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Games

  • Scalebound: Xbox One exclusive has been cancelled

    In news that has taken the industry by surprise, Microsoft has cancelled Xbox One exclusive Scalebound. The open-world action/RPG had been in development for at least four years, having made a major appearance at E3 2016 as a big-hitting Xbox title. Now, in a statement first sent to Kotaku obtained by Gearburn as well, Microsoft has confirmed the game's cancellation. "After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound," the company wrote. Scalebound, in development by Platinum Games as a Microsoft exclusive, has been cancelled Microsoft added that it still had a variety of exclusives planned for the year. "We're...

  • Watch: First contact with aliens in Elite: Dangerous

    Elite: Dangerous has captured the imagination of scores of players around the world since its release. Featuring the Milky Way Galaxy (with hundreds of thousands of real stars, systems and objects), the title is one of the more impressive space-faring games around. Now, the first player has encountered the franchise's mysterious Thargoid alien race, making for rather intriguing contact. Xbox One gamer DP Sayre was engaged in a hyperspace jump when they got pulled out of it by a mysterious force. The player's video shows their craft tumbling through space helplessly, eventually righting itself but with systems temporarily down. A gigantic, flower-shaped spacecraft then...

  • These notable games are coming out in January 2017

    Who says that the post-Christmas period has to see a lull in game releases? Yep, believe it or not, but there are a few notable titles coming out this month. And we're even seeing some hardware hit SA stores as well, so let's take quick look then. Resident Evil 7 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) Set for release on 24 January, Resident Evil 7 is the latest and perhaps most radical title in the long-running Capcom franchise. For starters, the game stands out thanks to its first-person perspective. Sure, Resident Evil Survivor did it before, but... Resident Evil Survivor... Anyway, the franchise also seems to go...

  • 16 innovative mobile video games released in 2016

    The mobile gaming industry saw another healthy year in 2016, playing host to a variety of titles. Sure, there's plenty of shovelware on app markets, but we saw loads of creative and/or innovative titles as well. Don't believe me? We picked a few mobile games that stand out for all the right reasons, featuring some interesting mechanics or a cool concept. Time Locker (free - Android, iOS) What happens when you combine indie shooter SuperHot with everyone's favourite mobile gaming genre (endless running)? Why, you get the rather interesting Time Locker. The game features a top-down view of sorts, as you swipe up to run (the...

  • Super Mario Run hit 40 million downloads in four days

    By now you know that Super Mario Run has become the latest mobile gaming sensation, but just how successful is Nintendo's first proper mobile game? The company revealed that the game has been downloaded over 40 million times in four days. "We are pleased to announce that we have exceeded 40 million downloads worldwide in four days. In addition, Super Mario Run ranks first in the App Store free game ranking in 140 countries and regions..." Nintendo of Japan announced (thanks, Google Translate).  Apple's Phil Schiller said that Super Mario Run broke the previous App Store download record, congratulating the company for the...

  • Dishonored 2 gets New Game Plus mode this week

    We really enjoyed Dishonored 2 (review), being a worthy follow-up to the excellent 2012 original. It's not perfect though, as the lack of a New Game Plus mode was one of our criticisms. Fortunately, Arkane Studios has issued a crucial update (dubbed Game Update 1) for the title this week, bringing New Game Plus to the stealth-action title. "Unlocked once you complete Dishonored 2 with either Emily or Corvo, New Game Plus lets you begin anew with either character, but this time you’ll have access to the full suite of abilities from both of the game's heroes," publisher Bethesda wrote on...

  • Farming Simulator 17 [Xbox One] review: Old MacDonald had a clunky farm

    There’s pretty much a game for everyone. From simulating railroads and buses to dating pigeons. For those of with a green thumb and a lack of imagination, there's Farming Simulator 2017. For those of you who have played games with farming aspects, such as Harvest Moon or even Minecraft, the Farming Simulator series is a whole lot different. In fact, it's an incredibly deep simulation tool with some odd (read:bland) design choices. If you're not willing to sink hours of your life selling freshly harvested wheat to bakeries, then this may not be for you. Did you expect this to have...

  • Line Defense and Oceanhorn: 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. It might be the height of the festive season, but we're still scouring the web for great mobile games. So what did we find? We've got four picks in this edition, with Line Defense and Oceanhorn's Android port being my personal standouts. Scroll down for all of them. Oceanhorn (paid - Android, iOS) It's been out on iOS, PC and console, but Oceanhorn has finally launched on Android as well. The action/RPG is unabashedly inspired...

  • Final Fantasy XV [PS4] review: Is it worth the wait?

    It's been ten years since Square Enix announced the development of PlayStation 3 exclusive, Final Fantasy Versus XIII. In 2012, the title was rebranded to Final Fantasy XV, the next core entry in the critically acclaimed JRPG franchise. After a decade of waiting, should fans be excited about the long-awaited title, or denounce it as their own Final Fantasy? The game follows a close-knit band of friends on their way to get the future king of Lucis to his wife-to-be. Think of The Hangover, but with monsters and less alcohol. Noctis Lucis Caellum, the prince and king-to-be, might not be your favourite...

  • Dragon Quest Builders [PS4] review: one of the most delightful games you’ll ever play

    It's coming on Christmas and that means, for most of us, it's at least a week of kicking back and celebrating the end of the year. If you're anything like me, that means you want to get stuck into something as mindless as possible. What's so great about Dragon Quest Builders is it manages to be that mindless thing while still making you feel a teensy bit productive. The game is something like a lovechild between Minecraft and The Settlers (no, not "of Catan"). You wake up in a world where everyone has magically forgotten how to build things, so they...