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Game Review: Dragon Age Origins (Xbox 360/Xbox One) + Vote for the Summer 2018 Giveaway!

For my first game review for this blog, I thought I’d start with a game from one of my favorite franchises, Dragon Age!

I played Dragon Age: Origins around the time it was released in 2009, but I recently played it again. I’m thinking of having another go as we speak! Dragon Age: Origins is the game that first got me interested in RPG. BioWare’s been one of my favorite developers since.

If you haven’t played Dragon Age: Origins, I’m wondering where you’ve been for all this time! It’s from 2009 so the graphics aren’t amazing (they get better as the series goes on), but the game play and story are great. Depending on which character you pick, the story has slight differences tailored to you. It has several “origin” stories for the characters, hence the name. I’ve played all of them (there’s an achievement and its just fun).

Once you’ve gotten past the origin story and introduction to Ferelden and the plot, you can have a party of four (3 companions and you). Companions can be romanced (but some can only be romanced by certain character types, like human or elf.) Each of the companions has a unique personality and story. When on adventures, decisions you make affect your status with them. If they hate you too much, they can leave. If you max out their love for you, you can romance with them.  I always fall into the trap of romancing Alistair (not sorry).

There are plenty of side quests, including companion side quests. Some of the companions are featured in later Dragon Age games, either by mention or appearance.

The console version of the game features a Mass Effect style radial menu. The open world isn’t massive, but it has quite a few locations. For the most part, you can complete quests in whatever order you want until you begin to enter the end game.

There are a few different endings, I won’t give details except that some involve living, whilst others involve dying.

Overall: Dragon Age: Origins is an amazing game and I will continue to play it and other Dragon Age series games. If you want a traditional RPG game with a great story, and some ability to affect outcomes, this is the game for you.

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Xbox One Review: Astro A40s with Mixamp

Hey everyone! I’ve been wanting to do another review for gaming but I wasn’t sure what to do. However, my boyfriend owns the Astro A40s with mixamp for Xbox One so I figured I could do a review on those. I’ve used his A40s before so this review is based on my experience and his. I interviewed him about his Astros while we played Black Ops III.

Disclaimer: My boyfriend paid full price for this gaming headset. I’m reviewing this because I think it would be nice to help other gamers make informed decisions. We are not receiving any kind of incentive for doing this review. However, the Amazon link in this article is an affiliate link. If you purchase through there, I will receive a small commission that helps pay for this site. 

Me: How much did your Astro A40s cost?

Him: 80 Great British Pounds (GBP), 200 pounds with the mixamp

80 GBP = about $100 USD

200 GBP = about $250 USD

Prices may be different now.

This headset is wired, not wireless.

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Me: How many gaming headsets have you owned overall? Not just Astros

Him: I’ve owned about 20 different ones.

Me: What brand do you consider the best in general for gaming?

Him: Astro is definitely the best.


When I was visiting my boyfriend, I played his Xbox One using the Astro A40s and the experience was great! The sound quality is honestly amazing and I really enjoyed how comfortable the headset was.

Here are some Pros about the A40s:

  • Comfortable
  • Holds well on your head
  • Soft Material on the inside, durable material on the outside
  • You can hear footsteps and other in-game noises (A MUST for Call of Duty)
  • Detachable Mic

Here are some Cons are the A40s:

  • The Price; even without the Mixamp these are on the high-end price point
  • Expensive to Repair
  • If worn for too long, it can irritate your head if you have sensitive head/scalp


If you’re a serious gamer, I would highly-recommend this headset. However, if you’re more of a casual gamer, it might be better to go for a cheaper headset, if you want to save money. If you’re buying this headset for a kid, I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who breaks things easily because this is a pricey headset.

Last year, I reviewed the Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50x. Read the review here. It’s a much cheaper but average headset. Not too expensive, not too fancy.

Me: Sooooo, what’s the point of the mix amp? Like, what does it do? Is it good?
Him: Yeah, it’s great. It improves sound quality. There’s a bunch of different features like surround sound, adding more bass and adjusting the sound between the game and the chat to name a few.

Me: If someone could only buy one: a good controller or a good headset, which would you recommend?

Him: Definitely the headset. You don’t need an expensive controller to play well. It’s about finger movement. However, having a really good headset will improve anyone’s game skill.


Well, there you have it! Now I’m off to work on the Scuf Infinity Controller review…. 🙂

What headset do you have? Do you currently have Atros? Let me know below! Is there something you want me to review? Comment below!

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Xbox One Review: Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50x Gaming Headset

Note: I did NOT receive this product for free or at a discount. I bought this full price on my own because I needed a new headset for gaming. I am doing this review to provide information for other consumers.

Disclaimer: I am using Amazon affiliate links. If you do decide to buy this product, the small amount of commission will help me pay for this blog and keep doing reviews to help others. If not, I completely understand. Either way, I hope this post helps you make a decision that’s right for you. The links to Turtle Beach and Best Buy are NOT affiliate links. 

UPDATE: 4/15/2017. I still use these and they still work great! 🙂 Been over a year.

For three years, I used a different Turtle Beach headset. It was $60, had a tooooon of cords that constantly got tangles (which lead to it’s demise) but it was not a bad headset. I got it a few months after I started gaming with my Xbox 360.

But, the tangled cords sucked and pulled the wires to the point where they would not work. Now, I have a new Turtle Beach headset and I am playing on Xbox One. Onto the review!

Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50x
Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50x


  • Color: green
  • Brand: Turtle Beach
  • 40mm Neodymium speakers
  • Over-the-ear with synthetic leather
  • Noise isolation (I love this)
  • In-line remote to adjust sound and mute
  • Lightweight

Being the poor college student I am, I had to find an affordable gaming headset that could offer me:

  • Minimum cordage (is that a word?)
  • The ability to hear footsteps in Call Of Duty
  • A price less than $50
  • A brand that I trusted
  • Comfortable fit

Naturally, I looked to Amazon first. I started researching gaming headsets and stumbled upon the Recon 50x ones. After reading a lot of reviews and checking the price elsewhere, I decided to purchase them from Amazon. I have two-day shipping so that was a plus.

The current price is $30.99. View the product here. If I remember correctly, the price i paid was around $29 but I could be wrong.


  • Only ONE cord! The sole cord plugs directly into the Xbox One controller (or the adapter if you have the older controller version like me) This is great because I can sit on my lofted bed in my dorm and I don’t have any problems from the cord being plugged into the TV. This is also a plus because there are no wires to get tangled and pulled apart like my last Turtle Beach headset.
  • I can hear everything! I can hear the footsteps of my enemies (and loud teammates who don’t use dead silence) in Black Ops 3. I can watch Netflix without bothering my roommate. Of course, I can hear all kinds of sounds in my other games too! With my last headset, I was not able to hear footsteps or in-game sounds because I was missing some adapter I needed for my Xbox 360. With this headset, I don’t have to worry about an adapter or anything. This is my favorite feature.
Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50x
Easily change the volume level and mute your mic
  • The price is low. Compared to other headsets of equal/greater quality, this headset is a cheap price (but not cheap itself). I have a job but when I bought this headset, I did not so I was using what little money I had. Even now, it’s less than $50.
  • A brand that I trust. Since my previous gaming headset was Turtle Beach, I trust this brand. If you’re a casual gamer, I would definitely recommend Turtle Beach. While this headset isn’t nearly as expensive as the Astros my boyfriend (he’s a serious gamer) has, Turtle Beach does make more expensive headsets also, that meet Astros price and with similar quality.
  • Comfortable fit. This headset is very comfortable with cushioning over the ear pieces. But occasionally, it hasn’t happened but twice in 4-5 months, the headset pushes against my glasses which cause my outside, upper earlobe to ache a little. It’s not really that bad and once I adjust the headset, it’s perfectly fine. But I did want to put that in there in case any of you wear glasses.
  • Detachable microphone. I did not have a preference as to whether or not the microphone came off but it does on the Recon 50x. My last headset did not have a detachable microphone but I like it. I can eat my snacks without food getting on the microphone. I used to be a very social gamer but lately I don’t chat much so I like being able to take it out.The microphone is stiff at first and I was scared to break it but once you bend it, it’s fine.
  • Comes with a free sticker.  I know this isn’t really important to most people but I love when companies give out free stickers, I collect them!
Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50x
Free sticker!


  • The glasses issue. I mentioned above a second ago. This really isn’t that big of a deal, if I happens a lot then I would be concerned but only twice doesn’t bother me. And it’s an easy fix.
  • Controller problem. Recently, I bought a wired controller from Game Stop. This is a newer version so it doesn’t need the adapter. The headset was working fine with the controller but randomly it stopped projecting sound. I honesty don’t know if it’s the controller or the headset but I am leaning toward the controller. The headset works perfect in my wireless controller that came with the Xbox. I just thought I would note it in case you have this controller.


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Comments! What did you like about my post? What gaming headset do you use? Do you have an Xbox one? Let me know 🙂

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