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All posts by Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter

  • Resident Evil VII: Biohazard [PS4] review

    During the past decade the Resident Evil franchise has gone through some interesting (read: odd) changes. The shift towards action-heavy titles may have come with decent sales numbers, but it also include splitting the core fanbase who adored the survival horror aspect. Developer and publisher Capcom has taken a huge leap of faith with the latest title, but is it enough to rejuvenate the series? The story starts off relatively simple and is a horror cliché. Ethan's wife disappeared several years before the events of the game and sends him a message to come and find her (Silent Hill 2,...

  • South Africa will be getting the Persona 5 collector’s edition [update]

    In a press release today, Apex Interactive announced that South Africa will be receiving the collector's edition of Persona 5 on PlayStation 4. While I almost never pre-order video games, which is a hot topic due to pre-order culture, I may be breaking my rule for this one. The collector's edition looks quite sexy with its inclusion of a soundtrack CD, 10cm plush keychain of Morgana the Phantom Thieves cat mascot, a 64-page hardcover art book, SteelBook game case, school bag, and a collectable outer box. The outer box is, of course, the strangest piece of collectable content in the box. There is...

  • There’s an Apocalypse Now video game on Kickstarter, seriously

    "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." - Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall) Now that that's out of the way, there's an actual Apocalypse Now video game project up on Kickstarter. What's more, it's from Francis Ford Coppola, the man behind the classic movie (and here social media said 2017 was going to be a rubbish year). In it, players will take on the role of the movie's protagonist, Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) during the Vietnam War. Players won't have to make the same decisions as in the movie and it's about "not being killed, rather than being a...

  • 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...