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Games

  • 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?...

  • FIFA 15 player scores luckiest goal of all time

    FIFA has changed a lot over the decades, with FIFA 15 rocking one of the best changes in years: goalies that mimic iron walls with “no ball shall enter” pasted onto them. EA has truly increased the difficulty here, and even on medium skill settings it takes actual effort to put the ball into the back of the net. Or, players can be as lucky as this person below, who pulls off perhaps one of the greatest goals we’ve ever seen. With a flick of the leg and some insanely well-timed dodging, Vine user Doukaraa scores the goal of a...

  • ‘Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution’ PC review: anime fan service

    The Legend of Naruto Uzumaki continues with Cyber Connect 2’s Nacruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, the latest installment of the Ultimate Ninja Series. It was released on 16 September, less than a year after its predecessor, Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst (damn, these titles are long). So what has changed, if anything at all? Is this really a new game or just a slightly repackaged re-release? The answers a muddy “maybe”. What’s new? “This time we’ve completely revamped the battle system,” says Hiroshi Matsuyama, President of Cyber Connect 2. So what makes Revolution different than its predecessors? Well, to...

  • October’s free PS Plus games are incredible, include Spelunky, DriveClub and Batman: Arkham Asylum

    While the price of PlayStation Plus has unfortunately doubled in sunny South Africa, the benefits of owning the service are still hugely beneficial for the fervent gamer. Take the free PlayStation Plus games for instance. Sony dishes out quality titles month-to-month, with October’s lineup of games possibly the best yet. Here’s what’s on offer for each platform (PS4, PS3 and PS Vita). PS4: Dust: An Elysian Tail, Spelunky (cross-buy) and DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition. The PS4 gets three whopping titles. Dust is a cool little “Metroidvania” action-adventure, while Spelunky is essentially the Dark Souls of platform games. DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition offers ten...

  • PS4 exclusive ‘The Order: 1886′ already attracting hate: empty, boring, repetitive says internet

    Those who have managed to get their hands on a preview copy of upcoming PS4 shooter The Order: 1886 haven’t been kind to it.  The game, which only releases 20 February 2015, has gathered its fair share of negative reviews. Let’s see what everyone’s complaining about. International Business Times writer Ben Skipper calls The Order: 1886 “a soulless answer to Gears of War“. Skipper bases his article around a quote from the games director, who dismissed The Order as just “a game.” Skipper believes that Sony has put graphics and story before gameplay, and his playthrough confirms it. “Cutscene – gameplay...

  • This is awesome: Lego DOOM set a dream come true

    As I child, I liked two things: DOOM and Lego. I’m guessing that Lego-brick artist Iain Heath (or Ochre Jelly) loved these two past-times as well, as he created this incredible DOOM-Lego diorama, showing at the October BrickCon in Seattle and then later (March 2015) at ComicCon. But we can preview it right now on YouTube. According to Neatorama, Heath’s custom Lego DOOM setup took over 3 months to build, contains over 15 000 bricks, and is 1.8 x 0.9-meters. The full diorama has four scenes from DOOM, all instantly recognisable for most PC gamers. There’s hundreds of more images on...