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  • 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...

  • Mafia III [Xbox One] review: a game of contrasts

    Picture this: your friends and family have been murdered, you’re left for dead and your ties to the Mafia have all but betrayed you. What are you gonna do? Kill everyone for revenge, of course. A story of revenge Okay, so that’s a basic rundown of the latest open-world crime simulator, Mafia III. Set during 1968 in America, the game uses the Vietnam War and counter-culture as the backdrop for this tale. You take on the role of Lincoln Clay, a black man, and recent war veteran and special ops veteran with ties to the Mafia. Upon his arrival in New Bordeaux,...

  • Gears of War 4 [Xbox One] campaign review: a new Fenix rises

    It’s been a long, hard road out of hell, but the story of Marcus Fenix and his fight against the Locusts has come to an end. Now, Microsoft has released a new chapter in the Gears of War saga; the start of a new trilogy of games. Question is, should you play this new title, or stick with the older games? The story of a new group Gears of War 4 takes place 25 years after Gears of War 3 and is actually the fifth title in the series (Judgement being the fourth). The alien-ish menace that once plagued the planet...

  • Nintendo Classic Mini NES review: a little bit of nostalgia

    Oh, Nintendo, how you love to play on our nostalgia and rose-tinted glasses. Not only does the company re-release classic NES titles for every new platform it launches, but it's now come out with a console resembling the original NES (complete with a range of built-in games). The question is, should you purchase this R999 (US$60) little box of childhood memories or leave the nostalgia tucked away at the back of your mind? Announced earlier this year, the Nintendo Classic Mini NES -- we'll call it the Mini NES from here on out -- is packed with 30 "classic" games from the...

  • PlayStation 3: here’s where to buy one online in South Africa

    The PlayStation 3 is one of the best-selling consoles of all time, sitting at over 83-million lifetime sales. With three major hardware revisions under its belt, it's a titan that's stood the gaming test of time. The system also has an exceptional number of games that aren't available on any platform, not to mention its free online play capabilities, built-in Blu-Ray player, and easily upgradeable hard drive. Read more: 6 reasons why the PlayStation 3 is better than the PlayStation 4 You may be wanting to pick up a PlayStation 3 for yourself, and if you don't want to go through the hassle...