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  • Halo 5: Guardians review: what Xbox One fans have been waiting for

    Guns, aliens, friends, and music: this is Halo's guts and what keeps players coming back for more. The core series has finally debuted on Microsoft’s latest console, but will it be the killer app and must-have game the platform is in so dire need of? With many people not having a stable internet connection to tackle multiplayer, or the capacity to download said 9GB portion of the game, we decided to focus mostly on the single player aspect of Halo 5: Guardians for this review. While our embargo from Microsoft stated we aren't allowed to talk about anything past the...

  • PlayStation 4 price drops to R5499 in South Africa

    PlayStation South Africa has today announced a R500 price drop on the PlayStation 4. This comes after last week's announcement that the PlayStation 4 was dropping by US$50 in the US. There is a catch though, as the price drop will only affect the 500GB PlayStation 4 units. Originally priced at R5999.99, the new 500GB price point will sit at R5499.99. We've previously seen the price of these consoles drop to the same price on special at select outlets, but this will cement the price point just in time for the Christmas season. “We are delighted to deliver the PS4 system...

  • Transformers: Devastation review: certified Michael Bay free

    There comes a time in everyone's life when they just want to sit down and smash some robots with other robots. No? Maybe that's just me. Transformers: Devastation allows players to play out an epic showdown between the Autobots and the evil Decepticons in an all out brawl. Created as an advertisement for the original toyline, the Transformers have been around for decades and most of their games have been pretty boring. Devastation looks to try change that as it harkens back to the days of G1 and ignores the new TV shows or Michael Bay's everything-will-explode-and-I-love-Shia-LaBeouf movies. Right away the game feels...

  • A Day In The Woods receiving Halloween update

    South African indie puzzle mobile game A Day in the Woods will be receiving its own Halloween update. You'll be able to play this gem with some interesting spooky costumes. Each character in RetroEpic's game will have their very own Halloween-themed outfit, such as Little Red dressed as a witch and the bear as a fairy. The general playing area will follow suit with a Halloween background, pumpkins outside of houses, and the woodsman looking like Jason Voorhees. The update will be free to all owners of the game and will be available from 22 October. In a press release sent...

  • Raru vs. Takealot: the Xbox One bundle deals

    Today, we're looking at Xbox One consoles from two of South Africa's largest online retailers Raru and Takealot. With Microsoft soon releasing the New Xbox One Experience interface and Xbox 360 backwards compatibility, now may be one of the best times to pick up an Xbox One console. We've excluded the standalone Xbox One console with 500GB hard drive as the Gears of War bundle has replaced it as the entry-level option. Unfortunately, we've had to include the Kinect bundle, but don't bother picking up one of those. Ever. The reason we chose Raru and Takealot is because of their history....

  • Space Hulk lets you serve the Emperor on PlayStation 3, PS Vita

    Games Workshop's best-selling board game Space Hulk will be heading to Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on 23 October. Based on the 2013 version of the Space Hulk video game, the title will be releasing in Europe and Australia. While the game isn't listed on any local ecommerce websites, it should hopefully appear on the South African PlayStation Network store in the future. Developed by Full Control and co-published by Funbox Media Limited and HR Games, Space Hulk closely follows the board game it is based off. Players control Space Marine Terminators as they battle the xenomorphic Tyranid Genestealers in...

  • Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition coming to Xbox One, PS4

    One of 2014's sleeper hits, the cRPG Divinity: Original Sin is not only receiving an Enhanced Edition with numerous gameplay tweaks but will be making its way to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well. Both consoles are in need to couch co-op titles and Divinity looks to fill that gap. One of the biggest features in this new console parts is that of a dynamic split-screen. Players will journey in one screen, but at any point can split from the other and the screen will divide into two. Once split, player A will be able to journey through a dungeon...

  • Humble Monthly Bundle offers a digital gaming package every month

    Humble Bundle is known for its regular 'pay-what-you-want' video game and book packages, which also help different charities from proceeds. Announced on Thursday, the website will now be selling their own digital version of the Loot Crate system, entitle Humble Monthly Bundle. Each bundle will cost US$12 per month, which is R166.75 using the current South African exchange rate. As with the general Humble Bundle pricing structure, a percentage will go to charity, in the case of Monthly Humble Bundle it is set amount of 5%. According to the Monthly Humble Bundle sign-up page, each month subscribers will receive a "highly...

  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain review: does Big Boss deserve his title?

    The Metal Gear series has a deliciously convoluted and robust lore -- it's what keeps players like myself coming back for more. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (MGSV: TPP) looks to finish the magnum opus story started almost thirty years ago. MGSV: TPP is a long game, a very long game. I was hoping to play through the entirety of the main story before reviewing it, but after 70 hours of gameplay, I've only managed to finish the first act and a lot of side content, which means a complete review of the story isn't going to happen...

  • NBA 2K16 review: dribble some balls in this year’s basketball update

    This year's release of NBA 2K16 sees a more polished basketball experience with some excellent additions. How does the latest version stack up against previous years' and is it worth the asking price? 2K Games has put a lot of effort into creating NBA 2K16. While the game is a yearly upgrade, there are several aspects which differentiate it from previous years. There's a story mode The most stand-out feature -- and an improvement -- in NBA 2K16 is the MyCareer mode, which features a career driven storyline. Players are able to create an avatar and use it during the story. Co-created...