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Games

  • 5 games that broke our hearts

    Irving Stone once wrote “There is no love without pain.” Admittedly he probably didn’t have gaming in mind but it applies just as much. For all our love of gaming and the amazing experiences it has provided us with, there are just some titles that horribly failed us and left us with a dull and unsatisfying emptiness. This list serves as a sort of anti-ode to these blasphemous titles. In essence, it serves to remind us that our wonderful world of gaming does not come without its flaws and disappointments. Further, it is a reminder that we should be...

  • ‘Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor’ review: my precious

    Once more into Mordor we travel, into a cursed land where all that draws breath seeks to be the harbinger of your death. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (SOM) is the best Lord of the Rings inspired game yet and something that should have been done years ago. But I’m glad it happened now at the forefront of gaming technology. This magnificent action-RPG is brought to you by Monolith Productions and Warner Brother’s Interactive (Batman: Arkham Games) and is a brilliant title in every way you look at it. It is beautiful, addictive, potently immersive and ultimately a game...

  • 5 games from rAge 2014 that left us saying ‘more please’

    A weekend of rAge (god damn, I hate how that’s spelled) mayhem has come and gone, leaving many gamers’ hands pain-stricken, stiff and their hearts filled with lust for forthcoming titles. Although there was a ridiculous array of new releases to choose from, one couldn’t quite play them all. But because there were so many, how on earth could you pick which to play? It’s okay, but if you didn’t play these five games, you weren’t doing rAge correctly. These are the pick of the bunch, the five titles that left a lasting impression on me and everyone who seemingly...

  • Civilization: Beyond Earth cinematic spells out hope for humanity’s far-flung future

    Civilization: Beyond Earth‘s new opening cinematic trailer has been released, giving us new hope for Sid Meier’s latest number, but smashes all that’s left for the future of our dearest planet Earth. The video posted by PC Gamer shares the story of a young Middle Eastern girl who gets chosen to be rocketed up into the deep dark space which leaves behind Earth to deal with ever impending doom all by itself. The scene then jumps to what seems to be a Russian priest who blesses other prospective voyagers, emphasising the diversification of culture. “As we race skyward, we carried aloft the...

  • Rage 2014: what to expect from Africa’s craziest gaming expo

    It’s that time of the year again when the E3 of Africa takes place. NAG’s rAge is just a few days away, taking place at Johannesburg’s Coca Cola Dome this weekend. It’s the twelfth iteration of the expo that has quickly become southern Africa’s biggest technology, gaming and gadget expo, and an event we always tend to look forward to. Naturally, Gearburn will be there to prowl the floor, reporting on the latest and greatest games, gadgets and trends from the world of tech, but that’s a vague and rather generic explanation, isn’t it? Crave a little bit more? Well, stay...

  • Hyrule Warriors review (Wii U): a hack and slash masterpiece

    Hyrule Warriors, the latest release for Nintendo’s Wii U gaming console, proves that with just a little bit of faith its beloved franchises will be safe when placed in the right hands. Koei Tecmo has done a masterful job of fusing the design, story, and characters of the Zelda universe with the exciting gameplay of Dynasty Warriors. Without giving too much away, Hyrule Warriors features a typical Zelda story where the princess is kidnapped and Link is in charge of finding and rescuing her. Link discovers that a great evil has spread across the realm of Hyrule and it is up to...

  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Review: true detective

    “This game is a narrative experience that does not hold your hand.” These are the opening words of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (TVEC) and they should not be taken lightly. Enter a beautiful but strange world and unearth a twisted conspiracy that takes place in the fictional town of Red Creek Valley. TVEC is a title that was produced by The Astronauts, a small independent game company from Warsaw, Poland. But once you enter its brilliantly constructed world you wouldn’t even know that you’re not playing a big budget, AAA-title. Story Time TVEC is immediately mysterious. This First-Person-Mystery-Solving-Adventure-Game (a long...

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity is 900p/30fps on PS4 and Xbox One to avoid ‘debates and stuff’ says smug Ubisoft

    In 2013, Ubisoft released Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag for Xbox One, PS4 and other systems. It was the company’s first game for the new consoles and as such, each version ran at 30 frames per second and at a 900p resolution, not the legendary 1080p/60fps combo next-gen hopefuls were pining for. Ubisoft managed to patch in 1080p support for the PS4 version later on, but the Xbox One remained 1080p-less. Fast-forward one year as Assassin’s Creed Unity prepares for its 14 November launch. Has Ubisoft learned from its mistakes, will the latest Assassin’s Creed reach the 1080p/60fps milestone?...

  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS review: knockout king

    Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (yes, that’s its actual name) is what those in the business call “extremely fun”. It’s an incredibly varied, accessible and detailed fighter with more than 50 characters, lovingly crafted to look and feel like the games they’ve been pinched from. Pikachu squeaks when it launches a lightening bolt. Link of Legend of Zelda fame yells as he whirlwinds towards Mario, and Sonic whizzes with the gusto of his Sega Genesis days. Super Smash Bros. is, most of all, a nostalgia trip down the long and storied road of Nintendo’s past and present successes. This game is...

  • New Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer videos reveal mechs and turret death

    Releasing 4 November, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare promises to be a lot more exciting than its predecessors. This one’s set in 2054, so expect robots, Kevin Spacey and laser guns that go pew-pew. To drum up further excitement, Call of Duty’s leaked four new multiplayer gameplay videos, featuring a whack of “cool shit”, as I like to call it. Want to rip rocket turrets and shoot enemies in the face with them, just like in Gears of War? Go for it. Wouldn’t it be a treat to ride around wrecking havoc in a mech, kind of like Titanfall?...