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All posts by Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter

  • Final Fantasy XV breaks records with over 5m units sold

    After 10 years in development, Final Fantasy XV (formerly Final Fantasy Versus XIII) was released on 29 November. It seems like the wait has paid off for Square Enix as over five million units of the game have been sold. According to a press release sent to Gearburn, this makes Final Fantasy XV the fastest-selling title in the series. The game went on to break the record for the number of digital downloads for a day-one release in Japan. In Asia, excluding Japan, it also smashed sales numbers for a combination of physical and digital titles sold on the day of release. Local allocation...

  • Destiny: The Collection [PS4] review: the better Halo collection

    Gamers around the world had high hopes for the FPS MMO, Destiny. The former developers and creators of the Xbox-staple Halo Series, Bungie, was purchased by Activision and were set on creating an online game. After initial mixed reviews, the game has received several expansions and many tweaks. With Destiny 2 arriving in 2017, is now the right time to pick up the first game and its expansions? What’s in the collection? The recently-released Destiny: The Collection is a battle chest that collects all of the Destiny content on the latest generation consoles... to an extent. It includes all of the previously...

  • Stardew Valley has massive price difference between Xbox One, PS4

    The farming and life-sim game Stardew Valley is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but owners of Microsoft's console will pay less for it. Looking at the SA Xbox One pricing, the game is currently on pre-order for R149. On the SA PSN store, however, the same title is selling for R239. This difference gives Xbox owners a R90 advantage over their Sony brethren. The reason for the discrepancy is that the SA Xbox store uses a R10 to US$1 ratio from its US counterpart (US$14.99), while Sony pulls the UK price of £11.99 at an almost R20 to £1 ratio. It's not the...

  • Stardew Valley is coming to Xbox One, PS4 mid-December

    Indie darling farming and life simulator, Stardew Valley is finally making its way to home consoles. Well, only the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Announced in a blog post on the Stardew Valley website, the game will release on PS4 in North America on 13 December. The European PS4 edition and will be available on 14 December, along with a worldwide release on Xbox One. What is interesting to note is that the game won't be available on the Nintendo Wii U. Instead, developer Eric Barone says that they will be developing a version for the Nintendo Switch, which is releasing next year. "I do want...

  • Batman: Return to Arkham [Xbox One] review: at least it doesn’t have Jared Leto

    When Warner Bros. Interactive and Rocksteady Studios released Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2009, it blew away the minds of gamers around the world. It was the first true Batman video game. The sequel, Batman: Arkham City, released two years later to another collective of blown minds, upped the ante compared to the original. Now, updated versions of the games have been released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but does the Dark Knight strike again, or is this collection just a Killing Joke? The story behind both games is simple enough and they share basic plot ideas. Something has gone wrong in Arkham...

  • There was a Silent Hill arcade game and it’s gloriously terrible

    Remember the survival horror series Silent Hill? Yes, that one that broke ground in the horror genre with its first and second games. While Konami tries to forget that it exists, we remember all of the titles from the franchise; even the arcade game. And, yes, it's as bad as you think it is. Silent Hill: The Arcade was released in 2007 in Japan and later in 2008 in Europe. It's a two-player on-rails light-game shooter, much like House of the Dead or Virtua Cop. Remember when Silent Hill was all about psychological horror and the torment of the protagonist? Yeah,...

  • A look at No Man’s Sky’s Foundation Update: excellent post-game content

    After nine weeks of waiting, we finally have our hands on the latest update for No Man's Sky. While previous patches have tried to fix numerous bugs or re-balance certain aspects, the Foundation Update is the first one to truly incorporate new features. Once the 2.7GB update is downloaded and installed, the game will present players with the option to play one of the three game modes: Normal, Survival, or Creative. For my first evening of Foundation Update play, I decided to stick with Normal. It's the standard version of the game and I'd already put many hours into No...

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition [Xbox One] review: old familiar

    Five years after its initial release, Bethesda has re-released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on current generation consoles (and PC once more) with a new lick of paint. Is this the RPG you should be picking up for the holiday season, or throwing it into a dragon's hellfire? If you're reading this then there's a good chance you've already played some of Skyrim. In fact, you probably just want to know if it's worth the extra cash for this "upgraded" version. Let’s get one thing straight: this is identical to 2013's release of Skyrim: Legendary Edition in content. It includes the base...

  • No Man’s Sky update 1.11 adds base building, freighters and more

    After nine weeks of silence, Hello Games has released a brand new update for the divisive No Man's Sky. Dubbed The Foundation Update (it's actually 1.11), the 2.7GB patch on the PlayStation 4 brings with it a slew of features. The update includes the long-requested feature of base building. Players are now able to build their own homes on any planet and equip these structures with hydroponics, research and development areas, launchpads, and more. Read more: No Man’s Sky player numbers jump after ‘Foundation Update’ No Man's Sky players will also be able to construct save points anywhere, as well as mining...

  • Sleeping Dogs, Burnout Paradise are December Xbox Games with Gold

    Microsof thas unveiled their next batch of games in the Xbox Games with Gold programme. For the month of December, there are some pretty great titles. First up, and available for the whole of the month is Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition. This underrated open-world crime simulator was originally released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but was later remastered for the Xbox One and Playstation 4. It focuses more on hand-to-hand combat and a justice meter than the all-out violence of the likes of Saints Row and Grand Theft Auto. The second title on Xbox One is the horror title...