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  • Nintendo 3DS receives stability firmware update 11.2.0-35, adds nothing new

    Just over a month after its previous 11.1.0-34 update, Nintendo has released a brand new firmware for the handheld console. What does this new update add? This new update, simply named 11.2.0-35, brings with it a range of no new features. In fact, it includes the only thing that's been present in the previous 13 updates: "System stability improvements and other adjustments." That's according to Nintendo's support page for the console range. Given the slew of these same updates, Nintendo is more than likely trying to block illegal software from running on the system. Just four days after the release of 11.1.0-34, the modding community...

  • BioShock: The Collection [Xbox One] review: whose your Big Daddy?

    Saying the Bioshock series is widely loved and highly regarded is an understatement. The trilogy was a darling of the previous gaming generation and one the fans still rave about. Now, Irrational Games has brought the series to the current generation of consoles, but will long-time fans find anything new here? From the outside, the Bioshock trilogy is a mix of horror, beauty, and all-out death. All of the games have you taking on the role of an almost lone hero as you mow down foe after foe with a range of weapons and special powers. They're dark, gritty, and cartoony...

  • Quest of Dungeons review [3DS]: brutal roguelike gaming on the go

    Indie game Quest of Dungeons, from Upfall Studios, has finally made its way to the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U after being released on a range of other platforms. With so many AAA titles out this month, is Quest of Dungeons really worth your time? Quest of Dungeons is a roguelike RPG that has you venturing through randomly generated dungeons in order to defeat an end-game boss. The story is simplistic in a "kill the bad guy" kind of way, and you don't need anything deeper than that. It does come with two pre-created stories and a random mode, but I feel as...

  • Breath of Fire 1 and 2 available on Nintendo 3DS

    Relive Capcom's glory days with their signature JRPG series, Breath of Fire. Yes, the first two entries in the game franchise that's dropped off the face of the Earth (like so many other Capcom titles) is now available on the Nintendo eShop. Breath of Fire was originally released on the Super Nintendo in 1993. The game set up the series' tradition of naming the main character Ryu and having him turn into a dragon. It was followed by a direct sequel in 1994, Breath of Fire II, which takes place 500 years after the original game. The last console release in the...

  • ReCore review [Xbox One]: more like ReBore

    Microsoft’s latest "Windows 10 and Xbox One" exclusive, ReCore, is a title that not only showed promise, but one that had gamers salivating when it first appeared at E3 2015. The final product is anything but a steaming pile of garbage. ReCore’s story stars Joule -- a clever pun for the game -- who wakes up to find that she’s the only person on a desert planet. Well, it may be a desert, but it’s not deserted. The world is inhabited by all sorts of robots who were supposed to be terraforming the land to make it, basically, the next Earth. Our...

  • Xbox One bundle drops to R4999 for limited time

    The Xbox One has been available in South Africa for two years. To celebrate this, the official distributor, Prima Interactive, is putting the console on special for a limited time. For R4999 you'll be able to pick up an Xbox One 500GB model with an additional controller, a copy of FIFA 17, and a 3-month subscription to Xbox Live. There is a 1TB version available for R5799. "This opens up the opportunity to play on Xbox Live and experience the best online service. The three month Live Gold subscription includes four free Xbox games per month on the Games with Gold program,"...

  • Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past review [3DS]: one of the best JRPGs ever

    There’s a distinct lack of traditional JRPGs in this modern age of re-invented consoles and hyper-realistic graphics. One series that has stayed true to its roots is Dragon Quest. Finally, after 16 years, English fans will be able to experience one of the most epic gaming tales ever: Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past. The game originally debuted on the PlayStation 1 and has now been remastered for the Nintendo 3DS console. Well, it's only just been localised for English audiences and was in fact released in Japan three years ago. Fans in the 'Western' market have been clamouring...

  • Nintendo 3DS receives stability firmware update 11.1.0-34

    After four months, Nintendo has released a new firmware update for the 3DS family of consoles. The new update, 11.1.0-34E, only brings with it some stability fixes. As stated in the Support section of the Nintendo website, this update contains: "Further improvements to overall system stability, system security and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user's experience." Read more: Nintendo 2DS and New Nintendo 3DS: the cheapest consoles in SA right now If you're still running 11.0.0-33E or older, you'll need to update the system in order to access online functionality, such as the Internet Browser or eShop. This new update should...

  • ReCore preview [Xbox One]: there may be a gem in here somewhere

    Microsoft’s latest exclusive title, ReCore, is a game that's been somewhat hidden from the public eye since its 2015 E3 announcement. ReCore is finally heading for release later this week, but will the game actually be worth all of your hard-earned cash? Upon first starting ReCore, you'll immediately be flooded with visions of Mad Max or Borderlands (minus the gun loot). The game takes place in a desert populated by rocks, caves, and chasms, with the local fauna consisting of robotic creatures out to kill you. The majority of these beasts look a bit like rejects from the Reboot TV...

  • The Last Guardian delayed yet again

    Who didn't see this coming? The Last Guardian -- a game that was announced in 2009 -- has been delayed again. At least, this time, it's only for a few months. Announced earlier today on the US PlayStation Blog, president of SCE Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, writes: "The Last Guardian development team is fast approaching major milestones in production and has made the tough decision to delay the release of The Last Guardian a few weeks. The Last Guardian will launch on December 6, 2016." This will be a blow to fans who've been waiting all of these years to play the...