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Games

  • Steam sees huge Chinese growth (thanks to PUBG?)

    Steam's October 2017 hardware and software survey has revealed a huge shift in numbers across the board, with Chinese easily the most popular language right now. In fact, Simplified Chinese saw a jump of 26.58% to hit 56.12%, meaning that Chinese is used on just over half of all Steam-enabled computers. Some of the other notable user numbers pertain to Windows 7 (gaining 22.2% to hit 63.2%), total hard drive space (computers with more than 1TB of space grew by almost 21% to 65.60%) and display resolution (full HD resolution grew by 14.59% to account for 71.38% of Steam-enabled computers). According to PC Games N,...

  • Words with Friends 2 and Corporate Salmon: 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. We're once again looking at the world of mobile games, casting the net far and wide to bring you the best picks. Upon checking our net, we found a Corporate Salmon! Anyway, check all five entries below. Downwell (paid - Android, iOS) It's not a new title, but a discount on a quality game is always worth celebrating, isn't it? Downwell is a "2D platformer vertical shmup rogue-like-like-like action game", according to the developers....

  • EA disables Battlefront 2 micro-transactions… for now

    Star Wars Battlefront 2 might be the most controversial game released this year, following the negative reception to unlocking hero characters and the prevalence of micro-transactions. EA's response to concerns became the most-downvoted comment in reddit history, going a long way to illustrating frustration with the publisher and game. Shortly after the comment, the company opted to reduce the requirements for unlocking the hero characters, but the micro-transactions stayed. Now, in a new update on the Battlefront 2 website, the publisher has revealed that it's putting a hold on these in-game purchases. "We hear you loud and clear, so we're turning off all...

  • Golf Story review: you should get Switch’s indie treasure

    While big titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey have dominated coverage of Nintendo Switch games, the console has a few lesser-known titles that are absolute gems. One such game is Golf Story, an indie RPG by the small studio Sidebar Games. Unlike many indie titles on the console, it was developed solely for Nintendo's platform. The term "console seller" is usually reserved for major exclusives, but Golf Story is an exclusive that will unexpectedly sneak into your heart and make you glad you bought the console. So, after many hours playing this unexpected entry, how did the game measure up? Errr…...

  • Watch: How does Skyrim on Switch compare to other ports?

    Set for a 17 November 2017 release on Nintendo Switch, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is the latest big-hitting title to hit Nintendo's portable machine. So how does it fare compared to other versions of the game? YouTube channel ElAnalistaDeBits has compared visuals across all the major ports, including the original PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 games. The remastered versions of the game (PC, Xbox One and PS4) are also compared. All in all, it's clear that the Switch version can't hold a candle to the PC original, while the title also seems to look a little softer than the last-gen console...

  • Here are your Black Friday deals on PS4 bundles, games

    Black Friday is around the corner, so Ster-Kinekor Entertainment has decided to jump on the bandwagon, offering cut-price PlayStation hardware and games. The distributor confirmed that all PlayStation VR bundles would receive a R1000 discount from the recommended price, as well as a free copy of Gran Turismo Sport or Skyrim VR from 17-26 November. "For PlayStation 4 consoles, the PS Hits Bundle will be available at R3999.99. Also available at R4999.99 is the 1TB GT Sport Limited edition as well as the Call of Duty World War II Limited edition bundles, from  24-26 November 2017," the distributor continued, noting that...

  • EA’s Battlefront 2 defence is most downvoted comment in reddit history

    Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has drawn the ire of the gaming community after it emerged that players had to spend a ton of in-game currency to unlock prominent heroes and villains. Criticism was levelled against the publisher, with many feeling that after spending plenty of cash on the game already, the cost of unlocking characters shouldn't have been pegged so high. EA initially responded on reddit, saying it wanted gamers to have a "sense of pride and accomplishment" when they did unlock the characters. But gamers weren't biting at all. In fact, the comment became the most-downvoted one in reddit history,...

  • Shattered Realms: a local tribute to classic brawlers

    Newly founded Cape Town studio Kopskop Games has released the alpha demo for their debut title, Shattered Realms, a title the devs describe as a "love letter to yesteryear's brawlers, with today's fighting game tech". While playing Shattered Realms, I often found myself recalling Capcom classics like Street Fighter II and Final Fight III. Think high-flying combos, perpetually increasing swarms of enemies, and gorgeous nostalgia-inducing pixel art. I also specifically mention these two games because Shattered Realms tries to nestle itself in that sweet spot between a beat 'em up and a versus fighter, and, so far, achieves it rather...

  • Watch: Unpatched Witcher 3 hits 60fps on Xbox One X

    We've already seen a PS4 Pro patch for The Witcher 3, bringing a host of improvements to the table. The Xbox One X patch is still in the works, but if you pop the disc in your new console, you should notice a leap to 60fps. The Witcher 3 features an unlocked framerate, generally hovering at 20-40fps on standard Xbox One, Eurogamer noted in its initial technical breakdown. Now, NX Gamer has used an unpatched physical copy on Xbox One X, resulting in a framerate that stands at 60fps. It's worth noting that the game still runs at 1600x900 of course,...

  • Volantia Q&A: we delve into this local Humble Bundle title

    You don't see a game debuting on the Humble Bundle very often, but Volantia: Kingdom in the Sky is one such title. Aside from being a locally produced title achieving prominence, the title also stands out thanks to its quirky concept. The title, by Tangled Mess Games, is a far cry from the usual action fare, being a kingdom and resource management game taking place in the sky. We conducted an email Q&A with the studio's Marc Luck to find out more. Gearburn: How did the idea for Volantia come about? Marc Luck (ML): Well, we had the initial idea during a brunch meeting...