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  • Grand Theft Auto IV comes to Xbox backwards-compatibility

    Grand Theft Auto V has already made its way to Xbox One, albeit in remastered form, but what about Grand Theft Auto IV? Fortunately, Rockstar Games has confirmed that the Xbox 360 version is now backwards compatible. The publisher made the announcement on its website, revealing that all versions of the game, as well as Episodes from Liberty City, are compatible on Xbox One. Gamers who own the digital version will see it show up in the "Ready to Install" section on Xbox One, while those with a physical copy will need to insert it and then download the compatible version. Hankering...

  • Yakuza 0 review diaries: like a fine wine

    After missing out on much of the Yakuza series (which is a PlayStation exclusive), I'm glad to finally have my hands on the latest entry in the franchise: Yakuza 0. It acts as an overall prequel to the rest of the titles and serves as an entry point for the series' over-arching narrative. While I usually play a game and write up a standard review -- with the exception of Dark Souls 3 -- I've decided to take a different approach to Yakuza 0. Much like Gearburn editor Andy Walker's review of Nioh, Yakuza 0 will be written as a...

  • New Torment: Tides of Numenera trailer shows off crazy story

    A spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, Torment: Tides of Numenera has been on the lips of almost every CRPG fan for the past few months. This Kickstarter darling shows promise and its popularity only grows with each new trailer. Publisher TechlandGames has released a new trailer that details the backstory to this world. According to the game's lore, there is a man who managed to discover immortality by jumping from one blank body to the next. He thus prolonged his life and became the 'Changing God'. In doing so, he awoke The Sorrow, something old that wants to kill him in order to...

  • PS4 Pro Boost Mode: which games benefit most?

    The 4.50 firmware for the PlayStation 4 finally brings external hard drive support, but PS4 Pro users in the beta programme also got Boost Mode. The feature uses the extra grunt of the Pro model to deliver smoother performance in vanilla PS4 games (that aren't patched for the Pro). So which games benefit most? Eurogamer has done a preliminary round of testing, putting the likes of Project CARS, F1 2016, Knack and Assassin's Creed Unity to the test. It found that Project CARS saw the biggest framerate improvement, "in the region of 35-38 percent". In other words, a full race at Le...

  • Humble Bundle and Spiraloid: this week’s top mobile games

    We've got a solid selection of mobile games for your viewing listening playing (?) pleasure this week, starting with a Humble Bundle for Android. Otherwise, A Normal Lost Phone and Spiraloid are two other notable titles this week. Check out the full rundown below. Spiral (free - Android, iOS) It seems like you can't go a week without a super tough, borderline-unfair game coming to mobile platforms, with Ketchapp's Spiral being the latest. The title sees you controlling a ball rolling down a (what else?) spiral, tapping the screen to hop over obstacles. The one big problem is that the obstacles come before...

  • Hands on: Ghost Recon Wildlands beta

    After a good few hours of playing the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands beta, playing both single-player and multiplayer modes, I still seem to have mixed feelings about the game. I decided to play the single-player mode before even touching the multiplayer, and what I found was that I was either annoyed or completely chuffed at the way the AI teammates responded. When I was critically wounded, the AI managed to come to my aid incredibly fast, almost abandoning the mission objective and providing cover fire of sorts. However, sending your AI counterparts into specific locations wasn't particularly effective, especially when...

  • This Star Wars Humble Bundle offers bang for your buck

    Missed out on the previous two Stars Wars-themed Humble Bundles? Well, you're in luck, as the Star Wars Humble Bundle 3 is now available -- so what are you getting for your cash? The pay-what-you-want tier (minimum of US$1) includes Knights of the Old Republic, X-Wing Alliance, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter Balance of Power Campaigns and Galactic Battlegrounds Saga. Beat the average, currently set at US$10.35, and you get Battlefront 2, Jedi Knight 2, Starfighter, Knights of the Old Republic 2 and Rebel Assault 1 and 2. The third tier (with a US$14 price) delivers The Force Unleashed 1 and 2, Rogue...

  • Watch: Halo Wars 2 launch trailer hits the web

    Microsoft's Halo Wars made for quite an impression upon launch in 2009, offering a refreshing strategy take on the Halo formula. Of course, Halo was originally intended to be a strategy game, so Halo Wars was really about bringing the series to its roots, in a sense. In any event, Microsoft has published the launch trailer for Halo Wars 2, set years after the events of the first title. "After experiencing a pyrrhic victory following the events of the first Halo Wars, Captain Cutter and the brave crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire wake up after 28 years of cryosleep...

  • PlayStation 4 Pro gets Boost Mode for non-Pro titles

    Microsoft's Xbox One S was notable for more than just its HDR gaming capabilities, as the machine also received a modest GPU speed boost (roughly 8%). This translated to smoother performance in some games. Now, Sony has quietly enabled a PS4 Pro feature, dubbed Boost Mode, that also yields performance improvements. First spotted by NeoGAF, the Boost Mode is available as a toggle within the system menu, offering performance gains for games that haven't been patched for the PS4 Pro. "Experience improved gameplay, including higher framerates, for some games that were released before the PS4 Pro (CUH-7000 Series). Turn this off...

  • The Last Guardian gets $20 drop, but what about SA?

    Say what you will about The Last Guardian, but you can't deny that it's one of the most important Sony releases of this generation. In any event, Sony has confirmed that the PS4 title has received a permanent US$20 price cut in the United States, which means the game can be acquired for US$40. But what about South Africa? Does the price cut affect us? Fortunately, Ster-Kinekor Entertainment has confirmed that South Africa will be receiving a price cut as well. A representative confirmed that the new suggested price for South Africa is R699.99, down from R999 at launch. It's worth noting that...