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Games

  • Overwatch Retribution is now live, but comes with a huge patch

    Hold onto your shurikens folks, and get ready to ask for healing, because Overwatch's Retribution event is now live. The second event in the game's Archives PvE series, Retribution takes place on a new map in Venice eight years prior to present day Overwatch. In its story mode, gamers will be able to play as Moira, McCree, Genji or Gabriel Reyes, the man who eventually becomes Reaper. Archive declassification complete. Overwatch “Retribution” and “Uprising” file status: OPEN. Commencing playback in 3…2…1… pic.twitter.com/bJfZbNyQTG — Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) April 10, 2018 Retribution was announced last week by game director Jeff Kaplan, with additional news that Venice will eventually...

  • Far Cry 5 review: just another Far Cry game?

    There are some games you come across at certain points in your life that draw you in and never let you go. Just Cause 3 was one. While the late 2015 title was a complete mess on all platforms, and had a weaker storyline than most episodes of Peppa Pig, it was primal fun. Flying across the map like a harbinger of death and destruction, walking away from your newly exploded petrol station with your shades on, and just pretending to be a budget Marvel superhero clad in denim, made the game irresistible. Roll on 2018, and there's a new pretender...

  • 5 shocking games based on real life events

    Video games are a medium we use to escape the harshness of reality, providing gamers with a plethora of fantastical digital worlds and magical creatures beyond our wildest imaginations. But sometimes the truths behind these fictional works are stranger, and often considerably more terrifying, than you could have ever imagined. What follows is a list of five games inspired by shocking realities. Note: This article contains sensitive subject matter concerning death and murder. Proceed with caution. Kholat - The Dyatlov Pass Incident Kholat is a beautiful but terrifying indie survival horror game based on the eerie and unsolved Dyatlov Pass Incident. In the...

  • 6 questions to ask before buying a gaming console [Tech Savvy SA]

    Tech Savvy SA is a series of articles on Gearburn and Memeburn that aims to deliver useful, locally relevant advice to the average South African. This time we look at the right gaming console for you... Buying a gaming console isn't a mindless endeavour, as they're pricey machines and you don't want to be left regretting your choice of platform. Nevertheless, there are several questions you need to ask yourself before committing to a purchase. What do my friends have? This might be the most important question for socially inclined gamers (and in general). For starters, if you buy an Xbox One and...

  • This is your March 2018 gaming news roundup

    After multiple reconnaissance missions, back-alley bribes, and a string of other unmentionable activities, we’ve managed to acquire all gaming intelligence that took place within the month of March 2018. The list that follows contains all information our Lord Editor has deemed fit for public consumption. If you feel there is something that needs to be addressed or lacking from this list, please let us know in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to deal with you… I mean, your issue. Itch.io celebrates its fifth birthday Itch.io, one of the world largest depositories for indie and experimental video games, turned five this...

  • Early Access hands-on: Descenders is a ‘roguelite’ downhill BMX game

    There aren't many options if you're on the prowl for a downhill BMX title. So that's one reason why Descenders, from indie developer RageSquid, stands out already. The game, currently available on Steam Early Access, has another unique selling point though: randomly generated levels. On paper, this means that you've got an endless number of stages to play through. But games with this feature often fall into the trap of all levels being boring. So what's the verdict? A double-edged sword At this early stage, Descenders falls somewhat into the middle. Players proceed through four environments, comprised of a few levels (with checkpoints) and a boss-level...

  • Steam sale: save on Ubisoft titles this weekend

    Ah, what's a weekend without a Steam sale to go with it? The last time saw Activision's Call of Duty franchise on sale, but now it's Ubisoft's turn for cut-price goodness. Starting with the Assassin's Creed franchise, we see the entire series get price cuts, such as Origins (40% off to R509), Syndicate (50% to R299.50) and Unity (60% off to R159.60). This extends all the way down to R60 a pop for Assassin's Creed and Assassin's Creed 2. Ahead of Far Cry 5's release, the shooter franchise has also received discounts across the board, such as Far Cry Primal (60% to...

  • Nintendo Switch Spring Into Action sale packs some solid discounts

    The Nintendo Switch is already home to a solid library of games, but we can't afford them all, can we? Fortunately, Nintendo is holding the Spring Into Action Sale, which ends on 5 April. We've got some noteworthy deals, starting with the sub-R100 titles. In this tier, you'll find the likes of Toki Tori, Mutant Mudds Collection, Steamworld Dig, Serial Cleaner and Blaster Master Zero. Got just under R200 to spare? Then you've got titles like Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, Thumper, Jackbox Party Pack 2, Steamworld Dig 2, Axiom Verge, Crypt of the Necrodancer and Rocket League. What about big-name...

  • Breath of the Wild glides to victory at GDC 2018

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has claimed its place as one of the greatest video games of all time, following its March 2017 launch on Nintendo Switch and Wii U. Now, the Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC 2018 has seen it earn three awards. The open-world title claimed awards for best audio, best design and game of the year, being the only title to claim three awards on the day. However, Cuphead and developer Studio MDHR claimed two awards for best debut and best visual art. Mobile title Gorogoa also claimed two gongs for best mobile...

  • Better Late Than Never: Battle Chef Brigade and more

    It's 'Better Late Than Never' time again, the review series that takes a look at the gaming titles we have unforgivably overlooked in recent months. In this instalment we will be looking at the charming winemaking sim Terrior, the action-laden Tesla vs Lovecraft, and the wonderfully quirky Battle Chef Brigade. Terroir (PC) Have you ever fancied yourself a wine connoisseur, or imagined running your own thriving vineyard? Then look no further than Terroir, a charming management sim that allows you to build, grow and run your very own vineyard. Terroir boasts a surprisingly in-depth system, requiring you to go through a number...