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All posts by Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter

  • 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...

  • Microsoft pushes Windows 10 Xbox app update

    On Thursday, Microsoft announced an update to the Xbox Windows 10 app as well as the release of a beta version. The beta app will work in a similar way to their Xbox preview programmes. Users of the app will now be able to input text on the Xbox One, which includes the use of keyboards, touchpads, and more. According to the posting, this was the most requested feature from Xbox Feedback. Other features included in the update bring it in alignment with that of the Xbox One and Xbox 360. Previous features which required a manual refresh to update the information --...

  • Xbox 360 receives new system update, adds Xbox One features

    In a post today on Xbox representative Major Nelson’s blog, Microsoft unveiled a new Xbox 360 firmware update and what changes it will bring to its previous-generation gaming system. Firstly, 360 owners will receive 2GB of cloud storage for game saves. "Use your cloud storage to save the game saves you want to bring with you on Xbox One and Xbox One Compatible games," the post states. Read more: South Africa’s Xbox One Elite 1TB bundle price announced The Xbox 360 is now able to connect to locations requiring Terms of Use acceptance, such as hospitals and hotels. Users will be required to...

  • Apple iPad Pro announced, barely mentions iPad mini 4

    On Wednesday, Apple held its annual conference dedicated to everything utilising the mobile iOS operating system. Apart from a Watch refresh, new iPhone 6S series, and Apple TV, the company announced two new additions to the iPad family: the iPad Pro and iPad mini 4. The California-based tech giant dedicated a large portion of its event to the iPad Pro and showed off a multitude of features the device boasts. Apple has created a tablet range for professionals and looks to take on the uber high-end range. All of the specifications shown have yet to be tested under real-world situations. Firstly, the iPad...

  • Microsoft announces Xbox One Elite Bundle with 1TB SSD, Elite controller

    Microsoft has just announced its plans for a new Xbox One SKU. Accompanying a myriad of themed-bundles and the standard 1TB console, the company will also be releasing an Elite Bundle. The new Elite console doesn't have any different internal components (that we know of) except for a 1TB solid state hybrid drive. According to Major Nelson's blog, the system will store "frequently-accessed files on a solid state partition and optimizes system performance so you can get to the action up to 20 percent faster from energy-saving mode." The Elite console will come in a fully matte finish, as opposed to the current...

  • Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut review: it’s hip to be cubed

    Valve's Portal was the unintentional gem of the Half-Life Orange Box. The title was a sleeper hit and soon everyone -- gamers and non-gamers alike -- were singing the lines to "Still Alive." It's been a while since we last had an entry in the series, and Portal's presence in LEGO Dimensions will take a while to hit us. Will Q.U.B.E., a first-personal Portal-esque game soothe our savage and ravenous needs? Developed by a small UK-based game studio, Toxic Games, this is actually a re-release of the original Q.U.B.E. The 'Director's Cut' includes a brand new story, voice acting, time-trial, and soundtrack...

  • Local game ‘Jungle Beat’ claims top spot on South Africa iTunes Store

    Locally developed video game Jungle Beat reached the number one spot on iTunes South Africa's top paid game apps. What makes the achievement unique is not just the game's local roots, but it is also based off of a pre-existing licence. Jungle Beat is a platforming game aimed at all ages. Each stage has the player collecting bananas and letters to complete the word "BEAT". While doing so, they will play as various animals, which all have their own unique play style and ability. Managing Director of Sunrise Productions, Tim Keller, elaborates on the mechanics: The Jungle Beat game is a puzzle platformer...