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All posts by Matthew Alexander

  • DC’s Injustice 2 story trailer: The rise of Brainiac

    DC's new offering, Injustice 2, directed by Ed Boon and produced by Adam Urbano, continues on from the previous game and will see Batman along with others take on those trying to restore Superman's regime. While the beloved characters are hashing out their personal issues, a new threat looms -- Brainiac. Injustice 2, much like the movies, carry on with DC's dark and dreary themes, showcasing the realities of what it means to be a "hero" and the casualties thereof. The character roster will see the return of many favourites from the previous game along with new characters such as Atrocitus, Gorilla Grodd,...

  • Final Fantasy XV [PS4] review: Is it worth the wait?

    It's been ten years since Square Enix announced the development of PlayStation 3 exclusive, Final Fantasy Versus XIII. In 2012, the title was rebranded to Final Fantasy XV, the next core entry in the critically acclaimed JRPG franchise. After a decade of waiting, should fans be excited about the long-awaited title, or denounce it as their own Final Fantasy? The game follows a close-knit band of friends on their way to get the future king of Lucis to his wife-to-be. Think of The Hangover, but with monsters and less alcohol. Noctis Lucis Caellum, the prince and king-to-be, might not be your favourite...

  • Watch Dogs 2 [PS4] review: a better breed of game

    French developer and publisher Ubisoft released the first Watch Dogs game in 2013, being noted for an extremely divisive reception. Now, the release of Watch Dogs 2 brings with it the hope that Ubisoft has learnt its lessons and actually delivered a game to meet expectations. Following the events of Aiden Pierce in Chicago, the game moves to an entirely new map in San Francisco and follows the exploits of a new protagonist, Marcus Holloway. Once Marcus is scouted and recruited by hacktivist group DedSec, he begins the seemingly righteous journey of freeing the public from their blinding technological comforts. DedSec itself comprises...

  • Watch Dogs 2 [PS4] first impressions: life hacking

    Gone are the days of the cold and sombre tone of Aiden Pearce's Watch Dogs. Ubisoft's latest iteration of the franchise, Watch Dogs 2 is more colourful, in tune with its Millenial appeal and improves a number of facets of the original game. This includes driving machanics, the addition of fast travel, and different ways to play. In Watch Dogs 2, you play as Marcus Holloway, a young talented hacker who is tasked with bringing down San Francisco's intrusive surveillance systems. This after the baddies ctOS framed him as the lead suspect of a crime. The open world map of San Francisco is beautiful...

  • Overwatch, Diablo & WoW: here’s what you missed at BlizzCon 2016

    Iconic video game company Blizzard celebrated the success of its latest and 10th BlizzCon recently with many notable gaming highlights. So what were some of the key announcements made at this year's event? Overwatch: Sombra is finally official Overwatch fans get to enjoy a new and powerful character named Sombra. A hacker-themed character, Sombra's abilities include negating enemies' ultimates, teleportation and hacking health packs which stop enemies from using them. In the right hands, Sombra could be one of the best support characters next to Mercy. Besides Sombra's reveal, Overwatch has also been given massive eSports league support from Blizzard. Simply called the Overwatch League for...

  • Titanfall 2 campaign first look: BT and me

    In Titanfall 2, the relationship between you -- protagonist Jack Cooper -- and your first Titan -- BT -- is reminiscent of the partnership between Drax and Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy. And it's just as awesome. While the game was installing, I had the option to play the same training run which we first saw in the beta. In the fear of getting bored, I put the control down and waited for the title to install fully. Once I could access the full game, I was introduced to the beautifully metallic visuals of BT's former pilot, Tai Lastimosa rushing into...

  • The Division patch 1.4 will hope to revive a dying game

    Third-person shooter-cum-RPG Tom Clancy's The Division was one of the shooters I couldn't wait to play. Since launch though, the game has seen a steady decline in active players. To remedy this, Ubisoft has issued yet another patch for the game. Labelled as patch 1.4, the update will seek to give the game a new breath of life. Everything from the level and gear scores to the UI and controls has been altered, fixed or improved. The Division's patch 1.4 will seek to transform the game into something better A new feature to the game is the World Tier ranking system which...

  • WristWhirl hands-free smartwatch turns your wrist into a joystick

    A team from Dartmouth College has developed a novel way to use a smartwatch. Dubbed the WristWhirl, the smartwatch is currently in prototype but allows users to perform touch-screen gestures using only one hand in a continuous motion. To develop the WristWhirl prototype, researchers observed the intricate movements of the wrist. By using a small group of participants making eight joystick-like movements while standing and walking, researchers were able to record specific gestures. "While other studies have explored the use of one-handed continuous gestures using smartwatches, WristWhirl is the first to explore gestural input," explains co-developer Xing-Dong Yang in a blog...

  • Canal Walk Gaming Expo returns this October

    The second edition of the Canal Walk Gaming Expo is set to kick off next week, Tuesday, 25 October 2016. The expo, which was a fairly muted affair in 2015, will allow the public to sample some of the industry's latest game. Additionally, it will also host the Cape Town qualifying leg of the Kwese Ace FIFA 17 Football Tournament. Winners of the tournament walk away with a cash prize of R10 000, and the chance to compete in the grand final in November. "Last year we were overwhelmed by the positive reception of the concept," said Canal Walk's marketing manager Vanessa...

  • Android Wear 2.0 delayed until early 2017

    Sad news for Android smartwatch users: Android Wear 2.0 has been pushed back to early 2017. This according to a new blog post on Google's Android Developer blog. "We’ve gotten tons of great feedback from the developer community about Android Wear 2.0–thank you! We’ve decided to continue the preview program into early 2017, at which point the first watches will receive Android Wear 2.0," wrote developer advocate, Hoi Lam in a blog post. The update which was scheduled for this year was pushed back to quash final bugs to deliver a complete system. However, the Developer Preview 3 has been released, to soothe...