• BURN MEDIA
    • Memeburn
      Tech-savvy insight and analysis
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!

Games

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer roundup: BB-8 cuteness warning [updated]

    Update: added more trailers. Ever since the initial announcement of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in March, developer Traveller's Tales and publisher WB Games have released a slew of trailers for the title. We've decided to collect all of those in one place for your viewing pleasure. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens encompasses the whole of the Star Wars movie by the same name, and a little more. These additional missions add backstory to some of the events you did and didn't wonder about. Related: Graham chats about LEGO Star Wars on SABC’s Expresso Show The game will contain voice...

  • Fire Emblem Fates review: three amazing tales of warfare

    The latest entry in the Fire Emblem series gives gamers three separate and individual story lines. It's a technique we don't see very often in this day and age of first-person and open-world games. But does this latest entry manage to pull off three story lines in an exciting and enjoyable way? Fire Emblem Fates thrusts you into a fantasy world that's divided by warring nations. Your character -- whom you can customise by way of gender, name, and other features -- is born of nobility and kidnapped after birth. Two warring factions consider your character to be part of your...

  • Overwatch review: if Pixar made a first-person shooter…

    Overwatch is an enigma wrapped in a MOBA, wrapped in a Pixar movie, and further wrapped in a first-person shooter (FPS). The easiest way to explain is it is a competitive online multiplayer shooter, but don't dare compare it to the multitude of war-time games out there. Instead, it's a product that's trying to stand out from the crowd. Taking on Blizzard's standalone series signature, Overwatch is a futuristic title starring a multitude of characters from the (highly-requested on PornHub) time shifter, to the I-hate-that-guy self-healing robot that turns into a turret and a tank, to a large and intelligent ape....

  • Nostalgia, vikings and facial hair: what I loved about E3 2016

    Once again we have been treated to another E3, and as always it feels even more spectacular than the one before. But each year brings with it its own special moments and 2016 was no exception. In this list I will be going through some of my favourite moments of this year. For those who aren’t familiar with the expo, here’s a brief description for some context. E3, formally known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is a colossal annual video game expo held in Los Angeles and hosted by the ESA (Entertainment Software Association). What sets it apart from other well-known...

  • Link, Ico & Ellie: 5 of the most incredible child characters in gaming

    I started this piece as a follow up to my previous character roundup (of female protagonists) thinking "how hard can this be?" This is primarily because it's particularly difficult to write good, believable child characters. Too often they're unnecessarily cutesy or by contrast they're written as overtly "wise" in order to fulfil a certain role within the game -- be it exposition or a relatable moral thermometer. Either way, finding a really well written character under the age of 18 isn't as easy as I thought, and took a great deal more research and trawling through my library of games...

  • Yo-Kai Watch 2 Bone Spirits, Fleshy Souls heading State-side this September

    It looks like the Nintendo 3DS's Yo-Kai Watch sold enough of its initial release because Yo-Kai Watch 2, is heading to the 'West'. Set it a modern-day era, Yo-Kai Watch centres around a male or female antagonist whose town is populated by Yo-Kai spirits. While having an over-arching story, those games include a multitude of side-quests that add to the main plot or add in decent filler segments. Think of it as Pokemon, but with ghosts and some pretty dark backstories. Related: Yo-Kai Watch review: a charming, gorgeous delight Yo-Kai Watch 2 is split into three versions with Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls...

  • Dragon Quest VII showcased at E3 2016, coming 16 September

    The series that doesn't always make it over to Western audiences is coming to Western audiences. During E3 2016, Square Enix finally showed off some English footage of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (DQ8) for the Nintendo 3DS. A stand-alone game, DQ8 features characters who live in a world covered in islands. At some point during this planet's history, it instead had continents, but all have since finished. Your quest is to travel to the past and figure out what went wrong. Keeping in line with the original PlayStation release, DQ8 features a class system where characters can switch...

  • Mixed Macho Arts & INKS: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. Another week means another look at the world of mobile games, so what kind of goodness do we have this time? Our favourite picks in this edition include Mixed Macho Arts, INKS. and a game streaming app. Scroll down for the rest! Station Manager (paid - Android, iOS) Kairosoft's latest game isn't about managing a radio station (although that would be pretty cool), but sees you managing a train station instead. The game follows...

  • Here are 10 things you should know about the new Zelda

    It feels like ages ago since we first saw that Legend of Zelda teaser, showing a glimpse of an open-world adventure. Now, E3 2016 has delivered a massive information blowout of Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, set for release in 2017 on Wii U and NX. What are some of the interesting things you should know about the latest entry in the all-conquering franchise? The open world is inspired by the original We knew that this Zelda title would be an open-world video game, and some also pointed out that it was a throwback to the original games. In last night's stream,...

  • E3 2016 live blog: the big news recapped

    Welcome to our E3 2016 live blog, a place where Gearburn staff will keep you up to date with all the happenings from Los Angeles', and the world's biggest gaming convention. This year, the usual suspects of Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony and Bethesda will be setting the stage alight with announcements of new games, projects and (likely) some new hardware too. And although the expo officially kicks off on Monday, the usual Sunday day-zero mayhem will ensue. But would we have it any other way? For the complete live stream roundup, have a look at our E3 2016 portal here, or...