Dragon War ELE-G4 Phantom Gaming Mouse Unboxing

Dragon War Phantom Unbox My Dragon War Thor mouse started giving out. The mouse still works fine expect that sometimes it tends to double click instead of single click and when I'm working on something in photoshop or video editing or even just managing files, it can be a huge inconvenience. It was about time I got a new mouse.

Just a short little unboxing video of the Dragon War Phantom gaming mouse that I got at Datablitz for 1795php.

Here's the product info that I got from the Dragon War site.

Features: Ergonomic design for professional gamer Gaming Mouse with Performing Capability Powered by 5600 DPI Precision Laser Engine Suitable for almost every surface Adjusted Sensor Resolution of 800/1600/3200/5600 DPI Turning Weight-in Design Offers the Perfect Feel Gold-plated USB Connector for a Reliable Transmission Integrity Mouser Cable Length 1.8 meters (with Braided Fibre Cable) Gaming mouse with 10 control buttons Adjustable Length to Suit Your Hand Size and Grip Style Precision Aim Mode that Will Hit Your Target the First Time Designated Configuration Panel:

Assign Your Choice of Key Gaming Actions to Programmable Buttons to Create Your Own Custom Profiles Resolution: 800/ 1600/ 3200/ 5600 dpi Interface: USB Dimension: W110 x D100 x H36 mm

Package Contents: Dragon War Phantom Mouse User Manual Dragon War Sticker Spare Foots – 4 Pairs

Music by Em-One I Ain't Wastin' No More Time (Game Grumps)

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes released early in the Philippines

Metal Gear Solid GZ Just like the previous Metal Gear Solid games, we go bonkers when it's close to release day. The prequel to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is planned for a March 18 release but folks over in the Philippines was able to get the game as early as March 14. Why? Heck, if only I had the answer to that one. 

On March 14, Datablitz, considered as the go-to place to get your original video games, announced on their Facebook that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was now available for purchase.

Datablitz Metal Gear Solid

While everybody was ecstatic that the latest Metal Gear Solid game is now out, we wondered how it was released almost a week before release.

Games One Gadget, or also known as iTech, also announced the game is now on sale in their branches on the same day.

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I'm sure you're wondering at this point what's the big deal? Yes, it's a good thing we get the game a week earlier than the rest of the world, but did they  really break the street date(Release date)? That's not good for the game industry taking the Philippines seriously.

Products always have marketing strategies and they have a reason a specific product will be released on a given date. Let's say Konami isn't happy with official retails breaking release dates, they wouldn't be that excited to do any future business here. This isn't the first time, and it probably won't be that big of a deal, but this would provide a bad image for the community here. If they do have permission to release a game that early from the publishers and developers, awesome, but what if they didn't? These kinds of moves from retailers can ruin the possibility of having video game developers or publishers ever considering the Philippines a possible location to market their games locally. Simply giving them problems like breaking street dates won't make us good friends with them in the long run. Wouldn't it be awesome to have launch parties from the developers/publishers or proper pre-order incentives, yes?

Maybe it was done to maximize sales -  Releasing the product before any official review of the game was released would provide a higher payout since everybody's purchase decision is based on the publisher's marketing and their love of the franchise, not from first-hand experience from other players/reviewers.

Another point is -- It's very erratic on how video games are released in the Philippines. We sometimes get games earlier than others, sometimes a week late, or we get it on the said date with the rest of the world. So where can we get definite information? Release date was the best reference point, but it looks like that can't be the definite source now thanks to this.

When the game was available(March 14) in official stores, no review of the game was released, the game is not even released in Japan and the rest of the world, and the digital copy of the game is not yet available on Xbox Live and PSN. You can't even use the online features or redeem your DLC code because it's not even out. Kotaku just reported that the game was even delayed in Austrailia and New Zealand.

Datablitz's Facebook post on their pre-orders even promotes the known release date.

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There's no definite answer to how Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was released. We asked Datablitz through Facebook but it was a longshot since I doubt their community manager would bother giving an answer. Worth a try.

datablitz chat

That, and I asked  when the Xbox 360 version will be available because it is currently only available on PS3 and PS4.

Nothing to worry about? This is a game that's only around 2 hours long anyways.  Or do you have a theory to why we we're special enough to get the game before the rest of the world?  Sound off on the comments below.


A Pinoy Buyer's Guide to Playstation 4

Sony Philippines Playstation 4 Official Launch It's been more than a month since the Playstation 4 was officially launched in North America. Here in the Philippines, pre-orders were already available for the US Launch Editions of the PS4 and the prices are ranging from Php 28,000 - Php 33,000 depending on which store they pre-ordered. That is almost double the retail price of USD 399 (Php 17,800). Some had their units shipped here from the US by their relatives, or ordered online via Amazon or GameStop. On December 17, Playstation 4 officially launched in South East Asian region. Most of the stores here in the Philippines already started to release PS4 units and accessories yesterday and are only available for those who pre-ordered. Some stores offer walk-in buyers, like EYO in Greenhills. The prices of the units are much closer to the SRP when the Playstation 4 Official Launch here in the Philippines was announced. See the price list I gathered below.


Sony Philippines Official PS4 Launch - January 14, 2014 *Pre-order - 50% downpayment, with extended 1 year warranty and free premium items

  • Playstation 4 unit with DS4 - Php 24,999
  • Playstation 4 unit with DS4 and Camera bundle - Php 26,999
  • Playstation 4 unit with DS4 and Killzone Shadow Fall Bundle - Php 26,899
  • Playstation 4 unit with DS4 and Battlefield 4 Bundle - Php 27,399

For more info visit: Sony Philippines PS4 Pre-order page


Unofficial Playstation 4 Price List *Prices may change depending on the store owners. We will try to update the prices and add more stores.

Playstation 4 Unit with Dualshock 4 and Mono Headset Datablitz - Php 24,595 GameOneGadget / i-Tech - Php 24,595 Toy Kingdom - Php 26,500 AstroPlus - Php 26,500

Playstation 4 with Camera Bundle Datablitz - Php 26,595 GameOneGadget / i-Tech - Php 26,595

Playstation 4 Killzone: Shadow Fall Bundle Datablitz - Php 26,595 GameOneGadget / i-Tech - Php 26,595


Playstation 4 Accessories

Dualshock 4 Controller

Jet Black Datablitz - Php 3,100 GameOneGadget / i-Tech - Php 3,100 Gameline / Game Gizmo - Php 2,895 Magma Red Datablitz - Php 3,295 GameOneGadget / i-Tech - Php 3,295 Gameline / Game Gizmo - Php 2,995 Wave Blue Datablitz - Php 3,295 GameOneGadget / i-Tech - Php 3,295 Gameline / Game Gizmo - Php 2,995

PS4 Camera Datablitz - Php 3,195 Gameline / Game Gizmo - Php 3,195

PS4 Stand Datablitz - Php 1,495 GameOneGadget / i-Tech - Php 1,495

Dualshock 4 Charging Station Datablitz - Php 1,950 GameOneGadget / i-Tech - Php 1,950 Gameline / Game Gizmo - Php 2,595


Store Links: Datablitz GameOneGadget / i-Tech Gameline / Game Gizmo


*If you have information where the PS4 is already available, or updates on the prices mentioned above. Please comment below.

My copy of Splinter Cell: Blacklist came with an invalid CD Key


SplinterCell BlacklistFinalLast Saturday was gloomy. It wasn't raining as hard but I still had that feeling to bunker down for the weekend with a brand new title to tackle. But thanks to my cd key being invalid, I was unable to play my copy of Splinter Cell: Blacklist for 4 days.

I headed to the mall, decided on the PC version of Splinter Cell blacklist and rushed home. After installation, I opened my bag of chips, got myself comfortable and as soon as i typed in the cd key included in the case - invalid cd key. I tried again, 10 more times and nothing. It felt like the dreaded error 37 from Diablo 3 was haunting me again, preventing me from playing a game I've been waiting for a long time. I couldn't register my copy! I've double checked my cd key input, did it slowly, heck even asked a friend to try it for me. Nothing.

It was disappointing, my plans to go all out on the weekend was somewhat ruined. this was my first experience of having a problem with a game 's cd key. why do we still have these kinds of problems?

I then called Datablitz for answers, and what I found out got me troubled. As I was explaining my issue, the clerk stopped me mid sentence and asked me if I got any text message from them? I told them no since I haven't given them my cell number. She thought I was the previous caller a few hours ago complaining about the same problem. Two other people apparently was given invalid cd keys for the pc version of splinter cell blacklist.

Why is this troubling? Because they had copies in their shelves with invalid keys, ready for anybody to pick up. No matter what, it's still an inconvenience. since it's a weekend, the Datablitz clerk said a fix can only be done on Monday (it was Saturday when I called). Nothing could be done. I sucked it up and just stayed patient, assassins creed 3 needs finishing anyway.

as days went by, Datablitz was kind enough though to give me updates in the matter, but with not much detail. Everytime I headed to my pc, my copy of splinter cell blacklist was just there, I just had to find a way to get it working. What can I say, im stubborn that way.

So off I go to the Ubisoft forums to find people with similar issues. It took awhile but I eventually found a thread about it, and the people posting on the thread was interesting.

splinter cell blacklist forums

It was mostly pinoys complaining about the same thing. It's obvious at this point that more than three people who were affected. I wasn't  able to find a fix from this two page thread , but A Ubisoft rep did reply at least, but with the most basic and safe answer:

Ubisoft answer

But don't get me wrong,  only a handful is affected by this. A friend of mine confirmed that his cd key worked and he bought the game the same day I did, but from a different Datablitz branch. The best guess I have to why this happened is there was a bunch of keys not yet activated.

four days later, Datablitz asked me to try my key again and thankfully it registered. I replied asking why was the problem, but of course no response after I've confirmed that my key was good.

What I don't get is why doesn't Datablitz bother to verify their products? Why is there an everyday customer support? Your telling me that when I buy a game on the weekends and I have an issue, my concern will only be processed on Monday? That doesn't seem right. I have this gut feeling that there's a miscommunication with Ubisoft and the suppliers. Hopefully everybody affected was also able to resolve the same issue. For those that haven't? Call them. Annoy the hell out of them. Believe me, it will get things moving faster.

Datablitz has always been my number one choice for picking up video games, but when it comes to pc games? I might have to pass for now.

Out this week: DmC, Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt

DmC_screen This week marks the start of the New Year for gaming. First big title to be released is Ninja Theory's DmC. Also, if you need one more reason to revisit Pandora, the next DLC for Borderlands 2 is set to be released this week.

DmC: Devil May Cry

DmC is set in a parallel universe in the Devil May Cry series, but in short, this is a reboot. A reboot with a new look for Dante but with the good old gameplay seen in previous titles. The hack and slash beat 'em up is out on January 15 for NA, and january 17 for Japan, but for us? We get it on Wednesday. Datablitz announced via their Facebook page that DmC will be available on January 16.

DmCDB Preorder

Pre-ordering the game through Datablitz is still available, but the offer only lasts until the 15th. If you pre-order, you get a Dante shirt, a cellphone case for your iPhone, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note II (What?), and three DLC packs.

These DLC packs are the Bone Pack, Gold Pack, and Samurai Pack:

The Samurai Pack gives a new samurai weapon skin for Dante's axe, scythe , and shotgun. You even get additional orbs to use at the start of the game to upgrade or purchase items or skills.

The Bone pack is another skin set that transforms Dante's weapons in crafted bone weapons. You also get an Orb Harvester character ability that allows the player to gather orbs faster.

Last but not least, the gold pack. It gives yet another skin that turns Dante's axe, scythe, and shotgun into gold. You will also earn the item finder character perk that assists players in finding hidden items.

Datablitz has not given the price for DmC, but they did give a price range from P1,900 - P2100. The game will be released on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 (region-free), with the PC version to be released on a later date.

Borderlands 2: Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt

The third DLC for Borderlands 2 is Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt. This is a campaign add-on which Gearbox highly suggest players to tackle once they finished the game or hit level 30. Included in the DLC will be new missions, new zone, new skins, new enemies, and of course more loot. It will cost you $9.99/ 800 MS points, or free if you purchased the season pass. It will be available for download on January 15.

Oh, and just in case you missed it...

Anarchy Reigns

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The online multiplayer beat 'em up is now available in the Philippines. The game is priced at P1,395 for both PS3 and Xbox360 at Datablitz. Thanks to this game coming out in Japan months ago, we have quite a cheap game that's considered "new" to most gamers.

If you want to see what else is coming in the coming weeks, check out our Q1 2013 post that lists all the big titles coming in the first three months of the year.