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All posts by Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter

Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter
Graham started out as an electronics manager at Take2 Home Entertainment and went on to spend a further ten years in the South African ecommerce industry. During this time, Graham founded and managed an online geek and hobby shop. He has always had a passion for writing and has contributed to a number of geek publications. When not writing short fiction, Graham can be found playing video games and reading comics.
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS4) first impressions: Wow, what a mansion

    The day is finally upon us as Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is unleashed upon the world. It marks the first core title in the Resident Evil series since 2014 and one that is vastly different to almost every previous entry. I've played around two hours of Resident Evil 7, but the question is, what do I think of it so far? Firstly, Resident Evil 7 is not a game for kids. Seriously, do not purchase this for your children due to its intensely graphic scenes and terror-inducing gameplay. As you've probably seen from numerous developer interviews and advertising, the game returns to...

  • Resident Evil: play the games in this order

    The first Resident Evil video game was a defining moment in the survival horror genre (besides Alone in the Dark, of course). While the majority of zombie media before it chronicled different undead outbreaks, the Resident Evil series went beyond that to the cause of humans turning into flesh-eating monsters, which was usually the Umbrella Corporation. Capcom found a cash cow that fans adored, and boy has it been milked to death (pun intended). Resident Evil has been going semi-strong for 21 years. While there have been other contenders rising up to try and take the mantle (like Silent Hill,...

  • Kingdom Hearts: play them in this order

    With Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue launching at the end of January, and Kingdom Hearts III coming sometime in the future (maybe?), it's probably time to jump into the series. The problem with the Kingdom Hearts series is that the games aren't released in chronological order. Kingdom Hearts is a series that can be confusing as hell to newcomers and it spans multiple console platforms (as well as smartphones). Sure, when you boil it down you'll be traversing through a number of worlds and meeting all sorts of iconic characters from Disney and Square Enix, but the story really...

  • Final Fantasy XIV’s 3.5 patch adds a tonne of content, changes

    It's time to download a new patch for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and while it only weighs in at just over 900MB (on PS4), the update adds an incredible amount to the game. Firstly, if you don't have it yet, go and purchase the Heavensward expansion right now. Why? The new patch adds a slew of content to said expansion. Entitled The Far Edge of Fate, patch 3.5 adds a range of new high-level quests (Diabolos is back!), beast tribe quests, side-stories, and more goodies for the taking. There are also a slew of gameplay and UI tweaks in order to make the...

  • Halo Wars 2 on PC is getting a physical release (seriously)

    Microsoft was once the king of physical releases for PC games, but in recent years that has tapered off. Now, the company is partnering with THQ Nordic to bring out a boxed version of Halo Wars 2 for the PC crowd. Announced yesterday, not only will Halo Wars 2 be contained on four DVDs in an actual physical box, but will include access to the Xbox One edition via Microsoft's Xbox Play Anywhere programme. Halo Wars 2 will be receive a physical release on PC, spread over several DVDs Much like the Xbox One edition, the PC version will be released as both...

  • You really should be playing Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

    Turning not only one but two mainline Final Fantasy games into massively multiplayer online experiences is pretty crazy, right? Right. Except, that it’s not and may be some of the most interesting moves that Square Enix has ever done. Over the past few weeks I’ve been neck-deep in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and it may just be one of the best entries in the series. During the past decade or so I've been hesitant about MMO games due to bad and bland experiences (I’m looking at you, World of WarCraft and Lord of the Rings Online), but after...

  • Yup, the glacier white PS4 ‘slim’ model is coming to SA

    In an announcement from local PlayStation distributor Ster-Kinekor, the company revealed that the 'Glacier White' version of the PS4 'slim' will be making its way to the country. It will be available in South Africa "towards the end of February". Using the model number CUH-2000 series, the system will be identical to the standard 'slim' model, but with a white finish to the console and packed-in controller. A white version of the original PS4 form factor was previously released. Though the specifications in the press release mention both a 500GB and 1TB model, only the former has been given an RRP for South Africa, coming in...

  • Lego Worlds launching 24 February in South Africa

    The recently announced (at least for console) Lego Worlds will be making its way over to South Africa on 24 February. While Minecraft has been popular for years and is often thought of as the open-world Lego game, it seems the Danish brick company has other plans. The new title is their own answer to Minecraft and will allow users to build almost anything they can imagine (as long as Lego manufactures the specific pieces, of course). It is currently in early access on Steam for R159. Once the final game is released, users will be able to upgrade to the full version for...

  • Xbox One crimson limited edition controller review: a bloody piece of kit

    With Gears of War 4 being an exceptional entry into the Gears of War franchise -- and Microsft loving its themed controllers -- it was obvious that the Xbox One would receive a GoW4 themed controller. The question is, is this a controller for the fans or just a bloody mess? Right off the bat, the controllers comes with little fanfare. Included in the box are two AA batteries for first-time use -- you're still going to need additional batteries or a rechargeable pack -- and the usual pile of manuals and safety leaflets that absolutely no one reads. It does include a download...

  • Farming Simulator 17 [Xbox One] review: Old MacDonald had a clunky farm

    There’s pretty much a game for everyone. From simulating railroads and buses to dating pigeons. For those of with a green thumb and a lack of imagination, there's Farming Simulator 2017. For those of you who have played games with farming aspects, such as Harvest Moon or even Minecraft, the Farming Simulator series is a whole lot different. In fact, it's an incredibly deep simulation tool with some odd (read:bland) design choices. If you're not willing to sink hours of your life selling freshly harvested wheat to bakeries, then this may not be for you. Did you expect this to have...