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Games

  • Nintendo announces smartphone gaming push, upcoming ‘NX’ console [update]

    Update (18 March): Although users may not yet be reaping the benefits of Nintendo’s move into smartphone gaming, it’s share price sure as hell is. Up 21% since the announcement according to Bloomberg, the company is now enjoying its best run since its initial decline in 2007. Since then, the share price has seen a near 80% fall. There’s been plenty of news today for Nintendo fans to smile about, as the Japanese gaming company continues on its road to recovery. In a business and capital alliance announcement, the company has announced that it will partner with developer DeNA to “jointly...

  • ‘Tormentum: Dark Sorrow’ review: demented silence

    Tormentum: Dark Sorrow is a spectacularly sinister point-and-click puzzle adventure created by the Polish three-man indie developing team, Oh Noo! Studios. It will take you on a menacing five hour journey through a dark fantasy world inspired by the surrealist works of artists such H.R. Giger and Zdzisław Beksiński. It is a gratifying step towards separating point-and-click adventures from the misleading label of “casual games” and presents the opportunity to firmly cement the genre as a serious gaming experience. Story Time You play as a mysterious hooded figure, the nameless hero of Tormentum’s story. You wake up to find yourself trapped in...

  • How does FIFA 15 stack up against real-life football? [infographic]

    There are two things that are perhaps a bit too rare on Gearburn (apart from how we like our steak): FIFA and infographics, but the piece below combines the two into one rather interesting doggy bag. It’s safe to say that FIFA 15 is one of the most popular games on the planet and EA Sports‘ money maker, but just how close to life is the game? We’ve often had this debate with Konami‘s Pro Evolution Soccer, arguing over which is the more realistic football emulator in terms of mechanics, but today, EA’s family favourite goes up against the likes...

  • ‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’ delayed until spring 2016

    Well, here’s some truly horrible news for those looking foward to the next Uncharted game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was scheduled to be launched sometime in the middle of the year, will now only be seen in the northern spring 2016. That’s right, more than a year from now. Naughty Dog‘s Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann broke the news on the PlayStation Blog earlier today, suggesting that the game “is much more ambitious than originally envisioned,” and that they’d hate to do a half-job. After spending so many years with Nathan Drake, he means a lot to the team,...

  • ‘Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate’ review: a marvellous creation

    If you’re new to the Monster Hunter franchise (like I am), jumping into a game as dense and time-consuming as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is quite an investment. For once, the game demands a fair amount of graft for rather feeble initial rewards, but there’s one thing I should definitely mention from the offset: it’s difficult to put down. Taking off from where the Monster Hunter series ended back in 2013, the Ultimate version adds a dense layer of 3D to the running, slaying, returning, running, slaying, returning methodology. That might sound a bit boring, but it genuinely isn’t. You play...

  • The Evil Within’s ‘The Assignment’ DLC now available

    The Evil Within didn’t exactly receive a swathe of applause when it exited Bethesda‘s doors last year. It could probably be labeled as one of he disappointments of 2014, but its developer is hoping to make everything right in the world with “The Assignment” DLC pack. The DLC is one half of the twin DLC pack arriving this year, with the second piece, dubbed “The Consequence”, coming a little later the northern spring. Essentially, “The Assignment” allows players to experience game writer Shinji Mikami‘s world through the eyes of Judi Kidman — the protagonist Sebastian Castellanos’ partner. As promised are new...

  • Sony PS4, Vita handheld arriving in China 20 April

    The Sony PlayStation 4 will officially go on sale in China 20 April, nearly three months later than the scheduled 11 January penciling and nearly seven months after the Xbox One arrived in the country. Following the move of Microsoft and its Xbox One console into the southeast Asian market, the Japanese manufacturer has priced the consoles at around US$460, and the handheld Vita console, just under US210. A controller, for those interested, will ship at around US$65 a pop. This is quite a big deal for Sony, considering that the company has already moved over 20.2-million PS4 consoles since its...

  • ‘Stranded Deep’ narrative review, part two: today is the day I die

    If you thought survival games were boring, think again. Wiehahn navigates the treacherous island world of Stranded Deep with the finesse of Daniel Defoe. This is the final article in a two-part series. Read more: ‘Stranded Deep’ narrative review, part one: scavenge, discover, survive A few days ago I was sitting comfortably at home, hypnotized by the television that was filling my mind with exploding cars and the latest celebrity scandals. It was not much of a life but I was safe and well-fed. Now I’m stranded on some god-forsaken island somewhere deep in the vast lonely expanse of the Pacific. I’ve...

  • Shadow of Mordor dubbed Game of the Year at Game Choice Awards

    Game Choice Awards has recently dubbed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor as 2015’s title of the year. The open world action-RPG is brought to us by Monolith Productions and Warner Brother’s Interactive, who throw’s us into the deepest, darkest corners of Middle-earth where you play as an ass-kicking wrath destroying and possessing orcs and goblins along the way. Other favourite gaming titles that caught the eye of the judges are Alien: Isolation for Best Audio, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for Best Design and Monument Valley for best mobile game. “I continue to be amazed by the diversity of games that we honored...

  • Nvidia Shield is a $200 Android TV gaming console for fence-sitters

    It has been a long time coming but finally chip maker Nvidia is making firm strides into consumer’s living rooms, with the announcement of the Shield Android TV-powered set-top box console. For around US$200, the users gets a 4K streaming box, a powerful mobile gaming console (powered by Nvidia’s Tegra X1 chip, with 256 Maxwell GPU cores and 3GB of RAM) and a rather small armadillo like footprint. There’s only 16GB of internal storage available but there is a microSD card slot and two USB 3.0 ports for expansion drives. Additionally, there’s an HDMI port at the rear. The console, being...

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