it saves you the time of having to open your browser, go to Youtube and start the uploading process yourself.

If you choose to upload directly to a social network, you will have to log into your account and provide authorization. The process takes less than a minute and it’s yet another time saver that Filmora incorporates. Although the devices section is a bit off, you can still access all the basic settings that you would need. Filmora supports almost all video formats, so camcorder, smartphone, camera, tablet, webcam and even smart watch footage can be used with the program.

Filmora review – Full Feature Mode

Full Feature Mode is where things get interesting and more complicated. This is the Wondershare version of a premium editing software that can come up with cinematic results and offers the user all the tools they need to make a semi-professional movie. Filmora’s Full Feature Mode is still targeted at beginners, and that is reflected heavily by the user interface. Instead of being greeted by a complicated panel with hundreds of buttons, functions, timelines, reels and tools, Filmora offers you an interface that could be mistaken for a mobile editing program. Mobile editing has made huge progress and the Filmora video editor takes a few elements from mobile app books, too.The interface has less buttons, making the features that beginners usually need more prominent and accessible.

While professional video editing software is usually less beginner-friendly than most of us would like it to be, Filmora is just a bit over-simplified. While that might be a bit obstructing when you get the hang of using the software, in the initial usage period it’s not a problem. Most of us stay at beginner levels in video editing and even if we do it for a living, good content is not determined by what video editor or video editing tools you use. Unless you’re in the movie business, in which case you’re not supposed to be here. For a first-time user, the Feature Mode in the desktop app is intuitive and they will most likely get accustomed to it pretty fast.

As such, Full Feature Mode adds a lot of manual control over the effects, animations, clips, audio, elements and much more. The interface has a simple design, with the most used features and galleries readily accessible. You can use a multitude of elements, badges, animations, effects, transitions directly from the Filmora galleries contained within the app, but you can also download new ones from the Wondershare site, for free. Wondershare updates the Filmora effects library constantly, so it’s worth checking out. Most of the new effects will be sent out to users via updates, but if those tend to take them, downloading them yourself is always an option.

Effects, transitions, animations, badges, filters, overlays and split screen tools can be customized to fit your content. The library of elements that Filmora offers its users is pretty extensive, although you can imagine it’s not as big as the age-old Premiere and Vegas libraries. Nonetheless, the app has enough media available for beginners and even more advanced users. You can customize the effects, like the duration of transitions, their positions, the size, color and position of badges and much more, making editing videos a breeze.

The tools that you use and the way in which you can use them are pretty standard.Filmora and its full feature mode use a platform that is similar to Movie Maker, placing all the tools into neat galleries and categories that you can sift through easily. The timeline is grouped into various effect types, video lines, audio lines, text lines, etc with easily recognizable icons helping the user. The video preview with effects on can be a bit misleading sometimes, because there are problems with sound sync if clips are moved around and effects are added. Note that these will not carry on to the final video project and Filmora notifies all users of this slight problem that resource management of the app comes across on occasion.

One of the things I appreciate in Filmora’s Full Feature Mode is that it’s oriented towards today’s content creators. You can easily do voiceovers if you’re doing a make-up tutorial or a gameplay with an easy voice recording tool that even gives you queues and keeps the video playing in the background. You should mute the video if there’s music or sounds in it, so that the voice recorder doesn’t record them, too. It would be like double trouble. I hope Wondershare add a notification for this one in the future, because people can forget that mics today aren’t that modern yet.

At the same time, Filmora makes it easy to create split-screen video with various video to video ratios that you can choose from. This is a convenient feature to have vloggers, gamers and DIY fans, among others, because you can easily supplement the main idea of the shot with a demonstration of its content. For example, if you’re talking about that amazing character in Fallout 4 that you saw in a leaked video, you can easily do a spit-screen when you mention the game and insert the footage you have as a subclip for a few seconds – or more. You decide. It’s neat, easy to do and it’s in your face. You don’t have to search for plugins or download them, because it’s one of the default features within Filmora.

Filmore is filled with small features like this. Although you have them in most video editors, the approach of the user interface is appealing and unique, which makes Filmora one of the best picks for beginners. Given the fact that it is cheap to use, it’s definitely a good investment. Performance and end result play into this, but Filmora pretty much nails everything. I found that even though I approached this review as a beginner who thought they won’t get through it, I ended up liking the experience and gaining confidence in my own skills.

Filmora full feature mode adds the ability to choose between story mode and timeline mode, so you can choose the layout that you find most convenient for usage patterns. I would suggest trying the timeline mode first, because it is easier to identify between elements, their properties, duration and impact on the video. Story mode is convenient for when editing a short animation or movie, for example, where you have the takes from the video and the audio and just need to sync them up and make them seamless — for easier tasks.

If you find yourself without inspiration or confused about how things work in Filmora full feature mode, the app lets you access a wide variety of video tutorials, provided that you have internet access because they are hosted online. Nonetheless, you can find Halloween video tutorials as well as tutorials on how to use effects or different tools in Filmora. The resources library of the app is constantly growing as more and more people come on board, so we expect there to be thousands of videos available in no time. Since it’s a beginner-oriented app, Filmora can produce short and easy tutorials which can cut down on the time you need to get accustomed to the software, compared to the complicated and long Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas Pro tutorials. While that might not be something advanced users are looking for, beginners might find them as useful as I did.

Of course, there are things missing from Filmora. Although it does come with advanced features such as green screen superimposing and quite the selection of customizable overlays, it’s not a professional software with which you can make movies with. Nonetheless, you can make a pretty neat commercial or even a nicely directed and animated web show. It’s a very good video editor with all the tools a beginner would need. There is a lot of customizability, but there could be more. Filmora overall is a versatile program that is easy-to-use and is not a resource-hungry app to run. It works fast and it still lets you do other things while you’re editing, without your laptop overheating or getting sluggish. I watched Youtube tutorials (within Filmora and in Chrome as well), did some basic photo editing and had an Edge tab open, displaying a live feed. With all that, Filmora kept going without an issue and without impacting rendering and uploading times.

I think that while Filmora might not be the software for advanced users, it comes close to being one. With it being an affordable, beginner-friendly software, I think it does quite well. I hope that Wondershare considers releasing a mobile version of Filmora, because that would be superb. With the Story mode interface already in place and with the easy layout, Filmora would be great to use on mobile. It’s great to use on the desktop, too, given its reliable resource management. Approaching Filmora as a beginner was a great experience and I did return to the software after the review. I find myself going for Filmora much more often than Sony Vegas, and that says something. Since I am a beginner myself, I think shelling out $25 each month for Adobe Premiere is an investment to be made after a few years with Filmora. Although I’m sure there are comparable editing apps out there, Filmora managed to impress me thanks to its interface and power management.



You can use green screen footage in Filmora

When I expected my laptop to give in and die on me, it didn’t – Filmora saved my video and uploaded it to where I wanted it to, without my laptop dying. Adobe Premiere and Vegas, with their advanced tools, made editing difficult because they would make my laptop overheat. While that’s more of a hardware problem than a software problem, we can assume that most beginners don’t go into video editing with top-notch hardware at their disposal. It’s more likely that Mary, who uses an outdated PC just to help people out on WikiHow decided she should start making graffiti tutorials. Filmora could be a good choice.

If you’re interested in Filmora, you can try it out to see whether it’s a good fit for you. The free trial and the paid version are exactly the same in functionality and features, but the trial version does leave a watermark on your videos. I think Filmora should be tried out by any beginner looking for video editing software, because it’s one of the best and most easy-to-use ones out there. I recommend using the trial for a couple of different videos so that you see what the results are for yourself. You can do short versions of your plans, skipping the “talking parts” as it were, and see if you like the editing experience. You might find yourself wondering how to get rid of that watermark. I genuinely liked my experience with Filmora and found that it had everything I needed for the videos I wanted to make: unboxings, reviews, ootds and grwms for tumblr, vlogs, let’s plays and similar content a social media enthusiast kinda sorta wants to do all the time. You can download the free trial from Wondershare’s dedicated site. 

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.


A Review of Fallout 4





After nearly ten years since its initial release, Bethesda has brought Fallout 4 to the PS5, offering enhanced technical performance that one would anticipate from a leap to a new generation. Does the open-world RPG still hold up in 2024?

Answering that question is quite challenging, I must say. While opinions may vary, it’s worth noting that Fallout 4 has its fair share of critics. However, one cannot deny the allure of its captivating gameplay loop, which keeps players hooked with its constant exploration, mutant battles, and character progression. The loop in question has undoubtedly stood the test of time, and Fallout 4 continues to captivate players with its addictive character development mechanics. From acquiring loot to distributing perk points, the game offers a truly engaging experience.

Fallout 4’s post-apocalyptic Boston is yet another example of Bethesda’s talent for creating immersive worlds that captivate and divert your attention from your intended path. This map is incredibly dense, providing adventure at every corner. This open world is incredibly immersive, captivating players for hours on end. The various character progression systems add depth and complexity to the experience.



However, this is where the game begins to show some weaknesses, especially when compared to more contemporary standards. Technical limitations that were already dubious when Fallout 4’s release in 2015 hinder the gameplay experience. It’s quite disappointing to encounter a loading screen every time you enter or exit an interior location, which feels incredibly outdated, even with the significantly improved load times of the PS5 version.

Additionally, comparable restrictions limit the game’s overall scope. Now, it’s clear that one wouldn’t anticipate a radiation-soaked wasteland to be bustling with life, but Boston can’t help but come across as lacking ambition. As you journey through different locations, you’ll notice a noticeable lack of action. Even well-known settlements such as Diamond City and Goodneighbor, which are supposed to be bustling hubs of activity and trade, feel disappointingly empty with a population of only around 30 NPCs.

This illusion may have been somewhat passable back in 2015, but after almost a decade, it’s clear that the game’s outdated engine is to blame for many of its glaring flaws. It’s undeniable that some aspects of Fallout 4’s design haven’t aged well, especially considering how much the open-world genre has evolved in the past decade. While it’s not fair to expect a complete remake in the 2024 re-release, there are certain aspects that could have been improved upon.


Fallout 4 undeniably possesses an alluring atmosphere, capturing that eerie sense of wonder that has become synonymous with the series. There is a unique experience in scaling the remnants of a decrepit skyscraper and surveying the desolate landscape, immersing oneself in the inherent solitude while the game’s subtly captivating music softly plays in the distance.

When it comes to immersion, let’s delve into Fallout 4’s take on role-playing. Upon its release, numerous dedicated Fallout fans expressed their dissatisfaction with the game’s decision to introduce a fully voiced protagonist, along with the limited dialogue choices that accompanied this change. Truly, the absence of morally ambiguous decisions in this game is quite noticeable, especially when comparing it to titles such as Fallout: New Vegas or even Fallout 3. The side quests often guide you towards two predictable options, where you can either embody a beacon of hope or a deranged maniac, and the latter option never truly feels authentic, given the protagonist’s predetermined, almost heroic role in the story.

Emerging from a two-century cryogenic sleep, the protagonist must navigate the treacherous landscape of post-apocalyptic America to save their kidnapped infant son, who was taken from the very same cryogenic facility. In this particular situation, deviating from the main questline may not contribute to the overall narrative coherence. However, it must be acknowledged that the story presents significant opportunities for making impactful decisions that can greatly influence the game world, especially when aligning oneself with pivotal factions.

Once again, it’s worth noting that there is limited opportunity to delve into your character’s personality and motivations in Fallout 4. As a result, the game can be seen as a regression compared to its predecessors. Furthermore, the side quests tend to be quite forgettable. The main plot of Fallout 3 had its fair share of issues, but it managed to find balance by incorporating some wild and unpredictable misadventures. The sequel, on the other hand, lacks personality, featuring one-dimensional characters and unremarkable dialogue. It heavily relies on self-referential storytelling, which can be immersion-breaking.


If you’re interested in seeing faction plotlines come to a conclusion, you’ll have to go through a plethora of ‘radiant’ filler quests. These are the types of games that provide little context and simply place a procedurally generated objective marker on your map, instructing you to “go here, do something.” While the prospect of embarking on an adventure and uncovering hidden treasures is certainly enticing, the overall experience feels somewhat lacking in depth and emotion. It’s hard to ignore the excessive filler content that hinders your progress towards important narrative milestones.

However, it is worth mentioning that the gameplay loop of Fallout 4 is incredibly captivating, and combat plays a vital role in this experience. While it may not boast the most polished shooting mechanics compared to other games on the market, it undeniably stands out as the most enjoyable Fallout installment to date. The action in the game is filled with a satisfying and almost comical bloodlust. Whether you’re sniping super mutants with precision or hacking raiders to bits with modified chainsaws, the result is a spectacle of skulls popping and limbs flying.

The standout feature of the game is undoubtedly V.A.T.S., which grants you the power to manipulate time and execute visually stunning attacks on specific body parts. Even after nearly ten years, there is still no other system quite like it. The version of V.A.T.S. in Fallout 4 truly stands out, offering moments of pure chaos and excitement. Experiencing the exhilarating thrill of a deathclaw’s head exploding mere moments before its talons make contact with your face; being rendered speechless as a mini nuke hurtles directly towards you; obliterating grotesquely mutated wildlife with your beloved energy weapon, all captured in flawless slow motion. This is an exceptional experience.


Regrettably, not everything that Fallout 4 does is met with universal acclaim. Despite being largely overlooked, the game’s settlement system continues to be a topic of heated debate. During your adventure, you’ll stumble upon small communities that you can nurture by collecting various items and utilizing specific materials to construct a wide range of structures. These include essential defenses like walls and gates, as well as intricate computer networks and ingenious mechanical contraptions.

The system itself is undeniably impressive, providing an immense amount of depth for players who truly want to immerse themselves in the experience. If you’re looking for a classic Fallout experience, settlements might come across as unnecessary baggage, adding unnecessary weight to an already content-packed game that can sometimes feel like busywork. It’s quite frustrating how settlements don’t immediately prove their value. The initial phase involves the monotonous task of collecting a vast amount of resources, and that’s just for the basic needs such as shelter, food, and water.


While certain aspects of Fallout 4 may not have stood the test of time, it’s worth noting that the PS5 port does indeed deliver on its commitment to enhancing the game’s technical performance. The game’s performance mode, running at 60 frames per second, is impressively smooth overall, with only occasional minor hitches lasting for a fraction of a second in crowded areas. The smooth frame rate greatly enhances the gunplay, which can sometimes feel a bit twitchy. Additionally, the dynamic 4K resolution significantly improves the overall visual experience, making everything look better than ever.

From an artistic standpoint, this video game can be visually unappealing. It’s safe to say that the visuals were less than impressive back in 2015, and unfortunately, they haven’t aged well. The human character models leave much to be desired, with their lackluster facial features and lifeless expressions. The lip-syncing and facial animations are particularly disappointing.

In summary

The core gameplay loop of Fallout 4 remains strong, despite the fact that the surrounding adventure is starting to show its age, nearly ten years after its initial release. The addition of a smooth 60-fps performance mode will surely please many returning players. Roaming through post-apocalyptic Boston can still provide some enjoyment, especially with the reliable V.A.T.S. system at your disposal. However, it is undeniable that open-world games have made significant progress since the release of Fallout 4, which some may argue already felt outdated even at its launch in 2015.


  • The open-world design is both dense and engaging
  • Engaging progression systems that keep you hooked
  • V.A.T.S. continues to impress
  • The performance on PS5 is impressively smooth
  • Significantly decreased loading times
  • Several poignant narrative moments
  • The soundtrack creates a captivating atmosphere


  • Shows signs of significant deterioration in various aspects
  • Unremarkable side quests and forgettable characters
  • Lacking depth in the realm of role-playing
  • An abundance of mundane tasks
  • The character models are visually unappealing

Good 7/10

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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Review





Star Wars is one of the few pop culture franchises that won’t die. Andor shows that even in the galaxy far, far away, good stories can be told. After the controversial Star Wars Battlefront 2, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order delivered a great game. Star Wars games are better three-and-a-half years later.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, like God of War Ragnarok, may appear like a retread, but play it to find how much better it is. Cal Kestis’ story continues with new planets, side content, and quality of life improvements. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is one of the franchise’s best games.


Our brief review process always agreed. We only confirmed it 24 hours ago. Before a Day 0 patch, frame rate drops and screen tearing were severe. We loved the experience, but the launch was unacceptable. Version 1.02 saved Star Wars Jedi: Survivor in the final hour.

Performance Mode now mostly hits 60 frames per second at 1440p resolution. The occasional frame rate drop is nothing compared to what was standard before. Screen tearing is also gone.

However, the smooth frame rate makes Star Wars Jedi: Survivor easier to enjoy without any issues. Its vast worlds and breezier Dark Souls formula return. The Pyloon’s Saloon on Koboh is your home base for a long list of side content and collectibles.

Cal arrives on the backwaters planet to repair his ship after a story-focused introduction. One of the game’s most satisfying loops is reviving Rambler’s Reach Outpost, which becomes more important later. You can recruit and bring friends to the cantina by doing quests and meeting people. Exploration becomes more rewarding with the promise of new conversations and more missions if you meet a friendly person.


Characters make the story. While your goal of a new Jedi home on Tanalorr is intriguing, it’s the Mantis crew and Pyloon’s Saloon that will make you care. They’re charming, funny, and worth talking to.

Even if you don’t find a new home base, exploration is addictive, giving you one more place to search. With verticality and a large map, you could easily double the 25 hours it takes to beat the story.

Compared to Jedi: Fallen Order, combat hasn’t been expanded, but a new stance system lets you choose a lightsaber and control its use. Dual wielding, twin blades, and blaster use depend on the opponent and number of them. It expands your Force experience.


Meditation Points serve as Bonfires, death resets experience points, and the game has a slightly higher difficulty curve than other action-adventure games. You can customize the experience with multiple difficulty options.

Respawn Entertainment also brings back Metroidvania, teasing later powers and abilities in early areas. Puzzles are challenging and add to the exploration loop. The prize is customizing Cal, BD-1, and your lightsaber.

Star Wars’ quirky dialogue and music complete it. The former is stunning, with film-like tracks. Jedi: Survivor’s best feature is the latter. Before combat, droids and stormtroopers will talk about how they’ll kill the Jedi, only to be stabbed by a lightsaber seconds later. Good stuff.


Visuals aren’t. They’re inconsistent: cutscenes look great but gameplay doesn’t. In-game action could never match the game’s 147GB cutscenes. The PS5 version should support the DualSense controller, but its features are rarely used. Haptic feedback and adaptive trigger resistance rarely occur when using the Force.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, like any good sequel, builds on the first game and improves it. Combat is fun and has more options, exploration is amazing, and Metroidvania puzzles and rewards are satisfying. It adds another crowning moment to 2023.


  • Worthy sequel
  • Fun combat
  • Enchanting discovery
  • Fun puzzles
  • Fantastic cast
  • Music and witty dialogue


  • Minor framerate issues
  • Visuals vary

Excellent 9/10

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The Season 3 DMZ Bundle in Call of Duty Warzone 2 has been labeled as ‘Pay-to-Win’ by some players





Activision is facing criticism once again as players of Call of Duty and Warzone 2 are accusing the company of introducing a “pay-to-win” bundle in the game’s real-money marketplace.

The Season 3 update in DMZ introduced a new progression system, as stated in the patch notes.

  • It appears that the player’s usage of individual operators results in their activation for active duty. It is important to note that despite starting with 3 slots, only one Active Duty slot can be equipped simultaneously by players.
  • It is worth noting that Active Duty Operators possess distinct persistent items, including Exfil Streak, Dog Tag Rarity, Backpack Type, Killstreak, Gas Mask, and Self Revive.
  • It is imperative to note that in the event of a failed exfiltration, the gear, streak, and Dog Tag rarity of the specific Operator responsible will be reset. It is imperative to note that only the mentioned Operators will remain unaffected.


The only way to access more Active Duty Operator Slots and gain an advantage over your competitors is by paying a significant amount of money for exclusive perks. The development was met with disappointment from fans in the game’s subreddit, as anticipated. However, there were also instances of frivolity.

I would like to thank Activision for curing me of my Warzone addiction
by u/TheEternalGazed in CODWarzone

I would like to thank Activision for curing me of my Warzone addiction
by u/TheEternalGazed in CODWarzone

The reaction of the authorities is yet to be observed, considering the update was only released yesterday. Players have listed other grievances in similar threads.


Welcome to the ✨New Era✨ of CoD
by u/aur0n in CODWarzone

All the P2W DMZ benefits IW added with today’s update
by u/TheRealPdGaming in CODWarzone

The question of whether fairness truly exists in the contexts of love and war is a matter of great debate and scrutiny. The question of whether or not these Active Duty Operator Slots can be accurately labeled as pay-to-win is a matter that warrants critical examination.

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